[[caption-width-right:161:[[BigNo NOOOOOOOO!!!]] Why did it have to be the Teevee? [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/chapter-3-episode-3/ Now we'll never know how the third season of "Unhuman Rogue Wrestlers" ends!]]]]

->''"After all, you didnít even bother to name your particular species; we defined the whole bunch of you as being NOT-human, so you must be a what, monster? That makes sense. After all, you are digging the mines, I am writing Ė as in, putting words together, making stuff up, naming things."''
-->-- '''I am not fiction''', Baruch Caan's blog

An English-language webcomic written and drawn by Felix Schittig and Kilian Wilde and updated on Mondays and Thursdays. [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/ ''A Tale of Fiction'']] is the continuing story of the adventures of [[ChickMagnet Harper]], his roommate [[PlayfulHacker Vauxhall]] (or '[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Room]]'), and a {{shapeshifting}} [[strike:monster]] unhuman [[IdentityAmnesia they've]] [[InSeriesNickname named]] [[MeaningfulName 'Sneaky']] and their [[LaResistance fight]] against the [[TheEmpire Department of Unethical Fiction (or DUF)'s]] [[VillainWorld government]] of Fictionaria.

The comic oscillates between gag strips, often based off real-life experiences of the comic's authors or their friends, and an over-arching storyline dealing with the aforementioned DUF. Major questions still abound about the circumstances surrounding their rule, how they gained power and what happened to the former ruler, the mysterious King.

A Tale Of Fiction has a large amount of background material on the world and other goodies available on the site via Vauxhall's "Dragbook", including an in-universe news feed, an ambiguously DUF-critical [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/dragbook/browser/im-not-fiction/ web-column]] (updated roughly twice a month) and an [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe webcomic]] called "Bison and the Boar Boys" (originally updated every Tue/Thu/Sat, but often subject to {{Schedule Slip}}, now on indefinite hiatus).
!!''A Tale of Fiction'' provides examples of:
* AllThereInTheManual: Information on certain things mentioned in the comic (e.g., [[MindControlDevice turn-masks]]) but not further explained can be found in the Dragbook.
* ArtEvolution: The art style becomes more detailed and sharp as the series progresses,.
* AscendedExtra: Baruch Caan wasn't a character at first, just a name under blog posts. Then he appeared in the strip, but mostly as a gag character. Now, he seems to be becoming a mover and shaker...
* BadassNormal: The DUF soldiers and especially the special agents qualify for this, fighting (and beating) unhumans with improved physical abilities and magique users on a regular basis.
* BeatPanel: A lot, especially in chapter 1. [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/chapter-1-episode-4/ Awkward]], [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/chapter-1-episode-5/ Harper]]...
* BigEater: Sneaky in the first chapter. He [[SwallowedWhole likes]] [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/chapter-1-episode-48/ pizza]].
* BilingualBonus: In a way. A lot of the jokes are funnier if you speak fluent German, as the authors'... [[GoodBadTranslation uneven]] [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny grasp]] of [[BlindIdiotTranslation English]] occasionally backfires on them, with interesting results.
* CallBack: "Unhuman Rogue Wrestlers".
* CerebusSyndrome: Subverted. The comic actually starts out without many jokes, but after a few strips, the TrueCompanions fall into a routine of gag comics. It then feels like a shock when Sneaky [[spoiler:tears some poor guy apart with a monster claw]] when they get caught illegally climbing a tower.
* [[ChekhovsGag Chekhov's Gag]]: The [[CreatingLifeIsUnforeSeen tentacled monster the trash evolved into]] after Harper neglected his duties turns out to be the reason the DUF searches the apartment building. But then, [[YourMom it did resemble his mom...]]
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Gun]]: Harper's affair with [[spoiler:Sync's girlfriend. Sync and her later broke up after he found out. It understandably affects his job performance.]]
** Also, possibly, [[EpilepticTrees Vauxhall's "education" of Sneaky in the more... graphic forms of human intimacy.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of the main characters get a turn.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Pity the poor fool who shouts at a confused Sneaky...
* DistractedByTheSexy: Just about everyone in [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/chapter-9-episode-40/ this strip]]. By each other.
* DistressedDude: [[spoiler:Harper and Vauxhall]] get a turn as this, as does [[spoiler:Baruch Caan]], although his isn't over yet...
* EleventhHourSuperpower: When Gidders' airship [[spoiler:is shot down by the DUF]].
-->'''Sneaky:''' Fuzz flew away? Like... by himself? Without an avivessel?\\
'''Gidders''': He does that from time to time.
* FaceFramedInShadow: In the [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/hello-world/ very first strip]], with the [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness council]] pushing the [[BigRedButton button]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Most characters killed in this comic are killed fairly graphically.
* FantasticRacism: A major plot focus. Unhumans are forced to live in slums in DUF-controlled territory and are generally discriminated against.
** Averted in Catherinesborough, where unhumans and humans seem to live in harmony since the DUF was ousted in the Bloody New Year's Eve.
* ForTheEvulz: Agent Nitz, as described in the Dragbook.
* FriendsWithBenefits: Just about all of Harper's relationships to date seem to be this.
* HeroicBSOD: Suffered by Gidders when he learns of the fate of his avivessel.
* HolidayNonUpdate: Once so far, for "happy Jollidays".
* IdentityAmnesia: Sneaky. [[CaptainObvious Presumably a plot point.]]
* InterfaceScrew: [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/chapter-13-episode-35/ This.]]
* IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat: Sneaky doesn't realise that his shapeshifting is an unusual ability at first.
* InformedAttribute: Special Agent Colibeuf is stated to have a strong moral concept [sic], but we haven't seen any evidence of that as yet.
* InterruptedIntimacy: Maurice walks in on Harper and [[spoiler: Miranda]] at an... inopportune time.
* KnightOfCerebus: Special Agent Nitz, who turns up and quickly increases the violence in the strip by a factor of 10.
* LampshadeHanging: Self-conscious humor is a constant source of punchlines, most obviously featured in [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/chapter-5-episode-41/ Sneaky's confusion]] about [[MrExposition Fuzzes Entry]] in chapter 5.
* MrExposition: Vauxhall, whenever DUF lore or history comes up.
* MorphicResonance: Sneakys eyes retain their black, abysmal look after all kinds of shapeshifting.
* MythArc: Presumably, finding out the fate of the mysterious King and defeating the DUF.
* NoDialogueEpisode: Fairly often for the first few strips, establishing Sneaky. Also used for action sequences.
* OhCrap: A few times, very nicely [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/chapter-5-episode-5/ here.]]
* PornStash: Of ''epic'' proportions on the Dragbook. Unfortunately, it's password-protected.
* PunchClockVillain: Chapter 4 is all about DUF agents in their free time, having drinks and enjoying each others' company.
* ShoutOut: Several.
** Gidders and Fuzz remind us of a [[Franchise/StarWars certain other human mercenary with a flying machine and his furry sidekick...]]
** The regularly used curse expression "frakk" seems to be a ShoutOut to the FutureSlang of [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Battlestar Galactica]]'' (although in Galactica the spelling would be with one 'k' only)
** [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/chapter-2-episode-4/ This]] strip seems to be a ShoutOut to VideoGame/MetalGear.
*** Confirmed by WordOfGod.
** The TrueCompanions trying to climb the DUF tower and getting caught is a ShoutOut to something similar that happened to the authors in Tokyo... well, minus the bloody killing of a police officer.
** Bison and the Boar Boys is a ShoutOut to a friend of the authors' whose online handle is Bison.
*** There are quite a few {{Shout Out}}s to friends of the authors in the comic generally.
* ShowWithinAShow: Bison and the Boar Boys, a gag-a-day comic available on the Dragbook's "[=FictionFox=] Browser". [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/dragbook/browser/im-not-fiction/ "I am not fiction"]] may also qualify.
* SmokingHotSex: Mostly averted in the series, but one occurence in [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/chapter-1-episode-13/ Chapter 1]].
* SpockSpeak: Sneaky falls into this quite often.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/chapter-9-episode-40/ "CWBL host"]].
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: In the very first strip, no less.
* TrueCompanions: The three main characters, occasional differences between roommates notwithstanding.
* WhamEpisode: Tend to crop up at the end of chapters. Also, [[http://www.taleoffiction.com/chapter-3-episode-37/ this.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Invoked in-universe by Special Agents in particular.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Especially prominent in Harper in the more comic arcs.