Layla, Nina, Brooke and ChloeEerie Cuties
is a webcomic created and drawn by Gisèle Lagacé
which started on June 1, 2009 and follows the adventures of Layla and Nina Delacroix, two vampire sisters, at Charybdis Heights. On the first day they have met a French teacher with a possessed arm
, a young succubus, a catboy
, a werewolf
and a masked janitor. As with her previous works, the comic is a mix of slice-of-life and sitcom set within a school atmosphere, most of the jokes being typical of a series set in high school, but in a supernatural one.
It's co-written by both Gisèle Lagacé and "Dave Zero1" Lumsdon, with colors done by Miguel Marques in the first volume. With the shift to full page black & white manga style, inks (and other inputs) by Shouri
The Hellrune Coven
got a Spin-Off
strip, Magick Chicks
, and more recently a second spin-off Dangerously Chloe
appeared, following the adventures of Succubus Chloe Love.
Now has a character page.
- Accidental Kiss: Nina unintentionally smooched Kade, as she fell on top of him, once Tiffany and the others successfully lured the Nina-ganger back into the cursed mirror. She was upset about it, as it was her first, but she developed a crush on him soon afterward.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Blair gets one, however creepy it is.
Blair: Oh, Chloe! How I miss your massive malleable mammary mounds!
- Agony of the Feet: A rather metaphysical example... [[spoiler:Deep inside Layla's mind, her inner child stomps on the feet of Queen Lamia's spirit, who's possessing Layla's body and trying to assimilate her. The ancient vampire is quite upset by the lack of respect.
- Alcohol Hic: Nina, after drinking some (chocolate-flavored) Baileys. Chloe too.
- All-Ghouls School: Charybdis Heights is for cryptids only (with the possible exception of Prof. Twiggit) and both the groundskeeper and its students take measures to keep humans from nosing around their school.
- All Girls Like Ponies: Nina is turned into a boy when she's hit by a gender-changing orb; when she changes back into a girl, she says: "Hey! I like ponies again!"
- Almost Kiss: It almost happens between Brooke and Layla, at the end of Nina's slumber party, until Layla remembered they already had, during the "Kissing Booth" incident*note and figured Brooke owed her a bite.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Nina thinks of her mom like this sometimes. Layla... might concur.
- Amplifier Artifact: The Doom Panties™ are designed to enhance a succubus' natural abilities. Which isn't a problem, so long as they aren't worn prematurely. Which guaranteed that that was exactly what happened.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Melissa Hellrune and her friends laugh at people who believe in a cursed mirror...despite attending a school for various mythical beings and being witches themselves.
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Used twice, during the series:
- When Nina told Chloe she was starving, Chloe assumed Nina wanted to feed on her and panicked. But soon relented and offered Nina her neck, except Nina was busy scarffing down Chloe's chocolate.
- Tiffany had a similar reaction, when Layla yanked her into the dressing-room, while she was on her job at the mall. She expected Layla to feed on her and was apparently looking forward to it, despite being caught by surprise. But she was noticeably disappointed when all Layla wanted, was help trying on her dress.
- Arranged Marriage: Layla's father chose a future spouse for her when she was an infant. Layla only found out about this when she was 16. Suffice to say, she wasn't happy about it. Until she saw the would-be groom, anyway. But she can't decide. And he's ordered to stay there until he marries someone.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Nina happily tells Ace about all the horrors Queen Lamia committed, while failing to understand the meaning of what she's saying, before adding this tidbit at the end:
- Artifact of Doom: In a school full of monsters, witches, and an eccentric science professor there was bound to be a couple of cursed relics.
- The Orb of Tiresias is said to be one. According to Melissa, it's a level-5 magical artifact that has the power to change anyone's gender in accordance to the user's will. In the wrong hands, human life on Earth would become extinct within several generations.
- The Doom Panties are also cursed and are only meant to be worn by succubi, which is why they have to be locked away in a special seal. It's said that they draw out a succubus' true potential, assuming they're of age and can properly control their powers. Chloe put them on, not knowing what they were, because her mother is irresponsible enough to simply leave them lying around where anyone can find them.
- Art Shift: More like a format shift. From colored newspaper like strips to more b&w manga like pages to allow more room for storytelling. The former has been collected in a volume set and now on sale for purchase.
- Ascended Extra: Cess and Laura who appeared as background characters, and Cess as the girl caught making out with Kade before they moved up to queen-bee wannabees.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Happens to a lot of guys in the arc "Big Girls Don't Cry", Case in point:
- panel 2. And in that same strip, even Kade admits to thinking this. The attractive part at least, since he doesn't know about the other part. There are probably some female fans that could say Nina (or would it be Nino, now?) fits this trope as well.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Layla and Kade. While their relationship for most part doesn't look very healthy, they have (the interesting part is that Chloe evidently counted on this) their moments.
- Back from the Dead: Done humorously, since Tiffany wasn't dead to begin with. She simply assumed she was, because she had tripped and fallen on her father's sword; not knowing it was harmless.
- Barely-There Swimwear: Layla's string bikini, which goes from barely there to gone. Much to Kade's delight.
- Big "NO!": Layla's reaction to Blair uploading the footage of her and Brooke to his YouTube account.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The local Girl Posse; Melissa (blonde), Jacqui (brunette) and Cerise (redheaded).
- Blood Magic: While it was not intended as such, Tiffany with Layla's "help" accidentally discovered that a vampire bite can instantly terminate magical out-of-body session.
- Brain Bleach: Layla and Chloe both looked liked they could've used some, when Maria alluded to some of the things she used to do with Chloe's mom. Brooke made certain to cover Nina's ears.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Crosses, mirrors, cross-shaped mirror.
- Breast Expansion: Seen throughout the Tiresias Orb incident, once Blair got his hands on it and ran amok changing every female (and male) he saw into big breasted blonde bimbos. Which was revealed to be his idea of the ideal woman.
- Brick Joke:
- Buffy Speak: Nina on what she wants to do on a date: "Date stuff... fun datey-type stuff... that date people do on dates for fun and—"
- Buxom Is Better:
- Call Back: Kade probably finds Ace's butt pretty cute now.
- Canada, Eh?: It's rarely mentioned, but the series is set in Thornhill, Canada. Dio also mentioned it, during his double date with Layla and Kade.
Dio: (thinking) Canadian courtship is so... bold!
- Captain Ersatz: Melissa looks a lot like Ai Ebihara.
- Cat Fight: Layla and Brooke aren't exactly what you'd call "friends" and have gotten into at least two hair-pulling contests:
- Cats Are Mean: Mr. Boodles. Apparently able to decapitate a werewolf warrior with a single swipe of the paw.
- Censor Steam: In keeping with the comic's PG-13 rating, towels and bath steam were used to preserve the Hellrunes' modesty while they were in the school's shower.
- Cleaning This Gun: Melissa's dad does this to her date, except he's a dungeon-raiding-type adventurer, so he uses a sword instead.
- Clothing Damage:
- Comedic Underwear Exposure: Nina's Mirror Monster pantses Chloe during gym class.
- Contrived Coincidence: An astral sword? Really? Then again, this seals the archetype.
- Continuity Lockout: While it's possible to dive right into the narrative, newer readers are still advised to start from the beginning if they wanna get the most out of it, since the comic relies on being familiar with past events; which includes two crossovers with Magick Chicks (see the related entry).
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: You didn't expect "normal" discipline from a cast of monsters, did you?
- Coach Sprynter chained Layla's leg to a ship's anchor, for using her vampiric enhanced speed to dust the competition in the 100m dash.
- Layla got even with Doompantied Chloe, for trying to steal her fiance and having the gall to make her serve them during their meal. So Layla gave her a post-hypnotic suggestion to make a pig of herself, in front of Dio and made certain she wouldn't remember why she'd done it, 'til she was alone in the shower.
- Corrupt the Cutie: Chloe, while under the influence of the Doom Pantis, felt a strong desire to corrupt Nina, but found herself unable to do so.
- While not enough is shown to confirm or disprove it, fan speculation is that the principal might be a creepy Japanese doll.
- Crossover/Required Spin-Off Crossover: There have been several, so far, between Magick Chicks and Paranormal Mystery Squad.
- The first major one involved Layla meeting Faith at the park and following her back to her home; thinking she'd get a free bite. Which went about as well as expected, though Tiffany managed to find a way to resolve things amicably.
- Chapter 10 culminated in a sparring match between Brooke and Faith's boyfriend, Ash, which soon turned into an actual fight when he made the mistake of provoking her. It might have been his last, had it not been for Melissa snapping Brooke out of it.
- There was also a brief crossover revealing Steph's hairpin was a present from Layla, which has lead fans to wonder whether it's canon on the *C-verse side.
- Cross-Popping Veins: Lampshaded by Layla in the prologue.
- Curtains Match the Window: Several including Brooke, Chloe, Cessily, and Cerise.
- Deadly Prank: Tying someone's shoelaces together is never a good idea; especially if they happen to be holding a sword. Thankfully, it turned out to be harmless.
- Deathbringer the Adorable: Kujo.
- Dhampyr: Layla believes that with a little work, she can successfully get Tiffany together with Dio and that they will produce adorable daywalking abominations.
- Different for Girls: Played with, when Ace failed to realize that some things aren't so different for girls.
- Distracted by the Sexy:
Mr. Wolfhart: (snatches Ace's textbook away) "Vampires!? Is that what they're teaching you at this school!? How dare they— Who's this?"
Ace: "Thats the vampire queen I need to do the report on!"
Mr. Wolfhart: "Can Daddy help? ♥"
- Double Standard: This being a series dealing with teenagers, it's no surprise that some of them wanna have their cake and eat it to:
- Briefly discussed when the Hellrunes caught Kade making out with Cessily, in the janitor's closet. Jacqui overlooked it and said Layla was a harpy for allegedly treating him as an accessory, but Cerise pointed out that Kade had been cheating on her.
- Melissa is guilty of this, herself. She was upset by the idea of Ash stringing her along, but saw nothing wrong with playing the field, so long as she was the one doing it.
- Nina not only wanted her sister's boyfriend, Kade, she went so far as to steal her body just so she could go out with him. Two volumes later, their roles seemingly reversed. Three guesses how well Nina took it, even though Layla explained that it wasn't what it looked like.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Well, Fully Fed Very Well on the Dark Side — Cess and Laura after using Ash to fully fill up on power.
- Dumb Blonde: In Blair's perfect world, ALL women would be that way, since that's how he likes 'em. And, thanks to the Tiresias Orb, he almost made his dream a reality.
- Ear Ache: See Full Name Ultimatum
- Easily Forgiven: Subverted. Though Nina and the others forgave Chloe for her actions while under the influence of the Doom Panties, the incidentnote made her realize that she was a danger to her friends as long as she couldn't properly control her powers. Which made her decide to ask for a transfer to Tartarus Academy.
- Evil Hand: The French teacher Arman Purvis suffers one of these. It seems to be the arm of an evil hairdresser.
- Evil Laugh: The mirror monster laughs when pranking. It's a very unthreatening example.
- Evil Twin: In the "See No Evil" chapter, Nina was pulled into a cursed mirror and replaced by a doppelganger, with an odd sense "evil."
- Expy: Tiffany Winters > Buffy Summers?
- Face-Heel Turn: The Doompanties fed on Chloe's feelings of inadequacy and her desire for Layla's fiance, Dio. Which drew out her darker side and greatly enhanced her powers as a succubus.
- Face Palm: These happen frequently enough to make Sokka proud.
- Failed Dramatic Exit: Melissa slaps Ash for thinking she'd consent to a casual fling, then attempts to storm out and slam the door behind her, for emphasis. Which she did... except she had walked into his closet.
Melissa: That was your closet. But I'm still mad!
- Fanservice: The comic may be PG-13, but still offers low-key servings of eyecandy.
- Fanservice Pack: A male example. When Ace finally gets transformed back into a boy, he's taller and more filled out than he used to be, (and no furry hands to boot!). Apparently the changes (due to puberty) that occurred when Ace was female stuck.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Name your monster type and there's bound to be at least one, or two, of them represented; including their teachers. There's also cursed and magical artifacts, which lend themselves to all sorts of strangeness; both for drama and especially comedy.
- Felony Misdemeanor: When the evil spirit of the mirror steals Nina's body to unleash her evil on the world. However, seeing as it's Nina she's in, all she can manage are lame practical jokes.
Mirror Spirit: Hm. My wickedness seems a tad less abominable than once it was.
- First Law of Gender-Bending: Because he (or she) was out of range of the orb when it reverted those affected by it, Ace is still a girl, even after The Orb of Tiresias changed everyone else back. Lasted about a year, real time, until it got transferred to Kade. And now after the whole Doom Panties incident Kade is back to normal, averting the trope.
- First Pet Story: Brooke and Skittles.
- Five-Man Band:
- Fluffy the Terrible: Queen Lamia's cat, Mr. Boodles, may have seemed cute and innocent, but he decapitated King Lupus, with a single claw swipe.
- Fog Feet: Used for Coach Sprynter and Tiff's astral projection form.
- For the Evulz: This was seemingly the mirror monster's primary motivation, but since it wound up being influenced by aspects of Nina's personality, it was more like a Screwy Squirrel.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble:
- Sanguine (blood): Nina
- Choleric (yellow bile): Layla
- Melancholic (black bile): Chloe
- Phlegmatic (phlegm): Brooke
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Done in Chapter 4 - "Sisterly Love", when Nina took the ancient vase from Prof. Twiggit so she could steal her sister, Layla's, body.
- Friendly Enemy: In the sense that Tiffany's a would-be vampire slayer, who's out to get Layla. Except she never seems able to go through with it, because she's easily distracted, and because of how well they get along with each other. They've even become best friends, though Tiffany still intends to stake her. Maybe. It's complicated.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Mainly applies to Nina, who prefers to eat chocolate, rather than drink blood. But the rest of her family also qualifies since none of their human victims are ever seriously harmed.
- Full Name Ultimatum: Layla Alucardia Delacroix!
- Fundraiser Carnival: The setting for the Kissing Booth bonus story in the print edition.
- Funny Background Event: There have been others, but panel 1 here takes the cake.
- Fur Against Fang: Although there does seem to be some "bad blood" between vampires and werewolves in-universe, Nina doesn't seem to care about it, nor her family: Layla is equally rude to everyone, Maria is equally flirty with everyone. Mr.Wolfhart remembers, but he's more grumpy than serious about it. Nina has an unique theory about the feud.
- Gag Penis: Blair imagined Chloe with one, when she asked him to use the Tiresias Orb to male her boobs go away. The thought was so repulsive to him, that it inadvertently reveresed to the effect on the entire school, returning everyone to normal — except Ace.
- Gender Bender: Takes place in chapter 9, once Blair got his hands on the orb.
- Genre Blindness: For being a Slayer, Tiffany has little idea of how one becomes a vampire. Or what she does in general (like what sort of a sword she grabbed).
- Genre Savvy: Though not in the way that could help.
- Ghost Pirate: Jim Beard Sprynter, the gym coach.
- Gilligan Cut: As with most tropes, the comic's used this for both drama and comedy:
- Brooke began to panic, once Blair made her realize she was being effected by the Tiresias Orb. She tried to fight it off, but in the very next panel, she had become one of the masses.
Brooke: (panicking) "No! My hair! I won't change! I won't change! I won't—"
Tiffany: (watching television)
"Oh c'mon, Lion-O
, she doesn't love you! Get over it!"
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Covered in the Les Yay entry on the YMMV page.
- Girl Posse: Melissa's coven, Jacqui and Cerise.
- Girls Have Cooties: Inverted — Nina first met Ace while he was in wolf form and glomped him. But, when he changed back into a boy, she slapped him for giving her cooties.
- The Glomp: As noted in the previous entry, this was how Nina first met Ace. She glomped him again, when he finally changed back into a boy, at the end of Vol.1.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Accentuated Nina's Slasher Smile nicely, though that could have just been Ace's imagination going wild.
- Go-Go Enslavement: One of the guest strips (by Holly G) features a couple slave girls dressed in Leia-style metal bikinis, much to Blair's delight.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Chloe
- Grand Theft Me: Nina switches her body with Layla's in order to get, a) Layla's boobs, and b) Kade.
- G-Rated Drug:
- Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: This is Tiffany and later Brooke's reaction on seeing Dio and Ash kissing after being enspelled by Melissa's Magic Wand.
- Hand or Object Underwear: Needed if your temper tantrum involves bursting into flames, and your outfit isn't fireproof.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl:
- Heh Heh, You Said X: When Brooke and Chloe talk about Diodore:
Brooke: I saw you checking out his butt!
Nina: Hee hee! You said "butt"!
- Hidden Depths:
- Brooke's issues with sexuality and Layla's capacity to be understanding. To Brooke of all people!
- There suddenly seems to be a lot more to Blair, Nina, or (probably) both.
- If Layla stuck like this indefinitely, he'd really need that thing. She can be mean and devious when she doesn't have such a good reason.
- Horned Humanoid: Chloe's horns used to be small and were originally made to look like part of her hairband, but wearing the Doom Panties caused them to grow. Once the panties were removed and sealed away again, her horns briefly returned to heir original size, though the transfer to Tartarus and the difference in the passage of time there has caused them to grow naturally to their full size (seen in Dangerously Chloe).
- Horny Devils: In the form of an insecure, freckled, moe meganekko teenage succubus and her mother, whose appearance explained why Chloe felt so insecure (she's over it these days).
- Hot for Student: It's no secret that Mr. Purvis has got it bad for Layla. In fact, Chloe used it to her advantage, by disguising herself as Layla to get Purvis to bend the rules for her.
- Human Shield: Cerise pushes Melissa into the gender-changing beam, to prevent it from hitting her.
Cerise: Sorry! Panicked! (thought ballon) Better you than me.
- Idea Bulb: Laura's flickers for a moment before coming on.
- Idiot Ball:
- Tiffany whenever she drops the Smart Ball. For example, forgetting vampires and sun don't mix right after helping solve the Evil Twin issue. She blames it on blood loss.
- The Orb of Tiresias becomes a literal Idiot Ball when Blair uses it to turn everybody into empty-headed bimbos.
- I Kiss Your Hand: Diodore does it for Layla.
- Imagine Spot: The series is fond of these, which are almost always comical:
- Immortality Begins at Twenty: Maria told Layla she was nearing the point where her aging process would begin slowing down significantly; citing that Kade would likely be in his 40's by the time Layla physically resembled "19".
- I'm Not Pretty: When introduced, Chloe considered herself okay by normal standards, but not pretty enough by succubus standards. Even after her growth spurt, she called herself "quite plain", despite having a legion of admirers.
- Improbably Female Cast: The cast is predominantly female, with only two regularly recurring male characters (Ace and Blair). The other two —Kade and Dio— are closer to being support characters, since they don't appear as often. While Layla's father, Eugene, has only shown up all of three times in the comic's run, so far.
- Inherently Funny Word: "Begonias" according to DaveZero.
- Innocent Inaccurate: Nina's naivete is one of her defining character traits and is the reason she fails to grasp the meaning of certain things she sees and hears about.
- Innocent Innuendo:
- Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Layla said she was worried about ending up on Blair's YouTube channel, after he was caught spying on her and Brooke at Nina's slumber party. The following day at school, Nina saw them kissing and jumped to the conclusion that her sister was a lesbian. Then held a rally in front of the entire school, with help from Cess and Laura. Guess who was there to uploaded the event to his channel?
- Instant Waking Skills: Brooke demonstrates these when Layla tries to drink from her (though it's possible that she faked sleep).
- In the Name of the Moon: Tiffany coaches Melissa through her first public appearance as a Cute Witch Magical Girl, by feeding her heroic lines. Melissa goes along with it VERY reluctantly.
Melissa: "Stop in... um..."
Tiffany: (whispering) "Psst psst psst!"
Tiffany: (whispering) "Secret ID!"
Melissa: "Ugh! Fine!"
Melissa: (mortified) "In the name of peace and justice, I, a passing-by magical girl who likes Chinese food, demand you cease and desist!''
- Is There a Doctor in the House?: When Chloe thinks she's attacked by a snake, Nina shouts: "Is there a herpetologist in the house?"
- It Makes Sense in Context: There is no way to adequately describe what the series is about, to someone who hasn't read it. At least, not in a way they'd understand. You'd do better just to give 'em a link to it and let 'em see for themselves.
- Kissing Under the Influence: What Mellissa's wand does to Ash and Diodore.
- Kiss of Distraction: Melissa does it with Ash, to prevent him from attacking Tiff's date.
- Kiss of the Vampire: Layla's bite has been shown to sexually arouse her "victims".
- Brooke even noted that Layla's bite was better than her mother's.
- Tiffany not only enjoyed her experience, she was apparently hoping for another one. But was disappointed to find Layla only needed help with her dress.
- Taken to all new levels after Layla regains her memories as Queen Quintessa. When Brooke offered to let Layla feed on her again, Layla refused unless she begged for it. Brooke wanted it so badly, that she submitted. Though it may be a sign of enthrallment.
- Killer Rabbit:
- Mr. Boodles in general.
- Kujo (a Bichon Frise), to Blair.
- Kryptonite Is Everywhere: When Tiffany thinks she became a vampire, she stumbles on holy water and mirrors under the sun.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Done by Faith, during a cameo appearance, and Melissa after transferring to Artemis Academy.
Cerise: (unfazed) "Hmph! Don't let it go to your head."
Jacqui: (wistful) "Oh, Kade... someday you'll remember me..."
Layla: (deadpan) "I'll murder you."
- Also seen when Layla thought about what the kids at school would say if they found out she was friends with a human. Melissa popped in to give her two cents:
Cessily: (laughing and pointing) "Look! Layla's so hard up for friends, she has to hang out with humans!"
Laura: (laughing) "She's not popular AT ALL!!"
- Lap Pillow: Gender-swapped Ace holds Kade's head in her lap after Layla knocked him out. Though Kade's other eye is opened when we see it...
- Last-Second Word Swap:
Cess: Wouldn't it be neat if we became the school's new alpha females?
Chloe: Whatever for?
Laura: Well, someone has to!
Cess: And you don't want it to be somone stuck-up like Lay— (Layla appears behind them)
Cess and Laura: Laah-la-la-la! We're singing a merry tune!
- Lizard Folk: The twin bullies, Lax and Jux.
- Look Behind You: Tiffany managed to divert everyone's attention, during her double date with Layla and her ex-boyfriend, simply by pointing. And it actually worked, allowing her to slip garlic powder into Kade's soup, unnoticed:
Tiffany: (pointing) "Look! Something distracting!"
- Love at First Punch: Ash takes a liking to Melissa, after she slaps him one, for thinking she'd consent to a casual fling. And he had a similar reaction when Brooke managed to best him in a sparring match.
- Love Is in the Air: When Chloe's pheromones flooded the entire school, it caused all the boys effected by it to instantly become infatuated with her, to the point of becoming Chloe-obsessed "zombies". Though it also caused them to go after any girls that were covered by it too.
- Love Letter Lunacy: Ace delivers a note to Kade from Nina. Naturally, Kade thinks it's from him.
- Luke Noun Verber: Not systematic, but quite prevalent nonetheless. Kade Whiteclaw, Ace Wolfheart, Laura Morningfire, etc.
- Magic Pants:
- Ace, the werewolf, seems to be able to slide out of his clothes, leaving them intact (and him naked afterward). Ace's shirt does rip the first time we see him transform, but it looks more like he did it himself in a fit of passion.
- Brooke Lynn averts this trope in that she loses her panties, but somehow she retained her footwear when she reverted. Considering that said undies ended up in Blair's plastic fingers, that aversion is probably to provide for the Rule of Funny. Probably she just slipped her footwear back on quickly and forgot about her panties. Bare feet are a lot more immediately noticeable than bare ... ahem.
- The Magnificent: King Lupus the Wolfhearted.
- Malicious Slander: Layla is in trouble, if the previous page is any indication. Subverted: the plan was to make her less popular.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Maria Delacroix stated that she raised 13 kids. However, we only see Layla and Nina.
- Meaningful Name: Throughout.
- Chloe Love (succubus)
- Ace Wolfhart (werewolf)
- Melissa Hellrune (witch)
- Layla Alucardia Delacroix (vampire). Also, Layla means "night," which is appropriate for a vampire. The Delacroix's family name is also meaningful in an ironic way: it translates to "of the cross".
- Arman Purvis, with the evil Arm.
- Jim Beard Sprynter (Ghost Pirate who coaches track).
- Tiffany Winters acts, looks like, and does the same job as another girl whose last name is a season.
- Blair, the possessed doll, is very likely named after Linda Blair of The Exorcist fame.
- All we need now is to discover that Brooke Lynn is from New York and we'll have pretty much all the main cast (though it's possible that her first name is a more subtle than usual pun, given that Melusine are traditionally supposed to be river creatures).
- Miss Futakuchi, the history teacher, based on the Japanese Futakuchi-onna myths.
- Mind Control:
- Vampire bite apparently allows to hypnotize the victim immediately after; they are mostly reasonable and responsible about it — the only two exceptions so far happened when Layla answered messed up treatment with nasty pranks and when Nina in her body didn't quite know what she was doing.
- The Orb of Tiresias and the Tacky Wand had such effects, though as generally tweaking minds to some or other end rather than direct ongoing control.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body:
- Ace is still a girl and is not liking it. S/he sarcastically suggests to Brooke that maybe they could turn him/her back to a boy if they kiss. They try, it doesn't work, and Ace realizes something rather shocking... Ace felt absolutely nothing when kissing Brooke, which makes him/her realize that s/he might be gay. Or straight, since Ace is a girl now?
- Played with by Professor Twigitt: Ace's new heterosexual attraction to boys? Genetic, apparently. Ace's equally new desire to go shopping for cute clothes? "I've never had those urges. That's just you."
- Both Nina and Layla discovered this thanks to the "Freaky Friday" Flip Nina caused. Nina had to deal with blood cravings while inside Layla's body and Layla found herself wanting chocolate inside of Nina's body.
- Mirror Monster: Nina was pulled into the cursed mirror and was temporarily replaced by the "Nina-ganger", during Chapter 6: "See No Evil".
- Mistaken for Gay: When Nina returned from finding a cookie in order to thank Brooke for helping her sister, she was stunned to find them making out. Since she didn't know about their bargain, she ran off under the assumption that her sister was a lesbian and that Brooke was her bi-curious girlfriend.
- Modesty Towel: Used when Nina wrote a message asking for help in the shower room mirrornote , which sent the Hellrunes running down the hall in their birthday suits.
- Moment Killer: Just as Ace and Brooke were trying to discuss the problems they were having in their relationship, Tia happens by, sowing seeds of discord.
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: The Nina-ganger's idea of "evil" amounted to little more than childhood pranks and mischief making. Though it's implied that it was being effected by Nina's psyche, since the Nina-ganger was just as confused by her own behavior.
- Mundane Utility: As seen here, just a perk of vampire friends.
- My Instincts Are Showing:
- Kade's reaction to Ace is an example.
- Brooke invoked it quite intentionally.
- Nina as a chocolate-loving vampire has her instincts rather... haywire.
- Brooke and Skittles. Perhaps that mouse was trying to avoid those instincts.
- Tiffany has trained her pet mouse Crackers to help her hunt vampires, and sics him (with a crucifix on his back) on Kade. Except Kade isn't a vampire, he's a werecat, something Crackers instantly realizes. He tries to hide in Tiffany's cleavage. Which triggers Kade's hunting instincts, so he reaches down her shirt to grab the mouse.
- Adora, as a succubus, upon her release was distracted by the first lad in the field of vision before focusing on more important matters such as her daughter has gone a little crazy and trapped her in a piece of jewelry.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Melissa Hellrune — although she's mostly an Alpha Bitch with her eye on social advancement than anything else. Even so, the Orb was something she brought and had the potential to end all life on Earth, and she's only a student witch!
- Nerd Glasses: Arman Purvis
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Eugene Delacroix, Layla and Nina's dad, has the same name and looks exactly like famous 19th century French painter Eugène Delacroix. According to Nina, they're not the same person, as her father is way older than the painter.
- No, Except Yes: Being dumped by Kade left Layla in tears and in denial. She insisted that she had dumped *him*... he just happened to dump her first.
- The Nose Knows: Vampires have rather keen senses — which is why Layla thought to mask Tiffany's human smell before the "double date". Which also makes the quote on her Rammstein shirt ("You smell so good") very fitting.
- Not So Different:
- Not What It Looks Like:
- No, You Hang Up First: Layla does it with Kade. She doesn't even hang up when she steps into the bathtub.
- Odd-Shaped Panel
- Oh My Gods!: A few times.
- Chloe says "Oh, sweet Lilith..." when she thinks she's being attacked by Seth (Lilith is a succubus-like being in Jewish mythology, although there is at least speculation about connections to earlier Middle Eastern mythology).
- Layla says things like "For Dracula's sake" and "in the Impaler's name", since she is a vampire and Dracula is the most famous of the vampires.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Here.
- OOC Is Serious Business: You know something's wrong when Nina turns down her favorite chocolate.
- Open-Minded Parent:
- Or So I Heard: "uh... I mean... I'd imagine so, anyway..."
- Orwellian Retcon: Near the end of Brooke's introduction, a line by Blair about her lost underwear was altered by the writers who felt it pushed the PG-13 border to far.
- Our Vampires Are Different:
- They can be born of vampire parents and grow up, they can see themselves in mirrors and Nina was born on Easter, and thus feeds on chocolate. No word yet on how/if they turn people though. Tiffany thought she was turned from a bite, but this was quickly disproved. Faith implied that it involves being infected with their blood.
- Also, vampires can apparently feed on any living being with blood. Succubus blood tastes truly amazing, and melusine blood, besides being cold or room-temperature, tastes "exotic".
- In their late teenage years, the vampyric aging process slows considerably, and they can live well into the centuries. But according to a fragment of Layla's personality, they do eventually die of old age.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: And, apparently, can have furry hands until after puberty.
- Out-of-Clothes Experience: When a would-be vampire hunter stabs herself accidentally, she takes this form as a ghost. Naturally, blue Barbie Doll Anatomy is used.
- Pie in the Face: Nina's doppelganger to Kade.
- Playing Possum: Kade uses a meta-example for more time in (female) Ace's lap.
- Pointy Ears: Chloe (succubus), Cessily (fairy)...
- Poke the Poodle: The mirror version of Nina can't do much more evil than children's pranks and a pie to Kade's face. And the one time her Doppelgänger does (accidentally) succeed in doing something genuinely evil she's overwhelmed with remorse seconds later.
- Power Glows: When Blair gets frustrated with the slow transformation rate of the Orb of Tiresias, he starts this with the shout of "ARRR! I want more girls NOW!" Accompanied by Sucking-In Lines and Power Floats.
Blair: GIRLS! Not DISCO!
- Power Perversion Potential: The Orb of Tiresias was full of it, and witchcraft in general likely applies.
- Prehensile Hair: Miss Futakuchi, the history teacher, based on the Japanese Futakuchi-onna myths.
- Punny Name: Special mention goes to Arman Purvis (read the comic and you'll get it), but the best is taken by the vampire family with the French surname meaning "of the Cross"! Not to mention Brooke Lynn.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes:
- Nina; Ace even calls her out for it.
- Ace, quite appropriately.
- Laura does it twice: on Mr. Purvis to let her keep her Lolita clothes (because she's smaller, her usual uniforms don't fit), and on Nina when she won't willingly return Laura's height.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: Melissa's plan to break up Layla and Kade (by using the Tiresisas Orb) ended in disaster, after Blair got his hands on it and instigated a schoolwide incident. Which ultimately got the Coven expelled from Charybdis Heights and sent to Artemis Academy as punishment. But as an indirect result of the same incident that got them the boot, Kade wound up becoming a girl and asked Melissa out on a datenote .
- Rebus Bubble: Nina's reaction to Ace transforming the first time. Can be seen in Magic Pants. And Nina seeing Ace here.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ifrit Laura and snow fairy Cessily seem to be operating in this manner.
- Relationship Revolving Door: Which best describes the comic's two main "couples":
- Reluctant Monster: Brooke seems to dislike her monster form, and is a vegetarian, despite being carnivorus by nature.
- Retcon: The last panel of the page posted on the 8th October originally featured the aged up Nina and the blondified Brooke kissing. Due to complaints on the forums the panel was changed two days later.
- Romantic Rain: Romantic sprinklers. Seen when Layla makes up with Kade at the end of the "War Dance" arc. The two share a kiss, causing Laura's body temperature to ignite with jealousy, which set off the school's sprinkler system. Everyone else runs for cover, Layla and Kade continue unabated.
- Sacred First Kiss: Nina was temporarily sad about it.
- Say It with Hearts:
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Done by Brooke, when she "yoinked!" the pads out of Layla's bra, during Nina's slumber party.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Nina in one strip, even though she isn't wearing glasses.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians:
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Doom Panties which Chloe's mother said were meant to be for her but her body isn't ready for them yet. Putting then on without being able to handle this made Chloe a tad evil.
- Sealed Evil in a Teddy Bear: Blair. Once, he actually disguises himself as a teddy bear.
- Secret Relationship: Ace and Brooke start dating after he gets de-gender bent. They're keeping it secret, probably because Nina is a Clingy Jealous Girl.
- Second Law of Gender Bending: There have been a few scenes to suggest that, while still interested in becoming a boy again, Ace may have enjoyed being a girl more that she let on. See Distracted by My Own Sexy above and Not So Different above.
- Security Cling: Jacqui, to Melissa, when the trio were informed about their transfer, with Evil Laugh.
- Selective Obliviousness: Melissa and Jacqui's reactions to Layla being justifiably annoyed with Kade. Noticed by Cerise in Double Standard.
- Shared Universe: With Magick Chicks, Dangerously Chloe, and Paranormal Mystery Squad.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Layla wasn't ugly to begin with, but when Chloe gets done doing a very brief makeover... wow.
- Shipper on Deck: Look like the other students are quite supportive of the idea of Layla and Brooke. ...At least the other girls are.
- Shirtless Scene: They happen.
- The Delacroix's dog is called Kujo, a reference to Stephen King's Cujo.
- The gender-changing orb is called the "Orb of Tiresias". Tiresias is a famous seer from Greek mythology, who among some other misadventures once was transformed into a woman for seven years.
- The words in Jacqui's spell "Alavar Darsana Valorum" are the names of minor Star Wars characters.
- The appearances of the witches could be a shoutout to the three girls from The Craft.
- And the three witches could be a shoutout to the famous witches in Macbeth.
- Blair's head spinning around in his first appearance is probably a shoutout to Linda Blair's famous scene of the same sort in The Exorcist.
- Jeffrey the school janitor wears a hockey mask like Jason Voorhees (but he's a lot nicer than Jason).
- Layla adressed Chloe and Brooke as Baroness and Serpentor.
- Layla's middle name is Alucardia, a feminine form of Alucard, which is Dracula backwards (used several times in vampire fiction as an alias for vampires).
- Student names in Miss Futakuchi's class: Chaney, Karloff, Barker and King.
- In this page, We are introuduced to Layla's childhood friend, Diodore Renoir, who asks her to call him Dio. Hmmm... A vampire called Dio? Where have we seen this before? That could just be a coincidence, util a strip where we find out that her dog Kujo's nickname is "Jojo".
- There is also the part where Nina says Ebil which is a word used by Zorbak
- Professor Wilhelmina Twigitt may have something to do with Ms.Frizzle from The Magic School Bus.
- The chant to summon Tia is straight out of Urusei Yatsura, where it's used to summon a space taxi.
- Blair running around with a pair of stolen undies crying "What a haul!" is a reference to the English dub of Ranma ½. The waiter and waitress from the café somewhere in volume 2 look like copies from Ranma in both his male and female form.
- Maria Delacroix sings "Poor Unfortunate Souls" in the shower.
- Just like Haley Starshine, it seems that a small part of Layla's mind/personality is her "hidden bisexual" part.
- Shower Scene: Several, and catering to the Estrogen Brigade as well as the typical fanservice. Though it is PG-13 level.
- Show Within a Show: Recently it was revealed that Eerie Cuties (and likely Magick Chicks as well) exist as a comic (and possibly other mediums) within the Ménage à 3 universe.
- Shrinking Violet: Chloe, especially early on; Brooke, due to sexual identity issues.
- Skunk Stripe:
- Mrs. Delacroix has it.
- Tia's hair is modeled after the fur of an actual skunk.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Kade seems to like when Layla shows claws.
- Slasher Smile: Nina, of all people.
- Slippery Swimsuit: A wave knocks off Layla's bikini top.
- Slumber Party: Nina invites Chloe and Brooke to one.
- Small Reference Pools: Surprisingly averted, in terms of monsters and mythology. We have your standard vampires, werewolves, succubi, etc, but then we have more obscure creatures, like the melusine and the just plain creepy Futakuchi-onna.
- Snake People: Brooke is a Melusine.
- Sneeze of Doom: Chloe unleashes one. Hilarity Ensues.
- Something Else Also Rises: Kade's cat ears pop out when he sees Layla topless.
- Spanner in the Works: Blair, twice. His stealing the Orb Of Tiresias turns "Operation: Break Up" into a full-fledged fiasco, and he foils Chloe when Layla tells him the Doompanties are the rarest panties in the universe.
- Spit Take:
- Squee: Tiffany squeals a lot when seeing Melissa's Magical Girl transformation.
- Squirrels in My Pants:
- Sssssnake Talk: Brooke in her monster form. Or when just about to transform.
- The Starscream: Suddenly, Cerise pushing Melissa into a blast from the Orb of Tiresias makes a bit more sense.
- Stereo Fibbing: Layla and Brooke trying to explain to Nina why they were kissing.
- Stylistic Suck: Nina's history essay.
- Sugar and Ice Personality:
- Possibly, Layla. Which could explain why Brooke has ended up confiding in her first. Maybe.
- Sweet Tooth: Nina, of whose food we know only of chocolate and pancakes (with jam?).
- Taking the Bullet: Nina does it for Ace when Blair tries to use the gender-changing orb on him. And then Blair still manages to hit Ace when he's not looking.
- Talk Like a Pirate: Jim Beard Sprynter, the Ghost Pirate gym coach.
- Tears of Blood: Nina says that "virgins shed tears of blood" during the rule of the vampire queen.
- Teens Are Flawed: Pretty much the entire cast shows flaws all around (since the story exploits them for Rule of Funny), some more than others.
- Temporarily a Villain: Chloe underwent a period of villainy when she donned the Doom Panties prematurely. This caused her crush on Layla's fiancé, Dio, along with her feelings of inadequacy, to draw out her Superpowered Evil Side. Thankfully, she got better and is back to her lovable self.
- Tempting Fate: When Girl!Ace is made to take a shower, she thinks that "at least in here, no one will see my "little secret". Cue Blair.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Eyelashes.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Ash, in his Crossover Cameo from Magick Chicks. After the girls "feed" off of his energy, though, he only managed to just get off "needing half a dozen Angus Burgers" instead of dying.
- Theme Naming: The vampire families introduced in the comic are named after two famous French painters.
- Third Law of Gender Bending: Played completely straight by Nina, Ace and Kade post gender-swap. After all, it was not just "turn into girls" but bimbofication curse to begin with.
"I don't wanna be a girl! I liked being a boy!... And my clothes don't fiiiiiiiiit!"
- Third-Person Person: Tiffany, when she is in "slayer" mode.
- This Is Gonna Suck:
- Throw the Dog a Bone:
- Girl!Ace and Brooke's burgeoning friendship and sweet chemistry together have shades of this. Once Ace becomes a boy again, he decides act on it.
- Ace gets another from Melissa Hellrune, of all people, when she cons him into taking her out on a date. Despite the fact she manipulated Ace into it, Melissa gets a few Defrosting Ice Queen moments when she realizes she enjoys his company... till The Wand pulls her away.
- Time Skip: A minor one of 4 months seems to have occurred as of the start of Chapter 14, if characters' comments are anything to go by.
- Too Much Information:
- Chloe, Layla and Brooke feel that way about Mrs. Delacroix revealing her history with Chloe's mother. Brooke even covers Nina's ears.
- Later, Adora herself, mentioning extra possibilities for "fun grown-up games". Did we ever see such round eyes on Chloe?
- Trademark Favorite Food: Chocolate to Nina. It's all she eats.
- Transformation Comic: It may not be the point of the comic, but transformation pops up a lot in Eerie Cuties and its spinoffs. Pretty much every type on the list has been prominently featured.
- Troubled Fetal Position: Ace, after spotting Nina once too many.
- Unwanted Harem: Layla ends up going to the dance with a bunch of girls.
- Unsound Effect: In the last panel of page 436 with Layla and Blair. "BOOT"
- Valley Girl: The orb, bonded with Blair's mind, turns everyone into Valley Girls. Blonde, make-out fighting valley girls with commonly open shirts and new assets that obey Blair's every wish. And, when Nina joins them, she grew.
- Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Tiffany wants to slay the vampires and other monsters in the school, because she doesn't know that they're harmless. Except for this one.
- Vegetarian Vampire: Nina. She eats chocolate and sucks the syrup out of chocolate-covered cherries.
- Vein-O-Vision: After Layla bit Chloe, she started seeing her this way. Though, Layla was starving at the time.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Tiffany keeps her mask in her cleavage.
- Villainous Crush: Nina's Evil Twin has one on Kade.
- Visible Silence: Layla, Brooke, and Chloe's reaction to Mrs. Delacroix describing her "phase" to the girls.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: If Brooke and Layla can be considered friends, this is probably the sort.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: The characters with a monster form seem to be able to use traits of the form without fully transforming. Adult succubi have the rare age-shifting power, and can change their age to whatever they think they need to be.
Adora: You can be a 40-year old MILF, an adorable 9-year old, or a 25-year old grad student with perky C-cups.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: When Nina throws up after drinking for the first time.
- Wardrobe Malfunction: Deliberately invoked by Chloe as a bait for Blair.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Layla says this about Dio dating Tiffany, but she's just trying to convince herself (and failing).
- When the Planets Align: Nina's parents told her the reason she eats chocolate, rather than drink blood like normal vampires, is because she was born on Easter Sunday. Though after having her first taste of blood, while in her sister's body, she began to question whether there was any truth to it.
- Major spoiler: It eventually turns out to have been a lie, fed to her by Blair, who suspected she might be the reincarnation of Queen Lamia. So he conditioned Nina to eat chocolate to prevent Lamia from being reborn. Except he'd been wrong about which of the Delacroix children it was to be. It was Layla.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Sorbet (Cessily's little sister) is scared of snakes. Seth is bad enough already, but it gets much worse when she's reduced to the size of a doll, and the snake isn't.
- Wingdinglish: Used by the Evil Hand of Arman Purvis. The most transparent example here.
- Witch with a Capital B: Brooke calls Melissa, who, by the way, does actually have magic powers, a witch here.
Brooke: Ace, tell this witch you are too good for her.
- With Friends Like These...:
- Cerise may be a part of Melissa's Coven and is said to be one of her best friends, but sometimes, you really have to wonder about that.
- In the earlier part of the comic, Ace used to want nothing to do with Nina, who thought of Ace as her friend. Despite his efforts to avoid her, he always wound up being stuck with her anyway, and always wound up suffering for it.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Chloe got a little power-drunk when her succubus powers were enhanced. This gradually got from a fairly innocent to full-on crazy.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: A minor example: "Oh my beloved Chloe... wherefore art thou?"
- World of Weirdness: Whether it's just a fact of life at Charybdis, or if it's limited to only Nina and her friends, one thing is clear: weird shit happens. A lot.
- Like the time Chloe unexpectedly hit puberty, causing her pheromones to flood the school and turn all the boys into Chloe obsessed "zombies". Which ended with Layla and Brooke cornered by the mob, 'til Nina got to the fire alarm (with help from Blair).
- Or the time Nina wound up trapped in the cursed mirror, while the Nina-ganger ran amok causing... mischief? Though they eventually got her back into the mirror and saved Nina, with help from the goofy blonde girl, who fell on her own sword after her shoelaces were tied together and wound up outside her body.
- Then there was the Tiresias Orb incident, where Blair nearly turned the entire student body into big breasted airheaded blondes, to suit his perverse ideal. Which thankfully came to an end, though the less said about how...the better.
- Zettai Ryouiki:
- The uniforms for Charybdis Heights have this at Class-C.
- Melissa's Cute Witch costume too.
- Also Nina's dress for her first date with Ace.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Okay, they are not zombies, but boys under the influence of an overdose of Succubus pheromones, but that doesn't stop them from invoking every Zombie Apocalypse trope in the book.