Webcomic: Kill Six Billion Demons
Praise YISUN and lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven!Kill Six Billion Demons
is a 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 numerous demons and gods.
Now has a character sheet.
Tropes used by this comic include:
- Achievements in Ignorance: Pree Aesma, who managed to defeat the three greatest disciples of YISUN, the Masters of Space, Aesthetics and Ethics, out of a sheer inability to comprehend their teachings (along with a massive heaping of violence due to her frustration from trying to learn from them). It is because of her scheming, vile, ignorant nature — and because this means that she is always trying to improve herself, unlike his more self-satisfied disciplines — that YISUN names her his greatest disciple, the Master of Want.
- 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 account, the Alt Text of the pages, and sometimes the comment sections of the pages due to the inclusion of reader-submitted content.
- Ambiguous Gender: 82 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.
- 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.
- Badass Creed:
- Black Magic: Although not explicitly described as such, 82 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.
- Body Horror: Allison teleports to Throne via Division magic, which visibly separates out all of her organ systems and reassembles them once she has reached her destination- skeleton first.
- Later, a more mild version: due to being fed blue demon liquor, she grows horns. 82 assures her they are merely temporary.
- 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!"
- 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.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Women are treated as slaves, violence is common, and the worst crimes seem to involve angering whoever is in charge.
- 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 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.
- The Everyman: Allison.
- Exposition Fairy: When not kicking ass and taking names, 82 is busy explaining the world's mythology and backstory to Allison.
- Fish out of Water: Allison is heavily reliant on her angelic companion to explain how the world works.
- God: YISUN. A being said to be the god of the Omniverse in all of dimensions. Not anymore though because YISUN committed holy suicide, tired of a circular existence in eternity.
- God Is Dead: YISUN grew weary of having an infinite existence. In 82's words, "It was a wretched life, without meaning or perception. Imagine infinite stories to tell, Allison, and nobody to tell them to."
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The angel'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.
- No Woman's Land: The entire society of Throne is heavily misogynistic, with most people just assuming that Allison is 82's concubine because they can't imagine some random woman being free and independent.
- The Noodle-eating Mendicant Knight seem to be doing okay though. And the Gun-Witch. And the female Demiurge. As well as the Dandruff-priestess during the guild discussions.
- It might be just the places 82 visit in Throne, which so far appear to be brothels or slave markets. Considering that 82's a peacekeeper, it would makes sense that they visit the more unsavory parts of Throne.
- 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.
- 82 is described as a Liquid Angel. 23 Liminal Blossom Punctures the Heart of the Wicked, Deliciously, or "Delicious" for short, is a Vapour Angel.
- 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 millenia old martial arts."
- 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:
- 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.
- 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 inside their bodies. Which they must then eat.
- Speaking Simlish: The ascended speech sounds like this to Allison before she's stuck with the Key of Kings.
- 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.
- Title Drop: Done by no other than The Conqueror King in this panel.
- Translator Microbes: Blue Demon Liquor allows one to understand demonic speech, although it has fairly dramatic side-effects.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Pretty much the entire comic- Allison is constantly bewildered by her surroundings while 82 goes about his business.
- 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.