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21st Sep '17 12:27:46 PM MetaFour
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A secondary goal of ''Powerup''’s creators was to {{troll}} Website/TheDuck: reasoning that the only thing more infuriating than bad art was inexplicably popular bad art, T&BB members created accounts on Drunk Duck solely to pose as ''Powerup'' fans. Their ensuing arguments with Duck users who weren’t in on the joke brought ''Powerup'' enough page views to propel it to a spot on Drunk Duck’s automatically-generated Top Ten list.

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A secondary goal of ''Powerup''’s creators was to {{troll}} Website/TheDuck: reasoning Website/TheDuck (back when it was known as Drunk Duck). Reasoning that the only thing more infuriating than bad art was inexplicably ''inexplicably popular bad art, art'', T&BB members created accounts on Drunk Duck the site solely to pose as ''Powerup'' fans. Their ensuing arguments with Duck users who weren’t in on the joke brought ''Powerup'' enough page views to propel it to a spot on Drunk the Duck’s automatically-generated Top Ten list.



After a whopping 5 strips by Amy, the new duo encountered "creative differences" (Chad didn't like that "she kind of made Shadow look gay") and the comic entered another year-and-a-half long hiatus. The comic was then re-resurrected with another new artist, Draz, who drew the comic as a series of mostly uncoloured pencil sketches. During this time, Jason returned to visit Chad, met Draz, and "revealed" that he didn't put much effort into the comic when he was the artist. Meanwhile, Chad became increasingly frustrated with Draz's tendency to make confusing additions to the planned story without asking, and eventually they decided to once again stop making Powerup.

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After a whopping 5 strips by Amy, the new duo encountered "creative differences" (Chad didn't like that "she kind of made Shadow look gay") and the comic entered another year-and-a-half long hiatus. The comic was then re-resurrected with another new artist, Draz, who drew the comic as a series of mostly uncoloured pencil sketches. During this time, Jason returned to visit Chad, met Draz, and "revealed" that he didn't put much effort into the comic when he was the artist. Meanwhile, Chad became increasingly frustrated with Draz's tendency to make confusing additions to the planned story without asking, and eventually they decided to once again stop making Powerup.
''Powerup''.



** [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5135235/ Here]], Jason debuts a new style after having taken some art classes. It's more detailed, yet ''uglier'' than before. It only lasts about five pages before Jason quietly switches back to the old style.

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** [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5135235/ Here]], Jason debuts a new style after having taken taking some art classes. It's more detailed, yet ''uglier'' than before. It only lasts about five pages before Jason quietly switches back to the old style.



** Amy Sauce and Draz's new art styles were wildly different (and a huge step up) from Jason's style.

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** Amy Sauce and Draz's new art styles were are wildly different (and a huge step up) from Jason's style.
** [[SubvertedTrope And then Jason returns]], and the comic immediately [[SnapBack snaps back]] to his crappy old
style.


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* BrilliantButLazy: Jason is actually capable of drawing pretty good cartoon art, but puts zero effort into ''Powerup''--as a passive-aggressive act of rebellion against Chad. He has all kinds of ideas for his own artistic projects, as shown in one of Draz's comics. But once he's at college, away from Chad, he can't motivate himself to get any of those projects off the ground. Depressingly, ''Powerup Comics'' remains Jason's most successful work, just because it's the only work he's actually published.
1st Sep '17 3:46:44 PM MetaFour
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* CharacterDevelopment: Development in-comic is rather lackluster, but the events of the comic are very revealing about the "real" Chad's psyche--for instance, the way his relationship with his father is portrayed in the comic says a lot about his real father. His commentaries in TheRant also provide insight, showing Chad developing interest in politics (and CompletelyMissingThePoint), political correctness (and CompletelyMissingThePoint), and so on. His cameos in ''Webcomic/sche'' support this interpretation, showing him as an oppressive bully who controls Jason, but is too stupid even to realise this is what he's doing. Since Shadow is the comic's real joke, from a meta perspective, this trope is the only reason the comic exists.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Development in-comic is rather lackluster, but the events of the comic are very revealing about the "real" Chad's psyche--for instance, the way his relationship with his father is portrayed in the comic says a lot about his real father. His commentaries in TheRant also provide insight, showing Chad developing interest in politics (and CompletelyMissingThePoint), political correctness (and CompletelyMissingThePoint), and so on. His cameos in ''Webcomic/sche'' ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'' support this interpretation, showing him as an oppressive bully who controls Jason, but is too stupid even to realise this is what he's doing. Since Shadow is the comic's real joke, from a meta perspective, this trope is the only reason the comic exists.



* CosmicDeadline: With the real-life Chug's departure (and thus, the end of the comic) looming, every conceivable plot line gets wrapped up, the answers are revealed to mysteries that the audience didn't even know were mysteries, and half of the supporting characters reveal themselves to be long-lost relatives of Shadow.
* CrazyCatLady: Shadow (the author) apparently thinks all feminists are like this:.

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* CosmicDeadline: With the real-life Chug's Jason's departure (and thus, the end of the comic) looming, every conceivable plot line gets wrapped up, the answers are revealed to mysteries that the audience didn't even know were mysteries, and half of the supporting characters reveal themselves to be long-lost relatives of Shadow.
* CrazyCatLady: Shadow (the author) Chad apparently thinks all feminists are like this:.


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* FakeOutMakeOut: [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5539179/ Here]], Shadow and Chug evade an ISIS assassin by [[HoYay stripping naked and making out with each other]].


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* {{Hipster}}: Teabag, [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5539528/ who joined ISIS "ironically".]]


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* NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat: The comic constantly uses "gay" as a pejorative, yet Shadow awkwardly insists he's got no problem with gay men.
-->'''[[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5539082/ Shadow]]:''' See, when I created Gayland for you years ago, it wasn't because I was homophobic. It's because I really wanted you to have a place where you're free to express your sexuality.
1st Sep '17 3:18:38 PM MetaFour
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: InUniverse.
** Jason's departure for college results in his character, Chad, also leaving for college in the comic. And Chad rushes through the plot to fit it all in before Jason goes.
** Sometime during Jason's absence, Chad got into a long-term relationship with Shana, and had a son. So in the rebooted comic, Shadow and Shana are now a thing, and they have a baby named Ladow.
** And then there's [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5537550/ this comic]], where he pauses a story to apologize to the "real" Shana for a comic that offended her. And then spends the next few comics passive-aggressively sniping at her for being offended.
1st Sep '17 2:56:06 PM MetaFour
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* AdaptationDecay: InUniverse. Shadow's book ''Gamer Heaven is Real'' gets adapted into a movie. The director casts Creator/DwayneJohnson [[WTHCastingAgency as Dorkwinkle, and casts the real Dorkwinkle as Shadow]] (after briefly trying [[RaceLife Abdi as Shadow]]). Overall, he tries to turn the entire thing into LeFilmArtistique.

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* AdaptationDecay: InUniverse. Shadow's book ''Gamer Heaven is Real'' gets adapted into a movie. The director casts Creator/DwayneJohnson [[WTHCastingAgency as Dorkwinkle, and casts the real Dorkwinkle as Shadow]] (after briefly trying [[RaceLife [[RaceLift Abdi as Shadow]]). Overall, he tries to turn the entire thing into LeFilmArtistique.



* IgnoredAesop: [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5030477/ Here]], Shadow relates the aftermath of an incident where he was [[GroinAttack shot in the "magnum"]] after making sexist jokes to Alix (who had just become a feminist).
-->"I guess she just wanted to teach me a lesson regarding my own rash judgements, shallow views, and general insensitivity towards others.\\
But really, all I learned was that all women are overemotional psychos."

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* IgnoredAesop: IgnoredAesop:
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[[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5030477/ Here]], Shadow relates the aftermath of an incident where he was [[GroinAttack shot in the "magnum"]] (with ketchup) after making sexist jokes to Alix (who had just become a feminist).
-->"I -->'''Shadow:''' I guess she just wanted to teach me a lesson regarding my own rash judgements, shallow views, and general insensitivity towards others.\\
But really, all I learned was that all women are overemotional psychos."
** In the "Shadowgate" storyline, Shadow finds himself on the receiving end of a harassment campaign remarkably similar to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamergate_controversy Gamergate]]. [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5532056/ In the final comic]], Shadow learns about Zoe Quinn going through the same thing he did. His conclusion?
-->'''Shadow:''' Well, as my story proves, sexism has nothing to do with it. It can happen just as easily to a man as it can to a woman. I'd like to shoot every single moron who thinks gamers are sexist. Now show me her leaked nudes.


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* LostInCharacter: Dwayne Johnson gets cast as Dorkwinkle for the movie of Shadow's life. Dwayne resorts to MethodActing and, [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5529668/ as seen here]], has "gone full Jared Leto". In the end, he can't get out of character, even after the movie's cancelled, and has to be {{Mercy Kill}}ed.
1st Sep '17 2:38:10 PM MetaFour
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''Powerup Comics'' is an elaborate prank in webcomic form. Chad aka “Shadow” and Jason “Chug” Krydenski, the alleged author and artist, are just as fictional as the webcomic they created. In reality, the comic was conceived by Eli Parker, and created with plenty of input from other members of the Truth & Beauty Bombs forum (at the time, the home of the ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' fandom). The entire point was to create a SoUnfunnyItsFunny StealthParody of TwoGamersOnACouch webcomics in general, and of ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' in particular--thus, all the aforementioned flaws were completely deliberate on the creators’ parts. Whether or not they [[GoneHorriblyRight succeeded too well]] in making a bad webcomic is left for the reader to determine.

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''Powerup Comics'' is an elaborate prank in webcomic form. Chad aka “Shadow” Wilson and Jason “Chug” Krydenski, the alleged author and artist, are just as fictional as the webcomic they created. In reality, the comic was conceived by Eli Parker, and created with plenty of input from other members of the Truth & Beauty Bombs forum (at the time, the home of the ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' fandom). The entire point was to create a SoUnfunnyItsFunny StealthParody of TwoGamersOnACouch webcomics in general, and of ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' in particular--thus, all the aforementioned flaws were completely deliberate on the creators’ parts. Whether or not they [[GoneHorriblyRight succeeded too well]] in making a bad webcomic is left for the reader to determine.



* AmbiguouslyBrown: Darkwinkle. Not for lack of information, but because Chad himself can’t keep the information straight: Darkwinkle varies from black to Indian from strip to strip.

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* AdaptationDecay: InUniverse. Shadow's book ''Gamer Heaven is Real'' gets adapted into a movie. The director casts Creator/DwayneJohnson [[WTHCastingAgency as Dorkwinkle, and casts the real Dorkwinkle as Shadow]] (after briefly trying [[RaceLife Abdi as Shadow]]). Overall, he tries to turn the entire thing into LeFilmArtistique.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Darkwinkle. Not for lack of information, but because Chad himself can’t keep his race changes every time the information straight: Darkwinkle varies from subject comes up: he's black to in some comics and Indian from strip to strip.in others.



** [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5135235/ Here]], Chug debuts a new style after having taken some art classes. It's more detailed, yet ''uglier'' than before. It only lasts about five pages before Chug quietly switches back to the old style.
** When Chug-the-artist departs for college, [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5271570/ the final page he draws]] is basically a huge middle finger directed at Shadow. [[spoiler:The art features actual shading, backgrounds, new poses and facial expressions, and a distinct lack of copy-pasting--demonstrating that Chug could have drawn better all along, but chose not to.]] To drive the point home, the art fades back to the usual, crappy style as soon as Chug-the-character leaves the page.
** Amy Sauce and Draz's new art styles were wildly different (and a huge step up) from Chug's style.

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** [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5135235/ Here]], Chug Jason debuts a new style after having taken some art classes. It's more detailed, yet ''uglier'' than before. It only lasts about five pages before Chug Jason quietly switches back to the old style.
** When Chug-the-artist departs for college, [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5271570/ the The final page he draws]] Jason draws before leaving for college]] is basically a huge middle finger directed at Shadow. Chad. [[spoiler:The art features actual shading, backgrounds, new poses and facial expressions, and a distinct lack of copy-pasting--demonstrating that Chug Jason could have drawn better all along, but chose not to.]] To drive the point home, the art fades back to the usual, crappy style as soon as Chug-the-character Chug leaves the page.
** Amy Sauce and Draz's new art styles were wildly different (and a huge step up) from Chug's Jason's style.



* DeathOfTheAuthor: Invoked by the movie director [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5529261/ here]], to justify AdaptationDecay. Shadow (being the author) is a much bigger fan of "Death of the Director".



* FollowTheLeader: [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5530708/ This strip]], where Shadow admits outright that he's trying to appeal to ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' fans.

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* FollowTheLeader: [[invoked]] [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5530708/ This strip]], where Shadow admits outright that he's trying to appeal to ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' fans.


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* OverlyPrepreparedGag: Turns out there is no movie adaptation of Shadow's book. It was all just an elaborate ruse to trick Dorkwinkle into shooting himself.
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* ImplausibleDeniability: [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5529137/ When cops find a bong in Abdi's car,]] he claims that it's a clock. And then his explanation of how this "clock" works gets completely {{Metaphorgotten}}. And the excuse actually works.
-->'''Abdi:''' Yeah, see the uh... height of the smoke indicates what hour it is. And the minute is indicated by the massiveness of the bong rip that I take. Right now I'd say it's about... 4:20.
1st Sep '17 1:47:00 PM MetaFour
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* FollowTheLeader: [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5530708/ This strip]], where Shadow admits outright that he's trying to appeal to ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' fans.



* OneSteveLimit: Shadow's not happy upon hearing that Abdi also goes by the nickname Shadow.
-->'''Shadow:''' Sorry, but there's already a Shadow around here. I'm calling you Darkwinkle.\\
'''Abdi:''' Fine by me, Whitewinkle.



* PositiveDiscrimination: Shadow-the-author makes Abdi, the new [[TokenMinority token black guy]], a genius specifically because "that should shut up the sjw's."



* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler:Darkwinkle is revealed to be Barack Obama in disguise, secretly testing whether Shadow is racist. Shadow passes, of course, and is awarded NWordPrivileges.]]

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* TheRealRemingtonSteele: The original Darkwinkle is revealed as a false identity. Then the reboot [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5529090/ introduces Abdi]], who was allegedly the inspiration for the "Darkwinkle" persona.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler:Darkwinkle Darkwinkle is revealed to be Barack Obama in disguise, secretly testing whether Shadow is racist. Shadow passes, of course, and is awarded NWordPrivileges.]]
16th Aug '17 2:41:40 PM Josef5678
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Darkwinkle. Not for lack of information, but because Chad himself can’t keep the information straight: Darkwinkle varies from black to Mexican from strip to strip.

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Darkwinkle. Not for lack of information, but because Chad himself can’t keep the information straight: Darkwinkle varies from black to Mexican Indian from strip to strip.



* CharacterDevelopment: Development in-comic is rather lackluster, but the events of the comic are very revealing about the "real" Chad's psyche--for instance, the way his relationship with his father is portrayed in the comic says a lot about his real father. His commentaries in TheRant also provide insight, showing Chad developing interest in politics (and CompletelyMissingThePoint), political correctness (and CompletelyMissingThePoint), and so on. His cameos in ''UnwindersTallComics'' support this interpretation, showing him as an oppressive bully who controls Jason, but is too stupid even to realise this is what he's doing. Since Shadow is the comic's real joke, from a meta perspective, this trope is the only reason the comic exists.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Development in-comic is rather lackluster, but the events of the comic are very revealing about the "real" Chad's psyche--for instance, the way his relationship with his father is portrayed in the comic says a lot about his real father. His commentaries in TheRant also provide insight, showing Chad developing interest in politics (and CompletelyMissingThePoint), political correctness (and CompletelyMissingThePoint), and so on. His cameos in ''UnwindersTallComics'' ''Webcomic/sche'' support this interpretation, showing him as an oppressive bully who controls Jason, but is too stupid even to realise this is what he's doing. Since Shadow is the comic's real joke, from a meta perspective, this trope is the only reason the comic exists.



* ScheduleSlip: The Amy-drawn comics are so bad about this that Shadow {{lampshade}}s it in TheRant. [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5416120/ This comic]] was allegedly written back when ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' was in theaters--and it took so long to get finished that the dialogue was changed to refer to the home video release.



* TakeThat: In general, the entire comic is a StealthParody of works like ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel''

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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In general, the entire comic is a StealthParody of works like ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel''''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel''.
12th Aug '17 9:57:15 AM nombretomado
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* StealthParody: Of TwoGamersOnACouch webcomics in general, and of ''CtrlAltDel'' in particular. While Powerup rarely directly mentions CAD, it copies all the features that Truth & Beauty Bombs members considered CAD’s biggest flaws (OnlySixFaces, the gamer religion, the one "dramatic" story, claiming to be a gaming webcomic while focusing on story arcs that have nothing to do with gaming, etc.).

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* StealthParody: Of TwoGamersOnACouch webcomics in general, and of ''CtrlAltDel'' ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' in particular. While Powerup rarely directly mentions CAD, it copies all the features that Truth & Beauty Bombs members considered CAD’s biggest flaws (OnlySixFaces, the gamer religion, the one "dramatic" story, claiming to be a gaming webcomic while focusing on story arcs that have nothing to do with gaming, etc.).



* TakeThat: In general, the entire comic is a StealthParody of works like ''CtrlAltDel''

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* TakeThat: In general, the entire comic is a StealthParody of works like ''CtrlAltDel''''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel''
5th Jul '17 11:47:56 PM mariofan1000
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* SnapBack: In a bizarre MetaFiction example, the comic was put on hiatus after (fictional) "creative differences" between Shadow and Chug. The comic came back abruptly in late 2016 without addressing this.
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