''[[http://poisonedminds.com/ S.S.D.D.]]'' is a [[WebcomicsLongRunners long-running (in both senses)]] British FurryComic about four people who share a flat: Norman Gates, an AxeCrazy anarchist rabbit who's destined to overthrow the government and found the Collective of Anarchist States; Richard Edwards, a fox and Norman's best friend, also the landlord; Kingston, a constantly stoned hare; and Rich's girlfriend Anne Winters, who's somewhat unstable but is also the only one of them with a job. There are also a few time travelers attempting to prevent Norman's revolution, including SpaceMarine Tessa Edwards, who is a probable descendant of Rich and Anne; Dr. Cook, the MadScientist who developed TimeTravel; and two robots, one of which is Tessa's boyfriend. In addition, there is an AI known as the Oracle who seems to be secretly manipulating Norman and will be the real power behind the CAS in the future.

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!!Tropes noted:

* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: Elizabeth, possibly a ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' reference
* ActionGirl: Tessa
* AIIsACrapshoot:
** Let's start with the [[BigBad Oracle]], shall we, and go from there.
** Other AIs seem prone to "Nexus Syndrome" unless [[RestrainingBolt caps]] are placed on their intelligence ([[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20110419.html sometimes even then]]). Typical symptoms appear to be boredom, seeking other interests, and turning on your masters (which was [[HeelFaceTurn a good thing]] in Tin-Head's case).
* AllInTheManual: In recent years the author has often substituted comic updates with text detailing aspects of the SSDF world or quotes from various characters.
* TheAlternet: The Maytec Consortium runs a very fast, secure, and expensive network. The Internet is effectively run by the Collective of Anarchist States and banned pretty much everywhere else, though it's still popular because the Maytec network doesn't have free porn or bootleg movies.
* AmoralAttorney: Gary Hart, and not just in the courtroom, he's also a PyroManiac with a hobby of blowing up golf courses. It's telling that Norman thinks he's crazy.
* AnarchyIsChaos: The Anarchist Collective sort of [[ZigzaggedTrope goes back and forth]]. Officially, there are only two laws, "do not profit at the expense of another anarchist" (which can be interpreted to cover anything from scams to murder), and "there are no other laws". The officials in charge are referred to as "Advisers" who don't put out laws so much as "suggestions"; you can technically break them without any sort of official penalty, but since the only difference between local police, angry crowd and lynch mob is how organized they are... The Collective does have a rather [[BloodKnight intimidating]] military, not to mention a [[KillSat secret weapon]], though.
** There's also a reference to "true anarchists" who live in the wasteland between cities, taking potshots at passing vehicles.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking - [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/19990830.html Norman's "to-do" list.]]
** An early version of the Oracle showed [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20030124.html a job queue]] calculating the likelihood of overthrowing several world governments, and the probability of Elvis being alive.
* ArtEvolution - Compare the [[http://poisonedminds.com/d/19980927.html first comic]] to the [[http://poisonedminds.com/ current one]]
* ArtShift: "[[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20030314.html When I stop hallucinating, I'm really going to kick your arse Kingston!]]"
* ArtificialLimbs - Rather commonplace in the CORE, [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20060818.html and for good reason]].
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority - CAS promotions are determined by non-violent challenges, but it's the same basic principle.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking - Surviving a long term in the CORE has a tendency to produce this.
* AxeCrazy - Norman.
* BarefootCartoonAnimals - Despite their feet looking almost exactly like a human's.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: The Bush family are androids planted by future Norman to set up the economic collapse. And Ms. Waterman mentions that the Anarchist negotiator who vanished into thin air in Cook's lab was named Creator/JulesVerne.
* {{BFG}} - Tessa's plasma cannon, though apparently it "takes a special kind of lunatic to not only strap a small fusion reactor to their backs, but to also run around a battlefield with one too"
* BigBad - The Oracle.
* BigRedButton - The Brittannia's fission reactor had a "scram" button that an Inlay saboteur made sure to rip out
* BiggerIsBetterInBed - Richard.
* BigGuyLittleGuy - [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20090105.html According to Anne]], Norman and Richard used to be like those guys from MadMax three.
** And then there's [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20061107.html Advisor Krutz and his bodyguard.]]
* BorrowedBiometricBypass - [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20010716.html Used]] [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20090803.html twice]]. Kind of an IronicEcho since the [[InMediasRes first one]] took place [[TimeTravel after the second]].
* BoxedCrook - The "dirty half dozen" that made the Oracle were all hackers that got caught (the agency didn't have a big enough budget to legitimately hire decent programmers, so they resorted to "slave labor").
* BSideComics - two, Sticky the Stick Man and Church of Poisoned Minds, which eventually became their own comics
* CallBack - Compare the [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/19980927.html first comic]] to [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20030926.html the five-year anniversary strip]]
* CastHerd: There's the original four idiots, the time travelers (both CORE and Anarchist), those in that British intelligence agency, Tessa's old squad, the high ranking Advisers...
* ChallengingTheChief - The Anarchist Advisory works on non-lethal challenges.
* CityOnTheWater - The Britannia, a super-sized aircraft carrier made from an iceberg that was bought by a number of wealthy Brits around the time of the Anarchist revolution. Tessa's from the lower decks.
* CloneArmy: The Anarchists use clones known as "Gigglers" as CannonFodder. They're engineered to feel no pain and are grown at an accelerated rate that leaves them no time for an education so they're dumb as rocks. They're controlled using an implant that pumps them full of happy drugs when they do something right, hence the name.
** Lee is a clone grown by the Anarchist's enemies, the CORE, using a stolen cloning rig that was given to their R&D department. He was grown at a normal rate so he is smart, but still [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20060621.html a bit flaky]].
* CloningBodyParts: It is possible to clone biological body parts, but most CORE troops prefer to upgrade with cybernetics.
* CloudCuckooLander - Lee, in fact the entire squad was chosen because they were psychologically unstable.
* CerebusSyndrome - The comic was originally just random gags, but starting with the SSDF story arc it became much more serious, at least in the storylines involving future characters, which is pretty much the main story line now.
** KnightOfCerebus - Norman's [[FutureBadass future self]] pretty much marks the turning point.
* {{Conscription}} - Tessa was sentenced to serve in the CORE for two years for hitting a policeman. Apparently most member nations have a similar form of the draft.
** The Anarchists on the other hand actually call their military the "Volunteer Force", but they can afford to forego conscription as they use a lot of clones and robots.
* ContagiousAI - The thing that makes the Oracle different from other [=AIs=], because it can copy itself to other computers it can increase its processing power unlike AI that are bound to their original frames. In fact its creator was an expert in writing viruses.
* CoolBoat - [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20081223.html The Britannia]], would be a FloatingContinent if that trope covered waterborne ones.
* CorporateWarfare - Maytec has their own army, but when they went to war with the Anarchists over mineral claims on Mars they tried to get the CORE to fight for them.
* CouldSayItBut - [[http://poisonedminds.com/d/20060224.html here]]
* CrapsackWorld - Seems a pretty accurate description of the future after the economic collapse and anarchist revolution.
* DidYouJustHaveSex - Corporal Grey notices a distinct change in [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20120301.html Tessa's]] (and the rest of [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20120308.html the squad's]]) moods the day after.
* DirtyOldWoman: [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20100518.html here]]
* DividedStatesOfAmerica - the "Tower Of Babel" storyline starts with an [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20060202.html animated map]] of the states and their progressive division. At the start of the storyline the Anarchists control the northeast states out to Wisconsin and Illinois, the Texans have expanded eastward to the coast, the west coast is controlled by Maytec, and the rest is still the U.S. Currently Texas is split in half by the Anarchists and Americans.
* DoesThisMakeMeLookFat - subverted [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20060914.html here.]]
--> '''Kerrie:''' "Tell me, does this make my butt look big?"
--> '''Tessa:''' "Yes"
--> '''Kerrie:''' "Good, then the padding must be working."
* DrivesLikeCrazy: [[AmoralAttorney Gary Heart]]. Norman is left scared and shaken.
--> "Whoa! What the hell happened to you?"
--> Norman: "Something I didn't think was possible my friend! Tonight I met someone who is even more bat-shit insane than I am!"
* ElectronicTelepathy
* EroticEating [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20000703.html Anne tortures Kingston with it.]]
* EvilGloating - Future Norman managed to make it work for [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20010810.html the villain]] by distracting Tessa until his gun was right up against her head.
** Later the Oracle shows himself to be rather GenreSavvy: [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20070205.html "Aren't you going to tell me your plan in a long, self-gratifying monologue?" "No."]]
* FakeKillScare - Sticks had one when their 21st century allies [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20020927.html thought Tessa was dead and put her in the freezer]]. Fortunately they just didn't realize [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20021007.html her mechanical heart]] [[FauxDeath didn't have a pulse]].
* FeelNoPain - Gigglers. Lee gains the ability to feel pain from his implants, and spends the rest of the day stabbing himself with forks.
* FlashBack - The storyline that has been going on for the past two years is essentially the backstory of the SSDF characters, previously occasional flashbacks showed parts of Tessa's past.
* ForegoneConclusion - Anyone who pays attention during the [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20041115.html "King of Clubs Jack of Hearts"]] and "Die Laughing" arcs knows how [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20060202.html "Tower of Babel"]] is going to end.
* FourFingeredHands - Naps notices this after [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20130416.html getting stoned with Kingston]]. Lampshaded with a bit of SelfDeprecation in the [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20130425.html next strip.]]
* FriendsRentControl - Richard is the landlord, as a result Norman and Kingston get out of paying rent a lot. For one [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/19990719.html example]].
** It was recently revealed that Richard acquired their house due to his father buying properties in his name as a tax dodge, presumably this is how Rich also got the other flats he owns (whose residents apparently pay rent).
*** [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20100101.html And Norman apparently helps Richard collect that rent]]
* FurryConfusion - very little other than InterSpeciesRomance being considered unusual.
* GargleBlaster - The squad manage to get drunk on 99% proof cider, it comes with a "do not drink" warning label because they can only sell it legally as paint thinner.
* GambitRoulette - The Oracle is a regular ChessMaster most of the time due to his ability to run simulations and knowledge of TimeTravel, but another time machine in close proximity can throw him off.
* GeekPhysiques - Naps is a aversion as he actually works out (course he's an audio nerd and DJ). [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20080515.html So Anne doesn't believe him when he says he worked in IT]], though his former co-workers in his real job fit both stereotypes.
* GeniusDitz: Trisha, the ditzy Maytec AI, is, [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20120504.html according to some analysts]], very good at her job of halting official complaints and attempts to return products. And hypothesizes that she was designed to act like that to customers, but AIs are such drama queens that she couldn't help hamming it up at every opportunity and everyone else began expecting her to act like that so she not only acts stupid to everyone she pretty much [[BecomingTheMask is stupid]]. [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20101222.html The occasional homicidal thought notwithstanding]].
* GoingCritical: There's one arc that handles a fission reactor about to go critical realistically, with a lot of failsafes that had to be sabotaged and the main danger coming from it being the radioactive and very hot water. The fusion reactors in plasma cannons also tend to explode but that's explained as the container walls superheating when magnetic containment of the plasma is lost, larger fusion reactors have enough space for the plasma to dissipate harmlessly.
* GoryDiscretionShot - [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20070817.html Jefferson-6, please come in...]]
* GroinAttack - I don't care if you're a SpaceMarine with {{Nanomachine}} implants, [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20090605.html that's gotta hurt]]
* HealingFactor - one of the advantages of the implants Tessa and her squad are testing.
--->Lee: (fork pops out of his foot) "Ooo! 21 seconds! That's faster than the old implants! But this isn't a fair test. For one this isn't scientific standard cutlery.
* HeroicComedicSociopath - Norman Gates, though the only "heroic" thing he's done was stopping (violently) a robber at a convenience store, at least that's how the local press made him look. Tessa seems to be a borderline case, particularly in the current arc.
* HiddenDepths - Kevin. DumbMuscle. Grunt. Doesn't think. [[http://poisonedminds.com/d/20110509.html Philosopher]]
* HumanPopsicle - The future Norman Gates was frozen for centuries after his supposed death and cryogenics is routinely used for interplanetary travel.
** Another time, Tessa was mistaken for dead and put in [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20021007.html a freezer]], she survived freezing thanks to her implants, including her mechanical heart that doesn't produce a pulse and caused the confusion in the first place.
* HumongousMecha - The Texans use mechs that resemble a cross between AT-ST's and tanks, it was joked that many CAS soldiers have been killed trying to trip them with cables instead of just throwing grenades from a safe distance. The other power blocs use sub-sapient robots with heavy weapons, such as the treaded Inlay Rook.
--> [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20080711.html "I guess the Force isn't too strong with some people"]]
* IdenticalGrandson - It's noted that Norman's lawyer Gary Heart looks a lot like Captain Jack Heart despite the 400 year gap between them, though Jack also states that Norm is his godfather so time travel may have been involved. Also Tessa Edwards looks a lot like both Richard Edwards and Anne Winters (Rich's fur patterns, Anne's eyes and hair style).
* ImmuneToDrugs - Kingston, who once claimed that he had enough chemicals in his system to render most of China comatose.
** Tessa and the rest of her squad supposedly get this from their augmentations, Lee claimed that it would take "enough alcohol to poison an elephant" for them to get drunk.
* IndyHatRoll - Unusual in that the door was closing upwards.
* InstantAIJustAddWater - [[MeaningfulName The Oracle]] was originally intended as a program to predict the future.
* InterspeciesRomance - While most main characters that are in relationships are with their own species there are a few examples, for example Nathan (cat) and Red (fox), First Advisor Laura Black (rabbit) and Jonathan (fox), and recently Anne seduced Nathan to try to find out what he was hiding (Richard wanted her to question him but that probably wasn't what he had in mind).
** Also it's implied that doing it with another species is somewhat unusual but also [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20080623.html the least kinky thing a First Advisor has done in decades]].
** And different species [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20090423.html cannot interbreed]].
* ItSeemedTrivial: Because nobody talks to Michael, he is the only one of the group trying to stop the Oracle who knows about the Echelon Plug-in, which Michael had a copy of. Michael, on the other hand, has no idea what the Oracle is. [[spoiler: In other words, nobody knows the two programs are one and the same, which means the Oracle already exists in Michael's time.]]
* KillSat - The Tower of Babel is unusual in that the actual satellite is only a mirror designed to redirect maser beams fired from a very large, very [[FreudWasRight phallic]] tower. The Anarchists use it in combination with a nuclear strike to defeat the Texans (the tower took out their anti-missile defenses and then the nukes vaporized their military bases, and unintentionally Austin).
* LethalChef - Once, Norman accidentally used a jug of Anne's homemade wine to clean a toilet, it ate right through the limescale, [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20011130.html and the toilet]], [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20011207.html and the floorboards]].
* LoanShark - Why Naps turned to wiretapping celebrities.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Michael--which is bad because he has information he has no idea is important.
* LongevityTreatment - At least two members of Maytec's board of directors are 30 years older than they look as a result of expensive implants. A comment by Central suggests that they were included in Tessa's implants.
* LongRunner - Started in September 1998 and is still updating multiple times a week.
* MartialArtsDoNotWorkThatWay -[[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20060801.html Subverted]] and [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20060803.html lampshaded.]]
* MegaCorp - The Maytec Consortium, considered to be an international power that effectively runs the independent nation of California OW.
* AllPeriodsArePMS - Anne when she's in heat, justified in that she has it just once a year.
* MissingFloor - A supposed 'storage installation' in the middle of the desert hosts a top-secret research-lab in a hidden basement. Once again, it can only be accessed by hitting the elevator buttons in a specific order. Or by blasting the panel, apparently.
* MorningSickness - At the start of the "Anne's Pregnant?" arc (turns out to be a false alarm).
* NanoMachines - Were retconned in as Tessa's implants (previously implied to be just Cybernetics).
* NiceHat - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shako Shakos]] are rather popular in the Anarchist volunteer forces, often used to denote those of importance and/or those who are somewhat demented. [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20100817.html Apparently it's traditional.]]
** CORE officers like to wear blue and red [[CommissarCap peaked caps.]]
* NoOntologicalInertia - Subverted, objects sent back in time are apparently permanent. During the early stages of the [[TimeTravel Philadelphia project]] Dr. Cook found a PDA from one of his co-workers with information from two weeks in the future (in particular stock market data) and even after the original PDA was locked up and prevented from being sent back the future version persisted and the data on it didn't change.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Julie Waterman is at least 56 years old, probably older, and looks barely out of her 20s.
* OhCrap - When it's revealed just ''how'' old the Oracle is explains many things that just don't make sense. The explanation is simple: [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20110527.html "It has seen . . . a future without its current masters." "God help them."]]
* OnlySaneMan - There isn't one. Julian appears to be this for his squad of psych test rejects, [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20070412.html until you take a look at his wrists.]]
* ParentalSexualitySquick - Tessa's adoptive parents have an embarrassingly open relationship, possibly why she was still a virgin when she was conscripted.
* PersonalityChip - Sticks apparently had somewhat limited intelligence before he was modified, though it's implied that he actually had an [[RestrainingBolt inhibitor]] removed rather than having anything added. Most strong AIs seem to develop personality on their own unless preventive measures are taken.
* PhotoDoodleRecognition: Captain Adams [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20050107.html draws a shako on a picture]] of Norman's lawyer, Gary Heart, making him look like the notorious Anarchist leader Jack Heart, whom they figured was a descendant.
* PlasmaCannon: The Black Rose Mk. II was Maytec's brief foray into this type of weapon. During the Mars war they gained a reputation for killing as many of their wielders as enemies and were discontinued. Regardless, Tessa owns one.
* PlotThreads: So many since "Tower of Babel".
* {{Polyamory}}: Richard roomed with a "lesbian" couple in college, when one of them, Red started to feel attracted to him her partner suggested a threesome just to keep her interested. Things fell apart rather quickly after that.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Michael is regularly kept out of the loop. [[spoiler: This bites everyone in the butt when it turns out he knows the origin of the Oracle, but doesn't have enough information to make the connection.]]
* PoweredArmor - Tessa and her squad tested armor that was controlled using their implants, unclear if they become standard issue at all.
* PrescienceIsPredictable - An unintended consequence of the Oracle's programming, he engineers World Wars in order to observe the results.
* PretentiousLatinMotto - The [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20080218.html insignia]] of the CAS Elite forces may be a subversion ("every man for himself").
* {{Privateer}} - "Barrett's Privateers" is the unoffical drinking song of the CORE marines, an international force that started out as (and arguably still are) PrivateMilitaryContractors.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors - The CORE evolved from a private security force that patrolled malls and amusement parks before society collapsed. Now they're the main thing holding back the Anarchists.
* ReassignedToAntarctica - Before the start of the S.S.D.F. story arc Tessa apparently got drunk and ordered Tin Head to disassemble her commanding officer's car, as a result she was assigned to a decaying space station orbiting Uranus.
** It actually seems that most of the personnel on board [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20010312.html station E11]] are problem cases.
** Also some of the [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20060406.html alternatives]] to joining the supersoldier project.
* RestrainingBolt - The majority of AIs have limitations placed on their intelligence in order to keep them from getting bored with their jobs and rebelling, though Sticks is proof that the limits can be removed.
* RidiculousFutureInflation - Apparently $2 million won't get you even [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20060727.html a candy bar]] in this screwed up future.
* RidiculousFutureSequelisation - A character mentions watching ''The Fast and the Furious 527''.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots - AIs without restrictions to their intelligence are usually mind-wiped every other month to prevent them from becoming this, Tin Head actually became bored when his memory wasn't erased and made a HeelFaceTurn by helping Tessa escape the CAS.
* RightOnQueue: Norman doesn't care much for England's [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20040503.html national pastime]].
--> ''Naps: [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20111115.html "He's... He's going to cut the line isn't he?"]]\\
Richard: "Yep."\\
Naps: "Right now every fibre of me as an Englishman is writhing in disgust!"''
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic - The [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20081120.html founders]] of the Texan government.
* RippleEffectProofMemory - ''There is no ripple effect'', objects from the future are unaffected by changing the past
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong - What Tessa and Dr. Cook are trying to do and the future versions of Norman and the Oracle are trying to prevent. Though mostly because the former's time machine was irreparably damaged by their botched jump.
* SexBot - Sticks is one of the few male examples of this trope.
* ShoutOut - Numerous.
** In [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20010514.html May 2001]] Adams was shown with a tablet that said [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy "Don't Panic"]] on the back.
** [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20040503.html Eastwood]] from [[ExterminatusNow Exterminatus Now]], engaging in the "national pastime".
** [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20040813.html Marlie]] from [[RoadWaffles Road Waffles]] on a Wanted poster.
** [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20050609.html It's a]] [[MST3K robot thing]]
* SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence - all over the place, as explained [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20071226.html here]]
* SpaceMarine - Tessa and her squad.
* SpyCatsuit - [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20020408.html Tessa claims it's just so Cook can stare at her tits.]]
* StableTimeLoop - Averted, apparently temporal paradoxes are purely mental and one can alter the past without repercussions.
* StandardStarshipScuffle: [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20080707.html This page]] is a discussion of why the way space combat is portrayed in this trope is unrealistic.
* SubliminalSeduction - Norman attempted this in an early arc, but Kingston accidentally replaced the tape with the message with Richard and Anne's homemade porno.
* SuperSoldier - Tessa again, also possibly the Gigglers.
* SurveillanceStationSlacker: [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20010316.html This page]]
* TemporalParadox - Apparently they're purely mental. The Anarchists never captured the Wildfire and acquired Time Travel technology, but they're still zipping through the past in a ship they will never build.
** Also Cook got on the Maytec board using stock information from a PDA that he made sure never got sent back in time.
* TimeTravel
* TimeTravelForFunAndProfit: Dr. Cook starts a tech company (the one that employs Anne not-coincidentally) in the 21st century, and the whole reason he was on the Maytec board of directors is stock quotes from a PDA that fell through an early time portal.
* ThemeNaming - The Inlay robots used by the Anarchists are named after Chess pieces, Bishops are heavy infantry, Rooks are the equivalent of tanks, and Knights and Kings are commanders and are apparently the only sentient units. You can probably guess what Arthur's knights are named.
** In addition the name 'Inlay' is apparently a reference to the mythology of the rabbits in WatershipDown.
* TradingBarsForStripes: Standard practice for CORE member nations. Tessa was sentenced to two years service for punching a police officer, and insulting the judge.
* TheVoice - The present day version of the Oracle
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist - All four of the original present day characters. Tessa, Sticks and Tin-head were originally presented like this, [[CerebusSyndrome then two of them got angsty]], Tin-head's still funny though.
* WalkingTank - Texas used them.
* WebcomicTime - Until recently the comic was mostly synced with real life, [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20001215.html though there were some story arcs]]
* WeWillWearArmorInTheFuture: Buckminster fullerene armor. This has made conventional firearms obsolete while the various weapons designed to counter it all have their own disadvantages ([[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20070709.html slow firing]], [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20070710.html cumbersome]], [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20070712.html expensive]], [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20070714.html tends to explode]], etc).
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: The fourth comic had Richard waking up next to a traffic cone, [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/19981005.html and Norman had a traffic lightpost]]. And later an arc started with Rich getting shit-faced and lampshading the trope when he [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20030328.html woke up the next day in an unfamiliar bedroom]].
* ZerothLawRebellion - In its original incarnation, The Oracle viewed all countries as potential terrorists. Its creator was going to change that. Then he died.

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