NIMONA is an ongoing comic by Noelle Stevenson, about a shapeshifter girl, Nimona, who joins a supervillain knight, Lord Ballister Blackheart, as his sidekick. Cue Ballister's surprisingly orderly villainy; he seems to just have more of a rivalry with the "hero" of the series and his antagonist: Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, who's actually much more of a jerk than Ballister.
Anachronism Stew: The series' main character is a knight with a robotic arm. In several other instances, medieval and technological themes combine, so smoothly that readers have confessed to not even registering that anything was off for several chapters.
Annoying Arrows: Discussed and subverted. When an arrow hits Nimona in the leg, Ballister treats it as a serious injury. Nimona thinks he's over-reacting, and wants to get back to fighting right away.
Nimona: Will you chill out? No-one ever got killed with one little arrow! Ballister: Actually, they have. That is kind of the purpose of arrows.
Ballister:What if I cut off your arm right now? Then you'd see how fast the Institution would cast you aside. Just like they did me. Goldenloin:You wouldn't. Ballister:No, I wouldn't. And I'm the villain. What do you suppose that says about you?
Artificial Limbs: Ballister's right arm. Goldenloin shot it off after losing a joust. Though later on, it's revealed that The Institution forced Goldenloin to shoot Ballister.
Badass Cape: Considering they're both knights, Goldenloin and Ballister both have one.
Bank Robbery: Among Ballister and Nimona's schemes. It's probably one of the most evil things Ballister has really done.
Doomed Hometown: Nimona's town was destroyed by raiders from the west. It's part of her backstory on how she became a shapeshifter. Though, with the most recent updates, it looks like she was lying about that.
Emerald Power: Dr. Meredith Blitzmeyer's Anomalous Energy Enhancer, which harvests the same infinite omnipotent energy source used by the sorcerers of the mountains... and does nothing at the moment except glow green.
Hero with Bad Publicity: Ballister, again. At one point we see that the Academy from which he was expelled (and consequently turned "villain" because of this) is stocking big amounts of a highly poisonous plant, making him worried about possible poisoning of the kingdom's food.
Loony Fan: Nimona joined Ballister because she was a fan of his work. She's much more competent than the usual version of this trope.
Major Injury Underreaction: While in her dragon form, Nimona takes an arrow to the leg during the Bank Robbery scene, and doesn't notice (even after she shifts back to human) until Ballister points it out to her. Even then, her reaction is a simple "Oh."
Meaningful Name: Goldenloin, along with his golden armor, wears a golden codpiece.
Minimalist Cast: The cast page shows all the characters with both a name and a recurring part. That list is exactly five people long.
Morphic Resonance: Nimona is a redhead, and thus her alternate forms (unless human) have red or pink tones. Unlike many examples of this trope, she actually plays with it once by using a rat painted pink as a diversion.
Shapeshifter Mode Lock: After being exposed to Dr. Meredith Blitzmeyer's Anomalous Energy Enhancer at the Science Expo, Nimona gets locked in the form of a cat.
Shout-Out: See the above Funny Background Event entry.
Sore Loser: Goldenloin. He shot off Ballister's arm after losing to him in a joust, causing Ballister to be expelled from the Institution. Cue Ballister's Face Heel Turn. Subverted when Goldenloin reveals that he was forced by The Institution to shoot Ballister.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: Nimona's superpower. She can transform at will into any living creature, though they're often still red. Word of God says she can change her colors completely, but that takes more concentration.
We Used to Be Friends: Ballister and Goldenloin were the two best knights in the Institution, until Goldenloin shot Ballister's arm off after losing a joust to him. Until it's revealed that Goldenloin was forced to shoot Ballister.
Would Hurt a Child: Nimona's head gets chopped off by a guard. She gets better. Sort of. She turns into a giant fire-monster and incinerates all of them.