Starting at top center and going clockwise: Constantine Nero, Gus Cramer, Jack and Carla Goodwin (hugging), Jean Goodwin, Sarah Hazen, Peter Stubbe, Sally and Walter Stubbe. In the center, scowling, is Rebecca "Butch" Cramer.
A/D-Cups Angst: Cherry Li, a were-racoon dog, is between flat and A in human form and up to D's in her wereform. Her self-esteem about her breast sizes goes down quite a bit first when she sees the werefox with larger breasts than her in either size, then she watches Sarah go from small to her giant form. The double Marshmallow Hell didn't help things either.
Butch's father was already a lazy, redneck Jerkass. When we found out he was making Butch act like an Innocent Fanservice Girl and his own personal maid, it was disturbing but mostly ignored by the fanbase, cause Butch was kinda a jerk antagonist too — and we're shown that most of the werewolf women are nudists when shapeshifted. Then we discover Gus has been sexually abusing her, shoving him right over the cliff and dragging Butch back.
Peter's dad Walt also counts, to a lesser extent. He's not happy about having a runt for a son, and makes absolutely no effort to hide it. Of course, Peter's dad has otherissues that make him almost sympathetic.
All Girls Like Ponies: In Butch's "brilliant" plot to break up Peter and Sarah, she plans on bribing Jean with a pony. She even imagines a stick figure diagram of the plan, including Jean sitting on a pony with a smile on her face.
A later plan by her just outright shows Jean being turned into a pony as part of it.
Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Arthur Hazen, Sarah's father. Not only does he consider privacy in the government to keep some matters quiet a sin. It is the same at home. His lack of tact and intrusiveness into Sarah's life was one of the biggest banes in her life before becoming a werewolf. Because of him, she went to Senior Prom alone, and he doesn't see this as a bad thing at all.
An Arm and a Leg: The father of Juniper and Fortitude Stebbings had his own legs removed soon after receiving a werewolf injury there, to prevent him from becoming a werewolf.
Animesque: The art style, especially in the early arch’s.
Arbitrary Skepticism: In the omake about a werewolf serving King Arthur, Sarah asks why Peter didn't talk about any dragons. Peter replied that everyone knows dragons don't exist. This coming from a man who knows wererats, werevixens, weretigers, werelions, werebears, werekitsunes, and weretakunis, and possibly vampires exist.
At Arm's Length: As an instinctual thrall, Sarah does this to Butch as the smaller girl rushes at Sarah.
Attempted Rape: Rebecca with Peter; she backs out at the last possible moment.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Sarah admits her werewolf-self has the attention span of goldfish. She once lost track of what someone was saying because a butterfly came to her attention.
Author Appeal: Kris Overstreet famously has breast expansion, muscle growth (and matching decrease in intelligence), and oversized penis fetishes. All three are near-constant presences in the comic (and, well, pretty much anything else he has any involvement with).
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Peter and Human!Sarah. Werewolf!Sarah has no issue at all showing her affection for Peter. Well Peter on the other hand, despite his attitude really does love Sarah and places more importance on her life then his own. The mere fact that Sarah didn't kill Peter when she thought he cheated on him is pointed out as huge proof she loves him.
Badass Longcoat: Hunter Fortitude Stebbins wears a duster with fleur-de-lis on the collar. Unfortunately, since he's only 5'2", he doesn't really carry it off.
Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: One running theory is Romulus and Remus of Roman history were either werewolves themselves or raised by a werewolf.
The French Teacher hates anything claiming to be French that doesn't come from the pure Parisian way. Whether it is cultural ideals, vocabulary, or pronunciations. If a student even uses the Quebecious pronunciation, or worse the Arcadian pronunciation, gets flunked out without appeal.
Cherry Li hates being called a tanuki, and for people to assume because she is a were-racoon dog then she is Japanese.
The woman at the college registrar hates any who try altering their schedules which have been put under the "fixed" category.
Calling Rebecca's clothes "costumes" gets her frustrated.
Beware the Silly Ones: Ms. Debbie Wynn, the teaching assistant for the parapsychology course labs, reveals herself to be from a family of Hunters. She showed some ability by casually throwing a silver-coated throwing dart through a 3x5 index card with the holder at an odd angle to her and unaware she was even going to throw it. Oh, and it was dead center in the card. The class listened to her after that.
Big Eater: The werewolves and probably other large weres as well. Page 215 shows Peter and Jean ordering eight giant burgers, extra ketchup, all the vegetables, and three "Texas"-size drinks. Then Jean notes since this is for Sarah, should they pick up food for themselves as well.
The new Casanova Wannabe werelion is shocked and dismayed to find that Jean wasn't impressed with the size of his equipment (or she was lying) after she lifted him off the ground and sneaked a peek. And then stole his loincloth for good measure.
Peter specifically, benefit from this. It's to the point when said werelion saw Peter nude in human form, he shut up at the sight of a penis larger than his.
Bi the Way: Turns out Jean is attracted to Sarah almost as much as she is Peter as seen in a Fantasy Sequence on page 315 on the adult side.
Boobs of Steel: All the Zoothrope women (save the were-rat) gain enhanced secondary sex traits (larger breasts) while transformed, which corresponds with their enhanced physical powers quite nicely. Continuing to play the trope straight, Sarah is by far the most physically imposing Zoothrope woman and her petite form gains the most absurd Gag Boobs in the series when she transforms, too.
Bullying a Dragon: Jean's plan to help Peter and Sarah after the near-rape and Sarah's misunderstanding the situation causing her to hate Peter is basically bullying to the point where pure, unbridled emotion emerges and Jean betting on the right one. Peter notes if this goes wrong, he will likely die.
Butt Monkey: One of the guys in the van is named Baker and. in the adult pages 319-327, he gets slammed into by Wolf-Sarah, becoming stuck in her breasts as she ran at high speeds bouncing him up and down. Then when that's over a mildly tranquilized Wolf-Sarah sits on the guy's head, with his coworkers saying "Nice catching her." And then still woozy from the sitting and bouncing, he puts in the final tranquilizer and Wolf-Sarah falls on him once more. Just before that last bit, he mutters, "Oh come on-"
Call Back: When Peter and Jean first see Were-Sarah, there is a Shout-Out to Spielberg, with his name in the background. When the werelion sees Were-Sarah, he has the same reaction.
To block Fortitude's sword, Peter improvises and grabs Mrs. Forrest's cane.
Cannot Tell a Lie: Wolf!Sarah is pure unintelligent instinct. It acts on what it feels and that is it. No self denial. No doubt and very little angst.
Category Traitor: Juniper Stebbins is a traitor to her family of hunters because she wants to idolize the werewolves and even become one. Her own father refuses to speak her name, only calling her the traitor. Her brother is cold and dismissive to her.
Cerebus Syndrome: Played Straight, though some would argue it zig-zags a bit, due to the comedy and other things.
Mostly, Sarah as she learns little by little to control her were form to the point she was able to stop her were-side from striking a normal human when the person was getting frisky with her. She was particularly happy when she went a whole three days without needing wolfsbane.
Even Rebecca Cramer gains some of this after not going through with the rape, though she's constantly taking a few steps back and a few steps forward.
Chekhov's Hobby: Early on it is shown Sarah has a deep love of cosplaying and making her own costume, and Rebecca makes her own clothes too. Later, after Rebecca's attempted rape of Peter the two run into each other and get talking over sewing and Sarah complimenting on Rebecca's great skill.
City of Weirdos: Jean is caught out in public partially transformed. Passers-by just think she's a furry and ignore her.
Wolf-Sarah has signs of this. She will not let any girl join in on her fun time with Peter.
Code of Honour: Juniper Stebbins claims there is one for all lycanthropes when she saves Peter's life from her brother and now he owes her a life-debt. Peter is unsure if this is true or not because of how much his parent's haven't told him.
Comically Missing the Point: When Sarah's father was grilling Peter, Sarah watched without any real reaction. However, the wolf-in-her was yelling that Daddy should leave because is time for sex with Peter.
Wolf-Sarah: Time for naughty fun with Peter! Human-Sarah: Isn't that how we got into trouble in the first place? Wolf-Sarah: It was fun! Human-Sarah:Not. The. Point!
Conspiracy Theorist: Arthur Hazen, Sarah's father, believes there are multiple conspiracies about, namely involving some group that includes the Pack, not realizing they are werewolves, controlling much of the city. Considering the former Alpha is the Sheriff and has been for forty years, the current one runs the newspaper, and both use their positions to dillute information should something were-related come to light, he has a point. But even in other areas far from the werewolves if something even has the words "secret" and "government" related, he will preach about the wrongness and seek to prove how dangerous such secrets are. He regularly writes the paper with either new theories, inquiries, or complaints they haven't printed either of the former. See Too Much Information for one of the things he complained about and why it was kept secret.
Constantly Curious: The Men in the Vans, with one disguised as an ice cream truck, deal with a pair of children who wanted some ice cream and asked questions like "Is that a satellite dish on your van?" Thankfully, the men were Genre Savvy enough to have the ice cream they advertise and give the children their orders to send them away.
Contrived Clumsiness: Sally, Peter's mother, in response to her husband holding the Idiot Ball below accidentally spilled some scalding hot coffee on his groin.
Cool Old Lady: Mrs. Hewitt is a muggle and owner of a thrift clothes shop the weres frequent for cheap clothes. She is aware of the weres and even helps Butch with her love of making her own clothes, encourages her designing, abilities and even thinks they are good enough to submit to professionals.
Cosplay: Sarah is an avid cosplayer. When she learned her werewolf sizes, she was initially dismayed because nothing she had could fit that. Then she remembered Naga the White Serpent. She even takes a moment to admire Juniper Stebbins' clothes before the girl started coming onto Sarah. Later, at a fabric shop, she plans to make a costume for Jean, if she wants.
Professor Feetlebaum. Even among those into researching "the Park Beast" (Sarah's wereform), he is considered a nut because he thinks her to be a Werewolf compared to others calling her a wendigo or Sasquatch or some part of the missing link.
The Cuckoolander Was Right: While not all of his theories about zoothropes are right, he is correct that they are were-beasts and are around the world.
Juniper Stebbins thinks she can become a werewolf by first praying to Wolf!Sarah to bless her, then tried drinking any milk that was in her breasts, then licking her foot because drinking water from the footprint of a werewolf is meant to turn a person into one.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Rebecca knows full well in a straight fight against Sarah, she would be dead. The fact Sarah is as strong as she is makes even Gus scared about having to take her down if she couldn't be controlled.
Cycle of Revenge: Before Archibald Hunt got Hunters and Weres to agree to a code of conduct, the body count between the two sides were high. Hunters would work in groups to kill whole packs and, in turn, packs would slaughter the Hunters' families.
Dating Catwoman: In the past, Archibald Hunt, who was one of the toughest Hunters back in the 1800s, fell in love with the daughter of the most respected Alpha in California. He eventually became her thrall and they were wed.
As Peter is a full runt of the pack, Gus Cramer really doesn't like the idea of his daughter becoming his mate.
To say Sarah's father has a low opinion of Peter is being too kind. He sees Peter as an ignorant jock and has no idea what his daughter sees in him. And this was before they had sex, and Sarah and Peter were moved up to the mountains to live together, by the influences of the Pack, which makes him even more suspicious. But that's another trope.
Daydream Surprise: Adult pages 202-205 had Peter screwing Jean as part of her "big plan" to get him and Sarah back together. It ended when real Peter told her to stop what she was doing and get on with the explanation.
Sarah didn't foresee one night's fling would change her life forever.
Peter, because of his parents not telling him, didn't guess Sarah would be turned into a thrall . . . or that she would be so big.
When a thrall first transforms, the rush of emotions and senses can lead many to be violent and kill. Sarah chases her tail for ten minutes and then goes after Peter and his stick.
After seeing Butch smartly run away after kidnapping Peter Jean never anticipated her mother taking Rebecca into their house under their protection and walking in on Rebecca in the bathroom.
Sheriff Constantine Nero didn't see coming the manager of the the burger joint Sarah's wereform visited being so defensive of Sarah. He even deleted security footage of "Parkie," as he calls her, because he saw her as something that should be left alone.
Domestic Abuser: Gus Cramer is one - both emotionally andsexually to Rebecca.
Double Standard: Several. Early in the comic you see the local Werewolf convention — all the men are wearing pants or loincloths. The women, with the sole exception of one of the main characters, are naked.
Here's what happened: Early on they used to post a "dirty" and a "clean" page. The werewolf convention was originally only in the "clean" section and was latter added to the "dirty" one because people were annoyed at having to check both sections to see all the updates. This is why there are two pages showing at the same time and why they sometimes share scenes.
Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted. To Peter, Sarah, and Jean,Butch's above-mentioned rape attempt on Peter is treated seriously as a legitimately horrible experience, Peter's internal monologue specifically denounces the "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization, and when Sarah finally realizes that Peter wasn't cheating on her but was in fact about to be raped, the look on Sarah's face at how critically she misunderstood the situation is one of utter horror. Among the more traditional minds of the pack, the opinion is that Butch did only a minor wrong. Since Might Makes Right, a werewolf has the right to claim a weaker werewolf if the stronger wanted. The only crime, in their eyes, is trying to claim a werewolf who already has a mate. As this applies to either gender, however, this still averts the double standard.
Dramatic Irony: Professor Feetlebaum is considered a crazy man, but he professes to his students in Parapsychology Introductions werewolves and other monsters exist. If he only knew nearly every student there is a zoothrope!
Earworm: When on the phone with someone, Gus listens to Abba's "Dancing Queen" as the hold music and it gets in his head.
Easily Forgiven: Played with. After Rebecca tried raping Peter and the whole disaster that came after Jean certainly has heavy issue with her but Peter is only uneasy around her (as she did just save him from a Hunter) and Sarah has an awkward moment before both women realize they share a common love of sewing.
Exact Words: As werebears are not social creatures, when the Howl comes up, Hal is required to come. So he came, said hi to the teacher and Jack and left to sit alone in the woods planning on reading for the night.
Explicit Content: The story can be read in the SFW area without any of the sex scenes and still be a good story, but there are a few actual moments in the NSFW parts that does help along the plot, or is interesting to see, such as Peter's horrified inner monologue when Butch is preparing to rape him, that basicly shows exactly why the Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male is a whole load of bullshit.
Face Palm: Peter does this in 326 when Juniper Stebbins claims there is a Holy Code of Honour that says he owes her a life-debt for saving his life and doesn't know if it is true or not because his parents didn't tell him other key facts recently. He does it again in 327 when the cabbie was not fazed by Juniper wanting sex or Peter's form, and then asks him to introduce him to Parkie if Peter knows her.
Fantasy Sequence: On the adult version, pages 309-315 have Jean imagining herself in a bikini when Peter shows up, they start making love and then wolf-Sarah joins in.
When Sarah ends up in a burger joint in full wolf-form, the patrons are at first shocked by The Park Monster but when they realize she's just hungry and isn't that dangerous, they give her food and get photos taken with her. The Manager even yells at Sheriff Nero for trying to capture her when he comes by later.
Juniper Stebbins daughter of a werewolf hunter not only loves the idea of werewolves, she wants to become one.
Foreshadowing: In a rather quickly forgotten panel, Carla confronts Gus publicly about his sexual molestation and rape of Butch on page 26, causing him to back down. It completely paints the rest of the comic in a different light.
Sarah, when transformed. All a part of the proto-sentient, 11' tall werewolf bimbo package.
On page 120, when she was transforming, she exclaims "Stupid boobies!"
Gag Penis: Peter, who takes after his big bad dad in only that way.
To be specific, a recent comic has him being straddled by a werewolf girl who is around 6 - 7 feet tall. His erect penis reaches her chesthis chin.
But it actually makes a twisted kind of sense if you think that he was supposed to be as big as Sarah. If not for a random gene kicking in and turning him into runt anyways. Also, he is of a MUCH more normal size in his human form.
Genius Bruiser: Hal Halbjornsen, a werebear. He is over 6' in human form and well over 12 feet from his butt to head. But despite his size, he is quite reserved and enjoys reading Locke, Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein in his spare time.
Golden Snitch: In Professor Feetlebaum's Parapsychology course, there is a large number of criteria to get an A. Or a student can get him conclusive evidence the creatures he claims exist do in fact exist. See Dramatic Irony for the joke. When Sarah was in her werewolf form chowing down at the burger joint, Peter took a photo of her with Sarah's phone and handed it in under her name, so she could get an A in the course and not have to worry about it.
Go Look at the Distraction: This is how the Men in Vans deal with Constantly Curious children asking them about their strange ice cream vans. They give them ice cream and even call it "delicious, distracting, ice cream!"
Good Angel, Bad Angel: Butch has two little werewolves on her shoulder after her attempt to get Sarah outed near a werewolf hunter ended up outing Peter instead and he had to run off. Butch saved him from the situation she caused but left without a word. Her "good" side urged her to apologize. Her "bad" side told her to go back and screw Peter. Butch tells both to shut up and continues on.
Good Bad Girl: Jean, although wolves in the Peterverse are of the "open about sexuality" variety. For example, Jean's mother idly teases Jean's father in front of Jean saying that she idly wished she had taken Peter as a mate once she had found out her daughter had slept with him (and that his nickname of "two bats" isn't a pun) — and warns Jean that she should probably not let Sarah know that Jean and Peter had sex in the past.
Good Ol' Boy: What Gus comes across as. In reality, not so much.
Groin Attack: Seen as early as page 6. To quote Peter, while werewolves have an incredible Healing Factor, "Taking a shot to the wolf nards... still hurts..."
Healing Factor: Werewolves, and probably other weres, can heal from pretty much any injury in minutes once they transform into their were-form. They really are unconcerned with any injury that doesn't come from fire, silver, or the fangs and claws of another were. Sarah shocks Nero by receiving two normal bullets from his police weapon in the chest and in seconds heals. One more thing to worry about her.
Heroes Prefer Swords: Fortitude Stebbins sees himself as the Hero out to vanquish rampaging werewolves. Among other weapons, he does have a sword.
Heroic Build: All males (except Peter) gain huge amounts of muscle when they transform...and are also endowed down there (Peter was already this).
How Do I Shot Web?: Controlling transformations and animal instincts is a learned skill. Much of Sarah's arc is learning said control.
Hulk Out: Sarah's transformations. Hal the werebear too.
The Stebbins family is one of werewolf hunters. The daughter Juniper has gone against the trend to not only believe there is good in werwolves but wants to become one as well.
From the past, there is Archibald Hunt. He was the greatest hunter of his time. He eventually settled down as Sheriff in a town and fell for the school teacher who was the daughter of one of the top Alphas in the United States.
Further in the past was where Rebecca Cramer's mother, Nancy Vulthar, came from. She came from a pack in eastern Europe which converted to Christianity and helped track down witches with church officials.
Sarah, when in werewolf form. Doesn't help that she's so big, any clothing she was wearing at the time is destroyed.
Butch is a particularly effective aversion or Deconstruction: Her father insists (through violence) that Butch act like this in their home, since it's a "traditional werewolf" lifestyle. That was disturbing but almost ok — after all, most of the weres shown are effectively nudists, after all. It's later shown that he's doing it to make it easier for him to possess her completely. And we mean, completely.
Peter's friend Jean is similar, having little qualms about walking around wearing a fishnet top and nothing else. Having a built in modesty-covering fur coat helps with things.
All of the werewolf women have elements of this — we see a local pack gathering ("the Howl") at the start of the comic. All the men are shirtless but wearing loincloths and pants. All the girls except Butch (who has her own reasons for not doing so) are nude.
Interactive Narrator: Only once have the creators broken the fourth wall to address the fact Rebecca's loathing of all things costume and cosplay is not their view. They like detailed costumes, and in the case of women, wearing less costumes are really appreciated. Both Rebecca and Carla notice their pushing the "page" back to speak but then quickly not mention it again.
Technically, Sarah and Peter, and, in the past, Archibald Hunt and the school teacher, were this before the human became a thrall.
The werelion's interest in Sarah, a werewolf, is considered as such. While today, there is not that big an issue in open minded circles, some still disapprove of it.
Involuntary Shapeshifting - Though training, herbal therapy, and time can provide a measure of control over their personal lycanthropy, it's still virtually impossible to remain human during the full moon.
It's All About Me: Jean's complaint to Sarah after she actually believed Peter was into some kinky sex with Rebecca, instead of coming inches from being raped. Not only did Sarah not think about Peter's well-being here, she hadn't considered to think of Peter's life at all since she became a werewolf. Yes, Sarah's life the past few months was a pain in the tail but Peter, being a runt werewolf, has had it far worse for most of his life, from his abusive parents to Rebecca Cramer chasing after him like he was her personal toy. Thankfully, Sarah listens to this complaint and starts to develop into a better person. Upon learning what Peter is also keeping from her (see You Are Worth Hell) for her own safety, their relationship gets a lot better.
Jerkass: More than a few of the cast. In fact it seems like pretty much everyone but Peter and Jack is a Jerkass to some extent.
Jerkass Has a Point: When dealing with a ranting Rebecca, Sarah cannot help but agree her harsh critiques on Sarah's coat and cosplay plans are spot on and she would do well to listen to them.
Laser-Guided Karma: Rebecca pushed Sarah to her breaking point in the clothes store with her criticisms. Sarah snapped after one final straw, wolfed out, ran, and inadvertently trampled Rebecca. This is lampshaded by Carla.
Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Sarah, the Light, is a kind, sweet, girl who came from a good home. Rebecca is a cynical Broken Bird who is more than willing to use violence or threat of force to get what she wants.
Light is Good: When Carla Goodwin, Jean's mom, comes to Rebecca after Rebecca tried to rape Peter and nearly got him killed Carla told Butch she has a choice of staying with her father, after revealing Carla knows Gus has raped Butch, or coming with Carla into protective custody. As seen on page 186, cue a rainbow and tiny bird behind Carla. Butch lampshades this with "Yer shittin' me."
Lovable Jock: Peter. Even as a freshman in high school, he was shown to have a very nice personality, with protecting Sarah from some Alpha Bitches. He saw Sarah for herself and not the general nerd stereotype. He maintains this attitude, even when dealing with a big ego guy like Noah the werelion. He treats the guy trying to steal his girlfriend and considers him a teeny weenie with an emotional coolness and lets the facts stand by revealing he isn't.
Peter doesn't lose his clothes because, as a runt werewolf, he's about the same size in both forms. Other characters wear clothes specifically designed to fit or stretch for both forms. Sarah, on the other hand, destroys her clothes repeatedly and utterly, and other characters damage or destroy clothing in transformation.
Ditto Jean, who isn't exactly huge in were form — it's shown her fishnet shirts and cut up blue jeans are that way cause they offer some wiggle room when she expands.
Jean's mother wears clothes loose enough to allow her to transform without ripping. She only gains about a half a foot of space between the top of her pants and bottom of the shirt.
Ma'am Shock: In episode 321, after Fortitude's stab missed Peter and stabbed her new clothes calling Jean Ma'am just pissed her off even more.
Mama Wolf: Carla Goodwin is this, even to those who aren't her blood. And so are the rest of the females of the pack. After telling Rebecca Cramer she can move in under the terms of protective custody, Rebecca is worried her father would just drag her back. Carla, wolfing out, says Gus will take her back over the dead bodies of every female in the pack, including Carla's.
Cherry Li deals with a double Marshmallow Hell when she gets in between Sarah and a werefox on page 152.
Baker, from Aminal Control, gets caught in Sarah's breasts and taken for a run.
Masquerade: Zoanthropes in general. Fortunately, common wisdom holds that anyone who believes in werewolves is insane.
Broken Masquerade: Sarah finds out that there are such things as werewolves. And she had slept with one.
Killed To Up Hold The Masquerade: The danger of thralls is they are uncontrollable, untrained, but powerful weres. If the were who made one cannot teach the thrall to control itself, both will be killed.
Magic Versus Science: Dr. Abe believes in magic and Carla Goodwin believe in science. Neither has a complete explanation for why and how zoothropes do what they do. As Dr. Abe points out, when Peter changes, even with someone as small as him, there is evidence about this. Where did he get the additional mass? Where did the fur come from and where did it go? It appears to just "ungrow" when he shifts back. Because of this he calls it magic. Carla simply says that science can explain everything, it, however, cannot explain everything yet.
Mate or Die: Peter has to keep Sarah under control as he's responsible for her — and being outed as a werewolf is punishable by death. Werewolf Sarah is basically only controllable by Peter snogging her silly. (Wolfsbane also helps, but she's highly resistant.) Ergo — Peter has to calm Sarah down or die once Werewolf Sarah is caught. This decreased over time as Sarah's control increased over time.
Meaningful Name: Constantine Nero. Named after two emperors of Rome. The former was famous for being the first Emperor of Rome to convert to Christianity. He subverts the second by being a well-reasoned and understanding man, unlike Nero who was deranged and killed plenty of people.
Actually, Nero, a wereWolf, is a reference to the Nero Wolfe mysteries. As are the name Goodwin, Stebbins, and several others.
The Men in Black: Seen since chapter 1. Mysterious vans popping up and coming after usually Peter when he ends up in wereform.
Mercy Kill: It is the opinion of Hunter Fortitude Stebbins werewolves are lost souls infected by an ancient demonic force. To kill them is a mercy by ending their suffering.
Might Makes Right: An old werewolf ideal. The strong dominate the weak and can take whatever they want from the weaker pack members.
Rebecca uses it to plan on claiming Peter as her mate.
Her father Gus, who taught Rebecca this, uses it to make his own daughter his live-in slave, doing the cleaning and cooking and three times he made her his sexual partner.
The Mole: Gus Cramer has been working with the above mentioned Men in Black. He was the one to generally send the teams after Peter at the start of the series.
Moment Killer: On their first night together after Sarah's transformation, ending with what would likely be sex in their werewolf forms, goes to arctic chill the moment Sarah's parents show up. After they left, Sarah did transform but upon realizing all that she had to give up, including her living with her loving parents, she orders her wolfself to attack Peter. Wolf!Sarah obeys.
Muggles: Only a handful of people know about the existence of werewolves and other zoothropes. They will identify themselves with a seemingly normal, but out of place in most contexts, phrase and can wait for a countersign.
My Beloved Smother: Peter's father has so many issues due to his grandmother, who raised him, being a very overbearing, alpha personality who crushed his hopes and dreams of going to college and playing football out of some sort of misguided desire to protect the pack to control him like she couldn't control his father. Amusingly, he married a woman who is the exact same way, complete with Smug Snake grin and horrible justifications as she torments her own kid.
Narrator: Peter and Sarah narrate the openings to each part giving the readers a brief summary the story.
Nightmare Face: On page 112, the woman at the registrar's office gets one when Peter and Sarah complain about their schedules despite being fixed.
Nipple and Dimed: Often the only difference, if any, between an adult-version and clean-version page is the miraculous vanishing or concealment of nipples (among other things). If a page is just too pornographic to be saved by editing it will simply be removed. This, naturally, causes the reader to miss out on (usually small) parts of the plot.
A verbal version. When Rebecca Cramer starts yelling at Sarah's love of cosplay and its stupidity, along with insults against Sarah herself, Sarah remains calm, even when the wolf in her wants to run. This isn't the first time she has dealt with cosplay-haters and insults, and so is well prepared to remain calm.
The guys in Aminal Control use a lot of zip ties on Wolf-Sarah to try and bind her. When she comes to her senses, she breaks them easily.
Not What It Looks Like: Sarah bursts in on Butch's aborted attempt to rape Peter, and not knowing what happened to him, promptly breaks up with him.
Obstructive Code of Conduct: The treaty drawn up at the American Hunt Convention. It was set up by the best hunter-turned-werewolf Archibald Hunt between the weres and hunters to cut down on the bloodshed on both sides. He employed smart business tactics to make both sides agreenote He blackmailed the hunters since he knew where each hunter lived. In this convention, rules were set up to be obstructive on both sides.
Jean in the beginning when Peter says he slept with Sarah.
Peter has a minor one when he listens to the French teacher's rant and realizes he is wearing a Toronto Maple Leaf's shirt.
Gus Cramer has one when the Men in Black he reports to call him not by his name, but the designation number for him and his kind of werewolf.
Rebecca does this when her "brilliant plan" to make a hunter kill Sarah backfires and it is Peter who is targeted.
Carla Goodwin has a controlled freak-out when Sarah and Rebecca run into each other at a cloth store after Rebecca's attempt to rape Peter. It turns out, Sarah has no qualms and even compliments Rebecca on her sewing skills.
When Mrs. Forrest beats Wolf!Peter out of her store, he bumps into Fortitude. Both turn to apologize and realize who the other is. Cue an "Oh Crap" face from Peter.
In Adult 318 Jean has one when she realized she was fantasizing about Sarah, went in her pants and clothes she hadn't bought yet, then one of the sales people caught her before she could escape.
One of Us: Both BAR-1 and Overstreet are devoted tropers, and make frequent mentions of various tropes on their discussion boards.
Only Sane Man: The role of Pack Alpha is delegated to these rare individuals within werewolf society, as evidenced by Jack and his predecessor Sheriff Nero.
Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: On page 264, when one of the burger joint workers pressed her head up under werewolf-Sarah's breasts she makes the comment about looking like "Mickey Mouse ears". The text bubble now is blotted over with a small disclaimer.note They even use the classic Disney "D" in the word "due"
Our Werebeasts Are Different: Features all kinds of werebeasts, although the predominant one remains werewolves. Whatever their animal type, their bite is not always infectious: it is a trait inherited genetically by the enzymes in the werewolf. So, claws, bites, and bodily fluids are all potential ways for thralls to emerge. Peter was never told about the later.
Parental Neglect: Peter's parents, full stop. After Peter is nearly raped, dumped by his girlfriend and in very real danger of being killed for it, when he is forced to stay with them for a few days, so they put him in the literal doghouse they have out back.
Person as Verb: After Gus tried to take back his daughter and Carla scared him off Carla still had a build up of emotions and needed to Mitch Rapp on someone.
Power of Love: Jean realizes that Sarah does deeply love Peter as she didn't kill him after thinking he cheated on her, like an uncontrollable thrall should have.
The Quiet One: Werebears are generally quiet, reserved beings. They enjoy reading and solitude excluding family.
The Quisling: Gus, Rebecca's father, very well might be working with "Aminal Control", whoever they are.
Rage Breaking Point: After Sarah endured Rebecca's tirade about costumes and cosplay without wolfing out, it was the fact someone took the fabric she wanted while arguing with Rebecca to fix their drapes that caused the proverbial straw to break someone's back. Cue wolfing out, and running off.
Rape as Drama: Gus, Rebecca's father, has been raping her for years. This is on top of the things we already knew about their relationship.
Constantine Nero, the retired Alpha and current Sheriff, is a good natured man. He willing stepped aside from his position and allowed an election to decide the next Alpha, over the old way of giving it to the one who kills him.
Jack Goodwin, the current Alpha, is also very reasonable about the new thrall Sarah and good about giving Peter leeway when things aren't going in his favor to train Sarah.
Refuge in Audacity: One of Jean's plots to help Sarah and Peter is to sleep with Peter in front of Sarah. Since Sarah broke up with him, he became a free agent. And since Sarah and Peter won't be using their bed, it might as well get some use. This infuriates Sarah to the point her wolf-side finally says some words. Those words were "Mine" which signify her true mindset since the wolf is pure instinct and emotions. It cannot lie. So despite claiming to hate him, Sarah is shown she genuinely still loved Peter. If this had failed, Peter would have likely died.
Retired Badass: Constantine Nero, former Alpha, is the only one who feels comfortable about being around Gus alone because he knows even with his age, he can still take down Gus.
Ridiculously Average Girl: When they first met, Sarah was this to Peter. She was a nice, kind, young lady who didn't see him as another stupid jock, runt of the pack, or friend with benefit. He enjoyed the normal atmosphere about her.
Starting at comic 115, at a cafe, Jean is badmouthing one of Sarah's, Peter's, and her's teachers calling him an easy A and the only reason he is teaching still is because of the current bureaucratic mess colleges are. She never realizes the man behind her at another table is this man, as he breaks down crying.
As Sarah is eating at a restaurant on comic 266 where she devoured lots of burgers in her wereform, she is defended by the manager who deleted security footage of her to protect "Parkie" from Sheriff Nero and others.
Romancing the Widow: Discussed. By the rules of the Hunt, Fortitude Stebbins can only go after Peter. Since Noah doesn't think he has a chance, he fully implies to do this with Sarah. He openly asks her, with Peter right next to him, since she will soon be single, does she want to party on Halloween.
Schedule Slip: Although new pages are supposed to come out once a week, it's not surprising for them to miss a week. Or two. (Readers of the strip have accepted that both Kris and BAR-1 have a lot on their plate and, since the strip generates little to no revenue, bitching for updates is not going to solve anything.)
Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Normally, stealing another werewolf's mate is something which makes fangs bite and claws slash. However, the Alphas of the pack, meaning the the male Alpha and his immediate family, do have the right to take anyone they wish. Got to love tradition.
Secret Chaser: Sarah's dad is ludicrously nosy under normal circumstances, throw in his daughter unexpectedly moving into a cabin in the middle of nowhere with her boyfriend and he's even worse. Also the paranormal studies professor who thinks Sarah is Bigfoot.
Peter kept his secret from Sarah him being a werewolf. He also kept Sarah a secret from the Pack.
Peter kept secret from Sarah the fact not only would she die if couldn't control her werewolf, Peter would share the fate with her. When Sarah finds out, he points out she had enough on her head to have to worry about this fact.
Sexual Karma: Played with. Sarah slept with Peter as a final fling before college with the intent of dumping him afterwards... only to be infected with lycanthropy by it, have to give up on her dreams of going to a big school, and has to live with the boyfriend that she was ready to end it with.
Shapeshifter Baggage: Most Weres, but Sarah in particular packs on a ridiculous amount of mass when she transforms.
On page 241 of the adult section, the southern werevixen is called Apple Jack.
Butch on page 134 might potentially be a reference to Rosario + Vampire's Mizore Shirayuki, who has a tendency for stalking the object of her affection, wearing clothes similar to the outfit Butch has on, continuously has a lolipop in her mouth, and has also told people to find their own hiding places because "this one's taken".
When Jean has her Eureka Moment and realizes that Sarah still loves Peter even after their breakup, she starts doing a dance that's clearly the Caramell Dansen.
Page 168 where Sarah starts chasing after the cat references one of the Road Runner cartoons [Ordinary (?) Human: Homo Sapiens Sapiens, etc.] and House. When she catches it on page 174, the third panel references the "save or harvest" choice from BioShock.
On page 169 there is an the A-Team reference.
Page 188 compares Peter to another well-known character who's been relegated to the doghouse.
In strip 303, in the Parapsychology course's night class, the wererat Daniel is putting the werelion Noah through an experiment "on the negative reinforcement on psychic ability." Based on the complaint from Noah, he was going fairly poorly, just like the boy this came from.
In strip 321 Jean calls Fortitude "Dumbass MacLeod" for his swinging his sword around randomly.
When Fortitude is fighting against Peter's defensive Cane Fu,The Princess Bride gets a shout out as "Bonetti," "Capo Ferro," and Thibalt" show up during the swings.
Silver Bullet: Silver is one thing weres can be killed with. Given Sarah healing from two normal bullet wounds to the chest in seconds makes Sheriff Nero fear that even Silver may not be enough to take her down.
Small Name, Big Ego: Noah Dunbar, the werelion, thinks he is a "big deal". He is flabbergasted at how any girl, especially a might beast like Sarah's wereform, could resist his "charms". He thinks himself to be more "charming" than any guy at first glance, save Hal, and cannot fathom why Sarah liked Peter over him.
Social Darwinist: Butch and her father. Tragically, it leads to Butch trying to express feelings of affection through this — she's stronger than the boy she likes, so why can't she just take him? Taken to it's horrifying extreme in one arc of the comics — she kidnaps Peter, ties him up, and tries to rape him. However, she can't go through with it.
Stun Guns: Another tactic used by Aminal Control. They barely stun Wolf!Sarah and barely takes her out of the fight for long.
Super Empowering: When a werewolf turns a muggle into a Thrall, this is what has happened. The person gains superior strength, senses, healing abilities, but at the cost of the wolf-mind living forever within them and having no way to control it for a good time after the transformation.
Super Senses: Part of the werewolf package. Unfortunately, smelling the results of child molestation doesn't count as evidence.
Peter and Sarah in wereforms. Peter is near 6' tall. Sarah in wereform is a lot taller than him.
A brother-sister pair. The twenty year old Fortitude Lee Stebbins is about 4'10" (or so he claims) and his elder sister by two years is 6'4" and that isn't including her large pig-tails which knock her up to 6'8".
Sally's reaction to hearing her son climax and Sarah's exclamation at just how big Peter is.
Sarah, Peter, and Jean learn that the reason behind a closed door session of the city council was talking about medical coverage for a city parks groundskeeper who has gonorrhea in the throat. He also got it from the Mayor's wife.
Jean: Can I retract the question? Sarah: Ew! Ew! Ew! TMI! TMI! Peter: Blarg! Sheriff Nero: Welcome to city politics.
Tranquillizer Dart: Used by the guys of Aminal Control because they want to catch a werewolf alive. [[spoiler:Even the super trans only take out Wolf!Sarah for a few minutes before she comes to her senses.
Jean and her mother Carla both enjoy the occasional trick.
Dr. Abe the kitsune (werefox) is very much in the habit of playing tricks.
Troll: The Anatomy and French teachers' assignments as seen on page 209. Their homework assignments are truly hellish.
Tsundere/Yandere: Butch. Yep, she's both a MAJOR Type A Tsundere (thanks to her home life) and a Type B Yandere.
Unfazed Everyman: When Peter, in werewolf form, is being propositioned by Juniper to turn her into a werewolf in the back of a cab, the cabbie isn't bothered the least. What is spoiled isn't even the strangest thing he's seen in the back of his cab. He also asks if Peter knows Parkie.
Butch again. She was always abusive towards Peter because Love Makes You Evil(and due to a general crappy home life) but actually likes him, when Sarah came into the picture and dashed her longstanding dream of Peter taking her away from her psychotic father, she started slipping into outright Yandere mode.
Averted with Jean, who just doesn't care.
Unskilled, but Strong: Sarah in her werewolf form. Both Gus and Constantine note how powerful she is and dangerous she could be if she cannot control her wolf.
Victoria's Secret Compartment: The werewolf-enthusiast Juniper Stebbins who appeared after Sarah's big reveal at a restaurant with photos being taken of her puts a card of a local college professor between her breasts.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Jack is told an urban legend of a pack somewhere back east which had a thrall problem and tried to kill it. The thrall killed half the pack before they could finally take it down, and then had to stage a factory blowing up to explain the bodies. All to protect the secret.
A minor example: Jean's father to Peter's mother, after they smugly announce they've already redecorated his room as a nursery for his replacement and he's going to have to literally live in a dog house outside, despite there being a perfectly good garage, and presumably a perfectly good couch nearby. Given the look his mother had explaining this in the previous page, as well as his father accidentally letting it slip that their (vastly improved) sex life being a factor as well, it's nice to see someone call her out on it.
Another minor one when Jean calls Sarah out and tells her that while her life has been hell the past few months, Peter has had it bad for years since he was a kid. And when he has finally found someone who respects him (Sarah), he is kidnapped and almost raped. And after Sarah saves him, she thinks he was cheating on her and just leaves him in his own depression, back to two parents who have been putting him down for years.
When Sarah learns about the Hunt accords and the rules between zoothropes and hunters, she decries it as institutionalized murder. However as Ashley the werefox notes Sarah never grew up with the were-condition, never had to fear the world turning against them simply because of what they were born as. These accords really help saves many lives.
Early on, Peter is pissed at Dr. Abe for scaring wolf!Sarah with a giant needle, Sarah hates them, and causing her to run off. He takes responsibility for the matter.
When Elders Attack: Mrs. Forrest, thinking Peter is a punk in a costume, strikes him with her cane.
Where The Hell Is Springfield?: Although the creators have made a deliberate decision to not name or locate Peter's town, the artist draws certain landmarks which strongly suggest a Michigan locale...
Wolf Man: Once they gain control over their wolfsides, which for natural born wolves has been much of their lives, the human mind generally maintains a strong hold on the wolf mind so the wolf cannot do anything the human doesn't want. Much of Sarah's plot is working at becoming this.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Sarah's father thinks there is some conspiracy with the government that is hiding some big truth from the world. Well, he is right, but it isn't some dark scandal or break of Constitutional rights. It is just a few people using their power to keep the masquerade about werewolves from going public and making people run to get torches and pitchforks.
You Are Worth Hell: When Sarah finds out Peter kept secret from her not only the fact she would die if she couldn't control her werewolf-side, but Peter would die as well, she asks how he could keep the fact that if she messed up it was Peter's life on the line. Peter responds with a firm, "It doesn't matter what happens to me!"
Your Costume Needs Work: When Peter, in wolf form, was running from Fortitude Stebbins he ran into Mrs. Forrest's store. She saw him and started whacking him with her cane saying how his Parkie costume is pathetic and how she won't give him any freebies.