''[[http://www.treadingground.com/ Treading Ground]]'' was a [[NotableSliceOfLifeWebcomics slice of life webcomic]] drawn by Nick Wright.

Nathaniel "Nate" Ashborne spends his dreary life working at the Food Baronís convenience store, a task he performs with limited enthusiasm. When Nate moves into his friend's Steve Adams and Derek Wilkins' apartment, it doesn't take long before he meets the spunky girl Rose Crowley. They get off to a good start, quite good in fact. Really... very... good. It looks like this could be the turning point of Nate's crappy life, but there are two problems: Rose is known as the neighbourhood bicycle, and she's 16 years old.

The comic follows Nate and Rose, as well as their friends and work pals, as they try to make their relationship, jobs, school and life in general work out. The script and dialogue is fast and sassy, and the humour is direct and disrespectful, with some of the situations Nate encounter in the supermarket taken from the author's personal experience. Occasionally, some pages are marked NSFW, mostly due to Rose.

The comic has had a long life due to ongoing breaks in the author Nick Wright's attention; only 77 strips were between 2003 and 2006. From February 2010 onward, he finally managed a steady Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule, producing the remainder of the 251-strip plotline in less than a year and a half. The webcomic concluded on Friday July 8th, 2011, but the author plans to release a few supplemental strips. There is also a sequel series, ''Peached'', featuring two of the supporting characters of ''Treading Ground'' going off to college in Atlanta.

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!!''TreadingGround'' provides examples of:

* AllWomenAreLustful: Rose, her mother and her sister all have a big sexual appetite, as well as [[spoiler:Tracy]] later on.
* ArtEvolution: Compare [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=202 this]] to [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=944 this]]
* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt: "I'm a sexual hypocrite."
* [[CantHoldHisLiquor Can't Hold Her Liquor:]] Aya.
* CerebusSyndrome: A relatively mild example, but the comic started out as a lighthearted comedy about Nate and Rose's JailbaitWait and his interactions with his roommates and coworkers. Then Rose got [[AllWomenAreLustful impatient]] with the wait, and it took a turn for the dramatic.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Purvous is mentally challenged and more than a little... strange.
* IdiotBall: The day after Nate dumps Rose, Aya talks him into making up with her. He comes to meet her and apologize, and Rose pulls an impromptu OperationJealousy before he can say a word. It goes over about as well as it would in real life. The light bulb goes on after Aya chews her out, but by then the damage is already done.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Rose and Aya are both ostensibly straight, but Rose admits she thought about propositioning Aya during a dry spell.
* IncestIsRelative: [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=279 One of the routers in the trailer-park is]] "aint nobody fucken my sister but me".
* TheJailBaitWait: The entire foundation of the plot. The last panel of [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=788 this]] comic is also that trope's current title picture.
** Subverted [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=1227 now that someone's finally checked]] [[SoCalization state law.]] Also justified, as they discuss living in other states where 18 was the age of consent. And they later mention the latter trope by name.
* {{Jerkass}}: Arne, Nate's supervisor and Nate's roommate Steve.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: After the disastrous OperationJealousy, Rose starts having meaningless sex with Trevor (whom she doesn't even like), telling herself that it doesn't matter now that Nate wants nothing to do with her.
* LudicrousGibs: [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=322 Category 4 roadkill]].
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Rose starts out hitting this trope pretty hard.
* OperationJealousy: Rose thought her best friend wanted her to do this, and went ahead with it before she could explain. It put the final nail in her relationship's coffin instead.
* RagingStiffie: [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=254 Nate gets one]], and isn't a fan of the "Up periscope" trick.
* RightBehindMe: [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=205 Subverted with Nate's reaction.]] [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=290 And Arne's]].
* ShoutOut: Albeit ''quite'' [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=288 an inappropriate one]] to QuestionableContent.
** And to ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=625 here]]. Subverted in a sense, as it's merely a result of the author using his old DeviantArt works for random posters rather than out of the desire to intentionally make a shout out to the work.
* SoCalization: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=1550 here]].
* SpinOff: There's a sequel focusing on Arya going to college.
* UrbanLegendLoveLife: Despite rumors to the contrary, Rose has only had sex with three guys. Granted two of those were at the same time. And at only 16 years old, 3 partners is nothing to sneeze at.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Les regains his former position as a butcher, and [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=1509 even gets]] [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=1516 a date]] with his ex, Lilith.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: WordOfGod states that Purvous is based on someone the author previously worked with, and several of his lines were taken verbatim from the original source.
* YaoiFangirl: [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=201 Derek's unseen ex-girlfriend, as well as Nate's.]]
** And then {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Nate in the very next panel.
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