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" On earth there are bad people, and then there are REALLY BAD people. If you’re one of the latter, you don’t just get sent to Hell, you get sent to Hell and get assigned a job collecting the souls of some of the worst people on Earth. Such is the career path of a young woman named Scarlet, who dies and is delivered down to the fiery underworld only to find herself in an entry level position as…The Grim Reaper!
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Upon a young woman's death, she loses her memories and is taken directly to hell. There, she not only meets the devil, she is informed that she was one of the worst sinners there were, and is given a choice: either become one of his grim reapers, or be sentenced to the ninth circle of hell, a complete void lacking in any of the five senses. To avoid this fate, she agrees. Going by the name of Scarlet, she now has to kill one sinner per day, lest she be taken to the ninth circle. However, she meets a detective who seems to know something about who she was while alive. Hungry for answers, she teams up with him to try to discover who she was while alive. However, she's keeping her identity as a reaper a secret, and she still must find and kill one sinner every day, which complicates things.

I'm the Grim Reaper is a Webcomic created by Graveweaver in 2018, and was featured in August 2019. You can find it here.

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I'm the Grim Reaper provides examples of:

  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: This may not be a movie, but for a webcomic with so many action scenes, there are definitely more contemplative moments, since life and death are very prevalent themes.
  • Action Girl: Scarlet is very good at using her scythe...however, as badass as she is, she’s still a new reaper and lacks experience.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Played with. Scarlet, unknowingly, with Jordan, who she doesn't know is a serial killer. The two quickly switch places when Scarlet literally cuts him in half in a dark alley. A second example is the flashback where Chase interrogates a man who murdered his wife and is using his children as hostages unless all charges against him are dropped. They switch roles when, after Chase gets all the information he needs, Chase shoots the man in the head three times, all on camera, knowing the consequences.
  • All Crimes Are Equal:
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    • What Scarlet finds out with her second sinner. The Red X appears on sinners, be it a murderer or a thief, a sinner is a sinner. After discovering this she tries to find out more about her targets to make sure she is actually killing a vile person rather than someone that just stole something quick to eat.
    • Averted when the Sinner is actually in Hell though, as the Devil places sinners in the Levels of Hell fitting for their crime. When Scarlet sees a Serial Killer only going to Level 6, she is horrified to wonder what she did to justify being sent to the 9th.
  • And I Must Scream: The fate of anyone sentenced to the last circle of hell, since it's a void completely empty of any sensation or people. It's little wonder Scarlet is so desperate to avoid it.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: How Scarlet sees her job as a Grim Reaper. She was forced to either kill a Sinner a day or live out the rest of existence in the 9th Level of Hell, a completely empty void that robs her of all of her senses.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Scarlet apologizes to her first victim before killing him. After finding out what kind of person he was, she probably regrets doing so.
  • Asshole Victim: Played straight with the first sinner, who was a serial killer. Played with in regards to the second sinner, as Scarlet finds her sin to not be too bad, and very played with the third sinner, whose sin was horrible, but also had an awful past, and also accepted her punishment with grace.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: While Chase may or may not be Obfuscating Stupidity, he is definitely analytical and manipulative, able to trick a suspect into making a grave mistake.
  • Beneath Suspicion: All of the sinners shown so far look like normal people.
  • Berserker Tears: Scarlet sheds these as she kills Jordan, the first sinner.
  • Black and Grey Morality: While the sinners are certainly awful, the main characters include a developing Blood Knight with a demonic side who works for the devil, and a former detective with a mysterious past and manipulative streak who shouldn’t be trusted with a gun. They aren’t exactly the pinnacles of virtue.
  • Bland-Name Product: Fatecraft is probably a mix of Fate/Grand Order and Warcraft.
  • Blatant Lies: When Jordan asks Scarlet what her name is, she doesn't remember it nor has she come up with one. She stumbles over her words until she says "Scarlet." He seems to buy it.
  • Blood Knight: Scarlet certainly seems to be displaying some of these tendencies, becoming more willing and almost happy to take out sinners.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:Happens on occasion. Satan is particularly prone to this, referencing episodes by word.
  • Cat Girl: Chase imagines Scarlet as one upon her reveal of her horns and tail.
  • Cowboy Cop: What Chase is implied to have been when he was a detective.
  • Crapsack World: The world the characters live in is not kind, with Scarlet seeing sinners everywhere. We get to see two murderers up close, and only over a matter of a few days.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Scarlet gets these after becoming a grim reaper. She doesn't find them cute.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Scarlet’s comes very early in the story. At first she’s more apprehensive about killing sinners, but when the adorkable young man she meets who’s marked as one turns out to be a cold blooded serial killer, she quickly becomes more jaded and willing to do the job.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Scarlet, oh so much. Chase has his moments as well. And especially Satan.
    Satan (to Scarlet): "Ah, I guess you are kind of old...Oh, um, I mean I'm sure we can work around it with the outfit. Don't look so worried."
  • Deal with the Devil: Scarlet makes one to avoid being sent to the last circle of hell.
  • Death of a Child: Thankfully not shown, but the first case that Chase and Scarlet investigate is of a missing boy. His mother strangled him, cut him into pieces, and flushed him down the toilet to hide the evidence.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The Discover version is in mostly black and white, with splashes of color (particularly red, but sometimes pink or other colors) here and there for effect. The featured version is mostly colored, but there are scenes that are like this on occasion.
  • Distinguishing Mark: Scarlet has a scar on her mouth.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: If you're not a sinner, Scarlet probably won't bother you. Averted for sinners though.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Averted. Chase’s past relationship with a tsundere is played very seriously, and the abuse and the effects on him are not played for laughs at all. Even Scarlet is disturbed by it, and she immediately apologizes for her rather rude statements saying only idiots can't think about love rationally.
  • Downer Beginning: We open with Scarlet arriving in hell.
  • Emo Teen: Although she's an adult, Scarlet's grim reaper outfit definitely looks like this.
  • Eye Color Change: Before becoming a reaper, Scarlet's eyes are a very human shade of dark brown/black. When she becomes a reaper, they turn bright red.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Played with. The woman who killed her son was killed too quickly for her to even react, but she accepts her punishment in hell with grace.
  • Freudian Excuse: The woman who killed her son is given one: she had parents that squashed her unconventional dreams of becoming a writer, and who pressured her into getting an ordinary life by marrying an ordinary man, who abandoned her shortly after she had their son. When her son became terminally ill and she didn’t have the funds to get medicine, she killed him. However, it is presented as less of an excuse, and more of an explanation.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Chase's response to Scarlet after she confirmed the woman killed her son, claiming that those were her choices and there were still a vast amount of other options she could have taken to take care of him.
  • Freudian Slip: The woman Chase and Scarlet are questioning about her missing son. She uses the word “was” relating to him, indicating she knows he's already dead.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: It would appear none of the Reapers like spending any amount of time with Satan.
  • Ghost Amnesia: Scarlet has no recollection of her life, and much of her goals are finding out who she was.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: The ninth level of hell is basically a void devoid of all senses. It’s the fear of being sent here for eternity that drives Scarlet to become a reaper.
  • The Grim Reaper: What Scarlet is.
  • Hell: We see a different circle every time Scarlet kills a sinner.
  • Hellish Pupils: Scarlet and Brook both have slit pupils, likely a trait common to all reapers.
  • Horned Hairdo: Scarlet has two licks of hair on the side of her head that stand up, giving the image of devil horns. Later revealed they actually are horns.
  • Identical Stranger: The excuse Scarlet gives for not being whoever Chase wants to arrest, even though she probably is. It's easier for her to get away with this since the "stranger" is a corpse in the morgue.
  • Identity Amnesia: The Myth Arc for the series so far is Scarlet tying to find out who she was when she was alive and what she did that the Devil himself claimed she was one of the worst sinners he has ever met.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Chase is able to trick a woman into inadvertently using the word “was” in regards to her missing son, basically confirming she killed him.
  • I Never Told You My Name: Scarlet gets startled when Liam calls out to her by calling her Grim Reaper, it turns out it's because her Gamer Name on Fatecraft is GrimReaper666 and he never learned her real name.
  • Inherent in the System: A common theme among sinners is that they blame society for being rotten to the core. It's left ambiguous as to whether or not they're right to blame society, but they're effectively right otherwise.note 
  • Internal Reveal: The start of Season 2, Scarlet reveals she is the Grim Reaper to Chase.
  • In the Hood: Scarlet wears one to hide her horns.
  • It Amused Me: Pretty much everything the Devil does is because he finds it funny.
  • It Gets Easier: When Scarlet kills her first Sinner she is crying and saying she is sorry, she later kills an unnamed mook without hesitation.
  • Killer Rabbit: Brook wears a cutesy ":3" mask and a ribbon tied on his head that resembles bunny ears, but is absolutely terrifying in a fight. The first time he meets Scarlet, he tears off two of her limbs. She only manages to survive by throwing herself out of a window to escape. Twice.
  • Light/Darkness Juxtaposition: Chase and Scarlet’s first “official” meeting has him in the light and her in shadows.
  • Line-of-Sight Alias: Done when the protagonist is asked for her name by another character, Jordan. After mumbling through several names, she sees a red X on Jordan's chest, and blurts out, "Uh . . . Scarlet!" He takes it at face value.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: What Scarlet believes; she doesn’t want to be distracted from her work.
  • Master Actor: Chase is able to convince a woman he’s also a parent who lost a child in order to get her to trust him. It works.
  • Megane: Chase wears glasses and is also quite the pretty boy.
  • Mercy Kill: What the woman justifies her murder of her son as. The author doesn’t make it clear whether it’s the true reason or not, and leaves it ambiguous as to whether it was justifiable.
  • Mr. Exposition: Satan explains a lot about the grim reapers and hell, since he is her boss. Doesn’t mean he tells her everything though...
  • Multicolored Hair: Scarlet has black and red hair.
  • The Nose Knows: Chase states Scarlet often reeks of blood.
  • Nothing Is Scarier:
    • Scarlet is absolutely horrified to see that her sins were deemed worse than a serial killer and yet she cannot remember what she did to justify that.
    • Essentially what the 9th Circle of Hell is, Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Scarlet is horrified at the idea of ever being sent back.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Scarlet is not her real name. She doesn’t have any memories, so she just calls herself that.
  • Powers via Possession: Where a reaper's power is drawn from. A reaper is basically a human soul and a demon soul inside of a puppet body. The demon is just an animal driven by emotion. The human soul is in charge most of the time, but if they start losing control of their emotions, the demon starts taking over.
  • Reality Ensues: In college, Chase fell for a tsundere and they started dating. The relationship turned emotionally and physically abusive and didn’t work out.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: One of Scarlet's eyes tends to glow when she summons her weapon. Her irises are always bright red.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Played with in regards to Scarlet and Chase. Scarlet at times resembles the red, not only due to her colors but because she’s growing into a Blood Knight who kills sinners, and can be reckless at times. Chase sometimes resembles the blue for tending to be more cautious, and being a detective and therefore mostly on the right side of the law. However, during their questioning of the woman with a missing son, they briefly switch: Chase asks Scarlet to hold onto his gun for him, and it’s a good thing he did; he got angry enough at the woman to reach out to his gun holster, likely meaning to shoot her. Scarlet is the one to get him to leave and distract him.
  • Rule of Cool: Satan’s justification for Scarlet’s physical changes that include horns, fangs, black and red hair, and even a tail. She, on the other hand, is less than thrilled.
  • Scars Are Forever: Scarlet is relatively unmarked on her death, except for a small scar on her mouth. Later, she finds out she has scars all over her chest and stomach.
  • Scenery Porn: They are a mix of photos and detailed drawings.
  • Shirtless Scene: Played for laughs when Scarlet walks in on Chase changing his shirt. He gets flustered while she couldn’t care less.
  • Shoutout: Chase’s tie and Scarlet’s boots and prowess with a scythe are shoutouts to Soul Eater.
  • Sinister Scythe: Scarlet’s weapon of choice.
  • Slasher Smile: Scarlet lets loose some of these during her Blood Knight moments, especially notable during her killing of the second sinner.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Scarlet is an Action Girl, while Chase is a detective with a manipulative streak.
  • Sweet Tooth: Scarlet has a strong reaction to her first time eating cotton candy.
  • Tears of Remorse: Scarlet sheds these when she kills her first sinner. She grows out of it quickly.
  • There Is Another: The Devil reveals that there are 2 other Reapers besides her, and didn't tell her until after she was nearly killed by one.
  • Title Drop: Scarlet just before she kills her first victim.
    Scarlet: "There's something I need to tell you. I'm the grim reaper."
  • Troll: The Devil will constantly leave out important details to Scarlet and will usually justify not telling her because she didn't ask.
  • Tsundere: Chase dated one in his past. Deconstructed, as the relationship was an incredibly toxic and abusive one.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Jordan, the first sinner Scarlet meets, seems like a sweetheart, but he's also a serial killer who has murdered several women.
  • You Monster!: Scarlet has called Satan “the worst” several times. He basically asks her what she was expecting, since he is the devil after all.
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