"I think it's a plan that's not just madness and insanity, but in fact transcends them and becomes the shape of a lawnmower."
— John "Blues" McQueen
"And let me tell you, if you think [In Wily's Defense] is your average Mega Man sprite comic, slap yourself and think again."
— Alan Solivan
In Wily's Defense is a completed Sprite Comic by Mike Renner centered on the question of what would happen if the roles of Dr. Wily and Dr. Light of the classic Mega Man games were reversed; i.e., Dr. Wily is a roboticist-turned-Twinkie factory owner that only wants a quiet life (but does a fairly poor job at it), while Dr. Light is a megalomaniacal Mad Scientist dead-set on killing every last one of the Wilys. Throw in a loud, lazy egotistical God and his Angels of Love, Death, Destruction and Fate, and, well, guess what happens next.About halfway into IWD's third season, Renner began its sequel, Tales of Southtown, another sprite comic primarily focusing on the Seraphim, the children of the three female Angels (who have been promoted to Goddesses), and a few characters from Fatal Fury, The King of Fighters, and one from Street Fighter. ToS was discontinued due to a lack of a concrete plot.IWD was started again four years after the original series, taking a Darker and Edgier turn.These Webcomics provide an example of:
Cute and Psycho: It's really disturbing how cheerful Magdalena can be while talking about destruction.
Darker and Edgier: The second series. Thanks to Freeze Man and Doppler's actions, robots have come under increasingly severe scrutiny in fear that they too will go on a rampage. The prologue explicitly states that Amy and co are blamed completely for Freeze Man's Megapolis attack (which is KINDA true) and resentment towards Robots being treated equally as humans have sparked several mass riots (some led by Glenn Beck). Oh, and the series proper opens with a massive terrorist attack by a group of renegade robots even more powerful than Freeze Man, Dr Knight is revealed to have had a hand in the attack and is arrested, and Amy herself is also under suspicion of being involved in the attack. Hell, the first chapter is basically a Smug Snake government agent interrogating Amy on her role in the attack.
Even the villains are far more brutal and dark. In the first series, even Freeze Man and Sputnik had most of their atrocities kept offscreen, and Freeze Man was played for laughs just as often as he was played seriously. The Prism Masters, though? Of the ones we've seen so far, Red incinerates a hapless civilian, Indigo massacres dozens of security guards, GreenKILLS Crystal, brutally, and Blackstrangles an unarmed woman right in front of her preteen daughter. All of this happens completely onscreen.
God Is Evil: "Evil" might be too strong a word, but on the rare occasions Sphere gets off his rear and does something, it usually involves mass destruction
Godwin's Law: Blues is immediately disqualified from participating in the Battle of Wits because, to quote Cut Man, he'd "invoke Godwin's Law within the first ten seconds". This ultimately leads up to:
Kangaroo Court: Agent Wilfork is basically a one-man version of this. He claims that he's impartial and only wants the truth, but his arrogant, condescending attitude, his near constant smug grin, and his obvious disdain for robots and roboticists make it clear he's not on Amy's side.
Mythology Gag: Robots are classified from Mark One (rather weak or dumb) to Mark Six (almost human-like); however, the Robot Masters in the series are all ranked at the number of the game in which they appear (for example, Guts Man is Mk. 1, while Plant Woman is Mk. 6, being the Distaff Counterpart of Plant Man). This leading to the fact that Freeze Man, who comes from 7, is ridiculously overpowered.
Cut Man is the Mk. 8. Renner says that he "kinda felt like he was cheating" when he made that decision.
Shrinking Violet: Keimi, though she's actually the most powerful of the Seraphim.
Smug Snake: Agent Wilfork. He makes it perfectly clear in his first scene that he's already decided that Amy's guilty of supporting the new terrorists, and is only letting her tell her side of the story just to see her squirm.
Talking Is a Free Action: IWD's second most re-occurring Running Gag is the "Dodongo" comic, in which the old man from The Legend of Zelda that originally said "Dodongo dislikes smoke" appears amidst the stack of speech bubbles and says "Dodongo dislikes X," where "X" is something related to what the person or what said person is talking about. X has been things like "text", "Axl Rose", "shrimp", "Pharaoh Man" (who is the one to most frequently cause a Dodongo comic), "quasiphysics", and "Satan".