Comics: Once Upon a Trope

The Chick


Three men in street clothes show off their heroic poses to passersby. A young woman stands casually next to them. 

Muscle-Man: Yes, it’s your heroes, Muscle-Man, Lightning Lad, Shieldinator, and The Chick.

The Chick: My name is Allison.

Muscle-Man pulls open his shirt to reveal a superhero outfit. Shieldinator hands Allison a pink superhero outfit. 

Muscle-Man: Heroes, the villain is threatening the city with his superweapon. Away!

Allison: Don’t I get to pick my own color?

The four heroes are in costume, standing in the villain’s lair. The three men stand out of sight with their backs to a wall, not noticing the subtle lines in the floor under them. Allison crouches near a lever.

Muscle-Man: Now’s your moment, Chick. Seduce that villain!

Allison: Fine.

Allison pulls the lever and the three male heroes scream as they fall through the trapdoor.

The villain looks at Allison with heart eyes. Allison holds out a pair of handcuffs.

Villain: Be still, my heart. You destroyed my foes! How can I ever repay you?

Allison: Put these on.



  1. Cay Reet

    Secuction on the highest level, if you ask me …

    Great video again, Bunny and Chris!

    • Cay Reet

      Comic, not video … d’oh!

    • Bellis

      …the highest lever, even.

  2. SunlessNick


  3. Star of Hope

    She doesn’t need these losers anyway she is an strong, now independent Woman, who needs these losers and the villians, when she can beat them all so easily?

    A trope you should poke fun next: You and what Army?!!

    • Chris Winkle

      Thanks, that one’s a little tricky because it’s already a twist setup, but I’ll think about it.

  4. Lexy

    you got me at sHIELDINATOR X’D fantastic!

  5. Oren Ashkenazi

    Quick editor’s note, this comic is not a good space for risque jokes, given the sexism that the comic is talking about.

  6. stephen

    I’m sorry.

    I’ve enjoyed this and all the other comics.

  7. Dernhelm

    I’ve never seen the reverse, a team of distinct female heroes who all have names and costumes reflecting their powers, and they all have different powers and personalities from one another, and there’s one male character and his one personality trait is “being a guy”, and his main contribution to the plot is to be kidnapped/unconscious while the rest of the team fight the big final battle.

    • Cay Reet

      And as long as superhero comics are considered a ‘male’ genre, you never will…

      • Dernhelm

        Probably not outside the realm of parody, no.

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