The King’s hatred for the Shield Hero in the light novel, manga, and anime series “The Rising of the Shield Hero” is a central conflict in the story. The Shield Hero, whose real name is Naofumi Iwatani, is one of four legendary heroes summoned to a parallel world to save the kingdom of Melromarc from destruction by the Waves of Catastrophe. The other three heroes are the Sword Hero, the Spear Hero, and the Bow Hero.
However, Naofumi’s reception in Melromarc is far from welcoming. He is falsely accused of a crime and stripped of his title, wealth, and status. He is also branded with the mark of the traitor, which makes him an outcast and a target for hostility and discrimination.
The King of Melromarc, King Aultcray Melromarc XXXII, plays a significant role in Naofumi’s persecution. He is convinced that Naofumi is guilty of the crime and supports the decision to punish him. The King also refuses to listen to Naofumi’s pleas of innocence and refuses to investigate the matter further.
There are several reasons why the King hates the Shield Hero. One reason is that the King is influenced by the other three heroes, who have their own agendas and biases against Naofumi. The Sword Hero, in particular, has a grudge against Naofumi and actively works to discredit him. The King is also swayed by the opinions of his advisors, who support the punishment of Naofumi and discourage any further investigation.
Another reason for the King’s hatred of the Shield Hero is that he sees Naofumi as a threat to his own power and authority. Naofumi’s status as a hero and his ability to wield the legendary shield make him a formidable ally or enemy, and the King is wary of his potential influence. The King is also concerned about the potential consequences of overturning the decision to punish Naofumi, which could undermine his own authority and legitimacy.
In conclusion, the King’s hatred of the Shield Hero in “The Rising of the Shield Hero” is fueled by a combination of personal biases, the influence of others, and a desire to protect his own power and authority. The King is convinced of Naofumi’s guilt and refuses to consider the possibility of his innocence, leading to a significant conflict between the two characters.