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* InvincibleVillain: TheKrampus are a race of holiday spirits that roam the world during December that kidnap, torture and/or kill children they deem "naughty", using magical hypnotic bells to keep the adults from stopping them. Whenever they come to Salem, the heroes try to stop their reign of terror. However, they possess a natural immunity to the witch's magic and a HealingFactor, and are able to use their bells to pacify and humiliate them before leaving. Tarot has faced them three times (once with Raven, once with Jon and once by herself) and has yet to defeat any of them.
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* LooksLikeOrlok: The various humans-turned-vampires in Issue #106 have this general appearance.
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[[caption-width-right:240:Tarot, somewhat overdressed by her own standards.]]

''Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose'' is a bi-monthly comic written and drawn by Jim Balent, coloured and lettered by his partner [[Webcomic/SchoolBites Holly Golightly]], and published by [=BroadSword=] Comics.

It's the story of an impossibly-proportioned ActionGirl [[HotWitch witch]] named Tarot (Rowan by birth), living -- inevitably -- in [[CityOfAdventure Salem, Massachusetts]], who is sworn to uphold the balance between the mortal world and the magical world and all that good stuff, usually while naked. Her on-again, off-again rival is her sister, Raven Hex, who occasionally wants to punish the mortal world for persecuting witch-kind (and causing the death of their father). Tarot's male love interest is Jon Webb, a cemetery caretaker who can [[ISeeDeadPeople communicate with the dead]] and uses the SecretIdentity of "The Skeleton Man." Her female love interest is Boo Cat, a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent were-cat]] GenkiGirl, who's also in love with vampire Licorice Dust.

The series is a mixture of action, tits, magic, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment tits]], neopagan propaganda, [[RuleOfThree tits]], {{Author Tract}}s, and [[OverlyLongGag tits]].

!!''Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose'' provides examples of:

* AnAesop:
** Generally on having tolerance and a positive body image.
** Issue #25 is basically one huge {{Anvilicious}} Aesop rant about treating everyone equally.
* AIIsACrapshoot: The robots created by the TSA (issue #72) swiftly become {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s without any outside aid.
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: In issue #24, Boo Cat gets drunk and ends up sexually harassing the staff, causing her and Licorice Dust to get chased away by them.
* AllAbusersAreMale: Averted: Females are just as likely to sexually assault/enslave Tarot or Jon as men.
* AmbiguouslyBi: While Tarot is most definitely playing for both teams, it is never stated what Raven's ''exact'' orientation is. She takes Azure as a lover and she is clearly into Jon to some degree, but she has also shared lovers with her sister Tarot (even kissing her on the lips after she came back to life) and she baths with enchanted women statues.
* AttemptedRape: Boo Cat and Tarot are on the receiving of this ''all the time''.
* AuthorAppeal: Jim Balent seems to admire Wicca and women with the MostCommonSuperPower, as well bondage and restraints.
* AuthorFilibuster: There have been entire issues devoted to these.
* BabiesEverAfter: A possible future has Tarot and Raven each having a child fathered by Jon. [[spoiler:As Tarot is unable to have children, the possibility of this future is in the air.]]
* BadassNormal: The werewolf hunter from issue #63. Not to mention Jon himself on numerous occasions.
* BalefulPolymorph: Raven has something of a penchant for changing her enemies into various animals, including frogs and crows.
* BeachEpisode: The "Hawaiian Holiday" two-parter.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: In the Tarot Universe, ''every'' President we've had, including our [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama current one]] was an {{Expy}} of ComicBook/IronMan. Turns out it was [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington Washington's]] ''PoweredArmor'' that was wood, not his teeth.
* BullyingADragon: You'd think that people wouldn't bullying/persecute witches who have actual actual magic powers. [[TooDumbToLive You'd be wrong]].
* BurnTheWitch: The townies want to do it, and the fact that it happened in the past drives Raven's hatred.
* ChosenConceptionPartner: Jon, on a few occasions.
** In issue #14, a Troll Queen and her female followers have their way with him for a good long while until he impregnates all of them.
** In issue #39, a possible future reveals that Jon and Tarot are married and have a child, and then she and Raven ask him to father Raven's child as well. As seen on the trope image, it turns out well.
* ClothingDamage: Tarot will lose some, if not all of her clothes every other issue; it's reached the point where one wonders why she even ''bothers'' to wear anything.
* ComicBookTime: Averted. Time passes normally between issues and arcs. Because it's a bi-monthly comic, this can sometimes feel a little strange.
* {{Crossover}}:
** "Witches and Kittens" has Tarot meet the "3 Little Kittens", from a 3-issue [=BroadSword=]-published miniseries, also by Jim & Holly. The next crossover with the kittens is "Hex and the City".
** Had one with Holly's comic, ''Webcomic/SchoolBites''.
* CuteMonsterGirl: A whole lot of cute monster girls.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Tarot does it at the drop of a hat, and has spent a large number of pages doing so in several issues.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Licorice Dust and her friends were rejected for the cheerleader squad, and made fun of behind their backs. After they become vampires, they [[WhatTheHellHero murder them via rat swarm]].
* DoubleEntendre: Boo Cat loves to torment Jon with these.
* DoubleStandard: See SceneryCensor, below. One scene in "Holiday Witches" shows all six of the series' main characters -- Tarot, her sister and mother, Boo Cat, Licorice and Jon -- fully nude. Guess who's the only one who ''isn't'' completely exposed for the readers' enjoyment? Hilariously enough, the only time a man is vaguely exposed, it's the Talking Fountain, who is completely made of stone. Also, a giant.
* EasilyForgiven: Tarot almost immediately forgives the mermaid witch in issues #70-71 for chaining her above the water to be eaten by sharks.
* EvilCounterpart: Thornwic to Tarot. He's the 'Sword of the God', doesn't hesitate to torture and murder, and wears clothing. He's also a much better fighter then Tarot, managing to strip her naked over the course of their fight.
* EyeScream: In an early issue Raven uses the spikes on her nipples to put out a man's eyes for commenting on her breasts.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Damn near every SubTrope. Much like the costumes, the term doesn't even ''begin'' to cover the characters in this series.
** In a more meta example Balent has written/drawn fans and colleagues into the series, most noticeably in issue #47 where he draws a staggering ''44'' fans as witches fighting alongside Tarot.
* FanDisservice: Balent infuses every issue with FanService, and it's inevitable that he'll draw something repulsive to others.
** The permanently naked Gingerbread-Woman-Slash-Sex-Doll who butchers and consumes the man who made her...
** The doll woman reconstructed from cadaver part.
** The nurses involved in the "haunted vagina" issue.
* AFateWorseThanDeath
** Willowry turns into a tree when she uses a spell without saying the Witch Goddess' name.
** Tarot cuts Azure's head off and [[AndIMustScream seals it in a box]] at the end of the Shadow Witch arc.
* FracturedFairyTale: Issue #54.
* GagBoobs: Numerous characters, but Rave stands out as the most prominent (no pun intended) recurring character -- her breasts probably outweigh the rest of her torso.
* GoodShepherd: In issue #37, a mother chastises Tarot for being a "devil worshiper" [[spoiler:right after she saves the mother's daughter from a car]]. A bishop happens on the situation and the mother tries to get him to join her in shaming Tarot. Instead, the bishop, tells the mother off for doing say, claiming that she needs to work on being a decent person before she can be a good Christian. He then apologizes to Tarot on behalf of the woman and wishes her a good night (much to Tarot's surprise).
* GreyAndGrayMorality: In Issue #63 Jon comes across a female Werewolf who is acting as bait for a [[KnightTemplar Werewolf Hunter]]. Both sides are out for blood for the killings the other has done. While the hunter save Jon a couple of times she's willing knock him out if he gets in her way. The she-wolf on the other hand, while out to kill the hunter, stops her fellows from killing Jon as he was just there to help her and apologizes for dragging him into a private war.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Raven]].
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty:
** Done to Tarot ''constantly''.
** Jon gets on the receiving end a few times with various female monsters, as well.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon:
** The werewolf hunter has gun katana; the gun part forms roughly half the hilt and guard of her katana, but fires horizontal to the blade.
** The Presidential battlesuits, including one post-Revolutionary War era one made of ''wood.''
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes:
** Kitty Pop of the 3 Little Kittens, featuring pink hair and pink-blue-black polka-dotted outfits.
** The Satanic School Girls have worn bikinis made out of ''teddy bears''.
* IncrediblyLamePun: The Three Little Kittens are the worst offenders.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Tarot and Raven Hex. You probably would not even realize that they were sisters given the contrast.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Tarot and Jon almost instantly fall in love with each other in the first issue and official couple at the end of issue #4.
* MaleGaze: You can see ''everything'' when a woman is naked. With men, their pelvic areas are usually covered by a GagCensor, CensorSteam, CensorShadow, CensorSuds, etc. Because with all of these exposed clits, showing a cock would make the comic ''[[SarcasmMode totally]]'' [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday gay]].
* MermaidProblem: Averted. It doesn't matter what kind of female you are: Whether it be half-woman/half-spider or mermaid, if it is shown naked it ''will'' have a vagina.
* MsFanservice: Tarot, and more female characters then can be summed up in this entry
* [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monster Of The Arc]]: Almost no enemy makes a reappearance after their introduction and inevitable defeat, essentially making the series follow this format exactly.
* MoralDissonance: At the conclusion of issue #71, Tarot convinces the mermaid witch to allow the thieving witches to be 'tested by the sea' which consists of chaining someone [[NightmareFuel over shark-infested waters to be eaten;]] if you live, you're not guilty. This punishment is a classic example of and 'eye-for-eye' punishment... the sort of thing she condemned Thornwic for carrying out in an earlier issue. She didn't have that much choice in the matter since if she hadn't suggested this, the mermaid would have killed them on the spot and seeing as Tarot escaped the same punishment in the same issue they would have a slim chance of escaping as well. Unfortunately, a horrible painful death is far more likely, which is what ended up happening. Considering that Tarot escaped via picking up a shark with her legs and having it bite down on her manacles, it's pretty clear that there ''was'' no chance for them.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Present in Tarot's family and many of the other females that pop up.
* NakedFirstImpression: The first time Jon meets Tarot's mother. (''He's'' the one naked, not her).
* NarratingTheObvious: There are several issues that are practically ''all'' narration, and only serve to describe the action. Special mention goes to issue #47, when Tarot narrates a large battle while fighting someone in a different area.
* NoBisexuals: Averted. Both Tarot and Boo Cat are bi, as well as many of the other females in the series.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The Medusa Queen looks an awful lot like Creator/AngelinaJolie, and the four "Hollywood Witches" look exactly like Creator/MeganFox, Tara Reid, Pamela Anderson, and Paris Hilton.
* NonMammalMammaries: The Dragon Witches in their humanish form. In Tarot, ''everyone'' has tits.
* OncePerEpisode: There will be a naked woman in nearly every issue.
* OnlySixFaces
** Every woman has the same body and face and mainly only differ in terms of what kind of "body paint" they're wearing. Guys don't even get that much and are largely nondescript. It gets ''really'' obvious in an issue where reader-submitted pictures are drawn in for a Wiccan army battle.
** Always very obvious with Boo Cat and Licorice Dust who strike identical poses in some frames.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: "Dragon witches" have the usual giant-lizard form, but also possess a par-for-the-course stacked babe form in the same colors as their dragon forms.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: There are apparently female werewolves who have the head and tail of a wolf, and a human body. The result is rather... [[http://tiny.cc/67vwz disjointed]].
* PhysicalGod: The Norse Gods from their arc. They easily outstrip every character in the series (the possible exception being the Goddess), and Hel is a RealityWarper to the degree of being able to invoke a [[spoiler:world-wide ResetButton at the end of the arc.]]
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: Between Jon and Raven in "No Rest For The Witchy."
* PornWithoutPlot: Sex and near-naked women were common in the earlier issues, but it could still have a plot independent of them (relatively). Over the course of the series, it's been [[{{Flanderization}} adding more and more explicit nudity and sex]], to the point where removing them would result in entire ''issues'' being cut.
* PowerNullifier: Many villains have objects/enchantments to nullify Tarot's magic.
%%* ReligionIsMagic
* ResetButton: Mashed ''hard'' [[spoiler:at the end of the Norse Gods arc.]]
* RuleOfCool: In Tarot's world, each President of the United States is expected to wear PoweredArmor and fight evil in the name of the country, making every one since the founding of the country an expy of ComicBook/IronMan (or, in the case of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington and his battlesuit, Wood Man?).
* RuleOfThree: A rule of magic that is inconsistently applied, and often acts as [[LaserGuidedKarma Magic Guided Karma.]]
* SceneryCensor:
** Played straight (more or less) until issue 17, and then they're averted wholeheartedly. The only female character who doesn't get full frontal nudity is recurring character Crypt Chick and celebrity guest Fiona Horne in "The Witch Queen." [[DoubleStandard Still played straight when it comes to Jon's dangly bits]].
** For some reason, it comes back into play for a few issues around 60-67, but then the series goes back to averting it.
* SecretDiary: A couple of fairies discover Tarot, Raven, and Boo Cat's diaries in "Diary of a Witch."
* SelfInflictedHell: In Issue #36, Jon ventures into a hole to a vast Hell Dimension that Crypt Chick was taken too. After finding Crypt Chick and intending on escaping, he calls out to the thousands of souls trapped there and tells them that he will bring them along if they choose. They all call out to him and are suddenly free of their imprisonment, their souls rising into the heavens as the sun rises.
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: Stretches this trope to the limit with the heroes.
* SexMagic: Among many other forms of magic, witches from partake in sex magic. Especially appropriate, given the [[BestKnownForTheFanservice high count of naked women]].
* StartOfDarkness: While it was the death of their father during a black magic ritual that put Raven Hex over the edge, it was being bullied in her teens for having H-Cup breasts that caused her to start picking up on the dark path of witchery.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: On the rare occasions when Tarot and her friends actually wear clothing, it almost always belongs in this category. Most of it could honestly be called "two strings and a wish". The majority of female characters aren't wearing much more than her.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Partially inverted; Tarot will oftentimes be weakened enough or lose her magic in order to provide FetishFuel for the reader.
* TakeThat:
** Towards ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
--->'''Jon:''' Don't you have a ''Twilight'' movie line to stand in somewhere?\\
'''Licorice Dust:''' SHUT UP! I ''hate'' those movies! ''Fucking'' worst thing that ''ever'' happened to vampires.
** The robots the TSA creates which [[AIIsACrapshoot are useless, perverted, and murderous]] might be one against the agency.
* TakenForGranite: Medusa have appeared in the comic; Tarot was turned to stone by one.
* TarotMotifs: Tarot named herself after it, and they pop up from time to time; they're usually pretty accurate about the predictions.
* TheEndOrIsIt: Averted; despite a few hints dropped (such as the Frankenstein nurse and ginger bread woman), there's virtually no follow-up on any of the potential story lines.
* TheFairFolk: Pop up from time to time, although the miniature pixies/goblins are more common. They appear to lack (or aren't shown) the traditional weaknesses associated with them. This being Tarot, almost all of the them are female and naked.
* ToHellAndBack: Jon does this in issue #36 in order to save Crypt Chick. As this is Tarot, Hell is full of naked women in various states of torment.
* TooDumbToLive: Crops up a few times, but Latex Red gets the prize; she called in a missile strike ''on her exact location''.
* WhamEpisode / LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: [[spoiler:The Norse God arc]].
* WhipItGood: Latex Red's Satanic Schoolgirls use electrified taser towels, and Tonya Kay (a real-life person drawn into the comic) uses a whip. The Dragon Witches famously use their tails to lash Jon during his stay in the realm beyond the mists in issue #10.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Despite being at the mercy of villains dozens of times, none of them ever think to kill Tarot until it's too late.
* YourHeadASplode: In an early issue, one of the members of the witches' circle remotely protecting Tarot suffers a [[{{Gorn}} gruesome]] cranial explosion as he [[HeroicSacrifice absorbs a death blow meant for her.]] Another's head splits vertically, almost in half. They're later shown, [[{{Squick}} still alive and making do with their injuries]], at Tarot's May Day party.
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