Footloose asks "What happens to the children of former adventurers?". If you're Keti Jones, you try to cope with the excesses of your mental half-fey mother and excitable half-werewolf father in the real world, then get forced sent off to train in the world of Fey, where you discover that a lot of things that occurred before you were born, a secret identity or two, and the nature of Fey are going to make your life complicated.The first few chapters deal with Keti settling in at the dojo, making friends (and enemies) among her classmates. Then the plot threads begin to weave, intrigue and theft creep in, some of the Backstory is acknowledged and her Primary Protagonist Syndrome starts to make itself felt...There is an update-for-donations side comic called Cherry that follows the origin of Steve, the crossdressing magical 'girl'.Not to be confused with the movie Footloose.
Action Mom: Keti's mother, Beansprout, who later on starts teaching the Indiscriminate Whacking classes.
Always Someone Better: Dan used to be first in his class in Indiscriminate Whacking until An came along. Now he's second, and hates it. However, he just can't seem to ever beat An... A one-sided rivalry, as An doesn't really seem to feel the same way Daniel does about it.
Chekhov's Exhibit: The Sword of Slayskull goes one step further in being a gun by the elaborate protection set up around it at the dojo (and the James Bond-esque heist enacted by Kitty and the Pirates to steal it).
Closet KeyAn, for Keti, with the added bonus of awakening her nymph heritage, as well.
Combat Stilettos: The basis of the martial art in which Keti and Jin are training. It's called... Kung Shoe. 1st kata: Groin Attacks with pointy heels.
Cool Loser: Everyone seems quite dismissive of Kung Shoe except Flibbage and the Queen (who uses them as bodyguards) but their instructor Prada-sensei was the only teacher hired based on actual competence. The others were hired primarily because it was safer than letting them run around loose.
Floating Advice Reminder: Dan and Jin become these for Keti, popping upatoddtimes to make a running commentary on what's going on, even when she's inside her own head! The people around her tend to take note of her odd behavior when this happens...
Frame Break: There's a spell that lets one fire cannonballs through the sides of panels.
Genius Ditz: Jin, especially after she's had sufficient caffeine and sugar.
Half Human Hybrids: Loads and loads. Keti is half human, a quarter nymph and a quarter werewolf, while Liame is half human and half imp. Other Fey hybrids exist, but the risk of mental instability rises the more species are involved.
Healing Factor: Werewolves and half-weres have this. Jin is at one point injured by a Humongous Mecha, and is up the next day, though still covered with bruises.
Henpecked Husband: Both Yakky (Keti's father) and J (Jin and Daniel's father) fit this description rather well:
Daniel:That's simple, my mother is a violent, touchy, manipulative bitch who would rather eat ground glass than show any sign of affection. Keti: Mine too! And I bet your dad is passive, hen-pecked, and spends most of his time apologizing for her?
If It's You, It's Okay: Keti regarding An, after she is revealed to be female. Although it could be argued that Keti's sexuality hasn't been established either way - and indeed, at the end of the Emerald City arc, Iordan seems to have the idea that she's the rule and he's the exception - her anguish over liking a now FEMALE An at least indicates that she is not comfortable with the idea of being attracted to another female. She seems to at one point reach a sense of acceptance, just in time to witness the growing attraction between An and Daniel. Possibly related to Even the Girls Want Her.
Killed Mid-Sentence: An AI (a literal Plot Device) is shorted out by Fey!Keti just before it's about to reveal the solution to their latest predicament.
The Klutz: Keti, though she's slowly getting better.
Lady Land: A very mild case, but it's repeatedly stressed that men do not and should not have equal social standing in Faerie. Even the weakness of men's magic is artificially induced as social policy, not inherent.
Lecture As Exposition: Fails nearly every time Flibbage tries it - non-fae tend to have Laser-Guided Amnesia when it comes to Genrerics, the physical laws of the Faerie Realm, comparable to how physics rule the human world.
Locked into Strangeness: Keti, after her experience with the Sword of Slayskull, now possesses dark stripes in her blond hair.
Love Dodecahedron: Keti likes An, even after finding out "he" is a girl, and Sparkle wants to seduce An due to taking it as an affront Keti should have a boy she can't control, having also had a relationship with Daniel in the past, who's developing a crush on An but concerned following through on it will hurt Keti, while Iordan definitely has strong feelings for Keti.
Magical Girl: The School of Marketable Magic. A subversion of normal magical girl tropes in that all of the students except the male crossdresser are despicable.
Cherry/Steve, in particular, loves to subvert normal magical girl tropes.
Cherry: You know how the magical girls never use their best attack first when you fight them, they just flutter around doing nothing much to build up dramatic tension? Keti: Yeah? Cherry: (Glowing with power)'' I think that's stupid.
Keti: THERE'S A- A WALL HERE! Iordan: Yeah, that's the fourth wall. Come away before you break it.
Passing the Torch: Subverted: Keti's mother raised her in the mortal realm as a (somewhat) normal child hoping that Keti would avoid all the trauma adventures she had to endure. Once in Faerie Keti's aunt packed her off to the dojo to learn some skills sharpish in order to avoid the classic fate of non-combatantchildren in stories.
Pirates: Really more terrestrial fences and bootleggers (at least until banished to a more piratical alternate universe), but they certainly act like pirates. Arr, Cap'n!
Rookie Red Ranger: Keti, as the newcomer to the Dojo (as compared to the others like Jin and Daniel, who have already been at the dojo for four years.)
Sequel: Strictly speaking, this comic is the Spin-Offspring of the authors' InubuYAKasha myth-mash crossover fanfiction. It's not necessary to read it, though; there are two or three infodumps to explain the setting and backstory.
Iordan: But now you guys are here too, what could possibly go wr-(is promptly knocked down, bound, and gagged) An: ARE YOU INSANE!? Don't say that kind of thing!
Kitty: Oh, please. I've got the sword! No power in the multiverse could stop me. An: I was hoping you'd say something like that...
That Came Out Wrong: After their attack on Kitty and the pirates fails, Iordan, Sylphie, Daniel and An are thrown in the brig. An is attending to Daniel's wound from Kitty slashing him across the face with the Sword of Slayskull and responds to distracting questions from Iordan by saying:
An: Right now all I care about is Daniel! ...Umm... ... because he's my rival. (No one is convinced, not even Daniel, who points out that actually, she's *HIS* rival, and Iordan mocks this attempt.)
Another example, from Keti's early crush on An:
Keti: ...I'm always open to offers — suggestions! I meant suggestions!
The Rival: An, at least to Daniel. An's arrival at the Dojo upset Daniel's place as first in his class, not to mention the fact that all the girls (including Keti) swoon over An's good looks.
Theory of Narrative Causality: A physical law in the world of Faerie; the world is a story, and anyone living there is caught up in the Plot, especially children of former adventurers. Anyone who knows the laws of "generics" can manipulate the Plot, if they dare - because the Plot eats people.
For extra added meta, Fairy Godmother Flibbage tried to invoke a romantic comedy setup... by setting up a play.
Transvestite: Steve (AKA Cherry) the crossdressing magical 'girl' who absolutely hates it when people equate his transvestism with homosexuality — thought he's perfectly willing to exploit that misperception to get into female changing rooms.