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Fenic
"Everyone here has a lot of hurt... but I think it's good that we're all together."
Fenic
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Goodbye to Halos is a webcomic started in November 2015 by Valerie Halla. It's a queer fantasy story set (mostly) in a world of anthropomorphic animals. The story's main character, Fenic, is a transgender girl with latent magical powers. One major focus of the story is exploring human relationships that don't fall into neat categories. (For instance, when two people fall somewhere between "friends" and "romantic partners".)

The comic can be found here. No connection with a certain video game franchise.


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Goodbye to Halos contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Fenic uses her powers to fight thieves and bullies in Market Square.
  • All-Loving Hero: Fenic openly asks "Is it weird if I want to love everyone?"
  • Ambiguously Human: Fenic, to the surprise of the Wilder around her. Turns out she's part Shade and part Wilder.
    • She later has a vision of a similar character.
  • Art Evolution: Evolves quite a bit over the course of the prologue and Chapter 1, most notably seen with characters hair becoming more textured and wild.
  • Badass Boast: Fenic.
    Fenic: There's no such thing as an unstoppable force... Because I'm an immovable object.
  • Befriending the Enemy: Fenic's standard policy towards the people she fights.
    Elly: Are you gonna try and be their friend?
  • Boss Subtitles: Fenic gets these a couple times. Enae also has them when she introduces herself.
    Fenic: The Sun
    Tahmonai: The North Star
  • Cast Full of Gay: It's easier to list the characters who aren't confirmed to be LGBT in some way.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: A thief Fenic catches takes her up on the offer.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: The yellow and blue scarves seen through the story originally ended in a flat end, but this was changed during Chapter 1 to have three tassels at the end instead.
  • Facial Markings: Fenic has one by her eye. As it turns out, all Shades have one, called a maave, apparently unique to them. Fenic's is identical to her mother's though, which should be impossible.
  • Gayborhood: Market Square
  • The Idealist: Fenic, very much so.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Wilder, the most common race among the many worlds.
  • Magical Girl: Fenic
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Fenic wears her mother's super long and flowy scarf.
  • Orwellian Retcon: This page was retconned to include Enae's pronouns.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Shades, apparently based on demons, are a race capable of doing magic that are native to only one world. They have horns, tails, and Cute Little Fangs. They can also lose themselves anger, fear, and grief and become beings called "goners".
  • Parental Abandonment: Many of the kids in Market Square were abandoned because they were queer in some fashion. Fenic gets extra points for being abandoned on another world.
  • Platonic Kissing: At one point, Fenic and Leo share a platonic kiss on the mouth.
  • Portal Network: There are many worlds connected by portals, but the portals were closed down hundreds of years ago. The story deals with the portals being re-activated.
  • Power Crystal: The portals are apparently activated by special crystal keys, each crystal tied to a specific portal.
  • Transgender: Fenic is the foremost example, as well as the only character explicitly stated to be trans in-universe. According to Word of God, Elly is also trans; in addition, Jessica (the bear bandit) is non-binary, and Leo identifies as genderqueer to some extent. Also, Tahmonai is referred to with they/them.
  • Trapped in Another World: Fenic is sent through a portal to another world by her father, with no idea how to reopen the portal to get back. Played with in that neither world is "our" world, both are populated by Wilder. Fenic's appearance also does not fit in in either.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: The closest trope for Leo's gender expression, since he is fond of skirts and feminine clothing. Word of God states that Leo finds it important to show that guys can be as feminine as they want to be. Though since he wants feminine clothing to be able to be considered a normal thing for guys, and since he's stated to some extent identify as genderqueer, "crossdressing" doesn't really fit.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Leo is afraid of knives.
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