''[[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. He is omnipotent and completely untouchable. On the rare occasions he fails, it's because he chooses to.
* '''Billy Dare, Boy Adventurer''': An AffectionateParody of ''{{Tintin}}'', which spoofs ActionAdventureTropes.
* '''Lucky Ducky''': A poverty-stricken Duck, often without a job or healthcare or even a home. He unintentionally enrages his ArchEnemy and UnknownRival, the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive obscenely wealthy businessman Hollingsworth Hound]], who views the fact that Lucky Ducky survives on benefits and state-run charities as [[ItsAllAboutMe a personal slight]] because Hollingsworth's taxes pay for them.
* '''Charley''': A FishOutOfTemporalWater australopithecus. How he ended up in 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.
* '''Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time Traveller from 1909''': [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Self-explanatory, really.]] While Percival ''tries'' to right terrible past wrongs (primarily [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct killing Hitler]]), he's too much of a scatterbrained fool to even come close, and mostly makes things worse through paradoxes or his own stupidity.
* '''Super-Fun-Pak Comix''': Parodies the Sunday funnies.

In 2015 the spinoff ''[[http://www.gocomics.com/the-comic-strip-that-has-a-finale-every-day/ The Comic Strip That Has A Finale Every Day]]'' was launched. This is based on [[http://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2000/02/12 an old Super-Fun-Pak Comix]] strip.
!!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. His wife points out that this doesn't change all the other universes where he was still 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 ComicStrip/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 {{God}} in a superhero costume. Omnipotent, omniscient, and able to defeat His enemies by slightly moving His elbow. It is the page image for a reason.
* HostileShowTakeover: One issue of Super-Fun-Pak Comix has Creator/DonaldTrump hijacking every comic and talking about how he has been elected President.
** This issue is actually a slightly altered version of [[http://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2001/09/29 an older comic made right after 9/11]], with every reference to 9/11 replaced by Trump.
* InsaneProprietor: Parodied with [[http://gocomics.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c5f3053ef011168f04b85970c-pi "Crazy Morty"]], who's adverts are a 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.
* TechnoBabble: Mercilessly parodied in the [[http://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2000/11/18 November 18, 2000 strip]]. [[spoiler: Bonus HypocriticalHumor !]]
* 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.