Comic Book / Mandy

Mandy was a British comic book magazine for girls, published weekly by D. C. Thomson & Co. from 21 January 1967 to 11 May 1991, then merged with Bunty before ceasing publication completely in 2001.


This comic (and its strips) provide examples of:

  • A Girl And Her X: Many of the stories had this for a concept.
  • Action Girl: This IS a girl's comic, after all.
  • Always Identical Twins: Played with - while several stories involve identical twins (and in the case of "Bonnie and Belinda", "The Two-In-One Taylors" and "Warrior Must Win!", the twins being identical is what motivates the plot,) a few stories have non-identical twins.
  • Art Initiates Life: "The Double Life of Sad Sarah". Also qualifies as Nice Character, Mean Actor.
  • The Atoner: Janie of "Sorry Sue".
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The concept behind "When Susie Sneezes".
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The Rival usually had this sort of personality. Sometimes, the heroine was the "supposedly sweet but really poisonous" one.
  • Blackmail: Several stories revolved around the heroine or someone close to them being blackmailed.
  • Boarding School: Many of their stories were set in one.
  • Break the Haughty: The fate of any Spoiled Brat heroines.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: Many of the heroines suffer this, either from Abusive Parents or guardians, or people who are holding them and several other children prisoner and forcing them to slave away.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Played with - sometimes being an orphan is a good thing in the stories, sometimes it's a bad thing.
  • Demonic Dummy: "Little Lord Percival".
  • Doorstop Baby: The heroine of "The Quest of Anna Midnight" was one of these.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Especially when the heroine IS a princess, although there are exceptions.
  • Fairy Godmother: Mrs Goodheart of "Our Fairy Godmother!"
  • Happily Adopted: Several of the heroines.
  • Human Alien: Stella Saturn of "Sleeping Beauty from the Stars", "Jonny Comet - the Pop Star from Planet X", "Stella Starr".
  • Identical Stranger: If the heroine wasn't one, she would have to expose one.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: The concept of "That Girlís Me!"
  • Jerk Ass Facade: Harriet of "Hard Hearted Harriet", as she has only months to live, and hopes that by pretending to be hard and unloving, her charges will willingly leave her for the new guardians she has found for them.
    • Linda of "The Girl Who Canít Cry!" goes around making her schoolmates cry...because she overheard an invasion plan by space aliens, who have placed a "human" girl in the school, and its only defect is its inability to cry, so Linda has to find the impostor by making anyone she suspects cry.
    • Joanne of "Little Miss Icicle", because she doesn't want to experience the pain of losing a loved one again.
  • Lethal Chef: The heroine of "Saucepan Cindy".
  • Missing Mom / Disappeared Dad: Several heroines suffered from this, if it wasn't complete Parental Abandonment.
  • Mistaken Identity: The plot of "Film Star Nurse" is kicked off when the heroine is mistaken for a real nurse while wearing a nurseís uniform from the serial she stars in.
  • Mysterious Protector: The heroine of "Hateful Hattie", who poses as The Angel Ghost to make life better for the other children in the orphanage.
  • On One Condition: Several stories revolve around the heroine being forced to do something in order to claim an inheritance.
  • One-Gender School: Several stories were set in a girls-only school.
  • Orphanage of Fear: Quite a few stories were set in one.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Several stories involve the heroine having to get used to their parent either dating or remarrying.
  • Parental Favoritism: Whenever this trope appeared, the heroine was always The Unfavorite.
  • Pony Tale: Many of the stories were focused on this trope.
  • Rags to Riches: As well as Riches to Rags.
  • Raised by Wolves: Shona of "Seal Girl"..
  • Reincarnation: "Have I Been Here Before?"
  • Revenge: Drove the plot of several stories.
  • The Rival: Many of the stories involved at least one girl who was always trying to defeat the heroine.
  • Scullery Maid: Any story set in Victorian times usually had the heroine play this role.
  • Secret Identity: Several heroines had one.
  • Show Within a Show: Northsiders of "The Sorrows of Smiley".
  • Spoiled Brat: Two varieties - 1. the heroine is the brat and becomes subjected to Break the Haughty. 2. - the heroine works for such a brat, but is unable to quit as her family needs the money the job offers.
  • Trapped in the Past: Kyra of "A Switch in Time" - she's from the year 2084, and gets stuck in 1984.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Or aunt, or stepfather, or adoptive family, etc.
  • Witch Hunt: The story "Bad Luck Barbara ", where life becomes very difficult for the heroine as the people of the village she has moved to believe that she is descended from the village witch, and start to persecute her.
  • You No Take Candle: In the early years of the comic, several foreign characters would talk like this.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: A variant - Fay of "The Sad Spells of Fay Martin" can cast spells, but each one she uses means she is a day closer to be taken back to the Underworld.
    • Played straight in "Angel".
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