[[caption-width-right:300:The three main characters.[[note]]Clockwise from furthest left: Ash, Rumisiel and Emily.[[/note]]]]

->''"In one little corner of the universe, there's nothing more irritating than a misfile..."''

A [[{{Webcomics}} webcomic]] by Chris Hazelton, ''[[http://www.misfile.com/ Misfile]]'' ([[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1 first page]]) 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 protagonists 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 [[LazyBum perpetual slacker]] nature.

The comic is notable for dealing with a GenderBender 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.

!!Provides Examples Of:

* AbortedArc: [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2009-06-24 Ash pushing Rumisiel back into Heaven]] since [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2011-10-21 Rumisiel has no clue]] how to reduce the 72 year sentence.
* AbridgedSeries: [[http://www.napalmluck.com/index.php?showtopic=8205 Right here]]. (Requires a Napalm Luck account to read).
* ACupAngst: Missi is upset about her small chest, and complains about it to Ash and Emily.
* {{Adorkable}}: Emily outright calls Oscar this.
* {{Aesop}}: Ash not only gets the usual Aesops about sexism and the DoubleStandard but also gets some unexpected ones about PositiveDiscrimination. Meanwhile, Ash also provides some unexpected Aesops to Emily due to her outsider perspective on female behavior. Finally, the readers get some insights about the battle between the sexes that Ash and Emily are either too obtuse to get or too proud to acknowledge.
* AllThereInTheManual: If you really want to understand how the Celestial Depository works and the effects of reversing the [[RetGone misfile]], and find out just how Tempest has such a cool mountain racetrack you need to have read the "about" section on the website, read the [[FourthWallMailSlot Ask Ash column]], and ordered the print books so you could read the liner notes.
* AlmostKiss: A few times, the first being [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=132 here]].
* AnalogyBackfire: Regarding the [[ChainmailBikini obvious sexual characteristics]] of the knight costume Missi made for Ash for Halloween.
-->'''Missi''': It's for a girl knight. You're my Joan of Arc.\\
'''Emily''': Wasn't she burnt at the stake for [[SweetPollyOliver dressing like a man]]?
* AnchoredShip: Emily and Ash's relationship took a long time to go anywhere.
* {{Animesque}}: Uses plenty of Anime tropes for its art, including CrossPoppingVeins and the {{Sweatdrop}}.
* ApronMatron: Doris—[[MemeticBadass at least as far as the forumites are concerned]]—fits much of this.
** Given that Vashiel, the angel who owns a flaming longsword and is an angel of vengeance who CannotTellALie, thinks that Doris could do something to Cassiel much worse than what he could, at least some in-story regard her as one as well.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Angels? Okay. Ghosts? Why not? People's lives affected by changes in files? I'll give you that one. But a guy who can talk to cars? Get outta here…
* ArchangelGabriel: Rumisiel and Vashiel's father. Seen in flashback only (so far).
* ArmoredClosetGay: While the applicability of the word 'gay' to Ash is debatable, Ash still pretends to be a straight girl because he is afraid that coming out of the closet as a girl will carry over to his male life when the misfile is eventually corrected.
* ArtEvolution: Over the years, characters (of both sexes) have filled out and/or bulked up noticeably, proportions are a little more accurate, the clothing '''''a lot''''' more detailed, and the anime-style eyes have become much smaller (with their mouths getting ''much'' larger as compensation).
** As an inverse, the cars have become much more simple looking, and the shading (for shadows, at least) is now all but non-existent.
* ArtisticLicence[=/=]WritersCannotDoMaths: Chris Hazelton did not stop to think that the one-year anniversary of the titular misfile ''cannot'' happen on the same day of the week as it did the previous year - each year is 365 days long (except for leap years), so since the event occured on a Saturday (when Ash raced Tom that same night and lost) the first anniversary would have been on a Sunday instead. He ''does'', however, give an accurate date for the start of the narrative if we're assuming it's the same as the year he started the story - March 20 ''was'' a Saturday in 2004.
* AttemptedRape: It's implied that this is what was about to happen [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2011-06-24 here]] if Logan hadn't stepped in on the next page.
* AuthorAppeal: Amateur street racing in this case.
* AutoErotica: [[spoiler:James remembers having sex with Ash in his car.]]
* AxCrazy: Kamikaze Kate.
* BadassBoast: Rumisiel gets one on Bronwyn in book #8:
--> '''Bronwyn:''' [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2008-05-07 Shut up! Just SHUT UP!]] You don't know anything! You don't know the spirits! You don't know about the greater universe!\\
'''Rumisiel:''' ''[[[LetsGetDangerous pulls out wings and halo]]]''\\
'''Emily & Bronwyn:''' ''[OhCrap]''\\
'''Rumisiel:''' [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2008-05-08 You want to see spirits?]] [[ArmorPiercingQuestion You want to look into the eyes of the beings who will watch over the end of days?]] [[BrilliantButLazy I have seen the fall of empires and the murder of millions!]] [[SincerityMode I have shoved that data into files like so many numbers!]] I have seen a great many things, but little as ignorant and dangerous as a concieted little girl who has used so-called "spiritual devices" to turn her own unbridled ID into a demon capable of killing the one she's too stupid to realize she loves!
--> '''Bronwyn:''' W... What are you?\\
'''Rumisiel:''' [[MundaneMadeAwesome I'm a frikkin' angel, babe,]] and I got nothin' to lose. Now GET IN THE CAR!
* BadassDriver: Kamikaze Kate. Ash to a lesser degree. Emily is working up to it.
* BatmanInMyBasement: Rumisiel has nowhere else to go, but he sleeps on the couch. Then to explain his presence, he's passed off as Ash's boyfriend. When Vashiel arrives, he gets the bed in the basement.
* TheBeard: Rumi and later [[spoiler:Ash, to Rumi's older brother.]]
* BeautifulDreamer: Ash watches Emily as she sleeps. Much later Emily watches Ash. These are followed by a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and DudeShesLikeInAComa respectively.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Ash's relationship with Missi may be written into their files—hence Missi's confusion about being attracted to Ash despite [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2011-06-13 not liking girls in general]].
* BedmateReveal: In [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=256 this strip]], Ash wakes up after a night of drinking to find Vashiel in his bed.
* BeleagueredBureaucrat: Rumisiel, at least according to him. He gets some [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1375 support]] for this position.
** Given how she's treated when dealing with any other angel (on official business or not), Cassiel also seems to be one.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Rumi and Ash appear to have this, but in reality he's TheBeard.
* BerserkButton: Vashiel is extremely protective of people close to him. When Cassiel comes calling and he's the only one home, he ''[[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2006-04-20 threatens to wreck Satan to get to her]]'' if she brings any harm to Rumisiel or Ash. From Cassiel's reaction to his reminder not to forget his history, and the simple fact that he can't lie or deceive, ''he fully means every word of it.'' The [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2006-04-21 next page]], he turns on a dime back to his polite self and offers to get the door for the now terrified Cassiel.
* BetaCouple: Harry and post CharacterDevelopment Kate.
** Also, possibly Eponine and Logan.
* BigDamnKiss: [[spoiler:[[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2012-08-28 Ash and Emily.]] To give you a better idea, [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2012-08-27 it starts here]].]]
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-01-16 This one]], even more so.
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-08-16 And this]].
* BigEater: [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1797 Missi.]]
* BiTheWay: The jury's still out on Emily… there have been [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=714 signs]], though she more likely falls under IfItsYouItsOkay.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Turns out angels aren't born, they just sort of...become. They only have genders and so on to interact with humanity. Rumisiel doesn't actually have any biological relation to his brother or [[ArchangelGabriel father]].
* BondOneLiner: [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1815 That can be SO addictive…]]
* BonusMaterial: Not much, and the original link is broken.
* BoringButPractical: Vashiel gets a [[AwesomeButImpractical flaming sword]]. Rumisiel gets [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1545 a multi-purpose filing tool]]. Guess which has a better chance of being used in a "real life" (or, Ash's life) situation?
* BrandX: "Beer" and "Cola".
--> "Buy it! Drink it! Love it!"
* BrilliantButLazy: While Ash is a talented driver, he has no motivation to do anything beyond drifting through life, not even attempting to fix the Misfile beyond yelling at Rumisiel. This could be because the Misfile happens to be his go-to excuse when confronted on his behaviour. He becomes more motivated after spending so much time around Emily.
* BrokenBird: Kamikaze Kate.

* [[CantHoldHisLiquor Cannot Hold Their Liquor]]: While Rumi's liver could probably be used to sole and heel army boots by now, when Ash and Vash get sloshed it leads to the [[HilarityEnsues inevitable results]].
* CatapultNightmare: Well, [[spoiler:Catapult Sex Dream]], actually.
** Played straight [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1208 here]], [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1217 and here]], and [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=265 here.]]
* CatFight: [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=667 Cassiel vs. Jenny]], at the modeling event.
* CelestialBureaucracy: The Celestial Filing Depository. Comes complete with corruption and errors.
-->''"Under code 37 'B' of the Emergencies Act I authorize a complete lockdown of the filing depots until further notice."''
* CerebusSyndrome: [[spoiler:The murder of several high ranking angels, including "two keyholders"]] has heralded in a steadily darkening plotline. However, for the most part the story remains dark only when the story focuses on the angels. One might say that the knights of God are in fact [[KnightOfCerebus Knights of Cerebus]].
* ChainmailBikini: The Halloween costume Missi made for Ash, [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1565 who naturally]] {{lampshades}} this.
* CharacterDevelopment: Nowadays, [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=13 flipping someone off]] would be considered OutOfCharacter for Emily.
** Averted with Missi, which is one of the problems with her character. There was that one time in the shower where she mentioned her parents being neglectful and her feeling like an outsider with Ash and Emily, but that revelation seems to have mostly been ignored.
*** You want CharacterDevelopment for Missi? Would ''[[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1791 these]]'' [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1792 pages]] [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1793 here]] [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1794 satisfy]] [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1795 you]]?
* CheekyMouth
* ChekhovMIA: Ash's mom. The other angels in Vashiel's old division also qualify.
* ChekhovsGun: The Monster XR.
** Also, Emily's [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1148 promise]] to [[spoiler:give Ash a kiss]] in return for a perfect test score.
** The pothole in the Old Road where [[spoiler:[[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1404 Heather]] was passed by Emily and lost the race. Ash defeats the jerk [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1532 Sheldon]] in a similar manner, though with a different pothole.]]
* CleavageWindow: Emily seems to like this trope.
* CoitusEnsues: It happens. [[spoiler: [[RelationshipUpgrade Ash and Emily really enjoyed themselves.]]]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** Missi badgers Ash into answering why Ash prefers to be around Emily and gets her answer in that Missi is overly aggressive sexually and Ash hates that. Missi takes this to mean she needs to continue this behaviour so Ash can be the same way.
** As Ash and Emily discuss future options in [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2015-09-16 this strip]], there's a bit of comical confusion between [[CharacterDevelopment personal growth]] and...other kinds of growth.
---> '''Ash:''' You ''could'' be selling underwear and just going to college on the side because you have no idea what else to do.
---> '''Emily:''' Now you're just being unfair to yourself. You've grown a lot this year.
---> '''Ash:''' God, I hope not. Bras are stupid expensive.
* ConflictBall: Ash, Emily, and Missi seemed to take turns passing it off. Missi cleverly managed to spike Emily and Heather with it at Kate and Harry's wedding, precipitating their grudge race.
* ContemplativeBoss: The head of the Celestial Depository in [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1680 this strip]].
* ContinuityNod: When [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1433 Missi decides to experiment with alcohol]], Ash wants to leave, citing a bad experience of alcohol. This is of course referring to the arc a few years back ([[WebcomicTime six months ago]]) when [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=254 Ash and Vashiel got drunk]] and woke up in the same bed.
** How about this seven-years old continuity nod: Ash makes a jab at [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1873 irresponsibly smoking on the job]]; that's what Rumisiel said [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=18 got them all mixed up with this misfile madness]] in the first place.
* CoolBigSis: Kamikaze Kate, after her CharacterDevelopment.
** However, Ash is still dreadfully afraid of her even after said CharacterDevelopment, to the point he only accepted to be maid of honor in her wedding because he was afraid a refusal would end in his murder. [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1503 Case in point]].
* CoolCar: Pick a car, any car.: either inherently cool or made cool through street racing modifications.
* CouncilOfAngels: The Celestial Filing Depository.
* CrossPoppingVeins
* CryIntoChest: Happens at least once, such as when Missi [[spoiler: confronted Ash about feeling like an Emily backup]]
* CynicismCatalyst: Kate only became known as "The Kamikaze" after [[spoiler: other racers, jealous of her sister Angelica's skill, accidentally kill her.]]
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Implied [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-08-26 here]].
** And interrupted [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-08-27 here]].
* DaydreamSurprise: [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=649 This]] strip.
* DCupDistress: Ash, who has the largest breasts among himself, Emily, and Missi[[note]]Though they're actually C's[[/note]]. Justified, as Ash still thinks of himself as male and considers them an aspect of a body that isn't his.
* DearNegativeReader: Chris wrote one after getting a verbal response from [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1882 this page]]. In it he reminded everyone that it was his comic, he was doing it for free and he owes us nothing. Also, he informed us Ash and Emily will be getting together at some point in the future.
* DeconstructedTrope: Pretty much every classic GenderBender trope is deconstructed from Ash's perspective.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Averted in oh so many ways, from a mild subversion like Kate (Ash finds a "friendly" Kate just as terrifying), through straight aversions like Tom and Heather (both of whom hate Ash passionately) to an extreme aversion like Sheldon (who manages to alienate all of his own friends as well). It's only played remotely close to straight with Brent, who made it clear that he respected Ash from the start.
** Inverted with James. They stopped being friends after he lost to Ash, but that's mostly because he couldn't deal with them not dating in this reality.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Cassiel, possibly. [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1627 Seen]] [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1628 here]].
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Type 2 between Ash and Vashiel. [[spoiler: They didn't.]]
* DifferentForGirls
* DisappearedDad: Emily's father, got her mom knocked up and was never heard from again.
* DoesThisMakeMeLookFat: [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=179 Vashiel gives the wrong answer to this question]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Just read [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=100 this conversation]] which Rumisiel overhears.
* DontThinkFeel:
** This is how Ash drives. [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=197 Emily can't drive that way]].
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2012-04-23 Seen here]] when Emily tells Ash he should try to feel like a girl, not think like one, when he's trying to patch things up with Eponine
* DoubleStandard: invoked after the fight with Tom.
** Also occurs in the forum. When guys can't take a hint, they're douches. But when Missi shoves her face into Ash's cleavage in front of their schoolmates, even though Ash has repeatedly said he is not interested in a relationship, well then it's cute and funny.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale - Missi molesting Ash is usually played for laughs, although the party in book 15 points out the hypocrisy by juxtaposing it with Colin hitting on Heather.
* DramaticWind: When Kate first shows up.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Well, asleep. [[spoiler:Emily kisses Ash.]]

* EatingLunchAlone: Emily on the first day of school after the mishap. As a sophomore, she no longer dares sit with her senior former friends.
* EducationMama: Ms. [=McArthur=], to a T. Emily's having to deal with this is a major plot point.
* EldritchAbomination: Cherubim, who are described as a four-part existence whose minds are unknowable chaos. They apparently refused to be part of the celestial filing system, and their presence [[OhCrap freaks out both Vashiel and Rumisiel]].
* EmbarrassingCoverUp: 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 out.
* EmbarrassingSlide
* EngineeredPublicConfession: Done by Rumisiel to [[spoiler:Sheldon]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=427 here]].
* ExpospeakGag: [[http://misfile.com/?date=2012-10-24 Spot the potential law student]]
* ExpressiveHair: Missi's pigtails help convey her mood [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1605 here]].
* {{Expy}}: [[http://www.building12.net/issue6/cover.htm This]] is the cover of Issue 6 of Hazelton's first webcomic, ''Webcomic/{{Building 12}}''. Guess which one's the female lead.
* FaceOfAThug: Brent has beady eyes that make him look shifty, but he's alright.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Because success [[ResetButton ends the story]].
* FanService: And lots of it, for both male and female characters.
* FantasticRacism: [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-02-08 Played with.]]
* FillerArc - Book 13. It doesn't contribute to anything over all and Ash learns a lesson he learnt back in book four.
* FillerStrips: 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).
* FirstGirlWins: On track like a heat-seeking missile.
* FirstSnow: While in Tempest, Rumisiel experiences snowfall (from below the cloud line) [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1925 for the first time.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=633 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. [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=670 Guess who soon afterwards winds up on an uncomfortable date with a gay man]]?
* FountainOfYouth: Emily, due to having two years of her life removed in the misfile.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Sheldon.
* FourthWallMailSlot: Email, in this case.
* FunTShirt: 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 [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2007-01-03 Jenny Jr. wearing]] when mentioning her for the first time.

* GameFace: Halos and Wings out guys, it's hero time.
* GenderBender: The premise of the series.
** [[FirstLawOfGenderBending 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.
** [[SecondLawOfGenderBending 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.
*** And possibly inverted as it has improved everyone's life, with the (Questionable) exception of his.
** [[ThirdLawOfGenderBending 3rd Law Of Gender Bending]]: Guess who Kate picks to be her Maid of Honor?
* GenderBlenderName: One wonders what would have happened had this not been the case. Also an indication that this is not going to be a typical GenderBender story since adopting a "girl name" is a classic [[strike:cliche]] manifestation of the SecondLawOfGenderBending
* GenkiGirl: Missi.
* GirlsWithMoustaches: Emily tries to imagine what [[GenderBender Ash]] would have looked like as a boy, resulting in an image of female Ash with a moustache.
* GodIsInept: 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.
* GoingCommando: Ash does this because he is [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2007-02-15 bothered]] by the thong his dress forces him to wear.
** Ash does this again when his backside gets [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2012-06-27 burned]], and it's explicitly mentioned he's got [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2012-07-19 nothing under his clothes]]. This culminates in a [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2012-08-07 reveal later]].
* GoodAngelBadAngel: subverted when both angels urge or condone the [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2007-07-25 same]] [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2009-03-02 course]] of action.
* [[GratuitousForeignLanguage 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.
* GreenEyes: Ash and Marie.
* GrinOfAudacity: Ash sports one before showing Heather and Ivan why the title of King of the Mountain [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-03-01 still belongs]] [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-03-04 to Ash]].
* GroinAttack: [[spoiler:Any plans of revenge that [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1543 Sheldon]] has in mind might be carried out at a higher pitch than his first appearance.]]
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday:
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2005-07-26 Emily]], though she's [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2011-10-11 gotten over it]].
** To the degree that she's [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-08-07 More than willing]] to use Lesbian subtext to [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-08-08 get back at Jenny]]
*** Except she then states offhandedly that she's [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-08-13 not physically attracted]] to Ash
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: 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 CharacterDevelopment 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 [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=891 back drop]] to some old ''Series/DoctorWho'' 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.
* HelpImStuck: Emily [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=779 gets trapped in the window]].
* HeroicBSOD: Ash, after learning that Rumisiel wouldn't be allowed back into Heaven for 72 years. Complete with ShowerOfAngst. Ash also has mini-[[HeroicBSOD BSOD]]'s whenever he feels he's lost too much to the ongoing [[IncrediblyLamePun flow]] of [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody girlishness]], like when he realizes he's [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=188 been a girl for a month]]
* [[HomePornMovie Home Porn Photos]]: causing Eponine, Logan, and Ash some difficulties.
* HomoeroticDream: [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=578 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. [[TransparentCloset Not that it says anything about her]].
** No more than having a lesbian dream says anything about Ash, anyway. [[SecondLawOfGenderBending Sure you want your manhood back, kiddo?]]
** [[GirlOnGirlIsHot One would think that that's still part of the way back.]]
* HonestJohnsDealership: Played straight, but gleefully twisted when Ash turns the sleazebag's own game on him.
* HumiliationConga: 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.)
** [[spoiler:Sheldon's is more traditional.]]

* IChooseToStay: 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 [[spoiler:Emily would have died on the last night of summer break in the original timeline]] (see [[SadisticChoice 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 [[SingleTargetSexuality 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 himself 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: [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1890 "You're all about breaking the rules. FIND A WAY."]]
* IdenticalStranger: 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).
* IdiotBall: Although Rumisiel is the most frequent bearer, all three main characters have had their chance at carrying it.
* IDontKnowMortalKombat: Averted: Ash. Straight: Vashiel.
** Ash played it straight in [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1166 these]] [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1171 two]] strips, with a {{Lampshade Hanging}} on the trope as a bonus.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Em/Ash, somehow. Either as the [[strike:([[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation possibly]])]] het Em's one female love, or as the one person that Ash trusts enough to allow to see him getting all girly.
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1795 Missi eventually becomes a deconstruction.]]
-->''"It's not fair, Ash! I don't even like girls! Why do I have to like you?!"''
** [[http://misfile.com/?date=2013-08-13 Confirmed!]] Emily loves Ash, but isn't in any way physically attracted to him.
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Missi fantasizes about what she'd do with Ash's figure.
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=888 "THE POWER OF BOOBS COMPELS YOU!"]]
* IHaveTheHighGround: Cassiel likes to do this.
* ImStandingRightHere: [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2009-03-04 Emily and Ash]] aren't particularly concerned about what Rumisiel hears them say about him.
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2008-10-08 Dr. Upton and Rumisiel]] share a laugh about Vashiel's tendency to get a {{Nosebleed}} with Vash right there.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Cassiel.
* InformedAttractiveness: Ash's mom is supposed to be a supermodel, but just looks like [[OnlySixFaces every single other woman in the series]].
* InnocentInnuendo: [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=100 This strip]]. And [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=165 this one]]. And…
** Emily comes out with one that could be [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1552 so veeeery interesting…]] If we didn't pretty much see it coming from a mile away at this point, that is.
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2012-06-25 Ash and Emily have just come in out of the cold rain]] (There is forum discussion of just how "innocent" that one was)...
** ...and especially [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-09-27 THIS one]].
* InsistentTerminology: King of the Mountain. Not Queen.
** Also, it's ''Ms'' [=McArthur=].
* InterruptedIntimacy: 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}}".
* TheInternetIsForPorn: 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!
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: 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 HumiliationConga for Ash.
* JerkAss:
** Sheldon is a certified dick, and misogynistic to boot. [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1539 He also has no problem pretending a girl tried to bribe him with sex]].
** Tom. Insults Ash without provocation, but [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1632 he's bad at it.]]
** Burt has been [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1911 shown]] to be one as well.
* JustWokeUpThatWay: How Ash and Emily's transformation took place.

* KnightInShiningArmor: [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1464 Missi started seeing Ash like this.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Ash and Rumisiel have a very interesting exchange while shopping:
-->'''Ash:''' [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-12-09 . . . Besides, I feel like I have to start being the protagonist in my own life story.]]\\
'''Rumisiel:''' You're screwed then. I'm totally the protagonist of our collective lives.\\
'''Ash:''' You are life's side character at best, and probably an antagonist.
* LeetLingo: It shouldn't be a surprise that Missi [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1386 has now used this]], nor that Emily called her on it.
* LetsGetDangerous: Rumisiel, especially [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=337 here]] and on the two following pages. Vashiel qualifies too.
* LetsJustBeFriends: Emily gets this after her date with [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=671 Casper]].
** Stunningly, Emily later gets this from [[spoiler:[[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1881 Ash]], of all people]]
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=772 This.]] With regard to [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=771 this]].
* LoopholeAbuse: Emily winning her race with Heather, driving at a blinding 25 mph. Hey, as long as you're in front, right?
* LovableAlphaBitch: Molly. She describe herself as a bitch.
* LuminescentBlush: Ash wears these often, but never so severely as [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=545 here.]]

* [[{{Animesque}} Mangaesque]]: More pronounced before the ArtEvolution, but still somewhat mangaesque.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Missi.
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=27 Ash starts out this way]] but eventually [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=766 gets over it]], which only feeds his fears of [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody assimilation.]]
* TheMasquerade: 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.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: Emily. Particularly [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1148 here]].
* MetaphoricMetamorphosis: Ash appears in prison garb when [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2006-06-08 feeling]] [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2010-03-26 trapped.]]
** Emily, on the other hand, becomes [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2006-11-09 analytical]] when curious, and wants to put a [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2008-02-12 stop]] to hearing any TMI.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Largely averted, unless it's Ash's time of the month, but Ash's worst nightmare nonetheless.
* MistakenForBadass: Not that Ash is bad at racing, but [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=715 there are some things that just happened by accident.]]
--> '''Brent''': Wow. She's good. There were only inches between her and that light pole.\\
* MistakenForGay: When Emily thinks that she wants to major in Mechanical Engineering in college instead of Law or Medicine like her mother wants, she feels guilty and agonizes over telling her. When she does go to tell her mother, her rambling lead-up trying to explain her chain of thoughts gives her mother the impression that Emily is about to come out of the closet. This is all complicated by her actual relationship with Ash.
* MomentKiller: [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=132 Rumisiel]], then [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1113 Missi]].
** Book ten was littered with these.
* MoralityPet: [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1627 Eponine]] [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1628 appears]] to be becoming this for Cassiel.
* MsFanservice: 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 [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1907 reappearance]] in the strip, is seems that Rachel has taken the lead in "highest percentage"
* MuggedForDisguise: [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=655 This poor model]], who ran into Cassiel when she needed a dress.
* MyBelovedSmother: 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.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: 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.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Ash goes through a freakout after [[spoiler:hitting a girl, which he views as tantamount to surrendering his manhood in a CallBack 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 [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1187 here]], after she and Missi piss off Ash enough with their sniping so that he "quits talking to either of them.
* NailedToTheWagon: Rumisiel, by Ash.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "Kamikaze" Kate.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Every time Ash, Rummi, or even Emily takes the initiative to get the Misfile fixed (which involves doing good deeds) one or all of them wind up getting very painful consequences.
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: 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 GenderBender, and so whenever he finds himself playing a traditionally feminine role in ''any'' context, he [[ParanoiaFuel sees it as a sign]] of the [[SecondLawOfGenderBending impending destruction]] of his "[[AllPsychologyIsFreudian male psyche]]". Ash feels much safer being attracted to the more traditionally feminine Emily.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted, to Ash's unending torment.
* {{Nosebleed}}: Vashiel, whenever he comes into contact with "temptation". ''[[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=153 "Tissue. Tissue. Tissue."]]''
-->'''Rumisiel:''' [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2008-10-07 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 [[DramaticIrony people on the face of the planet]].\\
'''Rumisiel:''' He didn't...\\
'''Dr. Upton:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Eight nosebleeds]].\\
'''Rumisiel:''' ''THAT'S HILARIOUS!''\\
'''Dr. Upton:''' ''I KNOW!'' I'd fire him if it wasn't so [[GoshDangItToHeck gosh darn]] amusing!\\
'''Vashiel:''' Jeeze, guys. I'm right here, you know...
** And the time when [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=592 Emily quizzed Ash]] about the [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=578 erotic dream]] that involved the two of them.
* NotHyperbole: Cassiel is close to the devil. Specifically she's his niece.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Subverted; it's exactly what it looks like.
* NWordPrivileges: 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?\\
'''Ash''': No!\\
'''Emily''': Well then you can't hit me.

* OddlyVisibleEyebrows
* OhCrap: The look on Sheldon's face when Rumisiel plays the tape.
* OffModel: The art, while having improved over its ten year run, is still rather sloppy and rough. A side-effect of being it being done on a daily basis.
** For example, faces get distorted in side views (with the characters getting a prominent "snoutface" kind of nose. Their mouths also appear to [[Main/CheekyMouth move onto their cheek]] too). The cars also tend to look unfinished and blob-like in many instances.
** When the series began, '''''nothing''''' was consistent. And sometimes, the art could get downright ugly.
* OfficialCouple: While it hasn't happened in the comic yet, WordOfGod has confirmed Ash and Emily are going to end up together.
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-01-16 It]] [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2014-03-03 has]] [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2014-03-13 happened]] as of late that they are together now.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2014-02-21 "Man, I wish Ash didn't tell me you were gay."]]
* OnlySixFaces: Slightly averted with the main characters, but when it comes to minor characters there can be much confusion as readers try to ascertain their identity.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: the attempt to represent Harry's Welsh accent comes across as some kind of weird Sarf London… thing
** Which is why in his initial appearance Emily [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded it]] by saying she couldn't place it… [[FridgeBrilliance causing him to identify it for the reader.]] The best part is that implies it's just as weird in-universe.
* OpenMindedParent: Both of Ash's parents are amazingly accommodating towards what are, from their perspective, complete strangers, as well as their "daughter's" racing habit. Ash's dad knows that his wife left him because he was too controlling, and has resolved not to lose Ash the same way. Ash's mom, on the other hand, is just cool like that.
* OperationJealousy: Cassiel has convinced James to act like a couple, thinking that they can get Rumisel to blow up and destroy his relationship with Ash. [[DramaticIrony What they don't know...]]
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: They are ''far'' from perfect, and they look more like elves than the typical [[WingedHumanoid Winged Human]] one usually expects.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Kamikaze Kate's sister]].
* OutOfClothesExperience: Kate and Angelica.
* PairTheSpares: [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=2030 Cassiel and James]]. In romantic comedies, this "make the other jealous" setup invariably winds up with the two meddlers falling for each other.
* PhlebotinumBreakdown: There are signs that the Misfile is becoming unstable. Missi's had erotic dreams of Ash, as a boy, but can't see his face, and Ash's "Monster" is starting to have major engine problems, for parts that were supplied by his mother due to the Misfile.
* PeekABangs: Ash. Not for any of the usual reasons listed on the trope page, he just wears it that way. Apparently he had the same style before the GenderBender.
* ThePeepingTom: Ash apparently had a fantasy about peeping into the girls' locker room. However, after a GenderBender transformation, it loses its appeal and Ash is {{squick}}ed out when he finds himself on the receiving end of it actually happening.
* PetTheDog: Cassiel, seen [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1628 here]].
* PleaseKeepYourHatOn: Subverted. Emily almost always wears a headband in order to hide her widow's peak, which she was teased about when she was younger. Ash, of course, tells her that she looks beautiful without it.
* PointyEars: The angels have these. Because they use a certain angelic power, these are only visible to those who know they are angels. This explains why Ash and Emily are the only ones who see them.
* PointyHairedBoss: Rumisiel's bosses, at least as portrayed by a guy they fired for being a pot-smoking shiftless layabout who ''may'' just be an UnreliableNarrator.
* PokeThePoodle: [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1252 Here.]] Cassiel's really slipping.
* [[BeachEpisode Pool Episode]]: [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=774 #774]]
** Prior to that, [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=493 #493]]
* PoorMansPorn:
** Type B. At least until Ash's dad used one to point out Ash's mom…
** During the waitressing arc, he meets Brent who talks him into racing. Brent meets his mom who is "the model from the girly underwear catalogs."
--> '''Casper:''' Why were you reading girly underwear catalogs?\\
'''Brent:''' No reason!
* PornStash: Ash expects his to have disappeared due to the misfile but is thoroughly disgusted to discover it now contains pornography featuring men. Ash later admits it's hypocritical in his "Ask Ash" column.
* PositiveDiscrimination: Discussed. The upside of the DoubleStandard provides Ash with nearly as many DifferentForGirls moments as the downside, especially after the fight with Tom.
* PowerPerversionPotential: It's hinted that Rumisiel and Cassiel's former relationship fully explored this trope.
* PrecisionFStrike: Profanity is relatively rare so when it shows up it is significant. "Goddamn" is particularly significant since angels are much more bothered by blasphemy than mere profanity.
* PronounTrouble: plenty of examples right on this very page. According to the "Ask Ash" column Ash accepts female pronouns because otherwise people would think Emily is crazy.
* PsychoExGirlfriend: Cassiel.
* PutOnABus: Done voluntarily by James after he gives up on Ash. He drove home and has not been seen since.
** Not seen in person perhaps, but his presence was definitely felt during Emily's race.
*** {{The bus came back}}.

* TheRant: There is commentary from the artist and his wife (who also handles [[TheMerch the business side]] of the comic). Usually it's about real life problems or con appearances.
* RapunzelHair: Kate.
* RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: [[spoiler:Bronwyn accidentally makes her relationship troubles worse through dabbling in magic.]]
* ReassignedToAntarctica: What kicks off the plot is Rummisiel managing to screw up a job his superiors put him on because they thought it was impossible to screw up.
* RedOniBlueOni: Ash and Em, respectively.
* ResetButton: The misfile works like this for Emily.
* RetGone: Ash and Emily's pre-Misfile identities.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Ash and Emily and maybe angels.
* RomanticFalseLead: Missi.
* SadisticChoice: "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.
*** One possible result of this solution was explored in the beginning of the fanfic ''Fanfic/MisfiledDreams''. [[CrapsackWorld It sucked.]]
** 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, [[spoiler: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.]]
* SarcasmMode: Ash feels really guilty about making Rumisiel uncomfortable by changing in front of him given all that he's doing for him. [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2016-07-01 You can see it in his face.]]
* {{Satan}}: He exists (he's Cassiel's uncle) but he hasn't put in a personal appearance… yet.
* StatusQuoIsGod: 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.
* SceneryCensor: [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1112 Here]], executed [[NippleAndDimed extremely close to the line]] with clever use of panel borders.
** You know, a bit of FridgeLogic 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.
*** It's not FridgeLogic, it's {{Animesque}}. WordOfGod states that Ash just doesn't have much body hair.
*** Well… except for his [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=60 legs]].
*** Neither does [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=87 Emily]] for that matter.
** Another SceneryCensor, this time via [[CensorBox censor bar]], [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1701 here]].
* SelectiveObliviousness: 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 ThereAreNoTherapists 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.
* SexyJester: Emily's Halloween costume.
* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: Type B with Cassiel—when she is appearing as a human she always chooses the same form. Due to ShapeShifting being an InformedAttribute of Angels, Vashiel and Rumisiel are technically a type 1.
* [[SheIsTheKing She is King of the Mountain]]: Ash insists on being referred to as ''King'' of the Mountain as a way of attempting to affirm his male identity.
* ShoutOut: Emily chooses the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Harley Quinn]] costume while doing Halloween shopping with Ash.
** Also possibly a shout-out to [[Webcomic/{{Flipside}} Maytag]]
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1628 At the Halloween party]], there's a girl moping over a breakup. Her name? Eponine. (For those of you not familiar with either Broadway musicals or 19th-century French literature, Eponine is the girl on the wrong end of the LoveTriangle in ''Literature/LesMiserables''.)
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2014-07-01 I don't think your milkshake]] [[Music/{{Kelis}} is bringing anyone to the yard.]]
* ShowerOfAngst: [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1108 Ash, during a]] HeroicBSOD.
* ShownTheirWork: 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, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams,_Massachusetts Adams.]] Count: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoosac_Valley_High_School 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Greylock 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).
* ShyFingerTwiddling: Rumisiel engages in this [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1507 here]]. Missi does the western version [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1605 here]].
* SingleTargetSexuality: It is possible that [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1795 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 IfItsYouItsOk
** Note that Emily does not fall into this, as it is stated that [[http://misfile.com/?date=2004-03-03 she has dated boys.]]
* SkinshipGrope: [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=770 Ash invites one from Emily]] and [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=771 Emily actually complies]], shocking both of them. [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=772 Turns out Ash was only teasing.]]
* TheSlacker: Rumisiel, started out as a stoner but developed into a slacker. It speaks volumes about Rumisiel's character that this is an improvement.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Both Heather and Cassiel love to think of themselves as more awesome than they actually are.
* SmugSnake: 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.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2014-03-03 This]] might count, if only because it's [[GenderBender Ash]].
* SpiritedCompetitor: Kate, while racing… in [[IncrediblyLamePun more ways than one]].
* {{Spork}}: Emily resists the temptation to test Rumisiel's {{immortality}} with one in [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=274 this strip]].
* {{Squee}}: You can't call yourself an [=AshXEm=] shipper if this wasn't your reaction to [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1113 this]] or [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1203 this]]. But especially [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1336 this]]. Also [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1552 this]]. [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1554 Or this…]]
** If that made them squee then [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2012-08-27 this made them die and go to heaven.]]
*** Nah, the [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2012-08-28 following day]] was the squee to end all squees.
*** And it is now an [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-08-16 official thing that both characters acknowledge]]. The ship has arrived at port.
* TheStoner: Rumisiel, at first. Ash seems to have beat it out of him.
* StraightGay: Kay Wheeler, despite being a male model.
* StrawMisogynist: Averted, notably, with the Arthur arc (starting [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1597 here.]]) Arthur is a significantly more common type of misogynist; he doesn't try to tell Ash to StayInTheKitchen, but he refuses to see him 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.
* StripBuffer: The forums are rife with speculation about the next day's comic, but that comic was completed a week earlier.
* TheSweatDrop: Even [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=917 Rumisiel's Tshirt]] and [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=779 Emily's butt]] get one.
* SuddenlySexuality: Another deconstructed trope as Ash, Missi, and Emily all appear to struggling with the implications of their relationships.
* SweetOnPollyOliver: 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.

* TakingTheHeat: Molly does this for Emily before [[CallingTheOldManOut calling the old woman out]].
* [[TalkToTheFist Talk To The]] GroinAttack
* TarotMotifs: [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=935 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 MessianicArchetype: he's a friggin' ''angel.'' [[DeathTrap Traps]], [[SelfInflictedHell self-entrapment]], [[ApatheticCitizens passivity]], and [[DespairEventHorizon 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 [[{{Pride}} arrogant]], prejudiced, and authoritarian organizations (including TheGovernment) which walk to their own [[DeathByIrony ironic]] [[KarmicDeath demise]]." Subtle. Also, "...more generically used as an [[{{Foreshadowing}} omen]] of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doom and disaster]], at least by those who know better than to use Death for that or who think that Death alone [[EvilTowerOfOminousness isn't ominous enough]]." CerebusSyndrome, anyone?
** The Lovers: Ash and Emily. [[LoveTropes Romantic relationships]]. Also signifies standing at crossroad and [[FriendOrIdolDecision needing to]] [[SadisticChoice make a]] [[TakeAThirdOption 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 [[spoiler: the race, if not for low grade divine intervention.]] and the Lovers to represent herself and her boyfriend.
* TeensAreShort: 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.
* ThemeNaming: The vast majority of the angel's names end in "-el," which means either "God is my ___" or "___ of God," depending on exact context.
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Early on, Ash insists on sleeping on the couch when it comes up. Later on, when he suggests it, [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1552 Emily suggests sharing the bed.]] Cue {{Squee}}ing from the [[{{Shipping}} 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.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Ash's race against Tom.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Ironically, Ash and Emily are on opposites sides of this. Referencing an all too TruthInTelevision issue among public schools in the US where textbooks, usually of history, are written by authors who present ''their own opinions as fact'', and the teacher ''likes'' the author and then presents that material on tests ''also as fact'', forcing students who actually know the '''correct''' answer to choose to either get a better grade by outright lying on their exam papers, or provide the ''factually correct'' answer and then getting a worse grade. There is lots of independently verified testimony that this issue goes all the way through the highest tiers of college. [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint Politicians ranging from the President to the local school-board always insist that the problem is purely the fact that schools aren't getting enough money.]]
* {{Tomboy}}: Ash, though, of course, he's actually a guy. In a cruel twist, though, he is subject to an intentional in-story [[{{Chickification}} slow change]] towards [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody girlishness]]. He is well aware of this and it worries him greatly.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Ash and Emily.
* TrainingMontage: Em in [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1268 this strip]].
* TransformationSequence: Cassiel in [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1231 this strip]].
* TransparentCloset: The other possible explanation for Emily's attraction to Ash. [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=273 Emily's confusion]] on this point is a large part of the UnresolvedSexualTension in the strip. Was running wheel to wheel with SingleTargetSexuality but now appears to be pulling ahead. Also, Ash to anyone even slightly observant (remember, they think he's always been a chick).
** However, Emily eventually [[spoiler:set off a [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1881 breaching charge]] on her closet door.]]
* UltimateJobSecurity: Doc Upton. Never mind [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=877 not getting sued]], how do he ([[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1086 and his "nimble fingers"]]) still have a medical license? Apparently he [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1619 squicks out everybody.]]
-->'''Missi''': Your dad is freaky-creepy, Ash.
* UnexpectedVirgin: Played with. [[spoiler:Boy Ash was a virgin and is thoroughly squicked to learn girl Ash is not.]]
* TheUnfavorite: Missi perhaps, as her parents are constantly visiting Tom at college while leaving her alone and apparently unsupervised. She's clearly seeking attention.
** Rumisiel may be the Unfavorite because he CantCatchUp.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: The Misfile upgraded James from regular friend into this.
* TheUnreveal: 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.
* TheUnsmile: Ramael is often sporting one.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Subverted in that we do find out [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-06-06 Ash's plan]] for Heather's race. But it may be the plan is just vague enough to work.
--> '''Ash''': [[spoiler: 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...
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Rumi's and Vash's UnusualEars.
** Apparently they use some of their more subtle angel powers to accomplish this.
* UnwantedHarem: [[GenderFlip Gender Flipped]] with Ash.
** That could be read in two different ways.
* VaporWear: Angels apparently don't [[strike: approve of]] need brassieres.
** They do wear [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1231 panties]] though, if only for FanService.
* VolleyingInsults: Ash and Tom engage in this before their last race.
* WackyRacing: Cassiel tries to help Logan do it, with magic no less.
* WardrobeMalfunction: An act of divine pettiness.
* WebcomicsLongRunners: Passed the ten-year mark in March of 2014.
* WebcomicTime: 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 [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2014-05-29 this comic]], one year is about to pass since the first strip.
* WeirdnessMagnet: 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.
* WelcomeToMyWorld: Emily's response pretty much every time Ash complains about the DoubleStandard.
* WhamEpisode: At first, the consequences of the misfile are fairly comical (or at least nothing major). Then we find out [[spoiler:Emily would probably be ''dead'' if not for the error.]] Ouch.
** The 72 Years arc. Starts [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1097 here]] and includes HeroicBSOD and ShowerOfAngst
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1814 Oh, he'll beat the snot out of these g...]] [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1815 ...HOLY CRAP!!!]]
** [[spoiler:[[SuddenlySexuality What happened to]] [[RelationshipUpgrade that closet, Emily?]]]] [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1881 What]] [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2012-08-27 happened?]]
** [[spoiler:[[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2016-02-03 Somebody knows about the misfile. Who else else could potentially know?]]]]
* WhamLine
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2009-03-24 "Ash, I don't want to go back."]]
** [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2012-08-23 "...I'm OK with mean."]]
** [[spoiler:[[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-04-23 "I can't... I can't remember what I looked like."]]]]
** In Real Life example, that is REALLY serious. One of the authors told a story about how their comic allowed a fan who was a closet transgender to face their fears and be themselves. That person faced many hardships but persevered all because of one comic. Then in 2007, that person died while taking transgender chemical treatments. It horrified the author beyond all reason. The kicker?
-->[[spoiler:Author:]] That person was [[spoiler:my father.]]
** [[spoiler:[[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2016-02-01 "You play the girl so well, Ash. It's amusing to watch."]]]]
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Ash and Vashiel ask this [[spoiler: after waking up in the same bed]].
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield 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, WoG 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 [[IncrediblyLamePun (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.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://misfile.wikia.com/wiki/Misfile_Wiki Here.]] It's fairly new and small, so help it out, huh?
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Ash and Emily. For '''EIGHT YEARS'''. [[WebcomicTime Or eight months, depending on your accounting]].
** They eventually had their first [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2012-08-27 serious]] [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2012-08-28 kiss]], though.
** And later [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2014-03-13 they]] [[spoiler: did much more]].
* WomenDrivers: Averted. Ash is still Queen, no, [[InsistentTerminology 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.
* WorldOfNoGrandparents: Ash and Emily seem to have no other relatives besides their parents.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Ash. [[spoiler:Finally does, and has a [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1313 freakout]] after doing so.]]
* WrenchWench: Ash (by certain definitions) and Missi. Emily is a WrenchWench in training. Kate's obsession with street racing implies that she's a WrenchWench too, but Harry brags that he did all the work on her latest car himself.
* {{Yandere}}: Heather, [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1383 for James]].
* YankTheDogsChain: Rumisiel will get to go home (and fix the Misfile)! [[spoiler:In 72 years.]]
* YouAreGrounded: Emily, [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1757 courtesy of her beloved smother.]]
** Seems it might get better, though, what with Molly not only taking the blame, but also [[CallingTheOldManOut landing some much-needed criticism of Ms. McArthur]] and redirecting Ms. [=McArthur=]'s anger from Ash/Emily towards Molly herself, all in a few words.