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[[http://www.true-magic.com/ True Magic]] is a humorous fantasy webcomic written and drawn by Aja and co-author :D. It follows the adventures of five residents of Homeville, who for certain reasons have gotten rather adept at using such unlikely weapons as guns and halberds as farm implements. With the villagers of Homeville constantly beleagured by nobles who come by to violently harass them, our heroes finally take it upon themselves to trek to the city of Hometropolis in an attempt to get the nobles to leave them alone.

The original comic ran for about five years, but the entire thing has recently been rebooted with much-improved writing and art. You can start reading it [[http://www.true-magic.com/view.php?id=1 here]].


'''The main characters, in no particular order:'''
* Henson: TheBigGuy, uses a scythe to slice potatoes. Often MistakenForGay or a girl, initially, due to not tying back his long hair.
* Jen: TheChick, uses a halberd to shear sheep. A WholesomeCrossdresser for the sake of pretending to be a noble.
* Kiku: A FieryRedhead, who wears metal claws for some reason. Really likes [[ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin hot cocoa]].
* [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Bob:]] BrainyBrunette BadassBookworm.
* Joe: TheEveryman, who weaponized all of his buddies.

'''Other characters, who may or may not end up being important. We'll see!'''
* The proprietors of the Dusk to Dusk.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair Green-Haired]] Man: Strangely eager to tell Henson something "of the utmost life-changing gravity." We don't know what it is, yet.
* [[FiveManBand The guards]].
* The trio of theives.
* And who wrote the letter directing students to beat on Hometown?

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!!This comic provides examples of:
* ActionMom: So, without the infamous band of weapon-wielding residents to protect it, Homeville must be a piece of cake for bandits, right? Right? [[http://www.true-magic.com/view.php?id=83 Dead]] [[http://www.true-magic.com/view.php?id=84 wrong.]] [[BadassFamily Well, now we know where Joe and Jen got their skills...]]
* ActualPacifist: Henson in the reboot, much to the chagrin (and mockery) of his allies.
* AerithAndBob: Kiku, Henson, Bob, Joe and Jen.
* AltText
* AristocratsAreEvil: They're the primary antagonists of the story.
* ArtEvolution: The reboot of the comic has much better art than the beginning of the first run.
* AscendedExtra: Bob and Joe join the group in the reboot, upgrading the PowerTrio (Henson, Jen, and Kiku) to a FiveManBand.
* AxCrazy: Martinus the Mad. Reinforced by his use of an actual axe.
* BadassNormal: The protagonists of the story.
* BadassBookWorm: Bob. [[http://www.true-magic.com/view.php?id=47 Catches a sword while reading a book]]. [[http://www.true-magic.com/view.php?id=49 He then continues on to later threaten friend of sword thrower, with said book]]. At the time of writing this, Bob is featured on the BadassBookWorm page.
* BeardOfEvil: The first noble shown harassing the present day villagers sports a goatee. That first nobleman is mocked by his classmates later for having a wussy beard.
* BerserkButton: Messing with Henson in front of a [[ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin hot cocoa'd]] Kiku.
--> [[http://www.true-magic.com/view.php?id=119 "That'll teach you! Callin' my buddy a ponce!"]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Everywhere you look! It's gotten to the point that men tend to wear their (long) hair in a braid, since its the only way to tell them from the women.
* BlatantLies: "If you ''ever'' threaten a priest again, I'll smi-" AltText: "He was going to say, 'smile and turn the other cheek'. Honest!"
* BloodKnight: Martinus the Mad.[[spoiler: To the point that Bob gets him to forfeit by pointing out that those who forfeit have to fight another match afterward.]]
--> Henson (threateningly): "Guess what? That guy you just kicked around [[spoiler: is my best friend.]]
--> Martinus (hugging him): "Yes! I can s-see why! He t-told me how to fight twice as much every night! ''Why doesn't everyone do it this way?''
* BrainyBrunette: Bob, the self-educated peasant.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: [[http://www.true-magic.com/view.php?id=11 This page]] brought to you the letter L.
* CasanovaWannabe: Joe imagines girls flocking around him.
* ColorCodedCharacters: The nobles wear blue and white; the peasants wear green and brown. It makes it pretty hard for the heroes to improvise a costume for Kiku, but pretty easy for the nobles to choose who to slaughter.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Jen reprimands Kiku for holding a sword in his mouth: "Oh, Kiku. Don't put that in your mouth! You don't know where it's been!"
* CorruptChurch: The priests in the prologue are so corrupt, [[spoiler: they even turn against their own god, Lucideus.]]
* CloseCallHaircut: [[spoiler: In the first run, Kiku accidentally pokes Joe's eye out. In the current run, a similar scene is shown, but instead, Joe is only given a CloseCallHaircut. He later gets another one to even up the other side.]]
* DarkskinnedRedhead: Kiku.
* DeathByOriginStory: Done on a larger scale. [[spoiler: Lucideus may or may not be dead, but his absence is why the priests were able to continue their abusiveness towards commoners, which led to the events of the comic.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Check out panel [[http://www.true-magic.com/view.php?id=88 three:]] Long [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair?]] Check. Heart-themed necklace? Check. Frills? Check. Actually a girl? Sorry.
* DumbMuscle: The two thugs of the highwayman group.
* EveryoneIsSingle
* FieryRedhead: Kiku again.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Joe or Henson
** TheLancer: Kiku
** TheSmartGuy: Bob and, to a lesser degree, Joe
** TheChick: Jen, an ActionGirl, not TheLoad.
** TheBigGuy: Henson. he is not TheStoic, HeWhoMustNotBeHeard, or otherwise noncommunicative. Just - the biggest guy on the team. He also shows major leadership capabilities, and so overlaps with TheHero.
** Also the guards, explicitly named as a five-man band in the forum thread to name them: : Sergeant [[TheHero Garrett]] [[LargeHam Lockwood]], Private [[TheLancer Keenan Andir]], Corporal [[TheBigGuy Phineas Phidega]], sketch artist [[TheSmartGuy "Doc" Wimbledon Lacey]], Corporal [[TheChick Bree Connelly]], and [[RedShirt Julius Acacius]].
* TheGenericGuy: Bob and Joe, more so in the first run. Even in the reboot, their names are catch-alls for TheEveryman.
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: Twice. There were supposed to be other gods, but Lucideus can't seem to find them. Also, [[spoiler: no one really knows what happened to Lucideus when the priests sealed him up.]]
* HidingBehindReligion: Some of the priests just like to abuse their powers for the hell of it. When Lucideus admonishes them, one insists that he was setting people on fire "for God."
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: One of the city guards refuses to wear his because "it makes my hair look stupid." This is his explanation when his sarge tells him off for getting hit over the head.
* HolierThanThou: The priests, to the point of being abusive to their subjects.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: Kiku on hot chocolate.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Inverted in an amusing fashion with the protagonists. Instead of using farm implements as weapons, they use weapons as farm implements (and, when the situation calls for it, as weapons...).
* ImagineSpot: Joe thinking of staying at the nightclub. He sees Bob as a magician, Kiku hunting rats, himself as a ladies' man, and [[HoYay Henson in a thong]].
* KillItWithFire: Ah, yes. Fireballs. The solution to everything...
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Henson is lectured by a streetwalker on how to appear male.
--> [[http://www.true-magic.com/view.php?id=95 "...which is why the long-haired gents wear ponytails around here. It's more masculine, you know?"]]
* MistakenForGay: [[spoiler: Henson]] is mistaken for a gigolo.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: '''''TO THE POTATO SHED!'''''
* NewFirstComics
* NiceHat: The priests'. Lampshaded by the AltText.
* PercussiveMaintenance: [[http://www.true-magic.com/view.php?id=141 It always works.]]
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: After commoners complain about the priests' deeds and Lucideus demands they change their ways, [[spoiler: the priests turn against Lucideus and seal him up.]]
* RedHeadedHero: Two of them, Henson and Kiku.
* ReligionIsMagic: The priests are endowed with magical powers. Makes you wonder about the priest of the octopus god.
* ShoutOut: "[[LordOfTheRings It buuuuurns us!]]" and [[Literature/{{Discworld}} dogs with orange eyebrows.]]
* ShowSomeLeg: Fails utterly when Jen tries.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Quite subverted. The guards might not be paragons of virtue and civic duty, but they see through the group's ruse easily.
* TournamentArc: [[spoiler:The heroes get thrown into an arena known as "The Pit" after getting dragged down into the Dusk to Dusk nightclub.]]
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Jen, to get into a nobles' school.
* WildHair: Kiku's hair is all over the place.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Played straight with one of the thugs who attacks the heroes ("My mom told me not to hit girls"), and ''inverted'' with the girl in question ("My mom told me not to hit boys who don't hit girls").
* YouDontWantToCatchThis: [[spoiler: The villagers put spots made of jam on themselves to keep the nobles away while the heroes are gone, as well as a sign warning of "Peasant Pox."]]