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!!!''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* FacePalm
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-05-06 What the hell have you two been doing?]]
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-05-05 Synchronized]] facepalms, even.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-10-12 the tinyest facepalm]]
* FanService:
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2005-11-05 This filler]] is the most over the top example of it.
** FemaleGaze: Guinea's transformation provokes some... [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-06-21 reaction]] from both Ellen and a female trooper. [[FunnyBackgroundEvent The next page]] has the latter blushing and demonstratively looking away while the Uryuom trooper, obviously, comments on this.
** FetishFuelStationAttendant: Amanda, invoked by Dr. Germahn being a DirtyOldMan.
** InnocentFanserviceGirl: Grace, who initially didn't understand that nudity embarrasses people, or that shapeshifting can be {{Squick}}y to those unaccustomed to it. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-05-19 She catches on eventually.]] One of the best (and funniest) examples takes place during her birthday party, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-10-10 here.]]
** MostCommonSuperpower: More literal than usual for Ellen, who can use one of her powers to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-04-11 expand her already-impressive bust]].
** MsFanservice: In just about every one of her appearances, Amanda ends up transforming, usually shrinking or turning into a HalfHumanHybrid. This appears to be Fanservice for a particular segment of EGS's fanbase and [[AuthorAppeal Dan himself.]]
** TheNudifier: Dr. Germahn once invented a potion that caused your sweat to dissolve clothes.
** PlayboyBunny: [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2002-07-03 This]] is the first bit of FanService Shive gave us (as well as what he claims is "the first and last violation of the 'No Cleavage' part of Sarah's contract").
** SensualSpandex: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-12-29 Uryuom clothes]] give a considerable protection and are made for shapeshifters. The net effect, however, is that three {{Action Girl}}s have to wear outfits guaranteed to remain skin-tight in all and any circumstances. Later Grace starts to wear this [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-04-01 just in case]]. And that's ''before'' adding [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-05-23 some fun poses]]. And [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-05-21 combine in costumes]] that underscore this.
** SexySantaDress: Ellen tried to wear one in a filler strip but her mom thought she would catch cold.
** SexySilhouette: Of transforming [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-10-05 Susan]] and DualWielding [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-05-17 Susan]].
** Sometimes averted: "Believe me, if this was simply fan service, Elliot would have wound up in something ''much'' more revealing than ''[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-02-21 that]]''.
* FauxPaw: Done by Ellen to Nanase's ponytail several times, starting [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-06-18 here]].
* FigureItOutYourself: Ellen's approach to help Elliot [[spoiler: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-03-13 realize what kind of relationship he truly wants.]]]]
* FinishingStomp: Performed by Ellen on [[spoiler:Goo Cell #0012]]. Squishtality!
* FireballEyeballs: Ellen [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-11-11 here]] and [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-01-08 here]], Susan [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-08-14 here]].
* FireForgedFriends: Susan and Nanase, of all people, are Fire Forged VitriolicBestBuds. Now that Susan's secret is out, she's even opening up to her.
* FirstGirlWins: Tedd and Grace (that we know of anyway), [[spoiler:Ellen and Nanase, if you count Ellen's "birth" as taking Sarah out of the picture]].
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Abraham averts this by having spells that give him modern knowledge and clothes; given how [[MagicAIsMagicA magic works]] in this series, it makes sense that he would have them in conjunction with his statue spell.
* FiveFiveFive: Sarah's number is [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-09-20 555-7272]]. Another number mentioned is 555-3239.
%% Whose, and which comic?
* FlatJoy: When Elliot discovered that his [[spoiler:inconvenient "girly powers only" time ended and he [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-01 began to acquire cool magic]]]]. Of course, he's not only in a female form, but in the middle of a random encounter, but still.
* FlatWhat: Performed [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-06-04 here]], and [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-06-23 again]] by Susan. And then by Justin [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-09-22 here]] and [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-02-18 here]]. Also by Raven [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-12-15 here]]. And by Elliot [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-03-12 here]], and Sarah [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-04-12 here]]. And now by Tom [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1789 here]]. This is the reason why the FlatWhat page image is from EGS.
* {{Flight}}: Many characters are capable of this. Nanase, in three different ways: wings in her fairy form, magical levitation in normal form, and [[spoiler:wings in her "angel" form]]. Grace -- levitation, though only in Omega form. Nioi -- magic. Vlad -- wings plus levitation. Immortals (so far, all) -- either magic or it's an inherent quality. [[spoiler:Elliot -- while in his superhero form.]]
* FollowTheChaos: Need to know if Tedd is upstairs or downstairs in his lab? Listen for an explosion.
* TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne: [[spoiler:Adrian Raven]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-12-12 admitted]] having ability to measure magical power without devices, which all but confirms a common [[WMG/ElGoonishShive wild guess]] on who [[spoiler:his "random favourites"]] are. Later was explained he can sense magic from people...through his ears. Smell, precisely. Don't ask.
* ForcedMeme: Shive attempted to turn "sexy awesome" into a {{catchphrase}}, but never caught on outside the fan base, and even the characters have all but stopped using it.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Tends to get {{lampshaded}} a lot. What is left is usually cryptic or already blatantly obvious.
** What's seen [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-08-26 here]] translated with [[http://www.ookii.org/egs/uryuom/ this]]. [[spoiler:"Death. It Is Time For The End Of Man. This Master of Fire Shall Inherit The Earth. My Very Presence Eats Away At Your Flesh" Other than the two bizarre words in the end, it's pretty creepy.]]
** Susan's sword ([[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-12-05 5th December, 2002]]) and Venus "tattoo" ([[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-10-05 5th October, 2005]]) were good hints that she isn't as simple as she looks, but were proven to be plot points and not throwaway gags only in much later flashback ([[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-05-26 26th May, 2010]]).
** Two of the cryptic (and hard-to-spot) ones were explained [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-10-27 here.]] However, three new ones appeared on [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-10-30 the next page.]]
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-01-10 "Opportunistic Child of Chaos"]]
** "...And he's ''really'' fond of [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-07-02 this one boy with long, blond hair.]]"
** "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-01-20 We can only report]] on ''confirmed'' monsters, like ''mega hogs'', or ''bigfoot!''"
** The photographs on the cabinet in the comic from [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?date=2011-12-13 2011-12-13]] show, from right to left, Max (Raven's spikey cat who may be related to Jeremy, first revealed on [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?date=2011-12-22 2011-12-22]]), Noah with a basketball, and [[spoiler:Raven standing behind '''both''' Tedd's parents... [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-01-20 whose breakup he feels personally responsible for]].]]
* FourthWallMailSlot: The Q&A strips.
* FreakinessShame: Grace worried about her "monstrousness," until she discovered that the only reaction Sarah and Elliot ever show is blaming Tedd (due to [[BalefulPolymorph specific experience]]), while Tedd ogles her in hybrid form even more eagerly than in human form. Even after the remark about "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-05-09 furry fetish and a half-cat girlfriend]]" she [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-02-12 had a fit of concern]] about her three-tailed omega form. As if there ''could'' be any problem.
--> '''Grace:''' I didn't scare you, did I?\\
'''Tedd:''' ''[visibly spaced out]'' ''so''... hot...
* FreakLabAccident: What the Goo originally was before a CerebusRetcon turned it into an attempt by Lord Tedd to kill this universe's Tedd.
* FreakOut: Susan ''wasn't'' amused to discover what the hammers were made for -- and what they in fact do. Of course, that being in the presence of an Immortal, she just [[spoiler:caught an InstantSedation spell in the face and got spaced out]] for her efforts.
* FreudianCouch: Elliot [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FreudianCouch dreams of himself on one]] when he decides to become introspective.
* FreudianExcuse: Most of the cast have really screwy home lives. Specifically, Susan's hatred of men is very nearly outright said to be [[spoiler: her making an excuse for her father cheating. Her mother's hate-filled "because he's a ''man''" when lil' Susan asked her why probably helped this along a little.]]
* FunctionalMagic: Nioi is a powerful sorceress, as is Nanase. Nanase in particular uses it very often and quite openly at times.
** MagicAIsMagicA: A significant portion of the "Sister II" arc is devoted to explaining ''exactly'' how magic works in EGS.
** SquishyWizard: Specifically averted. Two of the three wizards seen so far are also swordsmen (Abe also used shield and axe), for third it's unknown, but as a FBI operative he's likely to have at least basic handgun training. The rest of magic users in the comic practice SupernaturalMartialArts, and one that doesn't is at least pretty {{badass}} and is competent enough with melee weapons.
** WizardDuel: Magus vs. Terra's duel appears to be either sparring or a non-lethal quarrel. Abraham vs. [[spoiler:Raven]], with spells and weapons both.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Lots. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-06-23 Panel #3 here]], [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-01-20 panel #3 here]], [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-05-03 panel #1 here]].
** Over the course of [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-06-18 this strip,]] a man in the background slowly turns into a woman. Possibly {{Foreshadowing}}?
* FunWithSubtitles: "[See? I can speak the alien language of the Uryuoms.]" (subtitles: Translated from TAKE A WILD GUESS.)
* FusionDance: Lespuko-chimera can acquire and combine forms.
* GasLeakCoverup:
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-12-01 And a mysterious stalker from the mysterious girl's past]]. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial But not a crazy wizard attack]]. Not at all.
** And Mr. Verres already [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-10-02 contemplated]] using swamp gas as a random coverup.
* GenderBender: The entire main cast, at least once. They even did this as a theme for a ''birthday party''. Ellen is a special case, since she's an OppositeSexClone of another main character with all the memories of the original, ''and'' she has the innate ability to turn men into women. Pretty much anything in the EGS universe will get your gender bent, including [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2010-09-28 fixing a toaster.]]
** AttractiveBentGender
*** Pretty much whenever anyone is transformed, goes in both directions. It helps that the person behind the gender-bending technology is an unrepentant pervert who custom-designed transformation variants to appeal to certain fetishes.
*** This issue was [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2009-12-15 explored]] in rather disturbing ways in one of the Q&A sessions.
*** Tedd as a female deserves special mention, as "she" is [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-05-30 just about the hottest character in the comic]]. Conversely, Tess in Newspaper [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2008-10-02 complained]] she became "so androgynous she wasn't even sure it worked."
** FirstLawOfGenderBending
*** EGS, while not as casual or frequent about it as ''Webcomic/TheWotch'', certainly pays the Law its dues. According to the rules governing the comic's main sex-changing [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum]], only male-to-female sex changes can be made permanent (pregnancy); female-to-male sex changes, even of someone trapped by pregnancy (for whom it's only even possible afterwards), cannot exceed a 30 day time limit. The second time a boy - the main character - is turned into a girl the device breaks, leaving "her" stuck for the full thirty days; the attempt to circumvent this creates an OppositeSexClone and the permanent ability to change sex at will, something the rules of magic eventually ''force'' him to do on a regular basis.
*** Also, much later, a "seyunolu" ([[HalfHumanHybrid chimera]]) member of the QuirkyMinibossSquad, Vlad, is hit with a TransformationRay and is turned female, but more importantly to him/her, ''human''. "She" has no desire to change back, and since BizarreAlienBiology overrides the time limit (and, implicitly, gender identity), Vladia, as she is now called, is treated as a woman from then on.
*** Moving on from Elliot being a ''double'' victim of this, we get to Tedd. Who probably wouldn't know this was a law: the "circumstances" usually equate to "Dad's out of town" and "As a girl, ''I'm hot''."
** SecondLawOfGenderBending
*** Largely averted, despite all of the constant GenderBending: Elliot has no interest in remaining female for long and considers his gender-bending PowerIncontinence distasteful, Justin specifically rejects the idea even though it would make him sexually compatible with the object of his unrequited affection, Ellen accepts it without expressing any preference (though there are hints that the LossOfIdentity associated with [[OppositeSexClone Opposite Sex]] CloningBlues was a sore point until she got a new set of memories).
*** It's touching in Vlad/Vladia's case. There's nothing kinky about her accepting the change -- for the first time in her whole life normal people aren't terrified by the sight of her, so she's willing to accept ''any'' form provided it's human, which her old, male form decidedly was not. And given that her one attempt to use her supposed shapeshifting powers was a painful, near-death experience she's not about to experiment even given the chance.
*** The current theory is that Elliot will acquire new female forms again and again until he really likes one of them -- then again, it was [[ChivalrousPervert Tedd]]'s idea. Between [[spoiler:flying around as a [[ChronicHeroSyndrome superhero]]''ine'']] and [[spoiler:ogling PerkyGoth form in a mirror]], he may have found this already.
*** Tedd is the only straight example. He likes this form of shapeshifting because his androgynous face becomes an advantage while close enough to Tedd's own form and he likes to feel attractive. Once this problem became moot [[FirstLawOfGenderBending it was revealed]] that BodySwap is [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-08-07 #37 on his fetish list]].
*** And when Pandora does ... something that causes him to transform? The response is a BIG smile. And a gripe that her opponent in the card game, who keeps hitting on her, is 'totally ruining the fun of being inexplicably turned into a girl by some terrifying unknown power'.
** ThirdLawOfGenderBending
** Grace's Birthday Party arc, part-masquerade where the various characters deliberately chose stereotypical outfits for each other in keeping with the 'walk a mile in my shoes' theme of the occasion.
*** Susan starts acting macho and aggressive to Nanase very soon after becoming male. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-10-17 Sarah points out]] that Susan is simply a highly competitive person; now that she's male, and feeling stronger, [[spoiler:it takes the form of an arm wrestling match]].
*** Tedd does note that the first few times anyone is gender bent, their thoughts will be exaggerated, which played a part in everyone's storyline during the event, but the only one whose gender bending mental state was a major plot point was Susan, as it helped her recognize her hangups with men.
*** Later, when Elliot develops the power to morph his clothes and appearance along with his gender his female forms tend to end up wearing girly outfits because he apparently just can't help visualizing them that way.
*** A better example is Tedd; in fact, Grace has less dresses and skirts in her wardrobe than he does despite most of her first clothes being selected by OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Sarah. He even [[TheTease prides himself on how sexy he looks]] transformed. And [[FeminineWomenCanCook cooks better while female]], just out of habit.
** OppositeSexClone: Ellen.
* GenkiGirl:
** Grace is usually defined as "bubbly." Although, Jerry the Immortal implies that she lost her innocence a long time ago, and she's simply overcompensating.
** A more literal example is Susan's [[GoodAngelBadAngel curiosity]], [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-01-14 seen]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-01-17 here]].
** Elliot's superhero spell comes with a "party girl" form whose default state is hyper and apparently slightly drunk.
* GenreBusting: It crosses a few. It starts out like a comedic slice-of-life comic, quickly adds sci-fi and drama, then fantasy ([[spoiler:later explaining the sci-fi as magic]])([[spoiler:except it's not the same magic]]). Currently it's kind of a mix of the lot. And weird.
* GentleGiant:
** Justin, from Rhoda's point of view. She's normally scared of people bigger than her (and his 6' to her 5' is quite a difference), but also knows that he's friends with Nanase, and that Nanase wouldn't be friends with anyone bad.
** Sensei Greg is an imposing 6'10'' (208 cm) but is a perfectly decent guy. So decent, that he is bothered by not being a "traditional" perverted anime sensei.
* GoodIsNotNice: Raven is a strict disciplinarian, quite caustic and doesn't suffer fools gladly. He's also a ruthless fighter, and won't hesitate to risk his life to protect his students.
* GilliganCut: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-01-15 "Please don't be on World War II...Dammit!"]]
* GirlOfMyDreams: A realistic twist on this. Elliot dreams of Tedd turning into a girl and then the two kiss. However, he doesn't remember the full dream, in particular who he had kissed. [[spoiler:So when he first encounters Ashley he mentally fills in the blank and thinks that she was the one he kissed in his dream.]]
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Played with every imaginable way.
-->'''Kid 1:''' You know how we all dreamt of dating Nanase someday?\\
'''Kid 2:''' Yeah?\\
'''Kid 1:''' That dream is dead, but something ''magical'' has taken its place.
* GirlPosse: AlphaBitch Diane and her hangers-on Lucy and Rhoda. At least that's how it seems [[HiddenDepths at first....]]
* GirlsWithMoustaches: Several non-canon examples.
** An ImagineSpot showed Nanase [[GenderBender as a man]], [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-11-04 looking exactly like her normal self only sporting a moustache]].
** Grace had a [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2009-12-03 Jamie Hyneman 'stache]] as a part of a ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}''-themed filler arc.
** The gypsy woman who sells Tedd dangerous magical objects in the non-canon NP arcs [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2008-09-08 has a moustache]] at one point.
** Sarah is [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2009-11-12 shown with one]] when playing as [[SuperMarioBros Mario]].
* TheGlomp: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-03-29 Frequently.]] a.k.a. "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-01-28 Tackle Cuddle]]"
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: Tedd's glasses, which can do just about everything except correct vision.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Susan's [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-01-17 Curiosity and Logic]] (Curiosity is a {{Catgirl}} and Logic is a [[Franchise/StarTrek Vulcan]]); [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-01-19 they end up agreeing]], to her chagrin. Later, Susan's [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-06-16 Nature and Nurture]]; they do not agree, and [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Nurture ends up gagging Nature.]]
* GotVolunteered: Susan and Nanase (especially Susan) during their trip to Paris.
* GracefulLoser: Principal Verrückt pushes in all the wrong directions, but doesn't mind when he's repelled. At least if it's not about murals.
* GRatedDrug: Involves a CatGirl with catnip.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-07-20 Random magic potion party.]] Because drugs're bad, m'kay?
* GrammarNazi: Mr. Raven is [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-04-18 presented]] and [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-06-20 referenced]] as one, and his Hitler Forelock does not help his case at all.
* GrandfatherClause: Several of the boys originally had very '90s/early '00s hairstyles; while Elliot's mullet and Justin's bowl cut have been toned down to generic medium-guy-length hairstyles. Tedd's curtains are just as curtain-y as ever, though.
* GroinAttack: Sarah delivers a [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-10-27 very impressive]] one to Hedge.
* HairAntennae: Grace, [[ShapeShifting most of the time]]. She is part Uryuom though, and they have antennae, so... [[JustifiedTrope it makes a kind of sense]]. Also, Grace in squirrel form and [[AlternateUniverse General Shade Tail]].
* HairWings: The Mysterious Cloaked Figure ([[spoiler:Noah]]) [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-05-13 makes hair wings]] (called by name in the commentary) that are actually hair.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Grace and her brothers, Nioi, [[spoiler:Mr. Raven]].
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Elliot and Ellen, though they're not actually twins.
* HandsOffParenting
** Mr. and Mrs. Dunkel are capable of taking the most [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-06-18 bizarre]] things in stride, to the point where it becomes a RunningGag.
--->'''Mrs. Dunkel:''' Why are there two Brownies?\\
'''Ellen:''' I'm Ellen, Mom. I turned into a cat.\\
'''Mrs. Dunkel:''' Oh dear. Can you change back?\\
'''Ellen:''' Sure, anytime I want.\\
'''Mrs. Dunkel:''' That's good.
** It's [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-11-24 implied]] that Tedd has been doing some WEIRD stuff to and involving Elliot for years, meaning they might just be used to beloved family members becoming small furry animals (or something equally bizarre) on a regular basis. After all, if no permanent harm has come to them so far, why would they assume it would start happening now?
* HardHead: Lampshaded [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-08-14 here]]. Upon learning that he was knocked out by a [[TapOnTheHead blow to the head]], Elliot starts worrying about brain damage, but Tedd tells him he's overreacting.
* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]]: Susan does this a lot with Elliot during the ''Summer'' arc. [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1607 This comic, in particular]], holds links to most of the instances in the author commentary beneath it.
* HeelFaceTurn
** Ellen, though the whole EvilTwin thing was mostly caused by her thinking she was going to disappear in a month. [[PokeThePoodle She was never]] [[CantGetInTroubleForNuthin very good at it]], anyhow.
** Also, once Damien was no longer around to control them, Grace's brothers surrendered peacefully and now live comfortably in a new government facility.
* HeroicBSOD: Elliot suffers one after he realizes [[spoiler: he loves Sarah like a sister, not a girlfriend]].
* HeroWithAnFInGood: As well as F in enchantment. And the same in strategy. Abraham. He thought he was the good guy there, but...
* HerrDoctor: Doctor Germahn.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Elliot and Tedd are and ''will always be'' best friends in any AlternativeUniverse where their genders are incompatible with each others sexuality and when they ''are'' compatible, [[JumpingTheGenderBarrier they'll almost always be dating.]]
* HiddenDepths: It's easier to name ''aversions''.
* HighOnCatnip: The mini-arc "[[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?arcid=10 Catnip]]"; also, the plant itself reappeared later.
* HighSchool: Two of them of the cross-town rivalry variety, complete with uniforms, bizarre teachers, odd mascots, and most of the other associated tropes. Half the cast attends Moperville North and the other half goes to Moperville South.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: Sort of. The stereotypical German scientist's real name is quickly revealed as Dr. Germahn.
* HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure: [[http://www.elgoonishshive.com/?date=2011-02-11 A thousand Seymours]].
* {{Homage}}: The demonic duck looks very similar to a major character in Goats, the comic strip by Jonathan Rosenberg.
* HugAndComment: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-10-03 "You're better than a Neanderthal."]]
* HybridMonster: The result of Uryuoms' eggs through MixAndMatchCritters, thus Here There Be Chimerae.
* HybridPower: The Uryuom breeding method pretty much inevitably results in this. Uryuoms frequently have several parents adding their genes to an egg, as they don't have typical genders. This ultimately results in a character being a hybrid of four different creatures, conserving many of their powers.
* HyperAwareness
** Information gathering is Hedge's strong side. Maybe he's no Sherlock Holmes, but he grasps any clue present, like occasional slips of [[spoiler:Elliot knowing Grace]] or [[spoiler:Grace being in a relationship]].
** Diane also displayed this ability when determining that Ellen and Grace were new to Moperville South. She was even wearing a Sherlock Holmes outfit for one panel.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: In the BSideComics, [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Minion]] is this to Shive himself.
* HyperspaceMallet
** As with everything else in the series, [[MagicAIsMagicA rules for when, where, and why it can and can't appear]] eventually were provided.
** At least Susan and Abe did summon actual weapons out of thin air.
** Now it got even [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-04-26 better]], but hammers are off-line.
** Dan {{lampshaded}} his reasoning behind changing the hammer origin in the [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-07-02 later story arc]]. The old guy who looks vaguely like Santa explains his initial reasoning for using the hammer gag to humorous effect... that is, the same as out of the 'verse.
* HypocriticalHumor: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-04-26 Making fun of hacks]] and unnecessary {{exposition}}s (aside of the last panel, see the chapter's name).
* IdenticalStranger: Susan seems to be some sort of fundamental archetype within the EGS universe. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-10-10 Diane]] at MSHS is a very close match, barring dress sense (note: Susan is naturally blonde). Even stranger, she is also a dead ringer for ''[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-01-17 a hypothetical niece of an elf (i.e. half-immortal)]]''.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Said in reverse by Susan [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-02-05 when talking about Elliot teasing her over a sexy outfit]].
* IGaveMyWord: [[spoiler:Abraham]] really ''[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-03-10 does not]]'' want to kill [[spoiler:Ellen Dunkel]], but his oath was too inclusive, so... [[spoiler:and he's quite happy to be pushed into what sounds like a legitimate loophole.]]
* IgnoredEnemy: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-05-06 Sort of, at least.]]
* [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Sister]]: Mrs. Kitsune [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-01-28 has no sister]], and it's [[BerserkButton clearly unsafe]] to argue about the accuracy of this statement.
* IJustWantToBeNormal
** Grace had shades of this at first but quickly let go of this, and once she did start a normal school life with Ellen, Nanase, and Justin, she actually found it a little restrictive.
** Vlad is abnormal even among shapeshifting chimera in that he was made using the DNA from so many different animals that he can't transform without risking death. This leads him to be jealous of his "brothers" ability to transform into human forms and blend in with society.[[spoiler: He gets his desire partially fulfilled when he is [[GenderBender transformed into a human woman]] by [[TransformationRay Ellen's beam]] becoming Vladia.]]
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Sarah has a bit of this, mostly because she couldn't spend so much time surrounded by shapeshifters, magical martial artists, and mad scientists without getting jealous or at least curious.
* IJustWriteTheThing: Dan occasionally mentions disagreements that he had with his characters over a particular strip in the [[TheRant commentary]]. This is usually simply complaining about [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2008-04-21 his characters ruining a perfectly good dramatic moment,]] but sometimes it is as extreme as him actually [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-07-23 losing an argument with one of his characters.]]
* TheILoveYouStigma: [[spoiler:Elliot always considered himself and Sarah to be LikeBrotherAndSister, but when Sarah say "Love", he didn't want to break her heart so he started to date her, trying to never include any lustiful and sexual emotion.]]
* ImagineSpot: Quite a few, though [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-12-12 parodied]] at one point by showing how {{Scrubs}}' {{Imagine Spot}}s would look to anyone not involved in them.
* ImportedAlienPhlebotinum: [[spoiler:the TFG]]
* {{Immortality}}
** The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Immortals]] are basically spiritual beings who never die, but the way they go about it is almost a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of the concept. They continue to get older, smarter, stronger, [[WhoWantsToLiveForever more bored]] and [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity less sane]] until the point comes where they basically become [[PersonOfMassDestruction Persons Of Mass Destruction]]. To prevent this, they voluntarily undergo a kind of ritualistic death/rebirth cycle every couple centuries to lose most of their power and memories so they can start over and keep things interesting. Which is a good thing, as [[spoiler: Pandora Chaos Raven (name chosen by self) shows to full extent with her crazy, and EldritchAbomination / CreepyChild forms...]]
** Ironically, half-immortals ([[OurElvesAreBetter elves]]) largely have the advantage over true immortals. Since their power is not constantly increasing like their parents', they don't have to worry about resetting, but get ageless immortality and powerful magic. The only downside is that they are bound by similar rules as the immortals, meaning that they can only interfere directly when a situation involves magic, or to defend themselves and others.
--->'''[[spoiler:Raven]]:''' You are a homicidal wizard attacking a school. ''No one will care if I kill you''.
** There are also various "aberrations" that immortals ruthlessly destroy, who obtain a pseudo-immortality through either [[BodySurf body stealing]] or [[LifeDrinker parasitism]].
* ImmortalityHurts: In [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?arcid=68 Wrath Of God]], [[spoiler:Nanase must keep Abraham from killing Ellen using only her Fairy Doll and Fey Punch spells. Because she feels everything that happens to the dolls as if it had happened to her own body, she is essentially hacked to pieces over, and over, and over...]] The page is titled [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-09-27 To Die a Dozen Deaths]]
* ImpossibleInsurance: George has car insurance that covers monster-related damage (obviously just to advertise "completeness"). The result: [[SubvertedTrope surprise, they have to pay for repairs of a car damaged in a fire monster's attack (and on camera at that).]]
* IncompatibleOrientation
** A whole ''chain'' of them: Catalina ->Susan ->Justin ->Elliot ->Nanase (not all at the same time, mind)
** Allows [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2010-11-30 rather funny Sketchbook entries]], though.
** The Elliot/Nanase dilemma, at least, is neatly resolved with [[OppositeSexClone Ellen]].
** The gender-bending complicates this, with bisexual male Susan and straight female Justin making out at Grace's birthday party. Also, at least one of Elliot's female forms has a crush on Justin.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: [[AlphaBitch Diane]] has this reaction in [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-06-05 this comic from "Family Tree"]] after [[spoiler:realizing she wants a real relationship with Elliot]].
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Technically, [[spoiler:Magus]] apparently was behind the [[spoiler:v-five Elliot incident]] and tries to manipulate Ellen within some plot that sounds [[{{squick}} quite dubious]]. And is not very good at this. But he's in desperate straits, which isn't even his own fault (unlike Abe's case). And he's still reluctant to kill a guy who stands in his way even when pushed hard to do this. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-04-14 He knows it, too]].
* INeverToldYouMyName: ''Painted Black'' arc. After Elliot is captured [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-12-08 he refers to Guineas by name]]. Guineas then [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-12-17 tells Hedge that Elliot knew his name]] even though he hadn't been told it. This causes Hedge to realize that Elliot must know Grace, who's the only one who could have told him. Hedge then turns this around on Elliot by only referring to Grace as "my sister", so when Elliot refers to her by name, it proves Elliot's spoken with Grace since Elliot and Hedge first met.
* InfoDrop: Sarah's last name was revealed in this manner; the principle used it to refer to her while rebuking her for breaking the dress code. The name? [[spoiler:[[AntiClimax Brown]].]]
* {{Infodump}}: Shive is ''really'' thorough when it comes to describing the capabilities of Tedd's technology, the mechanics of alien and hybrid genetics, and more recently, magic. Anything left for the readers to guess about is practically guaranteed to be a ChekhovsGun.
** The so called [[FanNickname Trapped in the Basement]] portion of New and Old Flames (so-called due to the just under two months real time spent infodumping in the Verres' basement) and the entire Hammerchlorians arc (essentially an entire arc devoted to nothing but infodumps and backstory exposition for Susan and her summoning abilities) are probably the most notorious example of Dan's tendency to slip into infodump territory.
* InformedAbility: Susan's magical powers, which are seen exactly once and then aren't visible for many arcs. Then Susan explains that Nanase's powers are of a different order than hers ("Awakened" vs. "Dreaming") without going into detail. Until ''much'' later Susan explained her magical abilities with a big {{flashback}}. [[spoiler:and she is properly "Awakened"]].
* InnocentInnuendo
** "The duck! He's magic you can do!"
** Grace wouldn't be Grace without this. "Legally, it does (make me an adult)! You can do all ''sorts'' of things with me!"
* InsaneTrollLogic
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-05-05 Used here,]] though YMMV on whether it makes sense or not.
** Also 95% of what comes out of the Principal's mouth.
* InstantSedation: Jerry got a useful spell.
* InsultedAwake: Ellen did this to Susan once. At the ''[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-07-03 second]]'' try.
* InternetBackdraft: In-universe. [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2010-07-20 Anticipated]].
-->'''Tedd:''' [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2009-12-15 ...Oh, right...]] Hotness is subjective...
* InterspeciesRomance: Tedd and Grace; Ellen @ Second Life and Archie; the demonic duck also admits to preferring human women. For Uryuom it's quite normal to create chimerae, fertile at that. Isn't done obliviously, as at least psychophysiology matters even with shapeshifting seyunolu.
* IronicName: Tiffany "Susan" Pompoms always goes by her middle name, because she considers her actual first- and last-name to be too "perky and upbeat" for her cynical, sardonic personality. (Ironically, it's been made quite clear that if it wasn't for ONE [[ForWantOfANail traumatic childhood event]], she would've wound up fitting her name just perfectly.)
* ISenseADisturbanceInTheForce
** Greg, up to becoming [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-07-13 rather jumpy]] from a shapeshifter's exercises without being in the same house.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-05-17 Tedd sensing anything sexy involving Grace.]]
* IsThatWhatHeToldYou: Elliot learns about the other side of the story of Justin's outing. [[spoiler:[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-01-28 "She told ''one person''." (who then told everyone)]]]]
* IThinkYouBrokeHim
** Elliot, with his "Gracelyn" form, once "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-02-21 broke Tedd]]."
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-07-02 Two Ellens can cause a sensory overload.]]
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-02-17 Hello there]]. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-07-26 You're dating Tedd Verres]]?! And... [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-05-27 haven't I seen you cosplaying as Chun-Li]]?
* IWillShowYouX: During the WizardDuel between Terra and Magus, Terra promised to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-01-01 show him "potential"]].
* JawDrop: The last two panels of [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-08-08 this strip]]. And [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-07-26 this]]. And [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-09-21 this]]. Multiple instances plus Elliot closing Tedd's jaw [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1806 in this strip]].
* [[JugglingLoadedGuns Juggling Charged Rayguns]] : Sarah is scared of ShapeShifting and holds a grudge against Tedd after his "just ''[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-12-02 joking around]]''" with a supposedly "not charged" TransformationRay gun.
* JumpingTheGenderBarrier
** Elliot and Nanase's relationship had no spark and eventually failed, and she couldn't explain why...until Ellen.
** Though this trope is never actually invoked and the trope will probably never be played straight in this case, but Elliot and Tedd's odd connection twists it. It seems like in any universe where they were born opposite genders (such as one where Elliot has always been "Ellen," and the technically non-canon story where Tedd accidentally and retroactively became "Tess") they are inevitably dating. An exception was the world of "Second Life", but even then Tedd has a crush on her and she, while ObliviousToLove, considered him a good friend.
* KaleidoscopeHair: Happens to Nanase (whose hair turns black when her magic burns out) and Susan (when she goes through an angst-induced awakening)
* KamehameHadoken
** As a practitioner of "''anime-style'' martial arts," it's no big surprise that Elliot (and [[OppositeSexClone Ellen]], who "inherited" his abilities) uses a variety that emits short-range force blast. He needs to have free hands to do it.
** Ellen has a variant with shooting beam from her hand. Sensei Greg is, of course, jealous when he sees it. It turns people into attractive girls, and lately can turn HER into whatever she hits.
* KickTheDog: Almost made literally in Elliot's imaginary scenario of [[spoiler:[[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1782 Tom manipulating Susan into date him.]]]] Of course, Elliot thought Susan's most [[TalkToTheFist likely]] [[DropTheHammer answer]].
* KickedUpstairs: Mr. Verres winds up in [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-01-19 a position created just for him]] when his boss decides that it's best that he not be directly involved with [[ItsPersonal the frequent cases involving his son and niece]], and keep away a [[TheMenInBlack cover-up specialist]] from the limelight. The last part may yet backfire due to BrokenMasquerade, but as Dan put it, "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-01-10 There might be a good reason why they kept Mr. Verres employed]]" either way.
* KnightInSourArmor: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-08-14 Elliot describes Susan as something like this.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: [[BigBad Damien]]. It's sort of a subversion as [[spoiler:Dan killed off Damien because he didn't want his comic to develop CerebusSyndrome.]] It did anyway, just with seriousness developing within the characters' personal demons rather than fantastical conflict.
* KudzuPlot: Alongside ScheduleSlip - two nasty tastes that really don't go together.
* LampshadeHanging: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-11-26 Mr. Verres']] transformation into the newest MrExposition.
** And a [[FanDumb typical Star Wars fan]] ranting about [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-04-26 writers deciding they need to]] [[CerebusRetcon explain things that no one was questioning]]. (In the middle of Dan trying to CerebusRetcon hammerspace.) Just to make sure nobody misses the lampshade, this sequence is titled 'Hammerchlorians'. It turns out the lampshading goes deeper than that, as the whole arc sets the immortal Jerry up to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-07-02 lampshade]] the HyperspaceMallet gag, including Dan's reasons for initially using it as well as the reason why he stopped using it.
--->'''George:''' Fans ''willingly'' suspended their disbelief for years, and out of ''nowhere'' Lucas figures he has to explain it. Any writer who takes something ''no one was questioning'' and tries to ''explain it'' is a ''hack''. ([[GilliganCut Cut to Susan on the phone expositing the hell out of the Hammers]].)
** [[MrExposition Mr. Verres]] lampshades one of [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-11-22 Grace's attempts]] to be [[MrExposition Miss Exposition]].
* LargeHam
** Mr. Verres [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-11-26 gets his moment]], even if only for one panel.
** Tedd [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-09-27 have his moments]] too. With a {{Queen}} quote at that.
---> '''Commentary:''' Tedd has ''the blood of kings inside'' of him and he ''will rock you'' because ''he is the champion''!
** "The Child Left Behind" and the same character later. The poor chap got a habit of talking as if he was in a knightly romance book or something.
* LastHetRomance
** Melissa to Justin.
** Also [[spoiler:Elliot to Nanase.]]
* LaughingMad: Ellen, when she's first created and [[spoiler:thinks she's going to die.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: When Tedd and Sarah are [[ConversationalTroping talking about]] {{shipping}}, Sarah acknowledges the possibility of people shipping them, and suggests [[BelligerentSexualTension being meaner to each other]] to prevent it. Tedd informs her that it would just make it worse.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Elliot tells this to Tedd [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-06-15 here]]. Not that it stopped them [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-10-05 from speaking of it again]]. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-11-19 Grace's suggestion that Elliot turn into her to be sexy in front of a mirror]] seems doomed to a similar fate.
* LifeDrinker: The monster in France was a former human who achieved immortality by draining the lives of young women.
* LighterAndSofter: After several very dramatic arcs in a row, "New and Old Flames" is... well, [[RapidFireComedy something else entirely]].
* ALightInTheDistance: "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-10-08 What is...]]" [[foldercontrol]]

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LongRunnerTechMarchesOn: In ''Shade'' (2002), Elliot had a landline [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?arcid=4 phone extension in his room]] (with then-old-tech corded handset); later on all telecommunication among the teenage cast is via cellphone and even adults are shown using landlines only at their workplaces.
** At the beginning of Grace's birthday party (2005), Sarah gleefully details the specs of the digital camera with which she intends to document the evening. A 512 MB memory card and a computer with "gigs" of space to back up said card onto means lots of pictures, sure, but it also looks positively quaint next to the ''phones'' some characters are using much more recently (and within less than a year of in-universe time).
* LookBehindYou
** "Is that a demonic duck of some sort?" Subverted -- there really ''is'' a demonic duck of some sort [[spoiler:except [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-02-23 during the strike]]. Or his [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-07-10 high school reunion]]. Or [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2006-07-14 vacations]]]].
** Also, used without the duck during Elliot vs. Noah [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-03-22 Epic Race]].
* LoveEpiphany:
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-03-14 ...Uh-oh.]] [[spoiler: Elliot realises he likes Susan after listing several qualities he likes about her]].
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-06-05 Also.]] [[spoiler: Diane realises she wants a real relationship with Elliot]].
** Inverted when [[spoiler: Elliot realizes he [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1596 loves Sarah like a sister]].]]
* LoveIsInTheAir: The super-pheromones of the Variant Five settings. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-06-12 "Male, female, gay, straight... female variant #5 cares not."]]
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