The three main characters.
"In one little corner of the universe, there's nothing more irritating than a misfile…"
by Chris Hazelton, Misfile
) is the story of "a girl who was a boy, a Harvard-bound genius missing two years of her life, and the pot headed angel who did it to them" via a Celestial filing accident. In the small hillside town of Tempest, Massachusetts, Boy racer Ash was turned into a girl, studious Emily had the past two years of her life erased—including her admission to Harvard—and angelic loser Rumisiel was exiled to Earth for his incompetence. Fortunately, due to a side effect of the accident, only these three remember the universe-as-it-was. Lucky, because Rumisiel fears his superiors would likely 'correct' the misfile by making it permanent.
Mixing street racing, girl-bonding, and car tuning sessions with angels, supernatural weirdness and the trials and tribulations—from getting hit on by guys to bras—of a boy suddenly transformed into a girl, Misfile
defies simple categorization as the two heroines struggle to deal with the craziness that has taken over their lives while trying to get Rumisiel back into heaven so he can fix his mistake. Complications arise, of course, not the least of which is Rumisiel's perpetual slacker
The comic is notable for dealing with a Gender Bender
plot in a much less Fanservice-ey
way, and with much more emotional depth and serious character consideration, than is the norm. Essentially, if you left out the supernatural and fantastical elements of the story, you'd still be left with a good tale about the challenges faced by a transsexual
boy dealing with life in a girl's body. Also unusual is the fact that the "old universe", where Ash is a boy with emotionally distant parents and Emily is a college-bound senior with a mean streak, has literally never been seen in the comic, although it's often alluded to.
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- Eating Lunch Alone: Emily on the first day of school after the mishap. As a sophomore, she no longer dares sit with her senior former friends.
- Education Mama: Ms. McArthur, to a T. Emily's having to deal with this is a major plot point.
- Embarrassing Cover Up: Rumisiel proclaiming that he and Ash are dating. Further down the line, Ash realizes that this isn't actually such a bad thing, given that it helps prevent guys from asking him/"her" out.
- Embarrassing Slide
- Engineered Public Confession: Done by Rumisiel to Sheldon.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Lampshaded here.
- Expospeak Gag: Spot the potential law student
- Expressive Hair: Missi's pigtails help convey her mood here.
- Expy: This is the cover of Issue 6 of Hazelton's first webcomic, Building 12. Guess which one's the female lead.
- Face of a Thug: Brent might qualify.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Because success ends the story.
- Potentially, there's a window after the Misfile is corrected where Ash needs to get used to being a guy again. Missi's feelings and how they are affected by him being a boy, his relationship with Emily as well as with his mother, James (who she had sex with but he was just friends with), dealing with Kate (who cooled her jets a lot toward Ash because Ash was a girl), on top of getting used to NOT walking into the girls locker room and other such everyday things. There's a lot of comic to cover, even after the Misfile's fixed; at least a good year's worth, if the author wants to go that route.
- Fanservice: And lots of it.
- Fantastic Racism: Played with.
- Filler Arc - Book 13. It doesn't contribute to anything over all and Ash learns a lesson he learnt back in book four.
- Filler Strips: 39 fillers and over 1800 comics. Pretty good record. Fillers usually are for major holidays and 'Day of Remembrance' pages, but there have been extenuating real life issues (such as the artist's wife going into labor).
- First Girl Wins: On track like a heat-seeking missile.
- First Snow: While in Tempest, Rumisiel experiences snowfall (from below the cloud line) for the first time.
- Foreshadowing: Emily teases Ash about being uncomfortable being on a "date" (actually a modeling party) with a gay man. Ash "doesn't have a problem" with being around a gay guy. Guess who soon afterwards winds up on an uncomfortable date with a gay man?
- Fountain of Youth: Emily, though on a much smaller scale than usual.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Sheldon.
- Fourth Wall Mail Slot: Email, in this case.
- Fun T-Shirt: Rumisiel usually wears a shirt with an unsmiling Smiley and the caption 'Have A Day'. The shirt Cassiel wears when meeting James for the first time qualifies (see Everything's Better With Princesses above). Then there is the shirt Marie imagines Jenny Jr. wearing when mentioning her for the first time.
- Game Face: Halos and Wings out guys, it's hero time.
- Gender Bender: The premise of the series.
- 1st Law Of Gender Bending: Debatable, since it's not so much that circumstances keep conspiring to keep Ash a girl, it's just that the original circumstance is almost impossible to fix in the first place.
- 2nd Law Of Gender Bending: Averted thus far. Ash does not enjoy being a girl. Even though in some ways it has arguably improved his life (like his relationship with his mother), Ash is very much a boy on the inside, and hates that his body does not reflect his inner identity. However, some in the fanbase believe that beneath the surface, Ash really does enjoy his bent gender, and simply can't admit it yet.
- And possibly inverted as it has improved everyone's life, with the (Questionable) exception of his.
- 3rd Law Of Gender Bending: Guess who Kate picks to be her Maid of Honor?
- Gender-Blender Name: One wonders what would have happened had this not been the case. Also an indication that this is not going to be a typical Gender Bender story since adopting a "girl name" is a classic
cliche manifestation of the Second Law of Gender Bending
- Genki Girl: Missi.
- Girls with Moustaches: Emily tries to imagine what Ash would have looked like as a boy, resulting in an image of female Ash with a moustache.
- God Is Inept: Clearly the universe: or at least the angels: have some issues or quirks. The fact that the filing system is said to need manual maintenance and checking counts.
- Going Commando: Ash does this because she is bothered by the thong her dress forces her to wear.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: subverted when both angels urge or condone the same course of action.
- Gratuitous Hebrew: The names of the angels are meant to resemble the traditional's ones names, which means basically taking a random word or name and gluing "iel" at then end.
- Green Eyes: Ash and Marie.
- Grin of Audacity: Ash sports one before showing Heather and Ivan why the title of King of the Mountain still belongs to Ash.
- Groin Attack: Any plans of revenge that Sheldon has in mind might be carried out at a higher pitch than his first appearance.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?:
- Have You Seen My God?: God is entirely hands off as far as has been shown. He supposedly knows about the misfile, but hasn't done anything about it. Fans have speculated that God may be playing a deeper game to smoke out some problems in the angelic ranks, place two angels where they can do some good and hopefully cause a little Character Development in Rumisiel.
- Heaven: Where this whole mess started and where Rumi hopes to get back to, if only to fix Ash's file. Looks kinda like a back drop to some old Doctor Who episode.
- Hellistics: Missi causes problems between Heather and Emily, to be solved on the tracks. Emily wins. Heather gets pissed. Heather gets a racing prodigy to try to beat Ash. Said prodigy, Logan, and Eponine, a friend of Cassiel's, hit it off at a party. Cassiel takes it upon herself to try to help Logan win the race with magic (not knowing that she's helping Heather, whom she despises). Rumisiel attempts to keep Cassiel from rigging the race, which causes Logan to crash. The police arrive to check up on the accident, also finding Emily, who they were already looking for since she ran off in the middle of the night to watch said race. Emily's mother blames the night on Ash, forbidding Emily to hang out with Ash ever again, though Molly quickly steps in and takes the blame while also calling Ms. McArthur out on being so overbearing toward Emily. Ms McArthur orders Molly out of the house and grounds Emily for a month. This results in Ash inviting Missi to a movie instead of Emily. Long story short, Ash eats with Missi somewhere. Leaving said eating place, Ash and Missi are approached by two men who seem rather… vehemently interested in them. The subtext seems to imply a threat of rape.
- Help, I'm Stuck!: Emily here.
- Heroic BSOD: Ash, after learning that Rumisiel wouldn't be allowed back into Heaven for 72 years. Complete with Shower of Angst. Ash also has mini-BSOD's whenever he feels he's lost too much to the ongoing flow of girlishness, like when he realizes he's been a girl for a month
- Home Porn Photos: causing Eponine, Logan, and Ash some difficulties.
- Homoerotic Dream: Ash has one about Emily while they were asleep in the same room. Emily figures it out, but she isn't bothered at all—she's had one about a friend of hers too. Not that it says anything about her.
- Honest John's Dealership: Played straight, but gleefully twisted when Ash turns the sleazebag's own game on him.
- Humiliation Conga: The universe seems determined to bombard Ash with a never-ending barrage of girliness right up to and including bridesmaid duty (maid of honor, no less.)
- Ash passes the manhood litmus test on that count, though, as according to the tagline for Made Of Honor, "it takes a real man to become a maid of honor."
- Sheldon's is more traditional.
- I Choose to Stay: It's possible that a situation in which Ash must choose to either remain in a female body or return to his original timeline is on the horizon, since it's heavily implied that Emily would have died on the last night of summer break in the original timeline (see Sadistic Choice, below, for further details).
- Not necessarily. When Rumisiel gets back into Heaven he can replace Ash's file but doesn't necessarily have to put Emily's pages back. People seem to forget that he is doing that manually, not just hitting a reset button.
- Part of the theme of the story is that the world of the Misfile is actually a better one. In the end Ash might still choose to go back, because most of the improvements can be made again, knowing how to do them. However, if Emily turns out to be lesbian (And not bisexual or Ashsexual), then Ash may be forced to choose between his old body, and a relationship with Emily.
- Except that if the misfile gets undone Ash won't remember that it ever happened, so won't be able to use the information to improve his original life.
- Ash finding herself unable to kiss Emily finally has the latter fed up with the fact that she and Ash can't even be together without using this trope. Her demands to Rumisiel are simple: "You're all about breaking the rules. FIND A WAY."
- Identical Stranger: Oscar, a boy Ash has met, looks amazingly like a male version of Emily, especially in regards to hairstyle (though his hair is shorter compared to Emily, and the small point is on the other side of his head).
- Idiot Ball: Although Rumisiel is the most frequent bearer, all three main characters have had their chance at carrying it.
- I Don't Know Mortal Kombat: Averted: Ash. Straight: Vashiel.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Em/Ash, somehow. Either as the
(possibly) het Em's one female love, or as the one person that Ash trusts enough to allow to see him/"her" getting all girly.
"It's not fair, Ash! I don't even like girls! Why do I have to like you?!"
- Confirmed! Emily loves Ash, but isn't in any way physically attracted to her.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Missi fantasizes about what she'd do with Ash's figure.
- I Have the High Ground: Cassiel likes to do this.
- I'm Standing Right Here: Emily and Ash aren't particularly concerned about what Rumisiel hears them say about him.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Cassiel.
- Informed Attractiveness: Ash's mom is supposed to be a supermodel, but just looks like every single other woman in the series.
- Innocent Innuendo: This strip. And this one. And…
- Insistent Terminology: King of the Mountain. Not Queen.
- Interrupted Intimacy: Ash and Emily walk in on Harry and Kate right on the verge of having sex. Kate takes it rather well, but Ash's initial reaction screamed "brain bleach".
- The Internet Is for Porn: Rumisiel has an angelic multi-tool that can do sound recordings, take pictures, and go online. Ash assumes he just uses it to look up porn.
Ash: Let me see your bookmarks.
Rumisiel: No! I'm sending it back into the ether! It's not for mortal eyes!
- It's a Wonderful Plot: Subverted. Despite Ash's angst over it, the world does seem to be much better off thanks to the misfile. Of course, the fact that everything IS better just adds to the Humiliation Conga for Ash.
- Jerk Ass:
- Just Woke Up That Way: How Ash and Emily's transformation took place.
- Mangaesque: More pronounced before the Art Evolution, but still somewhat mangaesque.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Missi.
- Man, I Feel Like a Woman : Ash starts out this way but eventually gets over it, which only feeds his/"her" fears of assimilation.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Inverted; boy Ash was a virgin and is thoroughly squicked to learn girl Ash is not.
- The Masquerade: Rumisiel claims that the misfile must be kept secret or his erstwhile superiors will cover their asses by making it permanent. Maintaining it becomes increasingly difficult once Vashiel and Missi join the crew.
- Master of the Mixed Message: Emily. Particularly here.
- Metaphoric Metamorphosis: Ash appears in prison garb when feeling trapped.
- Emily, on the other hand, becomes analytical when curious, and wants to put a stop to hearing any TMI.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Largely averted, unless it's Ash's time of the month, but Ash's worst nightmare nonetheless.
- Mistaken for Badass: Not that Ash is bad at racing, but there are some things that just happened by accident.
Brent: Wow. She's good. There were only inches between her and that light pole.
Ash: HOLY SHIT! I ALMOST HIT THAT LIGHT POLE!
- Moment Killer: Rumisiel, then Missi.
- Book ten was littered with these.
- Morality Pet: Eponine appears to be becoming this for Cassiel.
- Ms. Fanservice: Though all the women take their turn, Missi and Cassiel have the highest percentage of their appearances being Fanservice.
- Not to mention that this is basically what Ash's mom used to do for a living.
- With her reappearance in the strip, is seems that Rachel has taken the lead in "highest percentage"
- Mugged for Disguise: This poor model, who ran into Cassiel when she needed a dress.
- My Beloved Smother: Ms. McArthur makes great efforts to get Emily to study so she can get into a respectable (read: Ivy League) college. The problem is that most of her efforts don't leave room for Emily's growing social life.
- My Girl Is Not a Slut: Ms. McArthur overhears Ash telling Emily about his girl self sleeping with James the previous year and believes the worst until Emily assures her that Ash was horrified by the incident and won't do it again. Okay, Ash and Emily aren't dating, but we all know what's going to happen in the end.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Ash goes through a freakout after hitting a girl, which he/"she" views as tantamount to surrendering his manhood in a Call Back to an early strip when Emily told Ash that he can hit a girl only if he is willing to admit to being a girl himself.
- Emily has one here, after she and Missi piss off Ash enough with their sniping so that she quits talking to either of them.
- Nailed To The Wagon: Rumisiel, by Ash.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: "Kamikaze" Kate.
- No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Ash very much likes Missi, and feels truly happy for the first time since the Misfile while dating her, but becomes extremely uncomfortable upon realizing that Missi is playing the traditionally masculine "pursuer" role in the relationship, always trying to convince Ash to get physically intimate, while Ash is the one who keeps resisting in a stereotypically feminine way. Somewhat justified because Ash is trying to hold on to his male identity despite the Gender Bender, and so whenever he finds himself playing a traditionally feminine role in any context, he sees it as a sign of the impending destruction of his "male psyche". Ash feels much safer being attracted to the more traditionally feminine Emily.
- No Periods, Period: Averted, to Ash's unending torment.
- Nosebleed: Vashiel, whenever he comes into contact with "temptation". "Tissue. Tissue. Tissue."
Rumisiel: Oh, hello.
How was your day? Vashiel:
I'm confused. What... exactly... does Dr. Upton do? Rumisiel:
Maybe you should ask him. Vashiel:
I did. He just raised an eyebrow and handed me a tissue. Rumisiel:
A tissue? Dr. Upton:
You Canadians must have more blood stored up in your noses than any other people on the face of the planet
He didn't... Dr. Upton: Eight nosebleeds
. Rumisiel: THAT'S HILARIOUS! Dr. Upton: I KNOW!
I'd fire him if it wasn't so gosh darn
Jeeze, guys. I'm right here, you know...
- Not Hyperbole: Cassiel is close to the devil. Specifically she's his niece.
- Not What It Looks Like: Subverted; it's exactly what it looks like.
- N-Word Privileges: Not exactly the infamous N word, but this trope is invoked during a conversation very early on in the comic:
Ash: Hey! I'm a girl too now, so don't think I can't hit you back!
Emily: Oh, so now you accept that you're a girl?
Emily: Well then you can't hit me.
- The Rant: There is commentary from the artist and his wife (who also handles the business side of the comic). Usually it's about real life problems or con appearances.
- Rapunzel Hair: Kate.
- Reality Warping Is Not a Toy: Bronwyn accidentally makes her relationship troubles worse through dabbling in magic.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ash and Em, respectively.
- Reset Button: The misfile works like this for Emily.
- Ret Gone: Ash and Emily's pre-Misfile identities.
- Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Ash and Emily and maybe angels.
- Romantic False Lead: Missi.
- Rule 34: Invoked by the forum members (you have to have an account to view this page.)
- Sadistic Choice: "Emily or your manhood" seems to be looming on the horizon.
- Not necessarily. When Rumisiel gets back into Heaven he can replace Ash's file but doesn't necessarily have to put Emily's pages back. Of course, complications will probably still result, but it doesn't have to be a plain and simple either/or choice.
- If Ash were to have his file properly placed, but not Emily, that would theoretically leave her alone in the situation anyway, as he would no longer remember anything about her or what's happened between them during the misfile. The memory wipe upon fixing the misfile is a concern addressed repeatedly in Ask Ash. This would mean Emily would have to figure out how to reconnect with Ash without showing that she knows far more about him than she probably should.
- It is possible, however, that Ash will be forced to choose between a world where he has a good relationship with his mother, Kate isn't being driven insane by her sister's ghost, and he and Emily are friends, or one where he's male.
- There is also the distinct possibly that if the misfile is corrected, Emily will be dead. Her (former) best friend Molly was in an accident that left her with a broken hand and foot, but completely destroyed her car's passenger side. Emily thinks that had the misfile not occurred, she would have been in that passenger seat and crushed, giving her even more reason to keep things the way they are.
- Satan: He exists (he's Cassiel's uncle) but he hasn't put in a personal appearance… yet.
- Status Quo Is God: A frequent complaint among long time followers of the comic is how slow and ponderous the story has become, and how reluctant it is to take any risks. It hints frequently as a larger background plot, despite this though, it has been rooted in mundane issues for several volumes now.
- Scenery Censor: Here, executed extremely close to the line with clever use of panel borders.
- You know, a bit of Fridge Logic strikes on thoughtful viewing of that page. For a guy determined to hold onto his male identity in every possible way, and a bit of a prude for that matter, Ash apparently shaves some rather interesting and unnecessary areas.
- Another Scenery Censor, this time via censor bar, here.
- Selective Obliviousness: Ash's father displays a staggering amount considering his daughter's personality appears to have changed radically from the smiling bikini and party dress wearing girl depicted in the family photo album. (It goes without saying that There Are No Therapists of course.) However, since it's explicitly stated that the misfile only changed the universe just enough to make everything seem normal it's possible that the seemingly instantaneous change from Tomboy to Butch actually occurred over a period of time from his viewpoint.
- Sexy Jester: Emily's Halloween costume.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: Type B with Cassiel—when she is appearing as a human she always chooses the same form. Due to Shapeshifting being an Informed Attribute of Angels, Vashiel and Rumisiel are technically a type 1.
- She is King of the Mountain: Ash insists on being referred to as King of the Mountain as a way of attempting to affirm her male identity.
- Shout-Out: Emily chooses the Harley Quinn costume while doing Halloween shopping with Ash.
- Shower of Angst: Ash, during a Heroic BSOD.
- Shown Their Work: Although Tempest itself is a fictional town, apparently somewhere out in the Berkshires, the scantily-clad-waitress restaurant where Ash worked for a summer on Cape Cod actually exists and was a Hooters at the time the strip was drawn (It's an Irish pub now).
- Not only that, but Tempest is similar to a small town in the Berkshires, Adams. Count: The local high school is a couple miles walk on a mostly open road (As shots of Ash walking home has shown). The schools sports teams are even called the Hurricanes, and have a lightning bolt as a mascot! The town is also only a few miles away from Mt. Greylock, the largest mountain in the Berkshires. In addition, it's a town in between two small cities (allowing some of the city and town locations shown in the comic to happen in the local area), it snows fairly early in the season (It's snowing just after Holloween in the comics), snows often (As Ash said in the Q&A), and the first snowfall almost never sticks around (As stated by Ash).
- Shy Finger Twiddling: Rumisiel engages in this here. Missi does the western version here.
- Single-Target Sexuality: It is possible that Missi is this toward Ash, as it is stated that she doesn't even like girls. However, there has been no mention of whether she normally likes guys, which would be If Its You Its Ok
- Skinship Grope: Ash invites one from Emily and Emily actually complies, shocking both of them. Turns out Ash was only teasing.
- The Slacker: Rumisiel, started out as a stoner but developed into a slacker. It speaks volumes about Rumisiel's character that this is an improvement.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Both Heather and Cassiel love to think of themselves as more awesome than they actually are.
- Smug Snake: Realistically, Sheldon's plan to discredit Ash with the sexual bribery accusation only works because he has loyal-but-not-too-bright thugs on his team, and he really only needs to convince them (though it does surprise everyone long enough to put Ash on the defensive). Then Rumisiel comes in with the tape.
- Something Else Also Rises: This might count, if only because it's Ash.
- Spirited Competitor: Kate, while racing… in more ways than one.
- Spork: Emily resists the temptation to test Rumisiel's immortality with one in this strip.
- Squee: You can't call yourself an AshXEm shipper if this wasn't your reaction to this or this. But especially this. Also this. Or this…
- The Stoner: Rumisiel, at first. Ash seems to have beat it out of him.
- Straight Gay: Kay Wheeler, despite being a male model.
- Straw Misogynist: Averted, notably, with the Arthur arc (starting here.) Arthur is a significantly more common type of misogynist; he doesn't try to tell Ash to Stay in the Kitchen, but he refuses to see her as anything but dating material, cannot wrap his head around the idea of hanging out with a girl platonically, and is generally an objectifying ass.
- Strip Buffer: The forums are rife with speculation about the next day's comic, but that comic was completed a week earlier.
- The Sweat Drop: Even Rumisiel's Tshirt and Emily's butt get one.
- Suddenly Sexuality: Another deconstructed trope as Ash, Missi, and Emily all appear to struggling with the implications of their relationships.
- Sweet on Polly Oliver: another possible reason for Ash's relationship with Missi, though admittedly Ash's "disguise" is far better than most. Does not apply to Emily, because she knows the truth.
- Taking the Heat: Molly does this for Emily before calling the old woman out.
- Talk To The Groin Attack
- Tarot Motifs: Bronwyn tries to divine her future with her boyfriend… and lays the Misfile. PERFECTLY.
- The Hanged Man: Rumisiel. Self-sacrifice for the sake of enlightenment, bindings that make you free, paradoxes, and hanging between heaven and earth: in other words, exile to Earth to learn responsibility, where he has more freedom than he did in Heaven, enhances people's lives by accident, flying around... A Messianic Archetype: he's a friggin' angel. Traps, self-entrapment, passivity, and giving up... yeah.
- The Lightning-Struck Tower: The Celestial Filing Depot. Umm... "A straight Tower of Babel allegory about pride preceding a fall. Often associated to overly arrogant, prejudiced, and authoritarian organizations (including The Government) which walk to their own ironic demise." Subtle. Also, "...more generically used as an omen of doom and disaster, at least by those who know better than to use Death for that or who think that Death alone isn't ominous enough." Cerebus Syndrome, anyone?
- The Lovers: Ash and Emily. Romantic relationships. Also signifies standing at crossroad and needing to make a decision. Additionally, the original card had a male and two females: in the context of the Misfile, Female Ash has to choose between Male Ash and Emily.
- Alternatively it describes the situation shes in with her boyfriend now. The Hanged Man for new perspective (she went to college and he didn't..) the Tower for disaster (She had just broken things off with him, also the race, if not for low grade divine intervention. and the Lovers to represent herself and her boyfriend.
- Teens Are Short: The adults tower over the main characters, though Ash says he was taller when he was a boy.
- Ash & Emily, at 5'6" and 5'5", are both at or slightly above average height for women in the US.
- Theme Naming: The vast majority of the angel's names end in "-el," which means either "God is my ___" or "___ of God," depending on exact context.
- There Is Only One Bed: Early on, Ash insists on sleeping on the couch when it comes up. Later on, when she suggests it, Emily suggests sharing the bed. Cue Squeeing from the shippers
- Also, at Cape Cod, Marie only prepared one bed for Ash and Em to share. Ash let Emily have the bed and he slept on a cot.
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Ash's race against Tom.
- Tomboy: Ash, though, of course, "she's" actually a guy. In a cruel twist, though, he is subject to an intentional in-story slow change towards girlishness. He is well aware of this and it worries him greatly.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Ash and Emily.
- Training Montage: Em in this strip.
- Transformation Sequence: Cassiel in this strip.
- Transparent Closet: The other possible explanation for Emily's attraction to Ash. Emily's confusion on this point is a large part of the Unresolved Sexual Tension in the strip. Was running wheel to wheel with Single-Target Sexuality but now appears to be pulling ahead. Also, Ash to anyone even slightly observant (remember, they think he's always been a chick).
- Ultimate Job Security: Doc Upton. Never mind not getting sued, how do he (and his "nimble fingers")still have a medical license? Apparently he squicks out everybody.
Missi: Your dad is freaky-creepy, Ash.
- The Unfavorite: Missi perhaps, as her parents are constantly visiting Tom at college while leaving her alone and apparently unsupervised. She's clearly seeking attention.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: The Misfile upgraded James from regular friend into this.
- The Unreveal: Emily asks Ash what boy-Ash looked like, which is something readers have been wondering for years. We only get a vague description and just a silhouette of girl-Ash with arrows pointing where the shoulders would be wider, hips slimmer, etc.
- The Unsmile: Ramael is often sporting one.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Subverted in that we do find out Ash's plan for Heather's race. But it may be the plan is just vague enough to work.
Ash: I've got nothing. Act like I just gave you the best advice of your life. Apply pressure. Make him think you're implementing some master move. Eventually the pressure should make him slip up. Wait for that and just go for it.
Heather: You asshole...
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Rumi's and Vash's Unusual Ears.
- Apparently they use some of their more subtle angel powers to accomplish this.
- Unwanted Harem: Gender Flipped with Ash.
- That could be read in two different ways.
- Vapor Wear: Angels apparently don't
approve of need brassieres.
- Volleying Insults: Ash and Tom engage in this before their last race.
- Wacky Racing: Cassiel tries to help Logan do it, with magic no less.
- Wardrobe Malfunction: An act of divine pettiness.
- Webcomics Long Runners: Passed the ten-year mark in March of 2014.
- Webcomic Time: One year of actual time equals approximately one month or so of webcomic time.
- The comic has been running since March of 2004 and (as of late January 2013) is on Book 18. According to the comic, the Misfile happened in March 2004 and it is now early January 2005.
- As of this comic, one year is about to pass since the first strip.
- Weirdness Magnet: A lot of weird stuff just happens to all occur in a small town in Western Massachusetts.
- It's hinted that having a couple angels around is drawing all this to the top.
- Welcome to My World: Emily's response pretty much every time Ash complains about the Double Standard.
- Wham Episode: At first, the consequences of the misfile are fairly comical (or at least nothing major). Then we find out Emily would probably be dead if not for the error. Ouch.
- Wham Line
Author: That person was my father.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Ash and Vashiel ask this after waking up in the same bed.
- Where The Hell Is Tempest: Yes, it's in western Massachusetts, however it's not explicitly stated where exactly in Massachusetts.
- It could be a stand-in for Pittsfield, given the fact that they have quite a few similarities.
- Pittsfield is too big at nearly 45,000 people, Wo G has Tempest is closer to 8000. Still, Pittsfield is in the right area of Massachusetts, so somewhere near there.
- For that matter, it could also be (wait for it)... Ashfield. Or Upton. (Probably not Upton - too central.)
- The author has admitted that Tempest is basically his hometown of Concord, MA transplanted out into the Berkshires (go find Concord-Carlisle Regional High School and compare it to Tempest HS in the comic. Pretty clearly the same buildings.), but the most likely candidate for a "real" Tempest is probably Adams, MA. It's the right size, the right age (like Tempest, it was a mining town), and is in roughly the right place. It's the right distance from both Albany and the Cape to fit the story, and is right near Mt. Greylock (see Kamikaze Kate, The Demon of...). Greylock Rd./Rockwell Rd. also happen to be just about the only places in the state that are even somewhat close to the Old Road, though Tempest is implied to be a bit further from Mt. Greylock than Adams is.
- The Wiki Rule: Here. It's fairly new and small, so help it out, huh?
- Will They or Won't They?: Ash and Emily. For EIGHT YEARS. Or eight months, depending on your accounting.
- They eventually had their first serious kiss, though.
- And later they did much more.
- Women Drivers: Averted. Ash is still Queen, no, King of the Mountain, and Kate is not only respected but feared. Emily's initial inability to drive is treated as basic inexperience and is seldom played for humor.
- In fact, the only guys who invoke this trope (Tom) are shown in a very negative light and usually get their comeuppance.
- Word of God: The author has weighed in on certain questions by the fans in the forums.
- World of No Grandparents: Ash and Emily seem to have no other relatives besides their parents.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Ash. Finally does, and has a freakout after doing so.
- Wrench Wench: Ash and Missi. Emily is a Wrench Wench in training. Kate's obsession with street racing implies that she's a Wrench Wench too, but Harry brags that he did all the work on her latest car himself.
- Yandere: Heather, for James.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Rumisiel will get to go home (and fix the Misfile)! In 72 years.
- You Are Grounded: Emily, courtesy of her beloved smother.