''[[http://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/ Tom the Dancing Bug]]'' is a weekly [[{{Satire}} satirical]] ComicStrip by Ruben Bolling (PenName for Ken Fisher). It mostly deals with current events in American politics from a liberal viewpoint, but sometimes it also ventures out into straight-up PostModernism and/or [[{{Absurdism}} absurdist humor]].

The comic features a wide range of recurring characters and segments of which the most notable are:

* '''God-Man''': GrandpaGod as a {{Superhero}}. His solutions to His problems tend to be either overly complex or overly simple and, quite often, not all that well thought out.
* '''Billy Dare, Boy Adventurer''': An AffectionateParody of ''{{Tintin}}'', which parodies ActionAdventureTropes.
* '''Lucky Ducky''': A Duck who despite being poor and often going without job or home, always manages to unintentionally enrage his ArchEnemy and UnknownRival, the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive obscenely wealthy businessman Hollingsworth Hound]], who views any joy or luck in Lucky Ducky's life, no matter how small, to be [[ItsAllAboutMe a personal slight against him]] because they [[SarcasmMode obviously]] happen at the expense of the rich. A {{parody}} of [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Uncle Scrooge and Gladstone Gander]], riffing on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_duckies Lucky Duckies]] of Wall Street Journal editorial fame.
* '''Charley''': A FishOutOfTemporalWater australopithecus. How he ended up in the modern times is never explained.
* '''Louis Maltby''': An ordinary teenager with self-esteem issues. Most of the parts featuring him focus on his internal conflicts.
* '''Super-Fun-Pak Comix''': Parodies the Sunday funnies.
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!!This comic contains examples of:

* AlternateUniverse: When God-Man arrives too late to stop a man from being shot, He solves the problem by transporting the man into an alternate universe in which he wasn't shot.
* AwfulWeddedLife: One of the Super-Fun-Pak Comix is "Marital Mirth", which is essentially ''ComicStrip/TheLockhorns'' with its thin veneer of jocularity removed.
* TheCatCameBack: The strip for [[http://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2003/01/04 January 4, 2003]] had Lucky Ducky trick Hollingsworth Hound. Lucky Ducky had died, but the wealthy dog found him alive in more than one place, consuming too many government services. It turned out that Lucky Ducky was a group of identical ducks.
* ComicallyInvincibleHero: God-Man.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: God-Man invokes this by subtly influencing somebody from his birth onward to become a crook, just so God-Man has a villain to fight.
* DeusExMachina: Lampshaded in [[http://lost.co.nz/library/godman/strips/25-Billy_Dare_Smugglers_Cape_chapter_MVLXX.html "Deus ex Machina"]], with God-Man teleporting Billy Dare away from SpikesOfDoom. "I've been suddenly rescued by some force utterly outside the context of this narrative!" After this, God-Man invokes a DistantFinale and Billy Dare is suddenly many years older.
* {{Expy}}: James K Poult is a satire on MallardFillmore.
* FetusTerrible: Bad Fetus, a remorseless cop killer and terrorist.
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome and PhlebotinumInducedStupidity: Both tropes appear in [[http://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2013/06/13 "Flowers for Trinitron"]]. A television causes stupidity. A man is watching ''Series/NYPDBlue'' when the cable goes out. The man, cut from TV, becomes gradually smarter over the next six days. He reads ''Literature/EastOfEden'', volunteers at a homeless shelter, and shifts his handwriting from print to cursive. He is about to destroy his TV, when the cable comes back and ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' comes on. The man soon reverts to stupidity.
* GayConservative: A panel from [[http://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2007/10/27/ this strip]] is the current page image. The strip argues that the "new gay stereotype" for men is middle-aged, married, conservative, and ArmouredClosetGay.
* GenreSavvy: [[http://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2014/08/22#.U_cmOvldXTo Billy Dare]] uses his knowledge of the SortingAlgorithmOfMortality to keep his sidekick alive by asking him to have unresolved backstory. The villain attempts to copy this, but only manages to come up with ''sympathetic'' backstory, which gets him killed.
* GodModeSue: Invoked and parodied with God-Man, who is omnipotent, omniscient, and able to defeat His enemies by slightly moving His elbow. It is the page image for a reason.
* InsaneProprietor: Parodied with [[http://gocomics.typepad.com/tomthedancingbugblog/2009/03/ "Crazy Morty"]], who's adverts are are collection of insane rambling and nonsensical prices, and an included note from his doctor that Morty actually is clinically insane. Followed up by [[http://techcrunch.com/2009/03/20/medicated-morty-is-considerably-calmer-in-the-wake-of-the-circuit-city-liquidation/ "Medicated Morty"]], who offers "low, but still sane prices".
* LogicBomb: The Paradoxer tries to defeat God Man by convincing him to create a rock that even he cannot lift. [[spoiler:But then God God Man shows up and saves the day!]]
* LoserProtagonist: The titular character of "Dinkle, the [=UnLovable=] Loser", who really is such a highly unpleasant and malevolent person, that it is probably for the better that he never wins.
* NippleAndDimed: Parodied in a Billy Dare strip. A breastfeeding woman is told to leave the panel because "[[ThinkOfTheChildren ...this is a family comic strip.]]" Meanwhile, Billy is shooting a bunch of {{Mooks}} to death in the background.
* RashomonStyle: Parodied in [[http://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2013/07/04 "Roshomon Comics"]]. Max's Tale and Doug's Tale disagree. The Bird's Tale is no help, because the bird only saw the top of the speech balloons, matching both previous tales. The Toaster Oven's Tale provides nothing.
* UnreliableVoiceover: In one Billy Dare strip, the narration obviously does not match what we see in each comic panel. At the end, Billy Dare murders the narrator.
* WordSaladTitle: There are no characters named "Tom", nor are there any dancing bugs. WordOfGod says it's because the newspaper editor said the strip needed a title, so he came up with the most nonsensical name he could think of.
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