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Concession is a Furry Comic centering on a group of movie theatre concession workers.

The series originally started out as smart remarks the author Immelmann could never make when they worked at a concession stand, but it gradually evolved into a complex story, with a fair amount of Mind Screw. The plot centers on a rather small cast, the main characters eventually being: Joel, the Villain Protagonist; Artie and Matt.

On October 8, 2010, it was announced that the comic was coming to an end. Immelmann cited the often nonsensical and convoluted plot as the main reason. They do have a new stand-alone gag comic called Ballerina Mafia that began about a month before the end was announced, and a storyline oriented comic The Black Dogs that started April 2012. The final comic was posted February 11, 2011, and a "ten-year anniversary" epilogue was posted in July 2016.


This webcomic provides examples of:

  • All Gays Are Pedophiles: Completely inverted. Of the characters who are confirmed pedophiles, none are gay or bisexual. And the one who appears most often is a woman.
  • All Just a Dream. Immelmann's Author Avatar puts in an appearance at one point. Turns out it's just a hallucination that Clarissa is having thanks to Joel screwing with her head.
  • All There in the Manual: A lot of the relationships and character development and characters in general were shown in the "concession chronicles" blog. And then brought into the comic later without any warning for people unaware of the blog, which is rather easy since it for the longest time it had no links to it on the official site. Leaving many to wonder "Wait, who is that? Wait, when did they start dating?"
  • Alt Text: Present since #239 (though absent in a few of them even since, probably intentionally)
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  • Ambiguous Gender: Frogs, apparently.
  • Anything That Moves: Joel is this trope (along with Depraved Bisexual) personified. He's screwed pretty much every other recurring character that likes men, and supposedly he once slept with a feral dog.
    • Also Angie.
    • And the author frequently portrays himself like this.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Chelsie Warner is a prepubescent child suffering from bipolar-induced hypersexuality, and is very offended when the creepy guy in the van who offers her candy on Halloween turns out to actually be distributing candy.
  • Art Evolution: There's a stark difference between how the comic started and its later style.
  • Art Shift: When Matt became spiritually aware, the rough outline sketches are left in the picture.
  • As the Good Book Says...: Concession contained a few religious debates back when Matt was still in the Transparent Closet and Joel was trying to get him to come out. Other than that it doesn't really get into religion all that much, and the only priest shown so far in the comic seems to be a genuinely good person. He does his best to assuage Matt's gay guilt, and warns him about Joel, though the latter has little effect. He also proves to be a Badass Preacher and fights Joel.
  • The Atoner: Valae evidently, which eventually becomes Redemption Equals Death.
  • Author Appeal: Immelmann's fetishes tend to pop up a lot throughout the series.
  • Author Avatar: One that affects the plot very little, and indeed appears to be a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, but very obviously Immy.
    • Joel used to be this early on as a representation of how the author wished he could act if not for fear of persecution or retaltiation at his movie theater job... until the plot shifted and Joel became more of a villian/anti-villian.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Joel attacks Father Tim in the confessional, and Artie in the hospital inside their minds using his Combat Tentacles. The latter doubles as a subverted "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight as unfortunately, that part only works for a little bit.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Artie has a couple of unpleasant ones.
    • First, with Chelsie.
    • Later, he was pleased to wake up next to Melusine and Palatyne (both women), but not so pleased to also find Ronin (another guy) in the bed.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Even anthro animals consider sex with non-anthro animals taboo — the Church of Gaia is looked down upon somewhat in-universe for its advocation of sex between furries and non-anthropomorphic animals, Artie's doctor is briefly mentioned to have a fetish for sharks, and after the incident with Chelsie Artie claims Joel has no right to judge him because of "that time you woke up with that feral dog".
  • Best Served Cold: Recent revelations show that Joel's plan all boils down to getting revenge against his brother for killing their sister.
    • And framing him for the murder. And getting him sent to a mental institution. Where he was raped by a doctor and/or orderly. Repeatedly. For years.
      • And apparently it seems that the entire plan was pointless, as Julian was apparently innocent and unaware of any wrongdoing the entire time, and that Joel's just a deluded insane person.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The bloodline-obsessed Jansen clan and the Calley family. Raj Jansen, the good ol' Evil Matriarch of the clan, had one of her nieces raped in order to carry on her bloodline, and... Jesus Christ. Joel Calley is a Satanist with magical powers and one of the most massive and convoluted evil plans ever, because his brother Julian murdered Joel's twin sister Miranda when they were kids AND took over his late father's company rather than letting his mother have it. (Except not, turns out all of this was a delusion on Joel's part.) The aforementioned father was a religious douchebag, a "Well Done, Son!" Guy and, possibly, an Abusive Parent. The only one who seems anywhere near normal is Lorelei Calley. Oh wait, she's tried to seduce several of Joel's friends (including his boyfriend, unsuccessfully). Never mind.
    • And none of this is to mention Chelsie's family. Or Melusine's. Or Kate and Rick.
  • Bittersweet Ending: All the main characters fail in everything they intended to accomplish, the only main character with a chance to redeem the others (Matt) turns into a psychic addict. Both vengeful ghosts are still at large. However, what Joel "intended to accomplish" involved mass murder as a ploy to get power; Artie managed to stop that and Matt did save him from becoming another Joel.
  • Black Comedy Rape: One of the randomly generated background characters is described as a "very frequent rape victim".
  • Breakout Character: Joel, Nicole, as well as Clarissa and Zoe who were introduced near the end of the comic's run all still make appearances in Immelmann's new comic. Despite the fact that it's his autobiographical Journal Comic.
  • Brother–Sister Incest:
    • Rick and Kate (who are also a womanizing drug dealer and a pedophile respectively). It was just implied for awhile, but it was recently outright confirmed. Also Joel and his sister Miranda appear to have been very close, her spirit form is usually shown wrapped around Joel's like a cloak. And there is a scene in which she anally rapes him.
    • Melusine and her sister Palatyne are seen making out, right before they have a foursome with Artie and their brother-in-law Ronin
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: A deep purple butterfly seems to be one of Miranda's spiritual forms.
  • Call-Back: Isn't this where we came in? Note the alt text - this is the same customer.
  • Camp Gay: Nicole is a fluttery cross dresser. Matt as well, though to a lesser extent, and he doesn't cross-dress regularly like Nicole does.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The comic slips in and out of this, in that it started as a gag-per-day comic and then shifted into something with a (admittedly very weird) story, but it often switches back to its original premise every now and then. Joel and Artie even seem to forget that they're enemies every couple of months.
  • Child by Rape: Thonnen's daughter Naomi. However, her mother appears to genuinely love her and the circumstances of her conception don't seem to have affected her negatively, and she even becomes President in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
  • Confessional: In the first true battle, the anti-religious Joel casually walks into a confession booth and confesses his sins (murdering families, forcing a friend to commit pedophilia, etc.) before trying to kill Father Timothy with his alluded-to dark spiritual power. Oddly enough, the Father also has great spiritual power, and they fight to a psychic standstill. While separated by the confessional wall. Matt had also used the confessional earlier, looking for advice on his worries about his sexuality and his budding relationship with Joel. Father Tim warned him to stay away from Joel, but he didn't listen.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Joel does this to Matt.
  • Crapsack World: Joel randomly shoots up the crowd in the lobby and his boss's only comment is "How long are you going to keep this up? It's making a mess." They kidnap and torture the health inspector and are never punished. Kate keeps a harem of small children and nobody arrests her, and shady corporations seem to run everything.
  • Crawl: "Emperor of China to Become Empress", "Obama clone runs rampant, kills twenty".
  • Creepy Child: Chelsie Warner appears to be a cuddly anthropomorphic lamb-girl in a pink dress. On her first appearance, she stabs Artie Crowley in the eye with a crayon. Shortly thereafter, she has sex with him when he's too delirious to realize what he's doing. When he wakes up, he is horrified not only because of what he's done, but because "Chelsie is actually a boy." It's recently been revealed that Chelsie's hypersexual behaviour is related to a form of childhood bipolar disorder. She became significantly less creepy with proper medication and hormone treatment, after being adopted by the local (quite definitely non-pedophile) preacher. The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue shows her in her late teens, fully transitioned, apparently recovered from her unfortunate past, and calling Father Tim "Dad".
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Lampshaded — Nicole's father invented a mind control ray but would rather use it to be a supervillain (Yes, really). That said, the debate on whether or not "converting" criminals with this is unambiguously good is still open, so he still has a point.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Joel, though a lot of the characters get a turn at it.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Most of the characters' backstories are like this.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Joel. Yep, he's a baddie.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: "See, it's funny because you're a pedophile. Kate's 25, so I'm implying you'd be happier dating a 10-year-old."
    • Joel's sense of humor is not subtle at all: "I'd rather do your mom! See it's implied necrophilia."
  • Dysfunction Junction: Not helped by the fact that Joel routinely screws with everyone close to him as part of a convoluted revenge plot against his brother for events that never happened.
  • End-of-Series Awareness: Some characters are aware of the impending end of the comic.
  • Erotic Eating: Nicole does this. It's made worse by what was in the panel right before.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Joel is a depraved psychopath who will pretty much go for Anything That Moves. But he's apalled when he's accused of trying anything sexual with Chelsie. Not that it stops him from killing Chelsie's parents and manipulating Artie to such acts as parts of his plans.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Most of the male characters, many people on the forum claim that Concession has made them gayer (they call it the Concession effect)
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Joel above all.
  • Everyone Is Bi: A lot of characters are, even characters that are supposed to be straight, like Artie, tend to have sex with the same gender, though the first time he was being mind controlled and the second time he was really drunk not to mention the time Artie literally Mind Raped Joel. And of course there's Thomas, who is described as heterosexual but is shown flirting with men and having sex with his own son. And another time Rick admitted to having gay sex with another fat model, which for some reason made Angie jealous. This may be related to the fact that the author is also bi. Or just an extreme case of coincidence.
  • Evil Gloating: Joel probably shouldn't have told Artie that he had powers while he was killing him.
  • Expressive Ears: Clive's ears hang down, while his alternate personality Ernest's ears stick up.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Joel Calley has tried to have sex, consensual or otherwise, with practically anything sexually mature. A couple times a Noodle Incident with a feral dog was brought up.
  • Faceless Masses: Averted. Every background character is generated randomly with a complex formula and given a rather humorous backstory.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Originally just Joel, though it was recently revealed to be a trait of all the spiritually aware characters
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: If you follow the secret game (see Nightmare Fuel on the YMMV page), you will receive notes from Father Tim about Miranda's monstrous nature. Throughout, he warns you that you will feel her presence, such as hearing her breath in the dark. But by the end, she is now inside you and Father Tim begs you to never look into her eyes. DON'T LOOK INTO HER EYES!
  • Freudian Excuse: Joel Calley has about three Freudian Excuses: he was treated harshly as a child by his father and his brother, said father left their company to his older brother Julian, his sister Miranda was killed by Julian when they were young, and their parents blamed Joel for the murder and put him in an asylum where he was sexually abused by a doctor and then released before he was ready to face the outside world again. There have also been a couple of throwaway gags which, if taken too seriously, could imply that his mother resents him for not being a girl. If there was a trope for Freudian Sue, Joel would probably be the poster boy. However, much of, if not all of this is ultimately subverted when it's later revealed that Miranda actually died in her sleep and that Joel was never "blamed for Miranda's death" but was driven mad by the demonic Miranda encouraging Joel to do bad things so she could feed on their suffering.
    • It must be noted Joel willingly helped her and was already sadistic. When confronted about this, Joel immediately notes that his and Miranda's real motives are to gain power. In the end, Joel's only real excuse for his actions is that he's a goddamn psychopath.
    • Unless he imagined it all — he definitely was institutionalized, but the rest is disputed: According to Julian, he was never "blamed for Miranda's death" but was driven mad by grief.
  • Fun with Subtitles: Artie's cousin worked in the closed-caption department at CNN and had handed in her notice, so she took the time to mess with the subtitles. She'd just had an unhappy affair with one of the newsreaders, so that person's speech got subtitled as "I'm a lying whore who likes to beat up the homeless".
  • Furry Confusion: Discussed in this comic, where Artie and Melusine go fishing and then cook their catches for dinner.
    Artie: This feels weird. It's like I'm about to watch cannibalism.
    Melusine: Dolphins are mammals, Artie.
    Artie: I know! I know. But it's still weird, you know?
    Melusine: You know what's weird? Furries that have dogs for pets. I think that's weirder than anything we do.
  • Gambit Roulette: Deconstructed, maybe? Definitely subverted. Joel's plan was complicated and relied on a series of things happening just so but there were so many variables that it fell apart pretty easily when someone acted in a way other than what he expected.
  • Ghostly Goals: Miranda has devoted her afterlife to using her twin to get revenge on Julian for killing her. Or perhaps not, as it's revealed that Miranda died in her sleep, suggesting other motives.
    • After Melusine is killed by her own brother (and this time, it clearly happens, on-page), she too becomes a vengeful ghost. At the comic's end, it's noted that she really isn't Melusine anymore, and the same was true of Miranda.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Partway through the comic it becomes obvious to Artie that Joel is the 'villain' of the story, yet the two still work together and even hang out sometimes. It becomes odd at times that these two are supposed to be trying to stop the other but still are still on "good" terms otherwise.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Artie, committed genocide to avenge his girlfriend's Honor Killing after learning to use his powers. Defied by him later after his What the Hell, Hero? by Matt.
  • Heroic BSoD: Parodied in this strip, where Matt (post-destupidification) seemingly goes into a Heroic BSoD when he learns that The Internet Is for Porn.
  • Honor-Related Abuse: Melusine was murdered by her brother-in-law for getting impregnated by a land-dweller. Said land-dweller (Artie) reacted rather badly, willfully causing a disaster that destroyed her community's entire seaside city, while she came back as an insane, vengeful ghost (who, in retrospect, may have influenced the former).
  • Hypno Ray: The sub-plot villains use mind control for villainy, although they state the possible real-life applications, to the chagrin of the mind-control wielder.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Minor example. While Artie may or may not have intentionally committed mass murder with his powers, Matt's really in no position to preach the higher road when he's aiding his boyfriend and turning into a monster of the like himself. Artie realizes that doesn't make his warning wrong and learns to keep away from revenge.
    • When Angie explodes at Rick for having a gay hook-up with another heavyset model, he rightfully calls her out that she's always been a perv and based on everything prior to this should be giddy over the fact her boyfriend had a homosexual rendezvous. Turns out he's right, what Angie's really upset about is they've grown apart with Rick being a model and going off the Paris when she's the one who wanted to be involved in that lifestyle and feels left out.
  • Incest Subtext: In a Halloween special in Immy's other webcomic, Joel has a sudden fantasy of his brother's "shapely ass". And then has a heart attack.
  • Instant Expert: Lampshaded when Artie becomes aware of his powers.
  • Interspecies Romance: Lots. Thonnen specifically chooses to date outside her species to annoy her bloodline-obsessed family.
  • Important Haircut: Artie starts out refusing to tie his waist-length hair back on the grounds that it makes him look like a girl. When in a relationship with Kate, she braids it for him, and he keeps this style for a short time, then goes back to wearing his hair loose after he breaks up with Kate when she reveals herself to be a pedophile and tries to get him to join in a NAMBLA meeting. After he undergoes successful treatment for his cancer, he cuts it short and adds red streaks.
  • Infinite Canvas: In At The Heart Of It All, the side-comic.
  • Karma Houdini: All Joel gets for his machinations, rapes, murders and attempted mass-murder is the knowledge that it was all pointless and a few days in a coma. And Artie destroyed a small city and essentially gets off scot-free.
  • Kudzu Plot: The reason Immelmann decided to end the series.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Thonnen getting pregnant from the rape.
    • Melusine getting pregnant with a land-dweller's baby, which is a taboo punishable by death in her culture, even though Artie used protection.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Word of God is that furry/human segregation has only been stopped in the past decade, and they still don't interact much ("Yeah, for most humans it's a bit of a culture shock. Not to mention the allergies..."), but they show up sometimes. A human customer at the movie theater claimed to be there to "pick up some fine, fine pussy", and then revealed his girlfriend to be a guinea pig. ("You were expecting-" "A cat, yes, would have completed the joke...") Joel's mother Lorelei is annoyed that her boss, the mayor, is human, and says she half-expects him to "chain me up in the backyard".
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: Matt and Joel do this near the end, which means everyone is now aware that they’re in a webcomic, as evidenced on occasion on Ballerina Mafia.
  • Mean Boss: Dave, to an extent. Millicent pretends to be one, but in reality is just there to watch over the strip's pet murderous sociopath.
  • Medium Awareness: "...Why are your memories all sketchy?" "I don't know, to show mental unrest? Be quiet and pay attention."
  • Mind Rape: Joel tends to enslave or attempt to kill people by bringing them into the astral plane, where he and his sister's ghost have tentacles that wrap around their victims astral forms and invade orifices. One of the cleaner examples.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Joel is mistaken to be having sex with Chelsie by Artie after he hears both of them giggling from behind a counter, but it turns out he is just coloring with him
  • Modesty Bedsheet: Incredibly disturbing variation with Artie and Chelsie (link is not worksafe or brainsafe). Technically there was no need for the modesty bedsheet, either.
  • Mood Whiplash: Immelmann (the author) admits to using this trope by name in this comic's Alt Text. The comic takes an abrupt turn from ridiculous and comedic to gravely serious.
  • Morality Pet: Matt for Joel (to a certain extent)
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Angie apparently has a "Yaoi sense".
  • Naked People Trapped Outside: Thonnen's little cousins somehow get Roland outside and steal his boxer shorts to get him out of the way so that Valae can rape Thonnen.
  • Nice Hat: Roland's ever-present beret.
  • No Fourth Wall: Joel and Artie make sure of this fact.
    • The recent comics and story arc make sure of that, using the knowledge that they are in a webcomic as a plot device.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Averted in this panel; Dave protests Angie walking around topless, while Angie feels she's justified in not wearing anything above the waist because of her reptilian biology.
    Angie: What's there to reveal? I don't have breasts! I don't even have nipples!
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: When Kate takes Artie to a NAMBLA meeting, Immy assures the audience in The Rant that it's a real association (emphasis his) though he tweaked the version in the comic slightly.
  • Noodle People: Everyone is drawn very tall and lanky, unless they are drawn as chibis.
  • One-Shot Character: Immelmann made a "random character generator" in Excel for making these (name, gender, species, sexuality, religion, and a humorous bio he came up with). Oddly a couple randomly generated characters ended up recurring or even major characters, most notable Nicole.
    • Immy's ex-boyfriend Quetzadrake uses the same generator for his own webcomic, Furthia High.
  • Only Six Faces: At first,pretty much all the characters looked the same, with cat, mouse, wolf and pangolin looking almost exactly alike. After being called out on this several times, the artist initially excused it by saying that a more realistic pangolin face would look ugly, but later redesigned the characters to look more distinct from each other.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Ghosts are usually after revenge, and can bond to a living person (like a relative or lover) and give them enhanced psychic powers. They also seem to be Always Chaotic Evil and prone to committing Mind Rape.
    • Recent hidden pages suggest that the body protects the spirit from a form of radiation, and the longer a ghost refuses to pass on the more like an Eldritch Abomination they become. Also, Miranda feeds on despair.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience: Happens when using spiritual energy (except to Joel, who wears a black cloak, which is actually the ghost of his sister Miranda). Barbie Doll Anatomy goes even further than usual for dolphins — their legs also disappear.
  • Parental Incest: Nicole and his father, Tom. Also Joel's mom won't stop sneaking a peak and taking photos of her son's naked ass, so... Let's just say, if there isn't some kind of incest going on in a character's family, they just haven't been revealed yet.
  • Plot Tumor: The comic started off as a comic strip about a bunch of anthropomorphic characters who worked at a concession stand at a movie theater (The author actually based it around the stupidity he experienced, working in customer service is a good way to get material for comic strips), then alternating between concession-stand gags and Joel's life in college, a subplot about a dinosaur family, and nowadays is almost the original comic In Name Only with how little the Concession stand has to do with the actual plot. (The author is of course aware of this and states this in the "About" section.)
  • Post Apocalyptic Gasmask: Roland's art thesis was a post-apocalyptic fashion exhibit that was heavy on gas masks, and included a performance.
  • Powers via Possession: The reason Joel has spiritual powers greater than most who have them is due to his sister's vengeful spirit, though which one is more in control is debatable.
    • The same now for Artie, who is channeling the spirit of his dead girlfriend.
  • Put on a Bus: Pretty much half the cast of the concession stand. (Again, Immelmann is aware of this, and has even made fun of how some characters will never get any arcs.)
  • Raging Stiffie: There are multiple comics with visibly tented pants, though the only erection-based humor is here.
  • Rape as Drama: Thonnen Turunen was raped by order of her grandmother, Rajah Jensen, an Evil Matriarch, in order to preserve the Turunen bloodline. The rapist, Valae Jensen, only did it because he needed the money to save his daughter, who was dying of an unknown disease. When his daughter dies, he reveals himself to the family elders, Rajah is disgraced and the family falls apart.
    • Also an arc of the author's other comic "At The Heart Of It All" in which Joel is institutionalized for apparent schizophrenia and abused by a doctor. Recent revelations in the main comic show that this is in fact his canonical backstory.
    • Then there's Artie's incident with Chelsie - since Chelsie is a small child with bipolar-related hypersexuality and Artie was in a trance, technically both of them were raped by Joel, who arranged for the incident to happen. Borderline example, since Artie is clearly traumatized by the incident and it turns out to be related to The Plan, but the deeper implications on his psyche aren't brought up in much detail and it's often brought up again for a gag strip.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Valae
  • Remember the New Guy?: Characters just seem to sort of appear out of no where with the comic acting like we should know them, with no proper introduction at all except for them being suddenly added to the cast page. Like Joel's ex girlfriend from France that suddenly exists. Or the purple haired crossdresser. Or the guy with multiple personality disorder. Or Nicole's dad. Or the girl who wants to be a human. Some of them are cases of All There in the Manual; Joel's ex Chloe was introduced in a Concession Chronicles blog entry, Zoe, Clarissa, and Clive had this trope lampshaded in their introduction. The fact that Concession Chronicles is no longer linked to on the site sort of makes this difficult, especially for new readers, who don't exactly expect to go searching off the site to read blog posts to catch up with stuff that isn't properly mentioned.
  • Right Through the Wall: Artie and Kate engage in one of the few explicit sex scenes in the comic, and are heard Right Through The Wall by Artie's very Squicked grandmother (page 146).
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Roland the pangolin, Franz/Zoe the bilby, Kate and Rick the ringtail lemurs, and Clive the okapi.
  • Sex by Proxy: A rather horrible version happens when Artie uses his spiritual powers to Mind Rape Joel while having sex with Millicent.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Joel, for a given value of 'hero'.
    • Later Artie gives in to it after his girlfriend's murder, though afterwards he still works hard to save lives (especially from Joel). Getting called out by Matt helps him realize he's on a dangerous slope, and that Melusine's ghost is not so different from Miranda's.
  • Slasher Smile: Joel sports a prime example here.
  • Spirit World: The astral plane has been compared to the internet; locations within it seem to be created by the spiritually aware. And considering that most of the time it's shown so that the Villain Protagonist can Mind Rape someone...
  • Split Personality: Somewhat minor character Clive/Ernest. Clive is passive and straight, while Ernest is gay and rather assertive, which naturally makes for some rather awkward morning afters.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Trading blackmail.
  • Tendrils of Darkness: Joel's astral form fights with shadowy Combat Tentacles.
  • Title Drop: Comic #200 is titled "Concession", though it's probably not the definition you might expect.
  • Transparent Closet: Matt. "You've been in denial. Everyone else has figured this out and has grown to accept it. Everybody but you."
    • He has since accepted it, what with Joel and him being boyfriends and all.
  • The Treachery of Images: This is a penis.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Chelsie Warner suffers from gender dysphoria, and was born "Charles" until her parents allowed her to start dressing and living as a girl. This itself isn't what's troubling, but she displays violent tendencies in her very first appearance by stabbing Artie in the eye with a crayon. She then rapes him when he's too delirious to know what's going on. It's later revealed that her hypersexual behavior is related to a form of bipolar disorder, and she joins a harem of preteen boys run by the practicing pedophile Kate, who specifically seeks out children with this disorder because she believes that allowing them to give in to urges which are already there doesn't count as abuse. The author points out that he knows that it does count, but Kate does not know that or refuses to believe it. Luckily, the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue shows that by the time Chelsie's an adult she's transitioned fully to female and is much more mentally stable under the care of her adopted father, the local priest Father Tim.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Artie wakes up to discover he has engaged in inappropriate acts with hypersexual preteen Chelsie Warner while in a brain-tumour-induced — or, as it turned out, Joel-induced — trance, and confides in his boss:
    Artie: But honestly, I'm not sure what disturbs me more... the fact that this happened, or the fact that Chelsie is actually a boy.
    • The appropriately named "It's a Trap!" happens during an occasion where Joel, Matt, and Aaron "Nicole" O'Connor meet with a crude ursine associate of Matt's who initially believes Nicole is a girl after Joel introduces them. Needless to say, said ursine friend is moving to kick Joel's ass when he finds out the truth of Nicole's gender.
  • The Un-Smile: Joel. Really should have seen it coming.
  • Vagina Dentata: Concession invokes Predator with their resident ghostly abomination here.
  • Vapor Wear: There are a few cases of miniskirts without underwear (not necessarily worn by females), as well as some evidence that Artie goes commando (#90 and #150, links mildly NSFW).
  • Vengeful Ghost: A good part of the plot appears to be influenced, directly or indirectly, by the ghost of Joel's sister Miranda. After Melusine's murder, she too comes back as a vengeful ghost, probably influencing Artie avenging this "honor killing" on the entire Dolphin community.
  • Villain Protagonist: Joel. Artie is just some secondary character that just happens to be in the way of Joel's Gambit Roulettes.
    • After recent events, Artie may very well be one as well. Though there's no evidence he caused that oil tanker to crash into the dolphin city, just motive.
      • According to Matt, he did.
      • While Joel seems to be developing into a bit of an Anti-Villain with Matt's influence.
  • Virginity Makes You Stupid: Matt, who is also the target of Break the Cutie.
  • Wham Line:
    Father Tim: Is the webcomic coming to an end?
    Joel: ...Yes.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Finally delivered to Artie by Matt. It helped him realize he was treading a dangerous path.
  • Where Are They Now: According to the epilogue, Kelly will become the first furry mayor of the city, and Thonnen's daughter Naomi the first reptilian President. Also, Nicole takes over his father's supervillain career. Closer to home, Chelsie is officially adopted by Father Tim and fully transitions by the age of eighteen, and they dedicate their lives to stopping the evil spread by Joel and Matt.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Nicole and Zoe. On occasion, Joel and Matt.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Angie.
    Angie: "Do I hear MANSEX?!"
  • You Got Spunk!: This episode.