(also called Evil FTW
and Evil for the Win
) is a web original with a full comic. It started out with a series of stories, then one-day scripts with a header picture on LiveJournal
, and finally the DeviantArt
is placed somewhat in the real world. It is a superhero-type comic, except it focuses on the villains: Selan, Selanio and Xeno. Under the respective codenames of Lady Ira, Baron von Boom and Omen, the three regularly terrorize the city, hindered only by the local superhero, Apogee (named after a part of a planetary/satellite orbit, of all things), and their own weaknesses. Baron von Boom has shown thoughts of becoming the team's leader and displacing the bubbly Lady Ira, but Omen and the baron's own mistakes have prevented this thus far.
Found here: http://evilftw.livejournal.com/
The sequel, EvilFTW: Applied Villainy
, is now out. It can be found here: http://appliedvillainy.tumblr.com/
Contains Examples of:
- Aerith and Bob: On one side of the spectrum, there's Ann. On the other, there's Xenophon.
- Affably Evil: Practically everyone in this series is some shade of this — even Reza is amiable enough when he tries to convince Ira's group to join his regime over some drinks — but Selan and Ann probably exemplify this trope best. In the very first episode Selan is trying to give her new rivals a fruit basket, and Ann, well, does the affable part so much that she forgets the evil most of the time.
- Afraid of Needles: Selan and Tavvy.
- Alternate Universe: This story is actually an alternate universe that contains characters from many of Selan's other stories, as well as a couple characters borrowed from author friends' stories.
- Art Evolution: Compare the header pictures of episode 1, episode 93, episode 138, and episode 86.
- Author Avatar: Selan\Lady Ira is Selan, the author.
- Badass Cape: Reza and Professor Pain both wear one, and they're two of the most powerful people in the series. Adamo also has a cape, but he's more of a subversion.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Reza gets "spooky black energy" as his superpower.
- Barrier Warrior: This is Selan's thing. She can also throw kunai pretty well, apparently, but is barely ever seen doing so after the first few episodes, and when she does bother throwing any kunai, they all miss. Also, Corbett.
- Battle Couple: Brian and Ann are a borderline-Toy Ship Battle Couple, just like Brian's parents, the supervillain duo Gamma and Beta, were before his dad got arrested. Selan and Selanio qualify as well.
- Beach Episode: Episode 41.
- Bilingual Dialogue: Selan and Selanio have spent part of an episode talking to each other in two different languages (Selan in Japanese, and Selanio in Russian).
- Bumbling Dad: Joseph.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Lady Ira's group, Baron von Boom in particular.
- Clark Kenting: In spades. None of the villains bother covering their face when in costume ? really, Selanio barely even changes from his civilian clothes to become Baron von Boom. (The only noticeable difference between the Baron and Selanio in his normal clothes is the black bowtie that the Baron wears.) Tavvy at least makes an effort with the eye-covering goggles, but the fact that he has bright green hair and makes no effort to hide this as Apogee definitely takes a few points off. To be fair, their secret identities don?t really stay all that secret.
- Convenient Coma: Reza, coupled with Laser-Guided Amnesia.
- Corner of Woe: Xeno in the header picture of episode 92.
- Dating Catwoman: Selan and Tavvy were in a relationship, but it didn?t last.
- Death Ray: Quantum, as the resident mad scientist, has one.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Turns out Meredith just needed Joseph to convince her not to feel guilty about letting him rot in jail.
- Does This Make Me Look Fat?:
Selan: Selan hates pant shopping too, you know, this would be so much easier if you'd just tell me if my ass looks okay.
Selanio: Well, I'm not gonna. u_u;
Selanio: Because your ass defies so many laws of Euclidean geometry that it would drive anyone who looks at it insane. It's like something out of Lovecraft.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Adamo.
- Embarrassing Rescue: There have been multiple times where Apogee saves the main villains — either because the villains were in their civilian identity and Apogee was just saving them as he would any normal civilian, or because Apogee's just too good a guy to not help out people in their time of need, even when those people are his arch-enemies.
- Emotion Bomb: Dalix's superpower, along with invulnerability.
- Enemy Mine: Apogee and Ira's group team up quite a lot, actually, whether it's against aliens, Ira's kidnappers, or some other supervillain.
- Energy Weapon: This is Dorcia's superpower. She prefers energy scythes.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Selan considers getting some dinosaurs in one episode, but unfortunately she doesn't live in a universe where dinosaurs are that readily available.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: Sparkles are Adamo's superpower, and he's constantly surrounded by them. If anyone thinks that things are better with sparkles, it's this guy.
- Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels: Selanio is technically afraid of almost all small furry creatures, but usually it's specifically the squirrels that are brought out to scare him.
- Evil Laugh: Selanio supposedly is the best at evil laughing out of the trio. Selan prefers an evil giggle and Xeno is... well... Xeno.
- Facial Markings: Reza has a tattoo of some sort right under his left eye. Professor Marika has some sort of marking under his eye, too.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Lady Ira's group will never achieve world domination, nor will Apogee ever manage to arrest them.
- Fan Convention: The 100th episode takes place in a comic book convention called Ubercon (apparently with no relation to the real-world New Jersey gaming convention).
- Flat "What.": Several times, and occasionally in Russian. The header picture of episode 96, for example.
- For the Evulz: Main motivation of the characters, but rarely so extreme.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Brian and Ann are a sort of Battle Couple consisting of two of these. Brian has, on one occasion, made Tesla?s death ray based on the technology available at the time simply to relieve stress, and Ann has considered inventing cold fusion for the purpose of one invention.
- Generation Xerox: Turns out Brian and Ann are a lot like Brian's parents were back in the day. Specifically, Brian and Ann are a supervillain duo, with Brian being the villainous one and Ann just tagging along — just like Joseph and Meredith were a supervillain duo, with Meredith being the villainous one and Joseph just tagging along.
- Genius Bruiser: Selanio's superpower is Super Strength, sure, but he's also much better at making bombs than any normal college student should be, and he gets straight A's in his classes.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Omen's eyes glow when he uses his powers. Same goes for Dalix.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Lady Ira has goggles as part of her costume, but she doesn't even bother putting them on her eyes.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Apogee's goggles, on the other hand, are bulletproof.
- Gone Horribly Right: Clovis was once part of a government experiment designed to give soldiers superpowers — they managed to get it right with Clovis, but it probably wasn't the best idea to continue inhumane tests on someone who's more powerful than all the scientists that worked there combined.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Selanio's pencil mustache puts him on the evil side of the hair spectrum; it's pretty fitting for his Card-Carrying Villain status.
- Hates Being Touched: Selan.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Selan can be considered an example of both of this and a Red-Headed Hero, being both the leader of the three main characters and the love interest of one of those characters.
- Heroic BSOD: Xeno is prone to having these. One major BSOD occurred when he lost control of his powers and completely destroyed downtown, and another one when Ipati died.
- Human Aliens: Indrid and Smith look pretty human (even if Selanio swears that Indrid looks like a short person someone stretched out) but it's not their true form.
- Husky Russkie: Selanio's superpower is Super Strength, he's pretty tall, and he's "terminally Russian".
- Incredibly Lame Pun:
Selan: Take that, Apogeek!
Apogee: Apogeek? Is that seriously the best you can come up with?
- Intrepid Reporter: Drei Valdis.
- Large Ham: Adamo, when first introduced.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Reza, after Indrid's done with him in episode 80.
- Lethal Chef: Selan, allegedly.
- Loads and Loads of Characters
- Loves My Alter Ego: Arco is head-over-heels in fangirl love with Omen, and only starts dating Xeno because he happens to look a lot like him.
- The Men in Black: Indrid and Smith are benevolent examples of the alien type. Smith even has the suspiciously common Anglo-Saxon name.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Note that the two most angsty characters in the series are the psychic ones. And one of them commits suicide, too.
- Older Than They Look: Aldon looks like he's ten, but he's really fifty-eight.
- Open-Minded Parent: Brian spends some time trying to hide the fact that he's a villain from his mother Meredith, but it turns out she knew the entire time. Oh, and Joseph's pretty okay with it too.
- Petite Pride: Selan is relatively flatchested. She's less than happy when Apogee signs a toy deal and the resulting Lady Ira action figure completely ignores this fact.
Lady Ira (throwing kunai at Apogee): We're totally taking you down today, man! No one gets away with giving me huge jubblies!
- Poisonous Friend: Ipati.
- Power Incontinence: Xeno, with his emotion-controlled psychic powers, is bound to have this. Although he had some trouble keeping his powers under control when he first received them, by the time the series properly starts he has already solved that problem... but it's still not the best idea to get him mad.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Omen.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Part of Apogee's costume.
- Smoke Out: Lady Ira's preferred exit method.
Omen (coughing): Was the smoke bomb necessary? Really?!
Lady Ira: I HAD TO, Omen! It?s a little thing called STYLE.
- Smug Snake: Stesha.
- Spock Speak: Indrid is not a big fan of contractions.
- Social Darwinist: Reza.
- Stellar Name: Apogee.
- Stern Teacher: Professor Marika is like this - both as an actual professor and as Tavvy?s mentor.
- Third-Person Person: Selanio and Selan refer to themselves in third person on occasion, both as themselves and as their alter egos.
- Touched by Vorlons: Tavvy and Xeno.
- Unsound Effect: [+ FACE!+ ]
- Vigilante Man: Marika used to be one of these (hence his rather villainous-sounding superhero name) but, unlike many examples of this trope, it's treated as a dark past rather than a heroic thing.
- The Von Trope Family
- Weaksauce Weakness: Selanio is deathly afraid of small furry animals. Also, Selan's hypoglycemia means that eating sugary foods renders her completely useless in battle, and even without sugar she's apt to faint from exhaustion eventually.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Downplayed. Stesha is white-haired and a generally unpleasant character.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Kesava.
- Will They or Won't They?: Selan and Selanio. As of episode 90, they're an Official Couple. It's not like anyone didn't see it coming.
- Wire Dilemma: Apogee is in this situation when trying to turn off Quantum's death ray. They end up all being green.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Clovis.
- You Remind Me of X: Brian reminds Joseph of Meredith, apparently.