''The Last Days of FOXHOUND'' is a [[FanWebcomic fan webcomic]] by Chris Doucette. Hosted at [[http://www.doctorshrugs.com/foxhound/comic.php?id=1 doctorshrugs.com]], it is centered around the QuirkyMiniBossSquad from the first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' game, starting several years before the events of the game, when the highly dysfunctional group was still running top secret missions for good old Uncle Sam. The comic is mostly a combination of [[AffectionateParody affectionate parody]] (for example, a major [[RunningGag running gag]] is mocking the game's [[YouFailBiologyForever odd ideas about genetics]], sometimes even correctly) and a deconstruction of life within a quirky miniboss squad where everyone hates one another. Throw in a pinch of [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensues]], a dash of {{Sympathetic POV}}s, some ComedicSociopathy and a metric fuckton of swearing to accompany the antics, and the recipe is complete.

About midway in the comic's run, CerebusSyndrome increasingly takes hold, and the gags get put on hold more and more for the deconstructions and showing the group becoming involved with/aware of [[AncientConspiracy the Patriots]], their decision to turn rogue against the United States and attempt to revolt against the Patriots, right up until the inevitable conflict with Snake at Shadow Moses.

In a rare accomplishment for a webcomic, the story completed its entire arc, and the complete 500 comic long strip (plus some filler) can be found at the gigaville archive.

Doucette's has since started a new project on doctorshrugs, a hybrid webcomic/browser game called ''Webcomic/DemonThesis''.

A fandub by [[http://www.youtube.com/user/BroadSpectrumStudios Broad Spectrum Studios]] was released in July 21. It is available [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz1h_FP1t5E here]].

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!!''The Last Days of Foxhound'' contains examples of:

* AbusiveDad: Big Boss royally screwed Liquid Snake up during his lifetime and then after it because [[CloudCuckooLander Liquid hallucinates him]]. [[spoiler: And later, as it turns out Liquid isn't (presumably) hallucinating at all: Big Boss is literally haunting his son, and at one point possesses his body.]]
* AbsoluteCleavage: Parodied, as apparently why Sniper Wolf looks like that is because her shirt was [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=402 accidentally shrunk]] from a more reasonable neckline.
* AffectionateParody
* AlasPoorVillain: Most of the characters are DoomedByCanon, and played for sympathy.
* {{Angrish}}: [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=118 Here.]]
* {{Anti Villain}}s: Well, possibly...
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Psycho Mantis, ''a freaking psychic'', has some narrow ideas about what to accept as plausible to believe in.
** Like ghosts. He doesn't believe in ghosts until The Sorrow puts him through his "test". Which is HilariousInHindsight considering that in ''Metal Gear Solid 4'', [[spoiler:Mantis comes back ''as a ghost'']].
** And talking/psychic wolves.
---> '''Berthold''': (a psychic talking wolf for those playing at home) ''A telepath? No '''freaking''' way. ...Yes, I '''get''' the irony, Liquid, thank you.''
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Played for laughs with The Pain, whose status as a living BeeBeeGun is attributed with his mother's constant craving for sweets leading to The Pain being born with honey DNA.
** Played for laughs even more prominently with all the bastardised genetics that get thrown about, particularly by Liquid, much to Mantis' vehement frustration (see also: BrickJoke).
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: [[http://www.doctorshrugs.com/foxhound/comic.php?id=464 Ocelot's reaction]] to the fact that the blast furnace in Shadow Moses is directly next to the cold storage.
-->'''Ocelot:''' (To Liquid over Codec) Okay, yeah, I'm with you. The guy who designed this place can just go to hell.
* AuthorTract: Mantis is the typical mouthpiece, mostly about HideoKojima's lazy research into [[YouFailBiologyForever genetics]] - but the JerkassHasAPoint about the [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=133 2004 elections]]. [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=272 Naomi]] supplements Mantis' rants with more reasonable but just as frustrated objections.
* BadassArmy: All of FOXHOUND qualifies (excluding the [[RedShirtArmy Genome]] [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy Soldiers]], of course).
** ImplacableMan: Liquid's defining trait of badassery.
** BadassNormal: Several members of FOXHOUND lack any sort of special powers; Liquid is exceptionally skilled at infiltration and CQC, and is [[ImplacableMan virtually unkillable]], Wolf is nothing but a normal human being who has received training from the best and is exceptionally-determined as well as being capable of remaining completely motionless in wait for a target for ''days'' (and constantly on sedatives that, combined with aforementioned training, gives her aim approaching [[ImprobableAimingSkills Ocelot]] levels), and [[TheBigGuy Vulcan Raven]] mostly lacks any [[UselessUsefulSpell genuinely useful powers]], merely using a BFG to kill things. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill A lot.]] Also, the DARPA Chief Donald Anderson. [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=444 I'm completely]] [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=484 serious.]]
* BerserkButton: Everyone in the comic has a few, even Raven, ''an Inuit shaman''. Here's a couple:
** You'd ''[[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=103 better not]]'' aggravate Liquid's inferiority complex. [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=104 Or this happens.]] Of course, this is taken advantage of by many other characters. Don't ever try to say how great Solid Snake is.
** [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=184 Do not call Raven an Eskimo.]] Or suggest he's CompensatingForSomething with his Vulcan cannon.
** Do not, ever, [[http://www.doctorshrugs.com/foxhound/comic.php?id=368 hurt Wolf in front of Berthold]]. Even if it's for her own good. Especially [[GroinAttack if you're male]].
* BilingualBonus: Old Boy.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Mocked in regards to the Shadow Moses Island facility having a blast furnace right near a cold storage room.
-->'''Ocelot:''' ...(goes into blast furnace.) Blast furnace. (Goes back into cold storage warehouse) Cold storage.
-->'''*calls Liquid on codec*'''
-->'''Ocelot:''' Yeah, okay, I'm with you. The guy who designed this place can just go to hell.
* BizarreAndImprobableBallistics / ImprobableAimingSkills: [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=28 Ocelot]]. And how improbable? [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=267 This improbable]].
* BrickJoke: [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=246 strip 246]] features Ghost Liquid going on a completely misguided and inaccurate spiel about dominant and recessive genes. Raven notes that Mantis "is gonna have a conniption" if and when he finds out what Liquid's "[[CriticalResearchFailure learned]]". Then comes [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=427 strip 427]] where Liquid suggests consulting the book "American Journal of Inaccurate Genetics: Volume 19" to fix the Genome Soldiers' oncoming gene malfunctions. Cue Mantis [[{{Angrish}} literally foaming at the mouthpiece]]. For more laughs, guess what the title of strip 427 is.
** Also [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=267 this page]] and the last panel of [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=367 this page]]
* CallingCard: Fatman claims his is leaving a giant pile of rubble behind.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Liquid against Big Boss.
* CharacterDevelopment: Liquid, incredibly. He starts out even more ridiculous than he was in the game, and becomes ''somewhat'' less so.
** Once Liquid decides to [[spoiler:rebuild Outer Heaven]] and becomes the leader of FOXHOUND, he has upgraded in competence to the point where the rest of the team actually ''listen'' to him. Occasionally, at least. Despite the fact that the continue to squabble and bitch like crazy, pretty much every one of them - with the exception of Ocelot (maybe?) - become, to some degree, [[SarcasticDevotee Sarcastic Devotees]]. Even ''Mantis'' pays him attention... although that doesn't stop things like [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=319 this]] from happening.
* CharacterExaggeration: Most of the squad's personalities are exaggeration of the characters they're based on, although not to excess and still well balanced with real characterization. Sometimes it's just funnier that way.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=6 Named the trope]]. He treats the condition with periodic pulls off an inhaler of "[[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=63 Thioazurilamide]]" and in one Mailbag, advises against using "Thioazurilami'''n'''e," which is a cheap knock-off with "[[http://gigaville.com/mailbag.php?id=5 some nasty side effects, such as grogginess, shaky hands, and a desire to watch WB's award winning drama Gilmore Girls.]]" Thioazurilamide "may be a bit more expensive, but is well worth it in order to live a steady-handed life free of teenage angst soap operas."
*** Jim Houseman, the Secretary of Defense, has the same condition, [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=400 but he doesn't have it under control like Ocelot.]]
** Despite what at first seems to just be a rather off-the-cuff gag, there's actually a very good reason that Ocelot has Chronic Backstabbing Disorder when you find out what his past with the Patriots is.
* CloudCuckooLander: Liquid is half ''made'' of this, at least in the beginning, and Otacon falls into it occasionally in his ditzier moments. To point, [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=161 use the box, Liquid!]]
** There's also [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=175 this]].
* CoatHatMask: Decoy Octopus' self-image is basically a hat and trench coat, with nothing inside them. When asked why so, he says he's a Bogart fan.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience:Every named character's speech bubble is a different color, which makes it handy to pick out who's saying what, especially in text-heavy strips.
* CompellingVoice: Mantis. It doesn't work on other psychics (except [[spoiler: Eddie, and since he's stated to be a relatively weak telepath, it can be assumed that Mantis just psychically overpowered him]]), [[spoiler: {{Consummate Liar}}s]], or people with special nanomachines.
* CompensatingForSomething: Nope, I'm definitely not looking at you, Raven. Or implying anything. Or even thinking of implying anything, so please don't hurt me!
** Hey, he explained himself! [[Quotes/ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill It's on the There Is No Kill Like Overkill Quotes Page!]]
* ConspicuouslySelectivePerception: Spoofed repeatedly.
* CovertGroup: The [=FOXHOUND=] unit.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Liquid.
* CutenessProximity: Sniper Wolf's reaction to Berthold's half-dog pups. He is less than thrilled.
-->'''Wolf:''' Aren't you ze cutest? Yes, you are! ''Yes, you are.''
-->'''Berthold:''' Fantastic, she's a grandma.
* DeconstructiveParody
* DepravedBisexual: Vamp, much to Big Boss's [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=240 dismay.]]
* DitzyGenius: The comic [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=158 goes to pains to show exactly]] [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=159 how ditzy Otacon would have to be in order to build a]] [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=351 walking nuclear death tank while thinking that he was designing a missile defense system]]. [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=155 Also includes ]] [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=220 a tremendous amount]] [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=410 of mocking him for it]].
** There's Mei Ling, who starts her powerpoint presentation of nanotechnology with a picture of HelloKitty.
* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: Revolver Ocelot.
-->'''Psycho Mantis:''' You must spend every day pretending to act like you're falsely letting on that you aren't not unbetraying someone you don't not purport to allegedly not work for but really do! How do you keep all this shit straight without having an ''aneurysm?''
-->'''Revolver Ocelot:''' [[http://www.doctorshrugs.com/foxhound/comic.php?id=300 Practice]].
* DoesNotLikeWomen: Psycho Mantis has a somewhat irrational phobia of direct contact with women, to the extent that he doesn't want Sniper Wolf touching him, even though he is about to fall off a cliff.
* DoomedByCanon: Most of the cast is literally doomed by the canon, since [[spoiler:you do kill them in the game.]]
* DownerEnding: Though to anyone who's played the game, it's no surprise. Still sucks after getting to know all of them.
* DracoInLeatherPants: InUniverse, Revolver Ocelot, to the point that [[spoiler:[[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=268 Sniper Wolf develops a short-lived crush on him]], despite knowing what a horrible person he is.]]
* DramaticThunder: Invoked and lampshaded.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: By virtue of the comic's ForegoneConclusion, in the comic itself the fate of 95% of the cast is dealt with [[spoiler: in a single strip]]. You know it's coming, but after getting to know the characters for 498 strips straight, the suddenness of it all is actually quite a TearJerker.
* DumbIsGood: Ocelot and Mantis are the smartest members of the team, but also by far and large the nastiest. Otacon is the nicest regular but is a DitzyGenius writ large. Averted with GeniusBruiser Raven, who is at worst an AntiVillain and is the wisest member of the group.
** Also subverted with Octopus, who has never actually killed anyone. [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=249 Directly, anyway.]].
* {{Egopolis}}: Subverted. Liquid wanted to rename Outer Heaven into Liquidia, but no one supported the idea.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Subverted in one of the mailbags. A reader asks what Ocelot would do if he ran into Bin Laden. Ocelot breaks the fourth wall to say that, even if the comic portrays the villains as funny, "There are some villains so hideous, so much a threat to everything America and human decency holds dear, that they make people of all different backgrounds and beliefs put aside their differences and come together just to take that scum of the earth down." And therefore, Ocelot would shoot Bin Laden as soon as he saw him...otherwise ''Bin Laden'' would take ''Ocelot'' into the UN for ''his'' war crimes.
** The line is all about RuleOfFunny, but when you think about it this actually makes a fair amount of sense. A lot of Ocelot's war crimes were committed ''in Afghanistan'' against the mujaheddin who later became the Taliban, Bin Laden's allies.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Ocelot is definitely gay for Big Boss, just like in canon.
-->'''Liquid''': Do any of you guys ''not'' have a crush on my dad?!
* ExpressiveMask: Psycho Mantis.
* FanGirl: Mei Ling.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* FiveManBand / FiveBadBand: They tend to fit more into the archetype of FiveManBand considering that only Ocelot and Mantis could really sit comfortably in the "Evil" category, but considering that they ''are'' a QuirkyMinibossSquad...
** AntiHero[=/=]BigBad: Liquid - (whose former self may have been AmbiguouslyEvil, but who really ends up being a WellIntentionedExtremist)
** TheLancer[=/=]TheDragon: Ocelot - (who runs his own little GambitPileup just by being in the room)
** TheSmartGuy[=/=]TheEvilGenius: Psycho Mantis - (somewhat maniacal killer who sometimes switches roles with Ocelot between TheDragon and [[TheEvilGenius Evil Genius]])
** TheBigGuy[=/=]TheBrute: Raven - (he has a gun he stole from an ''F16!'')
** TheChick[=/=]TheDarkChick: there are two candidates for this, Octopus (who tends to avoid conflict), and Wolf (the resident sniper who fits rather more definitively into the DarkActionGirl persona)
* FlatWhat: [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=377 Mantis.]] [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=466 Liquid.]] [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=35 Mantis again.]]
* ForegoneConclusion
-->'''Liquid''': That ''sucked''.
-->'''Big Boss''': [[spoiler:''You'' suck.]]
* FourthWallMailSlot
* FreudianThreat: Berthold frequently makes more-or-less subtle threats to bite off other character's dicks if they don't do as they're told. At one point, Liquid comments on how often he uses that specific threat, and he basically just shrugs and goes "Hey, it works..."
* FreudWasRight: Commented on InUniverse during comic 50 when Mantis and Raven enter Liquid's mind and find it to be represented by an insanely tall skyscraper (with a small, grassy hill near the base):
-->'''Raven''': Wow. Just wow.
-->'''Mantis''': Freud would shit his pants.
* GambitPileup: Well, it ''is'' based on ''Metal Gear Solid'':
-->'''Mantis:''' I remember ten minutes ago, when logic and sanity governed the universe. Gosh, those were great times.\\
'''Ocelot:''' Look, if you ignore the little details, it's really quite simple. For several years, you have been working for a Patriot who is actually President Sears, who was put in office by The Patriots and is now trying to gain power to be rid of their control. The Patriots, in order to circumvent his efforts, had me trick you into getting him to hire me as an agent. Now I'm just waiting for the right moment to screw him over.\\
'''Mantis:''' But it's all '''''about''''' the little details! I mean, you must spend every day pretending to act like you're falsely letting on that you aren't not unbetraying someone you don't not purport to allegedly not work for, but you really do! How do you keep all this shit straight without having an aneurysm?!\\
'''Ocelot:''' Practice.
* GatlingGood: Raven sure thinks so.
* GenkiGirl: Mei Ling again.
* GenreSavvy: By the end, Liquid becomes ''very'' genre savvy about the risk of Solid Snake doing exactly what he did to Big Boss to him, and ''constantly'' tries to get around the problem... not that it does him any good.
* GilliganCut: [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=262 AFFIRMATIVE]]
* GlassCannon: Odds are anyone in the world could tear Mantis' fragile body apart. Fortunately for Mantis, his [[SpiderSense mind reading ability lets him know what people are going to do and react accordingly]].
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Played with hilariously in one strip.
* HeManWomanHater: Mantis. At one point, Ocelot contemplates killing him by surrounding him with big breasted women chanting "Give us babies" and forcing him to flee onto railroad tracks, but decides it would be too much trouble.
** Psycho Mantis elaborates on this in [[http://gigaville.com/mailbag.php?id=3 one of the mailbags]], revealing that he is in fact extraordinarily sexually repressed:
-->"Why do I recoil from the touch of the 'fairer' sex? Because my ancient Neanderthalic heritage is telling me to jump on that pony and breed my brains out."
** The other reason is stated in-game. Because people apparently think about sex ''all the time'', he's grown disgusted by the very idea of it. Hey, if you had to read the mind of Max Hardcore every day, you'd be asexual too just for some freaking contrast.
* HeroicBSOD: Liquid starting [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=49 here]] along with a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind.
** Later repeated with Ocelot, though that might have been part of his XanatosGambit.
* HandsInPockets: Naomi. Lampshaded early.
-->'''Gray Fox:''' So are your hands, like, glued to your pockets or something?
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Psycho Mantis, who uses his immense psychic powers mainly to cause lots and ''lots'' of problems for the other cast. The plain simple fact of the matter is that even in the game itself, he was in it solely to murder as many people as he could; the comic just plays it for laughs.
-->'''Raven:''' I think if Kant knew that one day you'd exist, he'd have built an exception into the Categorical Imperative.
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler:Psycho Mantis]] is a dick, but he's insightful sometimes, [[spoiler:like when [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=475 Berthold becomes a vegetable]].]]
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen / HeWhoMustNotBeHeard: Solid Snake only occasionally appears towards the end of the comic... as a silhouette who doesn't get any lines.
* HoYay: Not nearly as much as you'd expect, [[HoYay/MetalGearSolid considering the series]], but hell, there's [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=283 always]] [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=354 Ocelot]]. [[invoked]]
* IdiotHero: The comic's explanation for Liquid's {{Narm}}tacular and idiotic statements and behavior in the original game is that he literally suffered brain damage just before the start of the comic.
* IdTellYouButThenIdHaveToKillYou:
-->'''Naomi:''' It's not that I have a problem with it. But why do they want that?
-->'''Ocelot:''' Welcome to Ocelot Shack. You've got questions, [[ImpliedDeathThreat we've got bullets]].
* IHatePastMe: Subverted with Liquid at first, who, despite The Sorrow's best efforts, ends up gushing over his past self's brutality. However, this also played straight in the same instance as after Liquid is finished gushing over how cool he used to be... and finishes taking notes... he realises that being smart and using tactics to ''avoid'' having to kill people is just as important as, to quote, "being able to rip their faces off." The Sorrow is, on the one hand, quite pleased he eventually learnt his lesson, and on the other hand, endlessly frustrated that it [[IdiotHero took him so damn long to get it]]. In the aftermath Liquid condemns his past self for being manipulated by Big Boss into being a show-off with a ridiculous inferiority complex who would "cut off his own arm just to prove he could get by without it."
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The Genome Soldiers.
--> '''Ocelot:''' Even if they're not a squadron of Big Bosses, I hope they get something out of this. Like being able to hit the broad side of a barn with a rocket launcher.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Take a guess.
* IntellectualAnimal: Berthold, the telepathic wolf.
* JustOneMan: A RunningGag is the fact that Big Boss was defeated by Solid Snake, a single man wielding a rocket launcher against a man in a WalkingTank. A lot of Liquid's precautions aim to make sure this doesn't happen again. Of course, [[ForegoneConclusion he doesn't succeed]].
* KarmaHoudini: Ocelot, spending most of the comic's run manipulating and tormenting everyone left and right, escapes pretty much all of the karmic backlash and [[ForegoneConclusion survives the events of]] ''Metal Gear Solid'' despite being disarmed. [[spoiler:The last strip subverts this, however, as Liquid and Big Boss get their revenge on him from beyond the grave.]]
* KickTheDog: Liquid is revealed to have had a few of these moments [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=223 in his past]], and then there's [[http://www.doctorshrugs.com/foxhound/comic.php?id=394 what happens]] when Scratch [[HeKnowsTooMuch stumbles onto his plans]] to steal Metal Gear [=REX=]...
* LamarckWasRight: Spoofed and lampshaded to hell and back. Yes, they're clones, but ''combat skills and badassery aren't genetic traits''.
* LampshadeWearing: [[http://www.doctorshrugs.com/foxhound/comic.php?id=38 Grey Fox]] does so.
-->'''Frank:''' I am thoroughly ashamed that worked.
* {{Lampshading}}: Being a parody of ''Metal Gear Solid'', of course it's going to lampshade everything about it.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Parodied.
-->'''Ocelot:''' There are things I must tell you, Mantis. Things only you can know.\\
'''Mantis:''' Like what?\\
'''Ocelot:''' I am your father, Mantis.\\
'''Mantis:''' No you're not. I killed my father when I was eight.\\
'''Ocelot:''' Yeah, I know. I just wanted to remind you of that.
* MadeOfIron: Liquid. [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=104 And how!]]
* MagicAIsMagicA
-->'''[[spoiler:Liquid:]]''' How did The Sorrow put it? The only body a spirit can inhabit... is his own.
--> '''[[spoiler:Big Boss:]]''' What a delightfully ambiguous rule.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Vulcan Raven.
* MallSanta: Mantis tries to get a job as one, but is rejected. Ocelot is less than amused by the revelation.
* MetronomicManMashing: How [[spoiler:Liquid]] defeats [[spoiler: the cyborg ninja]] for the second time ([[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome after being impaled by his sword, no less]]]]).
* MindScrew: Ocelot rather likes these.
--> Even if I can't kill you, I can still make your life miserable. Take that cup of coffee, for example. Maybe this morning, when you weren't looking, I poured a jar of my own urine into it while it was brewing. Or maybe not. Anyone else, you could read their mind and find out. But with me, you'll never know. So I think I'll have a very nice day, in fact. Enjoy your coffee.
* ModelPlanning: The gang planned their fight with clue pieces.
* {{Mooks}}: The Genome Soldiers.
--> '''Ocelot:''' Seriously, where did we get these mouth-breathers? Storm-Troopers 'R' Us?
* MoreDakka: Raven's a believer in it.
--> Subtlety is a thing for philosophy, not combat. If you're going to kill somebody, you might as well kill them a whole lot.
* MotivationalLie: Big Boss told Liquid that he was an inferior clone to Solid Snake in order to push him to excel.
* MushroomSamba: [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=110 Here.]]
* MustHaveCaffeine: Do not get between Psycho Mantis and his coffee.
* MythologyGag: In the brief appearances Dead Cell have, Doucette includes Chinaman and Old Boy, two members of Dead Cell who were in the planning stages of ''Metal Gear Solid 2'', but were ultimately cut. Chinaman is shown as an ultra-competitive breath holding champion/misguided special effects expert and Old Boy is a more-than-a-hundred year old senile nutcase/former Nazi who speaks entirely in German (yet everyone can understand him).
** The two characters cut from the game are maybe done justice by there being no sane reason why either of them should be members of a special-ops team. Chinaman is worse than useless and possibly mentally retarded[[note]]He was originally fought instead of Vamp in the water oxygenation room in the Shell 2 core ; the cut made Vamp "inherit" his powers.[[/note]]. Old Boy is mostly crazy, senile, and is never seen doing anything except frothing at the mouth and speaking[[note]]He was originally a PuzzleBoss who would've switched btween different weapons during his fight, depending of which one you use against him[[/note]]. They are as useful as a wetsuit in the desert.
* NearDeathExperience: Ocelot and Liquid, meaning they get to meet The Sorrow.
* NonActionGuy: Decoy Octopus, [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=249 as The Sorrow learns]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Not quite stupidity, but the same principle. Everyone knows Ocelot is a manipulative, sadistic monster, but he acts as though he is more of an eccentric old JerkAss to hide the fact that [[spoiler: he's really a Patriot agent manipulating ''everybody.'']] Likewise, he plays up his feud with Mantis as a childish rivalry long before he actually gives Mantis real reason to hate him. This works frighteningly well, to the point where by the end of the series [[spoiler: he's openly planning the deaths of everyone in FOXHOUND with no one in the know but people who don't care whether they live or die, and when Mantis tries to warn Liquid that he can't be trusted [[CassandraTruth Liquid blows him off because the two of them clearly had issues with each other.]]]]
* OrphanedPunchline: [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=235 "...and then I found five dollars. [...] Which, in the end, made a whole lot more sense than the weasel thing."]]
* PolarBearsAndPenguins: When Liquid is stranded in Alaska, he wonders why there aren't any penguins.
* PowerIncontinence: Mantis suffers from this without his gas mask. Without it on, he hears every thought of everyone within ten miles of himself (including Berthold, who he can't normally hear), ''unfiltered''. To say that hearing every last thought of everyone within ten miles, all at the same time, without being able to block or filter any of it has a detrimental effect on his psyche would be an understatement and then some.
** And this is why he hates sex. Because ''that's'' what people think about unfiltered, all day, every day.
* [[spoiler:PregnantBadass: The Boss. She led the [[WorldWarTwo Normandy Invasion.]] While carrying her and The Sorrow's child.]]
** [[spoiler:Oh, that's not the half of it. She went into labor on the battlefield, so what did she do? ''[[UpToEleven Performed a c-section on herself.]]'' '''With a goddamn COMBAT KNIFE.''']]
* QuirkyMiniBossSquad: Obviously. A very dysfunctional one, usually played for laughs. Dead Cell from ''[=MGS2=]'' is presented as being even worse. Also the Cobras from ''[=MGS3=]'', although they're specifically ''not'' dysfunctional, just quirky.
* QuoteToQuoteCombat: Mei Ling and Vulcan Raven (who both had a habit of bringing up sayings in [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid the source material]]) [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=261 get into one of these]] over the issue of {{nanomachines}} (which Mei invented and Raven [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul doesn't want anything to do with]]).
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Naomi, Mantis, and even Liquid have shown this on occasion.
* RetCon: To account for new {{canon}} after ''[=MGS3=]''. Handled rather masterfully starting [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=299 here]] (with a cheerful lampshade hanging, via the title)
** As early as [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=97 here]] even, concerning Big Boss' eye loss (or the first one, anyway, according to him).
* RightBehindMe:
-->'''Big Boss:''' It took me decades to learn the ins and outs of being a spirit. You can't know all of that after a week or two.
-->'''Liquid:''' Oh, but I can.
-->'''Big Boss:''' Unless you had help from ''him'', but he's to wrapped up in his own pathetic little world to even notice.
-->'''Sorrow:''' Oh, but he ''did''.
* RuleOfSymbolism: The reasoning for why the flowers turn red when [[spoiler:The Boss dies]]: "It doesn't matter."
** If you're really curious, the original reason why it happened is probably [[spoiler:because the Boss' death counts as a reunion or marriage with the Sorrow in a way. In Japanese tradition, white is the color of death, but red is often the color of the ''uchikake'', the wedding kimono worn over a bride's normal kimono.]]
* RunningGag: Liquid being woken up early in the morning.
** As said before, the game's highly questionable outlook on genetics is constantly mocked. It finally culminates in the explanation of [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=331 how The Pain got covered in bees]].
** The most serious insult you can make is "Your mother is a whore."
* SarcasmFailure: Psycho Mantis is occasionally prone to the humorous variant.
* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: Completely averted by Decoy Octopus. Throughout the strip, he simply copies the other main characters. For a while he copies Kyrnosz, a minor villain that they killed, but when he runs out of his blood he just copies the other characters again. When he ends up in the spiritual realm, he represents himself with a coat and hat and literally no body at all, saying he doesn't think of himself as looking like anything [[spoiler:And that he's a Bogart fan.]]
** Which is funny, considering that he's really a [[http://images.wikia.com/metalgear/images/5/57/Mgs-decoy-octopus.jpg red-headed Caucasian]].
* ShoutOut: [[Film/BlazingSaddles "Candy]][[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=441 gram."]]
** To OneFroggyEvening [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=373 here]], where Raven tries to convince Mantis that Berthold, (a telepathic wolf) can talk to people. For an unknown reason it doesn't work, because despite Mantis being one of the most powerful telepaths in the world, some block exists that prevents the two from communicating. Eventually Mantis mocks the whole incident by offering a tophat and cane to Berthold.
** [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=314 Solidus]], to a certain recent Democratic President of the USA.
** The conversation in strip 445.
--> '''Hal Emmerich:''' But if it's just for shooting down missiles, why would we need--''ACK'' (gets {{Neck Lift}}ed by Liquid)
--> '''Liquid:''' [[Film/{{Armageddon}} So it can shoot down asteroids too, alright? Just like Bruce Willis!]]
** The last panel of [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=87 strip 87.]]
** The guy who applies for the FOXHOUND job along with Liquid in the first few comics [[ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} is named Scott, wears sunglasses and can shoot eye beams.]]
** The Pain constantly talking about how he's "COVERED IN BEES!" could be a partial EddieIzzard reference.
* SpeechBubbles: Everyone has a different colored one.
* SpitTake: Frequently appears. One set of them may mark Ocelot as a MagnificentBastard. (If the {{mind screw}}s and other antics didn't already).
-->'''[[DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent Ocelot:]]''' I mean, I only gave you that coffee so I could watch you do spit takes.
** Even Mantis manages to do them '''through a gas mask'''!
* SpotTheImposter: [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=13 Starting here]].
* SuperCellReception: The DARPA Chief: [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=443 "I oversee military technology development for the United States. I can get cellphone reception on a submarine."]]
* TalkingWithSigns: The Sorrow communicates exclusively through this, except when he's actually in people's heads. [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=330 It occasionally gets a bit ridiculous]].
** Can talk to Raven just fine though, due to him being spiritual and what not.
* TechnicalPacifist: [[MasterOfDisguise Decoy Octopus]] [[http://www.doctorshrugs.com/foxhound/comic.php?id=249 has never killed a single person in his years of covert ops]]. The Sorrow is impressed by this until Octopus points out that he's technically complicit in all of his teammates' mass murders.
* ThemeNaming: Mocked, when Liquid Snake tries to convince a disbelieving Gray Fox that he's not Solid Snake: "So then where is Gas Snake? Plasma Snake? Bose-Einsteinium Condensate Snake?"
** Liquid, Solid, and Solidus Snake do in fact form one of these. In a phase diagram, solidus is the line marking the lowest temperature at which solid and liquid phases coexist. Could count as a stealth joke given this is university-level material.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "[[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=200 Then return from whence you came, and do not trouble this world again. Bitch.]]"
* ThoseTwoGuys: The sneakers Eddie and Scratch.
* TookALevelInBadass: Liquid. In a ''big'' way. See also CharacterDevelopment.
* TortureTechnician: [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=236 Ocelot]]. [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=488 Just..]] [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=497 Ocelot]]
-->'''Revolver Ocelot:''' Torture is such an ''inelegant'' word. I'm an artist. [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=413 Their testicles are my canvas.]]
-->'''Mantis:''' Please stop touching me.
* TranquillizerDart: Subverted and Lampshaded. When [[spoiler:Liquid is possessed by Big Boss]] and he is threatening Raven, he is shot in the head with a high dosage tranq dart by Wolf, and it takes him several seconds to fall unconscious, causing Raven to say "That took ''way'' too fucking long." Also subverted when the Cyborg Ninja is tranquillized and remains conscious long enough to flee.
-->'''Wolf:''' I can never get ze dose right vith zese super-humans.
* TrapDoor: At Shadow Moses, and as in {{canon}}, without explanation. [[http://www.doctorshrugs.com/foxhound/comic.php?id=403 Funny, though.]]
--> '''Liquid:''' Why... Why, why, '''''why''''' do we have trapdoors in our base? Is ''SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom'' our fucking architectural consultant?
* TrueCompanions: In a twisted fashion, but Liquid certainly believes in it.
--> '''Liquid:''' I don't think I heard that correctly, Ocelot. In fact I ''know'' I didn't, because it sounded like you were suggesting we let them ''kill Wolf''.\\
'''Ocelot:''' Boss, we need Gurlukovich more than-\\
''(Liquid grabs his collar and yanks him forward'')\\
'''Liquid:''' ''We don't play that game.'' Understand me? '''Not ever.'''
* UndercoverWhenAlone: Several reveals from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' jossed a fair amount of Ocelot's behavior. As such, it was retconned that he was simply always undercover and keeping up the illusion when alone was part of how he has a lot of practice being undercover.
* TheUnpronouncable: Tkynsydska.
-->'''Liquid:''' Where're we off to?
-->'''Ocelot:''' Tkynsydska.
-->'''Liquid:''' Say ''what''?
-->'''Ocelot:''' Tkynsydska.
-->'''Liquid:''' Ah, of course. Home of the Great Vowel Famine of '89.
-->'''Ocelot:''' Shut ''up'', would ya?
* TheUnreveal: Several.
* {{Villain Protagonist}}s
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Big Boss...and Liquid, surprisingly.
* WellDoneSonGuy Liquid's relationship with Big Boss.
* WhamEpisode: Timed to take place about once every hundred comics, or once a year, making this one of the few webcomics with ''seasons''.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The Chinaman, who lacks any abilities besides being a swimmer and is thus useless outside of water. He operates ''in a desert''.
** [[InsistentTerminology And special effects expert!]]
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: The Sorrow cares a lot about what happens to the mooks:
-->'''Liquid''': Dude, he's just a goon.
-->'''The Sorrow''': Tell that to Mr. and Mrs. Goon!
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Wolf. Just... Wolf.
-->'''Scratch:''' Look, where the hell are you ''from?'' Your accent is all over the place.\\
'''Wolf:''' Umm... ''Europe?''\\
'''Scratch:''' Oh. Really? I would have said ''Texas.''
* WikiWalk:
-->'''Ocelot:''' Research? On what?\\
'''Liquid:''' Well, it was supposed to be on current geopolitics of modern nuclear weaponry.\\
'''Ocelot:''' This is a Wikipedia page about Mick Jagger.\\
'''Liquid:''' I got slightly sidetracked.
* TheWorfEffect: Raven, even with his trademark [[{{BFG}} M61 Vulcan Cannon]], didn't land a single blow on Gray Fox during his raid in the ruins of Outer Heaven. Would likely have happened a bit later between Raven and Big Boss possessing Liquid's body, had Wolf not managed to tranquilize the latter.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: By Liquid, who combines it with CallingTheOldManOut in strip [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=253 #253]].
* XanatosGambit: By possessing Liquid's body, Big Boss would either force Liquid to grow and change, or have all the perks of being alive again. [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=255 The Sorrow calls him on it here, adequately explaining the trope.]]
* YouExclamation: [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=244 Done by Big Boss towards The Sorrow.]] And lampshaded in the same panel by The Sorrow. "Is that all I get? One pronoun?"
* YourMom: Quite often, usually between Ocelot and Mantis. To them, "Your mother's a whore!" is the highest level of insult, rationalising that there's really nowhere to go after that.
** And later between Wolf and Ocelot to try to restore some normality once they realized they were flirting with each other.

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