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English: Overlord

Synonyms: Over Lord

Japanese: オーバーロード


Type:Light Novel

Volumes: Unknown

Chapters: Unknown

Status: Publishing

Published: Jul 30, 2012 to ?

Genres:Action Action, Fantasy Fantasy, Supernatural Supernatural

Theme:Game Game

Serialization: None

Authors:Maruyama, Kugane (Story), so-bin (Art)


Score:8.661(scored by 1686116,861 users)

1 indicates a weighted score.


2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.

Popularity: #231

Members: 49,079

Favorites: 3,062

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Yggdrasil is a virtual reality game renowned for the freedom it offers its players. After a simple tutorial, players are left to explore the world and can customize anything and everything, from their classes to their weapons. However, in the year 2138, the game sees its final hours as its servers shut down at midnight.

Momonga, a devoted player of Yggdrasil, decides to spend the game's last hours inside his guild, Ainz Ooal Gown. Strangely, at the stroke of midnight, the game does not log him out. Instead, Momonga finds himself transported to another world, one that is seemingly identical to that of Yggdrasil. Facing an already abnormal situation, he discovers that the NPCs have gained sentience.

Trapped in his avatar's skeletal body and desperate to uncover the cause of his predicament and find other players like him, Momonga sets out to take control of the new world with the help of his loyal subjects.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Overlord has been published in English by Yen Press under the Yen On imprint in hardcover format since May 24, 2016, in Polish by Kotori since September 2016, and in French by Ofelbe since May 11, 2017.

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In the author's own words:

"The main character of the book is a skeletal mage, leading a large evil organization like the last boss of a game.
I don't believe the main characters in novels and movies who rescue people without asking for anything in return.
Readers who acknowledge that prioritizing yourself is the right mentality will enjoy this book.
It's very direct."

After reading it, he was right.

Story + Character + Enjoyment -
This series is in the view point of the invaders instead of the more common angle of the invaded.
It takes heavy inspiration from d&d and other mythology and has a distinct "strategy + game" feeling to it.
The protagonist of Overlord isn’t the type who only deals with the danger right before them, but one who will take the initiative to accomplish his goals and gain benefits for himself.
Detailed descriptions and subtle future hints are abound but do not defer in the enjoyment even for a reader who does not like reading that much.
The characters are all well characterized and developed even for those who do not have much screen time since the direct writing style really brings out the personalities in a clear and concise manner.

Art -
Beautifully drawn art by so-bin that fits the series and everything in it.

Overall -
If is something to compare it to it would be Tolkien books.
Truly a masterpiece in the making not just in novels but in all of literature.


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"Conquering the world is a very interesting idea."

(There are quite a few allusions to minor spoilers in this review, fair warning.
I have read 9 Volumes.)

There is an inherent truth in the world of anime, manga, and light novels; this truth is that far more often than not the protagonist will bear remarkable similarities to the image of a "Virtuous Hero"! That guy with the friendly demeanor who will help anyone and everyone. That often times young hero will hold the mindset of not letting anyone they know get killed. They won't give up and believe that even the villains deserve a chance at redemption. If they see someone in need they will lend their help free of charge. From mundane day-to-day tasks to a conflict fraught with danger and potential death, these heroes are always there to lend a friend, ally, or on occasion a complete stranger their ever so capable hands. Overlord is not that kind of story.
Another fundamental fact also exists that there are very few anime, manga, or light novels that have their protagonist as a villain. The character that will kill any who get in their way, will victimize innocents, the type that will look back on the blood they've shed and smile as they continue to swathe their way through a crimson tide. Overlord is not that kind of story.
Overlord is one of those stories that has the protagonist feel real. He's not perfect or morally righteous but nor is he evil or blood-thirsty. I mention this now because I saw that misconception as being the greatest form of interest in this series. With allusions to stories such as Death Note, Overlord was initially illustrated to me (along with many others) as a story following an Undead Lich as he sought to take over the world. While that is certainly not a lie it is also far from the truth. However, this series is unquestionably one that is worth reading.

Allow me to make one thing crystal clear: This is NOT a story about being trapped in a video game. Anyone who is laboring under the delusion that this story is akin to Sword Art Online or Log Horizon I urge you to throw your hoe into the ground, straighten your back and wipe the sweat from your brow. Despite the initial picture you may have woven thanks to the synopsis, it is far more accurate to say that our protagonist is transported to a fantasy world with his in-game avatar being the catalyst for his conveyance into this new world. Sword Art Online was obviously a video game. Log Horizon was a video game with real life elements but it was still a game, with raids, drops from killing monsters, the purchasing of buildings through a system run by the world. Overlord is real life with a few elements reminiscent of a game.
The story predominantly follows Momonga (Or Ainz Ooal Gown, as I will be referring to him from now on, Ainz for short) as he and the eternally loyal bastion known as the Great Tomb of Nazarick seek to claim this new world as their own. I was immediately enthralled by this premise. Quite simply, I adore stories of conquest. From my childhood spent building fortifications with Legos only to have it come under assault by my army of Lego Orcs (I can thank Lord of the Rings for that one), to my many days spent playing Warcraft 3 as I surged into human establishments with my army of undead. I have always enjoyed that concept of conquering whatever adversary stands in front of you through the use of strategy. Overlord has not left me feeling dissatisfied in that regard even in the slightest fashion. Though that is not to say you should expect an all out war from the very beginning. A substantial amount of time has been devoted to the more subtle elements surrounding world conquest, principally that little commodity known as knowledge. Overlord subscribes to the assessment that knowledge is power, a correct conclusion if I do say so myself. Thankfully though, intelligence gathering does not stand as Nazarick's single asset; to quote Game of Thrones: "Power is power", and believe me, Nazarick has an abundance of power, so much so that the golden chest it resides in was blasted apart due to the swelling within, the power then shattered the vault and poured out into every passageway in the building.
Though an implication may have already arisen, allow me to definitively state that this author has poured in an extensive amount of detail into this fantasy world. The world powers and their relations to one another. The individual states of the countries' governments and the factions formed, the social classes present within these countries. Crime, the magic in the world, the magical items, alchemy, swordplay, the system of the guild that utilizes these fantastical elements, every single one of these concepts are delved into with a phenomenal amount of detail.

While Ainz is the preeminent character in this series, we've also been made privy to the perspectives of many of the other characters present in this story. This has helped pave the way to a veritably fascinating cast. These perspectives aren't just limited to the allies of our main character, we'll hear from friend and enemy alike as they perceive the events of the plot.
Allow me to introduce Ainz Ooal Gown-sama, the Supreme One, the highest of the Almighty 41 Supreme Beings, the Supreme Overlord of Death. Clearly the inhabitants of this world hold a fondness for the word "supreme", no? Ainz is a character that is enchanting to read about. Formerly your average human serving as a member of the Japanese work-force, Ainz is now a skeletal Lich and finds himself the leader of an organization whose members feel undying loyalty and love towards him. Ainz is immediately presented as both smart and responsible as he tries to maintain the appearance of the leader his subjects have envisioned. Then devoting himself towards the discovery of the nuances of his new body, his power and capabilities, as well as the details of the world he suddenly finds himself existing in. We see two sides of Ainz, one being the Ruler of Nazarick, the Ainz that is exhibited to the world, the Ainz that emanates a constant state of power, knowledge, and control. But then you have the Ainz that resides solely in thought. The Ainz that struggles over the mental taxation he feels, the one that has to rigorously think through every scenario to try and present the powerful demeanor, the Ainz that takes notice of how cold and calculating he's become, and the Ainz that ponders the intrinsic lack of emotion capable of being felt by one who no longer has a human body. Far from evil and still retaining a slight sense of justice, Ainz is one who doesn't feel emotion towards the nameless human he saw struck down, he doesn't cause suffering for fun, but nor does he hesitate should the need arise. He casts off the notion of taking action because it is "the right thing to do", rather he intervenes in situations where he stands to gain a profit.
The only other character I am going to make specific mention of is Albedo. Albedo is the Overseer of the Floor Guardians and is extraordinarily in love with Ainz. In the Layman's terms of this site she's a Yandere. Inordinate feelings of anger and jealousy at her beloved's interaction with another female? Check. Immense feelings of joy and pleasure upon receiving praise from her beloved? Check. Desire to kill love-rivals so as to spend eternity with her cherished one? Well, half-check. Suffice to say, Albedo is characterized by her excessive love and devotion towards Ainz.
The remainder of the cast I am not going to delve into, I am however going to bring the spotlight towards the dynamic that exists between many of these characters. The Great Tomb of Nazarick is my personal most cherished element that exists in this series. The Great Tomb of Nazarick serves as an organization of monsters all in service to their ruler. Every single denizen of Nazarick shares one cohesive thought: absolute, undying loyalty and service towards Ainz Ooal Gown. I hold an unequivocal adoration towards that simple sentiment. The denizens of Nazarick view humans as lower life-forms, equivalent to the cockroaches that we find so repulsive. They will slaughter an entire village without a moment's hesitation or guilt, they will torture with a smile as they feed humans their own limbs. Nazarick can be described as a genuinely evil organization. Though its an interesting fact that any cruelty dealt against humans is perceived as normalcy. Humans don't consider the ants they crush underfoot and neither does Nazarick. Yet despite their "evil" actions they're kind to one another. They get along, sharing in bouts of laughter and tears alike. Not every member gets along with one another perfectly, but more often than not they hold affection towards one another, affection that can even be referred to as love. This mindset is also held by Ainz as he is 100% devoted towards Nazarick and every single member he rules over, in both duty and love Ainz is standing alongside this group of monsters.
Despite all my words of praise I do still hold two issues with these characters, well two characters in particular: Ainz and Albedo. The dilemma I hold with Albedo is the exhaustive extent that her feelings towards Ainz are displayed. I love that a character like her exists in this story, but I find myself feeling annoyance when she continually displays only the aspect of her that causes strife and discord with the other characters. She loves Ainz, everyone knows and understands this, but when she continually starts arguments with her allies simply due to perceived jealousy, well, I can't say I enjoy that. In essence, she's obtrusive to the interactions between the other characters.
The single greatest fault I held with this series was actually Ainz himself. I do not know how it was perceived, but I tried to stress how fascinating I believed Ainz to be. I truly enjoyed the duality he presented. However, I eventually reached a threshold where this constant state of struggle was only recognizable as a placation to development. You see, Ainz and the rest of Nazarick's thoughts and plans weren't in a state of harmony with one another. Initially this disconnect was something I viewed with interest and intrigue, but it came to serve as a source of slight aggravation. Too many times did Ainz restrain his allies. For too long did Ainz's inner monologue serve as a source of naive grief and confusion. Ainz himself became a constraint to the progression of the plot. That's not to say I actually disliked him because of this. Ainz still remains a fantastic character and an excellent addition to protagonists that aren't perfect heroes. The actions he has taken at times can be perfectly chronicled as evil, villainous acts taken against the denizens of this world. I really wished I could have sooner dropped the preface "at times". Thus was my endemic grievance with Overlord, it may not be shared by others but I felt the compulsion to share it alongside the other subjective assessments I held.

The illustrations... Spectacular scarcely does them justice. Incredible is a travestied description. This art is nothing short of gorgeous and is easily stands as the pinnacle of illustrations I have had the pleasure to see associated with Light Novels. I am clearly not a writer for an art magazine, but I can encourage you to seek out these exquisite illustrations and observe them with your own eyes.

A story that strays away from a morally virtuous protagonist. A series that will follow the monsters who slaughter in glee and the humans that fear them alike. It's dark but refrains from having an sense of overbearing despair. You will peruse the thoughts of those who have to stare inevitable death in the face as they face an existence that is beyond their wildest night mares. You will hear the laughing of the monster that roams the halls of a building as they seek more death. Joy and despair, insanity and serenity, sadism and mirth, the vast array of viewpoints allows us to see these emotions from the perspectives of those who are feeling them. You'll laugh in amusement from the witty dialogue, but you'll also laugh in sick fascination as monsters make victims of "the good guys". I have no doubt these words have been long since anticipated, but if the aforementioned elements are even remotely interesting to you then Overlord is a series I recommend wholeheartedly.


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I wrote this review for the novel after watching the episode 13 and also finished reading all the volumes of overlord that had been released so far, which is till volume 9. So I have at least quite an understanding of the story so far. But I would not put any spoilers in the review and just general info that people can see from the novel's synopsis description.

But before I write my review, there is this one glaring point of the series's story setting that a lot of people seemed to be confused about lately that I have to point out.

Many people tend to be confused that the main character has been stuck in the game world he is playing in but the truth is that it is Experimented and Proven many times that he is instead Transported into a new fantasy Reality world where Yggdrasil players either don't exist or uncommon to the point of being called legends that only exist hundred of years ago. The only thing he is "stuck" in is his skeleton game body when he was transported from his game virtual world to another fantasy reality world. Also another thing, he is not a kid or a teenager, but instead is a blue collar salesman.

So after clearing that up, let's start my review of the novel. I advise people to rate my review fairly with open mindedness and after proper understanding of the series and not base on personal reasons, rashness or eccentric personal bias which seems to be quite common lately...

Story: 9
The novel's story is quite dark, evil, brutal and despairing at times and the novel's story is quite detailed and exciting to read which draws in the reader's curiosity and interest in knowing more of the story, but sometimes it may be quite tedious to read the highly detailed descriptions and multiple dialogues of the story. But people who are interested more on how the story is developed would find this interesting. Some people who lacked the attention span, patience or the interest in the story and wanted more actions and excitements immediately may find the novel's start to be boring. But people who actually wanted to enjoy the story's world and development would find that it's story is quite interesting, attention to details and descriptive with points of the story from different perspective.

Many people who started reading and enjoyed the novel are there for the literature story in the first place. Some people may find the story to be developing quite slowly at times due the story development but it comes with a lot of important plot points which might have otherwise caused confusions to the readers if some info points was lacking and skipped just to make the story faster.

Art: 9
The art quality is very good, as many people had said before that the novel's are quite well done but this is something left for people's personal taste and interests... But speaking it in general, the art is very detailed, beautiful. But all in all, it is something that is well done.

Character: 9
One of the main protagonist that you will never expect to see a lot in story even till now. A skeleton as a main character with a blue collar working salesman's mentality behind it. The person is very logical, emotionless but interestingly funny at times, who does the most realistic and logical reactions and actions people should expect if they are transported into another world. Keeping up his act as an overlord outside but whining and shouting inside about tiring things and situations. He also never consider his powers to be overpowered since the his skills are known in games and always think that there is someone such as players stronger than him out there.
The introductions of the many other side characters were also very unique and interesting too. They all have their own detailed designs, personalities, settings and developments.
Sadly the only thing lacking in this novel is a strong enemy character that the main characters have to face and overcome... But it is actually fine, since story wise, the story is actually still interesting and mainly draws the viewers to be more interested on how the process the MC used took over the places or even the world, the perspective and reactions of different people in the story which you normally won't see in other stories at times, and also main point of the story that is expected of how the strong overlord crush the enemy in the end after the intended development for it along with the expectations and despair which all together makes it something even more interesting and refreshing to see too, just like picking the fruits after it is ripe for the taking.
Also it seems there are people rating down the series due to the mc not having an usable underpart? Well, he can actually do it if he wants to and afterall, it's also better for the mc to think logically than thinking using his lower body like some other pervert mcs which are annoying. Besides, it seems pointless for some people to even point this out to talk down a good series.

Enjoyment: 10
Well the novel may not be a master piece for some people. But it story is a great literature that is the most descriptive, well developed, highly rated and one of the higher quality light novel out there that is highly encouraged by many people to read it to understand their world even more. That is the novel's purpose, as there are many people who enjoyed the novel are there for the literature story in the first place.

Also, there are points which mainly show how different it is from some more commonly known similar series stories settings.

Firstly, unlike the typical hero fantasy stories that are a dime of dozen out there already with almost Similar and Familiar stories and settings. Of course a story from a villain's perspective would perk people's interest than the typical power from friendship troupes, where you always would expect a certain people to survive in the end or just simply no one dying at all. With many things that are being quite common these days, this actually make this novel more unique and stands out.

Secondly, in this world where pretty much everything was cliche, a different, darker virtual gaming world to another world story is actually more new and interesting to people comparing to the typical virtual game or reality to fantasy stories that are quite common out there like no game no life, log horizon, SAO, problem children, etc with similar familiar overlapping fantasy settings or even other different typical stories with a shiny hero or a dense innocent kind mcs, instead a setting different from the typical familiar ones would be fresher one to see.

Finally, if people Do want to immense themselves in settings, atmosphere, plots and details of the story other than just immediate mindless action stories that are dozens out there, they would definitely welcome this novel. Given how much of a potential this novel's story have, even till the latest volume I had read so far.

Overall: 9
Overall, the novel is quite an interesting and addicting read for a story, if the further story's volume continues to be just as interesting to read, it will still easily continued to be rated 9 by me.


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Premise: I decided to write this review to give the perspective from someone who did not enjoy this novel, since I have only seen overly positive reviews thus far. To note, I dropped this novel around early volume 7, since I just ran out of patience for it, but 6-7 volumes seem like enough to write a review for a 9 volume story.

To start with the good! Art (10): The art is quite cool and I like it a lot. But like all novels, not much art. Regardless, this bumped my overall rating up from a 3 to a 4.

Story (5): The overarching premise of the story is actually quite good: The main character starts in an RPG styled world as the most powerful character in existence, with an army of elite AI's that have absolute servitude programmed into them, which he knows. The main character is actually just a regular guy from Earth, so he needs to adapt to this new environment.

Based on the premise alone, it feels like the story has a lot of potential, but unfortunately, not much actually happens with this interesting world and setting that has been built up. Instead, we learn about the main character…but, there is not much to learn other than his internal struggle of "oh noz, if I don't act evil, the AI's won't like me. boo hoo. Whatever shall I do? I know! I'll just have this dilemma for 6 volumes straight of how I don't want to be evil, but I can't help it since I want to be liked by my AI's which have already been programmed to love me forever.” Life is just so hard for our overpowered protagonist. I tend to find his ranting to be a bit cringe-worthy.

Seguing from that thought, I also find Ainz to be *incredibly* unintelligent. While it is absolutely fine and sometimes even encouraged to have a dumb main character, it does not work in this story as he just does not have the capability to be a leader. Due to the overpowered main character's lack of leadership over his battalion of subservient AI's, they go around advancing the story on their own. While again this sounds good and has potential at first glance, there really is no cohesive goal in sight, and this lack of coordination between the respective AI's leaves all that they do to feel very empty. :(

Character (2): The story is mainly about the characters, but I personally find them to be dull overall.

- Ainz (main character)
Like previously mentioned: dumb / cringeworthy / lack-luster leader / insecure / overpowered

I find his the internal struggle, "how to get his AI's which have already been programmed to love him forever, to love him." tiring to read about. He wonders why the AI's get confused what his goal is; of course it is because he's been putting up a facade up and confusing everyone instead of getting it together, taking charge and saying things directly.

I am not against flaws. In fact I have read manga where the main character has a facade contrary to their true thoughts and abilities, such as Angel Densetsu and Transfer Student Storm Bringer, where the juxtaposition between the truth and perceived reality in these stories is done extremely well. So it definitely is possible to have a main character where the perceived reality and the truth do not match up. Alas, this is one where all has gone wrong.

- Other characters (AI's)
The AI's initially seem to have distinctive personalities, but we quickly see that all have the trait of being over-confident. So while it is a mix-mash of different characters, they all have the same vibe. Other than perhaps Albedo, it's more like generic villain A and generic villain B. etc. All in all, the AI's did not add much to the story for me. Nor did I come to love any of them.

The main character is really like the only character for most of the story tbh. No one else is fleshed out as much.

Enjoyment (2): I personally did not enjoy this novel for reasons already stated. Everyone enjoys things differently, so perhaps the faults that I have pointed out, you will not mind. I hope that is the case, as reading this novel was a long journey for me.

Conclusion/tldr;: Due to the lack of leadership of the overpowered main character in this story, events unfold contrary to how he plans, as his minions stew up their own plans. The main character's unintelligence limits the abilities of his army, which also proceed to be stupid as well, and ultimately causes strife throughout the story when there should be none. *This large fault is particularly unfortunate as this novel seemed to desperately want to be tactics/strategy based.*

While reading this story that is a play of idiots, one gets accompanied by the internal struggle of the insecure main character, "how to get his AI's which have already been programmed to love him forever, to love him."

All in all, Overlord felt overrated for me.


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Light Novel / Overlord (2012)

Ainz Ooal Gown and the Guardians of Nazaricknote From left to right, top to bottom: Ainz Ooal Gown, Aura, Mare, Cocytus, Shalltear Bloodfallen, Albedo, Demiurge, and Sebas Tian

"World conquest, huh? That certainly is an interesting thought."

Ainz Ooal Gown

Overlord is a Japanese web novel written by Kugane Maruyama. It has been adapted into a light novel published by Enterbrain and illustrated by So-bin, a monthly manga by Miyama Fugin, and a Summer 2015 anime series produced by Madhouse. A second season aired starting January 2018 and a third in July 2018. A fourth season and a movie, collectively covering light novel volumes 10-13, were confirmed in May of 2021, although no release date has been given.

Its story begins on the last day of a once popular virtual reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game called YGGDRASIL. One of the game's dedicated guildmasters, a salaryman known as "Momonga", decides to remain logged in until the servers are shut down. However, instead of being logged out at the scheduled time, Momonga finds himself stuck in the body of his in-game avatar, a skeletal lich who serves as the Evil Overlord of a tomb of monsters. Before long, the Non-Player Characters begin coming to life and exhibiting personalities of their own as well, and Momonga's entire guild is seemingly transported to a new world.

Having no parents, friends, or other connections in the old world, Momonga decides to take the name of his guild, "Ainz Ooal Gown", and make this new reality his home. Even if that means taking it over.

The TV airing of the anime was accompanied by a series of comedic web shorts. Titled Ple-Ple-Pleiades~!, these focused on Momonga's interactions with Nazarick's Quirky Miniboss Squad, the Pleiades Combat Maids, who, barring Narberal Gamma, were never given ample focus in-series. Each web short focused on a particular Pleiades, and detailed their race and personalities.

Both the original light novel and the manga adaptation have been licensed by Yen Press.

Not to be confused with the video game series Overlord or the film of the same name. A video game adaptation of this series was eventually released in July 2019... and it was, of all things, a Picross game.

A Turn BasedRPG for mobile, Overlord: Mass for the Dead had its Japanese release in 2019 and 2020 for English.

The main characters are part of the parody crossover Isekai Quartet, alongside the casts of KonoSuba, Re:Zero, Saga of Tanya the Evil, and as of the second season, The Rising of the Shield Hero.

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  • 0% Approval Rating: The nobles of Re-Estize Kingdom are headed towards this after the events of Light Novel Volume 6. They effectively abandoned the people of the capital and concentrated their efforts in reinforcing their own holdings. This endears them to the peasantry not at all.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Momonga's NPC allies practically worship him... largely because they were initially programmed to be loyal, but they genuinely see him as a great leader, and don't just praise him because they're forced to. He finds their faith challenging to live up to.
  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects:
    • The skeletal dragons in episode 9 are clearly CG, still, they move and flow organically, and the battle is truly seamless.
    • Most other monsters are also CG, like the skeleton horde or orcs/ogres/trolls/goblins, though it's much less noticeable usually. It makes sense though since this is an anime about a Video Game and giving enemies a "different" look makes it easier to distance from them emotionally and thus easier to kill them. Interestingly, the friendly goblins that guard Carne Village are an aversion of this trope, being drawn in the same style as other characters.
    • Armies are also CGI, which leads to a rather Narmy moment when several kingdom soldiers rush Enri's goblins and bounce back as though the goblins' shields were made of rubber. Similarly, the 70,000 soldiers Momonga wipes out with his "Ia Shub Niggurath" spell simply fall down like rag dolls.
    • Momonga's "Staff of Ainz Ooal Gown" looks drawn and fits the scene really well, but when released it has a tendency to float and rotate perfectly in a way that's a dead giveaway to being CG, possibly intentionally so as to give it a magical air.
  • Actor Allusion: Clementine’s Japanese voice actress, Aoi Yūki, went on to voice another sadistic character with a high opinion of her fighting skills.
  • A-Cup Angst: Shalltear has small breasts, so she stuffs her bra. It's one of the many things that makes her so opposed to Albedo, who has quite large breasts.
  • Above the Influence: Played with in the anime. On the one hand (literally) among Momonga's first "experiments", he gropes Albedo's chest (after requesting and getting her permission, and she greatly enjoyed it). On the other hand, when she excitedly asked him to take her virginity, he turned her down as there were more pressing matters to contend with at the moment. Ultimately subverted in the light novel because although he is still attracted to both Shalltear and Albedo, often times very strongly, he actually can't have sex with them due to lacking the proper equipment thanks to his skeletal body. This secretly frustrates him to no end, despite how he appears in public, especially around Albedo and/or Shalltear.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade:
    • Several of the "heroic" weapons in Ainz's arsenal work like this. He can slice ogres in half vertically or horizontally with one strike like a hot knife through butter.
    • He also has a spell called "Reality Slash" which creates a Sword Beam sharp enough to cut through the fabric of reality itself. Touch Me is said to have used an even stronger version of this attack called "World Break".
    • A special mention goes to Gazef's sword, one of the treasures of the kingdom, the sword "Razor Edge". It is already a fabled weapon in-universe, being able to cut through steel like it was paper, but what makes it really special is the fact that, while it is just a low-level enchanted item by YGGDRASIL standards, it is the only native weapon that Ainz confirmed could actually hurt or even kill him!
  • Action Girl: Quite a few badass females have appeared in the series, such as Albedo, Shalltear, Aura, the Pleiades, and especially Blue Rose, an adventurer group full of only women and one of the few Adamantite ranked adventurers in the Kingdom.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Many fans were disappointed (and some downright pissed) that Madhouse decided to cut out a lot of scenes in the light novel to rush the first season of the anime to finish up to the third volume.
    • For example, the amount of detail regarding Brain's fight with Shalltear was removed and turned Brain from a hardened warrior that was slowly broken from facing off against Shalltear's overwhelming strength into an arrogant fool that ran away like a baby after meeting someone who was stronger than he expected. Not to mention Shalltear's true form which was illustrated much better than what the anime attempted to do with it.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication: Plenty. A notable one is when Solution is doing surgery on Tuare, her fingers formed a surgical tool used for abortion, which revealed that Tuare also had an unborn child inside her and Solution ate it.
  • Adaptation Expansion: In an unusual way, as the original web novel focused more on the Guardians of the Great Tomb of Nazarick, while the light novel focuses more on Momonga.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: The framing devices used to adapt the Gacha GameMass for the Dead out of the franchise, while in some cases very appropriate for a setting derived partially from a fictional MMORPG, do clash a bit with the storyline being drawn from.
    • A notable characterization point for Shalltear Bloodfallen was a speech in which she endorsed Hard Work Hardly Works: as an elevated NPC granted all her impressive skills and powerset from the moment of creation, she has no understanding of the concept of self-improvement, no empathy for those who believe in it, and the discrepancies in power are so great nothing the native-born can accomplish would convince her of its merit. In the continuity of Mass for the Dead she makes the same speech, to the same person, after spending at least half a year Level Grinding herself back up to some semblance of her former powers (as in order to re-balance the power of the characters and teams under the player character's direction, and create a plethora of "generic" opponents to fight, the transplanting of Nazarick and its inhabitants came at a high cost and with serious issues to the world in general). This isn't even Gameplay and Story Segregation (although plenty of that does happen): working out the validity, suitable means and shift schedules for safely Level Grinding the floor guardians and select others (which also helps with the Cracks in reality operating inside the Great Tomb and at select spots in the outside world) forms a significant and ongoing part of the expanded storyline.
  • Aerith and Bob: Nazarick's inhabitants have mostly Japanese or English names, while the new world's inhabitants are mostly made up of English words (Climb, Succulent, Brain...), especially among the nobility (such as King Ranpossa, Princess Renner or Prince Zanac). It comes as a surprise when a Philip shows up in volume 10.
  • Albinos Are Freaks: The acting chief of the Red Eye Lizard Folk tribe is a dorky albino lizardwoman named Crusch Lulu. She believes herself to be ugly because of her albinism, but Zaryusu instantly falls in love with her when he first sees her. Ainz finds her interesting since albinism is so rare. Crusch and Zaryusu's son is also an albino like his mother.
  • Alliance with an Abomination: This is what everyone considers the Baharut Empire to have done In-Universe (including the Emperor himself) after they ask for Ainz' help with their yearly battle with Re-Estize (in fact, a ploy by the Emperor to gauge Ainz' power and convince the other nations to gang up on him). After Ainz summons several Lovecraftian monstrosities by murdering a third of the opposing army, everyone thinks the Emperor asked Ainz to do something so horrible. After the Empire becomes Ainz' Voluntary Vassal, everything starts going a lot better for the Empire's citizens due to the constant threat of immediate and unstoppable annihilation being lifted from them.
  • All There in the Manual: Most of the floor guardians and Pleiades, Momonga himself, and some other NPCs have character-sheet style information pages detailing Karma level (unsurprisingly negative for most), some more prominent class/racial levels taken, and other gameplay-mechanic information.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: All the members of Momonga's guild, including the Guardians, are leaps and bounds more powerful than even the strongest of the New World's enemies. If any of them ever decide to fight seriously, their opponents might as well already be dead.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Most undead are primarily driven by an instinctive hatred for all life, even the ones who have free will. Evileye, Yuri Alpha and Ainz are the only exceptions so far, though Ainz is just a different flavor of evil, but he explains to the natives that the undead under his command don't attack and eat the living, at his command.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Inverted. Ainz (who is practically like a father to all of Nazarick) is utterly embarrassed about his creation Pandora's Actor who acts like a drama queen and over exaggerates every possible movement. It was hard for readers to understand Ainz's embarrassment in the light novels but once the anime debuted him, everyone finally understood how he felt.

    Ainz: Wow... He's so lame!

  • Anachronic Order: The light novel starts with Ainz (identity yet unknown to the reader) rescuing two Carne village girls, cuts back to Momonga and the last few seconds of YGGDRASIL, back to the attack on the village that leads to Ainz' rescue, then to Momonga's realizing he's in the new world...
  • Arcology: Most people on Earth live in "complete environment cities". The light novels theorise that The Great Tomb of Nazarick was designed to be one with its shops, bars and beauty Parlours inside it.
  • The Archmage: Several characters can claim this mantle, not surprising since it is based off D&D.
    • Fluder Paradyne is quite likely the greatest arcane spellcaster in the New World, having achieved 6th tier magic. Usually 4th Tier magic is enough to qualify you as a master mage among the humans which is as high as most of his apprentices get.
    • Tabula Smaragdina and Ulbert Alain Odle both fulfill the "magical artillery" aspect of their class with excellent burst damage.
    • Ainz himself is inferior to his guildmates in sheer damage but has a huge variety of spells instead. Normally each spell casting class can learn up to 300 spells. Ainz knows 718 spells.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Albedo is downright eager for Momonga to take her virginity.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The nobles in the Kingdom, particular those of the Noble Faction, are generally composed of greedy short-sighted nobles with no real regard for anyone but themselves. That said, the only named noble who gets mentioned more than once in the story, Raeven (leader of the Royal Faction), is a good man trying his best to keep the Noble Faction and the Royal Faction from causing too many problems for the Kingdom. He, ironically, is seen as one of the worst examples of this in-universe since he keeps the peace by constantly going back and forth between the two factions.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority:
    • Lizardmen tribes tend to choose their leaders based on martial and magical prowess. Ainz's conscription of the Lizardmen is made much easier because of this part of their culture: his incredible feats of magical might impress them so much that they willingly bow down to him and worship him as a god. Made more impressive since the lizardmen didn't originally worship deities.
    • This comes up again later after Ainz founds the Sorcerer Kingdom. Part of the territory ceded to Nazarick after the "Battle" of the Katze Plains includes the Great Forest of Tob and the Katze Plains. By the time of volume 12, Ainz has taken control of the demi-humans and beasts of the Great Forest of Tob by negotiating with the leaders of the various tribes to come under the rule of Nazarick (essentially Ainz saying "Join up or I'll annihilate your species to a man but if you bow to me I will guarantee your prosperity"). The Katze Plains was relatively easier as Ainz is a powerful undead Overlord and has many spells and magic which allow him to control all manner of undead from mindless zombies to intelligent undead (he apparently has the ghost ship that was haunting the plains and the spectral sailors aboard flying his banner while acting as border patrol).
    • Averted within the Tomb Of Nazarick. While Ainz is the unambiguous leader, and is regarded as a Supreme Being by the NPCs, he is by no means the most powerful fighter, with most of the Guardians expecting him to lose in his fight against a mind-controlled Shalltear. Likewise, his second-in-command, Albedo is noted to be less combat-able than Shalltear, and that Demiurge is superior to her in terms of intelligence. It is also stated that, despite his position as the guild leader of Ainz Ooal Gown, many of Momonga's former guild mates are stronger than him.
    • Played straight back when Touch Me was the leader of the clan that would eventually become Ainz Ooal Gown, as a World Champion, he was pretty unambiguously the strongest player of the guild. Also an example of why this trope is not ideal in a realistic setting. As strong and skilled as he was, Touch Me was apparently pretty confrontational (despite, or maybe because of, his obsession with justice), and was at the core of several severe internal conflicts in the guild. Momonga, meanwhile, was nowhere near as powerful or daring, but got along uniquely well with everyone and served as the glue that bound the guild members together (at least until most, through no fault of his own, had to quit due to personal life issues).
  • Atrocious Alias:
    • As the light novel describes in affectionate detail, one of the most powerful players in YGGDRASIL, who founded Ainz Ooal Gown and brought together its first nine members, who even Momonga looked up to, named himself "Touch Me."
    • Ainz's original username "Momonga" as well, as it's the Japanese name of a type of particularly adorable species of flying dwarf squirrel.
  • Author on Board: The author seems to have a particular dislike for anything like genuine heroism, seeming to revel instead in brutal villains or at best antiheroes.
    • While Ainz may idolize Touch Me, the narrative implies that he was a pampered rich guy who could only get away with his lofty ideals because he was both wealthy and very lucky. He also tended to be pushy and controlling when it came to what he believed in, which alienated some people.
    • Remedios seems to be designed to tear down the Ideal Hero by setting up situations where her morals get in the way of actually getting anything done. Her basic stupidity is also shown as a massive liability when there aren't smarter people around to keep her in check.
    • While Ainz himself is something of a loser who skates by on luck, power and blindly fanatic underlings, his policies are generally supported by the narrative even when they're based on slavery, intimidation and conning the local kingdoms.
    • As the single unambiguous exception to this, Gazef Stronoff is entirely heroic, entirely capable within the limits of his abilities and an inspiration to others. Even Ainz respects him. That being said, he tended to be a supporting character and was killed off because of his unwavering beliefs, though the story does portray this having been the right thing to do, especially based on what he knew.
    • Climb is a subversion of the Chivalric Romance and Courtly Love. While Climb himself is a good and heroic character, his mistress decidedly is NOT. She basically serves a Yandere who is also The Quisling that also wants to chain him up like a dog until the end of his days.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Jircniv figures out Fluder sold the Empire out to Nazarick because he didn't beg for the chance to study magic under him during their visit, an act so out of character it must have been negotiated earlier, before they even knew about Nazarick.
  • Ax-Crazy: It's probably easier to list which citizens of Nazarick weren't made this way: Sebas (who was created by the Token Good Teammate), Pestonya (who's something of a Team Mom) and Yuri (in charge of keeping the Pleiades from killing first and asking questions never), and Tsuare (who's a native of the New World). Even taking them or Nazarick aside, almost every native from the new world, who is not a regular citizen, adventurer or heroic figure, is either psychotic, racist, smug, depraved or dangerous, with some being even worse than the citizens of Nazarick (which is no easy, really). The main difference being that they are not half dangerous or powerful as them.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: For Raeven of all people. This cynical, manipulative, backstabbing, cold-hearted bastard just melts when his son comes to see him, and it's what caused him to abandon all thoughts of taking the throne for himself. It's also what causes him to retire from politics completely after the massacre of the Katze plains.
  • Back from the Dead: Resurrecting a dead NPC like one of the Guardians is relatively simple though expensive. Resurrecting someone from the New World is a bit trickier but still doable with resurrection wands. However, it is not possible to bring someone back if they refuse to be revived. The New World has a few other methods of resurrection, although they're not as convenient.
  • Badass Adorable: The "Wise King of the Forest" is a giant hamster. Momonga is rather disappointed. Oddly enough, everyone else in the New world is deeply impressed by the King and see it as a wise and powerful beast. Momonga wonders if there's something wrong with his sense of aesthetics. Though the King is a weakling compared to the rest of the Great Tomb of Nazarick, his average "level" is around 30, making him stronger than most in the setting (although Ainz discovers tales of its prowess were likely vastly exaggerated by whatever adventurer first ran into it).
  • Badass Crew:
    • You got the Great Tomb of Nazarick, Blue Rose, and the Black Scripture.
    • The first summoned goblin team's official art shows them this way.
  • Badass Family: The residents of Nazarick may be cruel and unmerciful monsters that won't hesitate to kill humans if ordered too, they're quite close to one another and act like one big happy family. Case in point, Ainz had to restrain the urge to kill Evileye right on the spot when he heard that she harmed Entoma, whom he cares for like his own daughter.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Averted with Momonga, who goes out of his way to reinforce he's not one, which earns him tremendous fawning from his followers (despite resisting his well-intentioned reforms on the grounds of their not deserving it).
    • Most denizens of Nazarick however are not above fatally punishing their own minions. Demiurge and Shalltear are notorious for being vicious if a lieutenant fails at an easy task, while Albedo is quite vocal about issuing severe punishment for the smallest slights against Momonga or Nazarick as a whole. They even hold this behavior on themselves as well, since they consider failing Momonga as an unforgivable sin that must be paid with a gruesome punishment, and always expect (and basically insist) Momonga to punish them whenever they feel they've failed/disrespected him, which Momonga always refuses.
  • Battle Butler: Sebas Tian fills this role as leader to the Ninja Maid Pleiades.
  • Be Careful What You Say: As a godlike figure whose every word is considered unbreakable law by his followers, Momonga realizes this a bit too late before discovering the ramifications of several offhand comments he makes within earshot of the Floor Guardians.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Jircniv is fully convinced that the only way to stop Ainz is to get him to show his true power before witnesses, so as to convince the other nations to unite against Nazarick. So he asks Ainz to use his most powerful spell to signal the beginning of the attack. His aides consider it impossible that Ainz could kill as many as a thousand men with a single spell, but Ainz casts one that instakills 70,000 people before summoning monsters that raise the death toll to 180,000 (out of 250,000). As a result, everyone thinks Jircniv was overall responsible for the massacre, undermining the goodwill other nations have towards him, and leading some countries to believe uniting against Nazarick is suicide.
  • Beauty Is Bad: The Pleiades and Albedo, at the very least, are considered so beautiful that they can't be human. They make some people very uncomfortable even as much as people desire them.
  • Becoming the Mask: This slowly but surely happens to Momonga. At first he was mostly concerned with just figuring out how the world he found himself in works, but after it's revealed there are powers that can threaten the denizens of Nazarick he steps up his game considerably. He quickly becomes an extremely dangerous No-Nonsense Nemesis prone to Pragmatic Villainy. He's arguably a deconstruction of standard fantasy villains.
  • Beleaguered Boss: Much of the drama/humor in the series comes from Ainz being a (relatively) good person, but all but 3 of his underlings are unapologetically evil and he's incapable of understanding that they simply can't relate to humans at all, other than as pawns to be sacrificed or obstacles to be removed(eventually a single human works in Nazarick, and even then she's only left uneaten because Ainz made it known she was under his protection). Compounding the problem is that he still thinks as though he was a powerless salaryman while the Guardians can't be persuaded that he isn't the godlike and omniscient evil lich he roleplayed as, and he feels guilty about changing the behavior of characters created by his former guildmates.
    • At the start of the series, Ainz makes an offhand comment about taking over the world, which the Guardians take as a direct order and start acting on. When he finally finds out what they've been up to (in season 3), he decides to make the best of it and eventually creates a kingdom where people of all races can live in peace and tolerance.
    • Ainz assigns Lupusregina to keep watch over Carne village. She doesn't bother to report things like giant monsters leading armies near the village, because who cares if a bunch of humans (including, unbeknownst to her, those Ainz had plans for) get wiped out? Ainz has to make it clear she is to defend the important people in the village for her to do so (and even then she'd gladly watch them die screaming, something the village goblins are quick to pick up on).
    • Ainz' every attempt at being a Benevolent Boss (paying the underlings, giving them days off...) ends in failure because they consider it an honor if not a religious duty to serve him. He ends up having to install a rotation for the maids because otherwise they all try to attend to him every single day.
    • Yuri the head maid brings Solution before Ainz for stealing something from Ainz. After Yuri takes it on herself to try and beat Solution to death, twice, Ainz finally gets Yuri to understand he just wants Solution to explain herself (Solution was jealous of an ordinary slime being used to scrub Ainz' skeleton clean and hid the slime because she wanted that job herself). Both leave alive, astounded at Ainz' boundless forgiveness and benevolence.
  • Benevolent Boss: One of the reasons the people of Nazarick are so loyal to Momonga: While they treat him like a god he never takes advantage of it (even when they want him to), from their point of view is both very kind and viciously protective of them. Unfortunately, most of his human-inspired acts of benevolence like salaries or vacations don't work because they believe themselves unworthy of such things.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Aura Bella Fiora is the dominant sibling of the dark elf twins, but Mare Bello Fiore has a significantly higher stat total (120 points more). Mare lacks the aggressive streak that Aura has, but when push comes to shove, is deadlier in one-on-one combat.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
    • Princess Renner isn't nearly as nice as she pretends to be particularly since she's willing to ally herself with Nazarick.
    • Among her comrades, Albedo tries to portray herself as a prim-and-proper woman who stays professional at all times, but she's actually a raging engine of emotion. The façade completely breaks down whenever Momonga is involved (emotionally and physically) or Nazarick is somehow insulted (imagined or not). Otherwise she's always seen smiling, acting kind, and maintaining a beautiful appearance. Her creator had a thing for gap moe, or women acting contrary to their real personalities (Albedo's sister is an insane Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl that is actually one of the nicest NPCs in Nazarick if she is holding a doll).
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: A potential fail-safe plan Demiurge has for Momonga is getting Albedo or Shalltear to carry his child. If he abandons them or dies, the Great Tomb of Nazarick would then have an heir they could obey in his absence. However, Momonga being a full skeletal lich, should make that rather difficult to execute. They still think that there is a way to make this work. It is either this trope, some kind of magic, or ignorance.
  • Black Box: For the New World denizens, even the most insignificant magic items from the YGGDRASIL MMO are these, since the New World lacks the infrastructure and knowledge to replicate them. For the denizens of Nazarick, many features of the Great Tomb (for example, how the realistic world environment of the Sixth Floor is actually generated) falls into this category and is just attributed as impossible feats only the Supreme Beings could create.
  • Black Humor:
    • It's entirely possible to read the series as a comedy in which a bumbling moron accidentally takes over the world, slaughtering anyone in his path largely by accident.
    • The Pure Pure Pleiades episodes give us cute chibi meidos showing us what they really are: Man-eating monsters. But... they're tiny. And silly. And therefore funny even as they devour humans alive.
  • Blood Bath: Inverted Trope. Shalltear Bloodfallen normally appears as an Elegant Gothic Lolita, but when she bathes in blood, her glamour breaks and she turns into what can best be described as a humanoid lamprey abomination.
  • Bond One-Liner: Before Ainz's fight with Clementine, Clementine is disappointed that Ainz isn't going to fight her looking to avenge he Swords of Darkness. Ainz simply states that since he would have done the same thing if it were to benefit him, it would be hypocritical of him to seek revenge. After giving her a slow, excruciating, humiliating death, Ainz quips to Clementine's dead body that he is indeed very hypocritical.
  • Born Winner: Dragons. They essentially are winners of the evolutionary lottery, as they grow stronger with age, have extremely long lifespans, are incredibly strong and durable, and are the only beings capable of Wild Magic. All these advantages are what allowed them to rule over the New World, completely unrivaled for thousands of years. Then, everything changed when the Players attacked.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Volume 4 and the first Audio Drama have Ainz trying to instill tactical thinking and teamwork respectively on the Guardians of Nazarick, as their only recently developed egos mean they rely largely on their overwhelming power to win battles.
    • Ainz himself is able to be a shockingly effective Evil Overlord by applying his mundane experiences as a Japanese Salaryman, Player Versus Player video gamer, and adventurer in a guild. He also regularly trains as a warrior class to increase his tactics and understanding of his passive abilities.
  • Bread and Circuses: YGGDRASIL, and other games of its kind are acknowledged by everyone to be this, giving the common folk a way to distract themselves from the hellhole of the real world.
  • Breather Episode: The first episode of Season 3 of the anime essentially involves the Floor Guardians taking a day off, and the antics that ensue.
  • Brick Joke: In the third novel, while Lord Ainz is away, Albedo rolls around in his bed to try to imprint her scent on it; she also meets with other guardians while sitting in it. Demiurge finds this ridiculous partly because he doubts the undead Lord Ainz, who never sleeps, would even notice. In the fourth novel, Ainz does indeed lie down on it while alone, and wonders if rich people's beds just always smell like flowers.
  • Bullying a Dragon: An unnamed adventurer who harasses Momon in episode 5. Regardless of his adventurer ranking at the time, Momon is completely clad in a full suit of armour that most people can tell just by looking is incredibly high quality. That's not to mention that Momon himself towers over most people.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": The Wise King of the Forest is referred to by Momon as a Djungarian hamster, which is the real-life name of a species. But Djungarian hamsters certainly do not have long tails that are apparently as strong as steel, nor are that large overall.
  • Calling Your Attacks:
    • Not only are spells cast with words spoken, but so are martial arts used by warriors such as Gazef.
    • Justified back in YGGDRASSIL: Calling the name of the spell being cast is essential in battles so teammates know whether to fall back, take cover, take advantage of their buffs, etc.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: As a Lich, Momonga / Ainz not only lacks a libido, but also, well, the fleshy bits involved in having sex. Despite this, most of Nazarick still seems to want him to hook up with Shalltear or Albedo, however that would work.
    • There's the vague implication that because the denizens of Nazarick see him as an all-powerful Supreme Being, they just sort of expect Ainz to eventually magic up a solution for this particular problem. For Ainz's part, he's either dubious about this possibility at best or simply hasn't considered it.
  • Cast from Money: Most, if not all, of Nazarick's special abilities, like traps and monster summons works this way. Prior to volume 10, Ainz has striven solely to find ways to get more YGGDRASIL gold. In volume 10, he gets loftier goals.
  • Chainmail Bikini: For being based on video games, the series does a very good job of averting the trope. Both Albedo and Shalltear, despite otherwise being quite fanservicey, wear very practical battle armors. Played straight by Clementine, but justified by the fact that she is Ax-Crazy, overconfident, and enjoys trolling her enemies (she doesn't even wear chainmail: the only protection she has are the adventurer's plates looted from her victims).
  • Cheap Gold Coins: YGGDRASIL featured real monetary transactions and gold coins (that often floated around defeated enemies) while the New World features a Gold–Silver–Copper Standard variation of economics.
  • The Chessmaster: While Momonga does have his moments, often if he doesn't know what he should say, he'll bluff his way through, causing the Guardians to misinterpret him as a supreme chessmaster.
  • Combat Sado Masochist: Vampires, especially powerful ones like Shalltear seem to live on this trope.
    • Clementine, as a human example.
  • Compilation Movie: The first season got two called Overlord: The Undead King and Overlord: The Dark Warrior.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: While Shalltear was feeling guilty for having been mind controlled, Albedo suggested to Ains to give her a punishment to help her atone. Though he already decided to forgive her, Ains agreed, and would eventually use her as a chair for a while. Albedo was less than pleased, while Shalltear endured it with a little too much enthusiasm, and Ains was deeply uncomfortable throughout the ordeal.note In Japanese culture human furniture is a type of humiliation and, unfortunately for Ains, also a niche fetish.
  • Cool Mask: Momonga uses a mask to hide his skeletal face (along with gloves to conceal his bony fingers) when he realizes that his being a horrifying lich is not exactly convenient for making the humans trust him.
  • Crapsack World: The New World is not exactly pleasant to live in, for most of society. To wit, the sudden introduction of a nigh-invulnerable Lich Overlord, and his army composed mostly of nigh unstoppable, psychotic, genocidal followers who see people as insects, at best, is actually an improvement in most circumstances.
    • That's not to say that the world Satoru came from was any better. In 2138, Earth has become a polluted cesspool where going outside required near constant use of gasmasks, Mega Corps rule the world, class oppression is a thing to the point that people work themselves to death to send their children to elementary school as the mandatory education system was abolished, and fresh meats and vegetables are considered a delicacy reserved for the elite. It's worth noting that despite the initial loneliness he felt in YGGDRASIL, Momonga questioned if he should even bother trying to go back home.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Ainz's battle with Shalltear was nothing but this. After arriving on the scene but before actually attacking, we watched him cast over two dozen spells to boost his abilities, protect himself, lay traps, etc., and there was plenty more he had done to prepare that was revealed as the battle raged on.
    • Albedo has also made clothing for the children she 'plans to have' with Momonga. For both genders, up to age five.
  • Creepy-Crawly Torture: The Guardians manage to completely and utterly break a criminal syndicate to their will by having cockroaches repeatedly devour them from the inside and then healing them back to full health before they die. Even once restored they can't eat solid food, but are desperate to do anything to please their masters for fear of it happening again.
  • Cringe Comedy: Ainz is repeatedly put in situations where a normal person would welcome spontaneous combustion, thanks to his inability to show shame.
    • Pandora's Actor is an overacting doppelganger dressing like a Nazi and spouting German phrases... because that's what Ainz thought was cool during his chuunibyou phase. He is very much aware of the Old Shame.
    • Ainz' invasion of the Holy Kingdom amounts to his trying to shill his runic weapons, and is just awful to watch.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: Averted when one minor character introduces himself as a Buddhist from the South (which seems to be the New World's equivalent of Japan).
  • Cult:
    • How the denizens of Nazarick worship Momonga and the other Supreme Beings. A lot of the amusing mistakes Momonga makes is not recognizing this, and how he tries to operate Nazarick like a corporation instead.
    • After Neia is brought back to life by Ainz, she unknowingly has new levels in classes that make her the leader of a cult dedicated to spreading the glory of the Sorcerer Kingdom.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: This happens a lot whenever Momonga or his forces are involved. It might as well be "Curbstomp: The Anime".
    • In his first battle, Ainz summons a Death Knight, a mid-level monster... that in the new world, is known to single-handedly destroy cities. He later forces an angel summoner to bring out his trump card to do a tiny bit of damage... and it still gets instakilled.
    • Brain fights at his absolute maximum ability... and is unable to get past Shalltear blocking him with a single fingernail. During the rematch, he manages to clip that fingernail, which makes him deliriously happy, to Shalltear's confusion.
    • Cocytus' fight against the Lizardmen ends when they manage to use tactics, spells and misdirection to deliver a powerful blow... that's no selled because they just weren't strong enough.
    • Ainz fights a troll without removing his magical protections, leading to the troll attacking one of its minions to check if his sword was still working properly.
    • The battle of the Katze Plains ends with almost two hundred thousand dead for the Kingdom (all from Ainz' spells) and less than two hundred for the Empire... all of them self-inflicted as they tried to get the hell away from the battlefield.
    • Gazef requesting a duel against Ainz. The outcome is in no way surprising to either participant or the audience, but it's made even more of a curbstomp when Ainz simply uses a [Time Stop] spell followed by an instant death spell on Gazef, who dies before he even finishes swinging his sword.
    • Ainz shows up to fight an intelligent troll in the Empire's arena, deliberately not using magic (including his melee protection) and only using a staff and a pair of daggers. He still wins handily, causing Jircniv to willingly surrender to him.
    • Ainz's "battle" with Frost Dragon Lord lasts as long as it takes for him to say "Grasp Heart". This cows most of the Frost Dragons into agreeing to serve him. Any lingering doubts were erased when one of Frost Dragon Lord's sons tries to challenge Ainz too. Ainz lets the son last a bit longer than his father and get a single hit in...which does nothing to Ainz. One "Grasp Heart" later, the dragon joins his father in death. The remaining Frost Dragons see this and prostrate themselves even harder.
    • Shaltear versus 60,000 Quagoa isn't even close. The one-sided massacre is so awful that it breaks their leader Riyuro's spirit completely to the point that he agrees to carry out the systemic slaughter of his own race to only 10,000 as per Shaltear's order.
    • In a change of pace, Red Drop's leader Azuth Aindra in his Armor of Reinforcement easily defeats a Death Knight and a Death Warrior. It helps that the Powered Suits like the Armor of Reinforcement work by replacing their wielder's stats with its own save for Hit Points and Mana, and Power Suits have higher stats than said undead. Then he gets curbstomped in turn by Albedo. None of his Armor's weaponry or spells can even scratch Albedo.
    • The decisive final battle in volume 14 between the Kingdom of Re-Estize's 400,000 strong army and Ainz's forces led by Mare and Cocytus is so one-sided it doesn't even get described in detail. The narration simply mentions that the entire army was slain in one hour.
    • Brain faces Cocytus in volume 14 and realizes immediately he has no chance of winning. Despite this, he goes all out anyway. Brain takes multiple enhancement potions and activates more Martial Arts than he ever had in his life, breaking his natural limits. Cocytus still kills him before his attack can even reach Cocytus. Cocytus nonetheless pays respect to Brain, noting that his last attack was around level 40 in terms of strength.
    • Vesture Kloff Di Laufen is a former Adamantite Adventurer (and the one who taught Gazef Stronoff swordsmanship) whose reputation as a badass is built up throughout the series. When he finally appears in volume 14 as a last line of defense for the Kingdom of Re-Estize's Magicians' Guild Aura immediately splits his head open with an arrow when he makes it clear he won't cooperate with her. He doesn't even get a chance to finish saying his name.
    • Zig-Zagged when Entoma fights several members of Blue Rose. She thoroughly dominates Gargaran and Tia until Evileye shows up with her Verminbane spell. Entoma is then nearly killed until Demiurge saves her, at which point they decide to retreat. Demiurge kills Gargaran and Tia with a single spell and would have killed Evileye too if Momon hadn't shown up to save her.
  • Dawn of an Era: The Great Tomb of Nazarick upon entering the New World, with it ushering a Rising Empire feeling.
  • Death Glare:
    • Say something negative or contradicting about Momonga in front of a Nazarick denizen and you will instantly be hit with one of these. Albedo is also prone to flashing these for a brief instant when she becomes jealous of something or someone having Momonga's affection.
    • Aura manages an epic one from several kilometers during the fight with Shalltear, interrupting her just long enough for Ainz to win.
  • Death Is Cheap: Subverted. There exists a resurrection spell in the New World called Raise Dead. However, it cannot be used to resurrect just anybody as the person being resurrected must have a great amount of life force in order for it to work, and those who do not fit the requirement are simply turned to ash. Even after being resurrected, the person would be left in a very weakened state, requiring a long recovery time. Additionally, it is a fifth level spell, and humans rarely ever manage to reach even the third level of magic, so mostly, the creatures able to cast it are the powerful monster races which are also the least likely to want to help someone in the first place. A rare exception would be the occasional Token Heroic Orc and those humans who have supernatural ancestry. A literal averted example is when Ainz resurrected Shalltear, the cost of resurrection being a huge amount of Nazarick's treasures.
  • Deathbringer the Adorable: Ainz refers to the Dark Young (nightmarish masses of teeth and tentacles) as cute baby goats.
  • Deconstruction:
    • Humans are not in fact the most abundant race nor are they very dominant over the world scene in general. While in many fantasy settings and stories, humans are the ones with the most influence by virtue of numbers, in the New World outside of predominantly human kingdoms and countries, humans are at the bottom of the pecking order/food chain. The story answers the question of how humans in any fantasy setting filled with magical creatures, monsters, and peoples that at a basic level are superior to them with special senses and abilities could be the dominant race. The answer? They wouldn't be and before the coming of the Six Great Gods, humanity was on the verge of extinction.
    • Trying to take over the world or even a single country via overwhelming power andbrutal force isn't a great way to secure your rule in the long run. Hell, trying to get your way by being seemingly the toughest bastard around is also not a great idea. To the first, several hundred years before in story, the Eight Greed Kings tried to do just that. They had great resources and were stronger than 99% of anything around. Their rule lasted all of 5 minutes before they turned on each other threw away everything they gained because they, big shock, couldn't share. As to the second, well, a lot of powerful (by normal standards) New World fighters, assassins, and magicians operated this way...right up until they met somebody from Nazarick. Best case they escape with their lives though mentally traumatized. Worst case they end up with a Fate Worse than Death. This is in fact one of the primary reasons Ainzprefers force as a last resort and keeps looking for ways to get stronger. Nazarick may be the biggest fish now but who's to say that will always hold true.
    • At the same time, it also presents a very cynical world view that deconstructs many tropes common especially to shounen anime to hammer in the idea that "power is power". The Good Guys Always Win? Not on Ainz's watch. The Power of Friendship? No siree, we don't do that here. It doesn't matter how "justified" your cause is or how much you want to win when you're going up against someone who can kill you with a sneeze. This is played for both laughs and drama at several points. One case occurs when Brain Unglaus, fresh off some Character Development, has a rematch against Shalltear, and, after a dramatic sequence where he reminisces on his friends and how he's got a cause worth fighting for... manages to chop off one of her fingernails. Which is admittedly better than he did last time. Another example occurs in Ainz's battle against Foresight. They fight as a cohesive team bound by unbreakable bonds of friendship, and it's impossible not to sympathize with Arche's cause to take care of her little sisters. Ainz's ultimately comparatively petty cause of fighting for the mere shadow of a guild long gone and friends who have long since moved on still handily triumphs by virtue of his sheer power, the Workers die horrific torturous deaths, and the light novel makes sure to let us know that without Arche, her sisters were sold into slavery, just to twist the knife.
  • Decoy Protagonist: In the opening of the first anime episode, the narrator talks about the immersive game world of Yggdrasil, while a team of heroes battle hordes of the undead, before confronting a powerful lich and his minions. A cutscene later, the heroes are all defeated. The lich is actually Momonga, the real protagonist.
  • Defeat Means Friendship:
    • This is how Momonga makes The Wise King of the Forest his pet.
    • Brain and Gazef are a longer example: After Gazef beat Brain in a duel, he joined a bandit crew in the hopes of getting into more fights. When Shalltear left him a broken shell, Gazef found him and slowly brought him back to normal.
  • Dem Bones: As a necromantic lich, Momonga has no flesh on him and is comprised solely of bones.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The aftermath of the Battle of the Katze Plains in Volume 9 of the light novels is explored in Volume 10 which is pretty much "People Cross the Despair Event Horizon: The Novel".
    • Marquis Raeven retires to his estate and keeps out of Kingdom politics.
    • The surviving Eight Fingers all show significant signs of PTSD to the point where none of them can eat solid food due to having their innards eating by cockroaches, healed, eaten, healed, eaten...
    • King Ranpossa III is despondent after the death of Gazef.
    • The Thousand Mile Astrologer, a diviner who works for the Slane Theocracy, locks herself in her room after witnessing, through magic, the events at the Katze Plains.
    • The leadership of the Slane Theocracy experience something similar when they read her report.
    • Emperor Jirciv crosses over it several times over the course of the novel. From physical ailments like an ulcer and thinning hair to a desperate attempt to ally with the Temples and the Slaine Theocracy. Ainz accidentally foils it by showing up unannounced and demonstrating that even giving his opponent every opportunity to kill him and not using magic, he's still too strong. The Emperor then proposes making his Empire a vassal state to the Sorcererous Kingdom of Nazarick. He gets a lot better after he does that, as the specter of being powerless to stop Ainz destroying his empire is no more.
  • "Dinner, Bath, or Sex" Offer: Albedo pulls this on Ainz (clearly hoping for the third one), before realizing she forgot to do so wearing only an apron and begs for Ainz' forgiveness. As Ainz is a walking skeleton and thus incapable of reciprocating, it makes no difference to him either way. The fact that he unintentionally rewrote her settings to be this way towards him is also a factor in his not wanting to take advantage of her.
  • Divided We Fall: The Re-Estize Kingdom is split between the Royal faction and the Greater Nobility faction. It's hard to say which is worse: the Nobles' actions are primarily selfish and short-sighted, but the ailing king is the Only Sane Man of his family.
  • The Door Slams You: Before heading off to posing as adventurers, Momonga witnesses Shalltear "accidentally" slam Albedo with the door as she arrived to meet with him in the manga.
  • Draconic Humanoid: Sebas Tian's true form is a dragonoid.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Albedo wants to kill the other Supreme Beings.
  • Dramatic Irony: There are a number scenes involving people from the New World talking and thinking about Momonga as if he were a normal person. Part of the charm of the story is how they react as he gradually reveals the full extent of his power a fraction at a time.
    • On a more disturbing note, however... Demiurge's tendency to use double-meanings in his statements ultimately causes Momonga to misinterpret his "cattle" experiments as actual cattle. Momonga doesn't care about it because he doesn't realize he's actually tormenting otherwise-harmless/innocent beastmen. Even when confronted with them, Ainz is genuinely confused and doesn't put two and two together.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: The tomb is buried deep underground, and has 9 floors. It is big enough to house towering monstrosities such as Gargantua.
  • Eldritch Abomination: It turns out at least one type, the Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath, exist or at least can be summoned in the New World. They're extremely powerful (over level 90, though the exact number is not known) and cause fear and insanity in those who see them. Momonga has a spell to summon them, and when he does, is extremely pleased at establishing a new record by managing to summon five at once, who then bulldoze through an army almost 200 000 strong without breaking a sweat.
  • Eldritch Location: The whole place is guarded by legions of unholy creatures of which every single one could wipe anything from a city to a whole country off the surface of the map, a mess of portals and traps makes navigation incredibly confusing and prone to dumping intruders basically anywhere except where they want to go, trying your own teleportation spells gets you redirected into a sealed chamber where a Miko sics an army of monstrously powerful Yōkai on you, and past the very first floors, the "Tomb" completely and utterly stops even looking like a tomb. The Great Tomb of Nazarick was a habitat designed in a game that didn't have to make too many concessions to reality and it shows. One floor is inexplicably a Slippy-Slidey Ice World, another is a Fire and Brimstone Hell, meanwhile the sixth floor looks like a totally convincing simulation of being outside, complete with a vast forest and an open sky. Arche from Foresight finds out the hard way that she's underground when she tries to fly away to safety only to encounter an invisible wall in the "sky".
  • Elite Mook: Death Knights are level 35 monsters that were one of Momonga's favorite creatures to summon in Yggdrasil. In the New World they are among the most feared undead. Ainz's foes tend to panic when they discover that he is able to summon and control hundreds of them at once. Hell, when he summons just one it brutally massacres a whole battalion.
  • End of an Age: The Great Tomb of Nazarick at the close of Yggdrasil. Momonga comments that a mere 4 of the original 41 guild members were still active in the final months, of whom only he and Herohero were online at the last few minutes (though the latter logged out before server shutdown). Also has elements of Vestigial Empire, as the guild was far more powerful when all its player characters were active.
  • Engineered Heroics: This Ainz gains more renown in the New World.
    • A demonic invasion led by a powerful demon named Jaldabaoth begins attacking the Re-Estize kingdom and throws it into panic. Under the guise of the human adventurer Momon he finally drives off Jaldabaoth after a bout of intense combat. In actuality, Jaldabaoth is really Ainz's loyal subordinate Demiurge, and one of the reasons for putting on such a performance is to bolster Momon's reputation.
    • An accidental version occurs when Shalltear is mind-controlled into rebelling against Nazarick. Momon declares he'll take care of the vampire, but after ensuring there are no witnesses, takes her out as Ainz (since he needs all his spells for it). The victory is credited to Momon anyway.
    • The entire Holy Kingdom arc consists of Jaldabaoth curbstomping their forces with conscripted demihumans, requiring them to ask Ainz for help. He declares that he can't use his army to help them for diplomatic reasons... so he'll go by himself (and there's a scene where he has to talk with the Nazarick forces posing as the demons, telling them to actually fight back). It ends with the Holy Kingdom nearly destroyed, some survivors starting a cult dedicated to Ainz, several of the demihumans now serving Ainz, and the Holy Kingdom's ruler replaced by a doppelganger who plans to play up internal rivalries until the people beg Ainz to take over.
    • After Ainz kills the Giant of the East and subdues the Serpent of the West, he has their monster minions attack Carne Village, which is one of his own Protectorates. Then he sends his envoy to the village, Lupusregina Beta, to swoop in and help repel the attack, thus putting the villagers even further into his debt.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • Demiurge interprets Momonga's command on fostering a relationship the New World's denizens and Ainz Ooal Gown as an intent to invade and conquer the entire planet.
    • Various people's interpretations of Ainz' actions come across as this, not helped by his being coincidentally right (for example, coughing while looking at a door is interpreted as his knowing about the person hiding behind it).
    • Demiurge's plan to conquer the Empire would have taken months and would only happen after taking down the Kingdom. Ainz did it in a few days by complete accident, prompting Demiurge to praise his master for his omniscience.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Most denizens of the Great Tomb of Nazarick are Chaotic Evil warmongers who'd genocide an entire continent just For the Evulz. However, everyone within the guild treat each other like family, and take extremely violent offense when accused of betrayal or going against their master's wishes. Until a certain World Class Item became known, the notion of a Nazarick member turning against another was unimaginable, and in fact Ainz can't convince any of them that he didn't hold the affected guardian responsible, including said guardian.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The anime's OP song Clattanoia directly addresses Ainz's situation and the effect it's having on his mind, including lyrics like "I feel overflowing power, and find myself starting to laugh" and "I reach for the mask's edge, but all I feel is bones".
  • False Flag Operation:
    • The attack on Carne Village in volume 8 in the first part (from Enri's point of view) is revealed in the second part (from Ainz's point of view) to have been arranged by Ainz as a pretense to give Guu's sword to the village to improve their defenses and to help convince Nfirea to keep the results of his research a secret.
    • Also everything done under the alias of "demon emperor Jaldabaoth" in the kingdom and later in the Holy Kingdom. Essentially creating a huge false threat to make Ainz look good when he defeats it.
  • Fantastic Racism: The reason the guild of Ainz Ooal Gown was created and apparently encouraged by the Yggdrasil admins, since PK'ing Heteromorphic players was actually a prerequisite for unlocking some powerful classes, making them popular targets.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture:
    • The south apparently serves as Japan / the Far East: Nabe and Ainz' illusory face are said to look southern, Brain's Katana comes from there, and they apparently have Buddhism as one of their religions. May be averted in that the area may have been founded by Players from Japan. The Eight Greed Kings' castle is also to the south.
    • Additionally, the Baharuth Empire shares many similarities, from clothing to architecture to an administration managed by a Senate-like Council and a centralized bureaucracy, with the Byzantine Empire.
  • Fastball Special: In the manga, Shalltear punts a newly-created Lesser Vampire at the bandit guards to attack the hideout (even with a comment of "Strike!" and her Vampiress Brides clapping for her), rather than simply getting into a frenzy immediately.
  • Feigning Intelligence: While he's fast to adapt and a quick learner, Ainz is not half the genius his NPC followers believe him to be. He often pretends to be all knowing, but words conversations for the speaker to reveal their complicated idea, without giving away that Ainz was in the dark and needed a detailed explanation. Often times the person will praise Ainz for giving them the inspiration for said plan, and how without him it could have never happened. He's very grateful for the fact that his undead visage is incapable of making facial expressions or nervous sweating. He does something similar in his guise as Momon the adventurer when he wants to accept a quest but doesn't want to reveal that he can't read the New World's written language.
  • Flight: The third-tier spell "Fly". It's very useful for Magic Casters who don't do well in close-range combat, though it's a drain on their mana reserves.
  • Foil: The Re-Estize Kingdom and the Baharuth Empire serve as this for each other in several aspects including the personality of their monarch, their military and the trajectory of their nation.
    • The Kingdom is ruled by King Lanposa III who is elderly and highly benevolent. However Being Good Sucks and his power is checked by the Noble Faction making his court a fractious affair with his nobles divided into various warring factions. His military is comprised of his nobles' peasant levies that Zerg Rush the enemy. The constant disruption to harvest due to skirmishes with the Empire and the infighting between his nobles has put the kingdom in dire straits. Even his advisers believe that the Kingdom will fall in a generation unless something drastic is done. Finally as a father he loves his children dearly and has a certain degree of rose tinted glasses when dealing with them. The Kingdom is also highly classist with the nobles rejecting some of the most talented individuals of their nation due to their humble birth. Unlike The Empire, which surrendered without a fight to Ainz, the Kingdom gets conquered by a bloody Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • The Empire is ruled by Emperor Jircniv Rune Farlord el Nix, a ruthless young tyrant that has honestly earned his moniker as the "Blood Emperor". However his purge of the nobles, enacted when he was 13 means that his power is uncontested and the nation is largely unified. Rather than reign cruelly, Jircniv works tirelessly to administer his Empire and forge a strong bureaucracy that will underpin the Empire long after his death. The Empire fields a professional military that guarantee the nation's security. While the Kingdom is a subversion of the Good Old Ways, the Empire is progressive with Jircniv employing talent where he finds it. Jircniv does have some affection for his children but does not really love them. He considers talent the only benchmark for selecting his heir and will gladly remove a child from succession that does not meet his standards. The Empire also surrender to Ainz without a fight, sparing them the massacre that the Kingdom received.
  • Food Porn: The menu that Ainz shows to Nemu Emmot, Enri Emmot, and Enfi Nfirea, as well as the meal he has his maids prepare would not be out of place in a very high-class restaurant.
  • Formula with a Twist: The series asks the question: what if The Demon Lord which gets summoned to a fantasy world was merely an Otaku playing the avatar of said Demon Lord? It was one of the first of its kind.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: The human-appearing Guardians of the Great Tomb of Nazarick are actually nightmarish creatures when they unleash their full power. Even the beautiful Albedo and Shalltear are horrific looking in their true monster forms. Momonga also plays this trope with his undercover identity as Momon, wearing full plate black armor and illusion spells to conceal his undead appearance.
  • Four Is Death: Ainz gets around sharing food with the Swords of Darkness (he has an illusion of his face, but it'd just go through his jaw and ribcage) by claiming his religion forbids eating with more than four people after taking a life.
  • Friendless Background: Jircniv took the throne as a teenager, and ruling the Empire day-to-day has left him with no time for making friends. Once the burden of leadership is lifted from him, he becomes fast friends with Riyuro, who also had control of his empire removed from him by Ainz.
  • Friendship Moment: Although Albedo and Shalltear often squabble, after Shalltear got mind controlled and fought Ainz, Albedo mentions to Ainz, with genuine concern, that Shalltear is ridden with guilt. Though Ainz reasonably didn't hold her accountable over the incident, Shalltear could only blame herself for the situation out of a need to atone, and Albedo suggests to Ainz to assign her a punishment for her mental well-being.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Momonga and the other members of guild Ainz Oowl Gown were just players who often got discriminated against for playing as non-human races instead of the more popular options. And then they thought if people were going to treat them as monsters, then let them be one. They then became one of the best-known and powerful guilds in Yggdrasil, and their base became a dungeon infamous for being totally unbeatable. And then their guildmaster, one less strong than his guild's heavy hitters, was transported to a fantasy world and had real tangible power.
  • Functional Magic: Yggdrasil magic and artifacts work in the New World, but because it's an actual world and not a game the effects aren't always predictable. Momonga spends a lot of time trying to figure out how his in-game stats and abilities work in the New World.
  • Genre Deconstruction: The series heavily takes aim at the Trapped in Another World genre and presents it in a dark and more realistic take on the concept. The main character, Momonga/Ainz, is overpowered and has a legion of loyal followers including a harem of sorts, but he also gradually becomes the monster he appears as in his quest to create a kingdom for those who serve him. Furthermore, Ainz being overpowered causes a complete breakdown of the status-quo in the world, as his appearance changes how powerful things like magic can truly be, and makes everyone realize they have no chance of stopping someone whose weaker spells are comparable to the strongest spells their most trained magic uses can use. Even the harem aspect is given this, as the Floor Guardians worship him as a God, and believe they owe their beings to him, instead of being attracted out of genuine affection, and none of those romantically interested in Ainz are good people. Bluntly speaking, the series shows that an overpowered main character showing up in a fantasy world would be a horrible idea as time goes on, especially for the original inhabitants of the fantasy world. And it's not so much better for the main character himself, since he gradually loses his humanity and morals because of the lack of any challenge or equals in his life, and he can't be himself or connect with anyone because everybody considers him as either a god, a leader, an unstoppable force of evil, a monster or a (not healthy) lust object.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Momonga/Ainz has horrible naming sense. Some of the names he chooses are downright unpronounceable.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: A lot of magic items can be seen as this.
    • A magical version of this trope was done by the Six Gods of the Slane Theocracy. Before their coming, humanity as a whole was on the ropes and were possibly facing extinction in the near future. Giving a whole new (and powerful) magical and item crafting system in the form of YGGDRASIL Tier Magic not only displaced the native Wild Magic but also acted as a Game Changer for humanity. It is also possible that they also used their twenty-first century knowledge of economics and politics to help organize the resulting human kingdoms.
    • Deconstructed when we learn that a minotaur player ended up being called the Boastful Sage because he was unable to explain the technology behind the items he proposed, such as boxes that keep food cold or devices that propel air to cool a room.
  • Godlike Gamer: Satoru was one, being a hardcore MMORPG gamer with an unbelievably powerful lich avatar before he finds himself trapped in the game world he played in as his overpowered avatar Ainz. His character has been maxed out so virtually no one poses any challenge to him, even though he tries to keep the extent of his true power a secret.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Arche, who has the ability to detect a person's magical potential, initially thinks Ainz is unable to cast magic. And then he removes the ring that suppresses his magic aura. Arche immediately doubles over vomiting and is pretty much incapacitated just from the sheer magical pressure emanating from him, and Roberdyck is forced to cast a courage spell on her just to get her back on her feet. The anime shows that a first tier magic caster has a slightly visible magic aura around them, by contrast, Ainz (who can cast Super Tier magic) has a huge roiling maelstrom of raging magic force around him that seems to stretch all the way to the sky.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: This usually happens to people who try to go against Nazarick.
    • Jircniv's request that Ainz use his most powerful spell on the battlefield against the Kingdom's army was an attempt to gauge Ainz's strength in preparation for eventually turning on him. This backfired spectacularly: the spell was so powerful and horrifying that it drove the Empire's knights to run away in sheer terror (the only casualties on their side were the ones who were trampled by their fleeing comrades), with many of the survivors quitting military service (and the Empire can't replace knights as quickly as the Kingdom can replace their soldiers) and blaming Jircniv for making the request in the first place. And though they don't know it, that wasn't actually Ainz's strongest spell (though it was one of the flashier ones) so the Empire still doesn't know Ainz's true power.
    • The Slane Theocracy considers the Kingdom to be this. The Slane Theocracy founded the Kingdom long ago in the hopes that it would be a breeding ground for future heroes of humanity. Instead, the Kingdom became a cesspool of infighting and corruption. Worse, the crime syndicates that took root in the Kingdom are trafficking drugs to the other human nations, depleting humanity's overall strength.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: Ainz can summons angels as easily as he can summon undead.
  • Gratuitous English: At the very least Momonga is being played from a Japanese client with distinctly Japanese ideas and terminology thrown around, and this is the main language of the out-of-universe series. The spell, ability, and buff names are all in English in the anime, however.
  • Gratuitous Latin: In episode 11 of the first season, the treasury holds a door with a password written in latin that needs to be translated the text reads "ascendit a terra in coelum, iterumque descendit in terram et recipit via superiorum et inferiorum"note  translates to: It ascends from earth to heaven, and descends again to the earth, and receives the power of the higher and lower things which is from the Emerald Tablet of Hermes.
  • Gruesome Goat:
    • During the Katze Plains Massacre, Ainz' Dark Young spell (a Shout-Out to Lovecraft's Shub-Niggurath) summons colossal goat-footed Eldritch Abominations that sound like regular goats, which only makes them seem all the more alien and wrong as they stomp on tens of thousands of people. The light novel goes into further detail, noting that one soldier was left with such tremendous mental scarring that whenever he hears a goat bleating, he goes into a fugue state where he snaps to attention and starts screaming "ALL HAIL AINZ OOAL GOWN!" as he cries and wets himself. Not one of his squadmates mocks him for it, as they were there too.
    • Ainz' former guildmate Ulbert Alain Odle (also know as World Destruction and Demon of Great Disaster, and an even stronger mage than Ainz) had the form of a goat-headed man. From Ainz' memories and the personality of his custom-designed NPC Demiurge, it's clear he had a serious edgelord problem.
  • Guide Dang It!: The YGGDRASIL game had this built into its core gameplay. Of the three common playstyles, it encouraged exploration the most and thus there were many hidden secrets to be found in the game. Ainz commented to himself that information was the most precious commodity among the YGGDRASIL community and that websites purporting to have the "inside scoop" were often wrong or worse, purposeful red herrings.
  • Happiness in Mind Control: As a joke, protagonist Momonga rewrote the command code on the NPC Albedo so that she'd be madly in love with him. When they're transported to a new world in which NPCs like Albedo are now real people, he regrets the decision because it tarnished his friend's beloved NPC and took away her agency. When he apologizes to her, she cheerfully tells him that she's fine with it and wouldn't want to be any other way.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Ainz makes a point of ordering Cocytus to treat the Lizardmen in this manner.

    Ainz: That's enough of the 'stick.' You must use the 'carrot' from this point on. Under no circumstances are you to treat the lizardmen with a 'reign of terror'.

  • Hellish Horse: Volume 9 has a couple of these courtesy of Ainz. The first is the creature that pulls Ainz's carriage when he arrives at the Empire's fortress. It's a muscular scaly fanged beast which is described as an avatar of brutality and violence that is vaguely horse-shaped. The mounts carrying the small escort army he brings with him consisting of hundreds of Death Knights and Old Guarders are Soul Eaters: skeletal horses with an unearthly aura that shines in their chests, three of which apparently slaughtered over 100,000 beastmen in the past.
  • Hell Is That Noise: [in-universe] The Dark Young make sounds like a perfectly ordinary goat. One of the more traumatized survivors suffers mental breakdowns if they hear goats bleating afterwards.
  • Hero's Slave Harem: Ainz Ooal Gown is the supreme ruler of The Great Tomb of Nazarick, and because every resident besides himself were once videogame NPCs, they are bound to obey his will. Several female NPCs in the Tomb are also either in love with him (Albedo, Shalltear) or greatly lust after him (Solution Epsilon and Neuronist Painkill). While Ainz is a Villain Protagonist, he is A Lighter Shade of Black who is both aware of the interests of his female subjects and in fact disturbed by it. He confesses to Albedo at one point that he reset her settings to be in love with him, but she dismisses it and says that if her love doesn't bother him, then she sees no problem.
  • Hidden Depths: In a bid to find out whether his Floor Guardians can learn and grow, he sets them tasks they are not suited for to see how well they perform. As a result, they end up developing surprising talents. For example, Blood Knight Cocytus ends up a competent administrator and overseer for a race of Lizardmen while The Berserker Shalltear turns out to be an effective strategist so long as she does not belittle her opponent and avoids going into a blood rage.
  • High Turnover Rate: The Slane Theocracy's Black Scripture is composed of its most elite agents, all of whom are on par with adamantite adventurers and equipped with powerful YGGDRASIL gear that once belonged to the Six Gods. Despite this, they still have a high attrition rate because they are sent on the Theocracy's most dangerous missions.
  • Hold the Line: Sebas Tian and the Pleiades were designed for this task so that the Nazarick player characters could prepare for a Last Stand in the throne room.
  • Hope Spot:
    • The Lizardmen have one during their arc. Having successfully repelled Cocytus's forces, and defeated the Disc-One Final Boss lich who the Lizardmen assume was their leader, they take a moment to celebrate. Ains then later shows up again with yet another undead army, along with his floor guardians. A giant golem also tosses a ridiculously large stone block into the swamp so as to show off his true power. He tells them that he's going to attack again, this time with Cocytus.
    • Arche recives one in the 7th book, after her friends preform a Heroic Sacrifice to allow her to escape, she tries to make her way out of the forest she was teleported to, then Shalltear finds her and she attempts to fly away, thats when she finds out she's actually in an Artificial Outdoors Display.
    • Jircniv asks Fluder's top acolyte about taking over his mentor's position. The acolyte instantly perks up... then Jircniv explains that would make him the Empire's first line of defense against Ainz.
    • Ainz claims Gazef's sword Razor Edge is one of the few weapons capable of harming him, within earshot of Brain and Climb. He kills Gazef with unblockable magic before the latter can even get in range.
  • Honor Before Reason: Gazef chooses to fight Ainz despite knowing his chances are zero, as he swore to serve his country.
  • Horny Devils: Albedo's creator programmed her to be a nymphomaniac. Right before YGGDRASIL was going to be shut down, Momonga changed her settings to remove this detail, then as a joke modified her so she would be in love with him. He's understandably guilty when she becomes a real person with a personality based on those settings.
  • Horse of a Different Color: After taming the Wise King of the Forest, Momonga uses her as his mount. Interestingly, while everyone around him is awestruck by him riding on such a powerful beast, Momonga himself just feels embarrassed of riding on what he perceives to be an oversized hamster.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Parodied. When the characters visit the "Nazarick Spa Resort", we only see the males bathing, with little fanservice and with Ainz comically wearing a Modesty Towel on his skeletal waist. Then the guys overhear Shalltear and Albedo trying to peek on him and the girls end up being attacked by the guardian golem for the crime of peeking, with their fight going unseen as the men lament their bath being disturbed.
  • Humans Are Insects: A fairly common train of thought among the most of Nazarick's denizens since the main rule in the guild Ainz Ooal Gown was "no humans allowed", and humanity in the New World is one of the weakest races of all and they've nearly gone extinct twice in the past 600 years. To many kinds of demihumans, who are oftentimes predators, they see humans the same way humans see livestock.
  • Human Subspecies: The traditional "human" race of YGGDRASIL are not Homo Sapiens. In-game, the category of human even includes the likes of elves and dwarves! This is in contrast to the categories of demi-human (orcs, beastmen) and actual monsters (99% of the Tomb of Nazarick, but notably excluding Mare, Aura, and Aureole Omega).

    Tropes I-Q 

  • I Control My Minions Through...: While Ainz mainlines (Fanatical) Loyalty, traces of all options can be seen as the series expands.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: The New World has a much lower average of strength than the MMORPG YGGDRASIL. In the New World, level 30 characters are considered legendary and 99% of the total world population (from all races, not just humans) fall into the 30 or under category. Also, the way Tier magic leveling works is that a magic user goes up 1 tier per 7 levels in a spell-casting class. This means that the strongest magic casters rarely achieve spells beyond the 4th tier (around level 28). All this combined with the fact that YGGDRASIL players only show up once ever 100 years or so means that on a fundamental level beyond simply Underestimating Badassery towards the Tomb Of Nazarick, the New World inhabitants really have no idea what they're dealing with whenever facing off against Ainz and his people. When the residents of Nazarick start to show off what they can really do, it's so far outside the experience and imagination of the New World people that just viewing what level 50 and above characters can do makes them Go Mad from the Revelation.
  • Immortal Breaker: Due to running on Wrong Context Magic, Razor's Edge is one of the only things that can hurt or kill Ainz. Ironically, it isn't even a highly-enchanted weapon.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: When beginning an infiltration mission, CZ accidentally says that they're going to the city in part to get information from the demihumans about the local surroundings, but Neia knows that they didn't talk about that in front of her. Still, with her blind loyalty to Ainz, she ignores it.
  • Indestructibility Montage: The series has a few set up just to show how powerful Ainz is.
    • Ainz demonstrates his superiority to Clementine by taking everything she can dish out to him. She tries everything, from stabbing him to martial arts to simply flailing around with Super Strength. But Ainz is a Physical God who remains completely unfazed by it all while slowly crushing her to death in his embrace.
    • The Raiders arc is essentially a long, excruciating montage of how invincible Nazarick is (Ainz had to specifically disable most of the tomb's defenses and set teleport traps so some of the raiders could actually face him), with the adventurers suffering entirely overly grim deaths (the one Asshole Victim got off with an almost instantaneous death).
  • Infinity -1 Sword: In the YGGDRASIL MMO these were various Pay-To-Win items, Divine Class Items, and spells such as Wish Upon a Star. Some were rare or Too Awesome to Use, but did not change the Metagame or cause an Instant-Win Condition like World Class Items did.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Practically anything from the Great Tomb of Nazarick armory are considered to be these by the native New World population, but for the denizens of YGGDRASIL, the Game-BreakerWorld Class Items fall into this category. The Great Tomb of Nazarick has 11 of them.
  • Ironic Echo: Before logging out, Herohero tells Momonga that it would be exciting if all the guild player characters were to reunite in a new MMO together. Momonga becomes upset at the comment, because he believes it will never happen. After being transported into the New World, Momonga hopes he can find his old guild mates there, and several long term plans he puts into effect are designed to somehow attract their attention if they transferred with him.
  • Jaw Drop: Ainz does this on occasion. Notable since as a lich his mouth normally doesn't move even while talking, but if he's surprised (or angry) enough his jaw drops open (since he doesn't have an Expressive Skull in the manga, instead his entire body goes to a chibi art style).
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Jircniv feels an instinctive dislike for Renner, which is why he doesn't consider her as a possible empress. He recognizes the value of her populist measures, however, and keeps himself informed about them to apply them to the Empire, and is always impressed by how well they work.
  • Karma Houdini: Ainz and basically the entire Great Tomb of Nazarick. They commit a very long variety of crimes, and almost every citizen in Nazarick is an evil and racist monster. But since they are invencible and unstoppable in the new world, no one can stop them, let alone make them pay for their crimes and atrocities.
  • Keystone Army: Ainz is one to the Great Tomb Of Nazarick. When discussing the merits of having an heir, Cocytus makes it clear that without a master to serve, the denizens of Nazarick would fracture into independent groups or collapse into civil war. The differing factions are unified by their absolute and unwavering loyalty to Ainz. Without that, incompatible desires and personalities will cause conflict.
    • Also, the guild of Ainz Ooal Gown will cease to exist if the Staff of Ains Ooal Gown is destroyed, though it is unknown what that would do in the New World. Possessing it would allow for an unknown level of control over the Great Tomb of Nazarick. It is implied that destroying it would cause the Great Tomb of Nazarick to cease to exist.
  • Killer Bear Hug: Ainz kills one of his victims by crushing them in his arms specifically to make it a Cruel and Unusual Death and draws out the experience for his victim as Revenge. A fountain of High-Pressure Blood spurts out of his victim's mouth when Ainz finishes the deed.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Discussed: an innkeeper mentions that going into other people's rooms is not allowed, something that would be obvious in normal society, but given how much of society owes to former RPG players...
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Gazef Stronoff, the Re-Estize Kingdom's strongest warrior, in everything but name. Technically, only Nobles can become "Knights", so his official title is "Warrior Captain".
  • Lack of Empathy: Momonga shows signs of this, and is aware of it. He wonders if this is because of his transformation into an undead being. He's still better than most of his servants, who outright despise humans (being created by a guild that allowed only nonhuman races).
  • Large Ham: Played with. Momonga isn't actually hammy (though he does have his moments), but has to pretend to be one in front of the Guardians because he believes he must play their expectations as an Evil Overlord in order to maintain their loyalty. In his downtime, he's often in his room posing in front of his mirror and writing down lines he believes are befitting of an evil overlord.
  • Legendary Weapon: The Razor Edge is one of the Kingdom's Five Treasures. This magical sword cuts through metal as if it were paper and according to Ainz it can overcome his passive resistance to low-tier attacks even though other weapons and attacks imbued with the same level of mana as Razor Edge can't scratch him. Wielding the sword is an honor reserved only for the warrior officially recognized as the strongest in the Kingdom.
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well: Demiurge hears Ainz' musing on conquering the world and takes it as a direct order to get the guardians to help him do so.
  • Lethal Joke Item: The two Horns of the Goblin General that Ainz gives to Enri are normally one-shot items that summon a small troop of Goblins. However, if the summoner meets three currently unknown conditions, the Horn will instead summon an entire army of Goblins. An army consisting of thousands of elite Goblins. This saves Carne Village from the Kingdom's army in volume 9, since Enri somehow met the conditions before blowing the second Horn in desperation.
  • Licking the Blade: Clementine does this in the anime on two occasions: Kidnapping Nphirea, and fighting Momon.
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • To an extent (and coupled with Denser and Wackier), the manga adaptation compared to the anime. Common silly anime/manga tropes are prevalent (Momonga's Sweat Drops, a super-deformed skeleton head appearing when he's in shock), the more graphically violent scenes are skimmed over, and the timing and presentation on Albedo showing off her hand-made Momonga body pillow to a shocked Demiurge is funnier (shown before any of the Clementine/Khajit plot really kicks off, so there's no tension).
    • Even the anime is this compared to the light novel. It heavily tones down the darker aspects of the characters' personalities, and even outright omits a lot of the really dark background details, such as Demiurge's "sheep farm". It's to the point that, when the 3rd season showed the point in the story where Ainz and the Tomb directly tortured and slaughtered a bunch of mostly good and decent people on-screen, unlike the absolute scum of past seasons, a lot of anime-only viewers were aghast at how genuinely villainous Ainz could be.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Almost to the point of grey, if you were to consider just Momonga. His reign and protection is positively benign compared to what could happen (see Carne Village); and if you became personal friends with him, you practically have a free pass from death! Unfortunately, Nazarick's denizens are definitely not "acting" evil like Momonga (sometimes) is, and he can't stop them from misinterpreting the actions they take on his behalf.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Slane Theocracy uses holy spells, summons angelic entities... and devastates villages full of innocents.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: Played With.
    • A first tier magic caster is just barely seen as useful as an equally leveled warrior, and only with the proper equipment and spells.
    • A third tier caster more or less outstrips a warrior of the same level, and is rare to the point where they're considered worth their weight in gold.
    • Fluder, roughly between a fifth and sixth tier caster, is considered equivalent to the military force of a small nation. The only suggested strategy against him that people believe might have even a chance of working is basically sending in wave after wave of soldiers at him until he runs out of mana.
    • Ainz, a user of Super Tier Magic, is so far beyond anybody else that just seeing the magic he casts can drive people insane.
  • Lost in Translation: In the Japanese version of the anime, Entoma shares a seiyuu with Arche as a form of Pragmatic Adaptation, as later in the story, Entoma loses her voice box but gets it replaced with Arche's, which allows for Entoma to keep the same voice. The english dub has Arche voiced by Corinne Sudberg instead of Entoma's english voice actress, Tia Ballard, which ends up ruining the intended Casting Gag of them keeping Entoma with the same voice.
  • Love Hungry: While Albedo takes the limelight in her desires, all of Nazarick to one degree or another feels incomparable joy when aiding a Supreme Being, while Momonga's status as The Needless frustrates things to no end; for example, the cooks can't fix him a meal as he can not eat.
  • Magikarp Power: The Horn of the Goblin General. Most players of YGGDRASIL dismiss it as a gimmick low level item that summons a pack of twenty or so goblins at your command. After using it once, Enri's interactions with the goblins somehow fufilled a hidden condition for the item. When forced to use the second charge of the horn, rather than another twenty low level goblins, it summoned an army of five thousand elite soldiers at her command.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Shalltear is an undead being who can wield powerful Holy magic. Since her level is comparable to his, this makes her a near-perfect opponent for Momonga, since his most powerful necromancy spells have little effect against the undead and he takes more damage from holy attacks. When Momonga is forced to fight her due to brainwashing, he bitterly wonders if her creator specifically designed her to be able to beat him.
  • Massive Race Selection: YGGDRASIL allows player a large amount of races to choose from; the total number of races reaches 700! To simplify this a bit in terms of in-game factions, they are categorized three ways: Humans (including Dwarves, Elves, etc. as "human enough"), demi-humans (orcs, beastmen, humanoids), and our favorite monsters (with a more technical term since they're more specifically defined as "not human at all", such as slimes and giant insects).
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • The Lizardmen's reaction when they see a second undead army outside their gates again. Not only that, but most of the undead rabble are wearing magical armor. Ainz then also freezes the swamp, has a giant golem toss a big stone block into it, has the undead assemble themselves into a staircase, then summons the high-level cloud monsters as heralds and destroys them as a further show of his power. Demiurge also uses a Compelling Voice to get Zaryusu and his brother to get on their knees.
    • Jircniv's diplomatic visit to Nazarick starts off badly – he's asked to wait outside so Mare can clear the clouds away and brought food better than they've ever tasted, with Death Knights as waiters. With every new room they enter, the entire contingent realizes just how outclassed they are.
    • Raeven and Gazef see a bunch of monsters in the Imperial army, with their adventurer bodyguards telling them they're called Soul Eaters, three of which killed over 100,000 people. Ainz brought 500 of them, each carrying a Death Knight. And thenAinz start casting.
  • Master of the Levitating Blades: There exist two examples of the second variant of this trope. Edström, for the Six Arms, that plays it as straight as possible, being and dressing like a dancer, while her blades move around her. Then there is Lakyus, leader of the Blue Roses, but that simply uses the floating swords on her back as another tool on her diverse arsenal.
  • Media Transmigration: Satoru is a Godlike Gamer who playing the virtual reality MMORPG, YGGDRASIL, until one day he remains logged in when the servers were supposedly getting shut down. But instead of being logged out, he finds himself stuck in the body of his video game avatar, a skeletal lich and an Evil Overlord. Renaming himself Ainz Ooal Gown, he decides to Take Over the World he's trapped in.
  • Might Makes Right: This is generally how the whole New World works. The strong can do as they please because the weak cannot stop them. The Dragon Lords once ruled the world with their unparalleled might, but were ultimately dethroned by the presence of Players. Even humans follow this law, as there's some truly ghastly abuse of social power and money in Re-Estize Kingdom.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Inverted; Momonga is a boss with an F in evil. While Momonga has his evil moments, his minions are by far much more evil. Oddly enough, the character pages have him at -500 (the same as said minions), presumably the scale can't go lower.
  • Money Dumb: Arche's parents are disgraced nobles who either have no idea of their no-longer-rich status or are desperately shielding themselves from it, spending enormous amounts of money on Conspicuous Consumption despite the fact that their daughter is the only thing keeping them fed. The reason she became a Worker (adventurers who take on illegal but higher-paying jobs) is to get enough money to take her two younger sisters away from her irresponsible parents. In the light novel, Arche is dismembered and her sisters are sold into slavery by their parents and eventually die from overwork; in the web novel, Arche is still alive, albeit kept as a Sex Slave by Shalltear, but is reunited with her sisters. Her parents face no onscreen repercussions.
  • Mook Horror Show:
    • Occurs whenever Momonga/Ainz or one of the Floor Guardians takes the field. A notable case is Shalltear's rampage in the third volume of the Light Novel, where she completely breaks Brain into a whining, crying mess who becomes a hobo for a while.
    • Pretty much all of volume 7 is a demonstration of how useless it is to try and conquer Nazarick, seen from the would-be looters' point of view.
    • Several characters get the minimum of backstory and characterization needed for the reader to empathize with when they get steamrolled by Nazarick.
  • Morality Chain: The Floor Guardians serve as this for Momonga, which is ironic considering they themselves are completely amoral beings. They were programmed to view the Supreme Beings as essentially Gods incarnate and Momonga himself as The King of the Gods. So Momonga feels he needs to live up to their expectation, even when he has no idea what he's doing.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Ainz views Shalltear and Albedo in this manner, when either of them get angry over things (most often for his affection). Humorously, even Demiurge prefers to allow them to scuffle and lose strength, or find another woman to intermediate things, before intervening between the two.
  • More Than Infinite: Among the 200 World Class Items, there are 20 Instant-Win Condition items feared as, appropriately enough, "The Twenty". Ainz mumbles about the Great Tomb of Nazarick possessing 2 of them, though officially it remains unanswered.
  • Moral Myopia: The denizens of Nazarick have no qualms over treating outsiders like vermin to be exploited and crushed, and gleefully subject humans and other species to murder, manipulation and torture. However, if anyone does the same to them or Ainz, even the slightest insult or sign of disrespect (even an unwitting one) towards Nazarick or Ainz is absolutely unforgivable and must be paid for with blood. Ainz embracing this mindset is one of the signs showing that he is growing into his role as a true Evil Overlord.
  • Mouth Flaps: Ainz figures out Translator Microbes are in effect because while he hears the natives speaking in Japanese (honorifics and all), their mouth movements don't match the words.
  • Move in the Frozen Time: it's mentioned that Time Stop was such a broken effect in YGGDRASIL that every high-level player worth their salt had an item or ability which protected them from it. Naturally this includes Ainz and the Floor Guardians.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Albedo is a Headturning Beauty who's perverted antics are often played for fanservice. In the anime, her cleavage, in particular, gets many close up shots, and early on there is a gratuitous shot of her naked back with Sideboob when Demiurge catches her sleeping naked.
  • Mugging the Monster: Pretty much anyone who attacks the residents of The Great Tomb of Nazarick in the first 8 books, often resulting in a Despair Event Horizon and Villainous Breakdown moment. Special note goes to The Syndicate group "Eight Fingers", many of whom end up with a Fate Worse than Death for antagonizing Sebas. And they got off easy compared to those who invade the Great Tomb itself.
  • Multiple Government Polity: After Ainz unintentionally vassalizes the Empire, there are only two major changes in the law, as Ainz has quite enough trouble ruling his own domain: the place of Nazarick denizens (above everyone else), and condemned criminals are to be shipped off to Nazarick. And it turned out one guy was framed, so he was sent back to the Empire. The Emperor is seen to be a lot happier once this occurs, both because he no longer has to worry about Ainz invading him, effortlessly destroying the work he and his ancestors worked so hard to build up over the years, but also because Nazarick now uses its own inexhaustible military to defend the Empire's borders for them. (He also finds that his workload is now vastly lightened, because whenever a complaint he can't deal with himself comes to him, he only has to send back "take it up with Ainz" for the complainer to suddenly decide it wasn't that important.)
  • Mutually Unequal Relationship:
    • All of Nazarick (especially the Guardians) see Ainz as their godlike master and ruler and have no greater joy than to serve, even if it requires their death. Ainz, on the other hand, sees them as the only link to his former friends in the guild (as they were custom-designed NPCs before gaining sentience), and the idea of one getting killed is akin to the death of a child placed under his supervision.
    • Ainz wants to rule Nazarick the way he'd have wanted an ideal Japanese corporation to be run and be a Benevolent Boss. Everyone else sees him as an undead monstrosity of incalculable power who can kill thousands with a thought (not exactly inaccurate). Thus when Ainz is fighting in the Empire's arena, he thinks of Jircniv as a fellow ruler and doesn't understand why the Emperor is rooting against him, and never seems to get that people are genuinely afraid of him (or that the Guardians are more than happy to kill people for what they perceive as insults to Ainz or Nazarick).
    • One of the Kingdom nobles believes he has a good chance of seducing Albedo and inheriting the Sorcerous Kingdom through her. Albedo already hates humans and has difficulty in restraining herself from splattering the idiot all over the walls. The other humans coerced into working for Albedo (and having witnessed firsthand how they treat potential enemies) get stomach ulcers from having to deal with such monumental arrogance and being unable to correct him.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: It's cited on several occasions that the Floor Guardians are especially loyal to the Supreme Being who created them, and in the unlikely event a Floor Guardian was forced to choose between Momonga and their creator... they'd side with their creator, even with the amount of love they feel for Momonga. Subverted with Albedo, who eventually reveals she wants to kill all the Supreme Beings other than Momonga. This is not only due to her mad love for Momonga, but also the belief that by abandoning their creations, unlike Momonga, the other Supreme Beings are no longer worthy of Nazarick's loyalty.
  • Mysterious Cube of Rubik: Zesshi Zetsumei owns a Rubik's Cube, which is considered to be a divine artifact as it was brought into the New World by an YGGDRASIL player long ago. She fiddles with it often and comments that she can never seem to get more than one side solved.
  • The Namesake: Momonga is a member of the Overlord species (one of the highest racial tiers of Undead in-universe, with the lowest tiers being basic Zombies and Skeletons) with 5 Racial levels, which grant him a number of exclusive powers and abilities. He's also Overlord of the Great Tomb of Nazarick.
  • National Weapon: The Kingdom's warriors and knights favor swords, and one of the Kingdom's greatest Treasures is the sword Razor Edge.
  • Necromancer: Momonga specializes in such magic, and is surprised to discover the differences with the game with his first creation (instead of summoning a temporary Death Knight, the spell now uses a recently-killed knight to create a permanent one).
  • New Life in Another World Bonus: Ainz Ooal Gown reincarnates in his YGGDRASIL VRMMORPG avatar. He is level 100 with unique classes, possesses all of his similarly powerful comrades' equipment, their guild base (from when they were the strongest guild in-game) is completely intact and full of the guild's resources and weapons, and an entire army including eight other level 100 servants; with absolute authority over all.
  • New Year's Kiss: Referenced by one of Ainz' items, the Mask of Envy, which he uses to hide the fact that he has a Skull for a Head. It's a Promotional Powerless Piece of Garbage that was given out to players who were logged in on Yggdrasil at midnight on New Year's Eve (instead of making out with their girlfriends).
  • Nightmare Fetishist: In volume 9, most of the Empire's troops flee in panic when they see one of Ainz's summoned Dark Young approaching them. Though it's not actually trying to attack them, the sight is so terrifying that it leads to a rout. Seeing Ainz slay 70,000 troops in the blink of an eye and unleashing the Dark Young he summoned with those deaths upon the remaining Kingdom troops had already horrified them to the point of tears. Except for a few who remained motionless, absolutely mesmerized by the sight of power far beyond humans.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: An undead army is raised against Momonga by enemy forces in Chapter 7 of the manga. He is able to raise even more powerful armies of undead of his own, as seen in volumes 4 and 9.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Inverted In-Universe: The Dark Young are kaiju-sized horrors made of mouths, tentacles, and hooves (if being a Lovecraft Shout-Out wasn't bad enough), but their cry is that of an ordinary goat (not even altered to sound deeper or distorted). This only makes them more horrifying, and one of the battle's survivors (on the winning side, mind you) suffers a mental breakdown and starts screaming "All Hail Ainz Ooal Gown!" and soiling himself whenever he hears a goat bleating.
  • Ninja Maid: The Pleiades are a team of combat maids loyal to Momonga.
  • Noble Demon: Guardians with "Good" Karma like Sebas Tian and Cocytus. To the point that they are actually more moral than Momonga, though they will still obey him no matter what.
  • No Item Use for You: Beings from YGGDRASIL cannot learn Martial Arts or Wild Magic, which are abilities only natives to the New World can access.
    • Averted with actual items, natives can sometimes use them better than Ainz.
    • Ainz's first attempt at using a sword shows him dropping it, due to being a lich.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond:
    • In the original YGGDRASIL game, Momonga was just one of many players who had reached the level cap, and his build wasn't particularly suited for PVP. He believes he was in the mid-upper tier. In the new fantasy world, the average "levels" are much, much lower. It's hinted that there are beings that rival or surpass him in power (possibly other former players), but as of volume 8 he hasn't met any yet.
    • It's more than just hinted... it's pretty much canon that other YGGDRASIL players arrived BEFORE Momonga to the New World. That is to say they arrived centuries in the timeline before he did. This explains why things from YGGDRASIL — like World Class Items, summon monsters, and magic spells — exist in the New World. They were introduced by past YGGDRASIL players. A major current question is, "what happened to them?" Another question is, "will more arrive in the future?" As stated above, Momonga has yet to encounter another YGGDRASIL player, ally or enemy, but would rather try to negotiate a peaceful coexistence if he does meet one.
    • Momonga and his guild NPCs are the fourth known group to arrive from YGGDRASIL. The first set was known to the New World as the Six Gods. While their ultimate fate is unknown, one was killed at least once by the next group to arrive, and none of them have appeared again in centuries. The second set became known as the Eight Greed Kings. After conquering the world through violence and bloodshed, the eight turned against each other, ultimately killing or weakening themselves to a point natives of the New World could slay them. The third set was two players who became part of the Thirteen Heroes. Like the Greed Kings before them, the pair ultimately had a falling out and slew each other. Given the final fate of these individuals, the Dragon with an Agenda cited above makes a whole lot of sense. Of these groups, it would appear that the one closest to rivaling the Great Tomb of Nazarick was the Eight Greed Kings, as hints have been dropped they possessed at least one World Class Item, a guild dungeon, and a powerful weapon that embodied and represented their guild like Ainz's staff.
  • No-Sell: Magic resistance, high tier physical immunity and other such skills make the higher level characters in Nazarick largely immune to anything anyone can throw at them and, depending on race, they may be immune to other attacks or effects. Further, possessing a World Item makes you immune to the effects of any other World Item being used on you with the sole exception of the item that can change the rules. The programmers of YGGDRASIL apologized and said that making them immune to this effect as well would be very difficult to program.
  • One-Man Army: Ainz is a level 100 MMORPG character in a world where legendary beings are equivalent to level 30. He's easily able to take on armies by himself, using spells that can One-Hit Kill200,000 soldiers.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Ainz's Final Battle with Demon Emperor Jaldabaoth is not shown in depth. All we get is a short description from Neia who says it comprised of incomprehensible phenomena which included: light, darkness, fire, lightning, and meteors, all colliding with incredible force.
  • Oh, Crap!: Many characters get these moments when Nazarick members show their power, but the most notable has to be Shalltear during her battle with Momonga. She's left staring at Momonga in slack jawed horror several times during the fight.
  • Old Magic: The Dwarf Craftsman arc sees Ainz go to the dwarf lands looking for runesmiths. However, rune magic has been more or less abandoned by the dwarves, as enchanting items with tiered magic is far more efficient and requires less training (although rune magic doesn't involve material costs). Ainz revives the art of making runic items thanks to having a few cheap runic items with him, inviting dwarf craftsmen to work in Carne. He also orders his demonic minions to fake a weakness to runic weapons so as to increase demand for them.
  • Ominous Floating Castle: The Eight Greed King's castle of Eryuentiu is this. It features weapon-building Eternal Engine areas and a Waterfall into the Abyss that feeds into the abandoned city beneath it. True to their name, the features are likely Cast from Money and still ongoing.
  • One-Hit Kill: Momonga specializes in spells that are capable of causing instant death. While few of them are surefire hits in the game, he also has a special skill "The Goal Of All Life Is Death" that allows his one-hit kills to work against opponents normally immune to one-hit kills, at the cost of a 12-second delay. In the New World, the latter isn't even needed.
  • One Size Fits All: In this setting, magical gear will alter itself to fit its current wielder. This allows a magical greatsword wielded by a Troll to later be wielded by a Goblin. Later, a magical suit of armor that was initially worn by a large goat-like demihuman is passed on to a slim human woman and fits her perfectly. In volume 14, the Guardian Armor once worn by Gazef Stronoff is later worn by the shorter and far less fit Prince Zanac. Zanac even notes that if it weren't for the armor being magical and able to adjust its size he'd never be able to wear it especially since he's put on weight due to stress over-eating.
  • Only in It for the Money: In Volume 7, "Momon" asks the Worker groups why they are willing to risk death by exploring the Tomb of Nazarick. The Workers unanimously reply "money". It's implied this is one reason Ainz felt no qualms about letting them all march to their deaths.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Undead exist to destroy all life, but demons exist to make them suffer. They have a tendency to go berserk and have special summoning and flame-based abilities. It's implied that even the mostly human-looking ones like Albedo stand out in disguise because they seem unnatural. Albedo, for example, is too beautiful to be human.
  • Our Hydras Are Different: Saryasu keeps a pet hydra named Rororo he raised from a hatchling, which looks like a Brachiosaurus with four snake heads and necks.
  • Our Liches Are Different: A lich is a type of skeletal spellcaster above a Skeleton Mage but below an Overlord. They are either decaying corpses or outright skeletons. They naturally have the ability to cast at the third tier or higher and, it's implied, favor fire-based spells. Their abilities do not decline with age, they're immune to poison, cold, mental effects, and lightning, are weak to fire, light, holy, and bludgeoning, and resist slashing and pierce. They have relatively low physical abilities, but are still dangerous in melee due to the ability to spread negative energy as a touch attack. Overlords also possess numerous aura abilities which can either spread mental effects or cause instant death. They also do not possess a phylactery.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Vampires are almost universally incredibly ugly and monstrous. Vampire Brides are the sole exception from Yggdrasil, while Evileye appears to simply be an undead human and her appearance hasn't been affected by her status. Shalltear has a true form that looks like a lamprey despite her normally cute looks.
  • Outside-Context Problem: In YGGDRASIL, Momonga was a player character optimized for PvE and role-play instead of PvP, but his skills and knowledge made him a low upper-tier player. After coming to the New World, the Sorcerer King Ainz Ooal Gown can make nations quake in terror with alarming ease. For those who remember, PCs from YGGDRASIL aren't so outside-context...
  • Overly Long Gag: When Momonga was preparing to fight the mind-controlled Shalltear, he cast a buff spell on himself to start the fight. When she continued to stand in place afterward, he realized that she wouldn't fight back until he used an actual attack on her, so he proceeded to spend a full minute doing nothing but casting buffs on himself and laying traps; in the anime, this is in Gratuitous English and a very rapid-fire intonation.
    • This is not so much a gag but a realistic portrayal of what real life players do in MMOs when getting ready to challenge an overpowered enemy. Didn't stop it from becoming a Memetic Mutation, though.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: This happens constantly to the inhabitants of the New World given the general power level of YGGDRASIL characters. Even a mook monster from Nazarick is a legendary monster to them. It is easy to forget that characters like Clementine or Khajit are powerful enough that only a few New World natives could challenge them, when they are nothing but speed bumps to Yggdrasil NPCs and PCs.
  • Overzealous Underling: The guardians are so eager to please Ainz the incarnation of all things evil that they interpret everything he says according to his wishes. As Ainz still has some sense of morality, this causes no end of problems (such as taking his "taking over the world might be interesting" quote as a direct order) or interpreting the slightest lack of trembling obedience as willful disrespect. Even Sebas, the nicest of all the Guardians, kills an enemy without warning just because he had the nickname of Undead King and thus qualified as a would-be usurper.
  • Papa Wolf: Ainz doesn't have much opportunity to demonstrate it, but the moment someone from Nazarick almost gets killed, the only reason he doesn't obliterate
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For twelve years, the virtual world of Yggdrasil has served as the playground and battlefield for the skeletal lord Momonga and his guild of fellow monsters, Ainz Ooal Gown. But the guild's glory days are over, and the game is shutting down permanently. When Momonga logs in one last time just to be there when the servers go dark, something happens--and suddenly, fantasy is reality. A rogues' gallery of fanatically devoted NPCs is ready to obey his every order, but the world Momonga now inhabits is not the one he remembers. The game may be over, but the epic tale of Ainz Ooal Gown is only beginning...


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Customer Reviews

Love it.

When I found out that the anime’s source material was based off a light novel I had to read it. I extremely glad to say that it’s totally worth my money. I find myself losing track of countless hours just for the sheer enjoyment of what’s going to happen next. The anime that I loved does not do this light Novel justice. There are more backstories and subplots that make it seem like a whole new adventure.

The author started this series strong!

The book way of structure was very well put together. The characters was given enough thought to bring out their best qualities or personality. I’ve watched the anime and read some of the manga of this series. However, none of them couldn’t match the artistic description of light novel. It is well written that I will buy all of the next volumes so that I can enjoy such a masterpiece!

One of the best “isekai” stories I’ve experienced

I first found out about Overlord through the anime, intrigued by the skeleton protagonist, and stayed because of the many wonderfully wicked characters. Naturally, I have to read the light novel.

Maruyama-san clearly knows his MMO lingo and he clearly has some knowledge on what makes an MMORPG run successfully (until it shuts down its servers, that is) in the real world. The detailed tangents on what the game Yggdrasil was like are amazing; I’m astounded how far he has thought of the game’s mechanics up to what breaks it. I also love how deeply he allows us to delve into Momonga/Ainz’s thoughts, his rationale as a person ‘spirited away’ to a world he doesn’t know, as well as his hangups towards his guildmates that quit before him. That, I think, is missing a bit in the anime.

I actually only wanted to reduce half a star, but I’m unable to, so I have to settle on 4 stars. My criticism is that dialogues tend to get confusing, as dialogue tags are missing from where they need to be. Often I have problems identifying who is speaking, especially when there’s more than 3 characters in a scene. I don’t think it’s a translation issue.

Overall, if you’re looking for a light read and a fresh take on fantasy and ‘isekai’ genres, I highly recommend this light novel.

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Overlord (novel series)

Japanese light novel, manga, and anime series

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Cover art of the first volume

GenreDark fantasy,[1]black comedy, isekai[2]
Written byKugane Maruyama
Published byArkadia
Shōsetsuka ni Narō
Original run2010 – present
Written byKugane Maruyama
Illustrated byso-bin
Published byEnterbrain
English publisher
Original runJuly 30, 2012 – present
Volumes14 (List of volumes)
Written bySatoshi Ōshio
Illustrated byHugin Miyama
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
MagazineComp Ace
Original runNovember 26, 2014 – present
Volumes15 (List of volumes)
Directed byNaoyuki Itō
Produced by
  • Kazufumi Kikushima
  • Satoshi Fukao
  • Noritomo Isogai
  • Yuki Yoshida
  • Shō Tanaka (#1–13)
  • Toyokazu Nakahigashi (#14–39)
Written byYukie Sugawara
Music byShūji Katayama (Team-MAX)
Licensed byFunimation[a]
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS, TV Aichi, BS11, MBS
Original run July 7, 2015 – present
Episodes39 (List of episodes)
Directed byMinoru Ashina
StudioStudio Puyukai
Licensed byFunimation
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2016
Directed byMinoru Ashina
Produced byMinoru Ashina
StudioStudio Puyukai
Released September 25, 2015 – October 2, 2018
Episodes34 (List of episodes)
Directed byNaoyuki Itō
Written byYukie Sugawara
Music byShūji Katayama (Team-MAX)
ReleasedFebruary 25, 2017 (Part 1)
March 11, 2017 (Part 2)
Runtime117 minutes (Part 1)[3]
108 minutes (Part 2)[4]
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Overlord (Japanese: オーバーロード, Hepburn: Ōbārōdo) is a Japanese light novel series written by Kugane Maruyama and illustrated by so-bin. It began serialization online in 2010, before being acquired by Enterbrain. Fourteen volumes have been published since July 30, 2012. The author has stated in 2020 that the series will end after 17 novels. A manga adaptation by Satoshi Ōshio, with art by Hugin Miyama, began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's manga magazine Comp Ace from November 26, 2014. Both the light novels and the manga are licensed in North America by Yen Press, with a release date of November 8, 2016.

The anime television series adaptation by Madhouse consists of 3 seasons with 13 episodes each, with the first season airing from July 7 to September 29, 2015. Two compilation anime films recapping the events from the first season were released in Japan on February 25, 2017, and March 11, 2017, respectively. The second season ran from January 9 to April 3, 2018, and the third season ran from July 10 to October 2, 2018. A fourth season and an anime film have been announced.


See also: List of Overlord (novel series) characters

In the year 2126, a Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game or DMMORPG called YGGDRASIL was released, standing out among all other DMMORPGs due to its unusually high ability for the player to interact with the game. After an intense twelve-year run, the game servers are about to be shut down. Within the game exists a guild, Ainz Ooal Gown, once consisting of 41 members and credited as one of the strongest guilds in the game. Now only four of the members remain, the other 37 having quit the game, and only one, a skeletal "Overlord" character named Momonga, continues to play as the guild leader, maintaining their headquarters in The Great Tomb of Nazarick. In the minutes before the shutdown he invites the remaining guild members, but of those only one appears and only for a short while before leaving. While saddened by this, he accepts the reality that his friends have their other lives to take care of and decides to stay logged in until the servers shut down.

When the shut-down time arrives, Momonga finds that the game hasn't vanished; instead, it appears as if Nazarick has been transported to another reality altogether along with its various NPCs gaining sentience. Momonga has been trapped in the form of his game avatar, leaving him unable to use the normal player functions such as General Message, or even to log out. With no other option, Momonga sets out to learn if anyone from the real world is also in this new world with him. Taking on the name of the guild, Ainz Ooal Gown, as a message to any other remaining players, Momonga begins exploring the world in an attempt to figure out what has happened while searching for anyone or anything that could help him solve this mystery, while ensuring the safety of Nazarick. Ainz Ooal Gown seems to have modifications made to his behavior by in-game mechanics, because he demonstrates no moral qualms with killing and other actions that are taboo in the real world. This is a story about the psychology of a creature beyond ethical concerns with near-limitless power.


Light novels[edit]

The light novel series written by Maruyama, with illustrations by so-bin, began its serialization online in 2010 via the novel publishing website Arcadia. It was also uploaded to the novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō in 2012, prior to Enterbrain's acquisition. As of September 30, 2017, the series has been published by Enterbrain in thirteen volumes, with the first volume releasing on July 30, 2012,[5] and the fourteenth volume releasing on March 13, 2020. Yen Press announced its license to the series in October 2015 for North America and began publishing the novels in English,[6] with the first volume releasing on May 24, 2016.[7]

No.Title Original release date English release date
1Overlord 1: The Undead King
Ōbārōdo 1: Fushisha no Ō
(オーバーロード1 不死者の王)
July 30, 2012[8]
May 24, 2016[9]
2Overlord 2: The Dark Warrior
Ōbārōdo 2: Shikkoku no Senshi
(オーバーロード2 漆黒の戦士)
November 30, 2012[10]
September 27, 2016[11]
3Overlord 3: The Bloody Valkyrie
Ōbārōdo 3: Senketsu no Ikusa Otome
(オーバーロード3 鮮血の戦乙女)
March 30, 2013[12]
January 24, 2017[13]
4Overlord 4: The Lizard Man Heroes
Ōbārōdo 4: Rizādoman no Yūsha-tachi
(オーバーロード4 蜥蜴人の勇者たち)
July 31, 2013[14]
May 23, 2017[15]
5Overlord 5: The Men of the Kingdom (Part 1)
Ōbārōdo 5: Ōkoku no Otoko-tachi (Jō)
(オーバーロード5 王国の漢たち [上])
December 28, 2013[16]
September 19, 2017[17]
6Overlord 6: The Men of the Kingdom (Part 2)
Ōbārōdo 6: Ōkoku no Otoko-tachi (Ge)
(オーバーロード6 王国の漢たち [下])
January 31, 2014[18]
January 1, 2018[19]
7Overlord 7: The Invaders of the Large Tomb
Ōbārōdo 7: Daifunbo no Shinnyūsha
(オーバーロード7 大墳墓の侵入者)
August 30, 2014[20]
May 22, 2018[21]
8Overlord 8: The Two Leaders
Ōbārōdo 8: Futari no Shidōsha
(オーバーロード8 二人の指導者)
December 26, 2014[22]
September 18, 2018[23]
9Overlord 9: The Magic Caster of Destroy
Ōbārōdo 9: Hagun no Mahō Eishōsha
(オーバーロード9 破軍の魔法詠唱者)
June 29, 2015[24]
January 22, 2019[25]
10Overlord 10: The Ruler of Conspiracy
Ōbārōdo 10: Bōryaku no Tōchisha
(オーバーロード10 謀略の統治者)
May 30, 2016[26]
May 21, 2019[27]
11Overlord 11: The Craftsman of Dwarf
Ōbārōdo 11: Yama Kobito no Kōshō
(オーバーロード11 山小人の工匠)
September 30, 2016[28]
October 29, 2019[29]
12Overlord 12: The Paladin of the Holy Kingdom (Part 1)
Ōbārōdo 12: Sei Ōkoku no Sei Kishi (Jō)
(オーバーロード12 聖王国の聖騎士 [上])
September 30, 2017[30]
June 23, 2020[31]
13Overlord 13: The Paladin of the Holy Kingdom (Part 2)
Ōbārōdo 13: Sei Ōkoku no Sei Kishi (Ge)
(オーバーロード13 聖王国の聖騎士 [下])
April 27, 2018[32]
June 1, 2021[33]
14Overlord 14: The Witch of the Falling Kingdom
Ōbārōdo 14: Mekkoku no Majo
(オーバーロード14 滅国の魔女)
March 12, 2020[34]
15Overlord 15: The Half Wood Elf God-kin
Ōbārōdo 15: Han Mori Yōsei no Shinjin


A manga adaptation by Satoshi Ōshio , with art by Hugin Miyama, began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's manga magazine Comp Ace from November 26, 2014.[1]

No.Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 June 26, 2015[35]978-4-04-103071-4June 28, 2016[36]978-0-316-27227-8
2 July 25, 2015[37]978-4-04-103072-1September 27, 2016[38]978-0-316-39766-7
3 December 26, 2015[39]978-4-04-103857-4December 13, 2016[40]978-0-316-43425-6
4 June 25, 2016[41]978-4-04-104399-8October 31, 2017[42]978-0-316-47643-0
5 August 26, 2016[43]978-4-04-104400-1January 23, 2018[44]978-0-316-51724-9
6 December 26, 2016[45]978-4-04-104679-1April 17, 2018[46]978-0-316-51727-0
7 May 24, 2017[47]978-4-04-105764-3July 24, 2018[48]978-1-9753-5335-3
8 December 26, 2017[49]978-4-04-106389-7November 13, 2018[50]978-1-9753-2813-9
9 April 26, 2018[51]978-4-04-106390-3February 19, 2019[52]978-1-9753-8284-1
10 July 26, 2018[53]978-4-04-107168-7May 21, 2019[54]978-1-9753-5739-9
11 February 26, 2019[55]978-4-04-107896-9September 24, 2019[56]978-1-9753-3230-3
12 September 24, 2019[57]978-4-04-108688-9May 19, 2020[58]978-1-9753-1296-1
13 March 24, 2020[59]978-4-04-108689-6June 1, 2021[60]978-1-9753-2309-7
14 November 25, 2020[61]978-4-04-110815-4November 16, 2021[62]978-1-9753-2335-6
15 July 26, 2021[63]978-4-04-111589-3


See also: List of Overlord episodes

See also: Isekai Quartet

A 13-episode anime television series adaptation by Madhouse aired between July 7 and September 29, 2015.[64] The opening theme is "Clattanoia" by OxT, and the ending theme is "L.L.L." by Myth & Roid. Both are bands of the musician [email protected] The anime adaptation covers light novel volumes 1 to 3. A 30-minute original video animation was bundled with the eleventh limited edition volume of the light novel series, which was released on September 30, 2016.[65] Two compilation films acting as a recap to the anime television series were released in 2017;[66] the first compilation film, titled Overlord: The Undead King (オーバーロード 不死者の王, Ōbārōdo: Fushisha no Ō), was released on February 25, 2017,[67] while the second compilation film, titled Overlord: The Dark Warrior (オーバーロード 漆黒の戦士, Ōbārōdo: Shikkoku no Senshi), was released on March 11, 2017. The films' theme song, titled "Crazy Scary Holy Fantasy", was performed by Myth & Roid.[68][69]

A second season was announced at film screenings of the second compilation film.[70] It premiered on January 9, 2018.[71][72] It ran for a total of 13 episodes. Outside of Asia, Funimation has licensed the second season for a simuldub.[73] In South and Southeast Asia, Medialink holds the rights to the series.[74] The opening theme is "Go Cry Go" by OxT and the ending theme is "Hydra" by Myth & Roid.[75] The second season of the anime adaptation covers light novel volumes 4 to 6.

A third season premiered on July 10, 2018.[76][77][78] The opening theme is "VORACITY" by Myth & Roid, and the ending theme song is "Silent Solitude" by OxT.[79][76] With 13 episodes as with the previous seasons, the third season of the anime adaptation covered light novel volumes 7 to 9.

On May 8, 2021, a fourth season and an anime film were announced, with the film covering the Holy Kingdom Arc of the series. The staff and cast members are returning to reprise their roles for the fourth season.[80]

A comedy crossover anime, Isekai Quartet featured characters from Overlord in a Chibi style, much like the OVA. It also featured characters from the light novel series KonoSuba, Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World, and The Saga of Tanya the Evil, all published by Kadokawa Corporation. The anime began airing on April 9, 2019.


A mobile game Mass for the Dead was launched in late 2019 in Japan, with a global (English) version launched in early 2020.[81] It received poor reviews, with reviewers noting it was rather simple and did not offer anything new compared to many other similar gacha games.[82][83] The global version has been shut down as of March 31, 2021.[84][85]


In June 2015, prior to the release of the anime and manga, the light novel series had about 600,000 copies in print in Japan with eight volumes. By August 1, 2015, the light novel and manga series had a total of 1 million copies in circulation in Japan. On August 4, a 600,000-copy reprint of the novels was announced. As of August 20, 2015, the nine-volume Overlord light novel series and two-volume manga series have, together, more than 1.5 million copies in circulation in Japan.[86] As of September 18, 2015, Overlord light novel and manga has over 2 million copies in circulation.[87] As of May 2016, the Overlord light novel series had 2.5 million copies in print.[88] Overlord has since been named the top-selling light novel series of 2015.[89] As of April 2018, the light novel and manga combined had over 7 million copies in print.[90]

The light novel ranked first in 2017 in Takarajimasha's annual light novel guide book Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!, in the tankōbon category.[91] It ranked fourth in 2018.[92]

In reviewing the anime adaptation, Kotaku called the Overlord anime a "magnificent power fantasy" which "brings up a very relatable theme for anyone who has played an MMORPG before."[93]


  1. ^Although Funimation holds the master license to the series in Australasia, Europe, and North America, Funimation only directly handles distribution in North America while Madman Entertainment distributes in Australia and New Zealand, Funimation UK in Great Britain and Wakanim in Europe and Quebec.


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