Webcomic / Kill Six Billion Demons

"Reach heaven through violence."

"The king of creation fell out of heaven, usurped by a seven headed beast. But the old king shall choose a new, and he will ignite the third conquest. He will be flanked by a white and a black flame, his coming will be followed by 108 burning stars. He will bear the terrible heat of the voice in his brow, the mark of his lordliness. He will face the beast - and he will annihilate it. He will wield the terrible blade of want, and the pillars of heaven will quake with his coming. And his name - his name will be - Kill Six Billion Demons."
— Prophecy of the Successor

Kill Six Billion Demons is a 2013 New Weird fantasy webcomic written and illustrated by Tom Parkinson-Morgan, also known as Abbadon.

God Is Dead. Far beyond Earth, The Multiverse is in chaos as criminals rule and callous kings maintain a fragile peace. One day, a mysterious and bloody figure appears to a barista named Allison Wanda Ruth, and bestows her with an Ancient Artifact known as the Key of Kings. In the process, Allison finds herself suddenly transported to the final resting place of the gods in the exact center of the multiverse, the red city of Throne. Allison must now travel through Throne and the 777,777 universes of creation to save her kidnapped boyfriend (even if he is a creep) and stop the plans of the stone angels, masked demons and mad god-kings that want her Key for themselves.

Book One has been printed by Image Comics. Now has a character sheet.

Tropes used by this comic include:

  • 108: On Page 4-78 we are told this about the new King of All Creation:
    Translated Prophecy: He will be flanked by a white and a black flame. His coming will be followed by 108 burning stars.
  • Achievements in Ignorance:
    • Pree Aesma managed to defeat the three greatest disciples of YISUN, the Masters of Space, Aesthetics and Ethics, essentially by being too ignorant to learn their teachings and throwing violent temper tantrums whenever she got frustrated. It is because of her scheming, vile, ignorant nature — and because she is always trying to improve herself, unlike YISUN's more self-satisfied disciples — that YISUN names Aesma his greatest disciple, the Master of Want.
    • Allison successfully re-binding Vladok by shoving a mask on its not-face and shouting names at it, to the utter shock of everyone present, also stands out.
      Allison: I'm drunk as hell and have no idea what I'm doing.
  • Admiring the Abomination: The Knights Belligerent worship Jagganoth, the most powerful and violent of the Demiurges.
    When a core part of your knightly creed includes the phrase 'If it has a pulse – remove its skull!', what can you do about a thirty foot immortal monstrosity impervious to physical harm and with complete mastery over space-time?
    Worship it, of course.
  • All There in the Manual: A large amount of setting info is located in the alternate sections of the site, including the Psalms and Spasms that make up significant part of the in-universe faith (located below the pages and under the Daemoniac and Liturgy tabs). There is also the artist's Tumblr accounts, the Alt Text of the pages, and sometimes the comment sections of the pages due to the inclusion of reader-submitted content.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Angels are genderless. White Chain is regularly assumed to be female; however, in their first appearance they bluntly correct someone who refers to them as such. For an angel, having a gender is too human and is punishable by being banished to the Void.
  • Arc Number: 7.
    • After YISUN split into YIS and UN, the two warred for 7 years and then made love for 7 hours. They gave birth to 777,777 gods who created the 777,777 universes, which were split evenly among the 7 remaining Demiurges after the Conquering King was defeated. Throne is now "ruled by seven black kings from seven towers."
    • In the story of Prim and the Mendicant Knight, the knight tells Prim that he performed seven times seven tasks for the grand artificer in seven times seven days.
    • There is also the titular six billion. As emphasized on the alt-text of Wielder of names, 5-96 which is "1/6,000,000,000"
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Mottom demands Allison replace her as Demiurge, because she's too weak to just give up. Allison slaps her.
    Mottom: you hit me
    Allison: Yeah. And now I'm going to help you.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Nyave puts an epic one against a brooding White Chain.
    White Chain: Humans ruined everything with their foolish dreams. Give up yours before they hurt someone.
    Nyave: When did you give up yours?
  • Artifact of Doom:
    • The key-like object that is shoved into Allison's skull is called a Magus Gate or a Key of Kings, and seems to have been what granted her the ability to travel to Throne, among a number of other abilities. However, it's the kind of power that can get her in a lot of trouble. She only gets away with it because she doesn't know how to use any of it.
    • Cio stole part of Mammon's Key back when she was an immeasurably powerful Ebon Devil. Unfortunately, she got the mask keeping her in our reality shattered as a result, and was only able to be summoned back as a lowly De-Powered Blue Devil, the second weakest type in existence.
  • Artifact Title: Of sorts- KSBD originated as an MSPA forum-based webcomic, wherein the plot involved Allison literally having to kill a total of 6,000,000,000 demons over the course of the story- when the comic was rewritten, "Kill Six Billion Demons" was remade into the title of the Rising King.
  • As You Know: When she agrees to the drinking contest, Allison gets a glowing spot on her wrist. This calls forth a sarcastic comment from a bystander:
    Magister: A devil's kiss. A parasitic piece of the pure hot black flame. Granter of the art. Mark of a contract. But surely you know this, Magister Usagi.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: The setting is absolutely drowning in characters with ridiculously cool names.
  • Badass Creed:
    • Whenever it's time to use violence, White Chain recites "Forgive me for this violence I am about to inflict."
    • The slogan of the aptly-named Belligerent Knights: "Let us cut God to see if he bleeds!"
    • The Night Curse, invoked by devils before a major operation:
      "If any knave oppose our wicked will, let him run now. Let all the vile and suppurating venoms of the night spit in the eye of God and blind her to our evil. Our will is sealed."
    • The slogan of the devil gang Badstar:
      "Money and Power through Homicide!"
  • Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: a non-sexual example. As part of her Affably Evil act, Queen Mottom has Allison bathed and dressed up in courtly finery before granting her audience (see No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine below). Although it should be noted that the clothes chosen for Allison are very similar to some Earth cultures' bridal dresses...
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    Allison: I've been trying my whole boring mundane fucking life to escape being a nobody, but you know what? Now I want it back.
  • BFS: The sword Allison picks up off the floor during the fight in Hell 71 is almost as long as she is tall, as seen here. She finally puts it to use for the first time days later, when breaking into Mammon's infinite vault.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Cio has a knack for this, pulling it off during the fight in Hell 71, when she surfs White Chain's empty armor into the crowd to save Allison; and again when she arrives just in time to save Allison from Mottom.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Mammon's stronghold, the Treasure Fortress of Yre, is described as a fractal with infinite space inside.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: All over the place with the non-human characters.
    • Humans' lack of an ability to reincarnate is unique among other intelligent races.
    • Some notable examples include minor characters INGSVLD, a Geas Knight whose head is a floating book; and Etlin Da, better known as the harp-headed woman.
  • Bizarre Alien Psychology: The psychology of angels is occasionally talked about. All are bound by the Old Law, which is a set of unexplained rules chiseled into their being, and those that understand it can commit evil acts through Loophole Abuse. They see fighting evil and staring into the void as equally noble tasks. Rank is determined by length of their previous incarnation, regardless of how many preceded it, so the Prime Angels that did nothing but maintain a shield around Throne for several kalpa automatically outrank all other angels from the void if they reincarnate.
  • Black Magic: Although not explicitly described as such, White Chain is initially worried that Allison is a vatra, a practitioner of the White Art of Division and the Red Art of Dominion, which is forbidden.
  • Blasphemous Boast: from the Sword Law Mantra of the Knights Belligerent:
    If my God should fail me,
    I will kill him too.
  • Blood Knight: The whole point of the Knights Belligerent. Their creed includes key phrases such as "If it has a pulse – remove its skull!" and "let us cut God to see if He bleeds!"
  • Body Horror:
  • Body in a Breadbox: Pryan Sor throws Mottom a box of human skulls (and other bones) as his "offering" for sending a horde of merciless raiders to his home planet. It did not end well.
    Sor: Here is your offering, WITCH!
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: And it will break down your wall and kidnap your boyfriend...
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Empty Palm Vanquishes the Wicked!"
  • The Caper: The third book, Seeker of Thrones, is structured as a heist story, focusing on the Allison and her team trying to recover her boyfriend from Mammon's vaults.
  • Caper Crew: When preparing for the heist on Mammon's vaults, the author ran a contest where fans contributed ideas for the Caper Crew, referencing each of the traditional roles by name.
  • Caps Lock:
    • Remember to engage it before writing YISUN's name, or the name of their two halves, YIS and UN.
    • Zoss, when speaking to Allison, calls her Alice-UN.
    • Some of the people who post comments refer to her as AL-YIS-UN.
    • Minor character INGSVLD, Geas Knight.
  • Carnival of Killers: The Pursuers, an unaffiliated mob of 108 Guild mercenaries and independent warriors hunting the Magus Gate lodged in Allison's head.
  • Celestial Paragons and Archangels: The Prime Angels of Throne, the first angels to come into existence, who guarded Throne for thirty kalpa after the death of the gods. Zoss killed all of them when he arrived to Throne (except for Metatron). The only one to reincarnate in the time since that was 2 Michael.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Allison's sorority background seems mostly insignificant in a world of gun-witches and nuclear martial-arts angels... until a somewhat unfortunate devil challenges her to a drinking contest.
  • Chest Monster: The Fortress of Yre is full of hostile creatures disguised as coins, armchairs, secretaries and such. They nearly wipe out the Caper Crew at the very beginning of their infiltration.
  • Classical Mythology: The religion espoused in the comic appears to be a blend of Hinduism, Zen Buddhism and Valentinian Gnosticism, but with a heavy heaping of extra violence.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Is it any surprise that a Caper Crew full of devils would be full of people like this? Seeker of Thrones is essentially one long lesson in Devils are Bastards. When Suuz attempts to immediately kill Allison to get a bigger share of the loot and she's forced to kill her in retaliation, the rest of the crew only comments "it was a bit early, wasn't it"?
  • Clean Cut: Maya uses this to slice 6 Juggernaut in half. Vertically.
  • Coitus Interruptus: Allison is dragged into the Throne just as she's about to have sex with her boyfriend for the first time.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Devils are categorized by the colour of their mask, which determines how powerful they are. From weakest to strongest, the categories are: white, blue, red, green, gold, and Ebon.
  • Crapsack World: The multiverse is ruled over by 7 mad god kings who visit ruin and/or tyranny over their subjects. Crime and rot is rampant. The dominant religion claims that violence and lies are an inherent and fundamental aspect of reality, and worst of all, it appears to be right.
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • Rather than risking grievous harm and death by grinding her way through the Void to get to the Seven Kings, Allison decides to try skipping the whole mess by making a deal with the most powerful devil in the area, a black-masked devil named Vladok. Cio immediately points out how jaw-droppingly stupid this is, but by then it's too late...
    • Subverted. Vladok agrees to do what Allison wants, if she can beat him in a Drinking Contest and if she'll wager her Key of Kings on the outcome. She actually manages to out-drink him, but he refuses to go through with his end of the bargain, choosing to break the contract - which literally destroys his sanity (and Power Limiter mask) - rather than help Allison. Vladok thought Allison was cheating, because that's what devils do. Cio did try to help Allison cheat. Cio was a bit surprised when she realized Allison won without cheating.
    • Alison continues this dumbass trend of accepting power for great debt by accepting a deal with Incubus, who offers Determination itself in exchange for her fealty, at least for now. As in, ''one of her nemeses", who now has partial access to the master key in her skull.
  • Death Trap: Mammon's Fortress of Yre is explicitly called out as being this in its entirety; there is no functional purpose to most of it except to kill any would-be thieves and intruders.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: The teachings of YISUN praise violence, deception, ignorance and want, in contrast with nearly every other values system in existence.
  • Dem Bones: Throne holds a large population of the skeletal living dead, but they just act as beggars and vagabonds for the most part.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: The Council of Thirteen, the thirteen most powerful Ebon Devils in existence, who keep Himself imprisoned and relay his commands to devilkind. They are the highest governing body of all devils save for Himself.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In one of the religious texts of the setting Hansa, the god of cynics, allows his pipe smoke to befoul the air in another god's home. This enrages his host, who kills Hansa. This is considered to be tragic but clearly justified. The killer's archons then going after Hansa's estate, murdering all his retainers and servants and tormenting his innocent daughter, on the other hand . . . that went a bit too far even by divine standards (and the perpetrators got a Fate Worse Than Death out of it: to be flayed alive for all eternity).
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Cio's Coat of Arms is "completely useless in the wrong hands, and completely and utterly devastating in the right ones."
  • Distressed Damsel: Although Allison does initially play this role, it's actually her boyfriend that gets kidnapped.
  • Dungeon Crawling: The third book, Seeker of Thrones, is a mix of this and The Caper, as Cio and Allison have to traverse a giant fortress filled with monsters, death traps, fanatical cultists, and more.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Cio had insect-limbs in her first appearance. The author has admitted this was an error, or rather, the non-insect arms were an error that stuck.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • Unmasked devils. When bound by a summoner and given a mask, a devil takes on a fixed shape, a name and a personality, and many of them come across as fairly human-like. Should it lose that mask (like by breaking a contract), it reverts to a force of mindless primal chaotic destruction, with far too many teeth and eyes and disturbing wriggly bits.
    • The angels are no slouches in this department, either, and it’s clear they take after the more… unusual aspects of Biblical angel lore. They vary wildly in form and appearance, but common elements include wings, often far too many of them and in odd arrangements, eyes where there really shouldn’t be eyes, and copious amounts of holy fire.
  • Eldritch Location: Throne itself, a floating city surrounding by nothingness in the center of the multiverse, and the Void, an endless plain of ash between universes (and "under" Throne) covered in disintegrating reflections of buildings and the fading souls of the dead.
  • The Empire: There are seven of them, each of which has claim to a seventh of the multiverse. Notably, only one of them is a functioning nation-state. Two are marauding armies, two are hedonistic and wasteful, one is a cult, and the last one is a bank.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers: Mixed to varying extents with Charles Atlas Superpower by the setting's various Supernatural Martial Arts to the point where the distinction blurs or disappears.
  • Enlightened Antagonist: Several, which is unsurprising due to the prevalence of Enlightenment Superpowers in the setting. Notably there are Jagganoth and 6 Juggernaut Star, who are said by Word of God to know more about the world's true nature than most of the other characters and want to destroy it.
  • The Everyman: Allison.
  • Evil Weapon: Implied with Allison's sword. After three chapters, she finally uses it for the first time during the infiltration of Yre to slice a "mimic" in half. The page is accompanied by a rather ominous Alt Text:
  • Exposition Fairy: When not kicking ass and taking names, White Chain spends the first chapter explaining the world's mythology and backstory to Allison. Cio takes this duty over later on, but her temper and impatience means she tends to not be very good at it.
  • Faceless Mooks: the guards at Mottom's palace initially avoid this trope, but when the alarm is sounded they rush in with gas masks and goggles on.
  • Fan Disservice: Allison appears completely naked in the void at the end of the first volume . . . but with featureless bluish-purple skin, strange wounds bleeding ghostly white light, and slightly-off proportions that place her firmly in the Uncanny Valley. Likewise, when she gets home, we get a shower scene that focuses on the filth she's washing off of herself and her horrified expression at what she just went through.
  • Fanfic: Cio's history of Allison, "The Chronicle of the Rising King", is based on various writings by fans of works they love, with overly embelished details like a Star-Crossed Lovers romance subplot between Allison and Cio herself.
    Pangoxes, Meta-historian of the Retroactive Record Monks, Circa 35 Third Conquest: It is unfortunate that the only near-complete and exquisitely detailed chronicle of the Rising King was so elaborately embellished. [21]  
  • Fantastic Drug: Black Glass, which is mined from veins in the bones of petrified dead gods. It's a universal intoxicant across all species, in addition to being horrifically illegal and sacrilegious due to its origins.
  • Fantastic Racism: The angels are very prejudiced towards humans (and presumably devils and servants too). Some of them are very... dogmatic about this and openly disdainful towards non-angels, others are more casually racist in the "some of my best friends are human so I'm not prejudiced" sense.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Religion: The multiverse is clearly very heavily inspired by Hinduism, with a multitude of gods that are technically the same being, themes of balance and mirrored forces, and so on. At the same time, it is not actually attempting to be Hinduism. It does have a few Christian elements, with angels as upholders of the Law and devils as powerful tricksters that exist outside it.
  • Fish out of Water: Allison is heavily reliant on her companions to explain how the world works.
  • Foreshadowing: Two minor examples:
    • The cover of book two indicates that Oskar from the forum version will make an appearance.
    • Mottom revealing to Allison the location of her boyfriend hints that Mammon will probably be the Big Bad of book three.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • On this page you can see what looks like two women hung upside down and bleeding away as two characters make their escape through the rooms of a brothel. This later turns out to be fridge horror. Not only are those women likely slaves (and thus unlikely to be consenting) but they are very likely being bled for drinks.
    • In the first panel of this page there's a book flying through the air behind White Chain. That's actually the head of INGSVLD, a Geas Knight who had the misfortune of being in between White Chain and Allison. The rest of him is to the lower left.
  • Gaia's Lament: Mykos used to be a beautiful world, covered in luminous dark woods, and home to a people who lived in splendid, intricately-carved wagons. The Queen Mottom took a liking to the local fruit, and, well . . .
  • Gargle Blaster: Is it any surprise that a devil drinking contest will be filled with these? The first four drinks are called Flameblood Ale, Dead Head Rum, Ichor Pale Ale, and Lymphatic Sweet Wine. And it only gets weirder (and more potent) from there.
  • God: YISUN. A being said to be the god of the Omniverse in all dimensions. Granted, it can't quite be called God anymore, because YISUN committed holy suicide, tired of a circular existence in eternity.
  • God Is Dead: YISUN grew weary of having an infinite existence, and thus committed suicide by splitting itself into many lesser aspects. In White Chain's words, "It was a wretched life, without meaning or perception. Imagine infinite stories to tell, Allison, and nobody to tell them to."
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Jadis used to be the second most powerful Demiurge until she tried looking at the entire multiverse sideways. Now she's reduced to a decaying, insane corpse entombed inside a block of glass, alone with her terrible, perfect knowledge of all that is. Her most sincere wish is to die.
    • It should be noted that the previous person to try what Jadis did, Aesma, a goddess, got her eyes boiled out of their sockets in the process.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The tale of Aesma and the Red-Eyed King. After causing a massive amount of damage in one of her (rather common) world-shaking tantrums, some monks tell Aesma to go find a husband. To everyone's surprise, she does. The monks are initially happy to hear the news . . . until they see her would-be husband is the titular Red-Eyed King.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Happens to 6 Juggernaut Star, courtesy of Auntie Maya. For bonus points, she bisects him vertically with a single stroke.
  • Healing Spring: Downplayed- the waters of Throne used to act as this, but not anymore.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: As of Seeker of Thrones, White Chain is undergoing a massive identity crisis following her meeting Juggernaut Star and Metatron, and witnessing the uncaring nature of her fellow angels.
    Nyave: It's so strange to have met you. The guardian of stone and flame. The keeper of the law. I read many stories about your kind as a small girl. I love them still.
    White Chain: The law is broken. And we are false guardians. Attachment to your childish fantasies will only result in pain.
    • Appears to be a theme for Seeker of Thrones, seeing as Cio is also undergoing one of these and believes she can never escape being Yabalchoath.
    Cio: Devils are solitary creatures, Allison. We are pure desire. We have nothing else in our hearts. No comrades. No family. And no friends. Thank you for reminding me of that.
  • Hollywood History: Cio seems to write it:
    Cio: And yes, before tha asks, I am a history writer. Better history! Blastier! Messier! Sexier!
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Cio once bore an ebon mask, the highest-ranking in the devils' hierarchy, and the single name Yabalchoath, marking her as one of the most powerful of her kind. She was even able to steal a Key of Kings at one point. However, by the time Allison meets Cio, she has fallen to the rank of a blue mask, the second least powerful kind of devil, and has been reduced to working at a brothel as a paper-pusher.
  • Humans Are Flawed: It seems to be a theme that humans have the potential for incredible power without foresight (see: the fact that we both banished angels from physical form, then promptly turned around and built new ones for them).
  • Humongous Mecha: Made weirder in true New Weird fashion. Several guilds own "battle angels", i.e. the colossal corpses of the Prime Angels hollowed out, furnished with various mechanisms to make them move, and outfitted with a Devil Drive. At least one of these serves as a bus around Throne.
  • I Know Your True Name:
    • When binding a devil — that is, coaxing out a bit of the formless Hot Black Flame — one must apply a mask to it as well as a name. The more names, the weaker the devil. Just ask the puny blue Princess Mamoru Moonshine Jagermeister Jack Jack Daniels Timothy Tim Bill Freddy Mercury Blueberry Luna, Esquire, formerly the mighty Ebon devil Vladok.
    • Inverted in the sense that every bound devil tries to find its own true name in the form of its ebon/black name. These are unique to each devil and can never be identical to another devil's name, though it is implied that these can "wear out" over time.
    • Aside from devils, there is also power in understanding the secret names of YISUN, especially YISUN's truest name: I.
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Only they didn't say please; to kick the plot off, Allison got the Key of Kings shoved into her skull by a dying armoured figure before she had any idea of what was going on.
  • Immortality Immorality: White Chain attributes the immortality of the many races of Throne as one of the reasons that it has fallen to ruin- if they did not live so long, perhaps they would not have lived to grow bored of their prosperity and ruin it with their lust, greed and vindictiveness.
  • Immune to Drugs: Devils are immune to the negative side effects of drugs (at least partly because they're essentially a cancer on Creation), which is why so many of them are seen smoking and drinking. Devils can get drunk, but it takes a lot.
  • Important Haircut: Word of God states that "...haircuts are somewhat significant in this comic for some reason":
    • At the start of Book 3, having just punched Mottom on the face, Allison cuts her hair short as she demands her companions explain themselves.
    • Meti demanded that Maya shave off all her hair with a rusty sword in order to become her apprentice.
  • Impossible Task: Before Meti would accept Maya as an apprentice, she demanded that Maya shave off all her hair with a rusty, pitted, useless sword.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Allison infiltrates a group of girls who are to be presented as tribute to Mottom, the absolute ruler of 111,111 universes. Their guide tells them "When she rises, you will prostrate yourselves." (Emphasis in original).
  • Layered Metropolis: The central sections of Throne have developed into this.
  • Lipstick and Load Montage: In this episode Allison puts on her lipstick before heading into danger. She says it calms her down.
  • Loophole Abuse: The Thorn Knights manage this on a cosmic scale thanks to Metatron's comprehensive knowledge of the Old Law, which might explain how they, as angels and vessels of the Law, can try to destroy the Multiverse in the name of serving and protecting Creation.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: What else would you expect from a comic called "Kill Six Billion Demons"?
  • Magical Incantation: The first demonstration of proper magic in the comic, courtesy of Cio: "My paper soldiers form a wall/ five paces thick and twice as tall." If you look closely you can actually see her sewing the words into the paper soldiers to make them come alive.
  • Magitek: Several modes of transportation, such as flying ships and the husks of the Prime Angels, are powered by "devil drives", which run on the essence of captive unbound devils.
  • Malevolent Architecture: Mammon's fractal fortress of Yre has an infinitely large interior, most of which serves no purpose but to kill anybody who trespasses. The remainder houses Mammon's Cult and the Scaled God of the Deeps himself, who also kill anybody who trespasses, albeit much more slowly and creatively.
  • Meaningful Name: See Names to Run Away from Really Fast below.
  • Medieval Stasis: Higher technology from all across the multiverse exists but is forbidden in Throne as a means of control by its seven rulers. Also, the Art trumps most types of technology, so only Jagganoth and his forces care about military tech.
  • The Multiverse: The story takes place in an alternate realm called Throne, which connects thousands of other universes. 777,777 to be exact.
  • Mundane Utility: At least one battle angel (i.e. the hollowed-out, mechanized corpse of a colossal Prime Angel) is used as a bus in Throne.
  • Musical Episode: Taking part in a devil drinking contest forces you to start singing all your dialogue, as Alice finds out on her second visit to Throne.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
    • White Chain's full name is "82 White Chain Born in Emptiness Returns to Subdue Evil". Obviously, it is not used very often.
    • The Demiurges all have the names associated with legendary demons, heroes, holy lands, and so forth: Jagganoth. Jadis. Mammon. Mottom. Gog-Agog. Solomon. Incubus.
    • The last name of the fat noodle-eating woman Allison meets in Hell 71 is Murder the Gods and Topple their Thrones.
    • Allison of all people gets one. According to the prophecy of The Successor, she will eventually take the name "Kill Six Billion Demons".
  • Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom:
    • The angels have particularly grandiose names with a number tacked on to signify how many times they’ve reincarnated, such as 82 White Chain Born in Emptiness Returns to Subdue Evil, or 6 Juggernaut Star Scours the Universe.
    • Humans get in on the act, too. These include Mathangi Ten Meti "Maya" Mantra, whose surname apparently means "Murder the Gods and Topple Their Thrones", and Allison herself, who will eventually take the name Kill Six Billion Demons.
    • Queen Nadia Om, the Blood Flower, Imperatrix of the Gates of Fire. Bearer of the word Glory, and Goddess of the Seven Part World. Overlaps with Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!, as only Nadia Om is her "name".
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Mottom, naturally enough, pulls this when Allison confronts her.
  • Non-Lethal K.O.: As pointed out by White Chain following a beat down, getting banished to the Void is this for demons ("They will return"), so it's still a Technical Pacifist thing even if it looks terribly violent.
  • Off with His Head!: The first decapitation occurs here. There have been several more.
  • Oh, Crap!: White Chain upon noticing that Allison has a Magus Gate.
    White Chain: By the Tower and the secret name of God.
  • One-Man Army: Several.
    • Angels are this by default, being made specifically to uphold the law in Throne. In their debut, White Chain effortlessly slaughters an entire Guild with their bare hands - keep in mind that they're one of the weaker angels in the setting.
    • The legendary swordswoman Meti once fought ten thousand men, completely naked, armed with only a single sword. She won.
    • Meti's only apprentice, Auntie Maya also qualifies. We've only seen her fight twice so far, but both times were all out gang-wars and she came out without a scratch. During the fight in Hell 71, she killed people without standing up from a noodle vendor's stand or even turning around to face them.
    • According to Word of God, all Red Devils are this.
    Anonymous: So red devils are summoned as body-guards or warriors. How would your average red devil do in say World War 2, or in the middle east?
    Abaddon: They don’t need to eat or sleep, they are very jolly about horrific violence, and they can weigh up to 800-1000 pounds and rip a man’s head from his shoulders, so I imagine probably the same as if you armed up a grizzly bear that happened to like smoking a pipe.
    • Zoss, the Conquering King is probably one of the best examples of this. Upon arriving to Throne, he found the entire place guarded by the Prime Angels, so he killed every single one (except Metatron) with his own two hands.
  • Overly Long Name: Allison renames a devil to Princess Mamoru Moonshine Jagermeister Jack Jack Daniels Timothy Tim Bill Freddy Mercury Blueberry Luna, Esquire. She had intended to just call it Princess, but found out that one name was not enough, and had to make the others up on the spot.
  • Our Angels Are Different:
    • The being which the main character is traveling with in the Throne is an angel, mostly in name and temperament only. Appearance-wise, they are a statuesque being, riddled with holes which emit green flames with numerous eyes in them.
    • The angels seem to condense with age: Plasma, Vapor, Liquid, Solid (Igneous or Metamorphic), Crystal, and Neutron. We've only seen one Neutron Angel, that being 1 Metatron.
    • An alt text describes angels as somewhat like tanks, but instead of "an armored shell protecting a core of weak flesh and razor sharp reason" they are "a fired stone or metal shell protecting a controlled nuclear explosion skilled in millennia old martial arts".
    • Angels Cannot Tell a Lie. If they do, their shell becomes fractured and it seems to cause them pain. One of White Chain's eyes is seen only after they tell a lie.
    • Angels all appear to be androgynous. Some have varying opinions on gender: White Chain wants to be feminine but represses it, Delicious flaunts femininity, 2 Michael thinks that being too human (such as being gendered) is disgusting, while some angels consider each other "brothers".
    • The angels do possess wings, and they have eyes on them.
    • Another angel, 10 Vigilant Gaze Purges the Horizon, appears as a horse that has a metal ring encircled with eyes in place of a head.
    • The angel 12 Questioning Fate is a free-floating purple rhombicuboctahedron with a halo.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Devils come from the Void between worlds, where they were all previously banished by the gods as the Hot Black Flame, a formless chaos. Humans and Demiurges gave the devils form by naming them individually and bestowing upon them masks, allowing them entry into Throne. They are "born" with a large number of names and come in six kinds, based on how many names they have shorn off, which changes the color of their mask:
    • Pale devils, mute and insectlike, have the most names. They generally seem to do simple labor for other devils. They have grey fur and multiple arms, and their mask is the least humanoid, with no mouth or features save a number of randomly-arranged eyeholes.
    • Blue devils are small and imp-like, with tall, straight horns. They apparently tend towards kleptomania and are fond of vice and liquor.
    • Red devils have large horns and tend to be very hairy. They are the most aggressive and warlike, often summoned to act as enforcers, warriors and guards, which they'll gladly do in exchange for alcohol and trinkets until they find a loophole in their contract and dismember their summoner.
    • Green devils have skull-like masks, resemble reptiles and are often winged. They are slow and sluggish in their movements, something that belies a thoughtful and manipulative nature. They deal in secrets and are skilled liars.
    • Gold devils have creepily human-like masks and dress in rags or finery. They are extremely intelligent and have perfect memories, coupled with a great love of wealth and a profound sense of malice. They are the most dangerous devil one is likely to encounter, and attempting to bind them is extremely inadvisable.
    • Finally, Ebon devils have managed to shear off all their names but one, their “black” name. They are very wily and very dangerous, even more so than Gold devils, and there are only a few dozen in the entire multiverse.
    • There’s also the King of the Devils, simply named Himself. Little to nothing is known of him, but he seems to be an exception of sorts from the normal devil ranking system.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The term "dragon" in the KSBD universe is usually used as an alternate name for the Kind People, a Servant race of scaled, four-eyed quadrupedal beings looking like a cross between arachnids and pack animals.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: In the KSBD setting, goblins like the guildmaster Omun Vash are grey-skinned humanoids with crested heads and multiple rows of slits in place of eyes and a nose- these slits act as extremely sensitive nostrils, and goblins sense the world primarily by smell instead of sight.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Almost any fight scene is guaranteed to be filled with gallons and gallons of blood.
  • Painted Tunnel, Real Train: Xand, per the Alt Text in her introduction, paints a door realistic enough to fool the reader into thinking that they're guarding something important.
  • Painting the Medium: Most uses of Division (or Cutting) involve literally channeling nothingness, and are thus colored a pure white, the same kind the comic uses to divide panel borders. When used dramatically, it gives the effect that the characters in question are so strong the usual layouts of the comic can't contain them.
  • Paper Master: Cio uses the Art in this way, by transforming sheets of paper into various magical items, such as spinning walls, a little amulet that absorbs alcohol for you, and in at least one case, a giant paper bird the size of a dragon.
  • Parrying Bullets: Auntie Maya "Murder the Gods and Topple Their Thrones" deflects a bullet with her mind. After impact the bullet falls in half.
  • Portal Crossroad World: Throne has several portals called King's Gates, which connect to a paired gate on the King's Road in the Void (where distance is meaningless), which has a second set of gates (or an alternate way or using one of the previous two) on it that lead to each universe.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
    • "I have a name!"
    • "I choose King." Right before Alison decimates Mottom's Eldritch Abomination husband.
    • "Forgive me for this violence I am about to inflict" is used by the more well-meaning Angels, like 82 White Chain, before they kick the crap out of criminals.
    • "What do you think about death?" seems to be dropped by Maya right before she ends up cutting quite a few people apart.
  • Precision F-Strike: When Allison finally has had enough of being confused and yelled at.
  • Protagonist Title: "Kill Six Billion Demons" is not a command, but a name. Though there's confusion over whether it applies to Allison, Zaid or someone else.
  • The Prophecy: The Prophecy of the Successor, courtesy of Jadis.
    "The king of creation fell out of heaven, usurped by a seven headed beast. But the old king shall choose a new, and he will ignite the third conquest. He will be flanked by a white and a black flame, his coming will be followed by 108 burning stars. He will bear the terrible heat of the voice in his brow, the mark of his lordliness. He will face the beast - and he will annihilate it. He will wield the terrible blade of want, and the pillars of heaven will quake with his coming. And his name - his name will be - Kill Six Billion Demons."
  • Prophecy Twist: Kill Six Billion Demons isn't necessarily a "he", leaving the door open to Allison or even a demon or angel to become the Successor to Zoss.
  • Razor-Sharp Hand: Basic premise of the martial arts style Patram Sword Hand, most notably practiced by the Thorn Knight known as 6 Juggernaut Star Scours the Universe.
  • Religion of Evil: While not a religion in the traditional sense, the teachings of YISUN can easily be interpreted this way, as they tend to espouse the virtues of violence, deception and ignorance over such things as peace, truth and enlightenment.
  • Right Under Their Noses: In 4-79 Kill Six Billion Demons is apparently watching nearby from the void outside reality as the Demiurges discuss their coming destroyer. This is reflected meta-textually by the link to their page being hidden right under the page of the Demiurges' meeting hall.
    Prophecy: And his name - his name will be - Kill Six Billion Demons.
    Kill Six Billion Demons: Don't wear it out.
  • Rousing Speech:
  • Scenery Porn: There is a lot of detailed artwork, all in full colour.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Allison returns to our world after her first visit to Throne, she has been gone for three days. Her friends show up and all ask at once where she's been and what's with the sword, and one can be seen saying "But if you have been to Narnia then you better tell me."
    • The second time Incubus appears, he takes on the hairstyle, clothing, and mannerisms of Jareth, David Bowie's character from Labyrinth. On the next page, Allison turns into Sailor Moon and he turns into Tuxedo Mask.
    • Considerable pieces of the lore are peppered with references to The Elder Scrolls series, particularly Morrowind. Gog-Agog's title of "Queen of Worms", for instance, is a reference to Mannimarco, who was known as the King of Worms. The tagline "Reach Heaven Through Violence" is a reference to a line in Vivec's 36 sermons. And on a larger scale, the concept of the universe being a wheel (and the secret name of god being "I", as a result of looking at the wheel sideways), the themes of reality simultaneously being true and untrue, draws heavily on the concept of CHIM.
    • Even more obscure is Maya's Maybe Sword, which is likely a reference to the Maybe Sword wielded by Uther Doul, a character in the second book of the Bas-Lag Cycle.
    • Vladok's new Blue name, Princess Mamoru Moonshine Jagermeister Jack Jack Daniels Timothy Tim Bill Freddy Mercury Blueberry Luna, Esquire.
    • A considerable number of creatures and devils bear resemblance to the many monsters of the Dark Souls and Bloodborne series.
    • When White Chain performs G-Gundam's Erupting Burning Finger on an enemy angel, they gasp out the name of the attack.
  • Side-Effects Include...: Blue devil liquor can increase one's healing abilities and allow them to understand demonic speech, but it also causes people to grow horns and also a small devil to gestate inside their bodies. Fortunately, these effects are temporary: the horns disappear, and the devil is eventually regurgitated without lasting harm. That said, a drinker must then eat the devil to retain the effects.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Auntie Maya vs. 6 Juggernaut Star. She slices it in half, vertically, with a single cut.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: The origin myths of Throne feature a Slap-Slap-Kiss of cosmic proportions between the primordial deities YIS and UN:
    White Chain: In fact, they were so horrified at each other's abject hideousness that they warred for seven years. And after, made love for seven hours.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Averted in that the author has said that Mottom, the first demiurge Allison faces, isn't the weakest of the seven.
  • Soul Eating: Devils get access to human or Servant soul flames through pacts, usually through a symbiosis that only consumes the soul after death. Some devils, like Cio's previous incarnation as Yabalchoath, eschew the pact and chow down on body and soul together.
  • Speaking Simlish: The ascended speech sounds like this to Allison before she drinks Blue Devil Liquor.
  • Special Person, Normal Name:
    • Our heroine Allison is in line to become one of the most special people in the multiverse. (Although in-setting her name is a bit special, in that it contains the syllables for YISUN.)
    • The God Empress Mottom has a very long and imposing title, but her personal name is Nadia.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Exactly how villainous the Thorn Angels really are hasn't been revealed yet (although White Chain definitely considers them evil), but their spiky armour certainly looks the part.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Several of the lesser demons speak in a nigh-incomprehensible dialect that can be difficult to understand. When two have to speak to each other like this, their dialogue is subtitled.
  • Taking You with Me: When the Ebon Devil Vladok is defeated in a drinking contest, he decides that he would rather break his own mask, reverting into a mindless unbound devil and dragging everyone around him into the Void, than to honor his pact with Allison.
    • Angels also have a predisposition for this trope; they reportedly explode upon death to take out whatever killed them.
  • Theme Naming:
    • The Demiurges are all named of biblical or other religious heroes, demons, places etc. note 
    • Judging from the two Prime Angels shown so far (Michael and Metatron), all Prime Angels seem to be named after biblical archangels.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: When Vladok decides he'd rather shatter his mask and drag everyone into the Void rather than honour his contract, there's a Beat Panel, a nigh-audible Record Needle Scratch as the singing breaks off, and some very evocative expressions of mute dismay.
  • Time Abyss: White Chain's boss, 2 Michael, guarded Throne for "over thirty kalpa." It sounds like a made up unit of time, but it's an actual measure in Buddhism, which is more or less only conveyed as really god damn long. Buddha himself came up with several examples, and doing the math on one shows the example to last approximately two octillion, four hundred thirteen septillion years, and still not encompass a kalpa's totality. 2 Michael has existed for at least thirty of these.
  • Title Drop:
    • "Kill Six Billion Demons" is not an order. It is a proper noun, specifically the prophesied name of Allison.
    • The same character who first dropped Kill Six Billion Demons later drops the title of the Wielder of Names' plot arc in a Dare to Be Badass speech to Allison.
  • Translation: "Yes" / Tactful Translation: In the subtitles of this page.
    Cio: Blasted poxerly vacuous gaperly whoreson! [What?]
    Cio: Wretchly malodorous molleycoddle! Tha fumorous discharge! [I am discontent with this news!]
  • Translator Microbes: Blue Devil Liquor allows one to understand the Universal Language of Throne, although it has fairly dramatic side-effects; see Side-Effects Include... above.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The early comic consists of Allison constantly bewildered by her surroundings, while White Chain treats them as entirely normal.
    White Chain: Do not give money to the dead. It is against city ordinance.
  • Violence Is the Only Option: Made into a religious tenet! "Violence is inescapable" is one of the core truths of Atru, the comic's main faith.
  • Violence Really Is the Answer: In one particular myth (Aesma and the Three Masters), violence is called the universal art.
    • And in the story of Prince Kassardis and His Three Wives, the secret to peace is also violence. Or more specifically, to wait it out while others fight over you, and then knock them out while they're reeling from near-lethal injuries. And then tend to their injuries and set them free to continue hunting him down and murdering each other over and over. Doubles as a very violent Self-Inflicted Hell, because Kassardis will never stop tending to his wives at great cost to himself, and they'll never stop lethally fighting over him because they're so ingrained in violence they can't bring themselves to simply share him.
  • Visual Pun: The idea that the secret name of God is "I" is because The Multiverse is shaped like a wheel and if you turn it sideways it looks like a letter I. YISUN demonstrates his secret name to Aesma by doing exactly that.
  • Waterfall into the Abyss: Water endlessly flows out from the Red City into emptiness at the Edge Falls that surround Throne.
  • Wax On, Wax Off:
    • Subverted with Meti's Sword Manual, which instructs would-be sword-masters to learn a bunch of daily-life skills, then ends with "When you have mastered all these things you must master building a house. Once your house is built, you have no further need for a sword, since it is an ugly piece of metal and its adherents idiots."
    • Meti played it straight (possibly) when she insisted that Maya cut off every hair on her head with a rusty, pitted sword to become her student, since that meant learning how to care for a sword first. Of course, she also wanted to teach the lesson that swords are ugly pieces of metal and their adherents idiots again.
  • Wham Shot:
    • The Dramatic Unmask of the armored figure who gave Allison her key, revealing that he's the Conquering King.
    • On Mykos, 6 Juggernaut Star confronts Maya after she cut it in half, and ends up briefly revealing a surprisingly humanoid face for someone who hates humans.
  • Weird Sun: The sun in Throne is "broken", meaning it no longer moves; as a result, part of the city is cast in eternal day, and part is in eternal night. Notably, both sides are equally dangerous.
  • Working with the Ex: When the gang needs to steal from Mammon's vaults, Cio calls on her ex-boyfriend, Oscar, for help.
  • World of Badass: When even the Ink Makers' Guild consists of trained killers, you know you're dealing with this trope.
  • You Can Barely Stand: Mother Om taunts Allison, with a variation: not only can't she stand, our heroine is so frightened she can hardly speak. And yet...
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Allison says that Mottom can't kill her in a confrontation with Mottom: if Mottom kills her, then Mottom will have to take Allison's Key Of Kings, which will disrupt the fragile alliance the other demigods have against Jagganoth.