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* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: While other episodes try to make it less explicit, the first strip blatantly has Clarissa bring up the fact that her father's molesting her and that everyone's trying their damndest to appear to be a normal family despite it.

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A collection of comic strips by Jason Yungbluth, ''Clarissa'' follows the daily life of the titular girl; a BrokenBird who's abused by her father and ignored by the rest of her family in hopes of maintaining "normalcy". The series is infamous for its [[ParentalIncest disturbing subject matter]] and pitch-black BlackComedy.

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* AbusiveParents: And ''how''!
** Her mother uses emotional manipulation and hides behind a smile while simultaneously resenting her daughter for "stealing" her husband's affections, [[http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/2001/01/05/bathtime-fun-4/ underscored in this strip]].
--->'''Clarissa''': '''''HA'''''! That was a ''trick''! Who are you trying to look all ''pretty'' for, huh? Mom is right! You ''are'' a little ''tease''!
** Her father, aside from raping Clarissa, also engages in emotional/financial manipulation [[http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/2001/01/28/take-me-to-work-day-3-2/ as seen here]].
* AdaptationDyeJob: The comics have Clarissa with dirty-blonde hair as shown in the cover pages, the short film makes her a redhead.
* AdultsAreUseless: Clarissa's teacher misses all of the not-so-subtle hints of the abuse that she'd depicted in the drawings in "Family Portrait", especially of "[[http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/2001/01/24/family-portrait-11/ Rippyfangs and Mimi]]."
-->'''Clarissa''': [-i'm going to be late for gym. they're waiting to throw dodgeballs at me.-] '''[[QuietCryForHelp ME ME]].''' get it?\\
'''Teacher''': Gotcha. KidsAreCruel. Off you go.
* AmbiguousSyntax: Clarissa meets another girl at "Take Your Kid to Work Day" who points at her cast and says "[[http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/2018/03/22/peek-19/ My dad did this]]." Clarissa assumes that she means her dad broke her arm, and starts to ask if he's done other stuff to her... but she's quickly corrected when the girl points out the kitty drawn on her cast.
* AnimatedAdaptation: "Stuffed Friend" [[http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/2013/12/16/stuff-your-face/ got one]] in StopMotion.
* BigBrotherBully: Sean might be the family member who's most overt in his disregard for Clarissa, [[http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/2001/01/20/family-portrait-7/ and his antics get laughed off]].
* BreakTheCutie: The entire comic functions as this for Clarissa, although her stuffed rabbit Floopsy takes a turn in "Stuffed Friend". [[spoiler: All her other stuffed animals went the exact same way, for the exact same reason.]]
* BrokenBird: Clarissa, obviously.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Clarissa's imagination presents these sometimes. Special mention for her bedroom door, which she imagines is bricked, boarded, and chained with a padlock, with the ''keyhole'' boarded up too.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Floopsy in "Stuffed Friend".]] Clarissa's conversations with the bedbugs in "Bedbugs" implies she herself has contemplated this.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first strip has Clarissa be a ''lot'' more blunt about her father's molestation than future strips do.
* HatesBaths: PlayedForDrama in Clarissa's case - she likes the bath itself, but it's also a kiddy version of the ShowerOfAngst.
* HorrifyingTheHorror: The bedbugs [[http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/2001/01/13/bedbugs-2/ aren't fond of Clarissa's dad]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: John shows signs of this, such as becoming angered when Clarissa is uncomfortable around him and complaining when she vomits at breakfast.
* LittleMissSnarker: The abuse has made Clarissa quite jaded.
* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S Strike]]: Floopsy lets loose with one [[http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/2001/01/10/stuffed-friend-4/ after witnessing what happens to Clarissa]]. And the earliest canonical strip has Clarissa deliver the F-bomb.
* NeverMyFault: Clarissa's parents, to a disturbingly true-to-life degree. Her father plays the victim when Clarissa's behavior reminds him of his perversion, and her mother is well aware of what's going on in her daughter's room at night but she blames Clarissa for seducing her husband. Her father even accuses her of not trying hard enough to stop doing the "bad things" that "they" do.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The above was more than Floopsy had signed on for.
* SelfHarm: Clarissa mentions burning herself, along with scrubbing herself bloody with steel wool.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Falls heavily to the 'cynical' side.
* StandardFiftiesFather: John, Clarissa's father, is a twisted example.
* StepfordSmiler: Clarissa's entire family besides her falls into this, [[http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/2001/01/19/family-portrait-6/ though the masks sometimes slip]].
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: The reason Clarissa's mother cooks French Toast every morning is because it's Clarissa's favorite - also doubles as FoodAsBribe, as she's also attempting to buy Clarissa's silence about her father's abuse with it.
* WhamLine: From the chronologically first comic: [[spoiler: "I'm not going to pretend that Daddy didn't fuck me."]]
* WhamShot: Two; the reveal in "Family Portrait" of Clarissa's drawing [[spoiler:(a wolf with her father's glasses sexually assaulting a chipmunk with her bow)]], and one in "Stuffed Friend" [[spoiler:(Clarissa's clothes being half-on after her father comes into her room).]]

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