The marketing team at workGrrl 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.
Grrl Power contains examples of
open/close all folders
- A Date with Rosie Palms: In the omake at the end of page #88, after Sydney sent Arianna some links to illustrate the topic of hentai, Harem went off with a mischievous smile and the words "I'll Be in My Bunk". See Shout-Out below.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Peggy's reaction to the start of Sydney's Open Mouth, Insert Foot moment.
- Agony of the Feet: With the weight of a space shuttle, no less.
- Alien Blood: While not actually an alien, Maxima apparently bleeds blue.
- 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.
- An Arm and a Leg: When Maxima is attempting to overload Vehemence's "Vehemic energy"-based resilience, she goes for a high-powered limb shot.
- Anvil on Head: Done with Anvil the person rather than an actual anvil, by Sydney.
- 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
- 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.
- Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce:
- Sydney's love of spicy foods turns her breath into something resembling tear gas.
- Taken Up to Eleven at Ms. B's diner, one Sydney's favorites. Featuring such brands as "Masochism" (It'll make you cry), "Ring of Fire" (Guaranteed to make you feel like the prettiest boy in prison), and "Volcano Blood" (You literally might die. Consult your physician).
- And now added to the list is... The Unmaker. It's rated at roughly 3 million Scoville, which is 1 million higher than law enforcement grade pepper spray. Or the hottest known peppers to man, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion blend. Before you're allowed to eat it, you have to sign a legal waiver. The bowl has warning stripes on it, indicating it is hazardous to approach, and no one will handle The Unmaker or the finished product without metal tongs. It's kept inside a specially made box that is, itself, locked in a box lined with asbestos. Said larger box contains Hydrogen Bitters, Old Panther, and Cobra Fang Juice. And the cook has to wear a hazmat suit in order to work with it while treating it as a living, wrathful being. Even Sydney admits that it's really, really hot....before asking for some 'pure capsaicin' to spice it up. It does end up hurting her though, when a spiced noodle flicks up into her eye.
- 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.
- Call Back: Sydney shows that she can combine this with Genre Savvy in one Expository speech, which if you think about might border on Rule of Cool.
- Cant Unhear It: "One explanation later", on a green, tiki-styled background. The author defies you to read that in your head without using a pseudo-Cousteau voice.
- Captain Obvious: Sydney's wristband gives her a lot of helpful information.
- Car Fu: Deconstructed here, as are other tropes. If you can lift it, it's safe to guess that you can hit harder.
- Character Level/Character Customization: Everyone knew Sydney would learn to improve her power. They probably didn't think it would be through a literal leveling system, however. Anvil even lampshades it. Bonus points for its similarities to the Sphere Grid.
- Classified Information: Archon inevitably has its share of secrets and security concerns, and the subject is sometimes Played for Laughs, as when Harem (presumably jokingly) notes that questions of which restaurant to use for a team dinner are "all shadowy at that level".
- Combat Pragmatist: Basically the sign of a dangerously smart character in this comic. Maxima and Peggy show off how a mortal sniper and a high-level super can work together to defeat a powerful enemy. Other examples come from fighters such as Vehemence.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Implicitly Invoked by Vehemence here, and then Lampshaded (in slightly distorted form, as "Inverse Ninja") by Sydney here.
- Deconstructor Fleet: The comic has hit quite a few tropes and mainstays of superhero comics:
- 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't have 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.
- Defeat by Modesty: Inverted. Math tears off Jabberwokky's jacket...and is immediately Distracted by the Sexy, which allows Jabberwokky to get the upper hand.
- Destructive Savior: It's pointed out, by Maxima to Sydney, that the artwork of most superhero comics has the heroes completely ignoring the possibility of collateral damage.
- Differently Powered Individual: Usually called "Supers" here.
- Disaster Dominoes: Setup: One character that has one mind spread between five bodies. Anything that happens to one, the rest will feel. Pitch: A super-strong teammate gives one an atomic wedgie. Homerun: This causes the other four bodies, wherever they are, to jerk around and stumble, each one accidentally taking another Amusing Injury from the previous one's reflex.
Maxima: Wow, that was way more effective than I'd planned.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Invoked by Sydney as a plan to defeat Vehemence makes use of Dabbler's literally hypnotic breasts... unfortunately, those supposed to act while he's distracted are also distracted.
- Doctor's Orders: The EMT tries to argue with Maxima — though it's about another patient.
- Dope Slap: Dabbler gets one, even with a "GIBBS" Unsound Effect!
- Epic Battle Boredom: Sydney minors in ass-kicking, but she has "THE LIST". When interviewed by the leaders of ArcLIGHT/ArcSWAT the first thing she does is dramatically take out a pen and "THE LIST".
- During the restaurant fight, Math starts complaining about not having enough of a challenge. While three or four super-powered individuals are trying to get him. Referenced in the title.
- Every Car Is a Pinto: Lampshaded, Justified, and thus somewhat Parodied in this strip and the attached sketch. Shawn is a former Navy SEAL, now employed as an armorer by Arc-SWAT. His car may be more likely than most to have grenades in the trunk.
Harem: I don't understand why your car exploded.
Shawn: I might have had some grenades in the trunk.
- Explaining Your Powers To The Enemy: Invoked. Sydney quickly gets fed up with the confusion of the first fight, and declares "Silver Age rules;" every villain needs to state their name and powers, or else the ARCHON PR department will give them stupid names like "Stick Chick."
- Eye Scream:
- Fantastic Measurement System: "Ferret Balls: New standard unit for measuring surprise".
- Fastball Special: Sydney manages to pull off a variant with an airborne Anvil, mimicking the Road Runner immediately after dropping an Anvil on Vehemence's head.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: Finding a place that serves food hot enough to induce this is one of Sydney's favorite things. She eventually succeeds.
- Flash Step: Maxima is fast enough to pull these off. So is Harem, although she's using actual teleportation....and Maxima is faster.
- Flat "What.":
- Funny Background Event:
- Groin Attack:
- He's not my boyfriend Yeah, but you wish he was
- Heroic Build: Present in a good many of the empowered characters, but not in Sydney Scoville, Jr.
- Hiroshima as a Unit of Measure: "What it does to a tank" is apparently the standard unit of damage. Lampshaded by the Flavor Text in the cited comic.
- How We Got Here: The comic has been in a flashback ever since page 5.
- Ignore The Disability: Sydney can't stop referencing Peggy's prosthetic leg. No matter how much she wants to.
- Imagine the Audience Naked: Invoked and averted when Sydney is about to be (politely) interrogated by a fairly scary panel of people here.
General Faulk: And don't bother trying to imagine us in our underwear, 'cause we're all dead sexy.
- I'll Be in My Bunk: Invoked word for word in the margin sketch on this page, by Harem predictably enough, after Sydney promises to introduce Arianna to Hentai.
- Improbably Female Cast: Eventually averted when Peggy shows Sydney that there are guys at Archon other than Math, the General, and Zephen. The comic simply doesn't focus on them so much.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: One of the villains in the massive brawl politely waits because Dabbler asked him to. Though not wanting to die from the sudden gamma radiation threat she was trying to solve probably contributed to his passivity.
Villain: I'm just here because some of my buddies came. I'm a hairdresser!
Dabbler: Well, you could always surrender.
Villain: Could I? That would be so great!
- Info Dump: Word of God admits the press conference is essentially this.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Invoked by Sydney in her television interview after the bank holdup:
[Sydney screams and takes Kung Faux
You're not a ninja. Reporter:
You're expecting ninjas? Sydney: Always.
- 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.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Invoked by Sydney when testing out her orange orb for the press.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo:
- Mangaesque: There's some visible manga influence here.
- Masochist's Meal: Sydney intentionally offends the waitress of a restaurant specializing in spicy food, and then signs a legal waiver, just to make sure she gets sufficiently spicy food.
- Meaningful Name: In the usual way of superhero comics, pretty much all the members of Arc-Swat — along with many of their opponents — have meaningful code-names. For example:
- Maxima: Most powerful member of the group. She also has the ability to "max out" one attribute (strength, defense, flight, speed, and blasting power) at the expense of the others.
- Halo: Her orbs' default position is that of a halo. Also, her actual last name Scoville: Sydney loves spicy food.
- Dabbler: Has a wide selection of abilities (basically a high-level Jack-of-All-Trades).
- Anvil: One of her main powers is the ability to absorb tremendous amounts of force.
- Harem: Able to make one of herself through self-cloning (up to 5 bodies total).
- Heatwave: Playing with Fire.
- Math: Master of precision striking.
- Mr. Amorphous: Stretching powers.
- Achilles: Invulnerability (though this includes the heel).
- Super Hiro: The cast page lists him as "Superman-lite".
- Stalwart: Super-strength.
- Jiggawatt: Electricity-based powers. That's not a misspelling, "That's how Doc Brown said it."
- 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.
- Noodle Incident:
- Oh, Crap:
- For Vehemence, after he punches Maxima at full strength... and only manages to make her take one step back and break her nose, but she won't let him know that.
Ha ha ha, what the fuck.
- Later, when Dabbler realizes that Vehemence gains power from violence... after he's been fighting the team for a couple intense minutes.
- One of Us: Sydney definitely is, so it's likely the author is as well, particularly in light of the rampant Conversational Troping that occurs In-Universe.
- Only the Knowledgable May Pass: Sydney will test you if you claim to be a nerd.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: A more literal example than most, as she keeps sticking it in her mouth in the presence of a teammate that lost her leg at the calf.
- Pass the Popcorn: After Leon gets a copy of the robbery footage, Peggy, Dabbler, Anvil and Harem do exactly this.
- Poke in the Third Eye: Raised as a possibility; Dabbler explains how she detected the invisible X, and describes what she could in principle do about him.
- 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.
- Power Perversion Potential: A topic which the writer clearly finds amusing.
- 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.
- Product Placement: It's partially obstructed, but Maxima apparently drinks Guinness Black.