PhD: Phantasy Degree
(original title: Maseuteo Seukur Ollimpeuseu
, lit. Master School Olympus
) is a horror-themed comedy/action-adventure manhwa
that focus on the adventures of Sang, a young woman who travels to Demon School Hades in hope of becoming a student there. The thing of it is that the school is meant strictly for monsters, so you can pretty much see the problem there. As the series goes on, we find out there is more to Sang and her motives than meets the eye.
Licensed and released in the United States under Tokyopop
. Ten volumes of the series have been published; however, the manga is currently on hiatus and it is unknown whether the creator will continue it. He seems to have moved on to other manhwas, such as Dorothy of Oz
The series provides the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Sang at least before we find out about her other personalities.
- All-Ghouls School: At least the series starts here.
- Anti-Villain: Gelpa the ninja and Chang-Chun the leader of the Madosa Guild when he isn't wearing his power rings.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Chun-Lang, Sang, Ms Doe...
- Ax-Crazy: One of Sang's personatilites.
- Badass Teacher: Professor Shumiro, Ms.Doe, Professor Cho-Hyun...
- Berserk Button: Everyone, special mention goes to Chun-Lang, mention the Madosa Guild around him and he'll snap.
- Bishōnen: Majority of the cast qualify but special mention goes to Chun-Lang and Lance.
- Bifauxnen: Hexion
- Black and White Morality: Hwee-Young views things like this.
- Boobs of Steel: Sang, Noel, etc. Averted with Notra who doesn't do anything.
- Can't Catch Up: No matter how hard the students try they just can't seem to become powerful enough to take on the Madosa Guild. Averted in the 10th book were Chan-Chun sees a glimpse of the future were the student finally take down the Madosa Guild.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Dustis towards Dagger.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Stonia and Notra
- Dirty Old Man: The sage in the Master Tower.
- Fan Disservice: When Dev shoots Mahalisa through the chest.
- Forceful Kiss: Between a female Chun-Lang and a male Sang. Chun-Lang did not take it well.
- Gender Bender: Whenever Sang uses the rings, they turn her into a man.
- Gotta Catch Them All: The rings Sang is seeking.
- Hot-Blooded: Chun-Lang
- Hot Mom: Noel's mom.
- Identical Stranger: Chun-Lang and Chang-Chun with his power rings on look exactly like each other to the point Hwee-Young mistakes Chun-Lang for him.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Stonia is in awe everytime she sees Henduh's power.
- In the Hood: Sang in the first book, Chun-Lang in his introduction and Second rank Spear.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Sang, twice.
- The Load: Notra hasn't done a single useful thing since she was introduced. Iris and Oedipus as well.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Chun-Lang, Lance, Sang as a man, basically alot of the male cast qualify.
- Mr. Fanservice: Chun-Lang, Dev, Fatalis, it's pretty safe to say majority of the males are bait.
- Ms. Fanservice: Sang, Notra, Stonia, etc...
- No Export for You: The prequel book that explained everything.
- Panty Shot: Alot.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The group of monsters Sang meets. At least, how they start off.
- Red-Headed Hero: Sang
- Revenge: Chun-Lang, Noel, Notra, Dev, etc.
- Schedule Slip: It hasn't seen a new volume since 2005.
- Ship Tease: Notra and Dev, Sang and Chun-Lang, Chun-Lang and Noel, Sang and Lance...
- Shonen Hair: Dagger in "Combat Mode", Dev, Hwee-Yong, again alot of the male cast qualify.
- Split Personality: Sang with at least four of them
- Stripperiffic: Majority of the female characters qualify but Mahalisa and Stonia take the cake.
- Super Gender-Bender: The rings swap your gender in addition to powering you up. Somehow.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Dev activates his when Henduh kills his brother Fatalis.
- Taking the Bullet: The way Oedipus dies.
- The Tease: Notra to Dev.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Sang gets called out on this alot and Chun-Lang gets called out on this by everyone when he tries to kill Sang.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Noru