Heavenly Nostrils is a Web Comic by Dana Simpson, and made its debut on Go Comics.com in April of 2012.It begins when 9-year-old Phoebe skips a rock across a pond and accidentally hits a unicorn in the face. Freed from her own reflection, the unicorn — named Marigold Heavenly Nostrils — gives Phoebe one wish. After her impractical wishesnote infinitely more wishes, infinite dollars, and super powers are denied, Phoebe decides on making Marigold her best friend. But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection?
Heavenly Nostrils demonstrates the following tropes:
Bowdlerization: The book collection has some dialogue in the first few strips edited from the web version. Most notably, a reference Phoebe makes to Bono and a reference Marigold makes to the PATRIOT Act are removed.
Care Bear Stare: Marigold gives Dakota a literal box of happiness for her birthday, to make up for spoiling Dakota's big entrance with the Shield of Boringness.
My Little Phony: Phoebe is a fan of the cartoon Pastel Unicorns and has a bunch of the toys. In a few strips (like on March 17, 2013 and on August 11, 2013) she discusses recent plot developments from the show, and they're barely-veiled references to actual episodes of Friendship Is Magic.
Narcissist: Marigold, big time. Seems to be a common unicorn trait as well.
Painting the Medium: Marigold can tell Phoebe's not pronouncing The Shield of Boringness in a properly dramatic fashion because of the font being used.
Paper-Thin Disguise: The male goblin who impersonates Dakota, both online and around the house, simply dons a wig (and eventually clothes) and holds a sign saying "Litl gerl." Evidently, Dakota's own mom falls for it (or possibly thinks it's an improvement).
Placebo Effect: Phoebe and Marigold experience strange effects when they swipe some coffee, but it turns out to be decaf.
Post-Modern Magik: Marigold can use unicorn magic to send and receive text messages with Phoebe's cell phone.
Weirdness Censor: The class doesn't react much to seeing a live unicorn during show and tell. Marigold says it's because of the "Shield of Boringness," a bit of magic that lets unicorns live undisturbed.
Also explains why Phoebe's parents didn't freak out the first time they had a unicorn over for dinner. Marigold explains that she gradually cranked the "Shield of Boringness" down to "Shield of Humoring a Child", and eventually to "Shield of Eyebrow-Raising Novelty". The only major consequence was that Phoebe's mom insisted on painting a portrait of Marigold.
What Are Records?: Phoebe isn't sure what "records" are. Or a "radio". "I'm old" is Marigold's reaction in both cases.