[[quoteright:259:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/enigma_7892.jpg]]

-> ''"It's like [[Literature/BookOfRevelation the Book of Revelations]] but funnier. It's like the last trumpet but hopelessly out of tune. It's like the perennial battle between Good and Evil, but no one can quite work out [[GreyAndGrayMorality which is which]] anymore, and most people don't even know what perennial means."''
-->-- '''Enigma Issue #3''', ''Opening Lines''

''Enigma'' is a 1993 comic book by Peter Milligan about an astoundingly dull man named Michael Smith, whose life is turned upside down when he gets attacked by a huge-headed lizard monster that sucks peoples brains out through their noses, and is saved by his favorite childhood comic book superhero The Enigma, a masked man with [[TheOmnipotent god-like powers]]. The story primarily centers around him and the comic book's author Titus Bird trying to figure out exactly what the hell is going on.

''Enigma'' is arguably the first comic from a mainstream publisher to feature a gay kiss, and is #15 on the Comics Alliance list of the 50 most important LGBT Comic Books and Characters of all time.

----
!! This Work contains examples of the following tropes:
* [[AndThenWhat And Then What?]]: In the in universe comic, an unnamed millionaire tells The Enigma that he'll soon own all the real estate in an entire city. The Enigma keeps asking him "And then what?". After outlining a vague plan for his entire lifetime based entirely around material possessions, the man is at a loss for words. The Enigma says he's amazed the man doesn't want to kill himself. The Enigmatics, a cult based around said comic, interpret this to mean they should commit mass suicide.
** Just to make sure we get the point, the issue is entitled ''AndThenWhat'', and the title even appears on the issue's front cover.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "And then what?"
* AwfulTruth: This is why The Truth is so terrible to behold.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Enigma plainly doesn't understand why certain things are arbitrarily "right" or "wrong".
* BodyHorror: The Head, and very much the Mother.
* BolivianArmyEnding: Sort of.
* BookEnds: "You could say it all started in Arizona. Twenty-five years ago. On a farm."
* BrainFood: The first bad guy introduced is a lizard thing that sucks peoples brains out through a straw.
* {{Cult}}: The Enigmatics are a bunch of young adults who are convinced that Titus is some kind of prophet.
* DelayedNarratorIntroduction: The identity of the narrator is not revealed until the final issue of the comic. [[FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator You will not figure it out ahead of time]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: Envelope Girl originally appeared in Milligan's ''AnimalMan'' run.
* TheEveryman: Michael
* FauxlosophicNarration: Played with "They probably don't get the irony of [[spoiler:the Truth dying in a church]]. Come to think of it, '''I''' don't get the irony of [[spoiler:the Truth dying in a church.]]"
* FreakOut: Most of the baddies have the ability to make their victims go stark raving mad.
* {{Gaslighting}}: The Interior League.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: [[spoiler:The Enigma]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: The Truth's power is to make people see everything in their lives with complete clarity and with all the comforting lies and self-delusion that they live with every day. Their minds don't usually survive this intact.
* MindScrew
* TheOmnipotent: It's not really clear what the nature and extent of The Enigma's powers are, but from what we see, he's effectively God. If God were a gay, morally ambiguous existentialist who ate lizards.
* PaterFamilicide: Features a rare female example. Also, the Interior League causes people to do this by rearranging their furniture.
* RealityWarper: The Enigma.
* ScheduleFanatic: Michael is very specific about what happens on what day of the week in the first issue.
* TeleportCloak: In a rather unusual example, Envelope Girl's outfit isn't primarily used to transport her (though it is implied that it can). Rather, she goes up to random strangers, wraps them up in her clothing, and they are [[RandomTransportation deposited in a cardboard box somewhere else at random]].
* ThrownDownAWell: [[spoiler:The Enigma was thrown into a well as a baby and lived by eating lizards at the well's bottom for 26 years.]] His survival may seem preposterous at first, but this is explained by [[spoiler:him basically being God.]]