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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 super's like her. The comic has been quietly updating in the corners of Webtoon and Tapas every Wednesday.


Surprising Octeal provides examples of:

  • Academy of Adventure: The York facility for training heroes is described as, "sort of like a university campus".
  • 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 developement for the characters such as Kimiko being afraid to show off her body for some reason.
    • Some characters have shown up then seemingly don't get mentioned again despite seeming to be important, like a Knight Hero the tags refer to as the dissolving knight. A character named Klipspringer has also been mention.
  • 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.
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  • Big Eater: A justified trope. Suzanne needs to eat more than the average person to sustain her extra body mass.
  • 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".
  • 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 a power of electricity due to this misconception.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Cheerful and hyper Kimiko is shaping up to be this with the much more grumpy and skittish Suzanne.
  • 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.
  • Luminescent Blush: Suzanne says she isn't really interested in boys. Her cheeks tell a different story.
  • 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.
  • 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 to willing to dress provacatively 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".
  • 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.
  • 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...


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