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[[caption-width-right:335:[[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=9 Felicia and Edward.]]]]
''[[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life/ Life]]'' is a story about a strange young woman by the name of Felicia and the people she meets and met. And the people they meet and met, including a strange young woman by the name of Natalie. The story begins with Felicia's senior year at her high school, although there are some flashbacks to earlier points in Natalie's life -- before she began to become Felicia.

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* AltText: Frequently snarky.
* AnalogyBackfire: [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=145 The conversation between Felicia and Madison]] following Felicia's complaint that [[ShowWithinAShow her webcomic]] hasn't had any hits has Madison turning Felicia's the-Internet-is-like-a-magazine metaphor around.
* ChekhovsGun: [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=158 The song and its video.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=126 Madison]] is more on the cynical end[[labelnote:context]]Natalie had previously forgotten Madison's name, and never learned "Edward"'s[[/labelnote]], and [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=153 Video Game Guy]] a fairly traditional example.
-->'''VGG:''' You're being awful observant.\\
'''Edward:''' I'm just sharp like that, I guess.\\
'''VGG:''' Absolutely. It took you a month to notice one thing.
* DreamSequence: Felicia has a few, [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=53 this one]] being one of the longer ones (and one of her RecurringDreams).
* DudeLooksLikeALady: [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=274 Edward's roommate]] [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=275 Lex.]]
-->'''Lex:''' And yes, I am a guy.
* EvilLaugh: In [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=334 "Good End"]], Felicia breaks out with one of these.
* ExhaustedEyeBags: Five days into [[spoiler:her twenty-day mission to complete a portfolio for the graphic design major at college]], [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=197 Felicia develops an impressive pair of these.]]
* ExtremeDoormat: Edward's method of getting through life is something he calls "Chaos". Which basically consists of simply going along with anything that happens and not putting much effort in.
* FaceFramedInShadow: When Lex calls Felicia, [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=363 his face is wreathed in shadows]] ... [[InvokedTrope because he's shielding himself from the lightbulb with an umbrella.]]
* FacePalm: As Felicia's friend, Madison is reduced to this on several occasions.
* InnocentInnuendo: [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=408 Felicia walks in at the end of Madison's story about being banned for using bots in an MMO.]]
-->'''Madison:''' I was never able to pull off the 25-man ... and I never got my money back for any of them.\\
'''Felicia''' [''thinking'']: W-what did I just walk into?
* LabcoatOfScienceAndMedicine: [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=46 Felicia puts one on when she starts brainstorming comic ideas on her whiteboard.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** Felicia is about to go live with her [[ShowWithinAShow webcomic site]] when [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=141 she realizes the comic doesn't have any color.]] Guess when the ''Life'' archive [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=142 switches to full color?]]
** [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=176 After the calculus final.]]
--->'''Felicia:''' Now I just have to wait until report cards to see how I did... when do they usually come out?\\
'''Madison:''' Two weeks from now, I think...\\
'''Felicia:''' Bleh... I wish I could just skip ahead two weeks...\\
'''Madison:''' That's a little...\\
[''[[TimeSkip two weeks later!]]'']\\
'''Felicia:''' I got a 76!
* LimitedWardrobe: Felicia is almost always seen in either [[SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack her school uniform]] (even though her high school doesn't ''have'' a uniform) or a red t-shirt over grey clothes.
* LoveTriangle: [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=333 Felicia decides that such a triangle exists]] with [[spoiler:her roommate Madison interested in "Edward" interested in herself]] (TriangRelations [[spoiler:Type 5]], specifically). [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=334 She immediately starts plotting to resolve it by]] [[spoiler:setting up Edward with Madison instead]].
* ManipulativeBastard:
** Felicia is an unusually well-meaning example, to the point that [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=19 the idea that she's being one bothers her a bit.]]
** Edward's roommate Lex [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=277 soon proves himself to be one as well.]]
** Eden's roommate Emily, on the other hand ... [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=393 isn't.]]
* MeaningfulRename: Natalie renamed herself Felicia because Felicia means "happiness".
* MirthlessLaughter: Felicia laughs out of nervousness [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=221 on occasion.]]
* NotSoStoic: Approximately the only time Edward has a major reaction to anything is when Video Game Guy tears up one of his drawings.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Edward is not named Edward -- that name was a guess Felicia made that [[ExtremeDoormat he rolled with]].
* RecurringDreams: Felicia has a few, one of which she later uses to inspire a drawing.
* SarcasticClapping: The success of Felicia's plan to [[spoiler:maneuver Edward into asking her to prom]] [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=243 elicits halfhearted applause from Madison.]]
* ShowWithinAShow: Felicia's webcomic, ''Innocence Academy''.
* SpannerInTheWorks:
** [[spoiler:Madison]] sabotages one of Felicia's gambits by [[spoiler:telling Edward what she's up to]].
** [[spoiler:Edward's roommate Lex]] sabotages another by acting directly rather than simply reacting.
* SpringtimeForHitler: [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life/?comic=428 To Lex's consternation,]] when he [[spoiler:sends 'Edward' to go ask Madison out, and Madison doesn't say no]].
* StepfordSmiler: Felicia's happiness is largely a mask she adopts to force herself to be happy.
* TalkingToThemself: Felicia/Natalie finds herself doing this on a few occasions, such as [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=137 during the second comic meeting, after Madison has left.]]
* TechnoWizard: Madison can solve almost any problem with her programs. Take, for example, [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=61 her approach to a calculus test.]]
* WakingNonSequitur: Early on, when [[http://www.cha0sden.com/Life.php?comic=34 Madison's phone call wakes up Felicia/Natalie:]]
-->'''Felicia:''' Hey... don't-- don't throw out my [=CDs=]. The database is in the ... hotel?