Webcomic: Everyday Heroes
Alliteration assists in apprehending amoral archfiends. Everyday Heroes
is a webcomic written and drawn by Ed Gedeon. It centers on Mr. Mighty, a Punch Clock Hero
, and his family. Other characters include his wife, Jane, who has a Dark and Troubled Past
; his Bratty Teenage Daughter
Summer who is trying to deal with new-found superpowers, and a host of teammates with Punny Names
Originally a gag-a-day comic, more recent Story Arcs
have been more dark
. Originally drawn by Gedeon, it started with a MWF update schedule, but soon fell victim to Schedule Slip
, and only updated weekly (or less). Eric Boismier took over art duties for a time and got the comic onto a regular twice-a-week schedule. Eric has since moved and left the strip, but Ed has managed to (mostly) maintain the schedule. The strip now updates Mondays and Fridays.
Currently Avaliable on the re-opened Webcomics Nations page
, Facebook page
and a Smack Jeeves site
This Comic Contains Examples Of:
- Added Alliterative Appeal - Mr. Mighty will occasionally work this into his speech (see page image).
- Agony of the Feet: Amusingly, this is how Jane and Mr. Mighty first met. (though what happened next was a lot less funny)
Mr. Mighty: Now see miss, if you had attacked me from the front like a civilized person, this could have been avoided...
Iron Jane: STUFF IT mullet head! What the %$#&@% is your skull made of anyway, concrete?!
Mr. Mighty: Now that's just rude.
- Alliterative Name - The Mighty family (Marion, Michael, Morrison, Marilyn, and Monroe), Glen Goode (and daughters Gloria & Greta), Odin Odious, Winslow Weirdlike
- Alter Kocker - Defied by Jakob.
- Alt Text
- Amoral Attorney - Averted with both Lee Free and his son even though they come at the law from different directions.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Their motto: "Truth! Justice! Lawn care!"
- Dr. Unpleasant is described as a "notorious villain, evil genius, and parking-ticket scofflaw".
- Art Imitates Art - an homage to Edward Hopper's Nighthawks is found here.
- Author Avatar - Ed Generic (complete with Big Ol' Unibrow)
- Big Applesauce - Subverted; Mr. Mighty's home and much of the action is in Indianapolis.
- Bland-Name Product - Mr. Mighty once held a civilian job "hauling concrete blocks at SuperHomeCenterMart". Several strips also show "Sundo's" coffee (sun = star, dough = money = bucks).
- Blessed with Suck - Shrinking Violent can only be snapped out of Hulk mode with a large dose of sugar. This only works because she's a type-1 diabetic.
- Blinding Bangs - a slight variation by Carrie, who has hair covering her eyes ... and wears her glasses over her hair, which somehow allow her eyes to be visible.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S" - Mr. Mighty's "M", Captain Charisma and Kid Charisma with a "C", Dot Dash's dot-and-dash
- Bullying a Dragon: Angela constantantly picks on Summer and Carrie, despite the fact that either of them could take her apart with little effort. And also despite the fact that she comes out on the wrong end of those altercations more often than not.
- Kid Charisma hitting on Summer.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer - Lee Free (senior), literally. The majority of his work is pro bono. Is there such a thing as a Good Ass Biker?
- Bus Full of Innocents - an inconvenience when you're late for work.
- Captain Ersatz - Mr. Mighty's old teammate Carlos, who is an insect-themed size-changing superhero from Mexico (apparently with his own TV show as well).
- Captain Obvious - Does this really need to be explained?
- Chest Insignia - Subverted by Matt O'Morph, whose insignia constantly changes shape (like his Rubber Man body).
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder - Wrecking Paul, a sociopathic serial killer with a preference for ladies... and hires them as sidekicks, in case his victims aren't as planned.
- Christianity Is Catholic - Carrie's denomination hasn't been openly stated, but she did say that she wanted to be a nun when she was young and she has been seen praying to Mary, something Protestants rarely if ever do.
- Combo Platter Powers: Summer has Eye Beams, Super Strength, and what appears to be Super Senses. And is immune to Kid Charisma's superhuman charm.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure - Mr. Mighty accidentally flashes his Goofy Print Underwear to the next-door neighbor.
- The Conscience - Carrie
- Cool Old Guy - Lee Free senior.
- Dark and Troubled Past - lampshaded with a villainess named "Dark Ann" Troubled.
- Dating Catwoman - Or in Mr. Mighty's case, marrying her.
- Deadpan Snarker - Zinger Sharpley
- Death by Childbirth - Thump's biological mother
- Dramatic Thunder - Lampshaded when Mr. Mighty meets the neighbors, apparently the neighborhood supervillain keeps a weather generator just for this purpose.
- Embarrassing Middle Name - Thump's full name is Thomas Humperdinck Sharpley
- Expressive Mask - Most heroes and villains have this, with Monochromatic Eyes. Justified for Summer, since it's to keep her Eye Beams from... leaking.
- Eye Glasses - Several characters, including Jane's mother, Ken Troubled, Greta Goode, and Carrie.
- The Faceless even though we see quite a few people behind masks; the most constant is Mister Mighty whom we get to see remove his mask, but only as silhouette. Granted, we see his face in Jane's Back Story arc, but every other time in the comic he never takes his mask off, even when just doing normal stuff like reading the paper at home or having meal with the family.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence - when Wrecking Paul cuts loose.
- Filk Song - Carrie plays a little tribute to Janis Joplin.
- Fille Fatale - Gloria Goode has the boys eating out of her hand.
- Finger Poke of Doom - Mr. Mighty can knock people unconscious by flicking a finger.
- Follow in My Footsteps - Summer is kind of limited in choice of career (having superpowers and all).
- Four-Fingered Hands - Invoked with Uma and her father; otherwise averted.
- Fun with Acronyms - S.A.V.E.U.S. Also, Mr. Mighty's previous group, G.O.O.D.G.U.I.S.E.
- Also the villainous group M.W.A.H.A.H.A.H.A.H.A.H.A.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar - "Saint Francis University!"
- Gender-Blender Name - Mr. Mighty's name is Marion. Explained in this strip as being the result of his parents being old movie buffs. His other two brothers are named Michael and Morrison, the other two parts of John Wayne's original name. His sisters come off a bit better with Marilyn and Monroe.
- Gentle Giant - Thump Sharpley. Also an example of Dumb Is Good.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger - Again, see page image. His nefarious nemesis is nearby.
- Glowing Eyes - Summer has them when she takes her mask off. She can dim them with a bit of concentration, but can't turn them off yet.
- Half-Human Hybrid - Dolly Bird and G-Nat
- Happily Married - Mr. Mighty and Jane (when the kids are away, the grown-ups will play ...)
- Harmless Electrocution - Played straight here; subverted here.
- Justified in that one's a super and nigh-invulnerable, the other is just an ordinary human.
- Harmless Freezing - Matt O'Morph falls victim to this.
- Also subverted with Cool Hand Lucy - she can only drop her opponent's body temperature by five degrees, but that's plenty enough to leave a normal person nearly paralyzed with hypothermia.
- Heel-Face Turn: Regulated in this universe. Whenever an ex-supervillain moves to a new house they have to do a version of Megan's Law. This involves them dressing up in their old costume and telling their life's story. A major plot arc was Jane telling the new neighbors about her life in the Jane Gang.
- He-Man Woman Hater - Wrecking Paul (violently)
- Heroes "R" Us - S.A.V.E.U.S.
- Hyperspace Mallet - Although due to her Super Strength Summer only uses a fly swatter.
- For Kid Charisma, she uses a mallet.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him - Mr. Mighty to Jane, as she plans on killing her boss in order to take revenge for her friend.
- If You Taunt Him, You Will Be Just Like Him - Carrie refuses to respond when insulted.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Summer
- Improbable Weapon User: Summer's fly swatter.
- Improbably Predictable: In one strip, we get simultaneous Spit Take prediction.
- In the Blood - invoked, then subverted by Jane Mighty
- Ironic Echo Cut - invoked here, and again here.
- Jedi Mind Trick - Kid Charisma (and his family) have a Glamour that can be used to compel criminals to surrender. For the Kid, this also leads to quite a bit of Power Perversion Potential, where he has a different girl on his arm every five minutes.
- Kid-anova - Ryan, who usually ends up on the wrong end of a Hyperspace Mallet.
- Large Ham - Mr. Mighty, intentionally
- Letter Motif - Mr. Mighty and his two brothers are Marion, Michael, and Morrison. His sisters are Marilyn and Monroe.
- Also, the neighborhood moms are Jane, Joan, Jenny, Ginny, June, Jan, and Jin; the single dads are John and Jean (French).
- Lolcats - Parodied when a Jewish character wears a t-shirt reading "cant haz cheezeburger".
- May-December Romance - Ben Sharpley and his second wife, Jintara. Enough of an age difference that she's a year younger than her stepson, Thump. Justified: she was a mail-order bride.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal - Iron Jane, following Wrecking Paul revealing his true colors.
- Mundane Fantastic - Being a superhero (or villain) is just another profession.
- Mundane Utility: Frequently showing. Superstrength means it's easy to rip down walls and panels to replace them. Superspeed means you can drop off vital documents easily.
- Mysterious Watcher - The Mysterious Watchful Presence, a Coat, Hat, Mask vigilante.
- Never Bareheaded - Mr. Mighty always keeps his mask on, even when relaxing at home.
- Nigh-Invulnerability - Mr. Mighty (and to a lesser extent, Matt O'Morph).
- No Celebrities Were Harmed - Lee Free Sr. bears more than a passing resemblance in both looks and personality to George Carlin. In fact the strip he's introduced in has him using a line by Carlin.
- Non Sequitur Thud - After the first time Summer tries coffee, once the caffeine wears off.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Uma and her father, aliens stranded on Earth, disguise themselves by wearing glasses. Later subverted, when they mention using an "Adams Field" (a Shout-Out to Douglas Adams' Life The Universe And Everything).
- Petting Zoo People - Uma and her father, plus a couple of other characters stalking them.
- Power Incontinence - Summer has to wear a special mask, 24/7, to keep her Eye Beams in check.
- Might be a shout out to the X-Men member Cyclops, who has the same problem (needing eyewear to keep his beams in check).
- Prehensile Hair - Carrie
- Puberty Superpower - Summer's powers activated when she was 12, right in the middle of a volleyball match.
- Punch Clock Hero/Villain - pretty much everyone
- Enforced too. Mister Mighty got into some trouble by superheroing with out the proper paperwork. He was going to drop off the paperwork when he kept running situations.
- Punny Name - Enough to warrant their own page.
- Restraining Bolt: Summer's mask, which keeps her eye beams in check.
- Running Gag: The neighborhood moms are named Jane, Joan, June, Jan, Jin, Jenny, and Ginny. The single dads are John and Jean (pronounced "zhawn"... he are from France).
- Scary Shiny Glasses - subverted by Prof. Odious, who is actually a reformed villain.
Ed:"(yeah, this will go into TV Tropes soon)"
- The Halloween storyline has numerous costumes and cameos from various webcomics.
- Snicket Warning Label: The details of Wrecking Paul's murders are preceded by a completely serious author's warning that the comic is about to depict and describe acts of brutal violence against women, read at your own discretion.
- Something Person - Mr. Mighty, of course
- Stealth Hi/Bye - Cappuccino, anyone?
- Stepford Smiler: Jane's cousin, June Unpleasant. She keeps a creepy grin on her face even as she describes committing atrocities with household goods.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero - Mr. (Marion John "Marko") Mighty
- Stock Super Powers - Mr. Mighty's strength, Dot Dash's speed, Summer's eye beams, Matt O'Morph's Rubber Man body, and so on ...
- Stripperiffic - Leotards Of Power for the Jane Gang, complete with Cleavage Window and Combat Stilettos. Jane still complains about it when she's much older as a woman her age shouldn't be wearing something like that.
- Strong, but Unskilled - Summer puts little to no effort into practicing to control her powers, something Mr. Sharpley calls her on.
- Stylistic Suck - Matt O'Morph doesn't have the best control over his Shapeshifter Default Form. The artist represents this by drawing him left-handed.
- Super Registration Act - Mr. Mighty gets ticketed for not carrying his ID while breaking up a bank robbery. Word of God is that this is just a plot device.
- Super Strength: Mr. Mighty & his daughter both have power. They won't try to hide it either.
- Symbol Swearing - an occasional "damn" sneaks in, but grawlix are used for anything stronger
- There Was a Door - Carlos ruins a perfectly good wall with a dramatic entrance, and a villain calls him on it. Carlos immediately complains that using the door isn't dramatic enough.
- Tropaholics Anonymous - VilAnon, an organization for recovering villains
- Villainous Crush - Dinah Might seems to have one for Mr. Mighty. Then again, she might be faking ... or might not.
- Visible Silence - Examples here and here.
- We Hardly Knew Ye - Golden Jane
- Weirdness Censor - Uma's glasses, when turned to maximum power, project a weirdness censor so strong, it jams whatever devices the mysterious dog and cow guys are using to track her. Of course, that still provides some useful information...
- Wham Episode - Wrecking Paul revealing his true self.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway? - S.B.D can turn completely invisible, but emits a horrible odor when he does.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Ben Sharpley gives a well deserved lecture to Summer about learning to use her powers properly, since she openly admits to avoiding using them, and has caused several accidents already, yet was prepared to fight Ben's unpowered daughter without considering the consequences. Time will tell if she takes this seriously or not.
- Work Off the Debt - Summer and Carrie have to do this after doing a little damage to the local arcade.
- Written Sound Effect - brought to you by the Don Martin Memorial Onomatopoetic Society.
- You Have to Have Jews - an entire family of lawyers couldn't be gentiles, right?
- You Just Told Me - Mr. Mighty engages a criminal in casual conversation, with a little Obfuscating Stupidity thrown in.