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Joy To The World is a webcomic created/written/drawn by Johnathan Wrathborne. It's a 4 panel series about the daily adventures of an angry 11 year old hell raiser named Joy Fulbright. A reboot was made but for whatever reason was appeared to have been discontinued.

Its an abstract comedy, thats part slice-of-life, about a girl with a big personality, a little lonely, trying to find her place in life as well as fending off boredom. Joy is a tomboy who doesn't conform to life's rules really, from terrorizing her divorced mother, teacher, or other students, she struggles to comprehend societies rules as well as stigmas.

With her friend Kimmy the artist, Neil the quiet thinker, she bounces off life's walls.


This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Arch-Enemy: Joy considers Gary (who is always depicted as a dark silhouette) hers.
  • The Atoner: Downplayed; Jin tries to be this by being nicer to an amnesiac Joy when she sees her again and tries to rekindle the friendship that Joy and Kim once had when she found out the two began to avoid eachother due to the latter's personality change from the amnesia, but of course...the minute Joy finds out that Jin was responsible for her amnesia, its all undone.
  • Berserk Button: Each character seems to have a few.
    • For Joy, she has atleast two; the first one being played for laughs while the second is played for drama:
      • Mentioning her middle name, which is "Anastasia", instantly gets whoever mentions it stuffed into a trashcan.
      • Learning that Jin is responsible for causing her Amnesia sends her into a rage and causes her to beat Jin up.
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  • Cerebus Syndrome: The story begins to become less comedic after page 166, when Jin accidentally hits Joy in a head-on collision on account of the fact that she was texting while driving.
  • Create Your Own Villain: A flashback scene shows that two years ago Kim got Joy to beat up Joanna because they both believed her to have stolen her sketchbook after she revealed that she tore out a page that Kim drew to insult her...afterwards, this lead to an argument between Joanna and her grandmother on the way home which caused a car crash that would kill the latter, and Neil found Kim's sketchbook in the cafeteria the very next day...but Kim never bothered to apologize for putting her on the spot. Joanna saw this, and was infuriated afterwards due to the suffering the two put her through which was why she chose to antagonize Joy and Kim from the getco.
  • Creepy Twins: The Singh twins.
  • Disappointing Older Sibling: Downplayed. Jin Parker isn't a trainwreck, but she still does things her father disapproves of and isn't exactly a role model older sister for Kim either.
  • Expy: Joy is like an female, older, more cynical and violent version of Calvin.
  • Freudian Trio: The three main kids. The impulsive and mischievous Joy is Id, Neil (described as the Straight Man of the trio by Word of God) is Superego, and Kimmy is the Ego, as she is somewhere in-between
  • Gainax Ending: The final page in the original comic ends with Joy's mother reuniting with her pet cat welcoming it home, with Joy already being gone from the comic 4 pages ago.
  • Groin Attack: Joy is always trying to do this to Gary.
    • She eventually succeeds while at a field trip to a zoo... but almost at the cost of losing Kim as her friend for using her sketchbook to lure him out.
  • Hidden Depths: The fact that Gary is able to give Joy some rather heartfelt advice on dealing with her amnesia and the lack of transparency as to how she got it and literally talk to her shows he's not entirely the monster Joy and Kim made him out to be. Of course, he dumps her in a trashcan as always after giving his advice...
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Joy has one here.
    • She asks her mother a very reasonable question here as well.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Discussed; Kim mentions to Ed on their walk to school that Jin has been "real quiet" eversince she hit Joy with her car to the point she literally never drives anymore out of guilt. Its safe to say that Jin's that way due to the remorse.
  • Perky Goth: Kimmy's outfit is quasi-goth (in the author's own words), but she's relatively cheerful.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After Kim learns that Cassandra was responsible for beating up Ed to learn about the cause of Joy's amnesia to cause trouble, she immediately beats up the Singh twins (shoving one of them through the ground) and Cassandra, making it clear she's going to give them hell in the next school year.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Joys best friend Kimmy is very sarcastic and needles Joy about her actions and personality frequently.
  • Shout-Out: Joy's outfit is stated by Word of God to be based of Peppermint Patty's getup in Peanuts.
    • Apparently the author is a fan, he got the idea to not show the faces of the adult characters from Peanuts as well.
  • The Smart Guy: Neil who is usually quiet and reads books is the smart guy. He ends up observing Joys actions from a distance and shakes his head.
  • Straight Man: Neil, according to Word of God.
  • Stuffed into a Trashcan: Joy, usually by Gary. Once by Kimmy.
  • Tomboy: Joy herself is very much a Tomboy. Fighting, cursing, refusing to wear any girls clothes.
  • Trauma Button: Jin absolutely hates being reminded that she almost killed Joy and is responsible for everything that ensued afterwards, so much so to the point that it drives her to tears to even think about it; she's that guilty about it.
    Lucy: Wait, you're driving again, Jin? But you hit a-
    Jin: *tearfully* FUCKING SHUT UP, LUCY!!
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Jin Parker accidentally hits Joy with her car while texting, and ends up both putting her in a coma and giving her amnesia.
  • Wham Shot: The minute that Joy was hit by a car and shown to be in a coma, the series wasn't the same after that.
  • You Just Had to Say It : Joy has a very big mouth and isn't shy about sharing her opinions. This often causes problems for her, and those around her.


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