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->'''Dr. [=McNinja=]:''' '' Could this [[KidSidekick boy's youthful innocence and exuberance]] be what I need to keep my [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark and troubled soul]] in check?''\\
'''[[TalkingToThemself Dr. McNinja's Inner Voice]]:''' ''(You're not a dark and troubled soul. You're a doctor who wants to be Franchise/{{Batman}}.'')

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''[[http://drmcninja.com/issues The Adventures of Dr. McNinja]]'' an action-comedy webcomic by Chris Hastings and Anthony "''{{Nedroid}}''" Clark[[note]]Kent Archer inked the comic from its beginning until he left in 2010; Carly Monardo colored the comic for about a chapter and a half[[/note]], and the love child of the RuleOfCool and the RuleOfFunny. It is the most awesomely epic / epically awesome webcomic ever.

The story unofficially [[note]]The author recommends starting with "Meet the Doctor" rather than this one due to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.[[/note]] begins with the eponymous {{omnidisciplinary|Scientist}} [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate doctor]], who is also a {{ninja}}, discovering that the [[WritingAroundTrademarks [=McBonald's=] restaurant chain]][[note]]Originally McDonalds, but Hastings later edited the pages to pre-emptively prevent getting sued.[[/note]] has created a burger bearing his name (marketed based on the burgers giving people "silent but deadly" farts). Naturally, he solves this copyright infringement by battling Donald [=McBonald=] himself.

The next arc, "Meet The Doctor And His Friendly Staff" introduces Dr. [=McNinja=]'s [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys gorilla]] receptionist, as the two of them race against time to save a patient with Paul Bunyan's Disease (an illness which turns children into giant lumberjacks).

"So What IS A [=McNinja=]?'' introduces the Doctor's family, who are very disappointed with him for not becoming a professional ninja. The [=McNinja=]s' origins are revealed, and of course there are {{pirate}}s.

The next morning, the Doctor finds a raptor in his office ("[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin There is a Raptor in My Office]]"). This turns out to be the tip of the iceberg, said iceberg being a conspiracy involving paleontologists-turned-banditos, organic jetpacks, MySpace and [[strike: FoxNews]][=NewsCorp=]. At least the Doctor gets a [[KidSidekick sidekick]] out of the deal: a [[TheGunslinger gunslinging]], mustachioed 12-year-old named Gordito.

"D.A.R.E. To Resist Ninja Drugs and Ninja Violence" begins with [=McNinja=] facing a hard choice: Will he help his father defeat 80's action movie star Frans Rayner and his army of drug-enhanced ninja {{mooks}}? Or will he help the clone of Benjamin Franklin create a medicine to cure death?

...And everything after that point simply must be seen to be believed.

What's interesting about the comic is Hastings' sheer commitment to [[WorldOfWeirdness the utter]] [[CityOfWeirdos weirdness]]. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p16 Every]] bizarre twist gets a completely straight reaction from the cast, and can have repercussions that stretch over multiple chapters. The overall effect is like a geodesic dome of absurdity, where every time the authors throw in a killer weatherman or cyborg bears or zombie Ben Franklin re-enacting the "Thriller" music video with situationally-appropriate lyrics, the plot becomes that much more believable. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p17/ In the words]] [[WordOfGod of Chris Hastings]], "[[RuleOfCool Dr. McNinja lives in a world that operates like a Mortal Kombat stage]]" (but Cumberland, Maryland ''is'' a real place), so if you're a stickler for scientific and historical plausibility and blow a gasket whenever you see [[ArtisticLicensePhysics Hollywood Physics]], ''please stay far away from this webcomic''.

And just to prove the series hasn't hit the peak of absurdly awesome yet, in Summer of 2010, Doctor [=McNinja=] took part in a {{crossover}} with ''Webcomic/AxeCop''. In addition, on November 7, 2011, the doctor [[http://www.teamfortress.com/post.php?id=6722 faced down with]] [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Saxton Hale]]. He lost, but the very ''idea'' of such a fight was awesome.

''If you are looking for the trope named for the webcomic, see {{McNinja}}.''
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!!Tropes:
* AboveGoodAndEvil: What Mitzi believes the ideal ninja should be.
* AcceptableTargets: Diabetics, {{in-universe}}, as far as the doctor is concerned. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/3p2 They're]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/3p5 always]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/3p24 whining]].
* AchillesHeel: or, more specifically, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/5p4 Achilles' Right Butt Cheek]] Frans Rayner has one; and he has the ability to relocate it. [[note]]It was in his left butt cheek when he battled Dan for the leadership of the Ninja school they both attended. In "D.A.R.E. To Resist Ninja Drugs And Ninja Violence Part 2" Dr [=McNinja=] discovers that Frans has moved it to his left eyebrow.[[/note]] What makes Dr [=McNinja=] particularly threatening to him is his ability to identify its location. [[spoiler: In the "Army Of One" story, it was revealed that Rayner relocated his vulnerable spot to his leg before it was amputated, so he doesn't have one anymore.]] [[spoiler: But his new laser eye tires him out with just one shot; what with no visible power supply, [[RealityEnsues it burns a lot of calories.]]]]
* ActionMom: Mitzi, a rare example who is ''entirely willing'' to sacrifice her children if necessary, although in the specific example in question it was to save him from a FateWorseThanDeath.
* AffablyEvil: Dracula.
** King Radical could count as well. Sure, the guy's a crime boss, but he's so cool most normal people don't even mind.
* TheAhnold: Frans Rayner, although his backstory actually hews closer to The Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme or The Creator/ChuckNorris. Geographically, he'd be more like the Creator/DolphLundgren. Doctor [=McNinja=] himself (minus the accent) in the "Army Of One" story arc.
* AllMythsAreTrue: And ''will'' show up in certain arcs if they get so much as a passing mention.
* AltText: Musings on the story, a pithy phrase, the punchline to the strip or even [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p44 little]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p46 stories]] are all stuck in here. It can generally be assumed that even if the strip itself does not contain a joke, the AltText will. Chris will also bitch about how hard pirate hats are to draw whenever there are pirates, because perspective is difficult with their odd shape. He hates trees too.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p73/ It's strongly implied]] that Doc is secretly a virgin. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/27p06/ Twice]] judging from the definition of "maidens".
* AndIMustScream: The Mummy curse. Your body slowly and gradually turns to dust. Doc says all your molecules are still alive and sentient, so the cursed one would live eternally, but without body speak of, and his/her consciousness spread all over the world.
** [[spoiler: Sparklelord's fate is to be eternally trapped in a StableTimeLoop, repeating the same events for all time.]]
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: "Doctor [=McNinja=]'s Final Thoughts" at the end of [[OnceAnEpisode every chapter]]. Spoofed all to hell, as you may have guessed.
* AnimalWrongsGroup: Gordito's father was assassinated by PETA. To be fair, his closing act was pretty brutal.
* {{Anticlimax}}: Discussed in the AltText fairly frequently. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p61 Here's an example.]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p83/ Here's another.]]
* AntagonistInMourning: After Dr. McNinja fakes his death, King Radical muses that he was one of the few radical things about Cumberland.
* AntiHero: Doctor [=McNinja's=] a hero, no doubt about it, but he's kinda vicious about his methods. [[spoiler: The unicorn motorcycle, Sparklelord, advanced those tendencies into outright ''villainy''.]]
* AntiVillain: King Radical. Sure he's the head of a nefarious crime ring and he's definitely hiding ''something'' but all of his actions benefit the community, and he seems to be in it primarily [[ForTheLulz for the fun of it]].
** Going into further detail, [[spoiler:The longer King Radical spends in this world, the less he remembers from the Radical Lands. This terrifies him, and he is attempting to preserve the ways of the Radical Lands and eventually fuse them with this universe. This would save the Radical Lands as a result, but at the same time would kill a lot of people in the process. Like, [[AMillionIsAStatistic Millions]]. However, on the other hand King Radical knows this, and surrounds himself with the worst of mankind and the biggest jerks humanly possible [[AssholeVictim so they die first]].]]
* ApocalypseHow: Class 4 or 5 in the fourth time line. PlayedForLaughs.
* {{Archnemesis}}: Amusingly, the "Birdosaurus" has become this for the Doc.
-->'''Doctor [=McNinja=]''': ''I hate you. I hate you so much. I will hunt you down forever. When you die, my laughter will be so'' '''bright''', ''it will be the last thing you will hear'', '''see, smell''' and '''feel'''.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Sean calling Gordito out [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p24 here]]
** [[spoiler:Sparklelord]] is described as a combination of "Genghis Khan, Adolf Hitler, atomic bombs and Seabiscuit."
* ArtEvolution: The comic has evolved from black and white to computer-shaded black and white to color. It has also gone through several colorists, and each change was noted in the AltText.
* ArtifactOfDoom:
** The much-mentioned motorcycle, which was actually a [[spoiler: crazed unicorn warlord with mind-control powers. Can't forget the mind-control powers.]]
** World-ending Mayan tennis machine, anyone? [[spoiler: Averted.]]
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Various dinosaurs appear on the scene. No attempt is made to make them faithful depictions of real dinosaur species. AltText reinforces MST3KMantra to the fullest.
* AscendedExtra:
** Bearclaw in the main webcomic, and Beeman in the back-up story for the third print volume.
** Archibald, King of the Hobos, originally a character conceived for a t-shirt, became an in-universe character and mayor of Cumberland.
* AssholeVictim: Something of a running gag thus far is invoking this trope in an increasingly forced or unlikely way, after the good doctor becomes responsible for their death somehow.
** Invoked by King Radical who [[spoiler: has surrounded himself with an army of jerks because he intends to kill them and replace them with citizens of the Radical Lands.]]
* AsTheGoodBookSays: "Physician, heal thyself!"
* AsYouKnow: "[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p29/ Oh. Thanks for catching us all up on that. We all knew it. But thanks.]]"
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p34/ A hilariously blatant example.]] Chuck claims to have known all of that on the next page.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Persons who contract Paul Bunyan's Disease turn into fifty-foot-tall lumberjacks. [[spoiler: The disease is weaponized in "Futures Trading".]]
* AuthorAvatar: Ron Wizard, Hasting's ''CityOfHeroes'' character, is King Radical's court magician.
* AwesomeButImpractical: [[spoiler: Frans Rayner]] has a bionic laser eye, which is incredibly lethal. Unfortunately it lacks an external power source, and so burns his own calorie reserves for fuel. Even ''one'' shot is enough to render him unable to fight.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Did you not read the title?
* AwesomenessIsAForce: In "A Cumberland Ninja in King Radical's Court", Doc discovers that King Radical is attempting to channel the power of, well, "radicalness", to open the portal to Radical Land. The more "rad stuff" King Rad does, the stronger the portal becomes. [[spoiler:This is in part being used as a means of seemingly killing the lamest people in Cumberland, the creeps serving under King Radical and using them as gates for the people of the Radical Land]].
* AwesomenessIsVolatile: Dr McNinja's world has to force anything brought over from [[spoiler: The Radical Lands]] into something slightly more mundane, lest it should break reality.
* AWizardDidIt: What the AltText to the July 1st, 2011 news entry/fill-in comic implies.
* AxCrazy
* BackFromTheDead: Ben Franklin, via cloning; the Doc himself, via invoking OnlyAFleshWound; [[spoiler:Frans Rayner]], thanks to NeverFoundTheBody.
* BackToBackBadasses: Invoked as the only way to counter [[spoiler: Frans Rayner's InverseNinjaLaw advantage]] during the Army of One arc.
--> '''[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p77 DOC AND THE DANE: TWIN FISTS OF FURY]]'''
* BadassBandolier: Ron sports two of these. Their only use seems to be to look awesome. That is sufficient.
* BadassBoast: Doctor [=McLuchador=] woke up a giant crab monster from hibernation, and needed to put it back to sleep with a "large concussive blast". Unfortunately, it destroyed the tank and helicopter he had prepared to do that. So what next?
-->'''[=McLuchador=]:''' I'm going to punch you ''very'' hard.
* BadassBookworm: How can a ninja doctor not be one? [[spoiler: His brother Sean is also one of these, though he's still hiding it from his parents.]]
* BadassBeard: Double Subverted by Frans Rayner, whose ''neck''beard caused everyone to laugh at him, but is capable of blocking attacks from ninjas.
* BadassCreed: Gordito borrows Roland's from ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', impressing Dan - but not Sean, who's also read the books (though he refuses to admit it).
* BadassLabcoat: As worn by the good Doctor.
* BadassMoustache: Both Dan [=McNinja=] and Gordito. Dan's 'stache is always [[RuleOfFunny visible through his ninja mask (it has a hole especially for the mustache)]]. This is important, because the BadassMoustache is, in fact, [[spoiler:the outward expression of tremendous badassery and commands instant respect. This is why Dan was made the leader of the group and Rayner was [[StartOfDarkness sent away humiliated]].]] Despite years of study and experimentation, Dan still doesn't have a concrete idea as to ''exactly why or how this works''.
** Also, while Dan just sort of gets his via the power of being a [=McNinja=], [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p12/ Gordito grows his through SHEER FORCE OF WILL]]. Fuck yeah. And he's still ''early into his puberty'', lest we forget.
** [[spoiler: The Ultimate Diplomat]] has one, which is impressive, considering [[spoiler: he's a ''dinosaur'']].
** Can't leave out [[spoiler: Ron Wizard]] who has a mustache large enough to put even Gordito to shame.
* BadassPacifist: The Ultimate Diplomat, who makes hardened warriors and ninjas throw down their weapons with a single sentence.
* BadDreams: In the "zombie ninjas" and "Doc Gets Rad" arcs.
* BadFuture: [[spoiler: The world's ruled by dinosaurs, humans get hunted for fun, and [[SoylentGreen food for humans]] [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial is definitely not made out of dead humans]]]]
** There have been multiple Bad Futures, all averted thanks to Chuck Goodrich travelling back in time. Other ones include a ZombieApocalypse caused by Ben Franklin's eternal life serum, and a RobotUprising of vacuum cleaners. However, every time Chuck prevents one of these, it just shunts us into a new timeline where a ''different'' BadFuture will occur, and a different Chuck will come back to stop it.
* BatmanColdOpen: ''Monster Mart'' begins with Doc and Gordito battling another giant lumberjack, this time with a giant blue ox. The book-only story ''Beyond Winter Wonderdome'' begins with Dr. McNinja battling [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext fish-man Elvis impersonators.]]
* BattleCouple and BadassFamily: Dan and Mitzi; the [=McNinja=] family as a whole. Probably includes Gordito, who's basically Dr. [=McNinja's=] adopted kid at this point. And maybe Judy and Yoshi, which means that this BadassFamily includes a ''[[strike:deinonychus]] velociraptor, a gorilla receptionist, and a Mexican kid with a mustache and guns.'' Meaning the ninjas are the ''normal'' part of the family.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Doc gets dragged into one during his fight with the third [=NASAghast=].
* BeardOfEvil: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p22 Victor]], along with being ObviouslyEvil.
* BecomingTheMask: Deliberately invoked in-world, from birth, for [=McNinjas=]. This gives them a means of escape if there is no other way out, since they can simply remove their ninja masks and slip into anonymity.
* BenevolentArchitecture: {{Lampshaded}} [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p23 here]].
* BerserkButton: It's generally not the best idea to [[PowerOfFriendship threaten the friends of an]] {{expy}} of TheHulk.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: When the [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p70 dolphins finally get you to land]], don't stick around to thank them. (Of course, that's because they're getting revenge for [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/9p34 this]].)
* BigBad: One each arc. The {{Big Bad}}s seen so far and the story arc they first appeared in: Donald [=McBonald=] ([[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/0p1 Issue One Half]]), Pirates ([[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/2p1 So what IS a McNinja?]]), the Jet Pack Man ([[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/3p1 There is a Raptor in My Office]]), Frans Rayner (D.A.R.E To Resist Ninja Drugs and Ninja Violence Parts [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p1 1]] and [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/5p1 2]]), Dracula and the Ghost Wizard ([[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/11p1 Punch Dracula]]), Robster ([[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p1 Monster Mart]]), Sparklelord ([[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p1 Doc Gets Rad]]), the President of the Human/Dinosaur Alliance ([[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p01 Futures Trading]]), King Radical again ([[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p01 A Cumberland Ninja in King Radical's Court]]).
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p64/ Archibald's Mummy pulls one]] in "All The King's Dirtbikes and All The King's Men".]]
* BigEntrance: Dr. [=McNinja=] makes a pretty good entrance [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/3p6/ here]], mainly as a ShoutOut to Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* BilingualBonus: On [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p26/ this page,]] the first three lines of runes can be translated to [[spoiler: "This sphinx will shoot [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] laser eyes if you".]] However, the rest of the sentence is covered up, and the last "word" that continues to the fourth line is nonsensical: "donat".
* BlandNameProduct: [[McDonalds McBonald's]] angers Doc by selling the McNinja burger [[spoiler: and are at it again when everyone believes the good Doctor to be dead]].
* BloodierAndGorier: The epic battle at the end of [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p1/ Army Of One]]. Due to there being many, many identical combatants, [[spoiler: all of them being Dr. [=McNinja=] clones,]] it isn't necessary to keep them all alive and in one piece for the story to continue.
* BloodyHilarious: Gordito [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p31/ fails his skill check]].
* BloodKnight: Dan [=McNinja=] would even kill the little boy giant lumberjack and turn his body into a roof. Doc increasingly shows hints of being as AxCrazy as him but occasionally feels bad about it.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Citizens of the Radical Empire aren't concerned with our concepts of "Good" and "Evil". They just care about how cool something is. Invading a forest and twisting the forest creatures to fit their ideals of what's cool? Neat! Attacking the military with a [[HauntedTechnology ghost powered]] HumongousMecha built from the city, [[InferredHolocaust killing huge numbers of people in the process]]? Totally awesome!
* BodyHorror:
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p37/ "[He] has a disease that turns his butt into a spider at night."]]
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p66/ The deadly curse of the mummy.]]
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy And His Raptor]]: Gordito and Yoshi. If the reference here isn't obvious enough, Gordito [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p4 actually does]] the [[http://silentkv.deviantart.com/art/Yoshi-falling-48605263 Mario and Yoshi double jump]] at one point.
* BrainDrain: King Radical and his Mafia prevent the brain drain from occuring in Cumberland, MD, by encouraging high school and college graduates to stay in the area. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p26 Very strongly]] encouraging.
* BreakingAndBloodsucking: "Why a Gorilla" begins with a vampire, in mist form, entering the bedroom of a sleeping blonde woman. It turns out it's Doc in a wig, who promptly stakes the vampire and kicks the him out the window.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: "Dr. [=McNinja=]'s Final Thoughts," in which he often delivers [[strike:AnAesop]] a SpoofAesop on the events of the previous chapter.
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p73 "I don't like adressing mature issues in my comic."]]
* BreatherEpisode: "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Judy Gets a Kitten]]." [[spoiler:Subverted. Then double subverted, so everything's okay.]]
* BrickJoke: The "Birdosaurus" that the Doctor off-handedly punched keeps coming back at the most inconvenient times. It's getting close to being a RunningGag.
** Acknowledged by the Doc himself, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p83/ here ]]
** The throwaway one-liner about Peg Faces comes back in the background of a frame a few issues later.
* BringMyBrownPants: Martin Monster threatening a mobster [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p30/ with "psychic powers"]] while activating some RedEyesTakeWarning results in this.
* BulletCatch: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p13/ Rocket-propelled grenade catch]], actually.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Doc. The man is a great doctor, but he'll wear a ninja mask the whole time he's treating you. As an aside, he has even "disguised" himself as another doctor with the mask still on. The administrators of the hospital in question have gotten tired of this routine.
** Archibal, King of Hobos, is actually suprisingly competent as mayor.
* CallBack:
** King Radical's [[spoiler: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p1/ former title as Sir Sicknasty of Spades]]]] is a reference to the [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p6/ SICKNASTY!]] UnSoundEffect.
** In one comic, a demon kills half of Gordito's classmates, their heads exploding as the result of a spell they were being used as {{Human Sacrifice}}s for. The AltText says "Don't worry, all their heads grow back in the next story. (Honest!)". Sure enough, In ''All the King's Dirtbikes and All the King's Men'', Gordito says that his classmates' heads have been growing back funny.
* CallingMeALogarithm: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p44/ Narcomancy]], which isn't really a word, no.
* CaptainErsatz:
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p19/ Parodied]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p20/ mercilessly]] with [[BeeBeeGun Bee]][[Franchise/{{Batman}} man]] in-universe.
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p28/ Dr. McLuchador]]. [[spoiler:Somewhat justified as he is actually [=McNinja=] in disguise, and the real [=McLuchador=] died a while ago. Somewhat less justified in that this meant there really was still a Doctor [=McLuchador=]]].
* CarFu: As well as [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p27 Bike Fu]].
* CasualDangerDialogue: "There is a raptor in my office."
* CatchAFallingStar: {{Lampshaded}} here: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p35 "Thank you for saving me, Superman."]]. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/8p48 Played straight here,]] though.
* TheCavalry: Several in "Futures Trading." First, [[spoiler: the Nasaghast]] returns, and saves [[spoiler: Chuck]] from certain death at the hands (er, claws) of a raptor. Then, a few pages later, who comes in to bust the Doctor and Sean out of a tight spot? [[spoiler: Yoshi]]! Then, at the climax, [[spoiler: Dracula and his ''moon laser''.]]
* ChainsawGood. Chainsaw nunchuck, even better.
* ChandlersLaw: Problem: you have a whole family of ninja performing a rescue, but pirates aren't much of a challenge, and you can't send the ninja in because they're already there. Solution: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p43 send in the UBER-ninja]].
* CharacteristicTrope: RuleOfCool / SerialEscalation
* CharmPoint: Moustaches are SeriousBusiness.
* CharlesAtlasSuperPower: The organic muscle jetpack. And to a lesser degree, almost everything the Doctor does, ever.
** Frans Rayner, whose perfect body control allows him to move around weak points in his body [[spoiler:and survive a fall onto rocks from lethal heights by rerouting vital organs out of the way]].
** Also, [[spoiler:BruceLee]], who ''jumped to the Moon.''
* ChekhovsGag: Too many to count, but [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p29 this]] deserves special mention. (Don't spoil it if you haven't already read up to there - it's the sort of joke that takes ''years'' to mature.)
** Eventually becomes something of a boomerang brick.
** There's also an arc-long example in ''There Is A Raptor In My Office''. ''"But I have '''diabeeeeeteeees.'''''"
** In the AltText [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p45 here]], Chris mentions that he was disappointed with King Radical's entrance, and decides to have skateboarding trumpeters announce his presence next time. They do.
** Dan [=McNinja=] boasts that he absorbed the poison from his wife's picked beets so that he'll later be able to shoot it from his eyes, "Like a toad." He does just that later on.
** King Radical saying he was going to use a special warhead to blow up an orphanage. [[spoiler: He was, just not with the kids inside because he was having a new one built on the old site. (The warhead is a special, non-atomic version which blows stuff up without the messy elements of radiation and half-life; instead, it gives beards to the people who behold the explosion).]]
** There's a double at the end of "Revenge of the Hundred Dead Ninja". One is an in-story reference [[spoiler: when he catches the baby launched by the anti-zombie system]], the other in the alt text calls back to "There Is A Raptor In My Office".
** In the alt text of [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p80 this page]] it alludes to making Doc's brother the protagonist once Doc is dead. Cut to "Futures Trading", where [[spoiler: [[LegacyCharacter Doc is thought to be dead...]]]]
** A character invented as an alternate explanation of something [=McNinja=] said in the alt text [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p44/ here]] and [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p46/ here]] becomes something real [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p41/ here]].
** We have [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/1p21/ Mikey, cured by Doc, but forever unable to grow a beard.]] 6 years worth of webcomics later, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p50/ we visit Mikey again in the dinosaur infested future, where we see Mikey get dumped once again.]]
** In the AltText of [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p50/ this page]], Hastings comments "I think I'll have [the birdosaurus] stalk Doc forever now." Sure enough, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p76/ four books later]]...
** Dark Smoke Puncher [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p19/ hides all sorts of rocket launchers]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p88/ in his truck.]] [[AltText Hee hee!]] On a related note, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p31/ if it did explode]], [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p90/ how awesome would it be?]]
* ChekhovsGun: Very frequent. If, early on in an arc, an ability is explained or an obstacle brought up that forces the protagonists to take a different route to solving their problems, you can bet the ability will be required and the obstacle will have to be dealt with in spite of all efforts to the contrary.
** Doc's ability to punch ghosts by humming the Film/{{Ghostbusters}} theme appeared several story arcs before again becoming vital in his fight with the Nasaghasts.
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/1p7/ Paul]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/1p8/ Bunyan's]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p56/ Disease]].
** Remember way back [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/11p16/ here]] when we found out that [[spoiler: Dracula has a moon laser]]? It just got important [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p94/ in "Futures Trading"]].
** Remember the cloaking device King Radical used to disguise himself as a cop? [[http://www.drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p20/ He put it to better use]].
** The [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p12/ Inocktec technology]] was probably due to [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p29/ time travelers]]. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p75/ Time travelers indeed]].
* ChekhovsGunman: Well, lookie [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p63 here]].
* TheChewToy: Doc just can't catch a break some days.
* TheChosenOne: Every future so far has some disaster that will doom humanity, and every time [[spoiler:Chuck Goodrich.]] is chosen to go back in time and stop it. Subverted, however, in that all he's accomplished is to create parallel realities where the disaster doesn't happen, not save his own. Up to and including [[spoiler: the Radical Land.]]
* ChristmasMiracle: Katanakka Miracle, anyway.
* ChuckNorrisFacts: Frans Rayner. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p17 Every Chuck Norris movie was one that Frans Rayner turned down first.]]
* ChurchMilitant: The Roman Catholic church is surprisingly BadAss, hiring the [=McNinja=] clan as mercenaries to stop a ghost wizard ''and'' providing holy relics for them to use as weapons, including a substantial chunk of the [[PublicDomainArtifact True Cross]], [[{{Squick}} nunchaku made from the bones of Mother Teresa]], the holy shurikens Doc uses against [[spoiler:the Nasaghasts]] -- and bullets blessed in the Pope's mouthwash for Gordito's gun.
* CityOfAdventure: Cumberland. Considering the town family doctor is a ninja superhero, this isn't too surprising.
* CityOfWeirdos:
** The residents of Cumberland, Maryland don't particularly care when the mayor installs a citywide anti-zombie system, and a rampaging Paul Bunyan is treated by the police as ordinary police work, not worthy of exceptional notice. Now dinosaurs, ''that'' is taking it too far. Which makes one wonder how they took it in the future when [[spoiler:intelligent space dinosaurs have occupied Earth]].
** When Doc [[spoiler:surfs out of the sky on a robotic laughing Dracula]], the main reaction is being offended because he gives the finger while doing so.
* ClassicalMovieVampire
* CleanCut: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p39 Subverted]] and lampshaded.
* ClingyMacGuffin: The evil horsie [[spoiler: ridden by Ben Franklin after he turns into a Headless Horseman]]
* CloneArmy: Frans Raynor had a shoddily-made army of Dr. McNinja clones produced in order to invoke ConservationOfNinjitsu on the original.
* CloneByConversion: [[spoiler: King Radical's]] plan turns out to be doing this on a massive scale (more specifically [[spoiler: converting people into the inhabitants of the Radical Lands, where he came from]]).
* CloningBlues: Mostly averted with Benjamin Franklin II, who is basically a continuation of the original Franklin in a new body. Also averted with Dr. [=McNinja's=] own clones from college; they seem to consider themselves one person with multiple bodies and are happy to merge with him once their tasks are complete.
** On the other hand, [[spoiler:Old [=McNinja=]'s]] clones show brief signs of individuality before they get slaughtered. But again, they were made with inferior cloning technology which is why they were both less clever than the doctor [[spoiler: and Old]] as well as MadeOfPlasticine
* ClueFromEd: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/9p12/ Parodied here.]] Lampshaded in the AltText.
* CodeName: The [=McNinja=] family. Dan and Mitzi have since gone back to their original names; Sean's is "Dark Smoke Puncher."
* ComesGreatInsanity: According to the doctor, one side effect of possessing [[spoiler: an organic jetpack]] is insanity due to lack of oxygen.
* ComputerEqualsMonitor: Spoofed [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p24 here]].
* ConflictingLoyalty: In one arc, [=McNinja=]'s dual urges to kill and heal become externalized in the form of his father needing him to battle the greatest threat to all ninja kind while simultaneously being asked by his mentor to help him complete an immortality serum.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: A law of nature in the arc [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p70 "An Army Of One"]]
** It was also referenced [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/8p18 years earlier]] in a throwaway gag involving ninja zombies, but nonetheless established as a real force in the [=McNinja=] universe.
* TheConstant: There will always be a Charles "Chuck" Goodrich, who will always discover a time-space portal, and will always use it to try and prevent an apocalypse. [[spoiler:Even in alternate universes, such as the Radical Lands.]]
* ContinuityCreep: Issues One Half, One, and Two are one-shot stories, and other than a throwaway line in Issue Two they certainly don't make any ''less'' sense if one doesn't read the previous issues. Issue Three makes brief mention of Issue Two, but then near the end of the storyline has a plot point that makes absolutely no sense without having read Issue One Half. With Issue Four, a more-or-less continuous storyline starts, and from that point on it's written with the assumption that the reader has read previous issues.
* ContinuityNod: At [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/2p30 one point]] in "So What Is A [=McNinja=]?" Doctor [=McNinja=] attacks a crew of pirates in the dark and [[GoryDiscretionShot (presumably)]] cuts off their faces. In "D.A.R.E To Resist Ninja Drugs and Ninja Violence" he encounters pirates with peg faces, noting they must have been among the ones he fought.
** And of course, we can't forget [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/5p50 this strip]]. Particularly, the alt text, which lists a specific other strip. Which one? Naturally, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p19 the one where he CALLED the exact method of death he'd deliver to the]] BigBad.
* CoolButStupid: The AltText for [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p67 this]] strip (in which Doc focuses his energy to fight ghosts by humming the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' theme) reads, "Very stupid ideas taken very seriously. Dr. [=McNinja=]."
* CoolPet: Yoshi the velociraptor.
* CoolShades: Many residents of the Radical Lands sport these, including the flying creatures and even the sun!
* CoolVsAwesome: Oh my yes. When your protagonist is as cool as Doc, your antagonists have to be pretty good to keep pace.
** This is also King Radical's strategy for making the world more Radical.
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p47/ Ron Wizard]] cranks it UpToEleven, he realizes that the biggest problem with King Radical's robot built from the city of Cumberland--not manufactured in Cumberland, actually ''made'' from the buildings in Cumberland--is that there's nothing cool for him to do with it, other than swatting away annoying military vehicles. He uses his magic to take the U.S. army tanks and fuses them into a [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs giant T-Rex]] [[HumongousMecha robot]], piloted by the [[EyepatchOfPower eyepatched]], [[JetPack jet pack wearing]], BadAss [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking President of the United States of America]] in a giant-robot-on-giant-robot brawl.
* CorruptChurch: [[spoiler:The location of King Radical's base. The reverend that runs it is essentially being bribed, trying to justify it by saying "Isn't it... God's wish that the world be more radical?". Needless to say, the superiors in his denomination are not pleased.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Donald [=McBonald=].
* CosmicHorrorStory: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/8p19 "We pray they ignore us, and we try our best not to attract their attention."]]
* TheCoup: Someone launches one against the US President in ''A Bad Enough Dude''.
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* CrazyPrepared: Mayor Chuck Goodrich, who set up a zombie defense system in his town.
** Subverted in that [[spoiler:he's from the future]] and [[spoiler:went back in time to stop the Zombie Apocalypse]]
** Dr. [=McNinja=] has his barber on speed-dial for no other reason except that life is ''craaaazy''. (He's not wrong.) The good doctor also has a bullet-proof clipboard.
* {{Crossover}}: With Webcomic/AxeCop, a webcomic that matches this series in awesomeness.
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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Inverted with Doc, who could be better described as a Crouching Badass Hidden Moron.
* CueTheSun: At the end of Chapter 16, [[spoiler: the Ultimate Diplomat's speech ushers in a new golden age of peace between human and dinosaur.]] As his oration comes to a close, the sun rises. To quote the AltText, it's symbolic as hell.
* TheCuckooLanderWasRight: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/8p20/ When giving exposition on Goodrich's extravagant anti-zombie plans]], a panel shows a man mentioning a rumor that [[spoiler: Goodrich is from a future where zombies and robots took over]]. That managed to be much more accurate on both counts than expected.
* CureForCancer: Dracula discovered it and hid it on Mars.
* CurseCutShort: They're visually bleeped out now, but this happened early on whenever Dr. [=McNinja=] said "motherf--" ''[[RunningGag HE SAID A BAD WORD!]]''
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Frans Rayner
** Before that, there is the helicopter pilot in the D.A.R.E. arc, who wisely advised one ninja not to fire a rocket launcher at Dr. [=McNinja=], because he would dodge it.
* DarkActionGirl: Hortense.
* DarkAgeOfSupernames: Parodied: Sean's ninja name is "Dark Smoke Puncher", and Doc mocks him for it at one point.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Though not a complete, or even major, departure from the goofy setting and previous stories, ever since ''Doc Gets Rad'' the storyline has gotten considerably darker, with no overt victories and several significant defeats that would be played for tragedy anywhere else.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Dr. [=McNinja=] is an interesting example. He's clearly good and heroic, despite being a ninja, but has also committed some decidedly antiheroic, if not downright evil acts. The Doc and his TrueCompanions are certainly more willing to kill than most super heroes.
** It's attributable to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, but in the first story he killed a security guard in cold blood (to facilitate a MuggedForDisguise).
* DarkWorld: The Negazone is a dark reflection of reality with all sorts of bizarre phenomenon. The Dr. [[spoiler:gets trapped there while attempting to rescue the president]].
* DeadPersonImpersonation: The AWOL MD arc gives us two, plus a subversion.
** A demon is masquerading as a teacher at Gordito's school.
** [[spoiler:Dr. [=McNinja=] is impersonating Dr. [=McLuchador=], who died some time ago, to infiltrate King Radical's gang.]]
** To make that impersonation more believable, [[spoiler:Chuck Goodrich impersonates Dr. [=McNinja=] in order to "fight" Dr. [=McLuchador=] and be defeated by him. It's a subversion because Dr. [=McNinja=] is not actually dead.]]
* DeadlyDoctor:
** Dr. [=McNinja=], who "heals with one hand and kills with the other".
** Dr. [=McLuchador=] is a villainous example. Though he means well, his patients tend to end up worse off from his treatments, either due to toxic medicine or "unconventional" wrestling-based methods of applying it.
* DeathByOriginStory: Gordito's father
* DeathInAllDirections: In the tennis temple. the AltText snarks "clearly he dies on the next page".
* DeathIsCheap, but not necessarily easy. Lampshaded in the comic itself, where it complains about resurrections making death meaningless.
* DepravedDwarf: Dr. Knickerbockers.
* {{Determinator}}: Gordito, who grew his mustache out of sheer willpower. Later subverted when it's revealed that he grew it out of ''panic'', and uses it to hide his insecurities under a badass facade. He finally ends up BecomingTheMask, however.
** The third Nasaghast. Able to deflect the holy shuriken, pulls his head through the sword that impaled him to the ground, launches himself into space, catches a missile and throws it straight at his target.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: If a MySpace page is mentioned in the comic, it will not only exist but have been created well in advance.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Doc [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p68 laying down the law]] on a Nasaghast.
** And, well, the chapter is called '[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ''Punch Dracula'']]...
* DirtyBusiness
* DodgeTheBullet: Played straight by the Doctor; subverted by Beeman.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Occurs in the story [[spoiler: "There Is A Raptor In My Office". It turns out everything was engineered by the Fox News corporation to be an amazing, rating-boosting story. It was thwarted by their weatherman who, earlier in the story, was all puffed up to do a story about three hurricanes in the Atlantic forming a Mickey Mouse shape only to be deflated by a lead in story about velociraptor riding banditos. He stopped it in the end in order to prevent the story from going public just so that everyone would be excited about the weather.]]
* DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat: Gordito is reluctant to wake up Dr [=McNinja=] for this very reason. The good doctor's parents apparently ingrained it into him by attacking him in his sleep, because... well... he's a [=McNinja=].
* {{Dracula}}: The entirety of "Punch Dracula".
* DontTryThisAtHome: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p3 "Please do not pour beer on your wounds and tell your legal guardian that I was the one who suggested it."]]
* DressedToHeal: The Doctor always wears a lab coat and stethoscope, in addition to the ninja mask and katana.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Doc, to the point of reducing his younger brother to tears.
* DynamicEntry: King Radical does this ''with a dirt bike.''
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: This is the main reason the author suggests that you skip "Issue One Half". None of the supporting cast is present, the art is crudely done, and Doc is an [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist amoral]] DesignatedHero. "Meet The Doctor" is considered the ''real'' first issue and "Issue One Half" is basically getting the BroadStrokes treatment.
* EnemyMime: Donald [=McBonald=], even if he dresses like a clown. He even [[spoiler: mimes a working parachute after jumping from a window.]]
* EpicHail: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p94/ "Ha ha! We just sent a distress signal....]]to [[spoiler: DRACULA! KING OF ALL VAMPIRES!"]]
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p37 Hank the pilot.]]
--> '''Random guy in the airplane''': I'm homosexual now!
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: ''All the King’s Dirtbikes and All the King’s Men'' [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p85/ ends]] with Dr [=McNinja=], Gordito, the President of the United States, and one of her aides laughing at [[spoiler:King Radical having become “just another person hiding out waiting for the right time to kill [Dr [=McNinja=]]”]].
--> '''AltText''': I guess it's kinda funny if you’re stressed or something.
* EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana: Averted. Doc's sword is clearly a ninja-to.
** Then again, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/2p12/ he is Irish.]] Thus the Mc in his name.
* EverythingFades: Starting about [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p73 here]], the bodies of [=McNinja's=] many clones gradually disappear.
** Justified; in "Dr. [=McNinja=]'s Final Thoughts" for that issue, Doc even points out that those particular clones were created using inferior, outdated technology, and were so unbelievably shitty that they literally melted after they died. Then he plays a video showing how they were going to start literally falling to pieces at any minute anyway.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/5p12 It really is]].
** As of ''Space Savers'' and ''Futures Trading'', [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p20 not so much]]. (Awesome, yes, but not better.)
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Judy, the Gorilla Receptionist.
* CuteKitten combined with the above is what we can expect from the aptly named story arc, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Judy Gets a Kitten"]]
* EvilOverlord: [[spoiler:Sparklelord.]]
* ExactWords:
-->'''Dinosaur President''': The Alpha Shield can't be broken by anything on earth!
-->[...]
-->'''Dr [=McNinja=]'s Message''': [[spoiler: Dracula, please fire your moon laser at this precise location.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin:
** His family name is [=McNinja=]. He's a doctor. These are his adventures. Any other questions?
** Issue #8: "Punch Dracula".
* ExpansionPackPast: Dr. [=McNinja=]'s flashback in Army of One.
* ExplodingBarrels
* ExplosionPropulsion
* {{Expy}}: The "Friend Bros." featured in the beginning of ''A Cumberland Ninja in King Radical's Court'' are expies of the [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario Brothers]], with special references to ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' (mostly in the alt-text).
* EyepatchOfPower: [[spoiler: Frans Rayner]]. Lampshaded in the AltText: [[spoiler: He went from being Johnny Cage to Kano!]]
** [[spoiler: Judy's kitten gets one too]] after its run-in with Yoshi.
** US President Maria Funkhouser has one.
* EyeScream: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p40 Inverted]]. ''[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/11p11 TWICE]]''
** Played straight [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/2p5/ here]]
* EyeTake
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Old [=McNinja=] pulls one... and quickly regrets it when he sees just [[KnightTemplar how crazy]] King Radical ''really'' is.]]
* TheFaceless: The entire [=McNinja=] family.
* TheFaceOfTheSun: The sun of the Radical Lands wears CoolShades and sports a smile on its face.
* FakeDefector: [[spoiler: The Doctor pretends to ally with Frans Rayner in order to negate his [[ConservationOfNinjutsu Reverse Ninja Law]].]]
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Doc and Chuck Goodrich after the time travel storyline. It ends toward the end of "A Cumberland Ninja in King Radical's Court".]]
* {{Fanboy}}: The one copilot astronaut to Chuck Goodrich. [[SpotTheImposter It doesn't end well.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: the good Doctor himself, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/5p11 here]]... and much appreciated, by the way.
** The cover of the fourth book has the doctor posing on his motorcycle with his shirt unbuttoned, showing off a patch of his chest hair.
* FantasticRacism: Dan seems to have some prejudices against gorillas.
-->'''Dan [=McNinja=]''': Gorillas are cowards! Nowadays you're not allowed to say it, but it's true!
** There also seems to be some [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p2/ racism]] in the Radical Lands. [[AltText Don't tell Ron!]]
** The Alt Text to [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/27p70/ this]] page explicitly spells it out:
---> The Adventures of Dr. McNinja is proud to participate in the long history of fantasy stories being a place where characters can be completely unabashed speciesist jerks.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Zombies, ghost wizards, vampires, resurrected Ben Franklin ''and'' Hitler, drugs that confer ninja skills, Headless Horsemen, superheroes, a disease that turns you into Paul Bunyan, and cloned dinosaurs, thieving lobsters and a mafia led by a radical dirtbiker (...and a world-ending Mayan tennis machine. Seriously.)
** Of note: the radical dirtbiking mafia leader [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p34/ looks suspiciously like ''The Burger King'']], though the author states that the inspiration of King Radical was actually [[VideoGame/MarioKart King Boo on a Dirtbike.]]
** A perfect example in Futures Trading: [[spoiler: Dr. McNinja had {{Dracula}} fire his [[FrickinLaserBeams moon laser]] at the base of the {{President|Evil}} of the [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Human-Dinosaur alliance]].]]
* FascinatingEyebrow: One of Doc's many graduate degrees must be in this. Gordito is a quick study.
* FightDracula: The "Punch Dracula" story is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, an opportunity for Doc to get into a fight with the lord of all vampires.
* FlatWhat: Used more than a few times, practically being a RunningGag. One instance is so flat it even lacks [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p26 punctuation.]]
** Another with no punctuation, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p66 found here.]] Though, considering that [[spoiler: [[ConservationOfNinjutsu a clone]] [[LudicrousGibs just got an arm kicked off in a spray of blood]],]] this is justifiable.
** Yet a third with [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/22p02/ no punctuation]]. Though it's a bit understandable, since Doc looks up just in time to see what appears to be a [[spoiler:solid sheet of Christmas in July]] coming straight down at him from a clear sky.
** Even King Radical utters it [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p32/ upon seeing the return of the McNinja Burger.]] Justified in that [[spoiler: Dr. McNinja is supposedly dead, in his/everyone's/Donald [=McBonald's=] mind.]]
* FluffyTheTerrible: What is the identity of the strange motorcycle that appears to brainwash the people riding it, and manipulated the Doc into [[spoiler:bisecting the last rider]] and [[spoiler:destroying the last known supply of True Dew]]? A unicorn. Named Sparklelord. Also...
--> '''Dr. [=McNinja=]''': I shall. Name you. ''Yoshi''.
* FootnoteFever: The dinosaur-riding banditos speak English with a sprinkling of Spanish, which is always translated in footnotes. Even when the meaning is clear. Even when the word appears multiple times in the same ''panel''.
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/3p33 The editor helpfully explains the meaning of "policía" four times.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/2p37 "And sometimes,]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p74 they wore tank tops."]]
** Doc seeing [[spoiler:his younger self via time hole]] while chasing after King Rad through the caves.
** Related to the above, Doc is [[spoiler:jumping through time, reliving his memories in the past.]] But then he "jumps too far ahead," to [[spoiler:a memory in the ''future''.]]
** In ''A Cumberland Ninja in Kind Radical's Court'', [[spoiler: Chuck tries to read a book, but gives up, throws it away, and announces "This is boring!". A couple of pages later, King Radical does the exact same thing with a pamphlet. The next storyline reveals that they are alternate versions of the same person]].
* ForgetsToEat: The titular Doctor. Low blood sugar makes him cranky, too.
* FreudianExcuse: Parodied in "Monster Mart" where not only is stupidity of an alternate form used as an excuse but gets instant forgiveness granted once told.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Averted with [[spoiler: Frans Rayner's]] laser eye which fires in realistic fashion.
* FutureBadass: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p18 Dark Smoke Puncher.]] And [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p21 Gordito]]. And [[spoiler: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p81/ Yoshi]]]].
* GadgeteerGenius: Dark Smoke Puncher.
* GainaxEnding: The Space Savers arc ends with [[spoiler: King Radical and a bunch of children who all have beards.]]
* GallowsHumor: How do the creators celebrate an anniversary in their comic? By having something bad happen to the Doctor ([[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p32 year 1]]: [[spoiler: Doc gets shot to what is apparently his death.]]; [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p21 year 3]]: [[spoiler: His office explodes in a fiery hellstorm.]]
* GambitPileup: Let's see, we have the Doctor himself, King Radical, and Sparklelord. Dracula, of course. Victor the plumber, who is [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain most definitely not the tiniest spy in the world]]. Rayner, who can't seem to stay dead. And whatever Chuck Goodrich is planning.
* GeniusCripple: The father of [=Dr McNinja's=] college friend Martin is a scientific genius confined to a wheelchair. Who also bears a fairly good resemblance to [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Stephen Hawking]]. His name? [[CaptainErsatz Professor Birding]].
* GeniusLoci: The Radical Lands are capable of determining the most radical of them all and crowning that person king.
* GenreSavvy: The Doctor himself.
** Gordito also shows his savviness as early as the D.A.R.E arc, and doubles as TemptingFate on Franklin's part.
--->'''Benjamin Franklin''': But the excitement does get to you! I suppose this lifestyle isn't so bad.
--->'''Gordito''': Ah, don't! Dude, in "this lifestyle" if you say something like that it's pretty much like pushing a "'''make the situation worse button'''". It's the opposite of what they have at the office supply store. [A helicopter appears] '''See'''? That's Schrodinger's helicopter right there.
--->'''Benjamin Franklin''': Well it can only be more ninjas and we've had no problem with those so far.
--->'''Gordito''': Oh '''please''' keep talking.
** And before that, a pirate is trying to talk Dr. [=McNinja=] into telling him where his family lives. After being told "No", the pirate then suggests "Perhaps if you had a {{montage}} of thoughts of the times yer mother were mean to ye." Which did the trick.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p3 This exchange]] between Doc's former mentor and his gorilla receptionist
-->'''Benjamin Franklin''': I need to see the Doctor immediately.
-->'''Judy''': [signing] He's seeing patients. You're going to have to wait.
-->'''Benjamin Franklin''': Judy, I am being ''stalked'' by a ''horse''. A ''spooky horse''.
-->'''Judy''': Oh, just one second! I'll get the ''Physician's Desk Reference''! I'm sure "spooky horse" is covered in there! Hm. Doesn't look like it. But this is the 2006 PDR. Maybe it's in the 2007.
-->'''Benjamin Franklin''': Why don't you look up "witch gorilla"?
-->'''Judy''': Nothing. Sorry.
-->'''Benjamin Franklin''': [[WitchWithACapitalB It might be spelled with a 'B'.]]
* GetOutOfJailFreeCard: '''BASE!'''
** To elaborate, because he so often helps the police, the mayor made a deal with Doc that he could get away with any of the laws he broke while doing his [[strike:Batman]] ninja thing if he got to his office before the police did and said "Base!"
* GiantMecha: Part of King Radical's master plan involves turning [[spoiler: all of Cumberland into this by installing haunted wood in every house in the city and using magic to merge them into one of these...because it's RADICAL.]]
** [[spoiler: Washington D.C. was designed to be this, but due to budget restraints it was never completed.]]
* GirlsWithMoustaches: A prank by King Radical results in a bunch of kids, girls included, ending up with bushy beards.
** Girls can contract Paul Bunyan's disease, which may overlap with GenderBender.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Since Mitzi and Dan didn't know how to raise a kid to be a ninja, when Doc was a kid they introduced him to Batman comics to inspire him. Doc's obsession with being Batman hasn't let off the gas since.
* GoodIsNotNice: Doc... sometimes.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p41/ This page,]] as explained in the AltText.
* GoshdangItToHeck: "Damn," "ass," and "hell" are about as bad as the profanity gets. Anything stronger is [[CurseCutShort visually bleeped out]] or amusingly censored (i.e. "You have got to be [flarking] [pooping] me.")
** Additionally, the Doctor's standard expression of surprise or dismay is the exceedingly mild "Oh my goodness."
* GratuitousEnglish: The Great Dane himself, Frans Rayner, especially in the older days.
-->'''Frans Rayner''': Hey, Dan, come on. You are just the baby school, and I am the Big League Chew. Why do you try?
-->'''Dan [=McNinja=]''': Frans, I can't wait to see how much worse your horrible English will be once your skull is concave. It'll be ''hilarious.''
* GratuitousSpanish: Parodied with the paleontologist banditos.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Dan's fatherly advice covers this subject with regard to alligators.
** Also, [[spoiler:Frans Rayner]] rips an arm off [[spoiler:an Old [=McNinja=] clone]] and [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p66 uses it to bludgeon]] [[spoiler:another clone.]]
* GroinAttack: "Hahahahah. He kicked you in your genitals. Ninjas have no honor."
* GrumpyOldMan: Dan.
* GunKata: Gordito is seen practicing these outside the office [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/8p5 here.]]
* TheGunslinger: Gordito.
* TheGrimReaper: In Doc's world, Death is a skeletal maitre d' with a tidy little moustache.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: [[spoiler:Sparklelord, when he was [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p65 an Evil Overlord.]]]]
* HandWave: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/9p32 "Ninja tricks"]] is the explanation given for how the ninja characters can eat, shower, and brush their teeth without revealing their faces, as Dan [=McNinja=] demonstrates by eating a bagel ''without removing his mask''. (He still has to cut a hole in front to reveal his mustache, however.)
** [[BadassMustache If you had a mustache like that, wouldn't you?]]
* HardHead: Usually played straight. Averted in one instance when Doc gets a concussion and has a hallucinatory (if helpful) conversation with a roast turkey.
* HasTwoThumbsAnd: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/3p37 The Abs Man]]
* HauntedHeadquarters: NASA headquarters is inhabited by '''''THE NASAGHASTS''''', which attack anyone who dares to harm astronauts within the building.
* HauntedTechnology: The tennis machine of the Tennis Temple is fuelled by the ghosts of all the former champions. [[spoiler:Recovering the knowledge he used to build that machine is a key component of King Radical's scheme, using it to modify the Cumberland zombie defence system.]]
* HeadDesk: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p16 At least once]]
* HeadlessHorseman: Dracula, from his moon base, hatches a plot to turn the clone of Benjamin Franklin into a headless horseman in order to find out more about the afterlife. The headless horseman was chosen because it retains its physical form. Turns out they can also travel through space.
* HealItWithBooze: When Dan offers a couple of [[FantasticDrug ninja-drug-using]] punks a drink. He chooses something with a higher alcohol content, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p3/ promising that it'll "sterilize all those cuts on [their] face."]] Then pointed out as a [[DontTryThisAtHome bad idea]] by the AltText:
-->Please do not pour beer on your wounds and tell your legal guardian that I was the one who suggested it.
* HeelRealization: "Sound familiar, Dr. [=McHelicopterexploder=]?"
* HeroAntagonist: [[spoiler:King Radical]], FromACertainPointOfView.
* HeroicDolphin: The story Death Volley has the implication of dolphins getting revenge on Agent Bearclaw. His story: "One time I swam out to sea, and pretended to be injured so that dolphins would swim up to rescue me. I did this so that I could kill them with my bare hands."
* HeroInsurance: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/3p18 "Base!"]]
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/5p17 In three easy steps.]]
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Bearclaw, an [=NSA=] agent who makes a hobby out of slaughtering animals with his bare hands.
* HighConcept: The entire webcomic is summarized well in [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p67/ this]] AltText.
-->'''AltText:''' [[SeriousBusiness Very stupid ideas taken very seriously.]] Dr. [=McNinja=].
* HiredGuns: In "Death Volley", the doctor is constantly harassed by a gun-toting masked assassin. It turns out the assassin is [[spoiler: his ex, Hortense]], and the client is [[spoiler: [[strike: the doctor's parents]] King Radical]].
* HollywoodHacking: Played with. Dan's response to seeing King Radical's giant robot formed from all the buildings in Cumberland and powered by planks of wood harvested from a haunted forest? Tell Sean to "Hack it." It remains to be seen if Sean actually can hack it, but he did say he doesn't know if he can.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Judy, the gorilla receptionist.
** And Gordito:
---->Do you think I run around with a ''twelve year old boy'' just because I like his inferior grasp of girls and higher level math? Do you think I left him with my psychotic parents because I wanted him to '''die'''? '''No''', you undead pale ponce! '''Gordito''' is the effing '''badass kid'''. So go ahead and finish up your masterful scheme to make me let you kill me, because Gordito's going to slap around whatever ghost lackey you have like he was a pinata on the Mexican day of the dead."
** The {{Mummy}} that accompanies Archibald King of the Hoboes, which grants him immortality and protects him from assassination attempts.
* HypotheticalCasting: [[http://www.comicmix.com/news/2008/06/04/interview-chris-hastings-on-the-adventures-of-dr-mcninja/ In this interview]], creator Chris Hastings said that his casting choices for a ''Dr. [=McNinja=]'' movie would be Creator/SamRockwell or Will Arnett as the Doc, Sam Elliot or HulkHogan as Dan [=McNinja=], and Creator/AnjelicaHuston as Mitzi [=McNinja=]. The villains would include Williem Dafoe as Donald [=McBonald=], Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme as Frans Rayner, Phil Fondacaro as Knickerbockers, and Creator/BelaLugosi as {{Dracula}}, "''Film/TheCrow'' style."
* IAmOneOfThoseToo: Subverted -- Sean calls Gordito out on his inner geekiness, only to backpedal rapidly as he realizes he has just revealed his own.
* ImpossiblyAwesomeMagicTrick: There's a flashback to Gordito's father, the Great Flying Shooting Juan (a sharpshooting trapeze artist magician) performing a card trick. The volunteer chooses a card, places it back in the deck, and throws the entire deck into the air. Juan shoots the card in midair... but the volunteer can't find the card afterwards. Then he gets a call on his cell phone...
-->'''Volunteer:''' That was the police. The man who robbed my house... they finally caught him because he was shot in the upper thigh... There was a queen of diamonds in his pocket.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p8 Where do you think Gordito got it from?]]
** Doc too. He hit a pirate on a ship from a plane in motion, despite not having any way to see his target. Especially impressive, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p45 given what his payload was.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: The razor-sharp frozen shamrocks used by the Irish proto-ninjas.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Doc claims to have trained his skills with Franchise/{{Batman}}. In reality, though, he's just learned from reading his comic books and watching his movies.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/11p38/ Averted when Dark Smoke Puncher is possessed by a ghost wizard]].
-->'''Mitzi''': "Shoot him!"
-->'''Gordito''': "But he's your son!"
-->'''Mitzi''': "Shoot him fatally!"
** Gordito doesn't shoot him, but continue to avert it by proceeding to knock him out and having no sort of discussion with Dark Smoke Puncher.
* IKnowYourTrueName: Doc never tells anyone his real name because of "the wizard."
* ILoveNuclearPower: A RunningGag in the Space Savers arc involves (who knows what KINDS of) crazy space radiation causing weird things to happen.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/3p39 Lampshaded.]]
* InASingleBound: Taken to the ultimate extreme -- with enough skill one can apparently jump from the Earth to the Moon, or vice versa.
* [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame Visual Pun]]: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p12 Jefferson Airplane]].
** Also [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p54 here]]
** Also, Dr. Birding.
* INeedAFreakingDrink, with DrowningMySorrows: Jose Cuervo: 1; Dr. [=McNinja=]: 0.
* IncendiaryExponent:
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p15/ Ninjas can't catch you if you're on fire.]]
** In the Monster Mart story, Marty tries to threaten some thugs, it doesn't work, he piles up some barrels of flammable liquid behind him, smashes them and tries again, framed by the firey explosion. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p41/ It works.]]
* IneffectualLoner: Doc manages to turn [[spoiler: Frans Rayner]] from a OneManArmy to one of these by invoking 80's buddy martial-arts movie rules.
* InexplicablyAwesome: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p97/ Normally, diplomacy is awesome but not quite this effective.]]
* InfantImmortality: Parodied. A demon [[YourHeadAsplode kills all of Gordito's classmates]], causing the AltText to say that their heads will grow back after a day or two.
** And, due to the skills of Doctor McNinja, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p28/ they do.]]
* InnBetweenTheWorlds: Purgatory is a restaurant. With really, ''really '' slow service.
* InnerMonologue: Often. Doc has been known to argue with his inner voice.
** (And lose.)
** You hush.
** (No.)
* InsaneTrollLogic: The Axe Cop crossover proves that, yes, there are some things too crazy to make sense even in this comic.
-->'''Axe Cop:''' If bad guys steal this book [that forces you to be on their team]... I'll chop your head off. After I kill all the bad guys you can heal yourself with your ''doctor power''.
-->'''[=McNinja=]:''' Just... Just protect the book, okay?

-->'''Captain O'Shay''': For each one of my men ye touch, I will kill five members of yer family.\\
(''Dr. [=McNinja=] glances at the'' three ''other members of his family, tied up and on the edge of the plank'')\\
'''Dr. [=McNinja=]''': ...that math does not work out ''at all.''
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/2p35 BAD MATH PROVES A POINT!]]
*** [[AltText The point that you're a total dumbass, Captain O'Shay.]]
* InSpiteOfANail: [[spoiler: No matter how many alternate-universe counterparts Chuck Goodrich helps, another one will appear.]]
* InstantChucks: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/5p37 Chainsaw nunchucks]]
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: Subverted with Judy. Her sign language is translated for the reader, and Ben Franklin II understands it, but Doc doesn't know sign language.
* InventionalWisdom: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p70/ "You just cut the elevator?! What are you doing?!"]] [[LampshadeHanging "Why is there even a button for that?"]]
* IronicEcho: Lampshaded [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p70 by Frans]].
* ItsBeenDone: "This sounds a lot like ''Series/{{Lost}}''."
* ItsPersonal: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/5p12 Here.]]
* JawBreaker: Doc does it to a zombie. Since it was undead, it doesn't really kill the thing, but it does prevent it from biting him.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: Many later chapters have an increasing amount of call backs to previous weird events, proving they were actually perfectly logical. Quite unexpected, since there is so much weirdness going on, we didn't really think about it. [[spoiler: Until everything (broadly) is [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p107/ explained by King Radical]].]]
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: When attacked by the final [[spoiler:Nasaghast]], Doc is pulled into his own mind and forced to confront the creature there.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: The Doctor himself, in Let's Get Rad, due to [[spoiler:Sparklelord's influence]].
* JumpScare: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/9p27 When I say "Happy" you say "Birthday!"]] [[NightmareFuel HAPPY!]]
* JustForTheHeliOfIt: WordOfGod says that: "Helicopters only exist in this comic to get [[StuffBlowingUp exploded]]. They serve no other purpose." Also, one of the inhabitants of Radical Land is a [[WhenTreesAttack helicopter head ent]]... and yes, that ''is'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it says]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p7/ on the tin.]]
* JustOneMan: A plot point in [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p70 One Man Army]].
* KansasCityShuffle: [[spoiler: Carl, the weather man.]]
* KarmicDeath: Agent Bearclaw, who finds himself alone at sea surrounded by dolphins [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p32 here]].
** Parodied with the anonymous pilot of Bearclaw's airplane.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Ben Franklin II, Beeman, Agent Bearclaw, Dinosaur-timeline Chuck Goodrich, Herschel, and (presumably) Zombie-timeline Chuck Goodrich. Subverted with Frans Raynor.]]
* KillSat: Dracula's ''moon laser''.
* KingOfTheHomeless: Archibald, King of the Hobos.
* KlingonPromotion: Frans Rayner plans on becoming President this way.
* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler: King Radical just wants to make the world radical... even if it means ''killing billions''.]]
* KryptoniteFactor: The Doctor's special anti-ninja drug, which he created to stop Frans Rayner and his personal army of "drug ninjas". After getting a lot of flack for hoarding the drug, he defended his actions by stating that he had "created his own Kryptonite" and therefore wasn't going to let it out of his control.
* LampshadeHanging: And what wonderful lampshading it is! It's ''everywhere'', even in the AltText. At one point, [=McNinja=]'s GenreSavvy self can't lampshade a plot because he's laughing too hard at the inanity of it all.
* LatexPerfection: Sean's "technomage" getup is pretty convincing. Dan's pirate costume successfully fooled a whole ''bar'' full of pirates. Though, the masks are typically only convincing [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p46/ when portraying weathered, wrinkly faces with obscuring facial hair]].
* LawOfInverseRecoil: Subverted. When Gordito, who is physically less than five feet tall, and weighs maybe a hundred pounds, fires a shotgun, the recoil might reasonably be expected to knock him over. Instead, it ''propels'' him in an arc over the desk behind him and into a chair with enough force to topple it. Played straight with Doc a page or two later.
* LethalChef: Mitzi's pickled beets are apparently just this side of edible, even when they're not poisoned.
* LetsGetDangerous, with BadassBoast: A rare instance where the hero says it on behalf of his sidekick. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/11p35 And it's awesome.]]
* LibationForTheDead: Well, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p83/ pizza]] for the dead.
* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler:Sparklelord.]]
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: [[invoked]] [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the AltText on [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p52 this page]]. And then on [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p80 this one]] too, for good measure.
* LoadBearingBoss: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p62 Inverted]]: ''losing'' to the giant robot causes everything to fall apart.
* LoanShark: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p27 Lampshaded and mocked]].
* LotusEaterMachine: When Sean McNinja is possessed by the Wizard Ghost he sees his father giving him a highly uncharacteristic hug while saying "computers are kinda cool", embracing his nerdy side. This was a part of the Ghost's possession process.
* LoveBubbles: When the Ultimate Diplomat pays you a compliment, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p99/ you know you've been complimented.]]
* MadeOfExplodium: Averted, Doc actually settles for "two of three" since nothing will explode if he throws the BigBad off a cliff onto sharp rocks. He's satisfied with the end result.
** Played straight with the [[EveryCarIsAPinto multicar pileup]] blocking the road into town, and with [[ExplodingBarrels many a barrel]].
* MadeOfPlasticine: The clones of Old [=McNinja=], as they were made with low-quality cloning technology.
* TheMafia: Led by KING RADICAL.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: In a storm. A nasty storm. With '''[[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs pterodactyls]]'''. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p23 Seriously]].
** Also, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p88/ Dark Smoke Puncher's truck.]]
* MagicMusic: For Doc, the Film/{{Ghostbusters}} theme (see MusicalAssassin).
** At one point, a bystander mistakes it for Huey Lewis and the News' "I Want A New Drug" and [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p14/ yells out the wrong chorus]], causing Dr McNinja to lose his "Ghostbusters ''ohm''".
* MagicPants: Averted in the "Monster Mart" arc, causing Doc to feel a [[HeroicBSOD crippling sense of physical inferiority]]. Inverted with Paul Bunyan's Disease, which actually makes clothes ''grow'' on the afflicted when they transform.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Showcased [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/27p29/ here]].
-->'''Judy''': Everyone is impressed because '''you were unconscious while he beat you for an hour'''.
-->'''Dr. [=McNinja=]''': Well, you were right. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint I needed a nap]].
* ManOnFire:
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p15/ Dan does this to himself on purpose.]]
** Dr [=McLuchador=] sets the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on fire, sends him off a skateboard trick ramp and into a tub of murky liquid. [[spoiler: The liquid completely heals the burns within seconds, proving to the people of Cumberland that [=McLuchador=] is a very competent doctor. And proving to King Radical that he is radical]].
* AManIsNotAVirgin: [[spoiler: "Don't unicorns only approach virgins?"]] Averted? Subverted? Who knows.
** May be the only reason Hortense was introduced.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Sparklelord and King Radical]]
* MaskedLuchador: Dr. [=McLuchador=].
* {{Mayincatec}}: The Inocktec in "Death Volley": an ancient, generically-South-American people who invented the game of tennis and whose "tennis temple" houses a device (supposedly) capable of destroying the entire world.
* McNinja: TropeNamer.
* MeatOVision: Implied [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p37 here]] [[AltText ("What Ben sees is a man with dreadlocks made of fried chicken legs.")]]
* MechaMooks: The Inocktec temple guards.
* MesACrowd: [[spoiler:Doc got Benjamin Franklin II to make clones of him who would acquire as much knowledge as possible, and later join together so Doc would gain decades of knowledge instantly.]]
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: At the beginning [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/5p20 here]] and in the alt-text [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p65/ here.]]
* MeteorMove: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/2p42 Through at least two decks.]]
* MetronomicManMashing: A gorilla who caught Doc by surprise does this to him, and [[CurbstompBattle continues long after he has fallen unconscious and woken again]].
* MightyLumberjack: Lumberjacking makes people susceptible to Paul Bunyan's Disease, which causes those it affects to turn into a giant lumberjack who is "enraged at how many trees still stand within his vicinity."
* MindControlEyes
* MisappliedPhlebotinum: Happens a fair bit:
** Played for laughs on [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p9 this page]]: "James! The leader of our group. He invented jet boots, and he used them to kick people."
** And then there's Martin, who is basically TheHulk, who uses his ability to advertise his chain of super-markets. [[spoiler:Oh, and do work for the mafia]].
** But easily topping them both: Using a [[TimeTravel Time Portal]] for [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p36/ garbage disposal.]] And a septic tank, somehow.
* MistakenForTerrorist: Doc on a plane. It's an honest mistake.
* MockGuffin: The book of Inocktek technology from "Death Volley" supposedly contains all the great cultural and technological treasures of the ancient Inocktek people. However, when it gets translated, it turns out to be twelve hundred pages about how great tennis is (with a healthy amount of racist overtones). [[spoiler: Later we learn that the real book, that contains the secrets of the Radical Land, actually got switched out by Hortense on the plane ride back to the USA.]]
* MoodyMount: Yoshi the raptor won't let anyone but Gordito ride him. Unless Gordito is in danger.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Even though doctors are sworn to take no life, there's no shortage of grisly deaths at the hands of the titular character.
* MundaneAfterlife: Purgatory is a restaurant. With really bad service. The worst. The existence of Heaven and Hell is implied, however.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** The Crater of Racial Tolerance.
** In order to save the world, humanity's champion must [[spoiler:play tennis against an ancient robot.]]
** Also, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p67 awesomely firing a plumber.]]
** The AltText makes this into a RunningGag by providing absurdly mundane explanations for characters acting in a dramatic manner. Example: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p5 "I need to get MY SLIPPERS."]]
--->"That was... the most ''menacing'' promise of dine and dash I've ever seen."
** How can shamrocks be made cool? By having frozen versions of them be used as throwing stars.
* MundaneUtility: According to the AltText from [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p85 this]] page: "Everything in the [=McNinja=] household has hidden displays for security alerts. They are also wired to the microwave, so they know when pizza bagels are done."
* MusicalAssassin: Doc becomes one when he runs out of holy weapons to use against the third [[spoiler:Nasaghast]]. Inspired by a memory of his dad, he proceeds to spend four pages doing nothing except humming the [[MagicMusic theme from Ghostbusters]]. It begins with him tentatively humming it, but culminates with him screaming the finale as he does [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p68 this]] and then [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p69 this]].
** He does it again [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p13/ here]].
* MustMakeAmends: [[spoiler: After he had to screw over the Friend Brothers while infiltrating King Radical's court, Doc makes sure to [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p81/ pay them back]].]]
* MyHorseIsAMotorbike: Or rather ''My Motorbike Is A'' ''[[spoiler: Unicorn]]''.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Agent Bearclaw. Ninja names apparently take this route if Dark Smoke Puncher is anything to go by. Mitzi and Dan just use their real names.
* NerdInEvilsHelmet: Dark Smoke Puncher.
* NewspaperDating: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p29 Parodied.]]
--> '''Newspaper''': It is Oct 4th, 1979! That's it. Nothing is going on. Slow day. No one even died.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p53 Uh oh.]]
-->'''Dr [=McNinja=]''': NO! It can't be! I was pretty sure you were dead!
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Mitzi accuses Gordito of this when he knocks out a possessed Dark Smoke Puncher rather than shooting him, ostensibly making her kill him instead. Gordito [[TakeAThirdOption takes a third option]], however.
* NightmareFuel: An in-universe RealLifeWritesThePlot example in Dr. Knickerbockers, the [[SlasherSmile crazy smiling]], [[EvilLaugh evil laughing]] midget doctor. Apparently [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p40 a similar being haunts Kent Archer's nightmares]], making it grievously difficult for him to ink pages in which Knickerbockers appears.
** Naturally, the AltText takes a dig at this: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/5p9 "Kent took a really long time to ink the last panel. He kept getting tears and vomit all over the page."]]
** Also, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p4 the opening pages of chapter 17]]. "From now on this comic is going to be 100% Chris Hastings Nightmare Diaries."
** And don't forget: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/9p27 When I say "HAPPY" you say "BIRTHDAY"!]]
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p89 Early cloning experiments.]]
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p56 NASA's security system.]]
* {{Ninja}}, including:
** ConservationOfNinjitsu: Lampshaded [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/8p18 here]]. Also played straight when [[spoiler:Frans Rayner beats up several Doctor clones when they all gang up on him.]]
** HighlyVisibleNinja: Rayner's mooks.
*** Averted with Old [=McNinja=], who is very competent at staying hidden.
** McNinja: The TropeNamer!
* NGOSuperPower: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p31 King Radical]] appears to have his own private army.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Too many instances to name.
** NinjaPirateZombieRobot ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill Monkey Clown BANDITO]]'' '''''[[NoKillLikeOverkill WEREWOLVES!]]''''' Well, not in that order.
** Also, [[spoiler:[[SamusIsAGirl ex-girlfriend]]]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p17 robot commando temple guards.]]
* NoSell: Catholic School nuns learned long ago to resist mustaches of authority.
* NoodleIncident:
-->'''Dan:''' Who would call us on Katanaka?
-->'''Mitzy:''' Your father's still dead, right?
-->'''Dan:''' Well, we'll never be sure, but I don't think he'd just call.
* NoNameGiven: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] with "''Now I know you've never been to my office, so you've never seen the degree that hangs by my desk. So I will let you know -- it's made out to ''Dr.'' [=McNinja=], not ''Judas'' [=McNinja=].''" Later [[HandWave handwaved]] when [[spoiler:talking to his clone, "''You never told anybody our name, did you? 'Cause, you know... [[NoodleIncident the wizard]].''"]]
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: [[spoiler:Despite glaring Death in the face, Frans Rayner survived falling off of a cliff and landing on sharp rocks. When the rocks pierced his head, he ''swallowed half of his brain'' to prevent damage to it]].
* NotSoDifferent: King Radical, not unlike Chuck, is just trying to [[spoiler: save his own universe (albeit in a manner that'll kill millions).]] Justified, since [[spoiler: he's the Radical Land counterpart of Chuck (when he was pronounced Sicknasty of Spades is supplanted his old name).]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Dark Smoke Puncher, who tries to hide his GadgeteerGenius tendencies and general geekery behind a facade of bad slang and acting cool.
* ObstructiveBureaucracy: Whoever decides the budget for Washington D.C. The city was designed to transform into a GiantMecha but the project was never finished due to budget restraints.
* ObviouslyEvil: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p22/ Victor.]]
* OffModel: "[[AltText So long, pirate ship I drew slightly differently in every panel.]]"
* OffscreenTeleportation: pulled by Mitzi on Gordito with a StealthHiBye [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/9p29 here]]
* OhCrap: "Rayner, party of one, your table is ready."
** King Radical provides a priceless example [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p38 here]].
** Happens three times in a row: Once with [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p76 a space dinosaur]] and twice more with [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p77 Doc]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p78 and Chuck]].
** When Doc, [[spoiler:undercover as Dr [=McLuchador=]]], has to take the ninja drug from D.A.R.E. He's internally freaking out over the fact that it was never tested on a life-trained, natural born ninja. [[spoiler:And then he gets a ''double dose''.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: In a particularly strange way, too. Sean/Dark Smoke Puncher uses a lot of slang to try and conceal from his parents that he's a nerd. Occasionally, he'll forget it, or in the case of [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p36/ this strip]], he forgets, and tries to tack it on at the end.
-->'''Sean''': Yeah, this is a prototype. It's designed to set off a contained chemical reaction so that whatever it's blowing up immediately converts to harmless fiber. It's a way to limit collateral damage...dawg.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: The Doctor and Ben Franklin II.
** The Doctor himself is one of the few examples that's actually [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. He split himself into a number of clones, each of which went off and got a degree in a specific field. After a few years, the original and all of the clones rejoined into one body, the Doctor we know today, with ''all of the knowledge acquired'' from the clones.
*** Except for Agricultural Sciences. That one clone was accidentally left out of the recombining process.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Usually played straight, but averted at a critical moment. [[spoiler: Doc's many injuries missed his arteries and vital organs, but they were clearly life-threatening because he'd lost so much blood. Doc immediately left the field of battle and didn't return until he'd patched himself back up.]]
* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Smoke Puncher revealed himself to be a Nerd when he called Gordito out for trying to impress his father with a line he ripped from The Dark Tower, which Gordito quickly realises he would only know if he read the book.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Vengeful spirits that don't avenge themselves but any other astronauts who could be harmed. With an impressively NightmareFuel design [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p01/ to boot]].
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Sebastien's coven of languid, gothy vampires; Dracula's very evident strength, intelligence, and resourcefulness.
* OverlyLongGag: Almost - Chris Hastings originally planned to do an entire week of Dr. [=McNinja=] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p33 falling down stairs]]. Instead, it became just one strip. Of course, [[UnreliableNarrator who knows if he was telling the truth?]]
** Played with again in the AltText to [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p23 this]] strip: six more pages of bodies getting disintegrated and mashed together!
** Eventually Played Straight with [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/18p4 the second panel]] of the "Judy Gets a Kitten" story arc, in which the good doctor is still going on about what to get at the supermarket from [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/18p1 before]].
* PapaWolf: Dan
-->'''Dan [=McNinja=]''': OH YOU SONS OF SEA COWS WILL WISH YOU HAD NEVER BEEN BORN WITH LIMBS ON YOUR BODIES! BECAUSE I'M GOING TO COME ONTO THAT SHIP AND SHOW YOU HOW MANY DELICIOUS STOCKS AND BRAISES I CAN MAKE WITH THEM!
* PaperThinDisguise:
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p55 Gordito has been]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p68 donning a couple]] lately.
** Also [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/3p10 here.]] Keep in mind that our protagonist is already a doctor and is already dressed in full medical garb, so his disguise consists of ''a nametag.'' It is apparantly not the first time he's done this. To that particular doctor either.
** Lampshaded [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p60 here.]] [[spoiler:The nasaghasts]] believe Doc was trying to fool them by [[spoiler:putting on another astronaut's suit.]] This just annoys them further.
* ParentalAbandonment: Gordito's parents are dead.
* PickACard: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p8 The Great Flying Shooting Juan]].
* {{Pirate}}
** APirate400YearsTooLate: SkyPirates.
* PoliceAreUseless: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p21 "It's the mayor's job to deal with weird stuff. Look it up."]]
** "[[FridgeBrilliance There is a reason]] [[AltText you so rarely see the police in the pages of]] [[CityOfWeirdos this comic.]]"
* PoorCommunicationKills: Responsible for every major problem in both "Space Savers" and "Futures Trading."
* PostVictoryCollapse: After jumping from the moon, once the adrenaline is out of his system, Doc just collapses. "Ohgodmylegs"
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/2p40/ "We are on Eastern Pain Time, and it is Dan O'clock."]]
** [[AltText From Dan O' Clock to Dan Thirty, all mixed drinks are half-priced.]]
* PreemptiveDeclaration: At the beginning of ''D.A.R.E To Resist Ninja Drugs And Ninja Violence'':
-->'''Dan:''' Ha. Alright kids, not bad. Not bad. How about a drink in honor of all your beginners luck? Here. I'll pour you a Molson. It's got a higher alcohol content than most American beers. And maybe that will help sterilize all those cuts on your face.\\
'''Punk:''' Uh, what cuts, my man?\\
[[GrievousBottleyHarm *SMASH*]]\\
'''Dan:''' I have no idea.
* PreMortemOneLiner
** Gordito has a little trouble ''[[IncrediblyLamePun executing]]'' his properly. He's getting better, though.
-->'''Gordito''': ''*Talking to a midget doctor*'' Hey... cut the small-talk.
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p80 "I spy with my little eye... a ninja who's about to die."]] Subverted on the next page, of course.
** '''"I AIN'T AFRAID OF NO GHOSTS!"''' [[spoiler:*ghostpunch*]]
* PresidentEvil: The President of the [[BadFuture future]]. [[spoiler:He's a dinosaur too.]]
* PressurePoint: [[http://www.drmcninja.com/archives/comic/27p27/ "Your turn to go to sleep."]]
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Dark Smoke Puncher, though he does it so his parents won't find out how nerdy he really is (though Doc ''does'' remark that it sounds like he stole the name from someone he beat in ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'').
* ProductPlacement: In [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p44 this strip]] as an April Fool's Day gag. The page was edited back to normal on April 2. For those who missed it, Dr. [=McNinja=] was wearing a red t-shirt of himself instead of his labcoat.
* ProperlyParanoid: [[spoiler: Doc was right to be suspicious of King Radical.]]
* PseudoCrisis: Played for laughs. In [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p46 this comic]], the Doc is shown being caught by a cop, which would derail his mission. The [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p47 next comic]] reminds you [+"'''HE IS A NINJA.'''"+] and skips entirely over how he dealt with the cop.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Not so much "punch" as "sword swing", as when Doc desperately swings at the final Nasaghast's head but is horrorstruck when his sword simply passes through it without doing any damage.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
-->'''Mitzi''': "That. Was. ''Pathetic.''"
-->'''Dr. [=McNinja=]''': "Please. Don't. ''Stabmeintheeyeballs.''"
* PunnyName: Gordito Delgado. Translated from spanish it roughly means "Slim Fatty".
* PyrrhicVictory: "Doc Gets Rad". [[spoiler:Doc defeats Sparklelord... but learns that said bike was the only way he could find to defeat King Radical.]]
* QuipToBlack: The Doctor pulls this off when he gets the opportunity to try out his new bike.
-->'''Dr [=McNinja=]''': Judy!
-->'''Judy''': Ugh. * tosses sword and motorcycle helmet to Doc*
-->'''Dr [=McNinja=]''': * catches and puts on the sword and helmet* ''Let's practice.''
-->AltText: [[LampshadeHanging Then]] [[CSIMiami Horatio]] [[LampshadeHanging jumps out of the bushes and]] [[MemeticMutation puts on his sunglasses.]]
* {{Ramprovisation}}: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/8p37 These]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p33 three]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p23 examples]].
-->'''Doc:''' Man is only separated from heaven by that which he will not ramp.
* RealityEnsues:
** Beeman, a Franchise/{{Batman}} wannabe, faces several bank robbers with guns. They open fire on him, he gracefully flips through the air....and then flops across the floor, riddled with bullets.
** The only ones who can defeat a powerful, self-resurrecting demon are those of the Belstein family's "pure" bloodline. So, to keep the bloodline pure, they engaged in inbreeding, resulting in the last of the Belstein line being a crippled invalid.
** When [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p09/ a bunch of "bad dudes" get in the way of determined pizza delivery guys and their tooled out truck....]]
** At the end of the "D.A.R.E" story arc, Doc flat out admits to the audience that the villain's plan to take over the world wouldn't have worked out for a large number of reasons because just to take over America he would've had to have somehow murdered and replaced every single person in both the Judiciary and Legislative branches of government, including the President himself. Not that it would matter due to the massive amounts of constituional red tape keeping him from going much further than that.
** Doc uses frozen shamrocks to save his family, just to call back to the story about the origin of the [=McNinjas=] he scoffed at earlier. He notes how stupid it is. When things settle down, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint they ask why he didn't just use the regular shurikens he still had in his coat]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: After a time-traveller from a dystopian future sits down with [[{{Terminator}} Cyberdyson]] to explain how their robotic vacuum cleaners eventually become sentient and take over the world, Cyberdyson makes sure the culprit chip is never put into production. Later on, the President is shown to be a decent, reasonable person who just wants to save her country during the events of "All the King's Dirtbikes and All the King's Men." She ''does'' get a little overexcited at the prospect of [[spoiler: piloting a [[HumongousMecha giant raptor-eagle robot]]]], but who wouldn't?
* [[RebusBubble Rebus Panel]]: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p52 Gorilla + Bazooka > Ninja]]
* RecklessSidekick: Gordito at times.
* {{Recursion}}: Used in [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p71/ this strip.]]
** [[AltText There's a hilarious joke that I snuck into panel 1753.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler: Frans Rayner's prosthetic]] robot eye.
* RedshirtArmy: The future rebels are [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p27 not terribly bright]]. Lampshaded in the AltText, where they're referred to as "La revolution incompetente."
* RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear: Played abnormally straight in [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p40 this strip]].
* {{Retcon}}: On January 30 2012, the return of the McNinja burger in-comic, Hastings went and changed all "McDonalds" references to "[=McBonalds=]" so that he wouldn't have any legal issues printing the book later, including a modified logo and renaming Ronald [=McDonald=] to Donald [=McBonald=]. The protest signs [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/0p4/ on this page]] only had strokes added over the D's to change them to B's, rather than the letters being redrawn.
* TheReveal:
** About what King Radical is actually planning:[[spoiler: The world of Dr McNinja was created when bleed off from our universe and the Radical Land mixed together. King Radical's master plan is to merge the two universes completely, replacing all the Muggles (including his Army of the Common Man) with Radical citizens, but leaving everyone already Radical (like most of the main characters) untouched. ]]
** Of King Radical's identity: [[spoiler: King Radical is the version of Charles "Chuck" Goodrich from the Radical Lands!]]
* RiseFromYourGrave: The zombies, and [[spoiler:Both Ben Franklins]].
* TheRival: Doctor [=McLuchadore=] is this to Dr. [=McNinja=]. Apparently the former's tendency to treat his patients via insane wrestling moves got on the latter's nerves and the ninja-doctor ran the wrestler-doctor out.
* RobotMe: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/11p45 Here]]
* RoboticReveal: Played straight with [[spoiler:Robot Dracula]], inverted with [[spoiler: Hortense]]
* RocketRide: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/11p48 This page]]
* RuleOfCool and
* RuleOfFunny: Together with RefugeInAudacity, these rules cover everything that happens. ''Everything.'' There's considerable overlap, such as [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/11p32 blocking a sword swing from Dracula with a stethoscope]]. In the words of the creator, "Dr. [=McNinja=] lives in a world that operates like a MortalKombat stage."
** King Radical [[DefiedTrope defies]] this with [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p49/ his office]], it's completely normal and bland with a plain desk loaded with paperwork and a water cooler against the wall; it's because he hates paperwork, so he made his office as lame as possible so that he doesn't want to spend time there.
** This actually gets an [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p107/ in-universe explanation]]. [[spoiler: The [=McNinja=] universe is crammed in-between the Radical Lands and our universe in the multiverse, and there's some bleed-over from both due to the vortex below Cumberland.]]
* RunningGag:
** '''Charles "Chuck" Goodrich: * Insert title here* '''
*** ''[[spoiler:The Most Radical Man in the Radical Land.]]''
** It's Dr. McNinja's birthday? He's going to die. Spectacularly.
** The seemingly unkillable "Birdosaurus" stalking Doc.
* SceneryCensor: "The pants aren't stretchy."
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: While fighting Paul Bunyan, the cops see Yoshi. They draw the line at [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p3 dinosaurs]].
* ScrewYourself: Dan suspects it of the Doc and his clone. "It's what any of us would do!"
* SdrawkcabAlias: Lampshaded. It's pretty easy for the Doctor to figure out who "Mr. Alucard" is. It's not as obvious for Benjamin Franklin II, which brings us to an arc that was almost 2 years long. Doc's [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p16 reaction]] says it all.
* SecretStabWound: Doc spends over an hour being [[MetronomicManMashing pummelled]] by a gorilla before knocking it out with PressurePoint technique. He then nonchalantly says he "needed a nap", (having been unconscious for most of the fight), and retires to a private room to "clean up". He then leans over a nearby washbasin and pulls out the bottom of his mask, causing blood to ''pour'' out.
* SendInTheClones: [[spoiler:Frans Rayner]]'s plan once he learns about Old [=McNinja=].
* SeriousBusiness: Tennis, and with damn good reason. [[spoiler:Misunderstood reason, anyway.]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: The good Doctor. "Pirate, you have got some straight up testicular elephantitis, comin' in here, and sittin' next to a ninja." [[AltText He's saying the pirate has major balls.]]
* ShaggyDogStory: The entire "Death Volley" arc appears to have been one. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p72 Or not]]?
* ShipSinking: A pretty conclusive and concise [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p63/ two-for-one deal]].
* ShirtlessScene: The Doc has one [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/5p11 here.]]
* ShootingSuperman: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p38 "Hello? Ninja?"]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler: Agent Bearclaw's rescue after falling out of an airplane]].
* ShoutOut: Truckloads of them.
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p10/ This page, with the BUT >, and AND SO V]] are a tribute to [[JimmyCorriganTheSmartestKidOnEarth the comic Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid of Earth.]]
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p42 This page]], rife with Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple references (including Olmec the giant stone head and the infamous Silver Monkey).
** When the Doc was dead/not-dead, the subtext mentioned that the skeleton maitre'd [[GrimFandango wasn't Spanish, not wearing a black tux, and was not a travel agent, sorry.]]
** In [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p17 this page]], look closely at the second panel, in other words [[spoiler: The good Doctor's notes on Time Travel back in college]]. [[Series/DoctorWho Phone]] [[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure booths...]].
** "[[Franchise/TheDarkTower I do not kill with my gun. I kill with my heart.]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p13 He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father."]] It becomes a plot point when Dark Smoke Puncher uses it to figure out Gordito is exaggerating his bad-ass qualities.
** At the bottom of [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p60 this page]], {{Frankenstein}}'s Mongo.
*** [[AltText He also learned that]] [[HulkSpeak fire bad.]]
** The WeaponOfChoice for each of the four {{McNinja}}s (at least during the Punch Dracula arc): a katana, two sais, a staff, and nunchuks. [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Sound familiar?]]
*** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/2p9/ This strip]] contains a recruitment pamphlet for the Foot Clan. The AltText lampshades it as well.
** The T-Rex in the last panel of [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p17 this strip]] strikes a similar pose to the star of ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'', and his one line pretty much sums up the comic in question.
-->'''T-Rex''': I GOT OPINIONS.
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/3p11 "It seems logical]] to mistake me for Dr. [=McNinja=], as we are both doctors and he in fact does the exact same thing I do. [=McNinja=] and I even go to the same barber... [[AmericanPsycho although I have a slightly better haircut."]]
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p12 "This sounds a lot like Lost"]]
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p3 Dark Smoke Puncher has 99 problems.]]
** Doc's plan to [[spoiler: clone himself in order to study everything he wants to in only eight years and then reunite the duplicates at the end]] is almost identical to a plan that Jamie Madrox (aka Multiple Man) pulled off in an issue of ''XFactor''.
*** And the alt-text even mentions the similarities to a certain character from Literature/HarryPotter.
** To Film/SomewhereInTime in the AltText to [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p11 this page]].
*** And that comic itself is one to ''Film/BackToTheFuture, Part 2''.
** The Nasaghasts take of the form of skeletons wearing space suits, similar to the Vashta Narada of Series/DoctorWho.
** His entrance into the series of tunnels under Cumberland using a dead Pterodactyl (or something) as a hang-glider pulled by a motorcycle has to be a shout-out to Yor, Hunter of the Future.
** The pilot of Doc's plane in [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p20 this comic's]] last words are a reference to ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''.
** Judy is a shout out to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koko_(gorilla) Koko]], a cat-loving female gorilla capable of sign language.
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p27/ "Did you know that you can get a loan from a bank? It turns out that's how they make money."]] [[HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw Not anymore they don't! Ha ha, the economy! - Ed.]]
** Doctor McNinja Finds a Raptor in his office! What does he do? Name it [[SuperMarioBros Yoshi]].
*** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p4 A classic maneuver.]]
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/3p40/ There is no Jenny...]] [[AltText ONLY]] [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} ZUUL!]]
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p30/ There is only one way]] for a [[TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles ninja to get around a sewer.]]
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p65/ How Dr. McNinja was raised to want to become]][[ComicBook/{{BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns}} Batman!]]
** "[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p59/ It's like he's]] [[GameBreaker Oddjob]] in [[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 Goldeneye]]!"
* ShownTheirWork: The AltText usually confirms what they've studied in regards to things such as blood transfusions or submarine classes.
** One hilarious example is a sequence involving decompression on an airplane, the dramatic "[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p16 hole blown in the side]]" type. While the sequence is proceeding, the AltText goes on about how Hastings asked his dad (who had flown a similar plane) what would probably happen, but decided to go with RuleOfCool.
** Maybe not always "[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p30 studied]]", but hey, same diff.
** In "Why A Gorilla?", which takes place during Doc's college days, he gives a presentation on vampire myths, indicating that it's true vampires don't resolve on film. Afterward, a student excitedly asks if a bunch of other myths are true, including whether or not vampires are compelled to count rice if you throw it on the ground. A couple pages later, Doc escapes a pair of vampires by doing exactly this, and threatens that if they attack him again, he's telling everyone that myth is real. The AltText suggests burying loved ones with a bag of sand if you suspect they might be vampires to keep them busy--an actual 'remedy' included in early vampire myths.
* {{Sidekick}}: Gordito.
* SignatureLaugh: Dr. Knickerbockers, the evil midget doctor: "Eeeheeeheheheheheh!".
* SingleStrokeBattle: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p39 Subverted]]
* SkyPirates: [[strike:Kidnapped the Doc.]] Thought they kidnapped the Doc, [[spoiler: but it was actually his clone.]] Later, Gordito singlehandedly kills them all because he gets stuck behind on the ship.
* SlowClap: Dan [=McNinja=] thinks the first recorded Slow Clap was delivered by the ninja who witnessed the ancient [=McNinjas=] staving off a {{Pirate}} attack. Then the AltText informs us that this is incorrect: the ''first'' Slow Clap was Peter's reaction upon seeing Jesus [[Literature/TheBible raise Lazarus from the dead]].
* TheSlowPath: Taken by [[spoiler:Mayor Chuck Goodrich]] after his plan to sabotage the [=McNinja=] clones goes wrong.
* SmokeOut: Played straight more often than not. Subverted once, when Doc deployed a smoke bomb as a startled response to encountering someone in public he was trying to avoid.
* SoftGlass
* SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX: Parodied in the alt text here: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p53 Some of my best myselves are creepy lab clones.]]
* SoundEffectBleep: In the middle of a July day, Doc looks up to see [[spoiler:a solid wall of snow falling from the sky]] and manages to stammer out [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/22p02/ "What. The. *FUMP*"]].
* SpannerInTheWorks: Old [=McNinja=], for Rayner.
** Both Chuck Goodrich and Alt!Chuck Goodrich's co-pilot in the latest arc.
* SpoofAesop: Remember, it's better for people to think you're a moron than to think you're a jerk.
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/9p6 Never forget the teachings of those whom you shoot in the face after they become zombies.]] In case you don't have the context for that, [[spoiler:Gordito shot Ben Franklin after he became a zombie.]]
** Also, many of [[NoFourthWall Dr. McNinja's Final Thoughts]] feature this.
* StableTimeLoop: Sparklelord's fate. Also an [[TemporalParadox Ontological Paradox]], because of the question of what happens to his ''mass''.
** [[spoiler: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p76/ As it turns out]] King Radical knows about Chuck Goodrich being a chrononaut thanks to one (and because he's also one).]]
* StarfishCharacter: At death's door, Dr. [=McNinja=]'s soul splits into a doctor and a ninja.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: The Doctor himself [[spoiler:[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p60 wonders why the not-quite-dead Frans Rayner doesn't just sic Mongo on him.]]]]
* StealthHiBye: Utilized to great effect by the good doctor [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p36 here.]]
* StealthPun:
** Dr [=McNinja=]'s clone who got a degree in agriculture and has a farm goes by "Old." As in "Old [=McNinja=]." (''[[DontExplainTheJoke E-I-E-I-O]]''.)
*** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p58/ Four pages later]]: [[AltText Old [=McNinja=] has ADHD. EEE AYE EEE AYE OH]]
** In chapter 16, Dan finds Judy in a gambling club called 'Le Brouillard', French for 'the Mist'. All its clientele are... [[GorillasInTheMist uh...]]
* SteppingStonesInTheSky: Dark Smoke Puncher does this with angel-winged flying sharks.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: The [[spoiler: Nasaghasts]] seem to work under this. Two are dispatched in short order by the doctor, and the third taken by surprise and almost killed. Then it [[spoiler: flies into space, catches and ''throws back'' a launched missile, and returns in a surprising BigDamnHeroes moment to save Chuck. Unfortunately, it only acts when astronauts are being immediately threatened and stands by passively while the newly-released second Horrorsaurus tears through the human army (seeing as he's the only NASA astronaut present). But then the Horrorsaurus kills Chuck. And the Nasaghast [[UnstoppableRage grows to immense size and rips the Horrorsaurus apart.]]]]
* StuffBlowingUp: Cars, planes, ships, {{Mayincatec}} temples, trains, helicopters, airships, etc. The comic runs on this trope alongside RuleOfCool.
* SuperCellReception: The doctor getting phone reception while traveling through space. He didn't lose his connection until he started atmospheric re-entry. It's lampshaded in the AltText that the other end of the call was in a submarine.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p29 Of the Soylent Green variety.]]
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p14/ NOT my diary: don't look]]
* SwitchingToGeico: Subverted
-->'''Dr. [=McNinja=]''': I'm really sorry, but it looks like the test confirmed it, and your cancer is back. But I do have some good news.\\
'''Patient''': "Didja save a bunch of money on your car insurance, Doc?"\\
'''Dr. [=McNinja=]''': [[VisibleSilence ...]] "If any doctor were ever to say that they would lose their license immediately. Do you ''really'' think that's funny?"\\
'''Patient''': "It's a funny commercial on TV!"\\
'''Dr. [=McNinja=]''': "Is cancer funny to you? Is cancer ''funny'' to you?!"\\
'''Patient''': "I'm sorry."\\
'''Dr. [=McNinja=]''': [[WhatTheHellHero "You should be."]]
* TactfulTranslation: In the prequel adventure, we see that [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/27p33/ the guy really needs someone to edit his words]] when dealing with gorillas he'd constantly accidentally offend.
* TapOnTheHead: Includes both the 'neck chop' and PistolWhipping variants. Still, you know... ''ninja''.
* TakeAThirdOption:
** After running a poll to determine whether to shade the comic or only use line drawings, Hastings decided to hire another person on to the [=McNinja=] team to do the coloring.
** In AWOL MD, Gordito has to figure out which teacher at school is actually a demon. Since the demon only showed up recently, he checks which teachers are new, and finds that there are only two new teachers; the Gym teacher and the English teacher. He ends up [[spoiler: being wrong either way, because the demon actually pulled a DeadPersonImpersonation of the Math teacher]].
* TakeThat: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/9p24 Jack Chick was right!]]
** Also one to Paula Deen in AltText of [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p20 this issue]]
** Check the AltText [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p5 here]].
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Dan and Mitzi to the Horrorsaurus in the BadFuture.]]
* [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat The Poster Knew You Didn't Read All Of It]]: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p34/ A poster]] that detailed the recent plot points to [[TheWatson Chuck Goodrich]] ends with the text: "I KNOW YOU DIDN'T READ ALL OF IT. DO IT AGAIN."
* TechnicalPacifist: The Doctor takes his Hippocratic Oath seriously, most of the time.
** Mongo, who has since learned the value of life and refuses to kill (he also learned that [[HulkSpeak fire: bad]])
*** And Gorilla + Bazooka > Mongo
* TheDeadHaveNames: In the [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/1p14/ aforementioned slaying of the security guard]], the guard is KilledMidSentence while saying "Yep, sure do miss my wi-[fe and kids]." The Doctor guesses he [[InsaneTrollLogic misses his white pants]].
* ThemeNaming: The titles of Radical Land's knights are based on card suits. Ron Wizard is Sir Cowabunga of Clubs, [[spoiler:King Radical/Charles 'Chuck' Goodrich]] was once Sir Sicknasty of Spades, [[spoiler:Sparklelord]] was Sir Hellacious of Hearts, and there was also Dame Dudeical of Diamonds.
* TheyFightCrime: Played with [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p21/ here]]:
-->'''Dr. [=McNinja=]:''' I wouldn't say necessarily that [[InvokedTrope we fight crime]] so much as we... take care of problems that need to be solved with violence.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Again, [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/8p27 Doctor. Ninja. Etc.]]
* TimeTravel: Apparently there's evidence for it all over the place: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p12 Thomas Jefferson]], Sparklelord, Chuck Goodrich, and King Radical have all used or been affected by it.
* ToastedBuns: In one BadFuture, a man using a jetpack has horribly burnt legs from the experience. The lack of safety is justified: as he was given the jetpack and [[DeadlyGame set loose by dinosaurs who were paying to hunt him for sport,]] one would assume jetpack safety to be the least of his worries.
* TookALevelInJerkass: [[spoiler:Mitzi]], ever since being inflicted with Mummy's Curse. Most obvious in [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p63/ this]] comic.
* TotallyRadical: Most of Sean's "cool" slang. Also the joke behind [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p16/ this]] priceless exchange:
-->'''Dan [=McNinja=]''': "Come on! Let's go bust some asses! What, are you too cool to bust ass with your old man?"
-->'''Dr [=McNinja=]''': "Dad, that means farting."
-->'''Dan [=McNinja=]''': "What, are you too cool to blast ass with your old man?"
-->'''Dr [=McNinja=]''': "Diarrhea."
-->'''Dan [=McNinja=]''': "''Damnit I want us to go injure people!''"
-->'''Dr [=McNinja=]''': "That would be 'kick' ass."
** Subverted by King Radical. [[spoiler:Well, the latest one. The prior one went full bore.]]
** And played straight by [[spoiler: Ron Wizard]]
* TrainingFromHell: Doc's entire childhood and adolescence. Gordito gets a taste of it, complete with a TrainingMontage, when he visits the [=McNinja=] family
* TraitorShot: Lampshaded by "Victor the plumber" in [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/14p22 this comic]].
* TrustMeImADoctor: "You know who" feels it is important every once in a while to remind people who are having discussions with him that he's a doctor, even while [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p41 arguing with Death.]]
* ATwinkleInTheSky: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p42/ here.]]
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: Dark Horse Comics asked who would win; Dr [=McNinja=], or [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Saxton Hale]]? The winner is...[[spoiler:Saxton Hale, by a fair margin of votes. Oh well]].
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p85/ A one-person variant.]]
* UnfinishedBusiness: A pizza for Ben Franklin II.
* UnflinchingWalk: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p20 Lampshaded]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/13p21 here.]]
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p96/ McNinjas know the rule.]]
* {{Unicorn}}: [[spoiler: Sparklelord the motorcycle.]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p65 Beautiful.]]
* UniversalDriversLicense: Doc has operated everything from light aircraft to earthmoving equipment. Dan [=McNinja=] might have one too.
* UnsoundEffect: '''''CREEPEDOUTENOUGHTOBEEASILYTHROWNFROMTHEBIKE'''''.
** Also '''''CEASE AND DESISTED''''' at the end of the first story.
** ''Doc Gets Rad.'' gave us '''''[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p6 SICKNASTY!]]''''' driving.
** Also, '''''WHCRUNCH'''''. The alt text parodies this by claiming it wasn't actually a sound effect and Doc just painted it on the ground, where someone landed there, face first.
** '''[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p03/ MAGIC!]]'''
** '''''[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p15/ YOINKAROO]]'''''
** [[http://www.drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p16/ THE SWEETEST DUNK]]
** '''[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p81/ BANISHPOOF]]'''
* UpToEleven: The entire webcomic does this. Then throws it out the window. Then sets it ''[[IncendiaryExponent on fire]]...''
* ViewersAreGoldfish: Parodied in the annotations from [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/9p12 this]] page, then lampshaded in the AltText.
* VillainousBreakdown: King Radical hides under a blanket when he learns the nature of the Doctor's new motorcycle.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: King Radical is starting to become one.
** [[spoiler: Arguably he could just be showing his TrueColors as an outlaw with good intentions, very much like the Doctor (the difference being is that the Doctor isn't officially an outlaw; he just has to call "BASE!" to keep his record clean). Until TheReveal that is.]]
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: [[spoiler: Sparklelord is a OmnicidalManiac who wants to destroy everything to take revenge on King Radical and possesses or manipulates people into being evil in order to do this. He's the only villain who isn't PlayedForLaughs and nearly uses his power to Doc evil.]]
* VirginPower: Sparklelord was a unicorn [[spoiler:disguised as a motorcycle]](long story). It chose Doc to ride it and at the end of the arc, Gordito pointed out that unicorns usually only approach virgins. Doc tries to justify Sparkelord's choice in a way that implies that Doc is a virgin and doesn't want to admit it.
* WallOfText: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/5p20/ This strip]], among other examples. Lampshaded in the AltText.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: The abs guy (Justified in that there are probably no shirts that can accommodate his Organic Jet Pack) and Mongo.
* WarriorTherapist
* TheWatson: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p34/ Chuck Goodrich]] becomes one so that Dr. [=McNinja=] can review what has been going on in the last few arcs, via a large poster.
* WeaksauceWeakness: McNinja threatens to reveal that one of the more humiliating vampire weaknesses (namely being compelled to count grains of rice) is real if they try to turn him
* WeCanRebuildHim: [[spoiler: Frans Rayner, after getting impaled through most of his body.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: The Doctor's motivation for most of his interactions with his family (mainly his mother), until he gets fed up with them.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: King Radical, with emphasis on the extremist part.]]
* WhamEpisode: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p75/ The reveal of the true identity of King Radical.]]
* WhamLine:
** Chuck Goodrich, '''[[spoiler: CHRONONAUT]]'''
** "Did I do something wrong?" "[[IncomingHam You did indeed, Doctor!]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p32/ You failed]]."
** [[spoiler: When King Radical laments that turning Cumberland into a giant mech didn't work because it only summoned Ron. Ron's response? "Oh my king...make the robot ''do something'']]."
** '''[[spoiler: King Charles "Chuck" Goodrich: The Most Radical Man in the Radical Land]]'''
** Pretty much any time the line [[spoiler: "Charles 'Chuck' Goodrich: (description)"]] appears.
* WhatAnIdiot: [[invoked]] Lampshaded in Army of One, in which both ConservationOfNinjutsu and ConservationOfCompetence work against the Doc for once.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Invoked in the alt text. Hastings says he's often asked what he's on when he writes the comic, then admits he was drunk when he came up with the [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p92/ Dubstep Quartet]].
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Subverted and played for gallows humor: The Doctor thinks (almost) nothing of occasionally killing security guards and drug-enhanced ninja mooks, and he gets chewed out for this, big time.
** And the church is probably cool with it, too!
** This is a major plot point in the first arc, where the Doctor actually has nightmares of all the mooks he killed coming back as zombies to get him. When the zombies actually DO come, he truly believes they wanted to came back to life just to get revenge.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Doc has no moral conflicts about unleashing his awesome-fu on anything the Hippocratic Oath doesn't cover (robots, zombies, etc.)
** Bearclaw is haunted to the point of [[ProperlyParanoid paranoia]] by his previous treatment of dolphins when a group of them rescue him.
* WhatMeasureIsANonUnique: Subverted when Doc insists that they save his clone ([[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p30 "He's just as much your son as I am!"]]) [[spoiler:Then played straight to help Doc justify killing all of the clones to himself.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: In addition to the above,. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p44 "You know you've been a pretty terrible doctor lately, right?"]]
-->'''Gordito''': [[StuffBlowingUp You blew up his helicopters. You blew up the train car.]] You knocked out a crowd of [=McDonald's=] customers. You wrecked a pharmaceutical lab. You cut the faces off several {{pirate}}s. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking You stole a shipment of potato chips.]] [[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn You chloroformed ]]''[[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn me]]'' [[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn and left me on top of a ]]''[[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn mountain]]'' to fight a robot ''{{bear|sAreBadNews}}'' in the ''[[BattleInTheRain rain]]!''
** And when [=McNinja=] learns that a future disaster he's asked to prevent (hyper-intelligent dinosaurs take over the Earth) is not a scheme of King Radical, and thus in that future King Radical's plans have failed, he suggests he might not be interested in preventing it. Gordito [[SarcasmMode subtly]] shows his [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p21 disapproval]].
** And when Doc distracts his brother, who is in the process of fighting dinosaurs.
** Neatly subverted in the "AWOL MD" arc [[spoiler:After explaining that he and Chuck faked their deaths to ultimately hide from the demon (Chuck) and infiltrate King Radical's gang (Doc). Gordito and the McNinja family point out the effects this had on them. Doc then states that the future King Radical told him that present day KR was up to something. When Doc becomes part of the gang, he can see what was going to happen.]]
** Judy gives Mcninja another one later on when [[spoiler: he cuts down the haunted forest for King Radical]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler:Dracula]] has grown bored with life, so he's planning to effectively commit suicide soon. But first, he wants to know what awaits him in the afterlife.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Averted and lampshaded when King Radical contracts the mummy curse and asks Dr [=McNinja=] (undercover as Dr [=McLuchador=]) to cure him.
-->'''Dr [=McNinja=]''' (to himself) I could just let him die. Moral Quandry!
-->'''Radical's {{Mook}}:''' (points a gun at [=McNinja=]'s head) [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike No Quandaries!]]
-->'''AltText:''' That fixes that little corner I wrote myself into.
** Rayner plays around with this: he ''tries'' to shoot Doc to avoid actually fighting him, despite knowing that he will probably use his ninja reflexes to dodge the bullets (he does).
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: Done when [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/15p5 Dr McNinja]] is angry/scared/shocked. It's lampshaded by AltText.
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: The sheer ridiculousness of most of the comic's storylines means that most fans eventually reach a point where its too much, and they can't believe it any more. The recommended therapy is to keep reading; it will pass in time.
* AWizardDidIt: Anything completely illogical regarding the [=McNinjas=] can be filed under [[HandWave "ninja tricks"]] and of course RuleOfCool.
** [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p02/ I don't know where the river finds all those nickels!! It just does.]]
* WhamEpisode: King Radical isn't just King Radical. We discover his true identity. ''[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p75/ Dude.]]''
* TheWorfEffect: Bearclaw when fighting the robot temple guard.
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: If the various {{Bad Future}}s that the various Chucks keep coming back to fix are any indication. Stop a zombie apocalypse, evil robot uprising. Stop that, dinosaur invasion. Stop that, sentient vacuum cleaners. Stop that, etc.
* WorldOfBadass: What King Radical wants to turn the city into. [[spoiler: As it turns out, Dr. McNinja's dimension sits halfway between King Radical's awesome world, and a really mundane one. [[ThisLoserIsYou Ours]]. Or at least, one much like it.]]
* WorldOfChaos: Dr. [=McNinja=]'s world is already a WorldOfWeirdness. The Radical Lands take this UpToEleven. Everything follows RuleOfCool, the rituals are bizarre, and nearly everything is sentient, including the [[GeniusLoci land itself]]. In fact, the Radical Lands are ''so awesome'', that Dr. [=McNinja=]'s world has to force any element of them that gets imported to be reduced to something more mundane, just to avoid breaking reality.
* WorthyOpponent: [[BoldInflation KING RADICAL]] -- the only character capable of giving the protagonist a run for his money in the coolness department.
** This is [[spoiler: Ron's plan to open the portal to Radical Land. Since a giant ass robot isn't radical enough on its own, it needs a radical foe to fight.]]
* WouldHitAGirl:
** [[spoiler: Gordito, apparently. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p08/ She had it coming.]]]]
** Also, [[spoiler: Dr. McNinja has no problem either. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p57/ Hortense had it coming.]] Arguably, it was also just an easy opportunity for Gordito to not only [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/26p58/ follow up, but follow up on his follow up.]]]]
* WrongInsultOffence
-->'''Old:''' You soft nurse!
-->'''[=Dr McNinja:=]''' Oh, you can't seriously try to insult me with that. Doctors prescribe, nurses provide, dummy! Respect!
* YouDidntAsk: [[spoiler: Why Dracula didn't use his moon base laser during the dinosaur invasion.]]
-->'''[[AffablyEvil Dracula]]''': They usually don't ''like'' [[spoiler:the laser]].
* YouFightLikeACow: '''Dr. [=McNinja=]''': A properly executed pre-mortem one-liner is '''vital''' to our health.
* YouHaveFailedMe: [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/4p18 "I bet that I could catch the both of you if you were on fire."]]
* YouHaveToBurnTheWeb: Zelda thwarts the doctor again!
* YourHeadAsplode: Happens to one of the steam-punkesque sky-pirates after being told that his sword is AwesomeButImpractical, his GogglesDoNothing and his {{Anachronism Stew}}ed outfit bears UnfortunateImplications. Also, he dropped a sprocket and someone said Queen Victoria ''was stupid''.
-->'''Dan [=McNinja=]''': Boy, I didn't understand a word of what you said back there, and it made a man's head explode.
** [[WordOfGod The author]] thanked a David Malki! of {{Wondermark}} in the AltText for helping him make fun of {{Steampunk}}.
* YoungGun: Gordito.
* ZombieApocalypse: Ninja Zombies, at that.
* ZergRush: Almost works [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p76 here.]]
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