YMMV / Sister Claire

  • Alternative Character Interpretation
    • Catherine. Is she a caring but overprotective character who does whatever she can to keep Claire safe or is she selfish and paranoid, uses Claire as a Replacement Goldfish for her dead sister, and makes things worse for her by refusing to explain anything?
    • King Michel. Is he a well meaning king who simply doesn't know much about the lower classes like the Word of God says or is he genuinely indifferent to the plight of Thorum Mare poorer citizens and needs Oscar and his wife to push him into helping them? Likewise, does he truly love Oscar as his child or did he only accept her because his wife's actions gave he no choice but to acknowledge her? Furthermore, there are multiple unanswered questions about the extent of his infidelity, such as what was his relationship with Oscar's mother, did he knowingly send her away pregnant with no support, how many other mistresses did he have, and exactly when did he stop cheating on his wife?
  • Anvilicious:
    • The comic talks a lot about LGBT issues and is usually about as subtle as a heart-attack when it does.
    • The missing moment "Note" has Oscar going off on a rant to King Michel about supposed discrimination in not funding health care that serves people with magick. The allusion is so thinly veiled it's bordering on Author Filibuster.
  • Arc Fatigue: Par for the course for a webcomic done twice a week. But the Myth Arc of the series ended up stalling tremendously after Claire and Catherine leave the Abby with not much really happening in between save for a few small revelations here and there that has taken the authors a long time to re-visit again. It's only near the end of Book Two does the plot finally start moving a bit.
  • Ass Pull:
    • Sister Genevieve at first was disapproving at Oscar being transgender. However, after being assaulted by Catherine she, for no explained reason, apologized about how she treated Oscar and promises to support her in the future.
    • The revelation that Claire is the reincarnation of Clementine and that her "pregnancy" was really just her powers manifesting. This creates a number of plot holes and contrivances. For example, when Clementine's powers first manifested she didn't grow a large belly or experience any of the odd symptoms that Claire went through in the beginning of the series, so Gabrielle and Catherine shouldn't have known that her powers would manifest like that or to use the "Mother of Christ" lie as their deception. Likewise, Clementine was able to use magick from an early age but Claire wasn't able to use it until after she was well over 18, so Gabrielle would have had no way of knowing when Claire's powers would emerge when she first introduced herself to her. And what's more, after the escape from the abbey there's no real reason for Catherine or anyone else in the know to keep lying to Claire.
    • Olga making a deal with Azi that could potentially threaten to turn her into a Wolf Witch if she continued hunting witches. Olga's already something of a werewolf due to a Moon Wolf (a creature who infects others via spores) infecting her in the past and Olga just barely managing to suppress it unless under extreme distress. Rendering the whole deal pointless.
  • Base-Breaking Character: As detailed below and above, Oscar. Who is either a kickass, empowering breath of fresh air, or a fairly bland character who has all but supplanted Claire as protagonist due to Author Appeal.
    • A close second is Hanabi. Opinion on her falls into two usual camps. One side sees her as a flawed, but well-meaning Witch just looking out for the others. The other see her as a self-rationalizing, unrepentant kidnapper and attempted murderer.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Toilet Humor in the first few chapters. Funny or just off-putting? Not like it matters now as those strips were re-drawn to be more tasteful.
    • The excessive focus on homosexuality and gender identity. While most fans like the character development and do praise the comic for tackling such issues, others feel these focuses have overstayed their welcome and a major stall to the Myth Arc of the story with Yamino and Ash are just beating us over the head with it by now, bordering on Author Appeal.
    • The reveal that Sister Oscar is transgender.
    • The reveal of Claire being Clementine. Some find it a interesting twist and want to see how Claire deals with this newfound revelation. Others are annoyed by it since it robs Claire of her individuality and just feels like the authors' extending Clementine's story into the present day. Claire suddenly gaining her stuttering certainly didn't help this distinction since there was no reason she had to gain it.
  • Cliché Storm: Take a clichéd messiah story, add clichéd nun cast, use clichéd bathroom humor, sprinkle in clichéd jokes, and you have Sister Claire. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
    • At first, anyway. The characters have been developed, the bathroom humor has been removed, and the messiah plot has turned out entirely differently to what was expected.
  • Creator's Pet: Oscar lives a near-perfect dream-life as the beloved daughter of royalty with none of that pesky royal responsibility. She's also the best sword fighter in the series, winning her first tournament when she was only fifteen and becoming a member of the Royal Guard soon after. Having a bonus Magical Girlfriend? Icing on the cake. There are only two people who feel even remotely bothered by her, Sister Genevieve, who isn't even presented as a villain but as someone who only mildly misunderstands what being a transgender woman means, and the noble who Oscar fought in the tournament, who has no redeeming qualities, doesn't even get a name or artwork and only exists as someone who Oscar can triumphantly defeat and humiliate without looking bad.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Lupo, Olga and Jackson, by virtue of being flawed, well rounded characters with interesting backstories and abilities, as opposed to Claire, Oscar and Clementine, who are all unfortunately flat.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • Growing the Beard: The first few chapters have issues with slow or uneven pacing and a lot of low-brow, base breaking humor. Later, once the author's wife starts helping her write it, the comic's quality definitely goes up.
  • Les Yay: The author comment even lampshades it here. Also can carry into Twin Cest between Rosalie and Marie.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Has enjoyed one ever since the comic's launch.
  • Moe: Little Claire from the "Missing Moments" side-stories.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Abraham crosses it by burning down an infirmary with patients and children inside.
  • Narm: This page. It's supposed to be a tense confrontation between the sisters and a Wolf Witch, but everything comes across as extremely silly, from the little puppy dog growling at his feet, to the Wolf Witch's rather odd facial expression in the last panel.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Many more people first heard of Yamino from the infamous "DerpyGate" scandal, which lead to a lot of demonization of both her and this comic from angry MLP Fan Dumb. Even now, when someone mentions Yamino, the first thing that tends to come to mind is DerpyGate rather than anything else she's done since.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: "Oscarine" for Oscar/Catharine.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: LGBT people deserve as much compassion and respect as their counterparts. Failing to give it to them hurts both the LGBT community and society as a whole.
  • Squick:
    • Two words: Naked Marguerite.
    • The Twins crush on Oscar becomes a tad squicky with the reveal of them being her little sisters. And worse, Word of God says the two of them don't know their real relationship to her.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some readers, specifically older ones who read the comic since it's early days, liked the more quirky tone in the beginning and find current tone very off putting as they feel it betrayed expectations and sucked most of the fun out of the story thanks to newfound Author Appeal. This didn't get any better when the updated pages were posted as said fans felt betrayed even further.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Evil Cat aka Grimm and their possession of Catherine. The storyline sputters out after they visit the healer which allowed Grim to be pulled apart from her and then revealed that all of Grimm's actions were because Grimm was jealous they (they're identified as "they" instead of a single person) couldn't get close to Claire since her former incarnation, Clementine, was Grimm's former owner. A rather weak payoff to showcase Grimm's role in the grand scheme of things. Especially since it's what drives the first act of the series.
    • The whole deal that Olga and Azi had going on which would turn Olga into what she feared most if she tried to hunt Wolf Witches again. And then it turns out it was completely irrelevant because Olga already something of a wolf creature. Many even wonder if the deal was just a sham to begin with.
    • Claire being the chosen one to birth the next messiah which was then re-directed into being a re-incarnation of Clementine. This was obviously a mid-story shift thanks to the Missing Moment chapters. But it was still a bit of an annoyance for some readers since it was what drove most of the plot of the comic. Admittedly Yamino did save herself a bit by doing the Atlantis chapter as foreshadowing.
    • In Missing Moments, Clementine constructing Eden is completely passed over. Instead, the story skips ahead a few years to when Hanabi first comes to Eden long after its been fully built and populated.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Claire is much more ordinary than the other nuns she lives with who are all very quirky in their own ways. It doesn't help that she's pretty much a Satellite Character who doesn't do much to progress the comic's plot. Granted the revelation that she's Clemmentine's reincarnation does alleviate this a bit. But it likewise works against the series once this was revealed, because now it seems were just following Clementine's story via another life rather than Claire's.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Despite the cute and colorful style, the comic has an edgy quality that may not be suitable for children.
  • Woobie: Claire. Her younger self, especially.
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