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''[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/ Penny Arcade]]'' is undoubtedly the [[TropeMaker original]] {{Gaming Webcomic|s}}, created by Mike "Gabe" Krahulik (art) and Jerry "Tycho" Holkins (writing) and updating on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. From its humble beginnings in late 1998, the comic has inspired countless imitators and grown into a veritable household name; the franchise has its own convention ([[http://www.paxsite.com/ PAX]]) and charity ([[http://www.childsplaycharity.org/ Child's Play]]), as well as several commissions.

Although most of the comics are connected to VideoGames in some manner, it is not exclusively a gaming comic; much of the humor is drawn from [[LifeEmbellished real-life experience]], as well as character interaction, both with the authors' alter-egos and with their friends.

Notable for being one of the few webcomics to actually divide up art and writing duties between an artist and a writer, with the pretty obvious result that both the art and the writing are far better than most webcomics, which tend to be solo affairs. While the benefits to dividing up the duties are obvious, the pitfalls keep most webcomics from following suit: mostly, it is ''really really hard'' to get two people to agree on how their ideal comic should look and feel, and in the rare cases where they do, wildly successful comics can generate enough money to cause problems between them. Gabe and Tycho make it work, even while enjoying wild success.

Also notable for a relentlessly professional update schedule in a medium notorious for falling victim to ScheduleSlip. ''Penny Arcade'' ''will'' update every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday -- even when ''[[{{Determinator}} Gabe gets swine flu]]'' ''[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/03/30/ or cuts his thumb to the bone.]]''

The series has now spun off into an episodic game: ''VideoGame/PennyArcadeAdventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness''. And now into a ''[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/ reality show]]''. The comic has also spawned the ''EpicLegendsOfTheHierarchs'' and ''SongOfTheSorcelator'' projects. Two podcast series have also been produced: Downloadable content which gives some insight in the process of how Mike and Jerry create the comics, and their [[WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated D&D podcasts]], which is a collaboration between Penny Arcade and WizardsOfTheCoast. There was also a reality series done on what it was like to work in the Penny Arcade office, which offered further insight into their creative process, as well as introducing fans to the other people who work behind the scenes at PA. In collaboration with [[LoadingReadyRun Bionic Trousers Media]], they have also started a reality talent search web series entitled ''WebVideo/StripSearch''.

The two were chosen for TIME Magazine's list of Top 100 Influential People for their 2010 issue under the "Artists" category.

Tycho has starred along with [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]], [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 The Heavy]], and [[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Max]] in a poker game named ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'', and the Fruit Fucker 2000 appeared (renamed Juice Bot) in the Steam version of VideoGame/MondayNightCombat. [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/01/05 The Merch]], is now an unlockable pet in the upcoming game ''FireFall.''

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!!This webcomic provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Tycho's [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/01/13/ childhood]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/07/04/ was]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/01/17/ often]] a [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/06/23/ living hell]].
* AccidentalMisnaming: Scott Kurtz of ''PvP'', portrayed as TheRival in some strips, is invariably called "[[CountryMatters Steve Kuntz]]" by Gabe and Tycho.
* AccidentalTruth: In [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/02/29 "Stewardship"]] Scott Kurtz comes to the guys with a list of topics to avoid while writing PvP in his absence. As it happens, he had considered doing exactly that.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny:
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/01/13/ "Dune? It sounds dry." "I'm trying not to be amused by that."]]
** Also found [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/09/15/ here]].
* AdjectiveAnimalAlehouse: the Silver Unicorn in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/12/07/the-vault-of-winter-part-one The Vault Of Winter, Part One]]
* AerithAndBob: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/12/12 Or so Gabe has been led to believe.]]
* AluminumChristmasTrees: At least one level in ''Videogame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' can actually be solved [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/09/23/the-wisdom-of-solomon this way.]]
* AmbulanceChaser: Spencer Halpin in [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/01/05 this strip]].
* TheAnnotatedEdition: The printed collections have text commentary.
* AnswerCut: Annarchy decides that E3 is "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/05/30/ an elaborate scheme to suppress rational thought]]" and wonders what kind of "pea-brained monkey man it's supposed to appeal to." Enter Gabe.
** In [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/04/06 this strip]], when Tycho asks why Gabe only wore his pants backwards once, it cuts to a flashback of Gabe in high school, [[PottyFailure with his pants soaked in pee]].
** [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/01/18 "What could he possibly be doing that is more important than what I want him to be doing right now?"]]
* ArtEvolution / ArtShift: Jokingly used when referencing [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/09/08/ ancient history]]. The [[LongRunners ten years of practice]] really shows.
** And note that that first panel was based on the style ''years'' after the first actual panel.
** Art timelines for [[http://penny-arcade.com/2011/11/18/jonathan-gabriel-an-art-retrospective Gabe]] and [[http://penny-arcade.com/2011/11/18/tycho-brahe-an-art-retrospective Tycho]].
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/02/03 Another art shift used here.]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: From the [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/2008/08/20/ rejection letter]] the duo supposedly received from Golf Digest for Bogey Golf, their series of golf comics:
---> Your "Bogey Golf" submission glorified many themes one does not readily associate with the game, such as incest, murder, rape, bestiality, religious intolerance, or crab fishing.
* AuthorAppeal:
** Gabe seems to like drawing [[EldritchAbomination weird, disgusting-looking alien creatures]].
** Tycho loves SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.
* AuthorAvatar: Retroactively so -- Tycho and Gabe were not originally meant to represent the creators, but too many readers assumed that they did and eventually Jerry and Mike just went with that. Jerry's [[TheRant posts]] sometimes mention that while Tycho draws from Jerry and Gabe from Mike, their characters are distinct from their creators and the real story is redistributed to the appropriate character. For instance, he was the one that wanted to give away [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/03/28/ free waffles at their convention booth]], but it wasn't something Tycho would do, so their roles were switched for the comic.
** The dissimilarities between Mike/Jerry and Gabe/Tycho were later played for laughs in [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/04/02 "Perhaps Too Real"]], where Tycho and Gabe art redrawn for the iPad Retina display end up [[GrossUpCloseUp looking like Jerry and Mike]].
** Later brought up to heighten the joke in [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/10/28 "Parabolic"]].
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Mike named his ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' wizard "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/06/15/ Jim Darkmagic]]" (of the New Hampshire Darkmagics).
** Immediately called out by Scott Kurtz, who demands, "Why don't you call yourself Chet ''[=AwesomeLaser=]''?"
*** Scott Kurtz later gave this a ShoutOut in [[PvP his own strip]].
** The group also suggested "Jim Fellmagic," "Fell [=DarkJim=]," "Jim Felldark," "Fell Darkevil," and "Ominous Darkfell Magic-Bad."
** Also, [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/05/04/ Doctor Raven Darktalon Blood]].
** FailOSuckyname: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/10/10/ Jim]] is a {{callback}} to when they played VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI.
** Also all characters/creatures by Franzibald. (Grimm Shado, Witchaloks, wolfoids, the [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Shadowdark]]. Granted, some of these names aren't as much "sucky" as they are "horribly uncreative".)
* AWizardDidIt: Used to explain [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/11/02 "reverse necromancy"]]. As well as [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/01/18 where babies come from]].
* BareYourMidriff:
** Anne does this in the earlier strips.
** As have both Kara...
** ...and Brenna.
* BadassAdorable[=/=]LittleMissBadass: Annarchy in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/14/ Armadeaddon]], and doubly so in ''VideoGame/PennyArcadeAdventures'', where she plays a GadgeteerGenius.
* BadassBoast: Mike Krahulik gets one while talking about [[http://penny-arcade.com/resources/an-update1.html Ocean Marketing.]]
---> I will personally burn everything Iíve made to the fucking ground if I think I can catch them in the flames.
* BadassSanta: In the 2012 Christmas strips featuring ''WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated''. [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/12/17 Ho-ho-holy crap!]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/2012/12/19 And they gave him stats.]]
* BestialityIsDepraved: There is a RunningGag with Tycho having sex with all sorts of animals, including giraffes. It squicks out Gabe whenever it comes up.
** Specifically, animals with long, slender (sexy) necks.
* BigNo: Too late, Gabe [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/04/11/ realizes the awful truth]] in "[[HeWhoFightsMonsters He Who Fights With Nerds]]". More gruesome examples are [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/01/30/ here]] and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/05/06/ here.]]
* BindleStick: Gabe has one [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/03/08/ here.]]
* BerserkButton: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/10/24/ For the love of God, don't insult ''Jesse's Girl''.]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/06/19/ Or mention those claw shrimps.]] Or imply that TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} and VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/04/10 are the same thing near Tycho.]]
** Real-life example: Mike Krahulik detests bullies. So much so that [[http://penny-arcade.com/resources/just-wow1.html he publicly named and shamed a horrid PR spokesman]] after he [[{{Jerkass}} belittled]], [[SmugSnake mocked]] and ''[[MoralEventHorizon threatened]]'' a customer after providing terrible service. Said spokesman's career is in tatters now.
* BlackComedy:
** Used [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/04/02/ here]] and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/02/28/ here, kinda.]]
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]: "Damn, son! That be that [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/12/07/ gallows]] humor!"
* BlackComedyRape:
** The [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/08/11/ dickwolves strip]] and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/08/13/ the strips that followed it]].
** The dickwolves are amateurs when compared to the [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/11/19/ customer service droid]].
** And between the droid and the dickwolves, [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/01/07 Velociraptors]].
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/05/12 Airport security is very strict]]
* BlandNameProduct: Most products are named and mocked, but in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/10/18 two]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/05/07/ strips]] they were under a non-disclosure agreement, and decided to illustrate how silly the whole [=NDA=] thing is. There have been store and restaurant names such as [=GameShop=], Taco Hole, and Wang's Chinese Restaurant, though Tycho once did refer to Barnes & Noble by its real name.
* BlatantLies: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/08/03/ "Gabe, sometimes in order to hurt someone very badly, you have to tell that person terrible lies."]]
* BoldInflation: Frequently, both in the comic and news posts, usually in places where one might naturally emphasize a word when speaking aloud. The tendency was lampshaded in one post where Tycho admits he "might have a problem with italics".
* BookEnds: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/02/19/ a textbook example of this trope.]]
* {{Bowdlerize}}: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/08/11/ Gears of Conflict Resolution]]
** As mentioned earlier, the Fruit Fucker was renamed "Juice Bot" when appearing in ''Monday Night Combat''. Also, in ''Poker Night at the Inventory'', the Fruit Fucker appears on an unlockable table, but it is referred to as "Fruit Friend" (and even if you have the swearing uncensored, it ''still'' appears as "Fruit Friend").
* BreakingTheFourthWall: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/10/28 Parabolic]], a comic where Gabe and Tycho argue over VideoGame/TheStanleyParable, ends with [[spoiler:the real life versions of themselves commenting over how ''[[StealthPun real]]'' it was getting]].
* BribingYourWayToVictory: Somewhere between this trope and RevenueEnhancingDevices is the [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/04/25/ Visa Crucible (for Everquest II).]]
** Gabe cannot resist this in "premium content" model games such as LeagueOfLegends, often leading to him walking around in top-tier gear days into a game.
* BrickJoke: Most people forgot about the Pac-Man watch, what with it not being mentioned for years. Then came the announcement that [[spoiler: it's a ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' Spy unlock through ''Poker Night at the Inventory''.]]
* BringMyBrownPants: [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/10/26 Happens to Gabe upon being scared by Tycho while playing]] ''VideoGame/{{FEAR}}''. He then tries to deny the fact that he pissed himself.
--> '''Gabe''': What, this? This isn't pee. You startled me, I spilled my... drink, is all.
--> '''Tycho''': So, you didn't wet yourself. You were just drinking ''piss''.
--> '''Gabe''': Yes, that's right. No.
* BullyingADragon: Anyone who tries to push around Jerry and Mike. ''Penny Arcade'' has a '''huge''' following, and most of them are very internet-savvy. Do not attempt to threaten or bully its creators or their friends. You will be [[InternetCounterattack destroyed]]. [[http://penny-arcade.com/2011/12/26 Ocean Marketing]] and Jack Thompson found this out the hard way.
* CallBack: The [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/07/14/ comic from July 14th, 2010]] has Tycho use the made-up racial slur "chuwero", first mentioned [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/11/10/ three and a half years ago]]. He will also use it on occasion in ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory''.
** [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2000/05/17 Tycho invented]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/06/13/ a hippo.]]
** In [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/11/02 this comic]], Gabe ends up choking Tycho over ''[[SoulCalibur Soul Calibur III]]''. Around [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/08/01 three years later]], Gabe designs a device to let him choke other ''Soul Calibur IV'' players over the internet.
* CharacterBlog: The corresponding blogs on the strips. More prevalent a few years ago, when the two would often argue on the front page, something that almost never happens anymore.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When the strip started, Tycho and Gabe were more or less interchangeable, with Tycho serving slightly as a StraightMan to Gabe's enthusiasm. As the strip moved on, they experienced wildly different development, with Tycho evolving into his current sexually depraved intellectual persona, while Gabe became dumber, more unhinged and randomly violent.
* CheckPlease: [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/03/25 This strip]].
* ChestBurster / PuppeteerParasite: The [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/05/04/ Broodax]], [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/05/07/ in]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/06/06/ spades]].
* ChristmasSpecial: Oh so [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/12/17/ subverted]].
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/12/19/ Combined with]] TheMerch.
* CloserToEarth: Tycho and Gabe's wives Brenna and Kara come across this way, more for providing an outside perspective on their geeky madness than just being more grounded.
* TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight: In a joke about him being egotistical, [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/08/14 Gabe thinks]] his birthday is an internationally recognised festival celebrated by everyone. [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/09/26 Turns out]] '''[[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/09/22 that it is]]'''.
* ComplainingAboutThingsYouHaventPaidFor: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/2002/03/20/ This]] newspost reveals that this is how Gabe feels about winning ''Nocturne'' in a competition. "Even when he gets your game for ''free'', it would appear that you still owe him."
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: It doesn't ''[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/07/ not]]'' work.
* ContemplateOurNavels: In-universe; [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/07/12/ what is delicious]][sic]
* ContinuityNod: Fairly odd for a webcomic that features the main characters dying horrible deaths on a regular basis, but one [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/04/30/ comic]] introduced us to the idea that Tycho can't deal with the sun. More than six years later, Tycho is again seen trying to [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/06/30/ protect himself]]. And [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/09/07 once more]].
** The zombie that [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/08/18/ "borrowed" Tycho's shirt]] has a small cameo in the [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/25/ Armadeaddon arc]].
** Tycho's penchant for [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/12/10/ rolling natural 20s]] is used to [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/23/ finish the Armadeaddon]].
** ''Extremely'' subtle, but you'll notice that the two children sitting in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/06/17/ the middle]] are wearing shirts depicting [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/01/05/ the Merch and Fleshreaper]].
* CosmicHorror: The recurring concept and species known as the Deepcrow.
** The nameless entity that possesses Tycho after his nightmares about Hell in the late 90's, which occasionally manifests itself during moments of rage, most memorably [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/04/10 here]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: Tycho buys a Zune, Microsoft's ill-fated answer to the iPod, based on the selling point that you can trade songs with other Zune users, yet he's the only one who has one. [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/01/03 He eventually runs into another Zune user]]... ''BillGates''.
* {{Crossover}}: Telltale's ''Poker Night at the Inventory'', sure it's typical for them to crossover a [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Video Game]] seeing that it's a gamer webcomic, but its really unlikely for them to crossover a [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Web Original]] and a [[ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Comic Book]].
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Gabe. Not only is he the Cardboard Tube Samurai - whose skills may carry over in some form to his civilian persona - but he has received a blood transfusion from Spider-Man, and may be Darth Vader's son. Taking all this into account, Gabe may have the potential to be a web-slinging force-adept with the ability to slice things to shreds with a perfectly round tube, to say nothing of the potential synergy between spider-sense and force awareness. He's also the Beta Whisperer.
* CrowdSong: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/11/14/ This]].
* DadaAd: The {{Seinfeld}} Windows Vista ads, as seen [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/09/15 here]].
* DadaComics: Twisp & Catsby.
* TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks: Parodied with a [[http://art.penny-arcade.com/photos/1027441488_BeU8W-XL.jpg Dark Age-style Comic Jumper]] [[http://art.penny-arcade.com/photos/1027441465_hQRcZ-X2.jpg comic]] done by Gabe, and the subsequent Rob Liefeld pose contest for an Xbox with the Dark Age-style Comic Jumper, which Rob Liefeld even entered but lost due to using photoshop and [[http://penny-arcade.smugmug.com/photos/1029606622_iNZQe-M.jpg this one]] won the contest for being 'disturbing and confusing' just like a real Liefeld artwork.
* DarkAgeOfSupernames: Parodied with Doctor Raven Darktalon Blood.
* DeathIsCheap: Both Tycho and Gabe have died a number of times in the comic's run. They're still doing fine.
* DeliveryStork: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/07/23/the-talk-by-abby-howard The Talk, By Abby Howard]] offers a... ''unique'' spin on this.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: From the rant for [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/2009/10/26/ October 26th 2009]];
-->It is not a mischaracterization to say that conversations with the hardcore PC community about software theft follow these tenets:\\
- There is no piracy.\\
- To the extent that piracy exists, which it doesn't, it's your fault.\\
- If you try to protect your game, we'll steal it as a matter of principle.\\
[[SarcasmMode It's like, who wouldn't want to bend over backward in their service?]] You need to know it, because nobody else is going to tell you: you guys sound like Goddamned subway vagrants.
** Also [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/06/15/ here]] and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/06/24/ here]]
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/02/19/ "A Cyclical Argument With A Literal Strawman"]] The sad thing is that [[TheWarOnStraw the strawman]] [[TruthInTelevision isn't really much of an exaggeration at all]]. They are using ''actual arguments frequently made by pirates''.
* DontExplainTheJoke: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/03/15/ This strip.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/01/28 "I'm getting into my car, and I'm driving to Barnes and Noble. If that is the name of a real book, I'm going to kill myself. Others may die also. I'm going to play this thing by ear."]]
** [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/08/31 In a fit of rage, Gabe resorts to public crucifixtions to deter scalpers at PAX]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/02/26 Apparently one shouldn't read the entirety of Gabe's thoughts for two years put down to writing]].
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The presence of some of the PA staff such as Batjew and Safety Monkey in some of the early 2000's strips, as well as them having their own posts on the front page, something which hasnt been seen in years.
* DualWielding: With [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/07/09 Ping-pong paddles.]]
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/10/03 This strip]] invokes it for laughs. Subverted since Gabe does not actually have Elmer Fudd Syndrome.
* EpicFail: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/11/15/ Gabe and Tycho use Kinect.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Gabe and Tycho may do horrible things to other people and one another, but [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/08/16/ they do in fact have limits.]]
** Another example [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/09/13/ here.]]
* EvenNerdsHaveStandards: Gabe [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/05/23/nipping does not approve]] of his son {{LARP}}ing.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Tycho's explanation of a [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/06/22/ Mind Flayer.]]
** There's also the comic called "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/02/09/ Emerging From Hideous Cocoons]]" where Gabe and Tycho, well, [[CaptainObvious emerge from hideous cocoons]].
* {{Expy}}: L. H. Franzibald appears to be some unholy combination of [[CtrlAltDel Tim Buckley]] and either Creator/LRonHubbard (creator of Scientology) or R. A. Salvatore (creator of Drizz't)-- mostly Tim (and yes it's based on an outfit he wore, sunglasses and all).
* EscalatingPunchline: [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/06/16 Nintendo's 2010 E3 announcement]]...
--> "'''''New''''' [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Zelda]], '''''New''''' [[VideoGame/GoldenEyeWii GoldenEye]], '''''New''''' [[VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand Kirby]], '''''New''''' [[VideoGame/MetroidOtherM Metroid]], '''''New''''' [[VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising Kid Icarus]], '''''New''''' [[Nintendo3DS 3D shit]], no glasses, SantaClaus is real, he's in our booth, and he's '''''giving out fucking handjobs.''''' Nintendo, bitches! '''''We out.'''''"
* EyeScream: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/03/14/ THIS IS INCREDIBLE]]
** Also, [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/03/28/ this.]]
*** And [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/08/15/ this.]]
*** [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/02/25 Jesus FUCK my EYE CHRIST!]]
*** [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/01/04 In the first panel.]]
*** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/05/01 Gabe]] tries to get a "reverse Lasik" procedure done (that is, using lasers to make his eyesight ''worse'', so he can wear NerdGlasses.)It goes about as well as you'd expect.
* FantasticRacism: Their "SpinOff" series ''Automata'' is set in a 1920s [[FilmNoir noirish]] universe where racism is saved for robots rather than other humans.
** It's also the subject of [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/09/03 this strip.]]
* FillerStrip: The Sketchbook-like updates that happen when the two are at various conventions.
* {{Fingore}}: Gabe once [[RealLifeWritesThePlot legit]] cut his thumb clear to the bone without even realizing it. In [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/03/30/ the accompanying strip]], Tycho was less than concerned.
* FlatEarthAtheist: Tycho knows that Gabe often hangs out with Jesus (literally; they play video games), but is an atheist.
** Lampshaded by Gabe in TheRant [[http://penny-arcade.com/2010/12/24 here.]]
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: their "Error 500" message is as follows:
-->[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Thanks a lot. ]]
\\
[[/folder]]

[[folder: You broke our website somehow. We are angry. ]]
\\
[[/folder]]

[[folder: [[Paranoia Fuel An obliterator-class huntroid has been dispatched ]]
.]]
* FourFingeredHands: The norm, though [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/01/05 subverted]] in one strip specifically for an extended pinky.
* FreudianTrio: Notably absent. Tycho typically fills the Superego role and Gabe is pure Id, but there is no Ego. The two are constantly fighting, and nobody cares enough to moderate. Their former roommate, Jim, was explained as filling the role before his death (canonically predating the comic's entire run).
* FridgeBrilliance: [[invoked]] Parodied [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/11/28/ here]], for a TakeThat at Franchise/{{Halo}}.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Inverted [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/01/21/ here]] where the event is in the foreground.
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/07/ Here.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/05/28 While presenting dynamic story-telling]] in ''VideoGame/{{Ghost Recon}} Future Soldier'', with the '''V'''ariable '''A'''utomated '''G'''lobal '''I'''ntrigue '''N'''arrative '''A'''gent.
** For Gabe's "Gamers Against Exercise" initiative, he had [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/05/18 T-shirts printed out]]. This one may not be so quick to catch on, though.[[note]]Hint:Read the acronym as one word, not letter by letter.[[/note]]
* GadgeteerGenius: Their cat, apparently. Earlier strips had Tycho and Gabe with some extremely futuristic device, with no explanation other than "The cat helped".
* GaggingOnYourWords: Gabe in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/03/09/ this]] strip.
* {{GIFT}}: The [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/19/ Trope Namer.]]
* GilliganCut: One covering [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/09/08/ twelve years]] and an ArtShift.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Heavily implied [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/08/29 here]].
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Often seen when the characters, especially Tycho, are angry. [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/08/24/ Here's]] just one of many examples.
* GodwinsLaw: Tycho [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/10/12 runs afoul of this.]]
* {{Gonk}}: A somewhat more [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/04/02 "realistic" drawing of the authors]], though exaggerated [[RuleOfFunny for comedic effect]].
* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: The motto of the Lookouts in the eponymous strip is "May We Die In The Forest".
* GroinAttack: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/06/16/ Here]], [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/07/15/ here]], [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/01/04/ here]] and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/08/13/ here]].
** [[SchmuckBait Click OK]] [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/06/18 to be kicked in the beanbag.]]
* GrossUpCloseUp: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/05/18/ Gabe's mouth is not a pretty sight]].
* GrumpyBear: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/04/25/ Tycho]].
* GuestStrip: Rare enough to stand out; [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/09/09/ one example]] (necessary because of Gabe's swine flu) was done by [[FoxTrot Bill Amend]].
** And then mercilessly lampshaded by one guest artist ''himself'' by [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/09/21/ coming up with the same idea]] for the strip subject [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/09/11/ as one of the previous guests]].
* HandyFeet (Skilled Feet): Gabe is pointed out to have monkey-like feet in one strip.
* HappyEndingMassage: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/11/19/ This strip]].
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/10/19/ here]].
* HellIsThatNoise: The {{Patapon}} soundtrack apparently.
* HeroicBSOD: Tycho goes into one when he sees an ad for a place called "[[XtremeKoolLetterz Gamez N Flix]]", which made the always elegant Tycho go mad.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Tycho and Gabe, because they seem to spend a ''lot'' more time with each other than with their wives and children, and their periodic forays into sexual experimentation never seem to lead them together.
** In fact, whenever one of them is stripped down to his skivvies or less, the other is outright disgusted.
** Seems to apply to the series creators, too. In case we needed any confirmation, Jerry described Mike in a news post as "He's not my friend; he's more like my ''arm''". He does jokingly make fun of this trope in one newspost where he mentions that "he and Jerry are not together, and only ''rarely'' have sex.
* [[HeWhoFightsMonsters He Who Fights Nerds]]: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/04/11/ "Look at yourself. Look at what you've become."]]
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/01/13/ Tycho is]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/01/17/ occasionally]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/06/23/ mentioned]] to [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/06/30/ have had]] one.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Gabe gets pissed off at one of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse's [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/07/23/ worst examples]].
* HomoeroticDream:
-->'''Tycho''': Are you having another one of your Franchise/SpiderMan dreams? [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/03/29 Oh god... I'm not ''in'' it, am I?]]
* HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas
* ICallItVera: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/08/09/ EB Games management in Penny Arcade is]] [[BadAss BAD ASS]]!
* IKnowMortalKombat: Parodied [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2000/01/19/ here]] and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/02/21/ here]].
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/12/11/ As well as here.]]
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/04/20/ And then hilariously averted here.]]
* ILikeThoseOdds: [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/07/09 "This ain't really fair now, is it? I mean... there's only two of them."]]
* ImagineSpot
* ImpossibleItemDrop: Spoofed in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/12/06/ this comic]].
* InformedObscenity: One [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/07/22/ strip]] showed Microsoft using the Precog-system from ''Film/MinorityReport'' to predict words that are ''about'' to become profanities. The word that gets pulled down is 'Ham Doctor'.
* InterspeciesRomance: Sexy, sexy [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/01/18/ giraffes]]. Also, [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/12/30/ jellyfish]], [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/10/20/ birds]] and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/09/19/ aliens]].
-->'''[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/08/09/ Tycho]]''': How do you know this super hot ostrich is from ''my'' subconscious?
* {{Irony}}: The team hates game piracy, but both the real and comic Tycho openly admit to torrenting TV shows. [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/10/06/ And yes, they're self-aware]].
* [[JesusWasWayCool Jesus Is Way Cool]]: And also "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/08/04/ fucking metal]]". He likes hanging out and playing video games, brings great food to Thanksgiving dinner, and buys christmas presents for his friends.
* JustOneMoreLevel: ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft World Of]] [[FanNickname Warcrack]]'' [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/01/23/ reclaims Gabe]] as [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/12/31/ he knew it would]]. (Eventually Tycho succumbed as well.)
** Gabe [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/2010/09/17/ has been lost]] to ''{{Minecraft}}'':
-->'''Tycho:''' He's well and truly gone; the Gabriel we knew is dead. He [[DugTooDeep delved too deep]] and was remade in the hot veins of the Earth. I have heard him suggest that the game is crack, but it's more like [[ItemCrafting all of the ingredients and equipment]] that you need to make crack, which I'd say is worse. It's like: give a man some crack, and he'll... but if you teach him to make crack, and then... [[{{Dissimile}} There must be a saying that explains all this, surely]].
* JustSoStory: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/09/03/ What the tooth fairy does with teeth.]]
* KillItWithFire: Effectively the MO of the Gabe's ''DungeonsAndDragons'' wizard Jim Darkmagic (of the New Hampshire Darkmagics) in [[WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated their podcast]] on the WizardsOfTheCoast website. Scorching Burst was used to set fire to everything from goblins to zombies to vampires to berserkers to priests to Binwin Bronzebottom, the party's Dwarven Fighter.
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/10/07/ Inverted]]
* LastNameBasis: Gabe's first name is Johnathan, but this is of course rarely used.
* LeastRhymableWord: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/09/13/ Acquiesce]].
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: The guys have described their pacing as a comic adaptation of this idea; many strips have punchlines in the second panel, and the frame will simply stay on the characters a little too long. The third panel will either be a OneTwoPunchline, OverlyLongGag, or ReactionShot
* LessEmbarrassingTerm: Doubly subverted in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/08/27 this strip]] where Gabe takes offence to his belt-mounted carrying bag being called a fanny pack, but then calling the second bag he's wearing a fanny pack.
* LifeEmbellished
* LimitedWardrobe
* LoomingSilhouetteOfRage: Found [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/03/03/ here]], along with a ShadowDiscretionShot.
* LovecraftLite: Several EldritchAbomination like beings exists and are taken lightly.
** [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/05/16 An Orkin employee taming a Deep Crow.]]
* LukeNounverber: Jim Darkmagic (of the New Hampshire Darkmagics)
* ManOnFire: "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/02/27/ I'm not sure that's an effigy]]."
** Complete with MajorInjuryUnderreaction and ShoutOut to TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} in the title.
* MerchandiseDriven: {{Lampshaded}}. See TheMerch, above.
* MercyKill: As seen in The Unhorse.
-->'''Game:''' First select the pistol, and then, select your horse.
** Gabe pulls this on [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] in "A Ring And A Prayer" by shooting him in the head, at the latters own request.
* MermaidProblem: Addressed quite directly [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/09/29/ here]].
* {{MST}}: [[AdvertisingTropes Ad]]''[[IncrediblyLamePun monishments]]'', found [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/07/26/ here]].
* MultipleChoiceFormLetter: Tycho writes [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/03/16 one comic]] this way as he wants to write a comic about the E3 convention before he attends. It results in some pretty hilarious MadLibsDialogue.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/02/21 The first part]] of the story arc ''Ripped From Today's Headlines'' has Tycho accidentally killing his wife when trying out a move from ''SplinterCell'', and feeling bad for it.
--> '''Tycho''': Oh my god. Oh my god. Please don't leave me!
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tycho_Brahe Tycho Brahe]].
* NerfArm: The Cardboard Tube Samurai, which has spawned more than a few instances of the deadly tube showing up in some games.
* NeverSayThatAgain: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/04/10/i-hope-you-like-text/ Gabe evoked this response from Tycho.]]
* NightmareFetishist: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/09/19/ Tycho is one.]] Apparently this trait extends to his real-life persona...
* NinjaLog: Though it is uncertain if [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/02/16/ Gabe]] can ''choose'' what he leaves behind or if "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/2009/02/16/ the log [is] an inextricable part of the process]]".
* NoSell: The main character from Sand has survived every attempt to execute him so far apparently without feeling any pain or taking any damage at all.
* NonIndicativeName: See SpeciesSurname below.
* NonLethalWarfare: ''Really'' weird, considering how often they do {{Sugar Apocalypse}}s.
* NoMedicationForMe: Tycho spends a week off Lexapro, and [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/01/09 is impressed with what he produced]]. There was the downside of "wrestling with demons of the mind" though. He [[http://penny-arcade.com/2012/01/09 contemplates this idea]], in TheRant before rejecting it as misinformed. And even if the peaks are still attractive, they don't compensate for the troughs.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Tycho jokingly asks if the stains on Gabe's pants are semen. Gabe rebuffs him him by saying these are his painting pants, for an autobiography... which he's painting entirely [[SubvertedTrope in his own semen]].
* OddCouple: The bread and butter shtick of the comic. Tycho mocks Gabe's ignorance, Gabe derides Tycho's pretensions. Rinse and repeat.
-->'''Tycho''': [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/03/25/ Let me just ask you this]]: do you think that "cloud rendering" is something that happens in the sky?\\
'''Gabe''': Yes.\\
'''Tycho''': Alright. CheckPlease.
* OhCrap: Gabe tries out ''{{Minecraft}}'' and realises he's gotten into something very addictive:
-->'''Gabe:''' I guess you punch trees? Which creates... wood? [[ItemCrafting Which I can turn into sticks? And then I turn the]] ''[[ItemCrafting sticks]]'' [[ItemCrafting into]] ... Oh no. ''Oh no.'' I'm in some real fucking trouble here.
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/11/08/ Insulting someone bigger, stronger, and younger than you are is not a good move.]]
* OnlineAlias: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/01/31/ Annarchy]] is of the "hacker" variety. Many {{MMORPG}} strips use the "XtremeKoolLetterz and numbers" variety.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Parodied with the works of L. H. Franzibald, where there are "Hermaphroditic Androgynite" Witchaloks and "Half-wolf, half android" Wolfoids.
* OutGambitted: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/08/31/ A hilarious example.]]
* OutOfFocus: Div. He still hangs around, and still occasionally gets lines, but the strip doesnt have much use for an alcoholic, obsolete piece of home entertainment hardware anymore.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2000/11/29/ Here]], ''Kolibri'' is described as "arguably the finest hummingbird-based shooter available for the 32X". This becomes something of a RunningGag during the early 2000's.
* OverprotectiveDad: Anne's parents [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/07/06/ say]] she can't date boys [[UpToEleven until she's married]]. [[LogicBomb Wait, what?]] She also brings out the Overprotective Uncle in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/02/13/ Tycho]].
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/07/15/ Though she doesn't take it]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/07/18/ very well...]]
* PalsWithJesus: Quite literally. Jesus seems to swing by the house frequently and gets along well with Gabe. He's polite to Tycho, but apparently the writer's nonstop blasphemy and questionable morality has already doomed him to Hell.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: When Gabe's ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' account is [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/09/26 hacked]], Tycho asks if he used the password "password" again.
-->'''Gabe:''' No. Jeez! I put in a ''four'' instead of an A. High security. See? Four isn't even a letter.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: Killographic, used also in RealLife, and stuponfuicous.
** Such words are often used by Tycho when he writes the news posts that accompany comics.
* PerverseSexualLust: Displayed with [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/10/02/ "Polygonous Polygamy"]].
* PokeThePoodle: [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/12/03 Tycho, here.]]
* PottyFailure: The result of Gabe wearing his pants backwards like Kris Kross. (see AnswerCut, listed above)
* ThePowerOfHate: Gabe tells Tycho, "I wish I could hate you to death." And then his nose starts bleeding.
* PregnantBadass: Gabe's wife Kara, as least according to [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/2004/08/23/ this post]] by [[UnreliableNarrator Tycho]]:
-->I'm given to understand that she has the equivalent of SuperStrength in this "trimester" or whatever it is called, and has the capacity to deal aggravated damage. Gabriel informed me yesterday that she lifted a car over her head, and threw that car at another car and then climbed up an office building. After a spectacle like that, your discourse tends to bear the proper reverence.
* ProductPlacement: Surprisingly averted. It's a positively massive webcomic, with thousands of readers and big-name advertisers. Yet, if they mention a game in a positive light, they're playing it and having fun. In fact, some companies don't advertise there, simply because the mention of their game in ''Penny Arcade'' is publicity enough.
* PurpleProse: Sometimes, Tycho's newsposts fly off into a world of imagination and word-crafting.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Tycho and Gabe (and Ben) [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/04/22/ after falling out]], and the {{Troperiffic}} faux-movie example from "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/06/25/ Paint The Line]]":
-->'''G-man:''' You're a hard man to find, Mr. Brahe.\\
'''Tycho:''' Not hard enough.
* RaceLift: Parodied [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/06/24/ here]]
* TheRant: One for each of the duo.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Where half of the stories and humor come from. A recent example being the July 1st, 2013 strip where Gabe insists on building a retro video game arcade in his and Tycho's garage. In real life, Mike Krahulik has been doing just that in his garage
* RedEyesTakeWarning:
** The [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/03/21/ Deepcrow]] and some of the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/07/14/ characters]].
** Whenever Tycho is pissed enough, his normally brown eyes get a nice red glow.
* RefugeInAudacity: Some of their more out-there content falls under this.
* RetconningTheWiki:
** Tycho and Gabe. Gabe does that for fun, Tycho out of grudge.
** There's also a strip where [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/12/16/ Skeletor can be seen vandalizing]] the ''[[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse He-Man]]'' page on wikipedia.
* TheRival: Scott Kurtz of ''Webcomic/PvP''. In reality he has collaborated with the boys many times, but in the strip he inevitably gets dubbed '[[AccidentalMisnaming Steve Kuntz]]' and MisBlamed for anything controversial. Scott now lives in Seattle and works out of the ''Penny Arcade'' office.
* RobotBuddy: Div, subverted. Although if you wanna get technical, Div isn't really a robot so much as he is a personification.
** The Fruit Fucker is arguably a different kind of subversion.
* [[invoked]]RootingForTheEmpire: Tycho [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/03/02 in this strip]] towards the zombies of ''Series/TheWalkingDead''.
* RuleOfCool: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/06/19/ Why does Penny Arcade think you should get]] ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}''?
* RuleThirtyFour: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/12/30/ For the New Year]], the guys have resolved to quit bizarre Internet porn (Tycho... coldturkeys.com?) and quit jacking off to the jellyfishes in the local aquarium (Gabe).
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/09/19/ In The Love Nest of Har'akki]]
* RunningGag:
** How many times have they killed each other and stolen that VideoGame/PacMan watch from the corpse? [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/08/07 Even the wildlife has gotten in on it.]]
** The repeated jokes that Gabe is secretly gay (especially for {{Spider-Man}}): [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/03/29/ 1]]
** Their comic counterparts' obsession with penises. [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday But not in a gay way.]]
** Punctuation.
** Stem cell research.
** Comic!Gabe's obsession with ponies. [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/01/09/ 1]]
** Comic!Gabe's OCD in relation to ''StarWars'' trivia.
** Their aversion to exercise and/or healthy living.
** {{Pokemon}} as disposable living weapons.
** Gabe as a [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/10/18 physically and emotionally abusive]] Pokemon trainer.
** Comic!Tycho's weird fetishes: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/01/18/0/ 1]], [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/10/06/ 2]]
** Comic!Gabe's cybering adventures: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/01/23/ 1]]
** Reporter Randy Pinkwood [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/03/15/ 1]]
* SarcasticConfession: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/12/14/ "He's absolutely right. I'm constantly going to the store to buy things I hate."]]
** Bearing in mind that it is, to a greater or lesser extent, his job to do so. Comic!Tycho was speaking to a penchant for doing so of his own volition, independent of any sort of obligation.
* 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'' in 2009 to force them to reach out for guest strips. And the first guest strip set a precedent for the others by being done by [[ComicStrip/FoxTrot Bill Amend]]. And just for fun, some of the guest strips were "Gabe gets swine-flu"-themed. This event and Gabe taking his family on a vacation in 2011 are the only times where they were unable to produce a strip by themselves. Tycho did three MS Paint horrorpieces, but in ten years, that's ''it''.
* SecondLawMyAss: The Fruit Fucker, and Div.
* SecretSanta: Organized by Div... except that the only name in the hat is Div.
* SelfDeprecation: Pretty often, both in the comic and Tycho's missives, notably when Tycho explains the nature of StylisticSuck.
-->'''Tycho''': "Making something that is bad on purpose - and not bad inadvertently, which is my usual process - is a whole-body thrill."
** Tycho and Gabe teach schoolkids how to make comic strips:
--> '''Boy:''' Miss, what's a cartoonists? \\
'''Teacher:''' Cartoonists are society's waste products.
* SeriousBusiness: [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/06/25/ Ping-pong]].
** Leaches into real life, as Penny Arcade Company frequently hosts ping-pong tournaments at their offices against game developers and reviewers. This has led to some instances of calling out that have backfired. [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/02/16/ Especially with regards to SOE.]]
** Also, ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games. One of the strips has Gabe mentioning having a glass eye as the result of a ''Warcraft 2'' game that got out of hand.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Found [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/03/03/ here]], along with a LoomingSilhouetteOfRage.
* ShellShockedSenior: Frank.
* ShoehornedFirstLetter: In [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/06/11/ this comic]] about VideoGame/{{Kirby}}.
-->'''General:''' We call it the [[FunWithAcronyms Kinetic Ingestion Regulator Bio-Yorganism]].\\
'''Meta Knight''': Yorganism?\\
'''General:''' Y is kind of a tricky letter.
* SingleIssueLandlord: The premise of "That's so locust!"
* SingleMaltVision. A variant. Gabe starts seeing multiples of things not because he's drunk, but because '''he cut his hand open.'''
* SlasherSmile: [[http://penny-arcade.com/resources/real-talk.html Gabe gets a horrifying one]][[labelnote:note]] Based off [[WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas The Grinch's[[/labelnote]]]] when the comic's popularity happens to cause trouble for [[{{Jerkass}} Ocean]] [[SmallNameBigEgo Marketing]].
* SliceOfLife: As the guys have started having families, these sort of strips have started to happen occasionally. [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/09/03/ An example.]]
* SnapBack: Quite frequently, what with the NegativeContinuity.
* SnarkyNonhumanSidekick: Div.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Some days, it's some of the most erudite commentary on videogame culture out there. Other days, it's a series of [[BackToThePenisWell knob gags]]. That's not even when it's "[[http://penny-arcade.com/2011/12/23 Semen Week]]".
** Tycho. For a man with that big of a vocabulary, he sure does love using the F word. For example, "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/12/15/ Things, Part Two]]".
** In "The Verdict": "On the charge of manslaughter, we the jury find the defendant, Jonathan Gabriel, not guilty. Furthermore, the jury believes the deceased totally had it coming to him, on the account of the bogus shit he said about 'Jesse's Girl'."
** All of "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/03/12/ The Case Of Texas vs. CryoLord]]".
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear: Referenced in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/12/02/ this]] strip
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2000/09/01/ Here.]]
* ElSpanishO: In [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/09/07/ "The Ruse"]], Gabe tries to use this as part of a PaperThinDisguise. It almost works on the clerk. And somehow works on Tycho.
* SpeciesSurname: You'd think that Catsby was the dapper cat, yes, and thus the demon Twisp? [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/04/07/ Subverted]].
* SpinOff: By now, ''Penny Arcade'' has spun off a bunch of side projects. Some were jokes from the strip that took on lives of their own, others were the creators taking the chance to do something different:
** ''The Cardboard Tube Samurai'', one of the oldest, got started when Gabe started waving a cardboard tube around like a katana, pretending he was a samurai. The character now gets pulled out whenever the creators feel like telling a serious samurai tale, never mind that the thing's made of cardboard.
** ''Twisp and Catsby'' was a StylisticSuck DadaComic mocking ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars. ("I'd bet you'd '''love''' to criticize that, wouldn't you, you Critics! But you can't." "It's not '''for''' you.") Ironically, fans loved them.
** ''[[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/06/25 Paint the Line]]'', an Eighties ColdWar ''Ping-Pong'' story.
** They eventually put together a event week where the strips were pitches for new projects, and the fans voted on what they'd focus on first: ''[[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/06/10 Lookouts]]'', ''[[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/06/12 Automata]]'', and ''[[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/06/15 Jim Darkmagic]]''.
** 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/2010/11/01/ 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.
* StagingAnIntervention: In one comic ([[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/08/01 "Just When I Get Out"]]), Tycho assumes that his "friends" are staging an intervention. He makes an emotional confession of his drinking problem and of thinking that nobody cared, and is grateful and optimistic now that they're rallying around him. Actually, they're there to pressure him into something else, and explicitly don't care about his problem.
* StealthPun / VisualPun : [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/05/17/ This strip]]. It's a riff on the show "Hoarders," and they're members of the Horde.
* StylisticSuck: L. H. Franzibald.
** The "solo comics" from when they supposedly fell out with each other: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/04/18/ Tycho's]] is erudite but very poorly drawn; [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/04/20/ Gabe's]] is well-drawn but is just three unconnected panels of terrible things happening to Tycho.
** Gabe's writing has improved to the point of having a NinjaPirateZombieRobot by the time [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/11/07/ Tycho joins the writer's strike]].
** Tycho's [[WordOfGod own words]] on [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/2009/01/23/ the matter of this trope]]:
--->Making something that is bad on purpose - and not bad inadvertently, which is my usual process - is [[EvilFeelsGood a whole-body thrill]]. It goes hard against every natural instinct to write this way. It has the [[EvilTastesGood delicious and irresistible texture]] of ''sin''.
* SuperhumanTransfusion: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/12/29/ After a car accident on a snowy mountain pass]]:
--> '''Gabe''': "Check it out! {{Spider-Man}} gave me his blood! I got a blood transfusion from Spider-Man!"
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: From [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/2010/06/14/ this post by Tycho]]:
-->It's like when you download something off [=BitTorrent=] - something legal!!! - and the client begins by creating an entire empty file to contain the wholly legitimate, fully licensed content you are grabbing from an authorized source.
** Neither [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/06/11 Gabe]] nor [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/01/18 Tycho]] like bestiality.
* SwappedRoles: [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/03/23 For the]] RuleOfFunny. Gabe plays the StraightMan while Tycho does a faux CloudCuckooLander impression, but they immediately revert back by the third panel.
* TakeThat: Among the usual ones to specific video games, most biting uses are usually towards the likes of Jack Thompson and [[CtrlAltDel Tim Buckley]].
-->'''Tycho:''' I think Tim Buckley is the antichrist, and I think that miscarriage storyline was the first horseman of the Apocalypse.
** Earlier than that, they created rampant plagiarist and egotistical hack author L. H. Franzibald as a facsimile of him. (examples: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/05/24/ 1]], [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/05/26/ 2]])
** "For Jack Thompson, because Jack Thompson won't."
** But subverted here - [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/09/24/ "I don't know what the fuck you're talking about."]]
** [[http://radoff.com/blog/2011/03/14/pax-booth-babe-controversy/ PAX 2011 was criticized]] for allowing VideoGame/DukeNukemForever booth babes (who were playing, more or less, actual women from the game), on the grounds that it was demeaning and objectifying. PAX 2012 was criticized for [[http://www.destructoid.com/two-fun-people-were-asked-to-leave-pax-east-225430.phtml asking a scantily-clad official cosplayer playing the main character of]] ''LollipopChainsaw'' [[http://www.destructoid.com/two-fun-people-were-asked-to-leave-pax-east-225430.phtml to tone down her outfit]], on the grounds that the organizers were threatened by female sexuality or were "anti-fun" or were hypocritical because they allowed scantily-clad cosplayers. [[http://penny-arcade.com/2012/04/09/my-big-pax-post Mike's response was not positive.]]
--->How about all of you that hate me get together and have your own conference. I need you to decide if half naked girls are empowered or exploited because Iím doing my fucking best here and [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption itís apparently always wrong]]. [[MovingTheGoalposts I swear to God I donít understand how Iím supposed to know if Iím promoting the patriarchy or criminalizing the female body.]]
** Interestingly, the commentary for the print version of a 2000 strip insulting Daily Radar suggests a lampshading on the petty and somewhat ineffective nature of this trope.
--->Take that, gaming website! We certainly showed you not to, well, do the jobs that you get paid to do, I guess. Anyway, you were ''shown''!
* TheTalk: Unsurprisingly, [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/01/18/ Gabe screws it up]].
--> '''Tycho''': You told him a wizard did it? \\
'''Gabe''': I don't know! I panicked!
** Tycho got a [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/01/17/ particularly painful subversion]] of TheTalk.
--> '''Tycho:''' My mom told me my body was rotting because God had abandoned me.
** [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/07/21/the-talk-by-mike-krahulik When his son attempts to get the truth out of him, Gabe promptly attempts to get around it.]] The [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/07/23/the-talk-by-abby-howard next]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/07/25/the-talk-by-scott-kurtz several]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/07/28/the-talk-by-bill-amend guest]] [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/07/30/the-talk-by-tavis-maiden1 comics]] are other authors' characters [[HilarityEnsues giving the kid their version of The Talk.]]
* 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.
* TearsOfBlood: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/09/09/ In response to]] [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment a slideshow]].
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: In-universe; Gabe [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/08/23/ disapproves of]] ''[[DungeonsAndDragons D&D Essentials]]'':
-->'''Tycho:''' There was always one thing missing from your tabletop journey: a new version to revile, and an old version for you to cling to like a drowning man.\\
'''Gabe:''' I don't know what you're talking about, [[DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER but D&D sucks now]]. I'm going to go online and argue about it.\\
'''Tycho:''' Godspeed. ''[[OneOfUs Brother]]''.
* ToiletHumor: Quite a few strips, but [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/04/06 here]] [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/03/04 are]] [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/05/20 some]] [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/04/23 of the]] [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/03/11 most]] [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/07/19 notable]] [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/06/23 examples]].
** Also, in [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/08/17 this strip]], Tycho appears to be sitting on the toilet.
* TooDumbToLive: Geez, Tycho. Did you have to use a sharp knife to cut a banana?
** Real life example: Ocean Marketing (or, rather, one person [[SmallNameBigEgo too high up the chain for his own good]]) picked a fight with ''Penny Arcade'' for the loyalty of the gamer population, was crushed like a bug and briefly [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/paul-christoforo-ocean-marketing-emails became the laughing-stock of gaming media]].
* TooMuchInformation: A common complaint in the strip. [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/02/11 To boot...]]
* TrueCompanions: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/2011/02/21/ Gabriel is not my friend, he's more like my arm.]]
* TrueMeaningOfChristmas: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/12/12/ It's not actually that complicated.]]
--> '''Jesus:''' "Christmas is like my birthday, only instead of buying presents for me, you buy them for all your friends."
* TrustMeImAnX: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/10/09/ "It's okay, I'm a dentist."]]
* TwoGamersOnACouch: The UrExample. However, as the comic goes on they're rarely sitting on the couch unless they're actually talking about the game in front of them. Instead, they'll be shopping, raking leaves, lying in prison beds, dumping a body, [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/02/09/ emerging from hideous cocoons]]...
* UnexpectedlyRealisticGameplay: There was a strip where Gabriel experienced this problem with ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'', trying to figure out a way to get across a gap when Tycho suggests simply jumping over, which works, to which he responds "I don't think this is a puzzle room".
* TheVillainSucksSong: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/06/26/ Open Mic Night]].
* VirtualDangerDenial: As [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/06/25 this]] strip shows, there was initially some reluctance to deal with RealMoneyTrade related scams, thanks to a perception that the goods weren't "real" anyway.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Combined with OverlyLongGag in [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/11/03 this strip]] about Gabe having motion sickness when playing ''MirrorsEdge''.
* WallOfText: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/04/10/ I Hope You Like Text]]. The comic strip is a ShoutOut to BackToTheFuture.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The basis of the ''Automata'' storyline
* WhenIWasYourAge: [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2013/10/16 Gabe rants]] about the AntiFrustrationFeatures incorporated into ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', such as getting the [[RollerbladeGood rollerblades]] before the first gym, and the new [[LeakedExperience Exp Share]].
* WildMassGuessing: Combined with IntercontinuityCrossover [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/01/11/ here]].
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Gabe and Tycho.
* XDaysSince: [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/03/19/bedrock-concepts/ here]].
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Tycho [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/02/04/ does not like these.]]
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