''Droid Life'' is a newspaper comic-style strip that appears periodically in ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD''. Essentially a parody of the initial premise that the comic itself is written, drawn and edited by droids, it focuses on P14, a struggling wannabe script droid who writes the number onto page 14 of every copy of ''2000AD'' (the joke being that this is erased by his colleague, Ray, when he's done) and his best friend Crumbs (whose job, incidentally, is to flick away the eraser crumbs left by Ray when he erases P14's work). P14's constant attempts to get one of his scripts published always end in [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption abject failure]].
The strip often parodies classic and current ''2000AD'' strips in the form of P14's stories, which usually see him CompletelyMissingThePoint of the character he's supposed to be writing.
As such, the strip has become something of an EnsembleDarkhorse within the comic and has actually had a graphic novel release.
!!''Droid Life'' provides examples of:
* AirVentPassageway: P14 attempts one after a particularly bad Christmas party. Too bad it lead to the unsold copy incinerator.
* AssShove: The brain controlling the building gets one with the rolls of paper coming in the back entrance. P14 lampshades it asking, "Are we really doing those kind of jokes now?"
* TheAlcoholic: Boxie, the box P14 came in.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: The teaboy is named ''Sergeant Bloodbath''.
* BadBoss: Tharg. And P14's supervisor who is constantly getting him to make his page numbers more thrilling (in spite of the fact that they're always about to be erased) and keeps a [[WhipItGood whip]] on standby at all times. At one point, the supervisor is so enraged, he is lost for words to describe P14 and gets chewed out by ''his'' superior for not being thrilling enough when chewing out a subordinate.
* BitingTheHandHumor: It's frequently noted that the office has gotten progressively weirder since "the videogame people took over."
* BrainInAJar: They actually get a human brain wired up to run the building. He gets used to being a building, except for the [[AssShove rolls of paper coming in the back entrance]]. It's implied that this hasn't worked out so well, as [[FunnyBackgroundEvent the jar is seen in the canteen later]] being served up to the staff labelled "cauliflower cheese".
* ButtMonkey: P14.
* CheekCopy: P14 does this when drunk once. Turns out, like everything else in the office, the photocopier is a droid. Technically speaking, this means that P14 slept with her. When P14 tells her that he has a girlfriend, she asks him if she can do [[DoubleEntendre double sided and collate]].
* ChristmasEpisode: In each of the annual specials, there's a Christmas party held. Or at least, for the Art and Script droids upstairs. For P14 and co. down in the sub-sub basement, they might get to watch the Christmas dinner being carted past them or be allowed to listen to the noise from the real party for four seconds through an air vent.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: P14 never understands the strips he's submitting stories for.
* CreatorCameo: Cat Sullivan drew himself as one of the droids at the end of his author's introduction at the beginning of the collected graphic novel, [[YourHeadAsplode where his head explodes]] [[LogicBomb from the confusion of whether the droids are real or not]]. The supervisor droid mistakes him for someone named "Bat Sullivan".
* CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe. P14 writes strips to submit to Tharg, yet has never actually read ''2000AD'', despite having worked there for at least a decade.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Staplie applies for a job as a typist. Unfortunately, due to him having staplers for hands, he is only able to type two words per minute. Also, the two words he types are "&QIEBGN" and "U##9H5".
* DeadpanSnarker: P14.
* DullSurprise: Lampshaded and parodied with the fact that P14 is a PerpetualFrowner and Crumbs has a grin slapped to his fact permanently. P14's favourite team are winning a match and Crumbs tells him he should be delighted. P14 goes off into a rant about the shape of his mouth grille and calls Crumbs out for grinning at his misfortune, to which Crumbs replies that [[BlackComedy his cat has just died]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Sortofgothdroid]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The supervisor droid [[WouldNotHitAGirl won't whip female droids]], [[DudeNotFunny as it's]] [[DoubleStandard not as funny]]. [[spoiler: Later on, it's established that she's been sent to the smelter instead.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Inadvertently happens in one strip, when Crumbs flicks an eraser crumb so thrillingly that he gets and extra 50p in his wages. Several readers thought the "FLICKKKKK!!!" visual sound effect was a PrecisionFStrike cleverly disguised. Got lampshaded a couple of strips later.
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: Subverted by one of P14's ''Future Shock'' submissions. The time traveller lines up a man with a little square moustache in his crosshairs and shoots him dead. [[spoiler: It's [[LaurelAndHardy Oliver Hardy]].]]
* IncompetenceInc: In universe, ''TwoThousandAD'' is this in spades. Droids can get fired for ''not'' playing video games all day, supervisor droids carry whips around and a cardboard cutout of Creator/QuentinTarantino gets promoted to Division Head when someone gets a slice of tomato stuck to it.
* LogicBomb: P14 inadvertently destroys a union droid with one of these. He asks the droid what his job is, with the union droid telling him that his job is to go on strike. When P14 tells him that his job is to refuse to do his job, he flusters and [[YourHeadAsplode his head explodes]].
* LowerDeckEpisode: The whole strip is basically one for the whole of ''TwoThousandAD''. It's even set in the sub-sub-basement.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Sergeant Bloodbath's description of every single biscuit and type of tea he serves up.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: The work experience student. Also, one episode shows protestors with signs that say "You can't hug your children with nuclear arms" until one disgruntled droid tells him that his mother had literal nuclear arms and hugged him all the time with them.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted by P14's girlfriend, whose dustbag gets clogged up, resulting in her being emotional at her "time of the maintenance cycle".
* ReallyGetsAround: Cheryl the photocopier. When she shows the copy to P14, claiming it to be his, he responds that the barcode on the arse in question is not his. Suddenly, the office empties.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Taken UpToEleven and frequently lampshaded. Everything from the box P14 came in to the urinals to banana skins are robots. When P14 asks why a robotic teaboy is needed, it's stated that a robotic tea dispenser made everybody uncomfortable.
* SelfHarm: Sortofgothdroid cuts herself whenever she makes a mistake. However, it requires a circular saw to leave any lasting marks.
* StylisticSuck: P14's story submissions.
* TakeThat: The DroidLife poster shows the droid responsible for the idea that ''JudgeDredd'' was to remove his helmet and make out with Hershey in TheMovie sealed up in a room with no doors gathering cobwebs. In RealLife, this was actually SylvesterStallone.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Parodied. P14, Ray and Crumbs get fired in one strip, only for the union droid to kick up a fuss (See LogicBomb above). After this happens, P14 is told to sweep up the remains and get back to work. Later, not sure if he's even supposed to be still working there or not, he goes to an accounts droid......only for the droid to reveal he only pretends to be an accountant and will be fired if he's caught ''not'' playing video games.
* WorstAid: The office nurse wields a ''shotgun''.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Roughly half of P14's ''JudgeDredd'' story submissions involve an IncrediblyLamePun based upon the phrase "Gaze into the face of Fear" and end with Dredd's "[[PreAssKickingOneLiner GAZE INTO]] [[TalkToTheFist THE FIST]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome OF DREDD!]]" line. Of course, Crumbs tells him that it still doesn't work as a story.
** And, of course, Staplie's winning strategy for Rock, Paper, Scissors, which involves beating all three with a stapler.