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An ongoing comic book series written by Nick Spencer and illustrated by Joe Eisma. It tells the story of six new students (Casey, Ike, Jun, Zoe, Hunter and Jade) at the very prestigious Morning Glory Academy. Each one of them has a dark and/or strange past and they all share the same birthday. The plot follows the six students separately and as a group as they explore the mysterious and shadowy purpose of this dizzying BoardingSchoolOfHorrors. The phrase "for a better future" is thrown around a lot by the staff, but it's hard to tell what that entails. The teachers are down right sadistic, the campus contains strange horrors and there's a ghost-like man stalking around who [[BloodLust really enjoys making a mess of people]]. To top it all off, Daramount, the woman in charge of the these six students (nicknamed the Morning Glories) is trying to systematically break them in increasingly creative ways.

The tone and feel of the story so far is something akin to {{Lost}} in its earlier seasons: lots of character exploration and flashbacks amid completely baffling events that [[EpilepticTrees seem to hint toward a bizarre and complicated machination]]. It has also been compared to Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt in that it's about students exploring the weirdness of a boarding school with possibly dark purposes.

Warning: spoilers are beyond this point.

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!!Tropes Include

* TheAce: Casey, with heavy hints of being [[BrokenAce broken]].
* ActionGirl: Casey and Irina fit this. Possibly Vanessa and Akiko as well.
** [[spoiler: Zoe may qualify as a DarkActionGirl]].
* {{Adorkable}}: Oh, Hunter.
* AncientConspiracy: Complete with a multi-generational OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness.
* TheAntiNihilist: Vanessa's application essay was titled "Why It's Not Too Late to Save the World."
* AnyoneCanDie: Set up in the very first issue when Brendan is suddenly and brutally killed by [[spoiler: David]]. Becomes active with the deaths of [[spoiler: Casey's Parents, Jun and Hisao's mother & Maggie, along many students]]. These deaths become even more confusing considering that [[JigsawPuzzlePlot the story alternates between past, present, and future, and implements time travel]].
** It starts hitting increasingly close to home with the deaths of [[spoiler: Zoe]] and [[spoiler: Hisao]].
* ArcWords: So far we have...
** "The hour of our release draws near."
** "All will be free."
** "For a better future... "
** "What did you see when your eyes were opened?"
** And we have an Arc Person in [[spoiler: Abraham]].
*** And also in [[spoiler: David]].
* AudienceSurrogate: Hunter, arguably, since he's the most "normal" of the Glories. Possibly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in #27 when he's spouting off theories about what the hell is going on to Future Jade and bombarding her with questions the audience almost definitely has.
* AxCrazy: Pamela and the faculty in a HUGE way. [[spoiler: And maybe Zoe.]]
** [[spoiler: Definitely Zoe.]]
* BadassGay: [[spoiler: Hisao and Guillaume.]]
* BefriendingTheEnemy: Hunter, arguably, if the Truants can be considered "the enemy."
* BeneathTheMask: Everyone.
* BilingualBonus: SO MUCH in #23. You have about six characters suddenly and unintentionally all speaking different languages.
* BlessedWithSuck: Poor Hunter. His apparent "ability" is that all clocks read 8:13 to him most of the time and he can't hear alarm clocks.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Casey (blonde), Zoe (brunette) and Jade (redhead).
* BreakTheCutie: Daramount's goal for just about all of them, but especially Casey, Jade, and Fortunato.
** [[spoiler: Also Daramount to Hodge as children, in a way.]]
** [[spoiler: And arguably Hodge to Vanessa.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: Daramount's goal for Zoe and Ike.
* TheCaligula: Ike. He's like a character out of a Brett Easton Ellis novel. [[spoiler:At least, that's how he wants to be seen]].
* CallingTheOldManOut: Ike to [[spoiler: Abraham]], on two occasions.
* TheCheerleader: Zoe's facade.
* CloneJesus: [[spoiler: Ian]] was created in a laboratory ([[CloningBlues one of six]]) with abilities taken from some kind of divine force, although it's unclear which.
* ColdBloodedTorture: On a regular basis.
* TheComicallySerious: Hisao and Fortunato to a degree.
* CoveredWithScars: Irina's mother, Kseniya, with a bonus EyepatchOfPower.
* CreepyChild: Nurse Nine was one in her youth.
* DamselInDistress: Jade in particularly horrifying form.
** And perhaps [[spoiler: Megan.]]
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: Or more accurately, [[spoiler: dangerous May 4th birthday]], though Casey, and presumably the other new students, are celebrating their sixteenth birthday at the start of the series.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Morning Glories is the epitome of this trope.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mainly Ike, and mainly of the {{Jerkass}} variety. Zoe, Casey, Miss Daramount and Miss Hodge occasionally get in on the fun too.
* DeityOfHumanOrigin: Honestly, *possibly* all of the kids, but canonically [[spoiler: Ian]].
* DepravedBisexual: [[spoiler: Ike alluded to making out with guys because it was "in" and he's none too shy with a knife.]]
* DimensionalTraveler: [[spoiler: Possibly Jade depending how you interpret her scenes with her older self and the mysterious lover she sees when she's asleep or unconscious.]] Also Miss Hodge, on a regular basis.
* DrivenToSuicide: Akiko's father.
* EmoTeen: Jade. Lampshaded by Zoe.
* EvilTwin: [[spoiler: Brainwashed!Jun to Hisao]].
** Unfortunately for Hunter.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Hunter's crush on Casey.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Fortunato]] in #35.
* FiveManBand: Interestingly, the roles shift around a lot. Casey is almost always TheHero and Jun is almost always TheBigGuy.
** Hunter tends to be both TheLancer and TheChick.
** Zoe vacillates between TheSmartGuy and the SixthRanger.
** Jade has potential for TheSmartGuy, given the strange hallucinations she's been having and [[spoiler: her appearance as future!Jade, who works for the Academy.]]
* FieryRedhead: Jade starts out being on the weepier side of things, but she definitely has a BerserkButton.
** Plus, she is a redhead who literally [[spoiler: sets fires. She has a history of committing arson]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The story thrives on it.
* GenreSavvy: Hunter is the most prominent example, even going so far as to Lampshade the mystery tropes he and the other kids are all falling prey to and proposing that they try being honest and upfront with each other instead of keeping secrets. He's promptly shot down by Jun.
** Casey dabbles in this, too, if her MeetCute scene with Hunter is anything to go by.
** So are the AV Club kids, for obvious reasons.
* GentleGiant: Hisao.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The title of the comic book is slang for nocturnal penile tumescence in the UK.
* GiveGeeksAChance: Hunter and Casey.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Casey in spades. She's not even a little afraid to get violent.
** During her [[spoiler: time as Danielle Clarkson, she kills people. Like, many people]].
* GuyOnGuyIsHot: Akiko seems to think this way.
* HandBehindHead: Hunter's defining CharacterTic from the get-go.
* HandsomeDevil: Ike.
* HiddenDepths: A recurring theme with literally every main character, along with BeneathTheMask.
* TheIdealist: Despite Hunter's occasional cynicism (i.e. in #31 in regards to life after death), Nick has stated that he is most definitely TheHeart of the Glories, and that any stories that feature him at the center are "slightly sunnier" because of his unfaltering "hope and optimism."
* {{Jerkass}}: Ike personifies this.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Ike again. Whenever you think he might be starting to show a soft side or losing the mask, surprise. The vague niceness was an act. He's still terrible.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: In spades! Good luck figuring out any of the mysteries on your own.
* LampshadeHanging: Hunter is the most guilty of this.
* LockedInARoom: Zoe and Hunter, alone together in the woods during Woodrun. CharacterDevelopment, naturally, ensues.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Hisao.]]
** [[spoiler: Although Nick Spencer repeatedly said that Zoe was this trope in #19, as of #38, it looks like she's back.]]
* ManslaughterProvocation: [[spoiler: Zoe thought her best friend was being raped by their English teacher, so she bashed him on the head. They burned the body in an incinerator]].
* MeaningfulName: Abraham. [[spoiler:And Isaac, or Ike.]]
* MeetCute: Hunter and Casey.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Alarmingly common.
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Averted with Jade, [[spoiler: who frequently encounters and has discussions with future versions of herself.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Zoe.
* OracularUrchin: [[spoiler: Zoe, as a small child in India.]]
** And her ArcWords: "Faith is putting your hand in someone else's and learning to take the good with the bad."
* OstentatiousSecret: A few members of the staff love waving it in the students' faces that there's things going on that they don't know about.
* PortalToThePast: The cave.
* PlatonicCave: Played straight with younger Miss Hodge, where the shadows and fire in the cave actually happen.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Both of the main groups of kids, to a degree, but the AV Club is definitely this on the lighter side.
* ReallyGetsAround: Zoe and Ike.
* RichBitch: Implied with Zoe and played very straight with Ike.
* RousingSpeech: Irina has what she certainly thinks is one in #28.
** Jade gets one that's slightly more well-received in #34.
* SadistTeacher: Daramount really enjoys messing with the kids under her charge.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Ike's mother isn't sure whether or not he killed his father. [[spoiler: He did. [[MindScrew Or did he?]]]]
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: [[spoiler: Casey tries to prevent her future self from going to MGA. Doesn't work when she orders her dad to forget everything.]]
* ShesGotLegs: Casey.
* ShoutOut: Usually courtesy of Hunter.
---> Oh, man, we are about one dianoga away from [[StarWars the trash compactor scene inó]]
---> If we don't win this game I have a feeling Zoe's gonna go the full [[Film/KillBill Gogo Yubari]] on us...
---> ...And I'm stuck living out Futurama. Except I don't even know what year it is. ...It was 2999. [[{{Futurama}} On Futurama]].
* SlasherSmile: Oh boy.
* StalkerWithACrush: Implied with [[spoiler:Jade]]. Apparently she had fallen hard for [[spoiler:a teacher named Marcus]].
* StraightGay: Guillame and Hisao are very [[SuddenlySexuality casually revealed]] to be gay and in love.
** And although it hasn't been explicitly stated in canon, Word of God says that Hannah and Esi are dating.
* SubliminalSeduction: A possible case with the slide show in the beginning.
* TriggerPhrase: For Casey's dad, the MGA logo.
* TwinSwitch: [[spoiler: The character we know as Jun is really Hisao and vice versa. Twice.]]
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Lampshaded by Casey in regards to her and Hunter the moment they meet, although she wants to avert it, saying that she doesn't have the time for it.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Arguably Ike.
* WhamEpisode: ''Every issue'' has a WHAM moment of some kind.
** Perhaps issue 1 sets the tone the best, when [[spoiler: Jade attempts to contact her father, only for him to tell her that he's never had a daughter. She tells the others, and Casey asks for an explanation from the RA, who tells her that it's part of the protocol for the Academy to encourage parents to pretend to their children that they don't exist as a way to cultivate independence. Casey, horrified, says that her parents would never do that, and the RA says that indeed her parents refused--and then opens a door to reveal Casey's parents' mutilated bodies]]
** #19 is pretty high up there, too, with [[spoiler: Zoe's death]].
*** Even more for #38, later on, when we see on the last page that [[spoiler: Zoe is alive]].
** And #33, with the reveal of [[spoiler: Hisao and Jun's final "swap."]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "You are not Hisao. I am."]]
** [[spoiler: "Hello, father."]]
** [[spoiler: "Call me Jade."]]
** [[spoiler: "I am Jun."]]
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: [[spoiler: Casey and Miss Hodge, at least - it could also be the main way time travel works in this universe, as we don't have too many details.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Casey]], to Daramount.
---> You killed my parents. Go to hell.