Okay, so the main character deaths? They aren’t all that rare an occasion. And sometimes, they aren’t even all that tragic. I mean I can’t even count how many times someone like Son Goku has supposedly ‘died’ in canon, only to turn right around and come back into the world of Dragon Ball. In something like Shonen manga, it’s pretty common. But in Isekai, where a game over is, well, game over? It tends to have higher stakes. Which is why when rumors started flowing around that Ainz, the main lead of Overlord, was going to croak? Fans were justifiably panicking.
I mean, Ainz Ooal Gown is Overlord. And apparently, he was revealed to have passed away in Volume 12 of the manga, an idea that came from so left-wing, that it left fans with whiplash. Of course, it has already been proven that Ainz is a master strategist, and a literal Undead King so he can’t be gone permanently or without reason. But still, it caused a lot of readers to worry. Though as usual, just like with Goku, Ainz wasn’t done yet. Turns out, it was all part of his master plan!
But that’s just how Overlord goes. It’s a truly refreshing take on the genre, with a plot that is filled with political intrigue, tactical espionage, and well-timed comedy, in equal spades. So, a twist where the all-powerful Ainz supposedly succumbs to some form of treachery, only to come back and reveal how he orchestrated the entire thing to throw his enemies off? I mean, it’s something you can see happening. It’s pretty on-brand from someone that is so calculated in every move he makes.
But why? What could lead Ainz to die, or at least fake his death? (fogodeminas.com) That’s what we’re here to find out in yet another segment of Lore Analysis! Where we take a look at some of the most popular stories in Otakuverse right now and decipher where their plot might be heading. Easter eggs, secret hints, we leave no stone unturned to see what the lore might be hiding. Let’s see if the Lich King is six feet under.
Ainz Ooal Gown Is Strong, But Is He Immortal?
We are already aware of Momonga’s origins. He’s not a native part of YGGDRASIL, mostly because to him, it was not real. YGGDRASIL was simply the title of his favorite MMO game, to which he devoted most of his life because Momonga was a normal human? He wasn’t all that special.
But as soon as he got Isekai’d into the world of his favorite game, that changed quickly. He shed his identity as a mere salary man back home and adopted the name of his guild. He was now Ainz Ooal Gown, the Lich King, the Undead ruler of Nazarick.
And being Ainz granted him more than just power since his experiences as Momonga gave him a unique insight into this world. He quickly gained a ton of power, learning way more spells than the roster of 300 allowed. Ainz is an Overlord, which is a superior form of the Elder Lich, and that race belongs to the undead. Since he is undead, he cannot age and would live until he is killed. This also allows him to raise armies of the dead.
How Does Ainz Ooal Gown Die?
So, how do you kill something that can’t die? Well, being immortal doesn’t mean he is immune from being murdered.
We haven’t reached the point where it explains how exactly Ainz meets his fate, but from what we can gather? It was during his battle with Jaldabaoth, the Demon Emperor who was also previously known as Demiurge. He used to be another Floor Guardian, much like Albedo, and served in the Great Tomb Of Nazarick.
In the New World, he defected as Jaldabaoth and raise a demon army to start a battle in the Royal Capital of the Re-Estize Kingdom. He also gathered the demi-human coalition and spearheaded an assault on the Roble Holy Kingdom.
It was during the defense that Ainz ends up losing his life to the opposition.
It Was All Part Of The Plan!
Except, of course, he doesn’t! He’s Ainz Ooal Gown, probably one of the most powerful individuals in all of the New World. The battle with Jaldabaoth, the betrayal that leads to Ainz’s death? It was all staged to lure the actual traitor out. Because, yes, there is a traitor in the midst!
He explained this to the Guardians under the guise of wanting to see how equipped they are to run things if he does get killed by an enemy. But it’s because he’s feeling lost and has no idea what to do. However, the Guardians end up interpreting this as a plan to bring forward any traitors participating in ‘wild’ conspiracies against the Sorcerous Kingdom.
At least Ainz isn’t dead! Hey, when life gives you lemons, I guess you use them to make your loyal subjects even more devoted!