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[[caption-width-right:315:''[[Film/ApocalypseNow Charlie don't surf!]]'' ]]

Tank Girl is a bizarre British indie comic created by Alan Martin and drawn by Jamie Hewlett (of {{Gorillaz}} fame) about a cheerfully sociopathic young woman who lives in a [[TankGoodness tank]], her mutant kangaroo boyfriend Booga, her various bizarre and violent buddies, and knob jokes. Set in the Australian outback, most of its stories pay no attention to reality, the laws of physics, good taste, bad taste, yucky taste or conventional storytelling.

Frequently Crosses The Line, mostly because the writers don't seem to be aware that there ''is'' a line.

''Tank Girl'' started as a comic strip in the British magazine ''Deadline''. It was made into [[Film/TankGirl a movie]] in 1995 starring Lori Petty (The voice of [[SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Livewire]]) and also featuring Naomi Watts, Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, and IceT. Unfortunately the movie flopped and was considered by the creators to be a bad adaptation, causing Martin to quit in disgust. The financial failure also caused the collapse of ''Deadline''.

For contractual reasons, two mini-series were produced for VertigoComics to tie into the film: "The Odyssey", written by Peter Milligan and with art by Hewlett, and "Apocalypse" with neither Martin or Hewlett involved.

In the 2000s, Martin has revived Tank Girl for a series of mini-series with various comic companies.

Collected editions are:

'''Original ''Deadline'' strips'''
* ''Tank Girl''
* ''Tank Girl 2''
* ''Tank Girl 3''
* ''The Hole of Tank Girl''
* ''The Cream of Tank Girl''

'''VertigoComics "contractual obligation" titles'''
* ''Tank Girl: The Odyssey''
* ''Tank Girl: Apocalypse!''

'''2000s Alan Martin titles'''
* ''Tank Girl: The Gifting''
* ''Tank Girl: Visions of Booga''
* ''Tank Girl: Skidmarks''
* ''We Hate Tank Girl''
* ''Tank Girl: The Royal Escape''
* ''Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising''
* ''Tank Girl: Carioca''
* ''Everybody Loves Tank Girl''
* ''Solid State Tank Girl''
* ''21st Century Tank Girl''
* ''Tank Girl: Armadillo!'' (text novel)

And please, for the love of any God you believe, [[IThoughtItMeant don't confuse this with]] Anime/GirlsUndPanzer or ComicBook/TankVixens for that matter.
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'''The comic contains examples of:'''
* ActionGirl: Tank Girl and her buddies Jet Girl and Sub Girl.
* AllJustADream / DaydreamSurprise: Commonly used whenever Martin gets fed up with a story or can't think of an ending.
* ArtMajorBiology: Booga
* AscendedExtra: Barney initially appears as a nameless member of a group of characters Tank Girl busts out of a BedlamHouse, but gradually gets a name and major character status.
* AxCrazy: All the characters at times, but especially Barney.
* BaldOfAwesome / BaldWomen: Tank Girl usually shaves her head apart from a few widly-coloured locks.
* BandageBabe: When the PointlessBandAid doesn't go far enough.
* BlackHumor
-->'''Tank Girl:''' What's black and white and red all over? ''Dismembered ninjas''! Ha!
* CloudCuckoolander: Jet Girl is a little... off. She spent one storyline collecting and numbering rocks, piling them all up in a cairn... and launching a missile at the pile. All to see if, given the exact right trajectory, each rock would end up back in the same area she got it.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Hard to believe it was possible, but ''The Royal Escape'' is a lot darker-toned than usual.
* DealWithTheDevil: Trading God's Bathrobe, of all things, for three wishes. One wish is for a can of beer bigger than she is.
* DemotedToExtra: Steve and Camp Koala.
* DesertPunk: At least all of Australia is sand, and Tank rarely visits the coast. This is likely why Jet shows up a ''lot'' more than Sub.
* EggMacGuffin: In ''The Royal Escape''.
* EyesAlwaysShut: In the first few stories, Tank Girl had this.
* FanService: Her outfits (and libido) make Madonna look prudish.
* FanDisservice: Her original design was meant as a "fuck you" to how women were portrayed in comics; in later issues her appearance changed wildly, as a series of "Fuck you"s to pervy Tank Girl fans (along with a general trend of making everyone look grotesque). Any actual sex or suggestion thereof was farcical at best and usually really gross.
* FullFrontalAssault: ''AUGH''! Booga, put some pants on!
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Even Tank Girl's Good shoulder angel has a foul mouth!
* HeroicComedicSociopath: GUESS WHO!
* {{Homage}}: Tank's original character design was based on Hopey from ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets''.
* InterspeciesRomance: Tank Girl is romantically involved with a genetically enhanced kangaroo. [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction Not to mention]]... [[http://i696.photobucket.com/albums/vv324/immortalpictures/Tank_Girl_-_Apocalypse_04_p21.jpg you know]].
* KaleidoscopeHair: Frequently redyed version.
* KangarooCourt: Literally
* TheLadette: One of the first really extreme comics examples.
* MaleFrontalNudity: Booga was not shy.
* {{Male to Female Universal Adaptor}}: Booga has one. We... didn't really need to see it.
* NegativeContinuity: Apart from the odd BrickJoke.
* NestedStoryReveal / UnreliableNarrator: Several stories turn out to be the characters' spinning tales to each other.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Many examples, generally highly derogatory.
* PimpedOutCar: Or in this case, a tank.
* PointlessBandAid: All the characters often have sticking plasters in random places.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Over the course of the series Tank Girl seemed to get more and more traditionally "pretty" looking.
* RiteOfPassage: Booga was sent to steal Tank Girl's underwear, and ended up sleeping with her. The rest of the kangaroo gang, thinking Booga was killed, swore revenge and attacked, and Tank slaughtered them all before Booga woke up. Conveniently explaining why Booga's with Tank!
* RuleOfFunny
* SealedArmyInACan: ''The Royal Escape''
* ShoutOut: Many. For example, Tank's black leather battledress with [[ShouldersOfDoom enormous epaulettes]] in ''The Royal Escape'' owes a pretty clear debt to ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd''.
* {{Sliding Scale of Silliness versus Seriousness}}: Very silly.
* SmallGirlBigGun: Tank Girl and her tank.
* SpecialGuest: Dee Dee Ramone appears as one of the Wacky Racers in the "Skid Marks" arc.
* StepfordSmiler: Jackie aka Boat Girl is a rare sympathetic one, who keeps talking and behaving like a suburban housewife even while in a murderous gunfight.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide / ShapeshifterWeapon/ OneWingedAngel: Tank under the influence of the Black Egg.
* TankGoodness
* TheyDo: Tank and Booga finally get hitched in ''Visions of Booga'' although it may have been because of a reality-warping Beat novel.
* TomboyishName: Barney.
* UnlimitedWardrobe
* WackyRacing: The "Skid Marks" series.
* WholePlotReference: "The Odyssey" is, yes, ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' with Tank Girl characters.
* WorldGoneMad
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Or whatever color she feels like this issue.
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