Web Comic / The Monster Under The Bed

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Embrace your fear.

Tim is a perfectly ordinary 18-year-old boy, who has nothing special going for him. At least, that's what you would think if you didn't know about his nightly visits from his girlfriend, who happens to be a dark-skinned demon from another dimension. And the portal she uses to get to Earth just happens to be located right under Tim's bed.

The Monster Under the Bed is a webcomic by Brandon Shane, based on his original story of the same name. This webcomic is NSFW, so there is a link to a safe page provided. Updates Sundays.


This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Affectionate Nickname: Lady Moonlight refers to Shadow as her "darkest angel".
  • Alpha Bitch: What we have seen of Nightmare so far suggests she is going to be that type of character, being a total jerk to Shadow and apparently quite power hungry.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The monsters. Shadow's ashen skin and yellow eyes are tame, but Midnight has blue skin and hair, Lady Moonlight's hair and body are a silvery blue, and Blackheart's skin is dark yellow.
  • Another Dimension: Nox, the place where the monsters exist. The silvery badge-like objects the monsters wear allow them to travel between Nox and the human world.
  • Awkward Kiss: Shadow and Tim's first kiss gets derailed when preteens run into the realities of a pretty deep kiss.
    Shadow: Eww! I think I touched your tongue with my tongue! Gross!
    Tim: Yuck! I got your spit in my mouth!
  • Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Implied with Shadow not liking the idea of being called a "good girl" and liking it when Tim calls her a "weirdo".
  • Bare Your Midriff: Midnight's outfit has her midriff bare, as she's only wearing a skirt under her cloak instead of the long shirt that Shadow wears.
  • Beauty Mark: Tim's mother has one on her left cheek. Lady Blackheart has one in the exact same place, another hint that she is Tim's mother in disguise.
  • Boy Meets Ghoul: Tim meets Shadow.
  • Cassandra Truth: Tim tries to prove that a monster has been stealing his socks. He manages to get a picture, but has bad timing in presenting it to his parents.
  • Casting a Shadow: Shadow's monster faction can travel to Earth via the shadows under beds.
  • Clear My Name: Tim's mom blames him for the missing socks, so he sets out to get a picture of the thief. He succeeds, but eventually decides to deflect things away from Shadow to keep her a secret.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Blackheart and Lady Moonlight have one, dropping hints about Shadow, why Moonlight glows, and a book in Blackheart's possession.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Shadow has grey skin, fiery red hair, three-fingered claw hands and sharp three-toed feet, yellow cat-like eyes, a mouth full of sharp teeth, and a prehensile tail with a red spade on the end; however she's still recognizably feminine and pretty. Lampshaded by Tim when she asks him why he isn't afraid of her, and he answers you can't possibly be scared of something so adorable. Later posts show the other monster girls are just as cute-looking.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Shadow's most common outfit is essentially an open front hooded robe with only a long shirt on underneath that just barely covers everything. Given how short it is, it also doubles as a Magic Skirt... most of the time.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Midnight notices a weird sticky white substance on Shadow's dress immediately after she has just caught her sneaking back from a visit with Tim. It's cake frosting.
  • Doorstop Baby: Shadow apparently, as she admitted it herself.
  • The Empath: Borderlines with Emotion Eater. The monsters can feel fear, and they gain satisfaction from it. Tim's is especially strong; Shadow almost got drunk.
  • Fantastic Arousal: While not seemingly an actual erogenous zone, the monsters' tails are stated to be quite sensitive. They also happen to be prehensile.
  • Foreshadowing: There are a lot of hints that Ruth, Tim's mother, is actually Lady Blackheart in disguise.
    • She somehow is able to sense that her husband has gotten into her hidden stash of cookies in the kitchen from inside their bedroom.
    • Shadow says that Tim's dad smells a lot like him which is what attracted Shadow to Tim in the first place.
    • A series of shadowy flashbacks that Lady Blackheart has show what appears to be Tim's parents in silhouette.
    • Ruth asks Tim if he thinks she's a monster because he thought he wouldn't be getting cake on his birthday.
    • Ruth once walks into Tim's room while he's sleeping to give him a motherly kiss, and he responds by unconsciously saying goodnight to Shadow. At first she is surprised to hear that, but quickly smiles to herself in some sort of satisfaction, heavily implying she knows Shadow herself.
    • Blackheart later shows up and helps Shadow get ready for Halloween, with Shadow obviously having not told her anything of her plans.
    • Tim mentions seeing a "golden lion" costume he vaguely remembers seeing her wear, but she doesn't know what he's talking about for a second.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Shadow suggested this upon learning about the holiday, though Tim points out that she looks a bit too real (the alt text points out that her prehensile tail alone would raise some eyebrows). She later gets some help from Blackheart to make a better costume.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The monsters only have four fingers and three toes on each hand or foot with claws on both.
  • Funbag Airbag: Shadow, happily distracted after departing from Tim, meets Lady Blackheart in this manner.
    It might be wise to play closer attention when you are playing such a dangerous game, young lady.
  • Generation Xerox: It's revealed that Lady Moonlight knows another monster who had a romantic relationship with a human (implied to be Tim's dad). She goes by the name Blackheart (though this is apparently not her given name).
  • Girls Have Cooties: Young Tim doesn't like girls. It all changed after he met Shadow.
  • Going Commando: At the very least Shadow is (to Tim's embarrassment), but given she didn't know what underwear even is it's pretty likely all the monsters are.
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Blackheart is mentioned to have a book, apparently called an "Encyclopedia", of great renown that she is giving to Shadow.
  • History Repeats: Lady Blackheart is helping Shadow in an attempt to avert this, and thus prevent the young monster from making the same mistakes she did.
  • Holding Hands: The monsters' tails are like third hands (if a bit more sensitive) meaning Tim holding Shadow's tail in his hand and Terminus and Nightmare intertwining tails hold much of the same meaning.
  • How We Got Here: Each chapter has a prologue during Tim's and Shadow's early adult years, while the main story is about Tim and Shadow as kids.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Midnight delivers a warning of this kind to Tim after discovering he has become Shadow's friend.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Young Shadow apparently doesn't know the concept of underwear, as she doesn't wear anything else under her clothes, and expresses confusion when Tim points it out.
  • Insult Backfire: Shadow insults Tim's trap, calling it "cute", prompting him to ask, "you think I'm cute?"
  • Interspecies Romance: In the prologue before the first chapter, Tim and Shadow have established an affectionate and sexual relationship.
  • In the Hood: Shadow wears one most of the time.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: Shadow, even before meeting Tim.
  • The Jail Bait Wait: Terminus makes a crude joke (per Word of God) about maybe giving Shadow a go once she's filled out and gets slammed against the wall by the neck by Lord Mortis.
    Mortis: *claws raised to strike* Shut your damned fool mouth right now! That one is off-limits! Do you understand?
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Midnight, at least when it comes to her interactions with Tim. She is blatantly disdainful of him and makes no secret that she disapproves of his friendship with Shadow, but she still covers for them and is shown to genuinely care about Shadow as a friend.
  • Klingons Love Shakespeare: Shadow absolutely loves A Nightmare on Elm Street when Tim shows it to her.
    Shadow: By the Makers! That was sooo cool! I wish I could do that! I would scare circles around everybody!
  • Make a Wish: Tim makes a birthday wish on page 99, though we don't know what it is since he doesn't want to jinx it.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Tim is fascinated by Shadow when they first meet.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: As Lady Blackheart lampshades, Shadow needs more than a pair of leggings to go unnoticed, even on Halloween.
  • Parental Abandonment: Shadow claims that she doesn't have parents and that she was abandoned on a guild's doorstep. Midnight later makes a reference to "mom", but it refers to the leader of their guild, the High Mother Moonlight.
  • Parental Substitute: Moonlight to Shadow.
  • Perverted Sniffing: Shadow does this to Tim's socks on page 72, and doing so was apparently her reason for taking them.
  • Power Glows: Lady Moonlight has a faint white glow around her.
  • Primal Scene: Tim barges in on his parents to prove that a monster was stealing his socks, only to find them in the middle of some sexy roleplaying. It doesn't really help his case.
  • Retcon: During the Halloween arc, Brandon makes it so that Tim and Shadow are both 12 in the flashback scenes, and edits things to support the new age.
  • The Reveal: A shadowy montage, combined with Lady Blackheart's dialogue, pretty strongly hints that she is Tim's mother in disguise, or at the very least Tim's dad was her human lover and the reason for her exile.
  • She's Got Legs: Nearly all of the female monsters wear outfits that show off their legs.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Smells Sexy: Tim to Shadow, which is why she initially stole his socks.
  • Speak of the Devil: Blackheart is mentioned, then appears not much later in real time. Lady Midnight even lampshades and quotes the trope when it happens.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Blackheart seems to be as fond of these as Batman himself.
  • Sweet Tooth: Shadow seems to like sweets if the way she devours the cake is any indication. This seems to be common to monsters, as Midnight seems to like them just as much.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: It's pretty much a given with the title.
  • Tickle Torture: When Shadow is grappling with Tim for the photo, he manages to tickle her into submission.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cookies. Shadow developed her sweet tooth for them after Tim used one to lure her out, and Tim's mom has a secret stash of them probably just for herself.
  • Unfazed Everyman: When Tim first met Shadow, his complete acceptance of the situation drove her up the wall.
  • Unusual Ears: The monsters sport ears that look vaguely like bat wings.


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