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'''''B.C.''''' is a newspaper comic strip created in 1958 by Johnny Hart. It focuses on a small band of cavemen, led by one named B.C. Others in the strip include Peter, Clumsy Carp, Curls, Thor, Wiley, Grog, the Fat Broad and the Cute Chick. There is also a cast of talking animals that includes John the Tortoise, Dookie Bird, a family of ants, an anteater, dinosaurs, clams, snakes and an apteryx: [[RunningGag a wingless bird with hairy feathers]] (a kiwi to the rest of us).

Initially, ''B.C.'' was a gag-a-day strip. After Hart became a born-again Christian in 1977, the strip gradually began adding more and more of Hart's [[WriterOnBoard religious and political beliefs]] until most strips were Christian-themed. Some newspapers refused to print certain strips that were deemed overly proselytizing. After Hart's death in 2007, it reverted to a mostly gag-a-day strip maintained by daughter Perri Hart and grandson Mason Mastroianni.

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!!Tropes present

* AnachronismStew: Parodied and Exaggerated. For a supposedly prehistoric comic strip, it's had references to movies, hippies and several other things that didn't exist until modern times (not to mention that Clumsy Carp wears glasses). Plus it's called B.C. (Before Christ) and is about Christian cavemen who celebrate Christmas, a holiday about the guy they worship before that guy was born. Some strips hint that it may actually take place AfterTheEnd and EarthAllAlong.
-->'''The Fat Broad:''' (answering a ringing telephone) Prehistoric times. (suddenly realizes what she's doing and runs away screaming) A TELEPHONE!!
* AnimatedAdaptation: A Thanksgiving and Christmas special aired in 1973 and 1981, respectively.
* AsideGlance: Happens quite often after a character does something unusual or stupid.
* AuthorTract: After Johnny Hart became a born-again Christian, he began injecting his religious beliefs into more and more strips. One particularly controversial one featured a menorah turning into a cross.
* AwfulWeddedLife: The ants Jake and Maude.
* BambooTechnology: Among other things, a telephone built into a tree.
* BigFriendlyDog: Wolf, more or less.
* BizarreAndImprobableGolfGame: Characters have actually been known to make golf swings while hanging by their feet from a tree branch. For a bonus, there's Bizarre And Improbable cheating when Clumsy Carp balances a submerged golf ball on his nose and raises it out of the water for a friend to hit, in exchange for a share of the winnings. Another time, B.C. (or possibly Thor) somehow wound up, after his swing, with the ball balanced on the head of his club. Consulting the massive rule book, Peter found a rule that "covers it explicitly," and told the unlucky fellow they had to shoot him.
* BoxAndStickTrap: In [[http://www.johnhartstudios.com/bc/strips/2013/february/bc130225dc.jpg the strip for 2-25-13]], Thor has set up this kind of trap. When he hears it fall he goes to open it. He finds the Fat Broad inside, holding the piece of cheese he used as bait.
-->'''Thor:''' Diet not going well?
-->'''Fat Broad:''' Be quiet and close the lid.
* CatchPhrase: "Great Zot!"
* CloudCuckooLander: Several characters veer into this trope. B.C., Clumsy Carp and Wiley appear to be the biggest offenders.
* DeadpanSnarker: Curls
-->'''B.C.:''' I'd like you to meet Curls, master of sarcastic humor.
-->'''Clumsy Carp:''' Let's hear you say something funny.
-->'''Curls:''' I'm pleased to meet you.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The [[http://www.johnhartstudios.com/bc/strips/2013/september/bc130925dc.jpg strip for September 25th 2013]] has a meeting of the Redundancy Department with Peter as the Speaker.
-->'''Peter''': First off, roll call will be followed by a brief head count, after which we can quickly take attendance. But first, let's just see who's here today.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Fat Broad is a fat broad. The Cute Chick is all the men's dream girl.
** That being said, the Fat Broad appears to be more thick-muscled than fat, even though the characters (herself included) reference her being fat. She's proven herself multiple times to be the [[StoutStrength strongest]] character in the comic.
* FunnyAnimalAnatomy: The anteaters in the comic not only have aardvark-like ears but ''two'' mouths: one at the tip of the snout (the correct location) and another at the base.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Ida, the (usually-unseen) Queen Ant, apparently rules the colony with an iron fist.
* GreenAesop: Hart actually did a bit of proselytizing ''before'' being born again, it just took a different form.
* HatesBaths: Wiley
* HermitGuru: The bearded gent who sits atop the mountain and dispenses wisdom to B.C.
* JumpingTheShark: {{In-Universe}}: one strip has a character offer Thor condolences for "Jumping a shark".
* TheKlutz[=/=]MeaningfulName: Clumsy Carp.
** Clumsy once attempted to raise his confidence by insisting people stop calling him that. After he falls flat on his face ''while standing still'', he settles on the name "Clumsy Pike".
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MidairMotionShot: All the wheels.
* OneMillionBC
* PermaStubble
* PokemonSpeak: Grog can only say his name.
** Gronk before he was SuddenlyVoiced.
* RaptorAttack: Raptors are featured in more recent strips, trying to eat the other characters.
* RemovableShell: John has one.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The reason the poor snake keeps getting beat up by the Fat Broad.
* RunningGag: Fat Broad's clubbing snakes, the apteryx' introduction of itself as "a wingless bird with hairy feathers," countless more.
** CLAMS GOT RUNNING GAGS!
--->'''Clam''': Now I have to kill him...
* SeldomSeenSpecies: the Apteryx.
** In [[http://www.johnhartstudios.com/bc/2010/06/sunday-june-13-2010.php this Sunday strip]], Thor made a barbecue grill from the ribs of an ''Indricotherium'' and the tibias of a ''Megaloceros'' (misspelled as "Megaceros").
* StockDinosaurs: Gronk appears to be a generic sauropod. ''Apatosaurus'', ''TyrannosaurusRex'', ''Velociraptor'', ''Pteranodon'', ''Dimetrodon'', ''Utahraptor'', and ''Ankylosaurus'' appear in later comics.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The Dinosaur (aka Gronk) in later strips. Also Grog in one commercial and a strip from January 24, 1977.
* TalkingAnimal: All of the animals except for Wolf.
* ThatCloudLooksLike: ''B.C.'' did a few, such as "all the ills suffered by mankind" (a mushroom cloud) and "the dust cloud raised by a herd of stampeding mammoths" (cue stomping as it turns out it is, indeed, the dust cloud raised by a herd of stampeding mammoths).
* ThoseTwoGuys: John the Tortoise and Dookie Bird. It has also been known to veer into InterspeciesRomance.
* WalkThisWay: In one book, a character asks for a book on levitation. Cue the bookstore owner walking in mid-air while saying this trope…
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: John is scared of spiders, to the point of paranoia.
* WriterOnBoard
* WrittenRoar: "GRONK."
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