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[[caption-width-right:350:Voluptua, Molly, Jean, & Bob.]]

A serialized, science fiction/humor WebComic by Jim Cleaveland. It began life as a print comic appearing the newsletter and magazine of PSSFS, the Penn State Science Fiction Society, from 1993-1997, and was revived as a webcomic in May, 2006. It updates Tuesday and Saturday afternoons (California time).

You can read it ''[[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/ here.]]''

'''Bob Smithson''' was the world's most average man, leading a quietly dull life in the suburb of Generictown and reasonably content that way until the day he inexplicably became a WeirdnessMagnet. Strange, paranormal things now happen to him almost daily. Unicorns appear in his yard. Dragons perch near his house. Alien spaceships crash into his roof. [[RunningGag Actually, anything and everything likes to crash into his roof.]]

Bob sees it all through with surprising grace because, despite his seemingly infinite normalcy, he does have a few outstanding qualities. He is very kind and doesn't judge by appearances (such that he will give even a [[StarfishAliens three-legged space jellyfish]] a chance to be friends with him if it is so willing). He has an uncommon amount of [[SimplemindedWisdom Common Sense.]] And yet he is generally too thick-skulled to fully grasp the frighteningly awesome implications of most of the stuff he encounters.

For a humor comic, the characters show a considerable amount of depth. As absurd as the situations they encounter are, most of the humor derives from how the different characters react to them, and how they interact with each other.

* '''Bob Smithson''', the title character, is the world's most average man. He runs a news stand in Generictown.
* '''Dr. Jean Poule''' is Bob's girlfriend, a biologist at the local college.
* '''Molly the Peanut Butter Monster''' is a pink furry monster born when Jean and Bob collided on the sidewalk, accidentally mixing an experiment of Jean's with Bob's jar of peanut butter. Sweet, brilliant, naive.
* '''Princess Voluptua''' is heir to the throne of the Nemesites, the local space empire. She appears to be a beautiful woman, but her real form is a giant butterfly creature.
* '''Snookums''' is a giant alien monster that got shrunk to the size of a basketball but still weighs many tons. Molly keeps him as a pet. Bob calls Snookums a "tentacle bunny."
* '''Agent Ben & Agent Jerry''' are two FBI agents who frequently get stuck with the unenviable task of investigating Bob.
* '''Fructose Riboflavin''' is the greatest criminal in the Nemesite Empire.
* '''Galatea (Golly)''' is another peanut butter creature grown by a rival scientist. Far more angst-ridden and megalomaniacal than Molly.
* '''Roofus''' is a robot Molly built to repair Bob's frequent roof damage, but who unexpectedly turned out sentient.
* '''Hibachi''' is a fire-breathing dragon. His race evolved in the Age of Dinosaurs, and currently lives on the planet Butane in the Kuiper Belt. He frequently acts as Voluptua's flying steed.

Has a [[Characters/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob character sheet.]]

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!!Provides examples of:

* ActionSurvivor: Bob.
* {{Adventure}}
* AlasPoorVillain: Though Voluptua still hates Fructose Riboflavin and wants him to face justice for his actions, [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20101214.html she can't help]] but feel sorrow for him once Bob tells her his origin and she personally sees [[JerkassWoobie how pathetic he truly is]].
* AliensInCardiff: Generictown.
* TheAllegedComputer: Dean Martin's UsefulNotes/TRS80.
* AllGirlsLikePonies: Jean & Molly with the unicorns.
* AlliterativeName: Floyd Fitznewski.
* AmusingAlien: Molly.
* AncientAstronauts: Inverted with the [[DinosaursAreDragons dragons,]] who ''started'' on Earth and ''left.'' Played straighter with their contemporaries, the Nemesites, but humans were apparently unaware of their visits.
* ApatheticCitizens
* ArrangedMarriage: The first story arc, with Voluptua and Ahem.
* ArtShift: [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20120626.html The ninjas without mask]] are draw in more anime-like style.
* BabyPlanet: Fleen.
* BeautifulAllAlong: [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20060622.html Princess Voluptua's true form]].
* BigOlEyebrows: Rocko Sasquatch.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: The Bigfeet.
* BrainBleach: Bob [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20081111.html needs some]] after seeing Rocko's ShirtlessScene.
* ButtMonkey: Bob's roof.
* CasualInterstellarTravel: Justified. There's no [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL,]] but the Nemesites are absurdly long-lived, and relativistic-speed travel is ubiquitous.
* CastOfSnowflakes
* CatchPhrase: Roofus: "I will fix the roof!" And Jean likes to say "Egad!" a fair bit.
* CerebusSyndrome: the several early strips where more of surreal Sci-Fi comedy stories. However, while still comical, later arcs become evidently longer and more character driven.
* CharacterDevelopment: Molly and Golly are born identical, and we get to see exactly how circumstances mold them into such very different people.
* ChildrenRaiseYou: Bob and Jean raising Molly.
* ChristmasEpisode: Annually. [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20081223.html This]] is probably the nicest.
* CloningBlues: Galatea.
* ComeToGawk
* TheComicallySerious: Bob
* [[SimplemindedWisdom Common Sense.]]: Pretty nearly Bob's defining characteristic.
* {{Crossover}}: There have been brief crossovers with ''[[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20091229.html Melonpool, Zortic,]] [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20130420.html Sketch Comedy,]]'' and ''[[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20081004.html Zeera the Space Pirate.]]'' As well as a strip contributed to ''[[http://drmcninja.com/wp-content/uploads/McNinj-2.jpg Dr. McNinja's]]'' site.
** Molly, meanwhile, has made a [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=216259 cameo]] in ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes.''
* CurbStompBattle: Bob once tried to [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20101023.html take on]] Riboflavin, an old but competent hand-to-hand combatant, but RealityEnsues, and Riboflavin easily trashes Bob around.
** Galatea promptly [[LaserGuidedKarma pays him back]] [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20101102.html on the same coin]].
* CuteMonsterGirl: Several.
* CyberCyclops: Roofus.
* DancesAndBalls: Which turn out [[LoveDodecahedron badly.]]
* DinosaursAreDragons
* DirtyOldMan: Mr. Dirtygeezer.
* {{Doppelganger}}: Galatea.
* DragonRider: Voluptua and Hibachi.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Most story arcs involve at least some danger of this.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Voluptua.
* EverytownAmerica
* EvilTwin: The character of Galatea plays with this trope.
* FantasticRacism: Many dragons resent the Nemesites; and hardly anyone takes Earthlings seriously.
** Not even the sasquatches.
* TheFederation: The Nemesite Empire.
* FloweryElizabethanEnglish: Hibachi and other dragons doth speak this way.
* FreakinessShame: Voluptua displays this at one point.
** The trope is averted by Molly, who is quite matter-of-fact about her strangeness.
* FutureSlang: "Frass," used by the insectoid Nemesites. Look it up. It means bug poop.
* GadgeteerGenius: Molly & Galatea.
* GenericName: Generictown.
* GeniusDitz: Molly.
* GhibliHills: Pitcheresk Forest.
* GrammarNazi: The North American Grammar [[EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels Squirrel.]]
* GreenSpaceBabe: Princess Voluptua.
* HalloweenEpisode: The annual appearance of the [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Halloween Monster.]]
* HaveYouComeToGloat: When Bob finds Galatea at the lowest point in her young life, shivering alone behind a trashcan in a downpour, she snarls, "So... You followed me! Why?? Come to gloat at me, while I'm in this pathetic state? How petty!" [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080902.html She's wrong, of course.]]
* {{Heavyworlder}}: Inverted, Nemesites are from a low gravity planet so ordinary humans have greater strength and stamina than them.
* HelloNurse: Princess Voluptua.
* HeelRealization: PlayedForLaughs [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20111203.html here]].
* TheHighQueen: Princess Voluptua.
* HigherTechSpecies: The Nemesites.
* {{Hologram}}: Galatea's disguise-projecting [[NiceHat beret.]]
* HiddenElfVillage: The Bigfeet.
* HumongousMecha: Roofus, W2:9000, & Molly's robot lion.
* ICantDoThisByMyself: [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Galatea]] tries to get her [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080719.html sister Molly to help,]] because she doesn't want to have to [[WeCanRuleTogether conquer the world all by herself.]]
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Voluptua has one (both her wasp-waisted natural insectoid form and her humanoid disguise).
** Lampshaded when she meets a female human for the first time and makes a mental note to yell at tech support for getting human proportions wrong.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Snookums.
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet
* InstantAIJustAddWater: Roofus.
* InstantExpert: Supergeniuses Molly and Golly.
* InterspeciesRomance
* {{Kaiju}}: Snookums's original form, Unigar the Vast Unicorn, The P.E.P.S.I. Monster, Molly's robot lion, Djali the Giantess.
* KingMook [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti (Literally).]]
* LeeroyJenkins: [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080315.html Fitnewsky doesn't really understand how a riot works...]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LoveDodecahedron: Explained [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100316.html here]].
* MadScientist: Dean Martin, though he'd deny it; also Molly & Galatea.
* TheMenInBlack: Agent Ben & Agent Jerry.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: Riboflavin wants to conquer the Earth and threatens to destroy it if they don't surrender. Bob lampshades this and makes Riboflavin look pathetic. The strip is [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20061219.html here]].
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Monsters are fun!
* MuggleFosterParents: Bob & Jean to Molly.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal
* NietzscheWannabe: Galatea does a pretty good [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080722.html nihilistic rant at one point]].
** She ''[[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071222.html did]]'' grow up reading Nietzsche, after all.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071204.html Lampshaded]] with Jean's formula that accidentally produced Molly.
* NonFatalExplosions
* NonMammalMammaries: Voluptua has these... ''even when she's a butterfly!''
* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Generally true for the Nemesites, despite their high-tech nature. Galatea and Voluptua spend [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20130706.html a series of strips]] discussing TheSingularity at one point, with the Princess describing ''why'' they try to be moderate with their technological use and Galatea grumpily calling them a bunch of cowardly SpaceAmish.
* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry: Zippobic's complaint about the Nemesites on Butane.
* OfficialCouple: Bob & Jean.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Voluptua is at least 300.
* OurGiantsAreBigger: Djali/Jolly.
* PerfectPacifistPeople: The Fleenians. Consequently, they keep getting [[PlanetLooters robbed.]]
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: The dragons sure learned their lesson after the whole [[spoiler:iridium bomb fiasco 65 MYA.]]
* PhlebotinumRebel: Galatea.
* PoliceAreUseless
* PosterGalleryBedroom: Molly's room, with posters of [[{{Opera}} Jose Carerras,]] {{Gamera}}, StephenHawking, and HighSchoolMusical.
* PoweredArmor: Abby Primrose.
* PunnyName: Almost everyone, Most notably Dr. Jean Poule (Gene pool).
* RapunzelHair: Voluptua
* RebelliousPrincess: Voluptua.
* RipVanTinkle: Upon awakening from a 300 year sleep, this is Lari the Ninja's first thought. When his siblings wonder if the strange modern world is the afterlife, he disagrees because "I don't think the dead pee."
* RooflessRenovation
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Voluptua.
* RunningGag: There are several, but the main one is anything at all crashing into Bob's roof.
* ShoutOut
** [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20110111.html This page]] has one to EverydayHeroes.
** PinkyAndTheBrain, [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080708.html everyone]]?
** A [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] ScoobyDooHoax by the [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20090303.html original gang]].
** [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20091010.html And here]] [[WordOfGod the author confess]] to be making shout outs of [[AuthorAppeal his favorites programs as a child]].
** DC and Marvel Comics [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100511.html respectively]].
** ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100622.html in the last panel]].
** ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20120403.html here]].
* SiblingYinYang: Molly & Galatea.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The strip plants itself firmly on the idealistic side with [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080722.html this]] encounter between Bob and Galatea.
* SpaceAmish: The dragons, to an extent.
* SpacePirates: The Pirates of Ipecac.
* SpacePolice: Officer Zodboink.
* {{Squee}}: Jean has moments of these... [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20081220.html ... especially here]] ...[[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20091006.html and here!]]
* StarfishAliens: Aliens are never humanoid in their true forms, except for crossover cameos with other webcomics.
* {{Suburbia}}: Generictown.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Galatea, Fructose Riboflavin.
* TakeThat: [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20090103.html directed to]] OneMoreDay, and later to [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20110618.html JoeQuesada]].
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Bob is good at this.
* TechnoBabble: Frequently lampshaded.
* {{Terraform}}: Butane, adopted planet of the dragons.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Molly, Golly, & Jolly.
* ThereAreNoGlobalConsequences: Lampshaded.
* TooDumbToFool: Bob.
* {{Tsundere}}: Jean.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Voluptua regularly; Riboflavin and Galatea sometimes.
* {{Ubermensch}}: Galatea.
* UnfazedEveryman: Bob.
* {{Unicorn}}: They purr!
* {{Unobtainium}}: Borfomite.
* {{Unperson}}: The Nemesites consider Earthlings "wildlife".
* UnsoundEffect
* WackyCollege: Generictown U. is showing some signs of this.
* WaveMotionGun: Borfomite beams.
* WeAreAsMayflies
* WeirdnessMagnet: Bob.
* WeirdScience
* WeirdnessCensor: Most of the townsfolk, but Mr. Bystander is the worst offender.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Molly, Galatea, Roofus.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Generictown.
* WheresTheFunInThat:
-->'''Fructose Riboflavin:''' Bloodless victory'? Where's the fun in that?!
* WhoopiEpiphanySpeech: Bob.
* WildTake: Jean. In spades.
* WonderChild: Molly.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Galatea.
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: Frequently: [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20091006.html here,]] [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20070616.html here,]] [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080105.html here,]] [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080531.html here,]] and [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20081223.html here.]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Molly, Golly, and Jolly.
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