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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.
  • Absolute Cleavage:
    • The lamia Melathia's huge tracts of land are covered by a top that is only slightly less revealing than pasties.
    • In Season 2, Episode 20, Malori is tied up and brought before Velverosa, who turns out to be wearing a nightgown that's open nearly to her hips.
  • 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.
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  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Among demons, authority is established through strength, with tournaments held to determine leaders.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heel Realization: After her extremely jerky behavior towards just about everyone, Malori realizes that she's been so focused on Vel that she treated her best friend Cedric, her demon friends, and Vel herself abominably and goes into a 10-Minute Retirement.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Cerik is a talented artist.
    • Malori is noted to be a surprisingly good cook.
  • 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.
  • Idiot Hair: Malori has it and it doubles as Expressive Hair.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Season 2 Chapter 5 has Fhaust state that Vel is a dragon, something only hinted at in Melathia's fanfics before, indicating that "demon" is simply a catch-all term for all non-human species, which includes orcs, lamias, and of course, dragons.
  • 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.
  • Made a Slave: Malori, in her childhood, done by her own biological parents.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Malori is barely an adult at 18 years old, while Vel is a seemingly-immortal demon who was grown before Mal was even born. Which is why she is fully supportive of a classmate's romantic interest in men (specifically, the human king) old enough to be his grandfather.
  • Milestone Celebration: Lampshaded and parodied with the celebration of Episode 69. (As in the sex position.) invoked
  • Mistaken For Pervert: Well, mistaken for a different kind of pervert, anyway. One of the 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, so she just has to live with it.
  • 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.
  • Noble Demon: Literal example aside, Queen Vel is shown to have an ironclad sense of honor. She calls out Malori for not having the same and team-killing her own hirelings just to get into her pants, and later questions whether she herself is doing the right thing using Malori for her mana.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: According to Fhaust in season 2, Vel is a dragon, despite this she is completely human-looking other than having horns, a tail, occasionally wings, and pointed ears. It turns out she can just transform between a gigantic, monstrous form and her usual humanoid self.
  • 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.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire magic is Malori's specialty.
  • Precocious Crush: Malori's been kissing wanted posters of Velverosa at least since she was seven.
  • Punch-Clock 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Sentimental Drunk: Vel gets very handsy while drunk, and at one point even giggles and says Malori is acting like her wife.
  • 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. The rest of the generals aren't quite as extreme as Melathia, but nonetheless still all offer their congratulations and approval assuming that Malori and Vel are dating now in chapter 71 (they technically aren't). Diannos went so far as to make sure they did not separate the two as they carried them back to the tower.
  • 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.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: In Malori's written words, her sexuality is "Uhh IDK I only like Queen Vel." When she encounters Vel disguised as a human, she can't initially understand why she's reacting like she is when she only does so with Vel, and even says that she doesn't think that she can love anyone but her.
  • 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.
    • In Season Two, Malori gets one of her own in the form of Princess Leora, after the king summons Malori to a royal audience and promises her "anything" in exchange for killing the Demon Queen. Malori asks if "anything" includes the throne, at which point the princess declares how much she wants to marry a hero.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Super Strength: Vel is shocked that Malori is strong enough to pick her up like it's nothing. Of course, Vel herself is still far stronger.
  • 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. Other notable incidents include her... interesting reaction to being halfway inside dragon-form Vel's mouth and at risk of being bitten in half or eaten alive, and responding to an unquestionably angry Vel strangling her with "Harder."
  • Transgender: Princess Leora (formerly Prince Leo), heir to the throne of Folstina.
  • True Companions: Malori and Cerik. As much as the Malori's antics frustrate Cerik and put him in harm's way, they have both been shown to care about each other, such as Malori making sure Cerik can safeguard the precious shed snakeskin he stole from Melathia's room, Cerik spending three days looking for the missing Malori after Velverosa nearly permanently killed her, and Cerik calling Malori out on her stalker behaviour, and Malori following it to everyone's benefits. They may frequently hate each other, and sometimes be the one that personally sent them to the Church in a coffin, but they care for each other like blood siblings.
  • 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 very angry/despairing over the prospect of Malori never visiting her again in the tower. Her generals see through it easily.
  • Uncertified Expert: Malori is way more powerful than most professional adventurers she meets, but hasn't actually graduated from the academy yet.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Malori's goals range from perfectly acceptable (marrying Vel) to laudable (trying to stop the war between humans and demons). Her ethics in pursuing those goals are initially nonexistent, and her behavior includes stalking Vel and teamkilling; the latter being so bad that even Vel goes off on her for it. She starts shaping up later.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Would Not Shoot a Civilian: When she attacked a village full of slavers, Vel cut young Malori's chains and let her live, because she was a slave and a child and not one of those who were responsible for enslaving demons.
  • 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.
  • Yuri Fan: Melathia writes yuri fanfic about Vel and Malori all the time, titled "Lilies in the Demon Tower."

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