History ComicStrip / FoxTrot

5th Feb '17 12:39:45 PM Twentington
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** Another in an early strip where Jason buys a model rocket. The instructions list off recommended items for ideal construction: "Ruler, white glue, art knife, pencil... fire extinguisher, high-ressure water source, comprehensive liability insurance."
5th Feb '17 12:33:03 PM Twentington
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* AnalogyBackfire: Peter once used ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis'' as an example to Jason, who had been transformed into a girl (ItWasAllJustADream), commenting on how well things had worked out for Gregor Samsa. Jason says that Gregor starved to death, abandoned by his family. Peter then admits he had never read past the first page of the book, [[RunningGag as usual]].

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* AnalogyBackfire: AnalogyBackfire:
** Occurs in an early story where Jason becomes interested in trading commodoties, then asks Roger for advice:
-->'''Roger''': The basic idea behind commodoties trading is that you're trying to predict whether something will become more scarce and thus ''more'' valuable, or less scarce and therefore ''less'' valuable. For example, if you thought space aliens were going to come and take away half the world's cows, you might want to load up on cattle futures, since the low supply would send their value through the roof.
-->'''Jason''': Space aliens? This is cooler than I thought.
-->'''Roger''': Conversely, if you knew someone was about to discover a giant pirate cave filled with ''gold''...
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Peter once used ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis'' as an example to Jason, who had been transformed into a girl (ItWasAllJustADream), commenting on how well things had worked out for Gregor Samsa. Jason says that Gregor starved to death, abandoned by his family. Peter then admits he had never read past the first page of the book, [[RunningGag as usual]].
5th Feb '17 12:19:33 PM Twentington
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** Peter seems to get this from his father, although it usually only kicks in during cram sessions. One strip taking place during midterm season has Peter reading off the entire menu of a coffeehouse as his order. Another one has him drinking Starbucks on the way home, and after his mom protests, he says that he's drinking lesser amounts to wean himself off the large amounts he took during test season to prevent a crash. When she asks if that means he's drinking half-caff, he reveals that it's actually a quintuple expresso.
1st Feb '17 10:51:53 PM Twentington
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''Andy:''' I'm glad you like it. Bet you can't even tell I made it with nonfat cheese, low-sodium tomato sauce, and meatless tofu pepperoni slices.\\

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''Andy:''' '''Andy:''' I'm glad you like it. Bet you can't even tell I made it with nonfat cheese, low-sodium tomato sauce, and meatless tofu pepperoni slices.\\
16th Jan '17 11:36:58 AM StFan
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--->'''Jason:''' ''[Holding stocking]'' Wow! I can't believe dad got me a Beavis stocking!
--->'''Peter:''' ''[Holding stocking]'' I can't believe dad got me a Butthead one!
--->'''Peter and Jason:''' Hnnhuhhunnhuuhnnhunnmmhuuhnnhhnuhnmmm...
--->'''Paige:''' ''[covering her ears]'' THEY can't believe it?!
--->'''Roger:''' The lady at the store said they were all the rage.
--->'''Andy:''' Let me show you "rage"...

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--->'''Jason:''' ''[Holding stocking]'' Wow! I can't believe dad got me a Beavis stocking!
--->'''Peter:'''
stocking!\\
'''Peter:'''
''[Holding stocking]'' I can't believe dad got me a Butthead one!
--->'''Peter
Butt-Head one!\\
'''Peter
and Jason:''' Hnnhuhhunnhuuhnnhunnmmhuuhnnhhnuhnmmm...
--->'''Paige:'''
Hnnhuhhunnhuuhnnhunnmmhuuhnnhhnuhnmmm...\\
'''Paige:'''
''[covering her ears]'' THEY can't believe it?!
--->'''Roger:'''
it?!\\
'''Roger:'''
The lady at the store said they were all the rage.
--->'''Andy:'''
rage.\\
'''Andy:'''
Let me show you "rage"...



** Roger once gave Jason Four Solid Metal Gears and a WalkTheLine CD in previous Christmases, apparently because Roger did not understand what Jason meant by ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' [[EpicFail or even "Cash"]].

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** Roger once gave Jason Four Solid Metal Gears and a WalkTheLine ''Film/WalkTheLine'' CD in previous Christmases, apparently because Roger did not understand what Jason meant by ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' [[EpicFail or even "Cash"]].



-->'''Peter:''' Jason?... Jason I'm really, really, really sorry.
-->'''Jason:''' ...I heard that.
-->'''Peter:''' You're supposed to be asleep!

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-->'''Peter:''' Jason?... Jason I'm really, really, really sorry.
-->'''Jason:''' ...
sorry.\\
'''Jason:''' ...
I heard that.
-->'''Peter:'''
that.\\
'''Peter:'''
You're supposed to be asleep!



* CordonBleughChef: Andy's the most competent cook of the family, but she often tries to make vegetarian health food for the others, at which point sanity and skill go out the window. ("She makes a mean, if not downright cruel, tofu casserole.") By which we mean [[http://www.foxtrot.com/2014/05/11/biologically-speaking/ she's taken]] ''fruit salad'' - which ''does'' qualify as healthy under normal circumstances - and warped it into something unrecognizable. She does manage to get it right at least once:
-->'''Peter:''' Mm-mmm. Great pizza, Mom.
-->'''Andy:''' I'm glad you like it. Bet you can't even tell I made it with nonfat cheese, low-sodium tomato sauce, and meatless tofu pepperoni slices.
-->''[BeatPanel]''
-->'''Peter:''' GAACK!
-->'''Andy:''' Nice try, Olivier.

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* CordonBleughChef: Andy's the most competent cook of the family, but she often tries to make vegetarian health food for the others, at which point sanity and skill go out the window. ("She makes a mean, if not downright cruel, tofu casserole.") By which we mean [[http://www.foxtrot.com/2014/05/11/biologically-speaking/ she's taken]] ''fruit salad'' - -- which ''does'' qualify as healthy under normal circumstances - -- and warped it into something unrecognizable. She does manage to get it right at least once:
-->'''Peter:''' Mm-mmm. Great pizza, Mom.
-->'''Andy:'''
Mom.\\
''Andy:'''
I'm glad you like it. Bet you can't even tell I made it with nonfat cheese, low-sodium tomato sauce, and meatless tofu pepperoni slices.
-->''[BeatPanel]''
-->'''Peter:''' GAACK!
-->'''Andy:'''
slices.\\
''[{{beat panel}}]''\\
'''Peter:''' GAACK!\\
'''Andy:'''
Nice try, Olivier.
11th Jan '17 7:27:03 PM LinTaylor
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* ItsAllAboutMe: One series of mid-90s strips had Paige and her best friend Nicole trying to get dates to the prom. Nicole eventually gets asked out and Paige becomes upset and starts guilt-tripping her, essentially because it meant she wouldn't have someone to share her dateless misery with. After being called out on her attitude by Andy, Paige realizes she was being selfish and mends fences with Nicole...but they still argue about what color dress she's going to wear (to which Andy responds "Good friendships take time").
11th Jan '17 3:08:51 PM LinTaylor
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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: One comic had Jason going through the dictionary and thesaurus just so he could tell Paige "[[YouAreFat your corpulence is downright Brobdingnagian]]" without repercussions.
11th Jan '17 3:41:38 AM Chabal2
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** Valentine's Day was usually the worst use of the trope: Roger once gave her a new extension cord, and later a heart-shaped pancake spatula (The latter gift also resulted in Andy [[DeniedFoodAsPunishment not feeding Roger any breakfast, more specifically the pancakes made from the spatula]]). He once gave her a normal spatula for Valentine's Day, prompting her to ask Roger to consider why none of their children have birthdays in November.

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** Valentine's Day was usually the worst use of the trope: Roger once gave her a new extension cord, and later a heart-shaped pancake spatula (The latter gift also resulted in Andy [[DeniedFoodAsPunishment not feeding Roger any breakfast, more specifically the pancakes made from the spatula]]). He once gave her a normal spatula for Valentine's Day, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar prompting her to ask Roger to consider why none of their children have birthdays in November.]]



--> Tonight's story: the "Darth Jason" virus. Is there hope for mankind?



** Everyone except Andy is a horrible cook, so any attempt to fill in for her in the kitchen ends badly. "Cool! The coffee's [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]]!"

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** Everyone except Andy is a horrible cook, so any attempt to fill in for her in the kitchen ends badly. badly.
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"Cool! The coffee's [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]]!"



** Jason. When his schemes fail, they fail ''big''. As he puts it, "Why can't my successes ever be as spectacular as my failures?"

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** Jason. When his schemes fail, they fail ''big''. As he puts it, "Why can't my successes ever be as spectacular as my failures?"failures?" (the failure in this case being a model rocket whose engines were installed backwards, the second stage of which turned the lawn into a volcanic eruption).



** Jason once asked his father to participate in his trivia game show, "I Want To Be A Millionaire". The twist being that if the contestant gets a question wrong, he pays the host the amount he would have won.
--> '''Jason:''' It's totally honest- I want to be a millionaire.



** Roger has proven completely incapable of operating a computer since the strip's first year. This is a man who once got completely wrapped up in dot-matrix printer paper; who ''crushed'' 3½ inch diskettes trying to put them in; who thought "backing up the computer" meant pushing it off the desk. He has destroyed various other forms of electronic equipment as well, and even managed to [[ManMadeHouseFlood flood the house]] using the ''dishwasher''.
** Other than Roger, there was also one other instance where a character ended up ruining important equipment: When Jason was ordering tickets for ''Attack of the Clones'', Jason and Marcus had to wait a long time (to the extent that Jason even had to use a lawn chair to wait out the loading time, and communicate with Marcus via the computer). Eventually, he did get the tickets, and speculated that the reason for the insanely long amount of time it took to download the tickets was because the theater's server was swamped. Jason was right, but not in the way he would have thought, as it immediately cut to the sink with a computer server in the sink with running water, with the head of the theater shouting to Johnston "I asked for you to wash the '''butter''' server!", [[DontExplainTheJoke thus meaning that the server was literally "swamped."]]

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** Roger has proven completely incapable of operating a computer since the strip's first year. This is a man who once got completely wrapped up in dot-matrix printer paper; who ''crushed'' 3½ inch diskettes trying to put them in; who thought "backing up the computer" meant pushing it off the desk. He gets the Windows version of software for their Apple computer based on the fact that there's a window right there in the computer room. He has destroyed various other forms of electronic equipment as well, and even managed to [[ManMadeHouseFlood flood the house]] using the ''dishwasher''.
** Other than Roger, there was also one other instance where a character ended up ruining important equipment: When Jason was ordering tickets for ''Attack of the Clones'', Jason and Marcus had to wait a long time (to the extent that Jason even had to use a lawn chair to wait out the loading time, and communicate with Marcus via the computer). Eventually, he did get the tickets, and speculated that the reason for the insanely long amount of time it took to download the tickets was because the theater's server was swamped. Jason was right, but not in the way he would have thought, as it immediately cut to the sink with a computer server in the sink with running water, with the head of the theater shouting to Johnston Johnson "I asked for told you to wash the '''butter''' server!", [[DontExplainTheJoke thus meaning that the server was literally "swamped."]]"]]
** Another Johnson (or possibly the same one) was responsible for disconnecting Jason from the WOW server ''just'' before he could claim an ultra-rare item by tripping on a cable.
10th Jan '17 8:58:34 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AxeCrazy:

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* AxeCrazy: AxCrazy:
9th Jan '17 5:02:56 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* FateWorseThanDeath: Happens to Paige for one school assignment.
-->'''Peter:''' What's wrong with you?
-->'''Paige:''' ''*head on desk*'' I have to write a ten-page essay.
-->'''Peter:''' Poor baby.
-->'''Paige:''' On UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison.
-->'''Peter:''' Poor baby.
-->'''Paige:''' Dad did his college thesis on Edison.
-->'''Peter:''' I'll go get the straitjacket.
-->'''Paige:''' I'd prefer razor blades.
-->'''Roger:''' ''*walking into panel*'' Just heard the good news...
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