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[[caption-width-right:350: Yes, that is a glowing clownfish. It makes sense in context]]

An unnamed woman who works as a journalism intern finds she is on a terrorist watchlist. When she confronts the unnamed Fed who is set to watch her, things get seriously, fantastically weird. There's a good deal of humor thrown in. And did we mention the forty billion undead pixies? And the talking super-genius koala? Once the fantastic elements are accepted by the reader, we then see [[GovernmentConspiracy how deep the rabbit hole goes]]. Much, much better than it sounds.

[[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/ Read. Enjoy. Conspire.]]
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'''Contains these tropes:'''

* ABoyAndHisX: It's in the title, after all.
* ActionGirl: The Girl. She's one of the best in the world at judo.
* AGodAmI: Clarice's eventual goal.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Agent 146/Clarice deals with ghosts on a near-daily basis, but refuses to believe that [[spoiler:the Girl is an [[{{The Empath}} empath]]]].
** Also [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.593.html averted]], sort of.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: The Fed asked George Washington - who had made his disapproval about the Agents' ongoing plans clear - what he would've done in his place. When Washington tries to duck the question, the Fed asks him point blank [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.1093.html "Would you have run?]] Washington, to his credit, answers honestly, "Yes."
* ArousedByTheirVoice: The Girl apparently [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.183.html enjoys the sound of Vin Diesel]].
* ArtEvolution: Downright noddy at the start, until the occasional {{artshift}} shows the artist's potential. The comic is getting redrawn in colour and a brand new style.
** Notably, the first dramatic art shift happened after a significant meditation event undertaken by the Girl. She opened her eyes and from that point on, the world is drawn in full color and with more details (including characters having visible eyes whereas before, it was a case of EyesAlwaysShut). [[BrokenBase Slightly undermined]] by the art style reboot...
** The 'EyesAlwaysShut' bit was broken at various different points - the meeting with Mike, the flashbacks with the Fed and [[spoiler: Dixon's wife]], et cetera. The real art style change happened when the artist decided to do so for one reason or another... and the fact that she's bringing the whole strip into a more realistic style makes one wonder what it'll look like regarding those flashbacks.
* ArtificialLimbs: [[spoiler: Clarice]] has a [[SuperStrength super strong]] cybernetic arm and has apparently similar reinforcements planted to [[spoiler: her]] spine to supports its weight and lift capability. [[spoiler: However, apparently it's not designed to resist being ripped apart from her shoulder socket.]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: The Girl, in spades.
* BackFromTheDead: Ben gives a pretty good and short MotiveRant about it too.
-->'''Ben''': ''I came back from the dead for this Country. I will not sit passively by while what I fought to forge is CORRUPTED and DESTROYED!''
* Badass: Almost everyone in the comic, up to and including ''Ben Franklin.''
** BadassBureaucrat: [[spoiler: After the Pocket President is revealed to the world, the surviving members of the program eventually become this.]]
** BadassGrandma: Rose Myers, the woman who taught the Fed everything he knows about espionage. Though officially retired, she hasn't forgotten how to hand out a bit of pain when the occasion calls for it.
** CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Several agents in the Pocket President community made the mistake of thinking that the Girl was just a spoiled rich girl working an internship for a tiny newspaper. They were ''wrong.''
* BattleAura: Simulated in page [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.604.html 604]].
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler: The Girl and the Fed, once they hook up and get married.]]
* BrickJoke: [[http://agirlandherfed.com/1.426.html Sparky and the group use Ben as a relay to record a meeting.]] [[http://agirlandherfed.com/1.447.html Sparky meets his ghostly security detail and realizes they've watched him have sex with the Girl. Several times.]] [[http://agirlandherfed.com/1.467.html The Fed and the Girl have sex in an elevator with no ghosts watching.]] Whoops.
** [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.937.html The Girl discovers that Ben was involved with Abraham Lincoln]] and says they'll start a club and make matching hats. [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.1146.html 150 or so strips later, he seems awfully disappointed the Girl didn't come.]]
* CharacterBlog: Speedy's Twitter.
* ChekhovsGunman: The Fed fairly early on asserts that he doesn't dream, but during the Vegas excursion, he mumbles in his sleep about someone named Frederick. [[spoiler: It's revealed that, as a coping mechanism, he was somehow visiting the afterlife and receiving support from Frederick Douglass.]]
* CurbstompBattle: Planning an all-out assault really does make a difference, doesn't it?
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: [[spoiler: Enforced.]]
* DontExplainTheJoke: During a showdown with Clarice, the Girl makes a joke about juggling MacGuffins, and how they are high calorie. She then explains "muffin? macguffin? geddit?"
* EmbarrassingTattoo: The Fed has one.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: The Fed upgraded from BadassNormal once he [[spoiler: gains control of the chip]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Fed, whom the Girl [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname refers to as "Sparky"]]
** [[spoiler: His real name is eventually revealed to be Patrick Mulcahy.]]
** [[spoiler: And the Girl's name is revealed to be Hope Blackwell.]]
* EverythingIsOnline: Averted [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.547.html here]].
* FairyCompanion: Benjamin Franklin and the Bitty Bush both qualify, but Ben goes a step further by having actual fairy wings.
** SmallAnnoyingCreature: The Fed is ''so happy'' once Ben manages to make the Bitty Bush go away.
* FeministFantasy
* FictionFiveHundred: The Girl has a ''lot'' of money from Ben going into the future and picking high-yield stocks. He believes his charges are able to focus better when they don't have to worry about feeding or sheltering themselves.
* FurryDenial: [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.96.html Speedy]].
* GentleGiant: The Fed, once the real him re-emerges.
* GeniusBruiser: The eponymous battle couple, who are a doctor and a lawyer, respectively.
* GhostlyGoals: Some are more malevolent than others.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Ghosts gain power from how well and widely they are remembered.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Involving [[spoiler:brain implants and ghosts]].
* GrievousHarmWithABody
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: But the Girl is a Judo master, and can handle him easily.
** ILetYouWin: ...But then again, it's revealed that he held back in their sparring matches.
*** He states outright that he knows its stupid, because she is still much, much better than him.
* IGaveMyWord[=/=]HonorBeforeReason: Why Lincoln allows the rogue ghosts to draw on his strength, even though he knows they're trying to start a civil war and it causes him actual pain.
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: The Girl says this about one of the ''[[{{Mooks}} henchmen]]''. The Fed [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.638.html vetoes the idea]], though. After all, [[DeadpanSnarker raising a villain is a big responsibility]].
* ISeeThemToo: Originally [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/2.747.html Twice simultaneously]], since {{RetCon}}ned to once, nonverbally, [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.748.html when the Girl meets the Fed.]]
* InsufferableGenius[=/=]IntellectualAnimal: Speedy
* InVinoVeritas: The Girl gets a lot less cynical after a fair amount of vodka.
* ISeeDeadPeople: But only if they want you to.
* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.459.html Verbatim.]]
* IWasQuiteALooker: [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.585.html Rose]]
* KryptoniteFactor: [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.639.html Lampshaded here.]] See {{Weaksauce Weakness}} below.
* TheLancer: Mare plays this role within OACET after the TimeSkip; she's the one most public with disagreements with Pat's leadership style. That said, outsiders frequently underestimate just how loyal she is overall.
** Interestingly, George Washington sees Pat in this light - because of his stature, almost nobody amongst the ghosts are willing to stand up to him. He begrudgingly admits that he enjoys that Pat is willing to fight back (both with words and with fists).
* LandDownunder: An ad for holidaying in Australia has a warning about the claws and teeth of anything not poisonous.
* LastSecondChance: [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.643.html No]].
** Then four pages later, [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.647.html yes]].
* LivingWeapon: [[spoiler:The entire point of the program. The chip is an unspeakably powerful digital weapon, being a gamechanger on the level of nuclear power. But it requires a biological component that cannot be removed. Obviously, no one wanted to put that much power into the hands of the few who happened to have the chips. So they created an extremely annoying interface designed to pop up whenever the agents got too emotional, and when they went to government-provided psychiatrists for their problems, they were given piles of drugs. All this was in an effort to turn the agents into human robots, thereby oblivating the problems of the biological component]].
* {{MacGuffin}}: {{Lampshaded}} though here's to hoping that they're not what we'd traditionally call a [=MacGuffin=], as they had better explain some things. [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.657.html Unless this is a hint from the writer that they won't...]]
-->'''The Girl''': ''Damn, we're juggling a load of [=MacGuffins=]. And I've heard [=MacGuffins=] are insanely high in calories... [[{{AWorldWidePunomenon}} Get it? Muffin? MacGuffin?]]''
* MagikarpPower: The chips were considered abject failures until Ben unlocked the Fed's. Turns out they were crippled on purpose, but the trope still stands.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Zig-zagged all to hell. The Girl seems like a shoe-in for this, being spunky, violent, and spontaneous. But it ends up that she has to spend a lot more effort getting used to Sparky's convoluted conspiracy/spy shenanigans than any effort he'd have to take to get used to her being merely eccentric.
* {{Masquerade}}: At least until [[spoiler:the chips are revealed to the public]] between parts one and two. The ghosts are probably going to remain hidden for a while, though.
* NoNameGiven: Both title characters, initially. WordOfGod had this was intentional. Their real names are eventually revealed as [[spoiler: Hope Blackwell and Patrick Mulcahy]] respectively.
*** NamesTheSame: As [[spoiler: the priest in Series/{{Mash}}.]]
* NoodleIncident: The first time she made a serial killer cry.
** Also, whatever happened in the Fed's college days with a walrus. Mentioned a few times, so it's a BrickJoke.
* NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion:
** A variation, when [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.675.html the Fed asks the Girl whether the robotic limb she's holding is a human arm.]]
** A completely straight example, when [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.1187.html Coolidge asks Mare, "Do you think it will be enough?"]] -- "it" being their security measures, not [[DoomedMoralVictor continuing to fight even in the face of possible failure]].
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* OurSloganIsTerrible: [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.19.html Captain Tony's: "We Will Get You Drunk"]].
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: So, so much. A Girl, her Fed, the ghost of Ben Franklin, a talking koala....
* RansackedRoom: [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.41.html Here.]]
* RapunzelHair: Mare's long red hair.
* RedRightHand: Clarice Finch with her arm.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: The Girl. She has a day job, albeit a really sucky one.
-->''Sometimes when we're bored, the ghost of Ben Franklin and I get hammered on old scotch and he goes five hours into the future to cherry-pick high-yield stocks for day trading.''
** Averted as of the TimeSkip, where the Girl has her medical degree and is working at a hospital.
* ShoutOut: Check out the occupant of Suite A4 [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.1116.html in this Brisbane office building]]. Wanna bet the address is [[FindingNemo 42 Wallaby Way]]?
** Also, the graffiti on one of the office buildings in [[http://agirlandherfed.com/1.1195.html this comic]] will be familiar to fans of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan.''
* {{Scandalgate}}: The Fed thinks the Chip could end up as one of these. He's also more eloquent about this than the trope expects.
-->'''The Fed''': ''I keep thinking about the Watergate, or Tuskegee... Nightmares that we sum up in '''[[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.555.html one word]].'''''
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: The Bitty Bush is a [[StrawmanPolitical not-so-subtle jab]] at former U.S. President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, who is famous for his [[{{Malaproper}} verbal flubs.]] As a result, half the things it says are [[NonSequitur non-sequiturs]] and the other half are a result of it misinterpreting the Fed's commands. In addition, the Pocket President activates whenever the chip holder feels a particularly strong emotion, which means it's constantly activating against the Fed's will, and even occasionally ''while he's sleeping.'' Suffice it to say, the Fed takes the first chance he can to get rid of the Bitty Bush.
** A bit of FridgeBrilliance, here. First, the program was designed in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, and the people in charge of the program's funding legitimately thought Bush's visage would boost morale for the government agents. Second, [[spoiler: the Bitty Bush is ''meant'' to grind at the will of the chip holders, so they would become more emotionally withdrawn and mentally exhausted, thus making them easier to manipulate.]]
* TheSociopath: The Girl outright calls Clarice one, and she admits that she's not far from one herself.
* StrawmanPolitical: Surprisingly averted (most of the time). While the comic is heavily steeped in the politics surrounding government surveillance, especially electronic surveillance, it generally tries to present all sides fairly.
** The major exception is the Bitty Bush, which is one long TakeThat at UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.
* SunglassesAtNight: [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/comic/?177 They even wear them in their sleep.]] See WeaksauceWeakness below.
* TakeThat: To the Franchise/StarWars prequels, when the Fed [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.346.html mentions that he wants to finally see them]], as he loved the original trilogy.
** Rachel Peng obviously has not forgiven Smithback for his role in the suppression of the Pocket President users, as he discovers when she sees his ghost for the first time.
* TalkAboutThatThing: [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.878.html Here.]]
--> '''Girl''': ''We're gonna... go to the restroom and check on our drinks.''\\
'''Mako''': ''Great! Get me a for god's sake, separate your sentences. [[DeadpanSnarker With a twist of lime]].''
* TalkToTheFist: "[[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.620.html Probably not what they mean when they say good manners make good opportunities...]]"
* TechnicalPacifist: Mike is a Buddhist monk who advocates non-violence. He is also a judo master with twelve years of experience on the Girl, and has ''no'' problem using his skills against the people who threaten his friends.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Mike himself, who makes certain to teach the difference between "non-violent" and "pacifist."
* [[spoiler:{{Technopath}}]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. The Girl went to one and "blew twenty grand" when Ben first popped up. Also played straight and subverted with Abraham Lincoln. In the afterlife he has completely lost his mind due to stress from the Civil War, but no one has been able to help him- partially because he seals himself off from almost everyone, Frederick Douglass being one known exception. But apparently getting somebody in hasn't been tried, or if it has been tried, it has...not worked. When Lincoln is finally introduced, it became pretty clear that anyone who tried to get through to him would would be ejected from his presence the moment they hit a sensitive subject.
* TheUnReveal: The identity of the ghost who [[spoiler: set the Pocket President program in motion]]. Further plot developments suggest that 99% of the audience wouldn't have recognized him by name anyway.
* TimeSkip: After [[spoiler: stopping the Pocket President program and revealing its existence to the public.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Lampshaded [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.894.html here]].
* VerbalBackspace: [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.671.html Smithback talks about his nephew Mike.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: Agents in the program get instant, debilitating migraines when exposed to bright light. Ironically, this makes it very hard for them to blend in, since they look like stereotypical federal agents.
* WorldOfWeirdness:
** After [[spoiler:the chips are revealed to the public.]] In the earlier comics it's the {{Masquerade}} (see above).
** After? How about this qoute from the beggining of the strip.
-->'''The Fed''': ''Oh good, the ghost of Benjamin Franklin has arrived. Now things can get back to normal. That's the sound of a mutant conservative koala bear in a screaming fight with an EXTREMELY pissed-off Liberal wanna-be journalist. To the best of my knowledge, it's a first for the record books.''
* YaoiFangirl: "I'LL GIVE YOU BOTH A MILLION DOLLARS IF YOU MAKE OUT!" "I'm just gonna say...she's good for it."
** And "Sparky, he's got six inches and fifty pounds on you, so..." "Yeah?" "Make sure clothing gets torn. ''Strategic'' clothing."
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