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The Non-Adventures of Wonderella
"I started out Wonderella to make an off-the-clock superhero who was an average woman instead of some 24/7 warrior... though somewhere along the line, 'average woman' became a cross between Elaine Benes and Zelda Fitzgerald."
Justin Pierce The Non-Adventures of Wonderella
is a parody of the
, and many superhero tropes in general. It focuses mainly on the mundane parts of the life of Wonderella, a lazy
superheroine who demonstrates
little interest in being a hero
... or, in fact, doing anything much outside of partying, getting completely wasted, violence, and shopping. She is super-strong, super-durable, and she can't fly but she can "totally jump hella high," and
when tied up she can hork up a giant octopus
tell plants to die
curl up in a perfect ball when traumatized
. Also has a rarely used invisible blimp.
The comic updates on Saturdays, and usually is accompanied by a message from the writer.
This webcomic provides examples of: Specific instances: Beware the Nice Ones: And here you thought Rita's only personality trait was being The Ditz. Think again! Blasphemous Boast: "God answers to ME!" Blessed with Suck: Animating touch. Breast Expansion: Even if you shouldn't have breasts at all.
Due to overwhelming reader response, I have added breasts to the space dinosaur cowboy.
Breath Weapon: A result of nuclear exposure Brick Joke: The monster who first appears here and pops up again here. Brown Bag Mask: Wonderella dons one of these to hide from her past self. Her past self notices, but instead of investigating, draws a penis on the bag. But for Me, It Was Tuesday: This would be an example where the hero said something like that...if Dana qualified as a hero. Dana:
Who the christ are you?
Er, I'm Devlin. You drove us off a cliff and nearly
, remember? Hell, we got
married two years ago! Dana:
I marry or nearly kill
of guys. You'll have to be more specific.
Butterface: Wonderella describes as this. Earth Butterfly of Doom: Daylight savings CRIME.
"Just seems like there are
risks in altering the past, ya know?" "Risks like , maybe." everything going exactly perfectly Call Back: Frequent. For one example, when Nixon is cursed by an ice elemental, Wonderella suggests they build a snowman... with results that apparently occur "every frickin' time." The Cameo: Stephen Fry appears as Holmes' brother Mycroft in a strip which came out just after the announcement that he would be in the next Sherlock Holmes film. Can't Believe I Said That: This strip. Wonderella: "...that's like the worst comeback ever uttered by the human mouth." Captain Ersatz: Well over half the cast. Captain Patriotic: Patrianna. Card-Carrying Villain: Amongst Wonderella's Rogues Gallery, Hitlerella is really the only one enthused about evil as a concept. Care Bear Stare: The actual stare from turns out Care Bears to have bad effects. Car Fu: She doesn't even remember her own strength! Catch Phrase: "Time to get wonderful!" To Wonderella's horror. "To the time machine!" whenever she decides to time travel. Which she seems to do every five minutes or so. Character Blog: Twitterella The Chew Toy: Jokerella Clip Show: Briefly.
hate when lazy sitcoms reuse old material in clip shows?" Clothes Make the Maniac: The dress is made from evil incarnate, but it was marked 70% off. Cloud Cuckoolander: Rita. Combining Mecha: Penumbra's Faerie Force provides a magical version. Combo Platter Powers: As mentioned in the description above, Wonderella's powers include Super Strength, being able to kill plants on command, and vomiting an octopus. She's hinted at further powers as well. Comeback Tomorrow Comedic Sociopathy: Wonderella's blatant disregard for the safety and well being of pretty much everything other than herself (and possibly, her mother). Lampshaded when she travels to a Mirror Universe (see below). Comically Missing the Point: Wonderella embodies this trope. When acting as Firebrand's attorney, she insists she's qualified because she's seen the first half of every episode. With only the occasional rare exception, the first half of every episode of that show focuses on the cops tracking down the suspect, with the trial beginning in the Law & Order second half. Comic Book Death: "Rita, Rita. Superheroes don't die. And if they do, they come back in like, a week!" Wonderella: "Apparently a lot of 'em are dead now." Crowd: *GASP!* Wonderella: Superhero dead, guys. Crowd: "Ohhhhh." Continuity Nod: "The Easter Bunny doesn't exist!" "Gasp! What about Santa?" "Sure, 'til I killed him!" Cool Crown: Wonderella, her mother, and Wonderita have tiaras as part of their superhero outfits. Crossover Cosmology: Lampshaded in the end of the Saving Christmas two-parter; then later, with the Norse. Curse Cut Short: When Wonderella appears on children's television. Wonderella: You wanna know what you can't do on television?! YOU CAN ALL GO FU- Cursed with Awesome: Any blade that Rita touches now becomes dull as an eroded stone. This includes blades attacking her though. Cyberspace: Wonderella saved it from whitespace sites trying to take over. Darker and Edgier: As with everything she does, Jokerella screws this up. Although Hitlerella also has her own embarrassing Darker and Edgier stage. Deadpan Snarker: Wonderella's mother Deal with the Devil: Wonderella even learns a harsh lesson in avoiding this. Death Glare: Jesus Christ actually gives one. Deconstructive Parody Digital Piracy Is Evil: Wonderella Sr. did an old video promoting the web, which included a message about this trope... in rap form. Disney Owns This Trope: Universal forbade Rita from asking a flapper to go " Back to the Future" with her and Dana. When Santa Claus came back from the dead to seek revenge against Wonderella, she locked him in the Disney Vault. The day after an April Fool's prank turned Wonderella into Jabba the Hutt, Justin Pierce reported that Disney forced him to change Wonderella back to normal. Does Not Like Guns: "Superheroes aren't supposed to use guns, but bludgeoning people with giant, metal implements? Totally kosher." Do Not Adjust Your Set: Hiterella takes over Wonderella's TV signal. Does This Remind You of Anything?: Being an archnemesis. Seems it requires lots of dedication and the unspoken agreement to limit torture and captivity to a single heroine (or her plucky sidekick). The heroine, by herself, is bound to listen her nemesis' villanious rants and, after beating her nemesis, stay there until the police comes. Connect some dots... Dresses the Same: Parodied, as they're both *evil* outfits. Drugs Are Bad: Parodied. Beer and cigarettes are the way to go. Dude, Not Ironic: Rita's punishment isn't ironic, as her punishment didn't fit her crime. Dumbass Has a Point: Wonderella might be a ditz, but she knows a bad catch phrase when she sees one. Eldritch Abomination: Spirral. Even Evil Has Standards: Hitlerella is outraged by people having to work on Thanksgiving. She also doesn't like people using the "R-word". So yeah, Hitlerella's sense of ethics is rather... eclectic. As has been duly lampshaded. Hitlerella: For your information, I got it from a nice old lady in Queens. And yes, it was reasonably priced. Wonderella: You're gonna blow up Queens with an atom bomb you How the hell do your ethics even stole! WORK!? Everybody Laughs Ending: Parodied with everyone laughing over Wonderella's double laying dead on the ground. Everything's Better with Plushies: Vampire bats make better plushies than plushies. Twilight Evil Plan: Jesus Christ has one. Exact Words: Not the best direction there, Dr. Shark. Eye Beams: But just as an allergic reaction to shellfish. Fairytale Wedding Dress: That even had a white version of her tiara. Fake Static: "The last time I called her to announce my Manifesto for Simian Domination, Wonderella alleged she was going through a tunnel!" Fangirl: Hitlerella with regards to Wonderella Sr. "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Wonderella talks a tumor into leaving a boy's body. Fate Worse than Death: Santa becomes Intellectual Property of Disney... and they never give back. Fetish: A few are brought up. Flat Earth Atheist: Dr. Shark, as established here. Also lampshaded in the Alt Text here:
"Like all good comic book scientists, Doctor Shark is willing to ignore massive swaths of his own inexplicable universe."
Flight, Strength, Heart: Wonderella's powers start as standard original Superman and get weirder. Foot Popping: When Wonderella first meets Devlin. Forgot About The Mind Reader: Wonderella forgets that Lady Liberty has Telepathy. Former Kid Sidekick: Wonderella was "Wonderita" when her mother held the titular office. It seems to have had a bad effect. Fortune Teller: She gives Wonderella a portent of doom. Friendly Enemy: No villain is as nice to a hero at her mercy than Hitlerella is to Wonderella ( she may lock her in a cell and force her to watch her city burn, but at least she lets her watch it on a widescreen in 3D), and the feeling seems mutual. Fun with Acronyms: A spy organization.
"What does M.A.L.I.C.E. stand for?"
"It stands for evil, darling." Genie in a Bottle: Lampshading the Disneyfication. Genius Loci: Target and Walmart. Genre Savvy: Wonderella is fully aware when she is stuck in Yet Another Christmas Carol. Gift of the Magi Plot: Subverted here, in that Wonderella merely wrecked the gift instead of trading something the other gift needed. Gilligan Cut: " S O O N :" This is used no matter the amount of passed time during the cut itself, be it a few minutes, thirty years or time travel. Girls with Moustaches: It's Hitlerella's greatest weakness. The Ghost: Although mentioned a number of times, the villain Orgy Biv has never been seen on camera. Go Karting with Bowser: Wonderella is apparently really friends with villain. every Gold Makes Everything Shiny: A gilded grappling hook. Grappling-Hook Pistol: A gilded one. Grenade Tag: On a defenseless Plant Person. Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Wonderella Harmless Villain: Jokerella, ever since her on-panel debut. Hates Everyone Equally: The Ku Klux Krayons, who hate all colors. Wonderella points out that they fall under that umbrella themselves. Have a Gay Old Time: Parodied here, perhaps in homage to the infamous " Batman's Greatest Boner":
You just pulled yourself a boner " so big, you're all wet! Her Code Name Was Mary Sue: Rita wrote herself into a story very like . Twilight Heroes Want Redheads: Devlin the arsonist, whom Wonderella bumps into and breaks up with every year at Valentine's Day. ( Also at the solstice.) Hidden Depths: Whoa, back up. Rita plays Warhammer? Hitler Ate Sugar: Done in . reverse
Wonderella (to Hitlerella): You know who else did monologues all day? Hamlet. Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: Queen Beetle is Genre Savvy to this one. Hockey Mask and Chainsaw: Rita is attacked in last panel here by a killer using both. Homage Humanity on Trial: Due to Earth's bad directions on DIY products. Hypochondria: Was once sure she had bird flu. Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each strip is titled with a purposely terrible pun. "Daylight Savings CRIME", "Mostly ARMLESS", "Bad to the CLONE", etc. I Love Nuclear Power: Parodied, subverted, with one-third Genetic Engineering is the New Nuke. Imagine Spot: In a hot air balloon race. Incredibly Lame Pun: Happens constantly in the Alt Text. Such as Peter Pan being thrown to the sharks by Somali Pirates yielding "Thanks, chum!" as the Alt-Text stinger. And, of course, the titles for all the comics. Incredibly Obvious Bomb: Lampshaded in the alt text. Then Wonderella leaves one of her own. Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Jokerella, although many of the other villains have their moments. Insult Backfire / Your Mom: "What about Heidi Klum? She's German." "So's YOUR MOM." "...wait, did you actually just say that?" I Take Offense to That Last One: Reversed in this strip, when Wonderella tells an over the top story about her day, the part that Wonderita questioned...was Wonderella baking anything. The next comic has Hitlerella capture her, imprison her somewhere far away, and forces her to watch the destruction of New York City due to atom bomb through a satellite feed. What grinds Wonderella's gears? Well... Hitlerella: Out of this entire scenario. You have a problem. With the TV. I Want Grandkids: Ginormus's mother, as referenced in this strip Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Lampshaded here Jedi Mind Trick: Penumbra mistakes it for using force lightning. Jerkass: Pretty much everyone has Jerkass moments, but Patrianna and Wonderella definitely fall into this. Jizzed in My Pants: Devlin sees his date has fire powers. Unfortunately, due to his ambiguous phrasing, his date probably thought he'd wet himself in fear. Just Between You and Me: Evil terrorists telling Wonderella about their death rays. Just in Time: Wonderella's mother gives an in-universe justification for enforcing this trope here. Kangaroo Court: Patrianna is Wonderella's Jerkass, snarky rival heroine. She's also Anna Petri, the only judge in their nameless city. This combination can lead to real awkward results... Kid from the Future: Turns out to be evil. Kill Sat: With a bit of No Endor Holocaust. Klingon Promotion: The Lad-ette: Wonderella herself. Ladyella: Wonderella, Hitlerella, and Jokerella, are the most prominent, but not the only ones. Lawyer Friendly Cameos of other DC characters, referred to only by first name. Aquaman. Ant Man. Batman. Captain Ersatz of Marvel characters occasionally appear, too. Legacy Character: Her mother Titania was the original Wonderella, her sort-of sister Penumbra was apparently also a hero. Queen Beetle and Patrianna were later revealed as having legacies of their own. Leotard of Power: Wonderella's outfit. Little Black Dress: Just woven from evil incarnate. Logic Bomb: Attempted here. It doesn't work. Lolcats: Cats that talk in LOLspeak. Magic Feather: "See this is why I don't do pep talks." The Magic Touch: On this page, Wonderella gains the power to give life to anything she touches. Medium Awareness: God The Men in Black: parodied Merchandise-Driven: Wonderella gets a silly car, cape, and gun to sell toys. Milestone Celebration: Comic #300, " Hair of the DOG STAR," goes on for longer than the usual strip. Mini Dress Of Power: Wonderella Sr. wears a short skirt and top variant. Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: Changed into a Non Sequitur for April Fools' Day. Mirror Universe: Wonderella's doppelganger is just like her, because "The opposite of neutral is still neutral." Mistaken for Profound: Wonderella's selfishness somehow saves Earth when it's mistaken for something worthwhile of humanity. Most Common Superpower: Notably averted. Briefly played straight when she gets relaunched. Wonderella's notable lack of this power becomes a plot point in this strip. My Eyes Are Up Here: Despite not having the Most Common Superpower, Wonderella's breasts are still nice to look at, apparently. Dana:
isn't a movie. This is real. As real as the breasts you're looking at instead of my eyes.
I'll do it.
Nerds Are Virgins: "Sorry, I wasn't in the A/V club. I had sex instead." Never the Selves Shall Meet: Parodied like many, many other Time Travel tropes. New First Comics New Powers as the Plot Demands: Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Wonderita gives CinnaMan a bright idea. Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Shark versus Ape! Not Quite Flight: Wonderella can jump hella high. "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: When giving a graduation speech. Number of the Beast: Wonderella's house number is 616. Oh Crap: Wonderella sees her mom about to sing a rap song. Oh, Cisco!: Wonderella Sr. says a weak joke and everyone laughs. Old Shame: Hitlerella has one of these In-Universe. Want to see it? Click here. Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Dr. Shark, though he's supposedly a biology professor. Anyone else with the slightest scientific leanings shows it, too. Dana: What exactly are you a doctor of, anyway? Dr. Shark: Oh, who remembers anymore? The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: KGBetty can't be Wonderella's arch nemesis. Hitlerella already is. Orifice Evacuation: It seems Wonderella can puke out a large octopus to squish enemies. note Orphaned Series: Justin Pierce's previous webcomic, Killroy And Tina (which he dropped largely in favor of working on Wonderella) Overly-Long Gag: Wonderella's mother recruits her nemeses to repeat the words "baby" and "babies" over and over in place of any actual plans. Paper-Thin Disguise: Wonderella never removes her tiara, and the collar of her shirt makes a "W" shape, exactly like her costume's. Parodied Trope: About 90% of the strips. The Parody Patrick Stewart Speech: With Patrick Stewart, even. Peek-a-Bangs: The blonde terrorist lady, in the spy story, has one. Pimped-Out Dress: Her outfit in a prison that Martha Stewart designed. Pink Means Feminine: Wonderita will not accept a Ring of Power that's any other color. Pink Product Ploy: Wonderita plays a game with a guitar controller that's pink. Piranha Problem: Hitlerella has a piranha tank that she drops Wonderella into. Wonderella's inedible to the piranhas, so they just make friends with her. Pity the Kidnapper: Wonderita gets Hitlerella to just let her go. Politically Incorrect Hero: For a given value of "hero". Positive Discrimination: Queen Beetle, the black female superheroine, who is intelligent, well-mannered, and with an actual functioning moral compass — very much in contrast with the lead. The Power Of ROCK: But will it work against ? bears Primary-Color Champion: Wonderella's and Wonderella Sr.'s outfits are blue, with red capes, and some yellow on their tiaras. The Problem with Pen Island: 2012's NoNadVentures.com April Fools' Day gag. Product Placement: Parodied in Wonderella's own comic-within-the-comic. Public Domain Character: Lampshaded Public Service Announcement: Don't drink cheap booze until you're already sloshed. Puff of Logic: Wonderella beats WHITE SPACE this way. Pun: Many examples. A French supervillain who can split herself into three people? . Paris Troika Pun-Based Title: Every single comic has a punny title. Punch Clock Hero: Taken pretty much to the limit. A Rare Sentence: In the Tiny Newsbox, in reference to this comic: Due to overwhelming reader response, I have added breasts to the space dinosaur cowboy. This was not a statement I was expecting to make today (or ever), but your logic is irrefutable and I am not above admitting my own mistakes. The Real Heroes: Not according to Wonderella. Reverse Polarity: Here.
Wonderella Sr.: Not so fast, Hitlerella! I reversed the polarity of your pulse cannon half an hour ago! The only one getting blasted with radiation is you! Rogues Gallery Runaway Bride: Here, even though she apparently already eloped with the guy. Running Gag: Russian Reversal: In Soviet Russia, water softens YOU! Ruthless Modern Pirates Saving Christmas: With Jesus. Screw Yourself: In one strip, the main character is split into two individuals, each representing a part of her personality. One Wonderella asks whether they have to have sex with each other to fix the problem. The other Wonderella says she’s straight but is willing to "lay back". Doctor Shark eventually solves the problem without any intercourse. Shooting Superman: Referenced here. Shout-Out Shown Their Work: When Wonderella discovers Blotter, Dr. Shark informs her on that that she has Trichomoniasis, and actually details the correct treatment option. Sidekick: Wonderita, who serves as a ditzy foil to Wonderella. Spoof Aesop: "If most people don't care about something, nobody should." In the first appearance of Dr. Shark, everybody in town gets turned into sharks and dies. The mouseover text tells us "Don't make the same mistakes these people did. Don't be sharks." Squee: Hitlerella is so excited to see Wonderella Sr. Stealth Pun: But spelled out in the alt text. Happens again with another bit of Alt Text - "Camel jokes are the last straw". Stepford Smiler: Wonderita, the sidekick, lays it down. "Silly! Human ladies are always supposed to smile, even when we aren't happy at all! See?" Name-dropped by Wonderella during one of her typical ads—this one for "The Titanicker". Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Wonderella's Arch-Enemy, the aptly named Hitlerella, is constantly coming up with new, strange devices to annoy Wonderella with. Suckiness Is Painful: Wonderella is literally set on fire by her mother's awful attempt at rapping. Super Hero: Wonderella, technically—she's got the "super" but not the "hero", and seems to have gotten the label mostly because she has powers and on average causes more good than harm. Her colleagues are mostly exasperated at her antics. Superheroes Wear Capes: Most of the superheroes of the strip wear capes or cloaks. Super Hero Origin: Wonderella's is a parody/pastiche of Superman's and Wonder Woman's. Taken for Granite: Happens to Dana in one strip, and it's even the title of that installment. Take That: At so many things. Tampon Run: Wonderella sends her ninja squad on one. Temporal Paradox: So going back in time to fix an already broken past negates the reason for going back to the past... Theme Naming: Wonderella, Hitlerella, and Jokerella. When our heroine meets plant-based villainess The Orchid, she suggests "Flowerella" instead.
Look, I just have this naming convention. If you wanna be my villain, you might as well have a name that rhymes.
There Is Another: Parodied and subverted. This Isn't Heaven: Through Frank Sinatra. Those Two Bad Guys: Voltaire and Teen Angel, who usually show up together. Token Minority: Queen Beetle, a black woman with the power of beetles. Poorly-conceived token black bear Onyx Star! Too Dumb to Live: The Wondertweens, who take the Earth with them.
matter!" "Form of anti-matter!" note Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: in Enter The DRAGON SLAYER Totally Radical: There's an old video of Wonderella Sr. telling kids about the wonders of the internet, and then doing a rap song about how internet piracy is bad. True Neutral: Or as Dr. Shark puts it, Personality pH 7. Unexplained Recovery: The Quizzicle. " Remember when this guy died? That was great." Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Wonderella, who tends to cause more problems than she solves on-screen. Why go punch giant lizards when you can have a beer and watch soaps? Video Will: "Oh! Hello there! I am dead." Villainous Harlequin: Jokerella, skimping on the "villainous". Her mother Pirouette was a much straighter example. Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: "Those, madam, are called scare quotes. I'm using them to strike terror into the hearts of my enemies." Waxing Lyrical: The entirety of Wonderella's speech here was cribbed from Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car." Weaksauce Weakness: Hitlerella's greatest weakness is that she has a moustache. It's not pretty. Wonderella halts an invading alien force with alcohol. (It doesn't poison them or anything, it just makes them think flying into the sun is a really good idea...) Weapons-Grade Vocabulary: When massed guitars try to destroy city using song, it didn't work. Then those guitars decided to use some experimental songs from Pete (a garage band), it resulted in a Big "NO!" from Wonderella and sidekick. Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Patrianna's outfit. Wham Episode: We all know how Dana is a usually selfish Jerkass whose morality is labeled as "neutral" and often causes as much damage as she tries to fix because of how often she thinks about herself, and is also the person who will not stand by and let her fans be treated like garbage by misogynist pigs. As seen here. What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Apparently Wonderella's original powers were so lame she was given new ones. What the Hell, Hero?: Nearly Once an Episode. It's that kind of strip. Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Here:
A giant pickle jar. Christ. Does anyone else here even own a gun? Wizarding School: Harry Potter style. Wolverine Publicity: Mocked when Wonderella's mom suggests she delay foiling the villain's plan until the last minute. Dana's Mom: Run around with the bomb! Waste time with some planes and tanks. You've seen how Batman does it. Wonderella: Yes, we've all seen the HELL outta Batman, Ma! Worth It: The snarky sign finds getting its store burned down was worth it just to throw a can at Wonderella's head. Wrong Genre Savvy: Wonderella is annoyed that finding a genie won't get her wishes. X Meets Y: Wonderella is essentially Wonder Woman meets Elaine from Seinfeld. Yaoi Fanboy: God, actually. And gays cause hurricanes by distracting Him from stopping them. Yes But What Does Zataproximetacine DO: Wonderella's... frank regarding what it does, but not regarding its side effects "Not gettin' paid by the word here"