[[caption-width-right:339:Mango, Daughter of Passion]]

''[[http://www.dragon-mango.com 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 [[{{Animesque}} in a Japanese style]], though drawn by Canadian artists. The storyline [[CerebusRollercoaster switches from deadly serious to absurd]], [[MoodWhiplash 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:
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: The trope is discussed, with it being stated that most [[PlayerParty adventuring parties]] in that world are composed of 3, with 4 pushing it. When attempting to travel through a PortalNetwork that imposes a limit on how many people can go through at once, they complain about the trope and use LoopholeAbuse to send two separate adventuring parties one after another.
* BadassAdorable: Peaches and Cherry.
* BeastMan: Attacked the farm.
* BlackMagic: Destructive magic. Its combat uses mean it's not evil.
* BigNo: Spoofed in [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter05/dm05-10.htm 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?\\
"Okay, I was just askin'."''
* BilingualBonus: 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, [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos "One who can sleep forever is not dead."]]
* BoldInflation: A liberal amount of words are for more or less arbitrary reasons bolded. Usually nouns.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The ScheduleSlip is referred to by the characters. And {{exploited|Trope}}, since it allows the characters more time than the InUniverse time would otherwise give them.
* CallingYourAttacks: 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 {{Lampshade}}s how inefficient it is that dragonslayers tend to advertise their every move.
* CelestialDeadline: The raw power of the stars' alignment.
* ColdIron: Elves are extremely vulnerable to iron, but can [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower learn to resist it]] through TrainingFromHell. Afterwards they use iron armors as a PowerLimiter. [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter02/dm02-22.htm Half-Elves]] are completely immune to it, likely due to their human half's iron-based blood.
* CollapsingLair: The count's lair collapses [[ShoutOut exactly like]] Franchise/{{Castlevania}}.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: [[DiscussedTrope 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.
* DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel: The princess of Stalashen [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter10/dm10-27.htm wears]] a t-shirt that invokes the trope, saying "Kidnap Me ♥".
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Black and white. [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter05/dm05-47.htm sometimes with splashes of color]]
* DistressedDude: Chapter 10, "A Wuss in Distress", features [[IronicName Prince Badass]] offering himself as a VirginSacrifice to appease Lecithin.
* DoctorsOrders: An injured gladiator is not allowed up.
* TheDragonslayer: 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. [[spoiler: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]].
* EdibleThemeNaming: 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. There ''are'' exceptions, and Lemon {{Lampshade}}s it, commenting on what a stupid name Steve is.
* EngineeredHeroics: The [[spoiler:Dragonslayer deal]].
* EquippableAlly: Female Oni are able to transform animals and even dragons into weapons.
* TheExile: 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.
* GenghisGambit: 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.
* GoodOldWays: Mango fights monsters, the way [[spoiler:dragons]] used to.
* HalfHumanHybrid:
** 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, [[spoiler: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.
* HardHead: Some characters' concussions are expected to just "wear off."
* HealingPotion: using fighting the count -- and when Mango is found in the woods.
* TheHerald: As soon as the girls are accepted as Lolita Knights, a cloaked figure appears to urge them to reject it for a greater challenge.
* HumansAreCthulhu: To the goblins, Mango is a terrifying goddess of death and destruction.
* ImmuneToMindControl: High Priestess Raisin and Bonbon, Chocolate Cupcake's pet pig, are immune to Princess Phenylalanine's powers.
* ImpossibleItemDrop: Parodied; Mango receives a suit of [[BreastPlate fashion plate mail]] for swatting a mosquito, then wonders how killing a bug made armor appear. (Answer: it was a [[IncrediblyLamePun drop bug.]]) She later has to assure her mother that she didn't hack anyone for it.
* IronicName: 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.
* IWantGrandkids: Bleu's father wants her to find a husband and continue their line. Bleu would rather focus on school.
* LeakedExperience: Cherry gains a CharacterLevel from Mango's combat encounter, despite not doing anything herself.
* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: The Tarrasque shops [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter06/dm06-03.htm 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.
* MistakenForOwnMurderer: [[spoiler: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.]]
* MixAndMatchCritters: One of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many]] main characters summoned a hippogryff -- half-hippopotamus, half-griffin.
* MoneySpider: 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 ImpossibleItemDrop of fashion armor.
* MonsterLord:
** 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.
* MonsterProtectionRacket: Having long since [[SealedEvilInACan sealed]] most of the genuinely evil dragons, the Dragonslayers do this to continue to receive funding and glory. With the added twist that [[spoiler:they are the dragons.]]
* MorphicResonance: Dragons are capable of VoluntaryShapeshifting into the form of any creature they have tasted blood from, but they always retain a few draconic traits, like horns or tails.
* MysteriousStranger: Subverted. [[spoiler:Chocolate Explosion reveals the truth in the same panel where she appears.]]
* NominalImportance:
** Lampshaded [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter04/dm04-55.htm here]], when two characters introduced in a way that [[{{Retirony}} heavily]] [[RedShirt suggested]] that they were cannon fodder found themselves alive a number of comics later.
** Also lampshaded [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter10/dm10-12.htm here]], when Bleu figures that the overly designed guy is more likely to have plot relevant information than the highly generic townspeople.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Chocolate Explosion]]
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* OurElvesAreBetter: A LongLived pointy eared species with a weakness to ColdIron. High Elves tend to be drug addicts.
* OurGryphonsAreDifferent: [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter02/dm02-28.htm They're really cute]]. ([[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter02/dm02-29.htm And half-hippo]]).
* ThePardon: Long ago, Passion fell in love with a human man. The other dragonslayers demanded that she marry another of their kind because of their declining birth rates, but she ran away instead, leading them to permanently exile her from the dragonslayer areas. Even using her discovery that dragonslayers and humans can breed didn't lessen their anger for defying them in the first place. King Citrus eventually grants her a pardon on her daughter, Mango's behalf.
* PartialTransformation: One dragonslayer technique is to only partially [[spoiler:use their dragon forms, while remaining largely human]], allowing them to use their full strength even while disguised. Mango gets the inspiration to use it once during a competition. It is later revealed that the legendary dragonslayer Ginger used it on a regular basis. However, it requires a great deal of focus to maintain, and Ginger is the only dragonslayer in history to have enough to make practical use of it.
* PortalNetwork: 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.
* PowerCrystal: 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 Line}}s of magic power that can be tapped by sufficiently skilled magicians.
* ProphecyTwist: High Priestess Raisin predicts that the dragonslayer princess will break the SealedEvilInACan and doom the world. To prevent this future from happening, she tries to kill Cherry (extremely ineffectively). [[spoiler: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
* RPGMechanicsverse: There are references to stats, HitPoints, item drops, {{Character Level}}s, and {{Save Point}}s, though these are treated more like gags than consistent rules.
* RunningGag: Statues of Mango always get smashed, it's gotten to the point that they come in packs of two now.
* ScheduleSlip[[invoked]]: Character can get through a maze in a month -- from the readers' point of view.
-->'''Damn this erratic update schedule!'''
* SchmuckBait: [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter04/dm04-12.htm Free Meat!]] In the middle of a large red target. Next to a "Free Meat" sign. Directly under a sixteen-ton weight. And poisoned. [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter04/dm04-13.htm 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.
* SealedEvilInACan: 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.
* SecretShop: Tarrasque shops can get set up in some absurdly obscure locations. One member of the dragonslayer council [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter05/dm05-49.htm mentions]] that he found one behind a wall in a dungeon he had to blow up with a bomb to find.
* ShoutOut: 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 '''[[Film/{{Labyrinth}} 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 ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
** When the prospective Lolita Knights take out the boss of a castle, it crumbles very much like the titular [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}}]] does at the end of every game.
** Mango defeats a bunch of monsters, and after that she gets a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' win messages, complete with the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' win fanfare.
** While looking for her sword, Mango comes across what's totally not the [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Master Sword]], because if it were, someone might sue. And the triforce is upside down.
** Her own sword is found in a [[Myth/KingArthur Sword in the Stone]] routine.
** Raisin performs the Ritual of Contravity daily and thus has infinite lives. [[ClassicCheatCode It's Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start.]]
** Sharkey, God of Cheating, is a reference to the ''VideoGame/GameShark''.
** There's a sign for the World Gladiatorial Federation, [[Wrestling/WorldWrestlingEntertainment with the word Federation crossed off and replaced with Entertainment.]]
** Colleen, Sandwich, and Bleu Berry are dressed as a [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI White Mage, Black Mage, and Red Mage]] respectively.
** One opponent in the tournament is Grateman, who bears more than a slight resemblance to [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles The Shredder]].
** The poster of the Sherbert School of Incredibly Dangerous Swordplay has [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] on it in a pose closer resembling Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian with a girl clinging to him.
** The first thing hat happens when Lady Strawberry Cheesecake and Mr. Tea Biscuit enter the Sherbert School, [[VideoGame/{{Tetris}} tetriminoes]] fall on them.
** The explanation for what magic is is suspiciously similar to the explanation of [[Franchise/StarWars The Force]], including something controversal that starts with "midichlorió".
** The goblins get rolled up like a [[VideoGame/KatamariDamacy katamari.]]
** The password for the safety of Vinegar's cellblade is Film/THX1138.
** When trying to cheer Mango up, Cherry brings several familiar object, such as a [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros 1up mushroom]] (which has also appeared previously), a six-pack of [[Film/TheMalteseFalcon Maltese Falcons]], [[Film/TheWizardOfOz ruby slippers]], [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} the Creation Matrix]], [[Franchise/MyLittlePony Rapunzel]] (the pony), and some lost footage from ''Film/TheMagnificentAmbersons''.
** When Mango [[spoiler:is sentenced to death]], Berry [[Franchise/AceAttorney objects]], complete with properly formatted red "Objection!" text and pointy finger.
** The temple of Sharkey is hidden by a [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy 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 [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} 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 Literature/{{Momotaro}}, she's got three animal friends, and she fights [[{{Youkai}} 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 ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Japanese text included.
** The Literature/LittleRedRidingHood 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 [[spoiler:mind control and about to expose]] Princess Phenylalanine's plans, she [[Franchise/MassEffect assumes direct control]].
* SquishyWizard: 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.
* SummonMagic: They are called callers. Summoning tends to require GeometricMagic, but a sufficiently skilled caller can make do without it. Especially skilled callers can manifest dream creatures.
* TakeThat: [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter06/dm06-11.htm Makes fun]] of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' over the fact that it is StrictlyFormula and resets the entire plot every season or two, making all previous development meaningless.
* TapOnTheHead: Used to enforce the DoctorsOrders.
* {{Tomato surprise}} [[spoiler: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.
* TrainingFromHell: Lord Sherbert teaches the [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter04/dm04-15.htm ''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 [[ColdIron 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 UpToEleven so he can quickly graduate and rush to their help. Even Sherbert is surprised.
* TransformationTrinket: There exist special objects called dragon orbs. [[spoiler:Dragons have the power of VoluntaryShapeshifting 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.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Dragons can assume the shape of any creature they have tasted the blood of.
* WaddlingHead: Candy's summoned bunnies are basically giant rabbit heads.
* WebcomicTime
* WellIntentionedExtremist: 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.
* WhenThePlanetsAlign: Occurs once every one thousand years. With all the planets aligned, it causes all of their star system's {{Ley Line}}s to converge, which in turn can wreak havoc on delicate spells and hardware.
* WhiteMage: White mages can use HealingHands. 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.
* WhiteMagic: Also, Holy Magic. It heals.
* WorldsStrongestMan: 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.
* WorthlessYellowRocks: The goblin king refuses a sack of gold and [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter04/dm04-78.htm demands something useful like a chicken or a box of donuts]], saying that they have literally whole walls made of the that "worthless gold". [[http://www.dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter04/dm04-79.htm 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)
* WouldHurtAChild: Even when it's Cherry, that's bad
* VitriolicBestBuds: More or less the nature of Mango and Bleu's relationship.
* YourSoulIsMine: Popular legend claims that bane dragons can feed on souls.