The Wotch

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Jason: Are you dense?! She's a witch!
Robin: She's not a witch!
Jason: She's a witch!
Robin: She's not a witch!
Anne: Actually...I'm a Wotch.

So, this one time at band camp... a teenage girl found a magic flute that revealed to her that she is The Wotch, an extraordinarily powerful magical girl who appears once in each generation. Her magic is discovered by two boys shortly after she transfers to Tandy Gardens high school, and the three wrestle with magical emergency after magical emergency, brought on by a shadowy Big Bad figure. Hilarity Ensues... and "no gender is safe".

A Web Comic with a Mundane Fantastic theme, varyingly zany adventures with an overarching Myth Arc, and almost every possible variety of Shapeshifting oozing out of its suddenly feminine ears. The art goes from poor to unspectacular-but-fitting. The Wotch has a sense of fun and does some good romps if you can get into it and like, or don't mind, the levels of things turning into other things.

Spawned a number of spinoffs, the most notable being The Wotch: Cheer, about a group of jocks turned into Cheerleaders. Cheer now has its own page so please post all Cheer related examples there.

Tropes used in The Wotch include:


  • A Boy and His X: "A Girl and Her Blob", the Ming + Myrrh Lower Deck Episode. The series itself could be considered "A Boy and His Wotch," but the trope doesn't fit due to Anne being a sentient human main character.
  • And I Must Scream: A running "gag" of sorts is that anytime anyone is turned to stone, they are sentient during the statufication. Specifically follows the characters of Scott and Rosetta around, though it does get fixed, at least in Scott's case. Played for laughs less more than for horror.
  • Art Evolution: Since it returned, the creator of City of Reality has taken over as artist, leading to much better art quality. Even before that, compare this to this.
  • Author Appeal
  • Author Guest Spot
  • Badass Normal: Robin, a completely average teenager with a bit of martial arts training can somehow hold his own with supernatural creatures on a fairly regular basis.
    • To be fair, most of the time he waits until Anne or somebody else magical is distracting the creatures before charging in, and half the time Anne's slapped him with a spell that augments his natural fighting prowess considerably. He's aware he's still near the bottom of the totem pole, and a bit sore about it too.
  • Big Eater: Myrrh -- literally so, as processed sugars seem to cause her body to grow to insanely huge sizes. In addition, her body seems to eat regardless of her intention -- getting hit with a dodgeball caused it to embed inside her and start to digest.
  • Bilingual Bonus / Stealth Pun: Just as Jason said that the werewolf couldn't be Samantha Wolf (way too obvious), she shows up. For those who don't speak French, Speak of the Devil translates roughly into "When one speaks of the wolf (he sees his tail)".
  • Body Horror: Largely averted as most transformations are fairly quick and "poofy", but played straight by Xaos, who inflicts slow and horrifying transformations as punishments.
    • Recently, Miranda inflicted a gradual form of the usual gender-bending on the Masquerade-breaking School Newspaper Newshound and two innocent bystanders as punishment. It even rewrites reality so that only they remember what was "normal" for them. This is portrayed as freaky and wrong, and all laws of narrative causality say that it's going to blow up on her face big time.
      • Incorrect. It has been stated in a canon-filler arc that rewriting reality is something even the gods themselves do not do. How she accomplished the feat of making everyone except them believe that they were always like that is unknown.
      • Do not do, not cannot do.
  • Break the Haughty: The increasingly annoying Lucius and Maggie of the "The MOST Most Dangerous Game" arc finally get their due when they nearly kill Robin, angering Anne enough to force her into the Wotch equivilant of the Avatar state. What really sells it is that, A) due to a Schedule Slip, we've been waiting two years for this, and B) that even as everything crumbles around them they try to cling on to their smug attitude. They fail to do so.

Maggie: What is she?!

Miranda: We must be extra cautious. It is not as though this threat will announce its arrival.
[cut to] Janitor: ...Setting up this gym myself. This is just cr-- [finds Note] Whoa, what the? What is this?
Note: To whom it may concern. Lord Sykos is announcing his arrival. Please take the time to prepare a proper welcoming party of at least thirteen maidens to greet him.

Yeah, fine. I get to look forward to two fantastic monthly events now. One which turns me into a vicious monster and the other into a werecat.

"I'm sorry; Why is this girl made of goo again?"

  • Open-Minded Parent
  • Opposites Theme Naming: Scott Winters and Julie Summers.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Xaos does pretty much jack, although this is later explained: He's waiting on Anne to grow up. He's farming her.
    • He's slightly busier when it comes to his own dimension, though he still prefers to delegate the more tedious jobs to his Dragon.
  • Order Versus Chaos: And in a subversion, the good guys aren't Order.
  • Orphaned Series: The last official story comic was posted over a year ago, on August 21, 2009. Since then there have been two filler arcs, but no real updates, not even news updates. The forums have been abandoned by the staff, although apparently the artist and writer have mentioned on other forums that the artist is swamped with her college courseload, and there's also apparently an embarrassment factor for having left the comic hanging for so long. In other words, there may be a revival, but it's unlikely at this point.
    • In addition, the artist of City of Reality mentioned in his hiatus posting that Anne would be working with him on City. This pretty much places the final nail in the coffin for The Wotch, although he does mention that the "partnership may go two ways".
    • The forums haven't been abandoned, though. They just have a new name: The 910CMX Community. And the rebranding might not have as much to do with the Wotch being orphaned as El Goonish Shive joining the 910CMX lineup.
    • They've officially returned, though with a new artist.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different - Includes werecats and Werewolves
  • Parental Abandonment: Through the first season, although no one's parents are ever seen.
  • People Puppets: Cassie in Something Wicked This Way Comes.
  • Perky Female Minion: Aimee -- a subversion as Aimee used to be male and is choosing to act out this trope, she even drops out of character to ask Anne to not mess it up for her.
  • Pettanko: Anibelle, who is constantly teased about the size of her, er, "wings and horns" by her much more developed sister Drax.
  • Pie in the Face: Cheer!
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: A variant -- Giladrea, could you please not walk on your hands?
  • Public Domain Character: The Jabberwock at that. Yes, that's a Jabberwock.
  • Punny Name: Cher Lita, Arizona the Phoenix, Rosetta (who gets turned to stone), etc. etc.
    • And, most obviously, Anne Onymous.
  • Role Called
  • Rule of Funny: Cheer!
  • Running Gag: Scott being turned into some non-moving form, Irene and James switching minds, and of course, Jason switching gender.
    • Also:

Person A: "I just have one question."
Person B: "*Obvious question?* *Other obvious question?* *Third obvious question?*"
Person A: "No, *completely different question about some small detail*."