* AlasPoorScrappy: Love her or hate her, it's hard not to feel sympathy for Yuki after [[spoiler: her breakup with Gary]]. Though some readers manage.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The entries under BaseBreaker mention the most common debates about the cast, but even some of the nicer characters have inspired uncharitable interpretations of their personalities.
** Gary is usually seen as a good guy who just needs to grow a little backbone and learn to stand up for himself. A few people have argued that Gary's supposed "niceness" is nothing more than passivity, and the only reason he's not a jerk is because being a jerk would require more initiative than he's got. After he went through several hours in Paris basically ignoring the continuous verbal catfight between the two women he was with, and paying little attention to the one with whom he was nominally on a date in favour of the other, his clueless passivity perhaps ascended to a kind of rudeness all his own. And when he made an amazingly tactless remark to Senna about having broken up with her, some readers felt that she couldn't be blamed for hitting him in the face.
** For a long time, [=DiDi=] was one of the strip's sweetest characters, before her quest for an orgasm brought out a nastier side to her personality. Reexamining how she treated her past boyfriends, along with implications that their failure to satisfy her may be partially her fault, some readers still think that she's a genuinely nice woman whose ditziness makes it difficult for her to know how to properly interact with people. Others began to feel that she's a selfish person who only knows how to ''act'' nice, and that she ultimately only cares about her own gratification.
* AuthorsSavingThrow: For years, fans had been getting increasingly tense at how Zii seemed able to do whatever she wanted with no repercussions, while Gary suffered terrible luck often through no fault of his own, and even some of the good things that happened to him ended up having drawbacks down the line. This culminated during volume five with Gary and Yuki's one-sided relationship, which led to the fanbase blowing up and an increasing number of readers complaining that Gary's suffering had long since crossed the line from slapstick to DudeNotFunny. Volume six has things going fairly smoothly for Gary, with most of the bad things that happen to him being clearly because of his own blunders instead of bad luck. Zii, by contrast, has her past coming in to bite her in the ass from multiple directions, along with her worldview being seriously shaken when she finds out what Gary's been up to. While some fans are skeptical at how long this more balanced state of affairs is going to last, for now most readers are enjoying it.
* BaseBreaker: This comic's discussion boards see a fair amount of squabbling among readers...
** Have a strong opinion about Zii? Don't worry, by all appearances, so does just about everyone else. Examples of these diverging opinions can sometimes be found scattered across various pages on TV Tropes, too.
** Both Yuki and [=DiDi=] have also inspired arguments; Yuki over whether or not she's nuts or a psychopath and deserves to be locked up, [=DiDi=] over whether her search for an orgasm has made her completely unsympathetic or not. The strip "A hundred times more" (September 22, 2012, NSFW) added more fuel to the fire in Yuki's case, and now the fanbase is divided over the nature of Yuki's feelings for Gary, and whether their on-off relationship is healthy or not. [[spoiler:Her stint as Gary's girlfriend, a relationship that took a ''lot'' of strips to work through, did NOT help matters either way.]]
** Also, Sonya. She's either disliked for being a jerk and tactless for petty reasons and for her constant advances on Zii, despite Zii being on a relationship with Erik, or still liked for her ditzy sexiness and ability to bounce back from setbacks. However, nearly everyone sees this as Zii's former seduction of Sonya [[LaserGuidedKarma coming back to bite her in the earlobe]]. Sonya has slipped down the moral scale with her ruthless pursuit of Zii, although her vulnerable or sentimental sides emerge just enough, from time to time, to at least keep her interestingly complex for some readers.
** Since the "Amber tricking Gary into giving her oral" incident, readers have been divided over whether Amber is likeable or not -- although that's no longer much of a live discussion among fans, and a lot of readers have warmed up to her.
** On the male side, we have Erik. People think that Erik is either cool or terribly bland. And there's also the matter of his relationship with Zii; it either worked well and was a good thing for the story, or didn't quite work out.
** Gary too inspires debate. It's not exactly a love/hate division, but he's still pretty base-breaking in the sense of having readers who like him the way he is, readers who like him but wish he'd grow a spine already, and those who find him bland and boring due to his lack of assertiveness. The fact that he bordered on CosmicPlaything with his ButtMonkey credentials does NOT help, and his escape from that status is more a matter of luck than effort on his part.
** Senna has been seen by readers as, variously, cute if vain and ditzy through to cute but downright psychopathic, but that's not her really base-breaking feature. The trouble really blew up when she let Gary get drunk (arguably through carelessness and inattention rather than deliberately), and then seduced him. (To be fair, she was pretty drunk herself too.) This led to, let's say, a fair bit of debate on the boards over issues of consent and responsibility. Her [[{{Transsexual}} transgender]] status confused the issue further, as Gary identifies as heterosexual; some readers doubted that he's willingly have sex with someone with a penis while he was sober, even if she did look like an international lingerie model, whereas others noted that he always seems to have found her very attractive when she was dressed, despite having seen that penis.
* BizarroEpisode: Two could be considered like this:
** "'Gently Caress' You" features, from the main characters, only Zii and Gary while any other appearing character in that episode never returns. It's solemnly focused in a revenge-based plot that has never been mentioned again in the comic.
** Similarly, in "Babes in Toyland", the never-to-be-brought-up-again plot focuses on Zii and [=DiDi=] accidentally "breaking" one of Gary's Transformers and seeing what to do with it. Some consider this to be a [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment payback]] to Zii for her actions in the previous BizarroEpisode.
* CrackPairing: We have a cast mostly consisting of good-looking people, many of them bisexual. And then we have Eulice the hideous landlady (even if she does suffer from ChuckCunninghamSyndrome). Hence, "Eulice and " has become fans' standard joke response to any suggestions about possible pairings.
* CreatorsPet
** Zii is this to a number of fans, due to never facing any sort of repercussion for her actions pre-CharacterDevelopment.
** Yuki for some. She too rarely seems to face any real consequences for her violence and self-absorption.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: While more mundane than most instances, as the rest of the page can attest, every significant character is heavily flawed, or at least heavily controversial. There have been some readers who gave up on the strip because they reached the point where they felt that they couldn't truly sympathize with anyone. Alternately, some readers only find Gary symphathetic, and get fed up because they feel the nicest character is the one who suffers the most.
* EvilIsSexy: Most characters in this comic are good-looking and get a bit morally unreliable at times, but Senna, who is probably the most flagrantly amoral recurrent character, in a petty sort of way, also happens to be the one with an international modelling career. Matt, who's just a bit of a jerk, seems to have slightly less spectacular success as a model, but still rates high for looks.
* FetishRetardant: Don't like HoYay? Or LesYay? Or [[HetIsEw is Het Ew]] for you? Don't read this comic. ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' serves up straight, gay, and lesbian hijinks with abandon.
* FoeYay: Yuki and Sonya, when the two discover themselves naked in bed together they start fighting, minutes later Zii rushes in to tell them nothing had happened, only to discover the two making out while pulling each other's hair. Not totally out the blue since Yuki has shown that she finds Sonya attractive.
* FridgeBrilliance:
** If you pay attention to Gary's shirts they often reflect his moods or what's going on in the comic, or provide a humorous punchline. For example, in early comics he often wears an ComicBook/{{X-Men}} logo, marking him as the only virgin in the cast; when Dillon moves back in he usually wears a Franchise/FantasticFour shirt, reflecting the four people who then live in the apartment; when he finally loses his virginity he's wearing a shirt that says [[ZackRyder WWWYKI]]; when Yuki forces him to touch [=DiDi=]'s breasts in an effort to help improve his art he's wearing an ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' one; when Yuki explains to him why she decided to move in he has Decepticon logo, because she's lying to him; and he wears a Kirby one when he visits Amber, refering to him continuously eating Yuki out.
** If you pay attention Gary is almost never standing up straight, but is usually hunched over. This reflects how extremely meek and beaten-down by life he is.
* FridgeLogic:
** In-comic example: [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/loving_love Here]], Zii ponders over who to bring to Dillon's play, and imagines Sonya, who would likely be very angry with her, having a blow-up and trying to strangle her. But then Zii stops and wonders aloud "Wait... why would she wait ''until'' we got to the play to get mad?"
** And for another in-comic example, that some readers didn't pick up on for days: in strip #489 (August 20, 2011, NSFW), Gary ''thinks'' his gay ex-roommate is giving him kissing tips. [[TheFool Instead]], he just used the "oral technique" to give three of the greatest ever orgasms to his favorite porn starlet. The comic had recently started titling individual strips, so if you read the name of the strip before you read the comic, it dawns on you before you even see it.
** Also, when [=DiDi=] is trying to seduce Gary so that he uses the "Swirly-Go-Round" technique to give her an orgasm, she tells him that she will be showering alone and naked. Gary asks her how she normally showers.
* HarsherInHindsight / HilariousInHindsight : Yuki's lines [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/i_try_so_hard in]] [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/what_the_hell_was_that%EF%BC%9F these]] [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/dillon_is_our_girlfriend four]] [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/treat_girls_right strips]], considering the [[AllTakeAndNoGive path]] her relationship with Gary took, count as either Harsher or Hilarious, depending on how one views the situation as a whole.
* HoYay: Ho '''[[IncrediblyLamePun Boy]]'''
* InternetBackdraft: Discussions concerning Zii and Yuki (among others) have gotten ... lively... At times.
* LesYay: In equal proportion to the HoYay.
* MarySue: Some say Zii is one, of the JerkassSue variety. Such readers see her as a sex-obsessed sociopath who enjoys manipulating straight men into performing acts of gay sex on camera for her amusement, as well as stopping anyone ''else'' from getting into relationships -- ''especially'' if she's sexually attracted to one (or both) of them. The complaint is that she receives (or at least used to receive) little or no comeback or negative feedback for any of her actions, which would arguably be MoralEventHorizon moments if performed by a male character. See also the notes on DoubleStandard, ProtagonistCenteredMorality, and QuestionableConsent on the comic's main page. Whether she's a MarySue rather than, at worst, a CreatorsPet, might be arguable, though, and later strips have seen a fair bit of CharacterDevelopment biting her pert backside.
* MemeticSexGod (or Goddess):
** Zii is the prime candidate in this comic. A kiss from her can apparently turn women lesbian. Cases in point, [=DiDi=] and Sonya.
*** Although [=DiDi=] subsequently decides that she's straight [[spoiler:(mostly -- her very occasional experiments with lesbianism don't go well)]].
*** And in Sonya's case, it could just be that someone as experienced as Zii cares more about Sonya's pleasure than her boyfriends ever did. It seems to be more of an ArmouredClosetGay problem there, anyway: if you look closely at the strip which shows her first seduction, she's already got her hand up Zii's shirt, and her catchphrase rapidly became "I'm not a lesbian!" [[SarcasmMode Sure you aren't.]]
*** Then there's Gary's favorite [[spoiler:(ex)]]porn star Amber-Amber, who also happens to be Zii's old highschool best friend. The reason she became a porn star? Zii made love to her so good that she decided that she had to make a career out of sex.
** In addition, Matt comes pretty close to Zii's accomplishments, and sometimes seems set up to be her male counterpart.
** Gary also seems to qualify, despite [[spoiler:not always getting much sex]]. It's complicated. Basically, a good portion of the fanbase sees his "swirly-go-round" kissing/oral technique (which Amber pointed out is different than Dillon's, and can cause greater effects) as an addictive drug. That's right, Gary can get women addicted just with swirly tongue-work. He also manages to attract international lingerie model Senna through nothing but his geeky goofiness, and she subsequently comes up with a series of bizarre delusions and half-truths to explain what's going on in their relationship. The core gag seems to be that Gary can't handle female interest -- in large quantities -- any better than he can handle female indifference.
* {{Moe}}:
** Yuki. True, she's screwed up in the head [[spoiler:having been traumatized by being exposed to her father's tentacle hentai at an early age]] and has nymphomanic lesbian tendencies towards Zii. But, when she's not having one of her ''episodes,'' she really is cute. [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/the_real_woman Especially when she tries.]] [[BaseBreaker Assuming you're a fan, that is.]]
** The same can be said for Kiley, who suffers a heartbreaking case of ACupAngst. So much so, being told her boobs are just fine, by her patient, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/such_progress! makes her shed tears of joy.]] Then simply breaks down in tears when she's [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/okay-sized! reminded of what she's lacking.]] Seriously, these two need a hug.
* MoeCouplet: Yuki and Kiley. Each is moe on their own, together, they bring out each other's positive traits. By making to the call to Kiley and agreeing to therapy, Yuki shows her willingness to change for the better by overcoming her fear of penises in order to pursue a relationship with Gary. While Kiley's efforts to help Yuki emphasises her supportive nature (despite her own issues) and her willingness to help. Bonus points for [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/the_real_woman shared]] [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/start_crying woobie moments]], which ups the moe factor ten times over.
** Kiley and Gary too, in their appearances together since hooking up there's usually at least one exceptionally cute/heartwarming moment
** Also Gary and Yuki; of particular note is their first kiss.
* NauseaFuel: Some people felt this way about [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20100703.html Zii's comment here]].
* NeverLiveItDown: Though it's maybe been a while since the last time she's done it (much less in comics time than in real-world time), Yuki's infamy for kicking guys in the nuts [[spoiler:(due to her extreme phallophobia)]] has become established to the point where various members of the cast are quick to snark on her for it, including [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/do_not_dress_as_anyone_else Jung]] and [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/originalu_soundtraku Sonya]]. And when she went to Kiley's place for more therapy, Matt remembered and recognized Yuki as [[TheDreaded "the crotch kicking girl"]] and dove for cover.
* OneTrueThreesome: Around the start of volume 7, Gary and Zii began to show slight hints of a new mutual attraction, while Yuki referred to both of them together as her loves. This caused some fans to note that a relationship between these three might actually work quite well and even be stable.
* PanderingToTheBase: A harem comic filled to the brim with HoYay and {{Fanservice}}, where sex and hardcore situations are teased constantly, but nothing seriously explicit ever occurs, some think mainly for purposes of building a fanbase who will wait patiently for "the big moment." And until that big moment comes, the artist has made some softcore porn of the characters for sale while they wait.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Multiple cases. Basically, while few readers would consider this comic a masterpiece of subtle characterisation, most of the cast have both virtues and flaws, which are amplified for comic effect. Hence, some of them garner a bit of fan hatred when they do something bad early in their time on the comic, then confuse the readers who dislike them by doing something good.
** To some, Zii gets rescued from the heap when she acts supportive of Gary's budding relationship with Kiley and preventing [=DiDi=] from sabotaging it -- [[spoiler:and then consoles him after Kiley dumps him]].
** Amber, while not a Scrappy ''per se'', falling more into the BaseBreaker category, had readers who previously disliked her warm to her when she supported Gary over Yuki's failure to give him any form of physical affection.
** Matt, with his nigh-pathological inability to remain faithful in a relationship, is unpopular with a lot of fans -- who then get very confused when he provides Gary with genuine help with understanding his sexuality, or shows a sensitive, intuitive side in his dealings with Kiley.
** Sonya recovered some fan affection when, after finally getting and enjoying Gary's oral attention, she reminded him that there were advantages to dating a woman without Yuki's weird phobias -- by cheerfully jumping him for conventional sex. Compared to his relationship with Yuki, this constituted Gary catching a huge break.
*** Admittedly, she then dumped him a few days later -- relatively politely, but with ''terrible'' timing.
*** And she caused some to take said affection back and punt her back to the Scrappy Heap hard enough to score a Field Goal come Chapter 6, when she shows ''glee'' at having apparently caused Zii and Erik's break up through her manipulations (combined with Zii's alcohol-driven loss of inhibitions). As this not only is likely to leave Zii crushed, but also imperils Zii's (and for that matter Sonya's) dreams of following a musical career, Sonya's joy looks short-sighted as well as selfish. Though some were happy to see Zii hit with what they see as LaserGuidedKarma...
* ScifiGhetto:
** Gary appears to be firmly stuck in a ghetto by his own choice. He's a wannabe artist, in Paris and offered a chance to visit a whole range of classic and modern art galleries and collections -- but [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/where_shall_we_go_first his first instinct is to dive into a video games shop.]] To be sure, he wants to be a ''comics'' artist, and he subsequently displays a broad, informed knowledge of that specific field, but the idea of drawing inspiration from any non-comics artists, or even just admiring non-comics art, doesn't seem to occur to him.
** Conversely, Senna demonstrates an old-fashioned high culture disdain for comics art [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/giant_murals_of_comic_art here.]] Apparently, she's never heard of Pop Art, or any of the fashion designers (i.e. people working in her own field) who are influenced by comics styles, or anything else on those lines. Given that Creator/RoyLichtenstein was producing comics-based "high art" a good ''fifty years ago'', some readers [[DontShootTheMessage wondered what the writers were thinking there]] (and also shared her exasperation with Gary to some extent). One possible conclusion is simply that Senna is nuts.
* TheScrappy: Being a long running comic, it has many characters in constant competition for this spot:
** Zii, for those who were left with a bad taste due to her JerkSue and KarmaHoudini credentials, pre-CharacterDevelopment.
** Dillon, post {{flanderization}}, with a recent increase in {{cloudcuckoolander}} tendencies and campiness, and taking his flirting with Gary a bit too far, which can be nerve-grating for some readers.
** Matt, due to his {{jerkass}} ways so far as romantic monogamy is concerned, plus his KarmaHoudini moments.
** [=DiDi=], thanks to her efforts to undermine Kiley and her willingness to break up her own (admittedly casual) relationship with Matt just so Gary could give her an orgasm or two, and by [[ItsAllAboutMe her attempts to persuade Yuki to let her have use of Gary.]] It almost seemed like she was ''trying'' to invoke this trope.
** Sonya, for her [[TookALevelInJerkass sudden increase in selfishness and jerkass tendencies in general]]. Chapter 6's first strip further boosted her jerkass status, with her glee in breaking Zii and Erik up (which also means that Zii's musical career dream will be jeopardized).
** Yuki, who was already a scrappy for those who weren't fond of her self-centeredness and childish tendencies, became an even bigger scrappy after the events following "A Hundred Times More" (September 22, 2012, NSFW), having Gary continuously give her Swirlies, while not giving him any form of physical affection.
* SeasonalRot: Volume Five received complaints of this nature, due to an overfocus on Yuki, along with seemingly switching the focus of the strip from "People having sex" to "People getting interrupted while trying to have sex." Volume Six may have reversed this problem for many with a massive plot switch and the return of some popular minor characters, albeit maybe at the cost of some loss of a sense of realism.
* StopHelpingMe: There's a sense among some readers that Gary should have said this to Zii at some point when she was supposed to be helping him get a girlfriend. Yuki also demonstrated how ''not'' to carry somebody downstairs when in search of medical attention.
* TearJerker:
** [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20100506.html This.]] The blonde is Dillon crossdressing for a play, for those unaware.
** [[http://www.menagea3.net/strips-ma3/confidence-builder And they seemed so happy together...]] You can almost hear ''both'' their hearts break: Gary, because Kiley is the first girl he's had actual sex with and he seems to be really, genuinely attracted to her, even though they have only known each other for a day; Kiley, because she really likes Gary, who does not mind (and actually likes) [[ACupAngst her boobs' size]], and she is doing it to prevent Yuki (who she has been helping to get over her phobia, and is getting better) from relapsing.
** An InUniverse one on Nov. 8th, 2013, when Gary talks to Dillon and (a topless) Amber about his relationship with Yuki.
-->'''Amber''': Do ''you'' want to spend the rest of your life with ''[[TheRival her]]''?
-->...
-->'''Gary''': Well, it's not like any other girl ever wanted to share my life. ''(Next panel has Dillon and Amber, on the verge of InelegantBlubbering, hugging Gary)'' Okay... what's with the hugging?
* UnfortunateImplications: The comic's more or less total disregard for any arbitrary ideas about "{{karma}}", especially relating to some of Zii's sexual escapades in early strips, has inspired some criticism; see, for example, [[http://agoutirex.livejournal.com/142290.html this review]].
* TheWoobie:
** Gary, throughout. Though his woobie status becomes highly questionable in Volume Six, when he's having sex with a lingerie model while on a free trip to Paris. The fact that many of his problems actually arise from his lack of backbone, rather than the hostility of the universe, has not only become increasingly obvious at this point, it ends up being explicitly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in strip #795 (September 24, 2013, marginally NSFW).
** [[{{Tsundere}} Yuki]] and [[ACupAngst Kiley]] also qualify.
** Sandra, after she gets her job in Brazil but before she gets talent-spotted as a model. Senna can be a cruel boss.
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