Comic 1047 - Rudy vs. Todd

18th Apr 2018, 12:11 PM in Ch. 35 - Weather the Storm
Rudy vs. Todd
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)
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Jocelyn 18th Apr 2018, 12:11 PM edit delete
The good news is that Rudy is in school. Well, it's hard to call it "good" news in the sense of what this school is. But if he's here, that means he's not in a conversion camp. So that's good at least, even if it's not all around great news.

The bad news, as Rain mentioned a few pages ago, is that Todd is in school too. And seemingly unpunished. If you recall from very early on in the comic, Rudy was a frequent victim of bullying from Todd. But after Maria "nicely asked him to back off", Todd basically disappeared for half the story. Immediately aware that Maria is no longer in school, Todd wastes little time finding him again.

Rudy's not really a fighter, but the boy is kinda pro when it comes to sass and telling it like it is to people. But will that be enough here?

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Lemonado Girl 18th Apr 2018, 12:22 PM edit delete reply
Lemonado Girl
Can I punch Todd? Please? Pretty please?
Dechaineaux 19th Apr 2018, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
I'm sure there is a line.

If there isn't there will be soon
Kyle 18th Apr 2018, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
Oh Rudy, if your doing what I think your doing you'll be a real hero.
FishEye18 18th Apr 2018, 12:24 PM edit delete reply
Rudy's going to suddenly have a phoenix fly overhead that lands on his head, he'll say a sassy phrase, and disappear in a flash of fire and smoke.
Anon 18th Apr 2018, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
And then Todd punched Rudy (possibly more than once), and then Father Quenton Saw it, and then FQ did nothing, and then a meteor fell from the sky and killed all the homophobes. (I can dream)
Drake Zephyr 18th Apr 2018, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Don't ya think that's a bit much?
malkavcandy 19th Apr 2018, 4:05 AM edit delete reply
i really don't. a meteor sounds good right about now
Leaf 19th Apr 2018, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
You and me both.
Drake Zephyr 19th Apr 2018, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
But why would ya wanna kill people just because they think homosexuality is wrong? I got a lot of friends who think like that.
dani 19th Apr 2018, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
And those people are the ones who desire and encourage that lgbt people get hurt and killed for daring to be born different so yeah!
Guest 20th Apr 2018, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
drake, the fact that you're okay with having homophobic friends honestly doesn't speak well for you as a person.
this is not about 'opinions' - these people are infringing on our right to exist. that is not okay. i think you need to take some time to think about why you think garbage like that is fucking okay.
Dechaineaux 19th Apr 2018, 11:27 AM edit delete reply
Everyone else levels up due to unique experience?
Cassie 18th Apr 2018, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
That look on Rudy's face on the last panel makes me think of the look on Maria's face when she asked to have a word with Todd during the Halloween party (comic 162). I've got a feeling he's done taking this crap from Todd. After what happened to Maria, Rudy's probably not as scared of the consequences that were preventing him from fighting back in the past. I hope he stands up for himself and scares the hell out of that jerk.
Drake Zephyr 18th Apr 2018, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
I still feel like Todd has a troubled past that he's hiding, and instead of opening up to anyone, he lashes out in violence as a cover. Because deep down he has some real problems and he's too scared to tell anyone. That's a common cause for people becoming bullies. Nobody is just bad for no reason. I don't think he's like closeted LGBT in anyway, at the closest, maybe he has like 2 moms or 2 dads and used to get made fun of for that?
Leaf 19th Apr 2018, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
From what I saw (and lived), children bullies either have an authoritarian parental figure who uses violence against them (any kind of violence, physical, emotional, verbal, etc.) and makes them feel helpless and angry, which causes them to lash out in order to regain self-empowerment. Or they're kids at the top of the school's social order trying to establish a pecking order (a bit like what Emily was perceived to do in the beginning).

Todd may or may not be in either or both of those cases, but one thing is certain: to become the kind of relentless bully he is, he has got to gain something out of it. As far as we know he's doing this alone, not with a group behind him, so someone in an authority position is probably praising him somehow for his violent behaviour. Otherwise there's no point in striking terror around you, it only makes you lonely and far less likely to get what you want in the long run (something Todd actually seems to be suffering from, assuming that's one of the reasons why he assaulted girls into being his girlfriend).

I'd be far less surprised to learn Todd has a stern parent who keeps telling him "don't be a 'sissy'" and talks trash about gay people than for him to have LGBTQIA+ parents or relatives. Heck I'd even be less surprised to learn he and Father Quenton are close relatives. LGBTQIA+ parents would squish that kind of behaviour out of him reaaaally quickly, especially as Todd isn't a subtle kind of guy and wouldn't know how to hide that attitude at home.
Drake Zephyr 19th Apr 2018, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
I was just saying what if. Didn't say it had to make sense.
Eliza 19th Apr 2018, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
That's not entirely true, many people are violent for no reason. My biological father for one beat me until I vomited blood when I was 3 years old because I got in the way of him watching tv which caused him to spill his beer.
Pip 20th Apr 2018, 4:19 PM edit delete reply
Eliza that’s awful and I’m so sorry this happened to you :’(

I think Leaf might mean that people who are violent usually have had something happen to them in the past to f*** them up... this isn’t any excuse for violently behaviour of course but often the reason behind it...
Leaf 23rd Apr 2018, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
Actually I was talking about school-age bullies, not adults. School kids and teens who bully younger kids and teens. Adults being violent toward others (kids or other adults) are a whole different can of worms.

I'm sorry this happened to you too, Eliza. It's awful. I have no words except to say sometimes parents are the worst.
Queen Wolfen 18th Apr 2018, 1:24 PM edit delete reply
Queen Wolfen
I'm thinking Rudy is making sure there are witnesses to see Todd punch him. This is all a set up.
Kyle 18th Apr 2018, 1:30 PM edit delete reply
My thoughts exactly.
FishEye18 18th Apr 2018, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
Considering I've been binging on Sabaton all day while debugging a naval video game...


...Maybe I should switch to decaffeinated beverages in the morning...
redbow.kimee 19th Apr 2018, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
I so hope that this happens. Not that Rudy gets hurt, that would be an unfortunate side effect. But I hope this leads to Todd getting expelled, or Fr. Quentin being replaced as principal after holding Maria to a different standard than Todd. I hope that it's Fr Q that's replaced tho, because then all the student's benefit and maybe Brother Arthur has a chance encourage Todd to not be a bully.
Parallel 20th Apr 2018, 5:05 AM edit delete reply
Yess omg I hope that's the case!
lare290 18th Apr 2018, 2:38 PM edit delete reply

I just hate that dick, okay?
Dechaineaux 19th Apr 2018, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Everyone else gains enough EXP to level up once?

Seriously, all we need now is someone to mention the Blue Bolt and we'll have the trifecta of DM Punishments.
j-eagle12212012 18th Apr 2018, 3:29 PM edit delete reply
As mentioned on the Norman Strongwell page Rudy is venting his frustration by speaking his mind with no filter. I sense Rudy may be setting Todd up so that he can be punished but at the cost of bodily harm
Hardric62 18th Apr 2018, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
Don't know if it would work. The little ducker commited Assault and Battery, and he got away scot-free (Assault for the threatening way he behaved with Chanel, Battery when he grabed her. Minor aybe, but it's theoretically right).

Rudy, you may not be a fighter, but... I suggest you consider raising quickly and violently your leg between Todd's ones, and follow up with a push forward of your knee once he's on his own knees. Odds are the principal will expel you for no reason anyways, so at least make it '''worth it'''.

Also, yay for first post here. Wish it was for cherrier circumstances though.
DanielleA 18th Apr 2018, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
This might be the perfect oppertunity for someone to record Todds aggression on camera.
Guest 18th Apr 2018, 7:36 PM edit delete reply
Alright you St. Hallvard brats
I'm gonna show you how to do, the Todd
Well, if you take your fist and you stick it up to space
And then you grab a bullied kid and wave it in their face
You growl out a threat and start acting like a sod
Now you're doin' the Todd

Uh, do the Todd, Todd, uh do the Todd...
SayTaylor 19th Apr 2018, 4:10 AM edit delete reply
You see, NOW would be a good time for Father Quenton to walk around the corner...
Who am I kidding, he'd probably let Todd off with a warning because he's hypocritical shit.
Aria 19th Apr 2018, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
Nah. If it were two normal kids the “good Father” would just give them a warning because “boys will be boys.”

Seeing who it is, regardless of what scene he walks upon...

“Oh, good for you Todd. Teach that godless heathen not to pick a fight with God’s Chosen.” Or something similar.
dani 19th Apr 2018, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
Yeah he probably would say that Rudy "provoke" him or something
actualcaptor 20th Apr 2018, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
I take 4 days to read the whole comic and I have to stop here? The suspense is killing me AAAAH! Todd needs to stop being satans butthole
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