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Angel Moxie is a black-and-white Yonkoma Webcomic Affectionate Parody of Magical Girls by Dan Hess, creator of Rebus, Realms of Ishikaze, and Weesh. It mixes a sharp sense of humor with a fairly cut and dried magical girl plotline. What results is an overall charming teenage superhero romp that hits some surprising emotional depths along the way.

On the night before her first day of junior high, Alex O'Connor has a dream in which a mysterious entity hands her a wand and proclaims that she will save the world from evil. Alex wakes up the very next morning with the rod in her hand and not a clue of what to do with it. By the time the day is over, she's killed her first monster and gained a talking cat as a mentor. Welcome to magical girl duty, Alex.

The series ran from 2002 to 2006. Upon completion of the storyline, the series began rerunning with a new strip from the archives, though no new material has been written since.

You can read the archives online.

Angel Moxie provides examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of Magical Girl works.
  • Alliterative Name: Riley Rosenbaum.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Played straight when Riley and Tristan channel their power into Alex so she can fight Yzin one-on-one, then deconstructed when it gets Alex killed.
  • Animesque: The series mixes obvious Japanese references with American culture. And then there's the art.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "There's plenty to save the world from — zealots, corruption, bigotry, disease, sitcoms..."
  • Art Evolution: As the series progressed, the looser, scribbley art became much more refined, though it still kept its fairly simple art style. The format also started as very tiny panels in a horizontal format, as the artist had originally planned to stream the comic on cell phones. As this technology was too costly at the time of the comic's run, the author changed the format and slowly remade the older comics to match the Yonkoma format with larger art.
  • Author Appeal: An in-universe example: Ms. Konk's creator, who is male, refuses Alex's and Riley's request that he build a really hot guy robot in favor of building a really hot girl robot.
  • Badass Longcoat: Riley and Tristan get individual ones when powered up.
  • Berserk Button:
    • As it turns out, Tsutsumu has an extreme temper if provoked enough, leaving an opening for the girls to exploit.
    • Calling Vashi an old lady is not the wisest thing to do in combat.
  • Big Bad: Yzin, whom Vashi spends most of the series trying to revive.
  • Bland-Name Product: The McDonald's knock-off MacMucky's.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Riley is the Brunette, and Alex is the Redhead. Tristan’s the odd one out, but even though her hair is naturally black (and is currently dyed green) she dons a Blonde wig at one point when distracting a security guard.
  • Blush Sticker: Shugari sports a permanent set. She later gives these to the girls as part of her power-sealing makeovers.
  • Book Dumb: Alex. She's quite competent in situations involving quick thinking or reacting on the fly (like monster fighting), but struggles badly when studying is involved.
  • Book Smart: Riley, as Foil to the Book Dumb Alex, is academically brilliant and enthusiastic about everything except gym class. She finds the Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher Mrs. Merriwether particularly vexing.
  • Boy Band: N'Tune, a new band enjoying a sudden surge in popularity. In reality, they are servants of Candi Shugari that hypnotize their followers.
  • Brainy Brunette: Riley. Loves school, programs computers, and builds her own weapons from scratch.
  • Canis Latinicus: Alex, when trying to cast a (Harry Potter-inspired) invisibility spell on a reconnaissance drone. It doesn't work.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Alex tends to do this, usually in the format of "(adjective) Magical (element) (effect)".
  • Cat Girl: Miya is normally cat-shaped, but has a humanoid form that retains the cat ears and tail.
  • Cats Are Mean: Miya invokes this against a bulldog.
  • Celestial Bureaucracy: The realm of the Higher Authority, which the characters answer to, turns out to work like this. Appeals to the Authority are handled by a receptionist who manifests as a squirrel.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Tsutsumu tries to recruit the girls as allies to defeat Yzin, then tries to turn on them once he's exploited them, and finally, after they defeat him, arranges for them to inherit control of his company.
  • Dark Magical Girl:
    • Tristan at the start of the series, though this is resolved before Alex even realizes they're on opposite sides.
    • Shugari is a spin on this. While not sad, lonely, or dark (she's actually quite bubbly and sociable), she's still an evil baddie.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tristan, fairly frequently.
  • Death Glare:
  • Delinquent Hair: The detention-prone, punch-happy Tristan keeps the front of her hair dyed green (it's naturally black), even though her school has uniforms and a fairly strict dress code — the kind that usually comes with rules against hair dye.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Shortly after freeing the evil Vashi, Tristan punches her out the window of her tower fortress. Vashi eventually lands in China.
  • Died Happily Ever After:
    • Happens to Mr. Kyokasho, who sacrifices himself to take out one of Shugari's monsters. He visits the heartbroken Riley in a dream to make sure she knows he's okay, and does the same for the earthbound Miya.
    • Later, towards the end of the series, Miya gives up her life to revive Alex, but has time to make her farewells before passing fully on. The epilogue shows her reuniting with Mr. Kyokasho and them rekindling their old relationship.
  • Doppelgänger Dating: Alex when telling Riley about how Kevin is really into things like science and math:
    Alex: I just realized I'm gonna be dating the male version of you.
    Riley: That's a good thing, right?
  • The Dragon: Vashi, for Yzin.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: With much Lampshade Hanging. Tristan helps release Vashi on the promise that, when Vashi's boss Yzin takes over the world, Tris can rule France. Vashi lied. Tris got mad and punched Vashi so hard she landed in China, before joining the good guys.
  • Evil Mentor: Tsutsumu, one of the demon lords, takes the girls in after they have a falling out with Miya. They turn around and defeat him with the skills and professionalism they've learned.
  • Exposed to the Elements: "Isn't there a winter costume or something?!"
  • Eyes Always Shut: Grant Kyokasho. He opens them precisely once: after he's absorbed an insane amount of magical power, which he proceeds to use to blow up one of Shugari's monsters to save the girls.
  • Faceless Eyes: In the beginning, before Tristan breaks all of the barriers sealing her away, Vashi appears as just a glowing, floating pair of eyes.
  • Foreshadowing: When the second seal is broken, time slows for all non-magical entities. At this point, Alex is the only awakened magical girl, so Miya can't figure out why her "normal friend" Riley is unaffected. Tristan, the one who is actually breaking the seals, is also unaffected.