Spinnerette is a webcomic produced by Krakow Studios that updates two days a week. It's written by Krazy Krow note Real name:Sean Lindsay and, unusually, has three artists — Walter Gustavo Gomez, who's done the bulk of the work, Fernando Furukawa, who's done two chapters, and Rocio Zucchi, who has done two chapters as well.Mild-mannered lab assistant Heather Brown was forced to clean up the lab by her boss one night when, due to a Freak Lab Accident with a genetic infusion chamber, Heather gained the powers of a spider, including superstrength, shooting web out of her lower back (not her butt), and most prominently four extra arms. With these powers Heather decides to fight the forces of evil as the costumed superhero Spinnerette, while hiding her secret identity (and extra arms) from the citizens of Columbus, Ohio.Spinnerette is not alone in her endeavors. Helping her out is her roommate Sahira, who acts as her Secret Keeper, seamstress, and voice of reason. There is also the local superhero team of Tiger, a huge superstrong man, and Mecha Maid, a power-armoured maid.Spinnerette is largely an Affectionate Parody of Superhero stories (most prominently Spider-Man, of course), showing Heather's forays into the world of superheroism and the many problems that can come with it. Humor is largely derived from Heather jumping headfirst into superheroics without any forethought, and the problems that causes. But it's an upbeat comic (for the most part, anyways) — Heather's many troubles never get her down.
Adorkable: Heather pre-superpowers in glasses and a labcoat, being the lab klutz.
Adult Fear: After Tiger's wife had made him promise not to be a superhero a gunman attacked the school his daughters attended — and his wife wasn't able to contact them. While they turned out to be safe, for one gut-wrenching moment Tiger faced a parent's worst nightmare.
Affably Evil: Dr. Universe appears to be a fairly reasonable and civil fellow when he's not actively antagonizing our heroes.
Alexis (AKA Evil Spinnerette) is also pretty friendly while in her civilian identity. Or not.
Aliens in Cardiff: The series takes place in Columbus, Ohio. One of their backups is "The Werewolf of London... Ontario".
All There in the Manual: Chapter 5, a plot-relevant side story, is an exclusive to the first Spinnerette print collection; online, the story hops straight from Chapter 4 to Chapter 6 with no break in continuity. Chapter 9 is a similar exclusive for Book 2.
Alternate Universe: As noted in the Celebrity Paradox entry, Spinnerette takes place in a universe where both superheroes and the comics companies that chronicle their deeds are real. Furthermore, magic is also real — the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons was banned by the Carter Administration because it contained actual magic spells. It also takes place in the same universe as Krow's earlier work Krakow.
Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Evil Spinnerette's parents show up at her bail hearing, causing her to complain they're embarrassing her in front of her arch-enemy.
Amazonian Beauty: Heather with her post-transformation "girl abs" and especially Sahira when she temporarily gains Tiger's powers.
Minerva, most definitely.
...And That Little Girl Was Me: Mecha Maid telling Tiger and Spinny about the fate of South Korean heroine White Heron. She was the infant Heron sacrificed herself to save from Col. Glass.
Tiger's line about being colorblind like an actual tiger is said in a way that implies he uses it a lot. He doesn't actually know whether that's true, though (and in fact it is not).
Played with in Spinnerette's... well, spinnerets. Unlike Spider-Man, Spinnerette shoots webbing not from her wrists, but from the base of her spine — which still has no direct correlation with any part of a real spider's anatomy. Of course, Sahira points out that spiders have completely different physiologies to humans, and initially berates Heather for assuming that she was capable of spinning webs at all:
Sahira: This isn't logical at all! Spiders are an entirely different phylum of animal than humans! If this were logical, you'd have mutated your lungs and asphyxiated! You're a biologist. You should know this!
Art Shift: Issues 7 and 11 are drawn by Fernando Furukawa, and look significantly different to the issues illustrated by Walter Gustavo Gomez.
Ascended Extra: Japanese Highschool Spinny, who previously appeared in Heather's wet dream, is the protagonist of Issue 19.
Attempted Rape: Heather beats up a pair of drunken frat boys imposing on her shortly after acquiring her powers, but they claim they were just messing around.
Author Appeal: At the least, the author is fond of multi-armed people/extra independently-minded body parts in general (see the Cerberus girl and Katt O'Nine Tails), as well as the Most Common Superpower (up to Gag Boobs levels, with a slice of BBW on the side).
Ax-Crazy: Colonel Glass, the North Korean supervillain with the ability to manipulate glass, who has zero qualms about using his abilities on innocent civilians, small animals, or even babies. Definitely notPlayed for Laughs.
Batman Gambit: Not only is the government anticipating that Dr. Verde is going to create a CK generator, enhance Greta's abilities, and try to escape, but the general in charge is counting on it — the possibility of escape, he says, is the best motivation for the captive scientists to build one. He states that he specifically engineered their environment to encourage rebellion (obvious cameras, unpleasant guards and strictly controlled media).
Bigot vs. Bigot: Issue 11 features an aged Nazi trying to clone Hitler fighting a Confederate revivalist trying to clone Robert E. Lee (and inexplicably practices Afrocentric magic). Dr. Universe and Greta simply hang back and watch the fun.
Hitler: Ein ringender, nackter, fetter Mann und ein Tiefseetaucher? Ich frage Doktor Morell besser nach einer weiteren Injektion...note A naked, fat wrestling man and a deep-sea diver? I'd better ask Doctor Morell for another injection...
Although she's ecstatic about it, Evil Spinnerette's transformation into a Drider is disturbing, as her new parts burst through her flesh, and her human legs tear off — Heather, watching, feels like she's going to throw up. By Issue Seven, she claims to bitterly regret her transformationin order to trick Heather into assisting with a new dark ritual to transform her henchmen into driders as well.
In Issue 12 after getting hit a second time by the Genetic Infusion Chamber, Heather's powers and body go unstable and she begins to rapidly sprout even more arms.
Body Language: Heather can and does display multiple entries from the Body Language Index simultaneously. It helps that she has 3 sets of arms to work with.
Boobs-and-Butt Pose: The fact that Spinny's webs come out of her lower back and she needs to see where she's aiming them provides a convenient justification for this trope. Although the six arms complicate things.
Born Lucky: Ben Franklin is an interesting example. He wasn't born this way, but a combination of being the inventor of the root invention of time travel being displaced forward in time himself gave him the power of probabilistic invincibility.
Alexis (aka Evil Spinnerette) gets taunted and teased by some Alpha Bitches... despite the fact that she's a freakin' Drider! it turns out they're her minions, faking it in a ploy to gain Heather's sympathy.
Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Depicted on the cover of Issue 10, shortly after Marilyn tells Heather that her ALS is progressing. Nobody dies, but Heather and Marilyn officially hook up at the end.
Butt Monkey: Heather before her accident... and Heather after her accident. The accident? Caused because her Jerk Ass boss made her work late, alone, and on highly dangerous equipment. The first time she goes out heroing? Beaten up by a mook. Her civilian disguise? A fat suit. First fight against a supervillain? Can't even get in a good punch before someone has to rescue her. It seems even in the middle of her own origin story, she just can't get any respect.
Inverted when it comes to Sahira who's ample bosom is disregarded by Spinerette in favour of the petite Mecha Maid.
Call Back: Sahira explains why she wouldn't compare Heather to a Hindu goddess. Some time later, while mimicking Heather's powers to save children from a burning bus one of the children, a little Indian girl, comes to the conclusion that she's a goddess and Sahira has to point out that she's not.
Celebrity Paradox: Averted. The comics we know and love exist in a world where superheroes are real. Heather's first costume is even made out of three cheap Venom costumes sewn together. And then Marvel Comics sends her a Cease-and-Desist because her costume looks like Spider-Woman's.
Cleavage Window: Heather wants one, but Sahira lampshades it and lists the drawbacks of having one. Why would any sane (non-invulnerable) woman cut a hole in bulletproof fabric in such a way to leave her heart exposed? It's justified in the case of Super MILF, whose breasts generate heat and therefore require ventilation.
Clipped Wing Angel: Evil Spinnerette's spider transformation, mostly because our heroine both is a biology student (and as such knows the major weak points of a spider in close combat) and a former champion Mutton Buster (and as such is good at staying on a bucking animal).
Their rematch goes better, probably in part because she's had a chance to become accustomed to the new body.
Heather's costume gets severely damaged right before she testifies in Evil Spinnerette's trial. Thankfully, Mecha Maid loans her an apron.
Also occurs to her clothes when she's breaking and entering into the lab in an attempt to steal security footage that would reveal her Secret Identity. This leads to her stripping down to her underwear and taking the Downward Facing Dog pose to aim her webbing at a high duct.
Katt's lovely coat gets shredded when she uses herself to complete the magic circle to send the Composite Soul back to hell.
To Sahira when she accidentally channels Greta's ability.
Comes Great Responsibility: Tiger was constantly harangued by his wife to give up superheroing on the grounds that he'd orphan his two daughters by getting killed one day (and presumably, she had similar beef with him being a cop). He hangs up the tights and immediately comes THIS close to losing his daughters' lives in a shootout that he, as Tiger, could have prevented. He and his daughters realize that he's got to keep saving people, not just for his daughters' sake, but for everyone else's daughters too. (His wife, by the way, completely fails the moral of the story and begins ranting about divorce.)
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Evil Spinnerette/Alexis noticed the sexual tension between Spinnerette and Mecha Maid and used this to help trick Heather into helping her with her latest black-magic ritual, by faking girl-on-girl action with her henchwoman Dakota.
In Doctor Universe and Greta's Start of Darkness story, an agent asks his commanding officer if they should be worried about their captives building something that will help them escape Iron Man style. The officer says that he's counting on it. He (correctly) predicts that they are building a C-K amplifier to boost Greta's power for an escape attempt. This is fine by him, since the C-K amplifier is what he wanted in the first place.
Deal with the Devil: In exchange for Doctor Universe's help in fixing her condition and possibly treating Mecha Maid's terminal illness, Spinnerette agrees to do one favor for him in the future. She adds the condition that the favor can't be something that will go against her personal ethics, but she's still making a deal with a notorious supervillain. It causes Tiger to quit the team, feeling that he's failed so badly to protect the girls from both their enemies and themselves that he can't be their leader anymore.
Decon-Recon Switch: Spinnerette began an an Affectionate Parody of superhero comics and deconstructed many of the tropes associated with them. As Heather grew progressively more competent, it began to play more like a straight (but humorous) superhero comic.
Department of Redundancy Department: While Heather and Sahira are breaking into Dr. Lambha's lab to steal a security tape, Heather spots a guard on duty and instructs Sahira to "seduce him with your powers of seduction."
Doing in the Scientist: Spinnerette laughed at the idea of anyone using magic (especially the kind inspired by a tabletop game) and thought "Spirit of the Tiger" was an euphemism for steroids. Then Mecha Maid tells her that the latter is not an euphemism of any kind and Alexis performs the Ritual of Lolth for real.
Enemy Mine: In Issue 4, Dr. Universe tried to form an alliance of convenience with the Columbus superheroes in order to catch a rogue werewolf. It didn't take, as he wanted the werewolf to be captured for experimentation, while the heroes wanted to save it.
Entendre Failure: Sahira tries a few times to gently bring up the possibility that Mecha Maid is gay to Heather, before giving up subtlety and outright spelling it out:
Sahira:Facepalm! I think Mecha Maid is a lesbian who wants to have sexual intercourse with you.
Even Evil Has Standards: Glass seems honestly regretful when he hears that Mecha Maid is crippled as a result of what his government did.
Everybody Knew Already: When Mecha Maid — under the influence of Captain Alberta's Hate Plague — outs herself and Spinny in front of the Canadians, Green Gable's response is "That was a secret?"
Everyone Can See It: Sahira, among others, called Mecha's interest in Heather far before anyone else did and before it became official.
Green Gable: You'd be more than welcome in Canada! We're a tolerant people!
Lampshaded when Heather shows signs of being nervous about displaying their relationship in public, and Mecha Maid (under the influence of a rage-inducing toxin) angrily calls her out on it
Green Gable: "That was a secret?
Evilutionary Biologist: Dr. Universe. Interestingly he still seems to take his Hippocratic Oath seriously — when Spinnerette refused the terms he offered in return for curing her Superpower Meltdown, he treated her anyway.
Expecting Someone Taller: The newspaper that published Spinnerette's picture on its front page actually photoshopped her taller, apparently because they assumed a 5'1" tall heroine wouldn't strike fear in the hearts of evildoers.
Faceless Goons: Deconstructed when Colonel Glass infiltrates a secure base by donning such a concealing uniform. And then goes on to call out the trope... with a direct reference to the TV Tropes page on the trope. And then the internet ate itself.
Fat and Proud: Greta Gravity initially is ashamed of her generous figure, until Dr. Universe tells her to embrace who she is and her own strength. Notably, he's not just saying it to secure her loyalty, he means it. See Benevolent Boss.
Flat Earth Atheist: Experienced superheroes Mecha Maid and Tiger believe in magic. Heather, not so much, especially when it was from a monster she was sure was from Dungeons & Dragons.
Flying Car: The LoCS's Avrocar, though it's more of a Flying Saucer in shape. Werewolf of London Ontario calls it a "widowmaker", and at the very least it looks like it could really use some windshields. Or working landing gear. This is not that far off from Truth in Television — Avro really did attempt to make a flying saucer-shaped vehicle called the Avrocar. The design was very close to what the LoCS drives (down to having room for three riders), and was noted for massive instability if altitude exceeded a foot or two. It also was incredibly difficult to steer. The Werewolf of London, Ontario is quite justified in considering it to be The Alleged Flying Car.
Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Taken to an extreme level even for a superhero comic. See here. Even less justified than normal in that in the above examples it's Sahira, not any of the heroes, and she's not wearing a costume.
Freak Lab Accident: How Heather gets her powers (naturally). Doubly subverted, as the reader is initially led to think that, just like Spider-Man, Heather would get her powers from a mutant spider-bite — and then her boss points out to interviewing reporter how absurd that would be. Turns out that she only developed her powers after falling into the "Genetic Modifier" vat used to mutate those spiders in the first place.
Freudian Slip: Heather's lower left arm exhibits Organ Autonomy and just may be controlled by her subconscious. In at least one instance she had to stop it from openly making a pass at Mecha Maid. See here. Mecha Maid seemed rather happy about the incident.
When the dreadfully embarrassed Evil Spinnerette is being glomped by her parents (which is funny in itself), we see Tiger and Mecha Maid in the background arguing over whether bovine hormone extracts turns people evil.
In this stripTiger finally bonds with the Canadian Superheroes while several paramedics strain to get his gurney into the ambulance.
Gag Boobs: Greta Gravity's massive prow has been the butt of a few jokes. Tiger also makes a few remarks about bovine growth hormone in reference to Evil Spinerette's bust. And then there's the crowning achievement of gag-boobage, Super-MILF, and her "Venusian Bosom".
The Good Guys Always Win: Averted surprisingly often for a light-hearted superhero comic; Heather's been beaten up by a purse-snatcher, completely trounced in her second fight with Evil Spinnerette, has never even come close to actually defeating Dr. Universe, and would have been incinerated by Kugelblitz if Greta hadn't intervened.
Good Old Fisticuffs: Double Subverted so far. While Heather may have Super Strength in all six arms and a burning desire to be a superhero, it didn't come with innate fighting ability and got herself beaten up by an ordinary mugger (the Fisticuffs part), showing that any kind of training is better that none. Subverted again in that apart from Tiger and Mecha Maid (who is training Heather) the rest of the superheroes had to create their own fighting style based in their unique powers and... well, dirty brawl fighting and experience.
Gratuitous German: Subverted and played straight at the beginning of the current arc in which Benjamin Franklin travels through time into the Third Reich. Hitler's spoken German is correct. Krakow actually asked his German-speaking fans for help beforehand. However played straight with the name plate on Hitler's desk reading "Das Führer, Duden!" which is German gibberish for "The Führer, Dude!" and a coffee mug on the floor with the words "Mein Coffee" written on it.
The Guards Must Be Crazy: Played straight at first, then quickly subverted. Buzz initially falls for Sahira's seductions but quickly reveals he already knew why she was there. Apparently that sort of thing happens two or three times a month, and he only fell for it the first time.
Hate Plague: Just a few hours after boarding Avonlea together, Katt, Gabe, London and Minerva are at each other's throats... courtesy of embittered former team member Captain Alberta, who's poured toxins into the airship's water supply, and played a few choice pranks.
Healing Factor: One of Spinnerette's powers, revealed at the start of Issue #2.
Heel-Face Turn: In Issue 7, Evil Spinnerette claims to have made one only for it to be part of a ploy to get people to help her in a dark ritual.
Hellhound: Minerva. She was tasked as a guardian of hell to recapture escaped evil spirits but due to her anthropomorphic appearance, she was easily mistaken for a werecerberus.
Heather gets one after the lab accident. She may well have had one before the accident (she is a rock climber, after all), but it's apparent that the accident enhanced whatever musculature she already had, given her desire to show off the 'girl abs.'
Tiger. And no, "Spirit of the Tiger" is not a euphemism for steroids.
Heroic Sacrifice: Narrowly averted when Mecha Maid attempts to use a self-destruct mechanism built into her armour to take down Colonel Glass with her. However, he cuts the circuits with a shard of glass, thus preventing either death.
Historical-Domain Character: Ben Franklin is a time traveler who knows he's eventually going to return to his own time to live out his life; the fact that he knows he'll survive to live out his years in the past gives him the superpower of uncanny good luck.
Historical Villain Upgrade: Bernie Madoff in this setting is a supervillain with pyramid-based powers, rather than simply scamming people with pyramid schemes.
Out of the bottom of her spine, as it turns out. But that didn't stop Sahira from thinking it came out of her butt.
Initially, this was averted with her arms; from the first night, she had incredible independent control of all six arms/hands, as well as all 30 fingers. As it turns out, she actually doesn't have such great control; this comic shows that her hands occasionally "have a mind of their own," likely due to subconscious reactions that she can't quite control.
After her transformation Evil Spinnerette has no suchproblems.
Idiot Ball: Defied. At first, it looks like Heather is going to allow Colonel Glass to regenerate and get away by refusing to burn his corpse with gasoline, thus allowing him to continue his reign of destruction. However, it turns out she just has a different plan:
Idiot Hero: Heather. If this series wasn't so damned affectionate and idealistic, she'd be dead a few times over by now: death by mutation, death by radiation, death by burglar, death by falling off a building. Not to mention that as of the 9/14/11 strip, she's been suckered, hook, line and sinker, by Evil Spinnerette into helping the latter's henchpeople turn into driders.
Sahira: "Wonder twin powers, ACTIVATE! Form of... BOOBS!"
I Just Want to Be Normal: In Issue 7, Evil Spinnerette, claiming to have given up her villainous ways, recruits Spinnerette and two others to find a copy of the 1st Edition Dungeons & Dragons book to get her legs back. Subverted in that it's part of a con to trick Good Spinnerette into helping her make Driders out of her two new henchmen.
Imagine Spot: Colonel Glass gets one briefly after being honked at by a car while in America, though it's not revealed to be one till the next page.
Jerkass Has a Point: Dr. Universe is a hard-line objectivist who refuses to do anything unless it helps him personally or advances his agenda, and has no moral compunction about committing crimes or allying with [questionablepeople to do so. However, during the incident when Spinnerette gets hit by a lethal dose of C-K Radiation, he makes her realize that even the most selfless heroes have a desire for self-preservation, and sometimes, it's okay to act selfishly.
Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Invoked by Doctor Universe and Greta's military captors. The guy in charge wants them to build a C-K amplifier, and he correctly predicts that they will build one to enhance Greta's powers for an escape attempt.
Made of Iron: Heather, she falls far enough to total a car and merely comments it broke her fall and is noticeably uninjured.
Mad Scientist: Dr Universe has all the hallmarks (creepy look with techno-goggles, secret labs, unethical experiments, regularly fights the superheroes) but he's pretty calm and collected about it, being more of a Punch Clock Villain most of the time.
Marked Missile: Mecha Maid's missiles have taunts and phrases written on them, such as "Mine is bigger!" or "From M.M With <3"
Alexis Woodrow's first name might be a Shout-Out to famous Rich Bitch Alexis Carrington (Joan Collins) of Dynasty, as this Alexis, like the original, comes from a wealthy family. Also of note is that "Drow" is in her name, Drows being the elven race from Dungeons & Dragons that Driders had once been.
Medium Awareness: Shown as of this comic. "I managed to hit that streetlight in Issue #1. Was that a fluke?"
The Merch: In-universe. The superhero rights organization makes its money by selling the merchandise of its superhero members (non-supers are allowed to join as well).
Mistaken for Gay: Green Gable thinks Mecha Maid and Spinnerette are a couple. Heather's bottom-left hand approves. As does Evil Spinnerette's sidekick Julia(n). Mecha Maid actually does have feelings for Spinnerette, the "mistaken" part of this trope applies mostly to Spinnerette. Or so she thinks, at first.
Mode Lock: London is stuck in wolfman shape as he has forgotten how to turn back.
A bit of an odd case: he considers himself to be perfectly morally consistent. However, the moral philosophy he ascribes to is Objectivism, which is very different from the more traditional forms of morality that are championed by the heroes of the comic.
London: Move along, nothing to see here! Well, okay, there is, but catch it on YouTube later!
Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Played with. This is one of Heather's main powers, but she has to hide the extra four first under a rather conspicuous coat (while everyone else is wearing summer clothing) and then under a fat suit later. In Issue 12 she begins growing even more due to a second lab accident, causing even more problems
Dr Universe had to amputate them due to the fact they were killing her as her heart couldn't keep up due to the increased need in bloodflow.
Never Heard That One Before: Spinnerette has heard all the jokes about people with extra arms going through a lot of deodorant. Greta making such a joke on their first meeting does not make a good impression.
Ninja Maid: Mecha Maid appears to be a power-armour version of this; her powers come from a combination of neural implants and her "mecha suit." In fact, her inspiration was Mahoromatic. Whom she particularly identifies with, due to having only a few years left to live.
No Bisexuals: Nobody seems to even know there is such a word as bisexual. When Heather admits she may be in love with Mecha Maid, her roommate objects: "But you're not gay! You never were! You can't wake up one morning and find you have turned gay!" The possibility that Heather may be a bisexual never occurs to them. After much debating, they reach the conclusion that Heather was always gay but hadn't realized it until then.
Obviously Evil: "Evil Spinnerette" is not just a description, it's a name.
Of Corsets Sexy: Evil Spinnerette's, costume, which some fans of hers beg her to dig out again after she's gone straight. Although this is actually just a cover for the fact that she's turned back to supervillainy.
Omnidisciplinary Doctorate: So far, Dr. Universe has demonstrated an advanced knowledge of chemistry, physics, biology and medicine, including the ability to perform radical surgery at a moment's notice.
One Steve Limit: It turns out there was already someone calling themselves "Spinnerette", and she's not happy about our heroine using her name.
Only Sane Woman: Sahira. Heather lampshades this almost word for word when she thanks Sahira at one point for being her "voice of reason" (after she dissuades Heather from going with a sexy-looking, but potentially dangerous, modification to her new costume).
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Greta Gravity's German accent disappears whenever she gets particularly annoyed, angry, or exasperated. She's been living in the US for at least a decade, so she might just be losing the accent without knowing it.
Issue 11 also reveals her to actually be Brazilian (so her first language is Portuguese, possibly with German as a second language), so the German accent might be intended to make part of her villain persona, instead of being naturally occurring.
Open-Minded Parent: Evil Spinnerette's parents apparently don't mind (or don't seem to notice) their daughter being a half-spider supervillainess.
Organ Autonomy: Heather's extra hands sometimes act like they have minds of their own (mostly just harmless Shy Finger Twiddling, but her lower left hand appears to have developed a crush on Mechamaid.)
A pair of annoying tween fans are harassing Werewolf of London, Ontario begging him to bite him to turn them into werewolves. He repeatedly tells them that isn't how it works.
Paper-Thin Disguise: In Issue #12, Dr. Universe and Greta disguise as package couriers (with the latter hiding her Gag Boobs in a pair of boxes). Heather and Marilyn identify them both immediately.
People Jars: Dr. Universe's Rejuvenation Chamber is the liquid-filled variant. Somewhat parodied when after a near fatal incident with Spinnerette, he notes that putting someone who needs to be healed at risk of drowning is probably not the best idea.
Plucky Girl: Heather remains ever eager and optimistic no matter how many times she's knocked down, literally and figuratively.
Police Are Useless: Often played straight, since the police seem incapable of actually doing anything against supervillains or defending the city against supernatural forces.
Averted; Tiger used to be a (competent) cop; while unable to do anything about the composite soul in the werewolf arc, the present officer does make sure the reporter gets out once it starts getting dangerous.
Averted when the lab security guard immediately catches on and lampshades how random, well-endowed girls suddenly being interested in him out of the blue is the first sign that someone is trying to break in. He also correctly guesses that they just want to delete the security tapes (although for different reasons than he might have thought).
When Sahira is being attacked by Fireblade she calls out two nearby firefighters for just standing there and assuming she'd take care of him, so one of them brains Fireblade with a fire extinguisher.
Power Copying: Sahira can do this if she gets a sample of a super's DNA. She often borrows Heather's extra arms to do housework, using her teddy spider as a source...though this can backfire if anyone else's DNA has found its way onto him.
Power Nullifier: There are certain places in which superpowers granted by the Cherenkov-Kirby Reaction are reduced, which make good neutral grounds for heroes and villains.
Mecha Maid: I said I was in love with you! I didn’t say I wanted to screw you.
Punch Clock Villain: Dr. Universe and Greta Gravity in issue 11. Creating a clone of Hitler for an old Nazi, or of General Lee for his descendant ? Eh, sure, if the money is good. They only get passionate when the two try to start a fight in their lab. Plus, the chapter starts with Greta preparing a cake and a 'Thank you for rescuing me from a shadowy government lab'-card (with a happy smiling picture of Greta on it) for her boss.
Later on, after the Nazis and Lee were defeated, Universe states that he only agreed to work with them because he knew their plans would fail. Besides the fact that believing the future of humanity lies in a strand of DNA is laughable, even if the clone (which as an Objectivist he believes would have free will) were to grow up to become a dictator there is no way that the German people would let history repeat itself. In the case of Lee, he tells her that most of the people who fly the Confederate flag are not actually racists (And for that matter, neither was Robert E. Lee).
Random Power Ranking: Seems to be one in place, but the only ranks specified so far are A, AAA and S. S is presumably the top of the current scale.
Rasputinian Death: Colonel Glass is impaled dozens of times by falling shards of glass from a broken greenhouse, shot in the face and several other locations several times point blank with a shotgun, and then immolated with a thermite charge. It was only the last that killed him - the rest was just to keep him in one place regenerating until he could be set on fire.
Reed Richards Is Useless: Marilyn has discovered a way to use neural implants to completely remove the symptoms of ALS (although not cure the disease itself), and keeps it to herself so she can use it to fight crime. She seems to have qualms about the side-effects (Super Strength) and the Potential Applications thereof, and wants to perfect the technology before making it public.
Reality Ensues: A major theme of the comic, although not played with to outright Deconstruction levels — Heather keeps trying to invoke tropes but they just don't work that way in real life — for example, she jumps a car thief, only to get her ass kicked since even with Super Strength and multiple arms... she doesn't know basic self defense. Also, while laws have been passed to accommodate the fact that superheroes and villains exist (for example, heroes don't have to disclose their real identities to testify in a trial), they still have to follow legal procedure in the trials and conviction of villains.
Ripped from the Headlines: Dr. Lambha mentions the rumors about the Large Hadron Collider creating a black hole upon activation as an example of how the media knows nothing about science.
Tiger, who is very sensitive about being seen primarily for his skin color.
Subverted when he's not being sensitive about that: he's the one to teach Spinnerette the detective side of things, while Mecha Maid is the black belt/hand to hand expert. Brings him right down from scary territory nicely.
Alexis Woodrow (a.k.a. "Evil Spinnerette") manages to figure out Spinny's secret identity. She uses this information to force Spinny fight her, while one of her minions gets the whole thing on tape. After beating Spinny, however, Alexis just ties her to a tree, which leads to the following conversation:
Evil Spinnerette: I'm leaving this city. I doubt we'll meet again. Don't worry, your secret identity is safe with me. Spinnerette:[koff]Why? Why did you bother fighting me, if you're not going to kill me? Why not reveal my identity and ruin me? Evil Spinnerette: Why does Gary Kasparov choose to fightDeep Blue at chess when he could simply pull its plug?
Heather's costume, origin story, and superheroic abilities are all affectionate parodies of Spider-Man. Heather also makes joking references to a Spider-Sense, but she doesn't appear to actually have one and is only saying so to needle Sahira.
A combination shout-out/genius bonus comes from the "Cherenkov-Kirby Reaction" which gives some superheroes their powers — Cherenkov Radiation is a real thing — Jack Kirby was one of the most influential people in superhero comics, with his own signature energy... signature, Kirby Dots.
Here, Spinnerette is holding an issue of Empowered, a comic hers has often been compared to.
Ben Franklin's superhero origin story is straight out of Terminator 2.
Dr. Universe's line "I know exactly who you are. You're Spinnerette." is most definitely referencing Jim Gordon's line "I know exactly who he was. He was the Batman." from The Dark Knight Rises.
Shy Finger Twiddling: Heather tends to do this whenever she's feeling embarrassed or stressed, usually with her middle pair of arms. A good example is while she's calling Sahira at the end of Issue #1, knowing how royally she screwed up her first night out in costume.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The comic itself, for KrazyKrow's site. None of his other comics' archives are visible or even accessible.
Start of Darkness: Doctor Universe and Greta Gravity have a heartbreaking one. They wanted to create free, near-limitless power from the Cherenkov-Kirby Reaction, but the government arrested them for treason (and Greta for being an unregistered super) because they tried to give the technology to China.
Stealth Pun: Bernie Madoff's supervillain name is "The Pharaoh."note A Pyramid Scheme
Super Registration Act: Averted and discussed. While the idea of restricting superpower use has its supporters, at present powers are protected by second amendment rights and a law was passed to let people with masks and secret identities act in the legal system without disclosure.
Tantrum Throwing: When Sahira briefly gets Spinnerette's powers, complete with extra arms, she throws an object-throwing fit (a terrifying prospect with six arms) which culminates in accidentally defenestrating Spinnerette herself.
They Would Cut You Up: Sahira is constantly reminding Heather that this could happen if her secret identity was revealed.
Heather: What'll I do? Sahira: Get dissected by the government is what you'll do!
Doctor Universe believes this of the government in general. He says that the reactors that grant superpowers were, in fact, reverse-engineered from the corpse of this universe's Superman-analogue and his own experiences with trying to provide free energy resulted in government agents hunting him and Greta down for treason. He also directly mentions this trope to Spinny herself when her powers are out of control, that they would kill her just to understand her ability to ignore the laws of mass conservation with her spontaneously generating new arms.
Too Dumb to Live: Heather at times, depending on how tightly she's gripping the Idiot Ball. She's told never to reveal her secret identity, then reveals it to someone she bumped into once, on suspicion that she might be someone she knows. Luckily for her, it was.
To the Pain: Colonel Glass gives Park a thorough preview of the fate he has planned for him.
Trademark Favorite Food: Heather drinks a lot of protein shakes. This is actually for practical reasons, as her webs are mostly protein, and she has to get it from somewhere.
Troperiffic: To the point where specific tropes are cited in the dialog.
Possessed by Marilyn Seong, a wheelchair-bound fellow student and co-worker of Heather's. They switch to Tareme Eyes when she puts on her Mecha Maid headband, and occasionally switch back when she's being particularly serious.
Also, Katt O'Nine Tails.
And when she's/they're not rampaging, Minerva's middle head has Tsurime Eyes eyes while the left head has Tareme Eyes.
Played straight when Sahira (somewhat drunk at the time) overlooks the fact that Heather now has six arms then summarily subverted when she comes back in shock.
Less obvious is the fact that nobody who knows Heather reacts to the fact that she's apparently put on somewhere between 30-40 pounds in a matter of a day or two, all entirely in her stomach, thanks to the fat suit. Except Alexis.
Viewers Are Goldfish: In universe, the news crew is only interested in the most spectacular angles for the different science experiments it visits. When the would-be Dr. Universe gives a relatively simple explanation of how superheroes may get their power, the news lady tells the crew to cut that part.
Villainous Rescue: Greta Gravity and Dr. Universe stop Kugelblitz from casting a spell that would have burned Spinnerette and Mecha Maid to death.
"North Korea has a clandestine breeding program for years to try to create more monsters like Glass. My biological mother was kidnapped because the Cherenkov-Kirby reaction ran in her bloodline. They would expose pregnant women to try and stimulate dormant C-K genes. I have no proof, but I've always suspected my ALS was a side-effect of their experiments... It's even possible that Glass is my biological father."
The ending of Issue 18. Spinnerette kills Colonel Glass.
Green Gable pulls this twice on Tiger for sedating the Cerberus with ketamine, pointing out that he has no idea if the Cerberus (who was still presumed to be a lycanthrope) is allergic to the drug.
Tiger's kids have this reaction when Tiger is relieved to see that they are safe. They point out that the kids that did die were people, too; important to others, and that he could have saved them if he was actively heroing. His wife immediately threatens him with divorce for even discussing it, which is another WTH moment in and of itself - at this point, Tiger should be wondering why he is not divorcing this obviously selfish woman who cares nothing for the welfare of others.
Wimp Fight: A one-sided example. The first burglar Spinnerette encounters knocks her about with a duffel bag, causing her to actually call for a time out! Something of a Too Dumb to Live moment, considering Spinnerette has no combat training and was still suspended by her webline at the time.
Worthy Opponent: Evil Spinnerette sees Spinnerette as this. When Alexis nearly kills Heather by drowning her, she then resuscitates her, leaves her tied up, and promises not to reveal Heather's secret identity. When asked, Alexis compares herself to Gary Kasparov who played Deep Blue in chess, instead of pulling the plug.
Sahira cites several ways the genetic modifier may have harmed Heather and tries to call a doctor, meaning she obviously doesn't recognize she's in an Origin Story. Had this been a Deconstruction, Sahira's worries would have been justified.
Heather shows traces of this by thinking the other woman calling herself Spinnerette is another superhero, when it is painfully obvious she's a supervillain. The supervillain even lampshades the Evil Laugh, saying that once Heather heard it, she should have known that someone Obviously Evil is nearby.
You Cloned Hitler!: Dr. Universe was hired to do this by some Nazi holdouts. It's ultimately deconstructed: Dr. Universe explains the plan would have failed because the German people would not have allowed history to repeat itself. He also points out that Hitler was a product of his time, so unless they simulate his entire life the clone wouldn't be Hitler; he would be his own person but with Hitler's DNA (this last point might be addressed by the fact that the Nazis were planning to resurrect Hitler's soul and use the clone as a "vessel".)
Your Days Are Numbered: Mecha Maid has ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), which is a real-world condition that slowly destroys the nerves that carry messages from the brain to the rest of the body—including the lungs (she has to wear her chestplate to breathe, even out of costume). If you exclude her suit and amplifier headband's mitigating effects, the disease is being portrayed accurately—it has left her paraplegic, hence the powered armor, and leaves her only a few years to live. If that.