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Sarah's Scribbles is a semi-autobiographical webcomic written by Sarah Andersen, centered around the messy-haired socially awkward title character and her day-to-day adventures as a millennial where she deals with social anxiety, laziness, body image, and being an adult.

Also see Shen Comix, which can be seen as a Spear Counterpart.

Tropes for Sarah's Scribbles:

  • Art Evolution: Her art style has improved from 2011
  • Author Avatar: The messy-haired protagonist tends to serve as this for Sarah.
  • Blank White Eyes: Bun is drawn with these.
  • Blush Sticker: Bun is drawn with these and in some comics, they're colored in.
  • Cats Are Mean: Sarah's cat is depicted like this, of course.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The comic is usually drawn in black and white with splashes of color, though this is best seen on the book covers.
  • A Dog Named "Dog":
    • Sarah's rabbit, called "Bun", who's a bunny.
    • Uterus, who's, well, a uterus.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Sarah's dog - or at least, the dog that often appears - is depicted as good-natured but stupid.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Sarah, in the "Pick a Genre" comic, where she's in the "Murder Corner"
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Sarah is often drawn with these but they are subtle.
  • Fish Eyes: Her characters are often drawn slightly wall-eyed.
  • Girlish Pigtails: When we see Sarah as kid, she's wearing these.
  • Green Thumb: Played with in the Plants Comic, where we see this trope played straight in the "Goals" imagine spot of the comic, while, in the "Reality" category, we see Sarah ominously dressed up as grim reaper with a potted plant, subverting this trope.
  • Hairy Girl: Comic Sarah seems to be one. She recounts the different reactions of a past and her current boyfriend to her not shaving her legs (one is grossed out, the other affectionate), and another strip contrasts her views on shaving from when she was 13 to her current age of late 20s (13-year old Sarah is paranoid that she might have missed one hair, while late 20's-Sarah visibly hasn't shaved either her legs or underarms).
  • High Heel Hurt: For Sarah, wearing high heels is like walking on live coal. It's quite relatable.
  • Imagine Spot: These are best seen in the "Goals vs Reality" comics.
  • Introverted Cat Person: Sarah has a hard time socializing with people, but has no problem hugging a cat.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Sarah is a mellow, friendly person who also adores her cat.
  • Lazy Bum: Sarah does not hesitate to depict herself as this, however, it's downplayed much of the time.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Played with. Usually, Sarah is drawn wearing a striped shirt with black pants (or tights), however, those shirts tend to vary in color and style.
  • Lustful Melt: She does this in the "How It Feels to Be In Love" comic, providing the page image.
  • Messy Hair: Sarah is drawn with wild, unkempt hair.
  • No Name Given: The cat has yet to be named.
  • Not Like Other Girls: Sarah often describes herself like that. The comic is also the page image.
  • Organ Autonomy: Sarah's Uterus lives her own life illustrating an irregular menstrual cycle.
  • Retail Therapy: She shops to feel better in a strip sharing the trope's name, however, she still feels sad.
  • Running Gag: Andersen has for years dealt with an irregular menstrual cycle, leading to Comic Sarah often being humorously interrupted by Uterus showing up unexpectedly.
    Sarah: Woohoo! All packed for my tri—
    Uterus: Our trip.
    Sarah: (*beat*)
    Uterus: Ahem. Our trip.
    Sarah: (Sweat Drop)
  • Skewed Priorities In "How I Spend Money", she carefully budgets for necessities like groceries and clothes, but showers the bookstore counter with cash for books.
  • This Loser Is You: Many readers are intended to identify and relate to Sarah's character, who is openly mediocre in many areas.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: The characters (besides the cat and Bun) tend to have these by default but, interestingly, when they are shocked (or otherwise more expressive), their eyes tend have an inverted version of this trope (see above).
  • Womanchild: Sarah depicts herself as controlled by her inner baby self while she is in her twenties. Her first paperback collection is even titled Adulthood is a myth.