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Mage & Demon Queen is a webcomic by Color_LES.

In a fantasy world that is not an MMORPG, but operates by a lot of the same rules, teams of human adventurers seek to challenge the Demon Tower. Whoever can ascend to the top floor and defeat the Demon Queen Velverosa will gain fame and fortune and a rich reward from the kingdom.

But the queen is very powerful, and no party has ever survived a clash with her. One particular thorn in her side is Malori Crowett, a particularly powerful young mage that has repeatedly reached the top, only to have her party eradicated (fortunately, Death Is a Slap on the Wrist here.) But that's not holding back Malori, who is more determined than ever.

Not to kill her, oh no. To win her hand (and the rest of her body.)

And so a silly yuri Romantic Comedy begins.

Can be read here.

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Includes examples of:

  • Aborted Declaration of Love: Velverosa almost manages to finally confess to Malori and herself that she likes her... only for her to blurt out "I like killing you." instead.
  • Absolute Cleavage: The lamia Melathia's huge tracts of land are covered by a top that is only slightly less revealing than pasties.
  • Abusive Parents: Malori's biological parents sold her off to slavery when she was a young child, giving her severe abandonment issues, and an overly idealized view on the power of love.
  • Alternate Universe: Melathia is quite fond of making fanfiction involving Velverosa and Malori in alternate universes, such as with the roles switched, or in a school setting. It has also been subject to a holiday special, which imagines what would have happened if Velverosa adopted Mal after she torched the Wretched Hive she was living in.
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  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Among demons, authority is established through strength, with tournaments held to determine leaders.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Melathia told Malori that she would have to defeat Velverosa in order to romance her, due to the Asskicking Equals Authority culture of the demons.
  • Brick Joke: After realizing that Connoleth's disguise does nothing to hide her horns and tail, Velverosa downs a transformation potion that hides them, but also has a side effect of inducing extreme drowsiness. Many strips later, after catching up with Malori and sharing a Cooldown Hug with her, Velverosa just tumbles over and falls asleep — the side effect of the potion finally catching up to her (even though she has earlier dispelled its main effect).
  • Card-Carrying Villain: None of the demons are particularly evil. They fight adventurers because that's what they're supposed to do. Well, and because they're rather put-out that humans keep attacking them for loot and experience.
  • Charm Person: Vel theorizes that Malori might be a demon charmer, which would explain why everyone in the tower loves her. Vel is worried, because even knowing that gives her no protection.
  • Childhood Friends: Malori and Cedric. It turned out, he was actually the reason she got into adventuring in the first place, after sympathizing with her taboo interest in demons.
  • Child Prodigy: Malori has power way beyond what she should for a student who isn't actually a licensed adventurer yet. This is because a masochistic demon captured her and made her fry him with fire magic repeatedly just so he could get off on it. After two weeks of this, she was massively overpowered from all the experience gain.
  • Combat Stilettos: Velverosa wears high heels and has no trouble fighting in them.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Malori has no qualms about bringing parties into the tower to be killed just to get her to the top floor. She's also willing to fry them herself if there's any chance they'd harm Velverosa.
  • Cooldown Hug: Malori offers this to Queen Vel in Chpter 70. Queen Vel, still not trusting humans, refuses her offer and binds her instead, before coming in to hug Malori herself until she falls asleep.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: In one of the non-canon extras, Vel covers Malori's ears when Melathia starts reading out one of her erotic fanfics.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Both Malori and Velverosa have their own.
    • Malori's biological parents sold her to slavery in a Wretched Hive of a town, and she ended up being the sole survivor of said town after Velverosa torched it to the ground and inadvertently saved her. She was eventually adopted, only to lose her adoptive father some time before the start of the story.
    • Velverosa had parents who were largely absent from her life, one of her only friends being her beloved elven maid/caretaker, Fillonne. After Vel falls in love with a human who used and abused her powers, however, Fillonne is fired, Vel loses her friend, and her innocence, now believing that humans and demons may never co-exist.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: If you die in the demon tower, your body appears in a casket at the local temple. Although they'll throw you out instead of reviving you if you have no money left.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Even fighting Velverosa, Malori is distracted by her graceful movements.
  • Fetish: Cerik has a fetish for snake women and stockings. When he meets Melathia, he sheds Manly Tears, then sneaks into her bedroom and steals a shed snakeskin to snuggle with.
  • Flashback: A handful of them are used, to explain how Malori and Cerik became friends and adventuring partners, and Velverosa's life before becoming the Demon Queen.
  • Friendly Enemy: Malori has ascended the Demon Tower so many times that the demon bosses below Queen Velverosa just let her through, and in fact support her pursuit of their queen's heart! Said queen is not pleased at this.
  • A Glass in the Hand: Vel crushes the wine glass she's holding when she sees that Malori has brought party members with her to meet the queen.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: When she weakens Velverosa in combat, Malori has small angel and devil versions of her appear, representing her conflicting thoughts.
  • Idiot Hair: Malori has it and it doubles as Expressive Hair.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Since they were kids, Cerik has been getting the worst of the abuse and consequences of their adventuring, largely due to Malori's negligence or outright abusing him for her own purposes. Fortunately, he is quite capable of surviving most everything the world can throw at him. This is best illustrated by Malori healing him by throwing a glass potion at Cerik's head, dealing him -1 damage, before it shatters and dumps the healing liquid on him.
  • Jerk Ass: A lot of Malori's fellow adventurers are jerks, and she has little compunction about turning them into scorch marks if they give her lip.
  • Made a Slave: Malori, in her childhood, done by her own biological parents.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After lying to Cerik and leading him to his (temporary) death, and almost permanently dying after she miscalculated her savings, the cost of ressurecting herself, and the ramifications of torching some adventurers and part of the guild on impulse, Malori has an epiphany and decides to tone down the Comedic Sociopathy. She also realizes that her pursuit of Velverosa probably qualifies as harassment and resolves to give up on her.
  • Parental Neglect: Velverosa's parents were constantly busy with their duties, saddling her with the goal of becoming Demon Queen in childhood, but leaving all the love, support, and training to their staff.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire magic is Malori's specialty.
  • Reality Ensues: Surprisingly enough for a genre filled with escapism.
    • Determinedly trying again and again to win the heart of someone who has constantly, violently rejected you is more stalking than it is "fighting for love," and can lead to some serious consequences to yourself, your love interest, and those around you.
    • Casually blowing up part of the Adventurer's guild in a fit against some people who insulted your hopefully-future-wife is not without its financial costs. Malori almost rots away instead of being revived, if Cerik hadn't been so keen to investigate her and pay her debts off.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Vel appears to be in her twenties, but is over 200.
  • Relationship Upgrade: After 70 chapters while Malori still isn't sure how Queen Vel truly feels about her, she at least knows that she doesn't hate her as she falls asleep in Queen Vel's arms. By chapter 71, Malori is now an esteemed guest at the Demon Tower, and when she asks for a hug from Vel, she willingly gives it.
  • RPG-Mechanics Verse: The author has stated that the world is not an MMORPG, but it operates by most of the same rules. People have numerical stat boxes, they respawn after they die, and you can Level Grind by killing monsters (who are rather pissed at humans over this issue.)
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Velverosa insists Malori means nothing to her... while her tail is visibly wagging. Her underlings just want her to finally admit her attraction. She also feels a sudden, intense, inexplicable bout of depression when Malori decides to give up on her, and goes to great lengths and risk to the tower to try and get her back when it seems she's returned.
  • Shipper on Deck: Vel's lieutenant Melathia is especially enthusiastic about getting them together, to the point of writing fanfic about them.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: In Malori's written words, her sexuality is "Uhh IDK I only like Queen Vel."
  • Shout-Out:
    • In chapter 21, when Malori asks Cerik "What's a paladin?", which is an infamous quote from Ultima IX, made even more infamous by Spoony's retrospective of the game.
    • In Chapter 36, when Cerik wonders if Malori is on a honey moon with Queen Vel, he imagines the two of them embracing in the same pose as Himeko and Chikane from the end credits of the Kannazuki no Miko anime.
    • In chapter 49, Connoleth jumps a female adventurer and steals her outfit for Velverosa. She then dresses up the girl in "some old rags" for modesty's sake, with the rags in question including a Steven Universe shirt.
    • In Chapter 68, when Vel muses how praising how good a fight someone gives them is considered a compliment in the Demon World, the example given are demons wearing the clothes of Mulan and Shang, with 'Shang' giving 'Mulan' the "You fight good" compliment from the ending scene of Mulan.
  • Sleep Cute: Chapter 70 ends with Queen Vel falling asleep while hugging Malori, and Malori falling asleep soon after in Vel's arms.
  • Snake People: Melathia is a lamia. Which happens to coincide perfectly with Cerik's particular fixation.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Malori's primary hat. Her friend Cerik tries to call her out on it but she doesn't care, at least not until later in the story when things take a dramatic turn.
  • Storm of Blades: Malori's lightning swords spell creates several energy swords that launch themselves at the target. Velverosa can throw a storm of dark energy spears at a target.
  • Stripperiffic: Vel's standard outfit looks like leather BDSM gear. Strangely enough, she's rather prudish compared to Malori or Melathia.
  • Team Mom: Melathia for the demons — she's mainly concerned with trying to get Vel and Malori together rather than her job defending the tower. The author and her assistants nicknamed her "Titty Mom."
  • Too Kinky to Torture:
    • How Malori got her extreme power so young. She was captured by a demon that gets off on being fried with fire magic, and simply wanted her to keep zorching him repeatedly. And supplied free mana potions so she wouldn't have to stop. By the time he'd had enough, she had leveled way up and her fire magic skill had been cranked Up to Eleven.
    • Malori, in turn, is perfectly fine being exploded as long as it's Vel doing it. This also extends to being harmed by her in more conventional, physical ways, as the first thing she thinks of when an adventurer punches her in the stomach is how Vel hits harder and is way more enjoyable to be hurt by.
  • Tsundere: Velverosa insists she wants nothing to do with Malori, but becomes very irate when she mistakenly believes Malori has gotten over her. She also feels extremely down when Malori declares she's permanently giving up on her, and gets extremely angry/despairing over the prospect of Malori never visiting her again in the tower.
  • Uncertified Expert: Malori is way more powerful than most professional adventurers she meets, but hasn't actually graduated from the academy yet.
  • Villainous Face Hold: Vel imagines having Malori imprisoned and doing this to her.
  • Visual Pun: "Horny Mal" literally has four red horns sprouting from her head.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: As mentioned under Parental Neglect, Velverosa's parents were oftentimes too busy with their official duties that constantly took them to everywhere in their domain, being home for only brief periods of time.
  • Wretched Hive: Part of Malori's childhood was spent in one after her parents sold her into slavery.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: The Demon Generals are supposed to do this. But nowadays they just wave Malori through. Partly because she can easily wipe the floor with all of them, but also to facilitate her pursuit of Velverosa.

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