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Webcomic: Hyperbole And A Half
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.

Hyperbole and a Half is a hybrid blog/Journal Comic 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 distinct appeal.

Read it here. Or click the link above. Either works. Also see the 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 here.

The blog also released a book in 2013, entitled Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened.


This work contains examples of:

  • Corner of Woe: When Allie is depressed.
  • Creator Breakdown: No joke. Rather unfortunately, it got worse.
  • Creepy Child: Young Allie comes across as one remarkably often. "Wolves" features not just her but her entire group of friends acting like Creepy Children.
  • Dada Comic: There's really no explanation behind most of what goes on in the Spaghatta Nadle universe, but it resonates with people anyway.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Boyfriend.
    Me: "The rules of Baby-Uterus-Wall-Ball are extremely rigid."
    Boyfriend: "You need a job."
  • The Ditz: Simple Dog. Yes, even for dog standards.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Her dog, named "Simple Dog", as described in "Dog." She fails several basic canine intelligence tests, but nonetheless manages to be endearing.
    • She does have 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.
  • Drop-In Character: Dubbed the "Well-Intentioned Social Terrorist" in one post.
  • Emotionless Girl: What depression eventually turns Allie into. She finds it great at first, but then it gets bad.
    "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."

  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Boyfriend, Simple Dog and Helper Dog.
  • Grammar Nazi: In order to repress her grammarian tendencies, she invents reasons why people on the Internet type the way they do—one of which has alot of popularity.
  • Ill Girl: Allie has a noted propensity for becoming "dramatically ill."
  • Intoxication Ensues: 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.
  • Journal Comic: Posts vary between funny stories from Allie's past and Allie's latest hijinks.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Or at least have very twisted ideas of fun games. From "Wolves":
    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.
    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.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Allie almost always draws herself wearing the same pink dress.
  • Long Title: The full title of the book is Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened.
  • Memetic Badass: In-Universe, with Kenny Loggins.
  • Mercy Kill: "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. Horribly, hilariously wrong.
  • Mundane Wish: 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.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Allie accidentally made her little sister into one while trying to terrify the latter into staying up at night.
  • No Name Given: She refers to her dogs as Simple Dog and Helper Dog, and her boyfriend as Boyfriend (although his real name, Duncan, is occasionally mentioned).
    • She mentioned the simple dog's name here. It's Kellie, but nicknamed Roo. In a Reddit thread, she gives a name to the simple dog: which is Nyah, but nicknamed Toady.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: "Tricera-topless."
  • Older than They Look: In 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 - a younger friend, with a fake ID.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: A story of her younger self who devoured an entire cake and was sick for the rest of the day. She obviously considered it Worth It.
  • Rant Inducing Slight: Described here as a "sneaky hate spiral", i.e what happens when one too many things goes wrong on a bad day.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: Or rather, 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.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Her coping mechanism for poor internet grammar involves inventing the "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.")
  • Series Hiatus: The series went on hiatus in May 2011 due to Allie's depression, except for a handful of posts about the subject.
  • Stick Figure Comic: Not exactly, but pretty close. Just look at the page image.
  • Stylistic Suck: 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.
  • Sweet Tooth: Allie as a child, big time. In "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.
  • The Wiki Rule: After Allie announced her plans to have "mandatory sex party" become an actual term, after seeing the only result on Google for it being her own blog, no one was surprised when a wiki was eventually made.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: 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!"
  • Varbal Tac: Spaghatta Nadle, the main character of a series of nonsensical comics with the same name, replaces most vowel sounds with "A".
  • Word Salad: 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 kept her up all night searching for meaning.
  • Writer's Block Montage: In one sequence. Unlike most writers' blocks, though, Allie's is obsessed with bears and outer space.

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