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A web comic created by JazzLover5972 (formerly PinkPeonyPie5972), also known as Phily K. Illagan. It is hosted on DeviantArt. It began on July 16, 2014. The entire structure is inspired by Battle for Dream Island.

Caroline Doctrina starts an odd music program called SWAP (String, Wind, And Percussion) Ensemble under the orders of Tierney Cabalbag. Those who participate must come to rehearsals every day of February for two hours. There is a big solo, but everyone wants it, so they must settle it with a contest. However, not every challenge has to do with music.

Childhood friends reunite, Clashing Cousins fight, and new relationships form as the competition goes on. Meanwhile, Caroline tries and fails to keep her patience with the kids and her superiors while she runs the show.

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    Tropes A-F 
  • Aerith and Bob: People named Cyrissa and Turie go to school with others named Cassie and Troy, to name a few. Even the adults are split between the ordinary Caroline and Samuel and the strange Tierney and Philyra.
  • Age Is Relative: While the contestants' ages are explicit, they don't all look their ages. Patrick is in eighth grade, but he looks much younger than all the seventh graders. Troy and Turie, on the other hand, could pass for high school students.
  • All There in the Manual: How do you know that the year is 128 and Everyone Is Related? You read the description below each deviation! Specifically, look at page 11 of Day 8 and the Infinitree drawing.
  • Alternative Calendar: The story explicitly takes place in the year 128, but it is technologically 20 Minutes into the Future.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: In a non-lethal example, most of the students chant Troy's elimination announcement.
  • Art Evolution: The characters have wider eyes and more distinctive features than they did back on the first day.
  • Art Shift:
    • "Explanation mode" is accompanied by much simpler illustrations of people.
    • The first two pages of Day 4 have lineart by Fenori. The title page was digitally drawn. The next six pages have digital lineart.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: After Caroline states that there are rules, Alfred asks if there are any rules, much to her annoyance.
    Alfred: Miss Doctrina, does this contest have rules?
    Caroline: No, it doesn't. Feel free to do whatever.
    Alfred: Great. I was worried that I would have to deal with-
    Caroline: OF COURSE THERE ARE RULES!
  • Audience Participation: Just like BFDI, SWAP Ensemble allows the audience to vote off a contestant at the end of each Day. Unfortunately, there isn't a large audience, so nearly all of the votes are from people who have never heard of the comic.
  • Audience Participation Failure: The contestants will almost always comment on the vote count, and Caroline will point out how few were actual audience votes or what Tie and Phily did to get that many votes.
  • Author Appeal: The author includes several musical tropes, makes references to several musical compositions, and averts Music Is Eighth Notes by drawing entire staves. Her tagline (as of August 2018) is "My world revolves around music!"
  • Author Avatar: Tierney and Philyra are the author's self-inserts. Their primary purpose is to collect votes from people who don't know about the contest.
  • Band Geek: These students are already part of their schools' bands and orchestras, and they are willing to spend two hours after school in this odd music program.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": In Day 4, Trudy asks if Vincent got eliminated. When Vincent tells her off, the "shut up" is in larger text than the rest of his dialogue.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Turie is one of the physically largest contestants, Troy is nearly as tall but much thinner, and Trudy is the second shortest contestant who does not even reach her friends' shoulders.
  • Blush Sticker:
    • In Day 3, Cassie gets one when Gretta catches her staring at something or nothing at all.
    • This is Vincent's Crush Blush. The blush is much lighter than his skin.
  • Bowdlerize: The Tumblr version cuts out the spat with Vincent and Trudy.
  • Call-Back:
    • In Day 7, Braeden and Troy name their teams with their propositions from Day 1. In Day 8, Bessie and Corbin name their teams with their teammates' propositions from Day 1.
    • Troy's elimination in Day 9 uses the same "music" and confetti effect as Gretta's from Day 7.
  • Can't Catch Up: The rhythmic and melodic dictation challenges have a scoring system that dooms a disadvantaged team from the start. After each round, the four contestants with the lowest scores are dropped. This continues until an entire team is dropped. The individual contestants who did not do well at the start will never catch up to those who got perfect scores. The team falls several points behind for each lost contestant.
  • Cast Herd: Characters are often grouped by instrument family, school, or pre-existing relationships. Some, like Guilla, are less confined by the cast herd because the people in each of the aforementioned categories are different.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The characters all speak with unique colors. Caroline has blue, Tierney has maroon, Philyra has a dark magenta, and Samuel has a light brown. Pages 14 and 15 can serve as a cipher for the twenty contestants.
  • Competence Zone: The younger contestants generally have less developed skills, so the teams with more young contestants tend to go up for elimination. The history test is particularly unfair because music history is not even in the middle school curriculum.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Bessie and Braeden sometimes wear the same clothes. It doesn't matter if the clothes are "meant" for the opposite gender.
  • Cross-Referenced Titles: Day 3, a rhythmic dictation competition, is titled "I Got Rhythm". Day 5, a melodic dictation competition, is titled "I Got Melody".
  • Crush Blush:
    • Harry's face turns completely red when Angelo questions his relationship with Claire.
    • Vincent gets a Blush Sticker when Paris passes him on the track and winks. It happens again when Paris takes off his hat to show his re-dyed hair.
    • Cassie gets a Luminescent Blush after looking through pictures of her boyfriend and the resident Big Beautiful Woman.
  • Curse Cut Short: Contestants' swearing is often interrupted by other contestants' speech.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: The portable eighth-note-shaped synthesizers known as otamatones make an appearance in Day 11. Claire gushes at the sight of one, but reacts unfavorably at the sound of it.
    Claire: It sounds like it's in pain.
  • Different in Every Episode:
    • One would expect the characters to change clothes every day. One would not expect Guilla's hair to change so dramatically every day.
    • The band room has a detailed arrangement on its walls, much of which is liable to change on any given day. Sometimes the plaques and posters are rearranged, taken down, or restored.
  • Digital Bikini: The humanoid blobs in Day 7's explanation mode wear digitally edited clothes in the Tumblr version.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After Trudy tries to beat up Vincent in Day 6, Vincent overpowers her and punches her in the face.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Vincent, who wears a bow and has somewhat long hair, and Alfred, a Wholesome Crossdresser, are sometimes mistaken for girls.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Lerato Illagan is mentioned and depicted one day before he makes a formal appearance.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: As the comic goes on, more features change. The first two days were not lined with ink. Everyone had narrower eyes. Trudy did not have a Beauty Mark, and Corbin did not have an Idiot Hair. Gretta was shorter than Guilla and Cedric. Claire did not mind when people outside of her friend group called her by her first name, though she rarely spoke with such people anyway.
  • Elimination Catchphrase: The banner itself is the catchphrase; Caroline may vary her words, but she always tells the eliminated contestant that they have to go to
    THE PRACTICE ROOM
  • Elimination Statement: Some contestants argue about their elimination with Caroline before they go to The Practice Room.
  • Everyone Can See It: People constantly make remarks about Claire and Harry's relationship, much to their annoyance.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even though Guilla is usually sporting her trademark trollish grin, she is among the few who do not laugh when Troy mocks Patrick for comparing SWAP to an object show.
  • Everyone Is Related: There are three sets of siblings: Inez, Tempo, and Violon. There are more sets of cousins: Vincent and Trudy. Cyrissa and Guilla. Inez, Angelo, and Paris, who all share a cousin with Corbin. In fact, every character in this comic fits on a single (gigantic) family tree.
  • Everyone Meets Everyone: While most of the characters know each other, Caroline brings them together to become a musical ensemble and to compete for the big solo.
  • Exact Words: During the challenge to build a metronome tower, Team Showdown builds a tower in the shape of a metronome.
  • Eye Scream: Downplayed. All of the brass students end up with a black left eye as of Day 8.
    • In Day 5, Turie happens to be in the line of fire when Trudy throws Vincent's wallet.
    • In Day 6, Trudy gets a punch to the face, courtesy of Vincent.
    • In the same day, Corbin cleans his glasses in the middle of the basketball game. The basketball hits him in the face.
    • In Day 8, Troy builds a very unstable tower and disregards the rest of his team. When Caroline places the metronome, the tower falls and the metronome lands on his face.
  • Facepalm: Caroline is prone to this when the contestants agitate her. Some contestants also do this when they are up for elimination.
  • Fantastic Ghetto: "Ghetto" is slang for areas with a large number of non-music-benders. SWAP is set in such an area. Caroline remarks that the district doesn't value music history in education.
  • First-Name Basis: Most people are on a first name basis. Some contestants refer to the adults like this.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: The soon-to-be eliminated contestant is always present in the introduction.
  • Flipping the Bird: In Day 6, Trudy shows Vincent a finger after he throws her trumpet mute at a wall. The finger has a colored nail, and her middle fingernail is shown to be the only colored one. If not for that, the finger she uses would be ambiguous.
  • Food as Bribe: Team Random wins the chemistry challenge by making ice cream, despite the demonstration being half as long as the other two.
  • Fun with Acronyms: SWAP stands for String, Wind, and Percussion. It's a snappy way to include the different types of instruments in the name of the group.

    Tropes G-P 
  • Gale-Force Sound: Double subverted. Day 12 opens with Cassie opening the band room door in the middle of a trumpet sectional. The ensuing chaos is actually the result of music-bending. Day 13 opens with Claire doing the same in the middle of a trombone sectional, but there is no indication that music-bending was used.
  • The Glomp:
    • In Day 3, Angelo uses music to propel himself towards Bessie and hug her when he's declared safe.
    • After Caroline goes Totally Radical for the practice of Day 7, Harry does this to Claire.
    • When Cassie re-enters the competition, she hugs Caroline with gratefulness.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: The final page of Day 10 introduces Angelo's sisters. Marianna is focused on her studies and trying to finish her project, while Josefina enjoys a social life.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: The students have glasses akin to Google Glass. They can operate their glasses while wearing them, or they can take them off and use them like smartphones.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
    • Vincent's Big "SHUT UP!" carries the same weight as an actual swear word with the benefit of being uncensored. Trudy learns the Harmonie (French) equivalent to get away with saying it.
    • When Troy is on the phone with his father, begging for him to show up on Valentine's Day, it is implied that a bad history with Turie's father is keeping him from going. Troy responds, "I don't care about your dumb history!" Turie treats it like a curse word.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Claire calls Bessie "Ate" (pronounced a-te), which is Tagalog for "older sister". Bessie later calls Claire "Bunso", which means "youngest child".
  • Gratuitous French: Trudy tells Vincent "Tais-toi!" (Shut up!) when Vincent calls her elimination.
  • Hair Decorations: Vincent and several girls wear some sort of accessory in their hair.
  • Hands Go Down: Inverted. Caroline wants the students to compete for a solo, but only five of them are interested. As she keeps talking, more people express interest. Once Flo is the only one left, Caroline engages in small talk with her until she agrees to participate.
  • Her Boyfriend's Jacket: Gender Inverted. In Day 8, Braeden wears Bessie's custom-tailored jacket. It is painfully obvious that it isn't his.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: In Day 3, Angelo comments on Claire being sweet with Patrick, which has roots from eight years ago. Harry becomes jealous of their apparent history despite the lack of details.
  • Inspiration Nod:
    • Once Caroline convinces all the students to desire the big solo, she says, "We must settle this with... A contest. Get what I mean?"
    • Caroline explains that the contest will have phases to give it an opaque structure. Cary Huang stated that future BFDI episodes would no longer have a points phase because the show would be too opaque.
    • Patrick asks if the contestants will get to choose team captains, and Troy rudely tells him that "this isn't an inanimate object show."
    • Cassie and Trudy's rejoin statements almost match Pin and Flower's word-for-word.
      Cassie: You need a heroic junior drum major like me.
      Trudy: You'd better vote for me or- or I'll-
    • In Day 8 and 9, Guilla sneaks up behind Cyrissa and Connie (respectively) and screeches in the way of Four from Battle For BFDI.
    • When Caroline tells Trudy how many rejoin votes she earned, Trudy asks if that's enough to win, just like Snowball in BFDI's third rejoin.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: A lot of the boys are small, nerdy, and interested in feminine articles of clothing. Vincent has a bow and long hair. Alfred always wears skirts. Angelo and Braeden sometimes wear fancy earrings.
  • Intro Dump: The first day dedicates two pages to the contestants introducing themselves in alphabetical order by last name. Each contestant states their name, grade, school, and primary instrument.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Troy makes a rude comment to Patrick's question, causing the majority of the students to laugh and Patrick to permanently shut down.
    • Trudy grabs Vincent and messes with his hair while Caroline is explaining the rules of the contest. She continues to exchange rude remarks with him at every opportunity.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: In Day 4, Bessie makes a pun about Team Classic, much to Claire's annoyance. This draws in more of the friend group.
    Claire: Then maybe they should go back to the classics.
    Bessie: But we are the classics.
    Claire: Haha, Ate. Very funny, Ate.
    Angelo: I hear puns! I must join!
    Harry: Angelo, no!
    Claire: Do not join the pun team. Just don't.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In Day 7, Troy disregards his team and builds the tower as tall as he can with no regard for stability. The tower predictably falls when Caroline places the metronome in it. The metronome falls on Troy's eye.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Averted for most of the cast. It's not even an Unlimited Wardrobe; some contestants have reused outfits. Patrick, however, is always wearing the same black coat and pants, and he never removes his coat with his own free will.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There are twenty contestants and four adults on the group cover. Three of the adults will come on and off the comic, and any eliminated contestants are lucky to have more than a single appearance and spoken line. Day 9 introduces the chemistry teacher Taylor Klezmer. Day 10 introduces Turie's father, the Tempos' foster mother, and Angelo's sisters. Day 11 introduces the saxophonists of Snowy Pines Jazz Band and Philyra's younger brother, Lerato, and previews the Watanabe sisters, Gretta's brother, and Cassie's cousin.
  • Luminescent Blush:
    • When Angelo starts talking about Claire and Patrick's history, Harry gets red shading and lines on his cheeks. The blush elements get larger until they take up all of Harry's face.
    • Cassie's Crush Blush in Day 7 is a pink shade across her face.
  • Magic Music:
    • The contestants who are 14 and older will occasionally manipulate objects with their voices.
    • Alfred uses music to allow himself to walk.
    • The alternate challenge of Day 6 is to paint only with music.
  • Mental Time Travel: Philyra Implies this when she mentions having collected votes from her younger brother's marching band in the year 123, five years before SWAP Ensemble even happens.
  • Modesty Shorts: When Bessie spins around while wearing a skirt, it flies up to reveal that she's wearing shorts underneath.
  • Motion Comic: Of the secondary variant. On the last page of Day 8, the portraits of the contestants up for voting move around in a cycle. Later pages use simple fading effects to delay the appearance of text, but The Practice Room segment in Day 10 has a fully animated voting display.
  • Multicolored Hair: Cyrissa, Gretta, Cassie, and Paris dye their hair with more shades than the usual Skunk Stripe.
  • Musical Theme Naming: All the characters' initials are based on their primary instrument. Claire Inez is specifically an attempt to avoid the "Claire E. Net" route. Several last names are also explicitly musical: Bassa, Cors, Forte, Harmony, Sound, Tempo, and Violon.
  • Music Is Eighth Notes: Averted. Music is represented by actual notes on staves. If music is not properly represented, it is shown as just the staff.
  • Necktie Leash: In Day 8, Trudy grabs Troy's tie and comments on its color. The massive height difference forces Troy to duck down.
  • Not So Above It All: Once Cassie discovers that Caroline is manipulating the music, everyone joins in on the chaos. Even the emotionless Flo, the quiet Patrick, the antic-hating Claire, and the refined Corbin participate.
  • One Degree of Separation: Everyone Is Related aside, Cassie and Cedric are middle school friends, Claire is childhood friends with Cyrissa's younger sister, and Trudy is tutored by Corbin's younger sister and Harry, among other things.
  • One Head Taller: Claire, a girl of average height, towers over Tiny Schoolboy Harry. Likewise, Cedric, a boy of average height, is much taller than the rather short Cassie.
  • Painting the Medium: The borders of the panels are usually not clear-cut. Sometimes people might go over the borders, while other times they might grab the borders like the top of a fence. Bessie even sits on one border.
  • People of Hair Color: Music benders tend to resemble their primary instruments, which happen to be races in this world. The brass are light-skinned and blonde with silver streaks, the woodwinds are tan with black hair and silver or blonde streaks, and the strings are dark-skinned and brunette with black streaks. In addition, Braeden has dark red bassoon-colored hair, Guilla the guitarist has ginger hair in contrast with the four-stringed instruments, and the flutes have silver hair with no Skunk Stripe. The percussionists and non-music-benders look like ordinary humans with no pre-defined special characteristics.
  • Picked Last: The Three-Team/Shuffle phase makes contestants choose their teams. Naturally, the last person will not be happy.
    • In Day 8, the string players realize they were picked last in absentia when Caroline tells them they have been split into different teams. When Cedric asks if he specifically was picked last, Caroline says that he isn't very interesting.
    • After the competition, Troy yells at Corbin for not picking him before he ended up on Claire's team.
    • In Day 9, some team leaders are clearly considering picking Paris, but their teammates tell them not to until Paris is the only option left. Alfred uses this fact in his defense when Paris calls him out.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Subverted. Boys have yet to wear pink, and pink speech colors are exclusive to girls. However, blue is worn by almost everyone, and more girls use blue speech colors than boys.
  • The Pratfall: Claire falls like this twice in Day 11. First, Angelo sits next to her, and she keeps scooting away until she's sitting on air, then she falls when she tries to go any farther. Next, she jumps in the air during the competition, causing her to fall and miss the final notes.
  • Precision F-Strike: In a work where even Gosh Dang It to Heck! isn't used, Vincent's Big "SHUT UP!" stands out even more.
  • Punch Catch: When Trudy tries to punch Vincent for stating that she doesn't have enough votes to rejoin, Vincent catches her fist in both of his hands.

    Tropes R-Z 
  • Rainbow Speak: In lieu of speech bubbles, every character has a unique speech color.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The red-eyed students may be either major trolls or jerks. Either way, the other contestants may regret being in their presence so much.
  • Self-Deprecation: The description of each page often includes "sins," a laundry list of drawing mistakes.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Turie is a Gentle Giant who generally acts smaller than he is, and Troy is a brash Jerk Jock who excels at athletic challenges and nothing else.
  • Serious Business:
    • By the end of the first Day, everyone is treating the competition like an essential part of their life.
    • After Cyrissa introduces clothing themes, the contestants start treating that equally seriously.
    • In the Three-Team/Shuffle phase, the one who is Picked Last makes a huge fuss about it.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Claire and Harry are most frequently seen in very close proximity to one another, but Harry denies that he likes Claire while his face turns red.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In Day 5, several girls have clothes inspired by Web Animation/RWBY characters.
    • Caroline's sample transcriptions are from "Your Best Friend" and "ASGORE".
    • In Day 8, the students agree to dress like Franchise/{{Danganronpa{{ characters.
    • In Day 9, the clothing theme is Ace Attorney. Corbin and Turie even replicate their characters' poses.
    • In Day 10, the clothing theme is High School Story.
    • At the end of Day 10, Angelo convinces Marianna to come to SWAP in a hand-drawn Choices-style interface.
    • In Day 11, the theme is Pokémon.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Bessie is cheerful and enjoys engaging in her friends' antics while Claire has No Sense of Humor and responds to said antics with a sharp frown.
  • Side-Story Bonus Art: SWAP-related art includes portraits of the contestants sporting different styles than usual, some characters' expansive wardrobes, and copious amounts of Claire-and-Harry drawings.
  • Skunk Stripe: Most of the contestants have two hair colors in this fashion. Cyrissa, Cassie, and Gretta dye their hair to fit in with everyone else.
  • Speech-Bubbles Interruption: Contestants' swearing is censored by other contestants' voices or random objects. Bits of the swearing contestant's speech color by the object in question show that they actually said something.
  • Spoiling Shout Out: In Day 8, two Danganronpa spoilers appear in quick succession: Chihiro Fujisaki is a boy and the sequel's Byakuya Togami is an impostor.
  • The Stinger: These sometimes occur after the contestants are put up for elimination.
    • Day 4: Cedric and Cassie agree to go on a date.
    • Day 6: Cyrissa gets the ensemble to agree to wear red and green for the next day.
    • Day 10: Braeden and Angelo give a vague hint about the following day's clothing theme. Next, Troy has a phone conversation with his father while carpooling with Turie. Then Flo and Patrick's foster mother gives them new sets of clothes, which they promise to wear the following day.
    • Day 11: While Alfred is driving home, Cedric mentions inviting two people whom Alfred dislikes, causing Alfred to give up driving before possibly crashing in a rage. The percussionists wheel around a heavy container while discussing their personal lives.
    • Day 12: Trudy throws a tantrum while talking to her mother. Vincent tells Paris what his girlfriend, Carella, did to him the previous day. Harry talks to his younger brother about investigating Carella. Braeden has a conversation with his younger sister.
  • The Southpaw: Braeden, Cyrissa, and Guilla all pitch with their left hand. They do so well because they have the advantage over each other and the left-handed Troy, and the right-handed Leo and Nadir have never seen a left-handed pitcher.
  • Take That!: The Choices-style scene at the end of Day 10 is a jab at the way the game charges diamonds to go out with friends (or family), accept an outfit that someone will give you, and get help on an important task, among other things.
  • Tareme Eyes: Most of the contestants' eyes become wider and more dome-shaped with the Art Evolution. Even Troy, one of the meanest contestants, has them. Exceptions include Trudy, who has pointy Tsurime Eyes, and Flo, whose eyes are either narrow or permanently half open.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Connie, Troy, Braeden, Guilla, Alfred, Angelo, and Cyrissa all have red eyes, but the latter two wear colored contacts at first. That's more than a quarter of the students. Corbin's sister Elsie has purple eyes.
  • Teens Are Short: Well, early adolescents are short. Save for the abnormally tall Troy and Turie, all of the middle school kids are under five feet tall.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In Day 8, Team Takeover suffers from this. Troy, the leader, ignores everyone else to try to make their tower the tallest. Everyone else is yelling at him to slow down and/or telling the rest of the team to focus on making the tower stable. In the end, they lose because their tower falls over.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Flo and Patrick's most common expression, complete with the lack of pupils and catchlights even when the other characters begin sporting these. As the author states:
    Patrick has seen enough, but Flo has seen too much.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: Patrick, Vincent, Alfred, Harry, and Paris are all teenage boys who are under five feet tall. They are shorter than all the girls except for Trudy, but Patrick is also shorter than Trudy.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Cassie and Cyrissa. Cyrissa always wears a different dress or skirt each day. Cassie only wears T-shirts and shorts, and she's the second character to repeat outfits.
  • Totally Radical: Caroline attempts this before and during practice in Day 7. It does not end well for anybody.
    Caroline: Teamwork and practice make a killer ensemble!
    Troy: She didn't just say "killer"!
    Caroline: You bet I did! Let's practice, home-
    Angelo: Totally radical!
    Flo: Stop it, Carrie- uh, Caroline!
  • Town Girls: Among the percussionists, Cyrissa is the very feminine fashionista, Cassie is the dressed-down teacher's pet, and Gretta is the masculine one who aspires to be a bodyguard.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: SWAP takes place in an ordinary school, but electronic notebooks and glasses are very commonplace. Magic Music is also common, but some characters explicitly don't have it. The Author Avatars are not much older than the author herself.
  • Two First Names: Corbin Harmony and the Inez sisters. Claire could make "Inez" sound like her first name if she didn't introduce herself with her full name.
  • Visible Silence:
    • In Day 6, everyone up for elimination uses ellipses when Troy is declared safe.
    • Patrick's second line of dialogue is during the rejoin voting. It portrays no real sound.
  • Voted Off the Island: The contestant with the most votes has to go to The Practice Room, but such contestants are allowed to watch or help out in competitions.
  • Weather Dissonance: It looks awfully bright and warm outside for a February evening. The contestants often shed their layers after they enter the band room and keep them off even for outdoor activities, when it would be getting colder outside. The sun should be setting midway through the practice, but it is still bright when they are going home.
  • Webcomic Time: The entire comic is supposed to take place over the month of February, and individual Days take place in the span of two hours. It took four years to write a week.
  • Whole Costume Reference:
    • The cast tends to dress as characters from different franchises to varying degrees of similarity, but the one look that is very similar but not pointed out is Cyrissa's recolored Pyrrha outfit in Day 5.
    • In Day 11, the saxophonists take cues from the playable characters of Choices: Stories You Play.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The entire structure of the competition matches that of BFDI.
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