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[[caption-width-right:329:[-Top row from left to right: [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]], [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Jigglypuff]], VideoGame/{{Kirby}}, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]], [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Captain Falcon]], and [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Diddy Kong]]. Bottom row from left to right: [[VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards Adeleine]], [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Meta Knight, and King Dedede]]. Expecting anyone else? [[HostileShowTakeover TOO BAD.]] [[MemeticMutation WALUIGI TIME.]]-] ]]

->''"I'm gonna get you, Kirby."''
-->-- '''King Dedede'''

''[[http://brawlinthefamily.com/ Brawl in the Family]]'' is a gag-based {{webcomic|s}} hosted on {{Website/Keenspot}} starring VideoGame/{{Kirby}}, and featuring various video game characters, mainly those that have appeared in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series, but most of the plots and running jokes are based on Kirby and King Dedede. It is written and drawn by Matthew Taranto, AKA [=TriforceBun=] from the PhoenixWrightMusicalProject.

The comic usually uses a fairly simplistic art style, originating from bored-in-class sketches and doodles. [[AnimationBump There is more complex art on occasion]], including homages and tributes to the styles of other artists.

It's also very funny and [[SweetDreamsFuel very cute.]] (That is, when it's not [[NightmareFuel/BrawlInTheFamily super disturbing]].) If you are a Creator/{{Nintendo}} fan, this is a web-comic you must read.

Due to Matt's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crohn Crohn's disease]] acting up, the series went through a SeriesHiatus just before the 400th comic for over a month and a half, and fans wished him well in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/forum/showthread.php?7521-The-quot-Get-Well-Soon-quot-Matthew-Thread this forum thread]]. However, on April 10th, he announced that the series will be regularly updated again now that he's been taking medicine. He later got married in June 2012 and took another hiatus due to his honeymoon. That hiatus ended July 3, along with the belated announcement that the first ''Brawl in the Family'' book would be released with at least the first 150 comics along with a huge amount of content depending on how much money is raised. There is also a podcast, which can be found in the description of a few of the blog posts.

Matt has also announced a Kickstarter for his game, [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/437762268/tadpole-treble Tadpole Treble]], a music game made in the comic's art style.

On July 24, 2014, it was [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2014/07/24/580-world-eight-four/ announced]] that the comic will be ending soon, and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/forum/showthread.php?12513-Today-s-announcement-(Comic-580) forum post]] clarified that it'll end for a variety of reasons, all of which are listed in the post. An exact end date has not been specified, but all we know is that it'll end later this year.

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!!This webcomic provides examples of:

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* AccidentalMurder: The sun does this to the ''entire planet''; see the comic given in CreatorBreakdown for the full story.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: At one point, Kirby made a comic, which King Dedede found funny even though he didn't want to admit it.
* ADogNamedDog: Lampshaded when Mario finds [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/08/20/431-frog/ the wrong Toad]], and the wrong Yoshi.
--> "I'm not Toad! I'm just ''a'' Toad!... You got the wrong guy!"
* AffectionateParody
* AllThereInTheManual: Dedede's teacher in Cocoon Academy is a Mr. Dragmire. Sound familiar? It shouldn't. This is the last name given to Ganondorf in the English manual of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'', and hasn't been mentioned in canon since.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: {{In-universe}} examples:
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/02/26/143-crocomire/ Poor Crocomire.]]
** Also, "[[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/11/20/200-ode-to-minions/ Ode to Minions]]" about the heroes.
** And [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/08/19/264-countdown-to-doom/ here]], we have one for [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask the moon]].
** And with [[Franchise/MetalGear Snake]], starting [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/05/06/142-snake-in-the-grass-part-2/ here]].
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/05/23/336-boss-room/ Bosses being grounded and locked in rooms]] by the {{Big Bad}}s. Also doubles as [[VillainsOutShopping Villains Playing Solitaire]].
* AltText: From [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/07/03/167-mountain-cracks/ 167]] onward. Lampshaded:
--> "Hey! Stop looking at the mouseover text! Go enjoy the comic!"
* AlwaysABiggerFish: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/09/03/507-cheep-cheep/ 507 strip]] carries this trope to extreme lengths before turning it on its head.
* AmazonChaser: Captain Falcon's reaction to Samus giving him bounty hunting tips and offering to go on a hunt with him during their dinner date? "Falcon Swoon..."
* AmbitionIsEvil: Where Ganondorf and [[spoiler: Dedede's]] StartOfDarkness came from.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Parodied, formerly used as the [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/08/27/72-boxart/ trope illustration.]]
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/07/25/056-guide-to-mushrooms/ Here.]]
* SugarWiki/AndTheFandomRejoiced: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/06/17/251-finally/ In-universe example]], also mimicking IGN's reactions at E3.
* AntiClimacticUnmasking: Meta Knight in [[spoiler: the Cocoon Academy arc.]]
* AntiVillain: How [[VideoGame/StarFox Andross]] is interpreted.
* ApocalypseHow: Class 5, in the Mr. Sun comics.
* AprilFoolsDay:
** 2009: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic151.html Waluigi In The Family]].
** 2010: [[spoiler: Waluigi made a fake letter from Nintendo saying that he should cancel his comic.]]
** 2011: [[VideoGame/HotelMario Phillip's]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Box]].
** 2012: Matt was still too sick to return to drawing. [[http://cdn.brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comics/2012-04-01-WitFLetter.jpg Instead Waluigi reminds everyone to keep the spirit of Waluigi alive in their hearts.]]
** 2013: Matt claimed to be a bit tired of doing BITF, so [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/04/01/477-b-royale-in-the-family-2/ he drew]] "[[VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale B.Royale]] In The Family."
** 2014: A Wario and Waluigi week of him taking over both [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2014/04/01/555-waluigi-finaluigi/ the comic]] and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2014/04/04/556-wario-waluigi/ various Nintendo characters' games]] before [[spoiler:Waluigi gets sealed in an Assist Trophy]].
* ArtEvolution: After experimenting with a particular shading style for the monochrome comics, it ascended from a one-time visual effect to a distinct style.
* ArtShift: A few instances.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/09/29/191-triloigi/ The last comic]] in "Waluigi Trilogi" has a striking resemblance to the art style of [[JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac a certain comic about a homicidal maniac]].
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/10/28/287-doppelgangers/ "Doppelgangers"]] has a far sketchier style than the other comics.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/06/11/494-political-strife/ Political Strife]] takes a rather interesting look in the world of [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing Animal Crossing: New Leaf]]
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2014/04/04/556-wario-waluigi/ The last comic]] in "Wario & Waluigi" is drawn rather differently than the other comics, due to someone else doing the linework.
** All parts of [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/07/14/171-turnabout-kirby-part-1/ "Turnabout Kirby"]] Have a similar art style to the PhoenixWrightAceAttorney games.
* AscendedExtra: Considering the original media of the characters, Adeline.
* AscendedFanboy: Matthew recently got the chance to work with Howard Phillips of [[Magazine/NintendoPower Howard & Nester]] fame after Howard was impressed by Brawl in the Family's [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/09/06/435-nintendo-power/ Howard and Nester tribute]]. He's hard at work updating a weekly comic strip detailing Howard's life and work with Nintendo!
** Matthew is now an official game developer for Nintendo with his first project, ''VideoGame/TadpoleTreble''.
* AssShove: No, seriously. One time, when a Yoshi sat on its egg, the egg pushed through its bottom. [[spoiler: It then spat a Shy Guy out of its mouth]].
** Also, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar heavily implied]] when a ChibiRobo needed power. When it saw a [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]]...
* AtopAMountainOfCorpses: Done by ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Mog]]'' in Ode to Minions.
** [[ExploitedTrope Exploited]] in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/05/10/408-resourcefulness/ Resourcefulness]], where Mario uses it to cross a pit. They're ''[[ExtraLives his own corpses]]''.
* {{Badass}}: ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Frederick]]'' in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/06/28/499-the-weapon-triangle/ 499]] diffidently shrugs off an axe blow to the head and proceeds to educate his UnknownRival on the [[TacticalRockPaperScissors weapon triangle]] (i. e., Frederick beats everything).
* BadFuture: In "It's A Plunderful Life", it's shown that [[spoiler:if Dedede was never born, "Pinky" never fought Dark Matter at Cocoon Academy and "Midknight" (who is actually Waddle Dee) would take over Dream Land and turn it into a dystopian hellhole]].
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:In "[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol A Mushroom Kingdom Carol]]," Bowser finally beats Mario basically by leaving the Mushroom Kingdom until old age catches up with the hero and then an adult Bowser Jr. comes back with a vengence.]]
* BaitAndSwitchComment: After arriving home from their wedding:
-->'''Sarah''': You know what I'm looking forward to...? The WiiU!
* BallisticDiscount: Ravio gets threatened by a Moblin after renting out a Fire Rod to him in strip #532.
* BegoneBribe: Turns out the Moblin only paid off Link so he doesn't tell anyone about his doll fantasies and to make him go away.
* BellisariosMaxim: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/06/09/35-leafpile/ Several]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/06/23/boo/ comics]] [[invoked]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/07/16/shave/ explore]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/09/08/75-paintings/ strange]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/09/10/188-kuribos-shoe/ what]]-[[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/07/05/253-voltorb/ ifs]].
* BetweenMyLegs: Snake's introduction in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/05/06/142-snake-in-the-grass-part-2/ this story arc]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: You can see the crazy in Kirby's eyes when he finally snaps during "The Sleepover."
** In the AlternateUniverse where Dedede never existed in "It's a Plunderful Life", [[spoiler:Waddle Dee]] became a fearsome dictator.
* BigBallOfViolence: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/11/01/375-four-hearts/ Right here]], between [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures Link, Red Link, Blue Link and Purple Link.]]
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/05/29/412-dream-land-homecoming/ "Well, long story short, peace has finally returned to Dreamland."]] [[spoiler: Cut to Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight and the Waddle Dee fighting each other.]]
** The third part of the December 2013 holiday comic, "It's A Plunderful Life", has a scene where Meta Knight ([[spoiler: known as "Pinky" at that time]]), [[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand Gooey]], and Adeline assault two Waddle Doos in this manner.[[note]] This is all happening while (invisible to the others) King Dedede stares at a poster of what his replacement would be. [[/note]]
* BigNo: Kirby unleashes one when [[FelonyMisdemeanor Meta Knight takes his revenge on him]] [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=627 here.]]
* BindleStick: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/08/30/267-but-who-could-love-a-mother-brain/ Seen here]].
* BittersweetEnding: PlayedForLaughs in [[spoiler:[[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/05/18/245-snake-in-the-grass-part-5/ "Snake in the Grass"]]]]
* BlackComedy: Shows up more often than one would think, with comics about [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/images/End.jpg the end of the world]], [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/03/17/148-stomp1/ Mario accidentally committing murder]] and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/05/10/408-resourcefulness/ using his own corpses to cross a pit]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Link's strength-enhancing Silver Gauntlets [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/05/31/492-silver-gauntlets/ have unforeseen consequences]].
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Meta Knight {{lampshades}} the fact that Kirby ''and'' Dedede have this [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/07/30/turnabout-kirby-part-6/ here]], except that Kirby's ChaoticGood and Dedede's ChaoticEvil.
* BossArenaIdiocy: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/12/23/207-a-mushroom-kingdom-carol-part-7/ "WHO DESIGNED THIS CASTLE!?"]] [[spoiler: Said by an adult Bowser Jr as Mario had cut the bridge using a axe like in SuperMarioBrothers]]
* BrickJoke
** It turns out Dedede really ''does'' do the Grinch routine on Christmas every year.
*** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/12/15/114-htksc1/ The first time he's shown doing the routine, the whole plot is the scheme.]]
*** Next year, it is called back to for four panels in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/12/23/207-a-mushroom-kingdom-carol-part-7/ A Mushroom Kingdom Carol.]]
*** In 2010, we get [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/12/14/298-jolly-happy-jerk-2/ Jolly, Happy Jerk]], in which he steals the presents from Whispy Woods while wearing the signature Grinch "crooked, jerky smirk"
** For a literal brick joke, the dangers of invisible blocks are shown- with almost identical panels- in comics [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/08/25/071-hidden-block/ 71]] (see PlatformHell) and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/04/19/237-variations-on-a-vine-comic/ 237's]] fourth comic.
** The [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/02/06/136-gooeybomb7/ Gooey]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/07/30/turnabout-kirby-part-6/ Bomb]].
** According the alt text, ''[[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/07/28/175-turnabout-kirby-part-5/ someone]]'' is still resentful about [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/12/15/114-htksc1/ the last Christmas]]
** There's a (possibly unintentional) brick joke between [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/08/18/356-insomnia/ this comic]] and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/06/28/the-lesson/ this one]]. Certainly helps explain why the Noddy felt the need to give Kirby his own revenge.
** After a year, [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/12/13/385-secret-santa/ Tingle gives Ganondorf]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/12/25/300-a-simple-request/ all he ever wanted for Christmas.]]
** The bonus portion of [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/05/10/408-resourcefulness/ strip 408]] is this to [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/04/24/peachw/ strip 403]].
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/05/17/410-your-money-or-your-life/ There is now a World's Second-Best Hero mug.]]
** It seems that Princess Peach has [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/02/08/462-benign-tragedy/ finally]] remembered to [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/01/09/389-resolutions/ buy a travel toothbrush]].
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/02/12/463-saturn-valley-hot-springs/ Strip 463]] was going to be a BrickJoke to [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/11/15/292-see-master-belch/ 292]], but Matthew changed his mind. He still showed [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/images/463alt.jpg his initial concept draft]].
* BubblyClouds: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/04/23/238-heaven/ Strip 238]] subverts this (after showing the same result in strip 237).
* BuffySpeak: In [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/11/20/200-ode-to-minions/ Ode to Minions]], one of the fallen minions is "Weird Triangle Polygon Ship Thing."
* BullyingADragon: King Dedede throwing snowballs at Samus in "[[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/10/24/95-phendrana/ Phendrana]]".
** Dedede also makes fun of [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2014/03/21/552-little-mac/ Little Mac's height]]. [[BerserkButton It ends poorly for him.]]
* ButtMonkey: The few times Luigi shows up, he gets screwed over. Except for [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Luigi’s Holiday Vacation]].
** Subverted in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/08/25/358-cloud-watching/ ''Cloud Watching'']]; Matthew originally intended for Luigi to get hurt, but he decided against it with a stern ''no'' and made Mario the victim.
** This webcomic might be one of the few examples where Mario takes just as much abuse as his brother if not more.
** Meta Knight in his first few appearances.
** King Dedede gets a good share of the abuse (sometimes he deserves it, sometimes it just seems to be baaad juju).
** [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Lickitung]] seems to be one of these as well.
** Eario might just take the cake, however. The man's job involves cleaning the floor under Thwomps and repairing automated Bullet Bill cannons.
** Sonic gets picked on in a good chunk of his appearances.
* CallBack: Pretty much the entire joke of "Nasty" is [[spoiler:totally subverting the earlier description of it via [[HurricaneOfPuns terrible visual puns]].]]
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/02/03/308-my-awesome-magneton/ Red doesn't like]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/07/05/253-voltorb/ overly long jokes, apparently.]]
** Peach's appearance in "[[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/07/15/350-if-it-takes-a-lifetime/ If it Takes a Lifetime]]" is meant to imply that it takes place in the same continuity as The Captive Princess.
** One that almost happened, but didn't (still brought up in the mouse-over text) - Link pays a gossip and she would've mentioned hearing about Moblins playing with dolls, which references an earlier strip where a Moblin was playing with dolls.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/02/02/2951/ Dream Land Mix]] calls back to multiple unfortunate situations involving Kirby's eating habits.
** Dedede [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/07/12/420-the-sleepover-part-2/ still has that doll]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/08/21/182-present/ Kirby gave him]] three years ago.
** [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Shadow]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/11/06/446-the-candidate/ still remembers]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/05/26/26-shadow/ Kirby eating him.]]
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/03/18/229-boss-tryouts/ HOLY SMOKES,]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/05/16/334-balloon-fighter/ YOU'RE HIRED!]]
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/02/12/463-saturn-valley-hot-springs/ Strip 463]] was going to be a call-back to [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/11/15/292-see-master-belch/ 292]], but Matthew finally decided against it. He still put up [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/images/463alt.jpg the original concept]], though.
* CallingYourAttacks: [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} FALCON PUNCH]]! FALCON KICK! FALCON BLUFF! [[WithCatlikeTread FALCON SNEAK!]] FALCON SLEEP! [[CrossoverShip Falcon swoon...]]
** FALCOOOOON... [[SubvertedTrope water please.]]
** Falcon Double Fault!
** [[FoodFight FALCON]] [[{{Pun}} LUNCH]]!
** [[ReligiousBruiser FALCOOON]] '''[[ReligiousBruiser PRAY!!]]''' FALCON APOLOGIZE! FALCON PENANCE!
* TheCameo: [[Film/WreckItRalph Ralph]] shows up in strip 458, giving Daisy Luigi's present.
* CargoShip: As of Comic 300, [[spoiler:Ganondorf/Triforce in-universe]].
* TheCasanova: Would you believe me if I told you it was [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/02/11/310-the-casanova/ Ditto?]]
* ChainedHeat: With Dedede, Meta Knight, and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/01/26/130-gooeybomb1/ a Gooey Bomb]].
* CheshireCatGrin: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/12/15/114-htksc1/ Dedede as the Grinch]]. [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/12/14/298-jolly-happy-jerk-2/ Twice]]. Inexplicably followed up by a scheming [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/09/04/186-pichu/ Pichu]].
* ChristmasSpecial: How the King Stole Christmas for the 2008 holiday season, complete with a catchy FilkSong.
** A [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Mushroom Kingdom Carol]], for 2009, depicting Mario as Ebenezer Scrooge, Luigi as Bob Cratchett, Wario as Jacob Marley, Rosalina as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Kirby as the Ghost of Christmas Present, and [[spoiler:Shadow Mario]] as the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.
** For 2010, we have 3 comics that turn Christmas songs into musical comics. The first, a [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/12/14/298-jolly-happy-jerk-2/ spoof]] of FrostyTheSnowman; the second, Waluigi's take on [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/12/17/comic-299-carol-of-the-waa/ the Carol of the Bells]]; and the third, [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/12/25/300-a-simple-request/ Ganondorf's version of ]] [[MariahCarey All I Want For Christmas Is You]]... [[CargoShip directed at]] [[MacGuffin the Triforce]].
** 2011 featured a whole string of Christmas-themed strips, including Tingle getting carried away with [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/12/13/385-secret-santa/ his "Secret Santa" gift to Ganondorf]], Samus learning to avoid [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/12/15/386-hot-stuff/ a "Falcon Kiss"]], King Dedede [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/12/20/387-dream-land-betrayal/ doing a good deed]], and a parody of "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" about [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/12/24/2863/ the ever-annoying]] [[SlippySlideyIceWorld "ice levels"]].
* CloudCuckooLander: [[VideoGame/StarFox Peppy]] is everywhere...
** Waluigi. There's no telling what he'll do neWALUIGI TIME.
* ComfortingComforter: In [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/12/20/387-dream-land-betrayal/ Comic #387]], where Dedede decides to do something that'll improve his usual Christmas karma (just a little) for once.
* ConjoinedEyes: Lampshaded in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/05/14/487-sonics-eyes/ #487 Sonic's Eyes]]. Tails finds a single conjoined contact lens.
* CostumeCopycat: Wario, in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/10/14/280-dubious-rescue/ #280 Dubious Rescue]].
* CrackPairing:
** One {{in-universe}} strip features one between Lakitu's Cloud and Mother Brain. And she got pregnant!? Matt admits that this is one of his sillier ones. And their baby? [[spoiler: [[{{Kirby}} Kracko]], thus making this [[IncrediblyLamePun A Kracko pairing!]]]]
** [[http://cdn.brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comics/2012-05-15-409-ZoraLineage.jpg #409 Zora Lineage]] has Ruto marrying Lord Jabu-Jabu. Their children are the River Zoras.
** Meta Knight/Adeleine has been implied, mainly from Adeleine's side. One of her paintings portrays Meta Knight giving her a flower.
* CrapSaccharineWorld: Often the comic lampshades like Nintendo worlds tend to seem colourful, joyful worlds, innocent, cute realms full of wonder and happiness, but under the surface they tend to be deeply disturbing.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/12/05/110-townfolk/ 110]] - Have you stopped playing Animal Crossing for a while? These are the consequences.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/02/23/142-stumble/ 142]] - ''Everything'' in Mushroom Kingdom has eyes. Think about it.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/03/20/149-hero/ 149]] - And this is how Link saved Hyrule.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/07/03/167-mountain-cracks/ 167]] - You better watch where planting a bomb.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/01/25/211-hoy-small-fry/ 211]] - The Wind Waker fish is a stalker.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/10/26/286-the-fish-next-door/ 286]] - ''AnimalCrossing'' village may not be a good place to live if you are a fish.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/01/17/303-yoshis-experiment/ 303]] - Not a good idea, Yoshi.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/07/15/350-if-it-takes-a-lifetime/ 350]] - Have you ever considered what happens every time Mario dies?
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/08/18/356-insomnia/ 356]] - Kirby's cure for imsonia.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/05/10/408-resourcefulness/ 408]] - Combine this with 350. Try to sleep tonight.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/09/18/3769/ 438]] - Kirby's Dreamland is a beautful country if you do not mind the {{Eldritch Abomination}}s wreaking havoc every week.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/11/13/448-mog/ 448]] - Being a ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Mog]]'' in love is more hazardous of what you would think.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/02/22/466-hocotate-freight/ 466]] - The alt text talks volumes about ''Franchise/{{Pikmin}}''.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/05/28/491-marshy/ 491]] - Do not go hiking in the ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mushroom World]]''. Trust me.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/09/10/509-buzz-buzz/ 509]] - The weird photographer from ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}} follows ten-year-old kids and snaps pictures from them has a very weird idea of what a fond memory is.
* CrazyPrepared: In [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/06/23/344-jabu-jabu/ #344, Lord Jabu-Jabu]] made a map of his stomach, put it in a chest, and ate it. Then he asked for the boomerang.
* CreatorThumbprint: Though the comic is meant to give every Nintendo franchise the occasional spotlight, based on the prominence of characters, it seems pretty apparent ''[[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} which Nintendo franchise is Matthew's favorite]]''.
** ''[[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]]'' is starting to take on an ever-increasing presence in the comic. Matthew admits that it's become apparent how much he likes ''KidIcarusUprising''.
** While there have been only a few strips about ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Fire Emblem: Awakening]]'' -and two ''FireEmblem'' strips previous to the release of Awakening, [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/03/31/231-relics/ 231]] and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/04/27/404-and-now-a-fire-emblem-comic/ 404]]-, the author made clear that it was his new thing, mentioning it in several blog posts and one podcast. In that podcast, he discussed for 23 minutes before moving on to the comic itself.
** There is many strips dedicated to ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'', one of the Matthew's favorite games, and tons of little easter eggs included in many non-Mother strips.
** Inverted with ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', which has only got one strip -albeit many easter eggs- in spite of it is his second favorite game. This is because he wants to keep his strip Nintendo-focused and because he's afraid of FFVI jokes would fly over his readers' heads.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' is his favorite non-Nintendo videogame character. Long before his inclusion in ''SuperSmashBros'' Matthew had said that as far as he was concerned, the blue bomber was always welcome in his comic. After Mega Man [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmCVzjGVFy4 become officially a Smash Brother]], Matthew quickly [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/06/14/495-comic-review-e3-2013/ expressed his delight]] and devoted [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/07/16/500-prodigal-robot/ a milestone strip]] to both celebrate the inclusion and introducing him officially.
** Most of his Zelda-related jokes use ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' like material source, or feature those games' Links. Matthew adores the quirky nature of the former, and the later is his favorite game.
* CrossoverShip: Being a crossover-based webcomic, there are a few {{in-universe}} examples:
** Kirby/Jigglypuff.
** And now [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/05/03/241-snake-in-the-grass-part-1/ Samus/Captain Falcon]] too.
** If you look closely at [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/09/21/small-delay/ #190]], you can see [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Midna]] apparently flirting with Mr. Game & Watch.
** And now Mother Brain/Lakitu's Cloud.
** Dedede and Prinplup, in comic 454, though it's one-sided.
** Pit seems to have [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/08/23/504-fit-pit/ developed a crush]] on the Wii Fit Trainer.
** Mega Man developed a [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2014/02/07/543-mega-crush/ crush on Samus]]. Or at least, one part of her...
* CurseCutShort: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/10/08/193-ridley/ Ridley's "OH CRA-"]] People on the forums have made several phrases of what he actually might be saying, such as "OH HOW CRAZY."
** Also in the Mushroom Kingdom Carol, when Daisy says it's too bad the Scrooge-like Mario has a wrench up his... where exactly, Daisy?
[[/folder]]

[[folder:D-F]]
* DadaComics: [[color:purple: TOO BAD. WALUIGI TIME.]]
** ExactWords: Everything is purple today. [[BrickJoke PURPLE IS A COLOR.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/06/25/498-thwomp-strategy/ These Thwomps.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: The Mushroom Kingdom Carol arc.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/05/31/249-nasty/ Comic 249 was foreshadowed in a previous April Fool's strip]] as containing "excess gore, racism, foul language, public indecency and frightening imagery." [[spoiler:Subverted in that it's all told in completely work-safe {{Visual Pun}}s (and a ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' ShoutOut).]]
** As is the [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/01/25/211-hoy-small-fry/ World's Best Hero coffee mug]] Link was using in one strip (bottom-middle panel).
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: While the comic is usually monochrome except for every 5th strip, A Mushroom Kingdom Carol made creative use of color. [[spoiler:Christmas past is in color, red and green reappear once Mario [[HesBack regains his resolve]], and once he [[SaveThePrincess saves the queen]], full color returns.]]
** Waluigi's comics are in color. [[ExactWords Purple is a color.]]
* DestructiveSaviour: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/03/20/149-hero/ This strip]] shows what damage can be done in the course of ''TheLegendOfZelda'' games.
* DiscretionShot: Used [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/07/28/175-turnabout-kirby-part-5/ here]].
** Combined with GilliganCut and BrownNote [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/11/03/196-zombie-finale/ here]] and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/04/01/323-philips-box/ here]].
** Also [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/01/16/126-lensoftruth/ here]].
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Brawl in the Family has developed Waluigi into his own unique character out of a SatelliteCharacter of Luigi.
* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm: Adeline shown in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/05/17/488-adeleine-for-smash-bros/ this strip.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The comic in which [[YourCheatingHeart Raiden finds out Snake is in Brawl.]]
-->'''Raiden:''' I KNEW IT!
-->'''Snake:''' This isn't what it looks like!
** A subtle example spotted in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/09/21/small-delay/ "Where's Waluigi"]], see GettingCrapPastTheRadar below.
* DramaticIrony: In [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/02/15/311-cocoon-academy-part-1/ Cocoon Academy]], [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Professor Dragmire]] tells his class that every one of them will be a hero someday. His class contains [[{{Kirby}} Dedede]], [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]], [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Jessie]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Veran]], [[VideoGame/WarioLand Wario]], and [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry K. Rool]].
* DramaticUnmask: Subverted twice with Meta Knight.
** We eventually see what his face looks like in [[spoiler: the Cocoon Academy arc.]] It's not what you might think. Or exactly what you think, if you played any Kirby game with him as a boss.
* DummiedOut: Before the move to Keenspot, http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/media/ revealed some hidden files.
* EatsBabies: Waluigi
* EasterEgg: If you look at the board on [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/12/14/534-its-a-plunderful-life-part-2-2/ It's A Plunderful Life Part 2]] you can see the Hanenbow Level from Brawl. Looking closer, you can see [[TheCameo Baton from Tadpole Treble]].
* EldritchAbomination: Dark Matter in the "Cocoon Academy" story arc.
** Kirby becomes one himself in "The Legion".
* EmbarrassingNickname: [[spoiler:"Pinky" is this for Meta Knight]].
* EpicFail: Ganondorf's checkmate in episode 300.
* EpilepticTrees: [[invoked]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/05/24/490-the-truth-about-zebes/ The truth about Zebes]].
** [[ShrugOfGod Matt also would like think]] that the guy [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/03/29/476-here-comes-frederick/ insistently]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/06/28/499-the-weapon-triangle/ pesters]] ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Frederick]]'' is an ancestor of the annoying ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Bug Catcher]]'' that [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/02/03/308-my-awesome-magneton/ constantly]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/08/17/430-the-best-pokemon-team-ever/ pesters]] the Pokemon Trainer.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: This exchange in strip 208, after Mario rescues Peach:
-->'''Mario''': "Are-a you okay?"
-->'''Peach''': "Actually, I'm fine! He never laid a finger on me."
-->'''Bowser Sr.''': "Well, I'm not a monster."
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Most of the comic's characters went to Cocoon Academy, in a flashback story arc. Though a few did not.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Dedede, of course, who was much, much more penguinish when he was a kid. His father was a photorealistic Emperor penguin, and his mother regurgitated chum for him to eat, despite them all living in a suburban house.
* EverythingsBetterWithPlushies: Who'd have thunk that someone like King Dedede would make a super cute, ultra-huggable plushie as well? [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/images/dollpic28.jpg BitF, that's who.]]
** Also functions as a BrickJoke and a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming from [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/08/21/182-present/ this comic]].
* [[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Everything's Better With Rainbow Roads]]: Well, [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/05/19/335-roy-g-biv/ kind of]].
* ExpressiveAccessory: Lakitu's cloud in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/10/23/442-lakitu/ #442: Lakitu]].
* ExtremeOmnivore: Kirby has eaten [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/05/11/11-zombie/ a zombie]], [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/08/11/64-bob-omb/ a Bob-omb]], [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/07/16/172-turnabout-kirby-part-2/ Miles Edgeworth]], [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/05/23/23-universe/ the universe]], and... [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/09/24/082-super-star/ something.]]
** Waluigi has eaten [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic151.html Baby Mario]], [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/09/29/191-triloigi/ a puppy, a philosophy book]], and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/12/17/comic-299-carol-of-the-waa/ a caroling book]].
* EyeScream: A [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda goron]] looks through a peephole in the side of a mountain inside which [[TheHero Link]] is adventuring. Things do not end well. [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Phantoon]] has a similar problem, [[EyesDoNotBelongThere due to having eyes in his mouth]].
** And now there's the Mario variant with [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/05/28/491-marshy/ this comic]]
* FacePalm: Peach after receiving a rescue from Wario in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/10/14/280-dubious-rescue/ 280 - Dubious Rescue.]]
** In [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/05/31/492-silver-gauntlets/ this one]] Link accidentally knocks himself unconscious with one.
* FauxHorrific: "Oh no! REAL Fake Kraid!"
* FlatScare: A variation. When Dedede and Meta Knight are stuck together by a Gooey Bomb and as Dedede is sweating Meta Knight flatly says "Boom" to get a rise out of Dedede.
* ForegoneConclusion: The conclusion of "Snake in the Grass".
-->'''Snake:''' But first, a drink. Waiter! Something light. Hm, water or punch? Yeah, punch sounds good. Punch. I'll take the PUNCH. NOW.
--> ''(Samus nods at Captain Falcon. He grins and adjusts his tie)''
-->'''Captain Falcon:''' '''FALCOOOON...'''
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A minor case, but [[spoiler:[[SuperMarioSunshine Shadow Mario]]]] being the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come in "A Mushroom Kingdom Carol". Now, if you played that game, you should know who that ''really'' was... And now, '''[[spoiler:consider who shows up near the end]]'''...
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: In the ''Return to Dreamland'' comics, we have King Dedede as the Cynic, Kirby as the Optimist, Meta Knight as the Realist, and Waddle Dee as the Apathetic.
* FridgeLogic: A lot of the InUniverse humor comes from applying the funny stuff from Nintendo games, and seeing what happens.
* FurryConfusion: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/10/26/286-the-fish-next-door/ That'll cause a few nightmares.]]
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/08/11/354-animals/ Wait, who's the hedgehog?]]
** An unusual version in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/04/01/477-b-royale-in-the-family-2/ 477]]: ''[[VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet Sack Boy]]'' sees a sack race in the company picnic. The vision of people hopping around in what seemed hides of skinned sackboys ''did'' gave him nightmares.
* {{Futureshadowing}}: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/04/01/shutting-down-the-comic/ Strip 232]] does this for [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/05/31/249-nasty/ strip 249]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:G-I]]
* GenericGraffiti: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/03/15/319-cocoon-academy-part-7/ This strip]] from the Cocoon Academy arc has some reference-filled graffiti on the lockers in one panel halfway down. The scrawlings include "[[ZeldaIITheAdventureofLink I AM ERROR]]", the {{Konami Code}}, and the [[SuperSmashBros Smash Bros symbol]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The "radar" is self-imposed, but that doesn't mean Matt will skip over the possibility of a good dirty joke. [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/06/01/413-pits-date/ Case in point.]]
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/06/15/416-just-married/ The strip]] [[RealLifeWritesThePlot depicting Matthew's wedding]] has his newlywed wife alluding to the, um, first night of honeymoon.
--> '''Sarah:''' You know what I'm looking forward to...? [[spoiler: The WiiU!]]
--> '''Matthew:''' Oh dude, same here!
--> '''AltText:''' They say that in entertainment, [[LampshadeHanging it's important to 'know your audience'.]] With most comics, I try to [[ParentalBonus entertain as many people as possible;]] with this one in particular, only one person's opinion matters.
** In [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/07/10/419-the-sleepover-part-1/ "The Sleepover Part 1"]], underneath Dedede's bed is an issue of [[NationalGeographicNudity National Geographic]] with penguins on the cover...
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/09/14/437-chibi-robos-new-home/ This comic, full stop.]]
** In [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/09/21/small-delay/ "Where's Waluigi"]], in the lower left part of the scene Ike is seen showing off his enormous sword. Marth, who has a normal sized sword, is standing next to him looking annoyed, while Toon link is standing nearby looking a bit anxious about his very small sword. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
** In "[[http://youtu.be/98DG-rEaxGk Prodigal Robot]]", we get a montage of a homeless and jobless Mega Man willing to work for anything. At one point he lists "screws"; in the next slide, his expression has turned extremely disgusted, and the sign has been edited to "screws (the currency!)".
** In [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/09/20/512-smash-voters-captain-falcon/ strip 512]] ''[[Franchise/FZero Captain Falcon]]'' wants to vote Jody Summers in the next Smash because "She's got all- fast reflexes, dangerous curves, amazing-" What? Amazing WHAT?
** The AltText of [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2014/02/14/545-divide-by-hero-(part-1)/ this comic part]] implies HoYay:
--> Okay, fine, you still want a Valentine's Day theme with this one? "As Ganondorf and Bowser shook mighty hands, their eyes met for the first time. Initially thinking he got the better end of the deal, Bowser could suddenly only focus on one thing: the impressive fullness of Ganondorf's eyebrows, poetically mirroring his own. Ganondorf, meanwhile, had never felt the ironclad grip of a spiny turtle monster before, and was instantly impressed. As his thoughts wavered from his plan to defeat Link, he slowly began to wonder what his new friend's scaly arms would feel like gently wrapped around his shoulders..."
* GiantHandsOfDoom: ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSun Isaac's]]'' Move [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/08/08/63-isaac/ vs.]] ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Master Hand]]'', as well as ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Bongo Bongo]]'' [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/09/21/small-delay/ vs.]] ''[[VideoGame/StarFox Andross]]''.
* GoKartingWithBowser: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/07/09/backstory/ Literally.]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/10/29/97-backandforth/ This]] could also count.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/08/01/reflection/ Humorous example]]. Kirby prefers to be ignorant -- and sane -- rather than aware.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/02/02/213-conscience/ Spoofed here.]]
* TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin: Provides the current page image.
* GoshDangItToHeck
* GRatedDrug: In [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/03/11/226-brawl-party-wario/ strip 226]], Wario spikes a bowl of punch with a [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Fuzzy]].
* GroinAttack: Accidental but painful in 377. [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/11/07/377-necky/ Poor]] ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry necky...]]''
* GrossUpCloseUp: Seven times to date. Once [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/05/05/005-hdf/ Kirby]], then [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic151.html Waluigi]] (Third Comic), [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/08/26/266-lickitung-has-it-rough/ Weezing]] (particularly disturbing with the concept of the comic), [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/09/21/273-janitor-of-the-mushroom-kingdom-part-3/ Mario]] (as Eario sees him), and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/12/14/298-jolly-happy-jerk-2/ Dedede]] (as Kirby sees him), [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/04/01/323-philips-box/ Link]], and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/08/14/429-toilet-and-trouble/ Mario again]].
* GuestStrip: To celebrate Matthew's birthday, he allowed his family and his fiancé to each draw a comic for the week (the only person who didn't contribute was his mother).
* GuiltBasedGaming: VideoGame/AnimalCrossing's example thereof is [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/12/05/110-townfolk/ made even more guilt-inducing]].
* HereWeGoAgain: At the end of A Mushroom Kingdom Carol, Bowser says "Humbug", which elicits this reaction from the Ghosts.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: [[VideoGame/{{Earthbound}} Ness]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/10/01/085-runaway-dog/ will willingly attack people's pets]].
* HeroicMime: Link, as always. It's been stated that, when necessary, he lets Navi do the talking for him. Subverted when the spirit of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames his CD-i self]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/04/01/323-philips-box/ possesses him]].
** Subverted again in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/01/09/389-resolutions/ resolutions]], Link's resolution is apparently "To speak his mind more." But before he can say it Navi shouts it out for him, drowning his voice.
* HiddenDepths: Peach proves to be more cunning than she seems in this [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/08/05/260-the-captive-princess/ comic.]]
* HiddenInPlainSight: Played for laughs [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/09/21/small-delay/ here]]. The idea is to look for Waluigi in the midst of [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters a MASSIVE host of characters]]... [[spoiler:but he's that easy to find because ''everyone in his immediate vicinity runs away from him''.]]
* HostileShowTakeover: [[color:purple:TOO BAD. WALUIGI TIME.]]
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/05/22/164-undernewmanagement/ Done by Dedede once.]]
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: [[CrackPairing Ruto and Jabu-Jabu]], used to [[EpilepticTrees explain]] the rather ugly appearance of the "Zola" enemies in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda''.
* HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas: The character being King Dedede.
* IAteWhat: Given Kirby's habits, [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/05/08/160-pancakes/ that's kind of inevitable]].
** Invoked also in the ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' homage multi-comic, in the ''Spring Breeze'' strip. After Kirby sucks in one of the stars that come from Dedede's ground pound attack, he stops and thinks "What did I just eat...?'
* IdenticalStranger: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/11/12/103-dededoo/ Kingsonnn Dededoo.]] He was created to humorously subvert PaperThinDisguise, then [[ContinuityNod kept showing up occasionally]].
* IfICantHaveYou: A non-romantic example; [[spoiler:in "The Legion", Monster!Kirby stated that his friends were being mean, so he ate them all so they won't leave him.]]
* InterfaceScrew: A rare non-gaming example. If you're going on an ArchiveBinge using the old version of the site, you'll hit the 2009 Waluigi April Fool's page. There's no "next" button, so the only way to continue is going to the archive page and clicking the next comic in line.
* IronicEcho: Dedede's line, "I'm gonna get you, Kirby" has been turned back on him on a few occasions:
** Once in the Cocoon Academy arc, when he got into a cafeteria fight with Pinky.
** In the AltText for one strip in the sleepover arc.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2014/04/29/561-golf-advantage/ "Minions babe."]]
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: It's a Plunderful Life, starting [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/12/10/533-its-a-plunderful-life-part-1/ here]]. HilarityEnsues with a DoubleSubversion -- or more, depending how you look at it.
* [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY]]: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/11/20/200-ode-to-minions/ "It's pronounced 'Crackin'..."]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:J-L]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Snake, though not as much as Dedede.
* KeyUnderTheDoormat: When the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 Phantos]] is around, hiding a key ''anywhere'' is not a good idea.
* KlingonPromotion: Pichu is kicked out of Brawl for being (gameplay-wise) a clone of Pikachu, but evolves into one soon after. He then uses a Poké Ball on Melee's Pikachu, and takes over his position. See CheshireCatGrin above.
* LampshadeHanging: They '''love''' doing this, mostly with Mario universe conventions.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Alluded to [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/11/09/290-karma/ here]].
* LaughablyEvil: Waluigi, oh so much.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: In [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/06/14/495-comic-review-e3-2013/ 495]] ''Videogame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' really DOES NOT want to talk about his stint in the ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' cartoon or be reminded of it. ''[[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]]'' pretends to agree, but his reply only frustrates the blue bomber further.
* LintValue: In the strip where Bowser gets his own flying clown car.
* ListSong: last half of the "History of Nintendo" song is a very long list of people and game titles associated with Nintendo.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/04/26/482-link-on-the-wall/ Hopefully Eario can humpty dumpty that mess so Hyrule isn’t forever doomed.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/09/21/small-delay/ This]] strip.
** Even ''[[WheresWaldo Waldo]]'' is in the middle, if you look hard enough! [[spoiler:(behind Bowser Jr.'s easel)]]
* LogoJoke: Starting with [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/09/19/365-the-egg/ The Egg]], most [=BitF=] logos since then have had a joke related to the comic.
* LongBusTrip: The spotlight seems to rotate from one series to the next, so naturally, there would be characters left out.
* LoopholeAbuse: Mario cleverly figures out the [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/01/12/124-pickabox/ word box]] [[ExactWords counts as a box too.]]
* LuminescentBlush: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/06/01/413-pits-date/ Pit's one is pretty cute]] when Palutena finds him checking the personal ads still again.
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[[folder:M-O]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] in the strip [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/10/08/193-ridley/ Ridley]].
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: "I'm gonna get you, [X]."
* MamaBear: A literal example in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/11/05/289-decoy/ Strip 289]]. Of course, it depends on that bear being female (which is a reasonable assumption).
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Well it is based off ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', after all.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: {{Implied}} with Ruto and Jabu-Jabu, but we don't know how long Zora or... [[BuffySpeak big... whale... god... thing]] lifespans are.
* MilestoneCelebration: Every 100th comic has been bigger than previous works (although [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/11/05/100-theveryhungrykirby/ #100]] [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny doesn't look quite as ambitious in hindsight]]). [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/11/20/200-ode-to-minions/ #200]], [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/12/25/300-a-simple-request/ #300,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR5DaYuDWYs #400]] and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/07/16/500-prodigal-robot/ #500]] were [[MusicalEpisode Musical Episodes]]. #400 in particular was a huge celebration of the entire Nintendo history, and #500 a celebration of Mega Man history and inclusion in ''Super Smash Brothers''.
** The 50th Comics also get smaller celebrations. There's [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/07/11/050-gooey-kablooie/ #50]] [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes "Gooey Kablooie"]], [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/03/28/150-comicstrip/ #150]] "Comic Strip", [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} a]] [[ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse tribute]] [[ComicStrip/TheFarSide to]] [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} various]] [[ComicStrip/FoxTrot comic]] strips, [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/06/04/250-cartoons/ #250]] "Cartoons", [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons another]] [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill tribute]] [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark to]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} various]] [[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars cartoons]], and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/07/15/350-if-it-takes-a-lifetime/ #350]] "If it Takes A Lifetime".
* MoodWhiplash: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/09/29/191-triloigi/ Poor Waluigi.]]
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/images/End.jpg This, too.]]
* MortonsFork: If the waiter brings the soup that Waluigi hates, Waluigi will throw it in his face. If the waiter brings the soup that Waluigi likes, Waluigi will throw it in his face. [[spoiler:If ''Waluigi'' brings the soup that Matt likes, Matt will throw it in his face.]]
* MusicalEpisode: A number of times. Most can be found on the comic's [[http://www.youtube.com/user/BrawlInTheFamily/videos Youtube page.]]
** The [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/12/19/115-htksc2/ first]] as a tribute to ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''
** The [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/11/20/200-ode-to-minions/ second]] as a tribute to common minions, sung by [[spoiler: Bowser]]
** Christmas 2010 featured parodies of Christmas songs, including FrostyTheSnowman [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/12/14/298-jolly-happy-jerk-2/ here]], the Carol of the Bells [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/12/17/comic-299-carol-of-the-waa/ here]], and MariahCarey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/12/25/300-a-simple-request/ here]].
** Christmas 2011 featured a tongue-in-cheek homage to the SlippySlideyIceWorld, set to the tune of "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas", [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/12/24/2863/ here]].
** Comic 400, which also marked the comic's return after a long hiatus due to Matt's sickness.
** And [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/07/16/500-prodigal-robot/ comic 500]] was a homage to Mega Man and an overview of the character's history, at the tune of some of the most popular songs of the franchise.
* MusicalTrigger: [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda's Lullaby]], as illustrated [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/02/17/140-lullaby/ here]].
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg:
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/10/24/373-dreamland-return/ Best of friends on an adventure! Also Meta Knight]]
* MythologyGag: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/06/14/495-comic-review-e3-2013/ In 495 strip]]:
-->'''[[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]]''': Hey Man! Haven't seen '''you''' in a while. ''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster Now we just need to get]]'' ''[[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} Simon]]''-
-->'''Videogame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}''': SHH! [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain Don't bring that up!]]
-->'''Pit''': Bring up '''WHAT'''-[[CanisLatinicus icus?]]
-->'''Mega Man''': '''AARGH!'''
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/05/18/245-snake-in-the-grass-part-5/ At least the date ended well.]]
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/09/08/362-suns-song-part-1/ The Sun's song is not supposed to do that.]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/09/12/363-suns-song-part-2/ Maybe the moon's song will]]... [[WeirdMoon Oh... Well...]]
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/03/20/149-hero/ Congratulations, Link! You saved Hyrule!]]
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Kirby may have shades of this, if the end of [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/11/03/196-zombie-finale/ this comic]] is any indication
** As someone else said, [[DadaComics Waluigi's mind is... unsettling...]]
* NobodyCanDie: [[ParodiedTrope Spoofed]] in strip #275: "[[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/09/27/275-hyper-beam/ Pidgey fainted.]]"
* NoCartoonFish: Averted and deconstructed. See FurryConfusion above.
* NoIndoorVoice: Captain Falcon is [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/07/14/051-captain-falcon-solid/ not very stealthy]], [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/10/27/96-captainfalconplayspoker/ not a very good poker player]], [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/06/26/captainfalconatchurch/ blows out windows during silent prayer]], and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/01/28/212-bunkmates/ keeps roommates up at night]].
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Dedede's [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/02/24/314-cocoon-intermission-a/ father]] is a photo realistic penguin, rather than an exaggerated or cartoonish one.
* NotHisSled: The WholePlotReference story arcs start out as pretty much the original story, [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[Recycled In Space with Nintendo characters! ]]
]] However, [[spoiler:both of them deviate from the source material with the beginning of the end of arc.]]
* NotSoDifferent: King Dedede and Kirby. Meta Knight even calls the former out on it.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: In [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/04/01/477-b-royale-in-the-family-2/ strip 477]] Raiden encourages Snake to join them in the Battle Royale, but Snake claims being busy. Shortly after Raiden catches him hanging with the Smashers, and Snake swears that "It's not what it looks like" (although it IS).
* OffModel: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/03/18/320-cocoon-academy-part-8/ Prof. Oak's fabulous disappearing moustache!]]
** The Playstation characters in "[[VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale B.Royale]] In The Family." WordOfGod is that this [[StylisticSuck was intentional]] -- he drew the characters from memory, then altered them. [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] has an eyepatch (which, along with his facial tattoos, constantly changes position) for example.
** In "[[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/10/07/517-rock-or-roll/ Rock or Roll]]", Matthew states that Sonic is otherwise accurate, but he's almost completely off model in every panel.
* OffScreenMomentOfAwesome: Dedede caught Rayquaza at some point prior to siccing it on Kirby in strip 518.
* OhCrap: See CurseCutShort above.
** And the "Gooey Bomb" arc, as well as [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/07/30/turnabout-kirby-part-6/ this]] ContinuityNod.
** Kirby gets one too when he misinterpreted Dedede's meaning about a Pokémon battle. Can't blame him since they both had handhelds, but to fight Rayquaza?
* OneMarioLimit: [[FireEmblem Marth and Ike]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/11/08/526-smash-voters-marth/ voted for the wrong Roy]]
* OnePersonBirthdayParty: One of [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/09/29/191-triloigi/ the Waluigi-themed comics]] depicts Waluigi as the only attendee of his own birthday party. As mentioned in the newspost, one forum member rewrote the DownerEnding of the strip to portray Waluigi as someone who prefers to celebrate alone.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Dedede demonstrates this in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/05/20/20-savior/ "Savior"]].
** And again in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/12/21/536-its-a-plunderful-life-part-4/ "It's a Plunderful Life."]]
* OriginalCharacter: Eario, the janitor who cleans up after the Mario Bros. Kingsonnn Dededoo and the Bug Catcher as well.
* OrphanedPunchline: A downplayed example in the final strip of [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2014/04/01/555-waluigi-finaluigi/ "Waluigi Finaluigi"]]. In any other Waluigi strip, "SANDCASTLES ARE NOT PRACTICAL" would be the punchline in the final panel, but here it's in the first panel without any prior set-up.
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: In [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/08/16/502-diamond-dog/ Diamond Dog]], Paula demonstrates an unorthodox yet incredibly effective way to get rid of a beast made of diamond.
* OverlyLongGag: The buildup to Comic #249 "Nasty", including a number of fakeouts and reminders that viewer discretion is advised.
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[[folder:P-R]]
* PaperThinDisguise: Kirby in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/04/08/234-meta-knight-the-sweetheart/ this strip]].
** Wario in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/10/14/280-dubious-rescue/ strip 280.]]
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/11/12/103-dededoo/ Kingsonnn Dededoo]] is a subversion, turning out to be an IdenticalStranger instead.
* PatterSong: The verses of ''The History of Nintendo'' have elements of this.
* PlayingTennisWithTheBoss: Link vs. Ganondorf, [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/10/29/97-backandforth/ quite literally.]]
* PooledFunds: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/04/23/481-luigis-treasure/ Might not be a good idea,]] depending on [[VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon where the funds came from]].
* PowerpuffGirlHands: Kirby. He even [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] it in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/07/11/050-gooey-kablooie/ Gooey Kablooie]]
-->"This would be a lot easier if I had thumbs..."
* PunchClockVillain: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/11/20/200-ode-to-minions/ Ode to Minions]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/03/04/316-cocoon-academy-part-5/ THERE. WILL. BE. SPANKING.]]
* ReactionShot: [[Franchise/AceAttorney The Judge]] has a lovely reaction to seeing Meta Knight's scars.
* RealityEnsues: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/12/06/532-ravio/ Ravio]] learns what happens when you do business with monsters...
* RecordNeedleScratch: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/03/10/146-celebration/ Followed by awkward silence...]]
* RedundantRescue: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/08/05/260-the-captive-princess/ Here.]]
* RememberedICouldFly: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/12/08/384-dream-land-cannon/ Strip 384]] has Kirby, Meta Knight, Dedede, and Waddle Dee preparing to launch themselves upward out of a cannon to get an item. When an accident sends them flying into a wall, Dedede points out that they should just fly up there instead.
* RickRoll: [[spoiler:Part of the build-up to [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/05/31/249-nasty/ 249]], but [[IncrediblyLamePun not in the way you'd expect]].]]
* RidingIntoTheSunset: The ''Nintendo Power'' tribute strip ends with Howard and Nester walking off into the sunset, arguing the whole time.
* RipVanWinkle: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/06/28/the-lesson/ The Lesson]].
* TheRival: Snake is this for both Captain Falcon (Romantically regarding Samus) and Olimar (In a contest of one-upsmanship in a vein similair to ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy.)
* RoundRobin: Turns out [[spoiler: the ZombieApocalypse]] was this all along, started by Dedede, disappointingly followed up by Adeleine, [[spoiler: and horrifyingly concluded by Kirby]].
** [[HostileShowTakeover WALUIGI TIME]]
* RubberMan: [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong64 Lanky Kong]] vs. [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Dhalsim]] in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/05/21/489-longest-arms/ this strip]].
* RuleOfFunny: The Pokéwalker can only give 1 level up per transfer to the device, and [[Literature/LesMiserables 24601 EXP]] is not nearly enough to get a Pikachu to level 74. Doesn't stop [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/04/14/235-pokemon-pedometer/ this]] from being goddamn ''hilarious''.
* RunningGag: Several, including Kirby's "Food!", and King Dedede's "We gotta get that Kirby!"
** Don't forget Kirby eating Dedede and turning into a minature version of him.
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[[folder:S-U]]
* SamusIsAGirl: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2014/02/07/543-mega-crush/ With a twist.]]
* SchizoTech: In a somewhat [[DownplayedTrope minor example]]; in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2014/01/31/541-wasting-the-day/ this]] comic 541, Adeleine has both a Wii and a rotary phone in her living room. And the TV looks like it was ripped straight out of just about any newspaper comic from the 80's or 90's.
** The fact that it piggybacks on Super Smash Bros' massive crossover of characters from diverse fictions means this trope is often going to crop up in various other ways related to that.
* [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Faces]] [[VideoGame/HotelMario of Evil]] [[SealedEvilInACan In a Can]]
** [[spoiler: Waluigi, as of Comic 556. Though the "evil" part here is debatable.]]
* SelfImposedChallenge: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/11/20/200-ode-to-minions/ Comic #200]] has led to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JexitZzjBMg Pacifist runs]] of games, where the goal is to kill no minions (except those who are used to kill bosses) and if any minions are to die, have it be due to anyone other than the player i.e. a Koopa walking into a lava pit.
* SevenDeadlySins: The fourth part of the "Turnabout Kirby" arc has Meta Knight using photographic evidence against Dedede, with each picture containing a certain sin from previous comics.
* ShallIRepeatThat: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/05/12/333-advice/ Parodied]] by [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Kaepora Gaebora]].
* ShirtlessScene: Luigi's moment [[spoiler: before defeating Ganon with a Starman]] in his Holiday Vacation to Hyrule.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/11/01/288-bullet-bill/ This entire strip.]]
* ShoutOut: In almost every comic. [[ShoutOut/BrawlInTheFamily Now with its own page.]]
* SickeninglySweethearts: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/09/24/513-smash-voters-ice-climbers/ The Ice Climbers]] have this moment when they found out they voted for each other in the [[StoryArc Smash Voters]] comics
* SilenceIsGolden: Used in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/02/15/464-the-secret/ 464 – The Secret.]]
* SitcomArchNemesis: As seen in this [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/10/07/517-rock-or-roll/ comic]].
* SkewedPriorities: The best way to deal with [[Franchise/StarTrek Romulans]]?
-->'''Waluigi:''' Change de channel.\\
'''Spock:''' But Captain——\\
'''Waluigi''' (''PunctuatedForEmphasis'') WALUIGI. WANTS. [[JonAndKatePlusEight KATE PLUS ATE]].
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Samus in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/12/15/386-hot-stuff/ this strip]]
* SlasherSmile: Link finds the solution to [[CriticalAnnoyance both]] of his [[StopHelpingMe problems]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/10/11/279-two-birds/ and looks damn creepy in the process.]]
* SleepCute: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/08/03/426-serenade/ Serenade.]]
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/06/28/the-lesson/ Of course Kirby of all people was the one who would do this.]] [[spoiler:Subverted, though.]]
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/12/24/2863/ 2011's holiday comic is about one of these.]]
* SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass: Dedede is seen using this on an anthill in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/07/01/346-kirbys-comic/ comic 346]].
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: Comic 400's list of Nintendo's games.
* {{Squee}}: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/05/09/09-jigglypuff/ Several]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/08/10/179-proposal/ comics]], as well as the above image.
* StalkerWithACrush: Dedede becomes this when a [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/12/11/454-dededes-holiday-vacation-2/ Prinplup uses Attract.]]
* StandardFiftiesFather: "Your father" in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/05/31/249-nasty/ comic 249]].
* StartOfDarkness: Parodied, see the GoKartingWithBowser example.
** Played literally in "Cocoon Academy":[[spoiler: Meta Knight was originally pink, like Kirby. He gets a blue color after swallowing Dark Matter.]]
*** One unconfirmed fan theory is that, since the only characters shown to have been covered in dark slime are confirmed future villains (and a raccoon from AnimalCrossing), that entire fight was the incidental start of darkness for many characters.
** There's also [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/03/23/240-2p-start-guest-strip/ this]] for Waluigi.
* StealthPun: On the cast page, [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/characters/rluigi2/ Luigi's]] profile shows him playing a song, the score of which is labeled as "Violin II". [[spoiler:Second fiddle]], anyone?
* StockScream: "A Simple Request". You can hear the WilhelmScream during Veran's part.
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[invoked]] Parodied in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/09/30/276-a-quality-game/ 276]]. Dedede goes on about how naive Kirby is for enjoying Brawl, but quickly joins in when he realizes you can make [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Mario and Sonic fight.]]
* StoryArc: At least nine so far: "[[WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas How the King Stole Christmas]]", "[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Gooey]] [[ChainedHeat Bomb]]", "[[Franchise/AceAttorney Turnabout Kirby]]", "[[Literature/AChristmasCarol A Mushroom Kingdom Carol]]", "[[CrossOverShip Snake in the Grass]]", "[[OriginalCharacter Janitor of the Mushroom Kingdom]]", "[[FlashbackArc Cocoon Academy]]", "[[FridgeLogic Sun's Song]]", [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/09/17/511-smash-voters-mario/ Smash Voters]].
* StylisticSuck: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/05/22/164-undernewmanagement/ KIRBY, YOU ARE THE WORST.]]
* SueDonym: Subverted with [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/11/12/103-dededoo/ Kingsonnn Dededoo]].
* SweetieGraffiti: Kirby and Jigglypuff do this, [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/10/13/90-love/ unfortunately for Whispy Woods.]]
* SymbolSwearing: In comic [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/09/12/363-suns-song-part-2/ 363]], courtesy of ''Navi'' out all people.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Meta Knight's face is badly scarred after the Gooey Bomb incident... Or so we're told.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/11/03/196-zombie-finale/ In "Zombie Finale"]], we don't get to see how Kirby finished the horror story... But judging by everyone else's reaction, well...
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/04/01/323-philips-box/ Sixteen extremely traumatic seconds later...]]
* TakeThat: A [[http://i.imgur.com/DNu5R.jpg subtle one]] to [[CtrlAltDel CAD]].
** This [[http://i.imgur.com/dClxx.jpg not so subtle parody of Loss.jpg]] that he contributed to the CAD Sucks thread at SomethingAwful.
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/01/09/389-resolutions/ A friendly jab]] to SonicTheHedgehog.
*** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/05/26/26-shadow/ A not-so friendly jab]] to ShadowTheHedgehog.
*** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/06/14/495-comic-review-e3-2013/ Subverted here]]. Sonic braces himself for another... and then it never comes.
* ThatCloudLooksLike: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/08/25/358-cloud-watching/ ...A Lakitu throwing a Spiny into your face.]]
* [[invoked]]ThatOneLevel: Not a level in itself, but [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/12/24/2863/ this comic]] [[MusicalEpisode sings]] about the tendency for [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Slippy Slidey Ice Worlds]] to be such.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Using a Level 100 Gyarados on a Level 2 Pidgey.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Waluigi [[spoiler:who might have gotten it from his father,]] and Eario.
* ThrowingTheDistraction: "The Captive Princess" supplies the page image.
* ThrowTheBookAtThem: According to [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/03/01/468-magic-tomes/ this comic,]] this is why [[SpellBook magic tomes]] in the {{Fire Emblem}} series [[BreakableWeapons break.]]
** To be a bit more specific, [[ViolationOfCommonSense they set them alight,]] then throw them. The same is true for [[PowerCrystal dragonstones.]] One has to wonder though, how this works for the other varieties of magic...
* ThrowTheDogABone: Luigi at the end of A Mushroom Kingdom Carol.
** "I was going to have Luigi be the one to get the Spiny in the face...but you know what? ''No''."
** Luigi proves to be [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/12/21/457-luigis-holiday-vacation/ surprisingly competent]] when it comes saving Hyrule. Matthew points out after this one that on a comic-by-comic basis, Mario's been far, far more abused than Luigi has in the webcomic's run.
* TomatoSurprise: At the end of the "Cocoon Academy" arc, we learn that [[spoiler:"Pinky" is actually Meta Knight. And Headmaster Hand is Crazy Hand. Master Hand and Kirby were never actually in the strip at all. Also, the masked figure presumed to be Meta Knight is actually Waddle Dee, who later gives his mask to Meta Knight.]]
* TooDumbToLive: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/11/15/292-see-master-belch/ That]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/02/12/463-saturn-valley-hot-springs/ is]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/images/463alt.jpg incorrect]], ''[[VideoGame/{{Earthbound}} Master Belch]]''.
* TookALevelInBadass: Mario is shown to be a dork in Cocoon Academy, with Luigi of all people being the popular one. But when Dark Matter attacked, Mario gains admiration upon spinning Bowser around and using him as a living flamethrower.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Step aside.]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/04/01/323-philips-box/ Waluigi Time]].
** [[{{Squick}} Waluigi is buttoning up his shirt in the last panel]]. Sixteen seconds was too long.
* TraitorShot: In the "Turnabout Kirby" arc, after Meta Knight gives the Judge evidence that Dedede may just be framing Kirby by showing his own flaws, Dedede angrily demands to know where Meta Knight got such evidence. He replies "Let's just say... I have an informant". Cut to the jury bench. [[spoiler:The scene then zooms in on Waddle Dee as his eyes shift.]]
** Also, when Meta Knight is "banned" (reflecting his real-life ban from ''Brawl'' tournaments): as Master Hand takes him away, he angrily raves about how he thinks it was Dedede who orchestrated this. [[spoiler:It was actually Kirby, as the scene zooms in on him and he gives a barely noticeable smile.]]
* TriangRelations: Type 4 between Samus, Captain Falcon, and Snake in "Snake in the Grass".
* UnscrewedSaltShaker: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/09/24/082-super-star/ Revenge of Meta Knight]]
* UnsoundEffect: "[[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/03/20/149-hero/ Boil, Boil]]"
* UnusualEuphemism: "Great mother o' Spain!" in 260: The Captive Princess.
* UrineTrouble: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/02/26/220-gyroid/ "Gyroid"]]
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[[folder:V-Z]]
* VerbalTic: [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Captain Falcon]], to the point where it resembles Tourette's.
--> [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/06/26/captainfalconatchurch/ "FALCON PENANCE!"]]
* VictoryIsBoring: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/12/18/456-ganondorfs-holiday-vacation/ In 456]], Ganondorf travels to ''[[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Zebes]]'' but he accidentally ends in ''[[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Dreamland]]''. He quickly conquers the place... and just so quickly he finds out he hates it: the realm is unbearably cute, the local hero will not fight him because he thinks the King of Evil taking over sounds ''funny'', the citizens are apathetic and do not care who the king is, and his palace's servants are so sugarily servile and solicitous it disgusts him. [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/12/25/358-home/ Before long]] he gets fed up with being tucked in the bed and having his back scrubbed as he takes a bath, and he returns to Hyrule to rule the place with tyranny, violence and fireball-throwing.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/11/20/200-ode-to-minions/ Strip 200]] makes you realize what a horrible, horrible person you are for playing the average Mario game the way the developers intended.
** HypeBacklash: Some people, however, would like to point out that ''they're all trying to kill YOU''.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Parodied in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/12/18/456-ganondorfs-holiday-vacation/ Ganondorf's Holiday Vacation]], where he tries to go to [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Zebes]] but ends up in [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Dream Land]]:
--> '''Waddle Dee''': Are you ready for your goodnight kiss, sire?
--> '''Ganondorf''': I '''hate''' this place.
** Kirby finally realizes [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2012/09/18/3769/ how creepy the foes he's fought were]].
* VillainDecay: Parodied in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/02/08/462-benign-tragedy/ Benign Tragedy]] where Bowser kidnaps Peach again and it's treated more as an annoyance rather than a threat. The AltText hammers it in further.
--> ''We look forward to teaming up with you again next time there's a REAL villain in town.''
* VillainSong: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/12/25/300-a-simple-request/ "A Simple Request"]] is this. Also overlaps with AntiChristmasSong.
* TheVillainSucksSong: "You're a Mean King, Dedede"
* VisualPun: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/05/31/249-nasty/ Comic #249]] is advertised [[OverlyLongGag repeatedly]] as containing "excess gore, racism, foul language, public indecency, and frightening imagery". None of them are quite as severe as expected:
** Excess gore: [[spoiler:A number of televisions displaying Al Gore.]]
** Racism: [[spoiler:The starred [[Creator/DrSeuss Sneech]] in the upper left corner, and a [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Farfetch'd]] carrying a "[[FantasticRacism no Psyduck]]" sign.]]
** Foul language: [[spoiler:[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Farfetch'd and Psyduck]] arguing. Okay, maybe that's ''fowl'' language.]]
** Public indecency: [[spoiler:The Sneech and the Pokémon are naked.]]
** Frightening imagery: [[spoiler:A particularly creepy image of [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Tingle]]. Teddie too if you're familiar with ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.]]
* WackyMarriageProposal: Matt considered proposing to his girlfriend through the comic, complete with a Waluigi Time joke... but ultimately ended up going with a more serious proposal. Still, in terms of WhatCouldHaveBeen, it's pretty wacky. ("Expecting a ring? TOO BAD. WALUIGI TIME.")
* TheWallsHaveEyes: Being that [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda the Zelda series]] is so fond of this trope, Brawl in the Family [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/03/02/144mountainpeephole/ brought it to its logical conclusion]].
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/02/23/142-stumble/ There's also the Mario side of this trope.]]
** [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2013/05/28/491-marshy/ And 491 explores the]] sheer, undiluted implications.
* WeaksauceWeakness: [[spoiler:In the Christmas Carol arc, even after growing up Bowser Jr. never got over his fear of [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine water]]]].
* WeHaveReserves: [[PlayedForLaughs Played for]] [[BlackComedy laughs]] in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2014/04/15/559-tacticians/ # 559]] when pointing out the main difference between FireEmblem and AdvanceWars.
* WhamEpisode: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2014/07/24/580-world-eight-four/ Strip 580]], the beginning of the end.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/03/17/148-stomp1/ Here]] and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/11/20/200-ode-to-minions/ here]] which is set to music. [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Awesome]], [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]] [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome music]].
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: King Dedede reveals his true nature [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/12/20/387-dream-land-betrayal/ on a dark, cold winter night.]]
* WhenIWasYourAge: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/11/18/293-the-new-generation/ And the cycle begins anew.]]
* WhiteAndGreyMorality: The villains usually have a soft side to them, the heroes can be honest but have some bad habits, and most of the trouble of the world-ending kind is usually unintended. The only truly evil character is [[spoiler:Dark Matter]].
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Played for laughs after [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/07/03/peach/ Kirby swallows Princess Peach]].
* [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs Who Would Want To Read Us?]]: Used [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/03/28/150-comicstrip/ here]] and [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/06/04/250-cartoons/ here.]]
* WingdingEyes: The [[AuthorAvatar Author Avatar's]] eyes turn into the PlayStation button symbols after playing VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale for the first time.
* WithCatlikeTread: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2008/07/14/051-captain-falcon-solid/ FALCON SNEAK!!]]
* WorldOfSnark
* YouHaveResearchedBreathing: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/02/22/219-moveset/ this]] episode humorously deconstructs the Pokemon games' use of this trope.
* ZombieApocalypse: [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2009/10/30/195-zombie-attack/ Kirby, what have they done to ya?]]
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