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Prince Vald of the kingdom of Alswieth must take up a legendary sword in order to defend his people, but the sword is cursed: having taken it up and used it, Vald now transforms into a demon every night if he is not magically restrained. He goes on a journey to find a magician who can break the curse, and meets Halvir Hroptr, a powerful but arrogant mage who agrees to break the curse if Vald escorts him on his travels. So far, so boilerplate Heroic Fantasy, but on Vald's first night with Halvir, Halvir succumbs to curiosity and breaks the magical shackles restraining Vald's curse — and decides that having sex with Vald in his demon form will both restrain the demon and feed his own magical power. The next morning, Vald wakes up refreshed, but with no memory of what happened the night before... except for some reason he can't stop staring at Halvir's mouth...

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And so their journeys continue, with Vald and Halvir acquiring companions and developing a strange bond as they travel through various fantasylands and encounter demons, dragons, and quarrelsome magicians. Depending on where you're coming from, Crimson Spell is either a fantasy with lots of gay sex scenes or a Boys' Love series with an unusually well-developed plot and setting; it's a genre hybrid that works better than most because it gives equal time to both elements.

Crimson Spell is licensed in English by Media Blasters' Kitty Media subsidiary with 2 volumes released. Tokyopop Germany is releasing it in German.


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  • Affectionate Nickname / In-Series Nickname: Valdrigr is called "Vald" and Halvir is called "Havi".
  • Alliterative Name: Halvir Hroptr.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: The three named wizards from Celeasdile are named Halvir, Halceles, and Halrein. It is later stated that all wizards in Celeasdile have the "Hal" prefix.
  • Androcles' Lion: Vald gains the help of a dragon he'd previously offended (see "Our Dragons Are Different" below) by pulling several spears from its side to free it from a poacher's trap, taking serious injuries himself in the process. The dragon is duly grateful, which doesn't stop it from telling Vald off for his lack of self-preservation.
  • Angst Nuke: Demon!Vald goes on an incredibly destructive rampage after Havi apparently dies.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: So it turns out that Vald is an expert crossdresser...
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Vald and Havi fight off a horde of demons in Zenedora this way in a rare Battle Couple moment.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Multiple characters towards Vald, but most prominently, it's while watching Vald sleeping off his injuries in an early chapter that Halvir vows to protect him always.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Rimris/Astador.
  • Berserk Button:
    • If you touch Vald in front of Halvir bad things are going to happen in your vicinity. Most likely along the lines of fire and magical strangulation. God help you if he thinks he's dead...
    • This also works in reverse. Don't hurt Havi, or Vald will turn into a demon and gut you.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Vald vs. Naughty Tentacles in one of the extras.
    Havi: It's called "the puppet which tells the truth". In Loki Dynasty, there was a magic-tool craftsman who wanted to know his lover's feelings...
    Truth Doll: It's a secret from Havi that I felt good when the monster caressed me.
    Vald: (crushes the doll) It's broken.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Halvir and Vald's argument at the party. Halvir is right that in his desperation to save everybody he can, he often disregards the safety (and sanity) of his friends, as well as that it's hurtful for him to reject Havi's affection one minute and then beg for it a moment later. But Vald is also right to point out that Havi's behavior was confusing, and that his freezing Vald out after a dangerous tangent adventure was unhelpful.
  • Boys' Love
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Havi ends up like this after interfering with a demon's attempt to kidnap Vald.
  • Bridal Carry: Havi has carried Vald like this on a few occasions, provoking a Luminescent Blush.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: And not a significant female character to date.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first installment, Havi calls Vald's demon form "ugly" (but says that he has no complaints having sex with him because the prince was so good-looking). In the very next installment, he says that he's seen monsters before, but none this beautiful. For rest of the series, he's just as into Vald's wild, bestial form as he is the human Pretty Boy.
  • Chekhov's Gun: At the beginning of volume 2, it's revealed that Havi stole a number of valuable Spell Books from the Wizarding School when he and Vald left, and has read them in the interim ("it wasn't as informative as I thought"). The books are soon stolen and subsequently destroyed, but near the end of the volume Havi uses a spell from them to resuscitate himself from the brink of death.
    • Havi's magical Chastity Dagger from the first extra. It fires during Vald's confrontation with Astador, allowing Havi to pinpoint his location and come to help.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Vald, to the point that Halvir, Rimris, and a dragon have all gotten on his case about it.
  • Closet Key: Halvir for Vald.
  • Collector of the Strange: Havi. He and Vald first begin traveling together because helping him expand his collection is the price Havi requests of Vald in return for figuring out how to break Vald's curse.
  • Cooldown Hug: Rather more than a hug, in this case. Also played completely straight at one point when Vald's demon side starts emerging while he's defending a village from monsters, and Havi embraces him to calm him down.
  • Covert Pervert: Implied to be the case with Vald. Much is made of his virtuous nature, and he asserts that his affection for Havi is the most important thing between them, to the point that his demon self calls him "sickening". But when push comes to shove, he's as insatiable as the demon.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Havi and Vald, mutually. Each refers to the other as theirs (i.e. "my Vald"/"my Havi") and don't want anyone to touch the other aside from themselves. Havi is the more overt case - see "Berserk Button" - but Vald proves just as bad, only better at keeping it under wraps. It shows most obviously during his demon transformations; during the Personality Swap side story, he threatens to destroy the world if Havi leaves him. Even normal Vald has his moments, as when he cracks a wall with the strength of his grip while watching Havi surrounded by women.
  • Curse
  • Cute Little Fangs: Demon Vald has these, along with the male version of Femme Fatalons. At least, Havi certainly thinks they're cute (until they're making his tongue bleed).
  • Destructo-Nookie: Havi and demon!Vald manage to bend the bars of Vald's cell when Havi is brainwashed. Human Vald gets in on this as well - when he first has sex with Havi, Vald slams him against the wall so hard it cracks.
  • Deus Sex Machina: Halvir's solution to Vald's berserk demon-possessed rampages is to have sex with him, which both calms the demon and restores Havi's magical power. It turns out magic users rely on sex for all kinds of benefits, as seen below.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Played for Drama following human Vald and Havi's first time together. Vald is too absorbed reuniting with Havi to find Ruruka, who was badly injured battling his demon form. By the time he finally notices Ruruka's absence, the bunny has slipped into a coma, and Vald blames himself and cuts off his relationship with Havi to avoid losing focus again.
    • Played for the typical laughs in the Lotus-Eater Machine extra. Havi simply can't resist an uninhibited version of his beloved prince.
  • Distressed Dude: Vald, several times, often requiring rescue from Havi. Overlaps with Badass in Distress; Vald is a skilled swordsman, but many of their opponents are mages, making Havi the better match.
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Both the plot premise (nobody was meant to touch Vald's family sword), and a general failing of the cast, especially Havi, who can never leave well enough alone.
  • Dude, He's, Like, in a Coma!: Given that Vald remembers little afterwards and is apparently not in conscious control of himself, Halvir's nightly frolics with Vald-in-demon-form arguably qualify as this. Ruruka certainly expresses such an opinion, and also chastises Vald for seeming a little too interested in Havi when he's unconscious.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Halvir has Dull Eyes of Brainwashing and Unrequited Love while under Gile's control.
  • Easily Forgiven: Vald seems relatively unbothered by Rimris trying to force oral sex on him, even expressing concern for the troubled sorcerer. Lampshaded by Havi, who snaps that nobody needs to spare a thought for Rimris.
  • Enemy Without: The Big Bad Astador came into being when Rimris was captured, tortured, and used for dark magic rituals by an enemy nation. His magic was corrupted, and combined with the emotional damage, Astador was the result.
  • Erotic Dream: Vald has one while Havi is captured, provoked by his anger at someone else touching Havi coupled with his confusion from Havi kissing him. Halrein sees him twitching and whimpering and assumes he's having a terrible nightmare, much to Vald's relief.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Havi, Ruruka, and Rimris all have confirmed or near confirmed feelings of love towards Vald, Marse has a soft spot towards Vald because he reminds him of his prince who died, and Halrein has been shown to get flustered around Vald whenever he compliments him or gets really close to him.
  • Evil Costume Switch: While mind-controlled, Havi wears much a more form-fitting outfit, is lacking his usual jewelry, and has an Ominous Opera Cape that does double duty, also evoking a Slave Collar with its thick clasp.
  • Evil Overlooker: One of the openings combines this with Evil Puppeteer, depicting Rimris holding up a slumped, shirtless Vald with marionette strings.
  • Evil Sorcerer: All the major villains are this, in order to stand as a credible threat against a magical prodigy and the channeler for a demon god. Astador in particular epitomizes this trope.
  • Evil Weapon: Yug Verund. It's even red!
  • Explicit Content: The sex scenes just happen to be layered onto a really interesting premise... (honest!)
  • Extreme Libido: Vald. When Havi becomes determined to end demon and Prince Vald's arguing by having a threesome, we see the trio dozing happily in the afterglow, with Havi wearing a self-satisfied smirk. Then both Valds sit up and demand to know when he'll be ready to go another round, and Havi starts to sweat. By the time they return to the human world, the twin Valds are carrying Havi.
    Halrein: (shaking him by the collar) Halvir? What happened? Were you defeated by the enemy?!
    Havi: There's nothing left....Not even one drop....
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: The demon who captures Havi for Gile has an eye in the center of his tongue.
  • Facial Dialogue: Demon Vald is mostly The Voiceless, so this is common for him. It's most noticeable in the Personality Swap side story, when he manages to have an entire argument with Havi without saying a word.
  • Fantastic Light Source: A fairy in a jar. (Vald sets the fairy free almost as soon as Havi's not looking.)
  • Fiery Redhead: In several bonus art pieces, Prince Vald is depicted as having deep, almost purplish auburn hair.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Vald, Halrein, and Mars while traveling to save Halvir during the Brainwashed and Crazy arc.
  • Forced to Watch: Inverted when Gile forces a mind-controlled Havi to attend him while he tortures Vald. Havi barely has the faculties to stand, much less to absorb what's happening, but Vald responds immediately to the humiliation.
  • Forceful Kiss: Precedes Havi and Vald's make-up sex at the party. After several pages of alternately arguing with Havi, ordering Havi to stay by his side, and crying despite himself, Vald finally opts for this. It works.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Both Havi and Vald seem to have forgotten that they met once when they were children when Havi helped Vald get over an illness and the two slayed a demon that was possessing Vald's father. Havi seems to have buried the incident in his consciousness, possibly due to embarrassment (he wanted Vald, who spent the story cross-dressing as a girl, as his reward). Vald genuinely just forgot about it as he grew up.
  • Freudian Trio: Between the three main adventurers, Vald, the most concerned with ethics and social mores, is the superego; Havi, the self-indulgent and amoral misanthrope, is the id; and Ruruka, the Not So Above It All shrine guardian, is the ego.
    • When dealing with his transformations, Vald and Havi switch places, with Havi serving as a chilly, decisive superego and Vald's instinct-driven demon form serving as the id.
  • Functional Magic: Several varieties show up, most prominently inherent gift, force magic, device magic, and theurgy. The inherent gift aspect also seems to affect the types of magic each practitioner specializes in.
    • Halvir is a Jack-of-All-Trades, using elemental combat magic and Healing Hands most prominently, but also displaying an aptitude for alchemy, divination and use of enchanted items. It's implied that his energy exchanges with Vald's demonic side are considered a form of theurgic Black Magic, with Halrein saying that the council of elders will "find [him] guilty" of tainting his magic by having sex with "that beast".
    • Halrein has White Magic-adjacent abilities, being able to freeze Vald at the point of death and revive a near-dead Halvir. He also uses Summon Magic to call the dragon while traveling to Gile's lair and mentions using combative force magic in his backstory.
    • Gile, as the resident Evil Sorcerer, uses primarily mentalism and Blood Magic, as well as scrying on the protagonists.
    • Rimris specializes in precognitive divination, but also uses theurgic Summon Magic for self-defense purposes, as seen when Havi blasts him with a fireball to test his abilities.
    • Astador uses black Summon Magic and mentalism.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Halvir's teacher Halceles served Vald's ancestor King Fleivangr, who was also cursed by Yug Verund; while there has not been much detail yet on what exactly their relationship was like, Halceles was clearly very fond of him.
    • In Chapter 37, Rimris reveals that he also served King Fleivangr, and implies that they had a sexual relationship. He uses this as an argument to try to persuade Vald to sleep with him, to Vald's great consternation.
  • Gentleman Thief: Mars has shades of this. He's courteous, well-spoken, and claims to have offered counsel to royalty in the past. He even leaves Vald's things untouched when he steals from their party in a signal of respect for his status and kindness. Unfortunately, this doesn't stop him from ending up in jail.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: When particularly enraged or aroused, demon Vald sprouts long, batlike wings. However, as he and Havi grow closer, Vald's mid-sex transformations are increasingly interrupted by the appearance of luminous, feathery wings.
  • Head Pet: The flashback to Halvir's childhood in Celeasdile shows that, due to a botched summoning spell, for a while he had an odd little googly-eyed creature riding around on the top of his head. It died protecting him from the effects of the dimension bug, and Havi didn't so much as attempt another summoning for ten years.
  • Healing Hands: A standard ability for magic users (even Gile has it). Havi combines his with a Dope Slap when Vald's recklessness gets to him too much.
  • Hellish Horse: Havi's, named "Fang." It has clawed feet, More Teeth than the Osmond Family, and it's omnivorous.
  • Hellish Pupils: Vald has slit pupils when in demon form. Along with the markings on his skin, his eyes are usually the first thing to change when the demon starts to take over.
  • Heroic BSoD: Vald flips his shit after he thinks he's killed Havi.
    • He also responds this way to a particularly bad blackout leads to him slaughtering a group of robbers in the second installment. Havi eventually has to drag him away before spirits drawn by the scent of blood kill them both, and it's implied that he doesn't speak for several hours afterwards.
  • Heroic Fantasy
  • Heroic RRoD: Vald continually pushes himself to this point, much to Havi's distress. He would have died after his rampage in Serasudel if not for Halrein putting him in stasis, and passes out for an indeterminate period of time following his Angst Nuke and battle with Ruruka. Then he almost immediately does it again to get the berries to heal Ruruka, leading to Havi giving him a tundra-level cold shoulder for several days.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A temporary one. In order to break Gile's mind control and avoid hurting Vald, Havi impales himself on Yug Verund. Fortunately, he gets better.
  • Hidden Depths: Mars, a vagabond and thief who claims to be a simple swordsman, takes on Gile, the sorcerer who brainwashed Havi and abducted Vald, off-panel while everyone else is dealing with demon!Vald's rampage. He wins handily, unscathed.
  • High-Class Glass:
    • Havi briefly dons a monocle in chapter 28 while working in an official capacity at a checkpoint into an imperial capital.
    • The wizard Astador, posing as Rimris in the imperial capital, wears a monocle in place of the real Rimris's round-rimmed glasses.
  • I Am a Monster: Said nearly word-for-word after Havi witnesses demon Vald's full destructive power for the first time.
    Vald: I apologize....for my behavior earlier. You don't know, but...I'm an atrocious monster.
  • Idealized Sex: In this universe, there seems to be no issue with unprotected anal sex with little to no preparation. And it's never explained where Havi is getting his lube from. However, much of this can be potentially hand-waved because, quite literally, a wizard did it. It does avert the common mistake of reducing male/male sex acts to only anal sex; manual and oral sex are frequently shown (in loving detail).
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Combined with an implied Mercy Kill in the case of Halceles and King Fleivangr, the original bearer of the curse.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Vald versus Brainwashed and Crazy Havi.
  • Important Haircut: Vald cuts his hair short when he leaves his kingdom to search for a means of breaking his curse.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Several characters remark on the sheer resilience of Vald's innocent conviction and instinct for self-sacrifice.
  • Insufferable Genius: Halvir, to the point where the only person who can actually stand him is Vald. Everyone else merely tolerates him for Vald's sake.
  • Intimate Healing: When Halvir is poisoned, Vald passes the antidote to him mouth-to-mouth.
  • Jerkass: Halvir, whose affection for and loyalty to Vald is basically his only redeeming quality.
  • Killer Rabbit: Ruruka is a near-literal example. He's the "sacred beast" an ancient shrine, goes toe to toe with a demon god easily, and seems to be pretty close to immortal. His default form is an adorable glowing animal that reminds Vald of his little brother's pet bunny.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: In a side story, Vald appears to have returned to his kingdom happily and tells Havi they can stay there together forever. He has no problem admitting his feelings for Havi and wants to spend pretty much all his time having wild sex. Ruruka is unconcerned for his prince and blissfully eats berries and lies in the sun all day. Mars and Halrein are preoccupied with gardening and pay no attention to Havi's conviction that something's up. But Havi being Havi, it takes him three months to get around to seriously investigating what's going on. Good thing for that Year Inside, Hour Outside...
  • Lovable Rogue: Mars.
  • Love Redeems: While the ultimate resolution is as yet unclear, Vald's love for Halvir seems to be having a redeeming effect on the demon god, throwing a wrench into Astador's entire plot - Astador sabotaged the creation of Yug Verund intending to join forces with and take advantage of the demon's power, but when Astador finally manages to put the demon fully in control of Vald's body, it's not interested in anyone other than "[his] beautiful wizard."
  • Magic Knight: Demon!Vald is capable of using magic, albeit far more likely to just tear things apart with brute force.
  • Magnetic Hero: Vald keeps acquiring followers. Lampshaded by Rimris, who says it's because he inspires an urge to protect him.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Vald and Havi have a penchant for this. Partially justified in that, as adventurers, they have limited access to actual beds. But they can find a cave, a half-destroyed shrine, a tomb, and on one memorable occasion, the balcony right outside a crowded party.
  • Marked Change: The first sign that Vald is transforming into his demon form is the appearance of black markings on his skin.
  • Meaningful Name: "Hroptr" is another name for Odin, and can also be translated as "the hidden one" or "the maligned one". Appropriate for a powerful, reclusive mage who was banished from his hometown.
  • Morality Pet: Halvir is this for the demon Vald. He may be an amoral force of rage and chaos, but his primary concern is the beautiful wizard who "embraced" him and made him briefly happy.
  • Morphic Resonance: Ruruka retains the same white and pink color scheme regardless of form. He also always has thick braids decorated with rosy beads.
  • Mugging the Monster: In the second installment, a group of robbers makes the mistake of assuming that because Vald is alone, he's a negligible threat. Wrong.
  • My Greatest Failure: Havi stubbornly refuses blame for unleashing the dimension bug on Celeasdile, but he avoids going back until Vald's quest makes it necessary. More tellingly, he doesn't even try another summoning for ten years, demonstrating that - if nothing else - he feels a deep personal guilt over the summoned Head Pet that died protecting him.
    • Halrein mentions that his was failing to save his lord from a severe wound. Like Halvir, it makes him reluctant to use the healing magic he couldn't channel properly before.
  • Mystical White Hair: Halvir, the aloof and incredibly powerful wizard, has floor-length silvery white hair. Also a case of Long-Haired Pretty Boy.
  • Named Weapons: Yug Verund, the crimson sword.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Many, many times. It can combine with a Don't Touch It, You Idiot! sentiment, or just reflect the huge amount of property damage that seems to reoccur around the protagonists. It would also be very helpful if Havi didn't have a way of angering most entities in existence.
  • Not Right in the Bed: Havi's most obvious clue that he's been trapped in a Lotus-Eater Machine in one of the extras is that bashful, repressed Prince Vald is suddenly all over him.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Between Mars and Vald when the thief tries to advise Vald on his love troubles. Vald attempts to explain his confusion over Havi kissing him, but Mars thinks he's talking about Ruruka.
    Vald: My heart is beating so fast....There must be something wrong with me. Perhaps because I was looking at his lips in such an impure way.
    Mars: (thinking) Looking at the bunny's lips in an impure way...
    Vald: What do you think I should do?
    Vald: ...I changed my mind. You can stay in there.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The first dragon they meet is starving to death and easily killed; the second is vast, and vastly powerful and refuses to help them because he can smell the death of the previous dragon on Vald. Vald doesn't help matters by declaring that he ate the previous dragon so as not to waste the body.
  • Painted-On Pants: Most of the characters have this to some degree as a consequence of the art style, but Vald's Unlimited Wardrobe seems to consist almost exclusively of the tightest trousers available in a Heroic Fantasy setting. Semi-justified; if anybody would have access to expensive tailoring, it would be Vald. Doesn't explain why he wears them to travel and fight, though.
  • The Peeping Tom: Ruruka gets an eyeful shortly after meeting Havi and Vald. Despite being the sacred guardian of a shrine, Ruruka is very much Not So Above It All and takes the opportunity to watch a return performance whenever he can.
  • Perma-Stubble: Mars, of the rough-and-tumble variety.
  • Physical God: Ruruka is close to this. Everyone else just doesn't realise it until he unleashes his true form and tries to fight Vald without killing him. ...Still doesn't stop Halvir from trying to kill him when he gets too close to Vald.
  • Personality Swap: In the Lotus-Eater Machine side story, Vald and the demon switch personalities.
  • Pet the Dog: Havi's moments of kindness toward Vald help to soften his otherwise disagreeable character.
  • Pocket Dimension: Havi has one where he stores his rarest acquisitions. He takes both human and demon Vald there near the end of the manga, warning them that nobody else has ever been there and he can't be held responsible if either one of them touches something and dies.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Vald sprouts little bat-wings when the demon's hold over him grows stronger, though they don't reappear in subsequent, less severe transformations. Later on, he temporarily manifests feathery white angel wings during a transformation brought on by his feelings for Havi. He has these wings permanently in his spectral form, implying that they're a manifestation of his humanity asserting itself over the demonic influence.
  • Power Incontinence: A problem from the beginning of the manga. At first, Vald's transformations seem to be limited to nighttime, but the more he relies on Yug Verund and the magic its curse offers, the more unpredictable he becomes. It's also complicated by Halvir's influence on the demon. Now that he knows what Halvir can offer, the demon has more than enough reason to assert itself during the daylight hours, especially if Halvir has left him to his own devices for too long.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Another side effect of Vald's more advanced transformation (along with the bat-wings mentioned above) is that his hair grows out. Afterwards he has to re-do his Important Haircut because of it.
  • Power Nullifier: Vald's enchanted cuffs. Havi tries to enchant one of his necklaces to function similarly without restricting his movements, but it doesn't go quite as well; while upset and in pain from an impending transformation, Vald simply rips it off.
  • Power Perversion Potential: All over the place, given the prevalence of Sex Magic. Most notably Played for Drama when Astador first attempts to kidnap Vald. Using the connection of the curse, he paralyzes Vald and then magically compels him to experience arousal as he's being groped and taunted.
    • Played for fanservice in one of the earlier extras, when Havi uses his expertise to synthesize an aphrodisiac and then temporarily enchants the demon Vald so he can't orgasm unless Havi allows it.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Vald's demonic powers seem to be at least partially linked to his emotional state, making him more vulnerable to losing control when he's experiencing feelings that resonate strongly with the demon, such as pain, anger, or lust.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Halvir and his teacher Halceles. Both have hair long enough to touch the floor.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Halceles was around when Vald's sword was forged. That puts him at about 500+ years old, even excluding the decade or so he spent trapped by the dimension bug. He does not look it. It's unclear if wizards are long-lived in general, or if it's just because Halceles is so powerful.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Ruruka in his "rabbit" form.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Vald. Cursed by his family's sword, he goes out questing for a means to break the curse, and never fails to get involved any time he sees people in need along the way.
  • Running Gag: Characters lampshading the Shmuck Bait presented by the cuffs that keep Vald's demon side under control.
  • Screw Your Ultimatum!: Vald doesn't even wait to hear what Gile wants out of him before refusing:
    Gile: I asked you to come to me because—
    Vald: I refuse.
    Gile: I haven't told you what I want yet.
    Vald: You cannot possibly be up to any good. I have no intentions of helping you with your plans.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Ruruka, trapped at the site of his previous master's death until freed by Vald. Also debatably Halceles, who was trapped along with Halvir's fellow students by the dimension insect until Havi came back to clean up his mess.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Vald is carrying a demon god around inside him. Good thing it's gotten attached to Havi's hot lovin'.
  • Seme: Havi.
  • Sex–Face Turn: Combined with Love Redeems, as seen above. After experiencing genuine pleasure and happiness with in Havi's arms, demon Vald loses his taste for wanton destruction.
  • Sex Magic: A major component of the worldbuilding, including:
    • The initial premise of the manga. Not only does sleeping with the demon Vald subdue him and help Havi heal him when he's in human form, it supercharges Havi's magic and appears to give him the ability to sense Vald's presence and the use of his power at a distance. It's implied that this would be true of anybody who slept with Vald (and possibly with Havi, as Gile asserts, given his prodigious magical power).
    • In one of the extras, Havi casts a protective spell mid-thrust that will send off a powerful Barrier Warrior attack on anybody besides him who touches Vald.
    • After Vald is initially kidnapped by Astador, Havi uses their simultaneous climax from Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex to disable Astador's connection to Vald and to transport them back to the human world. Basically, Havi loves this trope.
    • Rimris also utilizes it, using sex to fuel his prophetic visions.
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Astador impersonating Vald's little brother, Henri, in an effort to guilt Vald into fighting Havi. Vald is fully aware that it has to be a trick, but can't help getting upset.
  • Slave Collar: Astador puts one on the manifested demon Vald "until he becomes more obedient", causing Ruruka to rage that he has no right to collar a prince like a dog.
  • So Beautiful It's a Curse: Well, so beautiful, temptingly pure of heart, and magically powerful it's a curse. Everybody wants a piece of poor Vald, but he only has eyes for his beautiful wizard.
  • Spanner in the Works: Halvir's self-indulgent decision to have sex with demon Vald ends up tossing a massive spanner into a villainous plan over five hundred years in the making, well before either he or Vald is remotely aware that villain or plan even exists.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": There are surprisingly few examples despite the series gaining much of its following via fan scanlations prior to its licensed release. However, the official romanization of Ruruka's name, "Rulca," has not caught on with much of anyone (as demonstrated on this page).
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Vald's curse makes him the vessel for a demon god, which affects his behavior increasingly as he gives in and uses the power to defend himself and others. Vald's horror at the careless, bloodthirsty nature of his blackouts is the main drive for much of the early plot.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Type 1. Vald can deal a huge amount of damage in his own right but give Havi enough time to work the incantation and he'll call up a creature from an alternate dimension to do his bidding. That or Kill It with Fire.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Halrein is this initially, being the head of security for the archive Havi stole magical texts from.
  • Tsundere: Type A, Havi toward Vald. Type B, Vald toward Havi.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: The Lotus-Eater Machine side story ends this way, with Havi plus Vald and demon!Vald in separate bodies. Also happens near the end of the manga, when Astador forces the demon to the fore, allowing him to take over Vald's body and casting Vald's consciousness out and into a spectral form. After Astador disappears, the twin Valds begin bickering over who Halvir likes better. Havi declares that he loves them both and he'll prove it by, well. Loving them both. Complete with Screw Yourself.
  • Uke: Vald.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: We never see much in the way of luggage (although he mentions having some after Mars steals Havi's books), but Vald seems to have brought along an armoire's worth of clothing, including a Badass Longcoat, a cloak, multiple pairs of boots, and accessories like gloves and jewelry.
  • Violently Protective Boyfriend:
    • Havi will become engulfed with flames of anger when he sees someone has hurt Vald, and Ruruka, while not Vald's lover, becomes incredibly violent when something bad happens to Vald; interestingly, both refer to Vald as "my Vald."
    • Vald's demon is equally possessive of Halvir, and just as violent and destructive in his defense.
  • Wizarding School: Celeasdile.
  • Years Too Early: Vald, under the influence of the demon, informs the dragon he's fighting that it is "a hundred years too early."
  • Young and in Charge: Fran, the child emperor Astador advises.
  • You Sexy Beast: Halvir towards Demon Vald, naturally. He even calls Vald "my cute little beast".

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