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I was simply passing by and there were people who were in trouble, so I helped them ‘a little’. Those people were happy, and I became happy as well. And then while I was helping them ‘a little’, we became close to each other and I made friends. And then people came to try and kill those friends and use dirty methods to take everything from them, so I helped them ‘a little’ once more. Is it really that strange?
Vandalieu, talking about his philosophy
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Hiroto Amamiya is an Ordinary High-School Student, whose life could be described as unlucky, with his life being an endless string of misfortunes after the death of his parents. This all came to an end during an incident on a school boat trip in which he lost his life while trying to save a girl he barely knew. After dying, Hiroto awoke to find himself and another hundred passengers of the boat, including the girl he had tried to save, along with a god of soul transmigration, Rodcorte, who offered them the opportunity to be reincarnated on another Magitek-based world called Origin.

Unfortunately for Hiroto, his second life is even worse than the previous, with him being used as a human guinea pig for inhumane experiments into death magic, before finally encountering his end at the hands of the other reincarnated passengers. Appearing once more before Rodcorte, he learns that both he and his killers are meant to be reincarnated again. However, to prevent him from taking revenge, Rodcorte curses Hiroto before sending him off, hoping that he will commit suicide or die quickly.

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Born for the third time on the High Fantasy world of Lambda, as a dhampir named Vandalieu, Hiroto resolves to live a fulfilling third life using everything at his disposal, including the death magic he gained in his last life, as he doesn't want to find out how much worse being born a fourth time could get.

The Death Mage Who Doesn't Want a Fourth Time (Commonly abbreviated as Death Mage) is a 2015 Web Serial Novel created and written by the author Densuke and published on the site Syosetsu. The series has been popular enough to also spawn a Hifumi Shobo published Light Novel adaptation written by Densuke with art by Ban! and a Comic-Book Adaptation written and illustrated by Takehiro Kojima.

The original web novel can be found here, while an ongoing english translation can be found here.

This page is in construction, beware of potential unmarked spoilers.

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  • 100% Adoration Rating: Thanks to Death Attribute Charm, all the Undead and spirits flock to Van and do everything that he asks of them. Later in the story he starts affecting everyone who's a believer of Vida and those who are not complete disapproval of him if he interact with them long enough.
  • Abnormal Ammo:
    • When using a tube fashioned by the coagulated Demon King Blood, Vandalieu uses several different metals, such as Death Iron and Orichalcum, as ammo and even the Demon King horns.
    • Legion, tears parts of themselves to throw. They can then uses Izanami's ability to control those parts thrown to create monsters against their enemies.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Schneider may be a walking example of this, with him having no idea (or admitting) how he acquired his ageless body or how he gained his unique skill.
    • Vandalieu have no idea why or how Spirit Silver and Life Gold works the way it does, even if it may be related to something as important as the base form of life and the base form of spirit.
  • Aerith and Bob: The names of humans in Lambda alternate between common, like Heinz, Riley, Thomas and Iris, and fantasy sounding, like Bormack, Chezare and Sarua.
  • The Ageless: Vampires and Majins stop aging after a certain age, with some of those still alive even being old enough to having fought during the war against the Demon King Guduranis.
    • Schneider became one, somehow, the most prevalent theory being that he bathed in the blood of so many Elder Dragons that he acquired their immense vitality during his mid-twenties. Not that he will ever admit it, with him claiming he is just a really healthy old man with greying (actually platinum blonde) hair.
  • Adults Are Useless: At least for Vandalieu during his first and second life, getting worse and worse as he continued. Darcia being the very first adult (or anyone) that showed him any kind of love is the reason he cares so much about her.
  • Accidental Proposal: Has happened no less than three times to Van due to cultural differences. While he still accepts the engagements, he starts asking if certain gestures have this kind of significance every time he meets a new race.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Most of the antagonists are given considerable screen time and a large number are shown to have well meaning motivations, tragic pasts, unfulfilled dreams, and so on.
  • Alien Geometries: Gufadgarn is a living example of this, being apparently an arachnid looking thing made of kaleidoscopic, crystalline shapes. Zakkart just gave up in trying to describe him, asking him to take a form that was not a headache to look at.
  • Alien Lunch: The 'stew' Banda gives Hiroshi is actually made of Demon King Fragments he generated from his own body, but made to look like coral and algae. Apparently, it tastes good.
  • All Myths Are True: Played with.
    • All the gods and monsters of legend on Lambda are actual beings that can and do still involve themselves in the matters of mortals.
    • Inverted with the gods of Earth and Origin, who are actually just amalgams of all the myths people on that planet believe in in some way. And the urban legends and fictional characters too. This stops them from producing miracles or otherwise intervening in people's lives like the gods of Lambda, as their various aspects are constantly fighting within themselves over what to do. Even a copy of Pluto is able to become an aspect of the God of Origin, simply from the veneration Pluto obtained from the people saved by the Eighth Guidance.
    • Similarly inverted with most of the species of Lambda's names. The status system was based on fantasy video games the gods of space and time had observed on Earth, and thus uses the Fantasy Kitchen Sink often seen in them to assign names and skills to the various species of Lambda, rather than those races being the ones from Earth's mythology.
  • All That Glitters: Invoked, during his stay in Talosheim casino, Vandalieu stays in the VIP area playing around with coin made out of fool's gold, 1) because he couldn't win anything and 2) because it made his feel rich and luxurious.
  • All There in the Manual: At the end of every volume there are encyclopedic entries about the history, inhabitants, terms, skill, jobs and titles in Lambda.
  • Alternate Timeline: Lambda's 7 champions of legend apparently didn't come from the Earth Van and the reincarnators hail from but from, but a world referred to as EARTH that appears to have a functionally identical history (including the same Fantasy Kitchen Sink, countries, companies, etc.) save for the existence of Vandalieu, whose soul made out of 4 of the champions from the future was inserted into his version of Earth 100,000 years in their past.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: The Mirg Shield Nation is up in arms when they discover that there's a village deep inside a Devil's Nest with more than 300 Orcs and assorted Goblins and Kobolds. Then things get even scarier when a group of Ghouls led by a Damphir stamp them out.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Regularly Subverted.
    • Alda's church presents the war with demon king Guduranis as a holy war, but in truth it was just a war of invading gods versus homegrown ones. While Guduranis himself was a bastard, his followers didn't like him as a result and many switched sides and fought against him! In the present day, they all generally have their own patron races that they protect and nurture.
    • Monsters were created to be the demon king's evil cannon fodder races, but when freed from his influence the high ranked versions are people like any other. While the lower base races do cause problems for mankind, it's only out of biological necessity and when given other options they'll generally take them.
    • Vida's races are similarly believed to be this by Alda's adherents. Emphasis in 'believe', as all of them had human level sentience and often required symbiotic relationships with existing species from the start. Yet the human's records on them paint them as being evil to the point of insanity, such as an all female race that lures in men so they can murder and eat them rather than, you know, just needing to get a mate.
    • Undead in particular are widely assumed to be mindless grudge monsters, but while their personalities are unstable they can be influenced to behave almost like they were when they were alive. Of course, that's generally quite difficult to accomplish, so even Vida's teachings only go so far as to say 'Well, just give them a chance, okay?'
    • Played straight with demons. They're born from corrupted mana, aren't really organisms and never evolved, so they just live to destroy and don't even have the self restraint granted by the basic survival instincts a real creature would have. The only things that can keep them in line are majins that tame them or the extremely rare type of being that can break souls, which is the only thing they fear.
  • Amazon Chaser / Women Prefer Strong Men: While by no means an absolute, Vida's races in general like those of great strength. Justified since they normally live in really dangerous territories, so physical and mental strength is necessary to survive.
  • Anatomy of the Soul: Souls have brains and bodies just like a mortal's actual flesh and blood. Gods for instance are beings of pure soul that exist in realms that only souls can enter, yet have things like blood, hair, scales, branches and horns that can be removed and given to a mortal to grant them a divine protection. Vandalieu's soul is similarly a Frankenstein's Monster made up of the leftover pieces of 4 other people's souls, and has multiple sets of the same body parts as a result, like 4 faces, multiple pairs of arms and legs, and so on.
  • Ancestral Weapon: The spear Ice Age.
  • Animal Eye Spy: It's a common spell used by Mages, specially Tamers, in order to scout. Van and Lucilliano can also use their Undead and Live-Dead respectively to do this.
  • Animated Armor: Saria and Rita are an early example of this. Funnily enough, it is Chainmail Bikini, something their father initially was happy about (since now that they have bodies they can help Van), that is, until they properly materialized their body under the armor.
  • And I Must Scream: Vandalieu goes through this for 10+ years after his mind is disconnected from his body by the researchers in Origin.
    • Vandlieu retaliates to the "hunters" who outed his mother, Darcia, and sought to capture him for gold, by condemning them to be his "food" and then shoving their souls into the pillars for the cave he hid in until the threat from the Alda church passed, ultimately forgetting all about them and leaving them there, unattended.
  • Anti-Magic: One of the reasons orichalcum is so coveted. Famously, it is the only metal able to pierce through the Demon King's barriers. It's not perfect against magic, though. Orichalcum can be used as a golem material, and reshaping the metal requires only a godly supply of mana. Even so, its hardness and magic resistance is incredible.
  • Apocalypse How: The Demon King War lead to a Class 2 bordering into Class 3, with only 3000 humans, elves and dwarves remaining on Lambda by the end. According to Rodcorte, both the Demon King and Vandalieu are capable of a Class X-5, due to their ability to break souls, which are finite and thus must be "recycled" by Rodcorte, each soul broken causes a living being in a different universe to be born without a soul, which are essentially dead
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: Several different examples.
    • Kanata Kaidou's [Gungnir] skill can be applied this way by designating the thing he wants to pierce (which can be anything from a type of material, object or even magic), the affected object becomes intangible whenever it encounters him, allowing him to pass through armor, walls and other defenses. However, if he wants to use a weapon, he can't declare weapon as a target as whatever weapon he wields will just phase through his hands. It also won't work on certain things, like ghosts, as picking them would cause his own spirit and soul to phase through out of his body and instantly kill him.
    • Hiroto's [Ignore Defense] skill lets him, well, ignore all the defenses of anything he attacks. This, of course, includes himself, his allies and any structure he may be inside of, so he tries not to use it underground, or with attacks that cover too much area. It is also mentioned that it may not be as effective on Lambda, due to the existence of Vitality that's entirely separate defense, and thus makes it easy to survive what would be a One-Hit Kill.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The Orbaume Kingdom, while being more tolerant, is also noted for a great deal of political corruption. The Amid Empire is a good deal more honest, but on the other hand has a different problem in that it's quite racist. The church is going through a political reformation, however, so even that may be on the decline.
  • Arranged Marriage: While pretty common in story, it is explicitly stated that Vida doesn't approve of them if it is purely for political reason, with one of the few rules her church have being that it may only be done between two people in love.
  • Artificial Limbs: They are created via alchemy but are so expensive that no common adventurer or soldier (who are the most likely o loss a limb) can't afford to buy and maintain one, and even if they could, the limb is not responsive or tough enough to actually be of any help during a battle.
    • During his stay in Moksi, Vandalieu give two adventurer replacement limbs made with death iron and thought (read:forced) them how to manifest their souls and make it possess the metal limb, effectively making it another part of their bodies.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Justified. It is explained many times that while physics of similar world are just as similar, it is still different enough for things to work in world to malfunction, explode or just not work. In a world like Lambda even more so with the inclusion of magic and the Status System.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence
    • Beings with enough power and more importantly fame can become a heroic spirit or even a god after death. Strong enough 'mortal' races can also be considered gods in their own right: Ternecia and the other pure breed vampires are considered deities. That being said, these tend to be demigods and subordinate gods and are quite inferior to the top rank gods. There are exceptions, though, such as Nineroad.
    • Mortals can also become gods just by becoming strong enough, such as with the Evil Gods. Monsters of rank 13 or higher also seem to be considered lesser gods, though this doesn't come up often.
  • Asexual: As a rule, vampires have no sex drive and won't reproduce with each other even though they're capable of doing so. This is suspected to be because Vida was interrupted before she could finish creating them and thus they're incomplete in some way. Thus, even as rare as dhampirs are, vampire babies are all but nonexistent.
  • Attempted Rape: Vandalieu saves Zadiris from one.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: A normal guideline for the rulers inside the Boundary Mountain Range is that they be the strongest of their respective nations. It's not always enforced, but it's pretty common.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Van, during his fight against Bellmond, analyses her attacks completely the moment he sees it for the first time.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Discussed. The Ghouls weren't particularly fertile and had a lot of miscarriages before Vandalieu appeared, so they always treated their infants with great care.
  • Badass Adorable: Vandalieu is this to his followers. To his enemies he's a Creepy Child.
  • Badass Boast: Vandalieu gives a minor one during the Trial of Zakkart arc:
    Mirror Vandalieu: “What is death?”
    Vandalieu: It’s the change from the living to the dead. It is considered to be irreversible. It’s a phenomenon that I rule over, and one that I should overturn. In other words, I’ll do what I want with it.
  • Badass Bystander: Vandalieu met Kasim, Fester and Zeno when he was going to the Hartner Duchy and found the three of them fighting (read:losing) against a Goblin Berserker. He promply killed it.
  • Badass Crew: Or in the case of Talosheim, Badass Nation. To put it on perspective, in Talosheim being at least as strong as a C Rank Adventurer is the norm for the non-combatants and is not uncommon for those in the military to be as strong as B Rank and above.
  • Badass Grandpa: Borkus discovers he is one, after Gopher is rescued from the slave mine.
  • Badass Normal: Relative to Talosheim, Kasim, Fester and Zeno are this, since they are only human. Though, to the rest of the world they would be great up and coming adventurers.
  • Back from the Dead: Vandalieu's main objective throughout the story is to revive his mother.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Vandalieu and his death attribute magic. Although such powers are easy to abuse for evil ends like creating undead slave armies or spreading deadly poisons or diseases, Van tends to use it for altruistic purposes like food preservation, killing harmful pathogens, medical treatment, or elevating mindless undead back into fully sentient people.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Vandalieu gets all happy when the system announce that his "Monstrosity" and "Second Coming Of The Demon King" Titles are removed, then get depressed when it announce that he gained the "Demon King" Title.
  • Barrier Maiden: The gods, vampires and majins in Vida's side are constantly feeding the barrier on the Boundary Mountain Range with their magic power, with the vampires and majin in particular transforming themselves into statues until the time to fight comes again.
  • Bee Afraid: Cemetery Bees, monster bees the sized of a toddler's head with stinger that inject a highly potent neurotoxin and jaws capable of shredding through steel. They received their name because of how the corpses of those who desire their high quality honey and bee-wax accumulate around their nests.
  • Beauty Contest: Vandalieu decides to organize a bodybuilding contest for the inhabitants of Talosheim. There were even categories for men and women.
  • Benevolent Mage Ruler: As Ghoul King and later as the Eclipse King of Talosheim, Vandalieu is this, using his magic and abilities to improve the quality of life of his subjects.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Getting labelled a princess in some way by the Class and Level System begins to become a major source of trauma for Van's various allies, as many of them don't think it matches with their age or otherwise feel as though it's the system mocking them.
    • Simply badmouthing Darcia on has several occasions caused Vandalieu to consider murdering the person doing so.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In most situations, Vandalieu is a very well-behaved, polite little boy. He's also a Lovecraftian horror that could easily and unintentionally break the minds of everyone who gives him cause to anger. Making him your enemy is the biggest mistake you will make in your life. Period.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Invoked. During the Siege of Talosheim, Bone Man and Nuaza were having a nonsensical conversation in the middle of the battle in order to throw their enemies offguard.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Pete, the centipede, continues to get bigger as the story goes on, being big enough to easily coil around a two floor house. And shoot lightning. And inject poison.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: The Siege of Talosheim and events thereafter.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Subverted. The Bravers think that they are doing this at the beginning of the story when they kill the 'Undead', but are actually killing one of their own.
    • Played straight later when Vandalieu saves Zadiris from being raped and sold as a slave by adventurers.
    • Actually Vandalieu does times several times on the Cultivation Villages on the Hartner Duchy and even receives a title that augments the chances of him being nearby when the villages are in trouble.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Sam, who is the size of a 2 horses carriage, can easily travel with a house inside and have plenty of space to spare thanks to his [Space Expansion] skill.
  • Birds of a Feather: Van and Oniwaka initially don't get along because the latter is annoyed at him not being an ideal man bursting with muscles, but they soon get along when he mentions he agrees that his lack of muscle is lamentable. After that, the pair are often together gazing at bulky muscular guys in appreciation.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: As Evil Gods are alien gods from a world not even close to our own, they tend to have unearthly and/or hard to understand forms, from multi-headed dragons to wiggling masses of tentacles. Demon King Guduranis may be the weirdest of all, as after he was ripped into Ludicrous Gibs at the end of the Demon King War, the still living pieces of his body began mutating into various random organs of whatever creatures happened to be in the environment around them!
    • Van's Soul also applies as even other Evil Gods have a hard time looking at his Soul because of how warped it is, especially after having convinced several parts of the former Demon King that he is the main body which has affected ALL parts he has yet to find into seeking him out.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Male Ghouls are huge, muscular, have arms as long as they are and a lion's head. Females look pretty human-like with grayish brown skin and pointy ears, tribal looking tattoos, and while a few are pretty tall, they are not nearly as tall as the males.
  • Black and Gray Morality: The protagonist Vandalieu is a pretty dark gray himself while about half his adversaries are morally pitch back. Interestingly enough, one of the people most responsible for screwing the world up, Alda, is actually not nearly as bad as his own religion makes him look to outsiders. Pretty much the only flawlessly moral characters would be Amemiya Hiroto, who always screws up, and Vida, who has been sealed for a hundred thousand years.
  • Black Magic: The Death-attribute doesn't fit into the traditional magic systems in Origin and Lambda. Also, the magic that many Evil Gods use don't have any native Lambda equivalents, such include homunculus creation and poisonous fire.
  • The Blank: Flesh Wives don't really have faces apart from (presumably) mouths, just a bunch of contours where features would normally go.
  • Blank White Void: Gods' "Divine Spaces" normally looks like completely white areas with the gods in question being the only thing visible.
    • Banda, in an effort to look less threatening to Hiroshi, makes his look like a coral-reef-like location. Then he mentions that he did it by pulling out Demon King's Fragments from his body and making them look like coral and algae.
  • Blood Knight: Fitun, the God of Thunderclouds. The only thing he wants after years of peace is to fight someone capable of killing him, not because he want to die, but because it makes the fight more interesting.
  • Body Horror: The ultimate fate of those possessed by the Demon King Fragments is to become giant, twisted representations of whatever Fragment possessed them. Even Van, who somehow convinced the animalistic instinct inside the Fragments that they were actually part of him still has them manifest as random organs sticking out of his soul.
  • Boobs of Steel: While there are exceptions, women with large chests tend to have lots of strength to go with it, being either Vampires, Ghouls, Undead or some other cute monster girl.
  • Born Lucky: The Bravers were given immense luck by Rodcorte before they were reborn. This let them survive against all kinds of mortal situations and unsurmountable odds. Special mention goes to Hiroto, who also received the luck meant to be for Van. It is strong enough to overpower the other Bravers own luck, making it so The Eighth Guidance members couldn't be so easily killed since he wanted to capture them alive if possible.
    • This luck starts to fail them if they go against one another, since their luck essentially cancels out, or anyone outside Rodcorte's reincarnation system (like Van in his third life). This makes them have to depend in their own strength and decision-making skills. Murakami's group takes advantage of this to try and kill them.
  • Born Unlucky: In contrast to above, Van just don't seem to get a rest. It's first assumed that it was because Rodcorte gave his luck to someone else, only for it to later turn out that his past lives were just as unlucky, and in fact his death attribute tainted soul has been canceling out any low level blessing from a god, including things like "good fortune". Even on Lambda, he notes that his luck is terrible, mostly working hard (or abusing the 'Danger Sense: Death' spell) to avoid any really dangerous situation.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Just because Vandalieu has over a hundred million mana as soon as he is born doesn't mean that the he can actually use any spells. Most of the time he brute forces the effects he wants by throwing ridiculous amounts of mana at it. It isn't until he meets with Zadiris that he begins to finally receive a more formal education in the subject.
  • Broken Pedestal: Vandalieu was very gung-ho about visiting the Orbaume kingdom after hearing that the races of Vida can live there as citizens, as opposed to the Amid Empire's policy of Burn the Witch!. However, the first two territories he visits are rife with corruption and filled with racism and betrayal of Vida's races despite the nation supposedly worshiping her. He quickly gives up on them and simply takes anyone decent back with him to Talosheim.
  • Burn the Witch!: Darcia was burned on a stake by priests from the Church of Alda, under the charges of having a child with a vampire, leaving behind only a small fragment of a bone which Vandalieu use as a container for her soul.
  • Butter Face: The kobold subspecies in Talosheim look like normal humans from the neck down but with a dog's head plopped on top. Elegant and well bred dogs, but still dogs. Van can still appreciate them aesthetically but...
  • Buxom Is Better: The girls in Talosheim keep a ranking of official bust sizes with adjustments made for larger basic size as necessary so that the titans and Gizania don't automatically dominate. That being said, there's little indication that the male characters care nearly as much as they do.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: The transformation staff that Vandalieu creates for Zadiris needs to be called in order to be used. He doesn't explain to her that he got the image of the uniform from Magic Girl Anime, but she still has the strong suspicion that there's a massive joke being played on her somehow.
  • Call to Agriculture: Flark, one of Riley's former slaves, after being turned into a zombie becomes very happy to work at the fields of Talosheim.
  • Came Back Strong: Combined with Came Back Wrong. After being tortured for more than ten years, Van (as D-01) is accidentally killed, giving him the opportunity to recover the control over his body by becoming an undead, and proceeded to murder every researcher in the facility, only being stopped because he though that the Bravers were there to rescue him instead of killing him.
  • Came Back Wrong: Zakkart has his soul broken by the Demon King, but Vida resurrected his body with as many fragments of his memory and personality as she could. It wasn't nearly the same, but she knew he wouldn't have minded being put to further use. He seems to have done as he was ordered, but hadn't come back to life like she desired.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Enforced. The Gods can view the world through the eyes of their believers, so its impossible to keep a secret from them if something is known to one of their believers, or in the case of Rodcorte, if they are a part of his Transmigration System.
  • Cassandra Truth: The 80th floor of the Trial of Zakkart is full of the voices of auditory hallucinations telling the party to go back or that the way ahead is dangerous. Since it's called the Floor of Temptation, people ignore the voices. But... the voices are telling the truth. They really are trying to guide the party in the right direction, but most people ignore them and wander around an infinite floor of monster and traps until they eventually succumb to them.
  • Character Focus: Zigzagged. When certain characters are being introduced, they receive a lot of focus, but after that they can go several chapters without even being mentioned.
  • Charm Person: A wide range of skills make people more enticing or charismatic, and can even edge into More Than Mind Control in many cases.
    • the [Allure] skill line possessed commonly by female monsters and provided by some Jobs that emphasize the beauty of the holder. Of course, since the skill relies on finding the appearance of the beholder in some way attractive, it is less effective on some than others and doesn't work so well anymore if you've suffered a disfigurement that would be considered unattractive.
    • [Charm] type skills work more akin to a light brainwashing, making the affected think of the user from a very friendly person to an object of worship depending on the level. Van's [Death-Attribute Charm] specifically affects those who have an affinity to Death-Attribute mana, like undead and races with undead parentage, or those suffering from extreme negative emotional states.
    • Tsuchiya Kanako's [Venus] skill works by making her extremely likable to others, affecting even those who hear or see recordings of her, though she admits it does not work as well with reincarnators or those with minds too different from hers. This is a half-truth she told the other reincarnators to hide her real memory altering skill that can copy and paste general impressions and feelings along with specific memories.
    • [Guidance] and [Path Enticement] type skills make the user appear exceptionally charismatic and make it easier to guide those who are like minded into following them and their specific philosophies. Interestingly, it even makes those who were "guided" feel a sense of camaraderie and community with other guided individuals. Bellwood for instance was able to be a charismatic natural leader in the Demon King War with his [Guidance] skill despite leading most of the time with nothing but empty words and promises, telling people just what they wanted to hear, and rarely actually listening to the opinions of others when they disagreed with him, like Zakkart, Arc, Solder and Hillwillow.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: One of the simplest ways to gain a skill, which gives you abilities and knowledge far beyond a normal person, is to simply repeat an action related to it. For instance, Van obtains expert level skills in handling shields and armor by simply putting some training equipment on and then getting hit a lot.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: No matter how minor the conversation or how little is the character mentioned during it, they will eventually appear in the story.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: After living with the ghouls for a while, Van is selected as their king, who will lead them into the battle with the orcs and take them to the other side of the Boundary Mountain Range for a safer place to live. This continues on with him becoming the king of Talosheim and eventually the emperor of the Vidal Demon Empire.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Lina and Fester.
  • Climbing the Cliffs of Insanity: Eleanora and Sercrent's party when transversing the Boundary Mountain Range to go after Vandalieu, with the added caveat of not killing any of the absurdly strong monsters that exist in the mountains.
  • Clone by Conversion: The unfortunate end of Shihouin "Metamorph" Mari at the hand of Akira, using drugs and magic to modify her mind into acting and thinking like him and using a magic item to alter her appearance to act as his double while he is investigating Death Attribute magic. After a brief (mind only) return to Origin, Vandalieu left behind a Spirit Clone of himself to help Mari get over the brainwashing.
  • Code Name: Every one of the reincarnators receive one in relation with their cheat-ability.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Evbejia. You celebrated Van's mother being burned at the stake, leaving a half-year old an orphan to starve to death? Let's see you celebrate having your town walls, buildings, and fields full of crops, just get up and walk away...
    • Vandalieu use brushing Bellmond's tail as punishment on occasion. Or as a reward. Or because he feels like it.
  • Complete Immortality: Averted. Not even Rodcorte, a God who doesn't have any direct connection with any of the worlds that he administers is immune to destruction.
  • Composite Character: Early on, Vida reveals that Van is a literal case of this, his soul was born from the combined fragments of the creation minded champions' souls (Hillwillow, Solder, Ark and Zakkart). It is said later on that because of the state of the souls, he should not have the same kind of personality, yet somehow ended up having many similarities with them.
  • Contamination Situation: Discussed. Vandalieu's enemy Gods are aware that he could recreate the disease that he used to wipe out the Expedition from the Mirg Shield Nation and use it to destroy the humans cities if he wanted.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Averted, one of the main reasons the Dark Continent is considered uninhabitable is because of the extreme climates that exist next to each other.
  • Crapsack World: Lambda is a notably terrible world with a very low population, political instability and poor advancement in technology. Even nobles only have access to the most basic of luxuries and food seasonings. Rodcorte, Alda and Vida all wanted to fix this, but all have their own incompatible ideas of how to do so, which has only made the situation worse.
  • Crazy-Prepared: After a while Vandalieu start to prepare for any kind of situation he can think of. This comes in handy during the exploration of The Trials of Zakkart in which being prepared to fight and survive for months no matter the environment is as important as thinking on the fly and procure any material necessary locally.
  • Creative Sterility: Undead slowly lose the ability to perform creative and intellectual arts over time. Even Datara and Nuaza will openly admit that they're just copying what they did while alive and if new problems come up they have to ask the living for help.
  • Creepy Child: After being reincarnated in Lambda, Vandalieu notices he has become unable to express any form of emotion, no matter how he feels, he will always have a deadpan face and speak in a flat tone.
    • Added to that, his appearance is described as ghostly, with many people even believing he is a ghost or statue until he talks to them. It is implied that this is related to one of his death-attribute spells that 'kills' his presence, so this is likely due to a subconscious leak of death attribute mana.
  • Creepy Family: After the first few chapters, Van and his mother are both traditional horror monsters: a damphir and a ghost. If you then add those Vandalieu comes to consider his extended family, Van's family soon includes Ghouls, a Half-Orc, a Patchwork Zombie... and that doesn't even include the number of potential fiancées. Or whatever kind of lifeform Legion is.
  • Creepy Good: While Vandalieu embodies this the best, many of his friends and followers are inhuman creatures that would be seen as monsters in human societies, even when all of them are unfailingly loyal to Van and capable of living in harmony with other races.
  • Cuddle Bug: Scylla are noted to be very cheerful and fond of hugging. They don't really notice until someone else points it out.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: You can almost always expect Vandalieu to give these to his opponents.
    • Vandalieu and Borkus against Sercrent and his subordinates, with Borkus killing all of Sercrent's mooks and Vandalieu breaking Sercrent's soul.
    • Kanata Kaidou only manages to graze Vandalieu before being completely overpowered and having his soul destroyed.
    • The expedition to Talosheim led by the Mirg shield-nation, all 6000 soldiers of the expeditionary force are killed while Talosheim suffers no losses.
  • Cursed with Awesome: One of Rodcorte's curses on Van actually ends up being slightly beneficial to him if anything. Namely, the fact that previous experiences are not carried over from his second life. This forces Van to relearn Death Magic from scratch with only a basic idea of what's possible... but the thing is, magic in Origin and Lambda are different, meaning starting from scratch is better than trying to rely on old experience and knowledge and finding out they don't work at a crucial moment.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Due to the goddess of love and life making multiple species with various monstrous evil gods, there's an abundance of these on Lambda, including harpies, lamias, female majin and Onis, and other Adorable Abominations. Vandalieu also starts creating quite a few by modifying species of pure monsters, such as a half-noble orc, half-minotaurs and evolved giant bees that all appear as cute girls with a some additional animal / insect parts. Gufadgarn also incarnates itself into a homunculus that looks like an adorable little elf girl due to misunderstanding some of Zakkart's previous comments back during the Demon King War. However, unfortunately for many of the monster girls under Van, he's noted to not really have that particular fetish.
  • Cutting the Knot: Despite knowing what the proper solution to some floors of the Trial of Zakkart is, Van's party clears them via brute force in order to gain experience and supplies.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Subverted. The only reason Vandalieu doesn't attack Asagi the first time they meet in Lambda is because he doesn't want to add more reasons for the other reincarnated individuals to go after him.
    • Titans, being as long living as they are, let revenge die with the change of generations, preferring to start relationships anew instead of dragging old grudges to their and others children.
  • Damsel in Distress: Zadiris, Orbia, Zandia, Jeena, Gizania... Vandalieu has a knack in finding them.
    • Vandalieu used this to motivate Fester during the attack on the Seventh Cultivation Village telling what would happen to Lina if he lost.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Demon King's Fragments are this to everyone not named Vandalieu.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Eleanora, Tarea and Bellmond. Vandalieu also qualifies.
  • Dark Is Evil: Demons, a kind of spirit born from corrupted mana, are genuinely evil and extremely violent because they have no self preservation instinct and an urge to destroy. The only thing that can keep them in line are the majins who can tame them or having their souls broken, which is the one thing they do fear.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Despite wielding magic to raise undead and other things that look morally questionable at best, Vandalieu is one of the most benevolent characters in the world of Lambda.
    • Many of the evil gods are no worse than any of the native born Lambda gods, they just have bizarre and creepy divine portfolios. The races descended from them and Vida are also just people doing their own thing despite being humanoid bugs, octopuses, dragons or demon looking creatures.
  • The Darkness Gazes Back: The essence behind the [Abyss] skill. It's described as the user becoming the abyss to which one looks at, reflecting any eye based ability (read: looks at them in any physical or metaphorical way) and guard them from becoming a monster, while enemies should fear becoming a monster themselves.
  • The Day of Reckoning: The attack on Talosheim by the Mirg Shield Nation. The plans from the Empire, the Pure-Breed Vampires and Vandalieu all come to a head.
  • Deader Than Dead: A number of unique individuals have the ability to destroy others souls, which basically stops the target from ever being resurrected or reincarnated again.
    • This is the reason Demon King Guduranis was so dangerous, as even gods had to fear being permanently killed rather than just put out of commission by him.
    • Van, who first gained the ability to break and then consume the souls of others, is unknowingly doing this to Demon King Guduranis, as Vida notice that whenever Van assimilates a Demon King's Fragment, it becomes part of Demon King Vandalieu instead of Demon King Guduranis, which will eventually make a complete revival in his own body impossible for Guduranis.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Amamiya Hiroto has two children with Narumi. The first one is named after the protagonist who has the same name. Hiroto didn't realize until years later that the Undead was actually the protagonist of the novel and that he had at best failed to save a companion and at worst murdered them. His second child, Mei, is named after tinkering around with Pluto's name because he feels terrible about having failed to save her and grateful that Pluto didn't kill his wife when she had the chance because she saw Narumi was pregnant.
  • Death by Origin Story: Valen, Vandalieu's father.
  • Defector from Decadence: The main reason Murakami's group decide to abandon the Bravers, as besides having been effectively forced to join, they didn't like the whole 'heroes without benefits' part.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit:
    • During the fight against Bugogan, Vandalieu let himself be cut almost in half by him so that he could splash him with his soon to be poisoned blood. The others were not too happy about him doing that.
    • The Eighth Guidance member Ereshkigal's unique death-attribute ability, [Counter], also works this way: She can automatically inflict the last attack she suffered on the person that attacked her. She uses this to burn Akaki "Ifrit" Shouko to death along with herself on Origin, and later uses it regularly as Legion as their massive Healing Factor allows them to now tank and return incredibly damaging attacks to any enemy who's not careful.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: Demon type monsters have an instinctual need to obey their creator, the Demon King. Van eventually absorbs enough pieces of Guduranis that all demons outright bow in his presence the second they see him.
  • Demonic Possession:
    • Unbeknownst to Edgar he is being slowly being possessed by the Demon King's soul fragment Rodcorte used to heal his soul.
    • Van's skills also come to life and start eating the Evil God of Cannibalism and Plunder's mind from the inside out after he jettisons the part of himself that keeps the soul shards he consumes suppressed in an attempt to fake his death and escape.
  • Depopulation Bomb: Played With, Vandalieu could make one, and indeed make a virus that target only non-Vida Races, but decides to leave it only as a highly contagious virus that makes one to almost instantly suffer fever, nausea and generally feel awful with a time limit of about 3 days before the virus dies off.
    • He later creates a flesh eating bacteria version of it that attack those unaffected by his Guidance. It is also effectively recognized as a part of himself so he can remotely control where it goes.
  • Design-It-Yourself Equipment: Not just equipment, but almost everything imaginable. Vandalieu steadily recreates from knowledge of Earth and Origin or through necessity, in Lambda. The only things that Vandalieu couldn't recreate so far were Orichalcum, a metal created by the Gods, and new Souls.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When Amamiya Hiroto realizes that the other reincarnators are not at the facility where he was being kept to save him, but to kill him.
  • Determinator: Vandalieu survived as an orphaned baby, alone, with only the help of the undead that he himself created, for months on end before he was even one year old, so that he wouldn't die a third time.
  • Dhampyr: The cross between a human and a vampire, known as a dhampir, has several special traits. They live five times as long as their mortal parent, inherit the talents and abilities of their vampire parent and are resistant to sunlight as children but normally grow weaker to it with age. They can gain power from drinking blood but don't have to, though the more they drink the thirstier they get. The corrupted vampires don't like them, but unlike they're parents they're at least considered to be people in the Orbaume kingdom.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: Schneider is famed for having slain an evil god. The story notes that in truth it's more in the sense of him being a ladykiller: She seems to be his latest girlfriend.
  • Divine Conflict: The war between Alda and Vida which occurred 100,000 years ago, which resulted in branding nearly all of Vida's races (especially those who descended from Evil Gods) as monsters, and Vida sealed by Alda, who took her authority.
  • Divine Parentage: While humans, elves, and dwarfs are stated to have been created by the gods, Vida's races have been explicitly stated to have been birthed by, well, Vida and (often) evil gods.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": After all the time he has been on Lambda, Vandalieu doesn't like being called Amemiya Hiroto, as he died more than 20 years ago on Earth (as he had no name on Origin).
  • Draco Lich: After the Scaled King, a huge crocodile-like dragon, is slain by Borkus, Vandalieu reanimates it as a zombie, naming it Leo and making it the mount of Bone Man.
  • Draconic Humanoid: The Drakonids who inhabit the Boundary Mountain Range. Despite appearances, they're not descendants from Evil Gods and their lifespan alternates between 200 and 1000 years.
  • Dragons Are Divine: The Dragon God Marduke and his descendants are considered mortal gods rather than beasts. Quite a few of the Evil Gods were also classified as dragons due to looking somewhat similar, despite having no inherent relation to them.
  • Draw Aggro: There are skills that do this.
  • The Dreaded Pretend Tea Party: Vandalieu is submitted to this. Considering that the "little sisters" in this case are a Patchwork Zombie and an Half-Orc, the pretend tea party is derailed even further.
  • Drunk with Power: Bugitas and his followers, after taking over the Noble-Orc Empire.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Many people who encounter Van in the early arcs assume he's a little girl due to his high pitched voice and doll-like looks, much to his own disappointment with him wanting to look like a big and manly 'hollywood actor' and all. He eventually grows out of it as he grows up, especially once he reaches puberty.
  • Dungeon-Based Economy: Since the world it's full of Dungeons and Devil's Nests that constantly spawn monsters, several nations use those dungeons for raw materials and loot. Talosheim and other non-human nations usually use Dungeons to hunt for meat that's not available outside or for training and leveling up.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Thanks to his Labyrinth Construction Skill, Vandalieu created cards that the people of Talosheim use to bypass the floors of the dungeon they already finished and teleport in and out of the dungeon. He himself is capable of teleporting to any dungeon he cleared and/or created from any others.
  • Dungeon Crawling: In Talosheim everyone is made to be at least able to do this, mostly because the majority of the materials they use come from dungeons.
  • Easily Forgiven: When Doug, Melissa and Kanako contact Van, they're extremely uncomfortable to realize that the Eight Guidance arrived long before they did in the form of Legion. To their surprise, Legion doesn't care about having been betrayed because they had known from the start that Murakami's group was not trustworthy. Plus, they want to die anyway. It still doesn't make them trustworthy, but it means they're starting off without having to overcome anyone's grudges.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Evil God seems to be another way of saying eldritch abomination. They tend to be deformed, mind breaking to look upon and have lots of tentacles and other odd body parts.
    • Merrebeveil, Evil God of Slime and Tentacles, is nothing but thousands upon thousands of writhing tentacles stuck together in the shape of something vaguely resembling a Scylla. This is actually an altered form: She used to be just writhing tentacles and was both genders at once.
    • Gufadgarn's true form is a spiderlike creature that seems to exist in four dimensions at once instead of the normal three. It gave Zakkart a headache, so he asked it to take a normal form.
  • Elective Monarchy: The aptly named Orbaume Electoral Kingdom decide the next king by popular vote taken by the current duke of each duchy, with the voted king's reign lasting 10 years and can be re-elected only once more for an extra 10 years by a second voting.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: The former inhabitants of the Cultivation Villages after being guided by Vandalieu became this because of his [Strengthen Subordinates] and [Strenghten Followers] skills, to the point that they could fight against fully fledged knights. After this they even received training in Talosheim to be able to fight at a level higher than most normal human soldiers.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Followers of Alda somehow thought that whoever could clear the Dungeon of the Trial of Zakkart would be named the successor of Bellwood, as in, the one who defeated Zakkart. Even when the first few floors were dedicated to culling Alda believers via questions about the heroes and their achievements, knowledge about technology prohibited by their religion, undeads that they don't have to attack to safely advance or simply asking them to vow to the statue of the crap god they follow. Needless to say, many died without even reaching the fighting part of the dungeon.
  • Everyone Has Lots of Sex: Vida's children and the monster races tend to have much looser relationships than the 'human' races of Lambda. Ghouls, for example, have almost no understanding of the concept of marriage at all and simply have sex whenever they feel like it with whoever they want. This is something of a species necessity due to extremely low fertility, so once that's addressed they become more open to long term semi monogamous relationships. Scylla marry for ten years at a time, then move on, and practice polygamy as well. Whenever the story mentions that there are exceptions for couples that do have 'until death do we part' monogamy there are at least as many examples of entirely casual couplings that last a few days at most. Van himself is rather resigned to having acquired a massive harem without wanting it in the slightest, but everyone else considers it pretty normal.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The Church of Alda may preach against Vida's races, but even they thought Duke Marme persecuting human believers of Vida note  is going too far.
    • They also purged the Bellwood Fundamentalists thousands of years ago because they considered their actions too extreme.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: After the Demon King War, Lambda became a really dangerous place to live in. The fact that monsters that the average (for Lambda) citizen and even soldiers can kill and that the Devil's Nests and Dungeons that birth them can be found and suddenly appear anywhere is one of the main reason that technological/cultural/economic advancement and propagation don't happen between cities.
    • Even by Lambda standards, the Boundary Mountain Range and the area inside it, where many high ranking Devil's Nest and Dungeons exist, the Dark Continent, where the Demon King and their army originally landed and later became many highly dangerous Devil's Nests one next to another, and the Demon King Continent, the continent the Demon King Army conquered and made base at, are considered the top 3 most dangerous and uninhabitable places in Lambda. That is, for anyone who does not know about the countries inside the Boundary Mountain Range and the Dark Continent where Vida Races live.
  • Evil Uncle: One of the major reasons Van's first life was so bad. He is described by Van as being 'allergic to luxury' as he often denied even basic necessities to Van since they were 'too luxurious for someone like him' and that he 'needed to learn about humility'. He prohibited things like: meals that weren't cheap (God forbid the food said 'Deluxe' in the name or packaging), toys, TV (unless it was for documentaries and even then, he changed his opinion all the time), traveling, clothes, etc. Of course, such rules didn't apply for him and his family.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Bone Man is, well, a man made of bones. For that matter, the bone beasts were named Bone 'respective animal' before becoming Knochen, which simply means 'bones'.
  • Fake Memories: The real way the [Venus] skill works, it allows Kanako to modify and/or create memories, making it possible for her to use different feelings and making them correspond to memories of herself so she looks more alluring or scarier to the target. In one particular occasion she made Narumi remember her as an ally and help her even when they were currently trying to arrest her.
  • Family of Choice: How Vandalieu treats most of his retainers.
    "Densuke ": "To Vandalieu Vidal is like a really big household and everyone living in it are like a really broad family".
  • Fantastic Arousal: Vandalieu is prone to do this to his retainers without meaning to while performing Rejuvenation one them.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • The races created by Vida are not accepted as people by the worshipers of Alda to varying degrees. There's a hardcore line that says they're all monsters and a more moderate and numerous branch that acknowledges the races not born from what they think are monsters to be people as well, which notably extends to the dark elves and titans. On a case by case basis some followers will even accept vampires, but none of them like the undead at all.
    • Some elves discriminate against dark elves, but just as many see them as a cousin race and have no problems with them.
    • Dwarves are unique among the 'human' races of Lambda in that they don't have poor relations with any of Vida's races.
    • The humanoid monster races such as orcs, kobolds and goblins are considered to be nothing more than, well, monsters. This is completely fair north of the Boundary Mountain Range, but the subraces of Noble Orcs, High Kobolds and High Goblins all have their own thriving and peaceful kingdoms. Though to be fair, the human kingdoms have only heard of the Noble Orc Empire and know next to nothing about it, so they have no reason to believe that the monsters are rational. Even Alda can't observe what goes on down there because he has no followers that far south.
  • Fantasy Metals: Mythril and adamantite which form naturally in zones with a high concentration of mana over hundreds of years, damascus steel and black steel which are alloy metals made of mithril and adamantite; and orichalcum which can only be made and processed by the gods. By exposing normal metals to death attribute mana and forcibly aging it, Van also manages to create dark copper, death iron, spirit silver and life gold. The former two are tough and easy to work with, but otherwise not superior in quality to the other magic metals while spirit silver and life gold have very limited applications.
  • Fantasy Pantheon
    • The Eleven Founding Gods: Vida, the goddess of life and love, Alda, the god of light and law, Zantark, the war-god of fire and destruction, Peria, the goddess of water and knowledge, Shizarion, the god of wind and art, Botin, mother of the earth and goddess of craftsmanship, Ricklent, the genie of time and magic, Zuruwarn, the god of space and creation, Marduke, dragon-emperor god, Zerno, the giant god and Ganpaplio, the beast-god. Marduke, Zerno, Ganpaplio, and Shizarion are all dead and most of the rest are inactive in the present due to sustained injuries in a long ago war. Their subordinate gods fill in the gaps to keep the world going.
    • There is also the great black god, Diachmell and the great white god, Arazan. These gods are said to have been fighting for unknown reasons until they stroke each other and died, from their empty shells the Eleven Founding Gods were born.
  • First Of Its Kind: After being resurrected, Darcia becomes the originator of the Chaos Elves. Her race is Chaos Elf Source as she can convert others into chaos elves.
    • Many are introduced as the series goes on, mainly being Vandalieu's and Luciliano's fault.
  • Flight: There's a No-Attribute Spell by this name that use an applicable version of the Telekinesis spell to work, though it is deemed too inefficient cost wise to be useful, so the Wind Attribute variant is more commonly used. Unless you are Vandalieu that is.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Gufadgarn takes the form of a teenage elf, both for his misconception of what Zakkart wanted and so he can follow Van out in the open.
    • Jurizanapipe, the Evil God of Degeneration and Intoxication, takes the form of the female elf Lissana after reincarnating.
  • For Science!: Ultimately the whole reason Van was experimented on so much in his second life on Origin, as the scientists had no real reason to think that making him suffer would enhance his control over death magic. Of course, this ended in their demise.
    • Luciliano is a coward, weak (by Talosheim standard) and much prefer to stay as far away of the action to continue his studies, that is unless his studies have to do with said fights, in which case he will run head first into danger.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Rapiéçage, made with the head of a amazon-like woman, the body of a elf woman, an ogre's limbs, a Pteranodon's wings, a snake's tail tipped with a Cemetery bee's stinger (including many types of poison glands for good measure) and a Tri-horn's horns molded into her skeleton. And she is also a zombie.
  • Freaky Is Cool: Borderline Nightmare Fetishist. Be it giant carnivorous bees, women with the lower halves made of tentacles or a giant spider bodies, or just about anything else, Van always finds the various monster and half-monster races cool or beautiful. It helps that many of them are incredibly powerful women.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Friend is such a strong word, Rodcorte is more like... that one Insufferable Genius that keeps getting in the way of your job but you still need.
  • From Bad to Worse: After a hellish second life as a lab specimen, Amamiya Hiroto is killed a second time (by his own former schoolmates) in Origin and is told that he'll reincarnate again with curses placed on him that will hinder him even more.
  • Four Is Death: As the eponymous death mage in the title, Vandalieu does not want to reincarnate a fourth time as it will mean the end of his life as both Amemiya Hiroto and Vandalieu, since Rodcorte will erase any memory he had and leave his souls in a Blank Slate state like every other souls prior to reincarnation.
    • Vandalieu brake a soul for the first time after becoming four years old.
    • Curiously, Vandalieu's, the only know death attribute mage, soul is made of the fragments of four Champions souls.
  • Gaming Stat Tropes: They exist normally, but only Vandalieu and Heinz's character sheets are ever presented in full. The most the others get is a listing of current job, rank and skills with no mention of attributes.
  • Gender-Restricted Ability: While not an absolute rule, male Ghouls are usually very good physical combatants without much affinity for magic, while females, with their human-like bodies, are very good at learning different types of magic but are generally inferior in physical prowess.
  • Genius Loci: Knochen becomes a living fortress as a natural result of ranking up into a Bone Fort, and gradually grows to colossal sizes.
  • Genki Girl: Scylla and small build Arachne are both noted for being very cheerful and playful.
  • The Glomp: Legion, when first arrived in Lambda, buried Vandalieu in their fleshy body.
    • The Scylla race is known for doing this regularly.
  • God's Hands Are Tied
    • Rodcorte wants Vandalieu dead very badly, but can't really do anything to him directly because he's not a god of Lambda. And also because he's a coward. The best he can manage is to send pawns to try to assassinate Van, but the problem there is that none of them trust him. While a few do try to kill Van for the promise of rewards in their next life or because they genuinely feel it's the right thing to do, at least half of them want nothing to do with someone that can break souls and some even want to join his side!
    • Many gods are currently sealed, including Van's most significant benefactor Vida. Others who aren't still haven't recovered from two catastrophic wars a hundred thousand years ago.
    • Alda's faction has more power to work with, but again can't really do anything directly because they're having to maintain the world with about half of the manpower that they actually need while also trying to exterminate Vida's races and fight off the demon king's evil god remnants.
    • Many other gods in Vida's faction are also simply too busy to help Van. Zanalpadna and the others in the southern half of the continent are maintaining a barrier to protect the sealed Vida and even after her seal is broken she still needs time to recover from her grave wounds. Gufadgarn also begins working directly for Van after the Trial of Zakkart is conquered.
    • Finally, there are the gods who can and will act directly. But unfortunately for them, they mostly tend to be the small fry gods or work through intermediaries in order to gain power. After all, they have rival gods to deal with and can't be too obvious.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Gods don't strictly speaking seem to need followers, but the more they have the more powerful they become. More worshipers equals faster recovery, more power, the ability to gather information from followers and so on. Fidirg is ecstatic when Van commands him to return to being the patron deity of the lizardmen and on the other side of things Rodcorte is almost completely unable to interfere with the worlds he manages because he has no followers and no one but other gods know about him. It's not that he's weak, but he doesn't have the ability to influence worlds that don't recognize him.
  • God Was My Copilot: Vida recognizes Van as the second coming of her champion even in her near comatose state and extends to him what blessings she can, though they mostly fail. He comes to be one of her bigger supporters as a result. Her allies such as Ricklent and Zuruwarn want to work with him but struggle to even contact him at first.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Rodcorte wanted to place reincarnated individuals on Lambda to increase the level of civilization on the planet, thus creating more humans who would increase the amount of reincarnation around them through industrialized farming and war, larger populations for currently wayward souls to incarnate into, and so on. Van immediately begins doing exactly that once he reaches Lambda, but for Vida's competing reincarnation circle rather than Rodcorte's own.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Vampires tend to suffer some of the most horrible injuries in the story, due to the fact they have a Healing Factor that can fix it for them soon after. Pure-breed vampires even more so due to their extra high regeneration and vitality, Ternecia has their head literally blown off her body only to start regenerating from the spine out in a couple of seconds.
  • Gratuitous English: EARTH, the world the Gods of Lambda summoned their heroes in the past, is always referred to using the English word in order to distinguish from the version Earth the reincarnated characters came from.
  • Great Offscreen War: There are two, first is the war against the Demon King 100,000 years ago, which resulted in putting nine of the eleven major Gods of Lambda out of commission and the deaths of the four creation-oriented champions, which would make even more difficult to restore the world since the remaining champions only knew how to fight, as well as reducing the world's human population to a mere city. Then is the war between Alda and Vida and those who supported them, which ended in Vida's sealing and forcing her allies into hiding or slumber, although not before erecting the Boundary Mountain Range that separated the Bahn Gaia continent in two to protect her children from prosecution.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: One of the story's main themes is how every conflict amounts to this, be it the Amid Empire's suppression of Vida's races to bring unity by a 'us against them' stand, Vandalieu's pursuit of happiness via abnormal means, Alda's wish for the world to not change or even Rodcotre's apathetic way of managing the reincarnation system.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: During the fight against Fitun, Doug start fighting using Vandalieu's dismembered arm as a flail with the help of his [Hekatonkheires] skill. After the fight, he planned to process it into a proper weapon as it end up being really useful.
  • Guide Dang It!: In-Universe, Vandalieu has to go to great lengths to relearn everything he has done in Origin because the laws of physics and magic are different in the two worlds. This becomes a greater problem for the other reincarnators since any technical knowledge they bring from Origin becomes more or less useless under the new rules and may take them years to even begin to reproduce any technology.
  • Guns Are Inefficient: Justified. Aside from being hard to manufacture in Lamdba where the necessary technology don't exist and the necessary formulas to make them actually work are different, with beings in Lambda being as strong and hard to kill as they are due to Vitality, ammunition that can actually cause noticeable damage becomes hard to come by since magic metals becomes necessary and it is more efficient to use it to make swords and other melee weapons with which one can use Skills.
    • Vandalieu circumvent this by making guns barrels and bullets using Demon King Fragments and propeling them using telekinesis.

    H-M 
  • Hammerspace: There's an Item called Item Box that functions as this.
  • Healing Factor: There are several different regeneration skills in Lambda.
  • Healing Potion: Normally they exist in five grades, and the worst they taste the better they are. Then comes Vandalieu's Blood Potions that are better tasting and are as good as high grade potions.
  • Heel–Face Turn: A closely held secret among the gods is that at least ten of the evil gods under the demon king actually changed sides when asked by Zakkart. They didn't actually like their old boss, they were just afraid of him. Alda does not accept them as anything but pure evil, so they all sided with Vida when Alda attacked. Out of respect for this, while Gufadgarn hates Alda and Bellwood, if any of them had conquered the Trial of Zakkart he would have been entirely fair and honest. He would have told them the truth about the history they probably never learned and given them a chance to be the new Zakkart. After all, everyone deserves a chance.
  • The Heretic: Duke Marme is enough of an extreme follower of Alda to alienate even the most conservative Alda believers. Namely, he tries to persecute Vida believers and refers to her as a whore, both of which are very much not in line with Alda doctrine: Vida is treated as a noble goddess who made a mistake and is currently being punished for it, but will eventually be forgiven. Alda does not hate her, so speaking of her in this way is extremely disrespectful.
  • Heroic Albino / Evil Albino: With Vandalieu being how he is it's up to anyone to decide which one he is. Curiously, his albinism is brought up as it is weird for him to not inherit the dark skin of the dark elves from his mother's side as it would normally with other damphirs as, with the exception of their single red eye, they take up the racial traits from the not vampire parent.
  • Hero of Another Story: Heinz in the pacifist faction of Alda's religion side and Amemiya Hiroto as the leader of the Bravers on Origin's side.
  • Heroes "R" Us: The Bravers on Origin are this, but was getting close to N.G.O. Superpower levels before the 'Undead' incident.
  • Heroic Lineage: The royal family of the Amid Empire are said to be direct descendants of Champion Bellwood. Marshukzarl is sure is a complete lie, used to maintain his family in the throne, though.
  • Hero Worship: Due to his adoration for muscles, this is the way Van acts towards Zorcodrio.
  • Hidden Backup Prince: Sieg, Zodcordio's adopted son is actually the child of Marshukzarl, who erased any memory of himself from the mother's mind to ensure his son lived in case he was assassinated by the new pope of Alda's Church, manipulating the scenario enough for her to meet Zodcordio, who he was sure would protect her and the child. What neither of them know is that he is also a reincarnator, 'Skanda' Tanaka Jin
  • Hidden Depths: Undead generally aren't studied much beyond ways to destroy them and basic behaviors, so Luciliano suddenly asking a very basic question makes people realize they know very little about natural undead. Namely, if undead are mindless, why do they always appear in groups? It takes some questioning and research to find out that undead feel a natural loneliness and desire to be with others of their own kind.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: The Ninja Squad from Talosheim is quite unorthodox. Mainly because Vandalieu forgot to mention to the "not being seen" part of being a ninja. Ninjas in Zanalpadna are not much better due to their romanticized idea of what a ninja is thanks to Hillwillow's "ancient scripts", which were more akin to something out of Japanese legends and folklore than anything else. However, the Talosheim ninjas do start becoming adept assassins.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Combined with Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! in Rodcorte's case, if he had at least done anything to help Van's situation, be it pre or post reincarnation, he would not be as screwed as he is right now. And even then, his overall amorality and a lazily done job in properly taking care of the creation minded champions' soul fragment is what brought about Van's soul to be and his later acquisition of death attribute magic.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Between amorality toward pretty much everything and overconfidence, Rodcorte is not someone you would call all that bright when it comes to choose 'good' people.
    • It is suggested that Alda, while much better than Rodcorte, also comes short when it comes to judge the true character of others.
  • Horrifying the Horror: The Evil Gods of Vida's faction consistently find Van terrifying. They're a bunch of eldritch abominations, but his soul is every bit as warped and deformed as theirs or more and to top it all off he's already stronger than a lot of them and uses powers they find disturbing.
  • Horror Hunger: Discussed and Downplayed, while those with 'Bloodsucking' type skills do have a thirst for blood, exponentially increasing the more they level it up, they can just drink blood from any source, not necessarily from sentient race, ultimately being up to personal preferences. Given examples are Vandalieu drinking blood from the monsters he hunt (since he have no preferences) or Vampire Zombies eating blood drenched meat (since is convenient).
    • Zombies don't have to eat the flesh of their original race, it have more to do with an undead's innate hatred against the living than personal taste. Not that they don't find it a viable food option mind you.
    • Like above, Ghouls don't eat humans because they like it, but because of the dangerously lacking amount of food they can safely find inside Devil's Nests they see it as a waste to not make complete use of someone they already killed and ultimately see it as less wasteful than humans who just take bit or pieces when they "hunt for materials".
    • Melissa ask Vandalieu how souls taste, wondering if he finds it to be an enjoyable experience. After a lengthy explanation that amounts to "not enough to feel a compulsion to do so", Van concludes by saying that if he ever does develop such a compulsion, they have to kill him as fast as possible.
    • Bakunawa's main form of attack is opening his enormous mouth (about a hundred meters) and suck any enemy in front of him to eat until he is full, no matter what kind of being it is. Then he continues to eat to fill his second stomach.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Since the region around Talosheim has a high concentration of tainted Mana, even if they wanted a normal horse they couldn't get them because in no time the horse would mutate into something different. This is abused later on by just letting it happen, since monster are much more resilient that normal animals, are far stronger and yield materials or food of far greater quality.
    • Played for Laughs during the Moksi Arc, with people starting to expect for whatever animal that Van Tamed to transform into a monster sooner or later.
  • Hub City: Talosheim is becoming one as the story progresses.
  • Humans Are Average: Not only humans are the most numerous race on Lambda, they aren't born with any special attributes, affinities or skills, being considered Jack of All Trades in terms of magic and strength.
  • Humans Are Bastards: With very, very rare exception, humans Vandalieu encounters are entirely self-serving, at best, and among the exceptions, most of them convert into a "monster" race first chance they get!
  • Humans Are White: Averted. Elves and Dwarfs are considered humans in Lambda, and their skin color is varied.
  • Hypocrite: Its been shown time and again that Bellwood hardly followed what he himself preached, sometimes even going against his words as if he didn't even recognized saying it before or even admitting he was wrong.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: To the point of being a Running Gag concerning Van, starting with the time he ate an Evil God and drunk the Demon King's Blood completely by accident.
  • Identical Stranger: Amamiya Hiroto and Amemiya Hiroto, two extremely similar looking boys with almost identical names who ended up in the same touring boat. After The Reveal that Amamiya / Van was a soul that Rodcorte had been trying to keep off Lambda for 100,000 years, it also seems Van having a random "twin" like Amemiya around him that just so happened to stop Rodcorte from examining Van too closely is not entirely coincidental.
  • I Have a Family: One of the soldiers that were about to be killed during the defense of Talosheim says this almost verbatim. Van instructed his soldiers not to care since obviously they hadn't been willing to offer the same mercy.
    Random Soldier:"W-Wait, I have a family-"
  • Illegal Religion: Averted. The Alda religion does not consider the Vida followers to be enemies, so Duke Marme trying to persecute them was considered very offensive. The official doctrine is that she made a mistake, not that she is evil, so directly attacking her followers is considered to be blasphemous.
  • I Love the Dead: Played with. The living races of Talosheim have relationships with the undead, but since A. they aren't decomposing and thanks to Van are almost all completely physically intact B. have completely intact minds C. can consent and D. are not vectors for disease, it's basically more like dating someone that can't have children with you than abusing a corpse. That being said, Van doesn't like the 'no reproduction' thing and is determined to do something about it.
  • I'm a Humanitarian:
    • Many Ghoul communities eat even members of sentient races they kill, including humans, though they do this to not be wasteful in an area where food is always limited, not because they actually prefer humans over other foods. Zadiris even points out that since they eat all the meat, they are less wasteful than humans that only take the 'materials' from them. Van declines to join them, but makes no judgments either.
    • Everyone seems to be fine with eating intelligent monster races, especially orcs. They taste like really high quality pork, apparently. No one minds the fact that they're clearly intelligent, especially the higher ranked ones. Interestingly enough, the one race that doesn't generally eat orcs is other orcs: In the Noble Orc empire, cannibalism is forbidden normally and only terrible criminals are eaten. It serves as a humiliation for them even in death for having broken the law.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause:
    • Vida's races tend to have lower fertility rates than the 'humans' of Lambda. Arachne, for example, can only lay a few eggs once every ten years. The low birth rates on top of persecution by Alda's church has led to them having very low populations despite their long lives. Incidentally, some races aren't noted to have low fertility but simply very little interest in reproduction: Vampires are basically asexual and zero mention is made of them reproducing normally even though they can.
    • Ghoul eggs and sperm die extremely quickly on top of an immune system that frequently causes miscarriages before the second trimester begins. This leaves them with either very stable populations or a constant slow decline depending on the region. With Van having solved their fertility problems, their population seems to be destined for a massive spike.
    • Undead are technically not immortal, but they functionally are. Given that they're walking corpses, ghosts or other more exotic things, they don't have the working biological mechanisms to reproduce even if everything needed is technically intact. Van doesn't like this and ends up using magically altered gold for experiments on the undead that successfully allows them to reproduce. He wanted Borkus and the others to have the choice if they wanted and intends to see if non corporeal undead can also be allowed to reproduce.
  • Immune to Mind Control: One of the side effects of the [Mental Corruption] skill, which is commonly obtained by those deeply traumatized, work in less than savory jobs and sometimes artists, is that it makes your mind too warped to be affected by traditional mind control magic or similar techniques.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: The treatment Vandalieu received from Darcia early in the story, being the first Good Parent he's ever had, marks the reason why her resurrection is something that he has to do at all costs.
  • Insect Queen: Quinn, the queen of the Gehenna Bees, while not the biggest of them, she is definitely the strongest.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Goblins and titans ninjas that is!
  • Intangibility: Kanata's [Gungnir] skill gives him the ability to phase through any object or material he designates. He can use it defensively to avoid attacks, become transparent by making light phase through him (although he becomes blind while doing so), or offensively to make is so Armor Is Useless.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Given that most of Vida's races have different lifespans, it's rare to find friendships between races where the people are around the same age.
  • Interspecies Romance: Surprisingly more common that one would think, with the only exception being between elves and dwarfs and that is only because they can't have children between themselves.
  • Irony: The goddess of life and love's champion is exclusively associated with the death attribute. Trying to extend her blessing to allow him to use life magic fails completely.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Kanata tries to do this after Vandalieu dodges his surprise attack, too bad he couldn't hide his own desire to kill him, otherwise Vandalieu may have even killed him painlessly.
  • I Shall Taunt You: The Siege of Talosheim begins with Vandalieu taking out a (fake) Ice Age, the weapon of the late legendary hero Mikhail and the national treasure of the Mirg shield-nation. He breaks the spear in two and throws it on the ground, which enrages the expedition army and fractures the military commanders' control of the soldiers.
  • It's Personal: Van suspects that ghouls went out of their way to figure out a way to eat goblins and kobolds because they really hate the other two races for being able to reproduce so fast.
  • Jerkass Gods: Played With. While there are gods that are jerkasses, Rodcorte in particular is understandably utilitarian, but extremely egocentric and almost devoid of empathy. He doesn't care much about anything that has nothing to do with his cycle of soul transmigration systems. Merrevebeil comments that a god going against their nature can be literally self-destructive, as if they do they may end up dying and reincarnating as a completely different kind of god without their past memories and personalities, just like it almost happened to her.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Subverted. There's a special Katana Techniques skill separate from Sword Techniques that allows acquisition of rare jobs like samurai, but the 'katanas' in question are actually zanpato, also known as horse slaying swords: They're swords so large and heavy that supposedly you could kill a horse and their rider in one blow. Only very large and powerful races like large build arachne can wield such weapons and smaller arachne use actual katanas, which aren't indicated to be different from normal swords.
  • Kill 'em All: How most of the Gods of Alda's faction feel in relation to Vida's races.
  • Kill Steal: One of the Fifteen Evil Vanquishing Blades kills another that was rendered useless by Vandalieu in order to not let him get any experience points. However, since Van is cursed, he wouldn't have gotten experience for killing her but did get experience for seeing her die in front of him. Thanks!
  • Large Ham: Valkyrie pretty much all the time, often speaking in a loud and exaggerated manner, proclaiming how her "Brave Warriors" (zombies) will bring victory. The military uniform and flag help too.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Take effect by varying degrees, mostly depending on wether you are inside Vandalieu's range of action or not.
    • An example is the ultimate fate of Vandalieu's uncle, aunt and cousin. After receiving Vandalieu's inheritance and condolence money they start to live the life full of indulgences that they denied Vandalieu, and promptly lose it all between compulsive buying and gambling, the uncle loses his job and dies on the streets, the aunt becomes a gambling addict and the cousin is abused by both since they don't have Vandalieu to take it on. In the end the three of them want Vandalieu to come back... To continue taking it on him.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: It's really hard to talk about the series without talking about Talosheim, Van being the king/emperor, and what happened during and after the Demon King War.
    • For that matter, what occurred in the first 1/4 of the first volume, as a great part of the story revolves around Van planning to revive Darcia.
  • Leaked Experience: Simply watching a subordinate kill an enemy results in gaining a small amount of experience yourself. In fact, due to one of his curses, this is the only way for Vandalieu to receive any experience points at all.
  • Level Grinding: In Talosheim is practically a necessity, since just stepping outside the walls will expose people to Rank 3 monsters at minumum.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Van, Pauvina, Rapiéçage and Yamata, with Darcia treating the girls (and Legion) as her own daughters and presenting them as such.
    • Kanako tries to do this by calling Van "big bro" after becoming a Chaos Elf, only for him to stop her as is weird for him that a former classmate and someone of the same age call him that. Darcia still treat her as her daughter though.
  • Limit Break: Subverted. The Surpass Limits Skill at first glance works this way, but it actually can be used for anything, even resisting normal necessities like eat and sleep. Vandalieu used his Status Resistance so often at first that he developed this skill as a result.
  • Limited-Use Magical Device: Most of Talosheim's industries depend on Vandalieu's mana to continue working. If he for some reason can't provide it, they'll stop after the mana from the golems working them runs out.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Beast people normally have visible traits of the Beast God they are descendant from, by it ears, horns or claws and tails. Noticeably there is not beast people for porcine, bovines and arthropods.
  • Living Bodysuit: Used in a truly gruesome manner. Raymond Paris' insides were gouged out, leaving only what he needed to survive (for a short while). Van then climbed inside him, curling up in fetal position until he burst out of his chest Alien-style in order to catch Gubamon by surprise.
  • Living Lie Detector: Shimada Izumi's [Inspector] skill take it to the extreme by letting her know wether or not what she hear or see is the truth, making it so lie or illusion don't work on her. This led her grow really distrustful of people (since they always lied to her) and disappointed of the magic shows she liked (because she could see thru the illusions used). Kanako discovered that one could still lie to her by simply not telling her the whole truth, in her case, by just telling her that she "made people like her more" with Venus. Not knowing it is a lie you are telling works too.
  • Living Statue: The vast majority of Talosheim's "decorations". From statues encrusted in the outer walls (as emergency soldiers) to small eyes and birds carved in the inner structures (as security cameras) and the moving dinosaur bones inside the castle (which Van likes). The only exception seems to be the statues of the gods and the many statues showing Van's growth, probably out of respect.
  • Lizard Folk: The Lizardmen, a swamp-dwelling monster race known for being more intelligent than the average monster, having a successful hunter-gatherer society. After Van clears the Scaled King Dungeon, a new breed of crocodile-like lizardmen is born, named Armans. Armans will eventually replace regular lizardmen, but they don't mind since they're happy their descendants will evolve into a stronger race.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: To start, there is 100 reincarnators, beside the main character, who are introduced into the story little by little and about 10 new characters are introduced every arc. Generally, one or two characters from each arc will be B list and the rest remain C list at best.
  • Loads and Loads of Races: The three original "human" races were humans, elves and dwarfs, then Vida decided to give birth to many new races to repopulate the world, like Dark elves, Vampires, Ghouls, Beast-People, Scylla, Arachne, Empusa, Majin, Kijin, Drakonids, Centaurs, Mer-People, Harpies, Lamias and more. Then there are the more intelligent monster races that descend from creatures created by the Demon King, like Orcs, Noble Orcs, Goblins, Kobolds, Lizardmen and such.
  • Look What I Can Do Now!: Several characters develop new abilities or techniques after receiving Vandalieu's Guidance or a God's Divine Protection or Vandalieu's.
  • Loophole Abuse
    • Van can teleport between the first floor of dungeons that he's visited or created, but can't take anyone with him. His equipment does come with him, though. And did you know that tamed and bound insects count as equipment? And did you know that some of those insects are parasites? And did you know that those parasitic insects take their hosts with them when teleported even when they're being used as equipment? Hmmm...
    • When he's younger, Van has to let his allies deal the killing blow if he wants to gain any experience to get around his curse. Later, he creates Death element spirits associated with particular elements that work as his own firepower, but are technically launched by Orbia, Kimberley and Levia. As such, he can kill enemies himself now without losing out on exp.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Most of the Demon King's fragments can be manifested (in disturbing ways) by a suitable host. While unique and useful, hosts must be careful not to use Demon King fragments too frequently, lest they be taken over by a fragment from the inside.
  • Magitek: The world of Origin is a world were technological and magical advancements came hand in hand, with things like magically operated cars and glove sized 'staves' being pretty common. There are even sports were magic plays a big part.
    • The Creation Oriented Champions, Zakkart, Hillwillow, Arc and Solder, were famous for being able to reproduce "EARTH"'s technology using both the knowledge gained during their time in Lambda and the magic they developed. This led to them eventually trying to make a nuke to kill the Demon King, much to the opposition of Bellwood.
  • Mad Scientist: Luciliano already showed shades of this during his first appearance and starts getting worse after becoming Van's disciple Also, the scientists on Origin were less ethical examples.
    Luciliano (Paraphrased): I'm not stupid! Call me mad or crazy!
  • Meaningful Name: Vandalieu's (Vandaru) is a portmanteau of his parents, Valen's (Varen) and Darcia's (Darusia), names, as it seen as a symbol of their love by Darcia.
    • The Eighth Guidance's members gave themselves names themed around beings tied to their death attribute magic powers, i.e. Pluto (the god) the king of the underworld and Pluto (the character) the leader of the Eighth Guidance, able to increase or decrease 'death' in herself and others.
    • Hiroto Amemiya's children, Hiroshi and Mei, are named after Vandalieu's original name (the first kanji of Hiroto can be read as Hiroshi) and Pluto (it can be written as mei-ou (dark/death king) in japanese), respectively. Becomes even more meaningful as Mei is the second natural user of the Death Attribute.
    • Legion is named after the demon of the same name as they are the amalgamation of The Eighth Guidance members. And Gazer.
    • Rapiéçage (stitching) was named that as she is was made by stitching body parts together.
    • Vida's name means 'life' in spanish, appropriately enough, she is the goddess of life and love.
  • Medieval Prehistory: Van is actually quite happy to find out Talosheim has a dungeon that spawns monsters that look like dinosaurs, and he even creates zombie dinosaurs to serve as guards. Dinosaurs are usually hunted for food and added to Talosheim cuisine. He later finds out there are Mammoth and sabertooth cat monsters within the Boundary Mountain range.
  • Medieval Stasis: Bellwood and Alda are against the progression of technology, so for the last hundred thousand years the world has remained in almost exactly the same state as it was at the start. Even magical substitutions for pure technology are considered heresy. Even domestication of wild fruit and grains is usually banned.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: While he is very much conscious of being a having over 40 years of life experience, Van sometimes acts like a child for this very reason.
    • It seems to be common when it comes to being reincarnated without losing one's memories, as Rodcorte comments that he sealed away the Bravers' memories until they became 5 years old, both to minimize the strain to their baby brains, which can't handle the thought process of a fully developed adult, and so they don't become traumatized for being trapped in such an small body.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: Haj and his friends are brought to Talosheim in order to make them into actual resistance members instead of fake ones.
  • Momma's Boy: And Vandalieu admits it pretty openly to anyone who ask. This is abused later by Curatos, the God of Records, using a reproduction of Darcia as a shield.
  • Mook Horror Show: The Siege of Talosheim for the Mirg Shield Nation.
  • Mouth Flaps: When the reincarnated individuals died in Origin and were trying to understand Vandalieu they spied on him using Tendou's Clairvoyance, but since they didn't have sound, all they could do was read lips, which was hard because most of the people they were seeing either didn't have lips at all, or had a different bone structure.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Male ghouls naturally evolve into four armed Ghoul Tyrants. Vigaro goes beyond that and learn to manifest a fifth arm using "Spirit Form" and "Materialization".
  • Mundane Utility: Expect Vandalieu and Tarea to find the most mundane use for the Demon King Fragments, from combs and clothing to movie projectors.
    • Death Attribute magic is prone to be used this way, with it being used most of the time in early volumes as a cheap way to preserve or mature food.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The simple board games that Vandalieu introduces in Talosheim.
  • Mutually Exclusive Magic: Any given person has an affinity for a least one type of magic and the ability to use No Attribute magic. There's also no limit to the amount of affinities a person can have, so there are those like Zandia with affinities for fire, wind, earth, water, time, space and life magic. However, this is one exception: Death attribute is related to the life attribute and has a lot of overlap, but someone with the death attribute will have no affinity for the other types of magic even if a god goes out of their way to try to give them that ability. Vida tries to allow Van to use life magic only for his death attribute to just gobble it up.

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  • Necessarily Evil: Orcs are known for capturing women and repeatedly raping them until they mentally break down or die, but it's not exactly their fault: First, there are no female orcs, so if they want to reproduce then they need to have sex with another species. Since orcs are monsters, women are generally not inclined to go along with this. Second, they have such immense sex drives that even if they want to they find it nearly impossible to hold back during sex. Van can't really blame the orcs for what they do, but he still protects his citizens as necessary. The god of the Noble Orc empire compensated for this by granting them an artificial race known as Flesh Wives, which are intelligent, caring and sturdy enough to put up with the immense libido of orcs. Orcs, in turn, cherish them greatly.
  • The Needless: Specifically averted with undead. Japanese culture considers the three great needs to be sleep, food and sex. Undead genuinely have no need to sleep and struggle to even do something approximating it, but they do need to take in mana. They also happen to enjoy eating actual physical food, though they don't have to. Zombies gain experience from it. Finally, undead do feel some desire for sex, though in most cases it's substantially lower than when they were alive. Apart from the offspring of Vida and the undead Zakkart, though, undead are sterile. Which Van doesn't like, so he starts experimenting with them so that those like Kasim in a relationship with the undead can have children. And it works, more or less.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Leo, the former Scaled King, is a huge Earth Dragon that became very crocodile-like after becoming priest of Luvesfol. Now in undeath he serves as mount for Bone Man.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Vandalieu's actions on the Sauron Duchy; killing the resistance leader that could actually receive the Duchy's crown, and the leader of the Amid Empire on the region, end up being the reason why he lost a means to gain a foothold on the Sauron Duchy as a whole after the Empire backs out of the territory.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Most (if not all) of the things Rodcorte has done to kill Vandalieu have ended up being beneficial for the latter.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Legion. They get damaged easily but regenerate damage way faster, though they are still vulnerable to status effects.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe, Van notes that while Flesh Wives may have gentle and supporting personalities to help Orcs keep themselves in check, by appearance alone they're lumpy, misshapen and basically have no face. He thinks they're the kind of thing that you'd see in a game like Silent Hill. But Van being Van, he doesn't really care, so they'd probably only have that AHHHHH NOOOOOO effect on humans not used to dealing with monsters.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: The counter invasion that Vandalieu sends against the Mirg Shield Nation after the Siege of Talosheim and the attack on Niarki on the Hartner Duchy after Vandalieu has a Freak Out and ends up creating a dungeon and, uncounsciously, has all the monsters created by it attack Heinz.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Pretty much everything can be made into some type of undead. Special mention goes to Bellmond who, while not a zombie, is a vampire who originally was a forest-monkey-type beast woman who descended from lamias and manifested part of this physically.
  • No Biochemical Barriers: Even if the races are different, they can still procreate with each other, and in the cases of the One-Gender Race is the only way to produce offspring.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The second invasion of Talosheim is so incredibly one sided that not only were there no casualties on Talosheim's part, but then Van sent almost the entire army back as zombies to attack a town, had the heroes accompanying the mob laugh loudly while yelling who they were and totally destroying the new cultivation area that was slowly becoming a village.
  • No Loves Intersect: While multiple people might be interested in a single person of the opposite sex, Vida's races are explicitly polyamorous. Even the undead of races that are primarily monogamous find their attitudes changing: Even near mindless undead like zombies tend to group up because they feel instinctively lonely and want to be around more of their own kind. This leads one zombie elf to outright insist that her love interest get another zombie girl willing to go out with him before they can date.
  • No Man Should Have This Power: What Asagi believes in relation to Death Attribute Mana.
  • Nonindicative Name:
    • The many attributes of magic, as they control more of a concept than their name indicate, i,e, fire attribute magic controls heat so it can produce ice, or wind attribute magic can control gravity by changing atmospheric pressure. Death magic in particular at one point is noted to be more like medical magic in its more basic uses.
    • The Empusa race are quick to be pointed out to look nothing like the creatures of mythology by Van, them being half mantis females instead.
  • No One Should Survive That: The reason why Vandalieu is even alive after his mother is killed is because he hid so well that his pursuers though that a breast feeding aged infant couldn't survive alone after such a long time.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: The resurrection device under Talosheim created by Vida.
  • No-Sell: Quite a few of them
    • Vandalieu (like Guduranis before him) is able to create barriers that can nullify physical attacks and magic, the barriers are limited only by his mana, which is almost in the range of billions.
    • Vandalieu was once decapitated... only for him to casually grab his head and put it back on.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: After the 'Undead' incident on Origin for the other reincarnators.
  • Not So Different: Alda realizes that Vandalieu isn't so different from any other ruler in the world, defending his territory and retaliating when attacked, while ruling his domain.
  • Off with His Head!: How Eleanora kills Isla during the Siege of Talosheim.
  • Older Than They Look: Vida's races all live longer than humans, but tend to slow their aging at fifteen or so and reach full adulthood later. They then stay like this until the last ten percent or so of their life, at which point they age much quicker. Majin and vampires are immortal while ghoul women stop aging after the first time they're impregnated.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe, Schneider is shown to feel quite ashamed of his past relationships with women. Mostly because he didn't know he had children with them.
  • One-Gender Race: Arachne, Scylla, Lamia and Empusa are exclusively female. Orcs and Noble Orcs are always male. The way these races reproduce outside their own species varies, occasionally even by location. Scylla can produce male or female offspring with the female always being Scylla and the males being the parent race. Arachne and Empusa always have daughters while Noble Orcs only have sons. When inside Zanalpadna, the coupling of an Arachne/Empusa and a Noble Orc will produce the mother's race while in the Noble Orc Empire they will birth only Noble Orcs.
  • One-Man Army: Discussed, while in Lambda there are many individuals that easily topple mountains if the wanted to, they are still just one person with one body that can't be everywhere at the same time during a war and even if they could they can't fight forever without resting. After clearing The Trials of Zakkart, Van start to create ways for him to be in more than one places by making "clone" bodies using Demon King Fragments to control at long distances, effectively being able to make an army of himself.
    • On a note more adherent to the trope, S Rank individuals are treated as being more of a natural disaster than people strength wise.
  • One-Note Cook: Is pointed out that most adventurers do little to non actual cooking due to most of the time eating whatever they can on the field or simply buy already prepared meals on towns.
  • Oni: The Kijin race, which alternate between huge physical fighters named Gouki and much rarer experts in magic named Youki, with skin color that varies between blue, red, grey, white and even purple.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Since they were specimens in a lab, the Eight Guidance didn't have proper names.
  • Only Mostly Dead: About half of Lambda's pantheon of greater gods actually did survive and an even larger number of the minor ones are still around and active. It's just that they were so badly wounded and exhausted that they're in a near death slumber or so weakened that they're still not close to being fully recovered a hundred thousand years later. Notably, Ricklent and Zuruwarn awakened roughly a century ago while Zantark is alive but insane after fusing with evil gods.
  • Order Versus Chaos: The main conflict between Alda and Vida is that Alda desires stability and order over Vida's growth and change. Most of the original gods of Lambda valued chaos to some degree, but without their balance Alda has made rather a mess of the world. It's not entirely his fault given the shitty hand he was dealt, but Rodcorte wasn't wrong when he decided Lambda needed some stimulation to get it back into action.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Familiar Spirits can be considered this. Some are directly created by the gods to serve them, like Curatos for Alda, while others were once mortal spirits ascended to directly serve a god, like Aran and Izumi for Rodcorte.
  • Our Demons Are Different: They are divided in two classes, Demons and Majins. While Demons are nothing but corrupted Mana given form and a degree of sentience spawned by Dungeons, Majin are a race created by Vida, characterized by their blue skin, two horns and a long pointy tail (although they have variants within each other), and they are just as reasonable as humans, following an Asskicking Equals Authority philosophy.
  • Our Gods Are Different: There are three ways a god can be born: an already living being becoming powerful enough to be considered a god (i.e. the Evil Gods), plainly being born as a god (i.e. Lambda's gods) or being born from belief (i.e. Earth (the Japanese word), EARTH (the English word) and Origin).
    • While the gods of Lambda and the Evil Gods (while alien looking) have distinctive looks, the gods of Earth and Origin are said to look like an amalgamation of every god (read: supernatural entity) of every religion, constantly fighting each other, never allowing the others to make miracles, and therefore almost completely unable to get anything done, though Rodcorte does make the gods and demons of Origin so angry that they all unanimously agree that he's a dick and screw him over. On Earth, where magic does not exist, it's even worse, as even fictional characters are entangled in that mess.
    • Later on in the story, a goddess version of Pluto is born out of the belief of all the people that The Eighth Guidance saved. While she is not part of the amalgamation that is Origin's god, she is not able the exercise her power as she was only recently born.
  • Our Ogres Are Hungrier: They are divided in two classes, regular Ogres and Kijin. Ogres are demi-human monsters with intelligence comparable to an Orc, while Kijin are a race birthed by Vida and are just as intelligent as humans. Kijin are capable of taming Ogres, which are considered the most obedient.
  • Our Orcs Are Different: Comes in two flavors.
    • Orcs encountered in Dungeons and Devil Nests are mindless beasts compared to those from the Noble Orc Empire who are intelligent, sociable and wise. So much so that their kings have been selected emperor of the countries inside the Boundary Mountain Range for almost for almost the 100.000 years that it have existed and have maintained the order and cooperation between countries since then.
    • There's also the Orcuses, giant, pitch black, highly intelligent orcs who were born from being manipulated with Death Attribute while in the womb.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: There are four types of vampires: The True Ancestor, Pure Breeds, Noble Borns and Subordinates. The True Ancestor is dead and the Pure Breeds can no longer increase in number because they were all his descendants. Noble Born and Subordinate vampires are members of other races turned into vampires with Noble Borns having special and stronger powers. They're all weak to sunlight and silver, but they're not actually undead. They almost never reproduce together due to nonexistent sex drives, but dhampirs do pop up with some regularly. The True Ancestor was the child born between Vida and the undead Zakkart.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The undead encountered in Lambda are results of either magic, soul possession or a desire for revenge.
  • Overly Long Name: After unsealing Botin, she, Zuruwarn and Ricklent reward Vandalieu by giving him 3 new surnames, making his name "Vandalieu Ark Hillwillow Solder Zakkart".
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Riley felt this in relation to Heinz and parted from the Five Collored Blades because of it.
    • Vandalieu's case is a strange one. First he was overshadowed by the other reincarnated individuals in Origin because he didn't receive any fortunes or cheats from Rodcorte when he was reincarnated, then he received even more curses during his second reincarnation in order to hinder him, but in the end he became a cheat even greater than the reincarnated individuals because of his never give up attitude.
    • This quote from Lucilliano demonstrates how much Vandalieu's crew is overpowered in relation to the rest of the world, and even then they, in most cases, are not the most powerful characters around.
      Vampire Duke, an almost legendary kind of being of which only a few have existed in history... though as Master's apprentice, I do witness legendary beings considerably frequently.
  • Parent-Child Team: Vigaro and Basdia. Also Sam, Rita and Saria.
    • Vandalieu and Bakunawa have an scary one too during the fight in the Demon King Continent.
  • Past-Life Memories: Rodcorte make sure this doesn't happen, since it produce bug in his reincarnation system unless he prepare for it like he did at the start of the story, and even then he make sure they can't remember until they are 5 years old, as it may bring mental instability and unnecessary stress to a toddler brain. Vandalieu remembering the last 30+ years of his life was definitely not part of his plans.
  • Perception Filter: Ghost's ability makes him be unable to be perceived by those around him, pointing out that security cameras, sensors or even being in direct sight of people make him unable to be acknowledged until he announce his presence by touching others or talking.
  • Pet Monstrosity: After being made to return to Talosheim, Luvesfol in the body of a wyvern was made to act as Pauvina's pet, not because he was told to, but because he ended up falling into that role. Not that either of them complain about it later on.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Vandalieu is easily the strongest in Talosheim, and also the smallest, not counting the rest of the children.
  • Playboy Bunny: Basdia is made to wear one while working as a waitress in Talosheim casino. Then they start to discuss why is it a bunny and not any other animal and what would they do if they hire someone of the other beast people tribes apart from bunny types.
  • Polyamory: Many of Vida's races will have multiple lovers at once. Scylla, for example, are noted to have multiple husbands at the same time, each of whom often have several wives of their own. Thus, the only one to consider Van's massive harem unusual is Van himself. Even other humans note that he's a king and therefore expected to have numerous concubines.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Alda and Vida both regret that they didn't take the time to talk to each other before getting down to hostilities. While they both suspect that there was no room for compromise between their conflicting plans for the world, it saddens them that they didn't even try.
  • Posthumous Character: Demon King Guduranis. He's been dead for more than 100,000 years but everyone still fears him.
  • Poverty Food: Gobu-Gobu, a meal made marinating goblin meat (said to be so repugnant that eating bugs is much better) inside gobubu grass (that appears as much as goblins and is just as bad tasting) juice. The result is a incredibly bland, if edible and nutritious meal eaten only during emergencies.
  • Power at a Price: The Fragments of the Demon King, for everyone but Vandalieu. They give the [Demon King Encroachment] skill that begins to eat away at the sanity of the user until they become simple beasts.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Van's rejuvenation massages are said to be quite... stimulating to the senses. As he is basically applying a massage to the whole body (including nerves and organs) while increasing sensitivity as a byproduct of thoroughly making the body as good as a newborn's, is to be expected one or another cry to stop. Not that Van notices since he thinks it's actually painful.
  • Practical Currency: After being rebuilt, the citizens of Talosheim use food and other goods as currency, this keeps on even after coins are introduced.
    • Even Lunas have a practical application as the higher denomination is made out of different magical metals which is quickly pointed out to be useful in case of war as it can be melted and made into powerful equipment.
  • Protectorate: After the events on the Sauron Duchy, the former Scylla territory is this for Vandalieu.
  • Proud Warrior Race:
    • Both the Majin and the Kijin, Vida races with high combat abilities and descendants of both Vida and Zantark had been the protectors of the Boundary Mountain Range ever since its creation a hundred thousand years ago, protecting it from potential outside invasion and culling high rank dungeons to avoid possible stampedes of powerful monsters. This is also the reason they choose a king via a tournament as they usually don't follow those mentally or physically weaker than them.
    • The Arachne and Empusa have developed a warrior culture in regards to mating, especially the latter. Since they're naturally stronger than their (usually) human mates, they tend to handle the fighting. This means that in order to be appealing, they try to display how strong and capable they are. This completely flies over the head of one of the adventurers who migrated to Talosheim: An empusa warrior keeps asking to go to dungeons together with him so she can show off, but he doesn't realize that to her it's basically a date.
  • Punched Across the Room: Schneider is famous for doing this to nobles who piss him off too much.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The incursion of the Mirg shield-nation into Talosheim 200 years ago was this. While they succeeded in destroying the titan nation, they lost 10,000 soldiers, a national hero and his party, as well as a legendary Artifact, the treasures they obtained were minimal in comparison to the cost, and they obtained no new lands. That they were an Unwitting Pawn of the Pure-breed vampires explains the rashness and idiocy of the attack.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: While the lines of good and evil get blurred a lot during the story, rape is absolutely condemned as being an evil and disgusting act. While Van generally simply kills his enemies, rapists are one of the categories that seems to merit an automatic soul breaking.
  • Reality Ensues: In a couple of ways.
    • People who get a sudden, massive, unexpected windfall tend to destroy themselves with it, especially if they didn't have much in the way of self-restraint, or strong moral character, like Vandalieu's Evil Uncle.
    • If two hostile nations that have been hostile to each other for a very long time face a sudden crisis from an even more hostile third party, they're not going to suddenly become friends if one or the other eliminate said third party. On the contrary, both nations are going to be even more entrenched in their hostility as they fear each other going on the offensive and wiping them out.
  • Really Gets Around:
    • Vida, as the goddess of life and love, is said to be quite a "wild" goddess, and created numerous races with all manner of other gods and even some mortals.
    • Schneider as well, though he does feel ashamed that he was this during this youth. Though it may be because he didn't know he had children with multiple women.
    • Tiamat, the greatest of the surviving god dragons, also has a long line of dragons and half-dragon races through various lovers to her name.
  • Rebel Leader: Iris Bearhart and Raymond Paris.
  • Red Baron: Anyone can receive titles as they gain more notoriety, take up special positions or achieve the recognition of the gods. For example, Van becomes the Ghoul King simply by the ghouls recognizing him as such, the Eclipse King when the reborn Talosheim declares him as such and Demon King when the gods stop tiptoeing around the issue and acknowledge what he is now.
  • Redemption Demotion: Happens regularly when Vandalieu kills one of his enemies and transforms then into Undead under his service. They receive the "(broken)" status on their race title.
  • Redemption Earns Life: For a given value of life, but most of the antagonists that are killed by Vandalieu become Undead under his command.
  • Redemption Promotion: Because of the effects of Vandalieu's Guidance, if a human (or elf, or dwarf) comes to his side willingly they receive a series of bonus to their attributes because of his [Strengthen Followers] and [Strengthen Subordinates] skills.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Everyone killed by Van or his subordinates becomes a spirit, as is the normal course of events. They then become enthralled by his charm skill over the undead and come to regret their ways and wish to serve him loyally like everyone else. However, while those like Chezare are accepted easily, worse people tend to be made into mindless golems or even have their souls broken outright, much to their distress. They only wish to serve, but Van finds he is literally incapable of forgiving the likes of Riley.
  • The Reveal: Volume 3's Side Chapter 5: "Vida". Vandalieu is actually the reincarnation of the 4 Champions who were killed and had their soul shattered by the Demon King in Lambda's past. Rodcorte, wanting to prevent the gods of Lambda from disrupting his transmigration system any further by attempting to revive them, had taken the champions' soul shards, still filled with the remnants of the demon king's death-attribute mana, and pushed them together into a new poorly formed soul, which he then deposited on Earth. This is why Van has access to the death-attribute, why his soul is so strange, and why his 'Empty Frame' is so large his mp is in the millions. It is also why the prophecies about him exist, how he got out of Rodcorte's circle and became one of Vida's races, and why his level growth is so fast. The various gods in Vida's faction wanted to help him as a means of atonement for failing their friends 100,000 years ago, even if Van wasn't actually them anymore.
  • Reincarnate In Another World: In the very first chapter, Van and a hundred others get reincarnated on Origin by Rodcorte, the God of Reincarnation, to become stronger before being send to Lambda, a world he refers as "undeveloped" (which he conveniently forgot to mention).
  • Religion of Evil: Averted with The Eighth Guidance. While they are not necessarily good (being a terrorist group) they are known to never kill people unnecessarily and use their powers to save the lives of people in need. Even their acts of terrorism are only against Death Attribute investigation facilities or those that try to harm them, which are usually the same anyway.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: The Eighth Guidance's names.
  • La Résistance: The Sauron Duchy Liberation Army led by Iris.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Mostly Averted by Vandalieu and his group. While he believes that if there is a reason to take revenge you must absolutely take it, he also does not let it spill over to those around his targets of revenge. As a species that long-lived species, the Titans tell him that they don't let their grudges carry over to the next generation, believing that since the target of their revenge is already dead they must start anew with their children. But, if you are the target of their ire, well...
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After breaking free of his captors, Vandalieu goes through one before dying in Origin.
    • After the death of his mother, Vandalieu swears to take revenge on all the people involved in her death. He keeps a bone of his late mother as a keepsake to house her spirit.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • Marshukzarl von Amid Bellwood, reigning emperor of the Amid Empire. He make sure of the continuous existence and expansion the Empire by using everything he can to maintain his people safe, be it by maintaining Alda's Church at bay so they don't take complete control over it or keeping various Vida races' "secret" villages hostage to have some kind of control over Schneider, with at some point even bringing the idea of making Vandalieu make him a zombie army (one of the biggest taboo of Alda's religion) to fight the Orbaume Kingdom.
    • The kings and queens of the kingdoms inside the Boundary Mountain Range, tripling as their kingdoms strongest warriors and direct communication to their guardian gods. This also include Vandalieu as their emperor and Vida's Holy Child, bringing many advancements in different fields including technology, military, medicine and economy.
  • RPG-Mechanics Verse: On Lambda, all mortals possess a level, stats, skills and a rank and/or job. It is later revealed that since the ancient inhabitants of Lambda were weak and never experienced a true war before the arrivial of the Demon King's Army, the high god Ricklent created the system and three familiar spirit gods to supervise Status, Jobs, Skills, to give them a fighting chance. Later, the Demon King's forces found a way to add a "God of Ranks", creating ranks and inadvertently titles that allowed monsters to also benefit from the System.

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  • Scale of Scientific Sins: Vandalieu and Luciliano may as well have the list in hand, given how they seems to work exclusively from it.
  • Science Fantasy: Both science and magic exist and are used in conjunction in the world of Origin.
  • Secret Legacy: Vandalieu discovers later that his soul is a mash-up of the four creation minded heroes of the past.
  • Secret Path: There's two tunnels that connect the Boundary Mountain Range on either side to the Hartner Duchy and the Mirg Shield Nation. After the attack on Talosheim both have being destroyed to avoid unexpected attacks.
    • There is one in the Demon King Continent which lead to the underground kingdom of Garland, where remnants of the Demon King Army and New Races of Vida lives, awaiting to someday met members of Vida's army to join them.
  • Secret Test of Character:
    • The Trial of Zakkart is not meant to be a display of mere combat potential but rather to test knowledge, open mindedness, resourcefulness, decisiveness and intelligence to not pick useless fights. Gafadgarn is baffled at how followers of Alda fall to realize that a place called the 'Trial of Zakkart' wants you to act like Zakkart. For example, one floor is just an empty labyrinth with the only monsters being Undead Walls that simply make the floor a maze but do nothing else. If you attack them simply for being undead, the walls all turn into thousands of powerful skeleton monsters and attack. Several members of Van's party think this is particularly clever because followers of Bellwood would just assume this is supposed to be part of the test, not penalties for screwing up.
    • There's another test built into it: Gufadgarn would accept someone getting to the bottom of the dungeon by using the prepared solution to all the puzzle floors, but in truth he really wants to see people solve the labyrinth in ways even he didn't think of: When he sees Van simply ask the undead labyrinth walls mentioned above to move out of the way or blow up a forest to get to the center of it more quickly he's practically trying tears of joy: Zakkart also did things nobody would have expected or considered sane all the time.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Everybody who antagonizes the protagonist does so either out of fear of what he could do if left alone or on the orders of someone who does. It is this very antagonism that provokes him to do exactly what they're afraid of.
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: Basdia, Zadiris' daughter, in relation to Vandalieu. She knows that he's too young but keeps reminding him from time to time in order to stop him thinking of her as a Cool Big Sis.
  • Sequence Breaking: Vandalieu creates cards that lets people do that inside the Dungeons that they already cleared.
    • During the Trial Of Zakkart he refrains from doing this too much in order to progress in the Trial and not anger the god who created the Dungeon.
  • Sentient Phlebotinum: All the Golems that Vandalieu creates uses spirits that are lurking around him in order to move. The more stable ones can even answer questions for a time before their memories break down.
  • Sentient Vehicle: As pointed out many times, Sam's real body is the carriage, not the ghostly man sitting in the coach seat, nor the ghostly horses pulling it, both of which are essentially an Astral Projection.
  • Serious Business: Food, or at least for Vida's races, Talosheim even starting a military campaign against the lizardmen and later against the noble orcs mostly for food related reasons. The kingdoms inside the Boundary Mountain Range join as well by trying to reproduce the Champions favorite meals using their diaries as guides.
  • Sharing a Body: The Eight Guidance, plus the Gazer Hitomi Minami, after they become Legion.
  • Shark Pool: The waterways of Talosheim were filled with shark-like monsters when Vandalieu first arrived.
  • Shipshape Shipwreck: Vandalieu uses four different shipwrecks to make one usable ship on his trip to the Dark Continent. Funnily enough, the ghost crew of the four ships are brought back, including their captains that constantly discuss about who the actual captain of the new ship is. They decide that is the four of them.
  • Shout-Out: There are quite a few references to works by other creators slipped in here and there.
    • In chapter 44, Vandalieu mentions that he doesn't throw special balls to capture weakened undead.
    • Chapter 112: Q: Is this a prisoner? A: No, it is live bait.
    • Chapter 170, includes a Lyrical Nanoha reference.
      Zadiris: What do they mean? I can understand "Magical", but I do not understand "Lyrical" at all.
    • The description of Van's [Abyss] skill directly references Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, paraphrasing the well known passage "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."
    • When an ally requested her Transformation Trinket equipment to be as "normal" as possible, Vandalieu makes it a Sailor Moon outfit.
  • Slave Liberation: Vandalieu and his friends free a group of slaves on the Hartner Duchy's mine in order to save a few of the surviving Titans.
  • Smug Super: Several of the Bravers were this before they joined the organization on Origin. Most of them defected together with Murakami when he left.
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: Even one home visit from any of Amamiya's teachers, a common Japanese custom, and his Evil Uncle wouldn't have been able to get away with slapping the poor kid around and denying him the "luxury" of a cup of ramen, let alone screaming at him to be ashamed of being a "parent-less bastard."
  • Spider People: The Arachne. They are divided in three different categories based on their body-types, small, medium and large build, with Medium-build being the most commonly born.
  • Standard Royal Court: Talosheim is shaping itself to this, with Vadalieu as King/Emperor and his close aides as nobility or court advisors.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Most of the reincarnators passing through Rodcorte's Divine Realm point out that if he wanted to keep Van from causing too much damage he should have apologized sincerely and given him a decent life to make up for his time in Origin. Since it's too late for that, he could just apologize now and stop harassing him. After awhile it becomes clearly too late, however, and Rodcorte never even acknowledges people telling him this to begin with.
  • Stat-O-Vision: Everyone can see their own Status by just saying or thinking on it. Some Unique Skills also lets them see a few of the status of others, and during the registration at an Adventure's Guild.
  • Succession Crisis: The Hartner Duchy is going through one when Vandalieu first goes there.
    • Zandia doesn't want to marry Vandalieu in order to avoid this in the future.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Everybody who deliberately antagonizes Vandalieu thinks way, way too highly of themselves, presuming themselves the clear victors in open conflict, only to get driven to despair when they learn all the "baseless rumors" about him are understatements, and there's no hope of victory, surrender, or retreat.
  • Summon Every Man Hero: Happened in the past when the Gods of Lambda summoned people from EARTH in order to fight the Demon King Guduranis.
  • Super Strength: There are multiple skills that confer strength far beyond what one's physical body should be capable of, such as the aptly named [Superhuman Strength].
  • Super Team: The Bravers, led by Hiroto Amemiya, are this in the world of Origin.
  • Synthetic Plague: Vandalieu is capable of creating diseases, but used only once so far.
  • Take a Third Option: The Mirg Shield Nation believed that the Ghouls from the Devil's Nest that defeated the Noble Orcs that were amassing there would either attack human settlements later or would hole up in their villages. Instead Vandalieu guided them across the Boundary Mountain Range to Talosheim.
  • Taking Over the Town: Bugitas takes over the Noble Orc Empire.
  • Tear Off Your Face: While not shown, Isla cut off Duke Marme's face and left it in his office as a warning.
    • Braga become known as the "Face Tearing Demon" precisely because of this, as all he leave behind of the criminals he kills are their cleanly cut off faces. He complains later on when a copycat appears because they don't do it as well as he does.
  • Teleportation: Jack, one of the experimental subjects saved by protagonist in Origin during his escape, can do this and when he becomes part of Legion in Lambda Legion as a whole can teleport.
    • Also Mages from the Space Time Attribute can use it.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: When Sercrent and Eleonora go to invade Talosheim and kill Vandalieu they're constantly competing and trying to put each other down.
  • That Man Is Dead: Brought up from time to time, with Murakami claiming that it is ridiculous to bring past relationship after being reincarnated, in his case his teacher-student relationship with many of the Bravers.
    • Aside from not even remembering their actual names, the members of the Eighth Guidance don't want to go back to a time before they met "The Undead", as they like the life they have now.
    • While not an alter ego, Vandalieu think this way of his life as Amamiya Hiroto, forgetting his grudges of what happened in his past life as he prefers to concentrate more in protecting his current happiness, as most thinking of his past lives as "memories of someone else".
  • Theme Naming: Most races of Vida have names with Dakuten Note . Ghoul names usually have two syllables with dakuten, while Titan names alternate between one and two syllables with dakuten.
    • Noble Orcs have names that begin with "Bu" (which is a reference to the sound pigs make in Japanese).
    • Alien gods tend to have strange sounding names with at least four syllables; such as Mububujenge, Jurizanapipe and Gufadgarn.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Downplayed but still present in the reaction of the reincarnators looking at Talosheim through Clairvoyance's ability to see Undead and Ghouls talking like people.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: When the Undead titans of Talosheim find out that the Hartner Duchy betrayed, killed and enslaved their people, the only thing that stops them from descending from the mountains and laying waste to the whole country is Vandalieu. It should be noted that titans usually do not to blame people for the crimes of their ancestors since they live for so long. They were that mad.
  • The Three Certainties in Life: When Vandalieu is setting up Talosheim he creates a form of taxation that is completely different from the others in the world. When told that would destroy the economy of Talosheim because he would receive too little in return, he informs that most of the industries in Talosheim are his or dependent on him anyway.
  • Time Skip: The story is mostly linear, but there are several chapters were the time skips for months at a time.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Non-romantic. Vandalieu and Pauvina. Actually, Vandalieu and just about any female he comes in contact with, since he's still a child.
  • Total Eclipse of the Plot: As the sun is used as a symbol of Alda (or more precisely, sunlight) and Talos, a shadow being casted over it is viewed as a bad omen by the inhabitants of Lambda. It marks the start of the open conflict between Alda and Vida.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The form taken by the Evil God of the Magic Tome, Buburdura. He was 'sealed' away in the forbidden section of a mages' guild, awaiting those that want to read him for the power his forbidden knowledge would bring. However, Buburdura also eats their minds to recover his own power. Van accidentally eats Buburdura after the latter tries to take over his body.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: An evil god disguised as a cursed tome tries to devour Van's soul only to find it impossible due to the soul being a jumbled mess after having been shattered and put back together long, long ago. Van accidentally eats it instead without noticing.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Vandalieu makes a necklace with a bone fragment of his mother, which serves as the 'anchor' for Darcia's soul so she does not pass on or become a ghost.
  • Training from Hell: What Haj and his friends went through in order to become real resistance members.
  • Trapped in Another World: Effectively what happened to Vandalieu the moment he entered Lambda, since he was extracted from Rodcorte's Transmigration system and inserted into Vida's that only works for her races and believers.
  • Trojan Horse: How Vandalieu manages to find Gubamon in the end. He hid himself inside the body of a Live Dead of a person that Gubamon wanted captured.
  • Truth Serums: Vandalieu can produce these through his claws and tongue.
  • Übermensch: After being betrayed by family members, governments, religions and other authorities in his various lives, Van generally rejects the concept of objective morality or god given rights, and instead believes in his own subjective morality of finding happiness in his own life, treating those who treat him well or poorly in kind, and helping those who need help because it makes him feel good rather than out of any underlying moral obligation. Van will also readily admit to his various antagonists that from their own subjective viewpoints he may seem insane or evil, but he still intends to try to lead a life that makes him and those he cares about happy.
  • The Unapologetic: While Rodcorte does technically apologize to the protagonist for the hellish circumstances brought about by his own carelessness, it's all purely lip service, and he doesn't even try to mitigate, redress, or compensate any of it. In fact, he goes and slaps an unbreakable curse he hopes will drive Vandalieu to suicide, and quickly, for the crime of being pissed off.
  • The Undead: One of the many types of monsters appearing in Lambda, they include ghosts, liches, skeletons, and zombies. Subverted for ghouls and vampires, who are very much alive and not very dead. This raises the possibility of vampire zombies.
  • Underestimating Badassery: So, you are following a group of ghouls that you know for sure have escaped by climbing a mountain that you know is the nest of extremely dangerous dragon, were even the safe route is filled with cliffs were said dragons usually hunt prey, and then take residence in the third most dangerous territory in the whole planet, were even the weakest monster (beside goblins) is strong enough to destroy a village, inside the city walls of a country that was surrounded by dungeons that have not been cleared in a long enough time that a monster stampede have almost certainly happened in the last 200 years, but have not found any monster stronger than a large dog around said city? Sure, they can't possibly be strong enough to destroy our army that was not even prepared for most monster in that place! They are being led by the dhampir child that have been evading death since he was one year old and have probably been hunting his own food since then you say? Ha, he is just a stupid, weak child, what could he possibly do?
  • Universal Universe Time: Lambda and Origin both have the same calendar as Earth.
  • Uniqueness Decay: Death Attribute Magic. At the start of the story only Vandalieu can use, but as the series progresses more characters appear that can also use it, altough in a more limited fashion.
  • Unique Protagonist Asset: The Cheat-like abilities that the Bravers receive from Rodcorte are this and Death Attribute Magic is Vandalieu's.
  • Unreliable Expositor: The end of volume bonus sections tend to have the official adventure guild entry for certain monsters or whatever historical accounts of them remain, but they're usually at least half wrong.
    • Ghouls are referred to directly as monsters because their history as one of Vida's races has been lost to most, including many of them. They also tend to be considered inferior monsters, so records of Ghouls above the rank of Ghoul Tyrant tend to be dismissed.
    • It's said that noble born vampires are always subordinate to pure breeds and always weaker, even the vampire emperors. However, one of Eleanora's entries notes that she's gotten to be almost as strong as Birkyne well before becoming a vampire empress and certainly isn't subservient to him.
    • Arachne and Empusa are said to capture, rape and then devour their mates. Scylla are also said to lure in passing humans so they can devour them. The truth is that all three would never do that for practical reasons if nothing else: They have no males and therefore couldn't afford to simply throw away a valuable resource that easily. Some Arachne and Scylla in particular are also noted to be very loving and cuddly.
    • Majins are referred to as demons. They're completed unrelated but simply happen to appear together sometimes because majin have the racial ability to tame demons. Kijin are referred to as an inferior breed of majin, but they're simply a related species that works together for mutual benefit.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: After some, let's say, "unexpected" noises started to come out of Vandalieu's and Zadiris' tent in the ghoul's camp site, rumors about Vandalieu's sexual progress start going around camp. Even if he was 2 years old at the time. The rumors stop after he explain he was just applying Rejuvenation magic on Zadiris.
    • On the other hand, Schneider is well know for sleeping around, even if he no longer does it and is quite ashamed he did in the past.
    • Succubi and Incubi are called Obscene-Majin in human society, even if they don't even need to consume human "spirit" to survive.
  • Utility Magic: Strangely enough, Death Magic is this most of the time for Vandalieu. Most of the spells he creates are used for everyday things, such as deodorization and preservation.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Averted. While vampires do tend to be attractive, there's nothing saying they have to be and some are quite ugly or even just ordinary. They also have almost no sex drive worth mentioning and almost never reproduce sexually, even with each other. Even the vampire charm is only a special skill held only by a few.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Due to being marked as monsters by the Church of Alda, the races of Vida are often the targets of genocides and other atrocities, whether they were actually evil or not.
  • Villains Want Mercy: While not necessarily villains, many of the early antagonist start asking for mercy the moment they notice they are at an disadvantage. The usual answer is: "Then you should not have started a fight with us!".
  • Walking Disaster Area: Vandalieu as "The Undead" constantly released deadly viruses and poisons into the air, made poisonous mosses and mushrooms upon any surfaces close to him and made others go suicidally mad just from seen or hearing him. The only reason the Bravers were able to kill him was because he thought they were there to rescue him.
  • Walk into Mordor: How the Orbaune Kingdom and the Empire views the Boundary Mountain Range, the wild territory contaminated with mana, where Vida's Resting Place is guarded by Pure-breed Vampires loyal to her. And that is not even mentioning the countless unsupervised (to their knowledge) high level Devil's Nests there is inside.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The [Hollow Cannon] spell. Vandalieu managed to destroy the wall of a dungeon with it. Keep in mind that dungeon walls are said to be unbreakable even by gods.
  • We Used to Be Friends: After the war with the demon king ended, the remaining gods split into two factions. Top gods Vida and Alda had incompatible ideas of how to move forward and Alda attacked Vida when she rushed to implement her plan without waiting for his approval. The other surviving top gods sided with Vida, but unfortunately they were too exhausted to contribute. Ricklent in particular completely considers Alda an enemy for his actions. Vida and Alda themselves are sad that things came to what they are and wish they had at least tried talking things out first, even if both believe it wouldn't have gone anywhere.
  • What's Up, King Dude?: Lampshaded, Mikhail points out how it is common sense for him to treat Vandalieu with absolute respect as his king and how the others are the weird ones for being overly casual with the way they address him.
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Van muses to himself Rodcorte wouldn't be stupid enough to reincarnate one of the Bravers in a family that will clash with Talosheim because that would leave them in a risky position before they reach their full potential when in fact he reincarnated Yuuri Samejima/Perseus, as the nephew of his advisors Chezare and Kurt, Sarua Legston.
  • Workaholic: Van, to the point that people have to force him to rest after they notice he acquired the [Surpass Limits] skill. He later works away around this issue by creating materialized spirit clones to work while his main body rests.
    • Played With his 'daughters', the Gehenna Bees, as they consider everything they do to be working, including eating (since they can't work if they are hungry) and properly resting (since they can't work if they are tired).
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The main reason the war against the Demon King 100,000 years ago went so badly was because of disagreements over how to proceed between the combat and creation oriented champions, especially Bellwood and Zakkart. That Bellwood refused to compromise on practically everything he disagreed on and Alda acted the same way is the main reason most of the Gods were either killed or severely weakened, with the four creation-oriented having their souls destroyed and the human population reduced to a mere 3000 individuals.
  • We Can Rule Together: As part of their bid to try and save their lives, many of the early antagonists plead to become Vandalieu's subordinates to deal with a bigger threat. Vandalieu refuses their "services" after pointing out their character deficiencies and the fact that he can't trust them.
  • Written by the Winners: It is slowly revealed and expanded how the recorded history of the Demon King War and the Alda-Vida War was heavily skewed in favor of Alda and the battle oriented champions (particularly Bellwood) with misinformation, erased accomplishments and down right "lies", most of it to discredit the creation oriented champions, Vida and Vida's races. The fact that many Evil Gods actually rebelled against Guduranis and fought alongside the forces of Lambda in particular is not even know about outside of the Boundary Mountain Range.
  • You Are Number 6: Vandalieu and The Eighth Guidance members were referred as D-'number' during their time as guinea pigs. Vandalieu was D-01, as he was the first death attribute user.
  • You Didn't Ask: The basic 'heroic female virgin knight' character Iris ends up transformed into a rather lewd looking succubus because she simply assumed she'd become a battle majin like Godwin. She didn't think to ask him what she would become. If she had, he'd have told her it was almost certain that she'd become a succubus because only the larger humanoid races become battle majins.
  • Younger Than They Look:
    • Monsters, since they were originally intended to be used as troops by the Demon King Army, age at an increased speed. Pauvina is a special case since she looks like a pre-teen even when she is younger than Van, actually looking like a 6 years old only a year after being born, even when she is only half-noble orc.
    • Many of Van's created monsters or altered followers look much older than they are. Rapiecage, for example, has the mind of a child despite looking like an adult because she was only born a few years ago. Yamata is older, but was basically mindless when under Ternecia and thus has to develop basically from scratch as well.
  • Zerg Rush: Whenever dungeons are left unattended for a long period of time powerful monsters from lower levels start to ascend out of it, making every monster weaker than them to run from it and do the same, eventually provoking an outbreak that will start attacking any settlement close by. This is know to almost always result in the abandonment of said settlements since, unless it is a sufficiently big city, most of the guards and adventurers are too weak to fight it back the continuous waves of monsters.
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