History Comicbook / Zot

4th Aug '17 2:39:09 PM Roo
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* BalefulPolymorph: Butch is turned into a monkey by the De-evolutionaries at the end of the first issue. Though he can still talk in English thanks to a translator chip invented by Max, he stays a monkey throughout much of the series; while he turns back to human when returning to his own world, the moment he sets foot in Zot's world a second time he's a monkey again. He gets used to it after a while.
30th Apr '17 11:29:34 PM meanmetalmario
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* DoesNotLikeShoes: Jenny is barefoot frequently. The very first panel of the comic has her walking barefoot through her neighbourhood. Even after she travels to Zot's world, she doesn't put on shoes until several issues later when she changes her outfit entirely. In a later issue, a distraught Jenny runs out of her house barefoot with an inch of snow on the ground. Her mom tells her to put on a ''coat'' but says nothing about shoes.

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* DoesNotLikeShoes: Jenny is barefoot frequently. The very first panel of the comic has her walking barefoot through around her neighbourhood. Even after she travels to Zot's world, she doesn't put on shoes until several issues later when she changes her outfit entirely. In a later issue, a distraught Jenny runs out of her house barefoot during winter with an inch of snow on the ground. Her mom tells her to put on a ''coat'' but says nothing about shoes.shoes, evidently having come to accept that there's no point in trying to get her to wear any.[[note]]Also this scene was AllJustADream anyway.[[/note]]
8th Apr '17 8:01:58 AM Roo
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* ADayInTheLimelight: The "Earth Stories" focus more on Jenny's friends from school. Issues 30 through 34 all have a different viewpoint character: Jenny's mother, Ronnie, Brandy, Terry and Woody.



* BrilliantButLazy: Jenny sums up George this way; he's smarter than anyone but doesn't seem to bother to do well in school. [[spoiler: In reality, he's actually working pretty hard to get straight Ds, because acing every subject would be ''too easy'' for him.]]



* TheDitz: Brandy is introduced as one. The truth turns out to be... a little more complicated.



* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm: Zot, He even directly names the trope in the penultimate issue.



* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Zot is blond, and pretty much the nicest guy in the universe. From a flashback sequence in issue #4, it's pretty clear that he inherited both the hair and the sweet nature from his father.

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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Zot is blond, and pretty much the nicest guy in the universe. From a flashback sequence in issue #4, it's pretty clear that he inherited both the hair and the sweet nature from his father.


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* HiddenDepths: Just about every single character from the "Earth" stories.


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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname:
** Only Peabody calls Zot by his full name, Zachary. Most others just call him "Zot," though Max, Vic, Digger and Hacker tend to call him "Zach."
** Butch's real name is "Horton," but nobody excepts his mother calls him that.


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* ParentsAsPeople: Over the course of the series, Butch and Jenny's parents don't always come across in the best light. They seem somewhat neglectful and do questionable things at times, but they do have their own problems and are ultimately portrayed as trying to do the right thing, just not having a clue what the "right thing" is. Jenny is more forgiving of them than Butch is.


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* StepfordSmiler:
** There are hints, early on that Zot may be one -- though it's ultimately subverted. While he has a tendency to act happy in dire situation, it's just because he's a naturally upbeat and optimistic person. When life slaps him in the face, he more often gets dejected, sad or angry until he's worked through the issues.
** Brandy, however, is a straight example. The worse her life sucks, the more cheerful and ditzy she acts. It's not until Ronnie does something really nice for her that she breaks down and cries.


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* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: In a slightly meta and ironic issue during the "Earth Stories." Ronnie, who's the viewpoint character for the issue, really wants to write superhero stories, but has problems getting anyone's interest. When his mother suggests he try to write something a little more familiar, and that his own life might be just as interesting as a superhero's, he responds by saying "who the hell would want to read about me?"
8th Apr '17 4:11:41 AM Roo
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* DemotedToExtra: Vic, who's a major character in the color series, and plays semi-major parts in the early black-and-white series, gets moved increasingly OutOfFocus as the series goes on.
7th Apr '17 4:39:01 PM Roo
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* AffectionateNickname: Butch tends to call Zot "Blondie." It starts as an insult, but soon becomes good-natured.


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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Zot is blond, and pretty much the nicest guy in the universe. From a flashback sequence in issue #4, it's pretty clear that he inherited both the hair and the sweet nature from his father.
7th Apr '17 3:15:16 PM Roo
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* CharacterDevelopment: Most of the characters show some growth during the course of the series, though none more than Butch. He starts the series as an obnoxious, immature {{Jerkass,}} but during the first story arc develops into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Over the course of the rest of the series, he matures greatly and becomes downright heroic in his own right... even if he still has a bit of an obnoxious edge.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Most of the characters show some growth during the course of the series, though none more than Butch. He starts the series as an obnoxious, immature {{Jerkass,}} {{Jerkass}}, but during the first story arc develops into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Over the course of the rest of the series, he matures greatly and becomes downright heroic in his own right... even if he still has a bit of an obnoxious edge.
7th Apr '17 3:12:54 PM Roo
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* ShesAllGrownUp: Male example with Woody, who at first is short and kinda doofy-looking. Then, when he comes back after having been abroad for a few issues, he's hit a growth spurt and has become a tall, handsome hunk. Jenny is nearly speechless.
7th Apr '17 2:56:37 PM Roo
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* ButtMonkey: Butch -- with the "monkey" part being quite literal for much of the series.
* CharacterDevelopment: Most of the characters show some growth during the course of the series, though none more than Butch. He starts the series as an obnoxious, immature {{Jerkass,}} but during the first story arc develops into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Over the course of the rest of the series, he matures greatly and becomes downright heroic in his own right... even if he still has a bit of an obnoxious edge.



* IJustWantToBeNormal: Terry. An unusual variant in that she ''is'' a very normal girl and would like to stay that way, thank you very much... [[spoiler:then, in the "Earth Stories" we discover that she is actually a closeted lesbian and her distaste for anything "too weird" was mostly her own denial and fear that she wasn't as normal as she felt she should be.]]



* {{Jerkass}}: Zot's friend Dick Digger, who according to a poll that ran for a while in the series, holds the unique position of being ''nobody's'' favorite character.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Butch. He's loud-mouthed, obnoxious, rude and occasionally plays BigBrotherBully to Jenny -- but he ''does'' care about her, and over the course of the series he [[TookALevelInKindness Tales Several Levels In Kindness]] and becomes a good friend to Zot.
** Terry. She very seldom has a kind word to say to anyone, and can get directly verbally abusive towards the likes of Woody, but she isn't a bad person, and she always tries to look out for Jenny.



* NiceGuy:
** Zot is the ''epitome'' of this trope, to the point of being a WideEyedIdealist. He's cheerful, polite and friendly to a fault, always trying to help people out and wanting to see the good in everyone. He ''can'' get angry with people, but you really have to be a colossal douche to get that reaction from him.
** Woody, though far more troubled and less of an idealist than Zot, is nevertheless a thoroughly decent guy who always tries to do the right thing.



* RetroUniverse

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* RetroUniverseRetroUniverse: Zot's universe has an intentional {{Zeerust}} feel to it.



* StraightGay: [[spoiler: George. He's the calm, vaguely eccentric TheSmartGuy in Woody's gang, but you wouldn't guess his sexuality before he comes out to Woody in the Earth Stories.]]



* TheirFirstTime: Zot and Jenny spend issue #35, The Conversation, the penultimate issue, talking about this.

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* TheirFirstTime: Zot and Jenny spend issue #35, The Conversation, the penultimate issue, talking about this. The end of the issue leaves it ambiguous whether they do end up having sex or not.
12th Mar '17 9:47:29 PM Malady
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* TheirFirstTime: Zot and Jenny spend a whole issue talking about this.

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* TheirFirstTime: Zot and Jenny spend a whole issue #35, The Conversation, the penultimate issue, talking about this.
9th Jan '17 3:46:56 AM Anddrix
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* VerySpecialEpisode: The issue where we find out that Terry [[spoiler: is a lesbian]]. The commentary even notes how it feels very "after school special"; that said, it's a very visually well-executed despite its {{Anvilicious}} nature, even going into SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped territory.

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* VerySpecialEpisode: The issue where we find out that Terry [[spoiler: is a lesbian]]. The commentary even notes how it feels very "after school special"; that said, it's a very visually well-executed despite its {{Anvilicious}} nature, even going into SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped territory.nature.
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