Altermeta is a slice-of-life webcomic with fantasy overtones, made evident by the fact that all the characters are dragons. Started in November, 2001 Altermeta seemed to have disappeared into the bowels of Abandoned Webcomic Hell, until it was revived a short while ago, first as a full-fantasy reboot of the original comic, then rebooting again as a direct continuation.

!!!This webcomic includes examples of:
* AllJustADream: The events of the ([[HoYay rather]] [[FanService suggestive]]) comics near April first were revealed to have taken place in D'Shea's head. This went over better than the author had expected.
* AllThereInTheManual: A huge amount of background material has been explained on the forum.
* AnachronismStew: As Cavris is an alternate world, it does not mesh nicely with any given time period. 64-bit graphics are new and their neighbors recently invented the Internet, placing it roughly into the equivalent of the late [[TheEighties 1980s]] or so, but then Josephine gets a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Mustang_(fifth_generation) fifth-generation Ford Mustang]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * AnimatedActors
* ArchiveTrawl: You will not understand what's going on without reading the original comics.
** A few recap strips have helped this along.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
-->'''Josephine:''' No, um, you don't understand. He's come to devour little kids too! And... and... birds, and the number 4, and to scare the elderly, and make fun of weak ankled people, and become a Republican, and make everyone just really really sad!
* ArtEvolution: Though to be fair, the original art was pretty good, too.
* BerserkButton: Rutherford when he doesn't get his coffee.
** T-Square about being, well, [[{{Tomboy}} square]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * BigEater: Boo.
* {{Bishonen}}: [[http://www.altermeta.net/archive.php?comic=9 Sasha. Big time.]] EvenTheGuysWantHim... or at least D'shea does.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * BrainBleach: [[http://altermeta.net/oldarchive/archive.php?comic=76 Sasha needs some]].
* CatapultNightmare: Sasha has one in "Nemesis".
* CerebusSyndrome: The author has announced [[http://www.altermeta.net/archive.php?comic=68 here]] that the comic will be taking a slight dip in this direction.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * CityGuards: In the first reboot.
* CloudCuckoolander: Averted [[spoiler: with Sasha. The scrunchy WAS talking to him...]]
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * CoolAirship: [[http://altermeta.net/archive.php?comic=160 T-Square's pirate ship]].
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * CrashIntoHello: Used [[http://altermeta.net/oldarchive/archive.php?comic=144 here]].
* CrazyPrepared: Everyone around Ruth has a backup supply of coffee. Even if one of them is a hypodermic needle and another is an apple.
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: The first reboot has some of this.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * DeadpanSnarker: Ruth.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * DeusExMachina: Played with with Plot In A Box.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TheDitz: Josephine and Sasha.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Sasha. Toss on some makeup, and he's a hair away...
** Even more bishonen in the new version than the previous incarnations. Giving him markings that resemble eyeshadow probably didn't help.
* TheDungAges: Ruth's perception of the Renaissance.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Jo seems to think so.
* ForeignQueasine: Kuvrahk food could be like this us - they like ''really'' raw meat.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * FunnyForeigner: T-Square's Aunt Binki.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * GagBoobs: CC.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * GorgeousPeriodDress: In the Renaissance story. Lampshaded when Rutherford points out the myriad historical inaccuracies in the costuming he can see.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ICallItVera
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample -->'''Ruth:''' And I shall call you... Abigail...
* IconicItem: Tabitha (aka T-Square) has... well... a t-square. Guess where the nickname comes from.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * IncendiaryExponent: [=CC's=] [[http://www.altermeta.net/archive.php?comic=102 new]] [[http://www.altermeta.net/archive.php?comic=103 outfit]] [[http://altermeta.net/archive.php?comic=105 seems to]] [[http://altermeta.net/archive.php?comic=106 count]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * INeedToGoIronMyDog: "I have to uh... um... go uh... ''color'' my hair, yeah... That's it."
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * IShallTauntYou
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample -->'''Rutherford:''' Don't you walk away while I'm talking! I've not even ''begun'' to make you feel bad, you tubby bitch!
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * JudgeJuryAndExecutioner:
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample -->'''City Guard:''' We '''are''' the law in this city.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * LampshadeHanging: On [[http://www.altermeta.net/archive.php?comic=9 this page]]. The lampshade hanging is then lampshaded in the page's notes.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * LetsSplitUpGang
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * MaleGaze: Played with [[http://altermeta.net/oldarchive/archive.php?comic=34 here]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * MassiveNumberedSiblings: CC's family.
* MindControlEyes: Sasha gets them when he gets possessed by the scrunchy (no, really).
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * MrFanservice: Didier; Sasha.
* MundaneFantastic: The comic focus on the life of several high school students, and yet there are things like random ninja attacks, possessed scrunchies, and the warehouse from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' being in Sasha's shed.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Rutherford, who has never been seen not holding a mug of coffee.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * MyBelovedSmother: Sasha's mom.
* NewTransferStudent: Boo; possibly subverted in that she ''did'' go to the school, moved away, then moved back.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: T-Square, a ninja-slaying artist pirate.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * NoEnding: Hapened twice so far, once for each orphaning.
* NoFourthWall: The characters would often address the artist or the audience.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * NoseBleed: Sasha gets one [[http://altermeta.net/archive.php?comic=101 here]].
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * OnlyAFleshWound: Played straight then subverted in the same [[http://altermeta.net/archive.php?comic=114 page]].
* OrphanedSeries: Orphaned twice, and resurrected twice.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: For one, they are called Kuvrahks.
* PantyShot: Of the {{Anime}} TransformationSequence variety.
* ParentalSexualitySquick: Coming from a large family, [[http://altermeta.net/oldarchive/archive.php?comic=76 CC is not bothered by her parents having sex]], but Sasha plays this straight.
--> '''Sasha''': No! They DON'T! They... forgot how!! I'm certain!\\
'''CC''': Yeah. I bet they're really [[TheImmodestOrgasm NOISY]] too.\\
'''Sasha''': [[BrainBleach Oh god no! The mental images!]] [[BigNo No! NOOOOO!!!!]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * APirate400YearsTooLate: T-Square ''lives'' for this trope.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ThePreciousPreciousCar: Jo's convertible Mustang. She's still too young to drive it.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * RedAlert
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * RougeAnglesOfSatin
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SealedEvilInACan: The scrunchy.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SeriousBusiness: Ruth and coffee.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Rutherford.
* ShoutOut: "THE MATRIX HAS YOU, BIATCH!"
** Also, TV Tropes. ([[http://www.altermeta.net/archive.php?comic=9 here]], in the notes)
** And Lethal Weapon.[[note]]Most likely a coincidence, as the author [[http://csyelus.com/index.php?topic=1473.msg17316#msg17316 doesn't seem to think so.]][[/note]]
** The government warehouse in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * SmallTownBoredom: Star Rock Falls.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * SuperDeformed: Used [[http://altermeta.net/oldarchive/archive.php?comic=100 here]].
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * TakeThatUs: [[http://altermeta.net/oldarchive/archive.php?comic=16 This comic]].
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * TransformationSequence: Starting [[http://www.altermeta.net/archive.php?comic=96 here]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample, dual-trope entry * UnusualEuphemism[=/=]OhMyGods: "Thank Canas!" (Canas is not a god)
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * WallJump: [[http://altermeta.net/oldarchive/archive.php?comic=143 One, two, three, four!]]
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * WallOfText: [[http://altermeta.net/oldarchive/archive.php?comic=118 The introduction for the short high fantasy reboot of the comic.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * WeaponOfChoice: Tabitha's aforementioned t-square.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * WholesomeCrossdresser: Sasha post-makeover.
* WingsDoNothing: The first reboot gave the Kuvrahks tiny little wings.
%% commented out as WeblinksAreNotExamples * WithMyHandsTied: [[http://altermeta.net/oldarchive/archive.php?comic=44 T-Square]].
* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: The CityGuards in the first reboot give this line.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Used in the first reboot.
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