History ComicStrip / Candorville

24th Jul '14 9:36:25 AM w3se5rt4ewrdt5
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24th Jul '14 6:17:38 AM MacronNotes
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Fail O Suckyname (now Atrocious Alias) only covers aliases or embarrassing names people specifically chose for themselves, not given names or names that they were born with.
* MeaningfulName: Generally negative, like Susan's ex-boyfriend Phil Anders and her assistant Dick Fink. Lemont's lawyer, Loafer Meeks, gets an outright FailOSuckyname.
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* MeaningfulName: Generally negative, like Susan's ex-boyfriend Phil Anders and her assistant Dick Fink. There's also Lemont's lawyer, Loafer Meeks, gets an outright FailOSuckyname.Meek.
17th Jun '14 4:19:31 PM THGYTFGUIJ
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17th Jun '14 2:47:27 PM Angeldeb82
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* MoodWhiplash: Every once in a while, this strip gets completely serious. -->-- ''I interviewed the ghost of a Hurricane Katrina victim. [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness Maybe I imagined it]]. I don't know. But could you blame me? I watched an American city drown. I watched mostly black bodies floating across my TV. I watched as some people shot black refugees rather than help them. If you can watch that and not go crazy, you're not human.''

* NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe: Subverted, with a strong reminder that Lemont is in fact black. * NotInFrontOfTheParrot: -->-- ''Sqwawk! Big L! [[ScaryBlackMan This big]] [[SymbolSwearing #@$%]] sho' look dumb widdat bird on he shoulder. Sqwawk!''

* [[spoiler:OurVampiresAreDifferent: While Cajun in origin, they're half Japanese Vampire and half {{Dracula}}. Their most interesting traits are {{Animorphism}} (wolf form confirmed, bat suspected), CompellingVoice, and several levels of GameFace, ranging from CuteLittleFangs to LooksLikeOrlok. They're known to burn in sunlight, and to be sufficiently vulnerable to garlic that they can't enter a field of it (though Saxon lacks both of those weaknesses.)]] ** NotUsingTheZWord: "Copyright issues. Lawyers would get involved."

* MoodWhiplash: Every once in a while, this strip gets completely serious. -->-- ''I interviewed the ghost of a Hurricane Katrina victim. [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness Maybe I imagined it]]. I don't know. But could you blame me? I watched an American city drown. I watched mostly black bodies floating across my TV. I watched as some people shot black refugees rather than help them. If you can watch that and not go crazy, you're not human.'' * NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe: Subverted, with a strong reminder that Lemont is in fact black. * NotInFrontOfTheParrot: -->-- ''Sqwawk! Big L! [[ScaryBlackMan This big]] [[SymbolSwearing #@$%]] sho' look dumb widdat bird on he shoulder. Sqwawk!'' * [[spoiler:OurVampiresAreDifferent: While Cajun in origin, they're half Japanese Vampire and half {{Dracula}}. Their most interesting traits are {{Animorphism}} (wolf form confirmed, bat suspected), CompellingVoice, and several levels of GameFace, ranging from CuteLittleFangs to LooksLikeOrlok. They're known to burn in sunlight, and to be sufficiently vulnerable to garlic that they can't enter a field of it (though Saxon lacks both of those weaknesses.)]] ** NotUsingTheZWord: "Copyright issues. Lawyers would get involved."
17th Jun '14 2:45:33 PM Angeldeb82
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The strip has been running since 1993, and is planned to continue till midcentury. The style is comparable to ''{{Doonesbury}}'', but with the personal parts more character-driven and the political parts [[{{Anvilicious}} even less subtle]].
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The strip has been running since 1993, and is planned to continue till midcentury. The style is comparable to ''{{Doonesbury}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'', but with the personal parts more character-driven and the political parts [[{{Anvilicious}} even less subtle]].

* AllJustADream: Lemont has come to the conclusion that the {{UST}} between him and Susan and her [[OperationJealousy relationship]] with her very unqualified assistant drove him to hallucinate the incident with Saxon. * AncientConspiracy: According to a drunkard in Mexico, "La Llorona, El Chupacabra, and Bigfoot have invaded Juarez. They're stealing men's souls and turning the now-empty husks into vicious killers. They're footsoldiers for an ancient . . . [[TheUnreveal pass the salt]]." In the next strip, Lemont ''met'' La Llorona, so it can be assumed this wasn't just the alcohol talking.
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* AllJustADream: Lemont has come to the conclusion that the {{UST}} UnresolvedSexualTension between him and Susan and her [[OperationJealousy relationship]] with her very unqualified assistant drove him to hallucinate the incident with Saxon. * AncientConspiracy: According to a drunkard in Mexico, "La Llorona, El Chupacabra, and Bigfoot have invaded Juarez. They're stealing men's souls and turning the now-empty husks into vicious killers. They're footsoldiers for an ancient . . .ancient... [[TheUnreveal pass the salt]]." In the next strip, Lemont ''met'' La Llorona, so it can be assumed this wasn't just the alcohol talking.

* AxeCrazy: How Saxon seems to Lemont the first time they're alone together. Either subverted or triple subverted, depending on how you look at it--[[spoiler:he's revealed to be ProperlyParanoid, then it turns out he's even more paranoid than he needs to be, then it turns out he's a FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire and is trying to protect Lemont.]]
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* AxeCrazy: AxCrazy: How Saxon seems to Lemont the first time they're alone together. Either subverted or triple subverted, depending on how you look at it--[[spoiler:he's revealed to be ProperlyParanoid, then it turns out he's even more paranoid than he needs to be, then it turns out he's a FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire and is trying to protect Lemont.]]

* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm: A recurrent problem for Lemont, especially when talking to Susan.

* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: [[http://www.candorville.com/2010/11/16/fallow-me-on-twitter-2 In a]] [[YouBastard dark fashion]].
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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: [[http://www.candorville.com/2010/11/16/fallow-me-on-twitter-2 In a]] [[YouBastard dark fashion]].fashion.]]

* OldMediaAreEvil: Initially, the "Mainstream Media" was anthropomorphized as a loudmouth who always told the truth, but whose most [[YouCanPanicNow unnerving or sensationalistic statements]] were [[PaintingTheMedium represented in larger letters]]. He was later replaced by an intelligent TV, which retained the same personality and speech patterns. On the other hand . . .
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* OldMediaAreEvil: Initially, the "Mainstream Media" was anthropomorphized as a loudmouth who always told the truth, but whose most [[YouCanPanicNow unnerving or sensationalistic statements]] were [[PaintingTheMedium represented in larger letters]]. He was later replaced by an intelligent TV, which retained the same personality and speech patterns. On the other hand . . .hand...

** It appears to have [[LoveMakesYouCrazy backfired]] [[IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy spectacularly]].
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** It appears to have [[LoveMakesYouCrazy backfired]] [[IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy spectacularly]].

** It appears * SarcasmBlind: A recurrent problem for Lemont, especially when talking to have [[LoveMakesYouCrazy backfired]] [[IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy spectacularly]].Susan.

* WriteWhoYouKnow: Parodied. Lemont wrote a story about his own UnresolvedSexualTension with Susan, but when she noticed and asked about it, he told her that "all my stories are completely fictional." Clyde appeared and informed Lemont that he'd read, and found hilarious, Lemont's story about a guy named Clive who's too stupid to realize when other people are talking about him.
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* WriteWhoYouKnow: Parodied.Parodied in-universe. Lemont wrote a story about his own UnresolvedSexualTension with Susan, but when she noticed and asked about it, he told her that "all my stories are completely fictional." Clyde appeared and informed Lemont that he'd read, and found hilarious, Lemont's story about a guy named Clive who's too stupid to realize when other people are talking about him.
27th Mar '14 3:16:10 PM ACW
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*GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[http://candorville.com/2014/03/27/phil-anders-is-back/ Susan wants to fix some guy.]]
6th Nov '13 12:38:52 PM Kernigh
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* BlandNameProduct: There are brands like Concast Cable (not Comcast) and Feudalbanc Massacard (not [=MasterCard=]). The strip for [[http://www.gocomics.com/candorville/2013/11/03#.Unqjwi3sFhE November 3, 2013]], used a sports team called the Candorville Rednecks to reference the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Redskins_name_controversy Washington Redskins name controversy]] without using the real team's brand.
25th Oct '13 12:52:36 PM JIKTV
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* [[spoiler:OurVampiresAreDifferent: While Cajun in origin, they're half JapaneseVampire and half {{Dracula}}. Their most interesting traits are {{Animorphism}} (wolf form confirmed, bat suspected), CompellingVoice, and several levels of GameFace, ranging from CuteLittleFangs to LooksLikeOrlok. They're known to burn in sunlight, and to be sufficiently vulnerable to garlic that they can't enter a field of it (though Saxon lacks both of those weaknesses.)]]
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* [[spoiler:OurVampiresAreDifferent: While Cajun in origin, they're half JapaneseVampire Japanese Vampire and half {{Dracula}}. Their most interesting traits are {{Animorphism}} (wolf form confirmed, bat suspected), CompellingVoice, and several levels of GameFace, ranging from CuteLittleFangs to LooksLikeOrlok. They're known to burn in sunlight, and to be sufficiently vulnerable to garlic that they can't enter a field of it (though Saxon lacks both of those weaknesses.)]]
7th Jun '12 8:58:54 AM Catbert
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* OldMediaAreEvil: Initially, the "Mainstream Media" was anthropomorphized as a loudmouth who always told the truth, but whose most [[YouCanPanicNow unnerving or sensationalistic statements]] were [[PaintingTheFourthWall represented in larger letters]]. He was later replaced by an intelligent TV, which retained the same personality and speech patterns. On the other hand . . .
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* OldMediaAreEvil: Initially, the "Mainstream Media" was anthropomorphized as a loudmouth who always told the truth, but whose most [[YouCanPanicNow unnerving or sensationalistic statements]] were [[PaintingTheFourthWall [[PaintingTheMedium represented in larger letters]]. He was later replaced by an intelligent TV, which retained the same personality and speech patterns. On the other hand . . .
6th Jun '12 1:15:32 PM FELH2
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Welcome to [[http://candorville.com Candorville]], and let Lemont Brown be your guide! He's the senior White House correspondent at a local newspaper and the only White House correspondent, and for that matter, the only reporter the paper can still afford. His only friends are Clyde, a [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters sweet-hearted gang type]] of dubious intelligence, and Susan, an upwardly mobile advertising executive who's a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter. Lemont is filing unsuccessfully for child custody from ClingyJealousGirl Roxanne, drowning in a sea of credit-card debt, and staying cheerful, and trying to rise to the top. The strip has been running since 1993, and is planned to continue till midcentury. The style is comparable to ''{{Doonesbury}}'', but with the personal parts more character-driven and the political parts [[{{Anvilicious}} even less subtle]].
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Welcome to [[http://candorville.com Candorville]], and let Lemont Brown be your guide! He's the senior White House correspondent at a local newspaper and the only White House correspondent, and for that matter, the only reporter the paper can still afford. His only friends are Clyde, a [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters sweet-hearted gang type]] of dubious intelligence, and Susan, an upwardly mobile advertising executive who's a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter. Lemont is filing unsuccessfully for child custody from ClingyJealousGirl Roxanne, drowning in a sea of credit-card debt, and staying cheerful, and trying to rise to the top. top. The strip has been running since 1993, and is planned to continue till midcentury. The style is comparable to ''{{Doonesbury}}'', but with the personal parts more character-driven and the political parts [[{{Anvilicious}} even less subtle]]. subtle]].

* AfterlifeExpress: Lemont sometimes dreams that he converses with a recently deceased celebrity, usually on a train from Earth to outer space. For instance, he spoke with Steve Jobs in 2011, and with shooting victim Trayvon Martin in April of 2012.
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* AfterlifeExpress: Lemont sometimes dreams that he converses with a recently deceased celebrity, usually on a train from Earth to outer space. For instance, he spoke with Steve Jobs in 2011, and with shooting victim Trayvon Martin in April of 2012.

* AppealToObscurity: [[SpecialGuest Stephen King]] argues that CharlesDickens's fictional portrayal of slum life taught more people more about the slums than [mumble]'s factual reporting. Lemont, unable to hear him, asks "Who?" King responds "Exactly," and both wind up confused.
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* AppealToObscurity: [[SpecialGuest Stephen King]] argues that CharlesDickens's Creator/CharlesDickens's fictional portrayal of slum life taught more people more about the slums than [mumble]'s factual reporting. Lemont, unable to hear him, asks "Who?" King responds "Exactly," and both wind up confused.

* CoatFullOfContraband: One of Clyde's money-making methods.
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* CoatFullOfContraband: One of Clyde's money-making methods.

* CreditCardPlot: This has been going on and getting worse for Lemont over the course of the strip. At this point, he's borrowing money with one card and using it to pay off the next in an endless cycle.
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* CreditCardPlot: This has been going on and getting worse for Lemont over the course of the strip. At this point, he's borrowing money with one card and using it to pay off the next in an endless cycle.

* DreamLand: In the future of the setting, scientists will prove that this is a real place. It also allows for TimeTravel, but changing the past [[YouCantFightFate never seems to work]].
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* DreamLand: In the future of the setting, scientists will prove that this is a real place. It also allows for TimeTravel, but changing the past [[YouCantFightFate never seems to work]].

* ForInconveniencePressOne: What happens when Lemont attempts to call his health insurance company. * FunnyAnsweringMachine: Lemont's answering machine always identifies the caller, usually "Mom" or "creditor." To the latter, he tends to mention his lack of funds. To the former, he's painfully self-effacing and apologetic for not living up to her expectations.
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* ForInconveniencePressOne: What happens when Lemont attempts to call his health insurance company. company. * FunnyAnsweringMachine: Lemont's answering machine always identifies the caller, usually "Mom" or "creditor." To the latter, he tends to mention his lack of funds. To the former, he's painfully self-effacing and apologetic for not living up to her expectations.

* GiveMeASign: Reverend Wilfred sometimes asks for this when he's about to do something awful, and it's ''[[RunningGag always]]'' responded to with a blackout. This turns into a plot point when he's deciding whether or not to reveal that the local voting machines have been rigged to elect a corrupt candidate--the machines are of a type that wipes its memory in the event of a blackout, and only Clyde used a paper ballot, voting for a snide rap star. * GranolaGirl: Roxanne has aspects of this GoneHorriblyWrong--for instance, she views eating meat as immoral, but thinks wearing fur is a way of preserving an animal's beauty forever. * GratuitousSpanish: Susan, mostly when irritated.
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* GiveMeASign: Reverend Wilfred sometimes asks for this when he's about to do something awful, and it's ''[[RunningGag always]]'' responded to with a blackout. This turns into a plot point when he's deciding whether or not to reveal that the local voting machines have been rigged to elect a corrupt candidate--the machines are of a type that wipes its memory in the event of a blackout, and only Clyde used a paper ballot, voting for a snide rap star. star. * GranolaGirl: Roxanne has aspects of this GoneHorriblyWrong--for instance, she views eating meat as immoral, but thinks wearing fur is a way of preserving an animal's beauty forever. forever. * GratuitousSpanish: Susan, mostly when irritated.

* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler:Roxanne apparently did this to Loafer, complete with ketchup.]] [[FridgeLogic Don't think about how that can be done by a character who can't drink blood]].
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* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler:Roxanne apparently did this to Loafer, complete with ketchup.]] [[FridgeLogic Don't think about how that can be done by a character who can't drink blood]].

* TheMasochismTango: Susan tends to get into these relationships.
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* TheMasochismTango: Susan tends to get into these relationships.

* NotInFrontOfTheParrot:
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* NotInFrontOfTheParrot: NotInFrontOfTheParrot:

* RecursiveCanon: Lemont sometimes reads collections of ''Candorville''.
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* RecursiveCanon: Lemont sometimes reads collections of ''Candorville''.

* RedPillBluePill: Parodied--Lemont prefers chewable pills anyways.
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* RedPillBluePill: Parodied--Lemont prefers chewable pills anyways.

* StrawmanPolitical: There are three of them, and they all get lampshaded.
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* StrawmanPolitical: There are three of them, and they all get lampshaded.

* ThereAreNoTherapists: Actually, there is one, a fellow named Doctor Noodle, but all he does is listen and ask questions, never giving answers to the questions posed to him. When his notepad is viewable, it's marked only with doodles.
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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Actually, there is one, a fellow named Doctor Noodle, but all he does is listen and ask questions, never giving answers to the questions posed to him. When his notepad is viewable, it's marked only with doodles.

* WriteWhoYouKnow: Parodied. Lemont wrote a story about his own UnresolvedSexualTension with Susan, but when she noticed and asked about it, he told her that "all my stories are completely fictional." Clyde appeared and informed Lemont that he'd read, and found hilarious, Lemont's story about a guy named Clive who's too stupid to realize when other people are talking about him. ** A later strip reveals that Lemont's newspaper column is often LifeEmbellished, and that his AuthorAvatar and his version of Susan are the FanPreferredCouple.
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* WriteWhoYouKnow: Parodied. Lemont wrote a story about his own UnresolvedSexualTension with Susan, but when she noticed and asked about it, he told her that "all my stories are completely fictional." Clyde appeared and informed Lemont that he'd read, and found hilarious, Lemont's story about a guy named Clive who's too stupid to realize when other people are talking about him. him. ** A later strip reveals that Lemont's newspaper column is often LifeEmbellished, and that his AuthorAvatar and his version of Susan are the FanPreferredCouple.

* YouKeepUsingThatWord / GrammarNazi: Lemont will frequently interrupt strangers' conversations to correct their grammar, much to their displeasure, or miss the point of something entirely because of one misused word. A flashback shows that he's done this since childhood, ignoring AnAesop because of his mom's poor grammar. Currently he's got enough foresight to NOT correct his college crush's grammar, but not the judge overseeing his custody case (he thinks knowing law lingo is endearing).
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* YouKeepUsingThatWord / GrammarNazi: Lemont will frequently interrupt strangers' conversations to correct their grammar, much to their displeasure, or miss the point of something entirely because of one misused word. A flashback shows that he's done this since childhood, ignoring AnAesop because of his mom's poor grammar. Currently he's got enough foresight to NOT correct his college crush's grammar, but not the judge overseeing his custody case (he thinks knowing law lingo is endearing). endearing).
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