[[http://www.reallifecomics.com/ Real Life Comics]] is a LifeEmbellished webcomic by Greg Dean. [[NonindicativeName It's not as faithful to real life as it claims]], but the majority of the cast does consist of the AuthorAvatar and [[WriteWhoYouKnow people he knows]]. The comic has been going since 1999, making it among the oldest webcomics out there, predating {{Keenspot}}, {{Megatokyo}}, and BobAndGeorge.

The comic is updated on weekdays. Not to be confused with, well, RealLife.

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!!This comic provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: One arc was a parody of ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'', but the Artist cancels it a few strips in because it would take forever and the movie wasn't all that interesting to begin with. That, and he gave up trying to work out how to write strips without spoiling anything.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted with the various computers and consoles that have gained sentience over the course of the comic, like Dave's PAL and Dreamcast, which are nice and friendly. Though when Dreamcast returns years later in an [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Aperture Science Personality Core]], Greg briefly worries that there's a [[GLaDOS psychotic A.I. somewhere that wants to kill him]]. Tony says there is, because that's [[EvilOverlord just what he does]].
** Also, when Dave was experimenting with new voices and gave PAL the voice of [[{{ASpaceOdyssey}} HAL 9000]], PAL claimed it was encouraging him to do terrible things.
** There was a story arc where an AI played this straight. Naturally it was one built by Tony for his holographic double.
* AlternateUniverse
* {{Antidisestablishmentarianism}}: Greg says that he's switching his political party and becoming one.
* ArtEvolution: Despite being a CutAndPasteComic, longtime readers notice things like more detailed characters, detailed backgrounds, color being used for all the strips, etc.
* AuthorAppeal: [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-1745 When it's time]] for another LimitedWardrobe change, real Greg puts Liz in a [[PlayboyBunny bunny outfit]], and comments "Fans be damned... this one's for '''''me'''''."
* AuthorAvatar: There is not only Greg Dean in the comic, but also the Cartoonist, who is usually portrayed as a disembodied god. When he does appear in-strip, he looks like Greg but with slightly longer hair and different clothing.
* {{BFS}}: First an [[http://reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-100 Authentic Scottish Claymore]]. Then a full-size replica of [[FinalFantasyVII Cloud's]] [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-462 Buster Sword]].
* BerserkButton:
** Do NOT ask Greg if he [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-984 owns the]] [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Master Sword]].
** Additionally, Liz threatened to kill Greg when he suggested that WaltDisney was a {{Fanfic}} author.
** Later Liz did it again when he said the [[UsefulNotes/{{Fonts}} Comic Sans font]] is genius, but his explanation [[FridgeBrilliance makes perfect sense to her]].
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Greg and Dave find a [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-471 to do list]] on the table, judging by the things on it, it's Tony's.
* BilingualBonus: The Shirt Ninja speaks in Japanese.
* BrainUploading: Literally, when Dave's sentient computer PAL uploads itself to his brain to escape the self-destruction of Tony's space station. He later downloads himself into a new computer by [[CrowningMomentOfFunny having Dave vocally mimic a dial-up modem]].
* CaffeineBulletTime: [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-692 "Note to self: Eat 8 Krispy Kreme donuts, phase out of existence."]]
* CerebusSyndrome: Completely averted despite being such a long-running series. Although it's had short story arcs, they're [[HilarityEnsues never serious]], and has managed to stay funny without ever running out of material. (Except for a few comics where the creator has no ideas for a strip, which still end up being funny).
** Well, the story arcs where Tony battles an FBI agent who wants Tony's tech for the U.S. government get kind of serious at times, but it's hard to worry that any major characters will die when you know that every one of them is based on a friend or relative of the creator.
* CharacterLevel: "[[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-2825 Harper just dinged]]."
* ClicheStorm: An In-Universe example was done during a dimension-hopping adventure where they wound up in a world where "everything is a Series/{{Sliders}} cliche!". Naturally, this involved their dimension-traveling device fizzling out, a doomsday scenario, joining and fighting a rag-tag resistance group led by a double of someone they knew, getting involved with and solving the world's problems and a last second escape. Well, '''almost''' all their problems.
-->'''Alt Dave''': That's great, but what about the '''''huge freaking asteroid''''' about to hit the planet?!
-->'''Tony''': Sorry, pal! You're on your own!
* CloserToEarth: While this could always be said to have been the case between Liz and Greg, the comic has ''really'' started to abuse the use of this trope (and all that typically goes with it) in the last few years. Like, "Last season of EverybodyLovesRaymond" abuse it. One could argue that Liz is, basically, a live-in StraightMan to Greg's [[StraightManAndWiseGuy wise guy]], a role which used to be filled by Dave and Tony.
** Though Liz does have her moments too, like when she and Greg went car-shopping ("[=NewBeetleNewBeetleNewBeetle=]!" "Maybe we should get a bigger car?" "'''NEW. BEETLE.'''")
* ContinuityPorn: [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-2071 This 2008 comic]] marks the beginning of an epic story arc that makes references to several past story arcs, including one that began in ''2002''.
** Another example is when the future Greg in the [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-533 October 2, 2001 strip]] mentions that he hit his shin on the drawer in the kitchen on July 8th, 2003, and the comic's creator actually [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-974 follows through with it]]!
* ConversationalTroping
* CorruptionOfAMinor: Dave complains when Greg plays Diablo 2 with his newborn daughter Harper in his arms, but he insists that it teaches her important life lessons:
-->'''*SPLAT!*'''
-->'''Harper:''' Gweeee!
-->'''Greg:''' That's right, Harper, demons ''do'' gots to be slain!
* CutAndPasteComic: Most of the comics consist of the characters and backgrounds being cut and pasted with new dialogue put in. The creator sometimes makes a fuss about new backgrounds or objects.
** One arc, mirroring Greg and Liz' real world house-hunting, had a strip in which the camera suddenly refused to follow the characters. Then a note floated down from the cartoonist, stating that due to the flurry of new backgrounds he's had to make recently, he had decided to go into a coma.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Tony. He appears to have read the EvilOverlordList at least. Review his take on the DeathTrap and WhyDontYaJustShootHim [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-964 as an example]].
* DeathRay
* DetonationMoon: Joked about in [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-2317 this strip]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Early strips made more references to anime and really abused the LifeEmbellished concept, as seen when Greg goes on a date with [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Belldandy]] and Tony builds a {{Mechwarrior}} which causes his girlfriend to complain until the author bribes her with an [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]. After a while most of the unrealistic wackiness was confined to Tony and his EvilOverlord antics.
* EasterEgg: Repeated uses of [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the number 42]].
* EvilOverlord: Tony.
* FridgeBrilliance: In-Universe: In one strip, Greg suggests that the graphic designer of the much-reviled Comic Sans font was actually a genius, because it's basically a huge flashing sign that screams "I'm incompetent and need the help of a graphic designer." Liz is stunned when she realizes that it makes perfect sense.
* FunWithAcronyms: [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-604 This strip]]. Try saying N.O.T.C. out loud.
* FunWithSubtitles
* GenderFlip: With alternate-universe versions of the main characters.
* [[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual Glasses Do Something Unusual]]: Dave's glasses have infrared, HUD, etc. which explains why they're not clear.
* GuestStrip
* HarmlessElectrocution: {{Hilarity Ensues}} when Tony dials the home number while Greg works on the phone-line
--> *RING*
--> *ZAAAP*
--> Greg: "DO YOU MIND!?"
* HumongousMecha: The arc starting [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-397 here]], where Tony builds a {{Mechwarrior}} and his girlfriend is given [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Eva-00]] when she gripes to the author, resulting in an East vs West throwdown. [[spoiler:The 'Mech destroys the Eva's power cable, but it doesn't have any weapons capable of penetrating its defenses so the whole thing ends in a draw.]]
* InsaneTrollLogic: In one strip, Greg goes into a Dave and Buster's and orders a Pepsi, but the waitress refuses to serve him because he's not old enough to drink alcohol. Greg Dean has said [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer this actually happened to him]].
* InternetBackdraft: InUniverse example: In one strip, Liz tries to get Greg into ''Series/DoctorWho''; he refuses, citing his [[MrViceGuy addictive personality]] and saying he doesn't need another show to obsess over. The very next day's strip has him telling Liz he'll give it a shot, revealing that he got so many emails from fans telling him how great ''DW'' is that it overheated and melted his computer.
* ItWasADarkAndStormyNight in a [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-307 parody strip]].
* JustOneMoreLevel: [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-589 here:]]
-->'''Tony''': How long have you been playing?
-->'''Greg''': 27 hours, non-stop.
-->'''Tony''': Well, you have stopped to eat though, right?
-->'''Greg''': Eat? Oh yeah... that thing I need to do to not die.
** And [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-1216 here:]]
-->'''Liz''': Hey sweetie, I'm back- Good Lord, you're ''still'' racing on the same track!?
-->'''Greg''': Endurance race. 200 laps. Can't stop. Need money.
-->'''Liz''': You know, Gran Turismo has a pause button. It's not against the rules.
-->'''Greg''': Can't pause. Pausing loses races.
-->'''Liz''': Sweetheart, you... you haven't blinked since I've gotten here.
-->'''Greg''': Can't blink. Blinking loses races.
-->'''Liz''' (''looking freaked out''): ...I'm just going to cut my losses, not ask what ''else'' loses races, and never sit on that couch again.
** And another one [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-794 here]] regarding a "Quick game of The Sims", to which Tony says there's no such thing.
* LetsMeetTheMeat: [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-2158 This strip:]]
-->'''Greg''': Liz, it's ''smiling'' at me. Why is it smiling at me?
-->'''Liz''': It's excited that you're going to eat it, of course.
-->'''Greg''': That's cute, and yet surprisingly morbid all at the same time.
* LifeEmbellished
* LimitedWardrobe: Lampshaded [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-1103 here]].
* MediumAwareness: [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-2491 Liz has issues with the caption narrator.]]
* MrViceGuy: Greg has an addictive personality, plain and simple. Especially in regards to ''FinalFantasy''. Any part of it.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Referenced [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-2463 here]].
* NintendoHard: Referenced on [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-432 30 Apr 2001]].
** And more recently with an arc involving the first Final Fantasy.
* NoFourthWall: The cartoonist has physically appeared in the strip, and occasionally talks to the characters from outside the comic. The PlotHole arc had [[spoiler: Tony climbing through a plot hole into [[WelcomeToTheRealWorld the real world.]]]]
* NonindicativeName: The strip itself. Lampshaded often.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Parodied on the [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-2339 Nov 19 2009]] strip: Tony claims to be born before 1934, the year they published Superman, whose life story he was deliberately ripping off.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted, since both Greg's wife and his previous girlfriend are named Elizabeth. His wife goes by Liz, while his ex is usually called Lizzie to avoid confusion.
* OnlySixFaces
* PlotHole: [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-1724 They're kind of cute, actually.]]
* PurpleProse: [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-2431 Sent up]].
* RandomNumberGod:
** [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-241 Greg misses a stationary enemy because he failed to roll a high enough THAC0]]
** Then [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-583 the Random Number God exacts justice on Tony]]
* TheRant
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: A particularly bizarre, recursive example. Greg met his wife, Liz, through the forums; their marriage and her pregnancy with their first child have been part of the comic. It gets silly when, [[http://reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-2771-2 in-comic]], Greg shows his child the comic. In short, Real Life wrote the plot of real life, which was then written into Real Life, which was shown in real life to the daughter who exists as a result of Real Life writing the plot of real life, which in turn wrote a strip in Real Life.
* RecurringExtra: Alan Extra
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: The comic occasionally contains misspelled words. Greg has particular trouble with the word "caffeine."
** I notice he misspells "definitely" quite frequently as well.
* SignedUpForTheDental: [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-607 This strip.]]
* SpriteMirroring in [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-272 this strip]]. Though Greg seemed to have caught this and every instance of Crystal with [[Anime/SerialExperimentsLain Lain's single sided hair bangs]] don't do this anymore.
* StatlerAndWaldorf / ThoseTwoGuys: Dave and Tony.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Accidentally invoked [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-888 here,]] with 'Not Poison' bottled water.
* TasteTheRainbow: [[http://reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-2160 Literally]].
* TemptingFate: In one strip, Greg says he prefers Google+ to Facebook because it doesn't have any annoying things like people poking your or inviting you to {{Farmville}}. Dave immediately goes to his own computer and messages Greg, saying simply "*poke*".
* TimeIsDangerous: [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-2696 This strip]] touches this with discussion after time bubble were used to rapidly age mead 6 months.
* TimeTravel
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: ''Pepsi.'' Apparently some guys from Pepsi looked the comic over once and didn't see anything objectionable, so they didn't ask Greg to stop.
** And why should they? He LOVES himself some Pepsi. He is not damaging Pepsi's reputation.
** While traversing alternate dimensions in one arc, he finds a universe where he drinks Coke. He chokes him while screaming [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-801 "Die infidel!"]]
** A strip had Greg admit he could not stop drinking Vanilla Coke. In the background, Dave answers a phone call from Pepsi, informing that Greg accounted for 10% of their annual sales.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Greg, Dave and Tony. [[{{Flanderization}} Over time]] they've become more vitriolic and less bud-like.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Subverted.
* YouHaveResearchedBreathing. Parodied in [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-374 this strip]]. Greg insists that he can pick up ore that Crystal can't mine yet.
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