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Manhua / My Wife Is A Demon Queen

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Alt Name(s): 我老婆是魔王大人
Release Year: 2017
Author: Rong Rong
Artist: DW
Listen up folks! I’m living my life with the demon queen!
Synopsis: Xiang Ye, near-friendless high-school student, whose parents have been overseas for years, goes to bed after marathoning an MMORPG raid event (the only social contact he has) on his summer vacation. He wakes up face to face with the Demon Queen of another world; Lady Isabella, Seventh Queen of the House of Osa, is steaming livid at her head priest for summoning a pathetic excuse of a "legendary hero" while a hostile army is ramming their front door. As the last of her magical power bleeds from her wounds and she takes on a human appearance, the summoning priest teleports them away, but enemy scouts from the near-psychotic Red Dragon Legion chance upon them and slaughter her guards, unaware of her true identity but all too eager to kill humans and demons alike. Xiang Ye's only hope for their continued survival in human lands is to proclaim Isabella as his human wife...

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  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: The author has a real fondness for illustrating the characters doing this. Even Dorona is shown pushing down on Isabella and Xiang Ye's heads when warning them about how dangerous Tols Angus is as Xiang Ye promised Sophisas vengeance for his adoptive father.
  • Anti-Magic: The "Absolute Belt", especially atop a particularly tall glacier, that leads to the final portal of the first half of the class tournament. In this area, nobody can use "boundary force." Fortunately for Xiang Ye and the forging branch, their special ability does not need boundary force.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: "Gold Alloy Crystal" is used by the "Forging" branch to make their drawings real.
  • Awesomeness Is a Force: The most powerful wielders of "Boundary Force" can use it not just to cast magic, but project killing intent into the environment to intimidate others. Xiang Ye first experiences it when facing the entrance exam at the CQC class. The fact that he was still standing, even if paralyzed with terror, is considered quite impressive.
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  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The entire forging class, including the teacher Ashtone Martin, and also the protagonist, are all extremely odd and easily excitable, but their talents at making weapons, armor, etc, especially once Xiang Ye "invents" modern equipment, vehicles, and weapons, is so vital to the Human Tribe that they can't be dismissed simply.
  • Cast from Lifespan: The ultimate "Gold Alloy Crystal" transmutes any solid material into whatever the user desires, but it also saps the user's life force. Martin, the only human wielder of the ultimate crystal, went from a Bishonen to a middle-aged moustachio with health problems in a few years.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: Xiang Ye proclaims that he was taken captive and enslaved by the Demon Tribe as a small child when faced with the Human Tribe's soldiers to explain why he doesn't have any knowledge of many human customs, politics, or "common sense."
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  • Cool vs. Awesome: Some of the fights in the second half of the tournament are real nail-biters because of the fighting styles and powers on display. As a prime example, the battle between Xiang Ye and Nainai.
  • Fantastic Racism: Humans and demons look down on each other, and a brutal war over resources has led to immense resentment on both sides.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The In Medias Res reveals a great deal that the author has planned for the ending.
    • Isabella will somehow get her full powers back.
    • Xiang Ye will become the king of the humans.
    • Xiang Ye will actively grind levels in badass like there's no tomorrow and it still won't be enough.
    • This will all take place before Xiang Ye reaches adulthood, so in four years or less.
  • Funny Background Event: Pretty much all over the place, but in the second half of the tournament, Aisi and Dorona learn that Xiang Ye is responsible for distributing figurines of them, at Martin's behest, and are not amused.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: Xiang Ye's contribution will bring many bits of modern tech to this new world, some of which is still on the drawing board, like mecha.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Both Humans and Demons have good and bad among them.
  • Gunship Rescue: Ayr and most of his CQC class find themselves about to drown in a lake, with a Kaiju bearing down on them? Along comes Xiang Ye in a speed-boat, picks them up, and then turns the boat into a submarine, armed with a mini-gun!
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Xiang Ye is looked upon as "useless lumber" because he doesn't have the ability to use magic, but when he joins the human "forging branch," his keen drawing skills and knowledge of modern tech makes him someone to be reckoned with.
  • Horned Humanoid: Aside from Isabella, without her "aura," and the priest who summoned Xiang Ye, all the Demons have visible horns.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Chapter 4 makes it very clear that some demons can be better people than the worst of humanity; the former (queen's maids) sacrifice their lives to save their queen from the latter (Red Dragon Legion), who proceed to rape and murder them.
  • In Medias Res: Chapter 1 shows Xiang Ye as the king of the Human Tribe and Isabella, as the Demon Queen, as his wife, with both of them Happily Married and going on adventures, then it segues into the synopsis above.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Isabella and Xiang live in the same room, but absolutely no hanky-panky goes on. In fact, Isabella would kill Xiang if he tried.
  • Internal Reveal: In chapter 115 Martin reveals to his peers Aisi and Dorona Xiang is the one who created all the interesting technology, as well as the figurines of them which are selling so well. This last part severely pisses them off.
  • Klingon Scientists Get No Respect: The Human Tribe looks down on the Forging class, as "useless lumber", because none of them can use magic. This is despite the fact that the forgers produce their tools, weapons, armor, and just about all the non-living stuff that people need.
  • Limited-Use Magical Device: Forgers can use standard magical attacks by crafting the appropriate sigil onto the alloy itself. There are two downsides to this. The first is the attack is typically weaker than a mage can produce. The second is that this will drain all the magic in the substance, and these alloys are expensive to buy.
  • Marriage Before Romance: Isabella Osa and Xiang Ye are officially recognized as a married couple before they start dating.
  • Not So Different: Aside from cosmetic differences, the demons shown to date could easily pass for humans, in appearance, culture, and behavior. In fact, Isabella does so, once she's lost her magical power completely and sports a human body.
  • Obligatory War-Crime Scene:
    • The story starts with one. At a truce signing ceremony, Isabella is stabbed in the back by her handmaiden and second in command, and the human Regent, who was there to sign his end of the contract, tries to kill her. If not for the brave bodyguards she had with her, who died in her place, Isabella's skull would have been collected as a sick trophy. Then there's the entry in Rape, Pillage, and Burn, and lastly, when Isabella and Xiang Ye arrive at the human's capital city, they are Forced to Watch the heads of Isabella's most loyal soldiers at the tips of spears in a gruesome parade.
    • Later on, the Imperial Leader and minister of agriculture attempt to donate rations to a demon refugee camp, but the Regent arrests most of the camp, and threatens to kill them all if the camp managers do not assassinate the minister of agriculture. Then he frames them for first-degree murder, orders their executions anyway, and even risks the life of the king by 'accidentally' loosening their chains while they are still on trial so he can play the whole thing up as an elaborate demonic assassination attempt.
    • Chapter 104 shows Regent Tols Angus, and Seto raiding the Eastern Tribe refugees for people fit for slave labor. When the cages are full, Tols Angus looks upon the rest and says "Kill." Seto orders the joint army in the area to behead them all, at which point, a couple of scouts from another tribe lampshade that Tols Angus is the Big Bad.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: In chapter 4, some human soldiers chance upon Isabella's bodyguards, shoot them with arrows, and then once they're crippled, proceed to rape them, just off panel, with Isabella's castle burning in the background.
  • Reality Ensues: A normal teenage boy, coming from a nation at peace, suddenly dumped right into the heart of a warzone, with no idea of the situation, culture, geography, or local politics isn't going to be able to do much. On the other hand, a normal teenage boy coming from a nation that achieved peace through superior firepower and technology, and then given a magical pen that can create almost any artificial tool imaginable? There isn't much he can't do; sometimes we take the wonders of modern-day technology for granted when compared to other world scenarios.
    • A king that's still a child is going to be almost entirely at the mercy of his Regent unless he's got a powerful mentor shielding him, and even then there's not much he can do to go against the Regent directly, regardless of the Regent's actions.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Combined with Shown Their Work. There exists a very vocal community among the fanbase that decries the actions of the Regent and the reactions of the King and Imperial Leader as "cartoony" or "idiotic." Such actions are indeed the reason hereditary monarchies are considered a poor form of government, at best, in the modern day. When the King and Queen choose a Regent to be the mouthpiece of their underage son, in the event the king can't continue his reign until the boy becomes of age, said Regent becomes the mouthpiece for the king, having all correspondence between the king and the people go through him. If the regent is a corrupt asshole who shifts blame for his misdeeds to the underage monarch, there's not much, if anything, even the king's wisest and most loyal followers can do to stem the tide, let alone stop him.
  • Real Politik: All the factions in the story act solely in their best interests in all they do, regardless of the methods.
  • Revenge Before Reason: So many follow this cause to the point of idiot plot territory. When somebody gets wronged, they immediately lash out without careful consideration of the consequences. The Regent exploits the hell out of this to start wars for his human supremacist agenda.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Though there is no ceremony, Xiang Ye and Isabella Osa were married, at sword point, or at least that's the effect of Xiang Ye making that declaration when he found himself unarmed, surrounded by hostile battle hardened soldiers, with Isabella powerless, and also unarmed.
  • Teen Genius: Turns out Xiang Ye graduated from college when he was 14, hence his extensive physics/mechanical knowledge.
  • Tournament Arc: Starting in chapter 57, Xiang Ye, Isabella, and all classes at the Royal Academy, are participating in a two-part tournament.
  • Trapped in Another World: Xiang Ye was summoned to the plains, and thanks to the Regent Tols Angus, there may no longer be a way back.
  • We Have Become Complacent: Most of the antagonists have gotten so accustomed to being able to throw their weight around that they've taken to simply sitting on their laurels while making everyone else do their work.
  • World of Badass: Everybody has to be able to kick ass. Not just the swordsmen, cavalry, and wizards. The forgers, and even the chefs have to have some kind of combat utility. Xiang Ye's knowledge of modern tools, equipment, and vehicles has brought the long overlooked "Forging" Branch to center stage.

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