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* AerithAndBob- We have Xaneth Antaris, Sebastian Jalek, Mia Jalek, Elia Redscallon, Bayn, Tom, Dexter Pheonix, and Gray.
* AffablyEvil- Elia and Xaneth mostly, but, various psychoses aside, the entire main cast fits this to some degree, even Bayn can be quite charming when the situation calls for it.
* AfterTheEnd- Most of the world is under the control of vampires and is a decidedly unpleasant place.
* ALighterShadeOfBlack- As bad as Xaneth is, Dove makes him look positively heroic.

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* AerithAndBob- AerithAndBob: We have Xaneth Antaris, Sebastian Jalek, Mia Jalek, Elia Redscallon, Bayn, Tom, Dexter Pheonix, and Gray.
* AffablyEvil- AffablyEvil: Elia and Xaneth mostly, but, various psychoses aside, the entire main cast fits this to some degree, even Bayn can be quite charming when the situation calls for it.
* AfterTheEnd- AfterTheEnd: Most of the world is under the control of vampires and is a decidedly unpleasant place.
* ALighterShadeOfBlack- ALighterShadeOfBlack: As bad as Xaneth is, Dove makes him look positively heroic.



* AllPowerfulBystander- Dexter, [[spoiler:prophet of the God of Stability]], is this by choice, as he [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2015-09-25-Professional%20Prophet-jpg.htm explains]].
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents- Dexter, to [[spoiler:Bayn]].
* AndTheAdventureContinues- After Sebastian [[spoiler:takes on Xaneth's role and learns Lord Attera's plans]].
* AnimatedArmor- Amber.
* {{Animesque}}- The original art style of the strip, but later and revised strips have a more realistic look.
* AntiMagic- While hopped up on divine power, the Paladin can remove the enchantments from Mia's magic armor simply by saying "Release". Alistor is simply immune to dark magic.
* AristocratsAreEvil- Lord Attera seems to be in charge of Xaneth and very evil. Elia is a CardCarryingVillain from a noble family that only disowned her when her homicidal streak ran too wide to cover up.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking - The Paladin nearly kills Sebastian and company, condones the [[spoiler:torture of small children, namely Mia]], and judging from his castle, [[spoiler: has a horrible, awful taste in carpets.]]
* ArtEvolution- Look at the first comic, then look at anything from the newer series. Heck, even when the series wasn't changing artists every few minutes Maddie's art got steadily better over the course of Saga 1.

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* AllPowerfulBystander- AllPowerfulBystander: Dexter, [[spoiler:prophet of the God of Stability]], is this by choice, as he [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2015-09-25-Professional%20Prophet-jpg.htm explains]].
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents- AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Dexter, to [[spoiler:Bayn]].
* AndTheAdventureContinues- AndTheAdventureContinues: After Sebastian [[spoiler:takes on Xaneth's role and learns Lord Attera's plans]].
* AnimatedArmor- AnimatedArmor: Amber.
* {{Animesque}}- {{Animesque}}: The original art style of the strip, but later and revised strips have a more realistic look.
* AntiMagic- AntiMagic: While hopped up on divine power, the Paladin can remove the enchantments from Mia's magic armor simply by saying "Release". Alistor is simply immune to dark magic.
* AristocratsAreEvil- AristocratsAreEvil: Lord Attera seems to be in charge of Xaneth and very evil. Elia is a CardCarryingVillain from a noble family that only disowned her when her homicidal streak ran too wide to cover up.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking - : The Paladin nearly kills Sebastian and company, condones the [[spoiler:torture of small children, namely Mia]], and judging from his castle, [[spoiler: has a horrible, awful taste in carpets.]]
* ArtEvolution- ArtEvolution: Look at the first comic, then look at anything from the newer series. Heck, even when the series wasn't changing artists every few minutes Maddie's art got steadily better over the course of Saga 1.



* ArtImitatesLife- Subverted, then invoked. The characters for the first production of [[TheMusical the musical]] look similar to their comic counterparts. Then, after the second production and a few artists swaps, the characters took on similar appearances to their Real Life counterparts.
* ArtShift- From normal remastered style straight to [[spoiler:shoujo-style manga]] in [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic.php?P=2009-04-31~N-Doki%20Villains.jpg this]] remastered page.
* AssholeVictim-

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* ArtImitatesLife- ArtImitatesLife: Subverted, then invoked. The characters for the first production of [[TheMusical the musical]] look similar to their comic counterparts. Then, after the second production and a few artists swaps, the characters took on similar appearances to their Real Life counterparts.
* ArtShift- ArtShift: From normal remastered style straight to [[spoiler:shoujo-style manga]] in [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic.php?P=2009-04-31~N-Doki%20Villains.jpg this]] remastered page.
* AssholeVictim- AssholeVictim:



* AxCrazy- According to WordOfGod, before she met Xaneth, Elia was this. She has a lot more self control now, but is still prepared to go on a bloody slaughter simply to rescue one person.
* BadassBookworm- Sebastian, following his [[TookALevelInBadass leveling up]], and to a lesser extent, Elia.
* BenevolentBoss- As far as villains go, Xaneth is actually a fairly decent guy to work for. He enjoys manipulating his followers and doesn't treat them with a huge amount of respect, but at the same time he doesn't needlessly throw their lives away or kill them as punishment for failure. He's even saved their lives on occasion and is remarkably forgiving of their various quirks that inhibit his plans.
* BarrierWarrior- After getting a wand of defensive spells from his God, Bayn is now this.
* BeeAfraid- The chests in Xaneth's dungeon are filled with bees, even when they are at the end of a complete and utter death trap.
* BetterLivingThroughEvil- Sebastian joins Xaneth and, in exchange, Xaneth doesn't kill him. Win-win! As a bonus, Sebastian gets a lot stronger under Xaneth.
* BigBad- Possibly Xaneth; he shows signs of complex planning and reasoning in some comics. Perhaps a Big Bad in training?
* BigDamnHeroes - Mia teleports in to save Elia and Cecile from [[spoiler:Gray]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall- All over the place. However, most prominent is the fourth wall-shattering character [[spoiler:Dexter Pheonix]]
* BreakTheCutie- With the death of [[spoiler:Tom the golem]], Mia is devastated to the point of temporarily losing her powers.
* BulletproofHumanShield- Xaneth uses an innocent bystander he calls "Carl" in his fight against the Necromancer.
* CainAndAbel- Alyssa and Sebastian. Interestingly, in this case it's the good sibling, Alyssa, who wants the evil sibling, Sebastian, dead. Sebastian would rather Alyssa just ran away because he doesn't want to kill her.
* CallBack - At the end of Saga 3, Sebastian accuses Lord Attera of being the ManBehindTheMan for Xaneth because he's actually Xaneth's father. Attera laughs him off, then kicks them all out of his home. At the end of Saga 9, Attera returns and tells Sebastian that [[spoiler: He was Xaneth's creator, so Sebastian was mostly right.]]

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* AxCrazy- AxCrazy: According to WordOfGod, before she met Xaneth, Elia was this. She has a lot more self control now, but is still prepared to go on a bloody slaughter simply to rescue one person.
* BadassBookworm- BadassBookworm: Sebastian, following his [[TookALevelInBadass leveling up]], and to a lesser extent, Elia.
* BenevolentBoss- BenevolentBoss: As far as villains go, Xaneth is actually a fairly decent guy to work for. He enjoys manipulating his followers and doesn't treat them with a huge amount of respect, but at the same time he doesn't needlessly throw their lives away or kill them as punishment for failure. He's even saved their lives on occasion and is remarkably forgiving of their various quirks that inhibit his plans.
* BarrierWarrior- BarrierWarrior: After getting a wand of defensive spells from his God, Bayn is now this.
* BeeAfraid- BeeAfraid: The chests in Xaneth's dungeon are filled with bees, even when they are at the end of a complete and utter death trap.
* BetterLivingThroughEvil- BetterLivingThroughEvil: Sebastian joins Xaneth and, in exchange, Xaneth doesn't kill him. Win-win! As a bonus, Sebastian gets a lot stronger under Xaneth.
* BigBad- BigBad: Possibly Xaneth; he shows signs of complex planning and reasoning in some comics. Perhaps a Big Bad in training?
* BigDamnHeroes - : Mia teleports in to save Elia and Cecile from [[spoiler:Gray]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall- BreakingTheFourthWall: All over the place. However, most prominent is the fourth wall-shattering character [[spoiler:Dexter Pheonix]]
* BreakTheCutie- BreakTheCutie: With the death of [[spoiler:Tom the golem]], Mia is devastated to the point of temporarily losing her powers.
* BulletproofHumanShield- BulletproofHumanShield: Xaneth uses an innocent bystander he calls "Carl" in his fight against the Necromancer.
* CainAndAbel- CainAndAbel: Alyssa and Sebastian. Interestingly, in this case it's the good sibling, Alyssa, who wants the evil sibling, Sebastian, dead. Sebastian would rather Alyssa just ran away because he doesn't want to kill her.
* CallBack - : At the end of Saga 3, Sebastian accuses Lord Attera of being the ManBehindTheMan for Xaneth because he's actually Xaneth's father. Attera laughs him off, then kicks them all out of his home. At the end of Saga 9, Attera returns and tells Sebastian that [[spoiler: He was Xaneth's creator, so Sebastian was mostly right.]]



* ChosenOne- [[spoiler:There is a chosen one of Nox, the god of fear, a warrior woman called Ritania]] whom Xaneth believes is destined to rise up and fight him. Xaneth being Xaneth, he's taking steps to prevent that.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome- Sebastian is trying to get over this, [[spoiler: succeeding in Saga Five]].
* CurbStompBattle- Sebastaian and Xaneth's fights with The Paladin and The Man in White respectively are shown side-by-side, at first the two of them are getting stomped, [[spoiler: then they turn it around.]]
* {{Curse}}- Dexter Pheonix thinks they're hilarious. [[spoiler:He cursed Xaneth so any pair of shoes he wears -- or his feet, if barefoot -- turns yellow, and cursed Bayn to have to call him "Dad" and be unable to get drunk.]]
* CutenessOverload - [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2008-06-27~N-Persuasion-jpg.htm Elia cannot resist Mia's charms]] ... [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2008-07-04~N-Inefficiency-jpg.htm Xaneth? Not so much]].
* DanceBattler- Cecile calls her self-taught sword fighting style "Swing Dancing."
* DarkSkinnedRedhead- Ritania
* DeliberatelyMonochrome- Used when [[spoiler:Mia sees Tom's lifeless body, tries to fix him, and fails.]]
* DisabilitySuperpower- Lurian's Shield is a spell which makes the caster completely impossible to scry, but it has a 95% chance of turning the caster blind, so almost no-one ever uses it. Since Zach is already blind, he can cast it as much as he likes.
* DragonAscendant- [[spoiler:Sebastian, after Xaneth's death.]]
* DungeonCrawling- Sebastian used to do this until he was contracted by Xaneth.
* DysfunctionalFamily- The Phoenix family, for all it seems to only have three members.
* EvilCostumeSwitch[=/=]ImportantHaircut- Sebastian [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2012-12-12-Suit%20Up-jpg.htm cuts his hair]] and [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2012-12-19-Truly%20a%20Villain-jpg.htm changes his clothes]] as a sign that he's completely gone over to evil.
* EvilCounterpart- Each member of Alyssa's team is a good counterpart to one of Xaneth's minions: Alyssa to Sebastian, Olivia to Elia, Brawn to Tom and Zach to Bayn. Xaneth being as GenreSavvy as he is, matches them up that way when they attack Alyssa's camp.
* EvilVersusEvil- Xaneth vs Dove (The Man in White), and Elia vs Malice.

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* ChosenOne- ChosenOne: [[spoiler:There is a chosen one of Nox, the god of fear, a warrior woman called Ritania]] whom Xaneth believes is destined to rise up and fight him. Xaneth being Xaneth, he's taking steps to prevent that.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome- ChronicHeroSyndrome: Sebastian is trying to get over this, [[spoiler: succeeding in Saga Five]].
* CurbStompBattle- CurbStompBattle: Sebastaian and Xaneth's fights with The Paladin and The Man in White respectively are shown side-by-side, at first the two of them are getting stomped, [[spoiler: then they turn it around.]]
* {{Curse}}- {{Curse}}: Dexter Pheonix thinks they're hilarious. [[spoiler:He cursed Xaneth so any pair of shoes he wears -- or his feet, if barefoot -- turns yellow, and cursed Bayn to have to call him "Dad" and be unable to get drunk.]]
* CutenessOverload - : [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2008-06-27~N-Persuasion-jpg.htm Elia cannot resist Mia's charms]] ... [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2008-07-04~N-Inefficiency-jpg.htm Xaneth? Not so much]].
* DanceBattler- DanceBattler: Cecile calls her self-taught sword fighting style "Swing Dancing."
* DarkSkinnedRedhead- DarkSkinnedRedhead: Ritania
* DeliberatelyMonochrome- DeliberatelyMonochrome: Used when [[spoiler:Mia sees Tom's lifeless body, tries to fix him, and fails.]]
* DisabilitySuperpower- DisabilitySuperpower: Lurian's Shield is a spell which makes the caster completely impossible to scry, but it has a 95% chance of turning the caster blind, so almost no-one ever uses it. Since Zach is already blind, he can cast it as much as he likes.
* DragonAscendant- DragonAscendant: [[spoiler:Sebastian, after Xaneth's death.]]
* DungeonCrawling- DungeonCrawling: Sebastian used to do this until he was contracted by Xaneth.
* DysfunctionalFamily- DysfunctionalFamily: The Phoenix family, for all it seems to only have three members.
* EvilCostumeSwitch[=/=]ImportantHaircut- EvilCostumeSwitch[=/=]ImportantHaircut: Sebastian [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2012-12-12-Suit%20Up-jpg.htm cuts his hair]] and [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2012-12-19-Truly%20a%20Villain-jpg.htm changes his clothes]] as a sign that he's completely gone over to evil.
* EvilCounterpart- EvilCounterpart: Each member of Alyssa's team is a good counterpart to one of Xaneth's minions: Alyssa to Sebastian, Olivia to Elia, Brawn to Tom and Zach to Bayn. Xaneth being as GenreSavvy as he is, matches them up that way when they attack Alyssa's camp.
* EvilVersusEvil- EvilVersusEvil: Xaneth vs Dove (The Man in White), and Elia vs Malice.



* EvilSorcerer- Xaneth, Elia, Bayn, Dove, Lord Attera... it's a popular hobby.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness- Xaneth's dungeon is a hexagonal tower with no visible windows or doors.
* EvilVirtues- All of them are evident in one cast member or another.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller- Literally. The Priestess thinks Sebastian is six foot three.

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* EvilSorcerer- EvilSorcerer: Xaneth, Elia, Bayn, Dove, Lord Attera... it's a popular hobby.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness- EvilTowerOfOminousness: Xaneth's dungeon is a hexagonal tower with no visible windows or doors.
* EvilVirtues- EvilVirtues: All of them are evident in one cast member or another.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller- ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Literally. The Priestess thinks Sebastian is six foot three.



* ExpositionDiagram- Xaneth pulls out the Blackboard of Mystery to explain Mia's abilities to Sebastian.
* FaceHeelTurn- Sebastian commits one and is seemingly firm in his decision. He did, after all, [[spoiler:blow up a town.]]
* {{Facepalm}}- [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2013-07-03-Moving%20Out-jpg.htm Facewing]]
* FallenHero- [[spoiler:Gray]] after he [[spoiler:becomes a vampire]].
* FantasticNuke- The Fallen Angel Potion fits in a perfume vial and can level a town.
* {{Fembot}}- Amber, a golem with a female name who is referred to as "she".
* FingerPokeOfDoom- When empowered by "Divine Favor" from his God, the Paladin can shatter swords and dispel [[WillOTheWisp wisps]] with a gesture and a word.
* FiveManBand- Alyssa and her team
** TheLeader- Alyssa
** TheLancer[=/=]TheChick- Olivia
** TheSmartGuy- Zach
** TheBigGuy- Brawn
** TokenEvilTeammate- Alistor

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* ExpositionDiagram- ExpositionDiagram: Xaneth pulls out the Blackboard of Mystery to explain Mia's abilities to Sebastian.
* FaceHeelTurn- FaceHeelTurn: Sebastian commits one and is seemingly firm in his decision. He did, after all, [[spoiler:blow up a town.]]
* {{Facepalm}}- {{Facepalm}}: [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2013-07-03-Moving%20Out-jpg.htm Facewing]]
* FallenHero- FallenHero: [[spoiler:Gray]] after he [[spoiler:becomes a vampire]].
* FantasticNuke- FantasticNuke: The Fallen Angel Potion fits in a perfume vial and can level a town.
* {{Fembot}}- {{Fembot}}: Amber, a golem with a female name who is referred to as "she".
* FingerPokeOfDoom- FingerPokeOfDoom: When empowered by "Divine Favor" from his God, the Paladin can shatter swords and dispel [[WillOTheWisp wisps]] with a gesture and a word.
* FiveManBand- FiveManBand: Alyssa and her team
** TheLeader- TheLeader: Alyssa
** TheLancer[=/=]TheChick- TheLancer[=/=]TheChick: Olivia
** TheSmartGuy- TheSmartGuy: Zach
** TheBigGuy- TheBigGuy: Brawn
** TokenEvilTeammate- TokenEvilTeammate: Alistor



** BigBad- Xaneth
** TheDragon- Sebastian
** TheEvilGenius- Elia
** TheBrute- Tom, Amber [[spoiler:after Tom's death]]
** TheDarkChick- Mia
** TheSixthRanger- Bayn, Augustus
** TeamPet- Squib
* FlashStep- [[spoiler: Lord Attera]]
* FullFrontalAssault- Elia [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2014-02-17-Skin%20Deep-jpg.htm removes her clothes]] ''[[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2014-02-19-Dead%20Falling-jpg.htm and skin]]'' to use as a decoy against an undead warrior.
* GeniusBruiser- Brawn
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly- There are infinite gods in the TV world, but only five have significant power because of how many people worship them.
* GoodIsNotNice-

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** BigBad- BigBad: Xaneth
** TheDragon- TheDragon: Sebastian
** TheEvilGenius- TheEvilGenius: Elia
** TheBrute- TheBrute: Tom, Amber [[spoiler:after Tom's death]]
** TheDarkChick- TheDarkChick: Mia
** TheSixthRanger- TheSixthRanger: Bayn, Augustus
** TeamPet- TeamPet: Squib
* FlashStep- FlashStep: [[spoiler: Lord Attera]]
* FullFrontalAssault- FullFrontalAssault: Elia [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2014-02-17-Skin%20Deep-jpg.htm removes her clothes]] ''[[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2014-02-19-Dead%20Falling-jpg.htm and skin]]'' to use as a decoy against an undead warrior.
* GeniusBruiser- GeniusBruiser: Brawn
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly- GodsNeedPrayerBadly: There are infinite gods in the TV world, but only five have significant power because of how many people worship them.
* GoodIsNotNice- GoodIsNotNice:



* GoodWingsEvilWings- Xaneth has traditional "angelic" feathered wings, but they're also solid black, so he occupies something of a middle ground in this trope, despite being squarely on the side of evil.
* GoryDiscretionShot- Averted in most fights, although Xeke biting a guy's head off gets a ShadowDiscretionShot.
* HannibalLecture- Bayn, masterfully, [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2009-12-12~N-The%20Actual%20Worst%20Person-jpg.htm see it here]].
* HeroAntagonist- The Paladin, of course; later, Alyssa and her team.
* HeroesPreferSwords- Alyssa, Ritania and the Paladin all wield swords in contrast to the protagonists' magic, automata, knives and brute force.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard-
** The Paladin challenges Sebastian to a one-one-one fight in their first meeting, and casts a ward on himself to keep Tom and Mia away so they can't interfere. Tom simply steps forward and stands next to Sebastian, and the Paladin's own ward knocks him back- if you're going to put a magic forcefield around yourself to block a specific person, make sure they aren't significantly stronger than you.

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* GoodWingsEvilWings- GoodWingsEvilWings: Xaneth has traditional "angelic" feathered wings, but they're also solid black, so he occupies something of a middle ground in this trope, despite being squarely on the side of evil.
* GoryDiscretionShot- GoryDiscretionShot: Averted in most fights, although Xeke biting a guy's head off gets a ShadowDiscretionShot.
* HannibalLecture- HannibalLecture: Bayn, masterfully, [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2009-12-12~N-The%20Actual%20Worst%20Person-jpg.htm see it here]].
* HeroAntagonist- HeroAntagonist: The Paladin, of course; later, Alyssa and her team.
* HeroesPreferSwords- HeroesPreferSwords: Alyssa, Ritania and the Paladin all wield swords in contrast to the protagonists' magic, automata, knives and brute force.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard-
HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** The Paladin challenges Sebastian to a one-one-one fight in their first meeting, and casts a ward on himself to keep Tom and Mia away so they can't interfere. Tom simply steps forward and stands next to Sebastian, and the Paladin's own ward knocks him back- back - if you're going to put a magic forcefield around yourself to block a specific person, make sure they aren't significantly stronger than you.



* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope- Alyssa believes this is what happened to Sebastian. It's a bit more complicated that that, but she's not entirely wrong.
* JustAMachine- Subverted. Though Mia makes golems like Tom to fight for Xaneth, she says she doesn't design them so much as get to know them. They contain spirits of a sort, and [[spoiler:Tom's death is mourned by the team]].
* KnightTemplar- The Paladin takes his holy work very seriously, and goes to any lengths to defeat evil. Even [[spoiler:torturing little children.]]
* LethalHarmlessPowers- The only spells Bayn can still cast at his old power level are the purely defensive "Shield" and "Grounding". He uses them to [[spoiler:subdue a demonic Dove in three [[http://truevillains.com/comic-2014-10-17-Two%20Spells-jpg.htm moves]]]], and can do a mean ShieldBash.
* LightIsNotGood-

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* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope- JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Alyssa believes this is what happened to Sebastian. It's a bit more complicated that that, but she's not entirely wrong.
* JustAMachine- JustAMachine: Subverted. Though Mia makes golems like Tom to fight for Xaneth, she says she doesn't design them so much as get to know them. They contain spirits of a sort, and [[spoiler:Tom's death is mourned by the team]].
* KnightTemplar- KnightTemplar: The Paladin takes his holy work very seriously, and goes to any lengths to defeat evil. Even [[spoiler:torturing little children.]]
* LethalHarmlessPowers- LethalHarmlessPowers: The only spells Bayn can still cast at his old power level are the purely defensive "Shield" and "Grounding". He uses them to [[spoiler:subdue a demonic Dove in three [[http://truevillains.com/comic-2014-10-17-Two%20Spells-jpg.htm moves]]]], and can do a mean ShieldBash.
* LightIsNotGood- LightIsNotGood:



* LoveGoddess- Ara is described as the God of Love, though not technically a goddess since the gods are genderless.
* LoveableRogue- Alistor is a subversion, he assumes the persona of a charming vagabond, but his casual murders and total lack of remorse make it clear that he's a sociopath who shouldn't be liked or admired.
* {{Magitek}}- Mia's golems are basically magic robots.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction- Sebastian when [[spoiler:his aura is damaged]]. It's even mentioned in the Artist's Blog.

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* LoveGoddess- LoveGoddess: Ara is described as the God of Love, though not technically a goddess since the gods are genderless.
* LoveableRogue- LoveableRogue: Alistor is a subversion, he assumes the persona of a charming vagabond, but his casual murders and total lack of remorse make it clear that he's a sociopath who shouldn't be liked or admired.
* {{Magitek}}- {{Magitek}}: Mia's golems are basically magic robots.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction- MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Sebastian when [[spoiler:his aura is damaged]]. It's even mentioned in the Artist's Blog.



* MasterOfIllusion- The [[spoiler:prophet of Nox]], basically everything in her temple isn't really there. In fact, since illusions are a SecretArt, she may be the only one in the world. (Except for maybe Dexter, since he uses forms of magic no longer known.)
* MayDecemberRomance- Sebastian and Elia are moving in this direction.
* MeaningfulName- Bayn's family have a natural resistance to fire, their name is Pheonix
* MiseryBuildsCharacter- Sebastian cites this trope after pushing Bayn out of a moving cart.
* MoralityKitchenSink- The entire extended cast has only a couple of pure good or pure evil individuals, with everyone else occupying varying shades of grey.
* MrExposition- Sebastian's ConstantlyCurious CaptainObvious tendencies force Xaneth (occasionally Elia and once Bayn) into the role.
* MyNaymeIs- Dexter Pheonix, as he's happy to {{Lampshade|Hanging}}.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast- Oh, how about....'''Malice'''?
* NoodleIncident- Whatever Sebastian did to expose the Amberscar conspiracy, he had to lay low for a year to avoid fallout.
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging- Sebastian's first task as Xaneth's apprentice is to blow up a small town called Dorn. Of course, the first passerby he meets there immediately mentions that she recently recovered from an illness... [[FromBadToWorse that everyone thought would be fatal...]] [[UpToEleven and now her whole family has moved in to celebrate]]. Understandably, Sebastian's already shaky resolve is jolted considerably.
* OlderThanTheyLook- Enough of the cast is that Sebastian comments on how nobody ages normally anymore.

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* MasterOfIllusion- MasterOfIllusion: The [[spoiler:prophet of Nox]], basically everything in her temple isn't really there. In fact, since illusions are a SecretArt, she may be the only one in the world. (Except for maybe Dexter, since he uses forms of magic no longer known.)
* MayDecemberRomance- MayDecemberRomance: Sebastian and Elia are moving in this direction.
* MeaningfulName- MeaningfulName: Bayn's family have a natural resistance to fire, their name is Pheonix
* MiseryBuildsCharacter- MiseryBuildsCharacter: Sebastian cites this trope after pushing Bayn out of a moving cart.
* MoralityKitchenSink- MoralityKitchenSink: The entire extended cast has only a couple of pure good or pure evil individuals, with everyone else occupying varying shades of grey.
* MrExposition- MrExposition: Sebastian's ConstantlyCurious CaptainObvious tendencies force Xaneth (occasionally Elia and once Bayn) into the role.
* MyNaymeIs- MyNaymeIs: Dexter Pheonix, as he's happy to {{Lampshade|Hanging}}.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast- NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Oh, how about....'''Malice'''?
* NoodleIncident- NoodleIncident: Whatever Sebastian did to expose the Amberscar conspiracy, he had to lay low for a year to avoid fallout.
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging- ObliviousGuiltSlinging: Sebastian's first task as Xaneth's apprentice is to blow up a small town called Dorn. Of course, the first passerby he meets there immediately mentions that she recently recovered from an illness... [[FromBadToWorse that everyone thought would be fatal...]] [[UpToEleven and now her whole family has moved in to celebrate]]. Understandably, Sebastian's already shaky resolve is jolted considerably.
* OlderThanTheyLook- OlderThanTheyLook: Enough of the cast is that Sebastian comments on how nobody ages normally anymore.



* OurDemonsAreDifferent- Xaneth is one, and others have been mentioned.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent- [[spoiler:Gray]] is abducted by a group of vampiric beings who are apparently religious zealots (who ironically follow the same god as him). [[spoiler:Then they turned him.]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent- Xeke. Also his sister Cecile is apparently a human born to werewolves.

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* OurDemonsAreDifferent- OurDemonsAreDifferent: Xaneth is one, and others have been mentioned.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent- OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Gray]] is abducted by a group of vampiric beings who are apparently religious zealots (who ironically follow the same god as him). [[spoiler:Then they turned him.]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent- OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Xeke. Also his sister Cecile is apparently a human born to werewolves.



* PaintingTheMedium- The InexplicablyAwesome Dexter gets this, subtly. People he teleports briefly stand astride two panels, and his speech bubbles have loopier tails than the other characters'.
* PetTheDog- Sebastian, Elia and even Xaneth think that Mia is too cute to kill.

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* PaintingTheMedium- PaintingTheMedium: The InexplicablyAwesome Dexter gets this, subtly. People he teleports briefly stand astride two panels, and his speech bubbles have loopier tails than the other characters'.
* PetTheDog- PetTheDog: Sebastian, Elia and even Xaneth think that Mia is too cute to kill.



* PowerTrio- All signs point to [[spoiler:Sebastian, Brawn and Olivia]] having been one of these.
* PragmaticHero- Gray and Alyssa have no problem crossing the line if they have to. Their followers tend to be a bit more HonorBeforeReason though.
* PragmaticVillainy- Xaneth operates on a fairly local level and avoids doing things ForTheEvulz, this means he has a pretty strong reputation and a reasonable level of power, but his actions are too small for the more powerful heroes to bother with him, even The Paladin is more focused on Sebastian than him.
* PrecociousCrush- Mia towards Bayn, though it's downplayed in that he's a ninety-year-old stuck in a ten-year-old body.
* ProtectedByAChild- One of the reasons Gray does not just kill Sebastian when they first meet.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad- The protagonists.

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* PowerTrio- PowerTrio: All signs point to [[spoiler:Sebastian, Brawn and Olivia]] having been one of these.
* PragmaticHero- PragmaticHero: Gray and Alyssa have no problem crossing the line if they have to. Their followers tend to be a bit more HonorBeforeReason though.
* PragmaticVillainy- PragmaticVillainy: Xaneth operates on a fairly local level and avoids doing things ForTheEvulz, this means he has a pretty strong reputation and a reasonable level of power, but his actions are too small for the more powerful heroes to bother with him, even The Paladin is more focused on Sebastian than him.
* PrecociousCrush- PrecociousCrush: Mia towards Bayn, though it's downplayed in that he's a ninety-year-old stuck in a ten-year-old body.
* ProtectedByAChild- ProtectedByAChild: One of the reasons Gray does not just kill Sebastian when they first meet.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad- QuirkyMinibossSquad: The protagonists.



* RequiredSecondaryPowers- When escaping from Alyssa, Sebastian punches through a wall and learns that, while he is super strong and [[SuperToughness correspondingly tough]], he is not immune to pain and punching brick still hurts.
* {{Revision}}- Now updating with the redrawn early sagas. The events are the same, but some things are added or tweaked a little, for better storytelling.
* SarcasmFailure- Mia's [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2012-02-07-The%20Plot%20Thickens-jpg.htm joke]] about being a vampire makes Bayn sober up and tell her not to joke about that. [[spoiler:When a vampire [[{{Foreshadowing}} does appear]], it beats the entire team and tears Xaneth apart.]]
* ScaledUp- The [[spoiler:fake Chosen One]] transforms into a giant snake to fight Sebastian.
* SchmuckBait-

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* RequiredSecondaryPowers- RequiredSecondaryPowers: When escaping from Alyssa, Sebastian punches through a wall and learns that, while he is super strong and [[SuperToughness correspondingly tough]], he is not immune to pain and punching brick still hurts.
* {{Revision}}- {{Revision}}: Now updating with the redrawn early sagas. The events are the same, but some things are added or tweaked a little, for better storytelling.
* SarcasmFailure- SarcasmFailure: Mia's [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2012-02-07-The%20Plot%20Thickens-jpg.htm joke]] about being a vampire makes Bayn sober up and tell her not to joke about that. [[spoiler:When a vampire [[{{Foreshadowing}} does appear]], it beats the entire team and tears Xaneth apart.]]
* ScaledUp- ScaledUp: The [[spoiler:fake Chosen One]] transforms into a giant snake to fight Sebastian.
* SchmuckBait- SchmuckBait:



* SecretArt- Many magical techniques, e.g. illusions, have been forgotten and all knowledge of them have been lost. The only people who know them are the prophets of the Gods.
* SerialKiller- Elia, but Xaneth keeps her under control most of the time.
* SiblingRivalry- [[spoiler:Sebastian's sister, Alyssa, kidnaps him and tries assault Xaneth's dungeon.]]
* SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains- Basically assured to happen, what with the VillainProtagonist and all. Some of their companions like Cecile and Xeke seem like downright good people, just friends with some very bad people. Sebastian fits in with Type I quite nicely as well.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature- Squib, from Xaneth's perspective anyway: useless to his plans, loves him unconditionally and totally invincible. To Xaneth, that's the most irritating thing in the world.

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* SecretArt- SecretArt: Many magical techniques, e.g. illusions, have been forgotten and all knowledge of them have been lost. The only people who know them are the prophets of the Gods.
* SerialKiller- SerialKiller: Elia, but Xaneth keeps her under control most of the time.
* SiblingRivalry- SiblingRivalry: [[spoiler:Sebastian's sister, Alyssa, kidnaps him and tries assault Xaneth's dungeon.]]
* SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains- SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains: Basically assured to happen, what with the VillainProtagonist and all. Some of their companions like Cecile and Xeke seem like downright good people, just friends with some very bad people. Sebastian fits in with Type I quite nicely as well.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature- SmallAnnoyingCreature: Squib, from Xaneth's perspective anyway: useless to his plans, loves him unconditionally and totally invincible. To Xaneth, that's the most irritating thing in the world.



* StableTimeLoop- [[spoiler:Dove enters the story through a rift in the time-space continuum with no backstory and an unexplained hatred of Xaneth in Saga 2, finally in Saga 7 we learn that this is due to Bayn and Xaneth pushing him through a portal into the past after stripping him of his new demonic powers.]]
* StandardFemaleGrabArea- Gray to Cee in "Fearless". Though slightly overshadowed by the broadsword to the head shortly thereafter.
* SuperStrength- Sebastian, Xeke, Tom, Brawn, Allistor, Gray
* TalkingApplianceSidekick- Augustus, the amazing talking, dueling, pocket-watch.
* TheArchmage- Prophets of the various gods can use magics which been lost and all knowledge of them forgotten, making them extraordinarily powerful. Dexter is one, and the [[spoiler:prophet of Nox]] is another.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody- Bayn is starting to act more like a child the longer he spends in his new body.
* TheMusical- Has its own page [[http://www.truevillainsmusical.com/index.htm here]]
* TheSouthpaw- Ritania [[spoiler:(the Chosen One of Nox)]] wields her longsword left-handed.
* TookALevelInBadass- Sebastian, he can punch through swords now.
* UndyingLoyalty- The main group are actually fairly close knit and loyal to each other, so much so that Sebastian's loyalty to Xaneth outweighs [[spoiler:his loyalty to his oldest friends]]. This is probably because Xaneth is pretty good at providing something his followers want or need: he gives Sebastian a purpose in life, he gives Bayn protection in his weakened child form, he gives Mia a home and something resembling a family and Elia a way to indulge her psychotic urges without getting chased down by an angry mob.
* UnsoundEffect- '''[[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2007-10-20~N-Teamwork-jpg.htm SHOVE]]''' and '''[[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2007-12-01~N-Sometimes%20Give%20Up-jpg.htm GRAB]]'''
* VillainousFriendship- Xaneth and Malice
* VillainousValor- Xaneth's crew look out for each other more than one would expect of evil people. For all Xaneth says he'll pull a YouHaveFailedMe on Sebastian, he still comes to his defense when necessary.
* VillainProtagonist- With a title like ''True Villains'', what can you expect?
* WickedCultured- In Saga Three Sebastian and Elia infiltrate a formal party, when Sebastian tells her he can't dance she replies, "You're a villain now, learn to dance".
* WorthyOpponent- The Paladin seems to view Sebastian as this.

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* StableTimeLoop- StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler:Dove enters the story through a rift in the time-space continuum with no backstory and an unexplained hatred of Xaneth in Saga 2, finally in Saga 7 we learn that this is due to Bayn and Xaneth pushing him through a portal into the past after stripping him of his new demonic powers.]]
* StandardFemaleGrabArea- StandardFemaleGrabArea: Gray to Cee in "Fearless". Though slightly overshadowed by the broadsword to the head shortly thereafter.
* SuperStrength- SuperStrength: Sebastian, Xeke, Tom, Brawn, Allistor, Gray
* TalkingApplianceSidekick- TalkingApplianceSidekick: Augustus, the amazing talking, dueling, pocket-watch.
* TheArchmage- TheArchmage: Prophets of the various gods can use magics which been lost and all knowledge of them forgotten, making them extraordinarily powerful. Dexter is one, and the [[spoiler:prophet of Nox]] is another.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody- TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Bayn is starting to act more like a child the longer he spends in his new body.
* TheMusical- TheMusical: Has its own page [[http://www.truevillainsmusical.com/index.htm here]]
* TheSouthpaw- TheSouthpaw: Ritania [[spoiler:(the Chosen One of Nox)]] wields her longsword left-handed.
* TookALevelInBadass- TookALevelInBadass: Sebastian, he can punch through swords now.
* UndyingLoyalty- UndyingLoyalty: The main group are actually fairly close knit and loyal to each other, so much so that Sebastian's loyalty to Xaneth outweighs [[spoiler:his loyalty to his oldest friends]]. This is probably because Xaneth is pretty good at providing something his followers want or need: he gives Sebastian a purpose in life, he gives Bayn protection in his weakened child form, he gives Mia a home and something resembling a family and Elia a way to indulge her psychotic urges without getting chased down by an angry mob.
* UnsoundEffect- UnsoundEffect: '''[[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2007-10-20~N-Teamwork-jpg.htm SHOVE]]''' and '''[[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2007-12-01~N-Sometimes%20Give%20Up-jpg.htm GRAB]]'''
* VillainousFriendship- VillainousFriendship: Xaneth and Malice
* VillainousValor- VillainousValor: Xaneth's crew look out for each other more than one would expect of evil people. For all Xaneth says he'll pull a YouHaveFailedMe on Sebastian, he still comes to his defense when necessary.
* VillainProtagonist- VillainProtagonist: With a title like ''True Villains'', what can you expect?
* WickedCultured- WickedCultured: In Saga Three Sebastian and Elia infiltrate a formal party, when Sebastian tells her he can't dance she replies, "You're a villain now, learn to dance".
* WorthyOpponent- WorthyOpponent: The Paladin seems to view Sebastian as this.



* WoundedGazelleGambit- Mia manages to [[spoiler:kill Ritania]] by pretending to be an innocent victim of a monster attack (actually Amber).

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* WoundedGazelleGambit- WoundedGazelleGambit: Mia manages to [[spoiler:kill Ritania]] by pretending to be an innocent victim of a monster attack (actually Amber).



* YourMindMakesItReal- Persistent illusions (like [[spoiler:the fake Chosen One]]) are illusions that have existed for so long that the world acknowledges them as real, meaning if the illusion kills you, you die.

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* YourMindMakesItReal- YourMindMakesItReal: Persistent illusions (like [[spoiler:the fake Chosen One]]) are illusions that have existed for so long that the world acknowledges them as real, meaning if the illusion kills you, you die.die.
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** Worse, in Squib's creation, Mia used Xaneth's bar of Arrantium, which he was saving to make "the perfect weapon". (Amusingly, Squib ''does'' work pretty well as a weapon...for [[spoiler:Agustus, to defeat "Carl", whom Xaneth was bizarrely fond of]]. Makes you wonder why Xaneth even let Squib stay around, really...
29th Aug '16 4:35:03 PM Sandman366
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* MasterOfIllusion- The [[spoiler:prophet of Nox]], basically everything in her temple isn't really there. In fact, since illusions are a SecretArt, she may be the only one in the world.

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* MasterOfIllusion- The [[spoiler:prophet of Nox]], basically everything in her temple isn't really there. In fact, since illusions are a SecretArt, she may be the only one in the world. (Except for maybe Dexter, since he uses forms of magic no longer known.)


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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast- Oh, how about....'''Malice'''?
29th Jul '16 2:10:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy- Xaneth warns the townspeople that he's planning to destroy them... and tells them that he's going to do it a week ''after'' the time he ''actually'' plans to destroy them.
17th Jul '16 7:42:39 PM Discar
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* OutsideContextVillain- Lord Attera seems to operate on a much larger scale than Xaneth. [[spoiler:His idea of doing Xaneth a favour was to cast a spell on everyone in the region to make them underestimate him.]]

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* OutsideContextVillain- OutsideContextProblem: Lord Attera seems to operate on a much larger scale than Xaneth. [[spoiler:His idea of doing Xaneth a favour was to cast a spell on everyone in the region to make them underestimate him.]]
16th May '16 2:30:24 PM intastiel
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* ALighterShadeOfBlack- As bad as Xaneth is, Dove makes him look positively heroic

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* AfterTheEnd- Most of the world is under the control of vampires and is a decidedly unpleasant place.
* ALighterShadeOfBlack- As bad as Xaneth is, Dove makes him look positively heroicheroic.



* LightIsNotGood- Dove the necromancer is so evil that even Xaneth looks good next to him, but he wears pure white at all times

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* LightIsNotGood- LightIsNotGood-
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Dove the necromancer is so evil that even Xaneth looks good next to him, but he wears pure white at all timestimes.
** Galdara, the God of Progress, invests [[ThePaladin Paladins]] with {{Light|EmUp}}-based powers -- but is equally happy to lend its strength to murderous vampires. [[spoiler:WordOfGod reveals that a demon of Galdara created the vampires in the first place.]]
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* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Bayn gives one to the Paladin's ExaltedTorturer. It reduces him to tears and leads him to see the error of his ways.


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* WouldNotHurtAChild: The Paladin's torturer can't bring himself to work on Mia, and getting an epic [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech verbal beatdown]] from child!Bayn makes him quit.
20th Jan '16 11:55:20 PM intastiel
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The long-needed remasters are over, and True Villains is currently updating three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Can be found [[http://www.truevillains.com/ here]].

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The long-needed remasters are over, and True Villains is currently updating three times a week Currently on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

indefinite hiatus. Can be found [[http://www.truevillains.com/ here]].


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* AndTheAdventureContinues- After Sebastian [[spoiler:takes on Xaneth's role and learns Lord Attera's plans]].
20th Jan '16 12:39:38 AM Freezer
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* CallBack - At the end of Saga 3, Sebastian accuses Lord Attera of being the ManBehindTheMan for Xaneth because he's actually Xaneth's father. Attera laughs him off, then kicks them all out of his home. At the end of Saga 9, Attera returns and tells Sebastian that [[spoiler: He was Xaneth's creator, so Sebastian was mostly right.]]
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* FingerPokeOfDoom- When empowered by "Divine Favor" from his God, the Paladin can shatter swords and dispel wisps with a gesture and a word.

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* FingerPokeOfDoom- When empowered by "Divine Favor" from his God, the Paladin can shatter swords and dispel wisps [[WillOTheWisp wisps]] with a gesture and a word.
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