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The World Of Otome Games Is Tough For Mobs is an Isekai light novel that follows a Japanese man who died of exhaustion after being blackmailed into play an Otome Game for 2 days straight by his bratty little sister. Reborn as Leon Fou Baltfalt, a Non-Player Character (or Mob) from a low-ranking noble family, he regains his memories at age five and decides to live a simple life away from the game. Eventually, he gets forced to attend a prestigious academy, befriend the otome game's protagonist, Olivia, and one of the early antagonists, Angelica Redgrave, and gets sick of the twisted morals of the society. Despite his best efforts to run away from it, he eventually decides to fight back against it.
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  • Artificial Human: Elves, as it turns out, were created in a laboratory ran by the old humans.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Leon gains one called Luxion, the AI of the spaceship he acquires for himself. Leon later discovers another one, later named Creare, within elven territory that oversaw biological experiments which lead to the creation of said elves.
  • Bigger Stick: Lelia ends up seeing Luxion as an equal threat to Alzer like the second game's Final Boss. So she resorts to recruiting Serge Sara Rault, one of the game's love interests and one of the few adventurers of Alzer, to locate the second game's equivalent to Luxion.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: How Leon beat the otome game in his past life, by buying cheat items, Luxion in particular. Pay to win items were still a thing in the game's sequel.
  • The Chosen One:
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    • In the otome game, Olivia was a commoner who would be discovered to be the Saint during the game's plot, which is why she would be able to marry beyond her station. As part of her hijacking Olivia's role, Marie claimed the Saint position as well. However, because she left the difficult parts of the game to her brother, Marie didn't realize how important that Olivia had to be the Saint in the Final Boss battle.
    • Noelle is the one with the aptitude to be a priestess, and therefore the protagonist, of the second game.
    • Leon himself gets chosen by the sacred tree's sapling as its Guardian, with Noelle as its priestess.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Power Armor duel between Leon and Marie's Reverse Harem easily ends in Leon's favor, due Leon's armor Arroganz being a cheat item.
  • Deconstructor Fleet: Marie's storyline tends to serve as one for the concept of the protagonist being inserted into an Otome game. Marie, only knowing the basic storyline and endings concots a plan to insert herself into the role of the heroine, stealing Olivia's "role" in the story and all of her potential love interests. The major issue here is that Marie is not the Saint like Olivia was, so all of her actions actually have severe political consequences.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
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    • Leon whenever he does something that he fully expects will get him demoted only to further raise his standing in the nobility due to reasons he didn't expect such as betting on his career (in the case of Angie's dad), or just plain spite.
    • When Leon and Marie find themselves going to the school which happens to be the setting of the game's sequel, they didn't expect to find the would be heroine has been made into twin sisters. As it turns out, the younger twin, Lelia, is also a reincarnator who was trying to ensure the True Ending of the sequel game happens.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Angie and Livia get these after Creare tells them Luxon's log and Leon's "alleged" cheating.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Discussed In-Universe in regards to the second game. The Final Boss is the Sacred Tree of Alzer Commonwealth, which also serves as the source of the commonwealth's economic and military power. The ending has a newly found sapling planted in its place, with the heroine serving as its priestess and her chosen lover its guardian, but nothing is mentioned about how the country is able to move on without the Sacred Tree. It is why Leon and Marie change their mind about immediately destroying the Sacred Tree upon arrival.
  • Fantastic Racism: Downplayed, but Luxion was a weapon designed to be used against the modern magic-using humans, who had replaced the normal humans. Leon only manages to gain Luxion's loyalty because he knew Japanese and somehow has genetics of the previous human race within him. Nevertheless, Luxion would suggest once in a while that Leon could easily solve his problems by wiping everyone out.
  • Feminist Fantasy: A subversion. Women hold all the social power despite men being providers and soldiers. Minor noblemen who cannot find a bride before the age of twenty basically have no job prospects. This comes to bite the Kingdom in the ass when much of the Kingdom's military deserts during the invasion by the Principality. They simply are not interested in fighting for a status quo which is so disadvantageous to them.
  • Foil: Leon and Marie, fittingly since they were brother and sister in Japan; both stole the title of "Protagonist" from Olivia. However, while Leon wants nothing to do with the world, is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and only wants to live with his new family yet keeps racking up achievements and fame that he does not want, Marie only cares about getting the Reverse Harem, is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, and is screwing up everything by causing societal upheaval thank to Love Makes You Dumb and ends up just as miserable as before she enrolled in the academy.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Marie's interference changed the flow of the first game's story so much that Leon had to step into the limelight just to salvage the situation, something which he didn't want to do at first. This leads to Leon's ascension in the ranks of nobility, and furthermore, the conflict with the Principality of Fanoss begins two years earlier compared to in-game.
    • The second game's protagonist being twins ended up complicating its story line. It turns out that one of them is a reincarnator who was trying to help the other sister to reach the True Ending, only to screw up somewhere along the way.
    • The Marie Route side story is a What If? timeline where Leon decides to take a closer look at the progression of the game's plot early on to make sure it progresses properly. This causes him to catch Marie who was attempting to hijack the role of protagonist before she managed to do so. As a result, the game plot progresses as is...with some complications.
  • Genocide Backfire: The story of the second otome game can be summed up as this - The heroine is a Fallen Princess who is the only survivor of a Ruling Family Massacre and secretly lives as a commoner girl. The final villain is the head of the noble house responsible for the death of the heroine's family and has since placed his family as the reigning house of the Alzer Commonwealth. The main villainess is the villain's only daughter, who goes out of her way to bully the heroine. The heroine, with her chosen love interest, defeats the final villain who seemingly causes the country's sacred tree to go on rampage. In reality, events are more complex than what the game entailed. For one, Albergue Sara Rault had legitimate grievances against the Lespinasse House. Not only that, he saw Noelle and Lelia as innocent of the their family, and so actually spared them.
  • Internal Reveal: Leon knows that Marie is a reincarnation like him early on, but not that she was his sister in his past life. Later on he would reveal his reincarnation status to her, but it is only during the war they discover they were siblings.
  • Irony: Early on Marie's attitude remind Leon of his past life's younger sister, and vice versa. This is with neither of them knowing they were siblings in their past life.
    • They even fell for each other in the Marie Route side story.
  • Helping Would Be Kill Stealing: At one point, Leon worries that him getting involved is preventing Olivia from getting the needed development to get through the game's events. Leon was proven wrong later on when Olivia manages to protect a ship without any of the key items as Leon (and Marie)'s actions have allowed Olivia to study to her heart's content, which directly affects how well she uses her magical abilities.
    • Ironically, had Leon and Marie not interfered with the game's plot as (is the case with the What If? side story), Olivia actually ends up being unable to find time to study due to the capture targets distracting her from studying.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Marie's goal was to replace Olivia as the protagonist and get all the possible love interests of the game to fall for her instead. It doesn't go exactly as well as she hopes. As a side effect, the would-be protagonist Olivia befriends Angelica, who would normally antagonize Olivia in the game's plot.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Leon's little sister, who got him kicked out of their parents house by blaming him for having Yaoi that was actually hers, and blackmailed him into playing the otome game that he reincarnated into, got her comeuppance as he sent photos that she sent to mock him to her parent before he died, causing them to disown her and her husband to abandon her, as revealed by Marie's inner monologue.
  • Lady Land: In the Hohlfahrt Kingdom, the nation that Leon reincarnates into, women pretty much have the upper hand in relationships, despite there being more women than men. As it turns out, this is due to a botched social engineering attempt to control the nobility and prevent them from warring with each other, and eventually centralize authority in the capital. After the war with the Principality, the pro-female system begins breaking down.
  • Lethal Joke Item: The kingdom's secret airship is basically a gag for a marriage that gave couples a score of their love. It nevertheless saves the kingdom from a giant summoned monster.
  • Lost Technology: The Lost Items, which are the remnants of an ancient civilization, implied to be a future Earth All Along.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Marie manipulates the game's datable cast into loving her, but she never took into account how far they'd go to be with her. After losing to Leon, they're all disowned by their families and dump their actual girlfriends to be with her, denying her the luxury she sought.
  • The Magic Versus Technology War: The backstory of the world with the magic/new humans side winning.
  • Matriarchy: Hohlfahrt Kingdom's nobility run on a matriarchy despite men still being responsible for being the primary provider and duty to fight and die for the kingdom. Interestingly, this is not quite the case in the highest ranks of nobility and the royal family. It was speculated that the upper nobility caught on to the reason for the push in the beginning, namely the eventual abolishment of the nobility and the uplifting of the commoners.
  • Mecha: Used all over for battles and duels. Most emphasize speed but the protagonist has a Lightning Bruiser that looks like a Mighty Glacier.
  • Ms. Red Ink: Male-variant. Marie's Reverse Harem does not know how to manage money well. Ironically, its because they want to please Marie so they buy expensive stuff thinking that would make her happy. When they see her unhappy with what got her they think they chosen the wrong gift.
  • New Life in Another World Bonus: Leon completed the otome game, so he knows where to locate the spaceship Luxion, which was a cheat item in the game, in order to secure his future in a woman-dominated kingdom and get out of an Arranged Marriage to an older woman.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Marie's interference of the story actually benefits Olivia a lot. As she didn't have to deal with any of the 5 capture targets, she was able to spend her time in the academy relative peace studying to her heart's content. This causes her overall potential as a Saint to be higher than it was in the game, allowing her to perform her game counterpart's feats without any of the key items.
    • And as it turns out, Olivia not getting any of the key items is actually for the best as she was able to avoid getting possessed.
  • Past-Life Memories: How Leon and Marie reverted back into their previous selves.
  • Polyamory: This is rampant in Hohlfahrt Kingdom, mostly the noble women and their multiple lovers, but the King also has a lot of concubines. In fact, it's easier to mention which character are not in this type of relationship.
    • Leon was tricked into getting engaged to Angelica and Olivia by his own family and the Redgrave House, to Leon's chagrin and Angie and Livia's delight. He is ultimately happy with the arrangement as he loves both of them.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Naturally, in a living world reflecting an Otome game, the situation is a lot more complicated than what the game depicts. In the game, Olivia is portrayed as the pure hearted heroine, while Angelica is portrayed as the villainess who opposes her. But from Angelica's perspective, she is trying to defend her engagement with a man she genuinely loves from someone trying to steal him away. In the Marie Route side story, where Marie doesn't interfere with Olivia's romances, Olivia is still a genuinely kind girl, and only ends up with the capture targets against her will due to a mixture of bad luck, coercion by their superior status, and Demonic Possession by the Saint.
  • The Quisling: Marquis Frampton sells out the Kingdom to the Principality in the hope of coming to power during the post war chaos.
  • Railroading: In the second game, the True Ending is achieved if the protagonist Noelle is paired with Loic. As such, Lelia, another reincarnator who ended up as Noelle's younger twin sister, worked to pair the two together. Whatever she did, her attempt is failing due to Nice Guy Loic becoming Entitled to Have You towards Noelle. Leon and Marie getting involved and trying to ensure at least a happy ending didn't help matters.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Aiming for a Reverse Harem with the heirs of noble houses? Good luck trying to manage finances once the men get disinherited due to shaming their respective families.
    • More tragically, it would also cause a lot of heartache to said men's fiancées such as Angelica and Clarice, who lost her virginity to a slave while wallowing in her despair at having her engagement with Jilk broken.
    • Trying to force two people to be in a relationship because it fits your plans, no matter how they might feel? Don't be surprised if one of them rejects the idea. Lelia's plan to make Noelle and Loic a couple pretty much ensured it won't happen, especially with Lelia uncaring of how her sister felt about it.
  • Red Herring: In volume 4, a reincarnator named Aaron was introduced who tried to drug Olivia. Not only this fails because Creare is monitoring both her and Angelica's surroundings 24/7, her experiments also turned Aaron gay.
  • Reincarnate In Another World: Leon reincarnates as an NPC of the otome game his sister forced him to play. He isn't the only one.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Following the war against the Principality, Leon is engaged to both Angelica and Olivia.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: What makes the Love Triangle between Leon, Olivia, and Angelica function so nicely is they essentially flirt with each other as much as they pine for Leon.
  • Save the Villain: Though the reason itself isn't to save her so much as using her as an excuse to beat up the otome game's harem cast, Leon steps up to fight Marie's gang and saves Angelica from her spiral into tragedy.
  • Schizo Tech: A more or less feudal society with airships and Mechs based on Lost Technology.
  • Shipper on Deck: It becomes more and more apparent that Duke Redgrave (Angie's father) is trying to pair off his daughter with Leon, especially once Leon starts to rise in the ranks of nobility and it becomes apparent that Angelica fell for him. He even decides to "punish" Angie for her disgrace (kowtowing in public) by marrying her off to a knight that threw away his rank, peerage and territory (Leon). He also isn't against having her friend (Olivia) share the same man. Angie is understandably delighted at this.
  • Sky Pirates: A problem in the world. Primarily the responsibility of local nobility to keep them in check.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Leon pretty much went full-on jerk during the duel against the love interests, believing he would get expelled and his titles stripped, allowing him to live the life the way he wants to without being forced to find a wife. He is instead rewarded with a promotion and a confirmed knighthood, meaning he's stuck still attending the academy.
  • That One Boss: In-Universe, Leon views the Black Knight of the Principality at this, having gotten numerous game overs due to the sudden Difficulty Spike. As such the Black Knight is the first opponent that gives Leon a hard time, especially since the Black Knight has a sword made of a fantasy metal that can even pierce through Arroganz.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Leon goes out of his way to not kill any other people, at first. The war with the Principality changes that, forcing him to take his first lives. He does try to abide by this as much as possible afterwards.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: In-Universe, Leon's view of the five love interests, as they were terrible units for the later stages of the game, leading to game overs. It is one of the reasons why Leon enjoys dueling them, as he is partly venting his frustrations. This is also why in their past life Marie forced Leon to beat the game, as she was stuck due to the unforgiving difficulty.
  • Uriah Gambit: In-game, an earl's daughter and fiancee of Brad would ask to have Olivia get involved in the suppression of the sky pirates, when in fact the earl has dealings with the pirates, meaning this was a plot against Olivia. Normally, this event would be how Olivia acquired the Holy Necklace, one of the Saint's items, from the pirates, as well establish who would be Olivia's chosen lover in the ending. In the novel, the event takes place a year earlier and its Leon who is asked to suppress the pirates, with Leon accepting knowing he can easily thwart the pirates and that Olivia needs to acquire the Holy Necklace.
  • War Refugees: The old humans ultimately lost The Magic Versus Technology War and the survivors fled in migration ships, which was actually Luxion's original purpose.
  • Wedding Smashers: Noelle's status as priestess and member of the destroyed Lespinasse gets discovered by Loic, who then forces Noelle to marry him. Leon, after being convinced to not worry about causing another international incident, crashes the wedding to rescue Noelle.
  • What If?: The aptly named "Marie Route" is an ongoing side story that explores an alternate route in which Leon and Marie get to each other first before any of their other love interests.
  • World in the Sky: The setting of the Otome world the protagonist is reincarnated into.
  • World Tree: The Alzer Commonwealth has a giant Sacred Tree in the center of their nation, which provides magic stones for export and can grant blessing to the those belonging to the Six Noble Houses of Alzer. In the otome game series, it serves as the Final Boss of the second game, under the control of the head of the Rault family. Everything about the tree isn't all what it seems, however, as Luxion discovers the existence of a military base once manned by its creators under the tree.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!:
    • When Olivia uses her powers to eliminate the monsters summoned by the Principality of Fanoss, it seems the war is about to end. However, a Principality noble overseeing the battle decides to sell out Princess Hertrude to the Hohlfahrt Kingdom in order to save his own hide. As he does so, he reveals that Hertrude's parents were killed because they opposed any war with the Kingdom. Having seen her younger sister already sacrificed her life in order to summon the monsters, Hertrude in despair summons monsters to wipe out both the Kingdom and the Principality.
    • After winning the war against the Principality, Leon figures he's done with the dealing with the events of the otome game, but then he is told that the game received sequels after his past life's death, meaning another world-threatening Final Boss is potentially in the horizon. Marie, having some knowledge of the sequels, uses this to negotiate for some cash in exchange for the info.
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