MSF High is a webcomic and more. It is hosted here and created by Wraith, and Aakashi. It is a comic that takes place in a rather special High School. People who are in near-death situations, people who have lost everything in life, are taken from all across the galaxy, whisked away in an instant. Here, they are invited to train, and become heroes. Upon graduation, they can go anywhere they wish in the galaxy to fulfill a new life. One of the main rules of MSF High? Every day, all damage and changes to your body is fixed. Even if you die, you wake up good as new!Of course, since the school is practically run by Anime Cliches, it is likely that problems will arise. Then again, in a school where Martial Arts and Magic are core classes, and the "Language" course also teaches you to cast spells from scrolls, things are likely to get weird. Oh, and don't forget that the Gym teacher considers flaming dodgeballs good motivational tools!The comic focuses on a small set of characters in the larger school, and develops both the school and the universe it resides in. The main character is Donovan, who arrived at the school as a dark elf, despite being a human beforehand. This is considered normal. His best friend is Rainer, who is a member of a race called "Watchers", three-eyed beings who observe the galaxy. He soon gathers a band of friends such as Nanako the Catgirl, and Urk the Orc-turned-Fairy.This leads to another prime characteristic of MSF High. Many people at MSF High can transform students into other forms, and even change people's gender. The two main offenders are Nurse Keiri and Ms. Fenris (The magic teacher.) With the amount of danger at this school, however, visits to the nurse are rather common. Rainer, for instance, tends to get quite his share of karma.The comic generally concentrates on humor based on the characters, and the rather strange situations they find themselves in. It does however have a good dose of action and romance, with drama in the character's backgrounds as well.MSF High takes place in a well-developed cosmology known as Mahou Galaxy, with twelve main races and a large amount of background details. The timeline found in the RPG Book goes back 24,000 years! A unique detail about this setting is the number of Altearths, planets that resemble Earth but may have a different history and such, allowing many varying backgrounds for characters. The ten main races are part of numerous factions, that have rather varying relationships and opinions of each other. Fortunately, most of their opinions are put aside in MSF High, since it is neutral ground and separate from the galaxy at large. In theory. In practice, a few students take their problems with them.The webcomic also has a prequel, High School Changed Me, from before many details were finalized. It was put on hiatus, and has a different cast of main characters. It is still hosted at the main site, however.The comic has spawned an RPG and a card game, both of which are sold on the main website. The RPG book includes a gamemaster's section with numerous secrets about the background. It also has a forum-based RPG, run by a series of trusted gamemasters, that provides further ability to explore the world. It also includes the timeline, and profiles of the races in the galaxy. The forum includes a spin-off section, Mahou Galaxy, devoted to adventures in this outside galaxy.All tropes to do with the forums go on this page.
Acme Products: Fenris runs one of these. Be very, very careful about the fine print.
All There Inthe Manual: Much of the information about MSF High's setting is in the Rulebook for the RPG, on the playing card flavor text, or in the Questions and Answers section of the forums. It actually helps add to the very detailed setting.
Amnesiac Dissonance: Students at MSF High can surpress painful memories as part of their 'second chance'. If these memories are discovered, this can occur.
Badass Teacher: Some teachers are more obviously befitting this trope, but to keep control of the kind of people who hang out at MSF High, being one of these is pretty much required.
Break the Cutie: Oh Sasha, from her we learn what happens when people don't donate for the comic...
Bee People: The Legion also fit in this, as they are a caste system. In a subversion, their caste is more of a meritocracy. People are granted abilities to do what they are good at, and people can have multiple castes. (Princesses and Queens, in fact, have the abilities of all castes.)
Emergency Transformation: This is the rationale behind most of the transformations that people attending the nurse's office undergo: They get turned into something that is easier for her to heal. She pretty much invariably also turns them into girls, though, and sometimes the justification for the transformation is really flimsy, like turning a giant troll into a pixie so she can put on a bandage that will fit.
Hive Mind: The Legion, a race of plant-girls, are one of these. Interestingly enough, individual Legion retain a sense of self.
The hive mind nature of the Legion, especially during the Legion War, is highlighted with the Saving Sasha arc, where the being that was once Sasha tries to reclaim her rightful body, only for the Donovan to destroy her.
Horny Devils: Subverted, Succubi are often stereotyped as this. In practice, it's possible for Succubi to be perfectly chaste, and they don't even have to have sex for energy. They do have pherenomes, which can be used to manipulate someone. They're really closer to The Vamp.
Hulk Speak: Orcs, the main Redeemed race, tend to get this. In a subversion, however, in many cases they are just as intelligent as any other race. (See especially their card in the Card Game.)
Improbable Weapon User: Donvovan is forced to be one of these by his sword. Yo-yo, Frying Pan, anything BUT "sword"!
Invoked Trope: Examples include Runners, girls who run through the school with eyes closed and bookbags unzipped, looking for a cute guy who they will crash into, and subsquently date.
Klingon Promotion: If you can beat up the hall monitor, you can become the new hall monitor.
Lethal Chef: There are at least two of these at MS Fhigh, Alouette and Lana. Interestingly, both may have the ability to cook normal, well-done food. (Alouette almost certainly). It's just they sometimes make meals that come alive...and lust for blood.
Loan Sharks: Fenris also provides this service. You sell people stuff as a salesgirl until the debt is repaid.
First Law of Gender Bending: Rather enforced by Nurse Keiri - she almost never lets a patient leave her office male, and usually tries to talk the patients out of using the one-time Reset Button; what's more, with nearly all the foreground patients so far, she's succeeded. (While played straight with Keiri, it was later reversed with Lana—see Stalker with a Crush, below—who accidentally hit herself with a "Genderiser Ray" and went from female-to-male.)
Rainer also averts this. He turns back to normal from every transformation.
Schedule Slip: Occurs quite often, due to other duties. Donovan's even hung lampshades on it.
The Atoner: After causing a giant war and nearly taking over the galaxy, the Legion surrendered, apologized, and became these. Exactly why has not yet been explored.
The Humphrey: Fenris. She runs quite a bit of businesses, and hates any class where she can't sell things. As for what she sells, well Donovan discovered some interesting characteristics about his sword.
The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: Subverted: While Donovan's sword is said to be an ancient artifact wielded by a destined hero bought at one of these, it was revealed to be made by the Magic Teacher, who runs her own company!
The Merch: While not directly merchandise driven, Trading cards check, table top RPG rule books check, commission's and reward points check.
The Virus: The Legion convert people into loyal drones, but in the comic's present, they retain most of their personalities, and the only targets are willing converts or aggressors. There was a time when they were more aggressive, but they'd like to forget about that.
Our Demons Are Different: For one thing, they're just another race, Demons and devils are two subspecies, they are part of Order versus Chaos...One of the main stars of HSCM is one...(Half demon, half devil), They're called Devilings officially...
Our Angels Are Different: Just another race, with a lot of information still up in the air. They reincarnate instead of dying.
Word of Dante: Since the Question and Answer threads are sometimes answered by people other than Wraith, they run the risk of being this. Also, a lot of people use elements that haven't fully been fleshed out, which can lead to embarassments in the forum roleplay. Such as thinking Legion have green blood. Or information about Succubi. Or Divine having kids.