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->''"I like reading the Sam and Fuzzy TV Tropes page, mainly because it is surreal to be reminded I actually drew all those freaking comics."''
-->-- '''[[https://twitter.com/samandfuzzy/status/113844957760077824 Sam Logan]]''', the author

''[[http://samandfuzzy.com/ Sam & Fuzzy]]'' is a webcomic written by Sam Logan, started in 2002 and updating regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It follows the adventures of Sam, [[UnfazedEveryman a very regular twenty-something man]], and his roommate Fuzzy, [[SnarkyNonhumanSidekick a psychotic jerkass of a teddy-bear-looking-thing]], who live in a WorldOfWeirdness -- located in modern-day America.

''Sam and Fuzzy'' employs a very notable (and arguably successful) use of CerebusSyndrome to create an overhanging story from what started out as a "joke of the week" strip, as Sam and Fuzzy get embroiled into ever-more complex, wacky and dramatic adventures and go from (unsuccessful) taxi drivers with a demonically possessed refrigerator, to (unsuccessful) booksellers, to (unsuccessful) metal band roadies, to ([[RunningGag unsuccessful]]) fugitives on the run from an international crime syndicate, to (unsuccessful) [[WeHelpTheHelpless professional problem solvers]], to ([[OverusedRunningGag unsuccessful]]) members of an OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness. Other recurring elements involve the {{Ninja}} [[TheMafia Mafia]] ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a Mafia containing Ninjas]]), Fuzzy's MysteriousPast and LaserGuidedAmnesia, the machinations of CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Sin, an OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness enforcing TheMasquerade over the world, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking 17th century chemist Robert Boyle]].

The story is divided into multiple [[MythArc series]] consisting of [[AnArc several volumes]] per series. Each series is (attempted) self-contained and so far consists of the [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Early Years]] (2002-2003), The Classic Series (2003-2006), The Noosehead Series (2006-2009) and the NMS Series (2009-ongoing). The comic can be entered at the beginning of any series with little trouble ([[http://www.samandfuzzy.com/newreader.php New readers are advised to start at series four]]), but expect a truly ''epic'' ArchiveBinge ahead of you if you want to get all the in-jokes and {{Call Back}}s.

[[Characters/SamAndFuzzy A character page is currently under construction]].

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!!''Sam and Fuzzy'' contains examples of:

* TheAce: Carlyle.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Fuzzy gets around a non-disclosure agreement with semaphore.
--> '''Aaron:''' Crush and Nicole are [[SecretRelationship WHAT]]?!\\
'''Malcolm:''' I wouldn't have thought that Aaron would know semaphore.\\
'''Fuzzy:''' Hell, I didn't even think that ''I'' really knew semaphore.
* ActionSurvivor: Sam.
* AffablyEvil: Mr. Black. [[spoiler:Sure, he wants to resurrect the ninja mafia as a meritocratic crime syndicate, but the fact that Sam has to die to fulfill his ambitions is nothing ''personal'' -- in fact, he's perfectly willing to settle for blackmailing Sam into officially denouncing his claim and then letting him go on his merry way.]]
** Mr. Sin is usually quite open and friendly as well.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Mr. Black wasn't exactly a 'nice' person by any standards while a standard Blankface, but his antagonizing of Sam comes as a result of this trope: [[spoiler:Mr. Black can't bury the remains of the Ninja Mafia until Sam is buried with them.]]
* AmnesiacDissonance: When Fuzzy is finally told of his prior life it turns out [[spoiler:Eric was TheReliableOne and the TokenGoodTeammate of Hazel and Brain, who turned on them when he finally found out Brain was giving people LaserGuidedAmnesia. Fuzzy's current personality -- loud, reckless, entitlement and abandonment issues up the wazoo -- is eerily similar to Hazel's, which only enhances her guilt.]]
* AnArmAndALeg: Mr X has lost both his arms in the course of duty, one to Mr Y back when Sam had them fight eachother to keep them busy, and the other during the assault of Mr Sin's Buddy Bear factory.
* AnachronismStew: Fuzzy's "memory" of [[http://samandfuzzy.com/451 the disturbed delusion decade.]]
* AnalogyBackfire: ''Never'' tell Fuzzy that "[[http://samandfuzzy.com/290 whatever doesn't kill me makes me stronger]]".
* AIIsACrapshoot: The original Buddy Bears were designed to be controlled by a central "mother brain" computer due to technology not being advanced enough to support individual AI. Unfortunately, due to a programming error, this led to the Bears becoming TheHorde and overrunning the Underground town they were manufactured in. Their flawed programming caused them to hug their unfortunate victims way too hard, leading to dozens of fatalities and the surviving townspeople fled and sealed the door behind them.
** This seems to be the case for Unit 01, ruler of Megalopolis 01 and robot representative on the Committee. Unit 01 allegedly killed and replaced its creator, the mysterious human computer expert who used to run the Committee's R&D Department, and the robot creations it regularly cranks out of its factory can be a tad...eccentric. [[spoiler: The fact that Unit 01 is really the result of a merger between a powerful AI and the brain imprint of Mr. Sin goes pretty far in explaining these eccentricities.]]
* ArtificialIntelligence: Self-aware robots are part of the setting. They even have their own city. [[spoiler:The strange life-creating substance that is likely from the Pit was the key ingredient their creator needed to build truly alive machines.]]
* AttackPatternAlpha: Shamelessly mocked [[http://samandfuzzy.com/924 here]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1073 And bottled... IN A REALLY BAD YEAR!]]
** [[http://samandfuzzy.com/436 Devil worship, possession and exorcism, ritual sacrifice, telemarketing...]]
** [[http://samandfuzzy.com/754 You gave me EXCEPTIONALLY POOR TAXI SERVICE!]] (Warning: minor spoilers.)
** [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1162 Illegal Businesses? Inhuman Residents? Bowling Alley?!?]]
** Sam [[http://www.samandfuzzy.com/1949 lists off]] examples of ridiculous things [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness the Committee]] has managed to make popular: "Pumpkin-spice soda, flavored air, [[TakeThat and dubstep]]."
* AscendedExtra: Future Fuzzy has so far had about ten appearances in the comics. Only four of them have been official comics and his last appearance in the strip's {{Canon}} was in 2004: He continues to have regular appearances each year in the guest comics.
** Jess Starr, [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1165 first pictured here]], returned some three hundred strips later as [[spoiler:a spy working for Mr. Sin disguised as Mr. X. Sam Logan noted that you can tell apart the disguised Jess by [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1447 which arm]] is missing on Mr. X; originally his [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1382 right arm]] was missing.]] She went on to [[spoiler:work for Sam and is currently one of Sam's supporting cast.]]
** Aaron probably counts as this since he was originally [[spoiler: just one of the members of Fuzzy's ninja squad]] but blossomed into one of the main supporting characters during the Noosehead arc, even as his former partner Ox was left behind.
** A few leaders in [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness The Committee]] started out this way. They haven't ascended that much though. The most notable is Keller, the leader of the Cyborg Mafia. The Cyborg Mafia started out as a one-shot joke early on in the comic (a Mafia Ninja complains that he should have joined the Cyborg Mafia instead).
** Rikk Estoban started out as a parody of needlessly grim and edgy indie cartoonists during a storyarc about Fuzzy hiring him to produce a Skull Panda comic, and would end up becoming a recurring character, even in the newer comics that have moved away from gag-a-day humor. His last appearance was as the poster celebrity for an anti-vampire group that opposed the newly exposed vampires (Rikk doesn't like that the vampires are grimmer than he is). Skull Panda itself also qualifies.
* AscendedFanboy: In-universe example: Most of the Ninja Mafia's {{mook}}s and lower-level operatives appear to be ninja fanboys who signed up for the chance to be real ninjas and earn money doing it. The blankfaces are {{Tykebomb}} versions of the trope.
* AxCrazy: Mr. Blank, X and Y, and really, [[ProfessionalKiller nearly all of the ninjas.]]
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Aaron manages it. [[spoiler:Justified, as the hand is ''[[http://samandfuzzy.com/668 literally]]'' MadeOfIron.]]
* BeleagueredAssistant: Willis for Earl in the "Noosehead" arc.
* BerserkButton: Mr. Blank goes ballistic if anyone dares challenge the legitimacy of the Ninja Mafia to his face. Fuzzy is shown even early in the strip to have a sore spot for [[EtTuBrute being betrayed or cut out of the loop]], turning into an outright BerserkButton when he realises [[spoiler:that Hazel and Brain betrayed him not only once but ''twice'']].
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Mr. Sin is probably the most obvious example, but the Underground is full of ridiculous-yet-deadly beings.
* BigBad: The final volume of the Classic Series had [[spoiler: Fridge]]; the next three volumes, a.k.a. the Noosehead Series, had a BigBadEnsemble of Sin, Mr. Black, and [[spoiler: Mr. Blank]]; Sin returned for the NMS Series to form a new BigBadEnsemble with [[spoiler: Hazel and Brain]], but then [[spoiler: Sin was killed by Brain, who turned out to have been corrupted/replaced by Hart, who was also Fridge]], meaning that [[spoiler: Hart]] might be the Big Bad of the whole MythArc.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Several of the Noosehead musicians, most notably lead man Sidney "The Sicko" and his second singer Nicole. Subverted as none of them are very evil at all.
* BodySurf: Fridge can hop from body to body in close proximity. [[spoiler:Well, could. Sexxica/Candice finally manages to take him out by killing every host within range, [[TakingYouWithMe including herself.]]]]
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: See RunningGag below.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/826 Here.]]
* BrickJoke: "[[http://samandfuzzy.com/1693 Packing]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1815 peanuts]]." In flight for about nine months, and if its carefully-placed landing doesn't now qualify Sam for MagnificentBastard (or at least TheChessmaster), nothing will.
** [[spoiler: The death of 17th-century chemist Robert Boyle]] suddenly turns out to be important to the main plot, after a years-old RunningGag in which it was brought up and dismissed as a kooky NonSequitur.
* BrokenMasquerade: [[spoiler:Sam's new goal after reforming the Ninja Mafia as a crime syndicate. His first successful target was the vampires. And he quickly discovers that the Committee's reasoning for keeping the Masquerade intact was probably valid, as humanity isn't super thrilled at vampires now existing around them. There is no guessing how they'd react to the more exotic denizens of the underground]]
* BrownNote: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/597 Here.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Arguably, the band Noosehead consists of ''nothing but these''. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And Nicole]].
** Dr Crab, a psychiatrist from The Underground who is a crab with the ability to talk and think like a person. He has admitted that he has no idea what he's doing, but still has a pretty good track record with counceling his patients.
* BurnTheOrphanage: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1316 Skull Panda is messed up.]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1584 And Buddy isn't always the nicest guy, either.]]
* CarnivoreConfusion: What sort of [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment absurd talking crab with a psychiatrist's licence]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/830 would eat his own kin...]] er, wait. Nevermind.
* CassandraTruth: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/869 Here.]]
* CatchPhrase: Carlyle "I can take you where you need to go."
* CerebusRetcon: Fuzzy's MysteriousPast was initially PlayedForLaughs, with Fuzzy doing things like having his mother (a real brown bear, which turned out not to be his mother) visit and later claiming he sold all proof of his childhood to National Geographic for some cash and a NiceHat. Said mysterious past, and the LaserGuidedAmnesia that erased it, are currently a major part of the comic's drama.
** Like with Fuzzy, one of the strip's original wacky elements later took a darker turn with the reveal that [[spoiler: Fridge was actually Hart, a member of the same species of EldritchAbomination as Hazel's brain-draining 'cat' Brain]].
* CerebusSyndrome: Well, it's still mostly comedy, but now it's comedy with an overarching plot.
* CerebusRetcon: Volume 6 had a story arc showing all the serious stuff that was occurring back in the comics more comedic days, such as Candice's father being killed, Hazel and Brain's feud with the Ninja Mafia, and the events that led up to Sam crashing the taxi.
* ChekhovsGun: The comic makes liberal use of both this and foreshadowing. Take [[http://samandfuzzy.com/602 the]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/603 interactions]] between Fuzzy and Crush [[spoiler:in the context that Crush is Sam when compared to strips before the Ninja Emperor assassination]], or [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1176 this]] conversation between Hazel and Rexford [[spoiler:in the context that Brain (the cat) eats people's memories]].
* CharacterDevelopment: Sam and Fuzzy are the main examples, but also several side characters like Lance, Sidney, Gertrude... Most of the characters, come to it.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The early comics have Sam being more socially awkward (such as having an interest in polka) while Fuzzy was a lot more sadistic (wearing a monkey corpse as a bodysuit).
* TheChessmaster: Sam has an uneven record on this score; while he pulled off an impressive BatmanGambit against [[spoiler:Keller and the Cyborg Mafia]], he's also been drifting into the WeHaveReserves and AttackAttackAttack mentalities of late.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Sam eventually develops one of these after spending too much time being on the receiving end of BigDamnHeroes.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Unlike the rest of the cast who simply moved away, Future Fuzzy just disappeared without a trace and hasn't been seen in at least a decade. [[spoiler:He's eventually revealed to have been a drug-induced hallucination.]]
* ClassyCatBurglar: Hazel.
* CloudCuckooLander: Fuzzy, although this side of him has diminished as time has gone by. Malcolm, due to his conspiracy theories. Mr. Sin, an evil version. Mr Ackerman, the half-senile former owner of the taxi company Sam worked at.
* CoolOldGuy: Mr. Ackerman, Sam's boss at the taxi company.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: To a certain degree. Most of the Ninja Mafia's employees aren't very dangerous whether they appear alone or in a horde. [[http://samandfuzzy.com/702 The Mr. Blank vs. the horde of ex-mafiosos fight]] plays it very straight, however.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Malcolm. At least a few of his theories turn out to be true.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Mr. Sin.
* CreatingLife: [[spoiler:Notes left behind by scientists reveal that the strange substance that makes up the bodies of Brain and Hart and powers Megalopolis 01 has this power. It is somehow able to breathe life into other objects and even itself. Sam connects the dots and realizes to his horror that '''this''' is what is inside the Pit. It is also implied that all of the more fantastic denizens of the setting owe their existence to the Pit. The T-Rex member of the Committee, Rexford, for example thinks that whatever is in the Pit created him by breathing life back into a T-Rex skeleton.]]
* CultureJustifiesAnything: Mr Blank's attitude towards his monstrous actions and betrayals in his quest to restore the original Ninja Mafia, including [[spoiler: tricking Sam into taking the role as emperor, planning to murder him once a heir is chosen, and killing his former best friend Mr Black]]. He refuses to accept the idea that the ideals and traditions he was raised and trained to uphold were what they actually were: a form of social control set in place by a dynasty of inbred nobles to prevent anyone to ascend by their own skill and talents.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Malcom keeps ranting about crazy conspiracies, and turns out to be right about them, up to and including [[spoiler: the space gophers. It turns out that his hairdo has been intercepting transmissions from bugs in the [=SinCorp=] headquarters.]]
* CuteIsEvil: The Grrrbls entire existance is based on this, they've forged a crime syndicate out of their ability to paralyze people with their cuteness.
* CuteKitten: Conscience Cat invokes this to justify his role as Gertrude's [[GoodAngelBadAngel Shoulder Angel.]]
** Butcher's litter of adorable kittens. Well, except for Chompy.
* CutenessProximity: The Grrbils [[http://samandfuzzy.com/501 intentionally use this as a weapon]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Parodied [[http://samandfuzzy.com/414 here]]. Later parodied [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1031 again]], then [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1125 re-parodied]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: Fuzzy's origin story is increasingly revealed to be this, being betrayed and left with amnesia TWICE by the people he trusted, and having no memory at all of his species or background]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Several characters over the years. Sam is probably the most consistent.
* DeathIsCheap: Followed by a parody of this trope right [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1126 here]].
* DefensiveWhat : See the page picture? Good. Fuzzy does that quite a bit, as does other less morally upstanding cast members like Sin.
* DemonicPossession: Fridge is the result of a demon possessing Sam's ''fridge mold'' and can possess other beings nearby. It refuses to possess Sam and Fuzzy [[EvenEvilHasStandards out of principle]] -- [[http://samandfuzzy.com/301 it's not that desperate]].
* DemotedToExtra: This tends to happen to much of the supporting cast at the end of each arc, reduced to cameos and eventually just not making further appearances, though in some cases it's subverted when they make full-on returns. Less than five supporting characters from the first two series are currently in the supporting cast, the rest having moved on.
* DespairEventHorizon: Sam hits this by the end of ''Crossed Wires'' due to [[spoiler: Fuzzy abandoning them to join back up with Hazel, Hazel getting the final code to the Pits location, and Brain having gone unhinged and disappeared, which increases the risk of him exposing Sam's secret about not being the legitimate Ninja Mafia leader to the world, which would destroy all he's worked for]]
** Almost hits it again at the end of Unfixable [[spoiler: when his secret IS exposed, costing him his entire power base and all his resources. He's only pulled back from the brink when Devah points out that, from what they've uncovered about the Pit, Fuzzy is most likely risking getting his brain fried in an attempt at restoring his lost memories, leading to Sam shaking himself out of his self-pity.]]
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Sam spends much of the first arc, and arguably all of the second, doing this. His hand is eventually forced into finding one, although when it does Sam seems to find that a good thing.
** Devahi has a similar problem when we first see her; she's been drifting through life since college, because nothing she's tried has ever captured her interest enough for her to stick to it.
* {{Determinator}}: Mr. Blank. He can get distracted due to RuleOfFunny, but in "serious" strips he cannot.
** [[spoiler: Candace]] is so determined to ensure that [[spoiler: Hart]] is destroyed that even after [[spoiler: her body dies in her failed TakingYouWithMe moment, she clings to Hart, blocks Brain's efforts to absorb him, stays trapped inside Hazel for six years, and follows Hart back into Brain's body, where she seems to be fighting for control.]] No other character who has dealt with [[spoiler: Hart]] or [[spoiler: Brain]] has been able to resist their powers effectively; [[spoiler: Candace]] is doing it when [[spoiler: she's technically dead.]]
* DiabolicalMastermind: Mr. Sin.
* DisembodiedEyebrows: Fuzzy, [[http://samandfuzzy.com/101 lampshaded]] at one point.
** Mr. Sin embodies the trope -- even [[http://samandfuzzy.com/767 forgetting to put his eyebrows on]].
* DoubleEntendre: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1364 No one is touching my thing!]] Even ninjas X and Y noticed this one.
* DumbMuscle: Ox.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The [[http://www.samandfuzzy.com/1429 first appearance]] of the Committee, though it mostly focused on [[ArcVillain Mr. Sin]] and Rexford, also had appearances from members who would become important characters later, such as [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Fangy McBats]], [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul Max Keller]], and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Natalie Graves]].
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: Hazel's "cat," Brain]] is a nasty piece of work even by the Underground's extremely tolerant standards. And whatever [[spoiler: Brain]] is, [[spoiler: Hart]] is the same thing, only nastier.
* ElevatorEscape: Sam escapes a Ninja via elevator. [[ElevatorSnare Or so he thinks]].
* ElevatorSnare: While Sam rides up to top level in the elevator, the chasing Ninja takes the stairs and, being a determinator, arrives first...
* [[ElvisLives Elton Lives]]: Elton, an expy of Elvis and the in-universe King Of Rock N Rock, is alive and well, having spent the past 30 years on the island Sin created to imprison music superstars who tried to branch out into new genres, faking their deaths and forcing them to write new music in their original style to be released as "post-diseased" tracks. Unlike everyone else on the island, Elton steadfastly refuses to produce any sort of music except what ''HE'' wants to make (at this point, Reagge).
--> '''Sid''': They said you choked to death trying to swallow an entire bag of marshmallows.
--> '''Elton''': '''I am aware of what they said!!'''
* EmptyElevator: The ElevatorSnare with Mr Blank ends with the door opening and Sam having escaped through an opening in the ceiling.
--> '''Blank''': You cheeky ''bastard!''
* [[EspeciallyZoidberg Especially]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/958 the space gophers!!]]
* EvilIsNotAToy: Originally starting as comic relief, the demon possessing Sams fridge eventually escapes, and ends up being a catalyst for all the insanity that ends up engulfing Sams life.
* TheFaceless: Carlyle by having his FaceFramedInShadow the few times he appears, doubling as HeWhoMustNotBeSeen.
* FacelessGoons: The Ninja Mafia rank-and-file. Lampshaded [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1611 here]].
* FanPreferredCouple: {{Invoked}} by the author during his 2013 kickstarter, allowing backers to vote for any two characters to get a short 'date' storyline together in the comic. Out of all the possible {{Crack Ship}}s that could have been selected, the fans chose [[spoiler:[[http://samandfuzzy.com/1848 Cooper and Morris]].]]
* FanService: Humorously averted:
-->'''Fuzzy:''' Sam! Where have you been? You just missed our most commercially viable adventure ever! Bullets and boobs...nonstop!
* FillerStrips: ''Sam and Fuzzy'' has a set annual period for guest artists, known as the Obligatory Guest Artist Weekly Duration (or O-GAWD).
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:[[http://samandfuzzy.com/570 Toward the beginning]] of the "Noosehead" arc, [[ConspiracyTheorist Malcolm]] says some things that most would dismiss at first as being the ravings of a paranoid nutcase who's been breathing too many fumes, but in fact they reference key elements of the coming arc. A [[http://samandfuzzy.com/719 guest comic]] after the arc's completion calls attention to this.]]
** Zig-zagged in [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1120 this]] strip, which takes place during a flashback and foreshadows an event ten years in the future during an arc already finished. [[spoiler:Take a bigger fall than that, ''indeed''.]]
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Edwin... Kind of. He's a parody of the type of creepy stalkerish vampires from tween romance fiction, but isn't the least bit interested in getting blood directly from humans, a process he finds revolting.
* FurAgainstFang: In the ''Sam and Fuzzy''-verse, being bitten by a vampire turns you into a werewolf. Werewolves, naturally enough, don't like vampires much.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Gertrude gets this in the form of [[RoyalBrat her eight-year old self]] and [[CuteKitten Conscience Cat]]. Conscience Cat would go on to become a (very ineffectual) good angel for Tricia and Devahi. Devahi eventually references this trope, wondering where "the other guy" is; turns out his former bad counterpart Corporate Cat [[http://www.samandfuzzy.com/2037 got headhunted back in the 80's.]]

* GuestStrip: There are occasionally [= O-GAWDs =] (Obligatory Guest Artist Webcomic Duration), week-long sessions of ''Sam and Fuzzy'' strips drawn by a variety of other artists, such as ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' 's Jeph Jacques, or ''Webcomic/WastedTalent'' 's Angela Melick, usually after a long story arc concludes.
* HandsInPockets: Subverted in [[http://samandfuzzy.com/846 this]].
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Sam, as of the sixth volume, [[spoiler:snapped after one too many rounds of humiliation due to Fuzzy and Sin's machinations and has become a WellIntentionedExtremist who has reformed the Ninja Mafia as a crime syndicate.]]
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Carlyle. In addition, there's [[spoiler:Sin's true Space Gopher form, which has only been shown partially obscured and in the shadows.]]
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: Some of the Skull Panda strips. For a certain value of 'Mary Sue'.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Fuzzy, prior to the show hitting CerebusSyndrome. While he still has the occasional stand-alone strip he's since undergone CharacterDevelopment and is a lot more restrained and PlayedForDrama.
** Skull Panda, BlackComedy incarnate.
* HiddenInPlainSight: In the Noosehead arc, [[spoiler:Crush is Sam. The other roadies nicknamed him Crush after he dropped an amp on his foot.]]
** In addition, [[spoiler:Wilkins is Mr. Blank. He just took his mask off.]]
* HighClassGlass: Mr. Rexford has a monocle. Why does a dinosaur wear a monocle? Don't ask us.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: The Ninja Mafia isn't usually very 'stealthy'. Justified in that virtually none of them have any real training, and the training they do get is focused almost entirerly on combat.
* HonorBeforeReason: Sam, frequently. Most notably when he reneged on a deal that would've allowed him [[spoiler:and Sidney]] to go free because it would also involve letting [[spoiler:Mr. Black]] get away with his crimes.
* HulkSpeak: Ox.
* HumiliationConga: Gertrude's backstory. She had the misfortune of her life being caught up in Sam's accidental hijinx over the course of ''ten years''.
* IHaveManyNames: Mr. Sin has had ''so many'' names that he's actually in danger of running out of aliases.
* ImplacableMan: Mr. Blank. Standing in his way for whatever reason is not a good idea. [[spoiler:In the end, it takes having his face carved up, being beat up by Sam and ''thrown off the side off a flying skyscraper'' ([[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill twice]]) to kill him.]]
* InTheBack: The ninja mafia usually don't fight fair. [[spoiler:Especially not Blank, who killed Black with a sword through the back.]]
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1062 Too-che-sto-nay]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: In an unusual way with Mr Blank. While he puts on a big air about wanting to restore the Ninja Mafia out of respect for tradition and its legacy, what he ''really'' cares about is validating himself and his family's work as servants. And he'll go to ANY length to avoid admitting that it was all for nothing.
* {{Jerkass}}: Mr. Sin is equal parts this and CloudCuckooLander, having no real empathy for anyone and no real idea how to relate to them anyway.
** Fuzzy during the comic's early days as TheImp and the HeroicComedicSociopath, PlayedForLaughs. [[spoiler:After learning what Hazel and Brain did to him, his hunt for them and the truth behind his MysteriousPast has turned him into one PlayedForDrama.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Fuzzy. Lance too, after some CharacterDevelopment caused by [[FateWorseThanDeath twenty-four hours of solid exposure to Fuzzy]].
* JumpingOnPoint: Six of them, as of April 2010 -- [[http://samandfuzzy.com/archive_story.php the archive is divided into different arcs]], and the sixth just ended.
* KavorkaMan: Sam, while not exactly ugly, is rather dorky and awkward, especially back before the NMS days. Despite this, he's managed to land several very attractive girlfriends over the comics run.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Somewhat averted in that the swords of the Ninja Mafia are completely [[BuffySpeak un-katana like]].
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Mr. Blank]] is finally killed when he is hit by [[spoiler:the corpse of Mr. Black, which he had murdered previously,]] and loses his footing while trying to climb back up a flying building.
** And if you can stomach {{black comedy}}, it's ''[[HilariousInHindsight hilarious.]]''
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Candace, Fridge (maybe), Mr. Black, Mr. Blank]]
* KillerRabbit: The Grrbils. They intentionally cultivate this image.
* KnightOfCerebus: Arguably kicked off by Fridge. Although he starts off as comic relief, his actions in the "Friday Night" arc drag Sam into the Ninja Mafia plotline that has dominated the last four years of the comic.
** Mr. Blank and Mr. Black further do this after [[spoiler:Sam gets set up as the one who murdered the Ninja Mafia leadership]].
* {{Koan}}: Carlyle tends to speak in koans or other forms of vague, yet always appropriate, advise.
* LargeAndInCharge: Mr. Rexford the dinosaur: Rich underworld magnate and chairman of the OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness (or at least their local chapter).
** Grrrbil leaders tend to be "the big man" in a literal sense. Taken to its logical extreme by their Don, [[spoiler:who enforces the trope by consuming a magical mutagen that sticks him in a OneWingedAngel form.]]
** Mr Ackerman was atleast twice the height and size of his employees.
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler: Brain]] thought that he was, until [[spoiler: Fridge took a bite out of him.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Someone wiped Fuzzy's memory roughly a year before he met Sam. [[spoiler:It's eventually revealed that Hazel and Brain did it, and that Fuzzy used to be "Eric", the third member of the band.]]
** It later turns out [[spoiler:that Brain can do this at will and occasionally does it by accident. He's apparently wiped several dozen people all over the U.S.]]
* LastSecondChance: [[spoiler:Sam, to Mr. Black. If not for Blank's interference, he would probably have taken it.]]
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Earl, during an unsuccessful attempt at getting Butcher and her children away from Sydney, [[http://samandfuzzy.com/591 had to contend with Alphonso]]. The full encounter is added in the print and adds the line verbatim.
-->'''Fuzzy:''' I think he got one of my eyebrows!
* LetsMeetTheMeat: One strip parodies this concept with Oinky, a mascot for a brand of bacon, who claims he wishes he was human so he could eat himself as a pig. Fuzzy concludes that the logic behind these mascots is to annoy the customer so much that they WANT to eat them just to shut them up.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: How Sam keeps a couple of dangerous and moderately psychotic Ninja Mafia lieutenants busy so they don't get bored and try to off someone else. When it turns out that this is actually completely normal, Sam sent them back at it, but restricted them to nonlethal methods.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: One of the worst offenders in webcomics, to the point that a guest strip by Jeph Jaques made fun of the comics trend of bringing back long-forgotten characters to serve as shocking reveals.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Spoofed in [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1246 this]] strip, adding in (for no apparent reason) pouring a fizzy solution into a test tube and building a snowman to the more standard montage fare.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Both Sam and Fuzzy have done this. The juxtaposition between loyalty to your friends and pursuing your own agenda is a recurring theme in the comic, ranging from Sam's brief stint as manager at Bunton's Books to [[spoiler:both Sam and Fuzzy burning their respective bridges to run the Ninja Mafia or be a movie star.]]
* [[WebcomicsLongRunners Long Runner]]: Three comics weekly since 2002.
* LoveRedeems: Defied by [[spoiler:Gertrude]]. When accused of it, she denies it (in a "YouWatchTooMuchX" way, not a "SheIsNotMyGirlfriend" way) and states other reasons for the HeelFaceTurn.
* MacGuffin: In the sixth volume, "The Pit" that is guarded by the OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness becomes this. [[spoiler:Hazel and Brain are after it for an unknown reason, and are systematically hunting down council members who each have "numbers", clues to its location, and stealing them. It's unknown how many numbers they've currently acquired.]] Another example is the [[spoiler: Band of Wazoo-La]], which has been stolen and re-stolen an incredible number of times by multiple factions and is also linked to [[spoiler: "The Pit"]].
* MadArtist: [[strike:Jhonen Vasquez]] Rikk Estoban. [[http://samandfuzzy.com/438 Played mostly for comedy]].
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Sam has been taking levels in this after becoming Ninja Emperor and being forced into exile underground.]] Gertrude eventually calls him out for manipulating her and warns him that it won't work again.
* MartialArtsAndCrafts: Ninja Mafia
* {{Masquerade}}: Most of the story's weird, inhuman creatures and unsavoury criminals live in (or at least visit) the Underground, a network of hidden cavern-cities linked by tunnels stretching across the country. Normal people have never heard of it. (Although major soda companies still manage to put up billboards there. [[FridgeLogic Somehow.]])
** Maybe the soda companies are owned by people belonging to the Underground?
* {{Meganekko}}: Candice.
* McNinja: Ninja Mafia, again.
* MobileSuitHuman: [[spoiler:Sin]]
** Also, Dr. Crab masquerading as Dr. Love.
* MoodWhiplash: Usually intentional; the strip often uses humor to hide the fact that some horrible twist is incoming.
* MoralityChain: [[spoiler: Eric]] seems to have been this to Hazel before [[spoiler: Brain wiped his memory, creating Fuzzy]]
* MysteriousMercenaryPursuer: Mr. Blank.
* NerdGlasses: [[spoiler:Mr. Blank]]. Presumably contacts under the mask.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Lampshaded, subverted and parodied in short order with [[spoiler:the corpse of Mr. Blank]].
* NiceGuy: Sam. It's one of his defining traits, judging by all the people who lampshade it.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The Island contains fairly obvious captain ersatzes of RealLife artists who died while still popular, including "Elton Priestly" (Music/ElvisPresley), "Curtis Cutter" (Music/KurtCobain) and "Big Pimpin' G Moneydogg" (amalgam of pretty much every rap artist killed 'before his time', like Music/TupacShakur). "Christy Spelling" resembles Music/ChristinaAguilera or Music/BritneySpears, but neither of them were dead at the time the comic was made.
* NonActionGuy: Sam. Despite [[TookALevelInBadass taking a couple levels in badass]] and the occasional LetsGetDangerous moment, he's still one of the weaker characters in terms of physical combat and tends to leave the heavy fighting to others.
* NoodleIncident: Discussing the return of [[spoiler: Mr. Sin]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1319 here.]]
-->'''Sam:''' At least tell me you've got some idea what he's up to.
-->'''Dt. Morris:''' ...No. But hopefully something less traumatic than last time.
-->'''Sam:''' Where did he get that many greased ferrets, anyway?
-->'''Dt. Morris:''' Those nuns are never going to be the same.
** Turns into a BrickJoke later when Dev is going through the files on Sin.
* TheNoseless: Nicole, {{lampshaded}} [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1295 here]].
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: Sid and Crush. [[spoiler: Sam and Gertrude]].
* OddNameOut: Subverted. Sam thinks he's the only emperor on the list without a nickname. [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1182 He's wrong.]]
* OhCrap: The look on Sam's face when he finds out [[spoiler: the real reason why Unit 01 wanted to meet the Buddy Bears]].
* OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: There's one made up of Underground entrepreneurs and businessmen. They seem to run things on the surface as well.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: The "Six Years Earlier" arc retells key moments from the strip's early volumes, but with added scenes from [[spoiler: Hazel's]] perspective that show what was really going on the whole time.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: Hart!Brain achieves one of these by absorbing the core at the heart of the Robot Factory. The dialogue implies that whatever was powering the core was really the same substance Brain and Hart are made of]]
* OnlyOneName: Sam. His surname is never given.
* OldShame: In-universe, Rikk Estoban hired Fuzzy to reclaim a stolen painting by an obscure artist named David Williams. The painting in question is cheerful and borders on TastesLikeDiabetes, making it a mystery of why Estoban would even want it. Sure enough, Fuzzy eventually figures out that the painting is an old work back before Estoban established his grimdark persona, and David Williams is his real name. The only evidence of that period is the painting itself and a newspaper clip from an old art show where Williams work was panned by critics.
* OracularHead: Roger. Only Fuzzy can hear him, though. [[http://samandfuzzy.com/409 This arguably says more about Fuzzy than it does about Roger.]]
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: ''Very'' different.
* PlotTumor: The series was at first about random jokes and semi-normal life. Then [[GratuitousNinja ninjas were added because ninjas are cool]]. They went away but would eventually come back to determine essentially the entire plot for the majority of the series.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: As of the sixth volume, this appears to [[spoiler:have happened to Sam]].
* PutOnABus: In many ways inverted. Most of the cast changes have been due to Sam and Fuzzy being (InUniverse) moved away from the rest of the cast and not vice-versa, with a few hangers-on showing up for cameos. But the most surprising example was when ''Sam'' was put on a bus for a few months with Fuzzy and a new supporting cast being the focus characters, before [[spoiler:it was revealed that he was HiddenInPlainSight from the beginning]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Detective Morris (after some CharacterDevelopment, and exposure to Sam). [[spoiler:Until he established NMS as a public organization, that is, culminating much later in [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1695 a justified reply]] [[WhatTheHellHero to her behavior.]]]]
** Mr. Ackerman during the X-Press Taxi days of the strip, despite being somewhat loopy from old age and drug use, he only asks that Sam pulls his weight with the company, something that Sams neurotic personality, social awkwardness and tendency to find himself in wacky hijinx isn't well suited for. This is actually a major plot point early on, as part of what kicks off the larger story arcs is Sam getting fired from his job due to crashing his taxi while being pursued by the Ninja Mafia after taking on one of Carlyle's delivery jobs.
* RedHerring: After Sam and Fuzzy go missing after the events of the third book, the story picks up again following the roadies of Noosehead, one of whom is Fuzzy and the other two are Crush and Aaron. Both Crush and Aaron resemble Sam physically and mentally, Fuzzy has an equally familiar relationship with both, Crush shares Sam's ability to get himself into trouble, while Aaron shares Sam's neurotic behaviour and freaks out at the slightest mention of the Ninja Mafia. [[spoiler:Aaron is the red herring: He's actually the ex-ninja mafioso Jackson. He even succeeds at fooling Blank, [[TheReveal who finds out at the same time the reader does]].]]
* RefugeInAudacity: And THEN some! [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1544 I don't even know what a bank is!]]
* RelationshipResetButton: Invoked but then zigzagged with [[spoiler: Rebecca Morris and Erin Cooper]]. The amnesiac [[spoiler:Cooper]] infers that this trope is in effect, but actually,[[spoiler:Morris]] was seemingly only friends with her former self and is surprised that the reset relationship is moving in a romantic direction.
* {{Retcon}}: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1473 Done in-universe by Rexford]].
* TheReveal: The comic is ''infamous'' for pulling these, planting tiny, almost unnoticable seeds that don't pay off for years.
** The ''Empire'' arc is full of these, such as [[spoiler: the Ninja Emperor has been possessed by the demonic Fridge who disappeared several months before]] and [[spoiler: Candace/Sexxica is the daughter of the now-dead comedic background character DJ Positive]]
** As mentioned above, the ''Noosehead'' arc is also full of this.
** Unit 01, the leader of the Robot faction is [[spoiler: a digital copy of Mr Sin]]
* RobotMe: [[spoiler:Fuzzy]]. Mass-produced, even.
* RoyalBrat: Most of the 'nobles' of the Ninja Mafia produce these, who get senior positions in the organization due to nepotism.
* RuleOfCool: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1125 Parodied.]]
** The entire Ninja Mafia. I mean, come on ''it's a Ninja Mafia''. Eventually {{deconstructed}} by Sam when he (wisely) points out it's more of a {{cult}} than a mafia, run by cynical crooks who exploit what is essentially employees who are all {{Ascended Fanboy}}s.
* RunningGag: One notable one is "the death of 17th century chemist Robert Boyle." [[spoiler: Becomes a Cerebus Retcon as "Unfixable" reveals that Roberty Boyle faked his death and was involved in early experiments on the mysterious tar from the Pit, before finally dying when a monstrous entity (heavily implied to be Hart) attacked his lab in 1699, living long enough to scribble down one final diary entry]]
** "Robots? Clones? ''Robot clones?''"
** "That's what the Ancient Ninja Law Code says. Or at least I think it does... What are these, coffee stains?"
* SarcasticConfession: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/838 Here]], and lampshaded within the same strip.
* SaveTheVillain: Subverted when [[spoiler:Sam lets Fuzzy kick Mr. Blank over the edge of a flying skyscraper.]]
* SchizoTech: PlayedForLaughs [[http://samandfuzzy.com/927 here]].
* ShapeShifterDefaultForm: The shapeshifter-for-hire Jesse Star normally appears as a voluptuous blond woman, but unusually, this is not her true from; she's actually a kind of giant slug, which she reverts to in direct sunlight. That said, she "identifies" as her human form, and her true form has never actually been shown in the comic.
* ShoutOut: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1409 Sin's code for arming the Buddy Bears]] is a cheat code for VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 (which, in turn, is the birthday of the game's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuji_Naka lead programmer]]).
** And [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1414 the deactivation code]] is a subtler-than-normal instance of the Robert Boyle RunningGag.
** [[http://samandfuzzy.com/631 "You can't stop the signal..."]] from {{Film/Serenity}}
** [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1211 Sam and Fuzzy]] made a [[VideoGame/SonictheHedgehogCD good future in act three]]
* ShutUpKirk: Sam eventually tries to shut down Dev by telling her that he's sick of people invoking HeWhoFightsMonsters to criticize his actions, and that [[spoiler: it's foolish to insist that he not take control of the Pit away from obviously corrupt and incompetent people when there's no apparent way to TakeAThirdOption.]]
* SlasherSmile: Mr. Sin has a habit of this.
* SitcomArchNemesis: The creator, Sam Logan, and Jeph Jaques of ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' are mutual Sitcom Arch Nemesises to each other. PlayedForLaughs by both sides involved.
** Lance is introduced as one. It's quickly abandoned as neither side are really belligerent enough for 'nemesis' status.
* SmashCut: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1237 Invoked by Fuzzy]] in the ColdOpen of Volume Six, after Sam describes his plans for the Ninja Mafia:
-->'''Fuzzy:''' The kind of thing they might make a movie about someday!
-->'''Sam:''' Yeah! Maybe!
-->'''Fuzzy:''' And in that movie, they'll cut from this moment right to the part where everything goes to hell.
-->'''Sam:''' Wait, wh-
** It then cuts to the title card, [[SubvertedTrope Sam And Fuzzy Get Famous]].
* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: Fuzzy during the comic's early run. Currently he's closer to being a second main character, [[spoiler:what with having split up with Sam and all.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1116 You've lost that]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1118 LOOOVIN' FEELIN']]
* SpoofAesop: Several of TheMerch is T-shirts with slogans like "[[KlingonPromotion Murder is not an appropriate method for career advancement]]" and "[[Literature/{{twilight}} vampirism]] does not [[StalkingIsLove make stalking attractive]]".
* StableTimeLoop: In a [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1211 guest strip]], no less.
* StepfordSmiler: Possibly Fuzzy, via LaserGuidedAmnesia.
* StraightGay: If Detective Morris is a lesbian (implied, but not stated outright), she is one of these.
* SuperLoser: Edwin. There are lesser examples as well of supernatural beings that are explicitly referred to as 'lame' by the remaining cast, but Edwin is by far and large the most blatant.
* SunkCostFallacy: Mr. Blank has this attitude towards the Mafia. Apparently, service to it has run in his family and [[BerserkButton he doesn't take kindly to its legitimacy being questioned]].
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/106 Like here]].
* TakeThat: Edwin is a walking TakeThat to the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' franchise. More specifically, it's bizarre concept of romance.
** WordOfGod is that Edwin was an unintentional reference (in fact, a recent Q&A said that a lot of his references tend to be the unintentional variety unless he specifically draws them in that way), but the timing of it still makes perfect sense.
** Sid manages to make an in-universe example: [[spoiler:When Mr. Sin attempts to pressure him into making more music for him while on the Island, Sid makes one loud, angry and vicious heavy metal song -- the only one he will ever write -- which is a single long tirade about what a prick Mr. Sin is and contains a LongList of things Sid wants him to shove up his- you get the point.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: Heroic example: [[spoiler:Candice killing Fridge. Or trying to, anyway; it looks like he may have survived.]]
* TemptingFate: Sam's tempting of fate is lampshaded in [[http://samandfuzzy.com/701 this]] comic. Fuzzy's is lampshaded and inverted [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1142 here]], while Mr. Y's is played straight [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1199 here]].
* TheBusCameBack: Gertrude left at the end of the Noosehead arc to find herself. After staying gone for the TimeSkip and the entire N-M-S arc, she returned [[spoiler:after a second TimeSkip as Sam hired her for the reformed Ninja Mafia.]]
* TheImp: Fuzzy.
* TheIshmael: Sam is essentially this during the climax of the first arc, made to bear witness to [[spoiler:Candice's tale of vengeance over Fridge.]]
* TheRival: Lance was this to Sam in the first arc.
* TheStraightMan: Sam.
* TheUnfettered: Mister Blank is willing to go to any length to [[spoiler:make Sam the emperor and then kill him when he passes off the title]]. [[spoiler:Candice]] is a subversion: She follows the trope right up until [[spoiler:Fridge possesses Sam.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The abnormals who don't live in the Underground skirt by on this, taking advantage of the fact that people tend to disregard out of the ordinary sights if no one else seems bothered by them. This only works with minor exceptions though, such as Fuzzy who originally claimed to suffer from a rare disease called Ursine Syndrome, making everyone disregard his bizarre appearance out of fear of looking insensetive.
* ThemeNaming: Early in the strip, Sam and Fuzzy adopt a cat that Fuzzy names "Butcher" (it turns out to be a lady cat). Fast forward through some half-dozen time skips and Sam has got a puppy to go with the cat, which he's named "Baker". According to [[ConspiracyTheorist Malcolm]], we ''don't'' want to know about the Candlestick Maker.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Subverted. At one point, Sam ''does'' go to see a therapist, but said therapist is both horrifically incompetent and [[spoiler:''a giant talking crab'']]. See for yourself [[http://samandfuzzy.com/823 here.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Referenced with the [[http://samandfuzzy.com/642 Non-Disclosure Automaton.]]
* TimeSkip: Endemic, every new arc leads to a jump that can go between several months to a year forward in time.
* TookALevelInBadass: Sam, as of the recent Application Pending storyline.
* TooSpicyForYogSogoth: [[spoiler:Fridge attempts to possess Ox. It goes poorly, because ''Ox is so dumb it can't think when it's possessing him''.]]
* TranquilFury: The fight between Mr. Blank and Mr. Black.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Ninja Mafia Blankfaces are trained from very young childhood.
* UnfazedEveryman: Sam.
* UnknownRival: Gertrude [[http://samandfuzzy.com/741 has]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/742 practically]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/743 every]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/744 aspect]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/745 of]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/746 her]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/749 life]] inadvertently ruined by Sam's actions. He doesn't remember any of it. [[http://samandfuzzy.com/754 She does]].
* TheUnmaskedWorld: As of volume five this appears to be [[spoiler:Sam and the Ninja Mafia's]] long term goal. [[spoiler:Upon breaking TheMasquerade on vampires through a BatmanGambit]] his only description of it is "a good start".
* UnstoppableRage: Again, the fight between Mr. Blank and Mr. Black.
* UniwttingInstigatorOfDoom: Sam is this for the original Ninja Mafia and Getrude especially. His unknowing involvement pretty much destroyed her life. He got the college scholarship she wanted (that he wasnt able to keep anyway), accidently ruined her college career by destroying her term projects while he was almost comatose from sleep deprivation (she held her computer disks too close to a box of magnets he was carrying around), ruined her chances to impress the Ninja Council by making her late to a martial arts competition (Fuzzy had stuffed the taxi wheels with drugs), spilled coffee on some invaluable ancient ninja texts when she bumped into him, and seemingly destroyed the Ninja Mafia by wiping out the council.
* VandalismBackfire: Done in an early strip where Sam is depressed over his recent breakup with his girlfriend Alexa. Cue Fuzzy trying to cheer him up in his usual sociopathic way.
--> '''Fuzzy''': Look Sam, I bent all your golf clubs into animal shapes to cheer you up! See, this one's a ducky!
--> '''Sam''': Fuzzy, I don't ''own'' any golf clubs...
--> '''Fuzzy''': ({{beat}}) ''OH CRAP, MY GOLF CLUBS!!''
--> '''Sam''': Okay, NOW I feel better.
* VisualPun: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1315 Skull Panda is Invulnerable to the Cold Vacuum of Space]].
* WebcomicTime: Canonically, five to six years have passed since the start of the now eleven-year old comic. Most of that has been due to {{Time Skip}}s between arcs.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: The NMS. Unfortunately, that doesn't pay the bills very well.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Fuzzy [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1281 explicitly calls Sam one.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Candice]]. The Committee as well. [[spoiler:Sam is becoming one]]
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Mr. Blank and Mr. Black. [[spoiler:As of the sixth volume, Sam and Fuzzy have reached this stage.]]
* WhamEpisode: Buddocaplyse. [[spoiler:Sam breaks upon having his life [[WhatTheHellHero messed up by Fuzzy and Aaron so badly]] that [[YouCantGoHomeAgain he can't be seen in public anymore]], disowns the two, and [[FaceHeelTurn starts talking with Sin.]]]]
** As of the end of Double Jeopardy, [[spoiler:he seems to be working with Hazel.]]
** In "Sin's Gambit," [[spoiler: Sin murders a huge percentage of the Erasers, Brain gruesomely kills Sin, Sam learns that Brain knows the truth about Candace, Sam and Devahi break up, and Brain is revealed to have been corrupted by Fridge.]]
** As of "Unfixable", [[spoiler: Sam's fraudulent claim to the Ninja Mafia throne has been exposed, leading to the entire force deserting him, including X and Y, as well as the loss of both his seats on the Committee, and the Cyborg Mafia confiscating the Buddy Bots]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:[[http://samandfuzzy.com/1418 "Our name is Eric."]]]]
** [[spoiler:[[http://samandfuzzy.com/2102 "...do you, heatbag?"]]]]
** [[spoiler: "I'm sure you remember my father. He was a radio DJ!" "POSITIVE!"]]
** The final entry in the journal in the destroyed lab: [[spoiler: ''Signed - Robert Boyle, 1699'']]
* WhamShot: In "Crossed Wires," [[spoiler: Unit 01 is a copy of Mr. Sin via BrainUploading]].
* WhatTheHellHero
-->'''Mr. Black:''' What the '''hell''', man? I thought '''you''' were supposed to be the '''nice''' one!\\
'''Sam:''' What can I say? '''Every single person I know''' is a bad influence.
** Sam gets a long and overdue one from Devahi at the end of "Sin's Gambit" for his actions, which include [[spoiler: sending the Ninja Mafia against Sin's Buddy Bots despite the fact that they were completely unprepared to fight them, which causes one-third of them to be seriously injured, planning to reprogram the Buddy Bots to work for him despite the fact that they're highly dangerous killing machines built with technology they barely understand, and most importantly, planning to use them to intimidate other Underground territories into doing what they want -- ie. something that Sin would do.]]
** Sam gets one from Rexford, of all people, for [[spoiler:exposing the existence of vampires to the world.]]
-->'''Rexford:''' [[SarcasmMode Yes, yes, you're an inspiration.]] Hundreds of years of proven, reliable stability ''completely upended'' on the whim of a self-righteous know-it-all. Sure, it's reckless, and you have no idea what you may have wrought, but congratulations! You did it. You forced us all to let the [[spoiler:vampire]] pill out of the bottle. You'd just better hope the world can swallow it.
* WhiteGloves: Initially, Sam appeared to have them. Later, he had actual hands. [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1672 Lampshaded later]].
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Sam makes one to himself [[http://samandfuzzy.com/548 at the end of book 3]].
* WorldOfWeirdness
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: [[spoiler:After a year of forced exile, Sam finally manages to return to the surface... only to find that nobody from his past life wants anything to do with him anymore.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Sam:''']] [[spoiler:(...)I think I missed it... more than it missed me.]]
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: This is how the Ninja Mafia works -- at least, this is how it works if you kill the ''entire'' Ruling Council (so none of the official successors are left alive). Sam, as the only survivor of the murder of the previous Ruling Council, is therefore considered the rightful Ninja Emperor -- and becomes the focus of all the plotting that comes with it. [[spoiler: It's also the only way Sam can "step down". Since Emperors rule for life, someone has to kill him to take his place]].
** Happens again when [[spoiler: Sam accidentally causes the destruction of Unit 01 and finds himself in charge of Megalopolis 01.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: Fridge eventually possesses a ninja and kills DJ Positive. [[spoiler:Candice reveals herself to be his daughter moments before she kills herself and Fridge's body at the same time.]]
* YouWillBeSpared: A somewhat dark version. [[spoiler:When Blank kills Black, he claims to Sam that Black was his oldest and only friend, and that he made his death as quick and painless as he possibly could -- but if Sam thinks he's deserved the same treatment, [[ToThePain he is sadly mistaken]].]]
* YourTomcatIsPregnant: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/450 Here.]]
* YourVampiresSuck: See TakeThat above.
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