History Webcomic / SkinDeep

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* BlessedWithSuck: Debated within the comic itself. Michelle wavers between this and CursedWithAwesome while her more experienced friends assert that both interpretations are overly dramatic, though Jim later reveals that Meriel and Greg aren't really as sanguine as they appear.

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* BlessedWithSuck: Debated within the comic itself. Michelle wavers between this and CursedWithAwesome while her more experienced friends assert that both interpretations are overly dramatic, though Jim later reveals that Meriel Merial and Greg aren't really as sanguine as they appear.



** Eustace complains that European-descended mythicals don't give Native American spirit animals like himself a fair shake.
** When Michelle asks Marshall if he's a crow spirit he immediately replies "I'm a Raven. Crows are filthy animals."
** Leah Tanno is Japanese, but as her gryphon form combines two North American animals (peregrin falcon and bobcat) her gryphon ancestor (who could have been dozens of generations back) must have been a gaijin. While she hasn't complained about overt discrimination back home she still moved to England because [[InternalizedCategorism she never felt like she fit in Japan]].

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** Eustace complains that European-descended mythicals don't give ignore Native American spirit animals like himself a fair shake.
himself.
** When Michelle asks misidentifies Marshall if he's the spirit raven as a crow spirit he immediately replies "I'm a Raven. Crows "Crows are filthy animals."
** Leah Tanno is Japanese, but as her gryphon form combines two North American animals (peregrin falcon and bobcat) her gryphon ancestor (who could have been dozens of generations of "false humans" back) must have been a gaijin. While she hasn't complained about overt discrimination back home she still moved to England because [[InternalizedCategorism she never felt like she fit in back in Japan]].



* FeatherFingers: A [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/greetings-from-dogpatch-7-halt/ chickadee]] in the Dogpatch arc has them. It appears to be a stylistic choice on the feathered character's part, since it's all magic either way.

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* FeatherFingers: A [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/greetings-from-dogpatch-7-halt/ Hank the chickadee]] in the Dogpatch arc "Greetings from Dogpatch" has them. It appears to be a stylistic choice on the feathered character's part, his part since it's all magic either way.



* TheFreakshow: Mr. Finn and Django used to work in one.

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* TheFreakshow: Mr. Finn and his best friend Django used to work Henge traveled with sideshow during their year in one.America, though Mr. Finn insists he was a "rousty" (roustabout) implying Django was an exhibit.



** Jim can be a bit of a self-centered dick and people would probably hate him if he wasn't also endearingly goofy and extremely charming. He also leaped to defend his friends against a monster, a demon and a dragon without hesitation and he bought Michelle some of Eustace's (implied to be expensive) magic earrings to help keep her safe.



* LimitedShapeshifting
** Medallions allow the wearer to assume their true form, a human form, and a midform somewhere in between. All appear subject to MorphicResonance, so brothers like Jim and Colin retain their StrongFamilyResemblance in all their forms.
** Nixies can shift their tails into legs and morph away their gills when they are not needed, though they still need medallions to appear human.
* MagicPants: Clothes get magically "stored" somewhere whenever one of the Masquerade assumes their fully mythical form. So far Michelle's shirt has been the only exception, as it does not disappear in full form. (she has yet to develop a midform) so she has to wear a shirt cut to accommodate her wings. Eyeglasses seem to work inconsistently too: Merial discards hers when she transforms, but Jim's father's get stored along with his clothes. WordOfGod states different types of medallions offer different levels of MagicPants depending upon how much assistance a creature needs to assume human form.

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* LimitedShapeshifting
** Medallions allow the wearer to assume their true form, a human form, and a midform somewhere in between. All appear subject to MorphicResonance, so brothers like Jim and Colin retain their StrongFamilyResemblance in all their forms.
** Nixies can shift their tails into legs and morph away their gills when they are not needed, though they still need medallions to appear human.
* MagicPants: Clothes get magically "stored" somewhere whenever one of the Masquerade assumes their fully mythical form. So far Michelle's shirt has been the only exception, as it does not disappear in full form. (she has yet to develop a midform) so she has to wear a shirt cut to accommodate her wings. Eyeglasses seem to work inconsistently too: Merial discards hers when she transforms, but Jim's father's get stored along with his clothes. According to WordOfGod states different types of medallions offer different levels of MagicPants depending upon how much assistance a creature needs to assume human form.because the spells vary and each medallion is effectively hand crafted.



** Meriel always wears skirts, which makes sense considering her true form has a tail instead of legs.

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** Meriel Merial always wears skirts, which makes sense considering her true form has a tail instead of legs.



* PartialTransformation: In addition to transforming between their human and mythical forms, most characters can assume a "midform" that is essentially an anthropomorphized version of their creature. Greg specifically notes that he had to re-learn the banjo with the three-fingered hands of his satyr form.

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* PartialTransformation: In addition to transforming between their human and mythical forms, most characters can assume a "midform" that is essentially an anthropomorphized version of their creature. Greg specifically notes that he had to re-learn the banjo with the three-fingered hands of his satyr form. All appear subject to some degree of MorphicResonance, as the various brothers all retain some degree of family resemblance even when they are in different forms.


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** Nixies can assume a humanoid form using their natural shapeshifting though they still need medallions to appear human.


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* SlapSlapKiss: Lily's prank offensive against Alec in "The Bugbear Talisman" has strong flirting overtones leaving the impression that it may have actually been a backhanded attempt to get him to pay more attention to her.
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* MagicPants: Clothes get magically "stored" somewhere whenever one of the Masquerade assumes their fully mythical form. So far Michelle's shirt has been the only exception, as it does not disappear in full form. (she has yet to develop a midform) so she has to wear a shirt cut to accommodate her wings. Eyeglasses seem to work inconsistently too: Merial discards hers when she transforms, but Jim's father's get stored along with his clothes.

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* MagicPants: Clothes get magically "stored" somewhere whenever one of the Masquerade assumes their fully mythical form. So far Michelle's shirt has been the only exception, as it does not disappear in full form. (she has yet to develop a midform) so she has to wear a shirt cut to accommodate her wings. Eyeglasses seem to work inconsistently too: Merial discards hers when she transforms, but Jim's father's get stored along with his clothes. WordOfGod states different types of medallions offer different levels of MagicPants depending upon how much assistance a creature needs to assume human form.
17th Aug '16 6:55:29 PM JustKnown
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[[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/ Skin Deep]] is a webcomic created by Kory Bing. [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/issue-1-cover/ (New readers, start here)]] The basic concept is that mythological creatures are real, and disguise themselves as human using magical medallions. They often live in or near "Avalons", hidden places for them to act as themselves.

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[[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/ Skin Deep]] is a webcomic created by Kory Bing. [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/issue-1-cover/ (New readers, start here)]] The basic concept is that mythological Mythological creatures are real, and disguise themselves as human using magical medallions. They often live in or near "Avalons", hidden places for them to act as themselves.



[[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/greetings-from-dogpatch-page-1/ Greetings From Dogpatch]] takes us on a slightly [[IncrediblyLamePun off-road trip]] with the angel Gabriel as he (or she) investigates the events of past chapters.

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[[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/greetings-from-dogpatch-page-1/ Greetings From Dogpatch]] takes us on a slightly [[IncrediblyLamePun off-road trip]] with the angel Gabriel Gabe as he (or she) investigates the events of past chapters.



* GoKartingWithBowser: The angel Gabriel and the demonic Grimm Brothers have a standing Friday night poker date.

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* GoKartingWithBowser: The Gabe the angel Gabriel and the demonic Grimm Brothers have a standing Friday night poker date.



* HimeCut: Leah wears a hime cut wig to Jim's going away party, perhaps to remind everyone that she's Japanese because you can't tell a gryphon's national origin by looking at them.

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* HimeCut: Leah wears a hime cut wig to Jim's going away party, perhaps to remind everyone that she's Japanese because you can't tell a gryphon's national origin by looking at them.Japanese.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Gabe. He's bossy, arrogant and hostile towards everyone, but he works hard to keep people safe.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Gabe. He's Gabe is bossy, arrogant and hostile towards everyone, but he works hard to keep people safe.



* ItsPronouncedTropay: Meee-shell, just like the Beatles song, because her father loved to sing it as her lullaby.

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* ItsPronouncedTropay: Meee-shell, just like the Beatles song, because which her father loved to sing it as to her lullaby.as a child.


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* MinionWithAnFInEvil [=/=] HeroWithAnFInGood: played as counterparts to each other in the "Welcome to Dogpatch Arc".
**It's not that the demonic Grimm Brothers don't want to be evil, they just don't tend to be very good at it. Mikhail in particular is so hapless he almost crosses over into IneffectualSympatheticVillain territory
** Just because angels have to do the right thing doesn't mean Gabe has to be pleasant about it, or set a good example otherwise. If anything Gabe tends to be a good example of bad behaviors when not actually battling demons.
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* AloofBigBrother: Played with:
** Ike Sanford is a solid subversion: His mum may drive him to distraction but he clearly loves his little (half) brothers.
** Paulie Finn appears to be aiming for aloofness (at least as far as Jim and family tradition are concerned) but neither Jim nor Colin lets him get away with it for long.
** Jon Lyon likewise appears to be trying to play it the straightest but his anger management issues won't let him get away with it either.



* TheCallPutMeOnHold: Sam gets harassed because his TransformationTrinket never worked for some reason although he was born (in human form) into a family of gryphons.

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* TheCallPutMeOnHold: Sam gets harassed because his TransformationTrinket never worked for some reason although he was born (in human form) into to a family of gryphons.gryphon father and human mother.



* DoggedNiceGuy: Greg. Merial proved immune, but it appears to be working on Michelle



** When Michelle asks Marshall if he's a crow spirit he immediately replies "Raven. Crows are filthy animals."
** Leah Tanno is Japanese, but as her gryphon form combines two North American animals (peregrin falcon and bobcat) her gryphon ancestor (who could have been dozens of generations back) must have been a gaijin. While she hasn't complained about overt discrimination in Japan she still moved to England because [[InternalizedCategorism she never felt like she fit in at home]].

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** When Michelle asks Marshall if he's a crow spirit he immediately replies "Raven."I'm a Raven. Crows are filthy animals."
** Leah Tanno is Japanese, but as her gryphon form combines two North American animals (peregrin falcon and bobcat) her gryphon ancestor (who could have been dozens of generations back) must have been a gaijin. While she hasn't complained about overt discrimination in Japan back home she still moved to England because [[InternalizedCategorism she never felt like she fit in at home]].Japan]].



* HiddenElfVillage: The Avalons, places where mytholos walk around openly. They range from remote villages like Wonderland, to single shops like the Southwest Missouri Avalon, to concealed neighborhoods like the Liverpool Avalon (which is housed in the empty shell of a huge warehouse.)

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* HiddenElfVillage: The Avalons, places where mytholos mythologics walk around openly. They range from remote villages like Wonderland, to single shops like the Southwest Missouri Avalon, to concealed neighborhoods like the Liverpool Avalon (which is housed in the empty shell of a huge warehouse.)



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Gabe. He's bossy, arrogant and hostile towards everyone, but he works hard to keep people safe.



*InternalizedCategorism: Greg ''hates'' satyrs. Too bad he is one.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Gabe. He's bossy, arrogant and hostile towards everyone, but he works hard to keep people safe.



* ItsPronouncedTropay: Meee-shell, just like the Beatles song, and her father used to sing it as her lullaby.

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* ItsPronouncedTropay: Meee-shell, just like the Beatles song, and because her father used loved to sing it as her lullaby.



* LimitedShapeshifting
**Medallions allow the wearer to assume their true form, a human form, and a midform somewhere in between. All appear subject to MorphicResonance, so brothers like Jim and Colin retain their StrongFamilyResemblance in all their forms.
** Nixies can shift their tails into legs and morph away their gills when they are not needed, though they still need medallions to appear human.



** Jim's little brother Colin provides amusing reinforcement to Jim's point: He can hardly wait to get his medallion and assume human form but the interval between being thrilled that he can finally wear clothes and dismay that he has to can be measured in minutes. He still likes the opposable thumbs.

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** Jim's little brother Colin provides amusing reinforcement to Jim's point: He can hardly wait to get his medallion and assume human form but the interval between being thrilled that he can finally wear clothes and dismay that he has he's now required to can be measured in minutes. He still likes the opposable thumbs.



* OnlySixFaces: A lot of the characters have the same beak-nose and face at first, but the art improved rather rapidly; this is especially obvious when the artist switched from traditional pen-and-watercolor to Photoshop - compare the first page to the latest one, in which the characters have distinctive noses and jawlines.

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* OnlySixFaces: A lot of the characters have had the same beak-nose and face at first, but the art improved rather rapidly; this is especially obvious when the artist switched from traditional pen-and-watercolor to Photoshop - compare the first page to the latest one, in which the characters have distinctive noses and jawlines.



** Harpies apparently come in a few varieties as well, with Abigail appearing something like a WingedHumanoid, while [[spoiler: Anthony]]'s wings are also arms.
** OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Merial is a Nixie, which is like a mermaid, but with more fangs and water powers and the ability to transform without a medallion. She has a fish man-like appearance in her midform.

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** Harpies apparently come in a few varieties as well, with Abigail appearing something like a WingedHumanoid, while [[spoiler: Anthony]]'s wings are also arms.
Anthony]] looks like the traditional bird with a human head.
** OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Merial is a Nixie, which is like a mermaid, but with more fangs and water powers and the a limited ability to transform without a medallion. She has a fish man-like appearance in her midform.



** Merial's medallion provides human disguise only because her actual transformations are all accomplished using her natural shapeshifting, so she has to wear glasses in her human form because her eyes remain optimised for underwater vision, which her disguise-only medallion can't fix.



* TransformationTrinket: Medallions. Some are apparently older (with stronger magic) than others.

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* TransformationTrinket: Medallions. Some are apparently older (with stronger but wilder magic) than others.
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** [[spoiler: And by ''Illumination,'' Jim's baby brother Colin has gotten his medallion... and his bright blue hair. Jim's no longer the only living Finn with the curse.]]

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** [[spoiler: And by ''Illumination,'' Jim's baby brother Colin has gotten his medallion... and his bright blue hair. hair shows that Jim's no longer the only living Finn with the curse.]]



* CuteLittleFangs: Michelle in sphinx form, and at least once in human form when she was eating.

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* CuteLittleFangs: Michelle in sphinx form, and at least once also in human form as seen when she was yawning or eating.



** Eustace complains that European-descended mythicals don't give native american spirit animals like himself a fair shake.

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** Eustace complains that European-descended mythicals don't give native american Native American spirit animals like himself a fair shake.shake.
** When Michelle asks Marshall if he's a crow spirit he immediately replies "Raven. Crows are filthy animals."
** Leah Tanno is Japanese, but as her gryphon form combines two North American animals (peregrin falcon and bobcat) her gryphon ancestor (who could have been dozens of generations back) must have been a gaijin. While she hasn't complained about overt discrimination in Japan she still moved to England because [[InternalizedCategorism she never felt like she fit in at home]].



-->'''Jim''': "It's just like riding a bike".
-->'''Michelle''': "I broke my arm riding a bike."

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-->'''Jim''': "It's It's just like riding a bike".
bike.
-->'''Michelle''': "I I broke my arm riding a bike."



* GoKartingWithBowser: The angel Gabriel and the demonic Grimm Brothers have a standing Thursday night poker date.

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* GoKartingWithBowser: The angel Gabriel and the demonic Grimm Brothers have a standing Thursday Friday night poker date.



* HeroOfAnotherStory: the ''Exchanges'' arc runs on this trope as the POV shifts to follow a new group of characters every time their paths intersect.



* HimeCut: Leah wears a hime cut wig to Jim's going away party, perhaps to remind everyone that she's Japanese because you can't tell a gryphon's national origin by looking at them.



* InsistentTerminology: It's "pterippi", not "pegasus", thank you very much. Calling all winged horses Pegasus would be like calling all humans "Adam".



* InterspeciesRomance: When in human form, the mythical creatures can marry ordinary humans and raise human children (termed "false humans"), however, the child will "revert" back to a mythical form if they come into contact with one of the medallions. The creatures themselves can interbreed to an extent, but "[[http://booker.deviantart.com/art/Reader-Questions-12-17-150169838 it's complicated]], it's [[AWizardDidIt magic]], [[BellisariosMaxim don't worry about it]]." Interspecies romance is mandatory for the MonogenderMonsters like Harpies and Nixies.

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* InterspeciesRomance: When in human form, the mythical creatures can marry ordinary humans and raise human children (termed "false humans"), however, the child will "revert" back to a mythical form if they come into contact with one of the medallions. The creatures themselves can interbreed to an extent, but "[[http://booker.deviantart.com/art/Reader-Questions-12-17-150169838 it's it's complicated]], it's [[AWizardDidIt magic]], [[BellisariosMaxim don't worry about it]]." Interspecies romance is mandatory for the MonogenderMonsters like Harpies and Nixies.Nixies.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Michelle spends the first few weeks after her tranformation as a one girl pity party until Jim not-so-gently reminds her to pull her head out of her ass by asking if she'd even noticed that Greg and Merial have problems too.



** To put a few examples: A griffin leaps at him? It's soon defeated. A satyr stags him with a headbutt? [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu He nearly broke his neck doing so]]! [[KillItWithWater Drown him]]? [[DeathisCheap It's simply resuscitated]]...[[spoiler: He turns out to be unkillable because he's already dead. The demon brothers fear retribution for killing him to use as an undead weapon.]]

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** To put a few examples: A griffin leaps at him? It's soon defeated. A satyr stags staggers him with a headbutt? [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu He nearly broke his neck doing so]]! [[KillItWithWater Drown him]]? [[DeathisCheap It's simply resuscitated]]...[[spoiler: He turns out to be unkillable because he's already dead. The demon brothers fear retribution for killing him to use as an undead weapon.]]



* IJustWantToBeNormal: Michelle starts out with this attitude, unsurprisingly, but it soon becomes "I just want to be normal, with flying". Jim eventually lectures her (while flying) that it all depends upon your definition of "normal", and Michelle would be much happier if she stopped trying to draw an artificial line between her sphinx and human lives.
-->'''Jim''': "On two legs or four, you're still Michelle Jocasta."

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: Michelle starts out with this attitude, unsurprisingly, but though it soon becomes "I just want to be normal, with flying".but flying is cool". Jim eventually lectures her (while flying) that it all depends upon your definition of "normal", and Michelle would be much happier if she stopped trying to draw an artificial line between her sphinx and human lives.
-->'''Jim''': "On On two legs or four, you're still Michelle Jocasta."Jocasta.
* ItsPronouncedTropay: Meee-shell, just like the Beatles song, and her father used to sing it as her lullaby.



* MistakenForGay: Blanche, by pretty much everybody. It really bugs him when he hears this from his best friend Tony, who's the one person Blanche figures should know better



** Alec's bugbear abilities and inclinations make him an ideal doorman (guard, actually) for the Liverpool Avalon.

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** Alec's bugbear abilities and inclinations make him an ideal volunteer doorman (guard, actually) for the Liverpool Avalon.



* NoNudityTaboo: Played with. All mythicals (except Michelle for some reason) become become nude in full-form due to the MagicPants effect inherent in their medallions, which makes sense because most of their full mythical forms make some or all clothing unnecessary or impractical. Jim mentions centaurs, who can wear shirts but have to leave their "Horse Bits" exposed for all to see, but also mentions that mythicals born mythical are perfectly comfortable with nudity since they couldn't even wear clothes until they get their first medallions. Contrast Merial, who seems quite comfortable nude in her full Nixie form, with Michelle, who insists on wearing a shirt even though she just has to cope with her butt being on full display. Despite this, most mythicals do wear clothes in human and mid-form, either due to practicality (pockets!) or as a means of expression as exemplified by the music scene in the Liverpool Avalon.

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** It's also subverted when Eustace asks Michelle if she'd tried escaping the Bloodcarver's bonds by transforming into a human:
-->'''Michelle''' Would that have worked?
-->'''Eustace''' Probably not.
* NoNudityTaboo: Played with. All mythicals (except Michelle for some reason) become become nude in full-form due to the MagicPants effect inherent in their medallions, which makes sense because most of their full mythical forms make some or all clothing unnecessary or impractical. Jim mentions centaurs, who can wear shirts but have to leave their "Horse Bits" exposed for all to see, but also mentions that mythicals born mythical are perfectly comfortable with nudity since they couldn't even wear clothes until they get their first medallions. Contrast Merial, who seems quite comfortable nude in her full Nixie form, with Michelle, who insists on wearing a shirt even though she just has to cope with her butt being on full display. Despite this, most mythicals do wear clothes in human and mid-form, either due to practicality (pockets!) or as a means of expression as exemplified by the music scene in the Liverpool Avalon.



** Michelle curls up like a cat when she's lying down, though that may not mean much as it could easily be a stress-induced fetal position.

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** Michelle retains her CuteLittleFangs and curls up like a cat when she's lying down, though that may not mean much as it could easily be a stress-induced fetal position.



** OurGryphonsAreDifferent: Several different types of gryphon exist, with Jim, a main character, as an '''Opinicus''' (aka ''Maned Gryphon'') with bird wings and a raven-like pointed beak, but otherwise lion-like in most respects. Reverse gryphons are also present.

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** OurGryphonsAreDifferent: Several different types of gryphon exist, with Jim, a main character, as an '''Opinicus''' (aka ''Maned Gryphon'') with bird wings and a raven-like pointed beak, but otherwise lion-like in most respects. Reverse gryphons are also present.present, as well as variant gryphons combining different cats and raptors than the traditional eagle and lion.



* PunnyName: Blanche Noir. Doubles as GratuitousFrench.



* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The Bloodcarver (who seems like a nice guy despite his name) violates explicit orders from "The Father" (whoever that is) and lets Michelle go because she is, as he tells Gabriel, "obviously innocent" and "a frightened child".

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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The Bloodcarver (who seems like a nice guy despite his name) violates explicit orders from "The Father" (whoever that is) and lets Michelle go because she is, as he tells Gabriel, "obviously innocent" and "a frightened child".child" who is "obviously innocent".
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** To put a few examples: A griffin leaps at him? It's soon defeated. A satyr stags him with a headbutt? [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu He nearly broke his neck doing so]]! [[KillItWithWater Drown him]]? [[DeathisCheap It's simply resuscitated]]...[[spoiler: He turns out to be unkillable because he's already dead. The demon brothers fear retribution for killing him.]]

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** To put a few examples: A griffin leaps at him? It's soon defeated. A satyr stags him with a headbutt? [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu He nearly broke his neck doing so]]! [[KillItWithWater Drown him]]? [[DeathisCheap It's simply resuscitated]]...[[spoiler: He turns out to be unkillable because he's already dead. The demon brothers fear retribution for killing him.him to use as an undead weapon.]]



** Michelle curls up like a cat when she's lying down. Apparently she can no longer lie prone like a human.

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** Michelle curls up like a cat when she's lying down. Apparently she can no longer lie prone like down, though that may not mean much as it could easily be a human.stress-induced fetal position.



* OneGenderRace: Satyrs are all male. Harpies are all female. [[spoiler: Which is why it's so confusing when Anthony turns into a harpy but remains male. Turns out his mother was a harpy who used a transformation spell to become human when she fell in love with Anthony's father and that spell had a hidden price.]]

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* OneGenderRace: Satyrs are all male. Harpies are all female. [[spoiler: Which is why it's so confusing when Anthony turns into a harpy but remains male. Turns out his mother was a harpy who used a transformation spell to become human when she fell in love with Anthony's father and that spell had a hidden price.]]]] Strong magic can subvert these general rules, however.



** InUniverse the term "monster" is used generally for creatures who have no medallions to assume human form (like Harpies), more specifically for non-sapient creatures like the nightmare and the MoMo, and very specifically for those who prey on other sapients like most manticores.

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** InUniverse the term "monster" is used generally for creatures who have no medallions to assume human form (like Harpies), more specifically for non-sapient creatures like the nightmare and the MoMo, Momo, and very specifically for those who prey on other sapients like most manticores.



** OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Merial is a Nixie, like a mermaid, but with more fangs and water powers. She has a fish man-like appearance in her midform.

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** OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Merial is a Nixie, which is like a mermaid, but with more fangs and water powers.powers and the ability to transform without a medallion. She has a fish man-like appearance in her midform.



* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The Bloodcarver (a giant imposing dragon, who seems like a nice guy despite his name) violates explicit orders from "The Father" (whoever that is) and lets Michelle go because she is, as he tells Gabriel, "obviously innocent" and "a frightened child".

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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The Bloodcarver (a giant imposing dragon, who (who seems like a nice guy despite his name) violates explicit orders from "The Father" (whoever that is) and lets Michelle go because she is, as he tells Gabriel, "obviously innocent" and "a frightened child".
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** Abandoned theaters, roadside attractions, and themeparks.



* LostTechnology: The secret of making medallions has been lost [[spoiler: because the sphinx were making them]]



* MagicPants: Clothes get magically "stored" somewhere whenever one of the Masquerade assumes their fully mythical form. So far Michelle's shirt has been the only exception, as it does not disappear in full form (she has yet to develop a midform)so she has to wear a shirt cut to accommodate her wings. Eyeglasses seem to work inconsistently too: Merial discards hers when she transforms, but Jim's father's get stored along with his clothes.

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* MagicPants: Clothes get magically "stored" somewhere whenever one of the Masquerade assumes their fully mythical form. So far Michelle's shirt has been the only exception, as it does not disappear in full form form. (she has yet to develop a midform)so midform) so she has to wear a shirt cut to accommodate her wings. Eyeglasses seem to work inconsistently too: Merial discards hers when she transforms, but Jim's father's get stored along with his clothes.


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* SureLetsGoWithThat: Gabe's response when Eustace and Hank [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/greetings-from-dogpatch-49-goodbye-mike/ prove more capable than he assumed.]]
11th Jul '16 11:06:22 AM maddthesane
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** DoNotTauntCthulhu: Lily Snodgrass, a mischievous glaistig, used a "Bugbear Talisman" to successfully evade Alec's "[[SpiderSense radar]]" and prank him by placing a bucket above his door. However, while he did fall for the prank, Alec is perfectly aware that Lily was responsible, and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero ss a result]], [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/bugbear-talisman-11-being-of-extreme-interest/ intends to make it up to her]], [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/the-bugbear-talisman-12-the-greatest-day/ promptly conjuring bees from her cup of mead]].

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** DoNotTauntCthulhu: Lily Snodgrass, a mischievous glaistig, used a "Bugbear Talisman" to successfully evade Alec's "[[SpiderSense radar]]" and prank him by placing a bucket above his door. However, while he did fall for the prank, Alec is perfectly aware that Lily was responsible, and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero ss as a result]], [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/bugbear-talisman-11-being-of-extreme-interest/ intends to make it up to her]], [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/the-bugbear-talisman-12-the-greatest-day/ promptly conjuring bees from her cup of mead]].
10th Jul '16 7:53:18 AM JustKnown
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* FantasticRacism: As should probably surprise no one, even mythical creatures are not immune to this all-too human failing.
** Ike Sanford gets a lot of prejudice because he's half manticore. Worse, his own mother Lynn is a vicious bigot with no filter. [[spoiler: Ike's girlfriend Rhonda is determined to make Lynn's prejudice as self-punishing as possible, hence the title of the side-story "kill them with kindness".]]
** Eustace complains that European-descended mythicals don't give native american spirit animals like himself a fair shake.
** Jim is not particularly fond of bugbears, but insists it's due to ''experience'' instead of prejudice.



* GeniusBonus: Pretty much all of the mythicals have a solid basis in folklore that their roles in the story either underscore or subvert.

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* GeniusBonus: Pretty much all of the mythicals mythical creatures have a solid basis in folklore that their roles in the story either underscore or subvert.



* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Michelle is TheLastOfHerKind and potentially has enormous powers...that she cannot currently use except in dire emergency. All of this makes her a target for Angels, Demons, Dragons, and anyone else who might have an agenda or a hand in the Spinx and dragons mutual genocide. So far "target" is the only thing she understands.

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* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Michelle is TheLastOfHerKind [[TheLastOfHisKind the last sphinx]] and potentially has enormous powers...that she cannot currently use except in dire emergency. All of this makes her a target for Angels, Demons, Dragons, and anyone else who might have an agenda or a hand in the Spinx and dragons dragons' mutual genocide. So far "target" is the only thing she understands.



* HybridMonster: Isaac is half manticore and half buggane, which is not a natural occurrence.
* HybridOverkillAvoidance: Beings of nearly any species can have children together, using medallions if necessary, but unless strong non-medallion magic is involved the children will simply be one species or the other. Isaac is the exception that proves the rule as he is clearly a mixed-breed monster but only inherited a (mostly) compatible subset of Buggane and Manticore features.

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* HybridMonster: Isaac Ike is half manticore and half buggane, which is not a natural occurrence.
* HybridOverkillAvoidance: Beings of nearly any species can have children together, using medallions if necessary, but unless strong non-medallion magic is involved the children will simply be one species or the other. Isaac Ike is the exception that proves the rule as he is clearly a mixed-breed monster but only inherited a (mostly) compatible subset of Buggane and Manticore features.



** Rhonda serves as one to [[JadeColoredGlasses Isaac]], best seen [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/kill-them-with-kindness-1-omg-shoes/ here]].

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** Rhonda serves as one to [[JadeColoredGlasses Isaac]], Ike]], best seen [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/kill-them-with-kindness-1-omg-shoes/ here]].



* OldShame: Isaac was the product of one of his now very conservative mother's youthful indiscretions, and she doesn't let him forget it.

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* OldShame: Isaac Ike was the product of one of his now very conservative mother's youthful indiscretions, and she doesn't let him forget it.



* OurMonstersAreDifferent: And how! Most critters are animal-based, with stock elves, dwarves, trolls, and goblins absent. WordOfGod says they're already much-used elsewhere, and aren't likely to show up any time soon.

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* OurMonstersAreDifferent: And how! Most critters of them are animal-based, with stock ordinary, average, down-to-earth people even if they look like they just stepped off the pages of a medieval bestiary. Stock elves, dwarves, trolls, and goblins are notably absent. WordOfGod says they're already much-used elsewhere, and aren't likely to show up any time soon.soon.
**InUniverse the term "monster" is used generally for creatures who have no medallions to assume human form (like Harpies), more specifically for non-sapient creatures like the nightmare and the MoMo, and very specifically for those who prey on other sapients like most manticores.



* TheUnfavorite: Isaac's mom will never approve of him, and acts as if his out-of-wedlock birth was somehow ''his'' fault instead of hers.

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* TheUnfavorite: Isaac's Ike's mom will has never approve approved of him, and acts as if his out-of-wedlock birth was somehow ''his'' fault instead of hers.
9th Jul '16 4:15:05 PM JustKnown
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* GocartingWithBowser: The angel Gabriel and the demonic Grimm Brothers have a standing Thursday night poker date.

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* GocartingWithBowser: GoKartingWithBowser: The angel Gabriel and the demonic Grimm Brothers have a standing Thursday night poker date.
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