Sabrina Online is a furry webcomic created by Eric W. Schwartz and which has consistently managed to put out its monthly batches of strips since its start in late 1996.The comic revolves around the Slice of Life tales of Sabrina, a quiet skunk who works as a web designer. Unable to find another job after she was replaced at work by a clip-art library, she finds work as webmaster for a porn studio, run by the flirtatious Zig Zag. However, the tone is gently restrained, with an uncomfortable heroine only now growing used to this bizarre job, while her friends (including her living Transformers toys!) around her have their own antics. Updates once a month.Not to be confused with thatSabrina or thatSabrina, or even the 1954 film called Sabrina.
Altar the Speed: Discussed but averted as seeing it on a sitcom doesn't mean it will work. Amy wanted to marry before having the baby out of wedlock, but instead the marriage happened after the birth, resulting in the baby crying during the ceremony.
Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: R.C.'s parents are open and accepting parents who are very concerned to find out whether his sex life with Sabrina is as fulfilling as it should be, mortifying the shy man beyond belief. His father pushes it even further by asking "what it's like with a skunk girl" because he'd always fantasized about it.
An arc launched in December 2010 implies she doesn't take kindly to the GIFT in action.
Big "NO!": When the Decepticon Transformers toys heard that Sabrina was getting a replacement◊ Revenge of the Fallen Optimus Prime... after what when on before Timothy stepped in, you can't blame them in the least bit!
Bleached Underpants: Eric Schwartz's own commissioned stuff, plus the porn-based origins of much of the supporting cast. (Although the whole "they're porn stars" premise is not hidden at all in the comic.)
Special mention goes to Sabrina, which the artist has done nothing erotic of, even on his adult art site. The closest thing he ever did of naughty Sabrina art was an oil painting◊ of her in a pose out of a well-known Victorian-era nude painting. In fact, he rather vehemently goes after risque Sabrina fan-art on the web, for all the good that does.
Nothing that he publicly distributes. Privately, however, it is known that he has indeed drawn porn of the character, and a small amount has leaked out onto the web.
With the others it's about business, or sex... or sexy business.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Special strips for holidays - most especially April Fools - will be completely and utterly medium-aware. The main storyline has some◊ moments◊ of this as well.
Amy: Must be tough waiting so long to get a car. [points out to the viewer] To them, too.
British Brevity: Sabrina Online is sort of a webcomic version of this, since Schwartz produce an average of three or four strips a month. Not much for a webcomic, but usually enough to keep his fans happy.
Broken Aesop: The comic had a series of strips in December 2010 which were a reference to the sequence in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back where the two heroes go on the road and beat up everyone who ever criticized them on the Internet. It works in the film because it's entirely in-character. In the comic, however, it's a series of Take Thats against the strip's critics. One notable strip involves Zig Zag, the viewpoint character for this sequence, beating up a guy who said mean things about her because he thinks he can say anything on the Internet without consequences. This isn't exactly true, but that's not the Broken Aesop. What's broken is the fact that Zig is the owner and star of her own porno company. You know, the industry that has historically relied on First Amendment rights to stay in business? And the "consequences" bit doesn't work either, because legally, Zig Zag committed real-world, premeditated, first-degree assault against a guy who knows her name, her face, and could easily press charges. The implication in the comic is that she'll suffer no repercussions at all.
Although the incident does get mentioned during her trial◊ for assaulting Sabrina's mugger.
Cursed with Awesome: Doesn't actually happen by trope in the comic, but the phrase itself (word for word) is on one guy's shirt◊ in a recent strip... before he gets curb-stomped by a VERY PISSED-OFF Zig Zag.
Dark Horse Victory: Grimlock winning the election for leadership of Sabrina's Transformers toys. Sabrina figured Optimus Prime would be the likely winner, but Arcee points out that Sabrina has a dozen versions◊ of Optimus, and split the vote.
A Date with Rosie Palms/Caught with Your Pants Down: In one of the early strips, Sabrina decides to indulge in some "hands-on" "cybering" with her (then still-unseen) internet boyfriend, Richard. She's just getting into... things... when her roommate, Amy, walks in on her. (This later earns Richard the nickname "Sticky Fingers".)
Also in that time-frame Carli the Chinchilla was eavesdropping on Sabrina and Richard during THAT session.
Eye Scream: Zig Zag gets a scare when she wakes up and finds she has a subconjunctival hemorrhage of the eye, but her doctor says that it's essentially just a bruise.
She then decides to make the temporary protective eyepatch work for her by filming some pirate-themed porn.
The Faceless: Both Carli's husband and Thomas' father are wolves who, possibly as a species trait, are much taller than anyone else, thus they are only "shot" from the neck down for long periods to avoid awkward scene angles.
Though Spike, Carli's husband, has had his face shown on his first (at the time un-named) appearance, and several times more since (he was sitting, so his head was level with Carli's).
Informed Ability: Before going into porn, Zig Zag was aiming to be a professional actress. Subverted when said abilities were shown during a visit to Sabrina's family, leading to a subtle Crowning Moment of Funny...
Endora: I don't see how someone can be taken seriously with a name like that.
Zig Zag: *in cheerful tone* Why? Am I supposed to be taken seriously?
Karma Houdini: Zig Zag is basically able to do whatever she wants whenever she wants to whoever she wants with little to no consequence, up to and including stalking, sexual harassment, and physical assault.
Zig Zag ends up in jail and tried for the revenge attack, and the previous episode with the internet trolls got brought up as evidence against her. It gets Double Subverted when the mugger sees a recovered Sabrina and can't believe how good she looks after he messed her up, in the middle of court; it seems to earn Zig enough sympathy points for a reduced sentence.
Living Toys: Sabrina's toys have their own little society, complete with a president (a Transformers Animated Blackarachnia figure). They refer to Sabrina as "The Mistress".
Long Runner: Believe it or not, a subversion; in the traditional sense, yes, the webcomic has been up for more than 16 years. But it isn't a Webcomic Long Runner, as it only has around 640 strips thus far.
Ripped from the Headlines: In 2008, the Transformers toys hold an election with Grimlock defending his presidency against Blackarachnia. The outcome of the election was tied to the result of the 2008 U.S. election, with Grimlock representing McCain and Blackarachnia representing Obama; Obama won, so Blackarachnia takes over.
Strip 49◊ has Sabrina meet Schwartz's Author Avatar and call him a "loser" behind his back.
Strips 602◊ and 603◊ show Sabrina explaining her ideas for a comic project of hers (including a schedule and an art style mirroring those of Sabrina Online itself), only to have Amy criticize her choices as ridiculous.
Webcomic Time: The comic has been going since 1996. At the most, 18 months have passed, storyline-wise.
Yet Schwartz keeps mentioning real-life products in the comic... So basically, no more than two years have passed in-universe between Windows 95 being the most recent version of Windows, and Sabrina's toys complaining about the new Revenge Of The Fallen-based Optimus Prime toy.
To reference the figure above, if one were to figure every strip wound up averaging one day of time in-universe, time for the main cast is somehow being distorted into running at one tenth the speed of normal time.
Subverted several times; Sabrina apparently goes went to college, and explains that she does this "in the free time between strips" when Amy questions this; another occasion, when Amy wakes up to find her pregnancy greatly developed, and asks "how long between strips, anyway?"
Wham Episode: The last 2/3 of the strips released at the end of September 2012 have Sabrina stabbed by the mugger she sprayed 11 years ago.
At least she makes a full recovery.
Where Did We Go Wrong?: Richard's parents. They are ultra-liberal flower-child hippies, and extremely open-minded - and he rebelled by becoming a perfectly straight-laced IT graduate, working tech-support for Microsoft.
Wish Fulfillment: In one arc, Zig Zag steals papers detailing information on a group of trolls (courtesy of a well-meaning Sabrina) and abuses them psychologically and, in one case, physically.
Write Who You Know: Sabrina starts drawing her own web comic, which is based on events that happened previously in the comic.
You Bastard: While the don't explicitly say it, this is probably what Sabrina and Tina think of the viewers◊ who want them to joke about Zig Zag's past.