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[[caption-width-right:237:[-Hope you like those poses. And those shit-eating grins. [[CutAndPasteComic Because you're going to be seeing them a lot]].-] ]]

''[[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/ Powerup Comics]]'' is a TwoGamersOnACouch webcomic detailing the awesome adventures of the uber PS3 / [[XBox360 360]] gamers, Shadow and Chug.

Wait, no.

''Powerup Comics'' is the half-baked product of two man-child [=PS3 / 360=] fanboys. The protagonists are a pair of MartyStu [[AuthorAvatar self-inserts]] who talk big about their gaming prowess, but spend most of the comic getting into inane adventures that are only tangentially (at best) connected to video games. And this excuse for a plot often gets tossed to the side so the authors can soapbox their uninformed opinions on whatever topics happens to have grabbed their interest that week. The artwork consists of, at most, two poses for every character (which are then abusively copied and pasted), and the punchlines are either nonexistent, or consist of Shadow shooting whoever he happens to disagree with.

Wait, no, that’s not it either.

''Powerup Comics'' is an elaborate prank in webcomic form. Chad aka “Shadow” and Jason “Chug” Krydenski, the alleged author and artist, are just as fictional as the webcomic they created. In reality, the comic was conceived by Eli Parker, and created with plenty of input from other members of the Truth & Beauty Bombs forum (at the time, the home of the ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' fandom). The entire point was to create a SoUnfunnyItsFunny StealthParody of TwoGamersOnACouch webcomics in general, and of ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' in particular--thus, all the aforementioned flaws were completely deliberate on the creators’ parts. Whether or not they [[GoneHorriblyRight succeeded too well]] in making a bad webcomic is left for the reader to determine.

A secondary goal of ''Powerup''’s creators was to {{troll}} DrunkDuck: reasoning that the only thing more infuriating than bad art was inexplicably popular bad art, T&BB members created accounts on Drunk Duck solely to pose as ''Powerup'' fans. Their ensuing arguments with Duck users who weren’t in on the joke brought ''Powerup'' enough page views to propel it to a spot on Drunk Duck’s automatically-generated Top Ten list.

A few years after ''Powerup''’s inception, participation from Truth & Beauty Bombs dried up, so Parker continued the comic solo. He also worked Chad and Jason (the authors, not the Marty Stus) into his main comic series, ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'', as minor recurring characters.

Eventually, Jason left for college, forcing Chad to bring ''Powerup Comics'' to an end, though he insisted that it was just a temporary hiatus until a new artist could be found. Over a year later, Chad found his artist—Amy Sauce, another ''Tall Comics'' character—and relaunched the comic with almost none of the old characters, and a painfully hip art style that clashes just a little bit with the writing. Currently, this incarnation of ''Powerup'' lingers in ScheduleSlip limbo.

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!! This webcomic provides examples of:
* AbortedArc: Early in the comic's run, one of the T&BB crowd's many [[WhatCouldHaveBeen plans for the comic's ending]] involved Shadow (the author) slowly going insane, while the comic itself became increasingly {{Mind Screw}}y to match its author's deterioration. There's a single strip (in which Shadow wakes up in the middle of a field and has no idea how he got there) that was intended to foreshadow this story arc; it was never followed up on.
* AmbiguouslyBrown - Darkwinkle. Not for lack of information, but because Chad himself can’t keep the information straight: Darkwinkle varies from black to Mexican from strip to strip.
* ArtEvolution -
** [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5135235/ Here]], Chug debuts a new style after having taken some art classes. It's more detailed, yet ''uglier'' than before. It only lasts about five pages before Chug quietly switches back to the old style.
** When Chug-the-artist departs for college, [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5271570/ the final page he draws]] is basically a huge middle finger directed at Shadow. [[spoiler:The art features actual shading, backgrounds, new poses and facial expressions, and a distinct lack of copy-pasting--demonstrating that Chug could have drawn better all along, but chose not to.]] To drive the point home, the art fades back to the usual, crappy style as soon as Chug-the-character leaves the page.
** Amy Sauce's new art style is wildly different (and a huge step up) from Chug's style.
* BlackComedyRape - [[spoiler:Subverted. Shadow getting raped by Harriet is treated deathly seriously and played for drama, completely at odds with the UnfortunateImplications and DudeNotFunny that the comic usually utilises. Then double subverted, as the storyline ends with God telling Shadow that he should just be happy he got more sex, and Shadow fully embracing it.]]
* CampStraight - Marvin the Metrosexual.
* CanadaEh - [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5267676/ More like Can'tada, Eh?]]
-->'''Canadian:''' Boot it's troo eh! We loove too sing aboot seal humping and maple syrup eh!
* CerebusRetcon - Dorkwinkle dying and coming back to life is initially presented as NegativeContinuity. But [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5252131/ this strip]] actually plays his death (somewhat) seriously, and [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5252688/ shortly afterwards]] it's revealed that he really has the ability to respawn after death.
* CerebusSyndrome - Spoofed in a series that is about Shadow being raped in his sleep for years. It's PlayedForDrama up until the end, and the only punchline is the fact that Shadow sometimes still grins while crying. The real joke, of course, is that we aren't attached to Shadow, even as the "writer" thinks that we are.
* CharacterDevelopment: Development in-comic is rather lackluster, but the events of the comic are very revealing about the "real" Chad's psyche--for instance, the way his relationship with his father is portrayed in the comic says a lot about his real father. His commentaries in TheRant also provide insight, showing Chad developing interest in politics (and CompletelyMissingThePoint), political correctness (and CompletelyMissingThePoint), and so on. His cameos in ''UnwindersTallComics'' support this interpretation, showing him as an oppressive bully who controls Jason, but is too stupid even to realise this is what he's doing. Since Shadow is the comic's real joke, from a meta perspective, this trope is the only reason the comic exists.
* CookingDuel: Alan the alien is unable to kill George W Bush with his telepathy, so he challenges Bush to [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5245892/ a gaming duel]].
* CosmicDeadline - With the real-life Chug's departure (and thus, the end of the comic) looming, every conceivable plot line gets wrapped up, the answers are revealed to mysteries that the audience didn't even know were mysteries, and half of the supporting characters reveal themselves to be long-lost relatives of Shadow.
* CrazyCatLady - Shadow (the author) apparently thinks all feminists are like this:.
-->'''Alix:''' I joined a feminist gamer forum.\\
'''Shadow:''' That explains the cats.\\
'''Alix:''' They came with the membership.
* CutAndPasteComic - ''Abused''.
* DiagonalCut - An entire story arc consists of nothing but a ninja sneaking around, bisecting his targets this way.
* DullSurprise - Owing to the cut-and-paste art, character's facial expressions often have nothing whatsoever to do with the emotions they're allegedly feeling.
* DrivenToSuicide - [[spoiler: Shadow killed himself... and came back to life.]]
* EasyAmnesia - [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/4992018/ Starting here]], Jack Thompson gets a sofa dropped on his head, and wakes up with no memory. One sentence from Shadow and Chug convinces Jack to become a clone of them. George W Bush attempts to pull the same stunt on Shadow, but Shadow is "too cool to be brainwashed".
* EveryoneIsGay - ''Powerup Adventure'', a spinoff, does this. [[{{Expy}} Francis, Gobwii, Dorkizar, Abracamoobs, Thompsonaur and Dork Chug]] are all gay (most of them [[DepravedHomosexual evil]]); Shadowlord and Chuggeth have also had sex with men (but TheRant says it 'wasn't gay'), and Shadowlord freaks out when Shaddark calls him homophobic insults. Shadowlord has also had sex with Dorkizar while he was transformed into a woman.
* FanDisservice - [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/index.php?p=390623 Here]] and [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/index.php?p=369398 here]] (sorta).
* FlippingTheBird - Shadow’s hair, as drawn by Amy Sauce: his bangs are in five distinct spikes, four of them tightly curled, and the middle spike pointing straight up.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot - Chug's mom is a lesbian; Shadow is incapable of talking about her without mentioning how hot he thinks it is.
* GISSyndrome - Parodied in one comic which had a giant iStockphoto watermark left in the background.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters - Shadow runs for President because he's not happy with either of the big-ticket candidates. He starts lying about his position in order to get more votes; [[DumbassHasAPoint Dorkwinkle, of all people,]] points out that, by doing so, Shadow has become just as "lame" as the politicians he's running against.
* HoYay - Frequently invoked intentionally to underline Shadow's neediness, especially in Powerup Adventure, when Shadow and Chug had an argument and Shadow had to draw the strips himself. [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Adventure/index.php?p=405256 I'm glad we're friends, Chuggeth]].
* HypocriticalHumor - [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/4968710/ Here]], Shadow mocks Dorkwinkle for creating a SpriteComic: "I suppose you think that copying sprites is art, huh?"
* LooseCanon - Following one cameo in ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'', Parker points out in TheRant that the ''Tall Comics'' canon regarding the “real” Shadow and Chug isn’t 100% official ''Powerup Comics'' canon. Parker specifies that he doesn’t want his concept of the “real” Shadow and Chug to invalidate anyone else's theories about the “real” Shadow and Chug.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot - Zombie Ninja Werepyre.
* NuclearOption - [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5014544/ Here.]]
-->'''[=PS2=]:''' Ninjas are hard to kill because they could be anywhere, right? So what we do is, we blow up ''everywhere''. Just say the word, and boom! Total nuclear annihilation.
* OnlySixFaces - Chug's cousin is a recolor of him, and single-use character Woobs is just Moobs with feminine traits MS-Painted on.
* PaperThinDisguise - Subverted. [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5007028/ Here]], Chug sees that Woobs is obviously just Moobs wearing a wig and lipstick... until the real Moobs also shows up and stands right next to Woobs.
* ProductPlacement - In lieu of a punchline, have [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5011569/ Shadow and Chug's faces on a Mountain Dew can]].
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality - Shadow and Chug have both killed people just because they don't agree with them. [[spoiler: And when Shadow kills ''himself'', He goes to Gamer ''heaven''.]]
* ScheduleSlip: The Amy-drawn comics are so bad about this that Shadow {{lampshade}}s it in TheRant. [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5416120/ This comic]] was allegedly written back when ''Film/TheAvengers'' was in theaters--and it took so long to get finished that the dialogue was changed to refer to the home video release.
* SecretTestOfCharacter - [[spoiler:Darkwinkle is revealed to be Barack Obama in disguise, secretly testing whether Shadow is racist. Shadow passes, of course, and is awarded NWordPrivileges.]]
* ShallowParody - [[invoked]] Shadow's idea of political satire is GeorgeWBush wearing an "I <3 OIL" t-shirt.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny.
* SpoofAesop: [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/5033300/ Here,]] apropos of nothing, Chug hopes that everyone's learned something.
-->'''Dorkwinkle:''' I learned how to do Pikachu's super combo!\\
'''Chug:''' Christ.\\
'''Nintendo executive:''' I learn no get so freaking high. Hard to get down.\\
'''Alix:''' I learned that white plastic contains thirteen different hallucinogenic compounds.\\
'''Shadow:''' I didn't learn crap. What is this, school?
* StepfordSmiler - Characters often smile at inappropriate times; usually more due to lazy copy-and-paste artwork than anything else.
* StrawLoser - Dorkwinkle.
* StealthParody - Of TwoGamersOnACouch webcomics in general, and of ''CtrlAltDel'' in particular. While Powerup never directly mentions CAD, it copies all the features that Truth & Beauty Bombs members considered CAD’s biggest flaws (OnlySixFaces, the gamer religion, the one "dramatic" story, claiming to be a gaming webcomic while focusing on story arcs that have nothing to do with gaming, etc.).
* {{Stylistic Suck}} - Possibly done a little too well.
* TakeThatCritics - Shadow responds to criticism by [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/4968696/ putting their words in Dorkwinkle's mouth]], just before shooting him in the groin. Later, he cuts out the middleman and [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/4994892/ just shoots the fourth wall]].
* {{Tsundere}} - Alix. [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/4987471/ "When will Shadow realize that I only tease him because I love him???"]]
* WordSaladHumor - [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Powerup_Comics/4955680/ Here.]]
-->'''[=PS2=]:''' Beep beep!\\
'''[=PS2=]:''' I'm a cupcake!\\
'''Chug:''' Well, that was random.

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