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[-[[caption-width-right:350:[[BlackComedy "...or one of us will mock the other for having AIDS?!"]][[note]]GAARRFIEELLDD!!!!!!![[/note]]]]-]

''Cyanide & Happiness'' is a daily webcomic strip at [[http://www.explosm.net/ explosm.net]] It was begun by Kris Wilson originally, but after showing his work to some members on the sticksuicide.com forum several others joined in the fun: Matt Melvin, Rob [=DenBleyker=] and Dave [=McElfatrick=]. They have no shame in exploiting extreme BlackComedy, LiteralMinded-ness and affinities for the most hilariously controversially awkward situations known to webcomickind. Their comics involve the exploitation of simply-drawn {{stick figure|Comic}}s for all they're worth.

Dark, cynical, offensive, irreverent... and we're just getting started.

In 2013, the creators announced that they want to make this comic and series of shorts into a web series with 24-minute-long episodes, preferrably to be picked up by an online channel. Years prior, they pitched to 3 television networks, but none lasted, and they eventually realized that TV won't allow them to create the kind of show they want. They started a Kickstarter campaign for the series, which is currently their highest grossing campaign for an animated project ever.

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!!This webcomic offers examples of:

* AccidentalAthlete: The "[[http://explosm.net/comics/1785/ Waiting for a bus]]" short. This being ''Cyanide & Happiness'', the trope is {{Deconstructed}}.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2247/ "For the sake of that joke, I'm kinda glad it happened now."]]
* ADateWithRosiePalms: [[http://explosm.net/comics/675/ This comic]], while not featuring the act itself, takes it to ''extremely'' awkward levels.
* AltText: Zig-Zagged. If you look at the URL for the images, many have fairly mundane names like "Bear" and "Debate" but several have jokes in the names.
* AndIMustScream: Played as straight [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/867/ as possible.]]
* ArbitrarySkepticism: In the video short [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3zjRcMnRNY "Junk Mail"]], the protagonist becomes rich and popular when the spam e-mails he responds to turn out to be legitimate. Then he gets a chain letter about a vengeful poltergeist, and he bizarrely assumes that this particular e-mail must be fake. [[spoiler:Predictably, he dies.]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2947/ Inverted]].
* ArtEvolution: Yes, in a stick figure comic:
** Kris's figures started out as being tall with has generally gotten shorter in height with relatively large heads in comparison ([[http://www.explosm.net/comics/15/ see first comic]]). By 2008 the body has shortened considerably ([[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1462/ such as this comic]]) and has remained largely remained unchanged as of [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3221/ 2013]].
** Rob's figures in his first comics ([[http://www.explosm.net/comics/39/ example]]) had more of a rhomboid face before steadily becoming rounder and flatter with time. As with Kris's drawings, Rob's had largely developed into his signature format by the end of [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1503/ 2008]] remaining the same for the next [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3192/ five years or so]].
** Matt's [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/101/ first comics]] started out in a similar fashion to those of Kris's. Diverging occurred within the first two year, with the dot eyes becoming short vertical dashes by [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/617/ mid-2006]]. The bottom of their torso's turned from round to square in November 2008 ([[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1460/ before]]/[[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1467/ after]]) and have progressively shortened [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3223/ since]].
** Dave's [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/119/ initial comics]] could be considered a mixture of the first three at first. However his figure's torsos turned square in August 2005. The comic style at the topic of this page (done in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1061/ 2007]]) and more modern comics ([[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3215/ such as this one in 2013]]) have remained largely unchanged, although the eyes got a bit larger around [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1919/ 2010]] and have gotten smaller since then
* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Implied in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2085/ this strip]].
* AteHisGun: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1859/ Literally]].
* BadassMustache: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2074/ Musclestache!]]
* BalloonBelly: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2551/ Literally.]]
* BeatPanel: Kris seems to love using these.
** A non-Kris [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2174/ example]].
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2720/ This guy.]]
* BlackComedy: Pretty much ''every other'' strip deals with this.
** Literal "Dead Baby" jokes can be found in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2325/ strip 2325]], [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/55/ strip 55]], [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/138/ strip 138]],[[http://www.explosm.net/comics/271/ strip 271]], [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/322/ strip 322]], [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1034/ strip 1034]], [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1968/ strip 1968]], [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2097/ strip 2097]], [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2237/ strip 2237]], [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2273/ strip 2273]], [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2316/ strip 2316]], [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2165/ strip 2165]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkX-Vnc6uL0 The sign part 2]].
*** Some are only discussed, like [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/116/ here]] and [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/822/ here]], while some are actually treated seriously/semi-seriously, like [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1243/ here]], [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1779/ here]], [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2016/ here]], or [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2013/ here]].
*** See also [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1782/ strip 1782]] and [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1846/ strip 1846]].
*** Not to forget [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2663/ this brilliant woman]].
* TheBlank: This [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2539/ comic]].
* BlessedWithSuck: One of the resident superheroes, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Seizure Man]]
** And [[http://explosm.net/comics/2065/ Mind Fuck]]
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/235/ Sword arms]] aren't as great as you might think.
* BodyHorror: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/693/ I'm giving birth to piranhas!]]
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: Implied [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2772/ here]], with plenty of Squick.
* BreastExpansion: [[http://explosm.net/comics/1198/ Unexpectedly]].
* BrickJoke: A lot, but their short [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1785/ Waiting for the Bus]] is [[strike: probably]] ''their best example.''
* BungledSuicide: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2450/ Because he was too tall.]]
* ButterFace: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/406/ This comic]] is pretty much a straight demonstration of the trope.
* ButWaitTheresMore: At about 0:55 in the video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8RuCSfOiBE The Book]].
* TheCameo: The most brief of ones. In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YUAnhM4TY4 Barbershop Quartet Hits On Girl From Taxi]], pay very close attention at the 6 second mark - a bus goes by, and the 50 MPH man is running beside it (he's on the far side, but if you pause at ''exactly'' the right time, you can see the top of his head).
* CaptainErsatz: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/895/ On this strip,]] which is a direct follow up to [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/894/ this one]].
* CaptainObvious: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/597/ Literally.]]
* ChirpingCrickets: [[ExploitedTrope Exploited]] by one guy who wants to kill those crickets.
-->'''First Guy''': Hey Naked Guy With A Shotgun! What're you doing?
-->'''Naked Guy With A Shotgun''': Hunting crickets.
-->'''First Guy''': Isn't that a bit much?
-->'''Naked Guy With A Shotgun''': Nah, they only come out during awkward silences. Now, grab my ass!
-->''[[BeatPanel *awkward silence*]]''
-->''[[ChirpingCrickets *crickets*]]''
-->'''Naked Guy With A Shotgun''': AARGH! ''*fires shotgun several times*''
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: DoubleSubverted in this [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1635/ strip]].
* TabletopGame/{{Chess}}: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/844/ With added Alabama rules]].
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Subverted in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2095/ this strip]].
* ChocolateBaby: Inverted in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3049/ this strip]].
* CloningBlues: An unusual take in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2145/ this strip]].
* ClownCar: A source of black humour [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2504/ here]].
* CompensatingForSomething: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2060/ Discussed.]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Stick-figure ignorance is how most of the other squick-related tropes come into play.
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1819/ This]] strip is a perfect example of this trope.
* ComplimentBackfire & DiggingYourselfDeeper: Taken to comically-tragic extremes [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2595/ on this trip]], as well as in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3244/ this trip]].
* ContinuityNod: The guys in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2573/ this comic]] are the same as the ones who found Jesus [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2540/ here]].
* CrapsackWorld
* CreditsGag: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1972/ Waiting for the Bus 2]] has as much credits as animation.
* CurbStompBattle: Inverted...or something in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1387/ this strip]].
* CutAndPasteComic: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/511/ Starting on this strip,]] there was a brief streak of comics done in this style. The humor was also a weird blend of surrealistic antics and [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny so-unfunny-they-are-funny jokes]] during that period.
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1204/ "Son... you were copied and pasted..."]]
* DeathByRacism: The ''Speed Racist'' animated skit.
* DeconstructedTrope: [[ChildProdigy Child Prodigies]] with jobs, in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1804/ the]] [[http://explosm.net/comics/1807/ Doctor]] [[http://explosm.net/comics/2045/ Baby]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2046/ series.]]
* DefiantToTheEnd: Couple with DoWrongRight.
-->[[http://www.explosm.net/comics/848/ You guys did a poor job nailing me up here. I know. I'm a carpenter.]]
* DisneyCreaturesOfTheFarce: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/620/ On this strip]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: What [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2755/ this kid]] does when he doesn't get his ice cream.
* DontExplaintheJoke: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3386/ A perfect example]].
* DoubleSubversion: Many, many times.
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2066/ This is but one example.]]
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1547/ Strip 1547.]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1635/ Strip 1635.]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1806/ Strip 1806.]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1895/ Strip 1895.]] [[http://explosm.net/comics/1911/ Strip 1911.]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2020/ Strip 2020.]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2168/ Strip 2168.]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2319/ Strip 2319.]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2701/ Strip 2701.]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2705/ Strip 2705.]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2730/ Strip 2730.]]
** Gasp, could it be? [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2778/ Triple Subversion!]]
* DressedToPlunder: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1427/ This strip]] [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on the trope.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2093/ By not being able to find Waldo]].
** It also happens [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/707/ on this strip]]. [[note]]...To avoid [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment listening the overly long ramblings of an old man]] [[LaserGuidedKarma that he was trying to rob just before it]].[[/note]]
** It also happens [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2341/ here]], due to a HurricaneOfPuns.
** How could you forget [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2590/ this due to a list of famous pedophiles]]
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1725/ An Artist does it]] [[DeadArtistsAreBetter in an attempt to become more famous.]]
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1853/ Too hardcore for this world.]]
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1066/ The Dog.]]
* TheEeyore: Dan the Downer.
* EldritchAbomination: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1067/ Or whatever this thing is...]]
* ExactWords: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3194/ "I see Oscars and Tonys in your future!"]]
* ExplosiveInstrumentation: The stopwatch exploded in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRPJh-LJq1o Waiting for the Bus]] because the 50mph man runs too fast...
* ExtremeOmnivore: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2498/ This guy]].
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2170/ Also these guys]].
* EyeScream: The Purple-Shirted Eye Stabber's M.O.
* EyeShock: There's a strip where someone did this and the other guy stared at him in shock and disgust, then the guy's eyes wouldn't go back in and he was all like 'oh God! Oh God!'. It was [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1568/ pretty gross]] (link is to another, very similar one).
* WatchItStoned
* PreciousPuppies: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1547/ Uh, you be the judge of that...]]
* EvilVersusEvil: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/575/ One of the funniest examples ever.]]
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2097/ Inverted.]]
* FailOSuckyname: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/431/ Parodied.]]
* FelonyMisdemeanor: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2728/ This guy]] is really mad about his roses.
* FlatWhat: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2443/ This comic,]] which also counts as a FridgeLogic moment:
--> The "she" in "that's what she said" is really annoying in bed.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2220/ The purple shirted eye-stabber.]]
* FourthWallPsych: Considering how weak the fourth wall typically is, [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1401/ this]] comes at a bit of a surprise.
* FrameBreak: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/483/ Here]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1676/ and here.]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/620/ Subverted.]]
* GallowsHumor: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1171/ "Cancer comes with a free robot!?!"]]
* GlasgowGrin: Satan, when depicted, is shown to wear one of these.
* GodwinsLaw: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2330/ Even with hi fives.]]
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2145/ Cloning yourself]] won't alleviate loneliness.
* GoldDigger: Subverted. She's a ''literal'' [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2803/ gold digger]], and ''he's'' the figurative one.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2264/ Invoked as they discuss the merits of cheating on a science project.]]
* GoodCopBadCop: Double subverted in the animated short, "[[http://www.explosm.net/show/episode/64/interrogation/autoplay The Interrogation]]".
* GoombaStomp: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/644/ ...A darkly hilarious variation.]]
* GoOutWithASmile: See BetterToDiethanBeKilled. and also [[spoiler: One of the character's dad's death. Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.]]
** Also [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2993/ this guy.]]
* GottaCatchEmAll: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/421/ Not what you'd expect, though...]]
* GroinAttack: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2643/ "Congratulations, it's a girl!"]]
** '''[[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2868/ EQUALITY!]]'''
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/922/ Problem solved.]]
* GrossUpCloseUp: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/746/ Betcha didn't think the characters are as ugly on the outside as they are on the inside.]]
** Need more proof? [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1956/ Of course you do.]]
* GrotesqueCute: The stick figures drawn by Kris and Dave are somewhat adorable. Sadly, [[BlackComedy the cuteness probably won't stay.]]
* HandsOnApproach: Parodied [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1413/ here.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: The Purple Shirted Eye Stabber finds himself homeless and without meaning in life...then aliens with massive eyes land on Earth attacking humans. [[http://i.imgur.com/pbRYa.png He got to work immediately.]]
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[AwesomeSeries Egoraptor]] appears in quite a few shorts.
* {{Hipster}}: Mocked a few times, like [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2239/ here]], [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2295/ here]], [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2318/ here]], and [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2930/ here]].
* HistoricalInJoke: Apparently, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_scream Edvard Munch]] used [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/840/ a live model as reference]] for "The Scream".
* HitlerAteSugar: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1837/ This comic]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/506/ Wordplay on the phrase, not an actual example.]]
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2319/ Parodied or deconstructed, depending on how you look at it.]]
* ImpossibleThief: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/412/ "The greatest thief I've ever met!"]]
* ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals: Even [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1501/ cellphones]] aren't exempt.
* ItCameFromTheFridge: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/716/ "Oh! There it is".]]
* ItsWhatIDo: In [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3270/ this strip]], a woman mentions that she's a full-time mom. The person she's speaking to asks "Who'd you fuck to get ''that'' job?", which normally is an insult, but here there's a perfectly good response to it -- "My husband."
* KickTheDog: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jwccqhc8_5o&feature=player_embedded Literally.]]
* LamePunReaction: Characters reacting badly to silly puns is the basis of a few strips, like [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2152/ this one]].
* LampshadeHanging: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2195/ Did someone say ''hat off?'']]
* LastRequest: [[spoiler: Jesus]] uses his last meal request to get [[spoiler: fish and bread, and multiplies them to allow him to escape crucifixion]]
* LateToThePunchline: [[http://explosm.net/comics/1791/ Hey, wait a minute!]]
* LiteralMinded: Where plenty of the gags come from.
** One particularly notable example of this was the [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1137/ 'Facebook']] strip.
** In a combination of horrible puns, literal-mindedness, really old references, and nudity, [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2058/ Pole Position]].
** "u no if n e milk is in fridge?" [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2166/ "i dunno. go to fridge and c4 yourself"]]
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1377/ "Just listen to your heart."]] Two for the price of one.
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2025/ "You know the camera adds 10 pounds."]]
** [[https://explosm.net/comics/2983/ "You need a 180 to win."]]
* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: Put to MindScrew-y use in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2700/ this strip.]]
* LogicBomb: The fate of [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2071/ Attorney-Tron.]]
* TheLongList: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1849/ Of diseases.]]
* MadeOfPlasticine: Ice cream cones are [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2076/ dangerous]].
* MagicFeather: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1801/ Can I have my money back?]]
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2303/ Four examples of varying awesomeness.]]
* MaleFrontalNudity: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3156/ C'Mon]] [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn Man]]
* MediumAwareness: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2970/ "It's not your turn. Why are you here?"]]
* MexicanStandoff: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/898/ Another literal case...]][[note]]...Ultimately subverted.[[/note]]
* MinorInjuryOverreaction & MajorInjuryUnderreaction: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2581/ Used at the same time!]][[note]]By the way, the thing that was bothering the character wasn't even an injury.[[/note]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tpCRBgs-LE The Man Who Could Sit Anywhere]]
** Also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8RuCSfOiBE The Book ]]
* MustNotDieAVirgin: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1052/ "Um... That line only works if I'm about to die."]]
* MyEyesAreUpHere: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2102/ But this guy knows what he's looking at...]]
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1403/ Vampire Zombie Werewolf, actually. And herpes.]]
* NoFourthWall
* NoJustNoReaction: The common reaction to puns.
* NoMouth: Comics drawn by either Kris or Dave feature characters with no mouths when they're not talking.
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: It has been used from time to time. For example...
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1067/ In this comic]].
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2822/ And this one.]].. Which might be one of the most disturbing things shown in this comic so far.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2387/ "This conversation actually happened."]]
** The TakeThat directed at ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' is titled "Tim Actually Said This."
* NWordPrivileges: Played with [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/652/ on this strip.]]
* OhCrap: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZqE2wm2skU The Wardrobe]] has the pedophile expressing this when [[spoiler:the kid remove his disguise to show a lion(another costume/disguise).]]
* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: Subverted in [[https://explosm.net/comics/3611/ this strip]].
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1306/ It sure would be nice to know how those guys got chopped in half and decapitated.]]
* OldFriendNewGender:
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2098/ Played with somehow...]]
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/690/ Also done here]]
* OnionTears: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2235/ Subverted or something]].
* OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe: DoubleSubverted [[http://explosm.net/comics/1911/ here]].
** Regular Subverted [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1445/ here]].
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/778/ "YOU SICK SON OF A BITCH!"]]
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/290/ Played completely backwards]] but without actually saying the "happy to see me" part.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2188/ And whenwolves, whywolves, and whowolves.]]
* OverlyLongGag: So long it needs a [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2030/ scroll bar]].
** If you scroll rightwards at ''just'' the right speed, it's like a flipbook.
* PluckyComicRelief: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2958/ Done super-straight]].
* RagingStiffie: Inverted [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2989/ here]].
* RamblingOldManMonologue: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/707/ Can come in handy on occasion.]]
* RealityEnsues: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/740/ In this strip.]] That's actually a fairly accurate depiction of how real boomerangs (fail to) work!
* RedHerring: A lesson on [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/944/ how to use it]]. [[note]]or was it "how NOT to use it"?[[/note]]
* RefugeInAudacity: Exemplified by [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/271/ this comic]].
* RuleOfThree: The third time the same joke is used, it's typically curveballed. [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2195/ Case]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2205/ in]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2209/ point.]]
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2655/ And]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2656/ another]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2658/ example]].
** And [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3240/ yet]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3242/ another]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3246/ one]]
* RunningGag: Tons.
** The Purple-shirted Eye Stabber is one of note, though he has since deceased fighting huge aliens. [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1318/ Godspeed, Purple-shirted Eye Stabber - godspeed.]]
*** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2220/ He got better!]]
** There's also the old man who becomes a seagull by flapping his hair like wings and detatching his head.
** *squeeze*
** Every depressing comic week contains something getting killed by a car.
** "Did someone say [X]-off?" Followed by two characters trying to outdo each other at whatever [X] is. [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2209/ Inevitably led up to this]].
** Random superheroes with unusually specific powers/themes.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: With a big dose of Squick inducing it...
-->''[[http://www.explosm.net/comics/714/ "What exactly are you searching for?"]]''
* SelfDeprecation: Also counts as HypocriticalHumor [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1056/ in this strip]]
* ShaggyDogStory: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/169/ "...I wish the guys were here."]]
** Which is a straight retelling of a classic joke.
* ShapedLikeItself: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1093/ THOSE MEAN THE SAME DAMN THING!!]]
* ShoutOut: To the infamous [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2731/ "horse's head in a bed"]] scene of Film/TheGodfather.
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3284/ And this one]] [[FatherTed to the "Small, far away" scene.]]
* SixDegreesOfKevinBacon: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/689/ Played for Squickness.]]
* SlasherSmile: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1109/ "I do it for the ol' fashioned joy of killing."]]
** Also courtesy of the [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_FQafjib3hTM/SZbldFuvaBI/AAAAAAAABNg/CNPWjQYdRig/s400/valentines2.png cupid himself.]]
* StableTimeLoop: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1030/ HELLO!]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism - One moment the strip is Black Comedy, the next it's standard, and there are times where it gets innocently silly.
* StickFigureComic
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: See [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/15/ the first strip]], among others.
* StrawFeminist: {{Defied}} [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3069/ here]].
* TakeThat:
** Rips ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' a new one in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1310/ this comic.]]
** Also in the opening week of August 2009, they all took turns doing strips for one another in the other artists' "style." Each was a TakeThat against whichever artist they were covering for, with the fun starting [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1753/ here]].
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1867/ Getting punched in the face is better than the Twilight movie]].
** Makes fun of {{Nickelback}} [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1156/ here]].
** They also make fun of Music/{{Metallica}} [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/662/ here]].
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/558/ This strip]] works as a generic Take That against all those run-of-the-mill Webcomics about TwoGamersOnACouch with lots of WallsOfText.
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1770/ The Radioactive Sparrow Man]] (he [[{{Spiderman}} was bitten by a radioactive sparrow]])
** A direct and simple, yet hilarious, meta-example appears [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/665/ on this strip]].
** "[[http://www.explosm.net/comics/3224/ I don't understand why you're against gay marriage.]]"
** To Bitcoin, [[http://explosm.net/comics/3479/ here]].
* TakeThatUs: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1056/ You call this art?!]]
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Parodied. [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1834/ Inspiring comic day!]]
* TitleDrop: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/121 Here: 04.15.2005]]
* {{Unishment}}: A father, annoyed at his children's repeated "AreWeThereYet", [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2664/ turns around back to Disneyland]].
* TooDumbToLive: If everything you've just been advertised on your phone came true, including the ad that allowed your penis to instantly grow as long as you are tall, why would you ignore one [[http://explosm.net/comics/3442/ that threatened to kill you?]]
* UnsettlingGenderReveal:
** Inverted. [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1046/ Or something like that.]]
** Played straight [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2695/ here.]]
* ViewersAreGeniuses:
** People who don't know that C4 is a plastic explosive will never get [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2166/ this one.]]
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2650/ This comic]] will require a bit of web browser knowledge to get.
* VisualPun: In [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2358/ this comic]], a guy laments the lack of beer with "Aw man". In the next panel, a superhero with 'AW' emblazoned on his chest touches down...
* {{Wangst}}: Invoked with [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1392/ The Incredible Sulk!]]
* WhiteDudeBlackDude: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/631/ Parodied.]]
* WhoYouGonnaCall: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/355/ Not exactly.]]
* WingdingEyes: [[BodyHorror Doesn't stop at his eyes,]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1890/ though.]]
* WorldOfPun: Half the point of the comic are the absolutely horrendous puns.
* WorthIt:
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2409/ Here]]. Winning that thumb war was very important, apparently.
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2941/ Jesus's comment about a joke he made]].
* YaoiFangirl: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2437/ Then give him butt resuscitation!]]
* YourHeadAsplode: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/346/ Somewhat]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1090/ common.]] Usually caused by a LogicBomb, although [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1486/ there have]] [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/767/ been exceptions.]]
* YourMom: "[[http://explosm.net/comics/1288/ That's what your mom said when I banged her...]][[SubvertedTrope twenty-six]] [[LukeIAmYourFather years ago]]."
* YouWannaGetSued: [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/894/ "Blast!! Copyright-Infringement-Man!"]]
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