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Webcomic / Apocalyptic Horseplay

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"The terrible Horsemen of the Apocalypse have reformed and sworn off their ancient ways. Now retired and leading peaceful lives in a small town of England, these ancient calamities eventually find their anonymity, as well as their very existence, threatened by the arrival of one nosy student journalist… and a child who could bring about the End of the World."

The Apocalyptic Horseplay is a webtoon by french cartoonist Boredman, a Spin-Off set in the same universe as their previous comic Undead Ed (with a few characters from there appearing here). Can be found here.

The Apocalyptic Horseplay contains examples of following tropes:

  • Acceptable Target: For his pranks Famine chooses blunt and arrogant Hollywood Atheist and a dirty fat sexist.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Apparently, even germs. However, we don't see them, so we don't know did they really act like dogs, or just Pesty treats them like that. According to him, they don't want to ride in trunk, cause they want to see the road, and they are cute. Germs even guard the house by night and Pesty needs to "call them back" off intruders.
  • Animals Hate Him: Dogs, at least, don't like Lily very much at all, since she's The Antichrist, and she doesn't like them much either. Cats seem OK with her though, though it might just be because it's a witch's cat.
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  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of course, the four.
  • Been There, Shaped History: The Horsemen were at least partially responsible for, among other things, the Black Death and both World Wars. The Holocaust indirectly causes them to have a Heel Realization. They directly guided Heinrich Himmler.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Pesty. As you can see in chapter 2 episode 26.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Heinrich Himmler appears in Chapter 4, and turns out to be Master Ozzam some 64 strips later. As Boredman himself puts it, "Some details about Himmler's life and career can be found in the footnotes for CH 4. What, did you think I just randomly trying to educate you this whole time?"
  • Connected All Along: Angela's flatmate is the granddaughter of the witch from Undead Ed. Lucy also makes an appearance.
  • Death Seeker: Angela, subconsciously. That's why she was willing to help the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and that's why she could see Mot, as could the hopeless prisoner...but fortunately, unlike the prisoner, seeing the Horsemen gave Angela hope in being able to change and find purpose.
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  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Mot does not like being called "Death" these days.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: Mot, the personification of death looks a bit like a typical grandpa, maybe with a little bony knee... he's also the nicest of the Horsemen, and the one who convinced them to settle down instead of bringing constant chaos to earth. His appearance is somehow close to Discworld Death, with his heavy way of speaking, kindness to humans and lack of understanding them in the same time. He subscribed to police magazines, probably out of sympathy to the cop he ended up scaring, when he went to his door to advertise subscriptions and had to hear Mot unintentionally narrate violent story of his gun and his previous user. He doesn't like the "Death" name and doesn't act as it. Until you know to much. Then better watch out (though if Wallace is to be believed, he was bluffing).
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Bellsing noticed something was off about Master Ozzam and realized his records made him out to be over a hundred. That's because Ozzam's life is being extended by Babel.
  • Eating Optional: Famine likes to hang out in pub enjoying some pie. When Mot states, that he doesn't need to eat, his answer is, that he likes to. It appears that he's only one of Four doing that, so it might be connected to him being a personification of hunger.
  • Evil All Along: Master Ozzam's no nice old priest being overly trusting of his lonely protege Babel - he's Heinrich Himmler, and knew she was a witch extending his life all along, which he wanted.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Babel doesn't take well to realizing Ozzam-sorry, Heinrich Himmler, was just using her to hope to redeem himself.
  • Glamour Failure: Pesty’s eyes are used to make a pair of goggles that do this.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Just decades ago, the four Horsemen's goal was the end of the world, but they changed their mind for unknown reasons and are already retired.
  • Heel Realization: The reason the Horsemen abandoned their goals of causing the Apocalypse? They had believed that they were God's instruments, cleansing the Earth and sending humanity to its final judgment, but near the end of WWII, they encountered an orphan gypsy girl from a concentration camp who could see them all. When she saw Mot, she asked him why he hadn't come for her. Mot saw that it wasn't her time and warned her that wishing for her own demise would stain her soul, but she said that she'd lost all will to live and all hope to be saved. When Mot asked if she had any faith, she said that she didn't anymore, that "no god would have wanted this". That's when the Horsemen realized that they were only following their own will, not God's and that they weren't carrying out his plan and bringing Salvation to the worthy, but were instead stripping them of hope. For Mort it involved her asking him what would happen when even death dies.
    • Heinrich Himmler also realized he was totally going to sent straight to hell for his death, but he's more of a Falsely Reformed Villain by becoming Ozzam and letting Babel extend his life unnaturally solely to hope to redeem himself and avoid his justly-deserved punishment.
  • He Knows Too Much: Angela, very quickly. But thanks to luck rather, than a superior journalist method.
  • Historical Domain Character: Master Ozzam, who was once Heinrich Himmler. His life is being extended by Babel, which he accepts in the hopes of doing a sufficiently good deed to redeem himself of the whole being Heinrich Himmler and very responsible for The Holocaust things.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Randy, a side character from the opening. He is rude, slacks off, forced to participate in bible study as a part of rehabilitation for some misdeeds. He's clearly doing great for an acceptable target for Famine's pranks.
  • Hope Crusher: The realization that they had become this played a significant part om the Horsemen's Heel Realization.
  • Hope Springs Eternal: What the Horsemen hoped to do by making Good Readings. And it turns out finding them gave Angela faith in change as well.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: They are main characters, but Hell no longer follows with them - they settled down and decided to give that all "end of the world" stuff a rest.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Husher. It seems incapable of speech, has some kind of destructive power, survived Pesty rotting it away, and has some skill at Stealth Hi/Bye.
    • Justified in that he is revealed to be Oblivion, Mot's horse, to whom he bestowed all of his powers, not trusting himself with them.
  • Immortals Fear Death: Death turned from his goal of bringing about the Apocalypse after the dying orphan girl asked what happens when even Death dies.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Angela, the protagonist. It helps that she's apparently left school prematurely and refuses to consider returning, probably hoping to prove herself on her own with some big story. So intrepid in fact, she may be more suicidal.
  • Invisible to Normals: Save for Mot, one can normally only see the Horsemen if they've been influenced by them somehow, directly or in essence. For example, Bellsing being able to see Pesty because he got sick. Angela can see them all for some reason. It's because she subconsciously wants to die. Mot could apparently do this in the past, given a photo, it may be tied to his cloak for him.
  • Meaningful Name: The Antichrist is named Lily after the flower, which is fairly close to Lilith. Lilies are also associated with Mary, and their association with purity reflects Mot's plan to turn Lily into an Anti-Antichrist.
  • Mercy Kill: The Horsemen granted one to the hopeless prisoner they met. Tellingly, all of the other prisoners due to be executed that day were spared.
  • Nice Hat: Angela is usually wearing a distinctive cap while she's outside.
  • Number of the Beast: A virgin birth apparently happened on June 6, 2006 (06/06/06), to a 6-year-old mother that died in childbirth. Bellsing thinks these numbers are indicating the child is a Gemini, while the obvious inference is the child may be The Antichrist.
  • Painting the Medium: Death's speech bubbles are black with white words surrounded by a grey border. His fellow Horsemen have the same white-with-black-words speech bubbles as everyone else.
  • Pure Is Not Good: Yes, it's Pesty again, as a member of apocalypse riders who didn't catch "double entendre".
  • Purpose-Driven Immortality: Mot understandably fears Oblivion, as he must be the only thing beyond Death itself. Fortunately though, it turns out that Mot's existence is linked to humanity just as their mortality is linked to him, and so his existence is beyond Oblivion.
  • Samus Is a Girl: The Antichrist turns out to be female. Apparently, Satan was messing with everyone (or playing the pronoun game, as Lucy puts it).
  • Screw Destiny: Mot avoids his supposed destiny in bringing about the Apocalypse. The Devil himself, however, claims that it is inevitable.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Mot only started to try and bring about the End of Days and seeking out the other Horsemen after he learned about the Book of Revelations.
  • Shapeshifting: Horsemen's horses. In Q&A, author announced that they have evolved themselves and can now take human forms.
  • Term Of Endangerment: Lucifer calls Mot "darling", "sweetheart", and "baby" as he tells him into his path of starting the Apocalypse is inevitable.
  • Tired of Running: Talking to Angela made Mot realized he never stopped fearing his compatriots could not change from their past, and so he resolved to face his fears and thus Oblivion. Who then vaporizes him. Don't worry, it turns out Death and humanity are linked together and so Mot was promptly brought back.
  • Truth in Television: "War Offering" states some conclusions of war from modern research - despite battle's horror and infamy, far more people are killed by disease and starvation brought on by war rather than its actual combat.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Babel is a witch without knowing, having been manipulated by her faith.
  • Villainous Glutton: Hunger.


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