History ComicStrip / BigNate

3rd Jan '18 5:20:20 PM kklove689
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* ADogAteMyHomework: Spitsy (or other dogs, on occasion) often eats Nate's homework before he brings it to school in the morning.

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* ADogAteMyHomework: Spitsy (or other dogs, on occasion) often sometimes eats Nate's homework before he brings it to school in the morning.



* DreamWithinADream: A SundayStrip has Nate doing a MeadowRun... but then he sees that an ugly old woman is his target and recoils. Then he wakes up from it only to see that he's [[NotWearingPantsDream wearing only his underwear]] in the middle of a crowd of people. He then wakes up from ''that'' dream in his bed, and a bunch of rats climb onto his bed and attack him. Finally, he wakes up [[AsleepInClass in his classroom.]]

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* DreamWithinADream: A SundayStrip has Nate doing a MeadowRun... but then he sees that an ugly old woman is his target and recoils. Then he wakes up from it only to see that he's [[NotWearingPantsDream wearing only his underwear]] in the middle of a crowd of people. He then wakes up from ''that'' dream in his bed, and a bunch of rats climb onto his bed and attack him. Finally, he wakes up [[AsleepInClass in his classroom.]]classroom]], only to be glared at by Mrs. Godfrey.
-->'''Nate''': There's nightmares, and then there's nightmares.
* DrenchCelebration: During a cold day, Nate's soccer team wins their match and decide to drench the coach with Gatorade. Unfortunately, the Gatorade has ''frozen'' due to the cold, knocking the coach out.
17th Dec '17 3:46:41 PM kklove689
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-> ''"Our homework is, we have to write a hundred words in this journal every day. A hundred words!"''
-> ''(Nate draws a muscular version of himself in his notebook)''
-> ''"Fortunately, one picture is worth a thousand of those suckers..."''
-->-- '''Nate, from the very first strip in 1991'''
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-> ''"The point is, I want to use my talents for more than just memorizing useless facts. I'm meant for bigger things. I am... destined for greatness!"''
-->-- '''Nate'''

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-> ''"The point is, I want to use my talents for more than just memorizing useless facts. I'm meant for bigger things. I am... destined for greatness!"''
-->-- '''Nate'''
25th Nov '17 7:43:56 PM kklove689
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* AdaptationDistillation: The young adult novels often will combine several of the comic's story arcs at once. For example, the time when they had to go to a rival school (Jefferson) because their own school was full of mold was combined with the "We have to beat Jefferson at ''something''" arc.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In ''Big Nate in the Zone'', was Chad's and Nate's good luck ''really'' due to the "lucky foot", or was it all a coincidence?



* NeverTrustATrailer: Or rather, never trust a preview. The sneak peeks at the end of each Big Nate chapter book are sometimes misleading as to what is going to happen in the next book. For example, the preview to ''Big Nate Lives it Up'' made it look as if Nate would be sticking up for Breckenridge all the time, whereas in the book Breckenridge is an annoying TagalongKid whom Nate dislikes. The preview of ''Big Nate in the Zone'' is probably the worst, as it shows Nate making the school honor roll and the all-star sports team, as well as ''Jenny falling in love with him'' when he gets lucky. None of those things happen in the book.



** Also in the books, there's a girl with glasses and black hair who is only referred to by Nate as [[OverlyLongName "That weird girl whose name I can never remember."]] Although in one story line of the comic, the same girl appeared with the name Becca, and Nate had no trouble remembering her name.



* RightBehindMe: Whenever Nate's insulting Mrs. Godfrey, [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin most of the time she's going to be right behind him to catch him in the act and give him detention.]] Once Nate denied he'd said anything about her, and Mrs. Godfrey reveals that she used a recorder to record Nate's insult.* RosesAreRedVioletsAreBlue: Nate's poem that he wrote for Jenny while she was going out with Ronnie: "Roses are red, violets are great, dump that jerk Ronnie and go out with Nate!"

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* RightBehindMe: Whenever Nate's insulting Mrs. Godfrey, [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin most of the time she's going to be right behind him to catch him in the act and give him detention.]] Once Nate denied he'd said anything about her, and Mrs. Godfrey reveals that she used a recorder to record Nate's insult.insult.
* RosesAreRedVioletsAreBlue: Nate's poem that he wrote for Jenny while she was going out with Ronnie: "Roses are red, violets are great, dump that jerk Ronnie and go out with Nate!"



* 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.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In ''Big Nate Goes for Broke'', Randy steals Nate's clothes during the school dance. He was never mentioned nor seen in the book after this.
25th Nov '17 7:20:23 PM kklove689
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The chapter books in the series are as follows:

* ''Big Nate In a Class by Himself'': The first novel in the series. At the beginning of the school day, Nate gets a fortune cookie that reads, "Today you will surpass all others" and Nate spends his day trying to make it come true, while getting lots of detentions from teachers in the process.
* ''Big Nate Strikes Again'': The second novel in the series. Nate finds himself both working on a social studies project with Gina and on a fleeceball team with her. He's afraid that Gina will hinder his fleeceball team's success, while Gina thinks the same about him and the social studies project.
* ''Big Nate on a Roll'': The third novel in the series. After losing his skateboard in a creek, Nate is eager to win a better one in a Timber Scouts contest to sell the most wall hangings. Artur provides plenty of competition, however, and Nate has to beat him to the prize.
* ''Big Nate Goes for Broke'': The fourth novel in the series. Due to problems at P. S. 38, the students are sent to their rival school, Jefferson, temporarily. They are determined to break Jefferson's winning streak against P. S. 38... and in all the drama, Nate breaks his arm. This is the first chapter book to include CanonImmigrant Dee Dee.
* ''Big Nate Flips Out'': The fifth novel in the series. After Nate supposedly loses an expensive school camera and accidentally reveals to the entire school Francis' EmbarrassingMiddleName, Francis breaks their friendship. Nate wants to become neater so he can find the camera if he still has it, and is hypnotized by Teddy's uncle. It works, and he is praised by the teachers for his neatness, but he feels miserable in his new personality.
* ''Big Nate In the Zone'': The sixth novel in the series. After Nate suffers a particularly bad string of terrible luck, Chad lends Nate his good luck charm. Nate's life suddenly takes a sharp turn for the better, but it builds a rivalry between Nate and the seventh graders, especially Marcus.
* ''Big Nate Lives it Up'': The seventh novel in the series. A new kid arrives in school named Breckenridge Puffington III, and Nate is assigned to be his "buddy" and show him around. Unfortunately, the kid has a fascination with plants and is annoying to Nate when he's around. Meanwhile, the 100th anniversary of the school is approaching, and the historical records written by a former student are ''much'' more interesting than Nate thought they would be.
* ''Big Nate Blasts Off'': The eighth and currently final novel in the series. Nate fights with Randy one too many times and they both get sent to peer counseling to work it out. The school's annual Mud Bowl is approaching, and Nate is on the team to beat Jefferson... and maybe impress a new girl at school, Ruby Dinsmore.

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18th Nov '17 11:49:09 AM kklove689
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* MysteriousTeachersLounge: Shown in [[http://www.gocomics.com/bignate/1993/09/12 this strip.]]
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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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* 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 ''Paul Revere and the Raiders".Raiders''.



* CoveredInMud: [[ICanExplain "There was this worm, see, and..."]]

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* CoveredInMud: Nate ends up this way after stomping a worm in a puddle splashes him. Despite his dad telling him to not get mud on his clothes, he goes ahead and gets absolutely filthy. [[ICanExplain "There was this worm, see, and..."]]



* DemotedToExtra: Ellen started as one of the main characters, but as Nate's friends and teachers became more important, she appeared less and less.

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* DemotedToExtra: Marty (Nate's dad) and Ellen started as one of the main characters, but as Nate's friends and teachers became more important, she they appeared less and less.



* DistractedByTheSexy: Nate, oh so very much. Mostly it's by Jenny, but ''any'' cute girl can have this effect on Nate. When Nate's in a new place, expect the thing that gets him settled to be a glimpse of a cute girl. This happened with Nate so often in the first ten years of the strip, it was almost an AttentionDeficitOohShiny for him.

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* DistractedByTheSexy: Nate, oh so very much. Mostly it's by Jenny, but ''any'' cute girl can have this effect on Nate. When Nate's in a new place, expect the thing that gets him settled to be a glimpse of a cute girl. This happened with Nate so often in the first ten years of the strip, it was almost an AttentionDeficitOohShiny for him.



** 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.

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** 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. [[CompressedVice Oddly, though, he hasn't shown this addiction anywhere else.]]



* DrunkWithPower: Nate ''thinks'' Mrs. Godfrey is this due to to how many times she has given him detention (despite it really not being that much more than any other teacher). He even mentions the name of the trope in one strip.
** Nate himself also became this when he got to be a hall monitor in an early strip ([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness a position that he ironically thinks is boring later on]]), abusing his hall monitor privileges. Nate subsequently got his hall monitor status taken away for this.

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* DrunkWithPower: Nate ''thinks'' Mrs. Godfrey is this due to to how many times she has given him detention (despite it really not being that much more than any other teacher). He even mentions the name of the trope in one strip.
** Nate himself also
became this when he got to be a hall monitor in an early strip ([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness a position that he ironically thinks is boring later on]]), abusing his hall monitor privileges. Nate subsequently got his hall monitor status taken away for this.



* GoneHorriblyRight: When Nate gets hypnotized into becoming neater in ''Big Nate Flips Out'', it goes fine at first, but Nate becomes such a neat freak that he can't enjoy anything anymore. He can't draw comics because he can't get the panels to be straight enough, and he can't eat Cheez Doodles because he's disgusted by the orange powder covering them.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: When Nate gets hypnotized into becoming neater in ''Big Nate Flips Out'', to impress his teachers, it goes fine at first, but Nate becomes such a neat freak that he can't enjoy anything anymore. He can't draw comics because he can't get the panels to be straight enough, basically becomes inflicted with OCD, and is horrified when he can't eat finds Cheez Doodles because he's disgusted by the orange powder covering them.too powdery to eat.



* 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.
* LookBehindYou: Whenever Nate's insulting Mrs. Godfrey, [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin most of the time she's going to be right behind him to catch him in the act and give him detention.]] Once Nate denied he'd said anything about her, and Mrs. Godfrey reveals that she used a recorder to record Nate's insult.



* NuclearFamily: Nate's family is this (mom, dad, Nate and Ellen)... or used to be. The "Snuggles Family" also counts as this, with Honey (mom), Bob (dad), Timmy (son), and Punkin (daughter), including a dog named Fluffy.

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* NuclearFamily: Nate's family is this (mom, dad, Nate and Ellen)... or used to be. The "Snuggles Family" also counts is one to establish their status as this, with a "normal family": Honey (mom), Bob (dad), Timmy (son), and Punkin (daughter), including a dog named Fluffy.



* PrecociousCrush: [[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.



* RosesAreRedVioletsAreBlue: Nate's poem that he wrote for Jenny while she was going out with Ronnie: "Roses are red, violets are great, dump that jerk Ronnie and go out with Nate!"

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* RightBehindMe: Whenever Nate's insulting Mrs. Godfrey, [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin most of the time she's going to be right behind him to catch him in the act and give him detention.]] Once Nate denied he'd said anything about her, and Mrs. Godfrey reveals that she used a recorder to record Nate's insult.* RosesAreRedVioletsAreBlue: Nate's poem that he wrote for Jenny while she was going out with Ronnie: "Roses are red, violets are great, dump that jerk Ronnie and go out with Nate!"



* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Spell My Name Without An "H"]]: His name is spelled ''Artur'', not ''Arthur''.



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



* YouGetMeCoffee: Used as an excuse to get Ellen off the set in one of Nate's "Moe Mentum" comics.
23rd Sep '17 1:30:49 PM kklove689
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* ArchivePanic: Big Nate has been churning out daily comic strips since February 1991(when the Sunday comics started; the dailies started a few weeks earlier in January).
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* Archive Panic: Big Nate has been churning out daily comic strips since February 1991(when the Sunday comics started; the dailies started a few weeks earlier in January).

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* Archive Panic: ArchivePanic: Big Nate has been churning out daily comic strips since February 1991(when the Sunday comics started; the dailies started a few weeks earlier in January).
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*Archive Panic: Big Nate has been churning out daily comic strips since February 1991(when the Sunday comics started; the dailies started a few weeks earlier in January).
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