->''"1/0" is a paradox in a way that "0/1" is not. Nothing can be divided by zero. If one approaches the formula from the positive side, it would appear that the answer is an infinite positive value. If one approaches the formula from the negative side, the opposite is true. Thus, anything divided by zero is simultaneously positive and negative infinity. "One over Zero" is a paradox in another way too, in a way that transcends mere arithmetic. One is something, and Zero is nothing. The fact that the universe holds something over nothing, that it prefers to exist, rather than not exist, is fundamentally absurd. No being can ever come to deserve its own birth. 1/0 is a cry out against mere logic and efficiency. Stuff exists. All existence, all truth, cannot be ultimately justified: it can only be described, explained, and enjoyed.''

->''1/0 is illogical. 1/0 is irrational. 1/0 is impossible. 1/0 is transcendentally unfair.''

->''1/0 is true. Deal with it.''

''[[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/ 1/0]]'' starts, appropriately enough, with darkness. Creator/{{Tailsteak}}, the ever-present and all-powerful narrator and author, thinks for a moment, says, "Let there be light," and from there goes about creating his universe. He starts by stealing bit characters from other {{webcomics}}, talking to them, creating other characters from them, and begging them to do something interesting.

As any good author will tell you, a good character is your worst enemy. If you are doing your job properly, [[IJustWriteTheThing you don't always know what they'll do;]] they'll write themselves, occasionally mess up your plans for long term plots, or break dramatic moments with idiotic questions. A good author doesn't control their characters--their characters control themselves. And that is what ''1/0'' hinges on--the characters are [[NoFourthWall aware]], and they don't always agree with Tailsteak.

They know everything we do, like who the president is and how long a year is, even though neither exist in their universe. Confronted with overt intervention by their author, they strike for months of strips, refusing to speak or move or think until he promises never to change the laws of physics again. They contemplate where they go when Tailsteak isn't writing them; they question whether they, as fictional characters, are actually alive or if their writer is just schizophrenic.

And they wonder about, and fear, the end. At 1000 strips, a nice round number at which point their creator, Tailsteak, has told them, "Your universe will end."

In less prosaic terms, ''1/0'' is a WebComic that was started to get the author a girlfriend, and he began to explore the possibilities of a series that firmly established there was NoFourthWall for one of the most poignant examples of {{Metafiction}} yet.

!!This comic provides examples of the following tropes:

* AGodIAmNot: Tailsteak, the all-powerful creator of the universe the characters inhabit, is quite emphatic about his lack of divinity.
%%* AndTheAdventureContinues
* ApocalypseAnarchy: It's the ''creator'' who decides to break all the rules when the apocalypse comes, removing the consistent physics and resurrecting all the characters who were KilledOffForReal so he can send them into our world before the comic ends.
* {{Asexuality}}: What Manny (now Ghanny) [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=144 expected]] upon returning as a ghost. Apparently not, though.
-->'''Ghanny:''' Although, oddly enough, I still have a sex drive.
-->'''Andy:''' Yeah, what's with that?
-->'''Tailsteak:''' Look. Everyone gets one. That's the rule. Deal.
* AuthorAvatar: Averted, just barely. Tailsteak talks to the characters on a regular basis, but [[TheVoice never appears in-panel]].
* AuthorTract: Lampshaded very aggressively in the debate between Ghanny, Mock, and Marcus. Petitus points out that it was very much an AuthorTract coming from a Christian writer, and proceeds to explain exactly why the point Tailsteak was trying to make is completely irrelevant to the in-comic universe anyway.
%%* AwesomeButImpractical: Mock's horizonite™ claws.
* BackFromTheDead:
** Everyone gets one "ghost point", which lets them more or less do this. They're still technically dead (and incorporeal) rather than getting resurrected physically, but they're able to participate fully in the comic's society, so it hardly matters.
** Those who did disappear for good [[spoiler:are physically resurrected shortly before the world ends]].
* BalancingDeathsBooks: Between [[spoiler:Terra and Max]].
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Junior]] for the last fourth of the comic.
* BlankWhiteVoid: The setting of the entire comic.
* BookEnds: In [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=1 the first strip]], "Let there be light!" In [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=1000 the last strip]] "Let there be darkness!"
* BrickJoke: Junior mentions that it smelled like an old Arab woman [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=55 here]], leading to a small serial about whether or not he had been at CN Tower. [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=167 Later, when he tries to smoke the grass...]]
* CallBack: Zadok and Terra quote ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''[='=]s "I love you"/"I know" in strip #672. They say echo the same words again at the end of strip #998.
* CallingYourAttacks: [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=938&nocache=true "Spark punch! Clap shocker! Thunder fists! ELECTRIC BODY SLAM!"]]
* CardCarryingVillain: Junior is defined as "evil". He [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=551 discusses]] his status several times and often both he and the author try to {{enforce|dTrope}} it. [[spoiler:It's ultimately {{deconstructed|Trope}}, [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=598 courtesy of Ghanny]]]].
* CerebusSyndrome: The comic starts as pointless doodles. Philosophy grows naturally out of the tomfoolery once there are enough viewpoints to fuel conversations, which may give a charming low-key atmosphere, but is tough on new readers.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Everyone's adventures in Portland, if they have any, after the end of the comic are left by Tailsteak to the audience's interpretation.
* ChekhovsGun: The greasy stuff from the grass didn't exactly turn out to be a plot point, but it was used [[spoiler:to blow bubbles shortly before the world ended]].
* ClicheStorm: {{Invoked|Trope}}--it's the only way to summon the Running Gag.
* ContemplateOurNavels: There's pretty much nothing for the cast to do but this.
* DeaderThanDead: Deanthropomorphization, which destroys a character's personality and reverts them to a non-sapient version of whatever creature/object/body part they were made from, although it doesn't destroy anything material. ''Actually'' dying is no big deal (although the event itself is unpleasant), because you just come back as a ghost.
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of the characters at some point, but Zadok ''constantly''.
* DesignatedVillain: In strip #599, Tailsteak admits in-universe that he pigeonholed Junior as one of these and that he apologizes for stifling his character development by doing so.
%%* {{Denouement}}
* DiscountLesbians: Tailsteak specifically introduced Terra as a lesbian to have a female the guys can't date, which is justified by saying that earthworms are hermaphrodites, but he's characterizing them all as female. [[spoiler:The fact that she's not a "real" lesbian is key to her being with Zadok without a fourth wall]].
* {{Dissimile}}: According to Barnacle Jones, war is "...sort of like being friends. Only it's completely different, and with more suffering."
* DoorClosesEnding: Ends this way, with a happy ending where everyone is Back for the Finale. Those who died during the comic's run are resurrected and everyone gets turned into humans (except the Running Gag, which gets turned into a fish). The door in question is a dimensional door between the world of the comic (which will be destroyed) and the real world.
* TheEeyore: Petitus, especially in his earliest days. Tailsteak directly tells him in a later strip that he was created to be TheEeyore of ''1/0''.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: {{Discussed|Trope}} [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=644 here]]. [[invoked]]
* FacePalm: [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=977 Zadok has a realization]].
* FantasticAesop: Thanks to the [[BackFromTheDead ghost points]]--in the words of Max, "[[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=177 Gee, I hope none of our readers have suicidal tendencies]]."
* FlatEarthAtheist: Marcus, when he gains a {{Fourth Wall}}, and for while also Mock and Terra.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=563 This]], then [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=782 this]] happens.[[spoiler:For those who are lazy, Junior threatens to kill Mock, then later follows through with it]].
** Petitus's sarcastic [[spoiler:prophecy: "And lo, in the last days the earth shall rise up..."]]
* FourthWall: Both literal and bad news. All the characters [[FourthWallObserver can see through it by default]], but those who no longer want to put up with Tailsteak's arbitrary rules can generate a personal FourthWall, which appears as tiny "4"s in their eyes. Ghanny loathes it and tries to break any fourth wall he encounters, [[spoiler:which turns into a plot point near the end--he's finally able to break through, but it's through blunt force (necessary, to help his friends in time) rather than witty repartee and debate. It's a bit of a hollow victory for the poor guy]].
* GeekPhysiques: When Marcus asks Terra to describe Tailsteak's appearance in #486, she deduces that him, being a computer geek, must either be "really fat or really skinny".
* GenreSavvy: The characters converse with the author about the rules of their universe and the author's plans for them, and try to use this knowledge to stop him from killing them off. Petitus is particularly good at that last part.
* GiantCorpseWorld: The characters living on the corpse of Teddy Weddy.
* {{Golem}}: Zadok, Petitus, Mock, and [[spoiler:Teddy Weddy]].
* AGoodNameForARockBand: Well, [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=787 album title]].
* HandWave: Tailsteak's [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=920 explanation]] of how light behaves. It's a one-time exception, and it's PlayedForLaughs.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The jar.
* IAmYourWorstNightmare: [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=37 Here.]]
-->'''Tailsteak:''' Don't mind [Junior], he's evil.\\
'''Manny:''' Evil, you say?\\
'''Tailsteak:''' 'Fraid so.\\
'''Junior:''' That's right! I'm your worst nightmare!\\
'''Manny:''' My worst nightmare, sir, is a proton accelerator.\\
'''Junior:''' Well, I'm one of those, then!
* IKnowYourTrueName: Golems are brought to life by a character saying their true name out loud. After Zadok realizes that [[spoiler:"Teddy Weddy" is a nickname, he uses "Theodore" to resurrect him as a golem]].
* InAWorld: Zadok does a Don [=LaFontaine=] impersonation in [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=818 strip 818]], complete with underlined text.
-->'''Zadok:''' Beyond known space. An ancient evil lurks. Now, six friends must join forces to do the impossible.
* {{Jerkass}}: Marcus, a little bit, before he gains a FourthWall, and later to the point of insulting his son for his insufficient "structuration". [[CardCarryingVillain Junior]] is also, though he isn't sure what to do about it. Ghanny, Tailsteak, and Petitus all have moments of this as well.
* KilledOffForReal: Barnacle Jones and Max. [[spoiler:Until the laws of the universe start breaking down at the end]].
* LampshadeHanging: Often.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=339 Strip 339]].
%%* LiteralMinded
* MeaningfulName: Mock turns out to be an adept shape-shifter.
%%* MediumAwareness
%%* MetaFiction
* MomentKiller: Ghanny [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=924 spoils the ending of a poem]].
* MindRape: Ghanny reluctantly inflicts this upon Junior as punishment for [[spoiler:sexually harassing Terra]].
* NoFourthWall: Taken to an art form. In fact, it's in many ways the main point of the strip. Explicitly stated in [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=16 strip 16]].
* NothingIsScarier: Invoked by [[spoiler:Junior]] as explained by Ghanny in strip 896.
* {{Oculothorax}}: Junior.
* OhCrap: Mock releases a stream of these in strip 863 when Marcus suggests that the reason why Junior hadn't moved in 30 pages is that he made a DecoyGetaway.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Teddy Weddy never became a golem because no one ever spoke his real name. [[spoiler:He does when Zadok finally realizes this]].
* OverlyLongGag: Junior is focused on in the last panel [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=616 beginning in this strip]] and [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=625 ending in this one]], annoying the living hell out of him and cutting off the rest of the character's conversations.
* PapaWolf: [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=213 Max]].
* PersonAsVerb: Those who escape in their own thought bubble are "[[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=30 pulling a Ribby]]".
* PostModernism: And. ^$%#$%&. How.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: Marcus is prone to using them.
* PutOnABus: The Running Gag. Disappears [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=181 early]], returns [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=932 late]], though it makes a minor appearance somewhere in the middle.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: The reason Junior exists.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: At one point the proudly ChaoticEvil Junior makes a rape joke, which provokes the exasperated response, "Okay, Junior, we know you're evil!"
* RunningGag:
** [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=42 Literally]]. The Running Gag starts out as a VisualPun and becomes an actual running gag as the strip goes on.
** "Don't touch that jar." Never showing the jar on-screen, later.
%%* ScienceFantasy
* ScienceMarchesOn: [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=285 Terra the earthworm needed to surface during the rain]] in the comic, but, contrary to previous scientific belief, [[http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-earthworms-surface-after-rain earthworms wouldn't actually drown by staying underground during rainstorms]].
* SelfDeprecation:
** Tailsteak takes plenty of jabs at his inability to draw, write characters, and poor sense of humor.
** His characters join in self-depreciation as well. For instance, in strip #903:
---> '''Mock''': You know what we've never had? The 'explanation' punchline. You know, like a situation unfolds in the first few panels that is stupid... ...and then, in the last panel, we see one character explaining it to someone else. "And that's when I killed him." Like it was all a flashback. We never have that comic structure.
---> ({{beat}})
---> '''Petitus''': That's because we aren't funny.
* {{Seppuku}}: Attempted by the Running Gag when [[spoiler: Andy dies]], but it can't quite jump high enough to impale itself successfully. It runs off into the distance instead. Later in the comic, [[spoiler: Junior]].
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Marcus attempts this, but many of the big words he uses [[PerfectlyCromulentWord are made up]].
* ShowWithinAShow: "Max's World", a strip drawn by Max to show Marcus what a comic strip is. It doesn't last very long, as the ''1/0'' characters gets jealous of the main character's girlfriend and drop an anvil on him in the next panel. (A fan of the strip created [[http://www.rogermwilcox.com/maxs_world.html The Max's World Archive]], which places all canonical episodes of "Max's World" in one place.)
* SituationalSexuality: The fourth-walled Marcus, having no concept of femaleness as everyone in his world is male, briefly flirts with homosexuality prior to the introduction of the first female character.
* SmoochOfVictory: Between [[spoiler:Terra and Zadok]].
%%* SpeechBubbles
%%* SpitTake
* SuddenlySexuality: Because Tailsteak wouldn't let the characters have romance before he does, when he finally put in a female character, he made her a lesbian. [[spoiler:Then, [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=648 this happens]]]].
** [[spoiler:Although, in his defense, [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=470 said plot twist is foreshadowed well in advance]].]]
* SymbolSwearing: Marcus is the only character who can actually understand the swears because he's the only one who heard swearing while fourth-walled.
* TradeSnark: Zadok, when advertising the "Horizonite™" or the "Oil®".
%%* TropeName: [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=932 Here]].
* UnusualEuphemism: "Jar Breeze".
* VisualPun: The Running Gag.
* WebcomicTime: Discussed at length.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: The OfficialCouple gets frustrated by the cartoonist's inability to write romantic dialogue and takes theirs entirely off-panel. Consciously rebelling against one's own characterization is about usual around here.
%%* YourOtherLeft: [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=658 Here.]]
* YourSizeMayVary:
** Justified--Ghanny mentions in [[http://www.undefined.net/1/0/?strip=789 one strip]] that he often uses his ghost shape-changing powers to alter his size based on who he's with at the time.
** Played straight nearer to the end--Teddy Weddy is huge compared with all of the other characters, including Barnacle Jones, who's supposed to be about the same size.