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[[caption-width-right:260:The eponymous characters, as they appear in the LightNovels]]

->'''Hero''': What is this, an evil ritual?
->'''Demon Queen''': No. Itís an economic study on [[WarForFunAndProfit the benefits of war as a large consumption market]].

In a world of fantasy and magic, two opposing realms- the Human World and the Demon World- have been at war with each other for the last fifteen years. With both sides locked in a stalemate, one [[TheChosenOne lone Hero]] goes on an epic quest into the heart of the Demon World to slay [[EvilOverlord its ruler]] and bring peace to the world.

That was until the Demon Queen, reigning Overlord of the Demon World, confronts him with a surprisingly well-researched and rational truth: that both sides are so deeply entrenched in the war effort that an abrupt end would cause more harm than good. Neither side stands to prosper from a victory (the losers will be enslaved while the winners will likely break out into civil war over the spoils), and extending the war indefinitely would just feed the greed and corruption festering in both nations.

And so the Hero and the Demon Queen enter into an elaborate long con, secretly working together to manipulate both sides of the war effort to the point where it can be safely concluded with the least amount of negative repercussions to both sides. HilarityEnsues.

''Maoyuu Maou Yuusha'' ("Evil Overlord and Hero") is a fantasy light novel series written by Touno Mamare. Originally posted as [[http://www35.atwiki.jp/maoyu/pages/1.html an original story on 2ch]], the story had such a positive response that Mamare converted it into a light novel series. Currently, there are five novels (divided in 43 webnovels) and five manga adaptations:

* '''Maoyuu Maou Yuusha''' ("Evil Overlord and Hero"): Running on ''[[http://www.famitsu.com/comic_clear/se_maoyu/ Famitsu Comic Clear]]''. The relatively more serious adaptation. This series is considered the "official" manga adaptation of the light novels, both published by ''Enterbrain''.
* '''Maoyuu Maou Yuusha "Kono Watashi no Mono to Nare, Yuusha yo" "Kotowaru!"''' ("Become Mine, Hero!" "I Refuse!""): Running in ''Comp Ace''. The more lighthearted adaptation, but the focus is the same as the original. While not the "official" manga adaptation, it is one of the more popular ones.
* '''Maoyuu Maou Yuusha -- Oka no Mukou e''' ("Beyond the Hill"): Running on ''Champion RED''. This one is centered around interactions and romance, leaving most of the business management aside.
* '''Maoyuu 4-Koma: Muitemasen yo, Maou-sama!''' ("I Can't Face You, Demon King!"): Running on the series [[http://www.enterbrain.co.jp/magical-cute/sp/maoyu/index.html official website]]. Total comedy; all characters are portrayed in the way of CharacterExaggeration here.
* '''Maoyuu Maou Yuusha Gaiden''': A SpinOff running on ''Monthly Shonen Sirius''. Centered around Witch Girl's adventures departed from the original party.

A Drama CD is also out as well and [[http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=Maoyuu_Maou_Yuusha both the webnovels and light novels are currently being translated]].

Prior to the official adaptations, a fan-made manga was also posted on {{Nico Nico Douga}} ([[http://www.youtube.com/user/TheVoidSky you can watch it with English subtitles here]]).

An anime adaptation aired in the Winter2013Anime season, [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/maoyu and can be watched on Crunchyroll]] if you live in North America, South America, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, or the Netherlands.

Compare to ''LightNovel/HatarakuMaousama''.

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!! Tropes used in this series include:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Lady Knight cuts another sword into multiple pieces in episode 4 when training some students in swordplay.
* AdaptationDyeJob: The Demon Queen is a redhead in every media adaptation save the anime, where she's leaning on brown-haired.
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Between [[LadyOfWar the Lady Knight]], [[LadyOfBlackMagic the Demon Queen]] and [[PlayingWithFire the Fire Dragon Grand Princess]], the Hero is quite [[ChickMagnet the lady's man]].
* AllWomenAreLustful: The Demon King, Lady Knight, Head Maid, and Fire Dragon Princess.
* AlmostKiss: Hero and Demon Queen early in the story [[spoiler: they got interrupted by the presence of the sisters.]] Another one happens at the end of episode 5, but this time they stop because the music playing in the festival ended.
* AlternateContinuity: The manga adaptations tell the same story but certain events happen differently. For example, in most versions Gateway City was already occupied by the Humans with the same happening at Aurora Island by the Demons before Hero first meet the Demon Queen while in the Comic Clear version, those events happen after Hero left for the Demon Realm to search for Witch Girl. Also in the 4-koma and ''Oka no Mukou e'', the Lady Knight was with the Hero before he left for the Demon world, while in other versions he already left before she arrived.
* ArcWords: "The Other Side of the Hill."
* AristocratsAreEvil: With the Demon Queen and several human and demon nobles being a very notable exception.
* AudienceMurmurs: During the Crimson Scholar's inquisition.
* {{Badass}}: Hero, Lady Knight and South Arctic General.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Hero does this at the end of episode 11.
* BattleButler: The Head Maid lists bodyguard duties and leading armies among her responsibilities as a maid.
** The Archer eventually becomes this to the Winter Prince. In fact, his title Shitsuji translates to Director or Butler.
* BettyAndVeronica: Lady Knight is Betty, Demon Queen is Veronica, Hero is Archie and Fire Dragon Grand Princess is Cheryl.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Hero does this on a regular basis.
** The Winter King does this to save the Crimson Scholar when the Church Messenger attempts to have her beheaded after the crowd turns against him in episode 9.
*** [[spoiler:Later on, Warrior Youngster saves her from an assassination attempt by Commander.]]
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Lady Knight, Fire Dragon Grand Princess and Demon Queen
* BloodKnight: The South Arctic General of the Fanged Beast Clan is a giant walrus who'd rather loot and fight than listen to the Demon Queen.
* BookDumb: The Hero himself, since he never had any education. He gets better later.
* BreatherEpisode: Episode 7, which followed episode 6 when the humans retake Bright Light island. It largely focuses on the LoveTriangle forming between the Hero, Lady Knight, and the Demon King.
** Chapter 25 of the "Kono Watashi no Mono to Nare, Yuusha yo" manga has everyone going to a hot spring following the Demon Kings arc and the shadowy foreshadowing in the wrap up of said arc.
* CastingGag: Both the Drama CD and anime series has Creator/AmiKoshimizu and Creator/JunFukuyama voicing the titular protagonists respectively, using their previous experience as [[SpiceAndWolf a supernatural economist and her human companion]].
* ChickMagnet: Hero is the object of affection of Demon Queen, Female Knight, Female Mage, Fire Dragon Princess (who may be shifting to Young Merchant), and other lesser characters he has saved. Even Head Maid and Older Sister Maid are showing an interest.
* ChurchMilitant: The Crusaders.
* ConspicuousCG: Extra characters in the anime.
* {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}: The humans (as the Merchant Union) and demons who fund the war. In spite of this, the Demon King is able to persuade the Merchant Union to help her plans, since this will open up new markets to them.
* CruelToBeKind: In episode 2, after finding two runaway girls, the Head Maid tells the Demon King and Hero that she always reported runaway serfs in the past. The Demon King orders her to feed them and clothe them anyway. Later the Head Maid tells the girls that she despises insects. The Hero thinks she's being incredibly cruel to them, but after a few dialogue exchanges, he begins to see that the Head Maid is actually trying to help them, and hires them to be live-in maids to help around the mansion.
* CrystalDragonJesus: For all purposes, the Church of the Holy Spirit is Medieval Catholic.
* CurbStompBattle
** The small army led by the Female Knight easily defeated the numerically superior, well-fortified demons holding Aurora Island. Even a seeming moment of trouble facing the demon general is just her way of toying with him before manhandling him.
** The Warrior Youngster, using the Demon Queen's teachings, successfully defends against a 2,000-man cavalry from White Night Nation with only 400 troops from Iron Nation.
** The first human army sent to recapture Aurora Island is massacred, with only 15 of the original 200 ships managing to escape.
* CuteMonsterGirl
** The Demon Queen. Very cute, and looks entirely human.
** The fairies.
** The tavern girl Hero runs into in episode 5.
** Grand Princess Fire Dragon. Which is weird since her dad, Archduke Fire Dragon, is a dragon. She does have a flaming lizard's tail however.
*** In the anime she also lets out a little gout of flame when she talks.
* CypherLanguage: Lots of [[http://rickadams.org/ciphers/maohyuu/maohscript1.jpg mysterious-looking lettering]] in the anime. It's a substitution code for the English alphabet. Here's a [[http://rickadams.org/ciphers/maohyuu/maoyuuchart.jpg chart]].
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** The Hero when becoming The Dark Knight
** The Demon Queen as well, or at least when we first see her.
** Plenty of monsters fit this bill. Much like humans, most don't want the war but will fight to defend what they perceive as their land or duty to protect. Much of the story is getting both sides to see the other is NotSoDifferent.
* DecapitatedArmy: Discussed [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructively]] -- As the Demon Queen points out, a war will not truly end just because the authority figure on one side is killed. His/her killer would be an '''''[[ProfessionalKiller assassin,]]''''' not a '''''[[TheParagon hero]]''''', and such an action is rendered moot if he/she is easily replaceable.
* DeconstructorFleet: The series is a deconstruction of the fantasy genre in general, since it points out that TheHero killing the EvilOverlord does not necessarily end the world's problems. In fact, the true way of achieving world peace is not through brute force, but through a combination of military, economic, diplomatic, political and social reforms.
** Interestingly, the relationship between Demon Queen and Hero RECONSTRUCTS the idea of an ArrangedMarriage.
* DefiantStoneThrow: The [[spoiler:Inquisitor]] demands a lapidation. He gets one.
* DependingOnTheArtist: All versions differ in art style. The original novel features detailed art and proportional anatomy, fitting for older audiences. The manga versions fit their storytelling, while the battle-oriented versions feature fluid art and dynamic sequences; the character interaction/romance versions features GenericCuteness with focus on [[{{Fanservice}} the women being more curvy]] and [[HeroicBuild the men being statuesque]]; the 4-koma is in SuperDeformed style.
* {{Dialogue}}: The light novels consist exclusively of scripted dialogue, as if it were a theatrical play.
* DistaffCounterpart: Both the Hero and Lady Knight are technically the same FantasyCharacterClasses with some difference.
* DoingInTheWizard: When others discuss the "blessing of the earth", the Demon Queen talks about soil nutrients. Sometimes inverted where she gives a pseudo-magical explanation for things she understands scientifically. The setting in itself is just as supernatural as any other typical MedievalEuropeanFantasy world, though.
* EvenEvilHasItsStandards: The Beast clan is one of the most blood thirsty of the Demon clans, believing might is right. They would gladly take up a fight but not use something as lowly as assassination to achieve their goals.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The ''entire'' cast are referred to only by their roles, eg. Hero, Demon Queen, Lady Knight, Head Maid, Big Sister Maid, Little Sister Maid...
** ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* ExactWords: The accords of the Kulurtai, the great meeting of demon clans, hold that any demon clan can join the Grand Clans if they have enough persons in their clan and are supported by two current members, objections by other clans cannot stop the process. And [[spoiler:as the original definition of "demon" is "one who lives underground" the humans of Gateway City, fulfilling the numbers requirement and currently living underground quite prosperously, invoke the right to join. They are granted the right]].
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: At first Hero couldn't believe that the buxom, polite redhead was really the Demon "King".
* {{Fanservice}}: Usually dished out by the Demon Queen, Lady Knight or Fire Dragon Grand Princess.
* AFatherToHisMen: The South Arctic General is genuinely distressed when [[spoiler:his second-in-command is killed]].
* FantasyCounterpartCulture:
** Most humans countries are based on the HolyRomanEmpire nations.
** The Oni Clan is the demon counterpart of Japan.
** The Dragon Clan is China.
** A demon meeting is called a Khuruldai, the Mongolian word for congress.
* GagSeries: The {{Yonkoma}} manga where the Demon Queen is a {{Dojikko}} and the Hero plays [[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine the straight man]].
* {{Gainaxing}}: Particularly obvious in the anime. The first thing the Hero sees of the Demon King is her bouncing melons. We then proceed to watch them bounce every time she moves, especially while trying to persuade Hero since he keeps trying to run away from her.
* GenreSavvy: The Demon Queen.
* GivingRadioToTheRomans: Most of the ideas and inventions the Demon Queen wants to introduce are ahead of their time.
* TheGlomp:
** The Demon King gives one to the Hero in the first episode.
** Lady Knight does this to Hero when he shows up at the front line base in episode 6. The Demon King is [[ClingyJealousGirl not happy]] about that.
* GoodAllAlong: The Demon clans are a varied bunch, including the knowledge-loving, reasonable inhabitants of the External Library (Demon Queen's own) and ''fairies''. Best exemplified by Demon Girl.
* GreyAndGreyMorality: There are no "good" or "bad" species, just individuals who may or may not been born with horns, wings and/or tail choosing their own destinies.
* GuileHero: The Demon Queen is presumably a LadyOfBlackMagic with all that entails but prefers using her [[GenreSavvy brain power]] rather than [[GlassCannon dark powers]].
** The Hero implies later on that she's likely not particularly dangerous in terms of personal power. [[spoiler:He's quite right, but while she's possessed by the spirits of the previous Demon Lords, it's a different story.]]
* HappinessInSlavery: The demon girl working in the tavern in episode 5 seems to be content with her lot in life, telling Hero that because the humans own the town, she's just doing whatever she can to survive.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Church Messenger demands the crowd stone Crimson Scholar after she gives a speech about freedom and rights. They stone him and his guards instead (though they escape with their lives).
* HollowWorld: [[spoiler:Instead of being a different AnotherDimension like everyone thought, the Demon world is actually the inner layer of the human world.]]
* HopeSpot: In the Comp Ace Manga Just when it seems Maoh/Red Eyes will successfully bring a ceasefire between the humans and demons and finally start to bring peace to both worlds, the Blue/Azure demon tribe sets in motion to have her removed from her position as the demon lord, obviously to replace her with a demon lord that will not only refuse to call for a ceasefire but continue the war on their terms.
* HornedHumanoid: Many demons have horns. Subverted in the case of the Demon King, who's apparent horns are just part of a costume she doesn't even wear that often.
* Main/HotSpringsEpisode: Chapter 25 of "Kono Watashi no Mono to Nare, Yuusha yo".
* InAnotherMansShoes: Invoked in episode 2. When the Demon King is teaching a couple of noble children, the older runaway girl from earlier in the episode is in the room with them. She tries to teach them about how the economy plays a role in the war effort, such as food availability. Two of the nobles scoffs at the idea of starving people, saying that peasants wouldn't need to worry about that because their lords would protect and feed them. Which causes the girl to comment that they must never have starved before.
* InsistentTerminology: Head Maid calls Serfs "''Slaves''", because that's exactly what they were.
* InvincibleHero: The Hero is supposedly able to fight ''entire armies'' on his own. The rest of the people from his old team aren't all that far behind. True to the series' nature, however, this trope is also [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]], because his powers made him feel alienated from other people, and with his schooling under the Demon Queen's tutelage, he has since become more of a pacifist.
** Furthermore, in keeping with the show's overarching message that brute force doesn't work, the Hero often becomes depressed due to feeling like he can't accomplish anything noteworthy for the Demon Queen's plans, as all he knows is how to fight. Gradually though, he does see Character Development and realizes he can be useful in ways that don't require his fighting abilities.
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler: "Be mine, Hero!" "I refuse!"]].
* JackOfAllTrades: Ability-wise, the Hero is similar to the main characters in early ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games; he's an amazing swordsman, a decent healer that his party could go without a dedicated one, and seems to know some attack magic. On top of all that, he can teleport himself and other across the continent. He also has a vague [[{{Expy}} similarity]] in looks to the ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' hero, especially in the [[CharacterExaggeration webcomic]].
* LadyAndKnight: The Demon Queen and the Hero.
* LapPillow: The Demon Queen asks the Hero to use hers.
* LaymansTerms: In episode 12, Witch Girl tries to relay the Crimson Scholar's plan to create a Smallpox vaccine, but the listeners ask her to speak plainly.
* LightIsNotGood: Some of the church members aren't exactly using their powers for the good of mankind, such as when they declare potatoes to be a demonic item, despite the fact that its saved countless lives due to its hardiness and availability to the lower classes.
* LightningBruiser: The Hero, the Lady Knight and the South Arctic General.
* [[ShowWithinAShow Light Novel Within a Light Novel]]: Witch Girl is the author of a series of novels titled "Pleasant Serial Killers". Hero and Demon Queen are both fans. Oddly enough, the characters in it have actual names.
* LongTitle: ''Maoyuu Maou Yuusha "Kono Watashi no Mono to Nare, Yuusha yo" "Kotowaru!"''; the title of the first Light Novel, and actually the official title of the Comp Ace manga adaptation, which is from a excerpt of a dialogue between the Hero and the Demon Queen.
* LoopholeAbuse: The creation of a new primary demon clan to up Demon Queen's number of supporters, orchestrated by Archduke Fire Dragon. The new clan consists entirely of humans.
-->'''Archduke Fire Dragon''': Nowhere in the constitution does it say that humans can't be demons.
* LoveAtFirstSight: The Demon Queen is quite clearly smitten with the Hero the first time she sets eyes on him. It takes a little longer on the latter's part, but by the end of their first meeting he's devoted to her as well.
** Actually subverted later on, where it's shown that [[spoiler: the Demon Queen has been watching the Hero throughout his life after learning that he would be her destiny via a crystal ball.]]
* LoveTriangle: Between the Hero, Demon King, and Lady Knight. Gets interesting in the second half of episode 7, after both women find each other attempting to sneak into the Hero's room at night. After rejecting Head Maid's suggestion that she go in there, she then pushes both of them into his room. In the end, both women share the bed on either side of Hero, much to his chagrin.
* MagicKnight: The Hero is an excellent swordsman, but also has some very useful magic. As is Lady Knight.
* MagicalLibrary: The Demon Queen's clan apparently are native to the External Library that holds knowledge from worlds gone and yet to come.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: A GenreSavvy Hero confesses to the Head Maid that the main reason he is keeping the Demon Queen to arm's length is the slow aging of their race compared to his.
* MedievalStasis: The enemy of the series, and what the main characters are trying to get past.
* MediumAwareness: In the 4-koma, the Hero states that this universe's Demon Queen is very different from the others. After discussing it, he demands that she switches with one. Immediately.
* {{Meido}}: The Head Maid. Also a BattleButler, which qualifies her as a NinjaMaid.
* MomentKiller: The sisters unwittingly become one early in the story [[spoiler: when Hero and Demon Queen are [[AlmostKiss about to kiss]] in front of the fireplace]].
* MoralMyopia: The first half of the first chapter is presented as the Demon Queen [[WhatTheHellHero calling the Hero out]] for this with a series of {{Armor Piercing Question}}s and a revelation or two about the sordid truth of the war.
* TheMultiverse: According to the Demon Queen, the Hero's world isn't the first to be attacked and conquered by demon tribes.
* NamelessNarrative: The closest any character, big or small, comes to having a proper name is the Demon Queen's title, Ruby Eyes.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: The Demon King gets uncomfortably close to the Hero when they first meet several times. Not that he's turned off by it entirely however...
* NotSoDifferent: The Demon King explains various scenarios regarding the ongoing war between the humans and the demons, and how things would play out if one side or the other were to emerge victorious, or if the war ended suddenly. The Hero begins to realize that she doesn't want those worst-case scenarios to happen any more than he would.
** In one of the chapters Female Mage calls Demon King "Hero of the Demon World" and Hero "Demon King of the Human World".
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: In episode 2, the village elder refuses to try out the Demon King's idea for a 4-stage planting cycle which she feels would increase crop yields. However, after teaching various noble children, she goes to his house again, this time armed with something she says would change his mind [[CliffHanger (which we don't get to see unfortunately).]]
* OffTheRails: The 4komas begin to go in this direction after Hero leaves to search for Mage Girl: [[spoiler:Demon Queen stows away with him rather than stay at home.]]
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: In episode 7, Hero and Lady Knight discuss how things are going. They both are vague enough that it could mean several things, until they both bring up different topics, Hero with the war progress, and Lady Knight regarding the Demon King's relationship with him.
* OneManArmy: Hero and his companions, Lady Knight, Archer, and Witch Girl, are all capable of taking out armies single-handedly. But Hero comes to realize that this isn't enough to bring peace and ends up following the Demon Queen.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The Demon Queen and Head Maid's race looks exactly like human but it's played straight with the other demon tribes.
* PaintingTheMedium: The Witch Girl uses a spell in the manga to give her body a [[{{Pixellation}} censorship blur]] when she bathes.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: In the original light novel, the Hero alludes to "siege-class" spells. Various adaptions also show him destroying large parts of the landscape by ''swinging his sword''.
** [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/maoyuu_maou_yuusha_kono_watashi_no_mono_tonare_yuusha_yo_kotowaru/c019/43.html Allusion no longer]].
* PetTheDog: Despite the Head Maid harshly treating the runaway Serf sisters, she decides to hire the girls as her helpers, ensuring the sisters will no longer live like poor serfs anymore.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: Lady Knight realizes that the Hero and the Demon Queen belong to each other; she just doesn't want to be left behind again.
* {{Portmantitle}}: "Maoyuu" is not a proper word, that's why it is written in Hiragana, it's just Maou + Yuusha.
* PoweredArmor: The Machine Demon clan turns out to be this. Demon Queen believed at first that they were actual living machines, but Hero reveals they're little girls manipulating suits of armor.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: The Hero later reunites with his former companions he left.
* Pun: The promotional site for the upcoming anime adaptation has a special download once a month (a Demon Queen pin-up wallpaper) every 29th, the [[RunningGag "Useless Meat"]] Day. Why the 29th? Well, ''2'' and ''9'' are ''ni'' and ''kyuu'' in Japanese, that sounds like ''niku'' ("meat").
* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really One Hundred Years Old]]: The Demon Queen and Head Maid.
* ReconcileTheBitterFoes: The Demon Queen's plan eventually hinges on achieving this.
* RelationshipVoiceActor: [[Anime/CodeGeass This is not]] [[LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf the first time]] Creator/JunFukuyama (The Hero) and Creator/AmiKoshimizu (The Demon Queen) played closely-related roles together.
* RousingSpeech: The Crimson Scholar [[spoiler:(Big Sister Maid in magical disguise)]] won't bow down ''because she is human!''.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The leaders of the Southern Nations are not afraid to get hands on with improving their nations and gaining economic independence from Central.
* RubberFace: The Demon King does it to Hero in episode 5 after he calls her "flabby".
* SatanIsGood: The Demon Queen just wants to end the war in such a way that ''everybody'' wins.
* SecretKeeper:
** Head Maid for the Demon Queen and Hero's plans, then [[spoiler:the Lady Knight to the Crimson Scholar's real identity and also the Young Merchant.]]
** PlayedForLaughs in episode 7 while Lady Knight and the Demon King are sharing a bed with Hero. Both women claim to have embarrassing secrets with him, but won't say it in front of him. They then agree to tell each other later when he's not around.
* SaintlyChurch: The Lakeside Convent functions as one, or at least it does while Lady Knight is the prioress. They have all but emptied their coffers bringing education and the potato crop to the Southern Triad through building covents.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Big Sis Maid, especially in the Comp Ace version.
* SheIsTheKing The Demon Queen's actual title is the Demon King.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Maou has been waiting for Yuusha his whole life, and probably a lot longer.
* ShipperOnDeck: Hero introduces Young Merchant to the Dragon Princess, ostensibly to try and transfer her affections from him to the Young Merchant.
* ShoutOut
** In [[http://mangafox.me/manga/maoyuu_maou_yuusha_kono_watashi_no_mono_tonare_yuusha_yo_kotowaru/v01/c001/28.html Chapter 1 of the Comp Ace version]], we see [[VideoGame/DragonQuestI the Dragonlord]] (with [[CensorBox a censor bar over his eyes]]) as an illustration of how the "WeCanRuleTogether" trope is a bad idea.
** Also in Chapter 18, [[KamenNoMaidGuy Kogarashi]] and [[Manga/BlackLagoon Roberta]] are sighted as the Head Maid was explaining (wrongly) about all the [[NinjaMaid maids' powers]].
** Maybe unintentional, but chapter 22 of Akira Ishida's version: "Those [[WeCanRuleTogether ancient cliche phrases]] already stamped on [[EvilOverlordList 'The Things Modern Demon Lord Shouldn't Say']]!"
** Another possible unintentional one in chapter 23 of the Ishida version, where the Dragon Princess' speech is quite similar to the to [[Literature/TheBible the Bible]] specifically Ecclesiastes 3 (better known as the lyrics of [[TheByrds Turn! Turn! Turn!]]):
---> '''Princess''': "There are times for birth, times for death. Times for starving, times for hunting. Times for killing, times for healing. There are times for tears, there are times for laughter... There are times for love, there are times for grudge. There are times for war, and there are times for peace."
---> '''Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)''': "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace."
---> '''Turn! Turn! Turn!''': "A time to be born, a time to die. A time to plant, a time to reap. A time to kill, a time to heal. A time to laugh, a time to weep... A time of love, a time of hate, A time of war, a time of peace."
* ShownTheirWork: Many of the Demon Queen's technological innovations are based on real-life ones like crop rotation, to the point where the exact system discussed was identical to that which played a crucial role in the British Agricultural Revolution. When discussing techniques for growing potatoes in barren lands, she selects dead fish as fertilizer ("sacrifice", as she terms them), which has real-life truth due to their high nitrogen content which helps fertilization in sandy soil. The supporting characters also have very in-depth knowledge of politics, macroeconomics, military tactics, organized religion, immigration, social welfare and human rights.
** Also, potatoes really were decried as evil at some point.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'', down to the anime adaptation having mostly the same animation team and [[Creator/JunFukuyama voice]] [[Creator/AmiKoshimizu actors]] as the latter's adaptation, though to a more epic scale.
** One wit pointed out that Holo was flat-chested, and Spice And Wolf concerned itself largely with Microeconomics, while The Dark Lady is a lot more...''[[MostCommonSuperpower sizable]]'' and deals in Macroeconomics.
* StandardHeroReward: Offered to the Hero in chapter 6 of the Comp Ace version.
* StayInTheKitchen: The Warrior Youngster initially refuses to learn from the [[LadyOfWar Lady Knight]]. She [[IHaveManyNames lists her credentials]] and then [[ImplausibleFencingPowers slices a sword in half]] in front of him. He shuts up.
* StealthHiBye: Hero does this to the Demon King in episode 5 after being gone for a year. The first thing she does is start smacking with her pillow him due to his absence.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The outfit the Demon Queen wears for the initial confrontation with the Hero. Her regular clothing is far more practical.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Much to her frustration, the Demon Queen feels like this after teaching some youngsters, especially three young boys from varying backgrounds (warrior, noble and merchant) who fail to understand the socioeconomic consequences of war.
* SwordBeam: The Hero demonstrates this, and explains the technique by SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud.
* SwordAndSorcerer: The Hero and the Demon Queen.
** Played with however, in that Hero is actually more talented in ''both'' Sword and Sorcery than Demon Queen is. It's just that there's a limit to what he can do to change the world with raw power.
* TakeAThirdOption: The core of the plot is the Hero and the Demon Queen's efforts to find a win-win solution to end the war.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Inverted. The Demon Queen wins the Hero over to her side by explaining the consequences of her death... [[RuleOfFunny with a PowerPoint presentation]]. Also later when dealing with the Union and others.
* ThePaladin: The Hero and Lady Knight. [[spoiler:The Hero keeps this aspect even after becoming the BlackKnight.]]
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: In Hero's room. Thus HilarityEnsues.
* TheUnreveal: The Demon King tells Lady Knight who she really is in episode 5, since she wanted to be friends with her. At first Lady Knight seems as if she's going to cut her down, but then she seems to accept it. A FlashBack reveals that Lady Knight was already aware of the Demon King, because the Hero told her about it. And because she trusts Hero, she felt she could trust the Demon King too, although Lady Knight also reveals she's not [[LoveTriangle giving up on him either.]]
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: After Demon Queen/ Crimson Scholar left the village and giving Older Sister Maid the [[IdentityImpersonator ring of illusion]], the central church drops a heretic charge to Crimson Scholar regarding her farming method and knowledge. To defuse the situation, the plans is to let Older Sister Maid to poses as Crimson Scholar and let herself be captured, and then, after she left Winter Nation, the Hero will bust her down. [[spoiler:However, it goes awry when Older Sister Maid, as Crimson Scholar, is brought down to be humiliated, instead just bite it down like a good prisoner, she goes on [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]] rants about [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech how she was once a serf, but made to see light (in form of Head Maid and Crimson Scholar) and realizes her worth as free human being who are blessed by The Spirit of Light.]] She refuse to let anyone helps her since she wants to stand on her own as human being, and takes on Head Maid stance that everyone who didn't act like humans is just insect that can be squashed. Naturally, the inquisitor didn't like it at all and command to cut her head in public. Luckily, none other than Winter Nation King and Lady Knight had come to her protection.]]
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Three Guys]]: The Noble, Warrior and Merchant youngsters.
* TitleDrop: The title of the first Light Novel and the actual title of the Comp Ace adaptation: ''Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - "Kono Watashi no Mono Tonare, Yuusha yo" "Kotowaru!"'', it's a excerpt of the exchange the Hero and the Demon Queen make to each other in their first meeting, which is: ''"Be mine, Hero" "I refuse!"'' depending on your translation.
** The anime episodes follow this as well, with a character saying the title of the current episode at some point.
* ToWinWithoutFighting: Demon Queen admits this may be impossible, given that they are up against {{Proud Warrior Race}}s and noblemen who think WeHaveReserves, but they must try. Hero manages to [[spoiler: free Gateway City from the Crusaders]] this way, at least
* TranslationStyleChoices: So many, the characters have titles as names, with some having more than one way of reading it, and therefore more than one way of translating it; although the most prominent is the Demon Queen's japanese name, Maou (魔王) which can either mean ''Demon King'', ''Demon Lord'', ''Devil King'' or ''Devil'', leaving no room for a feminine reading of the title; still most of the fandom/translators call her ''Demon Queen'' or ''Dark Lady'', while others don't bother with translating and leave it as ''Maou''.
* VerbalJudo: Between the Demon Queen and the Young Merchant while they're discussing the compass. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Head Maid serves as a combat commentator.]]
* WarForFunAndProfit: The reason why the war in the Southern Kingdoms has lasted for 15 years. Both Humans and Demons who supply the war effort profit from it. The political changes the war has brought about have led to greater prosperity on both sides.
* WeCanRuleTogether: The first time Demon Queen and Hero meet she asks him to join her, and only later explains ''what for''. When he realizes she realizes means "We Can ''Save'' Together'', he agrees to join her. As an aside, she points out that it's traditional for a Demon King to offer splitting the world up with the Hero and both acknowledge how ridiculous such an offer is.
* WeHaveReserves: White Night King's motivation for sending the ill-fated first invasion to retake Aurora Island is because their losses would eventually be replaced anyways thanks to military aid from Central.
* WhamEpisode: Episode 8, when the Winter King is told to hand the Crimson Scholar over to the Church due to potatoes, a crop she introduced, being considered a demonic item.
** Episode 12, when it's revealed that [[spoiler: the Central Church and the Blue Demon tribe are working together, and have been from the very start, because both sides need the war perpetuated to main their power structures]].
* WideEyedIdealist: With all the roadblocks to ending the war on a positive note, only an idealist could believe that is possible. Therefore, Demon Queen could be called a ''Narrow Eyed Idealist''.
* WrongGenreSavvy: In the first episode, Hero believes himself to ''the'' hero and thus the one who slays the evil demon king ForGreatJustice. Demon Queen immediately points out that he is mistaken and explains why.
* {{Wutai}}: The Ogre Demon clan is a demonic version of this. Their leader even dresses like a {{Miko}}!
* XMeetsY
** ''SpiceAndWolf'' meets Medieval High Fantasy meets ''LestDarknessFall''.
** ''SpiceAndWolf'' meets ''TearsToTiara''.
** ''Series/GameOfThrones' meets LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf directed by [[RousseauWasRight Rousseau]].

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