''Pondus'' is a comic strip created by the Norwegian cartoonist Frode Øverli. Since its start in 1995, it has become one of the most successful comic strips in Scandinavia. The strip has its own monthly comic book both in Sweden and its native Norway, and has been translated to several other languages, including English, French, German and Latin.

The comic is centered around family man Patrick a.k.a. Pondus and his best friend, former layabout Joachim "Jokke" Jacobsen. They both obsess about [[TheFACup the English football league]], classic rock (especially the [[Music/{{ACDC}} hard]] [[{{KISS}} kind]]) and beer. In the early years, the strip usually centered around Pondus' and Jokke's bar discussions as well as Jokke's adventures in womanizing (which, half the time, [[AmusingInjuries got him smashed to a pulp]] by [[NightmareFuel grotesquely]] [[{{gonk}} ugly women]], and the other half, [[TheCasanova got him in bed with them]]). But ever since Jokke got into a steady job and [[spoiler: (for a while)]] a steady relationship, the strip is becoming more and more [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters ensemble-oriented]].

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!!Includes examples of the following tropes:

* BannedInChina: In a way. The strip has been found "unfit" for an American audience. The "ugly ladies" are a mite ''too'' ugly.
* TheBeautifulGame: The most SeriousBusiness of them all. On more than one occasion, Pondus has seriously questioned why any other sports than football even exists.
* BiTheWay: Turid-Laila a.k.a.Tammy-Sue. Which the usually homophobic Pondus thinks is more than okay.
* BigOlUnibrow: The ultimate ButtMonkey moment (in a long series of ButtMonkey moments) for Hugo came when he developed a unibrow overnight. And ''there is no cure''.
* BritishFootyTeams: Pondus is a Liverpool fan. Jokke holds with Leeds. Camilla ([[FelonyMisdemeanor shock and horror!]]) favours Manchester United. Their bickering gets PlayedForLaughs.
* TheCameo: [[PerkyGoth Nemi]], a character from the [[{{Nemi}} series]] with the same name has appeared in a few strips. Mads Eriksen, Another Norwegian comic book artist was given semi-{{Take That}}s in the strips as a result of a minor war between the two. The famous comic character ComicBook/GastonLagaffe has made a cameo as the only customer who didn't get ripped off by the strip's recurring [[CrookedContractor car repairman]].
* TheCasanova: Eddie, a recently introduced character, who gets all the chicks he could ask for - and the pretty ones to boot.Subverted when Pondus challenged him in the case of one of the most ''hideously'' violent females in the bar. Eddie rejected the offer, stating that although he was fond of challenges, he was not a moron (cue the busdriver cap of Hugo flying through the room, followed by a pint of his blood).
* CasanovaWannabe: Hugo, through and through. All women rejects him, including the ugly girls that Jocke used to get some action from.
* CasualKink: This comic has a lot of this. Often used as a tool to create awkward situations (Jocke and Camilla walking in on Jocke's mother and stepfather doing a scene), but sometimes just for cuteness (Pondus. wife [[HospitalHottie bringing home her nurse uniform from the hospital]] in return for him taping her favorite Soap Opera).
* CategorismAsAPhobia: The titular character Pondus excels at this. He doesn't seem to have much real bigotry or even prejudice, it's just that he has this crippling fear of homosexuals and homosexual sex acts. He has nightmares about making out with guys, he starts shivering with fear at the sight of real life gays, and so on.
** At one point, his friend Jocke felt like messing a bit with him. So Jocke asked him if he had ever masturbated, and of course Pondus said yes. Jocke then proceded to inform Pondus that Pondus had actually had sex with a man: himself. In the next panel, Pondus is screaming psychotically while washing his right hand, and Jocke is laughing at him.
** Played for laughs when a weird combination of fat north Norwegian fisherman, black man ''and Sami'' entered the bus, making a gesture with his white stick while swearing in a Muslim way. At home, Pondus stated that while he was a quite tolerant guy, "blind, overweight fishermen-muslim-sami-negroes" might be more than he could handle (by the way, North Norwegian fishermen are a cathegory all by themselves, and this particular strip is therefore quite untranslatable).
* TheChewToy: Jokke
* CrossOver: Pondus' wife Beate is a nurse at a hospital. One of the doctors there is a character from a previous hospital-themed comic Øverli did, called ''Riskhospitalet''.
* DeadpanSnarker: Pondus
* FanDisservice: The strip excels in the drawings of ugly women, all of Jokke`s early dates included. And then there is Else, his mother - when she loosens her bathing robe.
* FlamboyantGay: Most gays in this strip are very easily detectable by the way they dress and behave. They don't want you to ''guess'' what their sexual orientation is - They want you to see it from a mile away!
** AllGaysArePromiscuous
** QueerPeopleAreFunny
* FunetikAksent: Günther'z zibilantz are alwayz voized.
* FreudianCouch: Dr. Zimmerknaben is a big fan of having his patients lying on couches.
* GratuitousEnglish: Quite a few of the strips rely on English phrases and puns for the punchline to work.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Pondus and Jokke (Pondus would probably add: Emphasis on ''heterosexual'').
* InVinoVeritas: Happens a lot to Jokke.
* KayfabeMusic: Pondus believes that a certain rock band truly lives the creed of "Drugs, Sex & Rock'n'Roll". In one strip, the band is shown working out and eating healthy food. Suddenly their manager come in and yell at them that the journalists will be there any minute. And thus, they quickly trash themselves down to look as if they have been partying and boozing up all night. Then the scene switches to Pondus and his wife watching the television. A journalist is (or probably rather is pretending to be) surprised that the band members manage to stay healthy with this lifestyle. The singer explains this with "It's rock'n'roll", baby. It becomes a lifestyle." and Pondus tries to get his wife to accept this message as gospel.
* LittleMissBadass: Pondus' toddler daughter Frida deserves a mention in this category for the no-nonsense way she's handling [[ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight the colony of monster living inside her closet.]]
** [[DirtyHarry "Make my night!"]]
* MeaningfulName: Pondus is Norwegian for belly, and Pondus is somewhat overweight. Jokke is a slang term for humping, hinting at Jokke's love for picking up women.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Played with. Both of Pondus' kids, Frida and Påsan, age, but Påsan has aged more rapidly than Frida.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: Now, let's see: Jokke[[spoiler: got a steady job, then he got a steady girlfriend, Camilla, then they had a kid.]] Meanwhile, Pondus [[spoiler: quit his job as a bus driver and became a bartender.]] Then Jokke [[spoiler: and Camilla broke up]], before [[spoiler: they got back together again.]] Oh, and the kids are getting older.
* RealMenWearPink: ''Completely'' averted, at least from Pondus' own POV. He has a set of strict rules for proper male behaviour, and if you break any of them, you don't deserve to be called a real man. Do you like music with synths? You're gay. Do you wear necklaces of any kind? You're gay. You don't like football? You're gay. Do you - ARRGH!! - '''[[BerserkButton wear your sweater around your neck!!??]]''' It doesn't matter what your sexual orientation is, because you're a freakin' '''eunuch''' anyway!!
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: After Jokke [[spoiler: got together with Camilla and]] quit picking up ugly women in bars, the comic faced a problem in that the sequences with ugly women were highly popular among the coimc's fans. The solution? The supporting character Hugo, who had previously only been noted for his bottle cap collection hobby, was suddenly shown taking great interest in women of Jokke's standards, using the same horrible pick-up lines with the same luck.
** [[CasanovaWannabe With even less luck]], actually.
* SeinfeldianConversation: Pondus and Jokke are having a lot of these. And sure enough, they are both Seinfeld fans.
* SeriousBusiness: If you want to be taken seriously as a man in Pondus' world, you need to have an opinion on hard rock and football.
* TakeThat: Øverli is a Liverpool FC supporter, so naturally he takes shots at Manchester United supporters whenever he can.
** He also makes it pretty darn clear that he doesn't like {{U2}}. [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Not to the point where Bono is revealed to literally be the world's greatest turd]], but still.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: DoubleSubverted and maybe played straight! Dr. Zimmerknaben is a therapist, but '''he''' is usually the one needing therapy after listening to the problems of his patients, often taking happy pills. This was lampshaded in two strips, both involving Jokke (who used to see him on a frequent basis) taking the role as the "therapist" and Zimmerknaben taking the role as the "patient", with Jokke doing the job somewhat better than him both times.
* [[FelonyMisdemeanor What Do You Mean, It's Not]] CampGay?: As a little league coach, Pondus won't let the boys stretch after exercise - It's "very feminine".
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Pondus used to have an above-average fear of homosexual men. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity usually ensued]].
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