Ellen. She's a chaotic-good half-celestial half-dragon half-nymph half-elf ninja-artificer-psion-paladin-of-freedom.
Leftover Soup is a webcomic
currently being produced by Mason "Tailsteak
" Williams. It is a Slice of Life
webcomic based on the life of Jamie the Supreme Chef
, his roommate Ellen the Geek
and her best friend Maxine the Lovable Sex Maniac
. Other characters have appeared — for example, Lily, Ellen's boss, who Does Not Like Men
— but the primary focus is on those three.
You can read it here
This series provides examples of:
- The Alleged Computer: Jamie had a "Linux clusterfuck" of three laptops that were supposed to act as one machine but in practice didn't work without all three active at once and was much less powerful than even one of them by itself. He apparently bought the mess for $50 and the original creator had died with no documentation. Professional computer geek Ellen tried for a full day and night to make it work with one laptop but eventually just scrapped them and bought him a new laptop.
- Analogy Backfire: Discussed in 501, a bit in the comic and more in The Rant.
- Author Appeal: Jamie shares his creator's hobby of making homemade board games. His expertise in the kitchen is also inspired by Williams' interest in experimental cooking.
- The Bechdel Test: The author notes in The Rant that Ellen and Maxine playing "Spambot!" qualifies.
- "Be Quiet!" Nudge: Jamie doesn't pick up on these, as discovered by:
Jamie: Ellen, you uh... you're stepping on my foot, there.
Ellen: Oh, that's impossible, Jamie. I only step on the feet of stupid people who don't take hints.
- Black Comedy Rape:
Ellen: I'm technically not supposed to let people in I don't know, but you don't look too creepy.
Jamie: Um... thanks, I guess. I promise not to rape you or anything.
Ellen: Yes, that's very comforting.
- The joke is extended a couple times in the same storyline.
- Max strongly implies that she has this in mind for Jamie in this strip as a joke.
- Brand X: "Zzzquil" is mentioned by name.
- Brick Joke: Jamie's wall art for the bathroom at his and Ellen's place assumes a viewer of a particular height.
- Broken Treasure: Ellen discovers that she had used Nicole's handmade scarf to repair a broken sink. And immediately owns up to having done so.
Author's note: Seriously, every sitcom trope is a cautionary tale. If you find yourself doing something you would expect to see in a cheap three-camera comedy, please, stop.
- The Cameo: Tailsteak will occasionally include characters from other webcomics, albeit only as a noncanon background shot or one-time character.
- Copy And Paste Comic: Occasionally; the three strips starting here have some copy-paste action going on with Jamie, as evidenced by the fact that his position literally does not change in some panels when paging between the strips.
- Crazy Awesome: Max is a fan of this trope. When she invents her own RPG system, it involves a lot of this. In particular, the GM (her) can reward "Mayhem Points" (action points, essentially) to players for doing Crazy Awesome things.
- Turns out, she is this in real life...and it's deconstructed. She is on a LOT of pills.
- Crime of Self-Defense: The longest arc in the series thus far involved Jamie getting mugged and his attacker pressing charges when he defended himself.
- Turns out, there's a LOT more to the story...
- Does Not Like Men: Ellen refers to Lily as a real-life "feminazi" — which is not true, as Lily denies being a feminist.
You know, some would say this
isn't a very feminist thing to do.
Lily: I'm not a feminist. I'm a misandrist. There's a difference.
- Drinking Game: Ellen and Maxine make one in-universe from one of Jamie's homemade board games.
- Eats Babies
Best roleplaying moment: Ate a baby, managed to convince GM she was still neutral good.
- Especially Zoidberg: "Does that include actual babies?" "Especially babies."
- Ethical Slut: Max.
- Extreme Omnivore:
- Fanservice: Ellen and Max in the shower, together . And the drunk kiss the evening before.
- Freudian Trio: Ellen=Superego, Jamie=Ego, Max=Id. Lampshaded in Tailsteak's commentary here.
- Gender-Blender Name:
- Grievous Harm with a Body: The Best Roleplaying Moment for Ellen's character.
- Heinz Hybrid: Ellen's D&D character, a "half-celestial half-dragon half-nymph half-elf."
- Later referenced when Ellen refers to Funky Harvest as "half juice bar, half rec center, half head shop."
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...:
- Ignoring By Singing: Jamie takes Simon's suggestion a bit literally.
- I Like My X Like I Like My Y: The cast page describes everyone's taste in sexual partners via this. Notably:
- Lily: "Likes her men like she likes her coffee: Roasted, ground up, and soaked in boiling water."
- Maxine: "Likes her sexual partners like she likes her coffee: First thing in the morning, and then ideally several more times over the course of the day."
- Improbable Weapon User: Jamie Halligan's weapon is, appropriately enough, a Halligan bar.
: In terms of D&D stats,
the Halligan bar would be considered an improvised weapon
for anyone else (-4 penalty), but Jamie is considered proficient in its use. It does d6 damage, which can be bludgeoning, slashing or piercing. Jamie's particular copy is considered masterwork.
- Infernal Retaliation: During the session of Max's RPG, Nicole somehow gets set on "unfire" and decides, rather than use her turn to extinguish herself, to hug one of the monsters they're trying to dispatch, thus setting it on unfire as well. Max rewards her with a Mayhem Point for her Crazy Awesome thinking.
- Instant Web Hit: Ellen is Answering Machine Bitch.
- Intoxication Ensues: It doesn't last long, but Ellen managed to get a dangerous dose of nutmeg.note
- Ironic Echo: "What are you doing?" "I want my ten damn Mayhem Points, that's what I'm doing."
- It's Been Done: Jamie invents a card game called Piņa Colada Panic, but it turns out it already exists.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Jamie and Max's first meeting.
- Ludicrous Precision: Discussed — and, in fact, justified — in the commentary to #201.
- Major Injury Underreaction: "Okay, well NOW I need medical attention..."
- Meaningful Name: Williams has admitted to doing this twice by accident — the owner of a computer that Lily found shotacon on was named "Greenwood", and Max's doctor at the sexual health clinic is "Dr. Ho" (mentioned in the transcript only). He also mentioned that Max is aptly named because she never does anything by halves.
- Misplaced a Decimal Point: Max's older brother Mark died because he misplaced a decimal point during training and caused an accident.
- Mistaken for Racist: When Jamie meets Wallace.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Their session of Max's homebrew RPG features a "turanturilla" (tarantula+gorilla) and a "pirahnocerous" (piranha+rhinoceros, presumably) among the monsters encountered.
- Mood Whiplash:
Jamie: Beautiful night, isn't it?
- Morton's Fork: Used by Wallace to justify throwing Max a surprise orgy. Max, being Max, wholeheartedly approves of this logic.
- Nature Lover: Combined with Lovable Sex Maniac, this is Max's entire schtick.
- Never Tell Me the Odds: Defied in this page's author notes.
- Nobody Poops: Lampshaded in The Rant.
- No Dialogue Episode: For four pages, starting here.
- No Medication for Me: Harshly, harshly averted and involuntary. Max gets stuck in an elevator before she can take her next dose of the variable cocktail of pills that keeps her Extreme Bi-polar in check.
- Painting the Medium: Nobody knows how to spell "Florenovia" at first besides Lily, so the spellings in their speech balloons represent their respective best guesses until they see it written down.
- The same thing happens when the chef tells Cheryl to make mirepoix. "Right. Meerpwa."
- No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: ...no documentation, no original creator, no sense...
- Polyamory: Max is currently in an open ... fivesome?
- RPG Mechanics Verse: Not quite, but both the characters and the author frequently discuss matters in D&D terms.
- The author mentions here that each of the Power Trio has an 18 in one D&D stat. So far, Jamie's is Dexterity, and Max's is Constitution.
- Rule of Three: Jamie is put at gunpoint with the same gun thrice, each by a different person. True to the trope, by the third time, he's so sick of it that he just chews out the person doing so.
- Rules Lawyer: Ellen. (For those in the audience not familiar with AD&D 3.5, The Rant contains a helpful analogy.)
- Running Gag:
- The profusion of things abbreviated as "TP".
- The aforementioned coffee gags on the cast page also count.
- Shipper on Deck: Max freely admits she ships Ellen and Jamie.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Richard Knight's fate.
- Status Quo Is God: Double Subverted in the notes to 221 and 222.
Tailsteak: ALL PROBLEMS ARE NOW SOLVED FOREVER.
- Turns out, it was a bit more complicated...it's actually 'the' story arc!
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: In the backstory, when Ellen was "up at an inadvisable hour, under the influence of inadvisable substances" after a bad breakup, she "made an inadvisable phone call", which got uploaded to an internet sound board and (presumably) got made into several of these, though the only one actually appearing in-comic is a mashup with Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot". Which Max uses as her ringtone.
When the pimp's in the crib, ma, cram a scorpion up your urethra!
- Supreme Chef: Jamie can turn Rice Krispies back into rice, and make bread pudding without bread or eggs.
- Well, the rice turned out to be from a homemade hacky sack. Which is actually nearly as good.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Discussed early on in the context of the Black Comedy Rape joke.
- The Wonka: Max. She's crazy, and enjoys every minute of it. She is worse off her pills. Much worse. How much? She tried to drown herself, and upon her pills wearing off, promptly gave Jamie EVERYTHING she could use as a weapon.
- Too Many Halves: Ellen has a propensity towards this, as demonstrated both by her D&D 3.5 character and her description of the Filthy Hippie.
Jamie: Seriously, did a fraction kill your father or something?
- Total Party Kill: Orchestrated by Lily to force the gaming group to update to 4th edition D&D.
- Virtual Paper Doll: One of the old donation incentives posted in the art gallery is an Ellen dressup doll.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Apparently, Max's half-fey thri-kreen bard in their 3.5e D&D character has found this to be a great pickup line. Twelve times and counting.
- Will They or Won't They?: Ellen and Jamie. Ellen says, "Absolutely not, never, no way." Max has twenty bucks on "will". Odds may or may not be in Max's favor.