Critical Miss, previously known as Out of Tens, is a gaming webcomic by Cory Rydell and Grey Carter, hosted at The Escapist. The winner of a webcomic contest hosted on the site in 2010.The story follows Erin Stout, a game reviewer who writes for the website "Little Miss Critical'', and her co-workers, which include Erin's partner, Elliot Clutch, her boss, Sharon, and a ton of minor characters. Although the comic focuses mainly on video games, a few have to do with movies and various other topics.
Cat Fight: Between Mol and Erin (when Erin goes to destroy Elliot's Xbox 360 - Kratos told her to) in their underwear. Elliot sits back and enjoys it for a while, until it goes too far and Erin throws the Xbox at Mol's head.
Cerebus Syndrome: Lampshaded on the "Chapter 2" title page, which pokes fun at strip's recent developments (sex drama, mental illness, et cetera) with band posters for MiscarriageArc, who are opening for Cerberus Syndrome.
Also when the character is introduced he is seen wearing a white undershirt with a green t-shirt over it and a long green hat.
Gamer Chick: Erin, though downplayed and deconstructed. Being a gamer is a large part of Erin character, and she happens to be female. But she is not particularly fanservicey, she is as socially awkward as many gamers (regardless of gender,) and she is not shown as anything particularly special because of this.
Gaussian Girl: Erin tries to pull this off in the third panel of this strip. Her drunken ineptitude at flirting spoils the effect immediately after though.
Good Angel, Bad Angel: When Erin asks how to make her console-playing friends see the error of their ways, Sora from Kingdom Hearts suggests friendship and that you can't force them to change their opinions. Erin takes that as Plan A and asks Kratos from God of War for a Plan B. The next panel is her ripping Elliot's Xbox 360 from the TV.
Helpful Hallucination: After a car accident in "Stowaways", Erin is talking to hallucinations of videogame characters, with Zelda's Link appearing to be a kind of "spirit guide". Possibly. Though how "helpful" they are is debatable, especially to Erin herself.
Heroic Mime: Erin's hallucination of Link uses a whiteboard instead of talking. She lampshades this, noting he spoke in the CDI games and the cartoon, to which Link replies that they sucked. At one point, he pretends to be a random bystander worried about the crazy girl at the bar, and she doesn't realize he's a hallucination since he's perfectly willing to talk her ear off.
Magic Skirt: Erin's skirt is gravity defying, which is odd considering the creators haven't had a problem showing her underwear in previous strips. this is the strip. Three explanations exist for this: One, the skirt is spandex/similarly stretchy. Two, the artist forgot. Or three: It's another indication that this is all happening inside Erin's head. The skirt is the least implausible of the unlikely physics of pushing someone out of a window and then catching her by the ankle the way it was shown. She also rotated 180 degrees in the air, and is supported by only one ankle for half that scene.
In the strip Consensus (3rd April 2012) Erin comments that throwing an Xbox 360 at her friend will "look terrible on my TV Tropes page".
Or Was It a Dream?: It's not clear how real Erin's hallucinations are. Not only can they plan and act independently of her, but at one point she throws one out the window of a moving car, and a truck seems to run over something invisible. It is possible she may have some dissociative disorder contributing to this.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Very effectively done, since not only did Erin not see through the disguise, neither did the audience. All Link had to do was change into civilian clothes and start talking and no one could recognize him.
Stop Helping Me!: invoked"You just got Mario sucked into a black hole, a gateway to the dark void between realities, where he will be tortured forever. That is not helping. That is the opposite of helping."
Take That: Pretty much the entire point of the comic, as Erin is extremely critical. A few examples:
In one strip, Sharon reviewed most of the preview copies of games that were delivered. Only two were left for Erin and Elliot to review: Kane and Lynch 2 and Virtua Shit Eater 5. Both Erin and Elliot ask for Virtua Shit Eater.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Beneath this comic, Grey writes "A couple of weeks back we ran five strips on consecutive days. Contrary to our expectations, that brave experiment did not end with one of us dead and another in police custody."
The Gadfly: Moll and a lot of others "Game of Thrones" book readers according to this strip.
Erin: Evidently the peepers and the beepers aren't doing it for you. Which means you didn't come over to pick me up. Which probably means you came over because I "looked sad". Which in turn means your probably rocking a massive white knight complex. And that I can use.