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'''''[[http://www.shortpacked.com Shortpacked!]]''''' is a webcomic by David Willis and a part of the {{Walkyverse}}.

The title refers to the toy store where the main characters work, and the strip starts with Robin [=DeSanto=]--''It's Walky!'''s hyperactive speedster--taking a position there as a saleswoman. [[JerkAss Mike]] has already been working there for some time by then, in spite of...[[BackFromTheDead certain factors]] that may render this unlikely. They're joined by Ethan Siegal, a self-righteous toy obsessive; Amber O'Malley, a recovered introvert; [[Characters/{{Shortpacked}} and a host of others]], each with their own quirks and neuroses, with the cast gradually expanding and contracting over its run.

The general tone of the comic is lighter and wackier than its predecessors, and though its characters do indulge in angst from time to time, it's more the result of, say, the moral ramifications of keeping your boss prisoner in a storage closet than any realism in the storylines. It's also more pop-culture oriented -- jokes regarding ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' abound -- and more prone to filler than Willis's previous works. Whether or not this is a bad thing depends on how big a fan you are of ''Transformers'' and ''Batman''.

The website underwent a major overhaul in 2013. Unfortunately, because this overhaul involved a complete restructuring of the comic's archives, all links on TVTropes to specific strips up to that time became invalid. A whole lotta WikiMagic is going to be needed to get all these links up to date.

On January 17, 2014, Shortpacked's ninth birthday, Willis [[http://itswalky.tumblr.com/post/73591298741/why-shortpacked-is-ending announced]] that ''Shortpacked!'' would cease regular updates on its tenth birthday next year.

!! Shortpacked is the TropeNamer for:
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace

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!!Shortpacked contains examples of:
* AcceptableHobbyTargets: InUniverse. For Malaya, it seems every hobby is something worthy of total derision. At one point, she put the moves on Leslie, seemingly without being aware she's a die-hard sci-fi fan.
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: [[spoiler: African-American Lucy]] looked set to take up the mantle of Amazi-Girl until she decided it wasn't her thing.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When Robin and Jake Manley were planning out a bill to solve all of the US's problems, Robin claimed that they needed to solve "the economy, the disparity 'tween the rich an' the poor, immigration, healthcare, AIDS, racism, homophobia, [[Series/TheBigBangTheory that 'Big Bang Theory' TV show]]..."
* ArtisticLicenseStatistics: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=995 By the author's admission, statistics do not work like this]]. But why should that [[RuleOfFunny ruin a good joke]]?
* ArtEvolution: Willis already had a pretty consistent style by the beginning of the series, but as the series has gone on it's gone from black-and-white to color, changed the color palette, and tended away from the more dynamic art of the initial strips.
* {{Asexuality}}: Ultra Car. The antics of the sexual beings and their drama continue to annoy her. [[spoiler: Asexual doesn't mean aromantic, though; both her and Malaya eventually begin dating]]. Ultra Car declares herself a [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1994 "homoromantic asexual trans-chassis woman.]]
* AssShove: [[spoiler:Robin [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-11/03-vote-chopperface/codeofsomething-full/ uses Faz]] to give Sarah Palin the ''{{Hancock}}'' treatment. "Faz is... envy of Fox News..."]]
* AsTheGoodBookSays: When Galasso tries to lecture Jeshua, He responds by quoting the book of Matthew.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The Giant Mutant Honey-Bun.
* AuthorAppeal: Compare Amber with how Willis draws his wife. At one point Amber got a makeover and was perceived as more attractive in-universe, the makeover mostly made her resemble Willis' wife even more.
* AuthorAvatar: Willis occasionally makes a cameo as [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/David_Willis Ethan's arch-nemesis]] on the [[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet Transformers Wiki]], most notably in one short storyline where he proposed to his girlfriend.
* AuthorFilibuster: While Willis' views are normally worked into the narrative of the strip, there are occasions where they dramatically shift the focus of the strip entirely: when a point needs to be made about American politics, the storylines shift from being about misadventures at the titular toystore to becoming almost political satire in Washington DC. This tends to happen around elections, naturally.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Greg Killmaster, a [[http://gregkillmaster.com/about/ real-life special effects artist]]. Robin is so impressed by his name she decides she's going to find him and marry him so she can be Mrs. Killmaster.
** It turns out [[http://www.tfwiki.net/wiki/Laura_Killmaster he's taken]].
* BackFromTheDead: Not only does Mike come back, somehow Galasso also resurrects ''Ronald Reagan'' (and later ''Jesus'') to work in his store. It's never explained how or why he can do this.
** Mike's revival was left completely unexplained until after his wedding, when Joyce gave a hint to Amber.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: The TropeNamer, [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2005/comic/book-1-brings-back-the-80s/01-just-a-toy-store/batman-can-breathe-in-space/ as seen here.]]
* BatmanGambit: Meredith [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2008/comic/book-7/05-pedostache/loyal/ orchestrates one]] to make Amber's internet boyfriend Nathan less attractive to her.
* BaitAndSwitchLesbians: On Robin's advice, Amber tries to convince Faz that ''she'' is a lesbian by [[FanService kissing another woman]] (a [[TheCameo cameo appearance]] of a well-known webcomics critic who happens to be bi in real life) but he responds by giving a [[EveryoneIsBi lecture on the Kinsey Scale]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Robin wishes that her life at Shortpacked! could be more like her DarkerAndEdgier time in SEMME, but after she accidentally pulls the store's Drama Tag, the short-term results are so drastic that she begins devoting herself to driving the store back to wackiness by any means possible.
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: In-universe. Robin's been a congresswoman key in landmark legislation for two terms with active campaigning for a third term, and before that was a decorated war hero. All anybody remembers is that one sex tape.
* BetterThanABareBulb: Robin tap dances and backflips on the fourth wall regularly.
* BigBad: Sydney Yuss is the closest that the series has to one. And she's not very bright.
* BigNo:
** This was Robin's reaction to learning that [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Felix Gaeta]] is played by [[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines Nightscream's]] VA.
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/blog/comic/book-12/01-dominus-jacobus/no And]] [[http://www.shortpacked.com/blog/comic/book-12/01-dominus-jacobus/no-2 how.]]
* BilingualBonus: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2006/comic/book-3-is-totally-gay/08-ninja-rick-the-moaning-sword/funana/ Rick's sword makes a "Funana" sound.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Roz's AttentionWhore and ItsAllAboutMe tendencies also become more apparent the more she appears.
* {{Blackmail}}: This is how [[spoiler:Amber gets Mike to date her.]]
* BlushSticker: At first just Ronnie, but due to ArtEvolution they're eventually applied to the entire cast. Some characters, however, eventually lose them, and Mike only ever gets them when he's drunk.
* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer:[[spoiler:Mike made his proposal to Amber as horrifying as possible in hopes that she'd leave him for someone better. [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2011/comic/book-13/04-remedial-adulthood/therapy/ It didn't work.]]]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Done regularly by the author in his cameos, and sometimes by the characters too.
--> '''Robin''': Here you go, America! Take notes 'cuz I'm finally gonna show you what [[{{Archie}} Jughead]]'s hat really is!
--> '''Leslie''': [[LampshadeHanging Who are you yelling at?]]
* BrickJoke: In the storyline where it's revealed that Faz is [[spoiler: Amber's half-brother]], we meet Rose and Zaph, two [[spoiler: Amber and Faz]] look-alikes. Much later, Amber attends [[spoiler: her father's]] funeral. Rose and Zaph are both attending.
* BrokenAesop: Constant complaints about fandoms abound (especially the ''Transformers'' fandom). Willis is not only a prominent part of said fandom, but also embodies many of the issues he complains about. This is often PlayedForLaughs, however.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Leslie ends up delivering an impressive beatdown on [[spoiler:Head Alien]] after it's revealed he's murdered alternate-universe Robins, [[spoiler:which results in him growing to giant size and crushing her, almost fatally. Then Robin shows up...]]
* {{Callback}}: The conversation in [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2011/comic/book-13/03-fishin-chicks/carstwo/ this]] comic is a callback to [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2006/comic/book-3-is-totally-gay/03-when-amber-met-nathan/cars/ this one]].
** Also [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2007/comic/book-5/04-its-a-long-long-way-to-botcon/thefuture/ this]] comic is one to [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2005/comic/book-1-brings-back-the-80s/09-independent-man/murphy/ this one]]. Or is it the reverse and a callforward?
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2005/comic/book-1-brings-back-the-80s/01-just-a-toy-store/a-9/ Galasso brings back Ronald Reagan.]] [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2012/comic/book-13/09-the-secondish-coming/historical/ Seven years later...]]
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2008/comic/book-7/07-everyone-moves-into-a-house/elevenyears/ This]], to pretty much every significant {{Walkyverse}} event up to that point.
* CassandraTruth:
-->'''Ethan:''' What else did I miss?\\
'''Amber:''' Iowa okayed gay marriage.\\
'''Ethan:''' I'm ''serious''. What's new?\\
'''Amber:''' The store had a near-orgy.\\
'''Ethan:''' You continue to tell me lies.
** Mike attempts to give his condolences for the passing of Amber's pet hamster. Her reaction? Rabid, disbelieving laughter. Granted, he may not actually feel sorry for the animal, but is still sincere in wanting her to feel better.
*** This may be because it's so out of character for him to say stuff like that him saying that is just silly.
* CastFullOfGay: Of the three leads, Ethan is gay, Amber is (probably) straight, and Robin (after much confusion) identifies as "generally undefinably queer". Also, Leslie, Mike, Drew, and Conquest are clearly not straight (as well as DropInCharacter Thad and his late boyfriend Evan), and Malaya is {{Robosexual}} for Ultra Car, who is homoromantic asexual. Rick and Faz are such {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s that it's impossible to tell[[note]]Faz at one point believes that if he has sex with a woman, this will "cancel out" a previous gay encounter on the Kinsey scale[[/note]], Galasso can't tell genders apart despite having a daughter, and even [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Ronnie]] seems to imply he's had affairs with men in one strip, leaving essentially just Roz, Jacob, Ken and Lucy. This is a phenomenon Amber's commented on several times.
-->'''Amber:''' [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-9/02-everyone-starts-having-rosy-cheeks/inventory/ I can't believe I'm the only straight person I know!]]\\
'''Ethan:''' [[DeadpanSnarker I wish you'd stop shoving your lifestyle in our faces.]]
** This is also {{lampshaded}} [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1994 here.]]
* CatchAFallingStar: Mike gets to play a hero and rescue Amazi-Girl like this [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-10/01-this-man-this-manhattan/flammable/ here]].
* CatchPhrase:
--> '''Franchise/{{Batman}}:''' "I'm Batman."
** '''I KNOW'''.
*** To the point where it's practically become TheCoconutEffect - bad guys expect to hear "I'm Batman", and [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-9/05-blackmail-is-love/teneyedman/ at least one bad guy realizes something's up when new Batman Dick Grayson doesn't say it]].
* CeilingCling: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-12/01-dominus-jacobus/ceiling/ Attempted, but Leslie watches far too much sci-fi to fall for it.]]
* CelebrityParadox: The strip has done a crossover with SomethingPositive, with Davan appearing in a strip and delivering one of Chho-Choo's kittens to Roz. However, a SomethingPositive booth with a full-size banner of Davan was seen in the background of a strip set at a convention, and Randy Milholland was mentioned as existing in-universe.
** David Willis, the comic's creator, also exists in this universe, and has a rivalry with Ethan. His nickname is even still "[[WalkyVerse Walky]]". A background gag in one strip suggests that InUniverse he is the creator of a comic called "Shortpants" instead of Shortpacked.
* CerebusSyndrome[=/=]CerebusRetcon: Parodied in the "Drama Tag" arc.
** ReverseCerebusSyndrome: The DarkerAndEdgier doesn't last, [[ZigZaggingTrope but it is sometimes played with]].
** Actually gets reconstructed during the "Leslie goes to an alternate universe" arc. She visits a world where the drama tag was never pulled. While it's funny it's also disturbing to see characters that have absolutely no CharacterDevelopment at all, and live in barely-suppressed discomfort to afford a veneer of happiness. The moral: a world where nothing ever gets serious is a world where nothing ever matters.
* ChastityCouple: Robin and Leslie were this before Robin got used to being in a same-sex relationship; Malaya and Ultra Car were this due to UC's asexuality before Malaya admitted she didn't want ''sex'' so much as she wanted UC to get her off.
* ChekhovsGunman:
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=64 This grocer]] [[SarcasmMode totally doesn't show up again.]]
** There is a whole saga that goes under the name ''"When Robin Didn't Meet that Other Guy"'', in which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Robin (has the chance to but) doesn't meet Jake Manley]]. A LOT later, when fans had already forgotten about him, they finally meet.
** The above story arc also involves [[ChekhovsGag the list]] from [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-11/02-the-relationshipocalypse/list/ this strip]].
** Lucy first showed up in what looked like a one-off strip about Starfire's treatment in the WesternAnimation/TeenTitans cartoon versus the comics. She joined the main cast a while later.
** Guess [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-10/03-the-comedy-laugh/manny/ who's]] back as Ethan's [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2012/comic/book-14/03-totally-babies/optometrist/ new boyfriend]]?
* ClusterFBomb: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2011/comic/book-13/02-the-new-girl/malaya Malaya's introduction]].
** Seems to be a habit for her. Case in point: She named her iguana "Fuckface" (its real name is Herbert).
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment:
** Ultra Car's preferred method of dealing with people who displease her is to strand them in the Amazon jungle, a practice she refers to as "Amazoning".
** The ending of the "Robin vs Legion of Something" fight. Poor SarahPalin! She didn't deserve that! (Faz did, though.)
* ComingOutStory:
** Ethan, mainly as a result of Robin's clumsy attempts to seduce him.
** Robin, who realized she'd been attracted to Amber at the start of the strip and later fell in love with Leslie.
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: It turns out Jacob is a recovering sex addict. Who stumbles on a stash of [[HotLibrarian hot librarians]], [[spoiler: seems to have a crush on Amber]], and became an unwilling ChickMagnet in one arc.
* CommanderContrarian: Malaya has done two things since she showed up: hit on Leslie, and complain about ''absolutely everything.''
* CreatorThumbprint: ''{{Transformers}}'' humor. And, to a lesser extent, other toy and comic book humor.
* CrossoverPunchline: The final panel of [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2012/comic/book-14/06-girthday/smokescreen/ this strip]] is set in the ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' universe.
* DareToBeBadass: Robin to [[spoiler: Mike]] when he claims he is no good at comforting his fiancée because he's... what he is.
-->''Dude, you are going to be a husband an' a father. '''Try harder.'''''
* DiscontinuityNod: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1188 "Hey, everyone agreed to never mention that 'Second Eaton' crap ever again."]]
* DenserAndWackier: Than the {{Walkyverse}} at large. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] with the Drama Tag storyline--which, while it did introduce Amber's rather dark backstory, largely just caused drama via ''even wackier hijinks.'' (I mean sure, [[spoiler:Robin and Leslie's breakup]] was fairly depressing, but it was caused by [[spoiler:using Cadbury Cream eggs as cereal in order to induce a sugar-high black-out during which Robin could ''legislate world peace''.]])
* DoggedNiceGuy: Ken is a bit of a {{Deconstruction}}, he spends years pursuing and obsessing over Malaya, who basically acts like a huge jerk to him and everyone else. When he finally admits how he feels she tells him in no uncertain terms that nothing will ever happen between them. He sleeps with Conquest to try to make her jealous but, after the massive confidence boost that comes from losing his virginity to an impossibly gorgeous woman (who later tells him that he was a good lover, despite his inexperience, because he is a ''good person'') he seems to have decided "hey, forget her" , and starts pursuing women who actually give him the time of day
* DontExplainTheJoke: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1928 This strip]].
* DoppelgangerDating: Robin and Jake Manley.
* DysfunctionJunction: practically all the characters have issues. And let's not even get started on the relationships between them...
* EditWar: In-universe, where Ethan enters one on the Transformers wiki with Willis's AuthorAvatar, based on the order in which information is being presented. This escalated into a real-world fistfight (with [[MudWrestling pudding]], thanks to Robin).
-->'''Amber''': I've said this for years. Internet fights should spare us the giant images of dogs or whatever with "PWNED" in huge text and just have people kill each other.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:When Amber tells Faz that he's actually her half-brother he immediately goes and sets fire to his life-size Amber pillow, despite spending several years trying to get into her pants in any way possible.]]
* EveryoneIsBi:
** By this point, everyone but Galasso and Reagan have had some form of romantic encounter with members of both sexes.
* EvilTwin: Inverted; there's another store called [=McAwesome's=] Parasailing and Chocolate Bakery, which is basically a [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-6/04-a-poor-mans-mike/ballpit/ much-improved]] version of Shortpacked!. Ethan juuust avoided going to work there because he happened to see Shortpacked! on the other corner.
* ExactEavesdropping: Leslie shows up to make up with Robin ''just'' in time [[spoiler:to see her making out with Joe.]]
* FanDumb: InUniverse, fandoms are the bane of Ethan's existence (and Willis' in real life). Given that Ethan is also an active member of the fandom, it leads to plenty of HypocriticalHumor.
* FlatWhat: Mike's reaction upon learning that [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1081 Amber has adopted a pair of hamsters.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the strip where Robin persuades Amber to snoop around Mike's room [[spoiler: Mike's [=McAwesome's=] uniform is somewhat visible in his closet]] a while before it actually comes up in the story.
** In a fairly early strip, Robin makes a crack about her father beating her, and Amber tells her sharply that's not appropriate to joke about. It was most of a year before we found out why.
* [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Four Words, Obvious Trope]]: This time, "that is very good," with only the strip's title pointing them out, since the line again [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather reveals a hidden relation]], Amber and Faz being half-siblings]].
* FreudWasRight: [[invoked]] [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-10/06-jacob-travels-to-the-penis-building/clearance/ Rosenthal Industries]]. "So the building is ''intentionally'' penis-shaped, right?"
* FridgeHorror: In-universe, Amber seems to suffer from a case of this when she [[spoiler:realizes Faz might actually be her half-brother]].
* TheFunInFuneral: [[spoiler: A slightly low-key version at Amber's dad's funeral. Mike attends in party attire, complete with little paper hat, noisemaker, and confetti; Amber freely admits to one of the mourners that her father was an abusive asshole; Faz introduces Amber to his new girlfriend and their...disturbing sex life; finally, Amber berates her father's corpse for dying before she got a chance to stand up to him...and then Mike flips off both middle fingers to the corpse while delivering this line:]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Mike:''' Later, jerkhole. I'm fuckin' your daughter.]]
* GilliganCut: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2005/comic/book-1-brings-back-the-80s/03-customer-protection-rackets/a-37/ Mike cleverly hurts his boss.]]
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Robin vs. Roz
* TheGhost: Hot Wheels Guy.
* HeroicBSOD: Well, actually, [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-8/08-heroic-bsod/fourohfour/ Heroic Network Timeout]]. There's an actual Blue Screen a bit later, [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-8/08-heroic-bsod/gpf/ but it seems to be more like the universe breaking]]. To make matters worse the story arc is called "''heroic bsod.''"
* IAmSpartacus: [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-1-brings-back-the-80s/06-mrs-greg-killmaster/a-60/ I'm Greg Killmaster!!]]
** [[spoiler: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2011/comic/book-13/04-remedial-adulthood/thesewords/ This time, he did someone's for real.]]]]
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff: Luigi does this to a naive Daisy [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-8/07-when-robin-didnt-meet-that-other-guy/shyguys/ here]].
* IgnoreTheFanservice: Robin walks up to Ethan in a [[SexySchoolwoman skimpy school-girl outfit]] holding a Batman toy, just to see what he notices first. ([[http://www.shortpacked.com/2005/comic/book-1-brings-back-the-80s/09-independent-man/seduction/ It's Batman]].)
* ImprobablyPredictable[=/=]TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Faz's voicemail message is absurdly specific for [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2006/comic/book-2-pulls-the-drama-tag/07-bride-of-faz/phone/ this situation]].
* InsaneTrollLogic: Currently provides the page image.
** [[JerkAss Mike]] [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2006/comic/book-4/01-of-presidents-and-randomness/jew/ employs it here]] to sell CPR's.
* IntercontinuityCrossover:
** Leslie acquired a hairless, pink, hypoallergenic kitten; one of the litter sired by Choo-Choo Bear (''SomethingPositive'') on Sprinkles (''GirlsWithSlingshots'').
** The cast of Shortpacked! are often seen having conversations at [[QuestionableContent Coffee of Doom]], and Marten, Faye, and Dora have all made background cameos there.
** The ''Shortpacked!'' gang has seen movies at the Webcomic/{{Multiplex}} 10 on occasion, and [[spoiler:Malaya ended up having sex with Jason.]]
*** Though in their respective realities, the latter two comics take place far away from ''Shortpacked!'', [[WordOfGod Willis claims]] that the Walkyverse versions of Coffee of Doom and Multiplex 10 are located in San Francisco, the ''QuestionableContent'' version of Shortpacked is located in Massachusetts, and the ''Multiplex'' version of Shortpacked is in Chicago, so it all works out. The Walkyverse Coffee of Doom is actually called Coffeeright Theft, but it has the same staff, layout, regular clientele, and espresso dinosaur.
* IssueDrift: Became considerably more political during the 2008 election, and given Robin's side job of being a Representative, the comic still drifted into the political realm from time to time until Robin lost her 2012 re-election bid.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Leslie, towards Robin.
** This was also Mike's motive for trying to break up with Amber. Her definition of happiness didn't turn out to be what he expected, however.
* JediMindTrick: Fuckface (Malaya's iguana) boosts Ultra Car's charisma to the point where people find it nearly impossible to [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=2118 disagree with her.]]
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Referenced with Franchise/{{Batman}} getting [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2011/comic/book-13/01-daddy-issues/simontrent/ really excited that The Gray Ghost is putting on his old outfit]].
* LamarckWasRight: [[SomethingPositive Choo-Choo Bear]] gained his [[VoluntaryShapeshifting special abilities]] because he was on chemo. Apparently, his kittens share the same abilities now.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Malaya's general JerkAss attitudes toward nerds were rooted in [[spoiler:how much they remind her of that one boy she met when she was young who bored her when he couldn't stop talking about Anime/PrincessMononoke. She later finds herself having sex with the exact same boy (ie. Jason from {{Webcomic/Multiplex}}) her unjustified nerd-hate came from , and doesn't take it well]].
** Also Ken's abandonment of his DoggedNiceGuy role towards her after sleeping with Connie is a result of her shabby treatment of him and finally realizing he can do better.
* LastHetRomance: Robin for Ethan. She already suspects that he's gay, but was pursuing him anyway. He's not interested. She gets pissed off when he bangs a chick, and when he asks why she shouts he's supposed to be gay. Confronted with this, something goes click in his mind. Cue gayness.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: If you're reading for the first time, avoid the comments section unless you really want to know in the first few strips about every relationship snag and plot twist throughout the whole comic. Not helped by the fact that the current comment system was added in 2010, so for about five years' worth of strips ''all'' the comments are retrospective. Frequently the first comment on a page will explain how something on that page hints towards later developments.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: [[spoiler:Head Alien II]]'s monologue about how the removal of the Drama Tag will eventually drive people away, seeing as they can get Batman elsewhere. In-universe, he's talking about the store, but from the audience's perspective he's talking about how a turn for the DarkerAndEdgier may drive away the comic's readers.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: The New Amazi-Girl mistakes Ultra Car (in her new guise, since she won't fit in the Spider-Car guise any more) for a supervillain when the latter attempts to stop a shoplifter in the storeroom.
* LivingInAFurnitureStore: Drew's apartment, in contrast to Ethan's and PlayedForDrama.
* LoveChart: Robin's drawn one up to insure things never reach LoveDodecahedron levels. It hasn't really worked.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Amber and Faz are half-siblings.]]
* ManChild: Everyone has their moments, but [[GenkiGirl Robin]] really stands out.
* MegatonPunch: Delivered by Leslie, of all people.
* MerchandiseDriven: Discussed when Ethan is incredulous at a claim that Transformers, a franchise that has always been centered around shilling toys, somehow sold out its integrity with the movie adaptation.
-->"How can Transformers possibly 'sell out'? It "started" as a 20-minute toy commercial."
* MoodWhiplash: Get back here, I'm not finished capturing the Riddler!
* [[MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat My Sensors Indicate You Want To Tap This]]: Ultra Car in [[spoiler: her new humanoid chassis]]:
--> "My sensors indicate your body temperature is now rearranging in a way similar to the bodies of meatfolks with a desire to engage in - '''oh'''."
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: "GALASSO'S ASSEMBLED AN ARMY OF CANNON-WIELDING HAMSTERS!"
* NotEvenBotheringWithAnExcuse: In one strip, Galasso calls on the radio for someone to deal with the two customers up front. Everyone either has a genuine reason or an excuse, in the middle of which, [[{{Jerkass}} Mike]] offers "I don't feel like it."
* OfCorsetsSexy: Amber briefly tries this when Robin informs her that it will make her attractive and therefore unapproachable.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Robin dismembers Head Alien while Leslie's blacked out.]] "[[LampshadeHanging Shoulda seen it. It was awesome.]]"
* OhCrap: Amber punches Mike hard enough to make him ''[[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-11/02-the-relationshipocalypse/smile/ smile]]''. The end times are upon us all.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2006/comic/book-2-pulls-the-drama-tag/06-the-drama-tag/burn/ Galasso]] [[spoiler:burning the drama tag]] goes unexplained for seven years. Cue [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2013/comic/book-14/09-same-planet-different-dimentia/prologue/ this strip]], and the scene suddenly becomes [[HarsherInHindsight heartbreaking]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2012/comic/book-14/01-deady-dearest/frown/ For the first time in seven years,]] [[SmugSnake Faz]] stopped smiling smugly when he discovered [[spoiler: Amber is his half-sister.]]
* OutnumberedSibling: Ultra Car is the original prototype Rosenthal Industries smart car and worries her huge family of younger but less-sophisticated smart car siblings have taken her place in her father's eyes.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: ''Film/TheAvengers'': [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2012/comic/book-14/01-deady-dearest/avengers/ the best movie Jesus Christ has seen in his entire life.]] (Out of a sample size of ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''ShortCircuit'' and ''ShortCircuit 2''.)
* PaintingTheMedium: When Lucy becomes the new [[LegacyCharacter Amazi-Girl]] Robin tells her to "say it like a logo". And sure enough, the next time she says "'''AMAZI-GIRL'''" it's in its very own font. Lucy lampshades that she didn't say it any different.
* PassingTheTorch: Amber to Lucy. "She cried for, like, five minutes and then handed me this corn popper."
* PaperThinDisguise: Robin has no idea who Amazi-Girl actually is. Her confusion leads to her accusing Amber of being Ultra Car [[RuleOfFunny for some reason]]. Fans continue the joke, never recognizing Amazi-Girl.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: PlayedForLaughs when Lucy finds a robber in the store and attacks him. She stops and questions the morality of that, until the guy insults her by calling her a fake geek girl, and she goes back to [[KickTheSonOfABitch beating him up]].
* PerverseSexualLust: A very negative in-universe example: Omnios appeared in a three-strip run in November 2008, a [[UnfortunateImplications 26-year-old social outcast]] [[{{AspergerSyndrome}} with "Aspergers-y" symptoms]] who continuously raves about his crush on [[MyLifeAsATeenageRobot Jenny Wakeman]].
** Omnios was a real user on the Allspark Forums, which David Willis is a member of. Omnios has since been banned, but he's achieved a bit of MemeticMutation as one who [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed One Who Must Not Be Spoken Of]] amongst the Allspark users.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Amber's mom, Stacy, [[http://www.shortpacked.com/blog/comic/book-5/06-flashbacked/movein/ was fat and plain looking]] the first she was introduced. In her later appearance she's [[http://www.shortpacked.com/blog/comic/book-12/01-dominus-jacobus/amazing/ lost a lot of weight, though still chubby, and is far more well-groomed.]]
** Justified, as the next comic has her mentioning that she has made some positive changes in her life after divorcing Amber's abusive father. Exercising, and buying newer and better clothes and makeup are probably at least some of those changes.
* PunchClockVillain: Duncan, in a sense. In most of his appearances, he whines about toys, but outside the store he's a nice guy, and even tries to be friends with Ethan.
* PunnyName: Between Leslie Bean and Faz O. Lee (them and about half-a-dozen other Walkyverse characters), Willis has shown quite a fondness for these. However, it is subverted at least once:
-->'''Robin:''' Hey, it's that guy !
-->'''Thad:''' My name is Thaddeus.
-->'''Robin:''' ''Thad'' ? Is your last name "Guy" ?
-->'''Thad:''' No.
-->'''Robin:''' Dang, that would've been convenient.
** Malaya means ''free'' in the Philippine language. Doubles as MeaningfulName.
** According to the tags, [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2013/comic/book-15/01-about-face/johnnystorm/ this]] [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2013/comic/book-15/01-about-face/fixed/ guy's]] name is "Whitney [=McJority=]".
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Amber, Mike and Ethan,]] so that their arcs could be finished satisfactorily without ''Shortpacked!'' immediately ending.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Leslie receives one from [[spoiler:Head Alien II when she tries to stop him]], pointing out that she's a FlatCharacter who is only interesting due to her attachment to Robin. Which leads to...
** ShutUpHannibal: Leslie responds by pointing out that she has people who care about her and whom she cares about, which is more important than [[spoiler:Head Alien]]'s "big bully mad-on".
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Amber, when cursing the fact that she can't afford the new '80s Ninja Turtles toys because she's buying stuff for the coming baby instead.
* ReplacementScrappy: [[invoked]] Discussed with regards to the "''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'' killed ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]''" school of thought [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-12/05-neww-2010-comics/prime/ here.]]
* RiddleForTheAges: How did Mike come back to life? Yes, DeathIsCheap, but Mike's resurrection is impossible even by the methods present in the Walkyverse. General consensus among readers is that he came back to life through sheer ''spite''. [[spoiler:This one was finally answered at Mike and Amber's wedding. Joyce got some of his blood on her shirt when he sacrificed himself for her. She also happened to give a non-government affiliated tech company the means to make their own chamber.]]
** Relatedly, how exactly does Galasso manage to bring back dead people? And why does he have trouble with basic concepts like gender?
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Leslie's new cat looks less like an actual cat and more like a [[{{Pokemon}} Mew]].
* RevengeBeforeReason: Sydney Yuss makes some odd plans to get revenge for being fired.
* {{Robosexual}}: Apparently, [[spoiler: Malaya]].
* RunningGag: Major characters calling minor character Ken by the wrong name: "I knew it was something from StreetFighter!" Picked up quickly by the commenters, where it's become obligatory to call him by a new Street Fighter character name every time he's referred to.
** Apparently {{God}} really wants ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' back on the air.
** [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Aslan]] is always waiting for a bus. The one time it showed up, he'd just been called away.
* SanitySlippage: Anyone who works at Shortpacked (and quite a few of the customers) will inevitably regress/evolve into or reveal themselves to be a tangled, neurotic mess. Or a jerk. Or both.
* SharkPool: Galasso has one installed right under the store.
* ShoutOut:
** Actually, to {{TVTropes}}! Robin refers to the term CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-7/03-summer-slump/crowningmoment/ here]].
** Willis' design for [[MirrorUniverse Shattered Glass]] [[{{Transformers}} Buzzsaw]], seen [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-11/05-sg-ravage-goes-to-botcon/epilogue/#comments here,]] rips off [[{{Peanuts}} Woodstock]].
** A ''very'' subtle reference to ''It's Walky!'' in the title of this strip, [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-12/01-dominus-jacobus/gears/ "Four Words"]]. For the uninitiated, [[spoiler: Head Alien surprised Walky with the knowledge that Sal is his twin sister by saying: "Okay, ''four words''..." This reveal is similarly brain-shattering.]]
** [[MissionImpossible Your mission,]] [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-12/03-minorities-report/mission-2/ should you choose to accept it....]]
*** Along a similar line...
---> '''Amber''': [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-11/04-errant-ham/biga/ "...YE NOT GUILTY!"]]
** [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} I did it]] [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-12/03-minorities-report/already/ thirty-five minutes ago.]]
** Either a ShoutOut or a TakeThat flavored with some RefugeInAudacity: The banner ads featuring some weird picture of David Willis (say, sitting in a bubble bath, or eating a corn dog on a toilet) with "Please Read: A Personal Appeal From David Willis" in the style of the donation drive ads that appeared on TheOtherWiki.
** [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Robin versus the Axis of Something]] is Shortpacked!'s version of "Code of Hero".
** Amber is unimpressed with a [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2006/comic/book-4/05-partisan-romp/drama/ plot summary]] of ''Roomies''.
** The comic practically trips over Batman jokes, but one of its better homages was done by [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2006/comic/book-2-pulls-the-drama-tag/06-the-drama-tag/who/ Robin]] of all people.
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2006/comic/book-4/05-partisan-romp/understands/ This strip]]:
--->'''Robin''': You know, I'm not a lesbian.
--->'''Leslie''': [[SomeLikeItHot Nobody's perfect.]]
** BillWatterson gets an extended one [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-9/11-nerdfight/doodlepoodle/ here.]] Complete with [[CalvinAndHobbes evil-god Calvin.]]
* ShownTheirWork: The "Secondish Coming" arc has a realistic-looking portrayal of Jesus as a short, dark-skinned man.
* SituationalSexuality: Malaya is attracted to Ultra Car. This despite having previously said she was "actually" straight to Leslie, and in one of the most brutally honest ways imaginable at that.
** Robosexual: Malaya, upon seeing Ultra Car in her new humanoid body, figures out she's actually this.
* SmugSnake: Faz. He's hilariously bad at it. Roz is a more subtle example, given her efforts to insinuate herself into her sister's life and seduce all of her friends.
* SorryImGay: Inverted (and possibly subverted?) by Malaya. She went out with Leslie, but upon kissing her decided that she was straight after all. ([[{{Robosexual}} She's not]], but that doesn't make her orientation compatible with Leslie.)
* SpinOff: From the [[WalkyVerse Walky saga]], with Robin and Mike as the spin-offees.
* SpitTake: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-11/03-vote-chopperface/spittake/ Played with.]] Robin hears something shocking while taking a drink, only to swallow. She then takes another drink just so she can have a proper spit-take, complete with UnsoundEffect.
* StalkerWithACrush: The [[SuperMarioBrothers Shy Guys]] - [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-8/07-when-robin-didnt-meet-that-other-guy/shyguys/ to a rather creepy degree]].
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1197 Robin questions the logic]] of Sydney Yus' DisproportionateRetribution plan.
* StraightGay: Ethan was probably the most normal character until Jacob came along.
* StrawFan: Numerous one-shot characters, and a few nameless recurring extras. Oddly enough, most of them are actually members of the Transformers fandom, not the comic's.
** PoesLaw: Eventually, Willis started posting links in the comments demonstrating that ''actual fan postings'' are the source for at least some of the one-shot characters.
* StrawVulcan: Mocked with [[GIJoe Scarlett]], who [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-9/09-grand-reopening/ripcord/ even consults the "Hollywood Strawman Scientist"'s handbook]] for advice.
* StylisticCallback: The art style changes back to the style found in the earlier color comics in [[spoiler: an alternate universe Shortpacked]] to represent [[spoiler: how the drama tag is sucking out all the drama in the universe.]] It changes back when [[spoiler: Rachel shows up.]]
** In the same storyline, a flashback to [[spoiler: an earlier period in that universe]] is shown in black and white, calling back to the earliest Shortpacked comics.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-12/01-dominus-jacobus/cash/ "Yes. My real offer."]]
* TakeThat: [[http://shortpacked.com/comic/book-8/07-when-robin-didnt-meet-that-other-guy/smallbots/ Strangely, Willis seems to have a remarkable amount of self-awareness about this.]]
** Historically Accurate Jesus is essentially one huge TakeThat on modern derailment of Christianity.
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id-1979 God gives His opinion on Green Arrow]].
* TestKiss: When Ethan turns out to be gay, Robin tries this.
** It's immediately followed by Mike kissing him, and the audience figures out that Ethan never actually knew he was gay until that moment.
* ThatWasNotADream: Robin goes through this shortly after pulling the Drama tag.
* ThereAreNoGlobalConsequences: The alien invasion that Robin and Mike fought against is only occasionally mentioned--justified in one instance by Robin, who points out that her co-workers have their own stuff going on and aren't necessarily going to notice any of the political fallout. Subverted with Ultra-Car, who's horrified to discover Joe has mass-produced talking cars like herself, and miffed when her existence can't freak Lucy out on account of their omnipresence.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Faz slips in and out of this speech pattern. Can be blamed more on his [[SmugSnake arrogance]] than on any difficulty speaking English.
* TheTalk: Leslie and Ethan decide they must give this to Galasso when they discover he not only doesn't understand what sex is, but possibly what ''gender'' is.
* TicketLineCampout: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/category/comic/book-9/06-revenge-of-the-fallen/ For Revenge of the Fallen.]]
* {{Transplant}}: Ultra Car comes over from the [[{{Walkyverse}} Walky saga]], and occasionally drags Joe in with her. Robin and Mike also qualify.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Mike, Ronald Regan, Jesus Christ.
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Robin and Leslie do this more than once over the years before settling down with kids.
* UnsoundEffect:
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-9/07-hello-roz-goodbye-reagan/gayforjustice/ LICKY-STYLE!]]
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-11/01-no-thanks-to-eharmony/even/ SMUCKERS!]]
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-11/02-the-relationshipocalypse/hide-2/ BUTT-BUMP!]]
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-11/03-vote-chopperface/spittake/ SPITTAKE!]]
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/blog/comic/book-12/01-dominus-jacobus/speakeasy/ REVEAL!]]
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-12/01-dominus-jacobus/bra/ S'ARRÊTE!]]
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2011/comic/book-13/05-the-death-of-snkrs/sphincterclench/ SPHINCTER CLENCH!]]
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2012/comic/book-14/01-deady-dearest/timemachine/ DELOREAN!]]
* UnusualEuphemism: “Cheese” and “Cheesus” for Jesus, a carryover from the Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}} which featured a godlike being called the Cheese.
* WackyMarriageProposal: [[spoiler: Well, depends on your definition of "wacky"—see RefugeInAudacity above.]]
** Willis proposed to his girlfriend ''via webcomic'', though there is [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/02/17 certainly a precedent]].
* WeightWoe: Malaya goes through this in the "Girthday" arc. Judging from the banner she still isn't over her sudden weight gain even if (uncharacteristically for her) she hasn't complained much about it lately in-story.
** Part of Amber's character development was getting over this and realizing she was actually quite attractive.
* WeirdnessMagnet: The store is run by a would-be EvilOverlord and its staff has included two ex-super soldiers, a robot, Ronald Reagan, the historical Jesus and a man so obsessed with ninja he views the world around him as manga.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Ultra Car. Not because of anything Joe did--he's actually more of a SoProudOfYou guy--Ultra Car is just that insecure.
* WhamEpisode: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-12/06-bi-partisan/merrychristmas/ Right before a two week hiatus, no less.]]
** [[spoiler: Mike proposing to Amber... by rearranging a recording of the noises of Jacob and Amber's Mom having sex into a proposal.]]
*** [[spoiler: Also? We find out Amber is pregnant.]]
** [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2012/comic/book-14/07-leslie-nopes/intact/#comment-104621 Another one before a two-week hiatus.]]
* WhamLine: Both in real life ''and'' in-universe: [[spoiler: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2011/comic/book-13/03-fishin-chicks/devil "Wow, I'm marrying the Devil."]]]]
** From the same arc: [[spoiler: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2011/comic/book-13/04-remedial-adulthood/why/ "Because I love her."]]]]
** And now we have [[spoiler: [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2012/comic/book-12/03-minorities-report/rude/ "Damn, I guess I'm straight after all."]]]]
** Where an alternate universe Pamela is revealed to have more to her. [[spoiler: "As I suspected. You're here for my tag. Well, you can't have it. Nothing's separating me from my daughter."]]
*** Followed by:
-->'''Leslie:''' Pamela, [[spoiler: you created the drama tag?]]
** "Actually, [[spoiler: you're having '''three''' babies.]]"
* WhatTheHellHero: At one point, Ethan gets into an argument with one of the recurring straw fans (Duncan), only to have it pointed out to him that he's in no position to criticize anyone due to letting the others keep Galasso locked up. Cue brief HeroicBSOD, followed by him deciding enough's enough.
** Also on the receiving end of one when Thad, at that point another recurring customer, pointed out that Ethan's eagerness to embroil himself in meaningless debates with irritating FanDumb meant he was [[NotSoDifferent little better than them]] and had no place feeling or acting superior over them.
-->'''Thad:''' I think at some point your love of your hobby was replaced bit by bit by merely wanting to be better at loving your hobby than other people.
* YourMom: Mike's CatchPhrase.
** To the point where [[spoiler: he uses a...''[[http://www.shortpacked.com/2011/comic/book-13/04-remedial-adulthood/proposal/ unique]]'' variation to propose to Amber]]
* YouTasteDelicious: Leslie [[http://www.shortpacked.com/blog/2009/02/16/snickers/ tries to seduce Robin]] by invoking this trope. It [[http://www.shortpacked.com/blog/2009/02/17/nightie/ doesn't quite work.]]

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