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Hero In Training is an Adventure webcomic exploring ideas about heroism.While the predominately teenage lead characters, their relationships with each other and colorful character backgrounds may remind people of El Goonish Shive and The Wotch (and the author likes those comics), Hero In Training itself is darker and less wacky.The comic centres around the main character's transformation into a hero, via the tuition of a godlike entity that apparently does this for all heroes, everywhere, anywhen. The powers are mostly not active, and the hero has no idea he's using them, but they alter luck and probability to create strange and implausible situations, from alien encounters to run-ins with paramilitary. Eventually, events begin to spiral out of control and the dramatic events that were originally thought to be due to The Protagonist become more far-reaching and sinister.Hero in Training plays around with tropes the author created the early plot as a satire of Sunnydale Syndrome in other webcomics.
Jack: "That's the international ethics council thingy, right?"
Dr. Norman: "Yes. We usually drop the 'thingy' in casual discussion, though."
Bullying a Dragon: Yes, Sebastian, spend all your time picking on the most ripped guy in school, a martial artist, the guy who used to to threaten you with a homemade flamethrower, and their new friend who attacked you with a sword. There's no possible way that that could backfire.
Catgirl: Rachel/Kyrin, the girl they find in the secret lab where Jack's father works.
Crapsack World: Well, city anyway. Ashville has been described as "dystopian" on at least one occasion, and the heroes don't find it at all odd that a group of supposed thugs would have a sniper rifle because hey, it's Ashville.
Jack: "No, it couldn't have been him, I locked his door."
Anne: "Koops, the window."
Jack: "And boarded up the window."
Anne: "Well, he could've..."
Jack: "And booby-trapped the landing, rigged hairtrigger alarms on all the exits, bugged the bathroom and snuck a webcam into his room while he was changing. I've got nine hours of footage of him sleeping like a baby. Trust me, he didn't do it."
Anne: "I don't know whether to be reassured or very, very, very scared."
Pet the Dog: When Sebastian's bullying of Jack and Gareth is interrupted by Jack's dad bleeding to death, Sebastian immediately stops bullying them and saves his life. He's still kind of a dick about it, though. Then he insists on helping them break into a secure facility.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sanyiel, when he was wielding Choran. The trainer as well, at the start of chapter ten.
Series Continuity Error: In chapter seven, Anne says her traumatic backstory happened when she was five, but in chapter four it happened when she was six. Considering she's a senior in high school and it's apparently been ten years, six is more likely.