The Night Belongs to Us is a supernatural webcomic by L. R. Hale.
Hank gets attacked by a werewolf. Ada saves her life. Hank then becomes a werewolf. Ada is a vampire. Hank discovers the underground society of vampires, werewolves and more. Ada sells weed for money, and is kind of a bounty hunter. Hank is a medical illustrator. Ada is complicated. Hank is attracted to Ada. Things get complicated. Hank is trying to adjust to her new life.
This comic provides examples of the following tropes:
- Affectionate Nickname: Hank's werewolf form becomes "Fido" to Ada. Less affectionately, she calls Sienna "Rover" .
- Alternate Identity Amnesia: Hank, for her werewolf form.
- Art Evolution: The figures get more realistic, the shading more subtle. Compare chapter 2 Ada with chapter 9 Ada.
- Art Shift: Side stories from the point of view of Hank's cat are cartoonier in style, and almost all in monochrome/sepia with a few muted colors.
- Ambiguously Bi:
- Ada specifically tells Hank that she's "not gay," but Ada's only love interests in the story, including her ex-girlfriend Miss Chief, are female.
- Lendfire, though calling Ada beautiful, is also possessed of an unhealthy obsession with his master, Gustav.
- Attack on the Heart: to immobilize a vampire you have to impale him/her through the heart... So, whoever attacks Ada usually goes straight for the center of her chest. Curiously, Ada is never attacked with a stake, but instead with a knife or a crossbow. When her heart is hit, she will go down after just long enough to curse, but will immediately wake up as soon as the weapon is removed.
- Black Comedy / Gallows Humor: Ada often makes light of the fact that she's technically already dead. Such as when she narrowly avoided be burnt up by the sun:Ada: HA! HA! HA! I'm ALIVE! *Beat* Er, well, more or less.
- Cast Full of Gay: Hank, the main character; Miss Chief, the main antagonist; and Antoine Anton are all gay. Ada, the deuteragonist, is at least bisexual, and Lendfire might be as well.
- Cats Are Mean: Macintosh can be pretty cranky. See the interlude from his POV, especially when a seriously-wounded Hank is returned to the apartment.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: when the speakers are out of sight, the color of the letters in the speech bubble/the color of the thought bubble will denote the speaker: blue for Hank, red for Ada, and white letters on black for Ada or any other vampire who is in full vampire mode.
- Cue the Sun: after Hank and Ada flee the "greenhouse of death" and narrowly make it into a funeral palour just before the sun rises and could kill Ada, this never the less signals the safety they have found.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Hank starts having this affect to Ada, who feels guilty when she acts unkindly around her.
- Disappointed by the Motive: "Muscles"' reaction when Lendfire reveals to him that revenge is the reason why he stalks Ada and Hank is to literally scoff and call it "Lame."
- Domestic Abuser: It's implied that Mick is abusive to Sienna, at least when he's drunk. He doesn't really revel in bastard behavior, though.Sienna: Christ, babe, I'm not in the mood f— [in pain] Oh, shit!,
Mick: Uh, my bad. Blame the booze.
Sienna:''' For once, you didn't do this [to me].
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Ada.
- Faint in Shock: Hank is prone to fainting when under a lot of stress (like faced with a werewolf who attacked her or vampires that attacked Ada).
- Fur Against Fang: Vampires and werewolves don't get along in general, which makes it awkward when Ada gets appointed as Hank's "sire".Hank: Are werewolves and vampires enemies?Ada: God, nothing as dramatic as that...it's more like how Democrats and Republicans feel about each other.Hank: OH! That's horrible!Ada: Bad example. Uh, maybe it's more like, I don't know, um, Broncos and Raiders fans?Hank: ACK! THAT'S WORSE!
- Game Face: A thing with vampires. Ada is afraid hers will scare Hank.
- Werewolves can have this going on as well. Check out Mick Murphy's version.
- Lesbian Vampire: Ada is a grouchy low-key variation.
- Monsters Anonymous: There's a self-help group for werewolfs that Hank visits after gaining Super Senses.
- Morality Chain: Because Ada doesn't want Hank to be afraid of her, Hank acts as this for Ada. As illustrated during their confrontation with Sienna.Ada (thought bubble): If you weren't here, she would be dead.
- Neck Lift: Ada once lifts Sienna up one-handedly by grabbing her t-shirt's collar to intimidate her.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Ada breaks up her bounty hunt, treats Hank's wounds, takes her home and introduces her to to the shephards after Hank was attacked by Murphy, and is in turn saddled with the responsibility of being her (on-paper) sire. Ada even invokes the trope as things continue to get more complicated.
- Queer Romance: Developing between Hank and Ada.
- There's a lot of this in various character's backstories too. For example, "Miss Chief" was turned by Ada from back when they were dating, and Antoine Anton became a werewolf after some particularly heated sex with his ex-boyfriend.
- The Renfield: Lendfire fills the spot as Gustav von Heiden's Renfield. See also Significant Anagram.
- Significant Anagram: Lendfire is an anagramm to Renfield... the position Lendfire fulfills for Gustav von Heiden.
- Spiked Blood: Werewolf blood can make vampires high. After Ada forces Sienna to donate blood for her to drink...Ada: Aw, yeah, I feel it. Werewolf blood is intense.Sienna: Are you high now?
- Straight Gay: Hank and Antoine are both gay, but neither really display any stereotypical or flamboyant behavior.
- Tomboyish Name: Hank. Although, unlike the typical girl with Tomboyish name, she's not much of a tomboy herself.
- Vampire Vannabe: Lendfire's main reason for serving Gustav von Heiden is to be made a vampire one day.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Ship Tease version. To transport Ada safely while the sun is out, Hank wears a leather jacket and ferries a bat-formed Ada in her shirt.