Frivolesque is a slice of life webcomic by Etienne Dez, starting in March 2013, about an ordinary everyday girl surrounded by weirdos. Or is it the story of an lonely, introverted woman living in her own imaginary world, struggling to deal with those intruding into her life? Could it about a superhuman fighter experiencing some difficulties adjusting to everyday life? Or the story of an obsessive fan-girl and her eternal quest for love? It might even be about a black ops agent trying to mingle with normal people...Updating every Monday, Frivolesque follows the Japanese 4-Koma format and is about the everyday life of five different girls with different backgrounds created by Etienne Dez along the years. The grounded optimist Chloé, the quiet introvert Flore, the obsessive fangirl Marie-Neige, the fighting tomboy, Gaia, and the secret operative, Saki.
Frivolesque contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Saki... my god... Saki. Gaia to a lesser extent.
- Amazonian Beauty: Gaia Maguire. The other girls admire her strength and good (if slightly rough) looks.
- Ambiguously Brown : Gaia certainly qualifies. Her skin is a deep shade of brown, especially compared to everybody else, but she doesn't look especially black otherwise.
- But Not Too Foreign : Played straight with Saki, who is half Japanese, half Canadian. People usually call her a "Japanese girl" even though she isn't culturally Japanese because of her habit of fighting with a Katana or wearing schoolgirl uniforms. Lampshaded by Marie-Neige who refuses to acknowledge Saki as such. She knows better.
- Color-Coded Characters : Even though the characters in Frivolesque change their clothes once in a while, they always keep the same overall color scheme. On top of that, every character has a signature color that is either based on their clothes, an accessory they wear, or their hair. Chloe's color is red, Saki's is blue, Flore's is hot pink, Gaia's is green and Marie-Neige's is Sky Blue. Other character also follow this trend, like orange for Clementine, or yellow for Liliane.
- Emotionless Girl : Flore never smiles and has heavy bangs hiding her eyebrows, making her look quite emotionless and distant, and a tad creepy as well. Everyone in-universe seems to think she is totally adorable though.
- Glasses Pull : Saki here.
- Headphones Equal Isolation : Shy wallflower Clementine is never seen without a large pair of orange headphones on. Being an extremely introverted character, one would think her headphones would prevent people from approaching her. It doesn't work.
- Height Angst : Flore seems to stiffen (or even faint) anytime she meets someone who's overly taller than she is. Even though she's never talked about it, she seems to have some unexplained complex about her short stature.
- Hime Cut : Clementine always sports the hairstyle even though she's not Japanese. It accentuates her quiet, demure personality quite well, making her the closest thing to a western Yamato Nadeshiko the cast could have.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl : Saki and Conroy do mercenary work as a team. She's a petite samurai girl. He's a 6'7" giant of a soldier.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall : When they get lines, background extras Suzie and Marianne tend to discuss things that lean strongly against the fourth wall. Chloé also exhibits this behavior sometimes.
- Loners Are Freaks: Kind of a subversion. The only thing freaky about Flore is her imagination. Other than that she may be competing with Chloé for Only Sane Man
- Meganekko: Greatly exploits this as almost every female character in the strip wears glasses. Clementine being the most litteral use of the trope.
- Ms. Fanservice : The well endowed Liliane Bougainville stands out among the rest of the girls. Even her icon is cleavage.
- Older Than They Look : It comes as a surprise when the small, child-like Flore is revealed to be slightly older than her much more mature looking sister. This seem to apply to their father as well.
- Only Sane Man: Chloé has some weird friends.
- Pointless Band-Aid : Saki always has one of those on her left cheek. There's also a less noticeable one on her left knee as well. There is no in-universe reason for either of them.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Gaia may be a subversion of this but it is too early to tell. Her doppleganger, however, seems to fully qualify.
- Shrinking Violet: Clementine definitely qualifies. She has no confidence, considering herself too tall and forgettable, and blushes everytime someone talks to her.
- Sunglasses at Night: Liliane keeps hers on all the time. They kinda fit seeing as she's the head of some secret agency, but she also wears them when she's casually hanging out with her sister and friends.
- Sixth Ranger : Chloe, Flore, Gaia, Saki and Marie-Neige are the five main characters. And then there's Clementine, one of the secondary cast members, having her own subplot and appearing every so often. Many people consider her to be the sixth main character.
- Token Mini-Moe: Mimi is said to be in fourth grade, while the other main characters are, according to word of god, in their 20s and older.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Chloe and Marie-Neige, the former an easy going short haired girl always seen wearing jeans and T-Shirts while the latter is much more feminine, with long hair and girlier tastes in clothing. The two have been best friends since grade school for some reason.
- Unreliable Narrator : Any strip focusing mostly on Flore should not be completely trusted.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Mostly subverted with most of the cast, who all have relatively normal hair color. Played straight with Gaia, who has bright green hair, but lampshaded by the fact people in-universe do take notice of it. Saki also has dark blue hair, but the only one to mention it is Gaia.
- Yuri Fan : Marie-Neige enbodies this trope. She has various posters of yuri heroines on her walls, reads yuri fanfiction, ships anime characters as a hobby and has a dakimakura of her best friend Chloé in her underwear lying on her bed. She doesn't seem to be ashamed of it in any way, and openly hits on every pretty girl she meets.