''[[http://www.venusenvycomic.com/ Venus Envy]]'' is a [[{{Transsexual}} transgender-centered]] webcomic which is notable for portraying the subject matter more realistically than most, rather than taking the TransformationComic route.

It originally started as a simple gag comic about transsexuality, but the nameless lead character soon developed into the comic's heroine, Zoe (ne Alex) Carter. The story itself is a [[TeenDrama Teen]] {{Dramedy}} that centers around Zoe's life as a girl in her new town, where no one (with a couple of exceptions) knows that she was Alexander Carter just a few months ago.

It briefly succumbed to OrphanedSeries syndrome, due to the author's then-waning interest and busy real-life. Due to the original comic's cliffhanger ending and popular demand, ''TransGirlDiaries'' did a fan followup (essentually a webcomic {{Doujinshi}}), [[http://transgirldiaries.com/?p=2193 here]], which mimicked the style of the original comic and was well received by the VE fandom.

The author herself seems to have been pleased by this: The comic now updates, albeit sporadically, and [[ShoutOut seems to be following the basic outline]] [[AscendedFanon of the aforementioned doujinshi.]]


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!! This webcomic contains examples of:

* AboveTheInfluence: Eric turns down Zoe at the prom. [[spoiler: He can tell her drink was spiked.]]
* ADateWithRosiePalms: There's an entire chapter based around this subject.
* {{Animesque}}: The more recent comics have moved away from this style, though.
* ArcWords: "Hello Alex. Don't you look pretty in that dress."
* ArtEvolution: So, so much. In a rare example for a Webcomic, it goes ''away'' from a {{Animesque}} look as it evolves.
* AttractiveBentGender: Chris, the crossdresser, makes a very attractive girl. Also, Zoe made an attractive boy.
* AuthorAvatar: Erin herself occasionally appears in non-canon strips (sometimes to deliver an AuthorFilibuster), along with her evil [[GiantSpider spider-clone]], Erin 2.0.
* CrossOver: [[http://www.venusenvycomic.com/index.php?id=273 This page]] crosses over with the webcomic [[http://www.jadegordon.com/leanonme/ Lean On Me]].
* BerserkButton: If you want to avoid a trip to the emergency room, Larson is ''not'' "Marie", or a [[ButchLesbian lesbian]], for that matter. And don't call Nuke "Literature/HarryPotter". Just don't.
* BiTheWay: Zoe and Nina
* BigFancyHouse: Lisa lives in one of these.
* BigFriendlyDog: Bergy
* CannotSpitItOut: Larson and Zoe
* TheCasanova: Eric, in a more overtly creepy way than most examples. [[spoiler: Like recognising the symptoms of a date-rape drug]].
* CerebusSyndrome: The comic was never exactly light, but as the art changes it gets progressively darker and more serious.
** With [[spoiler: Nina]] as the KnightOfCerebus.
* CheekyMouth: Moreso in the earlier comics.
* ChekhovsSkill: In a crowning example of the use of the trope, Zoe's Tai Chi. [[spoiler: Useful when a murder is charging you. Of course, then you go and hug the murder...]]
* ComingOutStory
* ContentWarnings: While the comic is fairly worksafe, there are rather frank discussions of gender and sexuality issues, as well as the occasional [[NippleAndDimed nipple]].
* ChirpingCrickets: [[http://www.venusenvycomic.com/index.php?id=242 parodied]]
* CuteAndPsycho: [[spoiler:Nina. Oh gods, ''[[AxeCrazy Nina]]''.]]
* DoesNotLikeMen: Lisa, who won't even speak to boys other than Chris if she can help it.
* {{Dramedy}}
* EasySexChange: Completely averted.
* [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Everything Sounds Scarier In Russian]]: Coach Lonov teaches the girls various Russian phrases to intimidate the opposing team.
* FanSequel: Provided by TransGirlDiaries.
* FallingIntoHisArms: Zoe falls straight into Eric's arms.
* FemmeFatale: Grace
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Grace. [[spoiler:Nina too.]]
* GenderBlenderName: Although she changed it anyways, Zo's birth name is Alex.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: They show up for Zoe a lot.
* GroinAttack: Zoe getting hit by a soccer ball in the crotch and chest is a running gag.
* {{Irony}}: Nina thinks [[{{Transsexual}} Zoe]] is [[http://www.venusenvycomic.com/index.php?id=911 the perfect girl.]]
** Also, the poster in the last panel of [[http://www.venusenvycomic.com/index.php?id=10 this strip.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Richie, Eric, and Larson.
* KissKissSlap: [[spoiler:Zoe and Larson]]
* KlingonPromotion: [[spoiler: Nina attempts this twice.]]
* LethalChef: Zoe.
* LoveDodecahedron
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler:Eric]]
* ReallyGetsAround: Lisa is a rare lesbian example of this trope, and is somewhat infamous for it.
* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: Coach Lonov. Lampshaded when the entire team starts spouting off random Russian to scare the other teams.
* OrphanedPunchline:
-->"... so I stabbed him in the eye with a fork!"
* PenName: The author uses one of these; members of the HateDom have semi-recently tried to "out" her real name on various wikis -- Including this one.
* QueerRomance
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler:Zoe was raped in seventh grade by an older student when she first tried on a dress she had created for the play she was working on. This was before she was living as a girl and was the first time anyone outside of her family saw the real her.]]
* RedHeadedHero: Zoe is a redhead.
* {{Sarashi}}: Larson, using the tape as breast-bindings. Lisa spied a glimpse of them in the shower and assumed they were for wounds; when asked about it, Larson said he was secretly part of an underground kung-fu ring.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: The entire girl's soccer team, except for one, who fears she's actually straight.
* SchoolPlay: ''RomeoAndJuliet'', to be exact. Zoe has ''very'' good reasons to object to being cast as Juliet, as it turns out.
* SeriousBusiness: A small time high school production of Romeo and Juliet: SRS BSNS. [[spoiler: So serious that apparently Nina is willing to kill whoever it takes to land the lead]]
* ShownTheirWork: The artist is a transwoman and has a fairly first hand view of what a young {{Transgender}}ed teen goes through in the US. Taken to horrifying extremes during a FillerStrip when the artist relays the time she was sexually assaulted at college.
* StupidSexyFlanders: Lisa finds Chris a bit hotter than she would like to.
* TeenDrama
* TheAtoner: Eric
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted and played straight -- Zoe's new town doesn't have a specialist in her type of therapy, but her old therapist does come to visit. In addition, it's shown early in the comic that Zoe's parents kept taking her to different therapists trying to find one that ''wouldn't'' suggest Zoe visit a specialist in Gender Dysphoria (aka Transgenderism). One even suggested ''they'' get therapy to try and get over their problem with this.
* {{Transsexual}}: Zoe (MTF) and Larson (FTM). Lisa initially assumes that Chris is as well (and even goes on a date with him), but [[UnsettlingGenderReveal realises]] that he's just a [[WholesomeCrossdresser crossdresser]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Lisa, Larson
* UnmovingPlaid
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Happens to Lisa twice.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The science teacher, Mr. Cluck, is a ''chicken''. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Larson in one comic.
* WebcomicTime: The comic's been running for over 12 years now, and only a few months have passed in-story.
* WhamEpisode: The 3/4/10 page. ''Wow''.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Chris
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Zoe's parents' reaction to her transgenderism. Even when it is repeatedly diagnosed by independent therapists and she is repeatedly referred to a specialist for treatment, they continue to try and find a therapist who will tell them that Zoe's insane and that they will cure her for them. In the end, at least one therapist suggested they get therapy to help them deal with their reaction while Zoe was in therapy.
** Zoe's mother continues to play this trope straight -- outright blackmailing Zoe into going to church as Alex and generally not being supportive in the least. Amusingly, the people at the out of town church they go to mistake Zoe for a ''lesbian'', not for a boy -- and are more supportive than Zoe's mother (one tries to hook Zoe up with her own daughter), to boot!
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