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A webcomic by Ryan Armand that ran for 130 episodes from February 2006 to July 2008. The original website is down, but it can still be found on archive.org. Or These Mirrors

minus is an elementary school girl. She is sometimes mistaken for a boy. She has a very powerful imagination and can do anything she wants. The things she does are fickle and whimsical, as well as mischievous and vindictive. She is, after all, a child.

She has very few friends, apart from a green-haired girl, the beings that minus wills into existence, and the ghosts.

It should be noted that this webcomic is not recommended for grownups, who may find it disturbing.

Compare and contrast with "It's a Good Life".

Also, yes, both the character and the strip are spelled with a lower case "m".


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  • 108: minus dies in the 108th strip.
  • Ancient Astronauts: Doubly Subverted: After hearing about the hypothesis, minus goes back in time to try to meet the aliens. She doesn't find any... but at the end of the strip it is revealed that yes, aliens were responsible for the human race. She just didn't go far enough back in time.
  • Apocalypse How: Quite a few, but most famously the one that actually stuck, wherein minus resurrected the entire population of Earth, past and present, human and otherwise. It was crowded, to put it mildly.
  • Artificial Afterlife: minus creates an Afterlife almost absent-mindedly after someone tells her about it. This becomes a case of Chekhov's Gun at the end when minus accidentally destroys the living world.
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  • Art Initiates Life: In #12, minus brings her own dinosaur drawing to life and her friend's robot drawing to life to fight each other.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: minus tends to get easily distracted and then seems to... forget about her creations, or absent-mindedly wipes them out of existence.
  • Back from the Dead: minus brings back everyone. This brings about the beginning of the end.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
  • Black Knight: #74
    "Fool ! Do you think you can withstand the power of the Black Knight ?"
  • Body Horror: minus turns a balloon selling guy into a balloon himself when he yells at her for popping all his balloons. Then he pops.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The entire human race is destroyed, but lives on in the after life. Also, minus and the green haired girl look distinctly melancholy in the final strip.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Technically minus is a child, so doesn't have the same concept of moral responsibility an adult does, so does things which might seem like invokedFridge Horror or Disproportionate Retribution to adult readers. Possibly also justified given her reality-warping powers are pretty limitless and that she can also see ghosts (hence, death probably isn't a big deal). The closest it comes to any sense of logic is: minus just likes to have fun regardless of the consequences, and doesn't like it when things get in the way of that.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: #79, where a carnival has great food, great rides, and even great food...... that you can ride!
  • Call-Back: Sergeant Davy and his trusty steed, Prendon, are mentioned as having existed in the comic's world several strips after minus altered history to make Davy a war hero.
  • Characterization Marches On: Despite, as can be told by most of the rest of this page, having a reputation for being dangerous, in truth, all things considered, minus stops doing more negative things very quickly - by halfway through the comic she's almost entirely neutral: only doing negative things out of naivete rather than intentionally doing them, and she often adds things to her some of the less positive things she caused to make them bittersweet or even good. She never stops callously making synthetic sentient beings, however.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The aliens. They first appear as the inhabitants of a random planet that minus visits on a lark. At the very end of the comic, it turns out that those same aliens were responsible for the evolution of humans.
  • Cosy Catastrophe: There doesn't seem to be much worrying after minus accidentally causes the extinction of humanity. It helps that the ghosts are able to reunite with past loved ones who have died.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: What adult humans who have been involved with one of minus's reality-warping events realise. For the children she plays with, it's more Pals with Jesus.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When a man shouts at minus after popping his balloons, minus turns him into a balloon and pops him.
  • Driven to Suicide: In #35, a businessman jumps out of an office window while stressed at work. minus saves him by turning him into a bunch of tiny people to divide his work.
  • Green Thumb: minus is sometimes shown to manipulate plant life. In the first comic she grows trees to stop bullies, and in another she turns grass between concrete tiles into a large plant.
  • Idiot Hair: minus has an idiot hair that sticks up. It's realistically small at the beginning, but over the course of the comic it becomes longer and longer. In comic #120 she stretches it out to make a long curl.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: It's never explained where exactly minus' powers come from.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: One of the girls in minus's class is friends with Larry, an adult man.
  • I See Dead People: minus can see and talk to ghosts. In one strip, she's talking to the ghost of a dead girl and her friend asks if she can see.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair:
    • minus's hair changes from strip to strip. Justified, since she is omnipotent.
    • When minus brings the red-haired ghost back to life, her hair inexplicably changes from red to green, presumably to distinguish her from her (living) identical twin who was just introduced.
  • Physical God: minus doesn't just seem to be a god — she kind of seems to be the god. She runs the afterlife, at any rate.
  • Retconjuration: minus rewrites history as she chronicles the exploits of "Sergeant Davy." The teacher contradicts themselves as they attempt to explain the rapidly-changing story.
  • Retraux: minus is deliberately drawn in the style of a turn-of-the-century newspaper comic, only without the limitations on space or color.
  • Reused Character Design: Most of the unnamed characters look like the characters from another one of the artist's series, Great.
  • Rewriting Reality: here and anywhere else in the comic. Continuously.
  • Scenery Porn: The backgrounds are positively beautiful, particularly by webcomic standards.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Various references to anime here. In order of lines, the immortal who wants to be human is from Soul Hunter, the second one sounds vaguely like a quote about immortality from Galaxy Express 999, the one about the witch giving up her powers is Ojamajo Doremi, and the quote about everything coming easy sounds similar to a lament made in Magic User's Club by Takeo's gay friend.
    • The dishman who was out dojo-hunting obviously battled a practitioner of Panzerkunst.
    • In the description of Strip #116:
    Hi everyone! How's it going? This. Beat. Is. Non. Stop.
  • The Slow Path: #25 and #26. Slight subversion as she wouldn't make it back at all; minus brings her back in her old age to say good bye.
  • Silence Is Golden: While there are a few strips that have talking in it, many strips are pantomime.
  • Sociopathic Hero: minus, in as much as all children are kind of sociopathic. The strips are full of people whose lives she has ruined or casually tormented over a minor slight or just because she was playing around.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And Green hair, and red hair, depending on minus' mood it seems. Some of the normal characters have green or (bright) red hair regardless of minus. Interestingly, no character ever has yellow hair, and the color yellow is rarely used in the comic, so perhaps the green-haired characters are meant to be blonde. minus is the only character who ever has blue or pink hair.
  • You Never Asked: Referenced in #120. One ghost claims he knew what was about to happen (in this case, minus causing everybody to die), and when another ghost points out that he never mentioned this, the first ghost just says that the other ghost didn't ask.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Here and here. It's more of a childish prank than a full-blown apocalypse, though.


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