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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • The only thing worse than communists and supervillains in Silver Age Spinny's mind is... hippies.
    • The American Government in general. Typically whenever they show up its for nefarious reasons within the comic, and almost none of the series' superheroes trust anyone who works for it. Even the Department of Homeland Security are portrayed as jack-booted thugs and civil liberty stompers.
    • The comic from time to time likes to take a subtle Take That! to anti-science and anti-intellectuals, often in the forms of volatile angry mobs, specifically some against stem-cell research and "Anti-Matter" study. Heather and the other characters do not shy away from calling them idiots.
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    • Averted, interestingly, with the National Guard, who are treated as basically good people. Then again, it's possible this is because they're 'local defensive civilians'?
  • Adorkable: Spinnerette is a biology major and a klutz, so this trope shouldn't be surprising.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Dr. Universe: evil Mad Scientist, or victim of the government?
    • Col. Glass: textbook clinical psychopath? Or victim of the North Korean government, driven insane by experimentation to the point of being pathologically addicted to killing? His sole Pet the Dog moment has left his character surprisingly hard to figure out.
  • Angst? What Angst?: In Issue 31, Heather seems to handle having to fight and hospitalize her mother, who was possessed by a Wendigo without much grief.
  • Anvilicious:
    • Issue 25 has a pro-choice moral clumsily inserted into it, equating superhero rights with women's rights.
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    • The Windigo arc really hammers in the LGBT acceptance message concerning Heather's mother. This got a bit criticized since it was hard to tell if it was the Windigo in her talking or her true feelings (nor the fact that Heather never considered the former). As well as being concluded rather awkwardly (as in offscreen with father relying what her mother said after visiting her in the hospital rather than the Heather talking to her directly after the Windigo was purged from her body) to really be satisfying. Considering this was during Christmas, it likewise flew in the face of the holiday spirit.
  • Arc Fatigue: Colonel Glass. Adding in breaks for Krow's convention appearances and a side-arc about Minerva's origins, it took over a year to finish the story arc.
  • Broken Base:
    • Was Delta a sociopath or merely a pervy teenager who just needs to be set straight? Did his dreamhopping constitute Mind Rape or is that an exaggeration?
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    • The webcomic took a hell of a turn around issue 6 to 8, with a lot of drama and characters suddenly becoming super complex and the story showing more serious elements. Mecha Maid, for example, started off simple, but was then shown to be terminally ill, in love with Heather, and seeking revenge against a supervillain that killed her parents. Depending on who you ask, this change is either the best or the worst thing that ever happened.
    • There have been heated arguments in the Comment Section over whether Sarah Megan Nicole should or can be held criminally responsible for the actions she committed under the influence of the drugs she was taking. The WRITER, at least, seems to have made it clear she isn't, as she's treated as basically nice in her reappearance, and a villain only due to foolishness, not malice.
  • The Chris Carter Effect: An inevitable consequence of it being written like a comic book is that, like most comic books, it has no signs of an ending or satisfying conclusion down the line.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The whole of Issue 11. An aged Nazi sorcerer and his Aryan supersoldier protege hire Dr. Universe to clone Adolf Hitler, and gets into a fight with the voodoo-wielding great-great-granddaughter of Robert E. Lee (who wants Lee cloned) over who has rights to a pile of stem cells harvested from disposed-of foreskins to get their clone made first, both sides tossing out racist rhetoric against everyone not-white and then insulting each other, while Universe and Greta look on and snark about the idiocy of racists. Ultimately neither racist gets the stem cells, which are used to clone Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew.
  • Die for Our Ship: Darien was given this treatment by Spinnerette/Mecha-Maid shippers before Heather and Mecha Maid hooked up. Despite not having appeared since, he still gets shots taken at him from time to time.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Dr. Universe and Greta Gravity are quickly becoming this to the fanbase. Their Dark and Troubled Past seems to justify nearly everything they do in the eyes of some fans.
  • Foe Yay: The issue 7 cover teases it. Alexis even gives Heather mouth-to-mouth after nearly drowning her, and uploads footage of it to the internet.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The latest arc may seem silly, what with a woman being drugged by her priest into "curing her homosexuality," but on August 9, 2016, a priest in Orlando, Florida was arrested for serving tea laced with psychedelics to his congregation.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Greta Gravity is German-Brazilian. In a 2012 comic, she mentions looking forward to the 2014 World Cup. Come the real life World Cup...
  • Iron Woobie: Marilyn Seong aka Mecha Maid. She's bound to a wheelchair when outside her armor and has only a few years left to live, but spends her time trying to make the world a better place for everyone else.
  • Les Yay:
    • Evil Spinnerette/Alexis kisses a girl that is taunting her and makes up some fake story about how a Drider's kiss creates a magical bond of romance. One week later, the girl practically throws herself at Alexis. Alexis admits to Heather that she was probably a closet lesbian her entire life and now has an excuse to come out. It's all part of Evil Spinnerette's cunning plan to fool Heather into helping her with her latest drider-creation ritual.
    • Alexis gives Heather mouth-to-mouth and has the girl from earlier film it.
    • 2010 Spinnerette and Silver Age Spinnerette have a lot of subtext. The former risks her life to save the latter from being lost in time and space, and when they have to part ways, Silver Age Spinnerette even pleads for 2010 Spinnerette to come back to her universe.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Since Heather is revealed to be a lesbian fairly early, it got a lot of homosexuals on board pretty quickly, especially as Marilyn and her's relationship has blossomed over the run.
  • Memetic Mutation: When Katt throws a car at Dr Universe, take a look at the car's license plate. The strip in question. YS-SRUS=Why so serious?
  • Moral Event Horizon: "Adastraea" officially crosses it when she throws the lid of a stem cell container to send Dr. Singh falling over three stories presumably to his death, and pats herself on the back for it, only regretting that she didn't make him suffer more, for actually having the gall to restore her ability to walk, and then wants "justice" against Mecha-Maid because the latter was actually hoping for a cure for her condition.
  • Narm:
    • The strip that shows why Tiger decided to pursue superheroing is either really sad or too melodramatic. Hey, "Vary" is the key word here.
    • After Mecha Maid gets electrocuted and can't breathe, she tells Heather to take her to the "superhero hospital". It's a serious moment, but the way it was worded just made it seem silly.
    • When Marilyn lets out her Anguished Declaration of Love for Heather, it's meant to be a huge Drama Bomb...but the sight of Heather's nipples poking through her suit can kind of deflate it.
    • A lot of character and plot drama in general gets ruined by the gratuitous Fanservice and the heroes' silliness. With names like "Mecha Maid", it's hard to take anything they say seriously.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Everything about Colonel Glass, from his half-mummified appearance, to his Ax-Crazy Slasher Smile, to his horrifying MO, to his very allegiance to the notorious North Korean military. Even before seeing him in action, the mere fact that his superpower is telekinetically controlling glass is enough to make you shudder. Now take a look around and look for anything glass in the room you are in and read this trope text again.
    • Beautifully karmic though it is, Glass' Rasputinian Death is as horrifying as everything else about the man. To wit, he's lit on fire with white phosphorous, then torn to shreds by an uncontrollable hail of glass, then blown to pieces with a shotgun, then finally burned to death once and for all with a thermite charge. Given the countless people he's inflicted unimaginable pain and suffering on over the years, he pretty much deserved it.
    • Jennifer Troy. Combined with Paranoia Fuel for those in the medical profession. This woman goes to a doctor for a procedure she knows is experimental, with no guarantee of success, and despite the fact that it miraculously succeeds, immediately blames the doctor for a sudden downturn in her health and decides to wreck his entire lab and its employees for revenge, not to mention outright killing him (or thinking she did) by dropping him over three stories, and slandering his good name by calling him a charlatan, despite having had absolutely no contact with him, or any other medical professional to actually get her medical issue addressed.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: To an extent, the Mecha Maid plot becomes this...but only AFTER she and Spinerette get together! Generally, most of the issues post-Glass have focused on Spinerette's relationship with Mecha Maid, with most of the supervillain fights tied into this. Even the Crisis Crossover had this be a big deal.
  • Seasonal Rot: Some controversial changes to the characters, the poorly handled political themes, and the increasing focus on Spinerette and Mecha Maid's relationship has put off a lot of fans.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Some feel that Minerva being turned human has done this to her, as well as made her less unique. Doubly so as she actually turns smaller (less than a head taller than Heather) and less strong and muscular in human form.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Tiger's Canadian ex-wife comes off as selfish and unreasonable when she left and divorced Tiger for being a superhero. It's no wonder he has an irrational prejudice against Canadians.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Green Gable and Katt o' Nine Tails, Wholesome Crossdresser and Bifauxnen, respectively.
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Mecha Maid, outside her armor, due to being an orphan twice over and suffering from ALS, meaning she's got only a few years left to live.


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