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->"Welcome to Lineage Haven, where the only way to survive is to read between the lines..."
--> —Profile Quote

''[[http://sire.thewebcomic.com/ Sire]]'' is a webcomic on SmackJeeves, about [[JekyllAndHyde split personalities]] Anna and Susan Enfield who journey to England after discovering that they are descended from [[TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Edward Hyde]] and that there is an entire subculture of people who are descended from characters of famous old works and have been cursed by "The Binding" to live the moral of their sire's story... or face the ironic consequences.

''Rule 1: The Binding is everywhere and everyone is bound.'' \\
''Rule 2: If everyone is bound then lineage children are doubly so.'' \\
''Rule 3: The Binding cannot resist tension or drama.'' \\
''Rule 4: We are characters in its story, and each have a moral to learn.''

Confirmed to feature Sires/Dams from:

* Literature/TheInvisibleMan
* Literature/JeevesAndWooster
* Literature/LesMiserables
* Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera
* Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde
* [[SweeneyTodd The String of Pearls]]
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!!'''Sire provides examples of:'''

* AllMythsAreTrue: Or at least a thousand great works of fictions are accounts of true events.
* AlternateSelf: [[JekyllAndHyde Anna and Susan]].
* AmbiguousGender: Riley.
* ArtShift: Sometimes when Susan is in control of the body both girls appear as blonde haired women. Artistic license on when this applies. There have been times where the [[http://sire.smackjeeves.com/comics/705454/chapter-1-page-25/ same page has Susan drawn both ways.]] As of yet [[WildMassGuessing no confirmation on the reason for the art-shift has been given.]]
* TheAtoner: [[http://sire.smackjeeves.com/comics/779499/chapter-3-page-13/ Check out this page.]] If you [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confiteor know the meaning behind]] behind [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mea_culpa the chant]] it paints a clear picture of what type of person this character will become when introduced.
* AuthorAppeal: Royce is a fan of classic literature if that wasn't obvious.
* BigDamnHeroes: Emile rescuing the girls from the London thugs.
* BilingualBonus: Emile sometimes slips in to French.
* BlessedWithSuck: Leif in particular. He shares [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Erik's]] creative brilliance but also his frail body and disfigurement.
* CallingCard: Julian leaves a very well written one for the girls in the suitcase.
* CardboardPrison: The girls are escaping the asylum on high security lockdown after killing a man, still wearing a straight jacket at the end of chapter 1. At the start of chapter 2 they are successfully stowed away on a boat to London. High security lockdown and the manhunt for a murderer mean nothing to the Hyde-Child.
* CheshireCatGrin: [[http://sire.thewebcomic.com/comics/1958049/chapter-5-page-19/ Canta sports one in Chapter 5.]] It borders on SlasherSmile.
* CliffHanger: Chapter 4 closes with an ominous letter from a thief who took the contents of Paul's briefcase.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Emile and Julian being on the same boat that Susan and Anna take to London. Justified in that The Binding pushes Lineage Children in ways to make their "stories" dramatic.
* CosmicPlaything: Each Lineage Child is one due to the ironic literary force of The Binding.
* CreepyBlueEyes: A sign that Susan has come out to play within Anna. Very clear in their [[http://evilplan.thewebcomic.com/comics/1357449/chapter-7-page-20-losing-the-constant-struggle/ Evil Plan cameo.]]
* CursedWithAwesome: Many of the Lineage Children can fall under this. Riley for instance is permanently invisible whether s/he wants to be or not, though s/he has fun with it.
* ADayInTheLimelight: [[WordOfGod The author]] has indicated that each of the EnsembleCast in the haven will have chapters dedicated to their story. Chapter 5 seems to center around Leif.
* DeathByIrony: The implied effect of the [[http://sire.smackjeeves.com/comics/1439466/chapter-4-page-21/ tragic ending]].
* DeconstructionCrossover: A rare example where the original works are known to the characters and the deconstruction is integral to the plot.
* DiabolusExMachina: Susan was ready to fit in and be a good girl. The Binding couldn't very well abide by that and so the girls discovered that they were lineage children and Paul had lied to them both. It gets worse from there.
* DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch: Averted at all costs. The author goes out of her way to make sure not only the British dialect is correct but also Canta's hand gestures are realistic.
* DiesWideOpen: Paul.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Shove her arm again and so help me I'll punch you square in the stomach. Emile shares his vulnerability for this trope with his sire.
* DramaticIrony: Thy name is Binding.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Anna's lack of scar in the first chapter.
* EnemyWithin: Played with. We may never know if Anna wanted to kill Paul, but Susan is very firm that she cannot do anything without Anna wanting it at least subconciously.
* EnsembleCast: Though not introduced until Chapter 4, we now find ourselves with a rather large group of characters with interesting concepts and quirks.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Most major characters get one. Susan destroying Anna's doll, Emile punching Susan in the stomach, Johanna hugging the girls when they first arrive and most recently Riley playing tricks on the girls by pretending to be a ghost.
* EveryScarHasAStory: Anna's self-inflicted one sure does.
* {{Expy}}: Although every character is living the story of their sire/dam it is very important to note that they are unique characters who are forced to live the moral and themes of their ancestors story.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Obviously when they are the same person with and without inhibition.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "It's as true as Holmes and Watson, Anna.". We have not yet seen any indications of a Holmes/Watson lineage child. This line is a promise that there will be one eventually.
* FinaglesLaw: It exists as an in-universe force which the characters know about and try their hardest to avert.
* ForcedToWatch: Anna to all of Susan's atrocities in the body. Most notably the two murders.
* GenreSavvy: This is a series where "The Genre" is a malevolant force of the universe and not playing by its rules will get you killed.
* HistoryRepeats: Every Lineage Child must face the same trials as their Sire/Dam. Running from that truth will only lead to The Binding killing them off.
* HowWeGotHere: The story opens with Anna being interviewed in a juvenile mental hospital and proceeds in to a [[WholeEpisodeFlashback chapter long intro story]].
* InspectorJavert: Emile, naturally. His sire is the trope namer.
* InstitutionalApparel: Anna is wearing a loose straight jacket until they reach the ship.
* {{Invisibility}}: Riley.
* IronicEcho: [[PreMortemOneLiner "You had your turn with it. Now you wait 'til I'm done."]]
* TheJeeves: Dr. Silversmith, via lineage. Though rather than serving Lineage Haven she runs it.
* JekyllAndHyde: Anna and Susan are descended from the TropeNamer.
* KnightTemplar: Emile, [[InspectorJavert naturally.]]
* TheLadette: Susan.
* LegacyCharacter: All the lineage children.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: In-universe. See AllMythsAreTrue.
* LittleStowaway: How Anna and Susan escape America.
* MarshmallowHell: Susan experiences this during [[TeamMom Johanna's]] EstablishingCharacterMoment.
* MeaningfulName: Johanna Thornhill. Two characters from [[SweeneyTodd The String of Pearls]]. Guess which series she owes a Dam to.
* MoodWhiplash: Susan is so proud of how well she has been behaving while Paul was on vacation... and then he returns, with a ripped outfit and broken glasses. It gets worse.
* MuggingTheMonster: London street gangs do not want to mess with Susan. She's already killed two people.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Anna's reaction to Paul's murder.
* ThePenIsMightier: Johanna used a fountain pen on Riley at the end of chapter 4.
* PetTheDog: [[http://sire.smackjeeves.com/comics/705832/chapter-1-page-27/ This page.]]
* PimpedOutDress: [[http://sire.smackjeeves.com/comics/823135/chapter-one-print-cover/ The famous straight-jacket dress]] from the Chapter 1 cover.
* [[PlotTriggeringDeath Plot Triggering Murder]] Paul.
* PreMortemOneLiner: [[IronicEcho "You had your turn with it. Now you wait 'til I'm done."]]
* PronounTrouble: A common problem at the haven where Riley is concerned. [[http://sire.thewebcomic.com/comics/1449587/chapter-4-page-28/ Emile and Johanna seem to have given up.]]
* PsychicLink: Susan and Anna share one.
* PublicDomainCharacter: Many of the sires.
* {{Reconstruction}}: Every character has to live the "story" of the sire/dam. This does not mean they are not their own person, more a reboot of the concept the original character was based on.
* RuleOfDrama: [[http://sire.smackjeeves.com/comics/1217186/chapter-4-page-15/ Rule number three! The binding cannot resist tension or drama.]]
* SceneryPorn: The first shot of London.
* SignedLanguage: How Canta communicates.
* ShownTheirWork: The author has not only read every story that she is referencing. She has studied them with a fine tooth comb.
* StalkerWithACrush: How Canta has been displayed, creeping on Leif.
* SupernaturalAngst
* TeamMom: Johanna [[http://sire.smackjeeves.com/comics/794599/chapter-3-page-16/ will hug you the first time she sees you.]]
* {{Troperiffic}}: Inevitable, given that the comic deals with numerous stories which shaped modern fiction.
* UnsafeHaven: Lineage Haven US was raided and destroyed in the first chapter of the story.
* WebcomicsMultiverses: Anna shows up in EvilPlanTheWebcomic.'
* WhamLine: [[http://sire.smackjeeves.com/comics/710309/chapter-1-page-38/ Anna, help me!]]
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: [[http://sire.smackjeeves.com/comics/720439/chapter-2-page-7/ This page spells it out pretty clear for poor Anna.]]
* WickedCultured: [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Julian's letter.]]
* WildMassGuessing: Natural when every character is based off of a PublicDomainCharacter and not all of them have been revealed yet.
* WouldHitAGirl: [[http://sire.smackjeeves.com/comics/733997/chapter-2-page-26/ Emile cares not for etiquite. Emile cares for justice!]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[http://sire.smackjeeves.com/comics/1439466/chapter-4-page-21/ "When the time comes, these people are punished with a "tragic ending"".]]