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Webcomic: Ava's Demon

That was the risk of my clumsily concocted curse, I suppose: getting stuck with undesirable circumstances and creatures.
Wrathia Bellarmina
Ava's Demon is a webcomic, set on distant planets allegedly 1000 years into the future, about a 15 year old girl named Ava Ire. She has the misfortune of being haunted by a demon named Wrathia Bellarmina, who takes joy in manipulating Ava's actions to make her life as miserable as possible. Only later does Ava learn about Wrathia's true motives, and little does she know how tumultuous her life is to become.

The artwork of each page easily draws the reader into the story, with every page displaying beautifully painted characters and scenery. The comic is played out in "scenes", with each page serving as a frame in the reel of events that unfold. Flash animations accompanied by music sometimes appear.

Currently updates every Monday and Thursday. The first page can be found here and the author's blog here. As of August 2014, the comic consists of thirteen chapters and over 1000 pages.

The character page can be found here.

Warning: Spoilers are unmarked. As in literally all of them.

Tropes:

  • Alchemy Is Magic: The potion that Wrathia made certainly seems to imply this considering what it does. It kills the drinker and binds their soul to the next being that is born in the universe.
  • A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far Far Away...: The planet of the school Ava attends does not resemble Earth, and the in-comic year is 3031. Wrathia was originally from a distant galaxy and was in control of "hundreds of galaxies" at the height of her power, which implies interstellar travel is possible.
  • Alpha Bitch: Maggie. She crashes Odin's ship, intending for him and Ava to both die in the process. Why? Because Odin insults her. She also throws Ava into a pit of lava. (Granted, it's inside their minds and not physically in real life, but we don't yet know what effect it has on Ava.)
    • Although the creator has said that she's got a backstory and isn't quite the bitch she appears to be, so this may be subverted.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Wrathia's race appears to have a variety of different skin colors ranging from her own red/orange to Pedri's purple.
  • Ambiguous Time Period: Word of God states that the calendar saying that the year is 3031 in Ava's Demon is not the BCE/CE calender we're familiar with.
  • And Then What?: This exchange.
    Gil: Once they get into Paradise they can live there forever!
    Ava: And?
    Gil: And...? And what?
    Ava: Do they ever leave?
    Gil: Why would they want to leave? No one leaves Paradise. What a stupid question.
    Ava: I just thought the followers would come back and talk about it, or something. I guess you don't know if it really exists then, heh.
  • As You Know: Tuls can't give enough reminders.
  • Awesome Art: One of the few exceptions where it's not YMMV.
  • Background Halo: A few. Gil gets one from a conveniently placed TITAN logo here which remains during his conversation with Maggie.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Ava's rather miffed at not having her wish granted.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed:
    • Surrendering didn't necessarily guarantee her survival, so Wrathia brewed a cursed wine that would kill her upon consumption, rather than live as a prisoner of TITAN.
    • Ava is of the same mindset - she didn't mind death by being impaled on a statue, because it meant that Wrathia hadn't succeeded in one of her suicide attempts. Besides, at least maybe she'd get some pity in death.
  • Big "NO!": Odin when he finds out what happened to his ship.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Bound to come up due to the setting. Particularly notable in Gil's flashback when the silent scavengers destroy his homeworld and turn the sea to acid, his muscle tissue is blue, not just his skin.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Assuming that Wrathia's previous husband and Pedri are the same species as Wrathia, the men of her species have three eyes while the women have two.
    • Following the assumption above it is also worth noting that Pedri seems to have much longer, more claw-like, fingers than Wrathia in addition to this Pedri is also seen to have fangs when he lifts his mask, while Wrathia is noticeably more human-like.
  • Body Horror: Part of what happens when you are stupid enough to make your pact an impossible task.
  • Born Unlucky: At the moment Ava was born, the demon Wrathia possessed her and has been bound to her body since then. Because of Wrathia's frustration from being stuck in Ava's frail human body, as well as her refusal to forge a pact, she frequently controls Ava against her will, getting her in constant trouble. This has ruined any possible friendship for Ava, and has recently gotten her expelled from school. There's also the fact that Ava's parents are nowhere to be seen.
  • Black Magic: Although we have yet to have an example word of god says that Pedri, Wrathia's husband, is associated with this and death.
  • Black Widow: Wrathia has had at least one other husband in the past. The author refuses to say exactly how many.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Ava is constantly tormented by Wrathia, all in an attempt to make her commit suicide. Eventually she snaps.
  • Came Back Strong: Ava, as a result of her forming a pact with Wrathia shortly after she died.
  • Cessation of Existence: It is all but outright stated by Wrathia that there's no afterlife. Wrathia straight up tells Ava that she won't go anywhere after death and will just dissolve into stardust. That said, souls do exist outside of the body for a short time, or longer if efforts are taken.
  • The Conqueror: TITAN. Yes his name is always entirely in uppercase.
  • Cool Mask: Pedri, Wrathia's husband, has a skull one of these. word of god says that it belonged to Wrathia's previous husband.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ava becomes this after she dies.
  • Deal with the Devil: Anyone who negotiates an agreement between themselves and their demon. Inverted in that the pacts are usually fair because the demon has no choice but to grant the person what they wanted or else they become a 'monster of failure' likewise the living member has to comply to their half of the bargain or face the same consequences.
  • Demonic Possession: Wrathia states that as she spent more time trapped in Ava's body, she began to lose a certain degree of control over Ava. That doesn't mean Wrathia still doesn't abuse her control from time to time. The cause of Ava's possession is later explained as all part of Wrathia's desperate plan in an attempt to gain vengeance on TITAN.
  • Determinator: At some point in her life Ava made a promise to herself that she wouldn't let Wrathia be the cause of her death. Cue her relief when she is impaled on a statue. As it turns out, she didn't care whether she died or not, just that it wasn't Wrathia who did it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: During Maggie's interrogation of Odin on the spaceship, he calls her a monster. What does Maggie do? Crash his fucking ship and leave him and Ava to die. All because he refuses to apologize for the insult.
    • That's not the only one Maggie's done. When she finds Ava in the mind-world-whatever-it-is, she's understandably shocked and angry to see her there. Ava reveals that she, too, has been haunted by a demon her whole life and begs Maggie to work with her to complete their respective pacts. In reply, Maggie throws her into a lava pit. Seriously, what the fuck, Maggie?
  • Doomed Planet: Ava's planet is blown up within the first chapter.
  • Easy Amnesia: Nevy has amnesia but she got it by drinking a potion that simultaneously killed her and bound her soul to the next being that was born (or reborn, in her case) in the universe.
  • The Empire: TITAN and his "army".
  • Elemental Powers: The demons have this motif. Wrathia is fire, Nevy is water, Tuls is earth, Pedri is death and the other three haven't been shown yet.
  • Emotional Powers: As confirmed here by the creator herself, souls that have made a pact trigger their powers when reacting with emotions such anger or embarrassment.
  • Evil vs. Evil: TITAN is made out to be a conqueror in the same vein as Xerxes, but it's not like Wrathia, a self-proclaimed "ruler of hundreds of galaxies", exactly screams "Big Good", either. In fact, TITAN seems far more benevolent, although still oppressive, given that the TITAN Corporation which he has some connection to owned the school which Ava, Odin, and Maggie attended, versus Wrathia, who is likely to turn out to be as just a bloodthirsty dictator, if not worse. Given the whole feel of the story, expect general Black and Gray Morality.
  • Exact Words: Wrathia tries to use this on Ava when they form a pact. Ava, however is not having any of it.
  • Eye Motifs: All of the characters that are listed as 'lifeforms' on the cast page have differently-shaped pupils. Additionally, in flashbacks to before Nevy was bound to him, Gil's pupils were black, but afterward, they're bluish-white.
    • Exotic Eye Designs: While Ava's pupils are round, Maggie's are triangular, Odin's are square, and Gil's are diamond-shaped. Disembodied spirits have cross-shaped ones.
  • Eye Open: Ava, after the completion of the pact and at the end of chapter 3.
  • Fantastic Racism: Wrathia seems to discriminate against any race that she considers inferior to hers.
  • Foreshadowing: Lots of it! Here's an example of Odin's foreshadowing she's walking backwards and tripping so her goggles fall off right as she lands in front of Odin, but you see Pedri's pattern all over Odin's legs and feet
  • From Bad to Worse: It starts with being expelled from school and quickly escalates into an entire planet being destroyed.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • After Ava dies, the body just sort of hangs around in the back for a while in a morbidly humorous sort of way.
    • A less morbid example would be Maggie guzzling down the booze Gil gave her while Odin freaks out about his ship.
  • Fusion Dance: When a pact is formed, the two souls merge into one body.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • After waking up in Gil's house, Ava's removal of the bandages leave her chest exposed... Or that would be the case if she hadn't a drawer where the exposed area is.
    • "Yeah, I'll put honey in your tea."
    • "Now's the time to perk up, ladies."
    • Tuls is a sad sack... of mulch
  • Green Thumb: Maggie has shown the ability to convert her arms into surprisingly strong vines for combat purposes.
  • God Emperor: It's implied that the worship of Titan is centered around this concept, though the only person who describes it in detail is the Religious Stereotype Gil.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Averted. When Ava is impaled on a statue, we get to see every second of it, right up until she dies.
  • Healing Factor: Just one of the things that making a pact bestows upon you.
  • Holding Hands: Odin knows the protocol at Disneyland.
    Odin: S-so we donít get s-separated. Just h-hold tight, okay?
  • Identity Amnesia: Nevy. None of the other demons shown so far have it, though.
  • Impossible Task: The penalty for not completing a pact is only invoked once completing the bargain becomes this.

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