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Roommates 49 - Tithe by AsheRhyder Roommates 49 - Tithe by AsheRhyder
Unusual Word Time! The exact definition of a "tithe" is a bit complicated, but it usually means a portion of income or wealth (usually a tenth) given to a higher power. I've also heard it used in reference to the fae and other supernatural creatures; namely, give them stuff, and they'll go away and leave you in peace, which is more or less what's happening here.

Oh Jareth, you're such a bully. Note how, despite Erik's apoplexy, Jareth does not look the least bit concerned.

Also! The question of who's who in Oz is finally answered. (Though Norrington won the vote by a landslide. Hm. May have to do extra fan art...)


Erik belongs to Leroux and Webber.
Jareth belongs to Henson, Lucas, and Bowie.
Norrington belongs to Disney, Bruckheimer, and Davenport.
Javert belongs to Hugo, Boublil, Schonberg, and Kretzmer.
Oz and associated material belongs to Baum, Arlen, and Harburg.
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:iconwynnifredd:
Wynnifredd Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
and here comes ms. realism to spoil all our fun again, but I GOTTA speak up for mah boys, cause they're bein' unfairly treated here: namely James and Erik. Both of them are being punished and ridiculed for learned behavior....behavior, I might add, learned by physical brutality. I've yet to find a published version of Erik that doesn't sport enough scars to rival a Frankenstein monster. Many beatings over many years for being ugly.

Hell, it took me years to figure out I wasn't a fat, big nosed bitch, and that was just from a few unkind boys in high school. Now imagine being told that at the end of a stick or whip from before you're old enough to understand what you're being whipped for? yeah, I wouldn't want to show my face first, either.

Then there's poor Commodore, being told he doesn't have brains. Poor James is plenty smart...he's just not creative. He's been trained to be a proper English gentleman, which is often heavy on the punishments (sometimes including beatings, depending on familial temperament) to literally beat the ability to think outside the box of duty and honor out of a man.  Then you compound that mistake by sending him into the English navy.

Which was often compared to literal hell on earth.  FOLKS, there was a reason sailors ran to join pirates in the hundreds. The navy was brutal and harsh. Lashings, keel hauling, these weren't pirate punishments, but sanctioned navy punishments. James was doomed before he started.

I don't have any frame of reference for Javert. So I can't say if he's being zapped for something he literally couldn't help here. I just don't know him as well as I know the other two characters.

so, um, yeah, there's my overly thought out psychoanalysis on fictional characters at oh god o'clock at night, because I felt me darlins were being unfairly riffed. ......i'll go hide in a corner now.....
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:iconfighting-dreamers-94:
Lovely. So I guess that means Jareth is Dorothy.  XD
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:iconart-lover221:
Art-lover221 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Yay my guess was right!
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TheChinaSorrows Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Your characterisations are an art form! Gorgeous!
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DaEvilKitty Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013

This arc is wonderful. Not only is it lovely to see Jareth winning epically for once, but you’ve portrayed him so very well. He is a wonderful balance of mischief, snarkiness and win. And, of course, he is wonderfully fitting the role of “magical guide to teach foolish mortals a lesson about themselves”. ^^

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NikiMaweird Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jareth? Erik scares me! 
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HSGisME123 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just realized something.... That would make Jareth the equivalent of Dorothy...... Suddenly the song Underground takes a whole new meaning....
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LadyRaven18 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
LoL! Those comments hit so many nerves! Jareth so epic!
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you enjoyed!
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MagicFishy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the facial expressions here. And the whole comic, really, but they especially stand out to me in this strip :)
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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lizard9932 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha norringtons face
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you enjoyed!
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YukiRiku Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
lolz traveled all the way to the Emerald City to get burned and all they had to do in the first place was talk to Jareth
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That seems to be the trend with leaving Oz...
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:iconyukiriku:
YukiRiku Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
wait that means Jareth IS Dorothy he needs to click his heels and get them home fast
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mayaegyptkezi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
i knew javert would be the tin man!
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But of course.
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:iconknot221:
Knot221 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So if Jamie's the scarecrow, Javert's the tin man, and Erik's the lion, does that make Jareth Dorothy?
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In this analogy? I think he's closer to Glinda.
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:iconlosttothehoping:
LostTotheHoping Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Writer
And suddenly the stuff about Javert makes SENSE! I watched Les Miserables this morning.

I love Jareth. XDDD
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you're enjoying!
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Spider-From-Mars Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
just rereading your comics from the beginning, your art style has really evolved over the years!
But reading this one back I keep thinking Erik=Crawford=the Wizard o.O so he's strangling himself?
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:iconromancefreak:
RomanceFreak Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
o_O Whoa whoa WHOA!! Back up one forte here. Are you saying that Michale Crawford, the man who played the first Broadway Phantom of the Opera, was the WIZARD in the old Wizard of Oz movie????
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Spider-From-Mars Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
no sorry he was the Wizard in ALWs new Oz musical
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:iconromancefreak:
RomanceFreak Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh. hahaha. Sorry. Didn't know he was in the Oz musical. X3 Of course he wouldn't be the wizard in the movie, what was I thinking? X3 :facepalm:
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, that's completely slipped my mind by this point...
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UmiHoshi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
they forgot to give Jareth modesty!
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't think it would help...
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:iconumihoshi:
UmiHoshi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not enough in the world to cure him, huh? ^~^; plus he'll drop it all in 20m radius of Sarrah
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:iconkateri-echo:
kateri-echo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Fan girls everywhere would weep if the goblin king became modest:)
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:iconumihoshi:
UmiHoshi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah. I guess that'd just leave us with a goblin with big hair and tight pants. I guess the wizard got smarter
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kateri-echo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist
:D thankfully it seems he has.
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:iconrosetora:
RoseTora Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
That is funny
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed.
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:iconrosetora:
RoseTora Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
It makes sense that he would do that to everyone...
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Nova-Cat Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
This makes Jareth Dorothy.
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think Jareth's more on Glinda's line...
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Night-Mare-chan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, the wizard has a death wish. Also, Jareth's evil look. At least someone is enjoying the vacay, right?
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep. At least someone...
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alwaysnerdy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
SSSOOOO MMMEEEAANNNNN LOLOLOL
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But of course.
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Ginger-Seat Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Erik, don't kill anyone! Wait until you get home.
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh.
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YaoiFreak4Life19 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
very sneaky jareth lol
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Isn't he just...
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:iconlillooler:
Lillooler Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think Jareth is secretly thinking "trololololololol" :D Very cute!
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:iconasherhyder:
AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite possibly...
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trezelle2 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
I love how Jamie has the one arm hooked on Erik's to pin him back in that second-last panel :) Just like, I'm a boss cuz 1 handed I can hold Mr. O.G. back from murdering the crazy green dude o.O
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AsheRhyder Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's certainly trying, at least.
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