Our Kickstarter campaign has received $74,000 from over 2,000 backers! TV Tropes 2.0 is coming. There is no stopping it now. We have 4 days left. At $75K we can also develop an API and at $100K the tropes web series will be produced. View the project here and discuss here.
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 long-needed remasters are over, and True Villains is currently updating three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.Can be found here.
The Gods represent a single concept (e.g. progress, vision, love, etc.) and are completely morally neutral, they will provide power to champions of good and genocidal maniacs alike if that will further their individual causes
Adorkable- Sebastian is pretty dang cute but also a nerd, what with his dumb backpack and him being rather ignorant of the very world he lives in.
Aerith and Bob- We have Xaneth Antaris, Sebastian Jalek, Mia Jalek, Elia Redscallon, Bayn, and Tom.
Don't forget about Dexter Pheonix and Gray.
Affably Evil- Elia and Xaneth mostly, but, various psychoses aside, the entire main cast fits this to some degree, even Bayn can be quite charming when the situation calls for it.
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.
Blue and Orange Morality- The Gods are beyond human morality, they only care if the individual aspect of reality they represent is being served. To illustrate this, Gray and Dove are both affiliated with the same God.
Breaking the Fourth Wall- All over the place. However, most prominent is the fourth wall-shattering character Dexter Pheonix
Break the Cutie- With the death of Tom, Mia is devastated. So much so that she can't even fix him.
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.
Cain and Abel- Alyssa and Sebastian. Interestingly, in this case it's the good sibling, Alyssa, who wants the evil sibling, Sebastian, dead. Sebastian would rather Alyssa just ran away because he doesn't want to kill her.
Came Back Strong- Xaneth tried to use Dove's soul as a bomb against Alyssa, but ended up bringing him back as a powerful demon
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...
The mercenary Alistor, who can perform outright superhuman feats of strength and speed with ease.
Elia's friend Cecile is a semi-parody of this trope- she wields a sword as heavy as a man (which even Gray can't use) one-handed, due to studying dance her whole life, meaning she can use the sword like spinning around a dance partner.
The adventurer Brawn is strong enough to flip Tom one handed.
Basically, if a character doesn't have magic or inborn powers, expect them to have this to some degree.
Cheerful Child- Little Mia, with her constant smiles and sweet nature, is an obvious example.
Combat Pragmatist- Sebastian. Demonstrated in Saga Five, where he starts off the confrontation with his former companions by blowing up Alistor with an alchemical trigger he's dosed him with during their previous meeting.
Xaneth dropping an explosive potion on Dove while flying at a high altitude above him
All the main characters fight pretty dirty, Justified since they're the villains.
The reason Xaneth's shoes are yellow? Dexter cursed him so that any pair of shoes he wore would turn yellow. This extends to him going barefoot- his feet turn yellow after a while. It's such a mundane curse, but it makes Xaneth FURIOUS.
Bayn also fell victim; Dexter's curse forces him to refer to him as "dad", and makes him unable to become intoxicated. He hates it.
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.
Deliberately Monochrome- Used in a certain scene. The comic went full B&W when Mia sees Tom's lifeless body, tries to fix him, and fails.
Good Counterpart- Each member of Alyssa's team roughly maps to one of Xaneth's minions; Alyssa to Sebastian, Olivia to Elia, Brawn to Tom and Zach to Bayn. Xaneth being as Genre Savvy as he is, matches them up that way when they attack Alyssa's camp.
Gods Need Prayer Badly- There are an infinite amount gods in the TV world, but only five have significant power at any given time because of how many people worship 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
Heroes Prefer Swords- Alyssa and the Paladin both wield swords in contrast to the protagonists, who use magic, automata, knives and brute force.
Hoist by His Own Petard- The Paladin challenges Sebastian to a one-one-one fight in their first meeting, and casts a ward on himself to keep Tom and Mia away so they can't interfere. Tom simply steps forward and stands next to Sebastian, and the Paladin's own ward knocks him back- if you're going to put a magic forcefield around yourself to block a specific person, make sure they aren't significantly stronger than you.
Important Haircut- Sebastian gives himself one in Saga 5, when he accepts his villainhood.
Love Goddess- Ara is described as the God of Love, though not technically a goddess since the gods are genderless.
Loveable Rogue- Alistor is a subversion, he assumes the persona of a charming vagabond, but his casual murders and total lack of remorse make it clear that he's a sociopath who shouldn't be liked or admired.
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.
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.
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 tried 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.
Stable Time Loop- Dove entered the story through a rift in the time-space continuum with no backstory and an unexplained hatred of Xaneth in Saga 2, finally in Saga 7 we learn that this is due to Bayn and Xaneth pushing him through a portal into the past after stripping him of his new demonic powers
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