…Oh, the irony.
Yeah, he’s not Sal’s type at all!
I dunno. In the original universe, they were dating at the start. He must be into adventurous girls to a little degree.
Ow, ow, ow, ow!
My face is stinging from my palm hitting it so hard!
i had to pull a double facepalm since the first didnt clearly articulate how much D’OH he is going to experience. heehee pins and needles
…those are the exact words that went through my head.
She should be like YA DONT SAY?
That gravatar.. as if Cheryl’s saying that.. xD
Yeah! I mean, I don’t think Danny’s Galasso’s type at ALL!
Also, nice inability to obfuscate the truth there, Amber.
Well in order to properly obfuscate they need to have their arms crossed across their chest and her index and middle fingers crossed in both hands .
Haha! I am not the only one who immediately thought of Vampire: the Masquerade (or perhaps you play Requiem. White Wolf, at any rate!). You win all of my affection, sir.
You’re not the only one. I thought it too. :3
Me three ::obfuscates::
looks like Billie’s roomates gonna be gettin’ some action instead of her.
What. Seriously, what. Is *everyone* BLIND?
It’s a narrative construct. I am happier when I just go with it.
Rumor is too much fantasizing about Amazi-Girl can lead to going blind.
Well it may lead to a restriction in blood supply to tissues, causing a shortage of oxygen and glucose needed for cellular metabolism, which is called ischemia which causes blindness. But that’s an urban legend, like chupacabras, vampires, and Criss Angel.
Can chupacabras really be classified as urban legend since it is a story classically propogated in rural areas? Hmm…
To the Mystery Machine, gang!
Don’t you mean ‘Bourbon Legends’?
I should punch you for that, but I’m too busy laughing.
A serious case of Genre Blindness.
To be fair, this is a Slice of Life comic, so Amazi-Girl isn’t really part of the genre. She’s more of an Out of Context Problem.
Wrong Genre Blindness?
Plasma Mongoose, Queen of the Tropes.
I hope that wasn’t alluding to the movie ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’.
To be fair to Danny, didn’t he only see her once? In the dark?
Besides, Amazi-girl doesn’t wear glasses. Amber does.
OBVIOUSLY different people. Ask anybody. Ask Christopher Reeves, or Tom Welling, or Brandon Routh, or Dean Cain, or Tim Daly. Any of them will tell you: People who wear glasses are obviously different people from superheroes who do not wear glasses at all.
What an odd, random selection of actors. You might as well throw George Reeve into the mix.
Did the people you mentioned write a book on the topic of glasses, or why were they selected?
for real! amber is WAY hotter than amazi-girl!
oh my GOD
You are talking to Amazi-girl you idiot!
But Amazi-Girl doesn’t wear glasses and that’s what counts.
Yeah, but… When she takes the glasses off she *Transforms*.
Like how Diana Price becomes Wonder Woman in the 70s version?
Closer to Lance turning into Captain Amazing.
Are you people blind?! Sarah is obviously Amazi-girl. Her anti-social ways are just a ploy to fool people!
Sarah is the Old Testament God and Amazi-Girl is her avatar.
That doesn’t make any sense, he wouldn’t be able to see!
old Clark Kent rule of thumb
The only rule of thumb that matters has nothing to do with Clark Kent.
It reads: If you give me a stack of quarters as tall as my thumb, I will stick my thumb up your bum.
what if you do not desire a thumb up my bum, but can only pay for a service in quarters which I have stacked that exceed the length of your thumb. Am I now going to be raped by your thumb?
I thought the rule of thumb had to do with the cross product of a vector. Oh, no. That’s the Right Hand Rule. But the product is the thumb, so you an see my confusion.
Actually, the rule of thumb is that you are allowed to beat your wife as long as what you’re beating her with is no larger than your thumb. (I have absolutely no idea what I am talking about.)
Amazi-Girl is immune to vision impairment.
Well, back in the day, Clark Kent hid his identity as Superman by more than just the glasses. He’d change his posture and raise his voice an octave. It’s just hard to tell that in the medium of comics. It’s a common misconception that Lois Lane is the dumbest woman on the planet. (One that isn’t helped by the fact that Clark and Superman neither sound nor act different on the Animated Series)
So I guess what I’m saying is it’s not totally unreasonable for Danny to miss the connection. After all, he’s only even seen Amazi-Girl once, and unless he has an absolutely killer memory, a hazy memory is just one more mental hurdle (since unlike Superman, Amazi-Girl has had no pictures taken yet, thus remaining mostly a mystery).
um, changing your posture, taking off your glasses, and changing your voice’s pitch still add up to a pretty shitty disguise. I find the more modern interpretation “she knew” as a much more palatable explanation.
Because let’s face it, that woman is about as smart as a sack of bricks.
The whole amazi-girl thing, though, she has a mask, he saw her once before ever even meeting amber, and it was dark. And it’s not like she stuck around to chat. …which I guess just makes Danny kinda shallow. But hey, who wouldn’t fall for a superhero.
Well, I didn’t say it was perfect, I’m just saying the classic “He’s just wearing glasses!” argument is flawed.
Plus, personality plays a factor as well. To draw another parallel, Clark is a coward who always runs from danger, and Amber is a shut-in nerd. Neither of these people seems likely to be a superhero.
No, no, no! You have it all wrong. It’s DANNY that’s Amazi-girl.
See, Danny’s normal persona couldn’t handle any stressful situations, so subconsciously, he developed a second personality to deal with those times. That personality, Amazi-girl, came forth for the first time after Dorothy dumped him. When we saw Amazi-girl save Danny from those bullies, it was really Danny that beat them. Danny just subconsciously rewrote the sequence of events so it seemed to him (and us, the readers) that he was being saved by this mysterious vigilante.
Stop talking about Fight Club!
You do not talk about the Fight Club.
Ironically, not only didn’t that movie come to mind while I was writing that, I honestly thought I was coming up with something original. Hooray for unintended plagiarism!
Nah, Amazi-Girl is obvious Faz in drag.
dude! spoiler tags!
It only seems so easy to guess because we, as the readers, can make near-instant comparisons between the two (Amber and Amazi-Girl). The fact that the two are never in the same place is actually a powerful defense, especially since Amber is a shut-in nerd. Nobody expects her to be around in a situation like that, and without having the two in the same place (or else someone to take pictures of Amazi-Girl), there’s literally no way for anyone to make an accurate comparison.
I decided that everybody knew about it and was just humoring him because he still did stuff for the community.
I like the Captain Excelsior interpretation of the concept. The Supers in the setting couldn’t distinguish things like that for whatever reason. Grow a mustache, they think you’re a new person. Change your shirt, same deal.
Normal people could tell just fine but they usually didn’t want to get in the middle of all that.
Yes, I have always thought that was the best parody of the trope.
This actually comes up in the Adventures of Lois and Clark. Supe’s looses his memory or something in one episode, and Lois has to remind him how to do his superhero thing.
At one point, he’s looking at his glasses, and he asks, “Is anyone ACTUALLY fooled by these? This is a dumb disguise…”
At least Magical Girls commonly have the ‘its MAGIC!’ excuse…
Doing it right, by the late Christopher Reeve.
I know this trope but I just cannot recall what it is called at the moment.
Loves my Alter Ego
Thank You. ^_^
Is there also a trope for the reversal of the stereotypical gender role in which the guy falls in love with the woman who saves him from the bad guys?
I don’t believe that there is a spear counterpart to this trope.
I tried to scan my memory of Helen Slater’s “Supergirl” for anything related and gratefully found that file to be empty.
Helen Slater’s Supergirl had a much better disguise with her hair changing colour and style, it helps make her look quite different.
I think you can just chalk it up as an inverted trope. Not every variation of a trope needs its own label and such.
beat to the punch by a good few hours (if I’ve calculated timezones right at time of posting).
…oh my god. This makes me sad and angry.
Amber’s in competition with herself. That’s…rough.
And now she knows how Superman and other costumed superhero must felt.
It’s okay, Peter Parker eventually got the girl…until he traded her away in exchange for his aunt’s life with a demon. So…we have that storyline to look forward to, right? Amber retconning her future relationship with Danny after a deal with a devil? Sigh…
if peter really loved his aunt, he would’ve let her die gracefully. i swear she’s been on her deathbed since uncle ben died.
Well, she shouldn’t beat herself up too much over it… XD [or... maybe she SHOULD?]
Danny in the last panel is the most handsome man I’ve ever seen ever.
I guess you have yet to meet me! *ka-twinkle*
That is the best possible response.
So if Billy is Lois Lane, who does that make Danny?
Oh, no! Not again!
Isn’t that Billie and her “journalism?”
Amber must now become Amazi Girls “unofficial photographer.”
So Daisy becomes like JJJ but with a chest window obsession.
I want pictures. Pictures of Amazi-Girl. With a chest window.
Thank God for Photoshop!
Sorry, I meant “I want photos, photos of Amazi-Girl. Wit boob windows.”
Mary Jane digs Spider man, Selina Kyle fell for Batman, Louis Lane loves Superman…
Is there a rule that this exact thing must happen?
Oh, yes, Splash*Boogie even linked it.
I still wish one of them, the second they learn this, reveal themselves as the superhero. There’s still time Amber, tell him the truth immediately.
The comic Love and Capes begin with the superhero revealing his identity to his girlfriend, and it’s quite a sweet and funny sitcom-style comic.
For the record, MJ ALWAYS knew Peter was Spider-Man, even before they met. Movies and temporary reality warping magic does not count.
SO MUCH CLARK KENTING.
Plasma, that trope would be “Loves My Alter Ego”.
Got it, Thanks.
Panel 6: “We-e-ell, I happen to be REALLY into cosplay…”
Funny, that’s what he said just before ~~~~~~~~~ started playing some Barry White.
Hmm, this post was supposed to be in reply to something else that seems to have vanished.
But that reply now being missing just makes your post all the funnier. =)
Wait, isn’t this type of situation happened to Superman?
Superman and many, many other costumed personae.
Well it comes with the territory.
Although I have always been shocked that the masses could never figure out Oliver Queen was Green Arrow.
That goddamned goatee.
What they never showed you was that that goatee was in style and everybody had one – hundreds of guys, all just off-panel.
Oh my god that’s brilliant- goatees are totally in fashion in Star City or wherever Ollie lives!
Seriously, that has to become canon.
Yes it happens a lot with Superman over the years.
You’re thinking of Gem, of Gem and the Holograms. Her lovelife was truly outrageous.
GOD DAMNIT WILLIS.
I dunno, this felt appropriate.
It’s a Friday comic. If someone doesn’t say it, it just don’t feel right.
I thought the proper formulation was “DAMN YOU WILLIS!”, though?
Eh, I’m willing to be flexible.
Oh Danny, your powers of being a potato head never fail.
Last panel: Did Danny just have Bishie eyes?
Oh, this is delicious.
Panel 6: AMBER-”Oh for FUCK’S SAKE!”
Panel 7: *Amber shoves a short black wig and pink pillbox hat onto Danny’s head*
Panel 8: *Amber stalks off* *Danny looks up at his wig/hat in confusion*
Panel 9: *Joe walks in from right, drinking soda* “Dude, why’re you dressed like 1960s Lois Lane?” Danny: Look of stunned realization
Panel 10: *Speedlines from Danny running off. Joe continues to drink soda* Joe: “Not taking the breakup well at -all-.”
I was thinking more of the early days of spider-man, but I like your idea better.
Reading your description, I was thinking “Why would she dress him up as Dr. Girlfriend/Jackie Onassis?”
Rule number one of humor. If you require exposition to convey your joke, you have failed.
Ah yeah. Give him your glasses Amber.
Put them on his FAAAACE!
oh yea, totally saw that one coming.
Okay, who called it?
So how long has that butt-taco been there?
Since at least yesterday. I suppose he needed something since Blank Label folded.
What about BLC folding now?
News to me! We just haven’t cared about the website in forever, so I changed the link.
Butt Taco Comics…
What? It’s always been there. And it always will be there.
Amber got cock-blocked by… herself…
Aaaaand he goes for the distant, unattainable, virtual non-entity that he knows diddly about.
NICE WORK, DAN-O!
This is totally awesome.
I can’t believe no one’s made reference to Jem yet.
But then, I guess no one else is the same.
Amazi-Girl is truly truly truly outrageous.
That’s perfect because amber IS amazi-girl
-said captain obvious
She can’t be. Amazigirl isn’t white.
Really, I should have seen this from a mile away. And yet I didn’t. Well played, Willis. Well played.
What did you expect? Willis is a clever-clogs after all.
Poor Amber, her love intrest fell for her alter-ego. That’s been a big problem for costumed vigilanties since 1938.
I somewhat expected an upside down kiss ala Spiderman somewhere down the line. I don’t know why though.
So this is how Clark Kent feels.
AKA he’s interested in Sal.
It’s Roommates all over again! (And Willis, I’m sorry, but that was not my fave comic, it got better once Danny left the picture ((()
She’s the girlfriend Danny deserves, not the one he needs right now. So he’ll pursue her while she doesn’t reveal her true identity, because she can take it. Because she’s not his boyfriend (yet). She’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector.
*girlfriend – the slash contest has me all confused, XD (pun? maybe?)
I’m really liking the facial expressions in this strip.
Aaahh, the old Peter Parker/Spider-Man love triangle
I thought it was the Superman/Clark Kent love triangle.
Better than the Bruce Wayne/Batman triangle!
Wow. He’s like the male version of… damn it, you already nailed it.
why am i thinking of spiderman?
Because this is called Mary Jane syndrome.
The crap is really going to hit the fan when it is finally revealed that Dina is Amazi-Girl. I just ponder the expression Danny and Amber will make when they learn the truth. Thus with that shared the ship “AmberxDanny” will set sail off into the open seas of awkward love via superhero roommate.
Forgive grammer I am bad english
Now shipping Danny and ~~~~~~~~~.
Seriously, she has read enough comics that she ought have seen it coming.
Does she read comics? Maybe she’s exclusively a video game nerd.
And Amber’s brain must be goind “fuuuuuuuu…..” right now XD
Ah the old “Having to compete with myself for the love-interest” situation. Congrats Amazi-Girl/Amber (if that’s REALLY who you are…), you’re officially a super-hero. I’m pretty sure that’s one of the requirements to join the Justice League or Avengers.
Amber’s look in the last panel. Love it.
“remind me too much of my Ex”
His Ex is Faz???
danny is ninja rick?
A super hero themed two person love triangle… There’s gotta be a trope for that.
There is, the trope is called Loves my Alter Ego.
Great shades of Lois Lane Batman!!!
Danny must have a latex fetish then? Or Does Amazi-Girl rock the spandex instead?
Her outfit looks unusually loose-fitting and comfortable for a superhero- it may be neither. Polycotton?
I always figured it was simply a modified tracksuit.
OH, THE DRAMATIC IRONY
THE CRUEL, CRUEL DRAMATIC IRONY
OH MY GOSH THIS IS SUCH A FRIDAY COMIC.
Amber’s gonna be like “But this wasn’t in the… no wait. Yes it was in all of the manuals. CRAP.”
So, Willis, how far are you going to take this Rule 63 Batman-esque parallel thing anyways?
Amazi-Girl’s parents may get gunned down in an alley.
Will she ever discover the joy of spine-busting?
Billie’s gonna get wind of this and try to set him up with Sal now.
Or Billie’s going to publish something about Sal being Amazi-girl… And Danny then goes after her~
Oh my god Danny is Lois Lane.
Hoist by her own petard…
Why is this a slice of life comic? This is nothing like James Joyce. Isn’t it a sitcom?
I can honestly say I didn’t see that one coming.
I didn’t read all the posts so I apologize of this has already been mentioned…it seems to me that Amber wants to backhand him across the face…then again…I believe most women would want to do that to him at some point…
It’s not just women.
But I can’t really get down on Danny for THIS one. He’s being honest about his feelings, with himself as well as Amber, and this isn’t the condescension that Joe picked on yesterday. Worrying that you might be making someone into a substitute for your ex is honestly a really really good reason not to get into a relationship.
Clearly, Amber has only one option. She must become Amazi-Girl’s archnemesis. When Amazi-Girl is dead, Danny will be all hers.
oh, i’m sure amber’s waaaay ahead of you on that.
…didn’t see that coming. Well played Willis, well played
Huhooooooooo,that is some good stuff rite there
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