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Harpy Gee is a web comic by animator Brianne Drouhard (producer of the Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld cartoon, among other works).

The comic takes place in a fantasy like world and focuses on a young Elf girl named Harpy who, after breaking her sword fighting a giant slug, wanders into a nearby town to get it replaced. The owner of the local merchant shop, a witch doctor, takes an interest in her and lets her stay at the shop, even offering her a job. Thus Harpy finds herself working there, meeting the town's other denizens and beginning her new life in this rather strange kingdom.

Originally hosted on Dumm Comics. As of September 8, 2014, it now has its own page part of the Hiveworks collective, both updated Mondays.

Now has a character page, please contribute.

Also has an animated short courtesy of Nickelodeon Animation Studios!


Harpy Gee has the following tropes

  • Action Girl: Harpy herself, she demonstrates this in the first few comics by fighting a giant snail attacking her. Later on, she quickly leaps into action when a dragon attacks Truffle's birthday party.
  • Animesque: Adopts the style, course those who've seen Brianne's usual work know this is par for the course from her.
  • Anti-Magic: As a result of colliding with a young Pumpkin as a child, Harpy lost her magic but remained alive, becoming immune to it in the process.
  • Blackmail:
    • Harpy seems to dread someone named Wolf, who the Duke likewise knows. He threatens to tell Wolf of her location...unless she saves Prince Humphrey, who's been kidnapped by baby dragons.
    • Likewise, the Duke holds this over Humphrey himself. He doesn't have to let his nephew stay with him, after all, he could easily send him back to his parents and sister. He's also holding the fact that he hasn't yet questioned Humphrey about the mysterious circumstances of the prince's arrival serve as a threat.
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  • Bag of Holding: Harpy's cat, Pumpkin, is a living version of this.
  • Black Comedy Burst: When a dragon attacks a party, one of Ash's co-workers tries to attack it, gets eaten, and it spits out his flaming skull. Everyone pretty quickly moves on.
    Ash: Harpy! You have to teach me how you [beat that dragon]!
    Harpy: Wasn't your buddy just incinerated?
    Ash: Oh yeah! That was scary!
  • Behind the Black: While the Duke speaks with Harpy after putting her in a cell, Humphrey, Opal, and Ash shove his huge guard into another cell, along with the thief, while standing right behind him. The Duke doesn't notice until he turns around.
  • Bratty Half-Pint:
    • Zipper, Hotdog and Trigger, even mentioned as such on the character page.
    • Harpy as a child.
  • Call a Pegasus a "Hippogriff": The "ogres" in the comic look more like minotaurs.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Harpy when Humphrey manages to save her from falling off a dragon. She's more annoyed by what the rescue implies, which is that he could have rescued himself anytime since he had wings. Course then he reveals that 1) it's not a power he likes using and 2) he gets air sick easily.
  • Crossover: A non-canon one off with Skadi drawn by Brainne herself. It ends with Skadi blowing up Harpy, Opal and Ash.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Harpy when something or someone (usually Ash or the town brats) annoy her.
  • Evil-Detecting Cat: Harpy mentions that Pumpkin gets moody when dragons are nearby.
  • Diving Save: In midair no less.
  • Eaten Alive: Poor Dude Bro.
  • Fantastic Racism / Humans Are Bastards: Wolf's opinions of humans.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble
    • Sanguine: Opal
    • Choleric: Harpy
    • Melancholic: Humphrey
    • Phlegmatic: Ash
  • Guest Strip: Brianne had to delay the main story for a bit and allowed a few guest artists to take over during the down time.
  • I Call It "Vera":
    • Ash's sword is called Rusty largely for the notches it has on it. When Harpy mocks him for it, he retorts it uses to belong to his father and that he slew a dragon with it.
    • Harpy has a sword named Howler.
  • Magic Eater:
    • Goblin Cats as it turns out. One nearly wiped out the Elf Kingdom in the distant past. Pumpkin is why Harpy has no magic.
    • Urtica, the plant monster from chapter 3, is another apparent example.
  • Motor Mouth: Opal's introduction to Harpy.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Chapter 3, Harpy and Opal confront a plant monster named Urtica and seemingly defeat her. She comes back later and reveals that the two left behind a jar of Happy Honey, that the duo were farming for in the hive which Urtica made her lair, which gives her a major power boost when she eats it.
  • Nightmare Face: A more benign version, but Humphrey's features become more monstrous if he freak out in panic or anger.
  • Off with His Head!: The snail that Harpy meets in the first comic. Subverted as it grows back a new one after she leaves.
  • Oh, Crap!: Harpy when Urtica, the plant monster that attacked Opal, Pumpkin and her earlier returns to exact revenge and reclaim Podunkello as her kingdom.
  • Origins Episode:
    • Chapter 2 goes into detail how Harpy and Pumpkin met, and then into Humphrey's backstory.
    • Chapter 4 divulges into how Ash joined the Duke's guard and some of the brother-sister relationship between Humphrey and Halesia.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Pumpkin always seems to have this as a default expression. Likewise Prince Humphrey.
  • Pointy Ears: Harpy being an elf, this isn't surprising.
  • Pun-Based Title/ Punny Name: You can say Harpy Gee without saying RPG.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Peppers and Truffles.
  • Shout-Out: Opal's pretty much this comic's version of Kiki.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Humphrey and his sister Princess Halesia. The former honestly doesn't care about it but the latter loves to flaunt her "superiority" over him since he's in a local village while she runs a castle in the Capital. In fact she was the one who engineered Lizard Guy leading to the dragons to crash his party as a "joke". Humphrey naturally isn't amused. She's also a powerful sorceress while Humphrey might be turning into a monster.
  • Spit Out a Shoe: When a guard is Eaten Alive by a dragon, it spits his now flaming skull out (which is even making a frowny face).
  • Spiritual Successor: Some older fans of webcomics see it as one to RPG World.
  • The Runaway:
    • Harpy is revealed to be one from her mentor Wolf after he failed to keep a promise of taking her on one of his expeditions.
    • Humphrey is one as well, due to wanting to hide his transformation from his sister.
  • The Stoic: Prince Humphrey, though he falls into Not So Stoic when he gets his birthday present from the Elf Queen.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Harpy says it herself when the party finds out Creepy Lizard Guy practically led the dragons right to them.
    Harpy: What kind of moron steals gold from a dragon's nest?!
    • Likewise Dude Bro for attacking Goldie by himself.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After Humphrey manages to will himself to change into an ogre to catch a falling Harpy and Trigger. Trigger suddenly start yelling and Harpy proceeds to kick him. Granted, yes, they didn't know it was him, but still attacking without provocation after he caught them wasn't exactly proper. To be fair, the next strip does show that she reacted on instinct (Trigger screaming didn't really help) and was apologetic for it when she (correctly) assumed that the ogre was Humphrey.
  • Un-Sorcerer: Harpy, due to Pumpkin eating her magic. She can't use her plant powers or be healed through magical means, but she is immune to magical charms.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Apparently a dragon's whiskers.
  • Wham Episode:
    • During the dragon fight in Chapter 1 Humphrey reveals he can sprout wings.
    • Near the end of Chapter 2, Harpy and Humphrey read the present Queen Argema gave to the latter to which she theorizes he might be turning into a monster.
    • In Chapter 3, Harpy and Opal head out to collect some more happy honey but while investigating the hive they come across a plant monster who reveals that she's feasted on elven villages before, and it's implied that Harpy's original hometown may have met the same grisly fate.
    • Chapter 3: Ash was actually sent to the Duke as a gardener by his mother. But wanting to prove himself, he faked the letter claiming she wanted him to be a "guard". Likewise the sword he uses wasn't given to him like he claimed, he took it against his mother's wishes.
    • Chapter 4 Pg 62 ("Fairy and Tail"): Harpy, Ash, and Humphrey (unknowingly to the former two as he had unwittingly transformed himself into a bee like creature and hiding out in Harpy's basket) attend a puppet show that tells of the Merry Party, a fairy tale the two heard when they were kids. However they find out two of characters within the story are the Duke and Wolf, their mentors. The reason they never realized till now because it had been a long time since they heard the story.
    • Ch 4, Pg 80 {"A Ghost Story") Humphrey is eaten by Pumpkin while he's still in bug form and lands in his "stomach". While exploring, he comes right upon Harpy's magic in the form of her child self.
    • ("Operation Cow Patty") Due to Trigger's actions, he causes a stampede that goes out of control and Harpy and Ash try to save him. Harpy uses her bow to sling herself to grab Trigger but didn't take into account how they were going to land. Just as they're about to hit the ground. Humphrey, who was riding in Harpy's jacket pocket, begs himself to change back to normal... and suddenly does so into an ogre, saving the pair. Implying his "monster transformations" are a form of shapeshifting magic.
  • Wham Line:
    • This one in Chapter 3:
    Plant Monster: Podunkello? Is that the name they gave that silly old village? It must be filled with new morsels...Are there anymore elves there like your little friend? Oh how I miss those days of an elf village smorgasbord.
    • From Chapter 4's "A Ghost Story"
    Humphrey: (After Pumpkin eats him while he's still in bug form and exploring his "stomach") Merry Party Adventure Books? Who reads this garbage?
    ???: I do!
    Humphrey: Well you should know these books are full of—lies?
    ???: Down here, Mr. Bee!
    Humphrey: G-G-G-G- H-H-HARPY?!
    Child Harpy: Who's Harpy?
  • Wham Shot: On page 65 of chapter 4, we see Humprey and Halesia as little kids again... only with brown hair, looking like identical, totally normal kids, instead of white haired and Halesia looking like she does in other flashbacks.
  • Witch Doctor: Opal, a rather strange variant in that she doesn't look like the archetype (apparently it's a separate thing, she's a witch that happens to be a doctor) and uses a shovel to fly around.