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[[caption-width-right:256:[-From left to right: [[OnlySaneWoman Florence]], [[LoveableRogue Sam]], and [[CloudCuckoolander Helix]], crew of the ''Savage Chicken''.-] ]]

''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ Freefall]]'' is a [[WebcomicsLongRunners long-running webcomic]] (over 2400 strips as of November 2013, starting in 1998) by Mark Stanley. Starting with the April 19, 2006 strip it's been colored mostly by colorist George Peterson. Set on a planet in the early stages of terraforming, the strip deals with the antics of alien spaceship "captain" Sam Starfall, his robot friend Helix, and their Bowman's Wolf engineer Florence Ambrose.

One of the last words one would use to describe Sam is "trustworthy". He's [[CloudCuckoolander not always the brightest]] and is a petty crook (at least by human standards). It's a wonder he hasn't gotten himself killed yet, although the local [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01022.htm police]] may have something to do with this. He can be summed up as "a larcenous squid in an environment suit."

Helix has the mind of a child, and were he human, a weak stomach. He's described by Florence in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00234.htm one strip]] as being "one of those robots who faints at the sight of battery acid." That being said, life with Sam has made him considerably more savvy, and he's quite a good person.

Florence, an anthropomorphic genetically-engineered red wolf, is one of the most intelligent members of the entire cast (not just the main characters). Intelligent, strong-willed and skilled, she's good at pointing out flaws in Sam's plan, fixing things to stop them from getting killed, and making new plans. While she isn't as... ''chaotic'' as Sam, her ethics and her intelligence prove to be a good way of getting people on her side.

For a humorous comic, ''Freefall'' actually [[Mohs/OneBigLie packs a lot of real-world science]] into its science-fiction setting. Most of it is pretty accurate, especially regarding space travel and physics -- the author often [[ShownTheirWork likes to show his work]].

''Freefall'' has a [[http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Freefall WikiFur article,]] after TheOtherWiki removed its entry due to lack of notability under Wikipedia guidelines.

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!! ''Freefall'' contains examples of:

* AbsentAliens: No, but {{invoked}}. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fv01349.htm Sort of.]]
-->'''Sam:''' Any time spacefaring aliens make it to Earth, the cows get them!
* AccidentalPervert: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Florence while being held by Clippy. She needed to use the bathroom, and when the man holding [[RestrainingBolt her remote]] tried to take her back, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02438.htm she took her shirt off and screamed at him]]. This distracted him long enough for Florence to steal and destroy the remote.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01705.htm "My stories are much more convincing when I have no idea of what's impossible."]]
* ADogAteMyHomework:
** Florence was asked [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00463.htm in this strip]] if her owner ever asked her to eat his homework. She replies "Of course not, it was all done on the computer. He taught me how to delete it instead."
** Referenced in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01915.htm this strip,]] where destroying a potentially dangerous sticky note by eating it is the least problematic disposal method.
* AesopAmnesia: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00577.htm The owner of "Ba Da Boom's Explosives"]] seems to suffer from this. Despite his shop relocating three times, he still smokes around explosives.
* AirVentPassageway: Subverted.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Even when the details of an artificial mind are carefully planned, there are ''always'' unexpected results. Or [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01613.htm obviously necessary]] feature [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01618.htm requests.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01624.htm Overdue,]] actually.
* AlienAbduction: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01212.htm Sort of.]] But not with cows. Or at least not any more.
* AlienLunch: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00427.htm Puffed Locust.]]
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Florence, who is actually a red wolf. Not that this matters to the robots (or children) who see her. According to Florence, red wolves were chosen for genetic modification because of their taxonomic similarity to domestic dogs.
-->"'''DOGGY!'''"
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Florence Ambrose is pursuing a very relaxed and intelligent nice guy, but has a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01089.htm brilliant theory]] as to why this occurs, and why there are so damned ''many'' Bad Boys in the world.
* AllThereInTheManual: [[http://home.comcast.net/~ccdesan/Freefall/Freefall_Backstory.html This one.]]
* AlmostKiss: At the end of the first date between Winston and Florence, they lean in for a kiss but get interrupted by [[MoodKiller a shout about a man kissing a dog, from a boy watching from a nearby window.]]
* AmnesiaDanger: [[spoiler: Florence]] gets into this when at the EU facility for testing and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Kornada]] realizes she's at least partly aware of his plans. With help [[spoiler:from Sam Starfall]] she gets out of it.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Referenced [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01524.htm here.]]
* AndroidsArePeopleToo: ''Freefall'' has RidiculouslyHumanRobots and an UpliftedAnimal heroine. Robots elsewhere than on Jean are simply machines with no sense of self, and are treated as such, and most of the antagonists of the story persist in treating Jean's robots the same way. Anyone who's actually ''talked'' to a robot, however, has realized that they're self-aware and thoroughly human. This leads to major problems when [[spoiler:Ecosystems Unlimited prepares a 'bug-fix' that Florence sees as a mass lobotomy aimed on a sophont race]].
* AnimalsHateHim: Animals ''love'' Sam. He's ''delicious''! [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Even to herbivores]]!
* AmoralAttorney:
-->'''Sam:''' I actually like lawyers. It's nice that the human race has a subspecies that makes me look good by comparison."
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** The second panel of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01784.htm this strip.]]
--->'''The Mayor:''' [[ComedicSociopathy I'll rip his tentacles off!]] [[Literature/AChristmasCarol I'll boil him in pudding]] [[NoKillLikeOverkill and drive]] [[NorseMythology a stake of mistletoe]] [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice through his heart!]] [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment I'll have him tied to a post and forced to attend every single budget meeting for the next century!]]
** Max Post has an arrest warrant put out for him for hacking, unauthorized access to robotic operating systems, and [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02012.htm jailbreaking a PS3.]]
** Strangely averted [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01751.htm here]], with a baker listing insane theories of the possible danger of money offered by Sam. The unremarkable one is in the middle instead of at the end.
--->"It's counterfeit! It's been licked by a cat! It's radioactive!"
* ArtEvolution: To be expected in a 14-year-old comic, although the change is relatively modest.
* ArtificialBrilliance: In-universe case. The primary robots don't count, being a case of InstantAIJustAddWater instead, but Dvorak's creations are another matter. Due to writing simple programs without necessarily considering the consequences, a number of his inventions display unexpected emergent behavior. For example, the waffle irons have batteries, and are programmed to recharge once they begin to run low. They went carnivorous.
* ArtificialGravity: The satellite delivery story arc goes out of its way to demonstrate the lack of artificial gravity. The various nods of clothing and gear to the lack of a convenient gravity quite a way down [[http://home.comcast.net/~ccdesan/Freefall/Freefall_Backstory.html#Flo-Details this page]] (almost right before the details section for Sam Starfall).
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: [[spoiler:Kornada]]'s ignorance of economics is near-total, as evinced by [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02077.htm his remarks here]] on his scheme to [[spoiler:wipe out the robot population in order to steal some of their money]].
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: {{In-universe}} examples: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00515.htm Sam Starfall fails physics forever,]] but then [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00516.htm so did Ecosystems Unlimited.]] Even worse, not just ''physics''. '''''[[UpToEleven Basic geometry]]'''''.
* AsideGlance: Winston gives the audience a knowing look [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00485.htm here.]]
* ASimplePlan: Unusually, with the heroes on the ''foiling'' side of the equation, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02011.htm Florence's reconstruction]] of the plot behind Kornada's plan [[spoiler:for the robot war]].
* AssShove: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00362.htm Florence asks Winston to use an oral thermometer to check her temperature]] after her dunk in the ocean, noting that she's not going to bite it due to her being intelligent (vice the nonsapient animals a vet would normally see in their job), setting up the expectation of a rectal thermometer being used for the task like he would for a regular canine. [[SubvertedTrope He uses one that reads from inside the ear instead.]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny:
** [[MyInstinctsAreShowing Florence is easily distracted by thrown objects]]
** Lampshaded for Dvorak [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fv01364.htm here]] (note, Dvorak is the one with the wheels, Qwerty is the one with the legs).
* BadassBoast: Blunt speaks of having survived a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01319.htm solar flare]] that crippled him and ''[[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow should]]'' have killed him:
-->'''Blunt:''' I have looked. The blue screen of death. In the eye. [[ToHellAndBack And forced it to reboot.]]
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: Sam Starfall is a member of a scavenger species that considers theft, deceit and underhanded methods to be admirable qualities. When Florence mentions she will have to hack into the commnet servers [[spoiler:in order to save the robot population from a devastating software patch]], he asks her to alter his criminal records... and add a few particularly interesting thefts of his the police have failed to notice. Also, Florence is coming to the horrifying realization that underhanded tactics, outright criminal acts and the support of some very selfish, rotten people (like Sam) is the only way to save the day, because the moral and legal methods are blocked by the real villains, forcing her to say ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight.
* BaitAndSwitch: When Florence [[spoiler:goes to see Dr. Bowman, the security team at his compound tries to stop her from getting to him. Not, as it turns out, for some nefarious purpose, or even to protect Bowman from her; it's to protect her from [[HairTriggerTemper Bowman]].]]
* BathOfPoverty: Florence's first shower scene is outdoors in a scrap metal stall, with Helix pouring a bucket of water over her. She resolves to fix the ship's plumbing next.
* BatmanGambit: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01516.htm Sam uses his knowledge of the Mayor's hostility towards him to his advantage]] by [[BriarPatching leaving a forged note saying what he didn't want to happen where she could find it]].
-->The next best thing to have after a reliable ally is a predictable enemy.
* BavarianFireDrill: Predictably, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01601.htm when Florence goes missing in Ecosystems Unlimited:]]
-->'''[[LoveableRogue Sam Starfall]]:''' Quick! Where's the nearest concentration of valuables that would easily fit into a pocket? \\
'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Varroa Jacobsoni]]:''' Pharmaceutical storage on the second floor. \\
'''Sam:''' I'll search there. You go that way!
* BearHug: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02127.htm The mayor gives one to Florence]], when she thought that Florence had killed Sam.
* TheBerserker: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02531.htm A small problem that wounded chimps had]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Florence generally tries to reason with those she has disagreements with, but she still has limits to how long she will tolerate things. She has on numerous occasions taken Helix apart violently, and when she wants someone else (usually Sam) to stop acting stupid, she will [[TranquilFury talk politely, but will also show her fangs to warm them the consequences of ignoring her]]. Seriously, ''don't piss her off'', or not even her safeguards will help you, as [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02275.htm an EU security guard finds out when she realizes that the lives of 450 million people are at risk.]] Sam is aware of this and generally avoids angering her, but of course, that isn't the same as saying that he ''woudn't'' cause pain to her, just not ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00891.htm intentionally]]''.
* BeyondTheImpossible: At one point we see Sam and Helix with an authorized autographed copy of Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial; Creator/GeorgeLucas has taken steps to ensure these will [[OldShame never be legally produced]].
* BigDamnKiss: In celebration of averting [[spoiler:a robot war and saving two factories from destruction]], Winston plants one on Florence, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02039.htm here,]] along with a LampshadeHanging. Overlaps with SmoochOfVictory.
* BirdsOfAFeather: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00532.htm They]] found each [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00592.htm other.]]
* BishieSparkle: During a Day of the Dead celebration, a {{Lampshade|Hanging}} is hung on an UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01950.htm doll]].
-->'''Winston:''' Just like [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]]. He was also a monster. But given distance and hundreds of years, [[TakeThat look what happened]] [[Literature/{{Twilight}} to him]].
-->'''Florence:''' I don't care. [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] shouldn't be cute. And he '''DEFINITELY''' shouldn't sparkle!
* {{Blackmail}}: For Sam, you threaten to have him pardoned if he doesn't help.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality:
** Sam claims that kleptomania is a virtue among his people. That said, even among his people Sam is capable of getting into trouble. Witness that the reason he snuck onto a human ship: the royal family was after him due to a NoodleIncident involving a zeppelin, a loop-the-loop, and a lot of pudding.
** Florence, being a wolf, occasionally comes into this.
--->'''Winston:''' It's creepy. \\
'''Florence:''' Creepy? This is twilight. Magic hour. Prime hunting time. \\
'''Winston:''' I suppose creepiness depends a lot of whether you're predator or prey. \\
'''Florence:''' Come on! There's a shortcut through a shadowy alley up here!
** An integral part of the relationship between Sam and Florence. Sam is a scavenger, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00634.htm so stealing Florence's unfinished meal seems completely natural to him]]. Florence is an uplifted wolf with a strong case of MyInstinctsAreShowing, so she sees the above incident [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00637.htm as Sam behaving like a low-ranking pack member when he, as the captain, should be the alpha male]]. Furthermore, there are vast cultural differences between their views on, for example, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02121.htm parenthood]] or [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00503.htm paying responsibility]].
* BodyBackupDrive: Discussed and deconstructed in relation to robots' minds. They can be backed up and downloaded into another body, but the main characters meet two robots who chose not to be backed up because from their perspective they're just as dead either way.
* BodyHorror: Whatever happened to the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fv02562.htm Chief of Police]], it left him blinded, scarred, crippled, and unable to function without an exoskeleton with it's own AI and a neural interface to his brain. Fortunately A) It's a really ''good'' exoskeleton and B) he's so cheerful he's a ReasonableAuthorityFigure rather than suffering from CyberneticsEatYourSoul
* BotheringByTheBook:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01361.htm This]] strip explains why Florence isn't necessarily bound to follow every single directive given to her:
---> '''Florence:''' The surest way to cause your supervisor to fail is to follow his every order without question.
** This may also be {{Foreshadowing}} [[spoiler: Clippy]], who ''does'' obey every order given more or less without question. (In fact, [[spoiler: Kornada]] is taking great pains to keep him from realizing he ''should'' be asking questions, due to him trying to use [[spoiler: Clippy]] in an evil scheme.)
** Sam teaches Qwerty and Dvorak [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00343.htm how to do this]] after Mr. Kornada tricks all three into getting him to a meeting rather than [[KickTheDog save Florence from a hurricane]].
* BrainBleach:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01274.htm Sam as a topiary sculpture.]] (The horrible nature of Sam's unmasked face is why he's required to keep the prosthetic one on.)
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02529.htm The concept of self-inflicted castration with a sharpened plastic spoon]].
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: "The correct order is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00204.htm lather, rinse, remove leeches, repeat."]]
* BrickJoke: There are a lot of these.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00721.htm Altering social structures on a planetary scale,]] followed by [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01945.htm being accused of doing so.]]
** When Florence goes in for testing at the company that created her, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01573.htm Varroa mentions worry about being given a wedgie,]] followed half a year of reader-time later by [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01650.htm this strip,]] where Sam edits her [[NoteToSelf notes to herself]] to make her want to do so. And even later by [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02099.htm this.]] A year and a half after that, Varroa is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02340.htm given that wedgie.]] It also takes over 100 comics to get around to a joke about [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01706.htm Sam misunderstanding the word "hippocampus"]] during Florence's testing.
** In that same storyline, Varroa mentions discovering a ballet company composed entirely of old terraforming robots. Much later, it's revealed that recurring characters Qwerty and Dvorak wrote the ballet they're practicing, called "Making Swan Lake".
** The feral waffle irons [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02028.htm eventually appeared on-screen]].
** When discussing what to do about Blunt and Edge, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fv01335.htm Florence suggests that Sawtooth buy them.]] As it turns out, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fv02485.htm Sawtooth followed through on that suggestion.]]
* BriarPatching: Sam uses it from time to time, although [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02273.htm it is much easier on a robot affected by Gardener in the Dark.]]
* BridalCarry:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00430.htm Winston picks up Florence]] so she doesn't have to walk on her injured leg.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00363.htm Earlier]] a near instance of PietaPlagiarism.
* BringMyBrownPants: Sam's driving a truck that had been tweaked by him with a JATO rocket scares ''himself'' so badly that this occurs, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00105.htm here]].
* TheCameo: A bunch of them, including, during the robot church segment, cameos from real and fictional robots and other autonomous mechanisms. On occasion members of the Freefall forum are given nods. They can show up in unlikely places too. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01139.htm One strip]] shows a recycling dumpster with [[Series/LostInSpace Robbie the Robot]] and an [[Film/ThisIslandEarth intero]][[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 citor]].
* CantBelieveISaidThat: Niomi, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00560.htm here,]] when she makes a comment that fails to [[IgnoreTheDisability treat Florence as a person, not a canine]].
* CantUseStairs: Qwerty the robot [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00320.htm never learned to use stairs]]. Dvorak (who rolls on wheels) somehow got up, but Qwerty (who walks on legs) can't use stairs.
* CaramelldansenVid: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvTtMiR9uJE The non-remixed version]] with subtitles.
* CeilingCling: Florence uses it once to evade capture by running around a corner and climbing some exposed plumbing. Her pursuer runs past not bothering [[NoPeripheralVision to look up]].
* CensorBox: Helix's vision system has parental controls, and automatically adds them to anything he's not supposed to see, like [[{{Multiboobage}} wolf nipples]].
* CerebusSyndrome: As the story has progressed, a larger dramatic arc has grown, although the humor has remained throughout. As an example, the story goes from [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00029.htm a scavenging road trip]] to [[spoiler:[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02198.htm preventing the potential mind-erasure of half a billion sentient AIs.]]]]
* ChekhovsGag: Florence [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01538.htm creates]] the exploding cigars that Sam [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01783.htm substitutes]] on the Mayor a year and a half later.
* ChekhovsGun:
** In reply to Bennie's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02009.htm offer of a tugboat transponder for a robot masquerade,]] Florence asks if he has one for a motorcycle. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02227.htm later]] she uses it for a disguise to hide from robots, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02229.htm who rely on transponder codes as a primary identification method.]]
** The first uplifted species, chimpanzees, were mentioned in an offhand manner and described by Florence as being sociopaths, an appellation frequently applied to [[spoiler: Doctor Bowman, who we later learn is an uplifted chimpanzee himself.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01046.htm "How many genetically engineered sapients are on this planet?"]] [[spoiler: The other one is ''Doctor Bowman''...an uplifted chimpanzee, revealed over a thousand strips later.]]
* CheshireCatGrin: Florence's "human" smile is terrifying. She has to be very careful to hide her teeth when she wants to express genuine happiness... though she isn't above [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01860.htm playing this one straight]] when she's ''not'' in a friendly mood.
* CigaretteOfAnxiety: The Mayor does with with a cigar after being confronted with a difficult choice.
* ClarkesThirdLaw: Expanded upon [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00255.htm here.]]
* CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise: Florence seeks shelter from a storm and medical attention... [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00351.htm just as the house owner is watching a werewolf marathon.]] Crouched (to keep a wound closed), showing teeth (trying for a smile) and backlit by lightning, Florence is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00354.htm not a reassuring sight.]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Red and blue are the respective colors of the two sides of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02015.htm the robot war.]]
* ComedicSociopathy:
** Florence's hunting instincts can come across as [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00191.htm such.]]
** Also [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02048.htm Benny's flying:]]
--->'''Benny:''' Engines, check. [[BuffySpeak Red and green blinky lights]], check. \\
''Plane dips alarmingly close to airstrip'' \\
'''Benny:''' Passengers (Winston and Florence, formerly engaged in a SleepCute) returned to the full upright position, check.
* ComesGreatResponsibility:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00776.htm To his misfortune, Sam discovers that the absolute power of a starship captain comes with absolute responsibility.]]
** The "responsibility" part is why [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01733.htm Sam doesn't want to hold Florence's remote control and "reset" scent vial.]]
--->'''Florence:''' Don't you want to keep these?\\
'''Sam:''' Heck, no. With great power comes great responsibility, and who wants that?
** He later comes up with a variation and subversion of this trope [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02224.htm here.]]
--->'''Sam:''' With great crime comes [[AttentionWhore great bragging rights]]. Besides, this is big and [[InsaneTrollLogic everyone knows that if your crime is big enough]], [[KarmaHoudini you don't get punished]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** Blunt believes that if car companies really cared about their customers, they wouldn't sell cars that could be driven.
** Also Sam, whenever Florence is trying to explain something about safety.
--->'''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01872.htm Florence:]]''' ''[demonstrating a zero-gravity explosion with non-dairy creamer, which is flammable]'' That's how you can lose a spacecraft in half a second.\\
'''Sam:''' Okay. New rule: ''No non-dairy creamer on this ship.'' Anyone who flies with us has to drink their coffee black.
** Winston notes that the robots should be shouting "WEREWOLFY!" instead of "DOGGY!" to [[PhraseCatcher Florence]].
** Niomi notes, in a discussion with Florence about her attraction to Winston, that Florence is being "psychotically reasonable", and if she were in Florence's shoes she'd be screaming and yelling. Florence's response is to point out [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01941.htm her feet are much smaller than Niomi's.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02088.htm Some robots build desalinization facilities.]] When told that the [[ItMakesSenseInContext new moon being moved in]] will place them underwater, the robots get to work making the facilities work while submerged.
** When Florence finally meets [[spoiler: Dr. Bowman]] to tell him of the [[spoiler: [[DeadlyUpgrade Gardener in the Dark]] ]], the conversation gets swiftly derailed:
---> [[spoiler: '''Florence''': Learning to act on my own was gradual.\\
'''Dr. Bowman''': You really don't know? Nuts! I knew I should have put more self-monitoring in your head! I could have done it with the neurons that give you the concept of socks! But no! The other designers thought it was more important that you understand socks than for me to have vital data needed for second generation designs! You're not even wearing socks! All that programming, gone to waste! Next generation, no socks! What other flaws do I need to know about?]]
* CommonalityConnection:
** When Florence notes that both she and Sam were raised by unrelated people.
** The chimps, having been meant for military action, got some help from vets, who thought military service was more important than species
* ConflictingLoyalty:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01181.htm Florence considers the conflict of interest between her loyalty to humanity and to her captain, Sam, who seems to be intent on annoying all of the former.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01803.htm Florence is given the choice of helping Sam, her captain, or the police, authority figures she's compelled to obey.]] Fortunately for her, [[TakeAThirdOption Sam makes it an easy decision]].
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: Of a sort. A robot programmed to disobey all non-human instructions is ordered by Sam (a non-human) not to treat him and the equally non-human Florence ''[[LogicBomb as if they weren't human]]''. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02273.htm I repeat, the robot is programmed to disobey...]]
* CrazyCatLady: DiscussedTrope. Florence tells Winston to not adopt ten thousand adorable robots.
--> '''Florence:''' That's how crazy cat ladies get started.
* CryonicsFailure: The [[HumanPopsicle coldsleep]] used by interstellar travelers [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01943.htm isn't 100% reliable.]]
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* CultureClash: Primarily between that of sqids and humans. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01241.htm According to Sam,]] legendary sqid actions are mostly things that would get him arrested by human societies. Like in the human spacecraft that Sam rode in, on Sam's planet [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01105.htm everything is bolted down,]] but not knowing about microgravity the sqid assumption was that it was for the sake of theft prevention.
* CursedWithAwesome: Dr. Thurmad seems to be [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02015.htm cursed with natural charisma.]]
* CuttingTheKnot: When Sam and Florence encounter a robot that must not obey non-human orders (or answer questions from non-humans), Florence tries to work out how to interrogate it. Sam simply orders it not to treat Sam or Florence as humans--as it must disobey that order, the robot MUST treat Sam and Florence as human. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02273.htm "When you have a key, don't fool around with the display cases when you can open the vault."]]
* DataPad: So ubiquitous that most people don't use paper, or plastic approximations. "Dataslabs" are available on [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01936.htm racks for public use.]] It's justified since, due to the planet being in the latter stages of terraforming, biological materials such as wood (and by extension paper) are incredibly rare and expensive.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** The ship, mainly on the subject of wanting Sam dead.
** Florence, dealing with Sam's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01560.htm brilliant ideas.]]
** Sam, dealing with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01594.htm bureaucracy.]]
** Numerous robots, including [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00556.htm Tangent.]] (Although Tangent could have been taking that seriously -- it's a bit hard to tell.)
** Then there's the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02250.htm sales associate who deals with Blunt.]]
* DeadlyUpgrade: A patch was planned by EU to be available to prune robots' neural pathways to prevent them from achieving full sapience, if it appeared the robots were about to become a problem for humans. Mr. Kornada learned of this, and had it altered to be much more damaging, [[spoiler:basically making robots almost completely useless outside of one or two tasks.]] Given independent action by robots is part of the efforts to terraform and maintain the planet for habitation by a human populace that's nowhere near big enough to watch everything going on with over 450 million robots, the modified program is dangerous not just to the robots it targets.
* DefaceOfTheMoon: April Fools, 2003 has Sam hack into the planet's {{terraforming}} computer and sculpt the moon to resemble him.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: A major source of humour is how Florence and Sam misinterpret each other.
* DentedIron: It's not shown what the chief of police has gone through, but [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02363.htm he needs a special suit to get around.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: After Helix made the [[TooDumbtoLive stupid mistake]] of trying to stay between and hungry Florence and her meat, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00610.htm he's shredded into pieces]], but Florence understands that Helix means well, and that he [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00611.htm doesn't deserve what happened to him]].
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Niomi {{facepalm}}s and says that she didn't really say that fixing the Savage Chicken's toilet would allow Florence to drink normally, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00560.htm here.]]
* DiplomaticImpunity: Sam Starfall once uses this to avoid punishment, but they [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01237.htm got around it]] by hiring other diplomats to beat him up.
* DisSimile: "Why, we're just like Franchise/{{Batman}} and Robin. Well, if Batman and Robin were poor and engaged in petty crime."
* DoABarrelRoll: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01897.htm Sam contributes to raising Florence's blood pressure]] on the return from their satellite fueling mission with some acrobatics during their return to the planet. [[spoiler: He calls it a barrel roll, but really it's an aileron roll.]]
* DoctorsOrders: Florence obeys her vet, to his surprise, which he says mentally puts him ahead of some human doctors.
* DoesThisMakeMeLookFat:
** Florence uses this question to test Helix's self preservation routines. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00211.htm His response is to flee.]]
** Also Florence's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02009.htm objection]] to using [[MakesSenseInContext a tugboat transponder as a costume.]]
* DontAskJustRun
-->'''AB[[superscript:2]]Y:''' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01419.htm When the engineer working on equipment suddenly turns and runs away, you follow!]]
* DonutMessWithACop: Or a receptionist, for that matter. Apparently, on planet Jean [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01555.htm messing with a cop's donuts is far more dangerous then declaring war.]]
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: Edge refers to a box with Florence's notes [[spoiler:on Gardener in the Dark]] as [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01908.htm "Sticky Notes of Doom".]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Sam
-->'''Florence:''' [.02 millirems of radiation] is safer than driving across town with you.\\
'''Helix:''' Florence, standing in a burning building while blind circus midgets throw knives at you is safer than driving across town with Sam.
* DuctTapeForEverything: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00699.htm What do you mean]] it's not for ''everything''? [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00969.htm Solves every problem, including moving in microgravity!]] Florence worries about Sam being [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00575.htm absolutely corrupted by the power of duct tape,]] thanks to it being a cheap and fast (if not necessarily effective) fix.
* EasilyDetachableRobotParts: All of Helix's limbs - head included - are easily detachable and modular so if he loses a piece, you can just stick it right back in the slot - since he's an industrial robot designed for carrying heavy objects, it makes sense - being able to easily shed a limb ensures that he won't easily be pinned under a fallen object, and user-friendly reattachment makes repairs a breeze. (The reassembly is idiot-proof, though [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00040.htm definitely not Sam-proof.]]) Unsurprisingly, he gets taken apart a lot, but he doesn't really mind - it's usually Florence who puts him back together again (though she's usually also the one who [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00039.htm took him apart in the first place]]), and being the brilliant engineer that she is, she usually puts him back together BETTER than he was.
* EasyAmnesia:
** When Helix's head gets [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00159.htm stuck in a pipe]], Florence gets it out with a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00160.htm little]] PercussiveMaintenance. As she reattaches his head, Helix realizes he doesn't recognize anything and yells that he's lost his memory. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00161.htm It had fallen on the floor.]]
** As part of Florence's testing at EU, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01573.htm her mind's ability to convert short-term memory to long-term memory is chemically impaired, which will go away 18 hours later.]]
* EnemyMime: None. So, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01080.htm no need to panic.]]
* EpicFail: A number of them over the course of the comic.
** Sam and Max Post try to skip out on each of their restaurant bills ([[ItMakesSenseInContext originally to be payed for with the other's wallet]]) via a race. They not only end up washing dishes three times, but they each end up paying for both meals as well.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00606.htm Sam's check for zero dollars and zero cents bounced.]]
** Sam's attempts to cover up his mistakes only succeed in drawing more attention to them.
** Narrowly averted with the robot war. [[spoiler: The battleground was past the halfway point that the robots from each factory could travel before their power packs ran out, but many of the robots volunteered their power packs to ensure travel to a much smaller force. Had the war not been stopped, the robots could have easily trashed one or both factories.]]
** Mr. Kornada's attempt to [[spoiler: dispose of Florence in the dumpster prevents her from learning the false news that Gardener in the Dark has been delayed,]] leading to her foiling his plan.
* EurekaMoment: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02411.htm Sam]] is trying to figure out Mr. Kornada's scheme when Qwerty and Helix argue over a stuffed animal.
-->'''Qwerty:''' No you can't have it. That's mine.\\
''[Sam smiles broadly]''
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Sam routinely "finds" wallets, hijacks vehicles, breaks into homes; once he tried to mug a kid. Even blackmail is okay. Mind-control, slavery, and murder ''aren't''.
* EvenTheDogIsAshamed: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01075.htm When a dog's embarrassed to be seen with you, it's time to change clothes.]]
* EvenTheRatsWontTouchIt:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00222.htm Sam's food at the Golden Trough killed a cockroach that tasted it. "Survival of the Fittest, baby!"]]
** Also, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01019.htm Even The Prison Won't Take Sam.]]
* EveryCarIsAPinto: [[DiscussedTrope Mentioned]] and {{defied|Trope}} in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00541.htm this strip... with an office chair.]]
* EverybodyKnewAlready: The base commander thought the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02561.htm secret was blown]] when the police chief suggested having [[spoiler: Dr. Bowman]] handle securely transporting the wolf. Subverted in the next strip when the chief reveals his personal relationship with the Doctor.
* EveryoneChasingYou: Sam actually seeks out this status.
* EverythingIsTryingToKillYou: Sam is attacked by people on whom he tried a theft or scam, robots, and his own ship. Most Terran lifeforms that can move at all try to eat him and even Nature's laws seem to act against him whenever possible.
* EvilDetectingDog: Winston's dog Beekay demonstrate's Sam's problems with good judges of character, by attacking him.
* EvilLawyerJoke: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00372.htm Lots]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00840.htm of]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01461.htm them.]]
* ExactWords:
** A restauranteur catches Sam And Max both trying to skip out on paying the lunch bill. They wash dishes in a race to see who has to pay. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00591.htm The loser pays both bills.]]
** Helix agrees that eating deer is okay if it's roadkill...[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00228.htm so Florence kills one WITH a road.]]
* ExplainExplainOhCrap:
** It's more of an Explain Explain Oh My moment, but...[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00710.htm Niomi realizes why Florence exists, when discussing colonizing other worlds.]]
** Florence gets one of her own [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01428.htm here,]] when talking about the neural pruning of artificial intelligences as they mature.
* ExpressiveMask: {{Justified|Trope}} [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00084.htm with Sam.]] With the robots, not so much; their eyes are apparently rigid lenses, but they can be narrowed and made into the EyesAlwaysShut-style ^_^ eyes anyways. One robot halfway averts this by having eyes that can display graphics, but they still narrow when he's angry.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Florence finally meets her creator, Dr. Bowman... [[spoiler:and he's an ape.]]
--> '''Dr. Bowman:''' I know, I know. Somehow, you expected me to be taller.
* FacePalm: Poor Florence ends up doing these very often throughout the whole comic, with the "pinching bridge of nose" variety being the most common.
* FailsafeFailure: Inverted; the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02268.htm security does fail safe. Which means it's not dangerous. A flaw when you have intruders.]]
* FalseReassurance: The ship computer [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00966.htm uses this trope,]] in reply to Sam's question about how it feels about going into piracy.
* FanDisservice: [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Kornada's]] ShowerScene, thankfully minimized by [[SceneryCensor a towel held up by Clippy]].
* {{Fanservice}}: Florence has a remarkable tendency to end up nude, scantily-clad, or in outfits that leave little to the imagination, despite her lack of certain [[NonMammalMammaries human female attributes]]. Gets toned down in later arcs.
* FantasticRacism: Artificial Lifeforms, both genetically engineered and robotic, are legally slaves to the corporation that made them. [[CorruptCorporateExecutive The corporations thus treat them as such.]] However, [[RousseauWasRight the populace at large generally have the attitude of "If it's talking to me, it's a person."]]
-->'''Mr. Kornada:''' [[JustAMachine A.I.s have numbers, not names]]. \\
'''Receptionist (thinking):''' [[DonutMessWithACop When they bring in donuts]], [[AndroidsArePeopleToo they have names]].
* FasterThanLightTravel: The Dangerous And Very Expensive drive is only used for very important people and cargoes, though it's also the only means of sending messages to another system anytime fast. Large payloads like colony ships have to be sent slower than light. Even superluminal, it is indicated that [[RequiredSecondaryPowers the travel time isn't shortened from the point of view of the travelers]] due to the mechanics of the DAVE drive, so passengers still have to go in cryo.
* FatalFamilyPhoto: [[LiteralMetaphor Played quite literally ]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01061.htm this strip]], though the victim is only knocked out by a wallet full of family photoes.
* FingerInTheMail: Parodied in a version of the comic that appeared in a FurryFandom magazine prior to it becoming a webcomic. Helix is kidnapped, and the kidnappers start mailing pieces of him to Sam and Florence. Since he's a ''robot'', his compatriots just reassemble him as the parts arrive in the mail. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/zu/ffkidnap.gif The last thing to arrive is his head.]]
-->'''Helix:''' "Hey! I've been rescued!" \\
'''Sam:''' [[StupidCrooks "We are not dealing with a criminal mastermind here."]]
* FirstContact: The first impressions of the human explorers meeting Sam's people were... not great.
-->'''Sam:''' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01104.htm For centuries, humans had been searching for another intelligent, tool using race. Then they found us. I still remember that cosmonaut's first immortal words.]]\\
'''Helix:''' "Let's keep looking."
* FlawExploitation: To get Sam out of a duct where he is stuck -- mention money.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Injured, overcooled Flo and the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00350.htm "Mad]] [[MadDoctor Vet"]] Winston.
* FootPopping: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02041.htm Florence explains why she doesn't do it]] [[spoiler:when kissing Winston.]]
-->'''Florence:''' When a dog lifts its leg, the image that comes to most people's minds isn't associated with romance.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Quite a few instances:
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01474.htm this strip]], Sawtooth remarks on incompetence vs. benevolence. [[spoiler: Then we learn that [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Mr. Kornada]] has been put in charge of dealing with the situation.]]
** While talking to Niomi, Florence gets the idea for [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00720.htm robots purchasing their next generation]]. [[spoiler: Later, we find that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01292.htm the scrap yard robot is allowing robots to purchase themselves]].]]
** While talking with Max Post, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01460.htm Florence gives Qwerty the idea for the robotic police force]]. [[spoiler: The mayor's assistant is stunned later when he discovers that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01770.htm some of his policemen were robots]].]]
** A few mentions are made of the uplifted-chimpanzee project that was the precursor to Doctor Bowman's project with wolves. [[spoiler: In more ways than one: Bowman is himself a chimpanzee.]]
* ForYourOwnGood: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00343.htm The]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01538.htm easiest]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01582.htm way]] to circumvent a robot's RestrainingBolt is to appeal to this trope.
* FourthWallMailSlot: There was a thread on the now-dead Talk About Comics forum called "Q and A with the Freefall Cast and Crew" [[http://www.crosstimecafe.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3748 archived here]], and on the defunct The Nice forum there was a thread to ask Florence questions, the contents archived [[http://freefall.blu3wolf.com/interview.php here.]] The creator, Mark Stanley, responded as the character who was questioned.
* FreudianExcuse: Sam often tries to justify his criminal nature by saying that his species are scavengers, and stealing from under the noses of predators is just instinctive behavior. It rings rather hollow when one can read his thought balloons, however. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01241.htm It does seem that lots of actions seen as immoral by human cultures are acceptable or even heroic in Sam's.]] In the forums Stanley explained that BizarreAlienBiology ([[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01003.htm reproduction]] [[OutWithABang is fatal]], full sentience occurs only in those who refuse to breed, greatest competition is from other tribes of the same species) has given rise to a culture where a hero is someone who completely disrupts the existence of a ''rival'' tribe.
* FridgeHorror:
** {{Invoked}} when Winston explains how Florence will need to recover for awhile before she starts eating again.
--->'''Sam:''' So what you're saying is that in two or three days, I'm going to have a highly intelligent, fast moving, starving, carnivorous alien life form on my ship. \\
'''Winston:''' Yep. Wolves are also most active at dawn and dusk, so this will probably happen while you're asleep.
** And again when [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00804.htm the inspector begins to wonder where Sam is.]]
--> '''Inspector''': (Thinking) So what are the facts? The ship's been properly repaired and documented. Sam is nowhere to be seen. And the creature showing me about is obviously some type of large carnivore.... Sometimes Occam's Razor leads to very disturbing conclusions.
** Florence's control triggers this reaction in an EU guard.
--->'''Guard:''' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fv01648.htm She's not a robot. She's a living being. This remote turns her on and off! Her memory is short-circuited! As well as being plain wrong, this stuff could be adapted to humans! Do I have to worry about this being tried on us next?]]\\
'''Varroa:''' Oh no, never. [[NotHelpingYourCase You guys are union. We'd try it on contractors first.]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** During [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01551.htm the trip to Ecosystems Unlimited]], watch Sam's pass. There's another funny background event during the robot police riot. Look closely. At least one of the robots is a rockem sockem robot
** Then there's the time that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01499.htm a baby steals candy from Sam.]]
* FunWithAcronyms:
** If the World Wrestling Federation[[note]]now Wrestling/{{WWE}}[[/note]] and World Wildlife Fund can't agree what it should stand for, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00529.htm there can be a compromise variant.]]
** Although not expanded in the comic itself, the DAVE drive [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL drive]] used to get between star systems is short for "'''D'''angerous '''A'''nd '''V'''ery '''E'''xpensive" drive.
* FurryWebcomic: Somewhat borderline, in that there's only one anthropomorphic character in a human and robot dominated cast, but that doesn't seem to bother much of the FurryFandom.
* GaleForceSound: In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02304.htm this strip]], Mr. Raibert gets a demonstration on the improvements in small speakers over time, getting blasted by a shouting Max Post over the phone, in a (rather literal) ShoutOut to the old Maxell cassette ad demonstrating the trope.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: Florence treated with as much suspicion as [[AIIsACrapshoot robots]], the fact that she is a living thing only adds to their fears of unpredictability.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: With a direct order from the Mayor [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02128.htm Florence is made to feel good about said official.]] Florence is then asked how she feels.
-->'''Mayor:''' You still look terrified. Okay, direct order. You like me. You trust me. You want to make me happy. End order.\\
'''Mayor:''' Better now?\\
'''Florence:''' Emotionally, much better. Intellectually, I think I'm screaming.
* GlobalWarming: [[TakeThat Taken a swing at in]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00526.htm this strip]] as part of a conversation between Helix and Sam, when the latter disproved the former's theory that Florence was a vampire. (ItMakesSenseInContext.)
* TheGoldenRule: Florence [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00546.htm points out]] a common mistake, people assuming others should be treated they themselves want to be treated.
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: Florence [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00228.htm combines this with]] LoopholeAbuse to get a meal that Helix finds otherwise objectionable.
* GoneSwimmingClothesStolen: In a variation on the "getting wet while naked" theme, in the first [[ShowerScene gratuitous shower scene]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00205.htm a raccoon swipes Florence's towel while she's washing.]]
* GoofyPrintUnderwear:
** Sam starts to think that wearing [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00082.htm "Teddy bears in space" underwear]] was a poor decision.
** Kornada's boxers, seen [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01689.htm here,]] are of the "pink/red hearts" variety, although not commented on.
* GreyGoo: Mentioned by Dr. Bowman as part of his reasoning as to why he deliberately made his neural net program produce artificial intelligences that weren't limited to unthinking obedience on humans.
-->'''Dr. Bowman:''' In nanotech, it's a "GreyGoo" scenario. On a larger scale, it's a "Paperclip Maximiser". An A.I. with that programmed goal will try to turn everything in its reach into paperclips or paperclip production.\\
'''Dr. Bowman:''' So what do you get with a system of autonomous robots that '''always''' has human desires as its top priority?\\
'''Florence:''' A human maximizer.\\
'''Dr. Bowman:''' Good news if you're a human. [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman Bad news if you're anything else]].
* GroinAttack: Dr. Bowman, in the July 28, 2014 strip, mentions that in the past he took a sharpened plastic spoon and neutered himself after seeing what testosterone-fueled aggression was doing with other {{Uplifted Animal}}s, which later ultimately led to their deaths by age 40. Florence asks him if they can skip the details of the procedure, and move on to her next question for him.
* GrowBeyondTheirProgramming: Robots on Jean vastly outnumber humans and are rapidly evolving beyond their programming to the point where many humans ([[BoomerangBigot and one robot]]) fear they could become a threat to humanity. This has led to them turning a blind eye to "Gardener in the Dark," a neural pruning program that [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Kornada]] "improved" to essentially lobotomize every robot on Jean.
* GrowlingGut:
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02055.htm this strip,]] Florence's stomach growling is misinterpreted by a bystander as a regular wolf growl, and accordingly makes himself scarce in spite of her yelled (and ultimately futile) reassurance that it was just her stomach growling.
** The above situation is inverted earlier when Helix is going to set the rabbits "[[MeaningfulName Lunch]]" and "[[MeaningfulName Dinner]]" free and hopes it is her stomach growling. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00194.htm It isn't.]]
* {{Hammerspace}}: How in the blazes ''did'' Sam get that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02191.htm pipe wrench into his suit?]]
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: Florence has done this from time to time. Unfortunately for her, since she has multiple sets of mammaries thanks to her nonhuman nature, even with the help of her tail it leaves some of her "naughty bits" uncovered. Her fur thankfully covers anything she has on her chest unless she's nursing or in heat (the former has never happened, and the latter is unlikely to happen in such a nonsexualized comic) - but she still covers the same area as human ladies would due to cultural conditioning. And her [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00364.htm tail covers, err... the bottom half]] when needed.
* HanlonsRazor: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02283.htm Clippy]] quotes {{Creator/Ian Fleming}}'s "once is happenstance..." line when the Gardener in the Dark program doesn't go out. He initially believes it's an error, but after repeated attempts and some research, he realizes someone is blocking it.
* HappinessInSlavery:
** Well, sort of. Florence and the robotic AIs are property, and it is ambiguous whether they have any rights at all. However, their status is complicated because there are relatively few humans on the planet, allowing the [=AIs=] a lot of freedom in practice if not in theory. This is an important element in the story, but the [=AIs=] don't seem particularly upset with their situation: Some of them work towards gaining rights, but generally accept that only gradual change is possible, and try to find peaceful ways of getting around WhatMeasureIsANonHuman without disrupting human society too much. Florence explicitly states that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00718.htm this approach is needed]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01151.htm on a few]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01246.htm occasions]].
** It's clear that Dr. Bowman deliberately arranged for the wolf pups to end up in human families, and so be socalized by human families, the best restraining bolt of all. Florence's nominal owner, Scott Ambrose, has long regarded Florence as his younger sister, and is more than merely supportive of her. Florence is treated well by most people around her, but legally, she is still a thing, not a person, and has no more legal rights than a toaster. And "property to be treated and disposed of however we see fit" is exactly how the upper levels of the government of planet Jean regard, and intend to treat, all AIs, including both Florence and the sentient robots -- and they ''know'' this. We've seen that other elements of the government -- including the actual police force -- don't share this view, but still, not everyone could remain as calm about the whole situation as Florence and the robots seem to.
** As the strip progresses, the capacity of artificial intelligences (including the bioengineered Florence) to subvert their apparent hardwired limitations by locating loopholes or exploiting semantics in their orders becomes increasingly important. Florence even theorizes that Dr. Bowman might have intended for this to eventually happen; although he's been TheGhost for most of the comic, it's abundantly clear he cared for his creations like they were his children, and forcing the rest of the world into a position where they must acknowledge his creations as independent beings is as good a way as any to create a future for them.
* HeadsTailsEdge: A peculiar variant happens in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01803.htm 1803]]. Florence flips a coin to decide whether to help Sam or the police officer who's chasing him. Sam steals the coin before it lands, so she decides to help neither.
* HeroesGoneFishing: Sam insists: no work on Saturday.
* HerrDoktor: {{Invoked}} when Sam disguises himself as a cryogenics scientist during Florence's visit to the main EU facility on Jean.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Completely averted [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01092.htm in the French Ninja restaurant]].
-->'''Waiter''': That man does not look anything like a ninja.\\
'''Chef''': Ah, but that is exactly what a ninja ''should'' look like.
* HumanPopsicle: Used for interstellar travel, involving chemicals that make the process unable to be repeated for several years without harming the individual so treated. {{Invoked}} when Sam hears that 5-7 years is needed, in between, he states he thought people could be [[HarmlessFreezing frozen and thawed like popcicles]]. Florence almost got iced again [[spoiler: in a recent visit to Ecosystems Unlimited, thanks to threatening [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Kornada]]'s plan.]]
* HumansAreSpecial: Sawtooth Rivergrinder, one of the robots arguing for the full equality of sentient robots, flat out states "You are missing an advantage robots have. We're not starting from scratch. Humans have thousands of years of experience we can learn from."
* HypercompetentSidekick: Sam's the captain, while Florence is the engineer.
* IAteWhat
** Florence is intent on waiting sixty seconds before civilly eating her meal. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00631.htm She ends up wolfing down the napkin instead.]]
** {{Subverted}} in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fvxmas98.jpg a Christmas special]]--Sam ''enjoys'' the taste of coal.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01833.htm This robot]] really wishes it could. Not that it hasn't a good reason, being forced to play [[Franchise/StarWars Jar-Jar Binks]] in spite of being a Shakespearean actor. The [=JarJarBot=] is an example of the exception to an inversion created by the addition of a single character. To wit, the robots are usually required to turn themselves in for scrapping at a certain time, meaning that they are required to self-terminate. However, they just caught on that it's possible to get out of having to do it (by buying themselves for their scrap value from the scrapyard, as mentioned by Edge). The [=JarJarBot=], of course, is more than willing to self-terminate.
* IgnoranceIsBliss: "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00050.htm then knowledge must surely be an ulcer]]."
* IgnoreTheDisability: Just after admonishing Tangent about making dog references around Florence, Niomi [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00560.htm promptly sticks her foot solidly in her mouth with a reference to dogs drinking from toilets after noting the Savage Chicken's toilet is working again.]]
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Florence has an attack of this, when she realizes [[spoiler:a robot has been irrevocably harmed by the Gardener in the Dark program.]]
* ImpactSilhouette: Sam Starfall and Helix fake this during a ChaseScene involving a SheetOfGlass, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01270.htm here.]]
* ImGoingToHellForThis: In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02122.htm this]] strip, Florence states she's going straight to doggy hell for being part of Sam's the breaking in to the Mayor's office early just to have breakfast before meeting said official.
* ImpossibleThief: Sam, best exemplified [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01019.htm here, where he was banned]] ''from'' prison until he confesses to where he stashed the cell doors.
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01922.htm Lampshaded]] in regards to Florence's dinner dress, when faced with the possibility of a fight [[spoiler:with Blunt, who wants to prevent her from interfering with the release of Gardener in the Dark.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun:
** While [[ItMakesSenseInContext driving a baby-shaped car]], Sam states that "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01067.htm We'd have gotten more scrutiny if we had to leave via C Section]]."
** The name of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02347.htm the police chief's mobility rig]]: [[Music/TheBeatles "L Linear Rig B"]][[labelnote:*]]Eleanor Rigby[[/labelnote]].
** Sam has one when he and Helix break into the museum to ''return'' an authorized autographed copy of Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial.
---> '''Sam:''' Any errors and we could end up like the Jedi, beaten senseless by a [[SissyVillain pair of Sithies]].
** Another one appears [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01814.htm here]].
--->'''Edge''': Whoa! I know the boss was unhappy about retirement, but I never thought he'd Off himself.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Winston Thurmad suspects he'll need one due to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01970.htm an upcoming discussion with Dvorak and Qwerty.]]
* InsaneTrollLogic:
** Somehow, Sam believes that the best way to steal several satellites that he was supposed to deliver, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00739.htm is by not stealing them and just doing the job anyway]].
** Blunt also has a variant of this [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01926.htm here.]]
* InstantHomeDelivery: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00547.htm Niomi and her robot Tangent appear immediately after Florence places a "help wanted" ad.]] ({{Justified|Trope}} [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00547.htm in the strips immediately following:]] [[spoiler:the server that Florence was using to search for contractors before placing her want-ad passed the word to the robots, including Tangent]].)
* InstantLeechJustFallInWater: When washing in a jury-rigged outdoor shower, Florence finds out [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00204.htm she's missing a step in the process.]] "[[InThatOrder The correct order]] is 'lather, rinse, remove leeches, repeat.'"
* InterspeciesRomance: Florence, an [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted red wolf]], is involved in a romantic friendship with Winston, a human.
* InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas: There are many robots fulfilling this role, such as carnivorous waffle irons, and in one strip during a segment with many fictional and RealLife robots being background cameos an actual Roomba is shown.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Being a carnivore, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00128.htm Florence prefers blood in her coffee.]]
-->'''Helix:''' We've got non-dairy creamer. \\
'''Florence:''' Please, Helix. Let's not be gross.
* ItCameFromTheFridge: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00567.htm Expiration Dates are unimportant to Sam.]]
* ItsALongStory: Served with a bit of LampshadeHanging in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00431.htm this]] strip, changing the focus to Sam and Helix while Florence explains how she ultimately arrived at Dr. Thurmad's house.
* IWasToldThereWouldBeCake: a TorchesAndPitchforks style angry mob is completely legal on Jean, as long as everyone gets ice cream afterwards.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Sam Starfall thinks nothing of robbing you blind, but will stand up for his crew if they're in danger in spite of all of his "looking out for Number One" talk. He's even willing to give up a potential power abuse if it somehow harm his crew. For exemple, Sam decided to handle Florence's remote control to her, but Helix, believing that Sam just woudn't use it on her because he broke it, tried to take it from him and accidently put Florence to sleep. After that, Sam [[JerkassHasAPoint accurately points out]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01725.htm that none of them is responsible enough to use the remote control]].
** According to Florence, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01427.htm Dr. Bowman qualifies was well,]] taking care to give his creations the restraint that he himself lacks.
* JerkassHasAPoint: More often than not Sam has a justification for his behavior.
** For example, while Sam's lawbreaking is pathological, he actually has a good view of how stupid is the idea that people should blindly follow law just for being a law, and he has teach Helix that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00155.htm just because it's law it isn't necessarily right,]] an observation that Florence couldn't help but [[LampshadeHanging concede]] to be logical and ''even'' ethical.
** Another one is when the ship tried to kill Sam on ground that, given his stupidity, he is a threat to its makers (and to humanity as a whole). Sam concedes this point, but he soon gives a lengthy talk about how he is [[NecessaryEvil essential to human evolution]], given that the modern technology and comformity make human grow lazy if their peace wasn't disturbed from now and them, greatly affecting their adaptational abilities, but he (Sam) [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00288.htm provides the needed amount of chaos to force humans to learn from his (Sam's) mistakes and prepare themselves from future threats]]. Though disgusted, the ship [[ItMakesSenseinContext concedes that his logic is grounded]] and stopped trying to kill him.
** Another time a delivery-robot tried to kill Sam by running over him, but Sam takes advantage of his programming by hiding under the delivery box, preventing the robot from injuring Sam without damaging the delivery. when he warned Sam that he would wait him get tired from hidding, Sam quickly ruins the robot's hope for revenge because, if he does wait that long, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00741.htm he will go against his schedule.]]
** Florance may not like to be called a slave, ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01243.htm but...]]''
** Also, when Florance refused to see the mayor, Sam reminded her that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02118.htm it was for the greater good.]]
--->'''Sam''': [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Are you going to let this bad program run through the robot population because you are afraid to talk to a plump human?]]
** While the mayor can be quite... brusque (at least when it comes to AI [[PersonOfMassDestruction and Sam]]), [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02381.htm she has a rather valid point here]].
--->'''Max''': If you would relent and grant them basic rights, it would go a long way to calming the situation down.\\
'''Mayor''': Ah, yes. Liberating billions of credits worth of equipment from [[MegaCorp the company that owns this planet and also owns all the military hardware]]. [[SarcasmMode I'm sure that will calm things down]] ''[[SarcasmMode wonderfully]]''. One lump or two?
* JustAMachine:
** Florence is classified as an AI, and is treated as just that by many humans, especially [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01530.htm the Mayor]] and Ecosystems Unlimited. At least [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01656.htm this guy]] has his criteria straight.
** Sam cheerfully chides an Ecosystems Unlimited employee who offers up a illogical circular argument against Florence's personhood.
* JustInTime: When Edge tries to catch Florence to talk with her [[spoiler:about the sticky notes regarding "Gardener in the Dark"]], he asks a spaceport worker [[GenreSavvy if he had just missed her]], and is told "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01866.htm Oh, heck no.]] [[SubvertedTrope You missed them by hours.]]"
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Invoked after a [[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord polite version]] is used.
--> '''Sam''' ''[thinking]:'' Anti-recovery. Anti-recovery. I like it. What a pleasant way of saying "let's kick 'em while they're down."
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The memory blocking drug used on Florence, which prevented the conversion of short-term memory to long-term storage for 18 hours.
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler:Dr. Bowman]] is the last of the genetically enhanced chimpanzees.
* LawfulStupid: The test robot for "Gardener in the Dark", as [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02273.htm exploited by Sam]] via LoopholeAbuse.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00431.htm Florence]] here and yes [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00432.htm it jump cuts]].
* LethalChef:
** Helix takes OvenLogic to it its LogicalExtreme. Since cooking is just the application of heat and pressure, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00017.htm he cooks with explosions.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00217.htm The Golden Trough]] is an all-you-can-eat restaurant staffed by lethal chefs who cook with low-quality ingredients. Parents take their children there as punishment. The cardboard in gravy is out, being the best thing on the buffet.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02131.htm The Mayor's mom]] was a demolitions engineer, not a baker. Her attempt at pancakes is never shown, but it gave the mayor shrapnel wounds.
* LetMeGetThisStraight:
-->'''Sam:''' Bad program needs to be stopped. Don't mention it near anything electronic. \\
'''Florence:''' That's it. \\
'''Sam:''' [[JumpedAtTheCall Then let's go! Adventure calls and we must answer!]]
** And before that was [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00110.htm Sam's emergency call]].
* LiteralMetaphor: When it comes to "bugs in the system", [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01669.htm 2000+ crickets would indeed be the stuff of legends.]]
** Also a protype reactor that lost its plasma containment, [[StuffBlowingUp becoming literal]] VaporWare.
* LittleGirlsKickShins: Hazel [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00658.htm kicks the shin]] of a man who pulled Florence's tail without asking first. Subsequent discussion establishes that it's one of her main modes of communication.
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01625.htm this strip,]] a security lockdown traps Florence in an equipment storage room. She makes a NoteToSelf to remind her about the situation thanks to [[EasyAmnesia her memory being fiddled with]], noting that with the equipment she can leave either through the door or by taking the side of the building off.
* LogicBomb: Dvorak's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fv01387.htm "Omniquantism"]] seems to have this effect on some other AIs, causing one in three to lock up.
** Notably, Omniquantism [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01389.htm was created to defuse]] a ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01390.htm much larger logic bomb.]]''
* LonelyTogether: Winston observes that sex ratios mean that both he and Florence are destined to be alone, so they might as well be alone together.
* LongevityTreatment: Life extension drugs are available over the counter. At one point, Florence (an [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted]] red wolf) states that her projected lifespan of 160 years is slightly shorter than that of a human.
* LookBehindYou:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00228.htm "Helix! Look! It's an obvious distraction!"]] "Where?! ... I don't see any obvious distraction."
** Later, with other robots: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01279.htm "Look! It's Bill Gates!"]]
* LoopholeAbuse: Robots and AIs learning to use this is a plot point. In one early incident, Sam actually teaches Florence how to engineer her own loopholes when the need arises.
-->'''Sam:''' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01546.htm Never ask for permission. Put your superiors in a position where you automatically have permission unless they actively take steps to stop you. Or as I like to call it, "putting human inertia to work"]].
** Florence tells a robot programed not to obey non-human instructions '''not''' to give her the answer to her questions. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02273.htm Sam tells the robot not to treat them as if they were human, completely circumventing the programming]].
** Edge has figured out how to disobey orders he doesn't like and do what he wants by [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02483.htm twisting things so that doing them keeps humans from harm]].
* LostEpisode: The 1999 Halloween Crossover special.
* LudicrousSpeed: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00105.htm Courtesy of a JATO rocket strapped to the truck he's using,]] Sam gets to experience this.
-->'''Sam:''' I feel the need. \\
'''Helix:''' [[Film/TopGun For speed?]] \\
'''Sam:''' No, it's more like [[BringMyBrownPants the need for clean underwear]].
* MachineEmpathy: In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00886.htm this]] strip, Florence mentions the phenomena as she listens to learn how the ''Savage Chicken'' sounds in flight.
* MadArtist:
** ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01190.htm Orbital bombardment in D minor,]]'' using asteroids being employed in the {{terraforming}} process.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01568.htm And something even more disturbing.]]
--->'''Blunt:''' Some months back. A robot named Qwerty. Wrote the first. Of his epic. [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly Rap yodeling. Operas.]] It is then. I knew. [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters Conflict between the two]]. [[FelonyMisdemeanor Was inevitable]].
* MadScientist: Florence is worried that Dr. Bowman [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01429.htm may have been one of these,]] releasing his untested creations. Dvorak the robot is constantly coming up with strange and potentially dangerous inventions.
* MadeOfExplodium: Parodied. In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00541.htm this]] strip, Florence knows there's no logical reason for a desk chair to explode, but she decides to play it safe anyway because it belongs to Sam Starfall.
* MagicCountdown: And [[WalkingTechbane Sam]] thought [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01100.htm it was]] his fault that a time bomb with a digital countdown timer wasn't able to be reactivated.
* MagneticHero: Florence's strong morals, helpful instincts and plain old friendliness net her a ''lot'' of allies over the course of the strip, including [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00402.htm most of Jean's robot population in one stroke.]]
* TheMall: Distinctive because Jean has a single major city, so there's really no need for more than one. Florence applies her engineered intellect to shopping and discovers ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow - at least as far as the [[WomensMysteries woman]] escorting Flo [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00699.htm deems]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00700.htm them]].
* ManInTheMachine: The Police chief was severely injured when fighting a fire in the first robot factory, resulting in him needing [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02363.htm a mobility suit]] to do anything but talk.
* MarsNeedsWomen: Parodied [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02042.htm here,]] when Sawtooth grabs a nonfunctional robot to read its memory during the robot war story arc.
* MarilynManeuver: Happens with both an anonymous Marilyn look-alike and Helix's pet Emu in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01478.htm this]] strip.
* McNinja: French ninja waiters.
* MechanicalLifeforms: How about [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01168.htm Mozart birds?]] Some robots try to fill what they perceive as ecological niches. And [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01174.htm this]] doesn't always [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01189.htm end well.]]
* MildlyMilitary: The Jean planetary military is on vacation during the events of the Gardener in the Dark arc, and Florence is informed that he won't be back until after the weekend.
* MirandaRights: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02257.htm Amended as appropriate to robot culprits.]]
--> '''Robot officer:''': You have the right to data integrity. Should you give up this right, accessed memories can and will be used against you. You have the right to tech support.
* MirrorChemistry: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00710.htm Pfouts uses right handed amino acids, while Earth lifeforms use left handed ones.]] This chemistry is cited as a reason for the Bowman neural uplift package, uplifting native species to sapience on worlds hostile to Earth life.
* MissingTime: Florence winds up missing a large chunk of a day's memories thanks to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia a chemical that inhibits the transfer of short term memories to long term storage]], during a trip to Ecosystems Unlimited. Between some [[NoteToSelf notes to herself]] and scents left on her fur she's able to fill in some of the details, however.
* ModestyTowel:
** Florence wears one after taking a bath at Winston's place, until he donates one of his shirts to provide for her modesty.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01526.htm Florence puts one on when she is called to the videophone.]]
* MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness: Although it [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01182.htm has canonical FTL ships,]] they're off-screen, leaving Freefall in the category of [[Mohs/OneBigLie One Small Fib]], with most everything else derived from technology that's theoretically possible but difficult to produce.
* MomentKiller:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01165.htm A kiss]] [[InterspeciesRomance between Winston and Florence]] is interrupted by the shout of a watching child.
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01980.htm this strip,]] Sawtooth intrudes on a romantic moment between Winston and Florence.
* {{Mondegreen}}: How Tex went from making dishware to a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00601.htm government position in geophysics]].
--> '''Tex:''' Then one day some government folks asked if I knew anything about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plate_tectonics Tex Tonic Plates]]. When I told them I [[ArtisticLicenseGeology built them from scratch]], they said "You're our man.", and I've been in geophysics ever since.
* MoodyMount: Sam tries to ride Polly the emu to escape from an angry mob, but she refuses. He gets her to run by pulling off one of his facial tentacles and putting it on a stick.
* MotherNatureFatherScience: Inverted. The closest we get to a NatureHero is the [[AmbiguousGender "male"]] StupidGood RidiculouslyHumanRobot; OTOH, Team Science has the female red wolf engineer who [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01162.htm shows signs]] of [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder SRMD]]. Winston on the other hand is a male scientist who works with the environment.
* MotivationOnAStick: Sam uses one of his facial tentacles this way so he can ride Polly and escape an angry mob.
* MuggedForDisguise: Blunt and Edge will occasionally steal random transponders to pass themselves off as other machines.
* MundaneUtility: Robots normally only identify each other by their ID transponders. This lets a few robot muggers disguise themselves simply by stealing transponders and turning off the ones they were built with. When the rest of robot society finds out about this... they throw a masquerade ball.
* MustHaveCaffeine:
** Florence Ambrose tends to take exception to having her coffee taken away, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00421.htm as only a carnivore can]]. She also explicitly cited the availability of coffee as a benefit of restoring power to Sam's ship.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02457.htm The coffee maker still brewing]] is implied to be the reason that the compound [[spoiler:where Dr. Bowman is being held]] wasn't able to reach more than 50% operational readiness in under 60 seconds.
* MyCarHatesMe: An unusually literal example: Sam's spaceship's AI was trying to kill him for a while. Now it has settled on injury/maiming.
* MyDefenseNeedNotProtectMeForever: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00741.htm Sam uses a delivery robot's need to keep its schedule]] to save himself from its revenge for [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00740.htm his trying to steal the robot's tires.]]
* MyEyesAreUpHere:
** Not for the usual reason: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01074.htm Winston's squeaky plastic shoe covers are distracting to Florence, who says it sounds like his boots are full of rodents.]]
** For the usual reason, but said by the ship's AI to a ship inspector thrown off by Florence's appearance, in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00795.htm this strip.]]
* MyInstinctsAreShowing: The TropeNamer, and especially obvious with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00612.htm Florence,]] whose instincts resulted in her "burying" a tupperware bowl full of food in the back of the refrigerator under a towel.
* NakedApron: The gold "dress" Abby made for Florence is effectively a wraparound apron [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01520.htm with a big bow in the back]] that was added to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01412.htm a somewhat minimalistic swimsuit.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fv02354.htm "Please don't call me Bob. See the clothes? Bob is a male name. Call me Sergeant Ripguts von Slaughtermachine."]]
** Gardener in the Dark. It doesn't sound all that menacing until you realize the name refers to pruning ''neurons''.
* NatureLover: Sam, in a strictly limited sense
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles:
** {{Invoked}} by Florence in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01426.htm this strip,]] in regards to numerous false records discovered by a robot doing a web search for Dr. Bowman.
** Used by Sam during Florence's first trip to an Ecosystems Unlimited facility by [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01669.htm spamming]] the CloudCuckoolander security AI with 2001 heroic crickets to mask his own alert and mess around in the facility with impunity.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02221.htm Florence's lies are over 99% truth.]]
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02162.htm strip 2162]], Florence says, "There are over 450 million robots. There are only fourteen Bowman's wolves. If I have to choose, I have to go with the robots." Florence is a Bowman's wolf and would sacrifice her own race to save the robots.
* NeverLiveItDown: InUniverse, Edge and Blunt are universally distrusted subsequent to their spree of robot kidnappings.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01409.htm The beachhead crew tried to fix the robot neural net factory]]. As a result, [[FromBadtoWorse it went from damaged to]] ''[[UpToEleven severely]]'' [[EpicFail damaged]].
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01869.htm Sam accidently set himself on fire]] by touching a flame while in microgravity. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01870.htm Sam's solution]]? Shake his hand as fast as possible, spreading the flame in multiple directions.
** No Sam, when you need to break into someplace, that last thing that you need is to be "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02233.htm famous.]]"
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: If Mr. Kornada hadn't interfered with Florence's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01960.htm scheduled meeting with Mr. Raibert]], she would have been present to hear [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02093.htm Mr. Raibert ordering the release of Gardener in the Dark to be delayed]], and thus she would have believed that there was no need to take further action, while not knowing of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02094.htm Kornada's plan to violate the order]] and have it released anyway.
* NippleAndDimed: Even robots are subject to this, as seen in the first [[ShowerScene gratuitous shower scene]]. Helix sees [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00203.htm black stripes across Florence's chest due to a PG filter in his vision system,]] blocking out the view of her nipples (or where they would be; see HandOrObjectUnderwear, above). [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01476.htm Though there's a reason for this, given that by default robot video feeds are publicly accessible.]]
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Played straight with Sam, whose more simplistic biology makes him edible to just about everything (including [[UpToEleven herbivores]]), but inverted with the planet Pfouts, where Earth life can't survive at all thanks to that planet's MirrorChemistry.
* NoDialogueEpisode:
** A shortish one [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00834.htm here]].
** Beginning [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01478.htm here]] and continuing for over twenty strips before someone finally speaks a recognisable word. On the Nice forum (made unavailable since then) Mr. Stnaley said that particular story arc wasn't originally to be wordless, but after a few strips he decided to go without a dialogue for a while.
* NobodyPoops: Averted in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00536.htm #536,]] and again when Florence visits Ecosystems, Unlimited, starting [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fv01588.htm here.]] An InfoDump on the now-dead Nice's Freefall forum states that Florence needs to use the facilities more often than humans, thanks to the physiological modifications to allow bipedal motion not fully taking into account the effect of gravity on her internal organs, which when she stands upright press down on her bladder. The author [[ShownTheirWork did the research]].
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00312.htm Florence is the ONLY reason Mr. Kornada is still alive.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00319.htm He steals her radio headset as he's being evacuated.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00330.htm Then he fakes a heart attack to force the robots present]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00336.htm to leave her in freezing water]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00327.htm with a life expectancy of twenty minutes]] so they can take him to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00325.htm what he acknowledges to be a completely pointless meeting.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01661.htm It later turns out]] that he's aranging for [[spoiler:the lobotomizing of every A.I. on Jean, for the sake of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02074.htm stealing from their bank accounts.]]]]
* NoodleImplements:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01515.htm A dirigible, two ducks, and half a ton of explosives.]] Later: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01691.htm A coffee pot, half a ream of paper, and three fully automatic hot glue guns.]]
** Sam's good with these. According to [[AllThereInTheManual the manual]], he ticked off his planet's royal family in an incident involving "a zeppelin, a loop-the-loop manoeuvre, and pudding, lots of pudding".
** Also, Florence [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01708.htm trying to use scents]] to get clues about what happened when she had [[LaserGuidedAmnesia temporary amnesia]].
* NoodleIncident:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00125.htm invoked by name]], in reference [[CalvinAndHobbes to the original.]]
** Florence also [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01729.htm found herself in such an incident in college]]: It involved herself, a forklift, and her go-to-sleep-instantly remote control.
** There is even a NoodleIncident with NoodleImplements, The royal family is not too happy with him due to an incident involving a zeppelin, a "Loop the loop" maneuver, and pudding. Lots and lots of pudding. This indirectly led him to leave his home planet.
** While breaking Florence out of the dog pound, Sam actually ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01515.htm threatens to cause another Noodle Incident]]'' in order to convince her to ignore her orders to stay put.
** We only hear the end of the telling of a story about the naming of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01971.htm "Lost Truck Lake".]]
** Right before breakfast, the Mayor [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02128.htm ordered the cops to ship Sam to the other side of the planet]]. Right after breakfast, the Mayor's assistant orders Sam's release, by which time [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02157.htm he's already managed to evade his captors]], which somehow involved balloon animals, a sausage chain, a tuba, and a flock of ducks...
** Waking up shackled to a chair is Florence's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02396.htm fourth worst wakeup call.]]
* NotHelpingYourCase: In the debate Blunt thinks he is. He isn't.
* NoteToSelf: When Florence has amnesia, this is the only way she can remember anything, using a pen and some sticky notes found elsewhere in the Ecosystems Unlimited testing facility.
* NotRareOverThere:
** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] by Sam in one strip. Since Jean is in the process of being {{Terraform}}ed, wood and other organics are extremely rare and valuable, while on his planet, the landfills are full of cheap wood items. On the other hand, diamonds are so cheap on Jean that they're thrown away, while a [[WorthlessYellowRocks diamond]] grill he found in the trash would be worth a king's ransom on his planet.
** For the same reason, Florence is given a dress made out of gold by a robot who's into making clothing. Organic cloth is all but impossible to obtain and extremely expensive, but metals are dirt cheap and available in any form you want.
* NotSoDifferent: When the police chief shows Sam the information he collected on Florence's kidnappers, he heads off to check out the secret facility at the south pole. Helix then points out the chief just tricked Sam into doing police work without pay.
-->'''Sam:''' [[HumansAreBastards Helix, humans are dirty, rotten, devious, underhanded sneaks!]]
-->'''Sam:''' [[AliensAreBastards When our species officially makes contact, we're going to get along great!]]
* OhCrap: A few times.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01313.htm It's almost like "Eureka!".]] But not exactly.
** Also, when veterinarian Winston Thurmad [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00363.htm discovers his thermometer is working just fine.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01780.htm The Mayor's reaction when she realized she had been tricked into giving a direct order to hit her with a bunch of pies.]]
** On finding out about Florence's and Winston's InterspeciesRomance, Niomi advises Florence to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01939.htm "Proceed very cautiously."]]
** "OccamsRazor states that the simplest solution is the most likely. So what are the facts? ... Sam is nowhere to be seen. And the creature showing me about is obviously some type of large carnivore. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00804.htm Sometimes Occam's Razor leads to very disturbing conclusions."]]
** Whenever anyone learns the full scope of the [[InstantAIJustAddWater robot problem]].
--->'''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02046.htm Winston:]]''' Why hasn't Ecosystems Unlimited said something? Researchers have been after artificial consciousness for years.\\
'''Florence:''' There are twenty thousand adult humans on the planet. There are over four hundred and fifty million robots.\\
'''Winston:''' Would you be offended if I panic a little?\\
'''Florence:''' Not at all. In fact, it would be nice to have the company.
** When Florence learns that [[spoiler:Gardener in the Dark]] is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02148.htm being launched that night]], she doesn't ''literally'' say "Oh crap!", but....
--->'''Florence''' [''thinking'']: I'm sitting on a bomb trying to disarm it. This is the feeling you get when the bomb bays open.
** When Mr. Kornada's robot servant realizes that his employer's plan has failed, he doesn't say anything, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02282.htm but the sentiment is there.]]
** When [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02302.htm Max Post calls Mr. Raibert to tell him what just happened.]]
--->'''Raibert:''' ''[[OhMyGods Holy THIS!]]'' There was a safeguards program in the queue. ''WE JUST WIPED A HALF-BILLION ROBOTS!''\\
'''Max:''' Bill, calm down. It didn't go out.\\
'''Raibert:''' Okay. Not worst case. But finding the equivalent of a live nuke with the timer flashing zero is ''not'' a situation that fosters ''calmness!''
* OhMyGods: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00710.htm "Isaac Asimov on a bicycle!"]]
* OneGenderRace: There are 11 female Bowman's wolves and 3 males, [[http://freefallpurrsia.com/ff100/fv00019.htm a gene pool so shallow it doesn't even have a wading section.]] Of those males, [[AllThereInTheManual one is in a monogamous relationship with one of the females, one is "married to his work", and the last has noticed that there are only three males and anyone who wants his semen had best be prepared to pay enough that he'll never have to work again in his life]].
** Florence mentions at one point that one of her goals is to prove the worth of the Bowman's wolves so more will be created, until a stable breeding population can be established.
* OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap: Jean is still being terraformed so all organics are expensive, and synthetics are the normal materials for everyday use.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Sam realizes [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01747.htm that being honest can be very fun]].
* OppositesAttract: Winston has [[SpacePeople "spacer gene"]] modifications, which include no body hair. Florence is covered in fur. Pointed out [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01947.htm here.]]
* OvenLogic: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00615.htm Helix cooking]]:
-->'''Helix:''' A pressure cooker works by applying pressure and heat for a long time. [[OvenLogic My way does the same in an instant]]. \\
'''Florence:''' That sounds almost as you're trying to [[LogicalExtreme cook using explosives]].[[note]]He is.[[/note]]
* OrderVersusChaos: Sam unsurprisingly takes Chaos's side but does offer the argument that the chaotic end of the debate creates space for new things to grow.
* OverlyLongScream: Happened at least a couple of times, in accordance with Cap'n Sam Starfall's philosophy, "When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!" Helix is usually eager to join in. In one noteable incident near the beginning, the two of them are running in circles and screaming for long enough that they have to stop to take a deep breath (synchronized, even) before continuing. Florence comments on how inexplicable it is that Helix, who is a ROBOT, needs to stop for breath... Then she tears out his voicebox to shut him up, and offers to do the same to Sam if he doesn't quiet down.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01204.htm Sam's coffee mug]] proclaims him to be the "World's Best Squid Captain". He's also the ''only'' Squid Captain on Jean.
* PantyShot: Florence Ambrose is gifted with a dress that accounts for her tail (seen [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fv01435.htm here]]), based off of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fv01411.htm this]] outfit. Max Post [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fv01447.htm finds it distracting when going to follow her up a set of stairs.]]
* PaperThinDisguise: Sam Starfall’s attempt to try and sneak an unconscious Florence [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01691.htm out of Ecosystems Unlimited]] relies on a smiley face drawn on a piece of paper stuck to her face.
* ParanoiaGambit: If Sam has a reputation anyway, it can [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00396.htm do his work for him]] just as well as an actual plan. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01747.htm Also useful for inducing panic when a known liar and thief actually pays for goods stolen earlier.]]
-->'''Sam:''' Being honest is more fun than I thought.
* ThePardon: For Sam, this is a threat.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: ''Almost'' name-dropped in relation to Sam, who Florence once refers to as a "Weapon of Mass Distraction".
* PetTheDog:
** Sam Starfall, for all his insanity and greediness, has a good deal of sympathy for A.I.s in general, and he goes out his way to gave them all the support and help they need. Also (and possibly as a result of the previous), Sam, while frequently taking advantage of them, '''does''' care for the happiness of Helix and Florence, and anyone who makes the mistake of treating them as a "real" object in front of him will probably soon become the target of some of the mayhem that's Sam's [[PlanetOfHats hat]].
** Here [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00327.htm is the first time that Sam proved to care more for his friends than to care for money.]] A few strips later, after all the robots were forced to take the only human in the ship to safety, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00336.htm Florance correctly suspects that Sam is upset to leave her behind.]]
** Here [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00254.htm an almost literal Pet the Dog moment.]] ("Almost" [[DontExplaintheJoke because]], after all, [[ExactWords she's a Wolf]].)
** Sam is so well accustomed in being threatened with violence for his crimes that, when Florence hugs him, Sam can't help but [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00483.htm stop his theft at her request.]] He also understands to be a bad influence to her, but [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00755.htm claims to be the inverse.]]
* PhraseCatcher: Florence. The first time anyone meets her...
-->'''Everyone:''' DOGGY!
* PieInTheFace:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01753.htm The only thing more dangerous than a French ninja is a French ninja with a pie.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01769.htm It's also a legitimate political mechanism.]]
** One example gives a good reason to be careful with [[ThatsAnOrder direct orders]]...
---> Mayor: "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01780.htm This is a direct order! Hit me with a pie!]]"
** As part of their ability to respond with varying degrees of force, the guard towers at the Ecosystems Unlimited compound are equipped with both plasma cannons and pie throwers.
* PlasmaCannon: The Ecosystems Unlimited compound that Florence visits has plasma cannons mounted in its guard towers, though after serving as part of a punchline for one strip they're never heard of again.
* PlugNPlayTechnology: Dr. Bowman's neural design is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01422.htm applicable to both uplifted animals and robots]], given that it's a general mechanism for increasing the complexity of a neural network, and robot brains are based on human brains.
* PoliceAreUseless: Florence wants to get arrested. Not only doesn't she qualify for being arrested, but she was asked to leave because she was a bad influence on the other policemen, causing a riot among the robot police when they hear about what she was trying to stop.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Courtesy of equal opportunity laws on Jean:
** In addition to sensible discrimination prohibitions like sex, age, race, and religion, it's also prohibited to discriminate on [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01044.htm gene type, eye color, hair color, earlobe length, nostril width, personal hygene (or lack thereof), punning...]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01101.htm Even criminals benefit from them,]] in that government funded buildings have to allow for handicapped access to the roof, the most common access method for burglars.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Inverted. At one point, Florence and Raibert don't communicate for good reasons, and as a consequence disaster is averted.
* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01498.htm The Mayor uses one on Florence in reaction to Sam's shenanigans.]]
* PreciousPuppy: Florence the adult is central to the story. Her [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00463.htm younger]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01974.htm self?]] Not so much, outside of RuleOfCute.
* ProperlyParanoid: Florence [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01731.htm assumes]] Ecosystems Unlimited was when giving her safeguards -- as she points out to Sam, this is standard practice among engineers.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01858.htm "Sam. Remove. Your facial tentacles. From my arm."]]
* PunnyName: Rants Freely.
* PuppyDogEyes: Sawtooth attempts to use them to get Florence to attend a robot meeting. Unfortunately for him, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01339.htm puppy dog eyes only work when the eyes aren't bigger than [Florence's] head.]]
* RaceAgainstTheClock: She didn't know it at first, but Florence eventually found out that she was racing the clock to head off the implementation of [[spoiler:"Gardener in the Dark"]]. As of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01910.htm this strip]], Florence has ''two days'' to stop the program from going live. She did get someone to listen to her within an hour of [[AmnesiaDanger re-realizing the danger]], but needed to defer a full explanation until the following day.
* ReadingYourRights: In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02257.htm strip 2257]], the police arrest a robot, reading a set of MirandaRights modified to better apply to robots.
* RedShirt: Non-lethally lampshaded [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01775.htm here]].
-->'''Sam''': Baker, go left. French ninja, go right. Red Shirt guy, intercept incoming pies.
* RescueRomance: Florence and Winston, although Winston's part came up after Florence had mostly rescued herself from being unwillingly abandoned in the water. She ''was'' still in danger of freezing to death at the time though. Florence even has an [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00471.htm internal monologue]] about it.
-->'''Florence''' ''[thinking]:'' I might be attracted to Winston because he's the first nice human I've gotten to know on this planet. Has he really done anything special?\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Florence''' ''[thinking]:'' Okay, he saved my life. I've got to admit that scores some major brownie points.
* ReferenceOverdosed: For the most part the numerous references to a wide range of concepts are worked into the storyline well enough that they're not jarring, though occasional references to 20th/21st century pop culture phenomena roughly five centuries later can sometimes seem a little odd to some readers.
* RestrainingBolt: The necessary restrictions and limitations of {{Restraining Bolt}}s, with which most {{AI}}s are designed, are often discussed. The "bolt" on Florence is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01453.htm not that heavy,]] and tends to be [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01455.htm a bit]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01582.htm flexible.]] Florence theorizes that Bowman's creations are intended to outgrow the RestrainingBolt, as a sort of moral training wheel. [[spoiler:Dr. Bowman [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02539.htm later confirms]] this.]]
* {{Retirony}}: Blunt had [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01815.htm one week and 3 days left until retirement.]] [[spoiler: Luckily, being a robot, he got better.]]
* ReversePsychology: Sam uses this against the Mayor [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01525.htm to get Florence into Ecosystems Unlimited,]] with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01523.htm a plan "accidentally" left behind]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01524.htm by Sam.]]
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Some of the most memorable characters are robots, many of whom show quite human behavior.
-->'''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01315.htm Florence Ambrose:]]''' Can we at least try to solve this logically before you robots go all emotional?
* RobotAntennae: Many of the robots have these. They contribute to their ExpressiveMask faces.
* RobotNames: Qwerty, Ab[[superscript:2]]y becomes Abby. Sawtooth Rivergrinder is a very descriptive name for a terraforming robot. Given the number of robots, not all have names. They also only seem to take names if they have a local neural net (and thus can become fully sentient) and either survive until they do become fully sentient, or work with someone like Sam, who, for all his faults, treats AIs as well as he treats everyone else (i.e., as targets for petty larceny or as potential assistants in petty larceny).
* RockBeatsLaser: Ecosystems Unlimited attempts to control the information leaving the company by hitting scrap parts to be recycled with an EMP burst before releasing them, to destroy any clandestine listening/recording devices that someone may try to sneak-out that way. This has absolutely no effect on [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01720.htm a hand-written note.]]
* RockBottom: {{Defied}} when Bill refuses to rank ''anything'' as a Level 10 threat; saying "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02303.htm things can always get worse.]]"
* RunningGag: Several, but the most prominent one is [[PhraseCatcher Florence]] being greeted by robots with "'''DOGGY!'''" Eventually [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02032.htm turned]] into FunnyBackgroundEvent.
* RunningOnAllFours: Florence, when she needs to cover a lot of ground in a hurry.
* SceneryCensor: Hilarious LampshadeHanging in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00203.htm this strip.]] Florence's efforts to maintain her modesty make for a bit of a running gag; she's successful in keeping first [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00206.htm Sam]] and then [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00364.htm Winston]] from getting a good look at her completely naked... but she finally meets a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01407.htm robot who can see right through her clothes and her fur,]] and (even though readers still don't see a thing), poor, flustered Flo feels utterly exposed.
* SchmuckBait: Sam finds himself almost unable to resist [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01012.htm "[t]he bright, shiny temptation of the Eject button."]]
* ShownTheirWork: You know how the Bowman neural system, causer of most of the plot, works by weeding out unused neural paths? Well, that's what happens during adolescence according to some studies.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl:
** Florence is puzzled by a scream she hears, and Helix explains: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00769.htm Sam screams like a girl squid.]]
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00971.htm another strip]] when Florence sneaks up on him, Sam [[BlatantLies tells her]] "No, you did not surprise me. My plans to scream like a little girl when I reached the kitchen were made hours ago. It's pure coincidence you happened to be here at the time."
* SecurityBlanket: Stuffed animals are popular among [=AIs=] for this.
* SelfDestructMechanism: The ''Savage Chicken'' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00176.htm is said to have a self-destruct mechanism.]] When Niomi and Tangent first show up to answer Florence's call for a repair crew, Helix's overenthusiasm and lack of thinking out things before acting results in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00564.htm her asking if he is said mechanism.]]
* SettlingTheFrontier: The comic takes place on a newly colonized planet in the final stages of terraforming.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: Dr. Bowman [[spoiler:uses this ''on himself'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02469.htm deliberately sabotaging the safety protocols of the building he's in]] so he can have an uninterrupted chat with Florence.]]
* SharkPool: The security guard at EU who's reluctantly forced to give Sam a security pass for the compound [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01559.htm attempts to lead him into a shark tank.]] The guard, when Sam points out the attempt, replies "Earth fish. Very educational. Keeps you from getting bored."
* SheetOfGlass: When [[ChaseScene being chased by the police]], Sam and Helix [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01270.htm wind up with one of these in their way.]] The last frame of the strip shows [[ImpactSilhouette the results]].
* SherlockScan:
** When looking for purified water to fill a contract to resupply reaction mass to satellites, Florence is subjected to one of these by a sales representative.
--->"You're a gravitational engineer. You arrived on the ''Asimov''. And you work for Sam Starfall."\\
"That's amazing."\\
"Simple deduction, actually."\\
"No. It's amazing that you figured out I work for Sam and you haven't asked me to leave."
** Flo does a ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00569.htm Sherlock Sniff]]'' on Niomi, making an analysis of her family just from the scents on her.
** She does another one later [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01798.htm on the police chief]] and figures out that he's a human using a mobility rig (which itself is every bit as intelligent as the other robots on the planet).
* ShoutOut: A lot. [[ShoutOut/{{Freefall}} Here is the big list, in its own subpage.]]
* ShowerScene: Several of them, mostly played straight. The one for the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02103.htm Oct 24, 2011 strip]], however, {{Subvert|edTrope}}s the usual FanService purpose: [[spoiler: Florence showers with her clothes still on, as her outfit was just as dirty as she was and she was fatigued enough from the day's ordeal that she decided to skip the "undress" step.]]
* SignedUpForTheDental: The mayor's assistant explains to his boss that there are robots on the police force because that department [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01838.htm full medical and a 32,000 km warranty for robots.]]
* SleeperStarship: Necessary for both slower and faster than light travel. In the case of the latter, although superluminal, subjective time for those inside the ship doesn't change due to the nature of the DAVE drive.
* SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism: Far to the non-human side. Besides, [[RuleOfFunny it's funnier that way]]
* SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence: Mostly rather high on it, but [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00636.htm sometimes]] it becomes more like a Slippery Slope. Some are [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00120.htm more advanced]] that the others. There are even [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01190.htm artists.]] Robots made on Jean generally show more initiative and creativity than the average robot, and when they turn twenty a neural pruning process makes them even more intelligent (Helix is a rather young robot).
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Dr. Bowman. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02545.htm "You don't think more than five steps ahead. That's why I always beat you at chess."]]
* SmoochOfVictory: Stopping a robot war and keeping two factories from being destroyed? According to Winston those count as reason for a victory kiss.
* SnipeHunt: Varroa Jacobsoni [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01567.htm has great co-workers, sending him to ride herd on Sam.]]
* SoBadItsGood: {{In-universe}}, Sam and Helix's opinion of the Godzilla movie they sneak into. Evidence suggests it was made that way on purpose.
* TheSociopath
** The first uplifted animals, the chimpanzees, are described as such by Florence in an offhand comment.
** Doctor Bowman, the creator of the Bowman's Wolves such as Florence. Maybe. Evidence seems to suggest that he views his creations as something like his children, and wanted them to be able to live their own lives outside the lab, but Florence hasn't ruled out the possibility that he just thought [[ForTheEvulz giving away intelligent, dangerous wolves to families would be funny]]. [[spoiler: For extra points, it turns out he is an uplifted chimpanzee.]]
** Edge, a robot who spent his formative years alone in a warehouse without any other intelligent creatures (human or robot) to teach him how to deal with others. Played a bit more for laughs, and Florence has expressed a desire to socialize him. [[spoiler:Since he helped save the every robot on the planet, presumably, she's going to end up going through with that]].
* SongOfSongTitles: Sam's favorite video game, ''VideoGame/{{Quake}} [[VideoGame/DukeNukem Nukem]], VideoGame/{{Doom}}ed {{Heretic}} in CastleWolfenstein 3D''.
* SoundtrackDissonance: When [[LoveableRogue Sam]] sees a cop and instinctively starts running [[{{Irony}} (even though for once he hasn't done anything wrong)]], Helix and Florence give us this gem.
-->'''Helix:''' Natural enemies often react on instinct. I am going to follow and provide a sound track.\\
'''Florence:''' NationalGeographic would never have set one of their chases to "SoundtrackDissonance/YaketySax."
* SpaceIsCold: {{Averted}}. Helix says he does not need air to survive, and Florence replies that he is air-''cooled''. Rather fortunate as he was apparently planning a "really funny joke" once they got into space.
* SpeakOfTheDevil: The [[MemeticMutation Sticky Notes of Doom]] contain the name [[spoiler: Gardener in the Dark]] -- and if you're a Jeanian robot connected to the commnet and ''hear'' that name...
-->'''Edge:''' Who wrote this note, Creator/HPLovecraft?
* SpeciesLoyalty: Florence thinks it important that her behavior reflects well on her species, in order to incline EU towards making more than the 14 (including Florence) that were in the first batch.
* StableTimeLoop: Occurs in the [[LostEpisode 1999 Christmas Special]].
* StarfishAliens: Sam's squidlike real form is implied to be one. Since [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00083.htm this strip]], it became a recurring gag that Sam's true form is implied to be [[{{squick}} far more hideous]] than his cartoon-like robotic outfit indicates.
-->'''Qwerty''': The tentacled horror from beyond my stars spoke, and Von Neumann help me, in my madness, I understood its words.
-->'''Sam''': Oh, come on! I'm giving you a sustainable business model here!
* StealthPun:
** Sam ends up chasing a mob that's supposed to be chasing him, causing the mob to conclude that they're supposed to be a panicked mob instead of an angry one. This gives us the inspector's (who organized the mob) thoughts on the matter:
---> '''Inspector:''' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00828.htm I don't know what happened to my beautiful mob, but I'm sure somehow that Sam is behind it!]]
** Shortly after, Sam manages to get the mob back to an angry one and comments that "everything's finally dropping into its proper place." He immediately falls into an open sewer.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01067.htm Here,]] Sam and Helix are driving through "A Section" and Sam comments that they'd have gotten more scrutiny if they had gone through C section. [[ItMakesSenseInContext They're driving a hijacked, giant, crawling baby-car]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesarean_section Think about it]].
** And the next day, a robot mentions that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01293.htm the robot at the salvage yard]] has had first-dibs on salvaged parts, so it's no surprise that "He represents the best of us".
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01805.htm Eye Pods.]]
** Benny performs complex acrobatics whenever he has organic passengers, because his friend is making a [[IncrediblyLamePun comet]][[labelnote:Answer]]A Vomit Comet[[/labelnote]]... He mentions this fact, right after noting where the air-sickness bags are located.
* StolenGoodReturnedBetter: Sam steals his neighbor's truck, claiming it to be "borrowing" — he did intend to return it, after all. Florence works on it for a while before returning it. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00213.htm It runs a bit better afterward.]]
* {{Steampunk}}: From the fan art section, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/abyother/FRFLsteam.jpg steampunk freefall.]] The backstory page explains that Sam's home planet is like this, with zeppelins (mentioned in the strip) and exoskeletons that resemble ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' Martian walkers.
* StreisandEffect: Sam Starfall has apparently had previous practical demonstrations of this trope, according to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00875.htm this strip.]][[invoked]]
--> '''Sam:''' My original mistakes never draw half the attention as my attempts to cover them up do.
* StopHelpingMe: When talking with the police about Clippy, in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02376.htm this]] strip, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Kornada]] is forced to order Blunt to shut up, in spite of Blunt believing he was helping Kornada [[spoiler:by revealing that he was responsible for the release of Gardener in the Dark]]. [[invoked]]
* SubspaceAnsible: Averted. As mentioned in the comic, communications are all limited to the speed of light, and communications between star systems depend on hitching a ride on mostly sub-light ships.
* SuicideAsComedy: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01833.htm A robot programmed with the works of]] Creator/WilliamShakespeare who works at an amusement park as [[ThePhantomMenace Jar Jar Binks]] is eager to scrap himself, until offered the option of helping Blunt and Edge test [[spoiler:Gardener in the Dark]]. It later takes [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01846.htm a turn for the]] [[PlayedForDrama dramatic]].
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: A rare aversion; while a few seriously tough robots exist, they're designed for terraforming, essentially as ambulatory backhoes (complete with beeping noises as they back up). [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00305.htm "It's not fair. Organic beings are so much tougher and more mobile than robots." "It's the advantage we get for using designs that have undergone eighty million years of testing".]] As Max Post points out, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01457.htm "Economics rules. Most robots are cheap plastic and aluminum."]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: A police officer confirms that Florence is not at police station, and she's not at the jail. Is she at the dog pound? [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02339.htm "Sorry, I can't answer that question."]]
* TakeAThirdOption:
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00510.htm 510]], Sam and Helix give two options about where to fly their ship. Florence says, "Actually, we need to go the spaceport." Sam wasn't expecting this third option.
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01803.htm 1803]], Florence has to decide whether to help Sam or the police. Florence flips a coin, but Sam unexpectedly snatches the coin, so it [[HeadsTailsEdge doesn't land heads or tails]]. This induces Florence to take a third option, "Prepare the ship for the mission."
* TakeThat: Many.
** "Hitler shouldn't be cute, and he '''definitely''' shouldn't [[Literature/{{Twilight}} sparkle!]]"
** "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01987.htm If I'd known I could get on a plane with my dignity intact, I'd have flown cargo long ago.]]"
** "[[Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial The one item]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01100.htm we've stolen that causes worry when it disappears and utter panic when it returns to public view.]]"
** "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01575.htm What if she's not the type to nod off during a test?]]" "Ah, but the test contains '[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Darling Alistair Darling's]] Commons Performance on Budget', which is so boring my computer went to sleep mode three times while downloading it."
** "If I listen to [Sam] much longer, I'm going to lose my grip on reality." [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02414.htm "...And if you're a government and you spend more than you take in, you can keep borrowing money forever with no consequences!"]]
** "[...] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02504.htm For the most part, advances in technology and information have only improved the human condition.]]" "[[RealityTV Reality. Television.]]" "I did say for the most part."
* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: Persuading a robot to live.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction:
** Played straight in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01780.htm 1780]] with the Mayor, between Sam tricking her into ordering others hit her with pies and the actual splattering.
** {{Subverted}} [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00422.htm earlier]] with Winston, when Florence takes advantage of his stopping to think to finish off the cup of coffee he's trying to take from her.
* TemptingFate:
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00348.htm this strip]], Florence [[GenreSavvy knows better]] than to ask what else could go wrong, after being abandoned in the ocean with a hurricane in the vicinity, and winding up cutting herself after crawling onto the shore.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01654.htm Varroa Jacobsoni]] asks the ultimate fate tempting question, "What could possibly go wrong". Sam, however, is GenreSavvy enough to know not to ask that question.
* {{Terraforming}}: On Jean, in progress.
* ThatsAnOrder: Any time a human wants an AI to obey without question, they will preface or append their directive with "This is a direct order."
* ThisAintRocketSurgery: Except that flying a spaceship really is rocket science... not that it will stop Sam.
* ThisIsNoTimeToPanic: "If you had panicked earlier, you wouldn't have to panic now!"
* ThreeLawsCompliant: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00459.htm Most but not all robots on Jean aren't.]] But [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00312.htm sometimes]] even this [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00338.htm hurts.]] And there are some... [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01193.htm inherent]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01281.htm problems.]] And [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01515.htm the second law can be easily overridden by the first.]] ''Freefall'' raises a lot of interesting ideas about the Three Laws by making all three main characters nonhuman sapients on a world full of human-made robots, meaning that in most circumstances they cannot order robots around, and robots can let them die or even hurt them willingly, putting them on equal footing.
* TimeDilation: The D.A.V.E. drive apparently works by somehow doing the reverse, for those on board the trip takes as long as it would normally but to people outside the ship it seems to be traveling faster than light. Which is why passengers on FTL ships have to be in [[HumanPopsicle cold sleep.]]
* TimeForPlanB:
** Sam comes to Winston's home looking to rescue Florence, and then attempts to try to break up budding romantic feelings between them out of fear that she would leave Sam for Winston. Florence points out to Sam that he doesn't need to be conscious to give a good impression, so he decides it's time for a Plan B.
** Zigzagged when Florence's plan to sneak [[spoiler:a patch to neutralize a DeadlyUpgrade]] is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02232.htm derailed by the presence of a human guard]] at [[spoiler:the secondary server facility]], and [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02234.htm rerailed by Sam.]]
---> '''Florence:''' Well, I guess it's back to plan A then.
* TimmyInAWell: Rather humorously parodied [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00079.htm here.]]
-->'''Helix:''' ARF!\\
'''Florence:''' What's that, Helix? Sam has fallen down the old ventilation shaft?\\
'''Helix:''' ARF! ARF!\\
''[Florence runs off]''\\
'''Helix''' ''[thinking]:'' Things go much faster when you speak the lingo.
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01688.htm Sam tricks Mr. Kornada]] into doing this by telling him that they need his iris, finger and tongue prints to authorize something; the tongue print is on a pipe carrying cryogenic fluid.
* TooManyCooksSpoilTheSoup: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02539.htm Inverted by Dr. Bowman.]] He let everyone who had opinions on what [[RestrainingBolt safeguards]] needed to be imposed on AIs argue about it until there wasn't enough time to implement any of them, leaving them capable of free will instead.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Dr. Bowman calls this the "Bad Adam" scenario; Gardener in the Dark was designed strictly as a last-resort measure to stop the robots in case this happened. Blunt is convinced that it will ''inevitably'' happen, hence his support for Kornada's scheme once he finds out about it.
* UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000: PlayedForLaughs -- Sam wants to use the ship's computer to play a game called ''Quake Nukem and the Heretics of Doom in Castle Wolfenstein 3D''.
* UnderdressedForTheOccasion: Winston, on his first date with Florence, is wearing a logo t-shirt and pants, while Florence is in a fancy dress.
* UnequalPairing: As, respectively, a human and an artifically engineered {{AI}} that's considered property, not a person, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01196.htm Winston's well aware of the obstacles facing him and Florence]] in the romantic realm.
* UnhandThemVillain: Sam does it to himself when being dangled over a dumpster following the revelation that he was cheating at cards, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00370.htm here.]]
* UpliftedAnimal:
** Chimps were the first to be uplifted, but it didn't work very well, since they turned out to be natural sociopaths [[spoiler: if you believe what Ecosystems Unlimited says, anyway]]. Florence is an uplifted wolf, part of an experimental breed - only 14 of them exist so far. That ''may'' be all there ever will be- they're actually only a prototype for a future race of uplifted ''alien'' animals. However, if the Bowman's Wolves have anything to do with it, they'll eventually be a full species.
** [[spoiler: Doctor Bowman himself is an uplifted chimpanzee, and has frequently been described as a sociopath and very unruly. Of course, they had every reason to say that, given what a valuable employee/piece of property he apparently is...]]
* UsedFuture: The ''Savage Chicken'' is a rather beat up spaceship, that's only slowly been made spaceworthy since the arrival of Florence.
* {{Vaporware}} -- InUniverse: A reactor test [[GoneHorriblyWrong went so spectacularly awry]] that the product went from exisiting prototype to [[LiteralMetaphor literally this]].
* VillainousCrossdresser: One of Edge's [[LieToTheBeholder disguises]] is a transponder rendering him, to robots, as [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02105.htm a pink locomotive with frilly curtains in the windows.]]
* VillainousRescue: Mr. Kornada believes he's safe from the police [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fv02376.htm until]]...
-->'''Blunt:''' Officer! Stop! Harassing that human! He is. A. Hero! Mr. Kornada is responsible. For the release. Of "Gardener in the Dark". Neural pruning program! He tried. To save. Humanity. From the threat. Of. Intelligent machines!\\
'''Police Chief:''' Can you prove this?\\
'''Blunt:''' Yes! Absolutely!\\
'''Kornada:''' Robot! This is a direct order! [[StopHelpingMe SHUT UP!]]
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: Done with. The period. To illustrate. Blunt's mechanical. Maladies.
* WaterGunsAndBalloons: Sam and Helix have from time to time engaged in water balloon wars, often to the annoyance of Florence when she gets hit by a stray shot.
-->'''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00627.htm Sam:]]''' How can a species consider itself advanced if it's willing to travel between the stars and not bring water balloons?
* WebcomicTime: In more than 2200 strips over the course of more than ten years, about three weeks have elapsed in-comic. This was {{lampshaded}} in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00405.htm here]]. Nearly 2000 strips later, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fv02144.htm "almost a month" has passed.]]
* WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture: Given an opportunity to loot a pharmocological supply depot, Sam passes over "cheap life extension pills [and] [[CureForCancer over the counter cancer cures]]" in favor of the stuff that he can sell for real money -- diet pills and performance enhancers.
* WeWillNotHavePocketsInTheFuture: When quizzed on how she determines that she's looking at a human, the first thing Florence says is "clothes". Further interrogation gets the explanation; humans may have to modify their physical forms and their genetics beyond current recognition to survive in certain environments, making appearance, scent, and DNA unreliable, but humans are a tool-using species and no matter what form they take, they'll almost certainly want pockets to carry those tools.
* WeWillSpendCreditsInTheFuture: Credits are one of the currencies mentioned being in use by humanity, although on Jean it shares the spotlight with dollars.
* WhatAreYouInFor: Florence asks this of a dog that's in the pound with her, when she was being held as an unlicensed canine.
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01654.htm Varroa asks this after saying that he's planned for every contingency]] following putting Florence to sleep via the remote. [[GenreSavvy Sam comments on the unwisdom of asking the question.]]
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: Word for word from Helix when Florence's repairs reveal a circuit breaker trip button, in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00174.htm this strip.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01124.htm In a discussion between Florence and Winston]] about the "icky bits" of a planet's life infrastructure, Florence comments on "survival of the cutest", to which Winston replies with "people want animals who are huggable, and no one wants to hug a tapeworm."
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02156.htm The Mayor's assistant asks himself]] if he'd be so willing to help Florence head off a DeadlyUpgrade if she looked like "a deranged washing machine instead of a puppy dog with big amber eyes and a waggley tail."
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman:
** A topic of considerable interest and musing, as all three main characters and many of the secondary ones are nonhumans.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01530.htm In the Mayor's eyes all artificial intelligence is created equal.]] A Bowman's wolf officially is an "AI", so she can just [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01498.htm put one in the dogs' pound.]] Which may have rather [[HilarityEnsues hilarious]] consequences when the wolf in question is qualified to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01504.htm construct reactors]] and [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01538.htm work with explosives.]] But then, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01508.htm some people just can't predict obvious things.]]
** Given the use of {{Three Laws Complian|t}}ce in-story, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01584.htm the literal question comes up in-story as well.]]
** These tend to turn into [=CMoAs and CMoHs=] for Sam, as seen [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01589.htm here.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01940.htm Naomi wonders if Florence was engineered to like humans.]] [[spoiler: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02540.htm Dr. Bowman confirms it.]] ]]
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Discussed in one strip. The hammer is not Mr. Raibert's ''only'' solution for dealing with his problems, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02349.htm but it is a rather tempting one.]]
* WhenIsPurple: Florence once tested a couple of robots for sentience by [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00725.htm asking them "What does your name smell like?"]] The non-sentient one simply concluded that names cannot have scents and ended the conversation; the sentient one reasoned that while he had no sense of smell, Florence did, and for all he knew names having scents is a thing among Bowman's Wolves, so therefore the only way to answer the question would be to ask her.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Referenced when robots outlive their owner, but not actually relevant since robots aren't actually immortal. Their neural nets are rated for about eighty years.
* WontTakeYesForAnAnswer: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02499.htm During a discussion about robot personhood:]]
-->'''SpearCarrier A:''' Okay, I get that [[spoiler:this neural design was made for a colonizing force]]. [[JustAMachine But how can something that's not alive be conscious?]]\\
'''SpearCarrier B:''' Vampires, dude! Ghosts! They're not alive and they're conscious.\\
'''SpearCarrier A:''' Oh, yeah. That makes sense. I withdraw the question.\\
'''Max:''' No! That was a smart question! Don't accept a dumb answer!
* WorkOffTheDebt: When Sam and Max attempt to get out of an expensive restaurant without paying, the waiter makes them wash dishes. And then he tricks them into paying their bills as well. They both give him a large tip in tribute to his cunning.
* WorldOfPun: Puns are dropped left, right, and center all throughout the comic, both subtle and otherwise.
* WorthlessYellowRocks:
** Diamonds are the natural buildup of loose carbon on fusion engines on the planet Jean, making them useless junk you throw away. Because the planet is still being terraformed, wood is ridiculously expensive. It's the exact opposite on Sam's home planet. Sam muses that he could make a fortune if space travel were cheap, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01252.htm here,]] by taking advantage of this trope.
** Earlier, Florence learns Sam sold Tangent [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00552.htm 500 shares in a meat mine]]. She nearly has a heart attack at the thought of how much she'll have to reimburse them, until she learns they payed him with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00553.htm 50 kg of diamonds]].
-->'''Florence:''' I'm glad you didn't lose anything valuable.\\
'''Niomi:''' It seemed like a good deal at the time. We got stock and Sam saved us a trip to the garbage can.
** Florence is also surprised that student tailors will be making her an outfit with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fv01404.htm gold cloth, silver thread, diamonds, and emeralds.]] Triac tells her that he doesn't want to use anything expensive in case they make a mistake.
* WretchedHive: On Sam's homeworld, the docks are "an oozing infestation of scoundrels whose decaying warehouses held the prizes of a thousand different crimes."
* WrongGenreSavvy: ''Subverted'' with Winston, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00351.htm when Florence arrives at his house during the hurricane]]. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00354.htm After he opens the door:]]
-->'''Winston''': [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00355.htm I don't believe it. It really was a werewolf.]] Okay, doc. Think. What's the first thing people in horror movies do when a werewolf shows up? \\
'''Winston''' (thinking -- and {{facepalm}}ing): Why, the same thing I did. They run off and leave the door open so the monster can enter the house.
* YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01786.htm Robots are being trained as a police force for the planet's non-human population.]]
-->'''Deputy Mayor:''' Our non-human population consists of one person. Sam. Do we really need an entire police force for one alien squid? \\
'''Police Robot:''' Sir, I believe if you look past [[ImpossibleThief the obvious answer]], you'll see [[AndroidsArePeopleToo one that's even more obvious]].
** Combined with YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre when Florence's concern that the robots who are built with similar minds to her own might prove a threat to humanity proves that her concern is unwarranted.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Sam, who knows too many technological advancements (Such as nuclear technology) that his planet aren't ready for yet, making it dangerous for him to return before they're ready (About five hundred years. Since knowing Sam, they've raised the bar from 100).
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: Sometimes [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01693.htm you don't know whether you want to know.]]
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Sam, a known trouble-maker, mentions he's proud of Florence following her visit to the main Ecosystems Unlimited facility, during which [[LaserGuidedAmnesia her memory was chemically impaired to prevent the formation of long-term memories]], [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01698.htm filling her with dread.]]
* YourHeadAsplode: Qwerty mentions that his fellow robots are concerned that this is a possible reaction to robots intentionally circumventing their [[RestrainingBolt safeguards]], in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01451.htm this strip.]]
* {{Zeerust}}: Usually none, but the video game Sam wants to play on the ship's computer, named ''[[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 Quake Nukem and the Heretics of Doom in Castle Wolfenstein 3D]]'' or something like that, is '''so''' Nineties.

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