History Comicbook / MonicasGang

25th Sep '16 4:25:46 PM Miumia
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* TheCasanova: Curly, from Tina's Pals. It usually [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]], though, since he's far from an infallible example: several stories also have him [[CasanovaWannabe being immediately shot down by the women he hits on]] despite being sure of his charmer skills. Still, in most comics he has a girlfriend ([[YourCheatingHeart one had Curly dating ''three'' girls at the same time]]) or succeeds in wooing a girl, even if at the end she breaks up with him.

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* TheCasanova: Curly, from Tina's Pals. It usually [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]], though, since he's far from an infallible example: several stories also have him [[CasanovaWannabe being immediately shot down by the women he hits on]] despite being sure of his charmer skills. Still, in most comics he has a girlfriend ([[YourCheatingHeart one had Curly dating ''three'' dating]] ''[[YourCheatingHeart three]]'' [[YourCheatingHeart girls at the same time]]) or succeeds in wooing a girl, even if at the end she breaks up with him.him for some comedic reason.
25th Sep '16 4:22:52 PM Miumia
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** Puff, from Tina's Pals, is quite the jealous girlfriend, always assuming her boyfriend Steve is always looking at other women and/or on the verge of cheating on her. One story exaggerated this greatly by showing that she somehow ''engraved his name backwards on his shoe soles'' so that whenever she feels the need to follow him, she knows they're his footsteps. Unlike Isabel, she's completely off the mark, since Steve truly loves her.

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** Puff, from Tina's Pals, is quite the jealous girlfriend, always assuming her boyfriend Steve is always looking at checking other women out and/or on the verge of cheating on her. One story exaggerated this greatly by showing that she somehow ''engraved his name backwards on his shoe soles'' so that whenever she feels the need to follow him, she knows they're his footsteps. Unlike Isabel, she's completely off the mark, since Steve truly loves her.her and her suspicions are proven wrong pretty much every time.
25th Sep '16 7:56:20 AM Miumia
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* TheCasanova: Curly, from Tina's Pals. It usually [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]], though, since he's far from an infallible example: several stories also have him [[CasanovaWannabe being immediately shot down by the women he hits on]] despite being sure of his charmer skills. Still, in most comics he has a girlfriend ([[YourCheatingHeart one had Curly dating ''three'' girls at the same time]]) or succeeds in wooing a girl, even if at the end she breaks up with him.



* ClingyJealousGirl: Rosie Lee has her moments to the point where she throws a fit everytime she sees Chuck with another girl, despite Chuck showing that he only has eyes for her. They do have their share of sweet moments, though, and Chuck himself is also capable of displaying jealousy of her.

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* ClingyJealousGirl: ClingyJealousGirl:
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Rosie Lee has her moments to the point where she throws a fit everytime she sees Chuck with another girl, despite Chuck showing that he only has eyes for her. They do have their share of sweet moments, though, and Chuck himself is also capable of displaying jealousy of her.



** Puff, from Tina's Pals, is quite the jealous girlfriend, always assuming her boyfriend Steve is always looking at other women and/or on the verge of cheating on her. One story exaggerated this greatly by showing that she somehow ''engraved his name backwards on his shoe soles'' so that whenever she feels the need to follow him, she knows they're his footsteps. Unlike Isabel, she's completely off the mark, since Steve truly loves her.



* LoveMakesYouDumb: Or, in a variation, extremely incompetent. Franklin finds out in one comic this is the reason most of his invents didn't work as planned; his crush on Marina made it hard for him to concentrate. Upon hearing this, Smudge suggests that Jimmy might be in love too, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption and that's why his plans never work]]. Jimmy vehemently denies, [[ShipTease but in the next (and final) panel he's dreamily thinking about Monica, with hearts drawn around her in the thought bubble]].

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* LoveMakesYouDumb: Or, in a variation, extremely incompetent. Franklin finds out in one comic this is the reason most of his invents inventions didn't work as planned; his crush on Marina made it hard for him to concentrate. Upon hearing this, Smudge suggests that Jimmy might be in love too, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption and that's why his plans never work]]. Jimmy vehemently denies, [[ShipTease but in the next (and final) panel he's dreamily thinking about Monica, with hearts drawn around her in the thought bubble]].



* ShipTease: Since, aside from Monica and Jimmy, there is another boy and another girl rounding out the leading cast, many readers try pairing Smudge and Maggy together (and some alternate future stories even have them as a pair), despite them already having a girlfriend and a boyfriend, respectively. There's shipping even from some writers (like in a story where a series of misunderstandings causes everyone to think they are dating). Monica also lampshades it:

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* ShipTease: ShipTease:
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Since, aside from Monica and Jimmy, there is another boy and another girl rounding out the leading cast, many readers try pairing Smudge and Maggy together (and some alternate future stories even have them as a pair), despite them already having a girlfriend and a boyfriend, respectively. There's shipping even from some writers (like in a story where a series of misunderstandings causes everyone to think they are dating). Monica also lampshades it:


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** Tina and Curly have had several subtle moments of this, but since both are often dating other people, StatusQuoIsGod usually stops them for going any further than being just good friends. One comic had Tina hearing from a clairvoyance that she'd soon meet the man of her life. On the same day she crashes into her father in a street corner, and when he jokes that ''he'' is the man of her life, Tina shakes off the clairvoyance's prediction by thinking it's not real. The story then cuts to nighttime, when Curly arrives at the same spot because a fortune-teller told him he'd meet the woman of his life there, but since there's no one he mutters that he probably missed her...
11th Sep '16 12:32:52 PM Ntroper
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** Really, the whole manga is about this. Bucky was flanderized into a sexist, controlling, bitter ex to make Isabel's empowering CharacterDevelopment more positive ([[CharacterizationMarchesOn Compare to his manga debut where they broke up because she wanted to do nothing but party but Bucky wanted to dedicate himself to his baseball career), the following chapters after "Shadows of the Past" treat Jimmy's TheBeard with Penha as intentional two-timing when he was actually being blackmailed into going out with her and even Monica seemed to regard that as such at the end of the arc, Maggy thinks it's totally fine to droll over the HotTeacher in front of her boyfriend but she won't accept people calling her out on it or Todd glancing at another girl with the faintest hint of interest, although Todd at least calls her out on it herself and she's upset... Because he found out and didn't think he had noticed.

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** Really, the whole manga is about this. Bucky was flanderized into a sexist, controlling, bitter ex to make Isabel's empowering CharacterDevelopment more positive ([[CharacterizationMarchesOn Compare to his manga debut where they broke up because she wanted to do nothing but party but Bucky wanted to dedicate himself to his baseball career), career]]), the following chapters after "Shadows of the Past" treat Jimmy's TheBeard with Penha as intentional two-timing when he was actually being blackmailed into going out with her and even Monica seemed to regard that as such at the end of the arc, Maggy thinks it's totally fine to droll over the HotTeacher in front of her boyfriend but she won't accept people calling her out on it or Todd glancing at another girl with the faintest hint of interest, although Todd at least calls her out on it herself and she's upset... Because he found out and didn't think he had noticed.
16th Aug '16 5:21:08 AM Ntroper
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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Monica can sometimes act like a self-centered harpy in a way that [[{{Twilight}} Bella]] would never achieve to be, and a bully on top of that, as her treatment of Irene and Sofia shows, and she never accepts anyone disagreeing with her. ever. But she somehow ends up always being in the right, not being called out on any of her bad deeds or getting away with it with nothing but a slap-on-the-wrist.

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Monica can sometimes act like a self-centered harpy in a way that [[{{Twilight}} Bella]] would could never achieve to be, and a bully on top of that, as her treatment of Irene and Sofia shows, and she never accepts anyone disagreeing with her. ever. But she somehow ends up always being in the right, not being called out on any of her bad deeds or getting away with it with nothing but a slap-on-the-wrist.



** Really, the whole manga is about this. Bucky was flanderized into a sexist, controlling, bitter ex to make Isabel's empowering CharacterDevelopment more positive, the following chapters after "Shadows of the Past" treat Jimmy's TheBeard with Penha as intentional two-timing when he was actually being blackmailed into going out with her and even Monica seemed to regard that as such at the end of the arc, Maggy thinks it's totally fine to droll over the HotTeacher in front of her boyfriend but she won't accept people calling her out on it or Todd glancing at another girl with the faintest hint of interest, although Todd at least calls her out on it herself and she's upset... Because he found out and didn't think he had noticed.

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** Really, the whole manga is about this. Bucky was flanderized into a sexist, controlling, bitter ex to make Isabel's empowering CharacterDevelopment more positive, positive ([[CharacterizationMarchesOn Compare to his manga debut where they broke up because she wanted to do nothing but party but Bucky wanted to dedicate himself to his baseball career), the following chapters after "Shadows of the Past" treat Jimmy's TheBeard with Penha as intentional two-timing when he was actually being blackmailed into going out with her and even Monica seemed to regard that as such at the end of the arc, Maggy thinks it's totally fine to droll over the HotTeacher in front of her boyfriend but she won't accept people calling her out on it or Todd glancing at another girl with the faintest hint of interest, although Todd at least calls her out on it herself and she's upset... Because he found out and didn't think he had noticed.
24th Jul '16 10:21:57 AM nombretomado
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* FollowTheLeader: Mauricio admitted a few characters emerged from the desire of Brazilian versions: {{Peanuts}} = the main gang, {{Casper}} = Bug-a-boo, ComicStrip/AlleyOop = Pitheco, ComicStrip/FlashGordon = Bubbly. And the {{Animesque}} teen Monica comes from the popularity of Manga.

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* FollowTheLeader: Mauricio admitted a few characters emerged from the desire of Brazilian versions: {{Peanuts}} ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} = the main gang, {{Casper}} WesternAnimation/{Casper}} = Bug-a-boo, ComicStrip/AlleyOop = Pitheco, ComicStrip/FlashGordon = Bubbly. And the {{Animesque}} teen Monica comes from the popularity of Manga.
20th Jul '16 8:58:26 PM mizorefan
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* DubNameChange: Several names were change in the English localization, like changing typical Brazilian names to similar ones in English.
7th Jul '16 10:35:08 AM AndyLA
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* MealTicket: Subverted with Maggy and Todd, but it had so many hints of this that one story had to address it in order to show that she really wasn’t dating him only because he was the bakery owner’s son and constantly gave her free bread and sweets (which would make him almost a literal meal ticket, funnily enough). The story in case even ends [[HeartwarmingMoment with Maggy willingly choosing Todd over a big basket of bread]], which for her is a ''huge'' deal.

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* MealTicket: Subverted with Maggy and Todd, Toddy, but it had so many hints of this that one story had to address it in order to show that she really wasn’t dating him only because he was the bakery owner’s son and constantly gave her free bread and sweets (which would make him almost a literal meal ticket, funnily enough). The story in case even ends [[HeartwarmingMoment with Maggy willingly choosing Todd Toddy over a big basket of bread]], which for her is a ''huge'' deal.



* BreatherEpisode: Issue #88 is this, a light episode featuring the classic gang's misadventures on Comic Book Experience 2015 (a stand-in for the São Paulo Comic-Con).

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* BreatherEpisode: Issue #88 is this, a light episode featuring the classic gang's misadventures on Comic Book Experience 2015 (a stand-in for the Comic Con Experience in São Paulo Comic-Con).Paulo).


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** Denise also sometimes displays an appalling lack of tact, openly making fun of everyone around her.
7th Jul '16 10:13:43 AM AndyLA
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** Jimmy, whose ambition led him to basically become the TokenEvilTeammate. He's starting to mellow out though, especially after he unwittingly nearly causes Monica to become RetGone.

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** Jimmy, whose ambition led him to basically become the TokenEvilTeammate. He's starting to mellow out though, especially after he unwittingly nearly causes Monica to become RetGone.RetGone [[spoiler:due to his sorrow over losing her to Nick Nope]].
7th Jul '16 10:13:09 AM AndyLA
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* FantasyKitchenSink: No, seriously. You have horror-inspired characters, dinosaurs, talking animals, aliens, Brazilian folklore, angels and demons, and sometimes superheroes or fairies, all in the same comic and continuity, though not always interacting with each other's groups. The thumb rule seems to be that, if it needs to be real for the sake of that story, it's real.

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* FantasyKitchenSink: FantasyKitchenSink / AllMythsAreTrue: No, seriously. You have horror-inspired characters, dinosaurs, talking animals, aliens, Brazilian folklore, angels and demons, and sometimes superheroes or fairies, all in the same comic and continuity, though not always interacting with each other's groups. The thumb rule seems to be that, if it needs to be real for the sake of that story, it's real.



* TheMovie: Quite a few. 1980's "As Aventuras da Turma da Mônica" ("The Adventures of Monica's Gang", the first movie ever released[[note]]not counting a [[MadeForTVMovie TV]] live-action adaptation/spoof of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''[[/note]] and the movie where the aforementioned CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming scene with the mice came from) and 1983's "A Princesa e o Robô" ("The Princess and the Robot"), as well as the more recent Cinegibi (literally "Comic Book Movie", and we mean ''literally''[[note]]The movies are collections of shorts adapted from stories published in the comics, but the literal part is because this is achieved by one of Franklin's inventions: a cross between a movie projector and a blender, where comics pages are fed and turned into the film[[/note]]) series (currently with seven titles, most of them direct-to-DVD), and one about TimeTravel that got released in theaters are noteworthy mentions.

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* TheMovie: Quite a few. 1980's "As Aventuras da Turma da Mônica" ("The Adventures of Monica's Gang", the first movie ever released[[note]]not counting a [[MadeForTVMovie TV]] live-action adaptation/spoof of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''[[/note]] and the movie where the aforementioned CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming scene with the mice came from) and 1983's "A Princesa e o Robô" ("The Princess and the Robot"), as well as the more recent Cinegibi (literally "Comic Book Movie", and we mean ''literally''[[note]]The movies are collections of shorts adapted from stories published in the comics, but the literal part is because this is achieved by one of Franklin's inventions: a cross between a movie projector and a blender, where comics pages are fed and turned into the film[[/note]]) series (currently with seven titles, most of them direct-to-DVD), and one about TimeTravel that got released in theaters are noteworthy mentions. Before that, there's been quite a number of direct-to-video releases containing a series of stories, such as 1988's "A Estrelinha Mágica" ("The Magic Little Star").



** The boys suffer from this when it comes to stealing Samson. One time a friend of Monica's actually ''gave it'' to them since Monica had just bought a doll, and despite rejoicing at first, they got tired pretty quickly, until Monica found out. They like stealing Samson [[BullyingADragon specifically to get Monica get angry]], so just getting it too easily and without her knowing won't do.
** It's quite similar to what happens between Chuck Billy and his friends and Mr. Lau. According to them, the guavas just don't taste the same if Lau isn't running after them yelling and cursing.

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** The boys suffer from this when it comes to stealing Samson. One time a friend of Monica's actually ''gave it'' to them since Monica had just bought a doll, and despite rejoicing at first, they got tired pretty quickly, until Monica found out. They like stealing Samson [[BullyingADragon specifically to get Monica get angry]], so just getting it too easily and without her knowing won't do.
** It's quite similar to what happens between Chuck Billy and his friends and Mr. Lau. According to them, the guavas just don't taste the same if Lau isn't running after them yelling and cursing. In one story in the [=80s=], Chuck decided to plant his own guava tree, but once it started bearing fruit, he didn't like the taste, for this specific reason.



--> '''Monica (thinking Maggy and Smudge are dating)''': [[FanPreferredCouple Our readers have been dreaming about this for decades!]]

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--> '''Monica (thinking '''Monica''' ''(thinking Maggy and Smudge are dating)''': dating)'': [[FanPreferredCouple Our readers have been dreaming about this for decades!]]



** They do give it a shot in the Teen verse. It doesn't pan out, by their own admission.



* TotallyRadical: Some of their slangs sound dated to modern-day speakers.

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* TotallyRadical: Some of their slangs can sound dated to modern-day speakers.



* UniversalAdaptorCast: With both "characters in other settings" and "WholePlotReference stories". Thanks to this, Jimmy Five's been Franchise/{{Batman}}, Film/IronMan and [[Film/XMen Wolverine]], and Chuck Billy's been Film/{{Superman}} and [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Captain America]].

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* UniversalAdaptorCast: With both "characters in other settings" and "WholePlotReference stories". Thanks to this, Jimmy Five's been Franchise/{{Batman}}, Film/IronMan and [[Film/XMen Wolverine]], and Chuck Billy's been Film/{{Superman}} and [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Captain Captain]] [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger America]].



* WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: They made one too, ostensibly parodying the [[Film/StarTrek2009 2009 film]], but making nods to the original series here and there.

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* WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: They made one too, ostensibly basically parodying the [[Film/StarTrek2009 2009 film]], but making nods to the original series here and there.



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Smudge to water. And not large bodies of water, like in having SuperDrowningSkills; even a ''glass of water'' can make him shiver. Many times the writers have invented wild ways to avoid him from getting wet, like having him flap his arms like wings to escape from lakes. Also, while his teen version has shown to get over his fear to a certain degree, he is still not very fond of the idea of bathing[[note]]Brazil is a tropical country, where it's customary to shower/bathe two to three times a day. Smudge only showers once a day.[[/note]].

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Smudge to water. And not large bodies of water, like in having SuperDrowningSkills; even a ''glass of water'' can make him shiver. Many times the writers have invented wild ways to avoid him from getting wet, like having him flap his arms like wings to escape from lakes. Also, while his teen version has shown to get over his fear to a certain degree, he is still not very fond of the idea of bathing[[note]]Brazil is a tropical country, where it's customary to shower/bathe two to three times a day. In his teens, Smudge only showers once a day.[[/note]].



** And Marina is afraid of dogs.

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** And Marina is afraid of dogs.



* CerebusRetcon: The "Tomba" aliens, the "flying donkey" and several elements from the classic series are painted here on a much, '''much''' darker light.
* CerebusSyndrome: The "Flying Donkey" arc introduces us to the biggest horrors in this series' history, Jim stayed dead for most of it, Sunny's Future self comes back to the present timeline to stop Jim from turning the world into a CrapsackWorld as he did in Future!Sunny's original timeline. By exorcising the spirit of the Flying Donkey, the protagonists may have played UnwittingPawn to the Children of Umbra that they thought were victims at first but are hinted to have become evil after 20 years in limbo, and if Future!Denise's words at the end of Issue #79 are any indication, it's not over yet.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Bucky's first appearance in this spin-off was about his break-up with Isabel because all Isabel wanted to do was go out and party, while Bucky needed to prepare for the inter-school tournament. After that Bucky starts acting like a controlling jealous boyfriend.

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* CerebusRetcon: The "Tomba" aliens, the "flying donkey" and several elements from the classic series (up to and including Captain Fray's origins) are painted here on a much, '''much''' darker light.
* CerebusSyndrome: Pretty much any story written by Emerson de Abreu.
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The "Flying Donkey" arc introduces us to the biggest horrors in this series' history, Jim stayed dead for most of it, Sunny's Future self comes back to the present timeline to stop Jim from turning the world into a CrapsackWorld as he did in Future!Sunny's original timeline. By exorcising the spirit of the Flying Donkey, the protagonists may have played UnwittingPawn to the Children of Umbra that they thought were victims at first but are hinted to have become evil after 20 years in limbo, and if Future!Denise's words at the end of Issue #79 are any indication, it's not over yet.
** The Reversed Tower arc (#90-92) is this as well, by making Captain Fray an agent of the pestilence which threatens to corrode the world and reshape it to their own notion of order. The gang has to resort to Maggy's innate magic to guide them, but it falls upon Smudge, the closest person to Captain Fray, to save everyone from the growing madness of the titular place - a series of underground levels designed in the fashion of [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante's Inferno]] by an elite group to assume control over humankind, and upon which an orphanage was built as a front, to which a child Fray was sent after his parents died from a landslide. It turns out that he made a pact with the Serpent, the leader of the insects, to have his life saved in the event, and in return they gave him powers that cause corrosion and decay. Once he reaches adulthood, the Serpent comes to demand he becomes the bearer of the Curse of Pestilence, for if he refuses, it will pass on to the person he loves the most - his nephew, Smudge. And that is how he became the Captain Fray we know.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Bucky's first appearance in this spin-off was about his break-up with Isabel because all Isabel wanted to do was go out and party, while Bucky needed to prepare for the inter-school baseball tournament. After that Bucky starts acting like a controlling jealous boyfriend.



** Manga Issue #35 had a lot of them. A costume party with the characters dressed as many famous figures such as: Franklin as SherlockHolmes, Sunny as [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]], Todd as [[SuperMarioBros Mario]], Marina as Dorothy from Oz, Jeremiah as Mace Windu, Tikara as WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack, Denise as Harley Quinn and many others.

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** Manga Issue #35 had a lot of them. A costume party with the characters dressed as many famous figures such as: Franklin as SherlockHolmes, Sunny as [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]], Todd as [[SuperMarioBros Mario]], Marina as Dorothy from Oz, Jeremiah as Mace Windu, Tikara as WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack, Denise as Harley Quinn (a character she has come to be strongly associated with) and many others.



** [[spoiler: Captain Fray in the manga. He becomes quite TheChessmaster in the latest issue he appeared, and his powers have evolved, making him able to cause erosion.]]

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** [[spoiler: Captain Fray in the manga. He becomes quite TheChessmaster in the latest issue he appeared, and his powers have evolved, making him able to cause erosion. It is later revealed that these powers came from a DealWithTheDevil in return from being saved from a landslide that demolished his home and killed his parents.]]



** Maggy has incredible magical powers as a descendant of the Coven of Hecate, but they needed to be sealed inside her mind due to their highly destructive potential and the eventual toll it would take on her sanity. As such, they can only be triggered through a code phrase, and locked again with another. [[spoiler:It is implied that she loses these powers for good at the end of the Reversed Tower arc, but since she lost her memories of using them when she had her powers re-locked before, you never really know...]]



** Monica, who is basically a brazilian [[{{Twilight}} Bella Swann]]. [[spoiler:UpToEleven in #94, in which the character jumps to disgusting levels of jerkassery, especially in the ending]].
** There's also Bucky, who became a massive sexist, controlling asshat even after his break-up with Isabel.
** Jimmy, whose ambition led him to basically become the TokenEvilTeammate.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: There is also some argument as to Monica and Jimmy's relationship over this (pretty much since they are the only main characters without any kind of engagement). While, as kids, they never get together due to him not seeing her as more than just a friend (and, in the worst-case scenarios, he deems her too ugly to be date-able -- she had made advances on him before), as teenagers, they go one step further, even though he is still too shy to admit it once and for all. So much so, that in one issue, it's Monica who takes it upon herself to have the initiative, by ''stealing a kiss from Jim''. Though he runs away flustered (with her chasing him, "just like the old times"), one can see that deep down he liked it.

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** Monica, who is basically a brazilian [[{{Twilight}} Brazilian [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Bella Swann]].Swan]]. [[spoiler:UpToEleven in #94, in which the character jumps to disgusting levels of jerkassery, especially in the ending]].
** There's also Bucky, who became a massive sexist, controlling asshat asshat, even after his break-up with Isabel.
** Jimmy, whose ambition led him to basically become the TokenEvilTeammate.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: There is also some argument as
TokenEvilTeammate. He's starting to mellow out though, especially after he unwittingly nearly causes Monica and Jimmy's relationship over this (pretty much since they are the only main characters without any kind of engagement). While, as kids, they never get together due to him not seeing her as more than just a friend (and, in the worst-case scenarios, he deems her too ugly to be date-able -- she had made advances on him before), as teenagers, they go one step further, even though he is still too shy to admit it once and for all. So much so, that in one issue, it's Monica who takes it upon herself to have the initiative, by ''stealing a kiss from Jim''. Though he runs away flustered (with her chasing him, "just like the old times"), one can see that deep down he liked it.become RetGone.


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* WillTheyOrWontThey: There is also some argument as to Monica and Jimmy's relationship over this (pretty much since they are the only main characters without any kind of engagement). While, as kids, they never get together due to him not seeing her as more than just a friend (and, in the worst-case scenarios, he deems her too ugly to be date-able -- she had made advances on him before), as teenagers, they go one step further, even though he is still too shy to admit it once and for all. So much so, that in one issue, it's Monica who takes it upon herself to have the initiative, by ''stealing a kiss from Jim''. Though he runs away flustered (with her chasing him, "just like the old times"), one can see that deep down he liked it. However, Monica eventually grew tired of Jim's arrogant claims of "having to defeat her to date her"[[note]](not quite BestHerToBedHer, since there's no physical confrontation or sex involved, but it can be taken as a mild version)[[/note]] and she hitches up with Nick Nope, causing Jim to realize that it was his behavior that pushed Monica away from him (in spite of her not helping matters sometimes; see TheUnfairSex).
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