Webcomic / The Property of Hate

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Our hero, and RGB.

"I say... Would you like to be a Hero?"
-RGB

The Property of Hate is a webcomic by Sarah Jolley (aka Modmad aka Fred aka Albionhands) that began publication in early 2012 and usually updates on Sundays.

A young girl is suddenly awoken by a strange man who refers to himself simply as RGB. He is formal in speech and odd in the head, or in the television set where his head should be. He asks her if she would like to become a hero, and though she answers with gusto, she doesn't have any knowledge of what will be expected of her as she leaves her home for a world in the skies.

The journey across the clouds takes her to a world badly in need of a hero, where lies and fears are very real and very dangerous. The hero's courage helps her survive her first encounter with fear itself, but her very young age — and RGB's refusal to explain anything — make it a difficult and dangerous journey for her.

The comic can be found on its own site here.

This comic provides examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: What happened to TOby, though he can still communicate with others. After he was torn to pieces and stitched back together with his own nerves.
  • Animate Inanimate Object:
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: The Hero and RGB find themselves ailed by (non-antropomorphic and of varied levels of sentience) manifestations of such turmoils as fear and grief.
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: The Ensemble, of the bartering vein.
  • Big "NO!": Preceded by a Little "No" after being presented the horseshoes he's supposed to wear, RGB's reaction to the title of Chapter 13 is effectively this.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Tinker appears to speak in Morse Code.
  • Bleak Level: Upon getting through the crystals, Hero and RGB make it to the Sandbar only to see it empty with bits of machinery and other bits scattered around.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The comic tends to do this every so often.
    RGB: Is my sketch showing?
  • Chiaroscuro: Why RGB's brightening in the darkness would not help, it would only make the dark more striking. Followed by his realization of how to fix it.
    • Chapter 17 is also called Chiaroscuro, and it begins with Hero and RGB finding the Sandbar completely devoid of trees.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Several minor characters often come back later, often with significant results.
    • Magnus, who first appears as a background character, later saves Hero and RGB from Click's laser cannon.
  • Cliffhanger: Quite a bit. Because the comic updates on Sundays, and Mod sometimes takes breaks in between to visit family or travel, many fans are left hanging.
  • Disney Death: Hero, when she falls out of the tree and is apparently impaled on one of the branches. It turns out that the hole that she got from being stabbed by a fear opened back up while she was arguing with RGB, so she's fine.
    • It's also possible that RGB and Hero haven't seen the last of Click if this page is any indication.
  • Don't Ask, Just Run: RGB's reaction to meeting the Fears the first time. Subverted when the Hero refuses to leave the Idea even after RGB explains what it is.
    • This happens again once RGB sees Click. Unfortunately for them, Click finds them and tries to murder them both.
  • Face Doodling: Of the mustache and glasses variety on RGB's screen.
  • Fisher Kingdom: The world the story takes place in apparently has some of these properties, as it causes Hero to get Identity Amnesia.
  • Foreshadowing: The pictures of Hero's wall during Chapter 1: The Hook foreshadow the appearance of The Idea's appearance later on.
    • The term 'Neutral' appears in the beginning of Chapter 14: Click. Hero later uses that term to describe RGB when Click asks her to Hero admit that EGB is evil.
    • In Chapter 15: Target Audience, it's stated that those who destroy the market will be destroyed in kind. Guess what happens to Click during Chapter 16: Ex Position?
    • Page 295 has Click's remaining eye falls onto a counter, setting up the possibility that someone will pick it up...
    • If you look carefully during one of the panels in Page 306, you notice that RGB's reflection in the crystal has a wrist despite having no wrists.
  • Framing Device: Chapter 9, Page 165 introduces an ominous one via a pair of scissors. Their presence is nothing short of Paranoia Fuel for the audience.
  • Hurricane of Puns: This page, revolving around time.
  • I Have Nothing to Say to That: RGB, upon receiving an... eloquent message from Hero via Assok.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: If you count getting shanked by a Fear, this has happened to the same character twice.
  • Inherently Funny Words: "Blighterpoop."
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: It's TO-by, but RGB wouldn't care.
  • Jumped at the Call: Hero. After saying goodbye to her mum.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: TOby has one to RGB's time-related Hurricane of Puns.
  • Liminal Being: RGB, asked what neutral means, says it's when something is neither one thing nor another, or is between the two. note 
  • Liminal Time: The beings in the market place are inbetween times or existences — they can't stay forever. (Hero compares it to a railway station.)
  • Meaningful Name: RGB means Red Green Blue after the additive color model used in the first color television broadcast, as well as the CRT and LCD monitors and TV sets that followed it.
  • Mundane Utility: One can actually use RGB's head as a television, but he's asleep and cannot wake when used this way.
  • No Name Given: The Hero. Actually, she has Identity Amnesia complete with Name Amnesia. She doesn't even realize it until she actually thinks about it.
  • Not a Game: The Hero and RGB bitterly accuse each other of treating it like a game in one fight.
  • Precision F-Strike: Done in a doubly literal sense here by Melody, who can only speak in musical notes and symbols.
  • Reality Ensues: This tends to happen every so often.
    • In page 31, Hero throws two Doubts at a Fear only to start crying once it actually glares at her. Once it impales her with it's beak three pages later, she breaks down in tears.
    • After watching RGB transform into his Negative self, Hero is left traumatized and as such tends to became scared if RGB extends his hand out to her.
    • Unlike the other monsters they've faced, Click hates RGB enough that he cannot be reasoned with. Upon seeing him, RGB takes the reasonable approach and decides that he and Hero have to flee.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Rereading the comic tends to reveal a lot of information that the reader won't notice the first time round.
    • Page 298 reveals several names of the past heroes. This adds more meaning to Assok, TOby, Dial, Tinker, Tailor, Julienne and Melody's introductions.
  • Scenery Porn: Lots and lots of it.
  • Shout-Out: From classic movies to alchemy, the author loves putting in references.
  • Stealth Pun: In spades.
    • Chapter 2: Page 23 introduces the Lie, a cute little thing that happens to be white in colour. In other words, it's a white lie.
    • For example: A sleeping RGB's speech bubble is blank white - it's white noise.
    • Chapter 9 has Julienne and Melody cut off from the rest of the group with scissors.
    • During Chapter 11: Page 192, RGB literally steals a kiss.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: RGB manifests one after being knocked out by a Grief.
  • Surreal Symbolic Heads: A few characters, the most prominent of which is RGB. He's practically a technicolor version of the current page image.
  • Tarot Motifs: Currently, three Tarot Cards exist of Hero, RGB and Madras. Mod has stated that they wish to make more, once the cast is more complete.
    • The black and white guardians with the horse and bird heads area reference to the High Priestess card. The white one is always positioned on the right, and the black one is always positioned on the left, in reference to the pillars on the card.
  • Tell Him I'm Not Speaking to Him: Starting on this page. An interesting example, as the messenger is only ever able to speak when copying someone else's words (albeit imperfectly).
  • The Wonderland: The setting is a place where lies, doubts, fears and ideas are tangible entities. The sun fell out of the sky and turned into trees and a ocean rests on top of a forest.
  • Visible Silence:
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: This page of the comic uses this and also resembles an old cartoon.
  • You Cannot Kill An Idea: Taken quite literally.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Practically said word-for-word by RGB, with regards to Hero. The given reason is not that it's physically impossible to go back, but that wherever they are is something of a Fisher Kingdom and Hero now has Identity Amnesia; thus she is no longer the person she was and can't resume her old life.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Not necessarily, but a common theme within the story is how phenomena the mind comes up with can become very real and, consequentially, very dangerous.

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