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Monster Girls in the modern world.
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Modern MoGal is a Slice of Life webcomic about the daily life of Cute Monster Girls (and Men) who live in the modern world, and created by Taiwanese artist Han Jan, also known as Shepherd0821. His previous work was also another webcomic known as Friendship Is 4komagic, based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

As before, the original comic is available in Taiwanese Mandarin, but translated to English with the help of a group known as Retired Pyramid Head Scanlations.

The comic can be read on Shepherd's DeviantArt page and on his Patreon, which actually has a couple of exclusive strips for his backers.


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This webcomic provides examples of:

  • All-Natural Snake Oil: Snake Wine, which is actually a thing, but in this case it is just wine that has been used as bathwater by a Lamia girl. Medusa tries to do the same, with her snake-hair, but backfires.
  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Early in the series, it was suspected both Wendy and Carmilla were missing their dad and their mom, respectively. Later strips show that Wendy's dad is a lawyer and that they're indeed a loving family; Carmilla's mom was still a no-show though, until Carmilla's mini-arc, where she appears for a teacher-parent conference. (One reason fans suspected Wendy was missing her dad was that her mom sleeps alone, which hasn't been addressed yet.)
  • Ascended Extra: Levia (the Dragon Judge) was initially a secondary character from Jennifer's (the Werewolf Mom) backstory. She was so popular with readers that she eventually starred in a bunch of pages, introducing in one of them her father Dino, who in turn had his own backstory expanded with job and family.
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  • Big Beautiful Woman: While thicc characters are indeed part of Shepherd's Author Appeal, the one that takes the cake is Beth, mother of Levia the Dragon Judge Lady, with emphasis on [BIG].
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Courtesy of the first Maria-series we saw in the comic who is happily married to a cop. Upon learning the story of the other Maria-series robot, and how she wants to buy her freedom to go back to being the big sis for the poor girl she'd got attached to, she extorts a drug dealer into winning a charity auction meant to give funds towards the 2nd Maria's freedom, or she'll throw him in jail for being a drug dealer.
  • Bookworm: Played literally; one recurring character is a silverfish girl who really, really loves books... as food.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Dino accidentally scares two kids into soiling themselves when trying to join them as they play with his wife.
  • Cat Girl: One of the Grim Reapers.
  • Chess with Death: It's actually in the Grim Reaper rulebook that disputes between Grim Reapers should be solved with chess.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Ultimately averted, but Jennifer thinks this trope is in effect upon the reveal that Levia and Leo were once classmates at the same elementary school. Levia dissuades her of this notion when she explains she's only attracted to men taller than her.
  • Cool Big Sis: In one of the exclusive strips, one of the Maria-series robots ends up as the big sis to a little girl.
  • Crapsaccharine World:
    • A consequence of Robots being allowed to work is that unemployed people want to stop their production.
    • There's also the fact that Robots start their life as indentured servants that can buy their own freedom if they so choose.
    • People who get petrified by a Medusa are apparently just left there.
  • Cruel Mercy: Prison conditions have improved a lot, offering a lot of comforts, as a way to rehabilitate prisoners, but to the Cyclops girl, this is torture, as she prefers a brutal lifestyle.
  • Cute Monster Girl: The series runs on this trope.
  • Cyclops: Modelled on the Ray Harryhausen version, as seen in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, with a horn in the middle of the forehead.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: This comic tends to play with this trope a lot, for laughs.
  • Face of a Thug: Dragon Dad. He might look huge and terrifying, but he works as a voice actor.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Parodied in one strip where Chili the Harpy Girl, and her boyfriend, go visit a restaurant usually visited by the avian folk, where all the dishes are super spicy as birds are immune to capsaicin, the compound responsible for the sensation of hotness; Chili's boyfriend, however, is a human.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: The Djinn Girl, who does not understand the concept of credit cards, stocks and modern currency exchange.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The succubi sisters. Both are teachers, although one just loves to tease her male high school students, while the other takes her job as a kindergarten teacher seriously.
  • Fur Against Fang: Vampire Dad and Jennifer, the Werewolf Mom, don't like each other, but don't openly act on it because of their respective children. Vampire Dad doesn't like werewolves because he thinks they bite people and urinate everywhere, and is annoyed vampires always get compared to them. Jennifer, meanwhile, doesn't like vampires because she thinks they suck out your blood and getting bitten by one turns you into one. Eventually, Vampire Dad comes around to respect Jennifer's family, after Leo defends Carmilla when she's suspected of biting another kid.
  • Gang Bangers:
    • The Russian Night-Mare is seen doing the usual gopniki slav squat, vodka in hand and all.
    • The Russian Army MR-500's color scheme is the stereotypical black Adidas tracksuit worn by gopniki slavs.
  • Giant Woman: The Zodiac Beasts are giant Petting Zoo People based on the animals of the Chinese zodiac. In terms of mentality, they're Nearly Normal Animals, usually behaving like the animals they represent, but able to talk to each other like humans across nominal species lines.
  • Happily Married: Several couples are indeed this, including the werewolf couple, the vampire couple and the dragon couple.
  • Hello, Attorney!: A male variation with Leo, the attorney. Also, the Dragon Judge Lady is quite attractive and has become a fan favorite.
  • Heroic Dog: A dog gets run over while saving a girl, so Medusa turns the dog into a statue so everyone can recognize the dog as the hero it was.
  • Honest Axe: Played with, when the sister of the kid that was turned into stone by Medusa accidentally drops him into a lake while carrying him on a wheelbarrow. The spirit of the lake gives her statues of gold and silver of her petrified brother instead of her actual brother.
  • Hopeless Suitor: A young male dragon is trying to muster courage to ask the Dragon Judge Lady out, but is immediately scared upon finding out how her dad looks.
  • Horned Humanoid: Cyclopes, dragons, succubi (in their demon forms) and the Monster Under the Bed.
  • Horny Devils: The Succubi Sisters.
  • Hot Teacher: The Succubi Sisters.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Dino, the Dragon Dad is this to Levia, his daughter. Funnily enough, he's also the Tiny Guy to his wife, Beth.
  • Imaginary Friend: Jennifer, as a werewolf, likes to play with Wendy as her imaginary big husky puppy friend.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The Night-Mares are demon girls depicted with hooves and horse ears, which haunt people in their dreams to give them nightmares and sleep paralysis. Funnily enough, this is somewhat Truth in Television, as Scandinavian folklore has the "mare", an entity related to incubi and succubi, that causes sleep paralysis. Eventually, "Night-mare" became nightmare and took on its modern meaning.
  • Intrepid Reporter: The Z-News reporters, as they're zombies, so they're not afraid of dying.
  • Married to the Job: Levia the Dragon Judge Lady says she's too focused on her career as a judge to pursue suitors. Her Mom says maybe it's also because Dad is big and scary. Both Dad and Daughter think Mom is scarier, given she easily towers over Dad.
  • Megane: Chili's boyfriend.
  • Meganekko: The primary Grim Reaper, Bookworm Girl, the Succubi Sisters, and Zombie Reporter B. (Medusa's not this, as she usually wears sunglasses instead.)
  • Monster of the Week: The characters featured change quite often, although several have become fan favorites and have returned.
  • Mundane Utility: Several monster girls use their "powers" for mundane stuff. Kuchisake uses her big mouth to eat a Huge Mac in a single gulp, Medusa uses her snakes in lieu of a straw, and so on.
  • Name's the Same: Invoked Trope In-Universe, when the Maria we're more familiar with ends up meeting a fellow Maria-series robot.
  • No Name Given: Plenty of the monster girls featured don't get names.
  • Origins Episode: For Maria the Robot Wife, Jennifer the Werewolf Mom, and the Meganekko Grim Reaper.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Jennifer normally transforms into a werewolf with the full moon, but can induce the transformation herself; in one strip, she inadvertently transforms in her sleep. Her alter-ego is a wolfwoman.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Zombies retain their consciousness, and do not die even when their head is removed.
  • Paranormal Investigation: One of the first print-exclusive stories revolves around some vloggers investigating a supposed haunting at a mansion. Turns out they're actually skeptics of everything paranormal and just use their show to stay for free at places, despite one of them being an Elf.
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor: In-Universe. Dino, the Dragon Dad, remarks that his usual roles as a voice actor have him doing the voice for monster characters, including Notzilla.
  • Planet of Steves: As shown in the comic, there's more than one Maria, because she's a mass-produced robot girl.
  • Playing Both Sides: The merchant Elf girl sells equipment to both Vampire Dad and Werewolf Mom.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Invoked In-Universe, in Levia's parents' backstory and how they met. On one show, Dino, the Dragon Dad, got fascinated by his co-star's voice and wanted to meet her, as Beth, the Dragon Mom, was in her own dedicated recording studio. At first, Dino thought it was because she was some sort of idol actress, but it turned out that it was because her studio was a warehouse because she's that big. This eventually led to a relationship, and then marriage.
  • Robotic Spouse: Maria, who is equipped with machine guns and rocket launchers.
  • Romance on the Set: In-Universe. How Levia's parents met.
  • Rotating Protagonist: Mixing both new and returning characters. Some pop up as cameos in others' strips.
  • Scare 'em Straight: The Kindergarten Teacher uses her Succubi powers to scare a young bully and the devil that sits on his shoulder into behaving properly.
  • Scary Teeth: Dino's teeth are very prominent, even though he's a nice guy.
  • Secret Identity: Wendy doesn't know her mom's a werewolf; she thinks they're two different people.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Chili is her boyfriend's kohai.
  • Servant Race: The Robots, which can buy their freedom if their owner is not to their liking. Corporations actually make a profit off this, as owners will just use the buyout money to buy a new one instead.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: The Year-of-the-Pig monster is actually pretty cute once all her wild hair gets all wet and revealed as a giant monster-girl.
  • Shout-Out:
    • A strip revolving around the Meganekko Grim Reaper features Gunnery Sgt. Hartman as her drill instructor in the afterlife, even spouting some of his famous quotes.
    • Vampire Daughter's name is Carmilla.
    • In one strip, Vampire Dad reads Dracula on the train.
  • Showgirl Skirt: Parodied in one of the strips, in which Chili, the Harpy Girl, refers to a new fashion among monster girls with tails, where they cut the backside of their skirts.
  • Skewed Priorities: The Bookworm steps in to save someone from falling books... because she was worried about the books.
  • Slasher Smile: Maria-series discusses with her husband that her facial expression function has malfunctioned leaving her with a smiling expression. Cue the husband accidentally pissing her off and looking terrifying in the process.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Adds to Dino's Face of a Thug look.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: A Lamia girl sells medicinal wine, made out of her bathwater.
  • Strangely Arousing: Beth, the Dragon Mom, licks one of her breasts clean after a tomato fell off her burger onto her chest, causing Dino, the Dragon Dad, to have this reaction.
  • The Needs of the Many: Discussed by the two active grim reapers we've seen so far in the comic, although they discuss in a way to maximize souls they reap.
  • The Reveal: Ever since it was shown how big and scary the father of the Dragon Judge Lady was, people were asking about her mom. Turns out the mom is much bigger than the dad.
  • The Unmasqued World: Monsters live openly among humans.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: The Monster Under the Bed, who's prone to lurking under any furniture available; naturally enough, when it comes time for her to sleep, she does it under her bed rather than on it.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Levia's dad, the big hulking scary dragon? He's the Tiny guy compared to his wife.
  • Unfortunate Item Swap: In one of the exclusive strips, a poor family is on the receiving end when they accidentally get a delivery of a Maria-series robot. The girl of the family and the Maria-series, despite her snark, quickly grow attached to each other. Eventually, the rightful owner comes to pick the Maria-series up. They get reunited when Maria buys her freedom.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Before they meet, Dino has a very different impression of Beth based on her voice compared to how she actually looks.
  • Voices in One Room: In-Universe. Beth averting this and Dino wanting to play it straight is what leads to them meeting.
  • WcDonald's: W-Burger, and its "Huge Mac".
  • Weight Woe: Beth, the Dragon Mom, asks Dino, the Dragon Dad, if she has gained weight recently and if he can help her measure it. He does by measuring the ripples in a glass of water as she walks by a jeep.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Aside from the origins episodes, there's also the story of how Levia's parents met.
  • You All Look Familiar: Played with. The cop asks his Maria-series wife about why she's always buying the same toy, she then proceeds to explain the subtle differences in the different toy models. Even after this explanation, he mentions they still look the same to him, which prompts Maria to ask if she looks the same as all the other Maria-series robot girls, in a very terrifying expression.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Carmilla the vampire daughter.
  • Youkai: One of the first girls featured, and the one used on the cover for the comic, is Kuchisake-onna.
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