Webcomic: Collar 6

Three girls in latex—what are you waiting for?

Collar 6 is an Animesque webcomic based around the exploits of a (voluntary) slavegirl named Laura; her owner, Mistress Sixx; Sixx’s rival, Mistress Butterfly, and Sixx’s maid, Ginger. With Ginger’s promotion from maid to a “personal slave”, two new maids, named Stella and Claire, have been introduced, leading to a confrontation that may have global ramifications. Schedule Slip has been far better than with many other webcomics, and most strips try to both advance the story and provide at least one laugh.

While it originated as a technically worksafe series, later pages (and the page ads) have contained nudity, so it is now best considered Not Safe for Work.

Also contains a side story, Owned, about a fairly inexperienced male submissive who wakes up to discover he has signed a slave contract with an equally inexperienced domme.

Collar 6 provides examples of:

  • Abnormal Ammo: The guns used by Phantoms fire energy bolts made out of dominant energy.
  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: If Sixx loses her bet with Butterfly, all of her titles and assets (which are ... significant) are transferred to Butterfly and she becomes Butterfly's slave.
  • Accidental Marriage: The side-story "Owned" revolves around this — a man agreed to a slave contract but doesn't remember it due to head trauma. The Mistress (who apparently knows him / lives near him) is holding him to it. Complicating matters is that he admits, begrudgingly, that he was always too afraid to explore his submissive side and the fact that he is the Mistress's first ever slave. They reconcile and decide to give their future together a chance.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Trina flat out states that Laura shouldn't be able to enter subspace to help Sixx, as she's not a high enough level slave. Laura then calls the idea of a "slave level" absurd and said she she just did it, and had no idea doing so was impossible.
    • And again as Laura fights Butterfly, halting her apparently effortlessly while declaring that none of it makes sense but it doesn't matter, because Butterfly isn't going to hurt anyone else. Just awesome.
  • Advanced Ancient Humans: The Atlanteans were this, but wound up causing their own destruction when they tried to take over the rest of the world. The people of Sybion and Michael Kappel's homeland of Zhenvok, as well as many of the other "Puritan" colonies, are descended from them.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Laura is quite enthusiastic (no, not like that) about going to the rubberpony ranch.
  • All Men Are Perverts: It's that kind of world.
  • All There in the Manual: The “about” section of the Web site explains where the story is taking place, though Word of God is that that's no longer the setting and he'll change it when he gets the time.
  • All Women Are Doms All Men Are Subs: Initially played straight (more due to a lack of male characters than anything) and later averted when we see a male dom in Anya's flashback, and the plot-critical character of Michael Kappel is a male dom.
  • All Women Are Lustful: But of course.
  • Alternate Continuity: Crimson Latex.
  • Alternate History: C6's history split off from our when the Roman Empire discovered Atlantis — and, more importantly, a hidden repository of sexual magic research therein..
  • Anachronism Stew: Owned mentions the Cold War, a situation that directly stemmed from the American and USSR proliferation and stockpiling of atomic weaponry following World War II, which itself wouldn't have happened without World War I, despite the setting not having out-and-out armed conflict; including the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • Ancient Conspiracy/Evil Plan: Xor-Talatia has been physically poisoning the world for centuries.
  • Art Evolution/Art Shift: From black and white to color. Furthermore, there has definitely been a gradual improvement in style, as the art became far more detailed.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Set up in-world — on Sybion, it is assumed to be the woman's fault if she does not produce a male child, even though only the man can contribute the Y-chromosome necessary to make this happen. This is deliberate, since on Sybion men are held to be above reproach.
  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: Two people should not be shooting at a target that's in between them. The Rule of Cool is what keeps them safe.
  • As Lethal as It Needs to Be: A lot of weapons, like the Phantoms' guns, operate on sexual power, so the amount of damage they do is based on the emotional energy of the user. When one Phantom blasts a target with two rounds in a moment of overwhelming anger yet merely stuns her, another character compliments him on his restraint.
  • Ass Shove: Done in Guest Strip Pride #2. (SFW)
    • A disturbing example is implied in the last panel of #261.
  • As You Know: Crops up now and then, usually for a quick explanation or two.
  • Atlantis: Apparently, the origin of some of the methods of using sexual prowess for spiritual powers. Also the source of the strip's true Big Bad.
  • Author Appeal
  • Author Avatar: Wolf has said that Gary is his expy.
  • Awesome but Impractical: People in this world apparently live much of their lives in bondage/fetish gear like corsets, latex bodysuits, and ballet boots.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Averted, in that nipples are clearly visible on topless characters, and played straight in that whenever a bare crotch is shown there is usually no pubic hair, though there is some anatomical detail.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Amazingly, almost completely averted.
  • Barrier Warrior: Laura.
  • Batman Gambit: While it wasn't set up intentionally, Trina realizes that Michelle would never let Butterfly take Laura alone.
  • Beach Episode: Not in the story yet, but Wolf did make a voting incentive of Sixx on the beach.
  • The Bechdel Test: Passes both ways.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Fortunately averted. All the characters who were brutalized in the past have emerged with their spirits and consciences intact. Even Trina.
  • Big Bad: First Mistress Butterfly, then her husband Michael Kappel. And then it's revealed that Butterfly had been possessed by the real Big Bad, a malevolent Atlantean spirit, the entire time.
  • Big Damn Heroes/The Cavalry: Laura showing up to save Sixx in the middle of Subspace, something that should have been impossible.
    • Then, when when Trina tries to stop Laura, Ginger decks her out of the blue.
  • Big "YES!": Ginger invokes said trope.
  • Blank White Eyes: Indicate that a character is using hypnomancy, under hypnomancy, or is otherwise entranced.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Mistress Butterfly though eventually subverted when she's revealed to naturally have black hair. Averted outright with Laura.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Bleeding from the mouth (or nose) seems to be shorthand for a serious or life-threatening injury, as opposed to the sexy or Amusing Injuries that go with this world's version of BDSM.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: The Atlantean philosophies seem to have left the people in this world with a very different system of morality than we have in this world, specifically giving much greater autonomy in terms of what people can and can't consent to. For instance, slave contracts (purely symbolic in Real Life BDSM) seem to give actual legal ownership of the "slave" to the "owner," even to the point of allowing the owner to wager the slave (although this is clearly seen as something of an abuse of power). Furthermore, there seems to be less reliance on rule of law as opposed to retribution, and it turns out that Sixx is the authority. As one of the Nine Head Mistresses of the Association that controls the North America, she admittedly makes the laws there.
  • Blush Sticker: Occasionally.
  • Bound and Gagged: Well, duh.
  • Brains and Bondage: The aforementioned two months where the characters ponder their relations and implications.
  • Break the Cutie: Sort of done with Laura, although she volunteered for a BDSM relationship, and the experience leaves her far more mature.
    • A more serious, and VERY, disturbing example is Trina in strip #121.
    • After being captured by Buterfly's minions Laura is put through another serious example at the hands of Evita Kappel. (strip 255#)
  • Breather Episode: After the events of the first main arc, a domme trying to break other dommes into unwilling Rubber Ponies almost seems harmless and cute.
  • Brick Joke: Gary, a guy who hit on Laura in the 6th strip, shows up again 176 STRIPS LATER!!!
  • Broken Faceplate: The Judiciatrix.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Subverted and played straight, since pretty much everyone is into it.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Sixx is the owner of an incredibly successful chain of hotels even with her unconventional (by real world standards) habits.
  • Call Back: In case you are wondering what Sixx meant in strip 146, it refers to that one time when she thought Laura used her misguided anger at Ginger to shield herself from the pain of the spanking Sixx gave to her: apparently, it wasn't just anger that protected her.
  • Call Forward: The Mr. Black that helped Laura is Michael Kappel!
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: Sixx would like to have a few words with her mother.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Halo!
  • Casual Kink: Well, it's that kind of world.
  • Cast from Hit Points/Blood Magic: Physical injury can also be a source of power. The Order of Denial got its start as the relatively benign "Worshipers of Blood", whose adherents learned to use pain to call on their dominant energy.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Though the comic rarely (if ever) touches upon the subject of sexual orientation, it's hard not to notice that most of the dom-sub pairings are same-sex.
  • Cat Girl: Linda unwillingly becomes the new house Rubber Kitty, complete with an enchanted cat suit that 'encourages' feline behavior.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Sort of. The series started out with gags, then had everyone sit down and spend two months of real time talking about their relationship problems and after that just sort of alternated between silly and serious as called for.
  • Chained by Fashion: Not many actual chains, but several characters wear clothing which is padlocked on.
  • Character Level/Role-Playing Game Verse: Apparently the Association does this, but Laura just says "What is this, a videogame?"
  • Cheated Angle: A lot of the strip's hairstyles, especially those with a large shock of bangs.
  • Cheeky Mouth
  • Chekhov's Gun: The paixao riaz link that featured prominently in the spanking contest returns at the end of the first major arc. (And since the beginning of the second major arc mentions it almost immediately, we're sure to see it again).
  • The Chew Toy: Laura ... and she wants it that way.
    • Also Gary, who thinks being hit in the face by a hot chick with an iron paddle is the best thing ever.
  • Cleavage Window: Part of Butterfly's outfit.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Laura when she sees that Sixx already has a hot slavegirl at home. (The same can be said of said hot slavegirl, Ginger). Becomes much more sympathetic when we learn that Laura escaped from a world where the rich and powerful all collect huge harems.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Anyone puts into the hands of the Order of Denial has been through this, but they are far from the only ones.
  • Color-Coded Characters: All the women wear latex, but the colors are mostly unique.
  • Combined Energy Attack: This strip.
  • Compressed Hair: See Sixx's hair in the page image? When down in a ponytail, it reaches at least to the back of her knees.
  • Conveniently Common Kink: The whole planet is run by BDSM organizations.
  • Cooking Duel: A spanking contest.
  • Cooldown Hug: Well, kinda. Laura administers a hug to Sixx to help her overcome the Butterfly's Mind Breaker effects. Since it takes place in Subspace, it may also count as a Mind Hug.
  • Corrupt Church: The Order of Denial started as form of channeling power through Blood Magic (since it was the user's own blood, it was relatively benign). Over time it became just a torture franchise with a religious veneer.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Apparently what happened with Butterfly/Evita Kappel.
  • Crapsack World: Averted for the first few hundred strips, where the setting is an innocent Fetish-Fuel Future. And then all sorts of shit gradually hits all sorts of fans, as it is gradually revealed that all governments are locked in a cold war where they are busy murdering and otherwise victimizing innocent people while secretly preparing for genocidal global war... oh, and the whole world is being spiritually poisoned by a demon of bigotry. The more despicable aspects of the governments may or may not have ended with the vanquishing of said demon.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Butterfly arrives at the spanking contest with a Dangerous Forbidden Technique designed to break Sixx (even though she didn't know she'd be facing Sixx in the spanking contest) and a smoke bomb for a quick escape.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Laura. Oh, so very much Laura.
  • Culture Equals Costume: In Sixx's exposition of world history to Laura, the (North American) Global Dominance Association is represented by a blond girl in jeans, the Mesoamerican Union by a girl in a flouncy flamenco dress, the (European) Enlightenment Alliance by a girl in Hellenistic-revival getup, the (Russian) People's Republic of Restriction by a girl in a Soviet-style uniform, and China by a girl in a Qipao.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Ginger and Mistress Sardonyx.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Michelle's parents, at least as far as her mother seems to think. Her father was killed by an anti-Atlantean faction, and her mother became a government Phantom to protect the world she wanted her daughter to grow up in.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: There are some Atlantean secrets that corrupt the soul just by attempting them, and others that can be used only with great restraint.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Sheesh. It's almost a competition between the characters, especially the minor ones, to see who wins the Most Wretched Backstory award.
  • Dear Negative Reader, You're Absolutely Right.
    • Interestingly, he's now changed his mind about that, feeling that he betrayed his original vision by conceding this point, and how now said that he's going back to just making the world pure fantasy. This in turn has led to him gathering a rather bad reputation on how he handles criticism.
    • It doesn't help that he gets a bit snippy on his forums at times when people start critiquing how he handles things.
  • Decompressed Comic: Generally uses about three or four widescreen panels to a strip, so entire weeks can be focused on establishing setting.
  • Demonic Possession: Essentially what happened to Butterfly/Evita.
  • Determinator: Laura, especially when defending her Mistress.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Butterfly wants to destroy Sixx by any means necessary. Even one of her personal slaves calls her anger "unreasonable." It seems that nothing could possibly justify that kind of hatred, but when everything finally comes to light, we see that Butterfly hates Michelle because of her mother Nora, who captured Michael Kappel, nearly murdered Evita with no provocation, and represents everything wrong with the current world government.
  • Dressed All in Rubber. And latex. And PVC. And leather. And fishnet. And...
  • Dominatrix: A fairly common job title in this setting.
  • Don't Try This at Home: The comic has warnings that this is a fantasy world, not a guide on BDSM safety.
  • Dumb Blonde: Laura is painfully naive about the world in general and her new role as a slave in particular. Justified by the fact that she grew up in an isolated colony which attempted to keep women from learning anything about sexual power.
  • Elemental Powers: Someone manifesting his or her dominant spirit can generate these, particularly fire.
  • Emotional Powers/Don't Think. Feel: According to Sixx, the only way to express sexual energies as magic is to relax the conscious mind through bondage play and let the subconscious have more control. But then we meet others who can use theirs consciously and on command...
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Mistress Butterfly's personal slaves adore her and she seems to love them genuinely. It turns out that the Butterfly they love is not exactly the same as the Butterfly we know..
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Laura's personal slave collar has a band of real gold. Ginger's looks similar but is green. Trina's is black.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: A somewhat necessary evil for the audience, given the unique mechanics behind power-ups and special attacks in this world.
  • Exposition Beam: Michael Kappel is fond of getting information across by simply showing others his memories. It's very effective, if somewhat jarring.
  • Expository Hairstyle: Mainly in flashbacks, where the past versions of the characters usually have much shorter hair than the present-day ones.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Michael Kappel made the world a vastly better place by performing the World Revolutionizer, though he underestimated the nature of the real enemy and needed our heroes to save the day.
  • The Faceless: The Judiciatrix seen in the comic wears a face shield with only a single red eye visible until it breaks.
  • Failure Hero: A recurring problem in the second major arc. The heroes never win a fight, either getting captured or interrupted until they're lead to the next area, and the only reason they didn't spend the entire time imprisoned after the first capture was due to their maids bailing them out. By the end of it, if the plot didn't require Laura being kidnapped and a sudden Bigger Bad popping up, they could have just stayed home and everything would have been better.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Due to the world having achieved everlasting peace, all guns have been banned from public use since the 1900s.
  • Fiery Redhead: Sixx. Her surname also heavily implies that she's Irish.
  • Filler Strips: For Wolf's 1-week hiatus, done by Pride-kun.
  • Five-Bad Band: From House Kappel:
  • Flat "What.": Sixx tries to break in her new slave with some heavy duty spanking. Her riding crop breaks.
  • Free-Love Future: The setting of the comic, where the discovery of lost Atlantean sexual magic techniques meant that sexual energy became the natural resource every country wanted to develop. The Earth is now governed by five major world powers, each with their own take on things.
    • "Puritan" territories, such as Sybion, are the exception. Sexuality is feared there, stolen from the many for the benefit of a few, or both. Most of the main populace finds them hopelessly backward and laughable. Some of them encourage this, since they are lost descendants of the Atlanteans and being ignored by the rest of the world helps them keep their own sexual secrets.
  • Gender Rarity Value: Sybion women are taught to revere the men as gods.
  • Genius Bruiser: Sixx. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of several obscure topics, manages a hotel chain, and can knock grown men off their feet.
  • Genre Savvy: By strip #757, Sixx seems aware that plot events are going to happen wherever she goes.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself, Mistress
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: In universe, Anya's former master certainly thought so. When Anya refused to fuck her own sister they contracted her out to be brainwashed.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: One of the first things a dom will do to a captive is put him or her in an outfit that is more to the dom's liking, as demonstrated here. Justified, since sexual dominance is power, and forcing someone to dress as you choose gives you the advantage from the start. Further justified since some clothing is enchanted to defend or control its wearer.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Done to a degree with different colors of latex. Notably, orange seems to be evil (although we've only seen one "evil" character so far).
  • Go Through Me: Both Ginger and Laura for Sixx.
  • Graying Morality: It's all fairly black and white at first, but then out come the backstories and government history and it gets all complicated.
  • Gunship Rescue: Saves Butterfly in strip #275. And it's epic.
  • Hair Colors: We've had blonde, black, red, pink, blue, purple and green.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Laura may be naive, but she has a pure heart.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Basically every slave other than Trina. Actually, it turns out Trina too, but only due to getting smiles painted on her soul.
  • Heir Club for Men: The island of Sybion, with the expected blaming of the women who fail to produce a male child.
  • Heroic BSOD: Sixx, after hearing that the Association is one of the Order of Denial's clients.
  • Hidden Eyes: Characters under emotional stress show this, particularly Trina.
  • I Have Your Wife: Butterfly goes through a chain of these. First, she takes Trina to bait Sixx. When that fails, she sends her slaves to kidnap Laura. Then when Sixx (and her mother) come to the rescue, she captures them. Finally, she uses her hold on Sixx to force Nora O'Carroll to give up the location of Michael Kappel.
    • Fittingly, Butterfly is Evita Kappel, who feels the Association started this by taking her husband.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Ginger's feelings towards Sixx, though she turns out to be Not So Stoic.
    • Trina tried to concede the field when she learned that Sixx was taking Laura as her first personal slave. But then she made a deal with Mistress Butterfly, who 'convinced' her that Sixx would be happiest as Butterfly's slave.
  • I Will Find You: The nobler side of Mistress Butterfly's motivation — to get her beloved husband back.
  • Improbably Female Cast: It was November 2010 before a named male character appeared in the comic. When five of them finally appeared, they turned out to be the members of a Voyeur Club who amuse themselves by ogling Mistresses and slaves. Later, Buttefly's third slave is revealed to be a man named Gunther who has a major role in breaking into the complex holding Michael Kappel and Nora O'Carroll's partner in the Phantoms is a man named Cypress.
  • Incest Is Relative: Anya's backstory is that her master wanted to watch her have sex with her sister. When she refused, she was handed over to the Order of Denial to be tortured until she changed her mind.
  • Info Dump: Here and there. The last act of the first main arc was full of them, though the longest one (Michael Kappel's backstory) was delivered mind-to-mind and apparently took only an instant of real time.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Used by Michelle on a captive to gain an advantage in the spank-off.
  • Jerkass: Butterfly.
  • Jumping-On Point: Strip #684 (A New Day and a New World), is the beginning of the second major arc, whatever that will be.
  • Ki Attacks: Dominant and submissive spirits, which can only protect against other Ki Attacks. Except for Laura, whose Submissive Spirit manifests as a physical shield when she's upset.
  • King Incognito: Sixx hasn't told many people about her wealth so as not to come across as a spoiled rich woman.
    Laura: But... I thought you said you worked in a hotel? How can you afford this?!
    Sixx: I said I worked in the hotel business. By which I meant I own a few...hundred.
  • Kinky Spanking: It's a webcomic about S&M, so it appears as often as is expected.
  • Layman's Terms: An occasional end-of-panel gag is to have one character bluntly sum up another character's technical or tactful explanation, resulting in shocked or annoyed looks from the others.
  • Legacy Character: Apparently, the title of Mistress Sixx, which was previously held by Michelle's mother.
  • Lensman Arms Race: Even though the world is officially at peace, each of the five major political powers is quietly trying to discover lost Atlantean sexual techniques that will give it the edge over the others. Anyone who finds out about this is discredited, mind-wiped, or even Killed to Uphold the Masquerade.
  • Long Runner: 6 years, 683 pages. And the author refers to that as chapter 1.
  • Loophole Abuse: How Sixx plans to win the bet. Sixx, aka Michelle, surrendered her title as Mistress Sixx to Laura, then became Laura's slave so that she will face the spanking. All of her debts and agreements transferred to Laura. Mistress Butterfly, who had never realized this was a possibility, was stunned.
    • Subverted in the same event, since Sixx had taken Ginger as a second personal slave. Both Butterfly and the audience expected Sixx to exploit that loophole — the audience because we've seen it; Butterfly because she had bugged Sixx's house.
  • Lost Him in a Card Game: Sixx and Butterfly's wager. If Sixx wins, Butterfly surrenders Trina; if Butterfly wins, Sixx surrenders herself to Butterfly.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Both Trina and Butterfly show signs of this, if only because it makes them each desperate enough to do anything that will get her closer to her loved one.
  • Magnetic Hero: Sixx, and probably Michael and Evita Kappel as well.
  • Master of Disguise: Evita Kappel. Looking at her in strip #254 its almost impossible to tell that's Mistress Butterfly
  • Master of None: Strip #202 mentions that switches — persons who can just as easily be dom or sub — tend to be weaker than those who specialize.
  • Meaningful Rename: Several characters take new names for themselves, especially when the name they had before wasn't really a name (e.g. Gunther was "Project Vojna").
  • Meido/French Maid: First Ginger, now Stella and Claire.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Laura while under Butterfly's control.
  • Moment Killer: Expertly demonstrated by Claire.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Strip 160 reveals that Michelle's superhuman Ninja Maids served a Russian tsar before. Obviously. It's also stated that even Russian subs tend to have a bit of a dominant streak.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Spanking contest!
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Sixx realized that she’d been pitting Laura and Ginger against each other, and was wrong to have done so much to Laura without getting her informed consent first.
    • Retconned... sorta. It was an intentional (and admittedly poorly thought out) attempt at Sixx to test Laura for a mythological super-submissive power. When Laura appeared to not have it, Sixx regretted having done it. Turns out Laura did have it after all, but it's a shield, not Super Strength, and the test failed due to Laura not getting physically attacked spanked at the time. She does it later by forcing Laura into a bout of BDSM-meets-Exhibitionism in front of a gaggle of perverted losers in the park... the same ones from the first few pages of the comic.
  • Mysterious Past: All the characters to an extent (the author milked the fact that we didn't know that much about their past to create suspicion that there might be a traitor), now being fully played up with Butterfly, who as it turns out has only been in the Association for two years, Michelle has no idea who she is, and for some reason wants revenge against Michelle.
    • Laura has this too. Only it's even more so than before — Laura has nearly no official history, and is openly unable to explain where she grew up, even what country she lived in before moving to the BDSM dominated area. Later on, it's covered, and fully explained. Laura lived in a "Puritan Territory" called Sybion north of the Azores (literally the middle of nowhere), where the women were never taught about their sexual energy because otherwise they would take over the island and probably enslave the powerless men.
  • Neglectful Precursors: The Atlanteans left the world no clear guide for the use of sexual energy — everyone else had to pick the knowledge out from the remains of their library, and a great deal was lost.
    • Abusive Precursors: But then we learn that they didn't want anyone but themselves to know the power of sexual energy.
  • Ninja Maid: Sixx's new maids are perfectly capable of apprehending a trained intelligence agent. Ginger knows how to throw a punch, too.
  • No Endor Holocaust: Michael's power apparently has people at a distance just run on auto-pilot while its power take place, as opposed to others in close proximity who fall into a trance.
  • No Sell: Some techniques exploit a person's submissive energy. These have no effect on characters who are purely dominant (e.g. Sixx). (Presumably there are dominance techniques that would fail against a pure submissive as well).
  • Not Brainwashed: Trina claims that she took Butterfly's collar willingly. She did make the initial deal freely (if under emotional stress), but Butterfly then exploited her fear of sharp objects to break her and then applied enough brainwashing to make Trina willing to do anything she wanted, including handing over information that would make it easier to break Sixx.
  • Not in the Face!: Word for word. One of the rare cases where the character ends up NOT getting hit in the face.
  • Not So Different: Up until the end of the spank-off competition, one common fan observation was that Sixx and Butterfly weren't that different, going as far as to be the designated hero and villain respectively. Sixx's positive character development and Butterfly's becoming much more of a monster changed that, and when Sixx herself questions it, Laura slaps her and verbally chews her out for it.
    • As the first major arc wraps up, Michael Kappel wonders if he was no better than his ancestors. Again, Laura is the one to disagree (more gently this time).
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Butterfly in spades! Compare her early appearances where she seemed simply bitchy to the sheer nightmare she becomes. And then the reader learns why she's the way she is..
  • No Woman's Land: Sybion of the Puritan Territories, which among other things has the Marital Rape License as the norm.
  • Nun Too Holy: The Order of Denial, which, amongst other things were professional torture technicians, brainwashers, and nonconsensual slavers.
  • Oddly Common Rarity: Purely dominant (or submissive) souls are supposedly so rare that only a handful exist in the entire world. At the climax of the first major arc, four of them are standing in the same room. Possibly justified, since two of them are special agents who were chosen for that mission because they have pure souls and one of them is the mother of the third person.
  • Off Model: The unnamed female protagonist of Owned, who looked like a Dragon Ball Z villain the first page or two, but has since smoothed out to a fairly cute look. It helps that the main male protagonist isn't putting his foot in his mouth anymore, and thus she doesn't have reason to go off on him.
  • Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Averted. Michael Kappel's backstory nicely explains where all the equipment and henchmen came from.
  • Oh, Crap: Trina after Sixx pulls a switcheroo at the spanking context, and pretty much everyone (except Laura) who is unfortunate to go up against Butterfly afterward.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Michelle talks about her overwhelming responsibilities as Mistress Sixx, but we never see her do any of them.
  • One-Way Visor: The Judicatrix
  • Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: The unnamed male character in Owned, who always wanted to enter a submissive relationship but was always too scared of the implications to do so. He opened up to a dominant womannote , who enters into a slave contract with him. Unfortunately, immediately afterwards he walks into a metal bar, causing him to forget the entire evening. It's then shown on page 4 that she's Not So Different — he's her first submissive, too.
  • Personality Powers: On a deeper level than this trope tends to go: your inner drives and instincts dictate whether your spiritual energy comes out as aggressive dominant powers or defensive submissive powers.
  • Pet the Dog: Butterfly may be a horrible bitch, but her two rescued slave girls love her.
  • Planet of Hats: BDSM is the main theme of the planet.
  • Playing with Fire: Butterfly. Surprisingly a villain example who is not a Pyro Maniac.
    • Trina as well.
  • Power Limiter: The suits worn by the women of Sybion.
  • Potty Emergency: Conversed in Strip 84.
    Butterfly: How long have you been immobilized now, slut?
    Trina: Twelve hours, mistress.
    Butterfly: Oh my, I bet you're just dying to have a stretch. [...] I hope you didn't have a lot of water beforehand, either.
  • Prehensile Hair: The Judiciatrix's metal ponytail. It's implied that it's not her actual hair based on one we see later whose hair is much shorter out of uniform.
  • Property of Love: ...virtually all tropes related to BDSM at any level apply to this comic, let's just leave it at that.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Laura's shield technique seems to work only when she's angry.
  • Rank Inflation: According to strip 157, the Association ranks the Mistresses by their power. Butterfly was originally believed to be grade D, but recent strips revealed her being well over S.
  • The Rival: Laura/Ginger, Sixx/Butterfly.
  • Safe Word: "Halo" for Laura and "ginger ale" for Ginger. Sixx, aka Michelle, has one, but we don't know it yet. In a Guest Strip "Red" was used by a girl who may or may not be Trina, but ignored by Butterfly (who was clearly identified by her insignia).
  • Scars Are Forever: Alice has a wicked set of scars (strip #306) on her back, from her time being held by The Order of Denial. Anya has them as well, though hers are a bit... lower down (strip #325).
  • Seme/Uke: Discussed in terms of dominant and submissive spirits, but it's also acknowledged (#202) that it's very rare for anyone to be completely dominant or completely submissive, and the real life concept of switches is discussed.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can/Sealed Good in a Can: Michael Kappel, being held in suspended animation. The government believes he will destroy the world, while his followers believe that he will save it. Michael himself isn't sure whether he'll be the savior or destroyer, and as much as he wants to be the savior he knows he could be either of them.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Subverted, since pretty much everyone dresses the same. If anything, the villains are slightly more covered.
  • Serious Business: The Association is apparently just a BDSM society, but it employs masked Judiciatrices, enforcers described as "very lethal to trouble-makers" with no sense of hyperbole — and with super powers. Justified since the enforcers aren't the only ones with powers and there are people who have powers based on whether they are masochists or sadists (or both). In other words: MASOCHISTS AND SADISTS WITH SUPERPOWERS. Without regulation, that's a recipe for super-villainy. Even with regulation, there are certain individuals who end up going that way anyways.
    • Strip #204 revealed that "the Association" is the North American government.
  • Shock and Awe: "Electroplay" is just another tool in a Dominant's arsenal. When Ginger reveals a secret fetish for shockplay, Butterfly uses this knowledge to forcibly send her into subspace
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sister-Sister Incest: Attempted, but ultimately averted.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Amusing Injuries for everyone!
  • Slasher Smile: Butterfly throws some very scary ones after showing her true colours.
  • Slave Collar: Nearly everyone wears collars, whether for fetish or fashion. The collar of a personal slave is considered the mark of a permanent commitment, like a wedding ring.
  • Smoke Out: Lampshaded
  • Stealth Pun: North America is home to the "Global Dominance Association". Think about it for a second.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Wolf's previous comic, Crimson Latex. The two share some characters, but continuity was completely rebooted, and the style is very different. Furthermore, the personalities were far different, with Stella (called "Stellvia") showing a personality much more like Ginger's (Ginger not yet existing), Claire (called Eclair) seeming to hate Stella, and Laura not being nearly as freaked out by the extremes of her new life.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Trina. Or is it?
  • Stealth Pun: "Brace yourselves, slaves."
  • Strip Buffer: Wolf was working without one, but has recently gotten ahead.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Michelle and her mother, which partially explains why Butterfly hates her so much.
  • Sudden Anatomy: Character irises, which are usually just colored circles with a large white highlight, lose the highlight and gain a black pupil when the character is showing his or her dominant spirit.
    • On page 799, the characters were drawn with visible lips, but Wolf must have disliked the effect because he phased it out after about ten strips.
  • Super-Deformed: Frequent, sometimes giving hints at characterization — for example, the mistress in Owned looks downright evil... until you see her Chibi form, which is fairly attractive.
  • Supernatural Sensitivity: Some characters have the power to see others' sexual auras. Crosses over with The Empath, since emotions also color the aura.
  • Sympathetic Sentient Weapon: The People's Republic of Restriction had (has?) a program designed to unwanted youngsters into these. (Ostensibly they're Super Soldiers, but since their training is both hellish and depersonalizing, it fits this trope.)
  • Take a Third Option: Instead of sending Laura or Ginger into the spanking contest, Sixx sent herself!
  • Take That: Sixx sums up Laura's description of Sybion's religion and culture as, "Yep, that sounds like a male-oriented religious society alright..."
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Lots of mid-battle banter going on there.
  • Time Skip: It was more or less a necessity. The first year worth of strips took up a single day, and the contest was three weeks off. So, we got a Training Montage.
  • Torture Technicians: The Order of Denial, an isolated monastic quasi-religious order which believes that pain is worship. They make money by breaking people of unwanted habits and behaviors — with no real quibbles about the specifics as long as the client is willing to pay.
  • Training from Hell: Well, being trained in pain tolerance is pretty much always going to fall under this category.
  • Transsexual: Alice, one of Evita Kappel's slaves. Laura's reaction to finding out is pure Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
  • Training Montage: Timeskipping to the spanking contest.
  • True Companions: Laura, Ginger, and Sixx, after an initial period of suspicion. This later expands as the whole Sixx household becomes Fire-Forged Friends. (And also proves to be true of the Butterfly household, for similar reasons).
  • Unholy Matrimony: The Kappels appear to be an example of this when first introduced, but it turns out the truth is rather more complex.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Laura has enormous submissive energy but has never been taught how to use it.
  • Unobtainium: Paixao riaz, a powerful herb which is incredibly rare.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Trina and Butterfly have given mutually exclusive versions of events leading up to the spanking contest. Word of God has confirmed that that both stories were correct: Trina did take Butterfly's collar willingly, but Butterfly broke her with torture nonetheless, just because she is a bitch like that.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Refreshingly subverted when Laura finds out that Alice is a transwoman, and instead of it being played for laughs or for shock value, Laura affirms Alice's identity as a woman.
  • Vague Age: The main cast looks about 18-28. Michael Kappel is the only one with a stated age (he is said to be 35 in a flashback that happened about five years before the comic began), and Sixx's mother can safely be assumed to be somewhere in her forties.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Well, Mistress out taking her slave for a walk.
  • Wall of Text: The Order of Denial priest, by his own admission, has a tendency to ramble during his info-dumps.
  • Webcomic Time: The five minutes of the spanking contest took several months of real time. The forum goers humorously compared the timespan to that of the destruction of Planet Namek. Even the author joked about having Frieza cameo as a form of Lampshade Hanging.
    • Taken Up to Eleven with Michael Kappel giving his backstory to the heroes, which is said to take no more then an instant to those who experienced it, but took well over a hundred strips to detail.
    • Not counting the week between Butterfly's initial challenge and the spanking contest, the events of the first arc took about three days of comic time, six years of real time.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Michael Kappel and his followers.
  • Whatevermancy: Rubbermancy, hypnomancy, and doubtless we'll learn of other arts in the same theme.
  • Whip It Good: A riding crop is a standard-issue sexual weapon, and in one scene Sixx uses an actual whip.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Often, usually to indicate surprise, fear, or as part of your run-of-the-mill Face Fault. When paired with glowing eyes, these indicate a character going into Subspace or otherwise manifesting the Submissive Spirit.
    • The "abject horror" version appears in #210, when Sixx realizes just what kind of home life Laura experienced in the "Puritan territory" she grew up in.
  • Worf Effect: The Judicatrix seems to have been introduced as an implacable enforcer for the Association exclusively for the purpose of being beaten by Butterfly, showing off the latter's strength.
  • Worthy Opponent: Laura and Ginger early on. They since seem to have melded together with Sixx into True Companions.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: While everyone in the strip is fair game for torture, drama, brainwashing, and various injuries (funny or not), they are all legal adults. Even the Order of Denial would not take "customers" under the age of 19.
  • Wrecked Weapon: If a crop is a weapon.
  • Writing for the Trade: The strips are very short, and even with the fairly regular schedule, it can get a bit frustrating waiting (the author has a dayjob). Reading them marathon-style, though, is a lot of fun.
    • The author posted in October 2010 that the length of the "spanking contest" arc had made him realize he needed to work on his pacing.
  • X Meets Y: Word of God says it's meant to be "Shonen Manga" (Bleach, Naruto, Dragon Ball, etc) meets BDSM fetishdom.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blonde, Red, Black, Blue, Purple, and Green.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Strip #148.