Webcomic / Charby the Vampirate

Go ahead, guess which one is Charby!
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.

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 (the aforementioned vampirate) 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 somewhat amateur 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 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:

  • Catch Phrase: "I like chicken". Quite matter-of-factly indeed.
  • Cute Witch: Mye, natch.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Last count, over 95.
  • 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...
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman: Don't mouth off to the cranky warlock who wants discuss dating troubles.
  • Mind Rape: Quixote does this quite frequently.
  • 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.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Vampirate!
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Prehensile Hair: Kavonn. "Oh gross, he's gonna touch me with his hair!" -LaBelle, about to get ensnared.

Alternative Title(s): Charby The Vampirate