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[[caption-width-right:322:The (Paranatural) Activity Club: [[DeadpanSnarker Max]], [[CloudCuckooLander Ed]], and [[BloodKnight Isabel]]. Missing: [[ButtMonkey Isaac]]]]
->''"I'm starting to think crazy is the norm in Mayview."''
-->--'''Max'''

''Paranatural'' is a supernatural humour {{webcomic}} made by Zack Morrison, a.k.a. [=MidnightTelevision=].

It stars a cynical young lad named Maxwell Puckett who just moved into a town called Mayview with his eccentric father and little sister Zoey. It soon turns out that the town is haunted by ghosts and other supernatural creatures, [[InvisibleToNormals which only a handful of people, Max included, can see]]. The comic derives a lot of humor from ludicrous wordplay, [[SelfDeprecating self-deprecation]], and its parodying of common {{Anime}} tropes.

After a hectic first day of school, Max finds himself joining the ([[TitleDrop Paranatural]]) Activity Club, whose purpose is to keep paranormal activity around the school in check, and to help young spectrals like Max understand and control their powers. Mostly they just mess around though.

The comic updates on Tuesdays and Fridays, and can be found '''[[http://paranatural.net here]].'''

A fan-made, fan-operated forum for the comic can be found [[http://paranatural.forumotion.com/forum here]]. The comic was first hosted on Website/ComicFury, and later on Website/{{Hiveworks}}.

The voice acting troupe Creator/ColabHQ has a let's read of Paranatural in progress, recognised by creator Zack Morrison. It is headed by member Paul. It can be watched '''[[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQ7JOidKp_xxMpbaS7ES5aCI50IGOkV2v here]].'''

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!!This comic shows examples of the following tropes:

* AcademyOfAdventure: Mysterious clubs: check. ''Weird'' teachers: check. Paranormal activity that'd detonate a [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} PKE meter]]: check.
* AdjustingYourGlasses: Mr. Spender combines this with ScaryShinyGlasses and [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=182 uses it as a weapon.]]
* AffectionateParody: Of a lot of kid's adventure and anime tropes. At times the comic toes the line between "affectionate parody of shonen adventure anime" and "sincere shonen-style adventure". Case in point: [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=285 Forge dramatically explaining his ultimate plans in the middle of a fight]], played straight.
* AllThereInTheManual: Zack revealed the Activity Club's last names on Twitter and Isabel's grandpa's name on Tumblr.
* AltText: Shows up on most pages, save for parts of chapter 1.
* {{Animesque}}: The first chapter draws inspiration from {{Anime/FLCL}}.
** LampshadeHanging: With Isaac and his [[BishieSparkle Shonen tendencies]].
* AntiHumor: Ed sets up a joke after killing the monster in Chapter 2 and then [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=97 drops the ball]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: According to Isaac, a person can develop spectral powers if they (at least) had a near-death experience, prolonged exposure to supernatural phenomena, or a diet obnoxiously high in citrus.
* ArtEvolution:
** The comic starts off with rough colorless pencil art and occasional gradients, switched to being fully coloured and shaded on the [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=10 ninth page]], then finally the author switched to using a brush pen for lineart on the [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=59 58th page]] (the lines are heavy and rough here because "this was the first page I drew with a brush pen and I could not control that beast").
** Many characters had some noticeable redesign as the comic went on.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=155 Played for laughs.]]
** Isaac's spirit [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=151 slams him]] on his usage of his powers.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: Spirits seem oddly prone to ending up in tools related to their powers. Eightfold can manipulate paper and lives in a book, Ed's spirit has ink powers and lives in a paintbrush, a spirit with the ability to erase people's faces ends up in a pencil eraser, etc.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Mr. Starchman seems to think so of Max's name. Of course, he's completely and utterly insane, so it's not really worth much...
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Ms. Baxter seems relatively normal compared to the other teachers. [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=37 Until the class gets out of hand...]]
** BewareTheSillyOnes: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=187 Mr. Starchman really doesn't like artists...]]
* BigGood: What the leader of the Doorman and the Rabbit Spirit is supposed to be.
--> '''Forge:''' My contact here has told me of his master: an angel of life and beauty, pure and whole. I can no longer follow my heart...but I can follow hers.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The base of the Activity Consortium. Flying elevators, multicolored floors, and the the whole structure appears to be shaped like a corkscrew. Of course, the fact that it's a sort of communal dream that all the members visit when they go to sleep means that it probably doesn't have to adhere to the fire code.
* TheBlank: Briefly happens to Ed (and, off-camera, Isabel). Boss Leader may be a more permanent example; while her face is covered in bandages, there's no sign of a nose or other facial features underneath.
* BlindingBangs: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=48/ Jeff's poofy hair]] entirely covers his eyes and eyebrows. His emotions are expressed through his mouth and cheeks.
* BrickJoke: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=106 Is that a friend?]] [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=145 In the loose sense of the word, sure.]]
* BreathlessNonSequitur: Mr. Garcia delivers one of these.
* BrokenMasquerade: [[spoiler: Johnny's seen Isaac use his powers while pretending to be out cold.]]
** Soon followed by [[spoiler: the ''entirety'' of Johnny's gang spotting the Activity Club and Agent Day sitting in the Ghost Train.]]
* TheCasanova: A background character on [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=40/ chapter 1, page 39, panel 4]].
* CastOfSnowflakes: The comic is famous for its use of quirky faces and hilarious expressions.
* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase: All the chapter titles so far.
* ChekhovsArmory: Re-reading the comic will reveal a truly staggering amount of continuity- for example, you can ''see'' Ed receiving Isabel's message in the background of one panel, the Doctopi make an appearance before they're explained, and passing mention is given all the time to things that are elaborated on later.
* CheshireCatGrin:
** P.J. gives one to Max when they meet. Apparently, it's because he's just exercising his facial muscles "for when [he] can be happy again."
-->"[[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=76/ Your grin was at least an 8.3 on the international scale of creepy]]."
** This is also Suzy's default expression. If she's smiling and paying you attention, it's bad.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Lots of kids and adults alike are a little weird, but Ed and Max's dad take the cake.
* ColorCodedCharacters: The kids tend to wear their associated spectral colors- Isaac and Ed have both [[PaintingTheMedium tinted panels]] in blue and green, respectively.
* ColorCodedWizardry: Ties in with ColorCodedCharacters. Each kid ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Mr. Spender]]) has a different colored aura. Isabel's is red, Ed's is green, Isaac's is blue, Spender's is yellow, and Max's is black ([[MundaneFantastic a fairly common spectral color]]).
* ColorFailure[=/=]BlueWithShock[=/=]ThunderShock: Max, upon seeing his first spirit.
** Also Isabel, when two... very important items... go flying off the train in succession.
** And Spender [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=244 here]]
* CombinationAttack: According to the author, and [[http://paranatural.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/wallpaper1-1280by800.png this]] wallpaper, all of the characters' powers can be combined.
* CombiningMecha[=/=]FusionDance: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=25/ Parodied with Johnny and pals' "friendship fusion".]]
* ComicallySmallBribe: In Chapter 4, Mr. Garcia tries this on Max... with a Starchman star.
* ContinuityNod: In [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=80 Chapter 2]], Max looks under the couch to find a tiny orange spirit battling a giant purple rat. [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=160 Two chapters later]], the fight is still going on in the [[FunnyBackgroundEvent background]] while Max and his family are playing Monopoly.
* CoolHorse: Isabel makes one out of her powers, complete with the ability to unfold its head into a horrible, toothy mouth.
* CypherLanguage: Several spirit characters speak in a cypher language called High Spirit. The cypher [[http://i.imgur.com/Urll6Qa.png was decoded]] by fans only a few days after its first use.
** [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=149 Shortly afterward]], when Max sees Isaac talk to his spirit, the AltText says "Easy, 4chan, it's just random squiggles this time".
** [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=232 He kicked it up a notch]] with Cursed Words, the [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=232 second cypher language]], this time represented by pairs of skulls. [[http://invisiblehandyman.tumblr.com/post/78242715346/importrawdata-i-might-have-successfully Each pair decodes to a specific word]] located somewhere in the comic's ''own archives'', with the parts of the skulls representing the chapter, page number, and how many words into the page it is. A pain to read, but undeniably creative.
* DeadpanSnarker: Max, mainly but also... pretty much everyone else.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: To an extent. Johnny seems less hostile towards Max after kicking his butt. The same seems to go for Lefty.
* DeusExMachina: Just when Max is about to fall off the Ghost Train, a large, heretofore unseen insectoid spirit catches him, gently lowers him onto the Train's roof, and then flies off without a word. [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=262 Max sums up the readers' reaction.]]
* DiscardAndDraw: The possibility is implied in chapter 3, and made explicit via WordOfGod. Tools and mediums are really just ways for spirits to recover from grave injury, and spectrals are able to use their powers during that interval. A spectral will lose that spirit's abilities once it leaves, but they can always pick up a new tool or get possessed again.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Doctopi. They can't ''heal'' you, but they work as a good painkiller.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Isaac wears a Clothing-brand shirt in chapter 3.
** Inverted with Ed's "PANTS" shirt in chapter 4.
* ExoticEyeDesigns: Several spirits.
* {{Eyedscreen}}: Invoked by Isaac using [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=338 two black notebooks.]]
* EyeScream: The whale-frog spirit can make reflections come to life. This is taken to the logical extreme through including reflections in peoples' eyes. [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=96 Which causes tiny doubles of himself clawing their way out of P.J.'s eyes]].
* FacelessMasses: In chapter one, the school hallways are filled with purple and less-detailed extras. Subverted; they're actually ghosts.
* FacialHorror: The pixelhounds can ''pull the skin off their faces''. It's as creepy as it sounds.
* FantasticRacism: The whale-frog spirit apparently finds ghost-powered humans abominable.
* FlatWhat: Max, when a [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=92/ giant snake(-ish?) spirit]] suddenly interrupts his fight with the frog-whale.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Isaac is apparently ostracized from other spectrals because he's [[spoiler:possessed by a violent spirit.]] This doesn't bode well for Max, seeing as how he has a tool [[spoiler:''and'' appears to be possessed by something much worse.]]
* FreudianSlip: At the end of Chapter 3, Max asks Spender a question about where could a ghost more likely be found, whether where it died, or where ''[[MissingMom she]]'' was buried. Every other member of the Activity Club catches the slip, Mr. Spender and Isaac comment how that wasn't subtle at all.
* FridgeLogic: In-universe. Max wonders aloud in chapter 3 why the earth isn't covered in bug ghosts.
* FriendlyEnemy: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=114/ Johnny and Max have something like this going on.]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The comic is absolutely full of them.
* GangOfBullies: Johnny, Stephen, Ollie, and R.J. chase and beat up Max in [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=22/ Chapter 1]]. Johnny and Ollie harass Max and Isaac in [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=114/ Chapter 3]].
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Johnny swings his hand wildly past RJ's face twice after the latter has completely lost it, but the sound effects reveal he's actually wiping the latter's tears, accompanied by sound effects of [[UnsoundEffect WIPE]] and [[UnsoundEffect CONSOLE]]
* GilliganCut: In chapter 4, Isabel says: "It's ''Mayview''. No one important ever comes here." Cut to Forge sitting beneath a tree. Lampshaded in the alt text:
-->Is masterful writing technique, yes? Character says "it won't rain" and then it rains. Good writing, A+
* GoshDangItToHeck:
** Almost all of the main cast are 12-year-olds, so this is to be expected.
-->'''[[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=143/ Mr. Spender]]:''' ...I'll half-swear all I want, you scallion!
** In that particular page this trope is combined with AltumVidetur. Half of it, anyway. That's right: [[RuleOfFunny half-swearing in half-Latin!]]
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger:
** [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=16/ Father and son]]
** [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=106/ YOU!]]
** [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=330 YOU! ME!]]
* GoOutWithASmile: There was something similar to this. While the character in question didn't die, [[spoiler: as Eightfold is falling into the underground where she'll be trapped indefinitely, she smiles at a distraught Isabel and attempts to say she feels the same, just as their mental connection is severed by distance.]]
* GreyAndGrayMorality: The Spender/Forge conflict in chapter 4 looks to be this. Spender is focused on the greater good and acting for the future. Forge discounts this philosophy for the damage it does.
* HotScoop: Suzy wants to be this, but has trouble finding stories for the school paper.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The comments section and, occasionally, the alt text.
** Literally [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=325 this whole page]] from Doorman to Isaac, who is possessed by a storm spirit.
--->'''Doorman''': I have heard its rumblings time and again since we first met... Deep anger storms inside you.\\
....\\
'''Isaac''': ...You really like using weather metaphors with me, huh?
* HypocriticalHumor
-->'''Isabel's Grandpa:''' Arrogant girl! How could an immaculate and majestic being such as myself produce a descendant with such a flaw?!
* ImprobableWeaponUser: The "tools" used by the activity club to fight monsters include such things as paintbrushes and [[PaperMaster books]]. There's even a ''plunger'' tool out there, though as of yet no one's gotten stuck with it.
* InvisibleToNormals: Few people can see the supernatural creatures.
* IPhony: [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=225 Suzy's tablet]] has a banana bunch on the back. Lampshaded in the alt text:
-->I am proud to be breaking into the well-respected "Just Like My Cat" and "Putting Different Fruit on the Back of Apple Product" genres of humor.
* JacobMarleyApparel: If P.J. is any indication, ghosts appear in whatever outfit they died in.
* {{Kamehamehadoken}}: One of the basic spectral attacks is shooting a ball of energy. Isabel's grandpa calls it a "[[OverlyLongName spectral energy compression projectile burstshot]]". Isabel just calls it a spec-shot.
* LamePunReaction: It can come from whoever happens to be holding the Straight Man Ball, but one of the best example comes from Isaac [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=134 while dealing with the Sphinx (and Max)]]:
-->'''Max:''' Isaac, I sphinx you should calm down.\\
'''Isaac:''' Max.\\
'''Max:''' I'm just saying, you seem a riddle bit mad.\\
'''Isaac:''' ''Max.''
* LargeHam:
** Mr. Starchman - [[IncomingHam announces his presence]], ''throws'' gold stars and promises fabulous prizes. At least he's enthusiastic.
** The Whale-Frog spirit loses its damn mind when it finds out Max is a spectral.
** Johnny has [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=46/ a few]] [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=115/ hammy]] [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=125/ moments]]. To quote a random commenter: "Johnny’s face assaulted me as I clicked upon this page, and I was forcefully made aware of his appearance..."
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The first chapter alone introduces 21 characters.
** Lampshaded in the alt-text of the page that introduces PJ and Lefty.
* LookBehindYou: Spender thinks this is what Forge is attempting [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=237 here]].
* LotusEaterMachine: Max expresses some concern over entering the Doorman's belly-portal.
-->'''Max:''' What if the other side is a simulation in this guy's stomach? What if he's eaten us and we live out our lives mistaking extremely slow digestion for the aging process? What then?
* MagicMirror: The Whale-Frog spirit can create these at will, summoning crude copies of itself or others from any reflective surface. It uses these copies for offense or [[{{Squick}} nutrition.]]
* MagnetismManipulation: Max's weapon is a [[BatterUp baseball bat]] which acts as a giant mentally controlled magnet.
* MakingASpectacleOfYourself: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=28/ Suzy]] wears literal rose-colored glasses which appear to be only for decoration. She alternates between wearing them [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=31/ on her head and on her face]].
* MathematiciansAnswer: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=147/ Mr. Spender: "I work for... the government. I am, after all, a public school teacher."]]
** Subverted in [[http://paranatural.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/SUPERNORMAL4.jpg this extra strip]] When Max asks if he can go to the bathroom, Mr. Starchman replies with the expected "CAN you go to the bathroom?". "May I go to the bathroom?" yields a similar answer.
* {{Masquerade}}: So ghosts are like totally a secret, OK? LampshadeHanging when Max asks ''why'' this needs to be a secret, Mr. Spender seems to be at a loss for an answer and quickly changes the subject.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent:
** Just like the {{Funny Background Event}}s, the comic is chock full of important ones too. For example, when Johnny recounts his version of the battle with the sphinx to Ollie, the sphinx is edited out the panels cropped from previous strips because [[InvisibleToNormals he didn't see it]].
** Often doubles with ChekhovsGun. A good example is in chapter 1 when Max was talking to Violet and Lisa, you can see Ed receiving a paper plane message in the background which later turns out to be from Isabel.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Spender's [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=231 attempt to explain why ghosts can't use tools]] gets... a little off-track.
* MissingMom: Max's mother died sometime before the story began.
* MissionBriefing: Dramatically attempted by Spender before Activity Club catch the Ghost Train. Key word: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=208 attempted]].
-->''It's kind of hard to hear you when you're talking with your back to us.''
* MoodWhiplash: After setting down a photo of Max's MissingMom, the family goes quiet for a moment. Then Max's dad erupts into "WHO WANTS PIZZA?"
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: When Isabel [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=249 slices one in half]], we learn that the [[FanNickname Pixellhounds]] have teeth ''[[NightmareFuel all the way down]]''.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The "Super Max Speed-Changing Cool Technique", the soup can throw, and other things.
* MundaneUtility:
** [[DefiedTrope Defied]] by Johnny. When confronted with a fence:
--->'''Ollie:''' Here, Johnny, get on my shoulders and climb--\\
'''Johnny:''' THE FRIENDSHIP FUSION IS NOT A ''LADDER'', IT IS A ''UNION OF SOULS!''
** The AltText continues the joke:
--->''' Ollie: ''' Well. how about I just like, throw you over-\\
'''Johhny:''' THE CAMARADERIE CANNON IS NOT FOR CLEARING OBSTACLES'''
** In a more traditional example, Ed [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=164 hangs his clothes on ink lines and writes himself notes in midair]]. According to TheRant on the next page, this only works because those clothes are possessed. He also [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=153 drew himself a new face]] when it got erased by a spirit (and [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=154 immediately regretted it]]).
* NerdGlasses: [[http://paranatural.net/cast.php Max's dad]] wears half-moon glasses.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Agent 13 jumped the gun and [[spoiler: killed the Ghost Train, thus trapping every single spirit and spectral in Mayview]].
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Collin is the only PieEyed character.
* NoOntologicalInertia: All of the whale-frog spirit's reflection mooks melt upon his defeat.
* NoodleImplements: Exactly what was Mr. Starchmann planning to do with that [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=187 pool noodle]]?
* NoodleIncident:
** Something regarding Mr. Garcia and a pizza.
** Isaac alludes to a previous new spectral having a FreakOut over suddenly seeing ghosts all over the place before Mr. Spender cuts him off, possibly referring to himself.
** In chapter three Mr. Spender implies that he used to have a different fourth spectral on his team before Max showed up. May or may not be related to the above.
** According to an AltText, P.J.'s last words were "Heh, I accidentally buttered both sides of my toast". And then adds a disclaimer that [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer it's not a joke]].
** [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=124/ Whatever the third riddle of the sphynx was]].
* NoSocialSkills: P.J., probably because he's been dead, desperate, and needy for who knows how long now.
* NotSoDifferent: Isaac's spirit says he and Isaac are this.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: A constant situation, since normals can't see spirits but can see the spectrals trying to fight them. [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=185 This situation]] is an exemplary example.
* NoYou: Johnny does it loud and proud [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=117/ here.]]
* ObfuscatingInsanity / ObfuscatingStupidity: An interesting out-of-universe example, the comic itself seems to display either of these tropes. While at a glance it could be said the comic oozes random humor and whimsical nonsense, readers that pay attention to detail can notice there's a certain method to the madness. Dialogue that seems random has its purpose or are witty responses to previous lines. Characters that seem to be just fooling around actually have reasons to do what they do. Pages that apparently make no sense at all are later explained off when the time is right. There's even purpose to background events and stylistic choices. ''[[WidgetSeries Random?]]'' Think again.
* OneHitKill: How Max [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=61/ takes out his first spirit.]]
* OneWingedAngel: Pulled off in quite a big way by the bat spirit in chapter 1, and then again (possibly) by the whale-frog spirit in chapter 2. It's implied to be a form of SuperMode that all spirits are capable of when under stress, which Mr Spender calls "the Grudge effect".
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=239 Chapter 4, page 82]]:
-->'''Max:''' ''[to [[BoisterousBruiser Isabel]]]'' Why is your lack of [[SlasherSmile unsettling battle grin]] so unsettling?
* OpaqueLenses: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=94/ Ed]] and [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=45/ Mr. Starchman]], both of whom are hyperactive, eccentric, and nerdy, and Mr. Spender.
* OrwellianRetcon: A date on [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=39/ chapter 1, page 38]] was altered from "September 25, 2008" to "September 25, 20––" because an explicit date would call attention to the WebcomicTime.
** The sixth panel of [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=204#comment-1249106585 chapter 4, page 47]] counts as well. It originally had such wonderful sound effects written in the wind like "Emo Fresh" and "Sweet Breeze". Zack later removed them after deciding he wanted [[https://twitter.com/paranaturalzack/status/392890635843153920 to play]] [[https://twitter.com/paranaturalzack/status/392890839820533760 that moment]] [[https://twitter.com/paranaturalzack/status/392890897999740928 straight.]]
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Best explained at [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=64/ the end of chapter 1]] and [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=112/ midway into chapter 3]]. But for a brief primer:
** "Ghosts" are dead people; "spirits" were never alive and run the gamut of weirdness. Everyone from either category has a special power that is fully subject to the SuperpowerLottery (one spirit can ''shoot lightning'' while one ghost can...conjure pretty glowing butterflies).
** "Spectrals" are humans who can see the supernatural, and with some training can access a basic set of ghostly superpowers, such as a FingerGun. Spectrals can supplement their powerset by obtaining a "tool" (a possessed object that can access a spirit's powers) or becoming a "medium" through direct possession.
** Other ghost-related terminology includes "poltergeist" (a ghost that can manipulate physical objects--also used as a verb), "shade" (the indistinct, shadowy blobs that people see when their sixth sense is first awakened), and "grudge" (a dangerous spirit that runs on fear and rage. Max's spirit is one).
* PaintingTheMedium:
** [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=147/ Mr. Spender censoring himself.]]
** Max, Isaac, and Spender's spirits all have unusual speech bubble designs: [[VoiceOfTheLegion two-tailed speech bubbles]], bubbles shaped like storm clouds (with lightning tails), and text fading in and out to accompany the AccentOnTheWrongSyllable, respectively.
** Forge speaks in [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=203/ vertical text read left to right]]. This apparently represents some sort of accent, and primarily he speaks in spirit language.
** When Spender speaks with his back to the kids, [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=208/ the speech bubble is in front of him and blocked by his body]].
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Isabel, one of the strongest members of the club, has far and above the smallest spirit seen so far. Eightfold is about the size of a chihuahua. Isaac's spirit is the size of a minivan at least, and just ''how'' big Scrapdragon is remains to be seen, but we've seen enough to know that it's enormous.
* PowersViaPossession: Mediums.
* {{Portmantitle}}: The title Paranatural comes from the fact that, amongst themselves, the Activity Club calls itself the Paranatural Activity Club. This splices and combines the words 'paranormal' and 'supernatural', even though both words mean the same thing. The silly name is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that they're middle-schoolers.
** On the flip side, we have Supernormal -- one-off gag strips in the extras section that show the non-supernatural side of life in Mayview.
* PsychoactivePowers: While Spectrals can generate energy voluntarily, they also tend to radiate it when angry or upset. P.J. also implies that the reason he can't interact with physical objects is his lack of self-confidence.
* {{Pun}}: This comic is absolutely ''chock-a-block'' with these.
** Max notes with glee that since Isaac is possessed by a spirit, he's...a tool.
** Followed up by this:
--->'''Isaac:''' I'm not a tool, Max. I'm a medium.\\
'''Max:''' Yeah? I'm a large.
** "Wuh-oh! Snark attack! Close the beaches!"
* PunnyName: P.J., a pajama-clad ghost living in Max's house. Although he would like you to know that his nickname was P.J. ''before'' he died in his pajamas.
* PuppyDogEyes: Parodied. [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=85/ Isabel has a poster advocating vaccination for them.]]
* RapidFireInterrupting: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=224 This page]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gets delivered to Spender by Forge on [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=246 chapter 4, page 89]]. However, based on its wording, it could be more of a "Reason We Suck" speech. Either way, Spender's getting chewed out for his [[WellIntentionedExtremist "greater good"]] mentality. Possibly subverted, as in the next page, Spender does give a reason for his actions and seems to turn the conversational table on Forge.
* RedheadedBully: Johnny
* RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear: Done twice in [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=221 quick]] [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=222 succession]], and lampshaded both times.
-->''...Yes, that's what I just said. [[LampshadeHanging I don't know why you're repeating it back to me as a full sentence.]]''
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy: According to [[http://paranatural.net/cast.php the cast page]], Cody is this. Indeed, he's one of the few named characters without any particular quirks.
--> A friendly kid in Max’s grade. His most abnormal trait seems to be his tolerance for his friends’ abnormality.
* RunningGag: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=113 Isaac]], [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=181 you're]] [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=136/ too]] [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=221 anime]].
* SacrificialLamb: No one technically dies, but [[spoiler:Eightfold falls out of the Ghost Train in Chapter 4 to a place that is apparently nearly impossible for Isabel to find her, effectively removing her from the plot and fulfilling the purpose of the trope. [[TearJerker She was at least able to give a heartfelt goodbye before she left.]]]]
* SarcasticConfession: Spender asks Max and Isaac how they snuck into his office. Max replies, "Through the door, man[[note]]i.e. through the Doorman[[/note]]", earning a swift punch in the arm from Isaac.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Mr. Spender has these occasionally. Combined with AdjustingYourGlasses and ''weaponized'' [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=182 here]].
* SceneryPorn: The town is [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=18/ very pretty and bright]]. It's even prettier when [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=70/ it's dark]] (and crowded with ghosts).
* SchoolClubFront: The Paranatural Activity Club, whose purpose is to keep paranormal activity around the school in check, and to help young spectrals like Max understand and control their powers, while InvisibleToNormals creatures roam around the town.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Johnny apparently likes to try and bribe the faculty with his muggings.
* SealedEvilInACan: The rules governing tools lend them to this...[[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=163/ even if the "evil" is kind of pathetic...]]
* SealedEvilInASixPack: [[spoiler:Whatever is possessing Max says it "didn't end up with the sense of humor", implying that it's just a part of a bigger threat]].
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=44/ Try]] [[Theatre/DeathOfASalesman Willy Loman]].
* ShapingYourAttacks: Isabel's grandpa demonstrates that spectrals can do this, but one wonders at a possible application for dolphin-shaped punches.
** In Chapter 4, one of his students makes a stylized wolf head to grapple an opponent while both of her arms are pinned.
* ShoutOut:
** Mr. Starchman's class has [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=44/ weird posters]] for ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' and ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}''.
** [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=149/ Here]], we have [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} GENUINE DISTRESS]] from Mr. Spender and Isaac in the hypothetical situation where Max loses his head.[[note]]This was actually unintentional. [[https://twitter.com/paranaturalzack/status/316351311799013376]] [[https://twitter.com/paranaturalzack/status/316351479407575040]] [[https://twitter.com/paranaturalzack/status/316351907302084608]] [[/note]]
** [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=169/ This page]] features an extra who resembles [[VideoGame/{{Mother 3}} Lucas]].
** The pixel spirits look like the aliens from ''Film/AttackTheBlock''.
** The Vice Principal looks a lot like [[InvaderZim Ms. Bitters]] while Principal [[ExtremeDoormat Pleezdoo]] looks like an African-American version of [[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Madam Foster]].
** The ninja rabbits' faces look like the masks in ''{{Naruto}}''.
* SinisterShades: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=48/ Mr. Spender]].
* SlouchOfVillainy: [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=323 Isaac]] is in this pose before going into a rant about Max the new guy is apparently more accepted by Spender and the others than he is.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Isabelle, as far as main characters go.
* SunglassesAtNight: Mr. Spender again.
* SymbolSwearing: Referenced in the AltText of [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=232 this page]].
-->'''Spirits:''' [[[BlackSpeech BLACK EVIL SKULL SPEECH]]]\\
'''Spender:''' W-what foul language is this?!\\
'''Alt Text:''' So either Spender doesn't understand the dogs' language or he does and they're just swearing like crazy
* TeleFrag: A respawning pixelhound spawns around Isabel's hand. It kills the hound without doing damage to Isabel, who then uses this knowledge to defeat the hounds by making them repeatedly respawn inside each other, causing an infinite loop.
* ThisCannotBe:
-->'''Johnny:''' The [[CombiningMecha Friendship Fusion]]...''defeated!?'' I-Imposs..
* TopHeavyGuy: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=20/ Ollie]].
* TouchedByVorlons: A normal human can become a spectral by being possessed or spending enough time around a tool.
* TownWithADarkSecret: Mayview is full of crazy people and haunted by supernatural creatures.
* TransformationOfThePossessed: This happens to mediums over time; their physical appearances are influenced by their spirits.
* TrueCompanions: Unlike most bullies and their cronies, Johnny and his gang are true bros 'til the end.
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=10/ Attempted and failed by Max who just ends hitting his head.]]
* TheUnreveal: "[[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=101/ Wait, giant time-freezing snake? Oh! That's just... ...cool.]]"
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The other members of the Paranatural Activity Club often get up to wacky adventures off camera that are just summed up as "standard fare" rather than explained. Examples: [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=180 1]] [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=297 2]].
* VoiceOfTheLegion: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=142/ On chapter 3, page 39]], [[spoiler:Max briefly speaks with two voices, represented as one speech bubble with two stems]].
* TheVoiceless: R.J. is described as, [[http://paranatural.net/cast.php "A quiet member of Johnny’s gang of bullies and ne’er-do-wells."]] They don't speak until Chapter 4, page 69.
* WebcomicTime: The webcomic started May 1st 2011. January 20th, 2015 marks the 4th day Max has been in town.
* WelcomeEpisode: Chapter 1.
* WhamEpisode:
** Chapter three, towards the middle/end of it, is full of WHAM. [[spoiler: Johnny sees Isaac use his weather powers, and Max is revealed to be possessed by something bad.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Max:''']] [[spoiler: [[VoiceOfTheLegion I'd laugh...]] [[WhamLine but I didn't end up with the sense of humor]]]].
** Chapter four has several more Wham Pages. [[spoiler: We find out there's a barrier around Mayview that will complicate Max's plans to find his mom. Isabel loses her tool and dear friend Eightfold. There are three BaitAndSwitch moments where Max nearly dies. We find out Spender is possessed by a great evil, and it nearly escapes. Johnny and his gang see the Activity Club floating in mid-air. Johnny is possessed by Forge. And then the ghost train dies, making it ''impossible'' to pass the barrier.]]
* WhamLine:
** Chapter four, page 146, by Dr. Zarei:
-->[[spoiler: You just trapped us all inside Mayview]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Part of the Doorman's lecture involves the fact that Isaac called him his "shortcut", labeling him for his utility rather than his own being, even if Isaac didn't mean anything by it.
-->:'''Doorman''': You refer to me by my function ...how ...[[HumansAreFlawed human]].
** A large part of [[spoiler: Eightfold's departure stems from the fact that Isabel unconsciously considers her more of an item than an equal.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Delivered bluntly by Lucifer for Spender's long chain of childish, shortsighted actions in one night. Lucifer being Lucifer, this isn't the most morally sound speech, but the fact that Spender put his students' lives in danger multiple times is very effective at breaking his usual coolness deflectors.
* WithGreatPower: We get a highly effective With Great Power speech in [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=139/ chapter 3]]. Delivered by a guy with a door handle for a face, no less.
* WorldOfHam: A good number of Mayview residents are very over-the-top.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Max's dad misuses the words 'sext and 'meme', [[HilarityEnsues to hilarious effect.]]
* YouSquared: [[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=106 Isaac and Max meet again.]] Max has had a weird night (and can't remember Isaac's name); not sure what Isaac's excuse is.
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