The comic stars a farmboy named Evey Kendrickson and a sheltered rich girl seeking adventure named Amberleigh Istobal, along with a decent-sized supporting cast, going on several adventures involving magic, monsters, wonder, pain, and, for whatever reason or another, yo-yos.
Exvulnerum contains the following tropes:
- Ailment-Induced Cruelty: Being the King of Pain is so torturous and awful that pretty much every King turns sour pretty quickly.
- Both Joe and Dolores kept giving the curse to each other, subjecting each other to torture every other night. In the end, Dolores gave the curse to Joe and buried him, forcing him to suffer in isolation for eight years.
- The stress made Evey snap at pretty much everyone. Also, he almost choked his childhood crush to death in front of her infant son while trying to give her Exvulnerum.
- Author Avatar: Zules appears in all the Dear Dzuna segments.
- Blessed with Suck: Dzuna's meta powers let her meet the comic's author, Zules. She basically has a direct line to God. However, she hates Zules so much that she views these meetings as torture, and always erases her memories of them.
- Break the Cutie: Amber. Her naïveté is put to the test multiple times throughout the series, but her getting the curse Exvulnerum really takes the cake.
- Crapsack World: It's a fascist state posing as a democratic country, with nepotism and sexism in control.
- Driven to Suicide: Barry Kendrickson becomes a victim of this at the end of the prologue after experiencing the titular curse and passing it on to Evey.
- Face Fault: Amber does this in the last panel of this page. The author comments even lampshades this and mentions the potential destructiveness of this site.
- Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: There's a Dear Dzuna segment at the end of each chapter, in which Dzuna and Zules answer questions from the readers. More often than not, this devolves into infighting between them.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: Dzuna has the power to realize she's in a webcomic, and even talk to the audience and author. Downplayed in that she only uses these powers during Fourth-Wall Mail Slot pages, and wipes her memories after each one.
- Gilligan Cut: Yeah, no, West, Amber is not (currently) in danger.
- Zules herself also noted she thought about this moment early in the comic.
- Legacy Character: The King/Queen(Probably) of Pain, marked by being under the titular curse. The first king of pain we meet as a king of pain is Joseph Merryweather, who is succeeded by Barry Kendrickson, followed behind his son, Evey, the current King of Pain. Until page 802, when the mantle passed to Amber.
- Magic A Is Magic A: There are nine different umbrations, and each of them fall under a certain category of magic. There are also these spellfronts made with special rocks called Peter (coming from the greek word Petros, which means.. Rock) which take the form of a mask and are fitted like a special coding that does a certain convenient thing.
- Posthumous Character: Barry Kendrickson, at the very least.
- The Pollyanna: Amber fits this description pretty well, considering how bubbly and optimistic she was even after watching Evey get shot in the first chapter.
- Title Drop: Exvulnerum is the name of the curse Evey is under, as revealed in Chapter 7.
- Wham Line:
Evey: That's the only way to get rid of Exvulnerum... You have to Give it away. All it takes is a Touch. But here's where the biggest problem lies: There's only one person alive you can give the curse to, and that's the person you care about most in the entire world.
- on page 500 (What a coincidence!!):
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: The Exvulnerum curse gives its victim immortality, coupled with being forced with feeling the pain of everyone around them at night. Which can be amplified.