Follow me to the edge of madness. and don't forget to send Jack a postcard from Yog-Sothoth.
The second crossover webcomic from Vinson Ngo a.k.a Bleedman (the first being Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi), created in late 2004 (roughly a year after PPGD was started). Grim Tales from Down Below is a fan-comic based on fanfics, focusing on two characters created by E.R.M Griffin (DeadDoll00), the children of Grim and a now adult Mandy, from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, who in this Alternate Continuity are the king and queen of the underworld: Grim Jr. (a.k.a. Junior) and his patchwork sister Minnie (short for Mini-Mandy), while incorporating an origin fanfic for the two which was written by SonicRose.Like PPGD, Grim Tales started off at DeviantArt before Ngo moved it to Snafu-Comics. Already well known, Grim Tales added more readers to Ngo's already overflowing fanbase. Ngo has a penchant for incorporating Narm, and Darker and Edgier, and extremeFan Disservice in his works, and as such, the comic has garnered some controversy, particularly regarding a plot point within the comic where it is revealed that Mandy initiated the terrorist attacks of September 11th in an attempt to win Grim's affections.After six years , the main series eventually finished in June 2009 and was apparently the end to the series. However Ngo unveiled he was working a short sequel called AfterBirth that apparently deals with Minimandy coping with her agelessness and being left alone after Junior sets out on a life of adventure. Here are some preview pics of the comic. This story, however, has been stated to be non-canon.In February 2011, the comic continued with a mini-series called Grim Tales: What About Mimi (GT: WhAM). The comic follows Him's Daughter Mimi, who is sent into the Grim's household to local an object of immense power for him. During said mission, Mimi's past is brought to light bringing many shocking swerves with it. That eventually ended in July 2012.After which came, Grim Tales: Further Orientation (GTFO), which is a collection of short stories featuring the main characters.After the aforementioned GTFO ended with the first "Mimi" file, he began on "Grim Tales: Chapter VIII (Eight)" in April 2013.Yeah if you haven't guessed by this point, Bleedman really loves working on this series.If you're intrigued by all of the above, then commence reading. The sequel, Afterbirth, is uploaded fully on the Grim Tales Wiki. (Warning: you will have to navigate carefully to avoid spoilers)Now has a Character Sheet. Feel free to contribute.
Accidental Pervert: In the middle of a battle between Mimi and Minnie, Junior's head and spine are dropped to the ground. Once he's on/near the ground, he's visually confronted with a clear view up Mimi's skirt.
Antagonist in Mourning: Of all the evils in this universe, Aku plays this trope straight. He became so depressed after the death of Samurai Jack that he turned his home into a copy of Jack's culture to have something to remember him by.
Barred from the Afterlife: It has Billy die and end up in Heaven. But the saints get fed up of him and kick him out (literally). Billy then ends up in Hell. But they get fed up of him there as well and he ends up wandering the Earth as a spirit.
Raven was looking like one in Mimi's flashback...until Him shows up
Big Screwed-Up Family: Something of a recurring theme among the various families in play. Perhaps not surprising, considering the greater part of the cast is comprised of demons or worse. Ranges in magnitude from the occasional silliness to jaw-dropping acts of hostility and abuse.
Berserk Button: Do not mess with Junior if you don't want to face the wrath of Minnie. Which leads us to...
Read Afterbirth. If you thought Grim Tales was morbid... you ain't seen nothing yet. Let's summarize: The happy ending of Grim Tales rebounds - Minimandy has undergone an "Afterbirth" making her permanently stuck in her zombie body. Prior to this Junior left, preferring to train himself as a lone wolf so that his powers don't affect his loved ones (even though Minimandy was helping him with it). She leaves, gets abducted by the Boogeyman and offers herself as his bride, losing both of her eyes. Meanwhile, Junior is infuriated when he returns home to find her missing. This prompts a quest to find her, resulting in a rather disturbing encounter with an evil counterpart, Drax, while Junior's own half-siblings (born from Mandy and Dark Danny's illegitimate child) get used as science experiments. When the Big Bad is faced, he has captured the souls of children to fuel his own powers, and is defeated by getting literally dragged into the bowels of hell, telling the protagonists that they will burn for their parents's folly. And the ending... Dark Danny is back to cause some unknown trouble shortly after the protagonists head home, most likely to cause hell over seeing his children acting benevolently and not as the destructive forces of nature he intended them to be.
Enemy Without: What happened when Junior couldn't control Minnie's powers.
Failure Is the Only Option: Him knew all along that Mimi wouldn't be able to stand reliving her greatest fear via "Horror's Hand." The mission to retrieve it was pretty much his way of "disciplining" her for her earlier betrayal.
Noodle People: Minnie has extremely long legs for an eight-year-old girl, and highlights this by wearing leotards and extremely short dresses all the time. Exhibit A. It gets more pronounced as the Art Evolution goes on; in the beginning she looks more normal. Junior looks pretty noodley himself in this page.
Actualy the co-writer/editor Bee Are and the colorist Seiryuga for PPGD have reportedly stated this to be false. Though as Seriyuga no longer works on the comic this has turned into a Flip Flop of God.
The Un Favourite: Poor Junior, doesn't mean his parents and especially his sister don't care though.
Particularly ironic when considering the later revelation that it's actually MINNIE who is Grim's Un-Favorite, due to her being the child of Nergal Jr., himself the son of his old rival, Nergal. He hides it flawlessly in front of his kids, but he definitely favors Junior over Minnie by a long shot. Whether that changed when Nergal's powers was passed from Minnie to Junior is another matter...
The Unintelligible: The "Nergellian Speak" Minnie, Nergal and later Grim Jr. possess is show only as symbols and never translated. Even the Ngo himself lampshades he has no idea what their saying.
Although, sometimes you can get the basic idea of what they might be saying. Near the end, their "Nergellian" appears in the form of hearts.
One of the most recent pages actually translates a short conversation between Junior and Mandy in the Nergel speak as footnotes.
Take That: An extended flashback seems to be one directed at FusionFall The combined strength of the entire Cartoon Network lineup fails to stop Armaggeddon at the hands of Mandy, Grim, and Him.
The Voiceless: Mimi doesn't utter a word through her appearance in the comic.
Time Skip: If the preview pics are to be believed, Afterbirth will be this.
Tomato Surprise: Minnie's actually the illegitimate child of Nergal Jr. and Mandy. Junior is also the illegitimate child of Mandy and an as yet unknown man, but the matter is dropped before that person is revealed.
Too Kinky to Torture: Mimi being stretched out by Minnie only hurts her for a second until she starts liking it.
Comes back again in a recent chapter where she moans with pleasure as she places a burning hot chakra to her forehead.
Villainous BSOD: A brief one, but with a twist. DarkDannyhere contemplates the chaos and destruction of Megaville shown in Mimi's past via "The Hand of Horror." He has a BSOD of sorts not because he caused the destruction, but that he wasn't around to cause it. Also a touch of Fridge Logic when you realize that with all the heroes gone, that includes the young Danny Phantom, meaning their rivalry will never be settled like Dark Danny wanted.
Your Cheating Heart: Mandy cheated on Grim with Nergal Jr., resulting in Minnie. Recently, she's apparently slept with Dan Phantom. As it's clearly stated that Grim cannot conceive a child (Junior has a different father and became Grim's son by being aborted), and it is unclearly stated that there isn't anything except bones to him, it might be a "can't fulfill your needs" situation, and Grim knows about Dan Phantom because he told Grim to his face in GT:WhAM, and in the Afterbirth preview Mandy has twins.
Because we can't be so sure as to the extent of Blossom and Dexter's relationship in the future, but he could not have been pleased to discover that Blossom sired a child with Him, of all people.
Of course, whose to say this wasnt done by another way.
Although, the trend has been one of Bleedman's fetishes lately, adding just more half-siblings to Junior as story progresses, so maybe Author Appeal?
You Shall Not Pass: After Mimi's demonic essence is removed and contained, Mandy orders Pain to remove her from the premises...but Junior's suddenly blocking the way and his eye is aglow. Defying your mother is one thing, but when she's Mandy, it takes some real Brass Balls, skeleton or not.