History ComicBook / Viz

20th Mar '17 3:13:29 AM LondonKdS
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* RunningGag: Tommy "Banana" Johnson was a strip that appeared in the very first issue, featuring a boy with a huge artificial banana that he keeps putting forward as an unlikely solution to other peoples' problems, until an annoyed policeman [[AssShove shows him where he can shove it]]. The strip has repeatedly appeared, often in anniversary issues, with exactly the same events and dialogue but with the art altered to parody new developments in comics (photographic fumetti, manga-style, bad Poser-style digital art, etc...).
23rd Dec '16 11:45:26 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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* AbusiveParents: Victorian Dad.

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* AbusiveParents: AbusiveParents: Victorian Dad.Dad, Mutha and Fatha Bacon.
16th Dec '16 3:32:55 PM DavidCowie
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* AntiquatedLinguistics: Raffles the Gentleman Thug

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Raffles the Gentleman Thug



*** Mr Logic. Most of the humour comes from the fact what he says is so outdated or technical sounding that no one else can understand him.

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*** ** Mr Logic. Most of the humour comes from the fact what he says is so outdated or technical sounding that no one else can understand him.
30th Nov '16 2:20:54 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* SpoiledBrat: Timmy "Spoilt Bastard" Timpson.

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* SpoiledBrat: Timmy "Spoilt Bastard" Timpson. In every strip he bullies and emotionally abuses his rather weak-willed mother, blaming her for whatever problem he's caused (and what's more she always believes it's truly her fault) and leading her to spend money she doesn't have to cater to her son's every whim. In one old strip he pretended to be sick to get out of school and kept implying that it was his mother's fault. The doctor then tells Timmy's mother that "There's nothing wrong with your son that a good smack on the bottom wouldn't cure!". In the annual he runs away from home because his mother put two sugars on his Weetabix when "She knows!" that he only has one and three quarter sugars.
29th Nov '16 5:22:49 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* NamesTheSame: Jack Black. Not [[Creator/JackBlack that one]].
29th Nov '16 5:02:30 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ButtMonkey: Sting and Bono are often ridiculed for being egotistical pretentious hypocrites who claim to help the poor whilst spending a lot of money on extravagant luxuries. In the 1980s, Shakin Stevens was the ButtMonkey but he is considered a 'has been' nowadays, he is usually brought up in articles when someone wants to milk their connection to a minor celebrity.
** Morrissey is a more recent addition, joining Sting and Bono in a troika of celebrity bell-ends.

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* ButtMonkey: Sting Music/{{Sting}} and Bono [[Music/{{U2}} Bono]] are often ridiculed for being egotistical pretentious hypocrites who claim to help the poor whilst spending a lot of money on extravagant luxuries. In the 1980s, Shakin Stevens was the ButtMonkey but he is considered a 'has been' nowadays, he is usually brought up in articles when someone wants to milk their connection to a minor celebrity.
** Morrissey Music/{{Morrissey}} is a more recent addition, joining Sting and Bono in a troika of celebrity bell-ends.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: the comic regularly runs one-off strips showing celebrities in ludicrous or vulgar situations, or starring in parodies of cheesy old-style action-adventure strips. 2000s issues include a longer-running strip depicting Sir Music/EltonJohn engaging in petty crime. Sometimes it is very much a {{Take That}}, such as in the early '90s when radio DJ and TV presenter Danny Baker was depicted as Danny Wanker.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: the The comic regularly runs one-off strips showing celebrities in ludicrous or vulgar situations, or starring in parodies of cheesy old-style action-adventure strips. 2000s issues include a longer-running strip depicting Sir Music/EltonJohn engaging in petty crime. Sometimes it is very much a {{Take That}}, such as in the early '90s when radio DJ and TV presenter Danny Baker was depicted as Danny Wanker.



* ''Cockney Wanker'', a portmanteau of everything northerners hate about London. Money-obsessed, trendy, greedy, materialistic, selfish, having the financial/political power to ravage the North purely to enrich themselves, as anyone who gets hurt is two hundred miles or more away and probably brought it upon themselves anyway...

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* ''Cockney Wanker'', ** Cockney Wanker, a portmanteau of everything northerners hate about London. Money-obsessed, trendy, greedy, materialistic, selfish, having the financial/political power to ravage the North purely to enrich themselves, as anyone who gets hurt is two hundred miles or more away and probably brought it upon themselves anyway...



* WriteWhoYouKnow: The comic's creator Chris Donald has said that, among others, Brown Bottle is based on one of his friends and Biffa Bacon on an incident he witnessed where a young boy began an unprovoked assault with the approval of his parents shouting and cheering him on. His brother and comic co-founder Simon Donald in turn based Sid the Sexist on a friend who had a lot of bravado around women but was completely clueless when it came to chatting them up, and Mr. Logic on his and Chris's elder brother Steve, who was diagnosed with autism, but nonetheless took his parodying well and subsequently made his own contributions to the comic and its website.
13th Oct '16 11:58:42 AM OlfinBedwere
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* WrongGenreSavvy: Tommy "Banana" Johnson, a strip featured in the comic's first issue and given various remakes in the years since, features the title character suggesting that other characters use the gigantic banana that he carries around with him for various purposes (i.e. as a hair dryer or telescope). Were he appearing in a children's comic, the banana would doubtless be magical and able to do whatever the plot demands. In the world of Viz, however, it's just an otherwise-normal banana that happens to be freakishly oversized, resulting in the other characters treating his suggestions with the derision you'd expect.
29th Sep '16 2:17:14 PM talltalltree
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** The one-shot ''Camberwick Greggs'', a parody of the children's show ''Camberwick Green'', was also noted for being exceptionally bleak and lacking the humour found in most strips.
31st Aug '16 7:26:51 PM GF93
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During the 1980s, ''Viz'' was repeatedly threatened with prosecution by Creator/DCThomson, the Scottish publishers of famous British children's comics ''ComicBook/TheBeano'', ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' and ''ComicStrip/TheBroons'', for copyright infringement over their coarse parodies of DC Thomson characters. Viz retaliated by printing a one-off strip featuring "DC Thomson", a cartoon Scotsman obsessed with intellectual property. DC Thomson responded with an issue of the ''Dandy'' that parodied the "war" in a strip featuring their recurring Scots vs. Sassenachs characters "The Jocks and the Geordies". More seriously, the publishers of ''Viz'' were threatened with criminal prosecution for incitement to racial hatred in 1990 because of the content of a one-off strip called "Thieving Gypsy Bastards". Ironically, the gypsy gentleman who tried to sue the ''Viz'' for this comic was later [[StopBeingStereotypical found guilty of handling stolen property]]. (They had also printed a strip called "The Overwhelming Majority of Honest Gypsies" on the very next page.)

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During the 1980s, ''Viz'' was repeatedly threatened with prosecution by Creator/DCThomson, the Scottish publishers of famous British children's comics ''ComicBook/TheBeano'', ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' and ''ComicStrip/TheBroons'', for copyright infringement over their coarse parodies of DC Thomson characters. Viz retaliated by printing a one-off strip featuring "DC Thomson", a cartoon Scotsman obsessed with intellectual property. DC Thomson responded with an issue of the ''Dandy'' that parodied the "war" in a strip featuring their recurring Scots vs. Sassenachs characters "The Jocks and the Geordies". More seriously, the publishers of ''Viz'' were threatened with criminal prosecution for incitement to racial hatred in 1990 because of the content of a one-off strip called "Thieving "The Thieving Gypsy Bastards". Ironically, the gypsy gentleman who tried to sue the ''Viz'' for this comic was later [[StopBeingStereotypical found guilty of handling stolen property]]. (They They had also printed a strip called "The Overwhelming Majority of Honest Gypsies" on the very next page.)
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19th Jul '16 11:22:50 PM CaptainTedium
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* SelfDeprecation: The computer game by Virgin Interactive has "You'll never play a bigger load of crap" on the game's cover.
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