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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Renner a psychopathic yandere who only puts up a nice front when Climb is around while reverting to her true, vicious and calculating personality when alone or with her allies, or are her outbursts and slasher-smiles just another layer of deception in order to keep the prince and Marquis Raeven off-balance while she goes after her own, long-term agenda?
  • Awesome Music:
    • All of the opening songs, "Clattanoia", "Go Cry Go", and "Voracity". Hardcore metal songs that suit the main character's situation. "Voracity" also got English covers from two of the dub's voice actors — Amanda Lee (Crusch) and Corinne Sudberg (Arche).
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    • The first ending theme "L.L.L." as well, likely sung from Albedo's point of view...but it can also be taken from Crusch's.
    • "I Am Ainz Ooal Gown", the theme that plays when Ainz stops playing around and shows his enemies just who the hell they're messing with.
  • Catharsis Factor: After sitting through several episodes of Clementine being an overly-smug psychopath, watching her get brutally crushed to death by Ains is extremely gratifying.
  • Creepy Cute: Someone had to have thought an insectoid maid was cute to have created Entoma in the first place. She even fulfills the Token Mini-Moe trope dynamic with the other maids.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The main characters are hopelessly overpowered when compared to the rest of the cast, and also, for the most part, extremely evil. Even the one exception to this—Sebas—is willing to punch the girl he spent several episodes nursing back to health to death at a moment's notice if Ainz asks him to, though fortunately he stops him at the last second. It's very clear how most plot arcs are going to turn out; the only question is the level of collateral damage caused in the process. And the third season is dominated by a lot of what could charitably be described as torture porn. Depending on your level of tolerance, and your patience, it can become very difficult to care about how any of this ends.
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  • Designated Hero: It's rather hard to root for Ainz and the rest of the gang when they act like your typical Fantasy JRPG villains. The fact they easily steamroll through any obstacle or foe, all the while acting over the top arrogant and snide at the other races and people around them does not help matters. You almost WISH the antagonist of the arc would actually smack the smirks right off of their faces just for a change of pace (though a bunch of them, such as the Eight Fingers, are even worse than them). The Tomb of Nazarick's over the top entrance and sadistic subjugation of the Lizardfolk (a peaceful community they went to war with just as an "experiment") has been seen as rather infuriating for readers. Though, after they were conquered, Ainz then ordered Cocytus to rule over them with the carrot and not the stick, showing that he's not a total sadist. However, Ainz later unleashed five abominations on a huge, mostly conscript, army and showed nothing but glee towards breaking the record of how many monsters were summoned at once, not even feeling anything about all those who his summoned monstrosities slaughtered. And then there's everything about Demiurge's "livestock".
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Cocytus is one of the most popular of Ainz' followers, thanks to his cool and unique design, hardcore fighting skills and being one of the most honorable of the Nazarick warriors.
    • Lupusregina Beta is surprisingly popular with the fan base. Everyone knows that her Genki Girl "nice" persona is merely an act and that she's really, and literally, a sadistic Bitch in Sheep's Clothing that happily dreams of witnessing the agonizing screams of every last man, woman, and child in Carne Village which by the way, are people she LIKES, but everyone loves her anyway.
    • Pandora's Actor is a very popular character despite his minimal screentime given every second he spends in his scenes is deliciously hammy, befitting his Chuunibyou inspiration.
    • Sebas Tian, Touch Me's personal NPC who is a heroic character among the denizens of Nazarick, gained a ton of fans in his Day in the Limelight episodes, and his interactions with Tuare is perhaps one of the healthiest relationships. Especially considering what she went though, Sebas makes it known he'll protect her in the name of his master.
    • Neia is so popular on the subreddit that memes involving her are posted daily.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Although this may sound incredibly bizarre, there's an one-sided rivalry between the fans of this series and the ones from Albedo: Erma Felna EDF, a Furry Comic, since the comic shares the same name with the character of the same name, and for many fans of the former, it's very difficult to find information about Albedo in the net, only just to end finding pics of the Overlord one. The same could be also applied with any other character with the same name, like Albedo Piazolla and the Ben 10: Alien Force's one.note 
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans were so put off by Arche's (and her sister's) changed fate in the light novel that they decided to pretend it never happened and substitute it with the webnovel's version, explaining their absence in the later books as being Put on a Bus.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Clementine's death by hug has become somewhat famous among the community in a similar way to "Nui losing her arms" being popular in Kill la Kill circles.
    • Ainz's face with Clementine's daggers in his eyes sees use as a reaction image denoting an "I can't unsee this" reaction.
    • The phrase "like a puppet whose strings had been cut" is used so often in the light novels that it's become a meme.
    • Zaryusu's Love at First Sight scene with Crusch Lulu in Episode 2 of Season 2.
    • Ainz applying endless Status Buffs to himself before fighting Shalltear has also become rather memetic, complete with subtitle variations such as him getting ready to shitpost a thread to oblivion.
    • The phrase "Sasuga Ainz-sama!" is pretty popular among the fandom, especially when they are discussing Ainz.
    • Since Enri had summoned an army of 5000 goblins, it's now joked that Carne Village is now a Superpower nation with its own army loyal to Enri and Ainz.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Surprisingly lampshaded. Prince Barbro's boorish antics at Carne Village rattled the citizens, but not their loyalty to the kingdom, until he got the self-proclaimed "brilliant" idea of using flame arrows against one of the town's watch towers. Burning buildings being a trigger for the people of Carne Village apparently never occurred to him. This one act motivated every single one of the villagers to take up arms, and fight him, even if it meant certain death. For quite a few of them, it did.
    • Ainz's attack on E-Rantel in vol 9. could qualify depending on your point of view. Using a super tier spell to insta-kill some seventy thousand soldiers - many of whom were conscripts, using their deaths to fuel the summoning of five unstoppable abominations who proceeded to kill countless more is another. While these events are indeed horrible and Ainz didn't feel even the slightest bit of guilt from any of it, the only reason Ainz was there was at the insistence of the Emperor of the Baharuth Empire. The emperor was hoping to negotiate and make the Great Tomb Of Nazarick his allies. Moreover, Demiurge saw through the emperor's plans to assess the Great Tomb of Nazarick's capabilities and then possibly turn on Ainz by allying with other countries. It was at Demiurge's instance that they made a display of force so that all parties involved understood what it means to make the Great Tomb of Nazarick an enemy. While Ainz's strongest reaction to all this was a sense of achievement for having summoned more abominations with that spell than anyone in YGGDRASIL was known to have managed, his actions were very calculated and practical. It's then left up to the reader to decide whether or not his actions were justified.
    • More on Ainz for Volume 12, when Demiurge put his plan for the Holy Kingdom into effect. Using an alternate persona, Demiurge conquered the demi-humans in the hills next to the Holy Kingdom. Using his new army, Demiurge conquered the Northern Holy Kingdom. Aside from the borderline acceptable massacre of the Holy Kingdom's armies (it's war after all and soldiers are prepared to die) the treatment suffered by the humans under the demi-humans in Demiurge's army was atrocious and invokes images of the Holocaust. Even worse is that the ones following Demiurge were the worst and most dangerous of the demi-human tribes, as the demi-human tribes that didn't want to get involved and, you know, commit war crimes were captured and treated no better than the humans. While it seems that Demiurge probably didn't encourage this severe treatment (he enjoys sadism when he causes pain personally), he did allow it to happen by doing nothing to curb the behavior of the racist asshats he had working under him. While at a serious stretch, one could excuse the horrible stuff Demiurge and his army do to the combatants on the battlefield, you most certainly can't towards the treatment of non-combatants. All of this inevitably falls on Ainz as Demiurge's superior and while Ainz never says to act like a sadistic nightmare, ultimately, Demiurge is acting on Ainz's behalf with his consent. And while Ainz will probably rule in peace after he takes over the Holy Kingdom as he did for the area around E-Rantel (in fairness, he is actually doing an amazing job and everyone under his rule is genuinely happy), oceans of blood and pain are being spilled for his Engineered Heroics. In the end, the reader has to decide whether or not Utopia Justifies the Means.note 
  • Narm:
    • All of the player names are said with complete seriousness, no matter how silly. Seeing Ainz fight as a warrior is awesome, hear someone talk about how he's using the same powers as "Touch Me" is hilarious.
    • In the anime adaptation of the Battle of Carne Village, the kingdom's spearmen charge the Goblin Heavy Infantry, and just... bounce off without the goblins doing anything but walking forwards.
    • In the anime, Ainz casting "Ia Shub Niggurath" and wiping out 70,000 soldiers looks silly rather than frightening due to how the CGI soldiers simply fall down like rag dolls when the spell hits them.
  • Popular with Furries: Scalies love the Lizard Folk, especially Crusch Lulu. The sex scene between between Crusch and Zaryusu made a lot of scalies happy.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: If you unfocus your eyes, you can almost convince yourself you’re watching an anime adaptation of Den.
  • That One Boss: For the Great Underground Tomb of Nazarick this title can easily be assigned to Victim, Guardian of the 8th Level. The irony of it all is that Victim is only level 35 and the weakest Guardian. His power comes from being able to sacrifice himself, which causes an onslaught of crippling status debuffs and movement lockdown effects, allowing the rest of his forces to kill the invaders at their leisure. To emphasise this point: no Raid Party in Yggdrasil had ever gotten past it.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Quite a few fans were not happy with the way the fight between Shalltear Bloodfallen and Brain Ungulus was animated. The compression of several chapters into a few minutes (if that) makes Brain look like an arrogant fool and a coward and doesn't provide an accurate depiction of his growing desperation and helplessness before finally breaking and fleeing in terror.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Much of the saga focuses more on Ainz taking over the virtual world than on his trying to contact fellow players of the world. Justified in that he’s spending so much time on taking over that he’s starting to lose sight of this goal; however his former player status gives him such an unbreakable advantage over everyone else that he has no chance of failing unless he’s facing off against a player similar to himself.
    • The Pure Pure Pleiades comic shorts do a better job of portraying Ainz as both an overlord and player, where he must deal with uncontrollable situations and gets flustered easily over them.
  • Ugly Cute: Victim's portrayal in the manga. In Chapter 22, he gets wide-eyed apprehensive at Momonga expressing regret at the thought of sacrificing him, and he waves his stubby little arms wildly in protest. His default posture is also semi-quadrupedal, making him seem more like an angelic baby hippo than a fetus, and avoiding Uncanny Valley.
  • The Woobie: Climb clearly qualifies. Born in abysmal poverty, orphaned, went to bed hungry every night, adults destroying the house he built for himself at the age of 5, for fun, left under a makeshift roof of rags in a downpour to die of disease, taken in by a beautiful princess, out of pity, and hated by the nobility for it, bullied by the "noble" castle knights because ''he'' is the only one the princess can trust to be her bodyguard, and every time he performs a legitimate act of heroism, he fails to make a difference. That and the fact that he inherently has no talent for martial skills or magic, and it's a wonder he can even function at all. It gets worse when it comes to light that Reneer is in love with him and that due to her own psychological baggage, her idea of "love" consists of chaining up Climb like an animal and making him her Sex Slave. The one good thing that's ever happened to Climb might have actually been the worst thing that's ever happened to him.

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