Eerie Cuties is a webcomic created and drawn by GisèleLagacé which started on June 1, 2009 and follows the adventures of Layla and Nina Delacroix, two vampire sisters, at Charybdis Heights. On the first day they have met a French teacher with a possessed arm, a young succubus, a catboy, a werewolf and a masked janitor. As with her previous works, the comic is a mix of slice-of-life and sitcom set within a school atmosphere, most of the jokes being typical of a series set in high school, but in a supernatural one.It's co-written by both Gisèle Lagacé and "Dave Zero1" Lumsdon, with colors done by Miguel Marques in the first volume. With the shift to full page black & white manga style, inks (and other inputs) by Shouri.The Hellrune Coven got a Spin-Off strip, Magick Chicks, and more recently a second spin-off Dangerously Chloe appeared, following the adventures of Succubus Chloe Love.Now has a character page.
Eerie Cuties provides examples of the following tropes:
Accidental Kiss: Nina unintentionally smooched Kade, as she fell on top of him, once Tiffany and the others successfully lured the Nina-ganger back into the cursed mirror. She was upset about it, as it was her first, but she developed a crush on him soon afterward.
All Girls Like Ponies: Nina is turned into a boy when she's hit by a gender-changing orb; when she changes back into a girl, she says: "Hey! I like ponies again!"
Almost Kiss: It almost happens between Brooke and Layla, at the end of Nina's slumber party, until Layla remembered they already had, during the "Kissing Booth" incident*note featured as a bonus story, exclusive to the print edition of Vol.0, during which Brooke showed up in line and dared Layla to kiss her in an attempt to get the booth closed down (since the booth had two strikes against it between Chloe and Melissa). Meaning, had Layla refused, it would've been a third strike which would have forced Layla to take the booth down. Layla refused to let that happen, so she laid one on her, causing the booth to become an instant success. Brooke walked away blushing and stunned speechless, while Layla gloated and figured Brooke owed her a bite.
When Nina told Chloe she was starving, Chloe assumed Nina wanted to feed on her and panicked. But soon relented and offered Nina her neck, except Nina was busy scarffing down Chloe's chocolate.
Tiffany had a similar reaction, when Layla yanked her into the dressing-room, while she was on her job at the mall. She expected Layla to feed on her and was apparently looking forward to it, despite being caught by surprise. But she was noticeably disappointed when all Layla wanted, was help trying on her dress.
The Doom Panties are also cursed and are only meant to be worn by succubi, which is why they have to be locked away in a special seal. It's said that they draw out a succubus' true potential, assuming they're of age and can properly control their powers. Chloe put them on, not knowing what they were, because her mother is irresponsible enough to simply leave them lying around where anyone can find them.
Art Shift: More like a format shift. From colored newspaper like strips to more b&w manga like pages to allow more room for storytelling. The former has been collected in a volume set and now on sale for purchase.
panel 2. And in that same strip, even Kade admits to thinking this. The attractive part at least, since he doesn't know about the other part. There are probably some female fans that could say Nina (or would it be Nino, now?) fits this trope as well.
Continuity Lockout: While it's possible to dive right into the narrative, newer readers are still advised to start from the beginning if they wanna get the most out of it, since the comic relies on being familiar with past events; which includes two crossovers with Magick Chicks (see the related entry).
Layla got even with Doompantied Chloe, for trying to steal her fiance and having the gall to make her serve them during their meal. So Layla gave her a post-hypnotic suggestion to make a pig of herself, in front of Dio and made certain she wouldn't remember why she'd done it, 'til she was alone in the shower.
Corrupt the Cutie: Chloe, while under the influence of the Doom Pantis, felt a strong desire to corrupt Nina, but found herself unable to do so.
While not enough is shown to confirm or disprove it, fan speculation is that the principal might be a creepy Japanese doll.
The first major one involved Layla meeting Faith at the park and following her back to her home; thinking she'd get a free bite. Which went about as well as expected, though Tiffany managed to find a way to resolve things amicably.
Double Standard: This being a series dealing with teenagers, it's no surprise that some of them wanna have their cake and eat it to:
Briefly discussed when the Hellrunes caught Kade making out with Cessily, in the janitor's closet. Jacqui overlooked it and said Layla was a harpy for allegedly treating him as an accessory, but Cerise pointed out that Kade had been cheating on her.
Easily Forgiven: Subverted. Though Nina and the others forgave Chloe for her actions while under the influence of the Doom Panties, the incidentnote and the Chloe "zombie" scare, prior to that made her realize that she was a danger to her friends as long as she couldn't properly control her powers. Which made her decide to ask for a transfer to TartarusAcademy.
Evil Hand: The French teacher Arman Purvis suffers one of these. It seems to be the arm of an evil hairdresser.
Evil Laugh: The mirror monster laughs when pranking. It's a very unthreatening example.
Fanservice Pack: A male example. When Acefinally gets transformed back into a boy, he's taller and more filled out than he used to be, (and no furry hands to boot!). Apparently the changes (due to puberty) that occurred when Ace was female stuck.
Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Name your monster type and there's bound to be at least one, or two, of them represented; including their teachers. There's also cursed and magical artifacts, which lend themselves to all sorts of strangeness; both for drama and especially comedy.
Felony Misdemeanor: When the evil spirit of the mirror steals Nina's body to unleash her evil on the world. However, seeing as it's Nina she's in, all she can manage are lame practical jokes.
Mirror Spirit: Hm. My wickedness seems a tad less abominable than once it was.
Fur Against Fang: Although there does seem to be some "bad blood" between vampires and werewolves in-universe, Nina doesn't seem to care about it, nor her family: Layla is equally rude to everyone, Maria is equally flirty with everyone. Mr.Wolfhart remembers, but he's more grumpy than serious about it. Nina has an unique theory about the feud.
Gag Penis: Blair imagined Chloe with one, when she asked him to use the Tiresias Orb to male her boobs go away. The thought was so repulsive to him, that it inadvertently reveresed to the effect on the entire school, returning everyone to normal — except Ace.
When Nina switches bodies with Layla, in order to make sure that Layla will remain unconscious throughout and not realize what Nina had done, she first consumes the most powerful sedative she can imagine:
Nina: I drank warm milk with extra honey. She'll be out for hours!
Guy on Guy Is Hot: This is Tiffany and later Brooke's reaction on seeing Dio and Ash kissing after being enspelled by Melissa's Magic Wand.
I'm Not Pretty: When introduced, Chloe considered herself okay by normal standards, but not pretty enough by succubus standards. Even after her growth spurt, she called herself "quite plain", despite having a legion of admirers.
Improbably Female Cast: The cast is predominantly female, with only two regularly recurring male characters (Ace and Blair). The other two —Kade and Dio— are closer to being support characters, since they don't appear as often. While Layla's father, Eugene, has only shown up all of three times in the comic's run, so far.
It Makes Sense in Context: There is no way to adequately describe what the series is about, to someone who hasn't read it. At least, not in a way they'd understand. You'd do better just to give 'em a link to it and let 'em see for themselves.
Taken to all new levels after Layla regains her memories as Queen Quintessa. When Brooke offered to let Layla feed on her again, Layla refused unless she begged for it. Brooke wanted it so badly, that she submitted. Though it may be a sign of enthrallment.
Cess: Wouldn't it be neat if we became the school's new alpha females? Chloe: Whatever for? Laura: Well, someone has to! Cess: And you don't want it to be somone stuck-up like Lay— (Layla appears behind them) Cess and Laura: Laah-la-la-la! We're singing a merry tune!
Look Behind You: Tiffany managed to divert everyone's attention, during her double date with Layla and her ex-boyfriend, simply by pointing. And it actually worked, allowing her to slip garlic powder into Kade's soup, unnoticed:
Ace, the werewolf, seems to be able to slide out of his clothes, leaving them intact (and him naked afterward). Ace's shirt does rip the first time we see him transform, but it looks more like he did it himself in a fit of passion.
Brooke Lynn averts this trope in that she loses her panties, but somehow she retained her footwear when she reverted. Considering that said undies ended up in Blair's plastic fingers, that aversion is probably to provide for the Rule of Funny. Probably she just slipped her footwear back on quickly and forgot about her panties. Bare feet are a lot more immediately noticeable than bare ... ahem.
Tiffany Winters acts, looks like, and does the same job as another girl whose last name is a season.
Blair, the possessed doll, is very likely named after Linda Blair of The Exorcist fame.
All we need now is to discover that Brooke Lynn is from New York and we'll have pretty much all the main cast (though it's possible that her first name is a more subtle than usual pun, given that Melusine are traditionally supposed to be river creatures).
Miss Futakuchi, the history teacher, based on the Japanese Futakuchi-onna myths.
Vampire bite apparently allows to hypnotize the victim immediately after; they are mostly reasonable and responsible about it — the only two exceptions so far happened when Layla answered messed up treatment with nasty pranks and when Nina in her body didn't quite know what she was doing.
The Orb of Tiresias and the Tacky Wand had such effects, though as generally tweaking minds to some or other end rather than direct ongoing control.
Ace is still a girl and is not liking it. S/he sarcastically suggests to Brooke that maybe they could turn him/her back to a boy if they kiss. They try, it doesn't work, and Ace realizes something rather shocking... Ace felt absolutely nothing when kissing Brooke, which makes him/her realize that s/he might be gay. Or straight, since Ace is a girl now?
Played with by Professor Twigitt: Ace's new heterosexual attraction to boys? Genetic, apparently. Ace's equally new desire to go shopping for cute clothes? "I've never had those urges. That's just you."
Both Nina and Layla discovered this thanks to the "Freaky Friday" Flip Nina caused. Nina had to deal with blood cravings while inside Layla's body and Layla found herself wanting chocolate inside of Nina's body.
Most Definitely Not a Villain: The Nina-ganger's idea of "evil" amounted to little more than childhood pranks and mischief making. Though it's implied that it was being effected by Nina's psyche, since the Nina-ganger was just as confused by her own behavior.
Tiffany has trained her pet mouse Crackers to help her hunt vampires, and sics him (with a crucifix on his back) on Kade. Except Kade isn't a vampire, he's a werecat, something Crackers instantly realizes. He tries to hide in Tiffany's cleavage. Which triggers Kade's hunting instincts, so he reaches down her shirt to grab the mouse.
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Melissa Hellrune — although she's mostly an Alpha Bitch with her eye on social advancement than anything else. Even so, the Orb was something she brought and had the potential to end all life on Earth, and she's only a student witch!
Chloe says "Oh, sweet Lilith..." when she thinks she's being attacked by Seth (Lilith is a succubus-like being in Jewish mythology, although there is at least speculation about connections to earlier Middle Eastern mythology).
Layla says things like "For Dracula's sake" and "in the Impaler's name", since she is a vampire and Dracula is the most famous of the vampires.
They can be born of vampire parents and grow up, they can see themselves in mirrors and Nina was born on Easter, and thus feeds on chocolate. No word yet on how/if they turn people though. Tiffany thought she was turned from a bite, but this was quickly disproved.
Also, vampires can apparently feed on any living being with blood. Succubus blood tastes truly amazing, and melusine blood, besides being cold or room-temperature, tastes "exotic".
Punny Name: Special mention goes to Arman Purvis (read the comic and you'll get it), but the best is taken by the vampire family with the French surname meaning "of the Cross"! Not to mention Brooke Lynn.
Layla and Kade never had much of a relationship, since he's a horndog (or tomcat, if you prefer), who can't go five seconds without cheating. But she always took him back. At least, she did, until their last breakup.
Reluctant Monster: Brooke seems to dislike her monster form, and is a vegetarian, despite being carnivorus by nature.
Retcon: The last panel of the page posted on the 8th October originally featured the aged up Nina and the blondified Brooke kissing. Due to complaints on the forums the panel was changed two days later.
Romantic Rain: Romantic sprinklers. Seen when Layla makes up with Kade at the end of the "War Dance" arc. The two share a kiss, causing Laura's body temperature to ignite with jealousy, which set off the school's sprinkler system. Everyone else runs for cover, Layla and Kade continue unabated.
Sealed Evil in a Can: The Doom Panties which Chloe's mother said were meant to be for her but her body isn't ready for them yet. Putting then on without being able to handle this made Chloe a tad evil.
In this page, We are introuduced to Layla's childhood friend, Diodore Renoir, who asks her to call him Dio. Hmmm... A vampire called Dio? Where have we seen this before? That could just be a coincidence, util a strip where we find out that her dog Kujo's nickname is "Jojo".
Blair running around with a pair of stolen undies crying "What a haul!" is a reference to the English dub of Ranma ½. The waiter and waitress from the café somewhere in volume 2 look like copies from Ranma in both his male and female form.
Small Reference Pools: Surprisingly averted, in terms of monsters and mythology. We have your standard vampires, werewolves, succubi, etc, but then we have more obscure creatures, like the melusine and the just plain creepy Futakuchi-onna.
Spanner in the Works: Blair, twice. His stealing the Orb Of Tiresias turns "Operation: Break Up" into a full-fledged fiasco, and he foils Chloe when Layla tells him the Doompanties are the rarest panties in the universe.
Tiffany has a tamed mouse, Crackers, which she trained to distract vampires. Except when she tries to sic it on Kade, a werecat, the mouse instead hide in her cleavage. And then Kade retrieve it... with his mouth.
Sssssnake Talk: Brooke in her monster form. Or when just about to transform.
Testosterone Poisoning: Ash, in his Crossover Cameo from Magick Chicks. After the girls "feed" off of his energy, though, he only managed to just get off "needing half a dozen Angus Burgers" instead of dying.
Girl!Ace and Brooke's burgeoning friendship and sweet chemistry together have shades of this. Once Ace becomes a boy again, he decides act on it.
Ace gets another from Melissa Hellrune, of all people, when she cons him into taking her out on a date. Despite the fact she manipulated Ace into it, Melissa gets a few Defrosting Ice Queen moments when she realizes she enjoys his company... till The Wand pulls her away.
Time Skip: A minor one of 4 months seems to have occurred as of the start of Chapter 14, if characters' comments are anything to go by.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: The characters with a monster form seem to be able to use traits of the form without fully transforming. Adult succubi have the rare age-shifting power, and can change their age to whatever they think they need to be.
Adora: You can be a 40-year old MILF, an adorable 9-year old, or a 25-year old grad student with perky C-cups.
Major spoiler: It eventually turns out to have been a lie, fed to her by Blair, who suspected she might be the reincarnation of Queen Lamia. So he conditioned Nina to eat chocolate to prevent Lamia from being reborn. Except he'd been wrong about which of the Delacroix children it was to be. It was Layla.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Sorbet (Cessily's little sister) is scared of snakes. Seth is bad enough already, but it gets much worse when she's reduced to the size of a doll, and the snake isn't.
In the earlier part of the comic, Ace used to want nothing to do with Nina, who thought of Ace as her friend. Despite his efforts to avoid her, he always wound up being stuck with her anyway, and always wound up suffering for it.
World of Weirdness: Whether it's just a fact of life at Charybdis, or if it's limited to only Nina and her friends, one thing is clear: weird shit happens. A lot.
Like the time Chloe unexpectedly hit puberty, causing her pheromones to flood the school and turn all the boys into Chloe obsessed "zombies". Which ended with Layla and Brooke cornered by the mob, 'til Nina got to the fire alarm (with help from Blair).
Then there was the Tiresias Orb incident, where Blair nearly turned the entire student body into big breasted airheaded blondes, to suit his perverse ideal. Which thankfully came to an end, though the less said about how...the better.