Priestess: Sebastian is six foot three, and could kill a dragon with his bare hands! He carries a magical sword that can cut through anything, his companions support him with powerful magic and unmatched strength, he can look into your eyes and destroy the sin in your soul with nothing more than a thought!
True Villains is a fantasy, villain-focused web comic written by Josh Kurtz and Madison Hughes, and drawn by Max Karpsten, with colors by Darren Urmey.True Villains takes what you know about fantasy: how the good guys always win, the villains are definitely evil, mostly irredeemable, and always lose and flips it on its ear.The comic follows the story of Sebastian Jalek, an alchemist/adventurer. After a run in with the famed villain Xaneth Antaris, he turns over to the side of villainy. Sebastian then makes fast friends with Elia the necromancer and takes in the orphaned Mia.As the story expands, there are werewolves, elves, raging paladins, white-robed freaks, adventurers, crusaders, and much, much more.The main story is currently updating on Wednesdays and remastered pages, being completely redrawn by artist Max, are being put up on Mondays and Fridays.Can be found here.
Animesque- The original art style of the strip, but later and revised strips have a more realistic look
Anti-Hero- Pre- Heel-Face Turn, Sebastian was a Type I, with some shades of Type III. Although he did do good, he seems to have been doing it more for thrills or material rewards than out of a desire to help people, and when he learns that Xaneth's dungeon requires a life be sacrificed to open the door, he unhesitantly snaps a guy's neck (although that was technically self defence).
Anti-Magic- While hopped up on divine power, the Paladin can remove the enchantments from Mia's magic armor simply by saying "Release".
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking - The Paladin nearly kills Sebastian and company, condones the torture of small children, namely Mia, and judging from his castle, has a horrible, awful taste in carpets.
Art Evolution- Look at the first comic, then look at anything from the newer series. Heck, even when the series wasn't changing artists every few minutes Maddie's art got steadily better over the course of Saga 1.
Even Max's art has grown ridiculously over his time as illustrator.
Art Imitates Life- Subverted, then invoked. The characters for the first production of the musical look similar to their comic counterparts. Then, after the second production and a few artists swaps, the characters took on similar appearances to their Real Life counterparts.
Art Shift- from normal remastered style straight to shoujo-style manga in this◊ remastered page.
Ax-Crazy- According to Word of God, before she met Xaneth, Elia was this. She has a lot more self control now, but is still prepared to go on a bloody slaughter simply to rescue one person
Breaking the Fourth Wall- All over the place. However, most prominent is the fourth wall-shattering character Dexter Pheonix
Brought Down to Normal- After being de-aged, Bayn remembers everything he learned over his life, but can only perform the basic magic that he could do when he was ten.
Charles Atlas Superpower- Sebastian; he suffers a crippling injury to his aura that drains his life force constantly, and forces him to train hard for three hours a day just to stay alive. After Bayn fixes the damage, that training catches up to him...
Cheerful Child- Little Mia, with her constant smiles and sweet nature, is an obvious example.
Dangerously Genre Savvy- Xaneth. For example, he warns the townspeople that he's planning to destroy them... and tells them that he's going to do it a week after the time he actually plans to destroy them.
Also Alyssa, while she is deginitely a force for good, she isn't the kind of person you want to spend time with
Good Wings, Evil Wings- Xaneth has traditional "angelic" feathered wings, but they're also solid black, so he occupies something of a middle ground in this trope, despite being squarely on the side of evil.
Gory Discretion Shot- You don't SEE Xeke biting a guy's head off; only the shadow of it, along with Aya's frightened reaction.
Mostly averted however, the strip hasn't shied away from showing a lot of blood in fights
Misery Builds Character- In the latest strip, Sebastian and Bayn are travelling together and encounter one of Sebastain's pre-villainy friends driving a cart. They hitch a ride and Sebastian pushes Bayn out of the moving cart when he almost tells her the reason for their trip. He quickly concots a technically-true cover story and when his friend asks if that was a secret worth pushing a child out of a moving cart for, Sebastian replies "It builds character".
My Nayme Is- Dexter Pheonix. He even addresses the 'eo' spelling in-comic.
Pet the Dog- Sebastian, Elia and even Xaneth think that Mia is too cute to kill.
Plus Elia freeing an elven slave girl from her human masters, although, she does use an army of zombies to slaughter an entire mansion full of people, so...
Power Trio- All signs point to Sebastian, Brawn and Olivia being one of these.
Pragmatic Villainy- Xaneth operates on a fairly local level and avoids doing things For the Evulz, this means he has a pretty strong reputation and a reasonable level of power, but his actions are too small for the more powerful heroes to bother with him, even The Paladin is more focused on Sebastian than him.
Puppy Love- Mia has a one-sided infatuation with de-aged Bayn.
Revision- Now updating with the redrawn early sagas. The events are the same, but some things are added or tweaked a little, for better storytelling.
Schedule Slip- A very, very long time. Updating now since they have a new artist.
Schmuck Bait- Xaneth's entire dungeon, for instance, you need a special key to unlock Xaneth's chamber at the end. He keeps said key in his chamber.
Serial Killer- Elia, but Xaneth keeps her under control most of the time
Sibling Rivalry- Sebastian's sister, Alyssa, kidnapped him and is currently on her way to lay siege to Xaneth's dungeon.
Sliding Scale of Anti-Villains- Basically assured to happen, what with the Villain Protagonist and all. Some of their companions like Cecile and Xeke seem like downright good people, just friends with some very bad people. Sebastian fits in with Type I quite nicely as well.
Standard Female Grab Area- Gray to Cee in "Fearless". Though slightly overshadowed by the broadsword to the head shortly thereafter.
Street Urchin- Mia, when she lived in Dorn, according to the musical. It holds true in the comic.
The Pollyanna- Mia, her life has been endless misery and anguish, so much so that she's now immune to all negative emotions. It's actually a little creepy when she wanders into a torture chamber or loots a corpse with a smile on her face
The Team Normal- Sebastian is the only cast member who doesn't possess some kind of mystical or sorcerous ability, even his strength is just the result of hard (albeit magically assisted) training
The Unfettered- After spending five sagas agonising over his moral choices, Sebastian decides to rise Above Good and Evil, devoting himself totally to the thrill of adventure, and his own personal freedom. In his own words, all he cares about is what he can do, not what he should do