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->''"Every night, I walk out here, just to wait... I know he's not up there... not exactly... it's just the only place to look... And I know it hasn't been that long... Still... it seems like I've waited forever... Y'see... there's this guy I know... like no one you've ever met... from a place... you would not believe."''
-->-- '''Jenny Weaver'''

''Zot!'' is about Zachary T. Paleozogt or "Zot," a superhero from the far-flung future of 1965. He goes about fighting villains and righting wrongs, stopping crimes, and generally being a decent human being.

It's also about Jenny Weaver, a thirteen-year-old girl whose parents are on the cusp of divorce, whose brother is generally nice when he's not drunk, and who has a philosophy that the Earth is "wrong" and filled with "broken people."

The comic is a study in the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, a love story, and a SliceOfLife story about a group of teenagers trying to make their way in the world. It just so happens that one teenager comes from a very different world.

Written and drawn by Creator/ScottMcCloud (of ''ComicBook/UnderstandingComics'' fame) in 1984 and then from 1987-1991, (and as an [[http://scottmccloud.com/1-webcomics/zot/index.html online comic]] in 2000), ''Zot!'' was a mainstream comic that played around with superhero tropes and generally brought to the mainstream what had previously only been seen in manga or underground comics. There is now a giant, 500+ page {{omnibus}} edition with all the issues of the 1987-1991 black & white run in it.

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!!Tropes:

* AIIsACrapshoot: Zybox.
* BattleButler: Peabody, Zot's butler robot. Only after several modifications though. His default mode has no combat capabilities beyond ejecting unwanted dinner guests.
* BettyAndVeronica: Jenny is torn between Zot (Veronica) and Woody (Betty). Unusually, both acknowledge that it's Jenny's choice and they genuinely like each other. Also, Zot's blonde, while Woody's brown-haired.
* ChekhovsGun: Chekhov's ''Pie''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: the Blotch comes from a ''planet'' of these.
* CuckooNest
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: [[spoiler: Sirius IV]] in the future version seen [[spoiler: through the Door At The Edge Of The Universe]].
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Dekko to a tee.
* ADayInTheLimelight: The acclaimed "Earth Stories" are a series of these for most of the Earth cast.
* DigitizedHacker: 9-Jack-9.
* DeconstructorFleet
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Jenny is barefoot frequently. In fact, the very first panel of the comic has her walking barefoot through her neighbourhood, and it's several issues before she changes her clothes. In another issue she runs out of her house in bare feet when there's snow on the ground. Her mom protests... because she's not wearing a coat.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Woody, who loves Jenny, even though he knows Jenny will probably choose Zot in the end.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Heck, even Butch is a monkey in Zot's world. Also, the De-evolutionaries or "Devoes." Revert!
* ExcitedShowTitle
* FiveManBand (only during the stories in Zot's world):
** TheHero: Zot, of course.
** TheLancer: Vic.
** TheBigGuy: Butch.
** TheSmartGuy: Uncle Max.
** TheChick: Jenny
* {{Flanderization}}: Not within the comic itself, but Matt Feazel's parodic back-up stories, ''Zot in Dimension 10 1/2,'' features it in spades, with most of the characters becoming extreme caricatures of their normal selves.
* GenreShift: the first 11 issues are fun, superhero-y stuff. The next 16 issues mixes the superhero stuff with nice deconstruction and some interesting stories in Jenny's (our) world. The last 8 stories take place entirely in our world and are all narrated by different characters. They don't feature any superheroics (besides Zot himself), focusing instead on smaller, individual stories about the characters themselves.
* HarmlessVillain: Ignatius Rumboult Bellows, a steampunk-powered supervillain.
* IWantMyJetpack: Zot's world is currently in "the far-flung future of 1965." [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]], though, since the series was originally published in 1984.
* KidHero: At the beginning of the series, Zot is only fourteen.
* KissingDiscretionShot: The end of ''Zot! Online''.
* KnightOfCerebus: 9-Jack-9, who is nasty enough to inflict CerebusSyndrome on ''Zot's'' world. As per WordOfGod, his appearance was what led to the Earth Stories, since the other world was no longer innocent enough to serve as a proper contrast to Jenny's.
* LargeHam: Bellows. Zot tells him that he makes a great villain because of all his hammy dialogue and flair for dramatic confrontations.
* LotusEaterMachine: Zybox uses one, which leads to a disturbing story in which Jenny is in a reality where her memories with Zot are hallucinations based on a cartoon.
* MadArtist: Well, Dekko's completely off his rocker, and just happens to be an artist. His art became more popular as he became less human, though.
* MadScientist: Uncle Max has a bit of this. He's also a Mad Musician.
* MeaningfulName: Arthur "Art Dekko" Dekker, an artist who eventually became a cyborg whose head looks like the top of the Chrysler building, which has Art Deco-style architecture.
* MuggleAndMagicalLoveTriangle: Jenny's having to choose between Zot and Woody.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Dekko, more than once, as well as Zybox. 9-Jack-9 however ''didn't'' survive - physically. Too bad his mind was already hooked up to a computer at the time.
* ParentalAbandonment: Zot's parents disappeared when he was fairly young. It's not until later that he finds out [[spoiler:they were killed by 9-Jack-9]].
* TheProfessor: Uncle Max.
* PsychoForHire: 9-Jack-9.
* RaygunGothic: Zot's world is a textbook example, except textbooks aren't usually so much fun.
* RetroUniverse
* RoboticReveal: Zot discovers he'd been turned into a robot by Dekko after a grenade goes off in his hand.
* SanityHasAdvantages: Dekko's biggest weakness. Dr. Bellows' second biggest (right behind "not being able to shut up").
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Pam Singer and [[spoiler:Terry]]
* SerialProstheses: Dekko, to the point that his entire body has been replaced except for his brain.
* ShoutOut: To one of Scott [=McCloud=]'s major influences, ''Manga/AstroBoy''.
* TheSixties: Zot's Earth is perpetually stuck in 1965, but it's a completely different 1965. There was no Vietnam, no World War II (although there still was a Civil War and a World War I).
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Zachary Paleo''zogt'' became Zot. Arthur Dekker became (Art) Dekko.
* TechnologicalPacifist: The creator of Zybox didn't want it falling into the hands of the military, so he told it it could break the rules of its programming. Which was a very, very bad idea.
* TheirFirstTime: Zot and Jenny spend a whole issue talking about this.
* VerySpecialEpisode: The issue where we find out that Terry [[spoiler: is a lesbian]]. The commentary even notes how it feels very "after school special"; that said, it's a very visually well-executed despite its {{Anvilicious}} nature, even going into SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped territory.
* VictoryGuidedAmnesia: The result of traveling through the Door at the Edge of the Universe.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Dekko actually ''does'', thanks in part to how disconnected he is from his humanity. Pathetically, it's the only thing he has going for him anymore. When he tries to make other people robots to turn them immortal, not a one of them accepts the change.
* WordOfGay: A reader brought up the possibility that the dead Prince Drufus had been gay; [=McCloud=] [[AscendedFanon liked the idea and said "sure"]].
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Woody is based heavily on Scott [=McCloud=]. Pretty much Woody's entire circle of friends are based on [=McCloud=]'s experiences, including a line he overheard on a bus and used on the comic.
* {{Zeerust}}: Intentionally.
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