Webcomic / Kill Six Billion Demons

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Praise YISUN and lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven!

Reach heaven through violence.

Kill Six Billion Demons is a New Weird fantasy webcomic started in 2013 featuring a young woman named Allison who is suddenly wrapped up in an adventure with an angel through an eldritch land filled with monsters, demons and gods.

The original iteration, an MSPA-forum comic, can be found here.

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:
    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 re-binding Vladok by shoving a mask on their not-face and shouting names at them probably counts as well.
  • 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, and is referred to using feminine pronouns by a fellow angel. However, in their first appearance they bluntly correct someone who refers to them as such. Apparently, 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.
  • Artifact of Doom: The key-like object that is shoved into Allison's skull is apparently 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 is implied to have stolen another Key some time in her past, when she was an immeasurably powerful Ebon Demon. Between then and now she's been De-Powered into a lowly Blue Demon, the second weakest type in existence.
  • As You Know: When she agrees to the drinking contest, Allison gets a glowing spot on her wrist. This calls forth this comment from a bystander:
    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.
    • Justified. Allison was lying through her teeth about being powerful and important (hence the "Magister Usagi"), and said bystanders were implicitly calling her out for not knowing such a basic piece of mystical knowledge.
  • Badass Creed:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blood Knight: Apparently 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!
    • She executes him by inverting this trope: there was a "breadbox" in HIM. Flower power FTW.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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 demon challenges her to a drinking contest.
  • 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.
  • 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 color of their mask, which determines how powerful they are. From weakest to strongest, the categories are: white, blue, red, green, gold, and black.
  • 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. Ciocie 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. Ciocie did try to help Allison cheat. Ciocie was a bit surprised when she realized Allison won without cheating.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: The teachings of YISUN praise violence, deception, ignorance and want, in contrast with nearly every other values system in existence.
  • 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).
  • Distressed Damsel: Although Allison does initially play this role, it's actually her boyfriend that gets kidnapped.
  • 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.
  • The Everyman: Allison.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fish out of Water: Allison is heavily reliant on her companions to explain how the world works.
  • 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.
  • 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's 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."
  • Hollywood History: Cio seems to write it:
    And yes, before tha asks, I am a history writer. Better history! Blastier! Messier! Sexier!
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: It is implied that Cio once bore a mask of incredibly high rank, perhaps even a black mask (which would mark her as one of the most powerful among her kind), and 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).
  • I Know Your True Name: When binding a demon — 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 demon. 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 demon tries to find its own true name in the form of its ebon/black name. These are unique to each demon and can never be identical to another demon's name, though it is implied that these can "wear out" over time.
  • 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 armored 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.
  • 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).
  • Lipstick and Load Montage: In this episode Allison puts on her lipstick before heading into danger. She says it calms her down.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Multiverse: The story takes place in an alternate realm called The Throne, which connects thousands of other universes. 777,777 to be exact.
  • Musical Episode: Apparently, taking part in a devil drinking contest forces you to start singing all your dialogue.
  • 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.
    • Jagganoth. Jadis. Mammon. Mottom. Gog-Agog. Solomon. Incubus.
    • The last name of the fat noodle-eating woman is apparently, according to the author's comments for that page, Murder the Gods and Topple their Thrones.
    • Allison of all people gets one. According to the prophecy of The Successor, her name is 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, including as Allison, of all people, since her real name is Kill Six Billion Demons; or the monk Murder the Gods and Topple Their Thrones.
    • 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.
  • Overly Long Name: Allison renames a demon 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, Vapour, Liguid, 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 God 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.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Almost any fight scene is guaranteed to be filled with gallons and gallons of blood.
  • Precision F-Strike: When Allison finally has had enough of being confused and yelled at:
  • Protagonist Title: 'Kill Six Billion Demons' is not just a command, but a name. Though there's confusion over whether it applies to Allison or Zaid.
  • 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.
  • Rousing Speech: Cio gives one to Allison to kick her out of Distressed Damsel mode.
    "What... gonna cry about it? Does tha enjoy being the blubbering blonde princess? Seeing as tha has the power to split worlds, I figured tha more for the hero type. But perhaps I was wrong!"
  • Scenery Porn: With a capital P.
  • Shout-Out: When Allison returns to our world after her first visit to Throne, she has been gone for three days. Her friend 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."
  • Side-Effects Include...: Blue demon 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 demon to gestate inside their bodies. Fortunately, these effects are temporary: the horns disappear, and the demon is eventually regurgitated without lasting harm. That said, a drinker must then eat the demon to retain the effects.
  • Speaking Simlish: The ascended speech sounds like this to Allison before she's stuck with the Key of Kings.
  • 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 armor 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.
  • 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.
  • Translator Microbes: Blue Demon Liquor allows one to understand demonic speech, although it has fairly dramatic side-effects; see Side-Effects Include... above.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The early comic consists of Allison is constantly bewildered by her surroundings, while White Chain treats them as entirely normal.
    "Do not give money to the dead. It is against city ordinance."
  • Virgin Power: Averted. Allison is a virgin (see Coitus Interruptus, above), but this has barely been mentioned so far. There are more important things to worry about.
  • 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."
  • World of Badass: When even the Ink Makers' Guild consists of trained killers, you know you're dealing with this trope.
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