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The Noordegraaf Files is an Urban Fantasy webcomic written and drawn by Kingkuma, which updates every Wednesday at 4:00 PM EST.

Theo Noordegraaf, an average 17-year-old male from Toronto, has just moved to New York for an internship as a programmer working for the online shopping firm Gridco. He doesn't expect much out of his new job, just some irritating glitches, traffic jams, and eating lots of instant ramen. Of course, nearly getting shot by some hooded maniac wielding a crossbow isn't one of these expectations.

After Theo discovers said hooded maniac, a strange black-haired girl named Katrina, searching for something in Gridco's sub-basement, he's pulled from his banal everyday life into a massive world of technology and abilities beyond his understanding. Apparently, the World Tree Yggdrasil is real, and it has an entire society full of magic and other strange things living inside it. There’s just one problem: Yggdrasil isn’t some fantasy wonderland, and everybody has something to hide...


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The Noordegraaf Files provides examples of:

  • Abandoned Info Page: There's a database of characters and places found on the website, though don't expect it to get done any time soon.
  • Animesque: The author describes the comic as this trope, and links the trope page on the comic's homepage.
  • Art Evolution:Compare this to this, 48 pages later. While the art style hasn't changed much, the quality is definitely improved. The impressive thing is is this improvement has taken place in under a year.
  • Alt Text Nearly every image has some.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Orion Victor Bjorn.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Akila. She's a nymph, and it's stated that she'd prefer to not wear anything at all.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: Theo does it here to Akila.
  • Cool Uncle: Theo's uncle taught him swordfighting. Or at least tried. It didn't end well.
  • Creepy Basement: Ok, it's a SUB-basement, but the office building's basement is still unnerving. Theo is naturally creeped out. Lars denies it, but it's obvious he's lying.
  • Crush Blush: Akila whenever questioned about her feelings for Katrina. Backed up by her stammering when responding, as she is normally very collected and calm.
    Akila: What? No! No, we're just... just friends. I mean, I can see why you thought that... but no. Just friends. Nothing more.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Akila. The author has stated how much she looks like the creature from the black lagoon, and she has tentacles on occasion.
  • Cute Psycho: Violet. She doesn't talk (much), and is implied to be very good looking, but hurt her and she'll go bezerk. Literally.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Lars. (It's bleached, not natural.)
  • Deadpan Snarker: Akila. Some of the time. Violet would count as this as well.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Theo, upon meeting Akila, stares at her chest. As Akila is a Nereid, which are known to be attractive (and have no nudity taboo), she's just dressed in a strapless armor that bares her midriff and a pair of tight shorts. (It's stated in the Alt Text that she enjoys being stared at.)
  • Facial Markings: Violet has a few. The minor characters who took care of her in a flashback also have them.
  • Fanservice: Not very prevalent, with the exception of Akila's outfits.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe Akila always seems to wear a strapless, Midriff-Baring top and either a very short skirt or tight — fitting shorts. Violet would fit this as well, thanks to her tight suit — but she's incredibly flat-chested, so all Fanservice potential is nullified.~
  • Four Is Death: The number four shows up a lot in TNF. The second page has the numbers 4 and 4444 written in binary, along with the GRAVE "'" key in groups of four. Not to mention the panel was about the inescapably of death. Also, pages post every Wednesday (4th day of the week, not using biblical calendar) at 4:00.
  • Gibberish of Love: Akila, when asked about her attraction to Katrina.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: Violet has one on the left side of her face.
  • Godiva Hair: Nereids have this by default, and a drawing of a siren in concept art wears her hair like this.
  • Hot Witch: Circe, the minor character in Violet's backstory is magical and has the largest chest in the comic. The unnamed winged Woman in White could count as this too.
  • Jumped at the Call: Theo. He's a fantasy geek and discovering this world is like the greatest thing in the world for him. He doesn't realize that he isn't protected by Plot Armor and treating the world as if it is a fairy tale is liable to get him killed.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Akila. She's a nymph that has no taboo against nudity, and it is stated she'd prefer not to wear clothes, but does so out of respect for Katrina's dignity. Doesn't stop her flirting though.
  • In the Back: Violet tries to stab Kat in the back in their sparring match. It doesn't end well for her.
  • The Lancer: Akila's introduction page is titled this.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Violet. She doesn't talk, and is very, very flat-chested, so Theo initially mistakes her for a boy. The only possible way of noticing her true gender is that her arms are very feminine in appearance, and she has a ponytail.
  • Lady of Black Magic Circe (not her real name) certainly would be.
  • Luminescent Blush: Theo, upon being walked in on (by a girl) while shirtless in bed. Akila also gets this whenever questioned about if her feelings for Katrina are platonic, or something more... intimate. (It's stated she's attracted to Kat, but if they are in a relationship is currently unknown.)
  • Made of Iron: Violet had her lower legs, some of her fingers, and her breasts chopped off, suffered a wound that caused her to lose an eye, was starved for presumably two months, and somehow still survived. Granted, she was going to die if someone hadn't found her (and the wounds were cauterized), but she lived to tell the tale. She's a little messed up in the head because of it, though.~
  • Mockbuster: The movie posters in the New York page: "The Rapid and the Raging 17:Goblin Truckers From Outer Space!"
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Even though Akila and Katrina aren't sisters, they're close enough to be,and Akila will do anything in her power to stop Katrina dating someone she doesn't like.~
  • Mysterious Waif: The majority of the orphans could count, but Katrina takes the cake. Theo first sees her in a robe, attempting to break into a locked closet. When this happens, the whole plot is set in motion. To this day, still absolutely nothing is known about her. Even for her biography, all that is said about her(besides physical characteristics) is: "No information currently available."
  • Nature Spirit: Akila is a Nereid. (For info on Nereids in TNF, go here.) Dryads (who have their own page too) and something called "Incindads" (fire nymphs) are also said to exist, but have not been seen in-comic.
  • Opaque Lenses: Octavian, Chris and Violet all have glasses which hide their eyes.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Orion has these. He's missing an eye from a fight at a young age. Minor character Circe has these too.
  • Prophet Eyes: Lost (mages who have given into The Dark Side of magic) have these. It's stated that if you see them, RUN.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Katrina. Although, most of the cast has pale skin, due the lack of sun exposure that comes with living underground.~
  • Reference Overdosed: There's twelve in the first four pages.
  • Ready for Lovemaking: Akila in supplemental art — but it's stated she does do this to persuade her friends to sleep with her. It usually works.
  • Really Gets Around: Katrina, in a non-sexual way. According to the author, she's had over 30 different boyfriends, and she gets a new one every two to three weeks. Akila is this too, except sexually.~
  • Run or Die: The appropriate plan of action upon meeting a hostile dark mage. It's very unlikely to help, but when it's life and death, any advantage helps.~
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Violet's mask would qualify. They appear to glow in low light.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Inverted, as Lars wears Red and Black spiked armor, yet he's one of the heroes.
  • Spy Catsuit: Violet wears what appears to be a nylon one-piece... thing resembling feety pajamas. This would make great Fanservice, but, unfortunately, Violet is EXTREMELY flat-chested, enough to be mistaken for male.~
  • Sword Fight: A sparring match between Lars and Theo, which lasts around one second. Theo's sword shatters, due to improper hardening of the blade.~
  • The Tease: Akila. Hinted to be because she's a Nereid, which means that she can't date human men, due to Nereid law, so a Male Gaze is the most she can get. Human women are allowed, which adds more fuel to the theory that she and Katrina, her best friend, are in a relationship.~
  • Triang Relations: Akila, Theo and Kat. (Type 4 as of now — Kat and Akila are best friends. Theo has a crush on Katrina. Akila hates Theo. Let the Love Dodecahedron begin!)~
  • Tsundere: Akila is stated to be one in her bio. She likely is a type one, but has her moments of kindheartedness just as often as she's angry.
  • Urban Fantasy: The page for this trope is linked in the comic's description.
  • The Voiceless: Violet is one — unless you get her angry.~
  • Wall of Weapons: Edythe from owns one of these in this page, featuring guns from Wolfenstein Note , Subnautica Note , Half-Life 2 Note , Dirk Valentine Note , Terraria Note , Fallout 4 Note , and The SCP Foundation Note . Justified — dhe's an arms dealer.~
  • Weapon of Choice: Katrina carries a crossbow.
  • Woman in White: A mysterious, winged lady in a white strapless dress and glowing white eyes has been seen in multiple side art projects, and has been stated to be an upcoming character with a major role in the story. Time will tell if she's a friend, foe, or something else entirely.~
  • World Tree: Like its source material, Yggdrasil serves as the hub for all multiversal travel. Unlike its source material, it’s also a giant endless cavern with wooden walls and has thousands of people living inside it.
  • Yandere: Violet has aspects of this with her relationship with Octavian. Granted, she's never attacked anyone for trying to date him — but this is because nobody dates him because they know Violet would kill them. Alt Text has stated that Octavian has Specifically had to speak with Akila to ask her never to flirt with him because it puts both of them in danger.~
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Akila and Davis both have blue hair. Davis dyes his, but Akila's is natural. Kat's hair is often dyed with highlights (if you don't count the fact that her "Black" hair is actually a VERY dark purple. Dryads have Green hair, and Nereids can have blue.~


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