Webcomic / Charby the Vampirate

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Menu, Charby, Zeno & Tony
Charby the Vampirate (recently moved to its own site!) is a webcomic that has been hosted on the webcomic site The Duck since 2004. Though it preceded the other two "Vampirates" by a year, it wasn't terribly notable until the art improved. It started off as a loosely linear, dark comedy, based on horror movie send ups and a Take That! of the Spinoff Babies phenomenon but revealed later that it actually has a plot and detailed setting. Patreon supporters of the comic have access to more content and lore.

The title is a bit deceptive because while the titular character is a main character, he's not THE main character. The comic revolves around the trials and tribulations, lives and unlives of the various denizens of an isolated tourist town named "Kellwood". The comic typically focuses on the residents of a bizarre cabin in the woods, where Charby and his werewolf best friend Menu have accumulated a crowd of friends that now live there too. It also follows the goings-on of a monster hunting organization that is keeping the evil beasties living in Kellwood's dense, mountainous forests from snacking on the town's residents. Currently the cast amounts to more than 95 named characters, all with their own personalities.

The "Vampirate" bit is addressed within the first few revamped (ha! pun!) pages of the character's origin, and is referred to in some of the character's traits (his weapon of choice is two hooks, and his battle cry is "Yarrr!" and he wears a lot of stripey pirate shirts).

Despite some instances of gratuitous blood spilling (it is paying homage to monster movies after all) the comic is actually pretty tame beyond that, as there's no swearing, nudity, sex or obvious fan service. A few cheeky jokes here, and there but nothing offensive. It's rather more like a hyperviolent children's Saturday morning cartoon, if anything.


This comic provides examples of:

    A - E 
  • Adults Are Useless: For the most part. The number of unsupervised children that make their way to be killed or maimed in the forest is ridiculously high considering that it is well known to be a place where people disappear. Victor has two parents who don't believe him about the supernatural and those adults which do and are protecting him are trying to get him to ignore it while hiding themselves and their intentions towards him.
  • Abusive Parents: So so many. Zeno’s parents behaved as if they didn’t even have a son before abandoning him in a monster filled forest.Victor’s mother is a terrible woman who treats everything that goes even slightly wrong with him or his brother as his fault, jumps to the conclusion that his injuries and illnesses are a sign of a budding serial killer and drug-dealer and refuses to get him any help or properly cooperate with child services in order to ensure her family stays “normal”. Victor’s father supports his wife unconditionally and defends her adamantly to anyone who questions her horrible treatment of her children. Daray’s parents much preferred his elder brother and sent him on his dragon hunt intending he never return before disowning him and putting a kill on sight bounty on him.
  • Accidental Murder: Charby accidentally kills a teenager he only intended to frighten in order to teach the rude kid a lesson due to his poor control over his strength combined with relative human fragility.
  • Achilles' Heel: Vampires have the traditional ones of holy water, sunlight, garlic, and the need to count. Alps loose almost all their powers if their tarnkappe is stolen and are also weak to iron, lemons, and must leave through the same place they entered. Werewolves can only be reliably killed with silver.
  • Action Girl: The women working in Blaine’s hunter organization are all excellent shots with a crossbow and gun and decent to excellent martial artists as well.
  • Adorkable: Sometimes Zeno comes off this way, and Hexavier of all people turns into this when asking for a date.
  • Adult Fear: Children die at an alarming rate in Kellwood and on the edges of the forest which houses at least one powerful telepathic vampire that prefers human children as prey and a giant floating demon that looks like an oversized blue teddy bear when sitting that has eaten or vaporized at least 8 kids and likes to hang out by the park.
  • Adults Are Useless: Adults in Kellwood are generally useless as children are rarely seen with any sort of adult supervision. On a more specific note Victor was haunted by the supernatural trying to kill him growing up and parents who not only refused to believe anything he said about the attacks but that any attacks were happening at all.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Bert ruffles Blaine's hair after saving a teen aged Blaine from a werewolf. Charby gives Vic a noogie after they reconcile.
  • The Alcoholic: Sadick’s mangled ear and missing eye occurred in bar fights and he eventually had to leave his home in a drunken haze.
  • Alien Blood: The Orrotta have violet blood.
  • All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles: Implied for threat:
    Hydrangea Benson: What is the meaning of this ridiculous school outfit?!
    Kavonn: That is a warning. You had best leave before I have a bad hair day!
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Torie claims she always liked bad boys and is interested in Daray to try and get him to drop his guard so she can kill him but he doesn't buy it for a minute.
  • All There in the Manual: There is a fair amount of information not explicitly in the comic that can be found on the wiki or the author’s posts which explain things about some of the monsters in Kellwood and when things are taking place.
  • All Men Are Perverts: A pretty face and a large bust size is all it takes to distract (and get lewd comments from) nearly all the male characters in the comic.
  • All Trolls Are Different: Here they are pointy eared, horned and green.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: Werewolves have this, as does Charby after acquiring a super-powered evil side.
  • Alternate Universe: The wraith is from one, how he arrived in the one in which Charby and the others live is unknown.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Initially the Skzzldrix, until the first good parent seen in the comic is a very nice one that loves puns and horrible dad jokes.
  • And I Must Scream: Cyril’s fate of being pinned by his own blade unable to move or die and reduced to a skeletal appearance.
  • Animal Gender-Bender Charby's "skeetos", Sanguine and Malaria
  • Anxiety Dreams: Charby has these. After a friend looses control and blows up Charby’s head.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Zeno. It starts to really grate on Tony within a month of moving in, though he doesn’t really know Zeno very well yet and they become close friends anyway.
  • Art Evolution: Here's one of the first pages and a more recent page.
  • Art Shift: This dream of Tony’s.
  • Asshole Victim: Most of Hexavier’s victims are this.
  • Ate It All: Menu does this, at least once with a meal all the housemates were looking forward to and has to face consequences.
  • The Atoner: Daray sets out to atone for hunting dragons, and believing the lies about them he was fed as a child after befriending a half-dragon.
  • Attractive Zombie: Mye has quite a few admirers among short demons and fay. It helps that in many ways her body is alive if not aging and therefore not rotting.
  • Back from the Dead: Many of the characters start out already having done this:
    • Charby was killed and came back as a vampire in the 1600s
    • Hex and Mye were killed and brought back as zombies in the 1680s
    • The Petrucci siblings were killed and came back as vampires in the 1800s
    • Zeno was resurrected shortly before the start of the comic.
    • Gabby comes back as a vampire after Charby tried to kill the child early on in the comic.
    • Mye is brought back by Hex after Zeno accidentally kills her in a fit of rage when she steps between him and his intended target.
  • Badass Adorable Sure, they could kill us. But they're so CUTE!
  • Badass Boast: When Zeno is freaking out over endangering his newfound friends:
    Charby: I don't think we've been properly introduced. I'm Charby. I'm a vampire. I've lived in Kellwood for over 300 years. I survived getting stabbed clean through the chest with a sword! I pulled it out and cut the other guy's head off! Whatever is after you it's no challenge for me and Menulis.
  • Badass Family: The Marlowes, who have been fighting the supernatural and magical evil cults for generations. It unfortunately skipped a generation with Victor’s father.
  • Badass Grandpa: Victor’s grandfather, John Marlowe, the most dangerous monster hunter in the series and his grandfather who fought Ash Circle cultists in the 1920s.
  • Badass Longcoat: Victor, and his boss Blaine. Charby also has a dark long coat, his has the bottom edge torn into pointed strips.
  • Bad Dreams: Zeno has terrifying flashback nightmares about his time wandering alone in the woods and being experimented on.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Kavonn inflicts this on some characters that try to kill him and steal his staff.
  • Barbarian Longhair: K’ale, whose people seem to have kept their hair a bit neater and shorter than he prefers to keep his before they were almost completely wiped out.
  • Bare Your Midriff: If a girl asks Kavonn for an outfit he tends give them this.
  • Basement-Dweller: As the cabin is built over and impressive complex of caves which consist of the basement several characters have their rooms there including Tony, Hex, Crispo and Fay. Hex spends almost all of his time in the Byss Laboratory in the basement.
  • Bat Out of Hell: One of the forms Charby uses on multiple occasions is that of an albino bat.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Tony ends up entering a friend's mind to battle the one possessing them.
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: The demon market in Kellwood Forest.
  • Bears are Bad News: Munchie, who regularly eats other monsters and humans alike. Quixoto used to feed his leftovers to one until that didn’t work out with Charby.
  • Beautiful All Along: Subverted, Charby removes a girl's glasses to use this to shame some bullies, they feel sorry for her instead.
  • Befriending the Enemy: Victor ends up with a vampire as his best friend.
  • Berserk Button: Charby doesn’t care for pirates or the epithet Little Devil.
  • Big Eater: Menulis has an insatiable appetite caused by constantly being wolfed out, he can and has eaten a meal intended for all the cabin’s occupants. When there were fifteen of them. Mannick and Yiska earned their places in the cabin by feeding him.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Remote Beast, who is made out of several dogs.
  • Big Guy Rodeo: Charby hops on the backs of larger opponents during fights on several occasions, like with the monster from the pit that made its way into the cabin.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Benson siblings, who will cheerfully try and murder someone for breaking the heart of their equally murderous littlest sister.
  • Bilingual Bonus: For Geman speakers occasionally with Tony and sometimes for Spanish speakers with Zeno.
  • Bindle Stick: When Charby escaped from Captain Blackheart's ship he packed his belongings in a knapsack tied to a stick.
  • Birthday Episode: Mye guesses at the right time of year for Charby’s birthday as he does not remember when it is and throws him a surprise party.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Kimberly Marlowe has gone to great lengths to have herself and her family seen as “normal” while abusing one of her sons and giving preferential treatment to the other.
  • Black and Gray Morality: The cabin contains a couple of mass murderers and several characters who are generally ok with this even if they don’t like killing or only kill under certain circumstances. This gets muddied at the comic progresses with the addition of new characters and character growth for the old.
  • Black Comedy: Many deaths and maimings are played for laughs, especially those inflicted by Hex in the old archives.
  • Black Sheep: Daray and Victor whose parents much prefer their brothers.
  • Bland-Name Product: Polar Bar, Big Suk soda and Spork spam.
  • Blatant Lies: Darryn’s ex Torie when trying to get Daray to drop his guard.
  • Blind Mistake: Victor’s grandmother unknowingly drives into oncoming traffic.
  • Blood Lust: Vampires are slave to their desire for blood if they aren't full already and smell some, Elites in particular are wont to loose their minds and transform into gigantic beasts to hunt down every human in the vicinity if they are hungry and exposed to blood.
  • Blue Blood: While Samrick is the Demon King of Kellwood he had to split his conquests into the Grand Kingdoms and the Alliance in order to manage it all meaning that the fairy, elf, goblin and other royalty is not only still around but still ruling. There are also those who do not bow to Samrick like King Rodericke.
  • Body Motifs: Eyes are a recurring motif,
    • Charby stabbing Captain Blackheart's eyes
    • "Devil Eyes" Quixoto
    • Tony keeping his eyes transformed at all times in remembrance of a friend.
    • John being first seen as a close up on his glowing eyes, showing his opponents as reflections in his glasses.
    • Victor’s werewolf damaged left eye.
    • Sadick’s missing right eye.
    • Kavonn’s torn lower lids.
    • Mannick’s mismatched red and blue eyes
    • Princess Ervaine’s tattoo above and below her right eye.
    • LaBelle’s torn lower lids.
    • The claps on the cloaks Rodericke and his followers wear look like red eyes.
    • "No one seems to notice our freakish dead eyes one way or another!" —Mye
    • The focus on Dr. Hayter's glasses.
    • Zeno’s eyes turn red when he’s possessed by the wraith.
  • Brainless Beauty: Hydrangea Benson who is easily distracted with the same “Look behind you trick” repeatedly.
  • Break the Cutie: Zeno had this happen to him before the story even started.
  • Breaking and Bloodsucking: Charby did this at least once in the old archives, even though those in the house took measures to protect themselves from vampires.
  • Bully Hunter: Charby and Hex sort of think of themselves as this when in reality they both are bullies and murderers (Charby only towards humans, Hex towards anyone that isn't his sister). However Hex is well aware he is the "evil twin" and does not care and Charby starts to change for the better after befriending Victor.
  • Came Back Wrong:
    • Victoria has a significant personality change for the worse when she returns as a vampire.
    • It is implied that Zeno’s resurrection was left incomplete when the Orrotta that raised him were killed.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: “Devil Eyes” Quixoto, the skirt chasing, child hunting, telepathic ancient vampire with eerie glowing eyes.
  • Carrying a Cake: Zeno has trouble with a cake for Mye after spending his morning baking it.
  • Cassandra Truth: Victor’s parents did not believe him about the supernatural things attacking him and thought he was lying and acting out as a child.
  • Catch-Phrase: "I like chicken". Quite matter-of-factly indeed.
  • Central Theme: Family is one, most of the main character have terrible or dead birth families but find new ones in each other.
  • The Chessmaster: There is a reason Samrick rules over a grand alliance and multiple kingdoms in Kellwood.
  • Children Are Innocent: K’ale’s little brother Bojo plays this straight as do flashbacks to Charby’s time as a human where his victim-hood is played up. The little welf children in Leonard's pack are also large eyed innocent kids. Human children in Kellwood die all the time due to unawareness of the supernatural and often show rather out of control sides in a subversion of the trope, possibly because children in Kellwood seem to be very rarely supervised if at all.
  • The Chosen One: The demon scythe can only be drawn out of the rock it’s stuck in by the Scotodino’s chosen one. The elites are trying to recruit their own to a cause.
  • Cock Fight: A downplayed one between Blaine and Victor when they are vying for Victoria’s hand. It ends up leading to her death.
  • Cold Iron: Tony and other alps have a weakness to it.
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: Avonlea when fighting Jozk.
  • Comes Great Insanity: Charby and Zerlocke both have a great deal of trouble controlling themselves while using the magic weapons they acquire.
  • Compelling Voice: Vampires can use this to placate prey, or convince people to let them get away with things.
  • Convenient Cranny: Menu escapes from the much larger werewolf that turned him by fleeing into a small abandoned mine shaft it can't fit in.
  • Cool Pet: Charby's Mr. Noodle, the werewolf infected vampire dachshund, and the skeetos Sanguine and Malaria. Remote Beast whom Hex and Zeno built out of cats and dogs that seems to like Tony more than the other cabin residents. Hex’s zombie cat Masan. Fay’s overprotective “monkey weasel” Meerse.
  • Costume Porn: During the party at Samrick’s castle everyone wore very nice clothes.
  • Crashing Dreams: Tony is licked by Remote Beast while asleep and it is incorporated his dream.
    • Thunder while Charby is dreaming brings in some ambiance.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Zeno’s insecurities turn him into this.
  • Creature-Hunter Organization: Blaine is running one out of Kellwood City funded by the city after he frightened the mayor with evidence the supernatural predators in Kellwood are real.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Mauled to death by shopping carts among others courtesy of Hexavier.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: The author has written up a detailed history of the Kingdoms of Kellwood for herself as reference some of which is referenced in the comic, it’s just none of the main characters care much.
  • Culture Clash: The cabin contains people from many walks of life including one resident that had never seen a microwave before and on a more serious note a resident that had never met anyone that could be harmed by fire prior to moving in which led to some painful misunderstandings.
  • Cultural Posturing: The eleven kingdom of Eldenlon considers itself to be much more civilized than the other kingdoms in the forest.
  • Cute Witch: Mye, natch.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Most cast members whose pasts we know anything about.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Blaine, one of the most heroic characters in the story, wears a long black coat and is always armed. Charby, when he stops killing humans for sport and then stops killing them altogether, still wears his black cape or a dark coat when he goes out.
  • Daywalking Vampire: The elites.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: The fairy courts. The Vampire court is this as well for all that they remain hidden and plotting in caves (at least during the day).
  • Deadly Gaze: An alp’s evil eye is the only power they are known to keep even without their tarnkappe.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Charby, Tony, Hex, Glen and Kavonn in spades, and Victor grows into one.
  • Death by Irony: Nameless one-shot humans have this happen to them quite frequently near the start of the comic.
  • Death by Origin Story: Zeno’s adoptive family, Blaine’s parents, Charby’s first girlfriend along with her entire town, and Tony’s alp friend Olaf.
    • Daray’s brother Darryn as well.
  • Death Glare: Several characters have done this, Rosemary Petrucci has had some notable ones.
  • Defeat by Modesty: "Looks like you came out on top after all!" -Adria
    • More like "attempted defeat by modesty", as Mye is unwilling to get killed just to preserve her decency.
  • Defiant to the End: Jozk, who is incredibly offended by Avonlea’s offer for him to join her.
  • Demonic Possession: Zeno has been possessed. Alps like Tony and Yiska have the ability to possess others and look through their memories.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Charby recounts the tale of his first girlfriend and the events that lead to him devouring her and her entire village by accident, to a lovelorn Zeno.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Charby and Victor were both turned down by Victoria, who has no interest in dating and sees Charby as nothing more than a murderous undead 'child' that needs to be killed.
  • Disguised in Drag: K’ale in order to sneak into a party at the Demon King’s palace.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: The snathe and scythe of the Demon Scythe were separated before the start of the story.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Hexavier tends to deal out cruel and unusual deaths to those who make him mad, or irritated. Charby is fond of this towards humans, murdering even children for annoying him though he starts to behave differently after befriending Victor.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: Kavonn does this when discussing what Mannick is with Daray.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: K’ale refuses to be when a fairy princess tries to propose casual sex to pass the time. He is understandably already very upset with her even before she does so.
  • Distressed Damsel: Mye has this happen a lot, at least once being abducted three times in one night. She was not pleased. Since she’s got her wand back now this is going to be harder for future individuals to accomplish as her magic was extremely limited without it.
  • Distressed Dude: Zeno has a recurring issue of being possessed and starts out as pretty powerless while also attracting monsters that want to eat him.
    • K’ale ends up enslaved.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: When Mye makes sausages for Tony over a misunderstanding Yiska takes advantage of.
  • Double Entendre: Yiska is amused by them, and likes to point them out even when she made them up “Sounds a little Freudian, dont'cha think?”
  • The Dreaded: Several:
    • Kavonn becomes such for LaBelle, Sadick and K’ale after LaBelle steals his staff and he tracks them down.
    • Charby for the surviving ninjas operating in Kellwood
  • Dream Land: Tony notes that the mental landscape is different if a person is awake or asleep.
  • Dream Walker: Alps like Tony and Yiska have this ability.
  • Dressed to Plunder: The pirates in the prologue.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: K'ale and Zeno have been mistaken for girls
  • Dumb Muscle: The hunter Mort, especially when paired with his cousin Glen with whom he does nearly everything.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Yiska was at the party in King Samrick’s castle and can be spotted in the background.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Charby's horned hairdo didn't show up consistently until later on in the comic, though the few pages in which he didn't have it are part of ReVamped and have been redrawn.
  • Easily Forgiven: After Zeno kills Mye they don’t break up instead having a teary reunion when she’s brought back and surprisingly Hex doesn’t kill him.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: When Mye and Yiska disguise themselves as human adults to go a coffee shop in Kellwood they enjoy the men that happen to pass by the outdoor table they’re sitting at.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: The Vampire Court operates out of a series of caves and tunnels, King Samrick’s castle is carved into the side of a mountain and the cabin’s basement is surprisingly large an comprised of a network of tunnels and rooms.
  • Enemy Mine: Charby and Victor start out their friendship this way
  • Ensemble Cast: As mentioned in the description paragraph.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Wraith initially appears to be an evil future Zeno, but the truth is far more complicated.
  • Evil Sorcerer: The Bear Witch, who raised and enslaved Mye and Hex.
  • Eye Color Change: A sign of possession, but not all possessions as some leave less obvious outward changes besides personality and other behavioral ones. Charby and Zerlocke both have their eyes change color when they use their magical weapons
  • Eye Scream: Charby takes out Captain Blackheart's eyes with his hooks.
    • Sadick accidentally lodges a toothpick in the eye of someone who startled him at a bar.
    • What happened to Victor's eye is implied to have been quite painful before being confirmed and shown in the spin-off comic Here There be Monsters.
    • Evidently the lower lid tears Kavonn sports are something of a habit of his hat.
    • Sadick is shown in a flashback shortly after the loss of his eye that led to his current use of an Eyepatch of Power.
     F - M 
  • Face Palm of Doom: How Victor lost the vision in his left eye.
  • Facial Markings: The Scotodino have black markings on their faces, with those on women usually being more elaborate.
  • The Fair Folk: Kellwood hosts two fairy courts, the Unseelie and the Seelie. It is best to avoid them.
  • Fake Band: There a are few including Idol Hanz and Death Conundrum. Charby likes Death Conundrum and wears a shirt with the band name and logo on it.
  • Familiar: Yiska has three, their skulls adorn her tarnkappe and maintain a glamor to make sure the hat's color matches her outfit.
  • Family of Choice: How Zeno sees Charby, Menu and Tony. LaBelle’s pack works like this too.
  • Fantastic Racism: The onekamari hate and hunt dragons for being uncivilized even though they are still operating like it’s the middle ages and dragons have electricity and modern amenities, they're not the only ones.
  • Fantastic Slurs: “Rat elves” for the Skzzldrix. “Monkey Boy” seems popular for K’ale, but as his people are largely unknown and now almost extinct it’s more likely a unique term he gets out of people by annoying them.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Alps, witches, necromancers, dragons, elves, a dangerous magical forest that’s bigger on the inside, lemuros, merfolk, bunny demons, evil cults, trolls, jackalopes, manticores, refugees from another dimension, welves, fairies, banshees, harpies, a voracious floating blue teddybear with tentacles and laser eyes, vaeltwii, goblins, changelings, mix-and-match critters, ambiguously human monster hunters, and multiple flavors of vampires, werewolves and zombies.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Victor when realizing whose fault it was that he was called into work hours early. Charby when questioning Yiska's concern. King Samrick does this when revealing he knows who Sadick is.
  • Fauns and Satyrs: One of those gathered around the man spouting anti-dragon propaganda in the demon market is a horned satyr.
  • Fear of Thunder: Daray’s manticore knocks him off and runs to hide in some bushes upon hearing thunder to Kavonn’s amusement.
  • Feuding Families: Victor’s parents are from families that have been fighting for at least a century. They were both locked out of the loop about this and remain unaware.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Zeno has some terrifying ones.
  • Flipping the Bird: Charby flips of the council, and Lady Emma in particular, with both hands as he teleports out of their meeting and takes Zeno with him.
  • Formally Named Pet: Mr. Noodle, the vampire dachshund.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: As the story is following the residents of the cabin, each of whom have their own motivations and often have storylines mostly separate from the others, as well as the human Monster hunters in Kellwood, and at least three other characters who are traversing King Samrick’s vast kingdom it can be a while sometimes between seeing some of the characters as the tale shifts to follow a different one or group for a time.
  • Freudian Slip: Nikodemus slips when his crush walks by in a low cut red dress, “It's apparent that asking Samrick for the use of his castle was not... in our breast interest.”
  • Full-Boar Action: The Orycalopes keep Leporids which are very large and fast bloodthirsty boar like monsters with long sharp claws.
  • Funetik Aksent: Tony speaks with a very obvious accent that's a combination of Germanic and Brooklyn street toughie accents.
  • Funny Background Event: Daray and Kavonn’s visit to the demon market before their journey coincides with Erivane and K’ale’s visit to buy him more appropriate clothes. While Daray is looking for Kavonn Ilex can be seen scolding a beaten fairy that got too close to the princess.
  • Genocide Backfire: King Rodericke has the lemuros hunted to collect their magic pelts and by the time he realizes the magic works better with a live lemuro attached to perform it there are only three left.
  • Girlish Pigtails: The Pettrucci twins often keep their hair in twintails highlighting their status as undead children. Gabby had her hair in twin tails the night Charby murdered her as an unsupervised fearless mouthy little girl of about seven.
  • Girls Have Cooties: "Eek, you have girl hair!"
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: An Alp's good angel isn't that good.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: At least two Anh Keth characters have lost their heads.
  • Granny Classic: Annebelle Marlowe to her own grandsons, the hunter organization and Charby.
  • Gratuitous German: Tony, especially when drunk.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Zeno, especially when upset.
  • Great Offscreen War: Samrick conquered the Demon Kingdom and most of the other kingdoms of Kellwood forest before the start of the story, the how of which has been left unaddressed but. His predecessor yet lives and is known to have made an attempt to reclaim his former kingdom.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Well, now he's unarmed!
  • Grotesque Cute: Mye, though a zombie, is technically "alive" but still enjoys eating people if it's offered... Mannick likely qualifies with the portal full of arms and teeth on his belly, which he pulls his hats out of.
  • Half-Identical Twins: While it is not readily event due to the bizarre impractical way Hex prefers to keep his hair he and Mye look startlingly alike when he puts on a wig with her haircut.
  • Happily Married: Maro and Rita.
  • Hate Sink: Kimberly Marlowe, terrible mother and gossipy control freak.
  • The Hat Makes the Man: Mannick can pull Animal Eared Headbands from his stomach portal to communicate with animals and when he borrows another character's hat he stars talking like them, can read their minds, possibly use their powers, and permanently gains aspects of their personalities.
  • Healing Factor: As a vampire Charby has one. Menu has one as well though it works differently.
  • Healing Potion: Mye and Hex make these.
  • Heel Realization: Daray after Kavonn teaches him to question his village’s fantastic racism of dragons.
  • The High King: Samrick is this to many of the other kingdoms in Kellwood.
  • Hooks and Crooks: Charby’s preferred weapons are two hooks.
  • Hope Spot: Jozk gets away from Avonlea, but is eventually shown to be fatally wounded. When the Rose sisters happen across him he is able to request that they complete his mission but when he tries to have them get his soul gem out of Avonlea’s reach he ends up immobilized as they walk away and Avonlea gleefully prepares to hunt him down again.
  • Horned Hairdo: Charby.
  • Horror Hunger: Charby has eaten some people he didn't want to after losing himself to hunger. Menu has had trouble with this during the full moon.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Horse-bears and manticores.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: At least they have nearly forever to figure things out.
    • It took Charby a few centuries before he accidentally discovered that he was not vulnerable to sunlight.
    • Well, a good vampire should never discover it, as it has tones of Good Thing You Can Heal.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: John Marlowe, possibly the tallest human in the series, is married to one of the shortest adult humans in the comic. Mermaids have this to an extreme degree as part of their dimorphism.
  • Humans Are White: Outside of one grocer with a caramel skin tone seen in a single comic strip the humans seen in this comic are white. One of the hunters has slightly darker skin than most other humans but one of his eyes is blue and his heritage has not been addressed so if he’s not of entirely european ancestry he is at least white passing.
    • Two people in the background of this page are POC, there is a young MOC in Blaine's backstory, another singing for a Polar Bar, among a few others in backgrounds; not fabulous representation but since more than half of humans that show up in the comic are killed, maimed or otherwise injured, the author erred on the side of caution perhaps a bit too much. Vamp-hunter Lucia from HTBM is Mexican-American, Marcus and Wes (the hunter in question,Weston Easton is a deliberate pun/hint) are of mixed heritage.
  • Hunter of Monsters: While Victor, Blaine and the others are referred to as vampire hunters their prey is far more varied.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Some vampires have this ability, Charby has discovered it doesn't work on those with poor eyesight.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: The feeling is mutual, vampire son!
  • I Have No Son: Zeno’s parents treated him this way even before abandoning him in the woods. Victor’s mom certainly felt this way when she kicked him out, and Daray’s dad has issued a kill on sight bounty on him.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Zeno when we first meet him.
  • I Love You, Vampire Son: It is common for vampires in the setting to have a compulsion towards sire attachment even if they detested their sire before being turned. It often shows itself as a romantic attraction regardless of the sexuality of the new vampire and is rarely reciprocated. The strength of this attachment varies and in some cases never manifests at all, Charby for instance hates his sire to the surprise of the Vampire Council.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Blaine and Victor both feel crushing regret after they part ways with Victoria in the forest and she is killed shortly thereafter.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Charby drinks human blood, Menu has eaten humans by accident during the full moon and surprisingly Mye enjoys human flesh as well so long as it is adequately prepared.
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Jozk does this.
  • Implacable Man: The Elites are functionally immortal and several of them get back up and continue attacking in situations where their victims had given them grievous injuries since they regenerate very quickly. The only way to slow them down is to destroy their hearts and even that does not last terribly long.
  • Improvised Zipline: In the prologue Charby escapes from Captain Black’s ship using a rope by slinging his Bindle Stick over it and sliding down.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: How Sadick reacts after encounters that make him fear for his life or feel helpless.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Mye has a number of these, Zeno and Tony stand out.
  • Interspecies Romance: At least three characters so far are of elvish and dragon heritage.
  • Invisibility: Tony and other alps can pull this off if they’ve got their Tarnkappe.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Tony for Mye, though he keeps having to remind himself.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: The Master would hurt Mye to punish Hex’s failures.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Alps can do this, Tony has used it to help out friends a couple of times.
  • Karmic Transformation: Kavonn’s fond of using these as punishment.
  • Killed Off for Real: Anyone Munchie eats or zaps along with Victoria and Uma.
  • Kill It with Water: A vampire is tricked into drinking holy water to melt him from the inside.
  • Kill Steal: Much to Charby’s annoyance Menu does this obliviously.
  • Kind Restraints: Charby sticks menu in wristcuffs attached to the wall in one of the basement rooms during the first full moon Charby spends at the cabin.
  • King Incognito: Samrick doesn't mind being unrecognizable to most of his subjects so he can pull this off.
  • The Klutz: Poor Zeno, who spills chocolate milk all over shortly after arriving at the cabin and freaks out overreacting to the mess he made, and then flies up and nearly knocks himself out hitting his head on the ceiling in the same night.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Sadick is trying to be a self styled hero for the people but he’s still perpetually grumpy and continuously annoyed by his companions’ antics.
  • Large Ham: Oleander Benson is incredibly dramatic in his attempts to punish Kavonn for breaking his power hungry little sister’s heart.
  • Large Runt: Daray’s manticore is the runt of the litter but still much larger than most other mounts for sale in the Demon Market’s stalls including the blue ursequinee Kavonn ends up with.
  • Lennon Specs: Hex has a pair of sunglasses with round red lenses that he wears when he goes out during the day.
  • Living MacGuffin: The Orb of Winter has been turned into one.
  • Living Shadow: Zeno’s shadow starts behaving differently than him when he is possessed by the Master.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Last count, over 95.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Sadick for LaBelle and K’ale.
  • Lost The TV Remote: Hex and Zeno build Remote Beast rather than look for it, Tony has found it before they’re done.
  • The Lost Woods: Kellwood Forest is home to all sorts of magical creatures, a large number of whom eat humans. It is also much bigger than it looks on human maps or when flown over in a plane and contains kingdoms of demons, dragons, goblins and The Fair Folk.
  • Love at First Sight: Mye is enchanted by the Master to cause this and she ends up with a large array of admirers due to it, it is deconstructed though as most of them are in love with what they imagine she should be instead of who she really is.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Zerlocke, he even has a dedicated room.
  • Love Potion: Mye makes several when trying for Victor’s attention.
  • Loving a Shadow: Zerlocke thinks Mye is the love of his (un)life. He also believes her true form to be a tall redheaded bombshell bunny demon despite all evidence to the contrary and has little understanding of her personality.
  • Mad Love: Zerlocke is prone to this, his incredibly abusive relationship with his sire taking the cake.
  • Mad Scientist: Mannick and Zeno had run ins with some in their backstories.
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: The cabin has one in the basement.
  • Magic Hat: Two, in fact. Kavonn's hat, and Tony's alp "tarnkappe".
    • Which double as Nice Hats.
      • Don't forget Mannick, he has a hat for every occasion.
      • In particular, wearing the appropriate hat lets him talk to animals. Apparently he can also adopt the personality and speech of whose hat he wears, and there's a hint (still unconfirmed) that it may allow him access to their powers too...
  • Magic Staff: Kavonn uses one that people frequently try to steal.
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman: Don't mouth off to the cranky warlock who wants discuss dating troubles.
  • Meaningful Name: Menu the werewolf who is constantly hungry, and is shortened from Menulis the moon god which is why Charby suggested it for his name. There’s also Hexavier is a magic user who goes by Hex, Crispo the dragon, Munchie and Biscuits.
  • Mental World: Alps can enter them, Kavonn likes to make his more literal than it needs to be.
  • Mercy Lead: Quixote encouraged Charby to try and escape from him but it was only to make the kill more exciting for him and he didn’t let Charby get very far.
  • Mind over Matter: Charby has very limited telekinesis.
  • Mind Rape: Quixote is fond of messing around in his victim’s memories before killing them.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: The Orb of Winter which disgraced elven prince Sadick has been sent to recover.
  • Missing Mom: Both of Menu’s parents are missing as he was told he had been found as an infant left in the garbage. Charby’s mother is unknown and though Captain Black considered him a son it is unknown if he was his father biologically or if he just found him while pillaging and decided to keep him.
  • Mission Creep: Sadick’s journey to find his runaway little sister and return her and Meerse back home led to him accompanying K’ale to help K’ale find his little brother, acquiring K’ale, Bojo and LaBelle as companions in traversing King Samrick’s lands in search of his sister and entering King Samrick’s employ to irritate his father and pursue justice.
  • Mistaken Identity: Blaine mistakes Mye for the alp that possessed him, stole a magical item from him and saved his life when in reality that was Tony after she implies they met before while she was in a different form since he notices she has said magical item:
    "Don't be a gossip hound, Yiska! He just saved my life once, and I want to get out of here before he remembers I was a bunny demon at the time!"
  • Monochromatic Eyes: a LOT of the characters, in fact. It's pretty much the default form though the characters can shift to normal eyes when taking human forms.
  • Monster Mash: By design, naturally.
  • Monster Munch: Most of the human characters met by Charby early on, and almost everyone that runs into Munchie. Subverted at least twice with characters unexpectedly coming back as vampires.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: Without even leaving the cabin you’ve got: Hex a casual murderer who will do anything to protect his sister; Charby who does not put a high value on human life but will go out of his way to help and protect other sentient monsters he barely knows; Tony whose happy to pull pranks or riffle through memories and is pretty nonchalant about the others killing folks as long as they’re hunters but mostly opposes murder; Zeno who is quick to try and help others but sometimes looses his mind to rage; Mye who likes to help and heal others even at her own expense unless they’ve been rude to her in which case she’ll stand by and let them die at her feet when she could easily prevent it; Daray a regretful former dragon hunter trying to redeem himself and change his ways; Kavonn a powerful warlock that usually prefers non-lethal ways of dealing with annoyances including transforming them into animals and is spying on the other residents of the cabin for King Samrick; Mikko who tries to be Menu’s conscience but mostly just hides from everyone; the power hungry Azelea who is willing to manipulate, lie and murder to get what she wants and thinks she and Zeno are destined to be together; Fay, a runaway child who is noticeably spoiled and does not seem to understand just how much older most of the other cabin residents are; Phineas who is a hormone addled teenager and notorious sneak who is helping Kavonn spy on the other residents; and Crispo a chill half-dragon that tries to avoid conflict who left home after learning his parents had been lying to him about his parentage for his entire life. Basically everyone has different motivations and levels at which they’ll react to things and seeing as there are over 90 such characters it would be difficult to list them all.
  • Morality Pet: Mye is a not terribly effective one for her brother, the self professed “evil twin”. After Charby grows fond of Victor and befriends him he starts treating humans better as a whole and Victor eventually gets him to promise to stop killing them altogether.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Hayter and the Ixzerite doctor at the Walnut Grove Health Center Victor's mom took him to see.
  • Murder by Mistake: When a furious Zeno tries to kill Zerlocke Mye jumps in the way trying to stop him and ends up killed instead, luckily there’s a necromancer living at the cabin who is able to fix that.
     N - Z 
  • Naïve Newcomer: Daray had no idea what a TV or microwave was.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: The Marlowe family name is the same as that of playwright Christopher “Kit” Marlowe.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Devil-Eyes Quixoto, the Bear Witch.
  • Necromancer: Hexavier is a zombie necromancer.
  • Never Learned to Read: Charby uses food as a motivator to teach Menu how to read after he mistakes rat poison for candy.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Annebelle Marlowe won’t put up with her grandsons misbehaving, though Victor at least would never fight her he can’t escape her wrath either.
  • Never Say That Again: Do not call Charby “Little Devil”
  • New First Comics: First there was the addition of a prologue and eventually the artist began redrawing the old archive as Revamped to maintain better style consistency and add more plot, the old archive is still on the site.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When Menu interrupted a Byss Laborites experiment in the cabin it is very heavily implied, with screaming over the radio, there were terrible consequences for the other Byss Labs in the relay.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Courtesy of Zeno’s fractured mind.
  • Ninja: Kellwood ninja Daryl Hu has a mentally scaring run in with Charby, and flips out when he comes across Charby as a civilian though Charby doesn't recognize him without his mask on.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Vampirate!
  • Noble Fugitive: Elven princess Fay is being chased after stealing a powerful magical artifact and fleeing the kingdom.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Said word for word by Kavonn.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: When a vampire tries to attack a tourist in front of Victor when he’s unarmed and already pissed he beats and stomps his head into a pulp instead. Chary finds it to be quality entertainment.
  • No Respect Guy: Victor is generally treated as a non-threat and is teased by characters like Tony that are generally terrified of hunters to his annoyance.
  • No Social Skills: Zeno hasn't had much chance to develop these though he wants to desperately.
  • The Nose Knows: Menu can smell potential food really well, and also some things he’d rather not get a good whiff of.
  • Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: The vampire council, despite having placed people near Charby to inform them of his actions, does not understand his relationships or motivations at all which does not work out in their favor since they have decided they need him for their plans.
  • Old Master: John Marlowe is an excellent hunter.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. One of The Rose Sisters is named Rosemary, and so is one of Zerlocke's sisters. When they eventually meet, Rose Sister-Rosemary demanded that she other be destroyed. (She isn't.)
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: The Demon Scythe, the Staff of Oswego and Dinora's Axe.
  • Opening Narration: Charby narrates the first page or so giving an overview of how human eating monsters view Kellwood as a buffet line while glancing over a tourist pamphlet for the city.
  • Oral Fixation: Sadick with a toothpick.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Have better access to human technology than many other races in Kellwood and are hated and hunted by the Onekamari.
  • Our Elves Are Better: The elven royal family has a prince and princess gone rouge.
  • Our Gods Are Different: Ixzerit, whom Ash Circle worships, is some kind of tree.
  • Our Homunculi Are Different: An Orrotta is basically a Scotodino designed homunculus.
  • Our Manticores Are Spinier: They’re man-eating beasts with a humanoid face, red fur and a scorpion tail, and are unusual mounts for non-humans, though Daray hasn’t had trouble with his.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Seem to have bizarre sexual dimorphism with fairly traditional mermaid woman and giant fish people men.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Several species of the bloodsuckers, the focus being on the mockingly titled "Elite" (Anh Keth), who are kinda like vampire supermen.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: While all thus shown lose their minds during the full moon, Menu is always transformed and at least one was made after being bitten by a vampire dachshund.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The twins Mye and Hexavier are voodoo zombies sans master. They have full command of their faculties, a healing kiss, telepathic touch and only occasionally eat people as they do not crave the flesh of the living.
  • Painful Transformation: Mye says turning into Bunny feels like her body is exploding, Charby picks up one as well.
  • Parental Abandonment: Zeno’s parents left him in the woods. Menu was told he was left in the trash.
  • Parental Favoritism: Hector is definitely his mother’s favorite, worry that Victor would corrupt him was a deciding factor in Vic getting kicked out of the house.
    • Daray’s father preferred his older brother Darryn.
  • Perception Filter: Humans living in Kellwood don’t notice that the monsters walking around town are such unless they draw attention to it, those in Blaine’s hunter group have had this filter broken, or were somehow immune to its effects in the first place.
  • Petting Zoo People: Menu has been mistaken for a puppy and a welf, also welves.
  • Pink Elephants: A moonshiner is upset when he thinks Munchie has replaced his usual pink elephant.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Most of the cabin inhabitants as it is overwhelmingly occupied by those who look much younger than they really are, though some characters are just short.
  • Pirate: Charby was raised by a cruel pirate captain and his crew.
  • Pirates vs. Ninjas: Charby has decimated the local ninjas in Kellwood, though he hasn't properly been a pirate for a few hundred years he does still talk like one during fights and wears a cape reminiscent of the pirate flag he once wore.
  • Playboy Bunny: "Bunny", an accidental magic mishap that befell Mye when she tried to help Menu. She turns into an attractive demon when she sneezes.
  • Playing with Syringes: The scientists who experimented on Zeno.
  • Police Are Useless: Due to Kellwood's extra strength perception filter, Animal Control on the other hand is made up of monster hunters.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Jozk does this to himself twice when fleeing from Avonlea. First when Kavonn takes his gun after he and Daray understandably mistake Jozk for a highwayman and Jozk says nothing in his own defense. He could answer Kavonn's questions about the Scotodino which are the entire reason Kavonn and Daray are on the road and Daray has a recall portal that will take Jozk directly to where he is trying to get to but Jozk just keeps running. Second when he asks the Rose Sisters to take his soul to get it out of Avonlea's grasp, and instead of saying anything like “soul gem” to clue them in, tries to show them despite knowing it’s been knocked loose. This works out poorly.
  • Posthumous Character: Daray’s brother Darryn and Doctor Hayter.
  • Power Floats: Munchie, Charby and other vampires.
  • Power Incontinence: Several characters have trouble with this, some of them develop it during the story while others are already dealing with it when introduced.
  • Prehensile Hair: Kavonn. "Oh gross, he's gonna touch me with his hair!" -LaBelle, about to get ensnared.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: When a gun carrier draws on him Kavonn responds by having him hold his weapon to his own head.
  • Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat: Kavonn’s hat is infested with an endless supply of jackalopes.
  • Punctuation Shaker: K'ale
  • Punished with Ugly: Inflicted on LaBelle by Kavonn after she attacks him a second time.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Menu is good at begging with these.
  • Really 700 Years Old: About everyone in the cabin that looks like a kid but really isn't, save for Phineas who is a teen,(for his species since he's 10 years old) and Tony who is full grown for an Alp, just short like a dwarf as Alps tend to be.
    • Fay is another exception, being an actual 12 year old Elf.
  • Redemption Quest: Sadick’s search for his runaway sister is one of these.
  • Red Right Hand: The artist, who represents the ganglion cyst in her drawing hand as a demonic possession. It gives her bad ideas.
  • Religion of Evil: Ash Circle and the other Ixzerites.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The vaeltwii, winged large-eyed gerbil looking traders that like to wear hats and scarves and that shopkeepers cater to as they’ll get a place more business if they like the shop.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Hexavier’s zombie cat Masan.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: It’s a bad idea to kidnap Zeno’s girlfriend.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Kidnaping Zeno’s girlfriend or getting between Charby and Quixoto is going to cut your life short.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: All over the place. There’s King Samrick who is irritated that the vastness of his kingdom has made it nearly impossible to rule over so he organized himself as High King to the other kingdoms. The Prince of Eldenlon is working as a bounty hunter while he secretly seeks an important item that was stolen from his father the king. Rodericke is involved in his attempts to destabilize Samrick’s kingdom, and Princess Erivane is plotting, though to what ends it has not yet been revealed. Subverted with the dragons as their royalty has no real power in their government anymore, though the aforementioned Prince of Eldenlon has royal blood from dragon royalty as well as the elvish royal family.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: Charby doesn't mess around.
  • Sapient Fur Trade: The Lemuros have almost been wiped out due to the demand for their pelts, many of those buying the pelts are not even aware they come from a sapient human-like species since they are relatively new to Kellwood and those hunting them are through in disposing of the remains they’re not selling.
  • Scars Are Forever: For the human characters anyway, several of the hunters have picked up distinctive scars on their faces.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Master/Bear Witch and the zombie twins.
  • Settle for Sibling: Torie lies that she’s up for this in an attempt to get Daray to drop his guard.
  • The Shadow Knows: Charby says he never trusts anyone who doesn’t match their shadow.
  • Shapeshifting: Charby and Tony can shape shift. Alps can only do so while in contact with their tarnkappe.
  • Shipper on Deck: Mye for Yiska and Hex, she is incredibly excited by the possibility of them having a relationship.
  • Show Some Leg: Attempted (and failed) here
  • Soul Jar: The Orrotta have soul gems.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Master/The Bear Witch
  • Spider People: Lemrya and Lezzaria both have a different configuration than most.
  • Staking the Loved One: Victor does this when one of the Quixoto turns one of the hunters.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Tony can be incredibly hard to understand for other characters thanks to a combination of this and his bizarre accent.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Most of the cabin inhabitants by virtue of being monsters that look like children, or puppies.
  • Stronger with Age: Ancient vampires are stronger than their normal brethren, and Quixoto in particular has become a very powerful telepath.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Charby if he activates his power amplifying weapon in the wrong mindset.
  • Survival Mantra: Mannick chants Happy thoughts when upset.
  • Symbol Swearing: Everyone does this, save Lezzaria who never swears, before the comic developed it's signature blacking out overlaid by unusual euphemisms or Gosh Dang It to Heck! for swearing.
  • Tactful Translation: When Mye asks Yiska to translate Tony’s drunken German love confession Yiska claims Tony was talking about food.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: Alps can easily have trouble exiting a building as they can only leave the same way they entered.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: Alps can do this, Charby has asked Tony to find out how people really feel using it.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Charby slips into this when upset.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Victor Marlowe grows up into an exceedingly tall snarky hunter with dark hair.
  • Tap on the Head: Charby and Menu both knock out Zeno on separate occasions when the later is having a freak out or not behaving at all like himself.
  • Telepathy: Alps can do this, normally using it to enter and alter dreams. Vampires have a very weak telepathic ability, except Quixoto who is the strongest telepath in the series. Mye and Hex wear gloves because of their tactile post cognition and have weak twin telepathy.
  • Teleportation: The Elites have this ability, Charby is the only one able to bring someone along.
  • The Man Is Sticking It to the Man: Hector lives and breathes this trope
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: Considering the hugeness of the cast, most of the plot threads (especially those which only relate to a single character) progress at a snail's pace.
  • Third-Person Person: Mannick refers to himself in the third person.
  • Those Two Guys: Hunter cousins Glen and Mort.
  • Title Drop: Yiska when looking for a nickname for Charby that doesn't set him off.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Victor starts out the comic as a preteen and grows into one of the most competent hunters in Kellwood. Charby started to figure out how to teleport without using up his strength and then received a magic weapon. Zeno started to get incredible power-ups and finally started to grow a spine.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Subverted with the human city of Kellwood which has a magically enhanced Weirdness Censor and a city-wide Glamour to prevent the humans from noticing anything off with their monster infested city which rests on the edge of a forest that is much, much Bigger on the Inside and filled with kingdoms of demons and The Fair Folk. It doesn't work on everyone and seeing something shocking enough can break the glamour for an individual permanently. The city's Animal Control is actually a city funded Creature-Hunter Organization.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chicken for Charby, gummy bears for Mye, nachos for Crispo, cheese puffs for Tony, sausages and her favorite spork brand for Yiska, biscuits for Biscuit and muffins for Breck.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Humans that get turned to vampires also realize their inner jerk.
    • There has been at least one who didn't.
    • The Elites (Anh Keth) who deal w/ Quixoto, particularly the chick.
  • Trash of the Titans: What the cabin looked like with Menu as the sole occupant, Charby initially suspected Menu was giving him room free of rent in exchange for cleaning it up.
  • Trickster: Tony and Yiska, since she moved in the cabin has two flavors of trickster living therein.
  • Twin Telepathy: Mye and Hex are aware of each others emotional states.
  • The Unfavourite: Victor, Zeno and Daray were/are this to their parents.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Most people Victor saves, especially since they tend to think he’s just murdered someone who was just annoying them instead of a monster that was trying to eat them.
  • Unfinished Business: The local psychopomp Vidor is sick of this excuse after only two days on the job, though spirits that bring it up are allowed to contact a single person to leave a final message.
  • Unicorn: Ervaine’s guard Ilex has a unicorn with a multicolored horn as a mount. There was also a single-horned alpaca-like mount for sale in Kellwood’s demon market.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Stronger swear words are blacked out and overlaid with creative terms that rarely mask the original and some of the cultures in Kellwood forest have their own swears that are not censored.
  • Unwanted Harem: Mye suffers from this, though it's later revealed there's a reason for it.
  • Urban Fantasy: The bits that take place in the city anyway. The cabin Charby and the others live in is equipped with modern tech for the time period (1994-2004).
  • Vampire Bites Suck: It ain't no dainty pin prick, and definitely not sexy!
  • Vampire Fiction
  • Vampires Hate Garlic: Even Elites like Charby can't stand the stuff.
  • Vampire Monarch: King Rodericke Robinson.
  • Vampire Refugee: Diana tries to hold onto her humanity and subsists on blood provided by her boyfriend after she is turned, she does not join up with any of the vampire groups and spends most of her time hiding.
  • Vampire Vannabe: Hector Marlowe, whose brother Victor is a vampire hunter.
  • Vampire Variety Pack: Elites, Purebloods, Ancients and the standard type turned by the bite.
  • Villain Protagonist: They have soft sides, but let's just say these are not Friendly Neighborhood Vampires.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: In fact a few of the relationships here are like that...
  • Wainscot Society: Vampires and other supernatural beings run a society of sorts in parallel to the humans on whom they prey, mostly preserving a Masquerade. Dragons are able to pass as humans and like to enjoy human amenities without seeming to prey on them.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: K’ale doesn't care for shirts and Daray when he’s lounging around the house, implied to be to show off his tattoos.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: Daray is wanted for arson, theft, and debauchery.
  • Wardrobe Wound: Mannick is most disappointed when trouble with his portal housing stomach mouth leaves a shirt he likes torn almost in two.
  • Warrior Monk: Jozk is faithful to Orzzoren and an excelent fighter.
  • Weakened by the Light: Sunlight causes the traditional vampires to burn.
  • Weapon of Choice: Charby favors hooks.
  • Weirdness Censor: Kellwood City is under an extra strength one to keep the humans from noticing the oddities in their town.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Victor’s childhood was haunted by this. Zeno attracts hungry monsters.
  • Wham Episode: The night Zeno is possessed by the master, Tony nearly dies trying to protect Mye and Zeno, and the twins' backstory is dragged to light by Charby and Kavonn.
    • The discovery of who the wraith is and why Zeno has been behaving so oddly to his housemates.
  • Wham Line: When Hex apologetically informs Mannick, the most innocent and openly friendly cabin resident, that if his "father - friend" Doctor Hayter was one of the cabin scientists Menu ate him, unless Mannick can read that Hayter survived using his psychometry Mannick responds with "I didn't need to. Mannick killed him in another Byss laboratory."
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Charby starts out with almost endless patience for sentient monsters of any age while quickly jumping to murder if humans of any age annoyed him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mye allows Charby to accidentally kill a rude teenager after he's promised Victor he'll stop killing humans even while he begs her to heal them, and then sends the body into the refrigerator to be used as food ensuring that the poor girl's family will never have closure or know what happened to her, just because she knocked into Mye while riding her bike. Charby calls her on it but doesn't push it since “last time a friend was acting funny [his] head exploded.”
  • Winged Humanoid: Fairies, the scotodino, some of the Anh Keth, and Bunny all have wings.
  • Working with the Ex: Zerlocke is furious when he’s required to work in the same vicinity as Adria without attacking her, and finds he’s not quite capable of it to her amusement.
  • Would Harm A Child: Quixoto prefers them to adults as his prey. Charby and Hex have no problem permanently maiming or killing children that they find rude or annoying or consider to be bullies, Charby only towards humans and Hex towards anyone. Charby eventually changes his views on this.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Victor has an unhealing cut on his right cheek.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: John Marlowe leaves Kellwood and his wife to protect Victor. Breck has been banished from the Elvish Kingdom of Eldenlon.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Zeno favors the "Scanners Special"
  • Your Vampires Suck: Elites are outrageously more powerful than the traditional vampires that also exist in the comic. Neither like each other as can be expected.
  • Zerg Rush: King Rodericke's subjects stream out of the caves in which the Vampire Kingdom resides in waves to take on Zerlocke. Unfortunately for them he is functionally immortal, luckily for Rodericke he's not actually trying to defeat the Kingdom.

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