History Webcomic / AGirlAndHerFed

21st Jun '16 2:16:53 AM Doug86
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A journalism intern haunted by the ghost of Benjamin Franklin finds she is on a terrorist watchlist. When she confronts the unnamed Fed who is set to watch her, things get seriously, fantastically weird. There's [[GovernmentConspiracy government conspiracies]], a talking super-genius koala, and, oh yeah, forty billion undead pixies. Thanks to a tightly-plotted story and a good dash of humor, [[BetterThanItSounds it actually works]].

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A journalism intern haunted by the ghost of Benjamin Franklin finds she is on a terrorist watchlist. When she confronts the unnamed Fed who is set to watch her, things get seriously, fantastically weird. There's [[GovernmentConspiracy government conspiracies]], a talking super-genius koala, and, oh yeah, forty billion undead pixies. Thanks to a tightly-plotted story and a good dash of humor, [[BetterThanItSounds [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds it actually works]].
19th May '16 12:23:08 PM 32_Footsteps
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* EmbarrassingTattoo: The Fed has one.

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* EmbarrassingTattoo: The Fed has one.one - a barbed wire/Celtic knot combination on his upper arm. His excuse was "college."
* EmotionSupression: At the beginning, almost all of the people in the Pocket President program have some level of this to deal with it. [[spoiler: This was intentional by the people behind the program, to make them easier to control.]] Pat is still able to enter this mindset if he feels he needs to, although he even admits how damaging it can be.



* GrievousHarmWithABody

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* GrievousHarmWithABodyGrievousHarmWithABody: Hope is excellent at judo, and Pat is very much a CombatPragmatist, so both will calmly throw one foe into another to make their lives easier in a fight.



* HealingHands: [[spoiler: Smithback]] has this ability, which turns out to be a huge reveal - [[spoiler: he's Mike's uncle]]. Said character offers to teach Hope as well, but she doesn't take to it - apparently, it doesn't mix well with her medical training.
* HeroicBSOD: Ghosts can teleport living people if given enough power, but it has the side effect of making them nigh catatonic for some time. It apparently lasts for around a day, but allies can talk them out of catatonia quicker.



* ISeeDeadPeople: But only if they want you to.

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* ISeeDeadPeople: But only if they want you to.to for the most part. Those born with the ability to see them without being explicitly revealed are said to be extremely rare - Hope is one of them.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: One of the more potent applications of the ghosts' ability to mess with surveillance is the ability to apply this on an individual. [[spoiler: Clarice]] attempts to weaponize this, although it turns out that there are limitations to it - [[spoiler: psychically aware people like Hope]] can potentially get around it.



* PopularityPower: InUniverse, the power an individual ghost can exert without borrowing from or teaming up with another is largely dependent on how much fame they've acquired in the living world. Presidents with less lasting impact like Calvin Coolidge can do little more than light lifting, while a Founding Father like Benjamin Franklin is capable of [[TheProphecy limited views of the future]]. [[spoiler: Having psychic powers also can affect this - there's some cause for concern when one agent commits suicide, and Abraham Lincoln combines both incredible psychic potential and this to be a full-on RealityWarper.]]



* SenseFreak: What happens when Benjamin Franklin is given temporary control over Mulcahy's body - while Ben did promise that he wouldn't do anything Pat wouldn't do, that does mean that Ben spent nine straight hours seeing just what an incredibly in-shape body could do exercise-wise and enjoying all the endorphin rush from that level of exercise.

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* SenseFreak: SenseFreak:
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What happens when Benjamin Franklin is given temporary control over Mulcahy's body - while Ben did promise that he wouldn't do anything Pat wouldn't do, that does mean that Ben spent nine straight hours seeing just what an incredibly in-shape body could do exercise-wise and enjoying all the endorphin rush from that level of exercise.exercise.
** Earlier, what happens when Pat has Ben free all of the agents trapped in the program. Suddenly, the base desires of everyone in the office come to the fore, and the agents as a whole remember both their appetites and their libidos.
-->'''Josh:''' We could remake '''''Film/{{Caligula}}!''''


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* SpiderSense: Upon seeing how quickly Hope takes to firearm training, she and Pat have a discussion on it. Hope conjectures that developing a sense for where an attack comes from might be the first sign of psychic powers, as she compared notes with Mike and both found that they suddenly jumped in skill in judo [[PubertySuperpower around when puberty first kicked in]].


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* ToiletHumor: None of the major characters are afraid to get raunchy or rude, but the best of it has to be Mike, in part because nobody expects it out of the non-violent Zen practitioner.
-->'''Mike:''' I have become one with the dick joke.
10th Mar '16 1:09:35 PM 32_Footsteps
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* AltText: The author started including it roughly around when the first fight with Clarice happened. Frequently used for a further joke, and at least once as a BrickJoke about how "Sparky" sounds like a dog's name.



* BatmanGambit: When Hope decides that she needs to travel more to find experienced psychics, she initially proposes to Pat that she go to China, knowing that he'll quickly suggest Japan (where she actually wants to go) instead. He just as quickly picks up that she was doing this and seems remarkably calm about the ploy.



** [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.937.html The Girl discovers that Ben was involved with Abraham Lincoln]] and says they'll start a club and make matching hats. [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.1146.html 150 or so strips later, he seems awfully disappointed the Girl didn't come.]]

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** [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.937.html The Girl discovers that Ben was involved with Abraham Lincoln]] and says they'll start a club and make matching hats. [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.1146.html 150 or so strips later, he seems awfully disappointed the Girl didn't come.]] [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.1259.html Another 100 strips later, he finally gives it to her.]]


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* OhCrap: Hope's reaction when a ghost pops in next to her but it isn't Benjamin Franklin like she was expecting, but [[spoiler: Abraham Lincoln]].


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* PaintingTheMedium: [[spoiler: Abraham Lincoln]] is repeatedly said to be both extremely powerful and unstable by everyone who has met [[spoiler: someone who was both an incredibly powerful innate psychic as well as one of the most famous people in American history]]. This is reflected in their speech bubbles: the strokes are thicker (even moreso when bold is used to show emphasis), the kerning is uneven, and the alignment of the letters on the same line is ''just'' uneven enough that it's noticeably unsettling without being impossible to read clearly. Best shown [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.1154.html here]], where a standard character's regular and bolded-for-emphasis text can be compared immediately after to the text in question.


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* RealityWarper: [[spoiler: Abraham Lincoln]] is revealed to have the power to create objects ''ex nihilo'' in the real world. [[spoiler: George Washington]], who by all accounts is one of the few who potentially could come close (not even equal) to that level of power, is shocked by this and recognizes that, for all intents and purposes, there is no limit to what that power could potentially do.


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* SenseFreak: What happens when Benjamin Franklin is given temporary control over Mulcahy's body - while Ben did promise that he wouldn't do anything Pat wouldn't do, that does mean that Ben spent nine straight hours seeing just what an incredibly in-shape body could do exercise-wise and enjoying all the endorphin rush from that level of exercise.
10th Mar '16 12:06:25 PM 32_Footsteps
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* FriendToAllLivingThings: Hope is pretty thrilled to have a pretty bird land on her finger... [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.1102.html until Mike is shown with a whole flock attracted to him]]. Possibly a BrickJoke, as he previously mentioned that his partner collects birds.



* [[spoiler:{{Technopath}}]]

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* [[spoiler:{{Technopath}}]]{{Technopath}}: [[spoiler: The default abilities of the unlocked chip, once the agents learn to take control of it. It's said that each person develops their own specialty, but all of them have a strong degree of control over pretty much any networked device.]]


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* UnwantedAssistance: The Bitty Bush is universally seen as an annoyance that makes it impossible to do anything productive. [[spoiler: Which was its whole purpose, making this an InvokedTrope.]] Mulcahy is shown taking what is called an unhealthy quantity of psychiatric drugs just to get it to shut up (with strong implications that he's not an outlier on that count), and Dixon is shown in flashback to have used massive amounts of alcohol for the same purpose.


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* VitriolicBestBuds: Much to the former's surprise, [[spoiler: Pat Mulcahy and George Washington]] develop into this, despite the fact that the latter point-blank admits that he actively dislikes the former. The former is incredulous that the latter would describe their relationship as anything resembling "friendship." The heart of it is that the two do recognize that each of them want what's best for everyone... and disagree on just how to accomplish that to the point of room-destroying violence.


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* YearsTooEarly: George Washington's most frequent go-to insult for Mulcahy is "boy," showing that he doesn't think Mulcahy has the years or the maturity to be in the position he's in.
26th Feb '16 8:36:16 AM Landis
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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The Fed's punishment for allowing [[spoiler: Lincoln to teach Mako's daughter's aikido lesson?]] He needs to help explain slavery and Jim Crow when Avery's old enough.
-->'''The Fed:''' Oh '''God!''' Can't I give her the sex talk instead?
20th Jan '16 5:38:37 PM Biblius
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* DontExplainTheJoke: During a showdown with Clarice, the Girl makes a joke about juggling MacGuffins, and how they are high calorie. She then explains "muffin? macguffin? geddit?"

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* DontExplainTheJoke: During a showdown with Clarice, the Girl makes a joke about juggling MacGuffins, [[MacGuffin Mac Guffins]], and how they are high calorie. She then explains "muffin? macguffin? geddit?"
20th Nov '15 8:51:35 AM ThAlEdison
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* Greek Key, coming October 2015

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* [[http://www.amazon.com/Greek-Key-ebook/dp/B0176JYLXO Greek Key, coming October 2015
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7th Aug '15 9:12:48 AM MiracleActive
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* HasTwoThumbsAnd: [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.468.html Speedy tries this]], but is foiled by [[TalkingAnimal not having thumbs]]. (This is unintentionally hilarious for a completely different reason: real Koalas actually have ''four'' thumbs.)
6th Jul '15 7:54:45 PM RobinZimm
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* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: [[spoiler: Invoked.]]

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* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: [[spoiler: Invoked.]]Among the problems faced in the first major plot arc is [[spoiler:the Bitty Bush, which was ''designed'' to have this effect on the Agents]].
27th Jun '15 5:33:50 PM LentilSandEater
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* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: [[spoiler: Enforced.]]

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* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: [[spoiler: Enforced.Invoked.]]
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