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The Tarot Cafe is a beautifully illustrated manhwa by Sang-Sun Park about a fortune teller named Pamela who deals with special customers after midnight. These customers can range from a wish-giving cat to a vampire to an alchemist (and so on and so forth), all of them with problems that only Pamela can help with... for a price. The particular price Pamela asks from these peculiar customers of hers just so happens to be a bead from Berial's necklace. The reasons as to why she's gathering the beads is something she prefers to keep to herself, but these are revealed during the course of the story.The manhwa starts out as a series of one-shot stories but eventually is revealed, through the mysterious beads Pamela collects, to be connected in a complicated plot that covers Pamela's life, from the time when she was a very small child to an adult, and is a mix of horror, comedy and drama. Despite the unreliable narrative (is it Ashes or Axis? Berial or Belial?), it's quite an enjoyable read, with humor lightening an otherwise dark story.Now has a Character Sheet.
Attempted Rape - Victor does this to Pamela and Ash, several hundred years later.
Berserk Button - Just try saying Pamela's name in front of Alecto. Go on. We dare you. To a more humorous extent, Pamela does not like being called an old lady.
Beware the Nice Ones - Inverted with Ash, who is not as nice as he initially seems. Ashes turns out to be quite frightening when he's angry. This also applies to Aaron (to an extent), since he's a werewolf.
Bishōnen - Almost every guy who shows up is this, but especially Belus and Ash.
Chained to a Bed - A male-on-male example, with Alecto kidnapping Ash and chaining him to a bed. Played seriously at first, with Ash being angry and afraid at the situation... only to be played for laughs later, with Ash teasing Alecto and flirting with him and Alecto getting hot and bothered about it.
Evil Plan - Pretty much the whole plot was arranged by Belus, who wanted to keep Pamela forever because she amused him. Another example is Ash's kidnapping and attempted rape suffered at Victor's hands - although it's implied the reincarnated Victor would have attempted all of that anyway.
Face-Heel Turn - Ashes, in the form of the spiteful and manipulative Ash. Later becomes a Heel-Face Turn, with him able to move on and live a normal, happy life.
Fate Worse Than Death - Cora and Alecto suffer this. Ashes is also a possibility, since his draconic form is encased in ice, presumeably for eternity... and is implied to be reincarnated constantly as a tool of Belus'.
Go Mad from the Revelation - Pamela begins laughing madly when Belus reveals his plan. Inverted with Ash, who goes temporarily insane and becomes utterly broken when Alecto mistakenly tells him he's just a clone.
Heel Face Mole - Played around with. Pamela forgets just who Belus is, so his plot comes as a complete shock to her.
Heroic Sacrifice - Many, but especially Cora, who is killed trying to warn Pamela.
I Am Who? - A non-heroic example, with Ash turning out to be the reincarnation of sorts of Ashes, Cora is the reincarnation of Pamela's mother, and Aaron is strongly implied to be the reincarnation of Sariel, an angel and Nebiros' (female) former lover.
Love at First Sight - Pamela and Ash both deal with men who falls for him just by looking at him. Neither of them are particularly sane or nice about it.
The Masochism Tango: This turns up a lot. A lot of minor characters in the one-shot stories get this, along with Pamela and Belus, Belus and Ash (especially with Belus and Ash), and Ash and Pamela.
Mayfly-December Romance - Ashes and Pamela. It doesn't end well. There is also one between a vampire and a human and her reincarnation in one of the earlier stories.
One story deals with a man falling in love with a sweet lake spirit. They eventually get married and start a snack shop on a boat.
A one-sided one takes place between a girl and her intelligent, wish-granting cat.
Murder the Hypotenuse - Belial set up a Batman Gambit just so Ashes, Victor and later Alecto, all people with romantic feelings for Pamela were eventually killed off on one of the most elaborate examples of this trope.
My God, What Have I Done? - Ashes is implied to have one of these right before his death and apologizes to Pamela. It turns out later that his apology was made for a very good reason.
Our Dragons Are Different - Dragons are described as "divine, immortal beings" who pass their immortality onto the person who touches the first drop of their heart's blood. Which explains where the mark on Pamela's forehead comes from...
Our Werewolves Are Different - Werewolves are described by Nebiros as demons, and the natural ones take on the forms of beautiful women who can shape-shift at will.
The Reveal - Belus is actually Berial and has orchestrated everything from the beginning. In a (somewhat) lighter example, the story is revealed at the end of the series to take place around the 1940's.
Sympathy for the Devil - Despite all he's done to her, Pamela still feels this for Belus and even befriends him upon recognizing his loneliness. To a lesser extent, Pamela is able to realize what Ash has gone through and forgives him.