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''Serenity'' is an English-language manga written by Buzz Dixon and drawn by Min Kwon, at least until the artist change. It depicts the adventures of a teenager named Serenity Harper who, underneath her scrappy and obnoxious exterior, is a girl who only wants to be loved and accepted. After transfering to a new school, she draws the notice of the school's Christian prayer club, who decides to help her find her place whether she wants it or not. The manga chronicles Serenity's ensuing dilemmas as she tries to find peace and meaning in her life through Christianity.

The manga ran for ten volumes and concluded in 2008, though Buzz Dixon promised in May 2010 that new installments are coming, with old chapters available at [[http://snokiestories.com/ Snokie Stories]]. (So far none of these old chapters seem to have materialized.)

The characters include:
* Serenity, the main character, who comes from a broken home and troubled past. While the manga doesn't show her doing these things, she has used drugs and has participated in premarital sex in the past.
* Derek, de facto leader of the prayer group and Kimberly's boyfriend. It's revealed that he [[spoiler: goes to rehab because of an auto accident he was involved in when he was twelve.]]
* Kimberly, Derek's girlfriend. Often harbors negative thoughts about Serenity and has tried to outdo her once or twice since Serenity began to try and draw Derek's attention towards her. Lives with a strict pastor father who also heads the prayer club, so you know where this is headed.
* Sally, the youngest member of the group. Her mom is disabled and it's shown that she prays to God to help her mom heal. Constantly makes dreadful jokes.
* Lori, who is often Serenity's go-to girl for the deeper religious questions. The subtext of the manga implies that she is [[spoiler: homosexual and is praying to God so she can [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop 'drive THOSE thoughts out of her head'.]]]]
* Tim, the big guy. He is passionate about making movies and also serves as the DJ during a rave the characters attend. It is mentioned once that he stays busy so he has an excuse not to date and be lonely, and the plot point is never resolved.
* Eddie, the kid who kinda blends into the background. Serenity forces him to take her to the movies at one point in an attempt to make Derek jealous. It doesn't work. We also learn that Eddie [[spoiler: is fascinated with sex and routinely visits adult pornography sites.]]

The manga has gained some notoreity on [[http://www.4chan.org 4chan]], where it was hated by Anonymous for portraying the prayer group as a bunch of creeps who claim to ''love'' Serenity but not ''like'' her, for giving Serenity a massive stroke of bad luck as if God Himself is out to get her, and for overall lazy artwork and writing. Normal 4chan reactions, to be sure...until Christians also reported in to denounce the comic's backwards message.

Suffice it to say, ''Serenity'''s Christian subject matter is ripe for debate.

[[NamesTheSame Absolutely no relation to]] Creator/{{Joss Whedon}}'s ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' [[Film/{{Serenity}} film of the same name]].
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!!Serenity contains examples of:
* AlphaBitch: Kimberly.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Lori.
* [[WriterOnBoard Artist On Board:]] The ugliest characters in the comic are Serenity's mother (who may or may not be Pagan), and Mrs. Baxter, the HollywoodAtheist, while the more "attractive" characters are all either Christian, or Serenity.
* AuthorAppeal: There are WAY too many close shots of Serenity's bare feet for this to be anything else.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: After she's egged on by Serenity, Sally proves that she is a fuckin' swear master when she wants to be.
* BeYourself: In volume ten, Serenity learns that changing for the better is one thing, and changing who you are is another.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The entire Prayer Club really but special mention goes to Sally, the youngest member of the group who specializes in two things: bad puns and blackmail.
* BrutalHonesty: Lori, I don't think telling Serenity that her group "loves her but does not like her" directly is a really good idea.
* ClusterFBomb: Serenity drops a ton of these in the first volume.
* CovertPervert: Eddie. Lori to a lesser degree, seen when she hears Serenity talking about an ''urge'' she's been suppressing ever since she got her leg broken and her mind immediately goes to the gutter.
* CueTheFlyingPigs: In volume ten, when Serenity volunteers to lead the prayer, we see a SuperDeformed devil seeing snow.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Serenity, [[spoiler:so much [[ExaggeratedTrope she melted!]] She did shape up properly at the end.]]
* DesignatedMonkey: The audience is supposed to pity Serenity because she hasn't found God, but with her notorious streak of bad luck and how the prayer club treats her sometimes, they pity her for completely different reasons.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: In volume 9 Eddie confesses to Serenity that his babysitter raped him; the actual line is ''When I was eleven my sitter thought it would be "cute" if she initiated me. I've been obsessed with sex ever since.'' and it's delivered with a look of absolute horror and leaves no doubt to the fact that it's traumatized Eddie completely. Serenity's response is to say that "EVERY guy is obsessed with sex, Eddie!" and the subject is never brought up again.
* FlippingTheBird: [[MemeticMutation "Whoops! Can't show that in a Christian manga!"]]
* GoodCostumeSwitch: After deciding to devote her life entirely to God, Serenity dyes her hair a normal brown and starts wearing a long, conservative dress. [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted when it is hammered home that the changes that caused her to adopt this outfit were in some ways as bad for her as her old lifestyle. She switches back to her old costume style in the end, but keeps God and her changes for the better.]]
* HollywoodAtheist: Ms. Baxter, one of Serenity's teachers, is so obviously a strawman for the stubborn atheist that she should wear a neon sign.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Sally never lets up on these. Ever.
* InnocentInnuendo: In volume six, after Serenity finally gets her cast removed from her leg, she finally gives in to her urges (rape face and all)... [[spoiler:to scratch that itch in her leg!]]
* JerkassWoobie: Sure, Serenity may act like a jerk at times, but that doesn't mean we can't feel sorry for the things she's putting up with.
* KickTheDog: Mr. Grandy/[[FanNickname Dr. Claw]] admits in the last volume that [[spoiler: he's glad that Serenity was brainwashed because "somebody had to do it".]] To be fair, that's how Ms. Baxter put it ([[HollywoodAtheist no surprise here]]), and Mr. Grandy [[spoiler:had no idea how empty Serenity was feeling with all that radical change she was doing to herself.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: Even after the prayer club becomes friends with Serenity, they never cease reminding her of how bad she used to be. Granted, good friends can make fun of each other in a friendly way, but judging by how the prayer club used to treat her...
* [[NoAnimalsWereHarmed No Tarantulas Were Harmed]]
* {{Omake}}: From volumes seven to ten, the second halves are fan films that Tim made with his friends. [[spoiler:Guess what people were more interested in...]]
* PluckyComicRelief: Sally, if you could consider her funny.
* PoliceAreUseless: After a police officer visits Serenity's house, Serenity's mom promptly freaks, rushes to the bathroom, and starts flushing things down the toilet. Despite this suspicious behavior, the officer never tries to find out what Serenity's mom is doing. And judging by what the manga shows us about her mother, [[spoiler: she was probably flushing drugs.]]
* RealIsBrown: Serenity's makeover in volume 10. [[spoiler:It didn't last long, fortunately.]]
* ShoutOut: During a story featuring Eddie, he places the prayer group girls in fantasies that team them up with characters like [[Manga/InuYasha InuYasha]] and Film/JamesBond. In the same chapter, Eddie also imagines Serenity dressed as [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Harley Quinn]].
** In the fan film of volume seven, Serenity [[Franchise/StarTrek gets to be a]] RedShirt. This is even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
** In the fan film of volume eight, three kids are dressed like [[TheSimpsons Bart Simpson, Milhouse]] and [[{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]].
* ShyBlueHairedGirl - Serenity's is definitely shy and smart enough to find questions and holes in things the other characters can't or wont even explain, but her aggressiveness sometimes subverts this.
* StealthParody / {{Deconstruction}} - It's a long shot, but it's possible. See below.
* StrawmanHasAPoint - Serenity's harder questions to the youth group are rarely answered in a substantial way, and the plot relies heavily on her forgetting them when she's brushed off or fed a poetic-sounding line. Ms. Baxter also falls under this. At several points she makes attempts to restrict Serenity's exposure to Christian information on campus, or during school hours in recognition of separation of church and state. She provides condoms to Serenity, while the theme of the comic is to insist on abstinence only, equating owning condoms with premarital sex. She also calls Serenity's mother in the final arc, warning her that Serenity's conversion to Christianity has come at the abnormal price of forsaking her sense of self. None of her efforts to help Serenity are portrayed in a good light, though there is nothing inherently wrong with these actions, and as a [[SternTeacher stern teacher]], is to be expected.
* SnarkBait: It has become a favored target of [[ImageBoards /b/ and /a/]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot - Several potential subplots involving the other members of the youth group are brought up but never explored. Tim's self-loathing, Lori's sexuality, Derek being in rehab, etc.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Serenity really knows her fashion.
* WhatAnIdiot: Two men were trying to pass off scouring powder as drugs to sell them at a Christian rave. There even was a big sign at the building! They obviously got arrested.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: Volume ten; not only do Serenity's two closest friends want her to return to [[BeYourself being herself]], [[TheWoobie but the readers, too]]. [[spoiler:She does return.]]
* WordOfGod: Someone on 4chan actually e-mailed Buzz Dixon about Serenity and what message he was trying to convey in it. His response implied future volumes where all those seemingly dropped subplots about the Prayer Club's issues would come back and it would be Serenity who would get them through it. Dixon's response made it clear he was aware that the Prayer Club was practicing shallow Christianity and they were just as screwed up as Serenity. Sadly, these volumes have yet to materialize.
* WorldOfHam: Fan film of volume nine.
* TheWoobie - Serenity, largely due to her horrible luck, but the Woobieness reaches critical mass in the final volume, which she spends much of moping around, feeling empty. The miserable girl seen post-conversion is a sad sight after so many volumes getting to know her as the plucky young punk girl. [[spoiler:[[ThrowTheDogABone Fortunately...]]]]
* YouFailHistoryForever - Serenity's history teacher/spiritual advisor, Mr. Grandy (given the [[FanNickname Fan Nickname]] of Dr. Claw due to his prosthetic hand.)
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Serenity has blue hair for the entire series except one large section in the final volume. [[spoiler: She dyes it back.]]
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