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* AllTheOtherReindeer: Shadow's love of human culture has caused her to be a bit socially isolated.

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* GenderEqualsBreed: [[spoiler: Tim takes after his father in the species department, apparently]].


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* TimeSkip: Chapter 4 is apparently a significant bit later in the timeline than the end of chapter 3.

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** The webcomic in general is this to the original story. Changes include the monsters not having wings anymore, [[spoiler:Shadow getting the human disguise spell much earlier, Ruth revealing her true self to the audience much earlier as well, Mortis and Moonlight's much more intimate relationship, and Terminus having a human lover]].


*** She somehow is able to sense that her husband has gotten into her hidden stash of cookies in the kitchen from inside their bedroom.

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*** She somehow is able to sense that her husband has gotten into her hidden stash of cookies in the kitchen from inside their bedroom.bedroom, and a SweetTooth seems to be common among monsters



* PervertedSniffing: Shadow does this to Tim's socks on page 72, and doing so was apparently her reason for taking them.

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* PervertedSniffing: Shadow does this to Tim's socks on page 72, and doing so was apparently her reason for taking them.them in the first place.

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* SecretSecretKeeper: [[spoiler: Timís parents knew about him and Shadow from the start]].


* SleepCute: Shadow cuddling up with Tim on top of his bed.

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* SleepCute: [[http://themonsterunderthebed.net/?comic=146-can-i-keep-you Shadow cuddling up with Tim Tim]] on top of his bed.


* GenerationXerox: It's revealed that Lady Moonlight knows another monster who had a romantic relationship with a human, who goes by the name Blackheart (though this is apparently not her given name). [[spoiler:Same with Lord Mortis and a human girl named Olivia in the short story that predates the webcomic.]]

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* GenerationXerox: It's revealed that Lady Moonlight knows another monster who had a romantic relationship with a human, who goes by the name Blackheart (though this is apparently not her given name). [[spoiler:Same with Lord Mortis and a human girl named Olivia in the short original story that predates the webcomic.]]



* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Timothy Newton, thanks to the official confirmation that his mother, Ruth Newton, is in fact Lady Blackheart. How this affects him, especially due to whatever method his mother used to make herself appear human, remains unseen]].

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[[spoiler:Timothy Newton, thanks to the official confirmation that his mother, Ruth Newton, is in fact Lady Blackheart. How this affects him, especially due to whatever method his mother used to make herself appear human, remains unseen]].unseen]].
** [[spoiler:Shadow herself is revealed to be also one in the original story]]. Whether the author wants to change it up like he has been doing to other plot points remains to be seen.

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* AdaptedOut: In the original story and early artworks, the monsters are depicted with wings. This was cut in the webcomic.


Tim is a perfectly ordinary 18-year-old boy, who has nothing special going for him. At least, that's what you would think if you didn't know about his nightly visits from his girlfriend, who happens to be a dark-skinned demon from another dimension. And the portal she uses to get to Earth just happens to be located right under Tim's bed.

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Tim is a perfectly ordinary 18-year-old boy, who has nothing special going for him. At least, that's what you would think if you didn't know about his nightly visits from his girlfriend, who happens to be a dark-skinned demon from another dimension. And the dimension, in which portal she uses to get to Earth just happens to be located right under Tim's bed.
bed. What seems like a fun, romantic romp between human and monster turns into a story of drama and intrigue, both in the monster world and human world.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are a lot of hints that Ruth, Tim's mother, is actually [[spoiler:Lady Blackheart in disguise]].
** She somehow is able to sense that her husband has gotten into her hidden stash of cookies in the kitchen from inside their bedroom.
** Shadow says that Tim's dad smells a lot like him which is what attracted Shadow to Tim in the first place.
** A series of shadowy flashbacks that Lady Blackheart has [[spoiler:show what appears to be Tim's parents in silhouette]].
** Ruth asks Tim if he thinks she's a monster because he thought he wouldn't be getting cake on his birthday.
** Ruth once walks into Tim's room while he's sleeping to give him a motherly kiss, and he responds by unconsciously saying goodnight to Shadow. At first she is surprised to hear that, but quickly smiles to herself in some sort of satisfaction, heavily implying she knows Shadow herself.
** Blackheart later shows up and helps Shadow get ready for Halloween, with Shadow obviously having not told her anything of her plans.
** Tim mentions seeing a "golden lion" costume he vaguely remembers seeing her wear, but she doesn't know what he's talking about for a second, and seems to get nervous when she does.
** Shadow, apparently with Blackheart's help, is able to make herself look like a human girl somehow so she and Tim can spend Halloween together without raising suspicion.
** Ruth is seemingly not surprised at all to see Shadow show up at the house looking for Tim, exclaims how cute she is loudly, and emphasizes "have fun" when they leave.
** When Tim asks how Shadow is making herself look human, she mentions the hammock in Tim's backyard.
** When trick-or-treating, Shadow starts talking about a weird feeling Ruth gives her, but is interrupted, and drops it when she scares the bully into fleeing.
** Unrelated to Tim's mother, Terminus somehow knows about the practice of human kisses, despite both Shadow's discussions with Tim and Nightmare's reactions to it showing this isn't something monsters usually do. This hints to TheReveal [[spoiler:that he is in a relationship with a human girl]].
** [[spoiler:After the confirmation that Ruth and Blackheart are one and the same, the author teases the readers about all the foreshadowing.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: There {{Foreshadowing}}:
**There
are a lot of hints that Ruth, Tim's mother, is actually [[spoiler:Lady Blackheart in disguise]].
** *** She somehow is able to sense that her husband has gotten into her hidden stash of cookies in the kitchen from inside their bedroom.
** *** Shadow says that Tim's dad smells a lot like him which is what attracted Shadow to Tim in the first place.
** *** A series of shadowy flashbacks that Lady Blackheart has [[spoiler:show what appears to be Tim's parents in silhouette]].
** *** Ruth asks Tim if he thinks she's a monster because he thought he wouldn't be getting cake on his birthday.
** *** Ruth once walks into Tim's room while he's sleeping to give him a motherly kiss, and he responds by unconsciously saying goodnight to Shadow. At first she is surprised to hear that, but quickly smiles to herself in some sort of satisfaction, heavily implying she knows Shadow herself.
** *** Blackheart later shows up and helps Shadow get ready for Halloween, with Shadow obviously having not told her anything of her plans.
** *** Tim mentions seeing a "golden lion" costume he vaguely remembers seeing her wear, but she doesn't know what he's talking about for a second, and seems to get nervous when she does.
** *** Shadow, apparently with Blackheart's help, is able to make herself look like a human girl somehow so she and Tim can spend Halloween together without raising suspicion.
** *** Ruth is seemingly not surprised at all to see Shadow show up at the house looking for Tim, exclaims how cute she is loudly, and emphasizes "have fun" when they leave.
** *** When Tim asks how Shadow is making herself look human, she mentions the hammock in Tim's backyard.
** *** When trick-or-treating, Shadow starts talking about a weird feeling Ruth gives her, but is interrupted, and drops it when she scares the bully into fleeing.
*** [[spoiler:After the confirmation that Ruth and Blackheart are one and the same, the author teases the readers about all the foreshadowing.]]
** Unrelated to Tim's mother, Terminus somehow knows about the practice of human kisses, despite both Shadow's discussions with Tim and Nightmare's reactions to it showing this isn't something monsters usually do. This hints to TheReveal [[spoiler:that he is in a relationship with a human girl]].
** [[spoiler:After the confirmation that Ruth and Blackheart are one and the same, the author teases the readers about all the foreshadowing.]]
girl]].



** One of the differences bewten comic and prequel is that in the comic [[spoiler:Terminus]] also has a secret relationship with [[spoiler:a human woman]].

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** One of the differences bewten between the comic and prequel the original story is that in the comic comic, [[spoiler:Terminus]] also has a secret relationship with [[spoiler:a human woman]].



** Shadow is [[Series/SesameStreet a monster whose favorite food is cookies]].

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** Shadow (and [[spoiler:Ruth]]) is [[Series/SesameStreet a monster whose favorite food is cookies]].


* TheReveal: [[http://themonsterunderthebed.net/?comic=95-the-same-mistakes A shadowy montage]], combined with Lady Blackheart's dialogue, pretty strongly hints that [[spoiler:she is Tim's mother in disguise]], or at the very least [[spoiler:Tim's dad was her human lover and the reason for her exile]][[spoiler: This is later confirmed]].

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* TheReveal: [[http://themonsterunderthebed.net/?comic=95-the-same-mistakes A shadowy montage]], combined with Lady Blackheart's dialogue, pretty strongly hints that [[spoiler:she is Tim's mother in disguise]], or at the very least [[spoiler:Tim's dad was her human lover and the reason for her exile]][[spoiler: exile]]. This is later confirmed]].confirmed.

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* SleepCute: Shadow cuddling up with Tim on top of his bed.


** In the prologue before the [[HowWeGotHere first chapter]], Tim and Shadow have established an affectionate and sexual relationship. [[spoiler:Not only they are not the only case, it is also subverted in the most spoilerific way imaginable in the prequel stories.]]

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** In the prologue before the [[HowWeGotHere first chapter]], Tim and Shadow have established an affectionate and sexual relationship. [[spoiler:Not only they are not the only case, it [[spoiler:This is also subverted in the most spoilerific way imaginable in the prequel stories.]] ]]
** [[spoiler:Tim himself comes form a Human-Noxian marriage since his mother Ruth is actually Ruthless Blackheart.]]


* InterspeciesRomance: In the prologue before the [[HowWeGotHere first chapter]], Tim and Shadow have established an affectionate and sexual relationship. [[spoiler:They are not the only case, and subverted in the most spoilerific way imaginable in the prequel stories.]] It turns out [[spoiler:Terminus also has a relationship with a human woman]].

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* InterspeciesRomance: InterspeciesRomance:
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In the prologue before the [[HowWeGotHere first chapter]], Tim and Shadow have established an affectionate and sexual relationship. [[spoiler:They [[spoiler:Not only they are not the only case, and it is also subverted in the most spoilerific way imaginable in the prequel stories.]] It turns out [[spoiler:Terminus ]]
** One of the differences bewten comic and prequel is that in the comic [[spoiler:Terminus]]
also has a secret relationship with a [[spoiler:a human woman]].


* YourCheatingHeart: It turns out that [[spoiler:Terminus has a human lover which Nightmare doesn't seem to know about]]. This is one of the few instances where the webcomic deviates heavily from the original story.

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* YourCheatingHeart: It turns out that [[spoiler:Terminus has a human lover which Nightmare doesn't seem to know about]]. This is one of the few several instances where the webcomic deviates heavily from the original story.

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* HypnoPendulum: Shadow uses her tail for this purpose on Tim, although to lull him to sleep rather than actually hypnotizing him.

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