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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (現実主義勇者の王国再建記, Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki) is a Japanese Light Novel series written by Dojyomaru and illustrated by Fuyuyuki with a Manga adaptation by Satoshi Ueda. The novels are licensed and published in English online by J-Novel Club and in print form by Seven Seas Entertainment.

Kazuya Souma is a student who has just started university when his grandfather dies. Before the latter's passing, Kazuya is told to get married and live a fulfilling life. Not long after his grandfather is buried, Kazuya is suddenly summoned to another world in the continent of Landia where various fantasy races exist. The king of the Elfrieden Kingdom, who summoned Kazuya, asks for his help as the demons from the Demon King's Domain have invaded from the North, forcing the various rival kingdoms to unite and fight the demons. Elfrieden, which is suffering from various economic and socio-political problems, including an influx of refugees whose homes were destroyed by the demons, is bullied by the larger Gran Chaos Empire to summon a hero from another world to help in the war effort.

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Kazuya instead tells the king and his ministers how to help Elfrieden and make it stronger using his knowledge from Earth, including a "realistic approach" to solve the nation's grievances. Impressed, the king decides to abdicate the throne and make Kazuya the new ruler of Elfrieden, along with making his daughter, Princess Liscia, Kazuya's fiancee. Thus, Kazuya begins his quest to rebuild and save Elfrieden as its 14th ruler, "King Souma".

An Animated Adaptation by JC Staff premiered in July 2021 for 13-episodes, with a follow-up second part that will begin airing in January 2022.

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  • Abdicate the Throne: The story begins when the king of Elfrieden gives his position to Souma.
  • Absurdly Youthful Parent: Considering some of the long-lived races in the Kingdom, that's bound to happen, but best exemplified by Duchess Excel, who is Juna's grandmother but looks like her big sister, and Aisha's father, the village chief, who Souma first assumed was her older brother but is actually 80.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: The Three Dukes, Roroa and her butler, and the Euphoria sisters all appear briefly on the first episode of the anime, before they were introduced in the manga and light novel.
  • Altar Diplomacy: All of Souma's queens have an element of this, even if it wasn't the original intention:
    • Liscia, as the daughter of the former king and queen, gives him some legitimacy on the throne.
    • Aisha serves as a connection to the Dark Elves, as she's the daughter of their chief.
    • Juna is the granddaughter of Excel Walter, one of the most powerful and respected military figures in the country.
    • Roroa is the only member of the Amidonian royal family who isn't dead or exiled, giving legitimacy to Souma annexing that country.
    • Naden serves as a connection to the Star Dragon Mountain Range and their leader, Tiamat, who is both a powerful political ally and worshipped by many as a god.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted. Mankind doesn't actually know anything about the Demon Lord's Domain, but they all assume that is the case. It takes Souma to point out that it could be different since he has first-hand information from Tomoe that at least one Kobold spared her village.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Aisha. She's taller than Souma and quite powerful. When she loses her restraint she reconfigures the landscape around a small town near the border just by swinging her sword.
    • Amidonian general Margarita Wonder is even taller than Aisha, but still has a pretty, if stern, face.
  • Animal Mecha: Mechadra, which Genia made by stealing a dragon skeleton and encasing it in armor. It has no controls built into it, but Souma's Living Poltergeists magic gives him the limited ability to control it. It finally sees action in volume 13, being used in the battle against Ooyamizuchi.
  • Anti-Air: Turns out this world has specially made ballistas incorporated with enchanted arrows that follow movement. Souma notes the similarity with homing missiles.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Some of the kingdom's nobles despise Souma due to choosing his ministers by merit and skill and not by lineage while wasting their time and money at brothels rather than helping the country.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Souma gives one to Hal, who wants to join Duke Carmine's rebellion, that if he does so, will he allow Duke Carmine and his allies to kill innocent people and commit Rape, Pillage, and Burn against those loyal to the King like his childhood friend Kaede Foxia, who's a member of the Royal Guard? This causes Hal to realize the error he was about to commit.
    • When the Amidonian general Margarita tells Souma to go ahead and remove her head for singing the Amidonian national anthem (at his request, yet), he simply asks her, “Why?”. When he explains that having the freedom to do such things is among the things that makes a good country, you can see her dawning realization that he might not be the sort she’s used to dealing with.
  • Arranged Marriage: It's actually rare to find a person of high standing inside the Kingdom who doesn't have at least one of these. Even Souma arranges a marriage for his Captain of the Royal Guard, Ludwin. Souma himself hasn't actually chosen any of his future wives, they all came from one arrangement or other.
  • Author Appeal: The author clearly loves Machiavelli's The Prince. Possibly to fetishistic levels.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Marx, the castle chamberlain and former Prime Minister, certainly seems to think so, since he keeps hounding Souma and Liscia to 'produce an heir' already. Later in the story all the other fianceés get on the bandwagon too, since they can't have sex with Souma until Liscia is pregnant.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: While not skilled in battle or powerful in using magic, Souma's greatest strength is his intelligence and his skills in bureaucracy and how to run the kingdom efficiently.
  • Bad Future: The former Queen, Elisha, has the power to send her memories to her past self. She uses it to send both her and her husband's memories to the past in order to avoid total destruction of the Kingdom and says that she also used that power to win through the Succession Crisis that occurred before she married and took the throne. In the particular instance that's elaborated on, instead of making Souma king, Souma was made prime minister, and while his policies helped the kingdom, pressure from the nobles still ousted him from office. Later, Amidonia invaded, the corrupt nobles started a coup, Souma and Liscia were trapped in Duke Carmine's burning mansion, and the king and queen were cornered inside the castle, at which point their memories were sent to the past. The Volume 10 bonus story reveals that it might not be as bad as it first seems since it's revealed that Souma and Liscia managed to escape, meet up with Naden, and with her help managed to save the king and queen, with the group planning to rendezvous with Duke Excel and rally together the army and public to turn things around.
  • Balance of Power: The military of the Kingdom of Elfrieden is set up as such that each division of the military is commanded separately by a major power. The Forbidden Army, the kingdom's elite forces, are run by the kingdom while the Army, Navy, and Air Force are each run by one of the Three Dukedoms. Individually, the Forbidden Army has the most troops, but if the Dukedoms decided to overthrow the king, they could combine their armies together and outnumber the Forbidden Army. Souma notes that such a system would work in times of peace and stability, by discouraging the King from becoming a tyrant, but that the division of power is too risky to maintain in the Kingdom's current state. Thus, he decides to merge all the forces into one army under the absolute command of the kingdom.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Carla's costume in the tokusatsu segment during the morning educational program that Souma produces.
  • Battle Couple:
    • Hal and Kaede.
    • The Dragon Knights are this as well, because the moment the Knight bonds with a Dragon they are essentially married as far as the Dragon is concerned. Hal and Ruby fit this type.
  • Battle Harem: Souma’s fiancees (with the exception of Roroa) make one. Souma is barely a passable fighter, but Liscia is a Pretty Princess Powerhouse, Aisha can make craters in the ground with her sword, Juna is a trained spy, and Naden is a dragon who can take human form.
  • Behemoth Battle: The battle against Ooyamizuchi briefly turns into one when Mechadra gets deployed, grappling with the sea monster for a time and dishing out a number of heavy blows before its experimental weaponry is spent or rendered unusable. Souma resorts to having Mechadra hold Ooyamizuchi in place so their more conventional forces can give it a proper Coup de Grâce.
  • Benevolent Conspiracy: Souma and Shana, king of the Nine-Headed Dragon Archipelago, create a fake war between the two to bring their combined naval might against Ooyamizuchi, the monster responsible for the fishing problems in the archipelago.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: Almost all of volume two is one battle sequence after another, culminating in an open field battle between Elfrieden and Amidonia.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Elves of the God Protected Forest coming to aid the Forbidden Army of the Kingdom against the Army of Duke Georg and the corrupt nobles.
  • Big Eater
    • Poncho spent most of his money traveling around the world to find the best meals. Souma uses Poncho's knowledge because it can help in increasing the culinary diversity of the kingdom and alleviating the food crisis.
    • Aisha is another example of this. There's a Running Gag that she'll always be tamed with food.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: During a visit to a museum, Souma tried to understand how evolution worked for different races in the world upon seeing skeletons of different races side by side. Later volumes point to this not being due to evolution, though the exact mechanism is unclear.
  • Black Box: Even using it all the time, no one actually knows how the Jewel Broadcast works.
    • That actually is the same for several other artifacts that exist in the world.
  • Blessed with Suck: Souma is transported to another world with magic and the only thing he can use it for is to manipulate inanimate objects. It changes a bit with Mechadra, a metal dragon that Genia created because she was bored, but its combat capabilities are quite situational, like in the battle with Ooyamizuchi.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Because Souma isn't a warrior, Liscia and Aisha take this role, with Juna and Naden later joining them.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Aisha begins as Souma's self-proclaimed bodyguard that ends up being his Second Primary Queen, behind Liscia.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: Thanks to his knowledge of Earth’s history, Souma is well aware of the existence of this trope, bemoaning the missed opportunities that resulted in his world’s history from these people being ignored, censored, or persecuted for having ideas ahead of their time. In contrast, Souma actively seeks these people out, aiming to foster their brilliance, and put it to use for the good of his country and mankind in general. To that end, he eagerly recruits people like Genia, Merula, and Ichiha, no matter how eccentric, or even heretical, others might find them.
  • Boy Meets Girl: Souma's first meeting with Liscia started with him literally browbeating her into helping him with paperwork before he even knew who she was.
    • Subverted with Roroa. She tried to engineer a situation like this but Souma saw through it before it happened.
    • Played straight with Naden, but it was engineered by Tiamat.
  • Bullying a Dragon: When Halbert unknowingly threatens Souma, Aisha, Lisia and even Juna get ready to murder him on the spot. It's only Souma's reasonable approach that prevents things from escalating.
  • Carpet-Rolled Corpse: Roroa smuggles herself into an audience with Souma this way, and is disappointed by how quickly he figures it out because someone from his own world did it first.
  • The Casanova: There are a lot of rumors around Souma, which are believable enough that many people in the Kingdom buy into them.
    • Two of his wives (Aisha and Juna) were from his first round of recruitment, which included a beauty contest. Many people believe he held that contest for that purpose (the beauty and singing contests were actually to find loreleis, this world's version of an Idol Singer).
    • There are also some who believe he went to war with Amidonia just to take Roroa as his wife. Confusion over this almost leads to a serious international incident in volume 13.
  • Character Development: Lampshaded in volume 5 by Souma when he comments on Liscia asking him about the meaning of the new program he's producing. Before, whenever he did something like that she would ask if there was a meaning instead. It's almost the same thing, but the meaning is completely different since the former implies that she trusts him more now.
  • Character Focus: It shifts a lot, especially when a character is being introduced. Even some minor characters receive this treatment.
  • Cheerful Child: Tomoe, after she was adopted by the former Royal Couple.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Roroa is described to sport this more often than not, especially when in relation to making money.
  • The Chessmaster: Roroa. She manipulates from behind the scenes so many things that both Souma and Hakuya are dismayed to discover that their plan to take over Van ends up with them having to annex the entirety of the Amidonian territory because of her manipulation.
  • Chick Magnet: Souma, though not all of them become part of the Supporting Harem.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Genia Maxwell, the overscientist.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: The Captain of the Royal Guard Ludwin in relation to Genia. Souma even arranges a marriage between the two in order to not lose her intellect.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Souma's plan for an eventual fight with the One-Man Army Fuuga Haan is to forego single combat and pile on him with the entire Air Force.
  • Competence Zone: At the beginning of the story Souma said to gather anyone who had a gift at anything. If they had a gift, he would use it, it didn't matter the race, age, gender or social standing. In spite of this, competence is clearly skewed towards the younger characters in the series. This is brought up by Gouran Taisei, leader of the Republic of Turgis, who sees that it's the younger ones who are making big things happen in the world, leaving the older people like him behind.
  • Contamination Situation: In order to avert this Souma introduced the concept of hygiene to the Kingdom and created a plumbing and sewer system on the capital.
  • Cool Big Sis: Tomoe sees Liscia as this.
  • Cool Ship: The first Wyvern Carrier, the Hiryuu. It actually acts as a research and training facility for the Kingdom.
  • Corpsing: Souma and Kagetora start cracking up on the air during their post-rehabilitation visit to Georg Carmine's grave.
  • Cruel Mercy: How Souma deals with Castor and Carla after their rebellion, partially because they're too potentially useful to just kill but need to be punished.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Souma's ultimatum to the refugees displaced by the expansion of the Demon Lord's Domain is this. The refugees, having set up a camp right outside the capital, have been allowed a lot of leeway, but Souma knows that he can't leave them in that state forever. However, many of them still wish to return to their homelands someday, and simply want to stay in Elfrieden until that wish is fulfilled, which Souma is well aware might take years, if it happens at all. To avoid tensions rising between refugees and the residents of Elfrieden, Souma forces a stark choice on them; either integrate fully and become citizens of Elfrieden...or leave.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Dark magic isn't actual darkness, but an "other" classification for magic that doesn't fit the other categories. Souma's magic, Living Poltergeist, is used for something far from evil, animating and controlling objects. Aside from Souma, the only other dark-magic users to so far are Tomoe, who can talk to animals, and Queen Elisha, who has the ability to send her memories back to her past self.
    • Dark elves are called that simply because they have darker skin than other elves.
  • Dawn of an Era: A Hero summoned to the world isn't viewed as 'The One who Slays the Demon Lord' but as 'The One who brings about a New Era'.
  • Death by Origin Story: Souma's parents and grandparents all die preceding his summoning. His grandfather's words about obtaining a family and protecting them become part of his mantra.
  • Decapitated Army: This is invoked in the civil war of Souma against the Dukes. Both sides agree if the enemy leader is captured or killed, then that side will immediately surrender and be absorbed into the victor's side.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: With the Medieval European Fantasy setting, there's going to be at least some of this.
    • Slavery is often viewed by the enslaved as a reasonable alternative than going hungry and homeless.
    • Middle Age emphasis on bloodlines, underdeveloped medical and hygienic practices, unstable birth rates, and lower life expectancy mean that polygamy is legal in Elfrieden, with the expectation that the polygamist is wealthy enough to support the additional spouses (and children).
  • Demihuman: A variety of humanoid races with animal traits like cat ears or dragon wings live side by side with humans in the kingdom.
  • Democracy Is Flawed: Gouran of the Republic of Turgis believes that their republic won't last through the events that are coming. Before sending his son, Kuu, to Friedonia, he reveals that he has plans to force the country to become a monarchy so that Kuu is guaranteed to take over in the future.
  • Divided We Fall: The Empire headed the Mankind Declaration exactly in order to avoid this, but didn't realize that the act itself left loopholes that could be exploited.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Liscia's voice actress Inori Minase sings the opening theme of the anime.
  • Don't Think, Feel: Souma tried to avert this by telling his people to study to understand the concepts of their own world, and not just chalk up to magic or work of spirits.
  • Draconic Humanoid: Duchess Walter is a sea dragon, while her son-in-law Castor Vargas is a dragonewt.
  • Drunk with Power: Subverted. Souma tells Carla in no uncertain terms that if he ever becomes a tyrant she's to kill him.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: All of the retainers Souma would hire are briefly shown in panels in chapter 2 when he calls out for gifted people. They are mixed into crowd shots and unfocused so they are difficult to spot unless you know who you are looking for.
  • Easy Logistics: Averted, a lot of what Souma does to help Elfrieden is infrastructure improvements. Part of Roroa's grievance with her father is that Amidonia would have been a lot better off if he'd let her invest in infrastructure instead of spending everything she manages to scrape up on the military.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Owen, Souma's educator and personal trainer.
  • Elemental Powers: The world's magic is divided into the typical six elements.
  • Enemy Civil War: Happens twice. Due to the Gambit Pile Up below, the Principality of Amidonia uses the rebellion as an opportunity to invade. Later due to the rebellions led by Roroa, Amidonia is annexed into Elfrieden, turning it into the Kingdom of Friedonia.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Liscia comes running to the Castle after she hears her father abdicated the throne to the Hero that he summoned, thinking the throne was usurped from him. She's ready to tear the new King a new one when she finally meets him, he has bags under his eyes from working non-stop since becoming King which affected everyone in the castle, who tried to work hard as well.
  • Everyone's Baby Sister: Tomoe, who is officially adopted by the former king and queen just so nobody can complain about a peasant refugee living in the royal palace.
  • The Faceless: Kagetora, leader of the Black Cats, a special commando unit who responds directly to Souma. His face is a Tiger Mask but it's implied that it's Georg Carmine.
  • Famed in Story: Exploited by Souma in order to create the lorelei, which are basically Idol Singers, a concept that was adopted by the Empire later.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Kingdom of Elfrieden averts this when compared to other nations, hence the loyalty of so many demi-humans towards the kingdom.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The Nine-Headed Dragon Archipelago for Japan. Malmkhitan for Mongolia (complete with a Genghis Khan Expy).
  • Foreshadowing: The first three books and a good portion of the fourth hint at things that only come together at the end of the fourth volume.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare:
    • The Kingdom of Friedonia on a national stage. Elfrieden as a nation suffered from a devastating Succession Crisis two decades ago and, under the care of a kind but passive king, hadn't recovered much. Corruption ate away at the kingdom due to the lack of royal oversight, with several nearby nations ready to take advantage and invade. One hero summoning changed the course of the kingdom leading it to absorb its hostile neighbor Amidonia. The combined nations declared themselves the Kingdom of Friedonia and became a technological, economic, and military powerhouse in a few short years, nearly able to stand up to the Empire and having forged alliances with the most powerful nations on the continent.
    • Souma fears that Fuuga Haan will become this. On the surface, he's the king of a nation that's unremarkable even within the Union of Eastern Nations. Given his combat prowess, unbelievable charisma, and ambitions to conquer the entire continent, Souma is extremely wary of Fuuga's potential, making the comparison to Genghis Khan multiple times.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Genia Maxwell.
  • Gambit Pileup: The first four volumes is an extended one of these, involving at least two kingdoms worth of people putting plans into motion:
    • The Three Dukedoms of Elfrieden all have differing opinions about Souma and his rule. Castor believes that Souma forced his way into the throne and wants to oust him, Excel wants to avoid needless bloodshed, but ultimately throws in her lot with Souma after he delivers an ultimatum, and Carmine believes that Souma is unfit to be a ruler and wants to reinstate Albert back to the throne. The reality is much more complicated. Castor realizes that opposing Souma is a horrible idea, but wants to personally back up his friend Carmine out of hope that he knows what he's doing, Excel was colluding with Souma long before the ultimatum, thanks to having sent her granddaughter Juna as a spy and later contact, and Carmine is actually trying to gather all the corrupt nobles opposing Souma in one place so that he can seize them and their dirty assets and hand them over to Souma.
    • The Principality of Amidonia, led by Gaius VIII and Julius, wants to exploit the brewing civil war to both seize farmland for their own food crisis and get "revenge" against Elfrieden for an earlier war. They end up Out-Gambitted by Souma, who tricks them into over-committing their army into the invasion, leaving their capital city of Van vulnerable when Elfrieden's civil war ends much faster than expected. As an end result, Gaius is killed in battle while Julius is forced to escape to the Gran Chaos Empire to invoke the Mankind Declaration pact and regain control of Van.
    • The Gran Chaos Empire ultimately just wants to appease the other members of the Mankind Declaration, which is why they requested Elfrieden to perform a Hero summoning and why they have to return Van to Amidonian control, even though they personally think Amidonia deserves to lose territory since they were the ones who started the war. Ultimately, Souma agrees to return Van in exchange for reparations (expecting the people to revolt against Julius and bring the city back under his control), while also establishing a secret alliance between the two nations.
    • Princess Roroa of Amidonia, the only member of her family aware of how self-destructive their "vengeance" against Elfrieden is, grabs several ministers and generals and skips town with them. Later when Van rebels and requests annexation by Elfrieden, she instigates several more rebellions, all across the nation, forcing Elfrieden to annex them as well.
    • Souma is mostly just playing Xanatos Speed Chess in response to all the plans above, trying to take advantage of the situation to strengthen the kingdom where he can. The only thing he really plans on his own is a purge of corrupt nobles who he's reasonably, and correctly, sure would turn on him if things ever went badly.
    • And finally, the Man Behind the Man who set everything into motion was former King Albert, who had received memories from an alternate timeline where Souma became prime minister instead of king. In that timeline, everything went horribly wrong, and the King used the Queen's ability to send memories into the past to warn his and the queen's past selves. Having received those memories, his past self abdicated the throne to Souma, hoping that this would change the outcome of the events to come, and only told Duke Carmine of what happened (prompting his above plan) until he was reasonably sure that the future had changed.
  • Gender Is No Object: Few people bat an eye at women in positions of power in the Kingdom, but in the Principality of Amidonia, they are pretty segregated.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: A lot of Souma's reforms can be seen as this. From hygiene to free education.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Souma is a good person that truly wants to improve the kingdom, but he's still capable of going to war to protect it.
  • Got Volunteered: Carla as the villain of the tokusatsu segment of the morning educational show. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the Stripperific outfit that Serina made her wear.
  • Government Conspiracy: Happened in the Bad Future and Souma, unwittingly along with several others, goes out of his way to ensure that it doesn't happen in his time.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: The ability to recognize this is Souma’s greatest strength as a ruler. Throughout the series, he has repeatedly shown that his defining skill is the ability to recognize overlooked and easily dismissed talents in others and figure out how to put them to use for his nation. It reaches the point where Hakuya and other characters often call Souma a “recruitment maniac” for his incredible ability for finding talented personnel.
    • The first example is Poncho, whose “talent of eating” was recognize by Souma as a way to help the kingdom get through its food crisis by having Poncho compile knowledge about foods that the people of the kingdom typically didn’t eat, such as octopus, locusts, and slime monsters.
    • Tomoe’s ability to speak with animals is definitely unique, particularly her ability to speak to demons, which Souma is quick to recognize as a possible way to head off future conflicts. However, he quickly realizes several other potential uses for her gift, such as making arrangements with the large Rhinosauruses, which, combined with his creation of a road network, allows Souma to create an efficient cargo transportation system across the kingdom. And that’s only the beginning.
    • Ginger is a slave trader, who’s too kind-hearted for the job he inherited from his deceased grandfather. Hoping to find good owners for the slaves in his care, Ginger goes through the trouble of teaching them reading, writing, and arithmetic; right about the time Souma kicks off his reforms that change the way in which territory is assigned to his retainers, switching to a meritocratic system that prioritizes their ability to manage their holdings; which kicks off a mad dash from said retainers for skilled personnel; their desperation reaching the point that they will snatch up anyone who can read, write, and do arithmetic (since only about 30% of the people in the kingdom are educated enough to write). Because of that, nobles flock to Ginger and buy up all his slaves, immediately freeing them so that said slaves can work at helping manage their former owners' estates. Souma immediately recruits Ginger to build a school and training center to elevate the skills of people throughout the Kingdom, as well as create a shortcut to bringing an end to slavery (something that Souma wanted to do, but realized was too deeply entrenched in the culture to accomplish overnight by typical methods).
    • Naden Delal, a resident of the Star Dragon Mountain Range, is ostracized by most of her fellow dragons, due to not having wings or being able to breathe fire. However, Souma is quick to recognize the merit of her ability to control electricity, and especially her ability to predict the weather days in advance; the latter of which he uses to create a weather forecast that the citizens of the kingdom find indispensable in their daily lives. On top of that, he’s able to recognize her as a Ryuu (Eastern-style dragon), and correctly guesses that she is still able to fly, even without wings.
    • Ichiha Chima is the frail, sickly, youngest son of a series of siblings, the rest of whom are renowned for their incredible talents, skills, and good looks; while Ichiha is looked down upon for his hobby of drawing the monsters that frequently attack his family’s domain. However, after Tomoe suggests that Souma look at Ichiha’s drawings, Souma quickly realizes that Ichiha has created an effective categorization system for monsters, which prompts him to arrange to bring Ichiha back home with him, and trigger a massive advancement in the study of monsters, a serious field of study in a world where there is an entire region that has been overrun by them and the lands beyond that region are dotted with dungeons that randomly spit out small hordes of them.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard:
    • Margarita Wonder tried to incite a sense of patriotism during the occupation of Van with her singing the national anthem of Amidonia during Souma's broadcast of his first singing show. She (and the rest of Amidonia) was fully expecting Souma to execute her on the spot for that act of defiance. Instead, Souma complimented her singing voice, and used this opportunity to talk about how he thinks everyone should be free to sing whatever kind of song they like, making Amidonia's previous king seem like a tyrant in comparison.
    • Souma and Hakuya bring in fourteen nobles from corrupt families to judge what punishment Castor and Carla should face for rebellion. Two of the nobles argue for mercy, while the other dozen call for their execution. Souma has those dozen, who have all committed their own crimes against the Kingdom, executed instead.
  • Hold the Line:
    • During the reign of Albert's predecessor, Georg Carmine held the line for a retreat of that king against a stronger force. Carmine succeeded in protecting his side, survived to continue to serve his kingdom, and he also claimed the head of the opposing general.
    • Interestingly, done without a single battle but with cunning and deception instead. During the invasion by Amidonia their Army was besieging the city of Altamura, but the Lord kept going to Gaius, their commander, to ask for more time to convince the rest of his people to surrender. This goes on until Souma is able to put down the rest of the rebellion and launch a counter-invasion in Amidonian territory, forcing Gaius to retreat.
    • A straighter example would be the defense of Nelva, a city in Amidonian territory that fought tooth and nail against the invaders from the Republic of Turgis when Amidonia was sent into chaos after most of their territory rebelled against the government until the Kingdom forces came to relieve them and repel the invading Army.
  • Horse of a Different Color: There's a number of different animals used as mounts in the setting.
  • Human Subspecies: Mankind in the world is defined not as humans, but as sentient species that are humanoid.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Julius during the war between Amidonia and Elfrieden. He (and his father) use Elfrieden not signing the Mankind Declaration as justification to invade, which causes Elfrieden to launch a counter-invasion and take their capital city, Van. Julius then goes to the Empire, claiming that they have to force Elfrieden to return Van because Amidonia has signed the Mankind Declaration. Everyone knows exactly what Julius did, but they're forced to go along with it to save face, at least at first.
    • Roroa calls Liscia out for this at their first meeting. Roroa offers to marry Souma to legitimize his annexation of Amidonia, but Liscia objects to such a politically motivated marriage, which was exactly how her marrying Souma happened in the first place.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: During his speech at the beginning of the year, Souma goes to great lengths to make his people try to avert this.
  • Important Haircut: Liscia cuts her long hair short to show her determination to Duke Carmine in case they meet on the battlefield.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Juna Doma, Liscia's mother, and Duchess Excel Walter have it so low magic must be the only thing keeping them in place.
  • Interservice Rivalry: The kingdom's military don't get along with one another due to their loyalty to their respective leaders (The Royal Guards are loyal to the King and the Army, Navy, and Air Force to the Three Dukes). This is an intentional arrangement, as the king is human but the Dukes are of different races, meant to prevent the human king from oppressing the other races.
  • It's Raining Men: The Dratroopers that Souma is training. Paratroopers dropped from Wyverns.
  • Just Following Orders: During the civil war against the Dukes, when Souma captures a defeated Castor, his retainer Toleman asks what will happen to the men who fought under Castor against Souma. Souma uses this justification for sparing their lives but notes that any future rebelling will be punished harshly.
  • Kaiju: Ooyamizuchi is a giant sea monster, causing Souma to introduce the word "kaiju" to everyone. The battle against it is treated exactly like a kaiju movie.
  • King Incognito: A common occurrence, as Souma can get a better idea of how the world works if no one around knows that he's the king. It starts with Souma, Liscia, and Aisha dressing as normal students to enjoy some time off in the first volume, eventually becoming an almost regular occurrence, up to sneaking into another country in disguise (while bodyguards also dressed as regular people follow at a distance) to get an idea of what it's like.
  • Kryptonite Ring: Carla is this towards Souma. She's at the castle most of the time and frequently travels with him, along with having a standing order (enforced by a Slave Collar) to kill him if he starts to become a tyrant.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: The three Great Dukes control one of these each, Duke Carmine controls the army, Duchess Walter controls the navy and Duke Vargas controls the air force.
  • Lap Pillow: Episode 6 has one of these occurring between Souma and Liscia when they think their escort, Aisha, has fallen asleep. They quickly react surprised when it turns out that she's faking.
  • Leave Behind a Pistol: After the civil war ends, Souma leaves Carmine a bottle of poisoned wine so that he doesn't have to face the shame of a treason trial and execution. It later turns out that the wine was drugged, not poisoned, and Carmine was permitted to serve his country under a new, masked, identity after the traitor Carmine was declared dead by suicide.
  • Lensman Arms Race: While Freidonia is not at war with anyone, after Amidonia was defeated and annexed, Souma nonetheless continues to seek to build his nation’s power with the goal of enabling to stand beside the Gran Chaos Empire as an equal, despite the Empire’s massively greater size. In order to accomplish this, Souma chooses to forgo the territorial expansionism that most nations would utilize to increase their strength, instead seeking to build his country’s power through development on multiple fronts, from creating carriers that will allow him to field wyverns at sea (something that was previously unthinkable), to massive developments in medicine and education in order to make his country a suitable match for the Empire, even with a fraction of the territory.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • The Mankind Declaration states that nations cannot war with other nations until the matter of the Demons is resolved. Amidonia claims that since Elfrieden hadn't signed the treaty, they weren't protected by it, and thus could be legally invaded. After losing the war, they then claim that the treaty requires the other signatories to aid them in reclaiming the lands they lost when the nation they tried to conquer launched a counter-invasion, at which point it turns out that the Gran Chaos Empire (which wrote the treaty) wasn't amused by their lawyering and tells them that if they don't sign a peace treaty agreeing to war reparations, they will be struck from the list of signatories to the Mankind Declaration, which, under their own logic, means that any other nation will be free to invade them without consequence.
    • Souma uses another loophole in the Mankind Declaration to take back Van after the Empire forces Elfrieden to return the city to Amidonia. While a country can't use military force to change their borders under the Declaration, it also gives people the right to self-determination. While Elfrieden is occupying Van, they give the people freedom that they never had under Amidonian rule. Between the people's dissatisfaction when Julius tries to repress those freedoms and the Black Cats coordinating a revolt, Elfrieden is then able to annex Van by claiming they're merely giving the people what they want, not invading another country. Roroa also takes advantage of that loophole, coordinating revolts across Amidonia that force Elfrieden to annex the entire country, not just the capital city.
    • The Lunarian Orthodox Papal State wants Souma to make Lunarian Orthodoxy the official religion of Friedonia, in exchange for naming Souma as a holy king. Souma doesn't want to accept this offer since it would give the church power over him and the country, but he doesn't want to outright reject them since that could lead to them stirring up more problems down the line. Thus Souma agrees to make Lunarian Orthodoxy a "state religion", but rejects the holy king title and requests a specific bishop to oversee worship in the region. Souma then nationalizes religion, making it so that any religion registered with the country is a "state religion", and the bishop he requested is a corrupt one whose job is to separate the country's worshipers from the main church so that they won't be incited to stir up trouble.
  • Marionette Master: Souma's Living Poltergeist can be used to animate dolls. These dolls are a lot more combat proficient than Souma himself is, can move as if Souma were inside it, and aren't subject to any distance limitation (unlike with other objects). Souma commonly exploits this by creating dolls based on a mascot character called Little Musashibo to battle and go on adventures with as well as smaller dolls which he uses for scouting. He takes this to its logical extreme when the Friedonian navy brings out Mechadra to grapple with Ooyamizuchi, dealing a number of powerful blows and preventing it from escaping to sea.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Kazuya's children are quickly approaching this, with him currently having 5 kids between Liscia, Roroa, and Juna.
  • Meaningful Name: The gourmet enthusiast Poncho Panacotta. Souma also bestows him with the name "Ishizuka" for his extensive knowledge of food.
  • Medieval European Fantasy: Most of the setting is this, with other cultures added for flavor.
  • Modest Royalty: Souma is so modest and wants to save as much money as possible he eats in the kitchen with the common soldiers and servants until Hakuya and other people in the castle convince him to stop.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Considering that Souma doesn't have any martial prowess, his fianceés are this to him, with the exception of Roroa.
  • Mundane Utility: Souma gives his newfound magic a very good use, signing several papers at the same time.
    • Mundane Made Awesome: But he can also make signing papers with his "Living Poltergeist" look pretty badass.
    • Souma realizes instantly that the Jewel Broadcast is a great tool for announcing and creating revenue for the Kingdom in the form of a variety of programs, educational programs, and singing contests.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Souma invokes this with his broadcast program, Nameless Heroes, which highlights the accomplishments of regular scientists and researchers working behind the scenes, so that the credit for incredible advances in science and technology don't all go to Genia.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Liscia's mother looks more like her older sister, and Aisha's father looks more like her older brother (which is justified since they're elves).
    • And Excel Walter looks barely older than her granddaughter Carla Vargas. Interestingly, Carla's father had romantically pursued Excel herself before going after her daughter instead, which is not as creepy as it sounds due to dragon demihumans having extraordinarily long lifespans.
  • Name Order Confusion: Souma is his family name, not his given name, which everyone assumed because they use Western naming order. By the time he realizes this, it's far too late to fix, so he's stuck as King Souma, although those close to him will call him Kazuya in private.
  • Never Found the Body: After learning from the former King Albert that he and Liscia apparently perished when corrupt nobles attacked Randall in a Bad Future, Souma tries to propose that the fact that his and Liscia's bodies weren't found meant that they actually managed to escape. While Souma is mostly trying to offer the former king some peace of mind, a later side-story reveals that they actually did survive.
  • Never My Fault: The national policy of the Principality of Amidonia in relation to the Kingdom. All their problems are because of the Kingdom, from famine and poverty to the lack of freedom. Souma later uses this against Amidonia, showing the people they would be better under the Kingdom's rule and that the Principality created those problems themselves (for example, spending so much of their tax revenue strengthening their military instead of doing things that would actually benefit the citizens).
  • Nice Guy: Albert rode out the Succession Crisis and then kept the kingdom together by being thoroughly inoffensive in a time when a more assertive person would have drawn attention and made enemies.
  • Ninja Maid: Carla, after being sentenced with Slavery is this, given that she was a Wyvern Knight before being sentenced and handed to be a Maid in the castle. She even has a mission that if Souma ever becomes a Tyrant, she's to kill him.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Mechadra is a metal dragon built using the skeleton of an actual dragon as the base, animated by Souma for his Tokusatsu shows. The Mad Scientist group consisting later arms it with a pair of gunpowder-propelled piledrivers and the ability to attach the experimental icebreaker vessel being developed to use as a drill weapon. These enhancements come in handy during the battle against Ooyamizuchi.
  • No Biological Sex: The dragons, prior to forming a contract with a knight. They're mostly androgynous before bonding with a human, at which point they start to take on traits of the opposite sex for the sake of breeding. Shown with Naden and Ruby, who become more feminine after bonding with Souma and Hal, respectively, and Pai, who becomes more masculine after bonding with a princess.
  • North Is Cold, South Is Hot: The continent Souma transferred to inverts this trope, implying the setting is in the southern hemisphere.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Fuuga Haan is a clear stand-in for Genghis Khan, a point that Souma brings up repeatedly as to why he's so terrifying.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: In the manga, the corrupt nobles of Elfrieden are drawn more gonkishly.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy:
    • Souma's first meeting with Liscia. A beautiful woman has just entered his office, but after several straight days of long hours, all that matters to him is whether or not the new body that showed up is capable of helping him audit the budget.
    • The Lunarian Orthodox Papal State sends a "saint" to Souma to try and get him to agree to be their holy king. The saint is a beautiful girl with traits similar to Liscia, Aisha, and Roroa, deliberately chosen in an attempt to get Souma to fall for her. The resemblance actually makes him uncomfortable.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: In one timeline, instead of making Souma king, King Albert did something more reasonable and made him prime minister. While the reforms Souma passed helped the kingdom, the corrupt nobles saw him as a threat and demanded that King Albert fire him. He eventually caved, but Duke Carmine took him in, which led to the nobles, still fearing Souma, to stage a coup with Amidonia.
  • Nun Too Holy: Bishop Souji. He has very little interest in the teachings of the Lunarian Orthodox Church, mostly using his position to drink and pick up women. This ends up making him perfect for being the official bishop in Friedonia: they want him to be horribly corrupt and disconnect the believers of the Kingdom from the church to reduce how much of a threat they are.
  • Odd Name Out: The Euphoria sisters - Maria, Jeanne, and Trill.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: Souma doesn't have a bedroom, he just has a cot in his office. Empress Maria has a proper bed in her own office.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The defense of Nelva during the Amidonia's Uprisings and invasion by foreign nations.
  • Older Than They Look: Unsurprising for elves. Aisha's father is 81 but looks barely older than his daughter.
    • That's actually a problem for Souma, because there so many long-lived races in the Kingdom, the law says that for traitors three generations of the family of the traitor, both before and after, will be slain along with him/her.
  • One-Man Industrial Revolution: Souma uses his knowledge and skills to bring many inventions to this world, such as concrete and internal plumbing. Averted as the series goes on; Souma was a history student, not engineering, so there's only so much he can do, so he turns to Genia and a large number of researchers to recreate things from his world and work with how magic fundamentally changes what's possible.
  • Only in It for the Money: The Mercenaries from Zem.
  • Only Sane Man: Princess Roroa Amidonia of the Principality of Amidonia, unlike her brother and father, realizes trading with the Elfrieden Kingdom is a better deal to help with Amidonia's food shortages instead of wasting their country's resources trying to invade Elfrieden, which she knows is doomed to fail.
  • Open Secret: Everyone in the castle knows that Kagetora is Georg Carmine, despite the fact that Kagetora constantly denies it and Souma never lets anyone get as far as asking the question or saying his name.
  • Original Position Fallacy: Souma asks a hand-picked jury of nobles to determine Castor and Carla's punishment for treason. All but two of them call for execution - and once those two are removed, the rest of the jury is promptly decapitated for their own treasonous activities.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The series mainly features the Western kind as well as smaller and less intelligent wyverns, which are basically treated like mountable animals, but volume 6 introduces Naden, an Eastern dragon that grew up among Western dragons (much to her distress).
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Souma's attire when he wants to move around the city incognito. A straw hat and a black cape.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Even though all of his marriages had a political angle and none were his choice, Souma really loves all of his queens.
    • Liscia deserves special attention. She first thought Souma was an usurper who forced her father to give up the throne and wanted to force himself on her, but she genuinely falls for him after seeing what he's really like. What makes it so special is that this was actually invoked by Albert, who had memories of an alternate timeline where Souma and Liscia eventually fell in love on their own without the arranged marriage, so he already knew how well they would work together.
  • Physical God: Lady Tiamat, the Mother Dragon, is worshipped as one.
  • Polyamory: Souma is surprised to learn if one is wealthy enough, that man is allowed to have more than one wife. All of the girls around him are completely ok with this, but Liscia insists that the wife limit can be no more than 8 which gives each wife at least 1 day with him a week (In this world a week is 8 days).
  • Power Nullifier: The Cursed Ore. It has a property that cancels magic up to a point where it instead explodes violently if too much is used against it. Genia manages to turn it into a power source for machines, having the ore absorb magic and use the energy in a more controlled manner.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Forms the basis of the series. To save money and run the kingdom effectively, Souma sells 30% of the Kingdom's most valuable treasures (the ones without magic power or cultural/historic significance) for funds, tells his people to eat locally made food rather than imports, and hires people for their merit and not from their lineage. He even eats simple food in the castle's kitchen alongside servants!
  • Propaganda Piece: The Jewel Voice Broadcast was most often used like this before Souma saw a different way to use it. Even much of what he makes has some of this, though usually with more positive messages.
  • Public Secret Message: After Souma takes in Carla after defeating her father, Liscia tries to suggest to Souma that he take Carla to be one of his brides. However Souma realizes she is trying to suggest a way for her friend Carla to not be punished for treason and tells her to stop.
  • The Purge: Souma decides to perform this to get rid of the corrupt nobility and officials of the kingdom to ensure the rebuilding of the kingdom goes smoothly. However he is quick to point that Niccolò Machiavelli, the author that inspired Souma's plan, also warns that purging can be only be done once since doing it every time makes the people despise you and makes it more likely for them to rebel against you.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Souma was raised by them after his parents died, and his grandfather passed away shortly after he entered college.
  • Really 700 Years Old:
    • Duchess Walter may look like a woman in her twenties, but she mentions she has been around for a very long time - over 500 years.
    • Most of the races of Elfrieden, other than beastmen and humans, have long lifespans and age slowly, making this a very common occurrence.
  • Revenge Before Reason: This is national policy in the Principality of Amidonia, which suffered an invasion by Elfrieden under the king before Albert, which stole a third of their lands (including most of their arable land). As a result, the king of Amidonia went so far as to change his title to “Sovereign Prince”, and changed Amidonia from a “Kingdom” to a “Principality”, declaring that he would not be a king until he had reclaimed their stolen lands, a policy that was passed down to his successors. On top of that, Amidonia’s entire culture shifted to militarism, with the intent of building up their strength until they would be able to take back their stolen lands by force; a policy that has driven most of the citizenry into poverty and starvation. Their sole use of the Jewel Broadcast System is to make a yearly announcement that they won’t forget their hatred for Elfrieden, and that the recovery of their stolen lands is national policy. Even their national anthem was rewritten into a song calling for an invasion of Elfrieden.
  • Reverse Psychology: Souma asks Maria to have agents of the Empire encourage the people of the Nine-Headed Dragon Archipelago not to go to war with Friedonia, knowing this will provoke them to the exact opposite.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • Liscia is not only a skilled soldier but also helps Souma in his work.
    • Souma spends almost all of his time and energy coming up with better policies for the kingdom or helping develop people with the skills to help him do so.
    • Even after becoming a queen, Naden serves as a weather forecaster (complete with flying across the country), flies into battle, and even wanders around the castle town helping shopkeepers make deliveries.
  • Running Gag: Everyone in the castle stopping just short of openly acknowledging that Kagetora is actually Georg Carmine, and his failed attempts to deny it.
  • The Scapegoat: When a crisis hits and they realize they need Naden's unique abilities, the dragons who scorned her behind her back turn on Ruby, the Alpha Bitch who mocked her openly. This leads to Naden developing a grudging respect for Ruby, who was at least honest about how she felt about Naden.
  • Secret Test of Character: Hakuya towards Souma during his selection of personnel. He sees that Sir Poncho is a key person to solve the problem of food shortage of the Kingdom, and wants to see if Souma will realize it as well. It's only once Souma welcomes Poncho with open arms that Hakuya offers his services to the kingdom.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The warmongering Prince of Amidonia and his son are named Gaius and Julius.
    • Gatsby Colbert shares his surname with Louis XIV's Minister of Finance. His first name may reference Jay Gatsby as a financially astute individual working for the interests of someone who will never really appreciate their work.
    • The capital of the Gran Chaos Empire is Valois, one of the former royal families of France.
    • The anime has Souma undergo a temporary Art Shift to the traditional Yu-Gi-Oh! style, then explain his ideas to Liscia as a character would a card's effect. He even uses terms like "activate," "deck," "card," and "chain." The latter is especially interesting, since Souma aptly describes his "Time is money" idea as a response to Liscia's, accurately reflecting how a chain would work in the game.
    • The song Juna sings during the ceremony in episode 3, is “Give a Reason” by Megumi Hayashibara, the opening theme song from Slayers NEXT.
    • In episode 4, Souma's preparation of burdock roots is a reference to the Salt Bae meme.
  • Significant Anagram: Kazuya Souma's King Incognito alias is Kazuma Souya.
  • Slave Collar: There's special collars used by slaves that will instantly tighten around their necks if they so much as think something disrespectful against their master. If their master dies, they die as well.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Tomoe Inui has the rare ability to communicate with animals and demonic beasts.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Aisha is almost a head taller than Liscia, and is taller than Souma. She also happens to be a beautiful dark elf warrior.
  • Succession Crisis: One happened in the recent history of Elfrieden; the "winner" was Elisha and by extension her husband Albert, thanks to being overlooked by all the other contenders and Elisha's magic allowing her to send memories of how she failed to the past, avoiding her death.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: At the moment this is averted, but Souma makes a speech asking for people to question the meaning of things that they had taken for granted until now, including how magic actually works.
  • Supporting Harem: Souma is dismayed to discover that not only Liscia does not care about him having more than one wife, she actually doesn't understand what's wrong with it, since the Royal Family needs to continue, though she does put a hard cap at eight wives for reasons he finds completely arbitrary.
  • Technician Versus Performer: The Hiryuu's R&D Department versus Genia Maxwell respectively. Genia is a Mad Scientist with a specialization in studying and understanding out-of-place artifacts. She is capable of creating technology far ahead of her time like vehicular suspension and hovercraft. The Hiryuu team, drawn from the best researchers in the kingdom, are more conventional researchers who rework Genia's inventions into mass-producible and cost-effective designs. While Genia naturally gets all the attention, there's a concerted effort (a broadcast show called Nameless Heroes) to highlight the work of the more conventional researchers.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: In-universe. A research group notes that peoples' magic appears to get stronger if they sing music associated with that particular kind of magic. Merula suggests that the music in question is strengthening the caster's mental image of their spell, and thus the spell along with it. Souma develops a large-scale experiment to test the idea, under the guise of a mock battle, which sets two armies against one another, while cycling through different kinds of music to test how their magic responds. The experiment winds up proving that music can have a tangible effect on a person's magic.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: A written variant. In Volume 7, in the middle of a diplomatic trip to Turgis, Liscia sends a letter to both Souma and Aisha. Souma's letter explains that Liscia is pregnant, which immediately causes Souma to stop reading and declare that he's going home. Aisha's letter is a command to Aisha to hold down Souma when this exact scenario happens and get him to finish reading the first letter, which tells him not to worry about her and continue his diplomatic trip.
  • This Is a Work of Fiction: To test her voice, Souma has Chris read out a disclaimer.
    Souma: Some magic words from my old world. If you say them, you can get away with practically everything.
  • Trapped in Another World: Souma has no way of going back to his own world, though he also notes that with his family dead and no close friends, he has no pressing reason to want to go back. Later volumes seem to imply that the world is actually Earth in the future or has some connection to an Earth with a different time-axis.
  • Translator Microbes: Souma can perfectly read, write, and understand the languages of this world. When he speaks, it sounds like Japanese to the people around him, but they still understand him. This is all explained as part of the magic that summoned him to this world. Later volumes suggest that, for some reason, him speaking Japanese is important, since it would've been much easier for the magic to just teach him the language, rather than for the magic to make everyone else understand Japanese.
  • Treachery Cover Up: Inverted with Georg Carmine. The fact that he wasn't a traitor to his country was covered up, as his betrayal was a convenient cover for getting rid of a number of corrupt nobles that would otherwise have hurt the country. It is eventually revealed to the people that he wasn't a traitor to restore his family's good name, though a few sensitive details were still kept secret.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • In-Universe. Souma has this feeling towards Mary, the Lunarian saint. She's human, but her appearance bothers him because she was deliberately chosen as someone who resembled Souma's fiancées to try and tempt him.
    • Played for humor with Souma's Factory Hands, a workaround designed to circumvent the limitations of his Living Poltergeist magic. Souma's magic can animate small objects within a certain radius around him. However, if the object he is animating is some kind of doll, or object in imitation of a living thing, the radius limitation no longer applies, allowing him to manipulate dolls while hundreds of miles away. Therefore, in order to continue to do his paperwork, even when he's out of the country, Souma has Genia create an articulated model of a human hand, which he can use to write with. Unfortunately, Genia's design winds up being more than a little too real, and people who walk into Souma's office to see his Factory Hand at work wind up getting freaked out, with even Souma himself acknowledging just how unnerving it is to see it in action.
  • Universal Universe Time: Averted. There are twelve months of thirty-two days in the year in the world, and each week has eight days. This makes Souma realize that he's actually younger than Juna, since they are both 19 but with the days difference between the two worlds, it adds to a whole year.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Souma and Liscia's twins, Cian and Kazuha.
  • Unwanted Harem: While Souma loves all of his queens, none of the marriages were his idea and he was initially very uneasy about polyamory. Three of the marriages (Liscia, Roroa, and Naden) were arranged by someone else, and Aisha and Juna initiated their relationships with him.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Despite the Elfrieden Kingdom facing a possible invasion from the Demons or the Empire along with having an economic and refugee crisis, some nobles refuse to work with Souma to solve the country's problems as they are still bitter that he hired people based on merit rather than lineage and his reforms benefit the people more than them. Furthermore, the leaders of Army, Navy and Airforce, the Three Dukes, are planning a coup.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Georg Carmine used to be the King's most loyal subordinate and a parental figure for Liscia, but his resentment towards Souma's appointment made him rebel against the Kingdom. At least until it is revealed that the true point of his rebellion was to provide the genuinely rebellious nobles a rallying point so that they could all be crushed at the same time rather than having each of them undermine the Kingdom in different ways for years from the shadows.
  • Women Are Wiser:
    • Duchess Walter is far more reasonable than the other two dukes.
    • Princess Roroa Amidonia prefers a non-violent approach, in direct contrast with her father and brother.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Souma and Hakuya's approach to the civil war and following events in the first four volumes. The only scheme they're able to set up and pull off is The Purge of corrupt nobles. Everything else is them trying to make the best of a series of bad situations.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Unsurprising for the setting, but there are people with a variety of colors. Most notable with Juna, who gets it from her grandmother Excel.
  • Zerg Rush: How Souma plans to fight Fuuga Haan: having the entire Air Force pile on him all at once.

Alternative Title(s): How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom

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