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Introducing: The Hestia Familia

"After further review: I was not wrong."
Bell Cranel, answering the title

Sitting on top of a multi-level underground maze aptly called the Dungeon, Orario is a society that is centered around Dungeon Crawling, assisted by falna, the blessing descended gods give to the Earthlings that comes with rules that look suspiciously like our RPG mechanics.

Enter Bell Cranell, the 14-year-old rookie adventurer who started crawling the Dungeon because... he wants to pick up girls, but between the Dungeon, Orario, and the gods, the universe isn't what it seems... Let's say, the first time he actually sees a girl in the Dungeon, he's the one being saved...

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Danjon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka?), otherwise known as DanMachi, is a series of Light Novels written by Fujino Omori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda, which began publication in 2013 under the GA Bunko imprint. It also has a manga adaptation illustrated by Kunieda, which began serialization in the seinen magazine Young Gangan several months after the novels began.

It received an anime adaptation by J.C. Staff in April 2015. Season 2 aired in summer 2019, with Season 3 following in fall 2020. Season 4 was broadcasted as a split-cour; airing the first part in summer 2022 and the second part in winter 2023. In November 2023, Season 5 has been announced.

It was licensed by Yen Press for English publication and has the distinction of being the first light novel ever released in English BEFORE an anime adaptation aired, i.e. before it was widely known to non-Japanese audiences.

Crunchyroll is streaming all three seasons of the anime, which can be viewed here for people in the following areas: note . The home video is licensed in the United States by Sentai Filmworks, and despite the realignments in the intervening yearsnote , the fact that both companies hold a chunk of the franchise means, eventually, both seasons of the anime are livestreamed on both Crunchyroll and HiDive, Sentai's own streaming service.

There is also a Mobile Phone Game based on the series known as Memoria Freese, backed by Crunchyroll and localized as of 2018, a side story series known as Sword Oratoria, which focuses on Ais Wallenstein and retells the series from her point of view, and a Non-Serial Movie called Arrow of the Orion.

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    Tropes #-B 
  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: There are three minotaurs near the end of S1E10 that are clearly CGI. It's almost impossible to not notice when the first two minotaurs in the series were incredibly important to the story and another (normally animated) one had been on screen not 10 seconds earlier.
  • Achilles' Heel: All monsters have one: the magic stone at their core. One direct strike can fell any monster, although this should only be a last resort as it renders the stone worthless.
  • Accidental Pervert:
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts:
    • Non-video game example. In S1E12, both Welf and Lili are shocked at the outrageous prices being charged for substandard items in the item shop on the 18th floor, such as a really beaten bag being sold for 20k valis. Unfortunately, they don't have a choice but to buy it, as Bell was forced to drop almost all of their items just to make it to the 18th floor safely. And they would need said items to make it back to town.
    • This trope is actually Invoked In-Universe. The people working in safe zones such as Rivira (the town on the 18th floor) know that people will buy their items for exorbitant prices if it could save their life. So, they do. (They get around the fact that Adventurers do not carry around bags of money by creating IOUs and having them pay when they get back home.) The dungeon is a lawless place.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: A supporter's role to an adventurer is to carry their extra gear and loot as well as carve out the magic stones from the bodies of monsters so the adventurer can focus on fighting. This is essential for making money in Orario's economy, as carving up monsters alone in the Dungeon is dangerous and time-consuming. In the anime, the monsters explode into dust the moment they die even if their magic stone is undamaged, diminishing the value of supporters like Lili.
  • Albinos Are Freaks: Inverted. Bell's snow-white hair and red eyes remind others of the cute, but dangerous almiraj (a rabbit with a horn on its head) monsters that inhabit the middle floors of the dungeon — this adds to his "pure" and "rabbit-like" appearance that others find endearing and cute, while Hestia, who is head over heels for him, considers them part of his "cool looks".
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Oooooooh boy. And how. In order:
    • Hestia, Lily, Syr, Eina and Freya all have feelings for Bell, but Bell's too focused on Aiz to notice that they like him.
    • Aiz has Bete, Loki and Lefiya longing for her, but the only person she might possibly be interested in is Bell.
    • Tione likes her captain, Fynn, but the one person he showed any interest in is Lily, who as mentioned, wants Bell.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Apollo Familia blows up the Hestia Familia's church in their efforts to kidnap Bell.
  • Alternate Character Reading: Episode titles of the anime are glossed with text that is completely different, but related, to the title itself. In the following, the gloss are put between parentheses.
    • First season:
      • Episode 1: Adventurer (Bell Cranel)
      • Episode 2: Monster Festival (Monsterphilia)
      • Episode 3: The Blade of a God (Hestia Knife)
      • Episode 4: The Weak (Supporter)
      • Episode 5: Spellbook (Grimoire)
      • Episode 6: The Reason (Liliruka Erde)
      • Episode 7: Sword Princess (Aiz Wallenstein)
      • Episode 8: Wanting to be a Hero (Argonaut)
      • Episode 9: The Blacksmith (Welf Crozzo)
      • Episode 10: Pass Parade (Procession of Monsters)
      • Episode 11: Labyrinth Utopia (Under Resort)
      • Episode 12: Evil Intentions (Show)
      • Episode 13: invokedThe Story of a Familia (Familia Myth)
  • Anachronism Stew: The story is mostly medieval fantasy in terms of daily technological use and setting, but several magic items in the story function closely to modern appliances. For instance, there are elevators in Babel and the streets are adorned with lights powered by Magic Stones. In addition, the gods are fond of modern Japanese tropes. Loki refers to Bete as a Tsundere and had her entire familia dress up in Sailor Fuku as part of a bet, both of which are given a Hand Wave as being part of the "perspective of the gods".
  • Annoying Arrows: Lili's wrist crossbow isn't useful for anything beyond distracting targets. Given that she just draws it with two fingers, it's justified, as it indicates that the bow is really just a glorified slingshot.
  • Anti-Grinding: Stat Grinding is generally limited by rule of diminishing returns and a soft stat cap at 999 (Bell breaks it though). This series' system of Character Levels, however, seems to limit the number of high-level character in the universe. An adventurer can't get a level up by fighting just any Random Encounter even if he has maxed out his stats, since a heroic feat is what's necessary for a level-up. While defeating a level Boss or, at least in Bell's case, defeating a Random Encounter that should have been too strong for him is a "heroic feat," level bosses are rare. They spawn once every 14 days, and that's on the common end of the rare level bosses. This explains why most adventurers would never get a level-up before retirement, and Level 2's are already considered elite in this universe.
  • Artifact Title: The question "Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?" is only relevant at the very start as a bit of a joke where Bell remembers his grandpa advice on romance. The story quickly moves away from the potential Harem Genre aspect and dives into fantasy adventure and later High Fantasy.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • The adventurer that attacks Lilly in S1E06, and even goes so far as to kick her while she was down, is killed by some killer ants a few moments later.
    • The guy who screwed Lilly over by taking away her key then throwing her into a group of monsters also meets a similar end during The Stinger for S 1 E 07 when he's killed by a minotaur who was trained by another adventurer to become an even deadlier creature.
  • Asskicking Leads to Leadership: As a general rule the leader of a Familia is also their highest leveled (or equal highest) member. Probably justified because for most adventurers levelling up is a slow process so the highest levelled member is generally also the most senior member as well.
  • Atrocious Alias: The gods love giving each other's familia members horrible titles as a way to mess with each other. Loki's members managed to avoid bad ones due to Loki intimidating the other gods. Bell's title of Little Rookie, while unimpressive, could have been a lot worse if it wasn't for Freya.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: In S1E08, the minotaur's skin is extremely tough, giving Bell difficultly in fighting it. However, he manages to stab its arm at one point, causing it to drop the sword it was using. Bell then uses the sword to make more cuts into it, then finally stabs it again with his knife, and casts firebolts directly into its body until it explodes.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Goliath falls onto the ceiling of the 18th floor at the end of S1E12, and attacks the adventurers in S1E13.
  • A Truce While We Gawk:
    • A brief one occurs in S1E12 when Hestia releases her goddess form. Both Bell's companions, and the hostile adventurers they were fighting, stop fighting when they see her transform. The hostile group then runs away, not wanting to provoke Hestia.
    • Another one occurs in S1E13, after the Goliath suffers a second devastating blow from Bell. Everyone stops fighting for a moment, and even the monsters are scared enough that they attempt to flee.
  • Badass Crew: Several Familia.
    • Members of the Loki Familia currently listed in the character sheet are all badasses. Take an example: why did Aiz happened to pass by a Mind Down-affected Bell in Book 3/S1E05? Turns out she, Riveria, Tiona, Tione, and Fynn finished a 46-hour crawl at the 37th floor. For fun. They are at least Level 3 (Lefiya), average at Level 5, and maxes at Level 6. To note, most adventurers are Level 1.
    • While we were only told the strength of the Freya familia is on par with Loki's, we know the Ottar, the single adventurer with the highest character level, is in this Familia. We get to see a bit more of their strength in Volume 7. They are FREAKISHLY strong.
    • The Ganesha Familla is noted to be on par with the Loki and Freya Famillas. Makes sense given the fact that their god is incredibly influential, and they're also a Familla of monster tamers.
  • Being Watched: Characters recognize that they are being watched several times throughout the story.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Monsters in this story are feral and mindless, regardless of whether or not they are humanoid or even human-looking. They end up looking appropriately monstrous as a result, being horrifically ugly. Xenos, meanwhile, are intelligent. While below a certain threshold on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism they look exactly the same, above a certain point they begin to look as impossibly beautiful as almost everyone else in this setting. They're still not necessarily good, but unlike regular monsters they have the potential to be.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
    • Played straight for the more action-oriented girls, such as Aiz and Mikoto.
    • Averted with Liliruca, who is shown getting beaten up and abused repeatedly by adventurers other than Bell.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Ares's assistant Maurius. He effectively has to play babysitter to Ares's spoiled little kid.
  • Betty and Veronica: Hestia and Aiz Wallenstein play these roles for Bell respectively. Hestia is the energetic and affectionate goddess of Bell's Familia, she isn't known by many mortals and Bell sees her as family more than anything. Aiz is one of the strongest members of the famous Loki Familia with an exotic, icy personality and Bell falls madly in love with her the moment he meets her.
  • BFS: Ottar gives one to a minotaur he's training in S1E07. It uses said sword against Bell in S1E08. After Bell successfully disables its arm, he grabs the minotaur's sword and uses it against the beast. One handed.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Bell gets to pull this off with Lilly, Firebolts blazing in to save her from a swarm of Killer Ants.
    • Aiz is a specialist at this, first for Bell, then Lefiya a couple times, as well as others.
    • In S1E12, Welf and several of Bell's other companions come to help him while he's dueling against a jealous adventurer who's also using an invisibility item.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In the Japanese audio Bell refers to Hestia as Kami-sama. This is translated as goddess, which is inaccurate. note  Bell's use of Kami-sama would more accurately translate as God, with a big G, and is how the Abrahamic God is referred to by Japanese-speaking followers.
  • Bit Character: Misha Frot, who appears in order to tell the Guild that the monsters have been let out during Monsterphilia, and then promptly disappears. This is however averted in the novels, where Misha is Eina's coworker and there are frequent chats between the two.
  • Blood Is the New Black: Whenever a fight gets intense, Bell always gets blood splashed across his face.
  • Blood Magic: Gods of a familia will prick their finger and drop blood on the back of an adventurer to view and upgrade their status.
  • Blush Sticker: Appears from time to time on various characters, usually Hestia.
  • Body Horror: The Goliath boss the adventurers are forced to fight in S1E13 suffers some devastating blows, which shears off parts of its jaw, head, and later the top half of its body. Due to its Healing Factor however, it manages to regenerate the missing parts. However, once the crystal is exposed, Bell immediately launches another assault at it, finally killing the Goliath.
  • Breather Episode:
    • S1E07 for the most part. Bell spends a lot of time training with Aiz, and learns quite a bit from her despite all the bumps and bruises.
    • S1E11 and the first half of 12, where Bell and his companions spend time recovering in the safety zone of the 18th floor, after barely making it there.
  • Breather Level: Level 18 is an In-Universe example, where monsters don't even spawn.
  • Brick Joke: In "Grand Day Eve", the Hostess of Fertility has a stall set up at the festivities that has Behemoth-themed snacks, all of which are pitch black. Understandably, no one wants to try them. In the "Grand Day" story proper, after Bell and Lefiya defeat the Behemoth, the expedition party takes some time off to recover, with the waitresses giving away snacks. Everyone realizes that they're trying to get rid of the Behemoth snacks they failed to sell at the festival earlier.
  • Bridal Carry: Bell does this to Hestia as they flee a silverback.
  • Broken Bridge: The Goliath dropping into the 18th floor also ends up cutting off the adventurers' escape route. They are therefore forced to fight the beast, as they can't clear the blocked passage until it's defeated.
  • Boy Meets Girl: Bell and Hestia's first meeting in the rain.

    Tropes C-D 
  • Call-Back: One to Eina's reminder to Bell all the way back in Volume One about the rules of the Dungeon, the number one being "Not to go on an adventure"note , during the fight with the Minotaur. After Bell decides he's going to take it on alone, his inner thoughts are "Today, for the first time... I'm going to have an adventure."
  • Casting Gag:
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: For everyone except Bell, adventuring works like this.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The potion given to Bell by Miach in the middle of Volume 2 of the novels is important in a battle latter that volume.
    • Hestia purchases some perfume in S1E12, which to Lili was an incredible waste of money while in the dungeon. Said perfume ends up helping the latter find where the former was at after she was kidnapped by some adventurers later in the episode.
    • In addition, Welf's warning that magical items in general are breakable plays a part in the battle Bell has in S1E12, as he is able to shatter the magical helmet his opponent wears that is keeping him invisible.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • The Denatus meeting at the start of Vol. 4 is crammed full of them. Takemikazuchi is present with Mikoto being given her nickname; Ishtar appears and showcases her rivalry with Freya; Ares (and his Kingdom of Rakia) is mentioned as making trouble; Uranus is namedropped. All of these characters would become important in subsequent novels. The anime cuts this, only showing a scene right beforehand where Hestia speaks to Takemikazuchi, not coincidentally the only gunman who is relevant in that season.
    • In S1E04, Bell buys a set of armor from a Hephaestios blacksmith he has never heard about. Said blacksmith, Welf Crozzo, ends up joining Bell's team later.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Several adventurers from the Soma familia are seen doing this, such as in S1E06 when one guy waits for Lili to show up by some stairs in the dungeon. He beats her up, steals her gear, and then is subjected to this by another adventurer who then says You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • S1E02 ends on one, with Bell locking Hestia away behind a gate to prevent the gorilla from getting to her while he attempts to lure it away.
    • S1E10 ends with a rescue party attempting to get to Bell's group after they're cut off from escaping the dungeon. Meanwhile Bell's group attempts to go even deeper, down to the 18th floor, which is considered a safe haven, though they're all badly injured.
    • In S1E12, a gigantic monster is seen falling on top of the crystal ceiling of the 18th floor. The credits roll before anything else is shown.
    • S1E05 of Sword Oratoria, when the boss for 38th floor appears and Aiz wants to fight him solo. She's been in emotional distress and hasn't been eating for several days.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Hestia shows shades of this. She even questions Eina, who claims her relationship with Bell is strictly business.
    (As Hestia updates Bell's status): The flames of jealously towards Aiz burned in Hestia's heart.
    • In the novels—told largely from Bell's POV—she "shows shades" of this trope. In the anime, she takes it up to 11.
  • Clothing Damage: Aiz's breastplate is visibly damaged when she reaches the level Bell passed out at in S1E05.
  • Combat by Champion: Invoked. Hestia's submission for the lottery to see what type of War Game the Hestia and Apollo Familias would take part in was "DUEL", since this was the only way said War Game could be even remotely fair.
  • Common Tongue: The common language is called Koine (κοινή), which is Greek for "common".
  • Compressed Adaptation: S1E09 is adapted from an entire volume of the novels (Volume 4).
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: A justified variant in S1E10: the best adventurers in Yamato's party are not worse than Bell's party, but having to defend the weaker party members against the Zerg Rush dilutes most of their power.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Hestia has noted that many Gods and Goddesses tend to mess with mortals with special abilities for their own entertainment. Bell has become a prime example of this trope when he catches the eye of Freya.
  • Credits Running Sequence: Several characters do this in the ending.
  • Crisis Catch-and-Carry:
    • After Bell and Hestia are being chased by a Silverback, with the two of them tumbling down a staircase. Bell picks up Hestia and runs while carrying her. Hestia really enjoys the treatment.
    • When both Lili and Welf are KOed, Bell grabs one of them in each arm as he tries to make it down to the safe zone on Floor 18, which includes having to make it past the Goliath.
  • Crossover Cosmology: The gods featured in the series are from a variety of religions. Hestia, Hephaestus, Zeus, and Hermes are from Greek mythology, while Loki and Freya are from Norse mythology, along with a scattering of others.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Hermes explains this as his reasoning for letting Bell get beat up by other adventurers, as Bell doesn't know about how some adventurers aren't as as kind as he is.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Aiz delivers these regularly.
    • The battle with the silverback almost ends up like this, as all Bell can do is run away. But once he's given a new weapon from Hestia, the gorilla is suddenly on the receiving end of one from him.
    • Subverted initially, but then played straight in S1E07 when Bell battles a dangerous minotaur. He has trouble initially, but after Aiz shows up, he doesn't want the humiliation of being saved by her a second time, and goes one on one with the beast. Everyone present is completely shocked that he manages to defeat it, when earlier the minotaur gave an experienced group trouble while they attempted to escape from it.
    • Bell defeats a baby dragon after it chases after Lilly in S1E09. His new skill "Argonaut", allowed him to deliver a One-Hit Kill to it.
    • While traveling to the 18th floor in S1E10, Bell's party comes across 4 minotaurs. He slashes the first one apart in about 15 seconds, takes it's axe and wipes out the other three all at once with "Argonaut".
    • Zigzagged in S1E12's duel between Bell and the adventurer. The latter has an initial advantage due to an invisibility helmet, and he takes his sweet time pummeling Bell. However, a short while later Bell somehow manages to sense where the guy is, and manages to break said helmet. Bell likely would have killed or at least seriously injured the guy had Hestia not of showed up then.
  • Damsel in Distress: Hestia in S1E12, after some jealous adventurers kidnap her to lure him out and "teach him a lesson" for somehow managing to make it to the 18th floor shortly after achieving level 2. Something that took them years to achieve by comparison.
  • Dance of Romance:
    • With some help from Hermes, Bell and Aiz dance together at Apollo Familia's ball in the first episode of the second season.
    • Hestia also gets Bell to dance with her at a town's festival in the second season finale.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique. 24-Hour Dogeza.
    Hestia: It's the technique to end all techniques.
  • Date Peepers: Hestia's date (or at least, she considers it one) with Bell in S1E05/ the second novel is ruined by these, made up of several other goddesses who are curious about the man she's with. They end up spending much of the evening running and hiding, but get a nice night time view of the city.
  • Death by a Thousand Cuts: Ryu warns Bell of this in S1E11. She tells him that while individual battles in the middle floors may not be that difficult, there's a lot more fights. And too many of them could lead to this trope. They quickly find out after Mikoto's group runs by Bell's group while they were already engaged in a fight with a lot of other monsters.
  • Death by Origin Story: Bell's grandfather. He's not actually dead, as you would expect of a god, just "retired". Hermes has been stalking Bell on his request, although he has interests of his own.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance:
  • Delaying Action: Done in S1E13 to buy time for the mages to cast their spell against the Goliath. It doesn't work.
  • Demihuman: The main races in this universe include humans and several of these: elves, dwarfs, Amazons, beastmen, prums, gnomes...
  • Deus ex Machina: Lampshaded. Bell's "Luck" ability is basically the author giving himself permission to pull these whenever he wants.
  • Dine and Dash: Bell does this unintentionally when he flees the Hostess of Fertility pub in humiliation after overhearing Bete Loga mock him for needing to be saved by Ais. Bell only realizes this a day later after passing out from all the monster hunting he did in the dungeon, returning and apologizing while also paying for the meal.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Ultimately, a War Game between the Hestia and Apollo Familias started because of a Bar Brawl between Bell Cranel, Welf Crozzo, and some of the higher-ranking members of the latter Familia. The Bar Brawl was deliberately incited by the Apollo Familia though. Apollo wanted to kidnap Bell, but doing so directly would be too much trouble, and killing Hestia wouldn't guarantee that he would get Bell. So, he forced the Hestia Familia into the war game as a more roundabout way to take Bell.
  • Distressed Dude: The minotaur incident, when Aiz saved Bell from being killed by a minotaur. This is hilarious as Bell initially seeks Damsel in Distress scenarios so that he could build a harem.
  • Divine Date: It's not rare for gods to show attraction for mortals and vice versa. The main example is Hestia who is madly in love with Bell even though he doesn't reciprocate. The two last episodes of season 2 actually discuss the issues of romance between gods and mortals after Bell hurts Hestia's feelings by saying gods must be revered and can't have an equal romantic relationship with mortals, but Miach and Hephaestus tell him gods actually find it easier to come to love mortals than other gods even though those relationships only last for a moment from gods' perspective.
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: Subverted. In Volume 7, Bell accidentally wanders into Orario's Red Light District and is nearly gang-raped by a horde of Amazons in the Ishtar Familia. The entire incident is portrayed as terrifying and Bell is nearly ripped apart while they're fighting over him. He's only saved by a stroke of good luck when he wanders into Haruhime's room, and by then he's bruised, his clothes are in tatters, and he's fearing that a special part of him would be taken away forever.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: Tione does her best to negotiate a high price when selling the Cadmus Skin to the Dian Cecht familia. Even her sister and friends were shocked by how much she was trying to get out of it, up to and including shamelessly lying about defeating the Cadmus dragon when she just picked it up.
  • Draconic Humanoid: Vouivre are a type of monster that resemble human-dragon hybrids. In Volume 9 a Xenos of this type of monster named Wiene is introduced and becomes a major character.
  • Draw Aggro: In Fifth Novel (S1E10 of the anime), Yamato, facing injuries within her own parties, accidentally lures a large group of monsters onto Bell's group while attempting to run away. Since Bell and the others were already fighting several, this forces them to run away as well, and they end up even deeper in the dungeon as a result. This is known as a "pass parade" and is a rather common thing in the Dungeon. In particular, a rather massive one known as the Nightmare of the Twenty-Seventh Floor is a huge cornerstone of Sword Oratoria's plot, although it happened a long time ago.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Minotaurs appear to be some of the more powerful and dangerous creatures in the dungeon, hence why when Bell runs into one at the beginning of the show, it was considered extremely unusual to see one at the floor he was at. In S1E08, some of Aiz's companions mention that the creatures often require a coordinated attack by multiple members to defeat. Then they see Bell taking one on by himself...
    • Hilariously enough, Loki's familia is this for the monsters! When they're romping in the dungeons all of the monsters from the upper to the middle floors with at least average intelligence (including the minotaurs) run in terror at the sight of them.
  • Dress Hits Floor: Ishtar disrobes in this matter when she tries to charm Bell with her Living Aphrodisiac powers, but since he's immune to them, his reaction is to turn away and tell her to Please Put Some Clothes On. During the scene, the audience only ever see Ishtar's bare legs or with Scenery Censor and Shoulders-Up Nudity.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: In S1E04 of the anime, Bell is going about his business when he sees an unknown woman (Liliruca) being attacked by a sword-wielding stranger. He immediately rushes in to protect her, and when the attacker asks why he got involved in someone else's dispute, he replies "because she's a girl". Later on, he provides this answer as the same justification for why he comes to save her after she betrays him, steals his weapon, and leaves him for dead amid a swarm of monsters. Even Liliruca is taken aback by this, and asks him "Will you save any woman just because she's a woman"? In this case, it's because of his upbringing. His grandfather always said that a hero should always save the girl. (This is later reiterated in Volume 7, and it's also the basis of the series premise: Bell knew nothing about Aiz, but it was Love at First Sight for him and he had sworn that he would devote himself to her. Sadly he's not strong enough to rescue her... yet.)
  • Dungeon-Based Economy:
    • The dungeon works like a coal mine. Adventurers go into the dungeon and harvest the magic stones from monsters, which are then used by the guild to produce power sources for appliances and other purposes.
    • Orario is actually the center of the world thanks to this, as the infinitely regenerating nature of the Dungeon makes magic stones, already a handy substitute for electricity, a renewable resource. Since there is only one Dungeon, Orario is therefore uncontested in the field of energy.
  • Dungeon Crawling: A major industry in the city of Orario, and Bell's main source of income.
  • Dungeon Maintenance: As discussed in No Body Left Behind, below, in this universe the bodies of dead monsters will only disintegrate if their magic stones were removed. While removing the magic stones is not a free action, the magic stones itself are the major plunder in this universe, so adventurers have personal financial interest in keeping the dungeon clean, either by themselves or through Supporters.
  • Dungeon Shop: Rivira is an entire town of Dungeon Shops.

    Tropes E-F 
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Welf is briefly seen arguing with a shopkeeper in S1E02 after Bell walks away from Miach's store. He doesn't join Bell's group until S1E09.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: It takes quite a bit of effort on everyone's part to defeat the Goliath in S1E13.
  • Elfeminate: Elves of both sexes have the reputation to be very pretty, and Eina is conscious of this fact enough to avoid entering bars.
  • Elopement: In Volume 6, Hestia offers to run away with Bell, since they were currently on the verge of exile and Familia members and their gods are separated from each other in the case of such an event. Unfortunately the topic is dropped as the army that was chasing them had caught up,
  • Elves Versus Dwarves:
    • A similar dynamic is seen between Ryuu (an elf) with Aisha (an amazon), where Ryuu's elvish elegance clashes with Aisha's brutishness.
    • In a more straight example, Luvis (an elf) is shown to have a fierce rivalry Dormul (a dwarf), where they often buttheads and take snipes over each other's races. Contrasts are shown between Luvis's politeness and nobility, and Dormul's more loud and abrasive but open;y chummy nature. In Memoria Freese the two of them also compete with one another for Eina's hand-in-marriage.
  • Encounter Bait: In S1E06, Lilliluka drops a few of them near Bell.
  • Encounter Repellant: Lilliluka uses one in S1E10 in addition to later volumes of the light novels. It's a bag with an incredibly foul odor, to the point that Welf actually complains about it despite it saving their life in that episode.
  • Easily Forgiven: Liliruca steals Bell's weapons, cheats him out of a fair share of their dungeon loot, and eventually leaves him for dead amid a hoard of monsters, but Bell comes to her rescue and forgives her for everything, because apparently, he is incapable of having any negative emotions or thoughts about women no matter what they do to him.
  • Excalibur in the Rust: After Lilliruca tries to sell Bell's knife, she is shocked to find out that the pawnshop will only give her 30 valis for it. He tells her the blade is dull and won't cut, hence its uselessness. She then wonders how so many monsters were defeated hours earlier by said weapon. After Bell recovers it, the weapon's hieroglyphs immediately light up, causing her to realize that this weapon only works when Bell is holding it.
  • Experience Booster:
    • Bell's skill allows him to rapidly gain experience, shattering the previous record for how fast an adventurer became Level 2.
    • It is a noted phenomenon that the more meaning a battle has, the more experience the participant gets. In Tione's homeland, with a lack of monsters to battle, Amazons were forced to battle each other. For Tione to reach Level 2, Kali forced her to fight one of her friends to the death. This phenomenon was exploited by Freya to stop Loki from looking too closely at how fast Bell levelled up by pointing out that the Minotaur Bell slayed was the second one he encountered and since he still carried some trauma from the first one, fighting the second one carried a special meaning for him.
  • Eye Scream: Ryu and Asfi attack the Goliath's eyes with wind blasts and fire respectively in S1E13, causing it to grab his face in pain.
  • Failure Montage: Bell during his Training from Hell with Aiz in S1E07. During one session, he repeatedly gets knocked out, then makes the same exact face and scream every time since Aiz is giving him a Lap Pillow.
  • Fanservice: Hermes asks to speak to Bell privately in S1E12. He then lures the lad to a spot where they can peek on the girls while they're bathing. Bell is against it, but Hermes nudges him off the tree branch Bell was on, causing him to fall into the bath. He sees all of them naked, with some becoming incredibly embarrassed, while others, like Hestia, don't mind showing off their body to him at all.
  • Fantastic Measurement System: The "celch" and the "meder" are common units of length. Reading between the lines they're clearly just renamed centimetres and metres.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The "Far East" where Takemikazuchi Familia is from is clearly a fantasy version of Japan.
  • Fate Worse than Death: In the anime, Takemikazuchi has pretty much glossed over what happens when a Killing Stone with a Renart's soul is broken. In the novels, he stated it in more concrete terms: that poor renard's cognitive abilities are effectively gone, reducing them to a vegetable.
  • Fictional Currency: The valis, roughly equal to 10 yen in purchasing power.
  • Foreshadowing: In the first episode, Hestia mentions to Bell that gods aren't allowed to use their powers in the dungeons for some reason. She apparently forgot that, as that's exactly what she does in S1E12 to save Bell from the receiving end of a one-sided fight. Consequently a huge floor boss shows up in retaliation.
  • Fox Folk: Renards, a rare race from the Far East who are known for having fox-like ears and a tail. They're unique among the races as they're integral to the creation of a Killing Stone, which rips a renard's soul out of their body to allow the holder to use whatever magic that renard could. Ishtar wanted to force Haruhime to create a Killing Stone for her so she could use her magic to overrun the Freya Familia.
  • Free-Fall Fight: In Sword Oratoria S1E11, Lefiya got thrown into the big hole that connect the floor 52 to floor 58. Bete, Tiona and Tione jump in to rescue her while fighting wyverns that come into the hole to greet them.
  • Funny Background Event: In S1E12, after Hestia asks Bell if he likes sweaty girls, Aiz, who was sitting in the background, immediately begins sniffing herself.
  • Furo Scene: In the first episode of Season 3, Wiene spends some time in the bath with all the Hestia family girls before she deems their company boring and runs to find Bell despite her nakedness.

    Tropes G-H 
  • God in Human Form: The various deities in the series are living with humans and limit themselves to pretty much the same conditions humans live in, such as Hephaestus not using any holy tools to create a dagger for Hestia as a present for Bell.
  • Godzilla Threshold: After a floor boss shows up on the 18th floor along with a large group of monsters, every adventurer stuck there ends up doing their part, however little, in order to stop it. This includes the people living in the player-made town using every available resource such as weapons and armor.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: In S1E07, a tiny pink manifestation of Bell's lecherous grandfather battles a tiny blue version of Hestia to determine Bell's behavior toward a sleeping Aiz.
  • Good-Guy Bar: After dark, Familia members hang out at the Benevolent Mistress. It's a pretty nice place, generally, but adventurers are not always good and thus fights can (and do) happen.
    • There are many others, but out of the ones we've seen the Benevolent Mistress fits this the best. The narration notes that it has a modern feeling.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • A notice in the beginning S1E08 reads:
      Belong to LOKI Familia. This time AIS WALLENSTEIN has upgrade to LV 6. And she has been fight the monster on the 37 floor on her own.
    • A similar notice regarding Bell in S2E06 isn't any better:
      BELL CRANEL a member of HESTIA Familia grep to LV 3. The Familia led by him beat APOLLON Familia in a War Game. He had upgrade to LV 2 one month ago.
    • The sign on Mamma Mia's bar in the anime reads "Hostess of Firtility", while otherwise translated as "The Benevolent Mistress".
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Mord, who is infuriated at Bell's capacity at growth, prompts him to have his buddies kidnap Hestia in order to force Bell into a duel. However, the result of said duel seems to give him a high regard for Bell, during his guest appearance in book 6 he's one of the few people in all of Orario to bet on Bell and Hestia Familia in the War Games. He's heavily implied to have won a huge amount of money. Defeat means riches?
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Hestia engages in one with Lilliruca during S1E07, warning the latter to keep her mitts off Bell. However, Lilly doesn't back off, and attempts to show off her feminine touches and isn't afraid to challenge a goddess in this regard.
  • Hate Sink: This series has these two members of the Ishtar familia:
    • Goddess Ishtar herself resents the fact that Goddess Freya is viewed as far more beautiful and elegant than herself. To spite the latter, she frames her for unleashing a bunch of dangerous monsters in the town and sets up shop in the pleasure district to run it like a mafia. She creates a system of forced prostitution, kidnapping both women (to serve as prostitutes) and men (to serve as "clients" against their will). She also traffics in slavery and has her slaves suffer the same fate. Then, for a cheap power-up, she sacrifices the slaves into a deadly ritual, taking and destroying their souls to boost her forces for total war on Freya. Lastly, she has her slaves beaten half-to-death, and rapes them herself, to remove all ability they might have to refuse whatever she might order of them. The last straw is when she has Bell kidnapped and threatened with rape twice. Vindictive, petty, and cruel, Goddess Ishtar is written to be universally loathed on both sides of the fourth wall.
    • Phryne Jamil is a giant toad-like woman who has deluded herself into thinking she's the most beautiful woman to ever live, even more than both goddesses of beauty. She enjoys beating her fellow familia members half-to-death whether Ishtar orders her to do it or not, and also does the same to whoever crosses her, especially those men who escape her "affection". Said affection consists of kidnapping men either off the street or in the Orario dungeon, dragging them to a torture chamber in the basement of the Ishtar estate, pumping them full of terror and aphrodisiacs, and then torturing them until she gets bored, leaving them a broken, bloody, and permanently impotent mess. She not only happily chains up Haruhime and tries to kill her in a Human Sacrifice ritual, but slaps her around for the tiniest resistance, real or imagined. A woman so disgusting that even her own familia members would kill her if they could, Phyrne Jamil is written to be loathed by both the fanbase and her many victims.
  • Healer God: There are a number of gods who specialize in making healing potions. One of Hestia's close friends in Orario, Miach, is a Nice Guy who enjoys handing out potions to newbies in need of them, even though it constantly puts his already impoverished family in the red. His rival, Dian Cecht, is comparatively wealthy due to his high-quality potions, but is a known Jerkass who constantly overcharges for his services.
  • Healing Factor: The Goliath that attacks the 18th floor in S1E13 manages to regenerate quickly from the devastating attack launched against it by the adventurers.
  • Healing Potion: Healing potions are an essential part of an adventurer's toolkit, especially if their party lacks a healer. The most powerful potions, elixirs, can heal any injury short of a lost limb, and can cost as much as a mansion.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Implied with Mord in volume 6. He is one of the few people to bet on the Hestia Familia over the Apollo Familia. And seems legitimately pleased when they win.
    • Lili is established as merely wanting to be Bell's supporter just so she can steal from him (so she can appease her abusive familia), and having a hatred for adventurers; however, she slowly develops a genuine interest in him. What clinches her eventual liking of him and her becoming nicer is when he rescues her after her familia stole what she had and left her for dead. She is so moved that he forgave her for everything she's done—especially since she left him for dead in a similar fashion just then, and was ready to accept her fate just so she couldn't be abused any further.
  • Helping Would Be Killstealing: There's a rule in the dungeon that a group can't interfere in another group's battle, though it is flexible enough that people ignore it if someone's clearly in danger of dying. Bete brings this up as the reason why Loki Familia shouldn't interfere in Bell's battle with the Minotaur after Bell said he didn't want to be saved again, with Bete even adding This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself. Even when Bete was convinced to help, he and the others found themselves too captivated by the battle to actually do anything.
  • Henotheistic Society: Adventurers are required to pledge themselves to a god and become one of their "children" in order to receive their falna, a blessing that grants them the superhuman abilities required to tackle the dungeon. Because of this, they're generally required to do as their gods ask. However, most gods will still receive respect from mortals unless they possess a poor reputation. In addition, the gods are officially on vacation as part of their descent to the lower world, so they're rarely worshipped in an official capacity anymore.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Bell tries to lead the escaped silverback toward him so Hestia can get away. Subverted because Hestia comes back and gives him what he needs to defeat the monster.
  • Heroic Safe Mode: After Bete mocks Bell and nearly breaks him, Bell, consumed by emotion, runs into the dungeon down to the lower sixth without any form of armor. He survives, due to a combination of rage, adrenaline, and quick thinking that keep him going when otherwise he would have died or retreated a long time ago.
  • Heroic Second Wind:
    • Bell gets one at the end of S1E03, after Hestia raises his stats right in the middle of being chased by a silverback, giving him a new weapon, and telling him to believe in her and himself some more.
    • He gets another one during the second battle against the Minotaur when Aiz is about to save him again, no longer wanting to be saved all the time.
  • Hero of Another Story: Bell and the Hestia Familia may be the main protagonists, but they aren't the only Exploration-type familia around and Orario is full of other adventurers each with their own epic stories, like Loki Familia whose own adventures are told in their own spin-off.
  • High Fantasy: Danmachi ends up being one of these in disguise. While initially seeming like a more personal Slice of Life fantasy story, the epic adventuring elements become more and more prevalent in later arcs as more of the lore is explored. Orario and the Dungeon have a very rich history, with an ever looming quest to clear the dungeon and to defeat the legendary bosses that reside in the lowest levels.
  • High-Pressure Blood: The minotaur that Aiz kills sprays its blood all over Bell after she kills it.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: In S1E09, Bell's face goes red after Hestia teases him about his new skill, "Argonaut", and telling him he's a little old to still be desiring to become a hero.
  • Hobbits: The Prum/Pallums. Originally they were called hobbits but after the manga and anime were created the name was changed to the current name to avoid trademark issues.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: Welf's Will o' Wisp magic has the capability to reverse a Hellhound's attack, causing them to explode by their own magic buildup.
  • Hope Spot: One occurs in S1E13, after the adventurers unleash a powerful magic attack on the Goliath. Unfortunately it has a Healing Factor, and manages to regenerate quickly, undoing all of the damage they just did to it.
  • Hot God: Almost all of the Gods and Goddesses are very beautiful. Even the older looking ones ones like Goibniu are surprisingly ripped.
  • Hot Springs Episode:
    • Volume 2's interlude, Cry Out, Goddess, in the Divine Bathhouse.
    • The OVA is a literal one.

    Tropes I-J 
  • I Lied: One of Lili's familia members promises to save her in S1E06 from the large group of ants converging on them, if she gives him everything she has. She gives him a key to her safe which contained all the money she had been saving up. He then throws her to the group of ants instead of saving her, telling her adventurers never keep their promises to supporters. However, Bell rescues her.
  • Imagine Spot: The novel opens with this—it started with Bell's harem seeking fantasies, then moving to the minotaur incident as Bell found himself utterly stupid to think about this in the first place—he hasn't seen a single woman in two weeks' Dungeon Crawling and he's going to be killed by a minotaur.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Bell's arm gets impaled by the minotaur's horn in S1E08. He returns the favor shortly afterward, stabbing it a few times with his knife.
  • Indirect Kiss: During Monsterphilia, Hestia tries to snag one with Bell.
  • Informed Attribute: Despite being known as an "big-breasted loli" In-Universe, Hestia appears to be in her mid-teens more than she appears to be a traditional "loli" character. The only characteristics that she has that put her into the loli category are her short height, her hair, and her childish nature.
  • Insecure Protagonist, Arrogant Antagonist: Bell is naturally humble and insecure due to his lack of experience and his faraway goal of catching up to Ais Wallenstein. By contrast, most of the adventurers he's pitted against in Orario are far more confident in their abilities to the point of arrogance. Hyacinthos in particular looks down upon Bell while questioning why Apollo is so interested in him, only to get blindsided during the War Game and ultimately defeated by Bell.
  • In-Series Nickname: Bell receives one from Tiona, who calls him Argonaut-kun, as she witnessed him battle the Minotaur where she compared him to the legend of the Argonaut, the boy who wanted to be a hero.
  • Inspirational Insult: In Volume 1 of the main novels, a drunk Bete mouths off Bell, not knowing the latter was in earshot. Humiliated, Bell runs off and enters the dungeon to stat grind as much as possible to prove him wrong.
  • Instant Taste Addiction: Soma of the Soma Familia and his wine. It's so insanely addictive to the point that one sip can render a person addicted for life and would be willing to do anything for a another drop. He considers them all complete failures and has long since abandoned his Familia as followers would join just to try the wine and become slaves to it. Liliruka, however, manages to resist its intoxicating power in order to help Bell.
  • Irony: Bell's original motivation when be began as an adventurer was to gain a harem. After he gives up on that dream, a few girls become interested in him, and he wasn't even trying.
  • It's Quiet… Too Quiet: In S1E08, Bell and Lilly notice that the current floor they're on is too quiet. The fact that there are very few adventurers, and even less monsters, makes it even uneasier for the two. Then they run into the red minotaur trained by Ottar...
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Welf says this to Bell as they struggle through the middle floors in S1E10, as his leg is injured and Bell has to help him get around. Bell refuses to leave him behind, and even after Welf and Lili pass out, he (just barely) manages to drag them to the 18th floor.
  • Jerkass: The jealous adventures who tried to get Bell to join their group.
  • Jerkass Gods: Many of the gods have been shown to be petty, spiteful, possessive, and malicious at the best of times. In Volume 8, two gods string their children along by convincing them that the best way to court Eina is to creepily stalk her. Luckily for Bell, Hestia is merely clingy and lazy at her worst, and is otherwise loving and motherly towards him.

    Tropes K-L 
  • Karmic Death:
    • Averted with Lilly. She thought being tossed into a group of monsters by her own familia was her punishment for screwing Bell over by stealing some of his gear and leaving him behind to deal with dangerous monsters. She even seemed ready to accept her fate, until Bell rescues her at the last minute.
    • Played straight during The Stinger in S1E07. The last surviving member being slaughtered by a minotaur is the same guy who threw Lilly into a group of monsters in the previous episode after taking the key to her safe away.
    • Subverted with the adventurer attacking Bell in S1E11. He is nearly killed several times, but is saved due to Bell's insistence that they protect all the adventurers.
  • Killer Rabbit:
    • Literal ones in S1E10. Ax-wielding killer rabbits, at that. Both Welf and Lilly initially joke that "Bell is attacking them", due to his albinism.
    • In Volume 6, the vorpal rabbits are brought up again, namely by Hyacinthus, who once again compares Bell to the monsters.
  • Killing Intent: Similarly to how characters can identify that they are Being Watched, they can also sense killing intent.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Dix, the whole story just goes downward at full speed when he shows up.
  • Lap Pillow:
    • Aiz does this for Bell after she finds him fainted from overusing his new spell in S1E05. When he comes to, he initially mistakes her for his mother. Then when he realizes who it is, he screams and runs away again, but does it by rolling away really fast in a hilarious fashion.
    • Aiz again in S1E07 while training him and repeatedly knocking him out accidentally. He hilariously makes the same face and scream each time it happens during one session.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Apollo's attempt to kidnap Bell and force him into his familia by staging a fight and inciting a War Game led to his ruin when his familia lost the War Game.
  • Level Grinding: Adventurers get stronger and level up by beating monsters in dungeons once their status is updated by a God.
  • Limit Break: Limit Release is a temporary state that boosts the power of all skills for an adventurer that achieves it. It can only be achieved when surrounding condition and the adventurer's own emotions combine to overload the Falna. Bell releases his during the battle against the Goliath in S1E13, destroying half of its body and allowing him to break the crystal, killing it.
  • Lost in Translation: Ares using the word "godstage" instead of "hostage" sounds like a lame pun in English. However, the Japanese word for "hostage" literally means "human collateral", which means it would no longer be accurate as Ares intends to keep a God in Human Form hostage.
  • Lottery of Doom: In the sixth volume, a War Game is about to be waged by the Hestia and Apollo Familias. The Gods end up placing ballots to see what type of "game" would be played. Unfortunately, the result was "CASTLE SIEGE", the worst possible thing since the Hestia Familia did not have the strength to storm through a castle, nor defend it.
  • Love Confession: Hestia gives one to Bell at the end of Volume One/S1E03 of the anime. It seems to have gone completely over his head that it's romantic love. She gives another one in Volume 6. This time, Hestia also asks him if he loves her, and if he does, then how. Ultimately, Bell did not have enough time to figure out what she meant, nor the time that was needed to answer, as they were currently being chased by an army of adventurers.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Subverted in S1E08. After Bell defeats the minotaur, it explodes, but doesn't cover him in blood and guts. And whatever was left of its body disintegrates and vaporizes.

    Tropes M-N 
  • Magic Misfire: If spellcasters fail to concentrate properly while casting magical spells, it can result in "Ignis Fautuus", where their magical energy builds up and explodes. Welf's spell "Will o' Wisp" causes this on the target.
  • Magitek: Most of the technology in the setting is typical medieval fantasy, but some magic items and appliances function more like modern tech, like the elevators in Babel or the Magic Stone-powered streetlights.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Demeter does this to Bell, shoving him into her "overwhelming chest canyon".
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The elites of the Loki Familia knew they were in trouble when they came across a Demi-Spirit on the 59th Floor. Their despair was heightened when it began to chant, but their fears weren't fully realized until after it had nearly decimated them with its first usage of super long chant magic, only to immediately begin the incantation of a second spell.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Discussed in the season 2 finale. One of the reasons why Bell finds it wrong to have an intimate relationship with a goddess is that he knows mortals like him will grow old and die while gods are immortals. Bell wouldn't want to make Hestia suffer from grief over his death for all of eternity, but Hestia affirms she will happily stay by Bell's side even when he becomes an old man and after he dies, she will look for his reincarnation so they can be together in every one of his next lives.
  • The Maze: One sits right underneath the city of Orario, called the Dungeon.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade:
    • Bell learns a spell, "Firebolt" in S1E05. It comes in very handy during later dungeon diving adventures, particularly when he levels up.
    • Bell receives another knife courtesy of Welf in S1E09, partly because he grouped with him, and partly because Bell didn't treat him any differently after finding out that he is able to make magic weapons, unlike other adventurers before him who instantly demanded magic weapons once they found out.
  • Mi'raj: White and yellow Needle Rabbits roam around on the 7th floor. They're rabbits with a horn on their heads and for the most part not dangerous, but if they launch themselves towards an enemy their horn and hit, the damage is severe if not lethal. A Needle Rabbit's horn is therefore considered quality weapon material. Bell and Lilly encounter these creatures in Volume 2 and in Volume 5 they get to deal with the related Al-Mirajs on the 13th and 14th floors. Al-Mirajs are like Needle Rabbits, but they walk on their hind legs, are on the smaller side of human-sized, and know how to handle weapons and combat strategy. Relative to the floor, Al-Mirajs are not more dangerous than Needle Rabbits unless they come in groups. Any Al-Miraj more to deal with than a group of adventurers has members poses a considerable risk.
  • Moment Killer: In Volume 6, Hestia asks Bell to run away with her, since Hestia was on the verge of exile and Hestia loved Bell too much to break up with him. Before Hestia can finish explaining exactly how she loves Bell and ask whether or not he loves her back, the army that was chasing them catches up to them and Hestia is forced to abandon the topic for now.
  • Mood Whiplash: The upbeat Ending theme for the show is quite out of place when the episode ends on some rather heavy moments from time to time.
    • S1E11 begins with Bell struggling to get to the eighteenth floor, with Lilly and Welf knocked out from exhaustion, followed by a close encounter with the Goliath that Bell got extremely lucky with its spawn time... and then about five minutes later, Bell has both Tiona and Tione gushing about the battle they saw, leaping headfirst into comedy.
  • Mook Horror Show:
    • The small group of monsters that attacks Bell in S1E07. He and Lilly are able to defeat many of them to the point that they start backing away from him. Even when another group of larger monsters show up a moment later, he charges them anyway.
    • Bell faces off against similar creatures again in S1E09. Thanks to his new level and a Training from Hell session with Aiz, he notices that they move rather slow. But then he corrects himself, and notices that it's because he's much faster now. He slays several of them again, and even kills a monster that Lilly and Welf were unaware was about to attack them.
    • Thanks to the fact that Loki Familia was not aware of the existence of the Xenos, Volume 10 ends in one of these.
    • Ares's Familia tries to attack Orario at the beginning of episode 11 in season 2. Though he has a massive army and it initially seems to go well, the adventurers in Orario are much more powerful than the rank and file soldiers in Ares's army. Consequently things go really bad for him as they stop every attack he tries to launch at them.
  • Mook Maker: Udaeus, the floor boss of the 37th floor, is capable of summoning the skeletal Spartoi to assist it in battle.
  • Morton's Fork: Two show up in S1E10:
    • Yamato's group is forced with this. They could attempt to stand their ground and fight the pursuing monsters, but many of her companions are wounded and in no condition to fight. She ultimately chooses to run past Bell's group, who was already fighting monsters, which also meant the monsters would then turn their attention onto the latter group.
    • After Yamato makes her choice, Bell is forced to make a similar decision after they get stuck trying to find a way back up. Lilly suggests going down even further, to the 18th floor, where monsters don't spawn, and then ask a passing group of higher-level adventurers for an escort back up. Though Bell would rather get out of the dungeon as fast as possible, all of them are injured and exhausted, so he makes the decision to go down there.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: More often than not, an Adventurer's size is not indicative of their strength. Even an absolute beginner will easily overpower any normal non-Adventurer in a contest of brute force, even if said Adventurer has the build of a bundle of twigs. Even Adventurers with S-Rank Strength (thus placing them at the top-echelons of their level) like Bell and high-level Adventurers like Aiz aren't particularly bulky despite being able to tear monsters to bits and punch giant holes in their bodies with ease. That said, some Adventuers ''are'' buff with the strength to match like Ottar.
  • Neat Freak: Elven culture is obsessed with cleanliness and purity. They obsessively cover their bodies with clothing except for their face and hands, and will only let non-elves they truly trust touch them. Being "defiled" or "dirtied" by their actions or another's (i.e. having sex with a member of another race) is an enormous source of shame for an elf and can lead them to be ostracized if not ousted outright from elven society. This also leads to Fantastic Racism among elves toward other races and cultures. Half-elves and dwarves in particular tend to be scorned by elves, though elven adventurers who have spent a long time in Orario like Riveria and Ryuu tend to be more open-minded and less neurotic.
  • Never Trust a Title: The question of "Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?" is never answered in the anime, or even really brought up. In the light novels, the justification is that Bell Cranel became an adventurer to pick up girls... which was a terrible idea, but he ended up finding romance as an adventurer anyway. Thus it was not wrong after all. The title is actually a Pun that was made in the prologue, released while the series was still called "Familia Myth" and published online. "Familia Myth" is not too marketable, so the series was re-titled, and the pun became a Title Drop. Unfortunately, the joke was Lost in Translation. Though the original Japanese title, ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうか has nothing to indicate picking up girls. It is more accurately translated to: "Is it wrong to seek an encounter in dungeons?".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • The book that Syr loans Bell in S1E05 allows him to use a spell, something he wasn't able to do before. Unfortunately, Hestia finds out it's a grimoire, meaning it can only be read once, after which the pages become blank. Hestia tells him it's expensive to replace and attempts to pull some strings to get it restored. But Bell decides to own up to the mistake instead, and apologize for using it up.
    • Hestia unleashes her divinity in S1E12 in an attempt to stop a mostly one-sided fight with an adventurer beating on Bell. Unfortunately, as described in the Headscratchers page, doing this causes the dungeon to reciprocate something equal to what was done. In this case, a floor boss spawns and attacks the supposedly "safe haven" on the 18th floor. And since Aiz and most of the stronger adventurers had already left, with the entrance and exit cut off, they had to defeat it with a smaller and weaker overall group of adventurers, including ones still recovering such as Bell.
  • No Antagonist: For the first five novels and season 1 of the anime, there is no Big Bad that the heroes have to thwart. Aside from the monsters in dungeons, the closest we get to an antagonist is Freya, and even then her alignment is left vague as she doesn't seem to be straight-up evil. Averted from Volume 6 onwards (corresponding to the second anime season) where there are a rotating cast of antagonists. Apollo Familia in Volume 6, Ishtar and most of her Familia in Volume 7, the attempted invasion of Orario by Ares Familia serves as a common plot thread for all the stories in Volume 8, with them taking direct action in several stories and Ikelos and the head of his Familia Dix drive much of the plot for Volumes 9 and 10.
  • No Body Left Behind: The Anime and Light Novel/Manga differ on this, in the Anime a monster dissolves as soon as it is killed, but in the LN and Manga the bodies of monsters don't dissolve until their crystal is removed. The anime changing this leaves a slight Plot Hole because the reason Lilly and Bell are able to make so much more money working together is that Lilly carves up the bodies while Bell focuses on fighting, meaning he doesn't have to waste time carving them himself. Ironically though the anime does show a scene where Bell defeats a monster just by destroying its crystal.
  • No One Gets Left Behind:
    • Despite his injuries and the fact it would be easier, Bell refuses to abandon Welf and Lilly on their way down to the 18th floor—even if he's the only one who's even conscious.
    • Bell essentially does this for all of the adventurers stuck on the 18th floor when the Goliath attacks. Even for the group that lured him into a trap in S1E12.
  • No-Sell:
    • The silverback's fur is strong enough to leave Bell's knife completely useless, even if he puts all his strength into his attack.
    • The minotaur Bell fights in S1E07 has tough skin as well, requiring him to use a lot of effort to even pierce it. He has an easier time of it once he manages to stab the creature's arm, then using its sword against it.
    • Subverted in S1E13. The Goliath sustains visible damage, but due to its Healing Factor it recovers fairly quickly, to the point that it looks like they didn't hurt the creature at all. Several characters also attempt to use special attacks against it, but at best it just delays the monster a few moments.
  • Non-Player Companion: The Supporters are this universe's equivalent of this type.
  • Non-Serial Movie: The author has stated the movie Arrow of the Orion is not intended to be part of the canon, but just a way to have fun.
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Hermes says he's going to join Asfi in the Bell rescue party in S1E10. Asfi says it's supposed to be forbidden for a god to enter the dungeon. He claims as long as no one finds out, it should be fine. Hestia immediately also uses this and says she's going to join them as well, wanting to personally rescue Bell. It bites them in the ass when the dungeon notices the pair of deities and sends the Goliath to kill them.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Bell admits to this when dealing with Yamato's group, saying that if Welf and Lilly's lives were on the line, he would have left the monsters for the other group, just as Yamato's group had done.
  • Not Worth Killing: Ares's soldiers are this to Loki, at least according to the novel. While the Loki Familia is completely capable of annihilating the troops, Loki specifically asked them to avoid using deadly force. A lot of Orario's game plan for them is through humiliation—the invaders are then served by Orario's merchant familia peddling their superior weapons, potions, and even prostitutes.

    Tropes O-R 
  • Offhand Backhand: During the celebration at the end of S1E13, Aiz does this to Loki when the latter tries to glomp her like Hestia and Lily are doing with Bell.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!:
    • This is more or less how Loki reacts when she realises Freya is taken with a guy, again. What makes it especially problematic is that Freya does not care if the guy is part of another familia already.
    • Hephaestus is annoyed that at the second Celebrations of the Gods in a row, Hestia and Loki got into another fight.
  • One-Gender Race: The Amazons are a female-only race. They are cross-fertile with all mortals, but can only bear female children.
  • One-Hit Kill: Other than adventurers killing random Mooks, Bell does one in S1E09, to a baby dragon, thanks to his new skill "Argonaut".
  • Old Magic: Magic was practiced by races like the elves more than a thousand years before the gods descended to the Lower World. It's still practiced in the present day by the elves and certain magic schools like the ones in Altena, but even the strongest of these spells tends to be vastly inferior in destructive power to magic granted by falna or a grimoire.
  • One-Man Army: Ottar first and foremost but the second volume of the Familia Chronicle lets the other high ranked members show off their own skills on that front, taking on massed military formations single-handedly (except for the Gulliver Brothers). The narration notes that almost any Adventurer of Level 5 or above would qualify outside of Orario where Level 3s are rare and Level 4s are almost non-existant.
  • Orphaned Etymology: Justified. Whenever a piece of Orphaned Etymology pops up In-Universe, it's almost always noted that the gods introduced the word and concept to Gekai. Among other things, this is where all the anime fanspeak comes from.
  • Outlaw Town: Dungeon towns (which are notably not what the wiki defines them as: they are towns INSIDE a dungeon, not towns that ARE a dungeon) are described as roughly equivalent to outlaw towns, since the Guild has no power there.
  • Patron God: Adventurers are each taken in by a single god to obtain their falna, giving them the superhuman physical abilities needed to tackle monsters. As a result, they become part of the gods' familia as one of their children, and are generally required to do as their gods ask of them. However, most adventurers will pay respect to other gods, especially those of great renown such as Loki or Freya, but they will generally only serve their own unless their interests align.
  • Personality Powers: The Skills and Magic an adventurer can obtain are partially influenced by the adventurer's individual personality and aspirations, and the name of the skills and spells obtained are affected in the same way. This is why Bell was embarrassed to learn one of his skills is called Argonaut, because it proves that even at his age, he has the childhood dream to be a hero. Even his own goddess teased him for it.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode:
    • Amazingly for the genre it's in, it was Averted for Bell as the girls involved were surprisingly forgiving and understanding towards him. Bell tumbles into a hot spring where several of the women are bathing, but Aiz is the only one who's even slightly embarrassed, and the only one who gets upset is Hestia, who wishes he had done this when she was alone. Lyu attacks him, but stops when she realizes he isn't an enemy, and in fact allows him to explain himself before deciding if further punishment was warranted. The worse Bell gets overall is a severe talking to. The man they do harshly and physically punish is Hermes, who was intentionally peeping and dragged the oblivious Bell along with him, so he actually deserved it unlike Bell. The only one who plays it straight regarding Bell was Lefiya who is intent on introducing her staff into his face and chases him, though that's likely partly fueled by the fact she herself is infatuated with Aiz and is jealous Bell saw her naked.
    • Loki is infamously perverted, and her own familia aren't afraid to beat her up if they think she went too far in her perversion.
  • Philosopher's Stone: There was a famous mage who was widely known for creating the Philosopher's Stone, the Sage. It is later revealed that the Sage is Fels. The stone granted Fels immortality, but did not prevent aging, leaving only a living skeleton after some 400 years of life.
  • Plunder: For the most part the plunder in this universe are the magicstones dropped from slain monsters; adventurers exchange them for valis. Orario seems to use them as an energy source. It's also possible to get certain drop items unique to the individual monster species that each have their own uses and properties and can be far more valuable than the crystals depending on the buyer.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: Mind Down, which happens when adventurers overuse magic. It mostly afflicts adventurers who have just recently obtained a magic ability and don't yet know their own limitations, or to adventurers in a desperate situation where they're likely to die anyway if they don't push their limits.
  • Pun-Based Title:
    • The Japanese titlenote  is a pun on the old school D&D concept of random encounters. Yen Press's synopsis for the manga also noted this point:
      [Bell]’s got big dreams but not much more when a roll on the random encounter die brings him face-to-face with the girl of his dreams–but what’s a beginning adventurer have to offer a brilliant swordswoman?
    • "Magic even a goblin can understand" is a play on the common Japanese naming style for guidebooks (the English equivalent would be "Magic for Goblins" as a play on "for Dummies" guides)
  • Questioning Title?: The title is a question.
  • Random Drop: Slain monsters drop magic crystals, but every now and then they drop something else.
  • Random Encounters:
    • The title is a reference to this trope.
    • It has been noted that the usual monsters are not the only random encounters. Floor bosses are also examples. As a result level-ups are rare, as they depend on heroic feats such as defeating bosses.
  • Rasputinian Death: The Goliath survives quite a bit of damage inflicted by the adventurers in S1E13, including having half of its head blown off by one of Bell's attacks.
  • Recap Episode: Season 2 of the anime has an "Episode 0" titled Past and Future, a recap of the first season. Justified as the first season was aired more than 4 years ago.
  • Red Baron: Every time an Earthling gets a level-up, the Gods will make up epithets for them. Some like Aiz's Sword Princess are cool, but most are just terrible due to the gods deliberately giving each other's familia members bad ones to mess with the god of said familia. Loki's familia managed to get genuinely good ones due to her intimidating the other gods. Bell's Little Rookie is him getting off lightly since Freya managed to charm the male gods into giving him a cute name instead of an outright bad one. For less fortunate gods and adventurers, some of them can get downright Chuunibyou or involve otaku jargon (such as Aiz's proposed title of "Our Wife" for Level 6—"wife," in here, refers to Perverse Sexual Lust.)
  • Red Light District: The Pleasure Quarter, an area of Orario full of brothels and controlled by Ishtar Familia. Directly referred as such by Hestia in the English dub.
  • Rescue Arc: Begins in S1E10, after Bell's party is cut off from escape while exploring the middle floors due to the more aggressive than usual nature of the monsters.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Ryu went on one when her Familia was killed by a rival, resulting in her being blacklisted from the Guild.
  • Romantic Wingman: Bell has a whole squad of wingmen who helped him dance with Aiz. Miach and Naaza showed him and Aiz how to give and accept a dance invite, Takemikazuchi and Mikoto give pointers on how to actually dance, Hermes set up the whole situation in the first place and has Asfi stop Hestia and Loki from interrupting Aiz and Bell from dancing together.
  • RPG Mechanics 'Verse: The universe is based on Western RPG mechanics, except there's no gaming involved. Adventurers literally have their stats tattooed on their backs, and the gods use magic to routinely update the tattoos as they get stronger.
  • Rubber Face:
    • Loki does this to Hestia in S1E02 after being mocked about her small chest.
    • Bell gets subjected to this by Hestia in S1E11.

    Tropes S-T 
  • Sadly Mythcharacterized: The Greek goddess Hestia is one of the protagonists, depicted as a young girl with Girlish Pigtails and a blue ribbon who wants to get into a relationship instead of becoming an older virgin goddess with a head veil. Other gods include Loki (who has an excuse in the original myths), and Hephaestus (In the original myths Hephaestus was crippled, elderly and male). Freya, Hermes, Take-Mikazuchi, and Ishtar also appear, but are more accurate to the source myths.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: This series is generally quite liberal when it comes to myth. Special mention must go to the frequent allusions to Jason and the Argonauts within the series: there's nothing indicating that the Dungeon Oratoria is not mostly composed of real-world myths, yet it's stated that the protagonist of the story fought a bull monster, which Theseus was actually responsible for. There are also a few mythological characters that are not gods who exist in the present day: namely Cassandra, Daphne and Asterius. Interestingly, these mostly show up as members of other Familia, often associated with the God from their own myth. ie. Cassandra, Princess of Troy, was both given her power of prophecy by Apollo, and later cursed by him never to be believed. This Cassandra has the same issue - no one ever believes her prophecies until it's too late (Luckily for Bell and co.) Daphne was a nymph literally pursued by Apollo - she only escaped him by turning into a Laurel tree. Here they are both members of Apollo Familia; Daphne, at least, gives Bell her condolences when she informs him he's been targeted for recruitment into Apollo Familia (whether he wants it or not), and mentions that Apollo chased after both her and Cassandra across countries, so her backstory bears some resemblance to the original myth.
  • Shipper on Deck: Several for various ships. Ryu ships Bell/Syr, Aisha ships Bell/Haruhime, Hermes seems to ship Bell/Hestia (or possibly Bell/Everyone given he knows who Bell's adoptive grandfather is). A confrontation on the street between Aisha and Ryu almost causes a very literal case of Ship-to-Ship Combat in Volume 9. The main ships without in universe support are Bell/Lilly and Bell/Aiz. In the case of Bell/Aiz it seems to be everyone who's aware of it seems to want one of the parties involved for themselves.
  • Ship Tease: Plenty of it:
    • For Bell/Aiz:
      • One example is how Aiz constantly always seems to regret/almost reach out to Bell whenever he runs away from her.
      • In S1E12 after Hestia buys perfume she proceeds to justify it to Lili by asking Bell to tell everyone that he doesn't like girls who smell like sweat. In the background Aiz is pulling at her shirt and sniffing herself to make she doesn't smell.
      • Bell and Aiz actually managed to dance together in Volume 6, much to the jealousy of no less than three goddesses; Hestia, Loki and Freya.
      • Pretty much every time that someone casually mentions Bell is in trouble near Aiz she immediately drops whatever she was doing and runs off to save him.
    • Ryu seems to subtly encourage one between Bell and Syr, going so far as to tell him to thank the latter after they recover his missing knife, and seeing Syr getting a little jealous at Bell thanking her instead. In Episode Ryu, Ryu flat out acknowledges that Syr has feelings for Bell and feels that it would be rude to ask him to train with her because of it.
    • For Bell/Tiona, the teasing mostly exists from the Sword Oratoria spin-off and associated side materials:
      • Tiona is constantly enthusiastic to talk about hero stories with Bell.
      • When Tiona jumps on Bell's back to congratulate him after defeating the Apollo Familia, he asks her to let go as she's pressing her breasts into him. Due to him not insulting her about her small breasts, she then purposefully squeezes her breasts into him.
      • When Tiona spots Bell on his date with Syr, she gets jealous and would have interrupted it had Freya's executives not stopped her.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The dungeons have some killer rabbits.
    • A subtle one in the English translation during Hestia and Loki's catfight to Yu-Gi-Oh!, where someone bets all of their star chips as a nod to the Duelist Kingdom arc.
    • In S1E01, the very first scene before the title card positions Bell and Aiz in a duplication of the famous scene from Fate/stay night (as featured on its page image).
    • When Ryuu shows Bell the grave of her ex-counterparts, a BFS that looks suspiciously like the Dragon Slayer from Berserk is stuck in the ground.
    • The book Freya took out at the end of S1E04 is titled Modern Magic Even the Goblin Know.
    • In S1E09, Bell shouts "Burning Fighting Fighter!" when thinking about possible titles he could acquire.
      • While in the Light Novels, that name is already taken.
    • In S1E12, the pose that Aiz takes when Bell spots her in the bath is the same one as that taken by Venus in the painting The Birth of Venus.
    • In S2E10 four knights (Prums in the Light Novel) in Freya's Familia bear a strong resemblance to the ones from Castle Crashers.
  • Sidequest: Referred to simply as quests, since This Is Reality and there is no "main" story. Like in video games, they're posted on the Guild bulletin board. Sometimes specific Familias are requested, often behind the Guild's back.
    • In the beginning or Sword Oratoria, Fynn mentioned while the Loki Familia intended to perform an expedition towards 59th Floor, they would also need to perform a quest requested by Dian Cecht's familia to obtain water from Cadmus' Spring on 51st Floor on the way.
    • A character named Fels plays with this somewhat: he asks Aiz to complete a quest, seemingly behind the Guild's back. Aiz immediately recognizes that this is the same questgiver who nearly got Lulune killed, but does not retaliate as Aiz's intuition tells her that Fels can be trusted. This "sidequest" ends up becoming the "main" quest for several episodes of Sword Oratoria and at least one volume of the light novels.
  • Skill Scores and Perks: The stats system used in this work is generally this way, where ability scores were obtained through life experiences (e.g. Stat Grinding during Dungeon Crawling) while "skills" are more associated with the adventurer's specificsnote . Character levels are a completely different story and hence are very difficult to obtain.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: The Monster Slavers are the Familia of Ikalos, Greek God of Nightmares.
  • Sneeze Cut: Hestia mocks Aiz twice during the OVA, since she is jealous of her. Both times, we cut to Aiz sneezing. There's also a Sneeze Cut in a later volume of the light novels, after Freya suggests asking for information from Hermes, implying that he has betrayed them......Again, since he had just done this in Volume 7.
  • Snooty Haute Cuisine: In contrast to Hestia scraping by on potato croquettes, leftovers from her part-time jobs, and whatever food Bell buys with the money he earns from dungeon drops, Freya is always surrounded by luxuries. She's often depicted watching Bell with a glass of red wine in her hand, and as the leader of the most powerful familia in Orario, she's constantly lavished with food and drink. But while Hestia enjoys her Jagamaru-kuns and takes pride in her handiwork, Freya is bored with constantly having everything handed to her and much prefers to be challenged and surprised. This illustrates the vastly different perspectives of the two goddesses after Bell's heart.
  • The Sociopath:
    • The Goddess Ishtar has many traits of this. She's a malignant narcissist who commits heinous actions such as rape and torture without thinking twice and is willing to wage war over a petty grudge. She also manipulates the members of her familia into doing what she wants, seeing them only as tools to bolster her own power, even literally since she commonly has Human Sacrifice rituals to give herself a power-up. And she is incapable of accepting any responsibility for her shortcomings, including wondering why people hate her even though all her misdeeds are common knowledge.
    • Her captain, Phryne Jamil, isn't far behind, though she is more low-functioning. She's a Torture Technician and Serial Rapist who sees nothing wrong with what she does to the men that she "tastes," believing that they enjoy her and aren't traumatized by it. She's arrogant to the point of delusion, seeing herself as the most beautiful woman in the world when the exact opposite is true. And her true violent tendencies show when she is in battle, thoroughly enjoying the slaughter.
  • Soldier Versus Warrior: Ultimately what boils down to the "Conflict" between Orario and the Rakia Kingdom that is instigated by Ares.
    • Despite being a God of War, Ares is a highly-incompetent God at that; believing himself to be a brilliant strategist and tactician that sees himself far above granting any sort of blessings or qualities of leadership to the mortals who are under his command which ironically makes him along with most of his fighters little more than disorganized Warriors.
    • Orario however is loosely governed by several Pantheons' worth of Gods and Goddesses who give out their blessings to their Familias along with working alongside the mortals in daily businesses that the varied organizational structures of the Adventurers that make up these Familias range anywhere from Vitriolic Best Buds and Family of Choice, and across the spectrum from Private Military Contractors to The Mafia, ironically making them more like Soldiers.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The farther down in the dungeon you go, the tougher the monsters get. Rumors of any deviation from this pattern where powerful monsters appear at higher levels than they should be are taken very seriously. It also generally fits this way with the main antagonists. At first, they were morally dubious but ultimately wanted Bell's best interests by providing him with what he needed to grow (not necessarily what he wanted), but as further volumes come out, the antagonists become more brutal, depraved, and straight-up evil, more dangerous, or both, ultimately only caring about their own well-being, damn everyone else, including their own.
  • Spell My Name With An S:
    • Between Crunchyroll and Yen Press, there are few agreements on the names of characters. The few exceptions are Aiz Wallenstein and Eina Tulle. If we put Sentai Filmworks into question... it's hard to find a name that the three companies would spell exactly the same; for starters Sentai prefers Ais (also used in on-screen text in the anime).
    • There is also Syr and Seal Flover.
  • Stat Grinding: In the mechanics of this universe, Earthlings' ability scores are increased by repeated use.
  • Statistically Speaking: Nobody ever, say, runs across town at 200 mph just because they're level 4 and they're late.
  • Stat-O-Vision: The character's stats can be seen by their respective god/goddess when they update their status, such as when Hestia does it for Bell. This can then be recorded on a piece of paper for the adventurer to see, as their blessing is imprinted on his/her back. The novels state it's in some kind of hieroglyphics that originated from the world of the Gods know, but it's been shown non-Gods can learn them.
  • The Stinger:
    • At the end of S1E03, we find out what Hephaestus wanted as payment for creating the knife for Hestia. Hestia is forced to wear a maid outfit for her, who seems to enjoy looking at the poor goddess in it, while working behind the counter at the most expensive level of Hephaestus Familia's store. Bell sees her in this outfit in S1E04 while visiting Hephaestus's store.
    • After the credits in S1E04, an exhausted Hestia walks down a road. She then sees Bell, and is initially happy. Then her mood becomes sour when she sees him holding Lilliluka's hand.
    • In S1E06, Aiz complains she still wasn't able to apologize to Bell for the minotaur incident. She then spots the green protector he dropped.
    • In S1E07, we find out about the results of the Training from Hell a minotaur received from an adventurer as it slaughters a group of adventurers. One of those members includes the Jerkass who tossed Lilly into a group of monsters after stealing the key to her safe from the previous episode.
    • After S1E09's credits, Lilly tells Bell and Welf a little bit about floor 13, where the monsters start to get tougher and used more ranged attacks. Bell gets excited about the adventure they're about to embark on.
  • Storming the Castle: War Games can be done in this style. The War Game between the Hestia and Apollo Familias is done in this way.
  • Super-Deformed: The characters in the ending are drawn this way.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: The silverback that chases after Bell and Hestia in the latter part of S1E02 and much of S1E03. Acting on Freya's orders to go after Hestia and captivated by the goddess of beauty, it kept chasing Bell and Hestia, forcing Bell to take it down.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Another factor that can influence the Skills and Magic an adventurer can have. Elves in general tend to get more powerful spells. More specifically, the Crozzo family have access to a skill due to their bloodline, allowing them to make Magic Swords more powerful than what could be made by any other blacksmith.
  • Superpower Lottery: Compared to any other adventurer of comparable experience, Bell may as well be Superman. Downplayed somewhat by having Bell hang out with much, much more experienced adventurers, and having him narrowly survive monster encounters suited for adventurers of a higher level.
  • Supporting Harem: The plot depends on Bell's relationship with Aiz. Bell's dream is to become a hero. This would be impossible if it were not for his Skill, Realis Phrase, which speeds up his growth at a rate equivalent to his desire. Bell would likely love anyone that he ends up with, but the reason as to why it is accelerated at such an absurd rate is likely because he needs to grow at such a rate in order to catch up to Aiz. If he were to develop a relationship with say, Hestia, the series would be over.
  • Taking the Fight Outside: Mord causes trouble for Bell's group, trying to get him to join up with his party so he'd have access to his waitress friends. Lyu tells him to get lost and when he keeps persisting while insulting Bell, Lyu painfully clamps his fingers down. Angered, Mord tries to attack while declaring he wouldn't go easy on her just because she was a woman. However Mama Mia, the tavern head, slams her fist down on the table, breaking it, and tells them if they were going to fight they were to take it outside. Not wanting to incite her wrath, Mord and his party leaves.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Averted. The incantations used by Lefiya and Riveria are lengthy, elaborate and must be recited perfectly with absolute concentration by the caster. Monsters interrupted or distracted Lefiya in the first episode of Sword Oratoria leading to the collapse of her magic circle.
  • Tired of Running:
    • After getting his ass kicked by the Minotaur trained by Ottar, Aiz comes to bail Bell out again. Bell, not wanting to again be humiliated by having to be saved again, decides it's time to stop letting people bail him out, cut loose, and go on an adventure. He then proceeds to utterly wreck the Minotaur alone.
      Bell: If I don't reach higher here... When am I ever going to do it?
      [Bell reaches out and pulls Aiz from behind, then gets in front of her.]
      Bell: I can't... I can't let Aiz Wallenstein save me again!
    • Hestia does this in Volume 6, after getting openly attacked by Apollo's entire familia up and down the city, and getting her church blown up! she marches into his headquarters and challenges him to a War Game.
  • Too Long; Didn't Dub: There's a total of 4 terms as of May 2014 that Yen Press doesn't feel like translating. These term are Tenkainote , Gakainote , Kenkinote , and Senki.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Around one month after he met the first Minotaur, Bell fought another one - solo - and WON. Extra difficult since said Minotaur was trained by Ottar, World's Strongest Man from Freya's familia.
  • The Tower: The Tower of Babel in the middle of Orario, which acts as a "seal" to prevent the Dungeon from intruding into the earth. The Guild uses the lower level as public facilities (including a shower room for adventurers), then this universe's equivalent of a shopping mall up to level 20, and anywhere above that are homes for the gods—if they can pay for the rent.
  • Too Awesome to Use: Magical weapons. Although they can save an Adventurer's life sometimes, they are expensive Breakable Weapons. Welf refuses to make them for this very reason, believing that they are Awesome, but Impractical. It's arguable whether this is a good idea though (his weapons are twice as powerful as the spell they're based off of, and it's unlikely that Bell, his main customer and best friend, would actually misuse them.) At least until Volume 6, when he makes two magic swords for the War Game, and Lyu uses them to basically curb stomp a third of Apollo's troops and shatter the castle walls.
  • Training from Hell: Two examples in S1E07:
    • Bell receives some training from Aiz to help him master fighting techniques as well as being more aware of his surroundings. With a little support from Lilliluka, he's able to defeat a fairly sizeable group of monsters, and a group of stronger ones that show up shortly afterwards.
    • A minotaur receives some from a Ottar, a badass adventurer, who is unable to hurt the latter at all. It also pays off for it as it kills some adventurers during The Stinger who also happened to be the guy who tossed Lilliluka into a group of monsters from the previous episode.
  • Tyop on the Cover: The translators are being kind with the Days of Goddess spinoff. In Japan, it's spelt with Goddes.

    Tropes U-Z 
  • Unusable Enemy Equipment:
    • Hestia Knife is a positive variant. Hestia pulls some strings and gets Bell a very powerful short sword weapon, which was made using her blood and inscribed with the hieroglyphs of her blessing, and so loses most of the attributes that makes it valuable when used by anyone not in her Familia.
    • Averted in the case of the Minotaur from S1E08. Bell immediately makes good use of its BFS as soon as he's disarmed it.
  • Unwanted Harem: By the end of Volume One, Bell is being pursued (whether he knows it or not) by Hestia Freya, Eina and Syr.
  • Upgrade Artifact: The grimoire that gives Bell his magic.
  • Utility Party Member: Supporter Class is usually this. They primarily act as Human Pack Mules but most supporters with a Falna are also capable of healing or damage dealing, albeit not necessarily well. So they are sometimes looked down by other adventurers for their non-combat roles. Liliruca is one example who can also deal damage. Her crossbow doesn't do much. However, in some cases, "supporters" would subvert this trope. For example, during the Loki Familia's second expedition towards the deep levels in Sword Oratoria, five "supporters" were assigned to the seven top adventurers of the familia. But those supporters are otherwise Level 3-4 adventurers (among them is Lefiya), and by "supporting" it means they have to carry the top-level fighters' potions and weapon while fighting dangerous mooks that spawn in these levels.
  • Vancian Magic:
    • Magic spells in the story can only be used for a single purpose and generally require long chants for use. In addition, a mage can only use their spells a certain number of times in a day, which is dictated by how much Mind (read: mana or MP) they have. The two exceptions to the "one spell, one effect" rule are Riveria, whose unique ability to manipulate the output of her magic earned her the title of "Nine Hells" for essentially having nine spells, and Lefiya, whose Elf Ring magic lets her perform any spell used by an Elf so long as she knows the chant for it and its effect.
    • Magic swords are specially-made weapons able to unleash torrents of powerful magic with a single swing. However, they can each only use a single magic, crumble to pieces after a certain number of uses, and cannot be repaired.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Or more precisely Villain Can't Level Grind Enough. The are adventurers and Familia operating outside Orario, hunting down monsters that escaped the dungeon in ancient times and started to breed. But because the monsters are on average weaker and rarer its a lot harder for these groups to level up. This is a problem for Ares Familia whose elites are Level 3 and a handful of Level 4s. This means despite their numerical advantage they are no match whatsoever for the upper tier adventurers of Loki and Freya Familias. This has not stopped them from trying to invade Orario several times. And getting their asses kicked every time. The only exception to that is the Kali Familia, which has several Level 5's—because their In Love with Your Carnage deity frequently arrange her children to fight each other, as in, until one of them dies.
  • Villainous Valor: Tammuz, Ishtar's vice-captain, is loyal enough to Ishtar that he's willing to charge the goddess Freya herself in an attempt to allow her to escape. Even if his boss, Ishtar, is the epitome of Jerkass Gods, you gotta credit that strength.
  • War for Fun and Profit: War Games. They're basically a way for the gods to settle disputes in a way that is entertaining and does not involve too much bloodshed. They are quite the public spectacle. (It's at this point it becomes obvious that Divine Mirrors are basically televisions.) It's unclear as to exactly what the rules are, but they seem to vary from event to event.
  • Weapon Tombstone: The grave for Ryu's old party is ringed with their weapons.
  • Wham Episode:
    • S1E06, which reveals more of Lilliluka's backstory. Despite trying to screw Bell over, he still ends up saving her after her own familia leaves her for dead.
    • In S1E10, Bell's party gets trapped in the middle floors of the dungeon after the monsters in that area seem a bit too aggressive and utilize a Zerg Rush on them. Lilly suggests they go deeper into the dungeon, to the 18th floor, which is considered a safe zone, and ask a higher level group to escort them back up.
    • The second half of S1E12, where after roughly and episode-and-a-half of comedic hijinks, Ryu reveals her backstory and subsequent blacklisting from the Guild, Hestia gets kidnapped, Bell gets beaten up and fights a jealous adventurer, and ends with a cliffhanger of a massive monster falling from the crystal ceiling of the "haven" of Floor 18.
  • Wham Line:
    Hermes: Zeus! Your grandson!
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: This trope forms the crux of the conflict in Volumes 9-11. Bell is shaken to his core when he discovers the Xenos, monsters with the sapience and emotions of mortals living on the surface. Despite Lyd's insistence that Bell keep hunting monsters as he always had, the idea that these monsters could one day develops emotions and thoughts much like his makes him hesitate. His eventual decision to protect the Xenos from other adventurers brings him into conflict with virtually everyone he knows.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Interestingly, Lilliluka does this towards Bell in S1E06 after he saves her from a large group of enemies after she was left for dead by some of her familia. She chastises him for saving her when she constantly screwed him over by taking more money from him while working as his supporter.
    • Yamato's group accidentally lures a large group of monsters onto Bell's group while attempting to run away in S1E10. Since Bell and the others were already fighting several, this forces them to run away as well, and they end up even deeper in the dungeon as a result.
  • White Is Pure: Bell Cranell is a pure hero, and his albinism exactly symbolizes that. The rest of the cast does get this memo, which is why instead of seen as a freak like many fictional albinos, he's often generally compared by the rest of the cast as a cute White Bunny.
  • Wizards Live Longer: Explained to Bell by Finn in Vol 8 of the light novels. The same divine blessings that allow Adventurers to grow stronger also helps slow down the aging process and the higher level the adventurer, the more pronounced the effect. Given the dangerous nature of their occupation that doesn't mean they'll necessarily enjoy their extended lifespans, but they will look younger than their actual age. Finn's diminutive stature just turns the effect up to eleven.
  • Work Off the Debt: Hestia is not actually able to pay for the knife she gives Bell, so she ends up working in the Hephaistos Familia's shop for a while.
  • World of Badass: Several characters, including the monster tamers from Ganesha Familia, who don't defeat the monsters, but by sheer intimidation, make monsters listen to them. Also, being badass is a requirement for some of the more famous Familia. Most of the adventurers we see are powerful in some way, even the Level 1 Supporters. Lilliluka Erde is a Humanshifter and Master of Disguise thanks to her spell, Cinder Ella. Haruhime can Level Up Adventurers using Uchide no Kozuchi, turning even a rookie into an elite.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Freya, the Love Goddess.
  • Yandere: Freya has developed a dangerous obsession with Bell. The actions she committed in her pursuit of Bell include endangering civilians by releasing monsters in a crowded public area, sending attackers to Aiz when she got jealous of her and Bell hanging out, and having her best adventurer train and send a powered-up minotaur against Bell to force him to overcome his limits.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Bell is this for Ryu.
    Ryu: You are a human worthy of my respect.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Used twice in S1E06:
    • Lilliluka tries this on Bell in S1E06, by bringing him to the tenth floor, and baiting a large group of monsters to attack him while she escaped with some of his gear.
    • Lilly herself is subjected to this shortly afterwards, getting kicked around by an adventurer, and then is tossed into a group of monsters after her familia decides she wasn't worth keeping around.
  • Yonkoma: The Days of Goddess spinoff.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry!: Hestia unleashes her goddess form in S1E12 after she gets seriously pissed off at some adventurers who kidnapped her, then lured Bell into a fight. Every single one of them immediately stop attacking, and the hostile adventurers run away as she approaches Bell.
  • Zerg Rush: Several of the monsters in the middle floors do this to adventurers in S1E10. Unfortunately Bell's group is down there when this happens...


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Alternative Title(s): Dan Machi, Dungeon Ni Deai O Motomeru No Wa Machigatteiru No Darou Ka


Jura "Tames" Juggernaut

Jura Hammer draws out Juggernaut: a beast only released whenever heavy damage is done to any floor of the Dungeon with the sole goal of killing any Adventurers on the damaged floor, in order to tame the creature for himself; only to not realize that it's not a traditional Monster that has Magic Stones as its' core.

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