Go Get a Roomie! is a comedic webcomic centered around the wacky hijinx of the eponymous Roomie and her friends. These mainly consist of a gaggle of girls whom she has slept with as payment for letting her sleep over at their place — thus her nickname. Other recurring cast members include her favorite bartender, fraternal twins named Richard and Ramona (a sub and a dom, respectively), and Matt, a rather confused vanilla guy who can only look on in mild horror at her lifestyle. Soon she meets the introverted, nigh-perpetually-slumbering Lillian, or "Lazy Tyke" as Roomie likes to call her, who is far more at home in her dreamscapes and imagination than in the waking world. Lillian, who loves sleep but is utterly unconcerned with the idea of sleeping with anyone, is perhaps the one person who has no designs upon Roomie — and, of course, Roomie becomes fascinated with her. Despite LT's halfhearted protestations, Roomie ends up becoming her steady roommate — and just as unusual for the restless Roomie as this extended period of consistent lodging, is the break in her pattern of omni-amorous unattachment. What follows is a romance of sorts as they grow closer together, and a study of the character features and flaws which have resulted in their deeply unique, and often heartwarming, personalities.
The comic is definitely NSFW: a running gag involves Roomie's aversion to clothes, in keeping with her decidedly hippie value set. It was initially published on DeviantArt by batlesbo (formally nana-51) in a folder of her gallery but was eventually moved onto its own website. Since the current strip (and hence the main page) may be NSFW, here is the first.
This webcomic provides examples of the following tropes:
- Actually Pretty Funny: Even dry-witted Lillian gets a chuckle out of Roomie making her eggs that look like boobs.
- The Alcoholic/Lady Drunk: Roomie, who despite having what seems to be a pretty decent alcohol tolerance winds up drunk on an astonishingly regular basis (including a highly suggestive ode to beer).
- Allergic to Love: Played for Drama with Roomie, whose turbulent lifestyle inevitably causes anguish to anyone who has serious feelings for her. This becomes even more prominent in Chapter 26 when Roomie realizes she can't avoid the fact that she has fallen in love with Lillian.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Wordlessly done by Roomie to Lillian.
- Anvilicious: In-Universe, Lillian makes quite a face reacting to WOC's Aesop about being disabled.
- Armor-Piercing Question: During a game of Truth or Dare at Jo's bar, Lilian ask Roomie if she'd ever fallen in love. Roomie goes through roughly ten minutes (or several strips, whichever) of avoiding the question with her usual hippy "I love everything" routine before Lilian cuts through the bullshit:Lilian: Roomie, have you, yes or no, ever fallen in love?
Lilian: There, was that so-
Roomie: Yes it was.
- Art Evolution: The art has evolved big time from the early strips, becoming less drafty, cleaner, more detailed and currently more simplistic (simplistic, not comparing it to its earlier form).
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Lillian apparently looks good as a guy, at least according to Ramona and her imagination.
- Bare Your Midriff: Many of Lillian's dream outfits, in stark contrast to her real clothes.
- Beneath the Mask: Apparently, being as loved and idolized by everyone as she is gets a little suffocating for Roomie. It's part of the reason she's so drawn to Lillian.
- The Big Damn Kiss:
- Bi the Way:
- Allan, Lilian's older brother. He's engaged to Evelyne but Steve is often with them for threesomes.
- Possibly Roomie, but this is subject to a series of Unreveals, and she's only been seen with women.
- Bishōnen: Richard is very pretty, which he plays up in his submission activities.
- Brick Joke:
- The first time Lillian meets Roomie while being awake, her brother refers to Roomie as her "bed buddy." Later, when Roomie introduces Lillian to WOC, the latter asks if they are friends or 'bed buddies', which leads to a slightly confused answer.
- Early on Aggie tells Lillian about Roomie's "weakspot" ("Her back is like a huge cli-" "Clicking button that turns her on and off?" "One more than the other, but you get the idea!"). Later, when Roomie is singing and wakes Lillian up, Lillian touches her back, saying "Off". Still later, WOC tries to talk to Roomie while giving her a back massage.
- A few hours after Roomie found a "Little Rooster" in Lillian's drawer, Allan comments on his sister not owning any "toys".
- By "No", I Mean "Yes":Roomie: Hey... Can I come in?
Lillian: No. But come in anyway.
Roomie: Do you want a hug?
Lillian: No. But give me one anyway.
- Canon Welding: Headless Bliss is a story that Lillian is writing in-universe.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Lillian has a tendency to collapse on the spot not long after ingesting even the smallest amount of alcohol. Well... an even greater tendency than usual, that is.
- Catapult Nightmare: Happens when Lillian's shadow of negative emotions impales her in her dream.
- Cats Are Snarkers: Lillian's cat is very much like a muted form of her owner.
- Caught with Your Pants Down: In the most hilarious sense possible. During school lessons, Gulden fingers Ramona under the desk and challenges her as nympho vs. dom, causing Ramona to stand up and pridefully exclaim in front of the whole class how she's the one who's in charge...while Gulden's hand is still in her pants.Gulden: ...I dropped my eraser in there.
- Cerebus Syndrome: After the madcap opening act and early Fish out of Water strips of Lillian adapting to Roomie's world, the love story becomes both more prominent and more muted, shunting Roomie's manic lifestyle to the side, especially after pressure from the advertisers reduced the frequency of nudity somewhat.
- Completely Missing the Point: That, or Roomie is just good at Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Roomie's punishment to someone not willing to wake up is covering them up with love bites.
- Cooldown Hug: Roomie gives one to Matt to resolve some of the tension that built up between them by strip 24.
- Crazy-Prepared: Roomie has left some clothes in peoples' places all over town, so no matter where she sleeps she already has something to wear when she wakes up. Not that she minds just going naked instead.
- Crossover: Roomie makes a brief stop by Woody After Hours.
- Deconstruction: Roomie is gradually turning into one of the Mary Sue archetype by recognising that, because of all her many perceived perfections, she isn't growing and developing as a human being in the same way that Lillian is. While LT is there to comfort her when she starts having these doubts by effectively saying that she's fine the way she is, it's very telling that Roomie doesn't believe her.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: In time Lillian finally warms up to Roomie, although she maintains her low-key, deadpan way of reacting to the shenanigans around her.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lillian, full stop. It comes through when she's making up stories as well, as when she's telling a story about The Little One:Lillian [narrating]: It considered everything it did as fabulous. Even getting its butt kicked.
- Death Glare: Don't forget to say please when ordering at Jo's.
- Dismissing a Compliment: Here (lampshaded in the next strip):
- Distracted by the Shiny:
- Does Not Like Shoes: "Does Not Like Clothes" more accurately describes Roomie, but even when she's otherwise fully dressed, she still won't wear any shoes.Lillian: [pointing down at Roomie's bare feet] Aren't you forgetting something?
Roomie: I am, aren't I? [comes back in the next panel wearing a headband] NOW I'm ready!
- Double Entendre: Roomie needs approximately three seconds to come up with one. Comes back as a Brick Joke when, at a later point, Lillian is given the option in a game of "Truth or Dare" to either tell the truth of whom her "first" was, or make up a double entendre on the spot, with a time limit on three seconds to make up her mind. She decides to go for the "think like Roomie" approach and delivers a combination of both just as the three second time limit expires.
- Double-Meaning Title: Chapter 13 is titled "Your Song". It begins with Allan's phone, which has the Elton John track as its ringtone. It ends with Lillian talking to Allan about Roomie's suggestion that she write stories based on her dreams, and Allan saying, "It's your song, Lillian. Now you can dance to it."
- Dream Within a Dream: After getting dream shanked, Lillian wakes up...next to a topless Evelyne...who becomes a demon.Lillian: Waking up from nightmare: Round two.
- Drunk on Milk: Roomie apparently gets herself drunk on water. Truth in Television, in that particular types of alcoholic beverages (red wine being a classic example) will leave alcohol in a person's liver; a sudden intake of liquid will thus flush this alcohol out, causing intoxication. Similar effects can occur in heavy drinkers.
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Roomie briefly entertained the thought of thoroughly ravaging Lillian in her sleep, but settled for giving her a kiss on the cheek instead. D'aaawh.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Lillian's brother nicknames her "Lazy Tyke", which Roomie takes to with glee and which takes only moments to get twisted into "Lazy Dyke".
- Even the Girls Want Her:
- Roomie seems to inspire this wherever she goes. In her early appearance, Ramona even explained that even though she likes to dom for men (and some women), she does make exceptions for shy little virgins who have never known a woman's touch... Roomie is an exception to that exception.
- Ramona fits this trope as well, as she attracts a lot of women admirers.
- Everyone Can See It: Ambiguous. Before their relationship upgrade, Evelyn has convinced Lillian that there's something between them, but nobody (including all the cast) really quite knows what it is.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": No, not the actual barkeep (whose name is Jo), but Roomie herself. As explained in strip 3, it's short for "Room-mate". Her real name has not been revealed so far.
- Face Palm:
- It's not like Matt has much of a choice about it.
- Evelyne after Steve's deflection attempt.
- Freudian Slip:
- Flat "What": Allan's reaction when Lillian called him up to yell at him was not what she expected.
- "Friends" Rent Control: Roomie and Lillian have a very nice living space when neither of them has jobs. It's established early on that Lillian and her brother are living on an inheritance.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: As Matt puts it, watching half-naked girls is more interesting than trees. Also, arguably the whole point of the comic.
- Godiva Hair: During one of her lucid dreams, Lilian's subconscious gets the drop on her.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: WOC being a little older does nothing to deter Roomie or Ramona from finding her attractive.
- Half-Identical Twins: Ramona and Richard, to the point that they can each pass as the other twin. The only distinguishing thing between them is their eye color. (blue for Richard, green for Ramona)
- Het Is Ew: Roomie jokes about being heterosexually infected by Matt's kiss.
- Hurricane of Euphemisms: Jo's attempt to explain to Lillian that Roomie is in the back room engaging in lesbian sex.
- Hypocritical Humor: Ramona seems to make a habit of this when bantering with her twin brother Richard. For example:Ramona [Dope Slapping Richard]: You're doing it again.
Richard: Doing what?
Ramona: Imagining things without people's permission.
Richard: You do it as much as I do.
Ramona: Of course I don't. I'm minutes older than you and much more mature.
[in Ramona's Imagine Spot]
Ramona: Now lads. You may stop fighting over your mistress. There's enough of me for everyone.
Lillian: Excuse me?
- I Am Not Pretty: Lillian thinks she isn't. Roomie begs to differ.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Roomie manages to save Matt from her three odd friends with "The power of BEWBS!"
- I Know Kung-Fu: Aikido, actually.
- Incompatible Orientation: Richard speculates that Lillian and Roomie have not hooked up because Lillian is most likely asexual and Roomie is most likely aromantic. Subverted by Roomie later discovering that she is, indeed, in love with Lillian.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Watch/Garden Boy is described by Richard as an innocent angel.
- Informed Ability: Ramona is often described as a dom (in contrast to her sub twin brother), but mostly ends up on the bottom in a variety of situations. Those who have managed to be "on top" of her in some way include Roomie, Gulden, WOC, and even Lillian. It may simply be a Running Gag, though it might also be an indicator that she's trying to look tougher than she is.
- In-Series Nickname:
- Just for Pun: The title of the comic is a pun on "go get a room", an expression used to communicate to a couple that their... interaction compromises the dignity of those around them.
- Just Friends: This is what Roomie prefers her relationship with Matt and Aggie to be, and is all that her relationship with Lillian amounts to...so far.
- Lady Killer In Love: Roomie seems to be downright enamored with Lillian. She has definitely spent more time focusing on Lazy Tyke than anyone else in the series. Roomie eventually realizes that she does really love Lillian, but it takes her a bit to bring herself to tell her.
- Lap Pillow:
- Late to the Realization: Lillian wonders if Roomie will ever fall in love with someone.
- Layman's Terms: Matt gets more than he bargained for when he asks Aggie to simplify what "intersex" is.
- Liquid Courage: As displayed here.
- Loophole Abuse: Roomie is dared to be clothed for 24 hours. She then spends the night wearing only a scarf.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Roomie, whose first reaction to a spring day is "sex in the park!"
- Love Confession:
- Roomie finally admits that she loves Lillian...even if it's only to her inner WOC. The comic's title even lampshades it.
- Roomie later wordlessly confesses to Lillian before Thanksgiving dinner.
- Love You and Everybody: Roomie says this almost word for word when gently turning down Aggie, who had fallen in love with her.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: While Roomie (promiscuous, usually drunk, and teasing everyone) and Lillian (solitary, sheltered, and emotionally subdued) fit the roles of the trope, the trope itself is in equal parts downplayed, deconstructed, and inverted. Neither Lillian nor Roomie is shown as really happy with their role, and both end up changing their lives after making friends with the other.
- Master of the Mixed Message:
- Roomie seems absolutely dumbfounded that some people may misunderstand her sexual antics as anything serious.
- When Evelyne gives people the "let's be clear."
- Milholland Relationship Moment: When Roomie feels guilty about having snuck into Lillian's bed after having been specifically told to sleep on the couch, Lillian, who had just had a dream about Roomie being the harbinger of Lillian reconnecting to the outside world, isn't angry at all.
- Mistaken for Cheating: Subverted Trope when Lillian finds Roomie, naked and drunk, in bed with Ramona. She's quick to remind herself that nothing about that is unusual. Ramona is quick to assure her that nothing happened, which Lillian believes and simply gets into bed with both of them.
- The Modest Orgasm: Discussed, obliquely, when Roomie and Lillian are drinking tea.note
- Mushroom Samba: Jak and his (unnamed) friend get really high at the party at Aggie's place.
- Naked Apron: Sported by Roomie, when she's baking a cake.
- Not a Morning Person: Lillian, earlier in the series. She later spends more time being awake and around people (or at the very least, her roommates), which in turn causes Roomie to go on her own journey for a while because everyone around her including Lillian were growing as human beings and she wasn't.
- Not What It Looks Like:
- Subverted on the second morning Lillian awakens in bed with Roomie.Roomie: Aah, what would I give for this to be what anybody would think we're doing if they spotted us right now.
- ...and played straight when Allan walks in on his fiance showing his sister the engagement ring he gave her.Evelyne: These are the times I feel like someone up there's making a joke out of my life.
Lillian: I'd agree with you if it weren't for the fact that I'd be agreeing with you.
- Subverted on the second morning Lillian awakens in bed with Roomie.
- Oh, Crap!:
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- The normally unflappable Lillian blows up at Kris, Richard and Ramona's older sister, after she overhears what sounds like Kris making a rather lewd proposition to Roomie. Turns out Kris was saying Roomie would be perfect for a particular movie role. Oops.
- When people find out once Roomie comes back that she hasn't had sex since she left Lillian's, people start freaking out.
- After a drunken night of coming to terms with the fact she's fallen in love with Lillian, Roomie comes home drunk and says that she doesn't want to make any more sexual jokes, not towards Lillian anyway. This disturbs Lillian highly.
- LT has seen Roomie in the buff who knows how many times. What she hasn't seen is Roomie getting naked before her, both literally and emotionally, and blushing while doing so, which leaves her blushing and speechless. This is doubled down on when Roomie's confession of love includes her saying Lillian's name to her while sober for the first time.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot:
- Oh, Matt...
- Lillian's summation to Richard and Ramona of what happened between her and Kris.
- One Dialogue, Two Conversations: When Roomie is talking to Ramona and Richard about what they will do during their estrangement from their parents, and Lillian is dreaming.
- Only Known by Their Nickname:
- Roomie's real name is a mystery.
- WOCnote , until a flashback names her as Manisa.
- Watch/Garden Boy or Sebastien David Wong until Richard asked him what his name was. Watch doesn't hate it, but he doesn't care for it either. Probably because it isn't his birth name—just a name the doctors gave him.
- Parental Substitute: Roomie and Lillian become this for the twins after they move in, to the point of making them school lunches and insisting they get to bed on time.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: Interestingly, it's not the onlooker, but her former lover Aggie who is embarrassed by Roomie's nakedness when she answers the door.
- The Pollyanna: Roomie starts out as one, as it seems that nothing can get her down. Even encountering homophobia makes her happy, since it drives lesbians closer together. However, the emotional upheavals in her life as she tries to come to terms with her love of Lillian do cause her some serious turmoil.
- The Promise: Aggie promises to never fall in love with Roomie. Take that as you wish. She eventually does and disappears for a while. When she comes back, she's sorted out a few things, including the fact that her love for Roomie will go unrequited, and she and Roomie eventually reconcile.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: Turns out even Roomie is vulnerable to this, thanks to a groggy Lillian. She's arguably even more vulnerable to it when Lillian does it again, only this time she's completely awake.
- Really Gets Around:
- Roomie's promiscuity never ceases to astonish Matt. Especially when she learns Aggie's name the next day after bedding her.
- Pretty implied all of Jo's Kidsnote are all like this.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Roomie and Lillian have the personalities pat, reflected in red and blue color schemes (to the extent color features at all), including Roomie's red-tinted real world in contrast to Lillian's blue-tinted dream world.
- Sand In My Eyes: Immediately after WOC tells a heartwarming story about Alice, Lillian needs a tissue for a "cold".
- Sarcasm Failure: During "The Knight in Furs" (Lillian's retelling of The Knight in Rusty Armor), the knight's irreverence isn't up to mocking The Shadow of Fear and Doubt.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: In the early strips, Roomie had a habit of getting naked whenever she wanted to be comfortable (and it takes three hours to get her back into clothes afterwards), without care of who was around. This has been dialed back now that the comic is more relationship focused and less NSFW, due to advertisers wanting the creator to roll back on the nudity and sexual themes.
- Shipper on Deck:
- Roomie for Watch and Richard. She even goes as far as to help Richard kidnap Watch for a quick outing by distracting WOC. The distracting doesn't work, but WOC lets Watch run off with Richard.
- Now we can add Lillian's formerly estranged mother to the Roomie/Lillian ship, despite her first meeting with Roomie being quite...interesting.
- Ship Tease: Most fans and in-universe characters ship Roomie and LT, something the writer occasionally has some fun with. Strip #666 is either the start of a Relationship Upgrade or the biggest tease yet.
- Chapter 26 shows that Roomie's been trying to avoid the fact that she may already be in love with Lillian and she's coming face to face with them.
- The Shut-In: Lillian, who sleeps the better part of the day and barely interacts with anyone, which is why her brother set her up with Roomie in the first place.
- Sleepyhead: Lillian, as mentioned before. It is heavily implied that sleep (or faked sleep) is an escape mechanism she resorts to whenever life and/or circumstances start getting uncomfortable.
- Spit Take: Matt, when flustered.
- Splash of Color: Used to portray Matt's embarrassment.
- Stepford Smiler: Lately, the more Lillian's character develops, the more Roomie wonders whether hers is going through a similar process. Recognising that it isn't affects her, which she confides in to LT, but around everyone else she keeps on smiling.
- Straight Man:
- Stunned Silence:
- Roomie can only manage a "Huh" when Lillian passive-aggressively shatters her world view with the news that things can change when she's not around.
- Roomie again does this when she finds out that Matt and Lillian are exes and it's implied that she does this out of jealousy.
- Now it's Lillian's turn when Roomie, after her Love Epiphany, tells Lillian that she doesn't want to make dirty jokes towards her anymore.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Lillian's default approach towards the waking world is aloofness, but time makes it clear that she does care about the people she's with. Her confrontation with Kris brings this out in dramatic fashion.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- Allan has definitely never had dreams about "steamy encounters with pink unicorns and dragons with rows of penis on its back."
- WOC did not dream about dragons after reading Tolkien books all night.
- That Came Out Wrong: At the end of Chapter 18, after Lillian invites Roomie to sleep in her bed and Roomie promises to "be good in bed".Roomie: Sorry! Double meaning not meant! Joke! Hah!
- Jak, at one time known as Julia, much to Roomie's shock.
- Susan, a transwoman who used to be Kris' roommate, is well known to Ramona and Richard, and who helped Evelyne to talk to Lillian.
- Evelyne defaults towards the assertive-tsun, but nevertheless solidly fits the trope, as becomes obvious when she gives Steve the "let's be clear".
- Lillian is usually more of a Sugar-and-Ice Personality, but at times drifts into tsundere territory herself.Lillian: It's ... a feeling I've never felt before ... to want to hit someone so much.
- Ramona shows a tendency to cross the "aloof" and "caring" streams herself during her visit to WOC.Ramona: Look, I'm not— Just don't thank me for anything all right? All right. Bye. Later. Maybe. Not that I want to— [blushing furiously] UGH BAI.
- Twin Switch: Richard and Ramona do this in order to seduce each others' teachers into giving them better grades.
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: As wished by Gulden.
- The Un-Reveal: Roomie's had a few:
- When she's asked (somewhat obliquely) in an interview whether she likes men, she purposefully misinterprets the question. When she wakes up having apparently had a threesome with two men, she objects of the straighter one, "he's... Allan!"
- She's hinted to LT that she was traumatized as a child by the death of a friend. However, she doesn't want to talk about it right now.
- During Matt's Podcast (which was more or less a disguised Q&A with fan-submitted questions), Roomie's asked what her real name is and she dodges the question.
- Unusual Euphemism:
- Shortly after this exchange, Roomie uses "a tree" as one.
- Later, when Roomie is comparing Lillian and herself to two different kinds of beer, Lillian asks "...so how many friends are 'drunk' with you?"
- Visual Pun:
- It's revealed Lillian is still unconscious when it's showed that she's talking to talking screws, who tell her "you're screwed."
- During Roomie's nude meditation, her inner self has a flower covering her crotch.note
- Wham Line:
- Happy and peppy Roomie drops the somber bombshell about her past.Roomie: My best friend died when I was 9.
- Matt reveals who his old girlfriend was.
- Roomie finally faces her feelings for Lillian.Roomie: I love her.
- Lillian gets upset after Roomie begins to briefly distance herself when a couple comments on how cute they are whilst at the park, causing her to tell off Roomie for caring about labels because she and her are way too deep to keep their relationship simple. This sparks heart eyes from Roomie along with this:Roomie: We are a couple and you are my girlfriend.
- When Roomie and Lillian are getting ready to make love for the first time:Roomie I've never had sex sober. I never had sex with someone I loved. And I never had an orgasm with anyone.
- Happy and peppy Roomie drops the somber bombshell about her past.
- What Would X Do?: During the Truth or Dare game at Jo's bar, Lillian is given a choice by Ramona: name her first sexual partner, if any, or make a sexual innuendo on the spot. She manages the latter by channeling Roomie.
- When She Smiles: Lillian laughing has quite an effect on Richard and Ramona.Richard: You're pretty as fuck!
- Will They or Won't They?: Roomie and Lillian. Regardless of whether or not they ever hook up, just about anyone that knows them (especially Richard and Ramona) already sees them as a couple. As of this page, they officially have.
- With Catlike Tread: "Ninja style!"
- You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Anytime Roomie calls Lillian by name, chances are much seriousness is inbound, although this has largely changed as their relationship evolves.