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[[caption-width-right:320:Clockwise from right: [[RebelliousPrincess Ame]], [[BigBad Royce]], [[ButtMonkey Lutz]], [[HotWitch Lilium]], and [[BrattyHalfPint Teodora]]]]
-->''"Goddamn, why are you so weird?"''
-->--'''Lutz''', to Ame

''[[http://www.heartcorecomic.com Heartcore]]'' is a [[{{Webcomic}} web graphic novel]] by [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/ T.L. Welker]] about Amethyst Lashiec, a [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils Fiendlord]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] of [[{{Hell}} Asgar]] that grew disdainful of her father [[{{Big Bad}} Royce's]] methods and decisions ever since the end of the demons' war against the beastmen. Royce, likewise, becomes fed up with his daughter's [[RebelliousPrincess rebellious]] attitude and strips Ame of her rank and inheritance and promises the other Fiendlords that the one to bring him the ex-princess' head will become the new heir to the throne, before Ame can try to overthrow him.

As of late 2013, the first few chapters are being remade since the author wants to make improvements to the story both in terms of writing and drawing. Many of the older pages can be found in her DeviantArt page linked above.

[[IThoughtItMeant Has very little to do with]] HeartDrive.
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!!Tropes used include:

* AbsoluteCleavage: Every woman exept for Teodora has at some point not been too shy about revealing what they have above below the collarbone.
* AbusiveParents: Royce probably didn't pay attention during parenting classes...
* ACupAngst: Teodora. Being surounded by far bustier women than herself (including Ame, the one woman she hates the most) doesn't help this fact in the slightest.
* AdaptationDyeJob: For the remade first chapters, Suko has recived a darker shade of pink for her hair and dress. Her horns has also grown much taller and gone from red to black.
* AffectionateParody: [[http://www.lashiec.com/heartcore/guest1.html The guest parody comic]]
* AlienBlood: Carval's blood, and likely the blood of other salamander demons, is a very dark shade of navy blue. They also have the ability to form [[StuffBlowingUp bombs]] using said blood.
* AlienLunch: Ame is pleased to find that Rip and Tear have found her some [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-06-page-224-252512519 delicious Heartcores]]. She's less than pleased to find out [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-06-page-226-253883445 where they came from]].
* AllThereInTheManual: The side story known as [[http://sorantheman.deviantart.com/favourites/#/art/History-of-Nifelheim-355386869?_sid=7d736f5f "History of Niefelheim"]] explores many events that happened before the start of HeartCore, sutch as the death of Lilium, the birth of Ame and the war between demons and beastmen. Some of the events in the story has been stated to appear in the comic.
* AnimeHair: Considering that the webcomic has an artstyle based on anime, this shouldn't be a suprise to anyone.
* AnythingThatMoves: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/journal/33903696/ Ame]]
* ArmorPiercingSlap: It is implied in page 15 of the remake that Ame gave Asmodai one of these. What does Royce have to say about this, [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-01-page-16-REDUX-409348243 you say?]]
---> '''Royce''': She got that from her mother, not me.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Among the charges Royce brings against Ame are disorderly conduct, harassment, vandalism, conspiracy to commit treason, extortion, and three counts of grand theft (one of those counts involving Royce's birthday cake).
--> "But '''''grand''''' theft? You have a birthday cake every day!"
* ArtEvolution: Compare 2009 with 2013 and you are sure to see some [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?order=5&q=heartcore#/art/heartcore-before-and-after-365341422?_sid=6f524435 differences]].
** How about comparing [[http://www.fireball20xl.com/tms/?id=235 2002]] to [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-355-357013624 2013]]?
** Compare Royce's [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-07-page-260-276170584 old design]] to his [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-01-page-17-REDUX-412191095 new design]]. He's gotten '''buff'''!
** Also compare Goristro [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-07-page-249-269405944 pre-]] and [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-01-page-19-REDUX-425917517 post-redux]].
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Demons have two weak points, their brain and their Heartcore. Destruction of the former or removal of the latter is the only way to kill them.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: To quote the author, "[[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-326-330566383 ...Trying to get Carval to pay attention...an exercise in futility .]]"
* AuthorAppeal: Pretty much all the tropes related to female figures. [[WordOfGod The author has admitted]] that Ame was created to be her ideal woman, but also put everything "cute" she liked within Teodora.
** In addition, the author is a big fan of paizuri, which features prominently in her adult-themed donation incentives.
** Also, docking. [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/comm-chunky-whipped-strawberry-332220700 Lots (NSFW)]] and [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/comm-boinsenberry-344974600 lots (NSFW)]] and [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-09-cover-FORCE-YOUR-WAY-368752275 lots (safe)]] of docking.
** A couple of the adult-themed incentive image packs also confirms Welker to be a fan of tentacles.
* AuthorAvatar: Once again, Ame
** [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-author-info-360980665 Plus this butt imp.]]
* BadassBeard: Warlord Karlsen, a Beastman who looks like [[AsurasWrath Augus]] if he dressed up as a [[ThePaladin paladin]]. [[spoiler: Sure, he probably died just as fast as he appeared after Volaster blew the Beastman capital into ashes (Making his total comic time 4 pages)]], but he is so far the only mortal character who has been seen causing significant damage against a demon. Not just any demon, but [[spoiler: [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils an Overfiend!]]]]
** Goristro has recived quite the goatee to brag about in the remake.
* BadAssInANiceSuit: To this point, Volsater seems to be the one who fullfills this trope the most.
* BadassPrincess: Ame, considering how she had to fight every overfiend in order to escape Asgard.
* BeamOWar: [[spoiler: Ame/Lilium has one of these against an empowered Royce]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouSay: When Ame is locked up in a dungeon in Asgar, waiting to be escorted to a court martial, Asmodai appears. She says she would rather have anyone but him to escort her, but he then reminds her that the one who was originaly meant to pick her up was [[PsychoElectro Slade.]] Her [[OhCrap reaction]] clearly shows that having Asmodai around is for the better.
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:Royce is set off when Ame blows up the blood storage]].
** [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Or he got pissed of because cake-time was interrupted.]]
** Also worth noting that commenting on Emerald's weight might lead to a fist to the face.
** And Ame won't stand for her entertainment being insulted.
** Unless you want your forehead to have a date with Teodoras warhammer, don't remind her about the fact that she has the smallest breasts in the entire cast.
** When Volaster is telling a story, you better damn listen to every word he has to say! [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=volaster#/d5ibb71 his "son" learned it the hard way!]]
* BicepPolishingGesture: Ame, [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-06-page-225-253304247 after getting healed up by Heartcores]]. (Warning: NSFW)
* BigEater: Emerald has shown to be this, [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=120#/d4fjilv considering her MASSIVE order at a fast food joint.]]
** Royce as well, but he's more into fancy foods. Hell, the man has a birthday cake every day and is constantly served one-man buffets.
* BigFancyCastle: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/pleasure-to-meet-you-prepare-to-bleed-379276623 Fitting for]] [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-01-page-05-REDUX-379748001 any demon king]]. [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-01-page-16-REDUX-409348243 The interior]] is pretty sweet too.
* BigShutUp: In chapter 8, Ame has started to get enough of Volasters constant talking.
** And then there was that one time where Carval unleashed a massive one against Emerald and Goristro so that he could play with his Happy Meal toy in peace.
* BiTheWay: WordOfGod is that most demons are bisexual. Volaster, himself, [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-322-327205505 has feelings for a male demon]], ([[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-324-328488154 with whom he had Carval]]) and Ame has [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-305-314133553 definitely shown]] that she is a DepravedBisexual.
* BizarreAlienReproduction: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-311-318847801 According to Volaster]]:
--> "...a demon never truly dies...but they never truly reproduce either. It's rare, but when a demon decides to renounce their life, an egg with their reincarnation appears...This egg will also have attributes from another demon they've been in contact with. Within two years' time, the new demon will require the originator's Heartcore, effectively relieving them of duty."
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: The whites of characters' eyes turn black when fighting or when they get enraged. [[spoiler:Particularly powerful demons like Lilium and Volaster have permanently black eyes, even when calm.]]
** No love for [[spoiler: True!Royce]] in that list?
** As it turns out, [[spoiler:Lilium and Volaster's eyes only became permanently black after they pass on, [[http://lashiec.com/wordpress/?p=953 as demonstrated in this flashback]].]]
* BlankWhiteEyes: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-01-page-15-REDUX-406911624 Asmodai should have been more careful]] about where he was placing his fingers.
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Slade. Even the other demons doesn't trust him!
* BloodMagic: Played with. Salamander demons such as Carval are said to have fire flowing through their veins, and...well, WordOfGod says you shouldn't make them bleed.
* BondVillainStupidity: Royce is guilty of this. Considering his power, he could have easily killed Ame at the very begining of the first chapters, but he thought sending his weaker servants against her in order to make them compete for a position of power would be more entertaining.
* BoobsOfSteel: Averted with Teodora, considering that she posseses more phsyical strenght than most of the Overfiends, yet still has the body of a child. Her giant, crystal hammer is proof of this.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Ame, after having had a spell cast on her by Royce]]
* BrattyHalfPint: Teodora, Lutz, and Carval.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: During [[KangarooCourt the trial]] of the first remade chapter:
--> '''Royce''': The charges are as follows. [[RebelliousPrincess Various counts of disorderly conduct]]. Continuous [[CallingTheOldManOut harrasment of the]] [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Demon King, other Overfiends]] and [[{{Mooks}} castle staff]]. [[MustacheVandalism Vandalism by defacing several priceless treasures]]. [[TheCoup Conspiracy to commit several acts of treason.]]
** Wich is then followed instantly by a case ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
--> '''Royce''': ...Extorting the castle staff, wich lead three seperate counts of Grand Theft...
--> '''Ame''': Waaaait a minute! I only recall two things that could've landed me Grand Theft.
--> '''Royce''': [[DisproportionateRetribution I'm counting that birthday cake you stole last month!]]
--> '''Ame''': But GRAND THEFT? [[VillainousGlutton You have a birthday cake every day!]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-07-page-245-266667460 Lutz]] ends up doing this to keep the comic's content from getting risky.
* BullyingADragon: So, Ame. You thought that the best course of action in order to take on [[MadBomber Carval]]/[[PlayingWithFire Volaster]] in his OneWingedAngel form was to press every BerserkButton that he had to offer? [[MemeticMutation That's a bold move, Cotton.]] [[SarcasmMode Let's see if it pays off for her!]] [[spoiler: The result was a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown where Carval/Volaster nearly killed Ame with little effort.]]
* ButtMonkey: Lutz as well as Asmodai in the remade chapters.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Has there ever been a day since that painful ritual that Ame hasn't done this? She pretty much dedicates all of her time in the castle just to piss off Royce in any way possible, weather it includes stealing his cakes, ruining his artwork or trying to overthrow him.
* CallingYourAttacks: Spells in ''Heartcore'' require one to call out its name to execute. More powerful and elaborate spells require long incantations followed by the spell's name.
* TheCameo: The characters in the RPG that Lutz plays on [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-06-page-221-251043157 page 221]] are actually from another webcomic called [[http://randommode.deviantart.com/gallery/ "Pirate Madeline"]]
** Also, remember the [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=/&offset=72#/d4liwgo poor guy who]] [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=/&offset=48#/d4m1i4c was tossed in the sky]] by Emerald for not being Royce? [[http://sprite37.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=marx#/d4j44zp That would be Marx]], also created by Emerald's artist.
* CatchPhrase: Lutz's line, from which the page quote comes.
* CelShading
* CensorSteam: Expect this to be seen in nearly any shower/bathscene/[[MindRape Mind]][[ItMakesSenseInContext Rape]] scene.
* CharacterTic: Ame likes to lick her chops a lot.
* ChickMagnet: Asmodai. Considering that he can [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=48#/d4quqrx satisfy a handful of ladies without taking of his clothes]], that should say something.
* ChivalrousPervert: Asmodai. He is an [[HornyDevil incubus]], afterall.
* ClickHello: Ryo does this to Emerald on page 301.
* ClothingCombat: Ame has the ability to use her loincloth as a weapon.
* CombatSadomasochist: Slade; oh god, SLADE.
* CrossPoppingVeins: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=/&offset=48#/d4z5mdx Ame gets one of these]] when Emerald insults her for liking [[ShowWithinAShow Royal Jelly Complex]].
* CuteBookworm: Considering that she is a princess and that her muse is books, Suko seems to fit this trope preety well.
* CuteBruiser: Teodora. Adorable little girl who fights with [[DropTheHammer a giant crystal hammer!]]
* CuteLittleFangs: All characters thus far, except Ryo and Gimlett.
* CuteMonsterGirl: This applies to many characters so far, but mostly Theodora.
* CurbStompBattle: The only two Overfiends other than Royce that actually managed to put up a fight against Ame during her escape from Asgard were [[TokenMiniMoe Teodora]] and [[PsychoElectro Slade]]. The rest of them stood little to no chanse.
** Wile on the topic, the only thing that saved Ame and Suko during their fight with [[BigBad Royce]], was the fact that [[spoiler: Lilium possesed Ame, giving her the power to make it an even fight.]] Even then, it served mostly as a distraction just to give them the opening to flee once and for all.
** And then there was [[spoiler: Volaster vs the entire Beastman capital. [[OneManArmy Guess who won.]]]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Having his mother die of illness, growing up poor and getting his ass kicked for stealing wile only being a mortal child was enought to cause Volaster to blow up his home wich in turn caused him to become a demon and getting found by Royce. [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=volaster#/d5nyvvf Not that Ame cares, of course.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Would you believe that the characters trying to brutally murder each other used to be part of a comedic, gag-a-day webcomic? Or that even before THAT, Ame used to be a SonicTheHedgehog fan-character before being remodeled into a succubus?
* DarkIsNotEvil: The heroes of Heartcore, although you may say otherwise at some points.
* DeaderThanDead: The only way to kill a demon is to either destroy its head or rip out their heartcore, WordOfGod says the latter is easier.
* DeathGlare: Ryo hands these out like candy.
* DeathSeeker: Ryo is implied to be this, considering how she jumped from the top of a skyskraper, only to be annoyed when saved by Syranon. In fact, she has done this many times without dying.
* DemonicPossession: This happens a lot, for example [[spoiler: Lilium possessing Ame]] and [[spoiler: Volaster possessing Carval]]
** [[spoiler:Royce, as well. His most well-known form is just him possessing the dead body of a beastman.]]
* DemonLordsAndArchDevils: The Overfiends. Most of the characters we have seen from Asgard are this.
* DomedHometown: New Ayers, since the atmosphere of most of the world is poisonous to humans.
* DopeSlap: Volaster gives one of these to Carval when he doesn't even recognize that they are related and claiming that Volaster had stolen his last name.
* DropTheHammer: Teodora's weapon of choice is a giant, blue spiky crystal warhammer.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Subverted and PlayedForLaughs when Goristro thinks that Ame has mortaly wounded Emerald. Ame Snaps him out of it with a kick to the back of his head.
* ElementalPowers: Magic is divided into eight schools: [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[AnIcePerson ice]], [[ShockAndAwe electricity]], [[PetalPower nature]], [[DishingOutDirt earth]], [[MindOverMatter psychic]], [[LightEmUp holy]], and [[CastingAShadow dark]].
* [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Even Badass Demons Love Their Mama]]: Clearly shown when Ame encounters her mother, Lilium.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even Asmodai is slightly appalled by [[CombatSadomasochist Slade's]] battle tactics. In fact, none of the other Overfiends like Slade.
** Ame has a philosophy in procuring Heartcores: "Pick someone they won't miss". She demonstrates this when she kills some would-be rapists for their Heartcores.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Lutz appears to have this problem, with people merely referring to him by his title rather than by his given name.
* EveryoneIsBi: WordOfGod states bisexuality is common among demons.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Ame and Suko
* EvilRedhead: Royce. Are you really suprised by that answer?
* EyepatchOfPower: Royce gets one after his battle with Ame/Lilium.
* FacialMarkings: Goristro sports some [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-01-page-19-REDUX-425917517 in his redesign]].
* FangsAreEvil: Again, the vast majority of characters thus far ''are'' demons.
* FanService: Considering that one of the main characters is a [[HornyDevils succubus]], this trope is bound to happen a couple of times through the series.
* FantasticNuke: [[spoiler:Volaster turned himself into one to destroy the Beastman capital and wipe out most of the Beastman race.]]
* FatGirl: While not necessarily fat, Emerald is fairly chubby. This is mainly the result of influence from the character's original creator [[http://sprite37.deviantart.com/ Cory Holmes]], for whom large-bodied girls is [[AuthorAppeal something of a kink.]]
* FireIceLightning: The Lashiecs, Asmodai and Teo, and Slade
* FishOutOfWater: Ame has some trouble adjusting to her exile in human society. It's also been said that demons are easily overwhelmed by human sights and sounds, which is why Beastmen are practically required to assist them as tour guides and bodyguards.
* FlashStep: Slade is very good at this
* FlatWhat: Ryo's reaction when she discovers that Ame doesn't remember her.
* FoodPorn: Considering that Royce's muse is food, [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-01-page-15-REDUX-406911624 then of course he would be eating stuff that you wish you could gorge into]].
* ForTheEvulz: [[spoiler:Royce using Ame's body to attack Suko. There is literally no reason for him to have done this other than that he simply ''wanted'' to. It seems to be purely for extending Ame's suffering.]]
** Slade, full stop. He once tried to coax a fellow demon into surrendering to him their Heartcore so he could eat it. Why? In his words, "[[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-316-324177107 Try ae spot o' fun! See wha' it does!]]"
* FreakinessShame: A fandom example. Though Ame isn't directly ashamed of [[ScarsAreForever her scars]], they still serve as a reminder of what Royce did to her so many years ago. Most fans seems to think that she's prettier with them, often misstaking it for regular face paint due to the artsytle of the comic.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Volaster, from a common thief in a small town to Overfiend.
* FunetikAksent: Slade has a Scottish accent, for whatever reason.
* GagBoobs: Rip and Tear playing Go Fish on Emerald's breasts along with a few other moments.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Ame does this on purpose during her fight against Teodora just [[ACupAngst to]] [[BerserkButton piss her off]].
* GemHeart: The eponymous Heartcores are created by using demonic powers to corrupt a human heart, changing it into a crystalline mass that demons can eat to replenish and strengthen their own Heartcores. It is the source of their power, and their [[AttackItsWeakPoint weakness]]: its destruction or removal will kill the demon.
** Heartcores can be found in other creatures as well, such as mice, but they are often of a far lesser quality in terms of power when compared to that of humans.
* GhibliHills: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/#/d3cwi5q Nifelhiem]] appears to be as such
* GlassCannon: Teodora. She sure knows how to swing a giant hammer crystal around, but considering her young age (well, by demon terms at least), this trope is to be expected.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: In Emerald's case, they detect the true forms of people and can be used to find demons.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Amethyst's face/arms are not covered in red paint as some may belive.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Demons have wings of various shapes and sizes, from Ame's itty-bitty little red wings, to trueform!Royce's badass prismatic wings.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Sukina's face gets seriously messed up by Ame while she is under Royce's spell. We never see the injury, though, as the afflicted side of Sukina's face is cleverly hidden behind Ame's head after she picks her up.
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: In the remade chapters, Suko seems very fond of applying this color to her attire and appearance.
* GreenEyedMonster: Emerald becomes an example of this trope when [[GirlsWithGuns Ryo]] ignores her at the sight of Ame.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: The team of Ryo and Syranon. While Syranon is a paladin who prefers swords and holy magic to do the trick, Ryo relies on a wide variety of guns.
* HandsomeDevil: Royce, Asmodai and also Goristro and Volaster to a certain degree.
* HartmanHips: Most members of the female cast tends to have this.
* HavingABlast: Carval, who appears to be able to make bombs with vials of his blood
* HeartDrive: The epynomous Heartcores.
* HornyDevils: Asmodai is an incubus, and Ame is a succubus
* HotAsHell: Applies to Royce, along with EvilIsSexy applying to most of the cast.
* HotWitch: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-starting-realm-map-359927798 Lilium]], in addition to being one of the most powerful women to have ever lived in the demonic realms, is also amongst the most beautiful. Two good reason as to why Royce married her [[spoiler: before mortaly wounding her in an attempt to eat her Heartcore]].
* [[HunterOfHisOwnKind Hunter Of Her Own Kind]]: It is heavily implied that Ryo is a demon, considering how Emerald refered to her as a "Dretch" and how she seems to have powers beyond that of most mortals.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Between Lutz/Suko and [[spoiler:a Royce-possessed Ame]].
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each chapter is named after video game music. To wit:
--> Chapter 1: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkJB2TrIeG4 Sinful Rose]]\\
Chapter 2: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsV9ItRSb-4 Cashmere Cannonball]]\\
Chapter 3: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXhoD9MUDts Wounded Warsong]]\\
Chapter 4: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfHNBE3Z8Bo Nostalgia in Solitude]]\\
Chapter 5: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-3oBI-uNuA Alien Power]]\\
Chapter 6: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlM2J6x0nrQ Neocity]]\\
Chapter 7: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNqU9PpW-88 Dangerous Zone]]\\
Chapter 8: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tuni_JmPb4E Outride a Crisis]]\\
Chapter 9: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZMWszd5SRk Force Your Way]]
* ImportantHaircut: Ame cuts her hair short when she becomes [[BreakTheCutie her current personality]].
* ItAmusedMe: The reason to why Royce [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-01-page-18-REDUX-416780662 nearly crashed a giant chandelier]] over Asmodai's head before the trial.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: Amethyst's shorthand, Ame, was originally derived from the Japanese word for rain. WordOfGod says Ame's nickname is not pronouned "Ah-May", but instead is pronounced like "aim".
* JerkAss: Royce, oh dear GOD, Royce.
** [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-316-324177107 Slade]] seems to be competing for Royce's Jerkass throne. The guy is willing to kill his own allies just for the sake of fun and curiosity.
* KangarooCourt: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-01-page-22-REDUX-435829710 In the remade chapters]], Royce decides to put Ame infront one of these with all of the Overfiends watching.
--> '''Royce''': I, Royce Lashiec, Demon King of The Ninth Realm, shall be both the prosecution and the final judgement in all of this as [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem our law]] decrees.
--> '''Ame''': [[SarcasmMode Yeeeah, that's not biased or anything.]]
--> '''Royce''': [[SarcasmBlind Glad you understand!]]
* LargeHam: Royce.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-01-page-19-REDUX-425917517 "What better way to introduce the rest of the cast?]] A real trial must be witnessed by [[FiveBadBand your peers"]].
* LittleBitBeastly: Lutz, Syranon and pretty mutch the enitre Beastman race seem to be this.
* LoveMartyr: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-312-320401502 "... why I reincarnated? Well...]] [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-322-327205505 ... it was out of love."]]
* MadBomber: Carval's as mad and as bomb-tastic as they come.
** Volaster, [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-328-331784055 even more so]].
* MagicalGirl: Parodied in the [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/#/d5n9jjo second guest comic made by Holland R W.]]
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: [[HunterOfHisOwnKind Ryo]] and [[ThePaladin Syranon]]. While Ryo is far more serious and stern, Syranon on the other hand is more naive, friendly and sensitive.
* MasterOfIllusion: Ame has shades of this. [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-06-page-232-257446228 Exhibit A]]: [[spoiler:assuming the form of a helpless human about to be harassed by a couple of thugs, then opening a can of whoopass on them]].
* TheMerch: In-universe, [[ThePaladin Syranon Glaed]] is famous enough in New Ayers to have merchandise based on him due to his popularity.
** In reality, recent incentives have included bookmarks and stickers with ''Heartcore'' characters.
* MookHorrorShow: The first chapters can be summed up like this for Teodora, Emerald, Carval and Goristro. Sure they might be powerfull demons, but let's see YOU try to fight the daughter of the demon who rules Asgard without crapping your pants!
* MorphicResonance: Even though Ame has the power of shapeshifting into other women and can shape her clothes any way she pleases, her hair must have the same shade of pink or green that she normally has. Also, her clothes must be either the same shade of black, red or white that her normal outfit has. Thankfully for her, she can mix these colors in any design she pleases.
* MrExposition: Lutz and Slade help with this.
* MuggingTheMonster: A couple of thugs attempt to [[RapeAsDrama have their way]] with a [[DamselInDistress seemingly helpless woman]]. [[spoiler:They weren't expecting said woman to be Ame in disguise.]]
* MulticoloredHair: Ame rocks the pink hair with green bangs.
* TheNapoleon: Carval is shorter than most characters, quick to anger, and all too eager to blow stuff up. [[spoiler:WordOfGod is that Carval's height is attributed the Heartcore he inherited from Volaster, which was damaged in his SuicideAttack.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Well done, Warlord Karlsen! You just made [[KillItWithFire Volaster]] bleed so damn much that he was able to cast a [[TakingYouWithMe massive suicide bombinging spell]], making sure that the enitre Beastman capital was blown to ashes. [[SarcasmMode Yay.]]
* NobleDemon
* OhCrap: Almost anytime Ame gets pissed or scary, someone is bound to have this expression. Ame has also sported this reaction a few times when in trouble.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedtoDefeatYou: It is implied that Emerald stopped Volaster/Carval's rampage in New Ayers just so that she could have the satisfaction of killing Ame herself. Sadly, she didn't have the guts to pull off the kill in case Ame would survive.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The biggest difference between the demons of HeartCore and most other demons in fiction can be seen above in BizarreAlienReproduction. Oh and there is also the fact that they used to be mortal creatures at some point.
* OutOfClothesExperience
* ThePaladin: Due to him wearing an armor with bright colors and having mastery of holy magic, one can say that Syranon is one of these.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: This is how Ame intends to gather Heartcores now that she is in New ayers, thinking that nobody will care if she only kills criminals. [[spoiler: Too bad for her that [[RealityEnsues investigations were still made after she killed her first victims]], leading to Demon Hunters Ryo and Syranon to get on the case.]]
* PersonaNonGrata: We're guessing Ame won't be going back to Asgard anytime soon.
* PsychoElectro: Slade is this in a nutshell.
* PimpedOutDress: Suko, as well as younger Ame. Teodora also has one during the remake of the first chapters.
* PointyEars: So far, the only character without pointy ears is [[TokenHuman Gimlett]].
* PyroManiac: Nearly all of Carval's powers include fire in one way or another. To say that he really enjoys using them, even in public areas of the human world where everyone can see it, would be an understatement.
** All this is courtesy of his predecessor Volaster, who was, as Slade put it, [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-341-341713277 "Some firebug from a podunk toun."]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Most of the cast being demons, this comes as no surprise. [[spoiler:Also, Ryo]]
* RebelliousPrincess: Two of them, technically.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Slade. Also Emerald, but only if you [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=heartcore+emerald#/d570z01 make her jealus enough.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Amethyst and Royce are the Red to Teodora and Asmodai's Blue, both in attitude and color.
* {{Reincarnation}}: [[spoiler: According to Volaster, demons do not die, but come back as a different form. When demons decide to give up living, an egg carrying their new form appears bearing attributes of the original demon and another demon the progenitor had contact with. Wait two years, introduce the original demon's Heartcore to the egg and voila! The new incarnation lives on, carrying the consciousness of its original form.]]
** [[spoiler: In short, Carval is the reincarnation of Volaster, and to an extent Ame is the reincarnation of Lilium.]]
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Color-coded for each overfiend, no less.
* {{Revenge}}: A prevailing theme throughout the story; Ame's rebellion against her father is out of revenge for stealing her life force to complete a possession spell. [[spoiler: Same for Volaster, [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-342-342589659 as revenge played a large role in his becoming a demon.]]]]
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-starting-realm-map-359927798 Meefus]], creatures that are an adorable cross between bees and cats. Oh, and [[KillerRabbit they drink blood]].
* {{Rule 34}}: Donation incentives often include porn of Ame, which the author, herself, draws.
* ScarfofAsskicking: Slade.
* ScarsAreForever: Those red marks on Ame's face, egs and arms? Those aren't paint, but exposed muscle that she gained thanks to a ritual that Royce pulled on her. Not even eating Heartcores, something that can even replace missing limbs, will heal them.
* SevenDeadlySins: According to WordOfGod, [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=heartcore#/d4ag2zq Ame and the six overfiends each represent a Deadly Sin]]; Ame is [[UnstoppableRage Wrath]], [[BigBad Royce]] is [[BigEater Gluttony]], [[HornyDevil Asmodai]] is {{Lust}}, Emerald is [[GreenEyedMonster Envy]], [[TheStarscream Slade]] is {{Greed}}, Goristro is {{Pride}}, and [[PlayingWithFire Carval]] is Sloth.
* SharpDressedMan: Carval is forced to wear a suit when inside his own mind, where Volaster resides.
* ShesGotLegs: Many recent pages in the remade chapters have begun to focus a lot on Ame's legs. [[AuthorAppeal One guess as to why.]]
* ShoutOut: Royce makes an entrance reminescent of [[EarthBound Giygas]] on page 110
** Many characters' names harken to classic Sega. The family name Lashiec, for example, comes from the actual translation of the name "Lassic", the villain of the first PhantasyStar. Likewise, Lutz is named after the esper in the same game. Meanwhile, Teodora is named after a character from ''SkiesOfArcadia''. Then there is also the afformentioned Slade...
** WordOfGod says [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-288-301525807?q=gallery%3Atlwelker&qo=0 Carval's shirt]] is a three-way reference: one to Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood, the second to ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'', and the third to Carval's predecessor, Volaster's [[BiTheWay bisexuality]].
** Oddly enough, [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-300-310250472 page 300]] vaguely resembles the iconic scene of a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/ThreeHundred?from=Main.ThreeHundred certain movie based on a comic]], though WordofGod says it was a coincidence.
** [[spoiler: Volaster's greeting to Carval]] surely will get you started [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBecM3CQVD8 singing along to the song it comes from]].
** [[spoiler: The spell incarnation for the [[TakingYouWithMe "Blast Bomb"]] is a direct quote from the book "The Stand"]]
*** [[spoiler: WordOfGod is Carval and Volaster are two big walking talking shout-outs to StephenKing.]]
** [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-09-cover-FORCE-YOUR-WAY-368752275 Chapter 9's cover]]. [[FinalFantasyVIII Three guesses as to what the reference is to, and the first two don't count.]]
* ShowWithinAShow: Royal Jelly Complex, a TV show that TastesLikeDiabetes if Disguised!Ame's [[JawDrop initial reaction]] is anything to go by.
* SlasherSmile: A good number of characters have them, but notable mention goes to Carval, who's always sporting one. [[spoiler: Also Volaster, Carval's father; to the point where his jaw is dislocated.]]
* SmokingIsCool: Ryo.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: According to WordOfGod, the artist has a tendensy to make Ame's wings bigger in the more smutty pictures.
* SpecialGuest: Emerald, Sukina, Ryo, and Syranon were created by friends of the author and incorporated into the story, the very latter being created by the author's ''husband''.
** Here is a list: Emerald was created by [[http://sprite37.deviantart.com/ Cory Holmes]]
** Sukina was brought to us by [[http://anoveltyspoon.deviantart.com/ "A Novelty Spoon"]]
** Ryo was designed by [[http://ryoknight.deviantart.com/ Holland R.W]]
** Syranon was brought to us by [[http://freedomknight.deviantart.com/ Stephen Stewart]]
* SpiderSense: Ryo has the ability to detect demons.
* SpoiledBrat: Teodora is this in spades.
* SpoiledSweet: Lutz. Or at least when compared to Teodora.
* TheStarscream: It's hinted that [[spoiler: Slade]] may be taking this route.
* StockingFiller: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-06-page-234-258706763 Ame in the Chapter 6 end]].
* StrawberryShorthand: Ame is usually associated with strawberries, especially in her character portraits which usually have titles referencing strawberries.
* StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-353-354539781 Ame dares Emerald to finish her]] with a shotgun-shell to the face. However, considering that she had just [[SuperToughness survived an encounter with]] [[MadBomber Carval]]/[[KillItWithFire Volaster]], Emerald was not willing to take the risk of losing her life in case the bullets didn't do the work.
* StuffBlowingUp: Carval and Volaster's modus operandi.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: Lilium taking over Ame's body.]]
** Also qualifies as a SuperEmpowering.
* SuperToughness: So the only way to kill a demon is to either destroy the Heartcore or the head. Sounds easy, right? Then keep in mind that Carval, one of the weakest of the Overfiends, survived a headfirst fall from a scyscraper, suffering only a black-out and some bleeding. And also notice that Ryo, implied to be a rather low class of demon (dretch), has survived many falls from a similar scyscraper without dying. Doesn't sound so easy anymore, huh?
* SweaterGirl: Complete with DetachedSleeves and lots of cleavage. [[WordOfGod Life is amazing.]]
* SweetTooth: Royce loves his sweets as shown in a panel before Ame blew up the blood storage. God help you if you interrupt it.
* SuicideAttack: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-08-page-332-334178854 BLAST BOMB!]]
* [[spoiler: TakingYouWithMe: Due to his love for [[BigBad Royce]], Volaster did this in the middle of the Beastman capital with his "Blast Bomb".]]
* TerribleTrio: Emerald, Carval, and Goristro: the Demon Three.
* ThanksForTheMammary: in the old verision of the first chapters, Ame does this to Suko while trying to pull her out of her hiding place.
** In the remade first chapters, [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-01-page-14-REDUX-405198454 Asmodai does this to Ame]].
* ThemeNaming: Amethyst and Emerald.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Well, Warlord Karlsen... If by "works" you mean [[spoiler: "making Volaster bleed enough to make him cause a [[TakingYouWithMe massive suicidal bombing, taking the Beastman capital city with him]]"]], then, yes. It worked.
* ThrowTheBookAtThem: Suko's muse is literature; it was bound to happen.
* TokenHuman: Gimlett is shaping up to be this.
* TokenMiniMoe: Teodora
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Well, Ame isn't exactly ''tomboyish'', but she's definitely an ActionGirl, whereas her sister Sukina is demure and generally a non-combatant.
* TookALevelInBadAss: Carval by a mile! In his first fight against Ame, [[CurbStompBattle he got beaten by one single projectile and didn't even manage to deal any significant damage to her]]. In chapter 8, he managed to almost kill her [[spoiler: untill he got caught and strangled by her loincloth and tossed from the top of a skyscraper]]. But that only lead him to take ANOTHER level in BadAss by [[spoiler: fusing with his father, Volaster.]]
* TooKinkyToTorture:
--> '''[[spoiler: Lilium:]]''' Now, if you don't mind, these aren't ''nearly'' tight enough.
** Goristro also seems to have a thing for getting punched in the face by Emerald, motivating him to mock her weight.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Potato chips for Lutz, and barbecue sauce for Ame.
* UnusualEars: In addition to the PointyEars mentioned above, beastmen apparently have animal ears
* UnwantedRescue: When Ryo [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp06-page-195-205561818 first]] [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp06-page-196-205818072 met Syranon]], he rescued her from falling from a skyscraper. Sadly for the paladin, [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp06-page-197-206525422 this was not what she wanted.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Volaster didn't take it well when Ame decided to press all of his [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]] (interrupting his childhood story and claim that Royce doesn't care about him). In fact, he took it so badly that he tried to [[spoiler: destroy the dome that protects New Ayers, the last human settlement.]]
** and in "History Of Niefelheim" [[spoiler: Royce had a big one when his arm was cut off, but also had an even bigger one when he found out that Lilium died and gave birth to Ame, making him unable to eat her heartcore and thus putting a stop to his plans for greater power.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: An ability that Ame posseses.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Upon finding out she ate the Heartcores of mice, Ame has [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-06-page-227-254641661 a particularly colorful one]].
* WasOnceAMan: The demons of Asgard-- specifically the Overfiends-- were [[spoiler: once humans and other various mortal races who committed vile atrocities in their former lives in order to achieve demonhood.]]
* WickedCultured
* WingedHumanoid: Most of the demons we have seen so far has wings on their backs.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: After Asmodai refused to help Ame overthrow Royce in the fear that he might lose both her (they were in a relation at the time) and Teo, this is what Ame told him nearly word for word.
* TheWorfEffect: Ame suffered this when fighting against [[ShockAndAwe Slade]] and [[BigBad Royce]].
* WouldHurtAChild: Ame shows little restraint during her fight with Teodora. Same thing goes for Slade who at one point electecutes the latter to get a good hit at the former.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green, pink, blood red, turquoise, indigo and orange, and perhaps others as the story moves along.
* ZettaiRyouiki: [[http://tlwelker.deviantart.com/art/heartcore-chp-06-page-234-258706763 But of course.]]
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