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Webcomic / Surprising Octeal

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Turns out having an extra pair of hands IS convenient!


It's been hundreds of years since the first super human appeared, and since then the world has been fascinated by these individuals with amazing powers. Suzanne Incirrina was an aspiring marine biologist until the fateful day she mutated to have four extra octopus-like arms. Now she is going to be catapulted into the chaos and drama of the super hero world.

The first of a four-part series of webcomics, Surprising Octeal is a superhero webcomic following a young woman with octopus powers training to be a hero and find a cure for "Power Madness", an ailment that largely seems to affect multi-limbed supers like her. The comic updates on Webtoon and Tapas.


Surprising Octeal provides examples of:

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: After multiple encounters with her male co-trainees makes her too flustered to focus on studying Suzanne pulls out a device called "Ms. Vibranella" and a blank panel implies that time passes, after which she is in a different outfit and her hair has become a bit unkempt. Interestingly it's not only NOT treated as a joke but also spoken of as healthy and positive with the author even commenting it should be de-stigmatized.
  • All There in the Manual: The author uses the Tapas tags to show which characters are in which pages. While not seeming that important at a glance these tags frequently name characters in the comic before they're properly introduced, including characters that are hidden in the background.
  • Academy of Adventure: The York facility for training heroes is described as, "sort of like a university campus".
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  • Audible Sharpness: It's wordlessly conveyed that the winged mad super's wings are sharp when she scrapes them across the ground.
  • Badass Bookworm: Suzanne was a near graduate of marine biology and, if you ignore the tentacles, not super threatening appearance-wise. But then you stop ignoring the tentacles and you remember she could probably throw you half way across the city.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The knight hero comes at the last second to save Suzanne from the multi-armed mad super.
  • Big Eater: A justified trope. Suzanne needs to eat more than the average person to sustain her extra body mass.
  • Bland-Name Product: Suzanne apparently own's a "Swatch" and a "Hwee" gaming console.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Averted and played straight with siblings Bia Baingwa and Dabai Sadee Johanson. Bia dresses pretty dapper while Sadee wears this kind of outfit while on patrol as "Kichi Coyote".
  • Call-Back: Suzanne's corkboard on Page 156 is mostly full of stuff that Suzanne is studying but nestled on the lower right corner is the drawing that Billy gave her.
  • City of Canals: The city where the heroes are trained, York, is a canal town not unlike Venice.
  • Constantly Curious: The other students going to the York facility are pretty quick to start bombarding Suzanne with questions about her distinctive powers.
  • Combat Tentacles: Suzanne's power and a defining part of the comic.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Suzanne likens the functions of the gills on her shoulders to... a phenomenon of the male body... before realizing she was talking out loud.
  • Distinguishing Mark: Suzanne has a big obvious birthmark on her nose. Her younger brother has a similar mark.
  • Electric Jellyfish: Referenced. Kimiko, who loves jellyfish, develops electricity powers. Suzanne's current theory is that powers are somehow tied to their bearers' preconceptions (whether or not they are accurate, as in the case of Kimiko).
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Most characters in the comic use the same eye design. Suzanne, however, has distinctive cephalopod-like pupils. Another character with unique pupils is the shadowy woman who's been stalking Suzanne.
  • Foreshadowing: Pops up here and there.
    • Mentions of some event called "The Twins" appear sporadically in the comic, no mention of what they are.
    • Character profiles shown on the comic seem to provide hints at major development for the characters such as Kimiko being afraid to show off her body for some reason. The scars on her sides and abdomen might have something to do with it.
    • Some characters have shown up then seemingly don't get mentioned again despite seeming to be important, like a Knight Hero who seemingly dissolves into nothing. A character named Klipspringer has also been mention.
    • A lot of more subtle foreshadowing is used as well. Page 135, for instance, features a radio newscast that gets cut off by Suzanne but manages to confirm that North America is seeking aid from Russia for something and even that Antarctica is an actual country in this universe.
  • Hartman Hips: Suzanne skirts the line a bit. Judge for yourself.
  • Imagine Spot: Suzanne briefly imagines her life if she had settled for comfort and normalcy before admitting she never would have been satisfied with that.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Cheerful and hyper Kimiko is shaping up to be this with the much more grumpy and skittish Suzanne.
  • Luminescent Blush: Suzanne says she isn't really interested in boys. Her cheeks tell a different story. Cieren seems to be even worse.
  • Nervous Wreck: Suzanne is extremely jumpy and skittish and prone to over-analyzing social situations. Notably though, she lacks a lot of the other traits frequently associated with this trope. She's at least decent in conversations, nothing particularly bad happened in her past, and she seems to be almost terminally brave in dangerous situations. She's just really panicky once a conversation gets complicated.
  • No Cartoon Fish: The author seems to stylize everything in his distinctive way... except for all of the aquatic creatures, ironically enough.
  • Male Gaze: While not overt, the comic seems to pay a lot of attention to Suzanne's backside.
  • Masked Luchador: Jabali, the Hero of York, is a luchador hero themed after wild boars.
  • Meaningful Name: Several of the characters seem to have surnames that allude to them somehow. Kimiko's last name tranlates to "Sting Fairy" and Lina's last name relates to fires. But of course the most blunt seems to be Suzanne's last name Incirrina, which is simply one of the scientific names for octopus.
  • Mobile Kiosk: Side character Nancy Gently runs a business called "Secret Noodle" out of a food trailer pulled by a four-wheeler. She is, however, mildly annoyed by the lack of business this theme seems to generate.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Casey was a former male model and doesn't seem too shy about it.
  • Ms. Fanservice: While not a model, Lina seems all too willing to dress provocatively and is a shameless flirt.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous:
    • During her recovery after her transformation, Suzanne is attacked by a mad super the author affectionately dubbed "Machamp Norris".
    • In general, "Power Madness" has been shown to be linked to having additional limbs. So far, Suzanne is the only multi-limbed hero in existence who hasn't gone crazy.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Suzanne has several crazy-looking machines on her desk in her room... as well as coffee pot which she drinks from every morning.
  • Razor Wings: Another mad super that attacks the York students while out by the pool has wings capable of slicing through skin.
  • Scary Teeth: Suzanne's transformation seems to have given her something akin to shark's teeth.
    • Creator's Note:
      "In these early less action-y days we sometimes need to be reminded that Suzanne has a mouth full of terrifying monster teeth."
  • Sinister Silhouettes: Creepy figures appear to be keeping an eye on Suzanne.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: An slight variation with Suzanne. She never swears out loud in public, but swears like a sailor in her thoughts.
  • Slapstick Knows no Gender: Even being the MC, Suzanne doesn't get immunity from ramming her head into a low hanging ceiling.
  • Shout-Out: The writer seems fond of these.
  • Underwater Ruins: There appear to be remnants of buildings in the canals beneath York.
  • Vice President Who?: Subverted. We're introduced to the vice president of the HeroWorks corporation, Alameda Washington, before we're even given a glimpse of president Felix Weiss.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: In reference to anime-style eyelashes being over-blown the author treats these like makeup in the comic.

Sometimes, bad or good, change WILL happen, and you should be humble enough to accept it when it does...