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"I kinda thought you'd be more worried about the fact I almost got killed."
"You know, I'm really not. The first few times, maybe. But now I imagine you piss off dangerous people for fun, so it's nothing new to me at this point."
"You must be something special if my boss is so interested in ya."

Obsidian Blaze is a sci-fi superhero webcomic created by Sam "Captain Taco" Duncan. In a bleak dystopian future, Tokyo is ruled by a massive corporation called Pyrite Industries, and people with superpowers are forced to hide their abilities. One of these people is Obsidian, a man with no memories and a hatred for Pyrite. After meeting some other people with powers like him, he forms a resistance to fight back against Pyrite and the corrupt government he controls.

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"If this troper is who I think he is...":

  • Acme Products: Pyrite Industries seems to have a hand in every market available.
  • Adorable Abomination: Beat's a very cute girl who also happens to be a demented killer cyborg.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Evil corporations controlling the world isn't too far off from reality
    • Police officers being a lot crueler than they should be can hit close to home, especially if you take into account the skin tone of the main character.
  • Almost Kiss: Obsidian leans in for a kiss while talking with Anri in chapter 1, but ends up getting slapped instead.
  • Animesque: The comic was heavily inspired by anime and manga.
  • Armor Is Useless: The cops, despite being covered in supposedly bulletproof armour, are no match for Obsidian's hand-to-hand combat.
  • Artificial Limbs: Beat has two robotic hands that can transform, and later in the comic we're introduced to even more cyborgs, including Kiann, who becomes a main character.
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  • Author Appeal: The fact that one of the main characters is a stripper, and that much of chapter 4 takes place in a strip club, may have been an excuse for the author to indulge himself.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite snapping at Obsidian constantly, Anri still obviously cares for him, no matter what she tells herself.
  • Back Stab: Beat stabs Obsidian in the back to end their fight.
  • Badass Boast: Beat has a few of these during her and Obsidian's first fight.
    Beat: "Sheesh, boss wasn't kidding. You are strong... But not as strong as he thought."
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Pyrite is usually seen wearing a sleek suit vest and tie with the sleeves rolled up. The perfect outfit to go to a business meeting in the morning and order an assassination in the evening.
  • Badass Longcoat: Both Obsidian and Beat wear abnormally long hoodies. Beat's may even be too big for her seeing as the sleeves cover up most of her hands.
  • Bare Your Midriff:
    • Anri's normal outfit shows a little tummy, but her pyjamas show a lot more.
    • Chou almost always shows off her stomach in her outfits.
  • Batter Up!: Anri owns a baseball bat for self defense, and she grabs it when Obsidian knocks on her door late at night.
  • Bitch Slap: Anri delivers one to Obsidian in chapter 1 after he brings up the times they've slept together.
  • Big Bad: Pyrite.
  • Blatant Lies: While Obsidian would have no way of knowing, Beat claiming she's going to kill him is a complete lie since Pyrite ordered her to leave him alive. She later decides to do it anyway after "accidentally" wounding him a little too much.
  • Blood from the Mouth: During their fight, Obsidian kicks Beat so hard that she's shown to be bleeding from the mouth a few panels later.
    • Obsidian is also bleeding from the mouth when he arrives at Anri's place.
  • Breakout Character: Beat is definitely the most popular character from the comic so far. Being one of the first characters to be revealed, she got the most fan attention out of any other character.
  • But I Would Really Enjoy It: Anri and Obsidian are implied to have had sex at least once in the past, and while Anri seems adamant that it'll never happen again, the end of chapter 1 says otherwise.
  • The Cameo:
    • Obsidian appeared in GirlyWolfPup's Gun Kitty, where it was heavily implied he just had casual sex with the protagonist, Ruana.
      • Human versions of Yumi and Ace also appear in chapter 2
    • A human version of Noelle from Deltarune appears in chapter 2
  • Cop Hater: Obsidian is not a fan of cops. Beat expresses a similar sentiment.
    Beat: "Not that I blame ya, I hate cops too. ACAB, amirite?"
  • Cute Is Evil: Beat is an incredibly cute teenage girl with pretty pink hair... along with transforming blade hands and an insane bloodlust.
  • Cyberpunk: The series takes place in a future where flying billboards, cybernetic enhancements, and holograms are widely available.
  • Dark Action Girl: Beat is a perfect example. She's an insane ass-kicking assassin who can easily overpower someone as strong as Obsidian.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Almost all the characters have this, though most of them haven't been revealed as of yet.
    • Obsidian can't even remember his past, but since he's apparently been erased from all records, it's assumed someone wanted him dead or erased.
    • Anri and Koba's mother was murdered, and their father framed for the crime, leaving the both of them orphans.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite wearing mostly dark clothes, Obsidian is the hero of the story.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Anri seems to have a snarky and jaded response to everything Obsidian says.
    Anri:(responding to Obsidian describing his fight with Beat)"You got your ass kicked by a little girl?".
  • Death Glare: Everybody gets one.
    • The first time Pyrite's eyes are shown in the comic, he's death glaring.
    • Obsidian glares at the cops in the same way when they approach him.
    • Beat looks up at Obsidian with an insane grinning glare during their fight.
    • Anri gives Obsidian several death glares.
  • The Dragon: Beat is definitely this for Pyrite. She's both his personal assassin, his right hand (wo)man, his assistant, and possibly even more offscreen.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?:
    Koba: "...Please tell me you didn't sleep with him again."
    Anri: "...Hm?"
    Koba: "You did."
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Obsidian's got some sick dreadlocks.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Anri's cat is named Onigiri, which is more commonly known as a rice ball. The dark spot on her head also mimics the seaweed strip on real onigiri.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Most of the characters are either horny, aware another character is horny, or were horny themselves at some point.
  • Evil, Inc.: Pyrite Industries is your bog standard evil megacorporation. It's logo was directly inspired by Weyland-Utani from the Alien franchise, and the tagline "Doing What's Best for Humanity" is a chilling hint at Pyrite's true intentions.
  • Exiled to the Couch: Obsidian gets this treatment after Anri allows him to stay at her place
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Pyrite first appears with his face at least partially covered in shadow.
    • Beat also appears this way when she first meets Obsidian, but only briefly.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Obsidian's hair.
  • Friends with Benefits: Obsidian and Anri seem to have this going on.
  • Get Out!: After Anri finished healing Obsidian, she immediately tells him to "get the fuck out of my apartment."
  • Glowing Eyes: Obsidian's eyes glow blue when he powers up.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: The comic's logo has this underneath the English text.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Both Obsidian and Beat are able to effortlessly dodge gunfire from close range.
  • Healing Hands: Anri, literally. One of her superpowers is the ability to heal others through touch.
  • Immoral Journalist: Implied that Anri is one.
    Anri: "Fuck you, journalism is a real job!"
    Obsidian: "What you do isn't journalism, it's propaganda."
  • In the Hood: Obsidian wears a hood for the first part of chapter 1, before it flies off when he attacks the cop.
  • Introverted Cat Person: Anri is shown to live alone aside from her cat Onigiri.
  • Mood Whiplash: Obsidian escapes from the intensity of almost being murdered by Beat, and limps to Anri's apartment, where the two have a strangely adorable bickering session.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Several of the male characters in the comic are designed specifically with the female audience in mind. Obsidian himself is incredibly attractive, and appears shirtless for a good chunk of chapter 1, showing off his rippling muscles.
  • Only Friend:
    Obsidian: "I don't have any friends besides you."
    Anri: "Figures... W-wait a second, you and I are not friends!"
  • Police Brutality: While Obsidian technically attacked first, the cops did aim their guns at him for the crime of being outside past curfew.
  • Power Tattoo: Obsidian has gold markings on his arms that glow blue when he uses his powers.
  • Seen It All: Anri is completely unfazed by the sight of Obsidian almost bleeding out in front of her. She implies it has happened many times before.
    Anri: ... I imagine you piss off dangerous people for fun, so it's nothing new to me at this point."
  • Shout-Out:
    • An image of a zapbud flower from the infamous webcomic Sonichu appears on Anri's pyjama top.
    • A can of Wolf Cola from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia appears on Anri's coffee table
    • A poster for the band Music/Paramore appears on Anri's bedroom wall. Their song "Brick by Boring Brick" is also listed as Anri's favourite song
  • Sinister Scythe: Beat transforms her hand into a scythe before planning to land the final blow on Obsidian.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: While everyone in the comic seems to have no problem with big boy words, Anri swears a lot more than everyone else. She's especially fond of the f word.
  • Slashed Throat: Beat implies this is her favourite way to kill people.
    Beat: "Man, when're you gonna get me to slit throats like I used to?"
  • Super Strength: While Obsidian isn't shown to have Superman levels of strength, he is able to shatter a cops visor with a single punch, and sends Beat flying with just one kick.
  • Surprise Creepy: Beat seems mostly cute at first, if not a little sinister, but she suddenly goes full on scary when she lunges at Obsidian with her face twisted into an insane grin and announces she's going to kill him.
  • The Bad Guys Are Cops: The police officers in chapter 1 are very clearly not there to protect and serve. One of them scans Obsidian's face without permission, which Obsidian points out is against the law, and the other threatens him at gunpoint for speaking up.
  • Tomboyish Baseball Cap: Beat wears a backwards facing cap.
  • Tsundere: Anri is an example of this. She clearly cares for Obsidian enough to heal him without question, and appears concerned when seeing the severity of his wound, but she's also incredibly mean to him throughout the whole process. And then she slaps him. And then she sleeps with him.
  • Waistcoat of Style: Pyrite wears one, and he looks damn good in it.
  • What the Hell Are You?: Obsidian asks this to Beat after he sees her hands transform, but he substitutes the word "hell" for another big boy word.
    Obsidian: "What... the fuck are you?"
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Anri and Beat wear short shorts!.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Beat has bright pink hair.