Webcomic: Sandra on the Rocks

Sandra the Unhappy Bunny (Girl)

When Sandra's around, everything is wild...and glamorous!
— Marie (frothing Sandra fangirl)

Sandra On the Rocks is a webcomic written by Dave Lumsdon (aka Dave Zero1) and drawn by Remy "Eisu" Mokhtar. It originally started as filler strips in its parent comic, Ménage à 3 in December 2011, and became a separate production on April 2, 2013. The lead character comes from Ménage à 3, but Sandra has a different artist and a somewhat different atmosphere; it's less a Slice of Life and more of a satire of the clichés of the modelling and computer games businesses. Also, while Ménage à 3 and its earlier Spin-Off Sticky Dilly Buns are set in Montreal, Canada, this comic is set in Paris, France, at least to begin with.

The title character, Sandra Arden, was originally a member of Ménage à 3's second-line cast, a waitress and workmate of first-line character DiDi. In that comic, through a drunken accident, she found herself transported from Montreal to Brazil in the company of transsexual model Senna. Unable to get home, Sandra became Senna's personal assistant, soon discovering that Senna is a boss from hell. Her salvation comes in the form of international fashion photographer Domenico Pedrazzini, who whimsically decides that her freckles make her interesting, declares that she will be his next great discovery, and ships her off to Paris to live in his own penthouse while he and his team transform her into a model.

Unfortunately, once there, Sandra discovers not only that Domenico is an unpredictable flake, but that his team includes his PA, Tatiana Likhachyova, a semi-closeted dominatrix and Beta Bitch type who treats Domenico as her alpha and who has an unrequited crush on him. Tatiana quickly becomes insanely jealous of Domenico's interest in Sandra and determined to drive her off or destroy her. However, Sandra wants to stay, if only because she soon finds romance in Paris. So to begin with, the comic becomes a contest between Sandra's innocent luck, resilience, and occasionally displays of gumption, and Tatiana's determined if erratic attempts at evil. Matters are further complicated when other members of Domenico's team are required to train Sandra, some of her modelling gigs get complicated, and other characters enter the cast, many with their own Plot Threads.

The first page is here. Note that some other pages may be at least marginally NSFW; although Sandra so far lacks the explicit sex and nudity that characterises Ménage à 3, it does feature some buttock-cleft and Side Boob glimpses, along with a little BDSM and some ... interesting ... lingerie.


Sandra on the Rocks contains examples of:

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    Tropes A-H 

  • Bare Your Midriff: Demonstrated on 40% of the characters present (and correct for a night out clubbing) here.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Domenico and Zoé are divorced, but there is still...chemistry...between them, sometimes requiring buckets of cold water.
  • "Be Quiet!" Nudge: Necessarily demonstrated by Sandra, in the painful elbow-to-gut form, when Gary is being Gary.
  • Beta Couple: The relationship between Alex and Marie is a background sub-plot, while Sandra's romances (mostly with Pierre) are a foreground concern. However, the trope is inverted in one important respect; Sandra and Pierre have a fairly straightforward relationship, whereas Alex and Marie have problems, mainly due to geeky adolescent inexperience.
  • Book Ends: In the very first strip, Senna says "When I'm around, everything is glamorous". In the last strip of the first 150-strip volume, Marie says "When Sandra's around, everything is wild... and glamorous!". The Call Back is clearly deliberate, especially given that Ménage à 3 uses visual as well as verbal callbacks to bookend its volumes.
  • The Cameo: There are occasional appearances by characters who are normally based in Ménage à 3. In addition, Eisu may occasionally slip in characters from his other work. For example, this strip features a non-speaking appearance by Maureen from his own No Pink Ponies.
  • Celebrity Resemblance:
    • In a slightly odd in-universe example, Sandra is fortuitously discovered at a video game trade show when a live-action model is needed for a game heroine.
    • Marie, the teenage fan girl, bears a startling resemblance to cosplay model Marie-Claude Bourbonnais (minus her super powers), with the same spiky blonde hair and big eyes. However, Word of God says this is a total coincidence.
  • Childhood Friends: Alex and Marie. It's pretty clear that Marie wouldn't mind if it grew into something more, but Alex isn't as quick to break out of the "platonic friend" mindset.
  • Cleavage Window: Present on some of the showier fashion outfits seen in the comic — notably on Zoé's clubbing outfit here. This may be a little unwise of her, given that she usually opts for "stylish", and this dress reminds us that she's got quite a bit of cleavage to show.
  • Coitus Ensues: After letting her temper (and her mouth) get the better of her, Sandra tells Tatiana and her other trainers that she'll cross the street to Pierre's shop naked, to prove that she doesn't have body modesty problems. She's allowed to take a bedsheet, but that gets caught on a door, leaving her exposed. When Pierre offers her a spare uniform to cover up, she thanks him for not making fun of her, or trying to take advantage of the situation, then says she wouldn't have minded if he had made a move on her. A little one. One panel later, they're doing it on the floor.
  • Coitus Uninterruptus: No, Cammi doesn't care that she's just been caught having sex with her boss' ex-husband by her boss, she just wants ten more minutes to finish up.
  • Cosplay: The crossover with Ménage à 3 involves some cosplay-related complications, though most of the specific events are shown in the other comic. After Sandra models as in-universe videogame heroine "Carmen Chamelia," she finds herself a geek idol, and uses Gary from the other comic as a consultant on geek culture. He explains cosplay to her, just as Tatiana is forming a weird plan of her own that involves making Sandra dress up in a white dominatrix outfit for a fictional shoot that Gary interprets as perfect Emma Frost cosplay. When Senna uploads the pictures from the shoot to Sandra's website, Alex and Marie also interpret them that way, rather than as bondage gear.
  • Cross Over: As well as spinning off from Ménage à 3, this comic has crossed over with that one. The story in question was foreshadowed by a couple of strips in the parent comic, but really began with a double image of the same moment here and here. Subsequently, for a while, alternate strips from each would begin with a re-drawing of the last panel from the other — though either comic could be read on its own and still make sense. Then the plot threads diverged a little more, although they continued to run in parallel for a few more strips.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: This being a comic about the modelling business, any of the female characters may be willing and able to flash a good pair of legs from time to time, although as this isn't an action-oriented comic, they don't usually have to worry much about unintended flashes. However, Tatiana evokes the trope more significantly; she's supposed to be a quiet, reserved personnel assistant, but she always wears a (very mini) miniskirt — giving a large hint that there's a side to her personality that she's trying to keep hidden.
  • Darker and Edgier: Parodied here and in the surrounding storyline, in the treatment given to retooled in-universe videogame character "Carmen Chamelia". Sandra is not amused.
  • Death Glare: Demonstrated by Zoé on an unfortunate paparazzi, to useful effect. She should be at a situational disadvantage, but her build helps, and perhaps she actually turns even her state of dress to her advantage somehow.
  • Delicious Distraction: Sandra hits Pierre's bakery to distract herself after a rough week, and Nadine regards Pierre's croissants as a good way to celebrate distracting Eloise from a jealous rage.
  • Dramatic Unmask: More or less parodied when Sandra takes off the mascot head she's been obliged to wear at a video game trade show, and two significant onlookers realise that she resembles video game character "Carmen Chamelia". (And one of them has just said "And it's not like there is a suitable replacement nearby"...)
  • Easter Bunny: Sandra is wearing a rabbit costume — possibly an Easter Bunny outfit, though that tradition is more or less unknown in France — when she first enters Pierre's boulangerie.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect:
  • Enemy Mine: A three-sided conflict brews up over Gary during his crossover visit from Ménage à 3, from about strip #66 (late September 2013) onwards, involving Sandra, Senna, and Tatiana. Such fights tend to involve a lot of (unstable) temporary alliances.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Used in the introduction of Sandra's possibly-mysterious enemy.
  • Fanservice: All of the major characters are more or less good-looking, and the plot and context provide plenty of opportunities for some of them to get down to underwear.
  • Fanservice with a Smile: Appears in slightly variant form, when Sandra (an ex-waitress) acts as a "booth babe" at a series of trade conventions (some of which happen to be connected with the food industry) as part of her training.
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas: Gary's always-reliable social ineptitude produces a full-on faux pas.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: When Lavali breaks up with her girlfriend Claire, they sling a couple of French insults at each other that might have endangered the strip's PG-13 rating if they'd been translated.
  • Geek:
    • Alex and Marie, two teenage fans who Sandra acquires when she blunders into the videogames world, function as the comic's baseline geek presence. Their blog may play a significant part in the rapid growth of Sandra's online popularity.
    • Gary, in a guest appearance from/crossover with Ménage à 3, is also quintessentially geeky, and serves as Sandra's consultant on geekdom.
  • Generic Cuteness: Widespread in this comic — not entirely surprisingly, given that it centers on the modelling business. For example:
    • Sandra is treated as an ugly little peasant by Senna, Tatiana, and her model coaches, despite being a very cute young woman. That being said, these people are in a business where freckles alone are usually considered a deal-breaker.
    • Tatiana, a seemingly innocuous and unassuming PA who is largely ignored by her photographer boss, can wear a minuscule miniskirt with complete effectiveness.
    • Cammi, the agency's driver, looks like she ought to be one of its models. Her total self-confidence helps, but she has plenty to be confident about.
    • Meanwhile, Alex and Marie, a pair of geeks with no evident connection to the fashion business (until Marie is recruited by Zoé), are just adorkable. Even Lavali, an office assistant at a games company who lacks the glamor and confidence of most of the cast, only needs a well-chosen dress and a few minutes with a stylist to be able to go out clubbing with three models without looking out of place.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: At least somewhat implicit in Marie's view of Alex and especially in Sandra's view of Gary. However, neither relationship has yet fully developed, and both guys are adorkable to Hollywood Nerd levels.
  • The Glomp: Lavali executes a rather sedate glomp onto her brother Alex, marked as such with an Unsound Effect, when she needs comfort after a break-up.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Tatiana plans to drive Sandra away by an intensive regime of humiliation. However, the intense and sometimes humiliating training regime which Sandra undergoes (largely courtesy of Zoé, in fact) does apparently help turn her into a competent model.
  • The Grunting Orgasm: Pierre's first time with Sandra produces some fairly restrained but audible moans of "Oh Sandra". What neither of them know, unfortunately, is that they have witnesses at that moment — and Eloise isn't going to take this scene well.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: She isn't the hero, but Cammi has expressed interest in Sandra.
  • Hollywood Game Design: "Dark Matter Games" may be at least a borderline case:
    • Certainly, their chief designer seems to be rather flaky, and readers don't see a very large staff in their Paris office, considering that they appear to be a major games company. However, some staff members could simply be off-screen, and some elements of the depiction, notably the faintly sinister chief executive, can be considered deliberate parodies of the trope.
    • It is, though, pretty obvious that the creators haven't the slightest idea what happens during a MoCap session. Of course, there probably wouldn't be as much room for comedy if they did the research.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Various characters in the comic are presented as geeky or nerdy. Three such characters, though, are Gary, Alex, and Marie — all total Hollywood nerds — and other geeky types, while often plump, are rarely really hideous.

    Tropes I-P 

  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: A couple of borderline cases, stretching definitions of "sympathetic":
    • Tatiana's frothing rage at Sandra makes her pretty ridiculous. However, she still manages to make Sandra's life hard at times.
    • Tristan's attempts to recreate the "Carmen Chamelia" videogame franchise in line with his personal artistic vision rapidly collapse in the face of Sandra's impromptu popular revolution.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Multi-player games offer wonderful new opportunities for this trope to kick in, as Alex and Marie demonstrate here.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Few readers sympathised much with Senna when Gary was a bit careless of her feelings, or even when he accidentally dumped her. However, when he made a joke of the latter incident, some felt that he deserved the slapped face this earned him.
  • Karma: It's noticeable that characters in this comic sometimes get what's coming to them, for good or ill, rather more promptly or reliably than was the case in the parent comic. It may not be true karma, but it's a slightly more conventional, "karma"-prone sort of comedy storytelling.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • An early and spectacular example (actually in the strips inherited from Ménage à 3): After sending Sandra on a string of difficult and pointless errands, Senna gets hers when Domenico decides that he wants Sandra to model for him instead. "Karma" then drives the point home when he puts Senna in a female dog costume.
    • Later, when she returns for the Ménage à 3 crossover plotline, Senna is quick to assume (wrongly) that Sandra's modelling career has failed, and looks forward to seeing where Sandra is now living, so she can gloat. That sets her up for humiliation without anyone else having to help.
    • There's also Tatiana's smart idea of burning all Sandra's old clothes as part of her campaign to drive Sandra away. When Sandra does then decide to leave, she has literally nothing to wear to the airport, and Tatiana ends up stripping down to her underwear and lending Sandra her own clothes. To add to her humiliation, Sandra then decides to stay anyway.
    • And then, later, Tatiana is ordered to find Sandra an apartment for herself, and purposely selects a hovel -- ahem, an apartment that she describes as "rustic," just to make Sandra suffer. This promptly earns its own retribution when Domenico orders her to move in with Sandra.
    • Tristan's public disdain for girls playing videogames earns him the ire of Marie and Sandra (the former is ready to "mess him up" while the latter grabs the mike), and thus leads to the audience turning against him. This soon leads his boss to decide to dump Tristan's ideas for the game he's just developed.
  • The Last Horse Crosses The Finish Line: Referenced by Cammi when Sandra finally figures out she has a crush on her.
  • Legacy Character: Sandra models as in-setting video game character "Carmen Chamelia", who, it turns out, she adored and idolised fourteen years ago. Note: Carmen is described in the comic as a "legacy character", but it's not entirely clear whether she fits the strict TV Tropes definition of the term, or whether she's simply a Continuity Reboot of the old character.
  • Leg Cling: Sandra executes a brief, unprompted leg cling on Cammi here. Sandra is finding moving furniture with Tatiana hard work, and is insanely happy to see the muscular, competent Cammi.
  • Lighter and Softer: When compared to Ménage à 3. By and large, Karma runs far more effectively in this comic than in its parent series; you can more or less rest assured that characters who are Jerkasses in this comic will end up paying for their actions. Also, while this comic has its share of antagonists, most of them are very straightforward in what they do.
  • Lingerie Scene: As a trainee model, Sandra gets a few of these. She also manages to inflict one on Tatiana.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Things get a bit Soap Opera after a while. Sandra and Pierre come to form a fairly straightforward couple, but Eloise (who already dislikes Sandra) also fancies Pierre (while being a relationship with Nadine), and Senna flirts with him briefly. Senna was in a brief relationship with Gary at the time, and Sandra also considered Gary as a prospect. Cammi, who has a casual on-off relationship with Domenico, fancies Sandra enough to try to seduce her, while Tatiana fancies Domenico from a distance. Domenico mostly works through a long series of casual flings, though, apart from brief and hostile scenes of Destructo-Nookie with his ex-wife Zoé. Elsewhere, Alex has a teenage fan infatuation with Sandra, while Marie wants him — but he's Oblivious to Love there. And their schoolmate Christophe rather fancies Marie, though she keeps turning him down; Christophe also notices an unexpected bisexual impulse in himself toward Alex...
  • Luminescent Blush:
  • The Many Deaths of You: Parodied in the "Carmen Chamelia" game trailer shown at the videogames convention, which evidently shows Carmen dying in multiple gruesome ways, though readers don't see them. Seeing this causes Sandra to voice her concerns to game designer Tristan; he dismisses them (and insults female gamers in the process), leading Sandra to hijack the presentation.
    Sandra: Who here thinks Chamelia should be about changing powers instead of being a snuff film?
  • Method Acting: invoked Lightly satirized. Marie is actually a very sweet person, honestly.
  • Mistaken For Bi: Alex and Marie's post-workout exhaustion combined with their video game trash talk has one listener get the impression that not only are the two of them getting it on (not that Marie would mind), but that Alex regularly has sex with guys as well.
  • Most Gamers Are Male: Tristan, creator of the new "Carmen Chamelia" game seems to think so, to the annoyance of female gamer Marie, who is in the audience; others who see the video footage evidently agree.
  • Motion Capture: Depicted for comic effect, e.g. here.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Nudity and near-nudity are a recurrent source of humor in this comic, while simultaneously also being a source of (scenery censored) Fanservice. Zoé and Cammi have no detectable nudity taboos, and jokes with them come from their willingness to get naked in "inappropriate" situations if necessary while refusing to look worried about it, whereas Sandra still has some body modesty (unless she's drunk, in which case all bets are off), and the comedy with her comes from her attempts to prove that she's capable of handling the requirements of a modelling career.
  • Names Given to Computers: It's a rather non-standard example, but Tatiana calls her tablet computer "Yuliya". That actually looks like the most intimate relationship in her life, in fact.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Something of an assumption in this comic, although the nerds in question are really of the Hollywood Nerd variety:
    • Alex and Marie — technically perhaps more geeks than nerds — are both distinctly adorkable, and Marie (who picks up a fairly plausible offer of modelling work not very far into her time in the comic) is clearly attracted to the more clueless Alex.
    • The hopeless Gary shows up in a crossover with Ménage à 3 as Senna's toyboy, as she finds him physically attractive; after he then gives Senna some instruction in geek lore, she begins to find him at least potentially somewhat interesting.
  • Non Sequitur: Gary, out of his depth and almost literally torn between two women, erupts with "To Belgium!" And then he does actually take the two women off to Brussels, for reasons that turn out to be relevant to the original situation.
  • Noodle Incident: After getting completely falling-down-drunk, Sandra somehow managed to get a motorcycle and a bear stuck in a tree.
  • Not So Different: Domenico listens to Zoé ranting about Sandra's faults (not taking her job seriously, doing as she pleases, defying authority), then comments with a laugh, "It reminds me of a certain headstrong model I used to be married to." She suffers a Luminescent Blush at this. He further teases, "Just think of her as the daughter you never had." Zoé's response? A Face Palm and "I hate you."
  • Odd Couple: The second strip of volume 2 sets up this trope, as Sandra and Tatiana are obliged to share an apartment.
  • Oh, Crap:
    • Tristan gets a moment when he realizes he just insulted all the female members of the audience at a videogame show — and again when the president of the company calls during Sandra's "revolution".
    • Tatiana gets one when she sees that Sandra's website counter is suddenly over 1.5 million views, when previously it was at just one. (This is probably a result of Marie's actions following Sandra's "revolution" at the videogame show, but Tatiana wouldn't know about any of that at the time.)
  • Ojou Ringlets: Rather curiously, Sandra wears this style in the sequence beginning here. It's probably just meant to be coincidence — there's no reason to believe that her stylist is aiming for a Japanese look — but Gary is around, and has recently been teaching Sandra about manga, so this could have an in-universe explanation.
  • One Steve Limit: Somewhat averted by the presence of a Sandra and a Senna. However, this comic doesn't suffer as badly as its parent, as Sonya from over there hasn't made any guest appearances yet.
  • Priceless Ming Vase: The trope archetype is briefly invoked here.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: In this strip, they render Lavali incapable of breaking necessary bad news to Aaina.

    Tropes Q-Z 

  • Recurring Extra: The mother and her daughter who periodically show up to embarrass Sandra; see Running Gag, below.
  • Running Gag:
    • The same mother and young daughter repeatedly walk past Sandra after something particularly embarrassing happens to her, with the little girl pointing and commenting, and the mother trying to usher her past as quickly as possible.
    • People are forever pointing out how hilariously archaic Sandra's Website, as built by Tatiana, is — largely for a reason which Sandra herself picks up first.
      Eloise: Seventeen million hits on sandraarden.com!? Who is she!? AND WHO STILL USES A WEB COUNTER!?
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Sandra's so-far-platonic friendship with Gary invokes this trope in a slightly unusual way; Sandra respects and needs Gary for his savviness in the geek world, and energetically pushes him into pursuing a career in videogames (and into Domenico's drinks cabinet).
  • Scenery Censor: The comic walks a fine line between maintaining a "no nudity" rule to keep advertising revenues up, and plots involving fashion models changing, skinny-dipping, and quite overt sexual situations, As a result, it often employs finely-judged scenery censorship. For example:
  • Sex Comedy: While the characters seem less obsessed with sex than those in the parent comic, sexual themes are often part of Sandra's comedy. For example, Sandra herself fantasises about Pierre and Gary (simultaneously), Tatiana has a kinky unrequited desire for Domenico, Domenico and Zoé can't keep their hands off each other, Alex and Marie are going through a will-they won't-they teenage phase, and Lavali turns out to be living in the world's most Transparent Closet.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: A low-key lesbian version; when Alex finds his sister Lavali in the kitchen with another girl one morning, Lavali claims that they had been up all night "working on a project". However, it promptly turns out that the other girl is wearing one of Lavali's shirts — probably Alex's first big clue about Lavali's orientation.
  • Ship Tease:
    • There was a hint of teasing possible shippers (who did indeed then manifest on the comics' boards) when Sandra was interacting with Gary during the crossover with Ménage à 3 — despite Sandra's developing relationship with Pierre. Then Gary went back to Montreal. Still, this plot strand may resurface one day.
    • Something on the lines of this trope may also be involved in the interactions between Marie and Alex — though that's really more of a simple, minor Will They or Won't They?.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shower Scene: An occasional feature of the comic. A couple of instances to note...
  • Skinny Dipping: When Sandra gets drunk in a fancy Parisian nightclub with its own pool, skinny dipping ensues — soon involving virtually everyone present.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Domenico and Zoé. They yell at each other for no more than ten seconds before pouncing on one another, making out, and starting to strip each other's clothes off with complete disregard for the fact that there are people watching.
  • Slapstick: The comic is prone to occasional moments of comedy violence; often at slapstick levels that would be dangerous in reality — as, for example, when Tatiana yanks Sandra out of the top bunk.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Sandra gets to watch as her childhood favorite character, "Carmen Chamelia," slides all the way down to the cynicism end as a part of a Darker and Edgier makeover. She does not take this well.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: The comic is usually fairly light on snark. But then Zoé needs a favor from Fabien, and he shows how she's seen by her peers.
  • Soap Wheel: A plotting technique that shows up increasingly as the story develops into something of a Soap Opera. For example, in volume 2, Sandra has both fashion and videogame modelling careers to develop, is sharing an apartment with Tatiana, and is starting a relationship with Pierre; Eloise wants to crush Sandra, and Nadine may help or restrain her; Marie has a possible relationship with Alex and a possible modelling career; both of them have friends, rivals, and admirers at their school to deal with; and Lavali's sexuality emerges as a theme. The focus of the strip thus jumps periodically from character to character and location to location.
  • Speech-Bubble Censoring: Used along with the scenery version here and here.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Senna attempts to sabotage Sandra's career by uploading pictures of her in unfashionable bondage-style lingerie to her modeling website, in order to destroy her credibility. Senna doesn't realise, however, that said lingerie makes Sandra look like Emma Frost of the X-Men, which appeals spectacularly to Sandra's now-growing nerd fanbase.
  • Squee:
  • Stern Teacher: Zoé, an experienced model assigned to help train Sandra in the profession, on rather short notice, decides that she has to adopt the tough approach. (Tatiana, on the other hand, is being nasty for its own sake, albeit with this as an excuse.) At times, she steers close to Deadpan Snarker status when dealing with Sandra:
    Zoé: Do you have my cell number?
    Sandra: No...
    Zoé: Good.
    • When Domenico tries to steer Sandra away from Zoé's plans for her "training and development," though, Zoé does step in to defend her charge and tell him off. Then things go all Slap-Slap-Kiss, and Domenico ends up "sexed into submission" by Zoé.
  • Strip Poker: Parodied with Sandra's invention of Strip Nintendoland.
  • Stripperiffic: Various (more or less justified) instances:
    • The costumes which Tatiana wears in her fantasies, and presumably sometimes in her private life, are doubtless appropriate for their purpose — but that makes them pretty stripperific.
    • The swimsuits that Senna models in an early scene are definitely better adapted for flaunting it than for swimming, though that could be classed as Truth in Television for high-fashion swimwear.
    • Sandra's "Carmen Chamelia" costume requires double-sided tape to keep it on her boobs.
  • Super-Deformed: The comic occasionally shows its manga influences by featuring "chibi" versions of its cast in fantastical or very comedic panels — as here, for example.
  • Tempting Fate:
  • Toplessness from the Back: Seen from time to time as the strip preserves a teasing, just SFW approach. The male version also shows up occasionally, sometimes with a hint of buttock cleft.
  • Translation Convention: The linguistic situation in this comic is a little uncertain. It might seem that most of the characters would usually speak French; after all, it's set in Paris, and Sandra herself is a Canadian from Montreal who would be expected to speak that language. (The cast are an international bunch, though; for example, Domenico is Italian, Senna is Brazilian, and Tatiana seems to be Russian or Ukrainian.) But the rule seems to be that they usually speak English among themselves (a good number of jokes are English puns), with the use of other languages, including French, indicated by <translation brackets>.
  • Unknown Rival: The comic has its share of rivalries, many of which remain undeclared, ramping up the comedy.
    • Sandra is dating Pierre, but her brief platonic acquaintanceship with Gary did leave her wondering if he could be a romantic prospect, setting up a possible rivalry there, which the men aren't fully aware of.
    • At one point, Cammi has her eye on Sandra, leading to a brief period of hidden rivalry (Sandra and Pierre being completely unaware of her intentions) before Cammi comes on to Sandra and the latter (eventually) remembers Pierre and announces that she has a boyfriend. Cammi backs down gracefully at that point. It's possible that she hasn't given up altogether, though (and it wouldn't be out of character for her to offer to include Pierre in some arrangement either).
    • Professionally, Eloise has sworn vengeance on Sandra for "stealing" her place at the computer games show and then building a lot of success on that basis. She has also walked in on Sandra having sex with Pierre, who she has had a crush on since childhood. However, Sandra has quite likely forgotten that Eloise even exists, and is certainly unaware of her hostility. After all, the original incident was entirely accidental, and the two haven't had any interaction since then.
  • Unsound Effect:
  • Viral Marketing: Invoked in-universe. A videogame company president sees a live stream going viral because of Sandra's actions, and realises that the publicity could let them sell millions of what the crowd wants, if they exploit it correctly.
  • The VJ Day Kiss: Visually echoed in Sandra's goodbye to Gary (complete with a gender reversal, and the strip appeared on February 14th). The artist has said that the reference wasn't deliberate, but admits to being familiar with the original photograph.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Surprisingly, given Sandra's record with the booze, she maybe suffers less from this trope than does Gary.
  • When Life Gives You Lemons: invoked Zoé is ready to sack Sandra for hijacking the Carmen Chamelia presentation, but when Lavali shows up and asks when Sandra can model for the designers reworking Carmen's looks, Zoé realizes there may be a way to make something of the situation. This doesn't stop her from commenting on Sandra's "insanely dumb luck."
  • Where Everybody Knows Your Flame: Sandra decides to take Lavali out to pick up girls to help her get over her breakup, and asks Cammi for directions to the trendiest gay bar in the city. However, she forgot to specify that she was looking for a lesbian bar, and ended up getting this. Lavali, who never really wanted to go out in the first place, isn't too happy, but the heterosexual (until further notice) Sandra is delighted.
    Sandra: OMG! They serve sushi on naked men? That is literally two of my favorite things!
  • Wicked Cultured: When Senna reappears in the comic in the course of the crossover with Ménage à 3, she turns out to be a high-culture snob with no interest in anything as crass as geek culture. Quite how this fits with, for example, her very specific taste in soft drinks is a bit unclear.
  • Win Back the Crowd: An in-universe variation; after Tristan's public insult to girl gamers, Sandra seizes the mike and gets the audience re-enthused and on her side. The ensuing livestream video quickly goes from merely viral to "bubonic", and the videogame company president realizes this can sell millions of games.
  • Working with the Ex: It is revealed that Domenico and Zoé used to be married. However, it turns out that they are rather weird (mostly) Amicable Exes most of the time (despite Zoé's last line in that strip, and her Luminescent Blush). Things can get weird when they get into screaming arguments, though; these may transform into passionate make-out sessions, and then into competitive sex (last one standing wins).
  • Workout Fanservice: minor all-female version, with a joke.