History Webcomic / SkinDeep

22nd Jun '16 9:20:35 AM JustKnown
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* ChangelingFantasy: Kinda-sorta. Michelle's father was apparently a sphinx himself, but she was unaware of this (and neither was her father), and [[IJustWantToBeNormal just wants to be normal]] instead of embracing the fantastic weirdness she's been thrown into.

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* ChangelingFantasy: Kinda-sorta. Michelle's father was apparently a sphinx himself, but she was unaware of this (and neither (as was her father), he), and [[IJustWantToBeNormal just wants to be normal]] instead of embracing the fantastic weirdness she's been thrown into.



* FlyOrDie: Jim's approach to teaching Michelle how to fly consists of booting her off a cliff and then telling her that was how he learned when she complains about it.



* NotQuiteBackToNormal: Greg cannot assume fully human form because his TransformationTrinket is damaged; instead, he keeps his goatlike ears under a stocking cap at all times.

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* NotQuiteBackToNormal: Greg cannot assume fully human form because his TransformationTrinket is damaged; instead, damaged so he keeps has to hide his goatlike ears under a stocking cap at all times.


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* VertebrateWithExtraLimbs: lampshaded by Michelle when she complains that learning to deal with six limbs (four legs, two wings, and nothing remotely resembling a hand) in her sphinx form has been a bit of a trial.
22nd Jun '16 9:06:32 AM JustKnown
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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 complicated]], it's [[AWizardDidIt magic]], [[BellisariosMaxim don't worry about it]]."

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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 complicated]], it's [[AWizardDidIt magic]], [[BellisariosMaxim don't worry about it]]." " Interspecies romance is mandatory for the MonogenderMonsters like Harpies and Nixies.



** 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]]...

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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.]]



* 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.

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* 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 (mostly) compatible subset exhibits of Buggane and Manticore features.



* OneGenderRace: Satyrs are all male. Harpies are all female. [[spoiler: Which is why it's so confusing when Anthony starts to look like a harpy, but is a guy. 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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* OldShame: Isaac was the product of one of his now very conservative mother's youthful indiscretions, and she doesn't let him forget it.
* OneGenderRace: Satyrs are all male. Harpies are all female. [[spoiler: Which is why it's so confusing when Anthony starts to look like turns into a harpy, harpy but is a guy.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.]]
5th Jun '16 4:30:40 PM JustKnown
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* DominantSpeciesGenes: Offspring of interspecies couples are one species or the other (unless ill-considered shapeshifting magic is involved, in which case hybrids or TomatoInTheMirror timebombs are possible). Which species it is is random, unless one of the parents is a OneGenderRace in which case kids of the opposite gender will be the other species. The offspring of humans and medallion-disguised mythical creatures usually are born looking human, but when they touch a medallion for the appropriate, species[[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/issue-two-page-10/ their true form is revealed]] (usually).

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* DominantSpeciesGenes: Offspring of interspecies couples are one species or the other (unless ill-considered shapeshifting magic is involved, in which case hybrids or TomatoInTheMirror timebombs are possible). Which species it is is random, unless one of the parents is a OneGenderRace in which case [[GenderEqualsBreed kids of the opposite gender will be the other species.species]]. The offspring of humans and medallion-disguised mythical creatures usually are born looking human, but when they touch a medallion for the appropriate, species[[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/issue-two-page-10/ their true form is revealed]] (usually).



* OneGenderRace: Satyrs are all male. Harpies are all female. [[spoiler: Which is why it's so confusing when Anthony starts to look like a harpy, but is a guy. Turns out his mother was a harpy who used a transformation spell to become human. It got messed up.]]

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



* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Well, Ordinary College Student for Michelle, until she picked up a random trinket dropped by a stranger [[spoiler: which is actually the shade of her dead father.]]

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* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Well, Ordinary College Student for Michelle, until she picked up a random trinket dropped by a stranger [[spoiler: which is was actually the shade of her dead father.]]
2nd Jun '16 4:55:37 AM JustKnown
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* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: A closeup of Merial's mouth while she's eating reveals a full set of carnivore's teeth more reminiscent of a shark even when she's in human form. Michelle's CuteLittleFangs show under similar circumstances.

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* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: A closeup of Merial's mouth while she's eating reveals a full set of carnivore's teeth more reminiscent of a shark even when she's in human form. Michelle's CuteLittleFangs show under similar circumstances.


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* NoNudityTaboo: Played with. All mythicals become become nude in fullform 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 genitals being on full display. Despite this, most mythicals do wear clothes, either due to practicality (pockets!) or as a means of expression as exemplified by the music scene in the Liverpool Avalon.
2nd Jun '16 4:31:43 AM JustKnown
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* CuteLittleFangs: Michelle in sphinx form, and at least once in human form when she was eating.


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* GodivaHair: Merial in her full nixie form


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* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: A closeup of Merial's mouth while she's eating reveals a full set of carnivore's teeth more reminiscent of a shark even when she's in human form. Michelle's CuteLittleFangs show under similar circumstances.
1st Jun '16 4:45:22 AM JustKnown
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* AWizardDidIt: Invoked almost verbatim when [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/issue-four-page-4/ Michelle asks Jim]] about some of the FridgeLogic involved with how medallions are stated to work, particularly the MagicPants.
** And again [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/handshakes-16-prester-johns/ here]], when asked how the medallions that are used to make the wearer appear human works.
** It's implied that there is an explanation for how the medallions work, but it's been lost to history, and is over the heads of most of the people who use them in modern times. And in any event one doesn't need to know how the medallions work to use them, any more than one needs to know how a cell phone works to make a call.

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* AWizardDidIt: Invoked the medallions that allow mythical creatures to appear human:
**Invoked
almost verbatim when [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/issue-four-page-4/ Michelle asks Jim]] about some of pointed questions about the FridgeLogic involved with how the way medallions are stated to supposedly work, particularly the MagicPants.
MagicPants, though MagicPants significantly understates the effect when you consider that in true form Jim is something like 14 feet long and Michelle is a quadruped without hands--both points Michelle also raises when she questions Jim's off-handed assertion that the medallions just provide illusions.
** Jim implies that there is an explanation for how the medallions work, but it's been lost to history, and is over the heads of most of the people who use them in modern times. And again in any event one doesn't need to know how the medallions work to use them, any more than one needs to know how a cell phone works to make a call.
** Blanche just replies "Magic. Strong Magic"
[[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/handshakes-16-prester-johns/ here]], when asked how the medallions that are used to make the wearer appear human works.
** It's implied that there is an explanation for how the medallions work, but it's been lost to history, and is over the heads of most of the people who use them in modern times. And in any event one doesn't need to know how the medallions work to use them, any more than one needs to know how a cell phone works to make a call.
Tony asks about medallions]].



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

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



* ChangelingFantasy: Kinda-sorta. Michelle's father was apparently a sphinx himself, but she was unaware of this (and neither did her father), and [[IJustWantToBeNormal just wants to be normal]] instead of embracing the fantastic weirdness she's been thrown into.

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* ChangelingFantasy: Kinda-sorta. Michelle's father was apparently a sphinx himself, but she was unaware of this (and neither did was her father), and [[IJustWantToBeNormal just wants to be normal]] instead of embracing the fantastic weirdness she's been thrown into.



* DisabilitySuperpower: Madam U is a blind Gorgon. She can still basically see, through things like her snakes' infrared vision.

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* DisabilitySuperpower: Madam U is a blind Gorgon. She can still basically see, through things like Gorgon who gets along fine using her snakes' infrared vision.senses.



* DominantSpeciesGenes: Offspring of interspecies couples are one species or the other (unless ill-considered shapeshifting magic is involved, in which case hybrids or TomatoInTheMirror timebombs are possible). Which species it is is random, unless one of the parents is a OneGenderRace in which case kids of the opposite gender will be the other species. The offspring of humans and medallion-disguised mythical creatures usually are born looking human, but when they touch a medallion for the appropriate species [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/issue-two-page-10/ their true form is revealed]] (usually).

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* DominantSpeciesGenes: Offspring of interspecies couples are one species or the other (unless ill-considered shapeshifting magic is involved, in which case hybrids or TomatoInTheMirror timebombs are possible). Which species it is is random, unless one of the parents is a OneGenderRace in which case kids of the opposite gender will be the other species. The offspring of humans and medallion-disguised mythical creatures usually are born looking human, but when they touch a medallion for the appropriate species [[http://www.appropriate, species[[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/issue-two-page-10/ their true form is revealed]] (usually).



* GenderBender: [[DefiedTrope Didn't]] [[AvertedTrope happen]], actually -- [[spoiler: much to Anthony's relief when he turned into a [[OneGenderRace harpy]].]]

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* GenderBender: [[DefiedTrope Didn't]] [[AvertedTrope happen]], actually -- [[spoiler: much to Anthony's relief when he turned into a [[OneGenderRace harpy]]. It turns out the magic allows exceptions to the MonogenderMonsters rules found in folklore.]]


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* MonogenderMonsters: some species (like Harpies) tend to be all of one sex or another.
25th May '16 3:31:56 PM Theriocephalus
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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 a result]], [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/bugbear-talisman-11-being-of-extreme-interest/ intends to make it up to her]],[[http://www.her]], [[http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/the-bugbear-talisman-12-the-greatest-day/ promptly conjuring bees from her cup of mead]].



** Satyrs are always male.



* OneGenderRace: Harpies are all female. [[spoiler: Which is why it's so confusing when Anthony starts to look like a harpy, but is a guy. Turns out his mother was a harpy who used a transformation spell to become human. It got messed up.]]

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* OneGenderRace: Satyrs are all male. Harpies are all female. [[spoiler: Which is why it's so confusing when Anthony starts to look like a harpy, but is a guy. Turns out his mother was a harpy who used a transformation spell to become human. It got messed up.]]



* [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary College Student]]: Michelle, until she picked up a random trinket dropped by a stranger [[spoiler: which is actually the shade of her dead father.]]

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* [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Well, Ordinary College Student]]: Student for Michelle, until she picked up a random trinket dropped by a stranger [[spoiler: which is actually the shade of her dead father.]]



** 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.
*** He's also '''WAAAY''' out there. On a ''personal'' level. [[spoiler:He's odd, But from [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Wonderland]], so maybe a little forgivable.]]
*** You forgot Sam, a harassed ''reverse'' Gryphon.

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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.
*** He's
respects. Reverse gryphons are also '''WAAAY''' out there. On a ''personal'' level. [[spoiler:He's odd, But from [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Wonderland]], so maybe a little forgivable.]]
*** You forgot Sam, a harassed ''reverse'' Gryphon.
present.



** OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Merial is a Nixie, like a mermaid, but more fangs and water-powers. (And her tail could spilt into legs.)

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** OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Merial is a Nixie, like a mermaid, but with more fangs and water-powers. (And water powers. She has a fish man-like appearance in her tail could spilt into legs.)midform.



** They aren't {{Pegasus}} but "Pterippi," literally "winged horse."

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** They aren't {{Pegasus}} [[{{Pegasus}} pegasi]], but "Pterippi," literally "winged horse."horses".



* ShapeshifterModeLock - WordOfGod states that if a character's TransformationTrinket is taken away, the character will revert back to their mythical form until they get it back.

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* ShapeshifterModeLock - ShapeshifterModeLock: WordOfGod states that if a character's TransformationTrinket is taken away, the character will revert back to their mythical form until they get it back.
25th May '16 3:20:31 PM Theriocephalus
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* AxeCrazy[=/=]CreepyGood: Myra's first appearance is as a [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason]] lookalike in a haunted corn maze. It reflects her personality quite well.

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* AxeCrazy[=/=]CreepyGood: AxeCrazy: Myra's first appearance is as a [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason]] lookalike in a haunted corn maze. It reflects her personality quite well.



* BlessedWithSuck / CursedWithAwesome: Debated within the comic itself. Michelle wavers between the two interpretations 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 / CursedWithAwesome: BlessedWithSuck: Debated within the comic itself. Michelle wavers between the two interpretations 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.



** [[spoiler: ...and later in ''Illumination,'' it was revealed that the old family 'curse' isn't a curse, but rather a ''gift.'' Apparently, Jim has the [[ElementalPowers "magic of Earth"]], and Colin, [[ElementalPowers water, a "versatile element"]].]]

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** [[spoiler: ...and later [[spoiler: Later in ''Illumination,'' ''Illumination'', it was revealed that the old family 'curse' isn't a curse, but rather a ''gift.'' Apparently, Jim has the [[ElementalPowers "magic of Earth"]], and Colin, [[ElementalPowers water, a "versatile element"]].]]



** DoNotTauntCthulhu / BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: 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 / BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: DoNotTauntCthulhu: Lily Snodgrass, a mischievous glaistig, used a "''Bugbear Talisman''" "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]].
18th May '16 4:16:52 AM Bosco13
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* FantasticGhetto: A lot of the avalons.
17th May '16 10:45:31 AM maddthesane
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** Satyrs are always male.
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