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Web Comic: White Dark Life
An amateur webcomic by a deviantART user dubbed "pommyman". The medium was originally (bad) fan fiction, but then progressed to ms paint and from there to decent hand drawings, with the story changing as well on occasion as the cartoonist gets better at story telling. The story itself is a fan fiction but is unfortunately rather missing in favor of shenanigans that don't follow much of a sense of time. The actual plot itself is about Matthew Mokary, who unfortunately fell off a building during a field trip before the whole thing even started. Due to being lackluster all in all, he is split into two parts: one going to heaven, the other to hell. What follows is his training to become the guardian angel of an alternate Cosmo and keep the demonic half of him and his girlfriend Artemis from terrorizing the poor plant girl. Hilarity Ensues between fighting the "evil" Dark Matt and dealing with the resident fool, Collin.

Similar to Naruto Shippuden, there is a time skipped storyline set 23 years after the original story with many of the previous characters having gotten married and becoming parents. There are also new characters not related to the normal series, but the base plot is relatively similar to the last, with Matt having to become a guardian angel again and protect Ivy and Sky from what is possibly the laziest villain ever.

Many of the comics have ongoing play-by-post games between pommyman and another user, Luigifan18, which add extra characters to the mix, new plot lines, and expand upon plotline elements in the comic itself.

It can be viewed here.

White Dark Life contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Inverted. Matt finds blood gross, so his swords, while able to slice through people, don't cut things. Justified in that his powers are implied to be on a mental level. The same is true of Dark Matt.
  • Accidental Aesop: Entegra's actions can easily be seen as a deconstruction of the Roaring Rampage of Revenge trope, except pommyman never intended for that. Entegra's character was simply supposed to be a grumpy Brit.
  • Aerith and Bob: Synder, Artemis, Esther, Cosmo, Matt, and Ben.
  • All There in the Manual: The roleplays tend to give the spotlight to some of the characters who don't get seen often in the comics and usually contain both amusing jokes and actual facts about the characters.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Matt's main ability is mimicking various characters and gaining their powers (and weaknesses), and he can even combine two skill sets at once. Unfortunately, this can eat up his stamina pretty fast. Dark Matt has this ability too, at least before the time skip.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Ben. He is superior to Matt in everything but screen time and occasionally sanity, but hardly helps his dead brother.
  • Art Evolution: Looking back at the older comics, you'd think they'd be a different series entirely.
  • Ascended Extra: Galaxina, who only appeared in a few episodes of Sonic X (and only in flashbacks, no less), is Matthew's sensei and employer, making her one of the more important characters in the plot.
  • Asspull: Rebecca and Leon were named with Disgaea D2's random name generator.
  • Big Eater: Damien, Dark Matt's son. Natural given that he's a demon symbolizing gluttony.
  • Big Fun: Time skip Tori is certainly seen as such by her children.
  • Bigger Bad: As annoying as Dark Matt is, he is upstaged by Altair's villainy. Altair had been going behind the scenes absorbing redeemed sinners, planning to use the power boost from them to destroy hell itself, which would turn it into an empty void.
  • Blind Without Them: Tori can't see well without her giant glasses. Averted with Matt.
  • Body Horror: Damien can form mouths almost anywhere on his body. Let that sink in. Dark Matt's true form is stitched together to keep it from falling apart.
  • Brainy Baby: Priscilla is only a year old and can talk, but that pales to Inu and Uma, who started math at that same age.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Blake is the result of Damien's shadow taking over his mind.
  • Bratty Halfpint: Damien and Priscilla are very rude at times. Only natural considering their parents.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Collin. Good lord, Collin. The only thing that keeps him from being a rapist is lacking the physical strength to subdue the average (or even below-average) woman. He loses this entirely after the time skip.
  • Chaos Architecture: While Artemis' house is simply Bigger on the Inside, Luke's castle is as chaotic as Castlevania.
  • Chess with Death: Bowling, actually.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Devin pre-time skip.
  • Comically Invincible Hero: Part of the reason Ben gets little screen time is because the cartoonist is bad at science jokes and he is the strongest character in the series.
  • Comic Trio: Actually made up of four characters. Damien, Priscilla, Nessie, and the Head Maid. The first three will change roles if need be, with Damien acting as either the leader or fool, Priscilla as the leader or complainer, and Nessie as the complainer or fool. The Head Maid always complains.
  • Cross Dresser: Matt has mimicked female characters at times at times in the roleplays. He is almost always called out on it.
  • Cross Over: One arc in progress has Matt, Anya, Galaxina, and Collin having to pay off a huge debt to Palutena when an attempt to send Collin into space has him crash into Angel Land.
    • A cancelled arc was the cast telling an edited version of The Binding of Isaac as a ghost story on Halloween, with Cosmo replacing Isaac. It was canned when the cartoonist decided that the helpful zombie cast ruined the horror theme. That, and it deviated too much from the plot.
    • The Role Plays are considered this.
  • Damsel in Distress: Cosmo is periodically captured by Dark Matt. However, he never actually plans out keeping her kidnapped, and on some occasions she just walks out because she'd rather be doing something.
    • Distressed Dude: Dark Matt's final attempt at antagonizing Cosmo has him kidnap Matt so that Cosmo comes to him. This is mostly in hopes that she dies in a death trap where he can't see her die.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite all their dark powers, demons have their own sense of morality, and given their stable economy, they have little reason to do evil.
  • D-Cup Distress: The Head Maid really hates being as large as she is. Of course, if you had Gag Boobs, you wouldn't be happy either.
    • Eloria is implied to harbor similar feelings to the point that she tapes them down enough to come off as flat chested.
  • Death Is Cheap: Matt and Dark Matt are technically already dead, and therefore are able to respawn shortly after being killed. The same technically applies to Galaxina, but she never dies on-screen. Artemis' death also doesn't do much outside of taking her to heaven.
  • Development Gag: The Head Maid is given a dress with a large floofy skirt for Christmas, a joke on her old design before it was changed to a slimmer look.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: B.I.L.L. (Boyfriend Invented for Lonely Ladies) is programmed to be ludicrously nice to women, being advertised as the perfect boyfriend. Unfortunately, this annoys the Head Maid, since she can't return him without the receipt and he was a gift.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The Head Maid does have a name, but outside of the roleplays, this is typically unused. It's Devin Whidoe.
  • Evil Counterpart: Dark Matt sees himself as this to Matt, and most of his shenanigans are aimed at reinforcing this image. However, much like Matt, his fear of blood prevents him from actually committing murder, or even lasting harm. Due to this, as well as numerous other circumstances, Dark Matt drops the charade entirely after the time skip.
  • Evil Is Visceral: Subverted; Dark Matt uses blood-based magic only after his Heel-Face Turn. In fact, he used to be even more afraid of blood than his counterpart.
  • Expy: Lona Schmidt is this to thesassyjessy's Michelle Schmidt. Lampshaded in her first appearance.
    Now I know how Capcom felt when they made Decapre. Oh wait, Capcom has no shame.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Damien when he becomes Blake.
  • Fan Boy: Guess which character the cartoonist got the name pommyman from.
  • Fan Character: Most of the characters of the webcomic are this.
  • Fangirl: Mildred is one to Garland of all people. Especially odd in that she's a 90 year old spider person.
  • Fiction500: Dark Matt is implied to have a huge check what with being an actor and all, though it's really the maid who falls into this, as she hoards all of the money she charges for dealing with Damien. It is implied she could run for office with what she has.
    • Downplayed with Collin. He might not have to work, but he only has enough money for the bare necessities of himself.
  • Five-Bad Band: Dark Matt and Artemis operate like this stark contrast to the Legion of Doom mentioned below.
  • Funny Background Event: These happen from time to time. For example, Nessie opening what looks like a gift wrapped fish to find a chess set.
  • Generic Cuteness: The characters all look like Bomberman characters, so even Nessie, who is supposed to be an angler fish, looks rather cute.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: While there is technically no radar to speak of, Entegra still says "wanker" without it being censored like several other curse words.
  • Going Commando: Nessie doesn't wear underwear. This falls into implied Fan Disservice if you know how angler fish reproduce.
  • Good Is Dumb: Matt frequently makes mistakes on subjects he doesn't fully understand. One noticeable example was thinking his daughter Uma's name meant "sheep".
  • Handicapped Badass: The Head Maid lost her lower body and now has prosthetic legs. Said prosthetics can break kevlar with a quick kick.
  • Happily Adopted: Galaxina legally adopts Matt at the start of the series.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Tora. Justified in that she is an Oni, but exaggerated in the amount she drinks when she is drunk and the idiocy the alcohol causes.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Lucas, the father of Cosmo and Galaxina; if the name seems unfamiliar, his former title — Dark Oak — may ring a bell instead.
    • Dark Matt and Artemis have undergone this by the time of the time skip.
  • Horny Devils: Downplayed with Artemis. She could eat life force through adult means, but it's easier for her to just drain it with her hands, not unlike Dio Brando.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Matt has repeatedly stated that he hates perverts, but he carries around lewd images to activate his weaponized nosebleeds.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Synder nearly eats Matt in one gag. Entegra and Devin are also prone to consuming Matt, though Devin sometimes eats random mooks.
    • Though, for the most part, this is averted by any character with the explicit ability to eat large objects. They usually have a given reason as to why they do not eat people. Damien can't stomach raw meat and fears people killing HIM trying to get out, Saru doesn't want to risk getting sick from cannibalism, Ophelia is Damien's daughter and thus was told not to eat people, and Blake finds the idea disgusting.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Cosmo brings Honey the Cat home in a one-panel gag.
  • Immortality Begins at Twenty: Averted with Artemis, but played straight with Dark Matt and her children.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: This version of Cosmo is pretty sweet for someone who lost her entire family. It's implied she's acting happier than she really is.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Dark Matt, whose efforts at true villainy are hamstrung by his fear of blood and violence. As a result, he can't bring himself to do anything more than Poke the Poodle.
    • He does, however, make one last-ditch attempt at offing Cosmo for real during a Villainous Breakdown. The result is nothing more than a bloody cut before he breaks down completely.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Collin is too stupid to understand concepts such as pain, hunger, or vacuums of space, effectively making him the most resilient character in the comic. Post-time skip Collin loses a good chunk of that iron, though.
  • Legion of Doom: The main comics don't really have one, but in the roleplays, the League of Villains definitely qualifies. Led by Bowser, its other members include Dr. Eggman (who is The Dragon), Grodus, Cackletta, Mysto, Mephiles, Ganondorf, and Andross. Interestingly, while Bowser is officially the leader (having founded the group in the first place), in practice, its members take turns being in charge, with the one who came up with the current Evil Plan acting as the figurehead. And the League of Villains is not the entire Rogues Gallery, not by a long shot.
  • Leitmotif: Each character Bio usually has a link to a song the cartoonist characterizes as. Characters also can end up getting more than one with Dark Matt and Artemis having three in total(Normal, "True", and Adult).
  • Light is Good: With about one exception, the angels are portrayed as being quite nice. God is also stated to be benevolent.
  • Logical Weakness: The series itself has one in the weekend. Why? Because the cartoonist doesn't have a scanner at his father's house.
    • Which has recently been completely undone as there was a compatible scanner there the whole time.
  • Killed Off for Real: Entegra died of natural causes during the time skip.
  • Madness Mantra: - -\ = // -/ -\ \-. Unfortunately, the cartoonist has yet to reveal the demon alphabet, so exactly what it means is unknown as of this writing.
  • Maid: The Head Maid, though she's more like a babysitter. Mildred serves as this to Blake.
  • Meaningful Name: Completely and hilariously averted with Tori and her children (and Tora as well). Played straight with Boar.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: This is true for Tora, who is one of the few characters to not get a spouse post-time skip, but BILL certainly doesn't see anything wrong with chasing after the Head Maid.
  • Old Shame: The cartoonist doesn't like his first attempt at fanfiction and his overuse of "baka" in early comics. Averted with his first comic series, which he still finds amusing.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There are two people named Alison. One was Collin's girlfriend, the other is one of the many deaths.
    • The R Ps avert this even further as there are two people named Rebecca, Damien, Altair, and Artemis, and Matthew. Even funnier is that both Matthews have a relationship with Uma(one is her father, the other is her wannabe boyfriend).
  • One-Winged Angel: That cutesy-looking human form Artemis has? It's fake, and God help you once she decides to take it off.
    • Ironically, Altair has no super-powered form.
  • Only Six Faces: Characters are usually denoted by size, hair, and outfit rather than distinct faces.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Dragons in this series are a lot more like winged humanoids with horns and tails than giant lizards.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Nessie is a mermaid anglerfish. She even lights up in the dark! Also an example of Sirens Are Mermaids.
    • Alen and Elan are Mer-Sharks who remain half fish and half humanoid at all times. Also they do not have an enthralling voice.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The consistency of werebeasts is pretty flimsy. Adult ones like Boar can change at will, but others change only at nights that have a full moon. A good majority of the werebeast cast aren't even normal creatures, but mythological ones like Oni or harpies.
  • Plant Person: Cosmo and Galaxina, just like in the source material.
  • The Power of Hate: It's what keeps sinners from being redeemed, so when it looks like redemption equals a Fate Worse than Death, Dark Matt begins trying to become the most hated person in existence.
  • Pregnant Badass: Synder is shown in almost every scene as being heavily pregnant, as she is a surrogate mother. She is also a dragon, which speaks for itself.
  • Punch Clock Villain: The Devil, and by extension, almost every demon in the series. Turns out that punishing sinners can rather helpful to the economy if you do it right. It helps that Luke is Altair's non-insane brother.
  • Psychopomp: There is no single entity of death in the series; instead, there are several, with varying personalities and appearances.
  • Reality Warper: Dark Matt gains this power after the time skip, but can only affect people based on their karmic impact. This usually manifests as giving people the flu.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Unintentionally deconstructed with Entegra, whose Jerkass behavior is largely (though not entirely) fueled by the pain of losing her children.
  • Ron the Death Eater: GUN is portrayed in a mildly poor light simply because pommyman thinks they're pretty dumb already. Shadow, Rouge, and Omega are exempt from this, however.
  • Room Full of Crazy: On a conversation about Dream falling in love with Damien, pommyman immediately began posting - -\ = // -/ -\ \- repeatedly with at the time random tropes. In the comics this is taken as an actual event where Damien sends Luigifan the EXACT same posts as a distress call before finally turning into Blake.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Slight spelling errors are rather common. This almost happened to Ophelia, who was accidentally written as Ophillia.
  • Rule 63: The cartoonist has designed a gender-swapped cast with multiple name changes and some gaining new personalities. For example, Maya (Matt) is a cosplay fan, and Artemis has traits of the Broken Bird.
  • Running Gag: The cartoonist regularly appears in a Valkenhayn costume during roleplays when he needs to give information to Luigifan.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Dark Matt is repeatedly killed and made weaker as his fight with Altair drags on, while Altair is no worse for the wear. Having no alternatives, Dark Matt turns his soul into a bomb in a last-ditch effort to blow up Altair. Altair merely loses some of the souls he absorbed. Though this does drive Artemis into finally attacking Altair.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Tori studies this once she becomes a mother.
  • Spider People: Driders are a common species, but unlike most portrayals, they are only about six inches tall. This is thrown out the window in the roleplays, where Entegra is scaled up to the size of the other characters, but Mildred is still tiny.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Part of Adult!Collin's backstory has him in a casino. Unable to resist the urge to play just one round of slots, he puts in a coin he found and wins the jackpot. He then tries to lose the money through more gambling but somehow ends up winning each time.
  • Sweet Tooth: Damien always has chocolate somewhere on him. Or at least in him.
  • Symbol Swearing: Curse words are bleeped out with a string of asterisks. Except "wanker" for some reason.
  • Take That: Megyn Kelly is mocked for claiming Santa and Jesus are white.
    • Another strip tears Twilight in general, and Edward Cullen in particular, a massive new asshole.
    • Rebecca and Leon's feud is a not at all subtle attack on the recent gender wars.
  • Tautological Templar: Altair. Good lord, Altair. Even GOD tells him he's wrong and he still thinks he's right.
  • Technical Pacifist: Cosmo learns to fight just in time for Dark Matt's final attack.
    • She was always capable of fighting in the roleplays, but has a strong dislike of violence.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Damien travels back in time to learn villainy from his then-teenage parents, but is ultimately sent back with little to no effect on the timeline. Then Blake, an adult Priscilla, Ophelia, and a slightly older Eloria come from further up the time stream into Damien's starting time.
    • This is even more confusing in that Synder might be Really 700 Years Old because of time shenanigans.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Collin's entire point. He loses this trait after the timeskip.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Everyone after the time skip. Except for Altair, who loses all of his levels in badass due to Dark Matt's Suicide Attack.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Damien upon becoming Blake; in fact, it's a full Face-Heel Turn. Also Devin after the time skip; she and Dark Matt's maid are one and the same. Devin, however, has a good excuse — she went through a massive Trauma Conga Line.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Collin after the time skip is a lot nicer now that he understands the repercussions of his actions. This doesn't quite apply to most women, however, as he also takes a level in gynophobia.
  • The Unreveal: When asked about his parents, Matt simply says they were average people and that he doesn't remember their address. Cosmo proceeds to yell about how annoying it is that they didn't learn anything.
  • What If??: One of the categories of the comic. Ranging from Gender Swap, to switching Cosmo and Matt's roles as Guardian and protected, to even a version where Altair isn't a huge jerk.
  • Yakuza: Boar used to be the head of a Yakuza group, but they became a community service group once Boar was forced to leave.
  • Youkai: Rather than turn into normal creatures, Tori and Tora turn into a Nekomata and an Oni respectively.
  • You No Take Candle: Devin and Nessie speak like this. Devin because she has no schooling, and Nessie because her voice makes men go crazy.

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