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Gloomverse is a webcomic by loverofpiggies about a world where everyone can use magic. Except the main character, whose lack of magical ability has proven her unemployable and gotten her kicked out of her parents' house. Desperate for a job, she becomes the assistant to Wallis Gloom, famous magician. But she soon finds out that Wallis isn't quite how she always pictured him. And then there's the matter of his previous assistant...

You can find the comic here on Smackjeeves (always up to date) and here on Webtoons (a few chapters behind). After the former had a format revamp, it stopped updating there and moved here instead.


This webcomic contains examples of:

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: A lot of color-themed magicians have hair and skin in the color they're named after. Very few characters have a condition where at some point in their childhood, they turn a certain color, and anything that they wear turns that color as well. The cause is unknown.
  • Angrish:
    Harold: MGHRFHOBO!!
  • Art Evolution: Not drastic, but the art does get better as it goes on.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Wallis and Harold fight a LOT, but it becomes clear later on that they both mean a lot to each other.
  • Being Personal Isn't Professional : Double-subverted. Wallis seems to be unprofessionally boasting with his fans...until he sees Assistant, hears out her problems, and tries to turn her life around. Lampshaded by the Groupie Brigade.
  • Broken Pedestal: The instant Assistant signs Wallis' contract, every alarm bell goes off in her head.
    • Later this goes much more widespread, when Indigo makes it public that Wallis has been hiding Evets, an illegal Inversian immigrant.
  • Bros Before Hoes: Gender-flipped version here.
  • Camp Straight: Wallis. However, as of page #535, the "straight" part may not be entirely true... The dialogue reveals that Wallis used to be in a relationship with Professor Purple. It has been confirmed that Wallis is biromantic and asexual.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The comic has become noticeably darker as of late, trading out most of the Comedic Sociopathy that was prevalent before for Angst and characterization.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Gloomverse is very good at these.
    • Assistant begins by reading a celebrity magazine.
    • Wallis comes out to show off to his fans and be quite a jerk to security.
    • Harold starts off by stealing Wallis' wallet after some hesitation.
    • Mooching Hobo is...a mooching hobo.
    • Petunia is overly motherly from the start.
    • Cake Girl starts out innocently but becomes disturbing after only a few panels.
    • The Judge is cold, pragmatic, and outright disturbs (almost) everyone else from her first scene on.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": No one has called Assistant by her real name in the comic, all the readers know is that it starts with an 'R'. Many headcanon it as Raine/Raina Bow. As of page #757, her name is confirmed to be Royletta Greenwitch Biv, though she hates it and shortens it to Rylie.
    • Everyone calls Madam President by her title.
  • Everyone is a Super: In this world, (almost) everybody has magic, even if some haven't unlocked it yet.
  • Evil Wears Black: Discussed by Assistant, in a dream where she meets a red-eyed, black-haired version of Wallis.
    • Inversians often wear black, while this color is disliked by Gloomversians in general. Assistant is part of the few teenagers who have taken to wearing black as a way to rebel against such conventions. Apparently, those who dislike this fashion say that it reminds them of Inverse as a reason.
  • Fantastic Racism: Monochromatic Inversians are discriminated against by the technicolor Gloomversians.
  • Flipping the Bird: Done here (5th page).
  • Gender Flip: Assistant was changed from a boy to a girl.
  • Groupie Brigade: Pretty much everywhere Wallis goes.
  • Ineffectual Death Threats:
    Wallis: I'm running low on time...if you want the interview, you better hurry after me!
    Assistant: YESSIR.
    Wallis: Okay, let's -
    Man in audience: Hey why did she get the last interview!?
    Girl in audience: MURDER HER.
  • Invisible Anatomy: Harold's arms and legs, due to a magical accident. Later, this happens to Wallis, for a similar reason.
  • Jerkass: Wallis comes across this way at first.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Wallis.
  • Laughing Mad: Cake Girl tends to randomly burst into laughter.
  • Magic Wand: Every magician gets one of these with their hat.
  • Making a Splash: Seaweed's power.
  • Manchild: Wallis and Harold are adults, but act like bickering children.
  • Meaningful Name: Seaweed, Lady Nim, Petunia, Professor Purple, Red, Blue, Indigo, and probably Orange and Green, though Orange appears to be a regular Inversian in the picture given.
  • Multicolored Hair: Assistant and Madam President.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Cashier Girl.
  • Nice Hat: Almost every Gloomversian gets one and a wand, sometimes rarely being able to wield two wands.
  • Not in My Contract: Wallis prevents this by not letting Assistant actually READ the contract.
  • Only Flesh Is Safe: Magic is supposed to be unable to directly affect another person (an example being that you can throw a fireball at someone, but not light them on fire directly). Harold shows that this isn't as set in stone as everyone thinks it is though...
    • The "Mancers" were ancient mages powerful enough to ignore this completely.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Assistant and questionably Madame President and Mooching Hobo.
  • Only Mostly Dead: What happens when your wand breaks.
  • Perky Goth: Assistant's fashion sense and attitude make her one of these.
  • Rainbow Motif: From what we've seen, this could likely be the source of Assistant's magic.
  • Read the Fine Print: Assistant actually wants to do this when signing her contract, but Wallis talks her out of it. Later, since she doesn't know it was in her contract, she has a lot of trouble with the Not in My Contract excuse.
  • Right in Front of Me: Assistant to Wallis right before her job interview. The best part? Wallis is totally oblivious to it.
    Assistant: OH GOD...was I talking to you the whole time?
    Wallis: ? Well yeah silly, who did you think it was?
  • Screening the Call: Turns out to be the reason Assistant didn't have her hat when the comic began. That "Dark Overlord" the Lemonheads keep going on about? It's real, and swiped it before she could find it, only returning it to her when not doing so would have meant a major catastrophe.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Professor Purple.
    Purple: You know, I tried to play nice for Petunia's sake... But since you're so determined to receive a logical ass kicking I'll be more than happy to oblige.
  • Sore Loser: Wallis and Indigo.
  • Speech Impediment: Indigo has a lisp.
  • Tearful Smile:
    Assistant: They're only here because I'm famous. Because I have magic now. They only like me when I'm convenient.
  • True Companions: Assistant comes to feel this way about her and the Gloom family, Seaweed, and Mooching Hobo.
  • Unusual Euphemism:
    • From Cake Girl.
    Cake Girl: Who even— How dare you!! You know who I am you stuck up fudgenucker!
    • Also from Assistant.
    Assistant: Holy cracker jumping on a seagull WALLIS!? AAAHHHHHHHH
  • Walk on Water: Seaweed does this.
  • Wannabe Line: For the spot of Wallis' assistant.
  • Wham Line: One that reveals, no less, the true secret behind Wallis Gloom's magic:
    Wallis: I can't create things from my hat. I can't create anything. I make wormholes. I can only make wormholes.
  • The World Mocks Your Loss: When Assistant's parents kick her out because she can't do magic, she checks the HELP WANTED section in her magazine, which goes to conveniently extreme lengths to remind her that magic is everything.
    Man: There's no point to living if you can't do magic, right?
    Duck: YEP!
  • You Just Told Me: How Cake Girl figures out the origin of Harold's partial-invisibility.
  • Your Door Was Open: How Harold breaks into Wallis' place.


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