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Winter Moon is a webtoon by R. Merryweather and MAYUI.
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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.


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  • 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.
  • 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 esepcially 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.
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  • Badass Adorable: Easen of all people 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.
  • Big Brother Bully: Turns out, Diederich is this to Risa, threatening to smash her computer in real life and lambasting her with verbal abuse.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Gideon is this for his two little sisters.
  • Bishounen: Multiple throughout, but mainly there's Florence, Gideon, Luciase, and Diederich. Easen also counts. This is partly justified since most characters are only seen as their in-game avatars, though Florence and Gideon still qualify outside of it.
  • 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 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 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. Takes a hard turn into drama when a guy Risa had abused and spurned in-game turns into a (possibly murderous) stalker.
  • Combat Medic: Risa becomes this when she switches her class to battle priestess.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Risa and Florence could as easily be villains as protagonists.
  • Cheerful Child: Easen is very chipper and innocent...
  • Creepy Child: ...until his dark side manifests. Or he lags or disconnects and whatever is going on with him takes hold.
  • Creepy Twins: Subverted. Allen and Alexandra Albright drop their creepy behavior once Easen admits to lagging past their explanation for Artifact Users.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Most of Florence's fights against the less prominent players ends 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!: 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. The 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 End of the World as We Know It: 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. She doesn't even care much that Winter Moon burned down her guild's hall. It turns out that much was a lie.
  • Evil Gloating: Merillian... tries to, at least:
    Silvia: "...Sorry, I was away from the computer. Could you start from the beginning?"
  • Family of Choice: Winter Moon becomes this for Risa.
  • Foil: Merillian and Florence. Both are magician characters with blonde shades of 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 males 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Poor, poor Gideon.
  • 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.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Many background characters sport this type of hairstyle, such as Corpse Harvest sniper Zachary and Risa's brother Diederich.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The Artifact Users. Florence in particular, since he only needs 30% of him 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 is as well.
  • Pyromaniac: Florence. Not only has burned down MULTIPLE cities in game, he's offered to burn Risa's older brother IN REAL LIFE. (Granted, Diederich has it coming, but still.)
  • Randomly Gifted: Artifact Users. 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.
  • 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.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: While Risa and Florence have a Slasher Smile, Gideon gets this.
  • Slasher Smile: Florence and Risa are quite fond of this.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Gideon
  • 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.
  • 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 only because they've made other enemies. They eventually become genuine friends, though.
  • The Dreaded: The Winter Moon guild has become this, as they're now known for burning down cities. (Yes, cities plural.) Florence in particular, as one look at him is enough for potential teammates to hurriedly make excuses and log off.
    • Corpse Harvest is renowned for being one of the most dominant player-killing guilds, though they loose 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.
  • 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.
  • Tough Love : Gideon, towards Risa.
  • True Companions: Winter Moon becomes this. Risa comes to think of Gideon and Florence as her family more than her own 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 are this. They constantly bicker and call each other names, but Florence doesn't hesitate to back Risa up when it comes to facing her older brother 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.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Bob. Apparently he didn't know what gear was. Or quests... or potions.
  • White Mage: Risa, as a cleric, is group healer. Not that she has the personality that usually goes along 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".

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