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Literature / Gamer Girl (2016)

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Cover by iBooBee.

"You will A-list superhero!"
Ralphie Hero [talking to herself in the mirror].

Gamer Girl is an ongoing superhero action comedy Web Serial Novel written by Joe Berridge Beale. It follows the bizarre adventures of Ralphie Hero, aka Gamer Girl, a superheroine with the superpower to summon the items and abilities of video game player characters. Working alongside her partner Comikazé ‘Kazé’ Maniakku, aka Fangirl, a superhero fanatic with an electric fan gun, Ralphie sets out to make a name for herself in a city already full of crime fighters. Between the monsters, the supervillains, and Ralphie’s mild sociopathic tendencies, it does not go well.

As of now, there is no update schedule, but finished chapters are always posted on a Sunday.

Warning: Contains swearing, graphic violence, and British Humour.


Character profiles, a terminology key, a trivia page, and other extra content can be found on the Gamer Girl WordPress site.

Not to be confused with the identically titled Gamer Girl (2008) young adult novel by Mari Mancusi.

Gamer Girl contains examples of:

  • Animesque: Along with having a manga style cover, Gamer Girl is bursting with anime tropes, from manga-like facial expressions, to long, Shonen-esque fights, to wacky gag anime-style comedy.
  • Bash Brothers: Ralphie and Kazé are best friends whose close quarters brawler and long range support fighting styles complement each other in battle.
  • Canis Major: The Canine is an SUV-sized, pariah dog-like monster coated in fangs.
  • Cultural Stereotypes: Most of the superhero and superfan characters in Gamer Girl adhere to the cultural stereotypes associated with their aliases. For example, Ralphie/Gamer Girl is a geeky, socially awkward teenager with an enthusiasm for violence and only one friend at school.
  • Fangirl: Kazé is the self-proclaimed number one fan of the superhero Golden Boy as well as a superhero fangirl generally. Interestingly, her fandom seems to encompass both the real superheroes of the Gamer Girl Verse and fictional superheroes from Marvel and DC Comics.
    Kazé: Want to hear a joke to cheer you up?
    Ralphie: No.
    Kazé: What's Wonder Woman's favourite drug...?
    Ralphie: [after having been nudged] Whaaat?
    Kazé: Heroin!
  • Gamer Chick: Ralphie frequently makes use of her in-depth video game knowledge to solve problems as a superhero, summoning everything from a Super Smash Bros. Falcon Punch to giant Tetris tetrominoes to a World of Warcraft Charger mount in order to defeat the Canine.
  • Multiple Reference Pun: A staple of the serial. Kazé/Fangirl is a superhero fangirl who uses an electric fan gun, and the Canine is a literal canine covered in canine teeth. Ba dum tsss!