History Comicstrip / Foxtrot

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* TheTalk: Andy and Paige go through this while the male members of the family were out on a HorribleCampingTrip.

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* TheTalk: TheTalk:
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Andy and Paige go through this while the male members of the family were out on a HorribleCampingTrip.



* ThatCameOutWrong: Paige, rehearsing for a play: "My [[ToiletHumor defecation]] does begin to make a better life. 'Tis paltry to be Caesar... Oops, I mean 'desolation.'"

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* ThatCameOutWrong: ThatCameOutWrong:
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Paige, rehearsing for a play: "My [[ToiletHumor defecation]] does begin to make a better life. 'Tis paltry to be Caesar... Oops, I mean 'desolation.'"



* TooDumbToLive: Jason is mostly a genius, and yet after all these years he has yet to realize that if he messes with Paige, [[CurbStompBattle she's going to beat him senseless]]. Of course, he may just consider it WorthIt. In the same vein, his "get rich quick" schemes usually result in him being grounded or otherwise punished (Andy once said that his stunts currently have his allowance being withheld until his freshman year in college.) Marcus gets this to a lesser extent, but it's not as obvious since we only ever see him at the Fox household or at school, and thus never see the kind of stuff he does to his five own sisters or what kind of retribution he suffers.

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* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive:
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Jason is mostly a genius, and yet after all these years he has yet to realize that if he messes with Paige, [[CurbStompBattle she's going to beat him senseless]]. Of course, he may just consider it WorthIt. In the same vein, his "get rich quick" schemes usually result in him being grounded or otherwise punished (Andy once said that his stunts currently have his allowance being withheld until his freshman year in college.) Marcus gets this to a lesser extent, but it's not as obvious since we only ever see him at the Fox household or at school, and thus never see the kind of stuff he does to his five own sisters or what kind of retribution he suffers.



* TotallyRadical: Usually averted. The cartoonist usually tries to keep the pop culture references and slang current, though there are sometimes lags due to the publishing schedule, and the translation is sometimes imperfect. When the comic did a strip referencing "All your base are belong to us," some fans on the Internet griped that the fad had passed a few months ago and that Jason didn't say the phrase exactly right.

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* TotallyRadical: TotallyRadical:
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Usually averted. The cartoonist usually tries to keep the pop culture references and slang current, though there are sometimes lags due to the publishing schedule, and the translation is sometimes imperfect. When the comic did a strip referencing "All your base are belong to us," some fans on the Internet griped that the fad had passed a few months ago and that Jason didn't say the phrase exactly right.



* UltimateJobSecurity: You'd think Mrs. O'Dell would know better than to hire Paige as a babysitter by now, but the worst punishment Paige receives is having to pay for Katie's outfit, which she destroyed using scissors.

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* UltimateJobSecurity: UltimateJobSecurity:
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You'd think Mrs. O'Dell would know better than to hire Paige as a babysitter by now, but the worst punishment Paige receives is having to pay for Katie's outfit, which she destroyed using scissors.



* UnfortunateImplications: In-universe, Roger tells Andy about Jason's ambitious project about creating a robot that can obey his every command (including his chores and annoying his sister, among other things), and also told Andy that he suggested to Jason that "if he added in some lipstick, [Jason]'d have the perfect wife." to Andy's face as she scowls upon hearing this. She doesn't take it well.

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* UnfortunateImplications: UnfortunateImplications:
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In-universe, Roger tells Andy about Jason's ambitious project about creating a robot that can obey his every command (including his chores and annoying his sister, among other things), and also told Andy that he suggested to Jason that "if he added in some lipstick, [Jason]'d have the perfect wife." to Andy's face as she scowls upon hearing this. She doesn't take it well.



* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: Referenced in the aforementioned SpannerInTheWorks arc. After Paige defeats the monster, Jason begs her to tell him the secret:

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Referenced in the aforementioned SpannerInTheWorks arc. After Paige defeats the monster, Jason begs her to tell him the secret:



* TheVoice: The strip has a few, including Miss Grinchley (Jason's original teacher) and Denise's parents.
** Miss Grinchley had '''one''', and only one, physical appearance.
* WalkingTechbane: 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''.

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* TheVoice: The strip has a few, including Miss Grinchley (Jason's original teacher) and Denise's parents.
** Miss Grinchley
teacher, who had '''one''', and only one, physical appearance.
appearance), Roger's boss J.K. Pembrook and Denise's parents.
* WalkingTechbane: WalkingTechbane:
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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 has destroyed various other forms of electronic equipment as well, and even managed to [[ManMadeHouseFlood flood the house]] using the ''dishwasher''.



* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: There is evidence that the Fox family lives in a town called Hillsdale (such as a Hillsdale Mall in a 1988 strip, the letter H on the high school team's uniforms), but beyond a street address in the first strip, no real specifics have been given for their place of residence.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: WhereTheHellIsSpringfield:
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There is evidence that the Fox family lives in a town called Hillsdale (such as a Hillsdale Mall in a 1988 strip, the letter H on the high school team's uniforms), but beyond a street address in the first strip, no real specifics have been given for their place of residence.



* WilliamTelling: Roger asks Jason what sport he has taken up and Jason tells him to put an apple on his head and he'll demonstrate. Roger, wisely, flees.

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* WilliamTelling: WilliamTelling:
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Roger asks Jason what sport he has taken up and Jason tells him to put an apple on his head and he'll demonstrate. Roger, wisely, flees.



* WrittenRoar: "AAAA!" is the preferred method of screaming in this strip.

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* WrittenRoar: WrittenRoar:
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"AAAA!" is the preferred method of screaming in this strip.



* WrongGenreSavvy: Jason in the Red Orb Guardian strips.
** Actually, this Trope defines Jason to a T. He seems to believe that the laws of fantasy apply to reality more often than not, but relying on them usually only get him in trouble or gets him hurt (or both). For example, when he tries to imitate Spider-Man and builds a web-shooter, he wonders why he only succeeds in getting himself tangled in it. He plays ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' with Marcus, and after his characters are slaying orc armies, he wonders why the rulebook doesn't say his mother trumps them when she tells them to stop so she can set the table. Quite literally, there are dozens of examples.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: Jason in could be the Red Orb Guardian strips.
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''god'' of this Trope Trope, which defines Jason him to a T. He T
** For starters, he
seems to believe that the laws of fantasy apply to reality more often than not, but relying on them usually only get him in trouble or gets him hurt (or both). For example, when he tries to imitate Spider-Man and builds a web-shooter, he wonders why he only succeeds in getting himself tangled in it. He plays ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' with Marcus, and after his characters are slaying orc armies, he wonders why the rulebook doesn't say his mother trumps them when she tells them to stop so she can set the table. Quite literally, there are dozens of examples.examples.
** The story arc with the Red Orb Guardian, a video game boss that he spent a week trying to kill (Paige figured out [[SheatheYourSword you're not supposed to fight him]]) is the best-known example. (Jason never seemed to catch onto the fact that it's not a good idea to fight a guy who's huge, nasty, scary-looking, and guarding a place with the bones of his defeated opponents strewn everywhere.)



* YouMakeMeSic: Done frequently by Andy. She tries to justify it by being an English major who appreciates the value of the language, but judging from Peter's response of "You're coming through real clear", it doesn't work.
** Roger, of all people, chews out a co-worker for turning in a typo-filled paper. Said co-worker blames it on his computer's lack of a spell checker.
*** Worth mentioning is that this isn't Roger complaining about a few misspelled words- the co-worker had the spelling skills of a three year old. Even the simplest words are mangled, the punchline being that computerized spellchecking was so commonplace that the co-worker believed the lack of it was a perfectly acceptable excuse for the abysmal quality.

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* YouMakeMeSic: YouMakeMeSic:
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Done frequently by Andy. She tries to justify it by being an English major who appreciates the value of the language, but judging from Peter's response of "You're coming through real clear", it doesn't work.
** Roger, of all people, chews out a co-worker for turning in a typo-filled paper. Said co-worker blames it on his computer's lack of a spell checker.
*** Worth
checker. (Worth mentioning is that this isn't Roger complaining about a few misspelled words- the co-worker had the spelling skills of a three year old. Even the simplest words are mangled, the punchline being that computerized spellchecking was so commonplace that the co-worker believed the lack of it was a perfectly acceptable excuse for the abysmal quality.)
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*** In another strip, Jason and Peter are playing a ''Series/NameThatTune''-style game with their tacos ("I can eat this taco with '''eight''' squirts of hot sauce." "Eat that taco."), resulting in Peter spraying flames from off-panel.

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*** ** In another strip, Jason and Peter are playing a ''Series/NameThatTune''-style game with their tacos ("I can eat this taco with '''eight''' squirts of hot sauce." "Eat that taco."), resulting in Peter spraying flames from off-panel.



* FunWithAcronyms: On two occasions, Jason asked Paige and Peter if they wanted a PB&J sandwich. Paige's sandwich was full of margarine (Jason had said it stood for peanut butter and jelly, but he [[ExactWords left out a comma]]) and Peter's was full of jalapeños.

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* FunWithAcronyms: FunWithAcronyms:
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On two occasions, Jason asked Paige and Peter if they wanted a PB&J sandwich. Paige's sandwich was full of margarine (Jason had said it stood for peanut butter and jelly, but he [[ExactWords left out a comma]]) and Peter's was full of jalapeños.



* GirlsHaveCooties: Jason, quite frequently, sometimes taking it UpToEleven, such as when he goes out for ice cream with Eileen and her parents. When she tries some of his sundae, he screams because the spoon touched her lips, and therefore, she has infected his entire sundae with lip cooties, and if he eats it, he'll die. However, as time went on, he got better, eventually admitting he liked Eileen.

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* GirlsHaveCooties: GirlsHaveCooties:
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Jason, quite frequently, sometimes taking it UpToEleven, such as when he goes out for ice cream with Eileen and her parents. When she tries some of his sundae, he screams because the spoon touched her lips, and therefore, she has infected his entire sundae with lip cooties, and if he eats it, he'll die. However, as time went on, he got better, eventually admitting he liked Eileen.



* GretzkyHasTheBall: Played with, and sort of the TropeNamer.

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* GretzkyHasTheBall: GretzkyHasTheBall:
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Played with, and sort of the TropeNamer.



* GrillingPyrotechnics: A RunningGag with Roger.

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* GrillingPyrotechnics: A RunningGag with Roger.Roger:



* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: In one strip, Andy appears to be scolding Peter, but her dialogue is represented as [[PaintingTheMedium tiny squiggles]]. In the last panel, she yanks off his (previously unseen) headphones and screams, "AND TAKE OFF THIS STUPID WALKMAN!"

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* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: HeadphonesEqualIsolation:
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In one strip, Andy appears to be scolding Peter, but her dialogue is represented as [[PaintingTheMedium tiny squiggles]]. In the last panel, she yanks off his (previously unseen) headphones and screams, "AND TAKE OFF THIS STUPID WALKMAN!"



* HelpingGrannyCrossTheStreet: {{Conversed}} and parodied in an arc where Andy bans Peter from playing violent video games and instead gives him a game called ''Nice City'' (as opposed to ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]''). At one point he scores points for helping an old lady across the street.

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* HelpingGrannyCrossTheStreet: HelpingGrannyCrossTheStreet:
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{{Conversed}} and parodied in an arc where Andy bans Peter from playing violent video games and instead gives him a game called ''Nice City'' (as opposed to ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]''). At one point he scores points for helping an old lady across the street.



* HollywoodNewEngland: One strip had Peter and Jason deciding to adopt an exaggerated Boston accent while eating clam chowder, with Peter even saying "pahk the cah in the Hahvahd Yahd" in the throwaway panels. They stop upon threat of violence from Paige.
* HorribleCampingTrip: Roger at one point takes them on one of these to a place called [[MeaningfulName Skeeter Falls]].
** Roger's annual camping trip is a RunningGag for the strip; though the locations may differ, the results are the same.
** Subverted once when the family's next HorribleCampingTrip was instead a trip to [[SouvenirLand Fun-Fun Island]] (Although the parents weren't too happy).

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* HollywoodNewEngland: HollywoodNewEngland:
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One strip had Peter and Jason deciding to adopt an exaggerated Boston accent while eating clam chowder, with Peter even saying "pahk the cah in the Hahvahd Yahd" in the throwaway panels. They stop upon threat of violence from Paige.
* HorribleCampingTrip: Roger at one point takes them on one of these to a place called [[MeaningfulName Skeeter Falls]].
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Roger's annual camping trip is a RunningGag for the strip; though the locations may differ, the results are the same.
same. Some examples:
** In one arc, Roger takes them on one of these to a place called [[MeaningfulName Skeeter Falls]]. In another, he locks all the food in the car, and spends the whole arc trying to open it with a clothes hangar.
** Subverted once when the family's next HorribleCampingTrip was instead a trip to [[SouvenirLand Fun-Fun Island]] Mountain]] (Although the parents weren't too happy).



* HumanPopsicle: Comically invoked in one strip where Jason manages to spray water from a supersoaker his dad got him for Christmas at him when he was shoveling the driveway, causing Andy, who is frozen with him, to go "'Don't give him a super-soaker for christmas' I said. 'But he really wants one.' You said."

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* HumanPopsicle: HumanPopsicle:
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Comically invoked in one strip where Jason manages to spray water from a supersoaker his dad got him for Christmas at him when he was shoveling the driveway, causing Andy, who is frozen with him, to go "'Don't give him a super-soaker for christmas' I said. 'But he really wants one.' You said."



* {{Hypocrite}}: Andy is a ''huge'' hypocrite. Some of the biggest examples:
** In an early strip, she angrily scolded Paige and Jason for not even trying to keep their New Years resolutions to be nicer to each other, not even realizing she was eating potato chips - breaking her own resolution - as she yelled at them.
** She has a terrible addiction to candy and regularly eats all of it during Halloween and Easter. And she wonders why her kids say bad things about her tofu and eggplant casserole.
** She regularly condemns her children playing violent videogames, but spent an entire early arc being addicted to one of Jason's games.
** In another series of strips, she installed a new system for the TV that would regulate how much the kids watched and prevent them from watching shows with controversial content. She got rid of it when it wouldn't let her tape her soaps. (As Jason tells Peter, "You wouldn't believe how fast she ripped out the wires.")
* HypocriticalHumor: In one series of strips, Peter gets in trouble for punching out another student; when Denise finds out, she chews him out for acting like he's in a Creator/ClintEastwood movie or something. When she learns that Peter punched the guy for insulting her, she says "And you '''just''' punched him in the nose?!" and Peter, rolling his eyes, responds "Look, Clint, I..."

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Andy is a ''huge'' hypocrite. Some of the biggest examples:
HypocriticalHumor:
** In an early strip, she angrily scolded Paige and Jason for not even trying to keep their New Years resolutions to be nicer to each other, not even realizing she was eating potato chips - breaking her own resolution - as she yelled at them.
** She has a terrible addiction to candy and regularly eats all of it during Halloween and Easter. And she wonders why her kids say bad things about her tofu and eggplant casserole.
** She regularly condemns her children playing violent videogames, but spent an entire early arc being addicted to one of Jason's games.
** In another series of strips, she installed a new system for the TV that would regulate how much the kids watched and prevent them from watching shows with controversial content. She got rid of it when it wouldn't let her tape her soaps. (As Jason tells Peter, "You wouldn't believe how fast she ripped out the wires.")
* HypocriticalHumor:
In one series of strips, Peter gets in trouble for punching out another student; when Denise finds out, she chews him out for acting like he's in a Creator/ClintEastwood movie or something. When she learns that Peter punched the guy for insulting her, she says "And you '''just''' punched him in the nose?!" and Peter, rolling his eyes, responds "Look, Clint, I..."



* ICanExplain: Happens at least twice when Peter confesses to a transgression that he erroneously believes Andy already knows about:

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* ICanExplain: ICanExplain:
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Happens at least twice when Peter confesses to a transgression that he erroneously believes Andy already knows about:



* IdeaBulb: Parodied in one strip where Jason takes every bulb in the house and uses them to make a mobile of light bulbs over his desk, saying that it "enhances my aura of creative genius."

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* IdeaBulb: IdeaBulb:
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Parodied in one strip where Jason takes every bulb in the house and uses them to make a mobile of light bulbs over his desk, saying that it "enhances my aura of creative genius."



* IJustWantToBeSpecial: PlayedForLaughs with Jason and his constant desire for superpowers, such as standing out under a full moon after being nipped on the finger by a chihuahua in case it was a baby werewolf.
** Or standing in the hot summer sun hoping to turn into [[Franchise/FantasticFour The Human Torch]].

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* IJustWantToBeSpecial: PlayedForLaughs with Jason and his constant desire for superpowers, such as standing out under a full moon after being nipped on the finger by a chihuahua in case it was a baby werewolf.
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werewolf. Or asking the dentist to aim the X-ray machine at him so he can gain Blendo Man's powers. Or standing in the hot summer sun hoping to turn into [[Franchise/FantasticFour The Human Torch]].



* InstantAIJustAddWater: The iFruit can speak, fantasize about [[Franchise/TombRaider sexy video game characters]], demand hugs, and taunt those who refuse to play games against it. It also has, at times, a rather disturbing ability to deny user control and even control its own environment, changing not only its own wallpaper, but the wallpaper ''in the computer room''.

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* InstantAIJustAddWater: InstantAIJustAddWater:
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The iFruit can speak, fantasize about [[Franchise/TombRaider sexy video game characters]], demand hugs, and taunt those who refuse to play games against it. It also has, at times, a rather disturbing ability to deny user control and even control its own environment, changing not only its own wallpaper, but the wallpaper ''in the computer room''.



** Various other talking, seemingly intelligent electronic devices: A electronic chess set in the early days, a computer at Roger's workplace ("Can I get you some coffee? ...Oh wait, I don't have arms."), and a Tamagrouchy, a sentient (and aptly-named) knockoff of a Tamagotchi that Roger got Paige for cheap at the height of the real thing's popularity.

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** Various other talking, seemingly intelligent electronic devices: A electronic chess set in the early days, a an obnoxious computer at Roger's workplace ("Can I get you some coffee? ...Oh wait, I don't have arms."), and a Tamagrouchy, a sentient (and aptly-named) knockoff of a Tamagotchi that Roger got Paige for cheap at the height of the real thing's popularity.



* InsultMisfire: Jason tries to farm gold in a video game and sell it on [=eBay=]:

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* InsultMisfire: InsultMisfire:
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Jason tries to farm gold in a video game and sell it on [=eBay=]:



* IntimidatingRevenueService: Every April, without fail, Roger waits until the last minute to file his tax returns by himself (or try to) and it turns into a nightmare for him. He never learns, apparently. Without a doubt, his worst attempt was the time he tried to use the computer to do them; a bad idea for someone who has a hard time simply figuring out how to use a mouse.

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* IntimidatingRevenueService: IntimidatingRevenueService:
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Every April, without fail, Roger waits until the last minute to file his tax returns by himself (or try to) and it turns into a nightmare for him. He never learns, apparently. Without a doubt, his worst attempt was the time he tried to use the computer to do them; a bad idea for someone who has a hard time simply figuring out how to use a mouse.



* ItsPopularNowItSucks: In-universe example. Jason worries about the good public reception of the ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' movies. Although he is only concerned that enjoying Tolkien's trilogy will make it (gasp!) mainstream to be a nerd, therefore depriving people like himself of their "special" status.

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* ItsPopularNowItSucks: ItsPopularNowItSucks:
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In-universe example. Jason worries about the good public reception of the ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' movies. Although he is only concerned that enjoying Tolkien's trilogy will make it (gasp!) mainstream to be a nerd, therefore depriving people like himself of their "special" status.



* JerkAss: Jason, throughout the comic strips regular storylines, could be downright unlikeable.

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* JerkAss: JerkAss:
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Jason, throughout the comic strips regular storylines, could be downright unlikeable.



* [[JustHereForGodzilla Just Here For Orlando Bloom]]: InUniverse. Paige's reason for seeing ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]''.

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* [[JustHereForGodzilla Just Here For Orlando Bloom]]: Bloom]]:
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InUniverse. Paige's reason for seeing ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]''. This was even a title of a paperback collection.



* KlatchianCoffee: Any of Peter's coffee based drinks.

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* KlatchianCoffee: KlatchianCoffee:
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Any of Peter's coffee based drinks.



* LampshadeHanging crossing over into BetterThanABareBulb territory: Plenty of it. For instance, in one of the aforementioned Elseworld trips, Paige finds herself transported into a pastiche of ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'', then asks if anyone could imagine such a trick being attempted in a comic strip.

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* LampshadeHanging crossing LampshadeHanging: Crossing over into BetterThanABareBulb territory: Plenty of it. it:
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For instance, in one of the aforementioned Elseworld trips, Paige finds herself transported into a pastiche of ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'', then asks if anyone could imagine such a trick being attempted in a comic strip.



* LethalChef: ''Everybody's'' had trouble in the kitchen at some point or another. Paige's approach to cleaning turkey is sticking it in the oven and putting it on "clean", and she once used Diet Pepsi in making Christmas cookies because she couldn't find the baking soda; Roger has trouble with ''scrambled eggs''; Peter has tried defrosting frozen orange juice with a frying pan; Jason has managed to set ''coffee'' [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]] somehow... Andy usually averts this (albeit with [[CordonBleughChef other cooking issues]]), but even she burned a Thanksgiving dinner when trying to outdo her mom.

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* LethalChef: LethalChef:
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''Everybody's'' had trouble in the kitchen at some point or another. Paige's approach to cleaning turkey is sticking it in the oven and putting it on "clean", and she once used Diet Pepsi in making Christmas cookies because she couldn't find the baking soda; Roger has trouble with ''scrambled eggs''; Peter has tried defrosting frozen orange juice with a frying pan; Jason has managed to set ''coffee'' [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]] somehow... Andy usually averts this (albeit with [[CordonBleughChef other cooking issues]]), but even she burned a Thanksgiving dinner when trying to outdo her mom.



* LongList: Peter, after discovering that all of his clothes smell like Paige's perfumes:

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* LongList: LongList:
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Peter, after discovering that all of his clothes smell like Paige's perfumes:



* LoopholeAbuse: The kids try this all the time.

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* LoopholeAbuse: The kids try this all the time.time:



*** Paige does a similar one: her mother says she can only have one scoop of ice cream before dinner, so she jams a spoon into the ice cream tub and pulls out its entire contents as a single cylindrical "scoop."

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*** ** Paige does a similar one: her mother says she can only have one scoop of ice cream before dinner, so she jams a spoon into the ice cream tub and pulls out its entire contents as a single cylindrical "scoop."



*** The above-mentioned ice-cream gag was also recycled in a later strip, except it used Jason and Halloween candy, and his tactics involved keeping his bag of Halloween candy next to the radiator so it would all fuse together into "one piece."

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*** ** The above-mentioned ice-cream gag was also recycled in a later strip, except it used Jason and Halloween candy, and his tactics involved keeping his bag of Halloween candy next to the radiator so it would all fuse together into "one piece."



* LoveLetterLunacy: Peter (in one of his more {{Jerkass}} moments) leaves notes in Paige's locker, pretending to be a secret admirer.

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* LoveLetterLunacy: LoveLetterLunacy:
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Peter (in one of his more {{Jerkass}} moments) leaves notes in Paige's locker, pretending to be a secret admirer.



* MediumAwareness: Occasionally the characters will refer to the fact that they're in a comic strip. Notably, the week-long arc caused by an ink outage.

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* MediumAwareness: MediumAwareness:
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Occasionally the characters will refer to the fact that they're in a comic strip. Notably, the week-long arc caused by an ink outage.



* MouthfulOfPi: Paige is doing a geometry problem and asks jason what pi is. Jason starts reciting. The last panel shows him still reciting at dinner time, with Paige asking Andy how it's her fault.

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* MouthfulOfPi: MouthfulOfPi:
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Paige is doing a geometry problem and asks jason Jason what pi is. Jason starts reciting. The last panel shows him still reciting at dinner time, with Paige asking Andy how it's her fault.



* MundaneGhostStory: Jason does to this Paige. After his conventional ghost stories fail to scare her, he tells her one that ends with "...and when she opened the closet, all the clothes were polyester!".

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* MundaneGhostStory: Jason does to this Paige. After his conventional ghost stories fail to scare her, he tells her one that ends with "...and when she opened the closet, all the clothes were polyester!". In the opening panel of another strip, he asks Peter if he wants to hear the one about the headless lumberjack or the time he saw Paige in her underwear; when Peter says "whichever is scarier", he stats the second one.



* MustHaveCaffeine: Roger seems incapable of getting through a day without coffee, considering the man attempted to drink the answering machine one morning. Andy occasionally suffers from the same problem, and Peter consumes ludicrous amounts of caffeine when studying.

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* MustHaveCaffeine: MustHaveCaffeine:
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Roger seems incapable of getting through a day without coffee, considering the man attempted to drink the answering machine one morning. Andy occasionally suffers from the same problem, and Peter consumes ludicrous amounts of caffeine when studying.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In the series of strips where Peter serves as assistant coach to the football team, he makes the [[SarcasmMode brilliant]] [[TooDumbToLive decision to tell a player named "Rhinoski"]] that [[BiggerIsBetterInBed his athletic cup is too big]].

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
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In the series of strips where Peter serves as assistant coach to the football team, he makes the [[SarcasmMode brilliant]] [[TooDumbToLive decision to tell a player named "Rhinoski"]] that [[BiggerIsBetterInBed his athletic cup is too big]].



* NerdsSpeakKlingon: Jason, naturally. At a showing of a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movie he cosplays as a Klingon and demands fresh ''[[AlienLunch gagh]]'' from the beleaguered movie worker. Another strip has him ask Peter to check whether he's memorized the Klingon-English dictionary.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Paige enjoys a band called The Backsync Boys. Like the BrandX example, also averted about half the time.

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* NerdsSpeakKlingon: NerdsSpeakKlingon:
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Jason, naturally. At a showing of a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movie he cosplays as a Klingon and demands fresh ''[[AlienLunch gagh]]'' from the beleaguered movie worker. Another strip has him ask Peter to check whether he's memorized the Klingon-English dictionary.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
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Paige enjoys a band called The Backsync Boys. Like the BrandX example, also averted about half the time.



* NotAllowedToGrowUp: The kids are always attending the same school in the same grades every year. Lampshaded in a strip shortly after 9/11 when Roger goes to donate blood and Jason asks [[MediumAwareness if he's suddenly stumbled into]] ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse''; Andy reassures him that he can stay ten years old.

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* NotAllowedToGrowUp: NotAllowedToGrowUp:
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The kids are always attending the same school in the same grades every year. Lampshaded in a strip shortly after 9/11 when Roger goes to donate blood and Jason asks [[MediumAwareness if he's suddenly stumbled into]] ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse''; Andy reassures him that he can stay ten years old.



* OpaqueNerdGlasses: Present on both Jason and Morton and most of the other one time or recurring characters who wear them.

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* OpaqueNerdGlasses: OpaqueNerdGlasses:
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Present on both Jason and Morton and most of the other one time or recurring characters who wear them.



* OverlyLongGag: One Sunday Strip had Jason pacing for '''''[[http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/1998/09/06 NINETY-SIX PANELS]]'''''.

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* OverlyLongGag: OverlyLongGag:
**
One Sunday Strip had Jason pacing for '''''[[http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/1998/09/06 NINETY-SIX PANELS]]'''''.



* ParentalHypocrisy:
** Andy is a ''serious'' offender. Some of the biggest examples:
** In an early strip, she angrily scolded Paige and Jason for not even trying to keep their New Years resolutions to be nicer to each other, not even realizing she was eating potato chips - breaking her own resolution - as she yelled at them.
** She has a terrible addiction to candy and regularly eats all of it during Halloween and Easter. And she wonders why her kids say bad things about her tofu and eggplant casserole.
** She regularly condemns her children playing violent videogames, but spent an entire early arc being addicted to one of Jason's games.
** In another series of strips, she installed a new system for the TV that would regulate how much the kids watched and prevent them from watching shows with controversial content. She got rid of it when it wouldn't let her tape her soaps. (As Jason tells Peter, "You wouldn't believe how fast she ripped out the wires.")



* PottyEmergency: Two similar strips dealt with this. The first one was an early strip where Roger drank a whole pot of coffee before work, saying his boss was holding one of his notoriously boring meetings and that there was "nothing more embarrassing than falling asleep during Pembrose's endless sermons". In the last panel, he's at the meeting, excusing himself for his third bathroom break in the past hour, and clearly looks ''very'' embarrassed.

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* PottyEmergency: PottyEmergency:
**
Two similar strips dealt with this. The first one was an early strip where Roger drank a whole pot of coffee before work, saying his boss was holding one of his notoriously boring meetings and that there was "nothing more embarrassing than falling asleep during Pembrose's endless sermons". In the last panel, he's at the meeting, excusing himself for his third bathroom break in the past hour, and clearly looks ''very'' embarrassed.



* PrecedentExcuse: In one time, Andy grounds Peter for a week after finding out that he saw the R-rated ''Film/KillBill Volume 2''. Peter protests that she didn't get upset when he saw the first ''Film/KillBill'' movie. Andy responds that she hadn't known that he saw the first movie, and that he is now grounded for ''two'' weeks.

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* PrecedentExcuse: PrecedentExcuse:
**
In one time, Andy grounds Peter for a week after finding out that he saw the R-rated ''Film/KillBill Volume 2''. Peter protests that she didn't get upset when he saw the first ''Film/KillBill'' movie. Andy responds that she hadn't known that he saw the first movie, and that he is now grounded for ''two'' weeks.



* ProductPromotionParade: Spoofed when Jason drew a ''Slug-Man'' comic strip where every panel was an advertisement for a Slug-Man vehicle, toy, or play set.

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* ProductPromotionParade: ProductPromotionParade:
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Spoofed when Jason drew a ''Slug-Man'' comic strip where every panel was an advertisement for a Slug-Man vehicle, toy, or play set.



* PutOffTheirFood: A strip where Jason ties the ends of his spaghetti noodles together so he can eat them all in one long, unending slurp ends with Andy adding spaghetti to the list of things she can no longer make for dinner.

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* PutOffTheirFood: PutOffTheirFood:
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A strip where Jason ties the ends of his spaghetti noodles together so he can eat them all in one long, unending slurp ends with Andy adding spaghetti to the list of things she can no longer make for dinner.



* PyrrhicVictory: Jason often purposely fools his siblings into "winning" bets that are this.

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* PyrrhicVictory: Jason often purposely fools his siblings into "winning" bets that are this.this:



* RankInflation: Jason's report card usually consists of A+++ grades or higher.

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* RankInflation: RankInflation:
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Jason's report card usually consists of A+++ grades or higher.



* ReversePsychologyBackfire: Used often. For instance, in one strip, Jason begs Andy ''not'' to buy a new computer and she doesn't. In another, Andy "supports" Roger's decision to quit his job, and he goes with it instead of seeing the reverse psychology.

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* ReversePsychologyBackfire: ReversePsychologyBackfire:
**
Used often. For instance, in one strip, Jason begs Andy ''not'' to buy a new computer and she doesn't. In another, Andy "supports" Roger's decision to quit his job, and he goes with it instead of seeing the reverse psychology.



* RidiculousProcrastinator: Peter and Paige often become this before exam time or when homework is due.

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* RidiculousProcrastinator: RidiculousProcrastinator:
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Peter and Paige often become this before exam time or when homework is due.



** A couple. From an early strip:



* RuleOfFunny: Pretty much what this strip has run on ever since it abandoned the VerySpecialEpisode plot lines. That point of abandonment is also when the LampshadeHanging and MediumAwareness got turned UpToEleven.

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* RuleOfFunny: RuleOfFunny:
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Pretty much what this strip has run on ever since it abandoned the VerySpecialEpisode plot lines. That point of abandonment is also when the LampshadeHanging and MediumAwareness got turned UpToEleven.



* RunForTheBorder: Some of the strips, most notably the one where Jason learned that copyrighting the I-Don't-Like-You-Eileen-Jacobson Computer Virus, had this when he asked how long it would take to skateboard to Mexico.

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* RunForTheBorder: RunForTheBorder:
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Some of the strips, most notably the one where Jason learned that copyrighting the I-Don't-Like-You-Eileen-Jacobson Computer Virus, had this when he asked how long it would take to skateboard to Mexico.



* RushedInvertedReading: Peter and Steve are discussing a fight Peter had gotten into when the principal appears behind them. Peter hurriedly pretends to be talking about an algebra problem but is holding his textbook upside down.

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* RushedInvertedReading: RushedInvertedReading:
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Peter and Steve are discussing a fight Peter had gotten into when the principal appears behind them. Peter hurriedly pretends to be talking about an algebra problem but is holding his textbook upside down.



* SadistTeacher: Paige's biology teacher, Dr. Ting, assigns ''46'' chapters' worth of reading. During a time when everyone in town is suffering the effects of a flash flood. And after the power goes out, Paige has to read her chapters by the light of birthday candles and Jason's glow-in-the-dark toys. [[ShaggyDogStory And then it turns out that Dr. Ting lost the test files on the computer, because his power also went out]].
** Dr. Ting is usually more of a SternTeacher. He's moody, but he always tries to be fair. A more straightforward example of this trope is Paige's [[TheUnseen unseen]] math teacher, who seems to enjoy trying to psyche out his students. He once dressed up as the GrimReaper for a math final, and he makes math test where the students are being asked to calculate how many percents of a student body that will flunk a given math test.
*** Then again, Dr. Ting once showed disappointment that Paige's lab reports were ''improving'', claiming they were a source of entertainment for him.
*** In yet another strip, Dr. Ting gives Paige a bad grade on a report where she jokingly claimed cellular division included a "[[IncrediblyLamePun Smileyphase]]". What makes it more striking is the fact that, immediately beforehand, he says ''everything else'' with her report was fine.

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* SadistTeacher: Paige's biology teacher, Dr. Ting, Ting straddles the line between SternTeacher and this:
** Ting
assigns ''46'' chapters' worth of reading. During a time when everyone in town is suffering the effects of a flash flood. And after the power goes out, Paige has to read her chapters by the light of birthday candles and Jason's glow-in-the-dark toys. [[ShaggyDogStory And then it turns out that Dr. Ting lost the test files on the computer, because his power also went out]].
** Dr. He once showed disappointment that Paige's lab reports were ''improving'', claiming they were a source of entertainment for him
** In yet another strip,
Ting is usually more of gives Paige a SternTeacher. He's moody, but he always tries to be fair. A more straightforward example of this trope bad grade on a report where she jokingly claimed cellular division included
** Even worse
is Paige's [[TheUnseen unseen]] math teacher, who seems to enjoy trying to psyche out his students. He once dressed up as the GrimReaper for a math final, and he makes math test where the students are being asked to calculate how many percents of a student body that will flunk a given math test.
*** Then again, Dr. Ting once showed disappointment that Paige's lab reports were ''improving'', claiming they were a source of entertainment for him.
*** In yet another strip, Dr. Ting gives Paige a bad grade on a report where she jokingly claimed cellular division included a
* "[[IncrediblyLamePun Smileyphase]]". What makes it more striking is the fact that, immediately beforehand, he says ''everything else'' with her report was fine.



* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: In one story arc, Andy sees ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' and gets addicted to it, seeing it again way too many times and practically lets it take over her life. Roger gets concerned once she says that she went all the way to the multiplex just to watch it twice in a row.

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* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes:
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In one story arc, Andy sees ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' and gets addicted to it, seeing it again way too many times and practically lets it take over her life. Roger gets concerned once she says that she went all the way to the multiplex just to watch it twice in a row.



* ShoutOut: The strip often makes reference to other newspaper comics, including LampshadeHanging [=FoxTrot=]'s [[NotAllowedToGrowUp perpetually-stuck-at-the-same-age]] style versus ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' and its realtime progression.

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* ShoutOut: ''Lots:'''
**
The strip often makes reference to other newspaper comics, including LampshadeHanging [=FoxTrot=]'s [[NotAllowedToGrowUp perpetually-stuck-at-the-same-age]] style versus ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' and its realtime progression.



** One strip has Jason and Marcus acting out the famous 'quarter pounder' exchange from ''Film/PulpFiction''.
*** The 'quarter pounder' exchange was later referenced in another strip in an arc involving Jason attempting to take over Michael Eisner's position as CEO. Andy claims that Jason isn't even old enough to see some Disney films, with Peter thinking that he'll have them tamed down. Cut to [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon and Pumbaa]], in the roles of Vincent Vega and Jules Winnefeld, respectively, holding guns with Timon stating "You know what they call a Water Buffalo with Cheese in the Pridelands?" and Pumbaa, who even went as far as to wear Winnefeld's afro, replying "They don't call it a Water Buffalo with Cheese?".

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** One strip has Jason and Marcus acting out the famous 'quarter pounder' exchange from ''Film/PulpFiction''.
*** The 'quarter pounder'
''Film/PulpFiction''. This exchange was later referenced in another strip in an arc involving Jason attempting to take over Michael Eisner's position as CEO. Andy claims that Jason isn't even old enough to see some Disney films, with Peter thinking that he'll have them tamed down. Cut to [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon and Pumbaa]], in the roles of Vincent Vega and Jules Winnefeld, respectively, holding guns with Timon stating "You know what they call a Water Buffalo with Cheese in the Pridelands?" and Pumbaa, who even went as far as to wear Winnefeld's afro, replying "They don't call it a Water Buffalo with Cheese?".



*** In another, Jason drew a flip-book of his sister being crushed by a [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus 16 ton weight.]]

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*** ** In another, Jason drew a flip-book of his sister being crushed by a [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus 16 ton weight.]]



* ShownTheirWork: Any gag revolving around physical equations is bound to include a real equation, as Amend was a physics major. Gags about computer programming often involve accurate programming code, such as a gag where Roger asks for "java" and is given sheets with Java code on them.

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* ShownTheirWork: ShownTheirWork:
**
Any gag revolving around physical equations is bound to include a real equation, as Amend was a physics major. Gags about computer programming often involve accurate programming code, such as a gag where Roger asks for "java" and is given sheets with Java code on them.



* SingingInTheShower: One strip had Roger singing "Burning Love" in the shower, and an annoyed Andy meaningfully tells one of the kids about the valve marked "cold water shutoff."

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* SingingInTheShower: SingingInTheShower:
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One strip had Roger singing "Burning Love" in the shower, and an annoyed Andy meaningfully tells one of the kids about the valve marked "cold water shutoff."



* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Inverted, as clueless dad Roger is the only one in the family that enjoys chess. Jason, the smartest of the family, only plays when Roger ropes him into a game and wins in three moves.

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* SmartPeoplePlayChess: SmartPeoplePlayChess:
**
Inverted, as clueless dad Roger is the only one in the family that enjoys chess. Jason, the smartest of the family, only plays when Roger ropes him into a game and wins in three moves.



* SnipeHunt: Paige and Peter try this on Jason, though he's GenreSavvy enough to see through it, but still agrees to do it, with enthusiasm: "Cool. Can we wait until it gets a little darker out?"

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* SnipeHunt: SnipeHunt:
**
Paige and Peter try this on Jason, though he's GenreSavvy enough to see through it, but still agrees to do it, with enthusiasm: "Cool. Can we wait until it gets a little darker out?"



* SphereEyes: Most of the characters have these.

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* SphereEyes: SphereEyes:
**
Most of the characters have these.



* StabTheSalad: One Sunday strip set things up like a scene from a horror movie, making it look like someone was being stabbed to death. It turned out to be Roger doing a poor job of slicing up a turkey.

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* StabTheSalad: StabTheSalad:
**
One Sunday strip set things up like a scene from a horror movie, making it look like someone was being stabbed to death. It turned out to be Roger doing a poor job of slicing up a turkey.



* SundayStrip: Nothing but, since 2007.
** The Sunday strips originally ran in the regular half-page Sunday comic format until 1999, when Amend changed to a third-page format.

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* SundayStrip: Nothing but, since 2007.
**
2007. The Sunday strips originally ran in the regular half-page Sunday comic format until 1999, when Amend changed to a third-page format.
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* TheAce: Grandma.
** Grandma also ends up deconstructing TheAce a bit in her first appearance when she learns that her Creator/MontyOum levels of awesome had given Andy resentment and a desire to prove herself since the seventh grade.
* AcidRefluxNightmare: Andy's food; It's literal NightmareFuel.

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* TheAce: Grandma.
** Grandma
Grandma, although she also ends up deconstructing TheAce a bit in her first appearance when she learns that her Creator/MontyOum levels of awesome had given Andy resentment and a desire to prove herself since the seventh grade.
* AcidRefluxNightmare: AcidRefluxNightmare:
**
Andy's food; It's literal NightmareFuel.NightmareFuel. In different arcs, Jason, had ''Literature/AChistmasCarol'' nightmare, Paige, had a ''Theater/NutcrackerSuite'' nightmare, Peter had an ''[[Literature/TheOdyssey Odyssey]]'' nightmare, and Roger had a [[Film/ThePolarExpress Polar Express]]



* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Eileen is this to Jason. She seems to trump him at everything (schoolwork, video games, you name it), much to his rage, and his attempts to one-up her always end in disaster. The fact that she has a crush on him only makes it worse.

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: AlwaysSomeoneBetter:
**
Eileen is this to Jason. She seems to trump him at everything (schoolwork, video games, you name it), much to his rage, and his attempts to one-up her always end in disaster. The fact that she has a crush on him only makes it worse.



* AprilFoolsPlot: On one April Fools' Day, ''[=FoxTrot=]'' featured the same punchline as ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' and ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', where one character uses a Ouija board to spell out a message to kick the other character in the shins.

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* AprilFoolsPlot: AprilFoolsPlot:
** In an early strip, Peter spent an entire week having to live down Denise's April Fools' Day joke; a chocolate rabbit filled with hot sauce, which he, of course, ate in two bites before his mouth was set aflame.
**
On one April Fools' Day, ''[=FoxTrot=]'' featured the same punchline as ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' and ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', where one character uses a Ouija board to spell out a message to kick the other character in the shins.



* ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare: Quincy is an iguana - iguanas are vegetarian, yet Jason feeds him mealworms.
** invoked when Paige gets fish - she puts guppies in with an angelfish, resulting in this:

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* ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare: ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare:
**
Quincy is an iguana - iguanas are vegetarian, yet Jason feeds him mealworms.
** invoked Invoked when Paige gets fish - she puts guppies in with an angelfish, resulting in this:



* AxeCrazy: Paige worries that she'll become this after not only ''not'' getting grossed out by dissecting a frog for a science lab, but actually enjoying it. It doesn't help that Jason keeps telling her that.

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* AxeCrazy: AxeCrazy:
**
Paige worries that she'll become this after not only ''not'' getting grossed out by dissecting a frog for a science lab, but actually enjoying it. It doesn't help that Jason keeps telling her that.



* BadBoss: J.P. Pembrook, Roger's boss, who does things like giving himself a giant pay raise while the company's in the red, insisting that the employees make themselves look bad on photo day so he'll look better by comparison, and at one point hired Roger to be the clown at his son's birthday party -- though to be fair, Roger ''had'' actually listed "Bozo services" in the qualifications section of his resume (albeit as a joke), and at the end of the arc Pembrook thanks him for a job well done (and begs him not to sue).

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* BadBoss: BadBoss:
**
J.P. Pembrook, Roger's boss, who does things like giving himself a giant pay raise while the company's in the red, insisting that the employees make themselves look bad on photo day so he'll look better by comparison, and at one point hired Roger to be the clown at his son's birthday party -- though to be fair, Roger ''had'' actually listed "Bozo services" in the qualifications section of his resume (albeit as a joke), and at the end of the arc Pembrook thanks him for a job well done (and begs him not to sue).



* BatterUp: Peter and Andy in two separate arcs hinted at wanting to bludgeon Roger with one of his golf clubs (or in the case of the latter strip, his newly bought, expensive golf club) when irritated about having to golf with him in torrential rain and in fury about Roger buying a new golf club, respectively.

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* BatterUp: BatterUp:
**
Peter and Andy in two separate arcs hinted at wanting to bludgeon Roger with one of his golf clubs (or in the case of the latter strip, his newly bought, expensive golf club) when irritated about having to golf with him in torrential rain and in fury about Roger buying a new golf club, respectively.



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: After Andy expresses joy at seeing ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' become a success, she says that she wishes that more of the "copycats" in Hollywood would do more religious-themed movies. She then sees a trailer for ''Alien vs. Predator vs. Jesus''.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor:
**
After Andy expresses joy at seeing ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' become a success, she says that she wishes that more of the "copycats" in Hollywood would do more religious-themed movies. She then sees a trailer for ''Alien vs. Predator vs. Jesus''.



* BerserkButton: Peter punches a guy in the nose for making a tasteless joke about Denise ([[RealityEnsues and gets in trouble for it, naturally]]).

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
**
Peter punches a guy in the nose for making a tasteless joke about Denise ([[RealityEnsues and gets in trouble for it, naturally]]).



* BigEater: Peter and Roger are this to extremes, especially when it comes to Thanksgiving ("Plate 559 and feeling fine.") Paige applies when it comes to candy, once managing to eat the insides of a solid chocolate Easter rabbit while leaving the exterior untouched (except for the bottom).

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* BigEater: BigEater:
**
Peter and Roger are this to extremes, especially when it comes to Thanksgiving ("Plate 559 and feeling fine.") Paige applies when it comes to candy, once managing to eat the insides of a solid chocolate Easter rabbit while leaving the exterior untouched (except for the bottom).



** [[http://www.foxtrot.com/2016/07/03/competitive-eating/ In fact, they invented new types of contests to get around this advantage.]]

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** [[http://www.foxtrot.com/2016/07/03/competitive-eating/ In fact, they invented new types of contests {{Eating Contest}}s to get around this advantage.]]



* BillBillJunkBill: One strip had Paige sorting through the mail, discarding it as nothing but junk except for the last item. TheReveal was that the "junk" was in fact personal letters while the last item was a shopping catalog.

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* BillBillJunkBill: BillBillJunkBill:
**
One strip had Paige sorting through the mail, discarding it as nothing but junk except for the last item. TheReveal was that the "junk" was in fact personal letters while the last item was a shopping catalog.



* BlahBlahBlah: Inverted. Paige complains that the day has been boring, and it's just been one "blah" event after another. Cue Peter walking up to hear her actually say "blah blah blah" out of the legitimate context she had been using.

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* BlahBlahBlah: BlahBlahBlah:
**
Inverted. Paige complains that the day has been boring, and it's just been one "blah" event after another. Cue Peter walking up to hear her actually say "blah blah blah" out of the legitimate context she had been using.



* BreakingTheFourthWall: The first strip broke the fourth wall, with the cartoonist yelling at Jason, who was hauling in one of the strip's panels. Since then, the strip hasn't really broken the fourth wall at all, but it has come very close at times:

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: BreakingTheFourthWall:
**
The first strip broke the fourth wall, with the cartoonist yelling at Jason, who was hauling in one of the strip's panels. Since then, the strip hasn't really broken the fourth wall at all, but it has come very close at times:



* CallBack: The first vacation arc began Roger excitedly asking the family where they are going, and them unenthusiastically responding that it's Uncle Ralph's cabin, where they've gone camping at for the past 10 years. When Roger asks how they knew, one of them says, "Dad, you're blocking the TV." A year later, a gag repeats the first three panels word-for-word, but the fourth panel has the dad shouting "HAWAII!" and one of the kids saying "Dad, you're blocking the T[[BigWhat WHAT?!?]]"

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* CallBack: CallBack:
**
The first vacation arc began Roger excitedly asking the family where they are going, and them unenthusiastically responding that it's Uncle Ralph's cabin, where they've gone camping at for the past 10 years. When Roger asks how they knew, one of them says, "Dad, you're blocking the TV." A year later, a gag repeats the first three panels word-for-word, but the fourth panel has the dad shouting "HAWAII!" and one of the kids saying "Dad, you're blocking the T[[BigWhat WHAT?!?]]"



* CharacterBlog: Jason has [[http://www.gocomics.com/profiles/771232 an account on Gocomics]], thought it's likely a fan.

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* CharacterBlog: CharacterBlog:
**
Jason has [[http://www.gocomics.com/profiles/771232 an account on Gocomics]], thought it's likely a fan.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: If you read the early comic strips you'd notice that Jason actually seems to act the way a normal kid would about school that is, not wanting to go. But later on? He ''loves'' school. Roger Fox, too, also was shown as being ''good'' at chess and wasn't TooDumbToLive. Of course, the chess part was [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] within a couple years.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: CharacterizationMarchesOn:
**
If you read the early comic strips you'd notice that Jason actually seems to act the way a normal kid would about school that is, not wanting to go. But later on? He ''loves'' school. Roger Fox, too, also was shown as being ''good'' at chess and wasn't TooDumbToLive. Of course, the chess part was [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] within a couple years.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Denise suddenly disappeared from the strip in the mid-2000s, although Peter never broke up with her. Oddly, strips after Denise's disappearance show Peter attempting to impress other girls.
** Virtually all of the supporting cast disappeared from the strip regularly when the strip moved to Sundays. Marcus is the only character outside of the Fox family to appear on a regular basis nowadays.
*** This has begun to reverse itself slightly as of this writing (Sept. 2014), though it still only takes the form of handful of appearances, a far cry from when the show as a daily. After Marcus, Eileen is probably the non-Fox character that has appeared the most, having made several appearances since her reappearance in 2011 (her last appearance prior to this was 2008). Peter's best friend Steve, Paige's admirer Morton, her best friend Nicole, her science teacher Dr. Ting, Jason's teacher Miss O'Malley, and Peter's coach have all shown up in 2014.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
**
Denise suddenly disappeared from the strip in the mid-2000s, although Peter never broke up with her. Oddly, strips after Denise's disappearance show Peter attempting to impress other girls.
** Virtually all of the supporting cast disappeared from the strip regularly when the strip moved to Sundays. Marcus is the only character outside of the Fox family to appear on a regular basis nowadays.
*** This
nowadays. (This has begun to reverse itself slightly as of this writing (Sept. 2014), though it still only takes the form of handful of appearances, a far cry from when the show as a daily. After Marcus, Eileen is probably the non-Fox character that has appeared the most, having made several appearances since her reappearance in 2011 (her last appearance prior to this was 2008). Peter's best friend Steve, Paige's admirer Morton, her best friend Nicole, her science teacher Dr. Ting, Jason's teacher Miss O'Malley, and Peter's coach have all shown up in 2014.)



* ComicallySmallBribe: Roger tips the paperboy with a nickel and then wonders why the paper always ends up on the roof or in the rosebushes.

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* ComicallySmallBribe: ComicallySmallBribe:
**
Roger tips the paperboy with a nickel and then wonders why the paper always ends up on the roof or in the rosebushes.



* ComicBookTime: Jason, Paige and Peter have been 10, 14 and 16, respectively, for two decades. One early strip featured Roger panicking over his 45th birthday, but later strips have stalled his age at 45 and Andy's at 42.

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* ComicBookTime: ComicBookTime:
**
Jason, Paige and Peter have been 10, 14 and 16, respectively, for two decades. One early strip featured Roger panicking over his 45th birthday, but later strips have stalled his age at 45 and Andy's at 42.



*** And again in [[http://community.livejournal.com/comic_foxtrot/223477.html the July 25, 2010 strip]], when Jason says he's been waiting for ''{{Starcraft}} 2'' for 11 years. Andy points out that he's only 10. He replies that he started in the womb.

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*** ** And again in [[http://community.livejournal.com/comic_foxtrot/223477.html the July 25, 2010 strip]], when Jason says he's been waiting for ''{{Starcraft}} 2'' for 11 years. Andy points out that he's only 10. He replies that he started in the womb.



* ContinuityNod: "[[http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/1998/12/27 Take our ill-fated attempt at sledding with a drag chute]] [[http://www.mrfizix.com/home/applicationnewtonlaws_files/image012.jpg last winter...]]"

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* ContinuityNod: Contrived Coincidence: In an early strip, Jason wears a paper bag over his head to school, as he's embarrassed by the ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} binder Andy got him; at school he meets a girl who has done the same thing because she's embarrassed by her Apollo 11 binder; seeing as she likes Garfield, the problem is solved there.
* ContinuityNod:
**
"[[http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/1998/12/27 Take our ill-fated attempt at sledding with a drag chute]] [[http://www.mrfizix.com/home/applicationnewtonlaws_files/image012.jpg last winter...]]"



* ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping: A running joke is that Roger and the kids routinely buy Andy useless or inappropriate gifts.

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* ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping: Happens ''all the time'':
**
A running joke is that Roger and the kids routinely buy Andy useless or inappropriate gifts.



*** On a related note, the kids often give her flowers plucked from her garden.

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*** ** On a related note, the kids often give her flowers plucked from her garden.



*** Played with in another strip: Although not technically gifts, Roger ended up giving Peter and Jason Beavis and Butthead stockings even when they never asked for them. Peter and Jason themselves liked the stockings, Andy and Paige did not. When trying to reason with his wife, Andy suggests that she's going to demonstrate her rage in ways he wouldn't want to repeat.

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*** ** Played with again in another strip: Although not technically gifts, Roger ended up giving Peter and Jason Beavis and Butthead stockings even when they never asked for them. Peter and Jason themselves liked the stockings, Andy and Paige did not. When trying to reason with his wife, Andy suggests that she's going to demonstrate her rage in ways he wouldn't want to repeat.



*** Something similar happened in another strip where Paige went Christmas shopping for various clothing that supposedly were her family, although they were actually intended to be for herself (for one thing, all the items that they have in common are that they are girls' items, and one of the shoes, Andy notes, matches Paige's shoe size).

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*** ** Something similar happened in another strip where Paige went Christmas shopping for various clothing that supposedly were her family, although they were actually intended to be for herself (for one thing, all the items that they have in common are that they are girls' items, and one of the shoes, Andy notes, matches Paige's shoe size).



* CutASliceTakeTheRest: Peter does this with a pizza.

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Peter does this with a pizza.



* CutLexLuthorACheck: Jason has been guilty of this through the ''entire run of the strip''. He has come up with several ludicrous schemes to make money, (including thousand-dollar ''snow dinosaurs'', which, you know, would ''melt'' come Spring) despite the fact that he has effortlessly built machines and coded programs that could have made him ''millions'' had he simply sold them. He once tried to form a one-man corporation, but all he had to show investors was "a dinky little program I wrote for fun." Unfortunately for him and them, the Darth Jason virus did not "kill off interest," it "killed off the Internet." Possibly justified in that, while "book smart" at times, Jason is still a child and thus doesn't always have the best common sense.

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* CutLexLuthorACheck: CutLexLuthorACheck:
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Jason has been guilty of this through the ''entire run of the strip''. He has come up with several ludicrous schemes to make money, (including thousand-dollar ''snow dinosaurs'', which, you know, would ''melt'' come Spring) despite the fact that he has effortlessly built machines and coded programs that could have made him ''millions'' had he simply sold them. He once tried to form a one-man corporation, but all he had to show investors was "a dinky little program I wrote for fun." Unfortunately for him and them, the Darth Jason virus did not "kill off interest," it "killed off the Internet." Possibly justified in that, while "book smart" at times, Jason is still a child and thus doesn't always have the best common sense.



* ADayInHerApron: 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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* ADayInHerApron: ADayInHerApron:
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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]]!"



* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: Andy did this to Roger after he was accused of ruining the computer. It turns out that Jason and Paige had done so by spilling a can of pop on it.

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* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: DeniedFoodAsPunishment:
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Andy did this to Roger after he was accused of ruining the computer. It turns out that Jason and Paige had done so by spilling a can of pop on it.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: One arc has Eileen inviting Jason over to play video games with her, but their dialogue at first makes it seem like something else is going on. This starts in the first strip...

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
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One arc has Eileen inviting Jason over to play video games with her, but their dialogue at first makes it seem like something else is going on. This starts in the first strip...



* DoorStopper: Jason's Christmas lists. He often indexes them, and even the ''index'' often qualifies as a DoorStopper.

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* DoorStopper: DoorStopper:
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Jason's Christmas lists. He often indexes them, and even the ''index'' often qualifies as a DoorStopper.



* DrunkWithPower: Happens to Peter ''every'' time he's in a position of authority, as Andy eventually comes to realize. This almost proved lethal to him in one week long arc when he was made manager of the football team, and the players quickly started to hate him. He himself said that if they weren't venting it on the field, he be dead. (The coach, however, couldn't have been happier; the venting had actually caused them to win three games straight.)
* DuckSeasonRabbitSeason: Peter attempts this in one strip:

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* DrunkWithPower: DrunkWithPower:
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Happens to Peter ''every'' time he's in a position of authority, as Andy eventually comes to realize. This almost proved lethal to him in one week long arc when he was made manager of the football team, and the players quickly started to hate him. He himself said that if they weren't venting it on the field, he be dead. (The coach, however, couldn't have been happier; the venting had actually caused them to win three games straight.)
* DuckSeasonRabbitSeason: DuckSeasonRabbitSeason:
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Peter attempts this in one strip:



* EmbarrassinglyPainfulSunburn: This has happened to Paige a few times. One strip subverted it: Paige woke up in shock to find her skin beet red, but the last panel reveals that Jason had actually painted her while she slept.

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* EmbarrassinglyPainfulSunburn: EmbarrassinglyPainfulSunburn:
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This has happened to Paige a few times. One strip subverted it: Paige woke up in shock to find her skin beet red, but the last panel reveals that Jason had actually painted her while she slept.



* EpicFail: 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?"



* ExactWords: A frequent source of humor.

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A frequent source of humor.



** At one point, Jason is complaining about no one selling the Jpad and it beating the competition of the iPad. Jason then claims that the Jpad would literally smash the iPad. Andy remarks that he misused the word "literally"... until she turns it around and discovers a rock taped on the back of the Jpad.

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** At In one point, strip, Jason is complaining about no one selling the Jpad and it beating the competition of the iPad. Jason then claims that the Jpad would literally smash the iPad. Andy remarks that he misused the word "literally"... until she turns it around and discovers a rock taped on the back of the Jpad.



* FauxHorrific: Jason decides to dress up as an iMac for Halloween. When asked why an iMac is scary, he responds, "'''''I HAVE NO FLOPPY DRIVE!'''''" in a scary voice.

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* FauxHorrific: FauxHorrific:
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Jason decides to dress up as an iMac for Halloween. When asked why an iMac is scary, he responds, "'''''I HAVE NO FLOPPY DRIVE!'''''" in a scary voice.voice, and Peter is terrified.



* FireBreathingDiner: Peter spent an entire week having to live down his girlfriend Denise's [[AprilFoolsPlot April Fools' Day joke]]: a chocolate rabbit filled with hot sauce, which he of course ate in two bites before his mouth was set aflame.

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* FireBreathingDiner: FireBreathingDiner:
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Peter spent an entire week having to live down his girlfriend Denise's [[AprilFoolsPlot April Fools' Day joke]]: a chocolate rabbit filled with hot sauce, which he of course ate in two bites before his mouth was set aflame.
24th Jul '16 1:47:29 PM LadyJaneGrey
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** This one has a bit of a GeniusBonus; most of the costumes are easy to identify, but Eilene's Hit Girl costume is rather obscure unless you've seen [[Film/KickAss the movie.]]

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** [[http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/2013/07/14 This one one]] has a bit of a GeniusBonus; most of the costumes are easy to identify, but Eilene's Hit Girl costume is rather obscure unless you've seen [[Film/KickAss the movie.]]
24th Jul '16 1:46:48 PM LadyJaneGrey
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** Shout outs to ''Creator/MontyPython'' have appeared at least twice:
*** In one strip Paige and Peter sport heads as swollen as [[Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife Mr. Creosote's]] belly after cramming for math tests, with Jason offering them a "waffer theen" math formula.

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** Shout outs to ''Creator/MontyPython'' have appeared at least twice:
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twice. In one strip Paige and Peter sport heads as swollen as [[Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife Mr. Creosote's]] belly after cramming for math tests, with Jason offering them a "waffer theen" math formula.



** The [[http://www.foxtrot.com/2012/04/04012012/ April 1st 2012 strip]] brought us ''Literature/AGameOfThrones'', if sponsored by [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Hasbro]].

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** The [[http://www.foxtrot.com/2012/04/04012012/ April 1st 2012 strip]] brought us ''Literature/AGameOfThrones'', if sponsored by [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Hasbro]]. There have been two more ''Literature/AGameOfThrones'' jokes since.
** This one has a bit of a GeniusBonus; most of the costumes are easy to identify, but Eilene's Hit Girl costume is rather obscure unless you've seen [[Film/KickAss the movie.]]
13th Jul '16 9:36:55 PM Nicoaln
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* StatusQuoIsGod: While the first couple years featured several status-quo changing events (Andy's hairstyle change, Andy's columnist job, Denise and Peter getting together, Jason's teacher retiring), later on not much really changed over the course of the strip as the kids [[NotAllowedToGrowUp repeated grade 5, their freshmen year, and junior years of high school close to ten times]]. Pretty much all that changed was the family computer.
6th Jul '16 2:53:31 PM foxley
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* FlexingThoseNonBiceps: The weedy Jason draws battleships on his biceps, so they can bob up and down when he flexes. When Paige points out they aren't moving, he wonders if he should have started with a lighter ship.
6th Jul '16 2:50:15 PM toregg
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* SixIsNine: One strip has Peter celebrating the fact he got a 99 on his test. Then, he ended up embarrassed by his teacher saying he was holding it upside down and the score was only a 66.
3rd Jul '16 12:04:23 AM Chabal2
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** [[http://www.foxtrot.com/2016/07/03/competitive-eating/ In fact, they invented new types of contests to get around this advantage.]]
20th Jun '16 11:54:27 AM longWriter
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* StopHelpingMe: InUniverse, the [[http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/2016/04/10 April 10, 2016]] strip has Paige stuck with a talking cell phone case that's constantly reminding her not to drop her phone and she's already trying to remove its batteries before getting home.


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* UnwantedAssistance: The [[http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/2016/04/10 April 10, 2016]] strip has Paige stuck with a talking cell phone case that's constantly reminding her not to drop her phone and she's already trying to remove its batteries before getting home.
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