History ComicStrip / BigNate

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* RaceLift: Dee Dee was white in the books where she first appeared, but got light brown skin in her comic strip introduction.
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** Not to mention, the [[http://www.gocomics.com/bignate/2017/06/23 sumogram.]]
9th Jul '17 10:17:34 AM kklove689
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* PointlessBandaid: School Picture Guy has been wearing a band-aid on his forehead since he was introduced.
9th Jul '17 7:09:45 AM kklove689
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* AllCrimesAreEqual: 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.

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* AllCrimesAreEqual: P. S. 38 doesn't seem to have any form of punishment under detentions, so [[DisproportionateRetribution very minor things like being late to class and forgetting your homework at home result in detention. 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.



** Gina is this to Francis. Despite Francis' great scores, Gina manages to do better than him and gloat about it. In one arc, Nate was counting on Francis to outscore Gina by 12 points on their final test, which would mean Francis would win the Outstanding Scholar medal instead of Gina. He outscored her by 11 points, and Gina said that she ''let'' him do that, saying, [[{{Jerkass}} "I thought it would be fun to make you clowns think you had a ''chance'' to take my medal!"]]

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** Gina is this to Francis. Despite Francis' great scores, Gina manages to do better than him and gloat about it. In one arc, Nate was counting on Francis to outscore Gina by 12 points on their final test, which would mean Francis would win the Outstanding Scholar medal instead of Gina. He outscored her by 11 points, and Gina said that she ''let'' him do that, saying, [[{{Jerkass}} "I thought it would be fun to make you clowns think you had a ''chance'' CHANCE to take my medal!"]]



* BeyondTheImpossible: The capacity of Nate's locker. It can apparently fit an amount of things that wouldn't be able to fit in a standard school locker, as shown by the pictures. In two separate Sunday strips Chad is able to walk ''into'' Nate's locker without having it explode all over him, yet it explodes all over Randy seconds later. He's even been shown to have items such as a Picasso drawing, an autographed photo of Abraham Lincoln, and a Faberge egg ("Careful with that. It's breakable.") in his locker. One may wonder why he complains about having no money while he has stuff he could sell for a tidy profit in that thing. On a less valuable note, he also once pulled a ''perfect, entirely edible ice cream cone'' right out of his locker, without anything covering it.



* ExplodingCloset: Nate's locker. He can't open it without stuff spilling everywhere, and if you're hit by the blast of stuff coming out, you could go flying across the hall.
* {{Expy}}: Nate's favorite TV artist, [[PunnyName Rusty Sienna]], is one of Bob Ross. Rusty does an oil-painting show, sells a line of sponsored products, and even has a perm. In a later strip it was revealed that Rusty had died on May 7th, 1996, about a year after Bob Ross died.

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* ExplodingCloset: Nate's locker. He can't open it without stuff spilling everywhere, and if you're hit by the blast of stuff coming out, you could go flying across the hall.
* {{Expy}}:
hall. It can apparently fit an amount of things that wouldn't be able to fit in a standard school locker, as shown by the pictures. It even seems to have [[BeyondTheImpossible some weird properties]] that couldn't be possible in RealLife; in two separate Sunday strips Chad is able to walk ''into'' Nate's favorite TV artist, [[PunnyName Rusty Sienna]], is one of Bob Ross. Rusty does an oil-painting show, sells a line of sponsored products, and locker without having it explode all over him, yet it explodes all over Randy seconds later. He's even has been shown to have items such as a perm. In Picasso drawing, an autographed photo of Abraham Lincoln, and a later strip it was revealed that Rusty had died on May 7th, 1996, Faberge egg ("Careful with that. It's breakable.") in his locker. [[ReedRichardsIsUseless One may wonder why he complains about having no money while he has stuff he could sell for a year after Bob Ross died. tidy profit in that thing.]] On a less valuable note, he also once pulled a ''clean, entirely edible ice cream cone'' right out of his locker, without anything covering it.


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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Nate's favorite TV artist, [[PunnyName Rusty Sienna]], is clearly based on Bob Ross. Rusty does an oil-painting show, sells a line of sponsored products, and even has a perm. In a later strip it was revealed that Rusty had died on May 7th, 1996, about a year after Bob Ross died.
3rd Jul '17 6:14:04 PM kklove689
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* GottaHaveItGonnaStealIt: While put in charge of the store temporarily while Gordie took a break, Nate witnessed Randy slip a comic into his jacket and leave the store. To stop him, Nate tackled Randy as Gordie was coming back and exposed that he had stolen a comic. It was [[RealMenWearPink a girl's comic]], and Randy said that he was going to get it for his cousin's birthday. Nate seemed very smug that he had caught Randy.

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* GottaHaveItGonnaStealIt: While put in charge of the store temporarily while Gordie took a break, Nate witnessed Randy slip a comic into his jacket and leave the store. To stop him, Nate tackled Randy as Gordie was coming back and exposed that he had stolen a comic. It was [[RealMenWearPink a girl's comic]], and comic that Randy said that he was going to get it for his cousin's birthday. Nate seemed very smug that he had caught Randy.Randy, and couldn't resist rubbing in the victory.



* IGotARock: Nate's dad always hands out healthy snacks on Halloween, like soy nuts, rice cakes, and prunes. As a result, his house sometimes gets vandalized.

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* IGotARock: Nate's dad always hands out healthy snacks on Halloween, like soy nuts, rice cakes, and prunes. If he tries to ''make'' the treats himself, his CordonBleughChef traits show up, such as making homemade Rice Krispe Treats out of ''actual rice.'' As a result, his house sometimes gets vandalized.



* KarmaHoudini: Dr. Cesspool in Nate's comic strips. Despite him constantly making major mistakes in his surgeries, he manages to keep his job. He's mentioned that he's cost the hospital where he works millions in lawsuits. At times he's even forgot what the ''heart'' is called. Once, Dr, Cesspool ''was'' fired, but he was rehired after saving a man's life in a restaurant.

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* KarmaHoudini: Dr. Cesspool in Nate's comic strips. Despite him constantly making major mistakes in his surgeries, he manages to keep his job. He's mentioned that he's cost the hospital where he works millions in lawsuits. At times he's even forgot what the ''heart'' is called. called ("Nurse, what is that big red pulsing thing called?"). Once, Dr, Cesspool ''was'' fired, but he was rehired after saving a man's life man from choking in a restaurant.



* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: A recurring joke is Nate is working on a comic strip, then decides to make a change in the strip, which shows up in the actual comic. (Example: Nate is drawing, then decides to make the lines thicker, which thickens the lines of the actual strip.)

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: A recurring An occasional joke is Nate is working on a comic strip, then decides to make a change in the strip, which shows up in the actual comic. (Example: Nate is drawing, then decides to make the lines thicker, which thickens the lines of the actual strip.)


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* LethalChef: Nate's dad is a ''terrible'' chef, making vegetable stew that includes unrecognizable vegetables, seems to burn dinner on a regular basis, and is the butt of many jokes about his cooking.
-->'''Nate's Dad''': (''regarding his cooking'') ''That'll'' put hair on your chest!
-->'''Ellen''': Eww...
-->'''Nate''': [[LiteralMinded Dad's meals do tend to have those sort of bizarre side effects.]]
14th Jun '17 12:11:55 PM kklove689
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* AllCrimesAreEqual: 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.



* AnimeHair: Take a look at Nate's hair.

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* AnimeHair: AnimeHair / SpikyHair: Take a look at Nate's hair.



* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: "Francis, ''please!'' "Cheat" is such an ugly word!"



* 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.



-->'''Nate''': ...having a stroke?

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-->'''Nate''': ...-->'''Nate''': [[BreadEggsMilkSquick ...having a stroke?stroke?]]



* SpikyHair: Nate. See AnimeHair above.



-->'''Nate''': Well, that's a ''little'' harsh...

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-->'''Nate''': [[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord Well, that's a ''little'' little harsh...]]



** He did once get Jenny to go with him to a dance... only for him to find his ex, Angie, crying. He spent the dance trying to cheer her up and helped her with the fight she and her current boyfriend were having, but Jenny hated that he spent all of the dance talking to another girl and hated him even more.

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** He did once get Jenny to go with him to a dance... only for him to find his ex, Angie, crying. He spent the dance trying to cheer her up and helped her with the fight she and her current boyfriend were having, but Jenny hated was mad that he spent all of the dance talking to another girl and hated him even more.



* WhyCantIHateYou: Although Artur dates Jenny, Nate finds it hard to hate him because Artur is such a nice person. Of course, this doesn't mean Nate can't find other reasons to hate Artur.

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* WhyCantIHateYou: Although Artur dates Jenny, is better than Nate at almost everything, and nearly always beats him to the punch, Nate finds it hard to hate him Artur because Artur is he's such a nice person. Of course, this doesn't mean Nate can't find other reasons to hate Artur.person.
7th Jun '17 3:55:31 PM kklove689
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** Gina is this to Francis. Despite Francis' great scores, Gina manages to do better than him and gloat about it. In one arc, Nate was counting on Francis to outscore Gina by 12 points on their final test, which would mean Francis would win the Outstanding Scholar medal instead of Gina. He outscored her by 11 points, and Gina said that she ''let'' him do that, saying, "I thought it would be fun to make you clowns think you had a ''chance'' to take my medal!"

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** Gina is this to Francis. Despite Francis' great scores, Gina manages to do better than him and gloat about it. In one arc, Nate was counting on Francis to outscore Gina by 12 points on their final test, which would mean Francis would win the Outstanding Scholar medal instead of Gina. He outscored her by 11 points, and Gina said that she ''let'' him do that, saying, [[{{Jerkass}} "I thought it would be fun to make you clowns think you had a ''chance'' to take my medal!"medal!"]]



-->'''Nate''': Jefferson reminds me of Jefferson Airplane! What was one of their biggest hits? "White Rabbit"! Bugs Bunny is a rabbit. He eats carrots, which are orange. What rhymes with orange? Nothing! What's the numerical equivalent of nothing? Zero! When the temperature is zero, it's cold. What do people say when it's cold? Brr! Thomas Jefferson's first vice president was... Aaron Burr!

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-->'''Nate''': Jefferson reminds me of Jefferson Airplane! What was one of their biggest hits? "White Rabbit"! Bugs Bunny is a rabbit. He eats carrots, which What does Bugs Bunny eat? Carrots! What color are orange. carrots? Orange! What rhymes with orange? Nothing! What's the numerical equivalent of nothing? Zero! When the temperature is zero, it's cold. What do people say when it's cold? Brr! Thomas Jefferson's first vice president was... Aaron Burr!



* GottaHaveItGonnaStealIt: While put in charge of the store temporarily while Gordie took a break, Nate witnessed Randy slip a comic into his jacket and leave the store. To stop him, Nate tackled Randy as Gordie was coming back and exposed that he had stolen a comic. It was [[RealMenWearPink a girl's comic]], and Randy said that he was going to get it for his cousin's birthday. Nate seemed very smug that he had caught Randy.



* HalfwayPlotSwitch: Some arcs travel into this. For example, there was one arc where Nate's Femme Fatality comic book was taken away by his dad, and Nate goes to Klassic Komics to complain to Gordie. Gordie (who had previously broken up with Ellen in a comic strip before) hints that he still likes Ellen. This leads to her and Gordie starting to go out again.

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* HalfwayPlotSwitch: Some arcs travel into this. For example, there was one arc where Nate's Femme Fatality comic book was taken away by his dad, and Nate goes to Klassic Komics to complain to Gordie. Gordie (who had previously broken up with Ellen in a comic strip before) previously) hints that he still likes Ellen. This leads to her and Gordie starting to go out again.



** Nate also has a record of eating the most Cheez Doodles. This was never alluded to except once, and it was never brought up again.



-->'''Francis''': Stalking her.

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-->'''Francis''': [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Stalking her.]]



* TakeThat: Some strips, against certain aspects of school. For example, there have been bashes against bullying (and teachers' obliviousness to it), the amount of homework students get assigned, and others.
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* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: "Francis, ''please!'' "Cheat" is such an ugly word!"



* 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 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.]]



* ShoutOut:
** Nate has very ComicStrip/{{Calvin|AndHobbes}}-esque hair. Though this might not be on purpose, as [[http://www.gocomics.com/news/between-the-panels/3098/lincoln-peirce-big-nate this interview]] shows.
** In one arc, School Picture Guy wore a lobster suit to a dance with a sign on it saying, "[[TheB52s Rock Lobster]]".
** In [[http://www.gocomics.com/bignate/2000/05/27 a strip]] that payed {{Homage}} to Charles Schulz, Nate's baseball team plays Charlie Brown's team and Charlie Brown congratulates them afterward. Nate walks away saying, "Good ol' Charlie Brown!"
** One arc was basically devoted to Literature/{{Harry Potter}}.
** In one strip where Mr. Rosa asked Nate to run an errand in the teacher's lounge, Nate thought to himself as he left, "[[StarTrek To boldly go where no one has gone before.]]"
** During Prank Day one year, Principal Nichols stepped out to the parking lot... and said, "Film/DudeWheresMyCar"
** 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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* ShoutOut:
** Nate has very ComicStrip/{{Calvin|AndHobbes}}-esque hair. Though this might not be on purpose, as [[http://www.gocomics.com/news/between-the-panels/3098/lincoln-peirce-big-nate this interview]] shows.
** In one arc, School Picture Guy wore a lobster suit to a dance with a sign on it saying, "[[TheB52s Rock Lobster]]".
** In [[http://www.gocomics.com/bignate/2000/05/27 a strip]] that payed {{Homage}} to Charles Schulz, Nate's baseball team plays Charlie Brown's team and Charlie Brown congratulates them afterward. Nate walks away saying, "Good ol' Charlie Brown!"
** One arc was basically devoted to Literature/{{Harry Potter}}.
** In one strip where Mr. Rosa asked Nate to run an errand in the teacher's lounge, Nate thought to himself as he left, "[[StarTrek To boldly go where no one has gone before.]]"
** During Prank Day one year, Principal Nichols stepped out to the parking lot... and said, "Film/DudeWheresMyCar"
** 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!
ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/BigNate Right here.]]
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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.
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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.
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