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Webcomic / The Wotch

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The Power Trio as drawn by Ian Samson.

Jason: Are you dense?! She's a witch!
Robin: She's not a witch!
Jason: She's a witch!
Robin: She's not a witch!
Anne: Actually...I'm a Wotch.

So, this one time at band camp... a teenage girl found a magic flute that revealed to her that she is The Wotch, an extraordinarily powerful Magical Girl who appears once in each generation. Her magic is discovered by two boys shortly after she transfers to Tandy Gardens high school, and the three wrestle with magical emergency after magical emergency, brought on by a shadowy Big Bad figure. Hilarity Ensues... and "no gender is safe".

A Webcomic with a Mundane Fantastic theme, varyingly zany adventures with an overarching Myth Arc, and almost every possible variety of Shapeshifting oozing out of its suddenly feminine ears. The art goes from poor to unspectacular-but-fitting. The Wotch has a sense of fun and does some good romps if you can get into it and like, or don't mind, the levels of things turning into other things.

Spawned a number of spinoffs, the most notable being Cheer!, about a group of jocks turned into cheerleaders.

This comic provides examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: A running "gag" of sorts is that anytime anyone is turned to stone, they are sentient during the statufication. Specifically follows the characters of Scott and Rosetta around, though it does get fixed, at least in Scott's case. Played for laughs less more than for horror.
  • Art Evolution: Since it returned, the creator of City of Reality has taken over as artist, leading to much better art quality. Even before that, compare this to this.
  • Badass Normal: Robin, a completely average teenager with a bit of martial arts training can somehow hold his own with supernatural creatures on a fairly regular basis. Most of the time he waits until Anne or somebody else magical is distracting the creatures before charging in, and half the time Anne's slapped him with a spell that augments his natural fighting prowess considerably. He's aware he's still near the bottom of the totem pole, and a bit sore about it too.
  • Big Eater: Myrrh — literally so, as processed sugars seem to cause her body to grow to insanely huge sizes. In addition, her body seems to eat regardless of her intention — getting hit with a dodgeball caused it to embed inside her and start to digest.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Just as Jason said that the werewolf couldn't be Samantha Wolf (way too obvious), she shows up. For those who don't speak French, Speak of the Devil translates roughly into "When one speaks of the wolf (he sees his tail)".
  • Blob Monster: Myrrh, of the Cute Monster Girl variety.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Jason, Robin and Anne respectively.
  • Body Horror:
    • Largely averted as most transformations are fairly quick and "poofy", but played straight by Xaos, who inflicts slow and horrifying transformations as punishments.
    • Recently, Miranda inflicted a gradual form of the usual gender-bending on the Masquerade-breaking School Newspaper News Hound and two innocent bystanders as punishment. It even rewrites reality so that only they remember what was "normal" for them. This is portrayed as freaky and wrong, and all laws of narrative causality say that it's going to blow up on her face big time.
  • Break the Haughty: The increasingly annoying Lucius and Maggie of the "The MOST Most Dangerous Game" arc finally get their due when they nearly kill Robin, angering Anne enough to force her into the Wotch equivalent of the Avatar state. What really sells it is that, A) due to a Schedule Slip, we've been waiting two years for this, and B) that even as everything crumbles around them they try to cling on to their smug attitude. They fail to do so.
    Maggie: What is she?!
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • Bit character Myrrh started off as a random doodle on the spinoff comic artist's art gallery and was imported into the main comic proper.
    • ... As was the centaur girl, Glock's MIB group, and doubly so for the Samantha Stone (once for the design and once for the name)
    • Also, Xaos' secretary.
  • Cargo Ship: In-universe example (if one-sided in affections): Cassie / Mall plant
  • Cat Fight: Literally.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: Miranda treads perilously close to the Moral Event Horizon when she genderbends Ivan and indirectly does the same to two of his friends for trying to tell the truth about The Wotch, plus altering reality so no one except them remembers they were ever their original sexes. She only stops short of it by expressing some conflict with the decision shortly after chewing Ivan out for complaining about this setup, but the moment she starts to justify it to herself, she's cut short when Arizona gives her a silent Death Glare.
  • Expressive Accessory: Evan's shirt has a big "E" on it (Most characters call him E). When he turns into a 4-year old girl, it changes to a lowercase "e", and most people call him Lilly (Lil' E). During Chapter 17: Adventures in Babysitting, when Lilly gets a magical age-up to her teens, her shirt has a cursive, lowecase "l".
  • Expy: The outfit Anger!Anne is wearing when Original!Anne, Jason and Robin find her in the gym is the same that Willow Rosenburg's vampire counterpart wears.
  • Fountain of Youth: 21-year-old Evan seems to be addicted to spending his off hours as the four-year-old Lily. It's pointed out that such escapism is not entirely healthy, and he's occasionally shown making an effort to improve his adult life.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • D.O.L.L.Y. The acronym is never explained, though it has been almost explained three times. They only get as far as "Daughters Of" before being cut off.
    • Also, Tandy Gardens. note 
  • Funny Background Event
    • There's a kid on a skateboard who runs into telephone poles a lot. See here.
    • The book "Sonjette" throws at Teen-Lilly to get her attention here is called "How To Become More AWARE Of the Mystical World Around You".
  • Furry Fandom: Oddly, an in-universe example: A furry fandom is intentionally cultivated and abused by lycanthropes for use in keeping up The Masquerade. For example, they host a tourist festival/furry convention at "Werewolf Mountain" and encourage people to dress up in fake ears, fursuits and other such getup... which allows the werewolves to walk around openly shifted without any problems. Some of them even run stores while fully wolfed-out.
  • Gender-Restricted Ability: Wotches cannot be male. To the point that they're immune to genderbending. Presumably the Worlock can also only be male, but it hasn't been brought up so far.
  • Jerk Jock: Played straight and subverted, as the Jocks tend to reform after spending a few weeks as brainwashed DOLLY slaves.
  • Karmic Death: Natasha Dahlet of DOLLY is turned into a dolly, although she is still alive and sentient, but unable to move.
  • Karmic Transformation: DOLLY is defeated when Anne turns many of them into boysnote , also the chauvinist Jerk Jocks who become the Cheer! Squad are examples. See also Karmic Death above.
  • Latex Perfection: Myrrh's latest trick is to shapeshift into a normal looking person, clothing and all. Only downside is the green hair. Oh, and if she is distracted at all, she explodes.
  • Last of His Kind: The Uricarn Demon killed all the other members of his species. He didn't think it through.
    Uricarn: I enjoy being your bit of controlled chaos. Beats just wandering aimlessly finding cheap thrills like I was doing after exterminating the rest of my kind. ...Which was kinda stupid in retrospect. Probably should have let myself grow up a bit before making that decision...
  • Lower-Deck Episode: "A Girl and Her Blob", which focuses on Ming + Myrrh instead of the rest of the cast.
  • Lower Half Reveal: This is how the readers are introduced to minor character Allison "Ally" Taverner. She's a convenience store clerk and owner, in her first appearance Jason asks her if she's seen anything unusual that evening whilst on the search for a werecat (long story). Ally replies from behind her counter no it's been a quiet night... but after Jason leaves we cut to the other side of the counter revealing shes a centaur. A later strip reveals she's under a perception filter spell that only certain people can see through.
  • No Man of Woman Born: Ishtaroo: "Your most powerfull display yet, and a direct hit, but it makes no difference. No mortal can..." *Gem of power Cracks* "Hurt... Us?" Angelique (a genie): " No mortal, true. But I'm no mortal!
  • Opposites Theme Naming: Scott Winters and Julie Summers.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Xaos does pretty much jack, although this is later explained: He's waiting on Anne to grow up. He's farming her. He's slightly busier when it comes to his own dimension, though he still prefers to delegate the more tedious jobs to his Dragon.
  • Order Versus Chaos: And in a subversion, the good guys aren't Order.
  • Orphaned Series: Zig-Zagged. The first few postings under this entry are out of date.
    • The last official story comic was posted over a year ago, on August 21, 2009. Since then there have been two filler arcs, but no real updates, not even news updates. The forums have been abandoned by the staff, although apparently the artist and writer have mentioned on other forums that the artist is swamped with her college courseload, and there's also apparently an embarrassment factor for having left the comic hanging for so long. In other words, there may be a revival, but it's unlikely at this point.
      • In addition, the artist of City of Reality mentioned in his hiatus posting that Anne would be working with him on City. This pretty much places the final nail in the coffin for The Wotch, although he does mention that the "partnership may go two ways".
      • The forums haven't been abandoned, though. They just have a new name: The 910CMX Community. And the rebranding might not have as much to do with the Wotch being orphaned as El Goonish Shive joining the 910CMX lineup.
      • They've officially returned, though with a new artist.
    • Then it petered out again, got a new artist again, and stopped again. As of August 2023, the last story comic dates July 20, 2020, with nine filler updates up to June 2023.
  • Orwellian Retcon: A 2005 filler that originally featured Anne's husband at the time has been altered to feature the strip's webmaster instead.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Includes werecats and werewolves.
  • People Puppets: Cassie in Something Wicked This Way Comes.
  • Perky Female Minion: Aimee — a subversion as Aimee used to be male and is choosing to act out this trope, she even drops out of character to ask Anne to not mess it up for her.
  • Running Gag: Scott being turned into some non-moving form, Irene and James switching minds, and of course, Jason switching gender.
    • Also:
    Person A: "I just have one question."
    Person B: "*Obvious question?* *Other obvious question?* *Third obvious question?*"
    Person A: "No, *completely different question about some small detail*."

  • Samus Is a Girl: And if not, will be soon...Ka-Girl!
  • Sdrawkcab Name: The school that the wrestler Samantha Wolf went against is named Ekaltsew Memorial High School. Ekaltsew = Westlake.
  • The Un-Reveal:
    • The meaning of D.O.L.L.Y. beyond the first two letters and the origin of Dee's tail.
    • Not to mention this.
    • And why DeFrain the pirate wears an eye patch despite being able to see through things, here.
  • The 'Verse: Has quite a few spinoffs. Insinuated to take place in the same universe as El Goonish Shive, as well. However, this has been disproved by Dan Shive for EGS, at least. The rest though....
  • Tomboyish Name: Alex, Jo and Sam, even though their names when they were male were completely different.
  • Unsound Effect: Ka-GIRL! Also some others, like "floaty".
  • Wasteful Wishing: "I wish you were a redhead!" Funnily enough, the genie talks him out of it! Although, in this case, it's only because the genie can't grant wishes that affect herself.