Weesh is a webcomic by Dan Hess (a.k.a. the guy who made Angel Moxie), which features the titular rodent-like creature that grants wishes to the Merle siblings. The comic follows a gag-a-day format, with each week covering a certain theme, or the consequences of a wish gone wrong.The comic ran from July 14, 2008 to July 17, 2015.Characters:
- Weesh - a wish-granting creature that runs on licorice.
- Tate - the middle child, and a bit of a geek. Prone to making bizarre wishes.
- Olivia - the youngest of the three. The epitome of an innocent little girl.
- Zoey - the eldest child, who really just wants to be left alone.
- Dad - the hard-working single dad.
- Mo - a spunky girl who hangs out with Tate and gets caught up in his adventures.
- Liam - a member of a community theater group who strikes up a relationship with Zoey.
- Donnie - a friend of Olivia's that has a habit showing up and being just as girly as Olivia, also Mo's little brother
This webcomic provides examples of:
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: Tate, during a conversation with Zoey.Tate: Why are you always so...Zoey?
Zoey: It's not easy being the only sane person in a world of lunatic sheep.
Tate: Ooh, band name!
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Pretty much every storyline in the comic, though because the kids aren't terribly bright, they never actually learn this.
- Cheerful Child: Olivia.
- Deadpan Snarker: Zoey plays this to her siblings and to Weesh.
- Emo Teen: Zoey gets into the goth subculture, but she refuses to actually be emo and can't stand them.
- Eye Beams: One of Tate's wishes gives him these.
- Gender Bender: Played with. Tate wishes he was cute like Olivia; physically he is, but it turns out to be about the personality as well...
- Granola Girl: Zoey, when she's being political.
- Hypocritical Humor: While playing The Oregon Trail from the inside via wish, Zoey is game-master and forces the others to abide by the "no modern conveniences" rule. After Weesh explains this to Mo, Zoey pulls up alongside their wagon on a motor scooter and says, "Darn tootin'."
- Idiot Hair: Zoey, oddly enough. If the series is supposed to be taken from the point of view Weesh (despite his status as a character within the story itself), then perhaps this trope is played straight; Zoey is somewhat foolish to not utilize Weesh's abilities more often. Then again...
- Imagine the Audience Naked: Liam's advice to Zoey to get over her stage fright. Gets promptly subverted:Zoey: What, you want me scarred for life?
- Invisible to Adults: Subverted; while the general rule is that only kids can see him, the kids' dad briefly gains the ability to see him (and mistakes him for a soft toy) after playing dolls with Olivia, while Liam's entire theater group can see him at all times, pretty much confirming that it's more to do with mindset than physical age (Weesh suggests that community theater actors never really grow up).
- Mondegreen: Courtesy of Tate, who can't quite get the hang of "Feliz Navidad".Tate: Fleas on my dog! Prospero baño felicidad! note
- Missing Mom: When Zoey is mistaken for their mother by the Pixie Puff troop leader, she reveals that their mother "left [them] to go hang out in the rainforests of South America."
- Nice Guy: Liam.
- Noodle Implements: When Zoe hogged the TV, Tate's initial drawn-out plans to reclaim it involved these, though we never see him use them:Tate: You'll be stationed over here by the kitchen with the Super Happy Fun Balls... I'll position myself at the front door with the cheese whiz...
Weesh: And how exactly will this gain us the TV?
Tate: Just wait for the part about the ferrets, then it'll all make sense.
- Not Me This Time: Zoey wishes for a personal assistant, and Tate shows up before Weesh can even do anything, with the wish-granter saying he had nothing to do with it.
- Only Six Faces: Lampshaded when it's brought up that Tate has Olivia's face with glasses.
- Performance Anxiety: Zoey gets hit with this hard when she finds out that her first play performance is coming up soon.
- Power Incontinence: See Power-Up Food below, then keep in mind this tends to happen when Weesh eats too much at once.
- There is also what happens when he gets a cold
- Power-Up Food: Weesh needs licorice to power his wish granting powers. The amount of licorice he eats is proportional to the size of the wishes he can grant. This also serves as a limit to his power, since he can only eat as much licorice as his petite stomach will hold.
- Reset Button: Wishes expire after a certain time, and everything goes back to normal.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Weesh.
- Shout-Out: Besides the various Whole Plot Reference parody wishes (ie: James Bond, Indiana Jones, etc.) throughout the comic, when Tate tells Weesh he's "got a major problem" here, Weesh replies with "We're ready to believe you."
- Take That!: Towards the end of Tate's wish to make a big budget action film, Weesh shows him a newspaper with reviews of it. One reads, "This film is a complete, juvenile mess. It's as if it were written by children with short attention spans." Which it was, but Tate makes a good point:Tate: How is that any different than any other action flick?
Weesh: Beats me.
- Tomboy: Mo.
- Understanding Boyfriend: Not only can the teenaged Liam see Weesh, but he's totally accepting of him and his place in Zoey's life, and even participates in some of her and her siblings' adventures.
- White Collar Worker: Dad.