History WebComic / DumbingOfAge

20th Mar '17 2:05:55 PM Scorntex
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** Clint. In his only appearance in ''Shortpacked'', he beat up a guy for complaining about G.I. Joe toys. Here, he's emotionally and verbally abusive towards Ruth.


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** Clint goes from a one-off Shortpacked character to [[spoiler:Ruth's abusive grandfather]].
20th Mar '17 12:26:22 AM DrPsyche
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* BrilliantButLazy: Walky exhibits traits of this, especially due to the fact that he has said that he has been "very good at gettin' "A"s without havin' to do anything." Even before his academic background comes up, Willis made a point of showing him to be the sort of person who could casually reference [[Creator/MCEscher]] in conversation. However, recent events have shown he does have limits, with college-level material kicking his ass once initial review units end.

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* BrilliantButLazy: Walky exhibits traits of this, especially due to the fact that he has said that he has been "very good at gettin' "A"s without havin' to do anything." Even before his academic background comes up, Willis made a point of showing him to be the sort of person who could casually reference [[Creator/MCEscher]] Creator/MCEscher in conversation. However, recent events have shown he does have limits, with college-level material kicking his ass once initial review units end.
9th Mar '17 5:52:54 PM LentilSandEater
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* {{Adorkable}}:
** Joyce.
** Dina too.
** Danny has his moments.
** Billie tries '''way''' too hard and every so often gives hints that she has [[ClosetGeek certain hobbies]]...

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* {{Adorkable}}:
** Joyce.
** Dina too.
** Danny has his moments.
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{{Adorkable}}: Billie tries '''way''' too hard and every so often gives hints that she has [[ClosetGeek certain hobbies]]...hobbies]]...
%%** Joyce.
%%** Dina too.
%%** Danny has his moments.
14th Feb '17 3:47:52 PM ADHadh
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* AuthorTract: Willis often uses his comic to explore bigotry, specifically the way fundimentalism can nurture that quality in people and the effects it can have on others. Joyce's arc is about exorcising hers, while Becky, Leslie, and Carla's arcs are about dealing with other people's. Sal specifically is struggling with the way her parents treated her for being "blacker" than her brother.

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* AuthorTract: Willis often uses his comic to explore bigotry, specifically the way fundimentalism fundamentalism can nurture that quality in people and the effects it can have on others. Joyce's arc is about exorcising hers, while Becky, Leslie, and Carla's arcs are about dealing with other people's. Sal specifically is struggling with the way her parents treated her for being "blacker" than her brother. He is not very subtle about it and has lashed at the audience for "not getting it" in the past.
29th Jan '17 5:51:55 PM Scorntex
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* LargeHam: Sydney Yuss retains her hammy nature, despite working in a pizzeria.


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* SkewedPriorities: Galasso fires Sydney not for screwing up an order, but for confusing Dina and Becky. He wouldn't have fired her at all, if Sydney had managed to intimidate the two into going with it.
-->''You have '''not''' bested these underclassmen. They are '''not''' cowed. They are merely bewildered. Your weakness '''shames''' this institution.''
28th Jan '17 6:37:11 PM Scorntex
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** In early 2017, Leslie's apartment is shown to have a ''Star Wars: The Force Awakens'' poster hanging in it. ''Shortpacked'' established Leslie as being a ''Star Wars'' fan. Specifically, the poster is of General Leia. Back in ''Shortpacked'', Leslie told Robin that it was watching ''Return of the Jedi'' and seeing Leia in the slave bikini that helped her realize she was gay.
8th Jan '17 4:03:21 AM DaibhidC
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** An early and shortlived meme among readers was to find background characters who look like [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Shaggy.]]

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** An early and shortlived meme among readers was to find background characters who look like [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Shaggy.]]]] This became a lot easier now that he's tagged as Norville - Shaggy's real name in the cartoon.
21st Dec '16 8:54:04 PM Wackd
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** Roz. She encourages safe sex and even insisted on putting a clause of politically correct language in her roommate agreement, but is also not above sabotaging her sister's political career because the two have opposing views.
** Joe, and he makes this crystal clear early on. (Turns out he's actually pretty heavy on the ethics too, to the point that his promiscuity appears to be his only character flaw.) For example, he's visibly shaken when Joyce freaks out at him after the (unrelated) incident at the party, and he nearly cries when Danny calls him a bad wingman. Even his style of promiscuity counts as a kind of ethics, as it makes him perfectly honest and up-front about his intentions to anyone he hits on.

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** Roz. Roz's sexual ethics are pretty strong, making a point of--for instance--asking Joe if it's okay to tape their encounter. She encourages also goes out of her way to promote safe sex and even insisted counciling for rape victims. Her ethics on putting things that ''aren't'' sex are a clause of politically correct language in her roommate agreement, but is also bit iffy, however, as she's often been mean to Joyce when it's clear she's doing more harm than good, and may or may not above sabotaging her sister's political career because the two have opposing views.been planning to out her bisexual older sister.
** Joe, and he makes this crystal clear early on. (Turns out he's actually Joe fancies himself one of these, but--intentionally or not--he's pretty heavy on the ethics too, bad at it, claiming to value consent while clearly not quite understanding what it means. He continues trying to get Joyce in bed during their date long past the point that his promiscuity appears where it's clear she's uncomfortable with it, he needs to be snapped at by Sarah to stop making eyes at her despite her own angry eyes being an unsubtle cue, and his only character flaw.) For example, he's visibly shaken when Joyce freaks out at entire list of times it's not okay to have sex with a girl is "when she's drunk" and "when she's crying." His supposed ethics also don't stop him after from treating the (unrelated) incident at women around him like objects, keeping an actual list of the party, women on campus by vague discription and he nearly cries when Danny calls him a bad wingman. Even his style of promiscuity counts as a kind of ethics, as it makes him perfectly honest hotness rating and up-front about his intentions to anyone he hits on.distributing it via RSS.
21st Dec '16 8:44:03 PM Wackd
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** Walky.
** Joyce.
** Dina, due to having NoSocialSkills.

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** Walky.
Walky may be intelligent and sarcastic, but a lot of his behavior, most notably his horrible diet and attitude towards masculinity, would look a lot better on a fourth grader than a college student.
** Joyce.
Joyce's fundimentalist upbringing means she's got a shallow knowledge base for most normal teenage topics but a deep one for Biblical minutia. Walky's described her superpower as "being able to say the scariest, most messed-up crap while somehow thinkin' it sounds ''fantastic''."
** Dina, due to having NoSocialSkills.NoSocialSkills
21st Dec '16 8:34:34 PM Wackd
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* CharacterDevelopment: Even though it's early on and pacing is slow, we've seen quite a bit:
** Sarah swallowed her pride and apologized to Raidah for punching her in their altercation after Joyce advised her to. Raidah was clearly surprised and suspicious, but decided she sounded genuine. Both sides sound calmer and more civil now if not exactly friends.
** While Billie is still in denial about her drinking, she has realized she's no longer at the top of the social pyramid. Not to mention how out of shape she is. And after both [[spoiler: kissing Sal while drunk]] and [[spoiler: being kissed by Ruth]] she's really beginning to question her sexuality.
** Joyce might be perky and still a caricature of fundamentalists. But she is genuinely tolerant of others and has taken steps towards self improvement. She's formed friendships with people very unlike her (Dorothy, Sarah, etc.), tried dating and is clearly dealing with the trauma of having [[spoiler: nearly been raped by Ryan]].

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* CharacterDevelopment: Even though it's early on and pacing is slow, we've We've seen quite a bit:
** Sarah swallowed her pride and apologized to Raidah for punching her has gone through life an antisocial pessimist who can only see the worst in their altercation after people. But Joyce advised her to. Raidah was clearly and Dina have surprised her with their resiliance, and suspicious, but decided she sounded genuine. Both sides sound calmer caused her to take an active effort to be kinder to people and more civil now if not exactly friends.
open with her feelings.
** While Billie is still in denial about started the comic thinking most people were beneath her drinking, and that her social skills could pull her through any situation. However, her lack of social success with anyone but the losers she has realized she's normally looks down on, and her inability to help Ruth or break her own bad habits, have caused her to go through severe bouts of self-loathing and depression.
** Joyce came to college with the sole goals of finding a husband, but after nearly being raped by Ryan and enduring Walky and Joe's HeManWomanHater tendencies, she can
no longer at the top of the social pyramid. Not bring herself to mention how out of shape talk to most men--or, unfortunately, function alone in public, a shame because she is. And after both [[spoiler: kissing Sal while drunk]] ''also'' came to college as a sunny and [[spoiler: being kissed by Ruth]] she's really beginning to question her sexuality.
** Joyce might be perky and still a caricature of fundamentalists. But she is genuinely tolerant of others and has taken steps towards self improvement. She's formed friendships
friendly individual whose trust knew no bounds. Her experiences with people very unlike Dorothy, Becky, and Ethan have also caused her (Dorothy, Sarah, etc.), tried dating to reevaluate many of her prejudices, and is clearly dealing her expriences with the trauma racial diversity have taught her to think before she speaks.
** Walky is a lesser example, given his tendency to fight against any and all forms
of having [[spoiler: nearly been raped by Ryan]].self-improvment, but he's at least realized that his tendency to turn everything into a joke has a potentially alienating effect on those around him and that he needs to learn how to take things seriously.


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** Hank, Joyce's father, has started breaking away from the Brown party line as of late, largely due to Joyce's influence.
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