Otherworldly is an Urban Fantasy webcomic about five twenty-something young adults who have recently found out they're not human; they're "changelings", members of The Fair Folk who were swapped as infants with human babies. With the help of two fairy private investigators, the changelings try to figure out who they are in the magical Otherworld, all while juggling life in the human world and encountering sinister figures in both worlds.
Otherworldly contains examples of:
- Adult Fear: Unlike most changeling tales, the Fair Folk parents seen so far did not consent to their children being swapped, leading to them fearing the worst of their children's fate for decades.
- All Trolls Are Different: Trolls here seem to be aesthetically based on those found in Scandinavian lore, are capable of turning to stone, and some possess Super Strength.
- Coordinated Clothes: Aelfric and Wulfric always wear similar outfits, with Aelfric in gold and Wulfric in silver.
- Dumbass DJ: Barry's radio show co-host, Gil, bordering on Shock Jock with his rather homophobic/biphobic jokes.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: Trolls, such as the Fjell clan, can turn to stone.
- The Fair Folk: All magical races are referred to under this title, though they're more morally diverse than traditional depictions.
- Falling Chandelier of Doom: Nicole takes this a step further by using said chandelier as a makeshift flail.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Venusberg is clearly the Otherworld's equivalent to Las Vegas. Barry even makes the comparison.
- Intangibility: A common power among elves, and the first power Barry gets.
- Mistaken for Gay: Erin assumes Nicole acts "weird" around her because she's attracted to her. Nicole refutes this by pointing out she's straight.
- Our Elves Are Different: Tall, literally white-skinned, capable of illusions and intangibility.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Human-sized, capable of retracting their wings, pink-skinned, and capable of some form of Elemental Powers
- Parental Abandonment: All the changelings technically fall under this category, regardless of being raised by human parents. Of particular note are Barry (who's currently missing both his birth father and his adoptive human mother) and Erin (who spent the majority of her life in the foster care system).
- Parent with New Paramour: Jerome's pretty awkward around his stepmother Irene.