Hugo Baint von Renxandt, formerly Natsume Kengo (夏目健吾), is one of the reincarnated students from japan and the main antagonist of the prolepsis. Reborn as the crown prince of the Renxandt Empire, he abused his newfound power until he was stripped of it by Shun and Filimøs. However, rather than repent, this only prompted him to vowvengeance.
In the anime, Natsume's appearance in his previous file was fairly similar to what he looks like after reincarnating. The only differences being that he had a slightly slimmer figure and lacked the white hair strands of his reborn self.
Hugo is characterised by his two-tone hair, that is characterised by yellowish streaks, and brown eyes. Later in the series, he is seen wearing a fur coat on him and overall made from monster parts to further enhance his combat abilities.
Hugo Renxandt wasn't always the megalomaniac he is now. Before being reborn, he was generally perceived as the class "king," with a frank, egotistical attitude and not afraid to hide his thoughts. He often took things a bit too far, but was held in check by his friend Issei Sakurazaki, who understood him well. Issei passed away in the new world, and Natsume was left alone as Hugo Renxandt, prince of the Renxandt Empire.
Although he indiscriminately hates Shun due to their incompatible personalities, he was charming enough be the leader of the boys in his previous life. If he had been able to enter university, work in part-time jobs and enter society as an adult, he would likely have experienced a smooth and successful life.
Hugo became warped due to not having anyone around him who understood his circumstances, not having anyone he could trust due to the troublesome political situation inside the Empire, and not having had any dissatisfaction about how he had lived his previous life.
As it stands, much of the same happened in the new world when Shun and him came face to face. Hugo had finally found his peers from his previous life, only to find that Shun was the center of attention among them, and so Hugo's hatred never changed, and he was left alone to fend for himself in his despair. The true turning point for Hugo's decent into madness was being driven into a corner and abandoned by his old teacher Okazaki Kanami, now known as Filimøs.
At the time when he first met Shun after reincarnating, if he hadn’t tried to avoid Shun due to being aware that they didn’t get along in their previous lives, and if his hard to understand SOS had been noticed, perhaps the end result could also have been different.
Persistently aiming for Shun, he became the criminal who threw the world into a maelstrom of chaos.
Former classmate from Japan and rival. In the original world, Shun and Hugo wasn't close with each other due their clashing personalities, Shun's calm demeanor and Hugo's more assertive nature means they were never in the same clique. In the beginning of their reincarnation, they were neutral towards each other. As the series progress, instead of seeing Shun with kinship like with many of the former reincarnated humans who end up in the new and unkind world, Hugo sees Shun as an obstacle, stealing his limelight in the new world that he once had in class. Instead of addressing his insecurities, Hugo has secretly plotted numerous events to harm and even kill Shun. Driving many of the conflicts in the series.
Former homeroom teacher in Japan. Before they were reincarnated, Hugo wasn't very respectful towards Ms Oka, his teacher. This carry forward into the new world, without his former best friends to manage his behavior, he became increasing belligerent towards her, as he sees her attempts in trying to rein in his behavior as meddling. Ultimately, the two became enemies when Hugo tried to assassinate Shun, forcing Filimøs to erase many of his abilities using her unique skill. However instead of having a positive effect as she had thought, this only ended up further worsening his behavior as he instead developed a deep murderous hatred for her and became fixated on obtaining vengeance against her instead. As admitted by Hugo, her actions of removing his original skills actually made him much stronger due to the increased negative feelings to regain his power and get revenge against her instead granted him immense [Proficiency], granting him the Lust and Greed Skills respectively that granted him even greater power than he had originally and worsening his psychological issues.
Former classmate, acquaintance and the Saint of the group. With the backing from the Word of God Religion later in the series, Yuri joined his faction, often siding with Hugo in encouraging and pushing Shun's faction to surrender. Not much is known about their relationship. As revealed, during their previous lives in Japan, Yuri's previous self was one of the few people in the class to believe that Natsume was not nearly as bad as he made himself out to be.
At an unknown point in time, Sophia joined his faction as an ally. As his strongest fighter, she was one of Hugo's most valuable assets and often deployed in situations where extra muscle was needed. Despite all of her contributions, however, Hugo was occasionally demeaning toward Sophia with unhappy memories from her past life. In turn, Sophia was merely using Hugo to initiate the Elf Village Battle and cut him off once that goal had been reached. Upon realizing this, Hugo angrily turned on her but was effortlessly cast aside.
As noted by his fellow classmates, Natsume was very close with his childhood friend Issei, who fully understood his personality and kept him in check back on earth. Natume himself was genuinely grateful to Issei for being the only person who understood him completely and cared for him greatly, with the others who were close enough to him, such as Shinohara, observed that Natsume himself genuinely thought that Issei was his only true friend in the world. As stated by his former classmates, if Issei himself had been alongside Natsume upon being reincarnated as Hugo, his behavior itself would have been much different and he would likely not have gotten any worse than he was on earth.
According to Shun, Natsume and Shinohara seemed to get along pretty well in their previous lives, this is seen where she was able to have a good enough understanding of his personality and knew the true depth of his friendship with Issei. However, Fei later revealed that they were, in fact, never friends. After Hugo tried to assassinate Shun, whatever relationship they had shattered and they now view each other as enemies.
Powers & Abilities
As a reincarnation, Hugo was born with a unique skill and a huge amount of skill points, which was further compounded by him taking full advantage of his gifts. However, Filimøs ended up stripping him of his abilities after he misused them, effectively reducing him to a normal native of this world. Despite this, though, he actually ended up becoming even stronger than before after acquiring two Ruler Skills. While his overall build remains unbalanced, he makes up for it using high-grade equipment.
Dragon Armor: High-class equipment made from dragon materials that possesses its own set of unique abilities separate from him. After being stripped of his skills and creating an unbalanced skill build from using his [Greed] Skill, he began utilizing it to compensate.
Broadsword: A high-class weapon he wields in combat.
Titles & Skills
n% I = W: A unique skill shared by all reincarnations; it restores his HP, MP, and SP upon leveling up. It also cannot be removed, making it the only skill he kept after Filimøs used her Ruler authority on him.
Lust: Acquired from his desire for vengeance after being stripped of his skills; it allows him to brainwash others.
Greed: Acquired from his desire to regain his former strength after being stripped of his skills; it allows him absorb another's stats and skills upon killing them.
Former Titles & Skills
Emperor: His unique skill as a reincarnation until he got stripped of his skills; it inflicted fear onto his opponents whilst also boosting his overall stats.
Fire Magic: Allowed him to summon and control fire; it was his strongest magic affinity until he got stripped of his skills.
Swordmanship: He has shown to fight using a broadsword.
Influence: As the crown prince of the Renxandt Empire, Hugo enjoys great political influence, allowing him to hire assassins and command the imperial army.