is a webcomic
produced by Krakow
Studios that updates two days a week. It's written by Krazy Krow note
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 several 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
is largely an Affectionate Parody
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.
Spinnerette contains examples of:
- Actually Pretty Funny: Though annoyed by his repeat of it, Heather admits that Van-Hailing's rendition of 'The Itsy-Bitsy Spider' was pretty clever the first time around.
- A-Cup Angst: Seems to be part of the reason for Mecha Maid's immediate dislike of Super MILF, particularly given her girlfriend's vocal fascination with the latter's endowment.
- 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.
- Affectionate Parody: Aside from the general tone of the series, Issue 20 is this for The Silver Age of Comic Books, particularly Captain America.
- Aliens in Cardiff: The series takes place in Columbus, Ohio and Spinny grew up in Obetz, a real suburb just south of the city. Plus, one of the supporting characters is "The Werewolf of London...Ontario".
- All Myths Are True: A Cerberus is one of the supporting characters and there is a poster reading "Zeus wants you!!! (Literally)" in the underworld. Carrying on from Krakow, an Eldritch Abomination implied to be Lolth from D&D makes a brief appearance to transform Alexis into a drider, and Guinness the marilith appears in Hell.
- 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 gets a Super Physique complete with large breasts and "girl abs" after getting into a Freak Lab Accident that gave her four extra arms and some superpowers. She decides to fights crime with an outfit that covers most of her body but still manages to be very revealing due to its form-fitting nature so her muscles and curves are quite visible.
- And Now For Something Completely Different: Issue 19 seems to transfer the entire cast into a harem anime High School A.U., with the addition of one new character...
- ...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.
- Angels Pose: The League of Canadian Superheroes, here. Lampshaded.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Mecha Maid to Spinnerette, while badly injured and considering euthanasia. The latter's reaction? She ran out of the room and left her alone at the hospital. Ouch. (Things improved after that, though.
- Animesque: A style simultaneously used in the comic, and despised by Heather, who complains about its use in Empowered among other things.
- Applied Phlebotinum: The source behind most superpowers in the Spinnerette universe is a nuclear-powered phenomenon called the Cherenkov-Kirby Reaction.
- Which is an example of Human Resources. Apparently all Cherenkov-Kirby reactors are made from the pineal gland of Ultra, who was killed by his government to make them. Or so claims the supervillain.
- Arm Cannon: Mecha Maid used one in her first appearance.
- Artistic License – Biology:
- 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).
- Awesome McCoolname: Buzz Rickards, which Sahira tells him is not the name of a guard that plays by the rules. Granted, she's trying to seduce him. Also, he might just be Dangerously Genre Savvy — observe.
- 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 not Played for Laughs.
- Badass Labcoat: Dr. Universe
- Badass Normal:
- Green Gable has no superhuman abilities (unless you count strength of spirit), instead he's rigorously trained to be a hero his entire life.
- Evil Spinnerette, when she's first introduced, because she hasn't performed the Ritual of Lolth yet. She easily subdued Spinerette despite her opponent's spider strength.
- Firemen. It helps that they're fighting a flame powered villain.
- Bare Your Midriff: Heather wanted to do this to show off her girl abs, but was shot down by Sahira.
- 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, mind-influencing drug-laced food and strictly controlled media - including lots of Ayn Rand).
- Berserk Button:
- Avoid jokes about Heather's height. It's within one standard deviation from the average!
- Never tell Greta Gravity her insults are lame.
- Don't call Tiger "Black" Tiger, or broach the subjects of family, steroids, or Canadians. The man is a walking switchboard of Berserk Buttons.
- Benevolent Boss: Dr. Universe treats Greta like the loyal companion she is. Even when she got her powers he was willing to fight the Government agents who wanted to take her away.
- Bequeathed Power: Officer Jeff Coleman finds an old man dying from gunshot wounds inflicted by a street hoodlum; seeing that he's an honourable man, the guy passes on the Tiger Spirit before he dies.
- Bifauxnen: Katt O' Nine Tails. Oh, so much.
- Big Beautiful Woman:
- Greta Gravity is chubby but extremely well endowed, wears a pretty revealing outfit and provides a lot of fanservice.
- In her secret identity, Heather has to wear a Fat Suit to conceal her four extra arms. She's still pretty cute as Darien who's also good looking himself tries hard to get a date with her.
- Big Bra to Fill: Mentioned by name in a conversation about who would play Greta Gravity in a movie.
- Big Damn Heroes: Tiger and Mecha Maid.
- Big Eater: Chapter 11 reveals Greta's adipose tissue has an effect on her powers, meaning she needs to be as big as she is to be able to do what she does. She maintains her build by eating, a lot.
- Big Entrance: Agent 7, a.k.a. Thunderfist, surprises his fellow heroes by leaping to the ground with a Ground Punch.
- Big Good: Ben Franklin is considered the commander-in-chief of American superheroes. He's the founder and current boss of the American Superhero Association, and his superpower is one of the strongest in the world.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Dr. Lambha.
- 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.
- Bilingual Bonus: Hitler's dialog in the time travel scene is not only accurate German, but also a hilarious reference to Hitler's drug problems.
Hitler: Ein ringender, nackter, fetter Mann und ein Tiefseetaucher? Ich frage Doktor Morell besser nach einer weiteren Injektion...note
- Blush Sticker:
- Body Horror:
- 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 transformation in 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.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Heather often talks as if she's in a comic; it's not quite clear whether she's aware that she's in one, or just wishes that she was.
- In Issue #3, Heather makes a frustrated offhand comment about hitting "that streetlight from back in Issue #1" with her web-shooting powers.
- When someone mentions a vacation she comments, "But we get a new enemy every issue!"
- Breath Weapon: The Composite Soul exhibits one.
- Breather Episode: The brief, lighthearted "Anime Dreamworld" story that came after the Colonel Glass Saga, an epic yearlong, deathly serious arc whose Big Bad was a sadistic, murderous monster.
- Brick Joke: When first introduced, Katt O'Nine Tails offers MM a massage. Volume 13 ends with her delivering on that promise.
- Spinnerette thinking she should make a bust chart of some sort. Comes up once in Volume 7 with Alexis/Evil Spinnerette mentioning her cup size and Spinnerette trying to compare that to Greta Gravity, and then again eight volumes later when she tries comparing Super MILF's to Greta Gravity's instead.
- Bullying a Dragon:
- 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.
- Buxom Is Better: The news cameraman certainly seems to think so about Greta's enormous breasts. See My Eyes Are Up Here, below.
- 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.
- Calling Your Attacks: A former teammate of Tiger's turned DHS lackey still has this habit, and it's to Tiger's advantage when the two come to blows.
- Canada, Eh?: The Legion of Canadian Superheroes.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Mecha Maid's crush on Spin. It's kinda difficult to think about romance when you know your days are numbered. But not impossible.
- Canon Welding: An older Guinness from Krakow shows up as a secretary in the Underworld.
- The Cape: Green Gable. You could call him the Big Green Boy Scout, except that Boy Scouts already wear green, and he dresses as a girl...
- Captain Obvious: Heather is constantly announcing that her nonexistent "spider sense" is telling her something perfectly obvious.
Heather: My spider sense is tingling that I'm sad.
- Car Fu:
- Cat Girl: Katt O' Nine Tails
- Cat Up a Tree: Displayed in this strip, which serves as the introduction to the Legion of Canadian Superheroes.
- 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.
- Chainmail Bikini: The Cerberus, Minerva has one.
- Cheeky Mouth: Often.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Averted in a discussion about a pair of annoying tweens wanting to become werewolves.
Annoying Werewolf fan: "We'll do anything! We'll sacrifice a skinling to your Fur God!"
London: "What Fur God?! I'm Anglican!"
- Clean Pretty Reliable Alexis and Heather.
- 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.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Mecha Maid can barely move without her amplifier headband.
- Clothing Damage:
- 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.
- To SuperMILF, when she gets the Most Common Super Power.
- Closed Door Rapport: Sahira and Buzz, when she's channelling Spinnerette's powers and doesn't want him to see. He takes it as her being traumatised by the accident he'd come to talk to her about.
- Color Character: Defied. Tiger is touchy about people calling him "Black Tiger", calling people out on how insensitive and stereotypical that is. This functions as his Berserk Button.
"For the last time! I'm not a black superhero! I'm a superhero WHO HAPPENS TO BE BLACK!"
- Combat Stilettos:
- Evil Spinnerette's high-heels have actual blades in them.
- Defied when Sahira suggests heels to Heather to make up for the lack of height: "Spinnerette prefers flats, thank you very much."
- Combat Tentacles: Katt O' Nine Tails uses long tails as tentacles.
- 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.)
- Coming-Out Story: Starting with the Drama Bomb at the end of issue 8, and going until at least the Everybody Knew Already moment in issue 13.
- Comic-Book Time: According to Word of God, only a few months have passed in-universe.
- Cool Loser: Lampshaded with Delta in the High School A.U.. He gets way more attention from women than his personality or accomplishments would normally justify.
- Covers Always Lie: The covers of most of the issues either depict events that don't happen, or are intentionally misleading.
- Cute Little Fangs:
- Heather gets these whenever she's really happy. Combined with Cat Smile here.
- Sahira gets in on the fang action here. Cute Little Fangs could be a quirk of Walter Gomez's art style rather than a character trait specific to Heather.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Nastily inverted with Dr. Universe — see the Start of Darkness entry.
- 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.
- A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 14, for Sahira.
- Dead Hat Shot: One strip has Mecha Maid looking for Spinnerette in the rubble after an explosion, and assuming the worst when she notices her hair sticking out from under a large concrete slab. Turns out it's just her wig.
- 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.
- Death by Origin Story: White Heron died saving an infant Mecha Maid.
- Declarative Finger: Heather's spare arms have a tendency to do this while she's talking, when they aren't Milking the Giant Cow.
- 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."
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength:
- 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.
- Drama Bomb: "Heather, I'm IN LOVE WITH YOU." Krow describes this in The Rant as a "Yurinuclear Warhead."
- Dream Weaver: the villain "Delta Wave", who entraps Spinnerette, Mecha-Maid, and possibly Katt, Evil Spinnerette, Minerva, Super MILF, Tiger, London, Dr. Universe, and Greta Gravity in a puerile anime high school harem fantasy dream.
- 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:
I think Mecha Maid is a lesbian
who wants to have sexual intercourse
- 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.
- Expressive Accessory: Mecha Maid's headpiece as seen here
- Eye Scream: Colonel Glass enjoys shredding people's eyes using their own glasses or protective eyewear.
- 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.
- Facepalm: Sahira has a habit of saying "Facepalm!" out loud, whether she's doing so or not. Overlaps with Saying Sound Effects Out Loud and Un Sound Effect.
- Fan Disservice: The sight of Benjamin Franklin naked. Go on, let that sink in for a moment.
- Fanservice: Frequently.
- 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.
- Funetik Aksent: Silver-age Greta seems to have a more pronounced accent.
- Funny Background Event:
- Furry Fandom: The Werewolf of London (Ontario) has a fan club composed of them. The most annoying has shades of Werewolf Wannabe.
- 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".
- Gainaxing: Observe.
- Gaydar: Is not included amongst Spinnerette's powers. Green Gable, on the other hand...
- Gender Bender: Julian
- Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke:
- Lampshaded and subverted by Dr. Lambha's tirade about people knowing nothing about genetic engineering.
- Played straight after Heather gets a dose of the genetic modifier ray.
- Otherwise averted. All other superpowered characters (so far) have either magic- or tech-based origin stories.
- In-universe, there's actually a name for this: The Cherenkov-Kirby Reaction.
- Genius Bruiser: Tiger, the former detective, effortlessly dissecting the far more mundane reasons behind a waitress's headaches and bruises than "she's a werewolf."
- Genius Cripple: Marilyn, who suffers from ALS, AKA Lou Gehrig's Disease, and is a Science Hero who's devised a way to temporarily overcome its effects.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Ms. Venus casually discards her glasses as she woozily recovers from her Freak Lab Accident, and is never seen wearing them again.
- The Gloves Come Off: When preparing for a battle with Col. Glass, Mecha Maid refits her suit to replace all the less-lethal weaponry with high-explosives, and even prepares a "thermite self-destruct charge".
- 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.
- Gravity Master: Greta Gravity.
- Ground Punch: They don't call him Thunderfist for nothing.
- 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.
- Handsome Lech: Werewolf of London Ontario, without a doubt.
- 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.
- Hellfire: Colonel Glass's demise involves a block of thermite employed by Spinnerette that Mecha-Maid originally intended to use as a self-destruct charge.
- Heroic Build:
- 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.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: In-universe example in Issue 19. Heather outright says that the High School A.U. versions of Evil Spinnerette, Katt, and Minerva have the voice of Twilight Sparkle.
- High School A.U.: Issue 19.
- 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.
- Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: Played with at the start of Issue 8, when a time traveller burst into Hitler's office in an attempt to kill him, only to be stopped by a naked time-travelling Benjamin Franklin. Its a long story, okay?
- How Do I Shot Web?:
- 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 such problems.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Tiger and Mecha Maid
- Hydrant Geyser: Caused by Captain Alberta in the process of weaponizing the water within.
- Hypocritical Humor: Heather can't stand anime art, and has problems with Empowered by Adam Warren because of this. Spinnerette has been compared artistically to Empowered...
- 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.
- If It's You, It's Okay: After certain events, Heather comes to realise she feels this way about Marilyn.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!:
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.
- Interspecies Romance: Between London, a werewolf, and Minerva, a Cerberus.
- Ironic Echo Cut: Here.
- Ironic Echo: Dr. Universe and Greta Gravity's origin story is disturbingly similar to Heather's, at least at the start...
- It's Probably Nothing: Heather seems to think that the security guards at the lab suffer from this. "They'll probably just assume they have giant spiders or something."
- 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 [questionable people 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.
- Jerkass Realization: The firemen who return to save Sahira from Fireblade, after having left her to deal with him alone because they automatically assumed she would fight him because she has powers.
- Jumped at the Call: Pushed to ridiculous levels. Heather's first concern upon discovering she'd been mutated was picking a name for her superheroine identity.
- Kill It with Fire: Several attempts to eradicate Colonel Glass, cumulating in thermite (off-camera) when the superpowered equivalent of Sensory Overload failed to work.
- Knight of Cerebus: Dr. Universe is a noble Well-Intentioned Extremist. Alexis is a selfish attention addict. Alberta is just a bigoted asshole. Colonel Glass? Full-bore sadistic serial killer with an MO terrifyingly similar to that of House Bolton.
- Legacy Character: Green Gable, a title inherited through family. Apparently, the current Green Gable is the first male to hold the title.
- Life Or Limbs Decision: Doctor Universe was forced to amputate all of Heather's extra arms since her heart couldn't keep up due to the increased need in bloodflow.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: As seen in the case of Benjamin Franklin.
- 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"
- Marshmallow Hell:
- Greta Gravity flies away from a battle, carrying Dr. Universe in her arms. Her massive bosom necessarily rests on his head.
- And Super MILF hugs Spinnerette's face in, knowing full well that Spinny and Mecha Maid are about to leave because they feel...crowded.
- Mentioned by name here.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Heather has to wear a fatsuit and has been forced to cancel two dates with Darien. Luckily, she eventually manages to find love with a fellow super.
- Meaningful Name: Evil Spinnerette's real name is Alexis Woodrow.
- 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).
- Merger of Souls: Unfortunately the souls are evil souls from Hell merging together into a Kaiju-sized demon.
- 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.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Universe.
- 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.
- Most Common Superpower: Seems to be an actual law of the 'verse that superpowers come packaged with, er, physical enhancements. Played both for Fanservice and comedy.
- Move Along, Nothing to See Here: The Werewolf of London, Ontario has his own unique version of this.
Move along, nothing to see here! Well, okay, there is, but catch it on YouTube
- 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; it even got to the point where 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.
- Multi-Armed Multitasking:
- Offscreen, Heather manages to do a whole night's worth of lab-cleaning in an hour or so. Causes problems when she realises the security cameras taped her doing so.
- Sahira uses her superpower to copy Heather's powers, allowing her to speed up housecleaning.
- Multiple Head Case: Minerva's three heads exhibit different personality traits: hot-headed right, rational middle and ditzy left heads.
- Mundane Utility:
- Heather has taken up knitting, an ideal pastime for someone with six arms who secretes her own silk.
- Sahira herself has started using her ability to copy other's superpowers to copy Heather's to help her do the housework.
- Greta uses her powers as a girdle and brazier.
- My Eyes Are Up Here: Not invoked by the woman being leered at, but a news cameraman has to be reminded where to aim.
- My Suit Is Also Super: Spinnerette's super-strong, bulletproof spider-silk suit, once Sahira finally finishes making it.
- Naked on Arrival: Benjamin Franklin spends his first ten pages in the comic completely naked.
- 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.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: The first thing Evil Spinnerette does when she makes her appearance.
- No Peripheral Vision: Spinny hides from Greta directly beneath the windowsill she's looking out from. Justified, as looking down is not Greta's strong suit.
- Not Hyperbole: On meeting Greta Gravity, Spinny mistakes Mecha Maid's comment that she "has her own gravity" as a crack at her weight.
- Not So Different: Dr. Universe says this word for word after he gets Spinnerette to admit that maybe she is a little selfish by not volunteering to die for the greater good.
- Not What It Looks Like: This. Curiously, it seems that what Mecha Maid thinks it looks like and what Katt thinks Mecha Maid is thinking are two completely different things.
- 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.
- Oh, Crap: Sahira's reaction to Rick rumbling her. Guess that guy wasn't as clueless as she thought, was he?
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: 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.
- Marilyn's adopted father is named Park Seong, and her Battle Butler is also named Park.
- One-Winged Angel: Evil Spinnerette becomes a drider.
- Only Sane Woman: Sahira. Heather lampshades this 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. However, Issue 11 also reveals her to be Brazilian (so her first language is Portuguese, possibly with German as a second language), so the German accent might be intended to be 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.)
- Our Vampires Are Different: He would have been, if the comic had been published a few years earlier. Now it's averted, since we have the vampires from the Twilight series for him to resemblenote .
- Our Werewolves Are Different:
- They're described as being somewhere in between Twilight and Teen Wolf werewolves, "with some Ginger Snaps thrown in."
- A pair of annoying tween fans are harassing Werewolf of London, Ontario by begging him to bite him to turn them into werewolves. He repeatedly tells them that isn't how it works. They also think he worships a "fur god". He's Anglican.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: Issue 19 suddenly, apropos of nothing, becomes an anime-style romantic comedy taking place in high school. And there's suddenly a new character named Delta at the center of it all.
- Ends up being not-so-AU and not quite Out-Of-Genre as Spinnerette eventually remembers what her world should be like and figures out that something's wrong.
- 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. It's 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.
- Perky Female Minion: Greta Gravity. Emphasis on "perky."
- Perpetual Frowner: Tiger is never happy. He frowns even when his team succesfully brings in a criminal.
- Pet the Dog: Colonel Glass of all people has a moment, when he apologizes to the defeated Mecha Maid for her difficult life and spares her to live with her loved ones.
- Petting Zoo People: A few secondary characters (Katt-o-Nine-Tails, Minerva, and London.)
- Pineal Weirdness: All Super Empowering Cherenkov-Kirby reactors are made from the pineal gland of Doctor Zhang, aka Ultra, the first superhero.
- 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 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.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: A couple. There's Kugelblitz, a wacky Nazi who wants to clone Hitler, and Roberta Lee, an ardent Confederate supporter Born in the Wrong Century with white supremacist leanings who wants to clone her ancestor Robert E. Lee.
- Power Armour: Mecha Maid's exoskeleton suit is on the fringes. She claims it isn't technically Powered Armour; the neural implants which give her Super Strength are separate from the suit, which allows her to fly and incorporates several weapons systems.
- 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.
- Power Perversion Potential
- Gee, what can you do with six arms? What can't you do?
- Invoked in-universe by one of the sweaty comic book nerds at Heather's local comics shop. Heather is less than amused.
- Precision S-Strike:
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).
- Punny Name: Katt O'Nine Tails.
- Put on a Bus/The Bus Came Back: Tiger, going and reappearing.
- Race Lift: After a fashion. The Sahira from the Silver Age universe is much lighter skinned than our Sahira.
- 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.
- Reading Your Rights: Green Gable gives the Canadian version.
- Retraux: In issue 20, Silver Age Spinnerette's origin story is done with a more pastel-y Silver Age color palette.
- The Real Heroes: The firemen in Issue 14.
- 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.
- Running Gag:
- Bla-, I mean Tiger's name problem.
- Greta's terrible wisecracks
- Spinnerette's bottom-left hand. After she specifically calls it out in one strip, it can occasionally be seen being mischievous from then on (such as giving a thumbs-up when she is informed that her "high beams are on, and everyone can see them").
- Green Gable crash-landing his group's flying car on top of someone else's car. Only happened twice so far but not quite a Brick Joke.
- Scary Black Man:
- 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.
- Scenery Censor: For the naked Ben Franklin.
- The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction: Tried by Sahira...too bad the guard was too smart for it to work. At least they both got a date out of it.
- Secret Keeper: Sahira is all but forced to become Heather's secret keeper after much tear-laden pleading from Heather.
- Secret Identity Apathy:
- 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:
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 fight Deep Blue
when he could simply pull its plug?
- Another supervillain, Dr. Universe, later captures Spinnerette and uses his genetic infusion device to save her life, leading to this exchange:
I'm curious, Dr. Universe. Why didn't you remove my mask when I was unconscious? Aren't you curious who I really am? Dr. Universe:
I know exactly who you are. You're Spinnerette
- Sensual Spandex: And doesn't Heather know it.
- Shipper on Deck: In quite possibly the weirdest example of this trope ever, Heather's bottom left hand starts shipping her with Mecha Maid.
- Shirtless Scene: Tiger gets a nice one here and here.
- Shoulders of Doom:
- Mecha Maid has some downsized Metroid-style sphere shoulders.
- Evil Spinnerette's cape is held up with some sort of bony, spiky shoulderpads.
- 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.
- Her outfit resembles Venom for a very good reason: it is composed of several store-bought Venom costumes stitched together. Which leaves her looking like a six-armed Captain Ersatz of Julia Carpenter — a fact Marvel is none too happy about (in-universe, that is).
- Darien and Sahira are apparently watching a movie based off The Oregon Trail.
- Mecha Maid is obviously a tribute to several aspects of anime culture, including Meido, Powered Armor, and You Gotta Have Blue Hair. At one point, she specifically mentions Mahoromatic as the reason she went with a "maid" theme. She's also a Handicapped Badass scientist who uses her Powered Armor to gain increased mobility, much like the old TV superhero M.A.N.T.I.S.
- Look at Buzz Rickard's (that security guard that Sahira tries to seduce) uniform sleeve. Did you notice the Black Mesa logo? How about his Cyberdyne-Systems laptop? His jacket with CMOA on the back?
- When the Canadian heroes make their grand entrance to Columbus, Green Gable and Katt O' Nine Tales each strike one of Sailor Moon's trademark poses.
- Right before Sahira tries to seduce Buzz, she makes a rather hilarious shout out to the Wonder Twins.
- A few inactive turrets and bickering personality cores from Portal can be seen in the background of Dr. Universe's lab, as can EVE.
- 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.
- The Werewolf of London, Ontario is a riff on the Warren Zevon song "Werewolves of London." (Which was about the other London. The one in England.)
- Green Gable's love interest "Colonel Langstrump" is clearly Pippi Longstocking — and guess what her name is in the original Swedish?
- “Up the Jefferies tubes”.
- The proto-Dr. Universe's and Greta's plan to build a machine and escape their confinement by the US government is attributed to Greta having watched Iron Man on TV the previous night.
- Alexis and Greta wearing the school uniforms from Black Bible.
- During the High School A.U. arc, when Spinny starts to fight back against the villain, suddenly everyone is dressed like Poison from Final Fight — not just the women, but the men.
- 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.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Evil Spinnerette and her minions. Pretty much anything that isn't spiderweb motif or bare flesh, in fact.
- Slasher Smile: Evil Spinnerette has a decent-looking one in this piece of artwork... but it doesn't hold a candle to the one the Werewolf of London, Ontario is sporting. Yikes.
- Smoldering Shoes: Ben Franklin, when he's sent forward in time. Presumably he leaves some Empty Piles of Clothing as well, since when we next see him he's Naked on Arrival.
- Spider-Sense: Heather repeatedly refers to one... when describing things she's worked out using her perfectly ordinary human senses.
Evil Spinnerette: Oh-ho-ho-ho! Spinnerette: [touching temples]
My spider senses are tingling! Evil Spinnerette is here! Evil Spinnerette:
What spider senses? I just announced myself!
- Spit Take: Sahira, when Buzz says something that makes her think he knows Spinnerette's secret. As they walk away in the next strip, a waitress can be seen shooting them a dirty look as she mops up the mess.
- Some Kind of Force Field: CLANK!
- 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
- Stepford Smiler: Mecha Maid
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Dr. Universe's real name is Dr. Ulysses N. Verde.
- Doubles as Meaningful Name: When he still called himself that, he was working on a nonpolluting free energy source, the ultimate "green technology".
- Super Breeding Program: North Korea had one that involved exposing pregnant women such as Mecha Maid's birth mother to radiation.
- Super Dickery: Super MILF using the heat radiated by her "atomic boobies" to melt Dr. Universe and Greta Gravity's ice cream.
- Superheroes Wear Capes: Averted so far, and Lampshaded here after Green Gable addresses the team as "Caped Crusaders":
Tiger: Is anyone here even wearing a cape?
- Superpower Meltdown: Heather, in Issue 12
- 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.
- Super Wheel Chair: Mecha Maid has one in her civilian identity and her Powered Armor functions as one, too.
- Super Zeroes: Agent 7's, General Evescroft's and presumably the rest of the CK Corps' opinion of costumed heroes.
- Surprisingly Good German: When Benjamin Franklin travels back in time Nazi Germany, Hitler's German looks rather decent (The author either asked a German speaker to translate it or he is one himself).
- Take That:
- Taking the Bullet: In this case, it's "taking the hurled car."
- 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.
- Temporary Bulk Change: Sahira gets fatter when she tried to use her new powers to copy Heather's, only to get Greta Gravity's.
- Tempting Fate: "Let's take shelter before we end up in need of rescue ourselves." Guess what happens before the end of the page?
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: This happens a lot in Issue 13 after the majority of the cast gets hit with a Hate Plague.
- 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.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil: Colonel Glass seems to be genuinely addicted either to using his powers, or to inflicting pain (it's hard to tell since he seems unable to distinguish one from the other). When trying to maintain a low profile, he decides he "just need[s] a little... relief, to clear my head" and decides that torturing a cat in an alleyway should tide him over.
Glass: [thinking] I'm burning up. It's like an itch I can't scratch. I must cut. I must cut flesh with glass.
- Those Wacky Nazis: They have divisions devoted to sorcery and genetic engineering.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Mecha Maid's suit is entirely fitted with non-lethal rounds and concussion grenades. At least until The Gloves Come Off against Col. Glass.
- And then when she's taken out of commission, Spinny uses her thermite to do the job herself.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Not necessarily the world of the living, but in the Underworld the passage of time is very convoluted.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: London and Minerva.
- 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.
- Tsurime Eyes:
- 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.
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: Played with. In the preview of Chapter Nine, Minerva seems to be making out with herself as a form of seduction (or be very drunk) , which probably counts...yeah
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
- 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.
- Vampire Vannabe: Cal's fangirls.
- 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.
- Villains Out Shopping:
- Spinnerette runs into Evil Spinerette shopping at the comic book store.
- Super-MILF stops Dr. Universe and Greta when they're out getting ice cream to check they're not up to anything. And melts the ice cream.
- Visual Pun: Two for the price of one when Bernie Madoff as the villain The Pharaoh is robbing a bank. His Pyramid Power allows him to shoot projectile pyramids that keep growing and wreck everything, including the bank they were in.
- Walk In Chime In: Thunderfist makes a Three-Point Landing Big Entrance only to respond directly to the last thing Tiger said.
- Wham Episode:
- Mecha Maid elaborating on her disease and how she has only a few years to live.
- And the aforementioned Anguished Declaration of Love
- Mecha Maid's origins:
"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.
- Wham Line:
Mecha Maid: Heather, I'm in love with you.
Spinnerette: We don't need gas. I have thermite.
Spinnerette: Facepalm X6! Why am I even arguing with you? You're not my real mother! This isn't my world!
Delta: But Super MILF *is* your mother, Spinnerette. And you are just an ordinary high school girl here in Neo Tokyo.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The Pharaoh's crime spree seems to have stopped as suddenly as it started. Either he truly was a Karma Houdini as Spinnerette pointed out during her sad soliloquy, or after patching things up, she and Mecha Maid defeated him off-panel/in between issues.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- 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.
- What Would Tiger Do? This is what Spinnerette wonders when the Canadian Superheroes and mecha maid went berserk courtesy of rage toxins from the rogue Captain Alberta.
- Where Is Your X Now?: "Where's your Lolth now?"
- Whip It Good: Evil Spinnerette.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Green Gable. If you look closely he actually wears garters.
- Will They or Won't They?: Chapter 10 consists of Heather struggling to come to terms with her feelings toward Marilyn, who has otherwise been pretending she never let out her previous Anguished Declaration of Love.
- 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.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Heather can't find it in her to defend herself against a legion of annoying but otherwise ordinary fangirls serving a vampiric drug dealer. Mecha Maid has no such problems and hits them hard enough to draw blood.
- Wrong Genre Savvy:
- 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.
- X Meets Y: Think Spider-Man Meets Empowered.
- You Can Leave Your Mask On: After Marilyn reveals that she loves her, and Heather's own soul searching, Heather returns her affection by appearing in costume, and performing a strip tease. Marilyn stops her because she doesn't believe Sex Equals Love.
- 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".)
- You Killed My Father: Mecha Maid to Colonel Glass, as he killed her adoptive mother.
- Younger Than They Look: Holy crap, Evil Spinnerette is 16?!
- 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.
- Your Soul Is Mine: The Composite Soul can devour other souls to increase its power.