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''[[http://www.tryinghuman.com/ Trying Human]]'' is a science-fiction webcomic by Emy Bitner.

Rose Marie Williams is a secretary and filing clerk for a New York City police station and by night suffers from nosebleeds and boughts of sleepwalking. She has been being abducted by a group of aliens, including Hue, an alien who is smitten for her.

The comic also follows Roger, Rose's on-again off-again boyfriend who winds up inadvertently working as a [[TheMenInBlack Man in Black]] and Phillis, an Air Force translator in the 1940s who has a mysterious connection with [=EBE1=], the lead alien Hue's genetic father, that somehow resulted in her death.
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!!This Comics Contains Examples Of:

* TheAgeless: Glasner is implied to have acquired this form of Immorality through contact [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=386 with alien technology]], since he's been around since the 1940s and seemingly hasn't aged a day.
* AlienAbduction: The main premise of the plot.
* AlienBlood: Greys have blue blood.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: 6 has a thing for 8, who has a thing for Roger, who may or may not still have a thing for Rose. Also, Glasner and Phillis.
* AnimeHair: [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=473 Human Tone.]]
** Justified as his chip has a glitch in it, causing his hair to appear like a "torch."
* ArcWords: "Red" is important for as-of-yet undisclosed reasons. It's implied that it has to do with Shade, who has red eyes, or Rose, who has red hair.
* ArtEvolution: The difference between the early pages and the new pages is actually quite astounding, the artist has even begun to go back and redo the older chapters in her new style. A very impressive example can be seen [[http://tryinghuman.tumblr.com/image/31012207086 here]].
* ArtificialHuman: 6 is explicitly called [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=310 an engineered lifeform]], but don't [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=311 call him "half" anything]].
** [[spoiler:All the current Grays are this, not just Hue. See Last of Their Kind.]]
* ArtificialLimbs: [=EBE1=] has an artificial arm, made for him by Phillis. Notably, when [[spoiler:Rose encounters Phillis or something resembling her on the spaceship, she says that she "makes arms" as an introduction]].
* AssholeVictim: Some pretty nasty stuff happens to Walter in the flashbacks [[spoiler: such as getting [[http://tryinghuman.com/?id=540 pimp-slapped by EBE1]] and [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=649 injected with...green stuff by Dr Glasner]] ]] - but honestly, what with the way he behaves sometimes, you can't deny he has it coming.
* [[BetaCouple Beta, Gamma, Delta Couple]]: Phillis and [=EBE1=] and possibly ''more'' depending on how things play out.
** 8 and Roger might have something going on, Longus and Don almost definitely.
*** And maybe Quazky and Gracelis too.
* BetweenMyLegs: [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=457 This page]] when [[spoiler:8 and Glasner hook up]]
* BlindingBangs: 8, and all of the Majestic 12 (save Roger and 6) have HiddenEyes.
* ChickMagnet: Non-canon examples but [=EBE1=], 7, and Hue. With dashes of EvenTheGuysWantHim. In canon, Longus, [[YaoiGuys ironically]] [[HilariousInHindsight enough.]]
* CloseCallHaircut: Rose gets one [[http://tryinghuman.com/?id=422 here]].
* ContrivedCoincidence: The fact that Roger just happens to be hired by an organization dealing with aliens while Rose is abducted by those same aliens. [[spoiler:Later revealed to not in fact be a coincidence, since both Roger and Rose were abducted and that automatically put Roger on the watch list of potential agents]]
* CreatorCameo: More than once. [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=527 Here is the latest.]]
* CreepyCute: Hue, and most noticeably, the Reptoids as a whole. They are human-eating lizard aliens, but have CuteLittleFangs and amusing dialogue that makes it hard to think they're creepy at all. Even Magnus manages a few humorous lines, usually targeted at [[PluckyComicRelief Quazky]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Rose, Quazky and [=EBE1=].
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The 1940s flashbacks eventually settled on appearing this way.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The Reptoids, especially in the earlier comics
* EarlyBirdCameo: [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=18 In Chapter 1]] guess who's sitting behind Roger on the plane?
* [[EmotionlessGirl Emotionless Aliens]]: The Greys have emotions, but they're very different from human ones, and Hue is considered defective because he acts like a human. However, if anything the others aliens are sometimes more emotional and expressive than the actual human characters.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Phillis.
* [[spoiler:ForcefulKiss: [=EBE1=] has a message for Phillis. Unfortunately, only Rose is around to deliver it so...]]
* ForegoneConclusion: Phillis is shot trying to escape from the base with a baby. The question is how she got there.
* FunWithAcronyms: In the case of the '''D'''eep '''U'''nderground '''M'''ilitary '''B'''ase'''s'''.
* GenerationXerox: Between [=EBE1=] and Phillis and Hue and Rose.
* {{Goth}}: 7, with a hint of AxCrazy.
* TheGreys: The aliens are explicitly identified as the Greys in-universe.
* HalfHumanHybrid: It's heavily implied that 6 is in fact half-alien, though he [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=311 vehemently denies being called "half"]].
* HandsOffMyFluffy: [[spoiler: Rose standing up to [=EBE1=] in Hue's defense.]]
* HughMann: None of the real humans running around [[WeirdnessCensor seem to notice that Trying Human circuits don't actually work all]] ''[[WeirdnessCensor that]]'' [[WeirdnessCensor well]]. 7-foot-tall albinos? Normal! Guys with greenish skin, yellow-and-red slit pupil eyes, fangs, claws, forked tongues, and strangely spiky hairstyles, who demonstrate the ability to jump outrageous distances? Nothing to see here!
* HumanityEnsues: [[spoiler:[=EBE1=] causes Rose's mind to screen image him as a human. [[ForcefulKiss He then kisses her.]]]]
* InSeriesNickname: [=EBE1=] always refers to Phillis as "Philena," a contraction of her first name and her last name, "Lennox."
* InterspeciesRomance: ''Also'' the main premise of the plot.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The Greys use a type of memory altering that [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=53 lets the abductee fill in the blanks as to what happened to them]].
* [[spoiler:[[LastOfHisKind Last of Their Kind]]:The Grays' home planet burned up in one of its two suns. [=EBE1=] was born/created shortly before it happened as a prototype form for deep space travel. The original Grays were much more expressive and colorful.]]
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: [[spoiler: Dr. Glasner]], though it's debatable how sane he was to begin with.
* MarsNeedsWomen: Hue's attraction to Rose parallels [=EBE1=]'s attraction to Phillis.
** A ''lot'' of aliens in this series seem to be partial to humans, as well.
*** Eventually we find out that, ''yes,'' Mars really ''[[JustifiedTrope DOES]]'' [[MateOrDie need women.]]
* TheMenInBlack: Majestic 12, not that Roger knew when he signed up.
* MrFanservice: [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=521 Longus]]. Seriously, lizard men were NEVER meant to be that sexy.
* MsFanservice: 8.
* NonMammalMammaries: Averted, although not very clear. [[http://introducingemy.deviantart.com/art/TH-Reptoid-Me-Embolism-162427601?q=gallery%3AIntroducingEmy%2F378704&qo=37 It is more evident in this image]]
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: 8, [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=325 repeatedly]] and [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=314 not just]] to Roger.
* PeopleJars: [[spoiler:Glasner keeps Phillis' body in one.]]
* PetTheDog: Longus' relationship with Don, a young gay boy.
* RedheadedHeroine: Rose.
** FieryRedhead: At least when hanging around [[spoiler:[=EBE1=]]].
* TheReptilians: Longus.
* RescueRomance: [[spoiler:8 seems to be trying to induce this with Roger, since he helped her out years ago, and says that she was the one who recommended him for the job.]]
** Though it's not their first meeting, Longus rescues Don from a couple of thugs, which kickstarts their relationship.
* SexDressed: 8 [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=313 here]], and Dr. Glasner [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=318 a few pages later]] (note the unbuttoned shirt and lipstick stain).
* SpicyLatina: 8, judging by her last name and use of Spanish in a flashback, and she's more than willing to use her sexuality to get her way. In fact, [[spoiler:she used to be a streetwalker]].
* StalkerWithACrush: Longus had apparently taken to "keeping an eye" on Don whenever he was off work.
** Hue also fits the description. Abducting Rose in her sleep when it's not her turn to be taken, showing up at her apartment uninvited...
* StayInTheKitchen: [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=146 Walter's attitude]] towards Phillis, though it fits with the 1940s setting.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Rose to Phillis, despite the former being redheaded and the latter being blonde. [[spoiler:[=EBE1=] has noticed.]]
* ThemeNaming: The Greys are Hue, Shade, and Tone. Only [=EBE1=] doesn't fit this pattern, but it's because his "name" is actually a designation given to him by the U.S. Government (his real name hasn't been revealed).
** Barring Quazky, all the Reptoids are named after (human) muscles or muscle groups.
* TinMan: The Greys. Even more apparent when they use the Trying Human units.
** Exemplified with [=EBE1=]. He gets PISSED.
* TriangRelations: Phillis, Walter and Glasner appear to be in a Type 3, while Phillis seems to at least partially reciprocate Walter's feelings. 8, Roger and Rose are in a Type 4, though 8 clearly wants to change Roger's mind about that. Meanwhile, 6, 8, and Roger are in a Type 5, with 6 at the A point.
* TitleDrop: The Trying Human circuit that allows aliens to mimic humans.
* TheTwink: Don.
* VerbalTicName: Mum.
* {{Yandere}}: 8 seems to be shaping up to be this, [[spoiler:and even recommended Roger for the job to get close to him]].
* YouAreNumberSix: ... And Roger's not at all happy about it.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Even when Rose joins an "alien abductee" support group, her story is seen as far-fetched.
** [[spoiler:When Rose tells [=EBE1=] she's been seeing Phillis all over the place. Not surprisingly, he thinks the experiments have made her loony.]]
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