* AccidentalInnuendo: [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/533 "Oh, I'm not his daughter, we just live together."]]
** Also Largo, when talking about his [[http://rg.megatokyo.info/charlist/coolthing.gif cool thing]].
-->'''Largo''': Y'know, when we get back to the apartment, I'd be happy to show you my cool thing.
-->'''Erika''': I don't think so. Please continue.
* ArchiveBinge: The storyline makes a ''lot'' more sense if you're able to read a full chapter in one sitting, without the update delays. Graphic novel versions make this even easier.
* BrokenBase: Rodney Caston's departure from the strip drove a wedge deep into the fanbase that ''would'' persist to this day if the comic still updated frequently enough for anyone to care.
** Basically, it boils down to Caston-fans preferring the video game themed randomness of the early strips, while Fred-fans prefer the relationship building and complex plot of the later strips.
*** Plenty of people took every opportunity they could to personally attack Fred for "stealing Rodney's comic away from him". One web developer friend of Rodney's used the occasion of Rodney's wife having a child (Fred had sent his congratulations) to quip, "Hopefully Fred won't steal ''this'' baby too." That incident forced Rodney to tell his fans to back off, and both him and Fred to separately reveal a few details about what happened back in 2002.
* ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch: There are several extremely negative reviews of MT that focus entirely on the plot and art around comic 300 (not long after Rodney left), and appear to be unaware that there's close to ''a thousand'' more story pages by now, with substantial changes in art and characterization.
** Back before updates became laughably infrequent, many negative reviews amounted to ItsPopularNowItSucks. Other negative reviews have come either from anime haters (who dislike Fred's art style) or purists (who are offended that Fred unashamedly uses a Japanese art style ''and'' that he managed to get his comic sold alongside actual manga[[labelnote:*]]never mind that no one complained when ''Dramacon'' and ''Bizenghast'' did the same thing[[/labelnote]]).
*** There's still ''more'' negative reviews where the main complaint is that Rodney left (or "was kicked off", to quote said reviews), and nothing else.
* CrazyAwesome: Largo. He's [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} crazy]]. He's [[BadAss awesome]]. What else can be said? He is the ''[[LeetLingo L33T]]-Master''.
** To a lesser degree, [[HighlyVisibleNinja Junpei]].
* CreativeDifferences: This is the official reason for Rodney Caston leaving the strip. The reality is far more complicated.
** We don't know exactly what happened, and we never will because both of them signed [=NDAs=]. The few details we've gotten from both of them over the years suggest that Rodney got bored with writing the strip pretty early on, leaving more details to Fred, then disapproving of the direction Fred wanted to take things; the last strip Rodney wrote by himself (aside from a couple of one-offs several months later) was, ironically, [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/132 a strip showing the different ways their characters viewed the world.]][[labelnote:]] It's not a coincidence that immediately after this strip ran, Megatokyo switched to its now-standard chapter format.[[/labelnote]] Although Rodney wasn't contributing much of anything to the series, his name was still on the masthead and he still owned half of the copyright, something Fred came to resent. Eventually, Rodney agreed to let Fred buy out his half of the IP, and Rodney's name disappeared from the masthead at the end of April 2002,[[note]] comic #253, a DPD sketch published 1 May 2002, is the first one to credit Fred alone,[[/note]] with earlier strips receiving an OrwellianRetcon to change the copyright info.
* EpilepticTrees: Tons of these in regards to just what the ''hell'' Miho actually ''is''.
* FanNickname: Most of them due to the fact that several characters went a while before their names were revealed within the comic. A few of those remained in use even after the character's name was learned.
* FoeYay: Miho has a lot of this with Piro and Largo. Though she and Piro ''were'' a romantic couple of sorts prior to the start of the comic
-->'''Miho:''' So, tell me Piro ... do you still love me?\\
'''Piro:''' Wh... what?\\
'''Miho:''' That's not a very nice way to respond to that question. You could hurt a girl's feelings. In fact, I think I might start to cry.
* GrowingTheBeard: In direct contrast to the JumpingTheShark example below, some people believe that when the comic took a turn for the dramatic it got better.
* HilariousInHindsight: Considering where their relationship ended up, it's funny to remember [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/23 this is how Largo first met Erika.]]
* HypeAversion: The poster child for this. Any "Name webcomics you hate!" thread is required by law to have Megatokyo as the first reply.
* JumpingTheShark: Some argue that this happened after Rodney Caston quit and left the production of the comic entirely to Fred Gallagher.
** A lot of people actually enjoyed the shift to a more drama-based series but lost interest later when the updates became ridiculously infrequent and the story more difficult to follow strip-to-strip.
* {{Moe}}: Ping is a frequent source of these,including the [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/1178 world's cutest internet]] [[http://ping.z7q2.com/ search]]. Kimiko and Yuki also.
* NarmCharm: The bits of comedy that ''[=mT=]'' contains post-CerebusSyndrome often slip into this. For example, in [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1241 this]] recent strip, Ed is taunting and tormenting Ping with text messages while planning to kill her; meanwhile he strikes up a pleasant conversation with our favorite CloudCuckoolander Largo and (among other things), complements him on his NiceHat.
* ObviousBeta: Fred is known for having a very rough art style; when he's really pressed for time, the sketch lines are still visible. The really annoying part is that while his style ''looks'' rough and unfinished, it's actually extremely labor-intensive.
* SnarkBait: The comic is prone to this. Remix comics are [[http://www.projectafterforums.com/index.php?showtopic=1287 very]] [[http://forums.megatokyo.com/index.php?s=0f99a537c4c0208e3471ef22eb96fa25&showtopic=1736949 popular.]]
* {{Squick}}: Largo's Japanese-English translator apparently has Japanese porn sites as its sources.
* UnfortunateImplications: When the anti-cat weapon was first introduced it was termed the nipstick, since it was loaded with catnip. It was pointed out that this was unfortunate for a comic based in Japan and the name was removed.
** [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/168 The 9/11 strip]], [[TooSoon released the very next day after the attack]]. While the author's rant makes it clear he is horrified about the situation, the looks on Piro's and Largo's face can be interpreted anywhere from slight disappointment to StunnedSilence to [[DullSurprise dull shock]]. The whole thing is easy to misinterpret if you read it hurriedly, so in the end, the reader is left to judge. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Let nothing else be said]].
* TheWoobie: This gets passed around, with many characters managing at least a little woobie-time. Of particular note is that Kimiko Nanasawa displays woobiedom in-comic as well as in the fanbase, with employers wondering whether to hug her and later her own [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1042 unwanted army of sympathetic nobodies]] drawing up battle-plans as to how to make her feel better.
** Don't forget the [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/645 ph34rbots]]. [[InstantAIJustAddWater Advanced robotic AIs created by Largo]], programmed to defend Tokyo from any hostile threats... and made from cardboard. They spend most of their time getting knocked over by curious kids.
** Ping as well. Piro, Kimiko, Erika, Junko, and Miho have all ended up giving/receiving hugs from her, the last one on multiple occasions.
** Miho went from being her normal, annoying, bitchy self to 100% Woobie-fied in 12 comics flat. Compare: the beginning of [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1255 comic 1255]] with the beginning of [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1267 comic 1267]]. (Obvious spoilers)
** Also Fred Gallagher, according to [[http://xkcd.com/142/ XKCD]]. Though the implication here is that they find him so pathetic that he likely couldn't stand the parodies and mockery they subjected some other webcomics to. ...Unless that's the mockery.
*** No, Fred ''is'' a woobie, but for different reasons. First Sarah had a complicated pregnancy that nearly killed her. Then she gave birth several weeks early, as a result of those preexisting issues. ''Then'' their son had some serious health issues (common for preemies). '''Then''' Sarah was diagnosed with lymphoma. '''THEN''' Fred started having heart problems. Seriously, nothing good seems to happen to the guy. On top of all that, there are many people who hate him so much that his bad luck is cause for celebration.

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