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[[caption-width-right:350:The main cast. ...Except the blonde brown cat.]]

Quite possibly the ultimate WillTheyOrWontThey, ''[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/ Bittersweet Candy Bowl]]'' is a webcomic by [[http://taeshilh.deviantart.com/ Veronica Vera]]. It follows a group of [[FunnyAnimal feline and canine friends]] through middle and high school, focusing primarily on a pretty, white-colored {{Tsundere}} called Lucy and her ongoing crush/rivalry with NiceGuy Mike. Also featured are {{Love Triangle}}s (actually, a developing LoveDodecahedron) among JerkWithAHeartOfGold Paulo, [[{{Moe}} cheery]] TeenGenius Daisy, {{Cloudcuckoolander}} David, and Abbey, Daisy's [[SickeninglySweethearts now boyfriend]] with a [[DarkAndTroubledPast troubled past]]. There's also Jessica, a strong-willed cheerleader who [[LipstickLesbian has a fancy for Lucy]] and hates/dislikes Tess, Rachel, a cheerful cheerleader, and Jasmine, Paulo's [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest new girlfriend]].

A deep sufferer of CerebusSyndrome, ''Bittersweet Candy Bowl'' started off almost entirely lighthearted but delved into heavy drama pretty early on there are still jokes, though they are [[TrueArtIsAngsty incr]][[GreenEyedEpiphany eas]][[LoveHurts ingly]] [[DarkandTroubledPast ra]][[LongDistanceRelationship re]].

While the series makes use of anthropomorphic cats, dogs, and birds, these are derived more from the {{Funny Animal}}s trope than any serious links to whatever classifies as a true FurryComic. The characters were developed when the author was young and presumably unaware of the FurryFandom.

The comic is an ongoing serial, and is published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, alongside an occasional [[http://askbcb.tumblr.com/ Ask Blog]] on Tumblr. Be warned: this comic has an enormous amount of teen angst melodrama.

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!!''Bittersweet Candy Bowl'' contains examples of:

* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Mike does not appreciate being told this by his friends when they try to get him to [[spoiler:accept Lucy's confession]] despite already being in a {{long distance relationship}}.
* AllJustADream: The chapter "[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c50/p1.html Wonderland]]". Lucy "wakes up" at the beginning of the chapter and the chapter before it was an April Fool's comic, making it all just a dream as well.
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c59/p1.html Chapter 59]] was All Just A Daydream. Paulo's. Best. Daydream. '''Ever'''.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: BCB has a chronic case of this. Almost every character in the cast suffers from this trope at some point.
** Sometimes repeatedly.
* AlphaBitch: [[strike:Katherine]] Katie
** Tess used to be like this as well but is trying to act better now.
* AlternateUniverse: According to the commentary, the chapter "[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c59/p1.html Another Path]]" was originally intended to be set in an alternate universe where [[spoiler:Paulo had sex with Lucy during her [[HeroicBSOD mental breakdown]] in "Another Shoulder"]]. The final version has it as a daydream of Paulo's.
** Paulo does daydream about the events of that chapter, yes, but [[spoiler:WordOfGod says [[http://www.formspring.me/taeshi/q/191619996743395410 they would have happened exactly like they did if Paulo and Lucy had sex that night.]]]]
** The incentives "Magic Tricks," "Disaster Dominoes," and "Another Chance" are all based in alternative timelines of varying similarity to the canon one. "Disaster Dominoes" was easily the most different.
* AnchoredShip: One way to see Mike and Lucy ever getting together.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Lucy's rejected confession of love to Michael in "[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c51/p11.html A Distance Apart]]".]]
* AprilFoolsDay:
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c49/p1.html "In The End"]]
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/misc/aprilfools11.png GARBAGE DAY.]]
* ArchiveTrawl: One of the more effective ways to confirm details in any situation. The chapter descriptions can help when hunting down a page.
* ArtEvolution: The comic started off on lined paper in a simple grid style to ensure proper panelling with toning and everything.
* [[spoiler:AttemptedRape: The [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p20.html mugger on Lucy in the Confrontation arc.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Final Fantasy Cat looked like he was about to do [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c40/p17.html this]] to Daisy, but Abbey intervened, though it turns out he most-likely wouldn't have gone through with it. If that was the plan ''at all''.]]
* AxCrazy: Non-canon incentive arc Disaster Dominoes' [[spoiler:Kizuna]] was this.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c33.1/p5.html Carter at the end of Box of Tricks.]]
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Half of the cast walk around in the nude!
** ...and then for some reason seem embarrassed by {{Wardrobe Malfunction}}s.
*** Early on, Paulo was shown to be cheating with pockets. Taeshi doesn't have confidence in drawing clothes much.
*** It's pretty clear that those wearing clothes and showing things they shouldn't is a [[ConvenientlyCommonKink turn-on]].
** The About page addresses this.
*** As well as [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c57/p1.html this strip]].
* BastardBoyfriend: [[spoiler:Abbey]] in Disaster Dominoes. The Conflicted type, based on how things were.
* [[BeachEpisode Beach Arc]]: The summer vacation arc.
* BelligerentSexualTension:
** Mike and Lucy are fairly excellent examples of this.
*** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41.1/p1.html And how!]]
** Paulo and Lucy; Paulo and Tess.
** {{UST}}: Which may well be what happened to certain people's interactions.
* BerserkButton:
** Don't abuse/insult a girl in front of Abbey, unless you want a face full of fists.
*** If the [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p22.html Confrontation]] chapter was any indication, Mike can be this way.
** Don't be [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c55/p31.html too flirty]] about Mike near Lucy. Or too flirty with ''Lucy'', for that mattter. And expect violence from her if you've hit her.
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p12.html This]] could be a bad sign.
** Jessica [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p18.html hates it]] when called out about how she bullies Tess, which led to another button being pressed... [[spoiler:Tess pretty much just takes it.]]
* BerserkerTears: [[spoiler:Mike, when he snaps at Lucy.]]
* BetaCouple: Abbey and Daisy's more or less drama-free relationship, which tends to take a backseat to the drama-filled relationships of other primary characters.
* BeyondTheImpossible: David wanted a way to climb a cliff without actually ''climbing''. So he shouted [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c33/p6.html "SUPERRRR PANELLLL TELEPORT!"]] and was suddenly on top of the cliff. He was surprised it worked.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Most certainly Alejandro. His manipulations led to Paulo's jerk mentality, Paulo's phobia of barking, Confrontation in general, and he's being worked for by Augustus. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41/p1.html He also remembers his grudge against Mike and Lucy]].]]
** Some keen-eyed forum users suggest he was the one who [[spoiler:date-raped Tess when she was a freshman]].
* BigFancyHouse: Tessa lives in one. Mike and Lucy are [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c28/p4.html suitably impressed]].
* BigBrotherInstinct: Sam, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p42.html here.]]
* BigWhat: Paulo, for [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c52/p3.html a page]] and followed shortly by a LittleWhat.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Abbey and Daisy, to some extent.
* BiTheWay: David adores Abbey according to the chart. And [[http://topwebcomics.com/images/banners/471.png this]] or [[http://taeshilh.deviantart.com/art/Prismacoloured-Distraction-66277078?q=boost%3Apopular+by%3Ataeshilh+abbey+david&qo=4 this]] makes it seem that David likes touching Abbey while having fun.
** Now according to the new chart, he also adores Augustus.
** And a new ad shows that David lists himself as "Bi" on a dating site.
** On the Ask Roseville High blog, Jasmine was asked her opinion on homosexuality and received glares from both David and Jess.
* BlackHumor: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/candybooru/post/view/350?search=molly Happy Mother's Day!]] See the first comment.
* BlankWhiteEyes: Everyone has done it at least once. David may as well have it as his default expression.
* BlatantLies
--->'''Peddler''': [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c18/p6.html ...made exclusively in Paris!]] (He made it with the contents of a trashcan. ''In front'' of them.)
--->'''Lucy''': '''[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c20/p2.html "It doesn't upset me"]]'''
--->'''David''': [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c33/p3.html "That's perfect for capturing her!! I mean..."]]
--->'''David''': [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c55/p2.html I'm menstruating.]]
* BreakTheCutie:
** Lucy got this in preschool, hence her lack of interest in socializing.
** [[spoiler:Lucy in Disaster Dominoes. After Mike finally got her to smile, he got run down.]]
** Jessica got this from a lot of the school and Tess as a freshman.
** The ENTIRE main cast in Confrontation. ...''seriously''.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: There's a chapter, "[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c38.3/p1.html Out of the Frame]]", dedicated to all the minor characters creating a "neglected club".
** David winks at the screen and [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c45/p22.html tries to get Paulo to address the audience]].
** Right before the example in MomentKiller, courtesy of Mike.
* BreatherEpisode: "Just Beautiful" appears to be headed in this direction.
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler:Lucy]]
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Paulo]] originally saw his "coolness" teacher, [[spoiler:Alejandro]], as an example of what he was trying to be. It doesn't last.
* BrokenSmile:
** Lucy has one while her first DespairEventHorizon happens at times.
** [[spoiler:Lucy]] in Disaster Dominoes, to [[spoiler:a dead Mike: "[[DissonantLaughter Ha ha ha ha...]] Sandy can't have you anymore... [[TogetherInDeath I'm willing to join you]] without a doubt... without a doubt... I love you, Mike... I'll keep smiling for you..." Followed by jumping to her death.]] All the while, smiling and crying...
* BrutalHonesty:
** [[DeadpanSnarker Alec]] [[TheSnarkKnight [=McCain=]]], full stop.
** Paulo in 59 [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c59/p25.html failed at tact.]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c59/p16.html A few times.]] And Lucy [[MegatonPunch thanked]] him a few times.
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41/p4.html Lucy]] does it, too.
* BuffySpeak
* ButtMonkey: Mike. [[spoiler:[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Deconstructed in "Happy Hour.".]]]]
** Kizuna is very clumsy. She loves David. David likes sports and forgets her constantly. You see where this is going.
** Paulo had some butt monkey time randomly if Lucy (and sometimes Yashy) was nearby until high school. And [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c59/p25.html then]]...
** Tess has minor butt monkey time around Jessica and Rachel, and Rachel has had some in chapter 63.
* CallBack: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c56/p24.html This]] [[ContinuityNod most definitely shows]] Justin remembers [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c33/p2.html David]].
* CallingYourAttacks: "AYUUU BEEEEEM", "SUPAHHH CHOP"
* CallOnMe: Mike jolts to Lucy's rescue as she's being assaulted in "Confrontation".
* TheCameo: Many fancharacters given to the author have either become regular cast members or served as background filler.
** Liam, a fan-made character, even had an entire intermission chapter dedicated to his relationship with Lucy. It has since been taken down and is only available to BCI members.
** See the example for BreakingTheFourthWall above.
* CannotSpitItOut: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c53/p2.html "Maybe I should just dance around the subject and give everyone headaches. There, problem solved, the Lucy way."]]
** And then she did. [[spoiler:[[FailureIsTheOnlyOption It didn't help.]]]]
* CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest: Paulo is particularly protective of Daisy, and immediately shapes up when she's watching.
** In the chapter "Return", it's revealed that Paulo now thinks of Daisy as more of a sister anyway, and doesn't mind her going out with another guy.
*** However, it is hinted at in "Back and Forth" that he still doesn't want to be seen as a sexual deviant in her eyes, as he immediately notices her and seems worried about her opinion of him when [[spoiler:Tess and Lucy start some drama because of his sleeping around and being a man-whore in general]].
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Mike.
* CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Mike and Lucy. [[spoiler:Originally, at least. As of "Pillow Talk", Michael acts like he can't stand Lucy, while Lucy seems to not be able to live without him.]]
** The comic is like this for [[FanDumb some]]. [[note]]Particularly a guy called Thanatos, who wants Paulo to die painfully.[[/note]]
* CatFight: {{Pun}}nily common. Possibly, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c55/p31.html this]] is the only played straight example currently.
** Lucy and Jessica [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p18.html again.]]
* CatchPhrase: Lucy's "jerkface", Mike's "guh!", Yashy's "whore!!", and to a degree Paulo's abuse of the word "AWESOME".
** David to Kizuna: "Who are you?" Poor girl can't get a break...
*** David also tends to come out of nowhere with an "'''AWKWARD'''" announcement.
** Pretty much every time [=McCain=] opens his mouth, the rest of the characters yell, "Shut it [=McCain=]!"
* CatsHateWater: Lucy became hydrophobic after [[spoiler:Mike almost drowned]] when they were younger.
* CaughtInTheRain: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c49/p1.html Lucy and Carter.]]
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c17/p3.html Mike]] ages earlier, though this was a good thing in the end.
* CerebusSyndrome: ''AND HOW!'' That being said, the serious chapters start fairly early in the comic's run, and a lot of the change is due to the comic going from random gags to an actual interest worth pursuing as a business, with a long-ranging plot.
** To demonstrate, compare [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c2/p1.html this]] page with [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c53/p4.html this]] page. Beware of spoilers!
* CharacterDevelopment: One of the comic's central themes.
** Pretty much the entire plot, actually.
** One of the cast [[LampshadeHanging even holds up a cardboard sheet saying "Character Development"]] when Paulo [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c38/p10.html demonstrates his newfound maturity]].
** See: FridgeBrilliance.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Even if fan opinions don't change, characters will.
** Jessica and Rachel were initially your typical high school bullies with little reason for singling out Tess aside from her being [[ExtremeDoormat an easy target]]. As time went on, though, hints were gradually dropped that there was a deeper reason as to why they bullied Tess specifically, [[spoiler:a reason that was fully revealed in "Pillow Talk".]]
*** Actually, they've always had their reason, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c32/p7.html as shown on this page.]] At least they did as far as Rachel's backstory was concerned.
* TheCharmer: Used on Daisy and attempted unsuccessfully on Lucy. Both Augustus.
* CheerfulChild: Molly. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c56/p14.html Just don't mention her mother.]]
* ChivalrousPervert: When the well-being of Daisy or Lucy is in danger, Paulo tends to forget his perversion in favor of helping them or, at least, trying to. He also reacted this way when Sue got hurt in Confrontation.
* CleavageWindow: Katie [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c19/p5.html here]].
* ClingyJealousGirl: [[spoiler:Lucy]], though she tries not to appear that way. Unfortunately for [[ButtMonkey Mike,]] her MO when it comes to covering this up is to be as bitchy as possible.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: David. It's only gotten worse with {{Flanderization}}.
* CombatSadomasochist: Alejandro took two of Lucy's [[GroinKick kicks]], had his teeth smashed into each other hard enough to chip one and draw blood, and was still okay enough to [[spoiler:[[WouldHitAGirl beat Lucy senseless]] before Mike came back]], smashing his face into an alley floor and still not stopping him. It took Mike and Lucy together to start the example in NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. And he beat Mike before all this happened.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Functionally, most of the older students to Tess. Especially Jessica and Rachel, since the lot of them bullying her is a bit hypocritical at best.
* ContinuityNod: Lucy's [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p7.html reaction]] to Augustus in 63 involves [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c40/p17.html his past actions in 40.]]
* CorruptTheCutie: Tessa to Jessica in the past.
** Augustus' influence on Daisy during Awakening had this effect. [[spoiler:Even now that she's stopped hanging with him, she's still not ''over'' him.]]
* CovertPervert: Blur [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c2/p1.html shows]] ''[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41.1/p1.html tendencies.]]'' Note the {{nosebleed}} on the second example.
** And now Daisy of all people.
* CuteBruiser[=/=]BadassAdorable: Lucy can kick a whole lot more ass than is apparent. She's also one of the shortest characters. However, while she is the strongest girl, she still isn't as strong as most of the boys.
* CuteMute: Amaya never talks for us. [[{{Subverted}} Apparently, she can talk, though]]. Still cute.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Abbey.
** Quite arguably Tess, since she was the girlfriend of the leader of the bullies and [[spoiler:someone who was hinted to have [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c40/p5.html drugged and raped her.]]]] He was a senior, she a freshman.
* {{Darkest Hour}}: Arguably the ending to [[spoiler:"December"]].
* DateRapeAverted: Abbey stops [[spoiler:Final Fantasy Cat from [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c40/p17.html assaulting Daisy]]]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c33/p1.html David's birthday.]]
** See the BreakingTheFourthWall example above.
** Sue and the BetaCouple get one in 62.
* DeadpanSnarker: [=McCain=] is built for snarking. Lucy as well.
* DeathGlare
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c20/p1.html "you goddamn liar."]]
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c20/p2.html "It doesn't upset me."]]
** Paulo shows us how it's [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c38/p1.html done.]]
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p12.html Woah, Daisy]].
* DefrostingIceQueen: Lucy.
** Then refrosting. Then defrosting. Then refrosting again. She's probably quite inedible by this point.
*** Things have become a ZigzaggingTrope, then?
* DespairEventHorizon: Lucy when [[spoiler:she thought Mike died]] and shortly after, when [[spoiler:she finally confessed her love for him and he rejected her.]] The first one came with DissonantLaughter.
** Chapter 63 is getting [[TearJerker sadder]] and Lucy looks about at the horizon [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p5.html here.]] [[spoiler:She was okay, then Mike ignored her existence. Now... Oh good. She's okay. Or acting okay.]]
** '''''[[HopeSpot CHAPTER]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech 68.]]'''''
* DiabolusExMachina: Perhaps everything in Confrontation until [[spoiler:the end when things started getting better.]]
* DisasterDominoes: To the point that there was an incentive ''called'' "Disaster Dominoes." A very fun incentive.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Abbey's anti-bullying goals and measures in chapter 62 were... [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p10.html extreme]].
** Also, for having a not-yet-confirmed [[PuppyLove relationship]] long distance with Sandy, Mike was brutally beaten by Paulo and the Female Student Body for his friendship and [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] with Lucy in chapter 20. Twice. PlayedForLaughs.
*** That particular gag even continued into the next 10 or so chapters. Quite a few fans considered it to be very unfunny.
* DissonantLaughter: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c26/p6.html "Barking... barking... endless barking. Hahaha"]]
* DistinctiveAppearances: With their accessories included, every single character has a different silhouette.
** A minor case of CastOfSnowflakes, maybe?
* TheDitz: David when not [[HiddenDepths suddenly providing sagely advice]]. Not a GeniusDitz, though.
* [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Doesn't Know Her Own Strength]]: Daisy crushes on Mike ''literally'' [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p27.html here]] and [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41/p2.html here]].
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c44/p22.html Sue]] was worried.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Mike. [[spoiler:Arguably, '''''much''''' less so in recent chapters.]]
* DomesticAbuse: Abbey's father toward his wife Charlotte.
** The site has a [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/art/graveyard/unfinishedabbeychapter.png canceled chapter]] that shows the extent of his abuse. It was canceled because the author couldn't stand to continue writing it. Yes, it's ''that'' horrible.
* DopeSlap: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p12.html Rachel's]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p13.html all]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p14.html over]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p17.html it]] for receiving dope bops to the head. She's even [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p25.html done one.]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p53.html Daisy got one, too.]]
* DoubleEntendre: "Shake things up with Sue" as {{lampshaded}} [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p3.html here.]]
-->David & Lucy: '''Shake''' things up with '''Sue'''?
-->[=McCain=]: [[AccidentalInnuendo We tried that. Didn't test too well.]]
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Played {{p|un}}ainfully straight for the first half of the comic. [[spoiler:Deconstructed later on, when Mike snaps at Lucy.]]
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]]: BARELY {{Averted}} at the relatively-last minute, because the author had a change of heart [[spoiler:to continue the comic]].
* DreamWithinADream: From "[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c49/p1.html In the End]]" to "[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c50/p1.html Wonderland]]".
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63.2/p11.html This]] guest comic, which was most likely inspired by {{Inception}}.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p43.html Sam]].
* DrowningMySorrows: What "Happy Hour" is quickly turning into, ever since they brought up Lucy. Even Abbey when [[spoiler:Daisy inadvertently revealed she still had feelings for Mike]] [[INeedAFreakingDrink needed a drink]].
* DumbBlonde: Katie.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: [[strike:Katherine]] Katie hates it when not called Katie.
* EmbarrassingNickname: David calls his history teacher in high school "Mr. Poodle of Noodles".
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c11/p3.html When Paulo announces that Mike "plays for the other team"]], a bunch of guys leap in to show their interest.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Sparkles tend to accompany love bubbles, though [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c60/p7.html Jazzie]] was getting ''too'' into it.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: "Final Fantasy Cat" was coined by readers for an initially nameless character.
** WordOfGod finally announced his name is Augustus, but still refers to him as Final Fantasy Cat, even within the comic!
** WordOfGod has also given a name to another character commonly referred to by a nickname, "Rapecat" for his [[spoiler:attempted rape of Lucy]] or "Confrontation Cat" after the story arc he appeared in, now has the name "Alejandro".
** The aforementioned history teacher is consistently referred to as Noodles by fans (and the author), since his real name isn't known.
** Also, the "Flower Girl" that David stalks.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Mike and Lucy just don't listen!
** Abbey's crush on [[ObliviousToLove Daisy]]. Her crush on Mike distracted her to the point that she was the only member of the TrueCompanions ''not'' aware of it.
* EverythingsCuterWithKittens: Molly and fanart of pairings with babies.
* EverythingsPreciousWithPuppies: Justin
* ExtremeDoormat: More-or-less a valid description of Tess resisting others bullying her. Ironic, since they're doing the thing they hate her for.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Alejandro, after he got mad.
** Abbey doesn't like it when you hit or insult girls.
* {{Facepalm}}: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c14/p3.html Who else but David?]]
* FantasticRacism: A LOT of it, from many of the characters, including Lucy's pets. The terms "cracka" and "white people" can be seen.
* FirstKiss: Lucy's [[spoiler:[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p48.html kiss with Mike]], though Mike's first kiss [[http://taeshilh.deviantart.com/art/First-Kiss-83160857 was with Sandy]]]].
** Daisy's first can be seen in the link for ForcefulKiss.
* FirstLawOfTragicomedies
* {{Flanderization}}: David was never really ''that'' weird, he just became so over time.
** And to an extent, Abbey. He started off as a polite and chivalrous character, only showing a slight dislike for the actions of Paulo and other characters. However, he has started veering into {{JerkAss}} territory, going to extreme lengths to keep ne'er do wells in detention. However, he also started to get more screen time, more friends, and more power, and he has some pretty severe mental issues.
* FlippingTheBird: Seen [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c54/p9.html here]] and [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p7.html here]].
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c18/p13.html An earlier example.]]
* ForcefulKiss: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c40/p15.html Daisy kissing Mike.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Look at the first page.
** Look at [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41/p1.html this]]. Now, we have foreboding atmosphere [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p6.html here]]. Uh oh. If that smile confuses you, see chapter 12.
* FourIsDeath: The #[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/candybooru/post/view/4 4]] post in Candybooru. Probably not intentional. Maybe.
* FourthWallMailSlot: [[http://askbcb.tumblr.com/ Here.]]
* FreudianExcuse: FridgeLogic suggests that the reason Tess refuses to get close to Paulo is due to her similar past experiences with older students. She was hurt and doesn't want Paulo to be. The memories of what she went through will keep her avoiding the idea of trying it because she can't help but think she'll just hurt him if she does. Her moments of trying to be close to Paulo may be less likely in the future than we know.
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c25/1.html Lucy]] was ostracized by boys ''and'' girls at a young age. She became less cheerful and got Yashy to love, as a coping mechanism. She's not so much unwilling to open up to others as ''unable'' to at this point. There's a lot of social trauma to work through before she begins to smile even half of the time. Hence, why [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c27/p6.html her pets see her differently than everyone]] -- [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c61/p3.html she opens up to them.]]
** Paulo's fear of barking and growling came from a somewhat-traumatic childhood experience based on them. His jerk-ish habits came from [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c26/p4.html a jerk teaching him how to be "cool"]] as a child.
** Abbey acting [[WifeBasherBasher violent]] or particularly angry makes him break down at realizing he's acting like his father. Justified, in that his father was a wife-beater. Also why he took Abbey, rather than Abe, as his nickname. His father went by Abe.
** The chapter "[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p1.html Pillow Talk]]" delves into ''why'' Jessica is so dead-set on making Tess miserable: [[spoiler:Tess's then-boyfriend broke the arm of Rachel's little brother. When Jess tried to find a way to get back at Roger, Tess twisted her abortive first attempt to paint Jess as a slut]].
* FreudianSlip: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c2/p4.html "Sonic Ride You" as opposed to]] "{{Sonic Riders}}".
** Mike seems [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c20/p3.html prone]] to them, understandably. Lampshaded by Tess next page.
* FreudWasRight:[[invoked]] [[spoiler:Incentive Paulo and David are ''very'' interested in the [[GirlOnGirlIsHot uses]] of having switched bodies with Lucy and Tess [[PowerPerversionPotential with magic]]. Lucy eventually lost interest in being mad and [[ADateWithRosiePalms started to]] ''test'' her equipment. [[NotSoDifferent Paulo did this earlier with Lucy's body]]...]]
* AFriendInNeed: The most common situation where Mike and Paulo aren't rubbing each other the wrong way.
* FromBadToWorse: Confrontation was '''full''' of it.
** The incentive chapter "Disaster Dominoes" was even ''more'' full of it. At least in the prior example, it was just [[spoiler:two (later one) mugger(s) completely overpowering the main cast]]. Disaster Dominoes mixed things up so that ''everyone's'' lives were complete shit.
** Lucy's situation with Mike just gets worse in recent time after she [[spoiler:confesses her [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove love]] for him. And then [[HopeSpot December]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech cemented]] [[DespairEventHorizon it.]]]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p12.html When you see it...]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c33/p2.html This page as well.]]
* [[StonersAreFunny Funny Drug User]]: Any time Mike is [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p6.html under]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p7.html the]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c60/p16.html influence]] of something, he's [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c60/p17.html hilariously random]]. [[spoiler:Subverted in [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c80/p25.html Happy Hour]], where Mike finally confesses what he said to Lucy.]]
* FurryFandom: As a bit of a TakeThat to [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/candybooru/post/view/617 complainers]].
* FurryReminder: Claws have been bared exactly once in the whole series.
* GenreSavvy: Lucy and Paulo see a fair bit of stuff coming.
* GiantWaistRibbon: ''Maybe'' Jasmine's Halloween costume.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: David and Paulo are very expressive with their hands, and find themselves pointing tons.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: The "Queen of War" in the HiddenDepths example.
* GreenEyedMonster: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p16.html A boyfriend]] who barely sees his girlfriend...
* GroinAttack: This is one of Lucy's specialties.
* [[HalloweenEpisode Halloween Chapter]]: Chapter 60
* HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler:[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41/p4.html It]] was a good [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41/p5.html end]] to a bad relationship. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c47/p12.html Daisy]]]] also did it, after a lot of trouble, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41/p2.html and they stayed friends.]]
* HeroicAlbino: Lucy, though people who don't know her probably consider her a [[EvilIsSexy hot]] EvilAlbino.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation:
-->Liam: I'll wait for you.
-->Lucy: Please don't. You deserve someone a million times better.
* HiddenDepths: David. No, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c45/p17.html seriously]].
** Paulo's confident and somewhat unaffected-emotionally personality has issues of confidence after Jessica and Rachel lie just to hurt Tess, is aware of how he spent most of his relationship with Jasmine playing second to most of her life, and, earlier still, him becoming the way he is now to impress Lucy after being too shy to even talk to her.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c27/p6.html Lucy.]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p28.html This and the three after.]] She is a [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c61/p3.html Sugar And Ice Personality,]] after all.
** Based on the most "popular" opinion of him, Paulo is not obviously a good guy so often.
* {{Homage}}: There are two chapters solely dedicated to ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', and one based around [[TheRubRabbits Feel The Magic]]. There's many more within the story itself, usually referenced by David.
** Also David's analogy of Paulo's situation during the summer arc repeatedly referencing "[[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]".
* {{Hope Spot}}: [[spoiler:"December"]]...Just...[[spoiler:"December"]]...
* HotTeacher: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c19/p5.html Lani]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c51/p6.html Amalu]] is awesome.
** Jessica to Lucy.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The entirety of "Catty Remarks".
* TheHyena: Rachel is prone to fits of laughing while taking part in teasing.
* IJustWantToBeBeautiful: Daisy is particularly jealous of all the male attention Tessa and Lucy receive, and assumes it's because of her unremarkable body.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Sandy seems far less [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c58/p4.html attached]] to modeling than her mother.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Lucy's issues started when she was ostracized by everyone in ''preschool''. Also part of why she's so [[PleaseDontLeaveMe clingy]] at times.
* ImagineSpot: Chapter 59.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Paulo begins getting jealous of Rachel's friend Matt in chapter 81, thinking that she's flirting with yet another guy. [[spoiler: The end of the chapter reveals that although Rachel did indeed attempt to woo him, Matt is gay, and has an apparent crush on Lucy's brother, Jordan.]]
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Daisy, outside of incentives, seems like the good girl no matter what. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p53.html Her dreams]]...
* InnocentInnuendo: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c7/p3.html Yashy]] was grammatically correct.
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c33/p2.html "C'mon, BE A HOOKER WITH ME!! It'll be so exciting!!"]] Said by the one who usually laughs at innuendo, including the above example.
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Abbey's foster parents.
** As a small set of examples, Katie has flirted with Mike, Paulo has had flings with girl dogs (particularly Rachel), and David hits on Lucy a '''lot'''. [[spoiler:Oh, and David ''may'' have a thing for Mike earlier and Abbey now.]]
** Sue and [=McCain=]. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c38.3/p5.html Kinda.]]
*** Not to mention she's the only one who calls him by his first name and [[strike:never]] almost never tells him to shut it.
** It seems like Roger might be in one, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41/p5.html or at least might've been in one in chapter 41 "Moving On".]]
* {{Irony}}: A semi-common occurrence, but [[spoiler:Lucy's refusal to get closer to Mike before]] and [[spoiler:the end of Mike's hunt for Sandy]] may be the biggest two. DramaticIrony, perhaps.
* ItDoesntMeanAnything: Lucy [[spoiler:kissing Mike at the end of [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p1.html Confrontation]].]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c47/p8.html Abbey]].
** In Disaster Dominoes, [[spoiler:Lucy says Mike is too good for her.]]
*** She may also be holding the same view now that he's ignoring her.
*** As of "Just Beautiful", [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c71/p17.html it's official]].
* JerkAss: Augustus and Roger, Tessa's ex-boyfriend. As well as Alejandro, often called "Rapecat"/"Confrontation Cat", who Augustus (Final Fantasy Cat) [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41/p1.html knows]], with potential dark {{foreshadowing}} for the future.
** Alejandro; the only thing good thing about him is that [[spoiler:he ''might'' have a soft spot for his henchmen Toby and Augustus.]]
* JerkassFacade: Lucy in general to distract from her SugarAndIcePersonality.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Paulo and Tessa; interesting in Tessa's case because she's trying to make up for her years of being a {{Jerkass}}.
** Possibly Jasmine, though she's a bit new to make the call.
* JustForPun: It got a short [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c9.1/p1.html chapter]].
* JumpScare: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c68/p13.html Halloween 2011]].
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath[=/=]DeathByIrony: Possibly, Disaster Dominoes Kizuna. The death part. She murdered four ''known'' people, and drank/played in their blood. Her murdering, as well as drinking the blood of the OD'd Paulo who had any number of [=STDs=], was not wise.]]
* KickChick: Lucy can slap and punch hard, but it's her kicks that hurt most. Also see GroinAttack.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: After breaking Abbey psychologically, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c40/p20.html Augustus starts making fun of him.]]
** If [[spoiler:Lucy]] hadn't stalled him, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p14.html Alejandro]] would have crushed [[spoiler:Mike]]'s skull while down.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: Kizuna's artist said not to use her, so she's [[http://taeshilh.deviantart.com/art/Farewell-Kizuna-160790131?qj=24&q=sort:time+favby:shadowlover50&qo=5945 gone]]. Also, Carson's gone [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c60/p11.html too.]] As is [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63.2/p10.html Carter.]] In fact, the only fancharacters left are Tess and [=McCain=]; all of the others who weren't KilledOffForReal have been PutOnABus, ''never'' to return.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Lucy [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p16.html went through it]] for Mike, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p4.html who defended her feelings,]] ''long'' before [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c45/p4.html he decided]] she didn't love him.]] What happened?
* LastNameBasis: Alec "[=McCain=]" [=McCain=].
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Mike and Lucy used to be this way. [[spoiler:Paulo and Daisy are, according to Paulo himself.]] The LoveChart says this is how Mike sees Daisy.
* LimitedWardrobe:
** Many of the characters don't even wear clothes, further limiting it.
** It seems Taeshi has a low opinion of her clothes-drawing skills.
** The About page has a FAQ question related to this.
* LipstickLesbian: Apparently, Jessica goes both ways and fancies Lucy. Who knew?
** Chapter 61 may have raised the number of aware fans. Specifically, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c61/p4.html this page.]]
*** It's even more [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p13.html blatant in Chapter 63]]. Rachel pretty much [[{{Pun}} lets the cat out of the bag]].
** On the Ask Roseville High blog, Jasmine was asked her opinion on homosexuality and received glares from both Jess and David.
** WordOfGod confirms that she only slept with Paulo to get back at Tess.
* LittleNo: "[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p9.html N-no way.]] '''[[{{Melodrama}} YOU'RE ONE OF THEMMMM!!!!]]'''"
* LogicalFallacies
--> '''Kidnapper''': Oh yes. I've got you now! PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER!
--> '''Molly''': No I'm not.
--> '''K''': You can't fool me, child...
--> '''M''': [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c56/p12.html Isn't the president a dog?]]
* {{Lolcats}}: Mike: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c18/p8.html "Do not want!"]]
** As well as [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/candybooru/post/view/3199 this]] Candybooru image.
* LonersAreFreaks: Lucy's loner preference comes from how she couldn't find acceptance for who she was.
* LongDistanceRelationship: Mike and Sandy.
* LovableCoward: Paulo's complete inability to cope with snarling and barking. He has an [[FreudianExcuse excuse]]. For those. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c60/p13.html These]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c60/p18.html two]], [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c60/p19.html not so much]]. Jasmine makes fun accordingly. The last link even has Abbey call him a coward.
* LovableSexManiac: Arguably Paulo. The lovable part, not the rest. [[spoiler:Since chapter 55, he's been better.]]
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p52.html Rachel]].
* LoveBubbles: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c5/p1.html Paulo and Alegria]]. Lampshaded with [=McCain=] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c38.3/p5.html getting a headache from the bubbles]] as he stares at Sue.
* LoveChart
** Official chart as of Chapter 50 [[http://taeshilh.deviantart.com/art/BCB-Love-Chart-Uncoloured-150136806 here]]. Beware spoilers. Also in [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/candybooru/post/view/232 color]].
** And, recently, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/candybooru/post/view/3376 an update]] was done. This is as of mid-63.
* LoveConfession:
** [[spoiler:[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c47/p8.html Abbey to Daisy]]]].
** [[spoiler:[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c51/p11.html Lucy to Mike]]]].
* LoveTriangle: [=SandyxMikexLucy=]. Also [=AbbeyxDaisyxAugustus=]. And maybe [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c52/p11.html SandyxMikexLucyxPaulo]].
** LoveDodecahedron: Though he showed minimal interest, Mike had an UnwantedHarem in middle school.
* MacGuffin: Sandy is one.
* MaliciousSlander: One of Jessica's favorite weapons. [[spoiler:One that was used on her by Tess in the past, to devastating effect.]]
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: In Janurary 7 of 2011's incentive comic [[spoiler:when, somehow, Paulo and Lucy trade bodies. Paulo's hands take notice rather quickly.]]
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage:
** Mike is actually sick of it from Lucy.
** Tess also shows... tendencies...
*** Tess really REALLY likes Paulo, but refuses to let herself get close to him, since she's two years ahead of him and will end up leaving soon. Cue drama. For an in-depth reasoning, see FreudianExcuse.
* MegatonPunch[=/=]ArmorPiercingSlap: Lucy can be a bit violent. [[spoiler:She usually isn't so often these days.]]
* {{Melodrama}}:
** "There has been a [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c33/p6.html massive]] kidnapping!"
** Pretty much anything [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c18/p7.html this reporter]] did.
* MetaGuy: David is the most prone to [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaking the fourth wall]] and [[ShoutOut shout outs]].
* MomentKiller:
** Yashy a few times in the [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/art/graveyard/unfulfilleddayyyy.png older stuff]] about 2/3s of the way down.
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c41/p4.html Thanks]] for that, Lucy. She was trying to be graceful!
** Well, it's [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c38/p2.html David]] and all.
*** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p37.html MAKE OUT!!]]
* MotorMouth: Rachel is prone to blabbing secrets and saying tactless things when excited/amused. See DopeSlap.
* MouthyKid: Yashy, Lucy, occasionally Paulo, Mike under the influence...
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: The DoubleStandard is explored, along with AManIsNotAVirgin.
* {{Narm}}: In-Universe example. Not the comic itself, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c55/p25.html but the movie Paulo and Jasmine go to see is apparently rife with it.]]
* NeverGetsDrunk: Averted with Mike. He's a [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p6.html lightweight.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: In-Universe. Lucy to [[spoiler:Mike]], Tess to [[spoiler:the school]], Jessica to [[spoiler:the school, though she did nothing]], Augustus to [[spoiler:a large enough portion of fans]].
* NeverMyFault: Abbey's father tore his family apart with his DomesticAbuse, but when the consequences caught up to him? He blamed Abbey.
* TheNicknamer: Daisy (Mikie, Davie, Tessie) and Chirpy (girl-kitty, boy-kitty, curly-kitty, messy-kitty, meanie-kitty, boy-doggie), etc...
** Yashy (Lucy/Mom) (Chirpy/Chirps) (Mike/Flea/Fleabag) ('''especially''' Daisy/Whore) (???/Blur), and Lily likes to add "-dear" to names.
** Random people seem to call Mike "green eyes" and Lucy "blue eyes" in-comic. Most recent example is in chapter 61. Some readers consider it an ominous reference to a [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p5.html much earlier chapter]].
* NoblewomansLaugh: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c8/p4.html Mike]], oddly enough.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Confrontation, but especially [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p25.html this page.]]
-->'''Daisy:''' Umm, guys... I think you're going to kill him...
-->'''Mike and Lucy:''' '''''NO WE'RE NOT!'''''
* NoNameGiven: The characters' last names are a mystery, except Tessa because she's originally a fan character. Also, Blur. Amnesia does that.
** Mike's last name [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c54/p4.html begins with an "S"]] and Katie's with [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c54/p6.html "He"]].
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace or PersonalSpaceInvader: David. Dude. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c44/p13.html Not cool]]. When the group TheCasanova is disturbed, you should take notice.
* NonSequitur: Oh, David!
-->[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c14/p2.html Ovaries]]
* {{Nosebleed}}: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p19.html Not a comedic one,]] like the other examples were.
* NoYay: In-Universe. David trying to ship Paulo with Daisy consistently {{squick}}ed him. Probably the IncestSubtext. Though, as David brought up, they're NotBloodSiblings. Jasmine [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p18.html agrees]] with the ship. At least teasingly.
* NotSoDifferent: [[ADateWithRosiePalms Lucy and Paulo]] in "Magic Tricks".
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Alec[[note]][=McCain=][[/note]], Augustus[[note]]Final Fantasy Cat[[/note]], and Alejandro[[note]]Rapecat[[/note]] are not often referred to by name.
* OnlySaneMan: Sue
** [=McCain=] thinks of himself as this, but his general lack of tact says otherwise.
* TheOphelia: Lucy, when she thinks Mike has [[spoiler:died during summer vacation]].
** Lucy again, by Taeshi. Happier [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/candybooru/post/view/1512 ending]], though.
* OppositesAttract
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent
* PantyShot: Daisy, when [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c38/p11.html she slips during a cheerleading performance.]]
* PassThePopcorn: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p13.html Here.]] Amaya actually works at a movie theater as well.
* PerverseSexualLust: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/forum/archive/69473.html "I would TOTALLY f**k Lucy."]]
* PettingZooPeople
* PhraseCatcher: "Shut it, [=McCain=]!"
* PimpedOutDress: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c22.1/p1.html Minor]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c40/p3.html examples.]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c45/p17.html Royals.]]
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Sort of. At the start, Lucy has her bow and Mike's scarf is blue. [[spoiler:Mike gets another when he restarts his relationship with Sandy.]]
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: Lucy should get the phrase tattooed on her forehead, no matter how much she tries to hide it.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p24.html "You hurt Mike. That's the meanest of all."]]
* ProperlyParanoid: Possibly Justin's reaction to meeting David again.
* PsychoticSmirk: Who didn't see trouble coming when ''[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p6.html they]]'' started smirking?
--->'''Alejandro''': [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p19.html What I'll do to you...]]
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c56/p10.html Here]] and a few less-impressive ones two pages later.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Conversed. Mike, Abby, and David believe dreams can be so. Lucy doesn't.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c40/p18.html "Get. Away. From her."]]
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c64/p1.html "What. The hell. Are you doing?"]]
* TheQuietOne: Alec, while Amaya is TheVoiceless.
* RantInducingSlight:
** When Daisy tells Jess to lighten up about Tess, Jess basically explodes and gives a tirade that amounts to, "You know what? You weren't there, you have no idea what I went through because of her so '''SHUT UP!!'''" Naturally, Daisy didn't take it well.
** [[spoiler:In "Happy Hour", [[InVinoVeritas a very inebriated Mike]] snaps after revealing how he drove Lucy to her DespairEventHorizon, slamming his friends for [[ButtMonkey never standing up for him against Lucy's physical abuse towards him]] and thus adding to his overall resentment of her.]]
* RapeAsDrama: Alejandro intended to do [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p15.html this]] to Lucy. Augustus intended [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c40/p17.html it]] for Daisy after breaking her down. The latter one was mentioned [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p7.html here]] later.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: A fair chunk of the fandom will hate any attempted rapists instantly.
* ReallyGetsAround: Popularly believed to be Jessica. Averted, though, by Pillow Talk. Rachel,[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p52.html on the other hand]]...
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In "December", [[spoiler:Mike nastily picks apart how he percieves Lucy's character]].
** Paulo gets this too, [[spoiler: from Jasmine. After he has broken up with her for Lucy, when Lucy is gone she walks into Daisy's study party and finds Rachel all over him. After the party, she picks him apart with a short speech.]]
* ReformedButRejected: "Pillow Talk" reveals [[spoiler:the old Tess]] was quite the nasty piece of work. Small wonder she's had trouble getting others to accept her...
* RelationshipUpgrade: Subverted: [[spoiler:More like a relationship downgrade in Lucy's case...]]
** Played straight for [[LongDistanceRelationship Mike and Sandy]]. As well as Abbey and Daisy.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Let's face it, people: Suddenly introducing Sam, Lucy's brother SIXTY-THREE chapters in was a bit jarring... Which is to say nothing of Haley, Mike's sister, who was introduced five chapters after that!
* ReplacementGoldfish: Lucy on both sides of it.
* TheReveal: Finally, we learn the true reason [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p19.html why Jessica hates Tess.]]
* RichBitch: Tess was one in the past. Still rich, not so bitchy now.
* RomanceNovel: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c60/p7.html Jasmine's]] interest in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
* RousingSpeech: Abbey gives a [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p11.html big]] one.
* RuleOfDrama: Often in effect and a driving force of the comic, along with CharacterDevelopment.
* RunningGag: "Hi, I'm Daisy!"
** BOP. See DopeSlap.
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler:In Disaster Dominoes, Kizuna was losing it. Daisy and Lucy didn't look any better either.]]
* SayItWithHearts: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c33/p2.html Personally]], [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c60/p8.html I]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c60/p5.html think]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c60/p3.html you]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p8.html get]] it.
* ScarsAreForever:
** Final Fantasy Cat has a scar he tries to cover up with his hair.
** Kizuna has one on her left arm. She begins to explain, but then David cuts her off and we never hear how she got it. [[note]]It's been explained on the forums that she got it from a {{Yakuza}} hitman attempting to kill her after offing her parents.[[/note]]
** OutOfFocus, but Alejandro got a scar from his old girlfriend. It's one of his defining appearance details.
* SheCleansUpNicely: While already pretty, the prom/carnival night Daisy and Tess were ''gorgeous''.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Mike toward Lucy around the start of the comic. Paulo and Tessa as well.
* ShipTease: Sue's example in Doesn't Know Her Own Strength, post crushing Mike, looks rather sweet.
* ShipperOnDeck:
** David wants Paulo and Daisy to end up together, whereas Tessa and Abbey question Mike's relationship with Sandy when they would prefer him to be with Lucy.
** Also the pets, who continually make allusions to the attraction between Lucy and Mike, are actively belligerent to anyone else who likes Mike (at least, Yashy is), and, well... [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c24/p2.html this]].
** I say this shows they were [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c46/p12.html right]].
** David in chapter 45 for Paulo.
** The artist did the appropriately named [[http://taeshilh.deviantart.com/art/Shipper-on-Deck-163992402 Shipper On Deck]]. This may well explain ''where'' Liam popping up came from.
** Sue got Lucy and Mike into the lead roles of her play, making them ''have'' to be near each other...
* SelfInsertFic: Said that Lucy may be Taeshi's self insert [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/candybooru/post/view/1511 here]].
* SexIsEvil: The main teacher from middle school was some kind of Sex KnightTemplar.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Besides David (mostly) being absent from any major drama, when [[spoiler:Lucy's pets leave with her and Blur runs away]], you know dark times are ahead.
* ShoutOut: ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', ''DiGiCharat'', and ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' references are scattered all throughout the comic.
** David apparently watches ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
*** Apparently, Taeshi [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c35/p4.html reads]] ''Webcomic/LackadaisyCats''.
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p17.html I'm feeling]] a [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami]] vibe...
* SickeninglySweethearts:
** Daisy and Abbey.
*** [[spoiler: Not anymore.]]
** [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c64/p2.html Michael and Sandy]].
* SignificantBirthDate: The Flower Girl was born on March 27, when Yukio Ozaki donated cherry trees to Washington D.C.
** Molly was born on Children's Day in Japan.
** Augustus was born on October 1st, which is the day [[{{Imageboards}} 4chan]] was founded.
*** RULES ONE AND TWO
*** Which, of course, haven't actually been broken yet.
* SingleTargetSexuality:
** Abbey only likes Daisy, unlike everyone else who have various crushes and attractions. Abbey and Augustus can't stand each other, but both are the same way over the same girl.
*** For Augustus, ''may''' be {{jossed}} eventually, based on [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p8.html this]] hint at future events.
** '''CARTER LOVES LUCY'''
** Kizuna only showed romantic interest in David.
* SlasherSmile: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p11.html And then there was barking...]]
* SleepCute: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c46/p12.html D'awwww!]] Also a {{tearjerker}}.
* SmoochOfVictory: The end of "[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p1.html Confrontation]]".
** Sadly, Lucy's {{tsundere}}-ism probably led to how things are now.
* SmugSnake: Augustus [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c40/p20.html has]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c63/p7.html tried]] to be the ManipulativeBastard, though these friends ''do'' talk.
* {{Squee}}: Abbey's [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p14.html stress ball]], though his facial expression is anything-but. Actually, going by page comments, panel 7 makes ''some'' people want to love him. And others just find it hilarious.
* StageMom: Sandy's mom wants her to be a model.
* StalkerWithACrush: Carter (to Lucy), Kizuna (to David), David (to the flower girl).
** Debatably, Daisy used to be this to Mike. She, seemingly like David and Paulo, who said they ''were'' stalking Lucy, would pop up for no adequately explained reason constantly. Even so, she was usually not annoying about it.
** And then there [[AttemptedRape was]] Final Fantasy Cat to Daisy...
* StatusQuoIsGod: 'Shake things up with Sue' campaign was being troubled by people wanting unrealistic things, rather than Sue and Alec's realistic goals. The point of the idea was to ''not'' just get some random popular kid in office. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p5.html Silly Sue, realistic policies? Nobody is gonna vote for those!]]
* StealthPun: What David sees most innuendo as.
* StepfordSmiler: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c56/p17.html Molly]] at times.
** If IJustWantToBeNormal is right, Sandy.
* StereotypeGay: Carson.
* StockPhrases: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c28.1/p1.html "Oh, Carson! What'll I ever do with you!"]] He answered.
* StraightGay: Matt
* [[StupidSexyFlanders Stupid Sexy Paulo]]: Mike's dream during the vacation. He [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c43/p11.html was]] less than happy. He also looks really good in clothes.
* SunglassesAtNight: Not shown yet, but [[JustifiedTrope Alec is ONLY seen wearing them]].
* TechnicolorEyes
** RedEyesTakeWarning: Jessica usually averts this, except when Tess is involved.
* TeenGenius: Daisy, to the point that she tutored Tessa, who is two years above her.
** Sue, as Paulo said, is "...too smart for me. The annoying kind of smart...", suggesting she is probably one too. That gets mentioned in Confrontation, too. [[spoiler:She is smart, but may be outclassed by Daisy. Chapter 62 has more on this.]]
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics:
** What Lucy's bow originally was. It's not necessary anymore, but it's her bow.
** Eyelashes
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: As [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c55/p29.html Lucy and Tess]] struggle over their feelings for Paulo, he finally chooses... the freshman Jasmine, introduced completely out of nowhere! [[spoiler:However, he still harbors interest in Lucy, and ultimately breaks up with Jasmine for her. Not that he counted on her moving away, of course.]]
* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: The sex teacher.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: This really helps with attraction hints.
* TimeSkip: In "Another Path", the daydream chapter.
* [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath: In Disaster Dominoes, shortly after Mike is killed, Lucy jumps from the roof of the school to join him.]]
* {{Tomboy}}: So much so that Lucy didn't get along well with girls in elementary school and only wanted to play with cars.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Lucy and Daisy respectively.
* TookALevelInBadass: Mike temporarily during the Confrontation chapter [[spoiler:while he was drunk.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: Many view Mike as this after [[spoiler:Lucy confessed her love to him]].
** Anyone who still thinks Mike hasn't taken several levels in JerkAss clearly hasn't read these [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c68/p29.html recent]] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c68/p30.html comics.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Lucy
** [[spoiler: According to WordOfGod, this trope is being deconstructed as Mike has finally had enough of being [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale abused]] and basically [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech end]][[KickTheDog ed]] their friendship in 'December'.]]
* TroubledButCute: Lucy and Tess.
* TrueCompanions: Lucy, Mike, Paulo, David, and Daisy made the original five before Tessa and Abbey showed up in high school. Shortly after most of the main cast's Sophomore year begins, Jasmine comes into the picture. She is working towards potentially being a member.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: Augustus (Final Fantasy Cat) beat Abbey by implying this, but [[spoiler:then lost since he couldn't hope to be close to Daisy afterward.]]
** Disaster Dominoes' Abbey was a less than good boyfriend...
* TWordEuphemism: After Kizuna was [[spoiler:inelegantly booted from the comic]], the forum's swear filter was used in reverse on her name, to discourage further discussion of the character. When she has to be mentioned, it's usually as K-Dog.
** Trying to post her name on the ''actual'' forums gets it changed to "getting fucked in the ass". Yes, really.
* TwoTeacherSchool: There are several "repeat teachers" since high school.
* UnderTheMistletoe: Tessa and Paulo.
* TheUnfairSex: When Mike first revealed he had a longtime crush on Sandy, he was immediately accused of 'cheating' on Lucy and suffered several AmusingInjuries at the hands of 'angry feminists'. This happened ''again'' at the end of "Left Behind", with Paulo teasing Mike about -- {{GASP}} -- ''talking'' to Tess and calling a 'crazy feminist SWAT team' down on him. Has since been deconstructed in that the utter LackOfEmpathy Mike has gotten from his friends after [[spoiler:rejecting Lucy's confession because he was already in a LongDistanceRelationship with Sandy]] only seems to be hardening his heart further.
* UnknownRival: Lucy toward Mike.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Lucy to some extent, but especially Daisy.
** Based on chapter 59, [[spoiler:Paulo]] has elements of this.
*** Scratch that. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c59/p21.html It's official.]]
** Lucy in Pillow Talk seems to feel this way more than ever.
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: And how!
* ValleyGirl: Katie and Stacy. Subverted with Stacy, [[InformedAbility since she's very skilled with the written word]] in spite of how she talks.
* [[spoiler:LovingForce]]: Most likely what Augustus [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c40/p17.html had]] in mind.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Mike and Lucy. Type 2. [[spoiler:Originally.]]
** Mike and Paulo at times. Also type 2. Best buds is pushing it, though.
*** Even then, [[spoiler:Mike is finally reaching the point where he's had it with Paulo's teasing. This can only end badly.]]
* TheVoiceless: Amaya never talks where we see it.
** And yet, she's somehow become the EnsembleDarkhorse. The author [[CreatorBacklash is not amused.]]
* VomitDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Lucy's [[HeroicBSOD reaction]] to Mike's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and subsequent ''proclamation of hatred'' towards her in "December".]]
** VomitIndiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Lucy]] again in the three chapters prior [[spoiler: [[WorkingThroughTheCold "Carry Me"]]]] (Note that unlike above, this scene was PlayedForLaughs).
* WeaksauceWeakness: Lucy's pretty tough, but reasonably deep water or the idea of trying to swim can freak her out easily. Paulo can be reduced to cowering by mean growling and most barking. Both have childhood trauma justifying it.
** The relevant chapters and biggest examples are:
*** Lucy: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c30/p1.html why]] and [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c44/p1.html signs]] of it
*** Paulo: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c10/p1.html why]] and [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p1.html signs]] of it.
* WebcomicTime: The Summer Vacation arc took practically a year, lampshaded in a [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/art/official/bittersweetchristmas.jpg Christmas comic]]: Once Mike realised they're still in Acapulco, the wintry scene changed to a beach.
** So far, the comic is still in the [[spoiler:2007-2008 school year from the looks of it.]]
* WellExcuseMePrincess: [[http://taeshilh.deviantart.com/art/Attention-Please-107494574 "Attention Please."]] ends with it.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Possibly Abbey's standards for his run in school politics.
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 51, where [[spoiler:[[TsunDere Lucy]] finally works up the courage to tell [[DoggedNiceGuy Mike]] she loves him... only for him to reject her on account of him already having a girlfriend.]] Possibly WORSE is Chapter 52, [[spoiler:where Mike finally gets sick of Lucy's awful behavior towards him, leaving her nearly broken inside. Keep in mind that nearly the entire comic had been built upon Mike's friendship with Lucy, and his willingness to look past her attitude to see who she really was.]] Yeah. WHAM.
** "Pillow Talk" just has to be one of the wham chapters so far. [[spoiler:First, Mike ignores Lucy on her birthday, breaking her more, which then reveals that he's been ignoring her since the debate in "Feline Filibusters". Then, TheReveal on why Jess hates Tess (see FreudianExcuse). And then Lucy's flashback to when she had her real first kiss and Mike gave her a chance to have a relationship with him. But then, she pushes away that chance due to them being twelve at the time. When it ended, Lucy then realizes that her chances with Mike now are gone.]] Yeah...
** "December". After it seems like the two are finally somewhat reconciling, [[spoiler:Mike]] is reminded why he's been avoiding [[spoiler:Lucy]] for so long. [[spoiler:[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Mike then DESTROYS whatever is left of his friendship with Lucy,]]]] leaving the already emotionally wrecked latter in even ''worse'' condition. [[SarcasmMode Merry Christmas everyone!]]
** "Breaking Up". [[spoiler:Lucy gets PutOnABus, Paulo begins to break down, and Mike finally begins to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realize how horribly he'd acted in the past few months]].]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"What am I supposed to do?!"]]
** [[spoiler:"I HATE YOU."]]
** "Breaking Up" boasts several.
--> '''Ms. Amalu''': [[spoiler:Lucy will no longer be attending this school.]]
--> '''Paulo''': You don't fucking GET IT! (In response to [[spoiler:Daisy trying to calm him down when trying to learn what happened to Lucy]])
--> '''[[spoiler:Yashy]]''': [[spoiler:G'bye, Mike.[[note]]Up until this point, Yashy had only called Mike either "Flea" or "Fleabag".[[/note]]]]
** "Happy Hour" also had one from Daisy to Mike.
--> '''Daisy''': [[spoiler:What made [Lucy] better than me]]?
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Lucy.
* WhatIf: [[spoiler:"Disaster Dominoes" (thankfully noncanon) asks "What if one of the characters suddenly became an AxCrazy mass murderer? The answer? Very unpleasent stuff happens.]]
** Another Path asks, [[spoiler:What if Paulo had sex with Lucy during her [[HeroicBSOD mental breakdown]] in "Another Shoulder"? Answer: Paulo and Lucy get together and the strip would end with both Lucy and Mike happy with their respective loves.]]
** Another Chance asks, [[spoiler:What if Abbey didn't show up in "Love My Way"? Answer: Augustus would've just kissed Daisy, and she still would be talking to him. Oh, and Abbey and Daisy would not get together.]]
* WhenSheSmiles: Lucy, oh so much. We, as the viewers, see a lot more smiles than other characters.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: "[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c30/p1.html Troubled Waters]]", "[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c26/p1.html Misunderstanding and Change]]".
* WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: Alejandro [[spoiler:[[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p19.html as he beat and brutalized Lucy]]]].
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Mike and Lucy. [[spoiler:At the moment, it looks like they won't.]]
** [[{{Lampshade}} Lampshaded]] in the FAQ page, where for a while, the last question was "Will Mike and Lucy end up together (or something alike)?" The answer would actually blink alternately between Yes and No. [[FanDumb Some people took it seriously]], and it was eventually removed.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Paulo and Mike don't get along well at all, despite being "friends" since the fifth grade.
** They are both athletes with a lot of the same close friends.
*** VitriolicBestBuds may be closer to their relationship, since Paulo insults Michael a lot more than proper for most definitions of friend.
** Mike and Lucy. [[spoiler:Originally.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Alejandro.
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler:The events of "Breaking Up" and beyond.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Interesting in the case of all the characters being a realistic cat/dog color scheme. Then Jessica is introduced, who is pinkish-purple.

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