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Little Nuns is a small art/webcomic series hosted on Twitter by Diva. It chronicles the lives of young nuns who go about their daily hijinks with each other, forming bonds along the way.

Originally starting as a series of small sketches on May 12, 2020, it has since grown into Diva's favorite passion project that has developed a devout following, now consisting of over 400+ images uploaded each day except (appropriately enough) Sunday. It was originally unnamed until December 19, 2020, when Diva announced in a tweet of a possible artbook in the works, thus solidifying its current and official name.


Little Nuns provides examples of:

  • Ambiguous Time Period: It's not clear when, exactly, the series takes place. The lack of most modern conveniences indicates it's at some point in the past, at least; there are no cars, and Half-Bang Nun's camera is extremely antique-looking.
  • Animal Motif: Curly-Top Nun has frogs, while her closest friend Sheep Nun has... guess. The lesser-seen Bunny Nun is also self-explanatory. Also, ducks. Lots and lots of ducks.
  • Art Evolution: While the illustrations remain detailed, the early installments had the characters drawn more proportionally and the color palette was more subdued. As time went on, the characters' looks were exaggerated more, and they began showing more cartoonish traits.
  • Artistic License – Religion: In real life, a woman must be 18 or older before she can take the vows and become a nun. While young girls living with the church (perhaps as orphans) isn't unheard of, they wouldn't wear the habits until they take those vows. Also, nuns don't show hair under their habits, but this is likely to help differentiate the characters (only two of the nuns, the Mother Superior and the nun with the star accessories, wear their habits correctly).
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  • Beware the Nice Ones: One arc has a flock of pigeons try to terrorize the convent, including hypnotizing some of the main characters into accepting them. They're ultimately bested when they're stared into submission by Bunny Nun, of all characters.
  • Big Eater: The aptly-nicknamed Gluttonous Nun is always eating. She's rather thin despite this, though a number of pictures show she's extremely good at sports, implying she exercises enough to make up for the calories.
  • Butt-Monkey: The Grey Bangs Nun is constantly getting hurt or into other trouble. She's never seen without at least one bandage.
  • Call-Back:
    • Lead Nun receives a chili pepper stuffed toy for her birthday, just as she gave one to the Half-Bang Nun for hers earlier in the year.
    • The Gluttonous Nun is shown facing the Elderly Nun's humongous stack of pancakes. As you'd expect from her, she is more than satisfied and asks for seconds, contrast to the rest who still can't finish one stack.
  • Calvinball: The nuns play "A NEW SPORT" that involves hitting a soccer ball with a baseball bat, with a referee holding yellow and red cards, and a catcher wearing an oven mitt.
  • A Day in the Limelight: After the one-year anniversary, a series of pictures ran featuring the older nuns, in particular the Mother Superior when she first entered the monastery.
  • Does Not Like Spam: The Lead Nun does not like broccoli, and is forced to eat it by the older and more mature Grumpy Nun, presumably because she did something wrong while her friends go out to play baseball. Later gets referenced in this panel where the Grumpy Nun is put in the same situation with tomatoes.
  • Doorstop Baby: One of the flashback illustrations reveals that the Lead Nun was left at the monastery this way.
  • Easter Egg: There's a chicken hidden in every page after August 3rd, 2020, when he made his escape.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Curly-Top Nun will eat practically anything. Raw pumpkins, paper cookies... at one point she's seen biting into an unpeeled banana.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Star Nun is never seen with her eyes open. Even in the flashbacks to her childhood at the convent, she always has closed eyes.
  • Flashback: A number of the drawings jump back to when the characters were younger. There are effectively three timeframes: the present, the Lead Nun's early childhood, and fifty years before the present when the convent was just getting started.
  • A Friend in Need: The Lead Nun gets her gown stained with tea hours before her Christmas recital. Her fellow nuns decide to help her through it by staining their own gowns, then staining the gowns of their ducks for good measure.
  • Generation Xerox: The Half-Bang Nun is a miniature copy of her mother, just with her bangs on the opposite side. Both are amazing artists.
  • Head Pet: What the hedgehog becomes to Glasses Nun.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: The nuns all at least generally like each other, but some are closer than others. The most notable pairing is Curly-Top Nun and Sheep Nun, who go back a very long way.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Curly-Top Nun frequently rides on the back of her pet ostrich.
  • "Last Supper" Steal: The August 16, 2021 drawing shows the nuns as the Last Supper, with the Lead Nun as Jesus. The positions don't have any special meaning... except that, of course, Curly-Top Nun is Judas.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Series milestones are often marked by a celebration in-universe. #100 celebrated a duck themed anniversary, #200 celebrated Half-Bangs' birthday, #300 celebrated the arrival of Curly-Top Nun into the monastery, and #400 had Glasses Nun hold a concert on a real guitar.
  • Missing Mom: There are three graves on Curly-Top Nun's family's farm, her mother never appears during the mini-arc set on said farm, and Curly-Top Nun leaves a stuffed animal she made on one of the graves. All the evidence points to her mother having passed on.
  • Nameless Narrative: As the use of nicknames might imply, the characters in this series have no official names. In-universe, whenever a character would be identified by name in writing, they're instead singled out by a drawing of their face.
  • Onion Tears: This comic has the nuns cut onions. Despite wearing dark glasses intended for protection, they still end up tearing up.
  • The One Guy: Given that the series is set in a convent, the only recurring male character is the Priest.
  • Only Sane Man: The Priest. He usually doesn't get involved with whatever the nuns are up to, but whenever he does, he tends to be the Butt-Monkey in their antics. The Stern Nun tries to be this, but sometimes her anger will get the best of her.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The Curly-Top Nun is always seen with a triangle shape frown. Her father also has this trait, if you can see under his mustache.
  • Quacking Up: Every image has at least one duck, usually either participating in the nuns’ shenanigans or just generally being Ridiculously Cute Critters.
  • Quitting to Get Married: Half-Bang's mother used to be a nun for a long time. For some unstated reasons she left the convent, but given that she returned some odd years later with Half-Bangs, it's implied that she left because she'd fallen in love.
  • Read the Fine Print: The August 28, 2021 picture shows the Lead Nun trying to run a scam with a big banner that says "I'll Trade You A Cookie For Many Cookie"... with the word "toys" in much smaller print. (The "cookies" she's giving away are made of cardboard.)
  • The Rival: The Grumpy Nun and the Smug Nun have had it in for each other since they were children.
  • Shout-Out: The Half-Bang Nun's caramel popcorn scheme illustration has her and the Lead Nun in the poses of the Far Cry 4 box art.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Curly-Top Nun and her father both have a pouty-looking triangular frown (similar to Renge) as their default expression and a hook-shaped bang on their foreheads. The flashback to the beginning of the convent shows that Curly Top Nun's grandmother also possessed both traits, and Curly-Top’s mother had the same froggy puppet and general love of frogs as her daughter (though she understandably lacks the family’s signature pout).
  • Sweet Tooth: All of the young nuns love to eat cookies. In some cases, they like to do more playful things with them, like setting up a Cookie Bank or playing poker with them.
  • Team Pet: The convent has a bunch of chubby white ducks around. They often join in the sisters' antics and are something of a mascot to the series.
    • Curly-Top Nun has two: an ostrich she raised from an egg and a large frog.
    • The Mother Superior had a pair of dogs, which were adopted by Half-Bang's mother and left the convent with her.
  • Terrible Artist: The Grumpy Nun can't paint, sculpt, draw, or generally do any artistic talent well.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Half-Bang Nun has chili peppers, Curly-Top Nun has broccoli, and all the nuns adore cookies.
  • Trash of the Titans: Downplayed, but Curly-Top Nun's living spaces are not in any sort of order.
  • Unaffected by Spice: The Half-Bang Nun loves spicy peppers. When she's in charge of dinner, she makes a stew so hot the others can't even finish a bowl, while she calmly eats hers. She also puts chili peppers into things nobody expects to spice up, like desserts and tea. Even her birthday cake is decorated in chili peppers, which no one else in the monastery can handle.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The convent's location remains a mystery. Fanon places it somewhere in Australia based on a few strips involving kangaroos, but there is zero hard evidence in any direction.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Most characters adhere to realistic hair colors, and most are either blonde or brunette. However, at least four of the nuns (the Smug Nun, Bunny Nun, Grey Bangs Nun and Parted Grey Nun) have silver to white hair.