History WebComic / XKCD

17th Jun '17 9:40:07 PM nombretomado
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* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: {{Wikipedia}}'s propensity for using specific words over and over is discussed in the strip [[http://xkcd.com/739/ "Malamanteau"]].

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* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: {{Wikipedia}}'s Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}'s propensity for using specific words over and over is discussed in the strip [[http://xkcd.com/739/ "Malamanteau"]].



* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: {{Wikipedia}}'s propensity for this is discussed in the strip [[http://xkcd.com/739/ "Malamanteau."]]

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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: {{Wikipedia}}'s Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}'s propensity for this is discussed in the strip [[http://xkcd.com/739/ "Malamanteau."]]
16th Jun '17 1:56:18 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* GlassesPull: Done by both [[RickRoll Rick Astley]] and Isaac Newton for particularly dreadful puns.

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* GlassesPull: Done by both [[RickRoll Rick Astley]] and Isaac Newton UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton for particularly dreadful puns.
5th Jun '17 11:22:54 AM Macecurb
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* BluffTheEavesdropper: In [[http://xkcd.com/525/ #525]:]

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* BluffTheEavesdropper: In [[http://xkcd.com/525/ #525]:]#525]]
26th May '17 5:21:30 PM WillKeaton
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* WorldWarWhatever: [[http://xkcd.com/1687/ World War III+]] makes fun of Einstein's (or whoever's) famous quote. It continues past World War IV though XIV, and tells us the exact kind of weapons used in those wars.

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* WorldWarWhatever: [[http://xkcd.com/1687/ World "World War III+]] III+"]] makes fun of Einstein's (or whoever's) famous quote. It continues past World War IV though XIV, and tells us the exact kind of weapons used in those wars.



* {{Zonk}}: The beret guy appears on a nameless game show based on the classic two-goats-and-a-car problem and [[http://xkcd.com/1282/ wins a goat]]. Instead of going for the car, he takes the goat and says he has an overgrown yard.

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* {{Zonk}}: The beret guy appears on a nameless game show based on the classic two-goats-and-a-car problem and [[http://xkcd.com/1282/ wins a goat]]. goat.]] Instead of going for the car, he takes the goat and says he has an overgrown yard.
26th May '17 5:21:02 PM WillKeaton
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* CoolShades: A derivative of this trope (with a reference to the ''CSI'' QuipToBlack), as seen [[http://xkcd.com/626/ here]].

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* CoolShades: A derivative of this trope (with a reference to the ''CSI'' QuipToBlack), as seen [[http://xkcd.com/626/ here]].here.]]



* CountingBullets: In a parody of ''Film/DirtyHarry'' in [[http://xkcd.com/692/ this comic]]

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* CountingBullets: In a parody of ''Film/DirtyHarry'' in [[http://xkcd.com/692/ this comic]]comic.]]



** [[http://xkcd.com/761/ Can go wrong]].
** Also found [[http://xkcd.com/909/ here]].
* {{Creepypasta}}: Parodied [[http://xkcd.com/1023/ here]].

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** [[http://xkcd.com/761/ Can go wrong]].
wrong.]]
** Also found [[http://xkcd.com/909/ here]].
here.]]
* {{Creepypasta}}: Parodied [[http://xkcd.com/1023/ here]].here.]]



* DeathbringerTheAdorable: [[http://xkcd.com/1242/ This]] chart plots out scary names based on how scary the name is, and how scary the thing itself is. "[[http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/C/Chernobyl-packet.html Chernobyl Packet]]" and "Bomb Calorimeter" are considered this, while "Soil Liquefaction" and "GreyGoo" are cases of FluffyTheTerrible. "Flesh-Eating Bacteria" is in the corner for NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.

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* DeathbringerTheAdorable: [[http://xkcd.com/1242/ This]] chart plots out scary names based on how scary the name is, and how scary the thing itself is. "[[http://www.[[http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/C/Chernobyl-packet.html Chernobyl Packet]]" "Chernobyl Packet"]] and "Bomb Calorimeter" are considered this, while "Soil Liquefaction" and "GreyGoo" are cases of FluffyTheTerrible. "Flesh-Eating Bacteria" is in the corner for NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.



* ADegreeInUseless: According to the AltText here, [[http://xkcd.com/764/ anthropology]].

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* ADegreeInUseless: According to the AltText here, [[http://xkcd.com/764/ anthropology]].anthropology.]]



** [[http://xkcd.com/705/ "He just reconnected the cables we cut, muttering something about "uptime".]]

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** [[http://xkcd.com/705/ "He just reconnected the cables we cut, muttering something about "uptime".]]"uptime."]]



* DisproportionateRetribution: Lots. [[http://www.xkcd.com/396 Here're]] [[http://www.xkcd.com/562 three]] [[http://www.xkcd.com/169 examples]].
* DissonantSerenity: [[https://xkcd.com/249/ Chess Photo]] features someone calmly posing with a chess board in their lap for a roller coaster photo while the other passengers scream their heads off like most people would.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Lots. [[http://www.xkcd.com/396 Here're]] [[http://www.xkcd.com/562 three]] [[http://www.xkcd.com/169 examples]].
examples.]]
* DissonantSerenity: [[https://xkcd.com/249/ Chess Photo]] "Chess Photo"]] features someone calmly posing with a chess board in their lap for a roller coaster photo while the other passengers scream their heads off like most people would.



* DrunkenMaster: In the form of [[http://xkcd.com/323/ Ballmer's Peak]].

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* DrunkenMaster: In the form of [[http://xkcd.com/323/ Ballmer's Peak]].Peak.]]



* {{Eagleland}} / GlobalIgnorance: Deconstructed in [[http://xkcd.com/850/ this strip]].

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* {{Eagleland}} / GlobalIgnorance: Deconstructed in [[http://xkcd.com/850/ this strip]].strip.]]



* EarthAllAlong: The "Time" comic, which updated once an hour for just over four months after posting, is set in some strange world where the inhabitants don't seem to know things that are common knowledge among humans, like how rivers work and why birds chirp. The reveal [[http://xkcd.mscha.org/viewer/2902 eventually showed]] that it's actually [[spoiler: set in the distant future of what was once (and [[TheGreatFlood will soon become again]]) the Mediterranean Sea]].
* Administrivia/EditWar: Discussed [[http://xkcd.com/1167/ here]], concerning the capitalization of ''Star Trek: Into Darkness''. The proposal was to alternate between capital and lowercase letters as a compromise.

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* EarthAllAlong: The "Time" comic, which updated once an hour for just over four months after posting, is set in some strange world where the inhabitants don't seem to know things that are common knowledge among humans, like how rivers work and why birds chirp. The reveal [[http://xkcd.mscha.org/viewer/2902 eventually showed]] that it's actually [[spoiler: set in the distant future of what was once (and [[TheGreatFlood will soon become again]]) the Mediterranean Sea]].
Sea.]]
* Administrivia/EditWar: Discussed [[http://xkcd.com/1167/ here]], here,]] concerning the capitalization of ''Star Trek: Into Darkness''. The proposal was to alternate between capital and lowercase letters as a compromise.



* FalseCause: Several, though it is discussed [[http://www.xkcd.com/552/ here]].

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* FalseCause: Several, though it is discussed [[http://www.xkcd.com/552/ here]].here.]]



** [[http://xkcd.com/887/ 90 years worth of predictions for the future]]... only to end in an [[DiscreditedMeme extremely lame meme]].

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** [[http://xkcd.com/887/ 90 years worth of predictions for the future]]... future...]] only to end in an [[DiscreditedMeme extremely lame meme]].



* FetishRetardant: In-universe, the ''PowerRangers'' theme [[http://xkcd.com/400/ is this]].
* FillerStrip: [[http://xkcd.com/157/ Parodied]].
* {{Flatworld}}: [[http://xkcd.com/721/ Here]], in a reference to ''Literature/{{Flatland}}''. (Bonus points for the AltText pointing out what a stick figure would look like in Flatland according to the book.)

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* FetishRetardant: In-universe, the ''PowerRangers'' theme [[http://xkcd.com/400/ is this]].
this.]]
* FillerStrip: [[http://xkcd.com/157/ Parodied]].
Parodied.]]
* {{Flatworld}}: [[http://xkcd.com/721/ Here]], Here,]] in a reference to ''Literature/{{Flatland}}''. (Bonus points for the AltText pointing out what a stick figure would look like in Flatland according to the book.)



* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: In "[[http://xkcd.com/1110/ Click and Drag]]", a birdwatcher spots a giant jellyfish floating by.
* FourPointScale: [[http://xkcd.com/1098/ Strip 1098 explains the trope]].
* FoxChickenGrainPuzzle: [[http://xkcd.com/1134/ Done with a wolf, goat and cabbage]], it ends halfway through when the problem solver leaves the wolf behind, questioning why he had a wolf in the first place. The AltText goes a step further asking why there was a cabbage, taking only the goat, goats are fine.

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* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: In "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/1110/ Click "Click and Drag]]", Drag,"]] a birdwatcher spots a giant jellyfish floating by.
* FourPointScale: [[http://xkcd.com/1098/ Strip 1098 explains the trope]].
trope.]]
* FoxChickenGrainPuzzle: [[http://xkcd.com/1134/ Done with a wolf, goat and cabbage]], cabbage,]] it ends halfway through when the problem solver leaves the wolf behind, questioning why he had a wolf in the first place. The AltText goes a step further asking why there was a cabbage, taking only the goat, goats are fine.



* GiftOfTheMagiPlot: [[http://xkcd.com/506/ At least the result was the same]].

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* GiftOfTheMagiPlot: [[http://xkcd.com/506/ At least the result was the same]].same.]]



* GivingUpOnLogic: Computer problems make a character pretty much drop the trope name [[http://xkcd.com/1316/ here]] (Not a TropeNamer though, as the trope existed for years before that comic)

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* GivingUpOnLogic: Computer problems make a character pretty much drop the trope name [[http://xkcd.com/1316/ here]] here.]] (Not a TropeNamer though, as the trope existed for years before that comic)comic.)



* GoneHorriblyWrong: [[http://xkcd.com/349/ In this strip]], upgrading a computer leads to [[spoiler:being stranded out in the middle of the ocean]]

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: [[http://xkcd.com/349/ In this strip]], strip,]] upgrading a computer leads to [[spoiler:being stranded out in the middle of the ocean]]ocean.]]



* GratuitousIambicPentameter: [[http://xkcd.com/79/ Strip 79]], "Iambic Pentameter".

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* GratuitousIambicPentameter: [[http://xkcd.com/79/ Strip 79]], 79,]] "Iambic Pentameter".



** Inverted in [[http://xkcd.com/1520/ Degree-Off]], with a biologist giving a physicist a TheReasonYouSuck speech.
* HasTwoThumbsAnd: Used in the AltText for [[http://xkcd.com/1775/ Things You Learn]].

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** Inverted in [[http://xkcd.com/1520/ Degree-Off]], "Degree-Off,"]] with a biologist giving a physicist a TheReasonYouSuck speech.
* HasTwoThumbsAnd: Used in the AltText for [[http://xkcd.com/1775/ Things You Learn]].Learn.]]



* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: [[http://xkcd.com/1063/ Black Hat Guy uses a one-time-only time machine]] to go back and kill Hitler, at his friend's insistence. [[YouAlreadyChangedThePast Only he did it in 1945, in the bunker]], which is when and where Hitler actually died.

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* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: [[http://xkcd.com/1063/ Black Hat Guy uses a one-time-only time machine]] to go back and kill Hitler, at his friend's insistence. [[YouAlreadyChangedThePast Only he did it in 1945, in the bunker]], bunker,]] which is when and where Hitler actually died.



** Rather blatantly in strips [[http://xkcd.com/282/ 282]], [[http://xkcd.com/594/ 594]], and [[http://xkcd.com/626/ 626]].

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** Rather blatantly in strips [[http://xkcd.com/282/ 282]], [[http://xkcd.com/594/ 594]], 594,]] and [[http://xkcd.com/626/ 626]].626.]]



** [[http://xkcd.com/460/ 460: Palaeontology]].

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** [[http://xkcd.com/460/ 460: Palaeontology]].Palaeontology.]]



** Not just your significant other. [[http://xkcd.com/539/ Your "statistically significant" other]].

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** Not just your significant other. [[http://xkcd.com/539/ Your "statistically significant" other]].other.]]



* IncrediblyObviousBomb: [[http://xkcd.com/1168/ It comes with a ''radioactive'' label]].

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* IncrediblyObviousBomb: [[http://xkcd.com/1168/ It comes with a ''radioactive'' label]].label.]]



* InformationWantsToBeFree: [[http://xkcd.com/1228/ With a mythological twist]].
* InherentlyFunnyWords: [[http://blag.xkcd.com The xkcd "blag"]].

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* InformationWantsToBeFree: [[http://xkcd.com/1228/ With a mythological twist]].
twist.]]
* InherentlyFunnyWords: [[http://blag.xkcd.com The xkcd "blag"]]."blag."]]



* InstantAIJustAddWater: Very easy [[http://xkcd.com/521/ on Python]]! (as usual, AltText explains how)

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* InstantAIJustAddWater: Very easy [[http://xkcd.com/521/ on Python]]! (as Python!]] (As usual, AltText explains how)how.)



* ItIsDehumanizing: Some {{jerkass}} uses this on a [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furry]] in "[[http://www.xkcd.com/471/ Aversion Fads]]".

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* ItIsDehumanizing: Some {{jerkass}} uses this on a [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furry]] in "[[http://www.[[http://www.xkcd.com/471/ Aversion Fads]]"."Aversion Fads."]]



* ItWasHisSled: [[http://xkcd.com/109/ parodied]].[[invoked]]

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* ItWasHisSled: [[http://xkcd.com/109/ parodied]].[[invoked]]parodied.]]



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[http://xkcd.com/515/ "No One Must Know"]].

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[http://xkcd.com/515/ "No One Must Know"]].Know."]]



* JumpOffABridgeRebuttal: If all his friends jumped off a bridge it's probably because something bad is happening, [[http://www.xkcd.com/1170/ like the bridge is on fire]].

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* JumpOffABridgeRebuttal: If all his friends jumped off a bridge it's probably because something bad is happening, [[http://www.xkcd.com/1170/ like the bridge is on fire]].fire.]]



* KangaroosRepresentAustralia: A not-so-subtle instance in ''Thing Explainer''. In a map of the Earth, Australia is simply labeled "Big Animals with Pockets".

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* KangaroosRepresentAustralia: A not-so-subtle instance in ''Thing Explainer''. In a map of the Earth, Australia is simply labeled "Big Animals with Pockets".Pockets."



* LaboriousLaziness: Sometimes [[http://xkcd.com/1205/ optimizing efficiency]], [[http://xkcd.com/1319/ automating a task]], or [[http://xkcd.com/1445/ figuring out the best approach]] takes more time and effort than just plowing ahead.

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* LaboriousLaziness: Sometimes [[http://xkcd.com/1205/ optimizing efficiency]], efficiency,]] [[http://xkcd.com/1319/ automating a task]], task,]] or [[http://xkcd.com/1445/ figuring out the best approach]] takes more time and effort than just plowing ahead.



* LIsForDyslexia: Double subverted in [[http://xkcd.com/745/ this strip]]. And then subverted a third time in the AltText.

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* LIsForDyslexia: Double subverted in [[http://xkcd.com/745/ this strip]]. strip.]] And then subverted a third time in the AltText.



** [[http://xkcd.com/605/ An intentional example in 'Extrapolation']]

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** [[http://xkcd.com/605/ An intentional example in 'Extrapolation']]"Extrapolation."]]



** Played with in [[https://xkcd.com/1593/ #1593]], where Beret Guy [[GretzkyHasTheBall seems to believe]] that stealing a base in baseball is loophole abuse. His reaction is, "Everyone's real mad but I guess they checked the rules and there's nothing that says he can't do that."

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** Played with in [[https://xkcd.com/1593/ #1593]], #1593,]] where Beret Guy [[GretzkyHasTheBall seems to believe]] that stealing a base in baseball is loophole abuse. His reaction is, "Everyone's real mad but I guess they checked the rules and there's nothing that says he can't do that."



** Also, [[http://xkcd.com/636/ "Our love is like a Brontosaurus"]].

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** Also, [[http://xkcd.com/636/ "Our love is like a Brontosaurus"]].Brontosaurus."]]



* MagicalParticleAccelerator: Not surprisingly, [[https://xkcd.com/401/ Large Hadron Collider]]. The bored scientists use it to give a helicpoter cancer.
* MajorGeneralSong: "[[http://xkcd.com/1052/ Every Major's Terrible]]", which is about choosing a course and how the person can't/won't/doesn't want to do any of them. Someone sang the whole comic (with accompaniment) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu1VhsNOwPU here]].

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* MagicalParticleAccelerator: Not surprisingly, [[https://xkcd.com/401/ Large Hadron Collider]]. Collider.]] The bored scientists use it to give a helicpoter cancer.
* MajorGeneralSong: "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/1052/ Every "Every Major's Terrible]]", Terrible,"]] which is about choosing a course and how the person can't/won't/doesn't want to do any of them. Someone sang the whole comic (with accompaniment) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu1VhsNOwPU here]].here.]]



* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Most characters in the strip, male and female, have a strong devotion to making life a little weirder from the start, [[http://xkcd.com/325/ including Black Hat Guy,]] so at least by real-world standards, the recurring female character can come off as one, such as in [[http://xkcd.com/308/ #308]].
** The appeal of this trope is parodied in [[http://xkcd.com/122/ comic 122]]: "I didn't actually mean be different. I just want silly and entertaining on command now and then."

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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Most characters in the strip, male and female, have a strong devotion to making life a little weirder from the start, [[http://xkcd.com/325/ including Black Hat Guy,]] so at least by real-world standards, the recurring female character can come off as one, such as in [[http://xkcd.com/308/ #308]].
#308.]]
** The appeal of this trope is parodied in [[http://xkcd.com/122/ comic 122]]: 122:]] "I didn't actually mean be different. I just want silly and entertaining on command now and then."



* MeasuringTheMarigolds: Subverted in [[http://xkcd.com/877/ "Beauty"]]. Yes, scientists find beauty and wonder in their work. It's just not always what ''everyone else'' thinks of as beautiful.
* Creator/MichaelBay: Knows the [[http://xkcd.com/748/ worst-case scenario]].
* MightyGlacier: Used literally in [[http://xkcd.com/86/ "Digital Rights Management"]].

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* MeasuringTheMarigolds: Subverted in [[http://xkcd.com/877/ "Beauty"]]. "Beauty."]] Yes, scientists find beauty and wonder in their work. It's just not always what ''everyone else'' thinks of as beautiful.
* Creator/MichaelBay: Knows the [[http://xkcd.com/748/ worst-case scenario]].
scenario.]]
* MightyGlacier: Used literally in [[http://xkcd.com/86/ "Digital Rights Management"]].Management."]]



** [[http://xkcd.com/338/ Here.]] Just so you understand how weird this is, the guy on the right is talking to the past, ''[[TimeyWimeyBall and it's talking back]]''.

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** [[http://xkcd.com/338/ Here.]] Just so you understand how weird this is, the guy on the right is talking to the past, ''[[TimeyWimeyBall and it's talking back]]''.back.]]''



--->We did not invent the algorithm. The algorithm consistently finds Jesus. The algorithm killed Jeeves.[[note]]In context, possibly a reference to the search engine rather than the [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster hypercompetent valet]][[/note]]. The algorithm is BannedInChina. The algorithm is from Jersey. The algorithm constantly finds Jesus. This is not the algorithm. This is close.\\
\\
The [[http://blog.xkcd.com/2007/04/19/billboards/ story behind that]] is as follows: In 2007, some billboards popped up in [[BigApplesauce New York]] with those sentences on them, as part of an apparent viral marketing campaign by [[http://www.ask.com/ ask.com]]. However, they apparently didn't finish it; the phrases didn't return anything relevant on Google. Randall decided to exploit this by having the many bloggers in his fanbase post the sentences as links to xkcd.com. He added them to the site itself so that the effort wouldn't be misinterpreted as an attempted [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_bomb Googlebomb]]. It worked; if you Google the phrases, the top results are all references to ''xkcd''.

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--->We did not invent the algorithm. The algorithm consistently finds Jesus. The algorithm killed Jeeves.[[note]]In context, possibly a reference to the search engine rather than the [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster hypercompetent valet]][[/note]]. valet.]][[/note]] The algorithm is BannedInChina. The algorithm is from Jersey. The algorithm constantly finds Jesus. This is not the algorithm. This is close.\\
\\
close.
**
The [[http://blog.xkcd.com/2007/04/19/billboards/ story behind that]] is as follows: In 2007, some billboards popped up in [[BigApplesauce New York]] with those sentences on them, as part of an apparent viral marketing campaign by [[http://www.ask.com/ ask.com]]. com.]] However, they apparently didn't finish it; the phrases didn't return anything relevant on Google. Randall decided to exploit this by having the many bloggers in his fanbase post the sentences as links to xkcd.com. He added them to the site itself so that the effort wouldn't be misinterpreted as an attempted [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_bomb Googlebomb]]. Googlebomb.]] It worked; if you Google the phrases, the top results are all references to ''xkcd''.



** Frequently, including [[http://xkcd.com/382/ lasers to zap squirrels]].
** Also, using the LHC to [[http://xkcd.com/401/ cause cancer in helicopters]].
** Possibly the worst one yet: [[http://xkcd.com/1786/ using Narnia as a literal garbage dump]].
* MundaneWish: Done in [[http://xkcd.com/152/ this]] strip.
* MyGrandsonMyself: Implied by the AltText of [[http://xkcd.com/950/ "Mystery Solved"]], which claims that "Jimmy Hoffa currently heads the Teamsters Union -- he just started going by 'James'." (Jimmy Hoffa's son James P. Hoffa is the actual current head of the Teamsters Union.)

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** Frequently, including [[http://xkcd.com/382/ lasers to zap squirrels]].
squirrels.]]
** Also, using the LHC to [[http://xkcd.com/401/ cause cancer in helicopters]].
helicopters.]]
** Possibly the worst one yet: [[http://xkcd.com/1786/ using Narnia as a literal garbage dump]].
dump.]]
* MundaneWish: Done in [[http://xkcd.com/152/ this]] strip.
this strip.]]
* MyGrandsonMyself: Implied by the AltText of [[http://xkcd.com/950/ "Mystery Solved"]], Solved,"]] which claims that "Jimmy Hoffa currently heads the Teamsters Union -- he just started going by 'James'." (Jimmy Hoffa's son James P. Hoffa is the actual current head of the Teamsters Union.)



** Examined further in [[http://xkcd.com/856/ "Trochee Fixation"]].

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** Examined further in [[http://xkcd.com/856/ "Trochee Fixation"]].Fixation."]]



** Then we have [[http://xkcd.com/521/ #521]]. Start with trying to one-up some christmas light displays on Youtube. End up fighting raptors with lightsabers, Bill Gates killing Santa, and finally cutting down the Yggdrasil as a Christmas tree.
** And however he lost his [[http://xkcd.com/410 genetics, rocketry, and stripping licenses in one go]].

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** Then we have [[http://xkcd.com/521/ #521]]. #521.]] Start with trying to one-up some christmas light displays on Youtube. End up fighting raptors with lightsabers, Bill Gates killing Santa, and finally cutting down the Yggdrasil as a Christmas tree.
** And however he lost his [[http://xkcd.com/410 genetics, rocketry, and stripping licenses in one go]].go.]]



* OfficeSports: What programmers get up to while [[http://xkcd.com/303/ their code's compiling]].

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* OfficeSports: What programmers get up to while [[http://xkcd.com/303/ their code's compiling]].compiling.]]



* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Deconstructed [[http://xkcd.com/1521/ here]]. Megan pulls out a sword out of the stone, and thus is crowned the ruler of England, but then she decides to put the sword back in because she doesn't want the burden of having to rule a kingdom.

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* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Deconstructed [[http://xkcd.com/1521/ here]]. here.]] Megan pulls out a sword out of the stone, and thus is crowned the ruler of England, but then she decides to put the sword back in because she doesn't want the burden of having to rule a kingdom.



* OrganTheft: Inverted [[http://xkcd.com/914/ in #914]]. His ice is stolen... and he wakes up in a bathtub full of [[{{Squick}} kidneys]], rather than the other way 'round.
* OvercomplicatedMenuOrder: ''Xkcd'' orders [[http://xkcd.com/287/ $15.05 worth of appetizers]], expecting the waiter to figure out what quantities of which items to serve in order to reach that number. The joke is that the costs listed on the menu just happen to mean that the waiter is being asked to solve a complex mathematical problem.

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* OrganTheft: Inverted [[http://xkcd.com/914/ in #914]]. #914.]] His ice is stolen... and he wakes up in a bathtub full of [[{{Squick}} kidneys]], rather than the other way 'round.
* OvercomplicatedMenuOrder: ''Xkcd'' orders [[http://xkcd.com/287/ $15.05 worth of appetizers]], appetizers,]] expecting the waiter to figure out what quantities of which items to serve in order to reach that number. The joke is that the costs listed on the menu just happen to mean that the waiter is being asked to solve a complex mathematical problem.



** Expect to burst out laughing several times during [[http://xkcd.com/1110/ #1110]]. Not from the little tidbits in it, but from scrolling through it and finding ''you're still scrolling but it's not ending!''

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** Expect to burst out laughing several times during [[http://xkcd.com/1110/ #1110]]. #1110.]] Not from the little tidbits in it, but from scrolling through it and finding ''you're still scrolling but it's not ending!''



** And subverted in [[ComicStrip/FoxTrot Bill Amend's]] [[http://xkcd.com/824/ guest strip]]:

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** And subverted in [[ComicStrip/FoxTrot Bill Amend's]] [[http://xkcd.com/824/ guest strip]]:strip:]]



* PartingWordsRegret: Discussed in [[http://xkcd.com/791/ Leaving]].

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* PartingWordsRegret: Discussed in [[http://xkcd.com/791/ Leaving]].Leaving.]]



* PizzaBoySpecialDelivery: [[http://xkcd.com/778/ Subverted]].

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* PizzaBoySpecialDelivery: [[http://xkcd.com/778/ Subverted]].Subverted.]]



** It also has a mention in [[http://www.xkcd.com/473/ 473]]:

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** It also has a mention in [[http://www.xkcd.com/473/ 473]]:473:]]



* PrematureAggravation: [[http://xkcd.com/439/ 439, "Thinking Ahead".]] "[[{{Series/Firefly}} Did he just go crazy and]] [[SuperWindowJump jump out the window?]]"

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* PrematureAggravation: [[http://xkcd.com/439/ 439, "Thinking Ahead".]] Ahead."]] "[[{{Series/Firefly}} Did he just go crazy and]] [[SuperWindowJump jump out the window?]]"



* ReallyGetsAround: Touched on [[http://xkcd.com/507/ here]].

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* ReallyGetsAround: Touched on [[http://xkcd.com/507/ here]].here.]



** Apparently [[http://xkcd.com/1011/ a good name for your daughter]].

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** Apparently [[http://xkcd.com/1011/ a good name for your daughter]].daughter.]]



* RedPillBluePill: [[http://xkcd.com/566/ parodied]].

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* RedPillBluePill: [[http://xkcd.com/566/ parodied]].parodied.]]



* RidingTheBomb: In one part of [[http://xkcd.com/1608/ Hoverboard]], Beret Guy rides a torpedo (a regular one, because they have no [[StarWars photon torpedoes]]).

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* RidingTheBomb: In one part of [[http://xkcd.com/1608/ Hoverboard]], Hoverboard,]] Beret Guy rides a torpedo (a torpedo. (A regular one, because they have no [[StarWars photon torpedoes]]).torpedoes.]])



* RightThroughTheWall: [[http://xkcd.com/316/ With an elliptical reflector dish]].
* RoadSignReversal: In [[http://xkcd.com/1375/ "Astronaut Vandalism"]], with a twist.

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* RightThroughTheWall: [[http://xkcd.com/316/ With an elliptical reflector dish]].
dish.]]
* RoadSignReversal: In [[http://xkcd.com/1375/ "Astronaut Vandalism"]], Vandalism,"]] with a twist.



* SceneryPorn: There are several strips that have good visuals in them, such as [[http://xkcd.com/1079/ United Shapes]], but [[http://xkcd-map.rent-a-geek.de the absolute ginormous size of]] "[[http://xkcd.com/1110/ Click and drag]]" takes this trope [[UpToEleven way past root 121]].

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* SceneryPorn: There are several strips that have good visuals in them, such as [[http://xkcd.com/1079/ United Shapes]], "United Shapes,"]] but [[http://xkcd-map.rent-a-geek.de the absolute ginormous size of]] "[[http://xkcd.com/1110/ Click and drag]]" takes this trope [[UpToEleven way past root 121]].



* TheScream: How people react to [[http://xkcd.com/1099/ endless wings]].

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* TheScream: How people react to [[http://xkcd.com/1099/ endless wings]].wings.]]



* SelfDeprecation: One way to interpret [[http://xkcd.com/793/ this strip]].

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* SelfDeprecation: One way to interpret [[http://xkcd.com/793/ this strip]].strip.]]



* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: {{Wikipedia}}'s propensity for this is discussed in the strip [[http://xkcd.com/739/ "Malamanteau"]].
* SexyShirtSwitch: At the bottom of [[http://xkcd.com/819/ #819]], that girl in biology class wearing one of your shirts rates 4 (out of 4) stars on the hotness meter. That girl in biology class wearing one of your mother's shirts rates a FlatWhat.

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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: {{Wikipedia}}'s propensity for this is discussed in the strip [[http://xkcd.com/739/ "Malamanteau"]].
"Malamanteau."]]
* SexyShirtSwitch: At the bottom of [[http://xkcd.com/819/ #819]], #819,]] that girl in biology class wearing one of your shirts rates 4 (out of 4) stars on the hotness meter. That girl in biology class wearing one of your mother's shirts rates a FlatWhat.



** The basis of [[http://xkcd.com/688/ #688]]. And [[http://xkcd.com/703/ #703]].
** According to [[http://xkcd.com/1079/ #1079]], Colorado is shaped like its Wikipedia article.

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** The basis of [[http://xkcd.com/688/ #688]]. And [[http://xkcd.com/703/ #703]].
#703.]]
** According to [[http://xkcd.com/1079/ #1079]], #1079,]] Colorado is shaped like its Wikipedia article.



** [[http://xkcd.com/574/ Strip 574 "Swine Flu"]]:

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** [[http://xkcd.com/574/ Strip 574 "Swine Flu"]]:Flu":]]



** [[ComicStrip/FoxTrot Jason Fox]] makes a cameo appearance in [[http://xkcd.com/703/ this strip]].

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** [[ComicStrip/FoxTrot Jason Fox]] makes a cameo appearance in [[http://xkcd.com/703/ this strip]].strip.]]



** In the "[[http://xkcd.com/1452/ Jurassic World]]" strip, apart from the obvious reference to ''Film/JurassicWorld'', the punchline is that the reconstructed dinosaur is T-Rex from ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' (and as a bonus, he's depicted in the same pose he always stands in when delivering a punchline).
** To ''Disney/TheLionKing'' [[http://xkcd.com/1504/ here]].

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** In the "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/1452/ Jurassic World]]" "Jurassic World"]] strip, apart from the obvious reference to ''Film/JurassicWorld'', the punchline is that the reconstructed dinosaur is T-Rex from ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' (and as a bonus, he's depicted in the same pose he always stands in when delivering a punchline).
** To ''Disney/TheLionKing'' [[http://xkcd.com/1504/ here]].here.]]



* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Parodied in [[http://xkcd.com/789/ "Showdown"]]. A showdown occurs between two cowboys at noon, a tumbleweed rolls by... [[spoiler:then ''the tumbleweed'' pulls out dual revolvers and guns both the cowboys down.]]
* SickeninglySweethearts: Black Hat Guy and his equally sociopathic girlfriend, when they think no one's watching. [[http://xkcd.com/515/ God help you if you catch them at it]].

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* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Parodied in [[http://xkcd.com/789/ "Showdown"]]. "Showdown."]] A showdown occurs between two cowboys at noon, a tumbleweed rolls by... [[spoiler:then ''the tumbleweed'' pulls out dual revolvers and guns both the cowboys down.]]
* SickeninglySweethearts: Black Hat Guy and his equally sociopathic girlfriend, when they think no one's watching. [[http://xkcd.com/515/ God help you if you catch them at it]].it.]]



* SlowLoadingInternetImage: Discussed in [[http://xkcd.com/598/ this]] comic.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: [[http://xkcd.com/249/ On roller coasters,]] no less.
* SnowyScreenOfDeath: [[http://xkcd.com/1229/ With a screensaver]]. And a [[https://xkcd.com/1245/ weather forecast]].
* DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible: [[invoked]] [[ConversationalTroping Conversed]] [[http://xkcd.com/653/ here]].

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* SlowLoadingInternetImage: Discussed in [[http://xkcd.com/598/ this]] comic.
this comic.]]
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: [[http://xkcd.com/249/ On roller coasters,]] coasters, no less.
less.]]
* SnowyScreenOfDeath: [[http://xkcd.com/1229/ With a screensaver]]. And a [[https://xkcd.com/1245/ weather forecast]].
forecast.]]
* DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible: [[invoked]] [[ConversationalTroping Conversed]] [[http://xkcd.com/653/ here]].here.]]



** And [[http://xkcd.com/137/ this one]]
** This happens a lot. Check [[http://xkcd.com/798/ this strip]].

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** And [[http://xkcd.com/137/ this one]]
one.]]
** This happens a lot. Check [[http://xkcd.com/798/ this strip]].strip.]]



* SpaceshipSlingshotStunt: ''[[https://xkcd.com/1244/ Six Words]]'' has one planned.

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* SpaceshipSlingshotStunt: ''[[https://xkcd.[[https://xkcd.com/1244/ Six Words]]'' "Six Words"]] has one planned.



* StalkerWithACrush / DoggedNiceGuy: Once again, [[http://xkcd.com/513/ Strip 513]]. You'll understand.
* StarfishAlien: [[http://xkcd.com/1173/ Whatever the entity in Steroids is]].
* TheStarsAreGoingOut: {{Invoked|Trope}} in [[http://xkcd.com/975/ this strip]].

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* StalkerWithACrush / DoggedNiceGuy: Once again, [[http://xkcd.com/513/ Strip 513]]. 513.]] You'll understand.
* StarfishAlien: [[http://xkcd.com/1173/ Whatever the entity in Steroids is]].
is.]]
* TheStarsAreGoingOut: {{Invoked|Trope}} in [[http://xkcd.com/975/ this strip]].strip.]]



** [[http://xkcd.com/532/ This strip]].
** In [[http://xkcd.com/410/ this strip]], where an audience member [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] its use.
** In [[http://www.xkcd.com/666/ this strip]], beneath Black Hat Guy's tool bench is a box labelled "drills" and a box labelled [[ThisIsNotADrill "non-drills"]].
** In [[http://www.xkcd.com/806/ this strip]]: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiku_%28operating_system%29 Haiku]]? It's an experimental OS that I... oh, never mind." [[spoiler:Now try counting the syllables.]]

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** [[http://xkcd.com/532/ This strip]].
strip.]]
** In [[http://xkcd.com/410/ this strip]], strip,]] where an audience member [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] its use.
** In [[http://www.xkcd.com/666/ this strip]], strip,]] beneath Black Hat Guy's tool bench is a box labelled "drills" and a box labelled [[ThisIsNotADrill "non-drills"]].
** In [[http://www.xkcd.com/806/ this strip]]: strip:]] "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiku_%28operating_system%29 Haiku]]? It's an experimental OS that I... oh, never mind." [[spoiler:Now try counting the syllables.]]



** While all those are often partially tongue in cheek, {{DRM}} [[http://xkcd.com/86/ gets searing loads of venom]].
** Randall also makes his views on string theory [[http://xkcd.com/171/ fairly]] [[http://xkcd.com/397/ clear]]. Brains vs string theorists is a very [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branes Old Pun]].

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** While all those are often partially tongue in cheek, {{DRM}} [[http://xkcd.com/86/ gets searing loads of venom]].
venom.]]
** Randall also makes his views on string theory [[http://xkcd.com/171/ fairly]] [[http://xkcd.com/397/ clear]]. clear.]] Brains vs string theorists is a very [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branes Old Pun]].



** Fuck [[http://xkcd.com/451/ literary criticism]], [[http://xkcd.com/675/ philosophy]], [[http://xkcd.com/764/ anthropology]], [[http://xkcd.com/435/ psychology]]... basically, any field that isn't [[HardOnSoftScience physics, mathematics, or computer science]].

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** Fuck [[http://xkcd.com/451/ literary criticism]], [[http://xkcd.com/675/ philosophy]], [[http://xkcd.com/764/ anthropology]], [[http://xkcd.anthropology,]][[http://xkcd.com/435/ psychology]]... basically, psychology...]] Basically, any field that isn't [[HardOnSoftScience physics, mathematics, or computer science]].science.]]



** [[http://xkcd.com/186/ Console Lines]]. Xbox / Playstation fanboys are jerks. Creator/{{Nintendo}} fans will give you a hug, though.
** [[http://xkcd.com/931/ Fuck Cancer]].

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** [[http://xkcd.com/186/ Console Lines]]. "Console Lines."]] Xbox / Playstation fanboys are jerks. Creator/{{Nintendo}} fans will give you a hug, though.
** [[http://xkcd.com/931/ Fuck Cancer]]."Fuck Cancer."]]



** There's one against Atlas Shrugged [[https://xkcd.com/1049/ here]].
** Another AltText one: "[[http://xkcd.com/1011/ I've been trying for a couple of years now]], but I haven't been able to come up with a name dumber than '[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Renesmee]]'."

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** There's one against Atlas Shrugged [[https://xkcd.com/1049/ here]].
here.]]
** Another AltText one: "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/1011/ I've "I've been trying for a couple of years now]], now,]] but I haven't been able to come up with a name dumber than '[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Renesmee]]'."



* TooDumbToLive: In [[http://xkcd.com/782/ this comic]], a girl runs up to a man named Rob and tells him:
-->"''Remember last week when we dug up all those Indian bones and made puppets out of them? It turns out they were buried over an'' ancient Indian burial ground!"%%

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* TooDumbToLive: In [[http://xkcd.com/782/ this comic]], comic,]] a girl runs up to a man named Rob and tells him:
-->"''Remember last week when we dug up all those Indian bones and made puppets out of them? It turns out they were buried over an'' ancient Indian burial ground!"%%ground!"



-->"''Fine, walk away. I'm gonna go cry into a pint of Ben&Jerry's Brownie Batter(tm) ice cream [link], then take out my frustration on a variety of great flash games from [=PopCap=] Games(r) [link].''" %%[sic]

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-->"''Fine, walk away. I'm gonna go cry into a pint of Ben&Jerry's Brownie Batter(tm) ice cream [link], then take out my frustration on a variety of great flash games from [=PopCap=] Games(r) [link].''" %%[sic][sic]



* TuringTest: The examiner is now questioning [[http://xkcd.com/329/ his own humanity]].
* TVTropesWillRuinYourLife: Possibly the [[http://xkcd.com/609/ first actual work to use this]]?
* TwiceShy: [[http://xkcd.org/642/ This strip]]. [[http://xkcd.org/817/ And again]].
** [[http://xkcd.org/374/ Deconstructed]] (sort of) and [[http://xkcd.org/377/ subverted]].

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* TuringTest: The examiner is now questioning [[http://xkcd.com/329/ his own humanity]].
humanity.]]
* TVTropesWillRuinYourLife: Possibly the [[http://xkcd.com/609/ first actual work to use this]]?
this?]]
* TwiceShy: [[http://xkcd.org/642/ This strip]]. [[http://xkcd.org/817/ And again]].
again.]]
** [[http://xkcd.org/374/ Deconstructed]] (sort of) and [[http://xkcd.org/377/ subverted]].subverted.]]



* TheUnpronounceable: [[http://xkcd.com/1137/ U+202e]].

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* TheUnpronounceable: [[http://xkcd.com/1137/ U+202e]].U+202e.]]



** [[http://xkcd.com/289/ Touch]].
** [[http://xkcd.com/433/ Park]].
* UnwinnableJokeGame: There's [[http://xkcd.com/724/ a strip]] about ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''. Predictably, someone on the internet [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/banthar/hell-tetris made a game]] like that. And some managed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reFPscApObs to score lines in it]].
* UpToEleven: The basis of [[http://xkcd.org/670 670]].

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** [[http://xkcd.com/289/ Touch]].
"Touch."]]
** [[http://xkcd.com/433/ Park]].
"Park."]]
* UnwinnableJokeGame: There's [[http://xkcd.com/724/ a strip]] about ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''. Predictably, someone on the internet [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/banthar/hell-tetris made a game]] like that. And some managed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reFPscApObs to score lines in it]].
it.]]
* UpToEleven: The basis of [[http://xkcd.org/670 670]].670.]]



** One guy tries to fool people by getting a vanity plate consisting of [[http://xkcd.com/1105/ 1's and I's]], thinking he can commit crimes with impunity as no one will be able to correctly record his plate number. This backfires on him in that he's the only one with a license plate like this, so the cops can find him easily; and the AltText suggests his girlfriend gets a similar plate so that she can commit crimes that he'll get blamed for.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: One of the biggest practitioners. The strip often bases comics on obscure math, physics, or computer jokes. This has gotten less common over time, and the forums are very useful. You may need to be knowledgeable in ''several'' possibly obscure or complicated fields to completely get some of the earlier ones. For example, computer programing, meteorology, cosmic rays, and tao philosophy. [[http://xkcd.com/378/ Really]].

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** One guy tries to fool people by getting a vanity plate consisting of [[http://xkcd.com/1105/ 1's and I's]], I's,]] thinking he can commit crimes with impunity as no one will be able to correctly record his plate number. This backfires on him in that he's the only one with a license plate like this, so the cops can find him easily; and the AltText suggests his girlfriend gets a similar plate so that she can commit crimes that he'll get blamed for.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: One of the biggest practitioners. The strip often bases comics on obscure math, physics, or computer jokes. This has gotten less common over time, and the forums are very useful. You may need to be knowledgeable in ''several'' possibly obscure or complicated fields to completely get some of the earlier ones. For example, computer programing, meteorology, cosmic rays, and tao philosophy. [[http://xkcd.com/378/ Really]].Really.]]



* VisibleSilence: E.g. the end of [[http://xkcd.com/852/ this strip]]

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* VisibleSilence: E.g. the The end of [[http://xkcd.com/852/ this strip]]strip.]]



* WalkingTechbane: Here http://www.xkcd.com/1586/

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* WalkingTechbane: Here http://www.[[http://www.xkcd.com/1586/ Here.]]



* WeAreAsMayflies: To [[http://xkcd.com/926/ the time vultures]], at any rate.

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* WeAreAsMayflies: To [[http://xkcd.com/926/ the time vultures]], vultures,]] at any rate.



* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: [[http://xkcd.com/55/ My normal approach is useless here]].
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Done via [[http://xkcd.com/873/ FPS mod]].

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* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: [[http://xkcd.com/55/ My normal approach is useless here]].
here.]]
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Done via [[http://xkcd.com/873/ FPS mod]].mod.]]



* WordSaladHumor: Done in "[[http://xkcd.com/1681/ Laser Products]]"

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* WordSaladHumor: Done in "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/1681/ Laser Products]]""Laser Products."]]



* XDaysSince: [[http://xkcd.com/363/ 38 days since someone reset this sign]].

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* XDaysSince: [[http://xkcd.com/363/ 38 days since someone reset this sign]].sign.]]



** Illustrated in [[http://xkcd.com/1571/ Car Model Names]]. Note that X and Z are the top two.

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** Illustrated in [[http://xkcd.com/1571/ Car Model Names]]. Names.]] Note that X and Z are the top two.



* YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion: Happens [[http://www.xkcd.com/852/ here]]

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* YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion: Happens [[http://www.xkcd.com/852/ here]]here.]]



* YourMom: Played with frequently. The trope is also used. Subverted [[http://xkcd.com/502/ here]]. Is in the AltText [[http://xkcd.com/294/ here]] and [[http://xkcd.com/563/ here]].

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* YourMom: Played with frequently. The trope is also used. Subverted [[http://xkcd.com/502/ here]]. here.]] Is in the AltText [[http://xkcd.com/294/ here]] and [[http://xkcd.com/563/ here]].here.]]



** [[http://xkcd.com/116/ Another one]], and [[http://xkcd.com/176/ still another]]

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** [[http://xkcd.com/116/ Another one]], one,]] and [[http://xkcd.com/176/ still another]]another.]]
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Originally a relatively unknown set of personal sketches and doodles, it grew in popularity in 2006 when other webcomics (such as ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'') began linking to it. However, it was when Randall posted "[[http://xkcd.com/195/ Map of the Internet]]" and said map was subsequently [[http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/12/11/1150241 featured on Slashdot]] that ''xkcd''[='=]s popularity truly erupted. Since then, it has been among the most well-known of webcomics.

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Originally a relatively unknown set of personal sketches and doodles, it grew in popularity in 2006 when other webcomics (such as ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'') began linking to it. However, it was when Randall posted "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/195/ Map "Map of the Internet]]" Internet"]] and said map was subsequently [[http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/12/11/1150241 featured on Slashdot]] that ''xkcd''[='=]s popularity truly erupted. Since then, it has been among the most well-known of webcomics.



Has mentioned [[http://xkcd.com/609/ this very wiki]]. The wiki has returned the favor, taking many ''xkcd'' comics for page images (see Trivia.{{XKCD}} for the list), as well as (formerly; may he be mourned) making the image for all pages under the category "Webcomic" a little picture of Black Hat Guy.

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Has mentioned [[http://xkcd.com/609/ this very wiki]]. wiki.]] The wiki has returned the favor, taking many ''xkcd'' comics for page images (see Trivia.{{XKCD}} for the list), as well as (formerly; may he be mourned) making the image for all pages under the category "Webcomic" a little picture of Black Hat Guy.



* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: [[http://xkcd.com/57/ 57: Wait For Me]].

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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: [[http://xkcd.com/57/ 57: Wait For Me]].Me.]]



* AffectionateParody: [[http://xkcd.com/141/ 141: Parody Week]], whose strips don't really make fun of anything and, in some cases, could actually have been used by the regular cartoonist except for the artwork. It turns into a deconstruction of parody with the author halting his ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' parody because he feels sorry for the writer. The author also stops a later ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' parody because he respects the writers too much (with the respect transitioning to HoYay and then SlashFic before he finishes.)

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* AffectionateParody: [[http://xkcd.com/141/ 141: Parody Week]], Week,]] whose strips don't really make fun of anything and, in some cases, could actually have been used by the regular cartoonist except for the artwork. It turns into a deconstruction of parody with the author halting his ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' parody because he feels sorry for the writer. The author also stops a later ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' parody because he respects the writers too much (with the respect transitioning to HoYay and then SlashFic before he finishes.)



* AllJustADream: [[http://xkcd.com/806/ 806, "Tech Support"]].
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: [[http://xkcd.com/642/ 642, "Creepy"]].

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* AllJustADream: [[http://xkcd.com/806/ 806, "Tech Support"]].
Support."]]
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: [[http://xkcd.com/642/ 642, "Creepy"]]."Creepy."]]



* AmbiguousSyntax: [[http://www.xkcd.com/37/ Hyphen]] and [[http://www.xkcd.com/90/ Jacket]].

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* AmbiguousSyntax: [[http://www.xkcd.com/37/ Hyphen]] and [[http://www.xkcd.com/90/ Jacket]].Jacket.]]



** Nor anything in any Terms of Service saying that [[http://xkcd.com/1439/ dogs can't play baseball in the server room]]. (the AltText)

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** Nor anything in any Terms of Service saying that [[http://xkcd.com/1439/ dogs can't play baseball in the server room]]. room.]] (the AltText)



** For 2010, they changed the layout so that you navigate through the comics with a [[http://xkcd.com/unixkcd/ text interface]]. If you typed in 'cat' with no arguments, you'd get [[spoiler:a line of text that reads "[[CutenessProximity You're a kitty!]]"]] There were a lot of {{Easter Egg}}s hidden in there. [[http://xkcd.com/149/ 'make me a sandwich'/'sudo make me a sandwich']], emacs, the KonamiCode... [[http://wiki.github.com/chromakode/xkcdfools/commands the list goes on.]]
** For 2011, all comics went 3D. Also counts as HypocriticalHumor given [[http://3d.xkcd.com/880/ the April Fool's comic itself]].

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** For 2010, they changed the layout so that you navigate through the comics with a [[http://xkcd.com/unixkcd/ text interface]]. interface.]] If you typed in 'cat' with no arguments, you'd get [[spoiler:a line of text that reads "[[CutenessProximity You're a kitty!]]"]] There were a lot of {{Easter Egg}}s hidden in there. [[http://xkcd.com/149/ 'make me a sandwich'/'sudo make me a sandwich']], emacs, the KonamiCode... [[http://wiki.github.com/chromakode/xkcdfools/commands the list goes on.]]
** For 2011, all comics went 3D. Also counts as HypocriticalHumor given [[http://3d.xkcd.com/880/ the April Fool's comic itself]].itself.]]



* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Illustrated with a clever visual metaphor [[http://xkcd.com/1106 here]].

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* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Illustrated with a clever visual metaphor [[http://xkcd.com/1106 here]].here.]]



* AuthorAvatar: The plain-featured stick man. (Sometimes. It can also be just anyone without special features.) Also, [[http://xkcd.com/135/ this]]

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* AuthorAvatar: The plain-featured stick man. (Sometimes. It can also be just anyone without special features.) Also, [[http://xkcd.com/135/ this]]this.]]



** Our beret-clad {{Cloudcuckoolander}} [[http://xkcd.com/677/ makes some car-driving decisions]].

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** Our beret-clad {{Cloudcuckoolander}} [[http://xkcd.com/677/ makes some car-driving decisions]].decisions.]]



* BitterWeddingSpeech: [[http://xkcd.com/420/ Hey, you asked me to do a toast]]...
* BlackComedy: [[http://xkcd.com/914/ On]] [[https://xkcd.com/686/ occasion]].

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* BitterWeddingSpeech: [[http://xkcd.com/420/ Hey, you asked me to do a toast]]...
toast...]]
* BlackComedy: [[http://xkcd.com/914/ On]] [[https://xkcd.com/686/ occasion]].occasion.]]



* BluffTheEavesdropper: In [[http://xkcd.com/525/ #525]]:

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* BluffTheEavesdropper: In [[http://xkcd.com/525/ #525]]:#525]:]



* BodyHorror: Subtly implicit in some, such as [[http://xkcd.com/1086/ Eyelash Wish Log]]. [[LoopholeAbuse Feb 5: Unlimited Eyelashes]] [[LiteralGenie Feb 6: That wish granting entities]] [[GoneHorriblyRight be required to interpret wishes]] [[FridgeHorror in accordance with the intent of the wisher.]]

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* BodyHorror: Subtly implicit in some, such as [[http://xkcd.com/1086/ Eyelash Wish Log]]. Log.]] [[LoopholeAbuse Feb 5: Unlimited Eyelashes]] [[LiteralGenie Feb 6: That wish granting entities]] [[GoneHorriblyRight be required to interpret wishes]] [[FridgeHorror in accordance with the intent of the wisher.]]



** The very first strip and the line on the very uttermost right of [[http://xkcd.com/1110/ Click and Drag]]

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** The very first strip and the line on the very uttermost right of [[http://xkcd.com/1110/ Click and Drag]]Drag.]]



** [[http://xkcd.com/445/ Ongoing]] [[http://xkcd.com/475/ boomerang]] [[http://xkcd.com/939/ difficulties]].
** The [[http://xkcd.com/374/ Journal]] [[http://xkcd.com/377/ joke]], [[http://xkcd.com/405/ too]].
** Does it count if [[http://xkcd.com/1010/ they're]] only one comic [[http://xkcd.com/1012/ apart]]?
** Then [[http://xkcd.com/325/ there's]] [[http://xkcd.com/576/ the]] [[http://xkcd.com/837/ bobcat]]. The reference in the latter two are in the Alt-Text. It shows up a fourth time in the alt-text of one of the images in [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/54/ this What If feature]]. He references it again with [[http://imgur.com/ET6XHTp his 2014 Christmas shopping banner]] and inverts it in the alt text [[http://xkcd.com/1540/ jere]]
** Tetris in [[http://xkcd.com/724 724]] and [[http://xkcd.com/888/ 888]].
** In [[http://xkcd.com/349/ The strip #349]], we learn that trying to install [=FreeBSD=] has a chance of stranding one in the middle of the ocean. In [[http://www.xkcd.com/1110/ Click and Drag]], we have an ocean somewhere to the right, and there are two stick figures in the middle of it, complaining "Stupid [=FreeBSD=]..."
** ...Which comes up AGAIN [[http://www.xkcd.com/1350/ even later]], as a possible outcome in a "choose your own adventure" style comic.

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** [[http://xkcd.com/445/ Ongoing]] [[http://xkcd.com/475/ boomerang]] [[http://xkcd.com/939/ difficulties]].
difficulties.]]
** The [[http://xkcd.com/374/ Journal]] [[http://xkcd.com/377/ joke]], [[http://xkcd.com/405/ too]].
too.]]
** Does it count if [[http://xkcd.com/1010/ they're]] only one comic [[http://xkcd.com/1012/ apart]]?
apart?]]
** Then [[http://xkcd.com/325/ there's]] [[http://xkcd.com/576/ the]] [[http://xkcd.com/837/ bobcat]]. bobcat.]] The reference in the latter two are in the Alt-Text. It shows up a fourth time in the alt-text of one of the images in [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/54/ this What If feature]]. feature.]] He references it again with [[http://imgur.com/ET6XHTp his 2014 Christmas shopping banner]] and inverts it in the alt text [[http://xkcd.com/1540/ jere]]
here.]]
** Tetris in [[http://xkcd.com/724 724]] and [[http://xkcd.com/888/ 888]].
888.]]
** In [[http://xkcd.com/349/ The strip #349]], we learn that trying to install [=FreeBSD=] has a chance of stranding one in the middle of the ocean. In [[http://www.xkcd.com/1110/ Click and Drag]], Drag,]] we have an ocean somewhere to the right, and there are two stick figures in the middle of it, complaining "Stupid [=FreeBSD=]..."
** ...Which comes up AGAIN [[http://www.xkcd.com/1350/ even later]], later,]] as a possible outcome in a "choose your own adventure" style comic.



* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: Addressed in "[[http://xkcd.com/865/ Nanobots]]", where a GreyGoo scenario is being observed from the space station.

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* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: Addressed in "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/865/ Nanobots]]", "Nanobots,"]] where a GreyGoo scenario is being observed from the space station.



** In "[[http://xkcd.com/55/ Useless]]", an early comic, a heart is inserted into various mathematical formulas ending in question marks. It was captioned "My normal approach is useless here." Five years later in "[[http://xkcd.com/881/ Probability]]", he wrote a strip about a terminally ill woman. The AltText reads, "My normal approach is useless here, too."
** Another in "[[http://xkcd.com/884/ Rogers St.]]", to "Little Bobby Tables" from "[[http://xkcd.com/327/ Exploits of a Mom]]"
*** And again in "[[http://xkcd.com/1253/ Exoplanet Names]]".
** Also, "[[http://xkcd.com/724/ Hell]]" and later, "[[http://xkcd.com/888/ Heaven]]".
** In "[[http://xkcd.com/325/ A-Minus-Minus]]", the Black Hat Guy sells an office chair on eBay, only for the actual package to arrive at the purchaser's home a bobcat. 251 comics later in "[[http://xkcd.com/576/ Packages]]", one character sets up a script that purchases something random off eBay every day so he can continually receive packages (notice the AltText). The bobcat gets mentioned yet again in "[[http://xkcd.com/837/ Coupon Code]]" (AltText again).
** In "[[http://xkcd.com/1/ Barrel - Part 1]]", the very first comic, a boy starts floating around in a barrel. In "[[http://xkcd.com/20/ Ferret]]", the author puts wings on a Ferret hoping he will fly. Eventually, the boy loses the barrel, and 11 comics later, in "[[http://xkcd.com/31/ Barrel - Part 5]]", is rescued by the winged ferret.
*** The punchline for "Barrel - Part 1" is reused in [[http://xkcd.com/1110/ Click and Drag]]", when you scroll all the way to the right.
** The man with the loud girlfriend and the elliptical dish from "[[http://xkcd.com/316/ Loud Sex]]" gets a mention in the AltText from "[[http://xkcd.com/368/ Bass]]".
** In "[[http://xkcd.com/419/ Forks and Spoons]]" scientists created fork/spork/spoon hybrids, with disastrous results. Only two comics later they are mentioned again in "[[http://xkcd.com/421/ Making Hash Browns]]".
** The inane statement in "[[http://xkcd.com/231/ Cat Proximity]]", "You're a kitty!" gets a callback in the mouseover for "[[http://xkcd.com/889/ Turtles]]" -- "You're a turtle!".
** "[[http://xkcd.com/517/ Marshmallow Gun]]", where the water gun appears to be the same one from "[[http://xkcd.com/220/ Philosophy]]"
** Black Hat Guy's past exploits are brought up in "[[http://xkcd.com/496/ Secretary: Part 3]]".

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** In "[[http://xkcd.com/55/ Useless]]", an early comic, a heart is inserted into various mathematical formulas ending in question marks. It was captioned "My normal approach is useless here." Five years later in "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/881/ Probability]]", "Probability,"]] he wrote a strip about a terminally ill woman. The AltText reads, "My normal approach is useless here, too."
** Another in "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/884/ Rogers "Rogers St.]]", "]] to "Little Bobby Tables" from "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/327/ Exploits "Exploits of a Mom]]"
Mom."]]
*** And again in "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/1253/ Exoplanet Names]]".
"Exoplanet Names."]]
** Also, "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/724/ Hell]]" "Hell"]] and later, "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/888/ Heaven]]".
"Heaven."]]
** In "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/325/ A-Minus-Minus]]", "A-Minus-Minus,"]] the Black Hat Guy sells an office chair on eBay, only for the actual package to arrive at the purchaser's home a bobcat. 251 comics later in "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/576/ Packages]]", "Packages,"]] one character sets up a script that purchases something random off eBay every day so he can continually receive packages (notice the AltText). The bobcat gets mentioned yet again in "[[http://xkcd.com/837/ Coupon Code]]" (AltText again).
** In "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/1/ Barrel "Barrel - Part 1]]", 1,"]] the very first comic, a boy starts floating around in a barrel. In "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/20/ Ferret]]", "Ferret,"]] the author puts wings on a Ferret hoping he will fly. Eventually, the boy loses the barrel, and 11 comics later, in "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/31/ Barrel "Barrel - Part 5]]", 5,"]] is rescued by the winged ferret.
*** The punchline for "Barrel - Part 1" is reused in [[http://xkcd.com/1110/ Click "Click and Drag]]", Drag,"]] when you scroll all the way to the right.
** The man with the loud girlfriend and the elliptical dish from "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/316/ Loud Sex]]" "Loud Sex"]] gets a mention in the AltText from "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/368/ Bass]]".
"Bass."]]
** In "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/419/ Forks "Forks and Spoons]]" Spoons"]] scientists created fork/spork/spoon hybrids, with disastrous results. Only two comics later they are mentioned again in "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/421/ Making "Making Hash Browns]]".
Browns."]]
** The inane statement in "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/231/ Cat Proximity]]", "Cat Proximity,"]] "You're a kitty!" gets a callback in the mouseover for "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/889/ Turtles]]" "Turtles"]] -- "You're a turtle!".
** "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/517/ Marshmallow Gun]]", "Marshmallow Gun,"]] where the water gun appears to be the same one from "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/220/ Philosophy]]"
"Philosophy."]]
** Black Hat Guy's past exploits are brought up in "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/496/ Secretary: "Secretary: Part 3]]".3."]]



** In "[[http://xkcd.com/188/ Reload]]", the AltText says, "And watch out for that guy from [[http://xkcd.com/53/ comic #53]]." ("Hobby").

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** In "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/188/ Reload]]", "Reload,"]] the AltText says, "And watch out for that guy from [[http://xkcd.com/53/ comic #53]]." #53.]] ("Hobby").



*** As a [[CourtlyLove real paladin]], he fights in the name of his fair lady in "[[http://xkcd.com/406/ Venting]]".
*** He measures things by the silhouette which is always before his eyes in "[[http://xkcd.com/526/ Converting to Metric]]".
*** Oh, hey, speaking of cat captions... I IZ "[[http://xkcd.com/262/ IN UR REALITY]]"!
** In "[[http://xkcd.com/730/ Circuit Diagram]]", the AltText remarks, "I just caught myself idly trying to work out what that resistor mass would actually be, and realized I had self-nerd-sniped." ("[[http://xkcd.com/356/ Nerd Sniping]]")

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*** As a [[CourtlyLove real paladin]], he fights in the name of his fair lady in "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/406/ Venting]]".
"Venting."]]
*** He measures things by the silhouette which is always before his eyes in "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/526/ Converting "Converting to Metric]]".
Metric."]]
*** Oh, hey, speaking of cat captions... I IZ "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/262/ IN "IN UR REALITY]]"!
REALITY!"]]
** In "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/730/ Circuit Diagram]]", "Circuit Diagram,"]] the AltText remarks, "I just caught myself idly trying to work out what that resistor mass would actually be, and realized I had self-nerd-sniped." ("[[http://xkcd.([[http://xkcd.com/356/ Nerd Sniping]]")"Nerd Sniping."]])



** A very subtle and easily missed one occurs in the AltText of "[[http://xkcd.com/327/ Exploits of a Mom]]", which references "[[http://xkcd.com/10/ Pi Equals]]".
** The comic [[http://xkcd.com/1133/ Up Goer Five]] explains a space rocket with only the 1000 most common words used in English. It includes the phrase "you will not go to space today" for when something goes wrong. The ''Blog/WhatIf'' blag turned it [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/21/ into a]] [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/24/ running]] [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/30/ gag]].

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** A very subtle and easily missed one occurs in the AltText of "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/327/ Exploits "Exploits of a Mom]]", Mom,"]] which references "[[http://xkcd.[[http://xkcd.com/10/ Pi Equals]]".
"Pi Equals."]]
** The comic [[http://xkcd.com/1133/ Up Goer Five]] explains a space rocket with only the 1000 most common words used in English. It includes the phrase "you will not go to space today" for when something goes wrong. The ''Blog/WhatIf'' blag turned it [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/21/ into a]] [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/24/ running]] [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/30/ gag]]. gag.]]



*** "Part 5" also sees the return of [[https://xkcd.com/239/ Cory Doctorow]]

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*** "Part 5" also sees the return of [[https://xkcd.com/239/ Cory Doctorow]]Doctorow.]]



** The Tautology Club from "[[http://www.xkcd.com/703/ Honor Societies]]" is referenced in the AltText of "[[http://www.xkcd.com/1602/ Linguistics Club]]".
* CallToAdventure: [[https://xkcd.com/308/ "Interesting Life"]].

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** The Tautology Club from "[[http://www.xkcd.com/703/ Honor Societies]]" is referenced in the AltText of "[[http://www.[[http://www.xkcd.com/1602/ Linguistics Club]]".
"Linguistics Club."]]
* CallToAdventure: [[https://xkcd.com/308/ "Interesting Life"]].Life."]]



* {{Calvinball}}: [[http://xkcd.com/1507/ Metaball]].

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* {{Calvinball}}: [[http://xkcd.com/1507/ Metaball]].Metaball.]]



* CentrifugalFarce: Argues whether or not this should be [[http://xkcd.com/123/ "centripetal force"]].
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Early on, Beret Guy was more of an existentialist. He then shifted to being a bartender obsessed with bakeries, before finally settling into his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} self with [[http://xkcd.com/804/ "Pumpkin Carving"]].

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* CentrifugalFarce: Argues whether or not this should be [[http://xkcd.com/123/ "centripetal force"]].
force."]]
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Early on, Beret Guy was more of an existentialist. He then shifted to being a bartender obsessed with bakeries, before finally settling into his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} self with [[http://xkcd.com/804/ "Pumpkin Carving"]].Carving."]]
26th May '17 4:46:35 PM WillKeaton
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* "Black Hat Guy": a {{Jerkass}} badass character with a black pork-pie hat, who in one storyline encountered a woman who [[http://xkcd.com/377/ out-Jerkassed him]] and has now become [[http://xkcd.com/433/ her]] [[http://xkcd.com/440/ romantic]] [[http://xkcd.com/515/ interest]].

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* "Black Hat Guy": a {{Jerkass}} badass character with a black pork-pie hat, who in one storyline encountered a woman who [[http://xkcd.com/377/ out-Jerkassed him]] and has now become [[http://xkcd.com/433/ her]] [[http://xkcd.com/440/ romantic]] [[http://xkcd.com/515/ interest]].interest.]]



''xkcd'' is part of the documentation for ''goto'' on the [[http://php.net/manual/en/control-structures.goto.php PHP website]], and was mentioned [[http://web.archive.org/web/20150326223351/http://asset.soup.io/asset/0453/8747_0991_800.png as a ticket in a changelog]][[note]]For those curious, [[http://xkcd.com/619/ here's #619]][[/note]].

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''xkcd'' is part of the documentation for ''goto'' on the [[http://php.net/manual/en/control-structures.goto.php PHP website]], and was mentioned [[http://web.archive.org/web/20150326223351/http://asset.soup.io/asset/0453/8747_0991_800.png as a ticket in a changelog]][[note]]For changelog.]][[note]]For those curious, [[http://xkcd.com/619/ here's #619]][[/note]].
#619.]][[/note]]
21st May '17 2:59:58 PM nombretomado
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** [[http://xkcd.com/696/ Strip Games]]. See the AltText? [[WarGames Right]].

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** [[http://xkcd.com/696/ Strip Games]]. See the AltText? [[WarGames [[Film/WarGames Right]].
29th Apr '17 7:24:58 AM DrNoPuma
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* ClingyAquaticLife: [[https://xkcd.com/1510/ This ]] strip features UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte escaping from St. Helena and swimming back to Europe with an octopus clinging to his hat.

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* ClingyAquaticLife: [[https://xkcd.com/1510/ This ]] This]] strip features UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte escaping from St. Helena and swimming back to Europe with an octopus clinging to his hat.
29th Apr '17 7:24:32 AM DrNoPuma
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* ClingyAquaticLife: [[https://xkcd.com/1510/ This ]] strip features UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte escaping from St. Helena and swimming back to Europe with an octopus clinging to his hat.
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