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[[caption-width-right:350:Thomas, Abigail, and Janie]]

''[[http://www.jaynaylor.com/originallife/ Original Life]]'' is a comedy webcomic written by Jay Naylor. The strip began on June 1, 2009, right after Naylor finished up its predecessor, ''BetterDays''. It details the life and times of Fisk and Elizabeth and their children - Abigail, Thomas and Janie - as well as the lives of other ''Better Days'' cast members and their children.

Unlike ''Better Days'', ''Original Life'' features a lighter and more humorous plot, with minor segments of dramatic moments interspersed throughout. Also, rather than following Fisk and Lucy as they progress through life as in ''Better Days'', the characters of ''Original Life'' do not age; the comic is also set in modern times, as opposed to the gradual timescale of ''Better Days''. These changes are mainly due to Naylor opting to ‘just keep it fun’, stating that he enjoyed the lighter chapters of ''Better Days'' far more than the somber ones.

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!!This webcomic provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: The love letter. Maybe. Just when you least expect it, it pops up again.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Fisk’s reaction to [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2016/01/573.html Thomas’ picture]] on picture day.
* AddictionDisplacement: Stacy switches from [[MustHaveNicotine cigarettes]] to [[BaconAddiction bacon]] to porn and blogging on Website/{{Tumblr}}.
* AdultsAreUseless: Played mostly straight. The kids get up to some crazy stuff and adults rarely intervene even when it escalates into violence, such as during the [[SeriousBusiness Muffin Arc]].
* AllMenArePerverts: Male sexuality is mused on by some male characters.
** Fisk occasionally comments on its strength.
** Tommy [[LittleKnownFacts explains to Lucy]] how ‘ass men’ [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/07/222.html achieved]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/07/223.html great]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/07/224.html things]] throughout history specifically because of their preference.
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/09/450.html Angelica’s father]] also comments on the deep effect his desire for his wife has on him, believing his wife’s self-grooming effort to be the result of societal pressure rather than her desiring him back.
* ApocalypseHow: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/03/394.html Abigail is increasingly worried]] with the ultimate demise of the universe.
* AscendedMeme: [[http://www.jaynaylor.com/originallife/comic/OL125.10-08-09.jpg Maybe.]] Could be nothing more than a coincidence, though.
* AskAStupidQuestion: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/01/379.html A boy approaches Janie]] as she stands near the pool to make a pass at her.
-->'''Boy:''' Hey Janie, ah... so, you really like swimming?
-->'''Janie:''' Darn. I was hoping no one would notice.
* AssholeVictim:
** [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/04/406.html Red’s father]], a [[CorruptHick corrupt Alabama sheriff]], who [[ParentalIncest raped her repeatedly]] after her mother passed away. When Red [[SelfMadeOrphan killed him]] [[TheDogBitesBack for it]], his [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/05/410.html abundance of enemies]] made it easier for her to [[KarmaHoudini get away with it]].]]
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/05/415.html Fisk explains to Red]] to remind herself that the people they kill on the job are this--unlike enemy soldiers, who were probably [[JustFollowingOrders forced into fighting against their will]], their victims made a conscious choice to use violence to get ahead. [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/05/416.html She’s still unconvinced]], wondering if the same circumstances that moved them to do what they did could have moved her to do the same if she were in their place.
* AttractiveBentGender: Charlie, being a child, is not attractive per se, but she makes a [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/02/384.html very cute boy]]. Too bad she wants to be a boy to [[spoiler:kiss [[IncompatibleOrientation Janie]]]].
* BaconAddiction: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/05/307.html Stacy develops one]] [[AddictionDisplacement instead of]] her [[MustHaveNicotine cigarette addiction]].
* BareYourMidriff: Janie, making Elizabeth’s refusal to buy her a two-piece bathing suit pretty ridiculous.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Brice asks his wife [[MrsRobinson Sissy]], who is [[YourCheatingHeart incredibly unfaithful]], for [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/05/522.html an open marriage]]. She assumes it’s because [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/06/524.html he already has someone else he can sleep with]], and is [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/05/522.html more attracted to him than ever]] [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou because of that]]. He actually [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/06/529.html doesn’t have anyone]]--[[OperationJealousy he’s been trying to tease her back and regain her interest]].]]
* BetterAsFriends:
** [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/02/387.html Charlie and Janie]]]]. [[spoiler:Janie]] explains to [[spoiler:Charlie]] that she [[IncompatibleOrientation wants boys for relationships]], and using her to fill in that spot until one came along would be unfair, and [[IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship ‘that’s not what friends do’]].
** Stacy tells her friend, who just broke up with her boyfriend Brad, that [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/02/389.html trying this won’t work]], as it would only serve to remind him of everything that was a disappointment in their relationship.
* TheBGrade: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/10/458.html Miko is aghast]] at her B grade in history. Thomas says he got the same grade, and it’s his highest; Miko tells him his parents already expect little of him.
* BilingualBonus: The news piece covering Abigail’s [[FantasticDrug fitness drug]] includes commentary by [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/11/359.html Dr. Schvantzen, MD]]. His last name is (broken, misspelt[[note]]The correct form would be ''Schwäntze''.[[/note]]) German for ‘dicks’.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Sammy Thompson and the Kid-opolis in Thomas’ dream operate by ‘kid rules’, which means adult-created video games are banned, and possession over an item is determined entirely by ‘calling’ it.
* BriefAccentImitation: Fisk [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2016/01/575.html imitates]] Creator/LiamNeeson’s UsefulNotes/{{British accent|s}} [[ShoutOut referencing]] ''Film/{{Taken}}''.
* BrickJoke: Abigail’s [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/06/113.html bedtime]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/09/243.html stories]].
* BrutalHonesty: A boy who wants to date Stacy explains to her in detail how pornography ruined his concept of what women should look like and what that means for his expectations of her. [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/04/297.html She is not pleased.]]
* BullyHunter: Angelica convinces the Justice Defender to become closer to this rather than protect only Jeffrey.
* BullyingADragon: A few drug dealers try to scare Stacy and her clients off of their territory. [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/11/ol363.html Her clients do not respond as they predicted.]]
* BumblingDad: Abigail [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/11/365.html notes]] that her father averts it.
-->'''Stacy:''' You can [[ItMakesSenseInContext elude the government]] but not your dad?
-->'''Abigail:''' He’s not dumb like all the dads on TV!
* ButchLesbian: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/12/476.html Mary, Audrey’s girlfriend]], who Aron says looks like ‘she could bench press ''jeeps''’. She [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/02/491.html might be bi]], though.
* CallBack:
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/05/104.html Elizabeth raises an eyebrow]] when Jessica, who got pregnant in college, doesn’t have kids because ‘she’s still in college, after all’.
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/05/414.html Red points out]] that Fisk ‘has to deal with the same issues’, referring either to [[spoiler:violently stopping [[KickTheSonOfABitch a]] [[TheDogBitesBack rapist]] at a young age]], [[spoiler:dealing with incest (BrotherSisterIncest in his case, ParentalIncest in hers)]], or both.
** Fisk’s guardian angel [[ItsAWonderfulPlot shows him a world Fisk is absent from]], mentioning [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/03/504.html Elizabeth struggled]] after [[YourCheatingHeart she caught her husband cheating]], and the time [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/04/511.html Fisk prevented his war buddy Carlos]] from [[DrivenToSuicide killing himself]]
* CreatorCareerSelfDeprecation: Fisk is particularly aghast when [[ItsAWonderfulPlot his guardian angel shows him]] that without him, Beth would be a ''[[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/04/508.html webcomic artist]]''.
* CatapultNightmare: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/08/125.html Thomas wakes up like this]] when he dreams the legendary Sammy Thompson is about to [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stab him with a spear]].
* TheChessmaster: Angelica uses her writing position in the school paper to manipulate her schoolmates to resolve the muffin crisis in her favour. [[spoiler:Her success is only temporary, as she doesn’t foresee the Ghost coming into play.]]
* ClusterFBomb: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/10/454.html Angelica’s father]] cursing at [[ItMakesSenseInContext the bear he just stabbed]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** Charlie talks to Thomas about how awkward she feels wearing a dress instead of trousers, being an avowed {{Tomboy}}. Thomas says, ‘I wish ''I'' didn’t have to wear pants.’
** Elizabeth asks Fisk to ‘[[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/09/551.html say bad things]]’ to her when she’s in the mood. [[ExactWords He does.]]
* CompetitionFreak: Janie, to the point her attitude is entirely reversed [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/12/158.html when she discovers it’s competitive]]. Later on, she meets her match in the form of [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/08/540.html Clarice]].
* CompressedHair:
** Downplayed and lampshaded example with [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/07/328.html Beth]].
** Charlie’s [[TomboyishPonytail bangs and ponytail]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/01/383.html turn into a mane]] about twice the size of her head when the cap comes off.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Engaged in on occasion, even by young children, about the nature of society, the universe. etc. Lampshaded when Janie and Angelica try to [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/08/442.html engage Trixie in their discussion]] about whether physical proof is needed to prove or disprove the existence of {{God}}, or mere logical philosophical reasoning could do, and she just turns away to talk to Abigail.
* CorruptHick: Mostly averted--most characters are from Georgia or Virginia and are fairly well-adjusted, but [[spoiler:Red’s father played this trope [[ParentalIncest horrifyingly straight]] [[TheDogBitesBack in his lifetime]]]].
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Miko tells Thomas [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/11/470.html this is what makes him so attractive]].
-->'''Thomas:''' Girls are weird.
* DaydreamSurprise: Thomas [[ImagineSpot daydreams]] he’s a CowboyCop yelling back at DaChief that if the mayor doesn’t like his unorthodox methods getting results, ‘You can tell her to go to [[PrecisionFStrike hell]]!’ He yells that last part in the middle of class, and, after a moment of awkward silence, gets [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/10/457.html sent to the principle’s office]]. (LikeFatherLikeSon, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/07/post-28.html apparently]].)
* DeepImmersionGaming:
** Thomas plays ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' in one of the first comics... with the badass protagonist coincidentally drawn like his father.
** Semi-justified with ''Franchise/MassEffect'', as Shepard’s appearance is customizable.
* DestinationDefenestration: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/11/360.html The DEA agent]] who says the problem with the ‘[[FantasticDrug Ferrigno Fluid]]’ is not with the drug itself, but with taxpayers having to pick up the tab for others’ mistake of using it.
* DisappearedDad: Fisk, in part, since his job keeps him on the road. It’s been argued that he just drops by occasionally to enjoy the parts of fatherhood he likes, while skipping out on most of that messy parenting stuff.
* DisguisedInDrag: Aron needs to go through this to sneak into an event [[LadyLand strictly for women]], to find a girl who was into him but in a relationship with another woman.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Thomas gets distracted in the middle of a football game when [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/12/056.html Miko waves at him]].
* TheDogBitesBack:
** Darren Blalock [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/06/003.html beats Thomas up and takes his PSP]]. Thomas trains and [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/07/013.html hits back]].
** [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/04/406.html Red’s father]], a [[CorruptHick corrupt Alabama sheriff]], [[ParentalIncest raped her repeatedly]] after her mother passed away. Red [[SelfMadeOrphan killed him]] [[TheDogBitesBack for it]].]]
* DontThinkFeel: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/05/209.html Angelica tells Janie and Charlie]] that most people’s belief in this makes them [[ManipulativeBastard easier to manipulate]].
* EducationMama: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/10/459.html Miko’s mother.]]
* EekAMouse: Janie is [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/09/445.html afraid of bugs]].
* {{Fainting}}: Abby’s reaction to seeing [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/11/045.html the baby tooth she lost]].
* FantasticDrug:
** Abby’s ‘Ferrigno Fluid’, which turns fat into muscle and reduces intelligence and sexual inhibition.
** Turns out she has [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/11/467.html entire shelves]] of ‘chemical solutions to life’s problems’, among them a LovePotion.
* ForcedKiss: One of the boys Angelica wants to pay to [[ItMakesSenseInContext kiss Janie]] tries to kiss her by surprise. [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/01/380.html He fails, and she doesn’t take it well.]] [[spoiler:Ultimately, [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/02/385.html Charlie does it instead]].]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The meaningful looks [[spoiler:Charlie]] gives [[spoiler:Janie]] and some of her dialogue strongly imply [[spoiler:she was the one who wrote her the LoveLetter]]. Made more obvious after Abigail lets it slip that [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/09/244.html the writer is female]]]] and [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/10/246.html the dialogue]] between [[spoiler:Charlie]] and [[spoiler:Janie]] afterwards.
* FreeRangeChildren: Elizabeth tells Trixie [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/08/440.html Thomas is basically this]].
* FreudianExcuse: Red cites [[spoiler:[[ParentalIncest her father]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/04/406.html repeatedly raping her]] and ultimately [[TheDogBitesBack killing him for it]]]] as the reason she [[IAmAMonster became a monster]].
* FridgeHorror: InUniverse, [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/04/403.html Abigail ponders]] about the implications of Tinkerbell’s and fairies’ existence in ''Literature/PeterPan'' [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve depending on others’ belief in them]].
-->'''Fisk:''' (''To Elizabeth'') Why’d you take her to that stupid play...
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Leo getting [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/09comic-401-450/ pinched by a crab]] while his parents chat casually.
* {{Gaydar}}: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/09/239.html Abigail builds a device]] calculating a given person’s probability to be gay, without being aware of the concept. When Janie asks if that’s what it is, she says it could be a good name for it.
* GeekPhysiques: Averted [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2016/01/577.html hard]].
-->'''Fisk:''' Geeks are a ''lot'' different today than when we were young.
* GenreSavvy:
** Fisk and Elizabeth know when Angelica’s parents (with whom they are away at a couples retreat) are going to put them through [[RightThroughTheWall a long, loud night]], and decide they should [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/10/455.html get a room that doesn’t share a wall with theirs]].
** Charlie knows ''[[ParentalSexualitySquick exactly]]'' why [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/07/534.html her parents are acting differently]].
* {{GIRL}}: Amanda ''[[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/09/553.html relishes]]'' this behaviour.
* GirlsHaveCooties: [[http://www.jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/11/052.html This storyline]].
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Which seems to [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/08/340.html pose a certain problem for Aron]].
* GladToBeAliveSex: After [[ItsAWonderfulPlot his guardian angel Steve shows him life without him]]:
-->'''Steve:''' [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/04/513.html He’s been thanking his wife. All morning.]]
* GuysAreSlobs: Fisk and cooking [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/05/418.html do not mix]].
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: A subtle example--[[spoiler:Charlie says Creator/JustinBieber ‘[[DudeLooksLikeALady looks like a girl]]’ and [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/08/129.html wonders why girls like him]], despite liking girls herself]].
* HehHehYouSaidX: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/07/224.html Tommy asserts]] that ‘every man who walked on the moon was a [[LittleKnownFacts well known and documented]] [[AllMenArePerverts ass-man]]’.
-->'''Astronaut:''' Haha! ‘Moon.’
* HeManWomanHater:
** Janie encounters [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/11/153.html a particularly stupid one]] in ''New Vegas''.
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/12/373.html Charlie recalls]] how a boy she knew as a kid had that attitude, refusing to play with girls. She beat him and kissed him in front of his friend to embarrass him further.
* HereWeGoAgain: Amanda goes to great lengths (including taking some death threats) helping Stacy kick her [[MustHaveNicotine smoking habit]]. Amanda ultimately [[AddictionDisplacement replaces]] this addiction for a BaconAddiction, but when she [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/05/307.html notices the ill effects]] and asks Amanda to help her quit ''again''.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** Angelica’s writings about the evils of commercialism and fat kids like Jeffrey as an example for the evils of excess [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/01/171.html make Jeffrey refuse to sell her his muffins]], and the leader of a group of school [[TheBully bullies]] points out that the Justice Defender was [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/01/174.html inspired by her writings against bullying]].
** On a much darker note, [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/04/406.html Red’s father]] was a corrupt sheriff in Alabama, allowing him to get away with [[ParentalIncest raping his daughter]]. When she [[TheDogBitesBack killed]] [[SelfMadeOrphan him]] for it, [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/05/410.html the abundance of enemies he’d made]] made it easier for her to [[KarmaHoudini get away with it]].]]
* HypocriticalHumor: Janie and Thomas [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2016/01/574.html have the same reaction]] to each other’s costume for the convention they’re going to.
-->'''Janie & Thomas:''' Hey! I’m not going to the con with you if you’re going to dress like a ''dork''!
* IAmAMonster: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/04/405.html Red thinks so]], having no qualms about killing others.
* IAmTheTrope: When [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/10/355.html Alice warns Abigail]] that selling her [[FantasticDrug fitness drug]] illegally could be dangerous:
-->'''Abigail:''' Screw them. I ''am'' [[BadassBoast the danger.]]
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship[=/=]IncompatibleOrientation: Why [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/02/387.html Charlie and Janie]]]] can’t be together.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: [[MrsRobinson Sissy Swanson]] [[YourCheatingHeart cheats on her husband constantly]], but when [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/05/522.html he asks her for an open marriage]], she thinks he’s lost interest in her and is [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/06/523.html more attracted to him than ever]].
* ImaginaryEnemy: When she tries to kick the habit, Stacy’s addiction to nicotine briefly manifests as a giant, talking, ''smoking'' cigarette trying to coerce her into relapsing.
* INeedAFreakingDrink:
** Fisk’s reaction when Elizabeth confesses [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/08/020.html she hasn’t told her parents they’re atheists]].
** He’s sitting and drinking with a friend anyway, but it seems that Thomas trying to dig a pool in the backyard and getting into trouble [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/08/131.html accentuates his need for alcohol]].
* InsaneTrollLogic: Angelica asserts that ‘[[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/10/141.html pretty people don’t need glasses]]’, although she’s borderline BlindWithoutEm.
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: Janie and Abigail [[DiscussedTrope discuss]] this notion. Abigail explains why she [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/02/391.html doesn’t really care]].
* InVinoVeritas: Trixie [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/01/481.html almost lets it slip]] that Aron is DisguisedInDrag when [[ItMakesSenseInContext they’re in an event]] [[LadyLand exclusively for women]].
* IResembleThatRemark: Angelica tells Janie boys might not be into her because [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon she intimidates them]]. Janie responds by [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/12/371.html practically threatening her with violence]].
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: Fisk is visited by an angel with this in mind. Problem is, he sneaks up on him in his sleep and gets [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/03/501.html smacked in the throat]] for it, and it only goes downhill from there--he comes to show Fisk how bad life would have been without him even though Fisk was never suicidal, so all it does is make him very angry. Eventually, they find a way to [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/04/512.html make it come across as an important experience for Fisk]], his angel gets his wings, and Fisk becomes [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/04/513.html extra grateful for his life]].
* JewishAndNerdy: Continuing from ''Better Days'', [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Jews are portrayed as mice]].[[note]]Then again, while according to Jewish tradition all three Black children are considered Jewish, since there mother is, Janie and Thomas are cats.[[/note]] While this is likely accidental, Abigail is the only mouse among the Black children, and the only one who is academically oriented.
* KarmaHoudini:
** Fisk [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/09comic-401-450/ wanted to hire Red]] specifically because she could get away with [[spoiler:[[SelfMadeOrphan killing]] [[TheDogBitesBack her father]]]].
** Angelica seems to get away with some fairly underhanded stunts, be it manipulating her way into getting some of Jeffrey’s muffins or betting against Angelica before her race against Clarice and trying to rig the competition. Thomas explains that [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/09/550.html it doesn’t matter because they’re just kids]].
* KillerTeddyBear: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/01/069.html Do not mess with Mr. Bonk.]]
* LamePunReaction: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/09/341.html ‘Bad jokes will not get you laid.’]]
* LastSecondWordSwap: Fisk [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/12/369.html almost]] tells Janie her mother was crazy for wanting three kids, but replaces ‘kids’ with ‘cars’ at the last second. Janie seems convinced.
* LighterAndSofter: Naylor himself said that he wants to ‘keep it fun’, although fairly dark themes and an arc dedicated to political philosophy are still present.
* LittleKnownFacts:
** Fisk seems to enjoy {{Troll}}ing his kids this way.
*** When discussing with Elizabeth why she should probably handle important conversations, she brings up this incident (which Fisk says was not one he could tell the truth in):
---->'''Janie:''' Daddy, where does the baby in mommy’s tummy come from?
---->'''Fisk:''' [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/02/077.html Wal-Mart.]]
*** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/09/343.html Happened again]] when Thomas asked about [[ItMakesSenseInContext chicken nipples]].
** Tommy’s detailed explanation of how ‘ass men’ [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/07/222.html achieved]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/07/223.html great]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/07/224.html things]] throughout history specifically [[AllMenArePerverts because of their preference]].
* TheLudovicoTechnique: How Abigail cures internet addiction, using methods ranging from the [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/10/564.html comical]] PieInTheFace to the [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/10/565.html horrifying]] ElectricTorture.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: The employee at the couples retreat Fisk and Elizabeth go to with Angelica’s parents [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/09/446.html tries to]] [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this.
* TheMakeover: Aron gets Trixie to [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/12/478.html give him one]] when he needs to [[DisguisedInDrag disguise as a girl]] to [[ItMakesSenseInContext sneak into an event]] [[LadyLand strictly for women]].
* MathematiciansAnswer: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/09/344.html Janie uses those]] to {{Troll}} Thomas.
* MeanwhileScene: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/09comic-401-450/ ‘Meanwhile, in Florida...’]]
* MediumAwareness: In a one-off gag, one character refers to ‘[[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/10/349.html the girl in the last frame]]’.
* {{Meganekko}}: Angelica, at the end of her UnwantedGlassesPlot.
* MightMakesRight: Janie tries to scare away a debt collector in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' that way, citing her [[{{Badass}} many achievements]] in the game. [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/03/392.html He doesn’t care.]]
* TheMole: Janie did not foresee Victor being on Thomas side in the War for the Pool. [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/07/428.html It costs her a lot of ammunition.]]
* MoralMyopia: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/07/539.html Angelica is eager to cover the story]] of Clarice becoming Janie’s match on the race track. When called out by her fellow journalist Ty, who reminds her she once said that ‘sports journalism is the intellectually challenged stepchild of ''real'' journalism’, she replies, ‘Not when ''I'' do it!’
* MostWritersAreAdults: None of the kids in this strip talk or act like kids.
* MrImagination - Or ''Ms'' in Abigail’s case, though half of what she gets up to in real life is even more unbelievable.
* MustHaveNicotine: A brief plot arc revolves around Stacy’s cigarette addiction.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Fisk tells his [[ItsAWonderfulPlot guardian angel]] that preventing his war buddy Carlos’ [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]] was specifically to avoid this, as [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/04/511.html he could never live with himself otherwise]], and is angry about them using it as an example for his benevolence and importance in others’ lives.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Two boys [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/01/377.html explain to Angelica]] they don’t want Janie because she’s a ‘ball buster’.
* NotSoDifferent:
** A school [[TheBully bully]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/01/174.html says this to Angelica]].
--->'''Bully:''' We ''bully'', but you ''persuade''. How different are we really?
** Red wonders if under different circumstances, [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/05/416.html she would’ve acted the same as the people she kills]].
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The government [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/10/352.html comes to shut down]] Abigail’s unregulated UsefulNotes/{{Lemonade Stand|s}} and fine her for it.
* OffWithHisHead: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/11/154.html Janie does this to a character]] on ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''.
* OneOfTheBoys: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/12/055.html Thomas thinks this of Charlie.]] She’s flattered. Later on he teaches her how to be a boy at her request, and further on [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/07/431.html he gets her to]] [[{{Turncoat}} join the boys]] in the War for the Pool.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with the men the Blacks hires to build their backyard pool--[[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/09/135.html at least three]] are named ‘[[InherentlyFunnyWords Bob]]’.
* OperationJealousy: [[spoiler:[[BatmanGambit That’s why]] Brice asks his [[YourCheatingHeart unfaithful wife]] [[MrsRobinson Sissy]] for an open marriage. [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou It]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/05/522.html works]].]]
* ParentalIncest: [[spoiler:Red’s father [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/04/406.html raped her repeatedly]] after her mother’s passing. She ultimately [[TheDogBitesBack killed]] [[SelfMadeOrphan him]] for it.]]
* PassThePopcorn: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/07/430.html Fisk’s attitude]] towards the War for the Pool.
* PizzaBoySpecialDelivery: [[YourCheatingHeart Sissy]] [[MrsRobinson Swanson]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/08/131.html remarks]] that when the Blacks get their backyard pool, Elizabeth could hire an attractive young [[LatinLover Latino]] pool boy. Elizabeth asks her that’s what she did, and she says she ‘was dumb’ and [[SubvertedTrope let her husband hire the pool cleaner]].
* PrecisionFStrike: When Thomas fights back at Janie for control over the backyard pool, she decides to take it seriously.
--->'''Janie:''' Alright, you little fucker.
* PuttingThePeeInPool: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/09/135.html Abigail runs through a checklist]] to inspect the completion of the new backyard pool. When she notices Angelica in the pool with a suspicious expression of relief, she recalls she wanted to add ‘[[DisproportionateRetribution pee-seeking piranhas]]’ to the pool.
* RagingStiffie:
** Fisk gets an [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/06/217.html inconvenient one]] when he has to urinate in the morning. He tries to make it go away, only for Elizabeth to notice it and make things worse.
** Aron is unaccustomed to seeing naked people everywhere, which becomes a bit of a problem when he and Beth visit the nudist colony Southhaven.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Bonk redesigned his character, so we get [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/01/065.html a]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/01/066.html couple]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/01/067.html comics]] dealing with Bonk’s redesign in-universe.
* RightThroughTheWall: Fisk and Elizabeth are GenreSavvy enough to know [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/10/455.html this is going to happen]].
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/08/545.html Clarice will NOT]] [[ThrowingTheFight throw her race against Janie]] for gambling money.
* SelfDeprecatingHumor: Tommy’s ([[LittleKnownFacts entirely fictional]]) historical rant about how ‘ass-men’ advanced humanity is a light-hearted jab at [[AuthorAppeal Naylor’s own sensibilities]].
* SeriousBusiness:
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/09/032.html The volleyball match between Janie and Leo]]--for Janie, because [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/09/028.html she wants to assert her superiority]]; for Leo, because of [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/09/030.html the potential satisfaction in winning]].
** [[GirlsHaveCooties Cooties]] [[http://www.jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/11/052.html for Thomas]].
** Jeffrey’s muffins are so good they start a whole plot arc.
** Thomas and Janie engage in a full-blown war over their backyard pool. It’s such a serious issue that Janie even [[PrecisionFStrike drops an F-bomb]].
** Inverted with the race between Janie and Clarice: Angelica sets up a bet on the race and [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/08/545.html tries to rig it]] by suggesting that Clarice [[ThrowingTheFight throw it]] for a cut of the money people bet on Janie, [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/08/542.html Thomas pranks Janie and messes with her practice]], and they’re back to being friends as if nothing happened. [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/09/550.html Clarice is amazed, saying this would’ve lead to fights where she’s from.]]
-->'''Thomas:''' It’s called: ‘It doesn’t matter because we’re just being kids.’ You should try it.
** Marley Strongman [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/10/561.html will not date a girl who owns an iPhone]].
* ShoutOut:
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/06/005.html Thomas wants Abigail to train him]], like ‘[[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Cato did for Inspector Clouseau]]’.
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/09/030.html Thomas compares Janie]] to the Franchise/{{Terminator}}.
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/11/046.html Abby re-enacts scenes]] from ''Film/TheFly1986'' and ''Film/{{Darkman}}''. She also quotes random bits of [[Film/StarWars Yoda]] and Film/{{Patton}}.
** Abby [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/11/050.html strangles]] [[ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus Not Me]].
** Abby’s stuffed animal is a representation of Naylor’s fellow artist friend Bonk.
** Abby builds some [[{{Videogame/Portal}} rather familiar-looking]] turrets as part of Thomas’ self-defense training.
** [[Film/{{Patton}} Blalock, you magnificent bastard...]][[http://www.jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/07/013.html I read your book!]]
** ‘[[Film/{{Batman}} Mirror...]] ''Give'' me a ''[[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/12/060.html mirror]].’''
** [[http://www.jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/10/145.html This strip]] features an appearance by singer Grace Jones. This was an InJoke that [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/11/chapter-23-pers-31.html also occurs]] in ''BetterDays''.
** Janie and her classmates attend [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina Jack Burton]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/10/148.html Academy]].
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' gets an [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/01/274.html unfortunate crossover]] with ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''.
** In [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/06/419.html one sub-plot]], Thomas [[Literature/TheMetamorphosis wakes up as a giant bug]] (it’s actually just an illustration of his report on the book).
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/07/433.html This comic]] is a reference to ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/05/515.html Janie is annoyed by the thought]] of the perfection of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'' being subjected to every {{Jerkass}} on the internet. Stacy seems to [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/05/516.html agree]].
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2016/01/575.html Fisk assures Elizabeth]] he can be left home with the kids:
--->'''Fisk:''' Besides, if anyone kidnaps them, remember: (''UsefulNotes/{{British accent|s}}'') ‘[[Creator/LiamNeeson I]] [[BriefAccentImitation do]] [[Film/{{Taken}} have]] a very ''particular'' set of ''skills''...
* SiblingRivalry: Janie and Thomas. [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/12/166-1.html Janie comes to appreciate it]] when he’s the only one who doesn’t show CondescendingCompassion after she breaks her arm.
-->'''Thomas:''' Janie, no matter what happens to you, you’ll always be the big sister I can’t stand.
-->'''Janie:''' Aw thanks. That means a lot to me.
-->'''Thomas:''' Now go away.
* SkewedPriorities: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/09/449.html Fisk can’t believe]] how skewed Elizabeth’s are. (For context, they’re in a tree with a bear at the bottom.)
* SliceOfLife: The comic shows the daily life of Fisk and Elizabeth and their children.
* SoreLoser[=/=]UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Thomas remarks that when it comes to competitive sports, Abigail’s attitude combined with her physical prowess [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/09/030.html has made older boys cry]]. She eventually wins, and really wants to [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/09/034.html relish it]].
* SpitTake:
** Elizabeth’s reaction to Fisk’s, um, graphic allusion to explain why he hated ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.
** Aron’s reaction to [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/02/495.html Audrey’s remark about Trixie]].
* StatusQuoIsGod: The kids can do a wide range of mean things to each other and still stay friends as if nothing had happened. According to Thomas, none of that matters [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/09/550.html because they’re just kids]].
* StealthInsult: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/08/548.html Abigail implies Thomas has no brain.]] He gets it though.
* StealthPun: Angelica says the story of Clarice turning out to be Janie’s match on the race tracks has many different factors making it sensational. [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/08/540.html Her colleague Ty suggests ‘race’ as one of those]], as Janie is a cat and the girl is a hyena, [[FantasyCounterpartCulture species that are equivalent to white and black people, respectively]], but it is a story about actual foot racing; Angelica says, ‘You said it, not me.’
* StockYuck: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/11/570.html Broccoli for Abigail.]]
* TakeThat:
** From [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/11/048.html this comic]].
--->'''Thomas:''' Dad, how can ''Music/TheBeatles'' still be popular?
--->'''Fisk:''' I don’t know, son.
** When Fisk sees Janie trash-talking Creator/JustinBieber, [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/08/129.html he is pleased]].
** Naylor delivers [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/10/349.html several at once]], mocking some unpleasant types of characters found on the internet, albeit with a bit of SelfDeprecation poking fun at his own AccentuatingTheNegative.
** When [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/10/356.html Abigail asks Stacy]] to sell her [[FantasticDrug fitness drug]]:
-->'''Stacy:''' But I have no idea where to start.
-->'''Abigail:''' Go to where man is at his lowest. Where he has lost all hope of ever feeling good about his body. Go to where mankind has lost all control, and dwells in both the pleasures of the moment and a deeply repressed hatred of himself for doing so. Offer him ''hope''.
-->(''Cut to Stacy standing next to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krispy_Kreme Krispy Kreme Doughnuts]]'')
** Fisk and Elizabeth think their kids not watching ProfessionalWrestling is [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/03/500.html proof]] they’re ultimately GoodParents.
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/04/509.html Fisk is horrified to the point of incredulity]] when [[ItsAWonderfulPlot his guardian angel shows him]] that without him, Lucy would date a man wearing a ''kilt''.
* TakeAThirdOption: In the race between Janie and Clarice, Abigail is [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/08/546.html the only one who bets on a draw]]. [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/09/549.html She wins]].
* TechnicalVirgin: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/10/558.html Amanda.]]
* TemptingFate:
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/09/452.html Angelica’s father is glad]] they didn’t have to [[ItMakesSenseInContext fight the bear off]], and Fisk agrees. Neither of them notices the bear is right behind them and ready to pounce.
** Miko’s older sister admires the beautiful day and the fresh air outside. As soon as she opens the window, [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/02/496.html a landscaper walks by with a leafblower]].
** Then she assumes a client wants a simple, innocent commission drawn, based on the stuff in his gallery. [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/03/497.html She is wrong.]]
* TestosteronePoisoning: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/09/138.html The truck commercial Fisk watches]], complete with homophobic slurs and abuse of a vaguely [[DeepSouth Southern Accent]] to accentuate its masculinity. Then it ends and [[StealthInsult cuts back]] to [[NotSoDifferent football]].
* ThatCameOutWrong: A friend of Fisk’s [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/10/250.html discusses]] the DoubleStandard men face when it comes to sexual liaisons with people of the same gender, a behaviour much more accepted among women than men. Fisk wonders if he wants to have sex with men, too, or be a bisexual woman.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted--Fisk’s company has [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/04/405.html group therapy sessions]] for its agents.
* ThrowingTheFight: Angelica tries to convince Clarice to [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/08/545.html throw the race between her and Janie]], because the bets are in her favour and she could get a cut from the money won by betting on Janie. [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules She adamantly refuses]].
* TomboyishName: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/08/229.html Charlene]] ‘Charlie’ Swanson.
* {{Turncoat}}: Thomas [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/07/431.html convinces Charlie]] to join the boys’ side in the War for the Pool.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Not so much of a gender identity, but [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/01/486.html Aron is taken aback]] when he discovers that Audrey is UsefulNotes/{{Transgender}}. He doesn’t mind, but [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/01/488.html it requires some unforeseen mental readjustments]].
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Thomas elaborates on this theme in ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis''.
* UnwantedGlassesPlot: Angelica finds out she’s near-sighted and is not at all happy about needing glasses, thinking they’ll ruin her good looks.
* VulgarHumor: Thomas apparently [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/08/444.html likes this]].
* WaterGunsAndBalloons: The weapons of choice in the War for the Pool.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Fisk and the group of unsanctioned assassins that employs him seem to fall under this, judging by the explanation in ''Better Days''.
* WhamLine: [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/09/244.html Janie asks Abigail]] to find out who wrote her the anonymous LoveLetter. Abigail refuses on ethical grounds.
-->'''Abigail:''' If the author didn’t want to be anonymous, [[spoiler:she would have ''signed'' it]].
-->'''Janie:''' Okay, okay... (''{{Beat}}'') [[spoiler:‘She’]]?!
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: After having the effects of Abigail’s drug reversed, Jeffery wakes up to find that he had basically [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/03/292.html turned into a caveman and tried to abduct Amanda]] before [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/03/293.html being sedated]]. His response? [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/03/295.html ‘Oh. Cool.’]]
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Fisk tells Red that even if Elizabeth didn’t know if he were [[YourCheatingHeart unfaithful]], [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2011/12/270.html he would, and that alone keeps him from doing it]].
* WireDilemma: Just one of the variety of [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/02/390.html life-threatening situations]] Fisk finds himself in throughout the course of his work.
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Elizabeth tells Abigail a [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/03/395.html bedtime story]] about ‘the cutest girl in her whole village’. Abigail remarks, ‘Isn’t that subjective?’ Fisk [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/11/366.html says the same]] when she tries telling him the story.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Clarice [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/07/536.html is from Atlanta]], and has never been to [[SchoolOfHardKnocks a school without metal detectors]].
* YouCantFightFate: When the ‘[[FantasticDrug Ferrigno Fluid]]’ wears off, [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/11/366.html different men take different approaches towards keeping fit]]; one of them decides he’s destined to be fat and gives up on trying to change it.
* YoungEntrepreneur: Abigail [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/10/351.html uses her scientific prowess]] to open a [[UsefulNotes/LemonadeStands ‘Lemonade+’ stand]].
* YourCheatingHeart:
** [[MrsRobinson Sissy Swanson]] cheats on her husband with young men ''constantly''.
** Red tries to get Fisk back, even though he’s already married. Fisk declines.
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2012/08/335.html Zoe used to have an affair]] with another resident of Southhaven named Kavek, but she ended the relationship when he wouldn’t end his relationship with his girlfriend Rebecca, going as far as proposing to her.

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