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Rudeus Grayrat with his family, Roxy, and Sylphy.
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Mushoku Tenseinote  is a web novel (adapted later into a light novel and manga) written by Rifujin na Magonote and illustrated by Shirotaka.

An Otaku in modern Japan has missed the funeral of his parents, having refused to leave his room for years. His siblings beat him for his sins and throw him out on the streets, leaving him destitute and with no prospects. Pondering his many failures as a person and wishing for a second chance, the man witnesses three teens about to be run down by a truck. He successfully saves them but is killed by the truck.

The man's soul reincarnates in a high fantasy world as Rudeus Grayrat. However he has somehow kept his memories of his past life and swears that he will not waste this chance. With the help of his family and friends, plus knowledge gleamed from his past self's various hobbies, he begins a new life. Follow Rudeus and his adventures from his infantile stage to his adulthood and ultimately his death in this high fantasy story.

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Currently an anime adaptation is in the works.


Tropes in Mushoku Tensei include:

  • A-Cup Angst: Roxy suffers from this due to the Migurd race's trait of halting physical growth at a certain age to resume later. They all tend to look like middle schoolers according to Rudeus. Sylphy as well when she sees Eris for the first time.
    • Eris herself actually suffers this initially, but rightfully places her faith into growing up like her mother.
  • Action Girl: Magic or martial art, female in this verse can be as deadly the male.
  • Action Survivor: Gisu has the highest adventurer rank but essentially no combat skills, relying instead on his many other abilities. He also comments that in one adventuring party, there must be one person whose role is non-combat. Traveling Merchants, especially in Begaritto and Magic Continent, also fit this trope.
  • Adventure-Friendly World: Monsters roam the countryside, even near major cities, labyrinths contain gems worth massive amounts of money, and schools exist to teach swordsmanship and magic. All in all it presents everything a gamer otaku reincarnated might desire to live a more interesting life.
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  • Adventure Guild: A world-wide version that ranks adventurers based on their strength and teamwork then distributes jobs accordingly.
  • The Ageless: Nanahoshi suffers from this. On top of not aging, she also notes her hair and fingernails don't grow.
  • Always Someone Better: Rudeus is this to a lot of people. Deconstructed in that while he's a lot better than everyone, he can't do everything by himself and quite a bit of his plans tend to go awry plus the fact that he's guided by Hitogami. Additionally, there are other characters shown that can also defeat him, such as Orsted or the Death God.
  • Anyone Can Die: Surprisingly this happen a lot.
  • The Atoner: Ruijierd makes this his life purpose in order to restore the honor of the Supard race.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: The basic modus operandi of the aggressive Sword God School.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Saint ranked or higher magic is capable of vast devastation, rearranging the geography and depopulating entire settlements. It also requires a long period of standing still while chanting, has a prohibitively high mana cost and naturally incurs massive collateral damage. Most experienced mages use Advanced or Intermediate magic for fighting and Basic magic for everyday utility spells. Saint ranked or higher spells generally do not have any practical use outside of a war and even then you would need to contrive a situation where the magic caster does not accidentally kill off friendly troops.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Although more to a trio, Rujierd.
  • Badass Normal: Debatable in what is normal with their martial art. Martial artists are numerous and don't need magic to be badass.
  • Bald of Awesome: Rujierd.
  • Battle Butler: Lilia was a guards-maid for the Asura royal concubines, being trained both as a maid and having modest skill with the sword. After being injured while foiling an assassination attempt she was unable to continue her guard duties and retired.
  • Be All My Sins Remembered: Even years after being reincarnated and many adventures, Rudeus is still plagued by memories of his first life and wonders whether he deserves the new life he's built.
  • Bifauxnen: Rudeus didn't realize Sylphy was a girl until he pulled down her underwear as a prank and had frequently noted she was a very cute boy. She is able to disguise herself as the male Fitts and is noted to be good-looking.
  • Big Bad: Hitogami
  • Big Good: Orsted to the surprise of fans.
  • The Berserker: Eris is well known for this.
  • Berserk Button: Never harm a child in Ruijierd's presence.
  • Blessed with Suck: A small number of people are. In setting they are called Miko, people with natural powers, like super strength or mind reading. Of course, super strength means a "World of Cardboard" Speech can result, and telepaths tend to have difficulty communicating in traditional ways. This also leads to Cursed with Awesome, since there are people who suffer curses that have obvious super powers as well... just ones that may not be worth the benefits, in their eyes.
    • Zanoba has superhuman strength but this also makes him unable to feel the most delicate sensations including human touch, this also explains his extreme interest to sculptures since to his touch there is very little difference between touching people and touching statues.
  • Bully Hunter: Rudeus does not tolerate any kind of bullying.
  • Butterfly of Doom: Orsted can predict the path of the future, but a small change in the present can ruin his entire future plan.
    • The Rewind Miko's attempt to save Akito by changing the past created a rift in time that led to Rudeus' reincarnation and Nanahoshi's appearance during the Mana Calamity. It's left unclear whether this will save him or not.
  • Captain Obvious: Rudeus' final conversation with Hitogami has the latter in a fit of rage as to why Rudeus is so calm about no longer being able to stop him. Rudeus's answer is that he's dead. Whatever Hitogami's plans are, he can't stop him. This shuts up Hitogami.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Martial artist can deflect magic by training for example.
  • The Chessmaster: Hitogami gives only infrequent advice to Rudeus, but that is enough to move him along a path Hitogami has already foreseen and planned out with the end goal of Roxy dying before she can give birth. Rudeus was even unwittingly led into getting Prince Pax exiled.
    • Orsted is even more skilled at this, having a long list of people to save, kill, or persuade so that their descendants will produce conditions favorable to Orsted's end-game of killing Laplace and then Hitogami.
      • Orsted actually comments that Hitogami is terrible at this kind of chess. Because he's entirely reliant on his ability to see into the future, if he moves all of his available apostles at the same time the future becomes too mutable for him to accurately read.
  • Child Mage: What Rudeus acts like to get by in his new life along with...
  • Child Prodigy: There are a lot of characters in the setting, however Rudeus is not one of them (as he's already 34 years old when he's reincarnated).
  • The Chooser of The One: The Holy Beast is born to seek out and accompany one who will protect the world from disaster.
  • The Chosen One: Surprisingly not Rudeus but instead his daughter, Lara. Orsted notes that in previous timelines where Lara did not exist it was a different person.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Rudeus' demon eye allows him to see a few seconds into the future. In combat he limits it to one second, which is usually enough for him to prepare a counter for any attacks. Its useful is limited by his inability to perceive invisible attacks like sound and the fact that especially skilled opponents can adjust their attacks in response to his counter, confusing Rudeus with multiple images of the future.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The calling card of the North God School of swordsmanship. Unlike the Sword God and Water God Schools, its less a style of swordsmanship as it is tactical combat training.
  • Counter Attack: How the defensive Water God School of swordsmanship fights. They basically defend until they see an opening and then use a deadly counter to cut down the enemy. Skilled swordsmen can even counterattack against magicians using ranged attacks.
  • Cowardly Lion: Although scared of a lot of people, Rudeus would be willing to fight anyone if he is forced to.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: This kind of battle happen a lot in the series.
    • Basically Orsted to anyone.
    • In a lesser degree, Rudeus with the MK-1.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Although the Laplace factor has caused Rudeus to gain near limitless amount of mana, it has also caused him to unable to use touki and chantless healing spells.
    • Orsted's "curse" allows him to escape from Hitogami's sight, with the price of slow mana regeneration.
    • Some Miko also experience this.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Averted. Rudeus reflects that he's glad his first child wasn't a boy as he would have named them Paul.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Happen to Nananoshi when her experiment failed.
    • Also happened to Rudeus when Paul died.
  • Dirty Kid: Rudeus due to his reincarnation.
    • As a baby, Ars seems to love breasts and will cry if picked up by a man.
  • Dirty Old Man: Unsurprisingly, Rudeus when he died of old age. It's implied he had stolen a pair of his wife's panties despite being bedridden.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Hitogami's hidden trump card, whose existence was never discovered but always resulted in Orsted's defeat, is the seemingly harmless Gisu.
  • The Dreaded: Ruijierd is known as "Dead End" on the Magic Continent and is quite literally the bogeyman of the magic races, as parents warn their children to behave or "Dead End" will get them. Towns will summon every guard and adventurer to drive him off if he's spotted.
  • Driven to Suicide: Pax Shirone. The capital is circled by his enemy and his allies are nowhere to be seen.
  • The Dying Walk: Rudeus begins walking past Hitogami as his soul is reduced to mana.
  • Elemental Powers: The most common schools of magic involve manipulating the four classical elements.
  • Empty Shell: The Rewind Miko whose ability allowed her to remember each of her deaths during Orsted's time loops. The mental trauma eventually reduced her to a point where her only memories were of her hundreds of deaths.
  • Engineered Heroics: Rudeus devises a kidnapping scenario with Eris' family so she will appreciate him and develop an interest in what he's teaching. Later on he also purposefully delays helping a group of adventurers in the belief that showing up at the last second will increase their gratitude towards him.
    • And You Thought It Was a Game: The kidnapping plot was hijacked by actual kidnappers using the gaps in security Rudeus' plan created, though they were inept enough that Rudeus still managed to get away easily.
      • The other adventurers lost one member to a monster because Rudeus misjudged how dangerous the situation actually was.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: Some of the characters have these, Ghyslaine being the first introduced. This is often a sign that the character possesses a Demon Eye which is covered if the person is unable to fully control it.
    • Cliff would later receive an identification eye from Kirishika. Said eye is then hidden under an eye patch.
    • The fifth major power, the Death God has an eye patch that hides an magic eye that can basically stop an entire army.
  • Eye Scream: Kishirika grants Rudeus his demon eye by jamming her fingers into his eye socket.
  • Facial Composite Failure: Wanted posters for Kishirika depict her as a very busty adult while she's actually a flat-chested child. Understandable if the drawing was based on her previous incarnation.
  • False Friend: Hitogami offers seemingly good advice and gradually earns Rudeus's trust, all so he can ask for one tiny favor. As it turns out he was laying the groundwork in terms of trust and environment so that one favor would kill Roxy.
    • Gisu seems to be his friend as well, but in fact is working for the aforementioned betrayer.
  • Fanservice: Given that Rudeus is a Chivalrous Pervert, it's inevitable, especially given the extensive amounts of the Most Common Super Power. Roxy accidentally giving a Panty Shot is a Running Gag in the manga.
  • Fantastic Nuke: God-class magic in general, which is said to be powerful enough to reshape geography. Special mention goes to the spell Rudeus invented, which is actually named Nuclear Explosion.
  • Fantastic Racism: The world to magical races. The Supard race in particular faces immense hate from every other race, to the point that green hair and use of spears are both looked down upon as they are hallmarks of the Supard.
    • The Millis religion in particular preaches rejection and even outright genocide of the magic races, though more moderate factions have recently gained control. Some members of the racist faction extend their hatred to not only magic races but also every non-human race.
    • Perugius refuses to allow any member of a magic race into his castle. When Roxy receives special permission to use its teleport system she has several restrictions, including not being allowed to speak or ever be seen by Perugius.
  • The Foreign Subtitle: Seven Seas Entertainment's translations are titled Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation.
  • Framed for Heroism: Rudeus was tasked with setting up a Princess and Knight together, who couldn't marry because of their social standing. To fix this, with permission from the king, he kidnapped the Princess, and had the Knight come save her, while posing as an evil villain.
  • Friend to All Children: Ruijierd always helps children no matter what the circumstances. Be it rescuing them from kidnappers or leading two home across multiple continents.
    • Suprisingly, Orsted is also quite friendly to children.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Rudeus gets to read a diary from his future self. To say he was disgusted at his future self was an understatement.
  • Genre Savvy: Rudeus. Comes with the territory.
  • God in Human Form: Roxy to Rudeus.
    • Rudeus added two more when he got married to Sylphy and Eris.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Rudeus at one point wonders if Orsted might be utilizing this to his advantage. He is. Orsted has lived the same 200 years of history over one hundred times, giving him a nearly perfect understanding of upcoming events and how to manipulate them. The loop will only end with Hitogami's death; otherwise it resets even if Orsted dies. Nanahoshi, Rudeus, and the Mana Catastrophe are unique to this loop.
    • The Rewind Miko lives through one due to her power letting her remember each of Orsted's loops. Despite her best efforts her life is largely unchanged between the loops until Akito is summoned and killed. Her attempt to save his life triggers Rudeus' birth and the Mana Catastrophe in the next loop.
  • Heinz Hybrid: Sylphy is one as her father, Rawl, is half-human, half elven and her mother has Beast race ancestry.
  • Hero of Another Story: While the story is about Rudeus, the overarching hero of the main plot is not him.
    • Aside from the main hero, Paul, Rujierd, Cliff, and Roxy all had adventures and trials without him being present that are touched upon in brief glimpses.
  • The Hero Dies: Rudy dies of old age long before the final battle with Hitogami. Hitogami tries to mock him for preparing all that time and letting key information slip at the end, but Rudy simply says that he did all he can, and the rest is left to his descendants.
  • Heroic BSoD: Nanahoshi has an extremely violent and self destructive one upon failing her magic circle experiments. She gets better.
    • Rudeus suffers a shorter one after Paul's death and only comes out of it after Roxy intervenes.
  • Hidden Depths: Many.
    • Zanoba knows military knowledge and how to raise troops' morale, when he is recalled back to his country to fend off foreign invasion.
  • Hikikomori: Rudeus in his past life until being tossed to the street. Nanahoshi is also this according to Rudeus, stating he is all too familiar with the symptoms. Notably the two are opposite ends of the spectrum, with Rudeus exemplified every negative stereotype while Nanahoshi is an industrious worker who eats healthy foods and stays fit. She also claims that she stays away from everyone in order to avoid contracting some unknown disease.
  • Honey Trap: The Boreas Greyrats were quite willing to let Rudeus do whatever he wanted with Eris and would have happily accepted him as a son-in-law, but doing so would result in him becoming a pawn in their power struggle with the Notus Greyrats. Eris' mother even went so far as dressing her in a nightgown and sending her to Rudeus' room with instructions to offer him her body.
    • Sylphy eventually tries this a number of times under the advice of several Asuran nobles, in order to form a romantic relationship with Rudeus. They even provided him with an aphrodisiac when his flesh proved weak. While the woman was doing the seducing, the plan was set up largely due to her being too timid to actually admit her feelings or even gender.
  • Hot-Blooded: Eris's grandfather is certainly this.
  • I Have This Friend...: Subverted. Rudeus really was asking advice to help a friend out. He knows perfectly well what people think he means, and promptly explains the situation.
    • Rudeus plays this straight when he tells Roxy a story that roughly follows his growth from a horrible person into who he is now and the lingering regrets from his past life.
  • Immortality: Many of the characters can be applied with this trope.
    • Born-Again Immortality: For Kirishika.
    • For Orsted, it's more like a checkpoint in which he could always return to whenever he fails or dies.
  • Immune to Fate: Orsted. Its one of his key powers but comes with serious drawbacks.
  • In Mysterious Ways: Hitogami can't directly influence the world, so instead he directs apostles to perform certain actions which change the future as he sees fit. Often their actions have little relation to the actual event, instead making way for a certain person to be born or a diseased rat to make its way into a household.
  • Interspecies Romance: Not that rare but not too uncommon, especially in Great Forest and adventurers or mercenaries. For specific, Rudi, Roxy and Sylphy; Elinalise and her partners; Elinalise and Cliff.
  • Kangaroo Court: Rudeus is subjected to an "inquisition" by a group of Temple Knights where the truthfulness of his answers is decided by popular vote, with unanimous agreement that everything he says is a lie.
  • Last of His Kind: Ruijierd may very well be the last of the Supard race and is the only one confirmed to have survived to the present. In volume 23 Rudeus comes across Ruijerd again in a Supard village hidden in a forest.
    • Gisu is the last survivor of the Nuka race after his hometown was destroyed due to Hitogami manipulating Gisu. And then he, too, dies.
  • Libation for the Dead: Rudeus does this at Paul's grave with a bottle of hard liquor.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Rudeus suffers this for three years after Eris leaves after sleeping with him. It extends beyond intimate moments, as he's unable to get a reaction to anything, no matter how appealing. He refers to it as his "illness". Eventually cured by Sylphy and generous use of booze and an aphrodisiac.
  • Long Game: Orsted's plan to kill Hitogami requires subtly manipulating the flow of history to produce the ideal conditions. It's been going on even longer than that as Orsted was set on this path long before his reincarnation.
  • Magic Eye: Kishirika can produce and give them. Other characters also seem to have gain them through other means.
  • Magic Knight: Called a 'Magic Swordsman'. This is what Rudeus originally aspired to be but the idea eventually fell off.
  • Marry Them All: Rudeus eventually married with Slyphy, Roxy and Eris.
  • Master Swordsman: Many of them are present in the series. Senior practitioners of the sword god styles especially being known for this as sword kings. Ghyslaine currently holds such a title.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Rudeus is a human and marries two women of longer-lived races while a young man. Both are still in the prime of their lives when he passes away of old age.
    • Cliff and Elinalise also fall into this due to Elinalise being a longer-lived elf, but the details are not explored.
    • And one of Orsted's closest friends in the future is the child of Ruijerd and Norn.
  • Meido: Lilia is this to the Greyrat family. Later on her daughter Aisha is this to Rudeus.
    • Eris' family had a number of beast race maids in their employ. After learning that young beast race children are often abducted due to the peculiar taste of a certain noble family, Rudues wonders how many of the maids might have been victims.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Rudeus meets Kirishika when a man is offering her all the food she can eat if she comes to his house. Rudeus assumes the man is a pervert planning to take advantage of her... except his offer was entirely genuine. The man didn't want his wife to realize he'd eaten at a restaurant rather than her homemade meal and figured he'd offer it to a young girl down on her luck.
  • Most Common Super Power: A majority of female characters, both named and extra, seem to be inflicted with this. Eris is heading in this direction and has achieved it by age 18.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Rudeus was a nobody in his previous life and died wishing he had a second chance. He gets it.
  • Name To Run Away From Really Fast: Many of the characters can be categorized as this.
    • Any Demon lord can make an entire country tremble in fear.
    • Any people who has achieved God rank in sword or magic can turn a person white instantly
    • Any one from the seven major power can make you shit your pants.
      • Orsted alone can already make people shit their pants just by looking at them. (Though this is because of a Curse)
  • NEET: Rudeus in his past life was this prior to his death.
  • No Ending: The story ends with Rudeus' death, long before the final battle with Hitogami. The author noted that there was more to the plot, but the story was about Rudeus' life and so ends with him.
  • No Name Given: Rudeus' Japanese name is not revealed, even prior to his reincarnation. The one time it is spoke by his future self the word is deliberately censored.
  • Not Staying for Breakfast: Rudeus wakes up the morning after to find Eris left in the night, leaving only a vaguely-phrased note. The trauma and resulting feelings of inadequacy leave him impotent for several years.
  • Oblivious to Love: Despite his background with dating sims Rudeus completely misinterprets or outright misses signs that girls are interested in him.
    • Future Rudeus completely failed to realize Eris was following him due to loving him, even thinking she was working for his enemy. Only after she died did he learn the truth, the fact that she keept attacking him to prove herself as a worthy woman for him could have been the cause of the missunderstanding.
  • One Degree of Separation: A large number of people Rudeus meets are connected in some way to somebody he has or will interact with in the future. To give an idea just how much this happens, after being sent to the literal other side of the world he winds up a short walk from his teacher's home village.
  • One-Man Army: Anyone who has achieved King rank or more in Sword or Magic can already be this.
    • Anyone of the seven major power can be stated as this.
  • Older Than They Look: The magical races tend to suffer from this, such as the Migurd whose adult members appear to be in their early teens. Roxy's age is actually roughly close to Rudeus' mental age. Rudeus is also this, considering he is the subject of Reincarnation.
    • Really 700 Years Old: Demon Empress Kishirika Kishirisu is more than seven thousand years old but looks like a pre-pubescent girl.
  • Panty Shot: Roxy's got a bit of a recurring problem with this in the manga, and good things tend to happen to those who see them. Amusingly, outside of a couple of cases that aren't actually a part of the gag itself, full-on direct pantyshots are rare and only to the character's perspective rather than the reader's.
  • Panty Thief: Rudeus stole a pair of Roxy's unwashed panties and forgot to return them before she left. He refers to them as the "Divine Artifact". Later in life he is accused of stealing a princess' panties but he is quite insistent they're actually his wife's.
  • Petting Zoo People: Some Magic races are extreme examples of this, while the Beast races are borderline Little Bit Beastly.
  • Poke in the Third Eye: Rudeus's demon eye lets him see a few seconds into the future, which he can use to dodge and counter attacks. When he used it against Orsted he was disturbed after it showed nothing but white just before dodging an attack. He realized that was probably the eye showing death.
  • Polyamory: Rudeus to Sylphy, Eris and Roxy. Much to chagrin any Millis believers who know the situation.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Had Eris just wrote on the letter that she's going to train alongside Ghislaine with the Sword God instead of a line that can easily be misunderstood, Rudeus wouldn't feel depressed for three years.
    • Because not serious throw-away line by Rudeus, he get trouble with Millishion Templar Knight.
  • Potty Dance: Eris does this in Chapter 7 of the manga.
  • Potty Emergency: Eris has to answer nature's call in Chapter 7 of the manga. Rudeus points out the where the bathroom is, much to her embarrassment.
  • Power Armor: The Mk Series.
    • The Fighting God itself is a power armor.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Ruijierd is this to a mild degree.
  • Power Levels: These exist in regards to magic and sword style proficiency ranks. Generally the system goes from highest to lowest: God, Emperor, King, Saint, Advanced, Intermediate, Elementary. Additionally, the 7 World Powers being a list of the strongest individuals in the world currently.
    • Random Power Ranking: The Power Levels in the setting are somewhat inconsistent past a certain point.
      • For the magic-users, it reflects the highest class spell they can cast rather than overall talent. Saint level and on usually has only one or two spells which are simply very difficult and dangerous to use. Rudeus was able to modify basic spells to the point that their power rivaled Emperor-level spells, but only received recognition as having a higher rank after learning the associated spell.
      • For the Sword Schools, any rank above Saint is effectively a dan ranking awarded by the reigning God of each style. Achieving such status is a matter of convincing the style's God that you actually deserve it as opposed to an objective measure of mastery. The Sword God in particular is more interested in the mindset of his disciples than their skills.
  • Really Gets Around: Rudeus's father Paul was famous for this when he was younger. Elinalise as well, although that's (partly) due to her curse. According to her, her lifestyle wouldn't have been much different without the curse.
  • Reincarnation: The protagonist's reincarnation into another world is what sets off the plot. Played with too, in that the reader follows Rudeus from the moment he's born with all his past life memories. Orsted believes that without Rudeus' soul, the infant's magic would have been too powerful and result in it being stillborn, considering in previous loops "Rudeus Greyrat" did not exist.
    • The dragon-tribe developed a method of reincarnation which relies on seeding a "factor" in the general populace which will eventually result in the birth of an infant with abilities and appearance similar to the one being reincarnated. The soul of the factor's creator can then inhabit that body.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Lilia guessed (correctly) that she was likely to be assassinated after retiring due to her injuries. As such she left with little advance notice and went to work for Paul because he was located in a little-known frontier town, well away from the court.
  • Retired Badass: Paul, Zenith, Lillia and any former adventurers/mercenary/soldier/palace guard in this setting.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Rudeus assumes that his outstanding magic power is due to him training his mana capacity from a young age, especially since he could replicate the same results in Sylphy. They both possess the "Laplace Factor" which makes their bodies suitable for the reincarnation of the Demon God and thus possess facets of his power. Though, according to Orsted without his training it would not be as high as it was.
  • Royal Brat: What Eris used to be when she was 9. Many of her adult tutors fled in fear after she beat them mercilessly.
    • Pax Shirone developed into this when he got a taste of power and after Roxy looked down on him.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Most disciples of the Sword God school are illiterate as they focus on swordsmanship above anything else. Ghyslaine admits that this was a mistake as she was often tricked by merchants who took advantage of her inability to do basic arithmetic or read. Eris actually could read and write before becoming a direct disciple of the Sword God but spent so long focusing on her training she became functionally illiterate again.
  • Scare 'em Straight: Rudeus used this to get Eris interested in her studies. He asked Ghyslaine to tell stories about times when her inability to read or do math led to difficulties. Eris seemed to enjoy the stories more than anything, but it still got her interested in studying.
  • Screw Destiny: The goal of Hitogami, Orsted, and eventually Rudeus. The appearance of Rudeus and Nanahoshi has changed fate such that Hitogami would eventually be slain with the help of Rudeus' descendants. Hitogami wants to avert that as much as possible. Orsted eventually realizes this and tries to get Rudeus to "restore" as much of the original timeline as possible.
  • Scry vs. Scry: Orsted and Hitogami due to their respective knowledge and ability to see the future are engaged in this sort of battle. Since neither can directly attack the other, they rely on intermediaries to shape the future to their advantage.
  • Shipper on Deck: Orsted wants to get Ruijerd and Norn together just so he could see their child again, being one of his closest friends and all.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Played for laughs with Rudeus, during the School Arc he befriends some students known for their strength and tendency to cause trouble, he does it without noticing but in the eyes of the students he is assembling a powerful gang; later his group will be known as "The Six Demons Council" and the rumors said that in order to challenge him they first must defeat his six powerful underlings, Rudeus is also emotionally attached to his old robe now full of partch and rags and this reinforces his unintentional image as delinquent.
    • When Ariel gathers information about him she and her sidekick Luke have problems believing if Rudeus is really that nice despite being powerful as the rumor says (since most powerful people are extremely full of themselves at best) and Luke concludes that Rudeus is a cunning and manipulative man who controls the information about himself only allowing the good info to spread and maybe capable of taking the credit of other people. When they finally meet Ariel considers him "humble to the point of being suspicious" and fears he may be plotting something evil.
      • In fact Rudeus's previous life as a loser makes him very polite and respectful in his fear of infuriating people, he is also very fast to apologize and often views himself as less important than he is.
    • Very later in the story one student actually asks for a duel after being selected for the graduation speech instead of Cliff since he considers this like defeating him.
    • There is a volume that ends every chapter with one weird rumor about Rudeus like being bald or having shiny eyes.
    • When Rudeus meets a band of thieves he is recognized as "The most cruel and terrible magician of the magic city" and he wonders why did he got such a title since he is always trying to be nice.
    • At the end of the story is mentioned that Rudeus's wife recovered a white piece of cloth from his clothes whom she hide in a hurry. People wondered if it had written some important information, but its suggested that said piece of cloth was actually her panties.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Cliff and Elinalise.
  • Signature Move: Rudeus's favorite magic, Rock Bullet, though he is most well known for his other specialty: Quagmire.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Threatening Geography: Subverted. Rudeus is reborn and raised until early teens in safest continent but his second continent he visit (actually ended up thrown) is the most dangerous and barren, Demon Continent, with decreasing and little increasing as story continues.
  • Spanner in the Works: The appearance of Mana Calamity, Rudeus and Nanahoshi has severely derailed history, significantly affecting the fate of many characters.
  • Start of Darkness: The death of Roxy is what lead Future!Rudeus down a very dark road indeed culminating in the violent death of just about every named character associated with him.
  • Stripperiffic: Ghyslaine wears this by choice. Invoked by Vera who wears a provocative outfit in order to draw attention to herself and away from her shell shocked sister. Kishirika's outfit would barely be decent as a swimsuit, let alone daily wear.
  • Summon Everyman Hero: Attempted by an unknown nation, which successfully summoned Akito, one of the students Rudeus saved from the truck. While willing to help, he was an ordinary and untrained boy who was killed in one blow. His death and the Rewind Miko's attempt to save his life led to Nanahoshi's accidental summoning, Rudeus' reincarnation and the Mana Calamity.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: Rudeus towards Fitts, which he finds shocking due to it being the first time his body has reacted in three years.
  • Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors: The tricky North God Style can pierce the defenses of the Water God Style. The Water God Style's counters effectively neutralize the aggressive Sword God Style. The fierce attacks of the Sword God Style can overwhelm the North God Style before their tactics can come into play.
  • Theme Naming: The Undying Demon Lords and co. (Kishirika Kishirisu, Atofe Latofe, Bardy Gardy, Necros Lacros)
  • There Are No Therapists: Rudeus was bullied and humiliated during his previous life and his family didn't really help him to overcome that trauma. As a result, he became a NEET. Though Japanese culture usually has a negative view when it comes to mental traumas and therapy.
  • They Do: First Rudeus and Eris in Volume 6 Chapter 13, after which Eris leaves him with his "illness" for three years. Later, Rudeus and Sylphy, get married, and get a nice house, neither of them older than sixteen.
    • Rudeus and Roxy as well. They also get married.
      • And now you can add Eris to the list of Rudeus' wives.
  • Third Eye: Supards possess a red jewel in the center of their forehead. It grants them a sixth sense for locating magic creatures and other races.
  • Time Skip: The series goes through these often. They can range anywhere from a few weeks to years depending on the situation.
  • Took a Level in Badass: If one character has name and in the middle of training, there is good chance s/he will take one or some levels of badass. Eris also separate herself from Rudeus to do this.
  • Trust Password: Future Rudeus convinces Rudeus of his identity by saying their Japanese name.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Rudeus guesses that he'll be the pawn of Hitogami as early as volume 2. He's very much spot on.
  • Walking the Earth: What Ruijierd does to restore his race's honor as well as find if any other Supard survived the war.
    • Knight Errant: Ruijierd follows a very strict warrior's code and displays many of this trope's personality traits.
  • Wham Episode: Anything that says "Turning Point" is going to be one.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Gisu calls out Paul on expecting way too much on Rudeus when he's already busy trying to survive the Magic Continent while escorting Eris with him.
    • Gisu does this again, calling out Rudeus for being ungrateful when he betrayed Hitogami, who despite trying to kill Roxy had still given Rudeus a lot of help and a good life.
    • Zenith and Cliff both call out Rudeus when he he is unwilling to speak against his grandmother being imprisoned.
    • Before his suicide, Pax Shirone calls Roxy for not appreciating his accomplishment in magic. Using herself and Rudi as standard, one can agree that Roxy is lacking common judgement as teacher.
    • Zenith and Norn called Rudeus down when he intended to marry Eris after already marrying Roxy and Sylphy.
  • Wife Husbandry: Averted. Rudeus had been tempted to do this with Sylphy when they were children, and raise her up to be the perfect wife. Eventually Paul split the two up, and sent Rudeus to the Boreas house, before Sylphy could become too dependent on him. Rudy admitted that it was for the best.
    • They still ended up marrying, despite the separation.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Played with. Rudeus is a young kid as far as the high fantasy world is concerned, however he's mentally an adult by the time he's reincarnated into a baby. And later in life Rudeus acknowledges that even with his mental age sometimes he acts more childish than his physical age.
  • Wizarding School: Rudeus originally became Eris' tutor in order to pay for him and Sylphy attending one. Despite losing their backer, both ended up at the school regardless. Notably, the university offers not only magic but also a range of mundane subjects and funding for private research.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The Mana Catastrophe and Rudeus' birth were caused by the dying wish of the Rewind Miko to save Akito after he saved her from her personal hell.
  • World of Badass: Of course.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Magic races frequently have unusual hair colors, such as Roxy's blue hair and the Supard race's distinctive green hair.
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