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"It's about heroes and villains in their everyday lives. Really, that's it." -The Writer
Super Stupor is a 2008 Web Comic written and drawn by Randy Milholland of Something Positive fame. It's about super heroes and villains. They don't stop or cause crime, at least during their screen time. This is a Soap Opera, not an adventure.
The story is widely spread because there are Loads and Loads of Characters. At some point in the past there was a Cosmic Cataclysm, which merged two realities and started a few of the storylines. Some of their stories are serious, some not. It's dark enough to be interesting and funny enough to avoid Narm. It's pretty damn good.
Super Stupor provides examples of:
- Achilles Heel: Parodied, of course.
- Aliens Made Them Do It: Diamondback and her nemesis had sex because of extra-dimensional imps! They always force people to do stuff, and why else would lifelong enemies...
- Badass Abnormal: Punchline, who reportedly has some kind of superpower, but mostly fights crime with toy-based gadgets.
- Badass Lolita: Lampshaded with Sola Flare.
- Bad Santa: Here.
- Blessed with Suck: Magic Eye's power of extracting truth from people only works when his penis is inside them, so he can't actually use it except in dire emergencies or if the victim consents. ("You'd be unpleasantly surprised who does.")
- Cosmic Retcon: Time Peace's main ability. He primarily uses it to Ret-Gone people.
- Also, allusions to the Cosmic Cataclysm, an event that destroyed multiple alternate universes and rewrote reality in others. For example, Rumble Bee is a survivor originally from a version of Earth that got destroyed, so reality "rewrote" her as having been from this one, complete with new family. She can remember her old life too, though.
- Crazy Prepared: Punchline, demonstrated in this strip, is shown to have puppets of another superhero, that he can produce (from Hammerspace, probably) and manipulate with his feet just in case his hands are bound.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Punchline, in this comic, explains to The Anarch that forcing a Superhero to kill his girlfriend isn't necessarily the smartest thing to do.
- Dating Catwoman: The Hero Formerly Known as Good Ol' Boy and Lady Diamondback.
- Deadpan Snarker: Punchline
- Death Is Cheap: The scene where the Grim Reaper complains that Super Heroes come back from the dead so often that collecting them doesn't even count towards his quota is the page image.
- Deconstructor Fleet: Of superhero tropes.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Jewish Rumble Bee has the bad luck to go on a date with someone who claims the Cosmic Retcon that killed her mentor, a "documented event seen by billions," is a Zionist conspiracy.
- The Dog Bites Back: An underpayed henchman "forgets" to tell the Big Bad that the Kid Hero Sola Flare is also capable of channeling the full power of the sun at will.
- And then there's the glorious subversion of Stuffed in The Fridge, where the intended victim trounces the villain and continues to make his life a living hell after he gets of with no jail time.
- Emo Teen: Time Peace/Clockstopper/Clockpuncher
- Expressive Mask
- Foe Yay: See Aliens Made Them Do It.
- Friendly Enemy: "Remember when we used to just beat the shit out of each other? I miss those days."
- Fun T-Shirt: A Godzilla Expy is wearing a huge shirt with a "I'm with trampled" text and several arrows pointing down.
- Genre Savvy: Pretty much everyone. Example: here.
- Heroic Sociopath: Time Peace
- Human Popsicle: Here.
- Intimidating Revenue Service: Here.
- Just a Kid: Lampshade Hanging with Sola Flare. "It's like the younger and cuter they are, the worse they're gonna kick your ass."
- Knight in Sour Armor: Punchline. Despite his inappropriate sense of humor and snarky attitude, he is much more serious about his duties to society as a superhero than most "respectible" heroes. Perhaps best showcased in this comic, where it is revealed he single-handedly watched the city during Thanksgiving Break.
- Loony Fan: This strip.
- Minion with an F In Evil: This guy.
- Over-the-Shoulder Pose: Parodied. ("That pose offends me both as a woman and as someone who knows how spines work.")
- Reality Ensues: There's several comics that expose the Fridge Horror that some of the sillier moments of comic history could mean for anyone actually living through them. There's the effect of continuity reboots, with a new super hero taking the place of the old one on a different earth. And then there is the jab at the thinly disguised advertisements were the heroes defeated the villains with real life products aimed at kids, such as a sugar-and-fat filled snack.
Boy-Toy: How many times are we gonna do this? You have an obsessive eating disorder cuz of those things. Yet you constantly put me in a position where I have to use them to stop you. It's stupid. And we both know about your diabetes which you aren't treating like you promised. Do you think I like having a hand in slowly killing you?
- Signed Up for the Dental: The reason why former hero Eye-Score turned villain. Super-heroes are often uninsurable because of their risky lifestyle but villains are offered a discount since their activities help encourage the business of the insurance company.
- Sophisticated As Hell: Archangela
- Stuffed Into the Fridge: Defied like hell here. (And the story continued, with the villain being deathly afraid of her.)
- Take That: "Make it fast. I've got a full day of quoting from TVTropes instead of forming my own opinions."
- Furthermore, the rest of that particular strip seems to be a thinly veiled snipe at Joe Quesada's rationale for breaking up Spiderman's marriage.
- Unhand Them, Villain!: "And nothing unhands you like a garbage disposal." Unusually, it's the hero's girlfriend doing it to the villain.
- Villains Out Shopping: We rarely cut to the villains (or the heroes) in the process of actual villany. And when they are actually batteling, the battle is often a Funny Background Event while they're discussing something else entirely.
- What the Hell, Hero?
- Seen here. From the Grim Reaper, no less.
- Also seen in Super Stupor #2, the print comic, when Punchline discovers that the reason his teammate, The Hero Formerly Known as Good Ol' Boy, failed to save a daycare center from being blown up was because he was having sex in a sleazy motel with his arch-enemy, Lady Diamondback.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Deathmaw is an unstoppable killing machine, but will do anything for his favourite comfort food.
- Will Not Be a Victim: One of the best known strips involves a hero's girlfriend beating up and unhanding a villain who was attempting to have her Stuffed Into the Fridge.