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Freaking Romance is a romance Webcomic created by Snailords in 2018. It's about a young woman named Zylith who moves into an apartment that is supposedly haunted, where she comes across a mysterious, handsome young man who doesn't seem to see her. But as she observes him as time goes on, she becomes less certain that he is a ghost. But if he isn't a ghost, what is he? And why can he see her cat, but not her?

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Freaking Romance contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Zylith’s dad ripped up her art and forced her to give up her books and sketchbooks whenever she got a bad grade. Plus, she gets kicked out at the age of 18 when she plans to become an artist. And even then he doesn't leave her alone: he tracks her down, and financially abuses her into applying to colleges he wants her to go to and to make her dependent on him.
    • It gets worse. He finds her again and jerks her around in an incredibly harrowing scene beginning with him returning the money he'd taken from her and then quickly turning threatening, trying to get her to give up her cat. Then trying to take the door down. Brrr.
  • Aerith and Bob: We have Zylith, Zelan, Verose...and George.
  • Agent Mulder: Zylith moves into her apartment after having a ghostly encounter. She loves the paranormal.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: George, the previous tenant, had feelings for his roommate Misty because she was nice to him. Sadly for him, she only seems to have had eyes for Zelan or whoever it was she saw.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Although she tries not to, Zylith sometimes can't help but to take a peek at a shirtless Zelan. An author's note even lampshades this, saying Zylith's justifications (that he can't see her) are not okay.
  • Alternate Universe: Zelan is in another dimension.
    • there's a lot of other dimensions. At least 54 if the numbering is correct.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Verose looks very butch, and does blush when Zylith gives her a hug...
    • Later confirmed. Not only is she gay, she's in love with Zylith and has been for a while.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Zylith wears a headband with cat ears most of the time.
  • Arc Words: Appropriately enough, it seems as though the words freaking romance are this.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: As if being an abusive parent weren't enough, it's shown that Zylith's dad would kick Mr. Purrfect whenever he scratched him. Zylith uses this to her advantage when he threatens to take the cat away; turns out she has recordings…
  • Bait-and-Switch: We think Zelan is about to call Zylith, and her phone starts ringing... Except it turns out her call is from a telemarketer, and he accidentally calls a man who thinks he's flirting with his wife.
    • Later on, we think that Zelan is happy that his mother died, as he's shown smiling after a call with his brother during which he cries and seemingly makes plans to go to her funeral. Several comments even suggested that he'd just shown his true colors as a psychopath. She's fine and had just woken up from a coma. He was planning to wear black to go see her, per her request.
    • When Zylith's father tells her to hand over Mr. Purrfect, she
  • Beleaguered Assistant: While Verose is Zylith's best friend, she does play this part somewhat when Zylith wants to look into her apartment's history.
  • Betty and Veronica: Zelan is the Veronica, as the mysterious newcomer into Zylith's life. The Betty is none other than Verose, who has been in love with Zylith for quite a while...
  • Bishōnen: Zelan.
  • Bland-Name Product: Well, there's Netflic, Eber, and Digitoon...
  • Cats Are Magic: Implied with Mr. Purrfect, as Zelan can see him and has even “adopted” him, even though he can't see Zylith. Subverted when it turns out that Zelan has been able to see Zylith since the beginning. Mr. Purrfect's just a normal, albeit nice, cat
  • Crossover: Emai and Ylantis make a quick appearance, as does Kreyul. They're all characters from Snailords' previous work, Nightmare Factory.
  • Cry Cute: Zylith after her father reappears in her life, and when she sees that the theme for the webcomic contest she wants to enter is love.
    • Zelan on a phone call when his mother wakes up from her coma.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Zelan has green eyes and hair.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Verose.
    "You can't find your dignity in those sheets."
  • Foreshadowing: There's a surprising amount of foreshadowing leading up to the reveal that Zelan has been able to see Zylith as long as she's seen him.
    • For one, there's the obvious clue of him having been able to see Mr. Purrfect the whole time. Why would he see only the cat and not her?
    • While cuddling with Mr. Purrfect in episode 8, he comments how lucky Mr. Purrfect is to have a cute owner. While most readers automatically assumed he was talking about himself, it makes more sense if he was talking about Zylith.
    • Verose is afraid that Zylith will end up like Misty, who vanished from the building after looking around for what they think is Zelan. she does. But it's not Zelan's fault.
  • Funny Background Event: If Mr. Purrfect is in the background of any scene, he'll be doing something humorously cat-like.
  • Genre Shift: The supernatural elements, while always present in the story, really get kicked into high gear after Zylith falls from the roof and doesn't appear on the ground.
  • Haunted House: What Zylith's apartment supposedly is. It isn't.
  • Hidden Depths: Zelan is far smarter than he appears. He's incredibly observant, as shown during his and Zylith's first conversation, and he's shown to have a manipulative streak and is also a very good liar.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Zylith and Zelan both love cats, although Zelan is just a bit nicer... Maybe.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Verose has been mistaken for a guy by readers.
    • This also happens in-universe, much to Verose's chagrin.
  • Lampshade Hanging: One of Snailords’ drawing references for Zelan is a K-pop star. Upon first seeing him, Zylith says he looks like a K-pop star. And then he ends up being a popular singer too…
    • Also, the line, “his mind changes faster than a girl caught in a love triangle on Webtoon.”
    • When Zylith sees Verose kissing someone else, she remembers that in romance works, this would be where she runs off dramatically, leading to a great misunderstanding. She chooses not to. It pays off, and the misunderstanding is resolved about ten minutes later.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: It's very difficult to talk about the guy in Zylith's apartment without revealing his name to be Zelan.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Zelan, even before he got a name. He spends more time without a shirt than he does with one.
  • Nice Guy: When some fans take Zelan's photo at a flower shop, he walks up to them, deletes the photo, and then takes a selfie for them.
    • Could be subverted, as we don't really know how much of his personality has been a performance for both his fans and for Zylith.
  • Punny Name: The woman who rents the apartment to Zylith is named Mrs. Howser.
    • George's roommate who vanished was named Misty. It's lampshaded by Verose.
  • The Reveal: In episode 14, it's revealed that Zelan has been able to also see Zylith the entire time.
  • Scenery Porn: As expected for a Snailords Webtoon.
  • Shoutout: The drawing Zylith's dad ripped up is of Ranma ½.
  • Tears of Joy: Zelan's tears when he's on the phone with his younger brother turn out to be this. His mother's okay.
  • Technicolor Eyes: The eyes are beautifully colored. Verose has blue and pink eyes, while Zelan's are vivid shades of green.
  • Window Love: Ironically, how Zylith and Zelan meet: she notices a mirror has fogged up, and when she goes to wipe it, she sees him for the first time.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Zelan willingly goes into a hellish dimension that Zylith fell into to save her.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Zelan has green and white hair, and Zylith has lavender and gray hair.
  • Your Universe or Mine?: By season 3, external forces have realized that two dimensions are colliding when they shouldn’t be. They give Zelan and Zylith a chance to be together, but with a catch; one of them must abandon their home dimension.

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