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->'''Jason''': Do you wake up every morning and say, "Today, I'm going to find someone's dream that's come true and put an end to it"?\\
'''Davan''': I look at it like this: the holiday season may have a phenomenally high suicide rate, but we can't hope to maintain that level of excellence if everyone doesn't do their part.
-->--[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11212006.shtml November 21, 2006]]

->''Davan, this has to stop, okay? You're always so negative and angry, and it worries me. You're not nearly the bad person you think you are, and things will get better. You've got to do [[TitleDrop something positive]] with your life.''
-->--'''Aubrey Chorde'''

''[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/ Something*Positive]]'' is a SliceOfLife webcomic by Randal Keith "R.K." Milholland based on the life and trials of Davan [=MacIntire=], a put-upon, misanthropic author stand-in, and his best friends Aubrey Chorde, Pee-Jee Shou, and Jason Pratchett, who originated as caricatures of [[LifeEmbellished Milholland's real-life friends]]. The supporting cast includes Davan's acerbic but loving family, African-American Wiccan Kim Anansie, Pee-Jee's long-time gay man-crush [[StraightGay Jhim Midgett]], "pint-sized bisexual" [[{{Keet}} T-Bob]], reformed [[FanDumb obsessive geek]] Mike Dowden, vain waste-of-space Kharisma Valetti, and Davan's hairless, amorphous cat Choo-Choo Bear. The cast is [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters enormous]], and various members [[OutOfFocus pop in and out]] over the years.

Most of the comic's humor is incredibly dark and cynical, with glee for [[DudeNotFunny potential offense]]; few demographics have avoided skewering by the author's [[StrawCharacter strawman constructs]] -- it is remarkably fair and balanced in that approach. However, moments of sympathy sometimes rise to the surface, as the characters may be jerks (an admitted fact by Milholland himself), but they ''do'' love each other deeply, and go out of their way to help one another. Common elements include the stupidity of the common man, geek culture, tabletop gaming, and Davan's seemingly endless parade of psychotic girlfriends.

Expect a lot of TakeThat. To fans of the comic (particularly stupid e-mails are almost ''always'' revealed to the fans on the comic's web page, or even in actual comics), to fans of certain shows or genres, and ''especially'' to Milholland himself, as well as his comic. It's equal-opportunity cruelty at its finest and most vulgar.

The title was created when the real Aubrey told Milholland to do "something positive."

Connects to the Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}} in a number of ways: Choo Choo Bear's offspring with [[Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots Sprinkles]] have found their way into several strips, and Davan is also friends with GWS's Candy and ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands''' Kestrel. Milholland has also done some guest strips for ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' that may or may not be canon; Jeph Jacques isn't telling.

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!!''Something*Positive'' contains examples of:

* AbsoluteCleavage: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04262010.shtml Monette celebrates Boobquake!]]
* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: Ollie]]'s father apparently beat him when he was a boy. This is probably why [[spoiler: Ollie does everything in his power to honor and protect the reputation of his otherwise EvilUncle Avogadro, who put a stop to the abuse by raising Ollie himself]].
** [[spoiler: Avogadro is just as abusive, just in a different way. Avogadro never beat Ollie physically, but he abused the boy emotionally and sexually.]]
** On the emotionally abusive side is Jason's father. The man is described as using his psychology skills to get under his family's skin, and Jason's anecdotes about him are [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp03022007.shtml pretty disturbing.]]
** Monette's natural father. Even when trying to be nice, the best he manages to achieve is trying to send her a "I never thought you would achieve anything" card.
** Davan's father is shown to be loving, but has his moments; apparently when Davan was six, his father tried to "mathematically prove to him that the Vietnam War was his fault" and recalls with a friend how they both tied their boys to the car's bumper when they wouldn't settle down. "They were tough sons of guns too! It was four miles before they started screaming!"
** Rory's biological father refused to have anything to do with his son. When Rory sent a letter to him in an attempt to reach out, the jerk responded with a letter full of profanity. Rory keeps it as a reminder of who he never wants to become when he grows up.
* ActionSurvivor: Spoiled BrainlessBeauty Kharisma, of all people, is becoming one.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Davan tells a whiny little girl that he's going to buy the cake she wants her mother to buy, just to spite her. This earned him a glare from his dad... [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03012006.shtml then the girl ran and told her mother about it]].
* AdultFear: In the "Just Today" story arc, Davan's father Fred has to deal with being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He asks his wife Faye to take the day off from work to spend time with him so he can tell her. In the end, he can't bring himself to tell her and they just spend a peaceful day together. As they go to bed for the night, she thanks him for spending the day with her and they share a goodnight kiss (the caption for this strip is "Sometimes it's about life...". The next morning, [[spoiler:Fred realizes that Faye died in her sleep (the caption here: "Sometimes, it's about fear").]]
* AerosolFlamethrower: [[TooDumbToLive "OH GOD! MY BEAUTY!]] [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02232006.shtml MY HORRIBLY FLAMMABLE BEAUTY!"]]
* AgeCut: Davan digs out an old notebook where his friend Scotty would write up RPG stats for their toys. The last panel on [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01212007.shtml this comic]] shows a page from the book, and the first page from the next one is [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01222007.shtml the same page]], over twenty years earlier.
* AHellOfATime: Fire, demons poking the damned and a "[[http://somethingpositive.net/sp10082006.shtml ferret rave]]".
* [[AllGirlsLikePonies All Girls Like Ponycars]]: "Customers being stupid?" "That's like asking me if ponies are still being awesome. Duh!"
* AnswerCut: Jason has vague misgivings over adopting a child:
--> '''Jason:''' For some reason there's something that bothers me when I think of parenting. I just can't put a face on it. ''[opens the door]'' \\
'''Jason's father:''' Hello, son. Long time no see.
* AndZoidberg: Kharisma's surprising PetTheDog moment to Davan as she leaves Medicaid billing. "I wouldn't wish this job on the worst person in the world. Or you, either."
* ArbitrarySkepticism: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp09022010.shtml Choo-Choo discusses it in a Reader Q&A]].
* ArtEvolution: After ''nine years'', Randy started... shading.
* AscendedExtra:
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp12262006.shtml Fluffmodeus started here.]] Now he's a part of Kharisma's life. (TheRant below the comic reads "I am seriously tempted to put the little blue thing into the main comic unless ransom demands are met." Presumably, they were not.)
** Branwen was supposed to be a brief encounter before Davan drove her away, but someone close to Randy told him "You know, you could [[ThrowTheDogABone let Davan catch a break]] once in a while." She was with him for about a year, her influence lasted longer, and she's remembered as "the good one" among a string of crazy and faithless romantic mistakes. (Until Vanessa appeared.)
* AshesToCrashes: [=PeeJee=] accidentally spills [[spoiler: Faye]]'s ashes [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp03142007.shtml down her panties]].
* AssholeVictim: Some, but not all include...
** Mike had a series of humiliations and painful encounters, which he generally brought upon himself through thoughtless, stupid and hostile behavior.
** Pepito acted like a jerk to everyone after he [[spoiler: inherited Avogadro's fortune]], and when he returned to the spotlight at a convention he was [[spoiler: torn apart by rampaging catgirls because he was dressed as their favourite character. He was later seen in Hell, once again Avogadro's sex toy.]]
** Kyle repeatedly lied and cheated to one of the main cast, and when caught was beaten and hospitalised.
** [=PeeJee=] had a coworker who threatened to charge her with sexual harassment when [=PeeJee=] rebuffed her advances. She was [[spoiler: suddenly eaten by a trap-door alligator that struck from the air conditioning]].
** Kharisma was a RichBitch and BrainlessBeauty who ''really'' pushed this with her treatment of others, then scarred her face, tried to get Avogardo's fortune and was convicted of murder, went to prison and risked being killed, was broken out (and was still at risk of death) and lives a semi-criminal life putting her through a lot of CharacterDevelopment.
* AuthorAvatar: Davan was based on Randy five years before the comic started. His character moved away from being similar to Randy, but sometimes remains his mouthpiece. Rory is based on Randy's childhood (One of the tags on a Rory-centred comic reads "'This seems...familiar' - My father").
* AuthorGuestSpot
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Subverted with Mike's son. He wanted to call him Shazam JossWhedon Dowden, but instead his girlfriend, Tamara, names him Shazam WilWheaton Dowden.
* AwfulTruth: Rory has to have TheTalk, which leads him to a [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08052011.shtml horrible realization]] of why his mother thought Davan was his father.
* AWorldHalfFull
* BadassBoast: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04072006.shtml Jason makes a henchmen beg]] in a tabletop RPG.
* BeardOfSorrow: Davan, after [[spoiler: Faye dies.]]
* BenevolentBoss: Sanderson, mostly after hiring Davan to manage his theatre interests. He's a bit selfish and stubborn about his whims, but he genuinely likes Davan.
* BerserkButton: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05052005.shtml Never sass Mister Peppermint around Davan]]. Makes one think of a [[MisterRogersNeighborhood certain other child entertainer]]...
* BestialityIsDepraved: Monette's koala incident.
-->'''Davan''': Before I post your bail, tell me: Was it a ''female'' koala you had sex with?
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Even if he is probably just a hallucination, and a initially benevolent one at that, Fluffmodeus can be pretty scary.
--> '''Fluffmodeus''': YOU'RE GONNA DIE!
** The "benevolent" facade has been pretty much dropped as of [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06082010.shtml this strip]]
* BeYourself:
** In an awkward moment, [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp03192003.shtml Davan tries to apply this advice]]. Unfortunately, his self is too blunt and tactless for the situation.
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11032008.shtml The next time]] he suggests it, Jason shoots down the idea as the last thing they want.
* BiggusDickus: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06122004.shtml Jason, apparently.]]
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08312010.shtml And Choo-Choo Bear too]]. Apparently that [[FanDumb offended]] [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp09022010.shtml some people]].
* BiTheWay: T-Bob is usually described as "a pint-sized bisexual". Vanessa is dating Davan, but wavers between being embarrassed and vocal about being attracted to women. Kim showed no sign of it until she was shown to be attracted to Kestrel. Nancy has previously dated other women, which only came to light when she invited Kestrel for a weekend away. (It turned out she had different ulterior motives for that, though.) Branwen made a few comments here and there suggesting she found women attractive.
* BlackComedy: Just how dark the humour gets varies from story to story, but the comic has no qualms about "going there" and includes DeadBabyComedy, {{Undignified Death}}s, BlackComedyRape, general crushing of people's spirits and bright spots of hope and love.
** The first strip features an at-home abortion joke, setting the stage for things to come. Anyone who's read Something Positive has nothing to complain about: This strip is completely up front with how offensive it is from the word go.
** Especially, perhaps, but certainly not ''exclusively'', as can be seen in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03112010.shtml this 2010 strip]]:
--->'''Nancy''': Davan, wake up. I have a problem. \\
'''Davan''': You live on the fifth floor; you've got a long stairwell that'll fix it for you.
** Then there's his Halloween tradition of ''The Last Of The Trick-or-Treaters'' comics, which feature various supernatural monsters murdering trick-or-treating kids.
* BlackComedyRape:
** Kim has a fetish for unconscious men. Which the others didn't know when they asked her to look after Davan while he was whacked out on medication, and [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01282003.shtml she takes advantage of him]]
** Mike and the Redneck Trees. Initially, nothing actually happens to Mike. DeepImmersionGaming is a visual device, not something that actually affects the characters. It's not shown how graphically it was described to him, although based on his reaction, probably "very".\\
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Then, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01162003.shtml thanks to Davan's good memory]], it was reenacted. And he was actually almost publicly sodomized by a man in a tree costume. But since he was an unsympathetic {{Jerkass}}, it was played for laughs, though [=PeeJee=] diagrees, and then it happened ''[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02282003.shtml again]]''.
** The rejection letter Davan sends to the writer of a bad play claims that "A better title for your play would be 'Rape-Rape: A Tale of Rapening'. Also, your next play should have a little less rape in it."
* BodyHorror: Odds are that any scene that includes Choo-Choo Bear will also include some horrible, horrible cat-related BodyHorror.
* BouquetToss: [[spoiler: The whole catching part is pointedly [[DefiedTrope defied]] at [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01092014.shtml Davan and Vanessa's wedding]].]]
* BrainBleach:
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp12262001.shtml Low-rent strippers]]. "Take me home so I can claw my eyes out in privacy, please."
** "I'm not sure her psyche was prepared for the horror that is [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp12282001.shtml role-playing geeks]]"
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp09032002.shtml "Leave us in our secret shame and sin!"]]''.
** Jhim tries desperately in to invoke it: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01282002.shtml "Must fight visual! Must...fight...visual!"]]
** More experiences in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05062010.shtml strip clubs]], but it only gets bad [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05152010.shtml at this point]]. (The next comic's tag reads "Reaction to yesterday's reveal - Men: "Meh?", Women: "I will fucking kill you, Randy!")
** Kegel balls and ''{{Pokemon}}'', [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03292011.shtml "You're not allowed to talk any more. Like, ever."]].
** Lipstick, nipple rings and [[spoiler: {{Popeye}}]]. [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05092011.shtml Makes you scream "Milholland!"]]
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05152012.shtml "What should we do first?]] Strip club? M.M.A.? The zoo? Stripper M.M.A. cage matches at the zoo?"
* BrickJoke: While most of the annual "Old Familiar Faces" strips have this in some manner (e.g. a teen that constantly used the word "gay" becoming a Gay-For-Pay pornstar), [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01172014.shtml this one]] takes a joke that hadn't been used since the ''first strip'' and runs with it.
-->'''Gia's Daughter''' He bought every box, mom. How did you know?
-->'''Gia''': [[BlackComedy Guilt]] has deep pockets.
* BSideComics: ''S* P 1937'', ''Life with Rippy'' and to a lesser extent, ''Webcomic/SuperStupor''.
* ButchLesbian: Lisa developed into one after moving away with Monette.
* CallBack: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08292004.shtml This strip]] featuring the Easter Bunny... who is the same as the one [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01122004.shtml from a conversation on]] "cuddling yourself".
** The network running Monette's sitcom revises Monette's "Koala incident". Officially, [[BlatantLies It never happened]] - [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10152007.shtml she slept with an aspiring screenwriter]]. It's [[WritersSuck not much better.]]
* TheCameo:
** RPG creator [[http://www.sjgames.com/ Steve Jackson]], playing ''TabletopGame/BunniesAndBurrows'' at a convention with Aubrey and [=PeeJee=].
** ''Webcomic/TheDevilsPanties'' AuthorAvatar and main character Jennie Breeden chats with Davan by IRC.
** Creator/WilWheaton appears at the convention and flees the catgirl rampage with Davan and Jason.
* CanonImmigrant: Kestrel came from ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands'', and Helen from ''PennyAndAggie'' .
* CashCowFranchise: Action figures? Pedestrian. Try ''{{GURPS}}'' [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04202005.shtml SODA]].
* CatapultNightmare: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06012010.shtml The dream about Rose.]]
** And more recently [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01112013.shtml the dream about his family]].
* CatGirl: The tween {{cosplay}}ers who infest some conventions and are the audience for Jason and Davan's webcomic. From the cast page:
--> Catgirls are a prime example of what happens when [[AttentionWhore a severe need for attention]] mingles with the worst part of {{anime}} {{fandom}} and "tween" culture. Telltale signs your child is now a catgirl: cheap plush cat ears on head, possibly a tail pinned to their pants/skirt, communicates in broken Japanese and squeals, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick might have killed four classmates]] for saying her ''{{Twilight}}'' {{fanfic}} where Edward turns into a glittering undead catboy needed some work.
* CerebusSyndrome: Davan's best friend Scotty kills himself at the tail end of the first year of the strip, setting off sadness, depression and nostalgic looks to the past being a major point of the comic thereafter. (Which makes this a rare case of Cerebus Syndrome in which the work ... doesn't actually become any [[DarkerAndEdgier darker]].)
* CigaretteOfAnxiety: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02162011.shtml Aubrey at the end of "Dungeons & Dumbasses"]], due to Mike, the [[JerkassWoobie aforementioned dumbass]].
* CharacterDevelopment: Mike's growth really stands out. Introduced as a misogynistic whiny JerkAss, he later acknowledges most of his flaws and works to become a better person, and goes on to be the first member of the cast to get into a committed relationship and become a father. When things got rough, his worst traits re-emerged, and he and Tamara even broke up for a while. However, he did manage to get his act together, and even decided to become a "real-life superhero" as the Pythagorean. No one expected much to come of it, but apparently he's become quite popular with the local community, and even got a MomentOfAwesome out of it.
** Kharisma. She shredded most of her RichBitch[=/=]AlphaBitch attitude while in jail, and got one of the most exciting subplots in the comic.
* ChewToy: Mike and Kharisma.
* ChewbaccaDefense: Aubrey reveals her philosophy of life at the end of [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp10302003.shtml this crossover strip]].
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Happens to a fair amount of supporting characters, what with the huge cast. Some were dropped deliberately by the writer (Jennifer and Darrick, from early in the strip, when neither character panned out), while others just kind of faded away. This is dealt with fairly realistically, as people tend to just fall out of the others' lives.
** Milholland has written that the character of Jennifer is based on a real life person he knew. She agreed to appear as a character but she was unhappy with the way she was depicted and argued with Milholland over it. Milholland dropped Jennifer from the strip and also ended up losing contact with "Jennifer" in real life.
* ClassReunion: "Class of Eighty-Bore". Doubles as Nancy's introduction.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Eva.
* CloudCuckooLander: A decidedly '''Not''' funny version. Davan's father Fred was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2005, and in 2007 he started to show the symptoms. In late 2014, Fred's bouts of confusion start to become more serious, which scares both him and his family.
--> "[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp12252014.shtml Son... I got lost.]]"
* CoitusUninterruptus: A [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04052003.shtml rare solo example]]
* ComedicSociopathy: Mostly ''[[SadistShow made of it]]'' -- try to find one recurring character ''without'' a JerkAss streak or something.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: "Do you even know what gay bashing is?" "[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08252011.shtml How can I? You bastards never invite me.]]"
* CompositeCharacter: A few members of the cast are based off of more than one person Milholland has met, merged into one being. Lisa and Monette in particular, as well as Mike and Eva (both of whom were based off of one good person, and one bad one -- with the characters branching into one or the other).
* ConeOfShame: Worn by the catgirl in the "[[http://somethingpositive.net/sp01192004.shtml Spay your catgirl]]" poster.
* ContinuityNod: "I lava you".
--> '''[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp09202006.shtml Kim:]]''' You're doing something different this time. What is it? \\
'''Davan:''' [[BlackComedyRape Consenting]].
* CountryMatters: Despite the ClusterFBomb he's rather notorious for, Randy is ''very'' antsy about this word, so far only using it twice, once when Mike (an utter {{Jerkass}}) is very annoyed with [=PeeJee=], and even he stammers a bit, and once indirectly when Davan's GirlOfTheWeek, trying to justify her cheating, asks if she's "being too blunt," and Davan replies she's "in the rhyming neighborhood." Apparently, a woman walked out of a panel discussion when he said it in RealLife.
* CorruptCop: [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp09252012.shtml Though his bribes are only half of the old one's.]]
* CovertPervert: ''[[TheCutie Vanessa]]'', the most innocent and easily embarrassed member of the cast. She really likes "[[BiTheWay curvy girls]]" and she's always up for visting strip clubs - "I wanna see tiiiitties!"
* CrapsackWorld
* CreepyChild: [=PamJee=] is every bit her parents' daughter [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03052014.shtml and then some]].
* CriminalMindGames: PlayedForLaughs. When asked how she and [=PeeJee=] never seem to get arrested for their frequent outbursts of ComedicSociopathy, Aubrey explains that the trick is to [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp10302003.shtml commit crimes so confusing that the cops feel stupid writing reports about them]].
* CurseCutShort:
** Given the GroinAttack he'd just suffered, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp12042002.shtml Jason's willpower is admirable]].
** [=PamJee=] [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp12102010.shtml bites Davan]]:
--> '''Davan: MOTHERFU--''' \\
'''Aubrey:''' Guess how many segments I'll break you into into if she learns even one swear word from you. \\
'''Davan:''' --untime puppy dreams and and cookies!
* TheCutie: Kestrel, by virtue of coming from [[Webcomic/QueenOfWands a less cynical webcomic]], and Vanessa is described of the cast page as "probably the cast's last true innocent".
* CuteKitten: Choo-Choo-Bear and friends. Sometimes bluntly deconstructed, which on one occasion has resulted in death threats against the author (see {{GIFT}} entry below).
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon. Used for gags quite often.
* DaddyDNATest: The introduction of Donna and Rory. In a subversion, Rory's not Davan's son, but Davan bonds with him anyway.
** And when asked if he could go back in time and be Rory's actual father, he says yes.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''MyLittlePony'' [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05282008.shtml made awesome]].
* DeepImmersionGaming: Whenever the comic depicts a gaming campaign in its imaginary setting, the Player Characters typically bear a resemblance to their players (usually the core gang).
* DeadFic: ''[[http://www.midnightmacabre.com/index.html Midnight Macabre]]'' and ''New Gold Dream''. At first, Randy said he would be updating them a few times a week but between life being busy and personal circumstances that left him less inclined to work on them, both went on "indefinite hiatus".
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of the main cast.
* DeathOfTheAuthor: [[invoked]] Referenced in the catgirls arc. This trope appears to be something of a sore spot with the author.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: ''S* P 1937'' and some [[{{Flashback}} flashbacks.]]
* DeliciousFruitPies: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06052003.shtml Featured in a roleplaying game]].
* DescriptionCut:
** [=PeeJee=] tries to talk Davan's family into playing an role-playing game, choosing a setting of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks to appeal to Fred:
--> '''Dahlia:''' Right. I don't know what lies my brother's spread about this family, but there's no way you're gonna rope us in playing one of those stupid games! Right, Dad? \\
''[Cut to Fred imagining himself as a superhero]'' \\
'''Dahlia:''' Dad?
**
--> '''Mike:''' And that's the great thing about [=PeeJee=]. She's got this soothing voice and calm demeanor that just makes you want to open up. \\
'''[=PeeJee=]:''' ...or a sock full of wood screws. So, yes, it is in fact ''quite'' plausible for me to beat a pregnant woman nearly to death and not be arrested.
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10232006.shtml Nancy with her boyfriend]]:
--> '''Nancy:''' [thinking] ...I can't imagine anything ruining this moment.
--> '''Lon:''' I'm going to slip into something more comfortable. You aren't allergic to cat hair, are you?
** Mike declares "I must be the only person who's haunted day and night by his own nagging stupidity." Next panel: Kharisma in her prison cell with her scarred face, being bothered by Fluffmodeus.
* TheDitz: Monette, especially at first.
-->'''[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06052010.shtml Kharisma]]:''' I don't know! I don't know anything! I swear! It's a life choice!
* [[DirtyOldMan Dirty Old Woman]]: "[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04292005.shtml Y'know Davan, some of us Grandmas are good at more than baking cookies]]."
* DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery: As a young boy, Fred was admitted to a hospital for an ear infection, where he was antagonized at every turn by a boy in a wheel-chair, who used his disability as an excuse to rage at the world, and every other child at the hospital hates him. Eventually, Fred and his friends team up to scare him and teach him a lesson... [[spoiler:whereupon it is revealed that the boy is in the hospital for a heart condition, and the shock of the scare ends up killing him.]]
* DoWrongRight: The punchline of many strips, in the form of "that way isn't nearly as efficient/malicious/profitable/entertaining as the way ''I'' would do it".
* DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat: Discovering [=PeeJee=] has a fear of puppets, Aubrey sneaks up behind her with a handpuppet and gets her hand broken with a hammer when [=PeeJee=] reacts instinctively.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale:
** Most of the cast engages in {{slapstick}} violence regardless of sex, but the women are generally more likely to threaten violence, and more likely to commit it.
** Aubrey and [=PeeJee=] are both rather hot-headed and prone to impulsive violence when people anger them (especially boyfriends), or upset their friends, or when it sounds like fun. Davan makes a good punching bag when no other is available, although this alluded to in the past (Aubrey has been beating on him since their childhood). An early strip involves the two of them inviting several unsuspecting guys out to a remote location on a date, and then jumping out of hiding and beating them with baseball bats. They intended to sell the videotape of doing so as a comedy ("When Rabid Asian Girls Attack"), and the strip treats it as just some of their "wacky hijinks". To some degree, they mostly grow out of it, or at least become more controlled about it.
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp09192003.shtml This strip]] wouldn't be half as funny if the genders were reversed. (Though in a large part, because the jokes wouldn't work.)
* DressedToPlunder: As seen on [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp09192007.shtml Talk Like a Pirate Day]].
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Or rather "[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01282003.shtml Gal, He's Like Drugged Unconscious]]" - Kim while left caring for a medicated Davan.
* DynamicEntry: [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp09052010.shtml Aubrey demonstrates the technique.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: And ''[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03202002.shtml acknowledges]]'' it.
* TheEeyore: Davan.
* EnfantTerrible: The {{catgirl}}s, especially in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11172008.shtml the grip of]] FanDisillusionment.
--> "The laws of catgirldom are swift and merciless. Dishonor and the uncute must not be suffered to live - for all our sakes." \\
"The {{kawaii}}...is life."
** Jason and Aubrey's adopted daughter, PamJee, is also this now and then.
* EveryoneHasStandards: After the infamous [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp10192006.shtml Hell House Arc]], Randy points out he actually had to ''censor'' most of what he researched about actual Hell Houses because they were too disgustingly horrible even for him.
* ExactWords: When [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06142011.shtml Davan's boss makes a request,]] [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06152011.shtml Davan makes it happen.]]
* FagHag: Pee-Jee and her crushes on gay men, or men that came out later.
* FanArt: There is a ''[[http://somethingpositivemovie.geekinthebox.org/ fan movie]]'' encompassing some of the earlier strips.
* FanDisservice: If you're a ''{{Superman}}'' fan, [[ErectionRejection don't read]] [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02012010.shtml this]].
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08062006.shtml Also]],[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08092006.shtml naked]] Avogadro.
* FanDumb: In-universe examples. Mike acts like this on a regular basis, while other...creatures encountered at conventions and gaming shops represent the unpleasant side of {{geek}}ery. There are also the {{catgirl}} {{cosplay}}ers, who embody the worst aspects of annoying pre-teen {{otaku}}.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Aubrey and [=PeeJee=] [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10152009.shtml get sexy]] to mess with Jason's head.
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02042004.shtml This filler art]] which depicts [=PeeJee=] as a bunny girl, Aubrey as a French maid ("...someone dies for this"), and Claire as {{Elvira}}.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Apparently, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp09012011.shtml Davan's and Vanessa's opinions of Hard Lemonade fall into this trope]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Jason and Davan's webcomic ''Neko-Neko Holy-Chan'' was teased for ''years'', with Jason frequently begging Davan to start up a webcomic with him. Monette also teased cast members about her "Big Secret" for months before revealing she was starring in a TV Show.
* FourthWallMailSlot: "Reader Q&A" comics hosted by Choo-Choo Bear in a smoking jacket, or sometimes by Randy himself.
* FramingTheGuiltyParty
* FreudianSlipperySlope: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05282009.shtml Poor Vanessa.]]
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes:
** [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp12052002.shtml When Jason plays Santa.]]
** And again, after Davan receives "The Talk"... [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04112005.shtml as a kindergartner]], due to his finding a copy of ''Our Bodies Our Selves''.
** Rory often says things like this.
* GargleBlaster: A whiskey flask that Davan doesn't realize has been mixed with [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp09082009.shtml Everclear, moonshine and absinthe]].
* GenreSavvy: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03022006.shtml Pee-Jee is.]] She knows that happy people proclaiming their joy [[SmiteMeOhMightySmiter are just asking for it.]]
* {{GIFT}}: A [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp09022011.shtml set of]] [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp09052011.shtml Kitty Kwizzes]], comics which humourously explained how cats control their human puppets...er...masters, [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp09062011.shtml apparently]] made some readers so angry that Randy received ''death threats'' over them.
* GilliganCut: Randy [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp12272011.shtml decides to get ahead]] with a buffer of premade comics:
--> '''Randy:''' I'm gonna start off year eleven right. I'm set to work and nothing's gonna distract me. \\
''Six goddamn minutes later...'' \\
'''Randy:''' ''[looking in the mirror]'' I thought I'd look scarier in clown make-up.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Jason has drawn Aubrey/[=PeeJee=] yuri.
** And just when you think [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10152009.shtml his dreams have come true...]]
** Also mentioned [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10122007.shtml here]]
** God Himself thinks so, too. In fact, He came up with the "being gay is a sin" thing as part of a BatmanGambit to get lesbians to have sex in order to spite Him, which He gets to watch and is even notified about when it happens due to them invoking His name.
* [[HeroesWantRedheads God Wants Redheads]]: Apparently, [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp04262010.shtml Jehovah likes]] when lesbian redheads have sex. Also relates to the above.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Aubrey and [=PeeJee=] [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05052003.shtml find a use]] for old theatre costumes.
* GratuitousJapanese: The catgirls pepper their speech with it trying to be as anime as they can.
* GratuitousSpanish: Pepito before [[spoiler: Davan discovered that he spoke perfect English]]. Not only his Spanish was gratuitous, it was grammatically disastrous; WordOfGod says that Milholland hated Pepito as a character, so he never bothered with good Spanish for Pepito even when his readers offered to do so for him. Predictably, Milholland [[spoiler: killed him as gruesomely as he could fathom.]]
* GreenEyes: Kestrel. Notably, she's the ''only'' character in the comic to have colored eyes, owing to her original source material in ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands''.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02132002.shtml Considered]] as a FetishFuel but [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02142002.shtml done]] accidentally.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03082002.shtml Let's play space marine!]] [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04102002.shtml Who's daddy's favourite weapon, huh? Is it Choo Choo? Is it Choo Choo? Yes it is! Such a good hand to hand weapon you are!]]
* GrotesqueCute:
** Fluffmodeus, a.k.a. the Little Blue Thing, who appears to Kharisma from her time in prison onward.
** Choo-Choo Bear as well, to some extent.
** The pre-pubescent {{catgirl}} fans of Jason and Davan's webcomic, even before they turn a FanConvention into a bloodthirsty rampage.
* HappilyMarried: Davan's parents. Later, Aubrey and Jason. [[spoiler: And Davan and Vanessa.]]
* HarsherInHindsight: An in-universe example. When Davan expresses mixed feelings about not being Rory's father, because the other guy wants nothing to do with him, Tamara (who had a deadbeat father) sarcastically mentions that her father was amazing as a role model for what not to be when you grow up. [[spoiler: A few years down the road, Peejee discovers that Rory is keeping a horrible, profanity-laden letter from his biological father to remind him who he doesn't want to be when he grows up.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: A number of characters have gone up (and down) the scale from annoying to sympathetic, Mike being perhaps the most notable.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp11302004.shtml Monette]] in particular.
* HollywoodJehovahsWitness: Davan [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04052003.shtml greets one on his doorstep naked]], and proceeds to try to continue his masturbation schedule while they talk.
* HollywoodNewEngland: Set in Boston with frequent sidetrips to Texas since two of the three main protagonists hail from there.
* IdealizedSex: Davan's life involves plenty of nasty aversion to cement the ChewToy / ButtMonkey aspect of his character. Most frequently mentioned is a girl biting down the first time he received oral sex.
* IncompatibleOrientation: [=Peejee=] to Jhim.
* InformedDeformity:
** Shazam Wil-Wheaton Dowden. [[TakeOurWordForIt Not seen 'on camera,']] for a long time, but everyone except his parents are aghast at the sight of him. Eventually, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01072013.shtml it turns out]] he isn't so bad.
** Also Davan, a fairly ordinary-looking guy who is initially considered unutterably hideous by a remarkable number of people.
* InsultBackfire: For example, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp12172002.shtml this one]].
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: Both Davan and [=PeeJee=] talk to Choo-Choo Bear as if they know what he's saying. Of course, all cat owners do this, but they do seem to talk as if he's giving them intelligible replies to what they say.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: Many. ''Something Positive'' seems to be a sort of hub-world for webcomics.
** The first was with ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands'', to the point where Kestrel entered S* P after ''Queen of Wands'' ended. A more in-depth explanation can be found [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/vlog01192010.shtml here.]]
** There was also a crossover with ''ScandalSheet''. And cameo appearances by Jay from ''WebComic/FLEMComics'', Jennie from ''Webcomic/TheDevilsPanties'' and ''ThePetProfessional''. One comic also mentioned that Aubrey used to own [[Webcomic/SluggyFreelance a mini-lop with a fondness for sharp objects]], but her mother gave it to a pet shop.
** Davan and Nancy also [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=511 had a cameo]] in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''.
** The Teddy Bear Liberation Front also showed up in some Milholland-written ''Webcomic/PunchAnPie'' guest strips.
** There was a crossover with ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'', as Davan attends the wedding of two minor characters from that strip. Choo-Choo Bear is the father of kittens with Sprinkles from ''GWS'', one of whom has been adopted by Leslie from ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}''.
** Don, the protagonist of ''[[http://www.derangedcomics.com/ Deranged]]'', is frequently seen as a player in Davan's RPG sessions.
** Helen, a supporting character from ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'', has appeared for a storyline in which she's interviewing for a job (meaning she might stay).
** [=PeeJee=] and Aubrey visit a shop named ''What's New'', with Creator/PhilFoglio visible behind the desk, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06012003.shtml here]].
** Choo-Choo Bear also [[http://www.twolumps.net/d/20040726.html met up with Eben and Snooch]] from ''Webcomic/TwoLumps'' back in the day.
** And two crossovers into the parallel universe of the ''Webcomic/{{Unshelved}}'' book club.
* IronicEcho:
** "[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06302006.shtml Bitchy comment, bitchy comment,]] [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp07022006.shtml dick joke.]]"
** "[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06292012.shtml I'd rather ram my hand]] into [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp07052012.shtml a swarm of wolf spiders!]]"
* IPromisedMyselfIWouldntCry: But it's hard not to cry "[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp07182010.shtml nerd tears]]" at your baby daughter's first time pwning {{noob}}s on ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Davan, with Branwen.
* {{Jerkass}}: The entire cast, in one form or another. In fact, you can usually tell when someone's supposed to be considered a positively-viewed member of the cast when they change from StrawLoser {{Jerkass}} to DeadpanSnarker {{Jerkass}}. WordOfGod confirms that most characters are deliberately jerks, and that Davan is "an asshole, and a lot of the misery he's gone through, he brought on himself)."
** Kestrel is one who mostly stays out of {{Jerkass}} territory, mostly because she was "adopted into" the comic.
** Mike started out as a pure JerkAss, quickly became the ButtMonkey of the comic, and has recently become one of the nicest characters in the comic, comparatively speaking at least. Something somewhat similar has happened to Kharisma, maybe.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Many cast members, but particularly Davan. He might be a {{Jerkass}}, but he is ''always'' there for his friends and family, even when it's hard.
* JumpingTheShark: An in-universe example. When Davan loses interest in [[ShowWithinAShow his online comic]], instead of just ending it he deliberately shark-jumps it to try and make everyone hate it. Considering that Davan is an AuthorAvatar for Randy Milholland, one has to wonder...
* KaleidoscopeHair: For a long time, [=PeeJee=] would change her hair colour a lot, until Randy got tired of drawing it.
* KavorkaMan: Jason. Davan also has aspects of this, on the occasions that he actually cares enough to try. For example, the first words he spoke to Branwen (whom he would later go on to date for over a year) were something along the lines of "Hey, want to go have sex?" to which she answered in the affirmative. Despite supposedly being hideous, Davan has slept with about five or six attractive women in nine years, two of them very regularly -- not a bad run.
* KarmaHoudini: Pretty much every major, and some of the minor, characters in the strip. They have all done and said some really nasty things and suffered few consequences for them. About the only one really suffering for her actions is Kharisma, except [[spoiler: she's in jail for a murder she ''didn't'' commit, but was trying to commit... and with the intended victim's blessing, at that]].
* {{Keet}}: T-Bob.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Faye]]
** Anyone seen in Hell - [[spoiler: Pepito, Avargoro, Silas (though he reincarnated as a child)]], except for [[spoiler: "Santa Claus"]], seen in Hell but alive (if not "well") later
* LamarckWasRight: Half of Choo-Choo's kitties are gooey and boneless like him, despite his condition being a result of chemotherapy. There's a later retcon on this, suggesting "pudding cats" are a recognised, but very rare, breed.
* LampshadeHanging:
** Davan's SpeechBubble is [[TheUnreveal covered up]] for a second time when he tells [=PeeJee=] who he called at the con (see PaintingTheMedium below), this time by Choo-Choo Bear bursting out of his ice cream. [=PeeJee=] reasonably says that this makes no sense:
-->'''Davan''': [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03112009.shtml He's a 30+ year old pudding cat who can travel through drains]] but '''this''' is where [[ArbitrarySkepticism your ability to believe]] is gonna be taxed?\\
'''[=PeeJee=]''': Even so, there's a point where reality dictates--
-->'''Davan''': How'd that woman in your job die again? [[note]][[spoiler: A [[RunningGag Canadian Trapdoor Alligator]] burst out of the air-conditioning vent and ate her.[[/note]]\\
'''[=PeeJee=]''': This ice cream could use sprinkles.
** After years of teasing, we finally get to see the horrors of Shazam Wil-Wheaton Dowden's face. As Silas points out, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01072013.shtml it's not that horrible.]]
** The cast list say that Kestrel "never seems to remember to fill in her last name on forms". She's the only one non-nicknamed character without a full name, because she was inherited from another author who didn't give a surname.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Kharisma, who builds up a ''lot'' of bad feeling and worse behaviour, before being it all comes back on her..
* LastHetRomance:
** Some time after breaking up with him, [=PeeJee=] discovers that Kyle has turned gay. Her friends don't fail to connect this to her habit of crushing on gay men.
** Monette seeks advice on becoming a lesbian:
--> '''[=PeeJee=]:''' You could always have sex with Davan. \\
'''Aubrey:''' Plenty of his lovers switched teams afterwards. \\
'''Davan:''' Hey! Fuck you! That's only happened twice!
* LawOfInversePaternity: Played with; Davan didn't ''want'' to be Rory's father, but was at least willing to step up if he was, unlike the other candidate. Davan wound up becoming his ParentalSubstitute even after finding out he wasn't the dad, and admits that in retrospect he wishes he had been the father after all.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
-->'''Aubrey:''' "Woogie, where's all your stuff? It's like we're in a comic strip but the cartoonist is too goddamn lazy to draw our background like he normally does."
** Panels 2 and 3 of [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp02112004.shtml this strip]], where a drunk guy complains about webcomic authors, reserving his greatest vitriol for [[TakeThatMe "that Milholland hack"]] and [[LampshadeHanging the predictable nature of his current storyline]]. (It doesn't quite turn out that way.)
** Pee-Jee once asked the question, "Why does everything that happens around here revolve around sex?" Davan mumbles, "Bad writing." But, like the first example, he was reading a book and muttering to himself to justify the fourth wall breakage.
** Multiple examples in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp09282011.shtml this strip]]. When Jason wonders where comic characters go after their strip ends, Aubrey suggests "the background of another [[TakeThatUs crappier]] comic", before they discuss Helen (inherited from ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' which had just concluded) and mention Kestrel (inherited from ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands'' when it ended). Regarding Helen, Kim tells Aubrey that "She's well-meaning, but whenever she's around, people get really pissed for some reason." Any time she appeared in ''S*P'', Milholland would get angry emails from ''P&A'' fans upset about how he wrote her (more than for every other crossover combined, apparently.) Aubrey says she doesn't want her business to be a "dumping ground for other people's damaged goods." This refers to the reason ''[=P&A=]'' writer T. Campbell gave Helen's character to Milholland: he felt her problems now ran too deep for his own comic's setting and characters to help her out of them.
* LifeEmbellished
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Davan and Aubrey.
* [[LimitedWardrobe Limited]]/UnlimitedWardrobe: Both [[AvertedTrope averted]], as all the characters have relatively consistent but still rather varied clothing.)
* LookBothWays: Kestrel and Silas.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Davan.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The main cast isn't overly large for a webcomic, but once you get to the former main supporting cast [Jhim, Kim, Monette] and the old familiar faces [Cab, Berenger, Claire, Anna, Lisa, Celie, the Teddy-Bear Liberation Front, etc.], things get a little crazy. Jesus-Mickey and Twitchy-Hug were killed, but we still frequently see characters show up with gaps of years between appearances.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: Gender inversion; Jason takes Aubrey's last name, Chorde, when they marry, at least in part as a slight against his father.
* ManChild: [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp05022012.shtml Randy declares himself a bearded twelve-year-old.]]
* MathematiciansAnswer: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10112005.shtml "First time to be rectally violated or first time to feel good about yourself?" "Yes."]]
** Also from [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02152009.shtml Mike]]: "Because I did that to your character or because I thought to put it in a game before you?" "Yes".
** And in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03032009.shtml this]] strip's comment: "If you're wondering whether the argument or the lolcat was stupid, the answer is: yes."
* MattressTagGag: Slipleg the Pirate (aka Choo-Choo Bear) gets an evil witch's attention by breaking into her house, smashing her things, setting her furnishings on fire... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and tearing the tag off a mattress]].
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Even Randy is unsure of whether or not the floating blue apparition Kharisma sees is real or a hallucination.
* MemeticBadass: [[invoked]] [[InUniverse Davan's]] (and, it seems, Randy's) view of Creator/AlanMoore (or perhaps that what he's really like in the comic's world). Even [[TheGrimReaper Death]] will [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02132008.shtml fear him]].
--> '''[[http://somethingpositive.net/sp07212009.shtml Davan]]:''' I just know Alan Moore will come after me if he finds out I liked a movie based off his work - shit! \\
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'''[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03062009.shtml Randy]]:''' And don't forget! Today is [=AlanMooremas=]! Go see ''The Film/{{Watchmen}}''. Then put your ticket stub under your pillow. If you've been a good boy or girl, Alan Moore will leave copies of ''[[TopTen Top 10]]'' under your pillow. If you've been bad, he'll pull a coin out of your ear - then fucking choke you with it. Actually, even if you've been good, he'll probably kill you because you went to see ''The Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie. Seriously, I'm scared of Alan Moore. -R.
* MetaGuy: Silas, an old cowpoke and omniscient narrator for some recap strips. However, he actually exists in the comic's world, where everyone just thinks he's a rambling lunatic.
* MercyKill: Choo-Choo Bear to a cat suffering the dress-up indignities foist upon it by its owner. [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05312003.shtml "Don't worry. Just one sharp twist of your neck, and all the suffering ends."]].
* MilhollandRelationshipMoment: The partial TropeNamer - see ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', Blog/{{Websnark}}.
* MiseryPoker: Davan trumps Kestrel from ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands'' at this during [[http://www.queenofwands.net/d/20040510.html a crossover]].
* MistakenForGay: Davan and [=PeeJee=], frequently, especially in the first few years. This does nothing to help with the Peejee/Vanessa shippers.
* MonsterClown: What Pamjee wants to grow up to become.
* MoodWhiplash: Heartwarming moments tarnished by thoughtlessness or {{brutal honesty}}, the funny antics that lead to a awful consequence, terrible misfortune capped with a punchline and the odd MilhollandRelationshipMoment. It happens fairly often.
* MoralityPet: Rory for Davan.
* MostCommonSuperpower: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06022003.shtml this strip]].
* MsFanservice: Claire's roles in the cast's theatre productions usually involve wearing very little or her outfit [[ClothingDamage being damaged]] and "spent most of her time as either the focus of pranks, stalking, or unbridled lechery." There is a reason for this:
--> ''''[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01042007.shtml Randy]]'' Josh, T-Bob, Claire, and another cast member named Duane volunteered to be in the strip as supporting cast - the idea was apparently too good. So, as I'd asked my friend Jhim just two days before, I inquired about limits - i.e. what can I not do to them in the strip. \\
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"Whatever you want," Claire said. \\
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Okay, here's a hint, ladies. If you're a sexy redhead, don't say this to a guy who draws a lot. \\
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"No, seriously," I said. "What are my limits?" \\
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"Do whatever you want," Claire replied. "I'm a whore for infamy." \\
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I'm betting she regrets that right about now.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: When the [[WellIntentionedExtremist Teddy Bear Liberation Front]] returns, Meggie shows unrequited love for her partner in crime, Gregory. He seems oblivious and falls for [[spoiler: Kharisma through writing to her and visiting her in jail. When they break her out while being transported, Gregory nurses her back to health. Then Meggie tries to remove her.]]
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: When Aubrey and Jason get together, the next panel cuts to [=PeeJee=] and Davan eating cake:
--> '''[=PeeJee=]:''' [[Franchise/StarWars I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced]]. \\
'''Davan:''' Fuck you! If you think you can bake a better chocolate cake, do it yourself and stop bitching!
* NerdsSpeakKlingon: Kim tries to cheer [[TheEeyore Davan]] up about being at the gaming con, saying that the attendees are his "people". Just then, two very stereotypical nerds walk by and [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp01122003.shtml one insults the other in Klingon]]. Davan is offended.
* NewFirstComics: Averted. If you think the first strip is funny, nothing in the rest of the comic will throw you.
* NewParentNomenclatureProblem: Rory decides to start calling Davan "Dad" in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05162013.shtml this strip]]. Davan isn't anything "official" in regard to Rory, but he's been a ParentalSubstitute for the kid's entire life.
* NiceGuy and NiceGuysFinishLast: Subverted heavily -- [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp02142004.shtml a major point]] of Milholland's (and [[AuthorAvatar Davan's]]) is that a lot of supposed "Nice Guys" are actually self-involved, self-pitying jerks like Mike, who are actually quite selfish, and only after most girls because of their looks (something they hypocritically accuse the girls of doing with the "jerks" they go out with). And that said "Nice Guys" often pretend to be girls' friends just to potentially seduce them later, while pining over them like stalkers, none of which is "nice" behavior at all.
* MyEyesAreUpHere: Kyle gets [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp06162003.shtml sidetracked]] while meeting [=PeeJee=] for a date. To his credit, he's got a fairly original response when she calls him on it.
* NightmareFetishist: Aubrey, as seen [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08032009.shtml here]].
-->'''Jason''':''Lemme back track to where you were s'posed to be freaked out.''
-->'''Aubrey''':''We'll need a big pot, but I'm sure we can get one on the way to the animal shelter.''
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Davan, so very much. Nearly every instance of him trying to behave altruistically comes back to bite him in the worst possible way.
* NoodleIncident:
** Whatever Mike did to get Tamara to leave him at that Nerdrotica Christmas Party, an unusual departure from ShowDontTell.
** And whatever happened to Davan's namesake [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11162007.shtml involved a "very confused vampire hunter" and a flaming wheat thresher]].
* NoodleImplements: Averted most times, as we get to see the resulting carnage from the characters' schemes. Played straight with the above NoodleIncident.
* TheNotLoveInterest: Davan and [=PeeJee=].
* NotQuiteDead: Kestrel, who is knocked down by a car and not seen again for months, before joining Nerdrotica.
* NotSoStoic: The death of Martin Nodell, creator of the GreenLantern upsets Davan [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp12132006.shtml more than he admits]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler: ''Ollie''.]] Spoilered because it came out of nowhere. Monette -- of all people -- even [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11262002.shtml plays it for laughs]].
* ObliviousToHisOwnDescription: Davan tells [=PeeJee=] he used to have a crush on a girl, but she didn't return the sentiment. They became really good friends and it ended up being for the best. [=PeeJee=] insults the girl for not realizing Davan's great, he replies that, no, she's one of his favorite people. He says goodbye and hangs up. [=PeeJee=] catches on and blushes.
* ObliviousToLove: Mike, [[SecretIdentity as the Pythagorean]], [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10072013.shtml gets a phone number and a teasing smile about "needing help" around the house]]. He suggests calling a handyman. [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10102013.shtml Tamara knows he's gotten]] around ''[[UpToEleven fifty]]'' of said numbers, not one of which he ever picked up on the connotation for. It gets even worse: Tamara herself gave Mike her own number four times before he got the hint she wanted to date him.
* OfficialCouple: Jason/Aubrey.
* OneOfTheBoys: Monette's girlfriend Lisa attended Jason's bachelor party at a strip club.
* OutOfFocus: With the aforementioned LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, this happens ''a lot''. The occasional minor character will only appear a total of five times in six years [Davan's Furry friend Andy], and often a year goes by between Jhim or Anna's appearances, and both were once ''major'' characters (Jhim especially, once a part of the core cast). Clair, a previously major cast member, disappeared for years, and then showed up ''engaged'' and about to move away. Kim and Kestrel, major co-workers of Aubrey's and former major cast-members, also fall out of focus for six months at a time.
** Most of this is done to reflect on RealLife: It's (sort of) based on Milholland's experiences. People ''do'' vanish from your life only to reappear out of nowhere.
* PaedoHunt: Mike tried to embarrass Aubrey by putting a video of a school play she was in on the internet, and ends being pursued by the police and an angry mob. The play was ''Literature/TheHobbit'', and Aubrey wore a nude, glittering bodystocking. Oh, and she was 15 at the time.
* PaintingTheMedium: Aubrey enters Davan's apartment and asks "Where's your furniture? It's like we're in a comic strip, but the artist is too goddamn lazy to draw in the background like he usually does." Of course, there's a perfectly good explanation: it's in storage.
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11252008.shtml In this strip]], fearing he's about to [[ItMakesSenseInContext killed by rampaging]] {{catgirl}}s, Davan phones one of his friends and admits he loves them, but will deny saying it if he lives, while in the foreground:
-->'''Creator/WilWheaton''': I was on ''Franchise/StarTrek''. I'm familiar with crazy fans. This is a fan revolt. The result of years of being jacked about by those they adored.
-->'''Jason''': [[LampshadeHanging Like when a webcomic intentionally dangles a plot but refuses to ever resolve it]]?
-->'''Davan''' [on phone]: You mean the world to me--
--> Wil [[[TheUnreveal covering Davan's]] [[SpeechBubbles Speech Bubble]]]: YES! Seriously, it doesn't get dickier than that shit!
* {{Parody}}:
** Occasional parodies of long-established cartoons like ''{{Garfield}}''.
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03062009.shtml This one]] is kind of a cross between ''Garfield'' and ''ConanTheBarbarian''. "By Crom's beard, I HATE MONDAYS!"
** Disney buying Marvel (at the time this was posted, they was just planning it) leads to one of ''SpiderMan''[='=]s big storylines recast with Disney characters: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08312009.shtml The Squeaktackular Spider-Mouse]] in ''[[ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied The Night Goof Stacy Died!]]''
** Google Chrome? Try Google [[ConanTheBarbarian Crom]] - [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp09032008.shtml "After installation, he broods from his throne, sitting in judgement on your every action."]]
* PassedInTheirSleep: [[spoiler:Faye]]
* PasteEater: Monette ate crayons until she was in her early twenties, and Davan made reference to turning the habit into a fetish by finding a girl willing to "make herself an off shade of green and tattoo 'Crayola' on her ass."
** Rory, according to [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp02062011.shtml this comic]].
* PercussiveMaintenance: Davan's father practices it regularly - Choo-Choo's [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04112014.shtml attempt to imitate this]] was not well-received.
* PetTheDog - Kharisma for one, prior to {{character development}} when she worked with Davan in Medicaid billing. Most of the time on screen she spent being entirely self-absorbed, unfeeling, but when she left she had a moment where she was actually, intentionally, nice to Davan telling him to quit the job for his own good.
--> '''[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06112005.shtml Kharisma]]:''' I wouldn't wish this job on the worst person in the world. Or you, either. Take care. I'll be keeping good thoughts for you.
** Interestingly, for a group of self-centered cynics, Davan and company seem surprisingly prone to charitable behavior (usually towards people who either haven't done them any actual wrong, or who are too outright pathetic to justify kicking around, but still).
* ThePigpen: Jeremiah Kinsley, [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp02062011.shtml apparently]].
* PlatonicLifePartners: Davan and Pee-Jee. Pee-Jee even refers to herself as Davan's "Platonic Life Mate."
* PrimaDonnaDirector: Avogadro. Such is his flamboyance that [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp07312006.shtml even being bedridden does nothing to his hamminess.]]
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: From an objective point of view, the protagonists are not just as bad as many of the people the comic considers antagonists... they're worse. The majority of behaviors that are often decried in the more serious moments... emotional abuse, dishonesty, disrespect, hurling insults, assault... are things that the main characters do for ''fun'' the rest of the time. Because being rude to people in your gaming group is terrible, but convincing random children that their parents don't love them is ''hilarious''.
* PsychoLesbian: [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp01262011.shtml One of Vanessa's exes shows shades.]]
* PuddleCoveringChivalry: Davan distracts himself from his job by drawing a picture of a [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp04132011.shtml mouse putting his cape across a puddle for an elephant]]. ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext
* PuppyDogEyes: "[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11162009.shtml So, what's the going rate on buying back promises from Kindergartners these days?]]"
** Choo-Choo Bear, despite being a cat, has PuppyDogEyes at all times.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Milholland has confirmed that at least one character has left the strip for a while for 're-tooling', as the real-life friend the character was based off of had 'betrayed' him, and he felt he couldn't write the character the same way. Spin-off strip "Midnight Macabre" was put on hold for the same reason - implying that Lisa was the character in question.
* ReallySeventeenYearsOld: Helen tries to get a job at Nerdrotica, though she's being underage. Nancy catches her out because of her crappy fake ID.
* RedShirt: Referenced [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06042003.shtml here]].
* RelationshipReboot: Halloween 2004.
-->"Hello, I'm Pee-Jee." \\
"Hi, I'm Mike. Sometimes I'm an asshole." \\
"That's fine by me. The interesting people always are."
* RelationshipUpgrade: Aubrey and Jason.
* RichBitch: Kharisma eventually lost the money but kept the uselessness. She got some CharacterDevelopment when she's in jail.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: As an actor/writer of a sitcom, Monette [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11132007.shtml joins the 2007 Writer's Strike]].
* RocksFallEveryoneDies: TropeNamer
* SadistShow: Virtually every single recurring character enjoys causing duress or pain to others- often physical. A few settle for mere humiliation.
* SandInMyEyes:
** Choo-Choo Bear [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04102005.shtml gets "a bit of forgotten childhood"]] stuck in his eye during a Q&A session.
** Davan proves to Jason [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08032005.shtml that a song can make him cry.]]
--> '''[=PeeJee=]''': [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Holy shit!]] Are you crying too? \\
'''Davan:''' [weeping] [[BlatantLies N-no!]] I've just got a little bit of backfired plan in my eyes.
* SceneryCensor: Kharisma, in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04272011.shtml this strip]].
* SelfDeprecation: A major source of humour, and something that keeps Davan from being a CanonSue at times. He's as critical of himself as anybody, probably even more so. When Davan stops being Milholland's avatar, he also stops being the ugliest thing in Boston.
** There are plenty of filler strips, comments below the comic and even comments within the comic where Randy mocks his appearance, his temper and his artistic, organisational and social skills.
** Occasional FourthWallMailSlot strips never miss an opportunity to have Choo-Choo Bear describe his creator as a lazy hack.
--> '''Off-stage Choo-Choo Bear:''' Wait a second. I was born because of a rush judgement and a lack of preparation and I exist only to take up space...Maybe I really ''am'' meant to embody Randy.
** [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp07082003.shtml Aubrey]]: "From what few cartoonists I've met, lazy seems to be a job requirement."
** The off-stage Choo-Choo Bear explains why the comic promotes [[FanConvention conventions]] so much:
--> "Webcartoonists are feral beasts, and cons act as temporary zoos for them. Without them, they roam the land seeking food and shelter. You could find Randy, [[Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots Danielle Corsetto]] and [[Webcomic/QuestionableContent Jeph Jacques]] going through your garbage. If you're lucky."
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03052009.shtml A comic]] that's a screenshot of the previous day's comic, because "We were worried a worried a week of [[ScheduleSlip almost regular updates]] was scaring you."
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03052007.shtml "Comic artists live awful lives of malnutrition in dark rooms."]]
** Before visiting a casino, Randy's sister Rhona explains to him "Mom will give you a small amount of money. Very small - since you're a cartoonist, we don't want you getting used to large bills."
** Filler art summing up a lecture on webcomics at MIT: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02062004.shtml "OH MY GOD! Randy Milholland's uglier than I ever dreamed!"]]
--> There were a lot of really, really...'''really''' cute women there. And they all seemed to have the same "He's not nearly as hot as Davan" expression on their faces when they met me.
* SettledForGay: Branwen's parents. Her father was gay and needed a wife and family to "keep up appearances" in his professional life. Her mom just didn't like sex, but wanted a family. This had some ramifications for Bran.
* ShipperOnDeck:
** [=PeeJee=] ships Davan/Vanessa.
** Helen ships Davan/Nancy. Vanessa was not amused.
** Jhim ships [=Davan/PeeJee=]. ''Davan'' was not amused.
* ShipTease: WordOfGod is that the sweet moments between Davan and [=PeeJee=] are just the author deciding to taunt fans who were hoping for a relationship between them. Lampshaded splendidly [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08062009.shtml here.]]
* ShooOutTheNewGuy: A mild example. Linzie, a tattooed goth-girl character, shows up as a female partner for Davan (they have sex periodically), and appears to be added to the cast in a semi-major manner. But then she suddenly gets an actual boyfriend and vanishes completely from the strip. Very rare, in that almost all the other characters at least have "Old Familiar Faces" comics about where they've been.
* ShoutOut:
** To WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02282002.shtml this strip,]] where Aubrey is dressed as Daria and [=PeeJee=] is wearing a red jacket like Jane's while they talk in a graveyard.
** To ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'':
*** [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp03302007.shtml In this strip]], Davan and his father wear some possibly familiar-looking shirts and discuss ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. The tagline on the comic reads: "This comic couldn't be a crappier rip-off of ''Penny Arcade'' if you dressed them in the same clothes!" "Oh, a challenge!"
*** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03292004.shtml In the background]] is a store named "Gabe's Toys and more" with the Fruit Fucker in the window.
** To Creator/PhilFoglio:
*** In [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06012003.shtml this comic]] Aubrey and [=PeeJee=] shop in a store named "What's New," run by Creator/PhilFoglio. All of the shirts in the last panel are references either to ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' or ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''.
*** The eyewear [=PeeJee=] is trying on [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp03262003.shtml here]] is labelled "Goggles by Phil & Kaja - Look like a Webcomic/GirlGenius".
** Reader question: what would the cast look if [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04092005.shtml they were furries?]] Probably like the cast of ''Webcomic/VGCats''. [[spoiler: And they would kill themselves.]]
** [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06112009.shtml Hilariously inappropriate]] shout-out to ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.
** The ''S*P'' cast [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp02032004.shtml depicted as]] the cast of NeilGaiman's ''ComicBook/TheSandman''.
** ''Webcomic/TheDevilsPanties'' (by Jennie Breeden): There's a "Breeden Sisters Comix" shop in the background of one panel.
** There was one to Series/PressYourLuck, of all things, where a girl that Davan slept with started talking about having a kid and Davan promptly says, "No BABY No BABY No BABY, STOP!", whacking her stomach at the end.
* SkywardScream: Coupled with a BigNo - given that [[spoiler: Jason had ''just'' turned down a threesome and accidentally woken their infant while doing so]], it's fully understandable.
* {{Squick}}: [[invoked]]
--> '''[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01282002.shtml Aubrey]]:''' "I could MENSTRUATE a better cup of coffee than that!" \\
'''Jhim:''' Must fight visual! Must...fight...visual!
** [=PeeJee=]'s [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03292003.shtml reaction]] to [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03302003.shtml learning]] about [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furries]].
** And [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp12282001.shtml her first encounter]] with socially and hygienically inept roleplaying geeks.
--> '''[=PeeJee=]:''' I wash and I wash but I can still feel their stares on my skin...
** Assorted characters reactions to a number of sex-tinged fandoms.
* StepfordSmiler: Ollie [[spoiler:appears to be justifiably miserable behind his cheerful front, but turns out to be unstable and hateful]].
* StraightGay: Jhim.
* StrawFan: The {{catgirl}}s.
* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: Arguably the most frequent criticism of the strip. Many a random passerby or lesser castmember has touted some weakly-held opinion that Milholland or the cast views as idiotic, and is then berated for it.
* StealthPun: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01172008.shtml This strip]] has Jason begging Aubrey to take part in the ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' {{MMORPG}}, to which she'll be doing something to Jason's rear-end. The pun? Aubrey's [[spoiler: a Butt Pirate]].
** More than that - she'd also be [[spoiler: [[IncrediblyLamePun plundering his booty]]]].
* SuicideIsShameful: Davan tries to insult his friend Scotty out of his overdose-induced coma. Scotty flatlined. At the open casket funeral, Davan is so furious that Scotty committed suicide instead of coming to his friends and family with his problems that he ''throttles'' Scotty's corpse.
* SustainedMisunderstanding: Teenage [=PeeJee=] has an argument with her father, and a bystander [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp02122003.shtml gets the wrong idea]]:
-->'''Some Guy:''' Man I hope you've got a hell of a way to apologize to your girlfriend, or she going to dump your ass.\\
'''Mr. Shou:''' She's my daughter, idiot! \\
'''Some Guy:''' Then maybe it's best you two break up, anyway.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Mike's kid's appearance and the terrible shows the cast get involved in, especially the one Aubrey made that was so bad that the State of Massachusetts gave her a restraining order to keep her away from TV and film production gear.
* TakeThat: Used ''a lot'', for very many groups and fandoms -- Catholics, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', old-school ''D&D'' dorks and the comic's own fans.
** Not to mention TV Tropes itself at least once (on ''Webcomic/SuperStupor'', rather than ''S* P''). "I was busy [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife quoting from TV Tropes instead of forming my own opinions]]", in response to being accused of BlackComedyRape by a Livejournal responder)
** And a rather [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp09142009.shtml long]]-[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp09182009.shtml running]] [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp09232009.shtml one]] against NancyGrace.
* TakeThatAudience: The mailbag spots and occasional author appearances are usually to say how stupid some of the comic's fans are, amid comments about the author being [[SelfDeprecation a talentless hack]].
** Assorted logic failures and other dumbness [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp04142007.shtml said to Randy at conventions]].
* TakeThatMe: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02112004.shtml Here.]]
* TheTalk: Sanderson gives it to Rory while staying over as a guest. HilarityEnsues [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08052011.shtml when Rory realizes]] why his mom thought at one point that Davan might be his dad. And it only gets better from there.
-->'''Rory''': Mr. Sanderson explained it all to me! You put your penis in her vulva and then she... ejaculated uterine linin' after you... you shed your X chromosomes. Then her placenta was born and you both thought it was a baby and you both thought that baby was me but it wasn't! Didn't you?!
-->'''Davan''': I don't know if I should punch you for telling him I had sex with his mom or for how bad a job you did explaining what that means.
* TalkingToTheDead
* TearJerker: In-universe example. Davan pulled out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na-xvlYMGck this video]] to make Jason cry when he said he didn't cry over songs, because that was stupid and over-emotional. [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08032005.shtml It worked]] maybe a bit too well.
* TellHimImNotSpeakingToHim: Happens in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04102002.shtml this]] strip.
* TemptingFate: Kharisma... [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp11172006.shtml Right here.]] And it ties in with a GenreSavvy moment, to boot.
* TheUnsmile: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10312006.shtml Dude...]]
* TheSomethingSong:
--> "Meth Song, Meth Song,
--> This is the song I sing when I'm about to get meth."
* ThermometerGag: Davan demands his doctor take his temperature orally during a checkup, to which the doctor [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp04022008.shtml responds]] "Fine, but you're the first person to ask me to stick a rectal thermometer in his mouth."
* TitleDrop: In [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03152002.shtml this]] early comic.
--> "Davan, this has to stop, okay? You're always so negative and angry, and it really worries me. You're not nearly the bad person you think you are, and things WILL get better. You've got to go do something positive with your life. I say this as a friend who cares about you."
* ToThePain: See Jason's BadassBoast.
* TooDumbToLive: Several, but special mention to Kharisma, who openly bragged about a murder bet she made with Avagadro...which bites her right square in the ass when she's convicted of his murder, even though he died of natural causes.
* TooMuchInformation (Also a kind of ShuttingUpNow): Vanessa's mouth sometimes runs away with her, and ends up in [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp05182012.shtml terrible places]].
--> '''[=PeeJee=]:''' Stop...talking. \\
'''Vanessa:''' '''I DON'T KNOW HOW.'''
* TransparentCloset: A couple of cases:
** Lisa was never fooling her family for a second, though she thought she was and was deathly embarrassed of her orientation.
** The minor character Chrirag is both very obviously gay and very determined that it doesn't get out. He's not operating off the usual reasons, though - he thinks his parents would be a bit ''too'' supportive, and isn't prepared to settle down with just the one guy yet.
* TrueCompanions: Davan, [=PeeJee=], Aubrey and Jason compose the core of the circle, with something like a dozen other characters forming the periphery. Lots and lots of snarking and bitching, but they've demonstrated a willingness -- nay, an eagerness -- to commit felonies on behalf of one another.
* UnfortunateNames: Mike's kid [[spoiler:Shazam Wil-Wheaton Dowden]] and the Santa actor [[spoiler:Shirley Koklik]]. To some extent, Davan himself, as nobody knows how to pronounce it (it's Dah-van, not Dave-N).
--> '''[[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02082003.shtml PeeJee]]:''' Why would you call me "Penny-Jenny" and then act shocked that I'm prone to violent outbursts?
* UnstoppableRage: Jason telling [[PowderKegCrowd the catgirl fans]] of their webcomic it isn't ''that'' important was [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11172008.shtml not a clever move]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: The whole cast.
* WallOfText: Sometimes quite dialogue-heavy, though it's part of the comic's charm, and the producer of some of the better strips. Let's just say that Milholland ''really'' likes his characters with {{backstory}} and assumes the readers are smart enough to handle a few big {{speech bubble}}s. [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp07232004.shtml Here is a example]], headed by the warning for those "frightened or intimidated by reading."
* WebcomicTime: Which bounces back and forth: events generally keep up with the dates on which they take place, albeit a few days before and after.
* WebcomicsLongRunners: Started in December 2001, Milholland planned to wrap up the comic if it was still running in 2011. Having changed his mind on that, ''S*P'' is over ten years old and shows no sign of ending.
* WelcomeToTheBigCity: Helen (from ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'') moves to the city and is helped by a kindly old lady, only to later discover said sweet old lady had relieved her of her wallet.
* WhamEpisode: "Just Today."
* WhamLine: [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05062013.shtml "Time Machine"]] ends with Farco [[spoiler:calling Kharisma by her actual name, not her assumed identity]].
* {{Whatevermancy}}: Aubrey, in [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp01092002.shtml the January 9, 2002 strip]], refers to using sex appeal to get into a club without paying a cover charge as "Vaginamancy".
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A few subplots have been dropped over the years, as different parts of character's lives get ignored (or just not focused on). Davan and Jason were initially supposed to be producing ''Titus Andronicus'' (even auditioning for it), but it got dropped when he moved to Texas. Later strips involve a play Davan re-wrote instead. Certain subplots ''seem'' to have been dropped, only to reappear later on (such as Monette's "Big Secret" -- which turned out to be her TV show, and Davan and Jason's work on ''Neko-Neko Holy-Chan''). New character Bian was introduced, but then went several months before actually ''meeting'' any of the recurring cast.
** The most epic (and possibly deliberate) use was Monette's baby -- she had a big pregnancy storyline, and then one strip showed her sad while somebody mentioned that she "lost her baby". It was done either really clumsily, or very {{Magnificent Bastard}}ly by Randy, to the point where fans re-scoured recent Archival updates to find out when the baby ''really'' died. Turns out, that was the first time it was mentioned.
* WorldOfSnark: Virtually everyone has some sort of sarcastic jab they can pull at someone else.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Most of the main characters, and some of the secondary cast, are based on Milholland's friends and family. Davan is based on [[AuthorAvatar Milholland himself]] as he was several years earlier, and Aubrey is based on Clarine Harp, now a fairly well-known [[VoiceActors anime voice actress]]. Milholland has [[WordOfGod explained]] that various other characters are based off of "[[CompositeCharacter combinations]]" of people he knew. Specifically, Eva was based off of two separate people (one nice girl, one a basket case), as was Mike (one got better from his misogynistic whiny geek phase, the other got worse).
** In-universe, Davan based the villain of a play he re-wrote off of his dad, justifying it as [[TheVillainMakesThePlot needing the villain to be the most interesting person in the play]].
* {{Yandere}}: The catgirls.
* YaoiFangirl: Aubrey encourages [=PeeJee=] to become one to get over her crush on Jhim. Also, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp09192003.shtml this]], and Branwen is confused but pleased when Jason angrily describes Davan as a "master cocksucker".
** Tamara, her fingers, and two [[Franchise/{{Batman}} well-known comic characters]]. [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06012011.shtml Here]].
* YourMakeupIsRunning: [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp09152003.shtml Weeping isn't a great look for Monette]].
* YouAreFat: Mike desperately tries to change the subject and just digs himself in deeper:
--> '''Mike:''' Uh, hey! You're looking great! Did you lose weight or something? \\
'''[=PeeJee=]:''' Oh, Michael, you loaded the "Are you saying I'm fat" gun and handed it to me. There are less painful ways to die, y'know.
* ZanyScheme: Aubrey. Her friends realise they can only ride the wave until she loses interest or it all falls apart - until one of them works.
** Later on, when said zany scheme is self-sustaining enough, she gets tired of it and goes back to her old notebooks to see if she can try again on some of her old ideas...only to discover that they all suck.
* ZombieApocalypse: But with ''catgirls''!

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