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27 Ways 'Saga' Proves Your Childhood Wasn't So Bad

At least you don't have a television for a head.

"Saga," created by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, tells the story of actual star-crossed lovers Alana and Marko. Their respective home worlds of Landfall and Wreath are engaged in endless war, and as a result, their romance is targeted by both armies.

But even though Alana and Marko have the most dialogue and the most to do, "Saga" is actually about another character entirely…

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…Hazel, their baby daughter, and someone who just about every single man, woman, robot and alien-of-choice in the known universe would like to get their hands on.

Hazel is the beating heart of "Saga," and she represents the idea that no matter how bad things get in your life, it'll get better — and if not, at the very least, it could be much, much worse.

After all…

  1. Were you born only minutes before heavily armed soldiers came looking for your parents?
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  2. Were you and your parents attacked by sentient plant creatures on the same day that you were born?
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  3. Did you spend the first few days of your life surviving sword fights…
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  4. …and shootouts?
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  5. That's how Hazel entered the world, encountering terror and turbulence at very turn.
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  6. Even as an infant, Hazel has enemies she can't possibly fathom, including freelance assassins…
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  7. …and a renegade robot with a television-head.
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  8. Hazel's life is so dangerous, her parents have even contemplated killing her out of mercy…
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  9. twice.
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  10. They've even employed an undead babysitter to protect Hazel from all the dangers in the world.
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  11. Things are so stressful that even Hazel's loved ones can't get along with each other, like her mother and grandfather…
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  12. …and, sometimes, even her own parents.
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  13. Basically, Hazel's life is a mess.
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  14. A big, disgusting mess.
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  15. But even though she's often in hiding...
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  16. Even though she's sometimes captured by a renegade robot with a television-head...
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  17. And even though she's at the heart of an interplanetary conflict...
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  18. ...it could be worse.
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  19. She lives among the stars...
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  20. ...and sees the galaxy's glorious sights.
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  21. She has strong opinions...
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  22. ...and a strong sense of humor.
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  23. She's surrounded by love...
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  24. She's surrounded by people who will do anything to protect her...
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  25. And, mercifully, she does not have a television for a head.
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  26. Take a cue from Hazel. Life is not easy, but as long as you're alive...
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  27. ...how bad can it be?
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