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Literature: Skyway Mechanix
A fallen hero with a secret past takes a job retrieving an item for its owner. When she and her sociopathic partner arrive the hero finds much more than she expected and her adventures begin.Skyway Mechanix is a web serial shoot 'em up, action adventure fun ride that has been favorably compared with a Looney Tunes cartoon.

The story follows the trials of Laurel and Violet, two heroes for hire making a living in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities. Fighting ninjas, battling biker drug gangs, defeating ancient curses and taking on evil uber-corporations are all just part of the job.

Characters:

  • Cecelia Ann “Cece” “Violet” “Free Fire” “Bang-Bang” Capagio
  • Laurel “Mechanix” “Maytag” Swanson
  • Ned Maxilla
  • Lynda Allenham
  • Henry Rickenbacher
  • The Witch
  • The Lady
  • Walleye
  • Burt

Episodes of this series provide examples of:

  • A Dog Named Dog - The Witch and the Lady
  • A God Am I
  • Arbitrary Skepticism - Hammerspace? Check. Robot with a soul? Check. Ancient artifact that curses people? Check. Zombies...? Not so much
  • Blackand White Morality - For the Alliance, people with Powers can only be Heroes as long as they obey all the rules and bow to authority. Everyone else is a villain by default - no (official) exceptions.
  • Blood Knight (Type 2) - Ned Maxilla
  • BSOD - Played straight and averted with Laurel who occasionally needs to dismiss Violet-induced logic loops by shaking her head
  • A Simple Plan - what most jobs start out as
  • Berserk Button - Don’t ask if Laurel has laser vision.
  • Buxomis Better - Part of Laurel’s maturation process.
  • Checkov’s Photos - The Four Cities Diner in the second story has lots of “photoshopped” picts up on the wall. Guess where the pair end up?
  • Christmas Episode- Christmas Mechanix
    • Special Guest - With the Ghost of Perry Como.
    • Yet Another Christmas Carol - Averted. Violet had an explicit past both in violence (with the mob) and sex (with her girlfriend) so the past is X-rated, and going into the future would reveal spoilers so....
  • Cool Car - played straight with Laurel's 1968 galaxie and averted later with both a Ford Econoline van and used Crown Victoria
  • Death Is Cheap - Played straight and averted. Violet has probably died at least twice, but when other characters die they stay dead.
  • Explaining the Soap - Violet tries to explain all the labyrinthian plots at the end of Drop Dead Mechanix.
    • Lampshaded by Violet after Henry nicely sums everything up. “Guiding Light ain’t got nothing on us.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog - Leeloo
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies - Drop Dead Mechanix
  • Fallen Hero - Violet.
  • Functional Magic.
  • Giant Mook - Walleye
  • Girls with Guns - and bazookas and Stinger Missiles and 500 pound bombs.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body - Walley ripping off Laurel’s arms and beating her with them.
  • Hammer Space - Violet’s main power
  • Heroes R Us - World Hero Alliance
  • Hero Insurance - the Alliance has a H.I. division to deal with little mistakes. Walleye, the card-carrying hero, tells a city office to contact it to cover damages.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down -played with in Terminal Mechanix. Violet was shot and just didn't want to chase the bad guys. Laurel thretened to tie her to the hood like a deer.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold - Walleye, who literally tore Laurel limb from limb while attempting to kill her and calls her “Maytag”, but then helped her become a member of the World Hero Alliance and confesses to Violet that he once considered forming a team with her.
  • Jumped at the Call - Laurel, to a terrifying degree
  • Katanas Are Just Better
  • Lampshade Hanging - many, and at least one literal example
  • Local Hangout - The Four Cities Diner
  • Lovely Angels
  • Mega Corp. - Blue G Foods
  • Nebulous Evil Organization - T&T
  • Noodle Incident - something about schnauzers, peanut butter, papayas, a police car, and a month of community service at an animal shelter.
    • Also, later that same episode, something about a truck load of honey and ball-bearings shutting down a highway.
  • Only a Flesh Wound / No Sympathy - both protagonists have healing powers, neither can be injured for very long and everyone takes it for granted.
  • Only in It for the Money - Violet couldn’t care less if she and Laurel help people or beat them up, as long as there is a paycheck.
  • Our Zombies Are Different - created by a food preservative.
  • Purple Eyes - Laurel
  • Professional Killer - Violet and Ned at the start
  • Robot Names - Laurel (‘natch) who named herself after her acronym “L.U.R.L. = Linux Universal Robotic Lifeform” which sort of makes her name really La U Re L
  • Robot Girl
  • Running Gag - Laser Vision.
  • Ruleof Funny - Most of the time
  • Shout-Out - Dirty Pair, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Kat and Mouse: Guns for Hire
  • Superhero Packing Heat - Violet’s main power is retrieving weapons from hammerspace, her secondary power is using said weapons.
  • Technicolor Eyes - Violet’s eyes turn different shades depending on which power she uses
  • Trademark Favorite Food - Pigs in Blankets is all Violet eats.
  • Twin Cities - The setting (although it is in an alternate universe)
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension - Violet and Laurel, Natch.
  • Unusual Euphemism - Laurel (after confessing having sex dreams about Violet) — “You’re in my dreams and there’s sex, but there’s no attaching, okay? We don’t attach!”


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