History WebComic / SchlockMercenary

23rd May '16 12:25:33 AM MattStriker
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* ClonesArePeopleToo: All clones are considered real people with little debate.
** The surviving gate clones who were freed were given status as legal individuals, including every Gav, who was duplicated nearly a billion times. There were most likely political ramifications, but this didn't affect the Toughs, so it wasn't expanded on.
*** They are very specifically considered to be the same person up to the point where they were cloned, and separate people after. The precedent was set by a case where the original had been convicted of a crime committed before the cloning, and the clone was also executed (the conviction carried more than one death sentence due to severity).

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* ClonesArePeopleToo: All clones are considered real people with little debate.
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debate. The surviving gate clones who were freed were given status as legal individuals, including every Gav, who was duplicated nearly a billion times. There were most likely political ramifications, but this didn't affect the Toughs, so it wasn't expanded on. \n*** They are very specifically considered to be the same person up to the point where they were cloned, and separate people after. The precedent was set by a case where the original had been convicted of a crime committed before the cloning, and the clone was also executed (the conviction carried more than one death sentence due to severity).
21st May '16 8:43:53 PM ImpudentInfidel
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*** They are very specifically considered to be the same person up to the point where they were cloned, and separate people after. The precedent was set by a case where the original had been convicted of a crime committed before the cloning, and the clone was also executed (the conviction carried more than one death sentence due to severity).
20th May '16 6:28:47 AM sylviaviridian
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* DiscriminateAndSwitch: A wonderful example when Tagon fires a pair of insectoid soldiers immediately after their eggs hatch, without giving much reason for it. When the Reverend chews him out for his apparent intolerance, he defends himself by saying essentially that a warship is not a place to raise a family: "It's not that they're weird, or that they're mating, or that they lay eggs. It's that they ''laid'' the eggs, and the eggs ''hatched'', and now someone has to ''watch kids''."
15th May '16 6:22:47 PM DelShiftB
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* MechanicalLifeforms: Esspererin are described as some late-phase output from an iterative mechanical replication project, explaining why they didn't need to breathe.
9th May '16 8:25:24 AM GlassRain
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* ChekhovsGun: Used repeatedly, without mercy. In fact, any throwaway oneliner can turn out to be Chekhov's Gun 200 strips later.
** Prime example: Cocked [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-07-29 here]], fired [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-08-30 here]].

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* ChekhovsGun: Used repeatedly, without mercy. In fact, any throwaway oneliner one-liner can turn out to be Chekhov's Gun 200 strips later.
** Prime example: Cocked [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-07-29 here]], fired [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-08-30 here]].a month later]].



** Yet another rapidfire burst of gunfire: The end of "The Body Politic" arc [[spoiler: had the Toughs' collective memories wiped in order to prevent them from being executed by the UNS [[HeKnowsTooMuch in order to cover up secrets.]] The deal also included a complete cutoff from Petey.]] Two arcs later, near the end of "Massively Parallel", [[spoiler: Petey bails them out as mentioned in the above mentioned literal 'Gun', and it's only Schlock's circumvention of the mindwipe rearing its head that makes Tagon listen to anything Petey has to say.]] Like the Toughs themselves, Howard sure loves his guns...

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** Yet another rapidfire rapid-fire burst of gunfire: The end of "The Body Politic" arc [[spoiler: had the Toughs' collective memories wiped in order to prevent them from being executed by the UNS [[HeKnowsTooMuch in order to cover up secrets.]] The deal also included a complete cutoff from Petey.]] Two arcs later, near the end of "Massively Parallel", [[spoiler: Petey bails them out as mentioned in the above mentioned literal 'Gun', and it's only Schlock's circumvention of the mindwipe rearing its head that makes Tagon listen to anything Petey has to say.]] Like the Toughs themselves, Howard sure loves his guns...



* CircusEpisode: In the "Barsoom Circus Command" arc (Book 11, part 2) Schlock's squad infiltrates a circus on Mars.

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* CircusEpisode: In the "Barsoom "[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Barsoom]] Circus Command" arc (Book 11, part 2) Schlock's squad infiltrates a circus on Mars.



* ContinuityNod: Ennesby, in the form we know him (as a single character, instead of pretending to be four different members of a boy band,) first linked up with Tagon's Toughs on the strip from [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-07-11 July 11, 2000]]. Thirteen years later, on [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2013-08-30 August 30, 2013]], his abandoning his career as a boy band returned to bite him when Para Ventura, a very young member of the Toughs, informs him coldly that she cried for a week when it was announced in the news that the "New Sync Boys" were dead, in much the manner of a teenaged or even tweenaged girl with a crush could be expected to.

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* ContinuityNod: Ennesby, in the form we know him (as a single character, instead of pretending to be four different members of a boy band,) first linked up with Tagon's Toughs on the strip from [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-07-11 July 11, 2000]]. Thirteen years later, on [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2013-08-30 August 30, 2013]], his abandoning his career as a boy band returned to bite him when Para Ventura, a very young member of the Toughs, informs him coldly that she cried for a week when it was announced in the news that the "New Sync Boys" were dead, in much the manner of a teenaged teenage or even tweenaged tweenage girl with a crush could be expected to.



** A reality TV host for a glamor show makes fun of [[ActionGirl Elf]] while she's shopping. His miniature camera ends up [[AssShove somewhere that medical help is needed to remove it.]]

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** A reality TV host for a glamor glamour show makes fun of [[ActionGirl Elf]] while she's shopping. His miniature camera ends up [[AssShove somewhere that medical help is needed to remove it.]]



** In the book ''The Scrapyard of Insufferable Arrogance'', Breya's starship was being repaired in a stolen-and-resold Ob'enn fabbery. A pair of Ob'enn Thunderhead Superfortress-class ships were bearing down on them, causing Breya and Kevyn - onboard the ship - to hit the throttles and tear out of there in the hopes of at least DISTRACTING the attackers. Aboard the fabbery, Warrant Officer Thurl sees the ship leave, and immediately heads for the lifeboat at a dead run, encouraging the rest of the engineering squad to keep up. [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2004-08-09 He comments,]] "If the ''Athens'' left like there's no tomorrow, then there probably '''won't''' be."

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** In the book ''The Scrapyard of Insufferable Arrogance'', Breya's starship was being repaired in a stolen-and-resold Ob'enn fabbery. A pair of Ob'enn Thunderhead Superfortress-class ships were bearing down on them, causing Breya and Kevyn - onboard on board the ship - to hit the throttles and tear out of there in the hopes of at least DISTRACTING the attackers. Aboard the fabbery, Warrant Officer Thurl sees the ship leave, and immediately heads for the lifeboat at a dead run, encouraging the rest of the engineering squad to keep up. [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2004-08-09 He comments,]] "If the ''Athens'' left like there's no tomorrow, then there probably '''won't''' be."



* GreyGoo: Mentioned to be a risk of weaponized NanoMachines. An ancient Bradicor suffering from memory loss also makes reference to ''green'' goo when he remeets Schlock.

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* GreyGoo: Mentioned to be a risk of weaponized NanoMachines. An ancient Bradicor suffering from memory loss also makes reference to ''green'' goo when he remeets re-meets Schlock.



* HypocriticalHumor: The Fleetmind, during the war with the Dark Matter Entities, realizes that their human captains aren't willing to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice themselves for the fleet]]. However, when they start talking about it amongst the other [=AIs=] in the fleet, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2002-07-28 Athens says she doesn't want to go first.]]

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* HypocriticalHumor: The Fleetmind, during the war with the Dark Matter Entities, realizes that their human captains aren't willing to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice themselves for the fleet]]. However, when they start talking about it amongst with the other [=AIs=] in the fleet, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2002-07-28 Athens says she doesn't want to go first.]]



* IronicEcho: When Para meets Kevyn for the first time, she recognizes him by name prompting a 'my reputation preceeds me' from Kevyn before she gives him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. When Para meets the timecloned Kevyn, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2013-02-14 it goes exactly the other way around.]]

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* IronicEcho: When Para meets Kevyn for the first time, she recognizes him by name prompting a 'my reputation preceeds precedes me' from Kevyn before she gives him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. When Para meets the timecloned Kevyn, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2013-02-14 it goes exactly the other way around.]]



** Also happens to [[spoiler:Lt. Ventura]]. Her captor tries to be GenreSavvy by not having the [[spoiler:[[PuppyDogEyes innoncent-with-the-big-eyes]] looking girl]] guarded by an easily swayed human guard. [[spoiler:Instead they locked her in with the robots...]]

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** Also happens to [[spoiler:Lt. Ventura]]. Her captor tries to be GenreSavvy by not having the [[spoiler:[[PuppyDogEyes innoncent-with-the-big-eyes]] innocent-with-the-big-eyes]] looking girl]] guarded by an easily swayed human guard. [[spoiler:Instead they locked her in with the robots...]]



'''Lota:''' Yes, that is a little megalomanicial.\\

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'''Lota:''' Yes, that is a little megalomanicial.megalomaniacal.\\



* MightMakesRight: Despite all the cynicism, this trope is usually {{averted}}. Oh, sure, the strong ones can do whatever they like, but at least no one pretends they have the moral highground.

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* MightMakesRight: Despite all the cynicism, this trope is usually {{averted}}. Oh, sure, the strong ones can do whatever they like, but at least no one pretends they have the moral highground.high ground.



* StagedPopulistUprising: In chapter 15, a sinister conspiracy by as-yet unidentified inviduals uses one to initiate a CivilWar on [[spoiler:Earth. They launch a FalseFlagOperation on the Proletariament and use CloneByConversion {{Nanomachines}} to convert the entire police force into their own agents. They then use DoNotAdjustYourSet to announce a revolution for the "people", accusing the Plutorliament of being behind said FalseFlagOperation and claiming that the noble police force has joined their side]] topped with a final dose of [[spoiler: setting out to deliberately blow up the city, erasing all the evidence, along with killing four billion people.]]

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* StagedPopulistUprising: In chapter 15, a sinister conspiracy by as-yet unidentified inviduals individuals uses one to initiate a CivilWar on [[spoiler:Earth. They launch a FalseFlagOperation on the Proletariament and use CloneByConversion {{Nanomachines}} to convert the entire police force into their own agents. They then use DoNotAdjustYourSet to announce a revolution for the "people", accusing the Plutorliament of being behind said FalseFlagOperation and claiming that the noble police force has joined their side]] topped with a final dose of [[spoiler: setting out to deliberately blow up the city, erasing all the evidence, along with killing four billion people.]]



** In another story Vog is discussing his age and how the differences in his own and Earth's calenders make calculating his age in human terms difficult. Just the margin of error is older than human civilization.

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** In another story Vog is discussing his age and how the differences in his own and Earth's calenders calendars make calculating his age in human terms difficult. Just the margin of error is older than human civilization.
1st May '16 10:35:10 AM StarSword
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* PerfectlyCromulentWord: Ennesby has a habit of doing this. Words, phrases, quips, and puns. [[PungeonMaster Ye gads, the puns]]...
-->'''Schlock:''' Ennesby gave me a shorter word to say all that, Sir. 'Assassineated'.\\
'''Tagon:''' Ennesby needs to stop inventing words.



* PerfectlyCromulentWord: Ennesby has a habit of doing this. Words, phrases, quips, and puns. [[PungeonMaster Ye gads, the puns]]...
-->'''Schlock:''' Ennesby gave me a shorter word to say all that, Sir. 'Assassineated'.\\
'''Tagon:''' Ennesby needs to stop inventing words.

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* PerfectlyCromulentWord: Ennesby has a habit of doing this. Words, phrases, quips, PervyPatdown: {{Defied}}. The extremely well-endowed Dr. Bunnigus (who paid her way through university as an exotic dancer) is threatened with this by the border guard at [[WretchedHive Haven Hive]] entry port. Rather than allow her colleagues to respond with violence, she shows the would-be groper what she's ''not'' hiding, and puns. [[PungeonMaster Ye gads, the puns]]...
-->'''Schlock:''' Ennesby gave me
what he'll never, ever get his hands on, in a shorter word to say all that, Sir. 'Assassineated'.\\
'''Tagon:''' Ennesby needs to stop inventing words.
way that leaves him a shuddering wreck.
27th Apr '16 7:26:10 PM Schismatism
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** A vat of hydroponic watermelons is mentioned in book 12, as a means to properly stimulate nanite growth. Come the end of the book, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-11-12 check out what's in the background...]]
25th Apr '16 7:08:57 PM DelShiftB
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* BeachEpisode:
** For about a week, two female characters (one of whom had GagBoobs) talked in bikinis. This was {{lampshaded}}.
** In another beach episode, the mercenary group was attacked by a shark, and was blamed by the local police for planting said shark.
9th Apr '16 7:59:54 AM TimG5
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* EatingTheEnemy: [[BlobMonster Sergeant Schlock]] routinely eats enemies he doesn't care to leave alive--or their ashes, if he had to [[{{BFG}} shoot]] them first.
18th Mar '16 1:51:11 AM morenohijazo
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* ToiletTeleportation: The titular Schlock travels by sewer on several occasion - mostly against his will, but on at least [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-06-30 one occasion]], he deliberately dives down a toilet in order to reach his destination stealthily. Justified in his case since he's basically a BlobMonster, and thus quite capable of fitting himself through the pipes.
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