Bittersweet Candy Bowl

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The main cast, minus Daisy and Abbey, on vacation.

Quite possibly the ultimate Will They or Won't They?, Bittersweet Candy Bowl is a webcomic by Taeshi. It follows a group of feline friends through middle and high school, focusing primarily on a pretty, white-colored Tsundere called Lucy, and her ongoing crush/rivalry with Nice Guy Mike. Also featured are Love Triangles (actually, a developing Love Dodecahedron) among the resident Jerk with a Heart of Gold Paulo, cheery Teen Genius Daisy, Token Older Girl Tessa, Cloudcuckoolander David, and Abbey, Daisy's now boyfriend with a troubled past. And now there are three new girls added to the cast. They are Jessica, a strong-willed cheerleader who has a fancy for Lucy and hates/dislikes Tess, Rachel, a cheerful girl who's also a cheerleader and also holds a grudge against Tess, and Jasmine, Paulo's new girlfriend.

A deep sufferer of Cerebus Syndrome, Bittersweet Candy Bowl started off almost entirely lighthearted but delved into heavy drama as the characters moved to high school — there are still jokes, though they are increasingly rare.

The series makes use of anthropomorphic cats, dogs, and birds, but these are derived more from the Funny Animals trope than any serious links to whatever classifies as a true Furry Comic. The characters were developed when the author was young and presumably unaware of the Furry Fandom. The comic is an ongoing serial, and is published three times a week.

Often in a Top Webcomics vote drive. The comics used as incentives can be seen in their entirety by joining BCI (Bittersweet Club International).

Be warned: this comic has been known to cause an unreasonable amount of tears for insufficiently understood reasons.

Also check out the comic's Tumblr account.

Tropes used in Bittersweet Candy Bowl include:
  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Mike does not appreciate being told this by his friends when they try to get him to accept Lucy's confession despite already being in a Long-Distance Relationship.
  • All Just a Dream: The chapter "Wonderland". Lucy "wakes up" at the beginning of the chapter and the chapter before it was an April Fool's comic, making it all just a dream as well.
    • Chapter 59 was All Just A Daydream. Paulo's. Best. Daydream. Ever.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: BCB has a chronic case of this. Almost every character in the cast suffers from this trope at some point.
    • Sometimes repeatedly.
  • Alpha Bitch: Katherine Katie
  • Alternate Universe: According to the commentary, the chapter "Another Path" was originally intended to be set in an alternate universe where Paulo had sex with Lucy during her mental breakdown in "Another Shoulder". The final version has it as a daydream of Paulo's.
  • Ambiguously Bi: David adores Abbey according to the chart. And this or this makes it seem that David likes touching Abbey while having fun.
    • Now according to the new chart, he also adores Augustus.
  • Anchored Ship: One way to see Mike and Lucy ever getting together.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Lucy's rejected confession of love to Michael in "A Distance Apart".
  • April Fools' Day:
  • Archive Trawl: One of the more effective ways to confirm details in any situation. The chapter descriptions can help when hunting down a page.
  • Art Evolution: The comic started off on lined paper in a simple grid style to ensure proper panelling with toning and everything.
  • Attempted Rape: The mugger on Lucy in the Confrontation arc.
    • Final Fantasy Cat looked like he was about to do this to Daisy, but Abbey intervened, though it turns out he most-likely wouldn't have gone through with it. If that was the plan at all.
  • Ax Crazy: Non-canon incentive arc Disaster Dominoes' Kizuna was this.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Carter at the end of Box of Tricks.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Half of the cast walk around in the nude!
    • ...and then for some reason seem embarrassed by Wardrobe Malfunctions.
      • Early on, Paulo was shown to be cheating with pockets. Taeshi doesn't have confidence in drawing clothes much.
      • It's pretty clear that those wearing clothes and showing things they shouldn't is a turn-on.
    • The About page addresses this.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Abbey in Disaster Dominoes. The Conflicted type, based on how things were.
  • Beach Arc: The summer vacation arc.
  • BST:
    • Mike and Lucy are fairly excellent examples of this.
    • Paulo and Lucy; Paulo and Tess.
    • UST: Which may well be what happened to certain people's interactions.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't abuse/insult a girl in front of Abbey, unless you want a face full of fists.
      • If the Confrontation chapter was any indication, Mike can be this way.
    • Don't be too flirty about Mike near Lucy. Or too flirty with Lucy, for that mattter. And expect violence from her if you've hit her.
    • This could be a bad sign.
    • Jessica hates it when called out about how she bullies Tess, which led to another button being pressed... Tess pretty much just takes it.
  • Beta Couple: Abbey and Daisy's more or less drama-free relationship, which tends to take a backseat to the drama-filled relationships of other primary characters.
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    • "SUPERRRR PANELLLL TELEPORT!"
    • Daisy has 18 extra-curricular activities. While being an "A" student with a schedule of Honors courses. And still has time for her boyfriend and other friends.
  • Big Bad: Most certainly Alejandro. His manipulations led to Paulo's jerk mentality, Paulo's phobia of barking, Confrontation in general, and he's being worked for by Augustus. He also remembers his grudge against Mike and Lucy.
    • Some keen-eyed forum users suggest he was the one who date-raped Tess when she was a freshman.
  • Big Fancy House: Tessa lives in one. Mike and Lucy are suitably impressed.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Sam, here.
  • Big "What?": Paulo, for a page and followed shortly by a Little What.
  • Birds of a Feather: Abbey and Daisy, to some extent.
  • Bi the Way: Apparently, Jessica goes both ways and fancies Lucy. Who knew?
  • Black Humor: Happy Mother's Day! See the first comment.
  • Blank White Eyes: Everyone has done it at least once. David may as well have it as his default expression.
  • Blatant Lies
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Peddler: ...made exclusively in Paris! (He made it with the contents of a trashcan. In front of them.)
Lucy: "It doesn't upset me"
David: "That's perfect for capturing her!! I mean..."
David: I'm menstruating.

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David & Lucy: Shake things up with Sue?
McCain: We tried that. Didn't test too well.

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Liam: I'll wait for you.
Lucy: Please don't. You deserve someone a million times better.

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Kidnapper: Oh yes. I've got you now! PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER!
Molly: No I'm not.
K: You can't fool me, child...
M: Isn't the president a dog?

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Daisy: Umm, guys... I think you're going to kill him...
Mike and Lucy: NO WE'RE NOT!

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  1. Particularly a guy called Thanatos, who wants Paulo to die painfully.
  2. McCain
  3. Final Fantasy Cat
  4. Rapecat
  5. It's been explained on the forums that she got it from a Yakuza hitman attempting to kill her after offing her parents.