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* AdultFear: In-universe. The grown-ups of the story seem much more disturbed when [[spoiler:Selkie's shirt gets stolen]] than the children do. Justified for some of the children, who lived with her in the orphanage and [[spoiler:may have known about Selkie's gill routine, which requires her removing her shirt.]]


** And the trip to the hospital, featuring several Wham Scenes in short order: [[spoiler: The formal reveal of [[FanNickname Dr. Gillman]], Pohl De'Madiea, followed shortly by his wife and family; the name of Selkie's species, sarnothi; and, both in one page, the reveal that there was a civil war and that Selkie is from "Clan Jin'Sorai", a line that's followed by a major ReactionShot of despair from the listener.]]

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** And the trip to the hospital, featuring several Wham Scenes in short order: [[spoiler: The formal reveal of [[FanNickname Dr. Gillman]], Pohl De'Madiea, followed shortly by his wife and family; the name of Selkie's species, sarnothi; and, both in one page, the reveal that there was a civil war and that Selkie is from "Clan Jin'Sorai", a line that's followed by a major ReactionShot of despair from the listener.]]


* NonMammalianHair: Downplayed with the sarnothi, they have hair on their heads like humans but [[WordOfGod according to Dave]], he [[WhatCouldHaveBeen intended]] for Scar to have a [[BadassBeard large beard]] before deciding against giving them facial hair.

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* NonMammalianHair: Downplayed with the sarnothi, they have hair on their heads like humans but [[WordOfGod according to Dave]], he [[WhatCouldHaveBeen intended]] for Scar to have a [[BadassBeard large beard]] beard before deciding against giving them facial hair.


* WhamShot: [[spoiler:[[https://selkiecomic.com/comic/selkie1538/ Amanda's eyes glow the same green energy]] as a sarnothi echo after being in proximity to Pohl amd Selkie's lesson]].

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* WhamShot: [[spoiler:[[https://selkiecomic.com/comic/selkie1538/ Amanda's eyes glow the same green energy]] as a sarnothi echo after being in proximity to Pohl amd and Selkie's lesson]].

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** Georgie starts getting some ShipTease with a Sarnothi student.


* {{Heterochromia}}: Both [[http://www.selkiecomic.com/comic/selkie301/ Sandy]] and [[http://www.selkiecomic.com/comic/selkie304/ Moonsong]] have a case of this. WordOfGod [[http://www.selkiecomic.com/comic/selkie309/ confirms that Moonsong is blind in his left eye]].

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* WhamShot: [[spoiler:[[https://selkiecomic.com/comic/selkie1538/ Amanda's eyes glow the same green energy]] as a sarnothi echo after being in proximity to Pohl amd Selkie's lesson]].


* ChekhovsGun: In a blink and you'll miss moment, when Theo is trying to learn more about what Selkie's true species is [[https://selkiecomic.com/comic/selkie221/ the bottom of the webpage]] has an article about two fishermen who claim to have caught a merman on the great lakes. Later we learn that this is not only true but it's the inciting incident that eventually led to the Sarnothi civil war.

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* ChekhovsGun: In a blink and you'll miss moment, when Theo is trying to learn more about what Selkie's true species is [[https://selkiecomic.com/comic/selkie221/ the bottom of the webpage]] has an article about two fishermen who claim to have caught a merman on the great lakes. Later we learn that this is not only true but it's the inciting incident that eventually led to the [[spoiler:the Sarnothi civil war.war]].
** For a smaller scale one, [[https://selkiecomic.com/comic/selkie438/ Todd's mysterious present to Selkie]] turns out to be [[spoiler:a phone that she uses to record Tommy in the act of bullying her friends, her, and then threatening a teacher.]] Justice is served!

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* SupernaturalSoapOpera: The comic features a mysterious amphibian humanoid, and is primarily about the chaos, drama, and wacky plans of the cast's social lives.


* SlipperyAsAnEel: There is a species of giant eel that inhabit the same lake as the sarnothi that can [[http://selkiecomic.com/comic/selkie957/ mimic their language]] in order to lure them into attack range and eat them.

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* SlipperyAsAnEel: There is a species of giant eel that inhabit the same lake as the sarnothi that can [[http://selkiecomic.com/comic/selkie957/ mimic their language]] in order to lure them into attack range and eat them. The Sarnothi farm them for meat and eelskin clothing.

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* CassandraTruth: According to Amanda, the other orphanage kids put together that Selkie wasn't human a while ago but the adults would brush them off and rationalise that she just has a genetic condition.


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* ChekhovsGun: In a blink and you'll miss moment, when Theo is trying to learn more about what Selkie's true species is [[https://selkiecomic.com/comic/selkie221/ the bottom of the webpage]] has an article about two fishermen who claim to have caught a merman on the great lakes. Later we learn that this is not only true but it's the inciting incident that eventually led to the Sarnothi civil war.

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* GettingSuspendedIsAwesome: When Selkie is told that being suspended means that you have to stay home from school, she is overjoyed. The principal isn't pleased.

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** Benny tries to ask [[TwinThreesomeFantasy both]] twins, Ke Ban and Ke Nan Be'Mara, out on a date. They are extremely ammused.


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* LethalChef: Sai Fen is actually a very good cook. But she doesn't understand vegitarian cuisine.

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* PossessionPresumesGuilt: Keisha grabs Selkie's shirt from Heather, who stole it, at the same time Mina and Jess walk into the classroom, making them think that she did it.


* BiTheWay: Although not referring to bisexuals in particular, the author has made references to a polygamous quintet, a gay couple wanting to adopt, and a "where are they now" short sees Jessie at home with her girlfriend.

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