History Webcomic / DailyGrind

26th Apr '16 9:39:14 AM DrNovakaine
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* FantasticRacism: There are hints that relations between the different families of animal people aren't as easygoing as they might appear. Overt racism is rare - the one chapter where the issues seems to arise, it ends up being a FalseFlagOperation - but there are hints of lingering tensions, including when a mouse cop and cat politician apparently kill each other (deliberately staged by the mob), and Alice mentions that mixed groups still get rejected from restaurants due to fears of conflict. Also "bug" used as a racial epithet for insectoids, and "spider" being similarly received by the Fae. On top of this, there's the implication that Gadsden is one of the better examples of harmony, which suggests that these issues might be even more serious in the rest of the world.


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* NervesOfSteel: Most of the heroes have their moments, but A. Gana Belea is by far the most unshakable. Doesn't matter whether she's coming face-to-face with a servant of hell, knocked out and abducted by a child slaver with giant clippers, turning the entire concept of magic on its head, or being raged at by the Devil himself (not to mention said Devil probably hating her more than any other mortal in existence), she approaches it all with the same aplomb.


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* PrecisionFStrike: While "damn" and "hell" are thrown around fairly casually, anything more serious is extremely rare to see. When the Dust Bunny finally drops one in Chapter 66, the author comments from the previous page actually warn about it coming up.
25th Apr '16 12:07:22 PM DrNovakaine
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** Portia flips out when asked a direct question during her first appearance, though in a later appearance she's gotten better at contralling herself.

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** Portia flips out when asked a direct question during her first appearance, though in a later appearance she's gotten better at contralling controlling herself.


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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Juliette's motivation while she's broken.
--> '''Juliette:''' I want to drag God out of Heaven, grab him by the lapels, and slap him around! I want to call him a jerkwad to his face, kick him in the 'nads, and throw him down ev'ry available staircase!
** Bumble blames Cyrios for everything that's gone wrong for her and creates havoc to try to get to him, though other characters are all too quick to point out that it was her own choices that led to her fate.
** Eulatti has his in a breakdown in Chapter 84 when he feels abandoned by Cyrios, unable to feel him the way other Fae do. Of all the examples, though, he's the one who gets closest to actually meeting with Cyrios (with the possibility that he did, though the speaker never let it be clear), and he comes to a peaceful resolution as a result.
25th Apr '16 11:53:04 AM DrNovakaine
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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Bolithrans, and the Neo-Nazi equivalent in the Neo-Bolithrans. Winthrop Bolithro instigated a war between the insectoids and basically everyone else for the cause of insectoid supremacy, making him the closest thing the Daily Grind world has to an Adolf Hitler. The Daily Grind ends up mixed up in the schemes of Neo-Bolithrans a number of times, which results in most of the comic's StuffBlowingUp moments.



*** Nematodes, perhaps?

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*** Nematodes, perhaps?Where do the Nematodes fit in?
25th Apr '16 11:38:03 AM DrNovakaine
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* SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsFate: A major (perhaps THE major) running theme throughout the comic. Mortals are special because of their capacity for free will, while Fae and other supernatural beings are largely considered to be lacking free will, only responding to the will of Cyrios (who seems to mostly be an analogue for the monotheistic God/Yahweh/Allah). Just how true this lack of free will among the Fae is, though, is a subject of fairly frequent debate among the characters. Debates about who can exercise free will, and to what extent, show up in other capacities as well.
** Dodger is a construct, and how much freedom he has even after being removed from Royo Awkwat's influence comes up a few times. He has declared himself unable to say certain things despite seeming to know that the information he has would be useful, and it seems that even outside of being controlled, he still has some programming that can be tripped (Chapter 79: Birthday Boy). It seems, though, that he can resist some of his programming to some degree.
** Coil was a repository for Fae power, originally a tool without free will, but gained it after intervention by Doc and Eulatti. This doesn't appear to be limited to just him, as at least one other case of a repository becoming its own person has been displayed, suggesting that over time they can evolve into creatures with free will.
** A big theme in Book XIII, when the gang turns a curse into a sapient magical being. It gains the capacity for free will to some degree, which runs into conflict with its nature as a curse, creating some inner turmoil until the climax sees it embrace the free will side of the debate.
** This also drives the entire plot of Chapter 84, Chutes and Ladders, with Eulatti trying to abdicate because he cannot feel the will of Cyrios like other Fae, leading to renewed discussion of the nature of Fae will. The resolution of that conflict seemed to suggest that, while Fae don't have total free will like mortals do, they also aren't completely disallowed from making their own choices in most matters.
* SlidingScaleOfVisualsVersusDialogue: About as far on the dialogue side as a webcomic can get. As it was inspired by 1930s/40s radio serials, this is quite deliberate.
24th Apr '16 5:31:47 PM DrNovakaine
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* IntrepidReporter: Alice Bryson, Doc's fiancee. Her going after stories is established as an early part of her character, making up parts of chapters 2 and 5, and she's occasionally been seen digging into stories throughout, either independently or intertwining with other Daily Grind activities.
24th Apr '16 5:20:41 PM DrNovakaine
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* AntiMagic: Constance is essentially immune to Fae magic, though not to mortal magic.



* DisabilitySuperpower: Constance Teasdale has a condition called Extreme Pheromone Resistance, which makes her body unresponsive to most insectoid pheromone signals. However, she is able to sense them, which allows her to notice some particularly terrible ones without succumbing to their effects. She's also resistant to insectoid neurotoxins, and her condition might have something to do with her immunity to Fae magic.



** GunsAreWorthless: Played with. There's a lot more dodging and deflection going on than really should be expected, and they don't seem to match up well with magic in most cases. However, there are still many examples of them being effective at injuring, maiming, and killing.

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** * GuileHero: Howlett Creager and Constance Teasdale both. Both of them are extremely good at predicting people and playing them expertly to reach their own ends. Those allied with them know they're playing the game and are usually all too happy to play along, while those opposing them are lucky to get out unscathed.
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GunsAreWorthless: Played with. There's a lot more dodging and deflection going on than really should be expected, and they don't seem to match up well with magic in most cases. However, there are still many examples of them being effective at injuring, maiming, and killing.killing.
* HeelFaceTurn: Loads of them.
** Eduard Varese got power-drunk on a magical artifact, but once that was destroyed he becomes a frequent and valuable ally.
** Dodger, once his bonds are severed, though he was more an unwilling tool than an adversary.
** Norma Galverson and the entire Eyes of the World were the antagonists for all of Book VI, then valued allies since.
** Juliette Peroshay...well, she put it best herself:
--> '''Juliette:''' I tore myself to shreds and tried to destroy the universe, but I'm much better now.
** Toch Kreelnyik was one of the most frequent antagonists throughout the first eight books, but has since reformed and become a frequent ally.
** Lord Sowhen gets a lot nicer once Howlett's poked through his facade and the gang helps reverse the consequences of his actions.


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* MagnificentBastard: Howlett Creager, full stop, though he'll call it being a "crap artist." How much the magnificent part versus the bastard part is on display depends on the situation.
--> '''Sowhen:''' You really are a bastard, Mr. Creager.
--> '''Howlett:''' I take my lead from those around me, Lord Sowhen.
24th Apr '16 4:34:09 PM DrNovakaine
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* CoolSword: Sarx. One of few weapons that can harm non-mortal beings, and is thus strongly feared by them.



* Foreshadowing: All over the place, but sometimes with a LOT of time in between. A good example: Chapter 1, The Crossing Guard, had Jolene referred to as a psychopomp, and you can see the bactruma in her hand in one scene. It's not until Chapter 24, A Long Long Trail A-Winding, two and a half years worth of comics later, that she officially receives the bactruma and the psychopomp status.

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* Foreshadowing: EyeScream: In Chapter 65, when Scratch is trying to do something untoward to Constance, she pulls down his hood and stabs her stinger into his eye. Even considering he deserved it, it's still cringe-worthy.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
All over the place, but sometimes with a LOT of time in between. A good example: Chapter 1, The Crossing Guard, had Jolene referred to as a psychopomp, and you can see the bactruma in her hand in one scene. It's not until Chapter 24, A Long Long Trail A-Winding, two and a half years worth of comics later, that she officially receives the bactruma and the psychopomp status.
24th Apr '16 4:27:10 PM DrNovakaine
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* BadassNormal: Lots of them, all over the place.
** Howlett Creager for sure. The mastermind behind Daily Grind, fluent in many spheres of knowledge, able to verbally outmatch just about anyone up to and including the Devil Himself, and unmatched master of the IndyPloy.
** Doc Chalko also qualifies. He gets into just as much danger as the rest of them with fewer combat abilities to rely on, but manages to hold his own. He's also something of an OmnidisciplinaryScientist given that he's been able to make lots of modifications to his voice box and other devices. [[EmpoweredBadassNormal Empowered]] recently due to having the reforged Sarx bound to him, but he's still pretty close to normal even then.
** Steven Aramis. Even though he's the holder of Sarx, it's clear that he's ridiculously skilled with a sword even before that time. And even with Sarx, there's not much indication that it enhances the user, so most of what he does with it seems entirely on his own skill.
** Can't forget Jolene. [[EmpoweredBadassNormal Empowered]] though she is with her bactruma, even when she doesn't use it she's a force to be reckoned with. She can even dodge bullets!


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** GunsAreWorthless: Played with. There's a lot more dodging and deflection going on than really should be expected, and they don't seem to match up well with magic in most cases. However, there are still many examples of them being effective at injuring, maiming, and killing.


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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The cast has grown steadily since the beginning; though the core has always been the five of Daily Grind, the ancillary cast gets new additions in every book, and many of them become ''frequently'' recurring characters.


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* SherlockScan: Howlett employs this every now and then. In Chapter 6, The Batrachonesian Amphora, he not only passes a test of his skills through his analysis of an artifact, but provides information about it that the tester wasn't even aware of.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Howlett's preferred method of dealing with most situations - though in his case, it's seldom to death so much as to pacification. His ability to verbally outmaneuver his adversaries has rarely found its equal.


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** And almost two ''more'' years of comics later, only 17 more days have passed.
24th Apr '16 3:45:54 PM DrNovakaine
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* {{Asexuality}}: Jolene does not like the idea of sex since [[spoiler: her father sexually abused her]], though she still experiences urges. Tharka is literally asexual as a consequence of Scratch's influence.
* TheAtoner: Toch Kreelnyik, in Chapter 60: Waxing and Waning, named for the process of atoning for Fae. Though his apology tour concludes with the chapter, he continues to try to make amends for past schemes through his actions in subsequent stories.



** Portia flips out when asked a direct question during her first appearance, though in a later appearance she's gotten better at contralling herself.



* TheIlluminati: The Sons of the Black Swan was an organization created by Fremont Gadsen to protect and serve his city. It only existed for about two hundred years, but was jump-started by finding a pirate king's legacy and a VERY powerful immortal sponsor who wanted to escape his dysfunctional family. Most of Gadsen City's officials and megacorporation C.E.O.s joined up to protect and improve the city in exchange for an edge in politics. Unfortunately, by the time Howlett discovers the organization, it has rotted from the inside due to lowered hiring standards, and their leader wanted to pull off the biggest and most destructive heist in history. Howlett, the immortal sponsor, and the only violently loyal black swan Steven (see below) reform the organization after killing every member who screwed Gadsen over.

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* TheIlluminati: The Sons of DeadpanSnarker: About the Black Swan was an organization created by Fremont Gadsen to protect and serve his city. It only existed for about two hundred years, but was jump-started by finding a pirate king's legacy and a VERY powerful immortal sponsor who wanted to escape his dysfunctional family. Most of Gadsen City's officials and megacorporation C.E.O.s joined up to protect and improve the city in exchange for an edge in politics. Unfortunately, by the time Howlett discovers the organization, it has rotted from the inside due to lowered hiring standards, and their leader wanted to pull off the biggest and most destructive heist in history. Daily Grinder that ''isn't'' one is Doc (usually). Howlett, Jolene, and Tharka all have more than their share of moments, but the immortal sponsor, snark queen is Constance.
* Foreshadowing: All over the place, but sometimes with a LOT of time in between. A good example: Chapter 1, The Crossing Guard, had Jolene referred to as a psychopomp, and you can see the bactruma in her hand in one scene. It's not until Chapter 24, A Long Long Trail A-Winding, two and a half years worth of comics later, that she officially receives the bactruma
and the only violently loyal black swan Steven (see below) reform the organization after killing every member who screwed Gadsen over.psychopomp status.


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** Tharka also only wears a vest, though he doesn't have anything to hide anymore anyway...
* TheIlluminati: The Sons of the Black Swan was an organization created by Fremont Gadsen to protect and serve his city. It only existed for about two hundred years, but was jump-started by finding a pirate king's legacy and a VERY powerful immortal sponsor who wanted to escape his dysfunctional family. Most of Gadsen City's officials and megacorporation C.E.O.s joined up to protect and improve the city in exchange for an edge in politics. Unfortunately, by the time Howlett discovers the organization, it has rotted from the inside due to lowered hiring standards, and their leader wanted to pull off the biggest and most destructive heist in history. Howlett, the immortal sponsor, and the only violently loyal black swan Steven (see below) reform the organization after killing every member who screwed Gadsen over.


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*** Nematodes, perhaps?
5th Dec '14 4:06:54 PM kome360
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Howlett is usually the calm, collected pacifist... and then Toch tries to drive his girlfriend insane by making her kill her friends, and she ended up in a coma. Cue RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Lampshaded by almost everyone.
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