History Comicstrip / BloomCounty

7th Jul '17 9:10:22 PM WaterBlap
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* Bill The Cat, scrawny fleabag who is TheUnintelligible at best. Later implanted with the brain of Donald Trump.

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* Bill The Cat, scrawny fleabag who is TheUnintelligible at best. Later implanted with the brain of Donald Trump.UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump.



** Breathed [[http://www.gocomics.com/bloom-county/2015/08/24 turned]] Donald Trump's TakeThat into a part of his strip. Opus invokes the trope.

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** Breathed [[http://www.gocomics.com/bloom-county/2015/08/24 turned]] Donald Trump's UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump's TakeThat into a part of his strip. Opus invokes the trope.



** All the events of ''Opus'' and ''Outland'', which included Steve Dallas advancing into late middle age and having a son, and Opus apparently being killed off at the end of ''Opus''. The 2015 revival of ''Bloom County'' found Opus waking up in his meadow after a 25-year nap, with all the other characters looking just as they did in 1989. Also the last arc of the original ''Bloom County'', which featured Donald Trump (or rather his soul inhabiting the body of Bill) buying the meadow and paving it over--in the revival the meadow is still there.

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** All the events of ''Opus'' and ''Outland'', which included Steve Dallas advancing into late middle age and having a son, and Opus apparently being killed off at the end of ''Opus''. The 2015 revival of ''Bloom County'' found Opus waking up in his meadow after a 25-year nap, with all the other characters looking just as they did in 1989. Also the last arc of the original ''Bloom County'', which featured Donald Trump UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump (or rather his soul inhabiting the body of Bill) buying the meadow and paving it over--in the revival the meadow is still there.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Donald Trump, in the body of Bill the Cat, is ultimately responsible for the destruction of the strip's setting, even paving over Opus' dandelion patch. Also W. A. Thornhump.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Donald Trump, UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump, in the body of Bill the Cat, is ultimately responsible for the destruction of the strip's setting, even paving over Opus' dandelion patch. Also W. A. Thornhump.



* RatingsStunt: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed and parodied]] in a week where the entire cast was naked for the entire week, with SceneryCensor in full effect. When it was pointed out that the cast was overwhelmingly ugly and male, it was floated that Opus would visit the Playboy Mansion. [[spoiler: Instead, we get Bill-as-Donald Trump posing with a strategically placed dollar.]]

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* RatingsStunt: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed and parodied]] in a week where the entire cast was naked for the entire week, with SceneryCensor in full effect. When it was pointed out that the cast was overwhelmingly ugly and male, it was floated that Opus would visit the Playboy Mansion. [[spoiler: Instead, we get Bill-as-Donald Trump Bill-as-UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump posing with a strategically placed dollar.]]



* StatusQuoIsGod: Usually subverted, such as in the case of Steve's personality flip-flop and Bill getting his brain replaced with Donald Trump's, but seems to be the motive in annulling Lola Granola and Opus' marriage a few strips after they did the deed, even though Lola was Opus' fiancee for quite some time.

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* StatusQuoIsGod: Usually subverted, such as in the case of Steve's personality flip-flop and Bill getting his brain replaced with Donald Trump's, UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump's, but seems to be the motive in annulling Lola Granola and Opus' marriage a few strips after they did the deed, even though Lola was Opus' fiancee for quite some time.



** ''Bloom County'''s final StoryArc is rife with {{Take That}}s, as all the characters try to get jobs at other comic strips. Steve Dallas shows up to take ''Cathy'' on a date; Milo Bloom's top half is swallowed by a snake in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''; a busing order sends Oliver Wendell Jones to integrate ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus''; Portnoy and Hodge-Podge get jobs cleaning up after ''ComicStrip/{{Marmaduke}}'' with giant pooper scoopers.[[note]]As mentioned above, all this was brought on by Donald Trump (in Bill's body) buying Bloom County to turn it into another testament to his massive ego.[[/note]]

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** ''Bloom County'''s final StoryArc is rife with {{Take That}}s, as all the characters try to get jobs at other comic strips. Steve Dallas shows up to take ''Cathy'' on a date; Milo Bloom's top half is swallowed by a snake in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''; a busing order sends Oliver Wendell Jones to integrate ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus''; Portnoy and Hodge-Podge get jobs cleaning up after ''ComicStrip/{{Marmaduke}}'' with giant pooper scoopers.[[note]]As mentioned above, all this was brought on by Donald Trump UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump (in Bill's body) buying Bloom County to turn it into another testament to his massive ego.[[/note]]
26th Jun '17 6:23:36 PM nombretomado
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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: TheOtherWiki puts the total cast count at somewhere around 50, not including celebrity cameos.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki puts the total cast count at somewhere around 50, not including celebrity cameos.
2nd Jun '17 9:31:51 AM Geoduck
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* TookALevelInJerkass: The 2015 version of Binkley is something of a pill.
21st May '17 1:25:15 PM Delphi
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** When Steve Dallas is ordered to quit smoking, he has Opus tie him to a chair and tells him, "Whatever I say, don't release me." He doesn't even make it a full minute before saying "Gimme the ***ing smokes or I flush you down the commode."

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** When Steve Dallas is ordered to quit smoking, he has Opus tie him to a chair and tells him, "Whatever I say, don't release me." He doesn't even make it a full minute before saying "Gimme the a ***ing smokes or cigarette before I flush stick you down the commode.in a blender."
6th Apr '17 1:39:09 PM Ezclee4050
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: Happened occasionally. For instance, in the original strips' run, Bobbi Harlow's mother finds some [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Flintstones]] vitamins in her daughter's bathroom and freaks out because she thinks they're...[[http://www.gocomics.com/bloomcounty/1981/08/03 pills]]. In the unaltered version, she freaks out because she thinks they're ''birth control'' pills.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: {{Bowdlerise}}:
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Happened occasionally. For instance, in the original strips' run, Bobbi Harlow's mother finds some [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Flintstones]] vitamins in her daughter's bathroom and freaks out because she thinks they're...[[http://www.gocomics.com/bloomcounty/1981/08/03 pills]]. In the unaltered version, she freaks out because she thinks they're ''birth control'' pills.pills.
** The plump middle-aged woman who Bill gets caught reading the Bible with (in the scandal that led to the collapse of Billy & The Boingers) was originally named Edith Dreck, but famed [[MoralGuardians Moral Guardian]] Donald Wildmon claimed that this was a slam against Christians, since "dreck" means "crap" in Yiddish. Breathed, who was unaware of its meaning outside of being an insult, changed her name to Drock in the book reprints.
6th Apr '17 11:52:25 AM Ezclee4050
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** Caspar Weinberger sent Breathed a letter approving the silly poem Opus recites with his name as the punchline.

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** Caspar Weinberger sent Breathed a letter (in rhyme) approving the silly poem Opus recites with his name as the punchline.punchline, and got sent the original strip in return.
5th Apr '17 6:18:00 PM Ezclee4050
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Breathed [[http://www.gocomics.com/bloom-county/2015/08/24 turned]] Donald Trump's TakeThat into a part of his strip. Opus invokes the trope.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: ActuallyPrettyFunny:
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Breathed [[http://www.gocomics.com/bloom-county/2015/08/24 turned]] Donald Trump's TakeThat into a part of his strip. Opus invokes the trope.trope.
** Caspar Weinberger sent Breathed a letter approving the silly poem Opus recites with his name as the punchline.
5th Apr '17 2:08:24 PM Ezclee4050
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* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Hell Is Bloom County?]]: Never explicitly identified, but a few clues in the strip place it in either Iowa or Colorado (Breathed lived in both states at various times).
3rd Apr '17 5:43:32 AM Ezclee4050
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* SpringtimeForHitler: Meta example--Bill the Cat. He was intended to be so disgusting that no merchandisers in their right minds would want to license him. Thousands of dolls and t-shirts later, it became apparent that this didn't work.
2nd Apr '17 6:00:21 PM Ezclee4050
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** When political cartoonist Pat Oliphant protested Berke's 1987 Pulitzer win, Berke began using a character named "Ollie Funt" to satirize Oliphant. And Berke's ire for Oliphant had not ended by the time ''Opus'' rolled around; one strip depicted the phrase "Oliphant wears a thong" inscribed in a bathroom stall.

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** When political cartoonist Pat Oliphant protested Berke's 1987 Pulitzer win, Berke began using a character named "Ollie Funt" to satirize Oliphant. And Berke's ire for Oliphant had not ended by the time ''Opus'' rolled around; one strip depicted the phrase "Oliphant wears a thong" inscribed in a bathroom stall.[[note]]This was all very much a case of BrokenPedestal, since Breathed had been a big fan of Oliphant.[[/note]]
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