Overlord is one of those Isekai anime that make their protagonists ridiculously OP (overpowered). Yet somehow, they get away with it because it ends up being not obnoxious and genuinely entertaining. Despite the power trip, you can make a character like Ainz Ooal Gown that is both immensely powerful and yet inexperienced enough to be charming. However, with Isekai nowadays, an OP main lead is tradition. Yet not all of them end up making it as engaging and fun as it is here, with Ainz Ooal Gown.
No, Ainz Ooal Gown, the protagonist, has not ever lost a match to anyone in the New World. Except maybe if you count his matches against fellow player TouchMe back when all of this was just a game the two played together. And, likely, he never will, considering the entire premise of Overlord is just seeing Ainz trolling his way to the top without any regard for what consequences he might have to face.
And that’s what sells the show. Overlord is arguably a parody of its definitive genre, taking something as mainstream as Isekai and turning it in over its head. It’s not the first anime to do so; trope subversion has been a mainstay of the medium for as long as I can remember. But it’s one of the few that have done it incredibly well.
But will Ainz continue his streak of being the undefeated champ of the realm previously known as YGGDRASIL? Let’s discuss all that and more in Lore Analysis – where we take a deep dive into the mythos of famous anime and see where the plot might be heading. Today, it’s the Lich King who rules with an iron fist!
Overlord: Dialing The Megalomania Up!
Isekai was created to play up the Rogue Hero fantasy for a lot of the younger male anime fans. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a bada*s king of the realm with multiple people devoted to them? It’s wish fulfillment, sure, but that doesn’t mean much when it comes to Ainz.
Ainz went from hum drum human in a dystopian future to becoming a literal Undead King. Like that’s bound to do a number on how you perceive yourself. He had become so aware of his power, going above and beyond what was even possible to make sure that the world he is stuck in now is to his exact design. Down to the last character, and he holds no remorse over it. So, the ego stroke here is huge.
You’d think it gets boring to see the main character be virtually perfect from the get-go, but it isn’t the case here. Being the most powerful person to exist doesn’t mean you can’t face a snag or two on your way to total world domination!
Why Ainz Ooal Gown Has Never Lost A Battle:
So, this one is easy. We all know how Ainz is the ruler of the Sorcerer Kingdom and the most powerful Magical Caster in the entire world. He is not above scheming and lying to get his way, often being callous with his behavior. Combine his calculating nature with the sheer amount of his abilities, and you have someone who is unstoppable.
Yet, despite his power, he isn’t immune to problems popping up. The sheer absurdity of some of the conflicts Ainz Ooal Gown gets himself in is plain entertaining. Ainz knows he’s powerful, no one tries disputing that fact or even tries humbling him down for it. Considering how he’s the only human he knows who survived being trapped in the New World, he uses his old knowledge to gain notoriety.
Now, he is known as the highest of the Almighty Forty-One Supreme Beings, according to the NPCs (Non-Playable Characters) of Nazarick. Despite how he’s becoming more and more desensitized, Ainz Ooal Gown enjoys the privileges he has now. The only way Ainz is ever getting defeated is if he willingly surrenders himself or gives up his throne.
However, this is unlikely to happen. The entire plot of Overlord is built on this power fantasy of an unremarkable human getting a chance to be remarkable and just milking it for what it’s worth. It just goes against the spirit of the series to deny Ainz Ooal Gownhis conquests.