Bell Cranel (ベル・クラネル) is the main male protagonist and the captain of the Hestia Familia. After he leveled up to Level 2, he received the alias Little Rookie. Following his level up to Level 4, his alias was changed to Rabbit Foot.
Bell is a young teenager with white hair and red eyes, often compared to a rabbit based on his appearance. He is considered cute, as many female characters have pointed out throughout the story. He prefers wearing lightweight armor and wears a hip-length brown coat with a small black patch on the right side above his chest along with a long-sleeved black shirt underneath. He also wears black pants, a beige belt with a silver buckle, and brown shin-high boots.
Bell is a kind, straightforward, brave, yet shy boy who desires to be a hero like the ones he grew up reading about. He cares deeply for the people around him, especially his Goddess, Hestia, and his Familia. He considers them like family due to the death of his grandfather.
After being rescued from a minotaur by Ais Wallenstein, he fell in love with her. However, after being ridiculed by a member of the Loki Familia about the incident and for how weak he was (not knowing that he was within earshot), Bell couldn't help but acknowledge his words and thought himself foolish for thinking that Ais would be with someone like him. He became determined to grow stronger so that he could be someone that could stand beside her. The initial incident also left with him with a fear of minotaurs.
Bell's goals didn't start out pure, as he wanted to be an adventurer in hopes of picking up girls, even thinking of starting a harem. However, after his experience with Ais and Bete, Bell seems to have forgone that dream in order to catch up to her and to become more like a hero. Although, he does get embarrassed when others find out about his desire to be a hero, as most kids grew out of that dream by his age.
Though it is a good trait, Bell is often scolded by people around him for his trusting nature. He was tricked out of his money by Naaza and Lili multiple times before he found out. In the latter's case, Hestia warned him that she may be untrustworthy; nevertheless, he still refused to abandon her. However, being the type to not hold grudges, he easily forgave both of them. When a body was discovered in the eighteenth floor and Ryuu was thought to be the murderer, he continually held doubts (despite mounting evidence seemingly pointing to her) and wanted to believe in her.
Bell is also a terrible liar. His inability to lie or keep a secret is often easily recognized by others. This inability is part of the reason why Hestia has not told him about the skill behind his extremely fast growth, knowing that he would unable to keep it a secret for long. Conversely, it has been noted by Hestia that he has an extraordinary ability to read people. He recognized the loneliness in Lili to be similar to what he felt and was able to pick up on Lyd's feelings through his facial expressions fairly quickly.
Though he gets flustered quite easily from time to time, especially around women, and can appear to be timid, Bell does possess a strong will. His feelings for Ais were strong enough to grant him a skill that highly accelerated his growth. His desire to be strong and stand next to her gave him the resolve to overcome his fear of minotaurs and defeat one while still only a Level 1. He unknowingly went against Hermes's divine will and refused to kill Gros, choosing instead to believe in the dream of the Xenos and risk death.
When he sets his mind to a goal, he puts his all towards completing it. He is the only adventurer to endure Eina's strict lessons, and he persisted through Ais's and Tiona's harsh training in preparation for the War Game against the Apollo Familia.
Bell often acts based on his feelings, causing him to be caught up in trouble, such as when he decided to help Lili, rescue Haruhime, and protect Wiene. However, such actions have also worked in his favor. His actions caused him to earn the affection of the aforementioned women, as well as several others. He saved Mord Latro, who had kidnapped Hestia and attacked Bell, from monsters, turning him from an enemy into an ally. His staunch support of the Xenos and his belief that they are worthy of being saved has made him extremely popular with them.
His encounter with the Xenos deeply troubled him for a time. He was unsure if he could keep killing monsters, knowing that there were some that had the emotions and intelligence of people. With some advice from Fels, he decided to become a hypocrite: he would keep taking lives so that he could get stronger and protect others.
Following his loss against Asterius and ascension to Level 4, Bell has become more calm and level-headed. Due to his goals now including creating a world that both people and Xenos could live in and defeating Asterius, his desire to be stronger has grown and he approaches adventures in the dungeon with more seriousness.
Bell was born as a result of the union of a member of the Zeus Familia and Meteria, who was part of the Hera Familia, some time after the defeat of the Zeus and Hera Familias against the One Eyed Black Dragon.
Before dying, his mother gave him to Zeus so that he took care of him, who took him to raise him as his grandson in a rural village deep in the mountains. As he grew up, Bell heard and read many stories about heroes from his grandfather, forming his dream of aspiring to be a mighty one himself.
In the past, Bell was almost killed by a goblin and was saved by his grandfather.
After his grandfather's presumed death, he took it upon himself to leave the village, traveling to the land of Orario to fulfill his dreams. Upon his arrival in the city, Bell attempted to enter numerous Familia, but was rejected by each one. Hestia, a Goddess, unable to find members willing to join her Familia, asked him if he'd like to become the first member of her Familia. Bell gladly accepted, and so started his new life, finally with a Goddess' blessing.
Overlevel Power: As a result of his SS and SSS stats, Bell has grown to become an extremely powerful adventurer whose might far surpasses his own level. As such, he is effectively equal to a Level 5 even as a Level 4, and can possibly put up a fight against a Level 6. In turn, he has been able to clash with and defeat enemies above his level, like when he easily overwhelmed the Moss Huge in volume 12, a monster that Aisha believed would be difficult to defeat in spite of having been level boosted to Level 5; and faced the Juggernaut born on the 27th Floor.
Bell's speed in particular has been shown to be quite splendid, as it could match and sometimes vastly surpass his adversary's even when he was inferior in other aspects.
Fast Learning: While he is a talentless person, as it has been recognized by Eina and his grandfather, Bell has demonstrated to have an outstanding learning capability, which allows him to quickly grasp any lesson taught to him and improve his skills at an astonishing rate.
- Skilled Fighter: Due to his rapid growth Bell suffers from a lack of experience that led to him having below average fighting skills when compared to adventurers of the same level. However, he eventually managed to refine and hone his abilities thanks to Ais' and Ryuu's tutelage. In the War Game against Apollo Familia he proved to be a match for Hyakinthos in terms of technique and tactics. During his training with Hedin, he passed from being utterly hopeless against the Elf to cope with his assault and could even manage to make a slight cut on his face when he remembered Ais' and Ryuu's teachings, though Hedin was holding back at the moment.
- Bell mainly employs a hit and run tactic coupled with a dual wielding knives style to confront his opponents. His fighting style has a striking resemblance to Ais' due to his training under her, as noted by Narvi. He has also proven to be versatile and possess some skill to improvise, occasionally using different weapons or items at his disposal to deal with challenging opponents or some special ability they may have.
Gaze Sensing: As a result of Freya constantly observing him, Bell developed the odd ability to feel people's stares towards him. He can tell whenever someone is looking at him even if he doesn't have his guard up and accurately point out said person's position. His perception has sharpened to the point he could properly fight Mord despite the latter being invisible.
Firebolt (ファイアボルト): Firebolt is Bell's only magic he learned from reading the grimoire he borrowed from Syr. It is a no chant magic, enabling him to use it without a chant, and he sometimes combines it with Argonaut for stronger damage.
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During a Limit Off the skill's power grows exponentially, as well as gaining the passive effect of restoring and raising the morale of those who hear its chime.
He gained Argonaut upon ranking up to Level 2 out of his desire to become a hero. As of volume 9, he has become able to use Argonaut while moving, a feat he was previously incapable of doing. Following his defeat to Asterius, Bell began experimenting with Argonaut, and came up with a new application of the focusing aspect of the skill, referring to it as dual charge (
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聖火の英斬): Argo Vesta is Bell's new technique using Argonaut's dual charge that's named after Hestia. He first casts Firebolt on the Hestia Knife, then uses Argonaut on both of them to charge them at once, surrounding them with particles of light. Due to the skill, the magic envelops the blade and spreads out, making the blade as thick as a sword and as long as a short sword. The heat and brilliance increase the longer it's charged, making it give off a crimson light, and once he reaches the desired charge time, Bell slashes at his opponent. The power from the attack causes a bright flash of light and sends out both a heatwave and a shockwave.
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Luck (幸運): Luck is a rare development ability Bell chose once he reached Level 2. It is an unprecedented ability, as Eina hadn't heard of it, even though she was a Guild member, and Hestia states that it's close to divine protection. Overall, it improves his luck, such as finding resources in the dungeon and getting drops more frequently, in addition to winning repeatedly at a casino. Cassandra believes that his luck is what allows him to believe her prophecies.
Abnormal Resistance (耐異常): Abnormal Resistance negates the effects of abnormalities such as poison.
Escape (逃走): Escape increases Bell's speed when running away. Bell obtained it at Level 4 after all the running he did being chased by enemies since Level 1.
- Bell achieved Level 2 in a month and a half, Level 3 in one month, and achieved Level 4 in two months.
- Bell has appeared on every DanMachi light novel cover except for volume 8.
- Currently, only Hestia, Riveria, Ais, Finn, Hermes, Lili, Welf, Mikoto, Haruhime, and Freya know that Bell has gone past the limits of his abilities.
- The author stated that he does not want to change Bell's age throughout the story, which is one of the reasons why he does not want to make the story last more than a year.