* AcceptableTargets:
** Rather few, even in the "alternative lifestyles" department that most authors would parody or make fun of. Jeph once wrote a three-paragraph explanation apologizing to polyamorous people because of some negativity towards a strip where Tai had problems with the concept, and they're a group nearly everyone else mocks freely. Some of the strip's few real acceptable targets include the slutty (Raven is a fool, despite her EthicalSlut explanation, and Sven is shown as a sex-obsessed cad and man-whore), hipsters (especially ones who take themselves too seriously), indie snobs, and stupid people. The gang (and Jeph) use the word "retarded" a lot, but that's a rather realistic depiction of people in their 20s, and that word gets a pass from most.
** Sven may write Country music, but Jeph and every character that comments on it do so negatively. [[SelfDeprecation Including Sven himself.]]
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Marten isn't a "NiceGuy"[[note]]As in an actual nice friendly guy, not the derogatory version of "nice guy"[[/note]], but a spineless coward who is emasculated by the emotional and physical bullying he suffers from the women in his life. [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1835 It probably started with his mother and got worse with time.]] He apologizes for anything he thinks might be offensive to anyone, and is so worried about offending someone that he will pre-emptively change the subject or be defensive about a subject he recognizes could cause him to say something 'offensive'.
** Marten can also be seen as StraightMan or perhaps a non-dying DecoyProtagonist who isn't supposed to stand for one thing or another. His emasculation and [[AmericanNewspapers New York Times-esque]] move to neutrality and centrality is the result of being assigned the role as the anchor to the entire cast. Were he to move one direction or another of his own will, or were he to have a breakdown, the entire cast would be torn asunder.
** Marten's mom herself, who from her second appearance onward provokes fierce discussions about whether she is a loving mother looking out for the best interests of her son, or an interfering, overprotective, and embarrassing figure that explains most of the negative traits in Marten listed above. When he broke up with a thousand strip long girlfriend, she made the aforementioned second appearance by buying cross country airplane tickets before talking to him, and upon arrival proposed murder, tried to set him up with a waitress, hit on Tai, reacts to an introduction to Hannelore by remarking in front of her that she seemed normal compared to Martens telling, showed baby pictures after waiting for him to leave for a bit (without telling him), left dinner to commiserate with said girlfriend (and lied about doing so), and berates him in front of his friends for expressing general unhappiness at these events (again, all in a timeframe of "before lunch" and "after dinner", two days after the breakup).

* AngstWhatAngst:
** After [[spoiler: breaking up with Dora in strip 1799]], Marten angsted a lot (almost 100 strips!) before [[spoiler: visiting Coffee Of Doom]] again... [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1907 only to find out Dora wasn't there.]] Then, after ''almost 60 strips later'', when the two finally [[spoiler: talk again]], all Marten does is [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1965 barely mention the fact in the second-to-last panel.]]
** He also appeared relatively unconcerned when Faye just told Angus about her issues after all the hoops she made him jump through from the start of the comic that also wrecked any chance of a relationship with her. He actually showed more of a reaction to the [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1641 revelation that Faye hadn't told him what the secret menu was.]]
* {{Anvilicious}}:
** A strip by the author dealing with Marigold's first date with Dale delivered a rather heavy handed message that it's perfectly fine for women to have sex when they want, and that it [[MyGirlIsNotASlut doesn't make them a slut.]] Rather than having this revelation passed through revealing moments of characterization, it's simply delivered in a blunt single text bubble that feels a little like [[AuthorTract the author not the character is speaking.]] Granted, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped it's completely true.]]
** Some of the political correctness regarding LGBT issues come across as this. Characters go so far out of their way not to offend LGBT characters that it across a bit unnatural.
* BaseBreaker:
** Faye and/or Dora. There's a large contingent of the fans that love pretty much everything Faye does and still seems to ''hate'' Dora for "stealing" Marten from her, and will basically call for anything up to and including her death or being written out of the strip for evils such as not trusting Marten. Meanwhile, a rather smaller group would point out that if your boyfriend had lived for months with a girl he was hung up on, the girl was the one who said it wasn't going to happen but continued to live there, ''and'' when it came time for you to move in with said boyfriend he actually argued for allowing his old flame to keep living there, you might just have a right to some trust issues.
** Marigold, with fans either considering her to be TheWoobie who provides witty references to geek culture, or a festering ball of {{Wangst}} whose sole purpose is PanderingToTheBase.
** Tai. Some fans simply see her as a free spirited and independent young woman whose bluntness is simply because she likes to speak her mind, as well as a great relationship partner for Dora. Other fans consider her to be an unrepentant jerkass, who despite being Marten's friend, never felt to hide her clear attraction to Dora while they were together, ''immediately'' tried to hook up with Dora afterward they split up (but stopped when she realised how jerkass it was). Later, when with Marten's support she attempted to properly hook up with Dora, she seemed content to force Dora into a relationship... and it ''worked''. And when she meets Jim, the bakery owner who previously had an interest in Dora, Tai gets jealous and convinces Marten to try to set Jim up with his mother.
** Marten for the (mostly) male part of the audience who accept the AlternateCharacterInterpretation about Marten being far too apologetic.
** Claire. Yet another boring female character in a comic that needs more characters like humans need bullets in their brain, built solely for the most extreme level of PanderingToTheBase seen yet in QC, or another brilliant way for Jacques to introduce more LBGT characters into 'mainstream' web comics. She is now in a relationship with Marten, which has the two sides claiming that she's being pushed so hard to pander to the base, and that she's just being treated as her own character respectively.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** The [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=666 666th]] strip.
** [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=646 The "hell ass balls" couch]].
** [[http://questionablecontent.net./view.php?comic=1135 Strip 1135]] features Dora, Tai, and Marten with random mustaches for Cinco de Mayo. Jeph alluded to it on Twitter and forgot to mention it in the daily commentary, so many people had no clue what was up with that.
** Also, the [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1634 Magical Love Gentleman strip]].
** Pintsize tries to invoke one for [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1337 strip 1337]], but it mostly falls flat. Later, [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1425 this fancy dress incident]] occurs, which seems like it must be a [=BLAM=], except they still have the suits in the next comic...and then [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1480 this]] happens.
** The [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2188 Little Hats Saga]], consisting of the linked comic plus the next two.
* BrokenBase: While Claire herself is a BaseBreaker, her relationship with [[spoiler: Marten]] led to a divide that even separated those who liked her:
** On one side, you have those who think it's an excellent and bold move to put the [[spoiler: main character]] into a relationship with an LGBT character, but with her as an actual character and her being trans being incidental. As he says, he likes her and she likes him, which is an important message.
** Then you have those that think it's PanderingToTheBase and their relationship upgrade seemed forced, which made Claire less interesting as her own character for the purpose of being progressive. The overly cutesy date comics that followed for a week after didn't help.
** And of course, you still have those that still dislike Claire altogether.
* CargoShip:
** Momo-tan x anatomically-correct-Sousuke-doll [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1533 4eva!]]
** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1658 Momo x Sven]].
* CrazyAwesome: Hannelore. Two examples:
** [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=829 "Why are you on the ceiling? HOW are you on the ceiling?"]]
** Normal people just give a simple refusal when they're asked out by a slimeball. Hannelore [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1753 somehow channeled the voice of an Elder God]]...
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Every appearance of Yelling Bird. [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1729 This]] is a representative example.
** Also any of the jokes regarding the [[spoiler: suicide of Faye's father]]. Jeph fully endorses such humor.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Hannelore quickly became one of the most popular characters in the strip even before she [[AscendedExtra became a main character]].
** Emily, the Asian intern. [[WordOfGod Even the artist thinks so.]]
** Claire is moving into this territory as well, considering the amount of positive feedback Jeph has received so far for her.
* FanNickname: The line often gets blurred between a fan nickname being adopted in-universe by the characters and in-universe nicknames being picked up as second nature by the fans. "Hanners" is probably the most commonly-used one both in and out of the comic.
* FoeYay: Dale & Marigold over their SeriousBusiness ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' rivalry. Dale acts like a boy teasing a girl he likes, and Marigold is in the role of the too-haughty girl who dismisses him for completely superficial reasons that seem all too likely to collapse someday. [[spoiler: [[RelationshipUpgrade They eventually hook up]].]]
* GeniusBonus: [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2340 When Emily punches Pintsize in the head (causing -9999 damage)]], he starts mumbling a string of numbers. As anyone who's read ''TheDaVinciCode'' knows, it's the Fibonacci sequence.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=858 The Dora-freakout]] in the last panel presaging her breakup with Marten.
** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1665 Here too]], though it's much closer to the breakup.
** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2280 When Hannelore jokes about the universe being just a social interaction training simulation for her]], Claire replies, "If that's true then whoever programmed it is a dick." [[spoiler:[[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2323 Later we discover she's transgender.]]]]
** Not to mention [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=615 this!]] Jeph mentioned in the book commentary for the above strip that it's not the kind of joke he would make now.
** Jeph has had issues with depression for a while now, but it became most visible when the above-mentioned CreatorBreakdown happened. This makes it very uncomfortable when:
*** Any strip features characters drinking heavily to forget their troubles, or depression in general.
*** Any time Jacques angrily defends Dora in a newspost after forum-goers rip on her for having mental issues.
** Jeph has recently announced that he and his wife have gotten divorced. This can make all the breakups the characters go through seem much worse.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In TheRant to [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=108 "Mysterious Tattoo" (strip 108)]], the author says, "I can't rule out the possibility, but I am pretty certain [Dora [[spoiler:flashing Marten off-screen]]] is the most risque QC is ever going to get." Five years later, [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1334 "NSFW Content" (strip 1334)]] and the author's commentary thereon [[BrickJoke drop a thermonuclear TMI on this prediction.]]
** While the Music/DaftPunk [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1379 Disco Dong]] hasn't become reality yet, the [[http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/daft-punk-releases-get-lucky-condom-range-8700624.html "Get Lucky" condoms]] definitely look like a step in that direction...
* HollywoodHomely: Marigold tends to think she's ugly.
* HollywoodPudgy:
** Faye. Jeph comments on this in a newspost within the first couple hundred strips; [[WordOfGod he specifically says]] that she really isn't fat, but she has a bad body image, partly because everyone she hangs out with is skinny.
** Marigold. Even more insecure than Faye, in fact.
* HoYay:
** Marten and Steve, starting [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1639 here]].
** Marten ''again'', [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1770 commenting]] about [[EvenTheGuysWantHim how great Sven's butt is]] just [[HoYay a little too enthusiatically]].
** [[LampshadeHanging Meta-lampshaded]] [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/random/1386alternate.png here]]... So many happy shippers.
** And now we have the last panel of [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2321 this strip]] (for context, read the previous two strips), that just throws subtlety out of the window. Although Marten's LampshadeHanging helps, [[TheRant the author's comment below the strip]] ''doesn't''.
--> '''Steve:''' ''"I love you, man! I love you!"''
--> '''Marten:''' ''"'''Dude we have talked about this'''"''
--> '''TheRant:''' [[CantHoldHisLiquor ''"Steve has only had like two drinks"'']]
* LesYay:
** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=117 Faye]] and [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=140 Dora]], before [[CharacterDevelopment Characterization Ensued]].
** Hannelore and Marigold currently, despite - and possibly ''because'' of - [[WordOfGod Jeph himself]] saying that said pairing [[ShipSinking is not, was not and never will be happening]]. Then again, when has {{Canon}} ever stopped the {{shipp|ing}}ers? Note that they haven't exactly flirted or anything- they've just hung out and played their personality types off of each other.
** Marten's comment at the end of [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1468 this strip]] probably didn't help.
** See also [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1544 this Thanksgiving comic]].
*** Now a RunningGag on the comic's forum: whenever a new female character appears, someone will immediately ship them with Hanners and make a PortmanteauCoupleName for them.
** Faye and Dora have still got it. [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1592 Evidence!]]
** Combined with DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything and LampshadeHanging when [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1702 Hannelore stays over at Marigold's house.]]
** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1603 Faye/Tai]]
** Now in [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1787 Marigold & Tai Flavors]].
** And to round it out, [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1881 Tai/Dora]].
--->'''Tai''' [''[[LuminescentBlush blushing furiously]]'']: This is either butterflies in my stomach or food poisoning. I really hope it's just food poisoning.\\
'''TheRant:''' Oh no Tai\\
'''TheRant:''' oh nooooo
** Since Momo got her [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot new chassis]], there's plenty between [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2005 her and Marigold.]]
* MemeticMutation: [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1631 #1631]] went through this with remarkable speed.
* MisaimedFandom: Apparently TV Tropes writers. Based on Jeph's twitter (Sep 4th, 2009) and news posts on the comic main page, he was annoyed about Hanners/Marigold LesYay shippers, poking fun at it in [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1492 this]] comic. Of course, he also stated that this page is like "every idiotic comment in his forums on one page". Some writers take this website better than others.
** Giving into his misaimed fandom led to his CreatorBreakdown, when someone on {{Tumblr}} sent [[http://jephjacques.com/post/34681975880/submitted-without-comment a butthurt comment to his blog]] ranting about what Marigold looked like in the bikini, that completely misses the point of Marigold's entire character. She has self esteem and body issues even though her body shape is pretty much identical to Faye and the other curvy girls in the comic.
* {{Moe}}: Hannelore, like you wouldn't believe!
** This is part of the reason for Hannelore's popularity with male fans.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** If [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=670 this]] [[labelnote:WARNING]] Read after the arc starting at strip 500![[/labelnote]] GuestStrip were {{Canon}}, Pintsize ''would'' have crossed it.
** Same with [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=936 these]] [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1875 two]]: also non-canon.
*** Guest strips by [[SomethingPositive Randy Milholland]]. What did you expect, [[CuteKitten kittens?]]
** He may have crossed it [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1812 here]].
*** More like a thoroughly misguided attempt at cheering up Marten. He makes [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1850 another attempt]] later that's in a similar vein, but a lot less traumatizing.
* NightmareFuel:
** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1293 Tapirs]]...but [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1374 Hanners is onto them]].
** [[SchmuckBait For the love of God stay off of]] [[http://twitter.com/pintsize0101 Pintsize's Twitter]].
** [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1437 Number 1437.]] Just... Number 1437. Rainbows are scary in the right context.
** ''[[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1496 "MAKE IT STOP MAKE IT STOP MAKE IT STOP!!!!"]]''
** [[NightmareFetishist Pintsize]] [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1498 liked it]]
** The guest strip for [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1711 July 19 '10]]. ''Gah''. Done by the author of ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'', of all people.
---> [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: I want to taste your nightmares! ]]

** Hanners of all people gets one [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1753 now]] assuming she isn't kidding.
** Fifth panel [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1776 here.]] Dammit Jeph...
** Blatantly invoked by [[http://questionablecontent.net./view.php?comic=1983 Martin's hairstylist's art project.]] Thankfully it combines this trope and NightmareRetardant in the last panel.
** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2813 Pintsize makes a Kickstarter video.]]
* PanderingToTheBase: Just take a look at this page. It's pretty safe to say Jeph can't introduce a new character without someone claiming he's PanderingToTheBase.
* RomanticPlotTumor: Relationship issues have gradually become front-and-center in the strip, eclipsing roommate drama and indie-rock references. Many welcome the shift, however, especially when they had no interest in the indie music scene in the first place.
* {{Squick}}:
** Pintsize's [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1498 thumb-toes]].
** Many links from [[https://twitter.com/pintsize0101 Pintsize's Twitter account]] induce this reaction.
** [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1533 As seen at CargoShip.]]
** Double (and somewhat meta) example: Raven's [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=370 choice of hair product]], and Faye's [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=372 description thereof]].
** Pintsize's [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1812 interesting reaction]] to [[spoiler: Marten and Dora's breakup]].
** On Website/{{Twitter}}, Jeph provided some [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Squick_JephJacques_6960.JPG creepy commentary]] for [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2302 strip 2302...]] (warning: you'll never look at what Marten uses to keep afloat the same way again - or, to put it memetically, [[BrainBleach you'll never unsee that]]).
* StrangledByTheRedString: Marten and Claire's RelationshipUpgrade can easily come across as this. It comes out of nowhere, feels like [[PanderingToTheBase it was done just to appease people]], and the dialogue used is [[TastesLikeDiabetes so cheesy]] that it reminds one of a bad romance novel. On top of that, barely a dozen strips later, [[DownerEnding Faye and Angus have broken up]] as Angus is [[PutOnABus about to move to pursue his dream of acting]]. Given the timing, it's hard not to conclude that [[RomanticPlotTumor one relationship forced the other one right out of the plot]].
* StrawmanHasAPoint: [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2362 Marten gets mad at Claire]] for her criticism of him when he's only trying to share an interesting anecdote. But like she says, what he said ''does'' sound a bit like indie snobbery.
** When Sven sleeps with someone else and then says he was never dishonest with Faye, everyone acts like he cheated on her in a committed relationship and is a huge monster. But Sven is absolutely right... he was up front with Faye about who he was and what he was likely to do, and ''she'' was the one who insisted they weren't really in a relationship and that it was purely sexual, resisting all his attempts to make it something more. Faye wanted all the benefits of a monogamous relationship without any of the responsibilities (including the emotional responsibilities), but Sven is still berated like he was at fault for not treating it like a real relationship.
* TastesLikeDiabetes:
** Meets {{Moe}} in [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1679 this strip]], last panel.
** Practically every strip focusing on Marten and Claire once they get their RelationshipUpgrade (and [[ShipTease even beforehand]]). [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2839 This one almost literally so]].
* TearJerker:
** Hannelore's status as TheWoobie makes her reaction to [[spoiler:Marten and Dora's breakup]] [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1805 pretty much a given.]]
** And there's the masterful use of {{beat panel}}s at the end of [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1642 strip 1642.]] If you need the strip beginning the chain of events leading up to it, start reading from [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1628 strip 1628 onwards.]]
** The entire LoveConfession sequence between [[spoiler: Station and Hannelore]] (starting [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2155 here]] and ending [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2160 here]]).
* UglyCute: [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2334 "How do you monitor myaaaAAAAAGH!"]]
** And he has since [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2430 reappeared!]] Although Hanners doesn't quite believe it.
* TheWoobie:
** HANNELORE. You just want to hug her, except that would only distress her more. [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2117 Her childhood]] carves her Woobie status in stone. Apparently she spent a lot of her childhood freaking out, sedated, and completely crippled by her neuroses. Seems to be coping better nowadays, though.
** As of [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1483 #1483]], Momo. ''"S-SQUIRREL!"''
** Marigold too. [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1528 So moe]].
*** Marigold started to go beyond merely woobie-riffic and into outright tragic on a level that would make Faye jealous.
--->'''Angus:''' You shouldn't like a guy just because he's nice to you.\\
'''Marigold:''' Why not?\\
'''Angus:''' Well, I mean, what if he's only doing it so he can get in your pants?\\
'''Marigold:''' I'd settle for that.
*** And then [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1677 the follow-up]]...
--->'''Angus''' Jesus, Marigold, are you trying to GUILT-TRIP me into making out with you?\\
'''Marigold:''' What? No, no! I just - no! I'm sorry! [=*=]BeatPanel* Would... would that work?
*** But in the end, it turns out that Marigold can bulldoze through her problems to a happy solution, [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2638 in her clumsy way.]] [[spoiler:[[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2639 Lucky Dale]].]]
** As the strip has its source of humour and drama from cruelty to characters, everybody has both their moments as the ButtMonkey and as the woobie. Marten specially, before he and Dora got their break. As Jeph put it on [[WordofGod the author's comment]] on [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=229 this Marten-and-Dora-are-Woobies strip]]: "Awww! Poor Dora. Poor Marten. Poor Mieville, not getting petted by poor Dora."
** And then in [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2025 this strip]], we see that, despite anything seen around the [[WhamEpisode whammy]] strip 500, Faye still loves Marten platonically, and the mere thought of him moving ''scares her to death.'' You know you want to hug her.

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