OH MY GOD HE HAS THE TWO TAILS LIKE IN ELLEN'S DREAM LIFE!!!!! He's the GUY!
You beat me to it! xD But Noah = alternate Archie has been my pet theory FOREVA so there.
For those who doubt: it's been established that alternates may not be physically identical to one another or even have the same name (disparate height between Tedds, Kaoli as Nioi's alternate, Ellen as Elliot's). Noah having the same back-of-the-head antennae (which he's perfectly capable of hiding like Grace does, I assume) as Archie is enough indication that they're alternates. Archie's universe could easily be one in which their parents survived... and since Noah says that if everything were public knowledge his parents would still be alive, combined with that the aliens stuff really IS out in the open in Archie's world, that lines up as well. And even though it's usually no different from his right eye like Archie's is, Noah's left eye could still be special -- in the Dan in the MUD NP storyline, specifically in the comic he linked to yesterday, Mysterious Leader/Noah's left eye lights up when he goes into attack mode.
Moving on, I'm okay with Noah faring better than Elliot. (I refuse to call him Cheerleadra because it's a stupid moniker and I hope it goes away soon.) Elliot not only took a blast-attack-type-thing, he fell like, what, forty, fifty feet? Into oncoming traffic. I'd say most of the damage he took is from that, and not the dragon's blast.
I'm not okay with Melissa. I just don't like her character or have much sympathy for her, shiny new backstory or no. Also, we've got lesbians and bi girls all over the place, but only one gay guy, and no bi guys whatsoever that I can tell. Not fair to Justin, is it? I think Noah could've been a really good potential partner for him, and it seems like Melissa's only purpose in "dating" Noah is to establish that whether he's straight or bi or Uryuom, he's only going to be making out with a girl, so it doesn't matter. So it feels like Noah and Melissa provide "physical comfort" for each other for no real reason. Even if Noah had been uninvolved with anyone and not open to relationships, that would've been better than just this throwaway cardboard relationship.
I'm not usually overly critical of EGS, but I really dislike those disguise form spells. All the mental alteration being treated like it's not that big a deal when it's really, really skeezy makes me uncomfortable. And I add my agreement to everyone who's pointed out that liking girly spells = getting more girly spells, and accepting girly spells doesn't necessarily mean going against Elliot's basic nature of disliking them.
Also I'm very much against anything that would result in Elliot spending more time as a girl than he already does. I know EGS has lots of male gaze-oriented fanservice, but Nanase, Ellen, Grace, and fTedd already provide inordinate amounts of that, and the latter three even enjoy doing so (usually). To intentionally put a male character who specifically dislikes being turned into a girl in a situation where he OOCly enjoys it for fanservicey reasons feels too much like The Wotch with all its Unfortunate Implications to me. Like I said, usually I don't take EGS as seriously as others seem to, but if we're going to get Elliot liking being a girl for sexy reasons, I feel like we should get Susan liking being a boy for sexy reasons, as it basically amounts to being the same thing.
Also canon female gaze-oriented fanservice involving some combination of Elliot, Justin, and Noah, just to, y'know, balance things out a little. Or male!Ellen and Elliot giving Sarah a sensory overload the way Ellen and female!Elliot did that one time for Nanase. I think that would be fair. O:)
I know Dan's a dude and thus the distribution of male and female fanservice is going to be very skewed, but there are female readers here too, y'know! If we're going to be stuck on TG magical funtiems fanservice for a while, then it should totally go both ways. In canon. Squeeworthy as yesterday's sketchbook was... ;D
And all I've probably managed to accomplish is make myself sound like a total fanservice-noming pervert. And well. I guess I am? xD;;;