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Webcomic / Underling

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Mephistopheles before putting the hurt down on a recurring villain.

Underling is a web-comic about an ordinary teenager named Lazarus, fed up with society in general, and always in trouble with school. One day, a demon shows up and offers him the ability to rule the world. All he has to do is gather supplies for it, and then he'll have everything he wants! Unfortunately, it doesn't go that easy, and he ends up trapped wandering dimensions. Even worse, he's the spawn of Satan. Hilarity Ensues! Start here.

Went on an unannounced hiatus in 2013, but was scheduled to resume on January 1st, 2018. However, as of November 2019, the site seems to be offline with the domain expiring.

This series provides examples of:

  • Anti-Anti-Christ: Lazarus is one of these.
  • As Long as There Is Evil: Satan, though in this case it's actually more of a weakness.
  • Badass Bookworm: Lazarus. At one point he uses chemistry knowledge to weaken the roof enough to collapse it on some pursuers.
    • And at the start of the story, Laz gets a list of ingredients he has to pick up, number one being “The Tooth Of A Beast That Man Has Never Killed.” It takes him less than ten seconds to figure that one out: One Dinosaur Tooth, coming right up.
  • Batman Gambit: Lilitu (aka Lilith, aka Lazarus' real mom) has one of these going on. It involves stopping the Apocalypse and sticking it to Satan, and maybe stopping his depredations through the otherworlds. Of course, Lazarus remaining an Anti Anti Christ is a key component of the plan.
  • Because Destiny Says So
  • Bull Fight Boss: Laz gets into one of these in Chapter Six.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Laz is bright but lacks motivation.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: A slight variant. Supernatural beings are empowered by people knowing of them, and even more so by actual belief.
    • What's more interesting is that a god doesn't necessarily NEED belief, depending on it's nature. Quetzalcoatl is a god of, amongst other things, learning, and rivers, which were around long before humans were, so even without belief, or even without humans, while he'd lose his powers, and even his form, he'd still exist. Satan, on the other hand, is basically a God of Evil, and evil is a purely human creation. No humans, no Satan. Period.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Lazarus gets the double-whammy of finding out he's the offspring of Satan and Lilith.
  • The Nicknamer: All the Lilitu, which backfires when they call Lazarus " Nephewkins".
  • Orphaned Series: hasn't updated for more then two years and the author has stopped answering the email on the website.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Mephistopheles and Adramelech. The former is basically Hell's bookkeeper (and dresses the part), the other is an old, washed-out god who resents having been forced to join The Legions of Hell by the rise of monotheism (he still does his job, though. Except no).
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Lazarus's reaction to finding out he was in the temple of Ganesha, God of Obstacles.
    • And he gets another when, after exhausting himself escaping from a saber toothed tiger, finds himself surrounded by half a dozen wolves.