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  • Acceptable Political Targets: Mikbell the Halfling of Kabru’s party is anti-union. She’s also two-faced, cowardly, the biggest sleazebag in the whole manga, abuses her personal lackey Kuro’s lack of awareness of civilized norms to treat him like a slave (Not Hyperbole, she literally doesn’t pay him), viewed as a race-traitor for her stance, and holds the position out of greed and selfishness (doesn’t want to pay dues). Because apparently Ryōko Kui has some issues with right-to-work advocates.
  • Accidental Innuendo:
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    • One of the adventurers Team Touden runs into is named Kaka. Which is most likely a homophone for "caca", slang for poop in Spanish, German, and Dutch.
    • His twin sister Kiki arguably has it even worse. In Spanish "kiki" is slang for screwing.
  • Anvilicious: Eat well! Live healthily! Learn proper nutrition! If you don't you're only hurting yourself! The series isn't exactly subtle about these messages. Although...
  • Awesome Art: Ryoko Kui is a very talented manga artist. Everything from her character designs (which are all distinct from each other), to her monsters, to the many, many dishes of Food Porn in Dungeon is drawn beautifully.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In the first chapter, Marcille refused to eat monsters so hard she started breakdancing. This is never commented upon and never appears again afterwards.
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  • Broken Base: Over whether the scanlations or the official English translation makes for the better reading experience. Fans of the former complain that the official release is overly literal with stiff and awkward dialogue and changed spelling of the cast's names from what they are used to with the scanlations. Fans of the latter disagree and accuse scanlation fans of just wanting to keep getting the series for free instead of buying it and supporting the creator properly. And then there's the third group who don't care either way and are happy to read both.
  • Catharsis Factor: Kabru's deaths. Watching the guy wipe out can be pretty satisfying.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Senshi, who beats earth golems unconscious so he can plant vegetables in them, moved into a dungeon so he could hunt and eat monsters, and uses an adamant shield as a cooking pot. Apparently its nigh-indestructible nature also applies to fire, since it heats up very evenly, perfect for cooking!
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    • Laios letting the Red Dragon bite off his leg so he can get close enough to kill it.
  • Creepy Awesome: Falin's chimera dragon form. It's very unsettling to see her that way, but the design is really, really cool.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • In Chapter 14, Laios is sure to be wrong about Anne the kelpie. Her friendship with Senshi means she would never attack him even though she's a monster, right? Wrong. She tries to eat him as soon as he gets on her back and the reader learns a brutal lesson about trusting wild creatures; just because they seem tame doesn't mean they can't turn on you in an instant. There's a big difference between "has never attacked" and "safe".
    • Regarding Namari, most stories would penalize her for leaving Team Touden in Chapter 1 because they couldn't pay her fee. Here however she's treated as being in the right and Chilchuck even scolds Marcille for trying to make her return to the party later when she's on another job. She's not shamed for prioritzing her own career and professional reputation over wanting to help old friends, which might damage her job prospects very badly in the future. It teaches the lesson that looking out for yourself is okay sometimes and you shouldn't bend to others if you know what they want is not right for you.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Marcille/Falin. See Les Yay.
    • Chilchuck/Laios is also getting a following.
    • Kabru/Laios too.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Golden Kamuy. A tumblr user even joked that the venn diagram of Dungeon fans and Kamuy fans was "practically a circle".
  • Harsher in Hindsight: When he learns what Marcille did to revive Falin, Kabru claims that it might be better if Falin stayed dead. At first, he seems to just be doing it to see what Shuro and Laios's reactions are, which is a bit cruel whether or not he really meant it. However, not too long after this, the audience sees Falin again... and she's turned into her nearly-mindless chimera form. Kabru may have had a point after all.
  • He's Just Hiding!: Happens In-Universe with the Lunatic Magician being convinced that King Delgal is still alive and just missing somewhere in the dungeon...the same King Delgal we saw die on the very first page of the series.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: When the party meets Mr. Tansu's party, he used Namari as a shield from a deadly attack without hesitation. But when Kiki, another member of his party is attacked by tentacles, he looked much more worried about her. In Ryoko Kui's artbook, it's revealed that Kaka and Kiki were adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Tansu as children.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In his review of the first chapter, Linkara jokes that Senshi's name means "poop farmer" in Northern dwarven dialect. Come Chapter 8, and it turns out Senshi really is harvesting poop to make fertilizer for his vegetable fields.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • Laios allowing the Red Dragon to bite off his leg so he can maneuver close enough to stab it in its weak point.
    • Falin reappearing as a monstrous dragon chimera.
    • Thistle summoning Chimera Falin to the first level. Any hopes of Team Touden keeping her chimera form under wraps are completely out of the bag now.
  • Informed Wrongness: Part of the premise of the series with the In-Universe taboo against eating monsters. Wanting to avoid eating humanoid monsters is understandable thanks to Carnivore Confusion but eating those that are animal type is wrong because...it just is. Even though most of them are safe to eat and many of them are essentially just bigger, more beastly versions of normal animals. Most characters encountered balk at the idea of using monsters as food despite how much easier it makes Dungeon Crawling thanks to relieving adventurers of the burden of buying and carrying large amounts of supplies. There are adventurers who do it (someone had to write Laios's guidebook after all) but it still seems to be an interest that's niche at best and reviled at worst.
    • It's more that the monsters don't subsist on other animals or monsters, but the adventurers. To some it feels like indirect cannibalism. This is even lampshaded when Senshi talks about wanting to cook the Red Dragon, and Team Touden (including Laios) find it weird since it had specifically eaten Falin.
    • Part of it also seems to be that some of the monsters are just plain weird and thus look unappealing to eat. Also, mandrakes subvert this a bit, since Marcille lectures Senshi on the "proper" way to harvest them—so some at least monsters seem to be more acceptable to eat.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Laios. He loses his sister to the dungeon twice, his best friend tells him that he actually always hated him, his team may be arrested and imprisoned forever if and when they return to the surface and he seems to have a bad relationship with his parents to the extent they haven't spoken in ten years. Does he let it get him down or stop him moving forward? Nope.
    • Senshi, after his backstory is revealed. Years ago, his group of friends was trapped in the dungeon and killed off by a hippogriff one by one. After the last two got into an argument and only one came back, Senshi was tormented for years over the fact that he could've unwittingly eaten another dwarf. Even then, he chose to keep living in the dungeon, and the only thing that breaks his quirky Team Dad persona is when the group encounters a griffin late into the dungeon.
  • It Was His Sled: Team Touden resurrects Falin with forbidden Blood Magic and then she falls under the control of the Lunatic Magician, who mutates her into a dragon chimera. Doesn't help that Falin's chimera form is so Creepy Awesome that fans love to post fan art of it all over sites like tumblr and pixiv.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kabru. He's extremely judgemental and often falls into full on Black and White Insanity when it comes to how other adventurers view the dungeon, but that's pretty understandable when it's revealed his entire village was wiped out when the monsters from another dungeon came above ground and slaughtered everyone. He wants to destroy the dungeon to make sure this never happens again and sees anyone who wants to profit from the dungeon, rather than destroy, it as being willing to put their personal gain over the lives of others.
  • Les Yay: Marcille is very close with Falin, and she does spend an awful lot of time blushing around her. At times she seems to be even more desperate to find Falin than Laios. Also, they share a bed and bathe together. It's worth noting that when chimera!Falin goes to tear off her top (her breasts are now covered by feathers but no one knew that) the two characters who freak out are Shuro, who is canonically in love with Falin...and Marcille.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Did anyone really think that Team Touden wouldn't eventually get Falin back from the Red Dragon? They lose her again pretty quickly, but still.
  • Memetic Loser: Kabru and his group. They're far from the worst party in universe, but the fandom loves to laugh and poke fun at "Team Scrub" too much to care.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • This strip has made the rounds on tumblr.
    • Laios Voreden. Explanation 
    • Elves are a proud and noble race! We are not lewd!Explanation 
  • Moe: You could count on one hand the number of fans who don't want to hug cute, Nice Girl Tade.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • In universe example with Marcille resurrecting Falin with ancient dark magic and Red Dragon flesh. Shuro is furious and disgusted, not just with her, but with the whole of Team Touden for allowing it. Later his followers and Team Kabru won't let her help resurrect their dead for fear she'd taint them somehow. It's also a hugely serious crime on the surface to the extent Marcille would die in prison if anyone found out.
    • If the Lunatic Magician hadn't crossed it already for what she did to Falin, she definitely does when it's revealed what she did to the residents of the Golden Kingdom. Namely cursing them with immortality and ruthlessly executing any who try to escape.
  • Nausea Fuel: One of the creatures Team Touden eat is a gigantic parasite that Senshi cuts out of the kraken. We see it wriggling under the kraken's skin and everything. Then, eating it raw gives Laios his own parasite that spends the night burrowing into the walls of his stomach. Bleugh!
  • Never Live It Down: Happens in universe with Chilchuck teasing Marcille about her way of harvesting mandrakes. She laments he will never let her forget it.
  • Nightmare Retardant: As creepy or scary as some of the dungeon monsters are, it's hard to stay intimidated after you see them cooked into delicious Food Porn.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Farcille (Falin/Marcille)
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: It takes awhile for the series to get going due to the Gag Series episodic feel at the start where Team Touden is mainly just going around the dungeon's first floors killing and eating whatever monster they come across. It only starts to delve into deeper storytelling once they encounter the orc chief in Chapter 9, and Kabru's party gets introduced in Chapter 10. The Red Dragon arc though is where things really get kicked up a notch.
  • Squick:
    • Senshi's beard being so caked with monster blood and fat that it actually nullifies magic.
    • When the Red Dragon is biting through Laios's leg, it makes an audible crunching sound.
  • Starboarding: It's very easy to interpret Laios as having a crush on Shuro but not realising it since, well, he's Laios. If he does, then obviously Shuro doesn't return it since he a) is in love with Falin and b) hates Laios's guts.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Kensuke is quite adorable for a stalk-eyed, squishy mollusc monster.
    • The orc captain. She looks like other orcs, fat, muscular, with pig-like features. But she's also drawn some with cute features like round face and big eyes.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • When Team Kabru defeat a zombie and discover the chest he was carrying is full of treasure.
    • You'd expect: Them to treat it cautiously since items can carry curses and treasure bugs are a well known dungeon hazard.
    • Instead: They take it at face value and start wearing the jewelry and playing with the coins. Unfotunately for them it did contain treasure bugs and they all end up paralyzed and helpless in a heap on the floor.
    • The time Chilchuck went to get water in the middle of the night and saw a treasure bug scurrying away.
    • You'd expect: Him to either ignore it or go back to camp and wake the others since he's a Non-Action Guy and was unnarmed anyway and going off alone in the dungeon is a very bad idea.
    • Instead: He wanders after it and ends up trapped in a room with a mimic after the waterskin he was carrying increased his weight enough to trigger a trap and lock the cell. That Chilchuck is usually the most sensible member of Team Touden only makes it worse.
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Falin. As if getting eaten by the Red Dragon wasn't bad enough, no sooner has she been resurrected than the Lunatic Magician takes control of her and mutates her into a monstrous chimera, then forces her to attack her own brother and their True Companions. Poor girl just can't catch a break.

Alternative Title(s): Dungeon Meshi

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