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:
Abhorrent Admirer: Blair to pretty much every female and Nina's doppleganger to Kade.
Even though Chloe acknowledged that her looks were OK for human standards she was really self conscious about her body/breasts as a Succubus. It didn't last long though. Layla also showed some concern over her own breasts after Chloe's sudden growth, although it may be related to Envy rather than self consciousness. Soon, Chloe wants her former, smaller breast size back. "Be careful what you wish for?"
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.
Artifact of Doom: The Orb of Tiresias becomes this after bonding with Blair's perverted mind and starts turning all guys and girls into Blair's feminine ideal: vapid valley girls. The range of effect seems to be spreading too. Before falling victim to its effects herself, Professor Twigitt mentions that if this continues, all human life on Earth will become extinct in a generation or two.
Back from the Dead: It looks like this happens to Tiffany after Layla bites her. However, she actually never died: as it turns out, that she was stabbed by an astral sword which causes the victim's spirit to leave their body for a brief time and doesn't harm the body at all.
Brooke: At school, my face got all red when I saw Kade half-naked in bicycle shorts. Layla: Well... Anybody's would've... Brooke: A-and when I see Chloe changing in the locker room... Layla:Oh, c'mon. EvenI'mjealous ofthatpair.
Kissing Layla seems to have made her realize that she's attracted to her. She's an emotional wreck and confused out of her mind as a result and it probably doesn't help that the entire school probably knows now after Blair uploaded footage of it to his youtube.
Though later she was comfortable with all this enough to draw female-Kade and Cerise nude. Of course, it's not like this being Kade and Cerise couldn't be big turn-offs as such. She got a nice relationship with Ace, though.
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.
Creepy Doll: Nina has a doll by the name of Blair who is possessed by the spirit of a man. Creepy because it's a girl doll and all the expression are rather girly, but it's a guy in that shell of plastic. That and he's prepared to stake Nina if she develops a taste for blood. Blair can be funny, though, to the audience and the characters he's not harassing at the moment.
While not enough is shown to confirm or disprove it, fan speculation is that the principal might be a creepy Japanese doll.
The Ninaganger sure reacted strongly to a wet Kade in bike shorts.
The reaction Ace's father had back when Ace had to write that report during vampire history month.
Ace's Father:(Snatches Ace's textbook away) Vampires!? Is that what they're teaching you at this school!? How dare they—Who's this? Ace: Thats the vampire queen I need to do the report on! Ace's Father: Can Daddy help? ♥
Ace certainly approves. Nina did similar at a point. Perhaps, switching genders affects sexuality, aware of the switch or not?
Blair was surely not the only one happy at this point, not to mention Chloe's shirt getting ripped earlier.
There's the scene with Layla in a bikini.
Ghost Tiffany isn't bad either.
Kade in bike shorts. And not a lot else.
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.
Feather Boa Constrictor: Brooke nearly always wears her pet snake, Seth, around her neck. And sometimes wrapped around her bicep. Unlike usual examples of the trope, he's about the size of a typical garden snake.
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.
Gender Bender: Thanks to a magical orb that can change sexes. Hilarity ensues when Blair gets his hands on it.
Attractive Bent-Gender: Happens to a lot of guys in the arc "Big Girls Don't Cry", Case in point: 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.
Third Law of Gender Bending: Played completely straight by Nina, Ace and Kade post gender-swap. After all, it was not just "turn into girls" but bimbofication curse to begin with.
"I don't wanna be a girl! I liked being a boy!... And my clothes don't fiiiiiiiiit!"
The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: 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."
Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Apparently, the orb of Tiresias doesn't actually change anyone's hair, so when it's done its work there's a few guys with very girly hair and a lot of girls with very boyish hair.
Genre Blindness: For being a Slayer, Tiffany has little idea of how one becomes a vampire. Or what she does in general (like what sort of a sword she grabbed).
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:
I drank warm milk with extra honey. She'll be out for hours!
Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?: A guest strip features Cess and Laura boasting about all the sex they had with their boyfriends. Layla says she can decide which one is telling the truth by tasting their blood, because "virgin blood tastes especially sweet". When she reveals that she lied about that, the girls both break down crying, admitting that they don't even have boyfriends.
Horny Devils: In the form of an insecure, freckled, moemeganekko teenage succubus. And her mom, whose appearance entirely explains why Chloe is still insecure after being considered the hottest girl in the school.
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: There's only two main characters of note who are male, and one of them was turned into a girl. And then switched genders with the other guy.
Melissa: Stop in... um... Tiffany:(whispering) Psst psst psst Melissa: I am not saying that! Tiffany:(whispering) Secret ID! Melissa: Ugh! Fine! In the name of peace and justice, I, a passing-by magical girl who likes Chinese food, demand you cease andd desist!
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!
Love Letter Lunacy: Ace delivers a note to Kade from Nina. Naturally, Kade thinks it's from him.
Magic Pants: Ace, the werewolf, seems to be able to slide out of his clothes, leaving them intact (and him naked afterward). 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.
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.
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.
Mind Control: 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.
Also, 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.
The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: 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?
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.
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!
As a point of comparison, in a flashback we see Brooke (who is the same age) acting in a manner similar to Nina's everyday behavior — on her sixth birthday. Brooke even called Nina kiddo once. And covered her ears as Mrs. Delacroix reminisced about her "phase" with Chloe's mother.
Princess Phase: When Nina gets drunk, she declares herself to be a princess.
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.
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.
Orwellian Retcon: Near the end of Brooke's introduction, a line by Blair about her lost underwear was altered by the writers who felt it pushed the PG-13 border to far.
We now have a proper crossover. Layla has shown up in Magick Chicks during a story arc focusing on Tiffany, while Mellisa and Faith crossover into Eerie Cuties during a story line wherre Kade calls Mellisa for a date.
Scaled Up: Completely subverted when Brooke, one of the good guys, transformed into a giant half-serpent to scare a pair of bullies. Although she seems to be embarrassed of this form.
Brooke is a Melusine, a race apparently based on a nymph who apparently was cursed to turn into part snake occasionally and, due to it being a curse rather than a natural facet, got a promise from her human husband never to peek on her at those times. When he did, she forgave him (her own curse was gained when she tried to punish her father for a similar transgression against her mother...mother was not amused with the disrespect she showed her father) until he called her a "serpent" in public at which point she turned into a dragon, left him some parting gift and flew away.
Granted, when not trying too hard to be scary, they can look adorable in this form and now that she hangs out with another shapeshifter...
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.
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.
Stalker with a Crush: Tiffany is pursuing Layla, allegedly with the intent to stake her and get revenge for her earlier humiliation. It becomes increasingly obvious that Tiffany has a crush on Layla, which quickly goes from interfering with her "vampire hunting" and into making it a painfully transparent excuse to "accidentally run into" Layla.
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.
Throw the Dog a Bone: 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.