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Muted is a webtoons webcomic written by Miranda Mundt. It follows Camille Severin, a witch living in New Orleans who must summon a demon to perform a wish-granting ritual. She's been training for this her whole life, she can do the ritual in her sleep... The only problem is she doesn't want what her Aunt tells her to want, and she doesn't know if the ritual will go as planned.

The webcomic provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parent: Athalie is extremely controlling of her niece and daughter. She constantly hurls verbal abuse at her niece and isn't above shattering her daughters self esteem when she fails to nab any suitors.
  • Affectionate Nick Name:
    • Camille's cousin Avaline calls her Cammie.
    • Camille calls her cousin Avaline Avi.
    • Nyra calls Avaline Princess, a patronizing insult that eventually turns into a genuine sign of affection.
    • Camille calls Dendrobium 'Dendro'.
  • Animal Motif: Birds for the Severin family.
  • Animal Talk: All familiars can talk to the witches that summoned them, but to everyone else the familiar just making animal noises.
  • Arranged Marriage: The Severin family witches summon demons for the purpose of finding rich husbands to marry and put money in their family bank.
  • Berserk Button: Don't light any fires around Camille, she WILL wander off into the swamp to fume about you.
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  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Camille forms a very strong friendship with potential for romance with Nyra because the latter invited the former to a party.
  • Benevolent Monsters: Dendro is an adorable demon that gives hugs and emotional support.
  • Bi the Way: Word of God as well as some concept art reveal that Avaline is bisexual. This makes it easier for her to swallow the Arranged Marriage deal which her mother gives her. (It's much harder for Camille.) There's still a big part of herself she has to repress due to her restrictive environment.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Subverted with Avaline. While she is dismissive of other witch families and calls Camille selfish for not wanting to marry the stranger her abusive aunt picked out for her, being raised by Athalie makes this more of a Freudian Excuse. She's also very close with Camille and doesn't join her mother in her abuse of her cousin.
  • Breaking Speech: Athalie gives Avaline one after Camille refuses to come home. Athalie tells Avaline Camille only pretended to care about her until something else better came, no one finds her attractive, and that she's had too much freedom with her appearance.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: Sylvia reams Athalie for her terrible treatment of Camille early on in the comic and it is satisfying.
  • Changeling Fantasy: While at first Camille is horrified to learn that her father was a Leroux Camille eventually comes to appreciate having extended family that doesn't pressure her into an arranged marriage and encourages her to pursue her own happiness.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Camille's locket. When she loses her locket and sees that Rowena Leroux found it, Camille chases her into the Leroux barrier, revealing her heritage.
  • Dance of Romance: Camille starts to ask Nyra to dance with her, but gets distracted by the possessed Eloi girl.
  • Dark Is Evil: The Severin family is very strict and oppressive, and they usually wear dark clothes and have black feather birds as familiars.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Except for Athalie, most of the Severin women, while prone to wearing black, are sweet and reasonable.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sloan is sarcastic about Nyra's crush on Camille.
  • Demonic Possession: The Eloi girl following Camille and Avaline turns out to be possessed by a spirit.
  • Disappeared Dad: Much is made of Camille's dead mother, but most witches dismiss father as inconsequential. Camille learns from her paternal grandmother that he died in a car crash soon after she and her sister were born.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Word of God all but states that Camille's discovery of her Leroux heritage is a parallel of a young lesbian discovering that they're gay and hiding it from their family. Nyra even thinks she's trying to come out to her at the end of the party.
  • Dude Magnet: Camille gets more men asking her to dance at a fancy socialite party than her more glamorous cousin, and is the first to get a marriage proposal. Not that it's doing her any favors.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Avaline is much more sociable and inclined to wear fashionable clothing than her cousin. Subverted in that Camille is more of a Dude Magnet than her.
  • Expy The unnamed demon Avaline summoned is said in universe to have a resemblance to Howl from Howl's Moving Castle, although neither cousin can remember the titular character's name.
  • Flower Motif: The Leroux family, most have flower printed clothes, use magic to grow flowers, and even have flowery familiars.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Avaline, who is the daughter of the Severine family matriarch, has her whole room decorated in lavender.
  • Granny Classic: The current Leroux Matriach loves showing off pictures of her grandchildren, making cookies, and is a great comforter.
  • Hate Sink: Athalie takes away Toben from Camille as a form of Cool and Unusual Punishment, spends most of Camille's life verbally berating her and telling her she's only good for getting married, and gives her own daughter a Breaking Speech at her lowest point.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Camille gets her hand kissed by Dendro, the demon she summoned, to seal their pact
  • Light/Darkness Juxtaposition: The oppressive and stifled Severins wear dark clothes, while the more free Leroux wear pastels.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Subverted, while Camille and Sylvia usually have one iconic dress that they wear, all characters are seen sporting different outfits over the course of several pages.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Camille is a lesbian and she presents very femininely. She gets very flustered when Nyra and Dendro compliment her.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Severin is latin for "severe", obviously alluding to the severe rules for the Severin family.
    • Leroux means "red-headed" which refers to how most of the family have red hair.
  • Missing Mom: Camille's mom died in the fire that destroyed the greenhouse.
  • My Beloved Smother: Sylvia has elements of this due to using her familiar Soot to track Camille.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Camille loses her mother and sister in a fire, is given to her Wicked Stepmother Aunt Athalie, and the plot kicks off when she starts discovering things about her parents' past.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Camille's locket given to her by her late mother. The enchantment inside it was what saved her life from the fire.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Demons in Muted aren't hell-dwelling monsters. They can be summoned and given a Glamour and kept as familiars. They can range in appearance from a woodpecker to a giant sentient plant.
  • Our Witches Are Different: Witches are divided into families that each have their own magical speciality i.e blood, flowers.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite being under her controlling mother's thumb and knowing that her entire life will be planned out for her, Avaline is still able to find small ways to express herself such as dying her hair blonde (under the pretense it's to honor the family founder) and dressing fashionably Athalie plans to put the kaibosh on that though . She's also extremely kind and loving to her cousin Camille, despite how coldly her mother treats her.
  • Reality Ensues: Camille losing her family in a fire coupled wit the emotional abuse from her Aunt has made her suicidal and left her suffering from Survivor Guilt.
  • Red Is Heroic: Camille, the heroine, has bright red hair. The kind, caring Leroux family have a tendency to produce redheads.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Sylvia, who upon realizing the depth of Athalie's emotional abuse, stands up to her. She even goes along with the plan to bring Avaline to the manor despite her reservations.
  • Scars Are Forever: Sylvia has several scars over one eye revealed to be the result of a failed first attempt to summon her familiar Camille has a massive red burn that covers her entire back as a result of the greenhouse fire.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Avaline and Camille are basically sisters, and they definitely have this; Avaline outfits are usually stylish and show off skin, while Camille dresses more conservatively. Avaline accepts the idea of an arranged marriage and tries to make the best of it, while Camille is visibly uncomfortable with the idea of getting married to a man. Camille also seems to have had this with her actual sister as well. Her sister seemed more active and outgoing while she seemed more reserved.
  • Transgender:
    • Word of God reveals the Leroux woman making magic flowers for tourists is a trans woman.
    • Camille's father is revealed to be a trans man.
  • Utility Magic: Sylvia uses a blood transfusion spell to save Camille's life.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Sloan rocks a turquoise blue bob and blue lipstick.


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