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 and by night suffers from nosebleeds and boughts of sleepwalking. She has been being abducted by a group of aliens, including Hue, an alien who is smitten for her.The comic also follows Roger, Rose's on-again off-again boyfriend who winds up inadvertently working as a Man in Black and Phillis, an Air Force translator in the 1940s who has a mysterious connection with EBE1, the lead alien Hue's genetic father, that somehow resulted in her death.
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The Ageless: Glasner is implied to have acquired this form of immortality through contact with alien technology, since he's been around since the 1940s and seemingly hasn't aged a day.
Justified as his chip has a glitch in it, causing his hair to appear like a "torch."
Arc Words: "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.
The catatonic Phillis has red eyes.
Art Evolution: 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 here.
All the current Grays are this, not just Hue. See Last of Their Kind.
Artificial Limbs: EBE1 has an artificial arm, made for him by Phillis. Notably, when Rose encounters Phillis or something resembling her on the spaceship, she says that she "makes arms" as an introduction.
Contrived Coincidence: The fact that Roger just happens to be hired by an organization dealing with aliens while Rose is abducted by those same aliens. 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.
Creepy Cute: Hue, and most noticeably, the Reptoids as a whole. They are human-eating lizard aliens, but have Cute Little Fangs and amusing dialogue that makes it hard to think they're creepy at all. Even Magnus manages a few humorous lines, usually targeted at Quazky.
Dark-Skinned Blond: 3 (although in Chapter 18, it's revealed that the blonde hair is a wig).
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.
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.
Theme Naming: The Greys are Hue, Shade, and Tone. 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.
Tin Man: The Greys. Even more apparent when they use the Trying Human units.
Exemplified with EBE1. He gets PISSED.
Triang Relations: 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.
Title Drop: The Trying Human circuit that allows aliens to mimic humans.