Magical Boy is an original webcomic by The Kao
Max is your average high school student trying to get through life as himself. He may not be your average boy, being assigned female at birth, but he's set on being the man he is. Though, trying to come out to his parents is one thing, his mom coming out as a Magical Girl is another. Now it is Max's responsibility to take on the family tradition of becoming the next Magical Girl and save humanity.
This webcomic provides examples of the following tropes:
- Armoured Closet Gay: The reason why Pyper is so abrasive towards Jen and Max is because she harbored attraction towards other women (most likely Jen) and is fully aware of how her pastor father would think about it, internalizing these feelings and taking out her frustration on them.
- Emotion Eater: After Aurora introduced light (and with it, the emotional spectrum) onto the world, Devoid discovered a dark-based by-product of this light born from negative emotions and that feeding on this darkness made him stronger. His minions are also able to feed on this darkness as well, growing bigger and stronger the more they feed off of humans.
- Fan Disservice: Max is horrified when his first Magical "Girl" Transformation Sequence forces destroys his bindernote and forces him into a frilly dress, ties his hair in a ribbon (and turns it silver), and gives him make-up, jeweled earrings and a necklace. The comic begins with a well-deserved Content Warning saying it may induce gender dysphoria.
- Gay Best Friend: Max's Butch Lesbian friend Jen is the first one to know Max's gender identity, and supports him. The comic has yet to show her in a romantic relationship with anyone.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Max's mother Hikari has a rather narrow view of things when it comes to her family's role as the descendants of Aurora to the point of being insufferable. She tries enforcing strict gender-roles onto Max while completely overlooking him coming out as trans, does everything she can to make him fulfill his role as the current goddess without considering how he feels about any of it. It is even implied that the only reason why she married her husband was because she would have named her daughter "Áine Own", a name that has symbolic significance with the Creation Myth and the Legacy of the Chosen.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Discussed: After Max says that the nice and cute Student Council President Tobi is straight, Jen says that maybe he'll make an exception for Max. Max isn't keen on the idea, since he doesn't want Tobi to see him as a woman.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: The role of Goddess was forced onto Max on his birthday, specifically the day he decided to come out to his parents as trans. Because the Goddess is an exclusively feminine role to take, he is forced to have his hair up, his face covered in make-up and wear a frilly dress whenever he has to take on his duty (which he has no real say in whether he wants to fulfill it or not). If he does not fulfill his destiny, then the world will be overrun with emotion-eating monsters, leading to The End of the World as We Know It. When he is not powered-up, his zealous-to-the-point-of-obnoxious mother tries reminding him of his destiny every chance she gets, ignoring his coming out and trying to enforce his assigned gender onto him so that he may be a "Proper Lady."
- Legacy of the Chosen: The role of Goddess has been passed down from mother to daughter from one generation to another in Max's family.
- Light Is Good: In the Creation Myth, Aurore, Goddess of Light bestowed light upon the world and banished Devoid from his role as dark lord over the planet before bestowing light onto the creatures that lived there. After her being was sacrificed in her efforts to banish Devoid from our dimension, her descendants take up the role of Magical Girl to keep Devoid and his minions from escaping.
- Open-Minded Parent: Max's father accepts his gender identity and preferred name immediately, and promises to support him despite his wife's unsupportive attitude.
- Star-Spangled Spandex: When transformed, Max's hair and dress takes on the patterns of a starry-night.
- Supernaturally Validated Trans Person: Inverted - Max, when he transforms, is forced into an extremely feminine and sparkly persona, despite being a trans guy. This may be on its way to being played straight, however, as his outfit has been gradually becoming more masculine. Over the course of a few pages, his dress has become shorter and less sparkly, he's been getting a Skirt over Slacks, and got sneakers instead of high-heels.
- Title Drop: Max declares himself a "magical boy" at the end of the tenth issue.
- Wanted a Gender-Conforming Child: Hikari has been really wanting Max to take up his intended role of a Goddess, even since before he was born. Of course, she doesn't react well when he comes out as trans and is still having trouble accepting it.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: When Max is trying on clothes to try to pass as male better, an employee says "Hello sir" to the short-haired Jen, and then addresses Max as "ma'am".