At some point in time, industrialization has turned a once-lush-green nation into its own public trash can. Tables, classrooms, schools, and even whole towns are flooded with litter. But if you were a hyper-stressed, violent, cleanfreak high-school girl, what would you do to make a difference?
Trash Talk provides instances of:
- Animal Motif: Mr. Mudo, one of the teachers in the school, who doubles as a disgruntled security guard, is compared in-series to a rabid police German Shepherd.
- Crapsack World: Most of the setting takes place in a man-made national-scale landfill, known as Landfill, which also doubles as an inhabited city. A bit of an Inverted Trope, as the residents don't typically resent their current state, having lived there for so long.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: An aesthetic of the author, as the characters tend to have detailed dark bags below their eyes. Well, considering their environment and conditions, it might be justified.
- Green Aesop: The comic gratuitously showcases the effect and destruction of mindless industrialization, littering, and the like. The teenage protagonists are a bit unstable, but they all wish to do what they can to make their zones a safer, cleaner place for all to inhabit.
- Improvised Weapon: Milan initially, with her broom of justice and precision scissor throwing. But the show-stealer is Janus, with his arsenal of Molotov soda cans, and his signature custom, extendable, foldable utility Crovel.
- In-Series Nickname: Janus's preferred nickname for Milan is "Short-hair".
- Large Ham: Mudo. Anyone also applies, due to the dialog-heavy nature of the comic. Someone is bound to eat 5 panels just to speak or lament about their views and ideals.
- Messy Hair: Milan's hair looks like a bird nesting, and Janus's looks like a dry ragged mop.
- Only Sane Man: Mr. Gen. He expresses his distaste in dealing with troublesome high-school students with a janitor-complex.
- Pint Sized Power House: Milan. She's 158 cm tall, and certainly not heavy, but can subdue opponents (and allies) that literally tower over her with perfect-precision punches, mastery of improvised weaponry, and shift of balance.
- Pointless Band-Aid: Janus sports one on the bridge of his nose in every panel he appears in. The detail ranges from brand-new to worn-out.
- Pungeon Master: The author goes the extra mile to include any garbage/trash/dirt-related pun whenever it's applicable.
- Second Year Protagonist: Milan is in her 2nd year of high-school. Evident by the various class labels on her equipment, and how she refers to Janus, a 3rd year, as "kak note .
- The Syndicate: EC0rps, the shady-yet-predictable anti-industrial organization Janus is affiliated to.