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Venus Envy is a transgender-centered webcomic which is notable for portraying the subject matter more realistically than most, rather than taking the Transformation Comic route.

It originally started as a simple gag comic about a trans girl, but the nameless lead character soon developed into the comic's heroine, Zoe (neé Alex) Carter. The story itself is a Teen Dramedy that centers around Zoe's life as a girl in her new town, where no one (with a couple of exceptions) knows that she was Alexander Carter just a few months ago.

It briefly succumbed to Orphaned Series syndrome, due to the author's then-waning interest and busy real-life. Due to the original comic's cliffhanger ending and popular demand, Trans Girl Diaries did a fan follow-up (essentially a webcomic Doujinshi), here, which mimicked the style of the original comic and was well received by the VE fandom.

The author herself seems to have been pleased by this: The comic now updates, albeit sporadically, and seems to be following the basic outline of the aforementioned doujinshi.

This webcomic contains examples of:

  • Above the Influence: Eric turns down Zoe at the prom. He can tell her drink was spiked.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: There's an entire chapter based around this subject.
  • Animesque: The more recent comics have moved away from this style, though.
  • Arc Words: "Hello Alex. Don't you look pretty in that dress."
  • Art Evolution: So, so much. In a rare example for a Webcomic, it goes away from a Animesque look as it evolves.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Chris, the crossdresser, makes a very attractive girl. Also, Zoe made an attractive boy.
  • Author Avatar: Erin herself occasionally appears in non-canon strips (sometimes to deliver an Author Filibuster), along with her evil spider-clone, Erin 2.0.
  • Crossover: This page crosses over with the webcomic Lean On Me.
  • Berserk Button: If you want to avoid a trip to the emergency room, Larson is not "Marie", or a lesbian, for that matter. And don't call Nuke "Harry Potter". Just don't.
  • Bi the Way: Zoe and Nina
  • Big Fancy House: Lisa lives in one of these.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Bergy
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Larson and Zoe
  • The Casanova: Eric, in a more overtly creepy way than most examples. Like recognising the symptoms of a date-rape drug.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The comic was never exactly light, but as the art changes it gets progressively darker and more serious.
  • Cheeky Mouth: Moreso in the earlier comics.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In a crowning example of the use of the trope, Zoe's Tai Chi. Useful when a murder is charging you. Of course, then you go and hug the murder...
  • Coming-Out Story
  • Content Warnings: While the comic is fairly worksafe, there are rather frank discussions of gender and sexuality issues, as well as the occasional nipple.
  • Chirping Crickets: parodied
  • Cute and Psycho: Nina. Oh gods, Nina.
  • Does Not Like Men: Lisa, who won't even speak to boys other than Chris if she can help it.
  • Dramedy
  • Easy Sex Change: Completely averted.
  • Everything Sounds Scarier In Russian: Coach Lonov teaches the girls various Russian phrases to intimidate the opposing team.
  • Fan Sequel: Provided by Trans Girl Diaries.
  • Falling into His Arms: Zoe falls straight into Eric's arms.
  • Femme Fatale: Grace
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Grace. Nina too.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Although she changed it anyways, Zoë's birth name is Alex.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: They show up for Zoe a lot.
  • Groin Attack: Zoe getting hit by a soccer ball in the crotch and chest is a running gag.
  • Hidden Buxom: Larson, using the tape as breast-bindings. Lisa spied a glimpse of them in the shower and assumed they were for wounds; when asked about it, Larson said he was secretly part of an underground kung-fu ring.
  • Irony: Nina thinks Zoe is the perfect girl.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Richie, Eric, and Larson.
  • Kiss-Kiss-Slap: Zoe and Larson
  • Klingon Promotion: Nina attempts this twice.
  • Lethal Chef: Zoe.
  • Love Dodecahedron
  • Love Redeems: Eric
  • Really Gets Around: Lisa is a rare lesbian example of this trope, and is somewhat infamous for it.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Coach Lonov. Lampshaded when the entire team starts spouting off random Russian to scare the other teams.
  • Orphaned Punchline:
    "... so I stabbed him in the eye with a fork!"
  • Pen Name: The author uses one of these; members of the Hate Dom have semi-recently tried to "out" her legal name on various wikis — Including this one.
  • Queer Romance
  • Rape as Drama: Zoe was raped in seventh grade by an older student when she first tried on a dress she had created for the play she was working on. This was before she was living as a girl and was the first time anyone outside of her family saw the real her.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: The entire girl's soccer team, except for one, who fears she's actually straight.
  • School Play: Romeo and Juliet, to be exact. Zoe has very good reasons to object to being cast as Juliet, as it turns out.
  • Serious Business: A small time high school production of Romeo and Juliet: SRS BSNS. So serious that apparently Nina is willing to kill whoever it takes to land the lead
  • Shown Their Work: The artist is a trans woman and has a fairly first hand view of what a young Transgender teen goes through in the US. Taken to horrifying extremes during a Filler Strip when the artist relays the time she was sexually assaulted at college.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Lisa finds Chris a bit hotter than she would like to.
  • Teen Drama
  • The Atoner: Eric.
  • Therapy Backfire: Zoe's mother tries to find therapists to convince Zoe that she is indeed male. The therapists instead agree that Zoe has GID and a couple recommend therapy for her mother.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted and played straight — Zoe's new town doesn't have a specialist in her type of therapy, but her old therapist does come to visit. In addition, it's shown early in the comic that Zoe's parents kept taking her to different therapists trying to find one that wouldn't suggest Zoe visit a specialist in Gender Dysphoria (aka Transgenderism). One even suggested they get therapy to try and get over their problem with this.
  • Transgender: Zoe (transfeminine) and Larson (transmasculine). Lisa initially assumes that Chris is as well (and even goes on a date with him), but realises that he's just a crossdresser.
  • Tsundere: Lisa, Larson
  • Unmoving Plaid
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Happens to Lisa twice.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The science teacher, Mr. Cluck, is a chicken. Lampshaded by Larson in one comic.
  • Webcomic Time: The comic's been running for over 12 years now, and only a few months have passed in-story.
  • Wham Episode: The 3/4/10 page. Wow.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Chris
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Zoe's parents' reaction to her being transgender. Even when it is repeatedly diagnosed by independent therapists and she is repeatedly referred to a specialist for treatment, they continue to try and find a therapist who will tell them that Zoe's insane and that they will cure her for them. In the end, at least one therapist suggested they get therapy to help them deal with their reaction while Zoe was in therapy.
    • Zoe's mother continues to play this trope straight — outright blackmailing Zoe into going to church as Alex and generally not being supportive in the least. Amusingly, the people at the out of town church they go to mistake Zoe for a lesbian, not for a boy — and are more supportive than Zoe's mother (one tries to hook Zoe up with her own daughter), to boot!