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[[caption-width-right:300:From left to right: Basilio, Trese, Crispin, the local hordes of hell]]

''When the sun sets in the city of [[UrbanFantasy Manila]], donít you dare make a wrong turn and end up in that dimly-lit side of the metro, where [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier aswang]] run the most-wanted kidnapping rings, where [[OurGiantsAreBigger kapre]] are the kingpins of crime, and [[OurElvesAreBetter engkantos]] slip through the cracks and steal your most precious possessions.''

Trese is a UsefulNotes/{{Philippine|s}} comic, written by Budjette Tan and illustrated by Kajo Baldisimo.

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!!This comic provides examples of


* ActionGirl - Alexandra Trese.
* BadassFamily - OccultDetective father, OracularUrchin mother, and her twin sister's soul was smelted into a dagger. For starters.
* BadassLongCoat - It has [[GeometricMagic protective runes]] in the lining.
* BatmanGambit
* BlackEyesofEvil - The Kambal and Talagbusao.
* BloodFromTheMouth - ''Mass Murders: An Act of War''. Trese was ultimately suffering from a temporary deficiency of BadAssLongCoat, but it became [[XanatosSpeedChess part of the plan.]]
* BrokenMasquerade - The masquerade keeping the supernatural had apparently broken down in the Philippines. Most people though either act as though things are normal or refuse to believe that all those myths and folkloric creatures are actually real.
* CrazyCatLady - A magical version, Manang Muning helps Trese with some of her cases. She uses her cats as her "eye" throughout the city. She can also communicate with them telepathically.
* CreepyTwins - Crispin and Basilio,[[spoiler: even as little kids they killed a ton of people, by ripping their hearts out and eating them. Which includes the pack of Puti and Bantay. Being in Bantay's words, "the bastard halfbreed children of a wargod."]]
* CrystalBall - Investigations usually start with Trese requesting a glass of water in which to scry.
* TheChosenOne - Trese. Which [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne it sucks to be]] when she loses almost her whole family in what was probably the [[RiteOfPassage worst birthday party ever.]]
* DealWithTheDevil - National boxing champion "Manuel" with [[LouisCypher Sytan]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu - Talagbusao, a tribal war god
* DisappearedDad - Anton Trese [[spoiler: dies protecting the The Great Balete Tree, where Alex took her trial. It was also because of a prophecy]]
* DistaffCounterpart - Anton Trese got genderswapped in the brainstorm stage to distinguish him from [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]], [[Series/TheXFiles Fox Mulder]], and Series/KolchakTheNightStalker.
* EitherOrProphecy
* ExactWords - "The blood of Trese will soak the roots of the The Great Balete Tree." It never said which Trese, [[spoiler: right, Anton?]]
* EyeRemember
* GoodGuyBar - ''The Diabolical'', of which Trese is the proprietress.
* HornedHairdo - Trese.
* HumanMomNonhumanDad - The Kambal [[spoiler: are Talagbusao's children.]]
* InterrogatingTheDead
* KnifeNut - Trese, she uses the Sinag which is the kris that was made from [[spoiler: the soul of her dead twin sister.]]
* MissingMom - Trese's mother has not been seen yet, except through flashbacks. The Last Full Show implies she died at Trese's 8th birthday.
* MonsterOfTheWeek - Although, as of Book 5 and Book 6, the stories are becoming connected story arcs, instead of separate stories.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed - One story involves analogues of two famous Philippine drama actresses. A later one includes a Manny Pacquiao-like figure. In book 5 and 6, The Madame was introduced, a jab at former first lady Imelda Marcos.
* OccultDetective - [[CatchPhrase When crime takes a turn for the weird,]] the police call '''Trese'''.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent - Being based in Filipino folklore, the monsters are very diferent from what's commonly put out in fiction.
** ElementalEmbodiment - Wind People are one of the races Trese encounters. In Book 2 and Book 6, there is also the Bagyon clan, lightning elementals that Trese becomes at odds with.
** TheFairFolk - A lot of the creatures Trese deals with fall into this category. Duwende are hobbit-sized creatures who live in unassuming places, but demand respect and give it in turn. They can grant gifts or cause misfortune depending on their disposition or how they are treated. They love sweets, but can be killed by 'tasting hate'. They also control mud golems called Lamanlupa.
** OurElvesAreDifferent - Combined with the above, the "Elves" are, effectively, Tikbalang. In their natural states, they have horse heads and feet, but can use glamours to make themselves appear human. All the symbolism applied to horses fully applies to them. Deals/bargains can be struck with them.
** OurDemonsAreDifferent - They're called Manang.
** OurDragonsAreDifferent - They appear to be of the Chinese variety, able to take human form and can breath fire.
** OurGhostsAreDifferent - With the right rituals, normal ghosts can be killed. Then there's the Tiyanak, monstrous baby-zombie-ghosts created by the deaths of unwanted or abandoned children...who come out of an underground abortion clinic.
** OurMermaidsAreDifferent - Their bones can be used to bind ghosts and make them physical.
** OurVampiresAreDifferent - The Aswang/Manangalan. They don't suck blood, they suck up viscera and, if they can, infants and the unborn. By day they are people, but at night they sprout wings and their torso detaches from their legs and their upper part flies off to feed. They claw open homes and use their long tongues to stab prey and suck out their nourishment. Manangalan are exclusively female, but effectively the same.
** OurZombiesAreDifferent - Type R, but behave like Romero shamblers for the most part. They're controlled by a magic stone at the behest of a sorcerer.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent - They can be sold, burned, taken...and are called "Kaluluwa".
* OutnumberedSibling - Alex Trese has four brothers.
* ParanormalInvestigation
* PostModernMagik
* PowerLimiter - The comedy/tragedy masks
* SheCleansUpNicely - Averted. Trese does do formal wear for a couple of panels, but nobody gets ridiculous about it.
* ShoutOut - One issue is an extended homage [[spoiler: to ComicBook/{{Darna}}]].
* ShoutOutThemeNaming - [[Literature/NoliMeTangere Crispin and Basilio.]]
* TagTeamTwins - The Kambal
* TheDreaded - Trese and the Kambal, to aswangs.And anyone who dares oppose them.
* TheyWalkAmongUs / AllMythsAreTrue: For Filipino mythology anyway. Apparently, the existence of mystical races and beings has become common knowledge by most if not everyone in society.
* UrbanFantasy
* WhoYouGonnaCall - See Above.
* WorldTree - Rite of passage
** In which it seems to be a YearInsideHourOutside
** Or, possibly, NarniaTime
* WreathedInFlames - The Santelmo
* XanatosSpeedChess - Trese's default setting

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