''Quietly, like the heroine of a horror movie… "
Entirely Presenting You, by Nippoten, is a Web Serial Novel about a teenage girl who gains superpowers, and the struggle to maintain both normality and sanity after the fact.
The story follows Alexis, a popular girl with plenty of friends and weekend plans. She falls victim to a vicious attack, and is brought to the brink of death. Miraculously, she survives, but she soon learns that she cannot return to a normal life.
Entirely Presenting You started in October 2016 and was completed in March 2019.
This story contains examples of:
- Anti-Hero: Blank Face isn’t exactly what people expected the world’s first superhuman to be like.
- Ascended Extra: Plenty. Lawrence, Harrian, Benny, and D come back to affect the story in unexpected ways.
- Body Horror: Alexis takes a lot of punishment throughout the story.
- Break the Cutie: Alexis is just a regular girl, and is already sent through hell and back after only two weeks of getting superpowers.
- Came Back Wrong: Alexis survives a shot through the head, but she comes back with altered memories and a different sense of identity. She eventually ends up despising her old self enough that she abandons her old life, becoming the gang leader Wendy.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Her inability to tell her friends and family about being Blank Face is a big source of tension.
- Chest Insignia: Averted. Despite constant costume changes, Alexis never once considers a symbol on her chest as part of her outfit.
- Creepy Child: D is a little girl who spends her time driving around, dealing drugs, and playing pranks on gangs and the police. Her antics made her infamous among those in the criminal underworld, giving people like Wendy and Lawrence the creeps.
- Continuity Nod: This series is chock-full of them.
- Chapters 1 and 8 heavily mirror each other, taking place at a party where Alexis is pressured into drinking.
- The opening line of Chapter 58 references the opening line of the serial
- When Lawrence comes back into the story, he's still bandaged from a bus crash.
- Cosmic Plaything: Alexis can't seem to do one good thing without some terrible consequence to come as a result.
- Daywalking Vampire: The sun doesn't really have any effect on Alexis.
- Dream Sequence: Alexis gets several throughout the series, culminating in Chapter 46, where her guilt and stress breaks her so much that she becomes a whole other person at the end of it.
- Healing Factor: It's one of Alexis' most relied-upon powers, allowing her to survive a lot of damage, like losing her arm, a head-on collision with a truck, getting both her arms broken and dragged from the back of a motorcycle by the neck, and being stabbed... twice. She also survives multiple gunshots, including one through the head.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: There's quite a few scenes where everyone is after Alexis, and she's right under their noses. In one case, in her civilian clothes, Alexis was escorted out of a building by police, who had no idea the vigilante they were looking for was right there.
- Horror Hunger: After realizing why regular food tastes terrible to her, Alexis doesn’t take well to this.
- Identity Amnesia: After surviving a shot to the head, Alexis loses certain memories and emotional connections to her old friends and family. She doesn't care to get those connections back, so a new personality, V, and then Wendy, are born out of this mental scramble.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Alexis frequently expressed this, but is eventually forced to accept her powers and appetite as reality and move on to doing something about it.
- In a Single Bound: Thanks to her super strength, it's Blank Face's main method of getting around in the city.
- Meaningful Funeral: Thomas gets one, with many people from friends, family, and community attending to mourn the loss.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite progressively becoming thinner and thinner, Alexis still has her super strength.
- Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Happens a few times throughout as a consequence of Alexis' actions.
- Alexis tries her hand at being a superhero, exposing the existence of superhumans to the world.
- Thomas' death marks a low point for Alexis and her psyche. Benny's attack on the school, exposing even more of Blank Face's identity in all but name, serving to push her even further down.
- When V decides to leave her old life behind to be the gang leader Wendy.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Alexis describes herself as a vampire every now and then, but that's only due to the fact that she doesn't have any other frame of reference. She has the trademark appetite for blood, but other key characteristics are missing.
- Parental Abandonment: Several characters are missing either one of both of their parents. For example, Alexis doesn't have a dad, Maria's mother seems to be out of the picture, and others like Brandon and Isabella don't have either. Katy is pretty much the exception to the rule. Until her father dies.
- Shout-Out: Quite a few:
- Chapter 4, Die Verwandlung, is a direct reference to Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis.
- Chapter 17 and 24 are both named after songs by K-pop group Red Velvet.
- For the second arc, Mask, all the chapter names are lyrics from the band Fact's self-titled album. The illustration◊ for the second arc also directly references the album cover◊.
- The first bonus comic makes sure to shout-out Twilight.
- The name 'Blank Face' is borrowed from rapper Schoolboy Q's album Blank Face LP.
- Stages of Monster Grief: The first few arcs deal with Alexis coming to grips with her powers and thirst for blood. At first, she's in denial about what happened, but turns to super-heroism as an outlet for her frustrations.
- Starting a New Life: Wendy.
- Tarot Motifs: Certain chapter titles loosely follow the Fool's Journey.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior:
- Alexis goes from an innocent 15 year old who has never hurt a fly to someone who willingly harms others in order to get what she wants.
- D knows how to drive a van, deal drugs, and handle bombs.