Webcomic / Nimona

Shapeshifters and fancy knights.

NIMONA is a webcomic 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.

Only the first three chapters of the comic is currently available on the website due to the comic being licensed to become a graphic novel, which was published in May 2015.


  • 24-Hour Armor:
    • Ballister, big time.
    • Nimona too, assuming it's really armor and she doesn't just shapeshift it into being.
    • Goldenloin is a likely contender.
  • Action Girl: Nimona, even when not a girl. Also, Gloreth.
  • Alliterative Name: Ballister Blackheart
  • 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.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Ballister stands over a fallen Goldenloin during a fight:
    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.
  • Bar Brawl: A short one starting page 9 of chapter 7.
  • Beard of Evil: Ballister sports a goatee, while Goldenloin is clean-shaven. Although later in, Ballister don't trim it any more and it gets closer and closer to a full beard.
  • Berserk Button: Nimona reacts very badly to the suggestion that she could be examined to find how her power works, even For Science!. She's nobody's Guinea pig.
  • Big Bad: The Director.
  • Big "NO!": Ballister, when Nimona's head is cut off.