With its tagline of [[LongRunner "Impairing productivity since 1997"]], ''User Friendly'' covers the antics of the staff at a small ISP and frequently brings current events in the IT field into its strips.

Similar to ''CtrlAltDel'' and ''Webcomic/{{PvP}}'', it has become a bit infamous for its [[SmallNameBigEgo egotistical]] creator, who is very outspoken on several topics about both webcomics and the computer industry. Much of it comes from perceived laziness, since the strip very often does cop out when it comes to fresh content.

For various reasons, has been in reruns since late 2009.
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!!This webcomic provides examples of:

* AffectionateParody: Gentler than most -- it chides nerddom and programmers now and then when they become too obsessive or Slashdot is in uproar over something trivial.
* ArtEvolution: Surprisingly averted, whether intentionally or what. Rather sadly, there has been very little change in Illiad's art style from his very beginning strips to his most current - in almost 13 years his artistic style has remained very ... rough.
* AuthorAvatar: Illiad's paper-bag-over-head character, though he rarely interacts with the day-to-day plotlines.
* BenevolentBoss: The Chief, though he's a little more world-weary and underhanded than others.
* BringMyBrownPants: AJ, for ''good'' reason.
* CaffeineBulletTime: Greg after he tries some ''Pitr Cola'' after [[spoiler:Pitr forces Pepsi and Coca Cola to merge under his own brand]].
--> '''Greg:''' I JUST REWROTE THE ENTIRE LINUX KERNEL!
--> '''Mike:''' When did YOU learn how to code?!
--> '''Greg:''' TODAY!
* CasanovaWannabe: Stef, just Stef. Has a thing for butter, [[ButYouScrewOneGoat llamas]] and Miranda. In that order.
* CerebusSyndrome: The latest story lines have been about Sid getting cancer, and A.J. joining the army and being sent to Afghanistan.
* DeadpanSnarker: Erwin the A.I.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Several of the main cast, and with Cthulhu himself even! He still maintains his malevolence.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Kuan. See SpeakOfTheDevil, below.
* DueToTheDead: Certain celebrities beloved by the author have received memorial Sunday strips. Chuck Jones, E. Gary Gygax, Mary Travers... Major TearJerker territory.
* InhumanResources: The [[PerpetualSmiler Smiling]] [[FauxAffablyEvil Man]].
* InstantAIJustAddWater: Or in this case, Dust Puppy.
* FilkSong: Illiad occasionally uses the Sunday [[{{Omake}} side story]] for these. E.g. [[http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20090705 "My Blog"]], to the tune of "Lump".
* KarmaHoudini: Pitr sexually harassed Miranda (passing off shower photos as space pix), and Sid murdered an intern [[TroubleMagnetGambit by proxy]]. They both still work at Columbia Internet.
* {{Lzherusskie}}: Pitr, because the book he read said evil geniuses are supposed to have a stereotypically villainous accent.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: Sid claims that obsessive addiction to ''NetHack'' is a good thing because it [[IncrediblyLamePun helps build character]].
* MonkeysOnATypewriter: Referenced in [[http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20051201 this]] strip.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Manifests in many forms, including a Kool-Aid Man parody that haunts Greg with bizarre "you need caffeine" strawman arguments.
* {{Nerd}}[=/=]{{Geek}}: Nerds and geeks, meet A.J. He is now your leader. So stereotypically nerdy, he inspired the creation of [[http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/sextips/ Sex Tips for Geeks]].
* NerdsAreSexy: Miranda.
* OldMaster: Sid.
* RealityEnsues: Recently, a [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special Week]] reminding us about Remembrance Day and how it's not just about World War I and [=II=]'s dead any more. In [[http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20081110 this]] and the next five strips, no-one's laughing, least of all Sid. Another story line deals with getting cancer. A later story has A.J. joining the army, and being sent to Afghanistan [[spoiler: where he is wounded in action]].
** Much earlier, following the September 11th attacks, the techs pulled out of their remote office in an old missile silo. "After the last few days, living in a missile silo just isn't cool anymore."
* ResetButton
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: TeamPet Dust Puppy.
* ScheduleSlip Very notably averted, with an update every single day for over a decade, until personal issues forced Illiad to take a two-month break in 2009. Now taken to severe extremes, as a new strip has not been posted in ten months, just reruns.
** With only three weeks of actual new strips (in November 2010, and discounting some user-created ones) since December 2009, it has officially entered OrphanedSeries territory.
* SerialEscalation: Stef's suckitude at Quake. So much suckitude that [[spoiler:he dies on the ''intro screen'' to ''Videogame/QuakeIIIArena''.]]
** He is nicknamed "Lava Boy" because he ''always'' falls into the lava in games. [[spoiler:Even in games such as ''Videogames/NeverwinterNights'' in which it is impossible to do so.]]
* SpeakOfTheDevil: Hastur. Yes, Hastur. Yes, ''that'' -- oh no you don't! Too late. I was in the next room.
* TeamPet: Dust Puppy, an innocent, adorable ball of fluff with feet and big eyes who happens to be a God at ''{{Quake}}''.
* UsefulNotes/ThePoppy: Appears on Veterans day.
* TropesForDummies: How Pitr started on the path of evil genius-hood.
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