History Webcomic / Spacetrawler

8th Nov '16 12:42:19 PM GlassRain
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* AsteroidThicket: [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/08/09/spacetrawler-160/ Brograhm's Teeth]], slightly justified in that it's a miniature Big Bang constantly spewing out debris that's often the size of a planet into a black hole.

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* AsteroidThicket: [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/08/09/spacetrawler-160/ Brograhm's Teeth]], slightly justified in that it's generated by a miniature Big Bang constantly spewing out debris that's often the size of a planet into a black hole.



* BrainBleach: Yuri seem to give Dimitri reason to ask for some [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/03/17/spacetrawler-24/ here]]. Or at least some... uncomfortable cleaning implements. It's worth noting that disgusted/horrified as he ''is'', he's still willing to try it out.
* BrainInAJar: Show up in the spacetrawler construction facility.
* BriarPatching: Played straight for a [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/03/spacetrawler-60/ few]] [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/03/spacetrawler-63/ pages]] when Yuri's being "tortured" by the bounty hunters, before being [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/03/spacetrawler-64/ here]].

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* BrainBleach: Yuri seem seems to give Dimitri reason to ask for some [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/03/17/spacetrawler-24/ here]].give Dimitri reason to ask for some]]. Or at least some... uncomfortable cleaning implements. It's worth noting that disgusted/horrified as he ''is'', he's still willing to try it out.
* BrainInAJar: Show Shows up in the spacetrawler construction facility.
* BriarPatching: Played straight for a [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/03/spacetrawler-60/ few]] Played straight]] for [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/03/spacetrawler-63/ a few pages]] when Yuri's being "tortured" by the bounty hunters, before being [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/03/spacetrawler-64/ here]].
23rd Oct '16 1:15:44 PM MetaFour
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* ActionGirl: Emily is one from the get-go, while Yuri and Martina evolve into the role.



* AnimalEaredHeadband: Yuri wears one, [[spoiler: until she gets a more authentic version]].
* AnimalWrongsGroup: Pierrot borders on a one-man version of this.
** This is what the rest of the galaxy views Interplanet Amity [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman when it comes to the Eebs.]]
* AnythingThatMoves: Dimitri will [[NotHyperbole literally sleep with]] anything [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/29/spacetrawler-71/ that has a sexual compatibility over 50%]].

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* AnimalEaredHeadband: Yuri wears one, [[spoiler: until she gets a more authentic version]].
* AnimalWrongsGroup: Pierrot borders on a one-man version of this.
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This is what the rest of the galaxy views Interplanet Amity [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman when it comes to the Eebs.]]
* AnythingThatMoves: Dimitri will [[NotHyperbole literally sleep with]] anything [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/29/spacetrawler-71/ that has a sexual compatibility over 50%]].
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* ArmCannon: [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/07/31/spacetrawler-157/ Emily has one of the arm-mounted wrist blaster types]].
** At one stage in her ongoing upgrade sequence, Yuri had a pair of the in-place-of-hands variant, [[CounterAttack fueled by her opponents' laser fire]].
* ArtificialLimbs: Yuri now has [[strike:six]] four of them. Martina later gets a prosthetic arm and eye to replace the ones the unclamped Eebs burned off, which unlike Yuri's are practically indistinguishable from the originals.



** Dustin. Victim, then asshole, then both simultaneously and continuously for the rest of the comic.



* BadassLongcoat: Emily. She even wears it over her [[LatexSpacesuit spacesuit]]. Later, she upgrades it so that it can also be used as a ''hang glider''.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Yuri's upgrades include a built-in space suit, allowing her to survive the near-vacuum of space without any external help.
* BerserkButton: Don't hurt animals around Pierrot. Don't talk about hurting animals near Pierrot. And don't try to force Pierrot to eat meat.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Yuri seems sweet, but if you tick her off, she ''will'' mess you up. Just ask Flineous.
** Martina is morally conflicted about killing, even in self-defense--but she's not afraid to stun-gun her own captain to insure that NoOneGetsLeftBehind. [[spoiler:And, when backed into a corner, she is willing to kill if it's the only way to save more lives.]]
*** Earlier, [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/10/31/spacetrawler-89/ her actions get a nice quip from Yuri]].
---->'''Yuri''': I think I'll avoid ever asking you for identification.



* BioAugmentation: In addition to having her [[ArtificialLimbs limbs replaced with bionics]], Yuri has a cat-like alien's ears and Eeb brain tissue grafted to her. The latter of which allows her to use [[PsychicPowers telekinesis]] and understand Eeb technology.
* BishonenLine: Yuri's cyborg upgrades cause her to look increasingly inhuman--then her most powerful, "AGodAmI" upgrade returns her to humanoid form, just with different skin color.



* BoldlyComing: Dimitri's reason for even staying out there. His [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/06/02/spacetrawler-46/ first time doing so]] even prompts the female he sleeps with to want to gather up more humans as sex slaves.
-->'''Dimitri:''' ''[regarding a bug-alien he slept with]'' Pheromones and ventral revealing outfits. Way hot.



* {{Catgirl}}: Yuri starts off with costume ears, but eventually surgically implants real cat-alien ears.



* CombatPragmatist: Emily, oh, Emily. Yuri has [[OneManArmy raw firepower]], Emily has raw cunning.
* CovertPervert: Yuri [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/03/17/spacetrawler-24/ has apparently done some things]] that even ''Dimitri'' finds obscene.



* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Possibly more symbolic than literal, but Yuri's descent into PTSD is accompanied by her cyborg implants becoming less human and more monstrous.
** Inverted at the end: Martina tells Yuri that if they're going to stay friends, she needs to remove all her weapons. This process [[spoiler: along with getting brain-clamped]] brings Yuri more-or-less back to her senses.



* TheDitz: Dustin.



* DumbMuscle: Gurf.
-->'''Nogg:''' He's kind of like a mascot, but can lift things.



* EthicalSlut: Dmitri. When put in a position where he realizes that he'd be exploiting someone for sex, no matter how willing they are and [[BoldlyComing how biologically compatible they are]], he refuses while [[DiscussedTrope saying he tried his whole life to avoid such a situation]]. Later, she seduces him on more equal terms.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the story of Brograhm's Teeth's namesake a group of ruthless killers saw the destruction by acid bombs of an entire planet's population, they were so shaken they gave up their life of crime and took low-stress office jobs. The G.O.B. station in the stellar phenomenon known as Brograhm's teeth is staffed by convicted criminals, mostly mass murderers, [[spoiler: and the process of making Spacetrawlers has them breaking down in tears.]]

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* EthicalSlut: Dmitri. When put in a position where he realizes that he'd be exploiting someone for sex, no matter how willing they are and [[BoldlyComing how biologically compatible they are]], he refuses while [[DiscussedTrope saying he tried EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Brograhm killed
his whole life to avoid such a situation]]. Later, she seduces him on more equal terms.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the story of Brograhm's Teeth's namesake a
entire home planet with acid bombs. A group of ruthless killers saw a video feed of the destruction by acid bombs of an entire planet's population, deaths, and they were so shaken they gave up their life of crime and took low-stress office jobs. jobs.
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The G.O.B. station in the stellar phenomenon known as Brograhm's teeth 's spacetrawler factory is staffed by entirely convicted criminals, mostly mass murderers, [[spoiler: and the murderers. [[spoiler:The process of making Spacetrawlers has is enough to make them breaking all break down in tears.]]



* FriendsWithBenefits: Dimitri and Choan.



* GeniusDitz: Gurf may act and sound like an idiot most of the time, but he has a [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/09/27/spacetrawler-172/ hidden talent for space combat]].



* HyperspaceArsenal / WalkingArmory: [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/07/31/spacetrawler-157/ Emily.]]



* IntelligentGerbil

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* IntelligentGerbilIntelligentGerbil: Some of the aliens are this, such as Flienous (who looks like a humanoid cat) and Growp (looks like a humanoid lizard).



** Shuar genuinely loves Dimitri; Dimitri doesn't care.
** Dimitri loves Dal, and she might reciprocate, [[spoiler:but she's more committed to the G.O.B.]]
** Dimitri and Haldeyis have a strong relationship until [[spoiler: his new job with the G.O.B. leaves him unable to spend time with her.]]



** Pierrot is briefly courted by a Qiyemp female. He breaks up with her on Carpsellon and leaves her to comfort the dying [[spoiler: Kuu-Drahc]], shortly before [[spoiler: the destruction of the planet]].



* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Bollyck pirates are immune to lasers. Dimitri's primitive ''bullet-firing'' handgun, however, not so much.

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* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter:
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Bollyck pirates are immune to lasers. Dimitri's primitive ''bullet-firing'' handgun, however, not so much.



* LaughingMad: Yuri, with her psychotic persona.



* ManipulativeBastard: Dimitri ''piles'' on ranks of this [[http://spacetrawler.com/2012/10/02/spacetrawler-264/ late in the story]] through a mix of TheCharmer and HighSchoolHustler, in his project to [[spoiler:seize control of the GOB]].
-->'''Dimitri:''' "What can I do in 20 minutes, right?"
* AManIsAlwaysEager: "Xenophile" might be a polite word for Dimitri. It's not clear [[AnythingThatMoves how flexible his standards are when it comes to his own species]], but when he's finished trying to chat up all the other abducted human women, he assesses every alien species he meets for compatibility.



* MuggingTheMonster: [[http://spacetrawler.com/2013/03/17/spacetrawler-308/ Specifically]], the BrokenBird DeathSeeker:

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* MuggingTheMonster: [[http://spacetrawler.com/2013/03/17/spacetrawler-308/ Specifically]], the BrokenBird DeathSeeker:DeathSeeker.



* PlayfulHacker: Yuri.
* ThePornomancer: When introduced, Dimitri is entertaining two bikini-clad women in a rowboat. Over the course of the story, he first propositions all the human females, then proceeds to seduce every remotely compatible alien female he can find, regardless of looks or shape.



* RaisedByWolves: Or coyotes, in Emily's case. As a result, coyotes are the only creature she feels any kinship towards, and she prefers a loner's life.



* SarcasticDevotee: Krep has nothing but disdain for everyone around him, but he's 100% committed to the cause.



* SerialProstheses: Yuri.



* SlapSlapKiss: [[spoiler:Emily and Pierrot.]]



* SnarkKnight: Krep, big time.



'''Cardinal62:''' ''(To Emily)'' We're the good guys.\\

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'''Cardinal62:''' '''Cardinal-62:''' ''(To Emily)'' We're the good guys.\\



'''Cardinal62:''' ''(To Nogg)'' She knows a dozen good seafood recipes you'd go lovely in.\\

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'''Cardinal62:''' '''Cardinal-62:''' ''(To Nogg)'' She knows a dozen good seafood recipes you'd go lovely in.\\



* TooDumbToLive: Dustin. [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/09/19/spacetrawler-77/ Trust in the authorities can be taken too far]].
* TooKinkyToTorture: In the process of trying to [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity immunize himself to stun gun shots]], Dimitri starts enjoying it... a bit much.
* {{Transhuman}}: Yuri.
* TranslatorMicrobes: A brain-implanted language chip.

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* TooDumbToLive: Dustin. [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/09/19/spacetrawler-77/ Trust in the authorities can be taken too far]].
* TooKinkyToTorture: In the process of trying to [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity immunize himself to stun gun shots]], Dimitri starts enjoying it... a bit much.
* {{Transhuman}}: Yuri.
* TranslatorMicrobes: A brain-implanted language chip. In the first series, it's implanted by putting on a helmet. In the second, Nogg can implant them just by zapping the subject with a gun.
20th Oct '16 8:22:23 PM MetaFour
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The comic is now complete...or it was, until in June 2016 Baldwin announced he planned to return to the comic later that year. Updates resumed in late August.

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The comic is now complete...or it was, until wrapped up its story in June 2016 December 2013. But, after working on other comics for a few years, Baldwin announced he planned to return returned to the comic later that year. Updates resumed Spacetrawler universe to begin a new story in late August.
August 2016. This time, Nogg and a brand-new crew of kidnapped humans get drawn into a war between dark planets.



** The truth turns out to be more insidious, Qwahntoo, the founder of the GOB, used the classification to cut off planets he considered to be threats. [[spoiler: For instance humans are related to the Eebs that he enslaved.]]

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** The truth turns out to be more insidious, insidious. Qwahntoo, the founder of the GOB, used the classification to cut off planets he considered to be threats. [[spoiler: For instance humans are related to the Eebs that he enslaved.]]



* JustifiedTitle: Due to the events of the first series, all spacetrawler technology is discontinued and abandoned. To prevent ''Spacetrawler'' from becoming an ArtifactTitle (and to piss off Nogg), the ''I.A. Starbanger'' gets renamed to ''G.O.B. Spacetrawler'' in the second series.



* PoweredByAForsakenChild: How spacetrawlers work, and the real reason why details on their construction are so carefully guarded. It's so bad, that only the most vicious and horrific criminals in the galaxy are used as (brain-clamped) labor on the space station that creates the trawlers, and they each have a moment when they break down and cry like a baby when they see how it is done.

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* PoweredByAForsakenChild: How spacetrawlers work, and the real reason why details on their construction are so carefully guarded. It's so bad, that only the most vicious and horrific criminals in the galaxy are used as (brain-clamped) labor on the space station that creates the trawlers, and they each have a moment when they trawlers--and even those criminals break down and cry like a baby when they see how it is done.learn the truth about spacetrawlers.


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* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Subverted in the second series. Nogg invites Dmitri to come on the new mission, and claims he's getting the old gang back together. Dmitri rattles off a list of reasons why every member of "the old gang" either can't or won't join Nogg.
-->''[BeatPanel]''\\
'''Nogg:''' Us three and ''you'' are kinda like a gang. You wanna come?\\
'''Dmitri:''' Nahhh.


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* UnfortunateNames: King renames the ''I.A. Starbanger'' to the ''G.O.B. Spacetrawler''.
-->'''Nogg:''' You're naming our ship after the galaxy's worst known torture device?\\
'''King:''' If you'd ever had to sit through a meeting with yourself, you'd understand.
20th Oct '16 12:36:26 PM GlassRain
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* AlienNonInterferenceClause: The undoing of Nogg's Plan A. If the humans claim Earth's seat at the G.O.B., then Earth is no longer considered a "dark planet", and is open to exploitation by any planet in the G.O.B.
* AlwaysNeedWhatYouGaveUp: Yuri's therapist robot erases her memory of torture at Flineous's hand in order to bring her back to sanity. Not long afterwards, she runs into Flineous again, so the therapist is forced to restore Yuri's memories, causing her to revert to her scary, violent self.
* AntiAdvice: Dustin thoroughly establishes himself as a dumbass, so when he tries to warn Pierrot against trusting Curn, it convinces Pierrot to do exactly the opposite.
-->'''Pierrot:''' Dusty thinks it's a bad idea, it must be sensible.
* {{Anticlimax}}: [[spoiler:Kuu-Drahc is played up as a major antagonist and personal rival to Emily, culminating in the CombatByChampion scene described below. A random rockslide crushes Kuu-Drahc before the fight even begins. Even Emily is disappointed by this.]]
** Much later, one of the [[spoiler:unclamped Eebs]] is revealed to have survived. He's found and disposed of within five pages and without any fanfare.



* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:How Spacetrawlers are made.]]

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* AlienNonInterferenceClause:
** "Dark Planets" home to sapient life with no significant space presence are not supposed to be contacted. The system is still ripe for exploitation: species can be declared non-sapient for spurious reasons like ''bad fashion sense'', and species who do achieve space travel immediately become fair game for any other species to conquer.
** The truth turns out to be more insidious, Qwahntoo, the founder of the GOB, used the classification to cut off planets he considered to be threats. [[spoiler: For instance humans are related to the Eebs that he enslaved.]]
* AlwaysNeedWhatYouGaveUp: Yuri becomes increasingly violent, erratic, and detached from her teammates in the aftermath of getting tortured. Martina sees to it that Yuri gets psychotherapy to deal with this. The therapy-bot, trying get Yuri back on her feet as quickly as possible, erases her memories of the event, and this appears to fix her. Then, Yuri has another run-in with the alien who tortured her. When it becomes apparent that Yuri's memory loss will allow said alien to take advantage of her, the therapy-bot restores Yuri's memoriesócausing her to revert to her scary, violent self.
* AntiAdvice: Dustin thoroughly establishes himself as a dumbass, so when he [[http://spacetrawler.com/2012/02/19/spacetrawler-207/ tries to warn Pierrot]] against trusting Curn, it convinces Pierrot to do exactly the opposite.
-->'''Dustin:''' Don't do it! They'll suck your brains out and-
-->'''Pierrot:''' Dusty thinks it's a bad idea, it must be sensible.
* {{Anticlimax}}:
** [[spoiler:Kuu-Drahc is played up as a major antagonist and personal rival to Emily, culminating in the CombatByChampion scene described below. [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/10/30/spacetrawler-181/ A random rockslide crushes Kuu-Drahc]] before the fight even begins. All Emily can say is, "Oh, come onnnn...".]]
** Much later, one of the [[spoiler:unclamped Eebs]] is revealed to have survived. He's found and disposed of within five pages and without any fanfare.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:How Spacetrawlers How the [[spoiler:Spacetrawlers are made.]]
20th Oct '16 12:09:53 PM GlassRain
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* AchievementsInIgnorance: [[spoiler: Yuri's Eeb brain graft should not have been possible. Ears are one thing, but grafted brain tissue from another species should have been immediately rejected. This foreshadows that humans and Eebs are closely related species.]]

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* AchievementsInIgnorance: [[spoiler: Yuri's Eeb brain graft should not have been possible. Ears are one thing, but grafted brain tissue from another species should have been immediately rejected. [[spoiler: This foreshadows that humans and Eebs are closely related species.]]
6th Oct '16 9:53:31 AM TotemicHero
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The comic is now complete...or it was, until in June 2016 Baldwin announced he planned to return to the comic later that year.

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The comic is now complete...or it was, until in June 2016 Baldwin announced he planned to return to the comic later that year.
year. Updates resumed in late August.
26th Jul '16 8:15:03 PM Yuihime
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* CovertPervert: Quiet tomboyish Yuri [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/03/17/spacetrawler-24/ has apparently done some things]] that even ''Dimitri'' finds obscene.

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* CovertPervert: Quiet tomboyish Yuri [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/03/17/spacetrawler-24/ has apparently done some things]] that even ''Dimitri'' finds obscene.
24th Jul '16 7:50:54 PM Yuihime
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* AchievementsInIgnorance: [[spoiler: Yuri's Eeb brain graft should not have been possible. Ears are one thing, but grafted brain tissue from another species should have been immediately rejected. This foreshadows that humans and Eebs are closely related species.]]
24th Jul '16 5:15:02 PM Yuihime
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* INeedAFreakingDrink: The Eebs are almost as fond of alcohol as Dimitri is.
24th Jul '16 4:57:51 PM Yuihime
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* CovertPervert: Quiet tomboyish Yuri [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/03/17/spacetrawler-24/ has apparently done some things]] that even ''Dimitri'' finds obscene.
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