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'''''[[http://www.navcomic.com/ Not a Villain]]''''' is a {{webcomic}} by Aneeka Richins. It tells the story of Kleya Smith, who is attempting to reform her hacker ways in a virtual world where hackers are executed on-spot.

Richins has also written a novel, ''[[http://blog.navcomic.com/the-wanted-child-chp-1-part-1 The Wanted Child]]'', whose heroine strongly resembles Kleya.

The webcomic has nothing to do with the MostDefinitelyNotAVillain trope.
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!!This webcomic provides examples of:
* ActuallyIAmHim: Paddy thinks Danni's avatar is a tribute to the late ballerina Daniella Morretti; Danni clarifies that she actually ''is'' Daniella Morretti and is still alive.
* ActualPacifist: Kleya, to the point where others [[SuicidalPacifism question her sanity]], although she borders on TechnicalPacifist at times. Her Special is designed to take advantage of a GameBreakingBug in the Game's emotion stat by [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower overloading her opponents with happiness]] if they hit her, but it can backfire on her as well if she hits someone.
* AdultFear: Imagine being [[spoiler:Danni]]'s parents. Reality has deemed their daughter "useless", and they've been working themselves to death to try and put off that decision. And it all ends up being useless, because their city officials decide that she's not going to be successful in L.i.F.e. or The Game.
* AfterTheEnd: Some unspecified catastrophe called "The Ending" has destroyed civilization except for a few surviving Cities.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Mostly {{Averted}} so far. D is explicitly stated in the author's notes to have no will of its own. The L.I.F.E. moderators use him as a hacking defense, and he follows Kleya's commands without fail. That said, he seems to be programmed to provide for Kleya with the best means available, and often attempts to do things to improve her living conditions that Kleya has to stop, as getting too comfortable would give her away.
* AllegedlyFreeGame: in-universe: [=LiFe=] is free for Outsiders, but many basic features, such as clothes, cost money.
* AltText: This is usually [[WordOfGod Aneeka's]] thoughts or opinions on the page.
* AntiHero: Kleya, though she's trying to just be a hero, period.
* ArtShift: Reality looks much darker and grainier, and has more shading.
* ArtificialIntelligence: D is one.
* {{Ballet}}: Danni is a dancer, and [[DanceBattler uses dance moves as attacks in the Game]].
** Before "The End" [[spoiler: Danni was an extremely accomplished, somewhat famous dancer]].
* TheAtoner: Kleya's obsession with becoming a hero seems to stem from her desire to atone for her previous actions as the leader of the hacker group "Deconstruct Me".
* BrainComputerInterface: Kleya uses one for [=LiFe=], but disguises it.
* CapitalLettersAreMagic: Many terms in the Game (including its title) are just capitalized words.
* CastFromHitPoints: the Game allows {{Special|Attack}}s which [[PointBuildSystem move points between attributes]], allowing characters to cast from any attribute.
* CatGirl: Kleya's Game avatar is a catgirl [[ADogNamedDog called Kat]].
* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown: Shortly after the avatar Bloody Mary is banned from the Game for killing her teammates, a new avatar named Jane who has a very similar design and uses the same special attack shows up in the qualifiers to join. Waterman tries to get her kicked out for this reason, but fails because she wasn't technically breaking the rules: her punishment was only being forced to make a new character, not being banned entirely.
* TheConspiracy: Sandra and Kleya suspect [=TenKA=] of sinister intentions.
* [[TheCracker Cracker]]: Hackers have caused much mayhem and destruction in the past, so they're the object of paranoia and {{Witch Hunt}}s.
* CrapsackWorld: Although we haven't seen the outside world, there are enough hints to make it clear that something is very wrong out there. Inhabitants call it 'The Ending' and are still dealing with it after two years. But then again, [=LiFe=] isn't exactly sunshine and roses, either.
** A sidestory summary showed a range from many survivors in a "stable" area to "miracle" areas of sole survivors of severe trauma who are nearly suicidal from constantly fending off death.
** It's implied that something caused a disruption of the geomagnetic field. Cause, effect, and duration (is it still a problem?) are still unknown. Movement in the earth's poles are probably connected.
* CreepyDoll: Bloody Mary fights using a pair of them.
* {{Cyborg}}: The Dude refers to Kleya as one. When we see her in Reality, she does appear to have metal implants in her spine and the back of her hands.
* {{Cyberspace}}: L.I.F.e is a virtual reality online game that most of the people on Earth are a part of.
* DanceBattler: Danni. Her fighting style is based on ballet.
* DigitalAvatar: There are two levels of Avatar: [=LiFe=] and the Game.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Danni to Kleya, on several occasions when Kleya tries to help her out: after the Death Match tournament, and when preparing for the Game.
* DynamicCharacter: Kleya is trying to be one. She's a SoreLoser who would rather cheat than lose, but she's trying to change this so she won't get caught -- and possibly out of guilt over her past actions.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Danni, after receiving notice that she will "be replaced" at the end of Reality's day, decides to spend her last hours dancing.]]
* FacelessMasses: or the blobs, the artist has quite a bit of fun with their ambition to get faces in her vote incentives.
* FeeFiFauxPas: Paddy, when he shows off his mecha avatar. He created it as a gift for his wife, who was an accountant at a mecha company; but the others in the group find it offensive, as many people were killed by mechas during The Ending.
* FutureFoodIsArtificial: The only food the Cities supply to Outsiders is a disgusting [[IndestructibleEdible nutrient paste]].
-->'''Kleya:''' Hate that stuff.
-->'''Mae:''' It tastes like they stuck salted dirt in rotting yogurt!
* GameBreakingBug: Kleya/Kat exploits an underflow bug in the Game trials. Her Special also exploits a flaw in the emotion stat to One Hit KO any opponent who hits her.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: In the Game tutorial, the Dude uses the NPC child he's supposed to be protecting as a weapon.
* IMissMom: Kleya's mother is dead, [[spoiler:and it's Kleya's fault]].
* InAndOutOfCharacter: In character, Bloody Mary is an AxCrazy murderer who recites nursery rhymes before attacking with [[CreepyDoll dolls]]. But it's probably just an act.
-->'''Sandra:''' She messaged me earlier. Said she'd be late. Something about her kids.\\
'''The Dude:''' Kids? Bloody Mary has '''kids'''?
* IronicNurseryTune: Bloody Mary recites twisted versions of nursery rhymes before attacking, and slips a few references into her regular conversations as well.
* KillerRobot: Shanghai was devastated by hacked military mechs during the Ending. The author's notes below the comic revealing this states that 90% of all military mechs in the world were hacked; Shanghai, having a mech-heavy army, was hit particularly hard.
* TheMetaverse: [=LiFe=] is a ''SecondLife''-like environment where survivors of the apocalypse can socialize.
* MonochromeCasting: Justified in L.i.F.e.: the programming only supports one skin color. Danni is taken by surprise when Sandra, using her own server which allows her to have a more customized avatar, appears with dark skin.
* MovingTheGoalposts: Danni has been struggling with this. Since her City considers her a "costly liability", they've been changing their rules to impose more and more difficult requirements on her to remain in L.i.F.e. They want her to fail so that they can justify taking her off life-support and importing a replacement citizen capable of working on the Farms.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Sandra is implied to be older than the appearance her avatar suggests; her husband is in his sixties and says that she retired a year before the Ending.
* OnlineAlias: Most characters use aliases in the Game, and some in [=LiFe=] as well. Even "Kleya" is an alias.
* PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation: In Kleya's photograph of her parents, the part showing her father has been ripped off.
* PointBuildSystem: The Game uses one. Its basic stats are Strength, Agility, Speed, Stamina, Intellect, and Luck.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Kleya sometimes lapses into this.
--> '''Kleya''': I. Will. Be. Nice.
* RecursiveAcronym: [=LiFe=] stands for "[=LiFe=] is For everyone".
* RedemptionQuest: The whole comic is very much this for Kleya.
* ReformedCriminal: It's strongly implied that [[spoiler: Kleya]] is the reason everyone is terrified of hackers.
* SeriousBusiness: The power of TheCracker is hyped up to the point of unbelievability.
** TheCracker is hyped in-story as well, with some claiming the person Kleya's suspected of being (still pending confirmation) hacked the geomagnetic field. Reminders that such a thing is impossible are not sticking.
** At the same time, however, being a hacker in [=LiFe=] is essentially the same as being a RealityWarper.
* ShowWithinAShow: More like a virtual reality within a virtual reality, The Game is inside [=LiFe=], which is not the real world.
* SoreLoser: Kleya ''hates'' losing, and tends to instinctively hack when she's in danger. It's to the point that her enemies assume she can't possibly be the person they're hunting, since that girl would never forfeit a match.
* SpecialAttack: "Specials" are an important part of the Game. Kleya invents her own.
* StylisticSuck: If you don't have the money to buy an avatar, you have to draw it yourself, and Kleya is a ''horrible'' artist. She gets to use one in the Game due to a loophole, and the proportions are so bad she can barely hold her head up.
* TokenGoodTeammate: {{Deconstructed}}. Kleya wants to enter the game and become a Hero in a desperate attempt to prove to herself and the world that her real self can still be redeemed and do good. After years of struggling to get on the roster, her team immediately gets their group listed as Villainous because each of her partners was unable or unwilling to complete the introduction level without needless carnage, far counterbalancing the good karma Kleya herself got from a perfect ActualPacifist run. The realization that her one chance at making people see that she isn't a monster has been destroyed before she even had a chance to try due to the incompetence and spitefulness of others drives her to nearly RageQuit with near cataclysmic consequences.
* TournamentArc: the Game trials in chapters 2 and 3 are a double-elimination tournament.
* UnsoundEffect: These occur frequently in the comic.
* UnusualUserInterface: Mae uses difficult-to-remember hand gestures. Justified in that it's implied she has an arm out of commission and needs to forfeit some simplicity for the sake of usability.
-->'''Kleya:''' Hold the fourth finger down and flick the thumb thrice.
* TheVoiceless: D talks to Kleya, but the reader only hears Kleya's responses.
* WhiteVoidRoom: Everyone in L.i.F.e. gets dumped into one when the servers fail due to D taking down a hacker during the Game Trials.
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