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->'''[[ActionGirl Tenla]]:''' ''[[RealWomenNeverWearDresses This is so]] '''[[RealWomenNeverWearDresses embarrassing]]'''... ''
->'''Mialo:''' ''I don't see the problem. This is the most I've ever seen you wear.''

->''Y-you ain't Gus! Gus ain't got '''boobs!''' ''\\
-- ''[[FacelessGoons Faceless Minion]] #74 comes to a [[CaptainObvious stunning realization]]''

[[http://hamstapowah.com/ HamstaPowah]] is a manga-based [[FurryComic anthropomorphic]] fantasy webcomic. It follows the (mis)adventures of a small group of [[TalkingAnimal rodents]] attempting to overcome an evil force known as [[BigBad Ekana]]. It used to update every Monday with a full-color page (although [[ArtEvolution this wasn't always the case]]), but has now ceased updates for an indeterminate amount of time.

The [[MythArc overarching plot]] is actually much larger then the comic itself would initially suggest, as there are [[PlotThreads multiple subplots and interweaving parallel storylines]]. So far the only obvious indication of this is the [[spoiler:[[MadScientist ominious hominid]] who revealed that the very existence of the main characters was the result of an experiment gone wrong]]. There is also an [[DarkAndTroubledPast entire backstory]] to the whole comic that remains largely unexplained (The entire childhood of the protagonists and their [[spoiler: failed attempts to stop Jenya]]).

The comic switches between various forms of humor, from {{slapstick}} to [[SarcasmMode sarcasm]] and everything in between. As the comic progressed, a more serious undertone was attached to some of the main plot points, and the recent pages focus more on [[GetOnWithItAlready moving the plot forward]] and [[StuffBlowingUp blowing things up]] (to the [[PanderingToTheBase delight of many fans]]) then making silly jokes.

Because of its manga influences, the comic virtually requires newcomers to go on an {{Archive Binge}} if they're going to have the faintest clue as to what's going on. A recently completed {{RetCon}} of the earliest pages have corrected some of the earlier mishaps and made significant improvements to the artwork.

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!!Main Characters:
'''The Good Guys:'''
* Sam Boyd - A hamster who, while the lead protagonist and the [[SelfInsertFic author's avatar]], doesn't actually have very good fighting skills, although he still manages to [[BadassNormal kick ass]] when [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=66 he needs to]]. No-so-secretly in love with Hiaté Noumou, thanks to zenith's [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=575 timely interruption]].
* J'Aime Beck - Sam's adopted sister after [[spoiler:their entire town was destroyed and their parents killed]]. She keeps trying to pair Sam with Hiaté, often with [[HilarityEnsues amusing results]].
* Hiaté Noumou - The mouse who is [[TheChosenOne supposedly destined]] to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt save the universe from annihilation]]. A native of [[LostWorld Tomed]], she is the designated Rodbearer for the ''Rod of Ulzis'' and a summoner. She is also able to manipulate the elements to cause wanton chaos. Despite often amusing culture differences, she is attracted to Sam.
* [[spoiler:Mialo]] - A rabbit who talks to Hiaté through the ''Rod of Ulzis''. How or why has yet to be explained.
* Tenla Lemen - A thief who stole the ''rod of Ulzis'' from Hiaté only to realize that she needs to give it back.
* Hickory Nutchel - A squirrel whose entire purpose is to serve as [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]].
* Zenith Argyle - A older hamster who has a long history with Sam. He is a [[JerkAss total jerk]] and a [[BadAss serious badass]] who appears to hate almost everyone, but has a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold good heart]]... way, ''way'', '''''way''''' down there; somewhere.
* Lia Kiris - A mouse with [[RuleOfCool electric nunchucks]]. [[LittleMissBadass Yeah]].
* Diestat Noumou - Hiaté's grandfather, whose sole purpose was to teach her how to harnass her powers and then get [[spoiler:taken hostage by his own grandson]].
* Darin - A mouse, and escaped experiment who seems either incapable or unwilling to talk until he gets seriously pissed off, at which point he'll do things like [[spoiler:blow up an entire floating fortress]].

'''The Bad Guys:'''
* Ekana - The big bad mother-of-all evil whose been causing untold evil and destruction for thousands of years.
* Jamal - A urakait who continually tries to kill the main characters, without success.
* Jenya - An evil mouse girl who [[spoiler:freed the shadow's master and has become a urakait as a reward]].
* Haren Noumou - Hiaté's evil brother, who appears to have been [[spoiler:possessed by one of the urakait]].

'''Summons:'''
* Mopoko - The [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter ridiculously cute]] Summon of Hiaté, who functions as her ''Created'', a summon unique to her individual personality. It is an air elemental and can grow to hilarious proportions by inhaling.
* Aquablazen - Hiaté's grandfather's ''Created'' that she inherited. It is a water elemental (obviously).
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!!Provides examples of:
* ActionGirl - Just about everyone. Badassery is gender-equal in this comic.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil - The Urakait.
* ArtEvolution - To an [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=20 absolute]] [[http://hamstapowah.com/ extreme]].
** The art style has made several lateral shifts as well as improvements over the course of the comic, usually due to a [[CosmicPlaything neverending stream of technical difficulties]] on the artist's end.
* ArtShift - Often used to highlight [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=872 certain situations]]
* AssKickingPose - EVERYONE
* BadassAdorable - Practically ''EVERYONE'', since we're talking about {{Talking Animal}}s here. Except maybe for the bad guys.
* BadassNormal - Half the cast with no magical powers, probably most significantly [[ActionGirl Lia]].
* BerserkButton - [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=257 Darin]].
* ComingOfAge - Largely focused on Sam, but also includes Hiaté.
* DarkerAndEdgier - Set [[ExtyYearsFromNow like a hundred years after the comic]] to avoid worrying if it's canon or not, an RP on the site's forums is more teen-rated in contrast to the generally PG action of main series.
* DreamSequence -
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest - Almost all of the heroes fall under this.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu - In one of the comic's first action sequences, Sam defeats a seemingly untouchable malevolent spirit. Single-handedly. [[SerialEScalation With a stick]].
* EldritchAbomination - Though yet to be seen, Ekana is pretty much one of these.
* ElementalPowers - Hiaté!
** Although skilled in various arts, Hiaté is particularly potent at using [[PlayingWithFire fire]].
** {{Word Of God}} has it J'Aime is [[MakingASplash water-aligned]].
** Jenya seems to have a thing for [[ShockAndAwe lightning]].
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles - J'Aime is a drama queen.
* FantasticRacism - Mice and Hamsters really don't like each other. Subverted by the protagonists as part of an anti-racial effort.
* FetishFuel - [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=196 Snowy]]
* {{Flashback}} - ''Lots'' of them.
* FurryConfusion - Anthropomorphic mice [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=147 riding on a cat]]. Justified since only certain species display sentience, and do so consistently.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom - Sam's eyes are actually '''''on fire''''' at one point.
* GoshdangItToHeck - You will ''never'' guess what "poofers" actually stands for.
* HeroicBystander - Practically all the protagonists do this in the Darin incident.
* HotPotato - Reversed with [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=1157 Haité's Sword]].
* InterspeciesRomance - Sam and Hiaté.
* IncrediblyLamePun - [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=609 Pico and Rico]], and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by ''another'' VisualPun
* {{Jerkass}} - Zenith
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold - ''Possibly'' Zenith.
* LeaveNoSurvivors - Jenya loves this
* {{Missing Mom}} and {{Disappeared Dad}} - Pretty much everyone, although some names are at least [[AllThereInTheManual mentioned in the guide]].
* [[MrExposition Ms Exposition]] - A few cases, sometimes leading to {{Flashback}} sequences, but probably the best example so far is [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=365 this]].
* MsFanservice - Tenla mainly, but also J'Aime for a couple of [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=420 reasons]].
* NoodleIncident
* OhCrap - These are all over the place.
* PowerTrio - J'Aime as the id, Hiaté as the super-ego and Sam as the ego.
* PungeonMaster - [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=609 Pico and Rico]]
* PuppyDogEyes - J'Aime.
* ShapeshifterHammerspace - Used for some of the gag jokes in earlier strips
* ShockAndAwe - Darin, [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=146 again]].
* TalkingAnimal - [[FurryComic Everyone]]!
* TeamPet - Mopoko
* TeamShot - [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=210 At least one]].
* TheBigGuy - [[FanNickname GRAAAAAARRRRR!!!!]]
* TheMedic - J'Aime, once she gets Mialo's Pendant. She's a little out of practice.
* TheUnpronounceable - You weren't pronouning Hiaté Noumou correctly this entire article. I guarantee it.
* ThisCannotBe - [[spoiler:[[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=257 Ominious Hominid person]] about to get owned by Darin.]]
* TransformationSequence - begins [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=891 here]].
* TransformationIsAFreeAction - ''[[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=899 Almost subverted]]'' after Sam [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it.
* UnstoppableRage - Darin.
* VisualPun - Pico and Rico [[http://hamstapowah.com/?p=609 do it twice in one panel]], and one of the visual puns is actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] a previous IncrediblyLamePun.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises - Standard used for showing fear
* YouKilledMyFather - Haité doesn't like Jamal for this reason.
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