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A [[http://www.talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/ webcomic]] where AllMythsAreTrue. Wonderfully integrates magic, science, and religion in a modern setting. Tells the story of two sisters with recently discovered magical powers heading to New Orleans to learn about their origins. Gail is an athletic, katana-wielding ActionGirl. Sharon is a [[ShockAndAwe lightning shooting]] former paraplegic.

Pits the magical KnightTemplar organization Vigil against the machinations of the witch and MagnificentBastard Bella Brouchard, with the two sisters caught in between. Trying to save them and avert calamity are [[PrivateDetective detective]] and magician Saxony Canterbury and his [[HalfHumanHybrid half-Kitsune]] partner Hayaka.

An OrphanedSeries as of September 21, 2009, as artist Grayson Towler has decided to concentrate on his professional works... but it's [[http://talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/comicr.html back]] as of January 2014!

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'''This comic provides examples of:'''

* AllMythsAreTrue: So far we've had demons from India, biblical characters, Lovecraftian monstrosities, and more...[[JuliusBeethovenDaVinci often in the same person]].
** Subverted, however, in that they're not ''quite'' the versions we know of. For example, Ragnarok already happened (this we learn from a six-foot-tall dwarf), and the Scripture is said to be less than accurate.
* AngelUnaware: [[spoiler: Aaron Curmen.]]
* AntiVillain: Pretty much every villain seen so far has some redeeming features to them- it's just a matter of what [[WellIntentionedExtremist their]] [[KnightTemplar actions]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters say.]]
* ArtifactOfDoom: [[spoiler: Bella's harp.]] It's not as bad as other examples of this trope, but will still cause massive catastrophe as a by-product of its intended purpose- [[spoiler: [[TheMagicComesBack bringing the two worlds back together.]]]]
* BadassNormal: Grandma Stella Wincott, dad Aaron Curmen. [[spoiler: Eventually subverted for both- Stella becomes an EmpoweredBadassNormal, while Aaron was [[AngelUnaware never normal to begin with.]]]]
* BadassBoast: Gail gives a particularly chilling one on [[http://talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/comic111.html this page.]]
** A spoilery example, but Sharon gives a more flippant, but no less badass one at the end of [[http://talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/comic698.html this page.]]
-->'''Sharon:''' You want me... to [[spoiler: [[RageAgainstTheHeavens hit God with a hammer?]]]] Man, I've wanted to do ''that'' my whole life.
* BadassPreacher: Gail, sort of. Not really a preacher, but when she starts praying out loud, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome epic things]] are about to go down.
* BarehandedBladeBlock. Justified: performed on a practice sword by an extraordinarily competent and superhuman fighter.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Gail. A good, kind Christian girl... who will absolutely ''end'' you if you do anything to hurt Sharon. [[spoiler: [[http://talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/comic111.html Even if it's her own grandmother.]]]]
* BiTheWay: Sharon
* BiblicalBadGuy: [[spoiler:Bella's henchman Jude, formerly known as Judas Iscariot.]]
** Technically [[spoiler: the Curmen sisters' grandfather as well, as [[IHaveManyNames one of his names]] is Lucifer.]] Subverted as he's not actually a bad guy.
* ChekhovsGun: The baseball Gail hits out of the park and Saxony later picks up. Used to [[spoiler:steal Hayaka's white sphere back from the Perivigilum.]]
* CoolGate
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: [[spoiler: Stella Wincott becoming the vessel for the Archangel Michael.]]
* EndOfAnAge: Ragnarok. Technically TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, but the world itself kept on spinning afterward... with [[TheMagicGoesAway some changes,]] of course.
* FigureItOutYourself: The Shackled Man (Justified since [[spoiler:his ability to predict the future is inversely proportional to how much he involves himself]])
* {{Foreshadowing}}
-->'''Lily Curmen''': Just be careful! [[spoiler:My mother's]] apt to start ''running'' the place if you don't watch out!
** [[spoiler: Aaron Curmen talking about how magical types can forget their magical nature and become ordinary humans like him.]]
** Also:
-->'''Saxony''': (Regarding [[spoiler: Brouchard]]) Tomorrow, she may wish she [[OffWithHisHead didn't have a head.]]
* ForgotTheCall: Is a hazard for people with magic, called 'disappearing'.
** [[spoiler:Aaron Curmen]] is the most extreme example. This is also our introduction to Psyche.
* GodIsEvil: Played with. UnreliableNarrator is in full effect on both sides of the argument, but no one can argue that [[spoiler: [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt splitting the world in two at Ragnarok]]]] was probably not the nicest thing to do.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Saxony. Just about everyone else in the comic would probably describe ''themselves'' this way, but [=YMMV=].
** Well, when we first meet Saxony [[http://talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/comic123.html get a scene]] to show us now not-soft he is.
** Taken UpToEleven when Saxony ''[[spoiler: cuts off and magically preserves Bella's head]]'' to get them to cooperate with him.
* GottaCatchEmAll: [[spoiler: To use the Harp without causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt (again), Saxony and the gang must find all the Anchors that Bella used to make it.]]
* HolierThanThou: The comic covers almost the whole spectrum of religious attitudes, and none of them turn out to be evil (flawed, yes, but not out-right evil, [[spoiler:Grandma's]] actions notwithstanding, and the jury is still out on the God-hating [[spoiler:Bella Brouchard]].)
* HollywoodAtheist: Notably averted by Sharon.
* ImpossibleThief: With Saxony it really is magic!
* IncendiaryExponent: A variation, instead of being on fire Sharon does things while crackling with electricity after being struck by lightning!
* InvisibleToAdults: Children are not susceptible to "[[WeirdnessCensor snow blindness]]" regardless of whenever or not they have magical aptitudes, thus requiring magical types to be careful around them. [[NotNowKiddo It is also the reason adults tend to ignore children]].
* LargeHam: [[http://talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/comic064.html Aaron Curmen.]] He even lets out an EvilLaugh at one point.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Sharon Curmen.
* LivingLieDetector: Gail Curmen.
* MagiciansAreWizards: Saxony Canterbury.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: [[spoiler: A steady glance at panel 2 of [[http://talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/comic495.html this page]] will reveal a faint blue glow around [[AngelUnaware Aaron's]] eyes.]]
* MissingFloor
* NayTheist: [[spoiler: Bella Brouchard.]] Sharon, too, after a while.
* NeverMessWithGranny: The girls' grandmother, Stella "tough-as-an-iron-battleship" Wincott. [[spoiler: This trope is even more so in effect when Stella becomes the vessel for Michael.]]
* NoSuchThingAsWizardJesus: Averted; Gail, a devout Christian, raises the possibility [[http://talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/comic239.html here]]. Given that other entities from Christian stories (namely [[spoiler:Lucifer, archangels, and Judas Iscariot]]) have been presented as magical beings in-universe, Wizard Jesus seems likely.
* OffWithHisHead: Saxony to [[spoiler: Bella Brouchard.]] A rather twisted example, as [[spoiler: [[AndIMustScream Bella is still very much alive afterward.]]]]
* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* RibcageRidge: [[spoiler: Sharon finds Jormungandr's corpse in the other world.]]
* [[spoiler: SatanIsGood:]] [[spoiler: While [[GodIsEvil Yahweh being evil]] is unconfirmed, Lucifer (aka Prometheus) has been nothing but decent thus far.]]
* ShockAndAwe: After getting hit by lightning, Sharon acquires the ability to absorb electricity and turn it into super strength and zap people like an electric eel.
* ShoutOut: Sharon likes to tell stories. Subversive ones, usually.
-->'''Sharon''': [[Literature/TheDiamondAge So Princess Nell and her four guardians set off to find the land of King Coyote...]]
** Also, one of the stories Sharon tells about her miraculous healing is that "you would be amazed at how many health problems can be cured by the strategic use of small explosive charges". The person she is speaking to bears quite a resemblance to [[Webcomic/SluggyFreelance Riff]].
** One to {{Casablanca}} [[http://talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/comic661.html here.]]
* SmugSnake: Grant Grogan[[spoiler:, [[AntiVillain at least at first.]]]]
* TheMagicGoesAway: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed.]] As many characters will tell you, magic is not exactly common since Ragnarok, but there's still magic about if you're willing to look for it.
** TheMagicComesBack: [[spoiler: Bella Brouchard's]] true goal.
* TookALevelInBadass: Sharon was [[{{Badass}} badass]] enough as it was. Then [[spoiler: [[http://talesfromthevault.com/thunderstruck/comic699.html she got her hands on Mjolnir.]]]]
* VerbalTic: Saxony's tendency to [[RhymesOnADime rhyme at the end of his sentences.]]
* WeirdnessCensor: {{Muggles}} ''can'' see and interact with magical events, but tend to overlook them, take them for mundane, and/or suppress the memory.
** Children don't have it, and are ''drawn'' to the supernatural. [[InvisibleToAdults This is the reason]] [[NotNowKiddo adults tend ignore children]], their {{Weirdness Censor}} blocks them.
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