A 2013 four-issue comic book series by Jay P. Fosgitt (creator of the webomic, Dead Duck
), published by Red 5 Comics.
The story takes place in a mystical middle-age like world and the village of Hagardorn. Underneath one of it's bridges lives the titular character Bodie Troll. He just has one problem, he's not particularly scary. Not that the town has any problem with it, they actually love the little guy. But this just irks Bodie to no end and he tries to find ways to make the villagers fear him. At least in between the mis-adventures he gets himself into along with his close friend Cholly, a barmaid/aspiring actress and playwright and her fairy godmother (and cook of the tavern they work in), Miz Bijou.
A Free Comic Day issue was released in 2014, hinting there may be more issues to come.
Bodie Troll has the following tropes
- Achievements in Ignorance: Doubles also as a Brick Joke, through out most of Issue One there's mention of a goat eating monster on the loose. Bodie comes into contact with it when he picks up what he thinks is a giant chicken egg for Miz Bijou. He manages to stop it(albeit accidentally) by peeing in it's mouth where it was mentioned one of the goat fields smelled like pee (that Bodie mentioned he peed in when trying to scare a heard of goats) which is apparently lethal to it.
- Alien Lunch: Dried roots and moldy bread. Then again he is a troll.
- All Trolls Are Different: Indeed, a main selling point of the comic.
- Anti-Hero: Bodie, he may want the villagers to fear him but he's not cold-hearted enough to see harm come to them. Especially Cholly and Miz Bijou
- Babies Make Everything Better: Baby Fat Scott seems to do this in the three issue when his fart makes for a fertilizer that instantly grow vegetable and fruits. Which was perfect for the village since it was in a drought until the people actually taste it.
- Butt Monkey: Bodie, suffers amusing injuries and just can't seem to scare anyone.
- Came from the Sky: Scotius VII (aka Baby Fat Scott) was said to have fell from the sky, with his farts somehow managing to rain down random objects. Subverted, his parents are weather makers and he fell off their ship by accident. The objects were them throwing down things from their ship to help their infant.
- Creator Cameo: Miz Bijou turns away one of the theater goers in the second issue when the play is sold out. Said person is the author, Jay.
- Deathbringer the Adorable: Bodie's main pet peeve. He wants to be scary. But his cute looks don't help him the slightest.
- Fairy Godmother: Miz Bijou
- Gender Bender: The second issue sees Bodie turned into a girl for a play by magic lipstick.
- Hand Puppet: Socko who acts as the local newscaster.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Bodie in a way, he mentions all trolls are suppose to be scary and wants to fit that archetype.
- Keep the Reward: When Bodie manages to return Scott back to his parents. They state they plan to move their weather machine out of fear of their son being in danger again. In the process offering Bodie to be their lighting maker for saving their son, a chance to legitimately scare people. Bodie considers it but realizes Hagardorn will still be in it's drought and be unable to thrive. He turns it down and offers to return their son if he falls again only if they continue providing the weather to the area. The couple agree.
- Magic Wand: Miz Bijou's wields one in the form of a spatula. Apparently this is a source of contention among her kind but the comic doesn't dwell into it.
- Scary Scarecrows: Bodie encounters one in the FCBD issue who guards the mystical garden.
- She's Got Legs: Subverted and even lampshaded by Cholly who mentions she not the type who wants folks seeing her legs or feet (and indeed through the comic series, they're always covered by a long dress to the point it looks like she's floating).
- Smooch of Victory: Cholly gives one to Bodie at the end of the fourth issue.
- So Long, Suckers!: The woman Bodie tries to scare in third issue. She been attacked by falling objects for most of the day since a baby fell in her laundry and quickly hands it off to Bodie (thinking he's a kobold) before running off (and getting hit by a couch).
- Toilet Humor: Some bits (and even a plot point) in Issue one. Issues three and four are rife with it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Bodie and Miz Bijou, the two argue constantly and make it no secret they don't like one another. But it's obvious that they both care for Cholly and do look out for each other when things hit the fan.