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Webcomic / Pastamonsters

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Clockwise, starting from the left: The Rake, the Shadowlurker, Slenderman, Smile Dog, Eyeless Jack, Mr. Widemouth, Jeff the Killer, Grinny Cat, Ms. P, BEN, Grinny (human form), Zalgo, Suicide Mouse.exe, BOB, Aton, Smile Dog (human form), Enderman, Lara.

"This comic is just my idea of what a creepypasta world would be like. No it's not meant to be taken too seriously, it's mostly a way for people who are severally disturbed by creepypasta to have something to help them get over their fears. so here is a comic that will make you laugh, giggle, and smile. I know it's hard to be scared guys, this comic is here for you. I hope you enjoy Pastamonsters I know I love making it!"
— Comickit

Pastamonsters is a somewhat Slice of Life type webcomic by Comickit on Deviantart. It chronicles multiple Creepypasta characters, such as Slenderman, Jeff, Smile Dog, and many more through their adventures in the Under Realm, the Human World, and the universe. The comic is very comical but still more or less keeps the personalities of the characters. The comic was originally canceled on December 5, 2014, however, on July 14, 2016, it became active again, and finally ended in 2018. Comickit has since stated they remain open to the idea of continuing the series with additional episodes or specials, and they delivered with additional comic runs and Pastamonsters: Into the Future, an epilogue-style limited series which takes place five years after the events of Pastamonsters.


Tropes used in Pastamonsters:

  • Academy of Evil: Proxy High.
  • Adaptational Jerkass / Adaptational Villainy: All of the characters are pretty nasty and mean even compared to their Creepypasta counterparts.
  • Anti-Hero: Pretty much every character in the series (with the exception of Sally and Lara) is this, what with their horrible personalities the majority of them being monsters and debauchery-based destruction. Jeff is a straight-up Villain Protagonist, Eyeless Jack just has issues with his co-workers, and Slenderman borders on Villain Protagonist.serial killers.
  • Anti-Hero: Pretty much every character in the series (with the exception of Lara) is this, what with the majority of them being monsters and serial killers.
  • Affably Evil: Slenderman flip-flops between this and Faux Affably Evil. It depends on who he's talking to.
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  • Art Evolution: Any comic drawn after Comickit's hiatus is drawn more in depth and the characters looking less like Noodle People.
  • Ax-Crazy: No joke, every single main/secondary character, save for Aton and Lara, have moments where they portray common traits of a psychopath.
    • Jeff the Killer's personality is more or less the main as his original's. He regularly murders people for laughs, terrorizes his own friends and goes on homicidal rampages at a bank, among other things.
    • Zalgo has destroyed entire civilizations, ruined the lives of billions, massacres and enslaves millions on a daily basis, all For the Evulz.
    • President Bush is often portrayed as a Psychopathic Man Child because of his extreme obsession with the money and power.
    • Slenderman himself, despite being one of the sanest characters, has his moments of insanity, typically caused by the extreme stress he deals with while mentoring the Proxies.
  • Badass Baritone: Slenderman, Zalgo, and Aton, depending on what dub you're listening to.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Slenderman, of course.
  • Bad Boss: Zalgo AND Slender Man. Due to an unfortunate past expeirence, Comickit does not particularly care for bosses.
  • Beach Episode: One episode has Slenderman reluctantly take the Proxies on a trip to the beach for killing Zalgo.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Zalgo, Enderman, and Jeff are always jockeying for position of the Big Bad.
  • Big Fancy House:
    • Proxy Mansion in spades. It's a humongous mansion with many amenities such as recreational sports, a bar, countless swimming pools, a fucking movie theater, a car garage, and many valuable trinkets and amulets. Needless to say, it's no wonder why Slenderman doesn't like the disrespectful and destructive Proxies living there.
    • Enderman's mansion could also qualify.
  • Black-and-Grey Morality: This comes into play when you have Jeff the Killer and Slenderman on one side, and Zalgo and Enderman on the other.
  • Black Comedy: The comic runs off this.
  • Breather Episode: "Legends of the Multiverse", a high-stakes, fairly serious story arc ending with the deaths of the Unwanted House Guest, Slenderman (although he got better), X, Mancala, and Zalgo, is followed by "Sand Ninnys", which is a light-hearted Beach Episode.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: The characters have glowing eyes during the night scenes.
  • Cats Are Mean: Grinny, full stop. Not only is he an arrogant asshole who constantly verbally abuses people and tried to murder Jeff for almost no reason at all but his douchebaggery to Smile is what causes the dog to run away, thus kickstarting the whole plot.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: BEN enters Jeff's house and immediately begins looking up pornography on his computer.
  • The Chosen Many: The Proxies, President Bush, Rick, Ducky, Skeet (of all people), Mayor Bigmouth, Sheriff Wayne, and Mr. Mandavi are all selected by Aton to defeat Zalgo in "Legends of the Multiverse". He dubs them "The New Elite".
  • The Comically Serious: Slenderman when he's around Jeff and BEN.
  • Comic Trio: Jeff, BEN and Ms. P. Jeff is The Leader, BEN is The Fool, and Ms P is The Comically Serious.
  • Dark World: The Creepypasta characters seem to be in one.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Nearly every single character has had a moment where they throw snark at various people. Special mentions go to Slenderman and BEN.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The Under Realm is devoid of color (unless the characters are in some sort of interior), mostly focused on being black and white (especially the Pit, which is exclusively black and red). Meanwhile, the Human World and any other locations are bright and colorful.
  • Denser and Wackier: Especially compared to the original Creepypasta series.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Under Realm is inhabited by them.
  • Everyone Knows Morse: The Epsilon Cult's website is written entirely in Morse Code.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: The Proxies did, as we get to see how it went in the "Blast to the Past" series and fully experience it in the "High School" arc.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Jeff, BEN and Ms. P went to Proxy High together.
  • Five-Man Band: The list is widely flexible and not limited to only five, due to the large cast of friends and it usually depends on who is present for the episodes. But for most of the episodes, there are:
  • For the Evulz: The motivation of 90% of the villains.
  • Gainax Ending: The Barney episode ends with one.
  • Gatling Good: President Bush's limo has a mounted mini-gun on top of it.
  • Glad I Thought of It: A running gag.
  • God and Satan Are Both Jerks: Zalgo, a God of Evil, and Aton, the God of Good are both fairly mean and arrogant. Obviously one is worse than the other, but Aton definitely isn't a total saint.
  • Gorn: Graphic violence, not limited to brains and intestines, is quite frequent.
  • Great Offscreen War: The Great Monster War. A galactic level war lead by Zalgo and his forces in order to take Aton's throne and conquer the omniverse. Because of this war, Monsters were universally hated by nearly every race, tarnishing their already bad reputation.
  • Hacker Cave: BEN's room in Proxy Mansion.
  • Idiot Hero: Most of the "protagonists". Most notably with Jeff and Bush.
  • In Name Only: Pretty much every character behaves almost completely different from their Creepypasta counterparts, for the sake of humor. Smile Dog is a good example, having nothing in common with his canon self besides being a supernatural dog that happens to resemble both of the pictures associated with the story.
    • And BEN might as well be a completely separate character.
  • Invisible to Normals: Inhabitants of the Under Realm can project a disguise (of varying quality) that makes them appear as regular humans, animals and household items (Slender Man's "illusion form" is a toaster for instance) while in the Human World (however, it only extends to their bodies).
  • It Always Rains at Funerals: Happens in "The Chain Mail" when Eyeless Jack dies.
  • Jerkass: Nearly every single character could qualify. The most notable examples are Jeff, Laughing Jack, and Slenderman.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: BEN and Ms. P. Slenderman and Jeff also have their rare moments.
  • Killed Off for Real: The Unwanted House Guest is murdered by Zalgo in Season 4.
  • Knife Nut:
    • Jeff of course.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • Zalgo is the most definitive example of one.
    • Mancala is a special example; as it was ultimately him that threw the series into Cerebus Syndrome.
    • Enderman became one in "The Chain Mail", where he returns to having the same personality as his pilot persona. He's much more evil, vicious, and level-headed in than any other episode to the point that he sadistically shows excitement and joy when he thinks he's finally killed BEN, not to mention the fact he eradicated any creature in the forest and expressed joy at the thought of killing the rest of the Proxies and enslaving the Under Realm, and quite possibly the Human World after.
    • The Minions of Zalgo before they eventually became canon fodder in later episodes. Not only were they among the most dangerous enemies the Proxies had every faced, special attention was brought to the many planets they massacre.
    • X is every bit as evil as his commander, Zalgo. The only difference, however, is that Zalgo tries to hide his sadism through large words and an affable personality, X doesn't even try to do so.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the canon Creepypasta stories at least. This series has been designed with a conscious push for less cynicism and seriousness.
    • The series might be seen as a Reconstruction of Lighter and Softer. While the protagonists are arguably even worse than their Creepypasta counterparts, Pastamonsters brings back a sense of fun, wackiness, and hijinks that is not present in Creepypasta, such as over the top adventures, bizarre and wacky characters, and jokes about BEN being a stoner.
  • Mega Crossover
  • The Mentor: Slender Man to theory, at least.
    • Mr. Widemouth claim to be a tutor to Grinny though it's quickly revealed that Widemouth's a loser who was fired by Zalgo and just wanted a friend. Grinny, partly out of pity and partly because he knows nothing about the Under Realm, agrees to take Widemouth with him to find Ms.P anyway.
  • Moral Dissonance: Oh, yes. The monsters' everyday actions are very immoral, but the comic never call him out on it. Instead, it plays it for laughs.note 
  • The Multiverse: There are many different universes and dimensions in Pastamonsters, all of which are governed by Aton. The ones we have seen are displayed below.
    • The mainstream continuity contains all characters seen in the series. It is seen in every episode.
    • The Universe where Enderman is the leader of the Proxies and Slenderman leads B.O.B and the Rake. Everyone in that universe alive at its creation/diversion had the same memories as their mainstream counterparts did until that point.
    • Nowhere. Most likely existing outside the multiverse, no one has a clue how this universe came into existence. It is a void of any confirmed life and anything but colored squares and voices are only known to say "alone."
    • Aton's dimension. Much like Nowhere, this dimension exists outside of existence. It is home to Aton, the Ruler of the Multiverse, and it is where he manages the universes and decides which one lies and dies.
    • Mr. Widemouth's dimension. It is a chaotic dimension possibly created by Mr. Widemouth himself. It is void of any life outside of Mr. Widemouth himself and anyone who comes to visit.
    • The Pit. A Hell-like wasteland ruled by Lord Zalgo.
    • Comickit's reality. The world that Comickit (the creator of the series) lives in. In this world, Pastamonsters is just a fictional story and does not exist. It is briefly seen in "To Proxy Mountain".
    • The Gone-verse. In this universe, Jeff never existed and the Under Realm is devoid of life. It shows how integral Jeff is to the Proxies' survival.
    • Enerdermania universe. An alternate version of our universe, ruled by Enderman. It was created when Jeff, time traveling, accidentally destroyed the sword that he used to stop Dragon Enderman in "The Chain Mail", resulting in Enderman winning against the Proxies, killing Slenderman and ruling the universe.
    • The flip-flop universe. In this universe, Zalgo is good and Aton is evil, the Proxies are the leaders of the USA (with Slenderman as president), President Bush and his family are the Proxies, and the Under Realm is considered the Human World.
    • The Zalgo Universe. A universe where Zalgo's forces won the Great Monster War and successfully rule the omniverse unopposed. All we see of this universe is a merged, chaotic multiverse and Zalgo dangling Speedy and Hera over a fire pit while laughing.
    • Slenderman's Dream Dimension. It is a universe where Slenderman gets everything he wants. Statues of him litter the landscape, people worship him on a religious level and will crucify anyone who criticizes him, and the Proxies are completely docile and do anything he desires.
    • The Resistance Universe: A universe where President Bush turned on the Proxies and led the Human race on a war against the Monster race. In this universe, Jeff, Smile, Rick, Hoodie, and Slenderman are dead, BEN leads a resistance against President Bush, and Enderman defected to Bush's side.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between:
    • Ms. P is Nice, Jeff is Mean, and BEN is In-Between.
  • Noodle People: Jeff can look like this sometimes.
  • Only Sane Man: Slender Man, Ms. P, and Lara. BEN also qualifies to a much lesser extent.
  • Portal Pool: The Well, which is one of the ways the monsters travel from the Under Realm to the Overworld (human realm). It's noted by Slender Man that the Wells are an outdated and very dangerous system of travel and that Smile would never be stupid enough to go to the Over World that way...
  • Power Trio:
    • Jeff, Ms. P, and BEN.
    • Enderman, the Rake, and B.O.B.
  • Series Fauxnale: "Legends of the Multiverse". BIG TIME.
  • Silence Is Golden: Most of the shorts are done with zero dialogue.
  • The Stoner: BEN.
  • Sliding Scale of Antagonist Vileness: The Proxies kill someone? Funny as hell. Enderman kills someone? Depends on who it is, otherwise funny as hell. Zalgo kills someone? Vile, unforgivable act.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: A slightly zigzagged variant. The comedy definitely triumphs, but the series is still capable of creating tension and drama as by Grinny's backstory and every scene with Zalgo, Mancala and the Stiltwalker.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Pastamonsters constantly flip-flops on this. On one hand, the series relies heavily on Black-and-Grey Morality, practically every single character, major, minor or otherwise, is a total and absolute moron with the self-preservation skills of a brick. The few that aren't mind-numbingly stupid are Insufferable Genius' who rub their intelligence in people's faces while never doing anything good with it. Heroes like Rick Bernstein are generally the universe' Chew Toy, while evil-doers like Jeff are perpetually Karma Houdinis. Both the Under Realm and Human World are Crapsack Worlds, with corrupt and greedy leaders (Bigmouth and Bush respectively). However, the comic teaches that good things can come out of bad moments/people. The Proxies face challenges, but their strong relationship is a testament to the show's idealism. Slenderman and his family even manage to patch up their broken relationship in one episode.
  • Sliding Scale of Plot Versus Characters: Less plot than characters. The story is a basic Creepypasta parody—the real meat of the comic is the characters and how they interact with each other, particularly the chemistry between the main trio.
  • Sliding Scale of Realistic vs. Fantastic: Very "Surreal".
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: In "Legends of the Multiverse Part 5" the scene where Shadowlurker saves Jeff from being absorbed by Zalgo is accompanied by "Tomorrow" from Annie (1999)
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Every character has said "fuck" at some point. Many characters, special mentions go to Laughing Jack and Jeff, swear so relentlessly that it almost sounds like they're trying too hard.
  • Team Mom: Ms. P is one to BEN and Jeff.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Jeff, BEN, and Ms. P fit this trope to a T.
  • The Three Faces of Adam: Jeff for authority, BEN for wisdom, Smile for adventure.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Jeff, BEN and Ms. P.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Several of the scenes involve this - Jeff is trying to buy a video game, Jeff and Smile purchasing sombreros...
  • Villain World: The Under Realm. It's a seemingly normal world at first glance... until you meet the inhabitants. It is infested with soul-eating demons and monsters, and serial killers. If you're a sane person in this comic, don't expect to get any leeway. To call it a Crapsack World would be an understatement.

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