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 recent 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 and the fairly inexperienced domme he wakes up to discover he has signed a slave contract, which explores other aspects of the world.
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 Zvenvok, as well as the implication of many other "Puritan" colonies, are descended from them.
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.
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.
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.
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 no pubic hair, though there is some anatomical detail.
Big Bad: First, Mistress Butterfly, then her husband Michael Kappel. Though the viewer has learned very little about the government against which they are plotting. And then it's revealed that ever since the viewer first met her, Butterfly has been possessed by a malevolent Atlantian spirit.
Also the as-yet-unnamed priest after his suspended fight with Sixx.
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-world BDSM) seem to give actual legal authority over the "slave" to the "owner," even to the point of allowing the owner to bet 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.
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.
Cast Full of Gay: Though the comic rarely (if ever) touches upon the subject of sexual orientation, this is pretty much necessitated by the facts that a) It's a BDSM comic and b) there is exactly ONE male major character.
Cat Girl: Linda gets herself a cat girl rubber suit against her will.
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.
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.
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 most despicable aspects of the governments may or may not end 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.
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.
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.
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.
Disproportionate Retribution: For quite a long time, it seems that whatever Sixx has done to Butterfly, it can't possibly merit everything the woman has done so far in her attempt to destroy Sixx's life. After all, taunting, stalking and so on is pretty bad for a cute comedy setting.And then it turns out that they are all actually living in a Crapsack World, where The Association (the one where Sixx is headmistress) routinely assassinate innocents or otherwise ruins their lives, simply because they know too much or have too much power. More to the point, Butterfly herself hadn't done anything wrong yet when Sixx' mother tried to kill her. Among other truly awful things.
Dumb Blonde: Laura, to a degree. Justified and Explained as being due to her running away from her Crapsack World Puritan homeland to live in the US.
Elemental Powers: Butterfly has employed them and Word of God has confirmed that it is NOT the crop making the flames, but instead a manifestation of the Dominant Spirit, since Elemental Powers in the Collar6Verse take the form of Dominant or Submissive energy, based on sexuality as a measurable force.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Mistress Butterfly's personal slaves adore her and she seems to love them genuinely. It turns out that Butterfly has recently.. changed..
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.
Free-Love Future: The setting of the comic, with the exception of some "Puritan" Territories. The Atlantean philosophies directly influenced sexuality during the renaissance, resulting in sexuality losing almost all taboo in the setting.
For varying definitions of "Puritan" — Laura's colony, for example, was "male centric". Which means her father had 70 wives, was implied to be at the very least somewhat emotionally distant (and possibly abusive, given how he looks like a fairly stereotypical Shonen manga villain), and she had at least 30 full sisters. Given this data, along with the silhouette of her father with all the women chained to him, alongside the defeated look on her mother's face, it's not a stretch to suggest they weren't submissive because that's where they got their dominant and submissive energy from, but because women on her island didn't have equal rights. "Puritan" is more of a derogatory term for anyone rejecting the the Atlantean philosophies.
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 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: One character's backstory is that her master wanted to see her and her sister... together. When she refused, she was handed over to the Order of Denial.
Info Dump: Starting at strip 186 and still ongoing. We discover that there's a mystical power to make submissive energy take physical form which Sixx just confirmed that Laura has, that Sixx intentionally kept Laura as a Wide-Eyed Idealist by hiding the full extent of BDSM relationships and the world they live in to her. Sixx admits to screwing up by agreeing to the spank-off in the heat of the moment. The Paixo Raiz is a herb that creates a perfect energy link between sub and dominant, which Sixx used to create the bond before the spank-off, where should would normally have waited until the bond came to be through normal means.
These became more prevalent in the following arc, due to the addition of more characters, backstory and world-building. It did eventually get a lampshading when Sixx griped about having to hear Michael Kappa's backstory.
Kinky Spanking: It's a webcomic about S&M, so it appears as often as is expected.
Legacy Character: Apparently, the title of Mistress Sixx, which was previously held by Michelle's mother.
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.
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.
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 a year, 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 explained. Laura lived in a "Puritan Territory" called Sybion north of the Azores (literally the middle of nowhere). Unfortunately, unlike what Puritan means in our world, Puritan in the Collar 6 world merely means someone who ignores or rejects the Atlantian teachings — and in this case, it also appears to mean they ignore the consensual part of the BDSM lifestyle.
No Endor Holocaust: Micheal'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.
Not Brainwashed: Trina claims she took Butterfly's collar willingly. That is to say, Butterfly found out Trina has a Primal Fear of sharp object and uses this to break her in. So possibly more fear than actual brainwashing.
Although it's later revealed that there was brainwashing involved, after she took the collar.
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.
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..
Nun Too Holy: The Order of Denial, which, amongst other things were professional torture technicians, brainwashers, and nonconsensual slavers.
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.
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 it is implied he knows or lives in the same building as, 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.
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 no one is completely one or the other, 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 instead save it. Michael himself isn't sure whether he'll be the savior or destroyer, but he is pretty certain that he will be one of those two things.
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: Ginger has a secret fetish for shockplay. Butterfly uses this to forcibly send her to subspace
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.
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 disobedient slaves of unwanted habits and behaviors.
Training from Hell: Well, being trained in pain tolerance is pretty much always going to fall under this category.
True Companions: Laura, Ginger, and Sixx, after an initial period of suspicion.
Unholy Matrimony: The Kappels appear to be an example of this when first introduced, but it turns out the truth is rather more complex.
Unobtainium: Paixao riaz, a fictional and strangely powerful drug which may be plot critical and 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.
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.