History Webcomic / GunnerkriggCourt

30th Jul '16 11:25:30 AM Lanthorn
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* AnachronismStew: [[spoiler: The fashion of the Court in Jeanne's day as conjured by "blue", the fairy who can manipulate memories. The background characters don't matter as long as "blue" can make Jeanne believe everything is normal -- otherwise they'd all be dead.]]



* FacelessMasses: Seen in the background from time to time and lampshaded in Chapter 59 [[spoiler: when Annie, Parley, Red, and "blue" infiltrate Jeanne's memories.]]
-->'''Annie''': And [[spoiler: Jeanne]] isn't going to notice these people don't have faces?\\
'''"blue"''': Nah, background stuff is easy. The hard part is making [[spoiler: her]] think [[spoiler: she]]'s talking to an old friend [ [[spoiler: Parley]] ].



* KickTheDog: In Chapter 31, Renardine and Annie get into the a big fight where they just start kicking the crap out of each other. First, Renard dresses Annie down for cheating on his homework and goes on a tangent about how he would probably have been a better father than Anthony to Annie and that he is an JerkAss that couldn't care for anyone, the latter being a common but somewhat biased opinion of the man. Annie loses it at the jealous, protective fox and straight up tells him [[spoiler:that her mom never loved him and that it was all a cruel trick to capture him]] which Anja very pointedly tell her to keep secret and than tried to make to repeat say it back to her. Renard, grief-stricken and infuriated then tells Annie [[spoiler:that her birth is what killed her mother and that she had to take her to the afterlife because there was nothing left for the Guides to take]]. Annie breaks then and there and you can just see [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone the guilt on Renard's face]] and Annie flees Gunnerkrigg in tears.

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* KickTheDog: In Chapter 31, Renardine and Annie get into the a big fight where they just start kicking the crap out of each other. First, Renard dresses Annie down for cheating on his homework and goes on a tangent about how he would probably have been a better father than Anthony to Annie and that he is an JerkAss that couldn't care for anyone, the latter being a common but somewhat biased opinion of the man. Annie loses it at the jealous, protective fox and straight up tells him [[spoiler:that her mom never loved him and that it was all a cruel trick to capture him]] which Anja very pointedly tell her to keep secret and than tried to make to repeat say it back to her. Renard, grief-stricken and infuriated (and unable to change into his [[TheMindIsThePlaythingOfTheBody more mature wolf form]] by Annie) then tells Annie [[spoiler:that her birth is what killed her mother and that she had to take her to the afterlife because there was nothing left for the Guides to take]]. Annie breaks then and there and you can just see [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone the guilt on Renard's face]] and Annie flees Gunnerkrigg in tears.
7th Jul '16 9:48:05 AM aidreamer
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* TheConspiracy: The Court is highly secretive, has projects with creepy undertones suggesting hidden agendas, uses a lot of SinisterSurveillance, and experiments with the ether towards a mysterious goal. Eglamore states that the Court only lets you see what they want you to see, and hides behind bureaucracy to maintain [[AmbiguouslyEvil plausible deniability]].
24th Jun '16 12:20:29 AM FortuneSnowman
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* BigStupidDoodooHead: Invoked via Parley censoring herself when [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1688 recounting Eglamore's opinions on Tony.]]
14th Jun '16 3:27:13 PM LondonKdS
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* TrainingAccident: Parodied in Chapter 24, in which the teachers take the class on a deliberately hellish camping trip from which pupils are intermittently abducted. The pupils very rapidly work out what's going on and rebel successfully against the teachers, occupying the farmhouse and making the teachers sleep in the cold tents.
13th Jun '16 12:52:32 AM ProfessorWillis
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* HugeGirlTinyGuy: Parley and Smitty; Surma and Rey (technically; human women are generally taller than foxes).

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* HugeGirlTinyGuy: Parley and Smitty; Smitty, especially after [[spoiler:her training under James]]; Surma and Rey (technically; human women are generally taller than foxes).
27th May '16 10:03:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* YouImaginedIt: Annie's early AdultsAreUseless approach wasn't ''quite'' unwarranted.
25th May '16 3:40:14 AM Lanthorn
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'''Tea-san''' (cheerfully): [[RealityEnsues A sword is a tool designed to inflict pain or death on a fellow human!]] Often spiritualised and glorified, they also serve as a physical metaphor for [[HumansAreBastards humanity's]] [[HumansAreDivided eternal,]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters savage]] [[HumanityIsInsane thirst for destruction]]!

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'''Tea-san''' (cheerfully): [[RealityEnsues A sword is a tool designed to inflict pain or death on a fellow human!]] Often spiritualised and glorified, they also serve as a physical metaphor for [[HumansAreBastards humanity's]] [[HumansAreDivided eternal,]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters savage]] [[HumanityIsInsane thirst thirst]] [[HumansKillWantonly for destruction]]!
25th May '16 3:26:50 AM Lanthorn
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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=661 What to do if a robot fancies you]]. [[spoiler:Considering all the Court's robots are "descendants" of a lovesick inventor, this probably happens a lot.]]

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: WhatMeasureIsANonHuman:
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[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=661 What to do if a robot fancies you]]. [[spoiler:Considering all the Court's robots are "descendants" of a lovesick inventor, this probably happens a lot.]]]]
** The Foley students are used as living data crunchers by the Court and in at least one case a major rite of passage into adulthood, being named, is done in a very off-hand manner. Since they can have fun in the aether while their bodies do all the work and they have a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality radically different outlook than humans]] they seem to be unaware of any differences between them and the human students.



** The Foley kids are completely unaware they're being used as living data crunchers by the court because they can have fun in the aether while their bodies do all the work.



* LineOfSightName: Bugsy, the Foley teacher Annie meets, got her name (a major rite of passage for Forest folk) via a Court official glancing at his "wall of [=DVDs=]".



'''Tea-san''' (cheerfully): [[RealityEnsues A sword is a tool designed to inflict pain or death on a fellow human!]] Often spiritualised and glorified, they also serve as a physical metaphor for [[HumansAreBastards humanity's eternal, savage thirst for destruction]]!

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'''Tea-san''' (cheerfully): [[RealityEnsues A sword is a tool designed to inflict pain or death on a fellow human!]] Often spiritualised and glorified, they also serve as a physical metaphor for [[HumansAreBastards humanity's eternal, savage humanity's]] [[HumansAreDivided eternal,]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters savage]] [[HumanityIsInsane thirst for destruction]]!destruction]]!
** Bugsy was bestowed the job of teacher (reading textbooks aloud and writing the contents on a blackboard) by the Court because she had no real skills. Granted, teaching Foley House is more like a vacation if you're an ex-Gilitie Woods person who can astral project and do whatever you want in the aether (in Bugsy's case it's napping).
12th May '16 12:11:11 PM intastiel
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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Annie is so invested in wanting her father's approval that [[spoiler: she's emotionally shattered by his being needlessly harsh in delivering legitimate punishments.]] And of course she doesn't want to talk about it or admit anything is wrong.

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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Annie is so invested in wanting Between Annie's [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=92 mother's death]], learning that [[spoiler:Surma knowingly [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=804 died]] to give birth to her]], her ParentalAbandonment by her father, [[spoiler:being [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1540 emotionally shattered]] by her father's approval that [[spoiler: she's emotionally shattered by harshness and coldness upon his being needlessly harsh in delivering legitimate punishments.]] And of course return]], and her [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1621 debilitating anger issues]], the lack shows. [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1539 Lampshaded]] when she doesn't want to talk about it or admit anything is wrong. seeks emotional help from Ysengrin, who's borderline insane himself.



* UnfortunateImplications: [[invoked]] The first time Annie's father contacts her in years and it turns out to be a coded message. A coded message that doesn't make sense unless you include her father calling her name at the start of that message.
-->'''[[SandInMyEyes Annie]]:''' So... my name was just part of the message? He wasn't really calling me at all?
** Inverted when Donald claims that there are also positive implications. There were a number of ways Anthony could have gotten Donald the message and he chose the one that involved speaking to his daughter.
** Reversed when it's revealed [[spoiler: Anthony didn't mean to call Annie]] and then twisted further when it's revealed [[spoiler: he didn't want her involved with him ever again because he felt he didn't deserve her love after "killing" her mother.]].
* TheUnreveal:
** Ysengrin told Annie what Jones was. Or tried to. We, however, were not privy to that conversation.
** When Jones herself gets around to giving Antimony the longer version of that story, it turns out to be [[spoiler:much, much longer. Jones' conscious recollection begins with the formation of planet Earth itself; even remembering all that, Jones doesn't know what she is, and says she isn't technically immortal because she doesn't even consider herself alive.]]
** When Annie and Smitty visit the laboratory where the human bodies for transfer students from the Forest are grown they meet an androgynous technician who doesn't appear to be [[BeastMan completely human]]. Annie politely asks them if they were a [[OneGenderRace fairy]] or a [[GenderBender creature]] and their reply was [[spoiler:"Neither, I'm from Cardiff"]]. The next scene is Annie and Smitty walking around after they've left the lab.

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* UnfortunateImplications: [[invoked]] The first time Annie's father contacts her in years and it turns out to be a coded message. A coded message that doesn't make sense unless you include her father calling her name at the start of that message.
-->'''[[SandInMyEyes Annie]]:''' So... my name was just part of the message? He wasn't really calling me at all?
** Inverted when Donald claims that there are also positive implications. There were a number of ways Anthony could have gotten Donald the message and he chose the one that involved speaking to his daughter.
** Reversed when it's revealed [[spoiler: Anthony didn't mean to call Annie]] and then twisted further when it's revealed [[spoiler: he didn't want her involved with him ever again because he felt he didn't deserve her love after "killing" her mother.]].
* TheUnreveal:
TheUnreveal:
** Ysengrin told tells Annie what Jones was. Or tried to. We, however, were is -- or tries to. It occurs off-panel and Annie does not privy to elaborate. {{Subverted|Trope}} when she directly asks Jones, who [[spoiler:summarizes her 4.6-billion-year existence, then {{double subver|sion}}ts it by admitting that conversation.
** When Jones
she herself gets around to giving Antimony the longer version of that story, it turns out to be [[spoiler:much, much longer. Jones' conscious recollection begins with the formation of planet Earth itself; even remembering all that, Jones doesn't does not know what she is, and says she isn't technically immortal because she doesn't even consider herself alive.is.]]
** When Annie and Smitty visit the laboratory where the human bodies for transfer students from the Forest are grown they meet an androgynous technician who doesn't appear to be [[BeastMan completely human]]. [[AmbiguousGender androgynous]], AmbiguouslyHuman technician, whom Annie politely asks them if they were [[HumanityEnsues used to be]] a [[OneGenderRace fairy]] or a [[GenderBender creature]] and their forest creature]]. Their reply was [[spoiler:"Neither, is [[spoiler:"[[MathematiciansAnswer Neither]], I'm from Cardiff"]]. The next scene is Annie and Smitty walking around after they've left the lab.outside, confused.
12th May '16 12:17:45 AM Lanthorn
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* AppearanceIsInTheEyeOfTheBeholder:
** Coyote shows Annie three sides of Ysengrin: the psychotic wolf in wooden power-armor, the sickly animal underneath, and his "beautiful" form in the Aether. He tells Annie to decipher which version is which: how Ysengrin views himself, how others view him, and how he really is.
** [[CelestialBureaucracy The Realm Of The Dead]] looks to Aetherical deadzone Kat like a cheap fun house stocked with office supplies and run by people in cheap costumes while to Annie and Mort it's a fantastical place with mystical tools and monstrous guardians. [[spoiler: Turns out Kat's vision is correct, those in charge use the "spookshow" to comfort the ghosts who probably expected something more.]]
** [[spoiler: When Anthony returned to the Court he treated Annie terribly by forcing her to remove her makeup and humiliating her in front of the class; we later learn that when he first saw her in class he thought she was Surma (the "rough" picture of Annie has Surma's curly hair instead of Annie's straight hair) and just freaked out.]]
** [[spoiler: Anthony always stands ramrod straight and seems unflappable in public but in Coyote's version/vision of his visit to the Court to learn why Annie hasn't been to the Woods he looks like a hunchback and described as a "broken man", as Coyote can tell with a sniff the truth about his situation.]]
** Fairies in the real world look like what we'd expect: a tiny flying humanoid (without wings, those are just accessories); in the Aether they look more like living constructions of light.



** Lots of emphasis on the [[EyeTropes eyes]].
** With the addition of [[spoiler:Anthony Carver]], arms and hands have also become significant motifs. [[spoiler:He cuts off his own arm in a desperate attempt to see his wife again; later, Annie's ''other'' psychologically-damaged father-figure, Ysengrin, has his left arm scorched when he attempts to reintegrate Annie with her anger. Reversed with Robot, who gets a biologically-inspired arm and all the new sensations that go with it.]]

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** Lots of emphasis on the [[EyeTropes eyes]].
eyes]]:
*** FamilyEyeResemblance: Played straight with Surma and Annie, averted with Kat: Donny and Anja have BlackBeadEyes when they [[EyeGlasses aren't]] [[EyesAlwaysShut obscured]] while Kat doesn't wear glasses and her eyes are wide open.
*** MonochromaticEyes: Both Jeanne and [[spoiler: Annie's Aetheric side]] have these and appear to be beings of pure emotion, in this case fury.
*** WindowsOfTheSoul: Literally for the fairies as those with BlankWhiteEyes [[spoiler: have their souls elsewhere, the easier to transplant them into the Court's artificial bodies]], averted with Annie whose eyes don't become DullEyesOfUnhappiness or EmptyEyes when she [[spoiler: cuts off her emotions when her father returns]].
*** RedEyesTakeWarning: Played straight with Robot: red eyes mean he's serious about putting a stop to you (green is normal and yellow is caution), subverted with Zimmy: being able to see her red eyes means everything is calm and under control, at least for a moment.
** With the addition of [[spoiler:Anthony Carver]], arms and hands have also become significant motifs. [[spoiler:He cuts off his own arm in a desperate attempt to see his wife again; later, Annie's ''other'' emotionally- and psychologically-damaged father-figure, Ysengrin, father-figure Ysengrin has his left arm scorched when he attempts to reintegrate Annie with her anger. anger (it gets better). Reversed with Robot, who gets a biologically-inspired arm and all the new sensations LimbSensationFascination that go with it.]]



** [[spoiler: Both of Annie's parents: Annie's kind and loving mother was honey-trapping Rey which caused him to steal a man's body, killing him (evidently a mutual friend's) and her strong, intelligent father is capable both willful ignorance (completely dismissing the aetheric while working for an institute that studies it and living with people who utilize it) and weakness (being taken advantage of and bullied by various human and supernatural entities).]]

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** [[spoiler: Both of Annie's parents: Annie's kind and loving mother was honey-trapping Rey which caused him to steal a man's body, killing body which killed him (evidently a mutual friend's) and her strong, intelligent father is capable both willful ignorance (completely dismissing the aetheric while working for an institute that studies it and living with people who utilize it) and weakness (being taken advantage of and bullied by various human and supernatural entities).]]



*** On a more positive note, Robot and Shadow: [[spoiler: after hurting his new robot arm Shadow is ruminating on the new sensation he dubs "pain"; while he's doing this the comic panels get a red border which suddenly disappears the moment he sees Shadow.]]
** Janet and Willy: [[spoiler: Have been hiding their relationship for so long ''no one'' believes their sarcastic confession]]

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*** On a more positive note, Robot and Shadow: [[spoiler: after hurting his new robot "biologic" arm Shadow Robot is ruminating on the new sensation he dubs "pain"; while he's doing this the comic panels get a red border which suddenly disappears the moment he sees Shadow.]]
** Janet and Willy: [[spoiler: Have been hiding their relationship for so long ''no one'' believes their sarcastic confession]]confession and for some reason (probably the fact that Janet's dad is the headmaster) they won't reveal themselves, and yet even Annie noticed they're always near each other and they once did a ''very'' long play about being married.]]


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** Fairies look ''very'' different in the Aether, going from a tiny floating humanoid to a... ''construction'' of light, limbs, and gossamer.
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