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''[[http://smbhax.com Supermassive Black Hole A*]]'' ("A star") is a sci-fi webcomic telling stories from a human civilization in the center of our galaxy, and more specifically, the covert search for a particularly powerful bit of LostTechnology, and the lives ruined by it. Here, energy and raw materials are abundant and life is cheap. ''A*'' is in a black-and-white cinematic format, and updates Monday through Friday.
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!!''Supermassive Black Hole A*'' contains examples of:
* AntiHero: Selenis seem to fall between this, {{Anti Villain}}, and {{Villain Protagonist}}.
* ActionSurvivor: Vero Plank, our hero, is a simple tramp freighter crewman. But the instant shit got real, he TookALevelInBadass.
* ArbitraryMaximumRange: Apparently, the 'boomships' have a greater laser range than standard MegaCorp fighters. Possibly justified, because they are stated to be faster, and therefore more capable of dodging incoming laser fire, and therefore capable of engaging effectively at greater ranges than a slower, less dodgy opponent.
* ArtEvolution: The webcomic started out as a project for animated clips, thus explaining the first comics' [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness cartoonish art style]] before its transition to more realistic style.
* BiggerBad: Oswalt and Perriman are mentioned only in legend, and those legends make it clear they were not nice.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Since Episode 22, Selenis' antagonist became CorruptCorporateExecutive and his [[SpacePirates group]] despite her [[AntiHero character status]].
* BlondesAreEvil: The morally questionable bounty huntress, Selenis, was drawn with platinum blonde/white hair.
* BodyBackupDrive[=/=]RespawnPoint: Selenis has a cloning facility with dozens of bodies in reserve. However, the process is... [[CloneDegeneration inexact]].
** The flaws of her cloning technology may been showing up in [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0021&d=0118 Episode 21]], [[spoiler: which the old bartender may have been a hallucination that may have been resulted from improper brain generation. However, this has yet to be addressed FOR NOW.]]
* CasualInterstellarTravel: because the stars are much closer together at the galactic core than they are out in the vicinity of Earth, this is possible despite the lack of FasterThanLightTravel.
* CharacterDevelopment: Selenis seem to gain some positive aspects after [[spoiler: her time in a cult colony led by Hierophanta]] Episode 22.
* ColonyDrop: A ship 10 times the size of a galaxy-class freighter, moving at 10 percent light speed, hits a planet. Only those important enough to get on the few evacuation ships survive.
* CorporateWarfare: Occasionally happen in SMBHAX-verse.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Solvan Mar gets the most screen time, but he's far from the only one.
* [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Galaxy]]: As the comic's description says, " an area of space dominated by a gigantic black hole, where energy is abundant and life is cheap."
* CultColony: Ended up in this trope in [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0022&d=0001 Episode 22]], [[SaintlyChurch one]] led by [[TheGoodShepherd benevolent]] priestess and another [[CorruptChurch rival and possibly malevolent cult]] led by Selenis' [[SinisterMinister acquaintance]].
* DeathBySex: The rare male example.
* DecoyProtagonist: It's been many chapters now since we last saw Vero Plank (not that Selenis is much of a protagonist to begin.)
* DrivenToSuicide: In the end of episode 20, [[spoiler: Selenis jump off from Treban's apartment to prevent her corporation to track her.]]
* EarthThatWas: Suggested throughout. There's a historical society dedicated to collecting artifacts and data about Earth. They even have something called a "tree." Whether the humans of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgr_A* Sagittarius A*]] come from ColonyShip or Perriman's cloning technology is debatable.
* FanService: Selenis can be seen as this in swim suit, [[LatexSpaceSuit space suit]], or without clothes.
** MsFanservice
* FemmeFatale: Selenis.
* FrickinLaserBeams: used in both [[SpaceFighter many space fighters]] and basic space ships.
* ImmortalityImmorality: Due to her [[BodyBackupDrive constant cloning]], the already-morally scrupulous Selenis is effectively an immortal.
* ImmortalProcreationClause: {{Justified}}, according to [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showsinglepost.php?p=18883950&postcount=117 Ben Chamberlain's post]], since Selenis' pregnancy may complicate the cloning process.
* LatexSpaceSuit: Most of her appearance in space suit is form fitting enough to see her curves.
* LostTechnology: Perriman's 'perfected' cloning technology.
* MegaCorp: Many, and powerful. Conventional government has been mentioned only once, and only in passing.
* NeuralImplanting: Selenis' brain contained implants that transfer her previous memories to another clone after her death.
* [[OlderThanTheyLook Older Than She Look]]: Thanks to her using [[{{Body Backup Drive}} cloning technology]] for decades, she appear younger than she would appear. Lampshaded in [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0022&d=0012 this comic]].
** Really700YearsOld: How old she would be if her original form had lived beyond the time of [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0014 this comic]] without cloning technology or natural death.
* PutOnABus: Plank, since the end of Episode 10 after shooting Selenis (who later took over most of the comics' plot) in cloning facility.
* ShaggyDogStory:
** Episode 11 and 12, the result from Selenis' assault on Solvan Mars' facility [[spoiler: ended in her death, which the location of the LostTechnology from her NeuralImplant was sent in 34th clone, who was slated to be purged for the long-term survival of her future clones that effectively erased the information 2 years (ComicBookTime) after Episode 11.]]
** Episode 17: [[spoiler: Selenis' search for cloning technology on the planet's turned fruitless when the database isn't available on its archive and ended with the facility's [[NukeEm nuclear bombardment]].]]
* StealthInSpace: Fusion engines leave a radiation trail that can be easily tracked, while chemical engines do not.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Distances in the core are much smaller, as noted above, but at best that would mean a journey of years between stars instead of millennia, and definitely not the days depicted.
* SpacePirates: Episode 24 had a group of them led by a CorruptCorporateExecutive who recently captured a space station with Selenis' aid.
* ThereAreNoGoodExecutives: There ''[[SuspiciouslySpecificTense was]]'' one.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Selenis tried this trope with Vero in this [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0010&d=0103 strip]] when both of them were trapped in Perriman's cloning facility by an armed starship, [[spoiler: which ended with her [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0010&d=0151 death]] and a Cliffhanger on [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0010&d=0152 Vero's indecision]] to whether he should clone himself or not.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman/ ClonesArePeopleToo: This [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0014&d=0013 comic]] subverted this trope, HARD, especially the somber mood of Selenis' clone over her realization as a copy of her creator and [[spoiler: her termination]]!
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