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Webcomic / Hopping Gills

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Not all heroes wear capes

Hopping Gills is a webcomic by Herny, creator of the popular Luna Afterdark blog.

The story follows Kip, as he tries to become a hero. However, things take a different turn for him when he meets Priscilla the Fish Girl. A self-confident adventurer who shares the same dream but has different methods of achieving it.

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  • An Asskicking Christmas: The Audrey Jollyday Special.
  • Big Entrance: Priscilla tries to do one. But by the time she's finished tuning her banjo, the thug she and Kip were about to ambush had gotten away.
  • City of Adventure: Magnolia City, to the extent where heroes come from all over looking for adventure and many businesses seem targeted to those heroes.
  • Determinator: Kip really wants to be a hero. Especially showcased when he's initially trying to capture Priscilla.
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  • Half-Human Hybrid: Many of the characters are some kind of animal people.
  • Helping Granny Cross the Street: The only act of heroism Kip can accomplish at the start is helping an old woman carry groceries.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Priscilla's weapon of choice is a banjo.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Kip has one since he's a frog and he tries using it to grab a wanted poster.
  • Red Baron: Priscilla "The Fish Girl".
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Parodied by Kip's scarf, which has the look but more realistically gets in the way all the time.
  • Super Swimming Skills: Priscilla can swim for miles through a storm to catch a ship, justified in that she's half fish.
  • 20 Bear Asses: At least some of the quests on the quest board are these.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: Kip finds one for Priscilla.
  • A Wizard Did It: One of the bar patrons thought Priscilla was a goblin, and her swimming abilities were due to magic.
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  • You Mean "Xmas": Jollyday.


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