Webcomic / Dragon Mango

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Mango, Daughter of Passion

Dragon Mango is a "possibly funny" webcomic, set primarily in the Kingdom of Fafnir. When the human population was nearly wiped out a thousand years ago, the Dragon Slayers arrived to save them. Now a modern-day Dragon Slayer is anxious to prove her worth and restore her family's honour.

Did I mention that her first challenge is to escape the pile of rock candy she just released from her dragon-shaped pinata?

The comic is in a Japanese style, though drawn by Canadian artists. The storyline ranges from deadly serious to absurd, often on the same page, and has several arcs that are starting to come together. It's liberally sprinkled with pop culture and anime references, with quite a bit of very original humour. The artwork, especially in the early comics, is a bit inconsistent, so don't be put off by the first comics being mainly in black-and-white. Colour and animation are used for the more important scenes.

Dragon Mango is written, drawn, and produced by Mark Sprague, Crystal Kearns, Adam Lockhart, Doug Middleton, and Karen Hayman, who together comprise Unpredictable Fish. A new comic is published every Thursday.

This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Arbitrary Headcount Limit: The trope is discussed, with it being stated that most adventuring parties in that world are composed of 3, with 4 pushing it. When attempting to travel through a Portal Network that imposes a limit on how many people can go through at once, they complain about the trope and use Loophole Abuse to send two separate adventuring parties one after another.
  • Badass Adorable: Peaches and Cherry.
  • Beast Man: Attacked the farm.
  • Black Magic: Destructive magic. Its combat uses mean it's not evil.
  • Big "NO!": Spoofed in this strip, when Pumpkin's father returns after a four-year journey into faraway lands and gives Mango a rare treat, called a "sweet swirl stick", which Cherry eats in one bite.
    "Wow, you're right, that was really good! Is there any more?
    "NOOOOOO!"
    "Okay, I was just askin'."
  • Bilingual Bonus: A book on trapping demons has some Swedish text in it. The name of the book is, "hur att fängsla demoner," which is the literal translation (but grammatically incorrect) of, "how to imprison demons." A page in the book says, "Den som kan sova evigt är inte död," which means, "One who can sleep forever is not dead."
  • Bold Inflation: A liberal amount of words are for more or less arbitrary reasons bolded. Usually nouns.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The Schedule Slip is referred to by the characters. And exploited, since it allows the characters more time than the In-Universe time would otherwise give them.
  • Calling Your Attacks: The dragonslayers do it because modern "dragon slaying" is largely just for show, and they want to make sure their "opponent" is ready for it, but it is hardly limited to them and is a fairly common trait. Steen Dragonsbane Lampshades how inefficient it is that dragonslayers tend to advertise their every move.
  • Celestial Deadline: The raw power of the stars' alignment.
  • Cold Iron: Elves are extremely vulnerable to iron, but can learn to resist it through Training from Hell. Afterwards they use iron armors as a Power Limiter. Half-Elves are completely immune to it, likely due to their human half's iron-based blood.
  • Collapsing Lair: The count's lair collapses exactly like Castlevania.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Called "Snow Dancer Syndrome" by Berry, and referred to as a scientific principle. She mentions that if a previously formidable enemy attacks en masse, they're all a lot less powerful.
  • Deliberately Distressed Damsel: The princess of Stalashen wears a t-shirt that invokes the trope, saying "Kidnap Me ♥".
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Black and white. sometimes with splashes of color
  • Doctor's Orders: An injured gladiator is not allowed up.
  • The Dragonslayer: Dragonslayers are an actual species. They are much stronger than humans, have innate magical abilities, and are the ones most easily able to deal with dragons. In actuality, they are dragons, who decided to assume human-like forms, befriend humans, protect them from their brethren, and use them as easy meal tickets.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Most of the major characters are named after things you can eat, mostly fruits and other grown edibles for humans and dragonslayers, and desserts for elves.
  • Engineered Heroics: The Dragonslayer deal.
  • Equippable Ally: Female Oni are able to transform animals and even dragons into weapons.
  • The Exile: King Citrus, at the urging of his advisor, forbade dragonslayers from learning the arts of war. A secret society of dragonslayers formed, in which they secretly passed said knowledge on to the next generation. But many of said younger generation grew deeply resentful of King Citrus's edict and attempted to launch a revolution. It was put down by a dragonslayer currently known as Ginger. She made King Citrus spare their lives, sending them into exile instead. And disapproving of King Citrus's edict herself, she went with them.
  • Genghis Gambit: Junior's entire motive for launching the Goblin Invasion is to unite the monsters of the forest by showing that together, they can beat even Mango, who is legendary to them due to them having never successfully stolen a single chicken from the farm she guarded.
  • Good Old Ways: Mango fights monsters, the way dragons used to.
  • Half-Human Hybrid:
    • The half-Dragonslayers, of whom Mango is the first. Since the dragon slayers' population had been in decline, the discovery they can mate with humans is considered to have saved their race and has in fact more than doubled it in only 20 years. They are slightly weaker than purebloods, but unlike pure bloods, who are actually dragons themselves and require human blood to take human form, half dragons are born with human-like forms and can learn to assume dragon form later.
    • Female Oni, such as Peaches, are close in that they have human mothers, though this is in fact a thing that is inherent to their race since female Oni are only able to bear sons.
  • Hard Head: Some characters' concussions are expected to just "wear off."
  • Healing Potion: using fighting the count — and when Mango is found in the woods.
  • The Herald: As soon as the girls are accepted as Lolita Knights, a cloaked figure appears to urge them to reject it for a greater challenge.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: To the goblins, Mango is a terrifying goddess of death and destruction.
  • Immune to Mind Control: High Priestess Raisin and Bonbon, Chocolate Cupcake's pet pig, are immune to Princess Phenylalanine's powers.
  • Impossible Item Drop: Parodied; Mango receives a suit of fashion plate mail for swatting a mosquito, then wonders how killing a bug made armor appear. (Answer: it was a drop bug.) She later has to assure her mother that she didn't hack anyone for it.
  • Ironic Name: Most of the royal family of Stalashen has these. King Sensible and Queen Prudence come up with rather foolish plans, and Prince Badass is brave, but rather sickly.
  • I Want Grandkids: Bleu's father wants her to find a husband and continue their line. Bleu would rather focus on school.
  • Leaked Experience: Cherry gains a Character Level from Mango's combat encounter, despite not doing anything herself.
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: The Tarrasque shops apparently have a reputation for this, and licenses are required for such shops. It helps that they can literally be packed and unpacked from enchanted suitcases. The shops set up in popular locations are more likely to linger.
  • Magitek: Magitek is technology that is powered by magic generating reactors. It once was extremely common, but was outlawed in most countries after a magitek reactor seemingly blew up the technologically advanced city of Square One. Magic produces tiny amounts of chaos energy. The minuscule amount generated by typical spells is harmless, but magitek reactors generate massive amounts of magic, and by extension, massive amounts of chaos, which could theoretically result in continent wide destruction.
  • Mistaken for Own Murderer: The reason Mango doesn't know who her father is. He is an incredibly strong human strong enough to defeat a dragon. One day, he saw a dragon seemingly attacking a city and severely wounded it. The dragon fled, and he was distracted by the appearance of a badly wounded dragonslayer woman. While she recovered, they bonded, ran away from her disapproving people, and got her pregnant. One day, he returned to her only to find her missing and that same dragon appearing over her clothes. Assuming the dragon to have eaten his lover, he attacked her and she fled. To this day, he doesn't realize that said dragon was his lover in her true form.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: One of the many main characters summoned a hippogryff — half-hippopotamus, half-griffin.
  • Money Spider: Mango goes off fighting the monsters of the forest in hopes of getting enough money for fashion armor. The "cheapskate" monsters drop little cash, but one small bug does have a literal Impossible Item Drop of fashion armor.
  • Monster Lord:
    • There exists a recent new Troll King.
    • Junior is the King of Goblins, and is an especially big, strong, and intelligent member of his kind.
    • Female Oni are rare and though smaller, are also much more powerful than the males, usually ending up in charge of their tribe.
  • Monster Protection Racket: Having long since sealed most of the genuinely evil dragons, the Dragonslayers do this to continue to receive funding and glory. With the added twist that they are the dragons.
  • Morphic Resonance: Dragons are capable of Voluntary Shapeshifting into the form of any creature they have tasted blood from, but they always retain a few draconic traits, like horns or tails.
  • Mysterious Stranger: Subverted. Chocolate Explosion reveals the truth in the same panel where she appears.
  • Nominal Importance:
    • Lampshaded here, when two characters introduced in a way that heavily suggested that they were cannon fodder found themselves alive a number of comics later.
    • Also lampshaded here, when Bleu figures that the overly designed guy is more likely to have plot relevant information than the highly generic townspeople.
  • Not Quite Dead: Chocolate Explosion
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Dragons are giant flying reptilian creatures. Each dragon is born with specific traits, such as frost dragons, which can breathe ice, and dream dragons, which function as selectively tangible illusions. They are extremely tough, but they are somewhat weak against magic. In the ancient past, dragons would prey on humans, and some still do, but peaceful wild dragons are also known to exist. The so called "dragon slayer" species is actually an entire civilization of dragons who have secretly shapeshifted into human-like forms and integrated into human society.
  • Our Elves Are Better: A Long-Lived pointy eared species with a weakness to Cold Iron. High Elves tend to be drug addicts.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: They're really cute. (And half-hippo).
  • The Pardon: King Citrus grants one to Passion.
  • Portal Network: The Tarrasque item shops are linked by these to a warehouse, which is why the proprietors can afford to set up shops in very isolated locations.
  • Power Crystal: There is a naturally occurring crystalline substance which can be used to conduct and focus magical energy. It is often used as a material for magic staffs and crystal balls. They form natural Ley Lines of magic power that can be tapped by sufficiently skilled magicians.
  • Prophecy Twist: High Priestess Raisin predicts that the dragonslayer princess will break the Sealed Evil in a Can and doom the world. To prevent this future from happening, she tries to kill Cherry (extremely ineffectively). It turns out there's a second dragonslayer princess, and while Cherry does accidentally crack the seal, its Princess Phenylalanine who wants to force Cherry to break the seal entirely.
  • Quest: Two at once. Mango, Bleu, and Cherry, are sent out to recover Ginger, the only dragonslayer still tough enough to stand up to the evil dragons threatening to break out of the seal. Pumpkin, Lemon, and Lime's group is sent out to gather the closest descendants of the seven sages to repair said seal.
  • Revenge: What the beast men are seeking
  • RPG Mechanicsverse: There are references to stats, Hit Points, item drops, Character Levels, and Save Points, though these are treated more like gags than consistent rules.
  • Running Gag: Statues of Mango always get smashed, it's gotten to the point that they come in packs of two now.
  • Schedule Slipinvoked: Character can get through a maze in a month — from the readers' point of view.
    Damn this erratic update schedule!
  • Schmuck Bait: Free Meat! In the middle of a large red target. Next to a "Free Meat" sign. Directly under a sixteen-ton weight. And poisoned. In response:
    Claw: You let the princess eat raw meat off the floor?!
    Mango: Sorry! Sorry! It's just... well... Have you ever tried to get between that kid and a hunk of meat?
    Claw: Okay... I have to admit you have a good point there.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The dragon slayers defeated most of the dragons that plagued the world and helped seal them away. The seal is protected by a prophecy, making it so that only the dragonslayer king's heir can break it. Several villains have and are attempting to break said dragons out of the seal for their own purposes. Bleu even suspects that there might be a traitor among the dragonslayer council. When Cherry accidentally cracks it, Mango and her friends are sent out on a quest to find the only dragonslayers that still have the training to fight the evil dragons and find the descendants of the sages who created the seal.
  • Secret Shop: Tarrasque shops can get set up in some absurdly obscure locations. One member of the dragonslayer council mentions that he found one behind a wall in a dungeon he had to blow up with a bomb to find.
  • Shout-Out: There are often two to five references to other works per page. Some of them are:
    • Mango wishes the goblins would come and take Cherry away right now!
    • When Cherry summons a bunch of rabbits, one of them is wielding a switch blade, which is presumably a reference to Bunbun of Sluggy Freelance.
    • When the prospective Lolita Knights take out the boss of a castle, it crumbles very much like the titular [1] does at the end of every game.
    • Mango defeats a bunch of monsters, and after that she gets a Final Fantasy win messages, complete with the Final Fantasy VII win fanfare.
    • While looking for her sword, Mango comes across what's totally not the Master Sword, because if it were, someone might sue. And the triforce is upside down.
    • Her own sword is found in a Sword in the Stone routine.
    • Raisin performs the Ritual of Contravity daily and thus has infinite lives. It's Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start.
    • Sharkey, God of Cheating, is a reference to the Game Shark.
    • There's a sign for the World Gladiatorial Federation, with the word Federation crossed off and replaced with Entertainment.
    • Colleen, Sandwich, and Bleu Berry are dressed as a White Mage, Black Mage, and Red Mage respectively.
    • One opponent in the tournament is Grateman, who bears more than a slight resemblance to The Shredder.
    • The poster of the Sherbert School of Incredibly Dangerous Swordplay has He-Man on it in a pose closer resembling Conan the Barbarian with a girl clinging to him.
    • The first thing hat happens when Lady Strawberry Cheesecake and Mr. Tea Biscuit enter the Sherbert School, tetriminoes fall on them.
    • The explanation for what magic is is suspiciously similar to the explanation of The Force, including something controversal that starts with "midichlori—".
    • The goblins get rolled up like a katamari.
    • The password for the safety of Vinegar's cellblade is THX 1138.
    • When trying to cheer Mango up, Cherry brings several familiar object, such as a 1up mushroom (which has also appeared previously), a six-pack of Maltese Falcons, ruby slippers, the Creation Matrix, Rapunzel (the pony), and some lost footage from The Magnificent Ambersons.
    • When Mango is sentenced to death, Berry objects, complete with properly formatted red "Objection!" text and pointy finger.
    • The temple of Sharkey is hidden by a Somebody Else's Problem Field.
    • Pockfighting is described as a sport where kids go out and capture wild animals and make them fight for entertainment. If that's not familiar enough, one of the characters uses an electric hamster, which is described as a starter mon. There are a bunch more references as well.
    • There's a girl named Peaches. Just like Momotaro, she's got three animal friends, and she fights oni.
    • One of the many times Mango falls to the ground from a great height is a clear reference to Yamcha's memetic fall in Dragon Ball Z. Japanese text included.
    • The Little Red Riding Hood shows up to buy some wolf repellent for her trip to her grandma's house.
    • When the trainee Lolita Knight party is on the verge of breaking her mind control and about to expose Princess Phenylalanine's plans, she assumes direct control.
  • Squishy Wizard: Like all dragon slayers, Mango has natural magical abilities. When the attacking Oni see Mango use a fire blast, they assume her to fit the trope. Mango quickly proves them wrong, stating that the back row magic specialist is Bleu while she's a straight up fighter.
  • Summon Magic: They are called callers. Summoning tends to require Geometric Magic, but a sufficiently skilled caller can make do without it. Especially skilled callers can manifest dream creatures.
  • Take That!: Makes fun of Pokémon over the fact that it is Strictly Formula and resets the entire plot every season or two, making all previous development meaningless.
  • Tap on the Head: Used to enforce the Doctor's Orders.
  • Tomato surprise The Dragonslayers are all shapeshifted dragons, the occasional dragon attacks are just to keep dragonslayer funding. It doesn't come at the end but does mark the end of an arc and the start of some of the bigger ones.
  • Training from Hell: Lord Sherbert teaches the ''Sherbert School of Incredibly Dangerous Swordplay''. He is said to have "more fatalities than graduates", but an Elf who makes it through can withstand wearing an iron armor without even twitching from pain, while a simple direct contact with iron can kill an untrained Elf.

    His current pupil, an alumnus from another such school, asks for more: When he learns the girls are in danger, he asks Sherbert to crank it Up to Eleven so he can quickly graduate and rush to their help. Even Sherbert is surprised.
  • Transformation Trinket: There exist special objects called dragon orbs. Dragons have the power of Voluntary Shapeshifting and can assume the form of any creature they have tasted the blood of. However, this requires a great deal of concentration to maintain. To ease this, dragons will use a ritual to create a dragon orb. The dragon orb contains a tiny fragment of their soul, as well as all the extra mass and magic of their true forms, allowing them to remain shapeshifted as long as they need to. They can return to their true form by fusing back with their orb. Count Baklava, an elf, somehow managed to acquire one and was able to fuse with it to become a dragon himself.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Dragons can assume the shape of any creature they have tasted the blood of.
  • Waddling Head: Candy's summoned bunnies are basically giant rabbit heads.
  • Webcomic Time
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Junior wants to organize goblinkind into a civilization, but is willing to resort to forcing other goblins to obey him, taking hostages, and even killing Mango on whom he has a crush. Fortunately, a happy compromise is found when goblins discover the true value of their large reserves of gold and are given newfound respect by gold hungry humans.
  • When the Planets Align: Occurs once every one thousand years. With all the planets aligned, it causes all of their star system's Ley Lines to converge, which in turn can wreak havoc on delicate spells and hardware.
  • White Mage: White mages can use Healing Hands. Notably, this doesn't necessarily mean they can heal everything with magic or know anything about mundane healing. One white mage attempts to heal a concussion with a hammer, while Bleu makes some well intentioned efforts on Mango's many wounds that eventually require a real doctor to fix.
  • White Magic: Also, Holy Magic. It heals.
  • World's Strongest Man: The dragonslayer currently known as Ginger is considered to be the strongest dragonslayer to have ever lived. Pamplemousse says that destroying thousands of mountains would be nothing compared to her.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: The goblin king refuses a sack of gold and demands something useful like a chicken or a box of donuts, saying that they have literally whole walls made of the that "worthless gold". Then, war is averted with a happy ending when the true worth of gold is explained to him (and almost immediately goblins are reclassified from monsters to people by surrounding nations)
  • Would Hurt a Child: Even when it's Cherry, that's bad
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: More or less the nature of Mango and Bleu's relationship.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Popular legend claims that bane dragons can feed on souls.

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