History ComicStrip / BeetleBailey

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 ** 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.

'''Plato:''' TheProfessor of ** Sarge comes into the camp, somewhat portly with NerdGlasses. Not much more ambitious than Beetle, lounge and announces he wants to watch football on TV. The others try to convince him the football season is over, but better at staying out of trouble. Often seen with Killer. 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."

'''Plato:''' TheProfessor ** There is a long tradition of the camp, somewhat portly "dirty" Beetle strips with NerdGlasses. Not much what you'd more ambitious than Beetle, but better at staying out expect of trouble. Often seen with Killer. 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.

** A more recent * CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Out on patrol, the men encounter a river and noticeable example is Captain Sam Scabbard. He actually used to be must get their jeep across. Instead of building a quite important character in that he was bridge, Zero suggests tying the Sarge's StraightMan, but then his appearances became increasingly more rare, jeep to two logs and now he hasn't appeared for such a long time that he may very well be forgotten by the creators.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:
16th Jan '16 8:54:07 AM LadyJaneGrey
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** Sarge also got upset once when a kid ate one more pizza at Mama Rosa's than he could.

* BadBoss: General Halftrack just can't take criticism. Which can be a real problem, because he's also [[PointyHairedBoss an inept boss]]. The only person in a uniform who ever dares to tell him the truth is Ms. Blips, who often finds herself playing the part of the [[TheJester court jester]].

* BadBoss: General GeneralFailure: Halftrack just can't take criticism. Which can be a real problem, because he's also [[PointyHairedBoss an inept boss]]. The only person in a uniform who ever dares to tell him the truth is Ms. Blips, who often finds herself playing the part of the [[TheJester court jester]].incompetent at everything he does; [[SurroundedByIdiots not that his subordinates are much better.]]

* BadBoss: MeanBoss: General Halftrack just can't take criticism. Which can be a real problem, because he's also [[PointyHairedBoss an inept boss]]. The only person in a uniform who ever dares to tell him the truth is Ms. Blips, who often finds herself playing the part of the [[TheJester court jester]].

* TokenMinority: Lieutenant Flap and Corporal Yo.
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* TokenMinority: Lieutenant Flap and Corporal Yo. (When both were introduced, ''The Stars and Stripes'' worried about possible blowback for a while, and dropped the strip for a few weeks; didn't last long both times.)
7th Jan '16 12:03:57 AM Doug86
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* SpeechImpairedAnimal: Otto just barely manages to qualify in a few individual strips, turning his growls into something resembling speech. Most of the time he sticks to using thought bubbles to comment on things -- or, rarely, communicate with another animal -- sort of like {{Garfield}}.
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* SpeechImpairedAnimal: Otto just barely manages to qualify in a few individual strips, turning his growls into something resembling speech. Most of the time he sticks to using thought bubbles to comment on things -- or, rarely, communicate with another animal -- sort of like {{Garfield}}.ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}.
5th Jan '16 1:35:28 PM VVK
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* FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter: Other dogs and cats usually go at all fours, but after Otto got fitted with a miniature uniform, he's stood mostly on two legs. A couple of times he's been shown going on a date with his date also walking on two legs, perhaps because it would have looked weirdly unequal otherwise.
5th Dec '15 5:32:09 AM kchishol
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** Not to mention that if Camp Swampy is considered an embarrassment for the US Army, then the post Cold War wave of closures of US military bases in the 1990s would have been the perfect excuse to get rid of it while General Halftrack could be been retired by the Pentagon.
4th Dec '15 2:46:20 AM StFan
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* SpinOff: Mort Walker introduced the title characters of his second strip, ''HiAndLois'', in ''Beetle Bailey''. (Lois Flagston is Beetle's sister, and there has been at least one CrossOver between the strips.)
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* SpinOff: Mort Walker introduced the title characters of his second strip, ''HiAndLois'', ''ComicStrip/HiAndLois'', in ''Beetle Bailey''. (Lois Flagston is Beetle's sister, and there has been at least one CrossOver between the strips.)
4th Dec '15 2:34:40 AM StFan
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* {{Retool}}: The switch from college to army. Though the one-strip joke about Beetle being snatched when he accidentally enters an army recruitment office to hide from his girlfriend is [[NegativeContinuity subsequently ignored]], it's followed by a StoryArc about how and why he joins the army after that, and his college life is largely forgotten for the rest of the series, though his old girlfriend hangs on for a while and his parents remain a fixture. Most people have forgotten that HiAndLois is supposed to be a spin-off with his sister.
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* {{Retool}}: The switch from college to army. Though the one-strip joke about Beetle being snatched when he accidentally enters an army recruitment office to hide from his girlfriend is [[NegativeContinuity subsequently ignored]], it's followed by a StoryArc about how and why he joins the army after that, and his college life is largely forgotten for the rest of the series, though his old girlfriend hangs on for a while and his parents remain a fixture. Most people have forgotten that HiAndLois ''ComicStrip/HiAndLois'' is supposed to be a spin-off with his sister.

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