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Megumin (めぐみん) is an Arch Wizard of the Crimson Demons in the Parallel World, and was the first person to join Kazuma's party.[1] She is one of the main characters of the KonoSuba series, as well as the protagonist of the Explosion spinoff series.

Appearance[]

Megumin is a young girl with shoulder-length dark brown hair (smooth black in light novel) and oddly languid crimson-colored eyes. She has fair skin, doll-like features[1] and a light complexion.

Megumin wears a classical witch attire such as a black cloak, a red robe, orange boots and a black wizard's hat, all with gold border and trimmings, alongside black choker, belt and fingerless gloves. Megumin's right leg is wrapped in white bandages and a black stocking on the left one. She carries a brown staff with a floating blue gem throughout her spinoff and until the 4th episode of the first season, where it turns red.

Personality[]

Megumin's most notorious trait is her obsession for Explosion Magic. After being saved by a mysterious stranger using that spell, Megumin instantly fell in love with the Explosion Magic's unparalleled destructive power,[2] dedicating years studying and saving points in order to master the spell, while ignoring its many demerits. After learning it, Megumin started to come up with excuses to use Explosion Magic every day, recklessly using the spell even when she knows it will cause problems for her and her party. Megumin also doesn't accept any other type of explosion, like Kazuma's tinymites.[3]

Like almost all Crimson Demons, Megumin has a chuunibyou personality, often making speeches using old Japanese dialect and striking cringe-worthy poses. However, her act can drop easily. She is also an attention seeker and has delusions of grandeur (calling herself "the foremost arch wizard and wielder of Explosion Magic" and boasting about her genius and talent, as well as fantasizing about becoming the next Devil King), alongside a taste for strange names, "cool" stuff and destructive hobbies. Although Megumin also enjoys cute stuff, she doesn't admit it in order to keep her "cool" poise.

While Megumin is, according to Kazuma, weirdly smart[4] and has the most common sense of her party members,[5] she is quite childish and immature too. Megumin is short-tempered, often reacting aggressively to any provocation, and is even willing to use her Explosion Magic on those who provoke her. She is also competitive, having a notebook to count her wins.[6] She often tries to assert dominance over her friends and rivals. Megumin is also a cheater, doing whatever it takes to win. Due to those traits, Megumin was "a ruffian" in her school.[7]

Although Megumin isn't a child in the Parallel World standards, she is still treated like a kid due to her appearance, which Megumin dislikes, as well as being called "child", "loli" or "jailbait". She often tries to act as a mature woman, sending mixed signals she is interested in Kazuma, believing this is the adult way of flirting. She also uses her relationship with Kazuma to look more mature to her friends.

Megumin is very self-conscious about her preadolescent body as well. She often has the excuse that her body will develop later, although her bad nutrition and genetics say otherwise.[8] Megumin is also very jealous of her friends' more developed bodies, even slapping their breasts in a fit of rage.[2] She is obsessed about having a stunning body too, getting interested in becoming a great spellcaster because she believes that if she becomes a great wizard, she would have "a huge rack".[8]

Due to her family being very poor, Megumin learned to get by herself early. She used to hunt or steal her own food, and was willing to eat food remains, such as crusts of bread, and even cute monsters or insects.[9] Megumin is also willing to use any underhanded method to survive, as stealing Yunyun's lunches at their duels in order to feed[2] and seize the moment to blackmail Kazuma so she could join his party.[1]

At the start of the series, Megumin was very self-centered, as she only cared about herself and her sister Komekko. Because of that, Magumin also used to act like a tsundere, not admitting her feelings for those she also cares about, like Yunyun and Kazuma, and being harsh with them. However, through the series, Megumin learned to care about those around her and started to openly express her feelings for her loved ones.

History[]

For Megumin's history, see her History tab.

Abilities[]

Like Aqua and Darkness, Megumin suffers from being too specialized. While being a master of arguably the strongest spell in the Detonation Series, Explosion Magic, it has too many dismerits. Moreover, she refuses to learn other spells and wastes all her skill points on increasing her raw destructive power, effectively making her a one-time-use glass cannon.

Magical Talent: Because she is a member of the Crimson Demons, Megumin has high stats in terms of Intellect, being the highest on her party, and Magical Power, being naturally gifted in terms of magical ability and has been stated to have high mana reserves as a result. Were it not for her desire to focus solely on Explosion Magic, Megumin could even surpass Yunyun as an Arch Wizard, being a prodigy, who managed to even reformulate the Explosion chanting spell in order to make it more potent. Although she doesn't use other magic spells, Megumin is still very talented in other witchcrafts, like magic tools and potions creation.

Explosion Magic: A special brand magic of the Detonation Series that allows the user to summon a single beam of light, that detonates at the target, creating a devastating blast of pure magical power. It is the most powerful magic spell, learned by immortal beings like undead and gods, with enough spare skill points to learn it. However the magic has several demerits: it consumes too much MP, being a single shot spell (in Megumin's case, she always collapses after use this, becoming immobile and defenseless); the magic is also so powerful it also affects the surrounding landscape, being dangerous to use it in dungeons, that can collapse over the user; finally, its noise also attracts all the monsters in the surrounding area.

Skills: Besides magic, Megumin devotes all of her skill points into skills in order to improve the power of her explosions, instead of use them to increase her MP:

  • Explosion Magic Increase: Increases the power of Detonation, Blasting and Explosion magics.
  • High-Speed Incantation: Decreases the time of incantation. Thanks to this skill, Megumin doesn't need to recite an incantation, although it decreases her Explosion magic firepower. However, in the end of the series, she already mastered the spell to use its full power without incantation.

Equipment[]

Magic Rod: A staff with a huge curved head, at the centre of which a piece of Manatite levitates, used for boosting the power of spells cast like a magic wand does. Originally fitted with regular blue Manatite when fashioned by Funifura's father before the rod was gifted to Megumin,[10] it was later upgraded with a piece of red high-quality Manatite.[11]

Light of Reflection Scroll: A scroll that allows the user to employ the Light of Reflection spell. Megumin used it in the fight against Host.[12]

Sword of Shack the Ripper: A sword belonging to Shack the Ripper, which Megumin wielded to cut up all sorts of nonliving objects with startling effectiveness.[13]

Highest-Quality Manatites: In the final fight against the Devil King, Kazuma gave to Megumin a bag full of pure Manatites, allowing her to use Explosion Magic multiple times at will.

Demon Ring: A cursed ring that grants the user "Demon Eyes", but with the price of slowly turn them into a demon. Megumin got it from Wiz's Shop, almost becoming a full demon (with a pair of horns) until Aqua lifted the curse.[14]

  • Crimson Eye Lightning: An electric eye beam. It could reflect Yunyun's Lightning, but it's too painful to the user.
  • Crimson Eye Bind: An eye beam that paralyzes the target.

Trivia[]

  • "Megumin" is a Japanese nickname commonly given to girls named "Megumi," which means "blessing."
    • Her name is presumably a pun on the KonoSuba title, as the "Shukufuku" translates to "Blessing," or "to bless."
  • Because of her chuunibyou tendencies, Megumin jokingly claims that her eyepatch seals her immense power, she actually sees it as a stylish sense of fashion due to her, and her bandages on her right leg, although she has no visible signs of injuries on that leg.
  • Compared to the four members of her party, Megumin's stats are the highest in terms of intelligence and she is shown regularly to be clever when the situation demands it. However, said intellect is commonly hindered by her chuunibyou tendencies, best shown by her refusal to learn any spells outside of Explosion despite the obvious limitations that come with it.
  • Because of her refusal to learn any other magic, Megumin entirely dependent on allies after casting and to move away.
  • Her nickname "psycho girl" or "the psycho one" is a pun on "saikō" (最高, "the best"), the word she frequently says after releasing an explosion magic.
  • Yuiyui also stated that all of their family members have thin bodies, but Megumin thinks that it's just because they lack nutrients because they hardly eat solid food.
  • Megumin sends a portion of her savings back to her family each month, but avoids sending too much or else her father would waste it on making useless magic potions. In total, her personal earnings for the entire year have been less than 10 million eris.
  • Due to her tendency to steal the final blow, along with the spotlight, Megumin receives the bulk of the experience points earned by each of the party's conquests, leading to her being the highest level in the party at around the mid-40s.[15]
  • She has a barcode birthmark on her backside.
  • The Axel police has classified her as the second most dangerous individual of the city.[16]
  • Megumin is a certified wildflowers master.[17]
  • Her purse is full of shopping points cards and coupons, even after becoming a multi-millionaire.
  • Megumin's birthday is on 4th December.
  • In the initial web novel, Megumin was three years older than in the light novel and allowed her to drink alcohol, while the settings in the Explosion including her meeting with Wolbach did not exist.
    • Her Explosions started off as being stronger than Wiz's, despite Megumin still able to walk after casting.

Quotes[]

  • “Wahahahahaha! My name is Megumin, the number one mage of Axel! Come, you shall all become my experience points today!"
  • "EX-PLO~SION~!"
  • "Darker than black, darker than darkness, combine with my intense crimson. Time to wake up, descend to these borders and appear as an intangible distortion. Dance, dance, dance! May a destructive force flood my torrent of power, a destructive force like no other! Send all creation to its source! Come out of your abyss! Humanity knows no other more powerful offensive technique! It is the ultimate magical attack! Explosion!"

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