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The articles at Website/PlatypusComix boast so many tropes that they now have their own page.

[[folder:All Sections]]
* CaptionHumor: Articles that rely on this include those included in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideadsindex.html The Ancient Lost Art of 'TV Guide' Advertising]]", "Things You Can't Ever Have" (found in the [[http://platypuscomix.net/interactive/index.html Interactive Entertainment Celebration Section]]), and "What's Powell's Throws Out" (found in the [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/index.html Oregon Survival Guide]]).
* DeadpanSnarker: Peter Paltridge.
* EndOfEpisodeSilliness: Most of the articles hosted at Platypus Comix itself end with two links: one that leads back to the home page, and one that varies on each article, leading to a page that has either an adequate or nonexistent relation to the article's subject. Articles written on Peter's Toon Zone blog bear neither links.
* {{MST}}: Every now and then, Peter will do a humorous summary of a SoBadItsGood or completely awful movie. Also played to the letter in his review of ''[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/mst3ksthelens.html St. Helens]]''.
** "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/boxcar.html The Boxcar Children (with colorful commentary)]]" shows off some of the snarky comments Peter scribbled into his copies of ''[[Literature/TheBoxcarChildren Boxcar Children]]'' novels.
* {{Narm}}: Invoked in articles featuring commercials from the 1970s and '80s.
* ShoutOut[=/=]ReferenceOverdosed: See ShoutOut.PlatypusComix.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Invoked whenever Peter points out something in an old work that conflicts with modern society.

[[folder:History Channel Department]]

[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/index.html Peter Paltridge records the history of stuff.]]

* {{Chickification}}: Discussed in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/hallofsupershame.html Superman's Hall of Super-Shame!]]" The "Stepford Lois" section laments how TheFifties eliminated ComicBook/LoisLane's strong-willed personality to make her a DamselInDistress who dreamed only of marrying Franchise/{{Superman}}.
* DorkAge: [[invoked]] Peter claims in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/boxcar.html The Boxcar Children (with colorful commentary)]]" that ''Literature/TheBoxcarChildren'' became less exciting after Gertrude Chandler Warner made the children grow up, and that he appreciated her successors de-aging them.
* GrandfatherParadox: In "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/movies.html Why I Don't Want to Travel Back in Time]]", Peter theorizes that if Marty [=McFly=] from ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' had indeed failed to make his parents fall in love, he would cease to exist, and therefore never prevent his parents' meeting in the first place, which means they ''would'' get married and give birth to Marty, who would eventually go back in time and make himself cease to exist... On [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/movies2.html the last page]], he realizes Stimpy from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' also caused one after he pushed the History Eraser Button, and appeared to erase his own birth, raising the question of how Stimpy would push that button...
* HilariousInHindsight: [[invoked]] When reviewing a TV special about WesternAnimation/BugsBunny's 50th birthday in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/bugsbirthday.html Dr. Ruth and Chuck Norris: Together At Last]]", Peter notices Creator/RavenSymone wishing a happy birthday to WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck[[note]]whose 50th birthdays did ''not'' happen in the same year as Bugs'[[/note]], even though this special aired several years before Raven started appearing in Creator/DisneyChannel movies and shows.
* IWarnedYou: In "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/hallofsupershame.html Superman's Hall of Super-Shame!]]," Peter comments, "The Franchise/{{Superman}} concept is bizarre in nature, and it's certainly resulted in a lot of bizarre literature. (Scroll down the page to see [[PlantPerson Superman as a tree]].)" After the reader sees [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/supertree.jpg that cover]], he quips, "Told ya."
* KidsAreCruel: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/kellogg.html Kellogg Middle School: The Happiest Place on Earth]]" epitomizes this trope completely. As such, it's one of the darker articles on the site.
* PhlebotinumInducedStupidity: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/magazine.html Magazine Alley]]" warns that ''Highlights For Children'' can cause this if you read it too often.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: [[invoked]] Discussed in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/hallofsupershame.html Superman's Hall of Super-Shame!]]", using ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' as examples. They both launched new genres in their respective mediums (''Superman'' the superhero comic, ''Doom'' the first person shooter video game), and both became perceived as quaint by fans of later entries in those genres.
* SoBadItsGood: [[invoked]]What Peter says about ''Seires/GeorgeSchlattersComedyClub'' and ''Series/DCFollies'' in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/onbeyondyeller.html On Beyond Yeller!]]"
* StartMyOwn: Peter recalls in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/boxcar.html The Boxcar Children (with colorful commentary)]]" that while he enjoyed reading about the Boxcar Children embark on adventures without adult supervision, he found the writing style so condescending, he wrote his own series of ''Boxcar Children'' comics.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: [[invoked]] In "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/boxcar.html The Boxcar Children (with colorful commentary)]]", Peter designates ''The Deserted Library Mystery'' as his favorite ''Boxcar Children'' book, since it had more life-threatening stakes than any before or after it.
-->Unlike any other book in the series, this had ''real'' danger and suspense; [[AnyoneCanDie [the villain] could have killed them at any time and came close once]]. So, naturally, this never happened again. The editor must have been furious: "You can't put actual peril in a novel for children; they might get entertained and therefore corrupted!" All future books would deal with the likes of stolen paintings and soft sabotage.

[[folder:Interactive Entertainment Celebration Section]]
[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/interactive/index.html Peter Paltridge muses about video games and video game memorabilia.]]

* FollowTheLeader: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/interactive2/nextgenpreview.html Exclusive Next-Gen Preview Special]]" foresees a video game market overrun with {{First Person Shooter}}s and {{Third Person Shooter}}s. Of the ten games announced, only two buck the trend.[[note]]These include the umpteenth re-release of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'', and a Creator/{{Valve|Software}} game that doesn't even exist in Peter's imagination.[[/note]]
-->What do you mean "whatever happened to platformers"? What are you, a female gamer? [[StayInTheKitchen No one wants you around anymore! Get back in the kitchen!]] [[TestosteronePoisoning Video games are strictly a MAN'S medium! RARRR!]] [[Music/OzzyOsbourne Bite head off bat!]]
* GameMod: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/interactive/newmarios.html So You Want a New Mario Game, Do You?]]" is about ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' ROM hacks.
* LeftHanging:
** At the end of "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/interactive/newmarios.html So You Want a New Mario Game, Do You?]]", Peter says that "there are even more hacks for NES titles" and to "Stay tuned for more showcases soon". This was in 2005 -- he never made a follow up article.
** "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/interactive2/twilight.html The Twilight Princess Diaries]]" documents Peter's progress in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', but only up until the first time Link turns into a wolf.
* ShaggyDogStory: One of the entries in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/interactive/arcade4.html Big Fat History Of The Arcade: Volume One]]" details Peter's struggles to find a home copy of ''Roadblasters'' after a local pizzeria replaced their arcade cabinet with a different game. Finally, his stepfather ordered him the game from Yahoo against all odds, but the pizzeria brought back their ''Roadblasters'' game the following week.
* SoBadItsGood: [[invoked]]How Peter describes ''VideoGame/ChaosCompleXX'' in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/interactive/newmarios.html So You Want a New Mario Game, Do You?]]"

!!Things You Can't Ever Have
* MisaimedMarketing: [[invoked]] In the "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/interactive/thingsyoucanteverhave12.html Summer 2013 edition]]", he questions the use of Cloud from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' in [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/interactive/canthaveit12-3.jpg a Pepsi ad]]:
-->If there's any match made in heaven, it's Pepsi and a video game based on themes of corporate greed and destruction, right?
* RunningGag: The [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/interactive/thingsyoucanteverhave3.html Summer 2011 edition]] had a picture of a Wii [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/interactive/canthaveit3-13.jpg autographed]] by eight actors from ''Series/{{Glee}}''. Peter lamented, "...but no Creator/JaneLynch." He later repeated this phrase for other autographed objects featured.
* ToughActToFollow: [[invoked]] Peter worries at the end of the [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/interactive/thingsyoucanteverhave13.html Summer 2014 edition]] that none of the future installments will share anything as impressive as the one chosen to close that page: Michael Thommason selling [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/interactive/canthaveit13-5.JPG over 11,000 video games]] for $750,250.00.
-->That's it; TYCEH has [[JumpTheShark jumped the shark]]. Anything we show from this point will pale in comparison to this. It's impossible to go any higher

[[folder:People Section]]

[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/people/index.html Peter Paltridge writes all about famous people]]

* FunnyAneurysmMoment: [[invoked]] Lampshaded in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/people/waltblech.html Walt Disney: One Man's Nightmare]]." The TV special Peter reviewed in that article came out in 1981, and had Michael Landon as a host. In one of the segments promoting [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks EPCOT Center]], concept art for [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/people/onemansdream40.jpg an airplane capable of space travel]] appears, and Landon says, "Hope I'm still around," unaware he would die only 10 years later.
* SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove: [[invoked]] Peter [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/people/chadrocco.html interviewed]] Chad "CR" Rocco because he thinks ''WebVideo/FamiliarFaces'' doesn't get as many fans as it deserves, and decided to give CR a chance to publicize himself.
--> It's a very fascinating series, and both it and Chad deserve more exposure than they currently get. Or at least more exposure than WebVideo/{{THE ANNOYING ORANGE}} gets."
* NotSoDifferent: While "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/people/waltblech.html Walt Disney: One Man's Nightmare]]" makes it clear that Peter didn't find a lot to enjoy about the biased Creator/WaltDisney {{Biopic}} ''One Man's Dream'', he did admit appreciating the shot of [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/people/onemansdream21.jpg Walt's original business card]] as a reminder of how his career started out as humble as that of any aspiring cartoonist.
-->This guy started out just like me. Maybe 15 years after I'm gone I'll have [[Creator/{{Disney}} a multinational corporation]] kissing my dead feet and claiming I had magic powers and spending 800 mil on [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks bringing buildings I quickly sketched out into reality]]. If you laugh, you're no better than [[TheCynic Carl Reiner]].
* WeInterruptThisProgram: His copy of the ''[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/people/waltblech.html One Man's Dream]]'' TV special was interrupted at one point by breaking news from Creator/{{CBS}}. It reports on UsefulNotes/{{Poland}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_law_in_Poland being under martial law]], but Peter found the special so insufferable by this point, he initially welcomes it as something interesting.
-->Wait a minute, am I supposed to be enjoying this tragedy? This dull special has warped my mind.

[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/index.html Peter Paltridge reviews movies and TV shows, and occasionally delves into obscure facets of screen history.]]

* BadassDecay: [[invoked]] "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/fallofamonster.html Fall of a Movie Monster]]" discusses how scary cinematic villains gradually become less scary due to media overexposure, using the Xenomorph from ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' as an example.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:[[invoked]] [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/hudsucker62.jpg Referenced]] in the [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/dingus.html review]] of ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'', regarding a ''Thetare/{{Carmen}}''-themed DreamBallet that Peter suspected only made the movie to AvoidTheDreadedGRating.
* CelebrityResemblance: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/protostars.html Proto-Stars]]" describes [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/wendysway.jpg the then-current Wendy's spokesgirl]] as, "a beautiful actress with vaguely Wendy-ish [[Creator/AllisonPregler Lupa]] hair".
* DesignatedLoveInterest: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/loveishard.html Love is Hard]]" discusses some examples, such as Mary Jane from the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'', and Lana Lang from ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Name-dropped in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/loveishard.html Love is Hard]]", when Peter admits that some fictional characters take so long to develop, their personalities in their first appearances can greatly differ from those they end up settling on later.
* {{Irony}}: Two of the channels listed in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/disconnected.html Cable Networks That Never Made It]]" still exist, but have undergone NetworkDecay since they began. Creator/{{MTV}}'s inclusion was PlayedForLaughs ever since Peter first wrote the article, but he has admitted that he didn't learn about CBN's transformation into Creator/ABCFamily until after the article's publication.
* SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove: [[invoked]] The [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/dingus.html review]] of ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'' begins with Peter lamenting on how few of his readers even heard of that movie.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: Peter has acknowledged "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/tvpilots.html Failed TV Pilots]]," a recap of an ABC special about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin failed TV pilots]], as a negated moment:
-->Unfortunately, after [a ''Series/{{Lost}}'' promo] the tape ran out and I didn't get the last quarter of the program. And it's a real shame...If I had been able to give you the full scoop on that one pilot about [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/midgetcop.JPG the midget private eye in Las Vegas]], that would have pushed this page into "Greatest Page On The Entire Site" territory.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** [[invoked]] "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/protostars.html Proto-Stars]]" contains some commercials featuring actors who would each later get a memorable role in a famous movie or TV show.
** "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/fyc.html Submitted For Your Consideration...]]" makes the following note about a ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' videotape with [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/fyc23.jpg a case]] [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/fyc24.jpg promoting]] Creator/BryanCranston's pre-''Series/BreakingBad'' performance as Malcolm's father:
--->An oldie from the days of VHS, this one's a classic. A videotape promoting Malcolm in the Middle and spotlighting Bryan Cranston in what is sure to be the defining role of his career -- wimpy, whimpering Hal.
* SequelHook: Probably unintentional at the time, but "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/thesearemycheeks.html Jack Valenti's Movie Ratings System]]" ends with Peter concluding, "Movie makers think the system is too strict and parental activist groups think it is too lenient, and no matter what happens, they always will. I have to wonder...does the Canadian Ratings Board have to put up with this?" Years later, he would learn that Canada actually has more than one movie ratings board, including one (the British Columbia Film Classification Office) that attached a silhouette of a cougar to movies that the MPAA would rate "R". Cue a tribute to [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/restrictedcougar.html The Restricted Cougar]].
* SpiritualAntithesis: Peter [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/loser.html considers]] ''Film/{{Loser}}'' to be this towards ''Film/AmericanPie''.
* StrangledByTheRedString: [[invoked]] "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/loveishard.html Love is Hard]]" showcases some fictional romances that audiences found unbelievable, because the writers decided to pair the couples before determining if they had proper chemistry.
* TimeMarchesOn:
** Peter originally wrote [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/bettytoons.html his article]] on ''Betty Toons'' as being the most obscure cartoon he could possibly review, unaware that it is actually a spinoff of ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea''. Once ''Series/UglyBetty'' got some recognition, the article was revised in 2006 in light of the source material.
--->An "Ugly Betty" cartoon. Yes, such a thing exists and this being 2004, I taped it not knowing what it was.
** "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/fyc.html Submitted For Your Consideration...]]" noted that the GrandFinale of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' would air soon, and that it remained to be seen whether or not the show would end on a high note. After the finale aired, Peter updated the page to summarize the general reaction.
--->As I write this, How I Met Your Mother is just ending ([[BrokenBase and WHAT a finale,]] [[SarcasmMode EVERYONE loved it!]]).
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: In his [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/dingus.html review]] of ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'', he chastises Creator/WarnerBros revealing Norville's big idea on the DVD cover.
* {{Understatement}}: Peter admits in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/specialhouseguests.html The Platypus Comix Almanac of Special Houseguests]]" that he "implied once or twice" that he likes Winnie Goodwin from ''Series/FreeSpirit''. By the time this almanac came out, Peter had already inserted Winnie into one comic each from ''Webcomic/ElectricWonderland'' and ''Webcomic/{{Keiki}}'', wrote about ''Free Spirit'' '''twice''' for the Dark TV Vault (see below), and even kicked off [[Webcomic/FreeSpirit a series]] of ''Free Spirit'' FanWebComics.
* VanillaEdition: The [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/dingus.html review]] of ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'' acknowledges a complete lack of bonus features on the DVD, so Peter links to a ''Hudsucker''-themed [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/hudsuckernewman.html excerpt]] of ''Series/EntertainmentTonight'' as compensation.
* WidgetSeries: What Peter [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/bettytoons.html says of]] ''Betty Toons''.
-->The basic plot isn't that hard to piece together, but when things get weird, they get Weird with a capital W.

[[folder:Dark TV Vault/The Island of Misfit Christmas Specials]]
[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/index.html Peter Paltridge reviews some short-lived TV shows and rare TV specials.]]

* BadBadActing: In Peter's [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/hallowinnie.html coverage]] of the ''Series/FreeSpirit'' Halloween special, he admits that his first article about the show didn't include any clips of the now-most famous cast member, Creator/AlysonHannigan, because he didn't think she'd want people to see how unprofessionally she acted back then. However, since the Halloween special marks the only time the sitcom gave Hannigan's character ADayInTheLimelight, he shares [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/winnie3.mp4 some footage of her]] anyway. Afterward, he tries to imitate her as best as he can through typing.
-->''"Winnie! This is GREAT!"'' You have to wonder at several points what kind of medication fog she was under.
* CallBack: In 2015, the site reviewed the [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/1988parade.html 1988]] UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade. During that parade, Willard Scott appeared at the end of the Rockettes' number. Peter responds to this by Photoshopping in the "HiMom" [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/1988parade29.jpg speech bubble]] that appeared at [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/1981parade18.jpg the end of the Rockettes' appearance]] in [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/1981parade.html '81]].
* CrazyAwesome: [[invoked]] The ''Free Spirit'' [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/freespirit.html review]] praises MagicalNanny[=/=]BlitheSpirit Winnie Goodwin's unwillingness to enforce limitations on her magical abilities.
* EightiesHair: Peter takes time in his [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/hallowinnie.html article]] about the ''Free Spirit'' Halloween special to admire Winnie's unruly hairstyle:
-->I even loved her character design, which is an odd thing to say about a real person -- but I'm referring to her bird's nest of a hairstyle, which is your only visual clue that something is off about her, but not enough to raise suspicion. And the thing is......given eighties fashion, I'm not sure if that was intentional or not. Winnie really picked the right era to hide on Earth in.
** Later, he comments that the breeze from [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/winnie4.mp4 broomstick-flying]] caused Winnie's and Jessie's hair to look "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/hallowinnie27.jpg ...even more 80's than before]]."
* IDoNotLikeGreenEggsAndHam: Peter [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/freespirit.html admitted]] that he expected to find ''Free Spirit'' as lame as most Creator/{{ABC}} sitcoms from TheEighties, but Winnie Goodwin [[JustForPun enchanted]] him so strongly, he plowed through all the episodes he received just to see more of her. After he finished, he even decided to write [[Webcomic/FreeSpirit some comics]] about Winnie and her friends.
* LateToThePunchline: Peter confesses in his article about the ''Free Spirit'' episode "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/winniewedding.html Blast From the Past]]" that he had to let the humor of the line, "I'll call you on the ''broom phone.''" sink in.
-->And I thought, what a lame joke! He just took the word "phone" and added "broom" to it? .....then I realized, he meant "car phone." This was back when if you wanted to call somebody in a car, you had to own a phone fully installed into the car itself. This kind of thing was seen as a luxury for big businessmen -- if you mentioned you had a car phone, everyone was instantly impressed, because it meant you were doing well. Winnie's dad must be living in a better house now than the one we saw in the flashback.
* NamesTheSame: [[invoked]] Peter points out in his [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/winniewedding.html review]] of the ''Free Spirit'' episode "Blast From the Past" that Winnie's fiancee, Kevin, has the same first name as the main character of ''Series/TheWonderYears'', who also had a LoveInterest named Winnie.
-->Did they name him Kevin to make a sly Wonder Years reference? It took me a long time to put the two names together and realize that.
* NerdsAreVirgins: When [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/hallowinnie.html discussing]] the ''Free Spirit'' Halloween special, the sight of Winnie [[MagiciansAreWizards using her witchcraft to perform stage magic]] prompts Peter to recount which comic marked the debut of ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}'s father, Zatara the Magician ("...ComicBook/ActionComics #1, right after Franchise/{{Superman}}."), since the two of them also used that shtick. He then offhandedly admits that he doesn't have a girlfriend yet.
* ProductDisplacement: Discussed in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/winniewedding.html Blast From the Past]]", after Peter points out a ''VideoGame/RType'' arcade cabinet with its logo altered to read, ''[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/winniewedding4.jpg R-TY]]''.
-->I love how putting electrical tape over one letter in a logo effectively dodges copyright.
* SeasonalRot: [[invoked]] Referenced in the first ''Free Spirit'' [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/freespirit.html article]], saying the disappearance of the show without giving any closure robs us of "The really weak final season after Winnie and Thomas have [[TheyDo gotten married]], Creator/AlysonHannigan has [[PutOnABus left the series]], and [[CousinOliver an annoying little child has been adopted]]".
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: [[invoked]] Peter admits in the "Super Bowl Past-Blast" articles that the special effects in such ads as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ7RI3Lt0QY this 1992 Exxon Supreme commercial]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivJ50kcaeI8 this 1985 canned foods promo]] might seem less revolutionary today than when they first aired.
* SpecialEffectFailure: [[invoked]] "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/1981parade.html Platypus Comix Covers The 1981 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!]]" includes footage of two ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' cast members [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylk5mMyZ19Q botching a lip-synced musical performance]]. It also includes [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/1981parade14.jpg a picture]] of somebody walking into a shot where he shouldn't be, revealing WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake (who was supposedly interacting with Ed [=McMahon=]) to be nothing more than superimposed footage.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Peter writes some for X-Entertainment's [[http://www.x-entertainment.com/thanksgiving/macyparade/1984/ recaps]] of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, starting with a 2011 article about [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/1980parade.html the 1980 parade]].
* SuperBowlSpecial: Peter explains in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/superbowl28.html Super Bowl Past-Blast: 1994]]" that he watches the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl live mostly to watch all of the commercials, and eventually decided to write annual articles covering ads shown during a past game.
* TaintedByThePreview: [[invoked]] Peter recalls in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/superbowl19.html Super Bowl Past-Blast: 1985]]" that after Apple's "1984" ad became instantly iconic, Apple spent weeks hyping up their next Super Bowl commercial, which viewers had to wait until the very last break to see. Unforutnately, the commercial, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgcadzIQ6iw a Macintosh Office promo titled, "Lemmings"]], didn't leave a positive impact on viewers, apparently mostly because of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.
-->It's creepy and terrible! After letting so many competitors' baseballs whiz past them while uttering "That's not my style," Apple thought they could nail this with one blow -- and [[Literature/CaseyAtTheBat Mighty Casey has struck out]]. It's mainly due to a complete misinterpretation of why the first ad worked. "1984" was dark because [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour the book it was based on]] was. But it was also grand and epic and got your adrenaline going -- plus, it told a complete story by only showing a portion of it. "Lemmings" does none of those things.
* TakeThatAudience:
** Originally, reading the ''Free Spirit'' [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/freespirit.html review]] on Internet Explorer caused this message to pop up in spots where readers with different browsers would find [=HTML5=]-encoded clips:
--->If you're reading this instead of seeing a video, why are you still using Internet Explorer?
*** The message disappeared after Peter allowed readers to choose whether to use [=HTML5=] or Adobe Flash to watch the clips.
** "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/superbowl28.html Super Bowl Past-Blast: 1994]] begins with Peter calling his readers, "an audience of geeks," for not expressing excitement for the Super Bowl.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: [[invoked]] In "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/superbowl19.html Super Bowl Past-Blast: 1985]]", Peter comments that the practical special effects of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uowRVVMChg this Hyatt commercial]], about a [[RecycledInSpace Hyatt Hotel IN SPACE]], have aged pretty well, even after 31 years.
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: Peter reveals at the end of [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/freespiritscript1.html his critique]] of an early draft of the ''Free Spirit'' pilot that he finally found the MissingEpisode "Love and Death" on [=YouTube=], and downloaded it to his computer. However, he also admits refusing to watch it right away.
-->Here's the thing....I once thought I had burned through every second of Free Spirit footage there was. I had no reason to think there were any more than 13 episodes, because there usually isn't. Then, miraculously, more of it showed up. Now if I watch it, that's really and truly all there is. I've been given a second chance, and it feels more poetic to just bottle that wish and preserve it for later. So I saved Episode 14 to my hard drive, and whenever I decide to view it, I'll let you know.
* WhatWereTheySellingAgain: Peter comments in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/superbowl28-1.html Super Bowl Past-Blast: 1994]]" that he only remembers [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/superbowl28-3.mp4 an ad for the 1994 Isuzu Rodeo]] just for the "Gut-Be-Gone" the man in the commercial recieves for his birthday.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: Each Website/YouTube upload in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/superbowl19.html Super Bowl Past-Blast: 1985]]" abbreviates the game's name as, "SB". Peter admits that the NFL's trademark of the full name prevented him from spelling it out.
* {{Zeerust}}: Regarding an ad in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/1980parade.html The 1980 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade]]" for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQdIxWpWLJw Bell Laboratories]]:
-->We're then shown a glimpse of the future, in which a woman hits some keys on a giant computer board and two monitors display simple data graphs. In her own home??? [[ItWillNeverCatchOn It'll never happen. I mean, it still hasn't....]]
!![[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/misfits/index.html The Island of Misfit Christmas Specials]]
''See Blog.TheIslandOfMisfitChristmasSpecials''

[[folder:Stupid Kid Show Area]]
[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/index.html Peter Paltridge helps you learn about the past of children's pop culture, mostly cartoons from the 1980s and '90s.]]
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Peter recalls in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/twistintime.html Cinderella Gets Weird]]" that he realized ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'' would prove funnier than he expected once he saw how exactly Lady Tremaine and Drizella reacted when Anastasia showed them the magic wand she stole.
-->'''Lady Tremaine:''' A stick......\\
'''Drizella:''' Ooo! Let's beat her with it!
* BetterByADifferentName: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/braver.html Braver]]" makes the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' episode "Girl's Knight Out" seem like a proto-''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', albeit with a more courageous and rational TomboyPrincess in the form of Princess Calla.
* BileFascination: [[invoked]] "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/twistintime.html Cinderella Gets Weird]]" admits that some people might only enjoy ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'' for this, although Peter found quite a few genuinely good qualities as well.
* CluelessAesop: The [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/disprin.html review]] of ''Franchise/DisneyPrincess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams'' points out some hypocrisy behind the creators of Creator/{{Disney}}'s cheap and pandering direct-to-video sequels making shorts that try to teach little girls not to take the easy way out of their tasks.
* ForcedMeme: [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/errorsinjudgment.html Errors in Corporate Judgement]] included several failed attempts for entertainment materials to appear relevant to late '80s-early '90s children. Among them, [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/totallyfroggy.JPG a Magic Eye puzzle]] using "Froggy" as a synonym for "awesome." Peter subsequently decided to close the article by declaring "Froggy" official slang for his website.
* MarySue: [[invoked]] When Peter reviews ''Franchise/DisneyPrincess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams'' in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/disprin.html When Disney Magic Goes Wrong: The New Adventures of Aurora and Jasmine]]", he becomes aggravated at how [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]] has gone from a princess with literally no personality, to a princess with no fatal flaws. He deems her Enchanted Tale uneventful as a result, except for the final act.
* PopularityPolynomial:[[invoked]] " [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/gack.html Can Batman survive without Scooby-Doo?]]" comments that during the '90s, Franchise/SpiderMan had become less popular than Franchise/{{Batman}}, who had ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' to bolster his popularity. However, ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' eventually killed Bats' reputation, while Spidey regained fame through [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Sam Raimi's movies]].
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: [[invoked]] "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/twistintime.html Cinderella Gets Weird]]" uses ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'' as an example.
-->It's so tonally off, but truth be known, I would rather watch this than [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} the original movie]], and more people out there than you think probably agree with me. Cinderella is an action heroine, the Prince is a swashbuckling stuperstuntman, the villain is supremely all-powerful. Stuff is CONSTANTLY happening.
* TimeMarchesOn: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/comingtodvdnever.html Why you may never see some of your favorite childhood shows on DVD]]" originally included ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' among the shows whose fans needed to KeepCirculatingTheTapes. After Time Life went and released ''all'' the episodes on DVD, Nicktoons and ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' took its spot on the list. Later, Shout! Factory managed to release [=DVDs=] of ''those'', so they got removed from Paltridge's article, later replaced by ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Discussed in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/fivebestalaeps.html Five Best 'Aladdin' Episodes]]", when four ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' episodes with DarkMagicalGirl Sadira share a slot.
* WrongfullyAttributed: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/twistintime.html Cinderella Gets Weird]]" ends with Peter concluding that ''Disney/{{Cinderella III| A Twist in Time}}'' "...is incredibly unfaithful to the tone of the original film and even blasphemous to it in places, 'but don't you see, that's what makes it so grand.'" He quickly realizes afterward that quote didn't come from ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', but rather, ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer''.

!![[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidswbyourself/index.html Kids' WB Yourself!]]
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: In "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidswbyourself/thelastday.html Kids WB Yourself!-The Last Day]]", Peter finds ''WesternAnimation/SkunkFu'' mostly unimpressive, but singles out one joke as genuinely funny.
-->"Phew! Glad I caught you before you got to the top of Devil's Peak!" says Skunk--[[{{Irony}} then the camera pulls back to reveal that's exactly where they are.]] This ''did'' get a chuckle out of me, I'll admit.
* CluelessAesop: Parodied in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidswbyourself/thelastday.html Kids WB Yourself!-The Last Day]]". Peter brings up an episode of ''WesternAnimation/WillAndDewitt'' called "Small Potatoes". Instead of actually describing the episode, however, he instead gives a plot summary of ''Film/RoboCop1987'', with Will in place of Alex Murphy.
-->From this, I learned to share.
* ADogNamedDog: Peter pokes fun at ''Skunk Fu''[='=]s use of this trope, saying the ninja monkeys featured in the episode are most likely all named "Monkey".
* MindScrew: His opinion of the ''TabletopGame/MagiNation'' cartoon, as stated in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidswbyourself/thelastday.html Kids WB Yourself!-The Last Day]]"
-->Then a talking bathtub appears and says "We must aerate the Power Noodles, Patrick!" Then everyone dances the Funky Chicken until the sun turns into cheese and Creator/GeneSimmons discovers his secret power to fly.
* StacysMom: In "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidswbyourself/thelastday.html Kids WB Yourself!-The Last Day]]", he repeatedly cites [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidswbyourself/dewitt2.jpg the mother]] in ''WesternAnimation/WillAndDewitt'' as an example.

!!The Full Experience
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: The ''WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}'' [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/fullexperience/fe2.html review]] makes the series seem dull and unoriginal, until [[spoiler:Jabberjaw tries to distract a villain by donning a Paper Thin Disguise of an exotic dancer.]]
* CatchPhrase: Ever since the third installment, Peter has begun each article by putting the show into historic context, then pointing out today, one could enjoy the episodes on DVD. Then, he segues into the rest of the article with, "That's all well and good. But it's not [[TitleDrop the FULL EXPERIENCE...]]"
* CluelessAesop: The ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/fullexperience/fe3.html article]] includes [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5xU27WSWG8 a PSA]] in which the stars of ''Series/PerfectStrangers'' attempt to teach kids not to feel bad if they don't meet society's standards of physical attractiveness. Peter admits this PSA, in which Larry consoles Balki over having a more crooked nose than Creator/BruceWillis, loses its effectiveness for viewers who believe Balki's actor found less box office success than Willis because of his failure to meet those standards.
-->Hope you learned something, kids. Just don't question the fact that Bronson Pinchot was available for the lead role in Film/DieHard yet never got the call.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The series consists of reviews of the first episodes of Saturday morning cartoons from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, accompanied by videos of some of the commercials and bumpers that played during the cartoon's premiere. The [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/fullexperience/fe1-1.html first article]] recaps the day ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' began airing on Creator/KidsWB, but Peter decided not to review the episode[[note]]"The Problem With Paras"[[/note]] because the series seemed StrictlyFormula. Also note that article has three pages, while others (such as the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/fullexperience/fe3.html review]]) only have one. For even more weirdness, the original version of the ''Pokémon'' installment only had one video. The rest of the commercials simply got written descriptions and pictures.
* FanonDiscontinuity: [[invoked]] Peter has [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/fullexperience/fe3.html confessed]] that for him, ''Beetlejuice'' begins and ends with [[WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} the cartoon]]. He didn't see the movie ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' until after he saw the show. When he did, he felt disappointed that, among other things, Beetlejuice was a seldom-appearing villain instead of the star, and that he and Lydia were enemies instead of friends.
* IDoNotLikeGreenEggsAndHam: Peter begins the [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/fullexperience/fe5.html installment]] about ''WesternAnimation/TheSpooktacularNewAdventuresOfCasper''[[note]]which he refers to as simply, ''Casper'', per the title used on the copy he reviewed[[/note]] by calling WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost unfunny and uninteresting. Consequently, he avoided watching this show, until he learned that it shared two writers with ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''-Sheri Stoner and Deanna Oliver. He ended up calling the episodes he saw of ''Spooktacular New Adventures'' the funniest and least boring ''Casper'' cartoons he ever saw.
* LateToThePunchline: Peter [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/fullexperience/fe3.html admits]] in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' review that he didn't notice Beetlejuice and Lydia blowing snakes instead of noisemakers until after he took [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/fullexperience/fe3-24.jpg a screenshot]] of the scene.
* MisaimedMarketing: [[invoked]] Peter closes the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/fullexperience/fe4.html article]] by wondering why his local Creator/FoxKids station showed a commercial for [[https://youtu.be/QUzp3Ct310Y?t=126 a wine-tasting event]] during each episode from the first season.
* OddballInTheSeries: The [[http://www.toonzone.net/2011/04/the-full-experience-the-pink-panther-show/ second installment]], covering the premiere of ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther The Pink Panther Show]]'', was written on Peter's Toon Zone blog instead of at his website. Unfortunately, this inadvertently led to the videos ceasing to work after a site update.
* TakeThat: From the [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/fullexperience/fe4.html page]] about ''Animaniacs'':
-->Those cheesy Franchise/PowerRangers could go jump in a lake; Animaniacs was 1993 to me.

[[folder:Educational Rockin' Fun Zone]]
[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/educational/index.html Peter Paltridge educates on subjects not covered in school.]]

* ChuckNorrisFacts: [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/educational/chucknorris.html Of course]].
* CluelessAesop: At least some of the stories Peter features in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/educational/chainletters.html Emails Your Mother Reads]]" boast some.
* OlderIsBetter: Before listing his favorite LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition DVD or Blu-Ray box sets, Peter begins "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/educational/bestsets.html The Five Best Sets Ever]]" by noting that old [=DVDs=] often have better picture quality and more bonus features than he might get if he streamed those movies and shows instead. A chance exists that this trope doesn't apply 100%; he says these qualities of streaming media could bring people back to the "primitive lifestyle" of VHS.
* OrSoIHeard: In the [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/educational/subcultureguide.html Platypus Comix Subculture Guide]]:
-->Contrary to popular belief, a fursuit isn't created for dry-humping, as they are much too cumbersome for that (...I know this because I heard about it, all right?).
* SelfDeprecation: Again from the [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/educational/subcultureguide.html Platypus Comix Subculture Guide]]:
-->The only sight sadder than an Internet Video Reviewer is that of a Web cartoonist.
* SeriousBusiness:
** The public service announcements in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/educational/abcpsas.html ABC PSA Insanity!]]" warn children about such dangers as [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/educational/chew.ram chewing food too quickly]], or [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/educational/louis.ram drowning food in condiments]]. Peter admits finding them trivial in comparison to {{drugs| are bad}}, which [=PSAs=] from his childhood warned him about most often, but evidently Creator/{{ABC}} thought otherwise before the War on Drugs.
** "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/educational/annoyingtunes.html The Top 5 Most Annoying Christmas Carols]]" gives some pretty extreme examples of how continued overexposure of the top choice, [[spoiler:"The Christmas Shoes"]], could ruin people's lives.
* SpiritualLicensee: [[invoked]] The [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/educational/thesweatbox.html review]] of ''The Sweatbox'', a rarely-seen documentary about the evolution of Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Kingdom of the Sun'' to ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', delivers the following praise to ''New Groove'':
-->Disney made a far better WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes movie than any feature with WesternAnimation/{{Bugs| Bunny}} [[Creator/WarnerBros WB]] has put together.

[[folder:Surfin' The Web Section]]
[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/websurfin/index.html Peter Paltridge gives a sample of what he does on the Internet aside from making comics and articles.]]

* StylisticSuck: Like several of the amateurish articles [=RetroJunk=] features, "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/websurfin/retrojunk.html Retrojunk's Greatest Article Ever]]" contains plenty of bad spelling and grammar. Also, its attempts at {{Fanservice}} fail since many of the "Top Ten Hottest Cartoon Women Ever" have inadequate pictures, the top two choices are male, and [[Creator/ChristopherWalken the # 1 choice]] is not a cartoon character.
* TechnologyMarchesOn[[invoked]]: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/websurfin/telepaper.html The Future of Tomorrow...Tuh-Day!]]" takes a humorous look at the excitement the public experienced during 41 years' worth of advancements made to the Internet.

[[folder:Psychiatry Zone]]
[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/psychiatry/index.html Peter Paltridge lets you get inside his head.]]

%%The link to the scary logos article was moved to the Nightmare Fuel subpage many years ago.
* TakeThat: [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/psychiatry/youthinkthatsbad.html Peter Griffin's Guide to a Stress-Free Life]] is one big slam against ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.

[[folder:Things To Do When You're Bored Division/The Ancient Lost Art of TV Guide Advertising]]
[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/index.html Peter Paltridge has gathered a random selection of things to do when you're bored.]]

* OffModel: [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/publicdomain.html It Came from the Public Domain]] shows several eerily OffModel cartoon characters made to dodge copyrights.

!![[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideadsindex.html The Ancient Lost Art of]] ''Magazine/TVGuide'' [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideadsindex.html Advertising]]
* CallBack:
** Part 2 of the ABC Series/AfterschoolSpecial ad gallery references [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/afterschool8.html one of the oldest specials]] when Peter jokingly remarks that [[MilestoneCelebration the 100th special]], ''[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/afterschool41.html The Gift of Amazing Grace]]'', could have benefited from [[spoiler: Timer the Cheese Guy exploring Tempest Bledsoe's brain]].
** In [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads14.html Fall 1982]], after Peter explains that [[Series/FreeSpirit a show]] he discovered in ''TV Guide'' inspired him to create [[WebComic/FreeSpirit a comic series based on it]], he asked, "Could it happen again? What in this new batch of scans could potentially be resurrected THIS time?" He immediately dismisses [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads14-1.jpg the first advertised show]], ''Series/TuckersWitch''. This wasn't brought up again until a scan advertising the ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' episode "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads14-15.jpg The Mummy's Bride]]" appears.
-->Maybe I should start a comic series based on this one Laverne and Shirley episode? ....You know, I think I will. Look for it January 2015!
* CouchGag: Volumes 11 onward each use a different font for the volume numbers in their respective introductions.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: In response to a ''Series/RyansHope'' ad in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads5.html Spring 1980/Pink Lady and Jeff]]" featuring [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/ryanshope.JPG Delia getting carried off by a gorilla]]:
-->It's my sincere hope that this isn't some kind of weird metaphor and that there was an actual giant gorilla on this soap opera.
* FollowTheLeader: When showing ads for ''WesternAnimation/FishPolice'' and ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters'':
-->The early years of success surrounding ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' led to some bizarre greenlights the like of which we'll never see again...the kind that said, "I'm an executive in his fifties who has no idea why a grown person would watch a cartoon, but whatever, just put Saturday Morning material on prime time." Creator/{{CBS}} did that literally with "Toon Nite" in the spring of 1991. For a brief period of time, their Tuesday evenings were filled with WesternAnimation/BugsBunny specials and [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Ninja Turtle]] episodes. It attracted me at least, but probably not many thirtysomethings.
* GenreSavvy: In [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads14.html Fall 1982]], when Peter mentions ''WesternAnimation/{{Pandamonium}}'', he posts a Website/{{YouTube}} video of its opening sequence, because "I can't describe [the show] as well as it can describe itself". He then describes the show anyway "Just in case that video disappears like I know it will".
* HilariousInFlashback:
** In "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads11.html Spring 1997]]", [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguide9710.jpg an ad]] for the series premiere of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' bears this annotation:
-->Not sure what this is. Something about a cheerleader? I'm sure there's something about it in a couple places on the Internet. I think there was a 1992 film by the same name, and then the guy who wrote it didn't like how it turned out and made it as a series instead.....who knows how it'll go. Maybe the geeks will get into it?
** [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads13-16.jpg One of the ads]] in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads13.html Fall 1989]]" promotes ''Series/FreeSpirit'', a sitcom starring a CuteWitch who becomes a MagicalNanny to three motherless children. Paltridge points out Creator/AlysonHannigan, who would later play Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer's witchy companion Willow, portraying one of the children.
* HarsherInHindsight: [[invoked]] Lampshaded:
** [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/guideads36.JPG One of the pictures]] in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads3.html Spring 1984]]" promotes a ''[[Series/TheLoveBoat Love Boat]]'' episode, in which several Miss America winners gather to honor the then-newest Miss America, Vanessa Williams. Peter subsequently asks, "Why do I get the feeling this episode was going to live in infamy for a while?"[[note]]Williams would later lose her title after nude pictures of her turned up in ''Penthouse'' magazine.[[/note]]
** The Neil Goldschmidt quote in one of the TV special ads included in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads6.html 1988 Writer's Strike]]" mentions giving teens "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/guideads62.JPG special attention]]." Below the ad, Peter comments, "...Neil Goldschmidt really meant it..."[[note]]Goldschmidt was later revealed to have committed sexual abuse.[[/note]]
* InNameOnly: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads12.html Winter 1992]]" comments that the animated series ''WesternAnimation/FishPolice'' had almost nothing in common with [[Comicbook/FishPolice the comic of the same name]]. Peter theorizes that after Creator/HannaBarbera finished coming up with the concept for the show, they found out ItsBeenDone by an independent cartoonist, and subsequently paid him to use the title so that he wouldn't sue them for using a similar premise.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads4.html V-The Final Battle]]" ends with some intriguing advertisements for [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/guide413.JPG various]] [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/guide414.JPG movies]] [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/guide47.JPG playing]] that year-''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', and [[spoiler:''It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown''.]]
* MistakenForGay: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads5.html Spring 1980/Pink Lady and Jeff]]" includes a link to a website containing further information about ''Series/PinkLadyAndJeff'', but marks it as NSFW on the grounds that no working man would want the other employees to see him visit a website with so much pink.
* MoodWhiplash: Happens in the [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/afterschool1.html installment]] about ABC Afterschool Specials, as ABC's fluffy children's specials [[CerebusSyndrome give way]] to DarkerAndEdgier, teen-oriented stories.
* OlderThanYouThink: "[[invoked]] [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads6.html 1988 Writer's Strike]]" includes [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/guideads620.JPG a cover]] promoting a 1988 TV movie of the novel ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Identity]]'', prompting Peter to remark, "[[Film/TheBourneSeries Everything's a remake these days.]]"
* PopularityPolynomial:[[invoked]] "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads7.html Bicentennial]]", written in 2008, comments on the then-current domination of live-action over animation in popular children's television by pointing out that [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/bicentennial6.JPG live-action shows]] [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/bicentennial7.JPG dominate]] [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/bicentennial13.JPG the ads]] for children's television in 1976, suggesting that "history is cyclical". Indeed, just as the '80s brought an abundance of new children's cartoons, so would the 2010s a few years after that article's publication. Part of "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads12.html Winter 1992]]" recalls how animation went from becoming popular enough to [[Creator/CartoonNetwork get its own network]], to almost disappearing from that channel in favor of live-action programming, to becoming a large draw for it once again.
* QuoteMine: In reference to [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/guidegreed4.JPG an ad]] in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads2.html Dallas]]" for Creator/{{CBS}}' miniseries ''Master of the Game'':
-->TV Guide reviewed it as "a masterpiece of incoherence and bad acting," which was undoubtedly edited in the network promos to read as "A masterpiece! --TV Guide."
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[invoked]] When discussing [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/guide46.JPG an ad]] in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads4.html V-The Final Battle]]" for ''The Duck Factory'', Peter points out that the man making goofy faces looks familiar - it's Creator/JimCarrey.
* SelfPlagiarism: The ABC Afterschool Special gallery calls ''[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/afterschool29.html Summer Switch]]'', "...{{the one|with}} that teaches you not to plagiarize!", since the plot sounds nearly identical to that of ''Film/FreakyFriday''. Plus, the books that inspired ''Freaky Friday'' and ''Summer Switch'' both have the same author, Mary Rodgers.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "[[http://www.toonzone.net/blog/blogs/304/how-tv-guide-influenced-your-parents/ Parents' Guide to Kids TV]]" does not show any retro ads. Instead, it comments on how the MoralGuardians writing the children's television previews sometimes had overly strict standards, and also incorrectly predicted which shows would become successes and which ones [[ItWillNeverCatchOn would never catch on]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: [[invoked]] After "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads5.html Spring 1980-Pink Lady and Jeff]]" features [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/stockardchanning.JPG an ad]] for ''The Stockard Channing Show'', starring Stockard Channing as an undercover TV reporter, Peter wonders why such shows as ''Pepper Dennis'' and ''Anchorwoman'' couldn't mine all the comedic and dramatic potential that could arise from a reporter on a gimmicky news program hunting down criminals.
* ThisIsGoingToSuck: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads14.html Fall 1982]]" ends with a two-page ad for a sitcom from TheEighties. [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads14-27.jpg The first]] consists almost entirely of "Ha!"'s written in Dom Casual and urging you to turn the page to find out what's so funny, making Peter comment, "Whenever I see something like this, I groan. There's no way what's on the other side of the page is anything but a painfully unfunny, rightfully forgotten show[=---=]" [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads14-28.jpg The second page]] reveals the ad as [[spoiler:a ''Cheers'' promo, eliciting the response, "[=---=]well, I think I'll shut up now."]]
* UnusualChapterNumbers:
** Volumes [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/afterschool1.html 8]] and [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/afterschool30.html 9]], which contain slideshows of ABC Afterschool Special ads, have a drawing of a computer mouse instead of a number at the start, possibly to reference how much more clicking the reader has to do compared to previous volumes.
** [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguidesimpsons1.html Volume 10]], a slideshow of ads for the first two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', begins with the awesome smiley replacing the number 10.
** "[[http://www.toonzone.net/blog/blogs/304/how-tv-guide-influenced-your-parents/ Parents' Guide to Kids' TV]]" does not have a number at all.
* ViralMarketing: [[invoked]] "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads4.html V-The Final Battle]]" shows [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/guide42.JPG four]] [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/guide43.JPG examples]] of Creator/{{NBC}} [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/guide44.JPG using]] [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/guide45.JPG this]] during May 1984 sweeps to promote the second ''Series/{{V}}'' miniseries.
* WaxingLyrical: Peter quotes a song by Music/ThePolice in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads6.html 1988 Writer's Strike]]", after [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/guideads61.JPG an ad]] for ''14 Going on 30''.
-->EEEEEEEE-WWWWW!!! Magically aging yourself 16 years does not make this any less creepy! In fact, turning yourself into Alan Thicke in the process makes it even creepier! Don't stand so! Don't stand so! Don't stand so close to me!
* WolverinePublicity: Discussed in the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' slideshow, regarding episodes promoted with ads that make Bart Simpson [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguidesimpsons18.html appear]] [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguidesimpsons19.html to have]] [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguidesimpsons20.html a larger role]] than he actually does.
* {{Zeerust}}:
** [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/guide41.JPG The first ad]] in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads4.html V-The Final Battle]]" features a special promoting [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks EPCOT Center]] by featuring then-developing technologies that could revolutionize the future. Peter points out that among the seven predictions listed in the ad, three or four of them had failed to come true by the time EPCOT turned 25.
** "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads5.html Spring 1980/Pink Lady And Jeff]]" kicks off with a wildly exaggerated description of how the Intellivision could change the TV-viewing experience.

[[folder:The Section Only I Will Care About Reading]]
[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/onlyme/index.html Peter Paltridge will share a few details about his life, his interests, and Platypus Comix history to those who care.]]

* CynicalMentor: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/onlyme/ootwalkthrough.html My Ocarina of Time Walkthrough]]" [[PlayedForLaughs plays this for laughs]] as Peter tries to give tips on winning ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' to someone with a habit of saying stupid things.
-->What is [[Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto Miyamoto]]?\\
A Japanese car that flies.\\
[[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm Where can I buy one???]]\\
You can't; you're not old enough to drive.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/onlyme/viptree.html Tour My Christmas Tree]]" declares "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/onlyme/twee6.jpg the greatest tree ornament in all existence]]" one that Peter made of a construction paper tree with, "Oh, Yeah!" written in glitter. Peter claims that he could make anything better by writing,"Oh Yeah!" on it with glitter.
* FromBadToWorse: [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/onlyme/whyicantupdate.html Why I Couldn't Update This Week!]] details a week in which Peter had to stay in a cheap hotel during his house's remodeling, then got sick. [[spoiler: Fortunately, it ends with Peter randomly finding a $5 bill, as an apparent pick-me-up from God.]]
* {{Homage}}: [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/onlyme/index.html The Section Only I Will Care About Reading]] resembles Creator/JohnKricfalusi's blog. It also includes [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/onlyme/johnkblog.htm a link to the blog]], so visitors could compare them.
* IWarnedYou: In "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/onlyme/ootwalkthrough.html My Ocarina of Time Walkthrough]]," Peter calls the Great Fairy, "an ugly barely-dressed Tammy Faye-thing". Later, the player encounters her, prompting this exchange:
-->Eww...why isn't this game rated T?\\
Hey, I warned you about that fairy...
* LongList:
** [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/onlyme/history.html This list]] of every comic series Peter has ever made.
** [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/onlyme/thelist.html The list]] of every comic Peter made and posted online also has a rather daunting length, since it even mentions stories no longer included in the Platypus Comix archives.
* NoEnding: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/onlyme/ootwalkthrough.html My Ocarina of Time Walkthrough]]" only goes up to Link receiving the Zora Tunic.
* SelfDeprecation: When asked in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/onlyme/ootwalkthrough.html My Ocarina of Time Walkthrough]]" why he decided to write a walkthrough that no one might use, Peter answers, "Because it's fun. I'm also crazy."
* StealthInsult: When the player in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/onlyme/ootwalkthrough.html My Ocarina of Time Walkthrough]]" exclaims that he/she can't think of someone more annoying than Navi, Peter says he knows someone worse, but doesn't say who.
* TakeThat: From "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/onlyme/ootwalkthrough.html My Ocarina of Time Walkthrough]]":
-->Magazine/NintendoPower said there was a hole in the maze that I could drop down, and battle two Wolfos inside for money! I can’t find it...\\
This is why you can’t believe everything you read in Nintendo Power...remember, they described the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCube]]’s memory capacity as “Fatter than Jennifer Villarreal!”

-->Why do people complain about Franchise/FinalFantasy games having too much cinema if this game has about the same amount?\\
Because they need an excuse to slam Creator/{{Square|Enix}}. A more accurate reason to bash them would be [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Final Fantasy 8]], or the fact that [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI the next FF]] will be online and they think that type of game counts as another number in the series...
* TerrifiedOfGerms: "Why I Couldn't Update This Week" depicts Peter as this, at least when staying in an old hotel room.

[[folder:Thing Where The Totally Rad Videos Go]]
[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/index.html Peter Paltridge posts some rare and interesting videos, including plenty of music videos.]]

* AmazonChaser: In "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/top10firstday.html The Top 10 Best Videos from MTV'S First Day]]", regarding his rules for what makes a good song in his opinion:
-->#5: I really, really, really, really like it when a woman sings about how she's going to kick my butt. And number 5 is 90% of Music/PatBenatar's repertoire, so it's no wonder.
* BigWhat: Peter's reaction when the biggest song on [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/toptwenty.html the 1984 edition of MTV's Year End Countdown]] turned out ''not'' to be "Music/{{Thriller}}" by Music/MichaelJackson, as he anticipated, but [[spoiler:"Missing You" by John Waite]] instead. It's so big, [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/countdown42.JPG it's imprinted on a screenshot of]] Music/VanHalen (whose song, "Jump", made it in at #2).
* BlatantLies: He claims that the videos in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/lifedayads.html The Ads of the Star Wars Holiday Special]]" look blurry and distorted because he "applied a special filter" to protect readers from the cheesiness of TheSeventies.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: One part of "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/starshiphbo.html Starship HBO]]" warns that if the {{Creator/HBO}} logo has aliens inside, they might want to subject people who enter their ship to a ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' marathon, which he calls, "...worse than an AnalProbe."
* IncrediblyLameFun: Peter claims in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/lifedayads.html The Ads of the Star Wars Holiday Special]]" that if Kenner still sold the Trailtracker during his childhood, he and each of his friends would have wanted one. He even wishes to buy one now. All this amazement for a toy truck that traces lines drawn with a crayon.
* LyricsVideoMismatch: On Cyndi Lauper's "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/toptwenty.html Time After Time]]":
-->I'd always thought 'Time After Time' was a beautiful song about a couple looking forward to their future together. But according to Cyndi, it's about that one time she was living in a tin trailer hugging a plastic dog and watching old Bette Davis movies. Oh Cyndi, you're so unusual!
* NetworkDecay: Discussed in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/toptwenty.html MTV's Top 20 Videos of 1984]]" as part of an conversation he imagines having with a cable man in the present day.
* SignificantAnagram: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/lifedayads.html The Ads of the Star Wars Holiday Special]]" has two, both of which involve spelling a word backwards (riffing on the TOBOR commercial saying that [[SdrawkcabName TOBOR is ROBOT spelled backwards]]):
-->HSUBL is BLUSH spelled backwards!\\
There were a TON of undergarment ads during the Star Wars Holiday Special. And by TON I mean NOT. Because NOT is TON spelled backwards.
* TakeThat:
** From [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/toptwenty.html the 1984 MTV article]]:
--> #12 is Billy Idol with "Why did people ever think I was cool?"
** In "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/lifedayads.html The Ads of the Star Wars Holiday Special]]", Peter admits that if Creator/GeorgeLucas actually did start hunting down and destroying every bootlegged copy and download of ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'', that hunt would probably make a better use of Lucas' time than "whatever [he's] working on would".
* TakeThatAudience: PlayedForLaughs in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/bitterkids.html Cynical Ad Campaigns of the 90's]].
* ThinkOfTheChildren: Regarding the Sheer Indulgence pantyhose commercial in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/lifedayads.html The Ads of the Star Wars Holiday Special]]":
--> I would say they should have thought of the multitudes of children watching that night, but the part with the Wookiee watching the erotic video had already aired, and that was WAY more [[{{Squick}} traumatizing]].
* TotallyRadical: Mentioned in the section's title.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: [[invoked]] Discussed in these pages:
** "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/history/exercise.html Sweatin' With Ronald]]" shows a UsefulNotes/McDonalds commercial with Ronald [=McDonald=] teaching exercise.
** PlayedForLaughs in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/lifedayads.html The Ads of the Star Wars Holiday Special]]":
-->Where did all those pills go? 73% of the OTC products mentioned here are either no longer in production or just don't advertise. Are they recycled under new names, like when "[[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Ecto-Cooler]]" became "[[Music/JustinBieber Bieber ]]Snot"?[[labelnote:Fun Fact]][[TimeMarchesOn The original version of this article]] said "[[Music/TheJonasBrothers Jonas]] snot" instead.[[/labelnote]]

[[folder:Bloom County County]]
Before the publication of the book series ''The Comicstrip/BloomCounty Library'', [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/bcc.html Peter Paltridge took it upon himself to keep his favorite newspaper comic available to enjoy.]]

* {{Homage}}: The layout of the [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/bcc.html Bloom County archive page]] resembles one of the strip's recurring splash panels.
* TakeThat: In [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/opusin2007.html Opus's Married Life in the Year 2007]], Peter explains that unlike how Opus's dream about 2007 [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/opus079.JPG depicted it]], the ozone layer is slowly but surely recovering thanks to [=CFCs=] being globally banned.
-->You might have not heard about this. UsefulNotes/AlGore doesn't care about mentioning environmental crises that are going WELL.

''See also Comicstrip/BloomCounty''


[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/people/interviews.html Peter Paltridge has interviewed Jon McClenahan, Tom Ruegger (twice), Rich Arons, and Howard Scott Warshaw.]]

[[folder:Lair of Alternate Projects/For Portlanders Only]]
[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/projects/index.html Peter Paltridge takes you to see his other endeavors.]] The biggest is [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/index.html For Portlanders Only]], a selection of advertisements, newspaper scans, and other emphemera pertaining to his hometown of [[UsefulNotes/{{Portland}} Portland, Oregon]].
!![[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/index.html For Portlanders Only]]
* SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove: [[invoked]]How Peter feels about truly interesting side characters in [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/parker.html this article]], citing [[Series/{{NCIS}} Abby Scuito]], [[Series/GilmoreGirls Paris Geller]], [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Luanne Platter]], [[Series/{{Chuck}} Anna Wu]], [[Anime/{{Naruto}} Temari]], [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Toph]], and [[Series/{{Leverage}} Parker]] (whom the article focuses on) as examples.
* OrphanedSeries: "For Portlanders Only" has not updated since 2010, and Warner Bros. Club (a division of Toon Zone, an animation site to which Peter is an occasional contributor) has not updated since 2008.
* ShownTheirWork: In [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/history/luxsux.html "Lux Sux!"]], he admits that the producers of ''Series/LifeUnexpected'' were completely accurate in their portrayal of his hometown of UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, Oregon. However, he feels that the show fails in almost literally every other aspect.

!!What Powell's Throws Out
* AccidentalInnuendo: [[invoked]]In [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/powells24.html Part Six]], Peter shows a ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/powells6-25.jpg story]] from an anthology book written by first graders:
-->'''Book:''' "This party is cool. I like Sponge Bob's party. I like Sponge Bob's juice," said Patrick.\\
'''Peter:''' Any other website would have leapt at the chance to point out what Patrick said, but I don't work blue.
* ContinuityLockout:[[invoked]] He experiences this in [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/powells23.html Part Six]] with ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', saying that his troubles with fantasy tropes as a whole (elaborated below) prevent him from understanding a single ''sentence'' of the work.
* FanDisillusionment: [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/powells6.html Part Two]] expresses his disllusionment with reading as a whole:
-->When I was a small kid, I read books all the time. I would go to the library about every other day, come out with several juvenile fiction tomes, and read each one within an hour. I read a book about [[Literature/HowToEatFriedWorms a kid who has to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days]] for $50. The writing was pure off-the-wall anarchy, and I loved it (read it again, it's even better when you're grown up). I read a book about [[Literature/WaysideSchool a school that is thirty stories tall]] and full of weird kids, clever wordplay and living dead rats -- it's still my favorite book of all time. I read a book about [[Literature/ManiacMagee a kid with unusual talents]] who united a racially divided town and spent a summer with a poor old illiterate man. It was better than chocolate. But as I got older, books aimed at my age level started getting less imaginative, less humorous, and less fun.[…]Reading books became a chore, not an enjoyment. And when I finally graduated and had the free will to stop, I quit 'em cold turkey. These days, I look at the rack of books for adults and feel massive boredom. They take themselves too seriously, are way way more wordy than they need to be, and are sorted by machine. If you want a crime drama, you go to the Crime Drama section and pick from 6,500 Crime Dramas with very similar covers and very similar plots. If you want a Murder Mystery Starring a Psychic Dwarf, you go to the Psychic Dwarf Murder Mysteries Section and choose from 7,352 of those. It feels so...cold.
* FauxHorrific: When discussing ''Literature/FromABuick8'' in [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/powells6.html Part Two]]:
-->The truth is, not everything Creator/{{Stephen|King}} writes is intended to be scary and this is one of his 'others.' It's just dressed up by the publisher to fool you into believing it's the next [[Literature/TheShining Shining]], at least until you've paid for it.
* MindScrew: Peter declares ''Wezens die je toch nooit ziet''[[note]]Dutch for "Creatures You'll Never See"[[/note]] from [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/powells16.html Part Four]] "The Weirdest Book of All Time".
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Peter's disgust in [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/powells22.html Part Six]] with the [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/powells6-39.jpg drawing style]] of some 2004 ''Cricket'' comics makes him (and King Leonidas from ''Film/ThreeHundred'') exclaim, [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/powells6-40.jpg "This! Is! Zoot!"]]
* SincerityMode: In a part that we won't link to from here, Peter admits that he recently bought a WebcomicPrintCollection, but didn't find it funny at all. However, he refuses to refer to the comic or its author by name, to lessen the chances of him getting his feelings hurt.
* StrictlyFormula: From [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/powells22.html Part Six]]:
-->Through the thousands of books I've now sorted, I've noticed a popular trend among the fiction variety. Most mass paperback novels I've run across have the following things in common: 1) They're part of a series (even though I never find any other book in said "series"); 2) They have a female protagonist; 3) Said female protagonist is a massive MarySue[[invoked]] with an attitude who wields weapons, fires off karate kicks, and has every lead male fall for her instantly; 3) They contain supernatural elements, usually garden-variety cliches [[CallARabbitASmeerp dressed up by calling them different names]]. For example, if there are fairies, they won't call them fairies, they'll call them "Fae." At the very least, they'll [[PhantasySpelling spell "magic" with a K]]; 4) They all (without exception, they ALL) have a subtitle like "A Kit Gunwielder Mystery!" or "A Sasha Spunkmeyer Adventure!"
* TakeThat: In [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/powells3.html Part One]], he boasts that he could find a way to make a ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'' [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/powellsthrowout20.jpg book]] seem marketable in 2010. Cue [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/powellsthrowout21.jpg a crude alteration]] of the cover to include ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' characters.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:[[invoked]] In [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/fpo/survival/powells8.html Part Two]], he mentions how he dislikes fantasy novels because "they often get so bogged down in their own world they forget how to relate to the real one, where I am, trying to understand it." He points out that ''Worldweavers: Spellspam'' actually has a good premise (about e-mail spam that has magical powers), but that a third of the way through, it gets bogged down in the fantasy tropes that he hates so much.

[[folder:"Other People's Cartoons" Area/Worst Comix Ever!]]
[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/index.html Peter Paltridge shares his favorite and least favorite comic strips and comic books.]]

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/weirdgarfield.html World's Most Baffling Garfield Strips]]" ends with Peter clarifying that even though a number of ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strips rose too many unanswered questions, he still loves the older strips and ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''.
* AwesomeArt:[[invoked]] "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/bestcovers.html My Favorite Comic Book Covers]]" contains some examples.
* CrazyAwesome:[[invoked]] In [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/nemireturns.html his opinion]], the title character of ''ComicStrip/{{Nemi}}''.
* InterpretativeCharacter: "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/superwitch.html Sabrinas Through Time]]" showcases various incarnations that ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch went through in both print and TV, including a supernatural troublemaker, a magical do-gooder, and an {{Animesque}} fantasy heroine. Peter followed it up with reviews of Sabrina's [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/youlllikepals.html first animated appearance]], an ''[[WesternAnimation/TheArchieShow Archie Show]]'' TV special titled ''Archie and His New Pals'',[[note]]This article also shared brief thoughts on ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaSecretsOfATeenageWitch'' and ''ComicBook/ChillingAdventuresOfSabrina'', which had both yet to debut when Peter wrote the first "Sabrinas Through Time"[[/note]] and [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/libbyspineapple.html the first episode]] of the live-action sitcom ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''.
-->I have a theory that she's [[JustForFun/TimeLord the only other living survivor of the planet Galifrey]], because every time Sabrina is killed off, she mutates into another Sabrina and keeps going in a different manner.
* IronicNickname: At the end of [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/maureen.html the first part]] of "Who is Franchise/ArchieComics' Most Obscure Character?", he claims [[spoiler:Marvelous Maureen]] has one.
-->They never clarify what she did to deserve the title "[[spoiler:Marvelous.]]"
* {{Irony}}: In "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/youlllikepals.html Sabrinas Through Time II]]", Peter calls ComicBook/{{Sabrina| The Teenage Witch}}'s then-latest animated show, ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaSecretsOfATeenageWitch'', "badly-animated" by TheNewTens standards. A reader might expect her first cartoon appearance, the Creator/{{Filmation}} TV special ''Archie and His New Pals'', to have even worse visuals. Surprisingly, Peter ends the article by noting the special had a noticeable AnimationBump compared to the studio's other work. A clip he embedded of the musical number "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0NQD0vl2_w You Need an Image]]" (which he acknowledges as an EarWorm) illustrates this.
-->I'm in a bit of disbelief that it bears the Filmation label, given that the one nice thing I can say about Sabrina's first TV appearance is that it's decently animated for [[TheSixties 1969]]. At no point is anybody [[LimitedAnimation standing still with dead eyes and their mouth moving]], there are no really long pans of static backgrounds, and [[StockFootage only one shot is reused]] (the image of Reggie in the Nixon pose). Everyone displays a variety of vivid facial expressions. Normally Filmation had a Moose-level ineptitude about these things.
* ItGetsBetter: [[invoked]]Peter says that the first year of ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' wasn't very good since it relies too much on {{exposition}}, and the attempts at spontaneous jokes usually fall flat. He goes on to say that the strip gets funnier when the DebutQueue is over and done with, reaching its zenith by ''U.S. Acres Runs Amuck: The Fourth Book''.
* IWarnedYou: Peter opens his article on ''[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/usacres4.html U.S. Acres Runs Amuck]]'' by saying, "I'm going to have to warn you ahead of time not to be eating or drinking anything while viewing what you're about to read." After another paragraph elaborating how funny ''U.S. Acres'' is at this point, strips from the book are shown uninterrupted by commentary.
-->What'd I tell ya?
* SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove: [[invoked]] Peter [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/nemi.html wishes]] that more Americans would read ''ComicStrip/{{Nemi}}''. He tried to give her some more exposure by reviewing the [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/nemireturns.html third]] and [[http://www.toonzone.net/blog/blogs/300/the-original-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo/ fourth]] ''Nemi'' books. Unfortunately, this might have made Platypus Comix more popular among people who [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/nemivsnemi.html ship]] '''[[PortmanteauCoupleName N]]'''[[Music/TheJonasBrothers ick Jonas]] and Music/{{D|emiLovato}}'''[[PortmanteauCoupleName emi]]''' [[Music/DemiLovato Lovato]].
* SpecialThanks: Peter laments in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/libbyspineapple.html Sabrinas Through Time III]]" that the opening credits to the ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' sitcom don't give George Gladir credit for creating the title character. To compensate, he closes his review with, "Created By George Gladir".
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** Invoked on Peter's behalf when he decided to celebrate Franchise/SpiderMan's 50th anniversary with [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/spiderstrip.html a review]] of [[ComicStrip/SpiderMan Spidey's newspaper comic]]. The storyline he reviewed made Peter and MJ pawns in Loki's scheme to take over Asgard, but with less drama and epicness than Peter hoped.
** Peter hints in "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/youlllikepals.html Sabrinas Through Time II]]" that he might have felt less disappointed with ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaSecretsOfATeenageWitch'' if had a greater focus on Sabrina's adventures in the Witch World.
* TimeMarchesOn: Peter originally made [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/usacres1.html a series of articles]] on ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' since at the time, an archive of its strips were nonexistant. The official ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' website now features an archive of the strip, which led to the article losing much of its relevance. However, it still has little value left -- the ''Garfield'' site removed a caption box from the October 13, 1986 strip that encouraged kids to mail drawings to Creator/JimDavis, the final five strips are not archived (the strip rolls back to the 1987 strips on April 15), leaving out the culmination of the EndOfSeriesAwareness strips, and the collection books are long out of print, leaving the article one of the few places to see the covers.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: The [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/worstcomixever/pokemonstrip.html review]] of some American ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' comics deems most of the strips moronic and unfaithful to the franchise. However, it also comments that [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/worstcomixever/pokestrip12.jpg one strip starring Misty and Psyduck]] would actually have made an amusing gag for [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]].
* BearsAreBadNews: In the installment reviewing ''[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/worstcomixever/bearsinlove.html Bears in Love]]'', Peter deemed the comic even less funny than ''Comicstrip/{{Garfield}}'', ''Comicstrip/HagarTheHorrible'', ''Comicstrip/TheFamilyCircus'', and ''Comicstrip/{{Marmaduke}}''.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer[[invoked]]: One part of [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/worstcomixever/pokemonstrip.html this review]] of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' comic chastises the cartoonist for drawing Starmie [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/worstcomixever/pokestrip5.jpg shooting water from its jewel]]. [[note]]{{Iron|y}}ically, Peter himself made an egregious error: he mistook the five-tipped Staryu (who, to his credit, can't shoot water from its jewel either) for the 10-tipped Starmie.[[/note]]
* ViewersAreMorons: ''[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/worstcomixever/theactionfiles.html The Action Files Part One: Picture Not So Perfect]]'' begins with [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/worstcomixever/actionfiles2.jpg a tutorial]] explaining the concepts of word balloons and text boxes, and ends with [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople/worstcomixever/actionfiles24.jpg a glossary]] defining such words as "accident", "photograph", and "future".
-->Are they serious? They're serious. I read my first comic book at age four and it wasn't too difficult to discern how they operated. If you have this much trouble with ''a comic book'', then you probably also need instructions on how to make a [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/videos/peanutbutter.html peanut butter sandwich]].

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