History ComicStrip / ForBetterOrForWorse

27th Mar '17 10:33:23 AM xcountryguy
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Lynn Johnston's ''For Better or For Worse'' has been prominent on the NewspaperComics scene since its debut in 1979 and ran until 2008, running in over 2,000 newspapers at its peak. Set in Milborough (a fictional suburb of UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}, Ontario, Canada), the strip's main characters are the Patterson family: mild-mannered parents Elly and John and their children Michael, Elizabeth, and April. All but April are [[WriteWhoYouKnow based closely on Johnston's real-life family]]: herself, (now ex-)husband Rod, and children Aaron and Katie. Johnston claimed that she created April because she wanted another baby, but knew it wasn't practical for her in real life.

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Lynn Johnston's ''For Better or For Worse'' has been prominent on the NewspaperComics scene since its debut in 1979 and ran until 2008, running in over 2,000 newspapers at its peak. Set in Milborough (a fictional suburb of UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}, Ontario, Canada), the strip's main characters are the Patterson family: mild-mannered parents Elly and John and their children Michael, Elizabeth, and April. All but April are [[WriteWhoYouKnow based closely on Johnston's real-life family]]: herself, (now ex-)husband ex-) husband Rod, and children Aaron and Katie. Johnston claimed that she created April because she wanted another baby, but knew it wasn't practical for her in real life.
22nd Jan '17 3:36:50 AM YankeeDave
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* OhCrap: While Elly is pregnant with April, Elizabeth and Michael are discussing the new baby. Elizabeth says she hopes it's a girl, and very much to her surprise, Michael says, "Me too, then I won't have to share my room." Elizabeth's non-verbal reaction is the very epitome of this, as she realizes she WILL have to share her room if it's a girl.
9th Jan '17 5:34:44 AM Jabroniville
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Used and averted.
** Rod Johnston is actually a dentist with a love for model trains (he actually had a ride-able scale model built around the family home). But Lynn carefully points out in some of the commentary that "Rod would never say this" if John says something particularly hurtful -- she was creating conflict for the strip.
** Averted in cases like Michael's. His basis (Lynn's young son) was occasionally scolded by ''complete strangers'' for being "such a handful", when he was a lot calmer in real life than Michael was. He also did not grow up to be a reporter nor a writer -- he jokes in one documentary that his mom basically suggested he become a reporter, and when he declined to follow her advice, she simply wrote that trait into Michael.
** Lynn Johnston desperately wanted grandchildren, and her kids at the time had none. And so Michael had two, and Elizabeth very quickly became a lot more family-oriented, and was revealed to have given birth in the final strip (her basis finally did breed, to Lynn's joy).
4th Jan '17 2:56:53 PM JJHIL325
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* FaceDeathWithDignity: When Grandma Marian, Grandpa's first wife, is dying of heart complications, she's completely calm about it and accepts that her time has come. She even manages to joke about it.
19th Dec '16 10:24:29 PM JJHIL325
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Lawrence reveals his homosexuality to his mother and step-father, the latter reacts by throwing him out of the house, much to Connie's shock and horror. A couple of hours later, Greg realizes that this was the wrong course of action and the next day welcomes his stepson back [[CrowningMomentOfHeartearming promising to respect his sexual orientation]].

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Lawrence reveals his homosexuality to his mother and step-father, the latter reacts by throwing him out of the house, much to Connie's shock and horror. A couple of hours later, Greg realizes that this was the wrong course of action and the next day welcomes his stepson back [[CrowningMomentOfHeartearming [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming promising to respect his sexual orientation]].
19th Dec '16 10:23:34 PM JJHIL325
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Lawrence reveals his homosexuality to his mother and step-father, the latter reacts by throwing him out of the house, much to Connie's shock and horror. A couple of hours later, Greg realizes that this was the wrong course of action and the next day welcomes his stepson back [[CrowningMomentOfHeartearming promising to respect his sexual orientation]].
6th Dec '16 12:45:31 AM JustTroper
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* ExtraDigits: The Pattersons' neighbor Anne Nichols has three children. The youngest, Leah, was born with six fingers on both hands. Anne has the extra fingers surgically removed shortly after birth.
21st May '16 2:04:35 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil: {{Inverted}}. The rule of thumb in the Foobiverse is that the lighter a female character's hair is, the more sympathetic she's supposed to be. This is why we were supposed to cheer [[DesignatedHero Liz]] and boo [[DesignatedVillain Therese]] during what the [[CausticCritic people on the snarker's forum]] called [[FanNickname Settlepocalypse.]]
4th May '16 9:15:18 PM Fireblood
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* YouFailPharmacologyForever: Deanna's claim that she, a licensed pharmacist, didn't know switching birth control meds would leave you more fertile between cycling off the old and starting the new. (The dual result of this "oopsie" was their first child, Meredith -- conception occurred on their honeymoon -- and the fan theory that she deliberately did this.) This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] later when Elizabeth's friend Candace points out how unlikely it would be for a pharmacist to make such a mistake. (It's not hard to interpret this as intentional, however.)

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* YouFailPharmacologyForever: ArtisticLicensePharmacology: Deanna's claim that she, a licensed pharmacist, didn't know switching birth control meds would leave you more fertile between cycling off the old and starting the new. (The dual result of this "oopsie" was their first child, Meredith -- conception occurred on their honeymoon -- and the fan theory that she deliberately did this.) This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] later when Elizabeth's friend Candace points out how unlikely it would be for a pharmacist to make such a mistake. (It's not hard to interpret this as intentional, however.)



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Quite a bit. [[http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j175/muzition/fbofw_didntgetcold.gif?t=1267471440 Here's]] one example.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Quite a bit. [[http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j175/muzition/fbofw_didntgetcold.gif?t=1267471440 Here's]] one example. Another notable one is when Elly's friend Annie gets pregnant, and it's remarked she conceives "at the drop of a hat." When asked what her husband thinks of this, it's said he's going to "start wearing more hats".
26th Mar '16 5:43:42 AM erracht
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* EightiesHair: Elly averted these styles for the better part of a decade until in one arc in 1989, she got the idea to cut her long straight hair shorter as a friend had done. But when she actually went to get it done, one thing led to another and she ended up getting a body perm instead (from a hairdresser with an edgy '80s girl mullet). Elly was not happy with the result, but John claimed to like it (though it is possible he was just being kind or diplomatic), giving her second thoughts. Connie also liked the perm, but Elizabeth's frank (if unwelcome) comparison to the Bride of Frankenstein seemed to settle the issue. [[spoiler: Later in the year, Elly had straight hair again, making it probable that she had either managed to get it relaxed or that the perm had been written out of the canon as StatusQuoIsGod]].

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* EightiesHair: Elly averted these styles for the better part of a decade until in one arc in 1989, she got the idea to cut off her long straight hair shorter as a friend had done. But when she actually went to get it done, one thing led to another and she ended up getting a body perm instead (from a hairdresser with an edgy '80s girl mullet). Elly was not happy with the result, but John claimed to like it (though it is possible he was just being kind or diplomatic), giving her second thoughts. Connie also liked the perm, but Elizabeth's frank (if unwelcome) comparison to the Bride of Frankenstein seemed to settle the issue. [[spoiler: Later in the year, Elly had straight hair again, making it probable that she had either managed to get it relaxed or that the perm had been written out of the canon as StatusQuoIsGod]].
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