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* AlternateUniverse: A special 4-part episode created as a celebration for the comic's one-year anniversary focuses on one in which Life and Death are humans, with Death (now known as Des) being the owner of a cafe, who strikes up a fake relationship with a charismatic tour guide named Leo (Life).

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A special 4-part episode created as a celebration for the comic's one-year anniversary focuses on one in which Life and Death are humans, with Death (now known as Des) being the owner of a cafe, who strikes up a fake relationship with a charismatic tour guide named Leo (Life).(Life).
** There was another special 3-part episode, this time featuring Life as a merman and Death as a human Life saved from drowning.


* AnimateDead: [[Death forced Life to do this after Life didnít take the reveal of what Deathís job really was well. It traumatised Life so badly it caused him to become the AmnesiacHero he currently is.]]

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* AnimateDead: [[Death [[spoiler: Death forced Life to do this after Life didnít take the reveal of what Deathís job really was well. It traumatised Life so badly it caused him to become the AmnesiacHero he currently is.]]

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* AmnesiacLover: [[spoiler: Life, to Death.]]


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* AnimateDead: [[Death forced Life to do this after Life didnít take the reveal of what Deathís job really was well. It traumatised Life so badly it caused him to become the AmnesiacHero he currently is.]]


'''[[https://tapastic.com/series/A-Matter-of-Life-and-Death A Matter Of Life And Death]]''' is an ongoing webcomic published on Tapastic by a Vietnamese artist/game design student going by the handle "The Snipster." It typically updates every Friday and weekends.

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'''[[https://tapastic.''[[https://tapastic.com/series/A-Matter-of-Life-and-Death A Matter Of Life And Death]]''' Death]]'' is an ongoing webcomic published on Tapastic by a Vietnamese artist/game design student going by the handle "The Snipster." It typically updates every Friday and weekends.


->'''--Death'''

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->'''--Death'''
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Welcome to the world!"'']]

->''"The Dead shouldn't intervene with the living."''
->'''--Death'''


The comic follows Death as he goes about his unsurprisingly depressing job and tries to find a way to deal with his feelings for his counterpart Life, who seems to resent his very existence. Through a series of awkward run-ins and changing circumstances, the two titular gods attempt to gain a better understanding of each other, and possibly start a budding romance in the process. Although

Not to be confused with [[Film/AMatterOfLifeAndDeath the Michael Powell film of the same name]].

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The comic follows Death as he goes about his is a god with an unsurprisingly depressing job - determining which human souls get to be reborn and tries live their lives anew, and which ones must be sent down to find a way the land of Nim to deal with become horrifyingly malformed beasts known as blights. However, Death also has more personal issues at hand, the most prominent being his long-standing feelings for his counterpart Life, who seems to resent his very existence. avoids him at every turn. Through a series combination of awkward run-ins and changing circumstances, the two titular gods attempt to gain a better understanding of each other, one another, and possibly start even begin a budding romance in the process. Although

Not
process.

But not even a new[[spoiler:ly rekindled]] relationship can fix everything that's wrong with the world the gods reside in, or the people in it. In the end, Life and Death must confront their respective issues head-on in order to truly be happy with one another; not to say they don't have each other's support along the way.

''Not''
to be confused with [[Film/AMatterOfLifeAndDeath the Michael Powell film of the same name]].


* {{Uke}}: Both Death's design and personality play with this, somewhat. He has a couple of characteristics associated with the most common incarnations, such as a usually mild-mannered personality and big, sad eyes... but he's also a couple of heads taller than most other gods, and as demonstrated during one particular scene in the episode "Understand Me," is a perfectly capable fighter. Lampashaded by the author that sometimes she wished Death to be a more typical uke.
** [[spoiler:In "Blackbirds Fly," we see Death lose his temper enough for him to strike Life. Granted, it ''is'' a WholeEpisodeFlashback, but still...]]

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* {{Uke}}: Both Death's design {{Uke}}/{{Seme}}: Death and Life, respectively, though the creator takes several liberties with the classic examples of this tropes. Death, while having the sad doe eyes and a more pliant personality play with this, somewhat. He has a couple typical of characteristics associated with the most common incarnations, such as former's is a usually mild-mannered personality very capable fighter, independent and big, sad eyes... but he's also more willing to take the initiative in a couple of heads taller situation, while Life is a bit sweeter than most other gods, and as demonstrated during one particular scene in the typical seme. Another special episode "Understand Me," is a perfectly capable fighter. Lampashaded by the author shows that sometimes she wished Death to be a more typical uke.
** [[spoiler:In "Blackbirds Fly," we see Death lose his temper enough for him to strike Life. Granted, it ''is'' a WholeEpisodeFlashback, but still...]]
they are actually versatile in sex, so there's an arguable subversion of these tropes.


** WordOfGod states that while he doesn't remember everything, he hasn't forgotten everything either.



** WordOfGod states that while he doesn't remember everything, he hasn't forgotten everything either.



* RavenHairIvorySkin: Death and even more, his human counterpart Des. Des is particularly known for having the romantic attention of literally everybody in their town.

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* RavenHairIvorySkin: Death and - his humancounterpart Des, even more, his human counterpart Des. Des is particularly moreso, considering that he's known for having attracting several suitors in the romantic attention of literally everybody in their town.area, both residents and tourists alike.


* RavenHairIvorySkin: Death and even more, his human counterpart Des. Des is particularly known for having the romantic attention of literally everybody in their town.



* {{Uke}}: Both Death's design and personality play with this, somewhat. He has a couple of characteristics associated with the most common incarnations, such as a usually mild-mannered personality and big, sad eyes... but he's also a couple of heads taller than most other gods, and as demonstrated during one particular scene in the episode "Understand Me," is a perfectly capable fighter.

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* {{Uke}}: Both Death's design and personality play with this, somewhat. He has a couple of characteristics associated with the most common incarnations, such as a usually mild-mannered personality and big, sad eyes... but he's also a couple of heads taller than most other gods, and as demonstrated during one particular scene in the episode "Understand Me," is a perfectly capable fighter. Lampashaded by the author that sometimes she wished Death to be a more typical uke.


* AndIMustScream: It's implied in a [[https://tapastic.com/episode/252814 bonus entry]] that becoming a blight is ''not'' a painless process, and the end result is something that barely resembles a human if you're lucky. Oh, and they're doomed to wander around as mindless beasts fueled by sheer instinct and hatred until they're killed. [[NightmareFuel Sweet dreams!]]



* AndIMustScream: It's implied in a [[https://tapastic.com/episode/252814 bonus entry]] that becoming a blight is ''not'' a painless process, and the end result is something that barely resembles a human if you're lucky. Oh, and they're doomed to wander around as mindless beasts fueled by sheer instinct and hatred until they're killed. [[NightmareFuel Sweet dreams!]]



* ImmortalImmaturity: InUniverse example with Life as the WordOfGod states that he's very much aware of his age, but finds no use in acting like it.

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* ImmortalImmaturity: InUniverse example with Life as the Life. WordOfGod states that he's very much aware of his age, but finds no use in acting like it.it.
* MamaBear: Medic, to Life. Somewhat inverted, as she's actually younger than him.



* MamaBear: Medic, to Life. Somewhat inverted, as she's actually younger than him.


'''[[https://tapastic.com/series/A-Matter-of-Life-and-Death A Matter Of Life And Death]]''' is an ongoing webcomic published on Tapastic by a Vietnamese artist/game design student going by the handle "The Snipster." It originally updated every Friday, but lately it's been more along the lines of "whenever the author has time." As a result, it updates quite frequently.

The comic follows Death as he goes about his unsurprisingly depressing job and tries to find a way to deal with his feelings for his counterpart Life, who seems to resent his very existence. Through a series of awkward run-ins and changing circumstances, the two titular gods attempt to gain a better understanding of each other, and possibly start a budding romance in the process.

It is completely unrelated to [[Film/AMatterOfLifeAndDeath the Michael Powell film of the same name]].

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'''[[https://tapastic.com/series/A-Matter-of-Life-and-Death A Matter Of Life And Death]]''' is an ongoing webcomic published on Tapastic by a Vietnamese artist/game design student going by the handle "The Snipster." It originally updated every Friday, but lately it's been more along the lines of "whenever the author has time." As a result, it typically updates quite frequently.

every Friday and weekends.

The comic follows Death as he goes about his unsurprisingly depressing job and tries to find a way to deal with his feelings for his counterpart Life, who seems to resent his very existence. Through a series of awkward run-ins and changing circumstances, the two titular gods attempt to gain a better understanding of each other, and possibly start a budding romance in the process.

It is completely unrelated
process. Although

Not
to be confused with [[Film/AMatterOfLifeAndDeath the Michael Powell film of the same name]].



* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Love is red, Death is white, Life is blue, and so on.
* AmnesiacHero: Life doesn't remember much about his past, and likely doesn't remember [[spoiler: having a romantic relationship with Death.]]

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* AndIMustScream: It's implied in a [[https://tapastic.com/episode/252814 bonus entry]] that becoming a blight is ''not'' a painless process, and the end result is something that barely resembles a human if you're lucky. Oh, and they're doomed to wander around as mindless beasts fueled by sheer instinct and hatred until they're killed. [[NightmareFuel Sweet dreams!]]
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Pretty much anything goes in terms of color scheme for the gods, it seems. For example, Life's skin is teal with his eyes and signature stars being more of a chartreuse color, Wisdom is gold and yellow all over, Love is red, Death is white, Life is blue, has white hair in contrast to her skin, which can either be red or brown depending on how you see it, and so on.
** Gods like Death and Madness somewhat subvert this, though. Death has virtually no color to him, save for his eyes and the streak in his hair, which are orange. And according to WordOfGod, the color scheme we see Madness with in the comic itself is actually how he looks; in other words, he's in grayscale.
* AmnesiacHero: Life doesn't remember much about his past, and [[spoiler:and likely doesn't remember [[spoiler: having a romantic relationship with Death.]]Death by extension]]



* ArtShift: The art style is far more simplistic in the beginning of the comic. Justified by the author stating she wanted to train other potential art styles

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* ArtShift: The art style is far more simplistic in the beginning of the comic. Justified by comic, before switching to a more detailed style near the author stating she wanted to train other potential art stylesbeginning of "Velveteen." WordOfGod justifies this as experimenting with different styles.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Life can get pretty angry over some stuff, to the point where other gods are visibly afraid of him in those moments.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Life can get is usually a pretty angry over some stuff, to the point where other gods are visibly afraid of him in those nice guy, but he has [[https://tapastic.com/episode/249088 his]] [[https://tapastic.com/episode/357988 moments.]] [[spoiler:Although the former example may be a subversion, as Life later states it was something akin to a MercyKill.]]



* CrazyJealousGuy: Life can occasionally show some shades - particularly in the Special Episode, in which he blatantly states that he wants to make whatever marks he leaves on Death as obvious as possible to ward off suitors.

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* CrazyJealousGuy: Not Life can himself, necessarily - but his human counterpart, Leo, on the other hand, occasionally show some shades - particularly in the Special Episode, in which he blatantly states that he wants to make whatever marks he leaves on Death as obvious as possible to ward off suitors.dips into this territory.



* TheDreaded: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lord High Destroyer Nim]] is apparently this. He hasn't been shown in person quite yet, but according to the gods themselves, he's quite intimidating. [[spoiler:Death was also this, once upon a time.]]
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: [[spoiler:Death was this in the beginning, being widely feared by just about everyone, save for Life. His aura is apparently what sets him apart from the rest of them.]]
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Life and Death(Leo and Des) in the Special Episode.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Nearly ''everyone'' seems to have some snarkiness in them, but it's especially apparent with [[HearingVoices Mad]][[TheGadfly ness]] and [[TheStoic Me]][[MamaBear dic.]]
* TheDreaded: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lord High Destroyer Nim]] is apparently this. He hasn't been shown in person quite yet, but according to the gods themselves, he's quite intimidating. [[spoiler:Death was also this, once upon a time.time, apparently on account of his aura; the other gods recognized it as something alien, and not to be trusted.]]
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: [[spoiler:Death was this GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: [[spoiler:Life and Death (Leo and Des) in the beginning, being widely feared by just about everyone, save for Life. His aura is apparently what sets him apart from the rest of them.Special Episode.]]
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: HeroicSelfDeprecation: Both of our leads can qualify for this, but Life and Death(Leo and Des) in the Special Episode. especially. [[spoiler:[[https://tapastic.com/episode/494849 Looks like being alone for about 495 million years will do that to a person.]]]]



* OddFriendship: Death is a [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette strikingly]] [[RavenHairIvorySkin pale]] and gloomy SociallyAwkwardHero with a staggering height of 7'6" and a generally mysterious atmosphere. Love is a cheerful, bubbly DarkSkinnedBlond with a terrible sense of direction and is outright stated to be the shortest God in the land of Ithis at 5'1". They also happen to be best friends [[spoiler:despite flashbacks showing that Love was actually ''afraid'' of Death, once upon a time.]]

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* OddFriendship: Death is a [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette strikingly]] [[RavenHairIvorySkin pale]] and gloomy SociallyAwkwardHero with a staggering height of 7'6" 7'5" and a generally mysterious atmosphere. Love is a cheerful, bubbly DarkSkinnedBlond with a terrible sense of direction and is outright stated to be the shortest God in the land of Ithis at 5'1". They also happen to be best friends [[spoiler:despite flashbacks showing that Love was actually ''afraid'' of Death, once upon a time.]]



* OppositesAttract: Life and Death, quite obviously.

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* OppositesAttract: Life and Death, quite obviously. [[spoiler:Although "Blackbirds Fly" seems to subvert this trope by revealing that Life and Death's friendship was initially based on [[CommonalityConnection both of them realizing that the other had some serious self-esteem issues.]] ]]



* TheStraightMan: More often than not, Wisdom takes it upon himself to play this role.



* UnrequitedLove: Death [[spoiler:still]] harbors feelings for Life, who wants nothing to do with him. [[spoiler:At first. This wasn't always the case, either.]]

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* UnrequitedLove: Death [[spoiler:still]] harbors feelings for Life, who initially wants nothing to do with him. [[spoiler:At first. This [[spoiler:But this wasn't always the case, either.case.]]


* Immortal Immaturity: Life. WordOfGod states that he's very much aware of his age, but finds no use in acting like it.

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* Immortal Immaturity: Life. ImmortalImmaturity: InUniverse example with Life as the WordOfGod states that he's very much aware of his age, but finds no use in acting like it.

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It is completely unrelated to [[Film/AMatterOfLifeAndDeath the Michael Powell film of the same name]].

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* Immortal Immaturity: Life. WordOfGod states that he's very much aware of his age, but finds no use in acting like it.

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