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"It's about heroes and villains in their everyday lives. Really, that's it."
Randy Milholland

Super Stupor is a Webcomic written and drawn by Randy Milholland of Something*Positive fame. It's about super heroes and villains. They don't stop or cause crime, at least during their screen time. This is a Soap Opera, not an adventure.

The story is widely spread because there are Loads and Loads of Characters. At some point in the past there was a Cosmic Cataclysm, which merged two realities and started a few of the storylines. Some of their stories are serious, some not. It's dark enough to be interesting and funny enough to avoid Narm. In other words, it's pretty damn good.

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In addition to the mostly stand-alone strips, Milholland has also produced four print-only story comics detailing the lives and adventures of the characters further.

It ran from 2008 to 2012 with sporadic updates (explained in a 2018 comic as being caused by a time-controlling super jumping everyone forward 6 years out of dismay at the 2012 presidential election).

There are comics in the physical editions that were never posted to the web.


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Super Stupor contains examples of:

  • Achilles' Heel: Parodied, of course.
    Grim Reaper: Your enemy learned your one true weakness: Blowing up.
  • Aliens Made Them Do It: Diamondback and her nemesis had sex because of "extra-dimensional imps! They always force people to do stuff, and why else would lifelong enemies..."
  • Bad Santa: Here.
  • Bigger Bad: Diamonback is the chief villain in the online strips, but even she reports to someone: Lady Armageddon, who only features in the physical comics.
  • Blessed with Suck: Magic Eye's power of extracting truth from people only works when his penis is inside them, so he can't actually use it except in dire emergencies or if the victim consents. ("You'd be unpleasantly surprised who does.")
    • M.E. found out that he had this power in what his partner dubs "the best divorce story ever!"
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Parodied by a superheroine with "Green's Disease", which apparently causes all your joints to be ball joints and makes you spasm into poses. ("That pose offends me both as a woman and as someone who knows how spines work.")
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  • Bullying a Dragon: Anarch thinks the best way to get Cosmic Crusader, one of the most powerful entities in the galaxy, to join him is by killing his girlfriend with a trap powered by his own super powers, thus destroying his worldview. Punchline points out that a Cosmic Crusader that has had his worldview shattered and has forsaken his vow against killing would likely result in him tearing out Anarch's nervous system.
  • Cosmic Retcon
    • Time Peace's main ability. He primarily uses it to Ret-Gone people.
    • Also, allusions to the Cosmic Cataclysm, an event that destroyed multiple alternate universes and rewrote reality in others. For example, Rumble Bee is a survivor originally from a version of Earth that got destroyed, so reality "rewrote" her as having been from this one, complete with new family. She can remember her old life too, though.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Punchline, demonstrated in a strip, is shown to have puppets of another superhero, that he can produce (from Hammer Space, probably) and manipulate with his feet just in case his hands are bound.
  • Dating Catwoman: The Hero Formerly Known as Good Ol' Boy and Lady Diamondback.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Punchline
  • Death Is Cheap: The scene where the Grim Reaper complains that Super Heroes come back from the dead so often that collecting them doesn't even count towards his quota is the page image.
  • Deconstructor Fleet: Of superhero tropes.
  • Deus Sex Machina: Magic Eye can compel anyone to tell the truth... but his penis has to be inside them or it doesn't work.
  • Did Not Think This Through: The Anarch's plan to break the Cosmic Crusader and show the futility of his moral code — including his vow to never kill — hinges off essentially tricking the Crusader into activating a machine that will kill his girlfriend in front of him. While the Anarch is standing right there next to him. As Punchline points out, the most likely result of this would be the Anarch's own grisly death shortly afterwards.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Jewish Rumble Bee has the bad luck to go on a date with someone who claims the Cosmic Retcon that killed her mentor, a "documented event seen by billions," is a Zionist conspiracy.
  • The Dog Bites Back
  • Embarrassing Superpower: One of the supers can make people tell the truth... if his penis is inside them. He is very much aware of the implications of using it on people who don't want to talk and has resolved not to even think about using it unless there's an apocalypse imminent. The story of how he discovered he had this power is deemed the "best divorce story ever!" by another super.
  • Emo Teen: Time Peace/Clockstopper/Clockpuncher.
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: Why do villains have better coverage by Insurers? Because "like protects like".
  • Evil Pays Better: Evil has better insurance.


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