''InterviewingLeather'' is a WebOriginal short story by Creator/EricBurnsWhite about a music journalist named Todd Chapman sent to interview the supervillainess Leather for a rock and roll magazine. {{Deconstruction}} of ComicBookTropes ensues.

The fourteen-part story is finished and can be found [[http://banter-latte.annotations.com/frequently-asked-questions/interviewing-leather/ here]]. The sequel, ''Interviewing Trey'', began updating weekly on May 31st and can be found [[http://banter-latte.annotations.com/series/interviewing-trey/ here]].
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!!Examples:

* AffablyEvil: Leather is generally pretty friendly.
* BadassNormal: The superhero Darkhood is an amalgamation of Franchise/{{Batman}} and Green Arrow.
* TheCape: Leather refer to these as "old school" heroes, and has nothing but respect for them.
* CaptainErsatz: Many people are mentioned who are very close to "real" comic book characters.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Mocked. Leather considers being a costumed criminal a lifestyle choice. If Leonardo Lucas wants to play with giant robots, so what?
* DarkActionGirl: The eponymous Leather.
* DatingCatwoman: Leather can't sleep with normal humans because she [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Does Not Know Her Own Strength]] and finds that supervillains make poor boyfriends. If it wasn't for this trope...
* {{Deconstruction}}: Leather has a lot of things to say about ComicBookTropes, especially those concerning Superheroes. [[spoiler:Inverted in the last two chapters when the SuperHero Darkhood refutes pretty much everything she says, making the story a {{Deconstruction}} of ''supervillain'' motivations.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Darkhood]]''': ''[[spoiler:We don't need villains to be heroes... but some villains? like her? They need us '''to''' need them.]]''
** Some of the parts [[spoiler:that don't relate to those motivations still make for a good deconstruction of the rest of the genre]].
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Leather reveals that SuperStrength is a BlessedWithSuck superpower since you constantly have to be careful not to break stuff.
* DudeWheresMyRespect and DudeWheresMyReward: Leather seems disgusted that, while villains constantly make the Front Page of every newspaper around, heroes are lucky to get onto page four of the local press and struggle to pay off the bills.
* EvilIsSexy: Invoked by Leather in her EvilCostumeSwitch.
* ExplosiveLeash:
** Leather attaches one of these to Todd's neck on a couple occasions to keep him from running to the police. [[spoiler:It is later revealed that it's actually a fake, with Silly Putty instead of explosives]].
** In ''Trey'', Mr. River mentions that Jack O'Knaves will implant explosives in people like himself who would otherwise want to escape Jack's service. [[spoiler:Shortly thereafter, Todd discovers that he himself has been given one]].
* FaceHeelTurn: Leather in the BackStory. Included an EvilCostumeSwitch.
* GoodNeedsEvil: Asserted by Leather. [[spoiler:Denied by Darkhood.]]
* MostCommonSuperPower: Mocked. Leather, a B-cup, claims that anything below a C-cup is referred to as "SideKick physique" in SuperHero circles.
* NervesOfSteel: Todd pretty much never stops asking interview questions, even in situations so frightening [[BringMyBrownPants as to demand a change of underpants afterwards]].
* PostClimaxConfrontation: Todd's conversation with Kyle in [[http://banter-latte.annotations.com/2007/10/02/interviewing-leather-part-fourteen/ Part 14.]]
* RedemptionEqualsSex: Mocked. Leather regards this trope as sexist and insulting and has nasty things to say about wielders of ''redemptive genitalia''.
* RoguesGallery: Discussed as a concept. Leather is very much a roving professional, very much a lifestyle for the hell of it. (Neatly matching up with her name, as it happens.) But there are also villains who fixate on one hero. Worse yet, they're regarded as a good deal less sane, and a LOT more dangerous. ''Interviewing Trey'' establishes that such villains are also sometimes seen as more pathetic, especially in the lower tiers.
* RunningGag: In ''Interviewing Trey'', Jack O'Knaves has two:
** Cracking jokes about Chapman's environmental consciousness.
** Misstating Leather's name.
* SecretIdentityIdentity: Mild version. Leather thinks of herself as Leather and has discarded her old civilian identity.
* {{Soaperizing}}
* StartOfDarkness: Leather explains hers in detail.
* SuperReflexes: Leather has this ability.
* SuperRegistrationAct: The distinction between superheroes who work with the police and vigilante freelancers is noted
-->"Some heroes have sanction -- they work with the police, they follow procedures, they file reports. Freelancers were vigilantes. Depending on the city, the cops might turn a blind eye to them, but technically they were breaking the law."
* StealthHiBye: Jack O'Knaves pulls this after talking with Todd. As a stage magician, he naturally has a good disappearing act.
* TakingTheBullet: Leather in the BackStory.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Leather makes it clear that she is a thief, not a killer.
* TrickArrow: BadassNormal Darkhood have a lot of these, including net arrows, electric arrows and gas-bomb arrows. Partially subverted, since he also use ''pointy'' arrows. Y'know, the kind that makes people bleed. [[ThouShaltNotKill He still doesn't use them to kill people, though]].
* WeirdTradeUnion: Leather's henchmen are unionized. So are the outlaw teamsters who pack up, transport, and unpack all that cumbersome equipment you find in those constantly-being-relocated supervillain lairs. Yes. The supervillains have their own ''moving company''. As well as their corporate affiliate, a temp agency for forensic technicians who specialize in ''removing'' evidence from crime scenes.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: When she stopped one robber, Leather thought for a few moments, then took the money, paid off her bills, and decided on a life of villainy rather than virtue.
* YouFightLikeACow: Both Leather and Dynamo Girl crack wise while out on the job.
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