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All Urano Motosu has ever wanted to do is read as many books as she possibly can. After she finally manages to become a librarian, her greatest friend suddenly betrays her: During an earthquake, the stacked up books near her fall down and crush her to death. Her dying wish is that she can be reborn and keep reading more books. Well, she gets half of what she wanted: Rebirth, but as a poor, illiterate and sickly child named Myne in the medieval period.

Not only is Myne incapable of reading, there's almost no writing to be found. Books are a privilege of the wealthy as they have to be written or copied out painstakingly by hand and only the wealthy could afford such a thing. Fine. If there are no books, then she'll have to make them herself. Unfortunately, paper and ink are also much too expensive to get, meaning she'll have to invent them and anything else she needs. But Myne's read a lot of books in her lifetime, and has been doing crafts since she was a child (the first time around), so she knows what to do, and even how to do it sometimes. But her resources are limited and her knowledge isn't perfect, so that means a lot of trial and error. And a little help would be appreciated, which she gets in the form of a neighbor boy named Lutz.

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But her odd knowledge and apparent genius do not go unnoticed. Her rapid inventing and need for materials soon attracts the interests of those above her station. From merchants who seek to profit from her craft, to nobles and religious leaders who wish to exploit her for their own ends.

And there's another problem, too. Remember the part about being sickly? That's important. Not only is Myne weak, tiny and prone to fevers if she exerts herself or is exposed to bad weather, but she's also prone to a mysterious fever that will rampage through her body. A fever that seems tied to how determined she is. It can be kept at bay through sheer willpower, but this "solution" won't work forever. More than the books, if Myne cannot defeat this illness she will truly die once more.

The light novels are available in English from J-Novel Club and Bookwalker. An anime of 14 episodes produced by Ajiado was released in October 2019. A second, 12-episode season aired in Spring 2020, and a third has been announced.

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A Spin-Off manga series, Ascendance of a Bookworm Official Comic Anthology began in 2019.


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  • Abdicate the Throne:
    • In Part 4, Second Prince Anastasius proposes to Eglantine, who is also sought after by Anastasius' older brother. Since Eglantine does not wish to be the source of a civil war, Anastasius assures her that he will give up on the throne and instead give his support to his brother to marry her.
    • It's shown in Part 4 and 5 that the current zent, who has ruled for the last ten years, is not in possession of Grutrissheit, and he is fully aware of how hard it is to rule that way. He is overworked and does not deem himself, someone who was raised to serve, a good king, which is why he would abdicate as soon as a more worthy ruler appeared.
  • Acceptable Feminine Goals and Traits: Women in this world do work for a living, but both commoners and nobles expect that a woman will be a wife in addition to anything else she does. Effa tells Myne that she won't be "a beauty" if she can't cook and sew, and after she joins the temple and is forbidden to marry, Ferdinand nonetheless tells Myne that she'll have plenty of suitors once she turns fifteen, because her vast stores of mana make her an excellent marriage prospect among noble families.
  • Accidental Discovery:
    • The fact that trombe wood makes good paper gets discovered because a trombe happens to appear while Myne and Lutz are preparing the early stages of making paper, Lutz loses track of the wood initially intended to be used for paper while focusing on cutting the trombe down and Myne gets the idea of using the cut trombe branches instead.
    • Myne finds out that trombe seeds are actually mana-altered taue fruits simply from picking a taue fruit for the first time and seeing it absorb her mana. It's implied that this was unknown before because commoners don't have the mana needed to change taue fruits into trombe seeds, while nobles don't participate in the yearly festival that involves handling taue fruits. The discovery is important because her best paper is made with young trombe branches and the only safe way to harvest them entails cutting them down as soon as they start growing.
    • The creation of the setting's first Talking Weapon happens that way. Rozemyne donates her mana to a manablade while thinking of giving it an attribute she associates with Ferdinand. When donating mana to a manablade turns out to be a more delicate operation than she realized, Ferdinand is called over to make sure she didn't mess things up and uses his own mana to examine it. The combination of Rozemyne and Ferdinand's contributions result in a weapon that speaks with Ferdinand's voice.
    • Or more like re-discovery: Since Rozemyne has thoroughly read the bible and a lot of very old books, she tells Giebe Haldenzel in Part 4 Volume 4, that their prayer for spring used to be performed by women. The noblewomen of Haldenzel give it a try and activate a magic circle that drains them of their mana and causes the snow in Haldenzel to melt over night. After hearing of the "Miracle of Haldenzel", other provinces try to recreate the old rituals for their own benefit, too.
    • As it turns out, Ferdinand discovering Grutrissheit back in his Academy days was a complete accident. He found it coincidentally after obtaining his schtappe while he was doing errands for Hirschur. He was the first in probably thousands of years who obtained Grutrissheit the way it was meant to be obtained.
  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • The light novel main series removes some of the side chapters that were part of the web novel series. They were later published in side story collections.
    • The first half of the "headache report" of the web novel series in Part 4 became the epilogue for Part 4 Volume 1, while the latter half, which summarizes the events at the Royal Academy in Part 4 Volume 2, was completely omitted in the light novel series.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication:
    • The anime cuts just enough details about Freida's deal with her noble contractor for someone who has only seen the anime to mistake the deal for being worse than it actually is. In the light novel, it is made quite clear that the contract gets Freida fully functional magic tools to treat her Devouring. The stock of purchased single-use broken magic tools in her home, meanwhile, was used to keep her alive before the contract was signed and is still precious enough that even letting Myne buy one is a big deal because Freida can't be sure the contract won't get canceled someday. The anime's explanation of the options for treating the Devouring focuses almost entirely on single-use broken magic tools and mentions the magic tools Freida gets as part of the contract without spelling out that they are fully functional, which makes it sound like Freida's contract is getting her a steady supply of single-use broken magic tools rather than one of fully functional magic tools.
    • The light novel explicitly states the reason the temple orphanage's pre-baptism children don't have any gray shrine maidens to look after them, while Myne was able to make two gray shrine maidens her attendants. The youngest orphans used to be cared for by gray shrine maidens who got pregnant from their Sex Slave duties alongside the children born from those pregnancies. After the purge resulted in less revenue for the temple, all gray shrine maidens without any Sex Slave potential were sold or disposed of in other ways to save money. Those caring for the youngest children were among those who were disposed of, while the gray shrine maidens Myne took on as attendants are among those attractive enough to be kept around. That distinction isn't explicitly stated in the anime, resulting in vague remarks about gray shrine maidens being disposed of when explaining the lack of caretakers for the youngest orphans, only to have a later scene of the same episode have Ferdinand tell Myne to hire a gray shrine maiden to teach her manners.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Mostly involving Myne and her use of mana, because for most of the books her knowledge of magic starts and stops at "If I wear a magic ring and invoke the name of god or goddess and spend some mana, then magic happens".
    • As the most egregious example, she is able to invoke the blessings of the divine Mother and Father of the pantheon (Goddess of Light and God of Darkness, respectively) and all 5 main gods (including the God of Life) during one spell, despite the fact that invoking more than one god is extremely taxing and makes the chance of success drop sharply, thanks to the gods having sharply delineated areas of influence and not liking to "play" together - doubly so when invoking the God of Life in a blessing with any other of the divines, since he's the pantheon's Black Sheep and nobody likes him.
    • In Part 3 Volume 1, during Rozemyne's first magic lesson, she restores a feystone that burst into tiny pieces by gathering the pieces and imagining them to be clay, which she can then put together again. Ferdinand, who moments ago told her that what she's doing is futile, is left dumbfounded and ends the lesson immediately because he's getting a headache after witnessing what Rozemyne just achieved.
    • In Rozemyne's second lesson, she manages to create her highbeast. The form of the beast however is a flying car, which she imagined based on something she remembered in her past life (the Catbus). Nobles assume that a highbeast needs to have wings to fly, but since Rozemyne's imagination is not limited by this thought, she created something that was deemed impossible. Come Part 4, more people at the Royal Academy see her highbeast. Since they have already seen that it's not impossible to create highbeasts without wings, some start to imitate Rozemyne and achieve similar results.
    • As Hartmut notes in Part 4 Volume 3, Rozemyne giving blessings that have an effect on people without acquiring, let alone using, a schtappe is abnormal. Rozemyne didn't even realize that the blessings that are given for greetings differ from the ones she has used ever since she prayed to the God of War Angriff in Part 2 Volume 2.
    • In Part 4 Volume 6, Rozemyne learns how to transform her schtappe into different weapons. While concluding that someone like her should use a ranged weapon, she remembers a toy on Earth with which her childhood friend Shuu used to tease her while she was reading books. She murmurs in Japanese "water gun" and her schtappe suddenly takes the form of her water gun, except it can shoot magic arrows. Ferdinand later imitates her and can also transform his schtappe into a gun.
    • Also in Part 4 Volume 6, after seeing that she can't hit the feybeast with her water gun, she transforms her schtappe into the Cape of the God of Darkness and throws it on the monster to immobilize it. As she learns in Volume 7, if you use the spell for the divine protection of the God of Darkness, you can't reshape your schtappe into something different without losing the protection (and you can only get the divine protection once a day). Ferdinand suspects she could do it because she didn't use the spell the knights learn, but the prayer that she remembered from the bible.
  • Adapted Out: The anime just plain got rid of several minor characters from the novel:
    • Shuu, Urano's Cloudcuckoolander's Minder and Only Friend, who by the nature of the plot only showed up in the prologue and his own Perspective Flip chapter.
    • As a stepping stone between being home all day and getting her job helping Otto at the city gate, Myne is left with a babysitter named Gerda who otherwise watches over a bunch of toddlers. In the novel, Myne's cover story for already knowing how to make baskets is that Gerda taught her how to do it.
    • Freida has parents, at least one aunt, and at least one uncle. Myne meets the parents and brothers during the novel version of her stay at Freida's house, but the anime leaves out the parents and gives the brothers a non-speaking cameo. The aunt and uncle are known of due to her grandfather's marriage offers to Benno's family that are only mentioned in the novels.
  • Adopted into Royalty: At the end of Part 2, Myne signs a contract with Sylvester, turning her into Rozemyne, the daughter of Karstedt and adopted daughter of Sylvester Aub Ehrenfest.
  • Adult Fear: Myne's parents and any adults closely involved with her life experience this.
    • For her family, they have to face the harsh reality that she might die from her “illness” and they are powerless to help her.
    • If Myne is abducted by nobles from another territory, neither Benno nor the highest ranked noble of their territory could do anything about it.
    • When Effa enters labour, Gunther's prays for it goes well since the family already had previous miscarriages before and after Tuuli and Myne were born.
  • Aerith and Bob: Runs the whole spectrum from real world names like Otto, Mark and Ferdinand to full fantasy names like Bezewanst (the given name of the High Bishop) or Lastilaut.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head:
    • Myne likes to give Lutz and Gil headpats when she praises them, although both eventually outgrow this.
    • At the end of Part 2, Tuuli pats Lutz's head to console him, after he realizes that Myne is gone and he can't visit her home like before anymore.
    • Rozemyne provides Schwartz and Weiss with her mana by stroking their heads. The other library committee members do the same.
    • In Part 4 Volume 3, Ferdinand pats Rozemyne's head to praise her for being the best student at the Royal Academy of her year. He does this shortly after Rozemyne cried herself to sleep, since she must cut ties with Lutz and must not meet him again in her secret room.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: Magic Potions and many magic tools like ordonnanz stones are created by mixing feystones, mana, and other ingredients in a Magic Cauldron. Nobles learn to do this in their second year at the Royal Academy, although Rozemyne is taught how to do so much earlier as part of Ferdinand's training.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's unclear to what degree the fact that the east gate commander forgot to tell his men to not let nobles from other duchies into the capital, despite having gotten the information from Gunther, was a deliberate part of the staged attempt to kidnap Myne. On the one hand, the gate commander is never explicitly mentioned by those behind the staged kidnapping. On the other hand, the commander's mistake is one of the factors that made the staged kidnapping possible at all and his demotion for the mistake allowed Gunther to be promoted in his place; the reader is made aware that at least one of the planners feels bad about separating Myne from her family and definitely has enough influence to make that promotion happen.
  • And Call Him "George"!:
    • According to Karstedt, this is why Sylvester's pet shumil was scared of its master and always ran to Karstedt. Sylvester's "love" almost killed it.
    • Rozemyne's noble grandfather, who is in very good shape for his age and aware just how fragile she is, deliberately holds back his Hot-Blooded personality in her presence to avoid killing her by accident. One end-of-novel comic literally has Rozemyne get killed by being hugged by her grandfather too hard. When rescuing her from kidnappers in the story proper, her grandfather trying to quickly get her out of the bag in which she's kept by shaking it hard requires someone else to be present to catch her to keep her from getting even more injured than she already is.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes:
    • As a rule, gray priests and shrine maidens don't leave the temple and those who are purchased are given clothing by their new owner. Because of this, the temple doesn't bother issuing them any clothes other than their gray robes. Myne has her attendants accompany her outside of the temple and doesn't want their outfits to make where they are from too obvious, so each of them gets a set of fancy commoner clothes as a much-appreciated "welcome to the job" bonus of sorts.
    • In Part 3 Volume 4, after helping Angelica pass her exams, Rozemyne rewards Brigitte with a dress she designed, which perfectly fits Brigitte, to help Brigitte find a marriage partner and restore a bit of her tarnished reputation.
    • In Part 4 Volume 1, Rozemyne accidentally becomes the new owner of Schwartz and Weiss, two sentient magic tools that assist in the library. It is tradition for a new owner to provide them with new clothes.
  • And Your Reward Is Edible:
    • In Part 1, Myne rewards Lutz and his family with food and recipes for helping her out.
    • In Part 1 Volume 3, Myne bakes a pound cake together with Freida and Leise, as thanks for selling her a rare magic tool. Incidentally, by instructing Leise how to bake it, she gave away the recipe for free, although Freida later signs a contract that gives her time-limited exclusivity.
    • In Part 2 Volume 1, this is how she rewards the orphans who actively clean up the orphanage. It has become a mantra for her that those who don't work shan't eat.
    • In Part 4 Volume 4, Rozemyne visits Haldenzel and rediscovers an old Spring Prayer ritual that summons the Goddess of Thunder and melts the snow in Haldenzel. As thanks, Giebe Haldenzel intends to give each of the children of the archducal family a rare fruit from a specific tree, but when he sees that the ritual has sprouted new buds of said tree (which is a never seen before miracle), he doubles the reward and gives Rozemyne, Wilfried, and Charlotte two fruits each. The fruit is used for an extremely potent recovery potion that also tastes quite good, to the joy of those who had to endure Ferdinand's efficient, but foul-tasting recovery potions.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Pretty much any time Myne gets ill from not taking care of herself, her family and friends will yell at her. Benno is especially prone to yell at her due to her ignorance of social norms.
  • Animal-Vehicle Hybrid: When Rozemyne creates her highbeast, she make one looking like a hybrid between a red panda and a car rather than going for the standard "horse or Horse of a Different Color with wings" design. She was inspired by the Catbus, but went for a red panda because the thing looks so silly by the setting's standards that she was forbidden from making the animal part into something that resembles her noble adoptive family's sigil, which is a feline. Benefits of the form include having a roof over her head and a windscreen in bad weather, having the one-seat variant be small enough to use in larger hallways, and being able to modify it to carry luggage and accomodate as many people as she wants, while a regular highbeast's carrying capacity maxes out at three people.
  • Apology Gift:
    • After finding Myne unconscious in the temple's repentance chamber after having locked her in it for a day as punishment, Ferdinand gifts her a bedding set for her orphanage director chambers. There is a pragmatic element to it because only the wood part of the bed was left from the previous owner. By that point, Myne has already collapsed while in the temple too many times to be able to use the fact that she sleeps in her own home as a pretext to not have a proper bed in her chambers.
    • After Rozemyne collapses while trying to keep up with Wilfried's impromptu "Ditch the Bodyguards 101" lesson that involves running, Wilfried's bodyguard Lamprecht feels responsible for the situation. When Rozemyne wakes up, Lamprecht gifts her with a book she will be able to finish before the end of the period during which she's expected to rest, which was given to him by Ferdinand when he asked him for advice on what would make a good gift for Rozemyne.
    • It eventually turns out that Justus shares the feybeast and feyplant materials he gathers out of curiosity with Ferdinand, who actually uses them, partly as a "sorry to be causing you trouble so often" tax of sorts. Rozemyne realizes that by that logic, she's deep in debt towards Ferdinand. As Ferdinand later explains in Part 4, her helping him out in the temple doing calculations (for which he does not pay her) already covers the cost of the very expensive potions he keeps using on her whenever she passes out, so she does not need to compensate him any further.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: It is hinted early on (and then seen later) that nobles are above the law in this series. Tuuli is worried at one point that her parents would be killed as she was told that nobles can have peasants executed for simply annoying them.
    • When Myne visits the temple with her parents at the end of Part 1, the High Bishop's personality goes from nice to cruel when he sees he will be dealing with peasants, leaving Myne shocked and wondering if this is how nobles truly are. What's worse, in Part 2 it's noted the High Bishop isn't even a true noble - he had too little mana to be considered part of the nobility, and was forced into the temple. This is one of the reasons he has such resentment against Myne - she gets to act like a noble, because she has so much mana that only the High Priest, an actual noble, is the only one who can match her.
    • In Part 2 Volume 2, Myne encounters Shikza, a knight who pulls a Bodyguard Betrayal on her, when he learned from Bezewanst that she is a commoner who was given blue robes. He was originally an apprentice blue priest because of too low mana levels, who lucked out and was accepted back into noble society. Myne earlier using her mana to bless the Knight's Order only makes him hate her more, as if she is flaunting her status to him.
    • At the end of Part 2, a noble from another duchy plays this trope to the letter. He sneaks into the temple with the help of the High Bishop, and forces, what is effectively, a slave contract with one of the orphans who has mana, and attempts to do the same to Myne.
    • It is not a completely universal trait. The lords ruling Illgner, a small, rural county are presented as approachable and affable, enough that their rapport with who they rule more closely resembles good neighbors rather than masters and slaves.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Damuel receives one as part of the "The Reason You Suck" Speech he gets from Ferdinand after letting the higher-status Shikza bully Myne for being a commoner. "Would you have done the same if you were ordered to protect a member of archduke's family?" The question is relevant because Damuel had both the time and the means to get someone of higher status than Shikza involved, and Ferdinand considers that he didn't do so because deep-down, he viewed Myne as someone of lower status than him despite otherwise treating her nicely enough to have no problem explaining things to her.
  • Art Shift:
    • Myne's Imagine Spots are done in a Chibi format, to differentiate from the reality around her.
    • Downplayed, but used in the anime, as characters who use Myne's shampoo formula have hair highlights rather than flat colors to indicate the hair being clean. This shift usually happens after Myne finally befriends them.
  • Backhanded Compliment:
    • In Part 2 Volume 1, when Myne confesses that she doesn't trust her new attendants from the temple to deliver her donation, Benno manages one of these:
      Benno: For someone who's typically clueless, you're being surprisingly careful.
    • In Part 2 Volume 3, Rosina is about to come of age, and Myne wishes to gift her a present. When she asks Ferdinand for help, he murmurs:
      Ferdinand: That is a rare sensible question from you.
  • Bathroom Search Excuse: Played literally. Myne is left alone in a medical room after fainting and, upon waking, sets out to actually look for the bathroom. She finds it, but it has no water, and so she goes looking for someone to bring more and ends up by genuine accident in a part of the temple meant for people of higher status than her, only managing to go further into it while trying to get back to the medical room. This incident results in her stumbling upon the temple's small library, which is a big find considering the world in which she now lives.
  • Beam-O-War: A short-lived one at the end of Part 2. Ferdinand is so much stronger than Count Bindewald that it can hardly be called a duel and more a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Urano used to joke that the way she wanted to go out was crushed under an avalanche of books. Then one day it happened.
    • Urano's childhood friend Shuu once wished that Urano got stuck in a world without books and suffer. It became true when she died and was reborn into a poor illiterate family in a medieval world.
    • A little before finding out Myne is going to join the temple, Gustav is seen wishing that he could help her sign up with a progressive noble. Fun fact: the archduke of Ehrenfest is a quite progressive person.
    • When a blue priest ransacks the temple's book room, Myne spends some time wanting the man's head on a pike. As Rozemyne, she ends up needing to make the decision to execute a group of people who actually committed an execution-worthy crime and is required to be present when the execution is carried out. She hates every bit of it.
    • Myne shows interest in reading books about magic, but Ferdinand tells her those books are for those who have graduated from the Royal Academy, which only noble children can attend. There is a workaround, but it's mutually exclusive with Myne staying with her family and she eventually gets her hand forced into using it.
    • When Myne tells Benno that another blue priest, Sylvester, wants to visit her workshop, Benno is excited to meet him and wants more information about him from Myne. When he gets to meet Sylvester, he freezes up and gets scared because he has already met Sylvester before on official archduke business and recognizes that Sylvester is incognito.
    • In Part 3 Volume 1, after a very successful meal at the Italian restaurant, Sylvester asks Rozemyne how she wishes to proceed regarding the printing business. Rozemyne wants to create an orphanage and a workshop, similar to the temple in the capital, so she can send gray priests over. Sylvester approves and, in addition to her request, orders the construction of a chapel and a monastery. What Rozemyne doesn't realize is that by asking for a miniature temple, the building has to be created by archducal magic and is maintained by Rozemyne's mana. Thus, the building is the direct property of the archduke and his family, and attacking it is treason punishable by death. After the citizens of Hasse attack the monastery, Rozemyne has to deal with the consequences of their treasonous actions and execute the perpetrators, which clashes with her own values.
    • In Part 3 Volume 1, Lamprecht visits Rozemyne to tell her how jealous Wilfried is of Rozemyne and how he wishes he could have it as good as her. Lamprecht asks her to do something about it. In the next volume, Ferdinand is ordered to cheer up Rozemyne after she got depressed about the situation in Hasse. Rozemyne uses all these circumstances to bait Wilfried into switching places with her for a day. Wilfried and Lamprecht get humiliated by the reveal that the former doesn't have the basic skills, work ethic and discipline necessary to do a fraction Rozemyne's everyday tasks, despite being at an age at which he should. It doesn't end well for the person who ordered Ferdinand to cheer up Rozemyne either, since he's Wilfried's father and has been misinterpreting reports of Wilfried's behavior during his classes to a neglectful extent, which gets him an earful from several people.
    • At the end of Part 3 Volume 2, Rozemyne manages to free up Ferdinand's schedule a little and suggests that he use the extra time to start training a successor as High Priest, hoping it would result in her needing to do less work for him and Ferdinand taking up her High Bishop duties. Ferdinand admits it's a good idea, only to promptly set his eyes on Rozemyne.
    • A craftsman asks Rozemyne to say everything that goes through her mind when it comes to improving the printing press, in case it helps him get new ideas. Rozemyne decides it's a good time to mention the most far-fetched ideas she has.
    • After Rozemyne reminds Ferdinand that if one person cannot replace him, they could always train more than one, Ferdinand decides to train two blue priests as his successors as High Priest. Then Rozemyne notes that the plan for her life is not to stay in the temple forever and that she will have to go to the Royal Academy in a couple of years. Ferdinand suddenly gets thoughtful, with a very scary look in his eyes... Come next meeting, he reveals that he won't be taking Rozemyne's position as a High Bishop: He will be returning to noble society in a couple of years himself, once the blue priests he is training now are good enough to become both High Bishop and High Priest. Rozemyne gets a headache.
    • When Rozemyne finds out that Ferdinand is receiving a "sorry to be causing you trouble so often" tax of sorts from Justus in the form of wild items Justus likes collecting but doesn't use much, Rozemyne thinks she should probably do something similar and wonders if she can pay hers in mana. She ends up doing just that, but she's in a coma during that time, so collecting the mana is also adding to Ferdinand's already heavy workload.
    • Upon meeting Charlotte in Part 3 Volume 5, Rozemyne wishes to become a Cool Big Sis for her and earn her approval. Charlotte does start practically worshipping her sister, but that happens after she wanted to fill the shoes Rozemyne left behind after being forced to go into a Deep Sleep. Whether it's managing the playroom during winter socializing, Mana Replenishment for the foundation or her work as High Bishop, Rozemyne's accomplishment are so extraordinary that Charlotte's confidence in her skills quickly crumbles.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Generally, Myne trusts people who treat her well and repays them with her loyalty. On the other hand, people that she treats nicely are extremely loyal to her, too.
    • Myne invests a lot of her money to establish a workshop in the orphanage and teaches the orphans how to make paper and forage in the forest to resolve the famine in the orphanage. The orphans are deeply thankful for her and she is hailed as a saint for her actions.
    • Myne in particular treats her attendants well and prioritizes their lives over the lives of tax-paying citizens, for which Rosina expresses her genuine gratitude. Fran can also overcome his traumatic past thanks to her treating him kindly.
    • In Part 2 Volume 2, one of Myne's guard knights, Damuel, is friendly towards her and initially tries to defend her from her other guard knight, Shikza. He only backs off when Shikza brings up his higher status, for which she sympathizes with Damuel. After the trombe incident is resolved, she asks Ferdinand to not punish Damuel too harshly, which ends up saving Damuel's life from execution. He later thanks Myne in the next volume, as she was one of the few people that ever defended and helped a laynoble like him. Part of his punishment involves guarding Myne for a year, which he takes very seriously and he plays a major part in protecting Myne in Volume 4 until Ferdinand arrives to defeat Count Bindewald.
    • In Part 4, Angelica's sister, Lieseleta, eagerly joins Rozemyne's entourage to repay Rozemyne for saving her older sister from a failing grade.
    • Later on, Roderick also becomes one of Rozemyne's scholars. His family is part of the former Veronica faction, but he has been mistreated by his father and was ostracized by everyone else to the point that he had suicidal thoughts. Rozemyne treating him fairly and rewarding him for his efforts is what saves his life.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Myne learns in Part 2 Volume 2 that Wilma Does Not Like Men because she was almost raped by a blue priest. Her mistress, Sister Christine, noticed her absence and found Wilma in time.
    • In Part 2 Volume 2, Ferdinand arrives just in time to save Myne before the trombe that has sprouted absorbs too much of Myne's mana.
    • In Part 2 Volume 4, Ferdinand appears in time and stops Bezewanst and Bindewald's attempt to kidnap Myne and turn her into their slave.
    • At the end of Part 3, Rozemyne, Angelica, and Cornelius rescue Charlotte from a kidnapper.
    • At the end of Part 3, Bonifatius appears to rescue Rozemyne. He ends up almost accidentally killing her, but Ferdinand catches her before she hits the ground fatally. He then brings her to the temple to give her an antidote against the poison she was forced to take and puts her in her jureve to start the healing process.
  • Bilingual Bonus: A lot of the names and spells are of German origin. People who know German will sometimes learn the meaning of things before they are explained.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed. The head of the Merchant's Guild Gustav and his granddaughter Freida are very friendly to Myne, but they're also looking out for ways to exploit her knowledge and making them part of their store. If she was in better health, they'd forcibly marry her into their family to one of Freida's brothers. However, it's later subverted in some side chapters: While Freida and her grandfather are both pretty greedy, they're also very concerned about Myne and Benno respectively but their inability to show it correctly tend to alienate them or even minimize the real care they have for them.
  • Blackmail: Played for Laughs in Part 3 Volume 1. Rozemyne doesn't want her guards to learn that taue fruits can absorb mana and turn into trombe seeds. This is why she takes Damuel with her instead of Brigitte, as she has something she can blackmail him with to keep him quiet. Her material? Telling Sylvester or Ferdinand that she blessed Damuel at the end of Part 2, which increased his mana growth. Damuel would forever get teased by Sylvester if he learned that a laynoble got such a magnificent blessing and he didn't. It doesn't end up being used because Damuel just stays behind and closes his eyes, so he can declare ignorance if he was ever interrogated.
  • Blood Magic: To sign magic contracts, commoners use blood instead of a pen that writes with mana. That is because a commoner's mana is too low in general, though blood has the highest concentration of mana, so it can still be used for magically binding contracts.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: In Part 2 Volume 2, the Knight's Order calls High Priest Ferdinand and Myne for help to defeat a grown trombe and restore the land. Karstedt assigns two new knights, Shikza and Damuel, to protect Myne. However, Shikza soon attacks Myne and Damuel cannot try to protect her because Shikza outranks him. Myne's wound creates another trombe, but she is saved by Ferdinand. Ferdinand admonishes Shikza and Damuel for dishonoring themselves, and the archduke sentences Shikza to death, while Damuel is degraded back to an apprentice and is ordered to guard Myne henceforth.
  • Bookends: The last episode of Season 2 of the anime has Ferdinand preparing to read Myne's mind with a magic tool, which was also the first scene of the first episode of the series.
  • Breach of Promise of Marriage: Damuel gets a double blow after failing to protect Myne. One of the indirect consequences includes his fiancée breaking their engagement after he had spent all his savings on her. When he hopes to get some of that money back because she was the one to end it, his brother advises him against it for reasons that can be summed up as "you're the one who messed up, don't expect a single small copper back".
  • Break the Haughty: Invoked by Rozemyne in Part 4. After Ehrenfest, due to Rozemyne's unconventional strategy and a change of rules, wins a ditter game against the greater duchy Dunkelfelger, whose knights are experts in ditter and much better coordinated, the Ehrenfest apprentice knights (like Traugott) become arrogant and overconfident. Rozemyne tells Leonore that they should have a rematch with Dunkelfelger, but since she has to go back to Ehrenfest for the Dedication Ritual, they would have to fight without Cornelius and Angelica (their strongest knights) and without her guidance, to realize that they know nothing about teamwork and lucked out. As expected, Ehrenfest suffers a humiliating defeat.
  • Breeding Slave: Women with huge amounts of mana can be used as such by the nobility to produce superior children. Ferdinand warns Myne that this could happen to her, if she doesn't focus on her noble education to pass her off as a noble.
  • Burying a Substitute: Myne's funeral replaces the body with posessions of the desceased because she's not actually dead. The fact that the buried possessions are her commoner clothes is fitting to the real situation, however.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Tends to happen when the people of this world are confronted with Myne's futuristic concepts. Her shampoo gets branded as "rinsham" (a portmanteau of "rinse" and "shampoo"), and everyone refers to libraries as "book rooms." Even the "potatoffel," a plant that seems identical to a potato, sounds like a mix between "potato" and its German equivalent "Kartoffel".
  • Call-Back:
    • At the end of Part 2, after the archduke has sentenced High Bishop Bezewanst to die, all of his attendants are to be executed with him. When Delia regretfully bids Myne goodbye, Myne remembers that in Part 2 Volume 1 she promised to help and save Delia the next time she is in trouble. Myne then asks Sylvester to reconsider Delia's punishment and ends up saving Delia's life.
    • In Part 3 Volume 4, Rozemyne and Ferdinand need to figure out what to do with the Doorstop Baby orphan, Dirk, who has his submission contract with Count Bindewald canceled. Since Rozemyne wants to keep Dirk at the orphanage for a longer time, and making him sign with Rozemyne would force him out, Ferdinand suggests to do the same thing that Sylvester did with Myne and give a pre-signed contract to Dirk's guardians, which they should only activate if Dirk is in danger.
    • In Part 3 Volume 5, Rozemyne sets up multiple conditions for teaching her mana compression method, one being that the contractor can't teach it to anyone else (including their relatives). She remembers how Ferdinand asked her once how she could still possibly be alive with so much mana and no magic tools, which reminded her how dangerous mana compression is. For the sake of preserving lives, she can only teach her method to people that are old enough.
    • In Part 3 Volume 4, the summary of knight story mentioned quite early on has the knight kill a feybeast to be able to use its feystone to propose to his beloved. Later in the volume, a male member of Rozemyne's entourage gains a romance prospect. In the following volume, Rozemyne asks for the operation intended to procure her a good feystone to be extended a little so that same member of her entourage can get a good feystone of his own, as she remembered that the knight story was depicting an actual tradition.
    • When Damian wants to visit Rozemyne's workshop in the temple, Rozemyne wants to make sure he sticks to the workshop and doesn't accidentally wander into the noble section of the temple. Lutz points out that the only reason Rozemyne has to worry about other people wandering into the noble section of the temple is the fact that she did that herself.
    • In Part 4 Volume 2, in Rozemyne's first ditter game, she orders Judithe to shoot a mana-filled ruelle at Dunkelfelger's feybeast. The feybeast eats the ruelle and grows in size and gets aggressive, which distracts Dunkelfelger's knights and gives Cornelius and Angelica the opportunity to kill it and secure their win. Rozemyne used this tactic based on what she experienced in Part 3 Volume 2, when a feybeast ate her ruelle and absorbed the mana to evolve.
    • In Part 2 Volume 4, Myne is researching colored ink with Heidi. However, the colors don't mix as expected and although Heidi wants to find out why, Myne drops the issue because she has higher priorities. In Part 4 Volume 4, this becomes relevant again when Ferdinand teaches her about the elemental properties of raw materials, which she needs to know to make magic ink.
    • In Part 4 Volume 6, Rozemyne, Wilfried, and Ehrenfest's apprentice knights are forced to fight a dangerous feybeast that, similar to a trombe, can continuously absorb mana to grow in size. To her horror, she learns that none of the knights know how to gain the divine protection of the God of Darkness to fight the feybeast, forcing her to teach the prayer to them. When she later asks her guardians why not even Cornelius knows how to do it, Ferdinand tells her that he ordered Karstedt to implement a test, so that only trustworthy and cooperating adult knights who pass the test can learn that spell. The reason for that was Shikza, who disobeyed orders and attacked Myne four years ago in Part 2 Volume 2.
    • In the same volume, following the extermination of the feybeast, Rozemyne turns her schtappe into Flutrane's staff and revitalizes the desolated land with mana, just like she did in Part 2 Volume 2 after the trombes were exterminated. The illustrations look also very similar.
  • Can't Live Without You: Nobles who offer their names to other nobles also bind their lives to them. Thus, should their master die, they will die with their master.
  • Capture the Flag: The treasure-stealing ditter variant is a form of Capture the Flag. Teams weaken a feybeast without killing it and are tasked to protect their feybeast from other teams, who need to capture it and bring it back to their own base while protecting their own beast. Turning the opponent's feybeast into a feystone to make stealing it easier is absolutely okay. This variant was very popular during Ferdinand's time at the Academy, though due to a lack of nobles, it's become unfeasible to play. However, Professor Rauffen suggests to play this variant in a bet against Rozemyne in Part 4 Volume 2.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • In general, Myne's book cravings are underestimated. In Part 1 Volume 3 Myne volunteers to enter the temple as a shrine maiden and even offers one large gold as compensation to get access to the temple's book room. Anyone who hears this, commoner and noble alike, thinks this is ridiculous. There is also one story where she crawled out of her bed and tried to go to the book room despite being sick. To prevent this from happening, one should place a book next to her bed.
    • No matter how often people are warned, no one seems to believe how weak Myne really is until they see it for themselves. It is thus tradition for her to collapse in front of unsuspecting people at least once every two volumes, followed by panic and a call for someone like Ferdinand who knows how to handle this.
    • At the end of Part 1, Otto tells Gunther how amazing Myne is, and how her products are so unbelievable that Otto eventually will have to quit being a soldier to help the Gilberta Company. While Gunther appreciates the praise, he values labor and materialistic things more, so from his point of view, Effa and Tuuli deserve more praise for the hairpins and rinse shampoo respectively. He therefore doesn't think Myne is that incredible, until Otto tells him that Myne rakes in and manages huge amounts of money with her ideas, just like Tuuli told him before, but which he dismissed because it sounded too ridiculous.
    • No one believes Rozemyne's achievements or how hard she is working in general. The products she invented, how she saved and educated the orphanage, how much work she has every day, it all seems too ridiculous for a child that was just baptized. Even Sylvester initially believes she doesn't do much work and it's actually Ferdinand who takes care of most things and then lets Rozemyne take credit for it. He's shocked when Rozemyne tells him that Ferdinand is overworked and he can't possibly handle her work on top of all that.
    • In Part 4 Volume 3, Philine goes home with her hard-earned money that she got from Rozemyne for transcribing books. Neither Philine's father nor her Wicked Stepmother believe that Philine has become Rozemyne's retainer and the latter takes away Philine's money. When Rozemyne and Ferdinand come to Philine's family estate, her stepmother realizes that Philine was telling the truth and tries to hide the fact that she has been abusing her stepchildren in favor of her own offspring. Philine's father's indifference to his wife almost killing his son leads to Philine cutting ties with her father. Rozemyne then orders Philine to move to the castle and takes her little brother to the temple.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Gunther coddling and seemingly overprotecting his daughters is very heartwarming and funny, but gets harsher once the reader learns that Tuuli and Myne aren't his first children, they are his third and fourth one, and he lost two more after Myne before Kamil was born. Mortality for newborns from low commoner families is high, and Myne has been a weak girl from the beginning.
  • Chekhov's Armoury: In Part 1 Volume 3, Myne and Lutz go to the temple for their baptism. Inside the temple, Myne sees the statues of the primary gods. Each one of them carries a divine instrument. The divine instruments later become very important, as they are used for rituals, but also have practical use.
    • The first divine instrument Myne comes in contact with is Geduldh's grail. The High Bishop uses it to determine whether Myne can fill it with mana.
    • Starting in Part 2, Myne regularly donates her mana to the divine instruments, such as for the Dedication Ritual in Volume 3. In Volume 2, she is given Flutrane's staff to refill the lands, which were devastasted by the trombe, with mana.
    • In Part 3 Volume 3, Ferdinand lends Rozemyne Leidenschaft's spear, with which she delivers the final blow to the Lord of Winter.
    • Starting in Part 4, Rozemyne reproduces some of the divine instruments with her Morph Weapon. When she is told to create a shield and a weapon in Volume 6, she transforms her schtappe into Schutzaria's shield and Leidenschaft's spear respectively. She also later uses the Cape of Darkness to deal with a dangerous feybeast, and then transforms her schtappe into Flutrane's staff to restore the lands with mana.
  • Chekhov's Army: Rozemyne meets the noble children of Ehrenfest at her first winter socializing in Part 3 Volume 3. Many of the named children like Hartmut, Traugott, or Laurentius, but also the unnamed ones like Giebe Groschel's daughter with the crimson hair (Brunhilde), become relevant in Part 4 when Rozemyne enters the Royal Academy.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang:
    • Several of Myne's early book attempts are meant to record specifically stories told to her by Effa. That venue gets dropped for her first few actual paper books because the first illustrator she gets her hands on is only familiar with religious figures. The "Effa's stories" project gets revived as a gift for Tuuli's tenth birth season. It then takes on unexpected importance when the Rozemyne workshop needs to spend some time producing new works without Rozemyne being able to provide new materials herself and just about anything she has finished at that point is good to have.
    • Flutrane's staff is used in Part 2 Volume 2 to refill withered lands with mana. In Part 4 Volume 6, Rozemyne transforms her schtappe into the staff to refill the land with mana after she encounters a feybeast with similar abilities to a trombe.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • In Part 1 Volume 1, Myne finds a book at a merchant's stall. In Justus' side story in Part 3 Volume 2, Justus and Eckhart are doing research on Myne and the former comes across the same book. He ends up buying it roughly 2 years after Myne first saw the book and delivers it to Ferdinand. invokedWord of God says that the book belonged to the family of Heidemarie, Eckhart's deceased wife.
    • Myne quickly gives up on making clay tablets, but the clay she used for that purpose becomes relevant again when she needs something to mix with soot to get something to write with and water doesn't work.
    • Gunther needs to participate in a meeting on the day of Tuuli's baptism because an archnoble asked to have it. The archnoble doesn't see the problem with organizing the meeting on the day of the lower city summer baptism because nobles simply get their children baptized by having a priest come to their estate at a time convenient to them. This results in the day of Rozemyne's baptism being the subject of a thorough discussion, as she is brought into existence with spring well underway and her summer birth season makes for a tight schedule for teaching her what a 7 year old noble child should know.
    • When Myne is learning what she can scavenge from the forest, Lutz rejects some poisonous items she picked up by accident, mentioning one of them will make whoever ingests it unable to move for three days. In a later part of the story, Rozemyne herself is given a poison with a similar effect when abducted.
    • When making an origami crane for Benno to thank him for sponsoring her an Lutz's papermaking, Myne's internal narration mentions origami shurikens. Rozemyne later uses paper shurikens when she needs to get a little more stealthy about spreading printed pictures of Ferdinand, by making prints that seem to be random lines and smudges until they are folded into shurikens.
    • Upon finding out that richer people are often bored during winter, Myne thinks of introducing various tabletop games, but realizes that Lutz's labor alone wouldn't be enough to produce them. Almost all the games she thinks of at the time become winter handiwork for the orphans the following winter, with a couple ultimately being used for edutainment.
    • When deciding on the donation that will allow her to join the temple as far as she's able to guess, Myne thinks of rental libraries back in Japan. Rozemyne later introduces the concept in the Noble's Quarter when she finds out that even her relatively cheap books are expensive to purchase for laynobles.
    • As part of the training that will help her deal with merchants Myne is told that magic contracts can be consulted in the Merchant's Guild. At the end of Part 2, Gustav and Freida later use their ability to do so practically at will to have a look at the magic contracts that were signed by Myne after accidentally finding out something involving her happened the previous evening and notice that those contracts are now signed by someone named Rozemyne.
    • At the end of Part 1, the High Priest is seen pulling out a handkerchief to wipe off the slight case of Blood from the Mouth he got from keeping Myne from Crushing the High Bishop to death. Near the end of Part 2 Volume 1, he gives Myne the same handkerchief when she starts crying in his presence. The handkerchief turns out to have his name, Ferdinand, embroidered on it, which is how Myne discovers what it is after several weeks of working for him while only knowing him by his job title.
    • At the end of Part 2 Volume 3, Sylvester leaves Myne a necklace with a black stone, as thanks for giving him a tour in the temple and the commoner forest outside of the town. He tells her it's a protection charm and that she should touch it with her blood if her life is in danger. It's a magic tool that makes Myne a part of Sylvester's family. By using it at the end of Part 2, Myne was adopted by Sylvester.
    • Part 3 Volume 2 reveals that Ferdinand has a library in his estate. This is later brought up in Part 4 when he intends to leave it to Rozemyne.
    • In Part 4 Volume 4 Rozemyne and Ferdinand develop invisible ink. It only becomes visible if Rozemyne or Ferdinand (people with seven-colored mana) come into contact with it. This becomes an important tool in Part 5.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • The south gate commander briefly appears in a side chapter focusing on Gunther and Otto. The man later makes a critical mistake that allows a noble who wants to kidnap Myne to enter the city and the fallout of the mistake results in him being demoted and Gunther being promoted in his place.
    • In Justus' side chapter in Part 3 Volume 2, Ferdinand's noble attendant, Lasfam, who stays at Ferdinand's estate in the Noble's Quarter, makes a brief appearance. He first appears in the main story in late Part 4.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Part 2 Volume 3 establishes that Myne reads and compares multiple versions of the bible. In Part 4 Volume 4, she uses the knowledge she gained from comparing the bibles to reenact the Spring Prayer ritual that melts the snow and causes the "Miracle of Haldenzel".
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Magic in the Bookworm world has its own logic and one's imagination and visualization play an important role in making it real. For instance, Rozemyne can create a highbeast without wings because she remembers the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro. It has a steering wheel, accelerator, and brake pedal. In Part 4, Professor Hirschur creates a similar highbeast, but she makes it look like a shumil and replaces the steering wheel with reins, since she doesn't understand the logic behind the wheel. But since she has already seen that a highbeast doesn't need wings, her highbeast can fly as well.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience:
    • The gods, as well as their corresponding seasons and mana attributes, in the Bookworm world are associated with colors. Black and gold are the colors of the God of Darkness and the Goddess of Light; green is the color of Flutrane/spring; blue is the color of Leidenschaft/summer; yellow is the color of Schutzaria/autumn; white and red are the colors of Ewigeliebe and Geduldh respectively, and both represent winter.
    • Each duchy is assigned a color and nobles typically wear capes of their corresponding color. For instance, Ehrenfest's color is ocher, while Dunkelfelger's color is blue, and Klassenberg's color is red. The Sovereignty's color is black.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • In Part 2 Volume 1, Myne enters the temple and her room without an attendant. She sees High Priest Ferdinand waiting in her room, who scolds her for walking around without an attendant who would open her door. Myne feels he's overreacting and the lecture goes on for a while, at which point Myne gets bored.
      Myne: High Priest, I have learned how to open a door.
      Ferdinand: This was not about opening a door. Were you even listening? I am telling you how to act like a proper lady.
      Myne: (thinking) Ooooohh.
    • In Part 3 Volume 3, Rozemyne learns that as the archduke's adopted daughter, she must take the archduke candidate course at the Royal Academy, instead of her desired scholar course, which is required to become a librarian. Ferdinand informs her that she can just take multiple courses, like he did. Rozemyne then gets depressed since she is just a normal girl and not a superhuman like him. Ferdinand tells her that she should just give it up then, since a normal person can't possibly become a librarian, and Rozemyne takes his bait, but not the way Ferdinand expected.
      Rozemyne: I will never give up, no matter what. Forget all that about me being a normal girl. I'm going to become the weirdest, strangest girl who ever lived!
      Ferdinand: Hold it. You are already bizarre beyond words. That is the wrong direction to focus your motivation.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: This is the story of how Myne spreads literacy and books throughout the world to eventually become a librarian. However, it is also the story of how Urano Motosu, who was still much of a Womanchild despite already being in her twenties, slowly matures and takes over responsibility.
  • Consequence Combo:
    • The offer the archduke of Ehrenfest made to Shikza's family after his Bodyguard Betrayal towards Myne has this element to it. They could either get executed alongside him or have the patriarch of the family sign a contract in which they promise to never interact with Myne ever again, pay a large fine and have Shikza recorded as having died honorably doing his duty as a knight.
    • Myne's noble identity Rozemyne is the result of a similar situation. Her choices were getting adopted by the archduke of Ehrenfest with all the perks that it entails or getting executed alongside her family and attendants. In the latter case, the archduke of Ehrenfest would have been the one to order the execution. Several people who went from serving her as Myne to serving her as Rozemyne are in a similar bind: they get a boost in social status and the privileges that come with it, but it's a Resignations Not Accepted job.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In Part 1 Volume 1, a side chapter introduces shumils. They are very weak feybeasts with sometimes blue fur who squeal "pooey". One of Ralph's friends, Fey, directly compares Myne to a shumil. In Part 2 Volume 3, the blue priest Sylvester accompanies Myne to her first Spring Prayer, and the first thing he does when he meets Myne is poking her cheek and demanding from her to chirp "pooey". He later states that Myne reminds him of his pet shumil that he had in the past. Rozemyne only learns about what shumils are much later in Part 4.
    • When Myne meets High Priest Ferdinand for the first time in Part 1 Volume 3, she guesses that he is around Benno's age (late twenties to early thirties). In the prologue of Part 2 Volume 1, it's mentioned that Ferdinand is frequently mistaken to be 25 or 30 years old, when he is actually 20.
    • In Part 2 Volume 1, Myne tells Delia to deliver a message to the High Priest, as Myne will get in trouble otherwise. Hearing this, Delia promises to deliver the message. When Myne returns a few days later, she is greeted by Delia smugly saying that Myne must have gotten in trouble. Delia indeed did not deliver the message.
    • In Part 2 Volume 1, Myne notes that she likes her food a bit saltier than most people. In Part 3 Volume 5, Hugo ends up losing his cooking duel with Leise because the food he made was too savory. He based the dish on Rozemyne's personal preferences.
    • In Part 2 Volume 1, after Lutz runs away from home, Gil comes to Myne's home to walk her to the temple. However, she can't leave because she is still stuck with a fever. Gil then kneels, takes her hand and presses his forehead against the hand. He then prays for her soon recovery. At the start of Part 4, Sylvester does a similar gesture to express his heartfelt gratitude to Rozemyne for saving his children.
    • Elvira and Eckhart are first seen in Part 2 Volume 3, when Ferdinand visits Karstedt to discuss Myne. Karstedt notes that his wife and eldest son seem to like Ferdinand much more than him. In Part 3, when Rozemyne and other characters like Cornelius narrate the story, they make the same observation.
    • In Part 2 Volume 3 Supernatural Sensitivity is explained. Damuel, who is a laynoble, is weak enough to sense the relatively weak Devouring soldiers. In Part 3 Volume 4, Brigitte, a mednoble, starts sensing Damuel's mana, which is a sign that his capacity is growing.
    • In Part 2 Volume 3, Sylvester leaves Myne with a protection charm, that would help her when she's in danger. It doesn't have any actual magic function besides sealing Myne's adoption contract with Sylvester. However, starting in Part 4, Rozemyne wears protection charms Ferdinand gives her, and those really are intended to protect Rozemyne should she ever get attacked by someone.
    • In Part 3 Volume 3, thanks to Rozemyne's support, the Knight's Order defeats the Lord of Winter faster than usual. It is said that killing the Lord of Winter will shorten the terrible blizzards during winter. A side story at the end of Part 3 mentions that winter is lasting longer than last time. That is because Rozemyne is recovering in her jureve, so she can't help the Knight's Order.
    • In Part 4 Volume 1, Rozemyne enters the Royal Academy and has to choose her own retainers amongst the students. Most of them have been chosen for her in advance, and as she later finds out, all have a connection to either Florencia/Elvira's faction or House Leisegang. When Sylvester later reviews Rozemyne's chosen retainers, the only ones he finds surprising are Philine and Judithe. That is because neither of them are connected to the Florencia or Leisegang faction.
    • In Part 4 Volume 1, Leonore brings up the rumor that Angelica is to be married to one of Bonifatius' grandsons. Rozemyne thinks it's ridiculous for Angelica to marry one of her brothers; someone like Traugott would make far more sense. And she is right. As it later turns out, Traugott was the intended fiancé for Angelica, at least until he quit being Rozemyne's guard knight.
    • At the start of Part 4 Volume 2, Rozemyne discusses with Hirschur the date and time when Schwartz and Weiss are supposed to be measured. Hirschur suggests to do it in the morning, since she has to teach classes in the afternoon. On the day of the measurement, Rozemyne is confronted by Lestilaut. One of the reasons why he's angry is the fact that Hirschur skipped the classes she was supposed to teach in the afternoon and instead went straight back to her workshop after the measurement was done. Rozemyne internally curses Hirschur for neglecting her duty.
    • In Part 3 Volume 1, Rozemyne earned roughly 12 large gold with the charity concert and the printed illustrations of Ferdinand. After Ferdinand found out about the illustrations, he forbade Rozemyne from selling such merchandise ever again, even after she offered him a portion of the profits. It is then noted that, amongst other things, one of his sources of money are the magic tools he makes and sells. In Part 4, Rozemyne learns that Ferdinand is well known outside of Ehrenfest's nobility as a Gadgeteer Genius who made quite a fortune with the magic tools he sold to other nobles.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • In Part 2, Myne, Lutz and Benno visit one of Benno's go-to carpenters to make their diptychs and karuta cards, where they find Lutz's older brother Sieg working as an apprentice. Neither brother was aware their employers knew each other up to that point.
    • A side chapter in Part 2 Volume 2 reveals that the apprentice chef Ella was in a desperate situation where she eventually would have had to become a bar waitress/prostitute once she came of age. The only way to escape her uncle was by either getting enough money to open her own store or by becoming a noble's chef. She coincidentally was sent on an errand at the Eatery Guild on a day where Benno was present, whose job offer was basically a godsend for her. Incidentally, no one at the Eatery Guild but Hugo wanted to take Benno's offer, due to the temple's bad reputation, so Benno was lucky to find Ella.
    • Johann at one point needs a patron to sponsor his apprenticeship graduation task, but the urgency couldn't have happened at a better time for Myne, who needed a skilled smith to make her type letters.
    • Myne comes into contact with the divine instruments of the primary gods, as she is required to donate her mana to them as an apprentice blue shrine maiden. As she later learns in Part 5, the divine instruments in the temple are meant for practice. The goal is to dedicate mana to them to learn the magic circles engraved on them, so that she can later reproduce them with her schtappe. Since she's been donating mana for years, she can do it on the spot after she acquires her schtappe.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: Rozemyne's cover story is partly reliant of this, as the noblewoman who is supposed to have given birth to her is dead. That same woman's still-alive husband, meanwhile, is one of the people actively and knowingly participating in the cover-up.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In Part 2, after the debacle attempting to punish Myne by confining her to the repentance chamber, Ferdinand is informed that a much more effective punishment is to deny Myne access to the book room.
  • Cooldown Hug:
    • Myne can calm her raging emotions (and mana) if she embraces or is embraced by another person. She regularly receives hugs from Tuuli and Lutz and later Ferdinand.
    • At the end of Part 2 Volume 2, after Ferdinand is clearly affected by the wave of emotions he just experienced, Myne gives him a hug.
  • Could Say It, But...: The morning after Myne's noble identity Rozemyne is established with the condition that as few people as possible should be made aware that they are the same person, Benno, who is in the loop out of necessity, is asked to get an outfit altered so it can fit Rozemyne. He hands the outfit over to Corinna, telling her that the order is for a noble child named Rozemyne, but that she can reuse Myne's measurements for it.
  • Crapsaccharine World: A downplayed example fueled mostly by perspective. The Slice of Life of a peasant six-year-old often plays as simple and idyllic as any childhood, but as Myne reaches out to accomplish her goals, she runs into darker elements of the world around her.
  • Crime of Self-Defense: The setting's society is stratified enough that when one person attacks another, law will always favor the person with higher status. Unsuprisingly, the higher in status one is, the better they are at Playing the Victim Card.
  • Cruel Mercy:
    • Subverted. At the end of Part 2, Myne tries to spare Delia for being associated with High Bishop Bezewanst, who is set to be executed. Sylvester only accepts life imprisonment in the orphanage after he sees Delia's shocked reaction to this, deeming it a fitting and cruel punishment. Delia though is actually thankful because despite being sent to the place that she never wanted to see again, she can watch over her adoptive brother Dirk and raise him.
    • In Part 3 Volume 3, Sylvester asks Rozemyne how she intends to punish the people of Hasse if she has no intention to raze the town to the ground and kill them all for attacking the archduke's family. She responds that she would raise their taxes for the next 10 years. Sylvester finds this especially cruel, as he thinks it would be better to just kill them immediately instead of letting them slowly starve.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The religion in the world worships a pantheon of multiple gods note . The Church is led by blue priests, who are of noble origin and have mana. They fill objects with mana for a bountiful harvest and ensure prosperity for the people.
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • In Part 2 Volume 2, Myne is first attacked by her own bodyguard, then a trombe is created when her blood comes into contact with the ground, causing a giant trombe to appear and entrap her in its branches. High Priest Ferdinand notices the trombe and quickly appears to saves her.
    • At the end of Part 2, Myne and Tuuli are kidnapped on their way home by Count Bindewald's forces. Myne is quickly freed by Gunther, and she and Gunther then save Tuuli. When Myne flees to the temple, she is ambushed by Bindewald himself and Bezewanst. Ferdinand (and Sylvester) save Myne.
    • At the end of Part 3, Charlotte is abducted, but Rozemyne's guard knights, Angelica and Cornelius, save Charlotte. This leaves Rozemyne unattended, who is then kidnapped and poisoned by an unknown assailant. Rozemyne's grandfather, Bonifatius, catches up to the kidnappers and stops them, and Ferdinand again comes to Rozemyne's rescue and saves her life by giving her an antidote and putting her in the jureve to heal her wounds.
  • Darwinist Desire: Due to the child's mana usually coming from the mother, Ferdinand states that when Myne comes of age, it is very likely a large number of noble male suitors will be after her due to her very large amount of mana reserves.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The light novel and manga have extra chapters that are narrated from different characters' perspective. In the anime, the OVAs focus on characters other than Myne.
  • Deadly Euphemism: "Climbing up the towering stairway" is a noble's way to say someone died. This is first mentioned in Part 2 Volume 4 by Fran when he realizes that High Priest Ferdinand had his head attendant Arno killed. It's mentioned again in Part 3 Volume 1, when a side chapter from Cornelius's point of view brings up Karstedt's deceased third wife, Rozemary. The explanation comes in Part 3 Volume 2, when Rozemyne has to write in a letter that Bezewanst was executed. The mayor of Hasse, to whom she writes, doesn't understand the meaning and thinks Bezewanst was promoted.
  • Deep Sleep: At the end of Part 3, Rozemyne is informed that taking the jureve will put her in a sleep that may last up to a season. However, as she takes severe damage after being poisoned at Charlotte's baptism, she sleeps for nearly two years.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: A constant source of conflict is Myne's morals and regard for life clashing with the values of noble society. Myne absolutely abhors how nobles view commoner lives as expendable. As Ferdinand is aware of Myne's circumstances, he is more accommodating towards her, but he still intends to make her become more ruthless, as in his opinion she is often too soft on everyone.
  • Demonic Possession: Lutz eventually figures out that Myne cannot possibly know all the things she does and demands she leave the original Myne's body. To his surprise, she agrees, but suggests they go home first...because if she lets the fever take her, all that'll be left is a corpse, not a living little peasant girl that had already died of a fever. After some discussion, he realizes she didn't want to be here in the first place and she's the only Myne he really knows, so he decides it's none of his business and that she should speak to her family.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Myne attempts to list the High Priest's positive qualities, but gets stuck on the last one because it involves... well, you can probably guess.
    He risked his life to stop my rampage, he's a skilled leader managing the administration of the temple himself, he read the bible to me, he let me enter the book room, he let me enter the book room, and he let me enter the book room!
  • Denied Food as Punishment: A common practice in the temple, where access to food works on a trickle-down system from blue-robed priests to their gray-robed attendants. Myne turns out to have been doing this to Gil by complete accident due to skipping lunch to have more time to read the temple's books before returning home. Fran and Delia were being properly fed by the temple higher-ups to whom they report information about Myne.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Considering the disaster that ensued simply from the back of Myne's hand accidentally getting cut open by his blade, one wonders how much Shikza was thinking when he intended to gouge out Myne's eyes out of pure spite. He also didn't think of a good excuse to explain his actions to Ferdinand and Karstedt who ordered him to protect Myne.
    • In Part 3 Volume 5, Charlotte's kidnapper throws her away to escape. Angelica jumps to catch her, but when asked what she intends to do about the landing, she admits that she didn't think that far ahead and promptly cries for help herself.
    • In the aftermath of the incident in the same volume, Charlotte's kidnapper, Viscount Joisontak, explains his "flawless" plan to gain Rozemyne's favor by kidnapping either her or one of her siblings to save them and then appear like a hero. Everyone comments on how flawed his plan was, because he never would have been able to contact Rozemyne or her retainers without appearing suspicious in the first place, since he is on the black list of nobles that Rozemyne justifiably shouldn't meet.
    • In Part 4, Traugott becomes one of Rozemyne's guard knights. His goal is to join her to learn her mana compression method, and once he has done so, he would have the means to become strong enough to become Ehrenfest's knight commander, so he could just quit as her guard. It doesn't occur to him that leaving (or worse, being dismissed of) an archduke candidate's services without proper reason is a disgrace for oneself and one's own family that could last a lifetime. He would thus never ever have the chance to serve under anyone else again, which makes it impossible for him to become knight commander. Rozemyne warns him of this, but Traugott doesn't understand Rozemyne's advice and Justus has to spell it out to him, when he has the audacity to think he could re-enter Rozemyne's services.
    • Starting in Part 4, Rozemyne enters the Royal Academy. Since she was sleeping in her jureve to recover, she has missed out on two full years of education. Sylvester and Ferdinand nonetheless make her cram material for her classes (but not any social training), then send her to the Academy to introduce Ehrenfest's new products and assist Wilfried, so that he can get a headstart against Charlotte. Unsurprisingly, Rozemyne's lack of training in noble etiquette and manners leads to a series of events that causes Rozemyne's guardians endless stress.
    • In Part 4 Volume 6, Rozemyne's water gun arrows all fail to hit her target, so she changes her gun into a giant Cape of Darkness and throws it at the feybeast to immobilize it. Now that the beast can't move, she intends to shoot it with her gun, only to realize that she just threw away her weapon.
  • Differing Priorities Breakup: This is the reason the pairing between Damuel and Brigitte breaks up before even officially becoming a thing. The male half of the pairing secretly can't leave his job in the duchy's capital without risking a He Knows Too Much death, but thinks the job is good enough that the female half would happily move in with him. The female half wants to go back to her home province after getting married and is technically the better off one, so what she wants to do takes precedence as far as society as a whole is concerned.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Most people would agree that the massive purge that followed after the civil war ended was excessive. It has led to a mana shortage across several duchies, including Ehrenfest, which wasn't even involved and stayed neutral (or Ahrensbach which was on the winning side). The greater duchy that pushed for such an extreme culling had a deep grudge against the losing side and ended up becoming the highest-ranked duchy afterwards.
  • Don't Split Us Up: After Myne reforms the temple's orphanage, plans are made to export its model to other towns. In the first town that gets an expansion of the temple orphanage, local orphans are offered the choice between moving to the new orphanage or staying in the current set-up for them. The four who accept to move from the get-go are two pairs of siblings in which one half was about to be sold off by their caretaker.
  • Don't Tell Mama: In Part 1 Volume 2, Myne collapses after overexerting herself, giving Mark the shock of his life. She wakes up in Corinna's home, where she asks her to not tell her family she collapsed while Lutz wasn't with her. Corinna flat-out refuses, because Myne deserves that scolding.
  • Doorstop Baby: In Part 2 Volume 4, a baby is found at the entrance of the temple. Myne gives the baby to Delia to take care of and names him Dirk.
  • Double In-Law Marriage: The Ehrenfest and Frenbeltag archducal couples are in such a marriage. Ehrenfest's archduke's wife is the younger sister of Frenbeltag's archduke, whose wife is the older sister of Ehrenfest's archduke. Ehrenfest being led by the younger siblings all while having been less damaged than Frenbeltag by a recent civil war results in its leaders having trouble saying "no" to requests for help from Frenbeltag.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: Myne sells the formula she uses to make shampoo, which at one point contains the necessary step of filtering oil through a ragged cloth. When the buyer tries to use her recipe to make oil, she tells him that the cloth he's using is too high quality and won't work for making shampoo. She has to tell them an alternate recipe for shampoo instead, which does end up being of higher quality than the first stuff she sold them.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: The main skill of any merchant. Thanks to Benno's training, Myne has gotten quite skilled at it, even getting a great deal out of Benno for exclusive rights to her hairpins.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After breaking to her family the bad news that she has only one year left to live in early Part 1 Volume 3, Myne wakes up in the middle of the night and notices her father drinking alone in the kitchen.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • This is Benno's reaction to Otto contributing to spreading the rumor that Myne is Benno's Goddess of Water. Goddess of Water can be a euphemism for both "bringer of prosperity" and "lover". Benno is a 30 year old Confirmed Bachelor, Myne hasn't turned seven quite yet at the time. Serious threats of having Corinna divorce Otto come up quickly and the phrase "Jokes that aren't funny aren't jokes" gets pronounced.
    • In Part 4 Volume 3, Ferdinand, Florencia, and Sylvester discuss the fact that more and more duchies want to snatch Rozemyne away by making her marry into one of their families. Sylvester jokes again that few people have as much mana as Rozemyne all while being able to control her, so she should stay in Ehrenfest and Ferdinand should go ahead and marry her. Ferdinand doesn't think it's a laughing matter at all and reprimands Sylvester, since if that were to happen Ferdinand would become Sylvester's heir. Between Rozemyne heading the future printing business alongside Elvira and her heritage as Bonifatius' granddaughter from his Leisegang wife (without any relation to Ahrensbach), she would have the political support of House Leisegang, Groschel, and Haldenzel. If Ferdinand were to marry her, in addition to his capabilities and experience, he would have such strong political backing that none of Sylvester's children could possibly win the competition to be his heir when they came of age. This is why Ferdinand suggests betrothing Rozemyne to Wilfried.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Downplayed. In Part 4 Volume 6, Rozemyne, Wilfried, and Ehrenfest's apprentice knights take down a dangerous feybeast. Cornelius then decides to split the materials that can be harvested from the feybeast according to how much everyone contributed. Cornelius did the most damage, followed by Wilfried and then Traugott, so Rozemyne just takes a few feystones that she intends to give to Roderick later. In Volume 7, she tells Sylvester, Karstedt, Ferdinand, and Bonifatius what happened. Bonifatius and Karstedt immediately question Rozemyne why she is so humble and thinks she didn't contribute much. In their opinion, the ones who contributed the most were the ones that set the necessary preparation, which were Leonore and Rozemyne: Leonore, for identifying the feybeast and providing crucial information about its strengths and how to defeat it; Rozemyne, for giving all knights the divine protection of the God of Darkness, making the feybeast focus its attention on her by repeatedly shooting at it with her water gun, and immobilizing it temporarily with the Cape of Darkness that she threw at it. If damage contribution was all that mattered, everyone would just recklessly attack, just like Traugott did. Bonifatius is irritated that apparently neither Cornelius nor the other apprentices realized this and promises to train them properly when they return from the Academy.
  • The Dung Ages:
    • The Urano version of Myne to her horror learns how awful the lower city smells, especially in the southern part of the lower city, as there is no sewer system and people just throw out the contents of their chamber pots out the window. The further south one goes, the less people care about hygiene. One of the first things the Urano version of Myne tries to do is improving the hygiene in her house, which makes her family and neighbors think she's become a Neat Freak. However, Myne's insistence to keep their house clean may have contributed to her health improving and to her baby brother, Kamil, surviving.
    • Averted for the temple and the Noble's Quarter. These parts are very clean, which is why all nobles start feeling nauseous when they enter the lower city. As is revealed later, that's because they already implemented sewage pipes and a garbage disposal system that was developed by another duchy. Sylvester's predecessors however never bothered to introduce this to the lower city, until Sylvester decided that they have to restructure the city to make it presentable to noble visitors and their people.
  • Emotion Suppression: Nobles are taught from the start that they must never reveal their true feelings and stay stoic. This also has practical reasons, as mana begins to leak if they get agitated. Myne clearly struggles with this, as she is very open about her feelings and she is a Bad Liar on top of that.
  • Every Man Has His Price: In Part 1 Volume 2, Benno asks Myne to make more of her hairpins. When Myne and Lutz ask their families for help, they initially want to refuse, but quickly change their mind when Myne pulls out her money and shows them how much she is willing to pay for each part.
  • Exact Words:
    • Sylvester's words while telling Myne how the Protective Charm he gives her works are "If you're in a bad spot, press your blood against the dark gem part and I'll come save you." While Sylvester is a little too far away to respond as promptly as he first made it sound like he would when she ends up using it, it later turns out that the charm has another effect that takes place as soon as Myne activates it: it legally makes her the daughter of Sylvester's real identity, Ehrenfest's archduke, which means that whoever is causing her trouble can no longer be protected by their higher status and she no longer risks getting herself and her allies executed for self-defense.
    • Ferdinand had forbidden Rozemyne from selling prints of him. He didn't forbid her from simply gifting them or loaning the artist drawing them to somebody else. Or that somebody else may open their own print shop and sell the prints.
  • Excessive Mourning: At the end of Part 2, Gunther can't get over losing Myne to the nobility. Long after her "funeral", he still stays at home until Effa gets fed up with him and spurs him on to help in the house and get back to work.
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: This has yet to be shown among commoners, but nobles are known to take both extra spouses and concubines. Karstedt had three wives at some point, one of them having died a few years prior to Myne meeting him. When shown Sylvester's home, Rozemyne is explicitly told that there's a wing meant for his eventual second and third wives.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: When Rozemyne reaches a point where her reputation precedes her, her extreme case of Older Than She Looks causes her to not exactly match people's expectations.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change:
    • Girls under the age of fifteen are expected to wear their in a style that lets most of it naturally drop. Once they reach adulthood, they are supposed to bind their hair in a way that keeps most of it up. This results in there being an age range during which the only obvious difference between a minor and a woman who has come of age is the way she wears her hair.
    • From an outside perspective, Myne is prone to changing hairstyles after major changes in her life:
      • Her Past-Life Memories awakening result in her starting to use a stick to partly bundle her hair, while she didn't seem to care much about styling her hair before that.
      • As Rozemyne, she has braids in her hair in addition to her bun.
  • Facepalm: Myne frequently causes those around her to perform this.
  • Family Extermination: This is what can happen to anyone that defies nobles. If someone commits a crime, they will be executed along with their families. Nobles who rebel against the archducal family are no exception, as Shikza's family would have been exterminated as well to ensure they will not retaliate against Myne. The archduke however showed mercy and spared their lives after Shikza's family promised to never approach Myne.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: The story has a faked case involving the polygynous marriages common among nobles. Rozemyne is passed off as the daughter of her father and his first wife, but her real mother is actually her father's third wife. In reality, she's the daughter of neither of the two women.
  • Fantastic Drug: Trug (old German word for deception). It is a drug that slowly over time lets a person control another and gives off a sweet scent.
  • Fantastic Flora:
    • The first indication that Myne was reincarnated in a fantasy setting is the paru tree, a strange tree made of ice that grows coconut-type fruit that can only be harvested in the early hours of the morning during winter. Once the sun gets too high, the tree flings its fruit an incredible distance and melts.
    • Another is the taue, a fruit that swells with water during the summer, and is used by the people of the town as water balloons for a wedding festival. But if a person with Mana touches the fruit, it suddenly transforms into a Trombe, an invasive, mana-hungry, fire-resistant woody plant that grows extremely fast (as in, after the seed cracks, it immediately lays roots and grows almost a couple of feet in as many seconds). Lutz calls his brother and cousin to immediately cut it apart before it can keep growing, as its rapid growth sucks up all the nutrients in an area and, if it grows into a tree, ruins the soil in a large area for other plants afterwards and takes entire teams of knights to take down (it also seems to shoot off its seeds like the Paru). Said wood is also noted to be unable to burn. However, it turns out its bark is actually one of the best materials for Myne's paper.
    • Even cooking ingredients aren't exempt. A radish can scream or a mushroom dance.
  • Fantasy Contraception: People with significantly different mana levels can't have children with each other, making Uptown Girl situations quite rare. There are twists to this, however:
    • Having a much higher or much lower quantity of mana in regards to one's own family is far from being unheard of. Those with significantly high levels of mana compared to the rest of their family have a chance of marrying up. Those with significantly low levels of mana compared to the rest of their family are put up for adoption in the lower classes, made servants in their own household or sent to the temple, which means that those not sent to the temple will be marrying down compared to what their lineage should have allowed for.
    • In the temple, people of noble birth with extremely low mana cohabitate with commoners raised to be their attendants. People are forbidden to marry, but the discrepency in status between masters and attendants means that sex still happens, usually without the attendant's consent. Child by Rape happens frequently enough that up until some time before Myne took over as orphanage director, the pre-baptism orphans were being cared for by former Sex Slave attendants who had been dismissed for getting pregnant by their masters.
    • Someone who is both female and a Mage Born of Muggles runs the risk of becoming a Breeding Slave for the nobility.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Along with sewing, low commoners rank cooking as one of the most useful skills to have for a woman, which makes them especially attractive.
    Effa: Creating clothes for your family is important both practically and to show off to the neighbors. You can't be a true beauty if you’re not good at sewing and cooking.
    Myne: (thinking) Aaah... I'm definitely not gonna grow up into a beauty, then. And I mean, I can understand all that being important for a good wife, but what do cooking and sewing have to do with being beautiful?
  • Feuding Families: For three generations, Ehrenfest has been in turmoil due to Gabriele, a daughter from Ahrensbach, marrying an Ehrenfest archduke candidate, who founded the count house Groschel. Gabriele brought her own retainers to Ehrenfest, and she was in a bitter conflict with the family of Count Groschel's second wife, who was a daughter of House Leisegang. After Gabriele's death, her followers switched allegiance to her daughter, Veronica. Veronica and her faction have been in control of Ehrenfest and suppressed House Leisegang for years. But with Veronica's imprisonment and the adoption of Rozemyne (officially a Leisegang) into the archducal house, the momentum has switched to House Leisegang, who aim to make Rozemyne Ehrenfest's next archduke, even though Rozemyne's mother, Elvira, a moderate Leisegang, has already stated that she has no intention to seat her daughter on the throne.
  • Fictional Age of Majority:
    • Children have their baptism around their seventh birthday. During that ceremony, children enter their local temple for the first time and are officially made citizens of the city in which they were born. All children officially start their vocational training after their baptism. Getting orphaned or running away from home after one's baptism is also just slightly less painful than before it, as employers are expected to have housing space available for employees and apprentices with no other place to live. Working pre-baptism children are akin to child labor in modern times in that they're technically illegal by temple rules, tolerated if they're children helping with their parents' business, and paid less than a seven-year-old just getting started. It's also mentioned that children aren't considered human beings by the temple before their baptism. All of the above is problematic for Myne because she's still as small as a 5-year-old long after her 7th birthday has passed, causing people who first meet her or only know her by sight to not realize that she has already been baptized.
    • Age ten has some degree of importance as well, as it's the age at which noble children enter the Royal Academy, at which the proper length of female skirts moves from knees to shins, and when the first contract of lower city apprentices usually runs out.
    • Adulthood ceremonies happen around fifteen years after one's birth. It's justifiably earlier than in other places on Earth because a year in the Bookworm world is 420 days long. If one wants to skip the "number of days actually lived through" math, a fifteen-year-old in the Bookworm world would be about seventeen years and three months old on Earth note .
      • The new rights acquired after the ceremony include no longer needing parental approval do to things, getting married and starting a formal concubinage. However, it's implied to not be any sort of age of consent; when Ferdinand hears rumors that the adult Benno and the seven-year-old Myne are in a sexual relationship, he mentions that that's not uncommon.
      • Fifteen is also the age at which people are expected to settle in their permanent workplace (vocational training starts at age seven) and graduate from the equivalent of a temporary employee to the equivalent of a full-time one if it hasn't happened earlier. Some trades require the person to have proven that they can bring money into their new workplace by completing a special order for a customer by the time they reach adulthood.
      • Noble children that come of age are allowed to keep their wands if they have graduated from the Royal Academy and are given permission to leave the Noble's Quarter. Angelica for instance cannot accompany Rozemyne to the temple or leave Ehrenfest with her mistress because she hasn't come of age until Part 4.
  • Fictional Currency: The world uses a Gold–Silver–Copper Standard, further subdivided by coin size. However, currency is also measured in "lions," and a quirk of the system is that there isn't a 1-lion coin (a small copper is 10 lions).
  • Fictional Sport: Several have been mentioned:
    • Warf, a game in which the ball is an armadillo-like feybeast (itself called a warf) rolled-up. It plays like soccer in the two middle quarters of the field. As the goals are hoops the warf/ball needs to be thrown into, it can be picked up when within a quarter of the field of the goals. There are no real rules against players getting violent with each other, as it's played during the autumn Harvest Festival and anyone who gets injured will have the winter to recover.
    • Ditter, which is played by nobles on their highbeasts.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Children are generally expected to follow the same career paths as their parents or take a job that is very similar, as most baptized children become apprentices by being introduced to workshops via their parents.
    • Effa is a dyer and can also sew very well, and Tuuli's dream is to become a seamstress. Since Gunther is a soldier, Myne's neighbors don't raise an eyebrow when they see her commuting between her home and the gate, as they think she's eventually going to find work there.
    • Lutz's father and brothers all have craftsman-related jobs (specifically carpentry and construction) and apprenticeships. Lutz's father expects his son to do the same, which is why Lutz initially is mocked and disabused by his family for wanting to become a merchant.
    • Nobles are more flexible regarding their paths, but some families specialize in one profession. Karstedt for instance followed the same path as his father and became the commander of the Knight's order, and all of his sons have become knights, too. Angelica's family traditionally consists of noble attendants, which makes her an exception, as she has taken the knight course at the Royal Academy.
  • Forced to Watch: Justified in Part 3. Ferdinand forces Rozemyne to watch how the mayor of Hasse and his faction are executed. The entire story of Hasse is meant to be a learning experience as a noble for her.
  • Forceful Kiss: Clarissa of Dunkelfelger forces one on Hartmut after she "defeats" him and holds him at knifepoint. She wanted to see how compatible they are.
  • Foreshadowing: Enough of it to get its own page.
  • Framing Device: The anime's first scene is the High Priest going back and examining Myne's memories. Presumably, this continues until the scene appears again at the end of the second season.
  • Freudian Trio: Ferdinand, Sylvester and Karstedt tend to become this when they are in the same room:
    • Sylvester, the Manchild who gets away with it because of the low number of people who are allowed to even try keeping him in check, is the Id.
    • Ferdinand, the Stern Teacher to whom other people's feelings are frequently an afterthought to getting desired results, is the Superego.
    • Karstedt, who meets the fairly low bar of being both more mature than Sylvester and more relaxed than Ferdinand, is the Ego.
  • Gag Echo: In the anime, after Myne gets the idea of making a picture book for a baby she knows to be coming, there is a montage of Lutz, Benno and Ferdinand all having the same bemused reaction to the notion of a picture book. Myne's reaction to Ferdinand's is the feeling she's hearing an echo.
  • Game Changer: Myne could accurately be described as a game changer engine due to her past life memories. Between being dragged into various arts and crafts hobbies by her mom, her education, and prodigious reading of various fields of study making her a polymath, she is primed for reinventing the various technologies necessary to achieve her goals.
    • When discussing her first picture book with Ferdinand he is floored that she has already produced 30 copies. Myne summarizes the process of stencil printing to him and the explanation leaves him so stunned he freezes up like a crashed computer until Myne snaps him out of it.
    • After receiving the metal letter types she commissioned Myne explodes in a joyous frenzy and outright declares that this is the moment history will be changed forever. A demonstration of what they are for and how they work causes most of the witnesses, Benno, the smith foreman, and Myne's bodyguard, to immediately grasp the gravity of the situation and agree with her claim. A later demonstration to Ferdinand yields similar results and he echoes, "This will change history... Yes, I understand that now."
  • Gem Heart: Feystones are the hearts of feybeasts crystallized upon their death. This can also happen to humans who have mana. A magical medical exam done in preparation for Rozemyne's new life reveals that her brushes with death as Myne were close enough to create several hard clumps of mana in her chest.
  • Gender-Restricted Ability: Flutrane, the goddess associated with both water and spring, has been shown to greatly favor women over men. For instance, a traditional spring ritual turns out to no longer have its dersired effect because it needs to be performed by women and it has become something only performed by men by the time Rozemyne finds out about it.
  • Genius Burnout: After her mother shows surprise at the fact that she figured out her new world's numbering system over a single market run, Myne wonders if this trope will happen to her.
"... Oh wait, am I going down the child prodigy path here? At age ten I'll be God's gift to mankind and at age fifteen I'll be a genius, but once I hit twenty I'll just be a normal person."
  • Gentle Touch vs. Firm Hand: At the end of Part 3, a gray shrine maiden is sent back to the orphanage because she got pregnant. However, since the previous High Bishop removed every gray shrine maiden who may have known how to handle childbirth, Lutz, Tuuli, and Benno are consulted and asked to help. When Benno suggests moving the pregnant woman to the nearby town of Hasse, Wilma refuses to come with them due to her trauma. A stressed-out Benno then starts verbally abusing her, leaving Wilma a blubbering mess. Fran reacts in a more sympathetic way (since he can relate), and tells her in a gentle but firm way that she indeed was protected by Rozemyne the whole time and that she needs to overcome her weaknesses like everyone else did. Wilma then goes to Hasse, and Rozemyne can see that she is doing better after she awakes.
  • Girls Like Musicians: Especially women love Ferdinand playing harspiel and singing songs. Even Wilma, who is usually too scared of men, can't help but yearn for Ferdinand when she sees him playing music. Rozemyne makes a noblewoman almost fall for her after composing a song for her on the spot.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: Myne eventually starts moving up in status as she starts reinventing things, though she only makes them in passing because she needed them for something else. However, it's very difficult to even make things like paper, which keeps her invention making at a slow pace as she struggles with the trial and error necessary to make things.
  • Giving Up on Logic: Myne's knowledge of inventions like her hairpins, rinse shampoo or plant paper, as well as her unusual intelligence, cleanliness and manners make people question where she learned all that when she is the daughter of a low-class soldier and dyer. Benno and Mark eventually just give up trying to make sense of it and when Otto asks Gunther where Myne got her knowledge, he suspects that the gods must have blessed Myne. Funnily, Otto actually thinks that makes a lot of sense.
  • Glad He's on Our Side: Each time Myne sees how ruthless Ferdinand is against his enemies, she's very grateful that he's one of her allies.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: The robes of the High Bishop, the highest religious authority in any given duchy, are white with gold trimmings and decorations.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: In Part 3 Volume 3, Ferdinand plays the bad cop, who intends to eradicate the entire city of Hasse for treason, while Rozemyne builds up her saint image by insisting to only punish the ones responsible.
  • Gossipy Hens: The neighborhood around Myne's family is a tight-knit community, and the wives love sharing stories about their families and rumors.
  • Gratuitous German: A lot of the names are based on actual German words. For instance, the Lord of Winter that appears in Part 3 Volume 3 is a schnesturm (based on "Schneesturm" meaning blizzard), the God of War is called Angriff (attack), and the Dedication Whirl involves a spinning move that is compared to a kreisel toy (spinning top).

     Tropes H-M 
  • Heir Club for Men:
    • Gender-inverted with the successors of the Gilberta Company. It is tradition for the women to inherit the store, while their husbands act as frontmen. Benno only temporarily acts as the company's successor and has waited for Corinna to marry and produce an heir.
    • Downplayed agnatic-cognatic form for archduke candidates. Women are serious candidates, but they have to outclass their male rivals sizably. This is lampshaded in a bonus chapter in Part 3 Volume 3, when Lamprecht points out that there is a gender barrier that a female archduke candidate needs to overcome (which Georgine couldn't against Sylvester), which is why Wilfried has an advantage over his younger sister, Charlotte. However, Rozemyne is so much more brilliant and has a bigger mana capacity than Wilfried that his retainers worry that she will easily steal his position as heir.
  • He Knows Too Much:
    • In Part 2 Volume 4, the archduke of Ehrenfest makes Myne and her family sign a magic contract that forbids them from interacting like family. A more ruthless man would have just had her family killed, but he still allows Myne's family to meet with Rozemyne on business matters.
    • At the end of Part 3, Damuel has to take back his marriage proposal to Brigitte when she asks him whether he would go to Illgner with her once they were married. Damuel knows too well that knowing Rozemyne's commoner background makes it impossible for him to leave her side alive. Ferdinand outright notes in his thoughts that Damuel would have died in an "accident" if Rozemyne had given him her blessings to go to Illgner.
  • High-School Dance: The dedication whirl features archduke candidates who dress up like the primary gods and dance at the graduation ceremony.
  • How Is That Even Possible?: Everyone's reaction around Myne when they see just how much mana she has.
  • Humble Pie:
    • Wilfried's "High Bishop for one day" day in Part 3 Volume 2 ends up being one. Neither the attendants nor Ferdinand are willing to spoil him, and due to his illiteracy and laziness, he and Lamprecht end up being humiliated. The cherry on the top is when he returns home, when he hears his father seriously considering to disinherit his son. Wilfried vows to change and with Rozemyne's help improves drastically in only a few months.
    • Happens to Charlotte at the end of Part 3. Charlotte was told that she was more skilled than her brother, Wilfried, and since she is only one year apart from him and Rozemyne, she wants to take Rozemyne's place while her sister is absent. She quickly learns that she is still too inexperienced and Rozemyne's skills are far beyond her capabilities. Even Wilfried fares much better than her in the playroom and when they replenish the foundation, so she starts copying Wilfried and tries to not overestimate her abilities.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • Damuel goes through one after he failed his mission to protect Myne in Part 2 Volume 2. He is demoted back to an apprentice knight (which comes with a paycut) for a year and has to pay a quarter of the cost for Myne's new (and very expensive) ceremonial robes. Since he is a poor layknight, he has to go ask his brother's future concubine's family to lend him that money. On top of that, he will have to guard Myne at the despised temple during his apprenticeship. Since Damuel now has a criminal record and is an apprentice again, his engagement with a noblewoman from another duchy was canceled, with the bridewealth that he already paid being lost.
    • In Part 4 Volume 2, Traugott resigns as Rozemyne's guard knight. Traugott isn't initially aware of this, but he humiliated himself and his family, since his resignation is practically a dismissal. While Rozemyne does not seem to exact any further punishment, Traugott's family does. Not only does Bonifatius cancel Traugott's engagement with Angelica, the family decides to send Justus to the Royal Academy as Traugott's attendant. Justus henceforth disciplines Traugott and doesn't really attend him, and Traugott is isolated by everyone in the dormitory.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Among the people Myne meets, there are people who are just as weird as her by her new world's standards. Cue her First-Person Smartass calling those characters weirdos, a word that plenty of characters have used while talking about her. Things get especially interesting when she has a conversation with one of her fellow weirdos and gets a reminder that they are among the people who think she's weird:
    Rozemyne: ...Wait just a second. You, the biggest weirdo I know, are treating me like a weirdo?
  • I Have No Son!: Part 3 Volume 4 reveals that Count Groschel does not acknowledge Bezewanst, a convicted criminal who was sent to the temple shortly after birth, as a member of his family, which is why the latter has no grave.
  • Improbable Antidote: Myne stumbles on a cheap treatment for the Devouring by accident: taue fruits. Just handling one is enough to drain some of her excess mana off. Of course, the fruit then sprouts and becomes a dangerous trombe plant, so it's not a treatment that can be used casually.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Invoked; after Myne washes Otto's wife's hair, Otto suddenly wants to have a "private moment" with her and asks if Myne has any reason she needs to leave immediately.
  • In It for Life:
    • Unlike lehange contracts, which last three years, leherl contracts last eight years and come with greater benefits. The employer promises better pay and provides the apprentice with food and a place to live. They also receive further training. After their contract runs out, the apprentice is guaranteed to stay employed and get work, and may even potentially take over the store or workshop one day. However, the apprentice in turn is bound to the store or workshop for the rest of their life. They cannot open their own store, nor can they join another store. Ingo, for instance, always wanted to open his own store, which is why he always signed lehange contracts and moved from workshop to workshop until he earned his beruf certification and was allowed to open his own workshop. In Part 3 Volume 4 this becomes an important matter for Tuuli, as she wants to stay close to Rozemyne, but since the Gilberta Company will always remain in Ehrenfest, and there is no guarantee that Rozemyne will too, Tuuli hesitates to sign on as a leherl.
    • At the end of Part 2, Delia has to stay in the orphanage for the rest of her life, as punishment for her involvement with the High Bishop and him attacking Myne. The alternative was the death penalty, and by staying in the orphanage, Delia at least gets to raise her adoptive brother, Dirk.
  • In Medias Res: The anime begins with a flash-forward to the scene of the Apprentice Shrine Maiden arc in which the High Priest uses magic to check Myne's memories, at which point the story chronologically begins.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • In Part 1 Volume 3, Myne learns that the female members of the temple are called "shrine maidens". Only the male members are called "priests".
    • A meta example: The translator insistently calls the rooms where the books are stored "book rooms". He intentionally avoids calling them "libraries", as the number of books is nothing compared to a library on Earth or the library in the Royal Academy that Rozemyne visits in Part 4.
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon: Nobles use modified feystones or magic parchment, which then turn into ordonannz (German word for "order" or "command"), white birds that will fly to the intended receiver and then either play a recorded message or turn into the written letter.
  • Internal Reveal: Each book has a prologue, an epilogue and various side chapters told from the point of view of characters who aren't Myne. This can result in a significant lag between the moment a reader is made aware of something and the moment Myne is. It happens often enough that only keeping the moment Myne finds out the information is a recurring way for the anime to compress the story.
    • The prologue in Part 2 Volume 1 is narrated from the High Priest's point of view. The reader already learns in this chapter that his name is Ferdinand, something that Myne only finds out at the end of the volume.
    • Justus being Ferdinand's attendant is already revealed in his side chapter in Part 3 Volume 2. Rozemyne only learns this in Part 4 when he is assigned as Traugott's adult attendant at the Academy.
  • Invisible Writing: In Part 4 Volume 4 Rozemyne and Ferdinand work on magic ink and accidentally discover ink that turns invisible and only turns visible when it comes in contact with their mana. Rozemyne uses it on Schwartz and Weiss' clothes, and it later becomes important in Part 5 when Rozemyne and Ferdinand start exchanging secret letters.
  • Irony:
    • During her first outing with her mother, Myne doesn't care much about the temple, while her mother considers that the Noble's Quarter and theit Lord's castle doesn't have much to do with their lives. Myne eventually joins the temple and later moves into the castle in question.
    • While Crushing him with little care about possibly killing him, Myne comments that there are probably plenty of people who would like to have the High Bishop's job. There turns out to not be that many candidates for the job once the High Bishop's execution is decided, so Rozemyne herself is made the new High Bishop.
    • Cosmic. When introduced in Part 2 Volume 1, Johann's employer mentions to Benno that Johann is looking for a patron. When Benno glances towards Myne, the employer dismisses the suggestion because "she's too much of a twerp" and that the patron needs to be an adult and have enough money to support someone. One guess as to who becomes his patron within a year.
    • When Myne asks for Ferdinand's opinion about her version of Cinderella, Ferdinand dismisses it as ridiculous, as there is no way a rich commoner would ever get to marry a prince in their world. Marrying upwards is practically impossible. There is a slight twist to it in Myne's case. Myne was the rich commoner engaged to a prince, but she's not the one with the Wicked Stepmother...
    • In his first side chapter, Damuel remembers the period during which parue cakes, which he acquired a taste for, can be made ending and Myne consoling him by telling him they will be available again the following winter. He muses that when saying this, Myne had been clearly forgetting that his sentence to be her bodyguard for a year started in very late autumn and hence would be done before the following winter. By said following winter, Damuel has been permanently assigned to be Rozemyne's guard, but Rozemyne no longer has access to parues.
    • In a more situational case, one of the duties of archdukes is to take part in a ceremony in which they gift capes and brooches to new Royal Academy students and encourage them to study hard. Ehrenfest's archduke is well-known to be Brilliant, but Lazy among those who work for him.
    • Lutz mentions after the charity concert in Part 3 Volume 1 that Ferdinand refused Rozemyne's offer to share profits of his printed illustrations because he has no need for "loose change" despite the profits being over 10 large gold. After hearing that, Rozemyne started yelling curses at the rich people in the world. In Part 4 Volume 7, Aub Dunkelfelger asks Rozemyne how much money she invested to transcribe and rewrite the history book of Dunkelfelger that he lent her. She mentions that it cost around 18 large gold. She spent more on one book than she earned in that concert.
    • In Part 4 Volume 5, Rozemyne intends to make Effa her exclusive dyer. She goes through lots of hoops to organize an event where she can make this happen without drawing suspicion. Since Effa actually knows what kind of color fits Rozemyne best, she does offer a work that perfectly fits Rozemyne, but Rozemyne doesn't actually recognize her mother's work. Brunhilde eventually chooses for Rozemyne, and she does pick Effa's work, but since Rozemyne can't allocate the cloth to her mother, she claims she can't decide on a final winner. Two volumes later when Tuuli comes to visit with Corinna, Rozemyne still can't tell which cloth was dyed by Effa.
    • In Part 4 and Part 5, after Veronica's fall, House Leisegang becomes more prominent and aims to make Rozemyne Ehrenfest's aub, as she is connected to the archducal family (as Bonifatius' granddaughter) and is descended from their line (as Karstedt and Elvira's daughter) and has absolutely no connection to Veronica. Rozemyne is actually of commoner origin and not connected to them at all, and neither Sylvester nor Rozemyne want her to become aub.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That:
    • Myne frequently forgets that several skills that were basic in her life as Urano are relatively rare specialized skills in her new world. While some other characters present will simply be some mix of impressed and surprised by them, some cases aren't revealed until chapters told in alternate points of view, which are typically at the very end or very beginning of volumes.
    • Rozemyne's understanding of magic is based on her past as an apprentice blue shrine maiden and her imagination of how magic works. She thus keeps doing things that she thought were normal, but are actually outstanding things no one has done before her. She thinks that all she has to do to make magic happen is to pray to the gods after she accidentally gave Status Buff blessings with just her ring (and not with her Magic Wand) to channel her mana in Part 2 Volume 2. She also can bestow the divine protection of the God of Darkness to others by reciting the prayer that she read in the bible, which has a nice secondary effect that allows her to transform her weapon without losing the divine protection. The divine protection is usually received by using a certain spell that only a select amount of knights learn, and once the divine protection is obtained, the schtappe can't be transformed into something else without canceling the divine protection.
    • Lutz needs to be told he has acquired a very useful skill simply by becoming Myne's Cloudcuckoolander's Minder and doesn't realize that he's actually picking up the skills involved in the merchant trade quite fast for someone who didn't grow up in its midst.
  • It Seemed Trivial: A combination of such events culminates in the introduction of one of the antagonists of Part 3. After landing the job of a deceased previous antagonist, Rozemyne finds a bunch of old letters in her predecessor's office, including some that she assumes to be a secret Long-Distance Relationship correspondence. Out of a misguided sense of respecting the privacy of both sides, she doesn't include the assumed love letters when she hands over her predecessor's correspondence to Ferdinand so he can sort through it. Later, she gets a letter from her predecessor's assumed lover and announces the death on a provided answer sheet that promptly turns into a sent ordonnanz. After that, she double-checks with Ferdinand to make sure there is no gag order on her predecessor's death while not saying anything that would make Ferdinand realize that the assumed lover isn't just a random acquaintance of the deceased who can be told of the death with no issue. It later turns out that Rozemyne's predecessor had a cherished female relative who was sent to another duchy for an Arranged Marriage; Rozemyne's adult allies simply never got around to telling her of the woman's existence or the fact that they needed to be careful about the circumstances in which she learned about the death.
  • The Jailbait Wait:
    • The noble to whom Freida is to become The Mistress isn't expecting her to move in with him until she has her adulthood coming of age ceremony. It's when she becomes fifteen years old and also the age at which people can start getting married.
    • This is mentioned to be a source of frustration for couples in which at least the youngest half is born in summer, as the adulthood coming of age ceremony for lower city dwellers born in summer happens after the summer yearly ceremony during which all marriages are performed.
    • Rozemyne's "biological" brother Lamprecht has this going on on top of the risk that the girl's family might not approve of the marriage. He's sixteen when properly introduced and the age gap between him and the girl he loves is big enough for her to not have come of age yet.
  • Japanese Politeness:
    • In Part 1, Myne assumes that the right way to refuse to move to the store run by the guildmaster's family is to apologize and put forth the fact that she owes Benno for the help he gave her and Lutz, giving the person she's talking with the chance to back off in the process. Both Guildmaster Gustav and Freida assume this to be a negotiating position and offer to repay Benno whatever she owes him if that's the main obstacle in Myne joining their store. During both discussions in which this comes up, Myne needs to be told to firmly refuse by someone else note . The fact that Myne has yet to learn her lesson by the time Benno needs information on how to make impurity-free oil into shampoo is how she ends up being paid three small golds for said information; she was trying to not share the information at all because she knew it would cause a Spotting the Thread moment concerning her knowledge, while Benno understood it as her wanting a good price for the information.
    • Myne initially still exhibits unique Japanese etiquette like bowing down to superiors and elderly people, though she quickly realizes that this is a very uncommon practice. Nonetheless, at the end of Part 2, she deeply bows to her family after finalizing her adoption into Sylvester's family and saying her goodbyes. While Sylvester doesn't recognize the gesture, he knows it must have been a sign of respect and gratitude.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: In Part 4 Volume 2, Rozemyne allows Traugott to resign as her guard knight without any further punishment. On the contrary, she promises that she will teach him her mana compression method. Freed from the burden of guarding her, not having to marry Angelica, and getting what he always wanted, Traugott feels satisfied that he seemingly got away with his actions besides a scolding from his family. What he doesn't understand is that he actually Resigned in Disgrace. Traugott's family sends Justus to the Academy as his attendant to discipline him, and Justus harshly tells him that he has ruined his future, as no one will ever want to take him on as a guard again. His family is also through with him, as whenever Bonifatius hears Traugott's name, his mood sours, and Rihyarda is ashamed that she recommended her grandson to Rozemyne.
  • Killing Intent: People with enough mana can start releasing it like an aura that suppresses everyone around them and can choke people out. Mana users also do this subconsciously if their emotions run rampant. This usage of mana is known as Crushing, and it is first demonstrated by Myne after Fey and his friends trample on Myne's clay tablets. At the end of Part 1, when the High Bishop begins threatening Myne's family, she gets fed up and releases her mana that terrifies everyone there in a fit of Unstoppable Rage. The High Priest manages to calm her down before she accidentally kills someone.
  • Kingmaker Scenario:
    • In Part 4, Eglantine, an archduke candidate from Klassenberg (the most powerful duchy after the Sovereignty), becomes an important political figure. Whichever prince marries her will gain strong political support for the throne, since Eglantine is actually the daughter of the late third prince. She was adopted by the former Aub Klassenberg after the death of her parents.
    • The fifth prince won the civil war after he married Magdalena, an archduke candidate from Dunkelfelger. Before that, Dunkelfelger was neutral.
  • Lap Pillow:
    • Myne is given one at the beginning of Part 2 by Benno, after she collapses at the end of his meeting with High Priest Ferdinand.
    • Discussed in Part 3. There is an incident upon which Rozemyne notices her attendant Fran is overtired, asks him to rest and makes him choose between two available options. She more or less threatens to have him sleep on the piece of furniture on which she's currently sitting and use her lap as a pillow if he refuses those options.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • Arcs are referred to on this very page by their Part number rather than their proper name because the first one is the only one with a proper name that is not a spoiler. To whit, those with a title that got a proper English translation are:
      • Part 1: Daughter of a Soldier (Light Novel) / If there aren't any books, I'll just have to make some! (Manga)
      • Part 2: Apprentice Shrine Maiden (Light Novel) / I'll even join the temple to read books! (Manga)
      • Part 3: Adopted Daughter of an Archduke (Light Novel)
      • Part 4: Founder of the Royal Academy's So-Called Library Committee (Light Novel)
    • The cover illustrations can be guilty of this, as well:
      • Myne's clothing in illustrations from Part 2 onwards is a definite upgrade on the Pauper Patches she wears in the Part 1 illustrations.
      • Readers who have been introduced to the temple will notice that the temple robes worn by Rozemyne on some covers from Part 3 onwards are High Bishop robes. Manga covers also don't bother to hide the fact that those same robes have the Ehrenfest family lion in the spot meant for family crests, which Myne had to fill with her workshop's crest back when she was a blue shrine maiden.
      • A few covers show Rozemyne alongside at least one other character wearing the same nice-looking Non-Uniform Uniform that is definitely not temple robes. Figuring out which known in-universe institution would have such a uniform causes another spoiler.
      • One of the manga covers for Part 3 depicts Myne's entire family, including the member who is born during Part 2.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: When a blue priest ransacks the temple's book room to harass Myne, Myne spends some time being furious. Then she realizes that whoever will be cleaning up the mess will be able to choose where to put things back and decides it's a good time to introduce a classification system.
  • Liminal Time: The style of clothing changes with one's age. Girls who turn 10 have to wear skirts that reach their shins when before they were allowed to reach their knees. When they reach adulthood at 15, all women have to bind their hair in some way and their skirts are supposed to be as long as they can be. For practical reasons, women from lower classes follow the second rule much less strictly than those from higher classes.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: In Part 3, this is how Ferdinand executes the mayor of Hasse and his collaborators. He casts a spell with which their medals are dissolved, causing the victims to turn into stone and then shatter, leaving nothing behind.
  • Littering Is No Big Deal: The citizens of Ehrenfest's lower city just throw garbage and excrements out to the streets, which is why the stench in the lower city is horrible. None of them care about hygiene and no one is getting punished for it. This changes in Part 4, when Rozemyne starts interacting with other duchies after she enters the Royal Academy. With Ehrenfest becoming a new and important trading partner, the capital needs to be presentable, so Sylvester adds a sewage system to the lower city, and Rozemyne and Ferdinand clean the streets and buildings with a large water spell. They then inform the commoners that they must use the designated garbage disposal places and keep the streets clean or else the archduke will completely rebuild the city with magic and destroy all of their homes in the process. The commoner soldiers then decide to threaten any citizen with the revokement of their citizenship if they are found littering.
  • Little Professor Dialogue: A common criticism of the story is characters like Lutz and Tuuli are only about six or seven at the start of the story, but often use much more advanced vocabulary than you'd expect for their age, which isn't helped by their high mental maturity and complex thoughts. Some of this can be explained by children being forced to mature more quickly in medieval times (such as being apprenticed to learn a trade or helping in the family business while still young), but not all. With Myne however, the fact that she does this in-universe is intentional, and indeed becomes a plot point.
  • Living Battery: Beings with mana can be used as living batteries to fuel magic tools or fill the land with mana. This is often the fate of prisoners, but also of commoners slaves who suffer from the Devouring. Myne could have ended up like this if she had been unlucky. True nobles with a lot of mana to spare are expected to be a more voluntary version of this. Blue priests are a borderline case as they have a much better life than the aforementioned prisoners and slaves, but it's literally the only way they are allowed to use their mana and they are considered to be Locked Away in a Monastery, if only on paper.
  • Living Is More Than Surviving: Myne would literally rather die than live in circumstances that entail losing her liberty and/or separating her from her family.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Not to an insane degree, but enough to avert The Main Characters Do Everything. Over time, Myne's activities expand into more and more fields, with each one requiring a couple new characters to oversee/develop/teach it.
  • Locked Away in a Monastery:
    • Nobles that are born with too low mana levels are typically sent to the temple, where they still can help society by offering their mana to the duchy as blue robes.
    • In general, it's viewed as shameful to anyone with noble descent to go to the temple. Angelica for instance is the subject of jealousy because her fellow female knights assume they would only have to guard Rozemyne in the Noble's Quarter, when in truth Angelica only hasn't gone to the temple yet because she isn't of age. Damuel's Reassigned to Antarctica punishment involved guarding Myne in the temple for a year, which kind of ruined his already low reputation. On the other hand, since Damuel is privy to Rozemyne's commoner past and Rozemyne got attached to him, he became an obvious choice as one of her guard knights. Guarding the adopted daughter of the archduke, who is appointed as High Bishop, in the temple is an honor and raises his reputation again.
    • In Part 4 Volume 2, Rihyarda is furious at her grandson, Traugott, for not respecting Rozemyne as his mistress and only thinking of himself, which makes him a liability. She asks Rozemyne to dismiss Traugott and strip him of his noble status by sending him to the temple as punishment. Rozemyne doesn't comply mainly for two reasons: One, dismissing Traugott will not only affect him but also his family, and she has no intention to hurt Rihyarda and Bonifatius' families (which is why she asks him to resign voluntarily instead). Two, the temple is a place of comfort and peace for Rozemyne, and she really doesn't want to see Traugott's face again after he arrogantly looked down on Damuel.
  • Logical Latecomer: Whoever joined Myne's circle the most recently will frequently have a least one scene of witnessing the group's strangeness as a newcomer before becoming part of it themself. Those who have quirks of their own before joining aren't necessarily immune.
  • Long-Distance Relationship:
    • Lamprecht is in such a relationship with a girl from another duchy that he met at the Royal Academy. However, since she is two years younger, she hasn't come of age yet, he is still waiting before he can marry her.
    • Hugo is kind of in one with his girlfriend Kirke at the start of Part 3, while he is away in the Noble's Quarter to work as a chef at the archduke's castle. When he returned to the lower city, he saw his girlfriend started dating a neighbor though, which is why he quits the Italian restaurant and decides to permanently become a noble's chef.
  • Loophole Abuse: This is frequently used by merchants or nobles when they make people sign contracts. Since most commoners are not literate and don't understand noble euphemisms, they are prone to fall for this.
    • Benno first demonstrates this to Myne in Part 1 Volume 2, when he shows her boards that teach her about the principles of contracts. Myne then notices Benno did not give Lutz or her the money to buy the new paper-making tools and calls Benno out for trying to break their contract and tricking her. Benno tells her that he tested her memory and that he wanted to teach her to always make copies of contracts. He only would have broken the contract if he had refused to pay, not if Myne had paid the workshops first and then forgot to ask Benno for the money back.
    • The magic contract preventing Myne's family from interacting with Rozemyne as a family member doesn't include Lutz, so Rozemyne can still interact with him as a close childhood friend as long as they are out of the public eye and the only other people in the room are in on the secret. Lutz also becomes an important messenger between Rozemyne and her birth family, as they are still able to exchange letters.
    • After Ferdinand forbids Rozemyne from selling prints of him, she continues providing illustrations of him to people via means that don't technically qualify for what she was explicitly told not to do. Since Ferdinand only forbade Rozemyne to print illustrations of him, Rozemyne subtly tells Elvira that she can print anything she wants with her own workshop.
    • A magic contract only has an effect within a certain area. Merchants for instance are typically given contracts that are only effective within a city. Theoretically, this means that Rozemyne's contract with her biological family is only effective within the Ehrenfest duchy.
  • Lord Country: Duchies and provinces are named after the ruling noble family. Thus, the Ehrenfest duchy and its capital are named after the archducal house Ehrenfest.
  • Lost in Translation:
    • A peculiarity exists that differentiates the way commoners and nobles talk, where nobles refer to the floor of a building that is level with the ground "ground floor", while the floor above is the "first floor", like in British English. In the official English translation, this detail went unnoticed, which is why the floor where the pre-baptism children at the orphanage are kept is incorrectly called "basement" instead, when it's actually on the same level as the ground.
    • Due to different and inconsistent romanization or Dub Name Changes, it is often not obvious that commoners use shorter versions of noble names. For example, there is Deid (Diet) and Detlinde (Dietlinde), Freida (Frieda) and Wilfried, or Leise (Liese) and Lieseleta.
  • Love Is Like Religion:
    • Nobles use many euphemisms that are related to the gods, and since the happiest pairing in the pantheon is between the king and queen gods, it is not uncommon for a noble to refer to their partner as their God of Darkness or Goddess of Light.
    • Although their romantic relationship is opposite to the divine harmonious marriage between the God of Darkness and the Goddess of Light, both the God of Life and Goddess of Earth are also commonly used to talk about love and romantic longing. Asking someone who their "Geduldh" is, is basically a noble's way to ask who or what is most important to them. Even Ferdinand ends up linking the lyrics of an anime song Myne sings to him that talks about friendship and platonic love to Ewigeliebe falling in love with Geduldh and wishing to know her better.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: At the end of Part 3, during the Starbind Festival Damuel tells Brigitte that he cannot marry into the Illgner household, because he would have to give up being Rozemyne's guard knight, which everyone interprets as him choosing honor over love by staying loyal to his mistress. While his loyalty to Rozemyne is one reason, he simply cannot be dismissed so easily, because he is one of Rozemyne's biggest Secret Keepers.
  • Love You and Everybody: Myne says she loves Mr. Otto. She meant it as a platonic-if-intense friendship, but her father thought that Myne was in love with him.
  • Low Fantasy: Played with and ultimately Subverted. Magic is such an unimportant part of commoners' everyday lives that outside of the occasional Fantastic Flora, it takes a long time for Myne to even realize that it exists. It doesn't actually affect people's lives most of the time and is generally only used for important things like religious rituals. This may be just a matter of perspective, as the nobles seem to hoard the secrets of magic for themselves, so the use of magic seems to rise the higher up the social ladder you are. This is more the case for people in the city rather than the country, as some of the biggest rituals magic is used for are performed on the fields during planting and harvest.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Bonifatius has Super Strength due to Magic Enhancement. People hit with his punches frequently explode in a shower of gore.
  • Magically Binding Contract: Magic contracts exist that need to be signed with blood or mana (the former has the highest concentration of mana for commoners). They may range over a city, a duchy, or even the whole country, depending on its importance. Adoption and submission contracts with nobles are also magically binding. Once they are signed, they burn up. Violating the contract leads to dire consequences, sometimes even death.
    • Merchants typically only get access to city-wide contracts from their archduke, but although magic contracts are horribly expensive, they are the only effective way for commoners to protect themselves against nobles. Myne signs several contracts with the Gilberta Company, assigning them various financial and trade rights to her innovations, and carrying similar guarantees for her. This is as much to her advantage as the company's, since as long as she is under contract, she can't be "stolen" by nobility or other highly placed people, which would otherwise be a real danger for her and her "creations".
    • At the end of Part 2, Myne unknowingly signs an adoption contract with Sylvester before Count Bindewald tries to make her sign a submission contract like he did with the orphan baby Dirk. After Bindewald is defeated, Sylvester summons Myne's family and makes them sign a contract that forbids them from treating the newly-adopted and renamed Rozemyne like family.
    • In Part 3 Volume 5, Rozemyne forces every noble who wishes to learn her mana compression method to sign a country-wide contract that forbids them from harming Rozemyne or teaching other people the compression method.
  • Magic Potion: Potions can come in many variants and have different functions. For instance, there are Mana Potions, stamina potions, potions that restore mana and stamina, poison and antidotes, etc. The first potion Rozemyne makes is a jureve, which she needs to remove the hardened feystones in her body.
  • Magic Wand: The schtappe (actually Stab, the German word for "wand" or "staff") is the classic tool nobles use either as a Morph Weapon or to focus their mana to cast spells. To obtain one, a special feystone called the Divine Will is needed, which needs to be fully absorbed into the body. Only people who can use a schtappe are recognized as nobles. Students who fail to graduate at the Royal Academy have their schtappes sealed.
  • Magitek: Registered merchants carry a magic-powered debit card.
  • The Magocracy: While it isn't generally known to the public, virtually all nobles are mages, with the primary duties of the nobility being to build, charge and utilize magical devices (those without sufficient magic to do so are cast aside). While there are common-born mages, having enough magic to be useful can be deadly to children if they can't discharge their power somehow, and the only commonly known way to do so is through the magical tools used by the nobility. Which means that most common-born mages die before anyone realizes that they have magic, and the rest end up pledging themselves to a noble house in exchange for access to the tools they need to survive.
  • Make an Example of Them: In Part 3, Ferdinand and Sylvester allow Rozemyne to spare the citizens of Hasse who bear no ill will and manage to pass through Schutzaria's wind gate. However, he executes those who cannot pass in front of everyone's eyes to show them what will happen if they ever defy the nobility again.
  • Mama Bear: Ella's mother fully supported her decision to work in the temple as a chef, despite Ella's uncle's protests, as she didn't want her daughter to end up like her and become a bar waitress (i.e. acting as a prostitute by night).
  • Marriage of Convenience: In Part 4, Angelica gets engaged to Eckhart. While it was Bonifatius' desire to bind his favorite disciple to his family, the engagement suits both Angelica and Eckhart. Both must not stay single, but while Angelica doesn't like female social activities and wants to stay a knight as long as possible, Eckhart has sworn off romance and children since his first wife Heidemarie's death. They can thus delay the marriage for many years (until Angelica approaches 20) and Eckhart has an excuse to not find another woman to be his Top Wife, to the dismay of Elvira, who has expressed her desire to see Eckhart marry again and give her grandchildren.
  • Meaningful Name: A lot of names of the gods, spells, animals, plants, and places are based on German. For instance, Lohenberg is German for "burning mountain", which is a very fitting name for a volcano.
  • Mechanical Horse: The highbeasts used by nobles are essentially magic-powered moving statues shaped like winged horses or other ridable animals.
  • Medieval Universal Literacy: Averted. The story has a realistic level of literacy and Myne is reincarnated as one of the large majority of poor and illiterate people in the population. Add in that books are created one at a time by trained craftsmen plus both paper and ink being expensive, makes books rare and expensive. One book costs roughly what Myne's father would earn in 40 to 50 years. Myne does however retain her memories of reading and writing in Japanese.
  • Metaphorically True: At the end of Part 2 Volume 4, Myne's family tell their neighbors that Myne is gone and that the nobles took her. This is technically not a lie, as Myne was adopted by Aub Ehrenfest. Myne, the commoner, is dead, and the person that was Myne is now Lady Rozemyne, daughter of Karstedt and adopted daughter of the archducal house Ehrenfest.
  • Microts: The temple's bells will ring throughout the city after a certain amount of time has passed, based on the sunlight. The bells ring roughly every 2-3 hours, which is how people arrange the time for meetings.
  • Misplaced Retribution: It is common practice for nobles to not just punish a person if they are guilty of a crime, but their entire family and anyone associated with them as well.
    • At the end of Part 2, after Sylvester sentences High Bishop Bezewanst to die, all of his associates are to be executed as well.
    • In Part 3, citizens of Hasse attack the newly built monastery, which is a direct attack on the archduke's family, as Rozemyne is Sylvester's adopted daughter. Ferdinand wants Rozemyne to destroy the entire town and kill its people, but changes his mind to let Rozemyne experiment on Hasse and have her learn how to become more manipulative.
  • Missed Him by That Much: The anime bonus episode that adapts Justus and Eckhart's investigation of Myne in the lower city (a fact only revealed to Rozemyne in Part 3 Volume 2 in the novels) adds this element to the story. Much like in the original, Eckhart is being The Load due to the lower city's stench literally making him sick while Justus does most of the work. In the anime version however, Justus comes very close to seeing Myne twice. The first time is outside of Benno's shop, which she had left seconds before. Later, near the end of his search, he walks right past her without noticing, because she's carrying a huge loaf of bread in front of her face.
  • Morph Weapon: The schtappe is the magic wand nobles use which can turn into any weapon like a knife, a spear, a sword or even a giant scythe.
  • Mundane Luxury:
    • After being stuck in a home without a single piece of writing in it for days, Myne is overjoyed merely from seeing what is essentially a price tag. The lack of things to write on also makes posession of a stone slate a big upgrade.
    • For Urano, shampoo was a basic fact of life; for the people of the new world, it's completely unknown. The lack of shampoo drives Myne to make a homemade version, and the others whose hair she washes go nuts for it.
  • Mundane Utility: Trombe, a malicious magical plant that grows impossibly fast and tries to ensnare humans, turns out to be ideal for making paper, if you survive the process of killing it (a freshly-sprouting trombe can be cut apart by children with knives if they're fast, while a full-grown tree takes magic-wielding knights to put down). Benno doesn't take it well when Myne tells him about this secret ingredient.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The woman from the stall next to the pawn shop in which Myne sees her first book is shown handling wine bottles. In the light novel, Effa buys a alcohol from her and gives it to Myne after she fainted at the market.
    • The first ending of the anime mostly takes place in a landscape consisting of wavy water and flowers. In the light novel, Myne's blue shrine maiden ceremonial robes are embroidered with waves and flowers. That element was omitted from the anime version of the robes.
    • The single-use magic tool Myne gets from Freida in the anime is a bracelet rather than the necklace it was in the light novel. The light novel explicitly mentions that as the result of her contract with a noble, Freida owns a fully functional bracelet-shaped magic tool that isn't shown in the anime.
    • In the final frame of the anime's second ending, when the entire family is facing the viewer, Myne's bun is sticking out of her head from her left side. In the early light novel illustrations, the position of Myne's bun ranges from the left side of her head to almost the back of it, rather than the "completely to the back" position it has in the anime.

     Tropes N-S 
  • Named After Somebody Famous:
    • Rozemyne grants people who have greatly contributed to spreading books and printing the title "Gutenberg", after Johannes Gutenberg, who brought modern movable-type printing to Europe.
    • In a similar way, she named Benno's new print and publishing company after Christophe Plantin, a famous book printer and publisher.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: One of the nobles introduced at the end of Part 3 Volume 4 is named "Grausam", which is German for cruel. What he and the rest of Veronica's faction plan to do with Sylvester's family and Rozemyne is truly befitting of that name.
  • The Needs of the Many: In Part 3, Rozemyne is faced with a problem where she can either stay passive or actively cause someone's downfall to save lives. Hasse is set for execution after they rebelled against the archduke. Ferdinand orders her to cause the mayor's downfall, but this goes against Rozemyne's values and makes her sick. After a talk with Benno, Mark, and Lutz, she realizes that Ferdinand is soft on Hasse, whose citizens attacked a building of the archduke, and gives her the choice to save the town from being eradicated. By fulfilling the task she is given by Ferdinand, she can at least save some lives by only bringing down the mayor and his faction.
  • Nepotism:
    • Defied when children turn 7, the age at which they are supposed to get their first apprentice contracts. Their parents or other relatives usually introduce them to a friend who will take them in instead of their parent's own workplace. For instance, Tuuli's first seamstress contract was with a place whose employees Effa knew from being a dyer, while her second one is with the Gilberta Company, to which she was introduced via Myne.
    • Played straight with High Bishop Bezewanst. He got his high position largely because of his very influential older sister.
    • Strictly speaking, Traugott, one of Rozemyne's guard knights in Part 4, only got his position because he has strong blood relations to both Bonifatius and Rihyarda. Rozemyne had no other reason to recruit him. Since he has no real intention to serve Rozemyne, he resigns after she promises to give him what he wants.
  • Neutrality Backlash: The Ehrenfest duchy didn't take a side during the nobility's civil war. On one hand, it is in a better position in the duchy rankings than it was before the war due to the duchies who lost it being in worse positions than they used to be. On the other hand, Ehrenfest has little to no influence on other duchies and the only ally it has is one that was made through a political marriage.
  • Never Learned to Read: "Wilfried's day as High Bishop" in Part 3 Volume 2 is this. Rihyarda and Rozemyne in the castle, and everyone in the temple learn that he is illiterate, which makes him worse than every single orphan but Dirk (a baby). When Rozemyne, Rihyarda, and Ferdinand report this to his parents, they accept that they raised him improperly and go with Rozemyne's stricter education plan.
  • Never Lend to a Friend: Discussed in Part 2 Volume 2, when Myne prepares to buy clothes for her winter preparations at the temple. Myne runs short on money, which forces her to sell more books to Benno than she wanted to. Lutz offers to lend her money, but Myne refuses, remarking that this can ruin friendships. Lutz goes around this and instead pays for her clothes, stating that while it's not good for friends to lend money, giving gifts shouldn't be a problem.
  • New Baby Episode: Late Part 2 has both the birth of Myne's baby brother Kamil and the temple's orphanage getting its first Doorstop Baby, Dirk, during Myne's tenure as orphanage director. The chapter focused on Kamil's arrival focuses on the practices surronding childbirth in Myne's neighborhood, while those focusing on Dirk deal with the fact that the High Bishop's idea of saving money for the temple involved getting rid of all gray shrine maidens who knew how to care for a very young child.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • At the end of Part 2, Delia takes it upon herself to find someone who would adopt Dirk. She brings him to the High Bishop, who sells Dirk out to Count Bindewald, who forces Dirk into a slave contract, as Dirk has the Devouring. If Delia had waited until Myne had been adopted as a noble, she could have been able to take care of Dirk.
    • The entire mess with the town of Hasse in Part 3 happens due to some unfortunate decisions Rozemyne makes based on a few misunderstandings. First, she asks for a workshop and orphanage, similar to the already established workshop in the Ehrenfest Capital temple. Second, she takes in orphans that were about to be sold, in the belief that this would save the orphans from mistreatment and relieve the townspeople of a financial burden. However, the orphans were already promised to other nobles and they are considered the shared property of the town, which she just stole from them. The mayor thought he would have former High Bishop Bezewanst's backing, which incited him to retrieve the orphans that were taken from him. By sending a few of his citizens to attack the monastery, he committed high treason. While Rozemyne manages to prevent the entire annihilation of Hasse and its people, she has to isolate and execute the mayor's faction, and the town must pay more taxes for the next decade with no help from priests to revitalize the land for next spring.
    • At the start of Part 4, Ferdinand laments the fact that he didn't get much further with his investigations regarding Viscount Gerlach's involvement in Rozemyne's kidnapping. The reason for that though is that Ferdinand was too busy with paperwork, since Bonifatius had Damuel and Eckhart going through some Training from Hell, while the archduke summoned Ferdinand to the castle more often (without Rozemyne being there to keep the archduke from doing just that) to delegate work to him again. On top of taking over Rozemyne's duties, it was all too much for Ferdinand to investigate.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Gilberta Company trio of Mark, Benno, and Lutz act this way towards Myne. Mark is always friendly, Benno is loud and keeps scolding her, and Lutz may sometimes scold Myne, too, but he is always there to give her a hug.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Myne is beloved by all gray robes because she treats them with respect unlike the High Bishop or other blue priests like Egmont, who view them only as exploitable tools. Myne has no need for Sex Slaves, nor does she treat the orphans as expendable. Before Myne arrived in the temple, pre-baptism children were not recognized as humans, and ugly or pregnant shrine maidens were sold or executed, because the High Bishop couldn't be bothered to feed them.
  • Nobility Marries Money: This is what Freida will do once she comes of age. She technically doesn't marry the poor laynoble her grandfather chose for her, but her children with said noble will be baptized and treated as nobles if they have enough mana.
  • No Body Left Behind:
    • In Part 2 Volume 3, Karstedt's attack turns out to be more powerful than intended (due to Myne and Ferdinand strengthening him) and completely annihilates the assailants that attack Myne's attendants.
    • At the end of Part 2, Ferdinand's Beam-O-War with Count Bindewald obliterates all Devouring soldiers and the High Bishop's attendants that weren't hiding behind Myne's shield of wind. Ferdinand then tells Myne that this is how one gets rid of any evidence and witnesses.
    • In Part 3, Ferdinand casts a spell on the Hasse traitors, which turns them into stone, then shatters the bodies, leaving nothing but dust behind.
  • No Longer with Us: Inverted. After High Bishop Bezewanst dies, there is an attempt on Rozemyne's part to inform one of the deceased's commoner allies of the fact. The first message she sends uses the standard noble Deadly Euphemism, "Climbing up the towering stairway". When the commoner ally responds by trying to contact the deceased with an actual letter, Rozemyne correctly guesses the euphemism wasn't properly understood and mistaken for the news that the deceased got a promotion.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform:
    • Baptism clothes are only really required to be predominantly white with trimmings and/or decorations of the color corresponding to the child's birth season. Families very much do what they want with that depending on the resources, money and sewing talent at their disposal. The incident that gets Myne mistaken for being richer than she actually is happens because the alterations brought to Tuuli's gown from the previous year so it would fit her wind up making it excessively decorated for a poor commoner's gown. On top of this, she's wearing one of her own elaborate flower hairpins for the occasion.
    • The Royal Academy uniform only seems to have a few clear requirements: the outermost layer must be black with gold trimmings and a cape, that is of a different color depending on the duchy the student is from, must be worn.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Almost all names are based on actual German words or names. Therefore, names like Brigitte or Justus are pronounced the way they are pronounced in German. However, due to the romanization of names in the official English translation not following German conventions consistently, the pronunciation is hard even for German readers to figure out, unless the reader is aware of what the names are based on or what the name in katakana looks like. For instance, Leise is not pronounced [ˈlaɪ̯zə] like in Leisegang, but [ˈliːzə] like in Lieseleta.
  • Not Blood Siblings: There are a few scenes in which Rozemyne suspects that her adoptive father is planning to have her marry her adoptive brother. Some of her adoptive brother's retainers are shown to be assuming this is the reason for which she was adopted. In Part 4, she indeed gets engaged to Wilfried to prevent other duchies from taking her.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Part 2:
      • Multiple times in a row during the trombe extermination mission in Volume 2. First, Shikza and Damuel realize they screwed up when a second trombe appears. Second, Karstedt realizes that the guards he assigned to Myne endangered her life and neglected their duty, and that Ferdinand is furious. Third, Shikza realizes Ferdinand does not accept his non-excuse for hurting Myne and that he just blatantly admitted he committed insubordination.
      • In Volume 3, Benno visits the Myne Workshop, as Myne wants to introduce him to a few visiting blue priests. He sees Sylvester and gets so scared that he immediately gives away he knows Sylvester's real identity is Aub Ehrenfest.
      • In Volume 4, Bezewanst and Bindewald realize they are in deep trouble when Ferdinand pulls out his wand to fight Bindewald. Bindewald was not aware Ferdinand was not a lowly blue priest, but a graduate of the Royal Academy. He also breaks out in a cold sweat when he learns the identity of Sylvester, who moments later arrived, even more so when Sylvester reveals that Bindewald attacked Myne after she already made an adoption contract with Sylvester, which means he directly attacked a member of the archducal family.
    • Part 3:
      • At the end of Volume 1, Rozemyne realizes she is going to get hell from Ferdinand for printing and selling illustrations of him without his permission.
      • An off-screen moment in Volume 2, when Fran unambiguously tells the mayor of Hasse that after infuriating Ferdinand for protesting against him and Rozemyne, the temple will not send any priests for Spring Prayer to revitalize the land with mana.
      • In Volume 5, Wilfried's retainers turn pale and panic when they realize that he visited and talked to his grandmother, Lady Veronica. They all know doing so without Sylvester's permission is treason, and retainers are punished along with their masters.
      • At the end of Volume 5, Viscount Illgner recounts how Brigitte becoming Rozemyne's guards lessened the abuse his region had to suffer and how expanding the printing industry in Illgner first will bring much prosperity to the economy. He therefore turns pale when he hears that Brigitte told Elvira that she intends to go back to Illgner after she and Damuel marry. Even Viscount Illgner realizes that Brigitte isn't doing what is expected of a knight and that Elvira subjected Brigitte to a Secret Test of Character which she failed. To not be viewed as an enemy and to keep receiving Rozemyne's support, he has no choice but to accept Elvira's offer to find a suitable husband for Brigitte.
  • The Oldest Profession:
    • Bar waitresses also work as prostitutes.
    • While the temple is not open about it, the High Bishop uses attractive gray shrine maidens to offer "flowers" to noble guests. The money the temple earns with this is even officially noted in the ledgers Ferdinand and Myne handle. When Myne asks Ferdinand what "flowers for the gods" means though, he feels visibly uncomfortable to explain to a child that the temple is running a brothel.
  • Orphanage of Fear: The temple's orphanage before Myne takes it in hand. Its sustainability depends on there being a certain number of blue priests in the temple to dribble down food and money for its upkeep. Circumstances over which the temple had little-to-no control resulted in the population of blue priests dipping below that number, resulting in the orphans getting less food. The pre-baptism children, who are fed after all other orphans and aren't considered human beings by the blue priests before they are old enough, are literally starving to death. Things are so bad that turning it into a workshop, that by modern-day standards is using child labor, is a step up because the money made is actually going towards providing better care for the orphans.
  • Overly Long Name: Nobles need to have names that are a bit longer than commoner names, which is why Myne is asked to choose a new name for her new identity as an archnoble. Nobles also all have family names that state their relation to the families they were born, adopted or married into. As an example, Rozemyne's full name is "Rozemyne Tochter Linkberg Adopti Ehrenfest", which means "Rozemyne, daughter of House Linkberg, adopted into House Ehrenfest".
  • Panacea: Part 3's main plot revolves around gathering materials for a jureve potion, which is one of the strongest rejuvenation potions in existence. It can restore even a person on the brink of death, which is why Rozemyne needs one to fix the hardened mana that formed inside her body while the original Myne was overwhelmed by the Devouring.
  • Pauper Patches: Poor commoners such as Myne's family and the non-baptized orphans from the temple orphanage have patches on their clothes. This also applies to any background or bit character of sufficiently low status.
  • Pent-Up Power Peril: This is the how the Devouring kills its hosts. Someone afflicted with this condition (like Myne) generates more mana than he or she can release on his or her own. Once said mana overloads, it causes the sufferer to die. The severe symptoms include constant fevers, lethargy, hypersensitivity to harsh weather, and an ominously yellow aura with glowing rainbow irises in times of stress and despair. In fact, children with this illness are not expected to live beyond seven years old, at least in commoner households. Another sufferer, Freida, explains to Myne that it is possible to control the overloads so that they don't become lethal. However, this is largely unsustainable since the magical items needed to siphon the excess mana are rare, prohibitively expensive, and those available for sale to commoners tend to be damaged or defective ones that each works only once before breaking into little more than crumbs and powder.
  • Perspective Flip: As side chapters are written from other characters' point of view, their inner thoughts and reasoning is laid bare, giving the reader a new understanding of them.
    • A chapter from Corinna's point of view shows that she is not as nice as she pretends to be and looks down on people with poorer status like Myne. She is still a coldhearted merchant at heart.
    • A side chapter narrated by Mark gives the reader an early notion that he is far more ruthless than his gentleman-like behavior would make one think, and that his loyalty to Benno is so deep that he may resort to extreme measures if his master is harmed.
    • According to the chapter written from guildmaster Gustav's point of view, he was genuinely trying to help Benno's family business through tough times with his marriage offers, but poor forethought and timing with the first two resulted in the subsequent ones being mistaken for harassment by Benno. His tendency to be an obstacle to Benno's ventures are him keeping him from biting more than he can chew, which he risks doing by selling Myne's products and trying to monopolize him. His ploy to get Myne to join his store was out of genuine care for her her, as it would have made it easier for Myne to secure a contract with a noble that would give her a reliable supply of the magic items she needs to keep the Devouring from killing her.
  • Pet the Dog: Freida and her grandfather, the guildmaster, are portrayed as being untrustworthy at best. However, Freida genuinely considers Myne a good friend and gives her one of the magic tools she herself needs, putting her own life at possible risk. While this is also partially motivated by self-interest, even that self-interest carries a note of "It's for her own good anyway if she feels indebted to us emotionally or literally since she'll need treatment only we can help provide."
  • Platonic Co-Parenting: Rozemyne considers her nobility guardianship situation to be this. Ferdinand is still mentoring her on quite a few things, while both her "biological" parents and her adoptive parents are taking part in her upbringing.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: When Lutz figures out in Part 1 that "Myne" is actually another person entirely, he angrily tells her to get out of Myne's body. She calmly responds with a "Sure, but wait until we get home first or you'll have to explain why you have a corpse on your hands." He hadn't realized that the original Myne had already died, that the new Myne didn't want to be here at all, and that she could die at any moment if her will to live decreased even a little.
  • Please Spare Him, My Liege!:
    • Shikza's mother indirectly pleads for her son to be spared by asking High Bishop Bezewanst and Lady Veronica, who have connections to Archduke Ehrenfest. While Bezewanst does ask to lighten Shikza's punishment, the archduke ignores the pleas and makes Shikza's family pay for Myne's replacement robes if they don't want to be punished along with Shikza.
    • At the end of Part 2, Myne has to plead with Sylvester to spare Delia. She can convince Sylvester by making Delia stay in the orphanage for the rest of her life, which Sylvester accepts as a satisfactory alternative.
  • Politeness Judo:
    • Myne doesn't initially notice it, but Corinna can get a lot of information for free by acting polite and friendly. She at least notices this when Corinna attempts to steal Myne's hairpin technique by asking Tuuli (who admires Corinna) nicely instead of going to Myne or her mother.
    • Nobles always use euphemisms and polite speech when speaking officially, which Ferdinand attempts to teach Rozemyne as well, as she has a tendency to be too direct. This is how he presses the scholar-official Kantna for information regarding Hasse in Part 3 Volume 2.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Part 1:
      • Mark's first experience with Myne's collapsing without notice was due to Myne overexerting herself. Prior to that visit, Lutz asked Myne if she was able to get to Benno's. Myne thought the question was about if she knew the way. Lutz asked because of Myne's health.
      • Lutz's mother, Karla, assumes that Lutz wanting to become a merchant is Myne's fault, and Lutz is just getting dragged along by Myne. Once she learns that Lutz is serious about his job choice and that Myne originally didn't have anything to do with his dream, she decides to support him.
      • The reason that Myne ends up involved in temple matters is that the people who know the cause of her Devouring never properly explained it to her until after she mentioned suffering from it to members of the temple. Benno should have realised that there was a good chance of her collapsing during the baptism ritual and that if that happened there was a good chance her Devouring would have come up. However, it was not actually the Devouring that caused her to collapse, and she did not mention the Devouring until later. It was a massive oversight on Benno's part to not see the potential danger of not warning her about mentioning the Devouring in the temple.
    • Part 2:
      • At the start of Part 2, Myne's head attendant doesn't do his job very well at first, because he sees his new assignment as some kind of punishment from the High Priest. It's actually the complete opposite. The High Priest trusts Fran more than any of his other attendants. Once Fran realizes this, he puts his all in serving and educating Myne.
      • At the end of Volume 1, Lutz ends up briefly running away from his family because he feels they aren't respecting his dream of becoming a merchant, are being too controlling and only thinking of themselves, especially his father. It's not until High Priest Ferdinand steps in that he realizes that not only was his father thinking of him the whole time, but was even right about some of his concerns. He's just a gruff man who doesn't talk much about how he feels or what he's thinking unless forced. After that, the two finally get down to talking and figuring out a way to make things work.
      • At the end of Volume 4, Delia takes her adoptive brother, Dirk, to High Bishop Bezewanst, who notices that Dirk suffers from the Devouring. He then gives Dirk to Bindewald, who makes Dirk his slave via a submissive magic contract. Myne knew Dirk had the Devouring, but didn't tell Delia, because she was advised by Ferdinand that if word got out, some noble would have immediately made Dirk his slave. Instead, she lies to Delia and tells her that Ferdinand looked for, but couldn't find a family to adopt Dirk.
    • Part 3:
      • Rozemyne's request for a workshop and orphanage in the style of the temple is approved by Sylvester, who orders Ferdinand to construct the chapel and monastery. Ferdinand, who usually acts as Sylvester and Rozemyne's Cloudcuckoolander's Minder, didn't interfere because he thought Rozemyne was plotting this from the start, and her goal was to satisfy him and Sylvester with a good meal to gain their approval. He didn't realize she still didn't know enough about noble society, and that she never wanted to put the town of Hasse in such a dangerous position where the unknowing citizens committed high treason by attacking a white building that was owned by nobles.
      • In Volume 3, Rozemyne's exclusive carpenter, Ingo, gets into trouble because Rozemyne didn't come to him when she had to mobilize every workshop to finish the monastery in Hasse before the Harvest Festival. What Ingo doesn't know is that this only happened because the archduke threw everyone off by building the monastery with magic and then set an almost impossible deadline that required Benno and Gustav to immediately contact the Carpenter's Guild and hire every workshop they could get. Ingo tries to contact Rozemyne, but since she is in a too high position for her to come to the lower city and Ingo isn't trained enough to talk to her, he can't voice his concerns, forcing Benno to mediate between them.
      • In Volume 4, Wilfried doesn't listen to his retainers when they explain a noble way to say farewell to him. As such, he doesn't understand that his parents really don't want to see Georgine again for the time being. His blunder gives Georgine an excuse to return to Ehrenfest.
      • In Volume 5, Brigitte and Damuel realize too late that they had different plans after marrying each other. Brigitte wanted to return to Illgner and support her province, while Damuel thought that Brigitte would move to the Noble's Quarter with him, as he would remain as Rozemyne's guard knight. Not only does this conflict with Brigitte's wish to return home, she would be reduced to a laynoble. Damuel marrying into Illgner's household isn't an option, either, as Damuel is one of Rozemyne's greatest Secret Keepers, so Damuel has to withdraw his marriage proposal and Elvira finds a mednoble scholar for Brigitte, who is interested in Illgner's papermaking industry.
    • Part 4:
      • Rozemyne is told by Cornelius in Part 3 that her grandfather, Bonifatius, actually really adores her, and as thanks for saving her life at the end of Part 3, she gifts him a letter in the shape of a heart. Since Bonifatius has trouble expressing his happiness, Rozemyne assumes he doesn't actually like the gift, when he is actually overjoyed.
  • Pose of Supplication:
    • Especially at the beginning when the Urano version of Myne isn't used to the manners of her new world yet, she does a dogeza whenever she's begging or apologizing. She genuflects the first time when she sees her first book and begs the owner to let her touch it. She stops doing it after Part 1, except when in Part 2 Karstedt orders Count Bindewald to kneel in front of Archduke Ehrenfest. Myne is so scared, she accidentally forgets how to kneel in her world.
    • The full prayer to the gods involves two poses. The first one looks similar to the Glico pose Myne remembers back in her days as Urano. Then the praying person bends over to genuflect.
  • Power Crystal: Feystones are the Gem Heart from feybeasts and their uses include storing mana.
  • The Power of Legacy: This is actually built into the deal to keep Shikza's family from being a bother to Myne at a later time. Their alternative to getting punished as well was his father signing a contract promising to never interact with Myne in any way ever again and paying a large sum of money. A perk of that option was keeping Shikza's wrongdoings towards Myne out of official records and putting something more positive in their place.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: The more the story advances, the more Myne finds herself in situations in which she's actually the villain.
    • The embryonic stage of the trope happens when she reforms the orphanage. While her reform gives the orphans jobs and allows them to get more food overall, the system is changed into one where, at least on paper, the orphans have to work for their meals. Myne's issue with the previous system was that the only orphans that were fed decently were those made attendants, while all the others were given insufficient food. The narrative still presents the reform as a good thing.
    • When Rozemyne tries to export her new orphanage model elsewhere, she forces the town's mayor to hand over orphans he was about to sell. It takes her a conversation with Benno to realize that the town's mayor was counting on the money from the sale for the town's budget, and that from his point of view, she just plain stole municipal property and got him in hot water with his would-be buyer. Rozemyne responds to the situation by making sure the transaction gets properly cancelled and giving the mayor money for the orphans she took, but other than that she still needs to execute that very same mayor sooner or later as punishment for having townspeople attack her orphanage in his initial effort to get the orphans back.
  • Proud Warrior Race: The greater duchy Dunkelfelger consists of nobles who are largely obsessed with strength, battle, and ditter. They actually have so many nobles who want to become knights that they test the children's potential beforehand to separate the wheat from the chaff so to say. Those who don't qualify, like Clarissa, have to take other courses at the Royal Academy.
  • Protective Charm:
    • The blue priest Sylvester gives Myne one at the end of Part 2 Volume 3. She uses it in Volume 4, though it's not actually a protective charm in the traditional sense. It makes her Sylvester's adopted daughter, which makes her an archduke candidate, meaning that not even archnobles can use their status against her.
    • Starting in Part 4, Rozemyne is wearing multiple protective charms provided by Ferdinand. One of them is intended to protect against physical attacks, while the other one protects her from magical attacks, followed by a counter attack with twice the attack power. However, it's a Limited-Use Magical Device. It will have to be charged up after one use.
    • Schwartz and Weiss wear protective charms (like their clothes) that prevent anyone but their master to even touch them.
  • Psychic Link: The archduke possesses a magic tool that allows a person to search the innermost memories of another if they share the same or similar color of mana. It is usually used on criminals to get a foolproof testimony, but Ferdinand is given the device at the end of Part 2 to ascertain who Myne truly is and what her intentions are. Due to the link they also share emotions, and Myne's emotions deeply affect Ferdinand to the point that he begins to cry when Urano is overwhelmed by her feelings to see her mother again.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: A tactic that Myne often employs to get her father to do something. It usually works. Funnily, Rozemyne is also weak to this when Charlotte asks her to perform her baptism.
  • The Purge: After a bloody succesion war, that ended with the fifth prince's defeat of the fourth prince, the loser's immediate family and any nobles that supported them were executed. Of the 25 duchies the country had before the war, 21 remain with 4 duchies being under the management of other archducal families. The purge led to a shortage of nobles and mana in the whole country, to the benefit of Myne, who was able to negotiate favorable terms to join the temple for this reason.
  • Quitting to Get Married: Female knights are expected to retire when they marry, though not because the society believes women can't keep working once married nor because they belittle the female knights' abilities, but because the mother's mana is vital to give birth to children with high mana levels, which they can't expend on other activities. Retired women also usually are too busy raising their children and managing the household.
  • Rape as Backstory: In Part 1 Volume 3, Myne learns about the gods at her baptism. The High Bishop explains why the seasons happen. Ewigeliebe the God of Life, fell in love with Geduldh the Goddess of Earth and requested to marry her. However, he grew possessive of her and encased her and their increasing number of children in ice, which brings on winter every year. Myne is the only one of the children who can follow the story and realizes that the God of Life regularly rapes the Goddess of Earth.
  • Rape Leads to Insanity:
    • What happens with Jenni, one of High Bishop Bezewanst's attendants. Being raped nearly every day coupled with the knowledge that her former fellow attendants, Wilma and Rosina, have it much better, drives her to madness, as she willingly takes part in trying to enslave Myne.
    • Averted with Fran and Wilma. The former recovers due to being treated with respect and love by his new masters, Ferdinand and Myne, while Wilma eventually works on overcoming her trauma after Rozemyne can no longer protect her and Benno and Fran tell her to get over what happened and take responsibility as the orphanage overseer.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: In Part 4 Volume 1, in Rozemyne's first mana compression class, her teacher uses a mana-density reading tool calibrated to be used with Ferdinand. Rozemyne manages to make the pointer bounce to both ends of the spectrum.
  • Really Royalty Reveal:
    • The end of Part 2 Volume 4 reveals that Sylvester and Ferdinand are actually nobles, specifically the archduke of Ehrenfest and his half-brother respectively. There are several hints in the previous volumes that make it obvious, such as Sylvester and Ferdinand's proficiency in magic, as blue priests are usually children of nobles, who do not have enough mana to be recognized as nobles. Damuel and Benno are also really scared of Sylvester, as if they knew who he is. The Knight's Order, including an archnoble like Karstedt, also bowed down to Ferdinand and referred to him as a "lord", which means that Ferdinand was even higher in authority than the commander of the order.
    • Starting with Part 3, Rozemyne is made out to be this. The fake story is that Karstedt feared for her safety and let her be raised in the temple with Ferdinand acting as her guardian. That she is a commoner who was merely given blue robes was a misunderstanding spread by High Bishop Bezewanst, who incidentally was highly corrupt and was thus subsequently executed. Myne was just a nickname to keep her identity hidden, and they thought the time was right when she was old enough to be baptized. While Rozemyne bemoans that no one would believe such a ridiculous story, Ferdinand notes that this is very believable because there is precedent, as Sister Christine had a very similar backstory.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Ferdinand gives one to Myne after she came to him unprepared to ask him for help regarding the orphanage. To be fair, he is much harsher to her than he usually would be because one of the High Bishop's attendant was present, and since she really can't read between the lines he takes her to his secret room the next time so they can talk frankly.
    • In Part 2 Volume 2, Deid delivers one to Benno, who intends to adopt Lutz. Deid doesn't think that Benno is a bad person, but he can see that Benno wouldn't be a good father to Lutz, which is one of the reasons he is against the adoption.
    • Ferdinand delivers one to Shikza after he pulled a Bodyguard Betrayal on Myne in Part 2 Volume 2. However, he also blames Karstedt and Damuel for their failure, which is why they get punished, too, later on.
    • Ferdinand lectures Myne in Part 2 Volume 3 on losing control of her mana again after her attendants' carriages were attacked. If she hadn't been given a magic tool, and if she hadn't prayed to Schutzaria, her uncontrolled mana would have killed her and endangered the people around her.
    • Ferdinand gives another speech in Part 2 Volume 3, this time to Damuel who apparently thought the whole affair with Shikza and his subsequent punishment was just him having bad luck. While Ferdinand doesn't sound as harsh, he still points out that Damuel should have called for help if there was a situation he couldn't handle alone.
    • Damuel gets another speech from his brother Henrik and sister-in-law, Juliane, at the end of Part 3. It happens after Damuel proposed to Brigitte and then took the proposal back when Brigitte asked him to follow her to Illgner. Damuel just embarrassed the daughter of a giebe, and his assumption that she would move to the Noble's Quarter and become a laynoble is seen as ridiculous. Even if Damuel is Rozemyne's guard knight, everyone expects a laynoble to eventually quit, and it was foolish of Damuel to not do research about Illgner's political situation (like Henrik did). Damuel counters that there are circumstances that prevent him from quitting and that Brigitte should have known that, since she is also Rozemyne's guard. Henrik then softens his tone, as he can now understand Damuel better, but he still calls Damuel out for being arrogant for assuming that everyone would understand his view, when not even his own brother could. Damuel and Brigitte had an entire year to think about their future life together and neither understood the other person, so in Henrik's eyes, their marriage was doomed from the start.
    • In Part 4 in the side story collection of Rozemyne's first year at the Royal Academy, Justus gives such a speech to his nephew, Traugott. Traugott dared to suggest he could rejoin Rozemyne as one of her guards, after he almost was dismissed for his failures. Rozemyne only let him resign because she didn't want Bonifatius' and Rihyarda's families' reputation to be affected by Traugott's actions. Traugott got his position because Rihyarda personally recommended him to Rozemyne despite knowing his main motivation was to learn her mana compression method. Rihyarda did this under the condition that Traugott would serve Rozemyne faithfully, but Traugott didn't give her an answer and threw everything away. Justus then pins Traugott down and outright tells him that he misjudged Rozemyne completely. She has cut Traugott off of her mind. The reason why she didn't want to send him to the temple was not because she was so forgiving, but because she's the High Bishop and she would have to see Traugott again, if he was banished to the temple. She likes him less than the gray robes in the temple. Traugott's dismissal did as much damage as the Ivory Tower incident did to Wilfried, and Traugott can forget about becoming knight commander. Traugott retorts that he could just switch masters like Rihyarda does all the time, which Justus explains happens because Rihyarda has sworn allegiance to Ehrenfest, so she will attend whoever Aub Ehrenfest orders her to attend. He then chokes Traugott unconscious, his final message being that if Traugott doesn't stop acting so stupid, he will kill him.
  • Religion Is Magic: When casting a spell, the caster always calls on one of the gods in the world. Oddly, both commoners and nobles shun the temples, and the temple has become a place nobles go to if they want to swear off politics.
  • Rescue Romance: In Part 4 Volume 3, Damuel carries Philine to safety, away from her home where she and her brother are mistreated. She develops a crush on him afterwards.
  • Reveal Shot: The light novel left it ambiguous, but when the author was asked who the blue priest that performed Myne's baptism in Part 1 was, she said that all would be revealed in the manga. The face of the priest who treated Myne gently is hidden until it's revealed that it was Ferdinand. The manga dedicates an entire page for these two when they meet for the first time. The anime uses a similar trick by having only the lower part of the blue priest's face visible when he calls for the next child in line, though his voice can work as Five-Second Foreshadowing for anyone who recognizes it from the first episode or The Stinger of previous ones.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Many story elements are introduced via Cryptic Background Reference and sometimes mentioned repeatedly before being actually shown to Myne or observed by the occasional alternative point-of-view character. Re-reading early scenes with knowledge from later in the story on hand can reveal a few hints not seen during the first reading.
    • Ehrenfest's archduke gets several mentions before his proper introduction, always in the context of his high-responsibility position. The man's "out of the public eye" personality turns out to not exactly be the sort one would associate with a leadership figure, to the point that Myne has a "Really?" moment when she finds out.
    • A first-time reader won't think much of the fact that Ferdinand's highbeast is a lion, since he's far from being the only character to use something other than a horse. It later turns out that only the children of the archduke are allowed to give their highbeasts a lion form.
    • Watching the heavily implied Childhood Friends Ferdinand, Karstedt and Sylvester interact with each other is amusing in its own right, but it only gets better after finding out that all three of them are related to each other and Sylvester is the archduke of Ehrenfest, which means that both Myne and the reader have been watching family bickering between three very high-status men all this time.
    • One of the means by which Damuel's Impoverished Patrician situation is established is via mentioning he had to borrow money from his older brother's concubine's family to be able to pay a hefty fine. The future concubine turns out to be Myne's friend Freida, a young girl from a wealthy commoner family who is already known to be destined to become an unnamed noble's concubine once she reaches adulthood.
    • Arno's actions throughout Part 2 are best appreciated after reading his Perspective Flip chapter, which reveals several seemingly unfortunate mistakes to have been made very much on purpose.
    • One of Ferdinand's suggestions to Myne to make the Cinderella story more palatable to the setting's nobles is to make the Uptown Girl situation into a romance between and archnoble and a mednoble. Rozemyne's coverup noble biological parents are an archnoble and mednoble pair that Ferdinand knows, which explains where he got the idea in the first place.
    • In Part 2 Volume 3, Myne is exhausted after using a lot of mana. Ferdinand doesn't have one of his mana-restoring potions with him, so he instead gives her something to drink that he calls a "last resort". Unlike the usual mana potions, it smells sweet, which reminds Myne of the potion she drank before she and Ferdinand synchronized minds. It's heavily implied that Ferdinand made Myne drink his jureve potion, which is first introduced in Part 3. Nobles always carry such a potion with them as a last resort, and the potion contains a part of one's own mana, which is why Myne finds it sweet. As was already established in the epilogue of Part 2 Volume 2, Myne doesn't reject Ferdinand's mana.
    • In Part 2 Volume 3, Sylvester gets Myne to organize an outing in the commoner forest for him by threatening to tell the High Bishop that she's sending the temple's orphans there if she doesn't. Later, it turns out that the High Bishop knows Sylvester under his real identity and that Sylvester's King Incognito stint was part of a bigger operation that was reliant on Sylvester never crossing paths with the High Bishop while undercover. That threat to tattle about the orphans being sent to the forest to the High Bishop hence becomes a very daring bluff in hindsight.
    • In Part 3 Volume 1, Ferdinand gives priority to an unknown sudden visitor over Rozemyne and goes as far as telling Fran to give her access to books from a locked bookcase to keep her occupied. In the following volume, both Rozemyne and the reader are introduced to Ferdinand's personal spy, who, looking back, is a good candidate for having been the "sudden visitor".
  • Rich Sibling, Poor Sibling:
    • In terms of personal income, thanks to her various "inventions", Myne is much better off than Tuuli, her older sister. It only becomes more extreme with her noble identity Rozemyne, even though the latter officially has no familial ties to Tuuli. Rozemyne's noble adoptive family is also technically better off than her noble "biological" family, making Rozemyne richer than her "biological" brothers.
    • As an apprentice merchant, Lutz is better off than his carpenter brothers.
    • Having this happen is built into how noble society works. Children who are born with low mana compared to what is expected in their family are made servants in their own household, adopted into a lower-status family or sent to the temple. All three of those options mean a lower status and less income compared to any siblings who are raised by their parents.
  • Ring of Power: One of the magic tools nobles wear are rings with a feystone in the color of their birth season, with which they can channel their mana and perform blessings to greet other people or registrate their mana (for their Secret Room). The ring is given to a child when it's baptized, a sign that the child has been recognized by noble society.
    • Myne is given such a ring in Part 2 Volume 2 for the trombe extermination, but she goes much farther and accidentally performs Status Buff blessings by praying to the gods. She permanently wears a ring after she is baptized as Karstedt's daughter Rozemyne at the start of Part 3.
    • Devouring soldiers are given rings with which they can use their mana, though the feystone embedded in the ring is usually of poorer quality.
  • Rite of Passage:
    • There are two significant rites for commoners that happen when someone turns 7 and 15 respectively. Commoners are acknowledged as citizens and registrated by temple members at their baptism by stamping their blood on medals. Their coming of age ceremony also happens at the temple.
    • Noble children are similarly baptized and recognized by noble society when they turn 7. The parents then invite a blue priest to their estate and give their child a feystone ring. The priest will registrate the child's mana and bless it, and the child will bless the priest in return. There is also a special ceremony for children who turn 10 during winter socializing, as this is the age when noble children enroll in the Royal Academy until they come of age and graduate, at which point they will be fully accepted into noble society as nobles.
  • Royal Inbreeding: Justified. Especially archnobles mingle with relatives, as a couple needs similar levels of mana to have children. If an interduchy marriage is not possible for whatever reason and nobody is found among the duchy's strongest mednobles, it is not uncommon to marry a relative. Even half-siblings can marry, as long as they aren't from the same maternal line.
  • Royalty Superpower:
    • The archducal family members are the absolute rulers of their duchy. Among other things, they can interact with border gates, redraw border lines, create structures, and destroy medals with which they control the lives of their citizens.
    • The ruler of the country (the zent) is given similar powers, but they extend to the entire country. In particular, the zent is in possession of Grutrissheit. Without it, a lot of magic tools can't be operated.
  • Rule of Three: Over the course of Part 4 and Part 5, Rozemyne is betrothed (or was planned to be betrothed) three times. It's the third one that sticks.
  • Ruling Family Massacre: As a result of a political purge that happened after the civil war in the country ended, the prince who won had the immediate family of the losing prince killed. He also killed numerous princesses and their children, specifically one who Really Got Around, to ensure no Hidden Backup Prince suddenly shows up. Four archducal families were also eliminated and their duchies are now under the management of other families.
  • Sacred Scripture:
    • In Part 1 Volume 3, Myne sees the High Bishop reading from the bible. She comes into possession of it after she is appointed as High Bishop by Sylvester.
    • In Part 4 Volume 1, Rozemyne learns of Grutrissheit, the original bible that was owned by Mestionora the Goddess of Wisdom. The first king of the country was allowed to copy it. Grutrissheit is a magic tool that contains the knowledge of over 10000 years of the zents and aubs that passed away. It is required to operate many magic tools to manage the country, and a king who is not in possession of it is said to be no true king.
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • After Myne collapses at the end of Part 1 Volume 2, she is saved by a magic tool Gustav and Freida give her. However, Freida makes it clear that Myne only has one year at best to live, which leaves Myne only with two options: Either die from the Devouring or leave her family and sign a contract with a noble who can provide her with the tools she needs. After thinking it over, Myne decides to stay with her family, even if that means that she is going to die soon. She ends up Taking a Third Option by joining the temple, which allows her to stay with her family and get the tools to release her mana safely without submitting to a noble.
    • The apprentice chef Ella seemingly faces one, but it's subverted. Once she comes of age, she would have to work as a waitress at her uncle's bar (and waitresses also work as cheap prostitutes). During a visit at the Eatery Guild she sees Benno looking for chefs who would eventually work in his restaurant, but they have to train at the temple, which is notorious for treating its commoner workers like slaves (including for sex). She quickly learns that neither Benno nor the blue shrine maiden she would serve have any need for sexual services, and since Ella always wanted to become a noble's chef, she takes Benno up on his offer and becomes Hugo's assistant.
    • A minor case with Myne's attendant Rosina: Myne tells her to either study under Fran and start doing more than playing instruments or be sent back to the orphanage. After a talk with Wilma, Rosina decides to stay and learns how to do paperwork.
    • High Priest Ferdinand gives Myne a similar choice in Part 2 regarding her future: Get adopted by a noble or face execution. He even forbids her from expanding the printing business until she has the backing of a noble, yet Myne refuses to leave her family. It takes an attempted kidnapping and an attack by a hostile archnoble to make Myne accept the adoption immediately.
    • In Part 3, Rozemyne is ordered by Ferdinand to execute the mayor and his faction. This is him being soft for Rozemyne's sake, as Hasse's citizens attacked a building owned by the archduke which would usually lead to the entire annihilation of the town and its people. If Rozemyne doesn't act, all of them will die. She makes the people of Hasse aware of this, and the citizens consequently isolate their mayor.
  • School Festival: The Interduchy Tournament at the end of each semester at the Royal Academy is similar to this.
  • Science Ville: The greater duchy Drewanchel is known for its researchers. For instance, is has developed the sewage system that Ehrenfest implements in the lower city in Part 4 Volume 4. In Part 4 Volume 3, Rozemyne arranges a tea party, where she gifts several of her guests a bottle of rinsham. Adolphine asks her little brother Ortwin to reverse-engineer it and by the time she and Rozemyne meet again, Rozemyne figures out that Drewanchel has learned how to make rinsham.
  • Secret Room: High-ranking nobles have hidden rooms where they can set up their private workshop for research, release their pent-up feelings or just hold private conversations. The room is usually only for personal use, except for minors who may invite their parents or guardians in, or married people and their children. Being alone with a member of the opposite gender inside it (even one's own fiancé) elicits nasty rumors.
    • High Priest Ferdinand's hidden room in the temple is behind his bedchambers. He has set up his workshop there and holds blunt conversations with Myne in his room, since she lacks the social skills to speak in noble euphemisms. In Part 2 Volume 3 the room is also used whenever Myne needs some hugging from Ferdinand to soothe the loneliness in her heart. This isn't frowned upon because Myne is too young.
    • Rozemyne is given two hidden rooms. One is in the chambers of the orphanage director, where she meets with commoners (like the people of the Gilberta Company) without having to keep up appearances. She can act like Myne in there, which is why she frequently uses the room to get her much-needed hugs from Lutz. After Rozemyne is engaged to Wilfried, she is forbidden from meeting Lutz alone in her hidden room, though. Her other hidden room is in the chambers of the High Bishop, where her workshop is. This is also the place where her jureve bath was set up in Part 3.
  • Secret Test of Character:
    • It's implied that Sylvester accompanying Myne during the Spring Prayer in Part 2 Volume 3 was all a test. A test which she passed, as he leaves her with a necklace that would save her if she was in danger. Sylvester is in truth not a blue priest but the archduke of Ehrenfest. His teasing is him testing Myne's patience, he sees her capabilities and how well she could pass off as a noble, he gets to talk with Benno to discuss Myne's printing business plans, and he questions the gray priests and orphans about Myne's influence. After concluding that Myne is worthy, he gifts her the contract feystone that would bind her to him if used.
    • In Part 3 Volume 5, Karstedt, Eckhart, and Ferdinand learn that Rozemyne has taught Damuel her own unique mana compression method, which is highly effective. Ferdinand convinces her to teach it to other people too, but Rozemyne has several conditions. One of them is that the contractor is forbidden from teaching the method to anyone else, including their family. She does so because she doesn't want parents to force their children into compressing their mana at an early age, when this technique could easily kill someone. Ferdinand asks Rozemyne whether she would reconsider this condition, knowing that it could bring out more nobles and fewer blue robes. Rozemyne is firm on this, since she doesn't want these children to die, even if some of them could become nobles. Ferdinand then relaxes and honors her wishes.
    • At the end of Part 3, Viscount Illgner suspects that Elvira subjected Brigitte and Damuel to one. Elvira asks Brigitte during a tea party what she wants to do about Damuel's marriage proposal and Brigitte lets slip that she intends to accept and then move back to Illgner with Damuel. As Brigitte and Damuel are guard knights of the archducal family, Brigitte's brother thinks Elvira wanted to see how dedicated Brigitte is to Rozemyne. Since she apparently didn't see the Conflicting Loyalty issue and chose her home province over her charge, Elvira deemed Brigitte a failure as Rozemyne's guard. Damuel on the other hand firmly stays by Rozemyne's side and has to take back his proposal. Elvira then finds a husband for Brigitte to relieve her of her duties and let her go back, just as she wanted to.
  • Sent Into Hiding:
    • Sister Christine was a blue shrine maiden who hid in the temple, as she was the daughter of a mistress. However, her mana capacity was unusually high, which is why her father wanted her to be formally made a part of the family. After the purge, she left the temple and attended the Royal Academy, leaving all of her attendants in the temple behind.
    • At the end of Part 2, Karstedt, Ferdinand and Sylvester claim that Rozemyne was similarly hidden in the temple like Christine. However, they claim that her identity was hidden so well that the High Bishop mistakenly believed she was merely a commoner who was given blue robes. Since Bezewanst is a convicted criminal, his accusations are made to look like Malicious Slander, silencing all other blue priests who protest against Rozemyne's appointment as the new High Bishop.
  • Serious Business: Do not get between Myne and her precious reading time, as her attendants find out.
  • Sex Slave: Gray priests and shrine maidens are forced to obey all nobles and blue priests/shrine maidens, who are descended from nobles. Their services include "flower offerings". Usually, pregnant gray shrine maidens are sent back to the orphanage, where they give birth and then raise the children and other orphans, but during High Bishop Bezewanst's reign, unattractive maidens were sold to nobles, while pregnant maidens are "disposed of" instead because they just add more useless mouths to feed for which Bezewanst doesn't want to spend any additional money.
  • Sexual Euphemism:
    • Within the temple, women (and girls, and boys as well on at least one occasion, including very young ones) serving as concubines are said to be "offering flowers".
    • The term "Goddess of Water" is commonly used to refer to someone's lover.
    • "Dyeing someone with your (mana) color" is a noble's way to talk about having sex. Because before trying to have babies, your partner drinks a potion with your color to increase the chances of getting pregnant. That's also the reason why drinking such a potion to use the mind-reading magic tool is considered disgusting, aside from the body's natural defensive reaction.
    • Celebrating "winter before autumn". Winter refers to Ewigeliebe the God of Life embracing Geduldh the Goddess of Earth (sex), while autumn represents the season when one reaches maturity. Or in other words: (Premarital) Sex with a minor.
  • She Is All Grown Up: In Part 5, Ferdinand reacts like this when he sees Rozemyne again, who went through a Plot-Relevant Age-Up.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Myne first meets Mark, she mentions he looks so much like a butler that she wants to call him Sebastian.
    • The ridiculous-looking prayer pose used by the priests is a reference to (of all things) a specific billboard advertisement for Glico, a Japanese food company, which has been on display in Osaka since 1935.
    • When throwing out trombe seeds, Myne usually calls out "I choose you!". In the novels, she describes a newly-purchased outfit as "comfy and easy to wear" (a meme-reference to Pokémon Gold and Silver, and probably a joke from the translator).
    • The Pandabus is based on the Catbus in My Neighbor Totoro.
    • Rozemyne needs to compose several songs for Ferdinand and Rosina to arrange for the charity concert. She picks the opening song for Anpanman, which Ferdinand rewrites into a love song about Ewigeliebe and Geduldh.
    • In Part 3 Volume 5, Ferdinand pulls out various things seemingly out of thin air with the help of a teleportation circle. Rozemyne compares him to "the English nanny from those popular children's books".
  • Silly Prayer: At least to Myne the praying pose looks a bit ridiculous, because it reminds her of a Glico advertisement from Japan, and as a follow-up the priests perform a Pose of Supplication. Commoners and nobles alike don't seem to pray much, either, and doing it in public will earn you weird looks. However, as Myne spends more and more time in the temple, she starts doing the Glico pose regularly on reflex to praise the gods.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Once Myne and the High Priest get to know each other long enough, a lot of their private conversations devolve to this.
    High Priest: I would rather not see your face more than once a day, you know.
    Myne's internal retort: ..it's not like I'm coming here to see you either.
  • The Social Darwinist: How nobility run their succession process, even more extreme in this world due to children being born with different mana capacity. Blue priests are actually children disqualified from inheritance for having too little mana.
  • Spotting the Thread:
    • Lutz starts suspecting that Myne may be possessed by someone else after hearing her talk about business with Benno. He is entirely convinced once Myne accidentally says that she's made plant paper before. Before that, the Urano version of Myne only did things that he had no reason to find suspicious, such as digging for clay or cutting wood.
    • At first, Ferdinand only thought that Myne was a smart young girl. After he saw her distill the holy scriptures into a kids' version, he realized that even a brilliant seven-year-old couldn't possibly do something like that, and it was more likely that she was an educated woman from a foreign country - and yet, it was clearly established that Myne was a seven-year-old from Ehrenfest. That was part of why Ferdinand had to probe her mind, because the facts in evidence simply did not make sense.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Archduke candidates learn in their special course at the Royal Academy their unique names for the God of Darkness and the Goddess of Light. Whenever they use archducal magic (e.g. when Ferdinand built Hasse's monastery or when he destroyed the commoners' medals in Part 3), the archduke candidates call upon the names of the king and queen gods, which is also the reason why no one else must hear the names, as the names are unique to each archduke candidate. It basically serves as a password with which the gods can distinguish the humans. Funnily, since Rozemyne and Ferdinand's mana attributes are so similar, she received the same names Ferdinand got, which is why Erwarmen can't differentiate between the two and initially mistakes Rozemyne for Ferdinand.
  • So Proud of You:
    • Whenever Tuuli or Myne do something well, their parents readily tell them how proud they are of their children. Tuuli is also unbelievably proud of how smart her little sister is and often brags to her friends about it, as most of them have the wrong impression of Myne.
    • Myne expresses how proud she is of Lutz when he faces Benno directly and tells him what he wants to do when he becomes a merchant. Later on, Myne, Benno, and Mark are also proud of Lutz's quick growth as an apprentice merchant.
    • Gustav's pride is his granddaughter, Freida. She is Wise Beyond Her Years and he loves to see her grow up and become a successful merchant like him.
    • Myne often tells Gil how proud she is of his work, as affection and approval is exactly what he needs.
    • In general, Myne is very proud of all of her attendants for how skilled and competent they are.
    • Lutz's parents see at the end of Part 2 Volume 1 that their son is actually already far ahead in his training as a merchant. They never knew that Lutz is literate and how he vastly behaves differently when they go to the Merchant's Guild with him, which makes them see why Benno already wanted Lutz to become his leherl. Since Deid is a man of few words and doesn't like admitting that he's wrong, he doesn't openly say it, but Karla proudly tells everyone how much her son has grown.
    • Wilfried doesn't get much attention from his parents, but he really would like them to praise him. Once Rozemyne works on his education plan, he often proudly presents to them his progress and they readily praise him.
    • During the ruelle gathering in Part 3 Volume 5, Rozemyne expresses internally how proud she is of her guard knight, Damuel. As his mana growth has given him new confidence, he performs much better against the swarm of feybeasts compared to the previous Night of Schutzaria a year before.
    • Rozemyne's adoptive siblings, Wilfried and Charlotte, often express how proud they are of their sister. Especially the latter matters to Rozemyne, as she always wanted to be a Cool Big Sis.
    • Bonifatius, Rozemyne's grandfather, can't stop gushing over his granddaughter. He is more open about his feelings after she starts attending the Royal Academy and always returns home with the best marks possible, on top of her other heroic feats.
  • Succession Crisis:
    • Defied. As there can only be one heir to a duchy, the heir is chosen amongst the children of a duke's first wife. If they all come with similar mana levels, the more competent one is chosen as heir. This all needs to happen long before the current ruler dies, to prevent a crisis. Sylvester was the winner of the current generation, and thus became Ehrenfest's archduke. His older sister married an archduke from another duchy to avoid future conflicts. Sylvester doesn't like this tradition, though, and he's decided from the start that Wilfried is his designated heir. Unfortunately, this makes Wilfried lazy and complacent, as he does not have to put an effort into earning his privileges. He drastically changes after Ferdinand threatens to make Sylvester disinherit him and instead train one of Wilfried's younger siblings, if he turns out to be completely incompetent.
    • Part 4 reveals that a few years ago a succesion war between the first and third princes of the country started, which split the country in two and ended with both dying. The fourth and fifth princes picked up the pieces and resumed the conflict until the fifth came off victorious and became king.
  • Supernatural Elite: Only nobles have easy access to the means to handle the Pent-Up Power Peril that manifests as the Devouring to which children born with magic are prone, and a child's mana level depends mostly on their mother's. Commoners who do get mana usually die of the Devouring before age seven. This results in magic use remaining something only found in nobles. There is a way to survive for non-nobles, but it boils down to pledging to become a noble's slave in exchange for an excess mana-absorbing item. Before the arrangement gets actually made and if the noble changes their mind, the alternative is to pay a lot of money for a defective or broken mana-absorbing item that only works once, overall making the option available only for people who already have a lot of money and connections to nobles.
  • Supernatural Sensitivity: At a certain age, individuals with mana can sense other beings with mana. However, they usually can only sense beings with similar levels of mana. For instance in Part 2 Volume 3, since Damuel's mana levels are so low, he is good at spotting the weak Devouring soldiers, which archnobles like Karstedt or Ferdinand can't. Sensing someone's mana is also an indication for a suitable marriage partner, which is why engagements are usually only made when noble children reach the age when they start sensing mana.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Having powerful mages as parents greatly enhances the chances that a child will be a powerful mage themself, but is far from guaranteeing it. This is shown by the fact that blue robes from mednoble and even archnoble families exist, when laynobles are considered those who are most likely to produce blue robe level mages. Meanwhile, the fact that Devouring children are technically cases of Mage Born of Muggles shows that being born to a commoner family doesn't completely bar one from having great magical power. This is further reinforced by the fact that while the mother has the most influence on the child's mana level, two people with significantly different mana levels can't have children with each other at all, meaning neither side of the family can truly be given credit for a Mage Born of Muggles or Muggle Born of Mages situation.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That:
    • During a tea party, Elvira credits the edutainment materials Rozemyne "invented" for Cornelius showing much more interest in his studies than before. Rozemyne knows the real reason Cornelius is seemingly showing a newfound interest in studying: a lot of the ground work in bettering Angelica's Academy grades has fallen on him and he just happens to have older brothers who graduated from the classes Angelica is struggling with. Since she's both trying to sell the edutainment materials, which have been proven to work on plenty of other children, to her guests and is also trying to keep the number of people who know of Angelica's struggles low, Rozemyne decides to not correct Elvira.
    • One of the notes Rozemyne leaves behind before she is forced to sleep for two years mentions that she wants to gather information about the Royal Academy, the lectures and the other duchies. What she actually wanted most was to gather more stories for future books, but Damuel and Charlotte misunderstand Rozemyne's intentions and tell the Royal Academy students to gather any information they can find, which Damuel then passes on to Ferdinand. In Part 4, Rozemyne is visibly disappointed that she didn't clarify what she meant, but she decides to not tell Ferdinand this and lets him think that she got exactly what she wanted.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Someone might have been a bookworm who read countless books ranging from all different kind of subjects, but just reading about how something is done doesn't make you a master of making it. You will still need to practice before you develop the necessary skills, or use trial and error to work around the obstacles.
    • If you reincarnate somewhere completely by chance in a medieval setting, you'll probably be poor. If you're poor in a medieval setting, you're almost guaranteed to be illiterate. Hygiene was also... difficult in those times, leaving Myne horrified at how "disgusting" her family is.
    • People will start to wonder how a young girl who is usually bedridden by fever suddenly knows how to make so many things and use odd phrases. More so when she knows how to do something despite admitting she's never done it herself.
    • Many of the products we have now are only cheap commodities because of the complex infrastructure we have. To people living in medieval times, where everything has to be made by hand, things like shampoo and hair clips are extremely high-end luxuries.
    • In the modern day, even so-called handcrafts are done with modern materials that don't always have an obvious or easily available substitute in a world with medieval-level technology, which can make even personal experience hard to transfer.
    • The clothing of commoners in medieval times generally is for utility, not for show. Myne ends up making her family stand out a lot with the decorations she made, which would have normally been seen as a frivolous thing for them. This becomes a minor plot point where the High Bishop assumes she's from a wealthy family.
    • This universe's locals aren't immune, either. Lutz's romanticized idea of the traveling merchant life is shattered when Otto explains that it's a difficult and dangerous career, one which no one in their right mind would take up unless they were very poor and lacked citizenship (Lutz was born in the capital, so even though his family is poor, he automatically becomes a citizen after his baptism). And even if you wanted to do it anyway, the routes traders take are a closely-guarded secret.
    • The bandits who killed Benno's father and about whom Deid is worried about concerning Lutz leaving town for work turn out to be farmers being bandits on the side rather than people living off the activity full-time, thus avoiding a More Criminals Than Targets situation. This also means blue priests don't get attacked, as their mana is used to allow crops to grow.
    • When Myne gets a younger sibling, a few lines of dialog from adults make it clear that high miscarriage and infancy mortality rates are the reason her family only had two children at the time at which she was reincarnated.
    • The Wicked Stepmother the reader finds out the most about, who is introduced as the proper wife of a bastard's noble father, turns out to have been much nicer to her biological son so he would become a Puppet King to her after his father's death. She also turns out to have been such a Clingy Jealous Girl that her husband never engaged in the Exotic Extended Marriage expected of him and quite hostile toward her daughter-in-law. The Wicked Stepmother behavior was hence the sign of an all-around abusive personality all along.
    • This happens with the fake Family Relationship Switcheroo between two wives of the same nobleman. It essentially involves passing off a dead wife's daughter as that of a still-alive one. Only so much time goes by before the dead wife's brother starts trying to approach the daughter and calling her his niece. The switcheroo was intially done because of the political strife that would have come with the daughter's cover-up real parentage, with said strife partly stemming from the dead wife's family being Obnoxious In-Laws.
  • Swapped Roles: In Part 3 Volume 2, Rozemyne swaps with her adoptive brother Wilfried for a day as a means to get him to understand his duties and pay attention to his education. A side chapter from Wilfried's view in the same volume is shown to contrast how much work Rozemyne puts in every day.

     Tropes T-Z 
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Averted. In Part 3 Volume 5, Rozemyne is attacked by an unknown assailant. When she tries to pray for Schutzaria's protection, the assailant kicks her in the stomach before she can finish chanting.
  • Take a Third Option:
    • In Part 1, Myne is left with two options: Leave her family and sign with a noble who can provide her with magic tools or stay with her family and die to the Devouring. Myne ends up getting a third option by joining the temple, where she gets access to magic tools and regularly offers her mana while commuting from home.
    • In Part 3 Volume 4, Tuuli is given the choice to join the Gilberta Company either as a lehange or a leherl. Signing as a leherl comes with far more benefits, but it binds her to the store for the rest of her life, which she may not want if Rozemyne one day leaves Ehrenfest. Rozemyne is asked for her opinion on what to do and she suggests signing Tuuli as a leherl and introducing a franchising model. This way the Gilberta Company could open other Gilberta Company offshoots in other cities where Rozemyne may potentially move to, allowing Tuuli to move to that city as well, while binding herself to Corinna's store.
  • Taken for Granite: There is a spell archduke candidates can use, which Ferdinand demonstrates in Part 3. This is how Hasse's traitorous citizens are executed. They are first turned into stone, then they will shatter and leave nothing but dust behind.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: It's tradition for the noble who serves another food to personally taste-test dishes for poison first (or let a servant do it). The paranoia is justified, as there are several cases in the story where someone's food ended up being poisoned.
    • Eglantine's entire family was poisoned. The poison likely had a delayed effect, as they died after Eglantine wished her family good night.
    • As the reader later learns, Eckhart and his wife, Heidemarie, were poisoned too. Eckhart likely survived because of his connection to Ferdinand and because he wasn't weakened by pregnancy unlike his wife Heidemarie, who died along with their unborn child.
  • Tangled Family Tree:
    • The family situation of Rozemyne, Myne's noble identity later in the story, is slightly convoluted. Long story short, she officially has both a birth family and an adoptive family within the nobility. Those two families are related to each other via their respective fathers. This means that her "birth" parents and siblings remain a household of cousins after her adoption, while her adoptive parents and siblings were all cousins to her before the adoption. She generally streamlines things by liberally addressing both sets of parents in similar ways and thinking of all their children as her siblings. Another result of the situation is that her very much alive "birth" grandfather is technically her great-uncle after the adoption. It only gets more convoluted as the story progresses, as she landed directly in the archnoble strata, which has so few people that one is outbreeding if they are marrying a first cousin who is their cousin via only one parent. And then members of Rozemyne's generation start finding marriage partners.
    • Inbreeding is common enough within the nobility for many noble houses to share blood ties. For instance, the previous archduke of Ehrenfest and his wife were first cousins with strong ties to the archducal Ahrensbach house, whose current archduchess is their oldest daughter.
  • Tears of Joy: After two years of trial and error, Myne cries when she finally makes her first book in Part 2 Volume 2.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In Part 2 Volume 1, at the end of the Star Festival, Myne creates trombe with the taue fruits the orphans gathered. In the back of the orphanage, the trombe left a mess and moved the stone pavement, which would definitely get Myne a scolding from the High Priest, but Myne, Fran, and Lutz all agree that "there is no way a blue priest would come to the back of the orphanage, so it's fine." As it turns out, after everyone left, the High Priest took a look at the orphanage and discovered the mess.
    • In the same volume, after Myne recovers from a fever, Lutz leaves Myne at the temple, but none of her attendants are waiting at the gate to pick her up. Seeing as she doesn't know how a noble would act in such a situation, she just walks to her room alone. On her way, she thinks "...It's not like anybody will be there to get mad at me." Cue Ferdinand waiting in her room getting mad at her.
    • In Part 4 Volume 1, Ferdinand mentions that Rozemyne shouldn't be able to interact much with Second Prince Anastasius, since it's his final year, so there's nothing to fear from getting involved with the royal family. Rozemyne immediately makes a bad impression on Anastasius by insulting him on their first greeting and getting Eglantine's attention. She then plays a major part in getting Anastasius and Eglantine together by composing a song for Anastasius that he dedicates to Eglantine, ordering a hairpin for Eglantine for their graduation ceremony, and advising Anastasius to practice his dancing and to be more honest with his feelings for Eglantine. Needless to say, Rozemyne's guardians are left speechless.
    • In Part 4 Volume 7, to not be mistaken for being from Dunkelfelger, Ferdinand wears a new Ehrenfest cape instead of his blue Dunkelfelger cape at the Interduchy Tournament. He notes that he doesn't feel as safe because the cape isn't weaved with protective magic embroidery, but it should still be fine. When the king's speech is interrupted by a terrorist attack, Ferdinand's back gets injured because his cape did not offer him any protection.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Textile work is generally the kind of work left to women. For both commoners and nobles.
    • Lutz's mother, Karla, weaves fabric, while Effa works as a dyer (but is also a skilled seamstress), and Tuuli becomes a seamstress apprentice after her baptism, with her goal to become as good as Benno's sister, Corinna, one day. Myne is told that women who can cook and sew are viewed as beautiful, as it's a very useful and attractive skill to have in a family.
    • Noblewomen are also expected to embroider clothes, though they only do this for their significant other and their children usually. In Part 4, Rozemyne asks her female retainers to help her embroider Schwartz and Weiss' new protective clothes.
  • That Came Out Wrong:
    • Early in Part 2, Myne needs to change outfits in the Gilberta Company, but the fact that the employee changing rooms are in the attic doesn't mix well with her low stamina. Benno's solution is to have a screen set up in his office and call a female servant to help Myne change. When Lutz comes down from his own changing room and sees Myne in her new outfit, her explanation is that "Benno helped".
    • In Part 3, Ferdinand mentions the fact that he (unwillingly) ended up watching Myne take a bath while he was visiting her Urano memories in a way that makes it sound like he and Myne took a bath together.
  • That's an Order!:
    • Invitations are only invitations in name, if the person inviting another is of higher status. Myne for instance cannot refuse an invitation from Corinna or Benno, as they are higher-ranked people than Effa and Tuuli in the Tailors' Guild. The temple invitations that Myne hands out to Lutz's parents in Part 2 Volume 1 are also basically subpoenas.
    • This is basically what the High Bishop at the end of Part 1 says to Myne's parents, when he demands to hand her over. As commoners, they have no right to refuse a noble, but Gunther does so anyway and defends Myne from the High Bishop's attendants. It's only after Myne Crushes him with her mana that High Priest Ferdinand takes over, who explicitly requests for Myne to join the temple.
  • This Is a Work of Fiction: One of the means by which Rozemyne gets around Ferdinand forbidding her from selling printed illustrations of him consists of making the illustrations of some of her printed stories Comic-Book Fantasy Casting versions of him. She takes advantage of the first set of such stories to introduce a common disclaimer from Earth:
  • They're Called "Personal Issues" for a Reason: Defied. When Myne is unable to focus on her work because of Lutz' issues with his parents, she tells Ferdinand that it's not his problem and she'll be able to work just fine. Ferdinand responds that she's not working fine, and if her problems are interfering with her work, then they are his business and he'll help resolve them so that his assistant can do her job.
  • Time Skip: Two years pass between Part 3 and Part 4, after Rozemyne was forced into a jureve sleep to heal her body. She wakes up just in time to attend the Royal Academy in Part 4.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Averted. Lutz assumes that the current Myne is actually the disease that killed the original Myne and took over her body. The current Myne makes it clear that she is not.
  • Top Wife: The first wives of noblemen who have at least two of them are not only expected to produce the first heirs in the sucession line. They are also the only ones allowed to take an official part in political decisions to avoid having too many cooks spoiling the soup. For instance, if a viscount has several wives, only the first one holds the title of Viscountess. If a first wife dies, the second wife, if she exists, usually takes her place.
  • Too Long; Didn't Dub: Many of the traditional-Japanese-papermaking terms like "suketa" and "tororo" are left untranslated in the English novels, as there's no real equivalent to them. This also happens in-universe—whenever Myne mentions something that can't be translated to the local language, it's written in parentheses, like "could you tell them to bring some (simple all-in-one shampoo) with them," to show that from the perspective of whoever she's talking to, she basically threw some incomprehensible nonsense into the middle of a normal sentence.
  • Training from Hell: To be allowed to go to the forest, Myne has to take regular walks to the city gates to build strength and stamina. As she's an Ill Girl, even this much is a major undertaking.
  • Translation Convention: The people of Myne's current world are actually speaking a completely different language that Myne is unable to understand until she gets her body's original memories back. For convenience, the audience hears or reads people speak in our language. But since the original Myne couldn't read, she can't read the local language either until she's taught.
  • Tricked into Signing:
    • An element of the climax of Part 2 as a whole is Delia turning out to have been tricked into making Dirk sign an enslavement contract that was presented as an adoption contract.
    • Myne herself gets tricked into signing her adoption contract with Sylvester, mostly by the fact that it doesn't look like a contract at all.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior:
    • The whole "starting apprenticeships at age seven" practice includes High-Class Call Girl type jobs. This results in the story showing no less than two different girls whose ages are still in the single digits talking about how they are going to be someone's mistress or concubine later. As someone who knows what those positions entail only because she's essentially an adult trapped in a child's body, Myne is quite disturbed by this.
    • To most people, Myne's ability to converse intelligently with adults on business matters is impressive. To Lutz, it's a sign that she's suffering from Demonic Possession.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Played with. The women in Myne's family have naturally good looks, but there's really only so far that can get you when you don't even have access to things like regular bathing or indoor toilets. However, just a little shampoo gets Myne's mother looking wonderful even without any of the fancy clothing and accessories a noble would have.
  • Unperson: In a way, this is what happens to traitors. In Part 3, Ferdinand demonstrates this by using the medals with which commoners are registrated at their baptism to execute the mayor of Hasse and his faction. The medals are usually given back for one's funeral, but by turning their bodies into dust and destroying the medals, it's like the person has never existed.
  • Uptown Girl:
    • Myne's version of Cinderella is kind of this. In her version, Cinderella is a rich commoner instead of a noble, who gets to marry a prince, although the rich background was added to give Cinderella a higher status. The prince isn't actually poor, and it's not the reason they marry, so it isn't Nobility Marries Money.
    • Subverted. The relationship between Rozemyne's guard knights, Damuel and Brigitte, shows how difficult it actually is to overcome status differences to marry. Love and sufficient mana is not enough.
  • Urban Segregation: Ehrenfest Capital is split into multiple segments, with the highest ranked nobles living in the north, while the lowest ranked commoners live in the south. The northern part of the city is the Noble's Quarter. The archduke's castle and archnobles are located in the far north, while laynobles live closer to the gate to the lower city and the temple in the south. High-ranked commoners in the lower city like Freida or Benno live closer to the Noble's Quarter gate, while poor commoners like Lutz and Myne live very close to the south gate of the city.
  • Utility Magic:
    • One of the temple's most important duties is using magic to enhance the harvest. Which is a problem before Myne shows up, as she and Ferdinand are the only particularly powerful mages the temple has available.
    • Nobles can use a water spell called waschen note  to clean their tools or clothes, as is demonstrated in Part 3. In Part 4, Ferdinand performs a city-wide cleansing of the lower city at Rozemyne's suggestion, after Sylvester already slightly restructured the city.
  • Variant Chess: In Part 2 Volume 3, Myne wants to introduce board games like reversi and chess to Ferdinand and Karstedt. While they are fascinated by reversi, Karstedt notes that chess seems to be similar to the noble board game "gewinnen" note . It uses mana and can be utilized as a playful way to teach aspiring knights military tactics.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Benno actually likes arguing with Myne quite a lot since few people can keep up with him. It also seems to remind him of his deceased fiancée.
  • Vow of Celibacy:
    • In an extremely technical sense, this is the case. Clergy are forbidden to marry, but not forbidden from taking concubines.
    • Between the consequences of the recent purge of the nobility and human trafficking being technically legal in the setting, both blue robes and gray robes can leave the temple for positions in which they are no longer expected to be celibate. Ironically, some blue robes were disqualified from properly joining noble society after the purge due to abusing the Sex Slave loophole while in the temple.
  • Wall Pin of Love: There is a tradition in Dunkelfelger, where a woman can demand a marriage proposal from a man she can physically overwhelm.
    • As shown in the Year 1 Side Story Collection, this is what Clarissa does with Hartmut. She brings him down to the floor with a surprise attack and holds him at knifepoint. Shortly after Clarissa gives him a Forceful Kiss and sends her mana to him through her lips to see how compatible they are. She then asks Hartmut to propose to her (so she could serve Rozemyne), which he eventually does after she proves her usefulness to Rozemyne. By the way, she didn't try it on Cornelius because one, he wasn't interested (he already has a girlfriend), and two, he is probably stronger than her.
    • This is what Magdalena did with the fifth prince who later became zent.
    • In the spinoff after the end of the original series, Hannelore tries to get Wilfried to propose to her multiple times by using the Dunkelfelger method.
  • Water Guns and Balloons:
    • Taue fruits tend to be be so water-gorged when summer arrives that they basically work as natural water balloons. They are popular to throw at newlyweds in the lower city, as all marriages are held during the same yearly summer festival.
    • In Part 4 Volume 6, Rozemyne accidentally invents a water gun form for her schtappe. Instead of water, she can shoot mana with it, and the weapon becomes deadly when she imagines a rain of arrows like Ferdinand did back in Part 2 Volume 2.
  • Weather Manipulation: In Part 4 Volume 4, during Rozemyne's visit to Haldenzel for Spring Prayer, she witnesses a ritual where the men pray to the gods for spring to arrive. Based on what she read in the bible, she suggests letting the women do the ritual, too, and when she, Elvira and the other Haldenzel noblewomen perform the ritual, a large magic circle appears that absorbs their mana. On the next day, the snow that was still lying around has melted and it seems like it's summer in Haldenzel.
  • Weight and Switch: The riesefalke egg Rozemyne needs to collect sits on a volcano that risks erupting if too many of the living beings that absorb its Background Magic Field mana are removed. To make up for the removal of the egg, her group brings a bunch of mana-storing feystones to leave in the general area in the egg's place.
  • Wham Episode:
    • The end of Part 1 Volume 3 has the development that allows the story to continue past Part 1 and the first season of the anime. At a point where she's resigned to die once the few months bought by one of Freida's backup magic tool runs out, Myne attends her baptism and enters the temple for the occasion. Once there, a series of incidents makes her discover that the place has both books and magic tools. The temple currently has a shortage of both money and people to provide the magic tools with mana, both of which are things Myne can help with and use of leverage to enter the temple on the same terms as a child the nobility.
    • Part 2 Volume 4 has the High Bishop making his move on Myne, forcing Ferdinand and Ehrenfest's archduke to accelerate their plans, meaning Myne has to be adopted into nobility immediately and separated from her commoner family.
    • Part 3 Volume 5 ends with Charlotte's baptism going horribly wrong, as Sylvester's children are attacked. During the confusion, Charlotte gets abducted and Rozemyne and her guards desperately try to get Charlotte back, which ends with Rozemyne being poisoned and nearly dying. Rozemyne then has to spend two years in a Deep Sleep to recover, which makes her wake up old enough to attend the Royal Academy.
  • Wham Line:
    • In both the light novel and the anime, the first time Benno mentions his plan to adopt Lutz comes out of the left field.
    • At end of Season 2 (which is an adaptation of scene that happens mid-way through Part 2 of the books), Ferdinand asks Karstedt something that brings a so-far unexpected upgrade to Myne's prospects.
      Ferdinand: Would you consider adopting [Myne]?
    • A single line brings a new twist to a plotline that starts out as "Myne gets her first Doorstop Baby as orphanage director" if one remembers Ferdinand's description of late-stage Devouring:
      Delia: [The baby] got a fever, and his cheeks started to bubble.
    • At the very end of Part 2, Myne sums up what her life will be like as Rozemyne, her newly-minted noble identity. The archduke of Ehrenfest then tells her she's mistaken about something neither she nor the reader saw coming:
      Archduke: Not quite. You won't be an apprentice shrine maiden anymore. You'll be the High Bishop.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Lutz is quite pissed when he figures out Myne was lying from the start when she said she would just rest after walking to the forest for the first time. It meant she broke a promise to someone who was only worried about her well-being.
    • A mild case in Part 4 Volume 2. While discussing Traugott's dismissal from Rozemyne's service, Hartmut reveals that Traugott intended to quit as soon as he learned Rozemyne's mana compression method. After Traugott willingly resigns, Rozemyne calls Hartmut out for withholding information from her. She doesn't care where and how he gets the information, but she wants him to report anything he finds to her first.
    • Elvira indirectly calls out Karstedt for not protecting her enough from Veronica and her faction. During a family meeting, she lectures Lamprecht that it's a man's duty to protect his wife (which Karstedt did not do). Instead, he married Veronica's attendant and another mednoble from her faction, who he clearly liked more than Elvira, leaving the mother of his three children alone.
  • Will Talk for a Price: Myne can't do much physical labor, so the main source of her income initially is selling product ideas and recipes to Benno or Freida for the right price.
  • With Friends Like These...: The merchant guild's granddaughter sees herself as Myne's best friend, but that doesn't stop her from prying information out of her that can be profitable.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: One thing that Rozemyne tries to teach nobles is that the lives of the commoners aren't easily expendable. She puts several safety measures in place that ensure her Gutenberg members aren't getting abused by the nobility, and in Part 4 Volume 5 tells Brunhilde that unlike Illgner or Haldenzel, House Groschel does not interact with and protect the people of the lands they were given.
  • Wizarding School: One of the functions of the Royal Academy is to teach noble children how to use magic.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks:
    • Shumil "mana crystals" to commoner children. They never realize they are selling off tiny feystones.
    • After Johann presents to Myne the first type letters that she ordered in Part 2 Volume 3, she jumps for joy and gets so excited that she loses consciousness. After Gil demonstrates how they can be utilized in a printing press to rapidly create books, Benno, Johann's foreman, Lutz, and Damuel realize how revolutionary this is, yet Johann is still left clueless.
    • Many blue priests and non-scholar nobles have been shown to not care much about books. Myne even won a few points with Ferdinand early on because she showed interest in books while many of the people around him couldn't care less.
    • Johann is also clueless about physical principles Rozemyne teaches him and Zack. Zack on the other hand is thrilled, seeing the potential for future inventions.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In the beginning of the series, every time Myne seems to be making progress towards her goal, something will prevent her from achieving it. It takes too long to make papyrus, her clay tablets are destroyed by other kids or the weather, she can't heat clay tablets evenly enough, and both kinds of wood tablets she tries making are casually burned by her mother as firewood, who doesn't understand that they were important to her daughter.
  • You Didn't Ask: Happens to Johann. He really should have asked Benno what he meant when Benno said that Johann shouldn't worry about his patron ever running out of money. His patron is Myne; you either keep up with all the inventions she wants you to make or sink to the depths of despair. Benno is the one funding her, so money is not the issue; never before seen crazy inventions she wants you to make are!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Many people in this world all have very bright hair colors. Myne and her father have blue hair, her mother and sister have green hair, and her only female friend's hair is bright pink. Myne notices this as soon as she reincarnates, implying that her original world was not like this.
  • You Taught Me That: Benno asks Myne to make some of the hairpins she designed before winter starts, when they were originally meant to be work she would be doing during winter. Myne accepts, but asks to be paid extra. She then points out that Benno is the one who drilled into her head the idea that she should seize any opportunity to make more money.


Alternative Title(s): Ascendance Of A Bookworm

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