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"It can't ... it just can't be true! But the more I look into it, I think it is. This is the world of Fortune Lover! And that means I'm... I'm on the path to doom!"
Catarina Claes, realizing she's a Self-Disposing Villainess in a Romance Game
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Eight-year-old Catarina Claes had it all—as the only child of a prominent duke, she certainly knows how to throw her aristocratic weight around, in particular taking a sadistic liking to harassing Prince Geordo Stuart. All that changed when one day she fell headfirst onto a rock, knocking her out for five days. When she awakens, her personality suddenly changed for the better, although it came with a less-than-ladylike streak. And that's because she had an epiphany that in her past life she was a seventeen-year-old Otaku schoolgirl from modern-day Japan who lived a far less luxurious life than she is enjoying right now. In the meantime, Geordo felt he must take responsibility for scarring Catarina's forehead and offers an engagement. A bemused Catarina accidentally agrees without thinking.

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But wait. Catarina Claes? Geordo Stuart? Aren't these the names of characters from Fortune Lover, an otome game her past life last played before she died in a traffic accident? And wasn't Catarina Claes the villainess who was exiled or murdered half the time for harassing the heroine? This won't do at all. Measures must be taken to avoid the terrible fates in store for her! First up, train in swordsmanship to avoid being stabbed by Geordo. Second, train in magic so she can take up agriculture as a means of living in the event of exile. Third, spoil her adopted younger brother Keith lest he becomes estranged from the family, grow up into a playboy, get charmed by the heroine, and murder her for bullying said heroine. Fourth, create a toy snake to scare Geordo and escape if he tries to kill her for the same reason.

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

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった… / Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta... / I Reincarnated into an Otome Game as a Villainess With Only Destruction Flags..., also shortened as HameFura or Destruction Flag Otome) is an ongoing 2014 web novel series written by Satoru Yamaguchi and published by the website Shōsetsuka ni Narō ("Let's Become a Publisher"), later adapted into an ongoing 2015 light novel series illustrated by Nami Hidaka and published by Ichijinsa. It also has an ongoing 2017 manga adaptation, also illustrated by Hidaka and published under Ichijinsa's Monthly Comic Zero Sum imprint.

An anime adapation written by Megumi Shimizu and directed by Keisuke Inoue for SILVER LINK. began airing in April 2020. Following the season one finale, a second season was announced for 2021.

A manga spinoff, I Reincarnated into an Otome Game as a Villainess With Only Destruction Flags... In a Dire Situation!? Verge of Destruction Arc (乙女ゲームの破滅フラグ スピンオフ…絶体絶命!破滅寸前編 / Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shite shimatta... Zettai Zetsumei! Hametsu Sunzen Hen) began in 2019, illustrated by Nishi and also published at Monthly Comic Zero Sum, set in an Alternate Timeline where Catarina didn't hit her head and regain her memories until the time of the game's setting.

A manga anthology with various contributing mangaka was published in 2020 under Ichijinsa's DNA Media Comics imprint.

A 4koma crossover, HameFura x Arte (はめふら✕アルテ), ran on Twitter in 2020, done as an official collaboration by their anime studios.

The main series is currently licenced in English by J-Novel Club, with its manga adaptation handled by Seven Seas Entertainment.


Tropes in this series:

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  • Accidental Hero:
    • During her attempts to avoid the fate the original game had her slated for, Catarina ends up affecting things she never even thought of or considered for the better. Her parents' marriage for one.
    • Part of why Sophia likes Catarina so much is because she leapt out of a tree and scared away a bunch of kids about to start bullying her. She thinks Catarina was being a gallant hero, but she had only climbed the tree to escape a dog and then needed to get to a bathroom as soon as possible.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The manga removes or brushes over chapters in the light novel. Most of these instances have different characters' points of view but some plot-important events are given little detail, like Catarina's parents fixing their strained relationship.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • The anime shows the events leading up to Catarina reawakening her memories in the first episode, which also contains an Early-Bird Cameo by Alan.
    • Episode 3 includes extra scenes with Sophia and Nicol, with one scene at the tea party highlighting the annoyance the latter feels about people seeing him as pitiful for protecting his often bullied sister.
    • Episode 7 adds an entire original segment involving the first year students going through a dungeon for an exam. This segment allows several of the characters to show off their magical and mental skills, along with heavily hinting at the use of dark magic, and thus Sirius' eventual antagonist role, before it comes to pass officially.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: A meta example. Catarina remembering her past life causes some character relationships to be different from the original Fortune Lover game, mostly involving how other characters see her, but also relationships she's no part of:
    • In Fortune Lover it's implied that Catarina likes Geordo, but Geordo doesn't like her back, and only keeps their betrothal as a convenient shield to keep other girls at bay. Here, Geordo is genuinely in love with her.
    • Catarina originally bullied and tormented her adoptive brother Keith for most of his childhood. Due to her radically different treatment of him, Keith ends up falling in love with Catarina.
    • Catarina in the game also bullied Maria at any opportunity. Now, she defends Maria from bullies, and is on very good terms with her. Maria appears to be in love with Catarina as well.
      • Similarly, Maria could fall in love with either Geordo, Keith, Alan or Nicol. Now she doesn't show any hints of being attracted to any of them, and none of them display any romantic interest towards her in return.
    • Due barely appearing in Alan and Nicol's routes, Catarina had no relationship with neither Alan, Nicol, Mary or Sophia. Now she's friends with all of them, and all four of them are in love with her, especially Mary.
    • Alan and Mary are betrothed in the game, and are initially in love with each other. Due to Catarina's unwitting interference, while they're still betrothed, they don't show any romantic feelings for each other, mostly due to being in love with Catarina as seen above.
    • Originally, Geordo and Alan had a pretty tense relationship, due to the latter feeling overshadowed by the former's talent at seemingly anything. Due to Catarina finding that Geordo is terrified of snakes and sharing said knowledge with Alan, and encouraging Alan to develop his talent for music enough for him to snap out of his self-esteem issues and his reckless need to prove himself, their relationship is much smoother. Due to Alan seeing his own worth, he doesn't develop a rivalry against Maria, who is second on the academy's ranking to enter the Student Council while he's below her, simply content that he's one of the best.
  • Age Cut: The anime's opening includes a montage of short scenes showing Catarina and one of the other members of the cast as children, then cutting to the two of them as teenagers, often performing the same activity as their child selves. For example, Sophia's scene has her and Catarina holding a book up over their heads while starting to read it. The book then gets tilted down by the teenage version of the pair.
  • Alternate Timeline:
    • This story is an alternate version of that of the otome game Fortune Lover, where Catarina regained her Past-Life Memories after hitting her head on a rock seven years before the period covered by the game. In her efforts to avoid her "doom flags" Catarina unwittingly created a ripple effect that ultimately changed the personalities and dynamics of the game's main cast and indirectly improved the outlook of others such as her parents, Maria's mother and the Claes family gardener, Tom.
    • The Verge of Destruction spinoff in turn is an alternate take on this story, with Catarina's fateful head-bump occurring only early into the Fortune Lover timeline (and in the middle of bullying Maria, no less), meaning she had an even shorter timetable to avert her fate. (The first head-bump still happened seven years beforehand, but it didn't bring Catarina's Past-Life Memories back.)
  • Arranged Marriage:
    • Catarina is engaged to Geordo both in the game and during the plot of the story. The inciting incident remains the same: Catarina has an accident which causes a scar on her forehead. In the game's timeline, Geordo became disdainful of being forced into the engagement, and the only reason he has yet to break it off was because it acted as a barrier from girls, and he figured that Catarina would be adequately attractive and nothing more. The story's Catarina accidentally gets engaged to him because she wasn't paying attention to the conversation at the time. However, Geordo quickly falls in love with the new Catarina and insists that the scar hasn't faded so the engagement can't be called off. In Verge of Destruction, it follows the game until Catarina tries to break off the engagement herself, and Geordo refuses because he still wants Catarina as a shield.
    • Mary is also engaged to Alan in both the original game and the story. The difference is that in the story, Catarina ends up unwittingly winning both their hearts, so when Alan realizes his feelings and tries to break off his engagement to Mary, he discovers Mary will absolutely not allow him to break the engagement and let him have free rein to pursue a woman she also loves.
  • Axe Before Entering: Early in the story, Keith ends up hurting Catarina with his magic and locks himself in his room out of fear of doing so again, even taking the spare key and the master key so no one else can get in. Catarina, worried that this will cause him to follow the path of his game counterpart, tried in vain to get him to open the door by speaking to him. When this fails to work, she decides to take a more direct route in breaking him out of his emotional bubble: grabbing a battle axe and smashing down his door. It works, at the cost of getting a scolding from her mother.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Not only did some of Keith's adoptive siblings bully him, but they were also shown throwing stones at a bird for fun in a flashback.
  • Balanced Harem: A perfect example. Fortune Lover's male love interests, female romantic rivals and the original protagonist all fall in love with Catarina. Of course, Catarina is incredibly clueless because her character was originally the game's villainess, so she thinks it's impossible for any of the other characters to love her instead of their intended love interests. Everyone who loves Catarina has the same amount of focus and interaction with her and Catarina loves hanging out with all of them.
  • The Beautiful Elite: By accident or design the current student council falls into this, which's Lampshaded by Catarina when she wonders if they were chosen for their looks as much as their grades; it has two members of royalty, one betrothed to royalty, both children of the sitting prime minister and a ducal heir. Thanks to Catarina's efforts, they fit this trope even better than their Fortune Lover counterparts because most of them are fairly good-natured as well.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Most of Catarina's love interests fall for her because they were all bullied or troubled in some way, and Catarina was there to show them kindness and friendship.
  • Best Friends-in-Law: Catarina and Mary would be this if they actually had any intention on going through with their engagements to Geordo and Alan. Sophia also tries to hook up Catarina with Nicol.
  • Bookends: The first season of the anime begins and ends with Catarina standing in front of the school's front gate talking about her scripted doom.
  • Brick Joke:
    • At the start of Episode 4, just before they head for the Magic Academy, Catarina and Keith’s mom explicitly warns her against eating food off the floor. When she scares away the girl bullying Maria for making sweets, this is immediately what she does with the fallen sweets.
    • Several episodes after the last time Catarina's snake toy was mentioned, The Stinger at the end of season 1 reveals that she now has a higher-quality version for sale in a shop.
  • Cain and Abel: In the game, Catarina was obnoxious, petty and cruel and took it out on her adopted little brother Keith, who was a sweet little kid. He ended up growing into a playboy, but still basically a decent guy. In the bad ending for his route, he kills Catarina in retaliation for wounding Maria.
  • Call-Back: Episode 11 has a sequence where each of Catarina's friends remember the day that they met her and monologue stating how their lives have changed for the better thanks to her. Geordo, Mary, Keith and Alan all reminisce at places which correspond with these memories. Geordo remembers at Catarina's bedside, which is where he first proposed to her. Keith remembers while huddled next to a door, which mirrors when Catarina burst down his bedroom door. Mary remembers while in Catarina's vegetable garden, recalling how the two bonded over their mutual gardens. And Alan remembers while standing underneath a tree similar to the one he and Catarina used to compete at climbing as children.
  • Call-Forward: Episode 7 of the anime starts with a flashback to when Atsuko and "the monkey girl" first met, which happened because she landed butt-first onto Atsuko, causing her to worry that she accidentally killed somebody with her butt, exactly like what would happen "later" between Catarina and Keith.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: The only ones who even come close to confessing how they feel towards Catarina are Mary and Maria. Sophia instead seems more content to have Catarina date her brother while the others feel like she should have figured it out because of how obvious they are. Geordo eventually gets tired of the status quo and kisses her twice to get the message across. At first he's pleased at her apparent sudden shyness, but eventually realizes that he's still not really a blip on the radar. Geordo and Keith finally confess directly without any room for misunderstandings at the end of Volumes 3 and 4 of the light novels respectively.
  • Chick Magnet: Keith and Geordo are noted to have loads of fangirls. Nicol has fangirls and fanboys.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Because she took over the story, most of the cast are now Catarina's childhood friends and are completely unable to get through to her regarding their feelings.
  • Childhood Friends: In her efforts to avoid the doom flags Fortune Lover had in store for her, Catarina has cultivated early friendships with most of the game's cast, resulting in them becoming her intimate friends by the time the game begins. This is in stark contrast to the game's original Catarina, whose relationship with the other characters was distant and frosty at best.
  • Christmas Cake: Because she wasn't particularly attractive, the head maid of the Claes family focused too much on work and wasn't good with people, she lost her chance to get married before she knew it. However, by opening up to Catarina without even meaning to, her good side is shown to the staff and a nervous young gardener eventually bonds with her and asks her out.
  • Closed Door Rapport: Catarina briefly does this with Keith after he locks himself in his room out of fear of hurting her with his out of control magic. Since him growing up as a shut-in leads to one of the death flags that she's trying to avoid, she quickly decides to take a more... direct approach in getting him to open up to her.
  • Comic Books Are Real: The setting and characters of the otome game Fortune Lover exist in another dimension the "monkey girl" is reincarnated to. If not for said reincarnation, the events of (at least one route of) the story would have occurred as well.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • The fundamental drive behind the series is that the "monkey girl" has realized that she is now in the body of Catarina, the villainess of Fortune Lover, and knows there's only a bad future ahead of her if she follows the script. At one point she asks herself why of all the rival characters only Catarina ended up exiled or dead on all routes involving her, but it becomes clear when she doesn't act like the original Catarina that the answer is because the original never did anything kind or sympathetic. Since that's basically all the new Catarina does, she's saved herself from every bad ending except Sirius' within about a week of first regaining her memories.
    • Catarina basically never gets the point when anyone is in the slightest bit indirect. Like when Mary is talking about how difficult it is to be married to a prince and how she'd much rather run away with Catarina instead, the latter just thinks she's complaining about her own engagement rather than trying to get her to break off the engagement to Geordo. Even when Maria explicitly states that she adores Catarina when asked who she likes, Catarina thinks Maria is the one who missed the point, and is talking about friendship rather than love.
    • When Catarina is accused of bullying Maria, her friends argue she's too dense to have come up with the elaborate plans required. It works, although Catarina doesn't quite get how they managed it, aside from a vague sense she's being badmouthed that she forgets about once it's all over.
    • She finally meets her match with Selena, who interprets everything Catarina does as brave stoicism rather than sheer stupidity and indifference and then comes to view Catarina's friendliness as the kindness and forgiveness of a saint rather than oblivious affection.
  • Continuity Nod: In the first story in the anthology, during which everyone is demonstrating how their magic can help with Catarina's farming, Keith brings up that his earth golems would increase manpower. Years earlier in the main story, Catarina had thought up the same thing in her early planning to avoid her doom flags.
  • Cool Toy: One of the short stories in volume 5 was how Katarina's toy snake sells like crazy by a merchant when Katarina decided to throw away her other creations due to being afraid of being found out by her mother.
  • Crocodile Tears: Rufus generally gets away with things when caught by looking sad and saying he was forced to do whatever he did. Contrary to her normal attitude, Catarina seems to be one of the few who can actually see through this with ease. She wonders how anyone could fall for it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Alan and Catarina's tree-climbing race to top of the tree. Catarina is at the top by the time Alan takes his first step. Their rematches follow the same pattern.

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  • Damned by Faint Praise: When Catarina's friends defend her from the angry girls accusing her of bullying, they all reply that she's far too stupid to orchestrate such a complicated and underhanded plan. While Catarina realizes they're all trying to help, she couldn't help but feel insulted by what they said.
  • Dark Is Evil:
    • Volume two has a dark magic user who gained his powers by sacrificing Rafael's mother in order to get the power needed to transfer the real Sirius' soul to Rafael's body. After believing that the ritual went correctly as planned and hoping that he would get to return to his family, he was killed by the Marchioness to cover up her tracks. His vengeful spirit still remains though, with hom encouraging Rafael to enact his revenge against their shared nemesis, leading to the conflict of the second volume. In the Bad End of Fortune Lover, he finally overpowered Rafael, leading him killing everyone. While he was also a victim like Rafael and his mother from the marchioness' deception, his willing involvement in such a horrible ritual cannot be denied, and he later pushes Rafael into committing questionable acts when the boy decided that revenge wasn't worth it.
    • Volume three has another dark magic user who happens to be an unapologetic murderer and all-around criminal. That being said, Rufus turns himself in to get a reduced sentence and genuinely cares for Catarina, so now she has a kind of evil suitor too.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Dark magic is the magic of manipulating the mind, emotions, and other abilities such as creating a Soul Jar. However, the first dark magic user who appeared in this series isn't bad at all, all things considered. It is revealed that Rafael is forced to impersonate his half-brother "Sirius Dieke" thanks to a ritual to transfer his half-brother's spirit into his body. The original Sirius had already died, leaving Rafael as the only one in his body, making the ritual a failure. If the marchioness had found out that the ritual had failed, she would have killed him right on the spot. He gained Dark Magic in the process after living as "Sirius" for some time. The only reason why Rafael becomes the antagonist of the second volume is due to the spirit of the dark mage (who was killed by the marchioness after the ritual that granted him dark magic in order to transfer the real Sirius' soul to Rafael's healthier body), amplifying Rafael's anger and grief over losing his mother who became a sacrifice in order to acquire the magic needed for the Grand Theft Me. Initially, Rafael wanted to give up on getting revenge, but the vengeful spirit of dark mage would stop at nothing to get vengeance against the marchioness who killed him after serving his purpose, using Rafael's anger that makes him commit questionable acts during volume two.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The bulk of episode 9 is told from the point of view of Catarina's maid, Ann Shelley, and dives into her back story.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: During the meetings inside Catarina's mind in the light novel, Catarina Claes is listed as the meeting chairwoman, representative and secretary.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The ending song, "Bad End", is performed by Shouta Aoi (teenage Geordo).
  • Dysfunction Junction: In the Fortune Lover timeline, all of the love interests and rivals have significant issues and/or a miserable home life. Thanks to "monkey girl" Catarina's intervention, the current situation averts this.
  • Entitled to Have You:
    • Gets reversed. The original Catarina believed that Geordo belonged to her because he scarred her face even though the scar faded before she entered school. Present-day Geordo believes that Catarina belongs to him because they're engaged even though she's made it clear that she knows the scar is gone, never needing him to take responsibility for it in the first place and would really rather break it off, thank you.
    • In Verge of Destruction, Catarina believed Geordo was hers right up until she got her memories back, at which point she started worrying about her impending doom instead. Geordo, meanwhile, is intrigued with the new Catarina, but hasn't developed any feelings of entitlement.
  • Everyone Is Bi: Nicol has numerous male fans while Catarina has at least three girls in love with her that originally should have been in love with Alan, Nicol or no one at all in Suzanna's case. There does seem to be an underlying assumption that most people are straight, but this only extends to things like Alan not guessing that Mary is a rival or Keith not being entirely sure if Mary loves Catarina or just really likes her as a friend. Mary, for her part, suspects that Catarina is straight and therefore she has no chance, but the narration implies that Catarina isn't as straight as she thinks she is.
  • Exact Words: The dark magic user responsible for transferring Sirius' memories to Rafael asks to be allowed to return to his family now that his task is finished. Marchioness Dieke promises to return him to his family before having him killed, since he's no longer useful and has become a threat to them.
  • Feminine Mother, Tomboyish Daughter: This is a major sticking point between Catarina and her mother Miri. The original Catarina was spoiled but still well-behaved (when she wasn't being an Alpha Bitch) and active in her engagement to Geordo; "monkey girl" Catarina is the opposite, as her less-than-ladylike hobbies (such as farming and climbing trees) and a complete lack of proper decorum for a duchess (let alone potential Queen Consort) infuriate Miri to no end, leaving her as literally the only person in the story who can't be won over by her simpleminded charm or quirkiness.
  • Forbidden Love: Every suitor for Catarina aside from Geordo falls into this in some way or another.
    • Half of them are women, with each also realizing that society frowns upon same-sex relationships. However, Catarina also pulled each of them into a romantic literature club, with a heavy emphasis on yuri romance novels. Thus, the very fact that their love for Catarina is forbidden, just like in those flowery novels, only makes it that much more enticing for them.
    • Catarina's engagement to Geordo means that either Alan and Nicol attempting to romance Catarina is also technically "forbidden". Since Alan's also engaged to Mary, this goes twice for him.
    • Keith is aware that as adoptive siblings, their relationship has an extra level of taboo attached to it. But once again, that only makes him want her more.
    • In her denseness, Catarina mistakenly assumes that her friends have the hots for each other; for example, when she sees Keith staring at Nicol (after realizing that Nicol is a rival for Catarina's love), she assumes that Keith has fallen for Nicol (a belief that isn't completely baseless, as Nicol has the power to win over the guys). Later, when Nicol himself says he's in love with someone "he shouldn't be", she assumes that he is in love with either a married woman or another man. She also assumes that Geordo, Keith, Alan and Nicol are in love with Maria just like in Fortune Lover, which is problematic as Maria is a commoner, and the princes are engaged. Of course, she is dead wrong about each of these assumptions.
  • Forgot About His Powers: While excusable when Catarina was kidnapped since the person in question doesn't really have powerful magic, it's more egregious when Keith gets kidnapped, since his magic is very powerful and could be used to attack and subdue his kidnappers immediately. In fact, for a magic school, everyone regularly seems to forget they can do magic. This is Hand Waved in an earlier discussion where Nicol brings up that nobles don't carelessly throw magic around, which Catarina notes could be the reason why Geordo would kill her with a sword in the bad ending of his route.
  • Formula with a Twist: The series follows the "villainess otome isekai" formula, with the protagonist getting reborn as the villainess of a game she played whose normal fate is either death or exile for harassing the game's heroine. Having regained her Past-Life Memories before the game begins, she goes out of her way to avert her fate. The twist is that her efforts inadvertently cause all the love interests, the other love rivals, and even the heroine to fall in love with her instead.
  • For Want of a Nail: Tiny little changes in everyone's first meetings with Catarina totally derail how the story was supposed to go. One little mistimed compliment to Mary, for example, has her go from loving Alan with all her heart to considering him an okay friend while instead falling for the evil-rival-turned-new-heroine.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: As noted in the manga, the four capture targets of Fortune Lover each represent one of the four classical elements—Geordo is Fire, Alan is Water, Keith is Earth, and Nicol is Wind—while Maria, the main character, represents the fifth, rare element of Light, and Sirius/Rafael, the secret fifth suitor, represents Darkness.
  • Friend Zone: Basically everyone. Alan, Geordo, Maria, Sophia and Mary are all in the friend zone and it doesn't even occur to Catarina how they might feel. Keith is in the brother zone to the point that she can only intellectually acknowledge that he's attractive. Nicol is the odd one out here in that he's more in the "my friend's brother" zone, which means he's less off-limits and more someone she rarely speaks to. However, that slight bit of distance seems to balance out a little in his favor as she seems to be less used to him and more vulnerable to his gorgeous smile than she is to most of her other suitors.
  • Friendly Address Privileges: Keith starts off addressing Catarina with "Lady", but she says that is too formal for siblings. She insists on being addressed as "big sister", which he proceeds to do. The light novel reveals that at the home he was at previously, he was not allowed to call his adoptive parents "Mother" and "Father," making his formality understandable and Catarina's gesture all the more significant.
  • The Game Come to Life: From the perspective of "monkey girl", she feels like she's still playing Fortune Lover to some extent, albeit from the perspective of the game's villainous rival character, Catarina Claes. The experience causes her to sympathize with the game's Catarina and makes her want to file a complaint to the game's production company.
  • Gender Flip: The omake for volume 3 of the manga has Catarina dreaming about what gender-flipped versions of the main cast would look like.
  • Generic Cuteness: It's basically impossible to tell in the manga that Catarina is supposed to be significantly less attractive than Mary or Sophia. Not a top-tier beauty, but not hideous or even plain.
  • Good All Along: Geoffrey Stuart, eldest brother of Geordo and Alan, really loves his brothers—possibly in squicky ways, but never mind that—and has no interest in the throne. Everything he does is to keep them safe.
  • Good Parents:
    • The Claes family are genuinely wonderful people who allow their daughter to live freely as well as making sure she learns what she needs to know, though her mother has a hard time trying to get her to act in accordance with her status. They also treat their adoptive son better unlike in the game, giving him a genuine home for the first time after eight years of torment by the hands of his Abusive Parents.
    • The same goes to Sophia and Nicol's parents; in fact, the reason Nicol fell in love with Catarina was because she was the first person to share his belief that he was blessed to have such a loving family. Also, as revealed in the fifth volume of the light novel, both parents don't force their children into arranged marriages, are worried over Nicol's unrequited love for Catarina, and hold concern towards his hurry to get married regardless of what he feels. In fact, Dan Ascart seems to be liberated with views that are unheard of in noble society. He finds arranged marriages to be petty and antiquated and his marriage for Radia was out of love. Furthermore, if Nicol isn't interested in his title, his father can simply adopt someone from their relatives who will inherit the earldom (not unlike Duke Claes' situation of adopting Keith and grooming him to become the future head of the Claes duchy).
  • Green-Eyed Monster: While Catarina is almost universally popular, some girls do resent her for seemingly snatching up all the pretty boys, especially Geordo. But given that she's a duchess currently engaged to a prince who might take the throne and surrounded by other highly influential figures, there's not much anyone can do and they don't even bother trying to get back at her unless they're brainwashed.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Geordo and Alan have a gold/silver contrast, reflecting the fact that the latter has always felt like he was only second best.
  • Happily Married: Catarina's parents in the game had a strained relationship due to two major misunderstandings, but an early incident in the story clears up both and leaves them very lovey dovey with each other.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Played straight when it comes to magic. Training might give a person more control over their magic, but any actual increase in power is negligible at best considering that Catarina spent seven years honing her skills under a personal tutor (something which is noted to be out of the ordinary) and all it did was let her raise the dirt around her by several more centimeters. Indeed, in Verge of Destruction, this fact is one of Sienna's major hangups and the primary reason why she initially hates Maria.
  • Hate Sink:
    • In-Universe, Catarina was this in Fortune Lover, being a thoroughly unsympathetic rival character in Geordo and Keith's routes. She averts this in both the main series and Verge of Destruction.
    • Marchioness Dieke becomes this for the actual story. She sacrifices Rafael Welt's mother in a dark magic ritual to transfer her terminally ill son Sirius' consciousness into Rafael (the Sirius we know for much of the story). She then has the dark magic user responsible for the ritual killed because He Knows Too Much and is no longer useful, with it being implied that she kidnapped his family, a move that results in the man trying to use Rafael to seek revenge. The character in question is a thoroughly unpleasant individual who causes a significant number of problems in the story despite barely even being seen.
  • Heir Club for Men: Averted. Though Keith was adopted to become the new heir to the Claes family, it's only because Catarina would be marrying into the royal family and therefore the Claes family was losing their current heiress.
  • The Hero: In Fortune Lover's original plot, Maria was the central character who improved the lives of those around her (particularly the capture target the player chose) and resolved the story's drama. In the main story itself, Catarina unwittingly displaces her as such for doing the same thing years before the game's story starts.
  • Hero Worship: Some of Catarina's love interests like Sophia seem to half-worship her and at school she gets a reputation for being a saint.
  • High Class Gloves: Fancy gloves show up often considering the bulk of the cast are nobility. Catarina wears opera gloves at formal occasions, such as tea parties or her birthday party. As a teenager, her default outfit includes wrist length gloves.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: The basic premise is that our heroine is in such a panicked rush to avoid her fate as the game's villainess that she ends up becoming the protagonist instead without ever realizing it. Even the original heroine ends up as one of her harem members.
  • How We Got Here: The anime opens with Catarina and Keith arriving at the magic academy, then jumps back seven years to Catarina's first meeting with Geordo.
  • Hypocrite: It's implied that some of the students falsely accusing Catarina of bullying Maria were, in fact, the ones doing the actual bullying, since they become frightened when Maria offers to name the actual perpetrators. Unusually, the hypocrisy turns out to not be a case of dishonesty, double standards or lack of self-awareness, but because the accusers had been mind controlled through dark magic.

    I-P 
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode of the anime uses the past tense copula "-teshimatta..." in Japanese. In English, the title usually has Catarina describing what she did in the episode, except for Episode 9 ("Things Got Crazy at a Slumber Party").
  • In Love with the Mark: Catarina is kidnapped as part of some noble's petty schemes. Her kidnapper is another dark magic user who, unlike the first, genuinely killed someone for their power and feels no remorse for it. However, Catarina finds him cool and interesting and he ends up falling for her as well even though his job clearly would have ended with assassinating her.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Catarina gets confronted at the end of the school year for bullying Maria, just like her game counterpart due to Sirius manipulating the accusers with dark magic. Of course, since Catarina hasn't actually bullied Maria in this timeline, everyone quickly speaks up in her defense.
  • Insult Misfire: Early on in the series Catarina asks Anne why her mother seems so angry at all the time, to which Anne responds that it's probably having to deal with such a difficult child. This just leaves Catarina even more confused. After all, Keith is so well behaved.
  • Interclass Friendship:
    • Invoked. Catarina brings Maria into her circle of friends in order to keep people from bullying her for her commoner status.
    • Catarina's late grandfather was close friends with Tom, the family's head gardener.
  • Inter Continuity Crossover: A gag manga crossing Otome Villainess with Arte is due out on July 2020. Fans rapidly started pointing out that Catarina's harem black hole was so strong it was now gathering people from other series.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Catarina makes friends with Tom the head gardener and the head maid. The gardener is old enough to be her grandfather while the head maid is probably in her thirties.
  • Irony: Long story short, Catarina is obsessed with avoiding her fated doom and goes to great lengths to train and plan ways to avoid her terrible fate, but is too dense to realize she's already done that by simply being a nicer person, the very thing that the original Catarina didn't do that lead to her infamous doom.
  • Japanese Honorifics:
    • The original Japanese has nobles and royals addressed as "-sama," while "-san" is more often used on commoners. Oddly enough, the former is used by people who would be the addressee's equals or even superiors. The localized version replaces the former with appropriate noble or royal titles (for example, Lady Catarina, Prince Geordo and Duke Claes).
    • The localization of the light novel uses honorifics for the parts set in Japan. The monkey girl initially calls her friend the formal and polite "Sasaki-san," before switching to "Acchan," (or "Acchan-sama" when doing particularly exaggerated expressions of gratitude).
  • Joke and Receive: When Mary met Catarina for the first time, her first thought was that she was like she had come from another world.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Rufus/Sora has only cared about one person before, a random sick guy who was something like a best friend or father figure. But Catarina wins him over with her innocence and lack of pride and for the first time he finds himself in love with a woman, though he definitely has a lot of experience.
  • Late for School: While Catarina is trapped in a coma dream involving her past life, she winds up running late for school. However, instead of grabbing a slice of bread to put in her mouth, she grabs a cucumber.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At the end of chapter 1 of the Verge of Destruction spinoff, Catarina basically just declares the entire concept of this Alternate Timeline vs. the main story, thinking to herself "If only I'd hit my head and remembered everything like seven years earlier!"
  • Light Is Good: Light magic is used for healing and dispelling dark curses.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Catarina's parents both fell in Love at First Sight, but each of them had no idea the other felt the same way. They were completely unaware of the other's feelings even after many years and a teenage daughter (and adopted son) later in the original timeline. It's only because of Catarina's actions in the altered timeline making them confront each other that they realize this. Denseness seems to run in the family...
  • Limited Wardrobe: While it's downplayed, since they're occasionally shown in other clothes, the majority of the time the entire cast wear the same outfits for everything they do, with there only really being any real differences between their childhood outfits and their academy outfits. This is justified, however, since their world is based on a Romance Game, so them only having outfits different from the norm for special occasions is believable.
  • Look Both Ways: The monkey girl was killed in a traffic accident before becoming the loveable idiot we know her as.
  • Loophole Abuse: Catarina is not allowed to continue her habit of gardening at school, since that doesn't fit a high-class lady such as herself. She asks if she can grow flowers instead. When they agree, she starts a plot filled with cucumber flowers, eggplant flowers, and so on. Too bad her mom invokes Rule Zero, and scolds her anyway.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine:
    • Episode 8 of the anime features an ancient magic book that feeds off of human desires. It traps Catarina, Sophia, Geordo, Keith, Alan, and Nicol inside it, with the preface of the book saying the trapped will only be freed when one of their desires is fulfilled. Catarina ends up breaking everyone out when her fantasy has her gorging herself on sweets, though interestingly, it's not because her desire was fulfilled, but because it was too strong for the book to handle.
    • Sirius's arc shows that after being put to sleep by Sirius, the comatose Catarina ended up dreaming about her past life in Japan, with little tics from her life as Catarina slipping through, but she herself not fully remembering. She's shown to be happy here, if not nostalgic. It takes a talk with the spirit of Acchan for her to remember what happened and break the dark magic.
  • Love at First Sight: Catarina's parents fell for each other the first time they met, but didn't realize the other felt the same way.
  • Love Confession: Catarina accidentally causes her parents to admit they always loved each other. Shockingly, neither of them were aware of the other's feelings until then.
  • Love Triangle: Keith and Geordo make up the primary triangle as the two that get the most focus and are the most aggressive in pursuing Catarina. There's also a Sibling Triangle with Geordo and Alan and an odd triangle with Alan and Mary, both pairs naturally going for Catarina.
  • Luxury Prison Suite: After being kidnapped in volume 3, Catarina is taken care of even better than she normally is, which leaves her feeling so totally relaxed that she makes quick friends with her kidnapper and then goes on to accidentally seduce the real mastermind.
  • Marry Them All: Catarina offhandledly mentions once that there is a "Reverse Harem" route within the game, where Maria winds up with all four romanceable targets. However, she still wished to avoid that route because it still led to the in-game Catarina's doom.
  • Media Transmigration: The monkey girl was originally an otaku playing the otome game Fortune Lover before she is killed in a traffic accident and awakens her Past-Life Memories when she was reincarnated as the game's villainess.
  • Meet Cute: A major theme of the story. Catarina knows pretty much every such scenario in Fortune Lover, and does her best to avoid them, as they almost always involve a bad ending for her. In the process, though, she ends up usually turning them into romantic encounters for herself. Ironically, when the actual scenes come, Catarina has unknowingly sabotaged them to the point that they no longer have any impact. For instance, Maria originally met Geordo while climbing a tree, which caused him to strike up a conversation and then learn that she was Not Like Other Girls, but when he'd been growing up around Catarina, who climbs trees fairly regularly, he saw it as no big deal.
  • Mistaken for Cheating:
    • Keith's introduction causes Catarina's mother Miri to believe that her father Luigi cheated on her. In Fortune Lover, this turned Miri into a bitter woman who despised Keith. In the story, though, Catarina's antics cause Luigi and Miri to discover that their love wasn't unrequited like they thought it was. This is glossed over in the manga and anime, however, in order to bring forward the axe incident.
    • Maria's father thought her mother had cheated on him after Maria's light magic emerged. He couldn't be convinced otherwise and quickly abandoned them both.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • One side story flips to the perspective of the "monkey girl's" best friend Atsuko, and how heartbroken she was to hear her best friend had suddenly died in an accident. It does have a happy ending with her reincarnating (kind of) as Sophia.
    • Near the end of Episode 5, Catarina says goodbye to Maria and her mother, the latter of whom encourages Catarina to be friends with Maria. Catarina, touched by this, decides to go see her mother. Unfortunately, Catarina's mother not only doesn't like that Catarina is dressed like a commoner (as a disguise of sorts), but is also displeased by rumors that her daughter started a farm, resulting in her being comically angry and Catarina comically screaming in terror.
    • In Episode 6, Catarina's mother tells Anne that as exasperating as Catarina can be, she's made the Claes household a much happier place. Her remarks are interrupted by Catarina yelling as she brings the hoe down, leading Catarina's mother to once again comically lose her temper.
    • The early portions of the story mostly amount to Romantic Comedy, until things take a rather sudden—and literal—dark turn when a user of dark magic shows up, kidnaps Maria, and puts Catarina into a magically-induced coma. In the anime, the scene leading into this part of the storyline is The Stinger after a Breather Episode.
  • More Than Mind Control: Dark magic can't make you feel anything you didn't feel already, it just amplifies those feelings. So if you weren't jealous to begin with, it can't make you go crazy with envy.
  • Morton's Fork: In Fortune Lover, Catarina's fate is either exile (being stripped of her noble title and banished from the country as a criminal) in the good endings or death (by either Geordo's sword or Keith's magic) in the bad endings. Neither fate is appealing to "monkey girl" Catarina, who does everything she can to Take a Third Option, such as building up her combat and magic skills for self-defense and learning agriculture to give herself skills to fall back on in the event of exile.
  • Multiple Endings: In Fortune Lover, the good and bad endings for the Keith and Geordo routes are Catarina either, respectively, getting exiled or murdered by the love interest—prospects which she's terrified of. For Alan's route, they are respectively Mary letting Maria marry him, and Alan and Mary getting married. The "monkey girl" was never able to finish Nicol's route before she died, so Catarina doesn't know how it ends. The bad ending of the "hidden" route involves all of the main cast dying. According to Catarina, there are also Reverse Harem and Friendship routes.
  • Mundane Utility: The first story in the anthology features all of Catarina's friends demonstrating to her how their magical abilities would be useful for farming.
  • Mythology Gag: In the Verge of Destruction spinoff, realizing she's got less than a year before Fortune Lover's endgame, Catarina wishes she'd remembered her past life when she was eight instead.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The anime gives the head maid of the Claes family, who was unnamed in the light novel and manga, a first name: Joana.
  • Netorare: Played for Laughs. Whenever Catarina takes the place of the story's heroes in a scene, she realizes what she's done later and chastises herself for stealing their "flag" events. However, she never realizes that this means the person fell for her instead. It gets downplayed in that there's no sex involved, but at the same time it's also exaggerated: Catarina steals the hearts of the game's love interests, rivals, and the heroine herself, effectively NTRing everyone at the same time.
  • Never Trust a Title: The title of the show is a "lie" on many levels; Catarina may have been reborn into the body of the villainess of a game, but the moment that she regains her Past-Life Memories, any sort of villainy becomes an impossibility for her. Also, despite the statement that "all" of the routes end with doom, there are actually only six that do.Spoiler  The routes for Alan and Nicol have nothing to do with Catarina at all, and neither do Raphael's good end or the Friendship route. That means that there's an even six-six split between good endings for Catarina and doom endings.
  • No-Sell: Light magic grants immunity to dark magic.
  • Oddly Common Rarity: Dark Magic users are so rare they manage to keep running into Catarina and her friends.
  • Off the Rails: Catarina throws off the game script literally within her first scene by acting out of character and attracting Geordo's interest. As a result she quickly morphs into the main character, even going so far as to accidentally seduce all the rivals and the former main heroine herself. A few weak attempts seem to be made to put the story back on track but they just drive Catarina even more firmly into the main heroine role.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Catarina herself is prone to these constantly. Most of the time, they come after realizing she's just done or said something that might anger or upset someone (especially her mother), but she also has this reaction whenever she comes across an event from the game from one of the routes in which she dies or becomes exiled, which she calls "Doom Flags".
    • Catarina has a more serious reaction when the event in which she's accused of bullying Maria seems to play out as in the game, up until Maria denies the accusations. While Catarina has ensured that neither Geordo nor Keith will kill her, she's still worried about a false accusation leading to her exile.
    • Unlike the rest of her suitors, there is little in the way stopping Geordo from bedding Catarina. This, combined with his subtle implication that he will impregnate her at the first opportunity, has led to almost every other character in Catarina's harem giving this reaction whenever Geordo arranges to be alone with her. At one point, when Keith notices that Geordo didn't arrive at a social gathering, he realizes that Catarina is alone at that moment and rushes to her, and sure enough Geordo was luring her away to a secluded beach. That same instance also had Mary give a Two-Faced Aside after realizing how close she came to losing out to Geordo.
    • Some of the students accusing Catarina of bullying Maria panic when Maria offers to name some of her tormentors, implying that some of her bullies are falsely accusing Catarina of what they themselves did.
  • Old-Timey Ankle Taboo: When Catarina went to the lake to cool down one summer, a scandalized Geordo and Keith frantically covered each other's eyes when she took off her shoes and lifted up her dress to her knees to play in the shallows.
  • Overcome with Desire: In episode 8 of the anime, all of the characters except Mary and Maria are sucked into a magical book that grants the fondest desire of its occupants. Geordo, Keith, Sophia, and Nicol all aggressively try to seduce Catarina, while Mary closes the book on Alan's scene before anything even starts. Catarina, being the impulsive ditz that she is, can only think about eating sweets at that moment, so the book tries to present her with an infinite supply. However it backfires because Catarina can't become full in the book world, and so her hunger only grows stronger and stronger until the book can't take it.
  • Parents as People: Maria's mother is clearly struggling with the fallout of her daughter discovering a talent for light magic, but is still trying to be a good parent, as well as hostess when Catarina and Keith stop by.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat:
    • Every single conversation that Keith and Geordo have is dripping with very obvious subtext as they battle for Catarina's attention (e.g. Keith "politely suggests" that Geordo doesn't need to come over so often). Catarina being Catarina, she thinks they are just being close friends.
    • It happens with Mary and Keith later during the festival arc. They're trying to get under each other's skin regarding how the other's love for Catarina is forbidden, and Catarina believes the forbidden love is Keith trying to win Mary's affections despite Mary being betrothed to Alan.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Duke Luigi Claes, Catarina's father, basically proposed to Miri Diana by going to her father instead after falling in love at first sight. However, both feel a bit uncomfortable because they think their partner was forced into the relationship. Her father in particular feels guilty because he didn't have the nerve to talk to her himself and instead arranged for her to be married without her consent. Once they realize that their partner genuinely loves them, however, they become extremely happy and affectionate towards each other.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Catarina mentions that there is a "Friendship Route" for the game, which is considered a "bad end" by the standards of a Romance Game, but is the most ideal ending Catarina can think of for herself, since it doesn't involve exile or death. She believes this is the ending she gets at the conclusion of the first school year, naturally oblivious to the fact that everyone is in love with her and not Maria.
  • Plot Tailored to the Party: During the practical exam, the team of Catarina, Geordo, Sophia and Keith all encounter hazards suited to their talents. Geordo uses his fire magic to melt an icy barrier, Sophia uses her knowledge of literature to find a clue in a partially worn away inscription and Keith uses his earth magic to make a bridge across a body of water. Unfortunately for Catarina, the most she can do with her magic is fill in a small hole in their path.
  • Positive Friend Influence: The cast of the game Fortune Lover were originally a Dysfunction Junction, but most of them are significantly better people in the story proper due to Catarina having befriended them when her Past-Life Memories lead her to throw the story Off the Rails (Mary's manipulative streak notwithstanding).
  • Potty Emergency:
    • Catarina chancing upon meeting Mary comes about because she ate way too many sweets, giving her a stomachache that she quickly needed to relieve herself of, after which she comes upon the flower garden Mary was staying in.
    • Catarina has an Accidental Hero moment where she leaps out of a tree and scares away a bunch of kids trying to bully Sophia. Sophia thinks Catarina was being a gallant hero, but she just needed to get to a bathroom now.
  • The Power of Love:
    • Since Maria isn't there to dispel curses, all of her friends gather by Catarina's side and snap her out of her cursed sleep by calling out to her instead.
    • Catarina also ends up using this when she confronts Sirius. Her belief that he's a good person, her willingness to hear him out, and her offer to be a friend and give him emotional support ends up causing the dark influence controlling him to be broken.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In Episode 10, it's revealed that while the students who'd falsely accused Catarina of bullying Maria hated Catarina, they wouldn't dare to make false accusations against the daughter of a duke, who outranks them. This becomes proof that they'd been manipulated with dark magic.

    R-Z 
  • Railroading: Near the end of the school year, Catarina hits what seems to be an "event flag" from Fortune Lover, namely a group of girls exposing her crimes of bullying and abusing lower-class students (Maria in particular) in front of the entire student body. At first she's utterly horrified since this was the beginning of the end for Catarina in the game, but then she's utterly confused because she hasn't actually bullied anybody. It turns out to be a gigantic coincidence, as the girls were being manipulated by dark magic; thankfully her friends come in shortly afterwards and dispel the accusations.
  • Reality Ensues: In the Verge of Destruction arc spin-off, just because Catarina decided to finally make amends and attempt to fix the broken Claes family doesn't mean that the emotional scars that the family suffered would automatically disappear. Keith, in particular, rebuffs Catarina's attempt to make amends and questioned why she bothered to try after so many years of treating him horribly.
  • Recap Episode: In Episode 11, as Catarina lies in a dark magic-induced coma after her encounter with "Sirius"/Rafael, the rest of the cast (sans Maria, who's being held prisoner) thinks about how they met her and what impact she had on their lives, a sequence that serves this purpose. Unusually for this trope, it takes place near the end of the season without being a substitute for a delayed episode, and was lifted directly from the light novel.
  • Reincarnate In Another World: Catarina's case is the "became the otome villainess turned heroine" scenario popular in isekai aimed at girls, but acts more like an Affectionate Parody of those plots.
  • Returning the Handkerchief: Discussed and Subverted: In Fortune Lover, Keith meets Maria when she drops her handkerchief, who holds onto it until they meet again. In this story, he returns it to her immediately because Catarina conditioned him to become a gentleman.
  • Revealing Continuity Lapse: While the story's timeline is prone to In Spite of a Nail in regards to Fortune Lover, the similarities remain within the realm of possibility, such as people first meeting in the same circumstances, but the meeting itself going differently. When the phenomenon extends to the scene in which Catarina is called out for bullying Maria playing out despite said bullying never happening in the story's timeline, one can tell something is really off.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: During Mary's first visit to the Claes family manor in the anime adaptation, she suggested that the reason Catarina's plants were wilting was due to them not getting enough water and fertilizer and that they should trying moving them elsewhere and increasing the nutrients they got. In reality, neither of those things were the problem, though moving the plants still helped since the original plot of land Catarina was working on wasn't getting enough sunlight due to being in the shadow of a large tree (something which neither of the girls ever pick up on).
  • Rock Me, Amadeus!: Given that this is a story about escaping doom, the opening theme for the anime briefly plays a part from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
  • Romance Game: From "monkey girl" Catarina's perspective, the world she now lives in is that of the romance game Fortune Lover, a Visual Novel console game in which the protagonist, Maria Campbell, must choose one of four potential romantic partners to pursue: Geordo Stuart, third prince of the kingdom; Alan, Geordo's younger twin brother; Keith Claes, adopted son of the Claes family, and Nicol Ascart, son of the current prime minister. Each route has a rival who must be dealt with during the story: Catarina Claes, Geordo's fiancee and Keith's older stepsister; Mary Hunt, Alan's fiancee; and Sophia Ascart, Nicol's younger sister. Of these rival characters, only Catarina faces either exile (good ending) or death (bad ending). After regaining the memories of her past life, Catarina tries to recall everything she can about Fortune Lover as part of her efforts to avoid her fate in the game's story. She keeps everything she remembers in a Secret Diary, writing new details and changes as her life progresses. At one time, Catarina dreams about her friend Atsuko talking about the game's secret path, having already finished all the routes, as well as partially foretelling Sirius' actions in the story.
  • Royal School: Played with—the Wizarding School that most of the story takes place in is technically not exclusive to nobility and royalty, as it is required by law that everyone with magic in the kingdom attend it when they turn fifteen. It's just that the ability to use magic is so insanely rare among commoners, it ends up leaning in that direction anyways. As such, Maria is the only commoner enrolled throughout the story, which, combined with her possessing the even rarer Light element, has brought discrimination upon her.
  • Sailor Fuku: The monkey girl and Acchan wore them in high school, but wore blazer-style uniforms in middle school.
  • Script Breaking: Catarina knows that the world of Fortune Lover that she lives in now still follows the events in the game that she knows, so she expects certain events to play out as they should. However, due to her efforts to not end up like her game counterpart, she unknowingly changed how the characters would act in the events that involve them. For example:
    • She compliments Mary for her gardening skills before Alan could do so during their first meeting. This leads to Mary falling in love with Catarinanote .
    • Because Geordo is so used to seeing Catarina climbing trees, he didn't see Maria doing the same thing as particularly interesting during their fated encounternote . He only comments with mild amusement that there exists another girl that climbs trees like Catarina.
    • Keith grew up to be a gentleman because of Catarina's influence. Therefore, when his fated encounter with Maria came via Maria dropping her handkerchief, Keith immediately returns the fallen handkerchief to her.note 
    • Alan loses his competitive nature and focuses more on his musical talent because of Catarina's influence. Therefore, he doesn't care when Maria places above him in the school standings.note 
    • Finally, Catarina saves Maria from bullies twice, doing the same things her in-game saviors would've donenote , causing Maria to fall in love with her.
  • Sibling Triangle:
    • Geordo and Alan both love Catarina, though Geordo and Mary kept Alan from realizing his own feelings and thus there's no real competition between the two. Yet.
    • Sophia and Nicol also both have a thing for Catarina, but in this case Sophia seems to want her brother to marry Catarina so that she can have them both.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: In the game, Catarina's parents were distant because of misunderstandings about their arranged marriage and the assumption that Keith was a mistress' bastard child. When this is cleared up, they grow extremely close and affectionate.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • Depending on whether you read the manga or the light novel (in the official J-Novel translation), the main character is "Catarina" or "Katarina", the third prince is either "Gerald" or "Jeord", and the prime minister's son is "Nicole" or "Nicol". The manga muddles things further with the covers using "Geordo" for the third prince.
    • The anime ends up mixing the earlier naming conventions, respectively using "Catarina" (manga), "Geordo" (manga cover) and "Nicol" (light novel).
  • The Stinger:
    • The post-credits scene in Episode 9 shows Catarina confronted by several of her schoolmates, who vow to bring her wicked actions to light. Since Catarina has not committed any of the misdeeds her game counterpart did, she's utterly confused.
    • The end of Episode 12 of the anime shows Catarina's toy snake being sold at a local shop.
  • Supernatural Elite: The ability to use magic is almost exclusively found among the upper class. While it's not unheard of for a commoner to be able to do so, it's so insanely rare that most people just end up assuming that the person's mother must have slept with a nobleman.
  • Swapped Roles: There are faint hints that with the rival becoming the new heroine, the others are having their roles switched around too. Geordo is something like the new Catarina with his claims to entitlement to her while Mary and Alan now view each other as worthy rivals to her instead of Maria competing with Mary for Alan.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The original light novels alternated chapters between Catarina's perspective and whoever she was focusing on at the time, including showing certain scenes from the perspective of the other character. The manga drops all non-Catarina P.O.Vs, which leaves the other characters less developed than they would have been otherwise, while the anime has them as recaps released online.
  • Title Drop: The localization of the light novel does this for the latter half of its title.
    Hmm...? That’s a little weird, isn’t it? In the happy endings, she gets chased out of the kingdom and stripped of her title... and in the bad endings, she dies... Are there no happy endings for Catarina Claes?! There are only bad endings! All routes lead to doom!
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Catarina is the tomboy while her friends Mary, Sophia and Maria are the girly girls. Catarina prefers outdoor activities like gardening, climbing trees and fishing, and she considers dresses too cumbersome for her daily life. Mary is a classical beauty, Sophia loves to read romance novels (as does Catarina) and is gentle and demure, and Maria is very adept at making sweets.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Apart from the heroes and heroines, Catarina also has a good effect on the other cast. Her mother, for example, felt her husband didn't love her and views Keith as proof of it, which in the game resulted in her hating him and growing estranged from her husband. However, when this misunderstanding was cleared up she grew to be very close to her husband, became a nagging mom to Catarina and not only treats Keith like a son, but also supports him marrying her daughter.
  • Trilogy Creep: The story originally was supposed to end in 2 volumes, now it's 8 volumes and running, plus a spinoff.
  • True Companions: Thanks to Catarina bringing them all together and acting as the glue that holds them, while they fight each other over who will be her lover, every member of the main student cast develops strong bonds with each other beyond their relationship with Catarina. When Maria winds up going missing, every one of them worries about her safety and does their best to find her, not just because her disappearance upsets Catarina, but also because they genuinely care about her as a close friend.
  • Unintentional Final Message: The night before she was killed in her previous life, the "monkey girl" had sent a text message to her best friend Atsuko complaining about the difficulty she was having while playing Fortune Lover. Atsuko wouldn't come across the message for several days (she forgot to bring her phone to school the day of the accident and spent the next several days too depressed to do much of anything). Seeing it helped break her out of her despair and resolve to live her life to the fullest in the hope that they could be reunited in another life.
  • Unwanted Harem: Catarina doesn't seek a harem, but gets one anyway. Furthermore, she is so dense she doesn't notice that one is growing around her, of both genders, thinking herself still the villainess.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 10 significantly increases the stakes by revealing that Student Council President Sirius Dieke is the hidden fifth capture target. The monkey girl knows very little about his route apart from the fact that the bad ending will result in the heroine and all her friends dying. Worse, Catarina only discovers Sirius' identity as the capture target after he's kidnapped Maria, and just before he puts her into a coma.
  • Wham Line:
    • Early on in the series, shortly after Mary's debut, Keith casually says, "Incidentally, I believe that Lady Mary's engagement to Prince Alan should be settled soon," which is news to both the viewer and Catarina. Cue Oh, Crap! from Catarina, who concludes that by becoming friends with Mary, one of the "rival" characters, she's made her own doom more likely.
    • In Episode 10, Catarina recalls something Acchan told "the monkey girl," about a hidden romanceable character who kills the protagonist and her friends in his bad ending. The description of the character reveals the identity of the dark magic user- Sirius Dieke, the student council president.
      Acchan: By the way, this hidden character has bright red hair and gray eyes...
  • Wham Shot:
    • In the anime, after a flashback showing how "the monkey girl" met Atsuko "Acchan" Sasaki, the scene cuts to Sophia, who is Acchan's reincarnation.
    • As Catarina's accusers flee, you can see traces of dark magic on each of them, the first proof that there's more to their false accusations than meets the eye.
    • After making it through the entire game and getting the "friend route", a show of a magazine in Catarina's previous world reveals a sequel has been announced, with the in-game Catarina announced to return as well, meaning not only is she not out of the woods yet, she has no idea how to deal with it.
  • White-and-Grey Morality: When the story was just a game some otaku the "monkey girl" played, there were some definitely villainous characters. But since she's now in the body of one of those villainous characters, she instead brought out the best in everyone and there's barely any gray in the story at all. The darkest character who appears in the present is probably a blackmailed magician who loved his family but was murdered after it was rubbed into his face that they've been dead all along.
  • Worthy Opponent: When Alan has his Love Epiphany, he tries to break off his engagement to Mary. However, at this point she begins taking him seriously as a rival and stops trying to break it off on her end. They come to an agreement that there are advantages to being officially engaged to each other but both secretly being interested in the same person. Interestingly, this seems to put Catarina into the hero position, Alan the heroine and Mary the rival. Or perhaps the latter two have their positions reversed.
  • Wrong Assumption: Catarina has had many of these since she first realized she's living out the life of an Otome game Villain. She's assumed that everyone will act just like their characters did in the game she remembers. She does not take into account that, since she is making major changes to the lives they lead as children, she also made major changes to who they grew into.
  • You Can't Fight Fate:
    • Subverted in the first episode. As the credits begin to roll, Catarina discovers to her horror that despite her efforts to prevent Keith from feeling lonely in the future (which indirectly leads to her death), Keith has instead forced himself into isolation for an entirely different reason. As the episode appears to conclude with the lesson that destiny can't be changed no matter what, Catarina takes a literal axe to that notion and chops down Keith's door, falls to her hands and knees and begs forgiveness for causing Keith pain. The episode then ends with the two becoming closer than ever and revealing its true premise: Catarina has already changed her fate, but she's too dense to realize it!
    • Fate has it that Event Flags in Fortune Lover's continuity will play out no matter what: Catarina will always be exposed for her crimes against Maria, Mary's green thumb will always be complimented by Alan, Maria will always be bullied, and so on. However, what changes is the actors in each scene. Catarina often bumbles into saying things other characters were meant to say to someone important before they could, or doing things other characters were supposed to do. This ultimately ends up making it so that more negative scenes are changed in Catarina's favor, since she's often being a genuinely nice person to others, as opposed to the in-game version of Catarina, who was an ass.
  • Your Heart's Desire: The magical book in the library's east wing pulls people into it and grants their fondest desires. For Geordo, Keith, Sophia and Nicol, their desire was of course Catarina. Alan's desire started with Catarina watching his recital, and Mary ended the scene before it could progress further. For Catarina, the only thing she could focus on at the moment was the fact that she was hungry, and so that was what the book gave her.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: Prince Geoffrey pretends to want to be king in order to gather supporters, especially the more unsavory ones, in order to identify and eliminate them as threats to the realm and so he can help support his brothers in their claim for the throne, while he is content with sitting out.

 
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