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[[caption-width-right:250:Going down the rabbit hole and beyond.]]


->''Oz? Like Australia? Wait...the road is yellow. Oh HELL no.''
-->-- '''Emma Crewe''', Chapter 2

Namesake is the story of Emma Crewe, a woman who discovers she can visit other worlds. She finds out that these are places she already knows – fantasy and fairy lands made famous through the spoken word, literature and cinema. Her power as a Namesake forces her to act as a protagonist in these familiar stories as she figures out how to get home.

But as she travels, she discovers that those controlling her story have their own selfish goals in mind – and her fate is the key to everyone’s happy ending.

The comic is chock full of fairy tale references ranging from the [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardofOz obvious]] to the [[Creator/HansChristianAndersen obscure]]. Now has a [[{{Characters/Namesake}} Character Sheet]].

The webcomic can be read here: [[http://www.namesakecomic.com/ Namesake]]

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!!''Namesake'' provides examples of:
* AdaptationExpansion: Oh so much. Namesake was based on an unfinished series of comics (called the "Oziad") posted on the artist's live journal. The Oziad was parody of The Wizard of Oz, featuring as main characters dopplegangers of the author and and her friends, as well as the main characters of ''{{Slayers}}''. In Namesake, the Oz story is now one part of a journey through a much larger fairytale multiverse; the cast and scope of the story are greatly expanded; original characters have replaced those based on real people and copyrighted characters; and the tone of the story is more serious, instead of parodic.
* {{Adorkable}}: The Five of Hearts, when he tries [[http://www.namesakecomic.com/2011/08/27/the-cake-is-a/ to]] [[http://www.namesakecomic.com/2011/09/01/so-serious/ speak]] [[http://www.namesakecomic.com/2011/10/01/writah/ English]].
** Fred at pretty much any moment really.
** Some of Warrick’s more awkward moments may qualify him for this
* TheAgeless: It's explained that this is the case for Ozites, but since Dorothies are not born in Oz they will remain externally young but still only have a natural human lifespan, so by the time the original Dorothy died she was still physically young but inside was a very old woman.
* AliceAllusion
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Emma and Elaine are drawn in a darker shade then the caucasian characters, and WordOfGod is that Emma's appearance is in part inspired by MichelleRodriguez. Eventually it's stated that they are [[http://savvyliterate.tumblr.com/post/47007769105/it-sounds-really-interesting-but-ive-just-never-been Latina and French]] (Puerto Rican mother and French Canadian father).
* AmbiguouslyEvil: It’s up in the air what the “ghost” is up to, but so far it’s been painted in a more sinister light
* AndIMustScream: Selva, The Wicked Witch of the East, turned the Munchkin King into a hat box [[spoiler: and Selva herself is turned into a purse]]. Later subverted when [[spoiler:Warrick sats she's only still a purse because she wants to be and is just sulking, and she changes back once he apologizes]].
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Hercilia, former Wicked Witch of the East. Selva turned her into a pair of magic shoes, and yet she's quite mouthy.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: Boy, that character didn't even last the first chapter.
* ArtEvolution : Pointed out frequently by the artist herself. As it is the case with most webcomics, the art is always evolving for the better.
* AuthorAppeal: The artist's blog and past works reveal strong interests for literature, fairy tale adaptations, creepy monsters, adorable magical children and strong female leads with large noses.
* BadassAdorable: Fred. One moment he's excited about how stretchy grilled cheese is, the next [[spoiler: he's yelling at Ben and Elaine to leave while he fights the ghost.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:If Anlise wasn't before, [[http://www.namesakecomic.com/2011/04/09/dont-forget-your-hat/ she certainly is now]]]]
* BodyHorror: All the pretty red flowers you see on peoples heads...yeah, they'r actually ''growing out of'' their heads.
** Warrick [[spoiler: has an actual hole in his chest from removing his heart; it doesn't look too pretty. And that's the ''healed'' version. We don't see what it looked like directly afterward, but it was pouring blood onto the floor.]]
* CurseCutShort: After being restrained by a card soldier, Ben is none-too-happy with an apologetic Jack.
* DateRape: [[spoiler: This doesn't actually happen, but it sure appears like it did to Emma (and the concierge she talked to). Emma woke up in a hotel she didn't recognize with ripped clothing, a note thanking her for a fun night, and ''no'' [[LaserGuidedAmnesia clue what happened.]]]]
* DeathGlare: [[http://www.namesakecomic.com/2010/11/20/the-new-girl-2/ Ben and Elaine pull this off.]]
* DistantPrologue: ''Namesake'' starts off with the Reverend [[Creator/LewisCarroll Charles Dodgson]] and [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice Liddell]] when she returns from Wonderland on June 27, 1863.
* DownTheRabbitHole: The main caption of the comic and the fact that the portal to other worlds looks a lot like a rabbit hole.
* DramaticIrony: Any scene where Warrick talks about his sister while holding Emma's purse is this [[spoiler:since Selva ''is'' the purse, and later subverted since he already knew]].
* MrFanservice: Jack and Warrick, anyone?
** And Ben. If you like geeks.
* EldritchAbomination : The “ghost” that’s been haunting Emma so far has flavors of this when she finally sees it up close.
* TheEveryman : The main character Emma is a milder version of this, being a quiet introvert who gets thrust into a situation far over her head.
* EyeScream: [[http://www.namesakecomic.com/2010/12/18/wake-up/ This]] page, just this page.
* FairyTale: This comic is full of fairytale references
* FeministFantasy: Appears to be heading this way, which makes sense since Oz itself was an early example of such, especially since Baum was married to a Suffragette (and in fact based the character of Jinjur partially on the Sufragettes).
* FracturedFairyTale
* GenreSavvy: Emma knows she's in [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]] from just seeing the yellow brick road. Though the creators have stated that [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the movie]] is the only source of knowledge she has.
* GilliganCut
-->'''Emma''': You can't force us to obey you.
-->[[[http://www.namesakecomic.com/2012/04/12/sulking/ Five minutes later]]]
-->[Cut to Emma and company tied to at tree]
-->'''Emma''': [[VisibleSilence ...]]
-->'''Hercilia''': Great plan, Dorothy.
* {{Grimmification}}: The stories seem to go from fractured, to re-told, to canon, to darker... It's very cut-and-paste. And awesome that way.
* HealingHands: In a rare male example, [[spoiler:Warrick]] is capable of healing Emma [[spoiler:and restores most of Anlise's ''brain'']]. It seems he can also heal scars.
* IKnowYourTrueName: Considering the name of this webcomic is "Namesake" and a character seems to have sold her name, this is only bound to be more fitting as the story progresses.
** This also proves to be important with [[spoiler:Renge, formerly Jellia Jamb, who gave her name to Ozma for an as-of-yet unspecified reason, and the name change essentially had the effect of {{Retgone}}-ing people's memories of Jellia, as well as resulting in an apparent personality change for Renge]].
** Also turns out to be very important to Nose, as [[spoiler:One reveals he has given Nose the name Rumpelstiltskin, granting One power over him.]]
* InsaneTrollLogic: Selva lampshades the trope after explaining that her plan to [[spoiler: save everyone from the poppies was to turn everybody into objects.]] In her own words, [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime "It made sense at the time."]]
* InTheBlood: It's been heavily implied that both Namesake and Writer powers are at least partially hereditary, best exemplified by [[spoiler:the Crewes, since Emma and Elaine and their mother and father are respectively Namesakes and Writers]].
* ImmortalProcreationClause: WordOfGod is that this affects Ozites, and while not sterile per se there's not the same need to have them since people don't age unless they want to. The Tin Man and his wife were considered strange for wanting children.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Scarecrow, something Emma is particularly upset about since as she points out, he's technically not even alive]].
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: Nose does this to Emma, making her forget about Oz completely.]]
* LawfulNeutral / TrueNeutral: Adora became the first and only Neutral Witch of the West, [[spoiler:after her heart got broken. Literally as well as figuratively.]] [[invoked]]
* LegacyCharacter: "The Dorothy" and presumably every other Namesake fits the bill as well, seeing as the Alice we see in the present is different from the Alice we see in the prologue.
* LightIsNotGood: Hinted at first with Anlise, the Witch of the North. Recently, it's been revealed that there's a [[BrainwashedAndCrazy good reason]] for her initial suspicious behavior, and that she genuinely does care about the welfare of Oz.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: Lewis Carroll, aka Charles Dodgson, is this for Alice.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Over thirty. Most can be seen in [[http://fav.me/d5vgjtl this image.]]
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Jack.
* LooseCanon: The creators have stated that their Oz only follows that of Baum's first six books. Anything seventh book and onwards is basically cut-and-paste/mix-and-match. For example, [[spoiler: [[http://www.namesakecomic.com/2011/04/21/the-maiden/ the Tin Man and Nimmee Ammee got married in Namesake.]]]]
* MagicalLand: The main character is expected to go to many famous magical lands, starting with OZ.
* MeaningfulName: Not surprising, given the comic's title. Several main characters share the same name as well-known fairy tale protagonists and fill the same roles.
** Subverted with Hercilia: her name means "Tender; delicate." She is anything but, so it's probably meant to be ironic.
** Warrick is derived from Warwick, which means "dam" or "weir". Considering the type of powers he has, it works.
** Also interesting to note that the last names seem to have meanings. In the case of the Chopper twins : they got their family name from their grandfather (who was the Tin Man, and as such, a lumberjack). The last name still applies to the Twin's respective functions, since Warrick is a healer (a form of magical doctor and/or surgeon) and Selva is a seamstress.
** Emma means "whole" or "universal" which, given her apparent status as [[spoiler:a "Skeleton Key" who can [[http://namesakecomic.com/comic/find-someone-else/ move between all linked worlds]], certainly fits]].
* MindControl: The poppies do this.
* MissingMom: There's no sign of Emma and Elaine's mother in the present day, and there's a photo of [[http://www.namesakecomic.com/comic/so-serious/ Emma holding a baby Elaine]] along with Ben's comment that Emma has always been very serious. In [[http://namesakecomic.com/comic/fragments-of-memory/ this]] page we get a memory of young Emma yelling for her mother. In [[http://namesakecomic.com/comic/emma-and-her-father/ the next]] we see a family portrait including her mother in the background, and when her father brings up her mother Emma [[http://namesakecomic.com/comic/find-someone-else/ starts]] to refer to her as a "bitch", but gets cut off before she can finish. And it's been [[http://namesakecomic.com/comic/the-skeleton-key/ confirmed]] that [[spoiler:her mother was a Namesake too]].
* MonochromePast: Played with. Although the DistantPrologue was introduced in color, the intermissions continuing the story are rendered in gray and gray-browns, with pops of red. Even when pictured with other characters in colored art, Charles Dodgson and Alice Liddell remain in black and white.
* MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere: "Time for my best shocked bystander face"
* OnlySixFaces: Averted. The cast is very diverse in both body types, hair styles and faces. Especially when it comes to noses.
* TheOphelia: As of the book 2 intermission, Alice's family believes that she's this, and she [[http://www.namesakecomic.com/2011/07/30/highly-improper/ doesn't even realize that she's jumped into the pond]].
* OriginalGeneration: Besides canon Oz characters there are also Adora, Selva and Warrick, who are new additions to the cast.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The weird female figure that seems to be following Emma thru Oz is referred to in story as a ghost, but so far it's unclear exactly what it is, though it's briefly implied to be [[spoiler:Dorothy, as in the original]].
* RealityWarper: [[spoiler:[[http://www.namesakecomic.com/2011/10/06/the-truth-about-elaine/ Elaine]]]] can do this, [[spoiler: as a "Writer". It's hinted that Alice could do a different sort of something similar to reality-altering, though not under her control.]]
* RedRightHand: Jack has a literal red right hand. So far its significance is unknown.
* RegentForLife: It's implied Renge is trying to pull off something like this, [[spoiler:especially she's the one who's been keeping Ozma asleep]]. There's also one point where another character refers to "Ozma's city" while Renge calls it "''my'' city."
* ScheduleSlip: Averted. This webcomic updates on time. EVERY TIME. And the art quality is always great.
* SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: [[spoiler:Both Renge and the Scarecrow have apparently held the "Hole in the World" in their own bodies]].
* SheIsTheKing: Even though she's a woman, Renge's official title is still The Wizard of Oz, but another character [[http://www.namesakecomic.com/comic/where-is-it does refer to her as "Witch"]], suggesting a Type II, but it's also implied that the "Wizard" title refers to her being the successor of the original, who was a man, rather than her gender, making it a Type III.
* ShoutOut: In the [[TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Christmas]] [[http://www.namesakecomic.com/2010/12/25/its-a-good-idea-really-2/ strip]].
* SplashOfColor: Because the artist does not have time to make the comic fully in color, she limits colors to significant scenes/element, like red for the poppies in Oz. WordOfGod has stated that it started off as a time-saving technique, but the creator team liked the effect so much, it became more of a style past chapter 4.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: "It's not my fault! Well, most of it isn't my fault. Besides, you don't even know what happened yet."
* TwinTelepathy: Warrick and Selva seem to have a degree of this, since Warrick [[spoiler:losing his heart]] affected Selva enough to lead to the InsaneTrollLogic above.
* UnreliableNarrator: [[WordOfGod The creators]] have stated that just because a character is telling their backstory doesn't necessarily mean everything about it is true.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Renge turns out to be this, having done everything apparently under Ozma's orders to control "The hole in the world" including taking it into her own body]].
* WhamLine:
** "You can change things. You are a writer, Elaine." [[spoiler: spoken by Fred, formerly the Unintelligble]]
** [[spoiler: "Do you ''seriously'' think One would take any risks with his creation? You'd do well to remember who your daughter is. It's not that thing in the other room."]]
** [[spoiler: “Without those stories, you're nothing but a ghost. My ghost. The ghost of Emma Crewe. The one they call ‘Sleeping Beauty’.”]]
* WhamShot: [[http://www.namesakecomic.com/comic/the-scarecrow/ The last page of book 2]], which shows that [[spoiler: something is VERY wrong with the Scarecrow]].
* WickedWitch: Considering this is a fairy tale theme comic, this is only natural. Although the Wicked Witch of the East can be argued to be a HotWitch.
* YoureInsane: Selva to [[spoiler: Warrick after he removes his heart and talks about how great it is.]]
--> Selva: "Sweet Oz...You're mad!"
* {{Yuri Genre}}: Anlise and Renge, which was heavily implied before but confirmed by WordOfGod, which also states that the relationship already existed [[spoiler:pre poppy infection]] and the ramifications will be brought up in story.