''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8753582/1/Overlady Overlady]]'' is a crossover between ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' and ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' written by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1768170/EarthScorpion 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 [[WellDoneSonGuy 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).

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!!! See ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' and ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''. Specific tropes found in Overlady
* AccidentalTruth: The Reconquista accused a family of being demonologists during the rebellion as an excuse to have them all executed and found out afterwards they really were. They were notably surprised and remarked that said family really didn't seem the type.
* AmbiguousSyntax: "You're a bloody vampire."
* AnachronismStew: 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'.
* AnswerCut: Magdalene wonders what kind of monster would be cruel enough to hide an Evil artifact in a blocked off toilet, then the narrative switches to Eleanor who's fighting a smirk (despite not hearing the question).
* ApologeticAttacker: Louise [[spoiler:when fighting Cattleya, who is under the Bloody Duke's mind control. Cattleya does apologiza back, too.]]
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: The coach messenger that Louise captures is very disappointed that Louise doesn't want to take advantage of her.
* AttractiveBentGender: [[spoiler:Kirche's crossdressing disguise (but mostly the fake mustache) made Montmorency really uncomfortable.]]
* BadassBoast: "I am getting [Louise] back. There may be blood. It won't be mine."
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Minions are short, dimwitted, and easily-distracted goblinoids prone to fighting (and killing) each other for loot...but they are ''not'' to be underestimated. During the raid on [[spoiler:the Bloody Duke's tomb]], the Greens take little time to brutally dispatch quite a few of the [[spoiler:vampires]] who were watching the fight from a distance.
** [[spoiler:Cattleya]] is quite the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} but is still a rather powerful vampire.
* BloodBath: Louise's grandmother was very fond of bathing in the blood of commoners to [[FountainOfYouth regain her youth.]] She occasionally overshot, turning her into a little girl.
* BondOneLiner: Guiche tries to insist on these but others don't understand why.
* BraggingRightsReward: 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.
* BuffySpeak: From time to time Louise devolves to this when she can't find the words to say.
* CannotCrossRunningWater: All Vampires stick true to traditional lore.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Inverted. The minions raising hell while disguised as children actually helps their disguises as everyone knows children are little monsters.
* CombatPragmatist: Agnes would rather shoot an evil clown than listen to his monologue.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Louise frequently misses other's hints that [[spoiler:Cattleya]] is a lesbian, thinking they're talking about her [[spoiler:vampirism]].
** [[spoiler:Cattleya]] seems to think her parents were overprotective due to how much they worried when she left the house, rather than them being worried she'd kill someone.
* DanceOfRomance: Averted with Louise and Lee's dance during the Cabal Awards, mainly due to the fact that both of them are wearing full plate.
--> "...thus any possible flirtatious touches of flesh against flesh had two layers of demonic steel in the way."
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: See DanceOfRomance above for a good example. Emperor Lee's catchprase is the epitome of this. And it's far from being the only example.
--> "Objectively suboptimal".
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:Madame de Montespan]] after she uses an Evil artifact against Louise.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The Dark and Evil Start of Evil Darkness (also Dark Evilness).
* DoWrongRight: Demons dislike adultery as it barely counts as a sin (they would know) and if it's done with permission, it doesn't stain the soul at all.
* DoubleEntendre: 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.
* DoubleMeaning: Eleanore de Valliere's "praise" of Francoise de Montespan[[note]]Viscount Wardes' new fiancee[[/note]] during their debate is filled to the brim with this and DoubleEntendre--such as praising de Montespan for her dedication to wards[[note]]the magical constructs[[/note]], the long nights [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow she spent working on wards]], or how her devotion to wards [[NeverASelfMadeWoman led to her current social and political success]].
* DramaticPause: 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."
* TheDrunkenSailor: 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.
* DysfunctionalFamily: 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 [[spoiler:responsible for the middle child, Cattleya, getting turning into a vampire]], and the youngest, Louise, is believed to be dead from their POV.
* [[EliteMooks 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 figure.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: 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.
** Izah'belya is honestly shocked that a six year old is summoning demons like her.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: When Hell freezes over. Seriously, you have to wrap up warm when journeying to the Abyss in the winter.
* [[EvilOverlord Evil Overlady]]: Louise herself. She shows unsuspected talent. There's also speculation from readers that Brimir might have been one (well, an EvilOverlord).
* ExactWords: Kirche reassures Queen Marianne that she "does not ''think'' of (having sex) with men and she certainly doesn't do anything with women."
** [[spoiler:Cattleya's]] letter is full of statements that are technically true such as the Overlady of the North knowing where Louise is and that she won't harm Louise if [[spoiler:Cattleya]] comes with her.
** [[spoiler:Cattleya]] didn't "order" a wolf to kill a nobleman.
** Pure heart does not mean "good", as one demon finds out.
* ExactlyAsPlanned: Louise ''claims'' that everything [[spoiler:Madame de Montespan]] has done is the result of her manipulations. [[BlatantLies It really wasn't. At all.]]
* FantasticRacism: 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.
* ForWantOfANail: 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!
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: [[spoiler:Cattleya tries to be one.]]
* FountainOfYouth: Louise's grandmother used {{blood bath}}s for her dose of anti-aging. Notably, there were times where she misjudged the dosages and thus ended up with the body of a little girl.
* FunetikAksent: Tabitha speaks Tristanian with a heavy Gallian (French) accent, which is a main reason she doesn't talk much.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Jokes about the morality system not working as advertised.
* GenreSavvy: Eleanore stays within her cell despite being able to escape easily and throws away both the wand that was smuggled to her and her own spare wands. She knew Montespan set that up so she'd have actual crimes to charge her with.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Louise gets bright yellowish-pink ones after she becomes the Overlady.
* GoodIsDumb: ''Oh'' so much.
--> '''Gnarl:''' ''[[{{Epigraph}} "And when you look at your average Brown, that's saying something!"]]''
** Note that Delusional Evil figures don't quite count, however. See HypocriticalHumor below.
* GoshDarnItToHeck: Both Louise and Cattleya avoid using actual curses, which results in declarations like "Sugar!" and "You dastard!"
* GuileHero: Due to being much weaker than the rest of the group, Guiche has grown used to using his wits to defeat an enemy.
* HalfBreedDiscrimination: Demons who have Hero blood suffer from major FantasticRacism 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.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Jessica, who is the daughter of the prince of incubi and a human heroine.
* HiddenBuxom: [[spoiler: 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.
** Inverted with Louise's armor which is designed to make her look bustier than she is.
* HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure: Apparently Louise and Cattleya measure how mean someone is in centi-Eleanore's (as in one hundredth as mean as their eldest sister).
* HornyDevils: Scarron. Is an incubus. A "confirmed bachelor" incubus. With a half-incubus daughter. (No, not "succubus". Yes, "daughter".)
* HurricaneOfPuns
* HypocriticalHumor: When it comes to "Heroes" and Delusional Evil.
* IHateYouVampireDad: [[spoiler:Cattleya to her great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather Louis de la Vallière. Cattleya kills him after Louise wounded him.]]
* InTheBlood: One of the fic's themes.
--> "Hundreds of years of de la Vallière blood welled up inside her, demanding to stay inside her body."
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: The current generation of Vallières are the paragon of noble and good virtues, a far cry from the ObviouslyEvil 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 [[TheHero Karin]], claiming that she lured the Duke away from his ObviouslyEvil heritage, and are delighted that [[EvilOverlord 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 [[spoiler:Karin had to have a rather late ShotgunWedding due to falling pregnant with Eleanor.]]
* InnocentInnuendo: Guiche spouts off a [[HurricaneOfEuphemisms hurricane]] of them after beating Don Marko.
* InsistentTerminology: Jessica is half-incubus, not a succubus or half-succubus. Given that her powers work against women and not men, it's a reasonable insistence.
* ItsTheBestWhateverEver: One of Louise's Minions declares Cattleya to be the "best sister in the whole world!" after she suggests they can ride her vampire wolves.
* KarmaMeter: 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.
* KavorkaMan: 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.
* KilledMidSentence: [[CombatPragmatist Agnes]] shoots an evil clown in the middle of his monologue.
* LargeHam: 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.
* LesbianVampire: [[spoiler:Cattleya.]]
* LickingTheBlade: Cattleya after butchering a group of vampires starts licking the blood off her sword.
* MagicAIsMagicA: 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.
* TheMedic: All blue minions. Scyl in particular, since he's a member of the Five-Minion Band.
* MistakenForGay: Louise a couple of times, mainly thanks to her choosing to wear sensible armour unlike the stripperific attire overladies usually wear. [[spoiler:Potentially not mistaken after a recent reaction to Henrietta.]]
* MemeticBadass: 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.
* MundaneLuxury: After three months of rat meat and mushrooms, Louise is overjoyed to have some bread and a bowl of stew.
* MundaneSolution: Kirche's father was once faced with two cups, one of which was poisoned and told to figure out which was which. He responded by punching the man and making him drink both cups.
** Montmorency stops three hundred mercenaries from attacking her group by hiring them. Their previous employer is quite upset that worked.
* MundaneUtility: Louise uses evil fire to heat her bath.
* NecessarilyEvil: 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.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Spoofed to hell and back when Louise walks in on Cattleya in a compromising position with one of her maids. [[spoiler:Cattleya was sucking her blood.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: 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 [[BloodBath bathed in the blood]] of commoners to [[FountainOfYouth regain her youth.]]
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: The band of heroes from the heroic interludes only bestow their heroic time and efforts on quests that bring in the big bucks.
** Kirche's reason for doing this is to gain enough money to buy her own lands and property, as she'll only be the heir to the Zebst fortune [[HeirClubForMen so long as her father doesn't have a legitimate son]], which she accepts will happen someday.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Pretty conventional, and in the Film/HammerHorror 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 Heel}}s: fire, sunlight, counting, stakes, no reflection, silver, counting, excessive melodrama...
* OxymoronicBeing: Athe the Doubter is worshiped by being ignored and denying his existence as his realms include doubt and disbelief.
* PlayingWithFire: 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.
* PunctuationShaker: Most demon names are a creatively spelled human name with some apostrophes thrown in, such as Izah'belya (Isabella).
** One dark elf is so bad that everyone (including the narration) simply calls him "Apostrophe".
* PureIsNotGood: Demons only have to follow the spirit of their orders if given by a pure-hearted virgin of noble blood. Pure evil works just as well as pure good.
* RaisedAsTheOppositeGender: [[spoiler: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 (legitimate) 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 9.]]
* RantInducingSlight: Louise manages to remain fairly stoic when hearing all that's happened during her time in the tower, but learning that Wardes is already sleeping with another woman launches her into a rant that manages to impress Scarron.
* TheRunaway: 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.
* RunningGag: Louise is confronted by angry horses (or unicorns or pegasi) every time she leaves the tower. Even Henrietta's undead mount wants to gore her.
* SeriousBusiness: Maxy the minion takes poetry very seriously and viciously beats a particularly bad bard for a) having too many syllables in one line, b) [[PainfulRhyme trying to rhyme lament with Gramont]].
* ShoutOut: Lots. To list but a few:
** "[[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Evil will always win, because Good is dumb.]]"
** One of the Minions mentions the [[Film/GalaxyQuest Hammer of Grabthar]].
** Louise's magical fire [[VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine produces lots of white smoke]].
** There's mention of an Albionese noble named [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer William the Bloody]].
** One of the Minions talks about how heroes possessed by dark artifacts start to rave about how "[[Literature/HarryPotter there is only power and those too weak to seize it]]."
** The Minions recount one of their previous exploits, which involved [[Myth/NorseMythology being disguised as a woman to marry a giant who had a magical hammer they were after]] and then [[Literature/TheOdyssey blinding him and saying that "no one" did it.]]
** When counting, one of the Minions [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail skips from two to five]].
** Cattleya says to herself that [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion she mustn't run away]].
** One of the Minions finds a ring it describes as "[[Literature/LordOfTheRings precious]]."
** Louise reads a book about [[Literature/{{Redwall}} talking mice committing genocide on talking rats]]. Also counts as a TakeThat.
** When Henrietta first sees Louise in her armor, she remarks that she's "[[Film/ANewHope a little short for a foe to all righteousness]]."
** Henrietta mentions that one of her great aunts [[Literature/{{Rapunzel}} grew her hair out so long that she could lower it down the tower she was trapped in to passing knights]]... and then used her hair to strangle them.
** "[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Long ago, you see, the free races lived in harmony. Then everything changed when the first overlord attacked]]."
** [[spoiler:Cattleya]] [[Film/{{Dracula1931}} does not drink... wine.]]
** [[Disney/{{Mulan}} They'll make minions out of you.]]
** [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Shooting lightning bolts at corpses will not revive them.]]
* SlidingScaleOfVampireFriendliness: 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.
* StealthInsult: Eleanore gives a long speech about how Madame de Montespan's expertise is wards and she has spent long hours on her hands and knees working on wards.[[note]]Madame de Montespan is Wardes new fiance after Louise was declared dead[[/note]] She further adds that no one has any doubt about her virtue, fidelity (to the church), and suitability for marriage.
* {{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.
** [[spoiler: Henrietta, on the other hand, is fully embracing such outfits. The reasons are two-fold. First, it's [[GoGoEnslavement traditional]]. Second, she's rebelling against her mother's idea of proper dress.]]
** Most female villains and demons follow this to a ridiculous extent. A dark elf is noted as having "increased the amount of fabric she was wearing by at least two orders of magnitude" by putting on a cloak.
* StupidSexyFlanders: [[spoiler:Kirche in drag provokes this reaction from Montmorency.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Jessica reassures Louise that there's absolutely no chance of a monster breaking free during the performance and killing everyone.
* TakeAThirdOption: When confronted with killing [[spoiler:Cattleya]] or being killed by her, Louise throws a bunch of coins at her then beats her senseless while [[spoiler:Cattleya's]] forced to count them.
* TakeThat: Louise rants about the idiocy of the imperial system of measurement at one point due to it's ridiculous conversion rates.
** Jessica is very insistent that subtitles are far better than dubbing.
* ThatCameOutWrong: "Let's go take advantage of Jessica while she's hungover."
* ToThePain: Scarron gives a rather impressively gruesome description of what he will do to Louise if she allows Jessica to get killed.
** Any time Louise wants her Minions to know she's very serious about a given order, she'll give more detailed threats than normal.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: PlayedForLaughs with the orphans who suggest the Greenpeace-like "Dark Elves" commit blackmail, mass-murder, prostitution, kidnapping, and extortion.
* TheUnfavourite: 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* UnskilledButStrong: [[spoiler: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.]]
* VillainProtagonist: Louise, natch. [[UnreliableNarrator For a given value of 'villain'.]]
* WeWillMeetAgain: Subverted; Mott starts to make a speech to this effect, but he gets KilledMidSentence.
* WeaksauceWeakness: [[spoiler: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.]]
* WeirdnessCensor: The minions are often seen as normal children despite their PaperThinDisguise.
* WhiteSheep: Duke Vallière is a Good Hero from a family of Evil.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: A group of Orcs attempt this after Tabitha kills their leader.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Subverted; Kirche is actually twenty. When the others are surprised, she [[LampshadeHanging points out that she got kicked out of multiple academies and is both taller and bustier than every other girl at school]].

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