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''[[http://smbhax.com Supermassive Black Hole A*]]'' ("A star") is a sci-fi webcomic telling stories from a human civilization in the center of our galaxy, and more specifically, the covert search for a particularly powerful bit of LostTechnology, and the lives ruined by it. Here, energy and raw materials are abundant and life is cheap. ''A*'' is in a cinematic widescreen format, and updates Monday through Friday.

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!!''Supermassive Black Hole A*'' contains examples of:

* AntiHero: Selenis seem to fall between this, UnscrupulousHero, and VillainProtagonist.
* ActionSurvivor: Vero Plank, our hero, is a simple tramp freighter crewman. But the instant shit got real, he TookALevelInBadass.
* ArbitraryMaximumRange: Apparently, the 'boomships' have a greater laser range than standard MegaCorp fighters. Possibly justified, because they are stated to be faster, and therefore more capable of dodging incoming laser fire, and therefore capable of engaging effectively at greater ranges than a slower, less dodgy opponent.
* ArtShift: The webcomic started out as a project for animated clips, thus explaining the first comics' [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness cartoonish art style]] before its transition to more realistic style. Also it also used pink, blue, and white as its main color.
* AssholeVictim: Thierry, one of Selenis' clients, caused problems for Selenis because he tried to skip out her payment for assassinating Kol Andiran. It took five episodes time for Selenis to root Thierry out from his hiding, where the head of Treban corporation revealed his location in exchange for a favor on an investigation of their issues. Once Selenis got a hand on Thierry, [[spoiler: she then shut off his brain and made him into his clone lackey.]]
* BiggerBad: Oswalt and Perriman are mentioned only in legend, and those legends make it clear they were not nice.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Since Episode 22, Selenis' antagonist became CorruptCorporateExecutive and his [[SpacePirates group]] despite her [[AntiHero character status]].
* BodyBackupDrive[=/=]RespawnPoint: Selenis has a cloning facility with dozens of bodies in reserve. However, the process is... [[CloneDegeneration inexact]].
** The flaws of her cloning technology may been showing up in [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0021&d=0118 Episode 21]], [[spoiler: which the old bartender may have been a hallucination that may have been resulted from improper brain generation. However, this has yet to be addressed FOR NOW.]]
** [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0027&d=0066 Chapter 27]] also used this with [[spoiler: Selenis overriding the clone activation to transfer her consciousness to the clone in her hideout when it was discovered by a squad of soldiers while she was stuck in orbit against an intruding ship.]]
* CasualInterstellarTravel: because the stars are much closer together at the galactic core than they are out in the vicinity of Earth, this is possible despite the lack of FasterThanLightTravel.
* CharacterDevelopment: Selenis seem to gain some positive aspects after [[spoiler: her time in a cult colony led by Hierophanta]] Episode 22.
* ClonesArePeopleToo:
** The entire [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0014&d=0002 Episode 14]] displayed Selenis' prototype clone [[spoiler: being terminated without remorse]] despite already displaying emotions and personality.
** Entire story arc involving [[spoiler: Luna who was cloned as an adolescent in order to create more stable clone]], starting from this [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0033&d=0027 strip]].
* CloneDegeneration: The [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0006&d=0092 cloning technology]] had been less-than-stellar since all of the clones had short lifespan and imperfect memories that they are used for temporary cover-ups. Selenis Zea possessed [[LostTechnology Perriman cloning and memory transfer technology]] from [[spoiler: [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0032&d=0117 destroyed]] [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0032&d=0118 facility]] where she worked centuries ago]] that allowed her to become virtually immortal, but she suffered from flaws that she had to [[spoiler: [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0011&d=0019 slate]] the [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0012&d=0013 death]] of her 34th clone in Episode 12, in order to increase her long-term survival,]] and it is implied that Selenis had to resolve issues with her clones' defects centures before the comic's timeline.
* ColonyDrop: A ship 10 times the size of a Galaxy-class freighter, moving at 10 percent light speed, hits a planet. Only those important enough to get on the few evacuation ships survive.
* CorporateWarfare: Occasionally happen in SMBHAX-verse.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Solvan Mar gets the most screen time, but he's far from the only one.
* [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Galaxy]]: As the comic's description says, " an area of space dominated by a gigantic black hole, where energy is abundant and life is cheap."
* CultColony: Ended up in this trope in [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0022&d=0001 Episode 22]], [[SaintlyChurch one]] led by [[GoodShepherd benevolent]] priestess and another [[CorruptChurch rival and possibly malevolent cult]] led by Selenis' [[SinisterMinister acquaintance]].
* DeathBySex: The rare male example, [[spoiler: she seduced Kol Andiran into letting his guard down enough to knife him on the bed]].
* DecoyProtagonist: It's been many chapters now since we last saw Vero Plank (not that Selenis is much of a protagonist to begin.)
* DrivenToSuicide: In the end of episode 20, [[spoiler: Selenis jump off from Treban's apartment to prevent her corporation to track her.]]
* EarthThatWas: Suggested throughout. There's a historical society dedicated to collecting artifacts and data about Earth. They even have something called a "tree." Whether the humans of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgr_A* Sagittarius A*]] come from ColonyShip or Perriman's cloning technology is debatable.
* FanService: Selenis can be seen as this in swim suit, [[LatexSpaceSuit space suit]], or [[NakedOnRevival without clothes]].
** MsFanservice: The above mentioned clothings usually give her a sex appeal.
* FemmeFatale: Selenis.
* FrickinLaserBeams: used in both [[SpaceFighter many space fighters]] and basic space ships.
* FullFrontalAssault: Selenis' newly activated clone, recently came out naked from vet, fight a squad of soldier in this [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0027&d=0086 strip]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Chapter 25 ended with [[spoiler: the leader of Corporation who took over the station later got mutineed by his own employees when Selenis leaked his information on giving large portion of profits to Corporation that funded his operation.]]
* HotScientist: PlayedWith and Downplayed, during her [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0032&d=0115 memory of her (distant and progenitor) past]] as a researcher centuries before, she does have good looks but her age in [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0014&d=0011 Episode 14]] seems to catch up by the time she created her prototype clone. Not to mention that the current iteration of Selenis had been doing more mercenary work than research in order to maintain her funding for her cloning operation.
* ImmortalityImmorality: Due to her [[BodyBackupDrive constant cloning]], the already-morally scrupulous Selenis is effectively an immortal.
* ImmortalProcreationClause: {{Justified}}, according to [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showsinglepost.php?p=18883950&postcount=117 Ben Chamberlain's post]], since Selenis' pregnancy may complicate the cloning process.
* LatexSpaceSuit[=/=]SensualSpandex: Most of her appearance in space suit is form fitting enough to see her curves.
* {{Lightworlder}}: JustifiedTrope due to the majority of habitable areas in the settings are low-gravity and those coming from few areas with higher gravity can jump higher. According to WordOfGod, Selenis had to keep in shape for adaptation to both Earth-like and low gravity settings.
* LostTechnology: Perriman's 'perfected' cloning technology.
* MegaCorp: Many, and powerful. Conventional government has been mentioned only once, and only in passing.
* NakedOnRevival: The activation of Selenis' clone upon her death(s) can result in this due to being formed in vats. [[spoiler: FullFrontalAssault ensues when she have to override the command to fight off a squad in this [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0027&d=0086 strip]]]]
* NeuralImplanting: Selenis' brain contained implants that transfer her previous memories to another clone after her death.
** She can also[[spoiler: override the on-death command to activate a clone though only used as a last resort due to side effects]].
* [[OlderThanTheyLook Older Than She Look]]: Thanks to her using [[{{Body Backup Drive}} cloning technology]] for decades, she appear younger than she would appear. Lampshaded in [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0022&d=0012 this comic]].
** Really700YearsOld: How old she would be if her original form had lived beyond the time of [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0014 this comic]] without cloning technology or natural death. [[spoiler: Even [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0030&d=0016 "her"]] [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0030&d=0017 previous]] [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0030&d=0018 visits]] to Pearl up to a century hadn't gone unnoticed by the current point.]] As of [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0032&d=0115 Episode 32]], [[spoiler: her age might have been much old enough to witness the beginning of human civilization in the comic ]].
* PleasurePlanet: The Pearl in [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0028&d=0002 Episode 22]] provided entertainment based on historical periods, including MedievalEuropeanFantasy with an animatronic dragon.
* PutOnABus: Plank, since the end of Episode 10 after shooting Selenis (who later took over most of the comics' plot) in cloning facility.
* ShaggyDogStory:
** Episode 11 and 12, the result from Selenis' assault on Solvan Mars' facility [[spoiler: ended in her death, which the location of the LostTechnology from her NeuralImplant was sent in 34th clone, who was slated to be purged for the long-term survival of her future clones that effectively erased the information 2 years (ComicBookTime) after Episode 11.]]
** Episode 17: [[spoiler: Selenis' search for cloning technology on the planet's turned fruitless when the database isn't available on its archive and ended with the facility's [[NukeEm nuclear bombardment]].]]
* StealthInSpace: Fusion engines leave a radiation trail that can be easily tracked, while chemical engines do not.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Distances in the core are much smaller, as noted above, but at best that would mean a journey of years between stars instead of millennia, and definitely not the days depicted.
* SpacePirates: Episode 24 had a group of them led by a CorruptCorporateExecutive who recently captured a space station with Selenis' aid. [[spoiler: see HoistByHisOwnPetard for its end]].
* ThereAreNoGoodExecutives: There ''[[SuspiciouslySpecificTense was]]'' one.
* VaporWear: Whenever Selenis wears [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0017&d=0084 skin]]-[[http://smbhax.com/?e=0023&d=0018 tight]] [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0026&d=0021 outfit]], which she shows her naked body beneath her LatexSpaceSuit to the point her feet can be seen.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Selenis tried this trope with Vero in this [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0010&d=0103 strip]] when both of them were trapped in Perriman's cloning facility by an armed starship, [[spoiler: which ended with her [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0010&d=0151 death]] and a Cliffhanger on [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0010&d=0152 Vero's indecision]] to whether he should clone himself or not.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman/ ClonesArePeopleToo: This [[http://smbhax.com/?e=0014&d=0013 comic]] subverted this trope, especially the somber mood of Selenis' clone over her realization as a copy of her creator and [[spoiler: her termination]]!
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: [[FemmeFatale Selenis Zea]], further emphasized by the minimal colors of the comics making her hair white.
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