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Left-to-Right:Our protagonist, Rei, and her love interest, Claire
Formerly a regular Japanese office lady who overworked herself to death, our protagonist finds herself reincarnated as the protagonist of her favourite otome game, Rei Taylor of 「Revolution」. As to be expected, there are three handsome, dashing princes for her to try and woo, but Rei has no interest in them—no, her sights are solely set on Claire François, the rival character in the original routes.

And it's safe to say that absolutely nothing will stop her, be it the strict social hierarchy of the Bauer Kingdom, nefarious forces threatening to topple the government, and especially Claire herself.

Also known as Watashi no Oshi wa Akuyaku Reijou (私の推しは悪役令嬢。), it is a Japanese Web Novel by author Inori (いのり。). It is currently complete at 113 chapters (including the epilogue), with a light novel currently having been published. Seven bonus chapters have been released, as well as one drabble through twitter, and a sequel is currently being written. The unofficial fan translation can be found HERE

In April 2020, it was announced that Seven Seas Entertainment had picked up the license for the series.


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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Claire makes absolutely no secret of her disdain for Rei and her constant, open affections. This is partly from her deep-seated self-loathing issues, as she's well aware she's not a very pleasant person to be with on most days, their respective social classes and the society they live in, and the fact that homosexuality is not accepted, to say the least. She eventually reverses her stance.
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The Order of the Royal Academy of the Bauer Kingdom, handling things like day-to-day clerical and administrative tasks for the academy's extracurricular organizations, helping organize and execute important celebrations like the Founding Festival, and defending the school and its population from grave threats if need be. Somewhat justified, in that this was a school for future nobility and aristocrats, they were trained for these tasks and duties since early childhood, and the aforementioned military element to them.
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  • The Ace: Manaria Sousa, Claire's childhood friend, and so far the only Quad Caster known in the entire world, with exceptionally high aptitude to boot!note  Thanks to her being a crown princess, she is also better mannered, more socially competent, and intelligent than Rei could ever hope to be. She isn't too pleased by it, as Manaria threatens her chances with Claire simply by existing.
  • Accidental Public Confession: Claire, during the climax of the Scales of Love arc, accidentally makes it known that she feels far more strongly about Rei than she would have liked.
  • Always Someone Better: Sein's feelings towards his older brother, Rod, and his younger half-brother, Yuu. Rei notes it was not very good for his mental health and development to be rather talented, but constantly outshone by his even more talented siblings.
  • Anachronism Stew: Justified, the world of 「Revolution」 is a dating sim game made by a modern Japanese company, and certain liberties had to be taken with the largely Victorian Era Europe time period. A great example of this is how the swimsuits are very modern with their sleek, body-hugging designs and exposed skin, as fans would not be very happy to see period-accurate, incredibly conservative swimwear.
  • Artistic License – History: During the investigation into corrupt nobles, Rei notes the use of double-entry bookkeeping, which she describes as being another modern-day Anachronism Stew. However, the use of double-entry bookkeeping does in fact date back to hundreds of yearsnote .
  • Author Tract: The story takes an aside to criticize the Japanese treatment of the LGBT community, which is highly conservative at best. Rei recounts facing a lot of discrimination from social isolation to being considered promiscuous and with no standards, which another character points out is unfair. However, the other character's view of homosexuality is also lightly criticized for being too 'clean' and not recognizing that gay people are gay, not overlooking gender in the name of love.
  • Babies Ever After: With the revolution successful and largely bloodless, the Naa Empire exposed and foiled, and much of the corrupt aristocracy removed from power, Claire and Rei live a happy life in the outskirts of Bauer, having adopted two orphans from the Sassal Volcano eruption.
  • Back for the Finale: Every main character and major side characters joins Rei's second attempt to save Claire from execution at the hands of the commoner revolution, and expose Salas as the traitor he is, while they're at it.
  • Beach Episode: During the summer vacation arc—what else are you supposed to do in a peaceful, scenic coastal town, anyway? In a bit of meta-humor, Rei explains why exactly there are modern, skimpy, form-hugging spandex-like swimsuits in the Victorian Era Bauer Kingdom.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Manaria Sousa is initially introduced as the very picture of genteel and generous nobility, until she reveals her plans to steal Claire's heart from Rei. Ultimately turns out to be an act to test Rei's character, and also, she is FAR more interested in Rei than she ever would be Claire.
  • Blackmail: Rei resorts to this in her attempts to become Claire's new personal maid, threatening to expose a less than ethical dealing of her father, Minister of Finance Dor François. It's implied to be quite the serious, title, family reputation, and freedom-threatening sort of dealing, as he is intensely suspicious of who Rei actually is after she casually throws out an exact name, a date, and a not inconsiderable sum of money. After half-an-hour's discussion, he makes a complete 180 on her and now wholeheartedly supports Rei. It makes its return during the "Revolution" arc when Rei has to work to expose it and others to the whole world... until we, the audience, find out it's in support of the revolution and Rei offered a plan to protect Claire from a violent end.
    • Played for Drama in the same arc, when Rei needs to expose the fact that Sein is a bastard child, between his mother and the Prime Minister, Salas Lilium.
  • Blob Monster: The Royal Academy students are attacked by a slime during spell practice. It was quite difficult to defeat, for its size, the inexperience of most of the spellcasters there, and the slime being resistant to everything but Air magic, which only one of the properly trained mages has. After Rei helps defeat it, she adopts its now orphaned offspring and names it "Relaire" (Rei + Claire).
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Rei and Claire's daily interactions, respectively, usually playing out as Rei complimenting or declaring her affection for Claire, and Claire... not reacting well to it. Rei even describes their interactions as such.
    • On the more platonic side, Misha oftentimes finds herself befuddled, confused, and advising Rei against her zanier antics.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Rei was harassed in school for being a lesbian... by another lesbian (who turned out to be FTM Transgender. He was jealous that his childhood friend had a crush on Rei. They later make up as adults.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Lily Lilium, when used as a tool for the Naa Empire's machinations.
  • Brainy Brunette: Aside from Rei's prior knowledge of the world and how the game's major events are supposed to go, she is astoundingly cunning and clever in general, as shown in her numerous complex, long-term, and ultimately successful plans. A lighthearted example is how she spends several weeks with Relaire convincing the ladies' dorm and kitchen that it's haunted, so she can con Claire into a dinner date. Much more seriously, she has been planning to save Claire from her bad-end ever since convincing Dor François to become her maid, an on-going effort several months long and relying on numerous external factors and actors beyond her control.
  • Brick Joke: In the Epilogue of the main story, Rei muses that after Lily comes back from her self-imposed exile, she will ask if she can be Rei's mistress. Several in-universe years later, in the 4th extra chapter, Lily sends Rei and Claire a marriage gift congratulating them on their union, and then asks if Rei still has room for a mistress.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Lene and Lambert Orso. The Naa Empire ends up blackmailing them over this to get them to incite a commoner rebellion. The two are eventually disgraced and exiled, but thanks to Claire and Rei both, they're strongly implied to be living well together in another country. When they come back for the finale, it's all but stated they've built a successful restaurant franchise and are now married.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Most of the cast is gay or bi, though they don't necessarily consider themselves such. Claire and Misha, for example, both think that they're straight while Manaria might be bi as well, given some details in the ending.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Relaire's shapeshifting ability is first used as a quick, throwaway gag to showcase the depths of Rei's love for Claire. The next time it's used, it was key to uncovering blackmail and a conspiracy to commit regicide, conquer the kingdom, and surrender it to a hostile foreign power.
  • Chekhov's Volcano: Sassal Volcano. It has already erupted once, causing untold, catastrophic amounts of damage to the kingdom that defined an entire period of their history. Rei knows it will erupt at the climax of the game, during the peak of the commoner's revolt, and much of her actions are to minimize or contain the inevitable unrest and tragedy, Claire's potential death especially.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Eventually, between Misha and Yuu.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Early on, the strongest hint for Claire's growing feelings is that she seems uncomfortable and gets in the way when seeing Rei and Lene get along or similar situations. This ends up getting more obvious as time goes on.
  • Closet Key:
    • While Claire initially finds Rei annoying, she eventually comes to understand her better. Not only is she not as indiscriminate as Claire had assumed, but she also likes Claire for the very reasons that Claire dislikes herself.
    • An odd example is hinted at in the ending: There are light implications that Manaria might be interested in Sein, making for an inversion as it indicates that she may be bisexual, not a lesbian.
    • Lily Lilium both falls in love for the very first time and accepts her own sexuality because of Rei.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Earth magic is noted to have an extremely effective trick that only some wind and earth users have any hope of countering: Just take away someone's footing and drop them into a hole. Keep taking away the dirt and pile it up around the hole and there's no way to get out unless you can fly or control the earth yourself. Rei using this tactic against Claire is extremely effective and extremely annoying.
  • Death Ray: Claire's iconic spell, "Magical Ray." It is effectively a laser beam that will melt or outright disintegrate anything it hits. It is possible for Claire to control its power, however, as when she non-lethally uses it to disuade Rei from trying to rescue her from the hands of the Revolutionaries.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Claire, throughout the novel. She starts being the stereotypical haughty and self-centered rich girl antagonist, but through Rei's determination, unwavering devotion, and otherworlder shenanigans, she eventually becomes much nicer and sympathetic, alongside questioning some of her more negative and dangerous beliefs. Rei even happily notes the change herself, when Claire becomes open to peacefully settling the commoner revolution, rather than following her father's advice of "reminding them of their place," and more importantly, starts openly showing affection to Rei and hints that she's starting to return her feelings.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Invoked but averted: When Claire draws back from Rei after finding out that she's genuinely a lesbian and not just trolling, Misha scolds her for assuming anyone gay is an indiscriminate sexual predator.
  • Ditzy Genius: Rei acts like an idiot, but she's at the top of the school rankings.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: Subverted. Rei confesses to Claire but never expects or asks for reciprocation because she's too timid. This causes her to miss a lot of hints that Claire isn't as put off by her as she appears.
  • Do Not Call Me Sir: At the end, Claire, along with her adopted children, is a bit irritable about how Rei is still calling her "Claire-sama."note  Turns out Rei's a bit embarrassed about it.
  • Driven to Suicide: In her past life, one of Rei's friends committed suicide after facing constant rejection for being ftm trans.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the middle of an important scene near the climax the king is killed by an earthquake that goes off as the nearby volcano erupts suddenly and with no one noticing until it's too late. The consequences are obvious and huge, but the character's death is largely brushed over. It's noted that this was the same way he had died in the original game.
  • Elaborate University High: Justified: it's a school explicitly for nobles and royals at a time when education was attainable only by them, and it has only recently begun to accept commoners thanks to the magical tool revolution.
  • Elements of Nature: The four classic elements, Fire, Water, Air, and Earth have great prominence in the story, magic and magical tools being responsible for the societal upheaval and civil unrest within the Bauer Kingdom. Most individuals have only one element, others two (Dual Caster), rarer still three (Triple Caster), and only one documented individual with all four, Manaria Sousa (Quad Caster).
    • Fire: Claire's specialty, and Rod's element also. Primarily focused on pure, destructive power, as exemplified by Claire's Magical Ray which turns most targets into ash in moments, if it doesn't completely disintegrate them.
    • Water: Yuu's element, as well as Rei's (alongside Earth). Primarily focused on healing, though it can be used in combat in frozen form. Salas has a variant that that gives him Mind Manipulation, while his daughter Lily, or rather her evil alternate personality has a variation of water magic that lets her reverse time.
    • Air: Sein and Misha's specialties. Though it has the usual control of winds and storms, it's also capable of vastly increasing the caster's physical capabilities, granting them super speed and super strength. Misha uses a variant to give her sound magic.
    • Earth: Rei's second element. Primarily a tool of construction and agricultural applications, with clever manipulation of the battleground itself it can be extremely dangerous.
    • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Earth beats Air, Air beats Water, Water beats Fire, Fire beats Earth.
  • Face Death with Dignity: The François family willingly lets themselves be executed by the commoner revolution, once it hits its peak, feeling it their duty as nobles, and accepting the fact they cannot exist within the new government.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Religion: The Spirit Church borrows very heavily from Christianity, the concept of everyone being equal and deserving of a chance to the afterlife especially. However, there is no gender discrimination, and females are more often than not the ones in high positions and with miraculous reputations about them, such as with Lily Lilium, one of the cardinals.
  • Flying Dutchman: Claire and Rei's summer vacation is ruined by an invasion of a ship full of undead.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • During the Cross-Gender Cafe, Yuu looks exceptionally good and natural in women's clothes, and is not bothered by the cross-dressing at all because he was born a woman, and prefers to be female.
    • Why exactly does Lily conveniently have access to two appearance-changing bracelets, very rare, and very powerful magical tools? Because her father has been using it to disguise his and her identities, whenever they take a more personal approach to attacking and sabotaging the kingdom on behalf of the Naa Empire.
    • How exactly does a revolution financially support itself when the nobility is notably corrupt and hording most of the wealth for themselves? Why, have a noble sponsor them, of course—Dor François, to be specific.
  • The Gadfly: Rei. As much as she loves Claire, she also loves messing with Claire to get a rise out of her, and admire how cute she is when angry. If she verbally abuses or physically punishes her in retaliation, all the better!
  • Gay Option: In the original VN, there isn't one. That does not stop Rei from chasing Claire.
  • Gender Bender: The world of Revolution features a magical Gender Bender disease, an apparently permanent condition which could be passed from person to person. People with the disease would turn back to their original gender during the full moon each month, but only during the night. In the original otome game, one joke event had the the three princes and Claire become infected with the disease, though they managed to be cured with the "Tears of the Moon" tool before too long. In the story proper this is Played for Drama; Yuu was originally born as a girl , but her mother had her infected with the disease to turn raise her as a prince and gain political power after her twin brother died as a baby. She ended up having to deal with the stress and gender dysphoria of being a princess intentionally transformed into a prince, with everyone around her forcing her to stay that way against your wishes so she wouldn't be removed from the succession line. Rei manages to concoct a ploy to turn her female permanently.
  • Genre Shift: The story starts off as a typical Romantic Comedy set in the academy, but later focuses a lot more on medieval corruption and politics, though the rom-com elements don't disappear completely.
  • Good All Along: You'd think that he would be the picture of being the Big Bad, but Claire's father, Dor François, has actually been supporting the revolutionaries all this time, to put an end to the scheming and murder of the aristocracy.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: King Bauer's Meritocracy policy sounds perfectly sensible, allowing commoners access to education thanks to innovations in magical tools that will completely shift every aspect of life, from the military, to industry, and agriculture. It would have paved the way for solving the corruption among the nobility and unrest in the masses by letting commoners assume official positions, and keep the kingdom from falling behind technologically and magically. Until that is, a rival nation uses that same technology and policy to worsen the first two problems, and the entire kingdom is thrown to the brink of violent, bloody civil war.
  • Graceful Loser: Rod asks Rei to marry him, but she doesn't consider it for a second. Claire thinks she's crazy and is genuinely offended, but Rod saw it coming and just laughs it off. He also takes Rei losing to him on purpose with good grace, recognizing that she would have beaten him if she'd actually been trying. She'd expected this to offend him, but failed.
  • Happily Adopted: Rei was originally found wandering the streets at a very young age before being adopted by her parents. They all love each other dearly. This did happen long before she awoke to her past life memories, but Rei still treats them like family.
    • As shown in the epilogue, Rei and Claire end up adopting two little girls, Mei and Alea.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Lambert Orso goes from trying to kill Rei, to helping her save Claire from execution by the finale.
  • Heroic BSoD: Rei suffers a terrible one when she tries to rescue Claire from the revolutionists, only to be stopped by Claire herself. Thankfully, Manaria finds her in time and helps her stage a second rescue attempt.
  • Honor Before Reason: Claire refuses to go along with quite a lot of Rei's antics due to her pride as a noble. While mostly played for comedy, it quickly veers into some serious, heartwrenching drama when she chooses to die at the hands of the revolutionaries than abandon her family name for the sake of her survival, and being with Rei. Rei is only able to convince her to give up her status by making a direct and honest emotional appeal, which is something she's never been good with.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Even in the otome game, Manaria was in love with Rei, but since game Rei was straight there was no chance. Now that Rei is a lesbian, it's still not going to work because Rei finds her annoyingly overbearing at best.
    • Rod also ends up becoming interested in Rei, though she turns him down decisively.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Rei used to be really tall in her past life. She had something of a complex over it.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Specifically averted. It's said to be popular in stories but the characters personally believe that anyone with this attitude is a closeted bisexual. Without matching sexual orientations a relationship just can't really work.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: During Claire and Rei's magical duel, Claire gloats over her assumed victory, until it's pointed out that Rei explicitly used only her Earth magic against Claire's Fire, putting Rei at a severe disadvantage. If Rei had used her Water magic also, Claire would have been stomped even faster.
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Rei has this attitude towards Claire, helping her pursue her love interest Sein, settling with just being around to enjoy her presence and anger. But, when Manaria starts to actively pursue Claire, threatening to cut of all communication and interaction with Rei, Rei decides to do the same.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: In the climax, Rei manages to successfully help Lily break away from her father's mind-control, by reminding her of who she really is, and what Rei means to her.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Misha's noble house has since fallen on hard times, just after she finished kindergarten. Lene and the Orso family follow her, after her brother Lambert's plot to kill nobles is foiled, and their illicit relationship with each other is exposed.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Noted to be a constant problem for relationships involving homosexuals, who are vastly outnumbered by straight people. It's overwhelmingly likely that they'll fall for someone who just doesn't match their orientation.
    • Claire is straight, but Rei is perfectly happy to be around her, serving her, intentionally annoying her, and especially being punished by her. However, after making her feelings known, she draws a very careful line in how close she gets to Claire because she's afraid of scaring her away. Claire eventually warms up to her, indicating she's really a bisexual, though Rei is a little slow to catch on.
    • Manaria, an open lesbian, could actually be considered a sex offender as a result of this. She has a strong sex drive and basically molested a maid until the girl ran away, which caused a scandal.
    • Rod takes great interest in Rei, desiring her as his future queen. Rei shoots down all of his advances and proposals, matrimonial or not, as she's 100% lesbian. He takes it in stride, though.
  • Insistent Terminology: Claire's crippling fear of ghosts is not an issue if she is dealing with "undead." Her reasons being, ghosts are spirits of the departed, undead are demons, and she can slay demons.
  • Insult Backfire: After Rei impresses Rod without thinking by scoring top marks on the exam, she tries to piss him off by obviously throwing a chess match against him. Contrary to her expectations, he laughs it off and only grows more interested.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In one of the extra stories, Claire is trying to open up politics to women and facing some pretty stiff opposition from the largely male political body. However, Rei notes that it's not unreasonable: Most women lack the education and background to make informed and meaningful decisions because it's something that doesn't matter to a commoner housewife or whatever, only nobles and a few commoner professionals. However, she and Claire continue with the cause because if they wait until men and women have equal education then women will always be behind.
  • Karma Houdini: Lene and Lambert Orso. It's strongly implied that after their family is disgraced, stripped of their assets, and exiled to another country, Claire's fondness of Lene and Rei's intervention mean they eventually ended up living well together as lovers anyway. This is after Lambert both staged a working class revolt and attempted to commit mass murder on the aristocracy and royal family, and pretty much the entire court said nothing short of execution for treason would suffice - though in fairness, they were being blackmailed by the Naa Empire. The climax all but states they've founded a successful high-class restaurant franchise, are now married, and are even expanding back to the Bauer Kingdom, to boot.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Naa Empire, and their various agents and plants in the Bauer Kingdom herald the shift into more dramatic, dark plots and conflicts. Up until that point, most of the story boiled down to Rei's Boke and Tsukkomi Routine with Claire, world-building, Order of the Academy business, and friendly matches that ended before serious damage could be done.
  • Lethal Chef: In the epilogue, Claire manages to blow up a saucepan while trying to make a crème brûlée. Apparently, that sort of disaster normally happens whenever Claire tries to cook.
  • Love Dodecahedron: When Rei's past life was in school there was a four person snarl where each person liked another but didn't return the feelings sent to them.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: It's eventually revealed that Sein was actually the bastard child of late Queen Lulu and Salas Lilium, Prime Minister of the Spirit Church.
  • Maybe Ever After: Strangely enough, the ending hints at Sein and Manaria being interested in each other, though the chances of it actually going anywhere are noted to be slim: Both are reigning monarchs and seem uninterested in pursuing relationships at the moment.
  • Medieval European Fantasy: The setting of 「Revolution」, especially prominent with the culture of the Bauer Kingdom where the story takes place.
  • Meido: Lene is one for Claire at the start of the story, and Rei blackmails her father into letting her become one, too.
  • Missing Mom: Claire's mother, who died when she was young. Her death affected her severely, as they were quite close.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: Ultimately turns out to be the reason Rei's magic class is attacked. Unfortunately, she notes that there is no reasoning with an unintelligent, already antagonized slime, and they have to put it down. She does adopt its child, though.
  • Multiple Endings: An In-Universe; the original game featured multiple endings, one for getting together with each of the princes. There was also a hidden fourth ending where the protagonist doesn't end up with any off the princes, and instead ends up supporting and becoming the symbol of the revolution.
  • Mundane Utility: A single extremely talented mage can be equivalent or even greater than a non-magical army, having access to incredible spells that could wipe out entire battalions and cities in the blink of an eye. They can also do things like construct toilets (complete with working plumbing) should someone be on the brink of a Potty Emergency.
  • Naughty Nuns: Cardinal Lily Lilium of the Spirit Church is very openly romantically interested in Rei, and by the epilogue, Rei theorizes that she'll eventually return from her self-imposed exile, and ask if she can be Rei's mistress. Also includes Yuu and Misha, after the former's gender-bending disease is permanently cured, she is disgraced from nobility, and the latter follows her into the convent.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Rod falls for Rei because she's even smarter than he is, which he rather enjoys; despite his boisterous personality and large ego, he feels no need to put others down and likes someone who can stand on even or better footing with him.
  • No Bisexuals: An in universe attitude because only Rei really recognizes that they're a thing, but averted in the actual story. Claire and Misha are straight leaning bisexuals while Manaria may be lesbian leaning bisexual. This also implicitly applies to Yuu.
  • No Place for Me There: Dor François has been supporting the commoner revolution for years, well-aware and accepting of the fact that as one of the most important nobles, he will inevitably be executed as an example. His daughter Claire shares his sentiments.
  • Oblivious to Love: Somewhere around the early mid point of the story, Claire clearly grows attached to Rei, most likely at least partially in a romantic sense. However, Rei herself is oblivious and has toned down the flirting. She still thinks that Claire is into Sein, when by all appearances she gave up on him quite early in the story.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: Lorec of the Order of the Academy. He's the ideal military figure for his time, handsome and powerfully built, with a stately air about him, and great skills and experience in combat to back it up.
  • Off the Rails: Rei is supposed to romance a prince in the original game, and Claire's supposed to be The Rival. Since she's not restricted by the options in the otome VN, however, Rei goes after Claire instead. Rei doesn't seem to realize that Claire has been slotted into the new love interest position even as she notices her taking the role in every game event instead of the princes.
  • Potty Emergency: Claire almost suffers one after being accidentally locked in one of the school's massive warehouses, until Rei helpfully uses her dual-casting skills to construct her a toilet, complete with working, modern plumbing.
  • Prince Charming: Rod, oldest and most popular of the three princes, among players and the public alike. Rei describes him as a classic ore-sama: proud, egotistical, and determined, letting nothing and no one stop him.
  • Precocious Crush: Claire towards Manaria. The former was sent to live with the latter's family, shortly after Claire's beloved mother died and her father could not take care of her amidst his grief and regular work both. Claire admits this was mostly because Manaria comforted her during her time of grief, and she thought Manaria was a boy. For clarity, Manaria saw her as more of a little sister.
  • Put on a Bus: After her arc, Manaria must return to the same kingdom that had exiled her to the Bauer Kingdom in the first place. She comes back for the grand finale, though.
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: Yuu turns out to be this, combined with Gender Bender. She'd had a twin brother who died as a baby, and her mother decided to have her infected with a gender-bender disease and raised as a prince in order to gain political power.
  • Reality Ensues: In the epilogue, it's noted that Claire and Rei will most likely never be able to legally marry even though the former is helping to write the new constitution. It's also an uphill battle for women's suffrage and not just due to sexism: Women are typically highly uneducated when it comes to politics, so it's a legitimate question as to whether they can participate.
  • The Reveal:
    • The identities of the Naa Empire's mysterious masked assassins are none other than Prime Minister Salas Lilium and his daughter, Lily.
    • The accident that nearly killed the entire François family was a murder attempt. Dor François has been supporting the revolutionary forces ever since, to both avenge his wife and destroy the system that caused such corruption and careless disregard for human life.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Villified: The titular Commoner Uprising, which seeks to overthrow the current monarchic government in favour of democracy. Shame the Naa Empire is abusing it to install their own puppet ruler and silently conquer the Bauer Kingdom.
  • Rich Bitch: Claire. It helps that house François' patriarch, Dor François, is the Minister of Finance. Though she was currently cut off from her family's fortune and connections during her time in the story, Manaria also counts.
  • The Rival: Claire was supposed to be this, competing with Rei for the affections of one of the three princes and intended "capture targets." Instead, she's the target of Rei's affections. Played more straight when Manaria enters the picture, and she is most definitely willing to steal Claire's heart if Rei isn't willing to step up.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Claire gives Rei this after she decides she would rather die at the hands of the revolutionaries than abandon her family name, survive, and be with Rei.
  • Sad Clown: Rei acts like a stereotypical clingy, pushy gay. Emphasis on acts: she will openly acknowledge that it's a coping mechanism if asked and her actual approach to romance is notably more timid. This is largely because of how she grew up in modern, still largely homophobic Japan, and her early experiences with exploring her sexuality. She also has a great deal of difficulty being honest because she tends to bottle up her real feelings and cover it with humor.
  • Scissors Cuts Rock: Rei beats Claire rather handily in their duel despite only using earth, which is weak to Claire's fire. First she makes a shield of a heat-resistant material that can't be burnt through like normal earth, and later uses a game breaker strategy of just moving all the dirt out from beneath Claire's feet faster than she can get out of the hole.
  • Secret Keeper: Misha, having been close friends with Rei, eventually confronts her over her drastic change in character at the beginning of the story, leading to Rei spilling everything about her past life and the game world to her. Rei's knowledge of future events - specifically the Revolution - is what convinces Misha to go along with Rei's plan to cure Yuu's gender bender disease.
    • Later, Claire confronts Rei over her seemingly impossible knowledge of the revolutionaries and the corrupt nobility. Rei does tell her about her past life but passes off the original otome game as a "prophetic book" instead.
  • Secret Test of Character: Twofold with Manaria. She never had any intention of romancing Claire, she just wanted to see if A) Rei would have the strength, the courage, and the determination to do anything to make Claire safe and happy, and B) if Manaria would want to continue her pursuit of Rei—Manaria's already abandoned one relationship once, she won't stand to love someone who makes the same mistake as she did.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: For however much Rei constantly gets on Claire's nerves, it becomes increasingly clear that she feels much more alongside annoyance, confusion, and disgust for her. This is especially prominent when she angrily shouts at Manaria not to "steal what is hers"—that is, Rei.
  • Smart People Play Chess: As befitting a monarch being trained in military strategy, much of Rod's intelligence is displayed through his chess skills. This is also how he finds that Rei is not nearly as clueless and airheaded as she seems, when she loses to him in chess by intentionally making very bad decisions.
  • Split-Personality Merge: Much of pre-incarnation Rei's memories and behaviors dominate her current life, but Rei's parents seem to find absolutely nothing different or suspicious about their daughter's change in behavior, and Rei notes she has memories of the original Rei Taylor. Misha does notice the sudden, dramatic, inexplicable change and her antics, however, and confronts about it.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Rei's attempts to drive Rod away by losing to him on purpose backfires, eventually leading him to propose to her, though she turns him down flat.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Sein, middle child of the three princes and heirs to the country's throne. He's well-above average, but when both your older and younger brothers are at the very top, it's hard not to feel inferior.
  • Take That!: Surprisingly averted at one point considering the Author Tract above. Rei's behavior is very similar to certain gay stereotypes (clingy, flirty lesbian, in this case) which is something you might expect her to be critical towards. It's not uncommon for gay Japanese celebrities to take on other stereotypical gay attitudes and she's copying them. However, she says that if this helps someone cope with the social problems and emotional anxiety that comes with the position, then it's fine. Everyone needs a way to cope with stress.
  • Third-Person Person: Lily Lilium, daughter of Prime Minister Salas Lilium, and a cardinal of the Spirit Church.
  • Title Drop: The Magical Tool 「Revolution」, which caused a gigantic shift in the established aristocracy to a meritocracy. It quickly becomes much more serious once the working class begins to shift towards violence and all-out war.
  • Too Much Alike: Rei dislikes Rod as he's determined, assertive, and never takes "No" for an answer, when it comes to getting what he wants the most. She displays these exact same traits, only with Claire.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Rei makes absolutely no secret of how much she enjoys Claire's bullying and abuse, much to the latter's confusion and consternation. She frequently, literally even asks for it.
  • Transgender
    • Prince Yuu, born as Princess Yuu, until she was intentionally afflicted with a gender-bending disease as a baby. She is not happy about being forced to live and grow up as a male (largely due to her mother's wanting her to inherit the throne), and eventually makes the decision to cure herself completely in a rather convoluted, scandalous plot, and permanently live as a female.
    • Rei is particularly supportive of the above because when she was in school one of her friends was a trans man who eventually committed suicide as a result of being forced to live as the wrong gender and not receiving any recognition from his family, who considered him weak for committing suicide rather than acknowledge it was at least partially their own fault.
  • Tsundere: While early on Claire is just kind of irritable, over time she grows more dependent on Rei as one of the few people who actually like her as she is. She gets really upset when Rei quits as her maid after losing a bet and feels like it's a betrayal, even if she won't admit it. Rei, for her part, loves to tease her about this by saying her dere is showing when Claire doesn't even know what that means early on. She admits much later on that she found Rei following her around to be cute.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Relaire, Rei's pet slime, is capable of voluntarily changing into numerous forms, such as inanimate objects, or a highly detailed miniature figure of Claire. It's particularly useful in espionage.
  • What the Hell, Hero?
    • The first time Claire, Rei and Misha openly and frankly discuss Rei's sexuality, Claire draws away from Rei as though she expects to be jumped and molested at the spot. Misha criticizes her and asks if she'd molest the first boy she saw. When Claire gets offended, Misha responds with "You see? You just said the same thing to her." This doubles as a Take That! to the common treatment of gays in Japanese media, who are often highly indiscriminate or scare the same sex people around them, which is played for laughs.
    • King Bauer when he offers Rei a reward for foiling Lambert Orso's plans to murder the nobility at the Royal Academy, alongside inciting violence and civil unrest within the commoner classes. He and the rest of the court are understandably shocked and upset when she asks for Lambert, his sister Lene, and their family to be disgraced and exiled, than executed for treason.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue:
    • Rei and Claire are unofficially married, living on the outskirts of the Bauer with two adopted orphans from the Sassal Volcano eruption. Claire is no longer a noble, but she's happy enough, especially since her father Dor has survived the revolution.
    • Rod has left the Royal Family, and instead has become its new top military commander.
    • Sein has become the new king of Bauer, though in a symbolic position than any real influence in administration.
    • Yuu has been released from her confinement in the monastery, and is happily living with Misha (in private).
    • Manaria has become Queen Regent of the Sousa Kingdom, and despite her stated sexual orientation, is implied to be pondering marriage with Sein.
    • Lene has turned her restaurant, Frater, into a massive success, and has become making new recipes past the ones Rei has given her from modern Japan. She is happily married to her brother, Lambert.
    • Lily was not charged with any crimes, but has gone into a self-imposed exile and disappeared. Rei theorizes it was because of the shame of almost killing and hurting her friends and love interest. She goes on to wonder if one day, she'll be back, asking if she can be Rei's mistress.
    • As mentioned above, Dor François has survived, stripped of his title, but serving as an unofficial adviser to the new democratic government.
    • Salas was supposed to be executed for treason or other severe punishments, but his political expertise and knowledge proved too useful to waste. Like a certain cannibalistic doctor, he is being indefinitely imprisoned and consulted with from time to time.
  • Worthy Opponent: Rod considers Rei one, after she almost beat him at chess, but chose to intentionally lose—something he rather despises. This is especially poignant as Rod has been trained in chess since childhood as a foundation for military strategy, and Rei, a commoner, could not have had the same level of experience nor familiarity with the game. He is very intent on getting a rematch, though Rei refuses: that would progress his romantic arc, and she only has eyes for Claire.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Yuu is the daughter of Salas and the king's second wife, meaning she's actually entirely unrelated to her brothers. This makes her political situation... complicated. It doesn't help that he was born female, and prefers to be that gender, but the Queen is having none of it because she wants him on the throne over his brothers.
  • Yuri Genre: The plot is explicitly about the protagonist, Rei, trying to win the heart of her object of affections, Claire.

Alternative Title: Watashi no Oshi wa Akuyaku Reijou (私の推しは悪役令嬢。)

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