''Love. Hate. SpontaneousCombustion.''

''[[http://www.zebragirl.net Zebra Girl]]'' tells the story of three roommates (Sandra, Jack, and Crystal) whose lives are irrevocably transformed when they discover an ancient magical tome in their attic. When the book is slammed shut after an accidental demon-summoning, Sandra finds herself transformed into the eponymous Zebra Girl, a demon with black-and-white striped skin, hooves for feet, long, wicked talons, acidic bodily fluids, and the ability to set things on fire with her mind. Jack, blaming himself for the incident, devotes himself to the study of magic in hopes of finding a way to cure Sandra of her transformation, and along the way becomes a powerful archmage and the only hope of restoring magic to the world at large. (Or possibly ''staving off'' a magical apocalypse; Sandra isn't the only demon running around.) And Crystal is... well, Crystal.

Started out as a rather dark gag-a-day strip, but gets afflicted with CerebusSyndrome in record time, as Sandra and the others discover that being transformed into/living with a demon is most emphatically ''not'' all fun and games. By all accounts, this has only made it better, as the storyline takes various twists and turns and the world gradually warps around the protagonist trio, thrusting them into the middle of a veritable supernatural maelstrom that they attract simply by existing in their current states.

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!!''Zebra Girl'' contains examples of:

* AllJustADream: Apparently all this Zebra Girl stuff [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2013-02-23 is just a dream]], Sandra is perfectly normal girl and Sam is a cartoon character; and then [[FourthWallBreaking Sam breaks the fourth wall]]. It's Incubus' attempt at a LotusEaterMachine, and Sandra wasn't fooled for a second.
* AlternateUniverse:
** The "Angels with Dirty Fur" arc, where the gang is trapped in a parallel cartoon universe gone horribly, horribly wrong.
** The Subfusc dimension is a variation of this. [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2010-06-04 As Incubus points out]], it's not so much another dimension as it is another "layer" of the Earth itself. Races long thought to be just myths or long dead are "banished" to Subfusc until they are "deemed" fit to "return" to Earth. [[MindScrew It's complicated]].
* AnimatedActors: Sam's home universe is built around the trope... or used to be, anyway.
* AppropriatedAppellation: When returning at the end of the Subfusc arc, Sandra is talking with some kind of insectoid customs officer who can't say the name "Sandra" and keeps calling her "Zzzandra", so she says her name is "Zandra" to get by it. The news posts suggest she likes it and will be using "Zandra" from now on.
* TheArchmage: Jack turns into one after many years of studying magic. He is able to cast powerful spells and knows many tricks. He became the ''de facto'' leader of the new mages when magic returned to the world and after the events of the Magi-net, and he is in charge of looking for new recruits.
* ArcVillain:
** ''Angels with dirty fur'' arc: Lord Tool.
** ''The Magi-Net'' arc: [[spoiler:Harold Duvase]]
** ''Earthbroke'' arc: Gregory. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well for him]].
** ''The Dawn of Night'' and ''Disaccord'' arcs: [[spoiler:Sandra]].
** ''Sandra in the Outlands'' (or ''Subfusc'') arc: [[spoiler:Lord Incubus]].
* ArtEvolution: The comic debuted in 2000. Several years later, Joe England refined his style and improved tremendously, with characters looking more detailed, less cartoony and drawing sumptuous backgrounds from time to time.
* AsideGlance: Sandra does one after a spider begins to talk to her.
* TheAtoner:
** Jack. He blames himself for what happened to Sandra, and for what happened during the Maginet mini-arc. Ever since the Maginet he is doing everything he can to become a better wizard, in the hopes that the tragedies which befell his friends and wizard comrades never happen again.
** [[spoiler:Sandra--or maybe "Zandra"--looks to be going in this direction.]]
* BattleCouple: Jack and [[spoiler:Tomie]] are in a relationship together, and can unite their magic.
* BerserkButton: Don't tell [[spoiler:Sandra]] that she's lonely despite herself. She's likely to drop you from a great hight and hiss at you. Also don't hurt her friends, unless you're ready to face hell's fury.
* BeYourself: After Viv and Incubus trying to get Sandra to become human or demon, [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2012-09-15 Mabel tells Sandra]] that she is not Viv or Incubus but her own person.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Sandra's house became quite an odd place after the timeskip, gaining several floors and having walls made of stairs.
* BlackSpeech: Quite literally, as of [[http://zebragirl.net/?date=2013-08-24 this strip.]]
* BloodKnight: Of all people, Wally displays some traits post-timeskip, reminiscing a ''little'' too fondly of [[spoiler:his fight against Sandra in the past]] (while everyone else in the room is sad or outright traumatized by it), and is very eager to ''destroy her'' this time.
* BullyingADragon: Gregory is an experienced exorcist and demon-hunter who thought he could drag the emotionaly drained Sandra with him to hell. Turns out it was a ''very'' bad idea. That event is also what finally drove Sandra over the edge.
* BystanderSyndrome: This is how Sam goes drinking in bars and nobody even notices he has white fur and rabbit ears.
* CallBack: At the beginning of the comic, when Sandra realizes she has been turned into a demon, she calls herself a freak. [[spoiler:Years later, when she is wondering what she exactly is, someone who had disappeared from the radar delivers this line:]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Mr. Chalk:''' Oh Sandra. You know. You called it on day one. You're a freak.]]
* CassandraTruth: After the "Sandra in the Outlands" arc, [[spoiler:Sandra is turning over a new leaf and is truly repentant about her past actions. However, her former friends are not willing to listen to her anymore. When she tries to contact Crystal (who believed in Sandra for years until she got attacked by vampires claiming to follow Sandra's orders), telling her that she is regretful and that she misses her, Jack's sister rejects her and immediatly warns her brother that she is nearby]].
* CensorBox: Used seldomly whenever Sandra becomes vulgar. For example, the f-word and s-word are almost always censored, but other insults get a pass, such as [[http://zebragirl.net/?date=2009-10-06 this one]] when she arrived in the Subfusc.
* CerebusRetcon: Jack. Fire. [[spoiler:Apparently he thinks he deserves it.]] More importantly, he feels it relieves Sandra of her stress and keeps her from falling over the edge. [[spoiler:Turns out he was right: once Sandra really tortures someone for the first time, she snaps.]]
* CerebusSyndrome: Amazingly, considering how dark the comic began. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2003-01-17 in this strip]] by Sandra.
* CheshireCatGrin: The rabbit lady from the Subfusc, Black Betty, has a [[http://zebragirl.net/?date=2009-12-03 very unsettling]] one.
* ChildMage: Jack was a young adult when he became a mage, something which transformed him irrevocably. That, Sandra becoming a demon and the events of the Magi-net arc forced the very laid back dude to grow significantly in a short amount of time.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** Crystal, though this aspect of her is toned down after a while. [[spoiler:The awful events she lived through are taking their toll on her, and she became too depressed to act like her old self]].
** Mad Mabel from the Subfusc. Implied to be either an imaginary friend or an alternate personality who was shed from someone in the real world, she has trouble making it through a whole thought without several bizarre tangents.
** Black Betty, the vorpal pook. She loves to talk, and it is sometimes difficult to follow her train of thoughts, as she has a tendency to do a lot of ''non-sequitur''.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Sandra engages in it when she gets the upper hand against Gregory during their fight. Instead of letting him die, she decides to keep him alive and conscious in order to rip him apart, and she thoroughly enjoyed it. She extends this treatment to her whole town, and also kidnaps Sam to keep him as her prisoner to torture when she feels like it.
* ColorCodedWizardry: Made even more impressive because the comic is black and white.
* CooldownHug: [[spoiler:Done by fake Sandra's mom to her during the dream sequence created by Incubus.]]
* TheCorruption: Being turned into a demon slowly but surely corrupted Sandra. While she seemed to keep her mind and free-will intact (despite being ''very'' depressed), the very fact that she is now a demon affected everything and everyone around her, including inanimate objects such as her house, which slowly turned into an EldritchLocation. Her very being also attracted all kind of weird creatures, such as werewolves and vampires, the latter having migrated ''en-masse'' to her town during the timeskip (along with some ghouls). When Sandra snapped and decided to embrace her demonic nature, she got DrunkOnTheDarkSide and lost any remnant of what made her human, forgetting her memories of her human life [[spoiler:(at least, until Viv, Mabel and even Incubus in his own twisted way helped her to remember)]]. As Gregory puts it, when he is explaining to Sam why he is hunting her:
--> '''Gregory''':This town has been consumed by chaos and mayhem. Werewolves, disapperances, burnings, fear, panic, occult forces gathering under her. She is poisoning this place... This world. She is a seed of darkness. Whether or not Sandra has an evil personality is irrelevant. The essence of hell on Earth can only bring harm. As a demonic creature, she represents a deleterious element which can not be tolerated.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The teaser image for Zebra Girl's return in 2014 shows a lesbian scene between Zandra and Crystal; the disclaimer on the comic, and the news post say this isn't a guarantee of any erotic lesbian action when the comic returns, as it is just a piece of commissioned art he drew.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: [[spoiler:Gregory's actions to drag Sandra to hell were the last straw for Sandra, pushing her over the edge and leading her to embrace her demonic nature.]]
* DamselInDistress:
** Mabel, who is captured by Lord Incubus, who demands that Sandra releases him from his prison if she wants her back.
** Crystal during the Heaven on Earth arc, when she is captured by vampires who threathen to kill her.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Sandra is quite snarky. [[spoiler:This trait becomes exacerbated when she becomes evil.]]
** Viv, in spades, though her snark is more of the friendly kind.
* DeathByFallingOver: Attempted by a vampire in order to [[spoiler:kill Crystal. Thanksfully, she is rescued by Wally in the nick of time]].
* TheDitz: Crystal.
* DisapprovingLook: Viv gives one to Sandra [[http://zebragirl.net/?date=2012-04-15 here]] as she is threatening to kill the assassin who tried to kill ''her''. Though it's Viv caughting her off-guard with the following sentence that makes her stop:
-->'''Viv:''' If that makes you happy.\\
'''Sandra:''' [[StunnedSilence O_O]]
* DissonantSerenity: While everyone else is stunned or panicked when they learn that [[spoiler:Sandra is back]], Crystal looks initially surprised, before smiling.
* DontAskJustRun: When the vampire who tried to kill Crystal sees a monstruous werewolf under her, [[OhCrap her first reaction is to order her fellow vampires to run away immediatly]]. When one of them corrects her by saying that they are technically floating in the sky, she ignores him and urge them once again to get the hell out of here. They don't listen, believing to be perfectly safe while they are in the air. They couldn't be more wrong...
* DoubleStandard: Viv thinks religion is like this. Saying that men in religion who reject paradise or luxury are worshiped, While she [[spoiler:as Eve, rejected Eden and was vilified as the reason for centuries of misogyny.]]
* DoYouWantToCopulate: [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2004-01-30 Crystal's reaction to meeting Wally is a little overenthusiastic.]]
* DraggedOffToHell: Gregory's fate. [[spoiler:His stay there changed him tremendously for the better, and he eventually left.]]
* DroolHello: A variant where the victim is smoking and the monster coughs.
* EldritchLocation: Sandra's house. Said place began to change when Sandra transformed into a demon, with shadows becoming darker and bigger, and it decided to have a growth spurt on its own while Sandra was away.
* EnemyWithin: Mr. Chalk, who haunts Sandra's dreams and taunts her with her lost humanity.
* EveryoneIsBi: Dream!Sam's (a figment of Sandra's imagination) says that everyone is this to some extent. It comes up when Sandra asks why Dream!Crystal is trying to seduce her, and Sam says that [[spoiler:Incubus]] created her by reading Sandra's memories and found Sandra's clandestine feelings for her.
* EvilOverlord: Tool, who rules Sam' home dimension with a maniacal iron fist.
* ExactWords: In order to release Sandra from the grasp of a big guy, Viv convinces him that she will punish her herself, telling him that she will "make her hurt in ways even you can't manage". True enough, she proceeds to make Sandra face her humanity and makes her realize what she has done when she succumbed to her demonic urges.
-->'''Viv:''' Growth '''is''' painful, you know?
* {{Expy}}: Harold Duvase[[note]]"Du Vase" is french for "of the Vase", or Potter[[/note]] is one of Harry Potter.
* {{Facepalm}}: During the LotusEaterMachine sequence, Sam does one, after Sandra ignores his warnings and lets her curiosity gets the better of her.
* FacialMarkings:
** Viv has one on the right-side of her face.
** [[spoiler:Tomie]]'s human form has her insigna tattooed on her forehead.
* TheFairFolk: Some inhabitants of the Subfusc, as well as some of the things leaving it for the mortal realm (or waking up in it) seem to be this, most notably the [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Goblins]] and the [[HairRaisingHare Vorpal Pook]].
* FanServicePack: Sandra, after she came back from the Subfusc, got noticably sexier. The artist is aware of this, and is wary of objectifying her. While he said he will try to keep it from getting out of hand, these changes are here to stay.
* FatBastard: The overweight vampire lady who attacks Crystal during the Heaven on Earth arc.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Mister Chalk.
* FiveManBand: The group follows this formula rather strictly. [[spoiler:After Sandra's betrayal, though, some roles are swapped, with Jack becoming the leader and Tomie taking his place as the smart gall]].
** TheLeader: Sandra. Aside from the facts that everyone is living in her house, she quickstarts the events of plot, and her demonification is the catalyst to everything which happens later.
** TheLancer: Sam. Relaxed, level-headed and very badass for an antropomorphic rabbit, Sam is a core part of the team and can handle most situations with ease thanks to his NervesOfSteel.
** TheSmartGuy: Jack. He evolved quickly from his comic relief role to become a powerful mage.
** TheBigGuy: Wally. Big and nice werewolf, though his intelligence can be questioned sometimes.
** TheChick: Crystal. The only one who doesn't have any kind of supernatural power, and who tries to keep the team together.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2004-12-19 The conversation between Sandra and Jen Stone when they first meet]] seems particularly meaningful after [[spoiler:[[http://zebragirl.net/?date=2013-03-16 Sam tells Sandra that Crystal is acting strange around her because Sandra has feelings for her]]]].
** From the first time we meet [[spoiler: [[http://zebragirl.net/?date=2010-03-31 Viv]]]], i.e. [[spoiler:the Eve of the apple]]:
--->'''[[spoiler:Viv]]:''' MMM. ''[takes bite of fruit]''\\
'''[[spoiler:Viv]]:''' I dunno, Zhiddy. I've had better.\\
'''Zhiddy:''' Well you would say that, wouldn't ya, [[spoiler: Viv?]]\\
'''[[spoiler: Viv]]:''' I mean [[spoiler: ''recently.'']]
** Viv has the gift of prophetism, and mentions that certain demons have this gift too, hinting that someday Sandra will have visions of things to come.
** Sandra may not be the only human turned demon [[spoiler:by Incubus]] in the universe:
--->'''[[spoiler:Incubus]]:''' Two or three freaks, the sum of your species...\\
'''Sandra''': Two or '''''three??'''''
** [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2013-10-27 When leaving the Subfusc]], Sandra is asked what is her species, to which she replies ''"Undecided"''. The clerk tells her to enjoy it while it lasts. [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2015-02-21 A few strips later]], her race is given a name: the Nefastis.
* FragileFlower: Poor Mad Mabel. She manages to survive in the Subfusc despite being a normal surrounded by mysterious and magical creatures, but she is the subject of mockery and even cruelty from others (including Sandra, though she stops halfway), and got pressured by Incubus to do his bidding [[spoiler:(and when that fails, he kidnaps her)]]. She seems lost and slightly depressed, despite trying to keep a smile on her face, and nearly cried when Sandra took her thimble away from her.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Walter, the resident ghoul of Sandra's hometown, is quite nice, and a [[http://askzandra.tumblr.com/post/96607066526/ill-take-his-word-for-it "wonderful conversationalist"]]. Sandra ends up liking him quite a bit.
* GenderMisdirection: Turns out that [[spoiler:Tomie, Jack's Grimoire, is a girl when she takes a physical appearance]].
* GenreSavvy:
** The whole main cast rapidly acquire this, most notably how every one of them independently guesses [[{{Werewolf}} what Wally is]] as soon as they learn his name. Thanks to his showbiz background Sam takes it UpToEleven, [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2004-06-18 at times]] reaching borderline MediumAwareness.
** Collywobble from Subfusc sent one of his minions, Quick Slick Spitlick, after Viv and Sandra, because he figured that Viv would hurt Sandra in some "vague, existential fashion that doesn't involve actual physical damage". Turns out, he was spot on:
--->'''Viv:''' Nuts. Didn't think he'd catch on. Growth ''is'' painful, you know?
** ''Mabel'', in her own damaged way and in a meta-sense, realizes that Sandra is crucial to the plot:
--->'''Mabel:''' Oh, dear. I'm starting to think the world revolves around HER!
* GiantMook: [[http://zebragirl.net/?date=2010-08-13 "Iyam a ]][[http://zebragirl.net/?date=2010-09-06 gigantic hired thug."]]
* HairRaisingHare: Black Betty and Pooka Zin are apparently members of an entire ''species'' of these, the Vorpal Pook.
* HeelFaceTurn:
** Wally. As [[MetaGuy Sam]] [[LampshadeHanging explains]], [[http://zebragirl.net/?date=2004-08-14 he's "a classic 'switch sides' kind of character."]]
-->'''Wally:''' No, I'm no--\\
'''Sam:''' ''[swatting Wally on the muzzle]'' ''Switch sides or I'll kick your ass!''
** Gregory, the exorcist who tried to banish Sandra to hell, changed quite a lot after he spent some time there himself. Becoming a demon and being tortured helped him to gain some perspective, and several years later he is now on friendly terms with Sandra. The fact that she is sorry for sending him there in the first place helps too, though by all accounts he really had it coming at the time.
* HeroicBSOD: Of all people, [[spoiler:Sam has one when he saw several years later the cabin in which he was tortured by Sandra for days]]. Seeing the character who until then [[spoiler:was known for his NervesOfSteel]] fleeing from the scene, having nightmarish flashbacks and needing some time to compose himself is rather distressing.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Gregory created a hell bubble in order to drag Sandra along with himself to hell. Suffice to say, it didn't work as planned.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Crystal attempts one with Sandra, trying to talk to her out of her evilness. [[spoiler:[[AvertedTrope Sandra is fully aware of what Crystal is trying to do, and it fails miserably]]]]:
-->'''Sandra:''' Crystal... [[spoiler:''[cue SlasherSmile]'' It won't work...]]
* IronicEcho: This little phrase was uttered by Sandra to Jack a one point. The next time they meet, Jack turns the tables on her and throw it back at her:
-->'''Jack''': Doesn't it worry you that I'm not worried?
* ItTastesLikeFeet: Wally gulped some vampires, before releasing them. All he has to say is that they taste like rice cakes.
* JustTryingToHelp: Sandra's vampires apologize for their actions by saying this after she scolds them.
* KickTheDog:
** [[spoiler:Sandra does this to her entire town once she fully embraces her demon nature. Things get really serious when you realize that she imprisons and ''tortures'' (at least, mentally) Sam.]]
** [[spoiler:Once being turned back (temporarily) into an human again, Sandra steals Mabel's thimble from her, just because she can. However, this time, she takes pity on Mabel and gives it back. This is the first sign of humanity she has showed in months.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: After everything Gregory did to her and her friends (including kidnapping Sam, poisoning Wally and nearly killing Jack), you can't really feel bad for him when Sandra decides to [[spoiler:make him suffer and send him to hell as the first soul she ever claimed]].
* AKindOfOne: Sandra [[spoiler:along with Gregory]] is the only representative of her race, and hell's inhabitants call her a Nefastis.
* KnightInSourArmor: Sam.
* KnightTemplar: Prof. Broadshoulders.
* LateArrivalSpoiler:
** The cast page is not even trying to hide many key events of the story.
** Sandra eventually [[spoiler:succombs to her demonic urges and becomes a ruthless and cruel demon. Thanksfully, that doesn't last.]]
* LittleNo: Sandra lets out one in this [[http://zebragirl.net/?date=2012-08-18 particular scene]]:
-->'''Goblin Assassin:''' '''''IEEE!''''' From nowhere I appear, the final goblin assa--\\
'''Sandra:''' No. ''[grabs his tongue and [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps his ass]]]''
* LotusEaterMachine: Incubus attempts one on Sandra, but [[GenreSavvy she knows better]] and actually engages in [[DiscussedTrope casual conversation with Sam about it]]. However, Sandra is taking things too lightly, and ignores Sam's warnings...
-->'''Sam:''' This place is a sand trap, see? It feeds on inertia! Don't relax, just '''leave!'''
* TheMagicComesBack: The human world is in the early stages of this (though it never went completely away, it was much rarer and low-profile before); especially noticeable in the Magi-Net arc, which deals with the resurgence of magically-empowered humans rediscovering sorcery, and the Subfusc arc, where we see throngs of supernatural beings returning to Earth.
* MeaningfulEcho: When Sandra was attacking her friends right before her banishment, Crystal tried to calm down Sandra by appealing to their friendship. Sandra cruelly told her she knew what she was doing and that ''"It won't work"'' (and it indeed didn't). [[spoiler:Years later, when the two of them met again, Crystal and her friends are setting up an ambush, with Crystal acting as a scout/bait. Sandra contacts Crystal telepathically, telling her once again that, whatever she is doing, ''"It won't work"'', but that she wants to make everything right again with her, as she is no longer looking for a fight, is truly repentant, and is carrying an injured Sam with her. Except this time, Crystal doesn't trust her]].
* MindRape: Jack is the subject of one when he is hit by the bullet goblin. The insect is feeding on his fluids and magic, and we have a chilling representation of it attacking Jack's inner psyche.
* MindScrew: The very nature of the Subfusc is one.
* MonsterMash: The initial group is composed of one normal human (Crystal), a sorcerer (Jack), a demon (Sandra), an anthropomorphic rabbit (Sam), a werewolf (Wally), and a talking book (Tomie) who [[spoiler:got a human form at some point]]. Later in the comic, Sandra's hometown attracts a lot of monsters, with now vampires, ghouls and other kinds of creatures roaming in the streets.
* MoodDissonance: So, on the one hand, you have a group of friends preparing themselves to fight again a former one (and, for all they know, this dangerous ex-friend is out for their blood), all of them being deeply saddened by the situation and traumatized by past events, and on the other hand you have a werewolf completely ignoring how said group of friends really feel, reminiscing past traumatic events with excitement, and seemingly impatient to kill her (whereas the others don't really want to think about such possibility).
* MoodWhiplash: ''And now:'' '''HUMOR!'''
* NeverSayDie: Wally talks about "destroying" Sandra instead of "killing" her. But the sense of what he means is unambiguous, since he mentioned that they were going to "finish the job".
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Lord Incubus. That little skull-headed demon Jack released from the book that wanted to take over the world, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness only to get flushed down a dimensional portal shaped like a toilet]]? Yeah, he's back. And he's genuinely frightening this time. [[spoiler:Turns out he's an [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils archdemon]], and Viv says outright that releasing him would be earth's downfall.]]
* NotWorthKilling: Sandra invokes this as the reason why she doesn't kill the vampires who [[spoiler:attacked Crystal and Sam]].
* NumberOfTheBeast: Given a nod when Jack reveals that it has been 1,'''666''' days since [[spoiler:Sandra's banishment and subsequent return]].
* OhCrap: Several throughout the comic:
** Jack, when Crystal points out to him that Sandra may not wait until nightfall to come at their home, and completly falls into panic mode once he hears her scream. [[NervesOfSteel Sam is unfazed.]]
** Sandra has a big one when Viv makes her realize that without her "sticking around", she probably would face a ''little'' problem:
--->'''Viv:''' Well, try this. Now we're surrounded by feral gremlins. The fire I made will keep them away until dawn. I know this stuff. If not for me, you'd be ''eaten''. Sleep on that.
** Lord Incubus himself has one when Mabel appears out of nowhere and completely sabotages his attempt to corrupt Sandra.
** When Jake realizes that [[spoiler:Sandra is back from her banishment]], he immediately panics. The other members of the group are not particularly happy either, with Crystal being the sole exception.
** Crystal went to her hometown alone in order to [[spoiler:find Sandra]]. Instead, vampires find her, with one claiming they have instructions to kill her. Cue panic.
** The [[FatBastard fat lady vampire]] who tried to kill Crystal had this reaction when she saw a ''very'' big and angry Wally in his werewolf form roaring at her.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: As explained by Zandra [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2015-05-30 here]], there are many vampire types; the particular strain in her town don't sleep during the day, but are rather rendered [[AndIMustScream desperately, maddeningly powerless and invisible while fully conscious]]. [[spoiler:One of the reasons they're so eager to play ball with Zandra's rule is that drinking her blood is the only thing that ''allows them to sleep'' (or something similar, at least), something they hadn't been able to do since their vampiric conversion.]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: They change at will, but only during the night. They can grow to any size while transformed, and discard all excessive mass when turning back, which quickly decomposes into a puddle of unidentifiable organic compound.
* PerkyGoth:
** Sandra, while in disguise, is frequently mistaken for a goth.
** Crystal decided to take change her looks to look like a goth for a while, but it didn't last.
* RecapEpisode: The author likes to do some every now and then (and since the story started in 2000, they are most welcomed), but especially when he wants to introduce a new act. Said recap episodes also became more serious after a while, such as the [[http://zebragirl.net/?date=2014-01-24 Recap introducing the Heaven on Earth arc]] (which takes place after the Subfusc one).
* RejectedApology: [[spoiler:Sandra tries to apologize to Crystal for her actions, but Crystal, who had her faith in Sandra shattered only a few hours before, is not willing to listen]].
* RhymesOnADime: Apparently, Sam has the skill, [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2008-06-13 although he uses it but rarely.]] As do all rabbits [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2011-01-10 it seems.]]
* RunningGag:
** TwoWords: Jack. Fire.
** Sandra's repeated attempts to make a DealWithTheDevil around the 1st of April would lead up to a joke strip of her getting turned into a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic pony]].
** Sandra has a tendency to fall quite a lot in the Subfusc. Lampshaded by Viv:
-->'''Viv:''' Have I mentioned how you seem to fall down a lot?
* TheShadowKnows: In the 13th september 2014 strip, Wally's shadow in a panel reflects his werewolf form while he is in human form. It also highlighs his ferocious nature and his wish to get rid of Sandra once and for all.
* ShoutOut: A number of cameos, usually involving the Maginet. Hell, that entire arc bears more than a few similarities to ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain''... albeit without as much MindScrew.
** [[http://askzandra.tumblr.com/post/106121777156/forever Zandra is unable to taste food now that she is a demon]]. The only exception is, of all things, coffee. [[WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick A certain lich would kill her over and over for that]].
** When Jack is [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2001-01-27 learning the name of his ancient magic book,]] the last guess he makes as to its name, partly cut off, is "the Book of E--" [[Webcomic/SluggyFreelance No prizes for guessing what he meant.]]
** The first clearly seen vampire calls herself "the Bloofer Lady", which is a rather obscure reference to ''Litterature/{{Dracula}}''.
* SpitTake: [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2004-02-20 The rest of the main cast's reaction to Crystal getting a boyfriend]]--unfortunately for Jack, who was sitting in the path of [[HollywoodAcid Sandra's spit-take]].
* StabTheSalad: Confronting [[spoiler: Sandra in her newly-recovered demonic form]], Viv produces an object which appears to be some sort of bolo-weapon, which she uses as a magical swing. Then subverted, when it's further revealed that yes, it ''does'' also serve as a bolo.
* StagesOfMonsterGrief: Inevitably, Sandra goes through this after turning into a demon, though some stages are swapped. She is stuck in the Denial and Defiance phases for a while, and gets very depressed as a result. [[spoiler:After a traumatic event, she skips Acceptance entirely, and enters the Betrayal phase, becoming a danger to everyone in her town. It is only after the Subfusc arc that she foregoes her Betrayal and finally reaches Acceptance, finding her balance and coming to regret her actions.]]
* StunnedSilence: Quite a few characters do this, but especially Sandra during the Subfusc arc. Quite understandable when a talking spider from the moon has a chat with you (this particular example also counts as an AsideGlance).
* SugarApocalypse: What happened to Sam's world.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Sandra's minions aren't exactly bright. They seem to mean well, but they frequently go above and beyond what she expects of them, resulting in them [[spoiler:almost killing Crystal and knocking Sam unconscious]]. Sandra's feelings about them include annoyance, disbelief, anger and barely contained fury. She even goes as far as saying that she would have killed some of them on the spot if her combustion power actually worked on them.
* TimeSkip: While [[spoiler:Sandra was banished to the Subfusc for a few days top]], time on Earth flew much more quickly. As such, exactly 1,[[NumberOfTheBeast 666]] days went by between [[spoiler:her banishment and her comeback]]. Even Sam, who was skeptical about [[spoiler:Sandra's return]], is forced to admit that this is ominous enough.
* TitleDrop: Viv calls Sandra "Zebra Girl" during [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2013-01-12 this comic]].
* TookALevelInJerkass:
** Sandra big time during her FaceHeelTurn. [[spoiler:It takes a while before she reverts back to a nicer persona]].
** Wally, post-timeskip, acts a lot more insensitive towards his friends (see InnocentlyInsensitive), and has no qualms about saying he is willing to ''destroy'' Sandra in front of her former friends. Said friends include his current girlfriend, Crystal, who he knows was Sandra's closest friend.
* TownWithADarkSecret: Both subverted and played with: just like with [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Sunnydale]], most people seem to ignore that their town became a monster den. However, some humans (or, rather, some ''former'' humans in the case of Mike, who is now a vampire) are aware of the situation and of [[spoiler:the return of Sandra]].
* TheUnfettered: The nature of a demon, and what Sandra and Lord Incubus find so awesome about it.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight:
** Invoked by Sam, who is a giant anthropomorphic rabbit. He actually counts on people rationalizing him as a hallucination, some guy in a costume, or whatever they can think up. He has yet to be proven wrong.
** Subverted by Sandra herself, who spends a good portion of the early comics just trying to be able to go out without attracting TOO much attention, settling on what is quite nearly an outright monk's robe with incredibly long sleeves whose hood completely covers her face in shadow. Anyone who DOES get a look at it, she explains away the facial markings as "make-up to cover up burns".
%%* UrbanFantasy
* WebcomicTime: Given a nod in [[http://zebragirl.net/?date=2009-10-05 this strip]], which was written almost 10 years after the comic debuted:
-->'''Wally''': Two years?
-->'''Crystal''': Not even that, but '''it feels like ten to me'''.
* WeirdnessCensor: Lampshaded: Sandra's house litteraly grew on her own, but people remained oblivious to the supernatural thing happening next to them. It also seems that most of them choose to ignore/forget what happened in the past, when [[spoiler:Sandra went on her terror spree]]. The comic implies that most of them didn't notice their town slowly but surely filling up with monsters.
* WeirdnessMagnet: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Jack, who states that "magic attracts magic", and by Gregory, who explained that Sandra's very nature has this effect.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: [[spoiler:The bonds between the group are heavily damaged when Sandra turns on them, forcing Jack to banish her to another reality. During her stay in the Subfusc, Sandra is able to regain her morality and feels remorse for her actions, but she doesn't expect them to forgive her for what she did. Years later, when her former friends hear about her return, they are terrified (expect Crystal, who still has hope that Sandra will go back to her former self, though she admits herself that she is at her limit).]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Sandra has a fit because Viv won't help her save Mabel from Incubus, but Viv throws it right back in her face, pointing out her concern that Sandra is no better than Incubus.
-->'''Sandra:''' I thought we were friends! I ''told'' you what I was like as a demon.\\
'''Viv:''' Yeah, and you told me how you treated your friends.\\
'''[[HeelRealization Sandra:]]''' ...
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: Crystal has this look when she is [[spoiler:(presumably) falling to her death after being told that Sandra herself asked the vampires to kill her]].
* WhamLine: A major one for the CrossoverCosmology nature of the 'verse
-->'''Viv:''' [[spoiler: I could have sat in paradise...]] [[Myth/HinduMythology Vishnu travels to Earth, he's a king-!]] [[{{UsefulNotes/Buddhism}} Buddha abandons luxury, he's enlightened.]] [[Literature/TheBible Jesus leaves Heaven, he's a ''Messiah'']]. [[spoiler: '''I''' leave [[Literature/TheBible the Garden]] I'm a sucker.]]
* WorldOfChaos: The Subfusc, especially because of its inhabitants. When you have anthropomorphic psycho rabbits, nonsensical talking spiders from the moon and a flying doggy-snake thingy who is ''litteraly'' attracted to crucial moments, marriage proposals and other life-altering decisions, you begin to get the idea that this place is just downright ''bizarre''. As for the location in itself, it quite obviously doesn't follow the usual laws of physic, and people there are able to [[InsistentTerminology float (not fly)]] if they let go of their concerns. There is also a place dedicated for people who feel at their lowest, adequately named "The Pit", and an healing river made by the flow of time... You get the idea. As a pretty pissed off Sandra said:
-->'''Sandra''': Everything in this place is a joke.
* WorthIt: Approached by a GiantMook, Sandra fights back by throwing hot coffee at his crotch, he then throws her off a roof. [[http://zebragirl.net/?date=2010-10-22 Sandra says it was worth it]].
* YearOutsideHourInside: As of [[http://www.zebragirl.net/?date=2014-05-03 this strip]], it has been confirmed by Jack that [[spoiler:almost five years have passed on Earth, while Sandra was trapped in the Subfusc for a week or so at ''best''.]] The possibility of this was discussed in dialogue between Sandra and Viv.
* YouRemindMeOfX: Viv says that Sandra reminds her of [[spoiler: Lilith. In Jewish lore, Lilith was Adam's first wife, instead of Eve; Lilith left the Garden of Eden because she didn't want to be subservient to Adam, and may be the mother of all demons, which makes sense why Sandra now has her eyes.]]

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