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Zoe Porter isn’t a superhero. She doesn’t have super powers. But she is going to be the hero of her own life - and she’s going to do it with style!
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A comic created by author David Tischman and illustrated by Audrey Mok, Heroine Chic tells the story of Zoe Porter, a 24-year old Parsons graduate trying to make it in the superhero fashion industry.

In a New York City where superheroes and villains are a fact of life, there are plenty of businesses devoted to keeping the super-industry churning: insurance, endorsements, and of course, ateliers. After all, someone has to design all those leotards and capes! Zoe Porter is determined to make her mark in the superhero fashion industry, and she's just scored her dream job working for Dyna Cuff — exclusive designer to the top heroes and heroines.

But the industry is cutthroat, and Zoe's got to watch her back if she wants to keep her job. She'll have to be wary of her competition, her clients, and even her boss if she wants to make it in the superhero fashion business.

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The series was published between 2015 and 2017 on webtoons, where it remains available for reading. Though it is marked "complete" after 3 seasons, the conclusion of the series leaves several major plot points unresolved and the main character in the middle of what looks like another assassination attempt. At best, it could be considered Left Hanging; at worst, an ending Cut Short.

Some spoilers are unmarked, so proceed with caution.


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Tropes Appearing in Heroine Chic:

  • Badass Normal: Umbra Langoustine of all people, who can take on Garmento's elite "Vowel" ninja squadron (some of whom are turncoat supers doing a little contract work) without breaking a sweat. She flips, kicks, she sticks the landing, and she delivers devastating punches all without chipping her manicure OR relying on superpowers.
    Umbra: All it takes is dedication and training — and a flair for the dramatic. And no carbs. Ever.
  • Big Applesauce: Zoe lives and works in New York City.
  • Bouncing Battler: Khatie's powers get more effective every time she ricochets off a wall, so naturally her fighting style is based on evading hits while she charges up her powers by bouncing. From Chapter 12:
    Khatie's powers are kinetic-- enabling her to "bounce" off objects like a rubber ball. The energy created by those bounces increases her mass. Basically, the faster she moves, the harder she gets.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Superheroes Valiant and Huge both have Chest Insignias featuring stylized letters.
  • Cardboard Box of Unemployment:
    • Discussed and then Averted — when Dyna fires Zoe in Chapter 25, Zoe's replacement Miguel has already packed Zoe's personal effects into a Bankers Box. Zoe leaves without taking the box.
      Miguel: Ginger snaps! Your stuff's in a box by the elevator.
    • Inverted when Dyna buys out Zoe's lease and moves her business in to the Heroine Chic offices. The first glimpse Zoe gets of her is Dyna moving a box of her business paraphernalia (one of dozens) into the workroom.
  • The Cameo: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian-West, and Anna Wintour are among a few famous faces that make a cameo appearance at the fashion show in Chapter 16.
  • Chest Insignia: Overlaps with Brought to You by the Letter "S" for several characters.
    • Valiant's first costume includes a stylized "V" on the chest.
    • Laren's "Liberteen" costume features a white star on a blue background — Zoe's redesign moves it from the forehead to the chest.
    • Super Ego's costume has the insignia on the chest and the back.
    • Superhero Huge has a stylized "Y" on the front of his costume because, according to him at least, the name is pronounced "yuuuuuuuuge."
  • Cleavage Window: Laren's original "Liberteen" costume comes with a cleavage window, until Zoe re-designs it.
  • Combat Stilettos:
    • Avalon's costume features chunky, 3-inch heels.
    • Laren's original "Liberteen" costume included boots with a pointy heel. Zoe's redesign got rid of the pointy heels and replaced them with what looks like a slim army boot.
    • Zoe's first unfortunate "Gilded Lily" costume features some sort of oversized glass heel that projects a good inch from the back of her foot.
    • Paragon II's costume by Heroine Chic features knee-high boots with a tall (3-4 inches), chunky heel.
    • Badass Normal Umbra annihilates Garmento's elite "Vowel" ninja squadron, and does it all in heels.
  • Combo Platter Powers: While Zoe mentions that Single-Power Superheroes are more common, some do get multiple powers. Valiant has Enhanced/ X-Ray Vision, Super-Hearing, Flight, Super Speed, and Super Strength.
  • Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: Endorsement deals are expected for any popular superhero. In Chapter 21, Zoe even mentions that demographically speaking, teen-hero Spinner's mother (the retired hero Avalanche) could get better endorsement deals than her daughter.
    Zoe: Y'know... I was just reading how sponsors are looking for single mothers, because they're the true face of today's America.
    Avalanche: Really? You saw that?
    Zoe: On the internet. It seems like you're what the sponsors want. And you're in such great shape. Detergents, cars, cosmetics. A teenager can't speak to those products the way you can.
    Avalanche: That's very interesting.
    Zoe: And because you're an adult, the insurance rates are much lower--
  • Dresses the Same: Umbra Langoustine always inexplicably shows up in the same outfit Dyna Cuff is wearing.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: After being rescued from Excelsion's ship by her future self, present-day Zoe adds a stripe of purple dye to her red hair to resemble future Zoe.
  • False Flag Operation: The Nation and Liberteen foil what appears to be a terrorist attack perpetrated by ISIS operatives. When the "terrorists" are unmasked, they turn out to be white men in brown-face makeup.
  • Fanservice:
    • Zoe and Laren spend a lot of time in their apartment dressed in only their underwear.
    • As part of her job, Zoe tends to encounter a lot of attractive, athletic superheroes who strip down to their skivvies for costume fittings.
  • Fashion Designer:
    • Zoe wants to be a fashion designer... for superheroes.
    • Dyna Cuff and Umbra Langoustine are both successful superhero designers.
    • Arpaya Servachi is a successful designer, who at the end of Season 3 wants to break into the superhero design business.
  • Fastball Special: The trope gets namedropped by Khatie when she and Avalon team up in Chapter 31, with Avalon using her strength to launch Khatie into a super-powerful bounce.
  • Fiery Redhead: Zoe's a natural redhead with a strong, outgoing personality.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Apparently a pretty popular way to gain powers in the comic:
    • Khatie was hit by a "radioactive rubber ball," which gave her the power to store up kinetic energy when she bounces.
    • Amp was bitten by a radioactive eel, allowing her to generate electricity.
    • Dyna's husband Gareth, who operated under the superhero name Big Kahuna, "ate some bad poke" after atomic testing done in Pacific Ocean. The radioactive seafood he ate gave him the ability to shoot force beams out of his eyes.
  • Invisibility: Umbra's assistant, Cosmo, has the power of invisibility.
  • Legacy Character: Paragon passed her name down to Paragon II. This is apparently pretty common in the superhero business, and there's a charity event held every year called "Heritage Con" that brings together legacy heroes and their namesakes.
  • Memetic Bystander: The fan-favorite and fan-named Walking Shirtless Scene "Man Bun Jogger," who later gets upgraded to a named character.
  • Minidress of Power:
    • Khatie's ballerina-inspired costume and her tennis-inspired costume from Dyna both featured short skirts.
    • When Umbra rescues Zoe from the clutches of Garmento's Vowel ninjas, she does it in a minidress so short even the baddies make a quip about it.
      Y: Your party dress is a little short, don't you think Umbra?
      Umbra: Y, do you care?
      Y: Women your age usually wear a more appropriate length.
  • My Future Self and Me: When Zoe is kidnapped by Excelsior, her future self comes to the rescue.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Designer Arpaya Servachi and her murdered brother, Geno Servachi, are thinly-veiled references to Donatella and Gianni Versace.
  • Power Crystal: The Eternity Stone that Geordie and Zoe use to gain super powers.
  • Product Placement: Unusual for a webcomic, but Heroine Chic features several instances where fashion products and services are advertised in the comic:
    • Refinery29 gets a shoutout and an As Herself cameo on the part of it's co-founder, Christene Barberich, in Chapter 26.
    • The Hayward Luxury Crossbody bag gets a feature in both Chapter 34 and Chapter 35.
    • Zoe and Laren gush over a reversible jacket from Dolores Haze in Chapter 38.
  • Pun-Based Title: The webcomic's name, "Heroine Chic", is a play on the phrase "heroin chic", a look popularized in the 90's that takes its name from the effects of heroin use on the body (pale skin, dark under-eye circles, unhealthily skinny proportions that evolved into an androgynous mien). "Heroine" (a female hero) and "heroin" (the drug) are homophones.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Superhero Avalon is over 1,000 years old, but doesn't look a day over 40.
  • Rubber Man: Scot, Alex, and Gabe Flexstein are a trio of superpowered brothers who can all stretch like rubber. They fight crime as "The Flexmen."
  • Sharing a Body: Silverman and his twin sister Super Ego share the same body. It's unclear if it's only Super Ego who has crime-fighting super powers, but it appears they both have the ability to swap gender presentation based on whose in control.
  • Sidekick:
    • Khatie's sidekick, Mr. Ping, also functions as a personal assistant.
    • Zoe's roommate and best friend Laren works part-time as the sidekick "Liberteen" to superhero "The Nation." She shares the gig with seven other women, all with matching costumes and similar builds.
  • Stage Names: Dyna Cuff's real name is Dyan Rosenzweig. Her rival, Umbra, is the only person to ever call her "Dyan."
  • Straw Misogynist: Huge as Vowel Ninja "Y" makes a snide remark about Umbra's Minidress of Power in front of Zoe, giving Zoe license to go on a rant about sexism in the fashion industry. (There also appears to be some institutional bias in the baddies' elite ninja squad wages. According to former ninja squad member "U" ( Umbra), male Vowel Ninjas are paid more.)
    Zoe: And you! How dare you tell Umbra what she should wear! That's body shaming and ageist! Fashion is a personal statement for men and women, and no one has the right to dictate the color, or the style, or the length. We each decide what's right for us!
  • Show Within a Show: Dyna's renovation of Zoe's business gets its own six-episode HGTV special called "Dyna Might."
  • Superpowered Alter Ego: How the Power Crystal works for Geordie and Zoe — it gives them Comboplatter Powers and a disguise.
  • Time Dilation: When Zoe gets kidnapped and confined on Excelsion's spaceship, she experiences only a day's worth of time. On Earth she's gone for six weeks.
  • Title Drop: When Zoe founds her own business designing superhero suits and selling cortex-imbued off-the-rack fashion, she calls it "Heroine Chic."
  • Trans Tribulations: Khatie's coming out is traumatic and unplanned. After seeing her sidekick murdered, having all her worst fears dragged to the surface & paraded around in her mind, and being beaten within an inch of her life by Mindfull, photos of her ended up on the internet when the paparazzi Mr. Ping had called to witness her triumphant defeat of a burglar instead found Khatie bloodied, unconscious, and partially stripped.
  • Transformation Trinket: Geordie uses a red Power Crystal to transform into Valiant. Zoe later uses that same crystal to transform into Gilded Lily.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Quincy is not only aware that Silverman and his twin sister Super Ego are Sharing a Body, it's part of the reason he's dating the two of them.
    Laren: You know Silverman's twin sister is Super Ego, right? And that they share--
    Quincy: I know. I'm looking forward to it.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: In the first season, Zoe seems to have an unlimited number of cute dresses and accessories to wear to her job and on her dates, despite working a handful of gigs to make ends meet. Many of those dresses (including the polka-dot dress she wore when she met with Captain Jack in Chapter 13 (and then booty-called Valiant in Chapter 14), the graphic-print dress she wore to the fashion show with Dyna in Chapter 15, the sleeveless red dress she wore clubbing with Laren in Chapter 20, the blue mod-style dress she wore while working with Spinner and Avelanche in Chapter 21, the black dress she wore on her first date with Daniel in Chapter 22, and the white dress she wore in the season 1 finale in Chapter 26 ) make a cameo appearance in the first episode of Season 2, when she's picking out what to wear to an important consultation.
  • Weight Woe: Scott, leader of the Flexmen, is hyper-conscious about his weight, and is always worried about whether his costume makes him "look fat." He mentions having been on a juice cleanse before his latest fitting with Dyna.


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