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Wayward Sons is a Webcomic written by Benny R. Powell (aka Wizbenny), that while mainly sci-fi, contains elements from multiple genres. Though it begins with the Pantheans having just prevailed in a bloody civil war, things go quickly awry while the Pantheans attempt to imprison the traitorous Kronos and a multitude of monstrous intergalactic criminals.

Now the crew of the Ulympea, led by Captain Suras, must do whatever it takes to stem a full-scale prison break. What happens next, however, is completely unexpected, and the planet they end up visiting will never be the same again...

The comic stopped being updated in November 2013. It can be found here.

Tropes found in this webcomic:

  • All Just a Dream: The Future arc, which is revealed to be a prophetic dream about the Bad Future that will happen if the crew leaves Kronos to his own devices.
  • All Myths Are True: Or at least several myths from several different cultures.
  • All There in the Manual: The backstories of different characters and descriptions of their powers are usually only found on the bonus pages, which update on weekends.
  • Ancient Astronauts: Although the webcomic is from their point of view.
  • The Atoner: Both Enki and Permythe.
    • Kronos himself, as of the aftermath.
      • Subverted in the Future arc, which shows that he eventually relapses.
  • Badass Normal: All of the crew members of the Ulympea and Kronos's crew are this before the events of the comic.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: In these comics: [1] and [2], Hestya, while fully naked, lacks certain, erm, features.
  • Batman Gambit: Suras pulls one on Kronos when he has Nysus infiltrate Kronos's crew and plant explosives on his ship.
  • The Blacksmith: Phastus' role, due to being able to manipulate metals.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Pretty much all the Ulympeans, Especially Hurk.
    • Oh, and Enki, might double as a crowning moment of awesome
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Hestya is plus-sized, which doesn't dissuade any of the single men. For extra fanservice, her fire powers burn off everything but her (literal) Chainmail Bikini.
  • Cardboard Prison: Arguably, the Tytan.
  • Christmas Special: Explains the origin of Santa Claus, and introduces us to Nysus and Metre's powers.
  • Chunky Salsa Rule: Completely destroying or decapitating someone's head is one way to kill them off for good if they're Star Core powered.
  • Cool Sword: Suras's personal weapon.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Haydez and Sefani find out the hard way that people empowered by the star core can't have children with each other.
    Hara: The best I can tell is that this is a side effect of the star core event. The fetus inherits the energies of both parents and it... just-
    Sefani: -So the tingling I felt..?
    Hara: That was the fetus burning itself out.
    • Apparently this rule has some exceptions, as Ekidna and Typhon, hailing from the same race and being granted similar powers were able to sire a viable offspring. They just didn't believe that
  • Doing In the Wizard: Does this to ancient mythologies, especially Greek by giving it a sci-fi slant.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: A particularly horrible example occurs when Ethaynia castrates Hermaz in response to a snarky question about her love life. Admittedly it's not permanent, but still.
  • Dream Weaver: Morfeaz.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: The female Ulympeans do this to infiltrate Kronos's camp.
  • Drop the Hammer: Hurk's personal weapon, built by Phastus.
  • Fan Disservice: While Hestya is hot in her human form, the new look when activating her powers (especially in the new war arc) make's her look... creepy. Her naked figure is badly proportioned, the orange shadows doesn't help and the lack of pupils, grffhhh. It's like an umpa loompa with tits and the look from benind, well, you wouldn't be faulted for confusing her for a (somewhat chubby) man.
  • Fanservice: The comic runs on this, as the ads like to point out.
  • Flash Back: One of the recent chapters, detailing the events of the civil war.
  • Genius Ditz: Hermaz
  • Godiva Hair: Cassandra in all her apearances when she's using her power, as doing so burns up her clothes, so she stands naked in shallow water, as shown in this comic: [3]
  • Gravity Master: Hermaz
  • Green Thumb: Metre's powers.
  • The Gunslinger: Airez
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Apparently Gilgamesh, half Torsian and half human.
    • Isis Froidaity in disguise and Menes had a long and fruitful marriage until the Mayfly–December Romance problem kicked in.
  • Hand Blast: A few characters can use their powers as a beam attack, but the straightest example would be Ethaynia.
  • Healing Factor: Hand waved as being 'genetically locked' by the Star Core. However, if they are beheaded, then they will actually die.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Permythe
  • An Ice Person: Part of Saiden's powers, but while he can merely freeze any body of water, Sefani's power is more specialized and doesn't have such limitations.
  • Large Ham: Kronos.
  • Losing Your Head: Is the only way for the Ulympeans and Tytans to permanently die.
  • Mad Scientist: Again, Chu
  • Making a Splash: Also part of Saiden's powers.
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: The star core incident near the start of the comic was this, and also transported the cast to earth.
  • Mind Control: Frodaity's powers basically allow her to do this, by way of manipulating emotions.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: The Star Core, now hidden in the hilt of Suras' Cool Sword.
  • Misapplied Phlebotinum: Generally averted. The smarter characters are always thinking of new useful ways to use everyone's abilities, such as making weapons which can retain a charge from Airez for later use. Played with in the Holy Day celebration, in which Metre's Green Thumb ability was combined with Nysus' Time Master ability to ferment a lot of wine really quickly.
  • The Mole: Permythe. Then subverted.
  • Mundane Utility: When Cassandra finds out Nysus' ability is controlling the very passage of time on any person or object, the first use they give it is to... ferment wine.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Those with Kronos after the end of the Egyptian war are so loyal to him, they allow a human stranger to join them as an equal with little or no objection.
  • Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: S'ket is a Panthean/Nemean hybrid.
  • Oblivious to Love: Hurk manages to not realize Ninsun's still in love with him while he's breaking up with her after having been invited into her bedroom while she's Ready for Lovemaking!
  • Oh, My Gods!:
    By the fates!
  • Personality Powers: It's not clear exactly what determines which powers someone ends up with, but it seems to be tied in to the individual's existing skills, though even this doesn't seem to always be the case. A few examples;
    • Hurk, who was already strong enough to take down pre-empowering H'mbawa barehanded, became bigger and much stronger.
    • Temis, the best tracking officer in the fleet, got heightened senses, and a sixth "danger sense".
    • Airez is very passionate about weapons, and the best marksman in the fleet. He gained the ability to channel energy into weapons, making them more effective, or removing the need for ammunition.
    • Later bios make it clear that this trope is very much in effect, such as spelling out that S'ket's desire for acceptance from her Nemean relatives is reflected by her power to conjure energy constructs in the form of lion companions.
  • The Plan: An impressive one during the Egyptian War arc. First, the Ulympeans use a Batman Gambit to draw Kronos out to a remote outpost. Then, they have Luneptis cast a massive illusion, making Kronos think he's fighting an army, when he's just being lured into range of Eris. Chu teleports him just out of range, only for the real Ulympean army to attack. Kronos is at a disadvantage, so he attempts to retreat... only to find that his navy has been sunk by the Syrene, who are now flanking his troops.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Luneptis, when she uses her powers to make an illusory army.
    • When Cassie tried to see Andora's timeline, it gave Cassie this and Tears of Blood.
    Cassie: It's as if she has no past, present or future. There are too many possibilities! Too much chaos!
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Kronos's Royal Guard.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Hurk, whenever someone mentions Ethaynia.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Huang's bio specifically states that he gets along just fine with the more alien Tytans, despite being an ordinary feudal Chinese peasant. "He finds things about them that he can relate to."
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Hestya doesn't seem to have a problem with replacing her uniform when it gets destroyed.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Subverted. When Enki "aids" H'Mbawa fighting Hurk and his group he is more of a hassle than a help, but turns out his intention was avoiding harm to the Ulympean crew.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Blowing up an entire planet of innocents and causing a civil war is justifiable in the face of the threat of a race that may or may not return from the dimension it got stuck on.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Airez's sidearm used to have a regulator on it so it couldn't be fired continuously. He has removed it, and combined with his ability to channel energy into weapons, he can fire a sustained beam of incredible power.
  • Word of God: word by word:
    Wizbenny: I will go ahead and state now that in NO WAY will Christ, Buddha, Muhammad, or Confucius will be related to or born from the Ulympeans or Tytans in any way, shape, or form. LOL.
  • Working with the Ex: The captain's ex-wife is also the head medical officer.
  • Worthy Opponent: How Kronos sometimes sees Suras. Arguably the opposite is also true.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Hara's power is to transform other beings, even those "genetically locked" by the star core event. However, Cassandra herself predicts that this power will eventually lead to her death.