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->'''Priestess:''' Sebastian is six foot three, and could kill a dragon with his bare hands! He carries a magical sword that can cut through anything, his companions support him with powerful magic and unmatched strength, he can look into your eyes and destroy the sin in your soul with nothing more than a thought!
->'''Sebastian:''' ... That's very flattering.
-->-- '''[[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2007-08-30~N-Word%20on%20the%20Street-jpg.htm Word on the Street]]'''

''True Villains'' is a fantasy, villain-focused web comic written by Josh Kurtz and Madison Hughes, and drawn by Max Karpsten, with colors by Darren Urmey.

''True Villains'' takes what you know about fantasy: how the good guys always win, the villains are definitely evil, mostly irredeemable, and always lose and flips it on its ear.

The comic follows the story of Sebastian Jalek, an alchemist/adventurer. After a run in with the famed villain Xaneth Antaris, he turns over to the side of villainy. Sebastian then makes fast friends with Elia the necromancer and takes in the orphaned Mia.

As the story expands, there are werewolves, elves, raging paladins, white-robed freaks, adventurers, crusaders, and much, much more.

The long-needed remasters are over, and True Villains is currently updating three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Can be found [[http://www.truevillains.com/ here]].

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* AboveGoodAndEvil- [[spoiler: Sebastian]] since the end of Saga Five
** The Gods represent a single concept (e.g. progress, vision, love, etc.) and are completely morally neutral, they will provide power to champions of good and genocidal maniacs alike if that will further their individual causes
* {{Adorkable}}- Sebastian is pretty dang cute but also a nerd, what with his dumb backpack and him being rather ignorant of the very world he lives in.
* AerithAndBob- We have Xaneth Antaris, Sebastian Jalek, Mia Jalek, Elia Redscallon, Bayn, and Tom.
** Don't forget about [[spoiler:Dexter Pheonix and Gray]].
* AffablyEvil- Elia and Xaneth mostly, but, various psychoses aside, the entire main cast fits this to some degree, even Bayn can be quite charming when the situation calls for it.
* ALighterShadeOfBlack- As bad as Xaneth is, Dove makes him look positively heroic.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents- Dexter
* {{Animesque}}- The original art style of the strip, but later and revised strips have a more realistic look
* AntiHero- Pre- HeelFaceTurn, Sebastian was a Type I, with some shades of Type III. Although he did do good, he seems to have been doing it more for thrills or material rewards than out of a desire to help people, and when he learns that Xaneth's dungeon requires a life be sacrificed to open the door, he unhesitantly snaps a guy's neck (although that was technically self defence).
* AntiMagic- While hopped up on divine power, the Paladin can remove the enchantments from Mia's magic armor simply by saying "Release".
** Alistor is immune to dark magic.
* AristocratsAreEvil- Lord Attera seems to be in charge of Xaneth and very evil.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking - The Paladin nearly kills Sebastian and company, condones the [[spoiler:torture of small children, namely Mia]], and judging from his castle, [[spoiler: has a horrible, awful taste in carpets.]]
* ArtEvolution- Look at the first comic, then look at anything from the newer series. Heck, even when the series wasn't changing artists every few minutes Maddie's art got steadily better over the course of Saga 1.
** Even Max's art has grown ridiculously over his time as illustrator.
* ArtImitatesLife- Subverted, then invoked. The characters for the first production of [[TheMusical the musical]] look similar to their comic counterparts. Then, after the second production and a few artists swaps, the characters took on similar appearances to their Real Life counterparts.
* ArtShift- from normal remastered style straight to [[spoiler:shoujo-style manga]] in [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic.php?P=2009-04-31~N-Doki%20Villains.jpg this]] remastered page.
* AssholeVictim-
** The knight who Sebastian kills to open Xaneth's dungeon, who was planning to kill him for the same reason.
** No one in this comic is really on the moral high ground, but there's just something insufferable about [[spoiler: Alistor. He probably deserved getting blown up.]]
** The woman whose face Elia [[EstablishingCharacterMoment melts during her first appearance]] gleans no sympathy from the reader, as she'd just spent the last few pages threatening another young woman and Sebastian.
* AxCrazy- According to WordOfGod, before she met Xaneth, Elia was this. She has a lot more self control now, but is still prepared to go on a bloody slaughter simply to rescue one person
* BadassBookworm- Sebastian, following his [[TookALevelInBadass leveling up]], and to a lesser extent, Elia
* BadassMustache- Bayn had one in his early adventuring years, but then it was burned off in a fight with a fire priest.
* BetterLivingThroughEvil- Sebastian joins Xaneth and, in exchange, Xaneth doesn't kill him. Win-win!
* BigBad- Possibly Xaneth; he shows signs of complex planning and reasoning in some comics. Perhaps a Big Bad in training?
* BiggerBad- Lord Attera seems to be the Big Bad on a much larger scale than Xaneth
* BigDamnHeroes - Mia jumped right in and saved Elia and Cecile from [[spoiler:Gray]].
* BlueAndOrangeMorality- The Gods are beyond human morality, they only care if the individual aspect of reality they represent is being served. To illustrate this, Gray and [[spoiler:Dove]] are both affiliated with the same God.
* BreakingTheFourthWall- All over the place. However, most prominent is the fourth wall-shattering character [[spoiler:Dexter Pheonix]]
* BroughtDownToNormal- After being de-aged, Bayn remembers everything he learned over his life, but can only perform the basic magic that he could do when he was ten.
* BulletproofHumanShield- Xaneth uses an innocent bystander in his fight against the Necromancer.
* CainAndAbel- Alyssa and Sebastian. Interestingly, in this case it's the good sibling, Alyssa, who wants the evil sibling, Sebastian, dead. Sebastian would rather Alyssa just ran away because he doesn't want to kill her.
* CameBackStrong- Xaneth tried to [[spoiler: use Dove's soul as a bomb against Alyssa, but ended up bringing him back as a powerful demon]]
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower- Sebastian; he suffers a crippling injury to his aura that drains his life force constantly, and forces him to train hard for three hours a day just to stay alive. [[spoiler:After Bayn fixes the damage, that training [[http://truevillains.com/comic-2011-10-04~N-Mightier%20than%20the%20Sword-jpg.htm catches up to him...]] ]]
** The mercenary Alistor, who can perform outright superhuman feats of strength and speed with ease.
** Elia's friend Cecile is a semi-parody of this trope- she wields a sword as heavy as a man (which even Gray can't use) one-handed, due to studying ''dance'' her whole life, meaning she can use the sword like spinning around a dance partner.
** The adventurer Brawn is strong enough to flip Tom one handed.
** Basically, if a character doesn't have magic or inborn powers, expect them to have this to some degree.
* CheerfulChild- Little Mia, with her constant smiles and sweet nature, is an obvious example.
* TheChessmaster- Xaneth
* ChildProdigy- Bayn as a ten year old with the mind of an experienced ninety year old wizard is basically one by default, although it's implied he was very smart the first time he was a kid also
* ChronicHeroSyndrome- Sebastian is trying to get over this.
** [[spoiler: As of the end of Saga Five, he has]].
* CombatPragmatist- Sebastian. Demonstrated in Saga Five, where he starts off the confrontation with his former companions by [[spoiler: blowing up Alistor with an alchemical trigger he's dosed him with during their previous meeting.]]
** Xaneth [[spoiler:dropping an explosive potion on Dove while flying at a high altitude above him]]
** All the main characters fight pretty dirty, {{Justified}} since they're the villains.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan- Mia, who is adopted by Sebastian after [[spoiler:he blows up her hometown.]]
* CurbStompBattle- Sebastaian and Xaneth's fights with The Paladin and The Man in White respectively are shown side-by-side, at first the two of them are getting stomped, [[spoiler: then they turn it around.]]
* {{Curse}}-
** The reason Xaneth's shoes are yellow? [[spoiler: Dexter cursed him so that any pair of shoes he wore would turn yellow. This extends to him going barefoot- his feet turn yellow after a while. It's such a mundane curse, but it makes Xaneth FURIOUS.]]
** Bayn also fell victim; [[spoiler:Dexter's curse forces him to refer to him as "dad", and makes him unable to become intoxicated. He ''hates it''.]]
* CutenessOverload - [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2008-06-27~N-Persuasion-jpg.htm Elia cannot resist Mia's charms]] ... [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2008-07-04~N-Inefficiency-jpg.htm Xaneth? Not so much]].
* DaddysLittleVillain- Mia, in the sense that Sebby is not actually her father.
* DanceBattler- Cecile. She calls her self-taught swordfighting style [[IncrediblyLamePun "Swing Dancing."]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy- Xaneth. For example, he warns the townspeople that he's planning to destroy them... and tells them that he's going to do it a week ''after'' the time he ''actually'' plans to destroy them.
* DungeonCrawling- Sebastian used to do this until he was contracted by Xaneth
* EnfantTerrible- Ten year old Bayn
** Mia isn't one of these, but Gray and Xaneth's other enemies consider her one.
* EverythingsWorseWithBees- The chests in Xaneth's dungeon are filled with bees, even when they are at the end of a complete and utter death trap.
* EvilCostumeSwitch[=/=]ImportantHaircut- Sebastian [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2012-12-12-Suit%20Up-jpg.htm cuts his hair]] and [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2012-12-19-Truly%20a%20Villain-jpg.htm changes his clothes]] as a sign that he's completely gone over to evil.
* EvilVersusEvil- Xaneth vs Dove (The Man in White).
** Elia vs Malice
* EvilSorceror- Xaneth, Elia, Bayn.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness- Xaneth's dungeon is a hexagonal tower with no visible windows or doors.
* EvilVirtues- All of them are evident in one cast member or another.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller- Literally. The Priestess thinks Sebastian is six foot three.
** Sebastian says to Xaneth that he thought he'd be taller. Xaneth takes it in stride.
* ExpositionDiagram- Xaneth pulls out the Blackboard of Mystery to explain Mia's abilities to Sebastian.
* FaceHeelTurn- Sebastian commits one and is seemingly firm in his decision. He did, after all, [[spoiler:blow up a town.]]
* {{Facepalm}}- [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2013-07-03-Moving%20Out-jpg.htm Facewing actually]]
* FlashStep- [[spoiler: Lord Attera]]
* FingerpokeOfDoom- When empowered by "Divine Favor" from his God, the Paladin can shatter swords and dispel wisps just by speaking
* FiveManBand- Alyssa and her team
** TheLeader- Alyssa
** TheLancer[=/=]TheChick- Olivia
** TheSmartGuy- Zach
** TheBigGuy- Brawn
* FiveBadBand-
** BigBad- Xaneth
** TheDragon- Sebastian
** TheEvilGenius- Elia
** TheBrute- Tom
** TheDarkChick- Mia
** TheSixthRanger- Bayn, Augustus
** TeamPet- Squib
* FullFrontalAssault- Elia [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2014-02-17-Skin%20Deep-jpg.htm removes her clothes]] ''[[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2014-02-19-Dead%20Falling-jpg.htm and skin]]'' to use as a decoy against an undead warrior.
* GeniusBruiser- Brawn
* [[EvilCounterpart Good Counterpart]]- Each member of Alyssa's team roughly maps to one of Xaneth's minions; Alyssa to Sebastian, Olivia to Elia, Brawn to Tom and Zach to Bayn. Xaneth being as GenreSavvy as he is, matches them up that way when they attack Alyssa's camp.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly- There are an infinite amount gods in the TV world, but only five have significant power at any given time because of how many people worship them.
* GoodIsNotNice- The Paladin, [[spoiler: Gray]]
** Also [[spoiler: Alyssa]], while she is deginitely a force for good, she isn't the kind of person you want to spend time with
* GoodWingsEvilWings- Xaneth has traditional "angelic" feathered wings, but they're also solid black, so he occupies something of a middle ground in this trope, despite being squarely on the side of evil.
* GoryDiscretionShot- You don't SEE Xeke biting a guy's head off; only the shadow of it, along with Aya's frightened reaction.
** Mostly averted however, the strip hasn't shied away from showing a lot of blood in fights
* HannibalLecture- Bayn, masterfully, [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2009-12-12~N-The%20Actual%20Worst%20Person-jpg.htm see it here]].
* HeroAntagonist- The Paladin, of course.
** Alyssa and her team.
* HeroesPreferSwords- Alyssa and the Paladin both wield swords in contrast to the protagonists, who use magic, automata, knives and brute force.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard- The Paladin challenges Sebastian to a one-one-one fight in their first meeting, and casts a ward on himself to keep Tom and Mia away so they can't interfere. Tom simply steps forward and stands next to Sebastian, and the Paladin's own ward knocks him back- if you're going to put a magic forcefield around yourself to block a specific person, make sure they aren't significantly stronger than you.
* ImportantHaircut- Sebastian gives himself one in Saga 5, when he [[spoiler:accepts his villainhood.]]
** Also comes with [[spoiler:[[EvilCostumeSwitch a new costume]]]].
* InformedJudaism- Xaneth, presumably to avoid the obvious UnfortunateImplications.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope- Alyssa believes this is what happened to Sebastian. It's a bit more complicated that that, but she's not entirely wrong.
* KnightTemplar- The Paladin takes his holy work very seriously, and goes to any lengths to defeat evil. Even [[spoiler:torturing little children.]]
* LethalHarmlessPowers- The only spells Bayn can still cast at his old power level are the purely defensive "Shield" and "Grounding". He uses them to [[spoiler:subdue a demonic Dove in three [[http://truevillains.com/comic-2014-10-17-Two%20Spells-jpg.htm moves]]]]
* LightIsNotGood- Dove the necromancer is so evil that even Xaneth looks good next to him, but he wears pure white at all times
* LittleMissBadass- Mia, with her ability to build [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2008-09-08-The%20Cavalry%20Arrives-jpg.htm this.]]
* LoveGoddess- Ara is described as the God of Love, though not technically a goddess since the gods are genderless.
* LoveableRogue- Alistor is a subversion, he assumes the persona of a charming vagabond, but his casual murders and total lack of remorse make it clear that he's a sociopath who shouldn't be liked or admired.
* MadeOfExplodium - What even makes a Fallen Angel Potion explode, though, right?
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction- Sebastian when [[spoiler:his aura is damaged]]. It's even mentioned in the Artist's Blog.
---> '''Elia:''' ...and if it goes on unchecked, you will wither away and die.
---> '''Sebastian:''' ...Well. Crap.
* MayDecemberRomance- Mia's crush on Bayn, somewhat averted in that though chronologically Bayn is nearly ninety, physically he is about ten.
* MeaningfulName- Bayn's family have a natural resistance to fire, their name is Pheonix
* MemeticBadass- Pre-HeelFaceTurn, Seabastian was one [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2007-08-30~N-Word%20on%20the%20Street-jpg.htm in-universe]]
* MiseryBuildsCharacter- Sebastian cites this trope after pushing Bayn out of a moving cart.
* MoralityKitchenSink- The entire extended cast has only a couple of pure good or pure evil individuals, with everyone else occupying varying shades of grey.
* MrExposition- Sebastian's ConstantlyCurious CaptainObvious tendencies force Xaneth (occasionally Elia and once Bayn) into the role.
* MyNaymeIs- Dexter Pheonix. He even addresses the 'eo' spelling in-comic.
* NaiveNewcomer- In Saga 6, Bayn takes some time while traveling to fill Sebastian in on his past with Xaneth, as well as why Xaneth's shoes are yellow.
* NoodleIncident- Whatever Sebastian did to expose the Amberscar conspiracy, he had to lay low for a year to avoid fallout.
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging- Sebastian's first task as Xaneth's apprentice is to blow up a small town called Dorn. Of course, the first passerby he meets there immediately mentions that she recently recovered from an illness... [[FromBadToWorse that everyone thought would be fatal...]] [[UpToEleven and now her whole family has moved in to celebrate]]. Understandably, Sebastian's already shaky resolve is jolted considerably.
* ObliviouslyEvil- Mia, maybe.
* OlderThanTheyLook- And how! On the cast page Elia's age is listed as 87.
** Bayn can also count now. After all, [[spoiler:he was magically transformed into a little kid.]]
** Xaneth is at least as old as Bayn but looks about thirty at most
** [[spoiler: Gray, apparently]]
** So much of the cast is this that Sebastian comments on it--
--->'''Sebastian:''' Man, nobody ages normally anymore. Gotta get in on the immortality game.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent- WordOfGod says that Xaneth is a demon.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent- Gray has been abducted by a group of vampiric beings who are apparently religious zealots (who ironically follow the same god as him)
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent- Xeke. Also his sister Cecile is apparently a human born to werewolves.
* PetTheDog- Sebastian, Elia and even Xaneth think that Mia is too cute to kill.
** Plus Elia freeing an elven slave girl from her human masters, although, she does use an army of zombies to slaughter an entire mansion full of people to do it, so...
* PowerTrio- All signs point to [[spoiler:Sebastian, Brawn and Olivia]] being one of these.
* PragmaticHero- Gray and Alyssa have no problem crossing the line if they have to. Their followers tend to be a bit more HonorBeforeReason though.
* PragmaticVillainy- Xaneth operates on a fairly local level and avoids doing things ForTheEvulz, this means he has a pretty strong reputation and a reasonable level of power, but his actions are too small for the more powerful heroes to bother with him, even The Paladin is more focused on Sebastian than him.
* ProtectedByAChild- One of the reasons Gray does not just kill Sebastian when they first meet.
* PuppyLove- Mia has a one-sided infatuation with [[spoiler: de-aged Bayn.]]
* RealityEnsues- When escaping from Alyssa, Sebastian punches through a wall and learns that, while he is super strong and [[SuperToughness correspondingly tough]], he is not immune to pain and punching brick still hurts.
* {{Revision}}- Now updating with the redrawn early sagas. The events are the same, but some things are added or tweaked a little, for better storytelling.
* SchmuckBait- Xaneth's entire dungeon, for instance, you need a special key to unlock Xaneth's chamber at the end. He keeps said key in his chamber.
* SerialKiller- Elia, but Xaneth keeps her under control most of the time
* SiblingRivalry- [[spoiler:Sebastian's sister, Alyssa, kidnapped him and tried to lay siege to Xaneth's dungeon.]]
* SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains- Basically assured to happen, what with the VillainProtagonist and all. Some of their companions like Cecile and Xeke seem like downright good people, just friends with some very bad people. Sebastian fits in with Type I quite nicely as well.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea- Gray to Cee in "Fearless". Though slightly overshadowed by the broadsword to the head shortly thereafter.
* StreetUrchin- Mia, when she lived in Dorn, according to the musical. It holds true in the comic.
* SuperStrength- Sebastian, Xeke, Tom, Brawn, Allistor, Gray
* TalkingApplianceSidekick- Augustus, the amazing talking, dueling, pocket-watch.
* ThePollyanna- Mia, her life has been endless misery and anguish, so much so that she's now immune to all negative emotions. It's actually a little creepy when she wanders into a torture chamber or loots a corpse with a smile on her face
* TheTeamNormal- Sebastian is the only cast member who doesn't possess some kind of mystical or sorcerous ability, even his strength is just the result of hard (albeit magically assisted) training
* TheUnfettered- After spending five sagas agonising over his moral choices, [[spoiler: Sebastian]] decides to rise AboveGoodAndEvil, devoting himself totally to the thrill of adventure, and his own personal freedom. In his own words, all he cares about is what he ''can do'', not what he ''should'' do
* TookALevelInBadass- Sebastian, he can punch through swords now.
* TheMusical- Has its own page [[http://www.truevillainsmusical.com/index.htm here]]
* UnsoundEffect- '''[[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2007-10-20~N-Teamwork-jpg.htm SHOVE]]''' and '''[[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2007-12-01~N-Sometimes%20Give%20Up-jpg.htm GRAB]]'''
* VillainousFriendship- Xaneth and Malice
* VillainousValor- Sebastian still has it, much to Xaneth's annoyance, [[spoiler:but he's growing out of it]].
** Augustus is something of an example as well, he acts like a stereotypical swashbuckling hero, but is 100% loyal to Xaneth and the others.
* VillainProtagonist- With a title like ''True Villains'', what can you expect?
* WickedCultured- In Saga Three Sebastian and Elia infiltrate a formal party, when Sebastian tells her he can't dance she replies, "You're a villain now, learn to dance"
* WingsDoNothing- We have not seen Xaneth fly or use his wings for anything besides looking damn awesome. Until [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2011-08-19-Ironic%20Heritage-jpg.htm now]].
* WorthyOpponent- The Paladin seems to view Sebastian as this.
* [[spoiler:YaoiFangirl]]- Elia, as [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic.php?P=2009-04-31~N-Doki%20Villains.jpg this]] remastered page reveals.