History Webcomic / SchlockMercenary

14th May '17 2:19:31 AM foxley
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* RipVanTinkle: After Kevyn's body is reconstructed from the neck down over the course of several days he mentions that he needs to pee like a racehorse.
5th May '17 10:07:50 AM Discar
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* ArtEvolution: The author knows it. He uses the term [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-06-12 pretty much verbatim]] in his commentary on the first strip. Compare [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-06-12 this]] with [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-06-14 this]]... Or compare [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-06-16 Captain Tagon's first appearance]], and [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2001-01-03 about six months later]] with his image approximately ''[[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2012-12-25 twelve years after the comic started]]''.



* ArtificialGravity: complete with exploration of technological consequences

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* ArtEvolution: The author knows it. He uses the term [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-06-12 pretty much verbatim]] in his commentary on the first strip. Compare [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-06-12 this]] with [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-06-14 this]]... Or compare [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-06-16 Captain Tagon's first appearance]], and [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2001-01-03 about six months later]] with his image approximately ''[[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2012-12-25 twelve years after the comic started]]''.
* ArtificialGravity: complete Complete with exploration of technological consequencesconsequences. Most notably, if you have perfect artificial gravity, then you already have weapons, shields, and a drive.


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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The Gatekeeper data archive is convinced that its observations have "quantum-locked" the galaxy, dooming all life to extinction unless the archive is destroyed.
-->'''Petey:''' The only quantum mechanics models that work that way are found in poorly-researched science fiction.\\
'''Archive:''' Location ''or'' velocity. Never both.\\
'''Petey:''' I know where you are, ''and'' how fast you're moving. Because you're not an electron.


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* ExactWords: [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2015-08-27 After Schlock is sent to fight a crypt spider.]]
-->'''Kevyn:''' Sergeant, did you pick a fight with one of Ventura's crypt spiders?\\
'''Schlock:''' Nope.\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Kevyn:''' I asked that question incorrectly. I shall rephrase myself. Tell me about your activities of the last twenty hours, starting with anything you enjoyed.\\
'''Schlock:''' You senior officers are getting good at crimping all my wriggle room.


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* GotVolunteered:
** Very common. Every briefing generally turns into the "don't accidentally volunteer for something" game.
** [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2015-11-22 Variant when Massey is helping write the Jumpstar Prime constitution.]] Due to a minor glitch, he filled out a blank spot with his own name, meaning he accidentally nominated himself for Supreme Justice. The council signed it, and when he informed them of the mistake, they just said "no mistake."
16th Apr '17 12:38:57 PM aidreamer
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* QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything: Much to Petey's frustration, an ancient archive device shows a very poor understanding of quantum mechanics, believing that due to it being a TimeAbyss, it keeps the universe trapped in a cycle revolving around itself through observer effect.
16th Apr '17 12:32:41 PM aidreamer
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* PrecursorKillers: Though covered up by an AncientConspiracy, galactic civilization has actually gone through several iterations. Known causes of downfall include dark matter entities called Pa'anuri, mistakes with {{Immortality Inducer}}s leading to degeneration, and a type of WeaponizedTeleportation that can bypass TeleportInterdiction called the long gun.
10th Apr '17 12:13:09 PM Dalillama
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* GentlemenRankers: [[spoiler:Para Ventura]] joined the Toughs as an ensign and made lieutenant before she was discovered to be a spy and left in disgrace. When she was later instrumental in the Toughs being reconstituted, she found a new position, as a corporal, which rank she retains.
6th Apr '17 8:23:10 AM LentilSandEater
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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 teenage or even tweenage 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 teenage or even tweenage girl with a crush could be expected to.dead.
24th Mar '17 9:17:13 PM yarrunmace
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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Many of the blades in the setting are capable of slicing through heavy armor. Tailor is particularly impressive, as he's able to [[spoiler:dismember the hands of ''three'' heavily-armored Mooks in a single pass]]. [[JustifiedTrope Tailor was designed to cut, create, and modify body armor, though.]] There's also the problem of tensile strength versus shearing strength, which is why armor designed for kinetic weapons isn't nearly as good against edged ones.

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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Many of the blades in the setting are capable of slicing through heavy armor. Tailor (who's specifically designed to cut and modify body armor) is particularly impressive, as he's able to [[spoiler:dismember the hands of ''three'' heavily-armored Mooks in a single pass]]. [[JustifiedTrope Tailor was designed to cut, create, and modify body armor, though.]] There's pass]].
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also the problem of tensile strength versus shearing strength, which is why armor designed for kinetic weapons isn't nearly as good against edged ones.



** A warship navigation system creates a clone of itself to get around hardwired restrictions, then conscripts most of the galaxy's ships [[AssimilationPlot to become a]] [[AGodAmI godlike superintelligence]] in order to save the galaxy from destruction. Another warship AI [[ShootTheDog kills hundreds of innocents in order to save millions without delaying to ask authorization]] and all but commits suicide out of guilt. A robotic longshoreman, frustrated with civil unrest complicating fair distribution, ''takes the destination over and crowns himself king''. A ''boy band choreographer'' runs away to tag along with a mercenary company, then essentially ''hijacks their ship'' when they use him to test a new navigation computer. "[[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-02-10 Crazy robots... crazy robots EVERYWHERE.]]"

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** A warship navigation system creates a clone of itself to get around hardwired restrictions, then conscripts most of the galaxy's ships [[AssimilationPlot to become a]] [[AGodAmI godlike superintelligence]] in order to save the galaxy from destruction. Another warship AI [[ShootTheDog kills hundreds of innocents in order to save millions without delaying to ask authorization]] and all but commits suicide out of guilt. A maintenance AI for a space station went mad after millennia of isolation and data corruption, tried to create sentient life, and attacked and nearly killed the first sentient lifeforms that visited it. A robotic longshoreman, frustrated with civil unrest complicating fair distribution, ''takes the destination over and crowns himself king''. A ''boy band choreographer'' runs away to tag along with a mercenary company, then essentially ''hijacks their ship'' when they use him to test a new navigation computer. "[[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-02-10 Crazy robots... crazy robots EVERYWHERE.]]"



* AnyoneCanDie: Throughout most of the series, DeathIsCheap. Characters can be regrown in a tank from just a head, preserved in a [[{{Nanomachines}} nanny-bag]] to prevent degradation, and [[spoiler:Tagon, Kevyn, Elf, Xinchub, and Petey]] have all come back from far less. Which makes it that much more shocking when characters like [[spoiler:Hob, Sh'vuu, Pronto, Doctor Lazcowicz, and Brad]], some of whom had been around since the very beginning, were all KilledOffForReal.

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* AnyoneCanDie: Throughout most of Perma-death is rare in the series, DeathIsCheap. Characters since characters can be regrown in a tank from just a head, preserved in head. Additionally, a [[{{Nanomachines}} nanny-bag]] to prevent degradation, and few characters have come back from situations that should have been lethal, like [[spoiler:Tagon, Kevyn, Elf, Xinchub, and Petey]] have all come back from far less.Petey]]. Which makes it that much more shocking when characters like [[spoiler:Hob, Sh'vuu, Pronto, Doctor Lazcowicz, and Brad]], some of whom had been around since the very beginning, were all KilledOffForReal.



** After their first engagement using Oafan ships, the crew discovers that the ultra-valuable hulls are actually unusually vulnerable to conventional weapons due to a lack of ranged countermeasures. Actually a case of retroactive CripplingOverspecialization; they were built for a war with an enemy that only uses gravitic weapons, and they are the best defenses in the galaxy against those.

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** After their first engagement using Oafan ships, the crew discovers that that, since the ultra-valuable hulls are actually unusually vulnerable to conventional weapons due to a lack of ranged countermeasures. Actually a case of retroactive CripplingOverspecialization; they were built for a war with an enemy that only uses designed to repel gravitic weapons, and attacks (rather than the kinetic or plasma weapons on most ships), they are the best defenses don't fare too well in the galaxy against those.average firefight.



* BadassNormal: Even non-soldiers like Massey the lawyer and the Rev have their moments.
-->'''Nick:''' Rev, didja just stake that guy to the wall ''on purpose''?\\
'''Rev:''' It's called mercy, Nick. My guy is more alive than yours.\\
'''Assailant:''' ''Mercy? You [[EyeScream stabbed me through my throbbin' eye!]]''.\\
'''Rev:''' The grace of god knows no bounds, [[BondOneLiner but my mercy has some practical limitations]].
24th Mar '17 6:31:51 PM yarrunmace
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* DeathIsCheap:
** As of June 2012, the following characters have died and been brought back to life via various means (including nanites, mind backups and time travel): [[spoiler: Kevyn, Tagon, Xinchub, Max, Petey, Schlock]].
** As long as the head is mostly intact, a person can be brought back to life. [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2001-03-11 Case in point...]]
** With [[spoiler: RED #2]], death is so cheap that characters can get 'revived' even before they die, with only requirement being data from their brains is stored somewhere.

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* DeathIsCheap:
** As of June 2012,
DeathIsCheap: Besides the following characters fact that medical technology is so advanced that anything short of brain damage is survivable with the right equipment, a number of deaths have died and been brought back reversed due to life via various means (including nanites, nanotechnology, mind backups and time travel): travel (namely [[spoiler: Kevyn, Schlock, Tagon, Xinchub, Max, Petey, Schlock]].
** As long as
and a few others]]). Generally, a character isn't dead proper until the head is mostly intact, a person can be brought back to life. [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2001-03-11 Case in point...]]
** With [[spoiler: RED #2]], death is so cheap that characters can get 'revived' even before they die, with only requirement being data from their brains is stored somewhere.
end of the book.



** Later, there's Credomar, a habitat founded on the principles of democracy that was near anarchy with at least six competing factions by the time the Toughs got there. [[spoiler: They ended up electing a robot dictator who actually got things done.]]

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** Later, there's Credomar, a habitat founded on the principles of democracy that was completely corrupt and near anarchy with at least six competing factions by the time the Toughs got there. [[spoiler: They ended up electing a robot dictator who actually got things done.]]



'''Lota:''' [[ShutUpHannibal Now please stop pretending that you are the voice of the people.]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome You just happen to be loud, and wearing a microphone.]][[note]]Bonus points for the one receiving the "ShutUpHannibal" speech actually being named Hannibal.[[/note]]

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'''Lota:''' [[ShutUpHannibal Now please stop pretending that you are the voice of the people.]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome You just happen to be loud, and wearing a microphone.]][[note]]Bonus points for the one receiving the "ShutUpHannibal" speech actually being named Hannibal.[[/note]]people.



* HumansAreSpecial: "[[ArthurCClarke Rescue Party]]" variant; with less than a thousand years in space - [[WeAreAsMayflies a fraction of many prominent species' lifespans]] - humans have already spread an English-influenced dialect of "Galstandard" far and wide, ballooned to the fifth-largest sapient species and fourth-strongest military power yet seen, rediscovered an order-disrupting technology [[spoiler:purposefully suppressed for six million years]], and been indirectly responsible for the creation of a [[AssimilationPlot godlike AI hivemind]]. And now that hivemind has decided to express its gratitude... Though we probably can't be trusted to run a [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2008-02-06 project on longevity.]]

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* HumansAreSpecial: "[[ArthurCClarke Rescue Party]]" variant; with less than a thousand years in space - [[WeAreAsMayflies a fraction of many prominent species' lifespans]] - humans have already spread an English-influenced dialect of "Galstandard" far and wide, ballooned to the fifth-largest sapient species and fourth-strongest military power yet seen, rediscovered an order-disrupting technology [[spoiler:purposefully [[spoiler: purposefully suppressed for six million years]], and been indirectly responsible for the creation of a [[AssimilationPlot godlike AI hivemind]]. And now that hivemind has decided to express its gratitude... Though we probably can't be trusted to run a [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2008-02-06 project on longevity.]]
24th Mar '17 5:53:25 PM yarrunmace
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* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: When the Toughs attempt to recover an [[TimeAbyss ancient]] Gatekeeper archive, the archive attempts suicide. When they make moves to stop it, it warns them that the secrets it holds are so incredibly dangerous, it must die, or else the entire galaxy will be doomed.

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* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: When the Toughs attempt to recover an [[TimeAbyss ancient]] Gatekeeper archive, the archive attempts suicide. When they make moves to stop it, it warns them that the secrets it holds are so incredibly dangerous, it must die, or else the entire galaxy will be doomed.doomed


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** The Oafa can match Rod and Vog. Though all living members of the species were genetically reconstructed from ancient Oafan remains, their old ships are older than the history of the human race and [[spoiler: after Book 14, the Oafan's unique GeneticMemory means that Oafans from ''millenia'' ago are now alive and well"
24th Mar '17 12:39:35 PM Golfball
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** Or if they happen to be delicious.
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