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Delicious in Dungeon (Japanese: ダンジョン飯, Dungeon Meshi, literally translated as "Dungeon Meals") is a 2014 Fantastic Comedy seinen manga created by Ryōko Kui. The series is published in Enterbrain's Harta magazine. Yen Press has licensed its run in North America.

In a fantasy world of dungeon exploration, guilds go out on expeditions to raid dungeons, hoping to find the mysterious Golden Kingdom claimed to be the ultimate treasure of a particular island dungeon. Human knight Laios Touden and his adventuring team are saved from a Total Party Kill by a fearsome Red Dragon when his sister, Falin, sacrifices herself to teleport them all out of danger. Now she's in the dragon's belly, and it's only a matter of time before she's digested and it's too late to revive her. Laios and his friends must delve back into the depths to recover her remains - but there's not enough time or resources to buy enough rations for the trip. His solution: take advantage of the sprawling ecosystem of the dungeon itself by cooking the various monsters within into delicious, wholesome, dungeon-sourced meals.

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Secretly, Laios has always been fascinated by dungeon monsters and has wanted to try eating them for a long time. However, this is typically never done and Chilchuck (the party's halfling trapmaster) and Marcille (their elf mage) are opposed. On the first floor of the dungeon, the team meets Senshi, a dwarf and experienced dungeon cook who agrees to help and joins their party as Team Chef.

Every chapter shows this team of four traveling through the dungeon, introducing environments (such as forests and lagoons) filled with new creatures. The manga focuses on world-building detailed fantasy environments, and captures a daily-life snapshot of fantasy dungeon raids and those who embark on them.

Part classic Dungeon Crawler, part Cooking Show, Delicious in Dungeon is a quirky, funny, thoughtful exploration of the ecosystem of a fantasy dungeon that may make you very, very hungry for the strangest of foods.

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Compare Toriko and Shokugeki no Soma, both also adventure series about Food Porn.


Delicious in Dungeon contains examples of:

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  • 24-Hour Armor: Downplayed as he put down their armor regularly, but Laios and many melee fighters wear armor every time we see them. He even sleeps in it occasionally!
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade:
    • Senshi's mithril knife is the only thing capable of slicing through dragon scales. Being Senshi, he uses it for cooking.
    • There's also Shuro's sword which he uses to behead a sea serpent with one cut.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: One of the original ten golem cores had been lost due to Senshi dropping it down a drain when washing it. The core eventually reached the sixth floor and once it froze over accidentally created an ice golem.
  • Action Girl: Marcille, Falin and Izutsumi. Most female adventurers are this, really. When groups wipe out it's so far been due to lack of experience rather than the female characters being weaker in any way.
  • Action Hero: The modus operandi of you average party of adventurers. Monsters can't exactly be reasoned with and so fighting them is the only way to delve deeper into the dungeon. Subverted later on when Team Touden decide that talking with the Lunatic Magician would be a better plan than trying to fight her.
  • Adorkable: Laios, most definitely. He's nothing less than a huge monster nerd. He just loves everything about them and his enthusiasm is both endearing and infectious.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: While crossing an underground lake, Team Touden are attacked by a group of merfolk, who are then driven off by a kraken.
  • Amazon Brigade: Shuro's party consists of a group of badass female retainers, each an elite warrior in her own right.
  • Animal Eyes: Izutsumi has cat eyes thanks to her being a chimera.
  • Animal Motifs: Dogs for Laios. His Chekhov's Skill is doing an amazing impression of one and in Marcille's dream, she sees him in the form of a fluffy white dog.
  • Animated Armor: Laios laments his inability to cook and eat them, something that he'd been getting accustomed to with other monsters. Turns out they’re a kind of mollusc who mimic armour with their metallic shells. Senshi cooks them like shellfish.
  • Arc Villain: The Red Dragon serves as the villain of the first arc of the story. After its death, the Lunatic Magician takes over as the true Big Bad.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Shuro receives one from Laios of all people, when he suggests killing the newly monster-fied Falin.
  • Asshole Victim: The corpse hunters who stalk Team Kabru and attempt to murder them when they try to leave the dungeon. Kabru rejects the leader's offer of letting his party claim the reward for retreiving the corpses of two members of the hunters' team (who were still alive by the way, just unconscious) and instead stabs him in the throat. They kill the rest of the hunters and dump their bodies in a lake where they'll likely become fish food and so be much harder to revive.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Dragons are large, strong, and have near impenetrable scales. But there's a gap in the scales on the throat which is located near vital organs; attacking this gap will instantly kill the dragon. Team Touden kills the Red Dragon this way.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The kraken is basically a squid that's the size of a house. It's even killed and eaten like one.
  • Author Appeal: Delicious, expertly made food. Plus eating a healthy diet and just taking care of yourself in general. Ryoko Kui would like her readers to know that punishing and pushing yourself so hard that your output starts to suffer, is not a good way to operate.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • Teams who delve 24/7 and push to get as deep into the dungeon as they can in the least amount of time. Sounds badass but in reality it means they're wearing themselves thin, starving and getting overtired. Which leads to mistakes. Which leads to wipe-outs or even a Total Party Kill.
    • Marcille's way of harvesting mandrakes. Though it turns out her way makes them taste better.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Played with. Chilchuck is treated this way by the rest of the party because of how young he appears, much to his annoyance. In reality he's actually older than Laios, though Senshi and Marcille still consider him a baby because of the long lifespans of their respective species.
  • Bad Boss: Mikbell abuses Kuro's loyalty terribly. The other members of Team Kabru discuss how she's probably barely paying him and just giving him food instead. In all her interactions with Kuro, she treats him more like a pet than a person.
  • Badass Adorable:
  • Badass Beard: Senshi has one. When it poofs out after being washed, it's as wide as he is tall!
  • Badass Bookworm: Marcille, a high powered mage and the party's magical heavy who was top of her class at magic school and loves to read and study. Heck, even her dreamscape was a library.
  • Badass Grandpa: Mr. Tansu. Over two-hundred years old and still Dungeon Crawling!
  • Badass in Distress:
    • Every member of Team Touden is a bonafide badass and they've all needed rescuing from the perils of the dungeon at some point. Such as when Marcille was caught by a Man-Eating Plant or when all of them, bar Senshi, where possessed by spirits.
    • There's also Kuro's Amazon Brigade party of retainers, most of who were killed or badly injured by Falin's chimera form.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Laios mentions eating monsters around Falin, it looks like Falin is going to be horrified. Instead she is excited. Very excited.
    Chilchuck:: Guess you were worried about nothing, huh?
    Marcille: No, I was worried about this.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: The dryad flowers resemble naked humans but lack nipples or gentalia. Justified since they're plants and so pollinate each other through kissing and don't nurse their young.
  • Basilisk and Cockatrice:
    • A basilisk is one of the early monsters the party encounters. It looks like a giant chicken with a snake for a tail; it also has poisonous claws. Interestingly, the real head is the snake, and basilisk eggs look more like snake eggs than chicken eggs. Laios mentions that the cockatrice is a close relative to the basilisk which lives deeper inside the dungeon.
    • The party encounters a cockatrice later, and it's clear even at a glance that it's more dangerous than a mere giant chicken. The cockatrice is twice as tall, has a leaner body, longer legs and wings with claws on them, and more reptilian-looking eyes. Also, getting bitten by the snake head turns you to stone.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't waste food in front of Senshi.
    • Zon almost crushes Laios's head when the latter comments on the attractiveness of his wives. After Zon had asked him no less!
    • Don't get in the way when Chilchuck is trying to do his job disarming traps.
    • The normally chilled out Kuro snarls and growls when chimeras are near.
  • Big Bad: The Lunatic Magician. She cursed the residents of the Golden Kingdom with immortality, executes any who try to escape, attacked Team Touden with the monsters she controls, stole away Falin and mutated her into her chimera form and is just murderously insane in general. Even the people she's "protecting" hate her.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: One of the first monsters Team Touden encounters and subsequently eats is a giant scorpion.
  • Big Fancy Castle: The castle of the Golden Kingdom. It's so tall its hightest towers stretch almost to the top of the dungeon.
  • Black and White Insanity: Kabru seems to have elements of this. He has very strict ideas about good and evil and comes to conclusions rather quickly. He heard that Laios and Falin would bring money to support their former teammates who were injured. But the former teammates went into shady business in the black market using that money. So in Kabru's eyes, Laios and Falin are responsible for perpetuating the black market on the island and are thus evil and not to be trusted. He also considers anyone who seeks to profit from the dungeon rather than focus on destroying it to be evil as well. The second part becomes a lot more understandable when we find out his past; his entire village was slaughtered when the monsters from a nearby dungeon spilled out and attacked them. So now he sees anyone who wants to do anything with the dungeon that isn't destroying it as putting their own material gain over the lives of others.
  • Blatant Lies: Marcille telling the others that she is "the picture of good health" after being exposed to the scream of a mandrake. Both her eyes are pointed in opposite directions.
  • Blob Monster: Slimes. Senshi rescues Marcille from one that had engulfed her head, and then shows Team Touden how to prepare and eat them. Apparently they are a delicacy when dried.
  • Body Horror: Falin post mutation into a monstrous dragon chimera. She's been fused at the waist, centaur style, to a giant dragon/harpy type body. Everyone is horrified...except Laios, who naturally thinks she looks awesome.
  • Boring, but Practical:
    • It's suggested that the main reason the party succeeds is the simple fact that they eat well and get regular sleep, where many other adventurers survive off rations and delve 24/7.
    • At one point Marcille offers to disarm some traps with her magic. Laios says it's better to just let Chilchuck do it by hand.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Often happens literally since the entire point of the series is cooking monsters into Food Porn. Senshi's lists of ingredients will usually start out ordinary (oil, salt, vegetables, etc.) only to throw in some monster parts (giant bat flesh, sliced kraken parasite, dryad fruits) as the main ingredient.
  • Brick Joke: Laios's "Idea of a Cool Monster", shown when discussing the merits of chimera, returns nearly forty chapters later as a summoned monster within his dreams to defend himself from a shin.
  • Brown Note: Anyone, person or monster, who hears a mandrake's scream will immediately go insane. Interestingly, letting them scream before killing them makes them taste better.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Laios is a goofy, ditzy Nightmare Fetishist and a Horrible Judge of Character, and yet he's also a skilled and badass warrior capable of taking on some of the most dangerous dungeon monsters.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Comes up a lot. Just how close to human intelligence and appearance do monsters have to be before it becomes unacceptable to eat them?
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Ryoko Kui deliberately designed her cast so that they could all be told apart even if they swapped clothes. Each has their own unique features.
  • Cat Girl: Izutsumi is a beastkin (a human/animal chimera) of the cat variety. She has kitty ears and a tail and her body is covered in fur.
  • Chef of Iron: Senshi. He has to be since he lives in the dungeon full time.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In one minor scene Falin off-handedly mention that Laios is great at acting like a dog. This comes into play during the shapeshifter chapter where Laios acts like a vicious hunting dog to scare the shapeshifter away from its hiding.
  • Chest Monster: Also called mimics here. They're Chilchuck's bane, having been tricked and killed by them many times earlier in his career. A little different than typical mimics, the monster resembles a young hermit crab and uses larger and larger containers as it's "shell". It is even cooked and eaten like a crab.
  • Childhood Friends: Marcille and Falin. They met at magic school.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Team Touden will always stop to help other adventurers in distress despite the severe time limit of getting back to the Red Dragon in time to save Falin before she is digested. Turns out it wouldn't have mattered anyway since the dragon had been on the move rather than sleeping, meaning its metabolism was sped up far more than normal.
  • City of Adventure: The sunken kingdom has become part of the dungeon and is alive with dangerous flora, fauna and traps.
  • Clingy Costume: The suits they made out of the giant frog skins ended up like this. They didn't have enough time to tan them properly so the blood ended up sticking to their clothing. They ended up removing them between chapters. Marcille mourns that the outfit she was wearing underneath the frog skin was unsalvageable.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Rin towards Kabru. She rarely leaves his side and constantly gets angry and admonishes him for looking at other women, even if that wasn't his intention.
  • Cool Old Guy: Mr. and Mrs. Tansu, a pair of elderly gnomes who lead their own party of adventurers. They're both highly capable and Mr. Tansu also works a second job as advisor to the Island's lord.
  • Cool Pet: Kensuke the sword, half cool pet and half Living Weapon.
  • Cool Sword: Kensuke, Laios's Living Weapon. Later grows the symbol of a winged lion, the guardian of the Golden Kingdom and one of the only creatures said to be a match for the power of the Lunatic Magician.
  • Cool vs. Awesome:
    • Team Touden vs. the Red Dragon.
    • Later on, Team Touden, Team Kabru and Team Shuro vs. chimera!Falin and a flock of harpies controlled by the Lunatic Magician.
  • Creepy Changing Painting: The first living painting the party pass has eyes that follow them from panel to panel.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Laios's and Falin's hair and eyes are the same faded blonde/gold.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Izustumi has a pair. Makes sense since she's a cat beastkin.
  • Daddy Issues: In the nightmares chapter, it's revealed that Laios hasn't spoken to his parents in ten years. It's implied that they consider him a disappointment for choosing a career as in Dungeon Crawling and so have cut ties. So far we don't know whether their relationship with Falin is similar.
  • Dem Bones: Walking skeletons are a type of monster that can be found in the titular dungeon. They occur when a dead body is possessed by a wandering spirit and, because the ghost inhabiting it isn't the right one, the flesh rots off but the bones keep moving.
  • Demihuman:
    • Elves, halflings, gnomes, dwarves and orcs are the most prominent races. Laios argues with Chilchuck over whether or not fish-type mermaids are more monster or demi-human.
    • There are also beastmen in the setting, but they are artificially created when a beast soul and human soul are put in the same vessel. The effects of this can vary from relatively minor changes as we see with Itsuzumi who has grown fur all over her body and grown cat ears and a tail, to rather monstrous changes such as with Falin, who has turned into a giant half human half dragon monstrosity after being fused with a dragon soul.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Team Touden decide to use Senshi's adamant cooking pot as a shield against the Red Dragon's fire...forgetting the main reason Senshi converted his ancestral shield into said pot is because one of its properties is spreading heat fast and evenly. Cue Laios dropping the pot in pain after the first blast of fire burns his hands.
  • Disappeared Dad: It's never mentioned what happened to Kabru's father or whether he died with the rest of the village.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The Red Dragon. Just because Team Touden have tracked down and killed it, doesn't mean their adventure is close to being over.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Lunatic Magician views all dungeon crawlers as thieves and deals with said adventurers either by feeding them to monsters or burning them alive. Note that most of these unfortunate folks have no idea any of the residents of the Golden Kingdom are even still alive. They just see it as collecting resources from a culture that died out long ago.
  • Ditzy Genius: Laios is revealed to be one in the doppelganger chapter as he is able to pick apart the impostors and the real ones from how each of them behaves.
  • Downer Beginning: The manga begins with Falin being eaten by the Red Dragon, then two members of her team leaving instead of sticking around to help her brother rescue her. Fortunately it gets less depressing from there.
  • Dramatic Irony: The Lunatic Magician is desperately searching for the king of the Golden Kingdom...who the reader saw crawling up to the surface and promptly crumbling into dust. On the very first page of the series.
  • Dream Sequence: Chapter 42 is about Laios going into Marcille's dream to rescue her from a pack of nightmares that have trapped her there. It starts with Laios already in his own dream and quickly moves onto Marcille's once he remembers where he is.
  • *Drool* Hello: In the first chaper, some slime drips on Marcille's head from a crack in the ceiling. But the early warning isn't enough for her to avoid a Blob Monster to the face.
  • Dungeon-Based Economy: Delving the sunken kingdom is a mainstay of the region's economy, including supporting niche industries like body recovery, tourism, and maintaining campgrounds. Slightly deconstructed in that the upper levels of the dungeon have been picked clean already, so most of the wealth is from searching for secret passages, harvesting monster parts, or trading with the orcs and outlaws that decided to live in the dungeon.
    • Even more interestingly, a flashback with Marcille shows that dungeons are a natural phenomenon. Building one, even a tiny one in a glass jar, will generate magic and spawn monsters. Falin reveals she's extremely good at it, even carefully cultivating a cave's ecology to be a self-sustaining source of magic. The economy is based on making dungeons, not just looting them!
  • Dungeon Crawling: A major industry and social activity for adventurers.
  • Dungeon Maintenance: Basically the entire point, but particularly evident in the oddly convenient toilets set aside throughout the dungeons which Senshi is using to harvest fertilizer for his golem fields.
  • Dungeon Shop: The first floor has turned a cemetery into a social hub and marketplace. A few black-market shops have also set up in the lower levels, populated mainly by renegades and rogues. There's a village of orcs further down, too, but they’re usually not so into trade.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Falin dies making a Heroic Sacrifice to save her team from a Total Party Kill by the Red Dragon. She gets resurrected later.
  • Eats Babies: In an omake a human-type mermaid is shown eating a piscine-type mermaid's hatchling.
  • Eldritch Location: The titular dungeon. Really, just dungeons in general: they drip with magic, swarm with monsters and death itself is forbidden there.
  • Elves vs. Dwarves: In the past, elves fought with dwarves over the ownership of the island. Elves won, but then gave it to humans because it was too big to take care of.
  • Emotion Eater: The nightmares trap their victims in never ending bad dreams and feed on the fear they (the victims) feel.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: The dungeon is full of hostile fauna and flora, plus numerous traps. Marcille mentions that monsters differ from normal animals in that their aggression is stronger than their instincts of self-preservation.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Kuro the kobold has chimeras, soul fusions made with The Dark Arts, as a Berserk Button. Whenever one is near, he snarls and bares his fangs. Which turns out to be early foreshadowing that Izutsumi is a chimera.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Spirits freeze things with a touch. Senshi realizes that this has caused his bottle of "holy water" to become sorbet.
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: In a bonus chapter, the orc chief points out three different women in the village as his wives. It's unclear if this is standard practice for all orc men, or a special privilege of the chief.
  • Eye Scream: Chilchuck throws Senshi's mithril knife at the Red Dragon's eye and it hits dead center. This becomes key to taking the beast down soon after.
  • Eyes Always Shut:
    • Falin is drawn like this most of the time, though she does open them during more serious moments such as when she's possessed by the Lunatic Magician.
    • Mrs. Tansu also has them.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The series starts with one: Falin getting eaten alive by the Red Dragon.
    • Several newbie adventurers get caught, paralyzed and digested by man-eating plants.
    • One of Chilchuck's early deaths happened when he was stabbed through the throat by a mimic.
  • Fantastic Aesop: Eating monsters is a much better idea than trying to survive on nutritionally limited rations from the surface.
  • Fantastic Fruits and Vegetables: Pollinated dryad flowers turn into pumpkin-like fruits with human faces on them. Laios is appropriately excited to eat them and Marcille equally appropriately freaked out.
  • Fantastic Racism: According to Ryoko Kui's artbook, halflings suffer from discrimination. Although this is only briefly touched upon in the manga itself:
    • In one instance, Namari tells Laios to never buy weapons from a store run by halflings.
    • In an omake, it's mentioned one way to avoid mermaids is to bring a halfling on the ship. The halfling, who has sharper senses, will hear the mermaids' song first (and possibly die) while the other crew members steer to safety.
    • In one chapter when Marcille asks Chilchuck why he doesn't learn magic, Chilchuck says that halflings who come into possession of magical artifacts often end up being kidnapped by elves, never to be seen again.
    • According to Izutsumi, halflings are known as such due to a large number of them having a single foot cut off over thefts.
  • Fantastic Slurs: The orcs call humans, elves, dwarves, and halflings as long-legs, long-ears, depths-dwellers, and little men respectively.
  • Fantasy Metals:
    • Senshi's cooking pot is made of adamant. It was originally a family heirloom shield; but having no use for it and being more interested in cooking, he turned it into a pot, much to Namari's chagrin. Apparently it can withstand dragon's breath and the party even uses it to trap an angry undine in one chapter. It also spreads heat evenly when cooking.
    • Senshi's kitchen knife is made of mithril. It can even slice through dragon scales, though it doesn't have much effect since it's only the size of a regular knife.
  • Fate Worse than Death: The reason that Only Mostly Dead works is because when in a dungeon, one's soul doesn't leave the body right away. The trade-off is that if a resurrect spell isn't used, the person will become undead; their body into a zombie; their soul into a ghost.
  • Find the Cure!: One chapter involves Laios, Senshi and Chilchuck trying to find a cure for Marcille after she is turned to stone by a cockatrice.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Chilchuck wears them.
  • Fish Eyes: Happens to Marcille after she hears the scream of a mandrake. Fortunately it's only temporary.
  • Food Porn: From the Giant Scorpion and Walking Mushroom Hotpot to Mandrake and Basilisk Omelette, every recipe created is rendered in loving, mouth-watering detail.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Kuro snarling at Asebi/Izustumi hints at the fact she's a chimera since he reacts in exactly the same way when the newly chimera-fied Falin appears.
    • The first time Falin holds Kensuke, it immediately jumps out of her hands. Up til then, Kensuke had only rattled or moved when confronted with a powerful enemy monster. This is the first hint that Falin has Come Back Wrong and that the soul of the Red Dragon still lives on inside her.
    • The motif of a winged lion is everywhere in the dungeon, from statues to carvings to Living Armor, even on the upper levels. It turns out this was hinting at a real creature: the winged lion that guards the people of the Golden Kingdom and is part of the prophecy that might see the Lunatic Magician beaten for good.
  • The Four Loves: All are present in the series:
    • Siblings Falin and Laios are storge.
    • All of Team Touden are phileo.
    • Shuro's romantic love for Falin is eros.
    • All-Loving Hero Falin is agape.
  • For Want of a Nail: Mistakes on their map cost them a day of dungeon delving, and a trap caused them to lose three day's worth of food. The party was not at their best due to hunger when they encountered the Red Dragon, causing Falin's death, and the start of our story. Had things been otherwise, there likely would have been a very different fight with the Red Dragon. Considering their reduced party, with Senshi admitting he's not much of a fighter, were able to kill the Red Dragon without any deaths later, they likely would have been very successful.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Laios is holding one on the cover of volume one. It's part of a Running Gag of characters using cooking implements as weapons on the covers.
  • Gemstone Assault: Treasure bugs which, indeed, look like treasure, such as coins, rings, and even a tiara. While there are some that look like cut and polished gemstones, they haven't been encountered yet.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: The original Team Touden was this, with three women (Falin, Marcille and Namari) and three men (Laios, Shuro and Chilchuck) before Falin is eaten by the Red Dragon in the first chapter and the party breaks up.
  • Glass Cannon: Marcille. Physically she's in worse shape than the other members of her party and isn't very strong. However, her offensive magic is very powerful and she easily hits the hardest out of all of them during battle. Laios even tells her that he'd rather she not push herself too hard on the earlier levels since they plan to rely on her powers to take down the much stronger monsters below.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Team Touden are all heroic characters, but they don't hesitate to cut down the monsters of the dungeon, including demi-humans. Laios even lectures Senshi about how no one can ever know what a monster is thinking and so to try and treat them gently is suicidal. He's immediately proved right when Anne, the kelpie Senshi had become close to, tries to kill and eat the dwarf. Laios and Senshi kill her and they make her into their next meal.
  • G-Rated Sex: At one point, the party comes across three dryads pollinating each other. Senshi mistakes them for humans and thinks they're actually getting ready to do it.
  • Green Eyes: Marcille has them.
  • Hair Decorations: Marcille's hairstyle includes a small red bow.
  • Harping on About Harpies: The Lunatic Magician sends a group of harpies to attack Team Touden and Team Shuro. They're dealing with them fine, but then she sends in Falin...
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Laios, Namari, Kabru and Shuro (three warriors and a samurai, respectively) all wear full armor below the neck but lack helmets.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Falin shoves her brother out of the way and manages to cast an escape spell while being eaten by a dragon, saving the entire party and kicking off the plot.
  • Hidden Depths: Marcille knows how to make soap using animal fat and she was also top of her class in the magic school. Even bigger is her magic specialty: ancient forbidden magic.
  • Hope Spot: The brief period after Team Touden got Falin back before she is taken by the Lunatic Magician.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Laios, as part of his characterization as The Ditz.
  • Hunk: Laios and Shuro. Both are handsome and well built men.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted:
    • The series runs on this. Almost all of the dungeon monsters encountered try to kill Team Touden, only for them to kill and eat the monsters instead.
    • The Red Dragon defeats Team Touden in Chapter 1 and eats Falin, so they track it down to kill it and get her back. When they confront it and their plan goes wrong, it starts chasing them again until they can regroup and finish it off for good.

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  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Laios tries this on chimera!Falin. He seems to be getting through to her...until Kabru attacks and she goes berserk again.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each chapter is named after the dish the party cook in its pages, e.g. "Hotpot" and "Tart".
  • I See Dead People: Laios starts seeing a ghost after Marcille begins teaching him magic. At first he thinks it's a mana sickness hallucination and tries to ignore it, but the party later realize it's actually there and trying to communicate with them.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Though not directly mentioned in the manga, Ryoko Kui's artbook reveals that the human twins Kiki and Kaka count as this. The elderly gnome couple, Mr. and Mrs. Tansu, aren't their employers - they're the twins' parents, who raised them from infancy after they were abandoned by their birth family.
  • Jerk Ass: The corpse hunters who resurrect Team Kabru. They deliberately don't tell them how they died the first time (treasure bugs) on the off chance the bugs might wipe them out again, and so get the hunters even more money in resurrection fees. Later on they disguise themselves as monsters and try to straight up murder them. It does not go well.
  • Keet: Laios has his moments, usually while nerding out of monsters.
  • Kill It with Fire: Undines, oddly enough, considering they're water spirits.
  • Killed Off for Real: Any adventurers whose bodies are completely destroyed or who have been dead long enough for their soul to break away from their corpse. Only Mostly Dead stops working if there's no body to work with or no link left between body and soul.
  • Killer Rabbit: One of the monsters Chilchuck imagines in Chapter 1 resembles a small, fluffy rabbit.
  • Klingon Scientists Get No Respect: Dwarves value blacksmithing and mining above all other professions; Senshi's seen as an oddball at best for eschewing those in favor of hunting, cooking and farming.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Arguably the Red Dragon itself, everything after the party has reached it has taken a turn for the darker. Laios (temporarily) gets his leg bitten off, the party finds that they were already too late and Falin has already been digested, Marcille secretly knows dark magic (which allows her to revive Falin), and Falin has Come Back Wrong...
  • Kraken and Leviathan: Team Touden encounters a kraken while crossing the underground lake. After killing it, they cook up some grilled squid.
  • Lazy Dragon: Dragons the size of the Red Dragon apparently only wake up once a month to hunt and spend the rest of their time sleeping to maintain their huge bodies.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: When Marcille needs to cast a high-level spell complete with a runic circle, she undoes her hair first. Apparently proper hair maintenance is key to magic usage.
  • Loads and Loads of Races: This manga features many races as befitting fantasy story.
    • Beast Man / Petting Zoo People: Members of the the kobold race look like bipedal dogs. They also have sharper sense of smell.
    • Hobbits: Chilchuck is a halfling with keen senses. He is so light that he can avoid setting off pressure plate traps, and also has a very youthful appearance.
    • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Dwarves spend their time mining and digging holes underground. Males have long, unkempt beards. Females lack the facial hair, but both genders are short and stout compared to humans. They also have high interest in ores, gems, and minerals. Senshi is an exception since he likes cooking better than mining. Namari, a female dwarf, is highly versed in metals and weaponry.
    • Our Elves Are Better: Elves here have Pointy Ears, live longer than humans, and specializes in magic. If Laios is to be believed, humans in general think they're good-looking, especially the long ears.
    • Our Gnomes Are Weirder: Gnomes are second only to elves when it comes to magic. They also apparently can communicate with nature spirits.
    • Our Mermaids Are Different: There are two types of merfolk. The first is human-type merfolk, which look like traditional mermaids. They can sing enchanting songs to lure adventurers into the water. The other is fish-type merfolk (mermen), which wield tridents and look like fish with human arms. They're more fish than human though, since they hatch from eggs and spend their juvenile stage looking like regular fish. The two species are apparently unrelated, as a mermaid happily eats a juvenile merman in a side-chapter.
    • Our Orcs Are Different: Orcs here are Proud Warrior Race Guy. While their unsavory reputation as savage raiders is both justified and not as clear-cut as it appears, they value courage, strength, and honesty and dislike cowardice. Senshi is on relatively good terms with the orcs who live in the dungeon, which in turn make them treat the party relatively well. They have different standards of beauty than other humanoid races; according to them, elves are hideous.
    • Plant Person: Dryads are combinations of this and actual plants. Their main bodies are plants, but their flowers are humanoid and can move around. They're also monosexual, as there are male and female flowers. Pollinated flowers later turn into pumpkin-like fruits with human faces on them.
  • Local Reference: The series takes place on an island that seems like your average Medieval European Fantasy, except there are also characters who come from the "East". Which is basically medieval Japan, giving the creator an excuse to use some characters from her own country. One even joins the party later on so we have four Western-type fantasy characters and one Japanese Cat Girl ninja.
  • The Lost Lenore:
    • King Delgal is a platonic example for the Lunatic Magician. She's been searching desperately for him ever since the series began, not realizing a) he's already dead and b) he died begging that she be defeated.
    • Falin for Shuro. He had even proposed to her before she was eaten though she hadn't given him and answer and it's currently unknown if she returned his feelings at all. Later subverted when he gives up on trying to save her from her chimera form and decides to go back to the East instead.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: Kabru's team, another party of adventurers who don't know a thing about cooking monsters, occasionally take the spotlight and are inevitably all killed before the focus switches back to the main characters passing their corpses.
    • This has happened twice already - once with treasure bugs who paralyzed/stunned the entire group and they would've been possessed by spirits had Marcille not prayed over them, and again when a small, teasing argument between Kabru and Rin over humanoid mermaids caused them to be ambushed and killed by piscine mermaids.
    • They has been given more development in Chapters 32-33. They survived their last two encounters, one of which was against the corpse hunters who seem to be intent on killing them and profiting off their deaths. And they've figured out that Laios's party was the group that "stole their treasure", and think that they have unsavory motives, and are now making moves to stop them.
  • Man-Eating Plant: In the second chapter Marcille is attacked by some of these. Laios saved her, then asked whether being wrapped up by a parasitic plant's vines felt good or not. Later on they cook them into a tart.
  • Mr. Exposition: The series often has Laios info dumping on monsters, Senshi on cooking and proper nutrition, and Marcille on magic.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • What's the best thing to do when you encounter a fire-spewing trap? Use it's fuel and flame, perfect for deep frying! Find a guillotine trap? It's great for cutting up the meat of large monsters!
    • Golems are creatures made of earth moved by magic to protect certain parts of the dungeon. They're also great places to plant vegetables, especially since they can take care of themselves and maintain the good quality of the soil.
    • Senshi's cooking pot was originally a shield made of adamant. Having no need for a shield and being more interested in cooking, Senshi uses his shield as a pot instead. He takes advantage of the adamant's heat spreading properties for the mundane task of cooking good meals. Not to mention his cooking knife made of mithril. He also used his axe as a spit to roast the basilisk with.
    • Marcille gets petrified by a cockatrice at one point. While her team tries to find a way to cure her, they use her as a pickle press.
  • Mondegreen: Shuro is later revealed to be Japanese-like warrior whose name is Toshiro, but the Western-like cast misheard it.
  • Named Weapon: Both Laios and Marcille named their respective weapon. Laios named his living sword "Kensuke" and Marcille called her staff "Ambrosia".
  • Nightmare Fetishist:
    • Laios admits in the first chapter that he's always liked and been fascinated by monsters. It's part of the reason he wants to eat them and see what they taste like.
    • There are whole communities of people on the surface who are interested in monsters. Walking mushrooms and dragons are apparently two of the most popular types.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot:
  • No Body Left Behind: Thoroughly averted, since the party needs to harvest the corpses in order to get ingredients. This includes draining the blood, deboning them, etc.
  • No Name Given:
    • So far we don't know the name of Zon's son or Zon's little sister.
    • The lord of the Island hasn't been named yet.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted. There are toilets scattered round the dungeon which are maintained by Senshi. He uses them to collect fertilizer for his golem fields.
  • No Periods, Period: Played straight. We never find out how female adventurers manage their menstrual cycle while delving.
  • No-Sell: Marcille's incredibly explosive spell does absolutely nothing to the kraken. Turns out she just hit the wrong spot.
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: The piscine-type merfolk have hair despite being more closely related to fish than mammals. Later subverted when it turns out to actually be water plants rooted to their scalps.
  • Noob Cave: The first few levels of the dungeon. The flora, fauna and traps are mild enough that only total beginners tend to get wiped out there.
  • Once Per Chapter: Team Touden encounter a monster, Laios squees over it, they kill it, Senshi cooks it into Food Porn, Marcille freaks out over eating it.
  • Only Mostly Dead: There's some kind of hard limit on how long a body can lie around before being revived, but the magic to do so seems plentiful and non-costly, at least in the dungeon itself. In fact, it seems to be an aspect of the dungeon itself, it cannot be done outside a dungeon.
    • This is addressed by ex-party member Namari, who explains that losing even 1/13th of your body permanently (i.e. disintigration) causes resurrection magic to become far less reliable - and being turned to ash renders you permanently dead to all but the greatest clerics. Heaven forbid you get shattered after you're petrified.
    • It's also addressed even further in that meat of some kind is required for any kind of resurrection that involves either purely skeletal remains or heavily rotted remains - immense amounts of calories are needed for the body to both reform and get back to working order. As such, goat or pig meat is used. This also means that deep dungeon resurrections of such a kind are nigh impossible for this reason and one other:
    • While souls are chained to bodies after death, the bonds weaken over time, creating spirits. However, the moment a spirit is made manifest, resurrection becomes totally impossible as there's no longer any connection between soul and body. Falin was barely hours or days away from becoming a spirit. Marcille's envisioning of the bonds keeping her soul tethered to her skeleton is that only one decrepit bond remains, necessitating the elf's use of forbidden Blood Magic.
  • Only One Name: Senshi, Marcille, Chilchuck, Namari, Kabru...there are more characters known by only one name than there are those with full names.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Various types of dragons, of different sizes and strengths, live below the earth in the titular dungeon. The Disc-One Final Boss is a large, powerful red colored dragon with no wings.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The Lunatic Magician is a very powerful dark mage who also has control over the titular dungeon, allowing her to shape it as she pleases and control the monsters there. Bad news for anyone inside the dungeon at the time.
  • Picky People Eater: Kelpies never eat the livers of the humans they kill. Senshi is offended they would waste something so nutritious.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: When the party reach the Golden City, the tailors there make one of these for both Marcille and Izutsumi.
  • Plant Hair: Piscine-type merfolk attach water plants to their heads and store their eggs inside.
  • Portal Picture: When the party are starving, Laios jumps into a living painting to try and eat the food depicted there. It works but when he jumps back out the food disappears from his stomach and he's left hungry again.
  • Power-Up Food: At one point, Marcille runs out of mana and eats soup made out of an undine to replenish it quickly.
  • Public Execution: The Lunatic Magician executes members of the Golden Kingdom who had tried to escape and find help. She beheads them in front of the rest of the villagers.

    Tropes Q to Z 

  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Senshi reacts this way when Team Touden encounter a griffon. Unfortunately, this ends up attracting the griffon's attention and it proceeds to swoop down and carry the poor guy off.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Even tied up, Marcille's hair reaches her waist.
  • Red Herring:
    • The box that Chilchuck noticed during the mimic chapter turns out to be just that, a normal box. The real mimic was the much larger box in the corner.
    • During the doppelganger business, one of the Marcille's states that has mostly gotten over her issue with eating monsters, after having eaten all sorts of things like merfolk eggs. Laios realizese she is the doppelganger Marcille not due to that but due to her casually pouring out boiling water, an action that earlier in the story nearly got her killed by an angry undine. Marcille assumes that the merfolk eggs are what tipped Laios off, but is horrified to learn that that part was true, Chilchuck just made Laios keep quiet about that.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The dog form of dream!Laios that Marcille sees, much to his irritation since he had imagined himself as a badass wolf.
  • Rocket Jump: Laios sits on Senshi's indestructible pot while Marcille activates a detonation spell underneath it in order to get on the Red Dragon's head.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: King Delgal was the only member of the Golden Kingdom who managed to escape, retain his sanity and reach the surface to get help for his people. He kicks off the plot by promising his kingdom to anyone who can defeat the Lunatic Magician, i.e. the Big Bad who trapped him and his subjects in the first place.
  • RPG-Mechanics Verse: Largely averted; even though the world is clearly based on Dungeon Crawling and there's the occasional mention of monster levels, nobody ever talks about stats or refers to the world as anything other than completely real.
    • It is elaborated upon that some RPG elements, such as resurrection, only apply within the confines of the dungeon itself and don't work in the world outside of it. One of the proposed theories in-universe being that death itself is not allowed inside the dungeons and that souls are chained to their bodies after death, eventually becoming zombies if not treated quickly enough.
  • Samurai Ponytail: Shuro has one.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Shuro and Namari both leave Team Touden after the Red Dragon attack at the beginning of the series. Shuro intends to return to the dungeon to rescue Falin by himself, while Namari simply moves on to other work.
    • Kensuke flees during the battle with the Red Dragon. Chilchuck finds it again a few chapters later.
    • After he learns that killing the Red Dragon put a giant target on his and the party's backs, Chilchuck briefly tries to find some way to trick Laios and Marcille into giving up on Falin and leaving the dungeon for their own good. He fails and decides to stay with them anyway despite the increased danger.
    • Happens again with Shuro after he and his party face down chimera!Falin and, later on, he loses his fist fight with Laios. Believing he's lost Falin forever, he tells the rest of Team Touden that he intends to go home to the East and never return to the Island.
  • Shovel Strike: Senshi takes down three earth golems using a shovel. Appropriate as he was using them as gardens for growing vegetables!
  • Sibling Team:
    • Laios and Falin Touden, brother and sister dungeon crawlers.
    • There's also Kiki and Kaka, twins and the warrior duo of their party.
  • Sick Episode: After battling an angry undine, Marcille runs out of mana and becomes very weak. She's bedridden for a while and the rest of Team Touden, plus others, have to find a cure. Their solution is to make the same undine into soup and let her drink it since undine are full of mana.
  • Sirens Are Mermaids: Mermaids (the type that appear more human) in this setting can sing songs that hypnotize those who hear it to drag them into water. Apparently they dislike others joining on their song, as Laios finds out when he tries singing along.
  • Slap Stick Knows No Gender: While virtually every member of the party gets put into amusing situations, it's generally going to be Marcille who will be the current issue's Butt-Monkey.
  • The Smurfette Principle:
    • Marcille is the only female member of Team Touden (after Falin is eaten by the Red Dragona and Namari leaves, both in the first chapter) until Falin is saved and, later on, Izutsumi joins the party.
    • Shuro's team is an inverted example with him being the only man in what's otherwise an Amazon Brigade.
  • Spikes of Doom: Many of the dungeon's traps are either spike pits or spikes that shoot up from the floor.
  • Stealth Pun: The English title Delicious in Dungeon to D&D, Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Seems to actually be part of the dungeon ecosystem, with powerful mid-level bosses preventing deep-level boss monsters from forcing lesser species further up and overrunning the easier levels.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": There are many differences in the spelling of names between the official english release and the fan translated release. For instance, is it Laius Thorden or Laios Touden? It just keeps going from there.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Falin has them. Laios too, and it becomes this trope when he starts learning healing magic.
  • Taken for Granite: At one point Marcille is turned to stone by a cockatrice. The party use her as a pickle press while they try to turn her back.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • The newbie party that Team Touden run into are almost completely wiped out by a basilisk. When their leader is running from it, he turns his back and it kicks him with its poisoned spurs. Laios remarks that turning your back on a basilisk is asking to be killed. Needless to say, the last two members only survive because Laios and Senshi save them.
    • Kabru's party find a box of treasure and immediately start playing with the coins and wearing the jewelry. This despite the fact treasure bugs are a well known dungeon hazard. They all end up paralyzed and have to be rescued by a team of corpse hunters.
  • Total Party Kill:
    • In the beginning, the party loses all their supplies, is hungry, and is not in the best condition to fight the Red Dragon. Said monster would have wiped them all if not for Falin's sacrifice to distract it and cast a teleportation spell on the rest of the party.
    • Prevented again by Falin shortly after she was resurrected. Senshi accidentally detonated the Red Dragon's fuel sacs, and Falin's quick reflexes and new-found powers saved the party yet again.
    • Subverted when the party fights the Lunatic Magician. She defeats Laios's party and throws them into a pitfall trap; however, they are rescued before trap crushes them.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Strangely, Laios has one on the cover of the first volume.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Chilchuck throws Senshi's mithril knife, the only weapon that so far had any success, with perfect accuracy and devastating results into the eye of the Red Dragon. This move is a key factor in the victory, but he gets taken out of commission soon after.
  • Tragic Monster: Ghosts and zombies. See Was Once a Man.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Team Touden has Falin and Marcille after the former is rescued from the Red Dragon and, later after they lose Falin again, Marcille and Izutsumi.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Averted completely. Less skilled parties tend to end up wiped out while experienced teams venture further down and manage to come back alive.
  • Unfortunate Names: Twins Kiki and Kaka are a double whammy in Spanish. Kiki is slang for "screwing" and Kaka most likely sounds the same as "caca", slang for poop.
  • Was Once a Man: The zombies, walking skeletons and ghouls are the re-animated corpses and ghosts of adventurers who couldn't be revived for various reasons.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Briefly discussed by Laios and Chilchuck about fish-type merfolks. Laios argues they're closer to fish than they are to humans; therefore it's all right to eat them. Chilchuck is still turned off by their overall human-like features, especially since they're intelligent enough to use tools. In an omake though, a human-type mermaid readily eats a fish-type merfolk without hesitation.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Chilchuck telling Marcille to quit pressuring Namari to rejoin their party since abandoning her current employers would wreck her reputation as a hired adventurer.
    • Shuro gives Laios a pretty massive one when he learns that they revived Falin using black magic. He admits that in the same situation, he might have done the same thing, but Laios's blithe attitude about it plus everything else they did infuriates him.
  • When Trees Attack: In Chapter 1, one of the monsters Chilchuck remembers is some kind of evil looking walking apple tree.
  • Wild Hair: Senshi lives in the dungeon full time and has definite elements of a Crazy Survivalist. His hair and beard are so wild and caked with monster blood that they actually repel magic.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: The inhabitants of the Golden Kingdom were cursed with immortality by the Lunatic Magician hundreds of years ago. Constantly repeating mundane tasks, like polishing silverware they no longer use or growing vegetables they won't eat, is the only way they can stay sane.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Senshi sees little value in anything that isn't directly related to cooking. He tells Marcille and Chilchuck to throw out a bunch of "inedible treasure bugs," only mentioning offhand that they are actual pieces of treasure.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears but Team Touden have finally got Falin back, yaaaay! Oh wait, she's been spirited away by the Lunatic Magician and is now trying to kill them. Also she Came Back Wrong and Shuro intends to get all of them imprisoned (at best) for their unwitting part in it. Also, also the Lunatic Magician, a far more dangerous enemy than the Red Dragon, is out for their blood. Ouch.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Technically the Red Dragon should be called the Red Drake since it has no wings.
  • Younger Than They Look: Sort of a racial trait of all halflings in this setting. They lack the stout proportions of dwarves and gnomes, which, paired with their short stature and baby-faced features, makes most of them look like human tweens at the oldest. The only exception seems to be a few older or unhealthier individuals, who tend to take on sort of a gaunt, Smeagol-ish appearance.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: So the party finally slays the Red Dragon, gets Laios's sister back (with complications), and is preparing to return to the surface with the mission a success. All's well that ends well, right? But then a dark elf who is apparently the Lunatic Magician who rules the dungeon appears, drops most of the party through a hole in the ground to what is almost certain death, and takes Falin away, having plans for her as she is now half-dragon (due to being revived by Marcille using the Red Dragon's corpse as components. Now, Laios begrudgingly accepts that they have to return to the surface to restock on supplies so they can tackle the dungeon again and save his sister. Again.


Alternative Title(s): Dungeonmeshi

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