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Flint and Snarlbear

"Basically, everything here wants to maul and/or eat you. It takes a little getting used to. On the other hand, if you happen to like lurid hellholes, this place is a magical wonderland."

Snarlbear is a fantasy webcomic by Natalie Riess about Daisy, a young woman who always daydreamed of being a heroic fantasy warrior, who got pulled from Earth into the Rainbow Dimension.

There she killed a rainbow... bear... thing, inadvertently rescuing both the diminutive locals and Flint, a sort of grey elf... thing. There are lots of things in this comic.

The locals, in celebration, held a party for Daisy, who also was given by them a cape made of the hide of the creature she killed and the "professional monster puncher" title of "Snarlbear", and for Flint, Daisy's self-proclaimed "agent" — and that's the beginning of their adventures!

The comic itself finished its run on February 10, 2017, after nearly five years. This means that, unlike many webcomics out there, reading it wouldn't take a massive dedication to the cause. Instead, it would take something a bit closer to two hours, more or less.

The comic is hosted on hiveworks and it can be read from the beginning by clicking here.

Snarlbear contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Daisy dreamed of being one, and then became one — and continued becoming more and more violent.
  • Alien Blood: The Snarlbear that Daisy kills has brilliantly hued, color-shifting blood. Daisy has it herself, now.
  • Amazing Technicolor World: The Rainbow Dimension. Almost everything is brightly colored, from the rocks to the trees to the wildlife to the people.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie:
    • The Rainbow Dimension has a strange effect on some entities; the monsters Daisy fights were people once, and she seems to be headed down that path herself: her blood is brilliantly rainbow-hued, and her teeth have become sharp and pointy.
    • And then Flint was a Dragon.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Flint and Narcissico, though it quickly loses its belligerent edge and just becomes UST.
  • Bishie Sparkles: Flint and Narcissico sparkle at dramatic moments. Flint even seems capable of transferring the sparkles.
  • Body Horror: A common theme throughout the comic, most notably when Cassiopeia's crystal curse, which causes crystals to jut from her body. When her throat is cut open, she begins talking through the gash.
    • When the curse of the Rainbow Dimension takes hold on Flint, and they turn into a dragon, it initially looks like their clothes are tearing off. Then you notice that some of the shreds are tearing off of their face, and you realize that they're literally shedding their skin.
  • Body Surf: Spectra possessed the bodies of Unicorn royalty until she got bored with the Unicorns and tried to possess an Elf.
  • Body to Jewel:
    • The champion's left arm is completely crystallized.
    • Immediately begins happening to anyone who comes into contact with the Champion's sword.
  • Cradling Your Kill: Spectra's cloud form gently lays the Champion down after killing her. The eyes in the cloud also appear to be weeping.
  • Crapsaccharine World: The Rainbow Dimension is brightly colored and cheerful looking. It's also infested with monsters.
  • Crystal Prison: The citizens of Monochrome are trapped in crystals after Cassie goes there in search of the eye.
  • Cute Bruiser: Daisy Snarlbear is no taller or bulkier than is average (per Word of God, she's only 14), but she's got the strength to throw around an opponent well larger than herself.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Daisy's teeth get pointy.
  • Dangerously Garish Environment: The Rainbow Dimension. Almost everything is brightly colored, from the rocks to the trees to the wildlife to the people. It is also full of dangerous beasts and magic.
    Flint: ...if you happen to like lurid hellholes... this place is a magical wonderland.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Flint passes one near the end of the story and as a result turns into a dragon.
  • Dirty Coward: Flint has a tendency to ditch when the fighting starts. Right before he turns into a dragon he says he feels like this.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Daisy reaches the Rainbow Dimension through a strangely colorful alley.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Much of the Rainbow Dimension is full of deadly flora and fauna around every corner.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Narcissico's duel with Cassie.
    • Later, Daisy's fight with Flint after he turns into a dragon.
  • I Choose to Stay : As explained from the epilogue Daisy who is now the knight of the rainbow kingdom decides to settle there as her new home since she changed within her and went on to find more adventures with her now dragon friend Flint.
  • Jumped at the Call: Daisy had dreams of being a hero in a fantasy world from the start. When she finds herself in a fantasy world, and able to fight and defeat all sorts of monsters, she's thrilled.
  • Kill It with Fire: One of the few ways to kill a unicorn.
  • Mercy Kill: After Flint is turned into a dragon, he berates Daisy for her failure to "put me out of my misery".
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The only part of her name we can see in chapter 1 is the "D". The name "Daisy" is never given until Chapter 4, and even then she still uses "Snarlbear" as a surname.
  • Overly Long Name: Prince Narcissico Indigo Floofram III, Prince of the Rainbow Dimension and Surrounding Polychrome Territories
    • Princess Cassiopeia "Stabby" Fuchsia Floofram I, Impaler of Injustices and Rightful Ruler of the Rainbow Dimension and Surrounding Polychrome Territories
  • Physical God: Spectra before the incident with her Champion
  • Rat King: The rat queen, a huge rat joined to many smaller rats.
  • Taking You with Me: The Elf Princess Cadmia stabs herself while Spectra is taking possession of her body, killing herself and Spectra
  • Trapped in Another World: In the first chapter, Daisy is pulled off the streets of her town into the Rainbow Dimension.
  • Unicorn : Chapter 4 introduces unicorn royalty. There's the eponymous Unicorn Prince "Narcissico Indigo Floofram III and his crazy sister, along with a small glimpse at unicorn society.
  • Was Once a Man: All the monsters in the Rainbow Dimension were originally humans
  • We Can Rule Together: More like we can destroy the world together the Champion's sword to Daisy
  • What Did You Expect When You Named It ____?: Daisy herself starts to become something other than human; given her strength, sharp teeth, and technicolor blood, she may well become the Snarlbear she was named for.
  • Written by the Winners: When Narcissico tells Flint and Snarlbear the story of how Spectra lost her physical form, he says she willing gave up her physical form to defeat her champion. In reality, the Champion kills Spectra and then Spectra's cloud form kills the Champion. However, Spectra then possessed the bodies of Unicorn royalty for thousands of years so she was the one who told the story
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: She gets the name "Snarlbear" from the beast that she killed immediately upon being pulled into the Rainbow Dimension.