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'''''Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire''''' is a science-fiction/action/comedy comics series by Creator/PhilFoglio, featuring the adventures of private detective/bodyguard-for-hire/former-X-Tel-security-chief Buck Godot, operating out of the Lawless planet of New Hong Kong.

The supporting cast includes Al, who manages Buck's favourite bar (and who looks like a [[LittleGreenMen short green]] cartoony version of the critter from ''{{Franchise/Alien}}''...his name is short for Alvin), and Madame Louisa Dem Five, who is a pillar of the local *ahem* [[BandOfBrothels service industry]].

The series started as a string of short pieces in various anthology comics, some of which were collected in the first ''Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire'' collection. In these stories, Buck protects a woman pursued by fanatical sun-priests (who are later expanded upon in ''The Gallimaufry'' storyline), finds a lost heir (despite the hindrance of being followed around by a freelance conscience), defends a cargo ship from space pirate attack, and attempts to learn the secret of teleportation from an enigmatic alien with the fate of worlds hanging in the balance.

There's also a one-off graphic novel, ''[=PSmIth=]'', and an attempted ongoing comic book, which folded after a single story arc due to scheduling and other problems; however, that story arc, ''The Gallimaufry'', is the crowning achievement of the series, with the added length allowing for new levels of depth and complexity in both plot, world-building and characterization, and with Phil's artwork being significantly more advanced by this time.

Following the success of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', the original series was released online in [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buck.html web-comic form]]. The last installment of ''The Gallimaufry'' went up on June 20th, 2009. The following week saw a reprinting the three-page "True Story of the Winslow". And that appears to be that. ([[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20091101 Almost.]]) One of the original short stories (the one with nudity) is not included at the above site. We're sure you can find it if you look hard, though.

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!!''Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire'' provides examples of:

* AccidentalTruth: Buck, messing with the Klegdixal ambassador:
-->'''Buck''': "All right, I think we're talking about a presentation that will alter the balance of galactic politics, forge new alliances, turn ally upon ally and change the life of every sentient aboard this station."
-->'''Kleg''': "Glurk. You...you will do this ''tomorrow''?!"
-->'''Buck''': "Tomorrow? Oh, no, that's ''next'' week's presentation. I don't know what we're doing tomorrow."
* ADateWithRosiePalms:
** Even with a branch of the [[BandOfBrothels Velvet Fist]] on the station, some people prefer...[[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090331 alternatives]].[[note]]Look at the box on the floor of the closet[[/note]]
** Implicitly used by Thad to deal with his libido while Ettare has the libido-inhibiting virus, as he doesn't want to break his vow of fidelity to her.
* AirVentPassageway:
** The main mode of transportation for [[spoiler:the Beemahs]], since they're small enough to manage it and they can't afford to be seen in public.
** Made use of by super ninja cat Martin (of cat-and-dog Rowan & Martin fame): "Am I not a thing of mist and shadows?"
* AlienInvasion: New Hong Kong is invaded in the uncollected short story "Field of Screams"; it goes very badly for the invaders
* AllCrimesAreEqual: {{Deconstructed}} with the Law Machines, NighInvulnerable robots which summarily cart off lawbreakers to an unknown fate like VideoGame/UltimaOnline guards. Surprisingly, this isn't as bad as it sounds. Not only are the laws they enforce still democratically voted on, they are ''enforced'' equally - that is, they are applied to government employees to the exact same extent as citizens. Thus, after the Laws summarily wiped out a PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny, most humans became quite tolerant (and even ''admiring'') of them. The rest simply move to worlds where fewer of the Laws have been passed.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: The rapidly escalating [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20080410 brawl in the Hall Of Icons]].
* AnythingThatMoves
** Louisa Dem Five
** And yet her employee Sizzlin' Sue manages to make her look like a nun. Especially when she's off her meds and drags [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale a protesting total stranger into her bedroom]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
** The fourteen Accepted Signs of Divinity, as listed [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20080318 here]], include: "call down the lightning, corrupt the innocent, eat the moon, answer the phone before it rings".
** [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090606 The Prime Mover's to-do list]]: "start some rumors as to [[spoiler:the Winslow's location]]", "find a new [[spoiler:Security Chief]]", "evict the [[spoiler:Pogs and topple their government]]", "reestablish communication with [[spoiler:this station]]", and "finish my bath".
* ArtEvolution: Phil's work becomes more very much more streamlined, distinctive and iconic with literally every single installment in the series.
* ArtificialGravity: The Gallimaufry Station is equipped with artificial gravity, which can be selectively raised or lowered in individual sections. Security Chief Parahexavoctal is shown using this for crowd control.
* AsideGlance: Standard in any Creator/PhilFoglio comic.
* AtopAMountainOfCorpses: In ''The Gallimaufry'', Hyraxx de Mofiti does this in one panel, standing on top of a pile of assassins she fought to get to Buck.
* AttackHello: Standard Hoffmannite greeting.
* BaseballEpisode: "Field of Screams"
* {{Badass}}: Cat-ninja Martin in ''The Gallimaufry'', who boldly plunges into the tunnels where two Security members of the Human Delegation were not only nearly killed but a '''Law Machine''' was utterly destroyed(...!); he actually completes the mission that the others couldn't (and which he assigned himself, as a true Badass does), and emerges fully scathed, battered and shaken: "[[IronicEcho Am I...am I not a thing of...of mist and shadow?]]" -- but alive, which under the circumstances is quite badass enough.
** The Tax Notifier at the beginning of ''The Gallimaufry''. He puts Buck through his paces harder than anyone else has so far in the series, making Buck work hard just to keep from hearing that he's been officially summoned to perform his tax service to the government of New Hong Kong. [[{{Determinator}} The man does not give up]] and Buck isn't in the clear until he's getting on a ship to depart the planet. [[spoiler: And then the Notifier gets on the boarding announcement system to deliver the summons to Buck in front of the whole ship.]]
* BadGuyBar[=/=]GoodGuyBar: Asteroid Al's can be seen as either, depending on your point of view.
* BandOfBrothels: The Velvet Fist, especially as of the revelation that Madame Louisa has opened franchises on other worlds.
* BatmanGambit: Buck is fond of these. Notably, he ''expands'' on them so that not only do people who try to screw him regret it, but people who deal with him ethically receive {{Karmic Jackpot}}s.
* BizarreAlienReproduction / HomosexualReproduction / BizarreAlienSexes / NoBiologicalSex / OneGenderRace: Oort and Qvakk, both members of the Pog alien race, are both referred to as males(ie: "he", "him", etc), and Qvakk states that he "really loved (Oort)...was gonna take him home, make lots of eggs."
** There's reference to "Priest Queens" towards the end of the comic. It's possible that Pogs, as a reptilian race, are male and female, but due to the lack of NonMammalMammaries they all go by male pronouns among humans, as it's easier for humans to handle.
* BoisterousBruiser: Frakkus Godot and Buck himself. Pretty much any Hoffmanite, at least by reputation.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20070331 teleporter story]]
* BrickJoke: [[spoiler:Buck's taxes.]]
* TheCameo:
** Phil from ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' is shown as one of the patrons at Asteroid Al's Bar at the end of The Teleporter storyline.
** Phil reappears as a background character in ''The Gallimaufry'', this time accompanied by Dixie.
* TheCatCameBack: [=PSmIth=] in ''[=PSmIth=]'', with a twist
* CombatPragmatist: Buck has been known to use bottles, table tops and even ''his opponents'' as weapons.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The board of X-Tel.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Hyraxx D'Mofiti
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20080228 It's actually a really effective threat where he comes from.]] [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20080717 There is also some related creative use of dental floss.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Yelling "Move aside and you will not be hurt! I am only after the fat man!" on the streets of New Hong Kong is liable to get you [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20070714 gunned down by everyone in earshot]].
* DataCrystal: Info Points.
* DeadlyEuphemism: Don't accept an invitation to a "New Hong Kong wake".
* DestructoNookie
** Hoffmannite courtship, according to Buck Godot himself, ''begins'' with high explosives.
** The mattress in Buck's apartment sports the mention: "SNERTA (Tough enough for a Hoffmannite -- [-but no funny stuff or forget it.-])"
* {{Determinator}}
** The TN messenger at the start of ''The Gallimaufry''.
** And Hyraxx is Quite Determined for a simple creator of an [[InsistentTerminology infotainment-like art product]].
* DeusExMachina: Parodied and lampshaded when Buck is saved from [[spoiler: the taxman]] by Sizzlin' Sue.
---> Humph. A bit too "doxie ex machina" for my taste, but...
* DrunkenMaster: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20070116 Buck in the early strips]]. Later ignored.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: The conclusion of the [[spoiler:Gallimaufry]] storyline.
* DueToTheDead: A New Hong Kong Wake is a very dark example. You find the murderer, have a chat with them -- getting them to confess to the murder if at all possible, poison or drug them, and leave them to die. Louisa Dem Five [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090203 demonstrates]] [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090205 here]].
* EncyclopediaExposita: ''The Herodotus Complex'', a history of Earth's involvement in galactic affairs; a relevant extract appears at the beginning of each book and each issue of the comic
* EnergyWeapon: Starting with zap-guns and working up from there.
* EveryoneIsArmed: The norm on anarchistic New Hong Kong.
* FacePalm: Done by sufficiently advanced alien the Prime Mover after he finds out what triggered the Gallimaufry plot.
* FakingTheDead: The whole human embassy does this for a while.
* FakinMacGuffin: An integral part of Buck's BatmanGambit in ''[=PSmIth=]''.
* FasterThanLightTravel
* ForeheadOfDoom: The Prime Mover has an impressive one. Some of his PornStash indicates that it is a species trait.
* ForeignQueasine: Numerous examples, including a running gag about poiled slurgs, which some races prize as a delicious foodstuff and others prize as an effective oven cleaner / lubricant.
* FriendsAllAlong: In ''The Gallimaufry'', Buck is attacked by another Hoffmanite; when his friends intervene, he explains that it was just a standard Hoffmanite AttackHello, and the newcomer is actually his Uncle Frakkus.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment backgrounds]] of comics will sometimes feature this, such as in [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20070405 this example]].
* GenderBender: Word to the wise: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090217 don't go drinking from random bottles in the Kleg embassy]]. [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090219 Girl-Buck]] [[AttractiveBentGender is rather cute, however.]]
* GeniusLoci: [[spoiler:Gallimaufry Station]]
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20081220 Louisa's approach to abnormal hormone levels.]]
* GrievousHarmWithABody: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20070308 Check.]]
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Well, half-dressed cartoon aliens.
* HangoverSensitivity: The hive-mind bounty hunter Psmith(s) after having 138 drinks in alphabetical order from Asteroid Al's Bar menu.
* {{Heavyworlder}}: Buck and the other Hoffmannites -- suprisingly, given the rest of the comic is actually fairly high into the "Hard" scale of sci-fi, they're the fantastical "big and portly" types, rather then the scientifically accurate dwarf (i.e. short, squat, and lean) types. (This may be related to the fact that they didn't evolve, but were engineered -- by a group of genetic engineers whose other projects included a race of centaurs.)
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Why [[spoiler:Par ultimately decides Godot ''and the Prime Mover'' have to die.]]
* HideousHangoverCure: In the Psmith storyline, there's "Thank Prime", a mixture that we never learn the ingredients for, but it's apparently ultra-effective, instantaneously curing a hivemind-sized hangover with no side-effects... its taste is never brought up.
* HumansAreInsane: The niche humans fill in galactic society is "entertaingly crazy". Our five [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20080628 "behavioral spurs"]] are noted as Sex, Food, Boredom, Meddling and Trolling.
* HumansAreSpecial
** Parodied. Lots of species think we're [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} entertainingly crazy]], at best. Mmmm, [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20080103 popsicles.]]
** Later played straight -- turns out that while the galaxy as a whole doesn't think much of humans, the really clever aliens know that humans are good at "getting things done", which is why Chief Parahexavoctal, security-chief on a station with literally thousands of different races in habitat, hires a human to investigate one of the biggest mysteries ever -- and why, later, the "Destroy-on-Sight" Beemahs choose to throw their lot in with humanity as well.
-->'''Beemah:''': Have confidence in you. We think humanity will survive. Sneaky. Admire this.
** Even the Prime Movers, the [[Literature/{{Lensman}} Arisian-like]] superintelligent godlike aliens who, it seems, run the universe, think that humanity is special... apparently because [[spoiler:we think the Winslow is annoying.]]
* HumansNeedAliens: In the graphic novel ''The Gallimaufry'', it's revealed that humanity has been under the protection of an uber-powerful Elder Race alien since joining the galactic community.
* HumanSubspecies: Humans have several subspecies created by genetic engineering to live in specific hostile environments.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Smith and Wesson are clearly the brains of the Pistol Packin' Polaris Packrat's operation.
* ICallItVera: Buck's zap-gun, "Junior". Junior's rifle cousin "Senior" [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20071020 shows up]] on occasion, but is never used.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo [[spoiler:Par's response to accusations against him of enslavement and genocide.]]
* IllKillYou: Cheapskate bar owner Al's reaction to Kooblen Trader/Captain Mloot upon hearing about the [[ShockinglyExpensiveBill hidden pumping fee]] for his [[GargleBlaster 20,000 gallons of super-cooled mega-joy juice]].
-->"Kill them-kill them all."
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap: In ''[=PSmIth=]'', the fact that [=PSmIth=] is a hive-mind means that nobody is much concerned when his/its individual bodies get killed.
-->'''Buck Godot''': The [=PSmIth=]s? You heard him. He/it's not really dead. Embarrassed, yes. Dead, no.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Having been decisively OutGambitted by Buck, Der Rock The Destroyer - knowing that he's about to be handed over to an extremely ticked-off SufficientlyAdvancedAlien - heads over to the bar.
-->"Get me a drink. Make it large, strong and to go, and put it on Godot's tab."
* {{Infodump}}
* IntellectualAnimal: Security Specialists [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20080814 Rowan and Martin]].
* InterfaithSmoothie: The Church of Slag-Blah who are "militant agnostics" who celebrate a different religion's holy day every day.
* InterspeciesRomance: Subverted by Buck/Louisa (Hoffmanites find humans underdeveloped and also "a wee bit... delicate") and Buck/Tal (since she's a reptilean alien, as Buck points out, even if he were inclined to perv he wouldn't know what to look at. [[spoiler:Turns out he's lying]].)
* IronicEcho: the Prime Mover points out that humanity didn't retire, they quit. Much later, after [[spoiler:killing Parahexavoctal]], he points out that he didn't retire, he was ''fired''.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The Klegdixal. EVERYONE in the galaxy thinks that they're jerks, but they've actually dedicated their vast knowledge of biotech to preventing biowarfare; see also MoralityPet below. This is not to say that they are not, in fact, jerks.
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: The Law Machines detain, judge, pass sentence, and carry out the sentence.
* KnightTemplar: Security Chief Parahexavoctal is not above opening entire embassies to space to keep order. [[spoiler:And that's only the beginning of the lengths he'll go to.]]
* LoopholeAbuse:
** On most human planets, AllCrimesAreEqual and are enforced by near-indestructible robots. Technically, this is also the case on New Hong Kong, but on New Hong Kong there is only one written law -- which forbids the passing of any more laws -- and society runs on unwritten customs instead. The entire planet is patrolled by a single Law Machine, which doesn't have much to do.
** The Gallimaufry, being a space station and not a planet, is also outside the Law Machines' jurisdiction; there is one Law Machine situated there, as an observer. At one point, when the humans are trying to explore a booby-trapped secret passage, the Law Machine offers its assistance, on the grounds that while it's forbidden to interfere, there's nothing stopping it going down the passage and observing what's there.
* LoveIsInTheAir: When she chooses, Louisa can become a walking pheromone factory. It's a treatment anyone can acquire, but it requires stringent licensing.
* MacGuffin: The Winslow, so very much -- he could have been an inert lump of [[MadeOfIndestructium indestructium]] for all the difference it would have made to the plot. Given a great big LampshadeHanging, with much discussion of the fact that although everybody knows he's very important, there's no general agreement on exactly ''why''.
* MarsWantsChocolate: The main reason the galaxy puts up with humans is ... popsicles.
* MassTeleportation: In one story, Buck has to gain the trust of a mysterious alien which has the mass teleportation technology needed to evacuate all the people off a planet that's about to be wiped out by a supernova. [[spoiler:When he finally manages to explain the situation, the alien casually suggests that it would be just as easy to teleport the entire planet.]]
* McNinja: Every species has them, and most are [[HighlyVisibleNinja Highly Visible]] and follow the [[InverseNinjaLaw Inverse Law]].
* MsFanservice: Louisa Dem Five -- [[HelloNurse to the characters]] as well as the readers.
* MoralityPet: [[spoiler:The Beemahs]] effectively become this for the Klegs. Initially hating and fearing the Klegs, who created the technology with which [[spoiler:the Zmouf made the Beemahs as slaves, the Beemahs are]] as stunned as anyone else to discover that the Klegs had had no idea what [[spoiler:the Zmouf]] intended, were horrified to learn the truth, and have felt guilty about it ever since. The Klegs are overjoyed to have a chance to make amends.
* MostDefinitelyNotAVillain: A [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090409 scene]] in ''The Gallimaufry'' comic has Buck disguised as an alien Pog, sauntering down the street singing a song about how he's just a Pog, no, really. Mind you, in this instance [[KansasCityShuffle having the disguise fail is actually part of the plan]].
* NoodleIncident
** The job Buck once did for Lord Thezmothete.
** Martian Charades.
* NoIndoorVoice: The [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090618 Prime Mover]] can pull it off rather well when he wants.
* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Subverted. Humans like to tinker.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: The Teleporter incident.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:[[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090609 The Winslow]]]]. Maybe.
-->[[spoiler:"No! do not eat own foot! ''Could not be stupider if you tried!''"]]
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse
** In the Teleporter story, the villain founds an entire inhabited colony world just so it will be in danger in a way that forces Buck to discover the Teleporter's secret for X-Tel. Note: This was done while the villain didn't know where in the universe Buck was, or whether he could be found before said planet met its fate. Nice guys, X-Tel.
** The Prime Mover's "restraining order" on Hyraax.
* OneWorldOrder
* {{Paparazzi}}: [[spoiler: Hyraxx D'Mofiti]].
* PaperThinDisguise: Buck's "Pog Disguise." Which is essentially placing a normal Pog on his head, putting on a shirt over that, and pretending to walk around as a pog. Keeping in mind that Buck is an 8-foot tall, quarter-ton Hoffmanite... and Pogs are about the size of a medium-sized dog. Tops.
* PieInTheFace
* PlanetOfHats: Most races have some "hat," even from each other's perspective. Part of this is due to the Gallimaufry's sweeping, cosmopolitan nature - with so many species represented in just the local sector, most find upon entering the interstellar scene that they need to [[JustifiedTrope cut out a niche for themselves to increase their value]] (if only as novelties). But they also tend to have HiddenDepths.
** Humans are basically the [[TrademarkFavoriteFood popsicle-makers to other species]], but otherwise share the general hat of the rambunctious, noisy young species that bursts on the scene and is liable to burn out (or get burned out) sometime soon. The older species have seen this a lot already. On the other hand, the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens find humans to be "[[TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer people who get things done]]", and useful for a number of jobs they wouldn't entrust to members of any other race -- such as [[spoiler:safeguarding or investigating the Winslow]].
** Pogs are considered largely a species of quiet, useful clerks. Humans, meanwhile, find them the perfect [[StraightManAndWiseGuy Straight Man to our Wise Guy]]. Too bad [[spoiler:the bulk of them are secretly {{Fundamentalist}} Winslow worshippers prepared to go extreme lengths to get their hands on their idol]].
** Thuxians are the "capitalist aliens," considering even betrayal and attempted assassination forgivable as long as it was just business; they predate [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration the Ferengi]] by [[OlderThanTheyThink several years]]. With a sideline in {{Badass}}ery: a Ferengi assassin is a [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/The_Magnificent_Ferengi_%28episode%29 punchline]]; a Thuxian ''bartender'' is more than capable of fending off an assault by a pissed-off HiveMind.
** Klegdixals are best known for biowarfare. Rather, for combating it -- their home world was ravaged by biowarfare, and when they finally got out into the stars they dedicated themselves to preventing it politically and (more importantly) through developing and marketing cures and other preventative measures. It turns out they're actually surly, asocial nerds who quietly bemoan their ''own'' failings in private through absorption in bizarre "hobbies" like dust sculpting. Give them a fair chance and a just cause and they will move heaven and earth to do the Right Thing.
* PlantAliens: Almost lampshaded with He-Who-Must-Be-Watered.
* PlayingBothSides: While he's not the first MagnificentBastard to cut dishonest deals with two sides of the conflict for his personal benefit, Buck is probably unique in managing to do so while ''both'' parties are '''[[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20070929 standing right next to him]].'''
* PornStash: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090516 Even nigh-omnipotent aliens have them]].
** Which makes sense. The Gallimaufry station has had it's computer system altered, re-organized & rewritten many times over the known history of the station. So of course any smart entity will have an offline copy that can't be tampred with the next time there is a "re-organization".
* ThePowerOfLegacy: [[spoiler:Security Chief Parahexavoctal]] is revealed to have committed several large-scale crimes in pursuit of his assigned duty, including (but not limited to) genocide and the large-scale enslavement of a sentient race. When confronted with his sins, he continues to claim that he just did what he had to do in order to provide thousands of years of peace on the station. The Prime Mover acknowledges this, and decrees that his record shall stand as a shining example to all his successors with no mention of his crimes. [[spoiler:Par]] smiles and thanks him for fulfilling his ultimate wish, even as he is wiped from existence.
* PowerOfTrust: [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090328 Buck uses this on]] [[spoiler:the Beemahs]] -- [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090331 quite successfully,]] as [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090521 later events]] [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090523 would show.]]
* PreAsskickingOneLiner:
-->'''Der Rock the Destroyer''': Do not be lulled by my present condition, [=PSmith=]. There are only 35 of you.
* RedHerring: In ''The Gallimaufry'', a red herring is dropped with an implied connection between the Gallimaufry station's [[spoiler: missing garbage]] and the Prime Mover's [[spoiler: gardening interests]].
* RooflessRenovation: This happens to Asteroid Al's at the conclusion of the [=PSmIth=] arc. Al is appalled; his girlfriend suggests that they put in a skylight.
* RunningGag: Poiled Slurgs.
* SciFiKitchenSink
* ShinyLookingSpaceships
* ShockinglyExpensiveBill: Happens left-and-right in New Hong Kong and throughout the Gallimaufry, most routinely with Buck's hiring fees; and also with cheapskate bar owner Al's reaction to a not-so-good deal on [[GargleBlaster 20,000 gallons of super-cooled mega-joy juice]].
* ShoutOut:
** The super ninja dog-&-cat team Rowan and Martin are named after the co-hosts of 60's tv comedy series ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn''.
** Early on in the [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20070301 Teleporter arc]], Buck makes a reference to the Radium Mines of [[{{Literature/Lensman}} Boskone]].
* ShowSomeLeg: Louisa Dem Five's strategy for dealing with tax notifiers.
* SmokingIsCool: Enough to make Pogs look {{Badass}}. [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090409 See attached.]]
* SpacePirate: The Pistol Packin' Polaris Packrat
* SpeechBubbles: Different speech bubble styles for most alien races.
* StarfishAliens: So many that it would be easier to list the exceptions. And even the humanoid ones have bizarre alien biology.
* StillWearingTheOldColors: Buck's usual outfit is, give or take a couple of customisations, his old X-Tel Security uniform. And he objects to being named [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20071201 Worst Dressed Sentient]].
-->'''Buck:''' Oort, what is ''wrong'' with how I dress?\\
'''Oort:''' Don't ask ''me'', Buck. I was raised to ignore a sentient's handicaps.
* StoutStrength: Buck and his relatives.
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker. The Kooblens comma among other oddities comma pronounce all the punctuation in their sentences period
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Lord Thezmothete; the Teleporter; the Prime Mover
* {{Technobabble}}: With LampshadeHanging on [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090303 one occasion]].
* TeleportersAndTransporters: But only the most advanced of the {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s have them.
* TerseTalker: The Beemah spokesman. Lurks in dark. Drops pronouns.
* ThirtyGambitPileUp: [[spoiler: The Station Chief's oppression of the Beemahs, which led to the Beemahs interfering in the Pog's plans to infect humanity with a will-sapping virus, which was messed up by the humans giving up the Winslow voluntarily. All of this was because of a very minor gambit of one reporter suggesting Fractal Bombs to locate the (indestructable) Winslow.]]
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: Every race's embassy has an airlock for a ROOF. Parahexavoctal has been known to throw entire embassies out the airlock.
* TotalitarianUtilitarian
* {{Touche}}: Der Rock The Destroyer at the end of [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20071009 [=PSmIth=].]]
* {{Tuckerization}}: Some of the characters in the series are based on friends of the author. Including Buck.
* UnproblematicProstitution: The Velvet Fist is a famous galactic corporate brothel-empire and the workers therein are, as far as we know, quite happy with their jobs.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: [[spoiler: Par]]'s defense of his actions.
* VitriolicBestBuds: What [[spoiler: the Winslow]] predicts humanity and the Klegs will be.
* VoiceOfTheLegion:
** Psmith.
** He-Who-Must-Be-Watered.
--->''[[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20070922 hiya, buck]]''.
* WhammyBid: the seller (who was covertly peddling military secrets using a computerized bid recorder that apparently lacked a "dump last bid" option) does not take it well.
* WretchedHive: New Hong Kong is a Lawless planet where nobody thinks anything of people being shot down in the streets, and a place like Asteroid Al's Bar, which would be a BadGuyBar on most other planets, is just an average local hangout.
* XanatosGambit:
** The way Buck resolves his problem at the end of ''[=PSmIth=]'' has to be seen to be believed. [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20070927 Starts here.]]
*** [[spoiler:Alternatives; If Der Rock had surrendered the device to [=PSmIth=] and hidden, [=PSmIth=] summons "He-Who-Must-Be-Watered", everything is explained(HWMBW knows Godot and his reputation), Godot is paid after HWMBW leaves again. If [=PSmIth=] hadn't attacked Der Rock for the device, Der Rock would have to pay Godot or suffer a blow to ''his'' reputation.]]
** And he pulls one even more complex to resolve "The Gallimaufry," [[spoiler:offering the Pogs an increasingly ridiculous plan because he knows they'll go along with anything to get the Winslow, and ''also'' playing into his expectations of how Par will react (and that the Beemahs can get anywhere they want to, in the nick of time).]]
*** [[spoiler:No matter what, the Beemahs would deliver the Winslow to the Prime Mover, who already had an agreement with Godot to fix everything if the Winslow was found. Par and/or the Pogs giving up would have just caused ''less'' trouble.]]
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler:Parahexavoctal assisted the Beemahs in rebelling against the Zmouf, then enslaved them himself and issued a "shoot on sight" order for the entire species to ensure their secrecy.]]
* YourHeadASplode: The Prime Mover implies that if Hyraxx even ''thinks'' about the revelations in the last part of the story, this is her fate. He suggests a Lobotomy to remove the memories.
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Godot Was Here.
The Winslow is here. He's everywhere. All hail.
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''HI!''
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