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After hitting her head while harassing the young prince Gerald, bratty little Katarina Claes suddenly remembers her past life and passes out with a fever and stays unconscious for five days. When she awakens, she can no longer take herself so seriously after remembering her past life as an ordinary schoolgirl and instantly reforms into an incredibly dim but kind tomboy. In the meantime, the handsome young prince feels he must take responsibility for scarring her forehead and offers an engagement. A bemused Katarina accidentally agrees without thinking but...

Wait, Katarina Claes? Prince Gerald? Aren't these the names of characters from an otome game she was just playing? And wasn't Katarina Claes the villain who was exiled or murdered for being a bitch? This won't do at all. Measures must be taken to avoid the terrible endings in store for her! First up, train in swordsmanship to avoid being stabbed by Gerald. Second, train in magic by plowing a field. Third, spoil her new little brother so he won't grow up into a playboy, get charmed by the game's heroine and murder her for bullying said heroine. Fourth, create a toy snake to scare Gerald and escape if he tries to kill her for the same reason.

But why is she suddenly meeting all the game's love interests? And why are they suddenly so into her and not the game's heroine? After all, she's just the villain, right?

Destruction Flag Otome, also known as I Reincarnated into an Otome Game as a Villainess With Only Destruction Flags...note  is a light novel series written by Yamaguchi Satoru and illustrated by Hidaka Nami. Six volumes have been published since 2014, and a manga adaptation debuted in 2017.


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  • Accidental Hero: Part of why Sophia likes Katarina so much is because she leapt out of a tree and scared away a bunch of kids about to start bullying her. She thinks Katarina was being a gallant hero, but she just needed to get to a bathroom ''now.''
  • All of the Other Reindeer
    • Sophia is bullied for her albinism, though she has red eyes instead of the actual blue ones. Katarina just thinks her hair and eyes are pretty and immediately endears herself to Sophia and her older brother Nicol as a result.
    • Maria is shunned at school for being a commoner and yet possessing so much talent and such a rare element. Katarina defends her, of course, but characters like Sirius are confused at how stupid people have to be to screw with a girl that is obviously going to enter the ministry of magic and have influence on par with royalty in just a few years.
  • Alpha Bitch: Katarina was on the way to becoming one, but upon remembering her past life she A. realized this would end badly for and B. couldn't take herself so seriously anymore. So she instantly mellowed out and became a kind of In-Universe Spotlight-Stealing Squad or something similar by taking over the plot of the story she was in.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's not entirely clear if Katarina is really Katarina or just the monkey girl in her role. Her father thinks she and her mother are very alike, she has all of Katarina's memories and immediately identifies as Katarina + α,meaning the life experience of her previous self. However, she doesn't act a bit like her and seems like she's unaware of or at least unfamiliar with a few things Katarina should know.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: When Katarina couldn't remember her past life, she was well behaved, but spoiled and bratty. When a blow to the head made her remember that she had lived a low class life before, she suddenly couldn't take herself so seriously and become super friendly and outgoing, much to the exasperation of her mother.
  • Animals Hate Her: The only ones that don't seem to like Katarina are dogs, though she does seem to play with a puppy at school sometimes.
  • Arranged Marriage: Katarina accidentally agrees to an engagement to Gerald at the beginning because he accidentally scarred her forehead, though it was clearly her own fault. After he falls in love with her and she tries to get out of it, he lies and says the scar hasn't faded, nope, so the engagement has to stand.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Katarina frequently gets distracted mid conversation and misses out on important things. She's also capable of acting with dignity and etiquette until she's inevitably distracted. Also, as soon as she's done being scolded, she forgets about what anyone told her and goes back to what she was doing the next day. People actually envy this ability of hers.
  • Axe Before Entering: A certified way to get your shut-in stepbrother out of his bubble. And to completely piss off your parents.
  • The Beard: In the game, Gerald was only engaged to Katarina so that he would have someone to point to in order to discourage fangirls, so she assumes that Gerald still just considers her a shield.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Katarina is one of the sweetest characters you'd ever meet, but Maria's bullies were terrified of her when she stood up for her— Katarina chalks this up to her "villainous face".
  • Big Eater: Left to her own devices, Katarina will eat all the food, get sick and throw up and then go back for more. After awhile she does start gaining some weight because of this.
  • Black Hole Sue: This is basically the premise of the story. Katarina is such a wacky free spirit character that she not only nets all the hunky boys, but also all the pretty girls and even the fairly Sue-like heroine herself!
  • Blithe Spirit
    • Thanks to Katarina's newly found free spirit, she cures Gerald's boredom and isolation, Alan's inferiority complex, Keith's loneliness and Nicol's family issues. As a result, they not only fall for her, but they never develop into a sadist, a bitter rival, a playboy and a suspicious and withdrawn pretty boy like they were in the game they come from. She also nets herself the student council president by insisting on seeing him as a gentle boy instead of a dark magician, which helps him to drive out the ghost possessing him before he can commit any crimes. All of them fall for her as a result.
    • She makes friends with Mary early in their childhood, leaving her less dependent on her fiance Alan. Then she bonds with Sophia, not only leaving her less obsessed with her brother but also letting her make some friends and ignore the people who think she's cursed and awful. Maria is also able to bond with the student council and Katarina much more quickly, is protected from bullying and makes up with her mother in large part due to Katarina's clueless affection. They also all fall in love with her.
    • Finally, there are numerous characters like the head gardener, her mother, her personal maid and her classmates who don't fall for her, but are also much happier and freer as a result of her influence.
  • Book Dumb: Inverted. Katarina is socially as dumb as a box of rocks and before reincarnating got terrible grades. However, A-chan attributed this to a lack of interest in studying. As Katarina, she's actually pretty diligent when it comes to studying and picking up skills because she feels she needs them and turns out to have at least average academic ability... when it comes to the few things she bothers trying to learn about, like magic.
  • Brutal Honesty: Katarina captures Alan's interest at first by pointing out that if a girl is more interested in hanging out with her than her fiancee, it's probably because her fiancee is boring.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: The only ones who even come close to confessing how they feel are Mary and Maria. Sophia instead seems more content to have Katarina date her brother while the others feel like she should have figured it out because of how obvious they are.
  • Captain Oblivious: Katarina manages to miss the totally obvious constantly either because she's naturally dense or because she stops paying attention to things that don't interest her.
  • Chaste Heroine: Katarina tends to brush off romantic gestures and veiled confessions because she doesn't consider herself attractive. As a result she doesn't mind doing things like offering to hand feed her step brother.
  • Chick Magnet: Keith and Gerald are noted to have loads of fangirls. Nicol has fangirls and fanboys.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Because she took over the scenario, basically everyone is now her childhood friend and completely unable to get through to Katarina regarding their feelings.
  • Christmas Cake: Because she wasn't particularly attractive, focused too much on work and wasn't good with people, the head maid lost her chance to get married before she knew it. However, by opening up to Katarina without even meaning to, her good side is shown to the staff and a nervous young gardener eventually bonds with her and asks her out.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Mary is clearly the most assertive out of Katarina's Reverse Harem, aside from Jared and Keith.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Katarina actually does have reasons for doing weird things like farming or carrying toy snakes, but she doesn't explain herself and therefore everyone thinks she's nuts. Which she is anyway, so it's okay. A lot of people are attracted to this specific quality about her more than her kindness, such as Jared, Rufus and even "Lana", who is secretly in the Ministry of Magic and even more secretly Geoffrey's official fiancee.
  • Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: Katarina's mother is extremely worried about her being shown off in public unless Keith is there to keep an eye on her.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Gerald, Alan, Nicol, Keith, Mary, Maria, Sirius, Sophia to an extent and an unknown but high number of classmates all have a thing for Katarina, but she's totally oblivious.
  • Comically Missing the Point
    • The fundamental drive behind the series is that Katarina recognizes herself as the villain from a story and knows there's only a bad future ahead of her if she follows the script. At one point she asks herself why of all the rival characters only Katarina ended up miserable or dead every time, but it becomes clear when she doesn't act like game Katarina that the answer is because Katarina never did anything kind or sympathetic. Since that's basically all the new Katarina does, she's saved herself from every bad ending except Sirius' within about a week of first regaining her memories.
    • Katarina basically never gets the point when anyone is in the slightest bit indirect. Like when Mary is talking about how difficult it is to be married to a prince and how she'd much rather run away with Katarina instead, Katarina just thinks she's complaining about her own engagement rather than trying to get her to break off the engagement to Gerald.
    • She finally meets her match with Selena, who interprets everything Katarina does as brave stoicism rather than sheer stupidity and indifference and then comes to view Katarina's friendliness as the kindness and forgiveness of a saint rather than the oblivious affection of a dimwit.
  • Cool Big Sis: Katarina always wanted a little brother or sister and therefore considers herself to be a great big sister who makes sure her handsome little brother doesn't become a playboy, but in actually she's something of a manchild that Keith has to constantly take care of.
  • Crocodile Tears: Rufus generally gets away with things when caught by looking sad and saying he was forced to do whatever he did. Contrary to her normal attitude, Katarina seems to be one of the few who can actually see through this with ease. She wonders how anyone could fall for it.
  • Dark Is Evil
    • Dark magic is the magic of manipulating the mind and emotions. However, the two dark magic users in volume weren't actually that bad. One was actually a rather sweet boy who happened to be possessed while the other, the possessor, was a loving family man who was betrayed and murdered and just wanted revenge on the woman who killed everyone he cared about.
    • Volume three's dark magic user is an unapologetic murderer and all around criminal. That being said, he turns himself in to get a reduced sentence and genuinely cares for Katarina, so now she has a kind of evil suitor too.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: There are genuine dangers ahead of Katarina if she doesn't prepare for them and as such, she takes steps to avoid them. Some of her ideas are spot on like being nice to Keith so he won't get lonely and grow to resent her, but her other prevention methods make no sense and include ideas like 'interacting with the source of her (earth) magic' by plowing a field. Nobody seems to have the heart to correct her.
  • Entitled to Have You: Gets reversed. The original Katarina believed that Gerald belonged to her because he scarred her face even though the scar faded before she entered school. Present day Gerald believes that Katarina belongs to him because they're engaged even though she's made it clear that she knows the scar is gone and never needed him to take responsibility for it in the first place.
  • Even the Girls Want Her
    • Apart from the pretty boys around her, there are at least three girls who are also into Katarina, though she doesn't realize it.
    • Katarina considers herself straight, but admits that Maria occasionally makes her heart beat faster because she's just that pretty.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Nicol has a large number of male admirers. Katarina thinks Keith might be one of them.
  • Everyone Is Bi: Nicol has numerous male fans while Katarina has at least three girls in love with her that originally should have been in love with Alan, Nicol or no one at all in Suzanna's case. There does seem to be an underlying assumption that most people are straight, but this only extends to things like Alan not guessing that Mary is a rival or Keith not being entirely sure if Mary loves Katarina or just really likes her as a friend. Mary, for her part, suspects that Katarina is straight and therefore she has no chance, but the narration implies that Katarina isn't as straight as she thinks she is.
  • Evil Albino: Invoked. People instantly react poorly to Sophia because of her white hair and red eyes, but she's a gentle and friendly girl. It's implied that in Nicol's route in the game she grew fixated on her brother for being the only one to treat her well when everyone else considered her cursed.
  • Face of a Thug: Played with. Katarina thinks she has a villainous face (considering her Tsurime Eyes and Forehead of Doom), but everyone else thinks that she just looks a little intense. But it would be really suited for one given that's what she was supposed to become.
  • Forehead of Doom: Katarina mentions once that her scar can be covered up with her bangs, but proceeds to never do so.
  • For Want of a Nail: Tiny little changes in everyone's meeting with Katarina totally derail how the story was supposed to go. One little mistimed compliment to Mary, for example, has her go from loving Alan with all her heart to considering him an okay friend while instead falling for the evil rival turned new heroine.
  • Friend Zone: Basically everyone. Alan, Gerald, Maria, Sophia and Mary are all in the friend zone and it doesn't even occur to Katarina how they might feel. Keith is in the brother zone to the point that she can only intellectually acknowledge that he's attractive. Nicol is the odd one out here in that he's more in the 'my friend's brother' zone, which means he's less off limits and more someone she rarely speaks to. However, that slight bit of distance seems to balance out a little in his favor as she seems to be less used to him and more vulnerable to his gorgeous smile than she is to most of her other suitors.
  • Good All Along: The eldest prince Geoffrey really loves his brothers - possibly in squicky ways, but never mind that - and has no interest in the throne. Everything he does is to keep them safe.
  • Good Parents: The Claes family are genuinely wonderful people who allow their daughter to live freely as well as making sure she learns what she needs to know, though her mother has a hard time trying to get her to act in accordance with her status.
  • Graceful Loser: In the Alan route of the game, Mary was the rival instead of Katarina, but in the good ending she gave up with grace and wished for the heroine's happiness.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: While Katarina is almost universally popular, some girls do resent her for seemingly snatching up all the pretty boys, especially Gerald. But given that she's a former ducal heir, currently engaged to a prince who might take the throne and surrounded by other high influence figures, there's not much anyone can do and they don't even bother trying to get back at her.
  • Happily Married: Katarina's parents in the game had a strained relationship due to two major misunderstandings, but an early incident in the story clears up both and leaves them very lovey dovey with each other.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted: At first, Katerina thinks that Maria only got high grades because she was super talented, but eventually learns how dedicated Maria is when she studies.
  • Harem Nanny: Anne works hard to keep Katarina presentable to society and has her own dedicated side story which is half about detailing why she's so protective of Katarina and half about her exasperation at her charge's terminal cluelessness.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Katarina is so consistent about mentioning she's straight when talking about how her female friends cause her to swoon a little that the question becomes more whether she's in denial about bisexual or whether she genuinely doesn't realize it than whether she's actually straight or not.
  • The Hedonist: Katarina is all about what's doing fun and pleasurable right this second. Fortunately, though, she does care a great deal about people so she never abuses anyone in her pursuit of the maximum amount of fun. It does exasperate her mother and little brother, though.
  • Heir Club for Men: Averted. Though Keith was adopted to become the new heir to the Claes family, it's only because Katarina would be marrying into the royal family and therefore the Claes family was losing their current heir.
  • Heroic Bastard: Keith and Mary are very friendly and charming people once they come out of their shells, though their illegitimacy has led to them being mistreated at times. And while Keith is indeed illegitimate, his adoptive mother Miri Diana mistook who his father was and was originally cold to him, though she comes to be more proud of him than her real daughter.
  • Hero Worship: Some of Katarina's love interests like Sophia seem to half worship her and at school she gets a reputation for being a saint.
  • Hidden Depths
    • In-Universe, Katarina is surprised to find that Maria is actually a fairly complex person who wasn't how she appeared in the game. Where in the game she seemed like a confident genius, in reality she's absolutely desperate for any kind of personal acknowledgment and is an extremely hard worker. She also has an unhappy home life.
    • Katarina's parents are also shown to be a good deal more complex. Whereas her mother was pretty villainous in the game, this turns out to have been from years of bitterness. If she doesn't become embittered, she actually turns out to be a really nice person.
    • Katarina considers Mary to be a graceful and elegant lady, and she is. But she also isn't above negging her best friend.
    • As for Katarina herself, she actually turns out to be an amazing actress. Or at least has the potential. Sure, she's basing her lines off what Katarina from the game would say because she didn't have time to learn what she was supposed to be saying, but acting involves far more than just reading a script.
  • Hikkikomori: In "Fortune Lover", Keith isolates himself out of fear that his magic powers will harm those around him, until his bubble is burst by Maria. Katarina forces him out of his bubble early on by smashing down his door with an axe, then apologizing and saying that everything was her fault.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: In a manner of speaking. Katarina forcibly takes over the heroine position by seducing all the love interests, their rivals and the supposed main heroine herself. However, she does it on accident.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Katarina responds with amused affection when she thinks of dense harem protagonists and considers Maria one, but completely fails to realize that she's become one herself.
  • I Am a Monster: Keith is initially withdrawn not just because he's been abused but also because he thinks of himself as a monster with uncontrollable magic. Katarina refuses to accept this.
  • I Am Not Pretty: Katarina is considered to be above average in attractiveness, but thinks she has a villainous face. This doesn't cause her to get depressed or anything, but it does mean she assumes she's unattractive and therefore people wouldn't be interested in her. The issue might also be that by face alone, Katarina is pretty but not cute like the other girls.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Katarina's belief that she has a villainous face comes down to two factors. One, she has Tsurime Eyes. Two, her eyes are a light blue that she thinks look harsh and cold. Nobody else really agrees with her on either and barely even know that she thinks that.
  • Idiot Hero: Katarina runs pretty much entirely on id with no thoughts to the consequences down the line.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Having magic power isolated Maria when she was younger, making her wish that she could just go back to being a normal little girl again.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Sirius tries to ruin Katarina's reputation by amplifying her jealousy towards Maria, but fails because she isn't jealous in the slightest.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Alan acted brash and arrogant as a kid as a way of compensating for his low self esteem in regards to his brother. When he grew up he grew worse. However, when he's shown that he's a more talented musician he mellows out.
  • Informed Ability: Katarina took swordplay lessons as a child and supposedly had good form, but they're never utilized.
  • Informed Attractiveness: It's basically impossible to tell in the manga that Katarina is supposed to be significantly less attractive than Mary or Sophia. Not hideous or even plain, but certainly not a top tier beauty.
  • In Love with the Mark: Eventually, Katarina is kidnapped as part of some noble's petty schemes. Her kidnapper is another dark magic user who, unlike the first, genuinely killed someone for their power and feels no remorse for it. However, Katarina finds him cool and interesting and he ends up falling for her as well even though his job clearly would have ended with assassinating her.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: While Katarina considers her blue eyes to be cold looking, they're really more along the lines of this given that the manga illustrations show them as being a color that looks far more friendly than harsh. She herself is super innocent in nature and doesn't get it at all when people make a pass at her.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Katarina does have her reasons for learning to farm and carrying toy snakes, but these are still absurd answers to serious problems that had already been solved anyway. The only 'destruction flag countermeasures' she practices that people don't find weird are learning swordsmanship and being nice to Keith.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Katarina makes friends with Tom the head gardener and the head maid. The gardener is old enough to be her grandfather while the head maid is probably in her thirties.
  • Ladykiller in Love
    • Keith is notably frustrated that, despite being super popular with women, the only one he cares about is completely oblivious. However, unlike in the game, he's actually shy about bodily contact and definitely doesn't sleep around.
    • Rufus is an even straighter example. He's only cared about one person before, a random sick guy who was something like a best friend or father figure. But Katarina wins him over with her innocence and lack of pride and for the first time he finds himself in love with a woman, though he definitely has a lot of experience.
  • Light Is Good: Light magic is used for healing and dispelling dark curses.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Alan loves Mary, but only as a sister. And this isn't just a changed scenario thing since he felt the same way in the game.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Miri Diana finds her daughter super embarrassing and wonders why she's so strong willed and tomboyish. Her husband secretly thinks that the two of them are completely alike.
  • Loophole Abuse: Katarina is not allowed to continue her habit of gardening at school, since that doesn't fit a high-class lady such as herself. She asks if she can grow flowers instead. When they agree, she starts a plot filled with cucumber flowers, eggplant flowers, and so on.
  • Love at First Sight: Katarina's parents fell for each other the first time they met, but didn't realize the other felt the same way.
  • Love Confession: Not willing to risk any more rivals appearing, Gerald kisses Katarina much to her confusion. She passes it off as a dream, so he kisses her again the next day and then confesses. This gets her to finally finally pay actual attention to his obvious feelings, even though she doesn't understand at all. While the next volume makes it seem at first as though she's become more conscious of him, the moment there's something to distract her it turns out there was no real lasting impact and she just doesn't really know how to handle it.
  • Love Epiphany: After Katarina's kidnapping Alan finally realizes how he feels about her.
  • Love Triangle: Keith and Gerald make up the primary triangle as the two that get the most focus and are the most aggressive in pursuing Katarina. There's also a Sibling Triangle with Gerald and Alan and an odd triangle with Alan and Mary, both pairs naturally going for Katarina.
  • Luxury Prison Suite: After being kidnapped in volume 3, Katarina is taken care of even better than she normally is, which leaves her feeling so totally relaxed that she makes quick friends with her kidnapper and then goes on to accidentally seduce the real mastermind.
  • Manchild: Katarina actually considers herself to be in her thirties since she lived for seventeen years, died, reincarnated and then lived another fifteen years or so by the first novel. Yet she still acts like an eight year old.
  • The Matchmaker: Selena is crushed by doubts about how much she suits her fiancee, prince Ian, but Katarina reassures her and suggests that she find out for sure how he feels before doing anything rash like terminating their engagement. True to form, Ian really does love her and was simply shy and didn't want to seem clingy.
  • Matchmaker Crush: Sophia has a bit of a thing for Katarina but instead chooses to tell her to marry Nicol, her brother.
  • Meet Cute: A major theme of the story. Katarina knows pretty much every Meet Cute scene in the original, and does her best to avoid them. In the process, though, she ends up usually turning them into Meet Cute scenes for herself. Ironically, when the actual scenes come, Katarina's unknowingly sabotaged them to the point that they no longer have any impact. For instance, Maria originally met Gerard while climbing a tree, which caused him to strike up a conversation and then learn that she was Not Like Other Girls - but when he'd been growing up around Katarina, who climbs trees fairly regularly, he saw it as no big deal.
  • Minor Major Character: The actual Duke Claes has a rather small role because his personality can be summed up as 'loves his wife and spoils his daughter.'
  • Mistaken for Gay: Katarina is half convinced that her brother has a crush on Nicol. The other half is convinced that he's in love with Maria. She herself never factors in to this.
  • Mood Whiplash: One side story flips to the perspective of the monkey girl's best friend and how heartbroken she was to hear her best friend had suddenly died in an accident. It does have a happy ending with her reincarnating (kind of) into a girl that becomes friends with Katarina.
  • More Than Mind Control; Dark magic can't make you feel anything you didn't feel already, it just amplifies those feelings. So if you weren't jealous to begin with, it can't make you go crazy with envy.
  • Multiple Endings: In "Fortune Lover", the good and bad endings for romancing Keith or Gerald are respectively Katarina getting exiled and Katarina getting killed by the love interest— prospects which she's terrified of. For Alan's route, they are respectively Mary tearfully letting Maria marry him and Alan and Mary getting married. The monkey girl was never able to finish Nicol's route before she died, so Katerina doesn't know how it ends. The bad ending of the "hidden" route involves all of the main cast dying.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!
    • Averted. Sophia is super protective of her big brother, but seemingly tells Katarina to marry him all the time.
    • Alan considers Mary to be like his little sister and was originally annoyed with Katarina for 'seducing' her but before long has fallen for Katarina himself.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: The injury to Katarina's forehead bled a lot but wasn't that serious. However, it also triggered her remembering seventeen years worth of a past life, passing out due to overload and remaining unconscious and feverish for five whole days.
  • Nice Girl: After hitting her head and remembering her past life, Katarina becomes super sweet and kind. And maybe a bit of brain damage was involved.
  • No Name Given: Katarina's former life never has their name given.
  • No-Sell: Light magic grants immunity to dark magic. Katarina also blocks emotional manipulation not because she's special like Maria, but because she doesn't have the necessary emotional makeup. Other abilities work just fine on her.
  • Not Blood Related: Keith and Katarina are distantly related, but it sounds like the nobility are all distantly related to each other. However, Keith was adopted into the family as her little brother and she firmly considers him one right from the start.
  • Netorare: Played for laughs. Whenever Katarina takes the place of the story's heroes in a scene, she realizes what she's done later and chastises herself for stealing their 'flag' events. However, she never realizes that this means the person fell for her instead. However, it's downplayed in that there's no sex involved.
  • Off the Rails: Katarina throws off the game script literally within her first scene by acting out of character and attracting Gerald's interest. As a result she quickly morphs into the main character, even going so far as to accidentally seduce all the rivals and the former main heroine herself. A few times weak attempt seem to be made to put the story back on track but they just drive Katarina even more formly into the heroine role.
  • Old Maid: Katarina's personal maid Anne is nearing the point where people find it hard to get married anymore. However, unlike the head maid, she's completely fine with this because she would much rather serve Katarina until the day she dies.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The name of Katarina's previous life is never given, and she's only referred to as the "monkey girl".
  • Otaku: The monkey girl and A-chan loved anime, manga, and otome games. Katarina and Sophia are the pre-industrial equivalent, as both love Chivalric Romance novels with gratuitous Courtly Love, and even get Mary interested in them too.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome
    • Alan is highly talented, but not quite as good as his genius brother at most things. This causes a complex that Katarina helps him get through by noticing that he's a much better musician, which Alan focuses on from then on.
    • Katarina is noted to be reasonably pretty but absolutely nothing compared to Mary, Sophia or Maria.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Katarina's father basically proposed to her mother by going to her father instead after falling in love at first sight. However, both feel a bit uncomfortable because they think their partner was forced into the relationship. Her father in particular feels guilty because he didn't have the nerve to talk to her himself and instead arranged for her to be married without her consent. Once they realize that their partner genuinely loves them, however, they become extremely happy and affectionate towards each other.
  • Potty Emergency: Katarina's Accidental Hero moment where she leapt out of a tree and scared away a bunch of kids about to start bullying Sophia. Sophia thinks Katarina was being a gallant hero, but she just needed to get to a bathroom now.
  • The Power of Love: Since Maria isn't there to dispel curses, all of her friends gather by Katarina's side and snap her out of her cursed sleep by calling out to her instead.
  • Rags to Riches
    • In a manner of speaking. Katarina is basically the unnamed monkey girl in personality at least, so she went from a completely unremarkable Japanese family to being a ducal heir and then got engaged to a prince.
    • Maria in the game went from a commoner to being married to one of numerous nobles. However, even in this distorted setting it's noted that she's still going to end up with practically royal status based on her own merits because of her rare and powerful magic.
  • Reincarnate In Another World: Her case is the "became the otome villainess turned heroine" plot popular in isekai aimed at women, but acts more like an Affectionate Parody of those plots.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Sophia is a reincarnation of the monkey girl's best friend from Japan. While the friend wasn't in love with her, Sophia does develop a thing for Katarina. However, this is probably the most downplayed attraction among all of Katarina's options with her not even bothering to pursue her best friend but rather playing matchmaker for her brother.
  • Return The Handkerchief: Discussed and Subverted: In "Fortune Lover", Keith meets Maria when she drops her handkerchief, who holds onto it until they meet again. In real life, he returns it to her immediately because Katarina conditioned him to become a gentleman.
  • Scars Are Forever: Invoked but averted. Gerald and Katarina become engaged because he accidentally scarred her forehead, which could have had an effect on her marriage prospects. However, within a few years the scar is entirely gone.
  • Servile Snarker: Katarina's personal maid Anne worships her, but doesn't hesitate to make fun of her in the slightest.
  • Shipper on Deck: Katarina's mother joins team Keith and tries to get her daughter's engagement to Gerald dissolved. Sophia meanwhile tells Katarina point blank several times that he should marry her brother, but she doesn't catch on. Finally, Anne is intimidated into supporting Gerald but it doesn't seem like she's really for it.
  • Sibling Triangle
    • Gerald and Alan both love Katarina, though Gerald keeps him from realizing his own feelings and thus there's no real competition between the two. Yet.
    • Sophia and Nicol also both have a thing for Katarina, but in this case Sophia seems to more worship her than love her and thus wants her brother and best friend to get engaged instead.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: In the game, Katarina's parents were distant because of misunderstandings about their arranged marriage and the assumption that Keith was a mistress' bastard child. When this is cleared up they grow extremely close and affectionate.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Depending on whether you read the manga or the light novel, the third prince is either Gerald or Jared while the prime minister's son is either Nicole or Nico. Given how the names are actually written, it seems they're supposed to be Gerald and Nicol, the later of which is a masculine name unlike Nicole.
  • Spoiled Brat: As a little girl Katarina used to be pretty horrible because she was pampered so much, but when she stopped taking herself so seriously she showed that deep down she had actually been really sweet all along.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Nicol is very stoic, but he's a sweet guy who just happens to be hard to read. He tends to tense up around Katarina in particular, so she doesn't even realize how much he's changed from his game self.
  • Swapped Roles: There are faint hints that with the rival becoming the new heroine, the others are having their roles switched around too. Gerald is something like the new Katarina with his claims to entitlement to her while Mary and Alan now view each other as worthy rivals to her instead of Maria competing with Mary for Alan.
  • Sweet Tooth: Katarina will eat sweets until she throws up if Keith doesn't stop her.
  • Tomboy: Katarina climbs trees constantly and farms as a hobby.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Apart from the heroes and heroines, Katarina also has a good effect on the other cast. Her mother, for example, felt her husband didn't love her and views Keith as proof of it, which in the game resulted in her hating him and growing estranged from her husband. However, when this misunderstanding was cleared up she grew to be very close to her husband, became a naggy mom to Katarina and not only treats Keith like a son, but also supports him marrying her daughter.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Katarina thinks she has a villainous face because her eyes are upturned. To everyone else this just makes her look a bit intense since they're still quite pretty.
  • Undying Loyalty: Anne doesn't fall in love with Katarina like the others since she was already in her mid teens when Katarina was just a kid, but she would still die for her.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Averted. Absolutely no one, not even the father that doted on her, thinks that Katarina's sudden change in personality as a result of apparent brain damage is a bad thing. For her part, while Katarina does identify as Katarina rather than her previous life, that life has had more of an influence on her.
  • When She Smiles: Katarina is not particularly attractive, but when she smiles she ends up making other people, generally girls, fall for her.
  • White and Gray Morality: When the story was just a game some otaku monkey girl played, there were some definite villain characters. But since she's now the bitchy rival character and super sweet, she brings out the best in everyone and there's barely any gray in the story at all. The darkest character who appears in the present is probably a blackmailed magician who loved his family but was murdered after it was rubbed into his face that they've been dead all along.
  • Worthy Opponent: When Alan has his Love Epiphany, he tries to break off his engagement to Mary. However, at this point she begins taking him seriously as a rival and stops trying to break it off on her end. They come to an agreement that there are advantages to being officially engaged to each other but both secretly being interested in the same person. Interestingly, this seems to put Katarina into the hero position, makes Alan the heroine and Mary the rival. Or perhaps the latter two have their positions reversed.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Katarina recognizes her world as being one from an otome game, but thinks she's the villain character because that's how it was in the game when she's actually the heroine.

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