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"Just ask yourself a question: who would you rather be with for the rest of your life...someone who wants you to be happy with who you are, or someone who encourages you to keep moving forward?
In other words, do you want to be a safe kid, or not?"
Future Glossaryck

The Ship War AU is a Star vs. the Forces of Evil fan-comic created by MoringMark. It begins in the middle of Bon Bon the Birthday Clown, when Marco and Jackie's First Kiss is interrupted when two unexpected arrivals—Elizabeth, Marco and Star's future daughter, and Jam, Marco and Jackie's future son—show up, arriving from two different timelines. They each have goals of their own, but are naturally ticked off at the mere existence of each other. They must try to ensure that they complete their missions while adapting to past/present society and hiding their identities—and make sure their respective sets of parents end up together.

The comic can be read on MoringMark's blog here. People who subscribe to his and Spatziline's Patreon get to see new entries two weeks before they're posted on Tumblr.


Tropes provided:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Elizabeth's short sword is able to cleanly cut a car in half.
  • Adult Fear: Moon begs Toffee to leave Star out of his revenge plans. He refuses. Especially knowing how big a role Star will play in his defeat.
  • After the End: Jam's future was afflicted by an apocalyptic event called the "Stapocalypse," which released tons of monsters onto Earth and destroyed society.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Jam was picked on when he was younger...up until he traumatized the bullies.
  • All There in the Manual: The index post (made after the first entry) revealed some details not yet established in the comic proper. Some of them have been brought up in the story as it continued, some haven't yet.
  • Almost Kiss: The First Kiss that Marco and Jackie share in the show proper turns into this when Elizabeth crashes their date and blasts magic between their faces.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Elizabeth's flashbacks to her childhood show that she considers Star and Marco to be so, at least in regards to how obsessed they are with Love Sentence.
  • Anti-Magic: Subverted with Jam's laser gun; he has the word magic written on it with a "no" symbol over it, but Word of God confirms that the weapon doesn't actually have Anti-Magic properties and Jam just drew that on it.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In page 19, Jackie has this to say in response to Jam's outburst in the previous page:
    Jackie: Jam, you might feel the need to fight for your existence… but did it ever occur to you that she's also your half-sister? She's your family too, Jam.
    • After the Wham Episode that is chapter 31, Jackie has this to ask of Marco:
      Jackie: Tell me, am I ever going to be as close to you as Star?
    • Star tries to defend Elizabeth's right to keep secrets about the future, but Moon shoots her down with this:
      Moon: You just told everyone that Glossaryck has been kidnapped, Star. What do you know about keeping secrets?
  • Asshole Victim: The kids that picked on Jam as a child. You really don't feel sorry for them once he finally gets his revenge.
  • Bad Future: The timeline Jam comes from. An event called the "Stapocalypse" happened, which caused Earth to be flooded by monsters, which quickly turned the planet into a hostile wasteland. Marco and Jackie are actually dead, and he seems to be willing to sacrifice his existence just to make sure such thing doesn't happen and his parents remain alive.
  • Bad Liar: Star calls Marco this when he tries to deny that there's anything wrong during Song Day. Of course, Star herself is soon after proven to be just as unconvincing when denying that she has a crush on Marco.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Elizabeth's Chronic Hero Syndrome compels her to jump into action to save a little kid from being run over by bank robbers, foiling their robbery in the process. Star was just about to do that herself before Elizabeth showed up.
    • While she's fighting bullies, one of them is about to do a sneak attack on Elizabeth before Jackie shows up and smacks him in the face with her skateboard.
    • Just as Toffee is about to kill Elizabeth using Moon's powers, Jam shoots his laser gun in possessed Moon's face.
  • Big Eater: At breakfast, Jam requests "like, twelve more of this food called pancake," likely because food is scarce in his timeline.
  • Blatant Lies: "We definitely are not time-travelers who got the winning lottery numbers from the future" quoth Elizabeth and Jam after winning the lottery.
  • Brick Joke: At breakfast, Marco notices that Jam's scar is suddenly gone and Elizabeth comments that sometimes her right hand stops existing, prompting them to go the future to figure out what's wrong with the timelines. After Marco, Elizabeth, and Jam return from meeting Glossaryck in Elizabeth's future, Elizabeth can be seen looking at her left hand to check if it's still there.
  • Broken Bird: Jackie feels heartbroken over the possibility that Marco could potentially dump her for Star, who he is already extremely close to. The fact that she's befriended Star and Marco's future daughter who can only exist if that does happen further damages her feelings, as does the guilt she has over her own jealousy and resentment toward Star.
    • Star herself hasn't been doing so well since Marco and Jackie went on their date, and she thanks Elizabeth for lifting her spirits by being her partner in the quiz show. Unfortunately, she gets worse later on.
  • Brought Down to Badass: As revealed on page 58, Elizabeth may not be able to cast spells without her (now broken) wand. She's still great at physical combat, though.
  • Brutal Honesty: Baby quite bluntly told Elizabeth that she is the (magically) weakest princess in Mewni's history.
  • Bully Hunter: Elizabeth wakes up early in the morning and skips breakfast at Jackie's to stops some bullies from picking on another kid. Jackie later shows up to take down the last one.
  • Cain and Abel: Elizabeth and Jam are trying to bring about their own ideal timelines while accomplishing their respective missions in the past, and that comes at the risk of each other's existence.
  • Canon Discontinuity: There is a post-"Running with Scissors" comic depicting the sudden appearance of a girl whose parents are Marco and Hekapoo, though the tags on Tumblr indicate that this is non-canon to the AU proper.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: While the AU still has some humor, the shift to drama has become apparent. And then there's page 40.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Tom makes a brief appearance in one comic, then sacrifices his ticket to let Star, Jackie, and Marco go to the Love Sentence concert together.
  • Chick Magnet: Jam takes after his old man in this regard, as he quickly gains the romantic attention of nearly every girl in class (plus Justin Armberg) when he starts going to school. Janna in particular plans to make him her future boyfriend.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Elizabeth nearly blows her cover in front of Star by pulling off a Big Damn Heroes moment to foil a bank robbery and rescue a little kid. She's later shown going out looking for trouble to put a stop to after spending the night at Jackie's house.
    • When asked if she altered the timeline, Elizabeth flashes back to a newspaper article about her saving lives.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Jackie, though she hates being this and really wishes she didn't feel so envious of Star's close kinship with Marco, especially since she's not only Star's friend, she has also become friends with the future daughter of Star and Marco. She even admits this to Marco and asks him to not spend too much time with Star.
  • The Comically Serious: Jam plays this role several times, though Elizabeth has her moments as well.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: Star covers Elizabeth's eyes to keep her from seeing River's...um, method of getting Moon back.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Just like in canon, Toffee vs the Magic High Comission.
  • Defiant to the End: As Toffee burns his book, Glossaryck simply tells him that he's still going to die.
  • Demonic Possession: Toffee does this to Moon after she picks up Ludo's wand with her bare hand.
  • Eureka Moment: Jam has one regarding the Stapocalyspe when he hears that Ludo might endanger the Earth using Glossaryck's magic.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Justin Armberg is among the students who become instantly enamored when Jam transfers into Echo Creek Academy.
  • Face Death with Dignity: After a brief talking-to from Jackie, Jam is willing to stay out of things and sacrifice his own existence in favor of Elizabeth if it means preventing the Starpocalypse.
  • For Want of a Nail: Thanks to Elizabeth warning everyone ahead of time about what they'll encounter, the Magic High Commission ends up stopping Ludo before Toffee can possess him...and then Moon gets possessed after picking up the wand.
  • Funny Background Event: Elizabeth and Jam fighting while Marco talks to Future Glossaryck. Within the span of a few sentences from Marco, they go from bickering, to fencing, to chess, to Jenga, to a tea party.
  • Fun with Acronyms: According to the All There in the Manual post, Jam's name is supposed to be an acronym for "Jackie and Marco".
  • God Guise: Elizabeth passes herself off as the Blood Moon when trying to give Star some comforting words of advice about dealing with her unrequited love for Marco.
  • Grand Theft Me: Ludo is dealt with before Toffee can pull this on him like he did in the series proper. Instead, the one who ends up getting possessed by Toffee is Moon.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Jam's nightmare is a flashback to witnessing Marco die saving him from a monster.
  • Hope Spot: When Jam shoots a laser at Possessed!Moon, it looks like his gun might put the fight on even ground...and then it gets destroyed.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Jam's reaction to Elizabeth telling the Magic High Commission that Toffee is the Man Behind the Man to Ludo is to question why someone would name their kid after food.
  • Important Haircut: Elizabeth chops off her long hair after Jam gives her a pep talk.
  • Informed Attribute: Elizabeth's fleur-de-lis cheek marks being mistaken for corn stalks is allegedly an in-universe Running Gag as stated in the All There in the Manual post above, but an actual joke about it has yet to be made in the comics.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • The events of "Just Friends" remain largely intact, hinting that certain other episodes will also still happen the same as they did.
    • Glossaryck's fate is also the same as it was in canon, regardless of Elizabeth and Jam's interference.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • Tom willingly gives Marco his Love Sentence concert ticket so that Star can go with Marco and Jackie to the concert.
    • Jackie also decides to break up with Marco, feeling that it's not fair that Star got to know him better only to end up becoming her boyfriend instead, and ultimately wants to make things right between the two.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jam, rude and self-centered as he may be, still proves himself to be a caring person and tries to make things right between him and Elizabeth.
  • Kid from the Future: Jam and Elizabeth, of course.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: After his laser blaster is destroyed, Jam starts chucking rocks at Toffee!Moon's head. She tells him that it's not going to do much and is about to call him "pathetically naive"...then he chucks a grenade at her.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Elizabeth comes up with her fake last name—"Karatentence"—by looking at posters for a Mackie Hand movie and Love Sentence.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Marco tries to prevent anyone from knowing who Jam and Elizabeth really are, including Star. The only ones in the loop are the two kids, himself, Future Glossaryck, and Jackie. Later on, Ruberiot finds out about who Elizabeth's mother is, and through his song Star and all of Mewni find out as well.
  • Magic Knight: Besides the magic wand she inherited from her mother, Elizabeth also carries a short sword. She's proficent with both of them.
  • Magic Versus Science: The Elizabeth vs. Jam conflict has a shade of this, with Elizabeth being a magical princess from a fantasy kingdom in another dimension while Jam uses futuristic technology and comes from a post apocalyptic wasteland. Elizabeth came to the past riding on Father Time's Carriage of Progress while Jam used a mysterious tape measuring-shaped time machine that was originally created by the Time Police. Jam also has a "no magic" symbol drawn on his laser gun.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: While Marco is talking to Future Glossaryck, Elizabeth and Jam can be seen quarreling in the background in a number of activities, culminating in what appears to be a literal tea break.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Marco gets hit with this when Jackie sees him in a position that makes it look like he's about to kiss Star.
  • Moment Killer: The story begins with Elizabeth interrupting Jackie and Marco's First Kiss with a magic laser blast between them.
  • Mood Whiplash: Page 33 starts with Marco attempting to make up with Jackie after lying to her about his whereabouts and ends with Jam basically having a hilarious breakdown trying to get them to reconcile.
  • Multiple Head Case: Future Glossaryck has two heads as a result of the timeline splitting.note 
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Star reassures Elizabeth that they'll beat Toffee somehow by saying "two heads are better than one"...until Jam reminds her of his existence, prompting Star to correct herself.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Unintentional, but Elizabeth lets Toffee know that a different version of the royal wand is in his vicinity. He then uses a spell to look inside of it...and learns of his canon fate.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • When Elizabeth calls out Jam on his trust issues after she tries to Take a Third Option for both of them to exist, Jam replies that the last time he trusted someone resulted in the scar over his eye. The exact details of this event are unknown.
    • Elizabeth flashes back to some newspaper articles about things she and Jam have done off panel when Star asks if she changed the timeline too much.
  • No-Sell: When Jam shoots a Toffee-possessed Moon in the face, he only succeeds in making a tiny scratch, and getting his gun destroyed by a magical blast in retaliation.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Ruberiot is caught by Elizabeth after his song indirectly reveals to Star that she's her future daughter. What does he do? Hammer in the fact further.
  • Not So Stoic: When it seems that Marco and Jackie's relationship is in question, Jam basically snaps and yells at them to make up with each other.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Elizabeth and Jackie. It's not odd because of any fundamental differences in personality, but because of the highly understandable reasons they could have for being enemies to each other. From Elizabeth's perspective, the success of Jackie's high school love life could literally endanger her very existence. From Jackie's perspective, Elizabeth is living proof that her beloved boyfriend could potentially leave her for his awesome best friend, who she's already jealous of. Despite these differences, the two get along rather well, with Elizabeth considering Jackie cool and Jackie referring to herself as Elizabeth's sidekick in fighting bullies.
    • Tom and Marco are shown hanging out at Tom's and watching Star and Elizabeth compete in the Love Sentence quiz show on TV.
  • Oh, Crap!: Elizabeth tends to have this reaction whenever she comes close to blowing her cover to Star, and when Ruberiot actually does blow her cover in song form to all of Mewni, including Star.
    • Elizabeth and Jam both have an Oh, Crap! moment along with an awkward half-sibling hug when Star's dark magic blast is about to destroy the billboard they were standing on.
    • Toffee gets this when he realizes that Jam just chucked a grenade at his head.
  • Only Sane Man: Marco is already this to Star in the show proper, but now he has to play this role for his future kids as well.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Elizabeth's fleur-de-lis Facial Markings that would otherwise give away her identity as a member of the Butterfly family are barely obscured by the rims of Marco's psychologist glasses.
  • Playing with Fire: The non-canon comic depicting the Marcapoo daughter has her introducing herself by burning a hole in the kitchen wall of the Diaz household while Marco is serving nachos to Jam and Elizabeth.
  • The Resenter: Jackie admits to being this to Star during a heart to heart conversation with Elizabeth, and has been jealous of Star even before dating Marco. Knowing that she has a real chance of losing even her boyfriend to Star only fuels this resentment, and she hates every moment of being this trope.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: In Toffee's backstory, a group of monsters joined the Mewmans in a fight against their own kind. Queen Rose the Madder thanked them by nearly wiping them out.
  • Ret Gone: Elizabeth and Jam are both at risk of this due to the timeline interference, with Jam's scar and the streak in his hair randomly disappearing while Elizabeth's right hand occasionally fades out of existence during breakfast.
  • Retroactive Preparation: Moon wants to use Elizabeth's knowledge of the future in order to figure out what they'll be up against when they try to retrieve the spellbook from Ludo. Elizabeth refuses to tell them out of fear of altering the timeline any more than she has, but Jam convinces her to comply.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After foiling a bank robbery and saving a little kid from getting run over by using magic, Elizabeth is confronted by Star. She immediately summons Cloudy and gets out before Star can ask her any more questions.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Jam's goal as the comic begins is to prevent the Stapocalypse. Elizabeth has a more vague goal of dealing with some temporal anomaly that Future Glossaryck told her about.
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Or, Demonic Possession Guilt Trip — Toffee, while in Moon's body, begs for an attacking Hekapoo to stop hurting her, causing her to hesistate long enough to get hit by Toffee's magic blast.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Jackie and Jam are understandably Squicked when the announcer at the Love Sentence quiz show mistakenly assumes that they are a couple.
  • Shipper on Deck: Elizabeth ships Starco and Jam ships Jarco, for obvious reasons.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: The conflict between Elizabeth and Jam is effectively an In-Universe example of Starco vs. Jarco. The title is literally Ship War AU.
  • Shout-Out:
    • At the Love Sentence quiz show, Elizabeth answers the question of which show Justin Towers guest starred in, and the answer is "O.C. Nine-Nine".
    • MoringMark is a Big Name Fan invoked in the Gravity Falls fandom as well and makes a couple references to it in his Star vs. the Forces of Evil comics, including this comic.
      • Jam has Blendin Blandin's time tape on him when he first arrives, and it's how he traveled to the past in the first place.
      • The Stapocalypse that Jam is trying to avert calls to mind the Weirdmageddon.
      • Elizabeth's refusal to sleep in the same bedroom as Star lest her identity be discovered causes her to sleep outside in the wilderness until she gets fed up with it and has to start sleeping over at Jackie's house. The specific incident she recalls that convinces her to take this alternative is grumpily sitting on the ground with a blanket over her while a bear chomps on her leg, in a scene identical to Dipper's experience sleeping outside with a wolf in "Carpet Diem".
      • When Elizabeth and Jam start fighting during the quiz show, the host pulls a Stan Pines and remarks that they can sell this scene of children fighting.
      • On page 22, Elizabeth offers to share an "awkward sibling hug" with Jam, who refuses.
      • When telling Marco that she doesn't have a crush on him, Star says, "it's not like I lie awake at night thinking about you!"
    • A newspaper article on Elizabeth's heroics resembles the cover of Action Comics #1.
    • On page 58, Jam is shown working on the Laser Musket from Fallout 4
  • So Proud of You: Played for Laughs when Jackie asks Jam if he skates. After Jam nonchalantly puts on a helmet and reveals the skateboard under his cloak, she goes, "That's my boy."
    • Jackie is also rather proud of Jam when he proves to be a Chick Magnet and captures the hearts of their classmates. Marco is more concerned than she is about the attention he's drawing.
  • Spit Take:
    • Marco does one upon seeing the two final teams on a televised Love Sentence quiz show—Star with Elizabeth, and Jackie with Jam.
    • Elizabeth does one when she learns from Jackie that Marco had told her that he was going to be spending the night doing homework, when he was actually going to Star's Song Day party… on Jam, much to his disgust.
    • Marco does this again upon learning that Jackie's favorite movie is Saw.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Both children are basically combinations of their parents:
    • Elizabeth is pretty much Star, with a slightly different hairstyle that resembles Justin Towers', her cheek marks being fleur-de-lis instead of hearts, and Marco's hair color.
    • Jam is basically Marco with slightly ruffled hair, with his mother's eyes and streak of teal hair.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Jam chucks a grenade at Possessed!Moon during the climax, which takes out a good chunk of Ludo's castle.
  • Take a Third Option: After Jam apologizes for his hostility toward Elizabeth, Elizabeth tries to suggest that there might be another possibility that would allow them both to exist, though Jam is skeptical.
  • Teen Genius: Jam built a high-tech death ray in science class, which made headlines.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Future Glossaryck briefly alludes to Janna being one for Marco when mentioning a third possible timeline in which Marco ends up with her, though it's less likely and as a result, the additional Glossaryck head representing it is much smaller and "in the back."
    • Hekapoo is also a contender if the non-canon Marcapoo daughter is any indication.
  • Time Travel for Fun and Profit: Both Jam and Elizabeth used their future knowledge to get winning lottery tickets. They end up having to split the money.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: In page 39, Omnitraxus Prime explains Elizabeth that sometimes an universe's timeline can become this. If it isn't fixed, it can destabilize the timeline completely, resulting in the destruction of that universe.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The poster prominently features the Magic High Commission, Queen Moon, and Ludo!Toffee, and it was released before any of them had appeared in the comic.
    • Trailers Always Lie: The spoiler-censored character above does not actually appear at the point when they do in the main show, and is instead supplanted by Toffee possessing the body of Moon rather than Ludo. The very update this happens, an altered, more accurate version of the poster was shown.
  • Tranquil Fury: Elizabeth can only pout angrily when she has no choice but to sleep over at the house of Jackie, the girl whose love life could literally threaten her existence. The most she shows is frowning and being rather unenthusiastic when thanking Jackie for offering breakfast the next morning.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Page 26: Elizabeth returns with a spell that will let them Take a Third Option, but gets into an argument with Jam about her motives and his trust issues. Then it turns out that Ruberiot was at the house to write Star's Princess Song, and overheard everything they said about alternate timelines and who their parents are.
    • Page 31: Star finds out the truth because of Ruberiot's song, and Jackie catches Marco and Star in a… compromising position.
    • Page 40: Toffee possesses Moon.
    • Page 42: Toffee learns of his canon fate. His only response is to smile and say, "Interesting…"
    • Page 43: Toffee takes on Moon's super mode and shatters Elizabeth's wand.
    • Page 44: Lekmet is killed before he can resurrect anyone, and Toffee!Moon is about to kill Elizabeth.
    • Page 56: Toffee's backstory is revealed.
    • Page 58: It's revealed that Elizabeth is unable to cast spells without her wand, possibly as a consequence of her Half-Human Hybrid nature.
  • Wham Line: In Page 40:
    Moon: Hey everyone, come out! I think I found something?
    Omnitraxus Prime: What did you find, Queen Butterfly?
    (Moon shoots a green energy beam at Omnitraxus, killing him instantly)
    • Baby's assessment of Elizabeth reveals some startling truths about her: "Your Highness, you cannot channel any magic power on your own. Every spell you cast comes from the wand and the wand only. I doubt that you will ever dip down, or even go through Mewberty. You are the weakest princess in the history of Mewni."
  • Wham Shot:
    • In Page 26, Elizabeth and Jam have an argument, during which they mention being from different timelines and Elizabeth being Star Butterfly's daughter from one of them. After leaving, the door they were arguing in front of swings open to reveal Ruberiot, who has just overheard this information that would be very interesting to include in Star's Princess Song.
    • In Page 40, the shot of Moon with green glowing eyes, and killing Omnitraxus Prime.
    • On Page 43, we get a shot of Elizabeth's newly-shattered wand.
    • The panel on page 58 showing Elizabeth's smudged cheek marks, revealing them to be makeup covering her barely-visible real cheekmarks.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Jam's reaction to Elizabeth telling the Magic High Commission that Toffee is the Man Behind the Man to Ludo is to question who would name their kid after food.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Star gives Elizabeth (and herself) a speech to this effect after Elizabeth berates herself for letting Moon get possessed by Toffee.
    • Jam gives another one to Elizabeth, telling her not to let the fact that she can't use magic prevent her from excelling in other areas.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Jam has the same natural streak of blue-green hair that his mother has.

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