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->'''Nogg:''' This is the bridge of the ''I.A. Star Banger''. As you can see, you are now in outer-space.
->'''Dustin:''' A spaceship in space. You aliens are just full of surprises, aren't you?

''[[http://spacetrawler.com/ Spacetrawler]]'' is a science fiction webcomic by Christopher Baldwin, creator of ''Webcomic/{{Bruno}}'' and ''Little Dee''.

[[AlienAbduction Six humans from six continents get knocked out and abducted by a fish-like alien named Nogg]]. When they wake up aboard his ship, Nogg explains that he's [[PressGanged shanghaied them into Interplanet Amity]]--a galactic activist group aiming to [[SlaveLiberation end the exploitation of]] [[SlaveRace the Eebs]]. It won't be easy: the Eebs are the only species capable of understanding and building the technology on which the entire galaxy depends, so attempting to liberate them will quite literally tick off every single government in the Galactic Organizational Body.

In spite of the odds, five of the humans agree to fight the good fight for their own reasons... and the sixth sort of tags along anyway.

HilarityEnsues. [[BlackComedy As does some darker stuff.]]

You should start at [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/01/01/spacetrawler-4/ the beginning]].

The comic is now complete, and the artist has started a new comic called [[http://baldwinpage.com/ One Way]].

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!! Provides examples of:
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Dimitri is convinced that he can condition himself to be stun gun resistant... by repeatedly shooting himself with a stun gun. [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight It works.]]
* AlienNonInterferenceClause: The undoing of Nogg's Plan A. If the humans claim Earth's seat at the G.O.B., then Earth is no longer considered a "dark planet", and is open to exploitation by any planet in the G.O.B.
* AlwaysNeedWhatYouGaveUp: Yuri's therapist robot erases her memory of torture at Flineous's hand in order to bring her back to sanity. Not long afterwards, she runs into Flineous again, so the therapist is forced to restore Yuri's memories, causing her to revert to her scary, violent self.
* AntiAdvice: Dustin thoroughly establishes himself as a dumbass, so when he tries to warn Pierrot against trusting Curn, it convinces Pierrot to do exactly the opposite.
-->'''Pierrot:''' Dusty thinks it's a bad idea, it must be sensible.
* {{Anticlimax}}: [[spoiler:Kuu-Drahc is played up as a major antagonist and personal rival to Emily, culminating in the CombatByChampion scene described below. A random rockslide crushes Kuu-Drahc before the fight even begins. Even Emily is disappointed by this.]]
** Much later, one of the [[spoiler:unclamped Eebs]] is revealed to have survived. He's found and disposed of within five pages and without any fanfare.
* ActionGirl: Emily is one from the get-go, while Yuri and Martina evolve into the role.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:How Spacetrawlers are made.]]
* AnimalEaredHeadband: Yuri wears one, initially.
* AnimalWrongsGroup: Pierrot borders on a one-man version of this.
* ApocalypseHow: [[{{ApocalypseHow/Class6}} Planetary Extinction]]: The [[spoiler:unclamped Eebs]] melt the surface of planet Carpsellon to slag. They do the same to several other planets, off-screen.
* ArmCannon: [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/07/31/spacetrawler-157/ Emily has one of the arm-mounted wrist blaster types]].
** At one stage in her ongoing upgrade sequence, Yuri had a pair of the in-place-of-hands variant, [[CounterAttack fueled by her opponents' laser fire]].
* ArtificialLimbs: Yuri now has [[strike:six]] four of them. Martina later gets a prosthetic arm and eye to replace the ones the unclamped Eebs burned off, which unlike Yuri's are practically indistinguishable from the originals.
* AssholeVictim: Major spoiler! [[spoiler:The Eebs. Back when they had free will, they were violent and capricious; their own laziness and the other species' lack of challenge was the only thing keeping them from ruling the galaxy with a telekinetic crush-grip.]]
** Dustin. Victim, then asshole, then both simultaneously and continuously for the rest of the comic.
* AsteroidsMonster: A Ditherker will spawn multiple copies of itself just before dying.
* AsteroidThicket: [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/08/09/spacetrawler-160/ Brograhm's Teeth]], slightly justified in that it's a miniature Big Bang constantly spewing out debris that's often the size of a planet into a black hole.
* BadassLongcoat: Emily. She even wears it over her [[LatexSpacesuit spacesuit]]. Later, she upgrades it so that it can also be used as a ''hang glider''.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Yuri's upgrades include a built-in space suit, allowing her to survive the near-vacuum of space without any external help.
* BerserkButton: Don't hurt animals around Pierrot. Don't talk about hurting animals near Pierrot. And don't try to force Pierrot to eat meat.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Yuri seems sweet, but if you tick her off, she ''will'' mess you up. Just ask Flineous.
** Martina is morally conflicted about killing, even in self-defense--but she's not afraid to stun-gun her own captain to insure that NoOneGetsLeftBehind. [[spoiler:And, when backed into a corner, she is willing to kill if it's the only way to save more lives.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Pierrot does this, capping it with a [[spoiler:BigDamnKiss]]. And it is EPIC.
* BioAugmentation: In addition to having her [[ArtificialLimbs limbs replaced with bionics]], Yuri has a cat-like alien's ears and Eeb brain tissue grafted to her. The latter of which allows her to use [[PsychicPowers telekinesis]] and understand Eeb technology.
* BishonenLine: Yuri's cyborg upgrades cause her to look increasingly inhuman--then her most powerful, "AGodAmI" upgrade returns her to humanoid form, just with different skin color.
* BlackBox: Eeb-derived technology is this to non-Eebs, almost without exception. Even if another species could understand the tech, the Eebs are terrible at explaining it, and everyone else just relies on Eeb slave labor rather than bothering to learn how anything works. And in the specific case of spacetrawlers, the G.O.B. goes to great lengths to hide the truth of their construction and functioning, because this information is very politically volatile.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/07/27/spacetrawler-62/ Here]], Pierrot is spacewalking and the recoil from a handgun sends him flying. In the comments below, Baldwin admits that he [[RuleOfFunny sacrificed realism for humor on that count.]]
* BoldlyComing: Dimitri.
--->'''Dimitri:''' ''[regarding a bug-alien he slept with]'' Pheromones and ventral revealing outfits. Way hot.
* BrainBleach: Yuri seem to give Dimitri reason to ask for some [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/03/17/spacetrawler-24/ here]]. Or at least some... uncomfortable cleaning implements. It's worth noting that disgusted/horrified as he ''is'', he's still willing to try it out.
* BrainInAJar: Show up in the spacetrawler construction facility.
* BriarPatching: Played straight for a [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/03/spacetrawler-60/ few]] [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/03/spacetrawler-63/ pages]] when Yuri's being "tortured" by the bounty hunters, before being [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/03/spacetrawler-64/ here]].
* BrickJoke: Russian tea cookies. Also kind of Nogg's promise to Martina, but that isn't really funny...
** Gurf's aptitude for fleet commanding. Mentioned by Gurf's mom in [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/10/26/spacetrawler-88/ #88]]. Comes up again in [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/09/27/spacetrawler-172/ #172]], squeaking in at ''just'' under a year later. Not bad, eh?
* BrokenPedestal: Rickshaw Boans, founder of Interplanet Amity, is a huge inspiration to Krep. When Rickshaw returns from parts unknown, he's even more zealous than he used to be, while Krep has undergone CharacterDevelopment and is no longer so gung-ho about Rickshaw's "shoot first, ask questions later, and take no prisoners" approach.
* BurialInSpace: Martina.
* CatchAFallingStar: Emily and Growp fall out a several-story window together; they both steal passing hover-bikes on the way down.
* CatsAreMean: Flienous the Rhilzzan, then Yuri.
* {{Catgirl}}: Yuri starts off with costume ears, but eventually surgically implants real cat-alien ears.
* CentipedesDilemma: Krep is great at multi-wielding laser guns... [[http://spacetrawler.com/2012/01/03/spacetrawler-197/ as long as he doesn't think too hard about what each of his tentacles is doing]].
* ChekhovsGunman: The ManBehindTheMan hides in plain sight (both for the readers, and in-universe), well before his true importance to the plot is revealed. [[spoiler:He's that nameless guy standing behind Kuu-Drahc at G.O.B. meetings.]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Dimitri gives Dal many opportunities to sever her G.O.B. ties and prove her loyalty to him. Every single time, she uses the opportunity to try to kill Dimitri.
* ClipItsWings: Martina doesn't like killing, and suggests shooting the wings off enemy spacefighters as an alternative. Emily, the one manning the guns, thinks it's stupid.
-->'''Martina:''' That said, is there any way out of this ''without'' killing them?
-->'''Emily:''' Nopers.
-->'''Martina:''' Don't suppose you could just aim for their wings?
-->'''Emily:''' ''I'M NOT GOING TO FUCKING AIM AT THEIR WINGS!''
* CombatByChampion: When Emily realizes that her side is outgunned in the space dogfight with the G.O.B., she goads Kuu-Drahc into halting the battle so the two of them can fight one-on-one and hand-to-hand.
* CombatPragmatist: Emily, oh, Emily. Yuri has [[OneManArmy raw firepower]], Emily has raw cunning.
* CrapsackWorld: Ask any question about this verse. Imagine the most horrifying answer you can think of. Chances are, the real answer will be even worse.
* TheCuckooLanderWasRight: The crazy ConspiracyTheorist seen [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/06/28/spacetrawler-53/ here]]. Four of her theories on that page have already been proven true, and the rest aren't ''completely'' implausible either, given the nature of the strip.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Possibly more symbolic than literal, but Yuri's descent into PTSD is accompanied by her cyborg implants becoming less human and more monstrous.
** Inverted at the end: Martina tells Yuri that if they're going to stay friends, she needs to remove all her weapons. This process [[spoiler: along with getting brain-clamped]] brings Yuri more-or-less back to her senses.
* DidYouGetANewHaircut: Some people take longer than others to notice Yuri's aforementioned transformation.
* TheDitz: Dustin.
* DontThinkFeel: Martina's approach to space combat during the fight with the Bollycks.
* TheDragon: The AffablyEvil [[IntelligentGerbil lizardlike]] bodyguard Growp.
* DumbMuscle: Gurf.
-->'''Nogg:''' He's kind of like a mascot, but can lift things.
* DyingRace: The Harlzoids, who briefly appear in the backstory. Nogg and Choan try to save them; [[spoiler:Kuu-Drahc gives them an improperly-calibrated food synthesizer which poisons them all.]]
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: Gurf's mom is armed with one of these.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the story of Brograhm's Teeth's namesake a group of ruthless killers saw the destruction by acid bombs of an entire planet's population, they were so shaken they gave up their life of crime and took low-stress office jobs. The G.O.B. station in the stellar phenomenon known as Brograhm's teeth is staffed by convicted criminals, mostly mass murderers, [[spoiler: and the process of making Spacetrawlers has them breaking down in tears.]]
* EveryoneHasStandards: Brekt, the loony-sounding conspiracy theorist, is offered a place in Nogg's crew. She turns it down: "I may be nuts, but I'm not ''that'' crazy!"
* EvilLaugh:
** [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/01/30/spacetrawler-115/ Kuu-drahc.]]
** [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/10/23/spacetrawler-179/ Yuri.]]
* ExactEavesdropping: [[JustifiedTrope Deliberately employed]], so that "prisoners" can think they're "escaping" when they're actually being set free.
* ExtremeDoormat: The Eebs literally have no willpower. And the Qiyemps are {{Suicidal Pacifist}}s.
* FakeWeakness: Easy to pull off when one's torturer knows nothing of human physiology. "No! Dear God, don't make me eat chocolate! It burns!" [[spoiler: Until they decide to start cutting off limbs instead...]]
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Dimitri]] uses holograms to convince the G.O.B. that their assassin succeeded in killing him.
* FantasticRacism: In the ''Spacetrawler'' universe, grounds for legally declaring a species non-sentient include lack of willpower and bad fashion sense. (On paper, at least. Political expediency seems to be the real reason: non-sentient species are easier to exploit.)
* FasterThanLightTravel: Spaceships travel at [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/06/21/spacetrawler-148/ greased light speed]], whose technobabble may be some of the silliest ever written.
* AFateWorseThanDeath: What happens to the Eebs involved in spacetrawler construction.
* FinishingStomp: Twice an antagonist tries to crush Emily's head under their boot. Both times, someone rescues her before they can finish.
* ForegoneConclusion: In the [[FramingDevice framing story]], Nogg says that Martina has died.
* FramingDevice: The entire story is being related by Nogg to Mr. Zorilla after the fact.
* FriendsWithBenefits: Dimitri and Choan.
* GadgeteerGenius: The Eebs, good ''lord''.
* GeniusDitz: Gurf may act and sound like an idiot most of the time, but he has a [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/09/27/spacetrawler-172/ hidden talent for space combat]].
* GiftOfTheMagiPlot: "This is very similar to the story of 'The Bowthwit and the Carnunkle's Bum'." [[http://spacetrawler.com/2012/07/22/spacetrawler-244/ "If that's anything like 'The Gift of the Magi' on acid, I'd have to agree."]]
* GunsAkimbo: Emily does that a lot.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Averted with the majority of the alien women Dmitri sleeps with. [[spoiler: Except Red-9 since Eebs are related to humans.]]
* TheHedonist: Choan's a self-admitted one.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** When it becomes necessary to forcibly restrain Yuri, Martina uses a bomb that Yuri herself asked the Eebs to make.
** Major spoiler! [[spoiler:The Eebs invented the brain clamp technology, and they were the ones who started using it on themselves. By the time the rest of the galaxy decided to enslave them, only a half-dozen of them remained unclamped.]]
* HumanoidAliens: Rather few of them actually.
* HumansAreWarriors: Shaix makes that [[http://spacetrawler.com/2012/04/08/spacetrawler-218/ assumption]].
* HyperspaceArsenal / WalkingArmory: [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/07/31/spacetrawler-157/ Emily.]]
* ILied
--> '''Flineous''': Wait a second. How is that '''sporting''' ?
--> '''Yuri:''' It's not. I lied.
* ImStandingRightHere: King, [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/06/12/spacetrawler-145/ here]].
* IntelligentGerbil
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Shuar genuinely loves Dimitri; Dimitri doesn't care.
** Dimitri loves Dal, and she might reciprocate, [[spoiler:but she's more committed to the G.O.B.]]
** Dimitri and Haldeyis have a strong relationship until [[spoiler: his new job with the G.O.B. leaves him unable to spend time with her.]]
** Curn and Oohlooh.
** Martina and Luunock. Nogg does some hasty backpedaling when he realizes Mr. Zorilla doesn't want to hear [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction how far they went]].
** Pierrot is briefly courted by a Qiyemp female. He breaks up with her on Carpsellon and leaves her to comfort the dying [[spoiler: Kuu-Drahc]], shortly before [[spoiler: the destruction of the planet]].
* {{Irony}}: Of the Situational variety. Rickshaw Boans suspects that Krep is not sufficient committed to the cause, so he kicks Krep out of Interplanet Amity to prevent him from undermining the latest mission. This act finally convinces Krep that Rickshaw isn't such a great guy after all--and prompts him to go and deliberately undermine Rickshaw's mission.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: Dimitri points out that the coffee tastes like asteroids. After all, it was synthesized from space debris.
* JarPotty: The potty-bot's entire ''raison d'etre''.
* JustAMachine: The robots themselves [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/01/25/spacetrawler-114/ admit as much.]]
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Bollyck pirates are immune to lasers. Dimitri's primitive ''bullet-firing'' handgun, however, not so much.
* KlingonsLoveShakespeare: Dimitri licenses his recipe for Russian tea cookies. It becomes wildly popular on multiple planets, and Dimitri makes a fortune.
* LampshadeHanging: Mr. Zorilla calls out Nogg for the way his narrative jumps between plot threads willy-nilly, and for the gratuitous cliffhangers.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: It's a relatively trivial procedure to erase (or restore) memories. The [[spoiler:subterranean Mihrrgoots]] make liberal use of this to prevent the outside universe from learning of their existence. And the therapy-bot (who used to be a bar-bot) speeds up Yuri's counseling by erasing her traumatic memories.
* LatexSpacesuit
* LaughingMad: Yuri, with her psychotic persona.
* MadScientist: Eebs, when given vague instructions to build something, can have some odd ideas. I.e. when Dmitri told a group of them to construct a means of leaving the hotel without being seen adding legs to the hotel and floating it out on a river of lava have to be shot down before one of them suggests a tunneling machine, that makes beer.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Qwahntoo]] is the real brains behind the GOB, and [[spoiler:Kuu-Drahc, the apex speaker]] is just the public face. Amusingly, in his first appearance [[spoiler:Qwahntoo]] is ''literally'' standing behind [[spoiler:Kuu-Drahc]].
* ManipulativeBastard: Dimitri ''piles'' on ranks of this [[http://spacetrawler.com/2012/10/02/spacetrawler-264/ late in the story]] through a mix of TheCharmer and HighSchoolHustler, in his project to [[spoiler:seize control of the GOB]].
-->'''Dimitri:''' "What can I do in 20 minutes, right?"
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Dimitri is a basically the trope incarnate. "Xenophile" might be a polite word for him. It's not clear [[AnythingThatMoves how flexible his standards are when it comes to his own species]], but when he's finished trying to chat up all the other abducted human women, he assesses every alien species he meets for compatibility.
* MatterReplicator: Ships have on-board replicators, which can manufacture ''anything'' from gathered space debris.
* MilitaryMashupMachine: The [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/07/10/spacetrawler-152/ Purfin M-32]], coolest all-terrain boat-jet ever.
* MissedTheCall: Nogg never meant to take Dusty on the Eeb liberation mission. He was trying to recruit Dusty's twin brother, Bill.
* MomentKiller: Pierrot manages to do it to ''himself'', [[spoiler:by taking a break from smooching with Emily to apologize for the love triangle that he just ended]].
* MoodDissonance: The style is a colorful, classic "space-adventure" look, but the world and events are rather darker.
* MoodWhiplash: Frequently.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The Mihrrgoots.
* MutilationInterrogation: How Yuri [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/08/03/spacetrawler-64/ lost her limbs.]]
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Handwaved by the approxiscan devices, which scan the biology of encountered creatures to identify compatible foodstuffs, atmospheres, and (to Dimitri's great interest) [[InterspeciesRomance romantic partners]].
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: The humans mostly feel this way. Nogg thinks this attitude will get them all killed.
* NoteToSelf: Pierrot finds out some important information about the Eebs just before he's scheduled to receive some LaserGuidedAmnesia, so he writes himself a letter summarizing it. [[spoiler:Post-amnesia, he reads the letter and almost immediately dismisses it.]]
* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Cyborg prosthesis is treated as normal, though not apparently common. But when Choan asks Yuri about her bioaugmentation, Nogg's indignant response suggests that bioaugmentation isn't well-regarded by some folks.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Everyone knows the Mihrrgoots are violent, smelly brutes with a taste for other sentient beings. [[spoiler: That's just the surface population who are inbred descendants of a few drunks. The subterranean population is sophisticated and has more advanced technology than the Eebs.]]
* OhCrap: Panel eight, [[http://spacetrawler.com/2012/02/14/spacetrawler5/ here]]. Somewhat literal, in this case.
-->'''[[spoiler:Eeb]]:''' As an example of our power, we will rain down fire on the nearby planet of Carpsellon and melt every last thing on the surface to slag simply by using our minds. From the information we now have, this "rain of fire" will be analogous to one's morning poo after enjoying a really satisfying spicy meal.
-->'''Everyone on the planet's surface:''' O.O
** [[http://spacetrawler.com/2012/07/10/spacetrawler-240/ Shocking revelations]] on [[spoiler:shared heritage]] stun Dimitri:
-->'''Dimitri:''' "I mean... the implications... are..." *[[WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises blank stare]]*
* OmnicidalManiac: The [[spoiler:unclamped Eebs]].
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Growp's thoughts on Emily. [[WorthyOpponent It's his twisted way of saying that he loves her.]] Taken to its logical conclusion - [[spoiler: He takes a laser blast for her.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: What clues Martina in to the fact that [[spoiler: Red-9 is an unclamped Eeb-- she exercises free will, up to and including dishonesty and defying orders.]]
* PassThePopcorn: Potty-bot [[http://spacetrawler.com/2013/01/06/spacetrawler-290/ offers]] the Dith'''er'''kers popcorn while watching Emily and Pierrot "negotiate" with Qwahntoo.
* PatrioticFervor: Dustin.
-->'''Dustin:''' Long live the Australian federal constitutional monarchy under a parliamentary democracy!
* PlanetOfHats:
** The Eebs are a species of telekinetic gadgeteers with zero willpower. Major spoilers![[spoiler:The lack of willpower is eventually justified--it's a result of the artificial brain-clamping that Eebs receive at birth. However, the ''unclamped'' Eebs are capricious, and range from amoral to complete assholes.]]
** The Flimboulxians (i.e. Krep's species) artificially bred stupidity out of themselves. This had a side effect of making them all jerks.
** The Tornites all have terrible fashion sense.
** It's implied that the Bollycks are all violent and ill-tempered.
** Qiyemps are all pacifists, to the extent of being completely spineless.
* PlayfulHacker: Yuri.
* ThePornomancer: When introduced, Dimitri is entertaining two bikini-clad women in a rowboat. Over the course of the story, he first propositions all the human females, then proceeds to seduce every remotely compatible alien female he can find, regardless of looks or shape.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: How spacetrawlers work, and the real reason why details on their construction are so carefully guarded. It's so bad, that only the most vicious and horrific criminals in the galaxy are used as (brain-clamped) labor on the space station that creates the trawlers, and they each have a moment when they break down and cry like a baby when they see how it is done.
* PowerStrainBlackout: Eebs (and Yuri with her Eeb brain implants) will black out if they strain their telekinesis by moving objects that are too massive. Too much of this strain can outright kill them. [[spoiler: It's later revealed that this limitation is a result of brain-clamping -- we've yet to see an upper limit on how much matter an unclamped Eeb can move telekinetically.]]
* PressGanged: Nogg's recruitment drive.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Qwahntoo tries this line on Emily when he has [[spoiler:Pierrot]] as his hostage. [[spoiler:Emily knows that complying will get them all killed, so she just shoots Qwahntoo instead.]]
* PsychicPowers: Eebs have telekinesis (as does Yuri after having one's brain tissue implanted), though [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/09/26/spacetrawler-79/ they pass out and risk dying.]]
-->"Plus it's boring."
* {{Pyromaniac}}: The [[spoiler:unclamped Eebs]] prefer to use pyrokinesis to kill their enemies. And they have a lot of enemies.
* RaisedByWolves: Or coyotes, in Emily's case. As a result, coyotes are the only creature she feels any kinship towards, and she prefers a loner's life.
* RecursiveCreators: The [[spoiler:Mihrrgoots]] mastered nanotechnology by building robots, who built smaller robots, who built even smaller robots...
* RestrainingBolt: Brain clamps, capable of robbing the clampee's free will and reducing any psychic powers they may have.
* SarcasticDevotee: Krep has nothing but disdain for everyone around him, but he's 100% committed to the cause.
* SetTheWorldOnFire: The [[spoiler:unclamped Eebs]] do this first to Carpsellon and then to every other inhabited planet they come across.
* SerialProstheses: Yuri.
* ShootOutTheLock: [[InvokedTrope "Hmm. No luck. That always works in movies."]]
* ShootTheDog:
** When it becomes undeniable that [[spoiler:Dal]] is dangerous to Interplanet Amity and simply cannot be trusted, [[spoiler:Dimitri]] kills her.
** When the situation aboard the spacetrawler construction facility gets really bad, and all Martina's attempts to prevent further bloodshed fail, she realizes her best remaining option is to [[spoiler:blow up the station, killing everyone aboard]]. So she does it.
* SlaveLiberation: The main plot of the comic.
* SlaveRace: The Eebs.
* SlapSlapKiss: [[spoiler:Emily and Pierrot.]]
* SmugSuper: [[spoiler: The unclamped Eebs. Who saw ''that'' coming?!]]
* SpaceOpera: The whole nature of the story.
* StarCrossedLovers: Curn and Oohlooh are biologically incompatible species. Each of of them breathes gasses that are toxic to the other, and they can't touch each other without dying.
* StaticStunGun
* StupidSacrifice: Played for laughs when Gurf intercepts a laser blast to protect Emily. Emily then [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that it was a stun-ray, and that the now-unconscious Gurf is the heaviest member of their squad.
* SuperPersistentPredator: The Ditherkers that an assassin siccs on Emily are modified to chase their target, and only their target, until they bring it down or starve to death trying. They track by scent, cling to the hull of a spaceship moving at greased-light speed (and don't suffocate), and asexually reproduce when killed.
* TakeAThirdOption: Emily [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/07/05/spacetrawler-55/ in her fight]] against Growp.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Growp]] dies protecting Emily this way. Then Gurf gets knocked out, also protecting Emily this way.
* TellHimImNotSpeakingToHim: The comic has a variant where it's less about refusing to speak, and more about recruiting the third party to bolster their argument, and the third party is an ExtremeDoormat.
-->'''Nogg:''' Cardinal62. Tell them we're the good guys.\\
'''Cardinal62:''' ''(To Emily)'' We're the good guys.\\
'''Emily:''' Well, tell alien-fish that I know a dozen good seafood recipes he'd go lovely in.\\
'''Cardinal62:''' ''(To Nogg)'' She knows a dozen good seafood recipes you'd go lovely in.\\
'''Nogg:''' Well, you tell ''her'' that --
* ThereAreNoTherapists: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged.]] Nogg ''does'' have a Therapy-bot for his crew, but it's terrible at the job. Later, Martina recognizes that the crew needs a good therapist, so she replaces Therapy-bot with Bartender-bot, ordering the latter to study and utilize human methods of psychology. [[spoiler: He makes some decent progress at first, then the guy who mutilated Yuri shows up and they're back to square one.]]
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: [[spoiler: Qwahntoo realizing the purpose of Emily force-feeding him her own severed fingers... as he's surrounded by baying [[SuperPersistentPredator Ditherkers]]. GoryDiscretionShot ensues.]]
* [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Throwing Your Dagger Always Works]]: Well, except if it hits handle-first. [[Spoiler: Which keeps the target complaining about it hurting long enough to get over there and stab them.]]
* ToiletHumor: The potty-bot.
* TooDumbToLive: Dustin. [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/09/19/spacetrawler-77/ Trust in the authorities can be taken too far]].
* TooKinkyToTorture: In the process of trying to [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity immunize himself to stun gun shots]], Dimitri starts enjoying it... a bit much.
* {{Transhuman}}: Yuri.
* TranslatorMicrobes: A brain-implanted language chip.
* TrashTalk: [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/10/02/spacetrawler-173/ Emily]], but that should hardly come as a surprise given her YouFightLikeACow antics with Growp.
* {{Ultraterrestrials}}: [[spoiler:The Eebs]] diverged from humanity a couple hundred thousand years ago, [[spoiler:and used their telekinesis to leave earth when they got tired of dealing with non-telekinetics. The obvious physical differences are due to Eebongbong's [[HeavyWorlder higher gravity]] and something in the food.]]
* UnplannedCrossdressing: Choan accidentally shredded Dimitri's clothes, so [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/09/12/spacetrawler-75/ he has to make a daring escape in one of her nightgowns]].
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/01/04/spacetrawler-2/ Mr. Zorilla's reaction to Nogg]].
** [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/01/27/spacetrawler-11/ Yuri's reaction to Nogg]].
* VodkaDrunkenski: Dimitri.
* WeaponsGradeVocabulary: When some Eebs were asked to "tell us a joke", they built a computer to synthesize the funniest joke ever. The result is so hilarious that the punchline wiped out the asker's entire species. Fortunately for the rest of the universe, the punchline depends on a nuance of language that gets completely lost in translation, so no one else gets it.
* WhoShotJFK: According to the (possibly-correct) ramblings of a conspiracy theorist, "J.F.K." was an alien shape-shifter and a fugitive member of the secret society (the same one that controls the G.O.B.). He went into hiding by becoming a president on Earth, and the secret society sent an alien assassin to kill him.
* WorthyOpponent: Emily becomes one for Growp. [[spoiler:That's why he fell in love with her.]]
* YearInsideHourOutside: Dmitri goes to the alternate universe on the far side of the Draak-sim and comes back in an hour, with grey hair.
* YouFightLikeACow: Every fight between Emily and Growp involves much back-and-forth quipping.

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