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Fence is a comic book series by writer C.S. Pacat (author of the Captive Prince series) and artist Johanna the Mad, published by Boom! Studios under the "Boom! Box" brand.

The series is a Sports Story focused on the world of competitive fencing. There are two main characters, who are also rivals: Nicholas Cox, a Hot-Blooded young fencer and Seiji Katayama, a cool and collected fencing prodigy. They both attend the prestigious Kings Row, an all-boys boarding school where they both compete for a slot on the elite fencing team among a colorful cast of characters made up of spoiled rich kids, tough coaches, and flirty jocks.

The series borrows a lot of tropes from Sports Anime, complete with a pretty accurate depiction of fencing. It also has a heaping amount of Boys' Love content, with numerous gay characters along with the Homoerotic Subtext between the two male characters. Unsurprisingly, it quickly picked up a fanbase and after the initial 12 issues were released, there was a series of graphic novels.


Not related to the play Fences, written by August Wilson in 1984, or its 2016 film adaptation.

This series includes the following tropes:

  • The Ace: Seiji, a well renowned fencer along with Aiden who is gifted at fencing as well.
  • Always Someone Better: Seiji, has this towards Jesse Coste who he seemingly can't beat.
  • Bastard Angst: Nicholas, who is the "illegitimate" son of fencing prodigy Robert Coste. His father left his mother and Nicholas, for the most part took care of himself and lived in poverty with fencing as his only escape.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Nicholas and Seiji don't get along at all, and yet can't stop thinking about each other; Seiji seems especially enamored after he's nearly beaten by Nicholas in a match.
  • The Casanova: Aiden, who makes his way quickly though the population of the school.
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  • Cast Full of Gay: There are a lot of gay/bi students attending Kings Row.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Nicholas's whole backstory involving his father and living in poverty.
  • Gaming and Sports Anime and Manga: Fence is a Western take on this genre.
  • Incompletely Trained: Nicholas's former fencing coach taught Nicholas about fencing, but as Nicholas attends King's Row, he finds himself way out of his depth.
  • Inscrutable Oriental: Seiji who is poised, polished, and cold.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Nicholas's passionate and stong personality which contrasts with Seiji's icy demeanor.
  • Shown Their Work: C.S. Pacat works with an épée coach in order portray fencing realistically as well as develop the characters' strengths and weaknesses.
  • Smug Snake: Aiden, who barely practices and yet is great at fencing and he crushes other boys's hearts quickly.
  • Sports Story
  • Super Coach: Coach Williams, who has the uncanny ability to narrow down the strengths and weaknesses of her team.
  • This Is My Side: Nicholas and Seiji split their dorm room down the middle.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between Aiden and Warren who clearly are into each other, but Aiden refuses to date him because he doesn't sleep with teammates.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Nicholas was improperly trained by his coach before attending Kings Row. He has terrible technique but he's also very strong and left-handed, which gives him an edge in the sport.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Bobbi, who dresses in girls' clothing, and is cute and gentle.


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