''Flaky Pastry'' is a webcomic by Félix Lavallée, which started in 2005 and is ongoing, with updates every Friday. It's a LowFantasy SitCom featuring the (mis)adventures of three college roommates, who have to deal with landlord dragons, vindictive halfling mages, impossibly large dungeons, and a whole host of other DungeonsAndDragons-esque characters and situations.

The three main characters are:

* '''Nitrine''', an unusually intelligent (read: about as smart as an average human) goblin girl with green hair. Loves inventing things with dubious purposes. Later learned to make clones of herself (or anything she wanted) using her imagination.
* '''Marelle''', the TeamMom, who is addicted to learning and has been studying at the university for a very long time. Has UnusualEars, making her look suspiciously like a CatGirl, but [[BerserkButton try telling her that]].
* '''Zintiel''', a sociopathic High Elf. Not strictly a student, but tags along with Nitrine and Marelle when she's bored. Surprisingly strong, and a dab hand with apocalyptic magic. Was due to be married to an Elven prince but ran away on their wedding day. Is apparently old friends with Nitrine.

''Flaky Pastry'' may be found [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/index.php here]].

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!!Examples:

* AltText: Starting from [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=92 strip 92.]]
* AmazonianBeauty: Zintiel.
* AncientArtifact: The Transcendental Reality Rearrangement Device.
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: The "Croissant's Corner" strips, where SeriesMascot Croissant presents [[AllThereInTheManual extra info on the Flaky-verse,]] [[FourthWallMailSlot interviews with the characters,]] (mostly) non-canonical nonsense, and other manners of filler.
** Also, the 100 milestone comics. With the exception of the first one, they're ADayInTheLimelight for various side characters.
* AntiMagic: [[spoiler: The Cavernball stadium.]]
* AnythingThatMoves: Nitrine.
* ArtifactOfDeath: Again, the Transcendental Reality Rearrangement Device. Though it's unclear if using it would cause someone to die, [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=52 what it does]] certainly sounds like it would cause death, and not just that of the user.
* AxCrazy: Zintiel, so much.
** Prism, too, but only [[spoiler:when her true prime directive, "Rainbow Love Child", is activated.]]
* BadassBookworm: The neighbour.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor
** To elaborate a bit [[spoiler: Kurt, Nitrine's human boyfriend, becomes irritated by Nitrine's seeming disinterest in a serious relationship. Nitrine, who is a goblin, sees the world [[BlueAndOrangeMorality differently from Kurt and does not operate by the same standards.]] Thus, Kurt chooses the only logical option --[[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood brain washing]] -- and changes it so that Nitrine will operate by human standards of decency. Zintiel explains why this is actually a [[FridgeHorror really bad idea.]]]]
* BerserkButton: Never call Marelle a cat-girl.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mona Theist, of the Sisters of Holy Retribution.
* BeyondTheImpossible: In a world full of magic, things still generally follow the laws of physics. [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=68 Unless you're Zintiel,]] anyway. She has no respect for gravity or Euclidean Geometry.
* {{BFS}}: Sister Mona carries one around with her in a guitar case.
* BiTheWay: Nitrine
** Marelle and Zintiel, as they don't show obvious attraction to women at first, but [[spoiler:are married in one of the later story arcs, which takes place 400 years into the future, so they may not hold those orientations in the present.)]]
* BlindingBangs: Tracy Ace.
* BringMyBrownPants: Tares could have benefited from wearing some darker clothes [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=78 here]].
* BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler: Zintiel's Chaos powers are blocked while she's inside the Cavernball dome.]]
* CatGirl: Marelle, though she insists that she is not one, and [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=127 gets annoyed]] when people suggest it.
* ChekhovsGunman: The [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=312 penguin thief]] was the indirect cause of a whole story arc, as explained in the commentary on that page.
* CheshireCatGrin: Pretty much Zintiel's default expression. If she's not wearing one, she's either asleep or [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness something has gone wrong.]]
* ChurchMilitant: It's not really clear if Sister Mona Theist is this or a BadassPreacher. Given she belongs to the "Sisters of Holy Retribution", and considers it appropriate behavior to go around swinging a {{BFS}} at "evil doers", it's probably ChurchMilitant.
* CleavageWindow: Nitrine's super-suit has one.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Morgana.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Tracy Ace, the university professor.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Something terrible, [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=345 indeed]].
* CoverInnocentEyesAndEars: Mona [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=155 turns a little boy around]] before she draws her sword against Zintiel.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Leslie, a very androgynous male, who is often mistaken for a girl. This might have something to do with his part-time job as a ''[[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=57 barmaid.]]''
** [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=199 Later on]], he's MistakenForGay.
*** Leslie is however [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=357 'very' guilty of missing gender as well.]]
* CuteLittleFangs: Nitrine.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Nitrine, a female goblin, looks like a short, cute woman with green hair and lips. The male goblins are classic goblin ugly.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Most of the 100 milestone comics are this.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Mona attacks Zintiel with a sword for stealing a kid's ice cream cone.
* TheDreaded: Zintiel has garnered a bit of a [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=470 reputation]]...
* DungeonCrawling: The trio had to do a supposedly 100-floor dungeon crawl to retrieve a {{Mac Guffin}} in the earliest story arc.
* EmperorScientist: Future Marelle uses her knowledge of just about everything to take over.
* TheEveryman: Kurt. His relationship with Nitrine is said to be his one oddity. Well that, and he's kind of short at only five foot four.
* EvilChancellor / SmugSnake: The goblin [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=402 Vizier Reptilis]] is an archetypical example of both of these.
* EvilCounterpart: The "Rivalkyries" arc revolves around this. Prism is the counterpart to Marelle, Morgana is Nitrine's, and Mona is the GoodCounterpart to [[HeroicComedicSociopath Zintiel]].
* EyeScream: Nitrine defeats a troll by shooting it in the eye.
* FakeOutMakeOut: "I should [[ChekhovsGag hide]] [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=71 my]] [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=328 face]] or something." [[note]]AltText - Clearly [[LampshadeHanging that could be ANY disheveled white-haired guy and cat-eared lavender-haired girl!]][[/note]]
* FantasticCasteSystem: Of a sort, the [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=386 Four Main Biznesses of Gobhood]]: Rigging, Digging, Filching, and Whacking.
* FlatWhat: Probably the only reasonable response to Damian's [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=379 "secret technique."]]
** Also the response from Nitrine and Marelle in learning about [[spoiler: Zintiel's fiancee, Prince Camambar.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Mona's WallOfText in the background of [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=2 this]] comic reveals her ChurchMilitant background, although we don't get to see it until she turns up again over a hundred pages later.
** Pay close attention to [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=206 this page.]] [[spoiler: The final stab actually hits, as evidenced by the 'twinge!' and the red spot on Marelle's back in panel 6. This was a hint to her immortality.]]
* FunetikAksent: Most goblins. [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=404 This]] is a good example.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=92 Here]]
* FutureMeScaresMe: [[spoiler: Future Marelle seems to have turned to the dark side.]]
* GadgeteerGenius: Nitrine.
* AGlassInTheHand: Hey, what did [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=346 that orange]] ever do to you?!
* HappinessInSlavery: Nitrine's maybe-cousins would rather work for her as her slaves then not. Not because she's any nicer to them, but because she's away from home so often, so they get a nearly year-round vacation.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Leslie and Daran, [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=358 here.]] But we do eventually get to see how that turned out in [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=500 strip 500]]
* HeroicAlbino: The neighbour.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Nitrine]] gets stuck in one when [[spoiler: she's given a conscience against her will. Eventually, though, she learns how to live with it.]]
* {{Immortality}}: [[spoiler: Marelle.]]
* IKissYourHand: [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=352 Arlen to Marelle.]]
* InnocentInnuendo: [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=90 #90]]
* ItAmusedMe: The reason Zintiel does nearly anything. For example, at one point she fights [[KnightTemplar Mona]], who abandons the fight to save people from a collapsing building. Zintiel then starts rescuing people, too... ''as a competition to see who rescues more''.
* JerkJock: Gabriel
* {{Keet}}: Damian
* KnightTemplar: Mona Theist: When LawfulGood attacks.
* KonamiCode: Oddly enough, it's the [[spoiler:only way to stop Prism from going on a mass murder spree anytime somebody says "Rainbow Love Child".]]
* LostTechnology: Goblins apparently used to be a highly advanced civilization, they built things like the Cavernball stadium.
* LowFantasy: The world is a lot like ours, except that it's populated by races straight out of a [[DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] sourcebook.
* LoveableSexManiac: Nitrine is not only bisexual, but will flirt with just about anything and anyone she thinks looks good.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Who would have guessed that [[spoiler: the neighbour is Daran's father]]??
* MacGuffin: The Transcendental Reality Rearrangement Device, whose owner would not retrieve it himself and would rather sacrifice a bunch of treasure-happy dough-heads to the DungeonCrawler on the off chance that they would find it and bring it back to him. He does this because it's too unstable to use magic directly on (so he couldn't just teleport it to himself) and [[strike:he's too lazy to get it himself]] it's very dangerous for someone to touch it.
* MeaningfulName: Mona Theist and her sister Polly.
** Pliskin Oleum Saltzman, whose name refers to SnakeOilSalesman.
* MesACrowd: Nitrine
* MidBattleTeaBreak: [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=196 Here.]]
* MulticoloredHair: Zintiel's purple-and-orange PrehensileHair.
* MysteriousWaif: Daran seems to be one.
* NiceGuy: Kurt. Unfortunately, it doesn't do him much good.
* NoNameGiven: The neighbour.
** At one point, Nitrine claims Marelle doesn't know his name either. [[TheUnreveal She doesn't dignify the statement with an answer]].
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Moirganae. Justified, since she's a product of the imagination.
* OverlyLongName: The girls' landlord's full name is Sir Manfred Adalbert Portrind of Frownshire the Twenty-fifth.
* PerceptionFilter: Daran, as a side effect of her situation.
* PortalNetwork: The [[CoolGate Elfgates]] (which, despite the name, was built by [[LostTechnology some race preceding the elves]]) are apparently a common method of travel from one universe to another, as featured [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=359 here]].
* PrehensileHair: Zintiel. Even when it's cut off.
* TheProfessor: Nitrine, whose inventions are frequently nonsensical and often deadly.
* ProphecyTwist: [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=293 The April Fools' Day strip.]] Everything it claimed actually had some truth to it.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Zintiel's "punch in the face" method of solving problems [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=140 does not work on Prism]].
* PunnyName: Sister Mona Theist. Not to be confused with her sister, Polly.
* RapunzelHair: Zintiel had this until it got cut off in a fight.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Zintiel is about two hundred, in the time travel arc she doesn't look much older four centuries later, while Marelle doesn't appear any older.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: When [[spoiler: Prism's kill-mode is activated, she closes one eye and the other is seen to turn red.]]
* RepetitiveName: Kurt's boss, according to the cast page.
* RidiculousFutureInflation: While in the future, [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=276 Nitrine buys some sort of food items]] that cost fifty trillion, two hundred sixteen thousand, nine hundred forty three, and eighty one cents. Fortunately the cashier just assumes it'll be deducted from her [=CredPass=] as she leaves.
* TheRival: Prism to Marelle, Mona to Zintiel, and Morgana to Nitrine.
* SeriesMascot: Croissant, a character who acts as a host for the comic. She shows up occasionally to present [[AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent extra material.]]
* ShoutOut:
** When using the Belt Buckle: [[ViewtifulJoe "Henshin A-Go-Go, Baby!"]]
** Also, [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=37 this strip]], to Franchise/MetalGear.
** [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=83 This strip]], too, to Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure.
** [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=179 The neighbour's clothes]] in this strip are possibly a reference to DevilMayCry 3.
** In [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=408 this one]] Nitrine is making the Rage Comics "Forever Alone" face.
** [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=427 This one]] is a ''Film/ThreeHundred'' reference.
* SlapOnTheWristNuke: Omega Murder Blast obliterates the terrain in a substantial area around the target, but doesn't harm anyone other than the person it's centered on--after all, it's a single-target spell.
* SlapSlapKiss: [[spoiler: Nitrine and Morgana.]]
** Zintiel and Graplen. [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=111 Sorta.]]
* SnakeOilSalesman: One was encountered during the dungeon crawl.
* TheSociopath: It's revealed that Nitrine, as a goblin, ''literally'' lacks a conscience. Zintiel, in contrast, has a conscience but ignores it.
* StatuesqueStunner: Zintiel.
* TeamMom: Marelle
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: Nitrine and Marelle's search for a roommate at the start of the comic.
* TriggerPhrase: Don't say "Rainbow Love Child" in front of Prism if you value your life.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Apparently elven nobles, that is to say almost all of their species, tend to have [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=363 a lot of titles]].
* UnusualEars: Almost all of the cast, except for the humans.
* UpgradeArtifact: Nitrine uses the Transcendental Reality Rearrangement Device to solve the problem of her belt requiring phenomenal amounts of energy to function for just thirty seconds.
* WallOfBlather: Mona's interview.
* WallOfWeapons: Zintiel's wardrobe of weaponry.
* WebcomicTime: Lampshaded [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=239 here]].
* WrenchWench: Nitrine, as well as possibly future-Marelle.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Zintiel [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=325 drives home]] how nasty what Kurt did to Nitrine really was.

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