->There was a little girl\\
Who had a little curl\\
Right in the middle of her forehead.\\
And when she was good\\
She was very, very good\\
But when she was bad\\
She was horrid!
-->--Nursery rhyme

->Every story needs a villain...
-->--Gail Swanson

''[[http://whenshewasbad.smackjeeves.com/comics/126925/1-1/ When She Was Bad]]'' is a webcomic about [[PsychoLesbian psycho lesbian]] [[VillainProtagonist villain protagonist]] Gail Swanson, who gained superpowers when a mysterious cloaked man zaps her, in a [[MagicalGirl magical girl]] [[SuperHeroOrigin story]] gone wrong. It's about her fights, her triumphs, her losses, her lackeys... And maybe her love life. If she can ever get the guts to ask the girl of her dreams out.

It's also about her [[TheChosenOne heroic]] counterpart, AlphaBitch Amber Price, who eventually [[ResignedToTheCall resigns]] into her role, and tries to use her powers for good, especially against Gail Swanson.

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!! This show provides examples of:
* AnimalsHateHim: Gail's cat Torq says Jasper gives him the creeps.
* ArtEvolution: From [[http://whenshewasbad.smackjeeves.com/comics/129250/1-8/ this]] to [[http://whenshewasbad.smackjeeves.com/comics/970885/15-4/ this]]. The proportions are still weird, but you can't say it hasn't improved dramatically.
* {{Asexuality}}: Gail believes Jasper is asexual, as he has never shown interest in anyone.
* AttemptedRape: A flashback reveals that this is one of the reasons Gail hates Amber. [[spoiler:Amber's boyfriend attempted to rape Gail. Gail suspected that Amber put him up to it.]]
* AxeCrazy: Gail and [[spoiler:Coyote]]
* BerserkButton: Gail and Sean appear to share one -- [[spoiler:sexual threats towards women]]
* BiTheWay: Tabitha casually reveals to Gail that she's dated both boys and girls in the past.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Sean disarms a cop this way when breaking Jasper out of prison.
* BlessedWithSuck: Amber gets super strength and Gail gets... to talk with her cat. [[spoiler:At least, that's what she first thinks.]]
* BloodKnight: Coyote, Coyote, COYOTE.
* BreastAttack: [[http://whenshewasbad.smackjeeves.com/comics/297539/6-20/ During the armored car robbery.]]
* CarFu: As seen [[http://whenshewasbad.smackjeeves.com/comics/631281/12-22/ here]].
* TheChosenOne: Amber is, according to the Order.
* CursedWithAwesome: Gail's secondary power always changes; This means she has all kinds of weird powers, talking to animals, [[WalkingTechBane disabling any technology she nears]], {{telepathy}} and [[spoiler:[[PlayingWithFire pyrokinesis]]]].
* DisabilityImmunity: Anthony, who's been deaf since birth, is immune to Gail's mind-reading. She can't hear his thoughts because he doesn't associate words with sounds.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The group's reaction to [[http://whenshewasbad.smackjeeves.com/comics/659068/extra-a-little-arteest/ Tabitha's horrible (drunk) sketch]].
** More seriously on [[http://whenshewasbad.smackjeeves.com/comics/1577952/18-21/ this page]]
* EvilLaugh: Gail breaks out in one when robbing a bank for the first time.
* FakingTheDead: Max pretends to die after being shot in the chest by Jasper. However, it doesn't take long for his deception to be uncovered.
* FiveBadBand: Gail's group as a whole.
** TheBigBad: Gail
** TheDragon: [[DragonWithAnAgenda Jasper]]
** TheEvilGenius: ...He's a hacker, so stereotypically that makes Ben this.
** TheBrute: Sean
** TheDarkChick: Anna
** And they also have a [[TheChick Chick]] as well in the form of Tabitha.
* FiveManBand: Amber's group
** TheHero: Amber
** TheLancer: Rebecca fits this best, but by WordOfGod, its apparently Hillary
** TheSmartGuy: Rebecca
** TheBigGuy: Max
** The Chick: Hillary
** TagalongKid: William
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Jasper.
* FlyingBrick: Amber has {{Flight}}, SuperStrength, and moderate SuperToughness, explained as being necessary for her to use her strength without hurting herself. She also claims the MostCommonSuperpower, at least in comparison to Gail.
* {{Gayngster}}: Connor Hammond.
* HealingFactor: Max has one for his role as Amber's bodyguard. It's initially very powerful, but decreases over time as Amber becomes stronger and less reliant on him.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Amber, at first.
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: Amber's first superhero costume. It got turned on her rather embarassingly.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Sean to Gail once.
* LockedIntoStrangeness: When Amber gets her powers, her hair turns permanently blue.
* NeckLift: Jasper does this when interrogating a hapless member of Hammond's gang.
* OhCrap: Max, when [[spoiler: Gail is about to drop a car on him]].
* OneManArmy: [[TheQuietOne Jasper]] and [[BloodKnight Coyote]].
* OrphanageOfFear: Gail grew up in an orphanage where "catching the biggest cockroaches was considered a fun past-time". She ran away from when she was eleven years old.
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Coyote
* PerceptionFilter: Gail and Amber have this is part of their powers. No matter how public Gail's crimes are, no matter how many witnesses see her, no one can recall her face afterwards. Even when Amber tries to directly tell the police that Gail is the culprit, her calls end up being ignored or forgotten. The same power also protects Amber's identity: when a recording is made of her flying, her face appears as TheBlank.
* PermaStubble: Sean
* PlayingWithFire: Gail, for a time, due to her constantly-changing secondary power.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: One of the reasons Gail thinks Amber isn't as heroic as the Order proclaims is because she is homophobic and bullied Gail in high school for being gay.
* PowerTattoo: Members of the Order have mystic tattoos that allow them to track each others' locations.
* PowerIncontinence: Gail. So far she has had the power to [[SpeaksFluentAnimal talk to animals]], [[{{EMP}} electronic disruption]], {{telepathy}} and [[PlayingWithFire [=pyrokinesis=]]].
* PsychicStatic: When Gail gets telepathy as her secondary power, Jasper blocks her by thinking about the Mario Bros. theme song on a loop.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Gail and Amber have SuperToughness so that they don't hurt themselves with their SuperStrength
* SamusIsAGirl: Coyote, the fearsome gang enforcer, is revealed to be a woman.
* SatisfiedStreetRat: Gail, who lived on the streets between being in an orphanage and being in a gang, and whose experiences during that time initially make her a much more effective fighter than Amber.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Gail, for a time, due to her constantly-changing secondary power.
* WalkingTechBane: Gail, for a time, due to her constantly-changing secondary power.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Anna says this to Gail early on. Gail actually agrees.

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