%% Tropes from the crossover arc "Time of Your Life" go on the Buffy comic page, not here.
-->''Bad day. Started bad. Stayed that way.''

''Fray'' is an 8-issue ComicBook series written by Creator/JossWhedon. It's a SpinOff of the work that made Whedon famous, ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.

Hundreds of years in the future, teenage cat burglar Melaka "Mel" Fray discovers that she is [[TheChosenOne the Slayer]], the one girl in all the world chosen to fight the vampires, demons, etc. Unfortunately, things have changed since Buffy took up the stake; the Watchers Council have gone insane waiting for the next Slayer to be called, and her only ally is the demon Urkonn, who has reasons of his own for helping her. But there's no time for doubts--the monsters ''are'' back, and someone is planning on [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt ending the world]]. Again.

Not to be confused with the band Music/TheFray.
!!Provides examples of:

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Averted. In a world where mutations and birth defects are common, and people deliberately modify their bodies through cybernetics, bio-engineering and drugs, a girl with Slayer skills doesn't really stand out. Even a rather large demon like Urkonn hardly seems out of place.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The ending feels exactly like a setup for more stories that don't actually exist and were never planned to.
* AndThisIsFor:
-->'''Erin:''' (''after crashing a car onto Icarus'') That's for my brother, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch dickhead]].
* AngstySurvivingTwin: Though they aren't identical, Mel angsts over accidentally getting her brother Harth munched by Icarus while out on a grab. [[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]] when he's revealed as the BigBad.]]
* ArcWelding: The SeasonFinale of ''Buffy'' Season 8 has Buffy [[spoiler:destroying a CosmicKeystone that is the source of all magic. Demons and vampires retain their strength, stamina and recovery abilities, and all the Slayers Willow called remain Slayers, but no one can use magic and no new Slayers are called...until Fray]].
* BaldOfEvil: Icarus, complete with BeardOfEvil.
* BareYourMidriff: Every outfit Mel wears.
* BigApplesauce: Of course, this being the 23rd century, Manhattan is now simply "Haddyn."
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Harth]]
* BadFuture: Quoth Whedon, "The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and there are [[FlyingCar flying cars]]." It isn't exactly ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', but jeez...
* BarBrawl: Mel starts one by picking a fight with someone who mocked Loo.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Inverted. Mel knows that for Icarus attacking her and killing Harth should have been Tuesday. So when they cross paths and Icarus ''does'' recognize her (and knows that she's the Slayer), she realizes that something strange is going on...
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Mel pretty much drags her feet over the whole Slayer thing until [[spoiler:she gets the crap beaten out of her by her now-undead twin brother, and Urkonn murders Loo, the closest thing she has to a little sister, to motivate her]].
%%* TheCallHasBadReception
* CatapultNightmare: Mel, remembering her run-in with Icarus.
* CreepyChild: [[spoiler:Again, Harth.]]
* TheDragon: Icarus. Previously the BigBad of Haddyn but DemotedToDragon by [[spoiler:Harth]].
* EldritchAbomination: Boluz and Vrill, who act as TheManBehindTheMan [[spoiler:for Urkonn]] , and Neauth.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Zigzagged by Urkonn. While he wants Fray to learn how to fight and ultimately cannot [[spoiler: bring himself to kill her]], he does [[spoiler: [[WouldHurtaChild kill Loo]]]] to motivate her. He does feel bad about it, thought, and [[spoiler: lets Fray kill him]] rather than kill her.
** The main reason Urkonn is sent to train Mel is because his masters [[spoiler: greater demons Boluz and Vrill]] don't want the vampires rising up and taking power.
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: Mel. Of course.
* {{Flashback}}: To Harth getting killed [[spoiler:and turned]] by Icarus, and the aftermath.
* FutureSlang: To the point where Buffy starts thinking she should have treated the English language better in the Season 8 tie-in... The slight downside is that no one remembers words like "vampire."
* MexicanStandoff: Averted. [=ZZZAP=]! "'''I''' don't have a standoff..."
* MostCommonSuperpower: Averted. Joss explicitly states in the [=TPB=] that "I wanted a real girl, with real posture, a slight figure (that's my classy way of saying 'little boobs')."
* MotivationalLie: [[spoiler:Urkonn kills Loo and makes Mel think that the vampires did it so she'd focus on her training, then go out and kick some ass. It worked, but when Mel realizes the truth, she's ''pissed''.]]
* MulticoloredHair: Mel
* ParentalAbandonment: We don't see or hear about the Fray siblings' parents. At all.
* ParentalSubstitute: Amma and Jove, Loo's parents.
* RealityEnsues: Mel has been killing vampires left and right, so [[spoiler:Harth]] sends Icarus to finish her off. Big face-off between the Slayer and the monster who killed [[spoiler:and turned]] her brother? Not so much. [[spoiler:Erin [[CarFu drops a car on him]].]]
* SayingTooMuch: [[spoiler:When Mel is rallying the people of Haddyn to fight against the incoming horde of vampires, Urkonn mentions that anyone who can't fight should stay inside for safety, since vampires have to be invited in. Mel then realizes that vampires didn't kill Loo--Urkonn did.]]
* SelfPlagiarism: Urkonn's MotivationalLie about a character's death because the heroes "needed the push" and the serpentine leviathan with monsters in its belly floating over Manhattan would both be re-purposed in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''.
** This comic also gave Whedon a chance to experiment once again with something of an AbortedArc from ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'': [[spoiler:in the first season of Buffy, the Master created an UndeadChild known as the Anointed One, who was supposed to be a major player. Except the character never got to do much of anything and had to be [[DroppedABridgeOnHim unceremoniously killed off]] early in the second season because the child actor playing him was obviously growing too old too quickly to continue being believable. Harth gives Whedon a chance to revisit that concept without the issues of a child actor, being censored for tv, or aging issues]].
* ShoutOut: After [[spoiler:Mel kills Ne-auth and Harth flees]], one of the ads is the moving soda ad from ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Mel and Urkonn hit it off well.
* TakeThatKiss: [[spoiler:[[BrotherSisterIncest Harth gives Mel one]] after she kills Ne-Auth and defeats him.]]
* TattooedCrook: Icarus
* TrainingFromHell: Urkonn's idea of dexterity training is throwing stuff at Mel and having her avoid them. It doesn't go well.
-->'''Mel:''' You hib me wib a girder!
-->'''Urkonn:''' How many claws am I holding up?
-->'''Mel:''' You hib my face wib a whole girder!
-->'''Urkonn:''' You were meant to duck.
-->'''Mel:''' Can we skib degsteriby?
* TreacherousAdvisor: Urkonn is helping Fray stop [[spoiler:Harth]] from starting the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Apocalypse]] because his demon masters don't want to happening on vampires terms, and was supposed to kill her when she was done.
* TwinTropes: Mel and Harth, fraternal twins. [[spoiler:While she got all the physical powers, Harth got the collective memories of previous Slayers and prophetic dreams.]]
* UndeadChild: [[spoiler:Turns out that when Harth got bitten, he managed to bite Icarus and get turned into a vampire.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Mel's reaction to Urkonn is not what he'd expected. As she points out, there are enough strange-looking mutants ("I work for a ''fish''.") that he doesn't really stand out that much. Five-year-old Loo, upon being introduced to Urkonn, just asks if he has any candy.
* WaifFu: It's a Creator/JossWhedon work, what else were you expecting?