Web Comic / White Dark Life

An amateur webcomic by a DeviantArt user dubbed "pommyman". The medium was originally (bad) fan fiction, but then progressed to ms paint and from there to decent hand drawings, with the story changing as well on occasion as the cartoonist gets better at story telling. The story itself is a fan fiction but is unfortunately rather missing in favor of shenanigans that don't follow much of a sense of time. The actual plot itself is about Matthew Mokaray, who unfortunately fell off a building during a field trip before the whole thing even started. Due to being lackluster all in all, he is split into two parts: one going to heaven, the other to hell. What follows is his training to become the guardian angel of an alternate Cosmo and keep the demonic half of him and his girlfriend Artemis from terrorizing the poor plant girl. Hilarity Ensues between fighting the "evil" Dark Matt and dealing with the resident fool, Collin.

Similar to Naruto Shippuden, there is a time skipped storyline set 23 years after the original story with many of the previous characters having gotten married and becoming parents. There are also new characters not related to the normal series, but the base plot is relatively similar to the last, with Matt having to become a guardian angel again and protect Ivy and Sky from what is possibly the laziest villain ever.

Many of the comics have ongoing play-by-post games between pommyman and another user, Luigifan18, which add extra characters to the mix, new plot lines, and expand upon plotline elements in the comic itself.

It can be viewed here.

The comic also has another side, viewed from Ben's point of view and maintained by user and irregular troper AltairenDraconis, AD for short for those thinking it a mouthful, in the form of Data Log journals. These can be found here. Mind you they do get a bit wordy with upwards of a thousand plus words in each. The plots of these also tend to run parallel rather than with the comic.


White Dark Life contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Inverted. Matt finds blood gross, so his swords, while able to slice through people, don't cut things. Justified in that his powers are implied to be on a mental level. The same is true of Dark Matt.
    • Played straight in the case of Ben's regular main melee weapon of choice, it having the power to rend space (though it rarely sees use here).
  • Accidental Aesop: Entegra's actions can easily be seen as a deconstruction of the Roaring Rampage of Revenge trope, except pommyman never intended for that. Entegra's character was simply supposed to be a grumpy Brit.
  • Aerith and Bob: Synder, Artemis, Esther, Cosmo, Matt, and Ben.
  • All There in the Manual: The roleplays tend to give the spotlight to some of the characters who don't get seen often in the comics and usually contain both amusing jokes and actual facts about the characters.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Matt's main ability is mimicking various characters and gaining their powers (and weaknesses), and he can even combine two skill sets at once. Unfortunately, this can eat up his stamina pretty fast. Dark Matt has this ability too, at least before the time skip.
    • Several of Luigifan's characters have this power, too. Of particular note is Miriam, who proves capable of TRIPLE mimicry.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Ben. He is superior to Matt in everything but screen time and occasionally sanity, but hardly helps his dead brother.
    • Though this is likely due to Ben's deadened (read: completely) sense of reality, having seen a long line of combat campaigns under the banner of one of Orbis's residential leaders, Queen Sephise, before returning back to where the comic takes place.
  • April Fools' Day: The day before April Fools of 2016, pommyman said that he'd post critical character information in the next post. It was obviously a joke with Ne supplanting his own facts after stealing pommyman's comic.
  • A Protagonist Is Ryu: Ryu Tsukino fits this trope almost word for word, though he lacks a rival and has a bigger ego than most.
  • Art Evolution: Looking back at the older comics, you'd think they'd be a different series entirely.
  • Ascended Extra: Galaxina, who only appeared in a few episodes of Sonic X (and only in flashbacks, no less), is Matthew's sensei and employer, making her one of the more important characters in the plot.
  • Big Eater: Damien, Dark Matt's son. Natural given that he's a demon symbolizing gluttony.
    • His daughter, Ophelia, is more of a big drinker (no, she's not an alcoholic).
  • Big Fun: Post-time-skip Tori is certainly seen as such by her children.
  • Blind Without Them: Tori can't see well without her giant glasses. Averted with Matt.
  • Body Horror: Damien can form mouths almost anywhere on his body. Let that sink in. Dark Matt's true form is stitched together to keep it from falling apart.
  • Brainy Baby: Priscilla is only a year old and can talk, but that pales in comparison to Inu and Uma, who started math at that same age.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Blake is the result of Damien's shadow taking over his mind.
  • Bratty Halfpint: Damien and Priscilla are very rude at times. Only natural, considering their parents.
  • Butt Monkey: Caroline, though it's mostly because of the crowd she ends up being in.
  • Buxom Is Better: Rosa and Caroline, as foils to The Maid and Eloria, are proud of their large breasts, though Caroline is mostly indifferent to the matter.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Collin. Good lord, Collin. The only thing that keeps him from being a rapist is lacking the physical strength to subdue the average (or even below-average) woman. He loses this entirely after the time skip.
    • Unfortunately, Kris takes up this role for the post-timeskip comics. Of course, this is because his main traits as a demon are lust and pride, so he's at his strongest as long as he fulfills this trope.
  • Chaos Architecture: While Artemis' house is simply Bigger on the Inside, Luke's castle is as chaotic as Castlevania.
  • Chess with Death: Bowling, actually.
  • Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Tori and Matt fit this to a T.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Devin pre-time skip.
  • Comically Invincible Hero: Part of the reason Ben gets little screen time is because the cartoonist is bad at science jokes and he is the strongest character in the series.
  • Comic Trio: Actually made up of four characters: Damien, Priscilla, Nessie, and the Head Maid. The first three will change roles if need be, with Damien acting as either the leader or fool, Priscilla as the leader or complainer, and Nessie as the complainer or fool. The Head Maid always complains.
  • Complaining About Rescuesthey Dont Like: Inu and Uma constantly give snarky or outright hurtful comments to whoever rescues them. About the nicest reaction was Inu's actual surprise that Annie and Anastasia healed him from near-death.
  • Cross Dresser: Matt has mimicked female characters at times at times in the roleplays. He is almost always called out on it.
  • Crossover: One arc in progress has Matt, Anya, Galaxina, and Collin having to pay off a huge debt to Palutena when an attempt to send Collin into space has him crash into Angel Land.
    • A cancelled arc was the cast telling an edited version of The Binding of Isaac as a ghost story on Halloween, with Cosmo replacing Isaac. It was canned when the cartoonist decided that the helpful zombie cast ruined the horror theme. That, and it deviated too much from the plot.
    • The roleplays are considered this.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Multiple of the female characters are at least part monster. This trope applies specifically to Artemis and Priscilla, Cosmo and Ivy, Tori, Saru, and Uma. Inu and Damien can qualify for Cute Monster Boys.
  • Damsel in Distress: Cosmo is periodically captured by Dark Matt. However, he never actually plans out keeping her kidnapped, and on some occasions she just walks out because she'd rather be doing something.
    • Distressed Dude: Dark Matt's final attempt at antagonizing Cosmo has him kidnap Matt so that Cosmo comes to him. This is mostly in hopes that she dies in a death trap where he can't see her die.
      • Both are combined for the 2031 part of the comic where Blake attacks Ivy and Sky at the same time, though, Matt's new levels in badass means they aren't kidnapped often, just imperiled.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite all their dark powers, demons have their own sense of morality, and given their stable economy, they have little reason to do evil.
  • D-Cup Distress: The Head Maid really hates being as large as she is. Of course, if you had Gag Boobs, you wouldn't be happy either.
    • Eloria is implied to harbor similar feelings, to the point that she tapes them down enough to come off as flat-chested.
  • Death by Irony: Attempted by Matt. Regulus (known as Bulzeeb at the time) was a boss with TWO Instant Kill attacks in Bomberman 64: The Second Attack, and gets attacked with an instant kill. It doesn't work, however, because it's Matt.
  • Death Is Cheap: Matt and Dark Matt are technically already dead, and therefore are able to respawn shortly after being killed. The same technically applies to Galaxina (at least in the comics), but she never dies on-screen. Artemis' death also doesn't do much outside of taking her to heaven.
  • Deal with the Devil: Persons of interest to Dark Matt often get bargains from him. Naturally, the cost is a HUGE drop in karma at BEST.
  • Development Gag: The Head Maid is given a dress with a large floofy skirt for Christmas, a joke on her old design before it was changed to a slimmer look.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Altair plans complete and total genocide and Cessation of Existence for the inhabitants of hell, both present and future, for the sole fact that Artemis fell in love with him.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: B.I.L.L. (Boyfriend Invented for Lonely Ladies) is programmed to be ludicrously nice to women, being advertised as the perfect boyfriend. Unfortunately, this annoys the Head Maid, since she can't return him without the receipt and he was a gift.
    • In the roleplays, Matthew also acts like this, eventually becoming a Love Martyr once Uma starts attacking him and he STILL tries to win her favor.
  • Drunk on Milk: Caroline gets plastered when she has caffeine, like real spiders.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-universe example with Katamari Damacy. Sort of. Lucy has a nerve struck by Collin saying getting rolled up by a Katamari and turned into a star before poofing back into existence is weird, as she was in a much less goofy and comedic version of the same incident. She seems fine with letting The Prince go about his star-making business, though.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Head Maid does have a name, but outside of the roleplays, this is typically unused. It's Devin Whidoe.
  • Evil Counterpart: Dark Matt sees himself as this to Matt, and most of his shenanigans are aimed at reinforcing this image. However, much like Matt, his fear of blood prevents him from actually committing murder, or even lasting harm. Due to this, as well as numerous other circumstances, Dark Matt drops the charade entirely after the time skip.
  • Evil Is Visceral: Subverted; Dark Matt uses blood-based magic only after his Heel–Face Turn. In fact, he used to be even more afraid of blood than his counterpart.
  • Eyelid Pull Taunt: Uma uses this on Torch in one roleplay. (Torch somehow mistakes it for Dr. Wily's signature eyebrow taunt.)
  • Face–Heel Turn: Damien when he becomes Blake.
  • Fan Boy: Guess which character the cartoonist got the name pommyman from.
  • Fan Character: Most of the characters of the webcomic are this.
  • Fangirl: Mildred is one to Garland of all people. Especially odd in that she's a 90 year old spider person.
  • Fiction500: Dark Matt is implied to have a huge check, what with being an actor and all, though it's really the maid who falls into this, as she hoards all of the money she charges for dealing with Damien. It is implied she could run for office with what she has.
    • Downplayed with Collin. He might not have to work, but he only has enough money for the bare necessities of himself.
  • Five-Bad Band: Dark Matt and Artemis operate like this, in stark contrast to the Legion of Doom mentioned below.
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Seemingly averted. The Heaven we see with Galaxina and her family is a seedrian-built city, with grassy plains all around, though it has been mentioned that there is more than one Heaven, one of which is presumably this trope.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Inverted; pommyman uses the author's comments to verbally attack Dark Matt when he's dying.
  • Petting Zoo People: As a Sonic fan comic this is a given.
  • Funny Background Event: These happen from time to time. For example, Nessie opening what looks like a gift-wrapped fish to find a chess set.
    • There's also Pac-Man wandering into the Crystal Palace while some Duplighosts are mimicking him.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Collin is beyond repulsive, but the most annoying thing about him is that he genuinely believes he is friends with everyone and invincible, so it's impossible to get rid of him should he start hanging out.
    • Caroline is an odd example. She has a reasonable (if gloomy) personality and is only in this position because her "friends" are all either jerks or see her as nothing but a tool to use.
  • Gag Boobs: The Head Maid is often the butt of this type of physical humor, while ironically being the SMALLEST compared to the others listed here. The even bustier Eloria also finds herself in this category no matter how much she tries to hide it. Caroline and Rosa are also in this category, especially Rosa, who is the bustiest character by virtue of being a G cup. Strangely, Synder doesn't count despite having the 3rd biggest bust.
    • In the roleplays, we have Momoko, whose breasts are large enough that they override Damien's Black Hole Belly. This is because she has the power of growth and fertility, which also applies to herself.
  • Generic Cuteness: The characters all look like Bomberman characters, so even Nessie, who is supposed to be an anglerfish, looks rather cute.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: While there is technically no radar to speak of, Entegra still says "wanker" without it being censored like several other curse words.
  • Going Commando: Nessie doesn't wear underwear. This falls into implied Fan Disservice if you know how anglerfish reproduce.
  • Good Is Dumb: Matt frequently makes mistakes on subjects he doesn't fully understand. One noticeable example was thinking his daughter Uma's name meant "sheep".
  • Greater Scope Villain: As annoying as Dark Matt is, he is upstaged by Altair's villainy. Altair had been going behind the scenes absorbing redeemed sinners, planning to use the power boost from them to destroy hell itself, which would turn it into an empty void.
  • Handicapped Badass: The Head Maid lost her lower body and now has prosthetic legs. Said prosthetics can break kevlar with a quick kick.
  • Happily Adopted: Galaxina legally adopts Matt at the start of the series.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Tora. Justified in that she is an Oni, but exaggerated in the amount she drinks when she is drunk and the idiocy the alcohol causes.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Lucas, the father of Cosmo and Galaxina; if the name seems unfamiliar, his former title — Dark Oak — may ring a bell instead.
    • Dark Matt and Artemis have undergone this by the time of the time skip.
    • The GUN Commander is shown to be overall less antagonistic, reflecting the events of Shadow the Hedgehog.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Matt's one response to Tori divorcing him is to just flat out stop projecting himself in the mortal world.
  • Heel Realization: A despairing Matt has one when Cosmo says he's like a villain and he realizes he can't counter her point.
  • Horny Devils: Downplayed with Artemis. She could eat life force through adult means, but it's easier for her to just drain it with her hands, not unlike Dio Brando.
    • Kris is a male example, though he is far less successful than Artemis.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Matt has repeatedly stated that he hates perverts, but he carries around lewd images to activate his weaponized nosebleeds.
    • Most of the gags involving Rebecca are her being a hypocrite.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Memori tries to use this on Damien in a roleplay, only for him to not understand the threat.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Synder nearly eats Matt in one gag. Entegra and Devin are also prone to consuming Matt, though Devin sometimes eats random mooks.
    • Though, for the most part, this is averted by any character with the explicit ability to eat large objects. They usually have a given reason as to why they do not eat people. Damien can't stomach raw meat and fears people killing HIM trying to get out, Saru doesn't want to risk getting sick from cannibalism, Ophelia is Damien's daughter and thus was told not to eat people, and Blake finds the idea disgusting. Harshly, Damien eventually changes to play this trope straight, though he doesn't always digest them.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Cosmo brings Honey the Cat home in a one-panel gag.
  • Immortality Begins at 20: Averted with Artemis, but played straight with Dark Matt and her children.
    • Ben also qualifies, though this is due to having had something done to him to keep him alive and stable after his first walk through the Rift on his first trip to Orbis didn't go quite well. He now has a limitless power source inside his body, which is facilitating his recovery as well as giving him access to powers rather uncharted.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: This version of Cosmo is pretty sweet for someone who lost her entire family. It's implied she's acting happier than she really is.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Dark Matt, whose efforts at true villainy are hamstrung by his fear of blood and violence. As a result, he can't bring himself to do anything more than Poke the Poodle.
    • He does, however, make one last-ditch attempt at offing Cosmo for real during a Villainous Breakdown. The result is nothing more than a bloody cut before he breaks down completely.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Collin is too stupid to understand concepts such as pain, hunger, or vacuums of space, effectively making him the most resilient character in the comic. Post-time skip Collin loses a good chunk of that iron, though.
  • It Only Works Once: Ne's Dreamer Ne ability is borderline godlike to the point that only something that breaks the rules of the world has a chance of outclassing him. However, it requires so much more power than Ne will ever have that it's only because of what he's fighting that it even becomes reality at all.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Uma constantly tries to point this trope out to Matthew when she learns that Mysto is trying to kill her to spite him. But it's not until the Mogeko Castle arc that he realizes how utterly screwed Uma would be and how no amount of training on his part would help her.
  • Killed Off for Real: Entegra died of natural causes during the timeskip.
  • Lean and Mean: Artemis is rail-thin and getting on her bad side is an easy way to ruin your life.
  • Legion of Doom: The main comics don't really have one, but in the roleplays, the League of Villains definitely qualifies. Led by Bowser, its other members include Dr. Eggman (who is The Dragon), Grodus, Cackletta, Mysto, Mephiles, Ganondorf, and Andross. Interestingly, while Bowser is officially the leader (having founded the group in the first place), and Bowser's Castle is their main base of operations, in practice, its members take turns being in charge, with the one who came up with the current Evil Plan acting as the figurehead. And the League of Villains is not the entire Rogues Gallery, not by a long shot.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: Collin's power (once "Chase" wakes up) is being able to touch the untouchable and pass through solid objects. Did we mention this power was inspired by Tyki Mikk and as such, allows Collin to ignore any and all defenses his opponents have? He was even able to tear Snake-Jaw out of Maxmillian, a task deemed impossible for even DARK MATT!
  • Leitmotif: Each character bio usually has a link to a song the cartoonist thinks characterizes them. Characters also can end up getting more than one, with Dark Matt and Artemis having three in total (Normal, "True", and Adult).
    • Many (but not all) of Luigifan's characters have theme songs as well, which are linked to in the roleplays as appropriate.
  • Light Is Good: With about one exception, the angels are portrayed as being quite nice. God is also stated to be benevolent.
    • Subverted in Priscilla's case, as her light powers are literally light, not holy.
  • Love Cannot Overcome: As much as Matthew tries to reassure Uma that he'd save her from people like Mysto or Wrapsodi, Uma constantly uses them as major reasons why she refuses to be his girlfriend. That, and she's convinced that it wouldn't be just the bad guys getting hit with his go-to strategy.
  • Madness Mantra: - -\ = // -/ -\ \-. Unfortunately, the cartoonist has yet to reveal the demon alphabet, so exactly what it means is unknown as of this writing.
  • Maid: The Head Maid, though she's more like a babysitter. Mildred serves as this to Blake.
  • Meaningful Name: Completely and hilariously averted with Tori and her children (and Tora as well). Played straight with Boar and their last name.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: This is true for Tora, who is one of the few characters to not get a spouse post-time skip, but BILL certainly doesn't see anything wrong with chasing after the Head Maid.
  • Not Quite Dead: The comic introducing Caroline proper reveals that Astoria survives her encounter with Ben in the Data Logs!
  • Off Model: Sonic and co are both a tad thinner and taller looking. The black and white style also makes their muzzles more pronounced. Eggman is also affected by this.
    • The Fazbear gang are radically simpler in design, with Freddy and Bonnie noticeably missing their muzzles, Chica's mouth is shown as being closed, and Foxy's head is... weird, to say the least. All in all, it makes them significantly more comedic looking, ignoring their large blank eyes of course.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There are two people named Alison. One was Collin's girlfriend, the other is one of the many deaths.
    • The RPs avert this even further, as there are two people named Rebecca, Damien, Altair, Artemis, Marcus, and Matthew. Even funnier is that both Matthews have a relationship with Uma (one is her father, the other is her wannabe boyfriend).
      • Actually, there are three Matthews if you count Luigifan. And the second Artemis and Altair just so happen to be from Bomberman 64.
  • One-Winged Angel: That cutesy-looking human form Artemis has? It's fake, and God help you once she decides to take it off.
    • Ironically, Altair has no super-powered form.
  • Only Six Faces: Characters are usually denoted by size, hair, and outfit rather than distinct faces.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The major difference is that rather than powerful monsters that punish sinners for all eternity, they have monetized the system. Sinners come in, are punished by Punishers (which is a job title), the punisher is paid, the sinner eventually has equal punishment for his crimes and ascends to heaven. Biologically, demons are also categorized into different types based off the Seven Deadly Sins, of which there is a demon family that is the strongest of each type. Getting into more bizarre territory, Demons of the same type always produce a child of their sin (ie, Wrath + Wrath will always equal a Wrath demon), BUT demons of different types will always have a random type (as seen with Artemis (Lust) and Dark Matt (Envy), whose first two children are Damien (Gluttony) and Priscilla (Pride)); also complicating this is that Demon Nobles that are not the type of their family (like the earlier-mentioned Damien and Priscilla) will be both the family type and their own type. Lastly, the pecking order ends with the Devil, Luke, who writes and enforces the rules. Though Luke is not the Lucifer of Christianity, he's the replacement picked by Lucifer himself!
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Dragons in this series are a lot more like winged humanoids with horns and tails than giant lizards, and that's just Synder's species. Another example are Gadgyts, AD even has a piece on them located here.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Nessie is a mermaid anglerfish. She even lights up in the dark! Also an example of Sirens Are Mermaids.
    • Alen and Elan are Mer-Sharks who remain half fish and half humanoid at all times. Also, they do not have an enthralling voice.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: The consistency of werebeasts is pretty flimsy. Adult ones like Boar can change at will, but others change only at nights that have a full moon. A good majority of the werebeast cast aren't even normal creatures, but mythological ones like Oni or harpies.
  • Patchwork Kids: Downplayed in the case of Ivy and Sky; they are realistically similar to their parents (as in still just being one species and not seedfoxes), but have the colors of the other parent.
  • Plant Person: Cosmo and Galaxina, just like in the source material.
  • The Power of Hate: It's what keeps sinners from being redeemed, so when it looks like redemption equals a Fate Worse Than Death, Dark Matt begins trying to become the most hated person in existence.
  • Pregnant Badass: Synder is shown in almost every scene as being heavily pregnant, as she is a surrogate mother. She is also a dragon, which speaks for itself.
    • Many female characters in the roleplays become this, mostly because the bad guys really want to make sure they don't give birth.
  • Punch Clock Villain: The Devil, and by extension, almost every demon in the series. Turns out that punishing sinners can be rather helpful to the economy if you do it right. It helps that Luke is Altair's non-insane brother.
  • Psychopomp: There is no single entity of death in the series; instead, there are several, with varying personalities and appearances.
  • Punny Name: Matt's last name is Mokaray. As in, he's a mockery of other heroes.
  • Reality Ensues: During the Mogeko Castle RP arc, Dream theorizes that King mogeko might be tormenting Ne's mind directly just like the way he does to Yonaka in the "good" ending of Mogeko Castle, and suspects that Miriam might try killing the king to fix Ne's mind. When confronted, King mogeko states that he'd never "play" with another guy; Ne's fear is purely from the events in the castle. King mogeko is, however, artificially sustaining that fear in order to use Ne as bait in order to get Miriam.
    • As it turns out, trying to make an (albeit pretty mature) five-year-old horny is a very good way to creep them out and make them harbor an intense dislike for a person. Leila can only say "oops" to that idea.
  • Reality Warper: Dark Matt gains this power after the time skip, but can only affect people based on their karmic impact. This usually manifests as giving people the flu.
  • Rescue Romance: Being one of Luigifan's favorite tropes, this is common in roleplays. However, things don't always work out when it begins to involve pommyman's characters. The most notable are the Deconstructions with Matthew and Uma, whose relationship crumbles faster and faster because Uma believes Matthew is taking away her freedom with this trope.
    • Of course, Dream and Damien, Justin and Ivy, and Maxmillian and Esther are crossover examples of this being played straight (to varying degrees of straight).
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Unintentionally deconstructed with Entegra, whose Jerkass behavior is largely (though not entirely) fueled by the pain of losing her children.
  • Ron the Death Eater: GUN is portrayed in a mildly poor light simply because pommyman thinks they're pretty dumb already. Shadow, Rouge, Omega, and the Commander are exempt from this, however.
  • Room Full of Crazy: On a conversation about Dream falling in love with Damien, pommyman immediately began posting - -\ = // -/ -\ \- repeatedly with at the time random tropes. In the comics, this is taken as an actual event where Damien sends Luigifan the EXACT same posts as a distress call before finally turning into Blake.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Slight spelling errors are rather common. This almost happened to Ophelia, who was accidentally written as Ophillia.
  • Rule63: The cartoonist has designed a gender-swapped cast with multiple name changes and some gaining new personalities. For example, Maya (Matt) is a cosplay fan, and Artemis has traits of the Broken Bird. It also does not shy away from the Unfortunate Implications of reversing some of the characters' genders.
  • Running Gag: The cartoonist regularly appears in a Valkenhayn costume during roleplays when he needs to give information to Luigifan.
    • The roleplays in general have a large number of running gags, including Mysto being called a witch (she's a sorceress and insists on being addressed as such), Luigifan (the character) being hilariously inappropriate, Garcia acting as the Cloudcuckoolander's Minder, (post-time-skip) Matthew's accidental lewdness around Uma, and Ne constantly forgetting who Miriam is.
    • Tharja and "Mr. Grimmy" are always hidden somewhere in the Fire Emblem Awakening comics when the Tactician or Morgan are involved respectively.
  • Satellite Character: Lona Schmidt, though that is to be expected given that she's based off of Mike Schmidt, who has no known personality at all.
    • Rebecca and Leon, similarly, have little characterization outside of being strawmen.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Dark Matt is repeatedly killed and made weaker as his fight with Altair drags on, while Altair is no worse for the wear. Having no alternatives, Dark Matt turns his soul into a bomb in a last-ditch effort to blow up Altair. Altair merely loses some of the souls he absorbed. Though this does drive Artemis into finally attacking Altair.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Tori studies this once she becomes a mother.
  • Spider People: Driders are a common species, but unlike most portrayals, they are only about six inches tall. This is thrown out the window in the roleplays, where Entegra is scaled up to the size of the other characters, but Mildred is still tiny.
    • The future Arc introduces Caroline, a TARANTULA drider whose subspecies seems to be more human-sized.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Part of Adult!Collin's backstory has him in a casino. Unable to resist the urge to play just one round of slots, he puts in a coin he found and wins the jackpot. He then tries to lose the money through more gambling but somehow ends up winning each time.
  • Starfish Language: The demon alphabet is composed of lines, dashes, and dots. Their speech is described as more like a screeching noise than actual talking.
  • Sweet Tooth: Damien always has chocolate somewhere on him. Or at least in him.
  • Symbol Swearing: Curse words are bleeped out with a string of asterisks. Except "wanker" for some reason.
  • Take That: Megyn Kelly is mocked for claiming Santa and Jesus are white.
    • Another strip tears Twilight in general, and Edward Cullen in particular, a massive new asshole.
    • Rebecca and Leon's feud is a not at all subtle attack on the recent gender wars.
    • Not even the cartoonist's brother is immune! Comics that were come up with by him usually tend to have noticeably less quality and work put into them.
  • Tautological Templar: Altair. Good lord, Altair. Even GOD tells him he's wrong and he still thinks he's right.
  • Technical Pacifist: Cosmo learns to fight just in time for Dark Matt's final attack.
    • She was always capable of fighting in the roleplays, but has a strong dislike of violence.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Damien travels back in time to learn villainy from his then-teenage parents, but is ultimately sent back with little to no effect on the timeline. Then Blake, an adult Priscilla, Ophelia, and a slightly older Eloria come from further up the time stream into Damien's starting time.
    • This is even more confusing in that Synder might be Really 700 Years Old because of time shenanigans.
    • Ben also qualifies, seeing 2000 years of combat and other political problems and the many number of WORLD Wars on Orbis.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Collin's entire point. He loses this trait after the timeskip.
    • Leon proves to be even DUMBER!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Everyone after the timeskip. Except for Altair, who loses all of his levels in badass due to Dark Matt's Suicide Attack.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Damien upon becoming Blake; in fact, it's a full Face–Heel Turn. Also Devin after the timeskip; she and Dark Matt's maid are one and the same. Devin, however, has a good excuse — she went through a massive Trauma Conga Line.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Collin after the timeskip is a lot nicer now that he understands the repercussions of his actions. This doesn't quite apply to most women, however, as he also takes a level in gynophobia. Not gynophobia as in hatred of women, he's literally terrified of them, to the point where he'll run away screaming when one so much as approaches him.
  • The Unreveal: When asked about his parents, Matt simply says they were average people and that he doesn't remember their address. Cosmo proceeds to yell about how annoying it is that they didn't learn anything.
  • What If??: One of the categories of the comic. Ranging from Gender Swap, to switching Cosmo and Matt's roles as Guardian and protected, to even a version where Altair isn't a huge jerk.
  • Yakuza: Boar used to be the head of a Yakuza group, but they became a community service group once Boar was forced to leave.
  • Youkai: Rather than turn into normal creatures, Tori and Tora turn into a Nekomata and an Oni respectively.
  • Younger Than They Look: The "3rd Gen/Ophelia timeline" of the roleplays turns Damien and Ophelia into this, as it takes place eight years after the 2031 roleplays. This means that Damien is only 15 and already a father, while Ophelia's age is vague but most likely around 2 to 4-years-old. Both are supposed to look like an adult and 8-year-old just like they look in the comic.
  • You No Take Candle: Devin and Nessie speak like this. Devin because she has no schooling, and Nessie because her voice makes men go crazy.


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