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23rd Jun '16 11:57:40 AM TheFLL
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* {{Gaynst}}: "Stranded" plays with this. Elisabeth is actually fairly comfortable with her sexuality, but her home town ostracized her for it, and she abused by her father for [[DisappointedInYou being an embarrassment.]] Her issues largely relate from the trauma growing up, and her inability to confess to and hold onto her ChildhoodFriend when she had the chance.

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* {{Gaynst}}: {{Gayngst}}: "Stranded" plays with this. Elisabeth is actually fairly comfortable with her sexuality, but her home town ostracized her for it, and she was abused by her father for [[DisappointedInYou being an embarrassment.]] Her issues largely relate from the trauma growing up, and her inability to confess to and hold onto her ChildhoodFriend when she had the chance.
23rd Jun '16 11:56:33 AM TheFLL
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* ArtShift: Each issue is drawn in a different style despite coming from the same artist. Compare "One Shot, Don't Miss" (High contrast, realistic proportions) to "Damaged" (sketchy artwork, character designs looking like something out of a conventional shoujo manga). "Midnight to Six" is probably the biggest one, as it feels like a Scott Pilgrim comic in tone and style.



* BrotherSisterIncest: Discussed in "Bad Blood". Samantha comments on how attractive her half-brother is, and has to remind herself that she ''can't'' hit on him.



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* CompleteImmortalityCompleteImmortality: [[spoiler: "Bad Blood"]]
* ClusterFBomb: "Fuck" and other expletives are dropped on occasion, but Samantha from "Bad Blood" seems pathologically incapable of not dropping a swear per sentence.


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* {{Gaynst}}: "Stranded" plays with this. Elisabeth is actually fairly comfortable with her sexuality, but her home town ostracized her for it, and she abused by her father for [[DisappointedInYou being an embarrassment.]] Her issues largely relate from the trauma growing up, and her inability to confess to and hold onto her ChildhoodFriend when she had the chance.
23rd Jun '16 9:29:42 AM TheFLL
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Varies from issue to issue, but overall leans to the cynical.
23rd Jun '16 9:19:28 AM TheFLL
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* {{Animesque}}: While some of the issues display minor elements of the style, "Damaged" draws all the characters in a manga style, complete with cat-smiles on occasions.

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* {{Animesque}}: While some of the issues display minor elements of the style, "Damaged" draws all the characters is drawn in a manga style, complete with cat-smiles on occasions.



** "Damaged" brings us the nameless girl, who meets Thomas by chance, and in subsequent meetings, reveals that through a "gift", she knows his lifestyle, his problems, and gives advice on how to deal with women and other issues, generally helping him get more out of life. [[spoiler: Turns out, this is due to having spied on Thomas for what is implied to be over several years, meaning that much of her antics were largely an act to string him along.]] On top of that, its all but outright stated that [[spoiler: Thomas was TheSociopath, implying that the sort of person who would ''need'' a ManicPixieDreamGirl in their life would be less bored and brooding, and more outright screwed.]] In the end, whether the gifted girl was scamming him, or legitimately had his best interests at heart, her involvement with Thomas leads to tragedy for everyone, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone herself included.]]

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** "Damaged" brings us the nameless girl, who meets Thomas by chance, and in subsequent meetings, reveals that through a "gift", she knows his lifestyle, his problems, and gives advice on how to deal with women and other issues, generally helping him get more out of life. [[spoiler: Turns out, this is due to having spied on Thomas for what is implied to be over several years, meaning that much of her antics were largely an act to string him along.]] On top of that, its all but outright stated that [[spoiler: Thomas was TheSociopath, implying that the sort of person who would ''need'' a ManicPixieDreamGirl in their life would be less bored and brooding, and more outright screwed.screwed up mentally.]] In the end, whether the gifted girl was scamming him, or legitimately had his best interests at heart, her involvement with Thomas leads to tragedy for everyone, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone herself included.]]
23rd Jun '16 9:16:30 AM TheFLL
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* GrowingSucks / NotGrowingUpSucks: "Midnight to Six" in a nutshell. While unhappy with having to abandon their slacker lifestyles, both Jill and Brad acknowledge that if they don't, they'll be stuck doing jobs they hate for the rest of their lives. Jace, the single member of the trio who won't grow up, is left in the dust by the two, and the only way he can regain some happiness is in finding like-minded individuals amongst the new staff.

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* GrowingSucks GrowingUpSucks / NotGrowingUpSucks: "Midnight to Six" in a nutshell. While unhappy with having to abandon their slacker lifestyles, both Jill and Brad acknowledge that if they don't, they'll be stuck doing jobs they hate for the rest of their lives. Jace, the single member of the trio who won't grow up, is left in the dust by the two, and the only way he can regain some happiness is in finding like-minded individuals amongst the new staff.
23rd Jun '16 9:14:18 AM TheFLL
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** "Midnight to Six [[spoiler: Jace, Jill and Brad go their separate ways, with Jill writing novels, and Brad heading to college, while Jace refuses to grow up and become more than a slacker. However, the story ends with Jace making friends out of his new co-workers, implying that while all three are separated, they'll all be doing what they love most.]]


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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Many of the stories are largely metaphors for life in general, and have parallels to certain activities. "Pangs" is the most obvious, as it largely seems to be themed around addiction.


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* GrowingSucks / NotGrowingUpSucks: "Midnight to Six" in a nutshell. While unhappy with having to abandon their slacker lifestyles, both Jill and Brad acknowledge that if they don't, they'll be stuck doing jobs they hate for the rest of their lives. Jace, the single member of the trio who won't grow up, is left in the dust by the two, and the only way he can regain some happiness is in finding like-minded individuals amongst the new staff.
23rd Jun '16 8:53:32 AM TheFLL
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* {{Manchild}} / TheSlacker: Jace, Jill and Brad from "Midnight to Six" are deconstructions, having stuck to a Slacker Pledge for ten years from the age of thirteen. By the present, all three are working at the same low pay menial labour job, with only Jace being happy about their situation. Brad is secretly trying to apply for a community college, and even Jill, who derogatorily refers to them as "retard colleges", is aiming to get more out of life by publishing some novels.
23rd Jun '16 8:30:33 AM TheFLL
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* BeYourself: Arguably the aesop of "Volume One Love Story". [[spoiler: Instead of treating her compulsion with notes as a problem, as per her therapist's insistence, Marlo accepts it as a part of who she is and something she enjoys, and the story closes on her about to enjoy a date with someone who finds her compulsion fascinating.]]



* TheSociopath: Arguably deconstructed with [[spoiler: Thomas Martins from "Damaged",]] given what his mother [[EnfantTerrible described of his childhood,]] and his difficulties forming friendships and lasting relationships in the present. Instead of coming across as villainous, [[spoiler: Thomas]] largely comes across as maladjusted and pitiful, as his sociopathy has meant that he's been unable to connect with ''anyone'' and has been left with a comfortable but ultimately empty lifestyle. It's a testament to how tragic his life actually is when the closest friend he finds is [[spoiler: a con artist who's been spying on him for several years, and has been playing the role of a ManicPixieDreamGirl for a while.]]

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* TheSociopath: Arguably deconstructed with [[spoiler: Thomas Martins from "Damaged",]] given what his mother [[EnfantTerrible described of his childhood,]] and his difficulties forming friendships and lasting relationships in the present. Instead of coming across as villainous, [[spoiler: Thomas]] largely comes across as maladjusted and pitiful, as his sociopathy has meant that he's been unable to connect with ''anyone'' and has been left with a comfortable but ultimately empty lifestyle. It's a testament to how tragic his life actually is when the closest thing to a friend he finds is [[spoiler: a con artist who's been spying on him for several years, and has been playing the role of a ManicPixieDreamGirl for a while.]]
23rd Jun '16 8:06:38 AM TheFLL
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** "Damaged" brings us the nameless girl, who meets Thomas by chance, and in subsequent meetings, reveals that through a "gift", she knows his lifestyle, his problems, and gives advice on how to deal with women and other issues, generally helping him get more out of life. [[spoiler: Turns out, this is due to having spied on Thomas for what is implied to be over several years, meaning that much of her antics were largely an act to string him along.]] On top of that, its all but outright stated that [[spoiler: Thomas was TheSociopath, implying that the sort of person who would ''need'' a ManicPixieDreamGirl in their life would be less bored and brooding, and more outright screwed.]] In the end, whether the gifted girl was scamming him, or legitimately had his best interests at heart, her involvement with Thomas leads to tragedy for everyone, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone herself included.]]


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* TheSociopath: Arguably deconstructed with [[spoiler: Thomas Martins from "Damaged",]] given what his mother [[EnfantTerrible described of his childhood,]] and his difficulties forming friendships and lasting relationships in the present. Instead of coming across as villainous, [[spoiler: Thomas]] largely comes across as maladjusted and pitiful, as his sociopathy has meant that he's been unable to connect with ''anyone'' and has been left with a comfortable but ultimately empty lifestyle. It's a testament to how tragic his life actually is when the closest friend he finds is [[spoiler: a con artist who's been spying on him for several years, and has been playing the role of a ManicPixieDreamGirl for a while.]]
23rd Jun '16 7:13:41 AM TheFLL
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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Deconstructed

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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: DeconstructedDeconstructed in "Mixtape" and "Damaged".
** From "Mixtape", Jess seemed to have been this to Nick, until her suicide in the opening. Thing is, as Nick realises, while Jess knew Nick extremely well, to the point that she could accurately record responses to Nick's actions and questions in advance, Nick knew ''very little'' of her, having assumed that she just liked the same things he did and went to. The fact that he still doesn't know why she committed suicide, and initially assumed that she did it to hurt him is the ultimate symbol that he never really knew the real Jess at all - just a facsimile that made him smile.
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