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-->''[[OpeningNarration Somewhere in the asscrack of the Mediterranean sea...]]''

'''''Blood Stain''''', by Linda Luksic Sejic (under the Website/DeviantArt username [[http://sigeel.deviantart.com/ Sigeel]]) is a SliceOfLife webcomic centered around Elliot Torres, a chemistry major who has been searching for a stable job for two years. After being let go from a multitude of jobs [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny for various reasons]], she resorts to applying for a job rumored to be offered from a MadScientist. It turns out, despite first impressions, there's nothing to fear from the so-rumored employer, [[AbsentMindedProfessor Dr. Vlad Stein]]. Instead, both Elliot and Dr. Stein learn from each other's situations while going through a plethora of humorous events along the way.

Linda Luksic Sejic is also known for her work in ''ComicBook/GrimmFairyTales'' and is married to [[Webcomic/{{Sunstone}} Stjepan Sejic]], another professional comic artist with a webcomic.

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!!''Blood Stain'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Dr. Stein embodies this trope, as evidenced multiple times throughout the webcomic.
** He manages to forget that he booked a flight for Elliot and later, when Elliot arrives at his house, he is perplexed at who is his visitor.
** He himself describes that his "time/space orientation is a little off".
** His lack of a sleeping schedule leads to him being late for teaching and, if not for Elliot's interruption, he would have forgotten his briefcase.
* ArtEvolution: As a whole, the comic's pages have grown sharper, and Dr. Stein looks younger in later pages compared to his first appearances.
* {{Affectionate|Parody}}[=/=]IndecisiveParody: Elliot's perception of her new job is this to mad science.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Elliot has this issue frequently; she is not quite as absent-minded as Dr. Stein, but she lapses into {{Imagine Spot}}s even when she's being directly talked to.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Both Elliot and Serge take this role to Dr. Stein, as not only do they have to do their written jobs as an assistant and cook, respectively, but they end up having to manage Dr. Stein's life, such as waking him up when he's late for teaching and reminding him to hold his suitcase. As the story continues, Elliot take on more of the 'beleaguered' part.
* BerserkButton: Do not call Dr. Stein "Blood Stain". He had [[KidsAreCruel more than enough of that kind of crap]] during his school days.
* BloodBath: Elliot thinks of one in an ImagineSpot about the doctor's appearance.
* ABloodyMess: The red stains Dr. Stein mysteriously acquires are [[PlayedStraight sometimes ketchup]], [[SubvertedTrope sometimes blood]].
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: When a blackout occurs at the doctor's house, Sigeel draws the characters this way for a few frames before Serge illuminates the scene with a match.
* CatapultNightmare: Elliot's awakens this way after rushing to 'God-knows-where' and having a night of restlessness.
* CheatedAngle: Dr Stein's hair is always draped over the side away from the camera.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Serge.
* CoversAlwaysLie:
** In-universe, Dr. Stein uses a literal example from a childhood diary as a "VERY VERY blatant metaphor" for his own personal appearance.
** A teaser for page 54 turns out just to be the ImagineSpot of the page.
* CreepyShadowedUndereyes: Dr. Stein frequently sports them, mostly because of his lack of sleeping habits.
* CrossOver: With ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'', as the webcomic authors are married. Interactions between the characters of each story primarily take place online, usually through the gaming sector.
* DeepImmersionGaming: The characters' appearances in the in-universe MMORPG ''Moonstone Gate'' appear to be this, though it is debatable how much of that is player customization rather than a projection of their real-life appearances.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: A gag in one of the first comics reveals the name of the science university at Elliot's college as "Teh [sic] Science University [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: of science ]]
".
* DramaticThunder: Used for dramatic effect on the house and, in a silly illustration, on a drawing tablet.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Dr. Stein
* EinsteinHair: As expected from a not-quite-mad scientist, Dr. Stein sports a healthy crop of frizzled hair. Sigeel jokes that he has a special shampoo that gives his hair the appearance of bramble, and a sketch journal skin on her deviantART page shows Vlad using StaticElectricity to make his hair stand up.
* EmergingFromTheShadows: With the artistic element of {{Chiaroscuro}}, Dr. Stein reveals himself to Elliot through candlelight during the blackout on the first night.
* EmpathicEnvironment: When Elliot has had success with holding onto a job, the atmosphere remains sunny. When she loses it and has to rush to the airplane to 'God-knows-where', it suddenly pours, and the rain later causes a blackout.
* EvilSoundsRaspy: Among the itinerary of cliches Dr. Stein initially appears to have, Elliot thinks of this as one.
* FacialDialogue: Serge and Dr. Stein have one on page 48 regarding Elliot's presence.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Elliot to Clara.
* FreudianExcuse: Dr. Stein's BerserkButton appears to stem from him being teased for his nosebleeds as a child.
* GhostButler: When Elliot steps outside of a bathroom at Dr. Stein's residence, a draft slams the door shut. The house itself is anything but horrific, though Elliot perceives it as so.
* GutturalGrowler: Elliot has described Dr. Stein's voice on multiple occasions as intimidating; on page 28, she compares it to "sandpaper polishing a rusty can".
* HairContrastDuo: Inverted from the standard blonde/brunette duo: Clara, the (albeit dyed) blonde, is responsible and takes multiple jobs to keep their family afloat, while Elliot, the brunette, would much prefer not having to worry that her family is in financial issues--though she understands the weight of their troubles.
* HealingShiv: As Sigeel draws in one of the ''Moonstone Gate'' [[http://sigeel.deviantart.com/art/low-MP-429376670 comics]], Elliot's character's staff can heal Vlad's character's HP by bashing him over the head even if she has run out of mana.
* HighTurnoverRate: The assistant position Elliot strives for has been filled frequently before, and Serge shows support for Elliot for being so determined to take it despite how implausible it was that she arrived under the time limit Dr. Stein set up for her.
* HollywoodDarkness: Mostly averted; lighting is portrayed rather realistically, with the exception being [[ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes characters' visible eyes]].
* IMeantToDoThat: When Elliot is explaining to a forgetful Dr. Stein that he had provided a plane ticket and hence she arrived at his house late at night, Dr. Stein hesitantly responds as if the question was a SecretTestOfCharacter.
* InfiniteCanvas: Each 'page' is a long, horizontal stretch of panels, some almost fifty long.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Upon reflecting on Elliot's first day on the job, Dr. Stein ignores an explicit assessment and asks Serge for a coffee refill.
* TheInsomniac: Dr. Stein, who is otherwise prone to dropping asleep otherwise.
* LabcoatOfScienceAndMedicine: As Dr. Stein's laboratory is his home, [[LimitedWardrobe he doesn't bother changing out from his lab coat]].
* LateForSchool: In a twist from the usual trope, it's the professor who has to rush to class after oversleeping.
* LighterAndSofter: The webcomic was originally intended to go in a much darker direction with a more serious plot--of which Sigeel has revealed that [[OurClonesAreIdentical it involved cloning Elliot]], the genre was full horror, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Serge was a brunet]].
* MadScientistLaboratory: Elliot creates one in an ImagineSpot, though in actuality, the lab that has been revealed so far looks normal and unlike how HollywoodScience perceives them to be.
* MatchCut: In page 64, the piece of chalk dropped during Dr. Stein's class is matched with a red-stained bone Elliot accidentally steps on at work.
* MistakenForPrankCall: Elliot's first application is perceived this way, and Dr. Stein reacts to it when he later discovers that the resume and call to him is genuine.
* MistakenIdentity: Elliot wonders, when she first meets him, if Serge was Dr. Stein. She chastises herself for remembering the voice dissonance between the two.
* MultiethnicName: "Vladimir" is Russian, "Stein" is German, and the two words together seem to have no greater purpose other than to give Dr. Stein an exaggeratedly cliche science-y name.
* {{NEET}}: Elliot, at the beginning of the comic, though she tries to get out of this status.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Dr. Stein launches into a pissed-off and ''very'' snarky rant about this after Elly mistakenly hits his BerserkButton by calling him "Mr. Blood Stain."
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Elliot comes down from her first night of sleep at Dr. Stein's house to see the doctor wielding a knife with red blotches over his lab coat. It turns out to be from him spreading jam and ketchup over bread from brunch.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Elliot is suspicious that Dr. Stein is either this or genuinely clueless.
* ObliquelyObfuscatedOccupation: Elliot and the readers are kept in the dark about the details about Dr. Stein's job beyond the fact that he works "for a science institute". It takes two chapters to reveal that he is a professor at the institute, although he still myriads of unidentified chemicals at home that hint at a second occupation.
** An early, scrapped comic has the doctor mention working with viruses, but that is never brought up in any of the completed pages.
* OffModel: On page 44, Elliot is shown with pepper spray in right hand, and then she offers a handshake with same hand. A few panels afterward shows that she still has that pepper spray in her right hand again. Originally, Sigeel drew the handshake with Elliot's left hand, but a watcher of the comic noticed [[ASinisterClue this oddity]], so Sigeel redrew those frames despite the inconsistency it created.
* OutOfJobIntoThePlot: Not that the job Elliot had beforehand was significant, since she couldn't hold a job anyway.
* PaintingTheMedium: The color of text bubbles reflect the characters; Dr. Stein's text bubbles are always black with white text and outlines, text bubbles in various panels take on an abundance of shapes to better illustrate a situation.
* PerspectiveReversal: Contrast Nebezial's [[http://nebezial.deviantart.com/art/his-asisstants-hips-were-nice-308705196 original]] inspiration for the webcomic with Sigeel's one-year anniversary [[http://sigeel.deviantart.com/art/1-year-anniversery-378434415 retake]].
* ThePigpen: Dr. Stein somehow drops red substances on his coat from somewhere--even his DigitalAvatar in an MMORPG!
* PowerTrio: Elliot, Dr. Stein, and Serge.
* RainbowPimpGear: In the MMORPG ''Moonstone Gate'', Elliot asks what Dr. Stein's setup looks like under his cosmetic armor, and [[http://sigeel.deviantart.com/art/optimized-gear-430178303 said setup]] is a mishmash of armor sets that optimize his character's stats but is, to put it lightly, aesthetically unappealing.
* PunnyName: Vlad Stein's name is intended as a cliche science name as well as a slant rhyme of "[[TitleDrop Blood Stain]]".
* RepeatAfterMe: Serge helps Elliot introduce herself to Dr. Stein after being frightened by their second impression, up to the point where he suggests for her to repeat "And I think Serge is smoking hot!"
* RightBehindMe: In a dubiously canonical sketch comic, Elliot mimics Dr. Stein's position by dressing up and sitting in his chair, while the actual Dr. Stein appears behind her.
* RunningGag: Coffee. Dr. Stein's work environment essentially requires caffeine, and as Serge's brew is... [[BadToTheLastDrop not the most appetizing]], both Elliot and Dr. Stein frequently poke fun at the lack of respectable coffee and crave a good cup.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Daniel, who, out of the characters named in the comic, is the only one who hasn't revealed [[NominalImportance his last name]].
* ScaryFlashlightFace: Dr. Stein, with a candle, during the blackout.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Light works correctly in the actual events in the comic, though Elliot {{imagines|pot}} Dr. Stein with them as he's bathing in blood.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Elliot's reaction to Dr. Stein's interpretation of Serge's introduction of her.
* ShoutOut:
** The comic was inspired by Music/{{Helloween}}.
** Elliot makes references to ''Literature/HarryPotter'', ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', and ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' in her thoughts.
** [[invoked]]Sigeel is not above drawing a parody of the ''AncientAliens'' meme with her characters, replacing aliens with science.
** Elliot, bored from the cleaning work she has to do, imagines a beaker as ''Literature/TheHobbit''[='=]s Arkenstone and Dr. Stein as Smaug.
** The Moo-Moo Hide piece of armor in an MMORPG short comic hints at ''VideoGame/{{Diablo II}}''[='=]s Secret Cow Level.
* SlasherSmile: Only in the Dr. Stein of Elliot's {{Imagine Spot}}s.
* SleepyHead: Dr. Stein is prone to falling asleep at inopportune times, such as while wandering a hallway at night or when someone is talking directly to him.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: ''Blood Stain'' is a turn from the grim horror expected from its subject; Sigeel admits that she can't keep a situation serious, so she embraces humor with open arms.
* SoundsOfScience: Mumbles.
* SpeechbubblesInterruption
* StealthPun: Elliot clutches onto a stick of pepper spray frequently in chapter two. The weapon she holds onto in her MedievalEuropeanFantasy {{Imagine Spot}}s is a ''mace''.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Dr. Stein
* TeamChef: Serge is the one to the main cast, though he cannot make a cup of coffee for Dr. Stein, which ails his tendency to want to stay awake.
* TravellingSalesmanMontage: Elliot's job flashback.
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: For a single panel to explain Dr. Stein's reaction to Elliot's {{Malaproper}} of his name.
* UndisclosedFunds: The salary for the assistant job is revealed without numbers, but instead, through Elliot's shocked expression.
* TheUnfavorite: Elliot starts off as this, given her {{NEET}} status providing little to support the family. She expresses disappointment that she is similarly ignored outside of the family, in Dr. Stein's workplace.
* VisibleSilence: The webcomic's {{Beat Panel}}s often take this form, the ellipses often creatively integrated into the panel.
* WallOfBlather:
** In one of Elliot's jobs, her employer explains the process of making candles to her, only to have it be received as a wall of "blah" and "mumble" from her perspective.
** Clara is on the receiving end of one as Elliot hastily explains why she is running off--unable to absorb the the urgency of Elliot's situation and panicking later on.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The comic takes place somewhere in the Mediterranean, and Sigeel goes out of her way to obfuscate location names, substituting "somewhere in the asscrack" and "God-knows-where" in lieu of locations.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: The trope does not exactly fit, but Elliot simply can't hold onto a job that requires focus, which, essentially, means all of the ones she applies to.
* YouHave48Hours: Dr. Stein gives Elliot three hours to catch a plane, and, remarkably, she does so, though not without plenty of frustration from herself and her friends about this short notice.
* YouDidntAsk: Elliot initially looks for an autoclave on her own in Dr. Stein's basement, figuring that doing so will show that she is a responsible person (in contrast to her bumbling behavior in previous jobs). However, after spending a few pages searching with no avail, she hesitantly asks Dr. Stein where the autoclave is; she is surprised to find that Dr. Stein just nonchalantly throws out its location instead of criticizing her absentmindedness.