Tropers / Niv

Scar: Niv's thought process is explained in words above.
Niv: To be perfectly honest, it's less of a 'process' and more of a 'whack a mole'...

Niv, also known under the name of Shard, is the type who tends to keep to herself until she really gets to know you - and then you'll wish you didn't know her. She enjoys making WebComics, mostly Sprite Comics, and does some writing here and there (you know, aside from the obligatory writing needed to actually make said comics).

Most of her work can be found on either her Smackjeeves account or DeviantART account.

She's also very indecisive and not good at finishing things.

The main comics that Niv makes are as follows:

  • {MUTE}, a comic about a mute robot who needs a soul to operate. Unfortunately, it's running on Katty's. The comic has been completed as of April 12th, 2013.
  • .:Sandbox:., a non-canon comic where basically anything can happen. Usually features comic concepts, random comics and general announcements. Két, Kumori, and Niv will often appear here to Lampshade other comics, whether they're Niv's own or someone else's.
  • The SMGPMD Series, a series of comics about Team SMG (and some others) being sent to the world of Pokémon.
  • Digimon: Crisis Core, not to be confused with the Final Fantasy game, a "command the character" type comic centered around a wolf named Beatrice and her partner, Snowagumon. They are accompanied by Bea's friend Gata, his partner, Lopmon, as well as resident "friend to all ladies" Joe, his partner, Tapirmon, and the Digidestined of Legend's partner, Patamon.
  • Fluffy Tales, a series of short stories and one shots.
  • Hedgehog Piece: Red Bow Chronicles, a spin-off of a One Piece fancomic that follows the Red Bow Pirates.
  • And Aware, a comic centered on Két as she travels the multiverse.

For tropes featured in SMGPMD, go to its page.

Overreaching Tropes:

  • All There in the Manual: Often times, Niv will make comments or post comics that give out information on a certain thing if she's prompted to. She is also part of A Question Of Character, where two characters a week will answer questions directed at them. There's also the Cast Pages to various comics, when they're around.
    • In a strange variation, Niv does not really mind giving out information - as long as it's not a spoiler. When a question is asked that would require giving out a spoiler, she'll either avoid it entirely or use a Mathematician's Answer.
    • What's even funnier is that sometimes, the information has already been revealed elsewhere, and she's just messing with her fans.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Since several of the characters in her comics aren't actually her own- whether they're cameos or official characters- Niv is prone to doing this when she feels like it. She gives us an idea why in one of her author comments on Fluffy Tales.
    Niv: When Tim writes for Abby, he's a kind of cocky villain who seems to be half trying to redeem himself and half trying to be evil. I'm honestly not sure what he's going for. When I write for him, I prefer to make him genre-savvy, a bit of a smooth talker, and not really regretting what he does. Because I prefer villains like that.
  • Angrish: Kumori is capable of making various characters fall into this, especially when she's right. She often combines it with Insane Troll Logic in Sandbox.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: How the Tibian government works.
  • Author Avatar: Niv's gone through a few. She started with Shard, before briefly swapping to Katty, of all people, then moving to Rajan, going back to Shard, then Niv, then En, then Eniv, then finally settling back onto Niv. She occasionally uses "Ink", in accordance with labeling various things she makes as part of "Inkworks", but Niv is her most frequently used Author Avatar at current. She does periodically use Két for announcements, though.
  • Beat: Standard procedure in Niv's work. Often used when characters are dumbfounded, or waiting for something to happen. Usually accompanied by someone going "...".
  • Blank White Eyes: Characters will fall into this when incredibly shocked. Question 4 here is a good example.
  • Boring Invincible Hero: Katty. Katai is a sort of weird anti-hero/anti-villain version of this, probably because of Katty's soul.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Pretty much.
  • Chaotic Neutral: Several of Niv's characters are this due to her tendency to use Gray and Gray Morality in her work. Két, Kumori and Katai have been explicitly stated to align themselves here.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Két and Kumori love this trope, and Niv seems to be one herself if her comments are any indication.
  • Dual Age Modes: One character is this, each with a different name. The stages are child (Acorn), teenager / young woman (Pine), and old woman (Willow).
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Két's parents are a female cat ex-Phantom Thief and a male dog police officer.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Két.
  • Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge: Két tends to avoid talking about wall-related mechanics, unless it's to other characters with No Fourth Wall, out of context (and thus holds no impact), or if she's snapped.
  • Kill It with Fire: Katty's standard method of solving problems.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Seriously.
  • Name's the Same: There's Shard, the fox with the giant fluffy tail, and Shard, the username of Niv's Smackjeeves account (not to mention her Deviantart account is called "shard-sama"). This is because, at the time of the accounts' creation, Niv's Author Avatar was Shard, and she's grown into the name too much to change it. She also tends to use the name Shard, or variations thereof, when signing up on other sites, since the name's generally become associated with her by the people of Smackjeeves. Averted in that Niv constantly refers to herself as, well, Niv, but people who aren't familiar with her generally call her "Shard" which can lead to some confusion when the comic pages or images in question have the fox-Shard in them.
  • Nerves of Steel: Tollana. Her expression rarely changes, and she's never shown emotion.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Shard. Her real name varies (Regular canon has it as "Mirror" while Digimon Saviors has it as "Nikki"), but it's rare to hear her referred to with her real name at all.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different / Our Spirits Are Different: Kumori takes this trope and runs with it.
  • Psychopomp: Stanley is one of these, guiding souls to the places they're supposed to go.
  • Schedule Slip: Niv has a bad habit of forgetting to work on stuff due to focusing on other things, leading to these happening rather often. It doesn't help that she's prone to getting sick.
  • Seen It All: Based on some of the stories Tollana has casually mentioned in A Question of Character, this might be why she's an Emotionless Girl with Nerves of Steel.
  • Title Drop: Titles will often show up in a comic somehow, and if they don't, well... Generally, most of Niv's titles have something to do with the comic. {MUTE} is about a mute robot, Digimon: Crisis Core is a digimon comic about a crisis at the core of the digital world, and Sandbox is a place where Niv can play around freely, experimenting and having fun, much like an actual sandbox.

Tropes featured in {MUTE}:

  • Art Evolution: During the comic's run as being drawn, the art's been steadily improving.
  • Art Shift: From sprited to drawn, nevermind the random drawn panels before.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: A very brief one - Katai's first instinct on seeing Kat in her mind is to attack her. However, Kat manages to talk her down and the two have an ordinary conversation afterwards.
  • Chekhov's Lecture: During Rupph's flashback, Kat is teaching her about finishing moves before Periodic ambushes them. She ends up using a finishing move to try and finish him off. Becomes a Chekhov's Boomerang when Rupph uses one of her own to defeat Katai.
  • Downer Ending: Rupph deeply regrets her actions that led to Katai's death, Katty tries to comfort her to no avail, and Katai has just enough time to display her feelings for Des before she fades away.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Kat.
  • Gray and Gray Morality: Katai is very definitely killing people but she doesn't have much control over her actions, and she doesn't want to kill people - not to mention that when she does start controlling herself better, her 'spirit guide' winds up being kind of terrible at her job and making things worse. However, the friends of the people Katai has killed are not aware of her inner workings and think of her as nothing more than evil, when she really wants nothing more than to be left alone with Des.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: This is the source of a lot of Rupph's angst.
  • Mr. Exposition: During comic 100, Kat and Damaru play this role simultaneously. Rupph gets in on the action later.
  • Our Souls Are Different: Katai stealing Kat's soul.
  • Playing with Fire: Several characters, most notably Kat and Katai.
  • Posthumous Character: Kat herself, though she does show up as a spirit guide to Katai.
  • Removing the Earpiece: During the Rage Matt storyline of {MUTE}, Hoku communicates with Katai through an earpiece. After Katai kills Rage Matt, she blows it up and runs away.
  • Schedule Slip: Niv refers to it as one of the harder comics for to update due to its drawn nature, so it is the most prone to going on hiatuses should she need time to work on it.
    • Inverted when Niv fell ill for about a month and a half - she put everything except for {MUTE} on hiatus.

Tropes featured in .:Sandbox:.:

  • A God Am I: Silverado. Justified, since he actually is a God, just weakened.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: All the time, especially when Két is involved.
  • Colon Cancer: It's lampshaded in the description.
    Welcome to .:Sandbox:., or just plain "Sandbox" for those of you who dislike the extra dots.
  • Color Failure: Happens twice to SC- here and here.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Shard, deeming any monsters that Team SMG comes across as "adorable" and wanting to keep them.
  • Hurricane of Puns: After a few too many handbag/tree puns on this Sandbox comic, Niv decides to take things into her own hands.
    Niv: Would you kindly stop with all of the puns? I'm not sure if I can bear it anymore. I can bearly tolerate puns as it is, but now you've gone and made things beary grizzly. I would appreciate it if you paw away the puns and bear witness to your own crimes against humor. I can bearly understand why you would need to bear apart the words you use and paw them back together in this fashion. I can bearly contain the urge to hit my head against the wall. Please don't make everyone have to bear witness to that. Thank you.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Niv attempts to stop a bunch of pun-comments with a comment filled with bear puns.
    • The best part? It worked.
    • And then she does it again when a pun war starts up. The result?
    Marly: Everyone go home
    Puns are finished
    Shard wins
    • SDD#145- Hypocritical Humor has Niv thinking of making a guy who looks like a girl due to long hair. Niv herself has short hair that makes her look like a guy.
  • Impossible Thief: Shard and Fluffy Tails.
    • Két's mom is this Up to Eleven. In her first comic appearance, she stole Két's shirt. While she was still wearing it. Without moving.
    • She also stole the title and subtitle out of the Sandbox Banner Rotation in the image she's featured in.
    • And then Phantom Thief Kiara got in on the action, stealing avatars, profile descriptions, letters out of comics, and most recently, an entire panel and author comment.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Kumori is quite fond of using this.
  • No Fourth Wall: Due to the non-canon nature of the series, this happens a lot. Két is the prime offender.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Shard deems any creatures the team comes across as adorable, no exceptions. Upon running into monsters, she immediately decides to try and tame them so she can take them home and keep them.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Invoked by Kumori here.
  • Scars Are Forever: Két has a few scars of unknown origin. There's one on her right elbow, and one on her left hand. This comic reveals that she may have more hidden under her clothing. She doesn't, however, really make any active attempt to hide them, but prefers not to bring them up and becomes irritated when the topic comes up.
  • Shipper on Deck: Shard ships Matt x Glandor. Apparently, she also writes fanfiction about them.
  • Stealth Expert: Két invokes this by hiding outside of panel borders. At one point, she actually runs away from someone who's attacking her by leaving the comic boundaries.
  • Stepford Smiler: Két has shades of this going, if her answer to this question is any indication. It seems like smiling and cracking jokes, as well as abusing her powers, are some of the few things keeping her sanity in check.
  • Talking to Themself: Két does this by speaking across panel borders. She also talks to (and with, in some instances) narration bubbles.
  • Vanity License Plate: Niv is apparently not fond of them, but enjoys finding meaning in the default ones.

Tropes featured in Digimon: Crisis Core:

  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: The swap from Bea to Gata, though Bea quickly re-entered the story afterwards.
    • And now the comic has swapped from Bea and Gata to Joe. After about 7 comics he joins the main group along with Patamon.
  • Badass: Patamon, the Digidestined of Legend's partner, is able to take out Champion-level Digimon with little to no effort.
  • Badass Normal: Joe is able to briefly hold off a Champion-level Digimon with nothing more than a wooden staff. Granted, he needs to be saved when it's broken, but it's still quite the feat.
  • Berserk Button: The Command Prompt does not like being called a damsel.
  • Blatant Lies: "Er... um... I'm a tree?"
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: The Tree is really bad at lying, often telling the truth when trying not to do so.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Joe claims to be a friend to all ladies, and every other line he says to the Command Prompt has him hitting on her in some way. The moment he sees Bea, he hits on her as well.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Several characters, but Gata, Snowagumon, and the Tree stand out so far.
  • Color Failure: Happens to the Tree twice, here.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Most of Snowagumon's fights so far.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Bea has never really used her goggles for anything.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Due to its nature as a Command the Character comic, Digimon: Crisis Core started out with this, asking the commanders for a name... and everything else.
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: The "Tree's" denials can slip into this at times.
  • Insistent Terminology: It's not a Tapirmon, it's a Tree. Even the command prompt refers to it as such.
  • Interactive Narrator: The command prompt seems to be able to interact with the characters and periodically narrates their actions, as well as asking the audience what should happen next. It even has a bio on the cast page.
  • Jumped at the Call: Technically, Bea, Gata and Joe all willingly went along with their new quest, but Gata was basically told exactly what he was getting into and was quite excited about it.
  • Meaningful Name: The Command Prompt tells Joe that he needs to go to Ingress Forest to get to the Digital World. "Ingress" is defined as "a means or place of entering; entryway". It turns out that Ingress Shrine is a "Gate" to the Digital World, a place where the wall between the real world and the Digital World is weak, thus it's easier for people to travel between the two worlds there.
  • Meanwhile Scene: While Bea fills Gata in on her adventures in the Digiworld, we're treated to a scene with Patamon and the Command Prompt filled with heavy foreshadowing and plot clues.
  • Medium Awareness: The command prompt seems to have this, as a required part of it asking the audience what should happen next. It has, however, blocked the audience from playing as certain characters. As it turns out, it is an actual physical entity somewhere in the Digital World that has some connection to Patamon.
  • Mr. Exposition: Lopmon seems to end up explaining things a lot. Tapirmon is this when it comes to the Digivices.
  • Mundane Utility: The Digivices not only allow Digivolution, but they can be used as phones with and track other Digivices.
  • Only Sane Man: Lopmon is shaping up to be this, especially now that he's Gata's Digimon partner. Bea, too, but she's Not So Above It All.
  • Otaku: Gata's first question for Lopmon is whether or not he Digivolves into a Power Ranger or a Magical Girl.
  • Parental Abandonment: On one hand, we have Bea, whose father died (from a heart attack, apparently) and whose mother routinely leaves home with only notes to signify her absence. On the other hand, we have Gata and Joe, who there has been no indication in either direction about if either of them have any family at all.
  • The Power of Friendship: This is basically how the Digivices work.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Bea's group seems to be half this, half True Companions. This seems to be the mechanic since Joe, Patamon, Lopmon and Tapirmon joined the party, since they're newcomers to Bea, Gata and Snowagumon's antics.
  • Running Gag: Everyone's complete inability to tell that the Tree is actually a Tapirmon. Even Bea, who wasn't there when the Tree introduced herself, seems to think that she's a tree. So far, Lopmon and Joe are the only ones who can tell she's not. It's deconstructed when it's revealed that Tapirmon is unhappy because everyone is calling her something she's not, and she clings to Joe when he calls her "little lady".
  • Shrouded in Myth: The Oracle and the previous Digidestiend. An attempt to "Be the Oracle" even led to a redirection by the command prompt to a different character.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: The "Tree" is prone to doing this.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Snowagumon loves cake.
  • True Companions: Bea's group seems to be half this, half Ragtag Bunch of Misfits. Largely, this is the dynamic between Bea, Gata and Snowagumon.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Bea is sent to the Digital World and spends at least a day there. Then a command sends the readers back to the real world, where Gata is waiting patiently for their previously arranged meeting time that was "tomorrow" when Bea left.
    • And then, after the swap to Joe, when he reaches the Digital World, Bea's group has finished eating and has left the restaurant they were in.
  • The Voiceless: Patamon becomes this after he is sent to the real world to save Joe. It seems to be due to a problem with his data, as even before that his speech was fragmented.
  • A Wizard Did It: When Bea wonders how she, Snowagumon and Lopmon got from a snowy mountain to a desert so fast, Snowagumon explains it away as "Digital Magic!"

Tropes featured in Fluffy Tales:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The Travelling Tales of Tollana Tigris.
  • Arc Words: Don't close your eyes for Flowers in the Spring.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Lucky vs Steelix.
  • Dynamic Entry: "Face-kick attack, go!"
  • Emotionless Girl: Tollana. Upon observing an Army of the Dead via tree-vision, she tells her traveling companion... that she doesn't know what the person they're looking for looks like. Then, she advises him to take caution because of the aforementioned Army of the Dead- he freaks out and runs ahead, while she notes that he needs to review what taking caution means. She has also exhibited this in her A Question of Character updates - she doesn't even shed a tear when talking about how her friend died.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: Implied to be the reason Hex's band doesn't have a vocalist until Kumori joins them.
    Svent: Last time any of us tried to sing we got kicked out of my garage. That's one of the reasons we practice here.
    Kumori: I... see.
  • Green Thumb / Dishing Out Dirt: The essentials of Tollana's abilities.
  • Medium Awareness: Két. It becomes a plot point in Walls, where she sees Lemming in one of the panels before he ambushes her, and therefore her kidnappers take extra measures to keep her locked up.
  • Mind Screw: Basically anything involving Flowers Shard, especially when it comes to Flowers in the Spring. Lampshaded here.
  • Oh, Crap!: Flowers in the Spring 14.
    Niv: Oh, crap.
  • Plant Person: Tollana can communicate with plants, and seems to be able to create flowers that can do... basically anything.
  • Rule of Three: Tollana and her flying rocks.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Abbadon, upon realizing he's horribly outnumbered.
  • Take a Third Option: Tollana is a fan of this strategy.

Tropes featured in Red Bow Chronicles:

  • All There in the Manual: The Hedgehog Piece Wiki has many things such as island names and details that aren't otherwise revealed in the comic.
  • Bully Hunter: Két initially displays no interest in fighting Mez, deeming him to be a waste of time. However, the moment she finds out that he's oppressing the people of Veil Island, she decides she's going to kick his ass.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Két vs Seraph doesn't take long at all.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The infoboxes can cause this if a character introduces him or herself in the same panel the infobox is in.
  • Genre Savvy: Several of Két's decisions are because of her genre savviness.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Két, being a Devil Fruit user, has these.
  • Wretched Hive: Veil Island. Két specifically lands there because she claims that you can always find at least one nice person in a place like that.

Tropes featured in Aware:

  • Alternate Universe: Essentially what the Twisted worlds are.
  • Arc Fatigue: World [3], Twisted Anteria, lasted 30 pages. This gave it more than half of the comic's pages at its time of completion.
  • Author Avatar: Niv is one, though she doesn't seem to have any form of author powers because she doesn't want to be a Deus ex Machina.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Két has, on more than one occasion, left the comic boundaries and hidden outside of the panels, or attacked from outside of them where her opponent can't see her. She is also constantly commenting on elements of the fourth wall.
  • Blow You Away: Két has this as one of her powers.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: Well, bag full of valuable gemstones, but Két is able to triple Glandor's offer to Cendar using one of these.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: The room Yamaha is being held in is like this when Két enters it. She immediately calls Niv out on it.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Early on, Két sees Cream and Cheese deliver an offscreen beatdown on Dr. Eggman. Later on, she takes a page from their book and does the same to a bunch of robots.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Két can manipulate air and wind in addition to her fourth wall awareness.
    • Rupph has both water and electric based powers.
  • Dimensional Traveler: Két. She goes to the next one when she fulfills some task she was put there to do. Which basically means she's in Quantum Leap.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Apparently happens whenever Abbadon says his real name.
  • Energy Weapon: Cendar uses these.
  • Every Man Has His Price: In the Twisted Anteria, Cendar and Rupph are mercenaries. Cendar's price is money while Rupph's is information.
  • Excuse Plot: Niv flat-out admits that the entire story is one of these so Két can explore the multiverse.
  • Foreshadowing: Comic 50, done in an incredibly vague way.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Két's lack of a Fourth Wall allows her to be one of these. She can see into other panels, the events of pages that she's not in, and read speech/thought bubbles. However, this comes at a cost - unless Két has prior knowledge in regards to a situation, her knowledge is limited to what's been revealed to the audience. This means she has no idea what to expect when she ends up in Twisted worlds.
  • Glowing Eyes: Yamaha's eyes glow when his necromantic powers are keeping him stable. Rupph's eyes glow all the time.
  • Interactive Narrator: Niv acts as one of these to Két.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Két does this frequently because of her powers.
  • MacGuffin: The scarf that Két is supposed to be looking for.
  • Making a Splash: Part of Rupph's powerset.
  • Morphic Resonance: On Pop Star, Két becomes a Gaw Gaw, but still has her fur colors, fur pattern, and bow. Which allows Meta Knight to recognize that she's not from their universe in the first place. It's likely such a pattern will continue for future universes.
  • Mr. Exposition: Niv is this at the beginning of the comic, to explain the basic plot and how Két's world-traveling will work.
  • The Multiverse: The story takes place in one of these. Niv explains that there are dimensional barriers between universes, or "worlds", but they are fragile due to the Goddess of Destruction throwing the Scarf of Destruction through them.
  • No Fourth Wall: Only in application to Két- she's perfectly aware of the fact that she's in a comic and is constantly looking at elements of the comic (such as speech bubbles and world boxes) to get information. However, everyone else is unaware of the fourth wall.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Kirby attacks Két because of her appearance, as she'd changed forms to look like a common enemy to better fit in on Pop Star.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Twisted!Glandor's eyes are red to help indicate that he's evil.
  • Shock and Awe: The other part of Rupph's powerset.
  • Take a Third Option: When presented with a hostage situation, Két prefers to remove the "hostage" variable.
  • Tempting Fate: Upon first arriving on Mobius, Két does this. Niv lampshades that she should really know better.
  • Translation Convention: Any language is translated with the use of value signs (<Like so>) with a note about what it's translated from. This allows Két to essentially understand any language, and even speak it if she puts her own text into brackets.
  • We Will Spend Credits in the Future: "Credits" are the Anterian currency.
  • Word of God: Niv often responds to reader comments, meaning she periodically answers questions that readers have. Or she just messes with them.