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Recap / The Rising of the Shield Hero S1E15 "Raphtalia"

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Raphtalia corners Rabier with vengeance in her eyes, her bloodthirsty blade reaching for his throat. Naofumi's words bring her back to her senses momentarily, and then they decide to go into the tyrant's underground torture chambers in search for possible surviving demi-humans. Returning into this horrible place after so long brings back Raphtalia's most painful memories as a slave child...


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  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Idol would keep his demihuman slaves in his dungeon so that the could torture them, Raphtalia already knowing about it because she survived it.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Idol tries painting himself in a better light by saying that if he didn't enslave Raphtalia and her village, they would have died. She doesn't buy it for a second.
  • Dramatic Irony: It is when Raphatalia's friend Rifana says that she would want to marry someone like the Legendary Shield Hero when the very first wave hits their village.
  • Finally Found the Body: Raphtalia finds Rifana's long-dead corpse in the cell she was left in.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Idol frees the dragon imprisoned in the obelisk so that it could kill Naofumi and his party... and immediately gets stepped on by it.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: While she does get a few hits in, Raphtalia decides not to kill Idol in Revenge.
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  • Irony: The dragon was imprisoned in the obelisk by previous iterations of the Legendary Heroes, only for a fanatic of the Three Heroes Church to be the one to set it free.
  • Redemption Rejection: When Raphtalia proclaims that she was going to spare his life so that he could atone for his many sins, he responds by taking the moment to pull his sword on her.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: While Rifana died and Raphtalia was sold (and eventually became Naofumi's swordmaster), Keel was still in Idol's dungeon, alive but still in chains.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Keel did not recognize Raphtalia because she aged quicker leveling up with Naofumi, so he is still a kid while she is in her late teens.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: Tyrant Dragon Rex, the dragon imprisoned in the obelisk, bares a remarkable resemblance to the extinct dinosaur.
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  • Victory by Endurance: It is implied that Idol sold Raphtalia instead of torturing her to death because she refused to cry out when he whipped her and "boring" him.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Raphtalia feels ashamed that she has had to do bad things to survive and even for (supposedly) killing Idol. Keel and Naofumi say otherwise, saying that she has been very brave for enduring everything she had and for helping morale.


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