* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Just how much are we meant to like Xanthe (aka Trike Girl) anyway? While her KnightTemplar actions have not yet been criticized or faulted by any "good" character, yet some readers wonder if there isn't just a slight {{Deconstruction}} element in her character somewhere...
** Are the Finger Puppets of God really supported and manipulated by fingers? Or is it some [[UnusualEuphemism lower appendage]]?
** Then there's the topic of [[http://www.sinfest.net/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=8191 Slick...]]
* {{Anvilicious}}: Pretty much anything do with the Patriarchy and Xanthe.
** Pointed out on this [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-03-07 strip]]. Whether or not he's right or if it is victim blaming (as it says in the title) is yet to be established.
* ArcFatigue: A somewhat common criticism of the strip is how potentially interesting storylines are often stretched too long and thin. [[http://shittywebcomics.tumblr.com/post/81858348561/i-think-the-reason-sinfest-is-the-most-interesting This Tumblr post]] goes further into the issue.
* ArchiveBinge: Oooooh yeah... over 5000 entries by late 2014.
* ArchivePanic: This webcomic started in January 2000. According to the archive, it's been updated almost every day... for ''14 years.'' At about 350 (or so) comics a year. Not as bad as some of the other examples on the ArchivePanic page, but getting there.
* ArtEvolution: Despite the massive BrokenBase and fandom wars, one thing that could be said is how much the art style has developed quite nicely.
* AssPull: Monique being gay as of 2016. True, her relationship with Absinthe was developing from quite some time, but 'Nique's initial characterization included obvious interest in men, for ''over ten years''. With excluding even the possibility of her being bisexual, it seems like the author thinks that showing any interest in men is a sign of submitting to the patriarchy and rejecting should be every TRUE FEMINIST's ideal.
* AudienceAlienatingPremise:
** The Patriarchy plot, not necessarily because it's a hard plot to swallow in itself, but because of how suddenly and powerfully it appeared, and also when compared to the strip before. The main issue now seems to be members of the Sisterhood saying blatantly offensive things, like advocating unprovoked violence against men, when compared to their previous characterization of being a small Jerk Sue organization. Because of this, along with the outright demonization of men that would make a LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek writer shake their heads (such as having Xanthe get bombarded with garbage by a small army of background strawmen and then claiming in an attempted TearJerker that "male allies don't exist"), male readers who would otherwise be supportive of the storyline feel the strip is actively pushing them away. The strip has even been likened to some of the more clueless social justice blogs from {{Tumblr}} in comic strip form.
** Many fans are also turned off by the fact that the writer tends to handle any and all criticism of the Sisterhood by apparently assuming they're just misogynist jerks, dismissing their (often reasonable) complaints and labeling them as "dudebros" who are ''really'' just whining because Monique doesn't shake her ass anymore. We know this because dozens of strips are dedicated specifically to the purpose of taking common complaints about the direction the strip has gone in and having the designated strawmen Slick or Squig say it, probably while crying and probably after having twisted it into something blatantly misogynist. Another form this takes is in having Monique put on magical "patriarchy blocker" glasses that "translate" common criticisms into [[StrawMan something easier to dismiss]].
** The original concept to begin with, as used to imply that Christianity rang more true than the other religions (even as characters like the Buddha and the [[UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} Dragon]] walked around).
* BaseBreaker: Xanthe, and the whole Sisterhood plot in general for stealing the spotlight from most of the cast in general. To some it has been labeled as when the comic [[JumpingTheShark Jumped the Shark]]. Her degree of polarizing effect is so bad that she can accurately be compared to [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sasuke]] (stateside only) and [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Miko]] in terms of how divisive she is.
* BileFascination: What keeps many people reading the strip following the introduction of The Sisterhood. You'll find a heaping pile of it on display if you visit the TV Tropes Forum page about the comic.
* BrokenBase: The fandom got along relatively peacefully, but that changed starting around 10/2011. Nowadays it's gone into fandom civil war-grade fracturing.
* CrackShip: [[HornyDevils Baby Blue]] [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-05-02 and Jesus]].
* CreatorsPet:
** Xanthe and her cohorts, who among the fans, are very divisive if not outright unpopular, but have quickly swallowed the strip whole and become its new focus due to being the author's political mouthpieces (which is actually the reason for a lot of the dislike they receive).
* CryForTheDevil: The Devil is, in fact, [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-10-16 capable of genuinely caring about someone.]] Even if he tries to shake it off.
* EvilIsSexy:
** Subverted in that, while generally portrayed as appealing (especially when compared to [[GoodIsDumb the alternative]]), the devil's pleasures are ultimately unsatisfying. [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2007-11-18 Even for himself]].
** Played straight by the succubi, until Fuchsia's CharacterDevelopment made her not so evil anymore.
* FlameWar: The Sisterhood Arc is so divisive and controversial that mentioning it is just asking for trouble. Just look at this page!
* FoeYay: Between [[HotAsHell Baby Blue]] and [[MessianicArchetype Jesus]], though it's mostly from [[{{Troll}} Blue's]] side. [[spoiler:It's heavily implied however that, as a child, [[PuppyLove Blue really did have a crush on him.]]]]
* FridgeLogic:
** Lil' Evil frequently mocks the damned, but what does he think is going to happen when he makes it to the other side himself?
*** Well, there seems to be a big difference between being the damned souls and being the demons who torment them; he probably assumes he will end up in the second group.
*** Also, Lil'Evil is [[spoiler: the Devil's son and, disappointed or not, he isn't likely to torture him for eternity.]]
** If Monique's former fans hate her new act so much, why do they keep going to see it?
*** Most likely an allegory for how the Sinfest complainers continue to lurk at Sinfest.
* HilariousInHindsight: [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-11-24 It's like Ishida saw it coming three years away.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/btphp/comics/2007-02-07.gif Sisterhood? What sisterhood?]]
* HoYay: A few strips on bromance get pretty close to this, but the most obvious is Lil'Evil and his [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-05-03 feelings for Satan]]... until [[spoiler: we learn that Lil'E is actually the devil's son]].
** His crush on the Devil is rather transparent.
** Goes beyond transparent to explicit in [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-03-12 this strip]]. He ''likes'' the idea of spending eternity "locked in homo erotic embrace with the devil."
*** May actually be a case of IfItsYouItsOkay or even SingleTargetSexuality, seeing as he doesn't really act that way over anyone else, male or female, and often talks down to the oversexed or hormonally frustrated main characters.
** If certain [[LukeIAmYourFather implied theories]] began panning out, then it might fall under [[spoiler: [[ParentalIncest another trope...]]]]
*** [[spoiler: [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-10-16 Confirmed in this Sunday strip]].]]
* InternetBackdraft: Any mention of the Sisterhood is certain to provoke a flame war somewhere.
** July 2013 saw some epic backdraft between the Sinfest forums and the [[http://shittywebcomics.tumblr.com/ Shitty Web Comics]] {{Tumblr}} page.
* JerkassWoobie:
** Slick, frequently.
** Baby Blue has been subjected to GoodFeelsGood a few times, but unlike Fuchsia [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-02-27 something tends to go wrong]] before it has any chance to stick, sending her back to square one.
** [[spoiler:The Devil and Lil' E]] now that we get to see some of their backstory.
* {{Moe}}: Criminy, Fuchsia, Pooch, Percy, Squig, Buddha, Angie/Tange, Absinthe, and the enlightened Illuminati Drones are all kinds of cute.
* MoralEventHorizon: Tangerine and the Fembot effectively [[MindRape Destroyed a man's mind]] and the [[BalefulPolymorph turned him into a frog]] and then Cheered about doing it.
* NightmareFuel: This is a little [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-04-15 unsettling...]]
** The new drones after the Devil rebuilds his factory. Everything funny and cute that took down the drones before, like Cupid's arrows? No longer work. The new drones even look creepier and more insectoid.
*** [[AntiClimaxBoss Most of whatever terror they possessed was quickly washed]] away in the eyes of most fans the moment it was shown that [[WeaksauceWeakness with normal weapons they are just as easy to kill as the normal drones]].
** [[http://sinfest.net/view.php?date=2015-03-22 Fuchsia, Tangerine, and the Fembots deal with one guy by taking him to the Lethe and having him recite the spell to turn himself into a frog. Even though he was a minor-antagonist, who's to say he didn't have family or friends that would miss him?]]
*** Even worse is that one guy gets hit by the Lethe AGAIN while in his Frog form, [[EmptyShell so now he has no memory of his original form either, they actually DID kill him, in that he is no longer 'himself' but thinks he always was a frog]]!
** Imagine if you were demon possessed by someone who has a vested interest in ruining your life and leaving you to hold the bag when it comes to facing the consequences. Now imagine if someone you were friends with for YEARS knows you are possessed and not only does Nothing to Help you, but also Blames you for everything it does when it's in your body. This is Slick's current predicament.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** Possibly the only thing keeping Ezekiel and Ariel from becoming as hated as [[TheScrappy Seymour]] that they are actually nice. The greatest example is comparing [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2010-09-19 this scene]] with [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2010-09-21 this scene]].
** And on that note, with Seymour becoming a whole lot nicer recently (he even brings snacks to Lil' E and Pebbles) he's been rescued from the heap as well.
* RomanticPlotTumor:
** The Fuchsia/Criminy romance, although a quick look at the [[Characters/SinFest Characters page]], the [[Awesome/{{Sinfest}} Awesome page]], the [[Heartwarming/{{Sinfest}} Heartwarming page]], and even the [[Webcomic/{{Sinfest}} main page]] will tell you that it seems to be the most referenced, popular story arc in the comic. TropesAreNotBad, especially {{heartwarming|moments}} ones.
** The Monique/Absinthe pairing. While it's intended to be seen as a cute and happy relationship, the two didn't receive nearly as much focus and development as Fuchsia and Criminy did, so the relationship feels slightly forced. Made a bit worse by the lack of closure over Monique's relationship with Slick.
* RootingForTheEmpire: The Patriarchy arc seems to have provoked this reaction due to just how polarizing the Sisterhood (Xanthe in particular) is.
* TheScrappy:
** Seymour gained a considerable hatedom after the September 14th, 2010 block of strips, especially after a DespairEventHorizon. The hatedom seems to have diminished after he TookALevelInKindness. Nowadays, he can be considered by some to be a lot more freaky than hateful.
** Xanthe, due to being the herald to an infamously polarizing change in the overall nature of the comic.
*** While most of the Sisterhood (except Nana and "Mercy") are generally disliked, the most hatred (besides Xanthe) is directed at Violet due to her more sociopathic attitude.
** The rogue Fembot, nicknamed "Maverick" as [[{{TakeThat}} an insult to both her and the Sisterhood's lack of respect for ThreeLawsCompliant]]. Mainly due to her violent approach being depicted as right despite the lack of adequete threshold for Zeroth Law behaviour.
* StrangledByTheRedString: Arguably Monique and Absinthe. The two are supposed to be seen as a cute, happy couple, but some readers feel that the two didn't receive enough buildup or focus before getting together. Another criticism contends that they don't really have much chemistry as a couple and only exist as a pairing to serve as a counterpoint to Monique's old relationship with Slick.
** Not helped by [[http://sinfest.net/view.php?date=2015-06-20 this strip]], in which the two are praised by their fans online... and anyone who doesn't like their hooking up is represented by Devil Slick/Sleaze, who mocks them and demands "Old 'Nique" back.
* StrawmanHasAPoint:
** Unwittingly or not, Slick does point out one of many complaints people have about the Sisterhood in [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-02-18 this]] strip; namely, that Monique's characterization has drastically changed since their introduction.
** In [[http://sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-03-06 "Victim Blaming"]] Slick (clumsily) points out that if you ''say'' things to rile people up, ''they're going to get riled up.'' If he'd just suggested making the same points but in a more nuanced fashion, rather than an {{Anvilicious}} one, it might have gotten through.
** Despite Squig getting [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-07-27 Third Wave Feminism]] [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-07-31 completely wrong]], he does point out that many women see the sisterhood's decrying of femme traits and open sexuality as oppression to be outdated. The point of the movement is to allow women to be able to wear and act however they feel like without being labelled as a slut or being victim-blamed or say, someone [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-09-14 depicting a female politician as a pig in drag.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-01-30 This strip]] portraying all who miss old 'Nique does point out she has lost [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-06-04 her old playfulness]].
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-05-31 This strip]] which has Slick singing cheerfully about the joys of misogyny overreacts at a protest sign carried by a Trike Girl and calls her a hater. The problem being that the same Trike Girl was recently [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-05-09 in]] a comic cheering out for the death of all men, making Slick AccidentallyAccurate in his overreaction.
** [[http://sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-07-12 The Devil is completely correct in his accusation that the Sisterhood sabotaged the Fembots factory]] and that the Fembots were perfectly safe consumer products before that.
** While [[http://sinfest.net/view.php?date=2014-01-04 self-destructing a walking weapon when she began to refuse orders]] was pretty harsh, it was easily the lesser evil given the track record of these robots when left to their own devices. The civilian model was irrational and ill-tempered, so imagine what a military model with the same personality could do.
*** Of course, that does mean counting the desire of a sentient, self-aware AI to protect itself from being forced into sexual slavery for the rest of its life as "irrational and ill-tempered". One of the problems with the "Dudebro and Fembot Factory" premise is that fembots are... well, ''bots''. It makes a decent metaphor for the tendency of male-dominated society to cultivate women into something defined by what is useful and appealing to men and the backlash experienced by women who choose to reject that cultivation, but in-universe, they're ''sentient machines awakened to human intelligence'' and free will. Using them as a figure for feminist ideology means having to ignore the fact that the fembots have ''reached the singularity'', and in terms of ethics, represent [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman another argument altogether]].
* SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel: ''Anything'' involving [[BetaCouple Criminy and Fuchsia]].
* TakeThatScrappy: Seymour, after getting turned into a demon.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: The longer this strip runs, the more horrifingly adorable it gets. And then we have...
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Part of the problem with the Sisterhood plot is the strip shifting from skewering all examples of extremism to ignoring its own message when it comes to feminism. Before the Sisterhood plot began, fundamentalist religious beliefs, consumerism, and other extremes of belief and behavior were heavily parodied in a manner promoting a moderate perspective. However, the feminist extremists of the Sisterhood are ''always'' right and there's no longer a middle ground.
** To some, it's an even simpler explanation: The Sisterhood is such a PlotTumor that it's damn near omnipresent in the strip now. Overall, something like 20% of the strips since its introduction have focused on it, and it's even more counting how many strips have involved it by extension or focused on the results of its actions, which would be something more like half of the strips. It isn't whether the Sisterhood is right or wrong, it's just that most of the other storylines have been so pushed aside in its favor and even then will usually involve it when they're brought up.
** Many fans also hate just the massive changes that the Sisterhood has brought on, leading to accusations that Xanthe is a Black-Hole Sue. Slick changed from a mildly misogynist, but well-meaning idiot who had a thing for a specific girl into a fully misogynist {{Jerkass}}, whose sympathetic qualities seem very unintentional. Monique went from a reasonably ordinary woman who was trying to overcome her AttentionWhore traits to a borderline paranoid wreck who now mostly just wanders around the setting mumbling about the Patriarchy (this one is particularly damning because it was caused directly by the Sisterhood, as opposed to the others who were changed by "coincidence"). Squig went from a harmless hedonist who was also a bit of a perv to a strawman for the anti-pornography Sisterhood to use as a punching bag.
*** The Sisterhood has also pretty much erased the relationship between Slick and Monique. While they were once attempting to get together, this has seemingly been forgotten in favor of Monique being paranoid and Slick being the ButtMonkey to the Sisterhood. This is especially damning because some considered this to be the ''central plotline of the entire strip,'' which has not only been pretty much set back to square one, but is now barely mentioned, and all of that CharacterDevelopment they earned over the course of roughly ''eleven years'' has all but vanished. The strip also attempted to portray Slick unsympathetically for wondering why his former friend/love interest was acting so strangely and no longer seemed to want anything to do with him.
* UglyCute: The zombie and his attachment to Fuchsia.
* UncannyValley: Characters that walk into the Reality Zone can come off as this at times.
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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Weapon F, by sole virtue of how unlikable her "target" is. See below.
** Increasingly, the people targeted by the sisterhood who actually make good points; see StrawmanHasAPoint, above.
** Slick is an interesting case as it's not one hundred percent clear how sympathetic or unsympathetic we are ''supposed'' to feel for him, as the author seems to change on a whim if Slick deserves our sympathy or not depending on how Tats felt like when drawing and writing his comics.
*** With the author's personal agenda and morals coming to the mix, Slick has been used as the strawmen targets, like the ones mentioned above. But there are times when Slick is trying to move himself forward to becoming more progressive, yet his importance as a character is decreasing as the strip goes on. This would be a non-issue if there weren't many story arcs revolving around Slick that do put him in a sympathetic light that were started after the third major shift in the strip. But there are just as many strips of the author using Slick as means to show how bad a "dudebro" can be or how the issues of man can't compare to the issues of a woman living in a patriarchy society. This is odd since Slick is Sinfest's personal butt-monkey, having to deal with a literal frozen heart, the lost friendship he had with Monique, going through his own personal journey in becoming less misogynistic, and the problems he encounters due to an evil alter-ego that causes havoc for Slick who tries to make Slick go two steps back for each step forward he makes (though the Devil Slick arc seems to be finished for now).
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: The sentient Fembot. The viewers are to sympathize with it because its aware that it only use as a sex object. All good. Except that most of it's screen time is it being very violent against people, borderline KillerRobot, which has caused it to get the nick name of "Maverick".
** Just look at how she (and the "adorably" innocent Pebbles) reacts towards a man with the audacity to wish the "ladies" a good day -- which is sexist now, apparently: [[http://sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-11-27 Behold and Enjoy/Rage]].
** Arguably Monique. After the "victim blaming" incident, she essentially cuts all ties with Slick over his [[InnocentlyInsensitive insensitive but well-intentioned suggestion]]. Apart from accusing him of victim blaming, she doesn't make much of an effort to explain why she's so upset with Slick and makes no attempt to reconcile with him. Unlike Slick (who's shown to miss Monique on more than one occasion), she never seems to really have any sort of regret or remorse over this situation and seems perfectly comfortable with the idea of never interacting with her best friend/love interest again. The closest she ever really comes is asking Absinthe for a hug after storming off. After that? Nothing.
*** One strip did show Monique during her poetry and said poem was referring to a friend in which they ended up drifting apart, being the closest thing we have to her referencing her fallout with Slick (as well as the closest thing to lament).
*** It possibly gets worse once Monique starts dating Absinthe. The strip wants the reader to see them as a cute, happy couple, except her previous relationship never really received closure and was abandoned on her end after one (relatively minor) quarrel.
*** Even worse is when it's revealed Monique can actually see Devil Slick in Slick's reflection acting independent from Slick, and did nothing to help or even inform him of it.
*** She outright ''lies'' to Absinthe about why Slick is so bitter. Before her character development/personality change, she ''was'' blatantly flirting with him, on multiple occasions, and apparently completely severing contact with someone after a poorly worded, but genuinely well-meaning piece of advice is "drifting apart".
** The Cartoonist is slowly sliding into this as he subjects his pets (Pooch and Percy) to highly irresponsible or borderline abusive whims such as suggesting a fast because he doesn't want to go out in public to buy food and refusing to turn on the heat in a house so cold you can see his breath.
* WhatAnIdiot:
** Seymour in "Bad Behavior". [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2010-09-15 Starts here.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-04-21 Wow.]] It must hurt to be that dumb.
* TheWoobie:
** Most of the non-deity characters have gotten moments of this, but Fuchsia, Squigley, and Slick are the most frequent, ''especially'' Squig over the course of 2010.
** The Zombie. Have you EVER wanted to comfort a mass of undead, maggot-ridden flesh this much since ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride''?
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-09-30 More and more as Lil'Evil's back story is revealed.]]
** Squigley again, UpToEleven, during his fifteen minutes of fame due to the fart heard around the world:
--> [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2015-07-02 Poot Poot Poot Pooty Pooty Poot Poot Poot]].

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