Antihero for Hire

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A webcomic by the creator of Adventurers!! that takes utter joy in subverting practically every trope it gets its hands on. It is set in Triumph City 2144, and populated by an absurd number of superheroes. The titular antihero is Shadehawk, a Badass Longcoat-wearing superhero, who has a long and angsty Backstory involving one of the strip's MacGuffins, the Silver Arrow. He's assisted by Wrench, the Lord God hacker in this Cyberpunk future, and Crossroad, a fellow superhero(ine) with whom he has an unofficial alliance and a lot of UST.

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Tropes used in Antihero for Hire include:

Wizard: See how my coat blows in the wind?
Shadehawk: Yes, and?
Wizard: Yet, there is no wind. Now, isn't that odd?

Hector: You think I would actually tell you that? Are you insane?
Wizard: Yes.
Hector: Right. I almost forgot.

"Elementary, my dear Jeckyll. We are going to rip his fucking head off."

"I'm bored. (pause) It seems like a quiet night. (pause) I said, it seems like a quiet night. (nothing happens) Well damn, that usually works."

  • Third Person Person: Lampshaded.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: The superheroes are strongly encouraged not to kill, mostly by paying less for kills than for live capture. But they understand that these things happen, and so they do offer an "Executioner's Fee", as long as he doesn't do it too often.
  • Troperrific: Dr. Nefarious. I mean, just look at that name.
  • Unknown Rival: Corporal Rocket can't remember who Shadehawk is, despite having met him -- and run off with his perp -- in the past. Although he's rather idiotic and Shadehawk doesn't seem to care too much about him, personally, he's just annoyed that people admire the guy.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Shadehawk has a new superhero uniform for each passing month. Sort of defeats the purpose of a uniform, doesn't it?
  • UST: Crossroad and Shadehawk. Possible subversion, given the attitude of the comic, and that the characters personalities do NOT mesh well, particularly in Phase 5. Its implied that the same exists for their respective hacker sidekicks, and may not be unresolved at all.
    • Update: It's official, Wrench and Echo are definitely an item.
  • Verbal Tic: This guy.
  • Viewer-Friendly Interface: Mocked.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: In the first arc with Nefarious, Shadehawk very casually kills one of Nefarious's henchmen (Alphonse), but specifically asks Crossroad not to kill Nefarious himself. However, this had less to do with Moral Dissonance on Shadehawk's part than rather cold-blooded economics -- Nefarious is an easy source of income. His henchmen aren't worth much, and tend to be more dangerous besides.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Wizard and, temporarily, Waterfall.
  • Worthy Opponent: Jack. "There but for the grace of God and about twenty-five years go I."
  • You!: Interrupts Shadehawk's dramatic speech.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Dragon and Crossroad.
  • You Have Failed Me...: Double-subverted repeatedly. Ironically, the one time it's merely subverted is at the end of an arc about henchmen unionizing over bad working conditions.
  • You Killed My Father: Part of Shadehawk's vendetta against Hector.