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->'' InAWorld where [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=8 Unicorns purr...]] ''
->'' One barbarian will face the ultimate horror...''
->'' - Shopping for an outfit that [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=27 isn't slutty!]] ''
->'' It is a world of magic...mystery...and [[WorldOfBuxom really big boobs]]! ''

[[http://www.exiern.com/ Exiern]] is a fantasy webcomic about a reluctantly female barbarian. The plot, which began as a riff off of [[http://www.thewotch.com/?epDate=2003-05-14 an early storyline of]] ''TheWotch'', is relatively simple: a hulking barbarian warrior is fighting against an evil wizard. About to fall by the hero's sword, the wizard tries to use his dying breath to transform him into an animal, but somehow makes him [[GenderBender a woman]] instead. [[FirstLawOfGenderbending Since it can't be undone]], the barbarian, now going by the name of Tiffany, goes on a variety of adventures.

Originally written by Drowemos (despite the obvious connections to [[DrowTales dark elves]] and [[{{Emo}} whiny teenagers]], it's actually [[SdrawkcabName "some word" spelled backwards]]) and illustrated initially by Drowemos (2005), then by Studio Boom (2005 - 2010) and currently by Shipeng Lee of DrowTales (2010 -). Later, the comic was sold to Dan Standing, as Drowemos got tired of working on it. The writing duties have since been handed off to Thomas Knapp, the writer for Webcomic/MegaTokyo's Endgames light novels.

Although it is one of a number of {{webcomics}} with transgender themes, Exiern is infamous for both mocking and revelling in {{fanservice}} scenes; Drowemos in fact paid for his web hosting bills by [[SexSells selling access to the]] [[RuleThirtyFour uncensored comics]] (as well as a number of other R and PG rated bonus comics) using a membership system. Memberships are still available through [=CCBill=] even though [=PayPal=] noticed what was going on and withdrew its donation facility.

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!!''Exiern'' contains examples of:

* AbominationAccusationAttack: Tiffany despises Teresa, among other things because Teresa is happy with having been magically turned into a woman. In one very public argument, with the population of Teresa's home city as audience, Tiffany talks as if it was a fact and common knowledge that Teresa is a PedophilePriest child-molester.
* AbortedArc: Some feel that Tiffany's {{Chickification}} Arc was this, since it was resolved so quickly after the change in writers, especially since it hasn't been addressed since.
* [[AccidentalMarriage Accidental Engagement]]: Tiffany has managed to land herself one to Peonie's father the King, but no one has told ''her'' yet. Part of the reward for rescuing Peonie was '''''[[ExactWords A]]''''' Royal Hand in marriage and since [[GenderBender she]] no longer qualifies for Peonie's and has [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=979 insisted]] on the ''full'' reward...[[MemeticMutation Its good to be the king]].
* AccidentalTruth At one point, when [[spoiler: discussing the life cycle of dragons]], Tiffany says that she never sees baby squirrels and she figured dragons were the same, Fayden remarks, sarcastically, "that they reproduce by magical cloning and that there's really only one all powerful "all squirrel?" we see a squirrel on a nearby branch thinking "They know!" This is referenced a number of times later in the series, though it never directly impacts the plot....yet.
* ActionDressRip: Played with. Tiffany tries, fails, and ends up rucking it up instead.
-->'''Tiffany:''' "What the hell is this thing made of?"
* ActionInsuranceGag: Overlaps with ImpossibleInsurance [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=160 here]] as the inn owner haggles with a demonic lawyer as to whether the battle in his inn qualifies for payout; even when he gets the best of that demonic lawyer, [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=172 just trying to cash in that policy]] has further issues. When it comes to insurance companies, FailureIsTheOnlyOption.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny:
** Tiffany finds [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=993 the King punching her]] to be a pretty funny joke, well, she had punched him earlier too[[note]] what had happened was that when Tiffany had briefly fallen into an UnstoppableRage she punched him, her planned defence was that "it's a gesture of respect in my culture", after the King returns the favour he responds that he'd heard it was a gesture of respect[[/note]].
** And again [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1376 here]], when Teresa asks if a particularly boring speech from a fellow cleric is intended as punishment.
* AllThereInTheManual: As cheezy as the strip is, Drowemos created a highly original mythology behind it, which was hinted at in several strips before he finally outlined most of it in several blog posts.
** [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=186 here]].
** [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1081#comments And again here]].
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Defied, in that Tiffany has VirginPower. Then inverted, in that the princess, Peonie... does not.
* ArtEvolution: Though it likely has at least part to do with the comic's change in management, but compare Tiffany [[http://www.exiern.com/2005/10/10/kzaatt/ as she first appeared]] to how [[http://www.exiern.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Exiern-2013-09-05-06.jpg she does in the latest story arc.]]
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority, mixed with AuthorityEqualsAsskicking. King Urtica can lay a smack down just as well as his hulking 8-foot-tall bodyguards. Although he's certainly not the conquering warlord archetype, and he does have a great talent for subtlety and chessmastery, King Urtica expressly says that this sort of thing is why he ''stays'' on the throne:
--> '''King Urtica:''' There is a reason I am king... and it is ''not'' because I am an excellent statesman.
** At one point he manages to punch out Tiffany in one shot, payback for her punching him in a rage earlier and trying to claim it was a gesture of respect among her people. He says he just wants her to know he respects her back. Peonie was shocked, but Tiffany thought it was ActuallyPrettyFunny, and tells her to lighten up.
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:On a raid with his father, Typhan-Knee is naturally expected to be performing RapePillageAndBurn and was in the middle of doing the first but is stopped by him [[ArmoredClosetGay because the victim wasn't a woman]].]]
* AttractiveBentGender: Tiffany, not that it helps her mood any.
* BearsAreBadNews: Mainly because it triggered a HurricaneOfPuns, it was an Un-bear-able, and grizzly situation. Fortunately Bhors didn't paw-s for thought.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: You do ''not'' want to [[spoiler:awaken Denver's [[SuperpoweredEvilSide inner dragon]]]]; you really don't.
* [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Unicorn]]: Unicorns, [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1540 for a rescue]], not for a ride.
* BizarreAlienBiology:
** Dragons leave their young in the still smouldering embers of burnt out buildings, the baby dragons resemble normal ''human'' infants and grow up looking like (and thinking they are) humans until they reach their late teens when some sort of homing instinct draws them towards other dragons. They spend some time in a half-human/half-dragon state while they [[LossOfIdentity gradually lose their human identities]], before growing into their final dragon form.
*** [[spoiler: Though this is partially RetCon'ed later, when revealed that the former happens as a result of the adult dragons being driven mad by an ancient power and trying to roast their own mates and offspring.]]
** Also squirrels "[[http://www.exiern.com/?p=104 reproduce by magical cloning and there is but one all-squirrel connected through a collective psychic consciousness]]".
* {{Bizarro Episode}}s:[[http://www.exiern.com/?p=689 Starting here]]; this is what happens when an April fool's gag becomes an OverlyLongGag.
* BlackComedyRape: The original version of the first storyline has Tiffany lamenting that she can no longer rape the women of defeated towns; Peonie briefly scolds her, the whole thing is PlayedForLaughs, and it's never brought up again. The author seems to have realized how awful this exchange was, since it's absent from the redrawn version. [[spoiler:Though it turned out he never did anyway [[ArmoredClosetGay even though he tried to take interest in doing so]].]]
* BlackMagic: One of the central elements of the strip, with first Faden, and then an parade of other dark magic users, setting up human sacrifices and brain washings all over the place.
* BrickJoke: When we learn that Tiffany is learning to read, the first thing she does is to hit Peony for lying about what her shirt said.
* BSideComics: ''Dark Reflections'', an alternate [[BadFuture Bad Present]] in which Typhan-Knee succumbed to Faden's MindControl and is now his bimbo [[TheDragon Dragon]], with Princess Peonie locked in his dungeon. Faden also possessed Peonie and wore a very revealing costume while in her body.
* CatFolk: What looks like a tiger person turns up as a [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=43 background character]] in ''{{Exiern}}'''s spoof of the YouAllMeetInAnInn trope.
* CerebusSyndrome: What started as a parody of a typical fantasy setting with Transgender themes became a much more serious tale about Tiffany learning to get comfortable in her own skin. Most explicit in ''The Wild North'' storyline, which has several WhamEpisodes and much less humor.
* ChainmailBikini: Thoroughly averted for Tiffany, who is not at all comfortable with her female body, and whose ceremonial armor given her by King Urtica is feminine but covers fully.
* ChessWithDeath: Played straight, but with a "twist" on how Death [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=76 plays to win (NSFW!)]] in a filler strip, [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=75 here]].
* ChunkyUpdraft: in this strip when [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1304 Cytx kinda loses it]] a little.
* CloudCuckoolander: Peonie is hinted at having become this in captivity; she has largely shaken this off, but inadvertently used the word "mingalow" (a type of livestock she invented while a hostage) to her father. [[spoiler:It turns out a mingalow is a real thing though -- a type of semi-sentient, rage-filled undead.]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When the King gives Peonie a really tough moral dilemma, reminding her that she has royal responsibilities, and "nice" isn't in the options list for RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething. He tries confiding in his bodyguards, but...
-->'''King:''' I have ordered men to their deaths and entire villages burned...but that, my friend, is the hardest thing I have ever done.
-->'''Bhors:''' Wait, we're friends? Would you be interested in joining our bowling team? We could really use a fourth.
-->''([[BeatPanel beat]])''
-->'''King:''' Why not.
* CueTheSun: Tiffany's identity crisis arc starts during an evening dance, and follows the stages of night, with her slowly realising she is losing her grip on her identity, to a complete breakdown into a fragile little girl around midnight, and a massive set piece battle where she saves the day and acknowledges her new identity, just as dawn breaks over the [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1791 battlements of the castle]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Faden. For example, when Typhan-Knee's name is described as "he who hunts by the piercing light of the northern ice stars" and Peonie replies that as a feminine name it has a slightly different meaning in the south, He observes, "Something like 'she who hunts diamond charm bracelets with her daddy's money!'" With Faden seemingly gone, Peonie has taken over as the strip's prime snarker.
* DifferentForGirls: Mostly played for {{Fanservice}}.
* DistressedDamsel: Peonie has a tendency towards being kidnapped by various folks. When she was rescued from Faden's clutches she admitted "I was really scared ''this'' time" showing that it wasn't the first time (or last).
** She's later asked how many times she's been kidnapped, and she replies "Five." Then when asked whether that included being mind controlled and attacked by a spellsinger, she adds "Um... seven."
* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: [[spoiler:AvertedTrope - Typhan-Knee's AttemptedRape of a young male in his youth has the subject crying as he holds and undresses him and Typhan-Knee sported quite the horrific SlasherSmile expression while he did it.]]
* DumbBlonde: Averted twice over -- Tiffany isn't the brightest bulb in the circuit, but isn't even remotely stupid either, and Theresa is a very well-trained magic user.
* EpiphanyTherapy: Theresa whacking Tiffany out of her temporary "nice and weak little woman" persona.
* EvilHand: Ctyx has one after accidentally (ItMakesSenseInContext) replacing his own amputated hand with Faden's amputated hand.
* FanService: plays both sides of the fence -- it goes way overboard in many cases, but at the same time takes a self-mocking approach to it. Drowemos openly admits to having very little integrity in that regard.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Faden. He's pretty much Exiern's version of ''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker'', cracking jokes and being friendly even when he is trying to kill you. He's in the evil game as much for the lulz as he is the power.
* FingerMuzzle: Tiffany uses this on Denver after the latter's [[http://www.exiern.com/2013/08/08/harsh-memories/ despairing speech]], followed by their FirstKiss.
* FracturedFairytale: gets a nod [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1611 here:]]
-->'''Tiffany''': "OK, let's review: It's up to the fair young maiden to rescue the dragon from the fire breathing knights in shining armor. When the hell did the universe get turned inside out?"
* FunTshirt:
** Tiffany's "[[http://www.exiern.com/?p=51 Battle Shirt]]" which declares her to be a "wanton wench", proving if you can't read then you should be careful about whose translation you accept.
** After receiving a knighthood Tiffany gains a nightshirt with "A Knight's Front" on the front, and "A Knight's Tale on the erm...[[IncrediblyLamePun reverse]].
* GenderBender: The curse Faden uses on Tiffany is contagious when its existence is threatened so this happens more than once.
** FirstLawOfGenderBending: Not only is Tiffany unable to transform back to a male, but her condition is contagious, as a male water sprite, an itinerant young wizard, and a crew of priests attempting to reverse her condition find out. PlayedForLaughs when one of the priests, newly transformed back into a (younger and significantly more attractive) man sneezes... and reverts to female -- implying, perhaps, that the "curse" can be suppressed but not dispelled. In fact, the condition is quite virulent -- Tiffany accidentally converts a male water spirit, who uses his/her new femininity as a lure to capture travelers -- including one powerful young spellsinger who is captured and transformed by the water spirit as a divine sacrifice [[note]]The exact situation is somewhat complex and rooted in the strip's backstory, but the water spirit is a follower of one of two sets of gods, neither of whom is believed to be around anymore.[[/note]], and after escaping, wonders what's going to become of her (foreshadowing the later matter of Sister Theresa). [[note]]And also possibly carrying the now-dead water spirit's soul within her.[[/note]]
** SecondLawOfGenderBending: One (but just one) of the gender bent priests
** ThirdLawOfGenderBending; One word: Corsets
* GenderBlenderName: Typhan-Knee/Tiffany.
-->''Typhan-Knee/Tiffany'': Typhan-Knee, it means "He who hunts by the piercing light of the northern ice stars".
-->''Faden'': Wait. Did she just say her name is Tiffany?
-->''Peonie'': [[CoughSnarkCough Cough]]. Yeah, that is a feminine name around here. Ummm... it has a slightly different meaning though.
-->''Faden'': Ha! Something like "She who hunts diamond charm bracelets with her daddy's money."
** Happens again with [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=2309 Typhan-Knee's brother Melan-Knee]], "He who chases the northern ice stars."
* GenreSavvy: [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=23 Keep track of that cell key.]]
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Captain Phi of the Royal Guard has [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1915 some nice ones]] of the love hearts variety.
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: Faden's spellbook. It isn't evil per se, but it does seem to dislike Tiffany and delivers information in the most [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1020 insulting manner]] possible.
-->'''Tiffany''': ''It keeps calling me a [[DumbBlonde bimbo]].''
-->'''Peonie''': ''It's not calling... Hey this picture kind of looks like you. Right next to the definition of a bim... Never mind.''
* HeManWomanHater: Tiffany - even direct experience as a woman can't shake his prejudices.
* HeelRealization: Tiffany hates Teresa for several reasons: They are both under a GenderBender spell but Teresa actually seems happy about it, the guy Tiffany tries to tell herself she's not in love with seems interested in Teresa, and both Tiffany & Teresa are equally bigoted against each other's culture. After [[LoveInterest Denver]] gives her the appropriate WhatTheHellHero, Tiffany finally realizes what a Jerk she has been to Teresa.
* HiveMind: Dragons and squirrels (See "Accidental Truth" above)
* HumanSacrifice:
** What Faden apparently had planned for Peonie.
** The Fracture apparently had something like this planned for Denver too, but thankfully Tiff was able to save him (see FracturedFairytale above).
* HypocriticalHumor: After defeating Faden, Tiffany and Peonie went to to replenish their armament and new wardrobe, resulting in a montage of very... curious outfits culminating in a Tiffany mocking the ChainMailBikini with its nonsensical construction and nonexistent defense capacity... This from a BarbarianHero whose normal battle outfit was a loincloth and a sword.
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: While all the women seem to have these to an extent, Tiffany's curves temporarily get much more pronounced under the secondary effect of her curse, [[InternalizedCategorism due to her culture's views on women.]]
* ImpossibleInsurance: Occurs [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=160 here]]; even when you get the best of that demonic lawyer, [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=172 just try cashing in that policy]]. When it comes to insurance companies, FailureIsTheOnlyOption.
* InnocentBigot: Teresa. She doesn't seem to have realised that virtually all her "compliments" towards Tiff are nearly all racist in some way, which has the effect of making her something of a JerkAss. However she does genuinely admire Tiffany to the point of calling her "one of the country's greatest heroes" and seems to consider her a close friend. This only serves to wind Tiff up even more.
* LegacyCharacter: Apparently, being the narrator results in this. May be [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall referencing the change in writers]] that occurs partway through the comic.
* LeeroyJenkins: Tiffany admits that this strategy was a bad move, albeit a typical one for her. Note it is [[ConversationalTroping specifically name dropped]].
* LensFlare: In the discussion with the "[[http://www.exiern.com/2014/01/14/stitched/ new narrator]]" at the top of the world, the glare from the sunbeam gradually takes over.
* LongHairIsFeminine: Because Tiffany's curse can further transform its victim based on their view of what femininity means, her extreme sexism causes her to temporarily become a thin, weak girl with [[RapunzelHair extremely long hair]]. Though CharacterDevelopment restores her fighting skills, her hair remains hip-length from that point forward.
* LossOfIdentity:
** The result of dragon adolescence, which is a bit of a DownerEnding for [[spoiler:Denver]].
** Whether Tiff is dealing with this, or she is simply [[CharacterDevelopment learning to be more mature about things]] is up for [[InternetBackdraft debate]]. Given Tiffany's level of misogyny this could be seen as a KarmicTransformation.
* LovecraftLite: As a fanstory, they had Exiern instead be an upbeat teenage drama for a few strips. With a tentacle abomination that takes the soul of anyone who touches it.
* MagicMusic: many of the magic users in Exiern are spellsingers, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. [[spoiler:Female spellsingers, due to the extreme misogyny of the local priesthood, are usually silenced. King Urtica is not a fan of this policy, though he seems to lack the power to end it completely.]]
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: Referenced but subverted in [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=48 this comic]], when Tiffany looks down at her new equipment and says, "You know, this really should turn me on." [[spoiler:It turned out later Typhan-Knee was ArmoredClosetGay.]]
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Subverted. After Tiffany appears to be succumbing to this trope, it's revealed that she's been subjected to a magical spell intended to [[{{Chickification}} "tame" her.]] The King is not pleased as "[he has] no use for weak women" .
* MissingMom: Princess Peonie's mother has [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1830 significant pause]] disappeared. It's one of the reasons King Urtica wants to wed Tiffany as she makes an excellent replacement mother figure for Peonie.
* MoodyMount: The Unicorn. Especially when it comes to Peonie.
** Probably due to VirginPower. And how Peonie hasn't got any.
* MoneyFetish: Just seeing a room full of gold gave Tiffany an orgasm. A few strips later and she is lying in it giggling.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Tiffany doesn't want an escort to the dance, or to look silly by not having one so...
-->'''Tiffany''':''"But [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1255 mass murder would solve the problem]], right?"''
* MusclesAreMeaningful: Suddenly losing her biceps and abs is one of the first signs that TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody effect of Tiffany's curse has occured, making her weak enough to hurt herself when she slaps someone.
* MyEyesAreUpHere: A naked sorceress says this to a 13 year old boy, his comeback was:
-->"[[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1484 I know where your eyes are]]".
* {{Mythopoeia}}: See ItsAllThereInTheManual
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: Any challenge to Tiffany's pride will result in her casting common sense to the winds to meet it, even if it is the implication she isn't feminine and ladylike enough to go to the royal ball.
* OnlySaneMan: Peonie, and Tiffany take turns at being this, depending on what the situation is.
* OrphanedEtymology: the world of Exiern contains "yaoi porn", "bandaids", and "Hallmark Cards" (Though the reference to that last one included "whatever that is", implying that the speaker was getting outside information due to his [[EvilHand unusual condition.]] LeeroyJenkins is also name dropped.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Besides sharing a type of HiveMind, they also start their lives looking like ordinary humans until they become [[DraconicHumanoid a kind of hybrid]] in their adolescence before becoming part of the Dragon Collective when fully grown. They also seem to possess minor shapeshifting and size-shifting abilities.
* PoisonousCaptive: This was Faden's entire schtick. Captured a couple of strips in, spent almost the entire time in captivity, and still proved to be an effective villain the entire time
* PraetorianGuard: The King's Personal Guards. They have big scary armour, [[{{BFS}} Really Big Magical Swords]] and most tellingly, have been the only people in the comic to outfight Tiffany, managing to knock her out and throw her in a jail.
* PunnyName: Neils and Bhors, as ThoseTwoGuys.
* RapunzelHair: Seems to happen to all the victims of Tiffany's curse, likely because LongHairIsFeminine.
* RedEyestakeWarning: Cytx, when his EvilHand takes over.
* ResetButton: One story arc had a big buildup about Tiffany changing personality and losing abilities due to InternalizedCategorism. As this plotline progressed, the author got bored with his work and quit. The new author quickly inserted a quick EpiphanyTherapy (delivered by a bitchslap to the head, no less) and then moved on to a completely different plotline.
* TheRival: Tiffany and Teresa eventually evolve into this relationship, especially where Denver is concerned.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Urtica is a very busy working monarch who starts off as a playful tyrant, but it quickly becomes clear he is deeply burdened by the hard choices he has to make for his country and family. Peonie really wants to ''not'' be a working princess though, and is desperate to avoid the trap of duty and retain her freedom to have adventures.
* RunningGag: We have the squirrels, the [[FirstLawOfGenderBending "infectious"]] spell, the tendency for clothes to fall off for the flimsiest reasons, Denver's recitations of Exiernian law, and the "Doom"-ifying guy.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Denver breaks them out [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1422 here]], as he transitions from nerdish bookworm, to guy who makes the laws of magic his bitch..
* SdrawkcabName: "Drowemos" has nothing to do with [[DungeonsAndDragons elves]] and even less to do with [[{{Emo}} whiny failed goth wannabes]]; in fact, it was just a sarcastic response to someone who suggested he pick "some word" as a pen name.
* SetSwordsToStun: The King's PraetorianGuard actually ''can'' do this, their {{BFS}} are [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=907 shown crackling with magic]] and the next comic has Tiff waking up in a cell with a headache. [[spoiler:Turns out Tiffany's sword can be unknowingly non-lethal despite her attempts if that'd be better off for her.]]
* ShamefulStrip: Turns up too many times to count, but always PlayedForLaughs.
* ShoutOut:
** With a literal shout:
--> '''Tiffany''': "Did you just hit me? In the hall? With a candlestick? [[Film/{{Clue}} YOU COULD KILL SOMEONE DOING THAT!!!"]]
** Drow has also mentioned that the northern barbarians worship a god known as [[Franchise/EvilDead "Ash, the One-Handed"]].
** The king's bodyguards are named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niels_Bohr Niels and Bohrs]].
* SpeechBubbleCensoring: The sound effects usually cover up anything too revealing; the comic will then [[TheMerch include an offer to buy]] [[SexSells the uncensored picture]].
* StandardHeroReward: Played with: Ok, so maybe Princess Peonie can't marry Tiffany. But [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1023 King Daddy sure can!]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: All of Peony's outfits, even when they logically shouldn't be.
--> '''Tiffany''': "How...how did you manage to make ''heavy fur'' look slutty?"
* SureLetsGoWithThat: Drowemos admits to it having happened at least twice, once in response to reader demand, once because of a divergence between the script and the art.
* TactfulTranslation: A few times when Peony reads things for Tiffany.
* TemptingFate:
** [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1309 Neils]] finds out that saying your luck is getting better is just the cue for a more painful next encounter.
** After Tiff rescues Denver, both of them say they need to find Peonie before she gets into trouble. Immediately, without even a BeatPanel, an ear-splitting shriek fills the air.
** Lampshaded in the title of [[http://www.exiern.com/2013/03/26/yeah-never-say-that/ this strip.]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: The king's Guardsmen Neils and Bhors.
* TimeSkip: One of at least two months seems to occur after [[http://www.exiern.com/2012/03/01/who-you-calling-it/ this page.]]
* TomatoSurprise: [[spoiler:Denver is actually a larval dragon, a fact that Tiffany found out when she found Denver's half-transformed sister. Denver does not yet know.]]
* TransformationComic
* {{Transsexual}}: One (but just one) of the Gender Bent priests seems quite thrilled by the prospects of his newfound femininity. (The rest find his/her reaction to be ''extremely'' annoying.)
* {{Unicorn}}: Its "purity" helps Tiffany resist Faden's magic, thankfully Tiff doesn't seem to have worked out the implications of that. Said unicorn has also helped Peonie on several occasions, but recoils from her touch... again, for obvious reasons.
* VillainyFreeVillain: Teresa. Is the opposition for Denver's hand, and also is comfortable and pleased with her transformation into a woman. To balance out her having to endure a near constant stream of insults (including accusations of paedophilia) from Tiffany because of this, she is thankfully a snob and a bit (unwittingly) racist, so we can all feel comfortable hating her.
* WhamEpisode: Set up by [[http://www.exiern.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Exiern-2013-09-05-06.jpg this]] two-pager and discussed by the author [[http://www.exiern.com/2013/11/28/on-sexuality-and-cop-outs/ here]], which begins the revelation that [[spoiler: Typhan-knee was homosexual.]]
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Pip and Ce; Ctyx and Mira. In general, Drowemos doesn't seem keen on throwing away incidental characters.
* WhiteMagic: In theory this is the Church of Rem's domain, but it doesn't seem to have the power or popularity of it's dark counterpart.
* WordOfGod: Thomas confirms [[http://www.exiern.com/2013/11/28/on-sexuality-and-cop-outs/ in this commentary]] [[spoiler: that Typhan-Knee had been a homosexual all along, and that this was a plot development Drowemos had been planning and hinting at from very early in the comic]].
* WorldOfBuxom
* WorldOfMuscleMen
* WoundedGazelleWarcry: Mira [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1304 saves her boyfriend Ctyx by letting him save her]]. A big scary guard is threatening to kill him, but his fear does not trigger his SuperpoweredEvilSide. And thus she draw the guard's attention to herself, sobbing for mercy and everything - turning Ctyx's fear into the rage he need to activate his powers.

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