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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (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 was a university student who just graduated when his grandfather dies. Before he died, his grandfather tells Kazuya to get married and live a fulling life. After his grandfather's death, Kazuya is suddenly summoned to another fantasy world in the continent of Randia where various fantasy races exist. The King of the Elveniden Kingdom, who summoned Kazuya, asks for his help as the demons from the demon world have invaded from the North, forcing the various rival kingdoms to unite and fight the demons. Elveniden, which is suffering from various economic and social problems plus an influx of refugees whose homes were destroyed by the demons, is bullied by the Grand Keosu Empire to summon a warrior from another world to help in the war effort.

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Kazuya instead tells the King and his ministers how to help the kingdom and make it stronger using his knowledge from Earth. Impressed, the King decides to abdicate the throne and make Kazuya the new King along with making his daughter, Princess Lisia, Kazuya's fiance. Thus begins Kazuya's quest to rebuild and save the Elveniden kingdom.


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  • Abdicate the Throne: The story begins when the king of Elveniden gives his position to Kazuya.
  • 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, who upon first meeting, Souma thought it was her older brother.
  • Adorkable: Poncho seems to create that feeling in the women he meets.
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  • 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 more powerful. When she loses her restraint she reconfigures the landscape around a small town near the border just by swinging her sword.
  • Anti-Air: Turns out this world has specially made ballistas incorporated with enchanted arrows that follow movement. Kazuma notes the similarity with homing missiles.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Some of the kingdom's nobles despise Kazuya due 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: Kazuya 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.
  • 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 chamberlein 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, Kazuya's greatest strength is his intelligence and his skills in bureaucracy and how to run the kingdom efficiently.
  • Bad Future: The former Queen, Elishia, 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 occured before she married and took the throne. In the particular instance that's elaborated on, instead of making Souma king, Souma was made prime minster, 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 arround.
  • Balance of Power: The military of 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. Kazuya 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Fordidden 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, and is that knowledge what Kazuma likes because it can help in increasing the culinary diversity of the kingdom.
    • 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.
  • 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. Though that'll probably change with Mechadra, a metal dragon that Genia created because she was bored.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Because Kazuya isn't a warrior, Liscia and Aisha takes this role.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Aisha begins as Souma's self-proclaimed bodyguard that ends up being his Second Primary Queen, behind Liscia.
  • 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 Kazuya, Aisha, Lisia and even Juna get ready to murder him on the spot. It's only Kazuya'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: Between the beauty contest and the multiple wives, some people think this of Souma, despite the fact that all his fiancees were acquired for reasons of politics, even if they do love him.
  • 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, specially 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 then not, specially when in relation to making money.
  • 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 intelect.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Kazuya's magic, Living Poltergeist, is classified as dark elemental magic but he uses it for something far from evil, animating and controlling objects. This is specifically because dark-magic doesn’t have anything to do with actual darkness. Instead, it is more of a “other” classification for kinds of magic that do not fit within the other elemental magics (earth, fire, wind, water, and light) found within the world. Aside from Souma, the only other dark-magic user to appear so far is Queen Elishia, who has the ability to send her memories back to her past self.
  • 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.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Slavery is often viewed by the enslaved as a reasonable alternative to go hungry and homeless.
    • Middle Age emphasis on bloodlines, underdeveloped medical and hygenic practices, unstable birth rates, and lower life expectancy mean that polygamy is legal in Elfreiden, with the expectation that the polygamist is wealthy enough to support the additional spouses (and children).
  • Demihuman: A variety of humanoid races with animals traits like cat ears or dragon wings live side by side with humans in the kingdom.
  • Divided We Fall: The Empire headed the Manking Protection Act exactly in order to avoid this, but didn't realize that the act itself left loopholes that could be exploited.
  • 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.
  • 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 in the typical six elements.
  • Enemy Civil War: Happens twice. Due to the Gambit Pile Up below, the Principality of Amidonia uses the oportunity to try and invade and later due to the machinations from 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.
  • 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 Elveniden averts this when compared to other nations, hence the loyalty of so many semi-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 book things are hinted that only come together at the end of the fourth volume.
  • 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 Kazuya 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 Kazuya after he delivers an ultimatum, and Carmine believes that Kazuya 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 Kazuya 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 Kazuya 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 Kazuya in one place so that he can seize them and their dirty assets and hand them over to Kazuya.
    • 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 Kazuya, who tricks them into over-committing their army into the invasion, leaving their captial city of Van open. 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 acknowledge their fault in provoking the war. Ultimately, Kazuya 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.
    • Kazuya is mostly just playing Xanatos Speed Chess in response to all the plans above, trying 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 of 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 recieved memories from an alternate timeline where Kazuya 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-self. Having received those memories, his past-self abdicated the throne to Kazuya, 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: Kazuma 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 vilain 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.
    • Tomoe’s gift 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 relative. 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. 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. Souma used this not only to show that he was okay with her singing and thinking whatever she liked, because he was trying to instill a sense of freedom on the Amidonians, he even complimented her singing voice.
  • Hold the Line: Interestingly, done without a single battle but with cunning and deception instead. During the invasion by Amidonia their Army was besieging the city of Altomura, 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.
  • 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 is 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 Airforce to the Three Dukes).
  • It's Raining Men: The Dratroopers that Souma is training. Paratroopers dropped from Wyverns.
  • King Incognito: Briefly Kazuya, Liscia and Aisha dress as normal students to enjoy some time off.
  • 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.
  • Leave Behind a Pistol: After the civil war ends, Kazuya 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.
  • 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.
    • The Lunarian Orthodox Papal State wants Souma to make Lunarian Orthodoxy the official religion of Freidonia, 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 to make Lunarian Orthodoxy a "state religion", but rejects the holy king title and requests a sqecifc 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: Kazuya's Living Poltergeist can be used to animate dolls. These dolls are alot more combat proficient than Kazuya himself is, can move as if Kazuya were inside it and aren't subject to any distance limitation (unlike with other objects). Kazuya 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.
  • Meaningful Name: The gourmet enthusiast Poncho Panacotta.
  • Medieval European Fantasy: Most of the setting is this, with other cultures added for flavor.
  • Modest Royalty: Kazuya is so modest and wants to save as much money as possible he eats in the kitchen with the common soldiers.
  • 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: Kazuya 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.
  • 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 Duchess Walter looks barely older than her granddaughter Carla Vargas.
  • 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 Souma he is.
  • 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 could mean that they actually managed to escape in order to offer the former king some peace of mind. A latter side-story reveals that they actually did survive.
  • Never My Fault: The national policy of the Principality of Amidonia in relation of the Kingdom. All their problems are because of the Kingdom, from famine and poverty to the lack of freedom.
  • 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.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Kazuya'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.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: In one timeline, instead of making Souma king, King Albert did something more reasonable and made him prime minster. 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.
  • 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.
  • Only in It for the Money: The Mercenaries from Zem.
  • Only Sane Man: Princess Roroa Amidonia of the Amidonia Kingdom, 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.
  • 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: Liscia is at first skeptical of Kazuya, believing he trick her father into giving up the throne and making their engagement but upon learning more about him and personality and goals, she genuinely falls in love with him with Kazuya returning the feeling as well. It's eventually revealed that it was even more perfectly arranged than it seemed since the King knew due to memories from an alternate timeline where Liscia still fell in love with Kazuya.
  • Polyamory: Kazuya 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 weeknote .
  • Power Nullifier: The Cursed Ore. It has a property that cancels magic up to a point were it instead explodes violently if too much is used against it.
  • Pragmatic Hero: To save money and run the kingdom effectively, Kazuya sells the Kingdoms most prized artifacts 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!
  • 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: Kazuya decide 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 Kazuya'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: Kazuya was raised by them, 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.
  • 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.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Liscia is not only a skilled soldier but also helps Kazuya in his work.
  • 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 the Alpha Bitch who mocked her openly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Significant Anagram: Souma Kazuya'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 Kazuya. 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.
  • 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.
  • Technician vs. 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.
  • 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 her not 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Kazuya 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: George Carmine used to be the King's most loyal subordinate and a parental figure for Liscia, but his resentment towards Kazuya'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: Well, Duchess Walter is far more reasonable than the other two dukes, while Princess Roroa Amidonia prefers a non-violent approach in contrast with her father and brother.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Unsurprising for the setting, but there are people with a variety of colors. Juna happens to have blue hair.

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