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''Exterminatus Now'' is what happens when you mix ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', and a truckload of BlackComedy.

Yes, seriously. [[http://www.exterminatusnow.co.uk See for yourself.]]

This {{webcomic}} is the story of two members of the Mobian Inquisition, a [[AffectionateParody parodical version of the]] [[ChurchMilitant Inquisition]] of ''Warhammer 40000'', and their two mercenaries, and together make a group who remain living and employed only by luck, blackmail, and occasional violence, along with their superiors, alternate numbers, associates, and foes.

The comic alternates between a [[GagPerDayWebcomics gag a day]] style and full blown {{Story Arc}}s. It began on the 29th of September 2003, and has been ongoing ever since.

Its also somewhat unique in the web comic world by being made by four different people, Alan "The Virus" Graham[[note]]The Elusive Artist[[/note]] Garry "Lothar" Webber,[[note]]The Angry Writer[[/note]] Stuart "Eastwood" Edney,[[note]]The Cynical Administrator[[/note]] and Martin "Silversword" Faulkner.[[note]]The Enigmatic Webmaster[[/note]]

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!!TropeNamer for:

* DoesThatSoundLikeFunToYou

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* EightiesHair: Schaefer and Simmons in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-05-16/comic/voiding-your-warranty/when-the-world-was-young-and-death-was-but-a-dream/ this]] comic.
* AccidentalTruth: In the "Cesspool" arc, concerning the illegal trading of weapons to some cultists, Eastwood learns that the firearms in question were sold through eBay. He twists this and tells Shaefer that ruthless weapons dealer E. Bay was the one who had actually sold the guns in question. Well, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-09-27/comic/the-cesspool/a-would-heroically-struggle-to-the-death-with-again/ as it turns out, he's half right.]]
** Eastwood once had an ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend arrested and sentenced to death for heresy. He only discovered he actually ''was'' a heretic after the execution.
* ActionGirl
** Wildfire, [[NoKillLikeOverkill a bit too much so]].
** Jamilla could be this if she didn't need to be rescued all the time. (Twice to be exact: Once as a hostage, once again as a [[HumanSacrifice potential sacrifice]].)
** And now, we have C-Team, which is almost an entire team of LeeroyJenkins action girls!
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: One of Lothar's [[ComedicSociopathy pranks]], seen in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2006-06-23/comic/non-storyline/randoms/eastwood-still-has-a-bed/ this strip]] gets this reaction from Virus.
* AffectionateParody: Several of the [[StoryArc story arcs]] have been this to other "GrimDark" works:
** The "Black Halo" arc is one to VideoGame/{{Doom}}.
** The "RedHerring" arc is one to VideoGame/{{SilentHill}}.
** And finaly (so far) the "Phone Book Of The Dead" arc is one to the CthulhuMythos.
* AlasPoorVillain: Parodied. [[spoiler:After arresting a group of teenage necromancers, East and Virus muse on how crapsack the world must be if young teens who had their whole lives ahead of them are pushed to taking up the dark arts. Rogue quickly reminds them that the necromancers also committed murder. Twice.]]
** Then it turns out [[spoiler:Eastwood was just sad the teenage girl had dressed up in a Goth outfit instead of something he finds sexy.]]
* AllJustADream: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-10-29/comic/non-storyline/holiday-comics/hexs-chainsaw-massacre/ Hex's Chainsaw Massacre]]. Also, Simmons has a few fantasies.
* AllMenArePerverts / MaleGaze: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2003-11-24/comic/meet-the-crew/hello-boys/ Boi-oing!]]
* AmusingInjuries: Painful things happen to just about everyone all the time. They're almost always hilarious.
* AndThisIsFor: Lothar does this after he gets fixed after being possessed by a technology daemon. He punches Rogue in the stomach then smacks him in the head with his knee for cutting his old prosthetics off, then punches Eastwood for pushing him down the stairs in a wheelchair. Then he [[GroinAttack kicks Virus in the groin]] just so he won't feel left out.
* {{Angrish}}: Schaeffer falls into this when he realizes that [[spoiler:he can't punish the protagonists for the destruction of Black Halo since due to the latter having been an illegal top secret facility, there isn't any remaining evidence that ''it even existed'']].
* AntiClimax: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-12-20/comic/non-storyline/randoms/a-grim-dawn/ A duel]] between a KnightInShiningArmor and an EvilOverlord [[JustInTime right before the latter's dark ritual is about to be complete]] ends with the former decapitating the latter off-panel right after [[WrongGenreSavvy one of the soldiers watching basically says "This is going to be epic." verbosely.]]
** [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2014-01-18/comic/non-storyline/randoms/everchosen/ So much for the Everchosen of the Four.]] And [[RescueRomance Eastwood's best chance to score since Jamilla.]]
* AntiHeroTeam: In this universe there is a valiant team of heroic inquisitors who regularly do battle with the forces of darkness. This webcomic is not about them.
* [[ArmorIsUseless Armour Is Useless]]: The last mission with Wildfire has the team ditching armour because:
-->'''Eastwood:''' With the things we're facing, armour's only any use if they get close, and if we ''let'' them get close, we're dead, armour or not.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
** According to the cast page, the more serious offenses on Lothar's rap-sheet include "assault and battery, murder one, large scale video game theft and [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil piracy]]".
** Also, mooning His Majesty the King of Crownshead on 43 separate occasions (treason).
* ArtEvolution: The art has gotten quite smoother and more detailed as the comic goes on, especially when the artist gets some new tech to use.
* ArtificialLimbs: Lothar has two artificial legs, an artificial arm and one artificial eye (with record feature)
* ArtShift: When [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-08-06/comic/non-storyline/randoms/sketchbook-comedy/ Lothar draws the strip.]]
* AsideGlance: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2003-11-07/comic/meet-the-crew/the-everyday-problems-of-cultists/ Used here.]]
* AssKickingPose: The B-Team strike it when [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2013-04-14/comic/non-storyline/randoms/lights-camaraderie-action/ their old teammate returns]].
* AxCrazy: Lothar. "Trigger-happy" is an understatement. Honestly, he's [[KickTheDog killed at least three dogs]]! For no reason! Hell, his [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-01-02/comic/meet-the-crew/same-reason-as-you/ intro]] should be enough of a hint. [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-07-09/comic/a-little-blasphemy-never-hurt-anybody/your-pet-is-for-fetching/ This sums it up]] even better.
-->'''Eastwood:''' So the "Lothar Way" of getting the grass cut was to set next door's dog on fire?\\
'''Lothar:''' What's this about cutting the grass?
* TheBackwardsR: The [[UsefulNotes/{{Fonts}} font]] used for [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-01-16/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/international-man-of-mercenary/ Rodinian]].
* {{Badass}}: Lothar and Rogue. Eastwood and Virus also have their moments.
* BadassArmy: The Black Guard. Sure, their combat effectiveness often makes them [[RedShirt disposable mooks]], but damn if they don't look intimidating. They're pretty much the Inquisition's [[StarWars Stormtroopers]].
* BadassLongcoat: Eastwood wears one along with Virus. Eastwood ditched the black leather trench for a more, well, ''Columbo'' look.
* BadBoss: Inquisitor Lord Antonius Schaeffer is this, with a generous dose of PointyHairedBoss to taste. He's made no secret of trying to kill Eastwood, Virus, and Lothar by sending them against impossible odds (well, he did, and did it poorly), and barely treats his other subordinates any better. Despite the bluster, he's an incompetent pervert who almost totally relies on his adjutant, [[BeleagueredAssistant Inquisitor Riktor Simmons]], to do anything.
** Although he does beat up, chase, and eventually kill an evil "Weapons distributor" named Edward Bay (The whole thing started as a lie Eastwood told him to get the Inquisition off a friend of Lothar's who'd made a mistake and accidentally sold a shitton of weapons to cultists. Turns out, there WAS a Mr. E. Bay.) WordofGod claims that while Schafer might be an idiot, you don't get to be an Inquisitor if you're not a {{Badass}}.
* BattleAura: Eastwood gets one when Lothar tries to separate him from his coffee. It's daemonic red.
* [[LaserBlade Beam]] KatanasAreJustBetter: As any member of the Daemon Hunters will attest to. Considering how often Eastwood, Virus, and Lothar used Rogue's for MundaneUtility, everyone agrees.
* BeastlyBloodsports: Though, technically, the badger-baiting is an ichor sport, since he underwent demonic transformation first.
* BearsAreBadNews
** Lord Antonius Schaeffer, Eastwood and Virus's direct superior, is a bear. He's assisted by Inquisitor Riktor Simmons, his stoat assistant.
** [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-02-15/comic/the-big-city/oh-for-gruss-sake/ Pedobear makes a brief appearance]] as a throwaway gag while the crew are in Taika.
** [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-09-27/comic/the-cesspool/a-would-heroically-struggle-to-the-death-with-again/ Schaeffer takes on Ebay.]]
* BeleagueredAssistant: Simmons to Schaefer.
* BeQuietNudge: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-02-06/comic/meet-the-crew/tempting-offer/ Virus elbows Eastwood.]]
* BerserkButton
** Lord have mercy on anyone who [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-11-24/comic/black-and-white/the-beginning-of-the-end-of-their-era/ destroys Lothar's hat]].
** Or [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2009-01-03/comic/big-trouble-in-little-taika/much-anger-in-him-i-sense/ calls Rogue a Jedi]].
** Or tries to take [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-09-03/comic/non-storyline/randoms/seven-step-program/ Eastwood's coffee]].
** Or [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-07-31/comic/the-cesspool/ultimatum/ threatens Lothar's family]].
* BestialityIsDepraved: Schaefer's chicken fetish, which the protagonists use as blackmail material to remain employed.
* {{BFG}}: The [[ShoutOut Predator XXL-99 Minigun]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-10-27/comic/black-and-white/timing-is-everything/ NOBODY EXPECTS THE MOBIAN INQUISITION!]]
* BigRedButton: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-09-09/comic/facilitating-your-demise/our-base-is-cliche-proof/ subverted]].
* BilingualBonus: Security level Kappa Umber. Kappa is both a Greek letter and a Japanese demon.
** Plus, Kappas apparently love cuc'''umber'''s.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Well, let's see. Eastwood is a self-centered, womanizing perv, Virus is a complete idiot, Lothar's an AxeCrazy sociopath, and Rogue's just an asshole. The Inquisition itself is an iron-fisted, totalitarian dictatorship filled to the brim with corruption, PoliceBrutality, back alley deals, human (er, Mobian) rights violations, and just plain incompetence. And they're ''still'' worlds better than the dark gods and their followers. Oh, and it's all PlayedForLaughs.
* BlackComedy: By the author's own admission: "[[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-11-08/comic/non-storyline/randoms/retcon-artist/ References to genocide and landmine victims in the same strip? COMEDY GOLD!]]"
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Eastwood and Virus prefer the term "extortion".
* BlatantLies: The cast page is in the form of inquisition files. The file for the boss, Schaeffer, includes a picture of a KnightInShiningArmor with his face taped over the head, a list of characteristics that would put any MarySue to shame, a notification that [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial any rumors you may have heard about his sexual deviancy are completely false]], and a note that the file was [[WikiVandal last edited by Schaeffer]].
* BodyHorror: Do ''not'' piss off a group of evil [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-02-21/comic/chase-sequence/safety-guaranteed/ sorcerors]].
-->'''Antelope Bastard:''' The last guy they caught snitching got turned into a chair of screaming undead bone and flayed hide, locked in a perpetual torment and praying for a death that will never come. He's still under a tarp in the attic.
* BornLucky: The whole group. This is one of Simmons's reasons for selecting the group for a mission. As he puts it, it's not because their uniqueness makes them effective, but because they seem to have a bottomless supply of luck which he "wishes to capitalise on."
** Reaches Literature/CiaphasCain levels in the first Morth arc. The reason they're being selected for a SuicideMission is their ability to survive no matter how hard their superiors try to kill- I mean, [[VerbalBackspace how severe the odds ranged against them are.]]
* BrainComputerInterface: Some minor characters have USB ports in the backs of their skulls. Professor Lewis, Lord Boothroyd and Inquisitor Deket for instance.
* BrickJoke: "[[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2003-11-14/comic/meet-the-crew/not-this-time/ Nah, we're not gonna do the Python gag yet.]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-10-27/comic/black-and-white/timing-is-everything/ Maybe next time.]]"
** [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2006-09-29/comic/bukawk-eee/beacuse-a-robot-egg-wouldnt-be-as-effective/ That]] attack chicken [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2006-10-06/comic/bukawk-eee/oh-thank-gods/ thing]] eventually [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-01-23/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/a-mans-home-is-his-fortress/ returns]].
** Lothar once had his hat represent him in court. Later, the Patterner mentions an obligation due to a court case, and we see that Lothar's hat represented him too.
** In [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-04-29/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/bastard-understudy/ this strip]], Morth jokes around Patternari-style with one of his servants, Janus, who tells him he'll be "loyal right up until the second the knife hits [Morth's] back!" [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-05-20/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/karma-chameleon/ Three strips later...]]
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: A chameleon hiring mercenaries offers plenty of those around... until he realises he has gone overbudget. Luckily for him, a couple bottles of booze and a carton of cigarettes work just as well for his last acquisition.
* BringMyBrownPants:
** Eastwood wets himself at the prospect of being flattened by Morth's CollapsingLair. An example of the BlackComedy of the series, as the circumstances were actually very somber and serious and the joke was most likely used to lighten the mood.
--->'''Eastwood:''' Oh, I assure you I'm pissing myself with fear.\\
'''Virus:''' Well, I wouldn't go that far.\\
'''Rogue:''' I would. Just noticed. Watch your step there.\\
'''Virus:''' Oohh, right, '''NOT''' a metaphor.
** [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-08-19/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/someone-your-own-size/ The crew manages to trap]] [[spoiler:Daemon Morth]] in the same room as a hound daemon he'd tricked earlier:
--->[[spoiler:'''Morth:''']] Hm... I think I'm learning a lesson about hubris. '''And''' about the waste functions of my new anatomy.
* ButtMonkey: Virus, so very much.
** Wolf and Beaver. Every appearance by this lesser known duo usually meets with a brutal death, an insult to their very memory or just being treated like pure crap.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: After a ScoobyDoobyDoors scene, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2014-07-13/comic/tangled-web/time-and-relative-dimensions/ this page]] features a textbook example of [[Creator/MCEscher Escher's]] multi-directional stairwell room.
* CallBack: A very subtle one. In one of the earlier episodes, Eastwood and Syrus are shown watching TV while Lothar and Rogue do training and exercise to stay sharp. [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-01-29/comic/chase-sequence/remember-smitty-and-jonesy/ Guess who end up not chasing the Antelope Bastard]].
** A much more minor example: not only does Jamilla make a minor appearance in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-05-23/comic/voiding-your-warranty/test-card-fffffffffffff/ "Test Card FFFFFFFFFFFFF"]], but so do two girls who were previously seen in the background in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-03-04/comic/back-to-school/brings-new-meaning-to-flipping-them-off/ "Brings New Meaning To Flipping Them Off"]]. (Although the two girls have gotten some cosmetic updates to their design.)
* CallingYourAttacks: Parodied and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-01-05/comic/black-and-white/sneak-attack/ this strip.]]
* TheCameo
** Leo from ''VGCats'' can be seen in a crowd of nerds [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-03-29/comic/non-storyline/randoms/how-about-we-protest-against-protesting/ which quickly gets blasted by Lothar and Eastwood]].
** [[Fireball20XL Cailen Crow]] is in the same panel.
** [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-06-05/comic/the-cesspool/where-everybody-knows-your-name/ Cameo-overload!]]
** Junichan's character was shown as [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-05-20/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/karma-chameleon/ Morth's handmaiden]].
* CardCarryingVillain: Most cultists. PlayedForLaughs in the exchange between the BigBad and TheDragon of a cult to ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
-->'''Janus:''' You shall be [[AGodAmI a merciful deity]], Master Morth.\\
'''Morth:''' And you my most loyal subject.\\
''[BeatPanel]''\\
'''Both:''' AHAHAHAHA!\\
'''Morth:''' But seriously, let's get set up and get started. "Merciful"... You kidder.\\
'''Janus:''' Loyal [[TheStarscream right up until the second the knife hits your back]].
* CasanovaWannabe: Eastwood has terrible luck with women, though not for lack of trying. His methods leave something to be desired, mind. He's also [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-04-12/comic/non-storyline/randoms/pizza-topping-of-the-heretic/ tried to tutor Virus in skirt-chasing]], [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-05-27/comic/non-storyline/guest-comics/junichan-yes-eastwood-is-full-of-it/ with painful results]].
* CatchPhrase
** "Goit."
** Lothar repeatedly says [[BlackAdder "I have a cunning plan!"]] whenever the group is in a fix. This is treated as an OhCrap after [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-07-09/comic/a-little-blasphemy-never-hurt-anybody/your-pet-is-for-fetching/ the first time]]. For good reason.
** When insulted, Eastwood tends to respond with [[DelayedReaction "Exactly! ...Wait."]]
* TheCavalry: Are summoned to Lothar's aid in the form of about a dozen mercenaries he's befriended through his time as a mercenary during his [[spoiler:battle with Rogue.]] Despite this, they still charge him; the comic isn't called [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-08-29/comic/the-cesspool/friends-and-family-discount/ "friends and family discount"]] for no reason.
* CerebusSyndrome:
** Regarded by Eastwood (the person, not the character) as the sign to start murdering his co-creators.
--->'''Virus:''' Never turn a funny comic into a serious epic drama. We have a murder-suicide pact that says if we ever turn into a drama, we're going to end it all rather than inflict that on the world.\\
'''Eastwood:''' No, I said I was going to murder the rest of you, change my name and spend the rest of my days as a painter in Brazil.
** Interestingly, the comic's existence is an inversion of Cerebus Syndrome. It's based off a project that took itself extremely seriously, which most of the creators can't believe they were so serious about in the first place. In a funny way, the whole of EN is a parody of its creator's own work. Probably why the comic is unlikely to get dramatic, because in a way it has already been there.
* ChainsawGood: Lothar recently upgraded his arm's circular saw to a chainsaw; apparently, they're more robust and [[RuleOfCool just look cooler]]. And the circular saw had just been wrecked anyways, seeing as [[spoiler:the rest of the group was forced to smash up Lothar's bionics to force a Fernexite demon that had possessed them to return to the Void.]]
* ChekhovsGun: All of Lothar's cunning plans involve these, be it living creatures, phobias, [[spoiler:transvestites, or actual guns.]] Most of them end in violence.
** [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-03-11/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/antiques-rogueshow/ Eastwood "knows a guy who knows a guy."]] Too bad he forgot exactly ''which'' friend he knew this guy through, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-03-17/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/back-in-black-and-white/ because it bites him in the ass one comic later.]]
** During a chase, Virus says he doesn't care Eastwood lost sight of him and Rogue, because he can always track his Cabal unit. [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-04-16/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/ye-of-little-faith/ A few pages later]], he hides the Cabal unit in the bag containing the [[McGuffin Bookend of Unimaginable Power]] before giving it to the enemy, so that they can be tracked back to their base.
*** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the author commentary, [[OneOfUs complete with instructions to update TVTropes accordingly.]]
**** Morth's use of the in-universe Website/YouTube (appropriately titled Voodoo Tube). While at first just a running gag, turned into a Chekhov's gun when he explained to the group that his millions of viewers would be a suitable substitute for a regular cult in the maintenance of his EldritchAbomination form. The Internet is powerful.
* ClickHello: Done with a very nice StealthHiBye.
* ClusterFBomb: From Lothar as he bounces down a highway after falling off an armoured car.
-->'''Lothar''': Shit...cock...dammi...motherfuck-k-k-k...-unt...\\
Either '''Virus''' or '''Eastwood''': You screwed it up! What do we do now?\\
'''Lothar''': I just fell off a moving vehicle and bounced down half a mile of tarmac, but I'm '''FINE, THANKS FOR FUCKING WELL ASKING!'''
* CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-02-06/comic/chase-sequence/cut-to-the-chase/ Sort of.]] [[RuleOfCool It serves no purpose whatsoever, but boy does it look cool!]]
* CollapsingLair: Thanks to Wildfire and her latest escapade with the circuit-breaker switches, the entire Black Halo facility counts. So does [[spoiler:Morth's lair]] after the villain's departure.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: In the chameleon's first appearance after [[spoiler:Morth's involvement is revealed, he changes color to black and white.]]
* CombatPragmatist: The Inquisition encourages ruthlessness, and the characters have absolutely no desire to fight fair.
* CompensatingForSomething: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-06-27/comic/voiding-your-warranty/firing-blanks-at-10000-rounds-per-minute/ "What in the bloody fucking hell is THAT, and how small do your man parts need to be to justify using it?"]]
* ConjoinedEyes: Virus.
* ConspiracyTheorist: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-12-06/comic/non-storyline/randoms/boy-did-you-pick-the-wrong-table/ Mocked in this comic.]]
-->"[[BlackHelicopter Helicopters?]] Try VTOL aircraft, dude."
** And apparently Harry is one... and it's about MyLittlePony.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]], then subverted in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-02-02/comic/black-and-white/the-soundproofing-also-makes-it-a-good-recording-studio/ this strip]].
* CorporateWarfare: Background to the [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-11-11/comic/drink-the-cool-ade/the-smell-of-soda-in-the-morning/ "Drink the cool-ade"]] arc.
* CrapsackWorld: It's not overtly shown, given the comedic nature of the comic, but there seems to be a lot of horrible things going on, even without the regular invasions from chaos; for example, [[spoiler:Lothar's adopted brother]] Kyle was apparently orphaned after an "Overlander" attack. See WorldBuilding.
** Corporations going to war with one another is treated as something normal. At the end of the "Red Herring" arc, discovery that the war between two soft drink companies had no outside interference leads the characters to comment that it was "just a war".
** Plus, you know, the Inquisition are considered to be ''[[BlackAndGreyMorality the good guys]]''.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Every now and then, someone will do something genuinely impressive. Like [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2009-09-12/comic/big-trouble-in-little-taika/slice-to-see-you/ this]], for example.
* {{Cult}}: The Inquisition's enemies. And, in Eastwood's opinion, their allies.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: At Lothar's birthday party as the group are clowning around.
-->'''Lothar:''' [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2006-02-24/comic/non-storyline/guest-comics/chicago-lollie-cutlery-killer/ That's it... I'll just kill them all... with a spork.]]
* CuttingTheKnot: DoubleSubverted: When confronted with a rift that's going out of control, and being told the scientist in charge can't just shut it down, Wildfire [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-09-19/comic/voiding-your-warranty/a-toast-to-absent-friends/ just smashes the terminal with her beam swords]]. This causes the rift to ''grow'', and dozens of demons to spill out. The double subversion comes because this gives the scientist a small opening to ReverseThePolarity and seal up the rift, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-09-26/comic/voiding-your-warranty/applied-technobabblonics/ also sucking said demons back through]]. Of course, then she has to try it again on the circuit breakers... which need to be carefully disengaged one at a time in the correct sequence... Dammit Wildfire!
* DeathByIrony: Janus jokingly-but-truthfully says he will be loyal to Morth right up until the moment the [[TheStarscream knife hits his back]]. Within hours, Morth has stabbed him in the back with a ritual knife.
* DeliberatelyBadExample: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]; the B-Team demonstrates what an actual competent Inquisitor team is like, usually in contrast to the protagonists' antics.
** On the other hand the C-Team (probably short for "collateral") seems to play it straight, especially after Wildfire joins them.
* DevelopmentGag
** [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-05-09/comic/team-scramble/suddenly-words-thousands-of-them/ Virus apparently sucks at drawing.]] Guess who draws the strip.
** [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-08-06/comic/non-storyline/randoms/sketchbook-comedy/ Terrible artist is terrible]], [[HypocriticalHumor indeed.]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: Why Virus took 5 years of daemonology.
* DividedWeFall: Rogue seems to be at the brink of trying to kill Lothar in one of the few [[PlayedStraight completely serious strips]] of the comic, due to Lothar's sheltering of his brother Kyle. What is surprising is that Rogue isn't just taking a hard line and overriding Lothar's family concerns, he really thinks Lothar is lying about the entire business.
* DoctorsOrders: To keep Wildfire in bed (and unable to bother the team.)
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Lothar's friend Rob. If you're lucky, you'll end up with an injured hand. If you're perceived family, you'll end up with an injured ''back''.
* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm:
** Amusingly enough, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-04-24/comic/the-cesspool/sarcasm-detection/ Schaefer]];
--->'''Schaefer:''' Well, I think that went rather well.\\
'''Simmons:''' Yes, giving Hex and Nekkitou an actual '''reason''' to come to blows, brilliant sir.\\
'''Schaefer:''' Are you being sarcastic, Simmons?\\
'''Simmons:''' ''Whatever gave you '''that''' idea, sir''?\\
'''Schaefer:''' So you're not, okay. Sorry, it's just hard to tell sometimes.
** Also, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-10-24/comic/voiding-your-warranty/naive-annihilator/ Wildfire]].
--->'''Eastwood''': ''Nice work'', you single-handedly wiped the installation off the face of ''reality''.\\
'''Wildfire''': Thanks! I'm just glad I could make it up to you guys after I screwed up on my first mission.\\
'''Eastwood''': What? I was ''being sarcastic'', you crazy, purple bint.
* DoesThatSoundLikeFunToYou: Occurs twice.
** The first is with Jamilla after [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-12-30/comic/facilitating-your-demise/its-always-better-live-than-recorded/ she chews the gang out]] for not taking the Exterminatus seriously enough.
** The second[[labelnote:*]]which is the moment that [[TropeNamer named this trope]], by the way[[/labelnote]] is when Lothar is asked by a panda kid [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-02-08/comic/little-trouble-in-big-taika/this-is-like-one-of-my-taikanese-animes/ how he "got the cool parts."]] Both cases are subverted with the person(s) on the receiving end of the lecture learning nothing from it at all.
* DoubleEntendre: Following on from [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2006-09-29/comic/bukawk-eee/beacuse-a-robot-egg-wouldnt-be-as-effective/ this strip]], in which Eastwood had discovered how to make mechanical attack chickens, which he uses on Lothar, and Virus and Rogue [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2006-10-06/comic/bukawk-eee/oh-thank-gods/ hear the commotion from upstairs]];
-->'''Rogue:''' What are you guys doing anyway?\\
'''Eastwood:''' Nothing much, just attacking Lothar with my mighty cock.\\
''[Virus and Rogue share an extremely uncomfortable look]''\\
'''Virus:''' ''Oh''! That clockwork chicken thing!\\
'''Rogue:''' Oh thank gods.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Nobody ever lets Virus control any kind of vehicle. Even the Inquisition's own private army, the ''Black Guard'', go pale at the thought of Virus having a chance of driving anything. They're an entire army of special forces trained to combat the paranormal, and ''they'' are terrified of his driving. As one guest comic puts it:
--> "Gods, man, ''[[NoodleIncident what did you do?!]]''"
* DualWielding: Wildfire, who dual-wields beam swords. [[ActionGirl Oh, yes,]] she [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-05-02/comic/team-scramble/subverting-averting-and-playing-expectations-straight/ does.]]
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Facility Sixteen (a.k.a. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Black Halo]]) had a open dimensional rift which allowed daemons to enter the EN world freely. Exterminatus on the facility would destroy the world and everyone on it (protagonists and Inquisition included), so the rift has to be closed manually. More than that, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-06-13/comic/voiding-your-warranty/any-questions/ it would render the entire region uninhabitable]] for "slightly less than the life of the universe."
* EatsBabies:
-->'''Lothar:''' [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2006-06-09/comic/non-storyline/randoms/the-blame-game/ YOU CAN'T PROVE I ATE THAT BABY!]]
** He was drunk when he said that... does it make it less or ''more'' credible?
* EEqualsMCHammer: [[ShoutOut Referenced by name]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-01-09/comic/non-storyline/randoms/submitted-for-peer-review/ here]], along with {{Hammerspace}} and [[ClownCar Clown Car Pants]].
* EnemyMine: According to Virus, the Justice Gods ''and'' the Dark Gods joined forces to kill Shg'jkggrt'mngwt/Father Ocean/Shaggy-Waggy-Wotnot, the only deity to manifest in the physical world.
** Earlier, at the Black Halo compound, the daemon forces were working together, something that the protagonists noted as very unusual, and very bad.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Morally Corrupt Protagonists Have Standards]]
** The protagonists may abuse their positions' authority, but [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-01-21/comic/back-to-school/should-we-be-worried-for-our-lives/ Lothar mentioning that he once pulled out the eyes of all the orphans of an orphanage and shot the youngest]] disturbs them.
** Eastwood may like the young girls, but [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-02-15/comic/the-big-city/oh-for-gruss-sake/ not as much as him]].
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2008-08-09/comic/mort-to-it-than-zombies/alls-well-that-ends-in-bloodshed/ Missed it by that much.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Jamilla, the Inquisition's covert agent.
* EvilerThanThou: Daemonically possessed toaster < Blasphemy.
* EvilIsNotWellLit:
** When TheMole calls his employer, we see a figure whose face is hidden in a gloomy darkness... who turns out to be TheMole's poker buddy who was sleeping in bed when the call came. TheMole appologizes for dialing the wrong number, and calls the real BigBad, cooking dinner in a brightly lit kitchen while wearing a 'Kiss the cult leader' apron.
** Played straight earlier, with the same BigBad, and parodied when his ninja assassin can't find the exit because all the lights are out.
* EvilLawyerJoke: As shown [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-04-13/comic/black-and-white/have-you-had-an-accident-at-work/ here.]] Apparently, the Inquisition laywers are a snake, a vulture, and a hyena.
* FaceDeathWithDignity / KnowWhenToFoldEm: [[spoiler:Janus']] reaction when he gets OutGambitted by Morth. (Arguably overlaps with ThisIsGonnaSuck.)
* FaceHeelTurn: Morth is a former Inquisitor turned cult leader, for as much as the Inquisition ever qualified as "good".
** [[spoiler:[[DaChief Schaefer]] is implied to have done this after his battle with Edward Bay.]]
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: During the FaceDeathWithDignity [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-05-20/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/karma-chameleon/ described above]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Janus:''']] Thank you Silas. It's been... [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder a relentless siege of paranoia]] working for you. No hard feelings about trying to murder you?\\
'''Silas:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner I'd have been genuinely disappointed if you hadn't.]]
* FanonDiscontinuity: In-Universe. According to Eastwood, ''Film/LandOfTheDead'' [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2009-07-25/comic/big-trouble-in-little-taika/digression-is-the-better-part-of-valour/ never happened]].
* FantasticRacism: Eastwood's attitudes toward the people of anyplace he's not from are... undiplomatic... to say the least. Needless to say, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2009-01-17/comic/big-trouble-in-little-taika/bloody-tourists/ this does not go down well with anyone]].
** Although, as Virus put it, Eastwood isn't racist, [[IdiotHero he's just really]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-01-19/comic/little-trouble-in-big-taika/ignoramus-now/ ignorant and stupid]].
** Also, Morth's cult considers those with black-and-white fur/feathers/scales to be superior to all others (the leader is a badger). When Schaffer finds out about it, he tries to have all [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything black-and-white colored people expelled]] from the Inquisition, which... doesn't go over well.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-01-01/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/holiest-of-sanctums/ This comic]] shows an artifact [[LivingBattery with many innocent souls inside]] and is stated to reek "of suffering and torment". The KnightInShiningArmor character does not want it destroyed as that would destroy the souls inside, and says he will have it guarded until its prisoners can be freed... ''the artifact remains two thousand years later'', and the artifact's purpose has clearly been forgotten since Eastwood is using it as a bookend.
* FauxHorrific: What the captured assassin expects in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-02-02/comic/black-and-white/the-soundproofing-also-makes-it-a-good-recording-studio/ this comic]]. He was wrong.
* FiredTeacher: After a disastrous attempt to get the group to teach some up-and-coming inquisitors, the gang are reassigned to "[[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-03-04/comic/back-to-school/brings-new-meaning-to-flipping-them-off/ a job more suited to their abilities.]]" [[note]]Eastwood and Virus are ''not'' amused.[[/note]]
* FlashbackEffects: [[PlayingWithATrope Played]] with in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-01-29/comic/chase-sequence/remember-smitty-and-jonesy/ this]] strip in a LeaningOnTheFourthWall moment.
* FlashbackStares
* FlatEarthAtheist: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2008-04-12/comic/non-storyline/randoms/angel-inside-idiot-outside/ "It's easy. All it takes is a little faith."]]
* FluffyTamer: Virus's definition of cute apparently usually involves fangs, claws, and other pointy things.
-->'''Eastwood:''' The features you find endearing, most '''right-thinking people''' have nightmares about.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Virus's other pet, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-05-28/comic/a-little-blasphemy-never-hurt-anybody/yipee-for-skippy/ Skippy]], a 7'-tall [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Arco-flagellant]].
* FoeTossingCharge: Well, hot dog vendor tossing, jetting through the air, and truck container smashing, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-02-06/comic/chase-sequence/cut-to-the-chase/ but the effect is the same]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Compare [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-06-15/comic/black-and-white/that-eye-also-picks-up-satellite-tv/ this]] to [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-07-29/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/the-black-and-white-beast/ this]].]]
* FourthWallMailSlot: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-06-14/comic/non-storyline/randoms/its-all-fun-and-games-until-high-command-catches-on/ Subverted]].
* FriendToAllChildren: [[HeroicComedicSociopath Lothar Hex]] was originally going to have a soft spot for children, given that he didn't have a happy childhood. It didn't last. [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-01-21/comic/back-to-school/should-we-be-worried-for-our-lives/ So very much.]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-08-16/comic/facilitating-your-demise/what-the-future-holds/ Here.]]
* FurryConfusion
** Despite the fact that anthropomorphic birds exist, Schaeffer's chicken fetish is treated as legit bestiality.
** When a couple cultists mention that they bled some chickens for their spell, the characters initially believe that wouldn't be enough... until they're told that they were actually the cultists' classmates.
* GenreSavvy: Simmons, given that he utilizes the group's insane luck to both complete dangerous missions and win him large bets in the company pool.
** He also predicts the events of [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-07-31/comic/the-cesspool/ultimatum/ comic 372.]] At the same time, Schaeffer plays this straight, [[spoiler:giving Rogue the order to arrest or kill Lothar if there's a betrayal because he knows Eastwood or Virus would not have it in them to attack/kill Lothar.]]
** [[spoiler:Morth]] and Janus [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-04-29/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/bastard-understudy/ play it with a side order of]] AffablyEvil.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Explained [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-08-05/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/australian-rules-chessmaster/ here]] (spoiler warning); basically, greater daemons will fade away unless they have followers to worship them.
** If The Hound's change to an ArmchairMilitary general and increased eloquence is an indication, the nature of a worshiper seems to have an impact on the nature of the deity worshipped.
* GoodIsNotNice: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-08-14/comic/voiding-your-warranty/abused-by-an-angel/ Oh yeah.]]
* GracefulLoser: Morth's top lieutenant [[TheStarscream tries to kill Morth repeatedly]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness when Morth tries to sacrifice him]], but Morth [[OutGambitted outmaneuvers him at every turn.]] When he realizes every one of his machinations have fallen flat, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-05-20/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/karma-chameleon/ he shakes Morth's hand, congratulates him, and asks "no hard feelings?" for the repeated assassination attempts, and Morth responds that he'd have been disappointed if he didn't try]].
* GroinAttack: Also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-12-29/comic/black-and-white/dirty-harry-fights-dirty/ Eastwood]].
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal
** Mostly averted; the majority of the characters we see wear standard clothes or uniforms appropriate to a modern setting. Lothar and Rogue, on the other hand, don't.
** Subverted occasionally: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2009-05-02/comic/big-trouble-in-little-taika/this-cat-has-claws/ Rogue apparently wears shorts as bedclothes.]]
* HalloweenCosplay: Annually; [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-10-31/comic/non-storyline/holiday-comics/turnabout-is-fair-play/ subverted in 2007]] with trick-or-treaters dressed as various characters, but not the cast.
* HeadbuttingHeroes: Lothar and Rogue. It gets played more straight as the comic goes on, coming to a climax in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-07-31/comic/the-cesspool/ultimatum/ this strip]].
* HealThyself: Spoofed in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-07-17/comic/voiding-your-warranty/this-aint-no-game/ this comic]] as Virus encounters a health pack after the group fights off a group of bug monsters, which Lothar points out is also rather cliché....
* HeavenlyBlue: Tyrus's hammer strikes with a blue special effect.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: There are many {{NoodleIncident}}s that come off as this trope, but the [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-12-15/comic/the-b-team/on-the-other-side/ B-Team]] seems to be the most consistent example.
* {{Hellhound}}: The Hound's Greater Daemons.
** Arguably, The Hound himself.
* HeroicComedicSociopath
** Lothar. Oh sweet fucking Jesus, Lothar.
** Although he is the worst, the rest ain't much better.
** The new member, Wildfire, is not sociopathic, at least, as far as we can tell, but she isn't above using ''excessive'' force.
* HiddenDepths: For all that they're made up to be incompetent slackers, there are several occasions where Harry and Syrus demonstrate they ''do'' have functional and even in-depth knowledge of what they're dealing with. Harry, for instance, is able to identify and modify a summoning ritual in minutes, and is noted as the best on the team with surveillance equipment, while Syrus is able to identify by sight the time period and likely creators of a secret, underground tunnel system.
* HollywoodTactics: First panel [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-10-13/comic/black-and-white/i-thought-it-was-the-seat-of-power-personally/ here]]. It's helpful to fit the battle in one panel, but moving in a tight box formation like the soldiers on the left against machine gun emplacement is probably not very smart.
* HolographicTerminal: One of the options for their CABAL units.
* {{Homage}}: It's not clear at the outset, but the whole Black Halo arc is a reference to ''VideoGame/HalfLife''.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Virus falls into this when he considers whether Schaefer is liable to hold a grudge over the extremely expensive Black Halo incident.
-->'''Virus:''' And I don't think he's the kind of bear for personal vendettas.\\
'''Eastwood:''' [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-11-23/comic/voiding-your-warranty/a-fairytale-ending/ We'll see.]]\\
''[later]''\\
'''Lothar:''' [[Literature/GoldilocksAndTheThreeBears Hey, someone broke all our chairs!]]\\
'''Virus:''' Someone's broken our beds!\\
'''Eastwood:''' Someone ate all my porridge!
** [[CrossesTheLineTwice And there's also a dead blonde girl in the refrigerator]]
* HypercompetentSidekick: Simmons, but given the snark and contempt he shows for his superior, he's more of a BeleagueredAssistant.
* HypocriticalHumor: "[[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-01-09/comic/non-storyline/randoms/submitted-for-peer-review/ Hammerspace exists only in Taikan cartoons where everybody has huge eyes and silly-colored hair]]." (While his empty glasses are taken by a waitress with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair hot-pink hair]] and eyes that take up half her face.)
** And [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-07-04/comic/the-cesspool/enquiring-minds-want-the-gossip/ this little exchange]]:
--> '''Kyle:''' They looked legit, how the fuck was I supposed to know?\\
'''Steve:''' Watch your language, you little cunt!
** Also, in one of the first strips, Virus goes into a speech to chastise Eastwood for leaving his badge behind, only to reveal that he had been using his as a paperweight.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Tropes I to Z]]
* IdenticalStranger: There is another Inquisition agent named Damien who looks a lot like Eastwood, and seems to live up to every fantasy Eastwood has about himself. He can even get away with hanging up on Schaefer.
* [[TheInternetIsForPorn The CABAL Database Is for Porn]]: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-03-19/comic/meet-the-crew/the-important-data/ And MP3s]]
* ILied: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-04-08/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/shit-just-got-real/ This comic.]]
--> '''Virus:''' You said no one else would get hurt!\\
'''Cultist:''' [[CardCarryingVillain Patterner cultist, duh.]] You have ''met'' my boss? [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Morth the]] ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Betrayer]]''?
** Subverted in that Janus has his men cease fire and drive off in the very next strip -- apparently, he was satisfied with forcing the Inquisitors to dive for cover.
* IndyPloy: How else do the protagonists get by? [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2009-06-20/comic/big-trouble-in-little-taika/thunder-and-lightning-very-very-frightening/ By killing everything that isn't them.]]
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: The WordOfGod explanation for the [[ThoseTwoGuys wolf and beaver]] in every other cult, seeing as they've been killed at least twice (though they were zombies once).
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Ryoushi's approach to getting the toast out of the evil possessed toaster is to dress up in full ninja fatigues and steal it from above. Also subverted when Rogue mocks the ubiquity of the association of Taika with ninjas [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2009-12-20/comic/the-big-city/bushido-kendo-double-yellow/ in this comic here,]] noting that there are far cooler things in the Mobian equivalent of Japan. Like HumongousMecha and police dressed like samurai. (Shown giving a parking ticket.)
* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-10-13/comic/black-and-white/i-thought-it-was-the-seat-of-power-personally/ subverted]];
--> '''Eastwood''': Lothar, do you think your wraith has enough firepower to blast a hole in the dome?\\
'''Lothar''': Do ''bears'' shit in the ''woods''?\\
'''Virus''': Well, you'd ''think'' so, but you never actually hear anybody complaining they stood in bear shit while out hiking, do you?\\
'''Lothar''': Huh, I guess I'd never really thought of it like that...\\
'''Rogue''': Well if they don't shit in the woods, where ''do'' they shit?\\
'''Eastwood''': '''Could we FOCUS here people?!'''\\
'''Virus''': Also, isn't our ''boss'' a bear?
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Spoofed.
* KillSat: The eponymous Exterminatus.
* KnightOfCerebus: [[CardCarryingVillain Totally]] [[LargeHam subverted]] with Silas Morth.
* KnowsAGuyWhoKnowsAGuy: Eastwood knows a guy who knows a guy that can examine the artifact that a bunch of heavily armed mercenaries tried to steal from them. He forgot exactly ''which'' friend he knew this guy through, though... [[spoiler:which bites him in the ass, since said friend turns out to have been [[EvilFormerFriend Silas Morth]], who is behind the whole operation and is blackmailing the examiner into delivering the artifact to him.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Played straight right after some aborted FlashbackEffects in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-01-29/comic/chase-sequence/remember-smitty-and-jonesy/ this]] strip.
* LeeroyJenkins: Wildfire. She has no patience for complex planning and does whatever enters her head. Needless to say, this frequently causes headaches for the team. This eventually gets her expelled, which is a boon to the team's performance and its sanity.
** And now she has joined an entire team of LeeroyJenkins. [[OhCrap What joy.]]
* LetsGetDangerous: The team does seem to display a certain degree of competence when the chips are down and they stop goofing around. Usually mixed with complete ruthlessness and pragmatic cowardice.
** ''Schaefer'' gets a moment of this in the comic "A++, Would Heroically Struggle To The Death With Again" as, after Eastwood sends him after one "E. Bay" to get him off Kyle's case after it turns out he has been dealing with cultists, as it emerges there really is an Edward Bay, and, judging from the parody of dramatic action movies everywhere, he ''really is a supervillain.'' Schaefer doesn't just win, but does so in ''style''.
--->'''[[WordOfGod Eastwood]]''': Schaeffer might be a moronic sexual deviant, but he’s an Inquisitor, and part of that involves being nigh-on impossible to kill and having a punch that can cold-cock a rhino.
* LongRunner
** The comic itself has been running since 2003.
** In-universe, both ''MidsomerMurders'' and ''Bargain Hunt'' are still running.
* LovableCoward: Virus and Eastwood at times.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Steve, the head of [[GoodGuyBar the Cesspool]],]] is [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-06-12/comic/the-cesspool/old-man/ Lothar's (adoptive) father]], and [[spoiler:Kyle]] is his adoptive brother. None of the other Inquisitors, of course, believed the former.
* MadnessMantra:
-->'''Eastwood:''' [- bigspiders bigbigspiders bigbigbiiigspiders bigbigbigbig... -]
* MeaningfulName: The codenames given to the Taikian Demon Hunters are surprisingly accurate. Rogue is bad at following orders and working with others, and Wildfire is a horrifying combination of LeeroyJenkins, NoKillLikeOverkill, and TriggerHappy all in one cute perky package.
** Janus, one of Morth's servants featured in "The Bookend of Unimanginable Power", is appropriately named for the two-faced Roman god of beginnings, endings, and transitions given he's a chameleon.
* TheMerch: Subverted, as even if the writers wanted to sell printed collections or merchandise, the things the comic is parodying make it awkward. This is, if Creator/{{Sega}}'s lawyers don't go after them first, Creator/GamesWorkshop will.
* MercyKill: Played for laughs.
* [[HumanSacrifice Mobian Sacrifice]]: The Inquisition has to deal with cults on a regular basis. It goes without saying that [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-06-15/comic/black-and-white/that-eye-also-picks-up-satellite-tv/ this]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-10-20/comic/black-and-white/lovecraftian-let-down/ trope]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-05-04/comic/black-and-white/patterner-cults-101/ gets]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2008-08-02/comic/mort-to-it-than-zombies/blood-bucket-now-only-9-99/ invoked]] rather frequently. Bonus points for a discussion of [[VirginSacrifice virgin sacrifices]] near [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2003-11-10/comic/meet-the-crew/i-made-sure-this-time/ the beginning of the strip's run]].
* MoreDakka: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-06-27/comic/voiding-your-warranty/firing-blanks-at-10000-rounds-per-minute/ Predator XXL-99 Minigun]]. Shortly after introducing it, 'dakka' is used as a [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-09-05/comic/voiding-your-warranty/maybe-less-dakka-wouldve-been-advisable/ sound effect.]]\\\
[[CoolButInefficient Too bad the ammo pack weighs as much as a heavyweight boxer and it's powered by either volatile plasma batteries or inadequately shielded nuclear material.]] Given Lothar's comment, most likely the latter.
-->'''Lothar:''' Ah well, never wanted kids anyway.
** Turns out it's actually the plasma battery version, but Eastwood dislikes the idea of exploding just as much as dying of radiation poisoning.
* MundaneUtility:
** To say that the others [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-05-14/comic/non-storyline/guest-comics/its-not-good-for-your-eyesight-either/ misuse]] Rogue's beam sword is a bit of an [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2008-11-24/comic/big-trouble-in-little-taika/mundane-utility/ understatement]].
** Eastwood uses an ancient artifact which contains thousands of souls as a ''bookend''. Even after it's stolen and he finds out what it really is, his primary motivation for getting it back is because he needs a bookend.
-->'''Rogue:''' Will you stop calling it a '''''bookend'''''! We've '''''established''''' that it's an '''''ancient evil artifact''''', a '''''vessel of souls''''', the '''''key''''' to a '''''dark ritual'''''!\\
'''Eastwood:''' That is the best sodding bookend I've ever owned, and I'll be '''''damned''''' if I'm forking out ''upwards of ten quid'' for a new one!
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: The entire main cast, ''especially'' Lothar.
* MustHaveCaffeine: You touch Eastwood's coffee, he will break your arm. He even refers to [[ProductPlacement Nescafe]] as "her". Eastwood is holding Lothar's ''robotic arm'' when he threatens to break it.
* MythologyGag: Filler strips occasionally poke fun at ''Sonic'', such as [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2008-08-30/comic/non-storyline/guest-comics/simon-king-a-gag-well-done/ suggesting Dr. Robotnik is actually an inquisitor pursuing the blue hedgehog]], and another where the main characters [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2008-09-27/comic/non-storyline/filler-art/to-catch-a-werehog/ hunt down Sonic]] for his [[SonicUnleashed lycanthropic turn]].
* NaiveNewcomer: Wildfire seemed to be. On her first mission, not satisfied with being a reserve wincher in a helicopter-based operation where melee isn't an option, she bugged the remaining members for a bigger role. Lothar gave the rookie one: looking after his hat while acting as a reserve wincher. While she didn't lose the hat, she did screw up the mission, and later freely admitted she's new at this.
-->'''Wildfire:''' ''Success'' rate... uh, I'm ''new''.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Non-evil variant in Yuri's codename, Wildfire. It sounds like some sort of pretentious, [[{{Narm}} narmy]] name that this comic pokes fun at all the time. [[MeaningfulName It's]] [[DidntThinkThisThrough not]].
* NiceHat: Lothar certainly wears one (now with asbestos coating!). Two if you count his ''{{Firefly}}'' Viewing Hat.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero
** [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-05-02/comic/team-scramble/subverting-averting-and-playing-expectations-straight/ Dammit, Wildfire.]]
** HypocriticalHumor: The rest of the gang really have [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-08-27/comic/mandatory-suicide/the-best-laid-plans/ no]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2006-03-24/comic/home-alone/white-collar-crime/ right]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2006-05-19/comic/home-alone/dead-or-uh-dead/ to]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2008-05-10/comic/mort-to-it-than-zombies/out-with-a-bang/ criticize]] her.
** They do now, given that the gang has never, ever broke it ''[[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-09-19/comic/voiding-your-warranty/a-toast-to-absent-friends/ that]]'' badly.
** Luckily for her, [[spoiler:it was subverted by the scientist, who turned the situation to his advantage.]]
** [[spoiler:...and now she's apparently screwed up all over again. "[[LampshadeHanging She was almost on a roll]]" indeed.]]
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Played straight and lampshaded [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-06-01/comic/black-and-white/a-tasty-morsel/ thoroughly]]. And then [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-06-22/comic/black-and-white/rohypnol-and-romance/ subverted]]. He's smarter than he seems.
* NonIndicativeName: There's been one Exterminatus in ten years of comics.
* NonMammalMammaries: Jamilla.
* NoodleIncident
** This gag is pulled pretty frequently, but the most obvious one (largely due to its status as a RunningGag) is some horrific vehicular accident caused by Virus in the past.
** And it still hasn't been said what happened to Smitty and Jonesy (who Rogue and Lothar were hired to replace, due to some no doubt horrible incident).
* NoSympathy:
** Virus [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-10-24/comic/voiding-your-warranty/naive-annihilator/ doesn't exactly show a lot of sympathy to Lewis]], who lost his entire team and his career to the Black Halo incident.
--->'''Virus:''' Professor? You OK?\\
'''Lewis:''' Well my colleagues and friends are all dead, my workplace destroyed, and my career down the toilet.\\
'''Virus:''' Yes, but are you '''alive?'''\\
'''Lewis:''' I guess so.\\
'''Virus:''' That's all I asked, didn't need your life story.
** Wildfire immediately proceeds to make a comment so... ''naive'' that Virus responds by [[InstantSedation smothering her with a chloroform hanky.]]
* NotQuiteSavedEnough: The antelope guy in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-02-21/comic/chase-sequence/safety-guaranteed/ this strip]] finally asked for protective custody. [[spoiler:He didn't get it.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Mocked [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-12-09/comic/facilitating-your-demise/lets-rob-a-liquour-store-on-the-way-home/ here]].
* OhCrap
** When Jamilla has infiltrated a demonic cult and is transmitting footage from the leader speaking to his followers:
--->'''Morth:''' We need but [[PoweredByAForsakenChild one more sacrifice]] to bring about the great daemon of our lord, the Patterner. Now we only need to ask ourselves: '''Who''' shall this person be. '''Who''' shall be the last person to give their life for our cause. '''Who'''.... is that bitch with the video camera?\\
'''Jamilla:''' Oh shitbiscuits...
** [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-10-03/comic/voiding-your-warranty/she-was-almost-on-a-roll/ ...one by one... in the proper sequence...]] Wildfire, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero what have you done?!]]... [[LeeroyJenkins again?]]
** When their boss realizes that not only has he lost billions with the destruction of the facility, but he can't blame it on the team because it was an illegal black ops facility and therefore did not officially exist.
** When Rogue goes so far as to say he would not only kill Lothar, but his ''entire adopted family'', over what he perceived to be a cover-up of criminal activities; Eastwood and Virus have a very appropriate reaction (namely, staring wide-eyed and slowly shuffling away from [[UnstoppableRage the carnage about to unfold]]).
** When Eastwood remembers he became connected to the antique dealer Marley, the guy he left the artifact with, through [[spoiler:Silas Morth]].
** ''Everyone in the room'' when Virus manages to screw up [[spoiler:Morth]]'s daemon summoning ritual [[spoiler:by [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-06-13/comic/voiding-your-warranty/any-questions/ swapping the intended Patterner daemon with a greater daemon of war]]]].
** Just when you think [[spoiler:Morth]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-07-29/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/the-black-and-white-beast/ is down for the count...]]
--->'''Rogue:''' Uh, the corpse is ''laughing.''\\
'''Lothar:''' [[CaptainObvious That's rarely a good sign.]]
** And now [[spoiler:Morth]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-08-19/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/someone-your-own-size/ joins the fun]].
* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: ''Fused'' with a (not very) BadassCreed.
-->'''Code of the Daemon Hunters:''' [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-04-26/comic/non-storyline/randoms/ancient-multi-purpose-items-rock/ Daemons are bad. Kill daemons. Also, remember milk, cereal, and bread.]]
* OneIPreparedEarlier: the introduction of the Seducers.
* OneNationUnderCopyright: The United Corporate Collective of Rodina.
** Based on [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-11-11/comic/drink-the-cool-ade/the-smell-of-soda-in-the-morning/#comments this strip]], they do seem prone to WarForFunAndProfit.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Virus; Rogue. And now, Wildfire.
** It's more that their real names are hard to pronounce (Syrus Zuviel, Ryoushi Nekittou, and Yuri Keila, respectively).
*** [[Film/ConAir Syrus the Virus]]?
* OnlySaneMan: Sebastian, on the C team. The others were quite happy to have [[MeaningfulName Wildfire]] join them. This would also make him the most literal example of this trope.
* OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe: This happens to Eastwood after Jamilla kisses his cheek after he distracts a would-be assassin long enough for him to be captured.
-->'''Eastwood:''' It's... uh... a roll of mints!\\
'''Jamilla:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny You must like em, it feels half-empty.]]
* OutGambitted: PlayedForLaughs [[http://www.exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-05-20/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/karma-chameleon/ here]].
-->'''Morth:''' And now, as promised... ''[[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness your reward]]''.\\
'''Janus:''' '''''Wait!''''' I '''''poisoned''''' your chalice!\\
'''Morth:''' Of course you did. That's why I took the antidote before you arrived.\\
'''Janus:''' The antidote vial was '''''also''''' poison.\\
'''Morth:''' '''''This''''' vial was. You didn't know about '''''this''''' one.\\
'''Janus:''' But '''''you''''' didn't know your handmaiden was loyal to '''''me'''''.\\
'''Morth:''' ''[is stabbed by handmaiden, but stands up unharmed as she grins at Janus]'' Had you going. She's loyal to me -- trick blade.\\
'''Janus:''' The IED in your bed?\\
'''Morth:''' Already in your sock drawer.\\
'''Janus:''' Sarin in your shower stall?\\
'''Morth:''' Check your cologne spritzer.\\
'''Janus:''' ''[draws gun]'' Replaced with blanks?\\
'''Morth:''' Afraid so.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Each of the Justice Gods has their own kind of angel: Tyrusian angels are of the stereotypical kind and are mainly warriors. Mort has gargoyles (see below) and Watchers, which guard graveyards. Ahriman has Muses, which impart information.
* OurGargoylesRock: Sentient Gargoyles are the angels of Mort, and defend the cemeteries sacred to him.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: In the Cesspool arc, [[spoiler:Rogue goes from a snarky, but loyal friend and ally to an ultra paranoid KnightTemplar willing to betray his allies just to satiate his grudge against Lothar.]]
** [[spoiler: To be fair, Rogue was under the impression that Lothar's family was actually a scam to prevent the Inquisition from discovering whatever criminal conspiracy they were up to, mainly because he simply couldn't believe that someone as [[HeroicComedicSociopath sociopathic]] as Lothar would care for anyone.]]
* PaintingTheMedium: Barring Schaeffer, characters with an otherworldly presence are given specialized speech bubbles based on what jurisdiction they're from.
* ParallelPornTitles: [[Franchise/MassEffect Ass Effect 2]].
-->"I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favourite position on the Citadel."
* PassThePopcorn: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2013-12-08/comic/the-b-team/whos-your-daddy-issue/ Rogue's reaction to Eastwood attempting to sweet-talk a traffic warden.]]
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-05-22/comic/the-cesspool/choose-something-memorable/ and parodied]].
* PetTheDog: Lothar's surprising preparedness to bust his [[spoiler:adoptive brother Kyle]] out of captivity, turning ''instantly'' against his employers to do so. Eastwood, [[{{Jerkass}} of course]], doesn't miss an opportunity to have a dig at the echidna for showing a glimmer of empathy.
-->'''Eastwood:''' I know what it's like to be willing to do anything for people you actually... '''care''' about. \\
'''Lothar:''' ''[with angry pointing]'' '''You shut your whore mouth!'''
* PyrrhicVillainy: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-08-05/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/australian-rules-chessmaster/ Subverted]]:
-->'''Eastwood:''' Ah, you ''have'' thought ahead, then. [[LampshadeHanging I was hoping this was one of those deals]] where [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the villain's shortsighted greed becomes his own downfall.]] \\
'''[[spoiler:Morth]]:''' You should have learned by now that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy I'm always the type to plot, scheme and contrive.]] But for the next five minutes, [[PreAssKickingOneLiner I will crush, rend and disembowel...]]
* PornStash: Eastwood has the biggest known porn stash in the world, to the point where it once crashed the Inquisition's database.
* ProductPlacement: Everything from Irn Bru to Intel technology. Look closer at the supposed Intel logo.
* RageBreakingPoint: Lothar has one [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-10-29/comic/non-storyline/holiday-comics/hexs-chainsaw-massacre/ here]].
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The whole team.
-->'''Simmons:''' I hardly think we'd have ''two'' teams made up of an arrogant Taikan, a sociopathic cyborg, a womanizing feral, and a just plain stupid rodent.\\
'''Eastwood:''' Oh, I get it. You're saying that it's our team's uniqueness that makes us so effective.\\
'''Simmons:''' No, I'm saying that you have a seemingly endless reserve of [[PlotArmor sheer dumb luck]], and [[GenreSavvy I want to capitalise on it]].
* ReadingYourRights: Done [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2003-11-17/comic/meet-the-crew/partys-over-lads/ here]] when Eastwood and Virus come to arrest some cultists. Eastwood starts to recite the traditional MirandaRights, then cracks up halfway and admits that they don't have any rights.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Referenced when Eastwood says failing on a mission will mean being sent to the south pole watch stations.
* RecklessGunUsage: Virus [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-07-03/comic/voiding-your-warranty/monopolytheism/ has]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-07-11/comic/voiding-your-warranty/who-waits-forever-anywa-ay/ to]] keep pointing the scientist's gun somewhere else.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Eastwood gets them, again while Lothar is trying to take his coffee. Lothar's cyborg eye is always red.
* RedHerring: Used and lampshaded at the end of the cool-ade arc. [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2013-01-22/comic/drink-the-cool-ade/available-in-new-red-herring-flavour/ Turns out that]] the [[spoiler:cult were actually a bunch of idiots who killed themselves and never had a chance of success]] and that the [[spoiler:war actually had no demonic influence]] and really was just a [[spoiler:regular war]]. It's even lampshaded in the url.
* RedRightHand
** Lothar's right hand actually is red.
** Meanwhile, on the ''other'' side (because calling it the ''evil'' side doesn't really provide much contrast), Morth's left eye also qualifies.
* ReferenceOverdosed
* ReplacementScrappy: Wildfire was an in-universe case. While Eastwood was initially [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-03-11/comic/team-scramble/welcome-to-the-both-of-you/ happy]] to have [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-03-21/comic/team-scramble/the-international-language-of-lewd/ a cute girl]] on the team, her LeeroyJenkins attitude, NoKillLikeOverkill behavior, and her being TooDumbToLive in general got on everyone's nerves. [[HeroicComedicSociopath Lothar]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-11-14/comic/voiding-your-warranty/switcheroo/ actually]] ''[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness hugged]]'' Rogue when he came back.
* ReverseThePolarity: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-09-26/comic/voiding-your-warranty/applied-technobabblonics/ Done]] and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded.]] The "reverse the polarity" switch is on a wall next to the "[[TimTaylorTechnology divert all power to engines]]," "[[ForbiddenChekhovsGun cross the streams]]," and "[[DeflectorShields reroute through main deflector]]" switches.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Eastwood's Magnum, modified to [[CountingBullets fire 7 bullets instead of the standard 6]]. Yes, he thinks he's Film/DirtyHarry. Though according to him, they only call him that when he hasn't washed for a week, or because of his PornStash, [[LongList his personality]]... No-one's ever called him that, he just made it up.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: Fans misspell Rogue's name so often that it's [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] on the [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/cast cast page]].
* RuleThirtyFour: In the manga store.
-->'''Lothar:''' Guys, I have a new addition to the list of [[BrainBleach things I didn't need to know]]. "How well hung [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] is."
* RunningGag
** Virus's tail getting caught as the team escapes, and Virus's apparent vehicular ineptitude.
** The team messing up their missions by either killing/injuring people they intend to bring in for questioning, or blowing up needed evidence.
** The toaster getting possessed by technology daemons.
** A recent one is Wildfire being unable to identify or remember details about daemons, despite being a daemon hunter.
* SayMyName: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-07-01/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/where-were-we/ MOORRRRTH! EASTWOOOOD!]] PlayedForLaughs, naturally.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2014-07-13/comic/tangled-web/time-and-relative-dimensions/ This page]] features a textbook example of [[Creator/MCEscher Escher's]] {{Bizarrchitecture}} room. Starts out being played straight, then... devolves into...
* SelectiveObliviousness: Wildfire [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-05-09/comic/team-scramble/suddenly-words-thousands-of-them/ seems to have this in spades]] regarding Blasphemy's daemonic heritage, the possessed toaster, and the existence of echidnas.
** [[WordofGod It has been stated]], particularly on the [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/cast cast page]], that echidna ''are'' considered extinct by pretty much ''everybody''. Lothar is a one-off exception.
* SeriousBusiness: Making a perfect BLT sandwich is a rite of passage in the EN universe.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Combined with a WallOfText, and for humor, paired off with its inverse, LaymansTerms. Seen [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-06-13/comic/voiding-your-warranty/any-questions/ here]].
* ShaggyDogStory: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-02-21/comic/chase-sequence/safety-guaranteed/ This moment.]] [[BlackComedy Bwahaha]][[BloodyHilarious hahahaha!!!]]
** Also, the entire [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-11-11/comic/drink-the-cool-ade/the-smell-of-soda-in-the-morning/ ''Drink The Cool-Ade'' Story Arc.]]
* ShareTheMalePain: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-09-23/comic/facilitating-your-demise/emphatically-denied/ (WHUNCH!!)]] Look at 'em cringe! Even though they're ''off panel',' you just ''know'' the evil scientists are cringing too.
* ShoutOut: Now with [[ShoutOut/ExterminatusNow its own subpage]].
* SkilledButNaive: Wildfire. She's a talented fighter and a prodigy with dual beam swords, but she's not very good at listening to orders and has a habit of wrecking any training room she enters.... After the Black Halo incident, she's really moving out of SkilledButNaive and into IdiotHero. [[TooDumbToLive Turns out it wasn't just lack of experience...]]
* TheSmurfettePrinciple
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and mocked in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2006-01-13/comic/facilitating-your-demise/derogatory-deviations/ this strip]].
** Played straight with Wildfire, but they manage to keep away from most of the cliche female tropes by making her SkilledButNaive. Sure, she can somersault from a helicopter and slice an armored truck in half... but they ''needed'' that truck.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Rogue in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2003-12-12/comic/meet-the-crew/not-really-getting-to-them/ this]] strip.
* SpeechBubbles: Schaefer speaks with black bubbles and white text; the Gods all have their own speech bubbles and typefaces.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2014-01-18/comic/non-storyline/randoms/everchosen/ As of this strip,]] Eastwood and the gang [[spoiler: have killed their universe's version of Horus...]] on accident.
* SpinoffBabies: Parodied in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2006-10-13/comic/non-storyline/randoms/better-luck-with-the-anime-spin-off/ this filler strip]].
* StacysMom: The reason Virus took 5 years worth of Daemonology studies? [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-05-27/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/hot-for-teacher/ Because Inquisitor Bexley was a MILF]].
* StalkerWithACrush: Eastwood violently protects the gifts he gets from his ex-girlfriend, and [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2008-09-20/comic/non-storyline/randoms/eastwoods-last-girlfriend/ had her new boyfriend put to death for Heresy]]. The fact that he actually ''was'' a heretic [[IMeantToDoThat was only found out afterward]].
* TheStarscream: Since the Patterner is basically the god of ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, this is expected. The BigBad and TheStarscream have a good laugh after the former calls the latter loyal.
** And after TheStarscream is OutGambitted:
-->'''Janus:''' Thank you Silas. It has been... a relentless siege of constant paranoia working for you. No hard feelings about trying to murder you?\\
'''Silas:''' I'd have been genuinely disappointed if you hadn't.
* StealthPun: Followers of the Mortish religion would be [[spoiler:Mortishians.]]
* StockBritishPhrases: The creators are all Brits after all, though they don't overdo it.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Even though Morth ''is'' a Patterner cult master and more intelligent than Eastwood, he's still not above copping a feel from an unconscious Jamilla.
* StuffedInTheFridge: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-11-23/comic/voiding-your-warranty/a-fairytale-ending/ Parodied]].
* SuicideMission
* SummonBiggerFish: [[spoiler:Eastwood locks up Daemon Morth with a more powerful and very angry hound demon.]]
* SuperiorSuccessor: Inquisitor Damien's bio mentions that he is a good agent not because, but ''in spite'' of who trained him. [[WildMassGuessing More than one reader]] suggested that he was trained by Eastwood.
* SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder: Schaefer usually has the gang sent off to do some incredibly dangerous mission specifically because they're a bunch of frakkers who no-one would care to see the back of. As a result, they frequently don't get the job done too well. However, their tenacity at surviving numerous operations where their command staff are explicitly trying to get them killed off means that Schaefer tends to go to them first if there is a genuine need for a group of inquisitors with a record for pulling off {{Suicide Mission}}s.
* SurroundedByIdiots
** [[spoiler:Subverted and justified; Morth intentionally recruits Mooks too dumb to realize he intends to sacrifice them en masse]].
** Lothar feels this way at times, mind. "THE WHOLE WORLD IS TRYING TO STUPID ME TO DEATH!"
*** That's also Lothar's general feelings towards forum members.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] with Wildfire, since Rogue decided to go back home for some training. Subverted in that Wildfire is quite different to Rogue as a character.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Subverted.
-->'''Townsend:''' I told them that [the tag on the spy camera] should say "Not the Property of the Mobian Inquisition".\\
'''Morth:''' [[SarcasmMode Yes, because that would have fooled me completely.]]
* SweatDrop: Used in [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-02-11/comic/back-to-school/master-of-disguise-fail/ this strip]].
* TeamPet: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-07-23/comic/a-little-blasphemy-never-hurt-anybody/schaefer-chickens-out/ Blasphemy]], a [[SonicTheHedgehog Chao]] who undergoes a [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-07-16/comic/a-little-blasphemy-never-hurt-anybody/chao-not-so-bella/ radical transformation]] after a daemon encounter. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] during [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-05-28/comic/a-little-blasphemy-never-hurt-anybody/yipee-for-skippy/ its introduction]].
* {{Technobabble}}: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-09-26/comic/voiding-your-warranty/applied-technobabblonics/ "Oh thank the Gods for legitimate, fact-based Science!]]
* TemptingFate: Twice, to the extent they're just ''asking'' for it.
* TerribleArtist: Lothar [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-08-06/comic/non-storyline/randoms/sketchbook-comedy/ can't draw for beans]]. Doubles as a DevelopmentGag.
* ThinkerPose: Virus does it [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-08-27/comic/mandatory-suicide/the-best-laid-plans/ here]].
* ThoseTwoGuys: Wolf and Beaver. [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-08-09/comic/the-cesspool/clobberin-time/ Lampshaded here.]] [[spoiler:Even dying can't keep them away.]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: Syrus and Rogue are closest to this, though in differing ways. Syrus is the least assholish of the team, but Rogue seems to be the one who most consistently demonstrates some semblance of caring for the cause. For example, he criticizes the team's [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2008-07-26/comic/graveyard-shift/for-cheap-thrills-just-add-voodoo/ irreverent response to necromancy]], [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2008-08-16/comic/graveyard-shift/conflicting-tastes-in-fashion/ points out that the teens Syrus is bemoaning for wasting for their potential on ignorant games committed murder]], [[spoiler: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-07-31/comic/the-cesspool/ultimatum/ is prepared to take on Lothar and the Cesspool when he mistakenly assumes they are running a scam to prevent the Inquisition from discovering a criminal conspiracy]]]], and [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2013-04-07/comic/non-storyline/randoms/second-to-nun/ expresses outrage over Lothar's reckless endangerment and injury of innocent people when attempting to snipe a target.]]
* TooDumbToLive
** Either Virus or Eastwood, [[IdiotBall at times]].
** Wildfire is a lot more consistent in this regard. She was kicked off the team as a result.
** Anybody who tries to pull one over the head of a Patterner cultist.
** The town full of cultists in the RedHerring arc. [[spoiler:They ground themselves into drink mix as part of a crazy plan to turn their leader into a gestalt psychic entity. Their leader then drank himself into a diabetic coma while drinking his followers and drowned himself. Even better, this plan had nothing to do with any of the actual supernatural forces in the setting and had no chance of succeeding. The idiots somehow came up with this crazy idea all by themselves.]]
* TriggerHappy
** Eastwood, so very, very much.
-->'''Eastwood:''' Look, mistakes were made, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2006-05-19/comic/home-alone/dead-or-uh-dead/ people were shot]]--\\
'''Virus:''' ''Four'' times.\\
'''Eastwood:''' It's easy to point fingers. Let's just put it behind us and move on shall we? I'm going to bed... And it was '''three''' times, the second one only grazed him.
** Wildfire manages to be this despite wielding a [[LaserBlade Beam Sword]], destroying a truck full of needed evidence, almost killing an angel with a panicked sword attack, destroying a panel for something that subsequently summons a huge-ass army of daemons on them, ''and'' destroying the circuit breakers in such a fashion that Black Halo essentially '''implodes'''.
* TrueCompanions: ''Not'' the main characters, gods no. But [[IdenticalStranger Damien]] has a team like this, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2013-04-14/comic/non-storyline/randoms/lights-camaraderie-action/ shown here]], contrasted with Eastwood's team for RuleOfFunny.
* UnflinchingWalk: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-09-27/comic/the-cesspool/a-would-heroically-struggle-to-the-death-with-again/ Schaefer shows you how it's done]].
* TheUnpronounceable: As with so many other tropes on this page, parodied [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2007-06-08/comic/black-and-white/not-even-a-redeeming-surname/ here]].
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: All main characters. Except Wildfire.
* UpToEleven: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-06-05/comic/voiding-your-warranty/yes-hes-still-talking/ This strip.]] "On a scale of one to ten, how completely fucked are we?"
* VanHelsingHateCrimes: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2008-07-05/comic/mort-to-it-than-zombies/just-minding-my-own-business-when-all-of-a-sudden/ What did those poor zombies ever do to you, Lothar? You too, Rogue!]]
* VerticalMechaFins: On the [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2009-12-20/comic/little-trouble-in-big-taika/bushido-kendo-double-yellow/ Taikan mecha]].
* VisualPun: Inquisitor Bexley was a milf. [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-05-27/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/hot-for-teacher/ Or, to put it another way, she's a cougar.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: Rogue and Lothar; see above. It's a miracle they haven't killed each other. Eastwood and Morth were also this since infancy, though Eastwood eventually got even.
* [[WallOfText Wall Of]] {{Technobabble}}: Professor Lewis does this when explaining why using Exterminatus on the Black Halo facility is a bad idea. This utterly confuses the protagonists, forcing Lewis to summarize it as "[[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-06-13/comic/voiding-your-warranty/any-questions/ Shiny void rift plus big space gun make world go 'splodey]]".
* WaveMotionGun: The eponymous [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-11-11/comic/facilitating-your-demise/though-technically-its-a-giant-space-laser/ Exterminatus]].
* WeaksauceWeakness: Lothar is somewhat claustrophobic (see FunnyBackgroundEvent above).
* WeaponOfChoice: On the surprisingly still-relevant cast page.
* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-05-23/comic/voiding-your-warranty/test-card-fffffffffffff/ Complete with parody Test Card]].
* WeDoTheImpossible
* WeMeetAgain: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-04-16/comic/meet-the-crew/the-direct-solution/ The possessed toaster.]]
* WeWantOurJerkBack: Although he's a bigger jerk himself, Lothar's attitude towards Rogue after suffering the presence of his replacement, [[IdiotHero Wildfire]], for a few missions.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Eastwood's arachnophobia. (Both the character and author.)
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises
** [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-10-03/comic/voiding-your-warranty/she-was-almost-on-a-roll/ When the professor of extradimensional physics is at a dead run on his way out of the facility,]] you should ''probably'' [[DontAskJustRun follow behind him.]]
** [[OhCrap Oh]] [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2011-07-31/comic/the-cesspool/ultimatum/ crap]].
* WorldBuilding: Given that the comic was built as a parody of what was originally the makings of a DarkFic with a crossover of SonicTheHedgehog and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} PlayedForDrama instead of [[PlayedForLaughs laughs]], there's a fair bit of original universe building in the setting, though it generally is only referred to in passing due (thankfully) to the focus on comedy and satire.
* YouDoNotWantToKnow: [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-10-24/comic/voiding-your-warranty/naive-annihilator/ Why does Virus have chloroform?]]
-->'''Eastwood''': Why do you--?\\
'''Virus''': Only finish the question if you ''really'' want to know the answer.\\
'''Eastwood''': ''[zipping gesture to his lips]''
* YouGetWhatYouPayFor: A [[ObviouslyEvil Bad Guy]] hires three teams of mercenaries to steal something from the main characters. [[http://www.exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-01-16/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/international-man-of-mercenary/ Except he goes over budget hiring the first two]] (Expies of the [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 BLU Team]] and the TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles respectively), he hires as the third team a gang of the Mobius equivalent of chavs for "Two litres of White Lightning and a carton of fags". Which they accept. The first two teams break into the house and get killed by Eastwood's [[BrickJoke mechanical attack chicken]], [[TeamPet Blasphemy]], and the possessed toaster. The chavs are arrested by the police before they even try.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Presenting [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-02-15/comic/the-big-city/oh-for-gruss-sake/ Pedobear]].
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: [[spoiler:At the end of the Bookend story arc, Lothar edits Morth's ascension footage into just Demon!Morth getting killed by the Greater Demon and uploads it to "[=VoodooTube=]". Cue several comments calling it "fake".]]
-->'''danthe57:''' It's totally fake, you can see the zipper at 1:14\\
'''coffeepoweredrobot:''' what porgram did u use for the cgi i have 3dsmax show me how u did it!!!!
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