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Amy and Oliver

Amy is from a mining colony in deep space. Born with Synesthesia, Amy has always found that people come in 'Flavors.' After her father loses his job, her family is cryogenically frozen for the 30 year trip to Earth. Upon arrival, she is tired and unhappy and has much to complain about the strange new world she lives in and the people 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. It started in March 2015 and is currently on its second story arc. The wiki can also be found here


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.
  • Adorkable: Zeph in general.
    • Amy as well, especially when she's gushing over things like snow, school clubs, and baby chicks.
  • 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.
  • Alpha Bitch: Downplayed and deconstructed with Cassie.
  • 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...
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  • 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.
  • Arc Words: "In space, the stars don't twinkle."
    • "I'm glad you exist,'' as well.
  • Art Evolution: It really has some.
  • Art Shift: Oliver's paintings are in a very different art style.
  • Augmented Reality: The Netgear glasses.
  • Babies Ever After: Jemmah and Dylan grew up, got married and had kids in the thirty years Amy was asleep.
  • 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.
  • 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, with minimal, if any, same face syndrome.
  • 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, who all ended up dead.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone can tell that Amy has a crush on Oliver.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: It's hard to believe everything happens in only a few months.
  • 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, with only a few truly bizarre changes to Earth culture - omnipresent net gear, human colonies out in deep space, and some geographical shuffle that seems to have smashed every country into another: 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.
  • Good Parents: Amy's mom and dad; stern when they need to be but abundantly loving of their daughter. Jemmah and Dylan to their girls. This is also what Dr. Kim wants to be to Oliver, but he's pushed him away.
  • 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...
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

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