Grrl Power is a webcomic about a superheroine who works in a comic shop.Or, to put it in its own words:"A comic about superheroines. Well there are guys too but mostly its about the girls. Doing the things that super powered girls do. Fighting crime, saving the world, dating, dieting, shopping, etc. There’ll be explosions, cheesecake, beefcake, heroes and villains, angels and demons, cyborgs, ninjas, probably pirates."Currently updates Mondays and Thursdays; the schedule in future may depend on the creator's employment situation.
All There in the Manual: The cast page has a great deal of additional information about the Arc-SWAT team members, their powers, and their roles in the team than has yet been revealed in the comic.
Amazonian Beauty: Almost all the females that have appeared so far are surprisingly toned but the two that stand out are Maxima and Anvil. It's easier to count the aversions: Sydney, Peggy, Sandy (Ariana's assistant), Ariana, and Gwen.
Angrish: The things that Sydney says in an angry rant has caused a passing sailor to blush.
Author Appeal: the author admits that "the majority of this comic is just me transcribing my daydreams."
Authority Equals Asskicking: Higher powered character often have higher ranks. At some point in the comic Sydney goes from private to corporal note The comic shows her as 'corporal' but the cast page says 'Private'
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Despite being seemingly burned all over by Heatwave's attacks, Glowbug's skin merely looks blotchy. However, Heatwave's attack may have been based on heat exhaustion rather than outright combustion.
Bleached Underpants: The author and artist of the strip is rather well-known in Furry Fandom for some rather adult works. Which is harder to hide than normal as Dabbler is based on one of his characters that he drew for such a purpose.
The idea of a mutant gene causing not only powers but Heroic Build and/or Most Common Superpower. Though it is lampshaded that there are other possibilities still around like alien interference or human guinea pigs for science or magic.
Maxima and Sydney discuss Hero Insurance and how ARCSWAT doesn'thave it. No hero has it, so each hero has to work every day to prevent his or her powers from causing millions (if not billions) of dollars in structural damage, medical bills from civilian casualties, and other forms of collateral damage. It's further discussed in #202, where Maxima admits that if a super-fight starts somewhere like in a steakhouse, they will at the very least write off the room it started in as acceptable damage, since it's a super-fight and things will get broken. Minimizing damage is a must, but avoiding it altogether is an impossibility.
The costumes. Thus far the team wears military clothes with personalized chokers.
While it's not only a comic trope, Blind Without 'Em also gets deconstructed, as Sydney notes that a person who needs glasses does not instantly become unable to see just because the glasses are knocked off. Especially when the target is less than four feet away.
[Sydney screams and takes Kung Faux pose] Sydney: You're not a ninja. Reporter: You're expecting ninjas? Sydney:Always. expect. ninjas.
Jack-of-All-Trades: As the nickname implies, Dabbler. She outright says that she didn't excel by doing just one thing, and has demonstrated powerful and versatile magic, highly advanced technology, artifacts of great power, and great speed and strength. There are, obviously, things she isn't that good at doing (as evidenced during her fight against Heavenly Sword), but that is precisely why she has so many diverse skillsets and tools.
Jaw Drop: In any comic where you have supers mixing with normals, you expect them. Then there's the one that occurs when Sydney eats. a second bite of 3-million-Scoville soup.
Most Common Superpower: Subverted, played straight and discussed. Sydney is a short, average looking young woman with mild A-Cup Angst. Most supers, however, are either curvy females with not a B-Cup among them or perfectly muscled Adonis-class men. It's discussed in-comic that it can't be mere coincidence that all supers with natural powers look like ideal human beings. Later, Sydney deconstructs the idea of this being a result of supers' divergent evolution. This is all justified to an extent, as several members of the team have been seen to train to keep in shape.
Power Levels: Shown from a 1-9 scale on the cast page. Maxima is the most powerful (9), then Dabbler, Hiro and Math (7), then Sydney, Jiggawatt, Stalwart and Mr. Amorphous (6), and then everyone else is a 5 except Peggy who rates a 3.
Punch Clock Villain: One of the bad guys at the restaurant fight offers to surrender after watching Dabbler and Jiggawatt take out Glowbug, saying he only came because some of his friends came and he's just a hairdresser.
Self-Deprecation: The author is fond of self-directed snark in the page titles and footer remarks.note He also often offers self-criticism in the commentary after the comic proper, but this is less about humor and more about honest evaluation.
#125, which features a discussion of the Standard Police/Superhero/Celebrity Contract, is titled "Action packed document review".
Sexy Soaked Shirt: This strip focuses on when the supervillain Glowbug finds out her white costume becomes see-though when wet. She notes that's something she should have tested before going into battle.
Smug Super: Maxima takes her sweet time stopping a bank robbery despite having enough speed to catch bullets. When one of the civilians she rescued protests her behavior Maxima brushes him off ("You were never in any danger"), finally cracking her knuckles to scare him away. Sure, the hostages were safe especially since the "bank robbers" were agents of ARC carrying out a publicity stunt on PR manager Arianna's orders, but they must have also been stressed and terrified, seeing as how they were at the mercy of men with guns for several minutes.
Statuesque Stunner: Maxima and most of the other female supers. Not Sydney, which is openly lampshaded. Maxima's looks are apparently part of the reason for her feminism. Getting checked out so much makes her feel like many men only see her as an "exotic blow up doll", according to Word of God on the cast page.
Super Registration Act: Played with. As noted in the press conference where Archon is officially announced, this isn't in effect — empowered individuals in the private sector aren't required to register with the government at all, and are protected by Second Amendment rights. On the other hand, they don't get any special protection, either. Archon is there to provide accountability and training to those who want to put those powers to use in crime-fighting or otherwise helping people, but "superheroes" who attack villains without sanction are vigilantes, and thus may be treated as criminals.
Super Speed: One of the known powers, exhibited by both Maxima and the supervillain Silent Shadow. However, it's fairly rare, because the writer considers it to be, logically, a very powerful ability.
Author: Witty banter may be a free action, but timing still matters.
Tongue Trauma: Narrowly averted when Sydney pulled a robber by the tongue and slammed him to the ground. "averted" because the robber was another super-powered being in disguise. His power just happened to also be extreme stretchiness.
Training The Gift Of Magic: The concepts behind this trope are strongly implied. Zeph, a highly experienced scholar/adventurer, knows a lot about the occult, but apparently has to leave actual spell-casting to Gwen, who freely admits to being a bit of a novice — even when it's a matter of life and death. Evidently, she has a gift that he lacks. She's described as basically self-taught, but she had to acquire the right reference books to accomplish this.
Twin Threesome Fantasy: Tony and his half-sister/cousin Olivia are the results of someone's fantasy coming true. He ended up living with the two and their mother. Their grandmother seems to have fun with it to the point of keeping a tape recorder with a laugh track on it around.
Walking Shirtless Scene: Well not walking per se, but definitely counts with a number of well-toned guys standing around an entertainment hall all tricked out of their shirts by Harem definitely counts, in one of the more recent pages Bonus points for all the female cast members present being very aware how attractive the guys are, and for added kicks one of the guys makes mention of the scene probably falling under sexual harassment in the work place, with Harem responding with a "If you mean by that hubba hubba!"
Webcomic Time: At most a day has elapsed since the comic's start (23rd August 2010).
X-Ray Vision: Averted (to the relief of all the female supers), and also discussed: if a perverted superhero wanted to use x-ray vision to peep in on women in the shower ... what's stopping him from using x-ray vision when they're not in the shower? And even then, all he's going to see is the woman's skeleton, since this is x-ray vision.
Yin-Yang Clash: A minor supervillain claims to be both irresistible force and immoveable object in this strip. It doesn't end well.