History ComicStrip / BeetleBailey

28th Apr '16 10:40:00 PM VVK
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* HarmlessFreezing: In one strip, Beetle is asked to get hot coffee for Sarge who had fallen into freezing water. It turns out it's not for drinking but for melting the giant block of ice he's encased in.

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* HarmlessFreezing: In one strip, Beetle is asked to get hot coffee for Sarge Sarge, who had fallen into freezing water. It turns out it's not for drinking but for melting the giant block of ice he's encased in.
28th Apr '16 10:39:26 PM VVK
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* HarmlessFreezing: In one strip, Beetle is asked to get hot coffee for Sarge who had fallen into freezing water. It turns out it's not for drinking but for melting the giant block of ice he's encased in.
22nd Mar '16 6:30:26 AM Lancelot07
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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Out on patrol, the men encounter a river and must get their jeep across. Instead of building a bridge, Zero suggests tying the jeep to two logs and floating it. Everyone is gobsmacked -- Zero had an IDEA! (And it worked, too!)
13th Mar '16 6:11:29 AM Lancelot07
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* ShipTease: Beetle eventually gets this with Ms. Bixley, with some strips even elevating them to an OfficialCouple.
16th Feb '16 12:43:45 PM VVK
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* WalkOnWater: Parodied; Sarge is able to do it because the lake is so polluted.
16th Feb '16 12:39:15 PM VVK
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* FullBodyDisguise: {{Exaggerated}}: Why are the soldiers staring at an attractive woman in a swimsuit when they're supposed to be getting a demonstration in camouflage from Sgt. Snorkel? Because they ''are'' -- that ''is'' Sarge. No wonder they're staring.
28th Jan '16 1:14:52 PM VVK
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* LiteralAssKicking: Occasionally given to Beetle by Sarge.

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** Sarge once got promoted with even more sergeant's stripes. He was walking around admiring them when his raised arm knocked over the General. In the next panel, they were gone.
* LiteralAssKicking: Occasionally given to Beetle by Sarge.Sarge -- literally, as in literal kicking as well.
28th Jan '16 1:12:01 PM VVK
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* LateToThePunchline: One strip starts with unexplained laughter in the middle of the night, which turns out to be Zero reacting to a joke told during the day.

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* LateToThePunchline: LateToThePunchline
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One strip starts with unexplained laughter in the middle of the night, which turns out to be Zero reacting to a joke told during the day.day.
** Sarge and the guys are coming back from a movie that Sarge says wasn't too funny. Turns out he didn't fully understand what was happening, and after they explain it to him, he's laughing for what looks like hours afterwards.
28th Jan '16 11:58:27 AM VVK
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* DudeLooksLikeALady: In one strip, Dr. Bonkus is finishing his talk with Julius (who is a bit heavy and looks very young, with lots of blond curly hair) and tells him that many young people can be a little confused about their sexual identity but he thinks he has nothing to worry about. It's then revealed the doctor has been taking him to be a woman all the time, as he addresses him as "miss" when he's leaving.

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* DudeLooksLikeALady: In one strip, Dr. Bonkus is finishing his talk with Julius (who is a bit heavy and looks very young, with lots of blond curly hair) hair, and is characterised as effeminate) and tells him that many young people can be a little confused about their sexual identity but he thinks he has nothing to worry about. It's then revealed the doctor has been taking him to be a woman all the time, as he addresses him as "miss" when he's leaving.
16th Jan '16 8:24:40 PM CaptEquinox
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'''Ms. Buxley:''' General Halftrack's [[SexySecretary beautiful secretary.]] She used to be as [[BrainlessBeauty dumb as a post]], but has [[CharacterDevelopment developed]] some since the whole [[MediaWatchdog sexism criticism thing]]. She usually works with [[SassySecretary Ms. Blips]], [[GadgeteerGenius Chip Gizmo]], and the officers of the camp. She seems to be [[StrangledByTheRedString dating Beetle now,]] even though there wasn't much to their relationship [[LastMinuteHookup before a few years ago.]]

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'''Ms. Buxley:''' General Halftrack's [[SexySecretary beautiful secretary.]] She used to be as [[BrainlessBeauty dumb as a post]], but has [[CharacterDevelopment developed]] some since the whole [[MediaWatchdog sexism criticism thing]]. She usually works with [[SassySecretary Ms. Blips]], [[GadgeteerGenius Chip Gizmo]], and the officers of the camp. She seems to be [[StrangledByTheRedString dating Beetle now,]] even though there wasn't much to their relationship [[LastMinuteHookup before a few years ago.]]
]] Halftrack's other assistant is a mature and rather plain woman called Ms. Blips.



'''Plato:''' TheProfessor of the camp, somewhat portly with NerdGlasses. Not much more ambitious than Beetle, but better at staying out of trouble. Often seen with Killer.

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'''Plato:''' TheProfessor of the camp, somewhat portly with NerdGlasses. Not much more ambitious than Beetle, but better at staying out of trouble. Used to write thousand-word philosophical graffiti on the bathroom wall. Often seen with Killer.
Killer.

'''Rocky:''' Easygoing and very musical, Rocky collects records and hopes to be a big rock star when his hitch is up.



** Sarge comes into the lounge and announces he wants to watch football on TV. The others try to convince him the football season is over, but he picks up the set and shouts "I WANT $#?!@ FOOTBALL!", shaking it until he gets a football game. "The scary part is that he sees this as perfectly normal."



** There is a long tradition of "dirty" Beetle strips with what you'd more expect of Army Humor.



** A more recent and noticeable example is Captain Sam Scabbard. He actually used to be a quite important character in that he was the Sarge's StraightMan, but then his appearances became increasingly more rare, and now he hasn't appeared for such a long time that he may very well be forgotten by the creators.

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** A more recent and noticeable example is [[http://www.rankopedia.com/CandidatePix/125408.gif Captain Sam Scabbard.Scabbard]]. He actually used to be a quite important character in that he was the Sarge's StraightMan, but then his appearances became increasingly more rare, and now he hasn't appeared for such a long time that he may very well be forgotten by the creators.



* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Out on patrol, the men encounter a river and must get their jeep across. Instead of building a bridge, Zero suggests tying the jeep to two logs and floating it. Everyone is gobsmacked -- Zero had an IDEA! (And it worked, too!)



* DudeLooksLikeALady: In one strip, Dr. Bonkus is finishing his talk with Julius and tells him that many young people can be a little confused about their sexual identity but he thinks he has nothing to worry about. It's then revealed the doctor has been taking him to be a woman all the time, as he addresses him as "miss" when he's leaving.

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* DudeLooksLikeALady: In one strip, Dr. Bonkus is finishing his talk with Julius (who is a bit heavy and looks very young, with lots of blond curly hair) and tells him that many young people can be a little confused about their sexual identity but he thinks he has nothing to worry about. It's then revealed the doctor has been taking him to be a woman all the time, as he addresses him as "miss" when he's leaving.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Sarge, Cookie (the CampCook), the Captain, the Major, and the General. All of them except Cookie (whose may be a nickname or not) have been given full proper names,[[note]]Sergeant Orville P. Snorkel, Cookie Jowls, Captain Sam Scabbard, Major Greenbrass, General Amos T. Halftrack[[/note]] but these are only used on formal occasions.

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Sarge, Cookie (the CampCook), the Captain, the Major, and the General. All of them except Cookie (whose name may be a nickname or not) have been given full proper names,[[note]]Sergeant Orville P. Snorkel, Cookie Jowls, Captain Sam Scabbard, Major Greenbrass, General Amos T. Halftrack[[/note]] but these are only used on formal occasions.



** Another one used in several variants: A criticises B for their hobby or obsession or habit, only to return to their own room/bunk, where they have a similar collection of things/arrangement/whatever going on set around another theme. For example, Corporal Yo notes Sarge's huge collection of food-related electronics before returning to his own room full of different electronics. Or Sarge says it's weird of Beetle to collect comic books, only to have someone else point to his shelf full of different empty beer cans.

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** Another one used in several variants: A criticises B for their hobby or obsession or habit, only to return to their own room/bunk, where they have a similar collection of things/arrangement/whatever going on set around another theme. For example, Corporal Yo notes Sarge's huge collection of food-related electronics before returning to his own room full of different electronics. Or Sarge says it's weird of Beetle to collect comic books, only to have someone else point to his shelf full of different empty beer cans. There's a 2009 [[http://www.cartoonistgroup.com/properties/beetlebailey/art_images/cg4a08a34b87a0b0.jpg Sunday strip showing just what collections everybody has]].



---> '''Frame One''': "How does the Chaplin remain impervious to Miss Buxley?" "He just closes his eyes to that sort of thing." \\
'''Frame Two''': The Chaplin crashes into a streetlight.

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---> '''Frame One''': "How does the Chaplin Chaplain remain impervious to Miss Buxley?" "He just closes his eyes to that sort of thing." \\
'''Frame Two''': The Chaplin Chaplain crashes into a streetlight.



** Used to be {{justified|Trope}} in-comic: General Halftrack's superiors know how bad he is (or they have even suppressed his existence), and don't want to risk anything by involving him in it. It was a running gag that the General would wait anxiously for "orders from Pentagon" that would never arrive because of this. When they did, in an album story, the eventual inspection was such a disaster the Pentagon felt at a liberty to go on ignoring him. A conversation in the story went about like this:

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** Used to be {{justified|Trope}} in-comic: General Halftrack's superiors know how bad he is (or they have even suppressed his existence), and don't want to risk anything by involving him in it. It was a running gag that the General would wait anxiously for "orders from the Pentagon" that would never arrive because of this. When they did, in an album story, the eventual inspection was such a disaster the Pentagon felt at a liberty to go on ignoring him. A conversation in the story went about like this:
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