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Hooky is a fantasy webcomic by Míriam Banastre Tur about twins Dani and Dorian Wytte, who happen to be young witches. When Dani and Dorian miss the bus that was supposed to take them to their first day of magic school, they fear they'll be punished by their parents — so they decide to find a mentor to study with. After some searching, they eventually meet a soothsayer named Pendragon and decide to live with him to learn new skills in magic. As the story progresses, the Wytte twins are joined in their adventure by Nico, Monica, and Mark. Monica, the princess of the kingdom, is on a mission to rescue her betrothed William from evil witches who kidnapped him. Nico, Dani, and Dorian join Monica on this mission oblivious to the greater evils they will encounter along the way that can only be described as a battle between good and evil.

Hooky contains examples of:

  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Dani is afraid that she could really kill someone with her magic. Considering her raw power and lack of control, this fear is fairly justified.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Nico has a crush on Dani, who likes Mark, who likes… nobody really. Then there’s Dorian’s crush on Monica, who’s engaged to William.
  • Animesque/Manhwa-Esque: Not at a glance, but the character designs definitely take cues from Asian Comics.
  • Ambiguously Gay: A lot of Damian’s behavior around William seems to suggest a crush, but it’s unconfirmed. Things are made even more confusing when Damian wakes William with "true love's kiss" after giving another character a speech about how they didn't necessarily have to want him romantically to wake him. Though he does express reluctance about doing it himself.
    • The ambiguousness on Damian’s end is dropped in Chapter 159 where he outright states that he loves William. The issue is on William’s end as he can’t seem to distinguish between his royal duties and what he actually wants.
  • Arranged Marriage: Monica and William
  • Badass Adorable: Dani and Dorian are cute kids who happen to be incredibly powerful witches.
  • Badass Bookworm: Dorian loves to read. He can also memorize any spell he’s read, and perform it almost perfectly on the first try.
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  • Beware the Nice Ones: Dani and Dorian are sweet kids, but don’t hurt their loved ones. Dorian seriously contemplates black magic when he sees Dani about to be burned at the stake. Dani goes on a short Roaring Rampage of Revenge when Alex is stabbed.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Mark towards the younger kids.
  • Book Dumb: Mark repeated a year of school.
  • Break the Cutie: The entire series is seeing just how much pain and heartbreak Dani and Dorian can go through before they break.
  • Burn the Witch!: Currently outlawed, but witches have been burned in the past. A crowd attempts to burn Dani when she’s mistaken for a witch that had been killing children. In the past, Angela Wytte was nearly burned after Damian accidentally outed the family as witches. Only the king’s intervention saved her.
  • Character Death: Alex is killed by a soldier. Later on, Dani and Dorian’s dad is killed during the battle in the desert. As an act of revenge, Angela Wytte murders Monica's parents, the king and queen, in their sleep.
  • Character Development: Monica goes from spoiled and prejudiced against witches, to a more worldly girl who uses magic herself and eventually calls herself a witch and dedicates her life to fighting for her friends.
    • Dani is an interesting case where this trope is used negatively. She starts of the series being the most optimistic of the twins and the most eager to befriend humans. Unfortunately after the time-skip happens, Dani’s been through so many Break the Cutie moments that she’s barely recognizable as the new Queen of the Witches.
  • Characterization Marches On: Early chapters portray William as resilient and competent against his captors. Monica's memories of him during a flashback show him as much more bumbling and naive, and this characterization seems to have returned by the time he's rescued and stays with him for the rest of the series.
    • Master Pendragon is much mellower in earlier chapters, but he loses this fairly quickly once the plot starts to pick up and he shows his true colors.
  • Cry Cute: Pick a girl, any girl (or Dori). They've probably shed tears at least once.
  • Deconstructed Trope: The prophecy in a fantasy world that foretells great things for one of the main characters...Except, instead of a heroic act, it's about one of them turning into the King of Witches.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb: In a way, this is the series, pre time skip. Trying to figure out which twin will become the King of Witches, and stopping them before they snap.
  • The Dreaded: Angela and Hans Wytte.
  • Driving Question: Which twin will become the King of Witches?
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Angela and Hans Wytte are Anti-Villains who love their kids. To a lesser extent, Hilde Wytte also loves her family.
  • Fantastic Racism: Witches are regarded with fear and hatred by many non-witches. In turn, many witches hate non-witches. The conflict is not helped at all by the long and bloody history between the two sides.
  • Grey and Grey Morality: In the witches vs. non-witches conflict, neither is "good" or "evil". They're just two groups of people who've been hurt and hurt others in return. And unfortunately, innocents, witches and non-witches alike, get caught in the crossfire.
  • Handsome Lech: Amir, the foreign prince with multiple wives.
  • Heroic Albino: Damian Wytte has white hair and pale blue eyes.
  • Important Haircut: Dani cuts her hair short when she resolves to give up her magic.
  • In-Series Nickname: Dani is short for Daniella.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Although Dani and Dorian develop strong friendships and crushes on other characters, they are still the closest to each other, first and foremost. Dani even goes through Sanity Slippage and ends up as an Ophelia after she thinks she sees Dorian die.
  • Love Triangle: Sort of. Nico likes Dani, Dani likes Mark, and Mark...doesn’t like anyone, really.
    • Another, even more complicated example: Dorian likes Monica, but Monica is determined to find Will. Once she does find him, however, she realizes she may not be in love with him. And Will...who knows what’s going on there.
    • Then there’s William, Monica, and Damian. William and Monica have been engaged since childhood and they choose to go forward with it after the time-skip, but purely for political purposes as Monica needs both the people’s and the royal army’s support in case her plans to save Dani go wrong. As for Damian, it’s confirmed he has feeling for William that go beyond friendship, but he chooses to be okay with that because of the circumstances of William’s engagement. And William...Yeah, no one knows what’s going on there.
  • Missing Mom: Nico’s mother died to protect Pendragon, and Mark’s mother is only mentioned as not being around.
  • My Greatest Failure: Several characters blame themselves for awful things that weren't necessarily their fault.
    • Damien believes its his fault his mother got burned, even tho he was just a child and had little control over the situation.
    • Master Pendragon admits time and time again to secretly wanting to kill the Wytte twins. He can never bring himself to do it, and as things grow more complicated, he bemoans that he should have just killed them when he had the chance.
  • Nice Guy: Downplayed, but Mark's definitely no bully, even though Nico does his best to convince everyone otherwise. He can be awkward and blunt but overall he's very friendly to the Twins. He does have a short fuse when it comes to troublemakers though.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: A dark example. Dani has a dark spirit in the shape of a cat following her around.
  • Ocular Gushers: Of the beady, gel-like variety. As seen here.
  • One-Word Title: Hooky.
  • Only Friend: In the past, Mark was Nico’s.
  • Parental Substitute: Pendragon is the closest Nico has to a parent. He isn’t a very good one.
  • Plucky Girl: Dani was nearly burned at the stake, but retains her optimism and strong moral fiber.
  • Precocious Crush: Dani has a crush on Mark, who’s at least a couple years older than her.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Dani and Dorian, just like their parents. Damian averts this, as he has white hair and blue eyes, unlike the rest of his family.
  • Revenge: Angela Wytte wants revenge for nearly getting burned at the stake.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Monica and Will.
  • Sad Clown: Nico actually feels very inferior to his friends, who appear to surpass him in every way. He just hides it under a “cool” façade.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Monica loves to get gifts for her friends.
  • Those Two Guys: Ivy and Anne, Monica's friends/ladies in waiting.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Dani is incredibly powerful, but has trouble getting her spells right.
  • Wham Episode: The witches’ invasion of the king’s ball. The king is a frog, Damian is the king of witches and now the country, and Alex is dead.
    • The chapters after the battle in the desert can feel like wham shots after wham shots. Dani and Dorian’s dad is killed in battle, their mom kills Monika’s parents in revenge, and then their mom kidnaps Dani. Finally, the arc wraps up with probably the most heartbreaking moment yet: Dani’s mental breakdown after she believes Dorian was killed, leading her to becoming the Queen of Witches.
  • Wham Shot: Everything seems normal as Dani and Dorian fight during the witch attack on the king’s ball. until Alex is stabbed through her back and stomach.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: After Alex's death Dani goes into a Roaring Rampageof Revenge. Nico manages to snap her out of it and scolds her for letting her powers go out of control. Soon after Mark shows up, and Dani runs and cries into his arms to be comforted, solely to escape Nico.
  • Younger Than They Look: Alex really thought Mark was old enough to drink.

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