Modest Medusa is a webcomic written by Jake Richmond and featured on Drunk Duck, although it got its own website on July 29, 2011.On the night before Christmas, Jake comes home and finds that the toilet has overflowed and flooded his bedroom. While moving his stuff to a different room, he finds a gorgon child hiding in the closet. Because she cannot return to the land she came from, Jake and his niece Marah have to take care of her.The comic starts here.
Bittersweet Ending: "Home". Marah dies after realizing she couldn't have gone home again anyway, but she manages to save her uncle and Medusa by winning her duel with the Prince, and we see the Drudge Angel taking her off to Heaven.
Blank White Eyes: The reaction of some characters when they first see the medusa.
Bond One-Liner: Marah seems to be attempting them with increasing frequency, all in a similar vein...
Marah: I've got a sword I'll stick so far up your butt, everyone will call you "Sword Butt"!
Marah: Why don't you save [the cash] so you can buy a new butt? 'Cause your old one won't work so well after I kick the crap out of it!
Dramatic Irony: When Medusa tells her mother "I love you, but I will never be like you," her mother cries. Not just because of the note, but because she knows that Medusa will one day be just like her, and that her efforts to avoid it happening will likely be just as futile as hers were.
Emergency Transformation: The boy who lives with Gorgon. After staying to long in Yeld, he begins to turn into a monster. Gorgon turns him into a horse instead.
By accepting Urano's title. Marah ends up turning into a vampire.
Foreshadowing: The green mermaid's curse, after Marah gores out her eye and her friend turns to stone after being bitten by Medusa's hair.
" You ruiner! I hope everything you love goes bad! I hope your mother eats you! And I hope your friend never gets to go home again!"
Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Both of the mermaids are cigarette smokers, and jerks. However, Marah's mother is pretty cool, despite also smoking them.
Heroic Sacrifice: Urano dies saving Marah and Medusa from the vampire knights. Marah perishes in a duel with the Prince, letting her uncle and Medusa go home.
Infant Immortality: Suddenly and disturbingly averted. At the beginning of Season 3, Medusa realizes she has hundreds of identical sisters...who are then devoured en masse by their mother. At the end of Season 3, Marah dies fighting the Prince of Yeld.
Innocent Fanservice Girl: Medusa. She gets upset when she realizes she's the only one naked, but doesn't really comprehend what it means, and the matter is dropped after the Pokémon arc.
Kick the Dog: The Prince was ready to go back on his word and throw Jake back into the dungeon and Medusa back to her mother even after Marah defeated him in their little duel. The sight of a Drudge Angel carrying her away causes him to reconsider.
Knight of Cerebus: Everything's all funny and witty and then suddenly, chainsaw-unicorn!
Male Gaze: The Medusa's hair snakes fall victim to this. This is foreshadowing as to their evil nature.
Medusa: Guess who. In an aversion to the standard portrayal, she's prepubescent, cute, but very socially awkward. And it's not her eyes that petrify things, it's her hair-snakes' venom. The medusa is actually the larval stage of a hydra. When they're young and cute, their human sides are in charge. But, as the snakes grow, the human part of them shrivels up and dies like an unneeded limb.
Murphy's Bed: Not knowing what the purpose of a toilet is, Medusa chose it as her bed. Cue both parties being shocked when Jake unknowingly pees on her.
My Beloved Smother: The medusa's mother wanted her to come home so bad, she sent a chainsaw unicorn to slaughter her new friends.
No Name Given: The medusa is only known as "the medusa" or, less often, "Medusa". This was only practical because she was the only medusa present... until she got back home and met her dozens of sisters, all of which were apparently named "Medusa", too. This is just in time for her mother to reveal her real name: Modest.
Our Monsters Are Weird: Medusa's species (Yeld's equivalent of an hydra) life cycle and biology are kind of weird. To begin with, they share their intellect with their snakes. The human body deliberately invokes cuteness as a defense mechanism. As they grow up, it is progressively discarded for a giant snake body. In the process, hydras keep memories and sapience, but lose emotions and feelings. If they need a male partner or not to reproduce is not clear.
Our Vampires Are Different: Urano is part of a band of vampire knights who rebelled against their general when the old king died, in an attempt to save the princess from imprisonment (an act that would give him the nickname "Oath Breaker"). He's unbothered by sunlight, but he doesn't sparkle. Marah becomes one herself after inheriting his power as the Oath Breaker.
Psychopomps: Drudge Angels, like Valkyries, carry away the slain heroes of Yeld into the afterlife. Urano is led away by one once the force of the kingdom kill him. Marah is taken away next once the Prince kills her in their duel.
Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Generally averted. Played straight with Medusa's mother snake hair. The eventual fate of all hydrae is to have their morals shrivel up and die with the rest of them, until only the snakes remain.
One arc is called The Kingdom Strikes Back. And just like the Star Wars movie, it ends with a complete victory for the villains and utter defeat for the heroes. Of course just like Star Wars, the heroes are down but not out.
"The Kingdom Strikes Back". In rapid succession, Medusa's mother corners the heroes with both her chainsaw unicorn and vampire knights, Marah's weapon is destroyed, Urano, their strongest ally, dies, and Medusa willingly goes back to her mother to avoid anyone else being killed. Literally the only positive aspect of this arc is that Urano apparently transferred his power of the Oath Breaker to Marah just before he died.
"Home". Marah fights the Prince in a duel to first blood. She manages to beat him moments before he all-but cuts her in half, killing her.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Marah, based on her experience with videogame and RPG depictions of vaguely medieval fantasy kingdoms, assumes that copper coins are the currency of Yeld. So she brings a bag of pennies, and is surprised when no one will accept them as payment.
You Can Talk?: The Medusa. It is later revealed that she didn't talk at first because she was too scared of Jake.
Jake: I spent hours trying to communicate with you! I fed you an entire box of chocodiles! And you could talk the whole time?
You Didn't Ask: After the medusa finds out the concept of clothes and nakedness. She actually slaps Jake for not telling her sooner. He counters he thought she knew.