Characters: Artemis Academy And Apollo Academy
aka: Magick Chicks
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The leader of the three protagonists, collectively known to fans as the Hellrune Coven, sixteen year-old witch Melissa Hellrune and her friends have been transferred to Artemis Academy for causing a school-wide gender bending incident back at their old All-Ghouls School, Charybdis Heights. Once at the top of the social ladder, Melissa has immediately found herself little more than a nobody at their new school. She's determined to regain her rightful status as 'queen bee' and immediately begins plotting on how to take down Faith Abbott, the student council president and the single most popular girl in Artemis Academy. All while trying to keep under wraps that they're witches in a school for monster hunters.
- Alpha Bitch: She used to enjoy the prestige of being one of the most popular girls at her old school. But, ever since the transfer to Artemis, she's being struggling to regain her former status. Problem is, things work differently at the academy.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Dakota and Anastasia. Melissa and Cerise find them embarrassing even in the middle of their deathmatch.
- Appeal to Force: The principal of Charybdis Heights more or less expels the Hellrune Coven for making a rather disastrous incident possible. But when Melissa's magical power is massively boosted by a pair of Amplifier Artifacts, she intimidates said principle into allowing them back.
- Attack Reflector: Can do this with the help of the Wand. Proves useful when she reflects some of Cerise's Black Magic back at her.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: When she temporarily gets turned into a guy, Jacqui asks if she's doing anything after school. Whether or not Jacqui was kidding is up for debate.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: Jacqui said this was what Mel did when she defeated Rain (used no magic but pure combat ability to beat the Haughty Combat Corpswoman). Reflecting Cerise's fireball back at her could be another example.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Mel wanted the power of Artemis Academy and got it. Unfortunately, that PLUS the Wand she didn't know she had then let her know something's wrong.
- Being Good Sucks: This is the exact reason she's being reformed, whether she likes it, or not. And it's taking a magic wand, Tiffany's influence, and a mysterious girl to get it done, but Melissa's determined not to change. It's even reflected in the comic's tagline: "Being good, never felt so BAD!"
- Blondes Are Evil: As evil as you can expect a popularity-obsessed high school girl to be. subverted later when Mel is split into her good and evil sides the good side remains blonde while her evil side has dark hair.
- Break the Haughty: This seems to be the basic goal of her and the Hellrune Coven being sent to Artemis Academy in the first place. It's debatable if its working but its certainly frustrating her to no end.
- Subverted, in that the Principal of Charybdis Heights sent the Hellrune Coven there specifically to gain information on what goes on at Artemis Academy - their minds are simply wiped after reporting in each time.
- Double Subverted in that The Wand is intent on forcing Melissa into becoming a better person... whether she wants to or not.
- And played with given her latest Eerie Cuties appearance lamenting she hates the Wand, Tiff and that there are no boys in Artemis Academy—and she misses boys. A big fall from where she was on top at Charybdis Heights.
- Cant Get Away With Nothing: Nothing she's planned has worked out the way she's wanted so far. The fact that Cerise has the exact opposite happen only seems to amplify her frustration.
- Recently she had to face Cerise in combat duels...and it was Cerise who got served Humble Pie thanks to the Wand deflecting her own attack back to the redhead.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: As a result of training with Tiffany, she can punch the ground hard enough to make big chunks of rock rise up.
- Chekhov's Gun: The magical girl dream from the first page twice now. The first time during her fight with Faith, and then when it turns out she really is a magical girl.
- Childhood Friends: With Jacqui.
- Create Your Own Villain: Prior to the transfer, life had been good to Mel. The same couldn't be said for the way she treated her friends, (not that Cerise was ever much of a friend). But the fact was, she was already harboring resentment towards Mel for stealing her thunder back in middleschool, compounded by her constant good fortune, which left her feeling she was stuck living in Mel's shadow. Predictably, by the time Mel started to realize it, the damage had already been done. Cerise had reached her limit both mentally and emotionally and wanted Mel GONE.
- Crocodile Tears: Has a spell to generate these when she wants to manipulate someone.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Mel judo-flips Rain without thinking, then launches into kung-fu against her. All the while she's not sure how she's doing it.
- Facing Cerise's big monster, she pounds the ground to throw up boulders at it—and make it go "sob sob." She then uses the Wand to send Cerise's fireball back at her.
- Daddy's Girl: ironic for a witch, doubly ironic in that her "Daddy" isn't a daddy at all.
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: She unintentionally gave Tandy a mild concussion when she struck her with a magic powered bitchslap (in retaliation for Tandy belting her first).
- Discard and Draw: Cerise cuts off Melissa's connection to the Wand by transferring a share of Hekate's power to her, but the result makes Melissa the world's most powerful witch instead. However, thanks to Melissa not being familiar with this power, the battle changes from evenly matched to a Curb-Stomp Battle in Cerise's favor.
- Empathic Weapon: The wand she discovers in an early storyline turns out to have a mind of its own, including forcing her to train with Tiffany every morning and showing an image of Tiff dead to guilt-trip Melissa into helping. When Mel faces Cerise, it appears within grab range—and given Cerise then goes for her Fireball to end the fight, Mel doesn't shoo the wand away—and uses it to send that fireball back at Cerise.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Oh, yes indeedy.
- Evil Costume Switch: After Cerise transfer's a dose of Hekate's power into Melissa, her embarrassing Magical Girl outfit is replaced with a black dress.
- Evil Is Petty: Whenever Melissa's in "Heel" mode, she'll lash out at anyone who gets on her badside even if it's unprovoked. Layla even wound up without her breasts just because she snarked on her, since Mel couldn't think of a comeback! She also has a habit of trying to steal other girls' boyfriends, out of spite, though she's never succeeded.
- Extra Parent Conception: Due to the complicated circumstances of her birth, she could have 2-4 four parents. Or possibly, two sets of parents, since neither Dakota or Anastasia know for certain which of them was actually pregnant at the time, as both had reason to believe that either, or both of them, could have been. The "both Dakota and Anastasia were pregnant theory" gets a boost when Cerise fissions Melissa into her light and dark aspects. They've even theorized that it's possible Mel may have been created by whatever force fused them together, since they separated when her umbilical cord was cut (Sandi promptly votes for this one because it's just so cool).
- Glowing Eyes: Happens twice to Melissa.
- When she was in her first Combat Duel (against Faith), she got them when she tapped into the school—and the power overwhelmed her, turning into a destructive force (that Level 9 magical event that scared Professor Delatorre).
- After she asserts herself as successor to Faith in front of the Academy's student body, Cerise goes "Empress beats President!" and lays a Hekate-powered hand on Melissa. Mel's eyes glow and the hand shatters as Mel transforms into her Cute Witch Magical Girl outfit, resolved to end this.
- Has Two Mommies: Subverted. Melissa didn't know the person she always thought was her father was a woman, due to Dakota repeatedly hypnotizing her with a magic talisman to keep her from finding out.
Melissa: "Moms! Focus!"
- Double Subverted: Melissa literally has two mothers, as Anastasia and Dakota were fused when they gave birth to her. And it doesn't seem to take her too long to adapt once she finds out about it, implying that Dakota's magic talisman had it's limits:
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: It mainly depends on which comic she's in and her role in each chapter, since she makes appearances in both.
- In Eerie Cuties, she's almost always a villain and Layla's primary antagonist. The early parts of the comic had her try to overthrow Layla as Charybdis Heights most popular girl, by trying to steal her boyfriend. And in a set of guest strips, she cast a spell on Layla to take away her boobs, just because Layla snarked on her, and couldn't think of a comeback. She didn't reverse the spell 'til Brooke arrived... begrudgingly.
- She's even become antagonistic towards Brooke, after learning Ace was her boyfriend, and has decided to steal him from her. Though it remains to be seen if she'll still want him now that Tia's removed the confidence boost she gave him, along with the leftover magic in his body. Which has reverted him back to his old look from the beginning of the comic.
- Magick Chicks casts her in a somewhat better light, where the primary focus is to try to reform her by turning her into a heroine. But it's been difficult, since she's determined not to change. Even the realization that she's begun to care more about her friends, and less about popularity was enough to surprise her; causing her to literally run away in panic!
- In Eerie Cuties, she's almost always a villain and Layla's primary antagonist. The early parts of the comic had her try to overthrow Layla as Charybdis Heights most popular girl, by trying to steal her boyfriend. And in a set of guest strips, she cast a spell on Layla to take away her boobs, just because Layla snarked on her, and couldn't think of a comeback. She didn't reverse the spell 'til Brooke arrived... begrudgingly.
- Heroic BSOD: Everything goes wrong for her pretty much at once. Jacqui might be dead, her "father" is a woman and her parents actually hate each other, Cerise isn't and might never have been her friend, she's not a pureblood witch, among other things. She laments "I don't even have friends...all I have is people I'm pretty sure won't attack me." Tandy gives a Get A Hold Of Yourself Man slap to try to snap her out of it.
- Heroine of Another Story: Melissa is a literal, albeit inverted, example. She was originally from Eerie Cuties, where she was an antagonist, while Magick Chicks casts her as the protagonist (see Heel-Face Revolving Door).
- Humiliation Conga: She's been on one from the word go, but she hits her low point when its revealed that she's a magical girl, complete with an embarrassing outfit. This is an odd example since it's been an absolute nightmare for her, but she has a great number of girls at Artemis singing her praises...which is exactly what she wanted in the first place, just not how she wanted to get there.
- Hypocrite: She got mad at Ash for treating her as "a plaything", yet saw nothing wrong with doing the same thing to Ace.
- Irony: In so many ways she hadn't foreseen:
- At the beginning of the comic, she wanted to overthrow Faith and take her position as Artemis' 'queen bee'. Now she has it... when she no longer cares about it. And Faith has handed her position to her.
- Speaking of Faith, Mel used to want nothing to do with her. Now she's gone at a time when Melissa could use her help the most. Both for defeating Cerise and to teach her the responsibilities of being the new student council president.
- Melissa also used to complain about Tiff and her insane workouts. Now she's gone too, along with the student council. And there's no telling when, or if, any of them will return. Well, Melissa, how's that for service?
- Instant Expert: She already knew she was getting physically stronger thanks to her training with Tiffany, but much to her own surprise, she has also somehow become a Kung-Fu Wizard.
- It's All About Me: She's determined to become Artemis Academy's 'Queen Bee', by overthrowing Faith.
- A quick massage that focuses on pressure points that stimulate truthful answers reveals that she no longer cares about that and is more concerned that she's been wronging her friends recently...then she freaks out when she realizes what she just said.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may be petty enough to be concerned with something like being the top of the social chain at school, but when Hekate mind-controls two students to kill Faith and Tiffany and destroy the wand Mel admits to not wanting the two of them to get hurt; which says a lot, since she's determined to dethrone Faith.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: With the help of the wand and Tiffany's training, she is capable of kung-fu and judo moves, despite knowing nothing about martial arts. Even depowered, she'd probably be deadly.
- Literal Split Personality: Cerise's "you want Hekate's power? here, take it." attack separates Mel's light and dark sides, incidentally lending credence to the "Mel is a fusion of two fetuses" theory. The two Melissas later show the ability to split and merge at will, and they do so regularly to live a double life.
- Luke, I Might Be Your Father: Melissa's biological parentage is in such serious question that it's unclear who her mother is, let alone her father. There are two possible mothers, but it's possible that she's a chimera of fetuses from both mothers, or that she was immaculately conceived by a magical event. Oh, and one of her mothers Really Gets Around, so there's absolutely no clues as to who the father would be if she's the mother.
- Magical Girl: Melissa is revealed to be one in in this strip!
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Subverted. Due to magical shenanigans, Melissa's biological mother and father are both in question.
- Meat Puppet: It would be more accurate to say that the Wand wields Melissa than the other way around.
- The first time, she just tapped into the power of Artemis Academy and it overwhelmed her, turning her into a wild, mindless force of power even Faith got concerned about. Mel is only stopped when The Wand's taken out of her.
- And later Professor Delatorre finds out a Level Nine Magical Event happened around the time Mel got the wand. Which this was.
- After she's shown to be a true Magical Girl, The Wand thinks Tiffany is a good role model to train with and uses Tiff to train Mel's previously "porcelain doll" body to be more able to fight For Great Justice. This involves getting Mel to go through Training from Hell whether willing (she's not) or even conscious (when The Wand senses Tiff one night Mel's still asleep as Tiff does "night training" to help Mel become a better fighter even without magick. It looks like Mel's doing all this in her sleep or at least with her eyes closed). Once Mel finds out about the night training and realizes what happens, she's not happy about it.
- The first time, she just tapped into the power of Artemis Academy and it overwhelmed her, turning her into a wild, mindless force of power even Faith got concerned about. Mel is only stopped when The Wand's taken out of her.
- Mixed Ancestry: She's only half witch. Actually she's Half extradimensional evil overlord and half Magical Girl.
- Multicolored Hair: Thanks to Power Dyes Your Hair, the hair color of the Melissa that is a witch is colored black. Magical Girl Melissa on the other hand, remains a blonde. Whenever they combine into the Melissa we know, she has strands of hair in both colors.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: While she and the Coven were fairly high on the social ladder at Charybdis Heights, Layla held the distinction of being the most popular girl at the school, despite Melissa's attempts to overthrow her. She'd eventually learn that there were bigger fish than Layla, when they were shipped off to Artemis.
- Power Levels: Though she's unaware of it she's generated a level nine magical event that has the Artemis staff on edge.
- Power Makeover: Of a comedic torment variety. Mel got taste in clothes keen enough that Hekate puts up with her antics for this and she's vain. As such, she loudly objects when whatever she wears is transformed into something more utilitary. Her opinion on the Magical Girl outfits is that she'd rather run around naked, thank you very much.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Her goal was to overthrow Faith and claim her position for herself. Mel did become popular at the school, though never in any of the ways she could be proud of. With the trope finally coming into play at the end of chapter 15, when circumstances prompts Faith to abdicate her position to Mel.
- Secret Legacy: and it is so complicated it's practically Gambit Pileup by itself.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: She's a Cute Witch Magical Girl, 'cuz she's the daughter of a former Magical Girl and an Evil Sorcereress, who was made by magical reproduction and possibly Extra Parent Conception via Fusion Dance. And, as the daughter of Queen Obscuria, that also makes Mel a Badass Princess.
- Shockwave Stomp: When Cerise squared off against Mel, during their combat exams, she tried to intimidate Mel by summoning a giant mantis. Mel responded by flattening it with with a punch hard enough to make an impact crater.
- Squishy Wizard: Originally played straight and exploited by Faith. But after a bunch of training from Tiffany, it gets averted to the shock of all present.
- Tough Love: Gets this twice from Tandy:
- When Tandy brings in some taken take-out, Mel's still mourning Jaqcui. Tandy makes it known her first priority is keeping Mel alive and going.
- When Mel feels her life has been a lie (her "father" is really a woman and her parents really hated each other, Cerise isn't and might not ever have been her friend, she's not a pureblood witch, among other things) and gets wangst in "Things'll never be like they were in my old school!" Tandy delivers a Get A Hold Of Yourself Man slap to snap Mel out of it.
- Ungrateful Bitch: Mel tells the cat the Wand's done nothing to fight Faith. What did it do instead? Give her a dumb costume, control her body, and ruin her love life (obvious downsides). She then adds, "Teach me kung-fu, improve my grades, make me popular at school..." and thinks THOSE might not be QUITE as bad (though possibly not enough to counter the earlier disadvantages). What tilts her into this? Breaking the 3-3 tie with the cat bothering her Siamese as a downside.
- Unpaused: When exposed to the Wand in the middle of a conversation, she falls into a trance. When the Wand is taken away, she resumes her conversation as if nothing happened until she notices the person she was speaking to is no longer there.
- Unsound Effect: She sends the fireball back at Cerise with a "BOUNCE".
- You Are in Command Now: Faith appoints Melissa as the new student council president, moments before she and the others vanish.
Childhood friend of Melissa and the second of the protagonists sixteen year-old Jacqui is for all intents and purposes a stereotypical boy crazy high school girl. Like Melissa, Jacqui is a witch who specializes in illusions and glamour. Unlike Melissa and Cerise, Jacqui doesn't seem nearly as concerned with rising to the top of Artemis' social system. Usually the ditz of the group Jacqui's attention span is about as long as the distance to the nearest cute guy. Though easily distracted her moments of competence raise questions of if it's just an act or not...
- Black Best Friend: She had the least amount of characterization of the trio, and mainly served as best friend to both Melissa and Cerise.
- Childhood Friends: With Melissa.
- The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: Twice, during the "Spies and Imposters" chapter, though she wasn't being serious either time:
- First she suspected something was unusual about Rain, though Sandi thought Jacqui was referring to Skye's uncharacteristic behavior, at the time. Jacqui told her she meant Rain's dye job, and decribed it as "angry hair". Sandi disregarded it as nonsense and decided she was better off conducting the investigation on her own. Except Jacqui was proven correct mere minutes later, though not for the reason she had expectednote .
- Prior to that, she mentioned the possibility that Faith might be the traitor and joked about her sleeping with the enemy. At the end of the chapter, she learned Faith talks in her sleep and realized she'd been right.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She's undeniably ditzy and not brave, but has quick tactical thinking and has shown herself to be a capable fighter against Chastity. In fact, it's beginning to look like all of it might be an act. Like Melissa and Cerise, she was put under an amnesia spell to spy on Artemis Academy. Unlike Melissa and Cerise, she actually managed to dig up some important information, and reported her findings in a crisp and professional manner.
- Deadpan Snarker: Jacqui is typically the nice one of the group, but she has her moments. Like the time Mel complained about them being shipped to an All Girl School, prompting Jacqui to remind her they'd been kicked out of Charybdis because Mel's shortsightedness nearly turned IT, into one. But in most cases, her snark is delivered in the form of playful sarcasm.
- The Ditz: Perhaps, perhaps not.
- Feminine Women Can Cook / Through His Stomach: Thanks to her side-romance with Paul, she's the only one we know can cook (Faith tried, but was told she's a "terrible cook"). Want some waffles?
- Friend to All Living Things: She has one of Cerise's magical puppies, and in the camping trip, shows she likes bunnies and recently got a puma to act like a big kitty.
- Genius Ditz: She initially seems like an airhead, which, as it turns out, isn't entirely an act. But she's far more intelligent than she lets on.
- Jacqui knows her lore and is skilled enough with glamour spells that she's able to cast multiple illusions at once, without anyone suspecting; including their magic instructor, Mr. Delatorre.
- It's later revealed in Dangerously Chloe that Jacqui used to be a straight-A student. Though it isn't known how she's fared academically, since then.
- Glamour: Each of the Hellrunes specializes in a specific form of magic. Jacqui's specialty are illusion spells (referred to as "glamours"), which she used during her combat exam to disguise herself as Sandi, to goad Chastity into knocking herself out.
- The Glomp: How she helps Faith beat Ash—by glomping his midsection with a little affection. He said nobody could lay a hand on him? Jacqui laid TWO hands—and a cheek and two arms with Unsound Effect GLOMP!) to boot.
- Hot for Teacher: Jacqui is boy crazy, especially if they're cute. So she instantly falls for their magic instructor, Mr. Delatorre, the moment she lays eyes on him.
- Hot Librarian: The disguise she used to seduce Mr. Delatorre.
- Innocently Insensitive: Though from Sandi's point of view, there was nothing "innocent" about it. When Jacqui mentioned the possibility of Faith being the traitor and joked about her sleeping with the enemy, Sandi took offense to both insinuations and belted her.
- Lovable Coward: She's the easiest to scare of her coven and Melissa sees her as bit of a cry-baby. Jacqui herself pictured this trait overblown in her illusion during the "sparring" with Chastity, to lull an opponent into incaution.
- Master of Illusion: Noted in the Genius Ditz entry.
- Motor Mouth: Enough to send even Faith running for the door after listening to her incessant wall of blather, for over 10 minutes straight.
- Nice Girl: She's the only one of the coven who isn't mean. While going along with the other two and having her own share of tricks and intrigues, she is yet to show ill will toward anyone at all.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Between casting an illusion spell on multiple people at once and disrobing to cover for the fact she's rummaging through her teacher's desk, one has to wonder if she really is a ditz or is it just an act. Dangerously Chloe reveals that she was a straight-A student with no interest in boys until succubus Chloe messed with her personality stats, turning her into a Genius Ditz with a severe case of Distracted by the Sexy hardwired into her brain.
- Really Gets Around: Second only to Faith, in that regard. How can she strip so quickly? Practice!
- Dangerously Chloe reveals that it's Chloe's fault thanks to time travel shenanigans.
- Squee: Her reaction to her teacher, Leandro Delatorre.
- She also gleefully accepts Cerise's offer of a "free" (newly-summoned) puppy. Later on bunnies on the camping trip make her do this, then a deer, and finally a photo op where animals have just cozied up to Sandi.
- Say It with Hearts + Wingding Eyes: While talking to Chase (x1). And Paul (x1) ... and again. And Ash (x3). And especially "Mr. Delatorrehhhhhhh" (all over)...
- Also, seconds after Melissa was transformed into a boy, Jacqui falls for her and gets all googley-eyed.
- Sexy Santa Dress: "Merry Witchmas!" has Jacqui in one.
- She Is All Grown Up: An old photo of hers is shown in Dangerously Chloe where it was shown her younger self had been the next-door neighbor of Teddy, the male protagonist, and wore glasses at the time. Contrast that to her present self.
The third and youngest of the protagonists, fifteen year-old Cerise Darkshade may very well be even more ambitious than Melissa in climbing the social ladder. With a plotting streak that would make Starscream himself proud, Cerise seems to be constantly thinking of ways to overthrow Melissa as leader of the Hellrune Coven and has even used her as a shield against a gender bending beam during the Charybdis Heights incident. Now at the bottom of the social ladder with Melissa and Jacqui, Cerise has set her sights beyond the coven and is now focused on the ultimate victory of reaching the top of Artemis Academy before Melissa can.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Cerise likes Callista, but after witnessing corrupted Skye's dark, hedonistic behaviour, she finds herself falling for Skye even more.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: She's cut Faith's connection to the school and is ready to remake Artemis Academy into her own image after she's stabilized. And make all the girls love her, ready to give Melissa her first threat to her popularity.Cerise: Who's popular now, Melissa?
- Ambiguously Bi: She's had at least two boyfriends in the past, though both turned out to be gay and wound up dating each other instead. And while she pretended to date Callista, she seems to have genuine feelings for Skye. Or not.
- Ambition Is Evil: Cerise wants to become Artemis Acadamy's queen bee and she will do anything, including manipulation and murder, to reach her goal.
- Attack Reflector: When Cerise corrupts Melissa, Melissa starts torturing Cerise with magic. Cerise manages to grab Melissa's hand and turn her own attack back on her.
- Attention Whore: See the It's All About Me entry, further down.
- Bad Boss: She gets angry at Skye for not knowing whether Melissa and the student council were all teleported, even though it was were her plan. Making it her own fault for not making sure it got carried out.
- Becoming the Mask: She initially claimed to be straight and only pretended to date Callista in order to gain popularity. But as time went on, she seemed to develope genuine affection for her. Until she no longer needed her and tried to have her killed along with the rest of the student council.
- Black Eyes of Evil: After Cerise's power is magnified by Hecate's potion, and she antagonizes the Student Council as well as her former coven, her eyes are completely black.
- Big Bad: This was built up for the longest time and then it finally happened in Chapter 15. She got all the girls who could resist her, namely the Student Council, to go on a camping trip, then severed Faith's psychic connection to Artemis Academy in order to become popular and loved like Faith was. She even spilled the secret that she, Mel and Jacqui were witches, turning the the Student Council on them. Then she used Skye's mind controlled animals in an attempt to get rid of them permanently via teleportation circle.
- Break the Haughty: Any time she's shown up by Melissa, or whenever Mel gains more recognition than her. The worst two instances being when she was humiliated in front of the entire school, after challenging Mel for the next combat exam. And especially when she thought Hecate was about to bestow her with a new power and make her the Coven's new leader. Except Hecate was talking about Mel, not her.
- Bullying a Dragon: Cerise's attempt to cut off Melissa's connection to The Wand Goes Horribly Right, corrupting Melissa into a ruthless witch and leaving her considerably stronger than Cerise. Cerise manages to spit in Melissa's face, and Melissa gleefully retaliates with an extremely painful spell.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She's backstabbed Melissa at every opportunity, from shoving Mel into the path of genderbending beam to save herself, to plotting ways to take over, and even tried to cheat for their match at the combat exam. But the worst example, by far, was when she outted Melissa and Jacqui as witches while they were alone and surrounded by the student council! She then proceeds to attempt killing them all by teleporting them into a volcano. She includes Callista, her would be girlfriend among her victims. Her second girlfriend, Skye, is also betrayed by Cerise as part of a gambit to eliminate Melissa.
- The Corrupter: She got Skye down her path for her Startof Darkness, and it's shown in recent strips after she drinks Hekate's potion that she is becoming "Mr. Inky," a black-skinned being that helps finish it when Skye willingly absorbs the excess energy to save Cerise from dying.
- Crush Blush: She's recently developed this anytime Skye puts her on the spot about the things they've done in their private time. Particularly when Skye snarks at Cerise's comment about "no one bringing her to her knees."
- Depower: She sacrifices the power Hecate gave her in order to spite Melissa, in an effort to sever her connection to the Wand.
- Didn't Think This Through: While she's good at manipulating others and playing on their emotions, she never seems to plan ahead, or have contingency plans in case they fail. It gets lampshaded, by Melissa, here and, by Hecate, here.
- Get even further lampshaded when the girls she thought she killed not only survive. But only due to her Cerise's own stupidity. Yeah she transported to a volcano but did so due to transporting the land they were standing on with them. This wound up plugging the volcano giving the girls time to get down the mountain before it exploded.
- Played for Laughs in the epilogue. Melissa keeps her promise and asks Cerise what she wants the coven to do. However, Cerise never thought about what she'd do once she's in charge and decides in the end to just go with what Melissa wants.
- Easily Forgiven: A mutual case. Cerise grows so bitter towards Melissa's popularity and mistreatment of her, that she enslaves the entire school with mind control and makes multiple cases of attempted murder, including against Melissa. After a big fight, not only does Melissa forgive and apologize to her, Cerise happily accepts it and returns Melissa's hug. Faith is slightly less forgiving and lampshades it, but Melissa is able to use her new position as student council president to make the school let her go.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. It initially seemed that she cared about Skye when the latter tainted her soul to save Cerise. But she was ultimately a means to an end for her, as Cerise eventually betrayed her too.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She can't understand why'd Melissa want to date a boy since it won't make her popular.
- Evil Is Petty: Everything she's done at their new school has been for the sake of one upping Melissa and she doesn't care who she has to step on, or whose feelings she hurts, to do it... except that one time. She's even gone so far as to out her friends as witches and has allegedly teleported them into a volcano!
- Evil Redhead: Subverted, only in the sense that it isn't Cerise's natural hair color, but it most certainly applies otherwise. She's the most manipulative and generally meanspirited of the Coven, and there's no level she won't sink to in order to get what she wants even if it means betraying her friends, by trying to have them killed.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Turns out she not keen on being second banana to Melissa, which dates as far back as when they were pre-teens.
- Hoist by Her Own Petard: During the "Two Words" chapter, she chose Mel as her opponent for her next combat exam, then stole a tome of forbidden spells to try to gain the advantage. But when she tried to use one her forbidden arts, Mel used the wand to send it back. Cerise didn't see that one coming.
- Idiot Ball/Villain Ball: As mentioned in the Didn't Think This Through example, Cerise's main flaw is that she has long-term goals, but often suffers from short-term thinking. Therefore, her success is equally dependent on things simply falling into place for her, then capitalizing on the outcome.
- At other times, she'll simply walk into a situation blindly, due to excessive self-confidence, without stopping to consider how things could possibly go wrong for her. Such as when she challenged Melissa for the next round of combat exams. She was aware Mel was more powerful than she was, so she tried to cheat by using a tome of forbidden spells, thinking it'd give her the advantage; not knowing what type of power she was actually up againstnote . Which resulted in her being humiliated in front of the entire school.
- But the most egregious instance, was when she literally showed up on Mel's doorstep to try to kill her while both her parents were home, and was brazen enough to brag about having killed Jacqui and the others by allegedly teleporting them into a volcano. Once again, not knowing what she was getting herself intonote and was only spared another potential curbstomping thanks to Hecate teleporting Mel's parents to her location.
- Irony: Melissa seems to have pretty much dropped any effort to regaining her queen bee status and, though she's not fond of Cerise's haughtiness or her methods to get popular, doesn't seem to care either what Cerise does now. But Cerise can't get over how Melissa usurped her former Alpha Bitch status and antagonizes her over reasons as petty as a few of the students liking her.
- It's All About Me: A picture is worth a thousand words. It's bad enough that she's using Callista to climb Artemisis' social ladder, but she stoops as low as to use a nude painting of herself to hog the spotlight, at her girlfriend's birthday party!
- Jerkass: She's amoral, disloyal and selfish, with few redeeming qualities. And that was before she drank Hekate's potion and turned completely evil.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: She starts off using amoral means to acquire popularity, but was only marginally worse than Melissa. As she grew more obsessed with one-upping Mel (and popularity, in general), she became increasingly underhanded, shpallow, and manipulative. But it isn't until she drank Hekate's potion that she became unambiguously evil. Her first act was to use her newly acquired power to plant a suggestion in the minds of the student council and her former friends, to have them all go into the woods, so she could get rid of them. Permanently.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Cerise attempted to show up Melissa in front of the entire school by challenging her for their next combat exam. During which, she tried to defeat Melissa with a forbidden fire spell.
- Karma Houdini:
Melissa: [deadpan] You are the luckiest bitch alive.
- For much of the earlier parts of the comic, things usually went her way; often completely unscathed. Mel even lampshades it, following yet another of Cerise's "victories", by saying what many fans had been thinking for sometime:
- The series ended with Mel letting Cerise off clean after everything she's done; including attempted murder. She decreed they were returning to Charybdis Heights and made it so no one can come after her for revenge.
- Kill 'em All: Her biggest attempt to grab popularity and power from Faith, Melissa, and anyone else who could stop her, was to get rid of them with a massive teleportation circle, to plunge them into a volcano. Though she felt certain that even if it missed somehow, that there was no way for them to return from — wherever she's sent them.
- Laser-Guided Karma: For months, Cerise manipulated Callista and toyed with her emotions for the sake of popularity. But once she gained the dark essence, she no longer had need of her and tried to kill her along with Melissa and the student council. Except she made an oversight that allowed them to survive and eventually make their way back to Artemis... including her ex. Which is why Faith decided to step aside and let Callista dispense karmic justice.
- Mass Hypnosis: One of her powers after imbibing a potion to magnify her magic. She was able to control most of Artemis Academy near instantly. The stronger willed students were able to resist the immediate effects, but she can still control them with added effort.
- Mass Teleportation: See the Kill 'em All entry.
- Manipulative Bitch:
- A perfect example here, where she uses Skye to make Callista jealous, so Callista will agree to go clothes shopping with her, to further her goals.
- And she continues to pull on Callista's heartstrings to further manipulate her.
- On the other hand, she seems unsure about her treatment of Skye, maybe there's hope for her after all.
- Chapter 14 has her deal with this. Dying due to her Phlebotinum Overload, her spirit runs into pre-corruption Skye, who happens to be in the same part of the time-space continuum. And power within her turns Cerise into "Mr. Inky," who brings Skye to Hekate and her overloaded-and-dying self. Which Hekate applauds, as it meant Cerise knew when she needed to do to save herself. Skye is willing to do what she needs to save Cerise...and Cerise apologizes for making her cry. Then they kiss...
- Meaningful Name: Her first name, Cerise, means cherry. It's later revealed that Cerise still has her... uh... cherry. And her hair in the start of the series was a bright cherry red.
- After drinking the Amplifier Artifact, she also speaks in black word balloons like Hekate, and has her original black hair in addition to being Unambiguously Evil.
- Never My Fault: When Melissa tells her parents that Jacqui is dead thanks to Cerise, Cerise is quick to point out all SHE did was drop Jacqui into a volcano; the MAGMA killed Jacqui.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Those girls she thought she killed via the transportation circle? They survive because she transported the land they were standing on too, which plugged up the volcano giving them time to get off the mountain unscathed.
- Oh Crap!: While Cerise was surprised to see that Tiffany and the student council had survived her death trap, she was still prepared to fight... until Faith revealed she was standing right behind her. Cerise promptly shits herself.
- Phlebotinum Overload: After Cerise drinks a potion designed to bring a witch to their full potential, she starts getting ripped apart by her own power, since unlike Melissa, the witch the potion was meant for, she didn't have the capacity to handle it. Fortunately for her, something to shunt the excess power into just happens to be brought forth...
- Power Incontinence: There was a reason that potion wasn't meant for you to swallow yourself, Cerise. Your body couldn't take the power the potion had in it while Melissa's could.
- Power Makeover: Induced with her in Chapter 14.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: After imbibing a potion to bring a witch to their full potential, her hair turns black like it was when she was younger. When she gives up her portion of the power, her hair turns red again until she regains the portion she gave Skye.
- Dark Is Evil: The black energy of the potion spread to the rest of Cerise and altered her voice so that Skye didn't recognize her. She became that mysterious being, "Mr. Inky," that Skye ran into earlier. It also gives her Spikes of Villainy on her back as well as Femme Fatalons.
- The Power of Hate: Her hatred for Melissa is so strong that it is enough to overpower her even with the Wand.
- The Resenter: Back when she first met Melissa and Jacqui, she was the most popular girl in their school. But as their figures started developing, Melissa became more popular among the boys, and eventually in general. Jacqui doesn't think Cerise ever forgave Melissa for this, and one upping Mel is a major motivation in her popularity grab.
- Addressed in Chapter 11. Even after Cerise manages to become considered one of the elite and gains, at least currently, immensely more popularity than Melissa, Cerise reacts with a great deal of jealousy towards any attention Melissa does manage to receive. This leads to her going to Forbidden Magicks—and finding Melissa's a lot more than even the Magicks can deal with in battle. Leading to her first defeat—and even MORE attention to Melissa.
- With Chapter 14, it seems to have carried over to the Coven as a whole, as she's shown throwing a picture of the trio on the floor. Finally fed up with Hekate's favoritism of Melissa over her being the last straw, Cerise foolishly drinks an Amplifier Artifact only to find out her body's unable to handle it. However, someone might have come in to relieve that load before it kills Cerise...
- Shared Universe: She shows up briefly in a Ménage à 3 Imagine Spot where she helped Sandra used magic against Senna (except not really).
- The Starscream: Plots to overthrow Melissa, who's learned to recognize such moments just by expression.
- Lampshaded when girls are contacted via dolls somewhat resembling them... and Cerise gets a Super-Deformed Starscream.
- Her attempts to gain popularity haven't been successful when they also aim to overthrow Melissa in the process. (The party she threw for Callie ended up having Savage Skye crash it, and her delving into Forbidden Magicks got bounced back at her literally.)
- And did we mention she drank a potion Hekate meant for Melissa, and Cerise is close to dying because of it? Or not so close now thanks to Skye...
- Social Climber: From the moment the Hellrune Coven gets transferred to Artemis Academy, she plots ways to overthrow Melissa, by raising to the top of the school's social ladder before Melissa can. Her latest scheme involves pretending to date Callista; thus, using Callista's popularity to gain recognition for herself. She eventually even goes so far as to sever Faith's unintentional, popularity-inducing psychic connection to the school to replace it with her own and kill Faith, Melissa and Jacqui as well as the Student Council with a teleportation circle (target destination unknown as of yet) to ensure they can't stop her.
- Spanner in the Works: With the Orb, she threw Melissa into it's path. She recently foiled Hekate's plan to corrupt Melissa by swallowing the potion meant for Melissa herself, only seeing it would boost Melissa's power—but not that Cerise's own body couldn't handle the strain of it.
- Standard Powerup Pose: Did this after taking the vial, at first...
- Summon Magic: The biggest magic we've seen her use thus far.
- She can summon a bear chimera named Toby with a love for baconator burgers and a giant bee who's stingers are tipped in a paralytic venom.
- Her recent "Infinipuppy" summon that her new girlfriend, Callie, tipped her into using brought a lot of puppies to swarm an opponent who had that fear. So she's able to bring in one very big animal, or several very small ones, depending on the situation at one time...though they might linger a bit as the Toby and the bee stayed for a little while instead of one vanishing after the other appeared.
- Sweater Girl: Done in this Christmas artwork.
- This Cannot Be!: Cerise thought the Esper Collective had taken care of the student council... until the Collective warned her that they could no longer contain Faith, because she was overpowering all of them COMBINED.Esper Collective: (telepathically) "Cerise... she's... too strong!"Cerise: (in alarm) "Impossible! No one's THAT STRONG!!"
- This Is Gonna Suck: After Cerise launches a fireball at Melissa, it gets "bounced" back to her thanks to Mel's Wand. And the Oh Crap! look on her face lets us know that another loophole in her Karma Houdini Warranty is about to open up. Last scene has her eyes closed and a flash of light.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil / Drunk on the Dark Side: What happened to Cerise after Skye stabilizes her evil from killing her. She's now intent on killing those who can stop her, even her former coven mates and her former girlfriend, Callie.
- The Unfavorite:
- When Mel is "corrupted by the Wand" Cerise is asked to give a potion that would amplify a witch's cursed blood to it's fullest potential to Melissa. Hekate had unintentionally led Cerise to believe that she would replace Mel in leading the coven, and the potion was instead for HER, not Mel.
- Taken to absurd degrees when Cerise manages to turn everyone in the school into Hekate's worshipers and reveals that she tried to teleport Mel into a volcano, she STILL isn't made coven leader because Melissa is still alive.
- Taken to its utmost extreme when Hekate admits that she wants Melissa to kill Cerise to break the Wand's influence over her.
- Unwitting Pawn: In Hekate's Uriah Gambit: when Cerise is killed by Melissa, that would permanently break the Wand's influence over Melissa.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Invoked by Melissa when Cerise lures her and Jacqui into a trap, along with the student council, and the fandom's reaction when Cerise outs them as witches.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Cerise drinks a potion meant to bring a witch up to their full potential. Because she doesn't have the capacity to handle it, she experiences a Phlebotinum Overload, which makes her far more evil than she was before. Even when Skye stabilizes her, Cerise is such that she isn't above killing anyone to get her goals now, especially if they are too far away for anyone else to save them.
Faith is Artemis Academy's morally grey student council president, the most popular student, and has the student body wrapped around her finger. She's also the most powerful esper in the school's history! A hedonist, she freely abuses her presidential power and wastes no time in "welcoming" the coven (via hazing ritual) to Artemis. With formalities out of the way, Faith immediately sets out to bring the one girl she has no hold over under her charms: Melissa.
- The Ace: Let's just say she's multi-talented and leave it at that, shall we? Or, if you prefer the detailed version, look at half of her character entries. She's a terrible cook though, at least, according to Tiffany.
- Alpha Bitch: She's the most powerful esper in the history of the academy, the most popular girl at the school, and the student council president.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Faith is greatly admired by the student body for her leadership ability and her strength. On repeat occasions, she's shown a readiness to come to the aid of others, even at risk to herself. Such as when she tried to save Melissa, and showed concern for Svletvana and Veronique's safety, though they were enthralled by Hecate and trying to kill her and Tiffany, at the time.
- Birds of a Feather: She and her boyfriend, Ash, are so much alike that they're virtually one and the same:
- For starters, they're the alphas at their respective schools. She's a Lovable Alpha Bitch, while he's a Lovable Rogue, and both look after their fellow students. They're also prone to making the same mistakes, since they each rely on reading others in order to anticipate their opponents' actions.
- They even share the same open view on dating, to where each knows the other sees other people and they're both okay with it; even while they're banging each other! She and Ash have even fallen in love with the same girl: Tiffany. Which is why Faith proposed they form a threesome.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Though ever since she started hanging out with Tiffany its seen that she's really not so bad. If anything she's proving to be a pretty nice girl.
- It took being almost killed through her own arrogance to get her to admit that it was her own fault, and realize that she needs to be "made better". She seems a bit nicer, these days, though she continues to sleep around.
- Bi the Way: She mostly sleeps with girls. But though the student body practically throws itself at her the only ones she seems to genuinely love thus far are Ash and more recently Tiffany. With the revelation of her psychic connection to the school, it would seem that she is probably the very reason Everyone Is Bi.
- Brought Down to Normal:
- The Casanova: Except being female, Faith is a textbook example. She regularly seduces and shags her fellow students, but isn't willing to commit to a steady relationship - except where her boyfriend and Tiffany are concerned.
- Chick Magnet: See the Lust Object and Pornomancer entries.
- Cool Big Sis: Noted in the Lovable Alpha Bitch and A Father to His Men entries.
- Dating Catwoman: It's well known that she and Ash are dating, despite being from competing schools, since they've been public about their relationship.
- Do With Her as You Will: Invoked when Faith refrains from dealing with Cerise, to let Callista do the honors instead, for toying with her emotions then attempting to kill her.
- The Dreaded: It's a telling sign that Cerise was prepared to take her chances against Tiffany and the rest of the student council once she saw they had survived her death attempt, somehow. But when Faith reveals she's standing directly behind her, Cerise practically has a heart-attack.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Not that that's too hard, since almost Everyone Is Bi, but she is particularly popular. In fact, her power might even be the very reason Everyone Is Bi.
- Every Man Has His Price: Invoked by Tiffany at the end of volume 4, when she gets Faith to go along with Mel's decision to let Cerise off scot-free, with an offer she couldn't refuse:Tiffany: "Sigh... Tell you what: be lenient, and I'll talk to Tiffany Winters about giving you a DVD recording of her morning yoga workout. M.M.A.A's honor."Faith: (mumbles, blushing) "What would I—"Tiffany: "It's nude yoga."Faith: (gives in) "Grrr, cheater."
- A Father to His Men: As the school's student council president, it's her responsibility to ensure the safety of its students and she takes it to heart. It's been shown on several occasions that she'll go out of her way to protect them, even at risk to herself. This is also seen on a personal level, such as when Sandi recounted the time Faith took Sandi under her wing and taught her how to control her powers.
- Foe Romance Subtext: With Tiffany, which has segued into Will They or Won't They?.
- Good Bad Girl: See the Hedonist and Pornomancer entries.
- Grey and Grey Morality: This is Faith's defining character trait and the reason for her moral ambiguity in the earlier part of the comic. While she has a sense of right and wrong, she tends to operate in terms of what's right for her and what she thinks is best for the school. Needless to say, this outlook doesn't sit well with Tiffany.
- The Hedonist: She's specifically referred to as such on the cast page of the print editions of the comic. Faith has a strong sexual appetite, often abuses her presidential privileges to seduce her classmates, and makes no apologies for it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Faith has done this twice so far:
- The first was when she tried to buy time for Tiffany to get the wand, by trying to hold off Svletvana and Veronique, despite having lost her powers... and was beaten unconscious for it.
- The other occurs in chapter 15, where she uses the last of her energy to fling Melissa and Sandi free of Cerise's teleportation circle in the hope that they can save Artemis Academy from Cerise.
- Hypocrite: Despite her own promiscuity, she became jealous when she caught Amelia kissing Tiffany. Though Faith did agree to stop seeing other girls if Tiffany asked her to. So far, she hasn't.
Other girl: Faaaiiith, come back to bed. I'm looooonely!
- Hypocritical Humor: Invoked when she mind-sexts Tiffany, to tell her that she misses her and is always thinking of her... while she's in bed with another girl.
Faith: [grins sheepisly] C-catch you later, Sunshine!
- If It's You, It's Okay: While Faith usually pursues other girls, her relationship with Ash is a one-off attraction, as she regards him as the only male worth her attention. A fact which Ava also noted when Melissa asked about him.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: To the point that she subconsciously mindbent her fellow students into loving her, without realizing it.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Which is why she also subconsciously surrounded herself with girls who could resist her influence. Namely: the student council.
- I Take Offense to That Last One: Done when the "Mystery Girl" confronts her, here.Mystery Girl:' How humiliating this must be for you... Defeated... Outwitted... Impotent!
Faith:' Hey! Faith Abbott is not impotent! Ask any of my girlfriends!
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Despite being an Alpha Bitch, and an occasional Jerk Ass, Faith's had a pretty good run. Ironically, karma comes a knockin' right when she seems to try changing for the better.
- She gets a second helping when Cerise reveals that Faith's been subconsciously using her psychic connection to the school to reshape it in her image. Then severs Faith's connection, to assert her control over the student body for her own ends.
- Ladykiller in Love: Between her looks and her seductive charm, Faith can have virtually any girl she wants and has the sexual prowess to prove it. Yet, she's willing to give them up, if Tiffany agrees to go steady with her.
- Left Hanging: The series concluded without resolving the romantic subplot between her and Tiffany. They're last seen jogging together... and that's it.
- Lesbian: If Faith isn't a lesbian, she's undoubtedly it's biggest fan. She habitually flirts and sleeps with other girls and even prides herself on her sexual prowess. Further, when it was finally revealed that her subconscious connection to the school was effecting the student body, it was said she remade it in her image. The end result speaks for itself.Faith: (defensively, at fade-out girl) "Hey! Faith Abbot is not impotent. Ask any of my girlfriends!"
- Lust Object: The student body at Artemis is eager for the chance to sleep with her and Faith is just as eager to please. Sandi, in particular, wants her so badly she wound up dry humping a tree, thinking it was Faith.
- Manipulative Bitch: She freely abuses her privileges by working within the system and taking advantage of loopholes.
- Such as the time Tiffany caught her stealing the wand and demanded Faith return it to Mel. Faith countered by arguing that the wand could pose a danger to Melissa and, possibly, the school itself. Adding that if Tiffany was certain it was safe for Melissa to have, that she could've stopped her when she saw her take it.
- There's also the fact that the school's hot springs are usually off limits after hours, though the rules make an exception for the student council president, who can use her presidential status to allow her friends in as well. Which is how she arranged for a private spa date with Tiffany.
- Meaningful Name: Her surname, "Abbot", derives from the Greek word abbas and the Aramaic abba, meaning: "the father", or "my father". Now take another look at the A Father to His Men entry, near the top. Fitting, isn't it?
- Not Now, Kiddo: When Sandi insists that there is something suspicious about all the animals surrounding them, Faith dismisses her concerns. This turns out to be a mistake, since Cerise and Skye turn out to be using them as Mind Controled proxies to kill all of them.
- Not So Stoic: She's usually collected and confident, but when she tries to interrogate Jacqui, her incessant babbling sent Faith running for the door.
- Passing the Torch: To Melissa, who she appoints her replacement as student council president.
- The Pornomancer: To such an extent, that it's raised questions about the true source of Faith's sex appeal. While she's undeniably attractive and seductive, Tiffany wondered if her powers might be the cause of it, but doubted whether Faith knew the answer herself, and Layla said being near her was like "a sugar buzz." Even her enemies and the handful of girls who claim to be straight lust after her (see The Reveal).
- Pre-Sacrifice Final Goodbye: Invoked near the end of chapter 15, when Faith elects to save Sandi, since she couldn't save the entire student council. She only had time enough for a few parting words before being mass teleported to their Uncertain Doom. Though it was ultimately subverted, since they survived due to an oversight on Cerise's part.
- Psychic Powers: She's the most powerful esper in Artemis Academy's history and has more abilities than anyone can keep track of. As follows:
- Astral Projection: She's demonstrated the ability to project her consciousness outside of her body. Such as when she tried to help Melissa, while she was unconscious due to the wand's power raging out of control. And again, when the wand's spirit unexpectedly appeared in her subconsciousness.
- Aura Vision: Faith also has the ability to sense and read auras, which was seen when she read Dark Skye's aura and noted it was "practically growling", and Callista's aura, which she sensed lacked killing intent.
- Flash Step: According to DaveZero1, her psychic powers are what enable her to move at such exceptional speed. Her opponents have lost sight of her, even when they're looking right AT her!
- Super Senses: In addition, her extrasensory perception is impressive to say that her powers are still developing. Her senses are so sharp that she nearly saw through Cerise's amnesia spell and could tell something was missing.
- Sensory Overload: However, this particular ability also acts as a double-edged sword. Such as when she was psychically assaulted by an indirect attack from Hecate, which hadn't been intended for her. Regardless, she not only sensed it, it caused her to have seizures and briefly blackout. When she regained consciousness, she'd been left physically weakened and temporarily without her powers. She noted that, while she didn't know who'd been behind it, that their power was ancient, dark, and powerful.
- Telekinesis: As an esper, she possesses the ability to move people and objects with her mind. She once used her TK to fling Layla across the room and psychically restrained her. And also used her power to save Callista's life, by stopping a pack of wolves in their tracks when Dark Skye tried to have her killed.
- Telepathy: Likewise, she can communicate telepathically, which she uses for relaying orders to the student council, or for mind-sexting Tiffany.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: This is the last and least explored of Faith's known abilities, which she seems to reserve for telepathically making love with her boyfriend, Ash. While she enjoys the kink, she's admitted that it isn't as good as doing it for real.
- Really Gets Around: For which, she makes no apology. Faith has a raging libido, prides herself on her sexual prowess, and is well-known for seducing her fellow students; many of whom, are eager to be next in line.Faith: (defensively) "Don't slut-shame me, Tiff. I won't apologize for liking sex."
- The Reveal: After much speculation about her charm over the student body, Cerise eventually revealed Faith's subconscious desire to be loved had caused her powers to sync with the school, without Faith being aware of it. Which even caused her enemies to lust for her. Faced with the truth and the implications that came with it, Faith didn't take it well.
- Rescue Romance: Faith's infatuation with Tiffany became genuine affection, after the incident with Layla. She's been courting her ever since, starting with treating her to a day at the spa, and has said she'd give up other girls for her.
- Smooch of Victory: Subverted, since Melissa was the one responsible for saving them. However, it wasn't for a lack of trying on Faith's partnote . So when she asked if she'd get a kiss for her heroism, Tiff figured, 'sure, why not?'
- Smug Super: She's extraordinarily gifted, and BOY does she KNOW it.
- Bullying a Dragon: She's dangerously overconfident. After mentally subduing Layla, she decides to draw out her bloodlust, and tries to take her on without her powers!
- To Faith's credit, she wasn't doing half bad, 'til she got full of herself and forgot they were fighting indoors. Whoops.
- Thankfully, Tiffany was around to put a stop to it, by allowing Layla to feed on her.
- Student Council President: Faith is introduced as the head of Artemis Academy's student council and as the head of the school's security. She appoints Melissa as her replacement, at the end of chapter 15.
- Super Power Lottery: Faith has numerous abilities in addition to her psychic powers, which Tiffany notes here, and is so overpowered that Tiffany suspects Faith may not be fully aware whether she's using her powers subconciously or not.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Again, to Ash. Cast page calls him the Alpha at Apollo Academy.
- This Cannot Be!: This aptly sums up her reaction to the possibility that her popularity was due to subconsciously syncing with the school and mindbending the student body into loving her. Ouch.
- Threesome Subtext: Even if she succeeds in hooking up with Tiffany, Faith made it clear that she won't break up with her boyfriend, Ash, and proposed a OT3 instead.
- Will They or Won't They?: That mainly depends on whether or not Tiffany decides to accept her offer. See the Unresolved Sexual Tension entry in Tiffany's section below.
Like the Hellrune coven, sixteen year-old vampire hunter Tiffany Winters originated in Eerie Cuties where she spent most of her time trying (and failing) to hunt the students of Charybdis Heights. When not at school she's usually either busy with her job at the local department store or continuing her hunt of Eerie Cuties' Layla, a vampire who is oddly enough her best friend as well. An overly-zealous monster hunter, Tiffany is the closest thing the Hellrune coven has to a friend in Artemis Academy after saving them from their first run in with Faith.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Would have staked Layla by now, but keeps getting interrupted by how well they get along.
- Bad Liar: C'mon, Tiff, everbody's seen through the MMAA gig by now. Not to mention the status of your sex life.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: In her ghost form.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up to save Melissa right as Cerise is about to kill her, and does it by doing something many fans have wished they could do to Cerise for awhile: Uppercuts her so hard it sends her at least three feet into the air
- Charles Atlas Superpower: She's clearly human, but her daily morning routines involves hopping rooftops, countless sit-ups and single-hand standing push-ups.
- Demonstrated in a combat situation when she uppercuts Cerise so hard she flies at least three feet into the air.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Make no mistake, the girl's a goofball, like the time she thought she was a vampire (when she clearly wasn't), or when she's bungling her exits. She also seems to think her secret identity is safe, even when she's confronted with it.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Faith does this to her in the most literal sense, by "mind-sexting" her, just as she was about to stake Layla; causing her to lose focus again.
- Then she forgets about staking altogether when Layla flashes a pic of Dio. Instead, Tiff pants like a lovesick puppy and forgets he's a vampire too.
- Tiffany falls into an semi-coherent daze upon seeing Ash and Dio making out.Layla: What do we do?!
Tiffany: What? Yeah...they sure do...
- Enemy Mine:
- For Layla, mixed with massive Les Yay, to the point where the distinction is completely obliterated.
- Though at the Chinese Restaurant, she admits Layla's her best friend after Layla does the same:Layla: [thinking] Oh, Great! I'm best friends with food!Tiffany: [thinking] Now I have to stake my best friend! I'm such a tragic heroine!
- Everybody Knew Already: Everybody knows that Tiffany is the Mysterious Masked Academy Avenger and have even told her to her face, but she flat out denies it and still seems to think her secret is safe.
- Expy: It's very clear who she wants to be. Just look at her name.
- Failed Dramatic Exit: As seen in the Smoke Out example, and again, here. It's one of the main reasons no one's fooled by her MMAA disguise.
- Fantastic Racism: Initially, the Hellrunes' collective geese would've been cooked had Tiffany known they were witches. Thankfully, by the time she finally found out, she had come think of Melissa as a friend and came to her defense against the student council.
- First Kiss: As fate would have it, she gave hers to Faith (noted in the Smooch of Victory entry in her section).
- Foe Romance Subtext: Her interaction with Layla seemed to imply Tiffany might have feelings for her, but they've decided they're Just Friends. See the related entry below.
- The Fool: Has her head firmly in the clouds, but also heart in the right place and weird luck, so she's good at blundering into some messed up situation and making it somewhat less messed up.
- For Great Justice: Her reason for taking up the MMAA persona is to fight the social injustices at Artemis... and Faith's occasional abuses of power.
- Friendly Enemy: Tiffany really really means to be hunting Layla, but...well, see Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! above. Layla is oblivious to this and only knows Tiffany as a friend.
- Gets taken to the extreme in the Magick Chicks crossover, where she pulls a Big Damn Heroes by saving Faith from a bloodlusted Layla. At the same time, she couldn't bring herself to stake Layla either. So she took a third option by allowing Layla to feed on her to calm her down and talking to her soothingly.
- Their cameo in Vampire Cheerleaders shows them hanging out together, over a game of Rock Band.
- And now they're officially best friends because... well... they've both said so!
- Genius Ditz: Yes, she's easily distracted and isn't always grounded in reality, but she's hardly dumb. For starters, she knows her monster lore, and has shown the ability to plan well in advance; including disguising herself to go undercover at Faith's pool party to swipe the wand. Then hid it in the one place she knew Faith wouldn't bother to check: her own locker!
- The Hunter: Comes from a family of monster hunters, and is still dedicated to staking Layla even after befriending her. Fortunately, she's easily distracted.
- Idiot Hero: See the Smoke Out example below.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Tiffany considers herself straight as evidenced by the number of times she's instantly become smitten with cute guys (including Dio, who's a vampire). She's even systematically ruled out the possibility of being attracted to other girls, in general... except one:T Campbell: "For instance, there were some debates about Tiff's sexuality, and for awhile the committee resolved that she was straight and knew it without a doubt, putting Faith in the unusual-for-her position of courting someone who would never, could never, return her affections. We changed our tune on this somewhat, though I think the evidence Tiff is attracted to guys is fairly conclusive."
- Irisless Eye Mask Of Mystery: Tiffany's mask typically has the effect of whiting out her irises whenever she wears it, as her MMAA disguise (which makes her look similar to Spinnerette) The mask itself is still expressive, which is best seen here, though there was one occasion where her irises were visible while wearing it.
- Large Ham:
- Oh so much.Tiffany: [thinking] At last! Fate has delivered my worst enemy into my hands! VENGEANCE SHALL BE MINE!!! Wait... not "vengeance". What's the one heroes get? Oh right. JUSTICE SHALL BE DONE!!!
- Also this gem, concerning her big showdown with Layla.Tiffany: [envisions herself battling Layla] It shall be so epic, it would fill up 4 volumes of a manga!!
- Oh so much.
- Left Hanging: Noted in the related entry in Faith's section.
- Le Parkour: She knows how to move on top of roofs and is getting Mel to do the same thing (though in Mel's case the Wand "helps").
- My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Tiffany subtly implies this when Mel threatens to "kung fu her ass" if she catches Tiffany near her window again.
- Nice Girl / Chronic Hero Syndrome: Despite her ideas about staking vampires and "exterminating" witches For Great Justice, she managed to befriend both. What she does eagerly is helping people. Including pulling two of the vampires out of serious troubles. That's what friends do!
- Not So Different: You know, for a girl who's supposed to be Layla's "archenemy", she seems to have alot in common with her. Including: fashion, bands... and games!
- Oblivious To Hints: Cloudcuckoolander that she is, she fails to notice that Mel is not interested in training with her and is only participating because the Wand is forcing her to, no matter how blatantly she hints. She fails to even notice Mel is asleep half the time and only realizes Mel is upset when she puts her hand on her face.
- Occidental Otaku: She compares what she thinks her and Layla's battle to be like to taking up 4 volumes of a manga, and gets really excited by Melissa being a real-life Magical Girl. And later seems to be a Yaoi Fangirl.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Her MMAA "disguise" consists of a small mask covering her eyes. And "...also, it wasn't me!"
- Selective Obliviousness: She blatantly chooses to ignore that Mel is being magically compelled to work out with her by the Wand.
- Sitting on the Roof: Some of Tiffany's habits are unusual to begin with, but this seems to have become her way of greeting Melissa in the morning. Though one has to wonder, how she does it?
- Smoke Out: She thinks she's the local superhero and does this to disguise her identity. She's very, very bad at it.
- Spanner in the Works: Cerise was expecting her to be in school, rather than following Melissa. As a result, she doesn't apply the same amnesia she inflicted on her former coven mates and the Student Council. As soon as she mentions Cerise, everyone else remembers her too, pushing Cerise into enacting her plan a bit earlier than anticipated.
- Stunned Silence: After finding out Faith was kidding about skinny-dipping, Tiffany remembers she has a mask on, and enters the water, shocking everyone else into this. (Mel is quick enough to not let Tiffany borrow her swimsuit, though.)
- Ship Tease: LOADS with Layla. ** And quite a bit with Faith as well.
- Third-Person Person: When she's in Slayer Mode.
- Unknown Rival: At first. Layla still doesn't know about the "rival" part.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between her and Faith, who has repeatedly made her feelings clear on the matter, while Tiff shows signs of possibly reciprocating. Maybe.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: It's where she keeps her MMAA mask. Mel in her Magical Girl outfit quickly grabs the mask from there when she's at the Chinese Restaurant.
- Weak-Willed: When Dakota, Melissa's supposed father uses her Glamour artifact to make Tiffany think she is actually a handsome man, the effect goes far beyond what it did to Ace and outright scrambles her brain.
- Will They or Won't They?: Assuming she ever makes up her mind.
- Yaoi Fangirl: When she sees Dio and Ash kissing, she's blushing.
Faith's secretary and student council intel expert, Sandi Mnemonic has a crush on Faith as big as the sun itself and quite literally purrs when praised by her. Despite less than stellar treatment Sandi is intensely loyal to Faith going along with whatever plan she hatches and does whatever she can to please her, even if it leads to physical pain in some cases. She has a massive amount of disdain for Ash, which is reasonable considering he and Faith are more or less dating. She also seems to have accidentally become friends with Jacqui, even though Sandi doesn't like Jacqui and Jacqui's too much of a dingbat to notice... well, basically anything.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Sandi ticks all the boxes, let us count the ways:
- Hopeless Suitor: She's deeply in love with Faith, but the feeling isn't mutual. Faith only thinks of her as her friend/secretary.
- Ignored Enamored Underling: The problem hasn't been getting Faith to notice how she feels, it's the fact that she's been 'friend-zoned' on top of all the competition standing in the way. See the next entry.
- Sleeps with Everyone but You: Probably the most heartbreaking part is knowing Faith is banging half the girls at their school, except her. Plus her boyfriend, Ash, and now she's in love with Tiffany.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: She delivers one to Jacqui, when she offhandedly jokes about Faith sleeping with the enemy, on top of implying she was a traitor. Though Sandi apologizes afterward.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Her undying love and loyalty to Faith comes from their childhood. As a kid Sandi's mental powers were out of control and she spoke in random trivia. Faith took her under her wing and after a great deal of time and help Sandi was finally able to get herself under control by imagining her mind as a computer and filing everything away in it's appropriate spot. Her devotion continues to this day.
- Berserk Button: Never question Faith's loyalty, or her integrity, in front of Sandi. She won't stand for it, not even as a joke, as Jacqui learned the hard way.
- Butt Monkey: Sandi has found herself in embarrassing situations more than once - from getting slammed by the door at Callista's party, to dryhumping a tree she thought was Faith as a result of one of Jacqui's glamour spells.
- The Door Slams You: Mentioned in the previous entry, which can be seen, here.
- Expy: She bares a strong resemblance to Velma Dinkley, both in appearance and because she's the smart girl of the group.
- Friend to All Living Things: Parodied when a group animals gather around her, despite her attempts to scare them off. Which is further spoofed when the birds and squirrels perch on her head and shoulders, in time for Jacqui to get a picture of it!
- Cassandra Truth: She had a feeling the animals were evil, and she's proven right when they collect materials for and prepare a massive teleportation circle to kill the entire student council as well as Cerise's former coven mates (as the animals were really mind-controlled by Evil Skye).
- Green-Eyed Monster: Exhibited passively toward anyone who garners Faith's affections, namely: Ash and Tiffany.
- Meaningful Name: A "mnemonic" (also called a "mnemonic device") is a learning technique aimed at translating information into a form that the human brain can remember better than its original form, and Sandi Mnemonic practically has as much intel as the Akashic Records. This becomes more meaningful when we learn that her powers used to be out of control, and Faith had to help her file the information in her mind by having Sandi imagine that her mind was a computer, and all of the intel as files to be stored in their proper place; a mnemonic in its own right.
- Meganekko: Look at her folder picture.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Sandi only has eyes for Faith and wants nothing more than the chance to ROCK. HER. WORLD. Which was made explicit when she wound up dry humping a tree, due to Jacqui's glamour spell casting an illusion of her heart's desire: which was the sight of Faith naked and offering to "reward" her.
- The Smart Guy: She's described as "a living Google" on the cast page of the print edition and is really good with data. So much so, that Faith is genuinely curious whenever she can't find information on any given subject.
- Technopath: It's been shown multiple times that Sandi had technopathic powers, particularly of the "mental interface" (used for analysis, or to find information on the subject at hand) and super smarts variety.
- The Unfavorite: According to the comic's editor, Sandi is none too popular with the other students though her close association with Faith helps to offset some of the negativity. For awhile, her only other friend seemed to be Callista, but recent chapters have hinted at the possibility of an unlikely friendship forming between her and Jacqui.
- This Cannot Be!: When it looks like Faith is the "traitor" Sandy is horrified.
Ash is the ace of Apollo Academy and Faith's more or less boyfriend. Not much is known about Ash at this point beyond the fact that he works (and apparently lives) at a Chinese restaurant, is skilled enough to fight Faith on even ground, take on multiple lesser opponents at once, and is seemingly adored by the girls of Artemis as much as Faith herself.
- The Ace: For Apollo Academy.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: So very, very much, that it's no surprise that it's bitten him in the ass more than once. Still, it must be said that his smug self-confidence isn't entirely unwarranted, since he fights well enough to rival Faith!
- Bullying a Dragon: So yeah... Ash picks a fight with a girl he's just met and basically got schooled, even though he knew she was holding back on him. So he decides to push his luck by deliberately provoking her so she'll go all out on him. Said girl just happened to be Brooke, who happens to be a Melusine. Bad. Move.
- Birds of a Feather: See the related entry in Faith's section.
- Chick Magnet: Enough that he's charmed the panties off Faith, who's a known lesbian, and has even banged her in the park. Plus, Doompantied Chloe, Cess, and Laura were drawn to his virility and made out with him for over an hour.
- Combat Pragmatist: Ash may be a gentleman, but he'll do what it takes to win a fight; including biting his opponent and he isn't above striking a female either. Provided it's Faith, since he knows she can take it, and Brooke since she almost killed him.
- Dating Catwoman: It's no secret that he and Faith are seeing each other, despite the competition between their two schools. They've even made out, in plain sight of her fellow students, and have slept together more than once.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Or at least he's yet to be seen with them, be it infiltrating Artemis, dropping in on Faith, or even just walking around.
- Even Combat Pragmatists Have Standards: See the Would Hit a Girl entry at the bottom.
- Expy: Of Ranma. Just picture him about a year older and with a soul patch.
- A Father to His Men: Seen, during the breastplate raid on Artemis, where he saved several of his fellow students. Then acted as a decoy to cover their escape.
- Loveable Rogue: Despite being from the competing school and leading breastplate raids into Artemis, he's roguishly handsome and charming enough that he's popular with the students there. It also helps that he's skilled enough to trade witty repartee and challenge Faith, herself, whom he happens to be dating, as even she can't resist his charms.
- Mr. Fanservice: As mentioned in the previous entry, he's a charmer with looks to match. But, when he took off his shirt during his match with Faith, the girls practically fangasm'd.
- Tempting Fate: As seen in the Bullying a Dragon entry.
- Testosterone Poisoning: During his second cameo in Eerie Cuties, he endured having his energy drained by a Doompantied Chloe, Cess, and Laura for over 1½ hours. When he finally ran off to meet up his sparring partner, they were left utterly amazed that he was uneffected. Did we mention that he was identified as a prime target because of how far they were from him when they first detected his testosterone levels?Chloe: "This is...impossible! You should be starved of energy by now!"
Ash: "I am starved! But nothing a half-dozen angus burgers on the way can't fix!"
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Except for when he's at work, otherwise, he usually goes without.
- Would Hit a Girl: With exception, that is. Ash will only fight Faith because he knows she can take it. More importantly, he knows he can't afford to pull his punches with her if she decides to get serious, considering she's an abnormally powerful high-level esper. Likewise, he only began to fight Brooke seriously, once he realized what he'd gotten himself into.
Callista "Deadeye" Archer
The last member of Faith's trio is her best friend, Callista, who's the captain of the school's Archery Club and serves as Faith's lieutenant. As such, she enjoys a fair amount of popularity of her own, due to her "dead aim". She initially appears confident and focused, but is actually rather shy. At least, when it comes to matters of love.
- Ambiguously Brown: Seen in one of the Special Edition postcards that came with the print edition of vol.2, where she appears to have a light tan.
- Badass Adorable: Despite initial impressions, she turns out to be rather shy. At least when it comes to romance. First seen when Cerise pretends to have taken an interest in her; complete with blushing, stammering, and even calling herself plain. Confirmed, as seen by her reaction to finally hooking up with Cerise.Calissta: J-just like that?
Callista: S-so you're my girfriend now?
Cerise: [nods, smiling]
Callista: Wow! I... I have a girlfriend! ....I have no idea what to do with a girlfriend.
- Death Glare: She glares daggers at Skye when Cerise tells Skye that she looks adorable—and can't decide which girl's looks she likes better. Then Callie steps up with a Determined Expression, making Cerise swoon.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: During her date at the carnival, we saw her with a giant elephant plushie that she had won as a prize.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Her visor not only appears to help with her aim, it even has an infrared setting.
- Heartbroken Badass: This was inevitable, given Cerise was only using her. When she finally learns the truth and hears that Cerise was not only dumping her, but also intended to kill her along with the rest of the student council, she breaks down in tears. Prompting Gabrielle to console her.
- Heroic BSOD: Take a look at her her expression and her response, in the first panel here.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: She has the distinction of being both the best archer at the school and captain of the Archery Club for a reason. Her aim is so scarily accurate, that she was able to fire three arrows at once (from the rafters) and perfectly hit the Hellrunes belt buckles. But that's not all:Callista: [proudly] I even took care of that nasty spider that was crawling up the redhead's skirt.
Jacqui: [in utter amazement] Wow! That's impressive!
Melissa: [irately] Jacqui!
Jacqui: [still impressed] Well, IT IS!!
- Letting Her Hair Down: When we were first introduced to her character, she wore her hair in a ponytail. But, while she and Cerise were dating, she convinced Callista to change her hair as part of her scheme to reshape Callista's image. Now, she wears it long and has bleached the fringe covering her forehead.
- Meaningful Name: Callista Archer, get it?
- Multishot: The comic introduces her, by having her perform one from the rafters (seen in the Improbable Aiming Skills entry).
- Nice Girl: She's one of the nicest members of the cast and a bit shy.
- Number Two: To Faith. The cast page of the print edition says Callista is her trusted lieutenant.
- Oneway Visor: It's standard part of her attire, which she apparently wears constantly. When Cerise lifts it from Callista's face, it reveals a faint tanline in the shape of her visor.
- Red Baron: She's called "Deadeye" Archer for a reason, noted under Improbable Aiming Skills.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: Justified, since she's the captain of Artemis Academy's Archery Club. As such, she's the best shot at the school and she's got the trophies to prove it.
- Tomboy: It was first noted here, by Cerise. She's seen wearing army fatigues, during the camping trip, and even the bikini she wore when they went swimming had a matching camouflage pattern.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Cerise. Poor Callie.
- Was It All a Lie?: See the Heartbroken Badass and Heroic BSOD entries.
- Woman Scorned: Let's see: she was lied to, used, then dumped, and would've been killed had it not been for unforeseen circumstances. Now she's back and face-to-face with the "witch who toyed with her emotions. But she's denied the opportunity, when Cerise uses the Esper Collective to mentally incapacitate her, along with the rest of the student council.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Up until the teleportation incident, Cerise had been pretending to date Callista, using her status as Faith's right-hand in order to elevate her own standing on the school's social ladder. But once she devised the plan to take over the school itself, her first order of business was to get rid of the student council... including Callista.
The captain of the school's Ninja Club and a member of the student council. Best described as "tsundere", she rarely says a word more than she has to, and doesn't seem to make friends easily. But once anyone earns her respect, she opens up a bit, revealing her somewhat softer side - with Gabrielle and Amelia being her closest friends.
- Affectionate Nickname: By way of Freudian Slip, when she referred to Gabrielle as, "Gabby," out of concern for her.
- Aloof Darkhaired Girl: She appears to be emotionally distant and has few friends.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: She delivers one to Melissa, when she starts complaining about her life falling apart, even though the school's been taken over, by Cerise, and the rest of student council are believed to be dead. Then gives her a harsh reminder that she isn't the only one who's been effected by Cerise's actions.
- Bodyguard Babes: Self-appointed, in order to protect Mel, after she's appointed as the new student council president, by Faith.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Not that Mel necessarily needs protecting, which she demonstrates by smacking Tandy hard enough to crack the tile of her bathroom wall and leave her with a mild concussion.
- Ceiling Cling: Spider-who?
- Expy: Of Rin Tohsaka. From the meg-twin tails, to her tsundere attitude, and she's even a Class S Zettai Ryouki.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Covered in the Armor-Piercing Slap entry.
- Ninja: A given, since she's the captain of the school's Ninja Club, which isn't in name only. They're the real deal. Tandy has the type of agility one would expect and can appear suddenly, seemingly from thin air.
- Non Sequitur Thud: Tandy, during the following exchange, while Melissa helps steady her on her feet after giving Tandy a mild concussion.Melissa: [concerned] Uh... are you okay?
Tandy: [out of of it] S'nuffin... juss a concussion.
Melissa: [alarmed] Concussion?! But... how are you supposed to protect me?
Tandy: [speech slurring] S'fine... I juss need to walk it off...
Tandy: [irately, making dismissive hand gesture] I said I was fine, Susan!
- Perpetual Frowner: Tandy's default expression. Or, she simply effects a look of indifference.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair falls past her waist, even though she wears it in twin tails.
- Godiva Hair: Seen when she steps out of the shower and belts Melissa, but best seen after Mel returns the favor with a magically enhanced bitch-slap!
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Directed toward Mel, in chapter 16, once she gets fed up with her moping and complaining, as though she was the only one effected by the teleportation incident.Tandy: (at Mel) "You think you're the only one whose life got ruined that day? Gaby and Amelia are DEAD! Faith is DEAD! The school is lost — the world is next! We don't have time for crybabies! Grow some ovaries and WOMAN UP!!
- Secret Art: She knows a special massage technique that stimulates truth telling, which she first demonstrated on Gabrielle, before using it on Melissa. Which is how Mel realized she was secretly starting to care less about popularity and more about her friends!
- Tsundere: Tandy's a textbook example (set to "tsun"), even when she warms up to those around her.
- First seen, when she offeres Tiffany some of her food, out of respect for how she dealt with Faith teasing her.
- It's also reflected in how she and Gabrielle relate to each other. For all Tandy's griping, she seems to care about her such as when she refers to Gabrielle as "Gaby", when she tells Melissa that she could be dead, along with Amelia and Faith.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gabrielle, who has a knack for beating her at "roche-papier-scissors", which annoys her to no end. But Tandy finds other ways to get even with her. Despite this, it's subtly revealed that Tandy cares about her (seen in the preceding entry).
- Zettai Ryouki: This actually applies to any of the girls, when they're in uniform. But Tandy gets special mention, since she's also tsundere and and has mega-twin tails; making her a Class S example.
One of the teachers at Artemis.
- Bishōnen: Oh so very much.
- Bishie Sparkle: Goes right with the above. Just look at the picture !
- Cool Teacher: He saved Jacqui from a Scary Librarian by flirting with her. The librarian was actually Jacqui using a glamour spell to achieve just this.
- Hot Teacher: Jacqui's goes googley eyed over him and she's dating him, by disguising herself as a Hot Librarian.
- Stoic Spectacles: The only time thus far he's shown any significant amount of emotion being when the principal told him about Melissa causing a level 9 magical event and when Jacqui shows up half naked on his desk after class.
The goddess of witchcraft.
- Bad Boss: She shrinks Melissa when Hekate sees the Wand, and begins The Wand gaining more influence over her onetime Favorite. Also doesn't show concern when The Unfavorite, Cerise, drinks a potion meant to help Melissa override the Wand's power over her—here she seems bored. And despite everything Cerise has done for her sake, Hekate still doesn't give a damn about her. She is merely setting up Cerise to be killed by Melissa in order to break the Wand's influence on her.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: Cerise thinks that Hekate is about to offer her great power due to the fact that her old favourite, Melissa, has been ruined by the wand. But no, Hekate just wants Cerise to fix her.
- Incoming Ham: As befitting a being of her stature:
- The Corrupter: As Melissa is her favourite follower, but is being "ruined" by the Wand, she seeks to empower Melissa's witch blood to its full strength in order to curb the Wand's influence on her. When Cerise takes the potion instead, Hekate offers to allow Skye to take some of Cerise's corruption into herself in order to save Cerise from her Phlebotinum Overload. She does at least warn Skye about the consequences, but Skye ignores them.
- Deadpan Snarker: She frequently makes hilariously cynical comments:Hekate: Don't mind her, she's just dying.
Skye: Dying?! Omigosh! We have to do something!
Hekate: Don't worry, it'll be good for her.
- Divine Intervention: Hekate wants Melissa to kill Cerise so as to make her unworthy of the Wand, or for Cerise to kill Melissa to prove herself a worthy successor. When someone else nearly manages to kill Cerise, Hekate intervenes by pulling out the sword and knocking off the imposter's wig.
- The Fashionista: She loves good clothes offered to her and calls out Savage Skye on her own taste in clothes: "These look Horrendous!"
- When Chastity is made High Priestess and the Sewing Club makes haute couture fashion, Hekate is thrilled.
- Get a Room!: This strip.
- God's Hands Are Tied: She can no longer interact with Melissa directly thanks to the Wand and is thus forced to send her a gift via a proxy. She foolishly chooses Cerise.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She tries to "save" Melissa from the Wand's influence by increasing the power of her witch's blood, which would hopefully block out the Wand's "corruption". But because she was foolish enough to trust Cerise with the Amplifier Artifact, Cerise drinks it for herself.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Melissa was loyal to you before you saw the wand, then what did you do? You went ballistic and shrank her down. It happened to be where pixie dust was, too. Well, it wasn't like turning Mel into a pixie would bypass the Power Incontinence problem she had that forced the wand to be separated from her, right? Or turn her into a Cute Witch Magical Girl, Right? Or put Mel's loyalties to you in jeopardy in the process, RIGHT?!? Whoops... and as a bonus, the Wand now has Mel "corrupted" enough to bring out a potion to force Mel back to you? Way to go, Lady...you turned a loyal witch into a potential threat.
- Our Gods Are Greater: She is the goddess of witchcraft. She wields a great deal of magical power, but doesn't seem capable of doing much directly, instead choosing to act through mortals.
- Post-Modern Magik: Traditionally, sacrifices to Hecate include meat or live dogs and lambs. Nowadays, she'll take designer clothing instead. Of course, she first insists, "You know how it works! I'm not one of those attention-whore genies! You need my help, you offer some tribute first!" (Meaning the price for her help isn't "cheap" but can be easily arranged for.)
- Cerise wins her over with strawberry-kiwi Snapple, though, for a moment.
- And again when Cerise turns Artemis Academy into her own territory, including converting her classmates into Hekate's followers. Chastity, the Sewing Club President, has become High Priestess and has worked to bring haute couture to Hekate, which delights her to no end.
- Psychic Powers: She wields more than just magic. She is capable of launching psychic attacks that can take control of or drain other beings.
- Uriah Gambit: She plans to end the Wand's influence over Melissa by having Melissa kill Cerise. Why? So Melissa can inherit Anastasia's kingdom. Given Cerise has turned into a megalomaniac who'd enslaved Artemis Academy, supposedly killed several of their peers including their own former coven-mate Jacqui, and is now intent on ending this by killing Melissa as well, Hekate might just succeed as it's shaping up to be where There Can Only Be One.
A relatively weak esper with the power to talk to animals.
- A Darker Me:
- Post-corruption, her inhibitions become very loose. Part of this could because she took part of Cerise's overwhelming power, and possibly some of Cerise's spirit, into herself in Chapter 14 to save Cerise from dying.
- She scares Cerise at her locker, first by emailing pictures of Cerise in a bikini from Cerise's own smartphone to herself, then asks her "Go skinny dipping?"Skye: You do want to skinny-dip, don't you? I can see it in your eyes! You want to lose your inhibitions! You want to run naked through the forest at midnight! Howl at the moon!
- Cerise tries to run to class, but Skye zings her with "You can't run from who you really are, Cerise!"
- Attack Its Weak Point: Skye knows a nibble to Cerise's ear makes her "nothing to fear."
- Brainwashed and Crazy: After realizing Cerise was really only interested in Callista, she runs away in tears, only to encounter a mysterious being that have its own idea of "what kind of creature she could be." It even unnerves Cerise at the end of "Birthday Suit" when Skye seems to outdo her in everything, and scares Cerise outright when Callie is in danger of being eaten by wolves. It eventually turns out that future Cerise was said mysterious being, and that Skye had allowed this to happen on Cerise's behalf.
- Clothing Damage: When Skye crashes Callista's party, the outfit she was in earlier is shown with a few tears and stains to it. One girl even asks, "What happened to her!?"
- Best Known for the Fanservice: When Sandi points out Skye's in "rags," Skye suddenly realizes Sandi's right. Skye then takes off her clothing, going "We can't have that!" and putting Sandi into a Stunned Silence. Faith later admits once Skye's changed to another outfit, "...you seem to have been a good source of entertainment for the girls."
- Cerise, seeing she'd been trumped in that department, vows to reclaim that spot "Once I figure out how to get even nakeder!" (Earlier, Cerise prided nudity as a "spiritual experience" after giving Callie artwork of herself, nude.)
- Comic Sutra: She can bring Cerise "to her knees" during "Private Fun Time"
- Evil Feels Good: During her crazy routine Skye almost dances, and even after it's stopped, still grins like it's the funniest joke of her life.
- Horse of a Different Color: Her entrance when crashing the party was impressive, but departure on a wolf's back managed to beat it. A nice touch.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: She orders a pack of wolves to eat Callista.
- Took a Level in Badass: She doesn't flinch when Callie pulls a bow on her. Because she can bring wolves to bear on Callie—and a chipmunk to destroy her bowstring (and Callie's edge).
- All Girls Want Bad Girls: Skye wants a woman with a strong personality as a lover, which is why she loves Cerise and rejects Rain, even if the latter's personality isn't especially weak. In the end, it boils down to this trope.
- Back Stab: Runs Cerise through with her "big girl sword" while behind Cerise, claiming before she wanted to help. However, this was really someone else impersonating Skye doing so.
- The Beastmaster: While she can't summon animals on her own, she can take advantage of creatures summoned by other people, as Cerise nearly learns to her dismay.
- When Callie aims her bow at Skye to get her drop let Cerise go, Skye warns Callie "My babies might take your joke the wrong way." In come several wolves ready to protect "Mama."
- Bi the Way: She developed a strong romantic interest in Cerise, but after Cerise leaves Artemis Academy due to tensions caused by her brief stint as a villain, the ending suggests that she later forms a relationship with Raine.
- Character Development / From Nobody to Nightmare: Skye went from a timid challenger to Cerise, to an admirer when she saw Cerise kiss Callista on their date, to someone who thought Cerise liked her too (but was using her to get closer to Callie), to her present Brainwashed and Crazy Evil-Corrupted version 2.0 ready to claim Cerise for her own. And have no guilt about using wolves to eat Callie to do it.
- At Cerise's locker, she even becomes someone who could cause Cerise to run in panic!
- But in Chapter 14, we see Skye's motivation for her major change and the noble reason why. We find that Cerise's spirit, who became "Mr. Inky," brought Skye to Cerise before her mortal body, about to be destroyed through Phlebotinum Overload, could die. To save Cerise from dying, Skye's willing to let the extra power corrupt her soul.
- The Dragon: She seems to be this to Cerise's Big Bad. In Chapter 14, she saves Cerise from dying by taking some of Hekate's excess power, as well as her evil, into herself. It boosts her ability to communicate with animals such that as of Chapter 15, Skye doesn't NEED to be in proximity to get them to do her work. Which helps when they prepare to make a massive teleportation circle to take out the Artemis Student Council, Melissa and Jacqui. In Chapter 18, Rain makes Skye look like The Starscream when she runs through Cerise with her "big girl sword" after Rain impersonates Skye.
- Expy: She's the Fluttershy in Magick Chicks cast of pony expies.
- Face-Heel Turn:
- Showed signs in "Birthday Suit" (chapter 9) when she was ready to have Callie eaten by wolves to take Cerise for herself.
- Later becomes more brazen in "Imposters" (chapter 12) to where she can even scare Cerise when she knows what the then-redhead would really like to do.
- After reappearing in "Broken Up" (chapter 14) after her earlier self drains Cerise of excess evil to keep Cerise from dying, is now more savage and openly evil, having also gained some of Hekate's essence.
- Now in the present chapter ("Whose Idea Was This Again?" #15) she is openly with an evil grin and The Dragon to Cerise's Big Bad.
- Friend to All Living Things: A benefit of being an animal telepath.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: She had wider eyes pre-corruption, but Skye now has a bit of a squint with an "up-to-something" glint in her eyes. As if she's in the game of love's "next round" against Callie for Cerise.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes:
- according to Hekate here on her non-uniform appeareance. This also includes what looks like a corset with Tutu and Goth accessories. Though in Skye's defense, she only had that one outing with Cerise and Callie that hinted a "wild child" was what she was going for.
- And now has a Chrismas variation in this artwork.
- Love Makes You Evil: She saves Cerise's life, not just out of compassion, but a willingness to do "anything for her". The Corruption is the price she has to pay.
- Love Martyr: She willingly takes Cerise's corruption into herself, staining her soul and making her evil, in spite of Cerise's horrible flaws. All to win her love.
- Purity Personified: Hekate says that there is no malevolence in her aura whatsoever, which is an impressive trait for a mortal.
- Rhymes on a Dime:
- Showgirl Skirt: Wears one with Fluffy Fashion Feathers in one more styled with Black Swan in this one-shot pic by Cassandra.
- Slasher Smile: Has one when Cerise tells the campers Faith's lost her connection to the school and obviously now enjoys being Cerise's second.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Her Telepathy is specialized for communicating with animals.
- Unwitting Pawn: Cerise pretends to like her, but actually just uses her as a tool to make Callista jealous and accelerate the development of their relationship.
- The Dog Bites Back: Post-corruption, Skye gives Cerise a deep kiss in front of Callista, so possibly Skye has the means to challenge Callie for Cerise. Which include a pack of hungry wolves and a bowstring-chewing chipmunk. It also seriously unnerves Cerise at the end.
- She also unnerves Cerise more when she meets the redhead at her locker. Seeing Cerise's smartphone has pictures of Cerise in a bikini, Skye emails them to herself. She then paints a disturbing picture of what Cerise's inner heondist would love to do (see the quote under "A Darker Me") with a crazed, evil look in her eyes. It causes Cerise to run in panic.
- However, with her entry into Cerise and Hekate's meeting, Skye would be the "battery" to relieve Cerise's "power problem"...and play a part in her outdoing Cerise later on...
- Though now, she knows enough about Cerise to turn her on (with an ear nibble) and "bring her to her knees" during "Private Fun Time."
- The Dog Bites Back: Post-corruption, Skye gives Cerise a deep kiss in front of Callista, so possibly Skye has the means to challenge Callie for Cerise. Which include a pack of hungry wolves and a bowstring-chewing chipmunk. It also seriously unnerves Cerise at the end.
- Weak, but Skilled / Heart Is an Awesome Power: She could win over animals in her battle with Cerise until that bee sting caused Toby's pain to override her power. After her corruption, she could command a chipmunk to neutralize Callie's bow and a pack of wolves to attack Callie. She later uses them to set up a massive teleportation circle to get rid of the Student Council, as well as Cerise's former coven mates.
A member of the Combat Corps.
- A Simple Plan: Rain thought she could defeat Melissa if she took her down before she could cast a spell, which makes sense in theory. Problem was, Mel was no longer a Squishy Wizard like Rain expected her to be.
- Armor-Piercing Question: "Excuse me, but are those... boy parts?"
- Determinator: Following Cerise's takeover of the acadmy, Skye reports that Rain has been acting against them and that she's vowed to bring Cerise to her knees.
- Expository Hair Style Change: Jacqui referred to Rain's as "angry hair". A few moments later, Rain cofronts Melissa in front of the school, to let her know that things weren't over between them.
- Expy: Of Rainbow Dash.
- Gender Reveal: Invoked when Jacqui walks in on him, in the school's shower. Rain seems to be a shapeshifter, though he can only shift his body mass around, not his genitalia.
- Hopeless Suitor: She has a crush on Skye, but Skye wants a woman with a strong personality, and after her corruption, she gets pretty nasty about it. Nevertheless, one of the pictures at the end suggests that they do ultimately get together.
- I Gave My Word: She told Melissa she'd dye her hair if she lost to someone who couldn't tell the difference between kung-fu and judo. The next time Mel sees her, following her loss, Rain's hair is dyed black.
- Love Makes You Stupid: His absurd plan to win Skye's affections aside, he is also stupid enough to free her even after it is clear that she has fallen into evil. The outcome is predictable.
- The Mole: Subverted when Jacqui walks in on him, in the school's showers, where he explained that he wasn't a spy. It was simply a means of getting closer to Skye.
- Multicolored Hair: It's hard to see since the strip is done in black and white, but since she's an expy of Rainbow Dash, this one's a given. Though she dyes her hair black after losing to Melissa.
- Sore Loser: Tiffany states that Rain will be wanting a rematch, and sure enough, she doesn't take Melissa defeating her very well.
- Rain, as well as AJ, didn't like that it seemed Tiffany had been coaching Melissa on the side either.
- Underestimating Badassery: Rain was unaware Mel had been training with Tiffany for the past month, so she assumed Mel would be easy to beat, so long as she got to her before she could cast any spells. She was wrong.
- Unknown Rival: After being humiliated by Melissa at her own combat talent, she trains hard, dyes her hair, and gives a big speech only to be deflated by Melissa asking "I'm sorry, but... Have we met?"
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: In chapter 12, it's revealed that Rain isn't a girl, but a male student from Apollo Academy, who has the ability to (mostly) shift his body mass to mimic the female form.
A member of Artemis Academy's student council, who specializes in interrogation, and Tandy's best friend. She's later revealed to be staying with Naomi's family, as part of the foreign exchange program. Thus, explaining her thick French accent.
- Boyish Short Hair: She has a cropped head hair, though it's difficult to say which color since the comic is in black-and-white.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Subverted. Just as she was preparing to interrogate a Faith imposter Jacqui, she calmly told her that she planned to pull out her fingernails. Jacqui immediately dropped the disguise and told her everything.
- Comedic Sociopath: Gabby's love for her profession and her eagerness to put it into practice is played for laughs, since she's usually denied the opportunity. Though she's had better luck tormenting her host 'sister', Naomi.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Gabrielle speaks with a thick, pronounced, French accent and seems to be quite the seductress (noted in the Vamp entry).
- Foreign Exchange Student: She's been boarding with Naomi's family. Her parents have the paperwork and, according to them, everything seems to be in order. Though, given the nature of Artemis Academy, it's possible her papers might've been forged.
- French Jerk: Noted in the Comedic Sociopath and the Vamp entries.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She confessed to wearing bunny-print panties and said she can't sleep at night without hugging "Monsieur Quakers".
- Hidden Buxom: It's hard to tell, since she's usually in school uniform. But at certain angles, or when she's wearing a bikini, you can see she's stacked.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Tandy using a truth massage to humiliate her becomes this in retrospect, when we learn that Gabrielle has done something similar to Naomi, in the past. Which didn't stop her stop her from trying it again, only to be foiled since truth serum has the opposite effect on angels.
- Token Evil Teammate: A comedic example, but still as close as you're gonna get, among the student council.
- Truth Serum: One of her go to methods of interrogation is to lace the victim's food with it, ahead of time. She once used on Naomi, to humiliate her by making her tell the class who her secret crush was. But it failed to work on Prudence.
- The Vamp: First mentioned while she was under the effects of Tandy's truth massage, where Gabrielle confessed to making out with Amelia's boyfriend, during her birthday party. And the thought that Naomi might be meeting with a boyfriend prompted Gabrielle to consider stealing him too.
- Vitriolic Best Friends: Tandy is her bff, though the latter will never admit it. At least, not openly.
Melissa's "father" who is actually a woman using Glamour to make everyone think she is an extremely buff man. who turns out to be Melissa's other mother, having given birth to her while fused with Anastasia
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Her career apparently revolves around hunting down artifacts, swords in particular. She's looking for a weapon that can kill Anastasia.
- Bad Liar: In spite of her cover story, she frequently refers to the fact that she is a woman and even Melissa's mother, spreading confusion and forcing her to cover things up again using her skull trinket.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Perhaps better described as homicidal sexual tension
- Combat Pragmatist: Seen when she takes Anastasia by surprise by attacking before the time they agreed on, and by taking advantage of her distraction to unload a pair of Magitek flintlock pistols directly in her face, point-blank.
- Cool Shades: Worn at all times, even indoors.
- Destination Defenestration: After her attempt to kill Anastasia fails she gets thrown though a french door right in front of Tandy, Sandi and Melissa.
- Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto Us: Her justification for attempting to kill Anastasia ahead of time, since she assumed Anastasia was planning to do the same if she got the chance.Anastasia: [weakly] Y-you promisssed...
Dakota: (soothingly) Shh... Shhh... It'll all be over soon.
Anastasia: N-not till Melissa w-was in college...
Dakota:''' Sorry, 'Stasia, but I had to move up the timeline a little. And we both know you were planning the same fate for me.
- Enemy Mine: with Anastasia to raise Melissa, after a prolonged custody battle - emphasis on battle.
- Fusion Dance: Fused with Anastasia during their final battle as Musical Starlight and Queen Obscuria when the dimensional rift they were falling through collapsed around them and merged them together. As such they could feel each others thoughts, feelings and vices (in her case, Ana's lack of conscience and destructive tendencies). It nearly drove them to suicide until they found out they were pregnant with Melissa.
- Glamour: she had a skull trinket that allows her to manipulate the minds and perceptions of others. She uses it to keep up her cover as Melissa's father.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She tried to invoke this attacking Anastasia before the end of their truce once she believed it couldn't be put off any longer and was certain she'd found a sword capable of killing her. It didn't work.
- Magical Girl: Used to be Musical Starlight, the previous owner of Melissa's wand. She didn't mind the job, but wasn't really thrilled about the name. She couldn't do anything about it since it came with the wand though.
- One-Man Army: She single-handedly repelled the invasion of Montreal by defeating Anastasia's entire army. Including Anastasia, herself.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Anastasia's girly girl. Involuntary, but also necessary if she's going to play the role of Melissa's father. She was not happy to find out the coin toss was rigged.Dakota: "I was girly, dammit!"
Melissa's mom, formerly (or perhaps not-so-formerly) Queen Obscuria, ruler of the Shadow Dimension and Musical Starlight's nemesis. A shy girl who accidentally banished herself to the Shadow Dimension and worked her way up to evil overlord, it's implied that she's not quite human any more. Her love for Melissa is not in question, however
- Affably Evil
- Badass Abnormal: She appeared to be an ordinary highschool student, who practiced magic, before inadvertently stranding herself in The Shadow Realm. Whether it was due to the time spent there, or the teachings from the Lord of Shadows, one thing is clear: she came back as 'something more' than when she left. Being run through with a magic sword had no effect on her and not only survived being shot in face point-blank by a pair Magitek flintlock pistols, she rapidly healed soon afterward. And that's after being said to have weakened, due to jointly giving birth to Melissa.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Has what is perhaps better described as homicidal sexual tension with Dakota. The one thing they agree on is their mutual love for Melissa.
- Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder: hinted in her interactions with Dakota, and by her rise to power in the shadow realm.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Melissa goes over a list of several of Cerise's evil deeds, instead of catching Melissa's point that Cerise is dangerous, Anastasia merely experiences nostalgia over her own villainous ventures and tells Cerise that her parents must be so proud.
- Deadpan Snarker: Can't resist messing with Melissa even in the midst of the emotionally thorny revelation of her origin.
- Disproportionate Retribution: She wasn't popular in High School. So her way of dealing with it? Send the popular kids the Shadow Realm. Only to cast the spell wrong and wind up there herself.
- Enemy Mine: Joins with Dakota to raise Melissa, after a literal custody battle.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite her Lack of Empathy towards anyone else, she genuinely does care for Melissa. She is even willing to give up her grudge against her Arch-Enemy for her sake.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Appears horrified by Melissa's assertion that Cerise may have killed Jacqui, and even more horrified by the idea of Melissa killing Cerise.
- Evil Overlord: At least, formerly. These days, she's a stay-at-home mom.
- Expy: Of Queen Beryl from Sailor Moon.
- Fusion Dance: Fused with Dakota after their battle as Musical Starlight and Queen Obscuria when the dimensional rift they were falling through collapsed around them and merged them together. As such they could feel each others thoughts, feelings and vices (in her case, Dakota's conscience and empathy). It nearly drove them to suicide until they found out they were somehow pregnant with Melissa.
- Hidden Depths: Jacqui calls her a "milk and cookies and don't wear your dress too short" kind of Mom.
- And even though she is evil and doesn't mind killing to get what she wants, she does love her daughter and agrees with Dakota when she says that Melissa saved them from killing themselves.
- Klingon Promotion: She became Queen of the Shadow Realm by overthrowing the Lord of the Shadows, whom she beheaded, at the end of leading a bloody revolt against him.
- Lack of Empathy: Barring raising Melissa, she really doesn't seem to have any qualms about what she has done in the past. In fact she gets offended just because Dakota kept stopping her (Though Dakota points out she kept targeting her family and friends and wouldn't have had any problems if Anastasia just moved her operations to the next town over).
- Really, any affection and empathy she has is for her daughter, whom she does love. She was also the one that did the most to raise Melissa, since Dakota was usually away on business trips.
- She displays some affection for Cerise and some distress at Melissa's assertion that Cerise probably killed Jacqui.
- Really, any affection and empathy she has is for her daughter, whom she does love. She was also the one that did the most to raise Melissa, since Dakota was usually away on business trips.
- Like Mother Like Daughter: Guess where Melissa got her obsession with popularity?
- Never My Fault: "Oh sure make me the bad guy just because I wanted to do a little world domination!"
- Really Gets Around: As she explained to Mel, being an evil empress got her a lot action. Which is why she she doesn't know who Melissa's father might've been, or whether she was ever actually pregnant to begin with.
- Retired Monster: Anastasia still retains many of her villainous traits and only stopped because of her decreased power levels and her need to give Melissa a normal life.
- Shout-Out: She name checks several tropes on the Evil Overlord's list
- Serious Business: Anastasia's admission that she wasn't very popular in High School elicits a bigger reaction from Melissa than the revelation that her father is a woman.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Dakota's tomboy. she even rigged the coin toss to ensure that she got the role of Melissa' feminine parent.
- Took a Level in Badass: Covered in the Badass Abnormal entry.
- Unusual Euphemism: combine Lack of Empathy with Deadpan Snarker and you get phrases like "generous severance package" for a summary beheading. Given her background maybe she really does consider a quick and relatively painless death generous under the circumstances.
- Voluntary Shape Shifter: According to Dakota, she can transform into a giant snake-woman.
A mysterious wand of incredible power that appeared after Melissa tried to draw power from the school. Used to belong to the heroine Musical Starlight.
- Amplifier Artifact: In addition to its own powers, it also magnifies the wielder's own.
- Artifact of Doom: To understand why hearing "level 9 magical event" made even calm Leandro rapidly produce molten bricks out of the rear end, let's remember: EC had an artifact capable of indirectly causing the extinction of the humanity if it goes a little loopy and given enough time. That was classified as level 5. And it doesn't look like the scale is inverted. Yes, "glassed bricks" is an appropriate image here.
- Blessed with Suck: It grants its chosen owner incredible power, but has strict demands on its owner's conduct in the fight for justice (and comes with an embarrassing outfit to boot).
- By the Power of Grayskull!: After Tiff mentions "But...Justice!" The Wand puts Mel in her Cute Witch Magical Girl Outfit with in the background "Magical Girl Transformation For Justice!" mentally implied by The Wand.
- Mel's response to the wand doing this? An exasperated "Oh, come on!" Tiff's? "Squeal!"
- Care Bear Stare: Its default attack.
- Clingy Costume: Mel has a lot of trouble taking the outfit off on her own. And the Wand is unlikely to remove it itself until Mel finishes working For Great Justice.
- The Dreaded: Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft seems to loathe it greatly. Since it is shielded from her divine presence, she tries to use indirect intervention to destroy it and everyone who knows about it. Seeing it is enough to turn her against Melissa by shrinking Melissa without a warning or a good reason.
- Embarrassing but Empowering Outfit: As mentioned, in the Blessed with Suck and Clingy Costume examples, it's part of the package. As implied in her second nightmare, Mel would rather be in her underwear in class than in the costume.
- Emotion Control: It can turn people ready to kill each other into instant friends. Very close friends.Mel: No refunds!
- For Your Own Good:
- The possessing magic force from nowhere is a harsh mistress. But it seems to improve Melissa.
- In a later battle against Cerise, Melissa is able to Ground Pound with her fist to launch boulders — something she couldn't do before the Wand.
- Good Is Not Nice: After Mel refuses to do a physical workout with Tiffany, it magically compels her to mimic Tiffany's movements to a further extent than is probably healthy.
- And now it's shown to use Mel's body to do so even when Mel's asleep.
- Heel-Face Brainwashing: One of its powers, though Cerise No Sells it.
- Loyal Phlebotinum: Only Melissa seems to have the ability to use it.
- MacGuffin: Of the Magic Wand variety.
- Morph Weapon: You need a sword, Ash? (shimmer) One quick-changed sword I am! Waitasec...you got an idea, girlie?
- Sonic Stunner: One magical megaphone coming up! (Mel uses it to scream "SNAP OUT OF IT!!" to stun a frenzied and transformed Brooke, which causes her to regain some sanity.)
- Screwy Squirrel: Hey, listen... what, you don't want to heed me? Fine! <BAM!> Any implied choice was only here as a veneer of politeness, didn't you figure it out yet? I gave you a chance to do it on your own, but Noooooooooo, you prefer it happen "the hard way"...
- Sentient Phlebotinum: Becomes apparent when it starts reacting happily to Tiffany and forces Melissa to use her as a mentor. The Mystery Girl is also the spirit of the Wand for Mel, though in Dakota's time as Musical Starlight, the spirit took the form of a "damn annoying cheerleader."
- Super Cute Super Powers: As with any Magical Girl weapon.
A mysterious girl who first appeared to Mel in her dreams, and in person soon afterward. Since then, she's shown up occasionally, appearing in Melissa's subconscious at different times. Just who she is, what her goals are, or if she has any relationship with The Wand, remains unknown.
- Cat Up a Tree: She stages this twice as a way to get Melissa's attention. The first time didn't work quite like she intended.
- The Cheerleader: At least, during the time Dakota knew her.
- Creepy Child: It quickly becomes clear that something is off about her. Especially given the sinister expressions on her face when Melissa finally gives in to her Cat Up a Tree act and her strange ability to vanish.
- The Nameless: So far, she hasn't revealed her name and has evaded the question twice, when asked.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Both a meta and in-universe example, when Melissa refers to her as "Fade-Out Girl". The readership on the comic's forum refer to her by the same nickname, or simply call her "FoG" for short.
- Psychotic Smirk: Pictured above, once Melissa finally rescues Mow. She smirks and tells Melissa the cat belongs to her now, then vanishes before Melissa and Tiffany's eyes.
- A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma: She's the biggest "?" in the series to date.
- So far, she's: appeared in Melissa's dream, before meeting her in person the next morning, and later showed up in Mel's subconscious to help her escape Faith's dream world. The last time Melissa saw her was when she staged her Cat Up a Tree routine again, yet avoided Melissa's questions.
- Near the climax of chapter 15, she suddenly appeared in Faith's subconscious, who realized the mystery girl was "not a person". Despite taking offense to being referred to in such a manner, she didn't refute it either, and evaded Faith's questions as well.
- Talking in Your Dreams: Tries to guilt trip Melissa about her supposed Cat Up a Tree many times by sending her strange dreams.
- You Don't Look Like You: When Hecate confirms her to be the spirit of the wand, Dakota is surprised by her appearance and mentions that at the time she knew her, she was a cheerleader.