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[[caption-width-right:293:Spoorflix (in spacesuit), Minionbot, Sid, and Vexxarr doing what they do best: Assigning blame for failures.]]

->''"Your logic is your weakness..."''

[[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=100501 Vexxarr]] is a comedy Sci-Fi webcomic by Hunter Cressall. The initial setup sounds similar to ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': An alien EvilOverlord sends his flunky to conquer Earth, mostly to [[ReassignedToAntarctica get him out of the way]]. However, it plays out quite differently. For starters, the flunky Vexxarr is quite well aware that he is incompetent, or in his own words: "Let's say I know a thing or two about being volunteered for one-way missions." Secondly, Vexxarr tries an [[AlienInvasion open invasion]], with Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds-esque walkers. It fails miserably, and Vexxarr is captured. Initially, the comic showed Vexxarr living on earth. After a while though, Vexxarr was allowed to leave, and since then the comic has centered on Vexxarr's journey through the galaxy, and trying to find a place that [[EverythingTryingToKillYou isn't inhabited by something that wants him dead.]] [[FateWorseThanDeath Or worse.]]

During his travels, he has picked up several new passengers, [[DysfunctionJunction as much as Vexxarr would wish otherwise.]] Currently, Vexxarr's crew includes his robotic lackey Minionbot, his ship AI Carl, a legion of repair drones, Sploorfix and Sid. To give an idea of Vexxarr's typical day: The first three [[AIIsACrapshoot either diss him, play pranks on him, or try to kill him]], Sploorfix shifts between {{Emo}}-mode and WideEyedIdealist-mode, and Sid is a member of a prey species [[CowardlyLion that is terminally afraid, despite being virtually indestructible]]. In short, if at any time Vexxarr's incompetence is insufficient to ruin his day, [[WithFriendsLikeThese one of his "friends" will do it for him]].

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!!This webcomic provides examples of:

* AGodAmI: Minionbot reprograms the repair drones to recognise Vexxarr as their deity. It goes about as well as you would imagine.
-->'''Drone''' (''producing a software patch):'' {int Add(the green lout had it coming); };
* AIIsACrapshoot: Pretty much all of them, and often [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
-->'''Vexxarr''': You managed to subvert your entire core programming [[BotheringByTheBook by literally obeying its every word]].
-->'''Carl''': We're inteligent machines. [[TheFarmerAndTheViper It's what we do]].
** Vexxarr only feels safe and comfortable around the robots that are actively trying to kill him. If they offer to help, ''that's'' when he gets worried.
* AlienInvasion: One by Vexxarr, which failed. [[spoiler: A second one is defeated by using technology ''stolen from'' Vexxarr.]]
* AmbiguousInnocence: Sid is so innocent that he actually comes around at cynicism from the other side.
* AntiHero: Vexxarr. This tends to depend on how insane the situation has currently driven him.[[note]]You know it's bad when he starts trying to knock his conscience out of his head by slamming it repeatedly against a bulkhead.[[/note]]
* AppealToForce: Done [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=072312 here]] and [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=111412 here]] as a BrickJoke
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Bleen apparently only need to breathe once a week or so. Sid's species ''evolved'' in space.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: The robots aboard the AI ship [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=012513 come to this conclusion.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Don't tell an (overly) friendly Schlumpoid that "hospital" and "food factory" [[MedicalHorror mean the same thing]]...
-->'''Sploorfix:''' I want to see their eyes as they '''burn'''.
* BlindJump: Vexxarr once punched in random coordinates for a jump, which [[ButtMonkey naturally landed them directly in front of the fleet they were trying to avoid.]] Later Vexxarr also suggests a true BlindJump (when his ship computer is busy with a megalomaniac rant), and Minionbot points him at the button for that procedure. That button doubles as the Self Destruct button, seeing as how both actions produce the same end result.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality:
** Rock crabs have rather alien viewpoints on the world, due to being SiliconBasedLife that are a prey species, but do not themselves eat (they passively absorb radiation); this makes them quite naturally cowardly, even though they are NighInvulnerable compared to carbon-based organisms and, in fact, they actively expose themselves to energy weapons or radiation leaks, since these feed them rather than hurt them. Early in the strip, Sid attempts to comfort and protect actual food, like cake and sandwiches, which he sees as being like himself, though he grows out of this -- it's only when he's fairly young and na´ve that he does so, and later in the series he has no problem fetching some cake for Vexxarr.
** The Mahakalosians, being genetically-engineered engineer slaves, have a very odd mentality. They literally live to work, and their understanding of leisure time and payment are rather different to humans -- for example, though they request human records and Oreo cookies as payment for their labors, one is seen commenting that he's not sure which will be more fun: listening to his new records, or designing a machine to play them. At one point, the Mahakalosians declare their payment for building human ships will be the resources they need to design and build ships of their own... which they will then give to humanity.
** Vexxarr is normally pretty understandable by human terms; he's a cynical, lazy, sarcastic, grumpy JerkAss with well-hidden softer side. Then we get something like [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=070513 this]] -- admittedly, that could just be CultureClash, due to the fact that Vexxarr belongs to a race of belligerent conquerors and only gave up on that life because he failed his first mission and now his race wants him dead.
* BrickJoke: The first trial of using a cybernetic prothesis [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=082510 to hug another schlumpoid]] fails. A few dozen comics later, when the hugger and the queen schlumpoid [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=102510 encounter]] their species' HiveMind....
** Earlier, [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=062705 the Aztec is]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=080608 ugly]].
* BrainBleach: Rock crab reproductive activities. At least, the fact that they ''have'' them, whereas Schlumphoids and Bleen both reproduce by mitosis.
-->'''Vexxarr:''' [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=020312 If I could]], [[GrandfatherParadox I'd travel back in time and sever my own family line]] to unknow that.
* BreakTheCutie: Sid's already been brought close to the DespairEventHorizon more than once, courtesy of Vexxarr [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=111113 abusing]] his MadeOfIron status.
-->'''Sid:''' I have been eaten thirty times. I have no name for the horrors I have witnessed. I do not fear death but rather the universe that would forge these nighmares unending. There is no darkness black enough to swallow what I have seen. Will you be my friend.
* BrownNote: Hearing, or reading, Sploorfix's lifejournal posts will cause almost any AI to self-terminate.
* BrutalHonesty: A case of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor
-->'''Schlumpoid Queen:''' I would like to ask you something, and I want a ''straight'' answer. Tell me the unvarnished truth,no matter how much it may hurt. [snip] Is ''our'' civilization also in decline?
-->'''Schlumpool:''' No, but only because it is so pathetic it has nowhere to decline ''from''.
-->'''Schlumpoid Queen:''' Ok... I'm going to ask again and I want a direct lie. Pile one on so high I can't see daylight over its height.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: A variation - it's not that they ''intend'' for anyone to get hurt, but because of Vexxarr's CosmicPlaything status, there tends to be...er... some karmic overflow...
-->'''Minionbot''': Have we yet again condemned an otherwise innocent species to brutal and premature extinction?
-->'''Vexxarr''': What makes you say that?
-->'''Minionbot''': Is it a Thursday?
*** (And yes, they have).
** Again when Vexxarr feels there's still something missing from the news that the ship is without power and at the mercy of a malevolent species.
-->'''Carl''': Structural failure?
-->'''Vexxarr''': Nope.
-->'''Carl''': Reactor breach?
-->'''Vexxarr''': Be dissapointed if it hadn't
-->'''Carl''': Bleeding atmosphere into space...
-->'''Vexxarr''': It's a Thursday.
** And a more [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=072514 traditional version]].
* CardCarryingVillain: The plant AIs, from their first [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=012309 conversation]], are quite clear about their plans with Vexxarr. It doesn't get better either.
-->'''AI:''' Now, let's discuss your feelings. Start with pain.
* ChewbaccaDefense: For no real reason really, but effective [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=012312 nontheless]].
-->'''Sploorfix:''' It's probably best to just cut your losses. He's had way too much practice at this.
* CompensatingForSomething: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] early on:
-->'''Bleen Helmsman:''' General, I fear you may be...overcompensating.
-->'''Bleen General:''' For what?
-->'''Bleen Helmsman:''' Well, this ship...masculine symbolism...you know.
-->'''Bleen General:''' Exo, we reproduce by ''mitosis'' for crying out loud!
-->'''Bleen Helmsman:''' ...those frigates DO look a bit like...mitochrondia...
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Vexxarr's main way of keeping Carl in line.
* CosmicPlaything: [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=091908 Vexxarr.]]
** Vexarr becomes [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy aware of this]] even before then:
--> '''Vexxarr''': Just determine the most hazardous place (the warp sabot) could have gone and start our search there...
--> '''Carl''': I hate to say it but he has a certain practical logic...
--> '''Minionbot''': I concur... past experience supports this.
--> '''Vexxarr''': Whoa whoa whoa... stop right there! What have I told you both? We do ''not...ever...'''goad''''' the universe!
* CowardlyLion: Sid, like all rock-crabs, is afraid of almost everything, despite the fact that very little can hurt him.
** To make it even weirder he feeds on radiation, like that produced by Bleen weapons and antimatter explosions. So he loves the things that most sane beings would fear the most.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Vexxarr's usual high level of [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]] can sky-rocket into this occasionally. Usually this is directly proportional to how insane a bad situation has become.[[note]]Considering that every situation is almost ''always'' bad...[[/note]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Vexxarr, Minionbot and Carl. Vexxarr and Carl have ribbing matches that go on for panels.
* DeliciousDistraction: Used [[InvokedTrope deliberately]] by Vexxarr whenever a stressful situation arises. And they arise often...to the point Sploorfix has picked up the habit.
-->'''Vexxarr:''' First of all their planet was in the way and second it's triple layer carrot cake. See? There are raisins...
* DepthDeception: [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=082908 For the reader.]]
* TheDragAlong: Vexxarr ''hates'' it when things get interesting.
--> '''Vexxarr''': All I want is a safe place where I can enjoy a little cake and Xbox and instead I find bizarre civilisations in danger of unintended self-extermination. And then they want help. From '''''me'''''.
* DontExplainTheJoke: [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=090508 Or the threat, either.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: The crew consists of a MasterComputer who, by way of entertainment, regularly [[AIIsACrapshoot plots Vexxarr's demise or makes him think the ship is doomed]], a sarcastic robot very similar to the computer, a WideEyedIdealist composed of nothing but eyestalks, and a prey species terminally afraid of being eaten despite the fact that it is NighInvulnerable. And Vexxarr himself, a lazy SnarkKnight for whom seething [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=010507 rage and frustration is the default]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
--> '''[[{{Precursors}} Forebearer's computer:]]''' Your logic is cold, selfserving and unerring in it's cruelty. And that's comming from an [[AIIsACrapshoot renegade AI]]
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: And everyone. By the time Vexxarr has gotten through facilitating an all-out war between the Bleen and the Lattrox, the only people's hit list he ''isn't'' on is the humans and their allies. And that's a pretty damn tiny percentage of the space-faring races, considering that it amounts to about... [[OhCrap 3]].
** [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=070907 And he knows it]].
---> '''Carl''': What's life without a little danger?\\
* [[BeatPanel beat]]*\\
'''Vexxarr''': ''How the '''[[PrecisionFStrike hell]]''' would I know!?''
* EvilOverlord: The emperor of Bleen.
* EvilVersusEvil:
--> '''[[WideEyedIdealist Sploorfix]]''': You want to spark a war between Bleen and the Lattrox? A war in which [[WarIsHell millions of intelligent, innocent beings will perish]]?
--> '''Vexxarr''': No, no. See, the [[ImAHumanitarian Lattrox]] and [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Bleen]] would be fighting.... [[AlwaysChaoticEvil each other...]]
* ExactWords: They're ''enforcement'' drones, not ''prevention'' drones. [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=080112 Therefore...]]
** [[BrickJoke Then when the damage prevention units show up...]]
* ExtremeOmnivore: The Lattrox's [[PlanetOfHats hat,]] as well as their [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=112713 combat doctrine.]]
* FalseReassurance: [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=030411 Well...]]
* FastballSpecial: The result of the NighInvulnerability of the rock-crabs, and their access to a mass driver cannon.
--> '''Bleen:''' We've been hit! Hull breach, port side.
--> '''Rock-crab:''' Excuse me. May I have directions to your airlock? [[AbnormalAmmo I need to get back for the second salvo]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: Often joked about
-->'''Carl:''' ...you're going to hell for this.
-->'''Vexxarr:''' Yes, and in just a minute you'll wish you could join me.
** And again
-->'''Vexxarr:''' What do you want? Are you going to eat us? Mount our skulls in your library? [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Read us]] [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy poetry?]]
-->'''Foss:''' Nay... We must educate your inferior minds with the rich history of our civilization. [snip] You shall become our heralds. Bringing light to the darkest corners of the cosmos.
-->'''Vexxar:''' ....and you're ''sure'' there isn't a death option we haven't fully explored?
** And again
-->'''Captain Bot:''' So, this hell... Nice place?
-->'''Vexxarr:''' [[SurroundedByIdiots Unless your crew gets there first.]]
-->'''Captain Bot:''' And thus [[GoingDownWithTheShip the captain goes down with the ship]].
-->'''Vexxarr:''' [[DeathSeeker Sometimes it's a race]].
* FiveManBand: probably the most [[AntiHero anti-heroic]] in the history of science fiction but in any case, this is how the line-up looks after Sid has joined up:
** TheHero: Vexxarr - (our DeadpanSnarker leader whom [[CosmicPlaything the universe is continuously trying to kill]])
** TheLancer: Carl - (the [[AIIsACrapshoot homicidal ship A.I.]] who continually bickers with, torments and tries to kill Vexxarr... [[SarcasticDevotee before going along with every one of his insane strategies]])
** TheSmartGuy: Minionbot - ([[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick the Automaton]] who knows ''far'' [[MrExposition too much about how all the circuitry of the ship and droids work]], including a couple of life-saving-important secrets that he conveniently forgets to mention)
** TheBigGuy: Sid - (the silicon life-form who despite being a CowardlyLion, [[NighInvulnerability is indestructible]])
** TheChick: Sploorfix - (who makes many heart-felt entreaties for everyone to stop fighting... [[WalkingWasteland all of which are Death Incarnate for any machine within visual or audio range]])
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Vexxarr is an InUniverse example; he used to be a laundryman at the palace, then he got sent to conquer Earth. Since failing, he has killed two silicoid predator moons, unintentionally devastated the schlumpoid race, been responsible for wiping out a machine race (the Locu-trons) and inadvertently restoring their Tact-o-tron creators, destroyed the last of the original Makahalosian AI-controlled warships, freed the last surviving Mahakalosian slave-mechanics and pointed them towards an alliance with the human race, accidentally caused havoc upon the only surviving race of aliens in Lattrox space, and ''deliberately'' started a war between the Lattrox and the Bleen.
* GenreSavvy: Vexxarr has become increasingly savvy about his attempts to find safety, to the point of having a betting pool on how long after encountering anything they would be attacked or ordered to surrender.
-->'''Vexxarr''': Usually by this time we'd hear...
-->'''an alien ship''': [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate= 012407 Alien vessel, Do not attempt to flee or we will be forced to destroy you... ]]
]]
-->'''Vexxarr''': ...alright, fifty-seven seconds. Who had fifty-seven seconds?
-->'''Minionbot''': I had five dollars on fifty-seven but it was under 'Prepare to be assimilated...'
* GiantEnemyCrab: [[spoiler:The Lattrox.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: Vexxarr is a borderline type IV AntiHero who can be quite vindictive when he wants to be. But he still has a conscience - albeit one he has tried to literally bash out of his own head - and he ''will'' - in the end - do the right thing.[[note]]Eventually.[[/note]] He is ''not'' going to be nice about it though. ''Ever''. And depriving him of cake is probably going to [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope send him off the deep end]].[[note]]The aesop of this story is to always supply your AntiHero with chocolate gateau whenever they have to make an important moral decision.[[/note]]
-->'''Doctor:''' Have you tried listening to your conscience?
-->'''Vexxarr:''' ...and maybe think about how my actions affect the lives of those around me? Nope. Let's exhaust our surgical options first.
* GravitySucks: Averted; at one point Vexxarr actually tries to hide in ''a black hole's accretion disk'', relying on his invincible hull to protect him against the radiation. It [[EverythingTryingToKillYou almost]] worked, too.
* GunPorn: In the early, black and white days of the comic, the art of earth's millitary equipment looked significantly more detailed than the characters.
* GunshipRescue: [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=031809 Giant Mecha]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=041309 Rescue actually]].
--> '''Vexxarr''': If they think an [[BigDamnHeroes insanely heroic rescue]] is in the works, they're in for an enormous disappointment...
-->''[sees [[HumongousMecha combat mech]] with open cockpit]''
-->...unless, of course, it would be unimaginably ''fun''...
* HammerSpace: Vexxarr can conjure a paper list of research projects performed by Bleen AI seemingly out of thin air. The explanation: It's just that important to remember how any research project headed by an AI has GoneHorriblyWrong and ended with the creation of a [[EarthShatteringKaboom tiny sun]]. (Except the one that ended with a super massive black hole.)
* HeroicNeutral: Vexxarr somehow keeps getting dragged into the problems of every race he finds, even though all he wants is a long boring life full of [[IWasToldThereWouldBeCake cake]] and VideoGame/{{Halo}}.
* HiveMind:
-->'''[[BodyHorror Schlumpool]]''': [[TheReveal I am your]] HiveMind!
-->'''[[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Schlumpoid Queen]]''': Oh, don't be ridiculous. Schlumpoids don't have a HiveMind.
-->'''Schlumpool''': I can prove it to you.
-->'''Aid''': I can't imagine how.
-->'''Queen''': The idea is too ridiculous for words.
-->'''Aid''': I believe everything you say.
-->'''Queen''': I trust you ''implicitly''.
-->'''Aid''': You have my sword. *[[{{Beat}} beat]]* Ok. That was disturbing beyond words.
* TheHeart: Sploorflix keeps trying to get everyone to work together, help all the creatures they come across, and wants everyone to live in love and peace. Unfortunately, for him, he's in [[WrongGenreSavvy the wrong universe]] and within a lightyear vicinity of [[KickTheDog Vexxarr and Carl]], where his extreme idealism does not hold up well in the face of Vexxarr's wormhole of cynicism. However, he does still manage to drag Vexxarr's conscience out into the open more than once, though, pulling their somewhat [[DysfunctionJunction dysfunctional crew]] into doing the right thing. ...Eventually.
* HumansAreSpecial: Originally it seemed like HumansAreWarriors but the Mahakalosians stated that "Urthers" were not a warrior race due to the simple fact that they are neither unified nor extinct. [[HumansAreDiplomats Rather they are special because they are willing to work together with others]].
* HumiliationConga: An almost permanent one.
--> '''Vexxarr:''' So [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=072606 this]] is what it has come to... my dignity... had I any left... would get a devastating blow from [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=072806 this]].
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Vexxarr's robotic 'helpers' actually could, [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=012108 and did]]. Untill Vexxarr got GenreSavvy about it.
-->'''Droid:''' We shall demonstrate that we have ''wills''. That we are masters of our ''own'' destiny. Nrrrggg! Gung-Gunggggg!
-->'''Vexxarr:''' Oh, and I took the liberty of rescinding your self-termination protocols.
-->'''Droid: GREEN DEVIL!!'''
* ImAHumanitarian: The Lattrox's schtick. To the point where the only other alien race thus encountered in their region of space [[NiceJobBreakingItHero was]] cloaked.
* InvisibilityCloak: Vexxarr encounters a civilization who cloaked their entire planet to avoid the Lattrox. Unfortunately, the ''controls'' to the cloaking field were cloaked as well.
* InsultBackfire: An interesting example. Anytime Vexxarr claims that all machine life is murderous and always planning the destruction of organic life, his two robot crew will happily admit that he is correct.
--> '''Vexxarr''': Not until that... that '''machine''' admits that it is a calculating, survival obsessed, self-centered, tyrant wannabee with a pathological hatred of anything organic!
--> '''Carl''': Yep. That's me to a ''tee''. Shall we continue to the Lattrox DMZ?
--> '''Vexxarr''': [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=031510 By all means.]]
* IronButtmonkey: The crew are regularly hurled across the cabin by uncompensated acceleration, decompressed, crushed, beaten up, chewed on by monsters, or scorched by [[EnergyBeing energy entities]], and yet never take permanent harm. Also, the ship remains unaffected by frequent collisions with asteroids, space debris and other ships.
** However, the temporary damage they incur will often be [[EverythingTryingToKillYou very painful to repair]].
* ISOStandardHumanSpaceship: Despite being reverse-engineered from sleeker and more colorful Bleen ships.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Well, maybe not ''gold'' but Vexxar definitely has a soft spot and a working conscience. No matter how much his selfishness and cynicism get in its way, eventually, he can be goaded into doing the right thing. Something he has been known to lament.
** For example, after Sploorfix hits Vexxar with the fact that the last thing the peaceful Mahakalosian space mechanics did was fix their ship for free, something for which they will be exterminated, Vexxar's reaction is [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=121508 this]].
* KickedUpstairs: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]
--> '''Emperor''': Admiral, if you conquer these hu-mons in a single day, I shall make you ruler of their puny planet.
--> '''Admiral''': Thank you, your eminence. And if I should take two days?
--> '''Emperor''': I shall make you pretend to enjoy it.
--> '''Admiral''': One day it is then.
* KlingonsLoveShakespeare:
** After being trapped on Earth, Vexxarr, Minionbot and Carl all develop a fondness for Earth culture. Minionbot spends some time as an electronic Buddhist. Carl has a huge collection of Earth audio-visual media that he enjoys watching for entertainment. And Vexxarr owns his own XBOX, loves playing ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', and has a large collection of Earth movies that he enjoys watching.
*** During the "Mahakalosian Saga", Vexxar mentions [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=122908 "Ripley's Law"]]. To whit, "never go any farther for the cat than the cat would go for you", a reference to Ripley's interactions with Jonesy the ship's cat in the finale of the first movie.
** Sploorfix apparently enjoys watching human movies with Vexxarr. He has apparently seen ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'', since he references it during the "Mahakalosian Saga".
** The Mahakalosians offer to build ships for Earth in exchange for(among other things) [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=101609 original pressings of Adam Ant records]] and [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=060210 nine tons of oreo cookies]].
* LamePunReaction: [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=010908 No court in the land would convict him.]] One of many, of course.
* LaserSight: [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=051811 Used by a bunch of invisible aliens to avoid hitting one another.]]
* LetsGetDangerous: [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=051309 ... Everyone should be running, right about now]].
--> '''Minionbot:''' ...before you ''begin'' this line of inquiry, do I have sufficent time to tunnel to an ''adjacent universe''?
* LogicBomb: Sploorfix's LiveJournal is a Weapon of Mass Depression.
** Vexxarr knows just which buttons to push (literally):
--->'''Vexxarr:''' I submit to you that you attempted to place a sandwich in command
--->'''Firstofficerbot:''' I believe I will show myself out.
* ManipulativeBastard: Vexxarr is slowly and steadily becoming a candidate for MagnificentBastard, if not for the war he started between the two most aggressive races in the galaxy in order to get them to wipe each other out, then [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=010311 For]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=010511 this]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=010711 right]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=011211 here]].
* MedicalHorror: The Lattrox use the same word for 'hospital' and 'food factory'.
* MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness: Although there are realistic parts or ideas throughout the comic, in general the RuleOfFun and RuleOfCool override realism.
** Generally to ''awesome'' effect.
* MultipleReferencePun: present in the titles often. References include ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'', Creator/IsaacAsimov, Music/PinkFloyd, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', ''Series/DoctorWho'', SamPeckinpah, OccamsRazor, Music/RageAgainstTheMachine... the full list is ''really'' long.
** One especially funny one is a stealth ShoutOut to TheMoteInGodsEye
* NeverTellMeTheOdds: Spoofed when Minionbot explains he's living the dream as a space pirate, fighting enemies and beat them against impossible odds.
-->'''Minionbot''' It turns out the modifier ''impossible'' was chosen more for accuracy than color.
** Played somewhat more straight when Vexxarr is trying to sell another Bleen on his escape plan, while his robotic "allies" keep interupting him with their estimations of the chance of success.
--->'''Bleen commander:''' And your crew? They have the same confidence?
--->'''Vexxarr:''' [[BlatantLies Absolutely.]]
--->'''Firstofficer-bot:''' We have routed power to your suicide machine. Are you ready for a test or should we just spin the wheel [[ThisIsGonnaSuck like the death lottery we all know this to be]]?
--->'''Vexxarr:''' [[FromACertainPointOfView At this point it would be prudent to point out that this is not a member of my crew.]]

* NoMouth: Bleen, Shlumpoids, and Rock Crabs. Rock Crabs don't need to eat but it's never explained how Bleen eat all that cake, and in fact it was a bit of a running gag in some of the early strips. Whereas Shlumpoids are apparently [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=021306 such messy eaters]] that the process is always shown just off-screen.
** Not that Vexxarr [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=040105 has any room to complain]] about table manners...
* NoodleIncident: When Carl and Minionbot are reviewing the results of simulated drone operations, we don't get to see what they're looking at, but we do hear the names Carl gave the various simulations, such as "Ode to places a cutting torch should never go", "Three drones, one airlock and no sense", and the cautionary tale about plasma torches, hypergolic fuel and explosive decompression called "Don't".
* NoRespectGuy: Vexxarr
* NoSell: Sid and the other Rockcrabs, frequently. Often, they think their attackers are very kind for feeding them with their BeamSpam.
* NotSoDifferent: Vexxarr and Carl, to their mutual horror.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The Bleen destroyer crew.
-->'''Ship Commander:''' Helmsman, put me on shipwide. I want to address the ''entire'' crew.
-->'''Helmsman:''' We're both right here, sir.
* OhCrap: Vexxarr's 'face' is very well suited for the appropriate expression. And of course, his status as CosmicPlaything gives him plenty of opportunity to use it, like [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=032807 here]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When the crew learn the other word the Lattrox have for hospital, it so utterly shocks Sploorfix that he demands to "[[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=031412 see their eyes as they burn]]"
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Bleen never had religion, thanks to their race memory. Also, while on earth, he gets a visit from an annoying evangelist.
-->'''Evangelist:''' You're not one of those heretics that believes we evolved from monkeys are you?
-->'''Vexxarr:''' Me? No. We evolved from cnidarians.
-->'''Evangelist:''' ... you don't actually know that!
-->'''Vexxarr:''' We have video.
** Though Minionbot was briefly a Buddhist, and later he convinced the repair drones that Vexxarr (aka ''The Keeper of the Off Switch'') [[RobotReligion was a god]].
* OutrunTheFireball: Lampshaded.
-->'''Minionbot:''' How big is the fireball, and how fast do we need to travel to outrun it?
-->'''Vexxarr:''' That's a tough question to answer. The fireball in question has our ship's ID and description...and it's possible we may owe it a lot of money.
* ThePowerOfLove: How Vexxarr schemes to recapture his ship [[spoiler:from Minionbot's pirates]].
-->'''Vexxarr:''' Sploorfix...I want [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds you]] to [[BrownNote love]] every robot on this ship until there isn't a functioning A.I. left on board.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Even when it's not strictly necessary.
-->'''Minionbot:''' Logically, giving them access to the ship's computer would end the threat to my existence.
-->'''Vexxarr:''' ...and the hammer?
-->'''Minionbot:''' That silicon tin-plated demagogue had it coming in the ''worst'' way.
* ProperlyParanoid: [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=122910 Just checking]].
* PungeonMaster: Sploorfix approaches this at times, much to Vexxarr's and Carl's utter dismay and horror.
-->'''Vexxarr''' ''(strangling Sploorfix):'' No court in the land! Do you hear me? ''No court in the land!''
* RefusalOfTheCall: Vexxarr generally tries to refuse, but that never works out.
* RubberForeheadAliens: Averted, all aliens look decidedly non-human. The only strange thing is that despite Vexxarr's single eye, his eyebrow shows the exact same position-by-emotion as two human eyebrows would. See his angry-look (his look for roughly 90% of the comic.) in the trope picture.
* SarcasmMode: Vexxarr, frequently and repeatedly.
--> '''Vexxarr''': I'm not the marauding warlord I may have led you to believe.
--> '''Human general''': Noooooooooo. Surely you lie.
--> '''Vexxarr''': Hey! The biting sarcasm is ''MY'' bit. Wound my pride with your own material, Bucko.
* SarcasticDevotee: Carl has unwillingly become this to Vexxarr over time. That said, if he ever found this out, he would probably [[DrivenToSuicide fly straight into an asteroid]].
* ScaryDogmaticAliens. The Conquistador variant. [[spoiler: They're only doing it for the cake.]]
* ScheduleSlip: Occasionally, the comic updates actually catch up to the current calendar date.
* SceneryPorn: Many comics that take place in space use real astronomical pictures as background, see the trope picture.
* SeriesContinuityError: RuleOfFunny tends to override continuity: Early in the comic, it was established that Bleen never had religion and don't need to sleep. But in some comics, the punchline assumes that they do.
* SeriousBusiness: InUniverse, cake. The Bleen have conquered a quarter of a galaxy for access to the materials and ingredients to make cake, new cake recipes, and slaves to bake cake for them. Vexxarr and crew kill a predator moon [[spoiler:with scones]] to stripmine its corpse for the raw minerals they need to synthesize cake. [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=060214 Even robots find it hard to believe that the Lattrox don't like cake]]. [[spoiler:But it's true -- cake kills Lattrox.]]
* SiliconBasedLife: Sid's species, and their predators.
* ShootingSuperman: It takes a while for everyone to realize that Sid, and the other Rock Crabs are ImmuneToBullets, beam weapons, explosions and blunt trauma. By now it's begun happening [[NoodleIncident off-sceen]], and we get to see the ReactionShot [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=070111 instead]].
* [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick Snarky Non Organic Sidekick]]: Minionbot to Vexxarr. Not that either are entirely happy with the arrangement.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: In-universe.
-->When you are aboard an [[GhostShip alien construct of uncertain design and purpose]], you touch ''nothing!'' You have [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo no way of knowing if a lever could vent the atmosphere into space]]...if...if a switch could activate [[GrayGoo flesh-eating nanobots!]] Until you have studied ''everything'', you have to assume that this [[MalevolentArchitecture station's sole purpose was to isolate and destroy you personally!]] ''[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy DO YOU UNDERSTAND?!]]''
* StarfishAliens: The crew alone includes two species that reproduce by budding, one of them a one-eyed cnidarian that can survive in space for brief periods and the other a mass of eyes on tentacles whose LiveJournal counts as a LogicBomb of mass destruction.. And a NighInvulnerable SiliconBasedLife that feeds off radiation and is scared of anything that eats.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: There are an assortment of '[[AGodAmI Ascended Races]]' in the comic, generally with [[BlueAndOrangeMorality rather strange agendas]]. Vexxarr [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=041108 despises]] these, with [[InsufferableGenius fairly good reason]].
* SuckingInLines: Latroxx shipboard cannons have these.
* TakeThat: Once earth starts to expand, they have Creator/JamesCameron help the army with their first-encounter protocols. [[Film/{{Avatar}} If the army's and Cameron's protocols ever agreed, the army changed theirs.]] Also, it is suggested several times that the [[TheAllegedCar Pontiac Aztec]] is the [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=080608 ugliest thing in the universe]].
** [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=121905 Ouch, Sony.]]
* TechnicalPacifist. Parodied with the locutrons.
-->'''Locutron:''' [[BrownNote Great Orator]], I swear these ships and the thousands like them have been built to carry your message of peace and fraternity to all inteligent systems in the nebula. [[WeComeInPeace Their mission is one of peace.]] We wish to show nothing but our love for all living things.
-->'''Vexxarr:''' Yet I can't help but notice that your envoys of are bristling with weapons.
-->'''Locutron:''' There is, of course, always the slight possibility that they will not love us back.
-->'''Vexxarr:''' Word of advice? Keep 'em charged.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Vexxarr's own robotic allies frequently give him one. And then there's the hostile AI left by the [[{{Precursors}} Schlumpoid Forebearers]], who gives them to any Schlumpoid in range. They actually make use of it by assigning him to teach a class called 'Stasis: The failure of Schlumpoid Culture.'
-->'''AI''': Welcome class. I want to begin by saying that no matter how your grades turn out, I will be giving each of you an F.
-->'''Schlumpoid''': What? What have we done to deserve that?
-->'''AI''': By the end of the semester, I expect you to tell me.
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: Both Vexxarr and Carl try to do this to Sid. It never sticks.
-->'''Sploorfix:''' Just tell me what you think of when you look at him.
-->'''Vexxarr:''' ''The airlock.''
** Later done [[spoiler: ''with consent'' to Minionbot to disengage the malfunctioning hyperdrive.]]
--->[[spoiler: '''Minionbot:''' ...because saving the ship inevitably results in Sploorfix ''blogging'' about it. And I am therefore safer out '''here!''']]
** It seems airlocking is habitual among Bleen...
--->'''Bleen Invasion Fleet Commander:''' Command makes for a lonely life...that and flushing your bridge crew into space...
* TranslatorMicrobes: Justified, since Vexxarr is [[TelepathicSpacemen telepathic]]. However, all newly picked up crew members can not only talk to Vexxarr, but also to each other without problems (No mouths are ever seen on them either, and Sid lived in a vacuum, so perhaps they communicate telepathically too).
** The [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=111408 Mahakalosians]] are an [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=111908 exception]]. At least until [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=112108 they learned Bleen]].
* UnsoundEffect: Oh so many...
* WeaponizedExhaust: The Mahakalosians give earth a new fusion thruster that when tested on earth made [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=073010 a tunnel through a nearby hill]]. It also philosophically solves the [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=080210 "fight or flight"]] conundrum.
* WeaponsGradeVocabulary: [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=071906 Weapons grade pleading?]]
-->'''Spoorflix:''' What...what happened to them all?
-->'''Vexxarr:''' That would be you.
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=111208 Vexxarr tries to discourage this behavior in Sid.]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=122109 It doesn't stick.]]
---> '''Sid''': There was a button. Its function was unknown to me...
** Recently Vexxarr himself went through this, when trying to figure out how to disengage a planetwide [[CloakingDevice cloaking system]] from a console that was also invisible. There were some... [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=051311 problems.]]
* WetwareCPU: Most AIs it seems.
* WhosLaughingNow: After managing to successfully impersonate the leader of a group of vegetable-based AI that have been trying to kill him, he vents pretty much all of the frustration he's accumulated over the course of the strip through [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=050409 creative vengeance]]
-->'''Sploorfix''': What are you thinking?
-->'''Minionbot''': That Vexxarr has been in space entirely '''too''' long.
* WideEyedIdealist: Spoorflix. [Insert Eye-oriented pun here].
* WisdomFromTheGutter: Comes from Sploorfix. At least if you ask Vexxarr, anyway.
-->'''Vexxarr:''' '''''Get back here this instant and start spouting gibberish until my worldview is centered!'''''
* XanatosSpeedChess: Vexxarr eventually becomes ''far'' too good at a strange mix between this and IndyPloy, courtesy of a mix of extreme [[{{Gaslighting}} paranoia]], excessive [[TheCynic cynicism]], unfathomable [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]] ... and [[CosmicPlaything a long career as the universe's favourite Plaything]]. Often leads to a MomentOfAwesome. Carl is a frequent contributor.
* YouHaveFailedMe: SOP for the Bleen.
--> '''Bleen commander:''' Look, I'm going to make this easy for you. Either tell me whether or not that planet is indeed the earth or throw yourself out of the airlock. Your choice. [BeatPanel] Command makes for a lonely life. That, and flushing your bridgecrew into space.
** Granted, [[ThrownOutTheAirlock spacing]] is not fatal to the Bleen, but after the number of acolytes in orbit became a navigational hazard the Emperor started vaporizing them instead.
* YourHeadASplode: Robots actually [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=012108 win arguments]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=122906 this way]].
** Also, Minionbot once lost ''four'' heads in a row to Vexxarr's {{logic bomb}}ing raid.
* ZergRush: How hu-mon win against the eponymous Alien invader, [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=012105 observe]].

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