Comics: Once Upon a Trope

True Love


Two people in fancy romantic clothing are clasping hands and looking longingly into each other’s eyes.

Lovebird 1: I am nothing but a dried husk in an empty desert without your cool, refreshing presence to rehydrate me.

Lovebird 2: Without your calming touch, my heart is a tornado that destroys everything in its path.

Lovebird 1: I beg of you, tell me you will be with me until the end of days!

Lovebird 2: I would give my very soul if it would keep us together, but –

Lovebird 2 reaches into a hat behind them labeled “Hasty Obstacles” and takes out a paper slip. They read it.

Lovebird 2: – all love is forbidden!

Lovebird 1 is also reading a slip of paper.

Lovebird 1: I got “afraid of commitment.”



  1. Jeppsson

    Yeah, hate when this happens!

  2. Cay Reet

    This is the reason why I got into romance only through Shonen Ai. That way, I got something a little less silly for the ‘we can’t be together, because’ part. Lots of angst, which I’m not that big a fan of, either, but at least something more reliable as an obstacle.

    Still, very fun comic … love it

  3. CJ


  4. Julia

    Ugh, I hate this hat. Let’s try the magic eight ball instead…

  5. LeeEsq

    People believe that red is the color of passion but it clearly should be purple based on the quality of the prose.

  6. Omega

    True love is when you recite bad romance obstacles to each other from a hat. ?

    • Aun

      Love means never having to say you’re tropey.

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