ElGoonishShive/TropesAToE | ElGoonishShive/TropesFToL | ElGoonishShive/TropesMToR | '''Tropes S-Z'''
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!!!''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* SayingTooMuch: "An Endless Barrel Of Exposition" [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-05-27 spilled it again]].
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Mr. Verres, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-07-05 on occasion]], and Tedd [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-02-02 here]]. Also Mr. [[{{Pun}} Alephnull]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-12-17 here]]. Preceded by Tedd's [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-05-23 failed attempt]] to invoke this. Luke, a newish character as of [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1876 this]] strip, apparently activates his after being called gay by another card player.
* SceneryCensor: Due to Grace's views on casual nudity, and a lack of MagicPants.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: [[spoiler:Ellen and Nanase, and apparently Catalina and Rhoda]].
* SecurityBlanket: Susan's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' T-shirts. Tedd's glasses.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:Damien was created with the ''intent'' of fulfilling a prophecy.]]
* SelfDeprecation: See [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-11-09 the title of this]] as well as [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-04-26 this one]], which is mostly LeaningOnTheFourthWall about why the Hammerchlorians storyline is a bad idea, because "any writer who takes something ''[[SuspensionOfDisbelief no-one was questioning]]'' and tries to ''[[DoingInTheWizard explain it]]'' is a ''hack''."
* ShapeShifting: ''Lots''. There are several "[[VoluntaryShapeshifting natural]]" shapeshifters, the TF gun, the TF belt, etc.
-->'''[[http://community.910cmx.com/index.php?showtopic=9749&st=20&p=392573&#entry392573 one]] [[FanCommunityNicknames bunny]]:''' 'EGS' [[FunWithAcronyms really stands]] for '[[UpToEleven Extremely]] [[FanService Gratuitous]] {{Shapeshifting}}'
** BalefulPolymorph: Occurred on-screen and in backstory, though more discussed.
*** In the comic's prehistory Sarah was once accidentally turned into a CatGirl, due to Tedd's [[JugglingLoadedGuns unsafe handling]] of a TransformationRay gun. Cue an understandable grudge. See also [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2011-08-04 the commentary of a filler image]].
*** Elliot was turned into a girl just before the TransformationRay broke. He would've automatically turned back after a month, and Tedd probably could've rebuilt the device sooner, but Elliot was so desperate to return to normal (it is hinted that his emotions were being manipulated by Magus even back then) that he resorted to using a magical artifact, which had unexpected side effects.
** InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Multiple examples. Elliot, for example, has shapeshifting GenderBender powers, but he's at a stage where his body doesn't know its limits, so basically, he needs to transform every day to burn off excess magic, or else it'll overload at some inopportune moment, causing him to involuntarily transform with barely any warning.
** MagicPants: At first, it's averted; shapeshifters apparently ruin a lot of shirts, and Grace, the biggest shapeshifter, has absolutely [[InnocentFanserviceGirl no nudity taboo.]] Later, the trope is brought in, with [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum textile technology from a race of alien shapeshifters.]]
** PainfulTransformation: Sometimes -- seems to depend on specific forms and method.
*** Boy-to-{{catboy}} was [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-08-23 painful but not quite incapacitating]] with an early model and acceptable with TF gun -- Sarah complaining about {{catgirl}} incident mentioned every possible problem but this. Human-to-human (GenderBender or normal female to female v5) is "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-05-13 Wait -- I feel more jiggly than I should...]]."
*** An attempt to transform from [[LegoGenetics living genetic salad]] of six kinds of beings to human was nearly lethal for Vlad. Part of Grace's design supposedly was to counter this problem. Though it may be partially because [[PlayingWithSyringes Project Lycanthrope]] seyunolu were not just made by eggs but also tinkered with.
** RequiredSecondaryPowers / YouCanSeeMe: Greater chimerae [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-08-04 seem]] not to have much problems with [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-05-20 identifying]] people they know in different forms. Uryuom once [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-08-28 failed]] at this, but it may tell more about mental changes in Tedd after acquaintance with Grace.
** ShapeshifterBaggage: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-06-17 where were my keys?]]
** ShapeshifterDefaultForm: Artificial transformations are temporary, in normal conditions new forms expire and the subject snaps back. A chimera may keep other forms for a good while, but is born in [[MixAndMatchCritters hybrid form]] and deem these the most "natural" i.e comfortable. Though Grace appears to have no problem remaining in her human form (plus antenna) for long periods.
** TransformationRay: ''The'' key plot device of the series.
** TransformationTrinket: The Cat Belt.
* TheScream: So far, there have been [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-05-07 two]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-12-09 different]] screams heard by aliens.
* SherlockScan: Diane does it while cap-and-piped. So much for being introduced as an AlphaBitch two and half real-time years earlier.
* ShipperOnDeck: Sarah, with Nanase and Ellen. Interesting because she's essentially returning the favor: Nanase helped Elliot get together with her. Grace is just as enthusiastic about pairing them up. In fact, the only person who doesn't like the idea is Tedd, who considers Nanase his "ugly cousin" -- he can't handle the thought of her being in a relationship with ''anybody''.
** Unnamed "Franchise/StarTrek fangirl" ships Elliot and Susan to the point that she shows up at the video store to ask Susan about their relationship, rather than to rent a video. [[spoiler:And just happens to be there for the revelation that Sarah and Elliot have broken up. Cue {{Squee}}ing.]]
* ShipTease: Ever since the ''Summer'' Arc, there have been subtle [[HesNotMyBoyfriend shipping hints between]] [[spoiler: Eliot and Susan]], after the [[spoiler: six month TimeSkip]], the hints have been...[[http://www.elgoonishshive.com/?date=2013-02-05 less subtle]].
* ShooOutTheClowns: If they can't be milked for drama, they're gone. At present, this means the Hammers are gone, and Greg is closing his dojo. Also leads to DoingInTheScientist with both Hammerspace and Anime-Style Martial Arts being explained by magic.
** Note that the Hammers had disappeared since Painted Black, and Greg is back in as a character, doing private tutoring sessions. So, in Gregs case, they shooed out the clown to bring him back.
* ShoutOut: See {{Shoutout.ElGoonishShive}}
* ShowWithinAShow:
** The Lucky Bunny Bounty Show (Greg and [[spoiler:Dex]] are fans, Tedd owns the dvd, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-08-16 and now there's a poster]]).
** Sarah draws [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-04-17 comics]] -- something about [[AuthorGuestSpot a squirrel-boy character named Dan]].
** Not only that, but once even lampshaded ''[[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2009-04-16 guest comic provided by a character from within the comic itself]]''. [[MindScrew Just in case]] FourthWall wasn't already turned into Klein bottle.
* ShroudedInMyth: Grace, at times, at least as far as the Child Left Behind is concerned.
-->'''Grace:''' You can call me Shade Tail.\\
''[whump]''\\
'''Greg:''' Are you okay?\\
'''CLB:''' I'm fine! I tripped!\\
'''Grace:''' But you were sitting.\\
'''CLB:''' Yes I was. Sorry, mistress. Ma'am. ''Shade Tail''.
* ShuttingUpNow: Tedd does this at least [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-01-05 once]] after receiving a double DeathGlare.
-->'''Tedd:''' Withdrawn.
* ShyFingerTwiddling: A rare male example (well, [[GenderBender usually]]), Elliot does this a lot.
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy: While Tedd and his father were arguing the pros and cons of giving magic to the populace, Mr. Verres compares it to giving everyone rocket launchers and making it okay by giving them bomb suits. Tedd then wonders if a bomb suit would even help against a rocket launcher.
* SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism: Has characters that practically run the gamut between human and animal.
* SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism: Tends towards the idealistic side.
-->'''[[WordOfGod Word of Dan:]]''' I'm not saying a more "gritty" approach is wrong in general; I speak only of what is appropriate for this comic. The world is full of cynical, gritty and dark comics full of brooding, angst and doom, and while I'm sure many of those comics are good, one of my specific intentions for EGS is for it to not be one of those comics.
* SideStoryBonusArt: The Sketchbook and Newspaper, with parts [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-05-21 occasionally]] squirreled into the canon.
* SingingInTheShower: {{Played for laughs}} [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-03-24 here]].
* SingleTargetSexuality: While admitting that she does like other people, Grace is pretty much a Teddsexual. This was [[LampshadedTrope even pointed out in universe]]. With huge clues to the reasons before it's fully revealed.
* SinisterSilhouettes: About half the cast was introduced this way.
** Noah has a spell that turns him into one.
* SlidingScaleOfFourthWallHardness: The early strips had NoFourthWall. As the years progressed, any mention of the author or even fourth wall breaks in general were dropped and are now relegated to the newspaper and filler strips, which are out of canon.
* SmashCut: [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1741 When Catalina tries to figure out how to make up for spreading a rumor about Elliot being gay]]:
-->'''Catalina''': I'll think of something! I'll come up with an argument so airtight that\\
''[cut to Catalina [[spoiler:kissing a surprised Elliot on the lips]]]''
* SmellySkunk: Averted with two seyunolu girls who are part-skunk. Apart from names [[BilingualBonus translating]] to [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2004-02-10 "scent"]] and [[http://www.egscomics.com/faq.page#name_kaoli "fragrance"]], there is no mention of how they smell one way or another.
* SomeKindOfForceField: Greg [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-07-18 can do it]]. Also, "Standard lockdown procedure." For schools that have a wizard teacher, that is.
* [[ArtisticLicensePhysics Somewhere a Physics Professor is Crying]]: In-universe [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-04 here]] and [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-11 here.]]
* SpaceWhale: Invoked. The loosely-cetacean-shaped interdimensional ambient mana-eating creature would like to be compared to a [baleen] whale, thanks, not an algae-eater.
* SpeciesSurname: 'Sciuridae' is the formal name for the family which includes squirrels.
* SpeechBubbleCensoring: Nanase, then Lisa.
* SpitTake: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-11-28 So close.]] Mr. Raven held the tea inside his mouth only with a heroical effort. As TheRant points out, Grace sometimes have such effect on people.
* SpockSpeak: Noah, though Dan has said [[https://mobile.twitter.com/dantheshive/status/31545537379438592 he is trying to]] [[https://mobile.twitter.com/dantheshive/status/31545800110641152 limit this trope]].
* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: For a long time, women who were offended by sexist men could conjure hammers from out of [[{{Hammerspace}} nowhere]] and use them to pummel the offender. [[spoiler:This lasted until the person who originally created this ability passed away.]]
* SpotlightStealingSquad:
** Nanase and Ellen have a big problem with this early on. They even had the most screentime in ''Painted Black'', Grace's '''''backstory arc'''''.
** This decreases later on, after the Abraham arc.
** The One Way Road arc is supposed to be about the effect of Tedd's mad science on his relationship with Grace, but it kept derailing for Ellen.
** The New And Old Flames and Death Sentence arcs focus on Elliot and Justin, and Grace, respectively, with almost no Ellen and Nanase screentime.
** Shive found a solution to keeping Ellen and Nanase out of the spotlight without [[PutOnABus putting them on a bus]] or just quietly forgetting about them: They go on exciting adventures, solving mysteries and righting wrongs...[[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome almost completely offscreen]]. Makes for lots of fun {{Noodle Incident}}s, too.
* {{Squee}}: Multiple examples.
* StatGrinding: Nanase [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-06-05 takes this approach]] to trying to learn more spells once she realizes she can.
* StealthHiBye: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-03-07 Noah.]]
* StealthPun: Many, especially in minor characters' names (see MeaningfulName above).
** Mr. Raven's ''Murder Shroud'' spell creates a cloud that exploding crows come out of. A flock of crows can also be called a ''murder''.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: The Latin word 'Sciuridae' translates as 'Shade Tail', which was also Grace's CodeName, though it was not in reference to Dr. Sciuridae.
* TheStinger: It looks like Dan acquired the taste for it by the latter arcs (which somewhat improves RotatingArcs side in itself). After all was said and done in "New And Old Flames", the last page has a good hook. "One Way Road" got an even better "postscriptum" in the last panels.
* StraightGay:
** Justin, and also [[spoiler:Nanase.]] There are no flamboyant stereotypes to be found in this comic. Well, except for Justin ''really'' likes to play with hair. Though Dan tried to explain that it wasn't because he was gay it's just he happens to have a strong emotional link to hair...and it just happens to be a gay stereotype. He mostly plays with Nanase's hair, though.
* StrawFeminist: Susan's mother, who instilled it into her daughter. Susan is a {{Deconstruction}} of this, as her stereotypical views on men were influenced by an event where she walked in on her father having an affair. It turns out she doesn't actually hate her father for this, but was trying to excuse his actions by believing that [[ImAManICantHelpIt he couldn't help it because he was male]] ([[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-06-09 a notion that her mother helped to reinforce]]). Eventually she realizes that people just make stupid mistakes, no matter what their gender.
* StupidSexyFlanders:
** Any straight GenderBender becomes bisexual for the duration. A certain male-to-female setting - which can also be used on women - will, [[spoiler:for 48 hours]], make you extremely attractive, even to people who normally don't like girls. Not to mention the StupidSexyFlanders overtones of {{Gender Bender}}s in the first place. Even without gender-bending, Tedd is ''[[RunningGag constantly]]'' getting this; Justin once joked that he shouldn't worry about ''gay'' men being attracted to him. Also, while removing his glases was enough to make V5-ed Elliot blush:
--->'''[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-10-05 Sarah]]:''' In Elliot's defense, your face isn't really the best barometer of whether he was really into guys...
** Noah seems to trigger this among the fans.
* SuddenSchoolUniform: Due to WebcomicTime, the uniform policy Moperville North announced in March 2005 and abolished in January 2010 was really in effect for ''two and a half days''.
* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: Tedd is attempting to treat magic just like any other area of the (mad) sciences -- physics, chemistry, robotics, etc. So far, we've seen him trying empirical testing of transformation spells, running numbers instead of hoping that things "just work", and so forth. [[spoiler: It's heavily, heavily implied that "Lord Tedd" resulted in one timeline when he forgot the value of friendship in lieu of obsessing over magic-turned-science -- and thus, power -- to the exclusion of all else.]]
* SummonToHand: Susan can do this via {{hammerspace}}.
* SuperEmpowering: Immortals have the ability to trigger Awakenings, provided the subject has built up enough magical energy.
* SuperGenderBender: Elliot acquires a spell that allows him to turn into a [[MostCommonSuperpower voluptuous superheroine]].
* SuperMode: Nanase with [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-10-09 Angel-form]], Elliot with "[[SuperGenderBender Cheerleadra]]".
* SupernaturalAid: Immortals work this way rather than interfering more directly.
* SuperSoldier: Grace's brothers [[spoiler:and Grace herself]]; the older chimeras were meant to be super-assassins, while [[spoiler:Grace]] was created specifically to fight Damien.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-06-23 George's reaction]] to Justin thinking he was simply uncomfortable by the idea of Justin having a boyfriend. Totally not BlatantLies, seeing as even the commentary says so!
** Nanase dumped Gary [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1311 because she was a lesbian]] and for no other reasons.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial
** The cover of one character's spell book reads "The Ecology of Anteaters (Not a Spellbook)".
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2008-09-08 "I assure you that we have never met before, with the possible exception of that one time when we did."]]
** Lisa had a bad first year of college, apparently.
** "Why, father! I have been in this bathroom the whole time, and not sleeping with the squirrel girl as you previously suggested!" "Oh, well, that's good to know."
** Grace [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-06-17 wasn't chasing her tails.]]
** Tedd may be jealous of Nanase, but [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-07-05 not because of anything she's done with Elliot.]]
* SwordCane:[[spoiler:Raven]] has this, but carries it only when expecting serious trouble.
* TakeThat:
** "Creator/GeorgeLucas: Take That -- [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-11-09 And Back]]!," "[[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2009-06-19 Vampire sparkling]]: [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2009-10-29 what exactly]] is a big FetishRetardant" and "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-08-04 An Evil Monkey]] [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad American]]!"
** Sketchbook got things [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-10-12 like this]].
** "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-03-17 Get out of here]], you blonde [[{{Bishonen}} androgynous]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad interloper]]! Go play ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' or something!"
** How about delivering a two-for-one [[LampshadeHanging to his own story in progress]] and [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-04-26 to George Lucas]] both?
* TakeThatMe: "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-11-09 Bending Genders]]: Ha! Take THAT, Nerds! (Ow! I Hurt Myself!)"
* TakeThatKiss: and it's even made a tradition...
* TakingYouWithMe: Damien says the trope name word for word [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-05-07 here.]]
* TheTalk: Susan has to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-10-12 explain to Grace why nudity is awkward]]. Before that, others tried and failed.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Nanase gambles on [[spoiler:Abraham's]] good intentions to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-10-20 convince]] the [[spoiler:wizard]] to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-10-22 swear an oath not to harm]] [[spoiler:Ellen]].
* TalkingToTheDead: An [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-10-18 unknown would-be avenger]] aka Mysterious Cloaked Figure [[spoiler:(later revealed to be Noah)]] in "The Child Left Behind."
* TastesLikeDiabetes:
** In-universe - Susan began physically choking after Elliot and Sarah started flirting in the same room as her.
** And [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-01-28 used]] this taste as a repellent, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-01-31 accidentally giving Justin]] BrainBleach deficiency syndrome.
* TeamDad: Mr. Verres is this not just to Main Eight, but to his FBI team as well. It helps that he's Tedd's actual dad and Nanase's uncle.
* TemptingFate:
** Grace and Raven [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-03-12 knew it's not good]]. [[spoiler:Abraham]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-10-08 didn't]].
** "'''[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-04- 27 I will slay the dragon. ]]
]]'''" [[spoiler:(cue a noticeably less badass pose 15 pages later)]]
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted with [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-09-23 this]]. Read the title if you don't get it. Also see the text message sent [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-02-12 here]].
** More to the point, there obviously ''are'' therapists - it just seems nobody knows when to get one. This is most apparent with Susan, who obviously has some '''serious''' issues, but could probably have been therapized (whether that is still possible now cannot be said).
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: Possibly subverted; while Lord Tedd is supposedly out to kill the "weak Tedds," Nioi insisted that he was misunderstood, and it is clear from various hints that he has a FreudianExcuse lurking in the shadows. Unfortunately, due to the KudzuPlot, he's been PutOnABus, so it'll be some time before we find out ''why''.
* ThisIsASong: Sarah's cellphone has [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-12-03 one of these]]:
-->* this is a ringtone song... ringing all the--*
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: ''Melissa'', [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-04-26 of all people.]]
** And Justin. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-03-06 Don't forget Justin.]]
* ThisIsReality: One of the immortals says so [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-02-27 here]].
* ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels: As they said during the "{{Ink Blot|Test}} [[TheIllegible Handwriting]]" incident,
-->'''Justin:''' This is messed up on so many levels. I'm guessing [[DysfunctionalFamily you don't visit your cousin and uncle that much]]?\\
'''Nanase:''' It's common sense not to.
* ThreeYay: Some Sarah/Grace/Tedd subtext starts cropping up when Sarah becomes Tedd's lab assistant. Tedd has a (brief) ImagineSpot of all three of them in sexy outfits, Tedd gave Sarah clone forms of himself with the explicit understanding that she could do whatever she wanted with them, and Sarah is the only person other than Grace who has shown to be able to call him "Teddy" and get away with it. Plus, [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1724 after Grace learns of]] [[spoiler:Elliot and Sarah's amicable breakup]], she feels the need to reassure herself by clinging to Tedd ... ''and'' Sarah.
--> '''Sarah:''' Why am ''I'' being clung?!
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-11-02 Averted.]] Tedd's blush, however, is easily visible.
* TimeSkip: Here and there:
** There is 2-weeks long one between Sisters II and Bringing Silly Back.
** The end of Summer features a 6-month long skip.
* TimeTravel: {{Averted}}. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-07-14 It's impossible.]]
** [-'''Dan:''' [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-05-24 No time travel.]] Something happens, it happens, damn it. No going back and undoing it (outside of [[TakeThat Lucas-style edits]]).-]
* TimeTravelTenseTrouble: During a discussion about ''Franchise/StarTrek'' [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2006-08-24 here.]]
* TimmyInAWell: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-06-25 Parodied, almost by name.]]
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Happens to [[AntiVillain Abraham]], an ancient wizard who created the [[GreenRocks Dewitchery Diamond]] intended to remove terrible curses like [[{{Werewolf}} lycanthropy]]. And turned out to have the [[NiceJobBreakingItHero rather severe drawback]] of splitting a cursed individual into the original and [[TheVirus an embodiment of the curse adept at spreading the curse to others]]. [[MyGreatestFailure Unable to destroy the diamond]], Abraham swore to [[TheAtoner dedicate his life to]] killing these cursed forms, which were generally vicious and powerful monsters ([[DidntThinkThisThrough having failed to consider things like cosmetic magic]]). So he awakens from self-imposed suspended animation, sensing that the diamond has been used again. He is horrified to learn that one guy had used the diamond to cure himself of a GenderBender, accidentally creating an OppositeSexClone, so the latest cursed form he's sworn to kill is an innocent teenage girl -- but [[IGaveMyWord feels compelled to go through with it]]. [[spoiler:In the end, Nanase is able to convince Abraham not to murder Ellen, reasoning that following the letter of his oath would violate the spirit of his oath, since it was made with the intention of protecting innocent people.]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Susan and Nanase's friendship. Susan is a very conservative, feminist who is just getting over her issues with men. Nanase is pretty much the opposite in most ways. the two of them are good friends, even if Susan didn't want to admit it for a long time.
* TooMuchInformation: ''[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-08-20 Fine, whatever!]]''
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: In the off-continuity [[{{Jumanji}} Goonmanji]] arc, the main cast pisses off the evil cursed RealityWarper game by being far too perverted/accustomed to the MadScience to treat whatever it does to them as something more than FetishFuel at best and petty annoyance at worst.
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-05-17 Oh, boy]]
* TouchTelepathy: Uryuoms can teach you their CypherLanguage by touching your forehead with their antennae.
* TransEqualsGay: Tedd catches a lot of this from the start, which is [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-09-06 completely]] groundless. The author indicated in a [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-01-26 non-canon piece]] that Justin would love being a girl so he could pick up guys. After receiving complaints, turned it the other way in [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-11-16 follow-up piece]] and kept it from entering the comic's canon. Later on in the canon story Justin [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-07-03 addresses]] the fact that he doesn't actually want to be a woman, even though it would make his life easier.
* TransformationComic: One of the definitive examples.
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Known as an Angst-Induced Awakening, one of the standard ways for magic potential to be realised.
* TropesForDummies: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-12-05 For squirrels]].
* TrueCompanions: Although the two members that are actually family have virtually no interaction with each other.
* TwinThreesomeFantasy : Nanase likes Ellen, but since girl-Elliot is identical to Ellen, HilarityEnsues when Nanase [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-07-02 sees them (more or less) tickle-fighting.]]
* TwoGamersOnACouch: The NP stories are starting to show shades of this.
* TykeBomb: [[spoiler:"Project Lycanthrope" chimerae. Including Grace, although it didn't work very well.]]
* UltimateJobSecurity: Principal Verrückt, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=20090115 as Susan notes]].
* UnsoundEffect: Not all that frequent, but notably including ''Sensory Overload'' when [[spoiler:Nanase]] saw [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Ellen and female Elliot]] [[DistractedByTheSexy tickle-fighting in their underwear]].
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-05-24 *MAGIC NOSE BEEPAGE!*]]
* UnstoppableRage: After Grace finds out what happened to her real father, she goes utterly ''ballistic'' on Damien. She snaps out of it before actually killing him, though. Also happens to Nanase when Abraham tries to destroy Ellen.
* UnusualEuphemism: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-06-13 Sarah would like (with the help of magic) to be]] [[MostCommonSuperpower "taller"]]. (Although, boobs aside, she would [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-04-03 indeed]] like to be taller.)
* UtilityMagic
* VisibleSilence: Principal Verrückt of Moperville North High School is [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-09-21 temporarily rendered speechless]] by Sarah's PuppyDogEyes.
* VisualPun:
** The Writer's Block.
** Susan's [[GoodAngelBadAngel curiosity]] is a CatGirl, and what do we say about cats and curiosity?
* WallOfText: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-07-08 "No, seriously, what's the plan?"]]
* {{Wangst}}: Played with in-universe in regards to Susan's "[[FreakOut major angst-induced Awakening]]."
-->'''Jerry:''' Angst-induced Awakenings are usually triggered by things like murdered loved ones or a village burning down, not disappointment over origin stories.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The fire-summon mooks have a weakness to water, despite not actually being on fire. Trying to make flaming creatures with a summon spell that can't allow it (the creatures would incinerate themselves) causes the effect.
* WebcomicPrintCollection: Two volumes; the first is out of print.
* WebcomicTime: Eight years of EGS as a webcomic is ''just'' over two months of time in-comic. The Birthday Party was a particularly jarring example; a year of EGS was one ''day'' of in-comic time. This makes Ellen's character development and [[spoiler:Nanase coming out]] slightly odd.
** It is getting a ''bit'' better, though. As of November, 2012, about 135 days, just over 4 months, have passed in-comic. Still, however, January 21, 2013 will be the ''11th'' anniversary. It is yet to be seen if we will reach the 5-month milestone by that time. [[spoiler: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-02-01 This]] panel makes sure that, while it may be a weekish late, they definitely are past the 5-month mark now.]]
* WeirdTradeUnion: The demonic duck belongs to the Distraction Union. And he [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-01-02 doesn't like "scabs"]].
** The Distraction Union apparently has [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2006-08-26 a booth at EGS-Con]].
* WeirdnessCensor: The aliens, when [[AlienAmongUs walking among humans]], use a system of disguise that involves wearing shirts bearing the label 'human'. Despite their natural forms looking like LittleGreenMen, this method somehow successfully convinces anyone who has not been explicitly informed of their existence.
** Averted [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1155 later on]] when a monster attack happens in public, all the bystanders record the incident and release the information, the local news station immediately shows up and interviews the man who fought the monster, and that very same day the head of the MenInBlack [[BrokenMasquerade openly confirms magic and monsters are real]].
** The trope actually ends up being subtly deconstructed as TheUnmasquedWorld really isn't any different from before. People still go about their lives as usual, the MenInBlack still do their job as before, and most denizens of the magical world still stay out of sight. Even while TheMasquerade was in place [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1650 a lot of people knew about magic]]. It seems like people just don't let all the weirdness going on around them get in the way of living their lives, yet aren't in the least bit of denial about how strange things are. They just treat the fantastic the same way as they treat the mundane.
* WeWereRehearsingAPlay:
-->'''Tedd:''' They're... um... rehearsing a play...\\
'''Pizza boy:''' A play?\\
'''Tedd:''' Yes. A play.\\
'''Pizza boy:''' About two guys fighting over skirts?\\
'''Tedd:''' Yes..No! They're staying true to the play's Shakespearean roots by having men play female roles!
** At the end of "Sister II", [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-01-11 Ellen and Nanase rehearse a play about CPR.]]
* WhamEpisode: The "Painted Black" arc.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-05-31 May 31, 2010.]]
--->'''WordOfGod:''' I have frequently seen Susan described as having a "[[DullSurprise bored]]" look on her face. For a long time now, I have seen it as [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone something else]].
** The end scene of ''Death Sentence''. [[spoiler: Rhoda has a PowerTattoo, her power makes things grow, and she was the one who turned the boar giant in the first place. And not even she realizes it.]]
** From "Hair", we learn that Tedd is magically challenged. We also learn that [[spoiler: he plans to use his science to make it safe for everyone to use magic]]. And to top it all off, the final page features [[spoiler: Tedd's mom's first appearance]].
** In the final panel of "One Way Road", while Tedd is narrating, we finally know one of the inventions he spent the chapter obsessing over creating...[[spoiler: A replica of [[EvilOverlord Lord Tedd's]] glove]]
** "There Be Whales Here - Part 3". '''HOLY CRAP.''' First off, we discover a fundamental function of the EGS universe. [[spoiler: There are giant, psychic algae eater - sorry, [[InsistentTerminology whales]] - living on another plane of existence. These whales feed on excess magic, keeping earth stable.]] As the next arc shows, not even MrExposition Mr. Verres knew about that. Secondly, an explanation for why Moperville is a CityOfAdventure: [[spoiler: the magic energy is increasing beyond normal standards in Moperville. The watches won't even work anywhere else.]] Because of that last detail, more magical creatures will be coming soon. And more magic will spread. And just to cap off the HolyShitQuotient, we're hit with a six-month TimeSkip, which is massive when you consider the comic had only progressed about five months so far during its eleven-year run.
** "End Of An Era". Not as big as some of the previous, but [[spoiler: [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Sarah]] wants to "just friends" Elliot. They were together through roughly 1400 updates]].]]
** A [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2013-05-13 Wham Page]] in "Family Tree", where Ellen and Nanase learn a surprising piece of information which implies that [[spoiler: Diane and Susan are identical twins.]]
** Most of "Family Tree" is this, with the first big threat after the [[spoiler: whale's warnings]], more people breaking through TheMasquerade, [[spoiler: hints and exposition on both Susan and Tedd's respective parents]], and finally an explanation for why TheMasquerade exists: [[spoiler: Tengu was human. [[FromNobodyToNightmare Ordinary jerks]] can become psychotic, self-entitled, overpowered monsters with a god complex. And all it takes is just a taste of magic.]]
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1776 Oops.]]
** A seemingly filler arc takes a turn for the dramatic with the last panel of [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1872 this page:]] [[spoiler: [[OhCrap Pandora is back.]]]]
* WhamLine:
** The TV interview where [[spoiler:Arthur J. Arthur]] says, [[spoiler:[[BrokenMasquerade "It was real. The monster was a golem created by one who must be found. The girl is a good Samaritan who can fly. What was seen is what was."]]]]
** In "Family Tree", [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-06-24 when]] [[spoiler:Rhea calls Diane "my lord"]].
** "She's like a sister to me," says [[spoiler:Elliot, while trying to articulate his feelings for his ''then-girlfriend,'' Sarah.]]
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-11-15 Surely Nothing Bad Can Come from This]].".. Right?
* WhatHaveIBecome: Tedd [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-03-03 asks this of himself]] after saying that he would rather figure out the science behind Elliot's transformation magic than ogle his breasts (yes, the pronoun is correct).
* WhiteAndGreyMorality: Save one or two bad eggs[[note]]and both of them had been convinced that the world needed them[[/note]], there are no really evil characters in the comic; all of them so far have either been misguided or acting off their own sense of what's right rather being downright evil.
* WhyCantIHateYou: Justin feels this way towards Sarah.
* WillfullyWeak: [[spoiler:Mr. Raven]] is [[spoiler:half immortal]] and very powerful -- but not allowed to interfere with mortal events. Mostly. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-06-18 Unless you're stupid enough to press his]] BerserkButton.
* WineIsClassy: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-06-27 The presence of a glass of wine in Mrs. Pompoms hand]] seems to be an example of the high society version.
* WingDingEyes: Several characters have had the "Spirals" version.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-06-30 Revealed to be]] the reason why Immortals "reset" every two hundred years. As time goes by, they become "more bored, more powerful, and less sane," which as Jerry notes is "kind of a bad combo." This could explain why [[spoiler:Pandora]] acts the way she does, since alleviating boredom through certifiably insane plots is her entire reason for doing things. She may have gone thousands of years without "resetting", while 200 years is considered the safe limit.
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-02-25 Being morphed by a beam of energy is good for you]].
* WondrousLadiesRoom: Averted, Lampshaded, and flat-out abused.
** And [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-02-19 then it got even better]].
* WordSaladTitle: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-08-13 here]].
* TheWorldIsNotReady: [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1692 This is the official reason]] for TheMasquerade on magic. It is theoretically possible for almost ''anyone'' to gain magical powers, and since few of magic's limitations are known, it is impossible to predict and deal with the many abuses that could be committed with such power. As such, it is kept a secret to restrict access to a manageable number of people. Tedd's current goal is to ''make'' the world ready by searching for an easy way to give everyone [[AntiMagic magic resistance]].
* WritersBlock: Shive has this, and many filler strips consist of him chasing a box-like creature labeled as such.
* XanatosGambit: Ellen considered her fight with the goo to be a [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-01-23 "win-win"]], given that loosing the physical fight would have resulted in a [[HeroicSacrifice "noble death"]].
* {{X-Ray Vision}}: Tedd's glasses used to have an x-ray feature. And Grace suggested a version that would ''[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-05-21 remove the wearer's clothing]]'' when taken off and vice versa (ItMakesSenseInContext). InnocentFanserviceGirl, indeed.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Used in the narration for [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-09-20 this strip]].
--> ''Laterz... What? Z's are cool.''
* YouAndWhatArmy: [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-09-29 Seriously?]] Gerald needed to ''ask''?
* [[ArtisticLicenseEconomics You Fail Economics Forever]]: Invoked.
-->'''Magus:''' I can ''totally'' hook you up with straw turned to gold.\\
'''Aberration:''' I'm already worth millions, and you'd just be devaluing gold in general if you made more.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The Verreses' purple hair is natural. Nanase's red [[spoiler:well, black now]] is natural, despite her dominant Asian genes. Susan's (dyed...[[spoiler:well, natural now]]) hair is actually dark blue, not black, and this is seen as a natural hair color.
** The mystery finally [[https://mobile.twitter.com/dantheshive/status/25314052263649280 is]] [[https://mobile.twitter.com/dantheshive/status/25314173504196608 unveiled]].
* YouWatchTooMuchX: (guest strip) [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-07-21 Tedd]], [[DaydreamSurprise wake up]].
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