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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? Later on its pretty clearly shown that it is the former, but even still the full extent in which she is this remains up for interpretation since one could easily argue that her sadistic and calculating personality is a defensive mechanism she developed.
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  • Broken Base:
    • The Lizardmen arc is a polarizing arc, especially for anime only fans. For those who dislike it, the main arguments against it are it taking focus away from the main characters, and for the perceived Romantic Plot Tumor often derisively called "lizard porn". There's also the issue that the arc comes across as filler in nature, and there are little long lasting effects of it. Those who enjoy it cite things such as the hilarious interactions between Zaryasu and Lulu, giving the audience the first look at Ainz's conquests from the other side, Cocytus' Character Development, Ainz's epic royal procession, etc. It also helps that the arc serves as a perspective flip by showing how truly insane Ainz and Nazarick would look to a group of just regular people.
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    • The anime in general: does it compare to the light novel or not? The backlash against it got worse after the first season and intensified further in the third, where a seemingly rushed development led to some serious abuse of CGI (especially during the otherwise awesome moments of Enri summoning her goblin army and the Massacre on Katze Plains), leading to many an unfavorable comparison being made to Berserk (2016). For those who find it to be an issue, its distracting and ruins the awesome moments from the source material, but for those who don't mind it, they find that while it isn't up to bar with the normal animation, some of the stuff its used for somewhat justifies it due to how difficult animating some of it can be, such as the summoned creatures.
  • 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.
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  • 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. Even the far more sympathetic non-Nazarick characters (Climb, Brain, Gazef, etc) are destined for mostly horrible ends and have no chance of interfering with Ainz et al. Depending on your level of tolerance, and your patience, it can become very difficult to care about how any of this ends. This is especially the case of 2020, where the story leads to many good aligned characters dying or suffering horrific fates, leading to some feeling the story is getting too bleak to enjoy.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Ainz gets a huge pair from fans who justify his atrocities as "just looking out for Nazarick's interests" and insist that he and his minions cannot be judged by human morality. Not even the genocide of the Re-Estize kingdom could convince them otherwise.
  • 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. This can be attributed to being given a chance to get, in a way, a better life than before, alongside having a cute design.
  • 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 up 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 
    • Another, slightly more understandable, and also mostly one-sided rivalry between this series and Sword Art Online. Dunking on Sword Art Online is pretty popular in anime circles in general, admittedly, but with Overlord there's the additional connection of being fellow isekai with video game elements (even though Overlord promptly dumps its when the New World comes into play and is revealed to be completely distinct from the game YGGDRASIL.)
  • 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.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, as many Overlord fans hopped on board with this series during the wait in between seasons and got a similar albeit more lighthearted experience.
  • 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:
    • 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. 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.
    • 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, hearing someone talk in an awed/reverent tone of voice 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.
  • Rooting for the Empire: 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 that 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".
  • 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 Nazarick's 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, which doesn't provide an accurate depiction of his growing desperation and helplessness before finally breaking and fleeing in terror. The series does explore the topic later, but given how important it is for Brain as a character, its change is more of a problem then initially thought.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Much of the saga focuses more on Ainz taking over the new world than on his trying to contact fellow players of the world. Justified in that he’s spending so much time on taking over in response to potential outside threats 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. It somehow got worse after he valiantly stood against Ainz, knowing he couldn't win anyway, and after being killed and revived, learned that Reneer had become a Demon of Nazarick, at which point he's so desperate to protect her he offers to become a Demon as well.

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