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|“||Please don't do anything as foolish as to look for revenge. Revenge only breeds further revenge. If you, Mr. Naofumi, could bear to show mercy, then I'm sure the queen would be grateful.||„|
|~ Malty begging for Naofumi's forgiveness (only to be refused).|
Malty S. Melromarc (in Japanese: マルティ＝メルロマルク, Maruti Meruromaruku), also known as Princess Malty, Myne and First Princess of Melromarc, Mein Sophia as her (previous) adventurer name (later altered to "Slut" much later), and later known as "Bitch" as a spiteful derogatory given by Naofumi, is the main antagonist of The Rising of the Shield Hero franchise. She was later revealed to be a soul fragment of the evil goddess Medea Pideth Machina, the root of all evil in the series.
Malty Melromarc is the former eldest Princess of Melromarc, and the eldest daughter of King Aultcray Melromarc XXXII and Queen Mirelia Q. Melromarc, and the archenemy of Naofumi Iwatani, the titular Shield Hero. Being the former first Princess of Melromarc, Malty was the first person to join Naofumi in the beginning, but it was revealed to be a ruse to steal his money and equipment except his shield. She also framed Naofumi of attempting to rape her and turned him into a criminal at large, turning him into a hostile and pessimistic person. Much later, she was later revealed to be one of the fragments of the Goddess Medea Pideth Machina, a self-proclaimed goddess originating from another world who is the true responsible for the creation of the Waves by merging together eight separate worlds. Her goal is to drain each world of its energy for her own use to destroy the universe, wile enjoying the suffering of all the inhabitants inside.
In the Japanese version, she was voiced by Sarah Emi Bridcutt in the Japanese version, who would reprise the same role in the series' 2020 stage play adaptation. In the English version, she was voiced by Faye Mata, who also voiced Yumemi Yumemite in Kakegurui.
The former first Princess of Melromarc, and the primary antagonist of the series. Malty was the first (and only) person to join Naofumi in the beginning, but shortly after, she stole his money and equipment and then claimed he raped her. She joins Motoyasu's party, believing his good looks will be able to help her standing within Melromarc's nobility. While in Motoyasu's party, she acts as his second-in-command, taking advantage of his gullibility and manipulating him into doing her dirty work or making Naofumi's life more miserable. Despite Motoyasu's kindness, she insults him behind his back and sells her fellow party members into sexual slavery should they get in her way.
After the defeat of the Church of the Three Heroes, whose members she worked within an attempt to assassinate her sister Melty and frame Naofumi, her true nature is exposed by her mother. Disowned from the royal family, Malty is placed under a special slave curse and is forced to reveal the rest of her crimes, and upon Naofumi's suggestion, has her name legally changed to "Bitch." She stays in Motoyasu's party so she can repay her debts; Motoyasu still believing her lies. She and her followers, however, abandon Motoyasu during the battle with the Spirit Tortoise. Now a wanted criminal, she goes on the run, manipulating and robbing Ren and Itsuki in the process.
Specializing in fire magic, Malty is cruel, power-hungry, and manipulative. She uses her looks and status to control others, often appealing to their egos or taking advantage of their naivety. Believing her unfit to rule, before the start of the series, Mirellia placed her second-in-line to the throne after her younger sister.
Fragment - Malty Melromarc
Despite her beauty and pretentious kindness, Malty is a greedy, opportunistic, selfish, ungrateful, manipulative, and treacherous bully who always treats deceiving, manipulating, and insulting others as a hobby. She never shows true loyalty towards others and will use and betray others as soon as she gets a chance. Her personality was caused by being spoiled by her father
Due to her traitorous nature, Malty is the catalyst of every bad event in the story, including Naofumi Iwatani's turn into the dark side and his false infamy. She is directly responsible for each of the Four Heroes unlocking their Cursed Weapons, indirectly renders Motoyasu permanently insane, and caused her father's decline from the Wise King to Trash.
Besides her deceitful nature, Malty is also an uncaring person to the people in her kingdom and even her own family. According to her mother, Malty always hides in the shadow and enjoys bringing misery to others. Naofumi was so disgusted by this information that he was immediately dubbing her as "Bitch" (or "Witch" in some translations). She goes as far as to use the countries treasury for her pure enjoyment of an indulgent and luxurious life, even calling it "for the sake of the world." She was also levying a heavy tax on the wave damaged village calling it for reconstruction.
In a nutshell, Malty is a hateful consummate deceiver who is fond of trampling those who trusted and loved her to reach her own goal. Given a chance, she will bite the hand that feeds her. Even her own family was no exception.
True Form - Medea Pideth Machina
In the final arc of the web novel, which the light novels, manga, and anime are yet to adapt, Malty is revealed to be a soul fragment to a self-proclaimed goddess, known as Medea Pideth Machina, who is even worse than all of her fragmental counterparts.
Much like her fragments which work to sabotage the heroes and ensure her Waves of World Fusion go uninterrupted, Medea is a rotten, hateful, selfish and remorseless God Wannabe in the core, believing human is just her tools for her to manipulate and admitting everything she did was all for pure enjoyment. She has no attempt at repentance over everything she did. Instead, she boasted her atrocities proudly and had no regards over anyone she trampled underfoot, including Naofumi and later Glass.
Besides, Medea is just as manipulative and deceitful than her fragmental counterpart, Malty. She and her fragments managed to convince many reincarnated people that she's "good" while sowing discord and death. This act is so convincing that even when she's perpetrating horrific atrocities right in front of them, and confessing to many other crimes, the "heroes" that follow her still think she's the epitome of righteousness.
One of her crueler tactics is to bring back the soul of a deceased enemy and send it to their former allies, claiming to have survived their apparent death. After fighting on their side for a short time, the soul will take advantage of an opening to betray them.
In the end, Medea reveals her plans to extinguish all life in the universe one world at a time simply to boost her power level, before flying into a rage when beaten and simply trying to take down millions with her as she dies. Ultimately, Medea is revealed to be a self-proclaimed sadist who committed her crimes for nothing except greater power, and she always commits atrocities with glee and pride.
According to her mother and sister, Malty hides in the shadow and enjoys bringing misery to others. It is believed that the reason for her malicious behavior is because her father, Aultcray, spoiled her while she was growing up, causing her to abuse her authority without any consequences. Her lack of discipline and repulsive personality led to her younger sister Melty to be chosen heir apparent to the throne.
To fix her lousy personality, the Queen sent her to study abroad in a school at Faubley. However, all that accomplished was Malty's "graduation" from virginity.
Malty made her first appearance under the disguise of Myne Sophia. Claiming to be a female adventurer who once intended to join the Spear Hero/Motoyasu Kitamura's team after the four teenagers from other alternate realities was summoned to Melromarc to become Four Heroes who fought the Wave.
However, upon seeing Naofumi Iwantari, the Shield Hero was alone, scorned and detested, Malty volunteered to join Naofumi and assisted him in their early days of adventures. Naofumi started to trust Myne and believed she was a reliable companion in his adventure inside a world he barely knew.
The demonization of the Shield Hero
However, it was soon revealed that Myne/Malty was just using Naofumi's insecurity as well as his need for a companion to fool him and manipulate him. After staying in the hotel, Malty faked her kind attitude to Naofumi and bought him new armor as a way to convince him she meant for good. Soon, when Naofumi went asleep, Malty stole all of his equipment and money, before finding Motoyasu and lying to him that Naofumi went drunk and raped her.
Motoyasu immediately reported the king about it, and the next day, the royal soldiers arrested Naofumi, who was lost, confused, and panicked to find his money. All his equipment (barring his shield) had been stolen. Being forced to kneel in front of the king, Naofumi claimed he did nothing wrong when he saw Malty "crying" by Motoyasu—falsely accusing Naofumi trying to rape him, before gleefully and silently mocked Naofumi when no other people noticed this, except the victim.
Naofumi realized everything connected to "Myne Sophia" was a lie. She followed him to raid everything from him, nothing more. Enraged and disgusted, Naofumi broke free from the guards and vowed to return for vengeance before storming out of the palace. Afterward, Malty returned to the group of Motoyasu, who trusted her in every word because of her beauty and her manipulative skills.
Second Wave Arc
Naofumi VS. Motoyasu
After the second wave had been stopped, a party was thrown in celebration of victory. Among the partygoers were Naofumi and his slave companion, Raphtalia. During the festivities, Motoyasu demanded Raphtalla be freed, believing she was forced to be Naofumi's companion. The King ordered a 1-on-1 duel between Naofumi and Motoyasu, where should the Spear Hero be victorious, the demi-human would be freed. Naofumi was winning the duel, but lost after Myne hit him with a wind spell. Many people saw this act but were forced to be silent on the King's orders, as he wanted to discredit the Shield Hero further. After the match was called, Myne's true identity as Princess was revealed. However, Raphtailia slapped Motoyasu for his accusations, and Malty's deception was revealed by Ren and Itsuki, the other two heroes.
Filo Rial Arc
While training with his newly hatched Filolial Filo, Naofumi discovered Malty manipulated Motoyasu again. This time to heavily tax a small village, damaged by the last wave, to build his new base of operations. Naofumi called Motoyasu out for his idiocy and what he was doing to the village. During this time, several shadows, elite ninja-like figures who protect the Royal Family, approached Malty. On orders from her mother, Malty ordered a race between Naofumi and Motoyasu on their mounts. With Naofumi on Filo and Motoyasu on his dragon, the two raced around the village three times, with Malty ordering the royal guards to cheat using magic. Despite this, Naofumi still won, and Malty was ordered to leave.
According to the news gathered by Naofumi, the other three Heroes were on their own mission and fought in other realms like playing games. In Motoyasu's case, he accompanied Malty to save a village from famine. It was speculated by Naofumi that Malty suggested Motoyasu to use a kind of magical seed to grow plants to harvest more foods from its fruits.
However, unbeknownst to Motoyasu, the seed was actually demonized. The plants it grew could only be ended up fully mutated into monstrous beings when it was not sealed properly. Eventually, the mutant plants turned into an enormous and menacing threat to the villagers nearby, and it took the combined force of Naofumi, Raphtalia, and Filo to destroyed it. Afterward, Naofumi reconstructed the seed with his newly found power and made it harmless, successfully solving both famine and plant monster's invasion at the same time.
Whether Malty knew about the seed's true nature was unknown, but judging from the warning sign in front of the chest where the seed was contained, it was highly speculated that Malty actually knew the consequence all along when she stole the tabooed seed, but she didn't care anyway since she only tried to manipulate Motoyasu just like she once manipulated Naofumi.
Third Wave Arc
Devil of the Shield Arc
On orders from the King, several knights altered footage of Naofumi's party to make them look like criminals, even that he was brainwashing Melty, Malty's little sister, and next in line to the throne. Using this, Malty organized the remaining three parties of the Cardinal Heroes to attack Naofumi in a forest. During this time, Malty attempts to kill Melty with a powerful fire spell, creating a wildfire. This action horrified the other heroes, including Motoyasu, who questioned the excessive force on her sister.
Motoyasu's party would later catch up to Naofumi's again, believe Naofumi killed Ren and Itsuki. During this time, the two parties are almost killed by Biscas T. Balmus, the Pope of the Church of the Three Heroes and the mastermind of the summoning of the three heroes.
Cal Mira Island Arc
Spirit Turtle Arc
Fallen Heroes Arc
Greed Arc (Volume 11)
Justice Arc (Volume 12)
Lust Arc (Volume 15)
War of Heroes Arc
Legacy (Web Series Only)
Post-War of Heroes Arc (Light Novel Only)
Powers and Abilities
- Malty Melromarc was the center of one of the most controversial subjects of 2018-2019 in the first episode of the anime's launch. Even before its release, Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (Rising of the Shield Hero) has preemptively stirred up "drama online" as netizens have discovered that the series revolves around a man being falsely accused of rape. With critics labeling it as a show for “vicious regressive misogynists". In several places of Internet, the false rape accusation orchestrated by Malty in the first chapter (episode) managed to enrage those online who take offense at the mere thought that a woman could falsely accuse a man of rape, claiming women never lie about rape accusations. Anime News Network, for example, received a lot of negative comments after one of their critics ranted Malty's false accusation of rape was all about the author’s “personal hardships". However, it was much later revealed the author was Aneko Yusagi, a female writer, and referred to the controversy of false rape accusation (and legal slavery) in the West as "stupid" and "pathetic".
- Despite being easily the most hated character of the series by the entire fanbase, Malty still managed to enter in the Popularity Poll of 2019 with 551 votes and almost making it into the top 10s.
- Naofumi Iwatani (The Shield Hero) - 24,782 votes
- Raphtalia - 21,088 votes
- Filo - 6,198 votes
- Erhard (the Weapons Shop Owner) - 3,850 votes
- Fitoria - 1,386 votes
- Melty Q. Melromarc - 1,149 votes
- Mirellia Q. Melromarc (The Queen) - 936 votes
- Ren Amaki (The Sword Hero) - 845 votes
- Glass - 695 votes
- The Pope - 625 votes
- Malty S. Melromarc (Myne) - 551 votes
- Itsuki Kawasumi (The Bow Hero) - 342 votes
- Motoyasu Kitamura (The Spear Hero) - 231 votes
- Aultcray Melromarc (The King) - 103 votes
- Van Reichnott - 95 votes
- Like any member of the royal family, Malty can only have sexual relationships after marriage. Still, it was later revealed by the Queen of Melromarc that Malty was not a virgin and has implied her daughter had quite a few lovers.
- Naofumi personally considers Malty's handwriting to be messy, implying she doesn't like to write or even study.
- Interestingly, the respective Japanese voice actresses of Melromarc Sisters also worked together in Date A Live anime series in voicing Yamai Sisters. The voice actress of Malty, Sarah Emi Bridcutt, voiced Yuzuru Yamai, and the voice actress of Melty (Malty's younger sister), Maaya Uchida, voiced Kaguya Yamai.
- Also, Sarah Emi Bridcutt is the only cast in the anime that will reprise her role in the 2020 stage adaptation.
- In the web story, Malty was killed by the rapist King of Faubley after she became his spouse. However, in the continuity of Light Novels, Malty is currently still alive after Faubley Arc ended, narrowly escaping her fate and becoming an ally to the Reincarnators led by Medea, a foreshadowing of her soul connection to the Goddess.