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Dasien (pronounced "dah-see-en", according to creator Neil Purcell) is the superheroic identity of Michelle Knight, an aspiring reporter for an entertainment magazine who after exposure to the Dasein virus developed Super Strength, Super Speed and Nigh-Invulnerability. Her best friend is Parker Lynn Bailey, another journalist. And the Crimson Gestalt, a fierce superhero-hunting extermination squad led by Lord Crimson, is the most prominent menace.
Dasien has appeared in other webcomics. Chronologically, she's appeared in Energize/Dasien and Heroes Unite, under her original character design as well as alternate costume design in The Crossoverlord and The Blonde Marvel. She also cameos in Crossoverkill, but as her alter ego, Michelle Knight.
The comic comes and goes out of hiatus but maintains an ongoing storyline, usually first run on its DrunkDuck mirror.
This webcomic provides examples of:
- '80s Hair/Mullet of Power: Marshall.
- Accidental Kiss: Parker gives Dasien one of the Type One variant after Lord Crimson is defeated. This serves as Les Yay fuel, as Parker may or may not have feelings for Dasien.
- Amazonian Beauty: The tile character, especially after the Art Shift.
- Art Shift: Throughout Digest 2.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Parker to Dasien.
- Berserk Button: For Dasien, calling anime "cartoons".
- Bi the Way: Michelle, apparently. See below trope.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Between Dasien and Parker in Volume 3, Issue 2.
- Chessmaster Sidekick: Rouge of the Crimson Gestalt. Emphasis on the "Chessmaster" part.
- Clingy Costume: Dasien's new black costume. Sound familiar? Thankfully, it doesn't make her go nuts. She does get new powers out of it, however.
- Colourful Theme Naming: The members of the Crimson Gestalt take their code names from shades of red; one of them is actually code-named Red.
- Cosplay: Dasien enters a cosplay contest as Sailor V. She loses to someone in a Dasien cosplay.
- Crossover: As mentioned above, with Energize.
- Dance of Romance: The title character gets one with Parker that culminates in The Big Damn Kiss.
- A Day in the Limelight: Act 2 serves as this for Parker and Lord Crimson, as well as a Robin Expy.
- Differently Powered Individuals: Metahumans. They receive their powers from dormant genes, and usually have Stock Superpowers such as Flight, energy beams, and uncanny detective skills.
- Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: Ruby of the Crimson Gestalt.
- Evil Redheads: Red, Rouge and Ruby, befitting the Crimson Gestalt's "red" theme.
- Extranormal Prison: Stronghold Detention Facility, home of criminal Meta types and super types.
- Expy: In Digest 2, an expy of Robin gets a chapter. In Digest 3, there's Crunk.
- Faceless Eye: The Technomancer.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Pulsar Pureheart's costume
- Flying Brick: Dasien, essentially, but with super jumping substituted for flight.
- Fountain of Youth: The gimmick of a one-off supervillain known as "The Pacifier", done using what is apparently Merlin's Pacifier. When Merlin's pacifier is broken, it backfires on The Pacifier himself.
- Genki Girl: Palody, complete with the Sailor Fuku.
- Greater-Scope Villain: The Technomancer in acts 1 and 2
- The Greatest Story Never Told: Rouge deliberately uses this (with some jedi truths thrown in) to keep Neuros from enacting retribution on her, Maroon, or Lord Crimson.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Dasien herself.
- Hero Killer: The Crimson Gestalt.
- Leotard of Power: Can be seen. Before switching to her current grey, long-sleeved version, the title character wore a sleeveless red one, which was variously compared to both a Playboy bunny and an Olympic gymnast.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Parodied, and ultimately averted, in this chapter.
- Long-Lost Relative: It's implied that Lord Crimson and Parker are related.
- The Man Behind the Man: Neuros for the Crimson Gestalt. And The Technomancer for Neuros.
- Mysterious Past: As part of the Crimson Gestalt's conditioning, they have their memories blocked. Lord Crimson gets his memory back while in prison.
- Nanomachines: The source of Lord Crimson's powers (and probably the rest of the Crimson Gestalt).
- Non-Indicative Name: The E.M.A. (Electromagnetic Amplifier). Despite its name, it doesn't technically amplify anything.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Purcell once wrote that fans were constantly mispronouncing the heroine's name as "Daisy Ann" or similar.
- Orphan's Plot Trinket: In a slight subversion, the locket is owned by Parker, who (as far as we know) is not an orphan. The orphan is the boy whose picture is in the locket. It's heavily implied that the kid is Lord Crimson.
- Otaku: Dasien
- Please Wake Up: Parker to Dasien after the fight against Lord Crimson. She gets better.
- People Jars: Lord Crimson is put in one while incarcerated.
- Plot Device: The E.M.A. in the first story arc.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Technomancer's iris is red. He's a villain.
- Red Is Heroic: It was for Dasien in her Comic Genesis days, but not for the Crimson Gestalt.
- Redhead In Green: Palody's Sailor Fuku has green trimming.
- Running Gag: "I'm Dave."
- Serious Business: Anime for Dasien.
- Shout-Out: The fight between Dasien and Lord Crimson is highly reminiscent of Dragon Ball, right down to the Calling Your Attacks.
- Stock Superhero Day Jobs: Dasien is a newspaper photographer, working with her friend, who is a reporter.
- Stripperiffic: There is this kind of look.
- Super-Power Meltdown: How Red of the Crimson Gestalt dies.
- Take Off Your Clothes/We Need a Distraction: From this page:Parker: Let Me Get This Straight..., Mr. Tennessee Waterfall! You expect me to prance around naked because [Ruby] is apparently gynophobic?! is that what I'm to believe?Marshall: That's one way of putting it But yeah, something like that.
Parker: [pointing to Dasien's X-Ray Sparks in the distance] Well, why can't she do it?!
Marshall: She's too busy drawing his fire.
Parker: YOUR LOGIC SUCKS!
- Transparent Closet: Parker. Michelle tells her it was obvious.
- Tyke-Bomb: The Crimson Gestalt
- What the Hell Are You?: Lord Crimson wonders this, after realising that Dasien is more than simply a Metahuman.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Gizmo Bug actually has purple hair.