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"You'd think they'd never seen a gigantic ship erupt from the ground and open a monster-spewing tear in the fabric of space and time before."
Stephanos, Chapter 1

Jon Stewart: You can ... teleport?! AND you have telekinetic powers?
Anderson Cooper: Err ... yes?
Jon Stewart: I'm still having trouble wrapping my brain around the whole 'everyone I've ever known has superpowers' thing.
Cooper: Oh please, Jon. It's not as if I've been hiding it!
Jon Stewart and Anderson Cooper, Chapter 5

An unofficial fan webcomic by Page Branson wherein Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, and many other 'fake news' corespondents receive superpowers, receive a magical MacGuffin, or just happened to have had superpowers all along and they've just come in handy today, because today's the day that Dick Cheney reveals himself as an Evil Alien Overlord bent on destroying our planet, stealing Stephen's magical MacGuffin, and drinking the blood of pandas. Our heroes fight their way through monsters, possessed comrades, Evil Twins and mountains of tropes on various Fetch Quests and rescue missions.


The old site is now defunct, but the author e-mails the comic to readers on request.

See also: The Colbert Report and The Daily Show.

Provides Examples of:

  • Alternate Universe: All the villains so far came from one, as well did Tek Jensen. To make things better, each universe contains some version of of Stephen and Jon. One of them was Tek's master, who died.
  • Animal Motifs: Stephen has a bird motif, more specific a phoenix, as he is frequently confronted with bird-related remarks.
    • Stephanos' usage of a web to entangle enemies and such a pattern appearing on Jason's neck when he is being controlled by movement, his looks and in particular his mark are all very evocative of a spider. This might be because he frequently was/is the person who likes to be and was in control. It also befits his true cruel and manipulative nature. As a bonus, there is a trapdoor spider called after Stephen.
    • As such, Yonathan's long scarf which extends to the ground, shapeshifting and main usage of claws and of course his mark heavily reference a wolf. This is reflective of his brash and savage nature. The wolf also represents loyalty, which is fitting to the fact that he only is being evil because his best friend is.
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  • Arachnid Appearance and Attire: Stephanos, both there and on a later occasion. A purple spider-like creature attacking in a way that limits movement? Sounds familiar.
  • Badass Normal: Anyone on the cast who didn't get superpowers makes the most with whatever's lying around.
  • Evil Twins: Stephanos and Yonathan to Stephen and Jon, obviously.
  • Fastball Special: Rachel Maddow is positively gleeful about being able to try it.
  • Flash Step: Stephanos and Anderson Cooper can both do this, and John Oliver can as well when he can get his time travelling screwdriver to work.
  • Minion Shipping: Stephenos and Yonathan have all-but declared this to be canon.
  • Mr. Exposition: John Oliver. Also other characters, from time to time.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Yonathan has this attitude towards Stephanos. He doesn't like the dark one, or what they do, but he'll do everything to be with Stephanos.
    Yonathan: ''Don't you remember when it was just the two of us? How great it was? Think about it. We could leave, start over. Find a remote planet for you to dominate...
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Stephen checks to see if there are any guarding the lance under the studio.
    Stephen: No curses, no zombie pirate ninjas?!