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''[[http://www.tryinghuman.com/ Trying Human]]'' is a science-fiction webcomic by Emy Bitner.

Rose Marie Williams is a secretary and filing clerk for a New York City police station. She frequently suffers from nosebleeds and what she thinks are episodes of sleepwalking, but actually, she has been being abducted by a [[TheGreys group of aliens]]. One of the aliens, Hue, is not like the others. Also, he's smitten with her.

The story also [[PlotThreads follows]] Roger, Rose's on-again off-again boyfriend who winds up as the newest recruit to the [[TheMenInBlack Majestic 12]], and Phillis, an Air Force translator in the 1940s whose mysterious connection with [=EBE1=], the castaway alien (later Hue's genetic father) somehow [[ForegoneConclusion resulted in her death]].
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!!These tropes have been deemed classified:

* AbusiveAlienParents: [[JerkassWoobie EBE1]] towards Hue.
* ActionGirl: Pigment kicks ass and takes names. [[spoiler: In the fight against Roger, it's her who does most of the kicking, while her partner restricts himself to [[IShallTauntYou verbal lashing]] and looking cool]].
* TheAgeless: Glasner is implied to have acquired this form of immortality through contact [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=386 with alien technology]], since he's been around since the 1940s and seemingly hasn't aged a day.
* AlienAbduction: TheGreys abduct humans for research. That's how Rose ([[spoiler: and Roger]]) ends up in the plot.
* AlienAutopsy: Happened (off-page) in the forties storyline. Glassner also [[BullyingADragon threatened]] [=EBE1=] with it.
* AlienBlood: TheGreys have blue blood.
* AliensStealCattle: For food, mainly.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: 6 has a thing for 8, who has a thing for Roger, who may or may not still have a thing for Rose. Also, Glasner and Phillis.
* AnimeHair: [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=473 Human Tone.]]
** Justified as his chip has a glitch in it, causing his hair to appear like a "torch."
* ArcWords: "Red" is important for as-of-yet undisclosed reasons. It's implied that it has to do with Shade, who has red eyes, or Rose, who has red hair.
** [[spoiler:The catatonic Phillis has red eyes.]]
* ArtEvolution: The difference between the early pages and the new pages is actually quite astounding, the artist has even begun to go back and redo the older chapters in her new style. A very impressive example can be seen [[http://tryinghuman.tumblr.com/image/31012207086 here]].
* ArtificialHuman: 6 is explicitly called [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=310 an engineered lifeform]], but don't [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=311 call him "half" anything]].
** [[spoiler:All the current Grays are this, not just Hue. See Last of Their Kind.]]
* ArtificialLimbs: [=EBE1=] has an artificial arm, made for him by Phillis. Notably, when [[spoiler:Rose encounters Phillis or something resembling her on the spaceship, she says that she "makes arms" as an introduction]].
* AssholeVictim: Some pretty nasty stuff happens to Walter in the flashbacks [[spoiler: such as getting [[http://tryinghuman.com/?id=540 pimp-slapped by EBE1]] and [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=649 injected with...green stuff by Dr Glasner]] ]] - but honestly, what with the way he behaves sometimes, you can't deny he has it coming.
* BadassAndChildDuo: Soort of how the [[PunnyName Guinea and Pig]] started, although she's a grownup (if small) from the beginning and every inch as capable as her companion. But they [[WalkingTheEarth walk the Earth]], fighting the good fight together.
* [[BetaCouple Beta, Gamma, Delta Couple]]: Phillis and [=EBE1=] and possibly ''more'' depending on how things play out.
** 8 and Roger might have something going on, Longus and Don almost definitely.
*** And maybe Quazky and Gracelis too.
*** 8 and 6 seem to be quite close emotionally. He's rather sweet towards her (buying her that picture frame was adorable).
* BetweenMyLegs: [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=457 This page]] when [[spoiler:8 and Glasner have their extracurricular activities]].
* BlackSite: More than one. They're conveniently connected with a super fast [[ETGaveUsWiFi alien-tech]] train.
* BlindingBangs: 8, and all of the Majestic 12 (save Roger and 6) have, in one way or another, HiddenEyes.
** Notably, when we do see 8's eyes (which is fairly often), it's nearly always during a vulnerable moment.
* BullyingADragon: [[HerrDoktor Dr. Glassner]] has a disturbing tendency to bully Greys. Who are telepathic and telekinetic, and, in case of [=EBE1=] at least, [[IKnowWhatYouFear not afraid to use it]].
* ChickMagnet: Non-canon examples but [=EBE1=], 7, and Hue. With dashes of EvenTheGuysWantHim. In canon, Longus, [[YaoiGuys ironically]] [[HilariousInHindsight enough.]]
* CloseCallHaircut: Rose gets one [[http://tryinghuman.com/?id=422 here]].
* ContrivedCoincidence: The fact that Roger just happens to be hired by an organization dealing with aliens while Rose is abducted by those same aliens. [[spoiler:Later revealed to not in fact be a coincidence, since both Roger and Rose were abducted and that automatically put Roger on the watch list of potential agents.]]
* CreatorCameo: More than once. [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=527 Here is the latest.]]
* CreepyCute: Hue, and most noticeably, the Reptoids as a whole. They are human-eating lizard aliens, but have CuteLittleFangs and amusing dialogue that makes it hard to think they're creepy at all. Even Magnus manages a few humorous lines, usually targeted at [[PluckyComicRelief Quazky]].
* DarkSkinnedBlond: 3 (although in Chapter 18, it's revealed that the blonde hair is a wig).
* DeadpanSnarker: Rose, Quazky and [=EBE1=].
** Don't forget Guinea and Pig, whose very [[PunnyName names]] show much propensity for BlackComedy snark.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The 1940s scenes eventually settled on appearing this way. With [[ArcSymbol red]] [[SplashOfColour details]].
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The Reptoids, especially in the earlier comics
* EarlyBirdCameo: [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=18 In Chapter 1]] guess who's sitting behind Roger on the plane?
* EasterEgg: [[spoiler: Phillis]] is hidden in several pages of the comic.
* [[EmotionlessGirl Emotionless Aliens]]: The Greys have emotions, but they're very different from human ones, and Hue is considered defective because he acts like a human. However, if anything the other aliens are sometimes more emotional and expressive than the actual human characters.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Phillis.
* [[spoiler:ForcefulKiss: [=EBE1=] has a message for Phillis. Unfortunately, only Rose is around to deliver it so...]]
* {{FaceHeelTurn}}: [[spoiler:Roger seems to be undergoing one during the latest chapters, going from easy-going goofball fish out of water to almost, sadistic glee at chasing down and hurting Hue, possibly justified slightly due to Hue not actually leaving Rose alone]]
* FieryRedhead: Rose, at least when hanging around [[spoiler:[=EBE1=]]].
* ForegoneConclusion: Phillis is shot trying to escape from the base with a baby. The question is how she got there.
* FunWithAcronyms: In the case of the '''D'''eep '''U'''nderground '''M'''ilitary '''B'''ase'''s'''.
* GenerationXerox: [=EBE1=] and Phillis in the forties, Hue and Rose present-day.
* {{Goth}}: 7, with a hint of AxCrazy.
* GreenEyedMonster: Roger, who's already rather stressed, [[SanitySlippage reacts]] ''very'' [[MurderTheHypotenuse violently]] when he sees his girlfriend with Hue.
* TheGreys: Hue and [=EBE1=]'s race. [[HumorlessAliens Dour]], described as [[MechanisticAlienCulture creatures of rigid habits]], reproduce by [[DittoAliens cloning]]. [[spoiler: Also a DyingRace that's trying its hardest to preserve at least some of their legacy]].
* HalfHumanHybrid: It's heavily implied that 6 is in fact half-alien, though he [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=311 vehemently denies being called "half"]].
* HandsOffMyFluffy: [[spoiler: Rose standing up to [=EBE1=] in Hue's defense.]]
* HerrDoktor: The German Vernon Glassner.
* HughMann: None of the real humans running around [[WeirdnessCensor seem to notice that Trying Human circuits don't actually work all]] ''[[WeirdnessCensor that]]'' [[WeirdnessCensor well]]. 7-foot-tall albinos? Normal! Guys with greenish skin, yellow-and-red slit pupil eyes, fangs, claws, forked tongues, and strangely spiky hairstyles, who demonstrate the ability to jump outrageous distances? Nothing to see here!
* HumanityEnsues: [[spoiler:[=EBE1=] causes Rose's mind to screen image him as a human. [[ForcefulKiss He then kisses her.]]]]
* InformedJudaism: Don. All we have is his own word.
* InSeriesNickname: [=EBE1=] always refers to Phillis as "Philena," a contraction of her first name and her last name, "Lennox."
** The "Philena, queen of the moon" implies some mythological association he's having.
* InterspeciesRomance: All over the place, in many different flavours.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The Greys use a type of memory altering that [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=53 lets the abductee fill in the blanks as to what happened to them]].
* [[spoiler:[[LastOfHisKind Last of Their Kind]]:The Grays' home planet burned up in one of its two suns. [=EBE1=] was born/created shortly before it happened as a prototype form for deep space travel. The original Grays were much more expressive and colorful.]]
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: [[spoiler: Dr. Glasner]], though it's debatable how sane he was to begin with.
* MadScientist: Glassner is... [[SoftSpokenSadist lower in decibels]] than most, but he is quite insane. Exhibit A: [[spoiler: an OnlyMostlyDead woman in a [[PeopleJars glass tank]] ]].
* MarsNeedsWomen: Hue's attraction to Rose parallels [=EBE1=]'s attraction to Phillis.
** A ''lot'' of aliens in this series seem to be partial to humans, as well.
*** Eventually we find out that, ''yes,'' Mars really ''[[JustifiedTrope DOES]]'' [[MateOrDie need women.]]
* TheMenInBlack: Majestic 12, not that Roger knew when he signed up.
* MindOverMatter: TheGreys. They can also make walls temporarily intangible.
* MrFanservice: [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=521 Longus]]. Seriously, lizard men were NEVER meant to be that sexy.
** But [[IncompatibleOrientation he doesn't even like women]]!
* MsFanservice: 8 is TheTease expert, especially towards Roger. It [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl used to be her job]].
* MyCard: [[PunnyName Guinea]] (the AWOL agent formerly known as 12) and [[PunnyName Pig]] (his grey companion Pigment) have one of these. Guinea gives it to Hue [[spoiler: who can't read English]] in case he needed more of their badassery in the future.
* NonMammalMammaries: Averted, although not very clear. [[http://introducingemy.deviantart.com/art/TH-Reptoid-Me-Embolism-162427601?q=gallery%3AIntroducingEmy%2F378704&qo=37 It is more evident in this image]]
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: 8, [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=325 repeatedly]] and [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=314 not just]] to Roger.
* NoSuchAgency: The Majestic 12 is so secret they [[YouAreNumberSix don't even use personal names]] (unless talking about someone who's already left the service). And don't tell the prospective recruits they're going to be shipped off to a top secret instalation in the middle of nowhere, completely incommunicado, say bye-bye to your loved ones forever, you're a Man (or Woman) in Black now. Wear your [[HiddenEyes shades]].
* OlderThanTheyLook: Besides Glassner, TheGreys don't really seem to age - Pigment first came to Earth about thirty years before the present day plot started and she looks the same. [=EBE1=] is probably older than she is and hasn't aged a day, either, since the 1940's.
* OnlyMostlyDead: [[spoiler:Despite being shot in the opening scene, Phillis is still somehow alive and conscious in the modern day, albeit imprisoned in a jar by Dr. Glasner (see below).]]
* PeopleJars: [[spoiler:Glasner keeps Phillis' body in one.]]
* PetTheDog: Longus' relationship with Don, a young gay boy.
* PsychicLink: [[spoiler: [=EBE1=] develops one with Phyllis. [[BlessedWithSuck It transmits ''pain'']].]]
* PunnyName: Guinea and Pig [[spoiler: escaped Area51 when Glassner wanted to use them for a particularly vile experiment - we don't know the details yet]].
* RapunzelHair: Human Shade.
** Justified, as with human Tone - her chip has a glitch in it causing her long locks.
* TheReptilians: ''Two'' species on them, one of which is actually [[UpliftedAnimal bred from]] Earth ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Troodon]]''. And has prehensile tongues.
* RescueRomance: [[spoiler:8 seems to be trying to induce this with Roger, since he helped her out years ago, and says that she was the one who recommended him for the job.]]
** Though it's not their first meeting, Longus rescues Don from a couple of thugs, which kickstarts their relationship.
* SanitySlippage: It seems Roger is cracking under the strain of his new MIB job...
* ScarfOfAsskicking: [[PunnyName Guinea and Pig]] both sport these - he gets a classy red silk one, she has a pale yellow one [[LittleMissBadass over twice as long as she's tall]].
* SexDressed: 8 [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=313 here]], and Dr. Glasner [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=318 a few pages later]] (note the unbuttoned shirt and lipstick stain).
* SmokingIsGlamorous: Gracelis, a high-class Draconian, wears a fur coat and uses a cigarette holder in both human and Reptoid form.
* SpicyLatina: 8, judging by her last name and use of Spanish in a flashback, and she's more than willing to use her sexuality to get her way. In fact, [[spoiler:she used to be a streetwalker]].
* StalkerWithACrush: Longus had apparently taken to "keeping an eye" on Don whenever he was off work.
** Hue also fits the description. Abducting Rose in her sleep when it's not her turn to be taken, showing up at her apartment uninvited...
* StayInTheKitchen: [[http://www.tryinghuman.com/?id=146 Walter's attitude]] towards Phillis, though it fits with the 1940s setting.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Rose to Phillis, despite the former being redheaded and the latter being blonde. [[spoiler:[=EBE1=] has noticed.]]
** In her childhood picture (and one dream sequence), Rose is blonde...
* TelepathicSpacemen: TheGreys, very much (they've lost the use of their mouths). Reptiloids, to smaller extent. No info on the Nordics yet.
* ThemeNaming: The Greys are named Hue, Shade, Tone, [[spoiler:and Pigment]]. Only [=EBE1=] doesn't fit this pattern, but it's because his "name" is actually a designation given to him by the U.S. Government (his real name hasn't been revealed).
** According to Glasner, the practice of using names is a foreign concept to the Greys, so presumably their common names were also given to them by humans. (Shade is also referred to as [=EBE3=] in one scene.)
** Barring Quazky, all the Reptoids are named after (human) muscles or muscle groups.
* TinMan: The Greys. Even more apparent when they use the Trying Human units.
** Exemplified with [=EBE1=]. He gets PISSED.
* TriangRelations: Phillis, Walter and Glasner appear to be in a Type 3, while Phillis seems to at least partially reciprocate Walter's feelings. 8, Roger and Rose are in a Type 4, though 8 clearly wants to change Roger's mind about that. Meanwhile, 6, 8, and Roger are in a Type 5, with 6 at the A point.
** Rose, Roger and Hue are in what appears to be a complicated Type 7; Roger and Rose each think of the other as their giflfriend/boyfriend even though they haven't been in touch lately, while Hue is smitten with Rose and she's beginning to feel the same way about him even if she doesn't realize it.
* TitleDrop: The Trying Human circuit that allows aliens to mimic humans.
* TheTwink: Don.
* VerbalTicName: Mum.
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 17:
** [[spoiler:Phillis has a telepathically-induced freakout when Glasner stabs [=EBE1=]'s prosthetic hand with a scalpel to demonstrate that it can feel pain.]]
** [[spoiler:Longus shows Don what he really is.]]
** [[spoiler:Roger discovers that Hue has been spending time with Rose, and shoots him (non-fatally) in a jealous rage.]]
** [[spoiler:Shade wipes Rose's memories of her alien encounters, and reveals to Hue that his own memories of earlier encounters with Rose had been erased.]]
* {{Yandere}}: 8 seems to be shaping up to be this, [[spoiler:and even recommended Roger for the job to get close to him]].
* YouAreNumberSix: ... and Roger's not at all happy about it.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Even when Rose joins an "alien abductee" support group, her story is seen as far-fetched.
** [[spoiler:When Rose tells [=EBE1=] she's been seeing Phillis all over the place. Not surprisingly, he thinks the experiments have made her loony.]]
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