One of the three webcomics from the creative team of Ryan Sohmer and Lar [=DeSouza=] (the others being ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' and ''TheGutters''). The award-winning ''[[http://www.leasticoulddo.com Least I Could Do]]'' is mainly a gag-based comic strip (although every month it features a StoryArc or two that last about a week) about the misadventures of a group of longtime 20-something geek friends living in the city. The stories mainly revolve around sex, love, modern life and all things geeky from ''StarWars'' to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' to ''LordOfTheRings'' to {{comic book}}s to video games and back again.

The main character is the incredibly promiscuous Rayne, who, if you were to judge lecherousness on a scale of one to ten with ten being the highest a human could possibly be, would probably hit somewhere [[BrokeTheRatingScale around a twenty-three]]. Throw in a lot of IdiotHero, a few dashes of ManChild (with a few hints of PsychopathicManchild), and a lot of JerkAss and you will have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Rayne, although there are many occasions where he shows greater depths behind the intentionally and unapologetically shallow face he presents to the world.

The rest of the main cast consists of:
* Issa, one of the few women to ever refuse Rayne's advances (and who has done so since at least their teens) or that Rayne has expressed deeper feelings for, and perhaps the closest thing he has to a confidante. (For example, she knows about [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20040521 some heartbreaks a young Rayne went through]] that no one else does). Can be a voice of reason, although she's not above joining in on the antics of the others or using her sex appeal to manipulate Rayne. Has been a neglected character in recent years.
* John, Rayne's oldest friend and a near polar opposite in views of love and dating. He serves as Rayne's most direct {{foil}}, but just as Rayne's commitment phobia is examined, so are John's issues with emotional neediness and his determination to find a wife or see anyone who comes along as a potential long-term relationship, regardless of their suitability for that.
* Noel, a DeadpanSnarker who tends to fall somewhere between Rayne and John in views on life and dating. Although added onto the strip several years into its run, he long supplanted John's role as Rayne's foil while also becoming Rayne's primary wingman.
* Mick, the overweight, tech-savvy and good-natured friend who has the misfortune of being Rayne's punching bag. He is perhaps the most socially awkward of the group, but although Mick's inability to pick up women has frequently been a source of jokes, he nonetheless has had the best luck in healthy and committed relationships.

Sohmer had tried to get a LICD [[AnimatedAdaptation cartoon]] [[ThePilot pilot]] off the ground. He asked $75,000 (half the projected budget, with him footing the other half) from his fans; by the projected deadline, [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/537261515/least-i-could-do-the-pilot around 1,200 backers had donated well over $100,000.]] The pilot can be found on youtube, albeit unofficially. You can also buy the video on the official iPod/Android app. No word yet on if it's been picked up, however.

You can find the comic at http://www.leasticoulddo.com/.
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!!This webcomic includes examples of:
* AdultFear: Rayne's secretary panics when it seems like Noel's son ate some of Rayne's prescription drugs (turns out the kid was eating blue M&M's). Rayne once faced the possibility of suffering from clinical depression that was giving him stomach pains. And there's his underlying fear that he will end up a lonely old man. [[spoiler:After suffering a serious heart attack and being made aware of his own mortality]], Rayne has trouble keeping up his ManChild act.
* AffectionateParody: StarWars, SandraBoynton, Laugh-In, superhero comics, oh, so many
* ArcWords[=/=]IronicEcho: [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20110117 "The]] [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20110118 rapid]] [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20110122 flick."]]
* ArtEvolution: Sohmer picked up artists who were progressively more skilled, and said artists' also styles evolved over time.
** The comic had three artists prior to Desouza. Chad Porter and Trevor Adams quit on their own accord. J. Horsley III was also involved, but he left before the comic was published, believing himself not to be prolific enough for a webcomic.
** Although it leaves out Lar's own personal ArtEvolution, [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20090731 this strip]] nicely shows the difference in artists for LICD. The anime-style Rayne is from the very first artist, Marcus, from before the series had started or had a title yet. Not much is known about Marcus as of this time.
* ArtShift: Least I Could Do and its weekly offshoot "Least I Could Do: Beginnings" are in two markedly different styles.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Rayne by a long shot. Has been lampshaded by himself.
-->[[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20110201 I'm honestly concerned about my attention span.]]
* AuthorAvatar: Rayne Summers has an awful lot in common with Ryan Sohmer. Even their names are pretty similar (Rayne = Ryan, Summers = Sohmer). Also, Rayne's {{jerkass}} brother Eric looks like Sohmer, (and is the character Sohmer has claimed represents him) while Harry The Homeless Artist was modeled on [=deSouza=], who was homeless for a time before he began collaborating with Sohmer.
* AuthorFilibuster: A not-uncommon criticism, especially regarding the infamous rant against the various things the writer doesn't like about the rest of the webcomics industry.
* BallsOfSteel:
-->[[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20080507 CRACK! "The Emperor protects his soldiers."]]
-->--[[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20080507 "Where once I had a knee, I now have thousands of tiny floating bones."]]
* BedmateReveal:
** Rayne woke up one day from a bad hangover to find a naked Cyndi in his bed.
** And when he wakes up in [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20090619 this bed]], well... let's just say that it add questions about Rayne's sexuality. He seems a bit uncomfortable about the whole thing, though. In Rayne's words, "Not the sandwich I wanted to be the meat of".
**** I think [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20100724 this]] truly removes any doubts about how far Rayne is willing to go.
** And the strip's [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20040101 original bedmate reveal]]. Ouch.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Rayne, through some creative tennis-ball dodging, was apparently responsible for Film/TheMatrix series.
* BrickJoke: In [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20080926 this]] comic, Rayne says to Noel that he would desecrate Noel's wedding bed on his wedding night. [[spoiler:In [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20090911 this]] strip he doesn't...in the night, at least.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Pretty much explicitly stated in [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20061102 this strip]].
* CallingTheOldManOut: Mick is doing this to his mother over [[spoiler: her place in the murder of his father/her husband.]]
* CaptainObvious: In one series of strips, Rayne is asked to arbitrate a dispute between IDS' union and the management. He asks what they want: the unions want a 4% pay increase, the management is offering 2%. After a facial FlatWhat and a near-facepalm, Rayne asks if either of them thought to compromise at 3%. Their response is "I don't follow you."
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Rayne starts as an very idiotic LovableSexManiac. As the series progress, he gets nerdier and nerdier, and far more intelligent. His idiotic-ness is retconned as {{ManChild}}ness.
* CloudCuckooLander: Rayne. Let's just use [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20070802 this strip]] as a STARTING example and go from there.
* CommitmentIssues: Rayne
* ContestWinnerCameo: Every ValentinesDay there's a contest where the winner gets to go on a date with a character of their choosing (and yes, [[PerverseSexualLust several of them have gotten busy]]). Rayne has only gotten two dates in seven years; one was with a gay man, and the other was a near-disaster[[note]]She was German, and the guys tricked him into dressing as a Nazi; only Katie's intervention kept her from walking out[[/note]]; the rest has been a pretty even distribution of cast members (John, Mick, Issa, Eric, Cyndi and Jumpmaster Julie have all been picked once).
* CutHimselfShaving: "I fell down some stairs." "[[DefiedTrope No he didn't. I beat the shit out of him with a smile on my face.]]."
* DeadpanSnarker
* DistaffCounterpart: One Halloween series of strips introduces a girl who is apparently Rayne's (the header refers to her as "Summer Rains"), but she never appeared after that single arc.
* {{Fanservice}}: The art and filler strips from the past are full of it.
* ForcedMeme: A meta-example. Ryan Sohmer [[http://coelasquid.tumblr.com/post/87617683563/spacetwinks-webcomic-history-ryan-sohmer attempted to get some attention at a panel]] (and exploited it during a petition) by having one of his fans go: ''"Why isn't Ryan Sohmer writing DeadPool?"'' The response from JoeQuesada is the stuff of legend if you're not fond of [[SmallNameBigEgo Ryan]], especially since this move was a rather [[ItsAllAboutMe unprofessional way to grab attention]]:
--->:'''Joe Quesada''': Never heard of him.
* FourOneNineScam: Rayne gets an e-mail with this sort of scam in [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20090225 this strip]] and decides to go to Nigeria to meet his princess and claim his inheritance.
* FillerStrips: Desouza doesn't do this all that often, but Porter did, drawing mostly naked women or poking fun at the fans' attraction to Issa.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Rayne
** TheLancer: Noel
** TheSmartGuy: John
** TheBigGuy: Mick
** TheChick: Issa
* FriendsWithBenefits: Rayne and Cyndi, sometimes.
* TheFunInFuneral: Rayne at one point takes it upon himself to make a funeral entertaining with his usual antics due to a combination of boredom, awkwardness (he barely knows the coworker whose grandfather's funeral it is), and irritation that the deceased's supposed loved ones are acting even more selfish and insensitive than he is.
* FutureLoser: Subverted. Rayne is shown a vision of how he ends up as an old man. It shows him sitting by a fireplace, alone, with just a servant tending him. But then the story is more fleshed out and we see [[spoiler: Rayne is stupidly well-off, and he shows nothing but the utmost hospitality and generosity to his old friends, their families, and his own niece.]] About the only thing that hints at it being played "straight" is [[spoiler: Rayne never had any wife or kids of his own, but then again, probably didn't want either one anyway.]]
** [[SpottingTheThread The servant was the first clue.]]
* {{Geek}}s
* GenerationXerox: Ashley is basically a female 5-year old Rayne. Just without the extreme interest in the opposite sex (which is good, since, you know, FIVE). She's shown to have an attention span even shorter than his (though perhaps it's justified, since, again, five years old), and in Rayne's vision of the future, [[spoiler: she's taken his place as company CEO after he retires, matching his business sense as well]].
* GoodAngelBadAngel: John's shoulder devil is Darth Vader. His angel? Chewbacca.[[note]]One of them anyway. Another seemed to be Jar-Jar.[[/note]]
** Rayne's good angel is apparently [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20070926/ HITLER]].
* HandsomeLech: Rayne, as discussed above.
* HappyEndingMassage: Discussed; Rayne's sent to a massage therapist, and the masseur isn't what he expected it to be (read: a guy named Rudy). After it's over, he comments that Rudy "made [Rayne] feel like a girl. With your big strong hands."
-->'''Rayne''': ...no sucky-sucky?\\
'''Rudy''': No sucky-sucky.
** It's not entirely certain who he's suggesting sucky-suckies who, either.
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Rayne tries watching some Asian porn to help decide if it's worth impressing Cyndi's parents just to sleep with her. His (and John's) conclusion? [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20030927/ Well...]]
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: Subverted and dressed in a [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20090105 Hawaiian shirt]].
* HypocriticalHumor:
** [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20080508 Here]].
** Also prevalent in the Star Wars arc.
* IgnoredEpiphany: The arc with Marcy's boyfriend made it look like Rayne might come to terms with his man-whore behavior, after realizing that he missed his chance with Marcy because he assumed she would just wait for him to make his move and never find any other men. But then he gets over it by watching ''LordOfTheRings'' with Ashley, and by next week he's back to normal.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20091026 Rayne at his most terrifying]].
* ImAManICantHelpIt: Subverted.
* ImaginaryFriend: Ashley's is Lou Ferrigno. [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20100414 Only he's not so imaginary.]]
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Issa has one of the largest racks in the comic, equally wide hips, and a waist that could fit through a keyhole.
* InformedAbility:
** Rayne's mastery of picking up chicks was originally a strong case of this. Virtually every strip featuring him hitting on a girl showed his asinine pick-up lines, childish behavior, and utter shoot-downs from the girls. 95% of the time, his hook-ups were only shown AFTER they'd already happened. Sure, Rayne was supposed to be good-looking, but it was more than a little obvious the writer didn't really know how a master pick-up artist works, and it was implied that Rayne merely used the "Shotgun approach" (A Tao of Rayne strip [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20050525 pointed out that the one girl who said yes was more important than the 99 who said no]]).
** Later strips partially fixed this. [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20050711 On very rare occasions]], Rayne has shown signs that he can be more subtle and sneaky about pickups. The implication is that usually he just doesn't bother. Plus, the cute, charming, and childlike angle does work for some. His pick-up of the hot cougar at the bar was a ''much'' nicer change of pace, showing his style and smoothness in place of his general idiocy.
** His skills as a business manager are this as well. Most of the time, Rayne is shown goofing off or ditching work to go on some wacky adventure. When he is shown doing his job, we're either informed he's doing something or his 'great ideas' would only work in a fantasy world
* IntercourseWithYou
* InTheStyleOf: [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20101214 Sandra Boynton,]] to whom they apologized profusely.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Rayne, to the point where he tells [[spoiler:Mick]] that in order for him to be interested in [[spoiler:Mick and Tammy's upcoming wedding]], the event has to be about ''Rayne''.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: On Alvin the Chipmunk, of all people.
* JerkassFacade: Rayne can be quite a dick sometimes. But if he really trusts someone, or sees someone in he cares about in what he perceives as danger, he will stop at nothing to help them, even if it reveals his nice side. A few examples are
** When Issa started dating Michael (Archie as Rayne calls him), see the IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer entry above.
** Whenever his niece is having trouble, he will instantly help her like a mature adult...most of the time. He even told her "Avoid guys like me" because he wants her to be really happy when she's older, and not get hurt. Given what he threatened to do to Mike for making Issa frown, one must shudder to think what he'd do to a guy who hurt his niece by making her a one night stand.
** When Rayne is having a possible heart attack, he keeps his facade of being horny and silly up all throughout the procedure, until he's alone in the ambulance with his secretary, then he drops it and expresses his pain.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rayne.
* JustEatGilligan / KillHimAlready: [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20080721 Here ya go.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Just so you know how bad it is, Rayne once [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police_impersonation dressed up as a police officer]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_by_fraud just so he could sleep with two]] [[CriticalResearchFailure lesbians]]. He spent one night in jail, and [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse the incident was never brought up again]].
* LifeEmbellished: Sohmer shares many of Rayne's obsessions and geek ways.
* LikesOlderWomen: Rayne recently picked up a woman in her late 40s, early 50s (judging by the gray streaks in her otherwise blond hair).
* LovableSexManiac: Almost the definition of the trope.
* LyricalDissonance: The (proposed) opening theme to ''LeastICouldDo: The Animated Series'' is rife with this--it's a cheery, upbeat tune about desiring to live life while facing absolutely none of the consequences or repercussions for one's actions.
** In other words, [[KarmaHoudini the perfect song]] [[ItsAllAboutMe for Rayne Summers]].
* {{Metaphorgotten}}:
** "I fell down some stairs. Some lunatic and physically abusive stairs. During sex."
** [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20070629 "He's like a puppy...that you just want to strangle. And then neuter to protect future generations."]]
* MotiveDecay: Rayne's original reason for getting a job with IDS was because he saw a news report about Marcy (a very attractive and rich CEO) and made it his personal goal to bed her. The last mention of his quest was during the vacation arc in early 2007. Briefly reversed in by arc in September 2011, where Rayne gets jealous over Marcy's new boyfriend and he admits that he was interested (which she responds to by saying he should have ''done'' something, and that his inaction meant he missed his chance).
* MrViceGuy: Rayne. Just... Rayne.
* NearDeathExperience
* {{Nerd}}s
* NotSoAboveItAll: Issa in a few situations, such as the series where Rayne and Eric have a bet and Eric's prize is sleeping with Issa. When the others observe how mellow she's being about being used as a trophy, her response is effectively "He's a doctor, of course I want to do him."
* OddCouple: You do wonder how some of these friends/roomies can put up with each other...
* OnlySixFaces: Chad Porter was especially bad with this. It was literally impossible to tell most women apart aside from hair, and Rayne wasn't any more notable than any other guy.
* OutOfFocus: John, for ''years'', thanks to Real Life Writes the Plot (see below). A more recent example is Rayne's secretary, who was shown giving birth, then having problems at home, and then vanished for the most part.
* [[PetTheDog Pet the Cat]]: Rayne has these frequently enough to push him into the JerkWithAHeartOfGold category.
* PersonAsVerb: [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20061114 Noel/Rayne]]
* PhraseCatcher: Jumpmaster Julie. "Hai."
* ThePornomancer
* {{Practical Joke}}s
* PrecisionFStrike: [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20090925 Right here]]. Sohmer made a big deal about it on his forum, though the constant sex jokes in the comic kind of lessen the impact.
* PrisonRape - Averted early on in the strips run as it was for the most part implied to be consensual, played straight later in it's run.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Inverted with the "Suck for a buck" prostitute, who starts out looking quite normal and even rather attractive. These days she's wall-eyed, lank-haired, and all skin and bones.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** One of the reasons John was temporarily pushed to the background and Noel emerged was author Sohmer's growing distance from the friend on whom John was based.
** The "Suck for a buck" prostitute is also based on a strange encounter Sohmer had as a teenager.
* ReallyGetsAround: Rayne
* ReallySeventeenYearsOld: There's a storyline involving a girl in a bar who turns out to be underage.
* TheRedStapler: Defied; one of the strips in the arc about Rayne's AlternateHistory novel shows his [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] assistant wearing a Hawaiian-style shirt with swastikas on it. The header text for that comic reads "No, you can't have a shirt".
* RememberTheNewGuy: One day, Noel simply knocks on Rayne's door out of nowhere to become the number two character in the strip, replacing John as Rayne's foil and main talking post. He was given an immediate backstory that stated he was Rayne's best friend.
* RefugeInAudacity: The "Midget Hooker" and "Rejected LICD Storylines" arcs.
* RuleOfFunny: The comic runs on this. Rayne and company can do virtually anything without any consequences, even in cases where they probably should be in serious legal trouble.
* RunningGag: "And that's when I bought the horse a prostitute." The prostitute herself also counts.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20100526 here]].
* SlidingScaleOfFourthWallHardness: More often than not, it's stiff as a sheet of iron, but the scale moves quite a bit on occasion, sometimes veering into MediumAwareness or [[NoFourthWall disappearing altogether.]]
* ShoutOut: So many:
** To WesternAnimation/DuckTales, with the short stories ''Con Tales''.
** To WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, ''and'' [[InvokedTrope invoked]] the TwentyPercentCooler trope (see the comic title) in this [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20121020 strip]].
* SmugSnake: Rayne at times can be this, but plays this ''painfully'' straight when [[AuthorAvatar he talked down to webcomic artists in a story arc]].
* StatusQuoIsGod: For major, and more serious events, averted. Played straight with Rayne's [[HilarityEnsues Zany Antics arcs]]. Lampshaded when he has flashbacks to sleeping with a sadomasochist and throws popsicles at a hot girl who tries to talk to him, but Noel expects the "issues" will go away by Monday ([[spoiler: [[PlayingWithATrope and double-subverted]] only to bring it up the next Friday, to find by the last panel that it's an IntercourseWithYou speech]]).
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
-->Rayne: [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20100909 You've seen my birth certificate. It specifically says 'not a Jedi' on it.]]
* TakeThat: multiple
* ThePowerOfCheese: [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20061113 This.]]
* ThreeWaySex
* TitleDrop:
** [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20090820 Punished]]. [[spoiler: Desouza (the arm hair tipped us off) immediately bitch-slaps John for doing it.]]
** Used [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20050404 here]] in a conversation that intentionally breaks the fourth wall in ''so'' many ways.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Rayne has, on several occasions, been bribed into favors with large amounts of Cadbury Cream Eggs, Red Bull, or a combination of both. He also has a fondness for chocolate milk and has been seen eating raspberries when he's upset. Also, on one occasion where he tried to give blood, [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20060223 they drew Orange Julius instead]]. [[spoiler:A prank, not MagicRealism.]]
* VariableTerminalVelocity: Figures prominently in the "Time to Jump" StoryArc.
* TheVoiceless: Both the "Suck for a buck" prostitute, and Wild Bill, neither of whom has ever actually said a word in the comic (assuming you don't count Bill's threatening growls).
* WebcomicsLongRunners: First strip posted on February 10th, 2003.
* WebcomicTime: Belatedly averted. See page for more details.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Most characters are at least loosely based on real people, hence why [[RealLifeWritesThePlot real life will sometimes write the plot]].
* WriterOnBoard:
** A recent storyline where Rayne helps his old paper reinvigorate itself into a new format seems to be a way for Sohmer to express his dissatisfaction with newspapers as a medium and the way they are run, containing more than a few {{Take That}}s to newspaper owners and publishers.
** We've also got an arc where Rayne shows up to give a [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20090921 lecture]] for [[http://www.ted.com/ TED]] on fear, materialism and entitlement. Given that this is ''Rayne'' speaking, you may be experiencing some dissonance.
** There was also his rant about webcomics missing updates when Rayne and Ashley went to Nerdcon. That's right, [[HypocriticalHumor a webcomic that slammed the whole medium of the webcomic]]
** Sohmer takes a lot of the writing from his own views and experiences.
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