History ComicStrip / BigNate

7th May '17 10:01:36 AM kklove689
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* LovelyAssistant: Wally on Rusty Sienna's "rival" show has one:
-->'''Wally''': Folks, let's bring out my LovelyAssistant, Amber!
-->'''Nate''': He-'''LO!'''


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* RecycledScript: Parodied in-universe with Nate's "Action Cat" comic strips; ''every single one of them'' ends with Action Cat getting run over by a car/truck/other random vehicle.


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* StalkerWithACrush:
-->'''Francis''': What are you standing here for?
-->'''Nate''': I'm waiting for Jenny to come out of her house!
-->'''Francis''': Nate, haven't you given up on Jenny ''yet?''
-->'''Nate''': Never! I know someday she'll like me! I will not be denied! I'll just keep on pursuing her! Wooing her! Courting her!
-->'''Francis''': Stalking her.
-->'''Nate''': Well, that's a ''little'' harsh...


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* TitleDrop: Happens in the book collections, due to many of them being named after a line in one of the comics inside.


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* TwoTeacherSchool: ZigZagged in the beginning, where the only teachers seen were Mrs. Godfrey and Mr. Rosa, but other teachers were occasionally mentioned but not seen. By now it's completely averted, with the inclusion of teachers like Mrs. Clarke, Mr. Staples, Mr. Galvin, and Principal Nichols.
7th May '17 8:47:06 AM kklove689
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* LiterallyLaughableQuestion:
** In one series of strips, Nate's grandparents pay him money for painting their house. When his dad takes him back home, Nate asks if that was enough money for college. Nate's dad completely cracks up, and Nate thinks to himself, "Probably not the best question to ask in a moving car."
** When Nate and Teddy get sent to detention in one strip, Mrs. Czerwicki asks what they've done this time. Nate and Teddy try to explain, but then burst out laughing.
* LiteralMinded: When on a trip to Washington, D. C., Nate thought the National Mall was an actual mall, and when he saw it, he said that it didn't look like any mall ''he's'' ever seen.
* LittleBoySeeksBigGirl: [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness In the early years of the strip,]] Francis (11) had a crush on Nate's sister, Ellen (15), though it didn't last long and Francis eventually forgot that he even ''had'' a crush on her. High schoolers in the strip are about as tall as adults, while kids Francis' age are generally not even half that size.



* LiterallyLaughableQuestion:
** In one series of strips, Nate's grandparents pay him money for painting their house. When his dad takes him back home, Nate asks if that was enough money for college. Nate's dad completely cracks up, and Nate thinks to himself, "Probably not the best question to ask in a moving car."
** When Nate and Teddy get sent to detention in one strip, Mrs. Czerwicki asks what they've done this time. Nate and Teddy try to explain, but then burst out laughing.
* LiteralMinded: When on a trip to Washington, D. C., Nate thought the National Mall was an actual mall, and when he saw it, he said that it didn't look like any mall ''he's'' ever seen.



* MiniGolfEpisode: One storyline where Nate went mini-golfing had him play with Jenny and Artur. Artur, of course, [[TheAce gets nearly every shot perfect]] despite never having played mini-golf before, and Nate tears himself up trying to outperform Artur.



* MyHeroZero: {{Invoked}} by Nate when he tries to come up with a soccer nickname for himself. A name he decides on is "Mister Zero", since as he's the goalkeeper, his job is to let in zero goals. Francis and Teddy then point out that it works... [[BaitAndSwitch because by itself, it applies to so many parts of Nate's life.]]

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* MyHeroZero: {{Invoked}} by Nate when he tries to come up with a soccer nickname for himself. A name he decides on is "Mister Zero", since as he's the goalkeeper, his job is to let in zero goals. Francis and Teddy then point out that it works... [[BaitAndSwitch [[BaitAndSwitchComment because by itself, it applies to so many parts of Nate's life.]]life,]] shooting it down.
6th May '17 9:00:19 AM kklove689
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* CaughtOnTheJumbotron: Nate, his dad, and Ellen are in the stands at a baseball game while Nate's dad lists off, in his thoughts, his complaints (such as their team losing and the cost of parking and seats). Then he accidentally drops his chili dog in his lap and stands up, thinking [[TemptingFate "what could make this event worse?"]] Then he shows up on the Jumbotron.


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* ChristmasCreep: Done not with Christmas, but with the start of the school year; often during the summer, stores at the mall will advertise "back to school sales" well before the school year actually starts. Taken UpToEleven occasionally when the back to school sales start ''the day after summer vacation begins.''


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* CompletelyOffTopicReport: Nate's had a lot of these. Once he was supposed to write a report on Paul Revere, and instead writes it on Paul Revere from the band "Paul Revere and the Raiders".


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* ConeOfShame: Spitsy is always seen wearing one. Apparently he wears it because if it's removed, he tries to bite his own paws off.
6th May '17 8:04:07 AM kklove689
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-->'''Dr. Nick''': Well, if it isn't my old friend Mr. McGreg! With a leg for an arm and an arm for a leg!

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-->'''Dr. Nick''': Well, if it isn't my old friend Mr. McGreg! [=McGreg=]! With a leg for an arm and an arm for a leg!



* Troperiffic: Due to Nate's habit of purposely {{InvokedTrope Invoking}} tropes in the hopes of making things better for himself, it's quite a troperiffic strip.

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* Troperiffic: {{Troperiffic}}: Due to Nate's habit of purposely {{InvokedTrope Invoking}} [[InvokedTrope Invoking]] tropes in the hopes of making things better for himself, it's quite a troperiffic strip.
6th May '17 7:58:49 AM kklove689
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* OverlyLongName: A new kid introduced in ''Big Nate Lives it Up'' is called Breckenridge Puffington III. He clearly doesn't like his name, and for good reason, as he's always getting mean nicknames based on it.



** Nate has very ComicStrip/{{Calvin|AndHobbes}}-esque hair. Though this is probably not on purpose, as [[http://www.gocomics.com/news/between-the-panels/3098/lincoln-peirce-big-nate this interview]] shows.

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** Nate has very ComicStrip/{{Calvin|AndHobbes}}-esque hair. Though this is probably might not be on purpose, as [[http://www.gocomics.com/news/between-the-panels/3098/lincoln-peirce-big-nate this interview]] shows.


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** One of Nate's "Doctor Cesspool" comics (that the idea of which was re-used for a comic in ''Big Nate on a Roll'') had a patient of Dr. Cesspool's sue him for reattaching his hand where his foot should be, and vice versa. Fans of TheSimpsons may recall a moment where Dr. Nick Riviera sees a former patient of his, where the same thing apparently happened.
-->'''Dr. Nick''': Well, if it isn't my old friend Mr. McGreg! With a leg for an arm and an arm for a leg!


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** Nate tried to invoke this trope when he borrows a pair of his dad's reading glasses to wear to school, thinking that he'll get better grades that way due to people wearing glasses looking smarter. Though since the glasses make everything look blurry, he misses the door to his classroom and runs into the door frame.


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* Troperiffic: Due to Nate's habit of purposely {{InvokedTrope Invoking}} tropes in the hopes of making things better for himself, it's quite a troperiffic strip.
* UnfortunateNames: A new kid introduced in ''Big Nate Lives it Up'' is called Breckenridge Puffington III. He clearly doesn't like his name, and for good reason, as he's always getting mean nicknames based on it.


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* TheWildcats: P. S. 38's school mascot is... the bobcats. At one point when Nate considers changing the name, he says that "half the schools in the country are called 'the bobcats'."


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* XCalledTheyWantTheirYBack: Nate says to his coach before a basketball game (while the coach is wearing a tie with rainbow concentric circles on it), "Bozo the clown just called, he wants his tie back."
* YouGetMeCoffee: Used as an excuse to get Ellen off the set in one of Nate's "Moe Mentum" comics.
4th May '17 3:05:27 PM kklove689
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* AllGirlsLikePonies: Amanda is ''obsessed'' with ponies. She tells stories about Wonderflanks the horse, once drew a picture of ponies, and was excited about hearing that people rode horses to school. Even as a preschooler she loved ponies.

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* AllGirlsLikePonies: Amanda is ''obsessed'' with ponies. She tells shows her friends stories about Wonderflanks the horse, once drew a picture of ponies, ponies that went in the art display case, and was excited about hearing that people rode horses to school. school a hundred years ago. Even as a preschooler she loved ponies.ponies.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Deliberately invoked when Nate reads that girls are attracted to "bad boys", and decides to become one himself to attract girls. Needless to say, it doesn't work very well.



-->'''Mrs. Czerwicki''': Tough day.

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-->'''Mrs. Czerwicki''': Tough Rough day.


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* MyHeroZero: {{Invoked}} by Nate when he tries to come up with a soccer nickname for himself. A name he decides on is "Mister Zero", since as he's the goalkeeper, his job is to let in zero goals. Francis and Teddy then point out that it works... [[BaitAndSwitch because by itself, it applies to so many parts of Nate's life.]]
3rd May '17 2:37:37 PM kklove689
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Radar/BigNate This page.]]

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Radar/BigNate [[Radar/BigNate This page.]]


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* ThisMeansWar: Thought by Nate after [[http://www.gocomics.com/bignate/1992/01/04 Ellen pushes him into some snow.]]
3rd May '17 2:19:47 PM kklove689
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* DisproportionateRetribution: P. S. 38 doesn't seem to have any form of punishment under detentions, so very minor things like being late to class and forgetting your homework at home result in detention. Francis has apparently only gotten detention once, for yelling at Nate in class. It's a wonder that there are any students out there who haven't gotten detention.



* DoesNotLikeSpam: Nate absolutely ''hates'' egg salad.

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* DoesNotLikeSpam: Nate absolutely ''hates'' egg salad. Extends to the point where as a superhero in his comics (Ultra-Nate), his only weakness is egg salad.



** Same thing with Francis and his trivia books; one arc had Nate and Teddy intervene for Francis to admit that he had an addiction to trivia, and Francis couldn't handle having his book taken away. Oddly, though, he hasn't shown this addiction anywhere else.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Radar/BigNate This page.]]



* WildMassGuessing: Nate, when trying to guess the amount of jelly beans in a jar in [[http://www.gocomics.com/bignate/2002/01/15 this strip.]]
27th Apr '17 10:36:57 PM Segal991
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* BigEater: Chester. Once he ate an ''entire chicken'' in the space of a few seconds.

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* BigEater: BigEater:
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Chester. Once he ate an ''entire chicken'' in the space of a few seconds.seconds.
** Mark Cheswick, although he does have his limits, seeing as how he can't eat a gut buster in one sitting.
** Chad is shown to like eating a lot. Hey, that chub had to come from somewhere.
27th Apr '17 10:34:45 PM Segal991
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* AllGirlsLikePonies: Amanda is ''obsessed'' with ponies. She tells stories about Wonderflanks the horse, once drew a picture of ponies, and was excited about hearing that people rode horses to school. Even as a preschooler she loved ponies.
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