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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. Her fears are quickly confirmed, as the summoning ritual quickly transforms her whole life, learning hidden truths about the world she lives in and about herself...


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. And it only gets worse. When Avaline finally snaps and begs to know if she was ever even loved at all, Athalie stone-cold admits she never wanted children to begin with and has despised her since she was born.
  • Affectionate Nick Name:
    • Camille's cousin Avaline calls her 'Cammie'.
    • Camille calls her cousin Avaline 'Avi'.
    • Nyra calls Camille 'Princess', a patronizing insult that eventually turns into a genuine sign of affection.
    • Camille calls Dendrobium 'Dendro'
  • And I Must Scream: The demon traps Camille in a mindscape where she can't die or pass out from the torture. She is forced to watch her family's brutal murder in vivid detail, something she has severe PTSD about even when the memories were hazy. The demon forces her to watch this 30 times
  • Animal Motif: Every witch family summons a specific kind of Familiar.
    • Birds for the Severin family.
    • Snakes for the Eloi.
    • Foxes and felines for the Dupre.
    • Alligators, toads, and lizards for the LaCour family.
    • Catfish for the Moreau.
    • Bull sharks for the Moran.
    • Woodland creatures for the LeRoux (though they can also summon Fairy Companions).
  • 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.
  • Bad Bedroom, Bad Life: When Nyra and Dendro see the room Camille lived in after her family died they comment that they can't feel any of Camille in it at all.
  • Berserk Button: Don't light any fires around Camille, she will wander off into the swamp to fume about you.
  • 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.
  • Betty and Veronica: Camille as Archie, although who's the Betty and who's the Veronica could work either way. On the one hand, Nyra could be the cool, fiery (pun intended) Veronica to Dendro's sweet and optimistic Betty. On the other hand, you have human Nyra as the Betty and demonic, otherworldly Dendro as the Veronica.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Nyra burning through the demon's illusion and punching it in the face to rescue Cammille
  • Blessed with Suck: Camille's status as a Dude Magnet doesn't do her any favors due to Incompatible Orientation.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Avaline, Nyra, and Camille, respectively.
  • Blood Magic: The Severin family specializes in blood magic.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Nyra and Slone
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Rowena LeRoux definitely counts. She was introduced at the end of Episode 10 wearing Camille's locket. When Camille tries to claim the locket back from her in the next episode, she refuses to hand it over, claiming that the locket was "a gift from the swamp" and makes excuses for why it belongs to her, even after the former tries to call attention to the engraved initials and the photo inside the locket (which would have proved ownership had Rowena opened it). When Camille eventually decides to just take the locket, Rowena smacks her in the face and uses the distraction to run back to the LeRoux orchard. She then gloats about how the barrier around said orchard can only be crossed by either the LeRoux themselves, or outsiders with explicit permission, and proudly proclaims that Camille is neither (or so she thinks), even Blowing a Raspberry just before she's completely past the barrier. She only returns the locket after Camille has a Heroic BSoD after the latter snaps at the former and demands to return the locket, only to be reminded of Athalie's abuse. However, when Camille mentions to Rowena how every plant in her care dies, Rowena uses her Green Thumb powers to trap Camille in a vine cage, calling her a "murderer". Luckily, another LeRoux, Jazmin, discovered Camille and freed her shortly after.
  • 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.
    Athalie: Oh Avaline... she is just like her mother... only thinking about her own needs. Putting her whims above her family that is damaged by every selfish decision. It's just like I've been telling you all week... she was only willing to play the role of your sister until something better came around. And then she would forget all about you. Leaving you alone with all the responsibility. I told you... and yet despite her growing ambivalence towards you... you insisted that you'd have better luck than me convincing her to come home. Is this proof enough for you? Proof of how little she cares?
    Avaline: Wouldn't it just be easier.. for me to marry him instead? Instead of forcing her?
    Athalie: No. He doesn't want you. No one does. When I completed the ritual... I selected your father from at least 15 men that had clamored to ask me to marry them... and yet despite the myriad of social gatherings you've been to since last week... you have not received... even one. Why do you think this is, Avaline?
    Avaline: ...I have no idea...
    Athalie: I do... I'm beginning to believe that I have been too lax in the way you present yourself.
  • Butch Lesbian: While she does wear lipstick and is on the more feminine end of the spectrum, Nyra definitely counts. Contrast Camille's Lipstick Lesbian.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: Silvia reams Athalie for her terrible treatment of Camille in Episode 6.
    Silvia: She is your niece! How can you expect her to thrive when you haven't even let her bond with her familiar for the past 8 years! It's astounding that she's even doing half as well as she is considering what you've put her through, Athalie.
    Athalie: How dare you- watch your tone!
    Silvia: No. I think we both know you're out of line. If it was you who had died and your sister took Avaline in instead, she would have never treated her the way that you are treating Camille. If I had known you'd go this far I would have insisted that she remained at the manor to spare her from enduring your tests.
  • Cast Full of Gay: The comic features several LGBT characters. Camille is a lesbian, Nyra and Avaline are bisexual, Silvia is asexual/aromantic, Jazmin (the woman making flowers for the tourists in Episode 1) and Kalen (Camille's father) are trans, and Sloane and Rowena are non-binary.
  • Casting a Shadow: The Eloi.
  • 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.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Athalie tortures Beau, Avaline's familiar, in order to keep her in line after Camille leaves.
  • Dance of Romance: Camille tries to invoke this with Nyra at the LaCour's party, 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: Abrielle, Silvia, and many other members of the Severin family, while wearing primarily dark colors (and in the case of Silvia, also has a black feather familiar), are also shown to be reasonable, compassionate, and open-minded.
  • Deader Than Dead: The Eloi matriarch tried to reach Diana's soul after she was possessed. There was so little of her left that they considered her this, and regard Camille killing the demon in her body as justified, even if it was an accident.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sloane 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.
    • All Eloi witches must travel with at least one other Eloi witch in order to avert this, due to their individual sensitivity to spirits.
  • Disappeared Dad: Much is made of Camille's dead mother, but most witches dismiss fathers as inconsequential. Camille learns from her paternal grandmother that he died in a car crash soon after she and her sister were born.
  • Dies Wide Open : Diana Eloi, after Camille kills her body. To be more specific, after unleashing her LeRoux powers on the demon, Camille wakes up from her illusion only to find herself staring into the eyes of Diana's corpse.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The Moreau.
  • 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.
  • The Dog Bites Back : After years of abuse and finally being told that she was never wanted by her mother Athalie, Avaline comes up behind Athalie and knocks her out with a vase.
  • 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.
  • Emotional Powers: While the Severin tend to favor seals and blood pacts to direct their magic, the LeRoux have powers that are more closely tied to their emotional state. Camille is initially confused when she asks Dendro for instructions on how to utilize plant magic, asking for incantations or signs that she can use to shape her magic instead of having Dendro tell her to "just feel it". After her formalized pact with Dendro, Camille discovers that plants around her will react strongly to her negative emotions like rage and fear.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Both Nyra and Dendro flirt with Camille constantly.
  • 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: Raum, the demon Avaline summoned in her ritual, 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.
  • Family Theme Naming: All of the women in the main branch of the Severin have names starting with the letter A (Alette, Abrielle, Athalie and Avaline). And the twin girls from other branches also all share the first letters of their names (Camille and Chloe, Sylvia and Sophia).
  • Fate Worse than Death: What entails being "Muted", if you are a full-grown adult who already attuned with their magic and summoned a familiar: their link to magic is cut, ripping apart the link between the person and their familiar, bonded to the witch's soul, which dies in the process and the backlash is so severe that it leaves the witch as empty as a soulless husk. It is, in all but name, the death penalty. Do note that the process exists originally for children of mixed blood, who are prone to having magical outbursts that they can't control. While it does sever their link to magic, it is implied that the child can still live a normal life afterward.
  • First Friend: Nyra is Camille's first friend outside of the latter's sheltered life and toxic family.
  • Flower Motif: The LeRoux family, most have flower printed clothes, use magic to grow flowers, have flowery familiars, and nature-related names like Jazmin or Rowena.
  • Gender-Restricted Ability: In New Orleans, women are the only people who can cast magic, while men cannot (however, they can pass down the magic, and any daughters they have will be able to cast magic). However, it is noted that the restriction works by gender self-identification, rather than physical sex, meaning Transgender female witches do get the ability to cast magic (and transgender men will lose theirs) once they come out as such, and genderfluid witches will have their power levels fluctuate unless stabilized by the LaCour. Nyra reveals in Episode 42 that there are some witch clusters that avert this trope and the "source family" in a given cluster (the LaCour in New Orleans' case) can decide whether to invoke this trope or not.
  • Gold Digger: Since the Severins put an emphasis on getting married for wealth (and the matriarch's children are trained to wish for Meal Tickets during their rituals), any Severin woman who does so would qualify as this. So far we've seen three subversions: Camille summoned Dendro instead of the traditional bird demon and hasn't made her wish, Abrielle used her wish to help Kalen transition so they could start a family, and Athalie wished for Abrielle's murder.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Avaline, the daughter of the Severin 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.
  • Green Thumb: The LeRoux family have abilities based on creating and manipulating plants. Jazmin's introduction in Episode 1 showed her creating flowers out of thin air, while Rowena created a cage made of vines to trap Camille when Camille first crossed into LeRoux territory. And Camille summons a plant demon during her ritual, rather than a bird demon as expected of a Severin.
  • Gone Horribly Right : While the demon has Camille and Nyra trapped in her illusion, she tries to aggravate Camille by making it look like she killed Nyra (she even "kills" her the same way she killed Camille's mother). Too bad she didn't account for the possibility of Camille still being able to use her magic in the demon's illusion. It did enrage Camille... who promptly skewers the body the demon was inhabiting with her LeRoux magic.
    Nyra: I think she wanted to rile you up more... but uh... seems like it worked better than she had hoped...
  • Hate Sink: Athalie takes away Toben from Camille as a form of 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.
  • Hereditary Twinhood: Severin girls are always born in pairs, with the exception of only child Avaline, until we learn that she wasn't always an only child, since Athalie sacrificed her own daughter and Avaline's twin in exchange for Abrielle and her daughters' deaths.
  • Hufflepuff House: There are seven witch families in New Orleans. So far, only characters from five of those families appear in the story (Severin, Eloi, Dupre, LeRoux and LaCour), while the remaining two (Moran and Moreau) are absent.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Camille gets her hand kissed by Dendro, the demon she summoned, to seal their pact.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Silvia was adamant against Camille going in-person to convince Avaline to run away from her mother. While it would be hard for the emotionally abused Avaline to leave on her own without support, Silvia was right about Athalie and the demon being too dangerous. The trip ends up futile, with Avaline too scared to leave, Camille accidentally revealing her Leroux powers to Athalie, and the demon kidnapping and torturing Camille and Nyra, it would have worked out safer for Camille if she stayed put. Camille later admits that Silvia was right.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Camille brings up the plot of "Pacific Edge" in Episode 34, comparing her emotional outbursts to the monsters that show up:
    Camille: Are my mental breaks going to be like in Pacific Edge — where the monsters are showing up with increased frequency and strength!? Fought off by a giant robot powered by a plant demon and a Dupre girl I just met? ...wait, what? This analogy is getting out of hand.
  • Light/Darkness Juxtaposition: The oppressive and stifled Severins wear dark clothes, while the more free Leroux wears pastels.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Subverted, while Camille and Silvia 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.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: The demon separates Nyra from Camille and traps her in a pastel illusion of visiting her dad in New Mexico; this is in order to torture and kill Camille unfettered.
  • Making a Splash: The Moran.
  • Matriarchy: Women have a much bigger focus and importance in the New Orleans witch cluster, presumably due to the ability to cast magic in the cluster being a Gender-Restricted Ability to women. The leaders in the witch families are always female and are referred to as "Matriarchs".
  • 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.
    • LaCour means "the court", a fitting name for the witch family in charge of inter-family conflicts and setting the rules of their witch cluster.
  • Mercy Kill: In a fashion. Diana's soul was too far gone to be saved, so Camille killing her body both got rid of the demon and allowed the Eloi to properly mourn by getting her ashes back.
  • Missing Mom: Camille's mom died in the fire that destroyed the greenhouse.
  • My Beloved Smother: Silvia due to using her familiar Soot to track Camille.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The official WEBTOON trailer for ''Muted'', implies that the comic is in the Horror genre through its tone when the comic is really a Drama/Fantasy comic with a Cast Full of Gay. The trailer also implies that Nyra is an antagonist when in the comic, Nyra is Camille's first friend.
  • Offing the Offspring: Athalie offered the soul of Avaline's older twin to a demon in exchange for a triple murder. Also counts since Chloe was her niece.
  • One Twin Must Die: It's odd that Avaline is an only child despite the fact that her family is legendary for producing twin daughters. Her mother sacrificed the firstborn twin to the demon she sent to kill Abrielle and her children.
  • 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 from their magical homeland of Trea 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: All witches in the world are divided into geographical "clusters". There is a "source family" in each cluster that dictates things like whether magic in the cluster is a Gender-Restricted Ability, and other laws pertaining to magic. Each family in a cluster is specialized in a specific brand of magic such as Blood Magic, Green Thumb, Playing with Fire, and Casting a Shadow, and have their own traditions, rituals, and even Spell Construction (consider the Severins' strict Ritual Magic, Magical Gestures, and Magical Incantations as opposed to the LeRoux's free-form magic being based on feeling and emotion).
  • Pet the Dog: Nyra inviting Camille to a party and lets her borrow a dress, even complimenting her on it.
  • Playing with Fire: The Dupre.
  • 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.
  • Power Incontinence: Camille. When she gets extremely emotional giant thorned vines sprout out of the ground.
  • Red-Headed Stepchild: Unfavorite Camille to Wicked Stepmother Aunt Athalie
  • Red Is Heroic: Camille, the heroine, has bright red hair. The kind, caring Leroux family has a tendency to produce redheads.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Silvia, 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.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Toben, Camille's red woodpecker familiar who can communicate telepathically with her.
  • Rite of Passage: When a Severin woman in the Matriarch's line turns 21, she must complete a ritual on the first full moon (usually with her twin sister). This ritual involves summoning a demon and making a deal for a rich husband in exchange for whatever the demon wants. The plot kicks off when Camille summons a plant demon (Dendro) during her ritual, instead of the intended Severin demon.
  • Scars are Forever: Silvia 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.
    • We later get introduced to Silvia's twin sister, Sophia, who has two horizontal scars on her right cheek.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Athalie absolutely loathes the fact that her twin Abrielle was chosen as Matriarch. She claims that this is out of a sense of duty to the clan, but the fact that she was practically giddy when Camille's powers were revealed because she could now ruin Abrielle's posthumous reputation lays bare a much darker jealousy. And it turns out her jealousy was so strong that she set up Abrielle's murder, to begin with.
    • This seems to run in the Severin family, and possibly even be encouraged. Sophia sucks up to Athalie's every whim and joins in the verbal taunting of Avaline specifically to get one over on her more caring twin, Silvia. When Avaline's finally had enough, she flatly informs Sophia that no matter how much kissing up she does, Silvia will be a better and stronger person/witch than she is.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Avaline and Camille are basically sisters, and they definitely have this; Avaline's 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.
    • Camille and her twin sister Chloe are also an example of this when the latter was still alive, with Camille being the introvert who likes reading and drawing and Chloe was more active.
  • Single Sex Offspring: The Severin family only seems to produce female children, and always in pairs.
  • Survivor Guilt: Camille, after losing her family in a fire coupled with the emotional abuse from her aunt has made her suicidal and suffering.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Every set of Severin twin sisters shares the same first letter of their names.
  • Title Drop: Athalie says one in Episode 45 after Camille exposes her Green Thumb powers in front of her.
    Athalie: You'll be Muted for this, Camille.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Traumatic dye job for Avaline. She is forced to go from her fluffy blonde hair to straightened brunette hair, which symbolizes Athalie's increasing control over her.
  • Utility Magic: Silvia uses a blood transfusion spell to save Camille's life.