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[[caption-width-right:253:{{Zerg rush}}es [[CuteMonsterGirl have never been so adorable.]]]]

''[[http://nerfnow.com Nerf NOW!!]]'' is a gaming webcomic by Jo Pereira. Originally centering on the RED and BLU Teams' endless battle in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', it later branched out to {{story arc}}s taking place in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'', or one-shot comics based on other games. The latter is now the comic's primary focus, featuring metagaming issues from whatever game Jo thinks is most controversial at the time. What sets it apart from [[GamingWebcomics its rivals]] is its art, which is {{animesque}}, dangerously cute, and [[GrotesqueCute somewhat inappropriate for a scenario involving two factions trying to murder each other]], as well as for the fact that the comic is quite capable of telling a story without any dialogue (though more recent arcs have been using more {{speech bubbles}}).

Recurring characters include the [=TF2=] cast, expanded to include gender-swaps and chibi versions of several characters, the female BLU Enginneer Engie-tan who plays and comments on games when off-the-clock and the {{Author Avatar}}, which takes the form of a purple tentacle. Be aware that the comic provides generous servings of fanservice occasionally, making it somewhat NotSafeForWork.

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!!Tropes include:

* EightPointEight: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/952 This comic]] [[{{In-Universe}} suggests]] [[Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly EGM's]] score of 9 for ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines'', while the Metacritic average is 4.6, is due to [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney plain old bribery]].
* AllMenArePerverts: The Team Fortress crew? Mostly. Mario especially. Which leads to....
* AllWomenAreLustful: The ladies are just as willing as the men.
* AlmostKiss: [[MomentKiller Dammit,]] [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/323 Scout!]]
* AndIMustScream: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/570 Female Shepard probably shouldn't have used the Renegade option]] [[DoNotTauntCthulhu when backtalking the author.]]
* {{Animesque}}: SweatDrop? Check. CrossPoppingVeins? Check. CornerOfWoe? Check. LuminescentBlush? Check...
* AntiRoleModel: When [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1173 Jo kicks Engie]] out of the house and tells her to go her own way, she goes to [[VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}} Minette]] for help. Normally she doesn't like Minette, and that's still the case; Engie went to her for help because she's just an NPC. She was on the ballot when ''Skullgirls'' fans voted on new playable characters for the game, but she didn't win. Engie thinks this makes her a total loser, and so [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1176 she should study Minette to know what ''not'' to do]].
* ArtEvolution or ArtShift: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/630 The November 22nd 2011 comic]] had much more detailed shading than previous ones (and Engie-tan dressed like an actual Engineer for a change). It remains to be seen if this is permanent.
* TheArtifact: The comic does very little with ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' nowadays, but the BLU Engie-tan is still the comic's female lead.
* ArtisticLicense: Jo took one look at ComicBook/{{Raven}} from ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' and draws her with a completely different face, which he calls "[[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1015 artistic liberty]]".
* AuthorAvatar: The Engineer with short, red hair. She appears more often than the other [=TF2-tans=] and is used as Jo Pereira's avatar for Twitter and DeviantArt. Also, in [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/342 this strip]] and [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/248 various]] [[Franchise/MassEffect Mass Effect 2]] [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/244 strips]].
** And then denied [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/462 here]], where he is apparently a tentacle monster in the comic.
** From time to time, he'll [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/478 occasionally appear]] [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/667 as himself]].
* BadassAdorable: Mini Medic-Tan when she gets her [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/136 Heavy training.]]
* [[BadassGrandpa Badass Old School Gamer]]: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/324 In a mini-arc,]] Grandpa wants to show the noob kids how it's done, [[SubvertedTrope but he fails]]... [[note]][[DoubleSubversion ...Or so it seems at first,]] before revealing [[ExactlyWhatIAimedAt everything went exactly as he planned]].[[/note]]
* BadassInANiceSuit: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1271 Anti-Mage, Slardar and Vengeful Spirit]] are getting ready to push while looking like TheMafia.
* BadBadActing: Engie-tan in [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1116 "Take One"]], although it's mainly because she just isn't trying.
* BatmanGambit: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/315 "Master Plan"]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Sniper snatches the canteen upgrade, intent on showing who the "true credit" is to the team...and RED Medic-tan admits [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/818 it really works.]]
** He later shows his worth with a CriticalHit in the RPG though.
** [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Cammy]] [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/634 complains]] about how [[LeotardOfPower sexist her]] [[ThongOfShielding clothing]] is [[DoubleStandard compared to the guys]], and wants to switch so they know how it feels. The one who takes up her offer is Zangief, who [[WalkingShirtlessScene wears even less]] than she does.
** [[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} Beastmaster]] sends his [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1254 hawk pet]] to spy on some of the girls bathing in the hot springs and asks it to take pictures of "hot chicks". It was probably best to not ask a bird for that, as it takes pictures of the Skywrath Mage. In [=DOTA 2=], the Skywrath Mage is essentially a [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies harpy]], who happens to be very [[CuteMonsterGirl beautiful]], and ''[[MrFanservice male]]''.
* BerserkerTears: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/12 He loved that doctor]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Jo in [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1007 "Sodium Overload"]], '''big time'''.
* {{Bishonen}}: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/589 A fix suggested by Engie-tan for Heavy.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Steam-tan. Her true love is money. [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/624 Of course, this is returned in kind.]]
* BiTheWay: BLU Engie-tan.
* BittersweetEnding: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/41 Drone-tan being forced to become a Hatchery]], with some overlap with SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoment.
* BlushSticker
* BottomOfTheBarrelJoke: [[CosmeticAward Hat]] jokes. Lampshaded [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/462 here]].
** Also, "can't think of anything to draw" comics. Usually, these involve short conversations between the author and Engie-tan, or Engie-tan briefly taking over the comic.
* BoundAndGagged: Blue Engi in an early arc. Fortunately, Pyro's knowledge of muffle speak allowed him to understand her.
* BrainBleach: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/328 You've seen it]], Now you can't [[{{Futurama}} unsee it]].
* BreakingBadNewsGently: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/553 Engie]] uses a FromBadToWorse scenario, then reveals the "worse" part ('''[[SurprisePregnancy she's pregnant]]''') was a gag so that the "bad" part ({{DRM}} and [[RevenueEnhancingDevices real money]] [[BribingYourWayToVictory auction house]] in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'') doesn't seem so bad.
* BreakTheCutie: Drone-tan's first arc.
** Sniper-tan.
* BreastExpansion: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/609 2-up]].
* BrickJoke: Harking back to Meet the Demoman, the Sniper, [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/277 after ticking off Demo-tan]], [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/278 is being stitched back together... "In Hell!"]]
** Santa didn't forget about what happened to him [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/227 on Engie's home last year]]; but he's a forgiving fellow: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/439 He even gave her a hat!]]
** [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/500 On the 500th comic, we were promised fanservice.]] Fast-forward to now, and [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1000 we are indeed getting fanservice for the milestone!]]
* BrokenAesop: After Engie gambles Jo's hat on a DOTA game, and ''[[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1046 wins]]'', Red is worried that she's learning the wrong lesson. Jo doesn't care as he's loaded with the winnings.
* ButtMonkey: The Sniper. Back during the Sniper VS Spy Update, there was a string of comics with the Spy being far superior to the Sniper. He then later pissed of a RED Demogirl, and... [[IronButtmonkey it ended badly.]]
** In contrast, [[{{DistaffCounterpart}} Sniper-Tan]] has been exempt from this treatment. [[spoiler: As of late, however, she has her own problems to deal with.]]
** After exhausting all her options, the now-homeless Engie-tan [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/672 still refuses to spend the night at Sniper's camper van.]]
* CamWhore: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1201 Anne-Marie]] does this to get a game for free and embezzle the money that Jo gave her to buy it.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: A [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/772 public service announcement]] about playing a Blizzard game without an authenticator.
* CardiovascularLove: HeartSymbol imagery appears all the time.
* CatFight: The BLU and RED Engie-tans can't settle things with words...so they [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/801 get physical.]]
* CatGirl: Anne-Marie [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1221 cosplays as one here]] for her fanbase.
* ChainmailBikini: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1040 Subverted here]] where Engie starts out wearing one but asks for a more realistic suit of armor.
* ChristmasEpisode: For [[YouMeanXMas Frostivus]], [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1177 Crystal Maiden]] tells [[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} Tiny]] he shouldn't kill Pugna, as it is the time of truce, celebration and giving presents. So Tiny gives Pugna a lovely gift-wrapped [[DishingOutDirt boulder]], delivered at [[AnvilOnHead 9.8 m/s]][[superscript:2]].
* ClingyJealousGirl: Origin-tan.
** [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/670 Sniper-tan]] as well.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1131 Jo sent]] [[{{Creator/WayForwardTechnologies}} Matt Bozon]] a sketch of Engie asking {{VideoGame/Shantae}} for an autograph, handing her a marker, and opening her top. Matt sent back a picture of Shantae autographing the marker.
* CompetitionFreak: Jane, even when Jo makes her do {{Fanservice}}, she insists [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1204 her fan service]] has to be better than Morgan's.
* CoolDown: As demonstrated [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1128 here]], [[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} Yurnero]] jumps back and forth between DirtyCoward and TheJuggernaut depending on whether Omnislash is available.
* CoolOldGuy: The old man from the Noob arc.
* CornerOfWoe: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/92 This one.]] Can't really blame the Medic for it; over more or less the entire arc, things were going really, '''really''' badly for him. Good thing the enemy heavy was [[HeelFaceTurn sympathetic.]]
** [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1047 Poor]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Wii Fit]] [[{{Rule 34}} Trainer]]...
* CreatorCameo: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/461 Here.]] BrainBleach is that way.
** EarlyBirdCameo[[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/235 ?]]
* CriticalHit: The Sniper rolls a 20 on a d20 in BLU Engie-tan's RPG to do a [[BoomHeadshot TWANG-Headshot.]]
* CrossOver: [[http://jopereira.deviantart.com/art/Neon-Fortress-Senterion-146732859 Neon Fortress Senterion]], anyone?
** The RPGElements Valve is adding to ''[[http://nerfnow.com/comic/134 Team Fortress 2]]''...
* CrossPlayer: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1113 Jo here]].
* CulturalTranslation: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/289 "Localization"]].
* CuteLittleFangs: Zergling-tans.
* CuteMonsterGirl: The Zerg. No, seriously.
** And [[Franchise/TheElderScrolls the Lusty Argonian Maid.]]
* DatingCatwoman: The Engie-tans from the opposite teams are pretty much together by now.
* DayInTheLife: The "Get A Game" strips. Alek, Morgan and Anne-Marie were given money to buy a game for their day's strip. Alek bought one with a free TeamFortress hat, and Morgan got one that was the "Nostalgia Goggles Edition"... while Anne-Marie got her online fanbase to buy the game for her and pocketed the money for herself instead.
** TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Jane got upset she didn't get a "Get a Game" strip, but Jo points out her strip would have been a predictable CallOfDuty joke, and instead gave her some CharacterDevelopment as Jane got to show her relationship with Morgan (she razzed Morgan for being a "lefty"). Since that explanation left Jo without time for a proper joke, Jane agreed to do some [[StreetFighter Cammy]] cosplay (which also showed she had a rivalry with Morgan in being MsFanservice).
* DeepImmersionGaming: From kill reports, chat channels, and the fact that they occasionally change classes/games, the two teams are obviously in a video game, though their players are never shown.
* DepravedDentist: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1112 We don't see her in action]], but what would you expect from [[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} Akasha]] the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Queen of Pain]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/189 This]] short arc about a newbie [[DistressedDamsel video game princess]]'s first kidnapping.
** [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/178 And this]] previous mini-arc featuring [[CasualVideoGame a casual gamer]]
** [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/445 Oh]] [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/446 God]] [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/447 yes.]]
* DoubleStandard [[note]]With a dash of HypocriticalHumor[[/note]]: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/456 Of the non-gender-issues related variety]].
** [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/704 When this trope meets]] AnythingThatMoves.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The ''VideoGame/MegaMan 9'' arc.]]
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: After gambling away her and Red's clothes, [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1044 Jo scolds Engie about gambling]], only for her to come to a different conclusion.
-->'''Jo''': Hope you learned your lesson. When you bet sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
-->'''Engie''': (while gambling on Jo's NiceHat) I lost last time, this means ''this'' time [[GamblersFallacy I'm totally going to win!]]
* DynamicDifficulty: Just as BLU Engie was about to [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/759 kill a boss]] in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', RED Engie joins her game, causing the dynamic difficulty to kick in, boosting the almost dead boss enough to squash BLU like a bug.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: It started as a story-driven ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' comic, but it's mostly a gag-a-day general gaming comic now.
* EasterBunny: When Lina and Crystal Maiden [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/986 are painted]] in PlayboyBunny outfits by Jo, Engie thinks he's doing the Easter comic with them as the Easter Bunnies. Jo accepts this.
* Engrish: The creator is Brazilian and English is not his first language. This comes across occasionally.
* EtTuBrute: Morgan takes Jane [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney to court]] for libel and slander over the Steam tags, and Alek looks like she's going to act as defense. However, Alek is also pissed off at Jane for hinting that Alek's [[FakeBoobs breasts weren't real]], and sides with the prosecution instead of defending Jane.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The ''TeamFortress2'' characters get referred to by their class names with their {{Distaff Counterpart}}s similarly so... until it was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] with [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1188 four of the female classes receiving actual names]]. Engie-tan was not among their number.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The American Violent Gamer may be violent, but he doesn't violate women. [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/537 Only Japanese gamers do.]]
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Red haired Engie-tan.
* ExiledToTheCouch: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1043 That's what BLU Engie]] gets for [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1042 gambling away her and RED's clothes.]]
* {{Expy}}: The most recent one is [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/222 how one Engie-tan]] resembles [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Rei]].
** [[http://jopereira.deviantart.com/art/Neon-Fortress-Senterion-146732859 A more obvious version]].
* FakeBoobs: Jane uses a Steam tag to mark Aleksandrina's chest with the text "[[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1231 not a real boobie]]". Alek insists they're real and that [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1232 Jane is just jealous]].
* {{Fanservice}}: With a huge [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/288 engineered lampshade.]]
--> [[MemeticMutation Fanservice? In MY Nerfnow?]]
* FanDisservice:
** [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/336 Curse you, [=WoW=]!]]
** [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1015 Raven, old hag face on a super model body.]]
* FieryRedhead: Engie-tan.
* FrenchJerk: Guess who.
* FridgeLogic: In universe, coupled with EurekaMoment: [[VideoGame/MegaMan Dr. Wily]] finds [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/230 a strategy]] to [[ExploitedTrope exploit]] MegaManning.
** What happens if [[FistOfTheNorthStar you are already dead]] to [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/237 begin with?!]]
* GagEcho: [[Franchise/MassEffect Commander Shepard]] [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/435/ returns Councilor Sparatus' air-quotes.]]
* GamblersFallacy: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1044 Engie interprets]] "sometimes you win, sometimes you lose" to mean that if you lose, then a win must be right around the corner.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/155 This comic]] lampshades the impossibility of the Engineer's feats in the actual game as a punchline.
** [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1091 This comic]] shows how Gameplay and Story Integration, works against ''WorldOfWarcraft''. With the Horde engaged in civil war, Engie tries to convince King Varian that now is the perfect time to pick off the Horde races from the sidelines, starting with the Forsaken. But because the gameplay dictates there must be a Horde, Varian goes with an EnemyMine situation to help one half of the Horde fight the other, and gives no reason why.
* GeniusBruiser: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/132 The Heavy, apparently]].
* GenreSavvy: Lydia [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/805 knew enough]] about both sides of the FurAgainstFang debate to know which one she wanted Engie-Tan to go to.
* GenreShift: "[[http://nerfnow.com/comic/144 She Was Just Level One]]" is a pretty [[DarkerAndEdgier grim and gritty]] story for a comic that normally runs on the RuleOfCute.
** [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Frontier_Justice Now an]] AscendedFanfic.
** [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/205 Revisited]] in Revengineer 2.0. Brief but satisfying.
* GilliganCut: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1066 Engie and Jo]] are wondering if ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'' will ever get out of [[PerpetualBeta beta]].
-->'''Engie''': At this point I just hope they release the game before space exploration becomes reality.\\
'''Space Engie''': Nope, still not released.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: The author does enjoy drawing lesbian make-out scenes every [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/273 now]] and [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/248 then]], [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/323 and again,]] [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/954 and again,]] and again...
** It seems Pyro and Demoman in the third comic agree. Scout probably agrees also, he's just impatient.
** Invoked by [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Chun-Li and Cammy]] who use themselves [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/578 as bait]].
* GoodNewsBadNews: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/667 The good news]] is your friends are dumping the crappy 3rd edition of [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]], the bad news is you have to buy the 4th edition books to keep up. [[IronicEcho And then the 5th edition comes out.]]
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Considering they're being worn by Pyro, you can probably guess what they [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/99 are...]]
** A female example serves as an [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/75 enjoyable last view for the sniper]].
* HandsGoDown: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/331 Concerning uses of the new Kinect system.]]
* HeadPet: Heavy Weapons Guy needs to go Scout to deliver a message, but doesn't have a helmet. Mini-Medic wants to tag along. [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/361 The solution is obvious]].
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: When Engie puts on a [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1040 full suit of armor]] she leaves out the helmet, suggesting that she'll rely on PlotArmor.
* HeroesWantRedheads: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/317 Holy Arceus! A shiny Pikachu!]]
* {{Hikikomori}} / CrazySurvivalist: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/358 This strip]].
* {{Hipster}}: Morgan, or at least it's how Jane portrays her, at the very least, she's into the indie gaming scene.
* HotterAndSexier: It's Team Fortress plus anime babes.
* IdeaBulb: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/135 This]] comic.
* IncompatibleOrientation: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/117 Sakura]] has just turned 18 and wanted to celebrate with [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]], who would rather spend the day with Sagat.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: [[SirensAreMermaids Slithice]] always goes around topless, apparently because nobody told her about the [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1256 surface dress code]]. Slardar pings her to try to warn her about it all the time... but all he could say was "[[OneDialogueTwoConversations top is missing]]" and she mistook it for a lane instruction.
* InnocentInnuendo: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/329 What were you expecting?]]
* {{Irony}}: Situational, noted in the NewsPost under [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/297 Strip 297]], the end of the "Nerf" arc.
* ItsEasySoItSucks: [[{{In-Universe}} Jo is complaining]] that [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/870 patch 1.0.5]] has made ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' much easier, complete with Diablo-Tan presenting loot on a silver platter. Engie asks if the game is more fun than when it was ItsHardSoItSucks, and he sheepishly admits that it is.
** Happens again with the [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1240 2.0.1 patch]]; this time it's Jane complaining that ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' has been ruined in trying to appeal to stupid casual gamers, like Morgan. Morgan disagrees on the "ruined" part.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Heavy Weapons Guy and Heavy Weapons Girl compete for the Medic's affections. [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/98 When Medic chooses HWGirl, HWGuy leaves so as not to come between them]].
* IWarnedYou: When the Engies go out on a camping trip, BLU-Engie brings along her DS and extra batteries while RED brings "her spirit of adventure". When nature dumps a rainstorm on them, keeping them in their tent, [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/766 BLU rubs it in when RED admits she's bored]].
* {{Jerkass}}: The Sniper.
* TheJinx: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1102 When Jo]] asks the Engies what their favorite ''[[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} DOTA]]'' teams are, he reveals that every team he roots for seems to disband shortly after. He then wants to root for a team that is not doomed to fail, and the girls try to get him to support each others team.
* {{Kawaisa}}: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/229 Sleeping Zerglings]]. Dawwwww.
* KissOfTheVampire: ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'''s Lydia is asked what Engie-tan should afflict herself with: lycanthropy or vampirism. Lydia suffers often from VideoGameCrueltyPotential [[GenreSavvy and she knows]] that eventually Engie-tan is going to eat her. So she chooses sensual neck nibbling over being ripped into pieces.
* LeaveHimToMe: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1271 Anti-Mage]] vs. [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1272 Faceless Void]]: both tell their teammates to stay out of it, until Void realizes AM is no pushover and [[JustYouAndMeAndMyGuards calls for reinforcements]].
* LesbianVampire: What Lydia [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/805 imagines]] Dovahkin!Engie as.
* LimitedWardrobe: Averted to hell and back with Engie-tan who has a different (and extremely {{fanservice}}y) outfit in pretty much every comic.
* LonersAreFreaks: The original [=TF2=] Sniper is a ButtMonkey due to his exaggerated loner reputation.
* LootDrama: After the RED team beats Engie's tabletop RPG, she get revenge by giving out a [[{{In-Universe}} single piece of loot]] and letting them [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/865 argue over it]].
* LovableSexManiac: Redhead Engie-tan.
* LoveHurts: Several arcs go take the major relationships to dark places.
* LoveTriangle:
** [[ItMakesSenseInContext Between a Medic and two Heavies]].
** Between a gamer, Steam-tan and [[ClingyJealousGirl Origin-tan.]]
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Sometimes being aflame is just [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/170 a chance to flirt]]. Or not.
* MediumAwareness: Sonic, in [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/636 this comic.]] Too bad he was wrong about what to expect.
* MiserAdvisor: Anne-Marie has been established as the one who'll do anything for a fast buck. Particularly if it involves providing {{fanservice}}.
* MoeAnthropomorphism: Drone-tan is [[GenkiGirl genki]] about harvesting minerals, Zerglings and Hydralisks are {{Cute Monster Girl}}s, and an Overlord is a {{Meganekko}} dangling from a balloon. [[{{Starcraft}} The Zerg]] have never been more precious.
** The Protoss add their Probe-tan to the fray. And when a Probe and a Drone meet in the mineral fields, traditional harvesting isn't on their minds.
* MookHorrorShow: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/901 A variation]].
* MsFanservice: Engie-tan in the beginning, and presently Anne-Marie. Jane acts as Cammy for one scene after Jo calms her down (she was upset she didn't have a "Get a Game" strip, but Jo wanted to do more than a predictable CallofDuty joke with her).
* MuggingTheMonster: While any hero in [[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} DOTA 2]] would qualify as a monster, a hero [[BodyHorror infested]] by [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/996 N'aix the Lifestealer]] is a double threat.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/244 Mineral Scan!!!]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [[VideoGame/DiabloIII Bangus the Endowed]]
* NewOldFlame: VideoGame/DeusEx, [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/433 personified as Adam Jensen]], to Engie-tan.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nice job [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/227 ruining Christmas]], BLU Engie-tan...
* NoDialogueEpisode: "Rainy Day" has no spoken dialogue, as does "Entire Team is Babies."
* NonMammalMammaries: {{Defied|Trope}} by the [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1132 female Wisp]]. Jo says he didn't add boobies because he'd then have to draw the male Wisp with a dick.
* NoodleIncident: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/595 So why does]] the comic start with 4 instead of 1?
* NostalgiaFilter:
** Discussed in a ''{{Pokemon}}'' [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/302 comic]].
** Also CoolOldLady [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/618 GOG-tan]].
** Jo wears literal [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1031 nostalgia goggles]] which colors everything in shades of green like the original GameBoy.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: [[{{In-Universe}} Engie's reaction]] to the [[PlayStation4 PS4]]: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/961 meh]]. The [[PlayStation3 PS3]] got a rise out of her, even if it was rage over the price.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/422 Heavy]]. [[AllMenArePerverts Dammit, Heavy]].
* NotMeThisTime: When Jo [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1120 first hears about the auction house closing in Diablo III]], he at first thinks BLU Engie-tan was pranking him.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Jo spills some ink on the floor and the Lusty Argonian Maid slips on it, [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/674 falling on him]]; Engie comes in and it looks like the two are making out. [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/675 The maid says this]], but Engie sees the ink on the floor and deduces what really happened. Jo would rather people think they were making out, and tells Engie that's not what happened.
* {{NSFW}}: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/346 Parodied]].
* NudeColoredClothes: Engie makes [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/805 Lydia look like Pinkie Pie]], which includes coloring her skin and clothes pink so she looks like an anthropomorphic Pinkie Pie wearing this.
* ObviousBeta: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/939 Apparently]] it's OK to sell unfinished products just by labeling it a "Beta".
* OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs: The AnimalCrossing Village isn't happy about the AxCrazy MemeticMutation the SuperSmashBros community has given him. But it [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1047 Could Be Worse]], as the Wii Fit Trainer [[{{Rule 34}} finds out]].
* OlderAndWiser:
** The Heavy after joining a team of "babies". Has shown elements of being a PapaWolf as well.
** The old man from the "Noob" arc.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: [[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} Slardar]] saw that [[SirensAreMermaids Slithice]] was going around topless and tried to warn her about the surface dress code, but all he could say was "[[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1256 top is missing]]" and she [[InnocentFanserviceGirl mistook it for a lane instruction]].
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Steam-tan and Anne-Marie.
* ParodyOfEvolution: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/108 This strip]] depicts an Engineer hunched over a turret, a somewhat short Pyro, a normal-size Soldier, and a Spy with a visible paper mask.
* PeekABangs: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/277 The Demogirl]] has these in lieu of an EyepatchOfPower.
* PinkMeansFeminine: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1132 A fan asks Jo]] to create a [[GenderBender female]] [[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} Wisp]], essentially a blue ball of light, so he draws a pink ball of light.
* PoliticalCartoons: A number of comics feel like this, only with video game related topics.
* PoorPredictableRock: [[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} Tiny]] uses this to his advantage when playing RockPaperScissors. Being a golem, people assume he'll use rock, and counter with paper, [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/927 so he goes scissors instead]].
* PowerCreep: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1113 Behold]] {{Excalibur}}, the legendary sword that is completely outclassed by quest loot in the next expansion.
* PowerPerversionPotential: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/331 For the Kinect]].
** And for the [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/334 time manipulation]] on ''{{Singularity}}''.
** The [[{{Starcraft}} Protoss]] find [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/221 a new purpose for Observers.]]
** Don't take suggestions for a hot spring from a [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/809 water elemental.]]
* PrecociousCrush [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/133 Medic-Tan has one on the Heavy.]]
* ProducePelting [=/=] TorchesAndPitchforks: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1045 Gamers']] reaction to the XboxOne.
* PuppyDogEyes: Only it's [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/374 ''larva eyes'']] for zergs.
* {{Ragequit}}: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/551 In the Little Red Riding Hood episode]].
* ReadTheFinePrint: When Morgan (formerly Demo-tan) officially joins the comic, her first comic has her doing {{Fanservice}}. She initially refuses, but Jo points to her contract, which needs a magnifying glass to read the tiny [[RuleThirtyFour clause 34]]: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1191 she will do fanservice]].
* RealityEnsues: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/310 Here]], though instead of making the story more realistic, it's PlayedForLaughs.
* RebusBubble: Used for the dialogue-free arcs.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RescueRomance: The very first arc. [[spoiler: And it doesn't work out for Pyro.]]
* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: Started out as a series of story-line based dramedies before evolving into one-off comedy strips. Jo still does story arcs, but they tend to be much shorter and continuity has become harder to come by.
** Mostly because, as the most recent (and, as it happened, "last") arc proved, viewers prefer the stand-alone strips.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Just about each of the major VideoGame/TeamFortress2 updates have garnered a reaction strip or three, but other examples include: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/100 Backstab]], [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/284 Karma]], and [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/291 Lottery]].
* RocksFallEveryoneDies: On a rainy day, BLU Engie invites some [=REDs=] over for some tabletop gaming, as GM she's [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/861 planning one of these]].
* [[RosesAreRedVioletsAreBlue Roses Are Red]]: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/467 Violet is BLU]]
* {{Rule 63}}: The ''Team Fortress 2'' classes are joined by attractive female couterparts.
* RussianReversal: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/376 In Soviet Russia, Tetris plays YOU!]]
* SecondLove: Sniper-tan to Pyro.
* SeenItAll: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1259 This farmer]] is more annoyed than scared by the [[VideoGame/DiabloIII demons and undead]].
* SelfDeprecation: "I got bored of butchering the english language. Now I butcher grammar in japanese too." [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/588]]
* SerenadeYourLover: Sniper-tan confesses her love for Pyro by singing [[RickAstley Never Gonna Give You Up]].
* ShortRangeShotgun: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/748 Discussed]].
* ShoutOut: To VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies, with the Peashooter in all of the VideoGame/Left4Dead arcs.
** To WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic and only the Sniper's not having [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/558 fun]]
*** And a certain pink party pony [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/761 cameos]] in the last panel.
*** Guess who Lydia's [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/805 modded]] after?
*** The issue of alpha-version leaks had been addressed. You can guess the site that [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/811 it happened on.]]
* ShoutOut / MemeticMutation: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/300 #300]]
** [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike I'm on a]] [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/391 pig]].
* SignedUpForTheDental: How the [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Umbrella Corporation]] [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1030 lured scientists]] to work on their illegal virus experiments.
* SlipperySlopeFallacy: In the early days of ''WorldOfWarcraft'', [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/463 Blizzard]] changed the lore to allow female Night Elf druids, and one of the developers was worried that if they start messing around with the lore, where will they end up? [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope 7 years later]], Gnomes can be warriors, and there are Alliance shaman and Horde paladins.
* SmokeShield: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/8 This strip]], complete with BigDamnHeroes moment.
* TheSoCalledCoward: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1269 Faceless Void]] believes this of Anti-Mage, because the latter keeps [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1268 running away from fights]]. The real reason is that he is in the [[LevelGrinding middle of farming]] and wasn't ready to engage Void. By the time Void dismisses AM as a threat, AM has [[TookALevelInBadass finished his farming]] and is off to [[LockAndLoadMontage buy gear]].
* SpoofAesop: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/811 Albeit a very modern and valid one]].
-->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Dear Princess Celestia]], today I learned [[HumansAreBastards people are souless pricks]] and an NDA is as strong as [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil my ability to enforce it]]."
* StealthPun: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/67 Tonight's]] ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' special guest: [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} Dracula]].
** [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/734 Guess who's]] in the pit of [[Franchise/MetalGear snakes]].
* StrawmanNewsMedia: Gaming journalism does not come off well. [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1212 Though independent YouTube channels get it too.]] Whenever reviews are mentioned, expect it to be in the context of them being paid for by the game companies.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The female ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' characters' outfits can be [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/165 dangerous]] [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/166 distractions]].
* StopHavingFunGuy: Apparently, the StarCraft scene [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/285 is nothing but this.]]
** In other strips, SHFG's are depicted as grey-brown skinned cultists in purple robes with "Mr. Yuk" on them.
* SuperDeformed: Particularly the "[[http://nerfnow.com/comic/127 Entire Team Is Babies]]" arc.
* TakeAThirdOption: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/887 When]] [[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} DOTA]] players want more [=DOTA=] comics and [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 TF2]] players want more [=TF2=] comics, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Jo makes]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros a crossover]].
** You can see Jo take a ''fourth'' option [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/839 here]].
* TakeThat: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/220 This]] comic makes a [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} not-so-subtle]] jab at Literature/{{Twilight}}.
** Also [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/482 this]] against [[{{EightPointEight}} game reviewers]] and ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''.
* TemptingFate: The "Good Day" comics have someone discussing a plan or strategy, followed by someone else who exploited a flaw in the strategy writing a letter saying they had a good day.
** [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1011 An item that boosts attack power at the expense of defense?]] Perfect for ranged fighters, unless you get targeted by an invisible assassin.
** [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1017 Outnumbering your opponent?]] [[OneManArmy What can one support do?]]
** [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1026 Everyone focuses on late game units]], no one would [[ZergRush whip up an army of small units and attack early in the game]].
* ThatOnePlayer: Engie (in comic) and Jo (in real life) have [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/757 low-level alts]] in ''Videogame/DiabloIII'' so they can play with friends who aren't as far in the game as them. Unfortunately, being big fans of ''Diablo'', they often play with their alts and outlevel their friends, defeating the whole purpose.
** So is [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1255 Jane]], but she does it deliberately to annoy Morgan.
* TheInternetIsForPorn: Jo appropriately renamed a Mozilla Firefox shortcut in [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1235 this strip]].
* ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet: {{Inverted}} [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/525 here.]]
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1100 Engie]] [[{{In-Universe}} doesn't like]] ''VideoGame/MightyNo9'' because they replaced the [[MascotMook hardhat wearing Mettools]] with [[WritingAroundTrademarks road cone robots]].
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: When Omnislash is off CoolDown, [[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} Yurnero]] is [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1128 the Juggernaut, Bitch!]]
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} Crystal Maiden]] in "[[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1055 Good Day #4]]". Normally CM is a CrutchCharacter whose job is to weaken enemies so that her allies can rack up kills and earn [[MoneySpider gold]] and [[LevelGrinding XP]]. When her allies head off with their gains to buy upgrades, she's left alone to defend a tower which get assaulted by some nearly dead creeps, letting her grab a few quick kills of her own.
* TitleDrop: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/673 Here]].
* {{Tsundere}}: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/245 Jack]] from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
** [[DistaffCounterpart A female]] [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/252 Predator]] for Valentine's Day.
** [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/737 And again here]].
* TwoGamersOnACouch: Strips involving Jo and Engie-tan have this vibe to them. These strips become much more frequent as the comic progresses.
* VisualPun: When Jo [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/606 holds up a stack of bills]] he has to pay, one of the sheets is a picture of [[VideoGame/Left4Dead Bill]].
* WarHasNeverBeenSoMuchFun: Team Fortress, now with romance!
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Engie-tan.
* WomanScorned: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/277 BLU Sniper]] discovers that [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/278 RED Demo-tan]] doesn't take rejection well.
** [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/347 Hell hath no fury as an AI scorned.]] [[VideoGame/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] really should have cleared his browser history.
** More like AnthropomorphicPersonification scorned, [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/545 but...]]
* WorldsSmallestViolin: [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/466 Requiem]].
* WorthIt: Jo is mad that {{Website/Facebook}} bought Oculus as he was interested in the OculusRift, but doesn't like Facebook and is worried what they'll do to the project. Jane taunts him about it, and says it was [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1257 worth it]] despite Jo's [[CementShoes murderous response]].
* WrenchWench: Engie-tan, of course.
* WretchedHive: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/310 Sarasa Land]].
* {{Yandere}}: '''''Everyone.'''''
* YankTheDogsChain: [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/633 A reader e-mailed]] Jo asking for a comic that didn't treat [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 the Sniper]] like a ButtMonkey; so he throws [[ThrowTheDogABone a party with hot babes]] for... [[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} another Sniper]].
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Pyro and Sniper-Tan both cheat on each other and regret it.]]

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