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8th Jul '17 10:09:40 AM nombretomado
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** Either a ShoutOut or a TakeThat flavored with some RefugeInAudacity: The banner ads featuring some weird picture of David Willis (say, sitting in a bubble bath, or eating a corn dog on a toilet) with "Please Read: A Personal Appeal From David Willis" in the style of the donation drive ads that appeared on TheOtherWiki.

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** Either a ShoutOut or a TakeThat flavored with some RefugeInAudacity: The banner ads featuring some weird picture of David Willis (say, sitting in a bubble bath, or eating a corn dog on a toilet) with "Please Read: A Personal Appeal From David Willis" in the style of the donation drive ads that appeared on TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
4th Jun '17 12:21:18 PM nombretomado
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The website underwent a major overhaul in 2013. Unfortunately, because this overhaul involved a complete restructuring of the comic's archives, all links on TVTropes to specific strips up to that time became invalid. A whole lotta WikiMagic is going to be needed to get all these links up to date.

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The website underwent a major overhaul in 2013. Unfortunately, because this overhaul involved a complete restructuring of the comic's archives, all links on TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes to specific strips up to that time became invalid. A whole lotta WikiMagic is going to be needed to get all these links up to date.



** Actually, to {{TVTropes}}! Robin refers to the term CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=687 here]].

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** Actually, to {{TVTropes}}! Wiki/TVTropes! Robin refers to the term CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=687 here]].
15th Apr '17 9:52:20 PM C2
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* ClusterFBomb: Malaya is probably the most consistently foul-mouthed character, as [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1422 even her
introduction]] demonstrates. She even calls her iguana "Fuckface" (its real name is Herbert).

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* ClusterFBomb: Malaya is probably the most consistently foul-mouthed character, as [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1422 even her
her introduction]] demonstrates. She even calls her iguana "Fuckface" (its real name is Herbert).
6th Apr '17 2:00:16 PM Willbyr
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* RecoveredAddict: Jacob was a sex addict; part of the reason he's stuck working retail is that his addiction interfered with his studying law. Roz abused his addiction to get cheap, relationship-free sex, only for him to realize what it was doing to him. Eventually Amber got him out of his slump and he got clean, completing his law degree and moving away.

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* RecoveredAddict: Jacob was has an addictive personality and has become hooked on a sex addict; variety of interests; part of the reason he's stuck working retail is that his addiction addictions interfered with his studying law. Roz abused his addiction to get cheap, relationship-free sex, only for him to realize what it was doing to him. Eventually Amber got him out of his slump and he got clean, completing his law degree and moving away.



** Robin, when [[spoiler:Faz tries to touch her pregnant belly]]. The sight is so terrifying [[spoiler:that Faz not only loses his grin, he immediately climbs into a lion pit]].

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** Robin, when [[spoiler:Faz tries to touch her pregnant belly]].belly]], along with a furious snarling face. The sight is so terrifying [[spoiler:that Faz not only loses his grin, he immediately climbs into a lion pit]].
6th Apr '17 1:56:12 PM Willbyr
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* ReplacementScrappy: [[invoked]] [[[[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1333 Discussed]] with regards to the "''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'' killed ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]''" school of thought.

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* ReplacementScrappy: [[invoked]] [[[[http://www.[[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1333 Discussed]] with regards to the "''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'' killed ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]''" school of thought.
4th Apr '17 7:02:44 AM Willbyr
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* CastFullOfGay: Of the three leads, Ethan is gay, Amber is (probably) straight, and Robin (after much confusion) identifies as "generally undefinably queer". Also, Leslie is a lesbian, Mike will sleep with anyone if the motivations is right, Drew is bi, Conquest will also sleep with anyone at the drop of a hat. There's also [[DropInCharacter Thad]] and his late boyfriend Evan. Malaya is {{Robosexual}} for Ultra Car, who is homoromantic asexual. Rick and Faz are such {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s that it's impossible to tell[[note]]Faz at one point believes that if he has sex with a woman, this will "cancel out" a previous gay encounter on the Kinsey scale[[/note]], Galasso can't tell genders apart despite having a daughter, and even [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Ronnie]] seems to imply he's had affairs with men in one strip, leaving essentially just Roz, Jacob, Ken and Lucy. This is a phenomenon Amber's commented on several times.

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* CastFullOfGay: Of the three leads, Ethan is gay, Amber is (probably) straight, and Robin (after much confusion) identifies as "generally undefinably queer". Also, Leslie is a lesbian, Mike will sleep with anyone if the motivations is are right, Drew is bi, and Conquest will also sleep with anyone at the drop of a hat. There's also [[DropInCharacter Thad]] and his late boyfriend Evan. Malaya is {{Robosexual}} for Ultra Car, who is homoromantic asexual. Rick and Faz are such {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s that it's impossible to tell[[note]]Faz at one point believes that if he has sex with a woman, this will "cancel out" a previous gay encounter on the Kinsey scale[[/note]], Galasso can't tell genders apart despite having a daughter, and even [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Ronnie]] seems to imply he's had affairs with men in one strip, leaving essentially just Roz, Jacob, Ken and Lucy. This is a phenomenon Amber's commented on several times.
4th Apr '17 6:58:46 AM Willbyr
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Although the comic is over, the ''Shortpacked!'' website is still periodically updated with Willis' reviews of some of his latest toy acquisitions and April Fools Day strops.

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Although the comic is over, the ''Shortpacked!'' website is still periodically updated with Willis' reviews of some of his latest toy acquisitions and April Fools Day strops.
strips.
3rd Apr '17 9:33:43 PM Willbyr
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The title refers to the toy store where the main characters work, and the strip starts with Robin [=DeSanto=]--''It's Walky!'''s hyperactive speedster--taking a position there as a saleswoman. [[JerkAss Mike]] has already been working there for some time by then, in spite of...[[BackFromTheDead certain factors]] that may render this unlikely. They're joined by Ethan Siegal, a self-righteous toy obsessive; Amber O'Malley, a recovered introvert; [[Characters/{{Shortpacked}} and a host of others]], each with their own quirks and neuroses, with the cast gradually expanding and contracting over its run.

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The title refers to the toy store where the main characters work, and the strip starts with Robin [=DeSanto=]--''It's Walky!'''s hyperactive speedster--taking a position there as a saleswoman. [[JerkAss Mike]] has already been working there for some time by then, in spite of...[[BackFromTheDead certain factors]] that may should render this unlikely. They're joined by Ethan Siegal, a self-righteous toy obsessive; Amber O'Malley, a recovered introvert; [[Characters/{{Shortpacked}} and a host of others]], each with their own quirks and neuroses, with the cast gradually expanding and contracting over its run.



Although the comic is over, the ''Shortpacked!'' website is still periodically updated with Willis' reviews of some of his latest toy acquisitions.

!! Shortpacked is the TropeNamer for:
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace

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Although the comic is over, the ''Shortpacked!'' website is still periodically updated with Willis' reviews of some of his latest toy acquisitions.

!! Shortpacked is the TropeNamer for:
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace
acquisitions and April Fools Day strops.



!!Shortpacked contains examples of:

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!!Shortpacked !!''Shortpacked!'' contains examples of:of:



* AffirmativeActionLegacy: [[spoiler: African-American Lucy]] looked set to take up the mantle of Amazi-Girl until she decided it wasn't her thing. She ends up wearing the costume in the final two strips.

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* AffirmativeActionLegacy: [[spoiler: African-American [[spoiler:African-American Lucy]] looked set to take up the mantle of Amazi-Girl until she decided it wasn't her thing. She ends up wearing the costume in the final two strips.



* {{Asexuality}}: Ultra Car. The antics of the sexual beings and their drama continue to annoy her. [[spoiler: Asexual doesn't mean aromantic, though; both her and Malaya eventually begin dating]]. Ultra Car declares herself a [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1994 "homoromantic asexual trans-chassis woman.]]

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* {{Asexuality}}: Ultra Car. The antics of the sexual beings and their drama continue to annoy her. [[spoiler: Asexual [[spoiler:Asexual doesn't mean aromantic, though; both her and Malaya eventually begin dating]]. Ultra Car declares herself a [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1994 "homoromantic asexual trans-chassis woman.]]



* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The Giant Mutant Honey-Bun.
* AuthorAppeal: Compare Amber with how Willis draws his wife. At one point Amber got a makeover and was perceived as more attractive in-universe, the makeover mostly made her resemble Willis' wife even more.

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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The Giant Mutant Honey-Bun.
Honey-Bun shows up in both the normal universe, where it's fought by Amber and Mike, and [[spoiler:the alternate universe where the Drama Tag was never pulled]].
* AuthorAppeal: Compare Amber with how Willis draws his wife. At one point Amber got a makeover and was perceived as more attractive in-universe, in-universe; the makeover mostly made her resemble Willis' wife even more.



* AwesomeMcCoolName: Greg Killmaster, a [[http://gregkillmaster.com/about/ real-life special effects artist]]. Robin is so impressed by his name she decides she's going to find him and marry him so she can be Mrs. Killmaster.
** It turns out [[http://www.tfwiki.net/wiki/Laura_Killmaster he's taken]].
* BackFromTheDead: Not only does Mike come back, somehow Galasso also resurrects ''Ronald Reagan'' (and later ''Jesus'') to work in his store. It's never explained how or why he can do this.
** Mike's revival was left completely unexplained until after his wedding, when Joyce gave a hint to Amber.

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* AwesomeMcCoolName: Greg Killmaster, a [[http://gregkillmaster.com/about/ real-life special effects artist]]. Robin is so impressed by his name she decides she's going to find him and marry him so she can be Mrs. Killmaster.
** It
Killmaster, but it turns out [[http://www.tfwiki.net/wiki/Laura_Killmaster he's taken]].
* BackFromTheDead: Not only does Mike come back, somehow Galasso also resurrects ''Ronald Reagan'' (and later ''Jesus'') to work in his store. It's never explained how or why he can do this.
**
Mike's revival was left completely unexplained until after his wedding, when Joyce gave a hint to Amber.



* BigBad: Sydney Yuss is the closest that the series has to one. And she's not very bright.

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* BigBad: Sydney Yuss Yus is the closest that the series has to one. And one, but she's not very bright.so dumb and ineffectual that it's more of a joke than anything.



** This was Robin's reaction to learning that [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Felix Gaeta]] is played by [[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines Nightscream's]] VA.
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1268 And]] [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1269 how.]]

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** This was Robin's reaction to learning that [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Felix Gaeta]] is played by [[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines Nightscream's]] VA.
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1268 And]] Amber's]] [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1269 how.]]reaction]] to the realization that [[spoiler:she and Faz are half-siblings]].



* {{Blackmail}}: This is how [[spoiler:Amber gets Mike to date her.]]

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* {{Blackmail}}: This is how [[spoiler:Amber gets Mike to date her.]]her]].



* BolivianArmyEnding: The comic ends with the cast facing down [[spoiler: an invasion of Soggies.]]

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* BolivianArmyEnding: The comic ends with the cast facing down [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an invasion of Soggies.]]Soggies, confronting Sogmaster in the final few strips]].



--> '''Robin''': Here you go, America! Take notes 'cuz I'm finally gonna show you what [[Franchise/ArchieComics Jughead]]'s hat really is!
--> '''Leslie''': [[LampshadeHanging Who are you yelling at?]]
* BrickJoke: In the storyline where it's revealed that Faz is [[spoiler: Amber's half-brother]], we meet Rose and Zaph, two [[spoiler: Amber and Faz]] look-alikes. Much later, Amber attends [[spoiler: her father's]] funeral. Rose and Zaph are both attending.
* BrokenAesop: Constant complaints about fandoms abound (especially the ''Transformers'' fandom). Willis is not only a prominent part of said fandom, but also embodies many of the issues he complains about. This is often PlayedForLaughs, however.

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--> '''Robin''': Here you go, America! Take notes 'cuz I'm finally gonna show you what [[Franchise/ArchieComics Jughead]]'s hat really is!
-->
is!\\
'''Leslie''': [[LampshadeHanging Who are you yelling at?]]
* BrickJoke: In the storyline where it's revealed that Faz is [[spoiler: Amber's [[spoiler:Amber's half-brother]], we meet Rose and Zaph, two [[spoiler: Amber [[spoiler:Amber and Faz]] look-alikes. Much later, Amber attends [[spoiler: her father's]] funeral. Rose and Zaph are both attending.
seen attending [[spoiler:Amber's father's]] funeral.
* BrokenAesop: Constant complaints about fandoms abound (especially ('''especially''' the ''Transformers'' fandom). Willis is not only a prominent part of said fandom, but also embodies many of the issues he complains about. This is often PlayedForLaughs, however.



* {{Callback}}: The conversation in [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1465 this]] comic is a callback to [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=268 this one]].
** Also [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=483 this]] comic is one to [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=90 this one]]. Or is it the reverse and a callforward?

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* {{Callback}}: {{Callback}}:
**
The conversation in [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1465 this]] comic is a callback to [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=268 this one]].
** Also [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=483 this]] This]] comic is one to [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=90 this one]]. Or is it the reverse and a callforward?



** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=730 This]], to pretty much every significant {{Walkyverse}} event up to that point.
* CaptainErsatz: Willis is generally more likely to include the real thing than a mimicry, but one that sticks out is Coffeeright Theft, a local coffeehouse the characters occasionally visit. It's pretty much just [[QuestionableContent Coffee of Doom]].

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** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=730 This]], to pretty much every significant {{Walkyverse}} Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}} event up to that point.
* CaptainErsatz: Willis is generally more likely to include the real thing than a mimicry, but one that sticks out is Coffeeright Theft, a local coffeehouse the characters occasionally visit. It's pretty much just [[QuestionableContent [[Webcomic/QuestionableContent Coffee of Doom]].



* CastFullOfGay: Of the three leads, Ethan is gay, Amber is (probably) straight, and Robin (after much confusion) identifies as "generally undefinably queer". Also, Leslie, Mike, Drew, and Conquest are clearly not straight (as well as DropInCharacter Thad and his late boyfriend Evan), and Malaya is {{Robosexual}} for Ultra Car, who is homoromantic asexual. Rick and Faz are such {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s that it's impossible to tell[[note]]Faz at one point believes that if he has sex with a woman, this will "cancel out" a previous gay encounter on the Kinsey scale[[/note]], Galasso can't tell genders apart despite having a daughter, and even [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Ronnie]] seems to imply he's had affairs with men in one strip, leaving essentially just Roz, Jacob, Ken and Lucy. This is a phenomenon Amber's commented on several times.

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* CastFullOfGay: Of the three leads, Ethan is gay, Amber is (probably) straight, and Robin (after much confusion) identifies as "generally undefinably queer". Also, Leslie, Mike, Drew, and Leslie is a lesbian, Mike will sleep with anyone if the motivations is right, Drew is bi, Conquest are clearly not straight (as well as DropInCharacter Thad will also sleep with anyone at the drop of a hat. There's also [[DropInCharacter Thad]] and his late boyfriend Evan), and Evan. Malaya is {{Robosexual}} for Ultra Car, who is homoromantic asexual. Rick and Faz are such {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s that it's impossible to tell[[note]]Faz at one point believes that if he has sex with a woman, this will "cancel out" a previous gay encounter on the Kinsey scale[[/note]], Galasso can't tell genders apart despite having a daughter, and even [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Ronnie]] seems to imply he's had affairs with men in one strip, leaving essentially just Roz, Jacob, Ken and Lucy. This is a phenomenon Amber's commented on several times.



* CatchAFallingStar: Mike gets to play a hero and rescue Amazi-Girl like this [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1047 here]].
* CatchPhrase:
--> '''Franchise/{{Batman}}:''' "I'm Batman."
** '''I KNOW'''.
*** To the point where it's practically become TheCoconutEffect - bad guys expect to hear "I'm Batman", and [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=936 at least one bad guy realizes something's up when new Batman Dick Grayson doesn't say it]].
* CeilingCling: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1252 Attempted, but Leslie watches far too much sci-fi to fall for it.]]
* CelebrityParadox: The strip has done a crossover with SomethingPositive, with Davan appearing in a strip and delivering one of Chho-Choo's kittens to Roz. However, a SomethingPositive booth with a full-size banner of Davan was seen in the background of a strip set at a convention, and Randy Milholland was mentioned as existing in-universe.
** David Willis, the comic's creator, also exists in this universe, and has a rivalry with Ethan. His nickname is even still "[[WalkyVerse Walky]]". A background gag in one strip suggests that InUniverse he is the creator of a comic called "Shortpants" instead of Shortpacked.

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* CatchAFallingStar: Mike gets to play a hero and rescue Amazi-Girl like this [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1047 here]].
rescue Amazi-Girl]] like this.
* CatchPhrase:
--> '''Franchise/{{Batman}}:'''
CatchPhrase: Whenever Franchise/{{Batman}} shows up, "I'm Batman."
** '''I KNOW'''.
*** To
Batman" is imminent. It's to the point where it's practically become TheCoconutEffect - bad TheCoconutEffect--bad guys expect to hear "I'm Batman", and [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=936 at least one bad guy realizes something's up when new Batman Dick Grayson doesn't say it]].
* CeilingCling: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1252 Attempted, Attempted]], but Leslie watches far too much sci-fi to fall for it.]]
it.
* CelebrityParadox: CelebrityParadox:
**
The strip has done a crossover with SomethingPositive, ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', with Davan appearing in a strip and delivering one of Chho-Choo's kittens to Roz. However, a SomethingPositive ''Something Positive'' booth with a full-size banner of Davan was seen in the background of a strip set at a convention, and Randy Milholland was mentioned as existing in-universe.
** David Willis, the comic's creator, also exists in this universe, and has a rivalry with Ethan. His nickname is even still "[[WalkyVerse "[[Webcomic/WalkyVerse Walky]]". A background gag in one strip suggests that InUniverse he is the creator of a comic called "Shortpants" ''Shortpants'' instead of Shortpacked.''Shortpacked''.



* ChastityCouple: Robin and Leslie were this before Robin got used to being in a same-sex relationship; Malaya and Ultra Car were this due to UC's asexuality before Malaya admitted she didn't want ''sex'' so much as she wanted UC to get her off.

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* ChastityCouple: ChastityCouple:
**
Robin and Leslie were this before Robin got used to being in a same-sex relationship; relationship.
**
Malaya and Ultra Car were this due to UC's asexuality before Malaya admitted she didn't want ''sex'' so much as she wanted UC to get her off.



** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=64 This grocer]] [[SarcasmMode totally doesn't show up again.]]

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** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=64 This grocer]] [[SarcasmMode totally doesn't show up again.]]again]].



** Lucy first showed up in what looked like a one-off strip about Starfire's treatment in the WesternAnimation/TeenTitans cartoon versus the comics. She joined the main cast a while later.

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** Lucy first showed up in what looked like a one-off strip about Starfire's treatment in the WesternAnimation/TeenTitans ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon versus the comics. She joined the main cast a while later.



* ClusterFBomb: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1422 Malaya's introduction]].
** Seems to be a habit for her. Case in point: She named her iguana "Fuckface" (its real name is Herbert).

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* ClusterFBomb: Malaya is probably the most consistently foul-mouthed character, as [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1422 Malaya's introduction]].
** Seems to be a habit for her. Case in point:
even her
introduction]] demonstrates.
She named even calls her iguana "Fuckface" (its real name is Herbert).



** The ending of the "Robin vs Legion of Something" fight. Poor SarahPalin! She didn't deserve that! (Faz did, though.)

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** The ending of the "Robin vs Legion of Something" fight. Poor SarahPalin! Sarah Palin! She didn't deserve that! (Faz did, though.)



* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: It turns out Jacob is a recovering sex addict. Who stumbles on a stash of [[HotLibrarian hot librarians]], [[spoiler: seems to have a crush on Amber]], and became an unwilling ChickMagnet in one arc.

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* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: It turns out Jacob is a recovering sex addict. Who addict...who stumbles on a stash of [[HotLibrarian hot librarians]], [[spoiler: seems {{hot librarian}}s, [[spoiler:seems to have a crush on Amber]], and became an unwilling ChickMagnet in one arc.



* CreatorThumbprint: ''{{Transformers}}'' humor. And, to a lesser extent, other toy and comic book humor.

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* CreatorThumbprint: ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' humor. And, to a lesser extent, other toy and comic book humor.



* DareToBeBadass: Robin to [[spoiler: Mike]] when he claims he is no good at comforting his fiancée because he's... what he is.

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* DareToBeBadass: Robin to [[spoiler: Mike]] [[spoiler:Mike]] when he claims he is no good at comforting his fiancée because he's... what he is.



* DenserAndWackier: Than the {{Walkyverse}} at large. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] with the Drama Tag storyline--which, while it did introduce Amber's rather dark backstory, largely just caused drama via ''even wackier hijinks.'' (I mean sure, [[spoiler:Robin and Leslie's breakup]] was fairly depressing, but it was caused by [[spoiler:using Cadbury Cream eggs as cereal in order to induce a sugar-high black-out during which Robin could ''legislate world peace''.]])
* DoggedNiceGuy: Ken is a bit of a {{Deconstruction}}, he spends years pursuing and obsessing over Malaya, who basically acts like a huge jerk to him and everyone else. When he finally admits how he feels she tells him in no uncertain terms that nothing will ever happen between them. He sleeps with Conquest to try to make her jealous but, after the massive confidence boost that comes from losing his virginity to an impossibly gorgeous woman (who later tells him that he was a good lover, despite his inexperience, because he is a ''good person'') he seems to have decided "hey, forget her", and starts pursuing women who actually give him the time of day.

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* DenserAndWackier: Than the {{Walkyverse}} Walkyverse at large. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d with the Drama Tag storyline--which, storyline which, while it did introduce Amber's rather dark backstory, largely just caused drama via ''even wackier hijinks.'' (I mean sure, (Sure, [[spoiler:Robin and Leslie's breakup]] was fairly depressing, but it was caused by [[spoiler:using Cadbury Cream eggs as cereal in order to induce a sugar-high black-out during which Robin could ''legislate world peace''.]])
peace'']].)
* DoggedNiceGuy: Ken is a bit of a {{Deconstruction}}, he {{Deconstruction}}. He spends years pursuing and obsessing over Malaya, who basically acts like a huge jerk to him and everyone else. When he finally admits how he feels she tells him in no uncertain terms that nothing will ever happen between them. He sleeps with Conquest to try to make her jealous but, after the massive confidence boost that comes from losing his virginity to an impossibly gorgeous woman (who later tells him that he was a good lover, despite his inexperience, because he is a ''good person'') he seems to have decided "hey, forget her", and starts pursuing women who actually give him the time of day.



* DysfunctionJunction: practically all the characters have issues. And let's not even get started on the relationships between them...

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* DysfunctionJunction: practically Practically all the characters have issues. And let's not even get started on the relationships between them...



* EveryoneIsBi:
** By this point, everyone but Galasso and Reagan have had some form of romantic encounter with members of both sexes.

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* EveryoneIsBi:
**
EveryoneIsBi: By this point, the comic's end, everyone but Galasso and Reagan have had some form of romantic encounter with members of both sexes.



* ExactEavesdropping: Leslie shows up to make up with Robin ''just'' in time [[spoiler:to see her making out with Joe.]]

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* ExactEavesdropping: Leslie shows up to make up with Robin ''just'' in time [[spoiler:to see her making out with Joe.]]Joe]].



* FlatWhat: Mike's reaction upon learning that [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1081 Amber has adopted a pair of hamsters.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the strip where Robin persuades Amber to snoop around Mike's room [[spoiler: Mike's [=McAwesome's=] uniform is somewhat visible in his closet]] a while before it actually comes up in the story.

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* FlatWhat: Mike's reaction upon learning that [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1081 Amber has adopted a pair of hamsters.]]
hamsters]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
**
In the strip where Robin persuades Amber to snoop around Mike's room [[spoiler: Mike's [[spoiler:Mike's [=McAwesome's=] uniform is somewhat visible in his closet]] a while before it actually comes up in the story.



* [[TwoWordsAddedEmphasis Four Words, Added Emphasis]]: This time, "that is very good," with only the strip's title pointing them out, since the line again [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather reveals a hidden relation]], Amber and Faz being half-siblings]].

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* [[TwoWordsAddedEmphasis TwoWordsAddedEmphasis: Four Words, Added Emphasis]]: This time, in this case: "that is very good," with only the strip's title pointing them out, since the line again [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather reveals a hidden relation]], Amber and Faz being half-siblings]].



* TheFunInFuneral: [[spoiler: A slightly low-key version at Amber's dad's funeral. Mike attends in party attire, complete with little paper hat, noisemaker, and confetti; Amber freely admits to one of the mourners that her father was an abusive asshole; Faz introduces Amber to his new girlfriend and their...disturbing sex life; finally, Amber berates her father's corpse for dying before she got a chance to stand up to him...and then Mike flips off both middle fingers to the corpse while delivering this line:]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Mike:''' Later, jerkhole. I'm fuckin' your daughter.]]
* GainaxEnding: The final arc of Shortpacked throws all logic out the window, including, among other things: [[spoiler: reality collapsing due to too much diversity, Dina suddenly coming back to life and the cast facing down an invasion of Soggies.]]

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* TheFunInFuneral: [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A slightly low-key version at Amber's dad's funeral. Mike attends in party attire, complete with little paper hat, noisemaker, and confetti; Amber freely admits to one of the mourners that her father was an abusive asshole; Faz introduces Amber to his new girlfriend and their...disturbing sex life; finally, Amber berates her father's corpse for dying before she got a chance to stand up to him...and then Mike flips off both middle fingers to the corpse while delivering this line:]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Mike:''' -->[[spoiler:'''Mike:''' Later, jerkhole. I'm fuckin' your daughter.]]
* GainaxEnding: The final arc of Shortpacked throws all logic out the window, including, among other things: [[spoiler: reality [[spoiler:reality collapsing due to too much diversity, Dina suddenly coming back to life and the cast facing down an invasion of Soggies.]]



* HomoeroticDream: Ethan has a dream in which the cast of ''Series/{{The Daily Show}}'' appears before him in his apartment. When Ethan asks the cast why they're in his apartment, they explain that they're there "to help Rob Corddry make every erotic fantasy of yours come true!" The trouble is, Ethan [[spoiler:doesn't realize he's gay yet]] and he wakes up startled. He decides he's had enough social commentary and should start watching porn like everyone else.
* IAmSpartacus: [[http://shortpacked.com/index.php?id=62 I'm Greg Killmaster!!]]
** [[spoiler: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1510 This time, he did someone's mother for real.]]]]
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff: Luigi does this to a naive Daisy [[http://shortpacked.com/index.php?id=867 here]].

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* HomoeroticDream: Ethan has a dream in which the cast of ''Series/{{The Daily Show}}'' ''Series/TheDailyShow'' appears before him in his apartment. When Ethan asks the cast why they're in his apartment, they explain that they're there "to help Rob Corddry make every erotic fantasy of yours come true!" The trouble is, Ethan [[spoiler:doesn't realize he's gay yet]] and he wakes up startled. He decides he's had enough social commentary and should start watching porn like everyone else.
* IAmSpartacus: IAmSpartacus:
**
[[http://shortpacked.com/index.php?id=62 I'm Greg Killmaster!!]]
** [[spoiler: [[http://www.[[spoiler:[[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1510 This time, he did someone's mother for real.]]]]
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff: Luigi does this to a naive Daisy [[http://shortpacked.com/index.php?id=867 here]].to a naive Daisy]].



* InsaneTrollLogic: Currently provides the page image.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: InsaneTrollLogic:
**
Currently provides the page image.



** Leslie acquired a hairless, pink, hypoallergenic kitten; one of the litter sired by Choo-Choo Bear (''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'') on Sprinkles (''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'').
** The cast of Shortpacked! are often seen having conversations at [[Webcomic/QuestionableContent Coffee of Doom]], and Marten, Faye, and Dora have all made background cameos there.
** The ''Shortpacked!'' gang has seen movies at the Webcomic/{{Multiplex}} 10 on occasion, and [[spoiler:Malaya ended up having sex with Jason.]]

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** Leslie acquired a hairless, pink, hypoallergenic kitten; kitten, one of the litter sired by [[Webcomic/SomethingPositive Choo-Choo Bear (''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'') Bear]] on Sprinkles (''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'').
[[Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots Sprinkles]].
** The cast of Shortpacked! Shortpacked!'s staff are often seen having conversations at [[Webcomic/QuestionableContent Coffee of Doom]], and comlete with background cameos from Marten, Faye, and Dora have all made background cameos there.
Dora.
** The ''Shortpacked!'' gang has seen movies at the Webcomic/{{Multiplex}} 10 on occasion, and [[spoiler:Malaya ended up having sex with Jason.]]Jason]].



* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Leslie, towards Robin.
** This was also Mike's motive for trying to break up with Amber. Her definition of happiness didn't turn out to be what he expected, however.
* JediMindTrick: Fuckface (Malaya's iguana) boosts Ultra Car's charisma to the point where people find it nearly impossible to [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=2118 disagree with her.]]

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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy:
**
Leslie, towards Robin.
** This
Robin, ''so'' many times, until Robin was also finally able to realize that she was happiest with Leslie.
**
Mike's motive for trying to break up with Amber. Her definition of happiness didn't turn out to be what he expected, however.
* JediMindTrick: Fuckface (Malaya's iguana) boosts Ultra Car's charisma to the point where people find it nearly impossible to [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=2118 disagree with her.]]her]].



* LamarckWasRight: [[SomethingPositive Choo-Choo Bear]] gained his [[VoluntaryShapeshifting special abilities]] because he was on chemo. Apparently, his kittens share the same abilities now.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Malaya's general JerkAss attitudes toward nerds were rooted in [[spoiler:how much they remind her of that one boy she met when she was young who bored her when he couldn't stop talking about Anime/PrincessMononoke. She later finds herself having sex with the exact same boy (ie. Jason from {{Webcomic/Multiplex}}) her unjustified nerd-hate came from , and doesn't take it well]].
** Also Ken's abandonment of his DoggedNiceGuy role towards her after sleeping with Connie is a result of her shabby treatment of him and finally realizing he can do better.
* LastHetRomance: Robin for Ethan. She already suspects that he's gay, but was pursuing him anyway. He's not interested. She gets pissed off when he bangs a chick, and when he asks why she shouts he's supposed to be gay. Confronted with this, something goes click in his mind. Cue gayness.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: If you're reading for the first time, avoid the comments section unless you really want to know in the first few strips about every relationship snag and plot twist throughout the whole comic. Not helped by the fact that the current comment system was added in 2010, so for about five years' worth of strips ''all'' the comments are retrospective. Frequently the first comment on a page will explain how something on that page hints towards later developments.

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* LamarckWasRight: [[SomethingPositive [[Webcomic/SomethingPositive Choo-Choo Bear]] gained his [[VoluntaryShapeshifting special abilities]] because he was on chemo. Apparently, his kittens share the same abilities now.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Malaya's Malaya gets a couple of doses:
** Her
general JerkAss attitudes toward nerds were rooted in [[spoiler:how much they remind her of that one boy she met when she was young who bored her when he couldn't stop talking about Anime/PrincessMononoke.''Anime/PrincessMononoke''. She later finds herself having sex with the exact same boy (ie. Jason from {{Webcomic/Multiplex}}) ''{{Webcomic/Multiplex}}'') her unjustified nerd-hate came from , from, and doesn't take it well]].
** Also Ken's abandonment of his DoggedNiceGuy role towards her after sleeping with Connie Conquest is a result of her shabby treatment of him and finally realizing he can do better.
* LastHetRomance: Robin for Ethan. She already suspects that he's gay, but was pursuing pursues him anyway. He's not interested. She gets pissed off when he bangs a chick, and when he asks why she shouts he's supposed to be gay. Confronted with this, something goes click in his mind. Cue gayness.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: If you're reading for the first time, avoid the comments section unless you really want to know in the first few strips about every relationship snag and plot twist throughout the whole comic. Not It's not helped by the fact that the current comment system was added in 2010, so for about five years' worth of strips ''all'' the comments are retrospective. Frequently the first comment on a page will explain how something on that page hints towards later developments.



* LeftHanging: [[spoiler: The strip ends just before the staff fights the Sogmaster--the entire story arc is a reference to the line "Soggies May Rule" from a ''Cap'n Crunch'' ad, and as such the cliffhanger is the only way to maintain the ambiguity inherent in the "may" part of the sentence.]]

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* LeftHanging: [[spoiler: The strip comic ends just before the [[spoiler:the staff fights the Sogmaster--the entire story arc is a reference to the line "Soggies May Rule" from a ''Cap'n Crunch'' ad, and as such the cliffhanger is the only way to maintain the ambiguity inherent in the "may" part of the sentence.]]sentence]].



* LivingInAFurnitureStore: Drew's apartment, in contrast to Ethan's and PlayedForDrama.
* LoveChart: Robin's drawn one up to insure things never reach LoveDodecahedron levels. It hasn't really worked.

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* LivingInAFurnitureStore: Drew's apartment, in contrast to Ethan's. PlayedForDrama as Ethan finds Drew's apartment uncomfortably sterile while Drew feels claustrophobic and a little creeped out surrounded by Ethan's and PlayedForDrama.
toys.
* LoveChart: Robin's drawn Robin drew one up to insure things never reach reached LoveDodecahedron levels. It hasn't never really worked.



-->"How can Transformers possibly 'sell out'? It "started" as a 20-minute toy commercial."
* MoodWhiplash: Get back here, I'm not finished capturing the Riddler!
* [[MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat My Sensors Indicate You Want To Tap This]]: Ultra Car in [[spoiler: her new humanoid chassis]]:
--> "My sensors indicate your body temperature is now rearranging in a way similar to the bodies of meatfolks with a desire to engage in - '''oh'''."
* MythologyGag: The anomaly in the final arc is a "class one-nine-nine-seven", or 1997, the year the {{Walkyverse}} started.

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-->"How -->'''Ethan''': How can Transformers possibly 'sell out'? It "started" as a 20-minute toy commercial."
commercial.
* MoodWhiplash: An intense moment between Robin and Leslie is interrupted by Ethan...who's in the middle of some sexy roleplay with Drew.
-->'''Drew''':
Get back here, I'm not finished capturing the Riddler!
* [[MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat My Sensors Indicate You Want To Tap This]]: MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: Ultra Car in [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her new humanoid chassis]]:
--> "My -->My sensors indicate your body temperature is now rearranging in a way similar to the bodies of meatfolks with a desire to engage in - '''oh'''."
'''oh'''.
* MythologyGag: The anomaly in the final arc is a "class one-nine-nine-seven", or 1997, the year the {{Walkyverse}} Walkyverse started.



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Robin dismembers Head Alien while Leslie's blacked out.]] "[[LampshadeHanging Shoulda seen it. It was awesome.]]"

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Robin [[spoiler:Robin dismembers Head Alien while Leslie's blacked out.]] "[[LampshadeHanging ]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Robin''']]: [[LampshadeHanging
Shoulda seen it. It was awesome.]]"]]



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1629 For the first time in seven years,]] [[SmugSnake Faz]] stopped smiling smugly when he discovered [[spoiler: Amber is his half-sister.]]

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1629 For the first time in seven years,]] years]], [[SmugSnake Faz]] stopped smiling smugly when he discovered [[spoiler: Amber is his half-sister.]]half-sister]].



* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Avengers]]'': [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1643 the best movie Jesus Christ has seen in his entire life.]] (Out of a sample size of ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Avengers]]'', ''Film/ShortCircuit'' and ''Film/ShortCircuit2''.)
* PaintingTheMedium: When Lucy becomes the new [[LegacyCharacter Amazi-Girl]] Robin tells her to "say it like a logo". And sure enough, the next time she says "'''AMAZI-GIRL'''" it's in its very own font. Lucy lampshades that she didn't say it any different.
* PassingTheTorch: Amber to Lucy. "She cried for, like, five minutes and then handed me this corn popper."

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* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Avengers]]'': [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1643 the best movie Historical Jesus Christ has seen in his entire life.]] (Out life]] (out of a sample size of ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Avengers]]'', ''Film/ShortCircuit'' and ''Film/ShortCircuit2''.)
''Film/ShortCircuit2'').
* PaintingTheMedium: When Lucy becomes the new [[LegacyCharacter Amazi-Girl]] Robin tells her to "say it like a logo". And sure Sure enough, the next time she says "'''AMAZI-GIRL'''" it's in its very own font. Lucy lampshades that she didn't say it any different.
* PassingTheTorch: Amber to Lucy. "She
-->'''Ethan''': Are you hired?\\
'''Lucy''': I '''think''' so. She
cried for, like, five minutes and then handed me this corn popper."



* PerverseSexualLust: A very negative in-universe example: Omnios appeared in a three-strip run in November 2008, a 26-year-old social outcast with [[{{AspergerSyndrome}} "Aspergers-y" symptoms]] who continuously raves about his crush on [[WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot Jenny Wakeman]].
** Omnios was a real user on the Allspark Forums, which David Willis is a member of. Omnios has since been banned, but he's achieved a bit of MemeticMutation as one who [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed One Who Must Not Be Spoken Of]] amongst the Allspark users.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Amber's mom, Stacy, [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=506 was fat and plain looking]] the first she was introduced. In her later appearance she's [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1255 lost a lot of weight, though still chubby, and is far more well-groomed.]]
** Justified, as the next comic has her mentioning that she has made some positive changes in her life after divorcing Amber's abusive father. Exercising, and buying newer and better clothes and makeup are probably at least some of those changes.

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* PerverseSexualLust: A very negative in-universe example: Omnios appeared in a three-strip run in November 2008, a 26-year-old social outcast with [[{{AspergerSyndrome}} [[AspergerSyndrome "Aspergers-y" symptoms]] who continuously raves about his crush on [[WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot Jenny Wakeman]].
**
Wakeman]]. Turns out that Omnios was a real user on the Allspark Forums, which David Willis is a member of. Omnios has since been banned, but he's achieved a bit of MemeticMutation as one who [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed One Who Must Not Be Spoken Of]] amongst the Allspark users.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Amber's mom, Stacy, [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=506 was fat and plain looking]] the when first she was introduced. In her later appearance she's [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1255 lost a lot of weight, though still chubby, and is far more well-groomed.]]
**
well-groomed]]. Justified, as the next comic has her mentioning that she has made some positive changes in her life after divorcing Amber's abusive father. Exercising, and buying newer and better clothes and makeup are probably at least some of those changes.



-->'''Robin:''' Hey, it's that guy !
-->'''Thad:''' My name is Thaddeus.
-->'''Robin:''' ''Thad'' ? Is your last name "Guy" ?
-->'''Thad:''' No.
-->'''Robin:''' Dang, that would've been convenient.

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-->'''Robin:''' Hey, it's that guy !
-->'''Thad:'''
guy!\\
'''Thad:'''
My name is Thaddeus.
-->'''Robin:'''
Thaddeus.\\
'''Robin:'''
''Thad'' ? Is your last name "Guy" ?
-->'''Thad:''' No.
-->'''Robin:'''
"Guy"?\\
'''Thad:''' No.\\
'''Robin:'''
Dang, that would've been convenient.



* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Amber, Mike and Ethan,]] so that their arcs could be finished satisfactorily without ''Shortpacked!'' immediately ending.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Leslie receives one from [[spoiler:Head Alien II when she tries to stop him]], pointing out that she's a FlatCharacter who is only interesting due to her attachment to Robin. Which leads to...
** ShutUpHannibal: Leslie responds by pointing out that she has people who care about her and whom she cares about, which is more important than [[spoiler:Head Alien]]'s "big bully mad-on".
* RecoveredAddict: Jacob was a sex addict, part of the reason he's stuck working retail is that his addiction interfered with his studying law. Roz abused his addiction to get cheap, relationship free sex, only for him to realize what it was doing to him. Eventually Amber got him out of his slump and he got clean, completing his law degree and moving away.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Amber, when cursing the fact that she can't afford the new '80s Ninja Turtles toys because she's buying stuff for the coming baby instead.
* ReplacementScrappy: [[invoked]] Discussed with regards to the "''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'' killed ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]''" school of thought [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1333 here.]]
* RiddleForTheAges: How did Mike come back to life? Yes, DeathIsCheap, but Mike's resurrection is impossible even by the methods present in the Walkyverse. General consensus among readers is that he came back to life through sheer ''spite''. [[spoiler:This one was finally answered at Mike and Amber's wedding. Joyce got some of his blood on her shirt when he sacrificed himself for her. She also happened to give a non-government affiliated tech company the means to make their own chamber.]]

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* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Amber, PutOnABus:
** [[spoiler:Amber,
Mike and Ethan,]] Ethan]] so that their arcs could be finished satisfactorily without ''Shortpacked!'' immediately ending.
** [[spoiler:Faz]], after annoying Robin one time too many, was last seen [[spoiler:climbing into a lion pit]] and wasn't seen again until very near the end of the comic in one panel [[spoiler:having killed at least one lion and wearing its skin as clothes]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Leslie receives one from [[spoiler:Head Alien II when she tries to stop him]], pointing out that she's a FlatCharacter who is only interesting due to her attachment to Robin. Which leads to...
** ShutUpHannibal:
[[ShutUpHannibal Leslie responds responds]] by pointing out that she has people who care about her and whom she cares about, which is more important than [[spoiler:Head Alien]]'s "big bully mad-on".
* RecoveredAddict: Jacob was a sex addict, addict; part of the reason he's stuck working retail is that his addiction interfered with his studying law. Roz abused his addiction to get cheap, relationship free relationship-free sex, only for him to realize what it was doing to him. Eventually Amber got him out of his slump and he got clean, completing his law degree and moving away.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: RedEyesTakeWarning:
**
Amber, when cursing the fact that she can't afford the new '80s Ninja Turtles toys because she's buying stuff for the coming baby instead.
** Robin, when [[spoiler:Faz tries to touch her pregnant belly]]. The sight is so terrifying [[spoiler:that Faz not only loses his grin, he immediately climbs into a lion pit]].
* ReplacementScrappy: [[invoked]] Discussed with regards to the "''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'' killed ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]''" school of thought [[http://www.[[[[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1333 here.]]
Discussed]] with regards to the "''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'' killed ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]''" school of thought.
* RiddleForTheAges: RiddleForTheAges:
**
How did Mike come back to life? Yes, DeathIsCheap, but Mike's resurrection is impossible even by the methods present in the Walkyverse. General consensus among readers is that he came back to life through sheer ''spite''. [[spoiler:This one was finally answered at Mike and Amber's wedding. Joyce got some of his blood on her shirt when he sacrificed himself for her. She also happened to give a non-government affiliated tech company the means to make their own resurrection chamber.]]



* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Leslie's new cat looks less like an actual cat and more like a [[{{Pokemon}} Mew]].
* RevengeBeforeReason: Sydney Yuss makes some odd plans to get revenge for being fired.
* {{Robosexual}}: Apparently, [[spoiler: Malaya]].
* RunningGag: Major characters calling minor character Ken by the wrong name: "I knew it was something from StreetFighter!" Picked up quickly by the commenters, where it's become obligatory to call him by a new Street Fighter character name every time he's referred to.

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* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Leslie's new cat looks less like an actual cat and more like a [[{{Pokemon}} [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mew]].
* RevengeBeforeReason: Sydney Yuss Yus makes some odd plans to get revenge for being fired.
* {{Robosexual}}: Apparently, [[spoiler: Malaya]].
Malaya for Ultra Car, which provides some drama as they try to figure out how to make a relationship work given that UC has a doll-like body and no sex drive.
* RunningGag: RunningGag:
**
Major characters calling minor character Ken by the wrong name: "I knew it was something from StreetFighter!" Franchise/StreetFighter!" Picked up quickly by the commenters, where it's become obligatory to call him by a new Street Fighter character name every time he's referred to.



* SanitySlippage: Anyone who works at Shortpacked (and quite a few of the customers) will inevitably regress/evolve into or reveal themselves to be a tangled, neurotic mess. Or a jerk. Or both.

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* SanitySlippage: Anyone who works at Shortpacked Shortpacked! (and quite a few of the customers) will inevitably regress/evolve into or reveal themselves to be a tangled, neurotic mess. Or mess, a jerk. Or jerk, or both.



* ShipperWithAnAgenda: Subverted. Amber once had a long-distance boyfriend with a female roommate. Amber was slightly worried, but Nathan assured her there was nothing going on. It turned out Meredith even gave him fashion advice- an absolutely repulsive pedostache that caused Amber to break up almost as soon as they met in person. Cut to the freshly-shaved Nathan and Meredith in bed.

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* ShipperWithAnAgenda: Subverted. Amber once had a long-distance boyfriend with a female roommate. Amber was slightly worried, but Nathan assured her there was nothing going on. It turned out Meredith even gave him fashion advice- an advice--an absolutely repulsive pedostache that caused Amber to break up with him almost as soon as they met in person. Cut to the freshly-shaved Nathan and Meredith in bed.



** Willis' design for [[MirrorUniverse Shattered Glass]] [[{{Transformers}} Buzzsaw]], seen [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1226= here,]] rips off [[{{Peanuts}} Woodstock]].
** A ''very'' subtle reference to ''It's Walky!'' in the title of this strip, [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1267 "Four Words"]]. For the uninitiated, [[spoiler: Head Alien surprised Walky with the knowledge that Sal is his twin sister by saying: "Okay, ''four words''..." This reveal is similarly brain-shattering.]]

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** Willis' design for [[MirrorUniverse Shattered Glass]] [[{{Transformers}} [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Buzzsaw]], seen [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1226= here,]] rips off [[{{Peanuts}} [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Woodstock]].
** A ''very'' subtle reference to ''It's Walky!'' in the title of this strip, [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1267 "Four Words"]]. For the uninitiated, [[spoiler: Head [[spoiler:Head Alien surprised Walky with the knowledge that Sal is his twin sister by saying: "Okay, ''four words''..." This reveal is similarly brain-shattering.]]



--->'''Robin''': You know, I'm not a lesbian.
--->'''Leslie''': [[Film/SomeLikeItHot Nobody's perfect.]]
** BillWatterson gets an extended one [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=995 here.]] Complete with [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes evil-god Calvin.]]

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--->'''Robin''': You know, I'm not a lesbian.
--->'''Leslie''':
lesbian.\\
'''Leslie''':
[[Film/SomeLikeItHot Nobody's perfect.]]
** BillWatterson gets an extended one [[http://www.[[[[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=995 here.]] Complete an extended one]], complete with [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes evil-god Calvin.]]



** Robosexual: Malaya, upon seeing Ultra Car in her new humanoid body, figures out she's actually this.
* SmugSnake: Faz. He's hilariously bad at it. Roz is a more subtle example, given her efforts to insinuate herself into her sister's life and seduce all of her friends.

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* SmugSnake:
** Robosexual: Malaya, upon seeing Ultra Car in her new humanoid body, figures out she's actually this.Faz, but he's hilariously bad at it.
* SmugSnake: Faz. He's hilariously bad at it. ** Roz is a more subtle example, given her efforts to insinuate herself into her sister's life and seduce all of her friends.



* SpinOff: From the [[WalkyVerse Walky saga]], with Robin and Mike as the spin-offees.

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* SpinOff: From the [[WalkyVerse [[Webcomic/WalkyVerse Walky saga]], with Robin and Mike as the spin-offees.



* StrawFan: Numerous one-shot characters, and a few nameless recurring extras. Oddly enough, most of them are actually members of the Transformers fandom, not the comic's.
** PoesLaw: Eventually, Willis started posting links in the comments demonstrating that ''actual fan postings'' are the source for at least some of the one-shot characters.

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* StrawFan: Numerous one-shot characters, and a few nameless recurring extras. Oddly enough, most of them are actually members of the Transformers fandom, not the comic's.
** PoesLaw:
comic's.Eventually, Willis started posting links in the comments [[PoesLaw demonstrating that that]] ''actual fan postings'' are the source for at least some of the one-shot characters.



* StrawVulcan: Mocked with [[GIJoe Scarlett]], who [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=980 even consults the "Hollywood Strawman Scientist"'s handbook]] for advice.
* StylisticCallback: The art style changes back to the style found in the earlier color comics in [[spoiler: an alternate universe Shortpacked]] to represent [[spoiler: how the drama tag is sucking out all the drama in the universe.]] It changes back when [[spoiler: Rachel shows up.]]
** In the same storyline, a flashback to [[spoiler: an earlier period in that universe]] is shown in black and white, calling back to the earliest Shortpacked comics.

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* StrawVulcan: Mocked with [[GIJoe [[Franchise/GIJoe Scarlett]], who [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=980 even consults the "Hollywood Strawman Scientist"'s handbook]] for advice.
* StylisticCallback: StylisticCallback:
**
The art style changes back to the style found in the earlier color comics in [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an alternate universe Shortpacked]] Shortpacked!]] to represent [[spoiler: how [[spoiler:how the drama tag is sucking out all the drama in the universe.]] universe]]. It changes back when [[spoiler: Rachel [[spoiler:Rachel]] shows up.]]
up.
** In the same storyline, a flashback to [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an earlier period in that universe]] is shown in black and white, calling back to the earliest Shortpacked ''Shortpacked'' comics.



* TakeThat: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=849 Strangely, Willis seems to have a remarkable amount of self-awareness about this.]]

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
**
[[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=849 Strangely, Willis seems to have a remarkable amount of self-awareness about this.]]



** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id-1979 God gives His opinion on Green Arrow]].
* TestKiss: When Ethan turns out to be gay, Robin tries this.
** It's immediately followed by Mike kissing him, and the audience figures out that Ethan never actually knew he was gay until that moment.

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** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id-1979 God gives His opinion on Green Arrow]].
Arrow.]]
* TestKiss: When Ethan turns out to be gay, Robin tries this.
**
this. It's immediately followed by Mike kissing him, and the audience figures out that Ethan never actually knew he was gay until that moment.



* ThereAreNoGlobalConsequences: The alien invasion that Robin and Mike fought against is only occasionally mentioned--justified in one instance by Robin, who points out that her co-workers have their own stuff going on and aren't necessarily going to notice any of the political fallout. Subverted with Ultra-Car, who's horrified to discover Joe has mass-produced talking cars like herself, and miffed when her existence can't freak Lucy out on account of their omnipresence.

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* ThereAreNoGlobalConsequences: ThereAreNoGlobalConsequences:
**
The alien invasion that Robin and Mike fought against is only occasionally mentioned--justified in one instance by Robin, who points out that her co-workers have their own stuff going on and aren't necessarily going to notice any of the political fallout. fallout.
**
Subverted with Ultra-Car, who's horrified to discover Joe has mass-produced talking cars like herself, and miffed when her existence can't freak Lucy out on account of their omnipresence.



* ThroughTheWalls: The walls of the apartment complex the staff lives in are quite thin, and thus hearing your neighbors' fun times is sometimes unavoidable. [[spoiler:Mike figures out a way to make this work for him.]]



* {{Transplant}}: Ultra Car comes over from the [[{{Walkyverse}} Walky saga]], and occasionally drags Joe in with her. Robin and Mike also qualify.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Mike, Ronald Regan, Jesus Christ.

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* {{Transplant}}: Robin, Mike, and Ultra Car comes come over from the [[{{Walkyverse}} Walky saga]], Walkyverse, and UC occasionally drags Joe in with her. Robin and Mike also qualify.her.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Mike, Ronald Regan, Jesus Christ. [[spoiler:Joyce eventually gives a cryptic explanation to Amber about how Mike was brought back, but Ronnie and Jesus' returns are never fleshed out.]]



* WackyMarriageProposal: [[spoiler: Well, depends on your definition of "wacky"—see RefugeInAudacity above.]]

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* WackyMarriageProposal: [[spoiler: Well, depends on your definition WackyMarriageProposal:
** [[spoiler:Mike,
of "wacky"—see RefugeInAudacity above.all people]], but '''so''' typical: [[spoiler:he recorded the sounds of Jacob having sex with Amber's mom and rearranged them to sound out "Amber, will you marry me?" in the hopes that Amber would be too horrified to stay with him. It had the opposite effect.]]



* WeightWoe: Malaya goes through this in the "Girthday" arc. Judging from the banner she still isn't over her sudden weight gain even if (uncharacteristically for her) she hasn't complained much about it lately in-story.

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* WeightWoe: Malaya goes through this in the "Girthday" arc. Judging from the banner she still isn't over her sudden weight gain even if (uncharacteristically for her) she hasn't complained much about it lately in-story.WeightWoe:



** Malaya goes through this in the "Girthday" arc. Judging from the banner she still isn't over her sudden weight gain even if (uncharacteristically for her) she hasn't complained much about it in-story.



* WhamEpisode: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1353 Right before a two week hiatus, no less.]]
** [[spoiler: Mike proposing to Amber... by rearranging a recording of the noises of Jacob and Amber's Mom having sex into a proposal.]]
*** [[spoiler: Also? We find out Amber is pregnant.]]

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* WhamEpisode: WhamEpisode:
**
[[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1353 Right before a two week hiatus, no less.]]
** [[spoiler: Mike [[spoiler:Mike proposing to Amber... Amber...by rearranging a recording of the noises of Jacob and Amber's Mom mom having sex into a proposal.]]
*** [[spoiler: Also? We ** [[spoiler:We find out Amber is pregnant.]]



* WhamLine: Both in real life ''and'' in-universe: [[spoiler: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1473 "Wow, I'm marrying the Devil."]]]]
** From the same arc: [[spoiler: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1501 "Because I love her."]]]]
** And now we have [[spoiler: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1584 "Damn, I guess I'm straight after all."]]]]
** Where an alternate universe Pamela is revealed to have more to her. [[spoiler: "As I suspected. You're here for my tag. Well, you can't have it. Nothing's separating me from my daughter."]]

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* WhamLine: WhamLine:
**
Both in real life ''and'' in-universe: [[spoiler: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1473 "Wow, I'm marrying the Devil."]]]]
** From the same arc: [[spoiler: [[http://www.[[spoiler:[[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1501 "Because I love her."]]]]
** And now we have [[spoiler: [[http://www.[[spoiler:[[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1584 "Damn, I guess I'm straight after all."]]]]
** Where an alternate universe Pamela is revealed to have more to her. [[spoiler: "As [[spoiler:"As I suspected. You're here for my tag. Well, you can't have it. Nothing's separating me from my daughter."]]



-->'''Leslie:''' Pamela, [[spoiler: you created the drama tag?]]
** "Actually, [[spoiler: you're having '''three''' babies.]]"
* WhatTheHellHero: At one point, Ethan gets into an argument with one of the recurring straw fans (Duncan), only to have it pointed out to him that he's in no position to criticize anyone due to letting the others keep Galasso locked up. Cue brief HeroicBSOD, followed by him deciding enough's enough.

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-->'''Leslie:''' Pamela, [[spoiler: you [[spoiler:you created the drama tag?]]
** "Actually, [[spoiler: you're [[spoiler:you're having '''three''' babies.]]"
* WhatTheHellHero: WhatTheHellHero:
**
At one point, Ethan gets into an argument with one of the recurring straw fans (Duncan), only to have it pointed out to him that he's in no position to criticize anyone due to letting the others keep Galasso locked up. Cue brief HeroicBSOD, followed by him deciding enough's enough.



* YourMom: Mike's CatchPhrase.
** To the point where [[spoiler: he uses a...''[[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1499 unique]]'' variation to propose to Amber]]
* YouTasteDelicious: Leslie [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=846 tries to seduce Robin]] by invoking this trope. It [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=847 doesn't quite work.]]

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* YourMom: Mike's CatchPhrase.
** To
CatchPhrase, to the point where [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he uses a...''[[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1499 unique]]'' variation to propose to Amber]]
Amber]].
* YouTasteDelicious: Leslie [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=846 tries to seduce Robin]] by invoking this trope. It [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=847 It doesn't quite work.]]
27th Mar '17 12:54:52 AM infernape612
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-->- [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=664 May 22, 2008]]

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-->- -->-- [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=664 May 22, 2008]]
26th Mar '17 4:07:52 PM nighttrainfm
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->'''Ethan:''' ''This is unprofessional behaviour for a retail store.''\\
'''Amber:''' Yeah, you tell to that to the despot, the ninja, and the ''Zombie Reagan''.
-->- [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=664 May 22, 2008]]
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