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Just like how everyone adored heroes in their childhood, a certain young man adored those powers hidden in shadows. After hiding his strength and living the mediocre life of a mob character by day while undergoing frenzied training by night, he finally reincarnates into a different world and gains ultimate power. The young man who is only playing at being a power in the shadows, his misunderstanding subordinates, and a giant organization in the shadows that gets trampled….. This is the story of a young boy who had adored powers in shadows possibly eventually reigning over the world of shadows in another world.

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The Light Novel contains the following:

  • Accidental Truth: Cid (who is off his rocker) made up a story that the Diabolos Cult is persecuting all descendants of the legendary heroes. This turns out to be true all along. This is far from the only example too. For instance, when his sister is kidnapped and Beta tries to figure out where she is, Cid throws a dagger at a random spot on a map and declares that is where she is trapped. In truth, he had already considered her a lost cause and was just humoring Beta. Turns out that spot was actually the location of the Diabolos cult base where Claire was held captive.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Claire, when she teams up with Milia in Outlaw City .
    • A chapter focuses on Nishino Akane, a classmate from Cid's former life, Kageno Minoru.
    • Quinton and Goldoh, revealing what had happened to them after being bought at Outlaw City.
  • Amplifier Artifact:
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    • The antagonist of the second arc uses one in combination with a Red Pill during his fight with Shadow, not that it does him much good in the end.
    • Two antagonists so far have mistaken Cid's incredible power to be due to an artifact since they couldn't fathom the idea of someone being that strong naturally.
  • Battle Harem: An entire following of beautiful girls swear loyalty to Cid after he saves them from near death and offering them the chance to avenge their suffering.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shadow intervenes and saves Rose from Doem's forces.
  • Cassandra Truth: Due to how well Cid hid his true personality and abilities, so many people believe that he is relatively harmless.
    • After seeing Jimina(Cid in disguise) blowing away most of the competition, Annerose thinks he is a powerful warrior. Unfortunately, everyone she talks to refuse to believe this. This behavior is quite understandable due to the number of ridiculous ways he succeeds such as cracking his neck to avoid a slash and merely sneezing to defeat a powerful attack.
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  • Civil War: After the king was killed by Rose, the Oriana kingdom is divided into factions. The Royalists who stand by the Oriana Royal Family and the Doem faction who pushes for Doem to take thee throne.
  • Corporate Warfare: Happens in the Yukime and Gettan Arc.
  • Dying Curse: After being killed by the legendary heroes, Diabolos placed a curse on them so that they and their descendants would suffer painful deaths.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Alexia, Iris, Rose and Clara.
  • Fake Relationship: Alexia blackmails Cid into it so that Zenon would stop making advances towards her.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Cid and his Shadow Garden were deemed suspicious by the Midgar Kingdom following the demon incident and Alexia's kidnapping. This gets worse when the Diabolos Cult manages to frame them for the attack on the academy.
  • Flipping the Bird: After Alexia starts to feel attached to Cid, she asks him to continue the Fake Relationship they had with each other a little longer. Cid, having gone through a lot of trouble thanks to her, naturally ends the relationship but does it by flipping her. Alexia didn't take it too kindly.
  • Morph Weapon: The Slime suits Cid invented and which all of Shadow Garden use are this. While slimes are normally very fragile, they are also excellent conductors of mana — a user with excellent control over their mana can channel their mana through the slime suit and create just about anything from swords to armor to fake breasts to wings. It does take a lot of control to pull this off since the mana pathways of slimes and humans are radically different.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Zig-Zagged with Cid. He does hide his true nature as a skilled fighter but most of his actions that help further the Shadow Garden's goals is just pure luck on his part.
  • Oh, Crap!: Everyone realizing that Shadow is in a higher caliber than initially thought. He unleashes his Battle Aura that stops the rain in its place and dissipates it.
  • Power Degeneration: The "Curse" is actually this — people with high mana are at risk of losing control of it, which mutates them. Cid figured out how to reverse the transformation by experimenting on the mutated Alpha, which not only restored Alpha but also granted her control over her increased mana. During the experiments, Cid also figured out how to replicate the effects in himself, increasing his own power in the process. Every member of Shadow Garden is a girl who succumbed to the "curse" and were subsequently healed.
  • Psycho Serum: The Red Pills the Diabolos Cult engineered from Diabolos' blood increase mana power but come with the risk of destroying one's body and mind if they aren't already strong. They seem to be an inferior version of Cid and the rest of Shadow Garden's natural power.
  • Religion of Evil: The Diabolos Cult wants to resurrect the demon, Diabolos in order to gain immortality.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Shadow's Garden main goal is to defeat the Diabolos Cult to avenge their suffering and their peoples' because of the cult's actions.
  • Start X to Stop X: Shadow Garden plan is to hide in the shadows and tear apart the Diabolos Cult who uses the same method to achieve their own goal.
  • Sustained Misunderstanding: The premise of the series. The rest of Shadow Garden thinks that Cid is their all knowing and all powerful leader who has everything in the palm of his hand. Cid thinks he's just engaging in his chuuni fantasies and the rest of Shadow Garden are just his former playmates humoring him.
  • Tournament Arc: Cid participates in the Festival of the God of War to play out the cliche, Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass.
  • Vice City: Outlaw City is regarded as one of the most dangerous cities to be in. There is never a crime nor at least shady activity this place hasn't done, openly supporting prostitution and slavery. They are ran by three leaders who are basically crime lords. One of them is a powerful Vampire who can bring about the end of the world.
  • World of Action Girls: In this world, women are stronger compared to men in terms of magic capabilities.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Rose Oriana has become a fugitive and hunted by her own kingdom for murdering her mind controlled father. Alpha meets up with her and invites her to join Shadow Garden.
    • Alpha confronts and learns her beloved Shadow is John Smith and is working with Yukime. The two fight and Alpha loses.
  • Wham Line: The Witch of Calamity, Aurora also goes by the name Diabolos.
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