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[[quoteright:325:[[caption-width:325:From left to right: Kimiko, Erika, Largo, and Piro. Background, far left: Ed, Junpei (hoodie), Ping (dark pink hair), Miho (purple hair). Middleground, far right: Seraphim (wings), and Dom (tie).]]]]

->"''You see, nothing in the real world will ever live up to what I feel inside. I came to terms with that a long time ago... Maybe it's because the feelings I have work only in fantasies, not the real world. That's why I want to be an actress. It's a way to live what I feel, even if it is just part of a story.''"
-->--'''Kimiko'''

One of the most successful {{webcomics}} around, and one of the easiest to find in brick-and-mortar bookstores, ''[[http://www.megatokyo.com Megatokyo]]'' is also one of the most confusing. The story starts off when two [[OccidentalOtaku American video game otaku]] -- Piro and Largo -- hop on a one-way flight to Japan, then find themselves unable to get back after a credit-card-maxing shopping spree.

Piro meets an aspiring voice actress called Kimiko and awkwardness ensues. Largo becomes steadily more demented and awkwardness ensues. Kimiko's flatmate [[BrokenBird Erika]] has to deal with her past as a popular IdolSinger and awkwardness ensues. A schoolgirl called Yuki gets a crush on Piro and awkwardness ensues. Piro gets stuck with a DatingSim RobotGirl called Ping and awkwardness ensues. And a mysterious goth called [[MysteriousStranger Miho]] stirs things up [[ForTheEvulz for her own amusement]], leading to [[OverlyLongGag awkwardness for all concerned]].

Has gained a great deal of infamy for its [[ScheduleSlip erratic schedule]], along with the [[FillerStrips Dead Piro Days (DPDs)]] and stick-figure Shirt Guy Dom (SGD) comics (a takeoff on the "Shirt Guy Tom" comics from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'').

Has been called the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' of webcomics for its complex plot line and character histories, most of all the enigmatic Tohya Miho. [[InvokedTrope Quite intentionally]], it includes a number of anime tropes. Interesting to note, however, is that it is one of few works who take flak for being TropeOverdosed, despite it having a trope count of around 620.

Fred is now working on a VisualNovel based on the comic. [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fredrin/megatokyo-visual-novel-game The project]] reached its initial {{Kickstarter}} funding goal in ''[[https://www.kicktraq.com/projects/fredrin/megatokyo-visual-novel-game/ 3 hours!]]''

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!!''Megatokyo'' contains examples of:

* AbandonedInfoPage: "I'll finish this section when I feel like it." Currently the quote for the trope page.
* AbortedArc: The explanation of Seraphim and her sister. [[WordOfGod Fred]] has said he'll get back to it eventually, probably as a bonus story after the comic has ended.
* AboveTheInfluence: Piro, when Ping comes onto him during Kimiko's radio show, whether or not he still saw her as a machine.
* AccentAdaptation: Komugiko (the Fox Girl) is a subtle version of this trope.
* AlternateUniverse: Often, between the chapters there will be a short story with the Megatokyo characters in different settings, such as in [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/731 Circuity]] or [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/973 unMod]].
* AngryEyebrows: Toward the end of chapter 7, Piro gets a whole lot more aggressive in his "defenses".
* AnimalEaredHeadband: Komugiko-san.
** Later on, Erika sports some {{Steampunk}} bunny ears.
* {{Animeland}}: One of the best examples is [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/760 Page 760]]. Just look at all the things Largo walks by!
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** Largo's been [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/354 busy:]]
--->'''Masamichi:''' ...deploying an opposing force without a permit, deployment of defensive weaponry without a license, illegal use of duct tape...
** The current page image for NebulousEvilOrganisation, which ''literally'' [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/33 starts off with arson and murder:]]
--->'''Assistant:''' We'll set some brush fires on the west coast, cause a major earthquake under an orphanage in New Delhi, and then announce a recall on the American PS2 machines.
* ArtEvolution: Just compare the early strips to the current ones. Everyone looks much more detailed now.
* ArtifactTitle: Rodney Caston originally bought the megatokyo.com domain and used Largo as his handle because he was a fan of ''BubblegumCrisis''. The comic is essentially named after its domain name rather than being a ShoutOut.
* ArtistsAreNotArchitects: Thoroughly [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. By training, Fred Gallagher actually was an architectural draftsman.
* AscendedFanboy: Piro, and everyone else to one degree or another. This is one of the main themes of the story.
* AscendedMeme: Largo [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1262 took out several blocks of the Tokyo power grid]] with a '''weaponized {{Rickroll}}'''.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The Rent-A-Zilla is a Godzilla-like monster that can be rented (by the hour, paid for in pork rinds), and Gameru is a Gamera parody who occasionally goes on drunken rampages.
* AttractiveBentGender: "Pirogoeth", or Piro's female online persona [[http://www.megagear.com/PhotoGallery.asp?ProductCode=MT+04-1008 with a sword]]. Some people though require BrainBleach upon seeing Pirogoeth in [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/304 a barmaid's dress]].
** "Piroko" is the [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/828 FPS persona]]. [[http://www.megagear.com/product_p/2001.htm Fear the cute one]], especially when [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1288 undercover as a fetish mod]].
* AuthorAppeal: {{Moe}} and [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/374 Sad Girls In Snow]].
* AwesomenessIsVolatile: When Largo blew up something in the class he taught.
* AxeCrazy: Ed (and Dom to a lesser extent) definitely count, especially considering Ed's reaction to [[spoiler:meeting Miho]]: "What is this...this is...ph34r! This is ph34r! I feel ph34r! [[LaughingMad HAHAHAHAHA]]!"
* BackStory: "[[http://www.amazon.com/Behind-Masque-Megatokyo-Endgames-ebook/dp/B0055DYUTY/ Behind the Masque]]" for the Kindle is a short story based on a fantasy MMORPG played by characters before the comic started.
* BadassAdorable: Ping
* BadassCape: Largo, [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1261 dressed to go clubbing]].
* BadassTeacher: Great Teacher Largo.
* BeachEpisode: An 18-page side-story in the omnibus.
* BeatPanel: Used [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/886 with more drama]] than most uses of this trope.
* BegoneBribe: At one point, Largo is being surprisingly nice to Erika after her past has caught up with her. However, she assumes he wants something from her, so just bluntly asks him "If I sleep with you, will you go away?"
* BelligerentSexualTension: Erika and Largo.
* BerserkButton: Rejecting Ping, in any form, is a very bad idea. Mind you, this is a [[RobotGirl design flaw]], but still.
** The enforcement of [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/657 end user dress codes]] is entirely as intended.
** Also, never try to play [[MindScrew head games]] with Largo when [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/706 Piro is nearby.]]
* BetaCouple: Erika and Largo, to Piro and Kimiko.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Piro ''does'' have a spine, usually manifesting itself in [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/867 his]] [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/706 friends]]' defense, or...erm...[[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1270 his own]].
* BigBrotherAttraction: Piro and Ping, arguably. Since she's a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Ridiculously Human]] RobotGirl, she starts out unsure if she wants to play the role of his girlfriend or little sister.
* BilingualBonus: Some parts are written in (romanized) japanese or LeetLingo.
* {{Bishonen}}: A few characters, but ''especially'' [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/470 Ed after his first facial reconstruction.]] The reaction by [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/482 random passerby]] later is ''hilarious''.
* BlandNameProduct: The game Kimiko is doing a voice for is made by [[Creator/{{Squaresoft}} Cubesoft]] and [[Creator/KeyVisualArts LockArt]].
** And one of Largo's students [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/770 plays him in]] [[GuiltyGear Punished Pinion]].
* BlankWhiteEyes
* BreakTheCutie: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/706 Miho did it to herself though.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: [[http://www.megatokyo.com/111 A seriously frightening example]] (in retrospect) where the character is reflecting the symptoms of her real-life namesake's autoimmune disorder which later turned into cancer. Note the knee brace on Seraphim then read [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1290#rant1042 Rant 1042]] for details.
* BrokenBird: Erika named this trope, and embodies it perfectly.
* BrotherChuck: Tsubasa being the main example, being ostensibly their excuse for being in Japan and promptly written out of the comic. However, with the combination of ScheduleSlip and CastHerd, you would be forgiven if you honestly don't recall most of the major players outside of the main 4 - 5.
* BystanderSyndrome: At least one magical girl ([[spoiler:probably Miho, but she may have had help]]) can produce this effect, hiding a house and causing other people to just walk right by it. This isn't InvisibleToNormals, either; it worked fine on a MagicalGirl.
* CallBack: VideoGame/MetalGearSolid - [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/20 From this]] [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/766 to this]] [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/770 (there are no more heroes)]].
* CallingYourAttacks: Junpei and sometimes Largo: [="PREP4R3 FOR PANTLESS NINJ4 FURY!!!!"=]
** Parodied when Junpei uses ''Keyless Enter'' to break open a door.
* CerebusSyndrome: Started out as a gag strip with a plotline before a falling out between the original author, Rodney Caston, and Gallagher led to the latter taking full control of the strip and quickly removing almost all of the gag elements in favor of one long continuous serious plot. Funnily enough, [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/51 a strip right before this happened]] could count as a ReverseFunnyAneurysm by depicting what would happen if only one of the two authors controlled the output. Gallagher's version is identical to what the comic turned into. Although the comic has taken a turn for the dramatic and emotional, it still packs enough hilarity and madcap moments to remain amusing.
** RealLife example: This happened between Caston and Gallagher, depending on who you ask. As can be surmised by the fact that they started the comic, the two were pretty good friends. The point at which Caston left is where the story differs-Gallagher maintains that it was a fairly amicable exchange because Caston wanted to move on to other projects, while Caston's side of the story holds that Gallagher handed him an ultimatum: if Caston didn't sell him his share of the rights to the comic, he'd drop the whole thing; Caston says he complied because he felt it was more important for the comic to get published than for him to be a part of it.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Hard to believe an early strip had ''[[CloudCuckoolander Largo]]'' ponder giving up gaming and leading a more productive life, only to have ''[[OnlySaneMan Piro]]'' argue that the "real world" sucks.
* ChekhovsGun: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1231 Sniping with it]] from [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/113 8 years, 4 months, 17 days]] away! (of course, in-comic [[WebcomicTime it was only two weeks or so]])
** [[ChekhovsGunman Gunmen]], too. Most new characters appear as apparent one-shot bystanders or adversaries before receiving names and becoming important to the plot.
* CherryBlossoms: Some scenes with Yuki. Since the comic is black-and-white, and mostly set in September, one has what ''looks'' like CherryBlossoms, but is probably leaves.
* ChewToy: Kobayashi seems to be turning into this. His encounters with Yuki tend to land him in the hospital, and even Mugi is [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1354 getting in on the action]].
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: In a page aptly titled "osana najimi," Tsubasa explains that he's flown off to America to search for his.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Or rather omninous, if you're Largo
* CityOfWeirdos: Invading hordes, HumongousMecha, and Rent-A-Zillas are so common that no one is surprised any more.
** It's worth noting that most people [[InvisibleToNormals don't notice these things]].
* ClassRepresentative: Junko
* CloudCuckooLander: Largo, especially now that he's in a relationship. Him and Erika are talking about clubbing -- she's talking about going to a nightclub, he's talking about beating people with blunt objects. (Oddly, their conversation is mostly coherent with either meaning.)
** '''Meimi'''. Full, freaking, stop. She's the most out-there conglomeration of magical girl [[CharmPoint Charm Points]] that exists. And her magical girl power? Magical theft. She takes magical girl tropes SerialEscalation.
** There is some evidence that she actually is insane, but most of the time she gives the impression that she's playing it up for whatever reason. At the very least, it's pretty clear that she does [[KleptomaniacHero accidentally steal things all the time]].
* ConsoleWars: Takes on a [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/744 whole new meaning]] in Megatokyo.
* ContrivedClumsiness: Kimiko performs the drink spill variant on ''four people at the same time''. Although her motive is more justifiable than most, there is a small measure of revenge in [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/177 her actions]].
* CoolShades: During the [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1074 zombie revolt.]]
* CrazyAwesome[=/=]CrazyEnoughToWork: This is pretty much Largo's modus operandi. [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/902 Case in point]].
* CreepyCoolCrosses: Meimi wears one.
* {{Crossover}}: with ''AppleGeeks'', although it's much more common for ''{{Megatokyo}}'' characters to appear in ''AppleGeeks'' than the other way around.
** Also, Piro tended to show up in the early-to-middle years of the now complete MacHall. See SnowMeansLove below for the [[http://machall.com/view.php?date=2001-07-08 result of one such incident]].
* CrypticConversation: Miho and Kenji seem fond of this.
* CunningLinguist: Erika speaks, or at least understands, fluent Japanese, English, ''Hamster'', and [=L33T=], the only character in the series that can do so.
** Dom and Piro are runners up, understanding Japanese, English, and [=L33T=], but [[SelectiveObliviousness Piro tends to tune Largo out during his L33T M45T3R rants]].
* CutHimselfShaving: Piro winds up in jail, and [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1270 his cellmate "fell off his bunk. Several times."]] [[BlatantLies Without a bunk actually in the cell]].
* CuteLittleFang: Komugiko.
* CutenessProximity: Boo requests extra tactical equipment, which the supervisor wants to deny... [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/430 but it's out their hands at that point]].
** And when Yuki's friends are telling Piro off for making her upset, [[GenkiGirl Asako]] [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/457 simply can't stay mad at the boy]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext dressed as a pink teddy-bear]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Yuki would often refer to Piro as "Mr. Piro-san," and also gave Largo both "Mr." and "san." Ping at least once addressed the school nurse similarly. Though it's become common in eastern pop culture to (incorrectly) use -san as a term of endearment. Adding the 'Mr.' both translates it and makes sure that the right translation gets through. So it may be justified.
* {{Dojikko}}: Kimiko, usually when she's carrying a coffee pot at the Anna Miller's.
** [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1201 Yuki's]] halfway there, though she manages to be one while pulling off ridiculous acrobatics at the same time.
* DramaticDrop: Meimi, end of chapter 9.
* DrowningMySorrows: Largo; see WhamEpisode, below.
** Piro and Kimiko once did this together -- ''over the problems with their own relationship''.
* [[DuctTapeForEverything Duct Tape And Cardboard For Everything]]: Largo's [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/645 "deadly"]] duo of all-purpose construction materials.
* DysfunctionJunction: Oh so very much.
* TheElectricSlide: Many characters use this trope. It's handwaved by them all being magical girls -- yes, even the one who doesn't know she is one.
* ElegantGothicLolita: Miho
* EmotionEater: ''Possibly'' [[spoiler:Tohya Miho]] and (other) Magical Girls. Based on some conversations, it seems that they need to "feed" off of emotions, which they seem to do by inciting these feelings in others. This doesn't seem to cause any damage to the victim (other than the discomfort of having their emotions toyed with, that is). It also {{Mind Screw}}s the hell out of them as later comics make it seem like [[spoiler:Miho is unable to think that she's loved due to her repeated reference to relationships as "Games" and lovers as "players"]]
* EnforcedMethodActing: The "conveniently similar reaction to real-life event" variety is used [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/652 in-universe.]]
* EnjoKosai: Junko is seen practicing this. She may actually be attracted to older men if her reaction to "Old Snake" from [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4 MGS4]] is any indication.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt:
** Yutaka Kobayashi is madly in love with Yuki, and ''everyone'' (except Yuki) knows it.
--->'''Miho:''' When has anyone ever been in love with you?\\
'''Yuki:''' ''(LuminescentBlush)'' Eh?\\
'''Miho:''' Oh, wait, there's that Kobayashi kid--\\
'''Yuki:''' OH, COME ON!! EVEN ''YOU'' KNEW??
** And later, when Miho runs into Kobayashi.
--->'''Miho:''' Wait...aren't you that boy who's madly in love with Sonoda Yuki?
* {{Expy}}:
** Waltah, the bartender from Cave of Evil is an obvious reference to to a certain buttler from {{Hellsing}}, right down to his dress and hairstyle.
** Arguably Ping is one for [[{{Chobits}} Chi]].
** In-universe, Kotone from ''Sight'' is an expy of [[spoiler:Miho, just like every other in-universe IllGirl]].
* HairDecorations: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/970 Piroko]], [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/748 Yuki]], [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1078 Miho]]... well probably all of them, really.
* ExpressiveHair: Yuki.
* ExtendedDisarming: Yuki and Largo in the [=unMod=] omake.
* FacePalm: Kobayashi-kun at his own [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1238 stupidity]]. When a girl you've had a crush on for years suggests you hold on to her "really, really tight...."
** [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1092 Ryoya]] at Kimiko's PR disaster of a response to a question.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** When Kimiko and Erika strip down to [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/913 their underwear]].
** Also, when Miho [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1319 gets ready for a bath.]] Seraphim being part of those strips doesn't hurt, either.
* FanDisservice ...[[http://megatokyo.com/strip/932 Piro in boxers?]] [[HollywoodPudgy The boy could stand to lose a few pounds.]] Though the boxers aren't his so it may be a bad case of muffon top.
* FanVerse: MegaTokyo has spawned at least three Fan Verses to date. The oldest is the MegaTokyo: the Clans game that started in 2001 on the MegaTokyo Forum, and which is STILL going (look for threads labeled [Mt:tC] in the RP subforum). There's also the Story Discussion Fanworks game that is hosted off site in its own dedicated forum. Also the energetic FanFic/MegatokyoCampfireStory that can be found in the sites RP forum.
* FillerStrip: Dead Piro Day. Also, there are short "omake" stories using Megatokyo characters in popular anime or original stories Fred wrote himself. The ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' one strongly insinuates that the "omakes" are [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Ping's dreams]].
* {{Fingore}}: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1162 Given a nod and a wink]].
-->'''Largo:''' Okay, digit validation check...
* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: Hitoshi to Erika, possibly Miho to Piro
* FirstGirlWins: Depends on if you want to go by first appearance (Kimiko) or first meeting in-story (Miho). For a long time, it appeared that Kimiko had won by way of a coffee pot to the head, after Miho lost by way of a dagger to the throat. Later strips imply Miho's not quite out of the running yet.
* FirstNameBasis: Piro and (Nanasawa) Kimiko make this switch [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/724 here]]...for Kimiko's name, that is; Piro and Largo [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname have no stated last names]].
* {{Flanderization}}: Largo has gone from a [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snarker]] with an affinity for [[FirstPersonShooter first person shooter]] games, to a [[BambooTechnology cardboard-mech-building]], zombie-slaughtering, [[LeetLingo 1337-speaking]], BadAss. This is generally accepted by Megatokyo's current fans. Most readers who actually ''disliked'' this change (along with others) have already stopped reading, and those who've stayed and dared to speak up about the flanderized Largo are usually castrated and chased out of the forums.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Zom-Zom, Yuki's {{Fun Size}}d pet [[NinjaPirateRobotZombie zombie]] [[{{Kaiju}} 'zilla]].
* FollowTheChaos: Most of the cast falls under this. However with all the random property destruction going around by monsters of the day it could count as a subversion too.
* AFriendInNeed
* FriendlyEnemy: Perhaps only somewhat exemplary, but look at the last panel of [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1241 this strip]] and try to say that the dialogue, at least, isn't the best example of this trope on the planet.
* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: Piro and Largo. While initially they were together most of the time, as the comic went on , their storylines started do diverge greatly. Largo's focused more on being "Great Teacher Largo", random shenanigans, fighting zombies and building f34rb0ts. Piro's went on to the exploration of relationships, comparing the reality of it with fiction, dealing with his emotional baggage and previous relationship with Miho, and just dealing with everyday life. It got to the point that they rarely talked to each other, and when they did they were basically having two different conversations on two different worlds. In later comics it seems like this trend is getting reversed. Ping's arc with Miho basically forces him to deal (and interact) with Largo's side of the plot.
* FromBadToWorse: PlayedForLaughs when Piro and Largo are under attack by a horde of fanboys upset over Piro's treatment of Nanasawa.
-->'''Piro:''' [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1094 Great. What else can go wrong today]].\\
''[beat panel]''\\
'''Piro:''' You're kidding. You actually thought of something.\\
'''Largo:''' Dude, what time is it?
* FullFrontalAssault: Seraphim uses it [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/300 to defeat Asmodeus.]]
* FunbagAirbag: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1240 Ping bumps her head into Erika's chest at the Cave of Evil.]]
** Also happens in [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/522 this strip. BOMPH!]]
* FunWithAcronyms: The [[{{NPC}} Nanasawa Protection Coalition]], made up of 95% nameless and faceless otaku losers.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Fred loves to load up his backgrounds with these. This [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/670 page]] is an excellent example, and also includes a subtle example of BreadEggsBreadedEggs[[note]] Chasing fans with a forklift, while wearing a bunny-suit, then with a forklift while wearing a bunny-suit[[/note]].
** As is [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/952 this]], albeit it's a dialog-only example.
** Combined with {{Cameo}} in [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/67 this strip.]] In the midst of Piro's angsting, [[{{Kanon}} Ayu]] appears in the background and [[CrashIntoHello gets tackled]] by Makoto.
** And the background chatter [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1297 shows up again here]], after Yuki's dad goes ''extremely'' PapaWolf after hearing his daughter has a boyfriend.
** Not to mention [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/758 Erika and Yuki's conversation]].
* FurAndLoathing: In a fashion show about eco-friendly clothes, seraphim and Boo both look angrily at someone off-screen as she declares that "No, fur is '''not''' eco-friendly."
* GagSub: Whenever Leet Guy is talking.
* [[GagDub Gag Translation]]: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/116 Miho.]] Poor Largo...
* GenkiGirl: Ping.
** [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/450 And Yuki's friend Asako]] is a [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1181 Genki Girl of Mass Destruction]], and her friend Mami knows the arming codes.
--->'''Mami:''' Hey, I always reserve the right to use the "Asako option". You should know that by now.
** Mumu is a professional genki girl. "No sad girls on MY show!"
* GeniusDitz: ''Largo''. He seems completely insane at first glance, seeing everything through the lens of various action games (primarily shooters), but in the few times we've directly seen his thought processes, he's figuring out some of the comic's [[KudzuPlot more complicated elements]]. Unfortunately, everyone else is a little bit to used to tuning him out when he talks.
* {{GIRL}}: used straight, inverted then inverted ''again''. Miho struck up a relationship with Piro's female alter ego online, using a male avatar. [[spoiler:She revealed her true identity, letting him see photos of her when she was ill, then broke up with Piro by claiming [[{{GIRL}} she was a man]] after all and the photos were of someone else]]. Bad form, Miho, ''bad form''.
-->'''Piro:''' Who was that guy anyway? Please tell me that was photoshopped.\\
'''Miho:''' Phil's the janitor at the Cave. He's a sweet guy, don't be mean.
* GirlishPigtails: Yuki previously. She's since traded up to a ponytail.
* TheGlomp: Yuki, when [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1249 finally finding]] Miho.
** Earlier Miho glomps [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/599 Ping]]. The page is actually titled "a defusing glomp".
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Seraphim and Asmodeus. And also apparently Seraphim and her sister, though this is never mentioned again.
* GroupieBrigade: Kimiko's fan club.
* HeroicBSOD:
** PlayedForLaughs with Kimiko, when told she's been [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/417 a busy girl]].
--->'''Agent:''' Whoops! Wrong file!
** Not to mention Piro, when he finds out [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/535 Erika is one of his favorite idols]], or when he discovered [[spoiler:Miho on his sofa]].
--->'''Miho:''' [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1274 Ping, I have to go. I think I broke something]].
** As well as Masamichi's reaction to [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/805 finding out that Erika and Largo are an item.]]
---> '''Masamichi:''' Can you imagine? The mind boggles at what a cataclysmic disaster... ''[{{beat}}]'' Erika... my budget...
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Piro and Largo; Kimiko and Erika.
* HiddenEyes
* HighClassGlass: Largo wears a monocle with his clubbing outfit.
* HighPressureEmotion: Parodied, with [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1222 Boo helping Largo out via a hat.]].
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Junpei, who has an armband reading NINJA at one point.
** This is most likely a reference to the WeirdnessCensor anomaly present in the comic as a whole, combined with RefugeInAudacity. The idea that a ninja would go around, obviously dressed as a ninja, in the middle of public, with an armband that says "Ninja," would seem so ridiculous to most people that he literally would be written off as a nut and ignored completely. They literally wouldn't see him because he doesn't "Fit" reality.
* HulkSpeak: Junpei speaks both English and Japanese somewhat shoddily as a joke playing on old, poorly-dubbed ninja movies.
* HumongousMecha: The Tokyo Police Cataclysm Division has a few conservatively-sized ones, at twenty or thirty feet.
* HurricaneOfExcuses: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/221 Piro trying to explain away Ping]] seems oddly reminiscent of the "[[{{Dollhouse}} medicinal carrots]]" speech (in retrospect, of course, as it predates the show by seven years.)
* IdolSinger: Erika used to be one, Kimiko is becoming one. Though Kimiko has problems with the singing part.
* IHaveTheHighGround: Miho does this a lot. It's a ''long'' time before it's explained what she's doing on top of light poles and such.
* ImportantHaircut: Various references have been made to Miho's hair being "hacked mercilessly short" sometime prior to the start of the comic. It is unclear what this actually means, but no less than three characters (Piro, Yuki and Miho herself) seem to consider it significant. It apparently happened during her hospitalization, as she told Piro at the time the nurses were upset about her cutting her hair.
** There are many instances throughout the comic where the state of a Magical Girl's hair is implied to be connected to the state of her power.
* ImpossibleThief: [[spoiler:Yuki after she awakens as a MagicalGirl]]. She [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1061 stole a zilla.]] This page could probably manage to double in size with the list of things Yuki has stolen. Eventually people started going over strips in great detail looking for differences between frames when Yuki is known to be around. [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1206 Watch the laptop...]]
** Taken UpToEleven [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1311 in this strip.]] [[spoiler: She not only steals everything from Dom's hands and pockets, she steals ''his van.'']]
** She gets it from [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/684 her Mother.]]
* ImprobableHairstyle: The author once remarked about how people who tried to emulate Miho's hair style complained about how very hard it was to get the ribbons to stay like that. The comic itself has implied, the presence, absence or state of that ribbon is an indicator about how in-control Miho is. The fact that it stays in at all is a statement.
* IncendiaryExponent: Largo [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1054 lives]] [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1197 for]] this trope. [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/505 Not everybody is impressed.]]
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Used by fans of a fictional MagicalGirl.
* InstantFanClub: [[spoiler:Kimiko]], to her surprise and terror.
* InvisibleToNormals: The comic has a...complicated relationship with this trope. See WeirdnessCensor.
* InvokedTrope: Largo, in particular, loves to invoke tropes.
** In [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1241 this]] strip, for instance, Largo's invocation of NiceHat is [[DiscussedTrope mentioned]].
* IronButtMonkey: Largo. It's even stated that it's his job to get physically injured, while Piro gets the emotional flak.
* ItsFakeFurItsFine: Spoofed. When [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/638 Seraphim shows different outfits from around the world]] the Russian outfit is a [[PrettyInMink fur coat, hat, and muff]] (the fur even wraps around her wings), and she is really worried it might not be fake fur.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* JapaneseHonorifics: Obviously. There is an odd one though; Yuuki (and later Ping) will refer to people as both "mister" and "san" at the same time (ex: Mr. Piro-san). It's unclear if this is a little bit of GratuitousEnglish or some odd translation choice.
* LittlestCancerPatient: Miho may be deliberately invoking this trope for her own amusement.
* LittleMissBadass: Ping, Miho and Yuki.
* LogicBomb: ''Averted'' in at least [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/707 one instance]]. Ping is momentarily frozen since two equally important people need her help, but she works through it logically and quickly reaches a conclusion. [[YouFailLogicForever It was the wrong conclusion]], [[JustifiedTrope but that's because she started with a flawed basis]] (Piro didn't need help anywhere near [[BreakTheCutie as much as Miho did]]).
** She wasn't going to Piro to help him, she was going to try to make him care about what's wrong with Miho (Not that that would have gone very well, but still...)
* LostInTranslation: Largo doesn't speak Japanese, so he has trouble communicating with a lot of the characters. Also, Leet Guy ''only'' speaks in leet...[[http://megatokyo.com/strip/172 most of the time.]]
** Which leads to a bit of FridgeLogic, since in a [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/9 very early strip]] Leet Guy literally couldn't speak regular English to save his life. Of course, since spoken Leetspeak is no different from English, [[RuleOfFunny this probably isn't meant to be taken seriously]].
* LoveDodecahedron
* KaleidoscopeHair: Ping can change her appearance in response to user feedback, and the most obvious changes are to her hair. So far, she's had pale grey, hot pink, and turquoise.
* KudzuPlot
* MadeOfIron: Ed gets smashed through a concrete pillar, then crashes into a natural gas plant, causing the whole thing to [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/278 explode around him.]] Not only is he not dead, he doesn't even bother seeing a doctor until after [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/378 a house-sized turtle is hurled into him,]] knocking him off the top of a skyscraper. Even being [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/743 almost completely vaporized]] only puts him out of commission for a day or so. He probably couldn't be [[KilledOffForReal killed off]] even if he ''wanted'' to be.
* MagicalGirl: One metafictional, one retired, one budding, and one [[DarkMagicalGirl dark]].
* MagicSkirt: Fairly obvious in [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1247 frame 3 of this strip.]] Compare Yuki's hair and bangs to her skirt. Although she is, at least, [[MagicalGirl magical]].
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Most likely averted with Piro and Largo; Piro's only experience with women is in dating sims (and [[{{GIRL}} Mi]][[DoubleSubversion ho]]), while Largo generally thinks all women are insane and not worth the trouble. [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/994 Erika certainly thinks this of Piro, at least.]] WordOfGod states, however, that all main characters have enough sexual experience to know what they're talking about. Even if they're too awkward to talk about it.
* MeetCute: Piro and Kimiko. ''Three times''. Yuki and Yutaka. ''Two times''.
* {{Meganekko}}: Kimiko when she isn't wearing contacts, Yuki when she's in her maid uniform or zombie riot gear, and [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1007 Ping briefly]].
** Miho as of [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1308 this strip.]]
* MemeticMutation: [[invoked]] In universe, Ping caused this when she uploaded several ''thousand'' pictures and videos of [[spoiler:a missing Miho]]. Piro even mentioned that it "turned into a huge viral thing." Of course, [[WebcomicTime in comic it's been less than a day]], so it might die down.
* TheMerch: [[http://www.megagear.com/ MegaGear]]
* MindScrew: The comic has been descending into this of late, particularly whenever Miho or the other Cave-Of-Evilers get involved.
** [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1239 This]] seems to suggest that Miho's [[spoiler:something like a cross between an idol, a [[FateStayNight Servant]], and [[Anime/ParanoiaAgent Shonen Bat]], to which the terms "dead" and "alive" may not be applicable at all]]. And whatever she is, she's "the real thing" that [[spoiler:the EDS units like Ping]] were supposed to be able to replace.
*** Another way of thinking of it seems to be this: [[spoiler:You've heard of projecting the surface of a 3D object onto a 2D plane, like a world map? And you've heard of a 2D complex? ''She's what the 2D girls are projections of.'' But only those of a particular "[[AnimeCharacterTypes type]]," meaning she's unlikely to be the only "Analogue."]]
** Fred has suggested on the forums that the majority of the comic (including [[spoiler:Kimiko in her entirety]]) may be nothing more than [[spoiler:a fantasy of Piro's]].
*** More generally, the whole comic is, in a sense, [[spoiler:the combined fantasy of ''every'' character.]] See "Weirdness Censor" below.
* MrExposition: Yuki in [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1199 strip #1199]].
* MsFanservice: Erika, Miho.
* MuggleAndMagicalLoveTriangle: Piro, Kimiko and Miho.
* MundaneUtility: All the {{Magical Girl}}s seen so far have super speed, which they use to fight...or to text their boyfriends in the middle of a fight. Also, cleaning.
* NerdGlasses: Piro until #687, as well as Ping and Yuki for a time.
* NiceHat: Part of Largo's Cave of Evil outfit.
* {{Ninja}}: Junpei. In fact, there's a whole organization of ninjas, and [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/639 this is not their headquarters.]]
* NonSequitur: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/727 Kimiko uses one]] to rouse Erika from her funk by mentioning [[BreathlessNonSequitur entirely off-hand]] that it'd been years since she'd been to a love-hotel and she really should have stretched first.
* NoodleImplements: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1093 Done a few times]].
* NoodleIncident: Many examples:
** One that springs to mind immediately is [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1204 this]].
** The comic is full of these. "Hey come on... we got handcuffed by [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/206 real Mounties!]] That was cool."
** In fact, there's an entire plot arc based around [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/185 exactly this.]]
** And one [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1204 actually involved noodles.]]
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Ed [[RunningGag (repeatedly)]] and [[spoiler:Miho]].
* NotAGame: Used repeatedly -- not entirely unsurprisingly in the context.
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: An ongoing theme with Largo - gets zigzagged quite a bit. Referenced [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/961 here]].
* NotQuiteDead: Ed, who can simply be regrown in a tank has survived being thrown out a window (and clipping a concrete column with his head), being hit by a giant turtle, and a direct hit from an [[KillSat orbital laser strike]]. [[spoiler: Miho too.]]
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: It appears that, while Magical Girls can perform some quite devastating feats of acrobatics, people they carry with them are still [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1333 subject to the laws of physics]].
** While that's no doubt true, [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1312 this]] causes a large part of that damage, as discussed and shown [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1316 here]].
* OddShapedPanel
* OfCorsetsSexy: Erika's Cave Of Evil outfit.
* OffhandBackhand: Erika gives one to Ed with her elbow.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Or at least, so Miho claims [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1003 here]]. Foreshadowed earlier [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/698 in this comic]], where she describes an old and unopened bottle of alcohol as "almost older than I am." Depending on what type of alcohol it is, that could be very old indeed.
* OnlySaneMan: At first, that role belonged to Piro. But as he's slowly been pulled into the web of general insanity that is the main plot, he's been replaced by Junko.
* OnlySixFaces: An extreme example that only got worse over the years. For example, there is almost no way to recognize Miho with her new hairstyle compared to Yuki or her mother.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The fact that Largo [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/745 has a hangover and wanted to go for a walk rather than play with tech]] was reason enough for Tsubasa to offer to call an ambulance... from Iowa.
* OverprotectiveDad: Yuki's father [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1297 runs]] a background check on his daughter's boyfriend.
* PapaWolf: Deconstructed, as Yuki's father's efforts to protect his daughter fly clear over the line and land squarely in the realm of ''[[ValuesDissonance grievous invasion of privacy]]''.
** However, this overlaps with DrillSergeantNasty and OnlyTheWorthyMayPass, [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1299 as he comes into Yuki's room]] to hand her the phone and comment that "He didn't hang up."
* PistolWhipping: [[GunsAkimbo Dual]] Shotgun Whipping is done by Ed when he's fighting Largo.
* PresentDayPast: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1218 Yuuji appears to be playing a DS about three years before its release]]
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Ping does this at one point.
* TheRant
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:Yuki Sonada]] is revealed to be a Magical Girl, with many of the associated superpowers. While using some of these newfound powers, various injuries in the newfound non-magical sidekick are caused.
* RemixComic: Fans from the forums write [[http://forums.megatokyo.com/index.php?showforum=30 "rescripts."]]
** And there's also ''[[http://www.projectafterforums.com/index.php?showtopic=1287 Negatokyo]]''.
* RentAZilla: TropeNamer, after the service.
** And the black sheep of the {{Gamera}} family.
* RickRoll: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1262 On a Largo-scale.]]
* [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Ridiculously Human]] RobotGirl: Ping.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Ping and Tohya. [[NotWhatItLooksLike If not]] then it [[LesYay still looks like it]].
* RuleThirtyFour: Early in the run, Fred (in)famously said that if he saw porn of Megatokyo characters, he would stop producing the comic. As it turns out, this declaration only dissuaded his fan base, whereas it served as ''incentive'' for the sizable population who dislike Megatokyo.
** He has apparently since dropped this threat ever since A) it became clear most of the folks doing it were just trying to get him to cancel the comic, and B) his own NSFW artwork was brought to light.
* RunningGag:
** Largo loses his pants a ''lot''. Normally he takes them off for whatever reason, but if his [[ClothingDamage clothing is getting damaged]], the pants are definitely getting hit.
** Piro's head is removed rather often in stick-figure comics. Apparently all you need is a bit of duct tape and he's as good as new.
* ScheduleSlip: There's a reason Megatokyo fans are widely considered some of the most patient and forgiving people in the webcomic world. Megatokyo is in the running for the distinction of being the most notorious still-ongoing webcomic example of the phenomenon, especially since the birth of Gallagher's son.
* SceneryPorn: A lot, [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1247 to put in mildly]]. As detailed as it is, a common complaint is that much of the backgrounds are very messy, and covered in scribbles and scratches.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Once Yuki's dad finds out about her "boyfriend," he spends ten minutes ([[WebcomicTime and three strips]]) yelling at him, threatening him with grievous legal and physical harm, and [[CementShoes concrete]], as well as insulting the very fiber of his being...then hands the phone to his daughter.
-->'''Sonoda:''' He didn't hang up.
* SerialTweaker: Gallager seems to be an artistic version of this; next time you watch the live stream of him drawing the comic, try and count all of the time he goes back to redraw some minor detail that he's already drawn multiple times before.
* SexyCoatFlashing
* ShirtlessScene: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/149 The debut of "Great Teacher Largo"]].
* ShoutOut: So many they have their own [[ShoutOut/{{Megatokyo}} page]].
* ShuttingUpNow: Kimiko trying to [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/720 explain]] about how she got mad because people were sneering at pathetic [[FanBoy fanboys]] like Piro.
* SleepCute: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/967 Here.]]
* SnowMeansDeath: [[spoiler:Ironic, considering...]]
* SnowMeansLove: [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/142 this guest comic "Piro, go to your happy place! Sad girls in snow!"]] The phrase "sad girl in snow" in webcomics was popularized by the strip, deriving simply from the fact that this is something the creator/character Piro draws a lot of. Specifically the link strip is a guest comic by MacHall, lampooning Piro's angst, [[SelfDeprecation self-depreciation]] and fascination with MoeMoe, even early in the strip.
** Notable since Gallagher isn't responsible for it; Ian [=McConville=] and Matt Boyd of {{MacHall}} and ThreePanelSoul are.
*** [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/75 This strip]] and [[http://www.fredart.com/fredart/artpage.php3?fn=90&ft=sk this sketch]] both predate the MacHall {{Crossover}}, if only by a few months. Moreover, it had to be a noticeable trait of Piro's beforehand for [=McConville=] to joke about it.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: [[ItMakesSenseInContext While it required a hamster/guardian-angel]], [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1222 Largo's reaction to Erika's outfit]] definitely fits.
* SpeedSex: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/993 Heavily]] [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/994 implied]] to have been what put the brakes on the first serious encounter between [[spoiler: Largo and Erika]]. (Not TheLoinsSleepTonight according to WordOfGod.)
* SpitTake: Junko's father, when she spots him in the Cave of Evil.
** Also [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1296 here]], with Yuki's dad.
* {{Squee}}: Asako pretty much [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1181 embodies this trope]].
* StalkingIsLove:
** Tsubasa left Japan for America to find his first love. He's been tracking her across the country, going to each house she lived in for a few years, ever since.
--->'''Tsubasa:''' Being an obsessive otaku comes in handy.\\
'''Piro:''' ''[to himself]'' He sounds like some creepy stalker...
** Yutaka Kobayashi, to Yuki Sonoda. It hasn't really been portrayed either positively or negatively yet, though. In fact, the only word someone used to describe it was "pathetic."
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Repeatedly lampshaded starting [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1366 here]].
* StealthPun: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1358 "Git yer terms right!]] It's '''''vixen!!''''' Do I look like a dog to you??"
* StillGotIt: Erika [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1226 flaunting her celebrity creds]].
* StockSuperpowers: The magical girls have super speed, super strength, as well as a few odder abilities--one seems to have ''teleported'', and another can apparently shrink things.
* StopHelpingMe: Erika gives Largo this treatment in [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/683 this strip]]. Played for drama.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Miho. Although she toys with it frequently, so it's hard to tell if she really is one. She currently seems to be in "tsun-vulnerable" mode. Possibly due to the fallout from Ping's 'uploads'.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: in the rare color pictures, Kimiko and Miho have them. Kimiko doesn't really fit the usual golden-eyed archetype, [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/391 but Miho does.]]
** [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1304 See this last panel as well.]] Effective use of color.
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: Sony programmed the "tsundere" trait a bit too well. Junko has a moment of FridgeBrilliance, when realizes why Ping never has to worry about her end users getting a little bit too hands-on, especially considering that she isn't programmed to give sex.
* TakeALevelInBadass: Piro, if slowly. He shows unexpected [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/841 agility]] and [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/867 strength]] (not to mention [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/886 backbone]]) during his short stint as a busboy at Anna Miller's, and [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/908 easily navigates Largo's PH34R game]] in Mega Gamers the next day.
* TakeOffYourClothes: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/913 Erika can be a bit hands on when it comes to this]].
* TakeThat: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/523 Almost parodied here,]] with many of the complaints leveled at the comic.
* TearsOfRemorse
* TelephonePolearm: Ping, when she freaks out. Then she puts it back and thanks it.
* TenderTears
* ThanksForTheMammary: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/544 Largo: "Wow. Those are a lot softer than I thought they'd be."]]
** And again [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1127 here.]] Despite saving her life with the accidental groping, he still gets [[MegatonPunch pummeled]] for it.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Dom and Ed.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Girls]]: Yuki's friends [[DeadpanSnarker Mami]] and [[GenkiGirl Asako]].
* TightropeWalking: MagicalGirls have an innate skill for this.
* TheTokyoFireball: Nicely parodied thanks to the "Tokyo Police Cataclysm Division", a branch of the local police department that schedules and keeps an eye on massive destruction events.
* ToneShift: Happens many times as the story goes.
* TransformationSequence: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/266 Lampshaded.]]
* TranslationConvention[=/=]TranslationPunctuation: Most [[BilingualBonus (but not all)]] spoken Japanese is portrayed as English in , along with translations for the more hardcore [[LeetSpeak 1337.]]
* TranslationTrainWreck: InUniverse. Ping's English "transl33tor" approaches this after Largo installs and tweaks it, causing it to translate everything into [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1148 nonsense blended with porn advertisements.]] He tries to fix it, and temporarily causes her to achieve a flawless communications link with [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1166 Cuckooland]] before he succeeds and makes it work perfectly.
-->"Bleed me dry with your nettles! I am a coconut!"
* {{Tsundere}}:
** Erika, using the original tsundere definition. Ping also enters a Tsundere mode that leads to unstoppable robot rampages.
** Even ''Piro'' exhibits typical tsundere characteristics whenever [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1272 Miho is involved]]. Note his mood swings when he [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1280 is actually speaking to her]].
* TwerpSweating: By [[PerpSweating an actual cop, no less]]. See PapaWolf and SecretTestOfCharacter.
* UnusualEuphemism:
** "Fsck!", a unix command that finds and fixes any hard drive errors. [[note]]fsck is being used as a generic swearword by unix sysadmins since epoch 0. Since Largo is skilled enough to use a beowulf cluster as workstation, he qualifies. [[/note]]
** Miho also refers to sex as "completionism" and long-term relationships as "replay value." This fits in with her treating people as games.
** On a similar note to the above bullet, Mugi refers to TheirFirstTime as "the big level up." It's unclear if she was speaking [[LevelUpAtIntimacyFive literally]].
* UnwantedHarem: Piro's reaches a size of four--Kimiko, Miho, Yuki, and Ping. Naturally, the FirstGirlWins.
* UselessSpleen: Though limited to the filler Shirt Guy Dom episodes, [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/130 it starts here]], continues through [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/481 here]] [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/837 and here]], and eventually reaches [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/889 a spear named Spleen Slayer]].
* VerbalTic: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/156 Piro]].
* TheVerse: Part of a pseudo-canonical "Macverse" with {{Applegeeks}} and MacHall
* VirginityMakesYouStupid: Kimiko gives the impression of this at first glance. Turns out [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/994 Erika could tell a few stories]]...
* WebcomicsLongRunners: In five of the twelve languages it can be read in.
* WebcomicTime: Probably one of the primary examples. Chapter 0 takes up about [[http://wikitokyo.mt-talk.net/wiki/Timeline two months of in-comic time]]. Every chapter since then contains the events of exactly one day, with the only time skip occurring between chapters [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1152 nine and ten]]. So almost every relationship in the comic (be it romantic or platonic) has had [[FridgeLogic just about two and a half weeks of development]].
** When you think about it though it makes some things awkward. Though time passes nowhere near as fast as us for them, the technology around them seems to advance at the same rate as reality. Its often very jarring.
** The same is true for anime references and products sold in the store where Piro works.
* WeirdnessCensor:
** There are ''multiple forms of censorship running simultaneously'', explained [[http://bridgebunnies.com/?p=619 here]]. It'd be easier to say that there are multiple mutually exclusive {{Extra Strength Masquerade}}s in effect -- look in the right direction at the right time with the right eyes and you can see anything from {{Kaiju}} to entire {{Magical Land}}s. There's an {{Anime}} population, full of {{Magical Girl}}s and {{Sentai}} groups battling [[MonsterOfTheWeek various threats]]. There's the [[MoralityTropes Morality]] population, where [[GoodAngelBadAngel Shoulder Angels]] attempt to guide the human race to their own ends. On top of both is the GovernmentConspiracy, which attempts to [[HeroInsurance regulate the destruction created by the Anime heroes]] without [[ObstructiveBureaucrat getting the world blown up in the process]] -- they drive HumongousMecha [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight on the street in broad daylight]]. And some censored populations are subject to censorship themselves! Heroes only see their own threats, and can get pushy when they are interfered with by [[PoliceAreUseless cops]] or [[LetsYouAndHimFight other heroes]]. No one sees Shoulder Angels save their clients. The mecha-riding regulators tear their hair out on a regular basis trying to deal with the madness. '''''And the {{Muggles}} can't even agree on what to ignore.'''''
--->'''Miho:''' [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/943 Don't worry--they're as afraid to look up as we are to look down.]]
** While Yuki [[spoiler:is still coping with being a Magical Girl]], she apparently finds [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/803 being told to stay in the mech to be mundane enough to be infuriating.]] And while Junko freaks out over Ping's light pole save, [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1169 the owner of the car that would have hit Junko freaks out not over it being crushed by said light pole]], but for Junko's carelessness which brought it about.
** In the fifth collection of Megatokyo, Gallagher [=FINALLY=] detailed [[WordOfGod his explanation for this phenomenon]]: "[[http://wikitokyo.mt-talk.net/wiki/What_is_Megatokyo_all_about%3F ...the main theme of Megatokyo is how everyone has different perceptions of the world around them...]]" Everyone sees the world slightly differently. Piro and Largo are on the extreme ends of the scale--Piro only sees "mundane" things (and dismisses the fantastic things as mundane things) and [[CrazyAwesome Largo]] only [[CloudCuckooLander sees "fantastic" things]], and [[GoMadFromTheRevelation comes up with fantastic explanations for the mundane things he sees]]. Everyone else is somewhere else on this scale, nearly always between those two extremes. In this world, there are no {{Muggles}}: Piro can't see Largo's world and Largo can't see Piro's world, and they both think the other is crazy.
* WhamEpisode:
** [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/682 "If I sleep with you, will you go away?"]] Undoubtedly a ''very'' dick move on Erika's part, and ''the'' reason Largo tries to [[DrowningMySorrows drown his sorrows]].
** [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/870 "You probably even thought it'd help you get laid tonight!"]] [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/871 "I didn't deserve that."]] And at this point... things change between Piro and Kimiko.
** And on a funnier note, "[[http://megatokyo.com/strip/942 I find balancing on power lines a little disquieting]]." Suddenly gave us some real answers to what [[spoiler:Miho and Yuki]] are.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Largo is '''''[[CloudCuckooLander NUTS]]''''', but he's a [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan good man for Erika]]. The previous one was... not.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Maybe not so lame after all: Largo initially assumes that the Magical Girls gain their power from love similar to how ninjas gain their power from honor, but Junpei quickly corrects him, explaining that honor is far "safer" than love, and that the latter should never be underestimated. Considering the Tokyo Police Cataclysm Division's reaction to an unregistered Magical Girl (pure panic), as well as some of the powers they've demonstrated, this seems justified. The reaction actually says a lot about Japanese culture, and what it values, if you think about it: Magical Girls believe in a completely separate law/code of behavior than the culture they are born into, and the strongest among them might well be ''completely'' uncontrollable except by their fellow members.
* WhatMeasureisANonCute: Largo theorizes that this is why the Tokyo Police Cataclysm Division is so terrified of {{Magical Girl}}s. They solve their problems with guns, and if that fails [[MoreDakka more guns]]. They're not allowed to kill magical girls, which would ''already'' be one of the most dangerous types of enemy they could face.
* WishfulProjection:
** Yuki finds Piro's sketchbook, creates a fantasy about what he must be like, and then gets hostile when he fails to live up to it.
** After Piro gives Kimiko a rail card (before they officially meet), she builds up an ideal of what kind of person would do that, and tries to find a way to repay him. Erika warns her not to overthink it, but she does anyway. When they all go drinking later, Kimiko accuses him of handing out rail cards to girls until he found one who would go home with him.
--->'''Piro:''' So... meeting the 'real' me upset her so much she drank herself into oblivion.\\
'''Erika:''' More or less. Don't take it personally. Fantasies are always better than real people.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: [[ManipulativeBastard Miho tries]] [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/780 this with Piro, which works until]] Yuki sees through it.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Not only Piro and Largo, but also Fred's girlfriend (now wife), "Seraphim," plus friends Dom, Ed, Asmodeus, and Tsubasa.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Piro and Largo see everything in VideogameTropes ({{Dating Sim}}s and {{First Person Shooter}}s, respectively) no matter how hard they try. Kimiko [[FreakOut is dismayed]] when she discovers life isn't a SoapOpera with her in the lead role. As CharacterizationMarchesOn, Piro's "hat" has been more his GenreBlindness to the fact that he's in a dating sim, despite Miho's insistent lack of a Fourth Wall about it.
* YaoiFangirl: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1209 "Sorry, just teasing."]] Yuki's "Sorry!" on that page also says quite a bit about her.
* YouDidntAsk: Sonoda says this exact line when Largo demands to know why he wasn't told about the existence of a [[KillSat high intensity satellite-based laser]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: One character has purple hair; another's changes from gray to pink to blue green. Though the latter is a sort of subversive joke, since the comic is mostly in black and white; hair color can only be determined from occasional colored strips or when a character points it out.
-->'''Junko:''' ...blue-green hair. How do you get away with this? Is your mom like, color blind?
%%* YourMakeupIsRunning
* ZettaiRyouiki:
** Just about every female character has had an A-grade at one time or another. And if you've clicked all the links on this page thus far, you've probably seen it for about half of them already (heck, Kimiko's got it in the page image here). [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1103 Here's one more for you.]]
** Also, Piro's online avatar, [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/229 Pirogoeth]].

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