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Winter Moon is a webtoon by Merryweatherey and MAYUI.

Risa is a priest in an MMORPG. Rather than earn her equipment and Experience Points the old-fashioned way, she much prefers using her looks and cutesy demeanor to charm male players into giving her freebies. With her army of besotted admirers, she is arrogant and self-assured...

...until she runs into Florence, a powerful mage that's very inclined to fry anyone who disrespects him. Also, he's gay, completely unaffected by her wiles, and thinks she would make a fine "slave healer."

When their altercations destroy a city and get them banned from most of the game, they end up forming a guild with Florence's friend Gideon. Hilarity and mass damage ensue.

This webtoon provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Florence's father is verbally abusive and potentially physically abusive, obsessed with trying to make his son not "feminine."
    • Diederich's and Risa's parents, specifically to the former. They verbally abuse him and put down enormous pressure on him to study, as he is the firstborn; it's because of this and Risa's apparent apathy to his situation that he hates her.
    • Landor/Lance's situation zigzags this trope. His father is indicated to be an abusive drunkard, but Landor is verbally abusive to his mother despite claiming she's kind to him.
  • Amoral Attorney: Implied with Lexie Scott, who is a Hyper-Competent Sidekick working for Beaumont family and able to get pretty much everyone out of prison.
  • Awesome by Analysis: While Gideon is a badass with a sword, he's also quite smart and capable of analyzing an opponent's fighting style in order to more efficiently take them out.
  • Ax-Crazy:
    • Florence and Risa sure count when the penalty for accidentally bumping them is death.
    • Luciase kills two people for gossiping about him early on.
    • Landor/Lancel slaughters people because they're in love, and is relentlessly tracking down Risa. This is especially ironic considering his former status as Only Sane Man -– just a few chapters earlier, Risa begs him to kill someone who irks her, and he insists that he can't just kill them over something petty like that.
  • Badass Adorable: 11-year-old Cheerful Child Easen manages to bloody Florence's nose and get away with it. Yes, the same Florence that burnt down a city.
  • Badass in Distress: Florence may be a top-tier fire mage who burns cities, but his power is meaningless when a developer's Virtual Ghost traps him in a zone designed to mimic reality, leaving Florence without any magic, way to log out, or call for help.
  • Biblical Bad Guy: Cathedral of Light, which is based on various elements of the Apocalypse.
  • Biblical Motifs: Many elements in the series are comparable to the Apocalypse, especially in the later seasons. There are many hidden hints, such as the falling Moon (first game destruction), a new, powerful entity appearing out of nowhere and posing as a god (Augustus), and a maiden with light powers (Risa) fighting a red dragon (Egoron).
  • Big Brother Bully: It turns out that Diederich is this to Risa, threatening to smash her computer in real life and lambasting her with verbal abuse.
  • Bounty Hunter: Florence has managed to piss off pretty much every high-level guild leader in the game, so he regularly has to deal with players trying to PK him to collect rewards on his head.
  • Break the Cutie: Risa goes through an absolute ordeal when her personal info is posted online by Landor. Not only do all her new contacts delete her, but Florence's kidnapping makes it look like he's left her as well.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Merillian explains to Risa that he captured her because she conned him and stole all his gold. Risa's "Huh?" response and completely dumbfounded look all but says she completely forgot about him because she has already conned so many people.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The series starts out light and fun, mainly being gags about Risa and Florence's Comedic Sociopathy. It gradually becomes more serious in tone, dealing with the characters' dark pasts and the consequences of their selfish actions. It later takes a hard turn into drama when a guy Risa abused and spurned in-game turns into a murderous stalker.
  • Combat Medic: Risa becomes this when she switches her class to battle priestess.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Most of Florence's fights against the less prominent players end up like this. Even after he's reset to level 1 when the game is re-released, he still manages to wipe the floor with Richyten and Merillian with only one spell.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: In-universe. When the game comes back up in its new iteration, it has a new interface and controls, which initially give Florence trouble.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Subverted. While Magnolia Online's company declares him an imposter, the virtual Augustus Albright proves his identity to Florence by recreating their first meeting from years prior to his death.
  • Disability Superpower: Easen has something very weird up with him. He constantly lags and disconnects, but anyone or anything that attacks him while his character is zoned out is instantly obliterated. He appears to go into some sort of invincibility mode that has him automatically cast spells way above his level. He seems to be completely unaware of this, looking confused when he comes back to find his enemies defeated.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Corpse Harvest is renowned for being one of the most dominant player-killing guilds, though they lose a great deal of that reputation when rookie-guild Winter Moon robs and burns down their main base, nearly killing guild master Luciase in the process.
    • The Winter Moon guild has become this, as they're now known for burning down cities. (Yes, cities, plural.) Florence is this in particular, as one look at him is enough for potential teammates to hurriedly make excuses and log off.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: In-universe. At the end of Season 1, a disgruntled former GM crashes the game and wipes the servers. The company gets it back up and running next season, but everyone has been reduced to level 1 and their gear is gone.
  • Emotionless Girl: Lilith doesn't even care much that Winter Moon burned down her guild's hall. It turns out that much was a lie.
  • Enemy Mine: Corpse Harvest, the most notorious player-killing guild, fights Cathedral of Light after it started a reign of terror.
  • Evil Gloating: Merillian... tries to, at least:
    Merillian: ...It's a new era, and people are tired of those same old guilds running everything! What do you think of that, Silvia?
    Silvia: ...Sorry, I was away from the computer. Could you start from the beginning?
  • Foil: Merillian and Florence. Both are magician characters with blonde hair. However, Florence relies on sheer brute force and his Artifact Power to get out of any situation, while Merillian utilizes craftiness, opportunism, and cunning. Florence also uses fire, while Merillian uses ice.
  • G.I.R.L.: Inverted. The muscular, bearded Bob turns out to be a cute girl in real life.
  • Gold Digger: Risa's primary hat. She takes pride in her ability to charm money and gear out of men and is quite put out when it doesn't work on Florence. Turns out, she was looking for the attention she lost when her parents broke the bond between her and her older brother.
  • Hates Being Touched: Florence apparently has this as a Berserk Button. This is hinted to be due to his abusive father.
  • I Own This Town: In-game, you can buy entire towns in-game and become their owners, and the NPCs will attack and kill anyone who hurts or even touches you. Merillian and Barrett originally intended to buy Shinotobira Town, one of the starter towns; however, Risa works with Landor to undermine them and then steals ownership of the town from him right before he's about to buy it himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Florence maybe a complete, absolute jerk with seemingly no heart of gold underneath, but deep down, he does care about Risa and Gideon.
  • Kill It with Fire: Florence's go-to method for literally anything.
  • Kill Steal: When the team leaves Luciase dying, a low-level player, Bob, swoops in and tries to claim the kill. Luciase turns out to have enough mana left to curb-stomp the guy.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Lilith, a powerful warlock.
  • Light Is Not Good: The concept that Cathedral of Light is based on. They all wear white clothes and pose as saviours, but are actually fanatical maniacs.
  • Odd Friendship: Who would've thought Lilith — one of the game's most powerful Player Killers — would team up with Cheerful Child Easen and Bob. She herself wonders how this happened.
  • Older Than They Look: Risa, especially in real life. She's actually 17, but Florence and Gideon mistake her for a child.
  • Out-Gambitted: Merillian tries to combat Florence by becoming a pure ice mage, which Florence counteracts by setting the entire forest on fire, leaving the atmosphere too hot for Merillian to cast anything at all.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The Artifact Users. Florence in particular, since he only needs 30% of his mana to completely destroy a town.
  • Player Killing: PVP in this game seems to be rampant and unrestricted, with ambushes possible at any moment.
  • Purposefully Overpowered: Artifact Users. The creator of the game made it so a few people at random would be stronger than everyone else. So far, Easen and Florence have been confirmed to be Artifact Users, while the rest of Winter Moon likely are as well.
  • Pyromaniac: Not only has Florence burned down multiple cities in-game, he's also offered to burn Risa's older brother in real life. (Granted, Diederich has it coming, but still.)
  • Randomly Gifted: Artifact Users, who are stronger than everyone else, seemingly by chance. However, Augustus suggests that Florence may have been targeted.
  • Redemption Quest: Florence hopes that helping the other players defeat the giant sand worm blocking their way will help him change OK Moon's reputation, since he's getting tired of everyone hating them. Risa disagrees.
  • Rejection Projection: After Landor posts personal info about Risa online as a payback for rejecting him, not only do people start bullying her at school, but her new friends also delete her. Additionally, Florence was deleted from her list as well due to being kidnapped, so she can't contact him anymore... which she rationalizes as him abandoning her.
  • The Scapegoat: After the game shuts down, the community finds four people to blame for this: Diederich, Risa, Florence, and Luciase. When it gets reset, people still hold grudges, to the point that Merillian and Barrett seek out Risa to capture her and throw her to the masses, presumably to earn their favor.
  • Seven Deadly Sins:
  • Slasher Smile: Florence and Risa are quite fond of this, especially when killing other players and robbing them. They later drop it in most cases, though it sometimes appears again.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Gideon, who is the smartest member of Winter Moon and pretty much their Only Sane Man, is bespectacled.
  • Smug Snake: Richyten, the Lancer who finds Florence right after the reset, acts ridiculously smug after he captures him.
  • Smug Super: Florence is confident and contemptuous of pretty much everyone. He has the might to back it up as an Artifact User.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Risa is The Fake Cutie and a Fille Fatale in her avatar, but in real life, she's a desperately depressed, unhappy, and neglected girl.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Landor/Lancel is one for Risa, tracking down her real life address and contact info.
  • Stealth Pun: Florence is a very gay guy with an affinity for fire magic. You could even say he's flaming.
  • Team Mom: Florence's friend Gideon tries to make peace between him and Risa and keep them on-mission.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Initially, Risa and Florence can barely cooperate, and that's only because they've made other shared enemies. They eventually become genuine friends, though.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of Winter Moon's three members, Gideon is the only one with a moral compass. He's the only one that tries to earn gold for the team honestly, and makes at least token attempts to moderate Florence and Risa's behavior.
  • Transplant: The game itself was created by the author for his other webcomic, Magnolia Online. Vanilla and Valerius were also present there.
  • True Companions: Winter Moon becomes this; Risa comes to think of Gideon and Florence as her family more than her own real-life brother.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Both Florence and Risa are jerks. Fortunately, so are most of the other players they are jerks to.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Risa is one for Landor/Lance, who's taking advantage of her emotionally vulnerable state to make her cut ties with Florence and Gideon, the only friends she's managed to make.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Risa and Florence constantly bicker and call each other names, but Florence doesn't hesitate to back Risa up when it comes to facing her Big Brother Bully, to the point that he and Gideon meet her in person to talk about it when it first comes up.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Florence normally wipes the floor with everyone who crosses him. When the group needs money for their guild, he decides the easiest way to acquire it is to invade the headquarters of the most powerful player-killer guild in the game and clean out their treasury. Luciase, the guild leader, comes very close to killing him before Gideon intervenes.
  • White Mage: Risa, as a cleric, is the group healer. Not that she has the personality that usually comes with healers... at least, not in-game.
  • Yandere: Landor is beginning to show signs of this, thanks to Risa being the first girl to treat him nicely -– though it hasn't been confirmed yet. He's shown signs of possessiveness and tries to ask Risa not to talk to any other guys, and after she mentions Winter Moon, he just asks her to leave the guild and "that toxic Florence".