''[[http://www.monster-pulse.com Monster Pulse]]'' is a {{Webcomic}} by Magnolia Porter of ''BobWhite'' fame.

When walking home one day Bina Blum sees something out of the corner of her eye move behind a building. When she goes to investigate a strange creature jumps into her body and causes her heart to become its own sentient entity outside of her body. A mysterious organization seeks to control the process and use the phenomena for its own gain.

Bina interacts with various other children affected by this strange ability which causes one of their body parts to take on a mind and personality of its own, whilst still functioning somewhat as if the organ were in/attached to the body from which it came, which in Bina's case keeps her alive.

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!!''Monster Pulse'' contains examples of:

* ActionSurvivor: Bina, although as the story goes on she is developing a less passive role.
* AdultFear: When they find the voice monster, the kids quickly realize that somewhere, there's a baby crying, and no one can hear it.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The Arma Energy SHELL uses. It is an amazing power source, with the tendency to create new life from existing forms of life, life that is still maturing.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The author has admitted that before designing Rixis she had believed the pupil to literally be a black spot on the eye. If she had known it beforehand he might have turned out different.
** Before looking at more references for Skulls, Wilbur initially had "ear holes" on the sides of his head.
* ArtEvolution: Just compare [[http://www.monster-pulse.com/comic/page-1-chapter-1 the first page of chapter 1]] to [[http://www.monster-pulse.com/comic/page-1-chapter-22 the first page of chapter 22]].
* AndIMustScream: A more literal interpretation than most; the baby in "Crybaby" has their larynx turn into a monster, leaving them unable to speak or cry, and leaving their parents baffled about what to do.
* AnimateBodyParts: The premise in a nutshell.
* AttackAnimal: The monsters, as far as the director of SHELL is concerned.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Bina's monster is her heart. While it is extremely powerful, there's the teeny tiny problem that whenever it fights, she is putting her life on the line.
** In general, this applies to almost all monsters - if the monster is destroyed, the original person permanently loses said body part. For someone like Julie (hair monster), it'd be inconvenient at most. For someone like Abel (left eye monster), it would create a noticeable disability. For West and Bina (stomach and heart monster, respectively), it would be fatal.
* BaldWomen: Julie, due to her hair turning into a monster.
* BarrierWarrior: Red's strongest power - even Ayo's strength can't break them. Nancy is dangerous enough to have figured out how to weaponize it.
* {{Blackmail}}: How West gets [[spoiler: Lulenski to become TheMole - he took video of her killing Roger.]] Unusually she doesn't hold a grudge about it, even becoming protective of the kids.
* BlessedWithSuck: Guuzy has elements of this for West - he can't even attempt to eat food without getting ill anymore, so he can't eat. Nor can he really go into social situations where food is involved, because his reaction to food is conspicuous.
* BlobMonster: Red, Nancy's monster, is made of her blood.
* BloodyMurder: Nancy's monster is made from her blood, so all of its attacks qualify.
* BodyHorror: While the comic is meant to be all ages, (or at least around the PG rating) [[http://www.monster-pulse.com/comic/page-7-chapter-1/ Bina's heart graphically bursting out of her chest and turning into a monster]] may cause a few restless nights for younger readers.
** Likewise, [[spoiler:Roger's nascent face-monster]] was implied to be horrifying enough to convince an already-skittish Lulenski to [[spoiler:"[[MercyKill save]]" him from a FateWorseThanDeath. Messily. With a large rock.]]
** Rjinder's monster is his ''skin''. It's not all one piece, though -- his skin is cut into strips [[http://www.monster-pulse.com/comic/page-18-chapter-10/ that can move individually.]]
** In chapter 13, a [[http://www.monster-pulse.com/comic/page-3-chapter-13/ kid with a weird face]] starts stalking Julie. Most readers assumed it to be a kid with an eyelid monster. [[http://www.monster-pulse.com/comic/page-4-chapter-13/ They weren't thinking big enough.]]
** How about a kid that has her ''[[http://www.monster-pulse.com/comic/page-17-chapter-23 entire head]]'' mutate?
* BodyMotifs: Unavoidable, considering the subject matter. For example:
** The longer Bina has gone without her heart in her chest, the more willful she becomes, because she literally had a big heart. However, she also becomes more heartless, easily growing jealous of [[spoiler:Abel and Violet]] hooking up and becoming more pragmatic.
** Nate's immaturity about the possibility of becoming a father is reflected by his pituitary gland, which releases hormones that cause growth, reverting him to being a child.
* BoringButPractical: Julie's monster is her hair. It's not very powerful, but it's hair, so it can regenerate from pretty much anything.
* BrainMonster: Violet's monster. It's literally her brain pulled out of her body and given monster form, like other monsters in the comic. Unlike other monsters, [[spoiler:it's also where her personality now resides, remote-controlling her human body]].
* BrokenMasquerade: For Bina and friends, the result of the attacks on their monsters results in having to let in their whole families on everything going on, including how many other people have monsters.
* ChekhovsGunman: Chapter 1 shows a stomach as one of the organs manifested by the initial six ARMA escapees. Chapter 2 shows Lulenski and Roger reminiscing of a kid with curly hair with a monster erupting from his midsection. Chapter 3 finally introduces West and Guuzy, his stomach monster.
* ChekhovsSkill: West figures out that Greenie [[spoiler: can throw his voice]] and spends their time together practicing it. It comes in handy when [[spoiler: Bina and West are held up by the neighborhood patrol and need a quick distraction]].
* CognizantLimbs: Only one in this case - Ned (one of SHELL's guards) has a monster made out of his right arm. Due to its abnormal shape, he leaves it at home and pretends to be an amputee when going out in public, but it still can function normally when he needs it to (for example, it's his writing hand).
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]: Nancy and the kids become allies after her defeat, but that does not make them ''friends''. Bina even states outright that she only keeps in contact with Nancy because her powers are [[StealthExpert too useful to pass up]]. Played straight with [[spoiler: Violet and Anima]], who are more selective and considerate with their powers after befriending Bina and crew.
* {{Determinator}}: While Bina is frightened for the first couple chapters, she quickly becomes the [[TheHeart one thing that holds the group together]]. [[spoiler:Her will is so strong that it can interfere with Anima's mindscape.]] Violet sums it up in [[http://www.monster-pulse.com/comic/page-21-chapter-14/ chapter 14]]:
--> There is a strength in you. A will. That strength makes it difficult to be near you. You are a kind person, but it is easy to feel that strength and become wary of you. It is, at times, blinding. It makes it more difficult to know the right things to say. Many sense that strength, without understanding what it is.
* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: Lulenski appears to be heading this way, if accidentally. Unusually for this trope, however, she seems to have genuine loyalty for both sides she's on.
* DrivenToVillainy: Nancy ''didn't escape'' Shell. She's a wreck because of everything they did to her.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: West isn't crazy about Desmond.
* EmotionlessGirl: Violet[[spoiler:, thanks to her monster, Anima.]] She's actually [[spoiler:forced to suppress her emotions because they are now amplified to unhealthy levels]].
* EvilCounterpart: Chapter 22 deals with the main cast facing off against a team of kids put together by SHELL. In many ways, they mirror Bina and her friends. Ozzy and Drummer are clear parallels for Abel and Rixis - both have monsters based on sensory organs (the left one for each, at that) and gain improved sensory input via proper use of their monsters. Bina and Ayo's counterpart are Ray and Cav - both have imposing and powerful monsters, though Cav (based on the body part with the greatest hardness) is defense-oriented while Ayo (based on the strongest muscle) is offense-oriented. Enid and her unnamed monster are most capable when separate, while West and Guuzy do their best work together [[spoiler: and even use sticking together to beat her.]] Claire and Luna are slightly different in that they're not a counterpart for Julie and Kera, but for Violet and Anima - whereas Violet [[spoiler: outwardly]] became an EmotionlessGirl when part of her brain became a monster and the two try to keep things calm and peaceful, Claire is overly emotional after her spine becomes an apparent BloodKnight.
* EyeBeams: Rixis can fire one at will, though he can only fire so many in a short span. He is also limited by available light levels -- because his beams come from [[http://www.monster-pulse.com/comic/page-3-chapter-9/ condensing light]], he can't gather energy for more if it's too dark out.
* EyepatchOfPower: Abel, due to his left eye becoming Rixis.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: Guuzy has this as one of his defining monstrous traits. Guuzy's upper body seems to have most of his sensory organs near a vaguely defined head near the top of his body, but his eyes are on a different vaguely defined head near the legs.
* FieryRedhead: In a twist on this trope, Julie is shown to have been incredibly shy when she still had her long red hair, it wasn't until losing it and gaining Kera did she become the bold PluckyGirl we know today. Her older sister is a straight version, and a flashback implies that they get it from their mother.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: It's revealed early on that one of six powerful ARMA ghosts was destroyed after possessing someone. Nothing is known about the specifics of who this was or what their monster was, although it's suggested that [[spoiler: Abel killed it]].
** Violet is introduced as an EmotionlessGirl, but in Chapter 14, Abel finds a [[http://www.monster-pulse.com/comic/page-13-chapter-14/ picture of her.]] [[spoiler: She's smiling.]]
* FountainOfYouth: It turns out Nate has this: due to his monster being manifested out of his pituitary gland, he gets transformed from a thirty-year old man into a child smaller than the main characters. Once he gets reunited with his monster, he discovers the process is controllable. It's also variable - Nate later takes a form that's younger than his actual age but older than when he first met Bina and friends.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Bina-Phlegmatic, Julie-Sanguine, Abel-Melancholic, West-Choleric, Lulenski-Supine
* FriendlessBackground: West. He was found by an ARMA ghost when he was trying to make a friend in Julie (another found her at the same time), and she later spurs him into action by pointing out that [[IJustWantToHaveFriends he really wants to have friends]].
* FunnyAfro: West, though he's more straight-laced than the trope might imply.
* GenkiGirl: Julie, overlapping with {{plucky girl}} at times. She routinely breaks out of shady laboratories, isn't fazed by the idea of organs as monsters walking around (she actually seems thrilled by it) and only panics for a second when threatened by a creepy arm monster before deciding to fight it.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Roger's death.]]
* HealingHands: A bit more disgusting than usual. Guuzy can produce a substance that rapidly accelerates healing - since he's made from West's stomach, that means he has healing ''vomit''.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: It may seem inconvenient for Bina's monster to be her heart, but Ayo is quite strong.
* HeartTrauma: Bina's heart is literally gone due to transforming into Ayo, which initially freaks her out quite a bit. She can still function normally though, and is even able to feel her pulse.
* HearingVoices: Rjinder reacts as though his skin speaks to him at certain points - it's certainly making ''some'' sound, though it's never been intelligible to the reader. Around others, he generally passes if off as it merely requesting food or the like. [[spoiler: In private, however, he reacts as though it's giving him suggestions to kill Lulenski - it's still not clear if it actually is or Rjinder's going mad.]]
* HeroesGoneFishing: [[http://www.monster-pulse.com/comic/chapter-22-bonus-page Violet's father has to adjust to things like Ayo, Anima, Greenie, and Lampwick relaxing by the television]].
* HollywoodAcid: Guuzy can produce some extremely powerful acid. [[spoiler:It's used to dispose of Roger's corpse off-panel.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Abel, who admits under emotional duress that [[spoiler:he once killed someone by killing their monster]]. He's not proud of having done so, although Bina points out the rationalization: [[spoiler: he was striking back against SHELL, so the monster likely belonged to someone out to capture and experiment on him]]. Later revealed to be this trope, but played out differently, in Chapter 17: [[spoiler:Abel's sister pushed him out of the way of an Arma ghost, which manifested a monster out of her lungs. Abel only saw a monster advancing on his sister, so he attacked and killed it to save her. That's when he learned it was a part of her, and that losing a monster is like losing that body part, permanently.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Abel's life as a vagrant clearly wears him down - while he feels it necessary to be a drifter and not get close, there are several scenes where he clearly just wants to live a life like normal kids - he even sneaks into school so that he can learn and get some of the experience.
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: Abel has the strongest reaction to seeing [[spoiler: Lulenski kill Roger]] for this reason.
* IWorkAlone: Abel, at first.
* InvisibleToNormals: Another of [[spoiler: Anima's]] abilities is to make it so that [[spoiler: Violet and anyone Violet designates]] won't be noticed. However, there are limitations - the larger the group being hidden, the more energy it takes to hide. There also are limitations - if someone already knows where the hidden people are, the power won't work on them.
* JumpedAtTheCall: West and Julie both are very proactive about investigating anything related to SHELL - West wants to help people, while Julie seems like she likes the action. Comparatively, Bina and Abel prefer to not be nearly as involved.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Lulenski becomes more and more desperate as time goes on, with her attempts at trying to fix her mistakes in her early Arma research making her becoming more and more desperate. She goes from [[spoiler: killing Roger because an Arma ghost possesses him]] to [[spoiler: telling Ned to kidnap four kids to make SHELL's own team of monsters... and telling Ned [[ShameIfSomethingHappened that his daughter could be used if he can't find any]].]]
* KidWithTheLeash: The kids and their respective monsters. West also acts as a surrogate one to Greenie, since her partner [[spoiler:is a baby.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: One of [[spoiler: Violet and Anima's]] powers is the ability to selectively edit memories. In addition to removing memories, they can also restore or modify them.
* LatexPerfection: Only demonstrated to entertain Julie, but one of Edward's monster's abilities is to perfectly imitate anyone else's head.
* LonerTurnedFriend: Abel, after the second time SHELL finds Ayo.
* LosingYourHead: Enid's partner is her own head.
* MarkedChange: Several of the people who get monsters get a distinct mark (suggested to glow slightly) on their bodies from where their monster left their body. Bina has one on her chest, West has one on his abdomen, and Abel has one where his left eye used to be. [[spoiler: Based on what happens when she's cut, it's strongly suggested that said glow replaces Nancy's entire circulatory system.]] Rjinder's marking is slightly different - he doesn't have a glow mark, but he's completely hairless (flashbacks show that this wasn't always the case) and there are striations on his skin from where the strips of his monster can pull from his body.
* MeaningfulName: It's not immediately made obvious, but Abel's name is evocative. [[spoiler: Ironically and accidentally, though, he became the Cain for his sister in a CainAndAbel moment - he destroyed a lung monster manifested from his sister's body, which is sadly how he learned that destroying a monster destroys that person's corresponding body part, thus killing her.]]
* TheMenInBlack : Word of God says they're called "SHELL." Between the kidnappings, experiments on monsters, scary opaque glasses, and some ominous overheard conversation, they're not exactly looking like good guys.
* {{Mon}}: A more serious take on the genre.
* MobileShrubbery: Bina and Julie use a recycling bin to bypass security.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: The kids blackmail Dr. Lulenski into becoming one, giving them updates as to what SHELL is doing.]]
* MoralityPet: Roger functions as this for Dr. Lulenski [[spoiler:until she is forced to kill him.]] Red could also be considered one for Nancy, as Nancy only reveals her true feelings while talking to Red.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Abel's reaction to [[spoiler: learning what happens when you destroy someone's monster, when he killed his sister's lung monster before finding out the truth about Arma monsters.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: See What The Hell, Hero.
* NightmareFace: After [[spoiler: Lulenski tells Rjinder that she killed Roger]], Rjinder's skin [[http://www.monster-pulse.com/comic/page-38-chapter-16/ looks as if it's about to undulate away from his body]].
* NothingIsScarier: Two examples in quick (and effective) succession:
** After [[spoiler: Roger saves Lulenski]] he starts turning, very slowly. We never see his face in full (it [[spoiler: seems to have LEGS]]), because...
** [[spoiler: Lulenski has a major FreakOut and picks up a rock.]] The next page is simply the kids staring in horror, with no noise, save [[spoiler: [[{{GoryDiscretionShot}} the sound effects]].]]
* NotSoDifferent: Unstated, but there are huge parallels between Roger's treatment of an Arma ghost regarding Lulenski and [[spoiler: Abel's sister and Abel]]. It also serves as {{Foreshadowing}} that [[spoiler: just as Abel later received another Arma ghost, Lulenski may yet receive one, too.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Nancy and Red might not seem the most astute pair, but they have perhaps the strongest understanding of their potential offensive abilities of any person/monster combo, making them deadly in a fight. [[spoiler: She later reveals that she and Red managed to hide most of their abilities from SHELL, so that they just put her up in an apartment rather than try to use those abilities themselves.]]
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: Violet]] in Chapter 17 when Bina [[http://www.monster-pulse.com/comic/page-20-chapter-17/ has had enough.]]
* OpenMindedParent: West is fortunate in that both of his parents know of his situation with Guuzy, although it is heavily implied and at times outright stated that they are frightened and ashamed of what's become of him, and want to hide Guuzy's existence from West's brother. Bina's mom is working towards this regarding her daughter and Ayo. [[spoiler: Julie's mom is like this as well regarding Julie and Kera, but [[SecretSecretKeeper is hiding that she knows from her children]].]]
* OrganAutonomy: Practically the entire premise--these organs aren't just autonomous, they're ''physically separate'' from the original body! And yet, somehow, the walking, talking organ continues to perform its function just fine--Bina still has blood moving around in her body, West still gets nutrition, etc.
* TheParanoiac: Nancy, who hits most of the traits - blames others constantly for various issues, seeks revenge on those who do hurt her, suspicious to the point of irrationality, rude to everyone, and sees the potential for SHELL everywhere. Given what SHELL has done to her and others, a level of paranoia is understandable, but Nancy takes it too far and is unable to discern what actually is SHELL in the heat of the moment.
* ParentalAbandonment: Abel's a runaway, because both of his parents [[spoiler:are dead]].
** DisappearedDad: Julie's father is divorced.
** MissingMom: Violet.
* ParentsAsPeople: Most of the parents in this comic try their best to be supportive when they have to come to terms with the fact that their children have body part monsters.
* ParrotPetPosition: West tries to do this with Guuzy. [[FunnyMoments With interesting results.]]
* RuleOfCool: Edward's monster is his face and all the skin on his head, which he wears like a mask; however, the tuft of blue hair on his head remains even if his face is taken off, making him resemble the poster for a punk band of some form.
* RunOrDie: [[spoiler: More like run or be reabsorbed into the body. As of Chapter 23, almost every person with a monster is forced to go into hiding after SHELL forms their own team of kids to hunt them down to power a machine that could THEORETICALLY reattach their monsters to their bodies.]]
* SecretKeeper: Bina is forced to confide in her mom after her mom sees Ayo. Both of West's parents know about Guuzy and try to help him the best that they can. Julie's older sister, however, not only knows about Kera, but she actively helps out where she can. Julie's younger brother knows as well.
* SecretSecretKeeper: One of the kids has one of these, too. [[spoiler: Julie's mom knows about Kera and sometimes talks to her when Julie sleeps.]]
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: [[spoiler: Lulenski]] makes this threat against Ned to procure experimental subjects on Arma energy - kids are needed, and Ned's teenage daughter would be perfect if he can't find enough.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Abel has apparently been living on the run from SHELL for a long time, and it shows. He has trouble showing emotion and becomes nearly hysterical at the prospect of being found by SHELL. This extends to the point that he is willing to threaten the lives of others to stay hidden from SHELL.
** Nancy is an even more extreme example: Her BerserkButton is being called "stupid" or looked down upon, with disastrous results. She is easily one of the most violent characters, with a penchant for striking people in neck with her crowbar. She also has paranoia, claiming that everyone is a member of SHELL and even targeting children.
* ShipTease: Bina and Able.
* ShoutOut:
** Rixis's name is an anagram if "iris" with an additional X, exactly the same thing [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Organization XIII]] does when naming its new members.
** At one point, West is seen playing a game with a dialogue system ripped straight from [[Franchise/MassEffect Mass Effect]].
** Julie plays VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor in Chapter 13.
** Nate, whose monster transforms him after he tries running from responsibility, names his pituitary gland monster [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Lampwick]].
* SinisterSurveillance: Abel can play this a little more literally than most - while he's mostly an ActionSurvivor AntiHero and not evil, he is capable of using Rixis to view things from Rixis' viewpoint instead of his own. And Rixis is his sinister (read: left) eye.
* SirSwearsALot: ''Nate''. (Although granted, it's always SymbolSwearing.)
* SkullForAHead: Edward; his monster is the skin covering his entire face.
* StockholmSyndrome: Strange as it might seem, Lulenski feels this towards the kids. After she showed blatant disregard for their lives, they are blackmailing her and increasingly putting her entire professional career at risk for their sake. However, as they're [[spoiler: the only ones who know about what she did to Roger,]] she makes several attempts to reach out to them and get to know them socially (though they unwittingly turn her down each time).
* SymbolSwearing: Nate does this frequently.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler: Roger saves Lulenski from a Ghost. It seems he would have gained [[{{BodyHorror}} a particularly nasty face-based monster]] if Lulenski hadn't "[[MercyKill stepped in]]."]]
* {{Telepathy}}: One of the powers of [[spoiler: Anima, Violet's monster (which, based on design, is made of at least some part of her central nervous system)]].
* ThatCameOutWrong:
-->'''West:''' It's been awhile since I've had a boy friend. URK! I meant-
-->'''Abel:''' It's okay. I know what you meant.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Rjinder's skin just loves tea.
* TraumaCongaLine: Lulenski in particular - first the business with Roger, then being continually blackmailed by the main cast regarding it to deliberately counter her own work.
* TrialBalloonQuestion: While out drinking with Ned, Lulenski awkwardly asks if he ever had to kill anyone during his days with a cop. What might seem like random, morbid curiosity is in fact [[spoiler:her way of testing whether he'd be a sympathetic confidant...or at least would have any advice for dealing with her own guilt over mercy-killing Roger.]]
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Bina gets progressively colder as the series goes along, as her resentment over her circumstances grows.
* UnusualEars: Well, more like ear as Osborne's partner is his left ear.
* UseYourHead: A rocket powered heart monster headbutt attack, no less.
* TheVoiceless: Greenie's kid is an odd example. Since Greenie is the voicebox, it "talks" in place of the kid.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** Nancy has a good idea - stopping SHELL from their experiments on people and the Arma ghosts is probably a good call. How she goes about it, however, puts many innocent people at risk. Plus, since she's paranoid, she's not good at determining friend from foe.
** As of Chapter 23, Lulenski. Sure, her goals are ultimately noble - she wants to reunite the monsters with their owners' bodies as well as [[spoiler: find a way to bring Roger back to life]]. However, her methods go beyond the pale - [[spoiler: blackmailing Ned into kidnapping four kids to become SHELL's own monster team]].
** When finally revealed as someone with an Arma monster, [[spoiler: Violet]]. Best of intentions, including relieving Abel of his massive trauma and making things easier for their father, but [[spoiler: completely rewriting their minds without their permission]] is going way too far. Bina causes a DefeatMeansFriendship by pointing this out.
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 4, Page 13-14 is one hell of a reminder that this isn't just a bunch of kids and GrotesqueCute monsters running around. It also might go to show that [[spoiler: AnyoneCanDie.]]
** A later one occurs in Chapter 17, Page 35-36. We see Abel flash back to when he killed an Arma monster for the first time. [[spoiler: It was a lung monster... belonging to his sister. He didn't know at the time what it was, or what the consequences of killing it would be.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Perhaps it's a stretch to call a WellIntentionedExtremist a "hero," but Bina gives this to Nancy when Nancy reveals [[spoiler: that she's the one responsible for the repeated security failures that results in the Arma ghost escapes, and consequently the number of monsters manifested.]]
* WideEyedIdealist: West, to the extent that Bina wants to shield him from some of the darker aspects of the world, including [[spoiler: that Abel has killed]].
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