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[[caption-width-right:250: This is Allie Brosh in all of her 2-dimensional glory.]]

->''"Hi. I'm Allie.''
->''If I had to explain myself in six words, those words would be "heroic, caring, alert and flammable." That's only four words. Oh well, I guess I should have thought of that before I started writing. Too late now.''
->''[[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Here, I drew you a picture of a unicorn.]]"''

''[[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/ Hyperbole and a Half]]'' is a hybrid blog[=/=]JournalComic by Allie Brosh. The journal and its attendant comics detail the life--past and present--of its writer, in a surreal, sketchy style. The humor is random, the stories even more so, and the comics, sketchy as they are, somehow have a [[NarmCharm distinct appeal]].

Read it [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/ here.]] Or click the link above. Either works. Also see the wiki [[http://hyperboleandahalf.wikia.com/wiki/Hyperbole_and_a_Half_Wiki here.]] Allie also created a forum where her readers could gather, though it has spun off into its own community only tangentially related, you can find it [[http://forum.verysrs.com/index.php here]].

Brosh also [[http://hyperboleandahalfbook.blogspot.com.au/ released a book in 2013]], entitled ''[[OverlyLongTitle Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened]]''. The blog has been on hiatus since late 2013, though in 2015 Allie appeared on an episode of the YouTube ''Geek & Sundry'' series ''Spellslingers'', where she showed her geek cred by coming within just a few HP of defeating host Sean Plott in a game of ''MagicTheGathering''.

!!This work contains examples of:

* AbuseMistake: In "The Party", Allie's mother is trying to tell her that she can't attend a party because her sedation hasn't worn off...only to look up at the disapproving looks of the people nearby and realize they think she's depriving and verbally abusing her mentally handicapped daughter. She agrees to Allie's next plea to go to the party.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Allie's mom does not ''usually'' embarrass her, but [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2009/11/allie-starts-her-moon-time.html her reaction to Allie getting her first period was... eccentric.]]
* ApologeticAttacker: In "How a Fish Nearly Destroyed my Childhood", Allie sees the fish she brought home flopping about after all the water drained out of its pond. After an attempt to rehydrate it, she decides she needs to put it out of its misery. Unfortunately, she's only seven and not strong enough to chop off the fish's head in one clean strike, leaving her hacking at it and screaming apologies before eventually running inside to get her dad.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The first two [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/03/7-games-you-can-play-with-brick.html Games You Can Play With A Brick]] involve throwing bricks at people, probably causing severe AmusingInjuries. The third game is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Jump Over The Brick."]]
* ArtEvolution: The page image doesn't really resemble Allie's art style anymore.
* ArtShift: Normally, the illustrations are drawn in UsefulNotes/MSPaint with a [[StylisticSuck calculated childishness]], but in "Wolves", the background trees, snow and wolves are actually pretty beautifully drawn, even though they're still rough.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Allie has ADHD. On the occasions where she makes posts while off her medication, it tends to get rather eccentric.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Benny, in "[[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2011/01/wolves.html Wolves]]". He agrees to play "Wolves" with Allie and her friends, not knowing the game was going to involve realistic attacks.
* BearsAreBadNews: Allie is apparently obsessed with and terrified of bears. According to "[[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/03/rural-montana-survival-guide.html The Rural Montana Survival Guide]]", you can fight dog-monsters and bulls, but there's no point in fighting a bear. Bears always win.
* BigFriendlyDog: The Simple Dog, with the attendant lack of common sense.
* BlatantLies:
** Her excuse for [[ItMakesSenseInContext peeing in the woods]] in "Skeleton Man".
-->'''Mrs. Davison''': Allie! What are you doing?\\
'''Me''': Looking for ants.
** "I have a fucking trophy in my living room. For all of my accomplishments. It says "Allie: BEST FUCKING PERSON EVER!!!!!!!!!!" and it totally has all of those exclamation points too."
* {{Calvinball}}: "Baby Uterus Wall Ball", [[IncrediblyLamePun conceived]] by Allie as the explanation behind one of the Google queries leading to her site being "baby uterus not sticking to".
* ClothesMakeTheManiac: The dinosaur costume in "[[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/menace.html Menace]]", which has a similar effect on young Allie as [[{{ComicBook/Spiderman}} the Venom symbiote on Spider-Man]].
* CloudCuckoolander: The Simple Dog, who apparently cannot understand any words and thinks of shapes regularly, among other things. Child Allie as well, if her stories are even half-true.
* CornerOfWoe: When Allie is [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VBLG9rnDCME/Tqj-4lilNyI/AAAAAAAAGaM/AhHNi1CD1tg/s640/sad28.png depressed]].
* CreepyChild:
** Young Allie comes across as one remarkably often. Lampshaded in the first segment of the book, where Allie writes a letter to her five-year-old self, listing several disturbing things she's done that ordinary kids don't do and asks her to stop as it's rattling their mother.
-->''Dear five-year-old me,''
--->''What the '''fuck''' is wrong with you? Normal children don't have dead imaginary friends. Normal children don't pick open every single one of their chicken pox scabs and then stand naked and bleeding in the darkened doorway to their bedroom until someone walks past and asks what they are doing. Furthermore, normal children don't respond by saying "I wanted to know what all my blood would look like." Normal children also don't watch their parents sleep from the corner of the room. Mom was really scarred by'' [[Film/TheExorcist The Exorcist]] ''when she was younger, and she doesn't know how to cope with your increasingly creepy behavior. Please stop. Please, please stop.''
** "Wolves" features not just her but her entire group of friends acting creepy as they pursue poor Benny, who agreed to play "Wolves" with them...
* DadaComic: There's really no explanation behind most of what goes on in the Spaghatta Nadle universe, but it [[EnsembleDarkhorse resonates with people]] anyway.
* DangerTakesABackseat: In "The Goose Story", after she and Boyfriend manage to trap an aggressive goose, they throw it in the backseat of their car. It untangles itself from the blanket she used to net it. Allie compares it to the urban legend of a serial killer hiding in the backseat, and the goose's appearance in the mirror produces a wave of horrible fear thanks to reminding Allie about it.
* DeadpanSnarker: Boyfriend.
-->'''Me: ''' "The rules of Baby-Uterus-Wall-Ball are extremely rigid."\\
'''Boyfriend:''' "You need a job."
* TheDitz: Simple Dog. Yes, [[UpToEleven even for dog standards]].
* DogsAreDumb: Her dog, named "Simple Dog", as described in "[[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/07/dog.html Dog]]." She fails several basic canine intelligence tests, but nonetheless manages to be endearing. She also has another dog who seems to be of normal intelligence for a dog, but makes up for it by being incredibly neurotic. Or hating other dogs, if her book is to be believed.
* DogWalksYou: Allie's dogs have a tendency to pull on the line, forcing Allie to explain to them why they are on leashes.
* DropInCharacter: Dubbed the "Well-Intentioned Social Terrorist" in one post.
* EmotionlessGirl: What depression eventually turns Allie into. She finds it great at first, but then it gets bad. This is a common, and well-known, extension of clinical depression.
-->''"The beginning of my depression had been nothing but feelings, so the emotional deadening that followed was a welcome relief. I had always wanted to not give a fuck about anything. I viewed feelings as a weakness annoying obstacles on my quest for total power over myself. And I finally didn't have to feel them anymore.''
-->''But my experiences slowly flattened and blended together until it became obvious that there's a huge difference between not giving a fuck and not being ''able'' to give a fuck. Cognitively, you might know that different things are happening to you, but they don't feel very different."''
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Boyfriend, Simple Dog and Helper Dog (Boyfriend's real name is Duncan Hendrick, and they married in December 2012).
* FeatheredFiend: One story tells about Allie and Boyfriend having to deal with an aggressive goose that has invaded the house. They eventually manage to trap it and carry it to the pond outside town, where Allie imagines it lurks around, terrifying the other birds and waiting for its next victim.
* GenkiGirl: Allie. Partly due to her ADHD, partly to her sense of humor.
* GrammarNazi: In order to repress her grammarian tendencies, she invents reasons why people on the Internet type the way they do--one of which has [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html alot]] of popularity.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Duncan(her boyfriend and later husband). It was his attentiveness and caring that helped pull Allie out of her depression enough to get treatment for it.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Self-inflicted. Her parents tried to raise her well, but Allie managed to get into all kinds of hilarious and mildly traumatic trouble as a child. See [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-fish-almost-destroyed-my-childhood.html The Fish Story]], [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/year-easter-bunny-died.html The Easter Bunny Story]], [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/09/party.html The Party]], [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/10/god-of-cake.html The God of Cake]], [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/07/bicycle.html Bicycle]], and [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2011/01/wolves.html Wolves]], to name a few.
* HoistByHerOwnPetard: "The Scariest Story". Allie attempts to scare her little sister by telling her the scariest story she can concoct to make her flee to their parents' bed so Allie can follow her. Allie terrifies herself and her little sister loves the story so much she wants to hear more.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: Poor Benny... apparently, when six year old Allie and her friends play "Wolf Pack", they take it rather seriously. Benny, a thirteen-year-old who agreed to play with them, ends up getting dragged to the ground and bitten, more than once.
* IdentityAmnesia: Happens to Simple Dog after being terrified of a statue of a horse, running off and having an adventure that completely displaces her former memories.
* ImprobableHairstyle: The yellow triangle on young Allie's head isn't a hat, but her intentionally bad representation of a ponytail.
* IWasToldThereWouldBeCake: "The God of Cake". Allie's mom made a cake for her grandfather, but made it with multi-colored icing and decorations, thus rendering it irresistible to Allie.
* IllGirl: Allie has a noted propensity for becoming "[[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/06/texas.html dramatically ill]]."
* IntoxicationEnsues: In one childhood story, she had a birthday party on the same day as major dental work. During her state of ''heavy'' sedation following the surgery, she manages to mortify her mother in public with her drugged-up antics.
* JournalComic: Posts vary between funny stories from Allie's past and Allie's latest hijinks. Downer entries include several dealing with her depression.
* KidsAreCruel:
** Or at least have very twisted ideas of fun games. The "Wolves" example is especially weird, since [[ChildrenAreInnocent the kids absolutely love the guy for playing with them and even make sure he gets an extra-large slice of cake as thanks.]]
-->Unfortunately for Benny, we had not yet developed the ability to empathize with the pain and suffering of other people, and his terrified fleeing was pretty much the most fun thing that had ever happened to us.
** And from "Please Stop":
-->When I was a child, one of the things I enjoyed doing was hitting other children with a stick. Many of my classmates also enjoyed doing this. We would walk through the forest in back of our school, trying to find the biggest stick we could feasibly wield as a weapon. When we found the right stick, we would lure an unsuspecting child out of the teacher's sight during recess and attack them. We called this game Stick War and it was the best game ever as long as you weren't the one being beaten mercilessly.
* LimitedWardrobe: Allie almost always draws herself wearing the same pink sheath dress.
* LongTitle: The full title of the book is ''Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened''.
* MakeAWish: One post tells about Allie seeing a shooting star and making an off-the-cuff wish for her life to be awesome. She then spends some time kicking herself over how easily that could be twisted into something horrible, before she realizes that she's fretting whether some being that may or may not exist might twist her wish.
* MemeticBadass: InUniverse, with [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/12/year-kenny-loggins-ruined-christmas.html Kenny Loggins]].
* MercyKill: "[[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-fish-almost-destroyed-my-childhood.html How A Fish Almost Destroyed My Childhood]]". Allie accidentally leaves a pet fish out of water. After failing to rehydrate it, she decides to end its misery with a knife. It goes wrong when she can't quite cut its head off. [[BloodyHilarious Horribly, hilariously]] wrong.
* MundaneWish: After she has the revelation that her depression means she no longer cares what anyone thinks of her and she can do anything she wants, she... rents six horror films and buys dozens of bags of Skittles.
* NatureTinkling: Allie becomes convinced that the "Skeleton Man" (a monster from a scary story one of her teachers told the class) lives in the bathroom, so she sneaks outside to pee until caught by one of the teachers.
* NightmareFetishist: Allie accidentally gave her little sister a thirst for scary stories while trying to terrify the latter into fleeing to their parents' bed at night.
* NoNameGiven: She refers to her dogs as Simple Dog and Helper Dog, and her boyfriend as Boyfriend (although his real name is occasionally mentioned). She also mentioned the simple dog's name [[http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.117634731615812.9433.103009646411654&type=3 here]]. It's [[spoiler: Kellie, but nicknamed Roo]]. In a Reddit thread, she gives a name to the helper dog: [[spoiler: which is Nyah, but nicknamed Toady]].
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted; Allie wrote one post about getting her first period, which she did not only before any of her friends, but before her mother had even thought to tell her about menstruation. That in itself would be bad enough, but [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents her mother organized a 'moon time' party with the mothers of all Allie's girlfriends]], [[FromBadToWorse and all of her friends found out about it because one mother hung the invitation card up on her refrigerator.]] She also wrote another post about having extremely painful periods(caused in part by severe endometriosis) and she actually ''threatened her uterus'' in the post, saying she could make sure it would "not come into contact with so much as a single drop of semen for the rest of your natural life."
* NonMammalMammaries: "[[StockDinosaurs Tricera]]-[[NippleAndDimed topless]]."
* NothingIsScarier: Tired after the first couple rounds of "Wolves", Allie and her friends resort to stealth to hunt down poor Benny. He hears twigs snapping and growling sounds in the shadows, but sees nothing. Allie hypothesizes that the anticipation of the attack was almost worse than being attacked.
* OlderThanTheyLook: In [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/06/texas.html Texas]], Allie tried to buy beer to celebrate for her 21st birthday, but the gas station refused to sell to her even with an ID because she "looked like a goddamn 16-year old." Eventually, one of her friends had to buy booze for her - [[{{Irony}} a younger friend, with a fake ID.]]
* PyrrhicVictory: A story of her younger self who devoured an entire cake and was sick for the rest of the day. She obviously considered it WorthIt.
* QuizzicalTilt: In the book, ''The Simple Dog'' tilts the head in response to the confusing "sit" command. The tilt eventually overwhelms the body, causing it to spin on the back.
* RantInducingSlight: Described [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.ca/2010/05/sneaky-hate-spiral.html here]] as a "sneaky hate spiral", i.e what happens when one too many things goes wrong on a bad day.
* ReactiveContinuousScream: Or rather, [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/11/dogs-dont-understand-basic-concepts.html reactive continuous dog freak out]].
-->When we were loading the dogs into the car, the constant, high-pitched sound emanating from the simple dog finally broke the helper dog. The helper dog wailed in anguish, which alarmed the simple dog. In her surprise, the simple dog let out a yelp, which further upset the helper dog. And so it continued in a wretched positive-feedback loop of completely unnecessary noise.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: Her coping mechanism for poor internet grammar involves inventing the [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html "Alot,"]] a strange creature that resembles "a cross between a bear, a yak, and a pug," with whom people declare their interactions. ("I like this alot.")
* SpidersAreScary: [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/03/spiders-are-scary-its-okay-to-be-afraid.html Allie is terrified of spiders and wrote an entire post on this fear being okay.]]
* StickFigureComic: Not exactly, but pretty close. Just look at the page image.
* TheStraightMan: Boyfriend, almost to the point of TheComicallySerious. Well, at least [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2009/10/boyfriend-ate-two-whole-bags-of.html when not on a sugar high...]]
* StylisticSuck: The artwork. She often draws the same illustration ten times just to get it to look the ''right'' kind of terrible. The effort shows -- the poses, expressions and so on are often ''perfect'' in a way a genuinely bad artist could never produce on a regular basis.
* SweetTooth: Allie as a child, big time. In "[[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/10/god-of-cake.html God of Cake]]" she recounts how she went to absurd lengths to get to a cake before it was supposed to be served, and then ate all of it.
--> My need for sugar would become so massive, that it would collapse in upon itself and create a vacuum into which even more sugar would be drawn until all the world had been stripped of sweetness.
* TestosteronePoisoning: In "How To Make Showering Awesome Again". The post is full of ridiculous shower products:
** The "Shower Hammer", which works by ''bleeding the germs off.''
** "Hammerspice Deodorant: More extreme than skateboarding in front of a surfboard in front of a flaming mountain while shooting arrows out of your armpits at a shark!"
** The vaguely defined "XTREME MUSCLE PRODUCT!!!!"
--> "Thanks to Xtreme Muscle Product, I can explode a seagull with a single punch!"
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Allie's was mistaken for hot sauce for years due to an attempt to impress a family member. She was not pleased by this, especially when she got sets of hot sauce for Christmas instead of toys.
** In her book, she identifies her favorite food as nachos, which comes up more than once in said book.
* UnsatisfiableCustomer: "The Milk Crisis of 2005" story has Allie trying to deal with an older man who is not happy with his drink. The restaurant only has two sizes of glasses; the big one is too much milk and the small one is too little milk. He's not happy even when she tries to make a medium glass by cutting some of the top off a styrofoam cup.
* [[VerbalTic Varbal Tac]]: Spaghatta Nadle, the main character of a series of nonsensical comics with the same name, replaces most vowel sounds with "A".
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Allie drew a picture of Simple Dog tossing her kibble in "Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving."
* WordSalad: One of the Google search queries that led to her site was "''i drew pictures of sharks instead im sorry for calling you small''", which Allie claims to have [[MindScrew kept her up all night]] [[IceCreamKoan searching for meaning]].
* WouldntHurtAChild: Benny in "Wolves", which leaves him at a distinct disadvantage. He doesn't want to punch or kick a group of little girls (Allie and her friends) but they have no scruples about manhandling and biting him.
* WritersBlockMontage: In one sequence. Unlike most writers' blocks, though, Allie's is obsessed with bears and outer space.