* AccidentallyAccurate: It's probably not intentional and just coincidence, since the implications of the gift aren't mentioned, but [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/12/16/ the December 16, 2013 comic]] has Mary, the mother of Jesus, saying, "Who gives a baby myrrh?" [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrrh#Religious_ritual Myrrh]] was used as an embalming ointment... as in for the dead. It would be like giving a coffin at a baby shower.
* AscendedFanon: Tycho and Gabe were not originally intended as {{Author Avatar}}s, but when fans assumed such was the cause, Jerry and Mike decided to roll with it. Even then, the characters are mostly distinct from the creative team's.
* AwesomeDearBoy: [[http://penny-arcade.com/2011/11/14/skyward-sword Gabe was overjoyed]] when Nintendo hired them to produce a comic to promote ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', despite his schedule being full.
* TheCameo: ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''[='=]s Finn and Jake appear on a poster in one strip. Derpy Hooves, from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' appears in a few convention request strips.
* ColbertBump: Any website that Tycho links to in his blogpost that isn't used to getting several thousand pings will be crashed by the massive influx of people who read Penny Arcade. In the words of the bard himself:
-->Putting up a link is actually considered a hostile act by some comics. The bandwidth drain our readership - well, you, I guess - can place on a site is almost indistinguishable (at first) from a Denial Of Service attack.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/02/24/ Tycho's]] claim that ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' was the tenth game in the [[VideoGame/MegaMan series]].
* Determinator: In a genre prone to {{Schedule Slip}}, Penny Arcade stands out as one of the few webcomics out there that updates on a very consistent basis even when {{Reality Ensues}} at the expense of Gabe whether it's swine flu (in which PA reached out for guest strips while Gabe recovered) or badly cutting his thumb.
* DevelopmentHell: Episode 3 of ''VideoGame/PennyArcadeAdventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness'' was seemingly in this inferno, until the creators said the video game series was over and the storyline would continue as a [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/rainslick/ novel]].
** Episode 3 has now been SavedFromDevelopmentHell. It has been picked up by the creators of ''VideoGame/CthulhuSavesTheWorld'', and is taking on the form of a 16-bit RPG. It was a Summer 2012 release for Steam, Xbox Live Indie Games, and mobile devices, and episode 4 was also developed.
* {{Fingore}}: Mike once cut his thumb clear to the bone without even realizing, something he wrote into the comic. In [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/03/30/ the accompanying strip]], Tycho was less than concerned.
* HeterosexualLifePartners[=/=]TrueCompanions: Jerry once described Mike in a news post as: "He's not my friend. He's more like my ''arm''".
* ScheduleSlip: Relentlessly avoided. Things that would cause multiple-week delays for other comics cause single-day delays for PA. It took Gabe getting the swine flu to force them to reach out for guest strips.
* SpinOff: They attempted to make a Jim Darkmagic comic arc, which seemed to involve him and his stage performances going horribly wrong. It was however, voted down. Probably due to the fact that "That wasn't Jim Darkmagic! Jim Darkmagic only ever rolls natural 20s! He's seven feet tall with red hair and eyes like the sun!"
** Also due to the fact that, as great as the Jim Darkmagic's (of the New Hampshire Darkmagics) strip was, the even more amazing alternatives -- ''Automata'' and ''Lookouts'' -- crushed it in in the voting, with ''Lookouts'' winning by a small margin (all three concepts are going to be revisited anyway, they just wanted to know what ''order'' readers would like).
** They've since presented another round of potential spinoffs like ''[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/10/27/ Sand]]'' and ''[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/11/1/ Queen of Bells]]''. One, ''[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/10/29/ The New Kid]]'', has already been optioned for a movie.
* SpringtimeForHitler: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/24/ Twisp and Catsby]], which Gabe and Tycho intended to be so horrible that nobody would enjoy it. They became immensely popular instead, much to the creators' disbelief, and remain a favorite when they want to do something surrealistic.
** One of the appearances of the Victorian duo was a children's book written for one of their kids, in fact.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Inevitable considering how long the strip has run. Some ideas are reinvented to suit new mores - the Fruit Fucker 5000 was originally a parody of the rambling cable-TV gadget advertisements popular in TheNineties, but has since moved on to parody Apple's range of {{iProduct}}s.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/02/21/ Olympus]], an actual dream of both of them, is an arcade utopia which will never come to fruition because neither Gabe or Tycho have millions and millions of dollars.
-->'''Gabe''': Imagine it's like a really classy Dave and Busters, like with dark hardwood bars, glass rooms full of high-end audio and video equipment... Khoo said not yet.\\
'''Tycho''': He said we didn't have a million dollars.
** Both Jerry and Mike have said that without Robert Khoo, their business manager, they would have sold themselves into slavery for what, at the time, would have seemed like a really good idea. For example: their book rights.
* WriteWhoYouKnow

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* {{GIFT}}
* TheMerch: Brutally satirized [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/01/05/ here]].
* ShootTheMedicFirst: Named while [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/9/21/the-protip/ discussing]] ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.

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* InNameOnly
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