Overlady is a crossover between Overlord and The Familiar of Zero written by Earth Scorpion.This dark and malevolent tale of wickedness begins, as such things do, on a dark and stormy night. Well, no. That's a lie. It was a dark and stormy mid-afternoon. But it was still pretty sinister!The above sentence roughly summarises the general approach of Overlady to the conventions of the fantasy genre.Following a comprehensive failure to summon anything, Louise de la Valliere runs away from school to seek her fame and fortune (and the approval of her mother) as a wandering hero. Unfortunately, this turns out to be rather harder than the tales she heard suggested, and she ends up being caught out in a storm in a barren swamp. Naturally, the place she chooses to take cover in is a vampire-haunted ruined tower.This, surprisingly, turns out to be a wise career move.Through a series of events which are thoroughly Evil and not coincidental, Louise found herself as the new overlord - well, overlady, as she is of the feminine persuasion - of a tower and attached dungeons which might charitably be called a 'fixer-upper'. However, it also came with a full tribe of Minions, including a certain elderly goblinoid who calls himself Gnarl and was very impressed by her natural - and denied - capacity for Evil. And so began the tale of the most Evil overlady known to (some people's) history.Comes with a full cast of goblinoids, vampires, demons, female half-incubi, Heroes, villains, family members, treacherous councillors, tyrants from the Mystic East, and one Karin de la Valliere (who scares all of the former).
Anachronism Stew: All over the place in the Abyss. Let's see, they have enchanted mirrors which serve as TV cameras, paparazzi (who, due to the absence of cameras, rapidly sketch pictures instead), damned souls chained to toilet walls which blow out hot air to dry your hands, and several dragons are seen talking about drops in the 'hoard market'.
Apologetic Attacker: Louise when fighting Cattleya, who is under the Bloody Duke's mind control. Cattleya does apologiza back, too.
Attractive Bent-Gender: Kirche's crossdressing disguise (but mostly the fake mustache) made Montmorency really uncomfortable.
Blood Bath: Louise's grandmother was very fond of bathing in the blood of commoners to regain her youth. She occasionally overshot, turning her into a little girl.
Bragging Rights Reward: Parodied in the original Spacebattles thread, which include a list of fake Achievements based on the events of the story, including some for stomaching the Heroic Interludes which focus on other characters.
Double Entendre: So much of the humor in this. Especially when the subject of Scarron is raised, but there's also a running side joke about how Louise doesn't have a tall tower like previous (male) overlords.
Dramatic Pause: Spoofed by the vampire Louise meets in the first chapter, who inserts one after every other word.
"The constant dramatic pauses in the dialogue were beginning to disturb Louise by this point, because they broke up the flow of conversation no end and really rather annoyed her."
The Drunken Sailor: Notable mostly because the minions want to know what to do with him, early in the morning. Maximilian even gets a couple new verses out of it.
Dysfunctional Family: The Vallières. The Duke's and Karin's marriage is strained, following Henrietta's dethronement and the peace treaty with the Albion Rebellion, both of which Karin is furiously against. The eldest child, Eleanor, is distant and responsible for the middle child, Cattleya, getting turning into a vampire, and the youngest, Louise, is believed to be dead from their POV.
Even Evil Has Standards: Though in this case, the standards apparently consist of not selling all your evil artifacts simply to have the funds to to buy expensive clothes.
Evil Is Deathly Cold: When Hell freezes over. Seriously, you have to wrap up warm when journeying to the Abyss in the winter.
Evil Overlady: Louise herself. She shows unsuspected talent. There's also speculation from readers that Brimir might have been one (well, an Evil Overlord).
Elite Minions: Literally. There's a band of five named minions conforming to the standard RPG "Fighter, Rogue, Mage, Healer, Bard" loadout who tend to end up running around on their own engaging in special operations for Louise. And stealing and breaking things when unsupervised.
Epigraph: Each part start with a quote, most of them belonging to a blatantly evil or delusional evil figures.
Fantastic Racism: Demons who possess Hero blood suffer from this in the Abyss, as there's a fear that they'll start using their powers for Good.
For Want of a Nail: How much trouble would Tristain and Henrietta be in without Louise to clean up the mess? Let's bury her underground for three months and find out!
Note that Delusional Evil figures don't quite count, however. See Hypocritical Humor below.
Half-Breed Discrimination: Demons who have Hero blood suffer from major Fantastic Racism in the Abyss, while Humans with Demon blood in them always run the risk of being killed by intrepid Heroes above ground. This leaves half Demon, half Hero hybrids like Jessica stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Half-Human Hybrid: Jessica, who is the daughter of the prince of incubi and a human heroine.
Hidden Buxom: Kirche's attempts to do this subvert the many clean and pretty variants found in most animes. She has to use a hideously expensive whalebone corset, which causes her a huge amount of pain and breathing difficulties, and halfway through the night it causes her to faint from oxygen deprivation and breaks one of her ribs.
Horny Devils: Scarron. Is an incubus. A "confirmed bachelor" incubus. With a half-incubus daughter. (No, not "succubus". Yes, "daughter".)
Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The current generation of Vallières are the paragon of noble and good virtues, a far cry from the Obviously Evil of previous generations. Most of the foul, wretched beings Louise speaks to, as well as the house staff who served them during their evil heyday, blame this on Karin, claiming that she lured the Duke away from his Obviously Evil heritage, and are delighted that Louise is going back to her roots, so to speak.
Interestingly, there are some hints that they, especially Karin, aren't all that squeaky-clean as they'd like people to believed - the main piece of evidence being Karin had to have a rather late Shotgun Wedding due to falling pregnant with Eleanor.
I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Cattleya to her great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather Louis de la Vallière. Cattleya kills him after Louise wounded him.
"Hundreds of years of de la Vallière blood welled up inside her, demanding to stay inside her body."
Karma Meter: As a faux-novelization of the imaginary Familiar of Zero-themed Overlord game, there is a morality system with three branches: Pragmatic Evil (conquer the village and exploit it), Indulgent Evil (burn the village because it pissed you off somehow), and Delusional Evil (either of above options, with the "For the Greater Good" excuse), with possible overlap between them.
Kavorka Man: Blitzhart von Zerbst. As one Spacebattles.com member said: He has so many points in Seduction and Bluff that it overcomes the really low Charisma.
Large Ham: Vampires are noted to have a tendency towards melodrama, a trait that can actively be used against them since they love to waste time showing off and giving unnecessary speeches.
Magic A Is Magic A: Incubus allure makes people see the wielder as an extremely handsome man, while succubus allure makes the wielder appear to be a very beautiful woman. The person's gender does not factor into the equation. This means some people are unfortunate enough to be a completely different gender from their allure, meaning people automatically see you as an attractive person of the opposite sex, as shown with Jessica.
The Medic: All blue minions. Scyl in particular, since he's a member of the Five-Minion Band.
Mistaken for Gay: Louise a couple of times, mainly thanks to her choosing to wear sensible armour unlike the stripperific attire overladies usually wear. Potentially not mistaken after a recent reaction to Henrietta.
Memetic Badass: In-universe, Karin the Heavy Wind, at least to Louise's minions.
Under her armour, she no has fingers. She only have more wands. For more magic.
They say she blow Overlord so hard he go flying up into sky and only leave tiny twinkle behind, and that where that song come from.
They say, if you see her and you Evil, it already too late. If you not see her, you maybe only seconds from death.
We only have to fight the bear carpet in her room? It not dead, you see; it just scared to move.
At the very least, the bear carpet one seems to be true.
Turns out she killed so many Evil Villains that she crashed the economy of hell. It's called the Karinian Crash.
It's not just to the minions. Emperor Lee has heard the one about more wands as well.
Necessarily Evil: Most of the Delusional Evil types are figures of authority on the side of Good, i.e. the Popes. And Louise is convinced that everything she does and plans to do is for the greater good of Tristan.
Not What It Looks Like: Spoofed to hell and back when Louise walks in on Cattleya in a compromising position with one of her maids. Cattleya was sucking her blood.
Obviously Evil: Apparently, every generation of the Vallières apart from the current Duke and Karin. One of Louise's ancestors was a previous Overlady, and her grandmother actively summoned demons and bathed in the blood of commoners to regain her youth.
Only in It for the Money: The band of heroes from the heroic interludes only bestow their heroic time and efforts on quests that bring in the big bucks.
Our Vampires Are Different: Pretty conventional, and in the Hammer Horror school. Vampires feed off life energy (most commonly from blood), are fast, strong, and tough, and can turn into things like bats and wolves. They also have a crippling number of Achilles Heels: fire, sunlight, counting, stakes, no reflection, silver, counting, excessive melodrama...
Playing with Fire: Louise has learned a fire-based spell. And uses it for everything, up to and including warming her bath. And she threatens to set people on fire a lot.
The Runaway: Louise runs away at the beginning of the story, after failing the summon anything during the Spring Summoning ritual. It's how she manages stumbles into the tower in the first place.
Raised as the Opposite Gender: Kirche and all of her sisters. Their Father is a very powerful (both personally and politically), self-centered (and/or incredibly stupid) man with extremely sexist views on women who had no luck siring sons, so he raised his daughters as sons, and considers the female gender as a flaw they can actually grow out of. Kirche didn't even know she was a girl until she was 10.
Sliding Scale of Vampire Friendliness: Inclined quite heavily towards the "unfriendly" end of the stage. Vampires have to feed off life frequently (and human blood tastes much, much better than animal blood), but the main source of unfriendliness is the fact that it comes with a non-human mentality. Vampires are predators, and have no instinctual issues with killing people.
Stripperiffic: Comprehensively averted with Louise's armor, despite the best efforts of the universe. She was offered many forms of dress for women, with little protection. She then decided that she wanted the male-style ones, which look basically like the canon Overlords' ones.
Henrietta, on the other hand, is fully embracing such outfits. The reasons are two-fold. First, it's traditional. Second, she's rebelling against her mother's idea of proper dress.
The Unfavourite: Eleanor. Born of unplanned pregnancy when neither the Duke nor Karin were willing to retire yet, and thus was mostly raised by the household staff, resulting in the somewhat distant relationship with her parents. And then her attempt to impress them resulted in Cattleya becoming a vampire, and she was nearly disowned for this. She now lives in Amstelredamme, and very rarely comes home.
Unskilled, but Strong: Cattleya has no real clue how to use a sword, but she's so insanely fast and strong from being a vampire that it doesn't matter.
Weaksauce Weakness: The less-known vampire's weakness of being forced to count beans/coins is used by Louise to disable Cattleya without killing her. And beating her down while she was counting. Louise was sorry about that.
White Sheep: Duke Vallière is a Good Hero from a family of Evil.