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Webcomic / All Roses Have Thorns

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All Roses Have Thorns is a Webcomic about a vampire named Collamair, who one night decides break into the home of a peasant named Faylin. Collamair slaughters his family before his eyes, turns him into a vampire, and brings him back to his castle to force Faylin to be his new sex slave. Eventually things grow more complicated as Collamair grasps with the consequences of what unforgivable atrocities he's done, and Faylin struggling to find his place in the world now that he has been forced into immortality, as centuries begin to pass by around them.

The comic contains moments with lots of pretty extreme violence and graphic sex, so it is most definitely not for young viewers.

This comic provides examples of:

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Galvan is in love with Auron, but she clearly still has feelings for Collamair, but Collamair chooses to hold out hope for Faylin, and Faylin just flat-out hates Collamair.
  • All There in the Manual: The cast page offers up background stories and information on various characters, stuff that would never have a chance of being shown in the comic itself. Such as the fate of Farrel and the maid that he falls for.
  • Animesque: The first 8 chapters, very much so. The style shift in chapter 9 was so the artist could avoid this and have her own personal style from then on instead.
  • Art Evolution: The art drastically improves over time, with a sudden changed art style in chapter 9. The artist is currently in the middle of remaking the first few chapters to make this change less jarring for new readers.
  • The Beautiful Elite: The sidhe, who are all incredibly feminine looking magical creatures who are always in the height of fashion.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The comic starts taking itself much more seriously after a few chapters, with the initial pages being filled with fourth-wall-breaking notes, chibis, and cartoony violence. This is another reason why the artist is working on remaking the first chapters to make this seem more serious.
  • Characterization Marches On: Collamair's behavior in the initial chapters is so unforgivable and monstrous that he doesn't seem like the same person in the current pages at all. This is eventually explained as Eanwulf's constant presence was literally corrupting his soul, and that keeping his distance from him is what causes him to start having a heart.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Save for blood, and eye color, the comic is in grayscale. Though gradually the comic has been getting slowly more colorful as time goes by. By the time it reaches the 19th century it is more or less in full color.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Eanwulf, who makes no effort in controlling his urge to rape anything in arm's reach.
  • Depraved Homosexual:
    • Collamair, for the first few chapters, is a child-murdering, man-raping abomination incapable of empathy. He gets better.
    • Also Struan, who enjoys incredibly violent forceful sex with others, and Bhruic who likes to watch Struan having violent forceful sex with others.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: A servant girl reads Collamair's diary? Send that bitch to a cold prison cell for life!
  • Driven to Suicide: Almost all of Eanwulf's personal vampires, if given a chance.
  • End of an Age: As the story enters the 19th century, the villagers neighboring Collamair's castle seem to be beginning to question his control over them, and outside bureaucrats begin trying to take up claims for the land that the vampires are essentially squatting on.
  • Generational Saga: The story starts in 16th century Ireland, and as the story progresses several centuries go by, with mortal characters coming and going. It is currently in the 1800s.
  • For the Evulz: Bhruic refuses to let Eadoin leave because he doesn't want him to live happily with Collamair.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: As time passes on, the villagers begin to grow restless and question why they allow themselves to be attacked and enslaved by the vampires. This causes Collamair and the others to instate a new system where the townsfolk assist the vampires, and in return, the vampires will provide services to help and protect them.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Collamair would like nothing more than to get Faylin to forgive him. Ha ha no, Colly, not gonna happen any time soon.
  • Heroic BSoD: After the events of the first few chapters, Faylin essentially withdraws into himself, barely moving or speaking to anyone, and simply letting anyone do what they want with him out of complete despair. Farrel, Isleen, and Maili have been what assisted in bringing him back out of his shell.
  • Historical Fiction: The time period at first was never really given much specific focus, but later into the series the story begins being affected by real-life historical events, such as the potato famine in Ireland.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Maili, the vampire hooker/ Faylin's life coach with benefits.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Faylin is straight. And much to Collamair's initial anger and eventual sadness, Faylin will never willingly be with him.
  • Kick the Dog: Collamair ends up taking Faylin's two remaining children from the two vampires he ordered to care for them, and had them sent to Eanwulf's home. Also later on, when Lynette the servant girl reads Collamair's journal and leaves helpful advice in it, he furiously locks her away in a prison cell.
  • Man in a Kilt: During one of the early chapters. For easier access.
  • Mind Rape: Literally, with Ignatius and Lochan. Their magical sex powers can make anyone horny enough to want sex, even when they explicitly state they don't want it. They don't like using their powers to essentially have consensual rape, but sometimes Bhruic forces them.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: These vampires seem to have mind control powers, and some individuals have special abilities.
  • Princess for a Day: Chapter 5, which features Collamair preparing Faylin to attend a royal ball and his aims to court Isleen.
  • Really 700 Years Old: The vampires all appear to be very young to early middle-aged. In reality, many of them are nearly a thousand years old, with Bhruic being the oldest, born in 26 bc.
  • Romantic False Lead: Faylin was enchanted by Isleen, and she may have liked him back, but because of his immortality, it wasn't too long before she ultimately died and he was alone again.
  • Secret Diary: A servant suggests Collamair collect his thoughts and problems in a journal, and he takes up the advice.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Faylin's eyes turned yellow when he became a vampire. Bhruic seems to collect vampires with oddly colored eyes, with Ignatius and Lochan having violet eyes, Struan's extremely pale blue eyes, and Collomair and Eadoin's unrealistically deep blue eyes.
  • The Fair Folk: The sidhe, who are mysterious, beautiful, and completely, dangerously, unpredictable.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After a good two hundred years, and enough traumatic experiences to cause the strongest man to beg for death, Faylin meets Maili and finally, finally gets to have consensual sex with a woman.
  • Time Skip: The first several hundred pages take place during the 16th century. Though as the comic goes by it frequently skips ahead several years, decades, or even a century.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Ignatius and Lochan are vampires with the ability to be really really good at sex, and simply by touching someone they can instantly force someone to want to sleep with them. Collamair has a few trysts with them, some more consensual than others.
  • Villain Protagonist: Collamair, until he eventually stops being such an evil person.