History WebComic / PHD

11th May '16 1:43:32 AM Adept
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* PerpetualFrowner: Prof. Smith's default expression is that of a stern glare, [[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1451 and it remains so, even as his mood changes]]. Also true of [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1831998591/the-phd-movie-2-still-in-grad-school/posts/896263 his film persona]].
11th May '16 1:41:55 AM Adept
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* MonochromeCasting: Averted. The main character is Asian/Hispanic, Tajel is non-American and has an East Indian mother, and Prof. Khumalo is African.
9th May '16 2:49:49 AM Adept
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[[Characters/PHD Now has a character page.]]

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[[Characters/PHD [[Characters/{{PHD}} Now has a character page.]]
9th May '16 2:49:26 AM Adept
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The characters are a bunch of graduate students at Stanford University. They obsess about ever getting their theses completed, struggle to make ends meet with their meager stipends, wonder why life is passing them by, and slack off while their supervisors aren't looking.

The main characters are:

'''????'''

[[NoNameGiven The unnamed protagonist]] who serves as the typical go-to representative of a graduate student. He majors in engineering and sees grad school as a good way to postpone the real world. Prof. Smith is his adviser. Has an older brother (who Mike knows) and a younger sister named Dee.

'''Cecilia'''

An engineering grad and OnlySaneMan of the bunch who just recently came to crushing realization that she is, in fact, a geek. Almost always seen in the same bright red shirt. Prof. Jones is her adviser.

'''Mike [[MeaningfulName Slackenerny]]'''

TheSlacker, who has been at grad school longer than any other character. He has a surprising amount of luck in his quest to obtain free food, though this has not endeared him to the faculty. The only one who actually graduated. Now a post-doc. Prof. Smith was his adviser.

'''Tajel'''

A humanities- er, ''Social Science'' student who is constantly finding causes to rally protests. She's Cecilia's house mate and best friend, though she's much more easygoing than the latter. Prof. Rivera is her adviser.

'''Dee'''

The protagonist's younger sister who would eventually enrol in Standford as an undergrad. Like her brother, she sees the world of academics as a way to postpone real life, and is a lot more cavalier in her (irresponsible) attitude about it. Hasn't really figured out what she wants to do, has no major, and are more concerned about enjoying her freedom as a university student than actually achieving a degree.

'''Professor Smith'''

A SadistTeacher whose past accomplishments are [[MysteriousPast spoken of in whispers by grad students.]] Wears a mix of CoolShades, ScaryShinyGlasses, and OpaqueNerdGlasses.

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The characters are a bunch comics depict the typical life of graduate students at in Stanford University. They University: how they obsess about ever getting their theses completed, struggle to make ends meet with their meager stipends, wonder why life is passing them by, and slack off while their supervisors aren't looking.

The main characters are:

'''????'''

[[NoNameGiven The unnamed protagonist]] who serves as the typical go-to representative of a graduate student. He majors in engineering and sees grad school as a good way to postpone the real world. Prof. Smith is his adviser. Has an older brother (who Mike knows) and a younger sister named Dee.

'''Cecilia'''

An engineering grad and OnlySaneMan of the bunch who just recently came to crushing realization that she is, in fact, a geek. Almost always seen in the same bright red shirt. Prof. Jones is her adviser.

'''Mike [[MeaningfulName Slackenerny]]'''

TheSlacker, who has been at grad school longer than any other character. He
[[Characters/PHD Now has a surprising amount of luck in his quest to obtain free food, though this has not endeared him to the faculty. The only one who actually graduated. Now a post-doc. Prof. Smith was his adviser.

'''Tajel'''

A humanities- er, ''Social Science'' student who is constantly finding causes to rally protests. She's Cecilia's house mate and best friend, though she's much more easygoing than the latter. Prof. Rivera is her adviser.

'''Dee'''

The protagonist's younger sister who would eventually enrol in Standford as an undergrad. Like her brother, she sees the world of academics as a way to postpone real life, and is a lot more cavalier in her (irresponsible) attitude about it. Hasn't really figured out what she wants to do, has no major, and are more concerned about enjoying her freedom as a university student than actually achieving a degree.

'''Professor Smith'''

A SadistTeacher whose past accomplishments are [[MysteriousPast spoken of in whispers by grad students.]] Wears a mix of CoolShades, ScaryShinyGlasses, and OpaqueNerdGlasses.
character page.]]



* AudienceSurrogate: The protagonist has no name or any distinctive personality, and could represent just about any Grad Student.
* AuthorAvatar: Whenever the strips receive a reader's comment/request that needs addressing, Cecilia would be the one to respond to them.



* BigEater:
** Whenever he's not sleeping, Mike would likely by sneaking around association meets trying to steal food.
** Dee, the main character's younger sister, is almost always eating, and at one point left in the middle of an exam to buy food.



* DoesNotLikeShoes: Tajel sometimes, as part of her GranolaGirl personality.
* EatingLunchAlone: Doing it at the campus cafeteria makes Cecilia feel unbearably self-conscious.



%%* GranolaGirl: Tajel.
* HappilyMarried: Mike and his wife Jennifer have a happy, stable relationship, even though she does occasionally get exasperated with his laziness. Pretty surprising, considering how he only knew her for ''a week'' before eloping with her in Las Vegas.
* HeavySleeper:
** When Mike is not trying to mooch free food, he'd most likely be sleeping.
** To a lesser extent, Dee. She could barely wake up on time to attend an 11 o'clock class, and would fall asleep in class anyway. She doesn't even have the justificiation of staying up too late.



* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: Cecilia with her secret high school crush. She finds out ten years later that he had noticed her all right.



* InVinoVeritas: Played with. The shy and reclusive Cecilia turns into the LifeOfTheParty not because of drunkenness, but from a chocolate high.



* MeaningfulName: The resident RidiculousProcrastinator is creatively named Mike Slackenerny.



* NerdGlasses: The main character is the embodiment of a stereotypical, dorky grad student. Naturally, he wears a pair of glasses.



* NoNameGiven: The main character of the strip is never referred to by name. Jorge uses him to depict himself in his "Tales from the Road", where he visits other universities. In the movie, [[spoiler:his name is revealed to be Winston.]]



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Everyone is freaked out to see [[TheSlacker Mike]] [[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=722 actually working]]. When he was about to submit his thesis to ''finally'' graduate, he actually have a whole crowd of grad students watching him, as though it was a parade.
* OutOfFocus: The main character briefly got shafted out of the limelight when he decided to quit his [=PhD=], with the subsequent strips focusing more on Mike, Cecelia, Tajel and Dee.



* PlatonicLifePartners: Dee is always hanging out with this one guy, and laments at the prospect of not getting in the same grad school as him. Even the guy is surprised that they're "just friends".
* ProfessionalSlacker: Inverted with Mike, who would ''much'' rather do household chores and take care of his kid rather than work on his research/thesis.



* RidiculousProcrastinator: Mike has started procrastination journey from the moment ''[[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive/phd103002s.gif he was born]]''.



* SadistTeacher: Smith clearly enjoys overworking the grad students and post-docs, and spoiling their holidays for them.
--> "Turning holiday cheer into sheer panic is my favorite part of the season."
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Whenever Prof. Smith is being depicted as a SadistTeacher who makes the grad students' life hell, his spectacles become opaque. Otherwise, it's a normal glasses.



* ShroudedInMyth: [[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1395 There are many rumours about Prof. Smith's past floating around the campus.]] How many of them are acttually true is up to debate.



* TeacherStudentRomance: Tajel dated one of her faculty Professors, Khumalo, and eventually married him. In an interesting variation of the trope, the teacher is actually ''younger'' than the student because Tajel is another one of those eternal grad students who would probably never graduate.
* TerseTalker: Prof. Smith's email tends to be very short and takes only about a second to write.
* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Cecilia has an addiction for chocolate and cookies (except raisin ones).



* {{Workaholic}}: Professor Smith doesn't believe in holidays, and would rather stay at the campus to continue his research, than go on a vacation with his family. Even when he's forced to go anyway, he'll be bringing his laptop and continue to monitor his grad students and postdocs through emails while being away.
9th May '16 1:56:50 AM Adept
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A humanities- er, ''Social Science'' student, she is constantly finding causes to rally protests. A GranolaGirl and proud of it. Prof. Rivera is her adviser.

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A humanities- er, ''Social Science'' student, she student who is constantly finding causes to rally protests. A GranolaGirl She's Cecilia's house mate and proud of it.best friend, though she's much more easygoing than the latter. Prof. Rivera is her adviser.
adviser.

'''Dee'''

The protagonist's younger sister who would eventually enrol in Standford as an undergrad. Like her brother, she sees the world of academics as a way to postpone real life, and is a lot more cavalier in her (irresponsible) attitude about it. Hasn't really figured out what she wants to do, has no major, and are more concerned about enjoying her freedom as a university student than actually achieving a degree.


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* AuthorAvatar: Whenever the strips receive a reader's comment/request that needs addressing, Cecilia would be the one to respond to them.
14th Apr '16 4:23:24 AM Adept
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* DivergentCharacterEvolution: In the [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness earlier strips]], all the University professors were portrayed as a bunch of sinister, faceless organisation who goes out their way to make the students' lives more difficult, especially during Quals. Now, they're mostly given distinct appearance and personality: Professor Smith is still the mean SternTeacher, Professor Jones tries to be helpful but is often scatterbrained, Professor Rivera is very flippant and easygoing, but doesn't really pay attention to what his students are doing.

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* DivergentCharacterEvolution: In the [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness earlier strips]], all the University professors were portrayed as a bunch collective group of sinister, faceless organisation HiveMind who goes out their way to make the students' lives more difficult, especially during Quals. Now, they're mostly given distinct appearance and personality: personalities: Professor Smith is still the mean SternTeacher, Professor Jones tries to be helpful but is often scatterbrained, Professor Rivera is very flippant and easygoing, but doesn't really pay attention to what his students are doing.
14th Apr '16 4:21:25 AM Adept
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* DivergentCharacterEvolution: In the [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness earlier strips]], all the University professors were portrayed as a bunch of sinister, faceless organisation who goes out their way to make the students' lives more difficult, especially during Quals. Now, they're mostly given distinct appearance and personality: Professor Smith is still the stern MeanTeacher, Professor Jones tries to be helpful but is often scatterbrained, Professor Rivera is very flippant and easygoing, but doesn't really pay attention to what his students are doing.

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* DivergentCharacterEvolution: In the [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness earlier strips]], all the University professors were portrayed as a bunch of sinister, faceless organisation who goes out their way to make the students' lives more difficult, especially during Quals. Now, they're mostly given distinct appearance and personality: Professor Smith is still the stern MeanTeacher, mean SternTeacher, Professor Jones tries to be helpful but is often scatterbrained, Professor Rivera is very flippant and easygoing, but doesn't really pay attention to what his students are doing.



* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: To keep going, the series needs the characters to remain grad students, meaning they have to postpone the completion of their respective theses indefinitely. Ultimately averted with Mike, who does complete his own thesis after years of procrastination, but stays anyway as a member of the teaching staff.

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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: To keep going, the series needs the characters to remain grad students, meaning they have to postpone the completion of their respective theses indefinitely. Ultimately averted with Mike, who does complete Mike ultimately subverts this; having been the oldest grad student for several years, he finally manages to finish his own thesis dissertation after years of procrastination, procrastination and graduate, but stays anyway as a member of the teaching staff.



* OverlyLongScream: The main character managed to scream for "[[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive/phd112706s.gif one week and counting]]".

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* OverlyLongScream: The main character managed to scream for "[[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive/phd112706s.gif one week and counting]]".counting]]" after he discovered that someone else had written about his research topic.
1st Apr '16 6:09:40 AM Adept
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* CueTheFlyingPigs: [[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=590 Actual flying pigs flocked over through the university hall]], while Hell freezes over when it was revealed that Mike might actually graduate.

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* CueTheFlyingPigs: [[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=590 Actual An actual flock of flying pigs flocked were seen over through the university hall]], campus]], while Hell freezes over when it was revealed that Mike might actually graduate.
1st Apr '16 6:08:09 AM Adept
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Dee's friend has a dark skin, but he has no name or distinctive features to determine his actual race.

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Dee's friend has a dark skin, but he has no name or distinctive features to determine his actual race.race (unlike Tajel, who we know is half-Indian from her mother).



* BigEater: Dee, the main character's younger sister.

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* BigEater: BigEater:
** Whenever he's not sleeping, Mike would likely by sneaking around association meets trying to steal food.
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Dee, the main character's younger sister.sister, is almost always eating, and at one point left in the middle of an exam to buy food.
1st Apr '16 6:01:05 AM Adept
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* CueTheFlyingPigs: [[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=590 Here]]. Also, Hell Freezes Over. Guess what just happened.

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* CueTheFlyingPigs: [[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=590 Here]]. Also, Actual flying pigs flocked over through the university hall]], while Hell Freezes Over. Guess what just happened.freezes over when it was revealed that Mike might actually graduate.
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