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Amy is from a mining colony in deep space. Born with Synesthesia, Amy has always found that people come in 'Flavors.' Her mom is minty, her dad is hot chocolate, and her best friend is pineapple. After her father loses his job, her family is cryogenically frozen for the 30 year trip to Earth. Upon arrival, she is tired, unhappy and has much to complain about the strange new world she lives in and the friends she had to leave behind. After finally attending school and coming to grips with her new situation, she starts to open up and make new friends. It seems like Amy could enjoy a relatively normal life on Earth after all. And then she meets Oliver, a person with no Flavor.

Space Boy is a webcomic created by Stephen Mccranie, which can be read on Webtoons, and paperback volumes are available to purchase. It started in March 2015 and is currently on its third story arc. The wiki can also be found here.

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Space Boy shows examples of:

  • Absence of Evidence: Why does Amy become interested by Oliver in the first place? His lack of a flavor.
  • Action Survivor: Amy is able to survive on her own after Saito tries to hunt her down to kill her.
  • Affably Evil: Langely and the FCP, for the most part. They don't see themselves as bad guys and are perfectly willing to talk things out with Amy - Langely is even pretty polite about it - but they're also okay with imprisoning juveniles and sending drones to kill people. It's hinted that they'd be more Affable and less Evil if it wasn't for He who Wander's influencing the FCP by tainting everyone's essence and bringing out the worst in them.
    • He who Wanders begins to develop a very hip and friendly attitude towards Amy to make her feel more amicable towards him in the third arc and drops most of his cryptic prophet act. This doesn't stop him from playing with her emotions and letting her succumb to a panic attack when she refuses his help during a mental episode. This is still the same guy who tried to possess Oliver, after all.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Oliver's secret transmission to HQ during the dance. Amy gets kidnapped, Oliver says that if she gets hurt in any way, that Langley and the others will never see the inside of the Artifact. He even says he'll go right past it into a black hole, before saying that he loves Amy.
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  • Alpha Bitch: Downplayed and deconstructed with Cassie, a pushy but otherwise reasonable highschool girl at the center of her circle of friends who doesn't realize how hurtful she can be to others. Her attitude ends up costing Cassie her relationship with her boyfriend, which forces her into some self-reflection.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Saito needs authorization to kill people, therefore she can't threaten people with the lives of others. Pets on the other hand... like Tammie’s puppy, not so much.
  • Anime Hair: How in the world do Amy's pigtails stand up like that?
  • Arc Symbol: The teardrop shape of the Artifact, which is reflected on Amy's yellow shirt and the stylized orange drops that appear when Oliver shows a bit of his real personality. Amy's impossible pigtails take a loose teardrop shape, too.
    • The bird that flies past the train window when Amy first arrives on Earth, which tends to show up at moments of transition.
    • Jemmah and Amy's smiley face with the tongue sticking out. Amy draws it on Oliver's hand when they first meet.
  • Arc Words: "In space, the stars don't twinkle."
    • "I'm glad you exist,'' as well.
  • Art Evolution: McCranie's artstyle is very simplistic at first. Amy's colors are muted and she has dot-eyes. It transitions into something much more Animesque partway through the first arc.
  • Art Shift: Some of the lil’ Amy strips play around with the art style. One Christmas special was made from pictures of actual clay and paper crafts the author created to make everything look like something from a stop motion Christmas movie.
  • Augmented Reality: The Netgear glasses that everyone wears are essentially AR smartphones that basically everyone on Earth wears.
  • Babies Ever After: Jemmah and Dylan grew up, got married and had kids in the thirty years Amy was asleep.
  • Bland-Name Product: “Puffy Pets: Love is Magic” is a saccharine tv show about a bunch of plushy animals who live together and learn life lessons. Oliver’s an avid watcher of it, apparently.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: After Saito threatens to have Amy killed when she and Oliver begin to get close, he ends their friendship immediately, with absolutely no warning and without giving a reason.
  • Break the Cutie: Tamara's interrogation from Saito. She ends up selling Amy out under the threat of having her dog killed. She feels pretty awful about it. Later still when she's given a memory wipe of the entire incident from the FCP, she wallows about depressed and confused - she knows something's wrong, but nobody else believes what she tells them and think she's still in shock.
  • Breather Episode: On occasion, there are Lil'Amy episodes, which feature Amy as a child on the space colony.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Oliver is the Brooding Boy to Amy's Gentle Girl.
  • Cast Of Snow Flakes: Everyone has a distinct face, hairstyle, and body type, and yes, sometimes we’re told what their flavor is.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Amy has yellow, and Oliver blue.
  • Death by Irony: Saito, the commander with poison in her flavor, gets poisoned by her boss. Whoops.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: A big chunk of the story is devoted to Oliver's family and the fellow passengers of the Arno, who all ended up dead.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone can tell that Amy has a crush on Oliver.
  • Evil Smells Bad: An interesting twist: Amy's synesthesia means that for particularly evil people like Saito and Langely, she tastes poison. This is actually a sign of He Who Wanders' influence over people; copper and iodine tainting someone's 'flavor' means he has some sort of hold over them. Saito had it particularly bad given how her entire flavor was overpowered.
    • Subverted for Mr Silber from the FCP. He does the FCP's dirty work and covers up incidents, and might even play a part in 'erasing' certain people... but he has no poison in his flavor. Everything he does is completely his own choice, with no outside influence.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The entire first story arc - Amy's family coming to Earth up till the incident at the School Dance- takes place within a few months. Likewise, The second story arc takes place over a couple weeks. The comic has over 200 episodes, with just around eighty for each story arc.
  • Fiery Redhead: Cassie. According to the little flavor cards the author wrote up for everyone, she's "ready to fight her her friends. Or maybe just ready to fight."
  • Foregone Conclusion: We already know Oliver is The Sole Survivor of his ship. So when we finally get his backstory, it's pretty clear everyone is going to die.
  • Freudian Excuse: Cassie realizes her horrible relationship in middle school has contributed more to her combative personality than she thought. It's what eventually breaks David and Cassie up.
  • The Future: A bit over a thousand years into the future, which may or not be an Alternate Reality given how strange the geography is: Vietnamerica, Britaly, Nihongolia, Babylogypt.
    • Dr. Lesnik's work with ancient "Babylogyptian" implies the story takes place in an alternate universe, or an alternate history.
  • Generation Ship: The Arno. Designed for a multi-hundred year journey into deep space in pursuit of an alien artifact.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Due to her sweet, naive nature, Amy is underestimated often. But she's much more intuitive than she appears and gets herself out of more than a few scrapes when her life is at risk.
    • Downplayed for that last part: He Who Wanders ‘grafted’ a survival instinct into Amy to ensure she would not die until he was done with her.
  • Good Parents: Amy's mom and dad; stern when they need to be but abundantly loving of their daughter. They’re absolutely devastated when Amy goes missing.
    • Jemmah and Dylan to their girls.
    • Subverted with Dr. Kim. He split up with his wife after their own son died. He still wants to be a good mentor for Oliver, but he's not always up to the challenge.
  • He Knows Too Much: Commander Saito threatens to have Amy killed if she learns any more about Oliver. As soon as Amy sees the RFP plugged in, the First Contact Project begins actively trying to murder her. Ironically, they assume she knows what she does because she's a highly trained counteragent of some kind - not just, you know, a friendly person who cares about Oliver.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Oliver for Amy.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Poor Zeph... Amy's pretty oblivious to his attempts at getting her to notice him, and she doesn't quite realize that him inviting her to the school dance is a romantic gesture.
  • Human Popsicle: Cryogenic freezing is necessary for long space voyages.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Saito has a painful coughing fit after her tea is poisoned, followed by Blood from the Mouth - and she literally drops dead.
  • I Have Your Wife: Amy's fate at the end of "season one"; captured by the FCP.
  • Informed Attribute: Apparently Amy has a faint "off-world accent". Cassie thinks it's cute.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Sixteen-year-old Amy, and Jemmah, who is around forty-six by the time they get in contact again. Jemmah is still thrilled to hear from Amy and they fall right back into their old friendship.
    • Also, Amy and Pammy, an elderly woman from the reintegration facility.
  • Lost Common Knowledge: Among the things Amy has no knowledge of: baseball, snails, windmills.
    • When he was ten, Oliver had no idea what wood was. His father gave him a wooden case with a compass in it as a gift. He had to tell him that the case itself wasn't the present.
  • Mystical White Hair: Oliver. His father had it too.
  • Nice Girl: For all her flaws and confusions, Amy is above all an incredibly empathetic and sweet girl.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe example. Oliver is shunned by the other students who believe that interacting with him will give them nightmares. Sure enough, Amy gets a weird dream or two after talking to him (and the dreams themselves can definitely count on surrealness alone).
  • No New Fashions in the Future: Averted. Some styles look similar to modern fashion, but other outfits look completely different.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Dr. Kim. He stops Oliver from telling Amy the truth about himself, but it's in the interest of her own safety and he's completely right.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: After a fashion. Oliver's not a robot, but he's remotely controlling a full-body prosthetic that is so convincing that Amy has taken his hand and not been able to tell it's artificial. All of Dr. Kim's creations are this.
  • Scenery Porn: Wide shots almost always tend to be this. The first panel of Episode 7 is a good example.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Rather successfully averted - humans had to develop a new kind of elemental fuel to send rockets across the galaxy, and even then the trip takes decades, for which passengers must be in cryogenic stasis.
  • Title Drop: During Oliver's flashback, we learn that Space Boy is the name of a hero he would pretend to be as a kid.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Biggy cuts a wire in a dead fuse box which sets off a dangerous electric shockw ave, which not only very likely kills him, but speeds up the blackout that ends up destroying the Arno's shield generator, which results in the death of every passenger on board.
  • Parents as People: Amy's parents, her mom in particular, aren't afraid to scold her and show some of the typical parental tropes, but their love and care for their daughter is genuine and it's easy to tell they love their daughter very much.

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