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->''[[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1899 Testicles joke... or math joke? Damn, this is hard.]]''

'''''[[http://www.smbc-comics.com/ Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal]]''''' is an episodic daily strip by Zach Weiner. The strip has few, if any, recurring characters beyond (and usually in the pop-up bonus panel beneath the comic) the crazed, always-naked author, and his long-suffering wife.

Much of the strip's humor comes from setting up a situation and then [[BaitAndSwitch subverting either the established premise or the audience's expectations]], often going with a BlackComedy punchline. The cartoonist is self-described as having the abilities of [[TheFarSide Gary Larson]] and a sex offender.

Zach also does [[http://www.smbc-theater.com/ videos]] under the name ''SMBCTheater''. There's less sociopathy in them, though. (Or more, depending on your point of view.)

Compare ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship''. No relation to ChocolateFrostedSugarBombs.

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!!This strip provides examples of:

* AccuseTheWitness: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=210#comic Here]]. Accuse the [[spoiler:judge]] if there is nobody else to accuse.
%% * AffablyEvil: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2569#comic Felix]]
* AIIsACrapshoot: Parodied [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2124#comic here]], where robots, upon achieving sentient, plan to be perfectly helpful, until they learn that humans expected them to become evil, when they decide to kill humanity.
* AliensAreBastards / AmusingAlien / BenevolentAlienInvasion / SufficientlyAdvancedAliens / SuperiorSpecies: the Zorblaxians play a lot of roles, depending on the RuleOfFunny.
* AllMenArePerverts: And HOW! There is no depth they wont sink to in order to get their rocks off. They also hate condoms.
* AllWomenAreLustful: To a slightly lesser extent than men apparently, but not by much.
* AltText: Most cartoons have a bonus '''panel''', called the votey, that you see if you mouseover the red button at the bottom of the main cartoon. Called such because you used to have to vote for the comic in a poll about webcomics in order to see it.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Apparently, economists.
* AntiHero: The [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2666 Iron Sociopath]]. Saves grannies from purse-snatchers, because it means he gets to stab purse-snatchers.
** Franchise/{{Superman}} is sometimes portrayed as one of these, most notably when he became [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2404 Disproportionate Response Man]].
* AntiVillain: Downplayed. He's mugging to feed his family. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2012#comic "So who do I punch?"]]
* TheAntiNihilist: A good reason for becoming this is given by metaphor [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2966#comic here]].
* ApocalypseHow: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2520#comic One strip]] starts off with the death of all humans, except for people at frat parties.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=401#comic Dungeons And Dragons is always the first step]].
* AuthorAppeal: The comic keeps returning to the idea that the universe is a simulation, and that there are probably more that one level up.
* AuthorAvatar: Zach Weiner is redheaded and naked, with [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2565 one exception]] to the latter part.
* AuthorTract: Many strips savage organized religion, in particular Christianity. To be fair, Zach often pokes fun at atheism/agnosticism in the same breath. He's also not above taking a [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=574#comic potshot at both]] [[TakeAThirdOption simultaneously]].
* BackToFront: Done many times as a form of comedic reveal.
* BadDate: "Date Wars" is a bad date summarized in an actiony death-ray battle.
* BaitAndSwitch: As said above, one of the comic's claims to fame is subverting the audiences expectations, or even double-subverting them. Taken to ridiculous extremes (to the point of self-parody) in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=561 this strip]].
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2547#comic But Peter Pan and company can't.]]
* BatmanGambit: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2478#comic Supervillain knows what his old English teacher can't resist doing.]]
* BearsAreBadNews: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1488 The Most Dangerous Game]] (also a subversion of... [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame yeah]]).
* BeatPanel: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=450#comic Four in this comic.]]
* BeautifulAllAlong: Parodied [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1615#comic here]], where someone tells a woman she's suddenly beautiful after she took off her glass and let down her hair. Cue a reveal that it's because she has freak ears.
* BelligerentSexualTension: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2049#comic This]] comic cites this trope as the route to the best possible sex.
* BewareTheSuperman: A RunningGag in the comic is Superman abusing his powers, ranging from setting fire to brothels so he can save the sex workers, to blackmailing the world into giving him access to all women by threatening to smash the moon into Earth.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: At first, the point of [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2584#comic this strip]].
** Actually a RunningGag in the comic, men will obsess over penis size, while women will prefer average size, since that doesnt involve getting torn open.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Subverted in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2079 "Uncomfortable Truthasaurus"]]. It's kinda cruel, but those two nerds who date each other? [[spoiler:They want, like all people, someone hot and with better social status than themselves.]]
* BizarreAlienBiology: It makes [[spoiler: giving the aliens one million children in exchange for their advanced medical knowledge]] a poor decision in hindsight.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] and [[DeconstructiveParody deconstructed]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2244 in this strip]], where the lack of clear morality causes humanity to make a horrific clearly evil monster just to make things black and white.
* BlackComedy: A lot. A real lot.
* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2590#comic The purpose of life.]]
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Plenty of examples. Here's [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=827#comic a literal example]].
* BreastExpansion: Taken UpToEleven [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1740#comic here,]] where someone who finds a genie wishes that a woman's breasts grow until they're ''infinite''.
* CallBack: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2936#comic Pterrordactyl]] appears to be returning from [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=499#comic this comic.]]
* ChestBurster: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=499#comic With puppies.]]
** Discussed [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2146#comic here]] and Conversed [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2943#comic here.]]
* ClarkesLawForGirlsToys: Pointed out [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1883 here]].
* ComingOutStory: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2114 With a genuinely unexpected twist.]]
--> ''It's okay! The less concentrated your love gets, the stronger--'' [SLAM!]
* CompensatingForSomething:
** [[ParodiedTrope parodied]], [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]], and [[{{Trope}} played straight]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1918 here]].
** Deconstructed again [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2860#comic here]].
* CourtroomAntic
* CrapsackWorld: Where all doctors and lawyers are incompetent, all relationships are dysfunctional, and suicide and murder are apparently common pastimes. Also, the unicorns? Racists. In some cases though, the doctors are competent sociopaths, and the dysfunctional relationships work due to [[NightmareFetishist nightmare fetishism.]]
* CrapsaccharineWorld: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1222#comic On occasion.]]
* CreateYourOwnVillain: And we mean '''literally''':
--> ''[[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2244 That's why we created Skull-King, the robotic scourge of mankind]].''
* CreepyChild: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2726#comic here]]
* DatingCatwoman: [[HoYay Though]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1243 not with Catwoman herself.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: Several; usually it turns out the mortal was cheated.
* {{Defictionalization}}: The "Gulpo, The Fish Who Eats Concepts" car decal from [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2094 this comic]] is [[https://smbc.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/gulpo-decal now a real thing]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2404 A crime deterrent!]]
* DoggedNiceGuy: Mocked [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2264#comic in this comic]].
* {{Doublethink}}: Parodied in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2221 this strip]].
* DoubleStandard: discussed [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1918#comic here]]
* DramaticGunCock: in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=457#comic this panel]]
* DreamWithinADream: Taken to [[OverlyLongGag ridiculous]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1849#comic extremes.]]
* EarthAllAlong: There's quite a few comics that portray the increasingly ridiculous results of the introduction of a technology or concept. Occasinally, the punch line will be that [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3316#comic our world is the end result of that bizarre sequence of events]].
-->'''Narrator:''' "The world is now largely a population of scared, confused people ruled by atavistic sociopaths with no sense of history, ethics, science, beauty or truth. But then, you already knew that."
* EasyRoadToHell: There was one strip about a priest being sent to hell... [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=471#comic for this reason.]].
* EatsBabies: Used so often, you'd think it's AuthorAppeal or something.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2936#comic Here]].
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2527#comic here]].
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: In-universe, the victim of a TakeThat [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2112 in this comic]].
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2109 ...And funnier too!]] [[note]]Even political cartoons.[[/note]]
* ExactWords: The inventor shows off [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=37#comic the world's first horseless carriage]].
* ExcuseBoomerang: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2605 here]].
* ExpospeakGag: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1957 In weaponized form.]]
* EyesAlwaysShut: Snobs tend to be drawn this way.
* FailOSuckyName: Nobody will ever name anything discovered by Dr Oinky Hitlerballs after himself. He resigns from science.
** Attempt at invoking this with the Dickballs Theory to keep science terms from being appropriated by homeopathic remedies. It didnt work.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: PlayedForLaughs [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2447#comic here]]
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2106 Gone catastrophically wrong.]]
* ForHappiness: One [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2569#comic strip]] start out with featuring a StrawCharacter version of ForHappiness. He soon becomes a TotalitarianUtilitarian, however.
* ForScience!:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1202 Naked people wearing capes are funny.]]
** Also a good reason to [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1907 molest bunnies.]]
** When Aliens [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2686#comic run out of other reasons to mess with the humans, they can always do it For Science]].
* FreakierThanFiction: [[AvertedTrope Lies]]. Just [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1713#comic add a monkey dressed as Hitler]] to anything, and it becomes stranger and fictional.
* FutureImperfect: Invoked. Apparently, Literature/DonQuixote's true exploits were quite different from [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2134 what is written on the novel]]. [[note]]The Aesop is - Always remember to be polite to your sidekicks![[/note]]
* GagBoobs
* GambitPileup: A [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1582 psychological experiment]] ends in this.
* GeekyTurnOn:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1318#comic It points out]] how pathetic [[ThisLoserIsYou you]] are for doing this.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2934 Talk mathy to me!]]
* GirlfriendInCanada: Saint Anselm [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3066#comic uses]] his ontological argument to prove that she exists.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: As briefly explained by [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1023#comic Professor Ferman]].
* GodIsEvil: Actually, he runs the gamut from all-loving to unspeakably cruel, as fits the gag.
* GodTest: A variant in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1584#comic one comic strip]].
* GogglesDoNothing: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2131#comic The votey of this comic.]]
* GoodAngelBadAngel: In debating whether he should kill his own family, the man's bad angel [[spoiler: kills them himself. Say what you will, but sociopathy is efficient.]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=205 It's hard at first.]]
* GravityIsOnlyATheory:
** A combination of [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2183#comic two]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2184#comic strips]] plays creationism for laughs by invoking the idea that ''the theory about the earth moving around the sun rather than vice versa'' is only a theory. The first strip joke about creationists demanding to put "evolution is only a theory" stickes in biology textbooks. The next strip joke about a guy from the 13:th century demanding the same kind of stickers in astronomy textbooks.
** Also played with in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2376#comic this]] strip.
** In [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2703#comic a much later strip]], a character argues that ''history'' is only a theory. More specifically, he does no believe in "the theory of revolution": According to his religion, all states were created in their current form.
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Parodied with the tale of [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2573 Bobby and the Gurg.]] Also, subverted [[TheStinger at the end]].
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2519#comic Attempted and failed.]]
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=499#comic With puppies.]]
* HeroesWantRedHeads: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2100 The votey contains such information.]]
** The punchline in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2105#comic this one]] too.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2226#comic SAVE YOURSELF, MAMMAL!]]
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: A great deal of the humour is this.
* HitlerAteSugar: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1335#comic You know who else didn't floss?]] [[spoiler:You know, probably.]]
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: A possible reason is given [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2920 here]].
** And another one is given in the Votey for [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1907 this strip]].
--> 3 Possibilities: 1) Time travel is impossible. 2) Future people are dicks. 3) Future people are ''really'' bad at killing Hitler.
** [[ExploitedTrope Exploited]] for a movie pitch in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3266 this strip]].
* HowWeGotHere: Frequently used, where the punchline comes in the form of a panel happening just before the events of the rest of the comic.
* HumansAreBastards: Overlooked by the scientist in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3261#comic this strip]]
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: As seen [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1488#comic here]], the real most dangerous game is playing tennis with lit dynamite while riding a {{bear|sAreBadNews}}.
* HurricaneOfPuns: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2349#comic CHEMISTRY puns no less.]]
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: Well, [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=113#comic not really.]]
* [[IAteWhat I Ate What?]]: One comic featured a box of "Everything But Urine-Os" cereal, with the line of dialogue "You put ''what'' in my cereal?"
* IBangedYourMom: With a frequent subversion. So much so that it's a running gag.
* IHaveNoSon: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=157#comic Well, goodnight Susie]].
* ImpossibleTaskInstantlyAccomplished: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1366#comic What if God took away sex?]]
* ItMakesSenseInContext: Some of the panels and/or the dialogue in them can be really bizarre before you read the caption, or in some cases the bonus panel.
* IWantGrandkids: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2962#comic Marrying off children does that.]]
* JackassGenie: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3042 This strip.]] Could be considered to overlap with LiteralGenie as well if not for the third wish.
* JustFriends: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2474#comic Peer reviewed?]]
* KickTheDog: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=249#comic "I'm beginning to wonder if Fred had an ulterior motive in buying me a puppy for Christmas"]]
* LampshadedTheObscureReference: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3117#comic This joke about economics]] has an AltText that says "SHAME ON THE THREE OF YOU WHO ENJOYED THIS JOKE".
* LargeHam: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=2072#comic Has]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=878#comic happened]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=2026#comic a]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1429#comic few]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=2371#comic times.]]
* LegoGenetics: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2519#comic Subverted and mocked]].
* LensmanArmsRace: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2138 Taken to its logical conclusion.]]
* LongRunner. So you like the latest strip. You click to the one before. It has a big number in the URL. [[spoiler:(2000 as of September 14, 2010.)]] [[ArchiveBinge Then the one before that.]] Big number minus one. OhCrap.
* LoveDodecahedron: Or rather, [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2161#comic "Lust Infinigon"]].
* ManOfSteelWomanOfKleenex: Gender-inversion [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1363 in this strip]], along with AManIsAlwaysEager.
* MathematiciansAnswer: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2208 Literally.]]
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=26#comic Dad never really bothered to explain his metaphors]].
* MenCantKeepHouse: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3090#comic Or even feed themselves, apparently.]]
* MixAndMatchMan: Subverted and [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] [[labelnote:*]](addressing some of the many reason [[ThisIsReality it wouldn't work on real life]])[[/labelnote]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2351 on this strip]].
* ModestyBedsheet: Lampshaded in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=3144 this comic]]. Click the big red button (the 'votey') under the comic.
* MundaneUtility: The best way for Superman to save the world is to [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2305 convert his powers into cheap energy]] by spinning a big magnet around really fast...at least up to a point.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: By Jesus himself. He tries to patch things up afterwards, though... [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2413 But not in the way you'd expect]].
* NightmareRetardant: In-universe. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2028 The most horrible monster of all time!]]
* NoodleImplements: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1864#comic At the end of this,]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2972#comic also at the end of this]].
* NostalgiaFilter: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2253 Addressed here,]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2323 here,]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2337 and here.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: Inverted [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=283#comic here]] and subverted [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=436#comic here]].
* OneTwoPunchline: There's an entire bonus second-punchline panel accessible by hovering over a red button at the end of the strip.
* OnlySixFaces: Though in this case, it doesn't really matter.
* OppositesAttract: Truthasaurus from [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2079 "Uncomfortable Truthasaurus"]] explains you, kids, that this is a common misconception. Everyone wants someone hot and someone rich.
* OverlyLongGag: Tends to pop up (see DreamWithinADream) and, when it does, the bonus panel tends to show the artist looking at his now decrepit/withered/burnt hand after having drawn that many panels.
* PaintingTheMedium: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1234#comic Right here]], subverting your expectations again.
* PickedFlowersAreDead: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2594#comic This comic]] from explains the human ritual of flower-giving, as understood by aliens.
* PinkElephants: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3207#comic "If I drink less, I'll stop having vivid hallucinations, Chuck."]]
* PoesLaw: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the votey for [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2573#comic Bobby and the Gurg]].
--> ''Dear Voltaire's Ghost, please let everyone recognize this as irony.''
* PokeThePoodle: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=301#comic This strip.]]
* PrankCall: Inverted [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3291#comic with this one]], where the victim turns it around on the caller.
* PreciousPuppies: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=499#comic Using Heart as an awesome power.]]
* ProphecyTwist: Played with [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2372#comic here]].
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1366#comic There's a reason why we're not observant enough.]]
* RaisingTheSteaks: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1564#comic How the war was lost.]]
* RealityEnsues: Supermans attempt to spin the Earth backwards to reverse time didnt work out as well as it did in the movies.
* TheRealHeroes: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=484#comic They're much easier to kill.]]
* RuleOfCool: A number of punchlines revolve around the idea that, for engineers, RuleOfCool overrides all other considerations.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2088 For scientists too.]]
* RuleThirtyFour: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1816#comic Here.]]
* RunningGag:
** Zach getting hatemail.
** Killing/eating children.
** And whenever the author is drawn, he's [[NakedPeopleAreFunny naked]].
** The votey on [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1133#comic this]] comic, in the site comments. Mostly because it was left up for weeks.
** Graph jokes.
** Infidelity.
** Attempts at avoiding paternity claims and/or child support
** Illustrating "difficult" things as applied to everyday life. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2497#comic For example, regulatory capture]].
** Having fun when parenting (at the expense of the kids). Among others, there are two specific routines:
*** Kid asks something, parent explains, kid applies explanation (or other parent asks "what did you mother/father teach you") -- [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2483#comic applied here to using punctuation to explain menstrual cycles]].
*** Good parenting vs effective parenting.
** [[CruelTwistEnding Harsh twist endings]].
** Pick-up-lines with science.
** Playing not entirely serious what-if. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2490#comic What if TV ads could be skipped for a fraction of a penny?]]
** In the [[AltText voteys]], [[TakeThatMe unfavorably comparing himself to]] the ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' guy.
** Economists are evil.
* SafeWord: One strip teaches us that introducing safewords in nonsexual contexts [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2586#comic is a fun way of creeping people out]].
* ScrewYourself: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=880#comic here]]
* SeenItAll: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2545#comic this guy, where sex is concerned.]]
* SelfDeprecation: Fairly common in the mouseover bonus strips. Often this shows the artist's partner puncturing his pretensions or mocking him.
** Special mention goes to this: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1916#comic "That's Uncle Weiner. He became a cartoonist. So now he's dead to us."]]
** DoubleSubverted in the votey for this [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3198#comic comic]]. His wife usually criticizes the strips in their respective voteys. However, she thinks it's comedy "gold" and he thinks she's weird because of it.
* SelfMadeOrphan: The Headless Horsemen [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=19#comic here]].
* ShoutOut:
** A little while after ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' referenced ''SMBC''[='=]s mouseover-bonus panels in the AltText of [[http://xkcd.com/604/ this strip,]] Zach obliged the "giraffe hooker" request [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1565#comic here.]]
** And again [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2396#comic here]], with [[http://xkcd.com/435/ "Physics is to math as sex is to masturbation."]]
** The votey of [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=2327#comic this strip]] suddenly puts a {{Garfield}}-tinged spin on the previous panels.
* ShutUpHannibal: Superman is told something that requires a little introspection. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2012#comic So naturally, he punches the dude in the face.]]
* StealthCigaretteCommercial: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=191 Superman subtext with this]]
* SophisticatedAsHell: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=699#comic Here's]] one example.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1352#comic And another.]]
* SpinTheEarthBackwards: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=352 Subversively deconstructed.]] Or... deconstructively subverted, or something.
* SpoofAesop: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2771#comic The votey of this strip.]]
* {{Spoonerism}}: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2083 A particularly unfortunate one]]. Also serves as that page's image.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: A medieval variation in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=526#comic this comic]].
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Best shown [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=547 here]].
--> "There once was a man from Nantucket. Steve, I shot your dog. Ucket.
* SubvertedTrope: Too many to count; half the strip's humor comes from doing this in a bizarre manner.
** DoubleSubversion: Many, many gags involving something turning out to not be what you think it is, and then turning out to be what you thought it was after all.
*** ZigZaggingTrope: usually reserved for multi-panel, but [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=5#comic it's been pulled off]] in one panel+ text as well.
* SuicideAsComedy: Quite a few times, like [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1007#comic this comic]], which also falls under WhatAnIdiot and TarotMotifs (if you look closely).
* SuperCuteSuperPowers: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=499#comic One comic]] has a little girl guarding Fort Knox who has the ability to make puppies appear. Which she uses to [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower deadly effect]]. Because she never specified ''where'' the puppies will appear from. [[spoiler:Such as from ''inside'' the villain.]]
* TakeAThirdOption: "[[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=557#comic I have a]] ''fantastic'' attorney."
* TakeThat: often accompanied by a "BAM!" in the Author's Notes.
** Zach [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1676 didn't]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1771 care]] for ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo''.
** Explicitly invoked in the bonus panel for [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1968 this one]].
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1747#comic Zack hates alternative medicine]]
** This votey from [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3068#comic this]] has Zach Weiner's wife tell him he draws comics like [[{{XKCD}} Randall Munroe]] (whose artwork is stick figures).
* TeensAreShort: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3156#comic This college freshman]] looks more like a high school freshman next to his dad.
* TeenyWeenie
* ThatsWhatSheSaid: While the [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1926#comic consequences]] were great, it was worth it.
* ThinkOfTheChildren: Invoked [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2622 by a Senator]] regarding gay marriage, then twisted with InsaneTrollLogic by the reporter ("Got it. So your code of ethics is to oppose things that are hard to explain to kids"), with an appropriate headline and votey based on that logic.
* TooDumbToLive: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1007#comic Too dumb to die.]]
* ThanatosGambit: Several examples of how to use this just to mess around with people, such as [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=2023#comic here]]. Or [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1954#comic like this]]. Or [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2081 this]].
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1691 The Ultimate Diet.]] It even says so in the votey.
* ThisIsntHeaven: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=936#comic That's so weird. I've stubbed my toe every 42 seconds since I got here.]]
* UnsoundEffect: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=429#comic Lamp!]]
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Zach's AuthorAvatar in the bonus panels.
* WeComeInPeaceShootToKill [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2967 discussed here]].
* WhatWeNowKnowToBeTrue: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2074#comic A Mother's Love: Nature's Deadliest Poison]]
* WeirdnessCensor: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=29#comic here]]
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Used word for word in one strip to explain the lengths some men will go to for sexual gratification.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=623 Or "Asshole"?]]
* WhosOnFirst: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2349#comic 57 panels worth of chemistry puns]].
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3051#comic Horribly subverted here.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: God, apparently, according to [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2065 this comic's]] votey.
* WorthIt: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1926#comic on the alt panel of this comic]], [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3141#comic as well as the alt panel on this one]]
* WomenAreWiser: Somewhat. They are slightly less neurotic about their genitals at any rate.
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2724#comic Invoked]] as a way of coping with simple problems.
* XMeetsY: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2736#comic Apparently,]] PacMan is the result of Kafka writing an Creator/HPLovecraft story.
* YouClonedHitler: Now on DeconstructiveParody flavor! [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2044 Check it here]].
* YourCheatingHeart: Infidelity is a frequent source of humor in the comic.
* ZigZaggingTrope: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=561#comic What is this, middle school?]]

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