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Dark Air (다크에어) is a fantasy/adventure manhwa written by Park Min-seo. It follows the adventures of a young boy mage named Melrose Silvringtinker and his companions, a musician/buffer named Mustain, a swordswoman named Shenandoah and a forest being named Forest Freelander.

One day, all of the Blue Air in the world disappeared, consumed and replaced by a pillar of Dark Air. It sapped mages worldwide of mana, draining them of their powers. All of them but one man: Vincent Zapa, the hero of Peynia, the "Master Lord." Except he isn't the only mage remaining, for Melrose is also still a mage. Though he won't be much longer, not if Zapa and the many, many teams he's sending after him have any say in it. Meanwhile, Mustain wonders where all of the Blue Air went in the first place...


Tropes associated with Dark Air:

  • Badass Adorable: Melrose, when his magic works correctly. Forest also has some elements of this.
  • Badass Crew: Everyone in our heroes team is a Grand Master in his/her respective field even Melrose
  • Big Damn Heroes: In chapter 28, Shenandoah is rescued from Sonic Boom by a pair of royal assassins sent to find and return her to Feynia.
    • Later, Forest aids Shenandoah in fighting off the Thieves' Guild when on his way to retrieve her.
  • Through His Stomach: Mustain bribes her to join him and Melrose with food and info on her sister.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Mustain for Melrose, Jack for Shenandoah.
  • Bishounen: Melrose definitely counts, as long at least as he is not crossdressing as a girl
  • Boobs of Steel: Most female melee fighters and there's quite a few.
  • Cat Folk: Misty Bell and Forest Freelander, a pair of "Beings of the Forest." We get to see Forest's tribe, all of whose members look like him.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Mustain's default expression.
  • Chick Magnet: Melrose, when he's dressed as a guy.
    • This seems to amaze (and annoy) both Mustain and Forest.
  • Made of Iron: Most characters, but Forest especially. When he steps on one of Pixy's traps, she warns him that raising his foot would blow it away. He does so anyways, because "his legs are sturdy." She's obviously unnerved by that.
  • The Magic Goes Away: And the plot is to figure out where it went.
  • Magnetic Hero: Melrose. Mustain finds him one day and decides to take care of him and Shenandoah and Forest both decide to hang around for his sake.
  • Mama Bear: Look at Melrose wrong and Shenandoah will hurt you.
    • Considering some of her reactions (like stuttering) to him getting close and the fact that she took the job of being his guardian the instant she saw him as a male while earlier she wasn't even interested in listening to the offer it is quite likely that her feelings for him, while strong, aren't exactly those of a mother protecting her child.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Shenandoah and Melrose, especially when Melrose dolls up.
  • Master Swordsman: Steven Siro Vai. He schools Shenandoah.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: The rangers' job. Forest beings are well known for being good at this.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The second princess of Faynia didn't want to be queen and took off like a thief in the night before the coronation.
  • Shipper on Deck: Emika for Melrose/Shenandoah.
  • Shoot the Dog: Shenandoah is left behind after the fight with Sonic Boom so that Mustain and Forest can save Melrose. This was her decision though.
    • Forest admits that he and Emika have no other choice besides this in 45.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Feynia, Faynia, Fania, Shenandoah, Shaenando, Mustaine, Mustain...
  • Squishy Wizard: When it does work, Melrose's magic tends to leave him very tired and he's rarely aware of how long it will leave him knocked out.
  • Status Buff: Mustain's main job on the team. He's strong enough to be a grandmaster.
  • The Magic Comes Back: Zappa uses the power of the Lau bloodline combined with an array of Blue Gate and Blue Road crystals to end the three-year Age of Dark Air. There's a catch, however - something that both Master Vidditch and Melrose can sense via 'something' in the Blue Air now present in the world again.
  • The Stoic: Forest. Mustain is of the Perpetual Smiler variety of Stoic.
  • Stripperiffic: Nearly every lady. You reading the series? Good, count 'em on your own time.
  • Super-Power Meltdown: This is how Zappa plans to create the true Age of Dark Air; by forcibly infusing every Magician on the planet with such an immense amount of Blue Air released from his Blue Gate: Triangle Release that they essentially VIOLENTLY HEMORRHAGE to death from all orifices due to being unable to contain that much inside their body. This includes such casualties as Master Vidditch, Melody Barnes, and even the two murderous Magicians from Chapter 1.
  • Supporting Leader: Melrose is the protagonist but Mustain leads the team and decides their next move.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Mustaine. Also Vai when he's not wearing his sunglasses.
  • Theme Naming: The Big Bad is named after Frank Vincent Zappa, the leader of the main characters is named after Dave Mustaine and the local cat boy is named after a Range Rover.
  • Too Much Information: though not voiced it was pretty much Shaenando reaction to Melrose telling her that while wearing a dress he can pee without anyone noticing, the fact that she most likely has a crush on him made this revelation so much more difficult on her.
  • True Companions: Melrose names the other three as his in chapter 19. Shenandoah calls him "baselessly optimistic."
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Melrose from time to time.
    • More like half the time. and it seems that he mastered this art so far that even the forest beings can no longer sniff out that he is a cross-dressing guy and not a girl.
  • Worthy Opponent: Viveke finds Shenandoah to be this, enough to be annoyed when her teammate tries to taunt her.
    • Steve Vai and Shenandoah, Misty Bell and Forest.
  • You Killed My Father: Melrose wants to take out Zappa for killing his parents, specifically burning them alive.