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     The Vampire Cheerleaders 

Tropes that The Vampire Cheerleaders have in common:

Heather Hartley
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  • Abusive Parents: Subverted. While Heather's parents did seem to be strict with her, there's no evidence of actual abuse by either of them. They were only shown being upset because Heather had stayed out past her curfew, without at least calling them to let them know where she was.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: According to Adam, while she's aware of Leonard's feelings for her, she's friend-zoned him for life.
  • Big "NO!": Her reaction when she thought Stephanie was about to kill Lori.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Hoo boy. See the Jumped Off The Slippery Slope entry.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Mostly all of volume one as she discovers more of her powers. Vol 2 sees her rein it in a bit, probably out out penance costing her school the big game.
  • Demoted to Extra: Starting in vol.4, due to Michael Schelfer's contempt for her character. So she was given a bit part and was effectively written out, shortly after the opening strips of the final arc.
  • Easily Forgiven: This is one of the main reasons she's hated by the readership.
    • Shortly after acquiring her power, she fed on her school's entire football team, leaving them too weak to play in the big game. So Suki covered it up for her by making it seem as if the guys had gotten so smashed that they'd had sex with each other. Afterward, they drained the opposing team so they'd be on equal ground. Once the deed was done, Lori let Heather off the hook.
    • Leonard didn't hold being enthralled by Lori against Heather either. In his own words: "You do what you have to for a little BC", adding that he "kinda enjoyed it" (aside from being stuffed in the trunk).
  • Evil Feels Good: She certainly thought so. At least, until she and the others were finally exposed as vampires and had to answer for it.
  • Jumped at the Call: Fans originally thought Heather had been turned against her will, only for her to later reveal she'd been given a choice, which she accepted. Which Adam confirmed by saying there was a block of time missing from Heather's initiation, because he wanted to leave it ambiguous so the readers could draw their own conclusion. It was poorly received by the readers, who called bullshit, since it seemed like an attempt to paint the cheerleaders in a better light.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Did she ever. After being turned, her first order of business was to turn on her parents and, under Lori's instruction, turned them into her thralls. Then ordered them to make her a baby sister. From that point onwards, they were reduced to being her mindless slaves.
    • Also her first question on being turned was "When do we get to kill someone?", indicating she might not have been exactly mentally stable to begin with.
  • Legacy Character: She was promoted to captain of the Bakertown Bats, after Lori's graduation (vol.4), coinciding with her effectively being written out of the plot.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Zoe explains what "Plan BC" stands for, a super-deformed Heather is shown with a horrified expression. She still goes through with it, as she is naked on the next page.
  • Pet the Dog: Seen near the end of vol.4 when she finally apologizes for the way she and the others treated Leonard, and asks Charlotte to convey it to him, since she couldn't travel across time with her, to tell him herself.
  • Pure Is Not Good: To say she's supposed to be innocent and naive, she took to being a vampire surprisingly well and had no qualms about misusing her parents, after making them her thralls.
  • Put on a Bus: Heather only appears in the opening five strips of the comic's final arc. Her last and only other appearance wasn't until near the end, where she asks Charlotte to apologize to Leonard for her. She's absent from Lori's rallynote  and the reunion scene at the end.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Though she is chided twice for being bloodthirsty, she still has a soft spot for Leonard, which is why she was slightly horrified upon seeing Leonard stuck in the trunk of Lori's car, having been reduced to being her thrall. While Heather thought Lori had gone a bit too far, she didn't push the issue with her.
  • You Are in Command Now: By vol.4, she's become the new captain of the Bakertown High cheerleading team, after Lori and the others have graduated.

Lori (Originally Lorna) Thurston
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Zoe Weller
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Lesley Chandra
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Suki Taft
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Leonard Duvall
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B Squad

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  • Big Damn Heroes: Seen near the end of vol.4, when they swoop in to save Leonard and Suki just as they'd been about to be sucked into the vacuum of space. Then they clear a path so Stephanie and the others can escape the Mothworld's destruction. The page is even titled: "B Squadron to the Rescue".
  • Cheerful Girls: They're an eternal fountain of support and cheerful optimism.
  • The Cuties: All of 'em. You may as well call 'em "Team Moe".
  • Nice Girls: Including first thing in the morning.
  • Unexpected Characters: You wouldn't expect them to become Vampire Cheerleaders.
    • 14 year old Vampire Cheerleaders. You'd think some of them would have turned down the offer so their figures could "mature" a little. Then again maybe the lure of immortality was too great for them.

     The Paranormal Mystery Squad 

Tropes that The Paranormal Mystery Squad have in common:

Stephanie Kane
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Katie Kane
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  • A-Cup Angst: Her lack of a noticeable bust is definitely a sore point for her.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • All but outright stated to be what she was doing here.
    • No implications necessary the next time 'round, when she finally borrows "Kitty-Chan" to release some of her pent up sexual frustration, so she could wolf out again in order to save Stephanie.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: As a werewolf, she has black sclera and is more vicious than she was as a human.
  • Brain Bleach: Katie ends up needing some in vol.4, when she finally reunites with Stephanie and finds her in bed with a mothman, with several others waiting their turn. The moment the realization sinks in, she shoves Stephanie away from her and gags.
    Katie: (in disgust) "Oh God! Stephanie--!!"
  • The Cheerleader: Starting in vol.4, she's now a member of the BHS cheerleading team and even spends the entire time in uniform.
  • Cry Cute: Mainly used for comedy, or to rachet up the moe factor, in the first two volumes of "Paranormal Mystery Squad", whenever she's in hot water with Steph.
  • Curse Cut Short: When she finds out her sister is pregnant for the mothmen and was about to give birth, Katie's speech bubble gets censored.
    Katie: (groaning) "You have GOT to be f*** kidding me."
  • Cute Monster Girl: She became one after being bitten by a werewolf in vol.1.
  • The Cutie: Mainly in the first two volumes, where she was young and moe in appearance. From the "Vampire Cheerleaders Must Die!" arc onwards, she's given an older appearance and portrayed as being moody and foul tempered instead.
  • Emergency Transformation: Somewhat, she gets infected with lycanthropy but Charlotte manages to use a spell so she doesn't become a mindless creature.
  • Fanservice: Deliberately invoked during the "nerd burlesque" show, when she channels Slave Leia to aid the others after Lita taunts her. JC does a Double Face Palm when he sees her, but it was the push Leonard needed.
  • Idiot Hair: She has a cowlick that sticks up all the time. While not as bad as Suki, Katie has a habit of acting without always thinking first.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: At first, anyway. According to the cast page, she'd rather spend time dating and hanging out with her friends in highschool - except Stephanie insisted on draggin' her into the family business. Of course, that was before she became a werewolf. Now she doesn't mind getting in on the action.
  • The Load: For most of the first two volumes of PMS, where Katie's inexperience, clumsiness, and tardiness made her a liability to the team.
    • She wound up being cornered by Mr. Campbell's son, due to wandering off on her own and was almost fatally bitten. Thus, becoming a werewolf, herself.
    • She also released Lita, when she accidentally broke the Urn of Karthos, while searching for her purse, then lied to cover it up. Which resulted in the members of PMS being enthralled by Lita, after she attacked them at their hotel room. Not to mention the entire incident with K'aanll'Ngua could've been avoided had she been more careful.
  • Near-Rape Experience: Midway through the first volume, Theodore kidnapped Katie and tried to take advantage of her while she was in heat. It didn't end well for him. She was so enraged, that she broke free and beat the ever living sh*t out of him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Literally. Which is how Lita got free (see the second entry under The Load).
  • No Periods, Period: Averted. Katie seems to delight in using her teenaged PMS as an excuse to ignore diplomacy (and propriety).
    • When Charlotte opens her purse for smelling salts and out come lots of tampons, Katie snarks "Heavy flow month?" Stephanie tells her "It's the whole team's supply, you dingbat!" before giving her a fist upside the head.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Seen repeatedly, during the "Adventures in Space... and Time?!" arc in vol.4, where Katie becomes unjustly bitchy and abusive towards Leonard for things that aren't his fault. Such as these two instances, where it should've been obvious that Leonard wasn't to blame.
    • She tries to justify it by saying that's she's actually tsundere for Leonard.
  • Unprovoked Pervert Payback: Every time she and Leonard wind up in a compromising position in vol. 4, she hurts him.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: She transforms when aroused.

Charlotte Roth
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  • Adorkable: See the Cute Wiccan entry.
  • Boyish Short Hair: As seen in the picture, to the right.
  • Cat Smile: She sports one when she sees Katie's prom dress. Katie's not as pleased.
    Katie: I am not wearing this.
    Charlotte: Oh, but, Katie, it looks so good on you!
    Katie: (frowning) I a Strawberry Shortcake reject.
    • Say It with Hearts: Charlotte then sticks a flowery hat on Katie's head to finish with "I know! You look fluffy enough to eat! <3"
  • Cute Wiccan: A shy one with freckles, who tends to fumble her magic half the time and substitutes botched incantations with comicbook and movie references.
  • Fanservice: She and Stephanie deliberately invoke this by cosplaying as video game characters to free Leonard from Lori's enthrallment. Chars dresses as Vanille of Final Fantasy XIII before summoning Shiva, Mighty Isis and Ominous Oya, the last who seems a Shout-Out to the late-80's Storm.
  • Happily Married: Sometime during the 10 years Stephanie was missing (in vol.4), she marries JC and has a son by him.
  • Heterochromia: Char's leaft eye is blue, while the right is green; which is a trait she inherited from her mother, who's also a wiccan.
  • Hidden Buxom: You don't see 'em often, since she's shy and usually dresses conservatively. But when you do get to see 'em - YOWZA!!
  • Inept Mage: Her magic is undeniably powerful... when she can actually get it to work, that is. Which is often hit-or-miss, since she tends to forget the proper incantations and has to make one up instead.
  • Meganekko: By vol.4, she's 32 and now wears glasses.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Among her gifts, is a type of sixth sense that allows her to sense evil, or simply when something is amiss.
  • She's Got Legs: Does she EVER!!
  • Shrinking Violet: She's incredibly self-conscious about her breasts, particularly when anyone calls attention to them. Also seen when Katie joked about why she had so many tampons in her bag, causing Charlotte to tear up in embarrassment.
    • In the same time frame Katie makes a remark about how it takes Charlotte time to get her magic going...and it comes out as an entendre. Charlotte doesn't take it well and when Steph gets mad at her for it Katie goes for her then favorite excuse: her period.
    Katie: "See, this here eligible wiccan is descended right from the good ol' Salem witches. Unlike them, though, it takes Char here a while to get her magical mojo flowin'. But once you get her warmed up she can go allll night!"
    Stephanie: "Katie..."
    Charlotte: *Pulling her knees up to her chest* "I'll be curling up into my shell now."
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Thanks to Steph, who permanently locked Charlotte's age at 32 at her request. Which has also greatly extended her lifespan, much like her husband's and their son.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After stepping through the time portal and arriving at the Mothworld, she's attacked by a giant winged demon. Charlotte nuked it with an explosive fire spell and bisected what was left, using her sword. Suffice to say, she ain't timid anymore.
  • Youthful Freckles: Hers are limited to both her cheeks, accentuating her youthful appearance and adorkableness.

J.C. Summerfeild
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  • Evil Detecting Bat: When Lita made her way to PMS's hotel room in the second volume, it started screeching.

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Tropes that PETM have in common:

Marcy O'Keeffe
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  • Animal Wrongs Group: She makes PETM look like this to the PMS on her introduction. Not only does she also treat cryptids like animals herself, but she's so much more concerned about the "rights" of belligerent and dangerous cryptids that she tried to fine Steph while she was battling a cryptid that revealed itself by attacking innocent dancers at a rock concert, and had a history of seducing men to kill and eat them.
  • Artificial Limbs: Marcy wears high-tech prosthetic legs. Steph speculates they have something to do with her pro-cryptid sympathies but J.C. can't confirm it. It's eventually revealed she lost her legs in a botched sacrificial ritual.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: When J.C. reveals that Marcy's a lesbian, it causes Stephanie to wonder if that explains why Marcy's always on her case.
  • Lawful Stupid: She's more concerned about protecting cryptids than the thousands of people whose lives said cryptid's actions put at risk.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Which was news to Stephanie, when J.C. finally told her.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Almost to the point of being Too Dumb to Live. She went so far as to contact offices in Washington to confirm that K'aanll'Ngua was protected by the "Endangered Species Act" of 1973. Which effectively made it impossible for the military to take action against it, even though thousands of civilian lives were at stake.

Mr. Lomax

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  • Always Chaotic Evil: Stephanie initially assumed all cryptids were inherently evil and needed to be put down. But gradually came to realize she'd been wrong, after her sister became a werewolf and after spending time with Charlotte and J.C. who each have cryptid ancestry.
  • Monster of the Week: Each major story arc has ended with a battle against some sort of cryptid:
    • Volume 1 concluded with Steph and co. trying to save Katie from Theodore Campbell and his wolf pack. Except by the time they got to her, Katie had already taken care of him, herself.
    • The next one ended in a massive battle against K'aanll'Ngua, a towering four-armed monstrosity that'd been summoned by Lita. While they managed to defeat it, they destroyed a sizable portion of the Vegas Strip when it collapsed; prompting them to flee the scene before charges could be filed against them, by PETM.
    • The "Vampire Cheerleaders Must Die!" arc culminated in the showdown between the Paranormal Mystery Squad and Lori's vampire Coven. In the end, they were exposed and taken into custody by PETM.
    • The climax of the fourth and final volume had the members of PMS (and Suki) battling the Reptilians, who were hellbent on wiping the Mothmen out of existence... and nearly succeeded, when they destroyed Mothworld.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Aside from the Delacroix Family, Stephanie originally thought of cryptids as being no better than animals. That eventually changed.

The Deer Woman

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  • Half-Human Hybrid: She had the upper body of an adult female and the legs of a deer.
  • Offscreen Villainy: When Marcy demanded Stephanie turn the Deer Woman over to her, Steph brought up the 7 victims the Deer Woman had killed and said she was too dangerous to be permitted to live. Then...
  • Off with Her Head!: ...executed her and left Marcy with the body. This came back to haunt her, when PETM filed a lawsuit against her for flagrantly disregarding the Cryptid Protections Act.
  • Starter Villain: She's the very first one we see Stephanie eliminate.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Steph killed her only a few pages into the first chapter. She didn't even have a single line of dialogue.

Mr. Campbell

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Theodore Campbell

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  • Attempted Rape: Theo tracked Katie down after she and her friends escaped his father's farm, then waited 'til she was alone and kidnapped her. She regained consciousness, just as he'd been about to take her against her will.
  • Entitled to Have You: He tried to convince Katie that it was only natural that he take her, since she was in heat and they were both werewolves. Katie was justifiably insulted by the implication and became enraged enough to break the chains on her wrists. Then...
    Theo: (prying Katie's legs open) "C'mon girl... why resist? I own you now. You and me are gonna make beautiful little puppies together! A whole howling litter."
    *Katie growls and breaks free, the slams Theo on the floor*
    Katie: (pissed) "Like hell I'll just give it up for you, you mangy mutt! I don't know what kind of girl you think I am, but I ain't gonna take that lying down... AND I'M YIFFING MAD!"
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Suffice to say, he chose the wrong girl to try that with, 'cuz he got his ass beat.
  • Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: A near literal example. Theo pretended to be a Nice Guy when he first met Katie, but in the end, he was just a horndog looking to get laid. Instead, he got laid out.

The Moth Men

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  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Which is a power only their Queen possesses, as seen when Stephanie invoked it to revert one group of Reptilians to infants, while causing another group to age rapidly 'til they withered away in ashes.
  • Doomed Planet: The Reptilians ultimately succeed in annihilating the Mothworld, forcing Stephanie and the few survivors with her to flee their planet's destruction.
  • Dying Race: As a result of being hunted to the brink of extinction by the Reptilians, who feared the mothmen for their ability to see into the future.
  • Humanoid Aliens: Simply picture a moth in the shape of an average adult human male. Though they lack a visible mouth of any kind.
  • Mysterious Watchers: They've made appearances during each of the PMS crew's adventures, since the very beginning, and have a keen interest in Stephanie and Charlotte.
  • One-Gender Race: Their species is all male.
  • Only You Can Repopulate My Race: Which was the primary reason they chose Stephanie as their new Queen and abducted her. By the time Katie and the others found her, she had already begun breeding with them and was carrying multiple embryos. When the Reptilians launched their attack on the Mothworld, Steph's contractions started and she began laying eggs on the battlefield. She had also ordered several of her guardsmen to protect the nursery, which is where the rest of her eggs were being incubated.
  • Psychic Powers: Their abilites are nothing short of astonishing, despite their passive nature.
    • Seers: They're capable of perceiving future events and can even share their visions with others. Which is how Charlotte knew when and where to find Katie and the others. And it's the reason the Reptilians fear them, even though they're a peaceful race.
    • Telepathy: Since they lack visible mouths, they communicate telepathically and can even project their thoughts across time and space.

K'AAN'NGUA/The Great One

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Bianca Harrow
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Cressida Harrow

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  • The Bad Guy Wins: At the end of the pre-epilogue "Vampire Cheerleaders Must Die!" it's shown she's rerouted the PETM shipment with the Vampire Cheerleaders to Miami thanks to bribing a Reptilian Senator, and is intent on using the Squad for getting payback thanks to Lori killing Bianca...
  • Bad Boss: Once she learns her sister is dead, she heads to Las Vegas and instantly kills Bianca's servant in the cruelest way possible.
  • The Chess Master: She's played the Paranormal Mystery Squad and gamed PETM to get the Vampire Cheerleaders to Miami for payback. She just didn't count on JC realizing he's been played...or Leonard tossing in to make things right.
  • Eye Scream: The script for an unfinished chapter reveals she escaped, though Lori ripped out one of her eyes.
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: Just like her sister, in fact.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: She taunts the cheerleaders with making Suki into a "suki-yaki," and it's revealed she actually DID repeatedly eat Suki's liver and followed through to a point on that.
  • Kick the Dog: Killing Bianca's servant in the cruelest way possible is a much worst kick the dog moment. Even though the fans already knew it was coming, that didn't make it any easier.
  • Offscreen Villainy: The author ran out of time to draw the epilogue for the volume set. So instead wrote what became of Bianca's servant in simple text formet on the webcomic. However if you're reading from the volume, you might be understandably confused why the servant is suddenly dead.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She's been alive since at least the time of the Roman empire.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The epilogue in the second book sets it up.

Vibius Priscus

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General Briggs

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  • Four-Star Badass: Apparently ready to lead an attack on K'aan'ngua from the front lines. His moment of glory gets stolen by O'Keefe when she gets the President to order him to retreat. He gets even by having the PMS team cleared of their community service much to O'Keefe's chagrin.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He is put in charge the incident in Volume 2 comes off sympathetic to the PMS crew, and most definately does not like O'Keefe's presence and interfeerence.
  • The Brigadier: Fits to a tee.


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