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Webcomic: Suppression
Suppression is a 3D webcomic.

The town of Ebon Creek has been struck by a horrible plague. The ground's turned to mud and the whole town is sinking. There are demonic monsters roaming the streets that may or may not have once been human. But a lucky few have come out of it all with a wide variety of powers. Not that they can really enjoy it with an army of mooks hunting them down to be quarantined in the re-purposed asylum on the edge of town.

Nearly every page is an awesome, negated awesome, Oh Crap or Exposition-laden moment, often overlapping.

Suppression contains examples of:

  • Adorkable: Solstice fits this trope to a T.
  • Alliterative Name: Many characters sport these kinds of names from Morris Miller (was actually lampshaded in his instance), William Wight and Garret "Iggy" Grenner
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Discussed by Iggy here. It's even the title of the page.
  • Animal Motif: Azgrut and scorpions. His prosthetic eye has seven optics (making for a total of eight) and when he gets serious in a fight, he summons scorpion legs (complete with tail). Also, presuming he was responsible for the Demonslayer mechs, they also have a rather distinctive shape.
  • Anti-Hero: The majority of the protagonists are this, such as Bael and Charlie.
  • Anti-Magic: Ley Stone explicitly does this.
  • Anti-Villain: Grenner is this half of the time. The other half is walking nightmare fuel.
    • King Law is most definitely this after it was revealed he sacrificed his entire empire to stop the Forever War between the Wights and Thal'nasians and the monsters either side created in that war.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Nick has red hair, Charlie's looks like he stuck his finger in a light socket and Victus has a very blue-themed outfit. Semi-justified with the plague users in Ebon Creek due to the Plague changing their appearance; the flashback arc shows them before they got the plague.
    • Whenever Kirk is holding or using Morty, a third forelock appears, dyed red. No one seems to notice...
  • Authority in Name Only: Discussed, mainly by the King of Thal'nasia, about how being royalty isn't all that great. He states the Royal Family of Thal'nasia does have some authority but it looks like it's mostly used to babysit The Council. The King then comments on how he's Surrounded by Idiots in political meetings.
  • Badass Bookworm: Eric Duril.
  • Badass Normal: Pre-plague Bael takes on a huge swarm of demons with little more than a lead pipe. He doesn't win, but dang if that scene doesn't take your respect for the guy up a notch.
    • Santris has this down to a pat. He's so far shown no sign of using magic or being infected with the Plague, and regardless seems to be masterminding half the plot around.
  • Barrier-Busting Blow: Iggy does not have very much success with walls in Ebon Creek. The Demonslayer stands up to shoot over it, and Grenner just shatters the thing effortlessly. Justified in that he's working with either dried soil or mud, neither of which are particularly helpful. He implies that this happened the first time he made a wall, too.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Santris, Grenner, and Maxwell are pretty much equals, with the as-of undefined Bartleby as an equally powerful fourth agent. Now with the addition of the ancient Wight's King Law and Sigvaldi the Exile adding possibly more major villains with differing agendas.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Alaster has a huge case of this, especially when it concerns his lovable sister, Meredith "Merry" Wight.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Kirk. Charlie and Alaster probably count, since they're equal parts wacky and dangerous.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: The Wights, along with Badass Family.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Arrie, Cerene, and Sally.
  • Blood Knight: Alaster proceeds to kill a mook and then continue chatting up the guy's corpse.
  • Bloody Murder: Jericho's blood is acidic. He melts a sword in half while being cut. It's also purple.
    Trevor: Right through to the chainmail... dammit, I liked this shirt.
  • Blood Magic: Arthur.
  • Body Horror: All over the place. The 'powers' introduced so far are either elemental manipulation or something horrifyingly organic. There's also the chance that demons actually are plagued humans who went too far.
  • Body Snatcher: Bael does it in an especially Squicky manner; Word of God states that his body just goes under the host's skin and moves them around like they're some kind of body suit. Chew on that mental image.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Seems to be Arthur's M.O. He complains in a mopey tone about how everything is going wrong and then just as casually says "anyway, time to rip your soul from your living flesh."
  • Calling Your Attacks: Some, but not others. Kirk seems to do it mainly, but Trevor does it once. Incidentally, both were using Morty at the time.
    • It's a popular fandom theory that Morty comes up with the names.
  • Chew Toy: Nick. Poor Nick. He sort of earns it by running scared in the first few real scenes he gets, including flashbacks.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Cerene can 'prism' her personality into Red, Blue, and Grey Cerene, colored appropriately. Also, the flashback arc shows that many of the main characters' appearances have changed color from exposure to the Plague.
    • Also justified with mana, explanation starting here and continuing onto the next page.
  • Conservation of Competence: Subverted. Surprisingly, the Council has been described as idiots by everyone and only earned the title of 'Prestigious Idiots' because their most prominent roles are as politicians which they are terrible at being. This makes it look like the only people that are competent at meetings are the military Generals. Otherwise, they are relatively intelligent, reasonable people.
  • Cultural Posturing: Bartleby just oozes this when he doesn't even acknowledge the humans as relevant when scheming with Maggie about their evil plot. You can't argue with Bartleby after all because Thal'nasians are clearly better than everyone else.
  • Cute Bruiser: Sally seems to swing between this and Blood Knight; puppy cute one minute and gleefully quoting Breaking Benjamin and punching out mooks the next. Though, the cute side seems only reserved for Bael.
  • The Corruption: The Plague
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Seemingly all sympathetic characters have shades of this, but especially Kirk. See that guy? The one in the spiky mook armor with a demon following him around? He's one of the nicest, not to mention funniest, characters introduced, and the resident Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • Deader than Dead: Maxwell. His soul gets chugged by Arthur who assimilates his entire existence so he can't be raised.
  • Death by Origin Story: A third of the Thal'nasian population via the Blood Red Rebellion (which for all intensive purposes is the Origin Story for many of the Thal'nasians), which includes several people like Azgrut: Royal Prince, the previous Red General: Horace Tyburn, and the majority of the Kuin Family Line.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Maxwell is killed by a sudden falling mook. Arthur proceeds to poke his corpse with one foot, sigh, and complain. Justified since they're a family of necromancers.
  • Death Is Cheap: The villains have necromancers. An entire family of Necromancers. On top of that, most of the characters seem to have a way of just coming back in the story. Take a look at Trevor's brother Eric who was killed by laser beam and came back within five pages.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Charlie vs William Wight. It's also our first real indication that Charlie's been through more than he's letting on, and makes his Madness/Survival Mantra actually mean something.
  • Doing in the Scientist / Doing in the Wizard : Played with- there are both scientific and magical explanations given.
  • The Dragon: Maggie Tyburn for Bartleby.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Everyone has a Dark and Troubled Past, period. No exceptions. What is scary is that all the events that causes everyone's problems might all be related to each other...
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Sally can be seen punching Kirk in the face long before he's introduced as a significant character. Arthur also mentions Bartleby offhandedly before he's introduced in the Flashback Arc. Morris was also mentioned quite early on by Iggy before we actually see him.
  • Elemental Powers: A good number of the main cast
  • Empathic Weapon / Equippable Ally: Morty seems to fit this role. So far he's been an arm cannon, a drill and a sword, also making him a Shapeshifter Weapon.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Alaster, possibly. His intentions with those meat hooks may not be pure, but at least he seems to have his own ideas...
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Seems to be a racial trait of the Thal'nasians. If you look carefully, Trevor, Arrie, and Victus have a darker band of color around the outside of their eye, making it look like their eyes are glowing. Arthur identifies Arrie as Thal'Nasian at a glance, mentioning her eyes. Azgrut also has these same eyes, as does Bartleby Hayse. Victus states that Azgrut is "clearly Thal'nasian".
  • Exposition Fairy / Mr. Exposition: Pretty much any new character with new information is going to have to fill the other players in. Lampshaded often.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Justified in that demons incorporate what they eat into their anatomy. Morty's position as a weapon is because his diet seems to consist mostly of guns and a paper cutter, fed to him by an observant Kirk.
  • Faceless Goons: Subverted. When Bael slaughters a group of mooks, Kirk proceeds to stop and give a touching eulogy "From one nobody to another" Of course, then they turn out to be zombies...
  • Five-Man Band: Albeit with no clearly defined hero.
  • Four-Star Badass: The Generals of Thal'nasia. It has been mentioned that Victus alone could freeze the entirety of Ebon Creek.
  • Funny Background Event: A rather serious standoff between Iggy and Bael is interspersed by comments from Kirk and Nick. Nick does this so often it could be his M.O.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: Kirk before losing his mask, along with the rest of the troop that got taken out.
  • Glass Cannon: Charlie could almost qualify as a Squishy Wizard.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Occasionally shown with the mages that Bael supercharges with his Plague abilities (i.e. Iggy in the asylum elevator).
  • Golem: These are things that exist and the creation of them are actually specialities of certain characters. William in particular is a prime example from Sigvaldi.
    • Solstice creates adorable Shadow Elemental ones that do chores.
    • Azgrut has been credited with making death robots that are actually a type of Golem within the context of the world.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While Bael may be helping the main characters, he's certainly not pulling any punches. Word of God even compares him to Jet in that aspect.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Played with, as it's shown that regenerating your body through plague powers actually furthers the infection, but people do certainly seem to walk off a lot of pretty nasty wounds. (getting your hands cut off, for example, though Charlie was really not happy about that)
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Mara Kuin. This mainly is due to Mara taking the place of Horace Tyburn who is pretty universally reviled in Thal'nasia for his actions when he was still around. Red Generals historically are also disliked because, typically, Red Generals did things For Great Justice but usually had less than favourable methods of accomplishing their goals if they hadn't gone completely kooky becoming a Well-Intentioned Extremist or a General Ripper during their time in office.
    Trevor: As for General Kuin... red is red.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: This troper very nearly ships Flashback-arc Iggy and Bael.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Iggy figured out how to use his power because he "would have killed for a wall" at the time. Kirk makes it very apparent that he has no idea what he's doing, but it doesn't seem to slow him down much.
    Kirk: Do you have any idea what that means? Well, the fun truth of it is, I don't have a clue either. *cue Slasher Smile* Let's find out together, huh?
    Iggy: For the record, that's the dumbest threat I've ever heard.
  • Improbable Age: Mara Kuin is only in her teens but is General of the Red Division of Thal'nasia militia.
  • Innate Night Vision: Solstice Disglair allegedly has this and is actually quite comfortable doing paperwork in pitch-black darkness. She's even called out for it by other people.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Merry" is an Affectionate Nickname from her brother Alaster, to which she insists on being called by it rather than her real name. "Sammy" for Samantha Wight is also another one, but instead she insists on being called her first name. Charlie as The Nicknamer conveniently gives everyone meaningful nicknames in the form of mythological references.
  • Insistent Terminology: "Earth-art" Iggy; of course, it's pretty hard to tell what anyone's real name is.
  • Instant Runes: Appear whenever Trevor summons his weapons. Said runes are also all over the resulting object.
  • It's All My Fault: Trevor seems to think so, concerning Arrie's brother.
  • Lampshading: On its way to Better than a Bare Bulb; notably when Arrie is the only one who is called out on using "action movie lines", apparently because she sucks at them.
  • Last Name Basis: General John Victus often just goes by General Victus or just plain Victus and is better known as Victus.
  • Light Is Not Good: So far, two people show up in a white suit. Charlie sports one in the Flashback Arc, where he's completely nuts, and Bartleby, who has already shown several telltale signs of being a powerful dangerous villain.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: Arrie makes portals. She killed Maxwell with nothing but that and a bit of handy terminal velocity.
  • Little Dead Riding Hood: Averted with Red Cerene, who is both aggressive and has some nasty looking claws. She doesn't quite fit Lady in Red, either.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Suppression has a sizeable amount of characters distributed among all the various factions, and they keep throwing more characters in them.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: What the Plague hands out like candy to it's victims. But most notably Kirk, Cerene, Bael, Grenner and Kolt.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Played With. Nathan Grenner and Iggy are Father and Son respectively and are highly aware of this fact. The only people who didn't know about this were the main cast and the audience.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: People controlled by William get large, blank round ones.
  • Mook-Face Turn: Happens off screen to Kirk when he's left for dead after a fight early in the story.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: It's hard to believe Dr. Kolt ever actually helped people. Grenner, on the other hand, is so far the nicest introduced villain, not counting Azgrut who seems to just want to be left alone.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: A few characters have quite the set of gnashers, most noticeably Alaster. Sally also sports these, but that's only when her temper runs unchecked (or possibly her bloodlust; she smiles with prominent fangs in an early scene after beating an entire troop of mooks.
  • Mundane Utility: Iggy uses his powers to sculpt; later, Nick is seen using his to see better in a dark tunnel.
    • Everything produced by Trevor's Hammerspace is covered in runes. Up to and including a clipboard and pen he uses to write a letter.
    • Solstice's Golems are used for everything from filing papers to serving coffee and snacks.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Almost as often as the actual moments. Notably whatever Kirk was going to do to break down the doors and pretty much any time Iggy uses his powers in battle. He still manages to somehow be a badass, though.
  • Nice Hat: Say what you like about Bael, that is a FINE hat... that he apparently inherited from Charlie. Maggie also has a pretty nice hat.
  • No Respect Guy: Nick can't even get attention when he lights himself on fire.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Arthur mostly just mopes and complains. He gets bossed around by nearly everyone, including his own daughter. He's also an extremely powerful necromancer and one of the most dangerous villains in the whole comic.
  • Official Couple: Bael and Sally; Trevor and Arrie may be... the alt text pointed out a She Is Not My Girlfriend moment.
  • Oh Crap: "Unfortunately this is a pretty accurate re-enactment."
    • The appearance of William Wight, boogeyman of the magical community. And his reputation is well deserved.
  • Only Sane Man: Nick may be approaching this; while Iggy, Kirk, and Trevor are pretty sane themselves, they just tend to roll with the weirdness as it goes on. Of course, Trevor is an elf who lives in a magical community of crazy people. He has to be able to roll with the weird.
    • Arrie seems to be shaping up as an Only Sane Woman for the Asylum team.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Alaster, Gray Cerene, Merry and Arthur.
  • Personality Powers: Played with; it's shown that Nick has a temper, but he's not nearly as hotheaded as the classic 'Fire person' is. Also, Sally's violent tendencies are because of her Plague infection, rather than the other way around. Charlie was batshit insane in the flashback arc, but seems to have since gained coherence if nothing else.
  • Playing with Syringes: One of the many, many things that makes Kolt really unnerving.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Morty is positively tiny compared to the demons we've seen so far and yet has been instrumental in killing one and wiped the smirk off of Nigh Invulnerable Jericho. Admittedly, he's been working with Kirk, but still.
  • Power Glows: With in-universe explanation, see Color-Coded for Your Convenience.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Azgrut appears, berates the heroes for beating up on his killer robot, and then tells them to shut up and go upstairs. He's so far made no effort whatsoever to stop the heroes.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Ebon Creek crew is composed completely out of survivors of an apocalyptic event. The Council of Thal'nasia is also composed of people who are designated representatives of their organizations but are terrible at being politicians and are incredibly disorganized.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sally, Bael, Red Cerene; Arthur's glasses flash red when he's about to get nasty. Also subverted with Morty, who is ridiculously lovable, and Grenner, who despite being a villain, seems to be one of the more moral, sympathetic characters introduced so far.
    • And played terrifyingly straight with Demon Form Grenner. HUGE red eyes that take up the majority of his face. No discernible irises or sclera. Looks like Slenderman. Need I say more?
  • Required Secondary Powers: Pretty much anyone with powers has them.
    • General John Victus is immune to freezing himself
    • Nick doesn't burn himself or his clothes using his fire abilities
    • Maggie Tyburn is relatively immune to the effects of gravity. That has to be a requirement when you make black holes of doom.
    • Charlie can't shock himself into oblivion.
    • Bael conveniently gives immunity to the abilities he uses to the host he possesses.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Trevor.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Happens with Arthur ALL THE TIME. ALL THE TIME.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Confirmed by the author here. All the villains and ex-villains are/were at some point, the representatives for one of the sins.
    • Envy: Bartleby
    • Gluttony: Demon King (Or some demon based villain)
    • Lust: Kolt
    • Pride: Maxwell
    • Sloth: Arthur
  • Shout-Out: Some characters seem to have frequent references to a specific show/game/what have you.
  • Shown Their Work: The explanation on why mana glows is very well thought-out. Also, Charlie clearly needs either a connection with his target or electricity to already be present before he can zap it- he doesn't shoot lightning.
  • Sigil Spam: The logos for the Wight Family and Santris Industries, a Slasher Smile mask and a skull shaped gear respectively, can be found everywhere. All the Wights wear some trinket with the mask on it and the Gas Mask Mooks wear both symbols. Thal'nasia has the symbol for the city EVERYWHERE.
  • Sinister Scythe: Lampshaded and Discussed. Merry's Weapon of Choice is a scythe and she KNOWS it's a terrible weapon, to the point of practically quoting the page this trope uses to define it.
    Merry: It's a farming tool. It's reputation is just an extended metaphor for the harvesting of the undead.
    Alaster: And these are meat hooks; they're used to hang meat. Your argument is invalid.
    Merry: It's not a good weapon! You can't kill things with symbolism!
  • Smug Super: Jericho is Nigh Invulnerable. He's also a huge jerk about it.
  • Soul Bottle: As there are liches involved, it was to be expected. The soul is bound to a medium like water, then stored for ease of revival. It can be done to any soul, it's just that liches are necromancers capable of raising themselves.
  • Symbiotic Possession: Victus and Bael.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Bael gets immobilized, yet his mouth still works, a fact which he takes full advantage of.
  • There Are No Therapists: Poor, poor everyone. Justified in that everyone lived in a closed off society where everyone else is dead or horrifyingly undead (Ebon Creek), or lived in an "ideal" society that never really expected anything bad to happen (Thal'nasia)... Or they are Demon King Grenner, who is an actual therapist, but is in no position to help anyone with their emotional trauma. Grenner, rather, creates emotional trauma just with his presence.
  • The Undead: The Wights apparently all are... but they seem to be varying degrees of dead-ness.
  • This Is a Drill: Trevor's Weapon of Choice.
  • Transformation Trinket: Kevin's belt and bracelets.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Apparently this is the main trait of the Wights. Samantha is greenish, Maxwell, Alaster, William and Jericho are gray, and Arthur just looks like a guy who could probably use a tan.
    • Azgrut may well have nothing to do with the Wights, but with the huge bags under his eye and the bluish skin, he Looks Like Cesare.
  • Untrusting Community: Thal'nasia and humans. Justified since their biggest confrontation with humans happened to be the Wights and their zombie legions.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Even characters who are new to Ebon Creek tend to set aside the arbitrary scepticism fast. Arrie seems to take demon-form Sally right in stride, though she's visibly shaken at first.
    • Nick gets angry enough to spontaneously combust. Trevor nonchalantly continues the conversation and then, as an afterthought, asks him to put himself out, because he's writing on flammable paper.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Grenner just 'really' wants to cure the Plague. After seeing what it can DO to people, and has already done to him, can you BLAME the guy?
  • What's Up, King Dude?: Averted. The party can get an audience with the King and Council of Thal'nasia because they were with a renowned military General of Thal'nasia and Arrie, the Princess of Thal'nasia. Though, the King seems to have no qualms about who visits him as long as they're nice and won't murder everyone.
  • Which Me?: Cerene's powers include having three slightly independent bodies. She/they have a lot of trouble deciding what pronouns to use for each other-self.
  • White Shirt of Death: Flashback-arc Charlie is decked out in white when he picks a fight with Alaster and Merry; one comment even notes "you’re our man in the white suit, Charlie, time to get some stains."
  • World of Snark: Almost all of the funny comes from the character reactions to what is otherwise a rather dark setting.

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