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A collection of comic strips by Jason Yungbluth, Clarissa follows the daily life of the titular girl; a Broken Bird who's abused by her father and ignored by the rest of her family in hopes of maintaining "normalcy". The series is infamous for its disturbing subject matter and pitch-black Black Comedy.

Tropes Appearing in The Comics:

  • Abusive Parents: And how!
    • Her mother uses emotional manipulation and hides behind a smile while simultaneously resenting her daughter for "stealing" her husband's affections, underscored in this strip.
      Clarissa: HA! That was a trick! Who are you trying to look all pretty for, huh? Mom is right! You are a little tease!
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    • Her father, aside from raping Clarissa, also engages in emotional/financial manipulation as seen here.
  • Adults Are Useless: Clarissa's teacher misses all of the not-so-subtle hints of the abuse that she'd depicted in the drawings in "Family Portrait", especially of "Rippyfangs and Mimi."
    Clarissa: i'm going to be late for gym. they're waiting to throw dodgeballs at me. ME ME. get it?
    Teacher: Gotcha. Kids Are Cruel. Off you go.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: Clarissa meets another girl at "Take Your Kid to Work Day" who points at her cast and says "My dad did this." Clarissa assumes that she means her dad broke her arm, and starts to ask if he's done other stuff to her... but she's quickly corrected when the girl points out the kitty drawn on her cast.
  • Animated Adaptation: "Stuffed Friend" got one in Stop Motion.
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  • Big Brother Bully: Sean might be the family member who's most overt in his disregard for Clarissa, and his antics get laughed off.
  • Break the Cutie: The entire comic functions as this for Clarissa, although her stuffed rabbit Floopsy takes a turn in "Stuffed Friend".
  • Broken Bird: Clarissa, obviously.
  • Driven to Suicide: Floopsy in "Stuffed Friend". Clarissa's conversations with the bedbugs in "Bedbugs" implies she herself has contemplated this.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first strip has Clarissa be a lot more blunt about her father's molestation than future strips do.
  • Hates Baths: Played for Drama in Clarissa's case - she likes the bath itself, but it's also a kiddy version of the Shower of Angst.
  • Horrifying the Horror: The bedbugs aren't fond of Clarissa's dad.
  • It's All About Me: John shows signs of this, such as becoming angered when Clarissa is uncomfortable around him and complaining when she vomits at breakfast.
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  • Little Miss Snarker: The abuse has made Clarissa quite jaded.
  • Precision S Strike: Floopsy lets loose with one after witnessing what happens to Clarissa. And the earliest canonical strip has Clarissa deliver the F-bomb.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The above was more than Floopsy had signed on for.
  • Self-Harm: Clarissa mentions burning herself, along with scrubbing herself bloody with steel wool.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Falls heavily to the 'cynical' side.
  • Standard '50s Father: John, Clarissa's father, is a twisted example.
  • Stepford Smiler: Clarissa's entire family besides her falls into this, though the masks sometimes slip.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The reason Clarissa's mother cooks French Toast every morning is because it's Clarissa's favorite - also doubles as Food as Bribe, as she's also attempting to buy Clarissa's silence about her father's abuse with it.
  • Wham Line: From the chronologically first comic: "I'm not going to pretend that Daddy didn't fuck me."
  • Wham Shot: Two; the reveal in "Family Portrait" of Clarissa's drawing (a wolf with her father's glasses sexually assaulting a chipmunk with her bow), and one in "Stuffed Friend" (Clarissa's clothes being half-on after her father comes into her room).

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