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Webcomic / Life and Death

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First meeting between the two: God: "Steve?";Death: "Yeah, my parents were modern thinkers."

Life And Death is a webcomic by Jonathan Oliver about the personifications of Life (Bobby) & Death (Steve). The comic can be found here here

It is also unrelated to the 1988 medical video game.

The link at the top will now direct you to the comic's Smack Jeeves page the new Drunkduck site.

Tropes present in this work:

  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Almost every major character.
  • Art Evolution: At first. It gets better in the first couple hundred strips, but then the improvement in the quality stops. Which is really too bad.
  • Asshole Victim: here
    • Steve himself qualifies.
  • Batter Up!: One of Steve's favourite weapons is a cricket bat.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He has a fair tolerance for people badmouthing him (with exception to "dress" cracks and related crimes), but one sincerely ill word of his sister and he will be at your fraggin' throat, as seen here. Yikes.
  • Black Comedy: It's Steve. What did you expect?
  • Box-and-Stick Trap: The Boss guesses that Chaos was able to find Steve in the vast Sands of Time using a six pack of beer and a crate (actually it was twenty six-packs laced with enough drugs to put an elephant to sleep).
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Happens occasionally.
  • Can't Argue with Elves: Torn to shreds by the Boss in the most deadpan manner possible. (But not to Screw You, Elves! levels)
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: Chaos' shirt is never the same color from panel to panel.
  • Characterization Marches On: In comic #313, Steve takes a very blase attitude toward magic. Fast forward a few hundred comics, and you get Steve's fleshed-out backstory, and some very compelling reasons for why he doesn't like using magic.
    • The type of magic he's doing in this strip is way less dangerous than the type of magic that he's scared of. As of comic #1092, he's summoning a black hole on the moon, and he's justifiably scared...
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Steve takes his job as Death very seriously and a lot of the people he takes die in some pretty weird ways. However, he doesn't usually go out of his way to be a jerk unless his target is stupid, undead, or the Phoenix bird.
  • Cool Mask: Bobby's mask. Arguably Steve's hood as well.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Steve.
  • Day in the Life: A lot of strips focus on Sally, who's filling in as Death while Steve is away, going about the normal routine of being a reaper. Both Steve and Sally take a role in making sure the person that's supposed to die does so.
  • Evil Tastes Good: Apparently the living soul of a mage tastes like strawberries