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Webcomic / The Property of Hate

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Our hero, and RGB.

"I say... Would you like to be a Hero?"

The Property of Hate is a webcomic by Sarah Jolley (aka Modmad aka Fred aka Albionhands) that began publication in early 2012 and usually updates on Sundays.

A young girl is suddenly awoken by a strange, dapperly dressed man who refers to himself simply as RGB. He is formal in speech and odd in the head, or in the CRT television set where his head should be. He asks her if she would like to become a hero, and though she answers with gusto, she doesn't have any knowledge of what will be expected of her as she leaves her home for a world in the skies.

The journey across the clouds takes her to a world badly in need of a hero, where lies and fears are very real and very dangerous. The hero's courage helps her survive her first encounter with fear itself, but her very young age — and RGB's refusal to explain anything — make it a difficult and dangerous journey for her.


The comic can be found on its own site here.

This comic provides examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: What happened to TOby, though he can still communicate with others. After he was torn to pieces and stitched back together with his own nerves.
  • Animate Inanimate Object:
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: The Hero and RGB find themselves ailed by (non-antropomorphic and of varied levels of sentience) manifestations of such turmoils as fear and grief.
    • One of the characters Time is a rabbit representing the past, present and future. He later sends Hero and RGB to the future to free one of the sun fragments from Lake Lacrimose.
  • Baitand Switch: Chapter 18's intro page sets up the flashback to RGB's past. The chapter name itself even notes that it's "too soon for this part" before moving onto the actual intro page for Chapter 18: Dolly Zoom.
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: The Ensemble, of the bartering vein.
  • Berserk Button: Do not, under any circumstances, steal a part of Hero. RGB will get very angry with you as The Butterfly learns the hard way.
  • Advertisement:
  • Big "NO!": Preceded by a Little "No" after being presented the horseshoes he's supposed to wear, RGB's reaction to the title of Chapter 13 is effectively this.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Tinker appears to speak in Morse Code wheras Melody, true to her name, speaks in musical notation.
  • Bleak Level: Upon getting through the crystals, Hero and RGB make it to the Sandbar only to see it empty with bits of machinery and other bits scattered around.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The comic tends to do this every so often.
    RGB: Is my sketch showing?
  • Chiaroscuro: Why RGB's brightening in the darkness would not help, it would only make the dark more striking. Followed by his realization of how to fix it.
    • Chapter 17 is also called Chiaroscuro, and it begins with Hero and RGB finding the Sandbar completely devoid of trees.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Several minor characters often come back later, often with significant results.
    • Magnus, who first appears as a background character, later saves Hero and RGB from Click's laser cannon.
  • Cliffhanger: Quite a bit. Because the comic updates on Sundays, and Mod sometimes takes breaks in between to visit family or travel, many fans are left hanging.
  • Disney Death: Hero, when she falls out of the tree and is apparently impaled on one of the branches. It turns out that the hole that she got from being stabbed by a fear opened back up while she was arguing with RGB, so she's fine.
    • It's also possible that RGB and Hero haven't seen the last of Click if this page is any indication.
  • Don't Ask, Just Run: RGB's reaction to meeting the Fears the first time. Subverted when the Hero refuses to leave the Idea even after RGB explains what it is.
    • This happens again once RGB sees Click. Unfortunately for them, Click finds them and tries to murder them both.
  • Face Doodling: Of the moustache and glasses variety on RGB's screen.
  • Fisher Kingdom: The world the story takes place in apparently has some of these properties, as it causes Hero to get Identity Amnesia.
  • Foreshadowing: The pictures of Hero's wall during Chapter 1: The Hook foreshadow the appearance of The Idea, the House of Paint and the Tempers later on.
    • The term 'Neutral' appears in the beginning of Chapter 14: Click. Hero later uses that term to describe RGB when Click asks her to admit that RGB is evil.
    • In Chapter 15: Target Audience, it's stated that those who destroy the market will be destroyed in kind. Guess what happens to Click during Chapter 16: Ex Position?
    • Page 295 has Click's remaining eye falls onto a counter, setting up the possibility that someone will pick it up...
    • If you look carefully during one of the panels in Page 313, you notice that RGB's reflection in the crystal has a wrist despite having no wrists.
    • The Butterfly being an antagonist who steals Hero's eyes after she decides to trust RGB is foreshadowed throughout the few interactions it has with Hero. During their first meeting, it shows up right after Hero bores the Idea to death and during their second, it perches itself on Hero's back and leaves in a huff. In both cases, the Butterfly tries to erode Hero's trust in RGB under the guise of "being wise".
    • Early on The Hero says that "heroes wear green", a description that fits Assok, Tinker, Dial, Toby, and RGB in Chapter 25: Arret back when he first fought Hate.
  • Framing Device: Chapter 9, Page 165 introduces an ominous one via a pair of scissors. Their presence is nothing short of Paranoia Fuel for the audience.
  • Flower Motifs: Negative RGB is associated with blue roses, which appear again when The Butterfly cuts RGB with it's wings during their fight in Elastic Valley.
  • Hurricane of Puns: This page, revolving around time.
  • I Call It "Vera": Discussed and Deconstructed. Hero notices that a lot of the objects in the Sands of Regret are vehicles, to which RGB responds by explaining this trope, namely how people will give their vehicles artificial names and personalities, which causes the vehicles to manifest in the realm; however, since their owners still do not consider them living beings in their own right, they never posses the will needed to truly exist within the realm, and break down in the Sands. It is implied that the vehicles do want to be alive, but since their owners never saw them as such, they're unfortunately doomed to break down again upon the sands.
  • I Have Nothing to Say to That: RGB, upon receiving an... eloquent message from Hero via Assok.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: If you count getting shanked by a Fear, this has happened to the same character twice.
  • Inherently Funny Words: "Blighterpoop."
  • Jumped at the Call: Hero. After saying goodbye to her mum.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: TOby has one to RGB's time-related Hurricane of Puns.
  • Liminal Being: RGB, asked what neutral means, says it's when something is neither one thing nor another, or is between the two. note 
  • Liminal Time: The beings in the market place are inbetween times or existences — they can't stay forever. (Hero compares it to a railway station.)
  • Meaningful Name: RGB means Red Green Blue after the additive color model used in the first color television broadcast, as well as the CRT and LCD monitors and TV sets that followed it.
  • Mundane Utility: One can actually use RGB's head as a television, but he's asleep and cannot wake when used this way.
  • No Name Given: The Hero. Actually, she has Identity Amnesia complete with Name Amnesia. She doesn't even realize it until she actually thinks about it.
  • Not a Game: The Hero and RGB bitterly accuse each other of treating it like a game in one fight.
  • Precision F-Strike: Done in a doubly literal sense here by Melody, who can only speak in musical notes and symbols.
  • Pun: The series has so many both obvious and hidden that it'd have it's own page if it were to list every single one. For example, most of the chapters are named after film terminology and camera tricks.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Rereading the comic tends to reveal a lot of information that the reader won't notice the first time round.
    • Page 298 reveals several names of the past heroes. This adds more meaning to Assok, TOby, Dial, Tinker, Tailor, Julienne and Melody's introductions.
  • Scenery Porn: Lots and lots of it.
  • He Was There All Along: The scissors were already bad enough in the early chapters but become far creepier when it's revealed that they're weapons used by Hate to get rid of her enemies.
  • Shout-Out: From classic movies to alchemy, the author loves putting in references.
  • Standard Snippet: Parodied Trope. When playing a gondolier, Hero obviously means to sing O sole mio, but just as obviously doesn't know the lyrics. Hence:
    Hero: O, salty mayo! That makes me wee...
  • Stealth Pun: In spades.
    • Chapter 2: Page 23 introduces the Lie, a cute little thing that happens to be white in colour. In other words, it's a white lie.
    • For example: A sleeping RGB's speech bubble is blank white - it's white noise.
    • Chapter 9 has Julienne and Melody cut off from the rest of the group with scissors and also cut out of the story
    • During Chapter 11: Page 192, RGB literally steals a kiss.
    • ''Chapter 25 has RGB's clothes cut and is fighting Hate who uses a giant pair of scissors. She clearly intends to cut his story short.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: RGB manifests one after being knocked out by a Grief, referred to as Negative RGB. It later appears as a hallucination during the Butterfly's appearance and later saves Hero later on.
  • Tarot Motifs: Currently, three Tarot Cards exist of Hero, RGB and Madras. Mod has stated that they wish to make more, once the cast is more complete.
    • The black and white guardians with the horse and bird heads area reference to the High Priestess card. The white one is always positioned on the right, and the black one is always positioned on the left, in reference to the pillars on the card.
  • Tell Him I'm Not Speaking to Him: Starting on this page. An interesting example, as the messenger is only ever able to speak when copying someone else's words (albeit imperfectly).
  • The Wonderland: The setting is a place where lies, doubts, fears and ideas are tangible entities. The sun fell out of the sky and turned into trees and a ocean rests on top of a forest.
  • Vertigo Effect: One of the chapters is named Dolly Zoom in which RGB and Hero escape from the Nothing and make it to Elastic Valley.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Practically said word-for-word by RGB, with regards to Hero. The given reason is not that it's physically impossible to go back, but that wherever they are is something of a Fisher Kingdom and Hero now has Identity Amnesia; thus she is no longer the person she was and can't resume her old life; Time later confirms this by stating that Hero's old life (and story) ended when she became the Hero.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Not necessarily, but a common theme within the story is how phenomena the mind comes up with can become very real and, consequentially, very dangerous.