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Achewood is a critically acclaimed and very adult comic by Chris Onstad, originally about the adventures of his stuffed animals (straight-man Teodor, refined Cornelius, sweet-natured young Philippe and violent boozer Lyle), which expanded to include, and was eventually taken over by, the neighborhood cats (ideas man Ray, and clinically depressed Roast Beef).

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* Ray, [[UnclePennybags massively wealthy]], hip-hop loving WackyGuy (or cat) with a penchant for weird side projects. Became a BreakoutCharacter along with Roast Beef once introduced.
* Roast Beef, half DeadpanSnarker, half clinically depressed cat from Circumstances.
* Pat, the self-righteous vegan {{Jerkass}} cat. [[spoiler:Later revealed to be gay through a [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=08072006 family curse]].]]
* Téodor, a stuffed bear StraightMan with slacker tendencies.
* Cornelius, stuffed bear CoolOldGuy, writer and bartender.
* Philippe, stuffed [[PlayfulOtter otter]] CheerfulChild who is eternally five.
* Lyle, stuffed tiger and half ViolentGlaswegian.
* Molly, TheChick cat who Roast Beef met in heaven and recently married.
* Todd, unspeakably stupid cokehead squirrel and even more of a Jerkass than Pat.
* [[IronicName Nice Pete]], a SerialKiller that fits the HairTriggerTemper and AxCrazy types.
* Lie-Bot, whose name encapsulates his character rather well.
* Vlad, a robot from Eastern Europe.

The comic is confrontational on just about every level; very sexually explicit, laden with drug references and moments of harsh violence. It also features many episodes which are disturbing in a more psychological manner, such as Ray's and Roast Beef's bizarre encounters with freakish performance artist Cartilage Head, or an occasion where a character dies only to discover that heaven has burnt down. At the same time it can be surprisingly good-natured, and deals quite sincerely on such subjects as friendship, self-esteem and commitment, and is literate about matters like fine food, multi-lingual palindromes and gay porn. It's also, if you're in the right mood, often very, ''very'' funny.

A special mention must be made of the dialog, which is often downright poetic. Onstad seems to coin brilliantly memorable phrases on a near-daily basis at times, and every character has a unique and unmistakable speech pattern. It's helped make Achewood something of a darling among literary critics, receiving high praise from the likes of ''The New Yorker'' and ''Time''. However, the wordplay often depends heavily on GeniusBonus, and Onstad occasionally seems to go out of his way to make his slang indecipherable. Whether this improves the comic or distracts from the story is debatable.

Has a much more expansive world than most webcomics. In addition to the comic, Onstad maintains blogs for ''twelve'' of the characters, runs an ''Achewood'' radio station, and puts out cookbooks with original recipes by the characters, many of which are completely edible.

Can be read [[http://achewood.com/ here]]. If you'd like to skip the comic's EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, start [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=03122002 here]] instead. For the WhamEpisode Cartilage Head storyline, read [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=09132005 here]]. And for ''the Great Outdoor Fight'', which was published as a standalone hardcover comic by Dark Horse, start [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=01112006 here]] (and read on - the storyline takes a while to get going).

The strip went on [[http://s.assetbar.com/one_asset?b=S~cfd4f5a32442ff25864a8357965235a41&a=S~846 a hiatus of sorts]] for much of 2011, returning in November and updating sporadically since, although Onstad has put several of the now out-of-print [[AllThereInTheManual side]] [[{{Defictionalization}} materials]], including Roast Beef's zine and the ''Achewood'' cookbook, up for download [[http://www.achewood.com/honorclub.php via an honor system-based shop]]. On February 25 2013, Onstad returned with the news that [[http://chrisonstad.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/achewood-2013.html there will be an Achewood animated series in the works]].

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!!''Achewood'' cntains examples of:

* AbortedArc: The "High School" arc. The only resolution is Roast Beef talking Nice Pete out of the whole High School thing; we don't know what happened to Lurquill -- and few people mind. We will now never know if Téodor chugged Nathan's giant hog.
** Also from much earlier is the "Possessed Banjo" arc, which was cut short when Onstad's daughter was born.
** "Ray Goes to Rehab" also appears to be this, as the webcomic has gone back to being about random events.
*** Subverted- [[WordOfGod Onstad]] has said that he just doesn't think the storyline would work in the comic, and is planning to move it to the blogs.
* AccentuateTheNegative: Roast Beef, whenever people try to cheer him up.
* TheAlcoholic: Lyle.
-->"Why can't I wake up with the gin already in me?"
* AltText: A major component of the comics humor.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The Mexican MagicalRealism camera, among other things.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: [[CallingTheOldManOut Roast Beef calls out his grandmother]] when he's finally had it with her:
--> "You god damn hag! It's YOUR fault I can't have a meal without thinking it'd give me cancer! It's YOUR fault I can't walk down the sidewalk without expecting a truck to jump the curb and kill me! It's YOUR FAULT I'M AFRAID OF CREEKS!"
** When Roast Beef is driving Trent Rezor's old car and the aura of utter despair overtakes him, he declares that he has nothing to lose and he might as well shoot a cop or buy a nose on eBay.
* AuthorAppeal: Computer programming, apparently. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick And heavy drinking]].
** Cookery too; a couple of characters are shown to be fine chefs on more than one occasion, particularly Teodor
*** Onstad himself is a lover of fine food and cooking, and in one third-party article, prepares several dishes of [[EatThat testicles.]]
* AuthorAvatar: Teodor, to a minor extent, particularly given his sarcasm, and interest in cuisine. Onstad himself once admitted to a fan that while there are small elements of him in most of the characters, Teodor gets the biggest share.
* {{Badass}}:
** Ramses Luther. [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=02032006 Good God, Ramses Luther.]] He's also fathered countless children, who are now well into adulthood: he's a BadassGrandpa.
--->''"He was like the ThomasEdison of [[CurbStompBattle handing a dude his ass]]!"''
** Cornelius Bear, having won the first annual Badass Games. Could've won it in his sleep, but didn't, as a courtesy to the other participants. See also CoolOldGuy.
** When all is said and done, Ramses's lazy easy-going son Ray Smuckles still won the Great Outdoor Fight against 2,998 other men. Badass runs true.
* BadassBystander: Spongebath and Emeril. They seem to know everybody and everything happening in the Achewood universe and how to immediately deal with whatever problems come up, though they mainly stand in the background and expound on bizarre conspiracy theories.
* BerserkButton: Roast Beef is normally pretty calm and cool, and sure, he gets angry from time to time like anyone else - but gods help you if you skip out on his [[http://m.assetbar.com/achewood/uuahQNnb9 Moussaka]]. Being tied up is about the only excuse you have.
** 'You diss my dog, you fluff my hog'
** If Ray thinks you've hurt his [[HeterosexualLifePartners dogg]] Roast Beef, [[http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=03082006 he will pound you into cowboy sauce]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=03142008 Roast Beef.]]
* BlatantLies: You'd think people would get that a character named ''Lie''-Bot is prone to these.
* BlackComedy: Despite being extremely funny, it's a very dark webcomic with some rather horrifyingly sad undertones. According to TheOtherWiki, it was inspired by 9/11.
* BleepDammit: A couple of posts on [[http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=07182005 I-Got-Problems.com]] contain the word "fuck*ng".
* BornLucky: Ray Smuckles can't seem to turn around without falling into a pile of money.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Roast Beef and Ray fit into these roles, but not until "The Great Outdoor Fight". (prior to that, while Ray is decently successful in business, losing a fight to him is just downright embarrassing).
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: [[http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=08312005 Pat has a bumper sticker]] that says "Didn't you get the memo? Don't eat in your car or use the phone it is not a God-damned phone restaurant".
* BreakTheCutie: When Philippe asks Lie Bot "What is the saddest thing?" he never holds back, and usually CrossesTheLineTwice.
* BreakoutCharacter: Ray and Roast Beef are currently the main characters of the strip, with the rest taking supporting roles. They didn't debut in the strip for months, and took even longer to take over, but there they are.
* CallBack: [[http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=07062009 Girls like a guy who eats cheese.]]
** The definition of "blubbering" [[http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=05232005 comes into play again later]].
* CannotTellAJoke: Philippe often fails when he attempts adult humor. For example, his "Yo Mama is so fat" joke had the punchline of "[[{{Squick}} she broke her leg and hot bloody fat sprayed everywhere!]] Some even got on the mayor!"
* TheCasanova: Vlad, King of the Make-Outs.
* CatchPhrase: The characters don't use as many in-universe examples (aside from great usage of the word "dogg"), but the fandom picks up very quickly on certain great lines. Expect to hear "do you think it's rad to have alcoholism?" more than a few times from Acheheads.
* CharacterBlog: Almost the entire main cast have blogs, even relatively minor characters like Emeril and Little Nephew. In Fact, Todd is the only frequently recurring character who doesn't have one, though he ''is'' illiterate.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Pat wasn't as big a jerk as he is in his first appearance as part of the cat trio.
* TheChessmaster: A very weird example with Cartilage Head
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Lie-Bot, Lyle, Little Nephew, Vlad, Todd and Pat have all been MIA for some time.
* ComicTrio: Eventually heavily subverted in the form of Ray, Pat and Roast Beef.
* CloudCuckooLander: Ray becomes this when [[http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=01272005 stoned]].
* ClusterFBomb / BerserkButton: [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=07132006 Roast Beef had no idea ]] [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=07142006 Leo was sensitive about his thighs.]]
* CoolOldGuy: [[MemeticBadass Cornelius Bear]] won the first Badass Olympics, unanimously. Cornelius Bear prepares remarks for a competition he thinks he won't win, just in case. Cornelius Bear writes closed captioning for pornographic films. Cornelius Bear was invited to join UsefulNotes/{{Mensa}}'s Distinguished Lecturers circuit during a conversation in which he was turning down an invitation to join Mensa. Cornelius Bear is legally registered as a church. Cornelius Bear is so old school he drives a [[http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=06232006 yellow bus with Gothic arch windows.]] Cornelius Bear is a mirror that normal men look into to realize they are but clowns.
* CordonBleughChef: Pat's meals are so aggressively vegan that they come off as tongue-destroying chemistry experiments. Teodor also flirts with this when he gets too ambitious with his cooking.
* CreatorBreakdown: The 2011 hiatus and sporadic updates in 2012 are apparently rooted in Chris Onstad going through a very messy divorce.
* CrossOver: With ''WesternAnimation/TheDrinkyCrowShow'' [[http://achewood.com/?date=11022009 in this guest strip]] by Tony Millionaire
* CurseCutShort: On the menu at Friendly's: "Have you ever stuck your fingers up your own-"
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Ray, to get his amazing musical talent and 34 platinum records.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: A common event in the webcomic. Such as the guys savagely beating up the guy who created the Comic Sans font, or Todd shanking Pat in the ankle for insulting him.
* TheDitz: Todd. Who is also a massive {{Jerkass}} and a more-fail-than-usual CasanovaWannabe.
** Gets a little character development in the North Korean Magical Realism arc... but it doesn't stick.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Averted by the alt text, which instead of ruining the joke often [[LampshadeHanging points out how ridiculous it is]].
* DrinkOrder: Ketel One. [[GargleBlaster And Blue Nun.]]
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Roast Beef was born "Cassandra".
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Ray may be the baddest dude with a hell of an elitist streak, but he loves his mama. So much so that when she tells him to stop running for President, he stops running.
* FanDisservice: The series has a lot of penis shots for the sake of some dick joke (or sometimes, just because). And very few, if any, are something the reader will want to see.
* {{Flanderization}}: A rare case where the character in question didn't have much personality BEFORE the single trait was accentuated; Roast Beef was just one of the "dirtiest dudes in town" who didn't talk much (when he did his personality didn't seem too much different from Ray's.) It wasn't until [[GrowingTheBeard The Famous Party Arc]] that he developed the persona of the put-upon, clinically depressed programmer from [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood Circumstances]].
* FlatCharacter: Part of the reason why Lyle moved so quickly into the background from the original main four cast members. His "drunken angry guy" schtick was all he really had. (Although, interestingly, he's given backstory and ''some'' growth.)
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Many years before we find out who Darlene was, [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=06052002 Lyle is seen grieving her loss.]]
** [[spoiler:The very first thing Nice Pete does is ask Pat about gay marriage.]]
* FourthWallMailSlot: 'Ray's Place'
* FunnyForeigner: Vlad, who apparently is from {{Ruritania}}, [[FunetikAksent ant ees font off talkeenk like thees.]]
* FunPersonified: Ray, who's virtually imperturbable and uses his unlimited riches to throw parties with a frequency most people reserve for using the bathroom (which in one case was the cause for a party, in his mind.)
* TheGamblingAddict: Ray again. Cornelius pockets a cool ten grand over several weeks just from winning pool bets with him.
* GangOfCritters: Subverted on many levels.
* GenderBlenderName: Cassandra "Roast Beef" Kazenzakis.
* GeniusDitz: Philippe, usually possessing the mindset of an extremely hyperactive and naive five-year old, has several moments of extreme savantry, such as being adept at polyglot palindromes, "leading a frog through a makeshift obstacle course using only a small tatter of yellow madras," and becoming a successful, StephenWright esque comedian. This tendency both amazes and troubles Cornelius.
* GratuitousGerman / GratuitousSpanish: Periodically there will be entire strips done in Spanish or German (Heute auf Deutsch/Hoy en Español) with no explanation why. Sometimes goes into BilingualBonus territory, such as one "Fuck You Friday" strip featuring a Mexican taco preparer telling Ray "Chupa mi pene, cabron" [[note]]"Suck my dick, asshole."[[/note]] when Ray bemoans that the restaurant's chips are store-bought.
* HairTriggerTemper: Pat and Nice Pete, though in opposite ways. Pat is constantly furious at something or another, but aside from having a shitty attitude he's mostly harmless. Nice Pete usually has the emotional range of a corpse, but replies to any slight, real or imagined (usually the latter) by killing the offending party and burying their body in the woods.
* HeroicBSOD: Ray has one when [[spoiler:he thinks he's blown up Philippe with Airwolf]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Ray and Roast Beef, but their phrase is Knuckleheads from Old Times.
* HiddenDepths: Lyle is usually drunk well past the point of coherence, but his checkered past has left him with a bevy of talents, including cookery, calligraphy, and hairdressing.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Roast Beef's seesaws between this and just plain tragic.
* InnBetweenTheWorlds: The Friendly's restaurant in Hell is used by several characters to escape back to Earth, and it's suggested that every Friendly's on Earth similarly contains a portal to Hell.
* IntercourseWithYou: Or, more specifically, with [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=06252008 ya' face.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Pat. He's so insufferable that even his friends only tolerate him at best - with the exception of serial killer Nice Pete, who seems to be impressed at the sheer force of Pat's personality.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ray, [[HeterosexualLifePartners especially where Roast Beef is concerned.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Nice Pete, who never really gets any comeuppance for the horrific stuff he's committed since he escaped jail with Pat (save for his attempt to kill Ray and Téodor with a knife device that [[FacialHorror just ended up incapacitating him]]).
** Played straight and subverted with Ray depending on the occasion. Sometimes, he gets away with morally questionable acts because he's rich. But then you have times such as the arc when Ray gets pulled into Hell when Satan wants him to pay up for their previous agreement that made Ray rich.
** It's just easier to say that the cast gets away with a lot of morally questionable acts. Another really obvious example would be Todd who engages in theft, attacking people, and so forth. Though his ButtMonkey status might null it a bit.
* LackOfEmpathy: Pat definitely shows signs of this. All the more notable in his blog where he tries to have any [[DesignatedVillain "offender"]] to his sensitivities [[DisproportionateRetribution greatly punished]]. And their families and businesses too. (In one case, he shows no sympathy for his attorney who was DrivenToSuicide by manic depression, calling him a "damn idiot".) Fortunately, these attempts generally go nowhere. He'd be an example of TheSociopath were it not for his few genuine PetTheDog moments.
* LeParkour: sort of, in [[http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=11072005 this strip]].
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: There is a conceit that Onstad is just representing actual events, and shares a house with Téodor, Cornelius and Philippe. This has become less central to the comic as time goes on.
* MagicalRealism: The storylines were already fairly surreal before Magical Realism became an actual in-universe quality of goods imported from Mexico, along with (possibly) the UK and recently North Korea.
* ManChild: Téodor is a non-comedic example. He's a talented guy and one of the most well-adjusted members of the cast, but he's shiftless, unemployed, and liable to mess up big whenever he's given responsibilities of his own.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: When Beef comes back from heaven, he somehow has the receipt from the Chinese takeout food he ordered there.
* MorganFreeman: He somehow has written down his [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=02052007 views about certain tostadas.]]
* MostWritersAreWriters: Nearly every character in Achewood has tried their hand at writing fiction at some point. Most notable is Cornelius, who writes for Harlequin Romance. There was a series of strips in which some of the characters wrote Harry Potter fan fiction.
* MurderDotCom: Resident murderous psychopath Nice Pete take the concept one further by having the murder be tied to an automatic device controlled by web poll.
* MyBelovedSmother: Sondra towards Ray to a degree, especially [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=02122008 demonstrated by this chart]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=02022009 Balthazar Murder Stonefield Accalum and all his brethren.]]
** Nice Pete. When a guy has such a pleasant adjective in his name, you should always assume it's a warning (unless they are Good Guy Greg). Also many of the contestants in the Great Outdoor Fight.
* NoEnding: Averted- though it probably wasn't planned this way, the final full-length story arc (not counting 'high school' arc cut off by the hiatus) was a poignant, fitting conclusion to the series.
* NoodleIncident: Averted in the already-nightmarish Transfer Station arc with Zell and Cory.
** In the Great Outdoor Fight arc, something happened in Ted's past that made him need to [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=03152006 "stuff his trousers"]]
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Apparently, Philippe. [[spoiler:As of the final full-length story arc, this may no longer be true.]]
* OldShame: Ray pays hush money to cover up the existence of a series of embarrassing videotapes of him [[spoiler:as an underground hip-hop dancer.]] Subverted with Lyle, who is open about having done porn.
* OverlyLongName: Todd Todd Todd Todd Todd T. Squirrel.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: Apologies4men.com is "quite possibly the worst men's discount-apology e-service on the market today."
* PaintingTheMedium: [-Dang you know how Roast Beef uses hell of a small font to talk in with his speech balloon all crowded like the Dickens plus the dude has got NoPunctuationPeriod so his sentences run like they are on rails-]
::[-all comin' back with another speech balloon if Beef is gettin' a second sentence on to make sure his sentences end all vague and lacking the definition brought about by your common or garden period or full stop-]
* PetTheDog: Quintessential [[{{Jerkass}} asshole]] Pat has his moments. He's reserved and sympathetic when Ray spots a Magreaux dog (a catastrophically bad omen among cats), and, in the Achewood cookbook, shows genuine affection for Philippe, and even finishes writing the kid's recipe when Philippe drives himself to tears after [[TearJerker remembering that his old house burned down.]]
* PopularSayingBut: Eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away... but throwing it at him works better!
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Roast Beef and Ray, and later Little Nephew. Granted, they ''are'' cats and the traditional concepts of "race" don't apply, but their speech patterns and interests do borrow pretty heavily from African American hip hop culture.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "I.... Am... Rude!"
--> '''[[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=09112003 Ray]]''': Dear. God. I. Am. Not. A. Religious. Man.
* PurpleProse: Cornelius' descriptive and tasteful writing style can make even the basest Harlequin Romance novel (or even Spice Channel caption) sophisticated.
* ThePigPen: Lyle.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Philippe - he's five, but judging from his parents' age he should be at least as old as the other cast members.
** If you look closer he also has a bit of CreepyChild going, as he's simply more knowledgeable than most other 5 year olds due to this - it doesn't really stick out in the cast, though. Example: we see him type out some stories, and the only problem they have are plotting.
** There's a pair of strips that show snapshots of Beef, Ray, Téodor and Philippe from the comic's beginning through to 2052 or so; Téodor apparently dies before Ray, somehow, and Philippe remains 5 forever.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: If it weren't for Ray's borderline-supernatural luck, he'd probably be bankrupt and in jail. On one hand, he has a pretty canny entrepreneurial mind; on the other, he has [[TheStoner a crush on getting high]], the wealth to realize any idea he comes up with while stoned, and ideas like a party themed around tequila and machetes (which goes about as you'd expect).
* RunningGag: Roast Beef is developing a thing for corpulent women.
** "Tomorrow's Recipe Is Chicken".
* SatelliteCharacter: Sondra, Ray's mother. Her life as portrayed in the strip revolves completely around Ray. Heck, just look at her [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=02122008 flowchart]]; not one branch deals with anything other than her son.
* ScheduleSlip: Big-time, especially in 2009-2010. January 2010 was completely blank due to Onstad moving, and the Summer of 2010 has gone weeks without update sometimes. It's partially made up for by paying for the Premium services, which give ''epic'' short stories and in-depth personal reference from the characters. This is also partially because Onstad has depression (which is not rad). It may have something to do with living in Portland
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Cartilage Head arc. [[spoiler:He proved himself a coward who would desert a dying man.]] ''Both'' [[spoiler:Ray and Roast Beef]] have run-ins with him, and both are technically cowards, albeit for different reasons.
* SeinfeldianConversation: In spades.
* SeriousBusiness: Being a breast man earns you free karate lessons, a Corvette ignition ringtone, discounts on candy, and a [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=02222007 secret menu at Taco Bell]]. Also, a special, breast man-specific drink... that requires you telling the barman a password[[spoiler: entropy9]].
--> '''Ray:''' Man, our drink has a PASSWORD? That is JAMES BOND IN A TOWEL!
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Cornelius and Emeril are particularly notable for talking in such a manner.
* {{Shipping}}: Philippe, of all people, indulges in shipping an OriginalCharacter with HarryPotter in [[http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=08052005 one issue of his newspaper]]. [[invoked]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: Vlad, despite legitimately being TheCasanova, is prone to this sometimes. He plays up his sexuality, and when he loses the challenges of the Badass Games one by one, he believes that it is either bad luck or that the contest itself is flawed.
* SmallReferencePools: Averted, as ''Achewood'' makes references to many facets of pop culture, cooking culture, and other social constructs. However, this also can make the comic inaccessible to readers who aren't as savvy.
* StylisticSuck: Early strips featured a great deal of "anti-humor," with jokes constructed only to deliberately fall flat. This extremely dry sense of humor would eventually evolve into something more accessible.
** [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=04012004 This send-up of comic strip humor.]]
* TakeAThirdOption: At the very end of the Great Outdoor Fight, only Ray and Roast Beef are left. Ray can either A) beat Roast Beef until he [[http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=03172006 "can't crawl, see or cry"]] or B) not do anything (which means they'll both get killed by the Jeeps). They go with C) [[spoiler: hijack a Jeep, demolish the Fight, and then ''set fire to it''.]]
* TakeThat: The ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'' are referenced and deflated [[http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=08192008 here]].
** There's also aforementioned savage beatdown of the guy who invented the Comic Sans font.
** One strip of the toilet party storyline features Ray and Roast Beef insulting other webcomic characters, including one who resembles a [[Creator/JayNaylor Jay Naylor]]-esque cat.
*** ''Achewood'' also goes after newspaper comics as well, such as Ray suing Dilbert purely for the sake of suing him. As if the guy's life didn't suck enough.
** The entire "Fuck You Fridays" premise exists purely to engage in (often rather unnecessarily crude/cruel) sessions of this.
* TheSlacker: Téodor is an accomplished cook and has a few other talents besides, but he always sputters out when he tries to seriously apply them.
* TheyDo: [[spoiler:Roast Beef and Molly]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: Emeril and Spongebath
* TookALevelInBadass: For the first half of the Great Outdoor Fight arc, we ''know'' than Ray is a pretender, a claimer of false descent, a coward who would desert a dying man. And then another sees right through Ray, beats him to the ground and claims his army - and Ray ''rips the man's face off'' and claims his rightful place as the Son of Rodney.
* TournamentArc: The Great Outdoor Fight. To a lesser extent, the Badass Games.
* TrademarkFavouriteFood: For Ray, Galaxy Nachos. There was also an arc in which Philippe got addicted to Subway sandwiches.
** Crispy, crispy stellas.
* TrueCompanions: Say what you will about the characters of Achewood, they have a great deal of camaraderie. If one of their number goes missing, they will organize a massive search-and-rescue party, and even literally go ToHellAndBack.
* UnclePennybags: Ray, after his record deal.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Ray to varying degrees given his recklessness and smartass nature. Other characters can count as well, but overall this has decreased and the general population of Achewood has become more sympathetic over the course of the story.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Ray and Beef, but pretty much everyone in the cast.
* WhatTheHeckIsAnAglet: A key ingredient in ''Fool's Meth.''
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Philippe will [[http://www.achewood.com/index.php?date=10022007 outlive everyone else in the comic and be eternally five years old.]] It doesn't seem to affect him too much, but his father is already dead (and, judging by apparent age, may have fought in WWII) and 'home' [[TearJerker is no longer where his mother is.]]
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: typically averted with Philippe, who displays all the wisdom an average 5 year old would.
* WorldOfSnark
* YouSayTomato: Teodor's pronunciation of [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=05022006 helicopter]].

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