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''[[http://www.zapcomic.com/ Zap!]]'' (not to be confused with the classic Underground ''Zap Comix'' by RobertCrumb, or [=ZZap=]! the Commodore 64 magazine) is a science fiction webcomic which ran from 2003 to 2014 and centers around the title character, Zap Vexler. Chris Layfield is the writer, and Pascalle Lepas is the artist.

[[LaserGuidedAmnesia Amnesiac]] Zap finds himself the captain of a CoolStarship called the ''Excelsior''. He discovers that he is [[PsychicPowers psychic]] and falls for the first officer, Reona, who is still heartbroken over the previous captain, Efrem. He had been apparently killed by an enemy, Naveed. Reona and the ship's mechanic, Grontar, and navigation droid, Robot, aren't too thrilled about Zap being picked as the captain. This is mostly because Zap is a doofus and far from captain material. They fight their way through the [[TheEmpire GEF]], crash land, fight their way through the GEF again, take off, and pick up an ally: Kasey. Another Resistance member, Kasey is infatuated with Robot and helps repair Reona's artificial arm. Zap runs into a stranger (to him at this point), Gunner, who claims to be a friend from his forgotten past.

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!!This webcomic provides examples of:

* AirVentPassageway: Zap uses this [[spoiler: right into the enemy's midst]].
* AmnesiaDanger: Zap has to figure out how to work the [[FasterThanLightTravel hyperjump]] with his forgotten powers.
%%* AmnesiacsAreInnocent: Zap.
* AmusementPark: Scene of the biggest fight so far.
%%* AnIcePerson / MakingASplash: The Aquarians and Callisto.
* AnimatedActors: Not animated, but [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2003/09/20040102a/ one filler comic]] portrayed the characters as actors playing parts. It even included a ClassicallyTrainedExtra. The concept has since been revisited two or three times, making it a RunningGag.
* ArtEvolution: Pascalle's art noticeably improves over the years.
%%* BattleAura
%%* BigRedButton: [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2003/08/20031103/ This comic]].
%%* BlankWhiteEyes: A few times. Here's an [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/09/20060529/ example]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: Zap, after a [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/11/20061012/ nasty gut shot]].
%%* BlueWithShock: [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/03/20050119-4/ This]] comic. Complete with OcularGushers.
%%* BodyHorror: The creature that kills the bounty hunters.
* BorrowedBiometricBypass: Naveed uses a guard's severed hand to retrieve her sword.
%%* BountyHunter: Four of them in one arc.
* ClothingDamage: Zap, Reona, and Grontar ruin their nice clothes in the [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/11/20060918/ amusement park battle.]] But Reona's nice sheer hose survive the fight without even a run.
* ColorCodedCharacters: The three main psychics have different colored {{Battle Aura}}s and [[PowerGlows eye glows]]. Zap's are green, Efrem's are blue, and Gunner's are yellow.
* ContestWinnerCameo: An archive search contest winner was inserted into a comic as a speaking character.
%%* CrossPoppingVeins
%%* DeflectorShields: Psychic controlled.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Sepia flashbacks.
* DramaticPause: President Billings does this during a press conference, waiting three minutes to ramp up the drama.
%%* DreamSequence: A few symbolism loaded sequences here and there.
* ElementalPowers: The Elementaro race. The [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/05/20050608b/ last four members]] are recruited by Naveed.
%%* ElevatorSnare: Happens to [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2005/02/20071203/ Grontar]].
%%* TheEmpire: The Galactic Earth Federation.
* EvilVersusEvil: The [=GEF=] against the Serpent's rebellion (which is different from the Resistance).
%%* {{Flashback}}: {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/03/20050107-4/ this]] comic.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: An indication of often dangerous psychic powers.
%%* GovernmentConspiracy: Not fully revealed yet.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: The GEF grunts are usually idiotic and are [[RedShirt killed in droves]].
%%* GuestStrip: A few.
%%* HallOfMirrors: [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/12/20070215/ Here.]]
%%* HalloweenCosplay: One or two {{Filler Strip}}s.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Reona, about Zap. Even flat out says it on page 281.
* HypnoTrinket: The psychic AmplifierArtifact devices called "crowns" can be used to do this. At the GEF psychic academy, they are used to keep all the psychics underneath the GEF's control. [[spoiler:Gunner manipulated all of this into being, and plans to use the mind controlled psychic army to KillAllHumans as revenge for the destruction of his world.]]
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The GEF have landed about 5 of their shots.
* JediMindTrick: Seemingly a standard psychic power. It even gets a ShoutOut[=/=]LampshadeHanging [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/01/20040818-5/ here]].
* JustAMachine: Several intelligent robots are destroyed for avoidable or petty reasons. Made more jarring by the fact one of the main cast is a robot.
%%* KickTheMoralityPet
%%* LaserSight [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/03/20041231-5/ Here.]]
* LastOfHisKind: Robot is the last robot left with a learning AI. The Elelmentaros are the last of their species.
%%* LaResistance: Played absolutely straight with "The Resistance".
%%* LawOfAlienNames: Lots of the names fit.
%%* LeaveHimToMe: [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/10/20060828/ Reona vs. Naveed.]]
* TheMerch: Not a big part of the site, but there is a book out.
%%* MindControlEyes: [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/08/20051215/ Here.]]
%%* NonSequiturThud: [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2003/08/20031020/ This comic]].
%%* NotWhatItLooksLike: [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/08/20060116/ The title and the dialog.]]
* NumberedHomeworld: Sticklebat 7. The BunglingInventor Stickle race found their previous six planets "[[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds too]] [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2003/12/20040625/ flammable]]".
* OminousMultipleScreens: During the computer failure scene.
* OutrunTheFireball: Zap does this in the second comic.
%%* PimpedOutDress: Reona's [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/09/20060508/ space dress.]]
%%* PresidentEvil: Not ''competent'', but evil.
%%* PstandardPsychicPstance: [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/06/20050831/ Here.]]
%%* PsychicPowers: Of course.
%%* PuppyDogEyes: [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/01/20040825-5/ Here]].
%%* TheRant
%%* RebusBubble
* RestrainingBolt: The "crowns". And Robot's programming to obey the Captain, like it or not (he does not).
* SceneryCensor: [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/09/20060417/ Here]] Zap is naked, with Robot's head "tastefully" interposed.
%%* ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: The Stickle race.
* ShirtlessScene: Zap, [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/09/20060417/ trying out tuxedos]] going [[SceneryCensor stark naked]].
%%* SlowMotionFall: [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2005/01/20070924/ Here.]]
* SomeCallMeTim: Robot's renaming.
* SpaceIsNoisy: There are some sound effects during the space battle.
%%* SpaceWhale: Space Squid, actually.
%%* SpitTake: [[http://www.zapcomic.com/2004/06/20050627/ Here.]]
* SpotTheImposter: The BodyHorror creature takes Zap's appearance. Side by side, everyone debates who to shoot. Gunner comes up and just unceremoniously shoots the fake. The monster was quite easily distinguishable ("Meeee, Reaaal Zaaaaaap...") when everyone was "Side by side" as it were, and the remark from Robot seemed like it was an obvious Lampshade hanging.
* SuperRegistrationAct: Psychics are being rounded up for nefarious purposes (implied to be made into {{Super Soldier}}s).
* {{Technopath}}: One of Zap's first displays of psychic ability is activating the ''Excelsior'''s hyperdrive. In fact his mental commands are apparently the only thing that can do so. Gunner, as his name implies, uses his to improve the function of his weapons.
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: Zap, who was mistaken for a stowaway at first, is almost dumped with the trash into space (or so he thought).
* TitleConfusion: Due to the old URL, the comic is often called "Zap [- [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]-]". This is also something of a BerserkButton for the author, to the point that they've migrated to a new URL.
* WebcomicTime: A few years of comics following a few weeks of plot.
* WigDressAccent: Robot gets by a security checkpoint with pants, a wig and a sign the says "I am human". (The costume really didn't work, though, it was Zap doing a JediMindTrick type thing on the guards.)
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Zap's fear of space squid is played as a RunningGag.
%%* YouDidntAsk
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