"Life of Riley... a phrase used to indicate a carefree life. I never once thought it applied more to someone than Dan."An old webcomic, now defunct, written by Aaron Sacharow and Dan Jaaren of ClanBOB fame. It depicts the adventures of Dan Jaaren, as he attempts to live his life in the midst of supernatural events and extraordinary circumstances. Fortunately, this is not difficult, because Dan is (a) a conduit, more powerful than any earthly being, channeling the power of the gods, and (b) a moron.The archive of the comic can be found here, without any modifications of old strips.This Webcomic provides examples of:
All There in the Manual: A lot of characters are never properly introduced into the story, especially when all the Bobs show up. Since they are all actual members of the clanBOB community, the comic sort of assumes you already know who they are.
Ambiguously Brown: More ambiguous than usual with Cowkitty. Due to the art style, it's not clear if she has dark skin, or simply light brown fur.
Badass: Gore. Among his list of accomplishments are sing beating and breaking the horns off of Jarris, suplexing Jezebel, and killing eleven of the fourteen vampires (all of whom were apparently older than him) who came to kill him (one got away, and two were finished off by Jasmine).
Batman Gambit: Naoko used one to get Naisa to kill her, as well as the entire organizations which was using her to find Source's Tear.
Bloody Hillarious/Gallows Humor: Early comics featuring Gore (appropriately) often involved things like missing body parts and dead bodies being left on the couch.
Brick Joke: In a filler gag strip, Aaron admonishes Jone for breaking house rule # 467: "No area effect spells in the house." A whole story arc later, this comes up again.
Butt Monkey: For a guy with incredible cosmic power, Dan sure gets jerked around a lot.
Cerebus Syndrome: Oh so much. What started as a gag-a-day strip evolved into an epic arc culminating in the potential death of God.
Chekhov's Gunman: Jone seemed to fill no role in the early comics except to be Gore's crazy ex-girlfriend. Later, she turned out to be vitally connected to a major plot point.
Chris Carter Effect: Partially due to the comic being orphaned, a lot of plot points were never resolved or explained. Indeed, the last twenty or so comics give a lot of answes that actually just result in a lot more questions. Chief among them:
Why is Gore so strong, and who is this mysterious individual he and Tess speak of? Is that the vampire that created him? And why does he look so different than all of the other vampires?
Actually, Gore himself claims it's Lillith; in answer to Tess's question, his speech bubble contains the Hebrew letters TYLYL, and Hebrew is read right to left, giving us Lylyt, the archaic form of Lillith.
What is the nature of Evil Dan's powers? It's said to be somehow different from Good Dan's, and near the end it's sort of implied that he's actually channeling source energy from Seth, but nothing is clearly established. For that matter, whatever happened to Evil Dan and Electric Pixie?
How did Dan come back to life? Lillith suggests that he may be the new Christ, but we don't get a definitive answer before the comic was abruptly dropped.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Chloe, Dan's girlfriend in the earlier strips, just sort of disappeared without explanation. Occasionally, it would come up on the forums, and Dan would tersley reply that she simply "moved out," with no further explanation.
Gender Bender: Whenever either Dan changes "Stages," it happens to those around them. Also, Len does this to Dan directly when he refuses to spar with Cowkitty, and Manda makes reference to doing the same to the President as a prank.
Genius Ditz: This trope is more or less the reason why Dan can go Stage 2.
Infinite Canvas: There's really no set size to the comics at all. Some are as short as one panel, while other can involve scrolling down a lot to read in their entirety.
Invisible to Normals: Gore has an interesting variation. While not invisible, per se, normal people can't see that he's chalk white with pointy ears.
This isn't quite that passive; based on the little old lady that the cops see when him and Tess fall out the window, it seems he is projecting a controlled image over himself, rather than simply looking like himself minus conspicuous features.
Self-Insert Fic: the majority of the cast were based on real life folks who Dan and Aaron knew. One of the entire story arcs involved them gathering all the BOBs (real people from the community) to stop The Legions of Hell.
Serious Business: The first story arc revolves around the fate of the world being decided...by a paintball war. Later, the two Dans settle their differences with a Dance Dance Revolution duel.
Danny: I mean, when I READ some of the shit they say we believe, I wonder how they keep straight faces reciting it night after night. And all those rules and traditions? Come on people, we're fucking vampires!
What the Hell, Hero?: Naisa's Roaring Rampage of Revenge. She slaughters hordes of people, including Naoko, who was merely a helpless tool in the organization's plan. Seriously, Naisa? You didn't think twice about killing a quadrapalegic hooked up to a bunch of machines!?
What Happened to the Mouse?: The last time we see them, Evil Dan was hospitalized from his fight with Good Dan, and Electric Pixie had had her gender flipped and never reverted. What happened to them afterwords is never mentioned.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Jone becomes this during the Jezebel invasion story arc. Although she herself has become a powerless mortal, her disipated energy is what allows her mother to manifest in the third dimension.
Xanatos Gambit: Jezebel uses this after the goddesses sealed away a portion of her power in Naisa's collar. By accepting Dan's challenge, she bides her time so that she can regain enough power to finish her assault on earth, regardless of the outcome of the paintbrawl. It doesn't work, however, since Dan effectively takes a third option by going Stage 3, scaring Jezebel into retreat.