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->''"I was told I make intelligent comics, and then I made a comic about a horse that pooped."''
-->-- '''Kate Beaton'''

''[[http://www.harkavagrant.com/ Hark! A Vagrant]]'' is a largely history-based {{Webcomic}} by Creator/KateBeaton best known for its historical comics, which are one-shots of varying length focusing on historical events or figures. There are occasionally other kinds of comics, including comics in which Beaton visits her younger self, a few comics about a pony called "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Fat Pony]]", and a story about a sailor who meets a mermaid. There is little continuity and each comic is a standalone strip. Also, rather than use AltText, Beaton usually accompanies each comic with a short paragraph.
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!!This webcomic provides examples of:

* AdaptationDecay: Not of the comic itself, but Beaton has a pretty good theory for [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=210 how this happened to]] [[SherlockHolmes Dr. Watson]].
* AdiposeRex: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=26 "George IV, You Are Too Fat To Be King."]]
* AffectionateParody: Of history and literature, among other things.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Satirized [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=202 using two of the authors who popularized the trope]].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: PlayedForLaughs InUniverse.
** [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=15 Marat]] spends all his time in the tub because he really likes baths.
--> "Sometimes? I pretend to be Neptune."
** Also, her ''Literature/NancyDrew'' comics, where she takes the covers to old books in the series and comes up with... alternate explanations for the scenes shown. Other characters are often shown worrying about Nancy's mental health.
** [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=305 Lois Lane, Reporter]].
** Beaton's interpretation of Franchise/WonderWoman is [[{{Jerkass}} somewhat unconventional]].
** [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=295 Sexy Batman]] definitely qualifies.
* AmazonianBeauty: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=346 Cinderella]], of all people!
* AmericaWinsTheWar: Apparently it's kind of surreal for Beaton (a Canadian) [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=292 when she watches WWII movies]].
* AnachronismStew: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=139 Lampshaded here]].
* AngelsPose: The Strong Female Characters, often combined with a BoobsAndButtPose (with all the ridiculous contortion that would suggest).
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Consistently [[AvertedTrope averted]]. No matter what time period the comic is set in, all characters use modern English (except in the strip namer comic, with Kate and the [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=132 vagrant]]).
* AnythingThatMoves:
** [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=56 Lord Byron]] seems to have moved beyond even this:
-->"OK so, try to find a place here that I haven't put my penis in. It's not easy."
** [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=144 Catherine the Great-In-Bed]].
* ApologizesALot: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=250 Canadians]].
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering: Beaton's version of Macbeth's reaction to the witches' prophecy:
-->'''Banquo''': Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
-->'''Macbeth''': ''(thinking)'' Kill everyone.
-->'''Banquo''': Ha ha! Our kids are totally gonna hook up!
-->'''Macbeth''': What?
* ArtEvolution: Compare [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=1 the first posted comic]] to [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=332 one from 2012]].
* AuthorAppeal: Beaton's comics are about literature and history.
* AuthorAvatar: In the "younger self" comics.
* {{Badass}}: [[TheVirginQueen Queen Elizabeth I]]. "[[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=300 This may not be a great thing for Spain]]."
* BeigeProse: Very frequently, sometimes averted.
* BlackComedy: Historical events and personages are depicted in a comedic manner, even the darker, more terrifying ones.
* BlackSpot:
** Spoofed in [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=281 here]] (second comic), where a group of [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster gangsters]] give a man the Black Spot, to which he responds "You've mixed up genres."
** Also spoofed [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=265 here]] (third comic), where an actual pirate comments on the Black Spot not being a real practice. The guy who gave it to him kills him anyway.
* BoobsAndButtPose:
** [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=311 The strong female characters take this as a challenge]].
** Anne of Cleves is shown doing this in her portrait in [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=348 "Anne of Cleves Gables"]].
* BrainBleach: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=32 "Get away from me James Joyce."]]
* CallBack: "Janice", one of the skulls from [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=279 Nancy Drew 2]], returns in [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=317 Nancy Drew 4]] to lead Nancy on a wild goose chase.
* CatUpATree: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=225 Here]]. And Franchise/WonderWoman is supposed to rescue it. HilarityEnsues.
* CanadaEh: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=250 Canadian stereotypes comics]].
* CelibateHero: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=61 Tesla]], the Celibate Scientist.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** Literature/NancyDrew, [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=278 in]] [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=279 four]] [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=293 Gorey]] [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=317 Covers]] collections.
** Arguably, Kate herself. The [[{{Filler}} lunch break comics]] seem to support this theory.
* ClusterFBomb: A good deal of the Mystery-Solving Teens' dialogue.
* CoolOldGuy: [[http://beatonna.livejournal.com/41704.html Pope John Paul II]].
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=40 A humourous portrayal of Musashi]] in his duel against Kojiro, being late and using an oar because he forgot his sword ("You can't expect me to remember everything!"), while Kojiro is annoyed because there were only two things they needed for their duel - ''Dudes and Swords''. [[RuleOfFunny Kate Beaton notes he actually carved the oar into a sword intentionally, but it was funnier this way]]. Kojiro is naturally annoyed at losing to such a person.
* {{Determinator}}: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=276 Andrew Jackson does not like getting outdone, especially not about cheese]].
* DroitDuSeigneur: "[[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=342 So there I was]], about to take my right as lord of the land, to first night with this hot young bride" "...[[SarcasmMode As is 100% expected and real]]"
* EntertaininglyWrong: Banquo in [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=262 strip #2]].
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The dark-haired Mystery Solving Teen loves his [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=241 grandma]]. The Mystery Solving Teen with BlindingBangs loves his grandma, too, but he doesn't look like a giant tit when he wears the things she makes for him.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=120 "Meanwhile in a 20 mile radius of this event: Bodices ripping, men turning gay."]]
* FanFic: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=266 "You are not a very good monk."]]
* FoeYay: [[invoked]]
** [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=265 NEMESIS]]
** [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=327 Taken here to exorbitant levels]].
** Also [[Literature/LesMiserables Jean Valjean and Javert]], even if [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=288 Javert doesn't quite get it]].
* GogglesDoNothing: "[[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=266 Tell me they do something]]."
* HardOnSoftScience: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=231 "You can't just 'make things up'!"]]
* {{Hipster}}s: They [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=228 ruin]] [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=229 everything]]. It also demonstrates that hipsters are OlderThanYouThink.
* HistoricalInJoke: The main point behind most of the comics.
* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Used frequently, although PlayedForLaughs.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Lampshaded. [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=50 "We have no REAL proof that Richard killed his nephews!"]]
* HoYay: [[invoked]]
** Victorian scholars [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=164 couldn't handle it]].
** Also [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in this [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=264 follow-up]] to the above-referenced Holmes comic.
** And some with [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=295 Sexy Batman]]. [[HoYay/{{Batman}} Appropriately enough]].
* HospitalHottie: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=258 "Help me, handsome doctor."]]
* HotWitch: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=352 It's hard to be sexy inside a pumpkin.]]
* HypocriticalHumor:
** [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=266 Victorians]].
** Concerning Victoria herself, [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=187 her son's disapproval of her racy memoirs]].
-->Mummy that is not appropriate.
-->You're one to talk.
* InsufferableGenius: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=302 Chopin and Liszt]].
-->'''Chopin''': Unrelated, we are both on the cover of "Enormous Ego" this week.\\
'''Liszt''': Only this week?
* LongTitle: In a TakeThat to ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudiceAndZombies'' [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=263 and the rest of its ilk]]: ''Literature/{{Sense and Sensibility}} [[Literature/{{Pride and Prejudice}} and Mister Darcy]] [[ThreateningShark and Sharks]] [[RecycledInSpace In Space]] [[BadassBiker Riding Motorcycles]] [[TimeTravel Plus There Is a Time Machine]]''. Creator/JaneAusten [[INeedAFreakingDrink is not impressed]].
* LoveableRogue: Played straight in [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=53 Robin Hood]], then immediately subverted by Dick Turpin, who doesn't care about the poor.
* MemeticMutation: Referenced InUniverse. [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=120 "OH MR. [insert character here], A Fanfiction"]] is spoofed commonly in [[SlashFic slash]] circles, as is [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=258 "Help Me Handsome Doctor"]].
** [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=326 Motha. Fuckin. Bread crumbs.]]
* MemeticSexGod: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=120 Mister Darcy]], InUniverse.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=300 Elizabeth I]] provides what may be the '''most incredibly awesome''' example of this to date.
* {{Mooning}}: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=238 "Gentlemen, I propose my bottom!"]]
* {{Mukokuseki}}: [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=40 A rare non-anime example in Beaton's portrayal of]] MiyamotoMusashi.
* MushroomSamba: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=350 In the Secret Garden.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=65 Wu Zetian]].
-->'''Kate Beaton''': I think if Creator/SamuelLJackson was a woman, Chinese, and alive during the Tang Dynasty, he would be this woman right here.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: The entire point of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''.
* MyGrandmaCanDoBetterThanYou: Nelson's grandma kisses [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=164 better than Hardy]].
* NightmareFuel: InUniverse. [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=32 James Joyce's letters to Nora Barnacle]] would give anyone nightmares.
* NoPunctuationIsFunnier
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=327 Because of]] the FoeYay.
* OtherMeAnnoysMe: Watson's reaction to [[{{Flanderization}} Stupid Watson]].
* PolitenessJudo: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=250 "Don't worry. I know their weakness. They can't help themselves."]]
* PoliticiansKissBabies: Kissing babies [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=43 gets in the way of Emperor Norton's duties]].
* PrecisionFStrike: By [[Theatre/JuliusCaesar Marc Antony]], [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=307 of all people]].
* ProfessionalButtKisser: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=262 Joking portrayal of Shakespeare]] from him likely writing ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' to appeal to King James I.
-->'''Witch''': Banquo's sons will be kings, yes
-->Each one will get handsomer and handsomer until King James I
-->'''King James''': ''(starry-eyed)'' Did that really happen
-->'''Shakespeare''': Yes
* RealDreamsAreWeirder: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=307 This strip]]. Calpurnia dreams that Caesar is going to be killed on the Ides of March. Caesar dreams about robes made of hot dogs.
* ReallyGetsAround: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=144 Catherine the Great-In-Bed]]. Who invades Poland by ''sleeping with all of it''.
* RealWomenDontWearDresses: Parodied with [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=311 "Strong Female Characters"]].
-->'''Strong Female Character''' ''(while punching a {{housewife}} in the face)'': Your reign of terror is over you cookie baking [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch BITCH!]]
* RecurringCharacter: There are several of them.
** Creator/KateBeaton
** Young Kate Beaton ("Younger Self")
** NapoleonBonaparte
** Creator/JaneAusten
** The fat Shetland pony
** The Founding Fathers
** [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Saucy Mermaids]]
** Pope John Paul II
** [[KidDetective The Mystery-Solving Teens]]
** St. Francis
** [[FoeYay A British Naval Officer and his Pirate Nemesis]] [[invoked]]
** [[BlatantLies The Strong Female Characters]]
* RuleOfFunny: The reason why various historical figures and fictional characters are shown saying/doing things they would never actually say/do.
* ScheduleSlip: The site has been going slowly since Beaton started work on the ''Hark! A Vagrant'' book and other projects. She still periodically posts quick doodles on her Tumblr, though.
* ShmuckBait: See Brain Bleach.
* SeashellBra
* SelfDeprecation:
** [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=73 "You should see the garbage you try to pass off as comics!"]]
** [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=81 Also inverted]].
* ShownTheirWork: Beaton is a legitimate historian, and her comics reflect that.
* [[ShowSomeLeg Show Some Cleavage]]: The best way to attract Dracula, apparently.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Queen Victoria for [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=187 Albert]].
* SophisticatedAsHell
* SoreLoser: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=349 Alexander the Great doesn't like to lose at board games]].
* StalkerWithACrush: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=305 Superman, apparently]].
* StrawFeminist:
** Though Beaton herself doesn't consider them as such, [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=311 The Strong Female Characters]], who are the movieland, ActionGirl version.
** Mocked ''impressively'' in the (actual) [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=341 Straw Feminists strip]].
* StayInTheKitchen:
** Regarding "Literature/TheYellowWallpaper", an early work of American feminist literature (and a Gothic horror story):
-->'''Protagonist''': Doctor, there's a woman in the wallpaper.\\
'''Doctor''': That woman has a feminist agenda. Tell her to get in the wallpaper that's in the kitchen.
** In another strip, a man finds out the book he's reading was written by a woman. He then drops the book and tells a random woman "Shame on you!"
* StealthPun: [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Possibly]] [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=266 Stupid Rooster Comics]].
* {{Steampunk}}: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=266 Isambard Kingdom Brunel is not impressed]].
* {{Stripperiffic}}: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=311 "Where I come from, bullets are important so this bra is part of my culture, you can't judge that!"]]
* TakeThat: To ''TheTudors'': [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=230 "Elizabeth's kingdom will be mine!"]]
* TakeAThirdOption: "[[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt FUCK IT]] [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=54 LET'S DO BOTH]]"
* TestosteronePoisoning: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=262 Lady Macbeth seems to want to invoke this trope]].
-->'''Lady Macbeth''': I wish I was a man. I'd kill Duncan in a second. Then I'd get a BONER.\\
'''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''': [[LampshadeHanging Dang, that's manly]].
* TheThemeParkVersion: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=342 Of Vikings.]]
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: [[http://beatonna.livejournal.com/134426.html He's a bit of a dick too]].
* ThoseTwoGuys: The Mystery-Solving Teens.
* TitleDrop: In [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=132 this]] comic, though it's more likely the website was named after that line. Interestingly, this strip was not contained in the book of the same name.
* ToiletHumor: "Fat Pony" seems to be the outlet for this as shown [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=339 here]].
* TraitorShot: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=50 Richard III]], while preparing for party times.
* UglyGuyHotWife: "Strong Female Character" Susan B. Assthony ends up [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=311 marrying one.]]
-->'''Susan:''' "I don't need a man! There's just something '''about''' this [[ThisLoserIsYou incredibly weak male lead]]..."
* TheUnfavorite: Creator/AnneBronte of the Brontė sisters, shown in the comic and also TruthInTelevision.
* UnusualDysphemism: Beaton's dad calls hands "shithooks".
* ViewersAreGeniuses: To an extent. Knowledge of European and North American history certainly helps, as the comic isn't going to explain the characters and events to you, but most of the time the comics are funny even if you don't know the history. (And at any rate, there's always TheOtherWiki if you need a refresher... Hell, it's a ''web''comic, so you must be close to a search engine, right?)
* WrongGenreSavvy:
** [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=288 Javert is in]] [[SlashFic slash fiction]] and [[{{Crossover}} Javert is in]] [[Theatre/{{RENT}} the wrong musical]].
** Those '20s gangsters with the black spot.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=342 This comic]] on bad historical movies. As TheRant says, "No one would ever try to shoot a movie in Chaucer-y English like the 4th comic, and if they did they probably wouldn't know their way around the actual grammar if Chaucer himself had a Dummies book explaining it. That shit is hard!"
* YourMom: The "Your Wife" variation -- [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=316 Tycho's rude response]] to Kepler suggesting the possibility that the sun might orbit around the earth as opposed to him believing in the opposite.
-->'''Tycho''': What if your wife orbits my dick?
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