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Nothing Special is a fantasy webcomic by one Katie Cook (Author of Gronk, as well as writer and artist of a few issues of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW)). Started in 2017.

The story follows one Callie Benson, seemingly ordinary girl... save for the fact her father is a daemon and has a portal that leads into the Spirit World, a world of magic and fantasy. While she's been there as a child, she's mostly grown up in the human realm. Though hasn't made much effort to make friends since she can see the spirits of dead plants. Things change when she meets a boy named Declan who just recently starting seeing the spirits himself. Just as the two start bonding ,however, Callie's father goes missing and find that he's been taking to the Spirit Realm. Declan and she set off to find him, along the way gaining new friends and finding out some surprising revelations.

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Can be found on Webtoons and updated Tuesdays.


Has the following tropes

  • Adorkable: Virtually all the main cast. Callie and Declan are a bunch of film nerds and constantly make references to pop culture. Eventually they get Lasser into it after getting to know him better and introduce him to Earth books and movies.
  • Amulet of Dependency: The necklace Callie's father gave her. He enchanted it so that if anything should happen to him, it'll lead her to him.
  • Arc Villain
    • Season 1: Lyla once Callie and Declan manage to find Tom and find she was the cause of his kidnapping. Would be a nice reunion if Lyla didn't reveal herself to be completely bonkers.
    • Season 2: Leir, this one is pretty obvious due to his way of dress and mannerisims when we're first introduced to him with his endgame being him wanting to steal the Poppyfield magic and make himself all powerful.
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  • Archnemesis Mom: Callie to her mother, Lyla, largely due to difference of opinion. Callie, who was raised on Earth around humans as well as interacting with spirits, finds all life sacred. Lyla however thinks people are better off as spirits so there can be no pain and live forever. As such, she's very casual about killing people. Didn't help that she nearly killed Callie as a baby until her father saved her and took Callie away from the forest to be out of her grasp. Ultimately Callie is forced to fight Lyla when she refuses to listen to reason and puts her father and friends in danger. Destroying her physical body though her spirit floats out of her body. At the current it's unknown if she's still around or passed on.
  • Bi the Way: Lasser turns out to be a bisexual.
  • Crash-Into Hello: This is how Declan enters into the story, bumping into Callie while on the way to class.
  • The Fair Folk: Naturally the Spirit World has more then a few uptight beings.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Declan's known Callie since kindergarten, but, since Callie doesn't socialize with others, she barely remembers him at first.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Declan. From dialogue, his father was human while his mother was a fairy.
  • Invisible to Normals: Anything magical are usually unseen by humans in the human realm.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Lasser had this problem in his introduction. He gets better as the story goes on.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: They all have a specific Elemental Powers over Earth, Water, Fire and Air. Though Hybrids of elements are very rare.
  • Power Incontinence: Declan suffers this in season 2 after his wing gets ripped and his tries out magic for the first time. Through most of the story, he constantly falls ill and sporadically casts small fires on accident.
  • The Reveal:
  • Secret Legacy: Declan finds out he's a later he's a Poppyfield one of the most prestigious fairy clans in the Spirit World. Most of season 2 is trying to find the castle where they live, largely to fix his ripped wing that was damaged in the fight against Lyla.
  • Serious Business: Word Tiles (aka Scrabble) for Callie and her father. It basically how they handle a lot of major decision making disputes between them. So much so Declan had learned not to interfere with them when they get into it after experiencing a previous offscreen showdown and pulls Lasser away until they finish.
  • Time Skip: Season 2 takes place some time after the the end of high school. Callie and Declan have graduated and his grandmother has passed to which Declan has moved in with Mr. Benson shop in the Spirit World to be with Callie.
  • The Unfavorite:
    • Lasser in his family. He father disowned him and cut him off from his magic and he was even given the nickname "Lasser the Lessor" by his siblings. Needless to to say, he isn't in any rush to go back to them. Though one of his brothers does dote on him.
    • Callie's Uncle, Maddy, reveals he left his family of his own accord due to not liking how Earth faeries practically hoard their magic every generation and feeling it'll lead into disaster given time. However since anyone who complain about this are cast out, he essentially pulled a Screw This, I'm Out of Here!.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Downplayed, but whenever Callie uses her powers to "inspire" someone to help her. Her friends usually call her out on it, chiding her for taking advantage of others then using them for what they were meant for. For the most part, Callie tries to justify it as aiding the group and she has. But her uses of it are starting to get a bit self-indulgent.
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