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:

  • Always Someone Better: Mango wins a major tournament and is proclaimed greatest warrior in the land. But it turns out, this only applies to her native kingdom. Upon leaving, she is repeatedly Curb Stomped by multiple parties, with the prospective Lolita Knights doing so the most.
  • 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 use Loophole Abuse to send two separate adventuring parties one after another.
  • Asleep for Days: Recovering.
  • 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.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The prospective Lolita Knight party fall victim to this to the traitorous princess of the elf kingdom and are reduced to her mind controlled slaves. Her control over them has grown strong enough to completely usurp their minds whenever she pleases, but since this eliminates the creativity that makes them so effective to begin with, the Princess usually settles for keeping their loyalty by manipulating their memories. As a result, they now act as antagonists to the dragon slayer parties, believing they need to kidnap the dragon slayer princess to save the world.
  • 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.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Do you know how many monsters attacked the farm? (A rare heroic variant)
  • Celestial Deadline: The raw power of the stars' alignment.
  • Child by Rape: Peaches's origin story. Female Oni are unable to bear daughters on their own and instead have their sons kidnap human women to mate with. Giving birth to Oni is difficult for human mothers and they frequently suffer Death by Childbirth. Even when they do survive, they end up as snacks for the Oni, who consider humans a delicacy.
  • 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.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Upon being Hoist By Her Own Petard and mortally wounded, the Oni Queen reconsiders the value of The Power of Friendship and dies wishing she had had a kind father like Peaches's.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Black and white. sometimes with splashes of color
  • Disappeared Dad: Mango's. She doesn't even know his name. He is eventually revealed to be a man named Steen Dragonsbane. Having never learned that Mango's mother, Passion, was actually a dragon in human form, she was Mistaken for Own Murderer when he saw her true form and she was forced to flee his wrath.
  • Doctor's Orders: An injured gladiator is not allowed up.
  • Doorstop Baby: Spoofed; the alchemist Cupcake explains that she doesn't know exactly what race she is, because her adoptive mother and mentor, Chocolate Explosion, found her lying in a box on the doorstep. Her immediate reaction upon seeing the box: "I didn't order this!"
  • 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.
    • Mango's father is a human known as Steen Dragonsbane. He has made it his life mission to wipe them out, mistakenly believing them to be responsible for the death of his wife. He is extremely strong and has only gotten even better at killing dragons due to the weapons he has made from their corpses.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Pretty much all 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.
  • Expansion Pack Past: Before Candy decided to become a Caller, she studied a lot of things, depending on what's appropriate for the situation at hand. That includes martial arts, lockpicking, carpentry, weight training, and a few other jobs.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Bleu Berry and Peaches.
  • A Friend in Need: Running to help Agent Vinegar against the dragon.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Bleu's name is considered a masculine one, and was presumably chosen because her father had really hoped his first born would be male.
  • 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. 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.
    • Cupcake does not know her true parentage, but is speculated to be half elf and half human due to having pointy ears like an elf and yet no weakness to Cold Iron like a human.
    • 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 Onni 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.
  • He's Back: The Oracle. Initially she looks like a confused seer and Harmless Villain, but as soon as she learns the one bit of information she lacked, she figures everything out instantly, gets her Vision back in full force, and promptly orchestrates a Thanatos Gambit.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This comic, which pre-dates Mega Evolution by a good few years.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Oni queen tries to kill Peaches and Bleu by throwing half the mountain at them. She causes a cave in that crushes her.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: To the goblins, Mango is a terrifying goddess of death and destruction.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: The elf Eclair wears a heavy iron armor breastplate. Iron usually causes them massive pain; Eclair turns out to be wearing it purely for the weight and pain handicaps.
  • 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.
  • Insistent Terminology: Cherry insists that she can "pfffft", and not teleport.
  • I Want Grandkids: Bleu's father wants her to find a husband and continue their line. Bleu would rather focus on school.
  • Konami Code: High Priestess Raisin often performs button combinations, the classic Konami Code being one of them, which according to her gives her infinite lives.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Lecithin respects Agent Vinegar for challenging him instead of just attacking.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: The Count.
  • MacGyvering: Candy fixes the seal with a brick, a sheet of paper, a quill, a half-eaten sandwich and two coat hangers.
  • Maternal Death? Blame the Child: In the past, human women who escaped their Oni captors and gave birth to the next Oni Queen were not considered a problem since their human husbands would abandon the resulting Child by Rape to be found by the Oni because of this trope. The current Oni Queen was subject to this. She is also rather outraged that her would be successor, Peaches, was raised by her adoptive human father with kindness, resulting in a non-ruthless female Oni friendly to humans.
  • Matter of Life and Death: This is why Bleu Berry must give a presentation to the class.
  • 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
  • Monster Lord: Female Oni are rare and though smaller, are also much more powerful than the males, usually ending up in charge of their tribe. When the previous Oni Queen dies, the Oni decide that Peaches is the new one.
  • 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.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: A shapeshifted fortune teller explains she's doing this — and her enemy is too overconfident to care.
  • 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.
  • Not Quite Dead: Chocolate Explosion
  • Obliviously Evil: Cherry
  • Oh Crap!: Cupcake's reaction to when Count Baklava turns into a Bane Dragon is quite literally, "Oh, censored."
  • 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. 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 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.
  • Parental Abandonment: The Oni Queen's father threw her out into the wilderness causing her worldview
  • 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 Limiter: Eclair is always seen wearing armor, which fits her concept as she is a swordfighter. But it's also made of iron, which hurts and weakens an elf (which she is) by its mere touch! She is also a graduate of swordfighting style with an insanely dangerous training method (most students either flee, die or go insane long before completing training) focused on enduring the touch of iron. When she goes up against an extremely powerful enemy, she drops the armor to unleash her full potential.
  • Quest: Two at once.
  • 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.
    • Pumpkin's inability to use a sword properly.
  • 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 attempted to break said dragons out of the seal for their own purposes.
  • 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 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.
    • 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.
  • Statuesque Stunner: This comic implies that Mango is at least 6 feet tall.
  • Summon Magic: Candy is a summoner who's very skilled at summoning rabbits, but not much else.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Bleu Berry and her father Goz (a dragon) get into a heated row. When she counters his threat to tear her to little pieces and feast upon her entrails by pointing out that if he does, he might never have an heir, he threatens to eat one of her friends instead. In response, she makes a presentation to her class on how to defend against dragon attacks entitled, "Discussion Intended to Educate Defence Against Dragons" (DIEDAD), which includes a diagram of an "entirely hypothetical dragon" labelled, "Generic Dragon - Not Particularly Based on Anyone's Dad".
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Peaches has this for the Oni Queen.
  • 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.
  • Thanatos Gambit: When High Priestess Raisin figures out the final piece of the puzzle to why her visions didn't seem to be accurate, she immediately sees that the best way she can promote her preferred future is to die right there.
  • 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 a ark 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.
  • Unbroken Vigil: Mango decides to believe that this was what caused Cherry to fall asleep on her bed.
  • Webcomic Time
  • White Magic: Also, Holy Magic. It heals.
  • Why Isn't It Attacking?: Agent Vinegar gets to ponder this.
  • 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
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Peaches, her would be successor, talks about The Power of Friendship, it drives the Oni Queen into a frenzy to prove her wrong, endangering even her own forces.

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