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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, Webtoon, and on his Patreon, which actually has exclusive strips for his backers.

A spin-off, Oni's Love Rules by bliss, can be read on Mangadex and Webtoon.


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  • 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 would sleep alone, which had not been addressed at the time.)
  • 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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    • Baffy, the demon sheep familiar, has become rather popular, following his introduction as part of the succubi sisters' story.
    • Ptera, who almost immediately got a colored promo splashpage following her proper introduction in the comic.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Parodied. When the centaur girl accidentally bumps into a guy and trips, she complains about him taking a look at what's underneath her dress, and lifts her dress in demonstration — but being a centaur, what's right underneath her dress are her forelegs.
  • 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].
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Yeti are cryptids even in an Unmasqued World like this one, with the question of their existence the subject of rumor and mystery; they do exist, but apparently maintain a Masquerade by disguising themselves as humans.
  • "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.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Nui, the oni girl, presents her Teacher with hand-made sweets that include dried fruit, milk... and her blood.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The petrified boy "arc". Many chapters took place between when he first appeared getting petrified and his sister trying to save him, only to have him accidentally blasted off into space.
    • A centaur girl is attacked by a group of punks, who proceed to scribble on her hooves the word "Andy", cue many strips later when it's suddenly shown she still has "Andy" scribbled on her hooves.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Dino accidentally scares two kids into soiling themselves when trying to join them as they play with his wife.
  • Cat Folk: Cat folk in this setting look like humanoid domestic cats of various breeds; the Siamese delivery girl also has some stereotypical feline behavioral traits, like scratching packages and getting hostile around werewolf mom Jennifer.
  • 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... which is a bit of an ask.
  • 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 primary purpose of this comic is to showcase monster girls.
  • Cyclops: Modelled on the Ray Harryhausen version, as seen in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, with a horn in the middle of the forehead.
  • D-Cup Distress: A strip shows the problems dragon mom Beth has with her big breasts and her overall size when it comes to creating blind spots, and it's compared to the blind spots a large vehicle, like a hooded truck, would have.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Levia and her family. In a patreon-exclusive strip, it is shown that shoes made specifically for digitigrade species do exist, they just don't like them.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The humor in several strips tend to play with this trope a lot.
  • Face of a Thug: Dino. He might look huge and terrifying, but he works as a voice actor, is a loving husband and father, and is generally a huge dork.
  • Fate Worse than Death: The petrified boy from the first Medusa strip. Ultimately, gets blown into space by accident.
  • 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. 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 (a werewolf) 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.
  • Gag Boobs: The Maria-series wife not only has vibrating boobs, but also rotating boobs, to give... massages.
  • 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 humanoids based on the animals of the Eastern 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.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Dragons are able to have kids with other races, including humans, and it's something they take pride in. The kids inherit features from both parents, as seen with the half-dragon girl.
  • Happily Married: Several couples are indeed this, including the werewolf couple, the vampire couple and the dragon couple.
  • Hello, Attorney!: Leo, the attorney husband, and Levia, the judge, are both shown to be rather attractive and have a considerable following, particularly Levia.
  • 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 Levia out, but is immediately scared upon finding out how her dad looks.
  • Horned Humanoid: Several monsters featured in the comic fall under this category, most notable the succubi sisters and the dragon family.
  • Horny Devils: The Demon Sisters. The older sister teaches high school and acts like a traditional succubus, while the younger sister, Zoey, takes her job seriously and only shows her demon form as a mental projection.
  • Hot Teacher: The Demon Sisters again. The older sister dresses very sensually and has a traditional hourglass figure, and while Zoey dresses more professionally, both her astral projection and the one time she borrowed her sister’s clothes show that she’s a Big Beautiful Woman exceeded only by Beth.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl:
    • Dino is this to Levia, his daughter. Funnily enough, he's also the Tiny Guy to his wife, Beth.
    • Nui the oni girl and the kubinashi teacher, with Nui barely reaching his torso.
  • I Ate WHAT?!:
    • Dragon Musk's coffee is made with dragon ambergris. The half-dragon girl actually makes the joke that it's basically just like kopi luwak to a customer before changing the subject — that said, it is still pretty popular. A later strip explains that Dragon Musk coffee is just coffee that has been regurgitated.
    • Chili offers one of her eggs, dipped in chocolate, as a Valentine's to the boy she likes. He ends up liking it.
  • 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.
  • In Medias Res: 'Big Game' starts with the Beast of the Year attacking a town before flashing back to 2 months prior to those events.
  • Insane Troll Logic: For how serious Levia is, she tends to fall into this in her daily life — from something as mundane as making herself taller by balancing herself on her tail to flying like Godzilla by using one of Beth's sweaters as a hot air balloon to... wanting to date a guy that drives a sports car that is also a gigantic tape rewinder.
  • Interspecies Romance: The comic points out that this is actually rather common, like a boy and a harpy girl, a cop and his robot wife... and even the dragon maid girl speaks highly of her status as both British and hybrid.
  • Intrepid Reporter: The Z-News reporters, as they're zombies, so they're not afraid of dying.
  • Invisible Subtle Difference: The cop asks his Maria-series wife why she's always buying the same toy, and 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.
  • Kaiju: The Beasts of the Year. So far we've had the dog, the pig and now the rat. Giant Mecha are required to subdue them.
  • Karma Houdini: Medusa never gets a comeuppance for petrifying an annoying boy on the subway other than the boy's sister trolling Medusa's twitter posts.
  • Know Your Vines: Played for Laughs. The soldier taking care of Dolly, the giant dog-girl, bakes giant cookies for her as a treat, but she gets enraged because they're raisin cookies. The soldier remarks that while he was aware chocolate is toxic to dogs, he was not aware raisins were toxic as well — though another soldier comments that even if she could eat raisins, she's probably angry at being fooled by the raisins in the first place.
  • Losing Your Head: Played for Laughs with the Kubinashi teacher from the "Oni's Love Rules" spin-off, who, as a neckless ghost, tends to lose his head if he doesn't concentrate. In fact, the cover for the print version has Nui, the oni girl, cradling his head on her lap.
  • Married to the Job: Levia the Dragon Judge Lady says she's too focused on her career as a judge to pursue suitors. Her mother says maybe it's also because her father Dino is big and scary. Both Dino and Levia think Mom is scarier, given she easily towers over Dad. It is also later revealed that any suitor must be at least as tall as her, but also needs to drive a sports car that is also a gigantic tape rewinder.
  • Monster of the Week: The characters featured change quite often, although several have become fan favorites and have returned.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Beth. She is the Big Beautiful Woman of the comic, and despite her girth and size, she shows off her appeal much more often than other characters like Zoey or Levia.
    • Ptera, Levia's contemporary, has a very tight-fitting outfit as an adult, and quickly got a splash page where she barely wears anything at all, as a promo.
  • 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.
    • The Kubinashi actually rescues a young Nui that was trapped down a well, by forcing his body to reattach to his neck that was left outside the well.
  • Name's the Same: Invoked Trope In-Universe. All the Maria-series robots are indeed called Maria.
  • No Name Given: Plenty of the monsters featured don't get names, including the main male protagonist in the "Oni's Love Rules" spin-off who's just called "Teacher".
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. As shown in the comic, there's more than one Maria, because she's a mass-produced robot girl.
  • Only the Chosen May Ride: Aella, the amazon girl, berates her mother that she shouldn't ride the spring unicorn ride because she's not a virgin anymore. But she says Zoey, the succubus teacher, should still be able to.
  • Origins Episode: Several characters, like Maria the Robot Wife, Jennifer the Werewolf Mom, and the Meganekko Grim Reaper have had their backstories/origins expanded after their introduction.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: In a world full of monsters, perhaps the strangest one is Kiki, a cat... thing... who has no mouth, so she painted a rather ridiculous mouth on her face. Coney even wonders how she's able to speak in the first place. She's also mildly aware of the medium.
  • 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 remarks that his usual roles as a voice actor have him doing the voice for monster characters, including Notzilla.
  • Playing Both Sides: The merchant Elf girl sells equipment to both Vampire Dad and Werewolf Mom. She sells the Vampire Dad a device his daughter can use to identify werewolves, while the Werewolf Mom buys a hairclup that can hide her daughter from that same device.
  • Precocious Crush: Nui fell for the Kubinashi who'd eventually be her classroom teacher when he rescued her from a well when she was a child.
  • Punny Name: Levia and Beth for Leviathan and Behemoth.
  • Reflexive Response:
    • Both Dino and Beth appear to suffer from the vestigial response of autotomy when scared, as they both lose a tiny portion of their tails upon watching a horror movie.
    • Levia has a similar reflex to that of the shovel-snouted lizard and will shuffle on her feet if the ground is too hot, although she even goes as far as balancing on her tail for extra measure. She also lost a bit of her tail when she got scared while riding a rollercoaster.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Invoked In-Universe, in Levia's parents' backstory and how they met. On one show, Dino got fascinated by his co-star's voice and wanted to meet her, as Beth 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.
  • Rescue Romance: The kubinashi teacher rescued Nui when she was a small child, after she was pushed into a well by other kids, and she's been infatuated with him ever since, even 10 years later.
  • Robotic Spouse: Maria, who is equipped with machine guns and rocket launchers. She's introduced when the Cyclops attacks the city, one cop thinks they need backup, and the other replies it's okay because he's called his wife. Cue Marie taking down the Cyclops then giving her husband his lunch.
  • Romance on the Set: In-Universe. Levia's parents met when they had to do a voice acting job together.
  • Rotating Protagonist: Mixing both new and returning characters. Some pop up as cameos in others' strips.
  • Samaritan Relationship Starter: The reason why Nui, the Kijo, fell in love with her teacher. She was rescued by him as a child when she fell into a well.
  • 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. She’s a bit reluctant to do this the second time he starts acting up, for... reasons.
  • 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 she's 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.
    • The strip has also given shoutouts to several movies, including Toy Story and Jurassic Park.
    • Funnily enough, they also gave a shoutout to Buzzfeed Unsolved in a strip about the Yeti.
    • The editor made a note referencing Azur Lane's Sakura Girls for being notorious for having 2 set of ears, one human and one animal, on a strip about animal ears.
    • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic gets a nod with Ptera, who not only shares Rainbow Dash's design cues as she appears in Friendship Is 4komagic, but is even called "Rainbow Daisy" by Levia when she initially forgot her name.
  • 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: The Maria-series wife discusses with her husband that her facial expression function has malfunctioned, leaving her with a smiling expression. Cue the husband accidentally pissing Maria off and her looking terrifying in the process.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Dino always wears a sleeveless shirt, adding to his Face of a Thug look. It doesn't help that at least one of his shirts looks like it's had its sleeves torn off.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: A Lamia girl sells medicinal wine, made out of her bathwater.
  • Spin-Off:
    • Modern MoGal is a refined version of an early doujinshi revolving around Egyptian mythological figures as monster girls and their quest to get a doujinshi published.
    • Modern MoGal itself had a spin-off, written and drawn by Bliss, revolving around a teacher-student platonic relationship at a High School between a Kijo and a Kubinashi.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Levia and her family became this upon their introduction. This happens even In-Universe, where a half-dragon girl gets constantly upstaged by Levia, Dino and Beth as part of her storyline.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Most female dragons featured fit the bill, being the tallest female characters in the series, with Beth being the tallest at just over 12 ft tall. Levia herself stands at about 6 and half feet, and so does Ptera, an old classmate of hers.
  • Strangely Arousing: On the dragon couple’s first onscreen date, Beth licks one of her breasts clean after a tomato fell off her burger onto her chest, causing Dino to have this reaction.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: The plot of the "Oni's Love Story" spin-off featuring a platonic relationship between a Kijo student and a Kubinashi teacher.
  • The Needs of the Many: Discussed by the two active grim reapers we've seen so far in the comic, although they discuss it in terms of 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 Talk: A really young Baffy goes up to his big sis, asking to know what a particular hand sign stands for, saying he's old enough to know now — the sister cleverly avoids the talk by convincing Baffy the hand sign is about rewinding cassettes with one's fingers and Baffy proves her right by asking what cassettes are in the first place.
  • 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.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Coney, Laika and Kiki, in the 'Big Game' story.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Levia's dad, the big hulking scary dragon? He's the Tiny guy compared to his wife.
  • Tournament Arc: Subverted in the 'Big Game' story. The Absurdly Powerful Student Council pushes Coney to participate in the 'Big Game' tournament if she really wants to have her work published by the school's magazine, but it gets interrupted by a Beast of the Year attack.
  • 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 the comic's original Maria buys her freedom.
  • Vampire Hickey: Carmilla's the sole vampire in classroom of kids though a friendly (if emo) one. One strip had her accused of biting one of her schoolmates when bite marks show up on a boy's neck, but the father of a girl she befriended clears her name by noting the wound wasn't deep enough nor fit the size of fangs. Plus the boy would've shown abnormalities from the bite, concluding it's just a harmless rash or a bite from an insect.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: In one of the strips, Dino is trying to put his cellphone in silent mode while trying to watch a movie at the theater; unable to figure out how, he just shoves it under Beth's breasts.
  • 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 asks Dino 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: Generally, stories set in the past are either origins episodes or about the family and childhood of one of the characters.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Ptera, who wears a pair so small they might as well be a belt.
  • Yandere: Nui definitively leans this way thanks to her Clingy Jealous Girl attitude, particularly in the "Oni's Love Rules" spin-off.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Carmilla the vampire daughter has blue hair.
  • Youkai: One of the first girls featured, and the one used on the cover for the comic, is Kuchisake-onna. Later on, a Kijo, Amabie and Rokurokubi are introduced.
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