''[[http://metanoia.studiowhippingboy.com Metanoia]]'' is a dark fantasy webcomic created by Creator/JesseHajicek and Sarah Cloutier.

From the site:

When the first rebel angels fell, some of the angels still loyal to the Light made it their mission to counter the new demons' schemes. Their war continues to this day. The battlefield is Free Will; humans are both the weapons and the prize. Over the ages, the opposing groups stationed on the material plane have developed into two organizations: the Veil, demons working to corrupt mankind, and the Foundation, angels working to block the Veil's plans and repair the damage.

Both sides are bound by strict rules. The demons only follow these rules because breaking them frees the angels from the same constraints. They may not use their powers on mortals, nor manifest fully in their true forms. To get past these limits, they inhabit mortals. The demons [[DemonicPossession possess]] their mortals completely, pushing out the mortal soul and reshaping the body as they please. The angels come only when invited, to mortals who channel them voluntarily.

And then there are the witches, psychics, and magi on both sides... Not to mention that '''everybody''' gets to play with lots of guns... It's lucky for us ordinary folks that the two sides are locked in eternal stalemate, and refuse to escalate to open war.

Um... they're '''not''' going to escalate to open war, are they? Are they?

The webcomic is set in a modern urban setting and follows the life of Star Tyrian, a gun-for-hire who has far too many encounters with the metaphysical. While the prologue deals with Tyrian's backstory, the main body is a too-fast-to-follow description of what can happen when the forces of Good hire a hitman to do their bidding.

Not to be confused with the movie, ''Animation/RPGMetanoia''.


!!'''Tropes Featured:'''

* AncientConspiracy: Both the good and the bad guys.
* AntiHero: Star.
* AnythingThatMoves: Star, according to [[http://metanoia.studiowhippingboy.com/template.cgi?1+1+8 this page]].
* ApocalypseHow: At least one faction has been introduced as having no desire other than to bring about Armageddon. Sure, both the good guys and the bad guys think they're pathetic, but they exist and they're active.
* ArtEvolution: The difference between some of the pages in the [[http://metanoia.studiowhippingboy.com/template.cgi?1+0+9 Prologue]] and the pages in the more recent [[http://metanoia.studiowhippingboy.com/template.cgi?2+11+10 Chapter 11]] is pretty stark. The first few chapters sometimes had unfortunately eldritch hands. The newer chapters also feature improved shading and a smoother style in general.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: [[http://metanoia.studiowhippingboy.com/template.cgi?1+0+1 "My parents named me Star. No joke."]]
* BadassBisexual: Star. Pretty—yes, likes men—yes, sometimes skillfully murders people for money—also yes. Zander might be an example as well, being an extremely dangerous fighter and agent of heaven. He could be BadassGay.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: The angels and those that work for them are incredibly concerned with this,to the point of limiting their effectiveness. Everyone else...not so much.
* BadDreams: Star.
* CantHaveSexEver: All of the Ridden, but Zander stands out for story purposes.
* DeathSeeker: Given the effects of his empath powers on his former job and the stunt he pulled on the roof of the building, it's hard not to see Star as one.
* DemonicPossession: Played straight and inverted. Both demons and angels can possess the living, and demons can also possess corpses.
* TheEmpath: Star. Being an assassin does ''not'' help his mental state.
-->'''[[http://metanoia.studiowhippingboy.com/template.cgi?1+8+18 Zander]]:''' He dies with them. [[DeathSeeker Every murder is a suicide]].
* FreudianExcuse: Star is the most prominent example, but not the only one. It works because bad ''decisions'' are acknowledged to play a part as well as bad luck.
* GratuitousJapanese: {{Lampshaded}} by one of Zander's shirts.
* HoYay: Too much to count between Star and Zander, though since they're both openly gay and have admitted to liking each other and shared at least one passionate kiss, at this point they're practically YaoiGuys.
* JerkAss[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Star, again.
* LostLenore: [[spoiler: Star's ex-boyfriend. Jaime's return from hell leaves him with a DamagedSoul]]. [[spoiler: Star euthanizes him.]] This dramatically changes his path in life and might be why [[spoiler: Zander (a Jaime look-alike)]] is his partner.
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Oddly enough, in a webcomic about angels and demons, it's ''played straight''.
-->'''Jane:''' I know what your thesis is on. You can't possibly think cherubim are flying babies.
** That's really more a jab at people who [[SadlyMythtaken mistake putti--said flying babies--for cherubim]]. Cherubim have an entry under EldritchAbomination--and ''rightly so''.
* PowerAtAPrice: A couple of characters, [[spoiler:including Zan]], are the willing hosts of angels (called "Ridden"). The price for this is that they can't eat meat, have sex (apparently defined as anything past first base) or swear oaths. The consequences of violating this agreement have not been spelled out yet, but are implied to be pretty dire. [[spoiler:And WordOfGod says it still counts if Star tops]].
* ScheduleSlip: After a slip of ''years'', it's finally started updating again. One of the creators is away at art school.
* ShootTheDog: Star, when he [[spoiler:kills his boyfriend out of mercy after Jaime's soul returns from hell, leaving him a screaming vegetable]].
* {{Streetwalker}}: How Star got money (when he wasn't panhandling) before he became an assassin.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Averted. In combat, almost no talking takes place for just that reason.
* VolleyingInsults: Star and Zander, a few times:
-->'''Zander:''' Overgrown adolescent.
-->'''Star:''' Frustrated fascist.
-->'''Zander:''' Redneck.
-->'''Star:''' Nerd.
-->'''Zander:''' Hooligan.
-->'''Star:''' Granny.
-->'''Zander:''' Troll.
-->'''Star:''' Fairy.
-->'''Zander:''' Gym queen.
-->'''Star:''' Nancy boy.
-->'''Zander:''' Ass bandit.
-->'''Star:''' Princess.
-->'''Zander:''' Shirt lifter.
-->'''Star:''' Pillow biter.
-->'''Zander:''' Fag.