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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. The first season ran from August 2018 to May 2019; the second premiered on August 28, 2019.

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  • 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.
  • 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 Fic: 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.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Among demons, authority is established through strength, with tournaments held to determine leaders.
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  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Velverosa keeps killing Malori. That's about as belligerent as you can get.
  • 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.
  • Better Than a Bare Bulb: The comic strip pokes fun at just about every trope it uses.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Some people are born with Magic Crests, that look like birthmarks, and have exceptional abilities and powers.
    • Malori has one on the the left side of her neck that makes her a Demon Charmer, making demons be at ease and in a sense of security around her even when inactive and giving her Charm Person abilities with demons, though the title of Demon Queen comes with an immunity to charm effects, so it doesn't work on Vel. When she reflexively uses it to stop Vel's forces from attacking a human village, she makes the soldiers all drop their weapons.
    • Leora has a Mana Crest on the right side of her neck that gives her mana reserves a significant boost.
  • 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. (This is usually a benefit, because most demons use it so they don't have inconvenient protuberances making it hard to sleep.) 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).
    • Malori "accidentally" kills two hired adventurers while firing spells at Vel. Many pages later, Cerik runs into them post-revival, and has to give them a pile of gold as an apology. Turns to drama much later when they show up a third time with a couple of their own thugs, who start beating up Malori for revenge. Until Vel shows up and instakills the lot of them.
    • When a random adventurer steals the mercenaries Malori wanted to hire, Malori bombards him with spells until he passes out, so she can take them instead. After their lengthy misadventure, she disappears for a few days; Cerik eventually finds her still in her coffin at the church, and bullies the priest into letting him pay to revive her (normally against the rules). She thought she'd budgeted plenty for her resurrection fee, but it turns out her little stunt in the guild hall caused a lot of damage to the building—the restoration cost was automatically deducted from her savings, leaving her in the red.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Malori fell in love with Velverosa after Vel destroyed her slavers' village and freed her. Vel doesn't really remember; she was just sacking another human village and freeing demon POWs at the time.
  • But Thou Must!: Malori to Cedric:
    Malori has invited you to join her party. Accept? Yes -No- Yes
  • Cast Full of Gay: So far, the only straight character we've seen is Cerik (who only seems interested in female lamia). Vel seems to be gay and had a relationship with a woman before Malori, Malori is Vel-sexual, and the first question out of Alto's mouth when he hears he's getting a royal audience is "Is the king hot?" The author stated that the culture believes everyone to be pansexual by default, unless otherwise stated.
  • Childhood Friends: Malori and Cerik. 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. Cerik is the next highest level after her in the academy, and Malori is well above his level (60 to 89).
  • 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.
  • Continuity Nod: In Season 2, Episode 2, Velverosa is shown waking up in bed without her horns. On Twitter, the author explained that she took the transformation potion from the end of Season 1 for its intended purpose.
  • 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.
    • In a flashback, Leora's mother did this (ineffectually) when her father mentioned that he apparently recruited one of his allies by outlasting him in bed.
  • 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 to rot instead of reviving you if you have no money left.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Even fighting Velverosa, Malori is distracted by her graceful movements. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Malori is stunned when Velverosa breaks out of an ice prison, which coincidentally has her flexing her impressive arm muscles and showing off her chiseled abs.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Played for Laughs. In season 2, episode 1, King Albert Siegwald assumes that Malori's being one of the top students of the Adventurer's Academy, and her constant, repeated trips to the 100th floor means she absolutely hates Velverosa, will stop at nothing to kill her, and is thus humanity's best champion in their war against the demons. Anyone who has read up to this point will know that can't be farther from the truth.
    • Once more Played for Laughs, later in the season one of Malori's coworkers notices her staring at dragon-form Velverosa and assumed she was looking at her anus. He promises not to say anything about her fetish. Malori can't defend herself without explaining how she feels about Vel (and subsequently becoming a pariah in human society, among other consequences), so she just has to live with it.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: As seen in Dramatic Irony, the King believes Malori must hate Velverosa due to how many times she has attempted to fight her.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Velverosa is absolutely furious when she finds out that Malori hired adventurers as Cannon Fodder with the intention of terminating them after they'd served their purpose, and makes this clear with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Fantastic Racism: Neither humans or demons really like each other, for the most part. At one point, Malori suggests the king might be able to find a peaceful solution since the current Demon Queen hasn't done anything besides defending herself, but the king goes on a rant about how all demons must be destroyed so that humans can reign supreme. Even the other adventurers find this disturbing.
  • Fetish:
    • Cerik has a fetish for snake women and stockings. When he meets Melathia, the first lamia he's seen since his first encounter with them as a child, he sheds Manly Tears, then sneaks into her bedroom and steals a shed snakeskin to snuggle with.
    • In an omake strip, Melathia's fic series about Vel and Malori is rejected partly because it's chock full of fetishes.
      As the dragon is unable to live without her, the series ends in vore.
  • 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.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Parodied when Fenn appears to be guzzling booze. As she slams the bottle down, you can see that it's labeled "Juice," even though it's clearly the type of glass bottle normally used for alcohol.
  • Funbag Airbag: In episode 27 of season 2, Malori, walking around the demon tower lost in thought, accidentally faceplants into Vel's chest.
  • 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.
  • Human Resources: The tower's Magitek harvests adventurers' deaths, or simply their presence, for mana. Malori is a particularly powerful source, which is the only reason Vel decides to keep her around.
  • Infinite Canvas: Each "episode" is laid out as one huge column of panels of various shapes and sizes and positions, equivalent to several pages of a more traditional format.

  • In Vino Veritas: Velverosa is much more open about her feelings and affections towards Malori when she is extremely drunk on wine.
  • 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.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: Cedric and Malori designing and constructing a prototype stocking for Lamiae, in Season 2, Episode 3.
  • Jerkass: 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.
  • Love Triangle:
    • Both Fenn and Cerik are in love with Melathia.
    • Princess Leora is in love with Malori, who's in love with Vel, who insists that Mal is not her girlfriend.
  • Milestone Celebration: Lampshaded and parodied with the celebration of Episode 69. (As in the sex position.) invoked
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: After Cerik is "punished" by being assigned as Melathia's errand boy, she delights in bullying him for entertainment (and writing material). That said, she does like him (and doesn't mind that he's got a fetish for lamia).
  • 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 resurrecting 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.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Connoleth does this to a female adventurer to get a disguise for Vel. Said adventurer just happens to be a skimpily-dressed Dancer class.
  • Mundane Utility: The Player Inventory is explicitly a type of magic in-universe, and its most common use is for merchants transporting and storing their goods.
  • Neutrality Backlash: After joining the demons' side, Malori calls out Cerik for trying to remain neutral between humans and demons, because that's just letting people continue to suffer from the war. She urges him to join them instead.
  • Non-Heteronormative Society: The story has a Cast Full of Gay, and even the princess Leora formerly being Prince Leo doesn't seem to be an issue. Word of God says that the society basically assumes that everyone is pansexual by default.
  • 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.
  • Periphery Hatedom: Invoked in an omake. When Melathia's yuri novel is rejected, one of the reasons is a 0/10 troll review by someone who said he was het and only liked het, and read and reviewed it knowing he wouldn't like it.
  • Precocious Crush: Malori's been kissing wanted posters of Velverosa at least since she was seven.
  • 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. Even—especially?—if Death Is a Slap on the Wrist.
    • 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 mysterious disappearance, and pay her debts off in time.
  • 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. By season 2, Mal is having tea and snacks with Velverosa, and the pleasure is quite obviously, unambiguously mutual.
  • 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 and inventory grids that pop up as a window, they respawn after they die if they have the money to pay for it, and you can Level Grind by killing monsters (who are rather pissed at humans over this issue.)
    • A few throw-away lines explain that menu interfaces and inventory slots are all different forms of magic.
  • 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.
    • Episode 37 has Cerik literally do the TRY NOT TO CRY, CRY A LOT meme.
    • Episode 89 starts with a recreation of the intro meme from Skyrim, with Malori waking up in a horse-drawn cart with Alto saying they're about to cross the border. Malori glares at him, almost as if she's seen this joke before.
  • Sleep Cute: Chapter 70 ends with Queen Vel falling asleep while hugging Malori, and Malori falling asleep soon after in Vel's arms.
  • Suddenly Sober: Malori whips up a potion to cure Vel's drunkenness. Vel immediately collapses in shame for what she did while drunk.
  • Summon Everyman Hero:
    • The human king tried to summon a hero from another world, with the visuals comparing it to a gatcha game—they had a ninety percent chance of getting a Boring, but Practical ordinary hero. Unfortunately, the ritual apparently failed, and they never found their hero. Except Cerik looks very uncomfortable with the conversation...
    • Leora tries to summon a hero in a convoluted plan to win Malori's heart.
  • Technical Virgin: Velverosa believes that since she has always been the dominant one in every relationship she's ever been in, that means she's still "pure." The narration points out that this is obviously untrue.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wife Husbandry: One of the extra comics shows an AU where Vel adopted Malori. It mentions that "the road to yuri would have been much easier."
  • Wretched Hive: Part of Malori's childhood was spent in one after her parents sold her into slavery.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: In episode 66, Vel calls Malori by name for the first time, which gets her to stop and listen to her.
  • 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. They are actually seen doing their jobs when the Tower is closed, and either Cerik or other adventurers insist on climbing.

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