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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 And 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 so far not 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.

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

* TheAce: Carlyle.
* 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.]]
* 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]]".
* AttackPatternAlpha: Shamelessly mocked [[http://samandfuzzy.com/archive.php?comicID=924 here]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/archive.php?comicID=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?!?]]
* 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]], has recently [[spoiler: become 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.]] What's scary is seeing how early the switch happened between the two.
** 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.
* 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.
* BigBad: The story currently looks like it may be setting up Mr. Sin in this role. He shared the spotlight with Mr. Black for most of the Noosehead and Emperor arcs, and became the primary antagonist of "Sam and Fuzzy fix your problem". Lately, he's been locked in a villainous arms race with [[spoiler: Hazel and Brain.]]
* 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; Sidney secretly wants to be a folk singer [[spoiler:and Nicole is Sam's girlfriend.]]
* 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.
* BrokenMasquerade: [[spoiler:Sam's new goal after reforming the Ninja Mafia as a crime syndicate. His first successful target was the vampires.]]
* BrownNote: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/archive.php?comicID=597 Here.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Arguably, the band Noosehead consists of ''nothing but these''. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And Nicole]].
* 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/archive.php?comicID=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.
* CerebusSyndrome: Well, it's still mostly comedy, but now it's comedy with an overhanging plot.
* 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/archive.php?comicID=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).
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Sam eventually develops one of these after spending too much time being on the receiving end of BigDamnHeroes.
* ClassyCatBurglar: Hazel.
* CloudCuckooLander: Fuzzy, although this side of him has diminished as time has gone by. Malcom, due to his conspiracy theories. Mr. Sin, an evil version.
* 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: Malcom.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Mr. Sin.
* 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.]]
* CuteKitten: Conscience Cat invokes this to justify his role as Gertrude's [[GoodAngelBadAngel Shoulder Angel.]]
* CutenessProximity: The Grrbils [[http://samandfuzzy.com/501 intentionally use this as a weapon]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Parodied [[http://samandfuzzy.com/archive.php?comicID=414 here]]. Later parodied [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1031 again]], then [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1125 re-parodied]].
* 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/archive.php?comicID=301 it's not that desperate]].
* DemotedToExtra: The majority of the original cast have been on the recieving end of this, understandable due to the plot's change in setting and format. Sam's ex Alexa and his former workplace nemesis Lance [[spoiler: are currently married with a child and operating both the bookstore and the taxi firm]], Mr Ackerman and Carlyle underwent full ChuckCunninghamSyndrome after the Empire arc, and Ox is [[spoiler: one of the drummers in Noosehead]].
* 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.
* {{Determinator}}: Mr. Blank. He can get distracted due to RuleOfFunny, but in "serious" strips he cannot.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Mr. Sin.
* DisembodiedEyebrows: Fuzzy, [[http://samandfuzzy.com/archive.php?comicID=101 lampshaded]] at one point.
** Mr. Sin embodies the trope -- even [[http://samandfuzzy.com/archive.php?comicID=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.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: Hazel's "cat," Brain]] is a nasty piece of work even by the Underground's extremely tolerant standards.
* [[ElvisLives Elton Lives]]
* [[EspeciallyZoidberg Especially]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/958 the space gophers!!]]
* 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: SamAndFuzzy 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.
* FurAgainstFang: In the ''SamAndFuzzy''-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. It's probably for the best he doesn't have a devil counterpart.
* GuestStrip: There are occasionally [= O-GAWDs =] (Obligatory Guest Artist Webcomic Duration), week-long sessions of ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' strips drawn by a variety of other artists, such as ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' 's Jeph Jacques, or ''Webcomic/WastedTalent'' 's Angela Melick.
* HandsInPockets: Subverted in [[http://samandfuzzy.com/archive.php?comicID=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'.
* HulkSpeak: Ox.
* HumiliationConga: Gertrude's backstory.
* 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.]]
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: The ninja mafia started out like this (or appeared to) before becoming a major plot point.
* [[{{ItIsPronouncedTro-PAY}} It's Pronounced Tro-PAY]]: [[http://samandfuzzy.com/archive.php?comicID=1062 Too-che-sto-nay]].
* {{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.
* 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.]]''
* 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.]]
* 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/archive.php?comicID=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!
* 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
* LockAndLoadMontage: Spoofed in [[http://samandfuzzy.com/archive.php?comicID=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.]]
* MadArtist: [[strike:Jhonen Vasquez]] Rikk Estoban. [[http://samandfuzzy.com/archive.php?comicID=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.
* 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.
* NoodleIncident: Discussing the return of [[spoiler: Mr. Sin]] [[http://samandfuzzy.com/archive.php?comicID=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/archive.php?comicID=1182 He's wrong.]]
* OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: There's one made up of Underground entrepreneurs and businessmen. They seem to run things on the surface as well.
* OnlyOneName: Sam. His surname is never given.
* 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 [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja 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: Not counting guest strips, [[TimeyWimeyBall Future Fuzzy]] hasn't popped up since 2004, and [[TheFaceless Carlyle]] hasn't been seen or heard from since 2006. But the most surprising example was when ''Sam'' was put on a bus for a few months, before [[spoiler:it was revealed that he was HiddenInPlainSight from the beginning]].
** The Bus might have returned in the case of Future Fuzzy. [[spoiler:Turns out he's a drug-induced hallucination.]]
* 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.]]]]
* 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 at times 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/archive.php?comicID=1473 Done in-universe by Rexford]].
* 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."
** "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/archive.php?comicID=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/archive.php?comicID=927 here]].
* 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]]
* SlasherSmile: Mr. Sin has a habit of this.
* SitcomArchNemesis: The creator, Sam Logan, and Jeph Jaques of ''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/archive.php?comicID=106 Like here]].
* TakeThat: Edwin is a walking TakeThat to the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' franchise.
** 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.]]
* 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]].
* 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.]]
* TheMerch: Attempted subversion with the in-universe creation of [[http://www.samandfuzzy.com/archive.php?id=322 Skull Panda]], a character that "will appeal to alienated youths and wannabe social outcasts" by being simultaneously edgy and cute. Later played straight when the author realized the character was legitimately appealing; Skull Panda currently has two t-shirts for sale.
* 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.]]
* 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/archive.php?comicID=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.
* 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.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Fuzzy [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1281 explicitly calls Sam one.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Candice]]. The Committee as well.
* 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.]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:[[http://samandfuzzy.com/1418 "Our name is Eric."]]]]
* 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.
* 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]].
* 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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