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** There is some concern expressed that Angela is getting a little too passive and friendly with Winifred a few issues after the zombie incident is resolved, though Angela seems to be moving past it, becoming more assertive and gaining other friends to keep her grounded.


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''The Underburbs'' is an indie comic book series created by Joe Haley and T.J. Dort, started in 2005, and continuing to this day. It centers around "Countess" Winifred Pale, a vampire bent on taking over the world with a scroll that turns people into monsters, unfortunately, due to incompetent subordinates and general lack of knowledge about our world, she has yet to succeed. Angela, a human-turned-witch from our world, serves as her {{Sidekick}} and viewpoint character.

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''The Underburbs'' is an indie comic book series created by Joe Haley and T.J. Dort, started in 2005, and continuing to this day. It centers around "Countess" Winifred Pale, a vampire bent on taking over the world with a scroll that turns people into monsters, unfortunately, monsters. Unfortunately, due to incompetent subordinates and general lack of knowledge about our world, she has yet to succeed. Angela, a human-turned-witch from our world, serves as her {{Sidekick}} and viewpoint character.



* AlphaBitch: Bel.

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* BecomingTheCostume: A major plot point in the story, as when exposed to Winifred's scroll, people become the things they're dressed as. [[spoiler:At one point, the creators even had an idea to make Angela change into anything by wearing a costume of it, but this was dismissed as "too video-gamey."]]

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* BecomingTheCostume: A major plot point in the story, as as, when exposed to Winifred's scroll, people become the things they're dressed as. [[spoiler:At one point, the creators even had an idea to make Angela change into anything by wearing a costume of it, but this was dismissed as "too video-gamey."]]



* ButtMonkey: The Hammer.

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: George.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Bel

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* NerdGlasses: Shelley's glasses.

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** OurMonstersAreWeird: As such, monsters are described under this trope.

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* ShoppingMontage: [[spoiler: Much of Issue 9.]]
* StrangerInAStrangeSchool
* TomatoInTheMirror: Turns out [[spoiler:Angela's Mom is really a witch before her own "turning".]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: The Hammer.
* ZenSurvivor: Shelley.

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* %%* ShoppingMontage: [[spoiler: Much of Issue 9.]]
* %%* StrangerInAStrangeSchool
* TomatoInTheMirror: Turns It turns out that [[spoiler:Angela's Mom is really was a witch before her own "turning".]]
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"turning"]].
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ThirdPersonPerson: The Hammer.
* %%* ZenSurvivor: Shelley.


Seventeen issues have been released so far. Issues 1-3 were reprinted as a Trade Paperback with added material. It does not have national distribution, so ways to buy the comic are limited to some Massachusetts comics shops, via www.comixpress.com or by ordering them from the creators themselves at the_underburbs@yahoo.com.

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Seventeen issues have been released so far. Issues 1-3 were reprinted as a Trade Paperback with added material. It does not have national distribution, so ways to buy the comic are limited to some Massachusetts comics shops, via www.comixpress.indyplanet.com or by ordering them from the creators themselves at the_underburbs@yahoo.com.


* AGirlAndHerX: Inverted, a vampire and her witch.


The Underburbs is an indie comic book series created by Joe Haley and T.J. Dort, started in 2005, and continuing to this day. It centers around "Countess" Winifred Pale, a vampire bent on taking over the world with a scroll that turns people into monsters, unfortunately, due to incompetent subordinates and general lack of knowledge about our world, she has yet to succeed. Angela, a human-turned-witch from our world, serves as her {{Sidekick}} and viewpoint character.

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The Underburbs [[quoteright:180:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/the_underburbs.jpg]]

''The Underburbs''
is an indie comic book series created by Joe Haley and T.J. Dort, started in 2005, and continuing to this day. It centers around "Countess" Winifred Pale, a vampire bent on taking over the world with a scroll that turns people into monsters, unfortunately, due to incompetent subordinates and general lack of knowledge about our world, she has yet to succeed. Angela, a human-turned-witch from our world, serves as her {{Sidekick}} and viewpoint character.

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* IJustWantToHaveFriends: [[spoiler:Winifred's ultimate goal is [[HatesBeingAlone not to be left alone]] growing up after her mother died [[WordOfGod from Vampire Hunters]]. Since her condescending personality makes it impossible for her to have friends normally, she pragmatically turns Angela into a witch just to get herself some company.]] She [[CharacterDevelopment got better]].


* ActionMom: [[spoiler: Angela's Mom]]
* AffablyEvil: Winifred

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* ActionMom: [[spoiler: Angela's Mom]]
AGirlAndHerX: Inverted, a vampire and her witch.
* AffablyEvil: WinifredUnless the companion in question is at least in her level, Winifred can be a casually approachable person.



* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Bel to Winifred
* AntiVillain: Winifred.
* BadAssNormal: George's father.

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: By means someone "eviler", it's Bel to Winifred
Winifred.
* AntiVillain: Winifred.
Winifred is primarily the reason why Angela is in this "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Conquer the World or go with her to Monster School]]" predicament.
* BadAssNormal: BadassNormal: George's father.



* BecomingTheMask: Downplayed. Angela is working with Winifred to follow her every whim, while trying to make sure Winifred doesn't get any ideas of conquering the outside world, even though CharacterDevelopment marches into keeping the two close together. [[spoiler:This cuts short when Bel starts encouraging Wini to follow her ideas.]]



* DoubleAgent: Angela is only working with Winifred to make sure that she fails. Although, [[spoiler:they later develop as much of a genuine friendship as Winifred's selfishness will allow]].



* OurMonstersAreDifferent: The Underburbs setting is oozing with classical Halloween monsters, from vampires to witches and Frankenstein monsters to ghost pirates.
** OurMonstersAreWeird: As such, monsters are described under this trope.



* ThirdPersonPerson: The Hammer

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* TomatoInTheMirror: Turns out [[spoiler:Angela's Mom is really a witch before her own "turning".]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: The HammerHammer.


Eleven issues have been released so far. Issues 1-3 were reprinted as a Trade Paperback with added material. It does not have national distribution, so ways to buy the comic are limited to some Massachusetts comics shops, via www.comixpress.com or by ordering them from the creators themselves at the_underburbs@yahoo.com.

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Eleven Seventeen issues have been released so far. Issues 1-3 were reprinted as a Trade Paperback with added material. It does not have national distribution, so ways to buy the comic are limited to some Massachusetts comics shops, via www.comixpress.com or by ordering them from the creators themselves at the_underburbs@yahoo.com.

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The Underburbs is an indie comic book series created by Joe Haley and T.J. Dort, started in 2005, and continuing to this day. It centers around "Countess" Winifred Pale, a vampire bent on taking over the world with a scroll that turns people into monsters, unfortunately, due to incompetent subordinates and general lack of knowledge about our world, she has yet to succeed. Angela, a human-turned-witch from our world, serves as her {{Sidekick}} and viewpoint character.

Eleven issues have been released so far. Issues 1-3 were reprinted as a Trade Paperback with added material. It does not have national distribution, so ways to buy the comic are limited to some Massachusetts comics shops, via www.comixpress.com or by ordering them from the creators themselves at the_underburbs@yahoo.com.

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* ActionMom: [[spoiler: Angela's Mom]]
* AffablyEvil: Winifred
* AlphaBitch: Bel.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Bel to Winifred
* AntiVillain: Winifred.
* BadAssNormal: George's father.
* BecomingTheCostume: A major plot point in the story, as when exposed to Winifred's scroll, people become the things they're dressed as. [[spoiler:At one point, the creators even had an idea to make Angela change into anything by wearing a costume of it, but this was dismissed as "too video-gamey."]]
* BerserkButton: Winifred ''does not'' want Angela to misbehave in front of her father.
* ButtMonkey: The Hammer.
* CelestialBureaucracy: [[spoiler: The big demon at the end of Issue 6 and throughout Issue 7.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: George.
* CreepyChild: Death-Ann, though it isn't really her fault. Basically she's a grim reaper with the ability to remove people's souls from their bodies. Problem is she's only a toddler and doesn't really know any better.
* CuteWitch: Angela and [[spoiler:her mom]].
* DoubleAgent: Angela is only working with Winifred to make sure that she fails. Although, [[spoiler:they later develop as much of a genuine friendship as Winifred's selfishness will allow]].
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: [[spoiler: Issue 3. 'Nuff said.]]
* EvilCounterpart: Bel, in terms of Winifred, though both of them self-identify as "evil".
* FantasticRacism: Werewolves versus "wolfmen".
* FauxAffablyEvil: Bel
* {{Halloweentown}}: The Evil Dimension and also the town of Pendleton, after Winifred turns people into monsters.
* {{Jerkass}}: Damon, especially after [[spoiler: he's turned into Death Lantern.]]
* LackOfEmpathy: In self-absorbed (Winifred) and more sadistic (Bel) flavors.
* NerdGlasses: Shelley's glasses.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: [[spoiler: The man with people for fingers in Issue 7.]]
* RaisingTheSteaks: The zombie [[spoiler:organ grinder's monkey]]!
* ShoppingMontage: [[spoiler: Much of Issue 9.]]
* StrangerInAStrangeSchool
* ThirdPersonPerson: The Hammer
* ZenSurvivor: Shelley.
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