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[[caption-width-right:350:Gina Diggers and Dreadwing]]

''Gold Digger'' is a [[LongRunners long-running]] US comic from Creator/AntarcticPress with [[{{Animesque}} manga-inspired art]], written and drawn by Fred Perry. The first appearance of the characters was in the anthology title ''Mangazine'' Vol. 2 #11 (September, 1991). They then got their own eponymous 4-issue miniseries (September 1992-March 1993). This proved successful enough to make ''Gold Digger'' Vol. 2 an ongoing. 50 regular issues were published between July 1993 and June 1999, plus a number of annuals. These issues were mostly in black-and-white. The series was then relaunched as a full-color series. Vol. 3 started in July 1999 and is still ongoing, becoming one of the flagship series of the company.

The story centers around the adventures of the kind, nerdy, and idealistic HotScientist [[GadgeteerGenius inventor]], [[AdventurerArchaeologist archaeologist and explorer]] Gina Diggers; and her BoisterousBruiser, [[ActionFashionista fashionista]], [[LastOfHisKind were-cheetah]] adopted sister/bodyguard, Britanny "Cheetah" Diggers, as they search the world (and others) for relics of the distant past.

The third sister, Brianna, is the goofy mental and physical combination of Gina and Britanny, accidentally created in the process of removing a curse gained during one of their adventures. She combines Gina's thirst for mysteries, scientific acumen, and libido with Britanny's low attention span and thirst for action, fashion, or entertainment (plus a portion of her werebeast strength). Hence, she likes action-technology of any kind, especially if explosions are involved. She is usually accompanied by her trademark childlike little Peebo robots.

If, as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the name]] and the AdventurerArchaeologist trope implies, the sisters seem more intent on digging up valuable treasures to fund their lifestyle than searching for actual knowledge, they invariably make up for it by becoming [[AccidentalHero unwitting heroines]] in the process, usually with the help of their friends, and with time, Gina [[CharacterDevelopment evolves]] into more idealistic PillarsOfMoralCharacter material.

It is popular enough to have several spin-offs, usually four-issue miniseries.

Fred Perry also began working on an independent OVA based on the original "Time Raft" pilot story since 1999. He basically did ''[[DancingBear everything]]'' except for the voice acting and music composition, while still producing the main series. The last part of story was finally completed and released in 2010.

[[http://www.antarcticpresslibrary.com/ Now has an online library!]] And a Character sheet that ''really'' needs wiki love.

Not to be confused with the (completely different) [[GoldDigger character archetype]] -- even though that very trope ''is'' a derisive (and largely undeserved) InSeriesNickname for [[AdventurerArchaeologist Gina]].

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!!''Gold Digger'' contains examples of:

* ActionDuo: Gina and Britanny, BrainsAndBrawn.
* ActionMom: Julia; Britanny after Tifanny's birth.
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Gina, Penny, Lord "Pee-Wee" Talon, and many others.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier
* AIIsACrapshoot: The Pee-bees: Brianna's AI bullets that only target "bad guys". Too bad they aren't very smart, [[AllCrimesAreEqual and see people jaywalking, squirrels taking acorns, and even someone stealing a kiss]] as "bad guys".
** Her standard Peebo AIs, on the other hand, avert it and are much more well behaved, even if they do like going "boom" on bad guys. (It's just that they have a much better idea of what a "bad guy" is.
** Peebri, however, wraps around to this trope again, in much the same way a childish Brianna would act.
* AllWomenAreLustful: Gina and Brittany especially, but females in this series tend to gravitate towards the aggressive side when it comes to guys.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: A LawyerFriendlyCameo of [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] filled this role from off-screen for Gina for a while. Before settling their feud, Penny was usually portrayed this way to Gina.
* AmazonChaser: Stryyp, who, though blessed with some above-human physical attributes, is attracted to Britanny despite how she's bigger, stronger, faster, and a better fighter than he is.
* AnimationBump: Fred obviously learned a lot over the course of making the movie. The last part, and the couple of shots he re-animated in the earlier parts for the finalized version, really stand out against the original footage.
* {{Animesque}}: Among the oldest examples still being produced.
* ArtificialHuman: Brianna, Array, Raphiel, the whole Amonian race.
* {{Atlanta}}: Home of the Diggers family.
* {{Author Appeal}}: Fred definitely loves his were-creatures. Ironically, he dislikes certain varieties. A furry/TF fan, he apparently is not.
* BadassBoast: A ''brutal'' one, courtesy of Gothwrain.
--> '''Gothwrain''': You want [[spoiler: Tifanny and Britanny]]? Tough. They're '''dead'''. I fed them to the '''Lich'''. '''Now #@$% off.'''
* BaldWomen: Zelda, one of Talon's employees. In no way detracts from her AmazonianBeauty status.
* BalloonBelly: [[WingedHumanoid Charlotte]] has had this happen to her at least once, leading to her being MistakenForPregnant.
* BattleCouple: Husband and Wife team; Gothwrain and Sherisha, have been ''elite'' at this trope since the last age of magic. Just [[CurbStompBattle ask]] Theodore, Julia, Jzu-Jzu and Stripe.
* BlackandWhiteMorality: Almost every character is either a hero or a villain. Anyone who doesn't fall under this description is basically seen as a JerkAss or a IneffectualSympatheticVillain and more often than not will they give up their moral position to join the heroic side.
* BecomingTheMask: Madrid
* BerserkButton: Do NOT threaten Dreadwing's hoard.
--->'''Dreadwing:''' "I was going to save you for last, ''vermin''. Your torture was going to coerce Gina into completing the repairs of the Time Raft for me. But you threatened my treasure. My precious artifact. I can persuade Gina by ''other'' means, you must '''PAY'''. I haven't done [[BreathWeapon this]] in a long time. [[PreMortemOneLiner Let's see if I'm rusty.]]"
** Invoked by [[spoiler: Gothwrain and Sherisha]] when the pair [[spoiler: reveal the truth behind Dr. Digger's father's death and then kill his mother a moment later]], just so he would be baited into killing them. [[spoiler: It works like a charm.]]
* {{BFG}}: Brianna's favorite trope.
* {{BFS}}: Shinryuken's Size-Mitar. Remember, [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars there is nothing his Colossal Blade cannot cut!]]
* BigBad: Dreadwing
* BigMonsterCuteName: "Flakey", the 2-kilometer-long [[GiantEnemyCrab kraken]].
* BleachedUnderpants: Fred Perry used to draw more adult material, and in fact still does. Gina has her origins in this material, which explains her proportions (and attitude).
* BlessedWithSuck: Ayane the mixed-martial artist is a true sweetheart...and incredibly lonely due to her cold, cruel eyes that creep out everyone she meets. There's hope; Jotaru the Djinn has a crush on her. Did we mention that some Djinn in this series have their eyes in their torso instead of their face?
* BodyHorror: Ether vents, a type of Gaoblin magitech that manifests itself as huge, open HOLES through the users' bodies. While [[AllThereInTheManual the supplemental]] ''[[AllThereInTheManual Tech Manual]]'' [[AllThereInTheManual series]] provides some explanation, it's not entirely clear how these biologically WORK, considering the huge missing sections of muscles, bone, major organs and occasionally BRAIN involved.
* BoisterousBruiser: Brianna, Xane
* BoobsOfSteel: The stronger females tend to have larger breasts (at least within their respective CastHerd)—not that this says much.
* BrawnHilda: "Grammy" Brunhildagarde Brigand, Julia's mother and the Diggers sisters' grandmother.
* BreakoutVillain: The dragon Dreadwing was originally just a one-shot villain for the pilot story, which ended with him as a skeleton. ''Now'', he's the ManBehindTheMan for many of the plotlines past and present, and is dueling with Ancient Gina across most of time with virtually all the other characters as pawns.
* BreastExpansion: Britanny, when she [[VoluntaryShapeshifting goes from human form to hybrid form]]. This is also a major reason why she prefers to stay in Hybrid form as much as possible. (Well, actually, because she's taller, stronger and faster, but this side benefit comes with the rest.)
* BrokeEpisode: In an issue about halfway through the regular black-and-white series, Penny offers to save Gina and Brit from the IRS if they'll cover her niece's fast food job for a day. Ace even talks Penny out of gloating over it and convinces her to finally bury the hatchet with Gina.
* BrooklynRage: Roxy Rabinowitz (AKA Dark Bird), leader of the Night Flight airborne mercenaries, has a strong Brooklyn accent and a BIG chip on her shoulder, especially when dealing with Ace. She also [[spoiler:recently took over a country led by her estranged sister]], who was a large source of the aforementioned rage (not to mention [[OffToBoardingSchool the aforementioned Brooklyn]]).
* BuffySpeak
* BurgerFool: Penny forces Gina to work at one of these before she'll loan her enough money to avoid bankruptcy.
* ButICantBePregnant: Brianna used the latest in hi-tech contraceptives to keep Zan's boys from baking a bread in the oven. [[spoiler: They succeed anyway, and thus Roquette is conceived.]]
* CaptainErsatz: The [[{{Voltron}} Vaultron]] force, the [[{{Thundercats}} Edge Guard]], and [[RockyAndBullwinkle Dr. Peachbody]].
** Then there's the WesternAnimation/TeenTitans in Tif' and Char's school adventures.
*** And their teacher, Miss Giggle (think ''Mission: Magic!'') who has a darker complexion and a pretty funny explanation for her blobby hairdo: Her cat is permanently curled up on top of her head from a failed teleportation experiment.
** Fauntleroy's Platinus is like a {{Gender Flip}}ped ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'' (A sentient EmpathicWeapon that assumes the form of {{Stripperiffic}} "ChainMailBikini" armor for her male host...because she's a pervert.)
** More recent storylines have included prehistoric CaptainErsatz versions of the WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}, WesternAnimation/JayceAndTheWheeledWarriors, the WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}, GIJoe's Cobra (earlier, one of Dark Bird's crew is a former member), and StrawberryShortcake and RainbowBrite as a psi-bard and prism battle priestess, respectively. Fred ''likes'' his Captain Ersatzes.
** The whole series sometimes appears to thrive on this, from species to certain characters. The beauty of it, at least for characters who reappear frequently, is that after the initial joke of their first appearance, they rapidly develop their own personalities so that their initial expy status becomes negligible, while still allowing the joke to work. ''E.g.,'' an orange-and-black werejaguar named {{Garfield}} is introduced, but is thereafter almost always addressed as just "Gar," and his personality is nothing like Jim Davis's cat.
** One comic has characters similar to the mane six of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic as (human) amazons… [[spoiler:[[RuleSixtyThree male amazons]]]].
* CardCarryingVillain: Almost every villain in the series relishes how evil they are and will gleefully go out of their way to cause pain to others, even if it causes the failure of their plan.
** Tirant deserves special mention. He was part of a family of heroes, and his parents died while they were fighting a super-villain. At their funeral, he noticed that everyone in his family since the 1920s had died fighting for justice. The revelation caused him to reject the life his parents had chosen for him. Instead, he devoted his life to becoming everything a hero isn't, becoming a super-villain in the process. [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn He became a hero again]]... [[RedemptionEqualsDeath mere seconds before his death.]] We'll see if that sticks, since Dreadwing's blackmailing Array into helping him with the promise of resurrecting Tirant.]]
* TheChessmaster: Gothwrain; Dreadwing; Ancient Gina
* ClarkKenting: Agency Zero, especially Agent M, formerly the most recognizable hero on Earth. Pinky & The Cheets.
* CloningBlues: Averted. Brianna is a fusion of Brittany and Gina, magically brought to life by a curse, and Charlotte was a bio-engineered "harpy" created as a disposable weapon by a villain. Both have been treated as full characters in their own right from their very first appearances.
** Brianna still had concerns about this for a long time, though. Charlotte...[[TheDitz not so much]].
* ColbertBump: The newly-minted [[http://www.antarcticpresslibrary.com/ archives]] seems to be giving the series this.
* TheCommiesMadeMeDoIt: Crush; although somewhat justifiable, she notably refused a GetOutOfJailFreeCard and chose to do the time for the crimes she committed, proving she did have moral fiber.
* ContinuityNod: In the movie. Despite it being based on the first ''Gold Digger'' story ever, Fred added a couple of nods to the continuity that's built up since then, letting the viewer know that Gina and Dreadwing are going to be at this for a long time.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Not because the publisher is trying to fool buyers, but because Fred Perry constantly thinks of [[WhatCouldHaveBeen new storylines to replace the already advertised comic]]. Subverted in that, on occasion, if the story changes have gone too far, Fred will replace the cover.
* CovertPervert: Vaphne presents herself as a scholarly maiden and claims to be saving herself for Mr. Right, but when she turns on her fertility goddess powers, several of her classmates (male AND female) find out she's been having naughty fantasies about them.
* CreepyTwins: Montara; they are also HalfIdenticalTwins.
* CuteMachines: The Peebos
* CuteMonsterGirl: Just about everybody, even the ''males''; Crescens was when she was young, but grew up to be kind of terrifying.
* DarkActionGirl: numerous, including Link and Zelda (Get it?), two of Erwin Talon's employees.
** G'Nolga, Julia Digger's arch-rival on Jade.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Xane
* DarkSkinnedBlond: The human forms for both Britanny "Cheetah" 'Gia and her daughter Tifanny.
* DemonHead: Theodore's "Flaming Skull Bit".
-->'''Brittany:''' "Most fathers polish a shotgun in front of their daughters' dates... ''My'' Dad magically sets his ''head'' on fire!"
* DistractedByTheSexy: Pretty much the entire cast is guilty of this one, but Gina takes the cake: in Issue 105, she and a male colleague nearly ''destroyed the world'' by daydreaming about each others' naughty bits instead of the DoomsdayDevice they were supposed to be disarming.
* DoingItForTheArt: Fred made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMhfbLRoGEw this]] video utilizing Series/{{Lazytown}}'s "You Are A Pirate" song. Perry actually ''paid'' for the rights to the song, animated it off and on for a number of years, and posted it just for the hell of it.
* Eldritch Abomination: The previous universe that existed before the current one died, [[spoiler:but didn't stay dead. The ''entire previous universe'' has come back as an impossibly vast undead horror, clawing its way out of cosmic oblivion and making its way to the current universe, intending to [[CosmicHorrorStory overwrite all of existence]].]] Ancient Gina's entire [[GambitRoulette plan]] is to somehow prevent this.
* {{Expy}}: Aljabra Gihom, an expy of Fred's "Level UP!" Mithra character Calcula Mihgo–herself a CaptainErsatz version of Osaka from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''.
* EvilTwin: Brianna and Madrid
** With a shot of {{FridgeBrilliance}}: Madrid's current persona allows the author to write either solo "Gina" stories about Madrid the explorer with Dao and Subtracto, or ensemble "Gina" stories about Gina the professor with her students and family.
* FaceHeelTurn: A magical mishap turns Theo's father Jonathan into the evil Lich King.
* FakeCrossover: The series really skirts the line of this, such as when Gina mentions receiving a [[InspectorGadget computer book from a girl with a weird uncle]]. (Mind you, the girl in question eventually became a full-fledged character).
* FantasyKitchenSink
* FeministFantasy: Probably one of the most tolerant and evenhanded comics around. The female characters are smart, capable, funny, goofy, distinctive, well-rounded, and memorable, in a diverse and amusing manner reminiscent of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' or ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', and avoid the bland and forced "[[GirlsNeedRoleModels Strong Female Characters]]" pitfalls. Fred makes a continuous effort to represent different body types and give female readers evenhanded "beefcake" treatment.
* FlyingBrick: Agent M
* FrenchMaid: Link is an AmazonianBeauty who wears rather...undersized French maid outfits on missions.
* FunPersonified: The series as a whole.
* FutureBadass: "Ancient Gina"[[spoiler:, apparently Madrid-Gina's future self sent back in time to take TheSlowPath to the present]]. Also "Charles" and "Prof. Cee", Charlotte's alterfuture selves.
* GadgeteerGenius: Gina and many others
* GambitRoulette: Gothwrain's plan to break free of his enslavement; Dreadwing's plan to take power from Ancient Gina; and Ancient Gina's plan to save the universe, which includes the other 2 roulettes.
* GenderBender: A male character drank a potion specifically designed for women. Guess what happened.
* GirlsBehindBars: ''Gold Digger'' #82
* GirlsNeedRoleModels: There is an almost uniquely wide spread of distinctive and compelling strong characters who happen to be female.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Natasha, ruler of the undead, who would rather let her kingdom be wiped out than be humiliated by a higher power.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: T'mat and Dreadwing.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: A lot of elderly characters certainly age gracefully, despite all the action they go through[[spoiler:, including Gina herself]].
* HalfHumanHybrid
* HappilyAdopted: Brittany is an orphaned were-cheetah, taken in as an infant by Theodore and Julia Diggers and raised as a sister to their own daughter, Gina. They see her as nothing less than family, and the feeling is mutual.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Monty's ghost girlfriend.
* HeelRealization: Madrid has a moment of clarity when she realizes that her ChronicBackstabbingDisorder needlessly ruined a chance to escape capture and imprisonment.
* HeelFaceTurn: Redemption is a major running theme in this comic. Many of Gina and Britanny's enemies become their best friends and allies. Mesha, Tark, Brianna, Penny, Charlotte, Jetta...[[spoiler:Pee Wee, G'Nolga, Madrid, the Lich King...]]
* HiveMind: Array is a variant; each [[MesACrowd duplicate of herself she creates]] has an independent personality which returns to her mind when she reassimilates her body. However, they all share the same general goals.
* HotLibrarian: Kahn, librarian of the Library of Time.
* HotScientist: Gina and Penny.
* HumanityEnsues: Fauntleroy is a dragon cursed to stay in human form. When he finally finds the {{MacGuffin}} he needs to return to dragon form, he decides to wait and [[HumansAreSpecial see if there's more he can learn from being human]].
* HumongousMecha: Played with in that "humongous" is relative. The series has Vaultron, which, as the name implies, is a combining battle robot. But it's piloted by Leprechauns, meaning it's about as big as the average (human) grade-schooler. Ditto for its opposite number, Gaollion.
** Played more straight with Gespenst, who is genuinely huge, even larger than some dragons.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Grammy Brunhildagarde
* InfantImmortality: Dr. Diggers tried his best to disarm the werewolf leader, but in the end the only werecheetah left to save was baby Britanny.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: A literal example in the movie: After Brit's deadline passes and she can morph back to werecheetah form, she quotes the exact line before putting Gina in a headlock and bestowing noogies for calling her "Igor" when she was stuck in human form.
* KiAttacks: Several of the martial artists, especially the ninjas, and Ryan Tabbot.
* [[spoiler:KidFromTheFuture: Tifanny's cousin, Roquette "Rocket" Diggers]]
* KillerRabbit —er, Wabbit.
* KudzuPlot: A pretty bad case, highlighted by the fact that the websites hawking the comic often contain cover previews and summaries for upcoming issues...but then Fred gets an itch to go growing the plot in some other direction entirely, and the previewed issues often have completely different covers and subjects, with the original plots dropped to be completed off-camera, if that.
** Lately, however, a good portion of those storylines have begun to be tied together to the MythArc. (See below.)
* LawyerFriendlyCameo
* LeeroyJenkins: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Team Noob]], ridiculously over-armed leprechauns with no idea where they are, what they are doing, what their mission is, how to operate their equipment, or how to not blow themselves up in 5 seconds, but using binoculars and bazookas backwards hasn't slowed down their enthusiasm yet. The ''GD Tangent'' WebComic has a similar setup as the TropeNamer, with a ShoutOut as well.
* {{Leprechaun}}s: [-WITH TANKS AND [[MobileSuitHuman MECHA]]!!-]
* LoadBearingBoss: Invoked after Julia's fight with Serpentus[[spoiler:, in which she uses magic-proof Dwarven chains to tie him to the room in such a way that ten tons of rock will fall on him if he isn't untangled very, very carefully]].
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: Mostly whenever the story takes place on Jade, as many anthropomorphic characters co-exist with other humans or humanoid species in that dimension. On Earth, they usually work under a [[TheMasquerade masquerade]], save for a few special places around the globe.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ...and loads. There's a tie-in comic with one-to-three page write-ups on the characters that have appeared in the series. There have been ''23'' issues published so far (though only the first 17 are on the characters; the rest focus on locations). The first 17 issues of this Guide to the GD Universe have now been collected into [[{{Doorstopper}} a two-inch-thick tome]].
** CastHerd: The characters tend to come in sub-groups–the Edge Guard, Lord Talon and minions, Agency Zero–who can hold down whole arcs or even mini-series by themselves.
** Array personifies this trope [[MesACrowd all by herself]], [[IHaveManyNames and herself]], [[MindHive and herself]], [[TheConspiracy and herself]], [[DoppelgangerAttack and herself]], [[LivingWeapon and herself]]...but they're all on the same side: ''her side!''
* LovableSexManiac: Britanny (until her marriage) and Gina. Ironically, the latter used to be a {{Geek}}y ShrinkingViolet, until her [[TheLadette more outgoing]] sister Britanny had enough of her reclusive attitude and, to make a long story short, broke her out of her box. The result? Gina became "boy-crazy" ''[[UpToEleven even by "boy-crazy extraordinaire" Britanny's personal standards]]''. The latter doesn't know whether or not she should regret "helping" her sister.
--> '''Britanny:''' '''You've gotta be joking!!!''' You're '''gorgeous'''! Look at you! Look at '''''these'''''! <[[foldercontrol]]

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--> '''Gina''': '''Eek!''' (Narrating): "I remember thinking: 'Jinkies! Where did '' those'' come from'?"
--> '''Britanny:''' Do you know how many gals would '''kill''' for [[BuxomIsBetter a nice, firm set]] like '''yours'''??? What man wouldn't fall all over himself just to get to '''talk''' to you? From now on, when you think of guys, think of broad, masculine chests...! ''(Gina looks "bewildered")'' Strong, handsome buns!! Hard, rugged muscles...! ''(A small smile graces Gina's lips)''And all of the warm, yummy things you can do with them...! ''(Gina's face breaks into a full-blown, "Uh-oh"-worthy CheshireCatGrin.)''
--> '''Brianna (narrating):''' I remember a sharp change in Gina's attitude toward men that moment. (And her being '''boy-crazy''' ever since.)
** Brianna may have gained both of their sex drives combined, as [[CrowningMomentOfFunny she used to chain her panicked boyfriend to the bed to have her way with him]]. [[RuleOfFunny Xane is the most extreme of all, as she regularly drools while taking concealed clothes-removing x-ray photographs of any attractive male within sight]]. She is getting some LaserGuidedKarma from [[HoYay Crush]], though.
* MagicFromTechnology: Gina eventually gains a working knowledge of draconic magic by analyzing extradimensional technology.
* MeatOVision: Britanny experiences this when Tark's CharmPerson spell misfires in the "Time Raft" OVA.
* {{Meganekko}}: Gina, for more than several issues now.
* MesACrowd: Array
* MilitaryMashupMachine
* MissingMom: Several examples, including Gina's ActionMom Julia [[spoiler:and until recently, Britanny herself]].
* MistakenForPregnant: Charlotte in one chapter; while riding a plane with Gina, she gorged herself on peanuts and pretzels to the point she got a pregnant-like BalloonBelly. Seeing her come waddling down the aisle, groaning in pain from her stomachache, a doctor actually mistook her for a pregnant woman who had gone into labor.
* MoralityPet: Ironically, Madrid and Platinus were this to each other.
** Merigold is this to G'Nolga
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Ancient Gina's "Millennium Pimp Slap", one of a class of spells of legendary power, warps space and time to open a portal behind the target...to [[MegatonPunch let the caster slap him upside the head]]. It requires such nigh-infinite power to execute that it causes EVERY MAGE IN THE SERIES to sense a disturbance in the Force!
* MythArc: Numerous plotlines and characters, at first seemingly unrelated, have begun to be revealed to be tied together to an overarching storyline concerning Future Gina trying to save the Universe.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Brunhildagard Brigand, leader of the Barbarian War-Council.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The advance descriptions of the issues usually seem to reflect early drafts of the plot rather than the finished copy. (See the KudzuPlot note.)
** The covers for each issue also fall under this, for the same reason.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The Ninja Pirate Leprechauns. (Correction: Ninja Pirate MECHA Leprechauns.)
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Gina, Penny, Pee-Wee, etc.
** Gina does note that she and Penny have different scientific specialties in which each could readily best the other.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent, Particularly:
** AllTrollsAreDifferent: Trolls are green-skinned, tall, strong humanoids who heal fast and grow larger and stronger with age. Young ones of both sexes are often quite attractive. They've got something of a reputation as being less civilized, but that's largely because of prolonged wars with the elves that wrecked a lot of their old civilization; there are plenty of smart trolls, including martial artists and archmages, and as a species, they come off no worse than the other humanoids. They have a grudge against elves, but that goes both ways and isn't universal. There's some evidence trolls and elves are even distant relatives.
** OurDragonsAreDifferent
** OurGoblinsAreDifferent: The Gaoblin were once a race who fought alongside the Dynasty as their willing army. But when their masters ran for quasi-space, the Gaoblin were abandoned to the rest of the universe. In order to hide from the universal lynch mob out to kill, they slaughtered passive slave-races of the Dynasty like the Eldritch, [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trolvic]], [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Atlantians]], and Krynn, then genetically disguised themselves to be indistinguishable from the originals. This ruse went on for so long that that those who were changed [[BecomingTheMask forgot that they were ever another race to begin with]]. Only those who stayed on the Dynasty's planetoid-ship, Oblivion, remained true Gaoblin.
** OurMermaidsAreDifferent
** OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: One of the main characters is one of the few remaining were-cheetahs. Other {{werecreatures}} include lions, tigers, rats, and of course, {{werewolves}}. Each subspecies is able to shift between human, animal, and a "WolfMan"-style hybrid form. All of the weres retain their rationality in each of their forms, although they need to learn to control their instincts during childhood. Although the weres are separate species, they are capable of spreading {{therianthropy}} to humans if they choose. (Doing so requires a bite ''and'' an active desire to alter the target's aura.) They were originally created by a wizard as super soldiers before said wizard was betrayed. They have a HealingFactor for everything except attacks by another {{werebeast}}, silver, magic, and Dwarven steel.
* OutOfFocus: Frequently, thanks to the aforementioned LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. At one point in the series, an entire year's worth of comics passed with only brief cameos from Gina and Brittany, AKA ''the main characters''.
* PapaWolf: Theodore Diggers, Stryyp
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish
** [[spoiler: "User: Password, Password: User!"]]
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Six, Array, Skippy.
* PetTheDog: Regular antagonist [[EnfanteTerrible Erwin "Pee Wee" Talon]] protects the newly orphaned Charlotte and takes her in for purely altruistic reasons in an AlternateUniverse.
* ThePlan: Gothwrain is all about these; most are part of his GambitRoulette.
* RapeAsBackstory[=/=]ChildByRape: [[spoiler: Debra is a product of her mother T'mat's rape by Dreadwing.]]
* TheRealRemingtonSteele: WordOfGod states that Perry skipped the middleman on Mistress[=/=]Ayane; her first story still has some of the plot points—"back after X years"—to support the original plan that [[spoiler:the "Mistress" was supposed to be Julia Diggers' temporary wrestling gimmick]].
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Gina Diggers has created hundreds of inventions that solve half the world's problems in a week but instead of donating or marketing them she uses them to assist in her archaeology and to help her friends. Mind you, as far as the reader knows, Gina doesn't release the best and biggest of her discoveries to the public since her house and lab are filled with artifacts that otherwise would be in a museum.
** Gina Digger's dislike of treasure hunters becomes a bit of a BrokenAesop when you consider this.
** It's sorta lampshaded in 207; when Gina's inventions screw up, they tend to '''really''' screw up.
* ReviveKillsZombie:
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Tirant and The Lich King]]
* TheRival: Penny Pincer, though she does a full HeelFaceTurn about halfway through.
** Also Jetta, [[HeelFaceTurn at first]].
** G'Nolga to Julia Diggers, [[HeelFaceTurn but she's getting better]].
* RousseauWasRight: The story has a very sympathetic tone; no matter how heinous the acts somebody has done, if they were simply misguided without direction, they are usually afforded compassion and given a new chance to start over and do good.
* RuleThirtyFour: Some of it drawn by Perry himself.
* SarcasticClapping: During her trip with Gina to explore Dreadwing's mymior (treasure trove, re: knowledge, spells, etc.), Brianna plays it straight and lampshades Fauntleroy's sarcastic clapping at the same time.
* SassyBlackWoman: Penny; Britanny's voiced like this in the completed version of the "Time Raft" OVA.
* SelfRestraint: (''Who?'' ''Where?'') (Wrong self-restraint) (oh)
* SharedUniverse: (''Gold Digger'' has characters cross over to and from Ben Dunn's ''NinjaHighSchool'' frequently, even resulting in several {{Crisis Crossover}}s.
* ShoutOut: To just about every [[TheEighties '80s]] or classic [[WesternAnimation cartoon]], many, many {{video games}}, and HumongousMecha anime.
** In fact, the shout-outs have become so common, numerous, and close to the source material that some critics feel it's led to a bit of SeasonalRot, that the homages have come a little too close to crossing the line into just yanking whatever he likes from other canon and using it directly. (Example: Gina basically just builds herself an exact copy of the Lagann, complete with similar abilities to hijack whatever it attaches to.)
*** It wouldn't be so bad if these things were just done as gags all the time, but often they're ''plot relevant'' in working just like the original reference material. Gina's [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Lagann]] knockoff's ability to, well, act just like the Lagann is extremely important in the storyline. Same with the [[{{Transformers}} Matrix of Leadership]] {{Expy}} the Edge Guard have (which was transferred in a [[WholePlotReference whole scene reference]] right down to the use of "'Til all are one"). (Granted, the Matrix analogue contained a planetoid-sized spaceship in its own pocket dimension, so it didn't function ''quite'' the same. Still, Fred ''does'' love to riff blatantly on ''TransformersTheMovie''.)
* SpotTheImposter: Madrid was DangerouslyGenreSavvy about this.
* StartOfDarkness: Tirant, Dreadwing, the Lich King
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Oracle, Azalea
* SuperMode: Britanny's "Tempest Mode".
* SuperTeam: Agency Zero, a [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]-styled team that shifted to TheMenInBlack paradigm, hoping that keeping up a [[TheMasquerade masquerade]] about their activities would keep {{SuperVillain}}s from having a focus to fight against.
* TemptingFate: '''''Invoked!''''' Brianna was a tad too bored. BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.
* TerribleTrio: Multiple cases; Erwin "Pee Wee" Talon actually has two sets on his payroll. They're each other's PsychoRangers.
* ThanatosGambit: Gothwrain
* TimeSkip: Between issues #100 and #101 of the color series.
* TimeTravel: Recurs throughout the series.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Stryyp isn't exactly tiny, being muscular and standing close to six feet tall. However, his were-cheetah wife, Britanny, prefers her hybrid form, which towers over him at 7' tall and weighs in at some 300 pounds of solid muscle.
* {{Troperrific}}: One can argue that all of ''Gold Digger'' is Fred Perry's parody/homage to comics, novels, [=RPG=]s, video games, tropes, cliches and genres of all stripes.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Britanny loves tuna. Charlotte the harpy, meanwhile, is obsessed with peanuts and pretzels; if enough are available, she'll [[BigEater stuff her face]] almost to the point of killing herself.
* TvTropesWillRuinYourLife: Mentioned in the 2010 Halloween special:
--> Gina: Oogh... Mental note: Marathon sessions at "TV Tropes" and "Know Your Meme" are ''not'' conducive to proper sleep!
* ValleyGirl: Moisha, like, totally!
* XanatosSpeedChess: Dreadwing and Ancient Gina are playing a rather slow version of this[[spoiler: via their own competing versions of Infinity]].
* {{Webcomics}}: The "Ayane" and "Northern Edge" Tangent webcomics; both are currently on hiatus. Also, "Level UP!", a ''Final Fantasy XI'' webcomic by the same author, and "Action Time Buddies", an all-ages, pure-fun series in the vein of WesternAnimation/AdventureTime and WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Frequently averted. For instance, Brianna, the lab accident composite clone trying to kill the Diggers sisters, now their gung-ho sister. Or Charlotte, the instant-grown harpy girl accidentally freed from the control of the time-travelling dog who fired her at our heroes, now co-headliner of a {{WAFF}}y spinoff.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
* WrestlerInAllOfUs
* TheWorfEffect: Stripe. Just...Stripe. Despite a massive-power up halfway through the B&W series making him one of the two most powerful good guys, he is infamous for being hit by surprise, dropping his guard, and so on. Outside his first battles post-power up, it's rare he doesn't end up knocked out at least for a while during a fight. No wonder Agent M thought he needed training despite his skill and strength.
** Fortunately, now that he's not adventuring in areas where he's forced to team up with everyone else, he can fight a bit more.
** To a lesser extent, Britanny would sometimes get knocked around to demonstrate just how tough some bad guy was.
* YourHeadASplode: Poor [[spoiler: Jzu-Jzu.]]

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