Level, stylized ''leveL'', is a webcomic by Nate Swineheart.

Cael is an apparently-normal boy living in the massive futuristic metropolis of Level. Plagued by strange dreams, he decides one day to take home a school computer to research the possible causes. His plans are stymied, however, by his violent cousin Reagan, who shows up to take him shopping and then to a game of Gravball, on the suggestion of Cael's mother.

From there, everything goes [[MindScrew quite insane]].
!! The old ''leveL'' contains examples of:
* ArtEvolution: To a remarkable degree.
* GovernmentConspiracy: With several levels.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Emory was just as creepy then as she is now. Possibly more. The underreaction made her seem nearly ''undead''.
* MindScrew
* OrphanedSeries: What you'll think it is a few months after each update.
* ScheduleSlip: Probably one of the most extreme examples. There's over a ''year'' between updates. The last one dates back to july 2010 (and the last news to August 2008)
leveL went on a big hiatus from July 2010, then {{reboot}}ed on [[http://www.levelthecomic.com/teal-gold/welcome/ August 1, 2013]] on [[http://www.levelthecomic.com/ a brand-new website]] (you can still read the old version under "Extras").
Level. A city unlike any other. A sprawling metropolitan utopia. Technologically advanced and socially just, it is the highest achievement of civilisation. We built upon our labour, our struggles, our ideals.. and we have reached the sky.

Truly this is the city of dreams.

[[{{Dystopia}} Or so they claim]].

Three years after the Holopaque Storm, a mysterious event that shook up the city of [=LeveL=], triggering a war between the Tiern and [=UnTiern=], the only eyewitness of the Storm, Cael Dalton, is being assigned a new therapist. At the same time, an equally mysterious optimist Rain has a package to deliver.

These facts may be connected.
!! The {{Reboot}} has:
* ActionGirl: Emory, though she's not very girly. [[{{Determinator}} Tal]].
* AffectionatePickpocket: Tal. [[spoiler: Rain's GenreSavvy, though, and doesn't fall for her cute act]].
* AllTherapistsAreMuggles: Reagan's a therapist and, [[BrutalHonesty surprisingly]], not ''completely'' horrible at it.
* AllThereInTheManual: [[http://www.levelthecomic.com/extras/ Here]] you can find information on the Tiers.
* TheAntiNihilist: Rain tells it beautifully:
--> '''Rain''': We're more than the awful things we endure. Just because the world around me is awful doesn't mean I have to be.
* AxCrazy: Emory gives off a decidedly psychopathic vibe.
* BadDreams: Empaths get them. So does Cael, who denies being an empath, despite displaying all the signs of a developing one.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Rain is friendly, goofy and moral. Doesn't mean he can't handle whatever the WretchedHive throws at him.
* BreakTheCutie: Even before the Holopaque Storm, Cael was already neurotic and prone to mild panic attacks.
* CatapultNightmare: Cael, which convinces him to [[spoiler: put the panacea bracers on]].
* CombatParkour: Rain's style of fighting, awfully flashy and heavy on {{Three Point Landing}}s, but gets the job done.
* CuteAndPsycho: [[spoiler: Miss Tal's]] true colours.
* DeadpanSnarker: Reagan is viciously snarky. Others get into action, too, but Reagan is the snarkmaster of the cast.
* {{Determinator}}: Tal. Does. '''Not'''. Give. Up.
* TheEmpath: '''Not''' a power to be envied. Will drive you mad, then catatonic, sooner or later.
* FantasticCasteSystem: Nine castes, or "Tiers" (consult the manual), plus the [=UnTiern=].
* FlashbackCut: [[TheEmpath Empaths]] induce these when [[TouchTelepathy touching you]]. May be used as a distraction, although sometimes AMindIsATerribleThingToRead.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Probably a sign of ''something'' [[DemonicPossession using]] a person. Or not. [[spoiler: Cael had them during his FreakOut in the prologue]].
* HardLight: Loads. Makes for shiny special effects.
* HollywoodAutism: InformedAttribute of Cael.
* HumanWeapon: Cael's fate if general Erato has his way. At least he softens the blow by framing it as an offer.
* IdeaBulb: Rain has them.
* LayeredMetropolis: Level, partially built of HardLight on higher levels, with a [[UrbanSegregation slum]] nearer ground.
* MedicalHorror: The beginning of Chapter 1.
* {{Nerd}}: Upon seeing the HardLight part of the city for the first time, Cael proceeds to {{Squee}} so hard it's [[{{Adorkable}} adorable]]. Other than that, he's very passionate about classical music.
* NoMedicationForMe: Reagan leaves her patient the choice of whether he wants to be medicated or not. [[spoiler: He chooses medication, but might soon regret it.]]
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: [[spoiler: Wryn's ghost? Or whatever the thing is?]] for Cael. Though he might be [[ImaginaryEnemy Not So Imaginary Enemy]] just as well.
* OddCouple: [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Neurotic, artsy Cael and his best friend, rougish Wryn]].
* OurSloganIsTerrible: "Teddy's Tar - We'll stick by you!"
* PaintingTheMedium: The site layout colours change with the proceedings of the story.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Quite possibly, Cael.
* PlayfulHacker: Wryn is learning.
* ThePollyanna: Rain. When we meet him in BadGuyBar, he avoids several mishaps and ends up with a beer bottle in his hands (which he promptly gives away):
-->'''Rain''': Free drink, how nice!
* PowerOfTrust: When they bond over music.
-->'''Cael''': If our spots were reversed [...] would you trust me?
-->'''Reagan''': [[spoiler: (releases his bounds)]] Play me the song.
* RecurringDreams: Cael has recurring [[DreamsOfFlying Nightmares of Flying]]. Whether they're psychic or DreamingTheTruth remains to be seen.
* RedOniBlueOni: The [[HotBlooded choleric]] Reagan and her [[TheStoic quietly optimistic]] assistant Jordan. They even wear tops [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience in their respective colours]].
* ReluctantPsycho: Cael isn't crazy. So he says.
* RoofHopping: The long ChaseScene starting [[http://www.levelthecomic.com/comics/01-02-37/ here]].
* TheScapegoat: The [=UnTiern=], for the Holopaque Storm. [[spoiler: This resulted in civil war, which is still raging at the time the story starts]].
* ShiningCity: The opening narration claims Level is this.
* TheTeetotaler: Rain "doesn't smoke and orders tea in a bar".
* ThouShaltNotKill: Rain avoids killing and calls [[AxCrazy Emory]] out on it.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Sprawl. Some sectors get [=UnTiern=] (cut of from the Tiers system), making them even [[WretchedHive more of that]].
* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: The whole plot (or, at least, Cael and Wryn's involvement in it) started by them doing something they weren't supposed to.