"In a near-future society, 18 year old Reilly Fay's life is spared ...but on one condition, she must work for the psychopathic killer infamously known as Mr. Friday."
Can be read here.Rock Paper Scissors is a popular SmackJeeves webcomic written by smackjeeves user "hiruda," set in fictional Radio City, U.S.A. Its main protagonist is a girl named Reilly Fay who, through her own misadventures, ends up having to work for Professional Killer Jack (AKA: Mr. Friday) only to find out that he may not be all he seems. Meanwhile, the local police force has been trying to crack down on the activities of Mr. Friday and of the Cavellos crime syndicate led by a man known only as the Doctor. Paths cross when it turns out that Mr. Friday and the Cavellos are connected and Reilly must struggle to stay safe in a world that is suddenly much more dangerous than she had ever realized.The genre could be described as three parts criminal fiction, two parts psychological thriller, one part science fiction, and one part Slice of Life. It has a fast-paced plot, entertaining characters, and loads of visually pleasing official art. Also has a character list here.Has sadly been discontinued, but its partial "revamp"/spiritual successor GATEKEEPER can be read here.To avoid confusion, on this wiki page, the Doctor will not be referred to by his real name (Mr. Friday) but by his given alias. Likewise, the Professional Killerpersona of Mr. Porter will be refered to as Mr. Friday.
This comic provides examples of:
Action Girl: Argent D'Artois, who is a capable swordswoman
Anti-Hero: Andy Lee. The author has it written that his alignment is Chaotic Neutral and his main motivation for catching criminals seems to be that he wants to get paid money, so he can buy more soap operas to watch.
However, since he's been kicked off the Cavellos case and is still trying to stop them anyway, this seems suspect. In any case, he's still an Anti-Hero of some type as he has proven that he is prepared to execute criminals on the job.
The Atoner: Jack Porter, after he regains control. He wants to protect Reilly and save the Doctor from his madness.
Ax-Crazy: Mr. Friday, of course. Thanks to the Doctor, who is also this trope.
Boobs of Steel: Argent again. Contrasts with the significantly less busty and less badass Reilly Fay.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Mr. Friday was brainwashed by the Doctor. He used to be a kind psychiatrist named Jack Porter. The Doctor's real name was Mr. Friday, and he was originally Mr. Porter's patient.
Break the Cutie: By the time Chapter 8 hits, Reilly seems to have gone through this due to Mr. Friday's treatment and the things she's been forced to see.
And then there's Sonia who was broken even worse. See her entry for The Woobie. And compare how she looks on this page, before her husband and son disappeared, with her appearance and behavior on this one - after. She looks like she's about to reach her breaking point.
Broken Pedestal: Thomas is being set up for one, considering how much he admires Argent, and the fact that the reader now knows about hertruecolors.
And the pedestal has broken. Argent has tried to kill Thomas and he now knows whose side she is on. Poor guy.
Also Mr. Friday counts, especially if his character sheethere◊ his anything to go by. His resolve is his strongest trait.
Dual Wielding: Andy does this with guns. His aim is about average though.
Enfant Terrible: As of Chapter 9, Louis is revealed to have been one of these. He ran Mr. Porter over with a car simply to help his father, and has shown other early signs of sociopathy.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It may be too early to tell, but the Doctor seems to genuinely love his son. And, at least at a young age, Louis seemed to love him too. Then again, they both show blatant signs of being psychopaths, so this relationship is rather suspect.
Also subverted with the fact that, the Doctor showed few signs of actually caring about Sonia, left her, and then had her killed for cheating on him.
A Father to His Men: Police Chief Strausser, who actively worries about Thomas as well as his other fellow officers. He also seems to think of Argent as a daughter, since she used to work under him.
Faux Affably Evil: The Doctor is usually very polite, and has also shown to be very kind to his son Louis. However, his detailed and gleeful threats to torture Jack Porter show how rotten he really is.
Fighting from the Inside: Mr. Porter tries to do this despite being brainwashed. The first time he did this was when he told Reilly a story about a "magician" named Mr. Porter because he wanted her to know his real name, even if it had to come out as some strange brainwash-fabricated story. Later, he starts to fight off the Mr. Friday persona completely. He has since come to resemble his old self, now that he is free of his brainwashing.
If I Can't Have You: A particularly twisted example: The Doctor married Sonia, but he abandoned her and took their son, Louis, with him. Then, when Sonia cheated on him with Jack Porter, the Doctor had her killed anyway by a brainwashed Mr. Porter. Yikes!
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Andy may be a generally bitter, rude, guy but he has been shown to care about Thomas as he put a tracking device in his jacket to keep an eye on him.Then again, this may have just been because Andy wanted to keep track of the investigation after the police tried to cut his ties with it.
Mad Scientist: The Doctor. He's quite a genius at designing robots and used to design robots for Probotics but is absolutely insane.
Opposites Attract: Played with. Andy and Argent. They got married a while back. Aside from being somewhat similar-looking, their personalities are complete opposites. A love of videogames was the only thing they really had in common. However, it didn't last long and they eventually divorced because of their personal differences. It is unknown whether or not they still have feelings for each other.
Overlord Jr.: Louis is the Doctor's son and seems to work as a front man for the Cavellos at times. However, he's a bit of an odd version of this trope as he doesn't really seem diabolical, so much as apathetic towards what his father does. He seems more interested in dating hot women than any evil schemes, though he is cooperative and does what his father tells him to do along with a little extra "fun" on the side. He's a total psychopath, as it would turn out. It is unclear whether or not the Doctor plans on having Louis take over for him. In fact, it is unclear whether or not the Doctor can even die.
Tentacle Rope: Somewhat hilariously, Mr. Friday has used his many coat tails for this purpose once or twice - once to restrain Reilly and once to trip up Andy.
There Are No Therapists: Averted nicely, for the most part. Jack Porter was a good psychiatrist and the Doctor (formerly Mr. Friday) seemed to confide in him freely. However, once Mr. Friday went all the way off the deep-end and became the Doctor, there was really nothing Mr. Porter could do to save him. He has since implied that he regrets not trying harder and wants to make the Doctor sane again.
Justified when it comes to Reilly, who is very independent and probably just doesn't want to worry her parents by seeking out psychiatry. She's been broken slightly but seems to be trying to deal with it and restore her life.
Trigger Happy: Andy, who does not seem to care much about aiming so long as he is firing bullets into the air. Somewhere near his target. Preferably.
Walking Spoiler: Jack Porter. Even his full name is a spoiler, if you squint. You'll not find a single instance of his name anywhere on this page outside of spoiler tags.
Wham Chapter: Chapter 7, in which it's further shown that Argent has apparently betrayed interpol and defected to the Cavellos. Reilly gets attacked by Cavellos for knowing too much. Mr. Friday saves Reilly and the Doctor comes in to try and kill her personally. It then turns out that Mr. Friday's other persona (Mr. Porter) may have been the only person who the Doctor ever feared. A Wham, indeed.
Yandere: The Doctor went in this direction for Sonia. He had her killed for cheating on him with Jack Porter. This, even though the Doctor had just abandoned her and taken their son with him without any given reason!