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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 impaled 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 connects the universe, allowing millions of species to interact, peacefully or not. There’s just one problem: Yggdrasil isn’t some fantasy wonderland, and an ugly truth lurks just beneath its surface…

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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.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Inverted in the case of Violet, though it’s hard to tell with her mask on. Inverted because The author has explicitly stated that she’s Cambodian.
  • Animesque: The author describes the comic as this trope, and links the trope page on the comic's homepage.
  • Anime Hair: Akila has this. Theo's and Davis' hair might count, depending on your point of view.
  • 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. Justified, as she is an actual nymph, and it is stated she'd prefer to not wear anything.
  • The Berserker: Violet.
  • Blood Upgrade: Violet combines this with a Major Injury Underreaction, in when Katrina shoots her with a crossbow bolt. Violet calmly looks at the wound, tells Katrina "You're in for it now," and proceeds to knock her down with a single punch.
  • Broken Bird: Violet.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Akila's breastplate could be a more subtle form of this trope.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.)
  • Emotionless Girl: Violet.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Cave City.
  • Facial Markings: Violet appears to have some here.
  • Fanservice: Not very prevalent, with the exception of Akila's outfits.
  • Fish People: Nereids. ~
  • 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 4 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 inescapabiliy of death. Also, pages post every Wednesday (4th day of the week, not using biblical calendar) at 4:00.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: Violet appears to have 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.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Possibly Violet, if the alt text introducing her is taken to its logical extreme.
  • Hime Cut: Young Violet.
  • 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.
  • 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 initally 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.
  • Luminescent Blush: Theo, upon being walked in on (by a girl) while shirtless in bed.
  • Malevolent Masked Women: Violet.
  • Meaningful Name: Ok, let's go down the list...
    • Theo's full name is Theodoric, who was the king of the goths who sacked Rome. Also, his last name, Noordegraaf, hints that he's related to "Young" Neil Noordegraf of Scott Pilgrim. Turns out he's Neil's son. Scott is revealed to be his uncle, which means Neil married (and had a child with) Stacey.
    • Lars' full name is Lars Secundus Gilmore, who was also named for a barbarian king, Lars Porsenna, and his middle name means "The second" in Latin. He's the second character in the comic.
    • Katrina is NOT named after the bow wielding heroine of The Hunger Games.
    • Akila's middle name is Selene.
    • Violet has Purple Eyes.
    • Andromeda. Enough said.
    • Orion's full name is Orion Victor Bjorn, which is basically three of the coolest possible names in one name.
  • Mockbuster: The movie posters in the New York page.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Akila. ~
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Even though Akila and Katrina aren't sisters, they're close enoughn 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. It's unknown if he's hiding an injury, or just wears his hair this way.
  • Portal Network: Talked about, not seen. ~
  • Purple Eyes: Violet.
  • Purple Is the New Black: Kat's hair is actually purple, just a very dark shade.~
  • 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 12 in the first four pages. Enough said.
  • 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. ~
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Violet's mask would qualify. They appear to glow in low light.
  • Shorttank: Katrina. ~
  • Speech-Bubble Censoring: Used on Katrina here. Unfortunately, it's a daydream of Theo's. ~
  • Spiky Hair: Akila, definitely. Davis and Theo arguably. ~
  • 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: Inverted.: The sparring match between Lars and Theo lasts around 1 second. (Theo's sword shatters, due to improper hardening of the blade.) ~
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Theo, Lars and Katrina. ~
  • Token Minority: Lars. ~
  • Token Nonhuman: Akila. And maybe Violet. ~
  • 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!) ~
  • True Companions: The treeborn. ~
  • Tsundere: Akila is stated to be one in her bio. She hasn't been in-comic enough to be categorized as a type 1 or type 2. ~
  • Underground City: Cave city.
  • Urban Fantasy: The page for this trope is linked in the comic's description.
  • Weapon of Choice: Katrina carries a crossbow. ~
  • The Voiceless: Violet is one - unless you get her angry. And you don't want that. ~
  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Akila and Davis both have blue hair. Davis dyes his, but Akila's is natural. Kat's hair has a purple stripe (if you don't count the fact that her "Black" hair is actually a VERY dark purple. ~

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