Webcomic / Bittersweet Candy Bowl

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A bowl full of cats and dogs

Quite possibly the ultimate Will They or Won't They?, Bittersweet Candy Bowl is a webcomic by Veronica Vera. It follows a group of feline and canine friends through middle and high school, focusing primarily on a pretty, white-colored Tsundere called Lucy and her ongoing crush/rivalry with Nice Guy Mike. Also featured are Love Triangles (actually, a developing Love Dodecahedron) among Jerk with a Heart of Gold Paulo, cheery Teen Genius Daisy, Cloudcuckoolander David, and Abbey, Daisy's new boyfriend with a troubled past. There's also Jessica, a strong-willed cheerleader who has a fancy for Lucy and hates/dislikes Tess, Rachel, a cheerful cheerleader, and Jasmine, Paulo's new girlfriend.

An example of Cerebus Syndrome, Bittersweet Candy Bowl started off almost entirely lighthearted but delved into heavy drama pretty early on — there are still jokes, though they are increasingly rare.

While the series makes use of anthropomorphic cats, dogs, and birds, these are derived more from the Funny Animals trope than any serious links to whatever classifies as a true Furry Comic. The characters were developed when the author was young and presumably unaware of the Furry Fandom.

The comic is an ongoing serial, and is published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, alongside an occasional Ask Blog on Tumblr. Be warned: this comic has an enormous amount of teen angst melodrama.

The creators recommend that new readers start at Volume Two.


Bittersweet Candy Bowl contains examples of:

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: During his Breaking Speech to Lucy, Mike taunts her with the idea that she'll be isolated from their friend group while he's still among them. Come her return, and she's made peace with that fact, while Mike is in knee-deep shit with his increasingly complicated group of friends.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension:
    • Mike and Lucy are fairly excellent examples of this.
    • Paulo and Lucy; Paulo and Tess.
    • UST: Which may well be what happened to certain people's interactions.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't abuse/insult a girl in front of Abbey, unless you want a face full of fists.
      • If the Confrontation chapter was any indication, Mike can be this way.
    • Don't be too flirty about Mike near Lucy. Or too flirty with Lucy, for that mattter. And expect violence from her if you've hit her.
    • This could be a bad sign.
    • Jessica hates it when called out about how she bullies Tess, which led to another button being pressed... Tess pretty much just takes it.
  • Berserker Tears: Mike, when he snaps at Lucy.
  • Beta Couple: Abbey and Daisy's more or less drama-free relationship, which tends to take a backseat to the drama-filled relationships of other primary characters.
  • Beyond the Impossible: David wanted a way to climb a cliff without actually climbing. So he shouted "SUPERRRR PANELLLL TELEPORT!" and was suddenly on top of the cliff. He was surprised it worked.
  • Big Bad: Most certainly Alejandro. His manipulations led to Paulo's jerk mentality, Paulo's phobia of barking, Confrontation in general, and he's being worked for by Augustus. He also remembers his grudge against Mike and Lucy.
    • Some keen-eyed forum users suggest he was the one who date-raped Tess when she was a freshman.
  • Big Fancy House: Tessa lives in one. Mike and Lucy are suitably impressed.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Sam, here.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Paulo, for a page and followed shortly by a Little What.
  • Birds of a Feather: Abbey and Daisy, to some extent.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: "Happy Hour" takes place during Rachel's birthday party. Rather than focus on her, everyone just gets wasted and airs out their dirty laundry.
  • Bi the Way: David adores Abbey according to the chart. And this or this makes it seem that David likes touching Abbey while having fun.
    • Now according to the new chart, he also adores Augustus.
    • And a new ad shows that David lists himself as "Bi" on a dating site.
    • On the Ask Roseville High blog, Jasmine was asked her opinion on homosexuality and received glares from both David and Jess.
  • Black and Grey Morality: There's an obvious moral no-no in this world (Abbey's abusive father, Alejandro and his crew), but the rest of the main cast aren't above getting petty, vindictive, or resorting to violence for what they think is right, and there are some in the cast with less than pleasant views on others. However, the story doesn't treat them like monsters for it; it's all just part of their struggle.
  • Black Humor: Happy Mother's Day! See the first comment.
  • Blank White Eyes: Everyone has done it at least once. David may as well have it as his default expression.
  • Blatant Lies
    Peddler: ...made exclusively in Paris! (He made it with the contents of a trashcan. In front of them.)
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Lucy got this in preschool, hence her lack of interest in socializing.
    • Lucy in Disaster Dominoes. After Mike finally got her to smile, he got run down.
    • Jessica got this from a lot of the school and Tess as a freshman.
    • The ENTIRE main cast in Confrontation. ...seriously.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Starting with Mike rejecting Lucy's Love Confession in chapter 51, the main characters' group ("The Table" as they call it In-Universe) gradually begins to corrode and break apart, both out of frustration with Michael regarding his behavior toward Lucy and for other personal and inter-pesonal problems.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: There's a chapter, "Out of the Frame", dedicated to all the minor characters creating a "neglected club".
  • Breather Episode: "Just Beautiful" appears to be headed in this direction.
  • Broken Bird: Lucy
  • Broken Pedestal: Paulo originally saw his "coolness" teacher, Alejandro, as an example of what he was trying to be. It doesn't last.
  • Broken Smile:
    • Lucy has one while her first Despair Event Horizon happens at times.
    • Lucy in Disaster Dominoes, to a dead Mike: "Ha ha ha ha... Sandy can't have you anymore... I'm willing to join you without a doubt... without a doubt... I love you, Mike... I'll keep smiling for you..." Followed by jumping to her death. All the while, smiling and crying...
  • Brutal Honesty:
  • Buffy Speak
  • Butt-Monkey: Mike. Deconstructed in "Happy Hour.".
    • Kizuna is very clumsy. She loves David. David likes sports and forgets her constantly. You see where this is going.
    • Paulo had some butt monkey time randomly if Lucy (and sometimes Yashy) was nearby until high school. And then...
    • Tess has minor butt monkey time around Jessica and Rachel, and Rachel has had some in chapter 63.
  • Call-Back: This most definitely shows Justin remembers David.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "AYUUU BEEEEEM", "SUPAHHH CHOP"
  • Call on Me: Mike jolts to Lucy's rescue as she's being assaulted in "Confrontation".
  • The Cameo: Many fancharacters given to the author have either become regular cast members or served as background filler.
    • Liam, a fan-made character, even had an entire intermission chapter dedicated to his relationship with Lucy. It has since been taken down and is only available to BCI members.
    • See the example for Breaking the Fourth Wall above.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: "Maybe I should just dance around the subject and give everyone headaches. There, problem solved, the Lucy way."
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Paulo is particularly protective of Daisy, and immediately shapes up when she's watching.
    • In the chapter "Return", it's revealed that Paulo now thinks of Daisy as more of a sister anyway, and doesn't mind her going out with another guy.
      • However, it is hinted at in "Back and Forth" that he still doesn't want to be seen as a sexual deviant in her eyes, as he immediately notices her and seems worried about her opinion of him when Tess and Lucy start some drama because of his sleeping around and being a man-whore in general.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Mike.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Mike and Lucy. Originally, at least. As of "Pillow Talk", Michael acts like he can't stand Lucy, while Lucy seems to not be able to live without him. Now, no longer the case for either as of "Unspoken Rule".
    • The comic is like this for some. note 
  • Cat Fight: Punnily common. Possibly, this is the only played straight example currently.
  • Catch-Phrase: Lucy's "jerkface", Mike's "guh!", Yashy's "whore!!", and to a degree Paulo's abuse of the word "AWESOME".
    • David to Kizuna: "Who are you?" Poor girl can't get a break...
      • David also tends to come out of nowhere with an "AWKWARD" announcement.
    • Pretty much every time McCain opens his mouth, the rest of the characters yell, "Shut it McCain!"
  • Cats Hate Water: Lucy became hydrophobic after Mike almost drowned when they were younger.
  • Caught in the Rain: Lucy and Carter.
    • Mike ages earlier, though this was a good thing in the end.
  • Cerebus Retcon: As it turns out, the difference between Amusing Injuries and an abusive relationship is all a matter of perspective.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: AND HOW! That being said, the serious chapters start fairly early in the comic's run, and a lot of the change is due to the comic going from random gags to an actual interest worth pursuing as a business, with a long-ranging plot.
    • To demonstrate, compare this page with this page. Beware of spoilers!
    • Inverted later on, the comic suddenly becomes a lot happier after the angst reaches its zenith.
  • Characterization Marches On: Even if fan opinions don't change, characters will.
    • Jessica and Rachel were initially your typical high school bullies with little reason for singling out Tess aside from her being an easy target. As time went on, though, hints were gradually dropped that there was a deeper reason as to why they bullied Tess specifically, a reason that was fully revealed in "Pillow Talk".
      • Actually, they've always had their reason, as shown on this page. At least they did as far as Rachel's backstory was concerned.
  • The Charmer: Used on Daisy and attempted unsuccessfully on Lucy. Both Augustus.
  • Cheerful Child: Molly. Just don't mention her mother.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: When the well-being of Daisy or Lucy is in danger, Paulo tends to forget his perversion in favor of helping them or, at least, trying to. He also reacted this way when Sue got hurt in Confrontation.
  • Cleavage Window: Katie here.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Lucy, though she tries not to appear that way. Unfortunately for Mike, her MO when it comes to covering this up is to be as bitchy as possible.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: David. It's only gotten worse with Flanderization.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Alejandro took two of Lucy's kicks, had his teeth smashed into each other hard enough to chip one and draw blood, and was still okay enough to beat Lucy senseless before Mike came back, smashing his face into an alley floor and still not stopping him. It took Mike and Lucy together to start the example in No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. And he beat Mike before all this happened.
  • Comic-Book Time: The comic initially progressed at the rate of one year per real life year.Now the cast has been in the 2007/2008 school year for seven years.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Functionally, most of the older students to Tess. Especially Jessica and Rachel, since the lot of them bullying her is a bit hypocritical at best.
  • Continuity Lockout: In some cases, the events and conversations the main characters reference are from side comics, like the BC International line or "Ask Roseville High". If a reader didn't see those comics, the context is lost.
  • Continuity Nod: Lucy's reaction to Augustus in 63 involves his past actions in 40.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Tessa to Jessica in the past.
    • Augustus' influence on Daisy during Awakening had this effect. Even now that she's stopped hanging with him, she's still not over him.
  • Covert Pervert: Blur shows tendencies. Note the nosebleed on the second example.
    • And now Daisy of all people.
  • Crush Blush / Luminescent Blush: Both cases of blushing have happened for almost every main character at least once in the series, and its especially prevalent in part two.
  • Cute Bruiser/Badass Adorable: Lucy can kick a whole lot more ass than is apparent. She's also one of the shortest characters. However, while she is the strongest girl, she still isn't as strong as most of the boys.
  • Cute Mute: Amaya never talks for us. Apparently, she can talk, though. Still cute.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Abbey.
    • Quite arguably Tess, since she was the girlfriend of the leader of the bullies and someone who was hinted to have drugged and raped her. He was a senior, she a freshman.
  • Darker and Edgier: The webcomic gradually becomes more of this over the course of the story, especially after chapter 68.
  • Darkest Hour: Arguably the ending to "December".
  • Date Rape Averted: Abbey stops Final Fantasy Cat from assaulting Daisy.
  • A Day in the Limelight: David's birthday.
  • Deadpan Snarker: McCain is built for snarking. Lucy as well.
  • Death Glare
  • Deconstructed Trope: The Tsundere trope, and other tropes associated with it are deconstructed via Lucy. At first, her being a Tsundere was played straight, but over time those tendencies were shown to be a result of emotional dependence and deep psychological issues, and due to her being a Master of the Mixed Message, Mike just straight up moves on and dates someone else who doesn't waffle between her emotions. It also takes Slap-Slap-Kiss and Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male to their logical conclusion in that the target of her affections gets really freaking tired of dealing with it, culminating in Chapter 68.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Lucy.
    • Then refrosting. Then defrosting. Then refrosting again. She's probably quite inedible by this point.
  • Destructive Romance: Abbey at one point breaks up with Daisy since he realizes the she's somehow still thinking of Mike after all they've been through. But since their friends care more about Daisy than Abbey, they essentially bully him into taking her back.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Lucy when she thought Mike died and shortly after, when she finally confessed her love for him and he rejected her. The first one came with Dissonant Laughter.
    • Chapter 63 is getting sadder and Lucy looks about at the horizon here. She was okay, then Mike ignored her existence. Now... Oh good. She's okay. Or acting okay.
    • CHAPTER 68.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Perhaps everything in Confrontation until the end when things started getting better.
  • Disaster Dominoes: To the point that there was an incentive called "Disaster Dominoes." A very fun incentive.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Abbey's anti-bullying goals and measures in chapter 62 were... extreme.
    • Also, for having a not-yet-confirmed relationship long distance with Sandy, Mike was brutally beaten by Paulo and the Female Student Body for his friendship and UST with Lucy in chapter 20. Twice. Played for Laughs.
      • That particular gag even continued into the next 10 or so chapters. Quite a few fans considered it to be very unfunny.
      • So did Mike.
  • Dissonant Laughter: "Barking... barking... endless barking. Hahaha"
  • Distinctive Appearances: With their accessories included, every single character has a different silhouette.
  • The Ditz: David when not suddenly providing sagely advice. Not a Genius Ditz, though.
  • Doesn't Know Her Own Strength: Daisy crushes on Mike literally here and here.
    • Sue was worried.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Mike. Arguably, much less so in recent chapters.
  • Domestic Abuse: Abbey's father toward his wife Charlotte.
    • The site has a canceled chapter that shows the extent of his abuse. It was canceled because the author couldn't stand to continue writing it. Yes, it's that horrible.
  • Dope Slap: Rachel's all over it for receiving dope bops to the head. She's even done one. Daisy got one, too.
  • Double Entendre: "Shake things up with Sue" as lampshaded here.
    David & Lucy: Shake things up with Sue?
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Played painfully straight for the first half of the comic. Deconstructed later on, when Mike snaps at Lucy.
  • Downer Ending: BARELY Averted at the relatively-last minute, because the author had a change of heart to continue the comic.
  • Dream Within a Dream: From "In the End" to "Wonderland".
  • Drives Like Crazy: Sam.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: What "Happy Hour" is quickly turning into, ever since they brought up Lucy. Even Abbey when Daisy inadvertently revealed she still had feelings for Mike needed a drink.
  • Dumb Blonde: Katie.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Katherine Katie hates it when not called Katie.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: David calls his history teacher in high school "Mr. Poodle of Noodles".
  • Even the Guys Want Him: When Paulo announces that Mike "plays for the other team", a bunch of guys leap in to show their interest.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Sparkles tend to accompany love bubbles, though Jazzie was getting too into it.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep":
    • "Final Fantasy Cat" was coined by readers for Augustus, back when he was a nameless character in his first appearances. He's still called "Final Fantasy Cat" though, even within the comic!
    • Vera has also given a name to another character commonly referred to by a nickname; "Rapecat" (for his attempted rape of Lucy) or "Confrontation Cat" (after the story arc he appeared in), now has the name "Alejandro".
    • The aforementioned history teacher is consistently referred to as Noodles by fans (and the author), since his real name isn't known.
    • Also, the "Flower Girl" that David stalks.
  • Everyone Can See It: Mike and Lucy just don't listen!
    • Abbey's crush on Daisy. Her crush on Mike distracted her to the point that she was the only member of the True Companions not aware of it.
  • Everything's Cuter with Kittens: Molly and fanart of pairings with babies.
  • Everything's Precious with Puppies: Justin
  • Extreme Doormat: More-or-less a valid description of Tess resisting others bullying her. Ironic, since they're doing the thing they hate her for.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: Alejandro, after he got mad.
    • Abbey doesn't like it when you hit or insult girls.
  • Facepalm: Who else but David?
  • Fantastic Racism: A LOT of it, from many of the characters, including Lucy's pets. The terms "cracka" and "white people" can be seen.
  • First Kiss: Lucy's kiss with Mike, though Mike's first kiss was with Sandy.
  • First Law of Tragicomedies
  • Flanderization: David was never really that weird, he just became so over time.
    • And to an extent, Abbey. He started off as a polite and chivalrous character, only showing a slight dislike for the actions of Paulo and other characters. However, he has started veering into JerkAss territory, going to extreme lengths to keep ne'er do wells in detention. However, he also started to get more screen time, more friends, and more power, and he has some pretty severe mental issues.
  • Flipping the Bird: Seen here and here.
  • Forceful Kiss: Daisy kissing Mike.
    • Sandy also has trouble accepting that her boyfriend has different interests.
  • Foreshadowing: Look at the first page.
    • Look at this. Now, we have foreboding atmosphere here. Uh oh. If that smile confuses you, see chapter 12.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: The bonus comic after Chapter 97 shows that Tess' influence is still felt by those she hurt by spreading rumors, but at the very least Jasmine is on speaking terms with her. She reflected on her actions and even learned about part of the experience when she discovers she's bisexual, but that doesn't mean that they're willing to forgive her just yet.
  • Four Is Death: The #4 post in Candybooru. Probably not intentional. Maybe.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: Here.
  • Friend Versus Lover: A very large part of the plot revolves around Lucy (the friend, who had a huge un-admittable crush on him) and Sandy (the lover) competing for Mike's attention and affections, feeling that they can't both have him at the same time. Very much justified on both ends: Sandy pointed out to him how toxic and abusive his friendship with Lucy was and Lucy pointed out how he always abandoned her (albeit mostly unknowingly and unintentionally) once Sandy and Mike started hanging out together. Deconstructed later on in the comic as it causes the end of Mike and Lucy's friendship; Lucy herself Lampshades it in "Unspoken Rule" when Mike tries (and fails) to apologize and reconcile with her.
  • Freudian Excuse: Fridge Logic suggests that the reason Tess refuses to get close to Paulo is due to her similar past experiences with older students. She was hurt and doesn't want Paulo to be. The memories of what she went through will keep her avoiding the idea of trying it because she can't help but think she'll just hurt him if she does. Her moments of trying to be close to Paulo may be less likely in the future than we know.
    • Lucy was ostracized by boys and girls at a young age. She became less cheerful and got Yashy to love, as a coping mechanism. She's not so much unwilling to open up to others as unable to at this point. There's a lot of social trauma to work through before she begins to smile even half of the time. Hence, why her pets see her differently than everyoneshe opens up to them.
    • Paulo's fear of barking and growling came from a somewhat-traumatic childhood experience based on them. His jerk-ish habits came from a jerk teaching him how to be "cool" as a child.
    • Abbey acting violent or particularly angry makes him break down at realizing he's acting like his father. Justified, in that his father was a wife-beater. Also why he took Abbey, rather than Abe, as his nickname. His father went by Abe.
    • The chapter "Pillow Talk" delves into why Jessica is so dead-set on making Tess miserable: Tess's then-boyfriend broke the arm of Rachel's little brother. When Jess tried to find a way to get back at Roger, Tess twisted her abortive first attempt to paint Jess as a slut.
  • Freudian Slip: "Sonic Ride You" as opposed to "Sonic Riders".
    • Mike seems prone to them, understandably. Lampshaded by Tess next page.
  • A Friend in Need: The most common situation where Mike and Paulo aren't rubbing each other the wrong way.
  • From Bad to Worse: Confrontation was full of it.
    • The incentive chapter "Disaster Dominoes" was even more full of it. At least in the prior example, it was just two (later one) mugger(s) completely overpowering the main cast. Disaster Dominoes mixed things up so that everyone's lives were complete shit.
    • Lucy's situation with Mike just gets worse in recent time after she confesses her love for him. And then December cemented it.
  • Funny Background Event: When you see it... This page as well.
  • Funny Drug User: Any time Mike is under the influence of something, he's hilariously random. Subverted in Happy Hour, where Mike finally confesses what he said to Lucy.
  • Furry Reminder: Claws have been bared exactly twice in the whole series.
  • Giant Waist Ribbon: Maybe Jasmine's Halloween costume.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: David and Paulo are very expressive with their hands, and find themselves pointing tons.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: The "Queen of War" in the Hidden Depths example.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: A boyfriend who barely sees his girlfriend...
  • Groin Attack: This is one of Lucy's specialties.
  • Halloween Chapter: Chapter 60
  • Her Heart Will Go On: It was a good end to a bad relationship. Daisy also did it, after a lot of trouble, and they stayed friends.
  • Heroic Albino: Lucy, though people who don't know her probably consider her a hot Evil Albino.
  • Hidden Depths: David. No, seriously.
    • Paulo's confident and somewhat unaffected-emotionally personality has issues of confidence after Jessica and Rachel lie just to hurt Tess, is aware of how he spent most of his relationship with Jasmine playing second to most of her life, and, earlier still, him becoming the way he is now to impress Lucy after being too shy to even talk to her.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Lucy. This and the three after. She is a Sugar And Ice Personality, after all.
    • Based on the most "popular" opinion of him, Paulo is not obviously a good guy so often.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: After Lucy returns, Mike expects her to lay one on him during a school dodge ball game, and gets frustrated with her because she won't. She doesn't give him the satisfaction and simply catches his ball instead.
  • Homage: There are two chapters solely dedicated to Pokémon, and one based around Feel The Magic. There's many more within the story itself, usually referenced by David.
    • Also David's analogy of Paulo's situation during the summer arc repeatedly referencing "Gurren Lagann".
  • Hope Spot: "December"...Just..."December"...
  • Hot Teacher: Lani Amalu is awesome.
    • Jessica to Lucy.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The entirety of "Catty Remarks".
  • The Hyena: Rachel is prone to fits of laughing while taking part in teasing.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: Daisy is particularly jealous of all the male attention Tessa and Lucy receive, and assumes it's because of her unremarkable body.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Sandy seems far less attached to modeling than her mother.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Lucy's issues started when she was ostracized by everyone in preschool. Also part of why she's so clingy at times.
  • Imagine Spot: Chapter 59.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Paulo begins getting jealous of Rachel's friend Matt in chapter 81, thinking that she's flirting with yet another guy. The end of the chapter reveals that although Rachel did indeed attempt to woo him, Matt is gay, and has an apparent crush on Lucy's brother, Jordan.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Daisy, outside of incentives, seems like the good girl no matter what. Her dreams...
  • Innocent Innuendo: Yashy was grammatically correct.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Abbey's foster parents.
    • As a small set of examples, Katie has flirted with Mike, Paulo has had flings with girl dogs (particularly Rachel), and David hits on Lucy a lot. Oh, and David may have a thing for Mike earlier and Abbey now.
    • Sue and McCain. Kinda.
      • Not to mention she's the only one who calls him by his first name and never almost never tells him to shut it.
    • It seems like Roger might be in one, or at least might've been in one in chapter 41 "Moving On".
  • Irony: A semi-common occurrence, but Lucy's refusal to get closer to Mike before and the end of Mike's hunt for Sandy may be the biggest two. Dramatic Irony, perhaps.
  • It Doesn't Mean Anything: Lucy kissing Mike at the end of Confrontation.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Abbey.
    • In Disaster Dominoes, Lucy says Mike is too good for her.
      • She may also be holding the same view now that he's ignoring her.
      • As of "Just Beautiful", it's official.
  • Jerk Ass: Augustus and Roger, Tessa's ex-boyfriend. As well as Alejandro, often called "Rapecat"/"Confrontation Cat", who Augustus (Final Fantasy Cat) knows, with potential dark foreshadowing for the future.
    • Alejandro; the only thing good thing about him is that he might have a soft spot for his henchmen Toby and Augustus.
  • Jerkass Façade: Lucy in general to distract from her Sugar and Ice Personality.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Paulo and Tessa; interesting in Tessa's case because she's trying to make up for her years of being a Jerkass.
    • Possibly Jasmine, though she's a bit new to make the call.
  • Just for Pun: It got a short chapter.
  • Jump Scare: Halloween 2011.
  • Karmic Death/Death by Irony: Possibly, Disaster Dominoes Kizuna. The death part. She murdered four known people, and drank/played in their blood. Her murdering, as well as drinking the blood of the OD'd Paulo who had any number of STDs, was not wise.
  • Kick Chick: Lucy can slap and punch hard, but it's her kicks that hurt most. Also see Groin Attack.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: After breaking Abbey psychologically, Augustus starts making fun of him.
    • If Lucy hadn't stalled him, Alejandro would have crushed Mike's skull while down.
  • Killed Off for Real: Kizuna's artist said not to use her, so she's gone. Also, Carson's gone too. As is Carter. In fact, the only fancharacters left are Tess and McCain; all of the others who weren't Killed Off for Real have been Put on a Bus, never to return.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Lucy went through it for Mike, who defended her feelings, long before he decided she didn't love him. What happened?
  • Last-Name Basis: Alec "McCain" McCain.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Mike and Lucy used to be this way. Paulo and Daisy are, according to Paulo himself. The Love Chart says this is how Mike sees Daisy.
  • Limited Wardrobe:
    • Many of the characters don't even wear clothes, further limiting it.
    • It seems Taeshi has a low opinion of her clothes-drawing skills.
    • The About page has a FAQ question related to this.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Apparently, Jessica goes both ways and fancies Lucy. Who knew?
    • Chapter 61 may have raised the number of aware fans. Specifically, this page.
    • On the Ask Roseville High blog, Jasmine was asked her opinion on homosexuality and received glares from both Jess and David.
    • invokedWord of God confirms that she only slept with Paulo to get back at Tess.
  • Little "No": "N-no way. YOU'RE ONE OF THEMMMM!!!!"
  • Logical Fallacies
    Kidnapper: Oh yes. I've got you now! PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER!
    Molly: No I'm not.
    K: You can't fool me, child...
  • Lolcats: Mike: "Do not want!"
    • As well as this Candybooru image.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Lucy's loner preference comes from how she couldn't find acceptance for who she was.
  • Long Distance Relationship: Mike and Sandy.
  • Lovable Coward: Paulo's complete inability to cope with snarling and barking. He has an excuse for those. These two, not so much. Jasmine makes fun accordingly. The last link even has Abbey call him a coward.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Arguably Paulo. The lovable part, not the rest. Since chapter 55, he's been better.
  • Love Bubbles: Paulo and Alegria. Lampshaded with McCain getting a headache from the bubbles as he stares at Sue.
  • Love Chart
    • Official chart as of Chapter 50 here. Beware spoilers. Also in color.
    • And, recently, an update was done. This is as of mid-63.
  • Love Confession: Provides the trope image, even.
  • Love Triangle: SandyxMikexLucy. Also AbbeyxDaisyxAugustus. And maybe SandyxMikexLucyxPaulo.
    • Love Dodecahedron: Though he showed minimal interest, Mike had an Unwanted Harem in middle school. Paulo had feelings for Lucy and Daisy along with other girls he's had flings with, Daisy has complicated feelings for Augustus, Mike, and Abbey, and Rachel has lingering feelings for Paulo. That's not even getting into the secondary or supporting cast here.
  • Loving a Shadow: May have been the case for Mike's past feelings for Lucy. Most of the comics in Volume 1 from before the Acapulco arc and the flashback in "Pillow Talk" shown his romantic interest in her, but after he reveals his hatred for her and how he never saw her as a friend, as well as how quickly he hooked back up with Sandy, it could be implied that he only had a crush on her due to both superficial reasons (i.e. looks, proximity to him) and saw her more as a Replacement Goldfish rather than a true Second Love.
  • MacGuffin: Sandy is one.
  • Malicious Slander: One of Jessica's favorite weapons. One that was used on her by Tess in the past, to devastating effect.
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman: In Janurary 7 of 2011's incentive comic when, somehow, Paulo and Lucy trade bodies. Paulo's hands take notice rather quickly.
  • Master of the Mixed Message:
    • Mike is actually sick of it from Lucy.
    • Tess also shows... tendencies...
      • Tess really REALLY likes Paulo, but refuses to let herself get close to him, since she's two years ahead of him and will end up leaving soon. Cue drama. For an in-depth reasoning, see Freudian Excuse.
  • Megaton Punch/Armor-Piercing Slap: Lucy can be a bit violent. She usually isn't so often these days.
  • Melodrama:
  • Meta Guy: David is the most prone to breaking the fourth wall and shout outs.
  • Moment Killer:
  • Motor Mouth: Rachel is prone to blabbing secrets and saying tactless things when excited/amused. See Dope Slap.
  • Mouthy Kid: Yashy, Lucy, occasionally Paulo, Mike under the influence...
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: The Double Standard is explored.
  • Narm: In-Universe example. Not the comic itself, but the movie Paulo and Jasmine go to see is apparently rife with it.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Averted with Mike. He's a lightweight.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. Lucy to Mike, Tess to the school, Jessica to the school, though she did nothing, Augustus to a large enough portion of fans.
  • Never My Fault: Abbey's father tore his family apart with his Domestic Abuse, but when the consequences caught up to him? He blamed Abbey.
  • The Nicknamer: Daisy (Mikie, Davie, Tessie) and Chirpy (girl-kitty, boy-kitty, curly-kitty, messy-kitty, meanie-kitty, boy-doggie), etc...
    • Yashy (Lucy/Mom) (Chirpy/Chirps) (Mike/Flea/Fleabag) (especially Daisy/Whore) (???/Blur), and Lily likes to add "-dear" to names.
    • Random people seem to call Mike "green eyes" and Lucy "blue eyes" in-comic. Most recent example is in chapter 61. Some readers consider it an ominous reference to a much earlier chapter.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Chapter 91 (Dial Tone) is this, whilst also mixing in several Cerebus Retcons.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Mike, oddly enough.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Confrontation, but especially this page.
    Daisy: Umm, guys... I think you're going to kill him...
    Mike and Lucy: NO WE'RE NOT!
  • No Name Given: The characters' last names are a mystery, except Tessa because she's originally a fan character. Also, Blur. Amnesia does that.
  • No Sense of Personal Space or Personal Space Invader: David. Dude. Not cool. When the group The Casanova is disturbed, you should take notice.
  • Non Sequitur: Oh, David!
  • Nosebleed: Not a comedic one, like the other examples were.
  • No Yay: In-Universe. David trying to ship Paulo with Daisy consistently squicked him. Probably the Incest Subtext. Though, as David brought up, they're Not Blood Siblings. Jasmine agrees with the ship. At least teasingly.
  • Not So Different: Lucy and Paulo in "Magic Tricks".
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Alecnote , Augustusnote , and Alejandronote  are not often referred to by name.
  • Only Sane Man: Sue
    • McCain thinks of himself as this, but his general lack of tact says otherwise.
  • The Ophelia: Lucy, when she thinks Mike has died during summer vacation.
    • Lucy again, by Taeshi. Happier ending, though.
  • Opposites Attract
  • Ordinary High-School Student
  • Panty Shot: Daisy, when she slips during a cheerleading performance.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Here. Amaya actually works at a movie theater as well.
  • Perverse Sexual Lust: "I would TOTALLY f**k Lucy."
  • Petting Zoo People
  • Phrase Catcher: "Shut it, McCain!"
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Minor examples. Royals.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Sort of. At the start, Lucy has her bow and Mike's scarf is blue. Mike gets another when he restarts his relationship with Sandy.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Lucy should get the phrase tattooed on her forehead, no matter how much she tries to hide it.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "You hurt Mike. That's the meanest of all."
  • Properly Paranoid: Possibly Justin's reaction to meeting David again.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Who didn't see trouble coming when they started smirking?
    • Here and a few less-impressive ones two pages later.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Conversed. Mike, Abby, and David believe dreams can be so. Lucy doesn't.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
  • The Quiet One: Alec, while Amaya is The Silent Bob.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight:
  • Rape as Drama: Alejandro intended to do this to Lucy. Augustus intended it for Daisy after breaking her down. The latter one was mentioned here later.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: A fair chunk of the fandom will hate any attempted rapists instantly.
  • Really Gets Around: Popularly believed to be Jessica. Averted, though, by Pillow Talk. Rachel,on the other hand...
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • In "December", Mike nastily picks apart how he perceives Lucy's character.
    • Paulo gets this too, from Jasmine. After he has broken up with her for Lucy, when Lucy is gone she walks into Daisy's study party and finds Rachel all over him. After the party, she picks him apart with a short speech.
    • Mike gets several from many different characters after laying into Lucy in "December" and her suicide attempt, but the one that stung the most was Lucy herself essentially cutting off all branches with him when he poorly attempts to apologize for his behavior.
  • Recap Episode: The first chapter of Book Two serves as this for all of the developments in the first few years of the comic, and Chapter 97 serves as a refresher for everything that happened since Lucy's suicide attempt and school transfer.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: "Pillow Talk" reveals the old Tess was quite the nasty piece of work. Small wonder she's had trouble getting others to accept her...
  • Relationship Upgrade: Subverted: More like a relationship downgrade in Lucy's case...
  • Remember the New Guy: Let's face it, people: Suddenly introducing Sam, Lucy's brother SIXTY-THREE chapters in was a bit jarring... Which is to say nothing of Haley, Mike's sister, who was introduced five chapters after that!
  • Replacement Goldfish: Lucy on both sides of it.
  • The Reveal: Finally, we learn the true reason why Jessica hates Tess.
  • Rich Bitch: Tess was one in the past. Still rich, not so bitchy now.
  • Romance Novel: Jasmine's interest in Twilight.
  • Rousing Speech: Abbey gives a big one.
  • Rule of Drama: Often in effect and a driving force of the comic, along with Character Development.
  • Running Gag: "Hi, I'm Daisy!"
  • Sanity Slippage: In Disaster Dominoes, Kizuna was losing it. Daisy and Lucy didn't look any better either.
  • Say It with Hearts: Personally, I think you get it.
  • Scars Are Forever:
    • Final Fantasy Cat has a scar he tries to cover up with his hair.
    • Kizuna has one on her left arm. She begins to explain, but then David cuts her off and we never hear how she got it. note 
    • Out of Focus, but Alejandro got a scar from his old girlfriend. It's one of his defining appearance details.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: While already pretty, the prom/carnival night Daisy and Tess were gorgeous.
  • She is Not My Girlfriend: Mike toward Lucy around the start of the comic. Paulo and Tessa as well.
  • Ship Sinking:
    • Any possibility of Mike/Lucy, after Lucy cuts off all ties with him in Chapter 96.
    • Paulo/Lucy tanks hard when Lucy tells Paulo that he never had a chance in Chapter 97.
    • At this point, almost the entire BCB ship fleet is sunk at this moment. The only ones who are still stable are Jessica X Madison and Mike X Sandy (with the latter in real danger of suffering the same fate). Other than that, the only heterosexual ship that even has a remote chance at becoming canon is Paulo X Daisy.
  • Ship Tease: Sue's example in Doesn't Know Her Own Strength, post crushing Mike, looks rather sweet.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • David wants Paulo and Daisy to end up together, whereas Tessa and Abbey question Mike's relationship with Sandy when they would prefer him to be with Lucy.
    • Also the pets, who continually make allusions to the attraction between Lucy and Mike, are actively belligerent to anyone else who likes Mike (at least, Yashy is), and, well... this.
    • I say this shows they were right.
    • David in chapter 45 for Paulo.
    • The artist did the appropriately named Shipper On Deck. This may well explain where Liam popping up came from.
    • Sue got Lucy and Mike into the lead roles of her play, making them have to be near each other...
  • Self-Insert Fic: Said that Lucy may be Taeshi's self insert here.
  • Sex Is Evil: The main teacher from middle school was some kind of Sex Knight Templar.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Besides David (mostly) being absent from any major drama, when Lucy's pets leave with her and Blur runs away, you know dark times are ahead.
  • Shout-Out: Pokémon, Di Gi Charat, and Ace Attorney references are scattered all throughout the comic.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts:
  • Significant Birth Date: The Flower Girl was born on March 27, when Yukio Ozaki donated cherry trees to Washington D.C.
    • Molly was born on Children's Day in Japan.
    • Augustus was born on October 1st, which is the day 4chan was founded.
      • RULES ONE AND TWO
      • Which, of course, haven't actually been broken yet.
  • Single-Target Sexuality:
    • Abbey only likes Daisy, unlike everyone else who have various crushes and attractions. Abbey and Augustus can't stand each other, but both are the same way over the same girl.
      • For Augustus, may' be jossed eventually, based on this hint at future events.
    • CARTER LOVES LUCY
    • Kizuna only showed romantic interest in David.
  • Slasher Smile: And then there was barking...
  • Sleep Cute: D'awwww! Also a tearjerker.
  • Smooch of Victory: The end of "Confrontation".
    • Sadly, Lucy's tsundere-ism probably led to how things are now.
  • Smug Snake: Augustus has tried to be the Manipulative Bastard, though these friends do talk.
  • Squee!: Abbey's stress ball, though his facial expression is anything-but. Actually, going by page comments, panel 7 makes some people want to love him. And others just find it hilarious.
  • Stage Mom: Sandy's mom wants her to be a model.
  • Stalker With a Crush: Carter (to Lucy), Kizuna (to David), David (to the flower girl).
    • Debatably, Daisy used to be this to Mike. She, seemingly like David and Paulo, who said they were stalking Lucy, would pop up for no adequately explained reason constantly. Even so, she was usually not annoying about it.
    • And then there was Final Fantasy Cat to Daisy...
  • Status Quo Is God: 'Shake things up with Sue' campaign was being troubled by people wanting unrealistic things, rather than Sue and Alec's realistic goals. The point of the idea was to not just get some random popular kid in office. Silly Sue, realistic policies? Nobody is gonna vote for those!
  • Stealth Pun: What David sees most innuendo as.
  • Stepford Smiler: Molly at times.
  • Stereotype Gay: Carson.
  • Stock Phrases: "Oh, Carson! What'll I ever do with you!" He answered.
  • Straight Gay: Matt
  • Stupid Sexy Paulo: Mike's dream during the vacation. He was less than happy. He also looks really good in clothes.
  • Stupid Sexy Friend: Both Mike and Lucy had this going for one another in earlier chapters.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Not shown yet, but Alec is ONLY seen wearing them.
  • Technicolor Eyes
  • Teen Genius: Daisy, to the point that she tutored Tessa, who is two years above her.
    • Sue, as Paulo said, is "...too smart for me. The annoying kind of smart...", suggesting she is probably one too. That gets mentioned in Confrontation, too. She is smart, but may be outclassed by Daisy. Chapter 62 has more on this.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics:
    • What Lucy's bow originally was. It's not necessary anymore, but it's her bow.
    • The real difference between girl and boy animals? In the absence of breasts, the girls have eyelashes, and the boys do not.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: As Lucy and Tess struggle over their feelings for Paulo, he finally chooses... the freshman Jasmine, introduced completely out of nowhere! However, he still harbors interest in Lucy, and ultimately breaks up with Jasmine for her. Not that he counted on her moving away, of course.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: The sex teacher.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: This really helps with attraction hints.
  • Time Skip: In "Another Path", the daydream chapter.
  • Together in Death: In Disaster Dominoes, shortly after Mike is killed, Lucy jumps from the roof of the school to join him.
  • Tomboy: So much so that Lucy didn't get along well with girls in elementary school and only wanted to play with cars.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Lucy and Daisy respectively.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Mike temporarily during the Confrontation chapter while he was drunk. But not for long.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Some view Mike as this after Lucy confessed her love to him
    • Anyone who still thinks Mike hasn't taken several levels in Jerk Ass clearly hasn't read these recent comics.
  • Tsundere: Lucy
    • This tendency doesn't go too far. Lucy, while occasionally sweet, is more often than not rude, condescending, and violent. Mike, the main object of both her abusive and dependent tendencies, finally gets sick of her BS, and even though he handles the situation less than well, quite rightfully points out that his friends always make him out to be the "bad guy" despite being all but trapped in a toxic friendship since before elementary school.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Lucy and Tess.
  • True Companions: Lucy, Mike, Paulo, David, and Daisy made the original five before Tessa and Abbey showed up in high school. Shortly after most of the main cast's Sophomore year begins, Jasmine comes into the picture. She is working towards potentially being a member.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Augustus (Final Fantasy Cat) beat Abbey by implying this, but then lost since he couldn't hope to be close to Daisy afterward.
    • Disaster Dominoes' Abbey was a less than good boyfriend...
  • T-Word Euphemism: After Kizuna was inelegantly booted from the comic, the forum's swear filter was used in reverse on her name, to discourage further discussion of the character. When she has to be mentioned, it's usually as K-Dog.
    • Trying to post her name on the actual forums gets it changed to "getting fucked in the ass". Yes, really.
  • Two-Teacher School: There are several "repeat teachers" since high school.
  • Under the Mistletoe: Tessa and Paulo.
  • The Unfair Sex: When Mike first revealed he had a longtime crush on Sandy, he was immediately accused of 'cheating' on Lucy and suffered several Amusing Injuries at the hands of 'angry feminists'. This happened again at the end of "Left Behind", with Paulo teasing Mike about — GASP!talking to Tess and calling a 'crazy feminist SWAT team' down on him. Has since been deconstructed in that the utter Lack of Empathy Mike has gotten from his friends after rejecting Lucy's confession because he was already in a Long Distance Relationship with Sandy only seems to be hardening his heart further.
  • Unknown Rival: Lucy toward Mike.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Lucy to some extent, but especially Daisy.
    • Based on chapter 59, Paulo has elements of this.
    • Lucy in Pillow Talk seems to feel this way more than ever.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: And how! First we have Mike crushing on Lucy, and Lucy's Tsundere reactions. Then we get Lucy toning down the bullshit and looking at Mike more romantically...after said Tsundere antics drive him away. And then ultimately it's subverted. Lucy moves on from the experience and cuts off her ties with Mike, and Mike's stuck wanting to apologize but can't since he wanted those ties gone in the first place.
  • Valley Girl: Katie and Stacy. Subverted with Stacy, since she's very skilled with the written word in spite of how she talks.
  • Vignette Episode: "Everyday Life", the intermission chapter after 97, showcases various characters' lives and actions after certain events.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Mike and Lucy. Type 2. Originally.
    • Mike and Paulo at times. Also type 2. Best buds is pushing it, though.
      • Even then, Mike is finally reaching the point where he's had it with Paulo's teasing. This can only end badly.
  • The Voiceless: Amaya never talks where we see it.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Lucy's reaction to Mike's "The Reason You Suck" Speech and subsequent proclamation of hatred towards her in "December".
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Lucy's pretty tough, but reasonably deep water or the idea of trying to swim can freak her out easily. Paulo can be reduced to cowering by mean growling and most barking. Both have childhood trauma justifying it.
    • The relevant chapters and biggest examples are:
  • Webcomic Time: The Summer Vacation arc took practically a year, lampshaded in a Christmas comic: Once Mike realised they're still in Acapulco, the wintry scene changed to a beach.
    • So far, the comic is still in the 2007-2008 school year from the looks of it.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: "Attention Please." ends with it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Possibly Abbey's standards for his run in school politics.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Mike and Lucy, once very loyal, if vitriolic, best friends in earlier chapters, now cannot even be in the same room together. yeah, it's gotten that bad!
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 51, where Lucy finally works up the courage to tell Mike she loves him... only for him to reject her on account of him already having a girlfriend. Possibly WORSE is Chapter 52, where Mike finally gets sick of Lucy's awful behavior towards him, leaving her nearly broken inside. Keep in mind that nearly the entire comic had been built upon Mike's friendship with Lucy, and his willingness to look past her attitude to see who she really was. Yeah. WHAM.
    • "Pillow Talk" just has to be one of the wham chapters so far. First, Mike ignores Lucy on her birthday, breaking her more, which then reveals that he's been ignoring her since the debate in "Feline Filibusters". Then, The Reveal on why Jess hates Tess (see Freudian Excuse). And then Lucy's flashback to when she had her real first kiss and Mike gave her a chance to have a relationship with him. But then, she pushes away that chance due to them being twelve at the time. When it ended, Lucy then realizes that her chances with Mike now are gone. Yeah...
    • "December". After it seems like the two are finally somewhat reconciling, Mike is reminded why he's been avoiding Lucy for so long. Mike then DESTROYS whatever is left of his friendship with Lucy, leaving the already emotionally wrecked latter in even worse condition. Merry Christmas everyone!
    • "Breaking Up". Lucy gets Put on a Bus, Paulo begins to break down, and Mike finally begins to realize how horribly he'd acted in the past few months.
    • Chapters 95 and 96 are a twofer. Lucy returns, Abbey and Daisy break up, and Lucy announces that she wants nothing to do with Mike anymore.
  • Wham Line:
    • "What am I supposed to do?!"
    • "I HATE YOU."
    • "Breaking Up" boasts several.
    Ms. Amalu: Lucy will no longer be attending this school.
    Paulo: You don't fucking GET IT! (In response to Daisy trying to calm him down when trying to learn what happened to Lucy)
    Yashy: G'bye, Mike.note 
    • "Happy Hour" also had one from Daisy to Mike.
    Daisy: What made [Lucy] better than me?
    • "Model Girlfriend"
    Sandy: Why don't you just GROW UP?!
    • "Love Again" has more than one.
    Lucy: And I'll have you know, [Agustusus] is the boy who saved my life.
    Lucy: (After surviving an attempted suicide by jumping off a rooftop.) What just...It hurts...it...it hurts...what did I...
    • "Unspoken Rule"
    Lucy: I don't fucking like you anymore, okay?
  • Wham Shot: Dial Tone episode 2: Mike turns the corner in school and runs smack dab into Lucy.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Lucy.
  • What If?:
    • "Disaster Dominoes" (thankfully noncanon) asks "What if one of the characters suddenly became an Ax-Crazy mass murderer? The answer? Very unpleasent stuff happens.
    • Another Path asks, What if Paulo had sex with Lucy during her mental breakdown in "Another Shoulder"? Answer: Paulo and Lucy get together and the strip would end with both Lucy and Mike happy with their respective loves.
    • Another Chance asks, What if Abbey didn't show up in "Love My Way"? Answer: Augustus would've just kissed Daisy, and she still would be talking to him. Oh, and Abbey and Daisy would not get together.
  • When She Smiles: Lucy, oh so much. We, as the viewers, see a lot more smiles than other characters.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: "Troubled Waters", "Misunderstanding and Change".
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Alejandro as he beat and brutalized Lucy.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Mike and Lucy. At the moment, it looks like they won't.
    • Lampshaded in the FAQ page, where for a while, the last question was "Will Mike and Lucy end up together (or something alike)?" The answer would actually blink alternately between Yes and No. Some people took it seriously, and it was eventually removed.
  • With Friends Like These...: Paulo and Mike don't get along well at all, despite being "friends" since the fifth grade.
    • They are both athletes with a lot of the same close friends.
      • Vitriolic Best Buds may be closer to their relationship, since Paulo insults Michael a lot more than proper for most definitions of friend.
    • Mike and Lucy. Originally.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Alejandro.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The events of "Breaking Up" and beyond.
    • Actually, the whole cast of characters suffer from this, but the spoiler mention above prove this the best
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Interesting in the case of all the characters being a realistic cat/dog color scheme. Then Jessica is introduced, who is pinkish-purple.


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