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[[caption-width-right:350:Welcome to TheMasquerade, Mark.]]

->"You, sir, may be a natural-born {{munchkin}}."
-->-- '''[[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/04/06/ Joel]]'''

Mark once was just an [[TheEveryman ordinary guy]] with an office job and a blonde girlfriend. Except that every once in a while he had a strange urge to hang in front of a tabletop RPG store and stare at its wares pointlessly... Then one day, after a run in with the local [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire coven]] and {{The Hunter}}s, he discovered a mind-blowing truth: there is a secret society out there, TheMasquerade... [-OF {{GEEK}}S!-] And he is [[HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster one of them]], "a human by day and a geek by night"...

''Weregeek'' is a {{Webcomic}} written and drawn by Alina Pete and Layne Myhre, first published in November 2006. It has its [[http://www.weregeek.com/ own site]] (administrated by Layne's brother Todd). Alina also writes the Journal Comic [[http://www.mooseheadstew.com/ Moosehead Stew]].
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!!''Weregeek'' provides examples of:
* AmicableExes: There are some suggestive hints that [[spoiler:Sarah and Joel]] may have once dated.
* ArmourPiercingQuestion: Mark is able to get through to a monster Murdock by asking him how he plans to destroy all geeks when there are geek subcultures for almost everything.
--->[[spoiler:'''Mark:''' You name the show, it has a geek subculture. Not only that, There are sports geeks, Car geeks, Literature geeks, Music geeks! Are you gonna get rid of all of those things?!''']]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: A rare full-game example, where [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/03/24/ Abbie and Sarah loved]] the SceneryPorn of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', but completely wrote off the plotline.
* BerserkButton: A lot of the main characters have one.
** Don't call CyberPunk stupid [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/07/28/ in front of Abbie]].
** Or make a [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/05/09/ crime and travesty]] of Lord of the Rings in front of Sarah.
** Likewise it would be ''very'' foolish to tell Sarah that fantasy is just for guys.
** "Katie has [[http://www.weregeek.com/2012/01/24/ strong opinions]] about tattoos."
** Joel [[http://www.weregeek.com/2013/01/22/ does not]] [[http://www.weregeek.com/2013/01/23/ like]] superhero movie reboots. His rage is particularly focused on ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''.
* BigNo: This is Joel's [[http://www.weregeek.com/2008/08/13/ response]] to being forced into a camping trip.
* BlatantLies: When Dustin is caught watching ''LiveActionTV/TrueBlood'', we are given this exchange:
-->'''Roommate:''' Is... that '''''True Blood'''''?\\
'''Dustin:''' NO! I mean it's, uh... ''Star Trek''. Yeah. It's the episode where um... they go back in time.\\
'''Roommate:''' To Louisiana?!\\
'''Dustin:''' *{{Beat}}* [[BlatantLies Yes.]]
* BrainWashed: Captured geeks are apparently killed, or brainwashed into regular people, removing any enjoyment from the unique and conforming to be another average joe.
** Joel's answer is to deprogram them, making them remember who they are... and being no better than his enemy, tries brainwashing a hunter into a Wrestling/{{WWE}} geek. [[SarcasmMode That goes over really well.]]
* CallingYourAttacks: Parodied [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/12/17/ here]].
* {{Calvinball}}: You can see an embryonic version of it when the geeks attempt an ordinary card game. [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/09/17/ Go fish!]]
** And later that evening it has matured into full scale [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/09/22/ Card Game Calvinball]].
* [[CampGay Camp]] [[PerkyGoth Goth]]: Victor, who plays up the camp to mess with people, mixed with his generally more upbeat nature. He runs the local goth club so he's free of mockery and the local "more goth than thou" hierarchy.
* CannotSpitItOut: Justified with Joel, who gives people only enough information to protect themselves. [[http://www.weregeek.com/2009/08/12/ This is because he's the group's dungeon master]]; it's a habit.
* CannotTellFictionFromReality: Mark has demonstrated problems switching in and out of the DeepImmersionGaming mindset - especially once he sinks in, and it takes him a moment to pull back out, which he might not do if he's too keyed-up at the time. A big reveal of the hunter/geek war involves [[spoiler:the war turning out to be a [=LARP=], followed by Mark ''faking'' this to harass Joel over previous instances of Joel dropping him into a game without warning and wrong-footing Mark.]]
* CargoShip: InUniverse between Dustin's D&D game paladin and his armor.
* ClosetGeek: Mark. ''He'' knows about his nerdiness, but hides it from his co-workers and girlfriend for fear of being laughed at. He eventually stopped hiding it from his girlfriend [[spoiler:and it factored into their later break-up]].
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Joel collects unopened soda pop.
* ComedicSociopathy: Joel's habit of messing with people's brains, Abbie's antics, sometimes Dustin vs. Abbie pillow-fighting. Let alone {{PC}}s.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Not exactly a punishment, but the game-shop owner [[http://www.weregeek.com/2011/08/11/ won't allow a customer to buy a book]] unless they can pronounce the name of the main character, Drizzt Do'urden.
* CordonBleughChef: Dustin's opinion of the Chow Mien Diner near the gaming shop. One of their specialties is a wasabi squid burger. [[SupremeChef Abbie loves it.]]
* CosplayOtakuGirl: Abbie. She tends to go all out on the cosplay, whether it's for an elaborate fishnets-and-[[HellBentForLeather leather]] Vampire costume or her convention outfits.
* CrazyPrepared: Abbie states during the zombie game that she has been training her entire life for a ZombieApocalypse.
** It's been mentioned that geeks in general are this for a Zombie Apocalypse: What other demographic has been making joking-or-not plans for this eventuality and routinely sleeps with a [[http://www.weregeek.com/2008/12/01/ sword next to their bed?]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: Their weregeek forms look scary but they're no more evil in them than in normal form.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The vampire game.
* DeepImmersionGaming: That's what almost entire comic is about.
* DungeonmastersGirlfriend: Mark's girlfriend tries to join the geeks for a game night. She's not a geek, but doesn't mind that Mark is one.
** However, a point of potential drama is that while she knows he's a geek, she doesn't know how bad he's got it. Specifically, he hasn't told her about the whole "weregeeks and hunters" bit.
* EvenNerdsHaveStandards: The concept is referenced in [[http://www.weregeek.com/2009/12/07/ this]] strip.
* FacePalm: Demonstrated [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/08/30/ here]] in combination with UnsoundEffect.
* FanGirl: Abbie
* FantasticRacism: The hunters aparently hate the geeks for not being mainstream. They hunt the geeks even when their only crime is increasing market revenue by buying as many collectibles as they could carry simply because they occasionally turning into a shadow creature who would sooner play D&D than attack anyone.
** This really gives more the impression that 'this' is what happens to the [[JerkJock Jerk Jocks]] who waste high school picking on geeks.
** It's so bad that one hunter leader chewed out his subordinate for even hinting that he saw a comic book movie.
* FastballSpecial: When Mark and Abbie fight a chimera in the ''D&D'' game.
* FilmNoir: The TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} game is [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/07/11/ intentionally styled]] after this genre.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Once the author decided that the superpowers were going to be a LARP factor, she started dropping plenty of hints. Look for such conspicuous background items as the window Joel crashes through suddenly being unbroken.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/04/13/ This strip.]]
* {{Geek}}: Every main character.
* GenkiGirl: Abbie
* GenreSavvy: Joel has been showing this.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: For bonus points, [[http://www.weregeek.com/2008/02/01/ Sarah's angels]] look like her {{PC}}s: the WhiteMagicianGirl she plays in the D&D game for good angel and TheVamp from vampire LARP for bad angel. And her Shadowrun character as a neutral one.
* {{Guyliner}}: Mark at the goth club.
* HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster: The whole story is about Mark coming in terms with his geekiness with other geeks' help.
* HealingFactor: [[spoiler: Joel apparently has one]].
* TheHunter: There's a whole organization of them here. They hunt geeks though what they do to them or their background has not yet been elaborated.
** [[spoiler:The Hunter's scientists seem to understand that the Geeks are harmless, but their GeneralRipper just wants to shoot them and get it over with.]]
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: [[spoiler: The resistance accidentally created the "turned hunter" kind]]
* IThinkYouBrokeHim: [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/02/02/ "I think I broke the new guy!!"]]
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Actually happened from dice rolls during a ''StarWars'' gaming session. [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/08/29/ Abbie said it was just like the movies.]]
* InMediasRes: The story just loves jumping into the middle of a gaming session.
* InsultBackfire:
-->'''Abbie:''' Dude!! That's... That's '''nefarious'''!\\
'''Joel:''' Aww, thanks. You're making me blush!
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: [[http://www.weregeek.com/2012/10/01/ Alice and her kid]].
* KnightTemplar: The Hunters
* LamePunReaction: When the group makes a series of D&D-based food puns, one of them responds with [[http://www.weregeek.com/2013/02/21/ "kill me"]].
* {{LARP}}: One of the games the geeks play is a monthly vampire LARP. There's also a story arc that takes place during a medieval LARP weekend.
** [[spoiler: The whole Hunters/geek war has been revealed as one massive LARP.]]
* LittleBrotherIsWatching: [[http://www.weregeek.com/2012/10/01/ Brian and Alice and their kid]] will ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' spoil a good game:
-->-- Does this mean we'll have to watch our language and all that stuff?
-->-- Um. You've ''met'' Alice, right?
* LivingADoubleLife: Mark doesn't want his 'normal' friends to find out he's secretly a geek. [[spoiler:It has consequences when his girlfriend stumbles over some messages between Mark and Sarah's Vampire characters.]]
* LukeNounVerber: Lampshaded during [[http://www.weregeek.com/2012/12/03/ a werewolf LARP]].
-->"Cubs, this is my pack... [[ThemeNaming Slays-The-Night, Crushes-The-Worm]], and [[TheRuntAtTheEnd Verbs-The-Noun.]]"
* MacGyvering: Abbie's TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} character Twitch is a [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/07/06/ Techno Wizard]], and manages to combine this with [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/07/04/ blatant]] PyroManiac streak into one piece of ComedicSociopathy.
* MachineMonotone:
--> '''Twitch's drone:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[http://www.weregeek.com/2008/03/28/ hello. let's.play.a.game ]]
.]]
* TheMasquerade: Geeks hide themselves within the society, acting as if they were ordinary students and office workers, to avoid the Hunters' attention... Mainly because they ''are'' ordinary students and office workers with interests outside of geekdom, and only Mark seems to try and hide that he's a geek.
* MysteriousWatcher: The ominously lurking [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/05/14/ hunter]].
* NestedStoryReveal: After the hunters attack the convention, it turns out that [[spoiler:neither the geek powers nor the hunters were real, merely part of a LARP]].
* NoJustNoReaction: [[http://www.weregeek.com/2009/01/07/ Mark reassures Dustin]] that (accidentally) blowing off the woman flirting with him and trying to get into his Star Wars game was a good thing.
---> '''Mark''': What did she want to play?
---> '''Dustin''': Err... a Gungan Sith Lord.
---> '''Mark''': [[VisibleSilence ...]] Are you ''sure'' you're interested in this girl?
* NonMaliciousMonster: The geeks. Yeah, they turn into sinister shadowy figures if presented with a first edition Han Solo figure, but outside of an intense game of D&D they have yet to be seen attacking people or acting with any sort of malicious intent. The only time they get violent is when they are being attacked by hunters.
** Or when Joel forgets to tell Mark that the [=LARPers=] weren't really vampires.
* NotAZombie: Mark's first encounter with the "zombies" IRL.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The Vampire LARP, which uses rules from across multiple editions of the White Wolf game just to make everything even more confusing.
* NotSoDifferent: One of the hunters gets chewed out for seeing a comic book movie, and later is distracted from the job when he spots Ron Perlman.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Apparently when the moon is full or they just "geek out" badly, geeks are prone to transforming into shadowy creatures with claws, super strength, and fast healing. Though not all of them are aware of the transformations; initially it's just Joel.
* PetitePride: Right after Katie and Sarah are busy complaining about how expensive it is having to buy custom bras so they fit, they glare scathingly at Abbie who says she can just pick up from the rack at Walmart for a fraction of the cost.
* PlotParallel: Both Jess and Sarah get to be the odd one out in the social circle of the other ([[http://www.weregeek.com/2008/02/15/ Gaming Night]] and [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/05/07/ Girls' Night]], respectively). They are both mildly weirded out.
* PrivateEyeMonologue: Mark gets to pull it off in the Shadowrun game.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Hunters. Well, the Delta Team, at least. It starts showing [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/01/04/ here]] when they start developing actual personalities and stop being regular old {{Mooks}}.
* RandomNumberGod: In [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/08/24/ this strip]], Dustin yells at Mark for touching someone else's dice.
* ReferenceOverdosed: While in theory it's possible to find a strip that doesn't have a ShoutOut or reference of some kind...
* {{Retcon}}: Originally, Mark's half-orc had STR 20 but has since been dwindled to more realistic (under DungeonsAndDragons rules) score of 19.
** Under 3.5 and 4, a Half-Orc (+2 Strength mod) with 20 STR is perfectly realistic under the point-buy system, especially after a few level-based stat increases (and if Sarah's mage's abilities are anything to go by, the party has enough levels to burn a few of those). Munchkinny, sure, but legitimate.
** In a more traditional example, the entire Hunter-Geek War. The author ''was'' originally going to make it real, but changed her mind partway through, resulting in the "all just a LARP" final version.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: Shown [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/07/21/ during a game of]] ''ShadowRun''.
-->'''Guard''': What, do you think a MegaCorp is ''made'' out of money?? Wait... don't answer that.
* RunningGag: "TEN POUNDS OF POCKY!"
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Subverted with Mark's girlfriend Jess, who turns out to be much more perceptive and open-minded than she first appears.
* ScrewYouElves: Abbie's Elven Rogue, having been raised by humans, thinks her own race a little haughty.
--> [[http://www.weregeek.com/2012/03/15/ "The Tai Shan monks had better manners than you idiots do, and '''ten times''' the wisdom."]]
* SeriousBusiness: Gaming is very serious business for weregeeks, but it goes quadruple for Joel.
* ShoutOut:
** [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/07/13/ This comic]] has a display case showing off a couple of [[{{Erfworld}} "Erf"]] miniatures, including a few dwagons, gwiffons, and marbits. Looking around, there's also [[Webcomic/QuestionableContent Pintsize]], the aptly-named Red Robot from Webcomic/DieselSweeties, Helix from Webcomic/{{Freefall}}, the Film/{{Serenity}}, the [[Franchise/StarTrek Starship Enterprise]], the [[Webcomic/SchlockMercenary Touch and Go]], and a few half-obscured [[Series/DoctorWho Daleks]].
** And just look at all the decorations on [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/12/24/ the Christmas tree]].
* {{Squee}}: Mark and the Talking Guy [[http://www.weregeek.com/2009/02/06/ do this]] at the idea of flying an [[StarWars X-Wing against the Empire]]...
* SquishyWizard: Sarah's mage in the ''D&D'' game.
* StoneWall: Dustin's paladin in the ''D&D'' game.
* StopHelpingMe: [[InvokedTrope Abbie's PC Twitch]] (we mentioned ComedicSociopathy already, right?):
-->'''Twitch:''' ''(to Aeon)'' [[http://www.weregeek.com/2008/03/28/ ...you're wearing body armor, right?]]\\
[...]\\
'''Author:''' [[http://www.weregeek.com/2008/03/31/ At least she remembered to say sorry]]... Remember chummers -- when you "accidentally" blow up your teammates, always apologize afterwards. It's good Shadowrunning etiquette.
* StraightGay: Lance has come out of the closet only recently. Mark, who has known... rather few gay men, was fairly surprised since Lance wasn't even slightly camp and was even apparently checking out the cosplaying elf girls at a {{LARP}} with him just a year or so (in comic time) beforehand.
* SurferDude: One of Mark's non-geek friends appears to be this. Even though he's only shown for 1 page he has shoulder length hair and talks about is an "awesome party" and uses "like" and "totally".
** In fact any time Mark talks to a "normal" friend or co-worker, they seem to be talking about "awesome parties".
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Mark does it [[http://www.weregeek.com/2014/03/10 here]], or at least into a passive slumber.
* TemptingFate: [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/10/25/ What could possibly go wrong?]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Abbie and Sarah.
* VFormationTeamShot: At the end of chapter 17. [[http://www.weregeek.com/2011/06/17/ "We'll teach those Hunters that you don't mess with GEEKS!"]] Not the straightest example, though, since the leader is not in the middle of the formation but on the side.
* WeHaveBeenResearchingPhlebotinumForYears: The series begins with Mark drooling at a look on dice and being chased by {{The Hunter}}s. He is saved by Joel and the others, who explain to him that he is a weregeek, just like themselves, which is why he was being hunted. It is much later explained that [[spoiler:Joel, in fact, is the leader of LaResistance hunting the Hunters and he knows much more about them than he tells anyone]].
* WeWorkWellTogether: Happens to the player characters in the end of the Shadowrun arc.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Silver is to werewolves what tax forms, red tape, insurance ads and C-Span is to geeks. Granted, C-Span is apparently boring enough to knock out a squad of hunters as well.
* WebcomicTime: Started in late 2006, with seasons changing and events like the Christmas holidays noted, and up-to-date references on various games and movies. However, Abbie and Sarah have been in college the whole time with no indication they might have moved on to graduate studies, many couples dating as long as Mark and Jess would have at least discussed marriage by now (and Mark's geeky double life is still treated as a recent occurrence), and even [[spoiler:Dustin has been sort-of-kind-of dating Ravenia since early 2011]]. And that's saying nothing about the games they play, with a few months' worth of biweekly gameplay stretched out over half a decade or so.
* WelcomedToTheMasquerade: The story starts with Mark being chased by {{The Hunter}}s, before stumbling into a vampire coven meeting where he receives his welcome to TheMasquerade... by being turned into a vampire himself. Then it turns out, that it's all just DeepImmersionGaming: the hunters are just regular bullies, and the vampires are a bunch of geeks {{LARP}}ing ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''. Still, TheMasquerade takes place IRL, as well, as the geeks have to hide their {{geek}}dom from NormalPeople, and Mark (a repressed geek himself) is welcomed to the geek subcultures for real this time.
* WhamEpisode: Strip 2011-05-10 sees Joel [[spoiler:wounded while fleeing from a Hunter, then bursting through a window where the rest of the gang is dining]]. And it looks like it's a RealLife section this time.
** More recently, Jess finds [[spoiler:in-character messages written between Mark and Sarah's Vampire characters, which make it look like he's been cheating on Jess and that Sarah has only been feigning friendship with Jess to help allay suspicion. It's hard to blame Jess for dumping Mark, even knowing he wasn't "really" cheating... because the nature of Mark and Sarah's in-character relationship was getting a little too intimate as it was, given it was a [=LARP=]. The low blows she throws at his gaming hobby in general are rather uncalled-for, though.]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:A massive battle with the Hunters ends and the day is saved. And then Joel shouts...]]
-->[[spoiler:[[http://www.weregeek.com/2014/03/11/ ... and that's the end of the demo everyone! I hope you enjoyed the show!]]]]
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The comic is apparently set in a small Canadian city. Anything more specific than that (such as province or even the city's name) is up in the air, though given the creators' personal histories (as noted on the site) it might be in either Saskatchewan or Alberta.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: [[http://weregeek.com/2010/02/22 Here.]]
* WithCatlikeTread: Abbie in the ''D&D'' game.
* YaoiFangirl: Sarah and Abbie's discussion of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is rather telling.
* YeOldeButcheredEnglish: Abbie's [[http://www.weregeek.com/2013/08/29/ attempt at this speech]] is absolutely horrible.
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/12/07/ This]].
* YouHaveFailedMe: Textbook [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/08/06/ example]], complete with ShootTheMessenger.
* XanatosGambit: This is how Joel captures [[spoiler:TheHunter [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/01/27/ here]]: either the Hunter grabs his hand, putting himself into Joel's power, or he falls into the net below. The second part worked.]]
* ZombieApocalypse: Mark runs into a horde of "zombies" after a vampire game session ([[spoiler:who are discovered to be normal people doing a charity "zombie run" on Halloween]]) and the gang later reenacts it with a zombie movie game.
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