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As there's more freedom with Webcomics than some other mediums, it was only a matter of time before a slip-up happened.

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    Cyanide & Happiness 
  • Tropers/Lumberwood: Look, I get that this comic can get pretty damn toxic, but jeez! There's a line to draw between "funny" and "cruel". Or perhaps I should say "awfully hilarious" and "hilariously awful".
  • eneuman96: This Cyanide & Happiness comic. While I do think the "selfie stick" is a fairly obnoxious idea, the comic still comes off as way too mean-spirited, even by the standards of its usual humor.
  • Captain Tedium: For the most part, I found Cyanide & Happiness to be a mixed bag, with some jokes being quite clever and others being appalling and shameful attempts at shock value that were far more disturbing and offensive than they needed to be. The comic that made me swear off this series for good, however, was really deplorable. It has a woman giving birth to a baby and being informed that her child was born with two faces. The mother wonders how they'll be able to tell which face to remove and we see that only one of the baby's faces is crying, with the other face clearly being non-functioning. The last panel shows a stitch where the baby's crying face used to be, making it clear that the mother prioritized her child's crying being stopped over her child living a normal life and has doomed her baby to die of suffocation and starvation. I always found jokes about killing babies to be in rather poor taste, but this one was especially unforgivable.

  • Overlord 347: The webcomic Dragon Ball Multiverse in my opinion had a major dethroning moment during the Universe 16 Bra vs Universe 8 King Cold match. Bra has accepted a handicap in that she can't go Super Saiyan against King Cold because she wants a challenge. Cold then powers up to two augmentation forms and they fight. For a while, it's up in the air who has the advantage until Cold lands a huge blow on Bra and then pummels her to the point that she's barely conscious. It's when he throws four energy discs at her to finish her off that the moment happens: suddenly, out of nowhere, Bra reveals that she has a hidden supply of sensu beans in her glove, eats them and restores herself to full health while avoiding the attack. Now, let's count the ways why this is a dethroning moment.
    • It was a complete Ass Pull. At no point was it even hinted at that Bra ever had those beans, so her suddenly showing that she had them was a complete upset. Moreover, if she was oh-so confident that she could beat Cold with "just her pinky finger" without transforming, why would she even bother to have them?
      • Apparently, according to the author, she always has sensu beans on hand. As with the case above, this was never once foreshadowed or even implied, and just comes across as a half-assed attempt to justify why she had them in the first place.
    • The author tries to handwave it as "she did it off panel" and "eating beans isn't that hard to do." Okay, first of all, when did she get the opportunity to eat them? Cold was busy tenderizing her right up until she managed to slip away and collapse; am I to believe that she somehow, while being pummeled constantly by fists bigger than her torso, managed to pull a bean out of her glove and put it in her mouth before escaping Cold's barrage of punches? Second, she's fighting at 1,000 times normal gravity! How could she honestly manage to eat those beans in her wrecked state with that kind of force holding her down? And when I say "wrecked" I'm not exaggerating; Cold's first punch had her spitting up blood and when she got away from him, she was a battered, blood-soaked mess that could only stand for a split second before collapsing. She was so weak that her energy could only be sensed with great concentration. I get that she's super strong and all, but I simply cannot believe that she could even move a finger, much less get a bean into her mouth under all that force in her state.
    • It makes Bra a massive hypocrite. She claims that people who use magic or technology to fight are nothing more than cowards and she was among those who said that the spell that defeated Vegetto (her father) by transporting him to a dimension where time moves faster and resulted in a count out was cheating. But apparently, she's perfectly fine using an instant-healing magic item when she's at risk of losing. In fact, she even seems proud of herself for using them. And don't even get me started on the putty-clone afterimages she uses to shackle Cold when she recovers. If that's not magic, then it's so close that it makes no difference.
    • It was a wasted opportunity for character development. Bra has spent almost the whole comic strutting about as an insufferable Smug Super, telling everyone that they're just trash compared to her; you could count the number of people she acts respectfully towards on one hand and still have fingers left over. The match was a classic setup for her to be brought down by her hubris and realize that she's not perfect, not to mention she's got the fate of a universe on her shoulders (she earlier promised to give her wish to one of her opponents whose world was going to be destroyed by a weapon that got out of control) and she just carelessly risked it's entire existence for no reason other than to make things more interesting. Moreover, a loss to Cold would have stung even more, since she could have easily beaten him if she hadn't agreed to the handicap he proposed. Instead, she suffers no consequences and learns nothing from being beaten half to death.
    • In spite of nearly dying at Cold's hand after she underestimated him, she doesn't act concerned in the least. In fact, she only becomes more smug and arrogant after her recovery, saying that she could have won any time she wanted and is only now going to get serious. How in the world can she honestly say that with a straight face, when she was literally seconds away from being sliced into deli meat and only survived because of those sensu beans?
    • You know the whole fight beforehand? Yeah, that's now been rendered entirely pointless, along with Cold's new forms. Cold had her on the ropes up until this point and then right at the most critical moment of the fight, "Aha, I've recovered thanks to my Deus ex Machina! Now the fight is in my favor! Oh, and by the way, you were never a threat in the first place; I was just playing around." After all that buildup portraying Cold as a legitimate threat, he gets the rug yanked out from under him so that Bra can emerge victorious and unscathed. The entire chapter feels like it was nothing more than an opportunity to show off Bra, complete with New Powers as the Plot Demands (which are just as much an Ass Pull as the beans). If it was meant to portray Bra as some sort of Guile Hero who didn't need power to beat her opponents, then it failed because she just comes off as an overconfident Jerkass who got in over her head by making a stupid bet, nearly got killed because of it, and resorted to underhanded methods to win while boasting that she was in control the whole time.
    • The Dog Sage: For me, the aftermath of the Majin Rebellion is this for me. Particularly, the fact that Son Bra is an Easily Forgiven Karma Houdini after joining Babidi and murdering the heroes who weren't shuffled off into the "too powerful for Son Bra to fight" limbo. She is let off the hook for her actions due to being "mind controlled" by Babidi, despite the fact that she broke free. But not from the remorse of killing people, including her half-brother, the U16 Gohan. As in, the person who was a kind, loving figure to her who tried his best to help her control the darker parts of her personality. No, she broke free because U18 Bra Briefs called her "passive". And everyone immediately forgives her... Except for Vegito. Who is immediately deemed a horrible monster for trying to live up to his promise to put an end to his daughter should she continue to prove herself a threat. Which he did after she murdered her half-brother Goten and destroyed a solar system after causing its sun to go supernova. Then U4 Buu magically fixes everything good as new, and the author basically states everything during the Majin Rebellion was filler. Except the fact that Son Bra can now control her SS 2 form.
  • Some New Guy: For me Sluggy Freelance's moment was the ending of the Paradise arc. I can handle Wangst, but when that Wangst causes Character Derailment, that's when I get mad.
  • Fairfield: I have long found the work of web artist Bleedman horrifically overrated; a collection of well-illustrated but grotesquely-written fanfiction with little to no regard to the actual nature of its subject. By far the most painful moment was in his malignable opus, Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi, in which Dexter and Mandark's feuding leads to Deedee being killed.
  • Fuerzabo: MegaTokyo. The moment Seraphim, Piro's conscience, appeared. Many former fans of the comic feel that, from that moment on, all the fun in the comic disappeared — as the previous free, uninhibited ambiance was replaced by a moralistic, oppressive mood of constant preachiness and stale political correction. Seraphim basically destroyed Piro's credibility as a character, turning him into a mere vessel for author's (very conservative) messages, and in doing so completely ruined the comic.
  • Wretchkin: Grim Tales from Down Below gives us this monstrosity, which doubles as a Moral Event Horizon, in which Mandy caused 9/11, the ensuing wars, Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami in order to get Grim back in his game. Yes, it wasn't meant to be offensive (it's not presented as a joke), but some things just hit too close to home.
    • fluffything: While I originally found GTFDB to be little more than Guilty Pleasure, albeit one with poor writing and artwork that would make even 90's Kid cringe at how Liefeldian it is, there is one aspect of the more recent comics that just made me go "screw this" and stop reading the comic once and for all. That of course, is the utter and blatant character rape of Danny Phantom Ensemble Dark Horse villain Dark Danny. In DP? Dan is a Magnificent Bastard villain who is hell-bent on causing as much mayhem and destruction as possible and loves nothing more than to both physically and emotionally destroy others for his own amusement. The Dan featured in this webcomic? A sleazy, perverted Jerkass. I'm sorry... what? That's not Dan. That's not even close to the sociopathic DP villain fans of the cartoon love (or love to hate). Please, Bleedman, give us the real Dan. A sociopathic lunatic who loves death and destruction. Not this pseudo-Betelgeuse you've unleashed unto your lil' story.
    • Fersh Ferd: The chapters "New Look"/"Billy"; Mandy letting Grim go? It's possible. Billy not noticing Grim is gone? Yes, Billy is practically retarded, but it has been stated several times in the show how he sees Grim as his best friend, and the very idea basically defies Billy's character.
  • Jonn: PvP's Scott Kurtz is known for sticking his oar in. He wades into any wank even tangentally related to comics or webcomics, expressing his opinions in about the most dickish manner possible. He then has a newspost that's a touching story about being reunited with his wife after six months apart, and how the things he missed about their marriage are things like failing to move a bed together and laughing about it. He ends with a somewhat cloying "God bless [x]" list, which is odd, because I didn't know he was a Christian. It's a little saccharine, but I can live with that. The last line of the paragraph is "And more than anything else, God bless those couples who must justify their companionship to a society that isn’t prepared to realize that a person doesn’t get choose their gender any more than they get to choose who they fall in love with." I can understand that he has strong feelings about LGBT rights, but this completely derails the tone of the post by making it suddenly about a controversial issue. All he had to say was "And God bless love, in all its forms", and let readers get the hintnote . He seems to have specifically phrased it in, yes, just about the most dickish manner possible. The most galling part is that the guy can't even talk about himself without being wanky.
    • Rothul: As for in-comic moments, the teasing of of Max Powers sexuality. Not the fact that Max came out of the closet. That's fine, and showing him in a relationship contributed into the deepening of the character. It's the fact that Kurtz tried to make it into such a friggin' cliff-hanger, when it was obvious what was going to happen: after all, he had everything to gain by diversifying the cast, and everything to lose by chickening out. When it got to the point when Max was having vague conversation with his sister Sophie about "Chris" in comics that had no real humor, I started to realize that maybe Brent and Jade's wedding was the natural ending point for the strip.
    • DrGonzo: To add the above, the recent story arc of Max giving Brent a big lecture on gay oppression in response to Brent giving Max some friendly teasing about Max's new boyfriend. While gay bashing IS still a thing that needs to be addressed, the whole thing was just preachy and about as subtle as a sledgehammer. Not helped at all by the corresponding blog post by Kurtz about him realizing he's "running out of wiggle room in denying other people's truth" (whatever THAT means). The arc and the blog put together makes the whole thing feel like Kurtz caught some heat and is just trying to assuage his own guilt.
  • Gahars: I've always been a fan of Penny Arcade. However, the lowest point, I think, was Lookouts. Pretty much, if you aren't a parent, you aren't going to like it, but you have to wait for almost 2 weeks worth of strips for it to be over with. I've always loved Gabe and Tycho's habit of experimenting artistically, but now, it feels like it's alienating a lot of old fans more than anything else.
    • Kellor: Speaking of experimenting: "Paint the Line". It was this weeks-long series of comics that were supposed to be in the style of an 80s movie, depicting a ping-pong tournament that would decide the fate of the world (or something). It was an unfunny, tedious mess.
  • Stevie Will Show You: Jay Naylor's old comic, Better Days. Now, you might think the chapter where Fisk joins a group of American terrorists without any hesitation or resistance would be the comic's dethroning moment, but no, that honor is saved for a far worse chapter - "Persia". Fisk discovers that his cousin Persia is out in California and, having gotten strung out on drugs, now works as a hooker/porn star for a bunch of mobsters (she had gone out to Cali to be a model/actress). When Fisk finds out where they're holding Persia from one of the mobster's paid-off lackeys, he sets out to save her single-handedly. How does he do this? Fisk first kills two "mobsters" by shooting them - while using a third one as a body shield. After he gets upstairs, he tosses a guy who'd just been with Persia out the window - although he could have been just paying to have sex with Persia, being completely unconnected to the mobsters. But it doesn't matter to Fisk, apparently. When he gets back downstairs with Persia, he damn-near-literally AssPulls a grenade, then uses it to blow up part of the house, killing (at least) two other "mobsters" in the process. The very next strip after this? Fisk is then shown calling a hospital while he watches Persia eat, then he's shown driving her back to Virginia from California. Fisk suffers no consequences for his actions - no mention is ever made of law enforcement investigating the scene, no other members of the "mob" try to retaliate, and even his own employers (the American terrorists, remember?) seem to just look the other way. Other chapters could be forgiven for being bad since Naylor has never really been a great writer, but this one just went way too far - and it, combined with the American terrorists chapters, really did a lot to create the Hatedom that's been building up since then.
    • Belfagor: I really don't like Jay Naylor to start with, yet I think the biggest Dethroning Moment Of Suck ever found in his production is (NSFW and Nightmare Fuel for some) this. All right, Naylor, you wanted it. I understand you don't like Communists, bisexuals or democrats, I've got it and I'm not starting to whine because of this. But calling someone who simply doesn't share your ideas "bed-wetting" and "deer-f***ing" instead of trying to give your ideas any trace of validity is never, I repeat, never the way to get your point across. And to top it all off, you did this while making your pompous, ludicruously arrogant God-Mode Sue Jerkass soapbox protagonist act in full-mode sociopathic behavior. You say you don't mind being called an extremist. Good. It means I have no remorse in acting in Knight Templar mode towards you, then. Your webcomics are the scum of the net. They make me want to put Fisk Black to sleep by repeatedly hitting his brains out with a baseball bat. You're right, you have nothing in common with the biggest part of the world. Just remember that the biggest part of the world already knows this and is probably relieved, if not proud, of it.
  • Stevie Will Show You: Jay Naylor's current comic, Original Life. Naylor had promised before it began that it would be his attempt to "just keep it fun" and do a Lighter and Softer strip. All that pretty much went out the window in Strip #20. Elizabeth (sporting one of the single creepiest facial expressions ever in any Naylor comic) is pleading with Fisk to let her kids visit her parents in Florida, despite his objecting to it. Why does he object? Because her mother might take the kids to Temple. See, before Elizabeth married Fisk, she was Jewish - but when she married Fisk, she "converted" to being an atheist and failed to tell her parents about it. That "keeping it fun" promise? It got tossed out the same window from "Persia". Since then, the strip has veered back and forth between ripping off sitcoms and soapboxing Naylor's Objectivist beliefs and ideas, with a pop culture reference or two tossed in for good measure.
    • SG_Man_Forever: The chapter where Fisk asks if The Vietnam War was "worth it." After a wall of blithering logical fallacies, the person Fisk is talking to concludes three things: (1) A country having a system of government another country doesn't like (Communism) is a legitimate reason to attempt to destroy that country. (2) The war was a moral victory for America, and (3) that yes, the war was "worth it." Reality check. Vietnam was probably the single most horrifically pointless war in American history, thousands of Americans lost their lives in the name of a fight that had nothing to do with them, and it was one of the single most brutally fought wars in American history. There's a reason so many men came back with PTSD. They were being put into (in many cases, drafted into) a position where they were forced to fight child soldiers, lived constant fear of ambushes or booby traps, and constant fear that someone in the platoon would lose their mind and murder someone else in it. As you can tell, people being ignorant about Vietnam is something of a Berserk Button with me, as my uncle served in it, and I have seen the effects of PTSD firsthand, and it is heartbreaking. Nevermind that the war was started on extremely shaky evidence. As a result of this evidence, almost sixty thousand men lost their lives, and hundreds of thousands were injured. Mr. Naylor, I want you to tell the families of those sixty thousand men that the deaths of their brothers, uncles, fathers, and sons was worth fighting against the "scourge" of communism. Tell me that my uncle's sanity was "worth it." Tell me that him living in madness for 37 years was "worth it." Tell me the thousands of shattered families that it was "worth it."
    • Dont Kill Bugs: I have been known for being an extraordinarily patient man. I read all of Better Days and a good chunk of Original Life before I even knew a Naylor-hatedom existed. I still hold the theory that Fisk joined a completely legal black-ops group, and every single person on earth misinterpreted it. I still do not believe that Naylor and his webcomics are nearly as bad as the people on Godammit Freehaven insist, and continue to state that said people are the worst trolls I have ever had the misfortune to meet. But when Naylor started a story arc about the sexual awakening of Tommy and Lucy's son Leo at the ripe old age of twelve, I threw up my hands and jumped ship. My respect for Naylor, which had been whithering slowly over the duration of the uber-strawman Justice Defender arc, including its utter lack of an ending, finally croaked it and died. Congrats, Freehaven trolls, you finally won.
      • Ndro: Tommy's little tirade about "ass-men," including a depiction of what appears to be anal rape (seriously), while he's attributing every advancement in society to ass-men, all while saying Ass a lot, is meant to be comedic. If anything it was more cringe worthy. Lighter and Softer indeed.
  • Steinman76: It's been months now since Penny stood up to a modern-day moneychanger in the temple in Goblin Hollow, and months since Lily slapped her down for it. I've tried to get past it, chalk it up to Values Dissonance, but I just can't. Lily took the side of a bully and con-man against her own sister just because that bullying con-man was a preacher. That's unspeakable. The forum at RH Junior's that day turned it into a discussion about parenting and discipline, but in my mind, the entire conversation missed the point. It's not about discipline, it's about betrayal. Lily betrayed her own flesh and blood because her community approved the bully. That's vile. It's also, I should note, siding with the proud and the powerful against the weak, which is pretty much the polar opposite of what Jesus preached, which makes Lily a hypocrite as well as a traitor. As far as I'm concerned, Lily is the villain of the strip now, and every positive thing that happens to her is an injustice. I also need to talk about the strips that showed up later the same day, seemingly in response to the firestorm. Many have identified these strips as an Author's Saving Throw. I'd argue that they're nothing of the sort. An Author's Saving Throw would have involved a groveling apology from Lily, possibly in public, a rescinded grounding, and a proper comeuppance for H. Lee Roller. Instead, we get Penny's Freudian Excuse. Those strips were supposed to regain sympathy for Penny after she crossed the Moral Event Horizon by making a scene in Church!
  • Synjo Deonecros: Anyone who tries to defend Ian Flynn's work on the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comics obviously doesn't know about his webcomic, Other M (not to be confused with the Metroid game of the same name). The entire thing is retched from start to finish, but if you really want to pinpoint the nadir of all things wrong with his writing, "Knuckles as Hitler" must be it. No, I'm not joking; the moment we are introduced to his Canon Defilement of Knuckles, we see him 1. Express the purity and superiority of the echidna race with as much vehemence as the Nazis and Hudlin combined; 2. voice his desire to bring Holocaust-esque genocide to anyone not Echidnan; and 3. abuse his version of the Chaotix (which includes Tails) before mentioning he doesn't care one bit about their safety and will likely kill them after they've outlived their usefulness. What's worse, is that he's the source of all of the problems in the series and his hatred infects virtually everyone it touches, turning his Mobius into a Crapsack World. One has to wonder whether or not Archie even read this series and noticed the sheer level of bigotry and hate Ian put into this comic - and especially into this character - before they hired him as Sonic's head writer.
  • Lizuka: While the Sheldon - which as the name for a major villain is an Atrocious Alias all its own - arc of Misfile was rather weak in general, it came to a head when Ash did a complete 180 during the climax in terms of character. Throughout the entire storyline, Ash had (quite rightfully) complained that solely due to being the best others were forcing him to fight their battles, until during the climactic race itself - which was a Curb-Stomp Battle painted with a gloss of Deus Angst Machina - he suddenly mid-page decided that he loved helping people and Sheldon needed to lose with absolutely no foreshadowing. That butchered Ash's characterization in the face of two books worth of building to that race; a short storyline in the next book kept with it for awhile, but it was at least thankfully dropped afterward.
    • That Flying Rodent: And now, we have James trying to get Ash's attention after a lengthy disappearance. Faking a relationship with Cassiel is fine, if a bit juvenile, and he was always a bit self-absorbed, but we had no reason to truly dislike him... until he started making the rudest, most vulgar statements as if that was supposed to get Ash interested. He borders on sexual harassment to top off making one chance encounter all about him. I got the idea we were supposed to sympathize with this character before, that he was a genuinely good friend who just happened to have other ideas... but now, he just comes across as any other Jerkass only pursuing Ash for his own pleasure.
    • Progeny Ex Machina: The minor arc that involved Emily forcibly kissing the Alpha Bitch (as well as some ass-groping) in an attempt to humiliate her. What she did wasn't the problem for me; it was how it was treated. Ash's reaction was fine, since he's a teenager and doesn't tend to think too hard about consequences. But Emily's mother brought up the point I'd been waiting for: what she did was sexual harassment. This humbles Emily for a brief moment...until she lashes back with this (paraphrased) outburst: "But she was being a bitch! Haven't you ever wanted to do something like that?" Does she get a sterner lecture? Nope. Her mom immediately calms down, admitting that she would have liked to do the same to the girls who bullied her when she was younger. Then they bond or whatever. Even worse, nothing else ever comes of it except for one panel of overheard gossip in the halls. The comic is generally not this terrible about serious issues. It's like the creator just completely dropped the ball on that one. (And it's an issue I personally care a lot about, due to my significant agraphobia, so I was more offended than I might have been if it were something else.)
  • Adam C: From Ménage à 3, the dethroning moment for me is certainly the baffling decision to have Zii get revenge on an internet troll by having sex with his mom. To elaborate: Zii is being teased online by an internet troll and decides to get revenge. She gets his address from Gary and, in spite of Gary's attempt's to stop her, bonks the kid's Mom all night long. The next morning when he gets up, Zii gleefully teases him about it and rubs it in his face while his mother cheerfully informs him that due to Zii's super-magic-love-making, she and his father are getting a divorce. The comic tries to save this from making Zii look like a total sociopath by having it awkwardly shoved in that his father was apparently sleeping with his secretary, claiming that Zii was ultimately doing the woman a favor by nailing her for extremely petty and selfish reasons and made her life better, but this almost makes it even worse. Zii had long since been getting complaints from the fandom about being a Karma Houdini and not receiving any punishment for her "antics" but breaking up a kid's family for being mean to her on the internet and trying to make it seem like it was a good thing just took it too far. The entire thing left a bad taste in people's mouths and Zii has yet to be punished for it. It totally ruined her character for me, and while others claim she's just a Lovable Sex Maniac, I can't get past this.
  • bobdrantz: For me, it's this strip, from Super Effective. Oh, dear Arceus, where do I start? First of all, the whole "Pokemon VS Digimon" war is old. Very old. Nobody really cares anymore compared to way back when the two shows were first duking it out for viewer attention. Second, Pokemon and Digimon only have a handful of similarities to one another (IE: Both are about monsters who befriend humans and fight one another). Apart from those similarities, they're nothing alike.
  • Spring Rights: Episode 21 of Marauder Shields really makes it obvious that Koobismo really doesn't give a shit about lore accuracy. It attempts to justify the titular character's existence by saying that the geth converted Nihlus into a Marauder, but the space magic of an exploding Prothean beacon freed him from Reaper control. Not only is the handwave completely stupid and nothing in the games even comes close to hinting at this, but it also ignores that Marauders were created at the beginning of the Reaper invasion through the Reapers' experimentations—so the geth created a type of husk that hadn't been created yet. The same episode bastardizes a sidequest from the first game where you have Nirali Bhatia's body returned to her husband, claiming that the body returned is a fake—despite Mass Effect 2 mentioning that Alliance's recruiting quotas suffer due to being unable to find a way to counter geth technology should you not let them keep Bhatia's body. If there's any doubts that "lore accuracy" really means Retconing canon without any consideration as to how the retcons would logically have an impact in the later games, episode 21 easily dismisses them.
  • Albertosaurus: Sure, Better Days had its iffy moments. Strawman characters. Unsubtly shoved in political viewpoints. Wallbangers like "Father's Footsteps" and "Persia". Puppy Love. And yet, I kept reading. I liked the characters and Jay Naylor's willingness to tackle themes like incest and child abuse. So when the sequel Original Life came around, I hopped on board. And it was okay. But then the muffin storyline (link NSFW) started, concerning kids dressing up as superheroes and fighting over whether some kid has the right to not share his muffins for free or not. How are we to interpret this storyline? The inherent ridiculousness of the concept would suggest that it is supposed to be comedic, but the many earnest conversations bordering on Author Filibusters about economy and justice suggest that is to be taken seriously. I am well aware that comedic stories can have a serious message and that serious stories can have comedic moments, but this is a bizarre mishmash of the two that does not work at all. Worst of all, the Black siblings, who the comic is supposed to be all about, almost completely disappear from sight. This comic proves that Naylor has finally gone off the deep end.
  • TooMuchCowbell: Therkla from The Order of the Stick had her dethroning moment shortly before her death in strip #593. She came across as a Satellite Love Interest when she was introduced, fawning over Elan for apparently no reason other than finding him handsome. For most of her stint in the comic, her characterization consisted solely of being in love with Elan, and whenever he wasn't onscreen she would spend her time thinking about him or convincing someone else not to kill him. Despite this, she had begun showing some Hidden Depths: wanting to protect all those she cared about regardless of Character Alignment (most notably Elan and Kubota). This went along with her being half-human/half-orc, and the deconstruction of the concepts of "good" and "evil" as presented by tabletop roleplaying games had been a major theme of the comic. So here was a perfect chance for her to rise above her perceived status as a Satellite Love Interest, and she immediately threw it all away when she decided she would rather die (and stay dead in a world where Death Is Cheap) than live in a world where Elan was in love with someone else. A Satellite Love Interest to the end. (Note that this is a dethroning moment for this character, not the comic.)
    • Geoduck: Another character moment from Order: Durkon gets turned into a vampire. OK, this should be interesting, seeing how the ultra-upright Lawful Good cleric deals with being turned into an unfettered bloodsucking fiend, what happens when he returns home from his exile and... what? He's actually an Evil Imposter doing Evil things because Evil(tm)? Phooey.
    • MinisterOfSinister: The last so many strips of Blood Runs In The Family. While I'm generally a fan of Burlew's work, I've been limiting my emotional investment in his comics ever since #914. Tarquin, probably the character I liked the most in the comic (in a Love to Hate kind of way, naturally), suddenly became almost unrecognisable. I would call what happened Character Derailment, but that's not what happened — in the words of the Giant himself, it was Break the Haughty crossed with Flanderization and the absence of a Cloudcuckoolander's Minder. But it still hurt, as one of the most original and entertaining villains in the comic became something of a Straw Loser whose downfall was supposed to play up various characters as heroic or awesome for the ways they opposed him. Characters that, I have no problem saying, I do not care about at all, especially with the full extent of the Order's Idiot Hero tendencies coming out in this book and the next, currently unfinished and unnamed book. Overall, I felt like my heart had been broken, and I don't know if I can ever truly love the comic again, no matter how good it gets in the future.
  • TheSupineLupine: Brinkerhoff originally began as a catharsis for the author after a nasty break-up, and I can appreciate that there's black humour to be mined regarding unsuccessful relationships, but one storyline goes too far with it. The eponymous protagonist (and apparent Author Avatar) fulfills a fantasy of having sex with a stripper, but the sex is unsatisfying, and he ends up berating her for being a bad lay and "ruining [his] fantasy". This is apparently played straight; she doesn't call him out for using her like that, and he doesn't appear to suffer any negative consequence for it, however tangential; presumably, we're supposed to side with him and hate her for wasting his time and ruining his poor little fantasy. I'm not sure what's worse: the implication that someone who patronizes strippers is somehow morally superior to them and has a right to demand anything besides services rendered for payment received, or that if you have a sexual fantasy that doesn't live up to reality, it's the other person's fault and you're right to berate your partner for it, even if they didn't know they were being used like that.
  • Blunderbuss: Penny and Aggie's new sudden lesbian relationship in Penny and Aggie. For a good chunk of the series these two girls hated each other with a burning passion because they both believed the other was a huge bitch and they were two totally different people. They managed to come to enough of an understanding to become friends, but out of goddamn nowhere they suddenly find a sexual/romantic attraction between them and now they're Lesbian Lovers Forever. Sure, there had been tiny teases of sexual attraction, but only through moments of Foe Yay that horrified them; otherwise Penny seemed entirely attracted to boys (her biggest fling being with a macho Bad Boy) and Aggie somewhat questioning but also spent a whole arc practically worshipping a hot guy. But after their own arcs struggling with sexual attraction and who they like, they both suddenly decide they're hot for one another and go straight to heavy making out in a closet. Not only is it really boring, lacking the drama and teenage confusion of their earlier flings, but the comic still shows they're very much opposite people with almost no middle ground, with Aggie confusing Penny with her interests and Penny being insensitive to Aggie's feelings. And yet the comic and most of the cast act like this is the best and most natural thing ever. Christ, Aggie's shallow crush on Marshall had more depth and realism than the so-called 'OTP' of the series.
  • Animeking1108: I hate to sound like a fanboy, but the epilogue of 8-Bit Theater makes this, because was basically an excuse for the author to go on a rant against most of the 3 D Final Fantasy games. Now, I wouldn't have a problem with this if it weren't for this way-too-harsh Stealth Insult towards fans of modern Final Fantasy games:
    Fighter: Everything else seems like a big waste of time.
    Black Mage: I could have told you that.
  • Dominus Temporis: This Super Effective comic. It's bad enough that it's making a joke about Steve Jobs' death less than a week after the fact. It's worse that it's just a poor rehash of this comic. The real clincher is the blog post where Scott mentions he scrapped a Spiral Knights comic that took actual work and researching, and just put this out instead. Offensive and doubly lazy! You can't even try to be this bad.
  • N Troper: Nearly every reader of Vampire Cheerleaders agrees that Lori turning Leonard into a thrall counts as one, especially seeing how Heather did nothing so far to stick up for Leonard. The author stated that he has a long-term plan regarding this but it still changed the fans' opinion on Lori, and Heather by extension.
  • Fofa: I normally love Awkward Zombie, but this is one strip I just can't defend. I never played any of the Professor Layton games and even I know that Layton would never slap Luke in a million years, but besides this, it plays child abuse for laughs. It hasn't stopped me from reading the strip altogether, but it almost did.
  • Lhipenwhe: The 'orc-rape' storyline in Dominic Deegan. One of Dominic's friends rapes a girl who'd just been traumatized by seeing her parents killed in front of her. The 'reason' he needs to do it (orphans are put to death, he marries the girl, the orc tribes check for 'proof' that marriage is consummated) struck many as both inane, forced, and convoluted from a writing standpoint. The fact that Dominic's friend is treated as doing the right thing for raping her, and having the orc girl call him his husband, disgusted many others. And this during a arc where there was magical rock concert to save a town.
    • Cthulette: The ending of the Snowsong arc. The first 99% of the story has nothing to do with Dominic whatsoever, instead focusing on his brother Gregory trying to save the hometown from a girl with powerful magic, and nearly sacrifices himself to do so. But at the very end of the story, Dominic pops up just to explain that everything that had happened up until then was all his doing, and that he was manipulating his brother from the start. Why was this necessary? Why couldn't Gregory just have his own day in the spotlight, why does it always have to be about Dom and Dom alone?
  • dargor17 Speaking of David Willis, I dropped Roomies around Joyce's reaction to seeing porn. Ok, the gag (exploited earlier in the strip) is that she's so innocent she's disgusted by porn, but here Willis took the gag way too seriously, and had her go in a coma and then decide to mindwipe herself rather than living with the memory... of seeing consensual sex performed by adults who are not married, and the problem is that they aren't married. It's just too stupid. It would have made sense if she had been raped for real, which would have been possible considering the huge Cerebus Syndrome the strip was developing, but this is just too exaggerated.
  • EarthClown: Critical Miss hit an all time low by making this story arc called Chapter 2. Basically it starts off promising, where Erin gets into a fight with Molly and after almost hurting her seriously, she runs off to a bar, and is harrassed by videogame character hallucinations and meets a guy she starts to like. After that, the story dies, the jokes are lame, the entire plot progresses so slow to the point of massive Arc Fatique. And after SIX months of writing that goes absolutly nowhere, a fight that is never shown, and stupid jump cuts to incoherent places, the ending is revealed to make absolutly no sense and has such a stupid shocking swerve it seems that Grey Carter was inspired by M. Night Shyamalan. Then again, what do I expect from a webcomic about videogames?
  • Kellor: Instant Classic had a lot of problems, but if I had to pick one moment, it was a particular strip which was nothing but a Wall of Text written in a blurry, scrunched-up font. A ton of readers complained in the forums about not being able to read it, so one person said he'd write a transcript. Not a big deal, right? Suddenly, the comic's creator, Brian Carroll, stepped in and demanded that no one transcribe the comic, saying that reading the words outside their context would "ruin the experience" of the comic. What the hell? People who don't have Superman's vision don't deserve to know what's going on in the comic? Are we supposed to believe that reading a block of text inside a comic panel is some transcendent experience, while reading the same text in a forum is a crime against art? There were plenty of indications among his comics and news posts that Brian was a pretentious twat, but this was the first time he crossed the line into being a full-blown, head-up-his-ass, self-important nutjob.
  • InTheGallbladder: I was, for a brief stretch of time, a fan of The Oatmeal. I was there during the campaign to shame Charles Carreon and the "Let's Build A Goddamn Tesla Museum" drive. But I gave up after reading "Some Thoughts And Musings About Making Things For The Web." The insightful, moving, discussion Mat Inman gives about the pros and cons of his job, as well as what it means to him, devolves all of a sudden into an Author Tract against anyone who's ever spoken the least bit critically of the comic.
  • Hawk Of Coul: The premise of The Wotch spinoff, Cheer!. Especially the point where one of the Gender Bender cheerleaders remembers everything and decides not to let the other 'girls' know the truth about themselves because they aren't jerks anymore. Apart from the gigantic offensive implications this has (that apparently the only way to stop a man from being a jerk is turning him into a woman) you can do whatever you want with yourself, you sexist freak, but doing it for the others as well? It's not your decision to make!
  • Super Saiya Man: Goblins is one of my favorite webcomics, but the recent arc has really fucking rubbed me the wrong way. After all the shit and development from Kin and Minmax, the author Thunt not only goes to break them up but Minmax, in a desperate attempt to have Kin listen to him grabs her collar to shatter everything. It's now just being dark and dumb for the sake of being dark and dumb!
  • Sorantheman: Andrew Dobson, also known as Tom Preston or CattyN, the creator of So... You're a Cartoonist?, has received a massive ammount of hatred throughout the internet for many reasons, ranging from his mediocre art, his poor attitude towards criticism, his lack of comedy or his lack of research. And since the comic is all about him, it reflects many of the problems that people have against him. It was hard for me to pick what I considered to be the absolute worst moment in the comic, but I eventually settled with this strip (sorry for the small size), because it sums up so much of the comic and Andrew himself. Representing anyone Andrew dislikes or disagrees with as unattractive jerks, refusing to listen to any form of critique, unfunny jokes and lazy art considering his artistic capabilities and background in art school.
    • KahunaLagoona: I had some going back and forth with this, but the one I ultimately chose was Internet Prefaces, the infamous Aurora Shooting Comic made directly a week after the incident dismissing the whole thing because Tom was tired of the constant news coverage. It really cemented to me that Tom had a really had a Lack of Empathy when it came to the deaths of other people.
  • InTheGallbladder: The thing that ultimately cost me my interest in Sandra and Woo would have to be the way they handled Cloud hitting puberty during the 2012 beach arc. It starts with him thinking of Sandra and visibly popping a boner (worksafe, thank god, but still tacky as hell), much to his own embarrassment. Sandra, Larisa, and even Ye Thuza spend the next three strips making him as miserable as humanly possible, culminating in a ham-handed punchline in which Cloud contemplates suicide. The misery only ends when Larisa turns on Sandra. This demonstrated two things, none of which were good—one, that they were willing to completely sacrifice the characters' likeabilities to invoke Rule of Funny, and two, that they'd managed to take the comic's biggest draw (to me, at least) — that is, the characters aging in ostensible real-time — and suck all the joy out of it. After a while, I just didn't feel compelled to check the webcomic out anymore, and this is what I'd say is to blame.
  • Sam Max: Let it be known that I loved the Klonoa webcomic. It was a good continuation of the games, and I feel that it only would have gotten better had it continued. Sadly, the "finale," such as it was, sets up what looks like is going to be a big battle...and it ends right there. With a "To Be Continued!" line, to boot. Say what you will about the ending of the Wonder Momo comic, but at least that one got to finish its last arc, rushed as it was. Klonoa didn't even get that, and that's what makes me upset. I shall hold on to hope that it might be continued in a book collection, should one be made, but as things stand, it ended too quickly.
  • Geoduck: As popular and well-done asGirl Genius is, it has always had problems with dragging out its plot. This reached a new low during the England plot arc, with all the various protagonists grabbing the Idiot Ball numerous times in quick succession, allowing the Lucrezia-copy inside Agatha to freely and repeatedly run amok. As it went on and on, more and more fans were saying "enough, just get it over with already!"
  • Blue Guy: While Square Root of Minus Garfield has a tendency to suffer from Sturgeon's Law, it usually has enough good edits to keep me interested. However, "Nostalgiafield" reached a new low. The entire comic is little more than an Author Tract about why new technology sucks and "the good old days with no DVDs, vinyl and cassette, and quality programming." By definition he seems preoccupied with the past (VHSes and all the other old formats he references all died out because of innovation, and denying that seems outright delusional), to Strong Bad levels (and with him it was obviously Played for Laughs). Besides, there are many "quality programs" on today, which only makes the fallacious argument even more blatant. To add insult to injury, the editing is terrible (the second and third panels are obviously copy-pasted, and the image is compressed pretty badly). Now, this tends to be a recurring problem with the comic, but here the ridiculously illogical subject matter made the whole affair cringeworthy. (The cherry on top is The Rant, where the author mentions his "strange thing with Garfield crying", then immediately denies that it's a fetish. It just makes the author seem even more pathetic.)
    • Kablammin45: As an regular reader and semi-regular submitter of comics to the website, I have to agree whole-heartedly. There's nothing wrong with expressing a nostalgic fondness for the technology you grew up with (I myself still own a lot of VHS tapes and regularly watch them), but when you discredit everything that came out afterwards just because it isn't what you grew up like this author, it makes you come off as a whiny crybaby. Beyond that, the comic itself doesn't even fit with the usual surreal, absurd, and somewhat nerdy tone of the webcomic as a whole, so it baffles me why the moderators even approved of this one in the first place.
    • Ryanruff13: As much as I do still appreciate some aspects of Square Root of Minus Garfield, the webcomic hasn't personally appealed to me as much as it had early on in its run, with "Garfield Plus Jim Davis' Ego" serving as an example of one of the reasons why I believe so. The only joke of the comic is editing it so that Garfield creator Jim Davis brags about himself by taking Garfield's bragging in the original strip and giving it to him, for no reason other than to perpetuate the perception that "Jim Davis is egotistical lel". While Take Thats can be humorous, and while I do believe that there are numerous critiques that one could make about the Garfield comics, I still feel that Square Root of Minus Garfield had shifted towards an overreliance on mockery of its source material early on. There's only so much that one can deconstruct something before it all just feels overly cynical, if not arrogant.
  • Freezer The arc in Quentyn Quinn, Space Ranger, where an assassination attempt segues into a My Greatest Failure flashback (Quentyn gives advanced replicator tech to a pre-FTL society, one of the local powers uses said tech to commit an atrocity, the rest of the world nukes said powers into oblivion in retaliation)... Which devolves into an anvilicious potshot at Muslims: the world powers that performed the Colony Drop were described as "moon-worshiping savages", in barely disguised Iraqi garb and shown in front of an even-less altered Star and Crescent banner. But they were space bugs. So it's okay. Which was then followed up by a clumsy attempt to justify Quentyn's actions as the lesser of several evils: Quentyn's fomenting civil war was the scenario determined to have the smallest amount of destruction. So it's okay.
  • Baeraad555: Dumbing of Age had been getting more heavyhanded for a while, but it finally went off the rails when Becky's father suddenly went from being an over-religious homophobe to being a psychotical fanatic who kidnapped Becky at gunpoint. And then, just in case the reader had any doubt that fundamentalists are inherently evil, Joyce's mother took his side. Let me repeat that: a mother sided with the lunatic who aimed a gun at her child, just because it was a Christian lunatic. It's one thing to call fundamentalist beliefs wrong to the point of being harmful. But it's another to deny fundamentalists, as a group, even the most basic of positive human emotions. And it's especially disappointing, because earlier in the comic fundamentalists really were portrayed as being wrong, but also being human, capable of friendship and compassion and parental love even if their faith often made those things more complicated.
  • Captain Tedium: Murry Purry Fresh and Furry was one of the worst webcomics I ever read, particularly because of many scenes being needlessly disgusting for the sake of shock value and the author at times coming off as being overbearingly pretentious with the petty jabs he made toward other webcomics, even going so far as to call fans of xkcd "functionally retarded". However, the absolute worst part of this comic for me would be the arc that ignored the series' main story to focus on a crossover between My Little Pony 'n Friends and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, especially when Danny Williams from the former was depicted as an extremely unflattering and stereotypical brony caricature by being fat, stubbly, and obsessed with making Fluttershy his wife. It was at that point that I finally gave up on giving this webcomic a chance. Fuck this shit!
  • SCP Ihpkmn: Gunnerkrigg Court has become borderline unreadable to me since Anthony Carver's return. Since he was introduced in Chapter 51, he has done nothing but act like a cold, cruel, passive-aggressive shitheel to his daughter Antimony, literally the only family he has left in the world. Why? Because his daughter reminds him of his wife. I'm not going to cover the batshit psychological implications that has for him, because this isn't about that. This is about the fact that Tom Siddel has the absolute gall to put him through a redemption arc, and not make him work for his redemption! Instead, Antimony has to suffer for his sins: her self-confidence is crushed, she can barely control her fire powers, and the comic seems determined on reminding us every chapter that she is the world's biggest fuck-up, while her father gets to continue having his old friends, and even makes nice with Kat, Antimony's best friend, which, somehow, doesn't drive Annie to having a complete meltdown and melting down half the Court. The vaguely human-shaped piece of shit is shaping up to be the biggest Karma Houdini in all of webcomics. What's tragic is that Tom's a better writer than this, but it's becoming clearer and clearer that the story is more focused on being a Trauma Conga Line as opposed to telling a good narrative.
    • Lemia: The above was my DMOS too and the point I stopped reading the webcomic regularly. I initially was fine with Anthony Carver's return because I thought it signaled that Tom was starting to finally bring the comic to its conclusion with a tighter focus on unresolved plot threads. I was also fine with Anthony acting completely awful towards Annie in his introduction because I thought he would be called out on it and either have to work HARD to make up for his neglect/abuse or Annie would get help from others to break free from him. It was when it became clear that Anthony was going to be painted with the "Oh no, he's not really a bad guy; you just need to get to know him better!" brush instead of actually having to learn how to be a better father or getting some comeuppance for his actions even though he treated Annie so horribly that she literally split her soul in half to be able to function around him that my trust in Siddel broke. Add to that how the plot conveniently forgets that he's around whenever it wants to focus on other plotlines in spite of how his return should have had a major impact on how free Annie was to go on adventures now, and I stopped reading.
  • Captain Tedium: I always found the Dolan series to be disgusting and horrific trash from the get-go, but just when I thought that the comics couldn't get any more depraved, I stumbled upon a strip where Dolan hears Mickey express his happiness at being a father soon and the psychopathic mallard responds by using a toilet plunger to abort Minnie's babies against her will, subsequently deciding to rape her in order to impregnate her with his own children. The very idea of Donald Duck doing something so vile to his best friend is beyond reprehensible, and it infuriates me that the comic would ever have Dolan stoop to such a low.
  • Maths Angelic Version: While Vegan Artbook is... not exactly a masterpiece anyway, the absolute worst it has to offer is this comic. It opens with portraying a blatantly strawmanned farmer who brags about e.g. killing animals for money before claiming that he treats his animals like family. There's no attempt to show that many farmers do go out of their way to ensure that their animals live good lives. Even if you believe raising animals for food is wrong, at least give them credit for that. The worst part is the ending: Sterk, the "hero", reacts to the farmer's claims by brutally murdering his family before his eyes just to prove a point. While this isn't the only comic that glorifies abuse of "carnists", this one is particularly bad because Sterk's actions are excessively cruel, even by his standards. At least he usually sticks to punishing those who are actually "guilty" in his eyes instead of going for horrifying Revenge by Proxy. He's also a massive hypocrite on top of being a murderer: killing animals for food is wrong, but killing innocent humans to prove a point is okay?
  • Franki Lew: I've always had issues with Zoophobia and the writing of it's creator, Viv. Since it seems like the comic is going to rebooted I feel the need to mention my DMoS, which started with Zill and Kayla's chapter. Up until that point, the comic had no main character but a single character you the audience follow around and meet the rest of the cast with: Cameron. She's a human thrust into a strange world and has to learn how the magic therein works. It's through her that we get to know the academy faculty, and it's a dynamic that's written pretty well as shown by the scene where they interrogate the vampires; Cameron is present during a confrontation between characters who have a past she knows as much about as the readers do. Once Zill and Kayla's anniversary plot is introduced, Cameron is nowhere to be found and it's now about these characters we were kinda introduced to through her, but don't know that much about. Viv has this way of assuming that, if you've followed her art for long enough you must know who the characters are. Zill and Kayla are important OC's of hers, but in the context of the story I don't know much about them and it feel weird for the webcomic to abandon Cameron to focus on these two. The comic does this again when we follow Damien and later Addison. We haven't been properly introduced to these characters. The reason this irks me so is that it's so easy for Cameron to be written into these characters' subplots. We see later on that she becomes a guidance counselor which is where Jack tells his and Zill's story, so she's present for their moment of establishment/development. Have her become a guidance counselor earlier into the story, have characters tell her their problems while illustrating it, or heck, after they have their session with Cameron have it be that Cameron get's roped into the drama because she's the guidance counselor. Instead of just focusing on Damien, make Damien's nanny's be the ones to drag Cameron around to find him. Instead of focusing on Addison out of the blue, have him be a character who walks Cameron to work so she/we get to meet the characters he talks to on the way there. In a comic such as this, we need a character to keep us ground with their perspective, no matter how passive. Zoophobia as it is now/was has lots of problems character-wise, and the narrative flow of who's perspective we're seeing this through is a big problem.
  • Vanilla Lime: I always love me some Super Smash Bros. comics and fanart showing the characters interacting with each other, but I really dislike the Everyone Is Home webcomics by Wooden Plank Studios. Not only are the jokes in it unfunny and stale (Yoshi commits tax fraud, Waluigi being depressed and suicidal, assist trophies are treated like trash) but I despise the way it uses Masahiro Sakurai himself. It’s bad enough that this is portraying a real living person rather than a fictional character, but these comics make him look like a prick. Out of all the comics, my dethroning moment goes to Super Smash Bias, where “Sakurai” claims to love all the fighters equally, while having them live in a cramped apartment. Well, all except for Kirby who gets a gigantic castle all to himself because he's the "best character". Seriously? I get that it’s a joke and Sakurai can be a little biased towards Kirby characters, but that feels mean spirited and not the kind of thing someone like him would do. The only thing these webcomics have going for them are some background stuff that’s occasionally humorous, but other than that, it’s a soulless pile of garbage that can never hold a candle to the likes of Brawl in the Family and Awkward Zombie.
  • Cabbit Girl Emi: Over the past year, I've been catching up on Bittersweet Candy Bowl. I was curious about how things went down from "December" onwards, and I have some mixed feelings at this point. The worst moment in the entire webcomic thus far IMO is Paulo's behavior and Daisy and Abbey's break-up in the chapter "Love Again". For the tl;dr version, Paulo had feelings for Lucy, who returned to Roseville after attempting suicide due to how Mike had treated her. After Lucy doesn't pay any attention to Paulo, he acts like a total prick towards his friends. While Paulo tugging on Mike's scarf is somewhat understandable, how he acted towards Daisy and Abbey felt so forced and out-of-nowhere. It gets so bad that Paulo brings up the time Abbey assaulted him, which causes Abbey and Daisy break up because she called him out for that incident. How Daisy could even manage to make things up with Paulo afterwards baffles me because if I were her, I would never speak to him again for weeks at minimum. But at least Taeshi tried fixing that crazy Somali boy in the next few chapters.
  • Izzy Uneasy: I hate and loathe Hiimdaisy, but the worst it has to offer is strip where Makoto Yuki expresses glee about social links, then Nozomu shows and says that he thought of Makoto when he passed gas. Stupid and unfunny. Thank all gods that Daisy herself is ashamed of her comics.
  • D Corp 123: The recent years of Housepets! have been pretty weak, but the "My Life As A Teenage Squirrel" arc was where it really lost me. After not one, but two overlong arcs, we get this arc that lasted the entire second half of 2019, all focused around an entirely new character who seemed to come out of pretty much nowhere. We barely got to see any of the already established cast who we know and love, instead following the same whiny human-turned-squirrel for six months. I wouldn't have even complained as much if it wasn't for the sheer length of this arc. It moves insanely slow, and made me lose pretty much all interest in the comic at this point.
  • Krystalis: MSF High was never my all time favorite comic, but back before I knew I was queer I used to read it and EGS. At some point the author posted a blog on their DeviantArt positing themself as Truscum, their words, not mine, started grouping people in the larger GSRM groups with pedophiles, even when the larger GSRM discourages associations and has enough trouble with that already, and started fighting with people in the comments about how they were wrong if they disagreed. That amount of hatred has driven me away from it permanently. At least I still have EGS.

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