History Webcomic / SluggyFreelance

4th Sep '17 2:26:13 PM Thecommander236
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* GuiltByAssociationGag: [[https://static.sluggy.com/comics/900/990307b2-1.png.pagespeed.ce.yheKiqb3_w.png Unsympathetically played]] [[http://archives.sluggy.com/book.php?chapter=10#1999-03-07 by Dr. Lorna.]]
29th Aug '17 10:46:15 AM Thecommander236
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* TheKeyIsBehindTheLock: Zoë's first line in the comic is "Help! I need a phone! I locked my keys in the car with the engine running!"

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* KarmaHoudini: Dr. Lorna, Riff's mom, never gets paid back for being a terrible mother and an even worse human being in general. Her son's supposed death was a just an opportunity for her to write a book calling him a horrible person and taking the blame of his supposed moral failings off of herself. Riff is simply someone to show off to prove she's a great mother or someone to mock and profit off of. On top of that, she spends all day berating callers and mocking other people while falsely accusing them of crimes like wife-beating so that she looks like a Saint in comparison and then she brags about herself. People in this comic have been killed for a lot less.
* TheKeyIsBehindTheLock: Zoë's Zoë;'s first line in the comic is "Help! I need a phone! I locked my keys in the car with the engine running!"
27th Aug '17 1:35:01 AM SeptimusHeap
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** [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness The early years of the strip]], by contrast, usually mentioned real games like ''TotalAnnihilation'' and ''{{Quake}}''.

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** [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness The early years of the strip]], by contrast, usually mentioned real games like ''TotalAnnihilation'' and ''{{Quake}}''.''VideoGame/{{Quake}}''.
24th Aug '17 5:41:50 AM Thecommander236
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Menelaus, king of Sparta, and Helen of Troy appear as vampires.
21st Aug '17 7:39:12 PM Thecommander236
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** What makes the comic so interesting is that every major player, whether good or bad or any where in between, is a Chessmaster from Torg to Riff to Will to Chilus to K'y'k to Doctor Schlock to Dr. Chen to Squishydodo to Strum "Strawman" Nash to Tempest to the Fate Spiders and countless others. No one really grabs the idiot ball, usually. It is more of a gambit pileup that's been running the game between them for YEARS.
31st Jul '17 9:12:55 PM aidreamer
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** Torg confronts Hereti Corp with Oasis in front of him to talk, believing there is no way they will risk killing Oasis to get him since they've been wanting to control her so long. [[spoiler:Little does he know, Hereti Corp was recently given a plan that would allow them to track the source of Oasis's immortality by killing her current body. They shoot Oasis right in the middle of Torg's KirkSummation. As soon they confirm said kill and that it got them what they wanted, they go all out to kill Torg and his comrades.]]

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** Torg confronts Hereti Corp with Oasis in front of him to talk, believing there is no way they will risk killing Oasis to get him since they've been wanting to control her so long. [[spoiler:Little does he know, [[spoiler:But readers already know that Hereti Corp was recently given a plan that would allow them to track the source of Oasis's immortality by killing her current body. They shoot Oasis right in the middle of Torg's KirkSummation. As soon they confirm said kill and that it got them what they wanted, they go all out to kill Torg and his comrades.]]
31st Jul '17 9:12:13 PM aidreamer
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** In the "bROKEN" story arc, [[spoiler:Several characters mention Oasis' murder of the "innocent" Monica. Readers, however, know that Monica was far from innocent-she was a member of a [=K'Z'K=] cult sent to spy on the gang by her superiors. Of course, Oasis didn't know this-Monica's death was due to her unintentional triggering of Oasis' BerserkButton.]]
** It's also an interesting subversion of the MoralEventHorizon. (see the entry for details)

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** In the "bROKEN" story arc, [[spoiler:Several characters mention Oasis' murder of the "innocent" Monica. Readers, however, know that Monica was far from innocent-she was a member of a [=K'Z'K=] cult sent to spy on the gang by her superiors. Of course, Oasis didn't know this-Monica's death was due to her unintentional triggering of Oasis' BerserkButton.]]
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** Torg confronts Hereti Corp with Oasis in front of him to talk, believing there is no way they will risk killing Oasis to get him since they've been wanting to control her so long. [[spoiler:Little does he know, Hereti Corp was recently given a plan that would allow them to track the source of Oasis's immortality by killing her current body. They shoot Oasis right in the middle of Torg's KirkSummation. As soon they confirm said kill and that it got them what they wanted, they go all out to kill Torg and his comrades.]]
21st Jul '17 12:50:48 AM Soufriere
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-->-- '''Original tagline''', later providing the titles for the first two compilations

''[[http://www.sluggy.com Sluggy Freelance]]'' is one of the longest-running (since September of 1997) and most popular {{Webcomics}} out there. It mostly revolves around the doings of a core cast, which conveniently form a FiveManBand plus two cute talking animals.

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-->-- '''Original tagline''', Tagline''', later providing the titles for the first two compilations

''[[http://www.sluggy.com Sluggy Freelance]]'' by Pete Abrams is one of the longest-running (since September of August 25th, 1997) and most popular {{Webcomics}} out there. It mostly revolves around the doings of a core cast, which conveniently form a FiveManBand plus two cute talking animals.



Since it has been publishing mostly daily since 1997, there is quite a bit of material to digest, but its continued popularity has never been questioned, even by those who don't make it a daily read. However, it can be a prime source of ArchivePanic for newcomers, so much so that even long-time fans can be a bit intimidated by the idea of an ArchiveTrawl. For new readers, it's probably best to start at the beginning and ignore the current end until/unless you actually get there.

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Since it has been publishing mostly daily since 1997, there is quite a bit of material to digest, but its continued popularity has never been questioned, even by those who don't make it a daily read. However, it can be a prime source of ArchivePanic for newcomers, so much so that even long-time fans can be a bit intimidated by the idea of an ArchiveTrawl. For new readers, it's probably best to start at the beginning and ignore the current end arc until/unless you actually get there.
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Pete has announced his intention to try and complete most if not all running storylines by or around the comic's 20th anniversary on August 25th, 2017. From there, he has been tight-lipped about how "Sluggy 20+" will go, though he also said he's not going to retire.



** [[spoiler: The [[ArtifactOfDoom Squid-spear made by the Nofun corporation]]. Not only was it revealed to be sentient after its destruction, it was also [[PoweredByAForsakenChild innocent enough to empower Torg's sword.]]]]

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** [[spoiler: The [[ArtifactOfDoom Squid-spear made by the Nofun corporation]]. Not only was it revealed to be sentient after its destruction, it was also [[PoweredByAForsakenChild innocent enough to empower Torg's sword.]]]]sword]].]]



** A trippy, surreal style used for Gwynn's visions in "The Bug, the Witch and the Robot".

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** A trippy, surreal style used for Gwynn's visions in "The Bug, the Witch Witch, and the Robot".



** And don't call him in the role of a telemarkter, either.

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** And don't call him in the role of a telemarkter, telemarketer, either.



* BlackMagic: Gwynn. Also, a couple of one arc villains.

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* BlackMagic: Gwynn. Also, a couple of one arc one-arc villains.



'''Riff''': Your pocket says "United Stares '''''Arny"'''''.

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'''Riff''': Your pocket says "United Stares '''''Arny"'''''.'''''Arny'''''".



* BrokeEpisode: Several [[StoryArc Broke Arcs]], actually. (Not "bROKEN", though.)

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* BrokeEpisode: Several [[StoryArc Broke Arcs]], actually. (Not "bROKEN", "[=bROKEN=]", though.)



** Gwynn's was The Bug, The Witch and The Robot...and then Mohkadun a good 13 years later. Not shockingly, a major plot point tied into the climax of The Bug, The Witch, and the Robot.

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** Gwynn's was The Bug, The Witch Witch, and The Robot...Robot... and then Mohkadun a good 13 years later. Not shockingly, a major plot point tied into the climax of The Bug, The Witch, and the Robot.
30th Jun '17 8:13:26 AM aidreamer
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* StreisandEffect: [[spoiler:Sasha claims to want to rejoin the gang and be doing so without Hereti Corp's knowledge shortly before getting killed by Oasis]]. Torg figures out she was lying and that their plans have been exposed when her murder attracts no attention, despite the fact the murder of the wife of a Senator's aide should have attracted lots. He realizes that Hereti Corp must have covered it up and therefore must have been fully informed on her actions.
30th Jun '17 8:13:05 AM aidreamer
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* StreisandEffect: [[spoiler:Sasha claims to want to rejoin the gang and be doing so without Hereti Corp's knowledge shortly before getting killed by Oasis]]. Torg figures out she was lying and that their plans have been exposed when her murder attracts no attention, despite the fact the murder of the wife of a Senator's aide should have attracted lots. He realizes that Hereti Corp must have covered it up and was therefore must have been fully informed on her actions.

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* StreisandEffect: [[spoiler:Sasha claims to want to rejoin the gang and be doing so without Hereti Corp's knowledge shortly before getting killed by Oasis]]. Torg figures out she was lying and that their plans have been exposed when her murder attracts no attention, despite the fact the murder of the wife of a Senator's aide should have attracted lots. He realizes that Hereti Corp must have covered it up and was therefore must have been fully informed on her actions.
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