Gina Diggers and DreadwingGold Digger
is a long-running
US comic from Antarctic Press
with manga-inspired art
, written and drawn by Fred Perry. The first appearance of the characters was in the anthology title Mangazine
Vol. 2 #11 (September, 1991). They then got their own eponymous 4-issue miniseries (September 1992-March 1993). This proved successful enough to make Gold Digger
Vol. 2 an ongoing. 50 regular issues were published between July 1993 and June 1999, plus a number of annuals. These issues were mostly in black-and-white. The series was then relaunched as a full-color series. Vol. 3 started in July 1999 and is still ongoing, becoming one of the flagship series of the company.
The story centers around the adventures of the kind, nerdy, and idealistic Hot Scientist inventor
, archaeologist and explorer
Gina Diggers; and her Boisterous Bruiser
adopted sister/bodyguard, Britanny "Cheetah" Diggers, as they search the world (and others) for relics of the distant past.
The third sister, Brianna, is the goofy mental and physical combination of Gina and Britanny, accidentally created in the process of removing a curse gained during one of their adventures. She combines Gina's thirst for mysteries, scientific acumen, and libido with Britanny's low attention span and thirst for action, fashion, or entertainment (plus a portion of her werebeast strength). Hence, she likes action-technology of any kind, especially if explosions are involved. She is usually accompanied by her trademark childlike little Peebo robots.
If, as the name
and the Adventurer Archaeologist
trope implies, the sisters seem more intent on digging up valuable treasures to fund their lifestyle than searching for actual knowledge, they invariably make up for it by becoming unwitting heroines
in the process, usually with the help of their friends, and with time, Gina evolves
into more idealistic Pillars of Moral Character
It is popular enough to have several spin-offs, usually four-issue miniseries.
Fred Perry also began working on an independent OVA based on the original "Time Raft" pilot story since 1999. He basically did everything
except for the voice acting and music composition, while still producing the main series. The last part of story was finally completed and released in 2010.Now has an online library!
And a Character sheet that really
needs wiki love.
Not to be confused with the (completely different) character archetype
— even though that very trope is
a derisive (and largely undeserved) In-Series Nickname
Gold Digger contains examples of:
- Action Duo: Gina and Britanny, Brains and Brawn.
- Action Mom: Julia; Britanny after Tifanny's birth.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Gina, Penny, Lord "Pee-Wee" Talon, and many others.
- Airborne Aircraft Carrier
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Pee-bees: Brianna's AI bullets that only target "bad guys". Too bad they aren't very smart, and see people jaywalking, squirrels taking acorns, and even someone stealing a kiss as "bad guys".
- Her standard Peebo AIs, on the other hand, avert it and are much more well behaved, even if they do like going "boom" on bad guys. (It's just that they have a much better idea of what a "bad guy" is.
- Peebri, however, wraps around to this trope again, in much the same way a childish Brianna would act.
- All Women Are Lustful: Gina and Brittany especially, but females in this series tend to gravitate towards the aggressive side when it comes to guys.
- Brianna had a similar attitude towards Genn back when s/he still had a male form and Brianna was still trying to get past her inherited feelings for Stryyp.
- Always Someone Better: A Lawyer-Friendly Cameo of Lara Croft filled this role from off-screen for Gina for a while. Before settling their feud, Penny was usually portrayed this way to Gina.
- Amazon Chaser: Stryyp, who, though blessed with some above-human physical attributes, is attracted to Britanny despite how she's bigger, stronger, faster, and a better fighter than he is.
- Animation Bump: Fred obviously learned a lot over the course of making the movie. The last part, and the couple of shots he re-animated in the earlier parts for the finalized version, really stand out against the original footage.
- Animesque: Among the oldest examples still being produced.
- Artificial Human: Brianna, Array, Raphiel, the whole Amonian race.
- Atlanta: Home of the Diggers family.
- Author Appeal: Fred definitely loves his were-creatures. Ironically, he dislikes certain varieties. A furry/TF fan, he apparently is not.
- Badass Boast: A brutal one, courtesy of Gothwrain.
Gothwrain: You want Tifanny and Britanny? Tough. They're dead. I fed them to the Lich. Now #@$% off.
- Bald Women: Zelda, one of Talon's employees. In no way detracts from her Amazonian Beauty status.
- Balloon Belly: Charlotte has had this happen to her at least once, leading to her being Mistaken for Pregnant.
- Battle Couple: Husband and Wife team, Gothwrain and Sherisha, have been elite at this trope since the last age of magic. Just ask Theodore, Julia, Jzu-Jzu and Stryyp.
- Theodore and Julia Diggers are themselves a notorious battle couple.
- Becoming the Mask: Madrid
- Berserk Button: Do NOT threaten Dreadwing's hoard.
"I was going to save you for last, vermin
. Your torture was going to coerce Gina into completing the repairs of the Time Raft for me. But you threatened my treasure. My precious artifact. I can persuade Gina by other
means, you must PAY
. I haven't done this
in a long time. Let's see if I'm rusty.
- Invoked by Gothwrain and Sherisha when the pair reveal the truth behind Dr. Digger's father's death and then kill his mother a moment later, just so he would be baited into killing them. It works like a charm.
- Best Her to Bed Her: Brunhildegard (Gina's grandmother) was cursed with this by a rebuffed suitor who happened to be a wizard. This put her in a really bad mood, so she started shoving people out of her way while walking through town. One of those people was a Spirit Monk named Tsunami, who instinctively flipped her over with his martial arts. She then became fixated on figuring out how he beat her. After spending a long time following him and studying his every move, she beat him in a rematch with his own techniques, by which time she'd realized that she had fallen for him.
- BFG: Brianna's favorite trope.
- BFS: Shinryuken's Size-Mitar. Remember, there is nothing his Colossal Blade cannot cut!
- Big Bad: Dreadwing
- Big Monster Cute Name: "Flakey", the 2-kilometer-long kraken.
- Black and White Morality: Almost every character is either a hero or a villain. Anyone who doesn't fall under this description is basically seen as a Jerk Ass or an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain. More often than not, such characters give up their moral position to join the heroic side when push comes to shove.
- Bleached Underpants: Fred Perry used to draw more adult material, and in fact still does. Gina has her origins in this material, which explains her proportions (and attitude).
- Blessed with Suck: Ayane, the mixed-martial artist known to her fans as "Mistress", is a true sweetheart...and incredibly lonely due to her cold, cruel eyes that creep out everyone she meets. There is hope, though: Jotaru the Djinn has a crush on her and can even look her in the eye without fear. Did we mention that some Djinn in this series have their eyes in their torso instead of their face?
- Body Horror: Ether vents, a type of Gaoblin magitech that manifests itself as huge, open HOLES through the users' bodies. While the supplemental Tech Manual series provides some explanation, it's not entirely clear how these biologically WORK, considering the huge missing sections of muscles, bone, major organs and occasionally BRAIN involved.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Brianna, Xane
- Boobs of Steel: The stronger females tend to have larger breasts (at least within their respective Cast Herd)—not that this says much.
- Brawn Hilda: "Grammy" Brunhildagarde Brigand, Julia's mother and the Diggers sisters' grandmother.
- Breakout Villain: The dragon Dreadwing was originally just a one-shot villain for the pilot story, which ended with him as a skeleton. Now, he's the Man Behind the Man for many of the plotlines past and present, and is dueling with Ancient Gina across most of time with virtually all the other characters as pawns.
- Breast Expansion: Britanny, when she goes from human form to hybrid form. This is also a major reason why she prefers to stay in Hybrid form as much as possible. (Well, actually, because she's taller, stronger and faster, but this side benefit comes with the rest.)
- Broke Episode: In an issue about halfway through the regular black-and-white series, Penny offers to save Gina and Brit from the IRS if they'll cover her niece's fast food job for a day. Ace even talks Penny out of gloating over it and convinces her to finally bury the hatchet with Gina.
- Brooklyn Rage: Roxy Rabinowitz (AKA Dark Bird), leader of the Night Flight airborne mercenaries, has a strong Brooklyn accent and a BIG chip on her shoulder, especially when dealing with Ace. She also recently took over a country led by her estranged sister, who was a large source of the aforementioned rage (not to mention the aforementioned Brooklyn).
- Buffy Speak
- Burger Fool: Penny forces Gina to work at one of these before she'll loan her enough money to avoid bankruptcy.
- But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Brianna used the latest in hi-tech contraceptives to keep Zan's boys from baking any bread in the oven. They succeed anyway due to Brianna not remembering to keep the batteries charged, and thus Roquette is conceived.
- Captain Ersatz: The Vaultron force, the Edge Guard, and Dr. Peachbody.
- Then there's the Teen Titans in Tif' and Char's school adventures.
- And their teacher, Miss Giggle (think Mission: Magic!) who has a darker complexion and a pretty funny explanation for her blobby hairdo: Her cat is permanently curled up on top of her head from a failed teleportation experiment.
- Fauntleroy's Platinus is like a Gender Flipped Witchblade (A sentient Empathic Weapon that assumes the form of Stripperiffic "Chain Mail Bikini" armor for her male host...because she's a pervert.)
- More recent storylines have included prehistoric Captain Ersatz versions of the Visionaries, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, the Centurions, G.I. Joe's Cobra (earlier, one of Dark Bird's crew is a former member), and Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Brite as a psi-bard and prism battle priestess, respectively. Fred likes his Captain Ersatzes.
- The whole series sometimes appears to thrive on this, from species to certain characters. The beauty of it, at least for characters who reappear frequently, is that after the initial joke of their first appearance, they rapidly develop their own personalities so that their initial expy status becomes negligible, while still allowing the joke to work. E.g., an orange-and-black werejaguar named Garfield is introduced, but is thereafter almost always addressed as just "Gar," and his personality is nothing like Jim Davis's cat.
- One comic has characters similar to the mane six of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as (human) amazons… male amazons.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Almost every villain in the series relishes how evil they are and will gleefully go out of their way to cause pain to others, even if it causes the failure of their plan.
- That is, until they are given some character development. Even some of the most venomous and selfish of antagonists in the series get a dose of this as you get into the issues beyond 100 (or just 50 of the color series). Many come off as sympathetic, pitiable, or even well intentioned and agreeable.
- Tirant deserves special mention. He was part of a family of heroes, and his parents died while they were fighting a super-villain. At their funeral, he noticed that everyone in his family since the 1920s had died fighting for justice. The revelation caused him to reject the life his parents had chosen for him. Instead, he devoted his life to becoming everything a hero isn't. He became a hero again... mere seconds before his death. We'll see if that sticks, since Dreadwing's blackmailing Array into helping him with the promise of resurrecting Tirant.
- Cerebus Syndrome: A milder case, as the comic has never lost its overall sense of humor and more whimsical fantasy elements, but a case all the same. Many elements that were one-off incidents from early in the comic are reviewed and revealed to be either more significant than the heroes knew at the time or part of a conspiracy that has been running since the dawn of time itself. Sometimes an event is revealed from the incident's villain's perspective, often resulting in said villain gaining a certain measure of sympathy from the readers.
- The Chessmaster: Gothwrain, Dreadwing, and Ancient Gina so far...
- Clark Kenting: Agency Zero, especially Agent M, formerly the most recognizable hero on Earth. Pinky & The Cheets.
- Cloning Blues: Averted. Brianna is a fusion of Brittany and Gina, magically brought to life by a curse, and Charlotte was a bio-engineered "harpy" created as a disposable weapon by a villain. Both have been treated as full characters in their own right from their very first appearances.
- Brianna still had concerns about this for a long time, though. Charlotte...not so much.
- The Commies Made Me Do It: Crush; although somewhat justifiable, she notably refused a "Get out of Jail Free" Card and chose to do the time for the crimes she committed, proving she did have moral fiber.
- Continuity Nod: In the movie. Despite it being based on the first Gold Digger story ever, Fred added a couple of nods to the continuity that's built up since then, letting the viewer know that Gina and Dreadwing are going to be at this for a long time.
- Covers Always Lie: Not because the publisher is trying to fool buyers, but because Fred Perry constantly thinks of new storylines to replace the already advertised comic. Subverted in that, on occasion, if the story changes have gone too far, Fred will replace the cover.
- Covert Pervert: Vaphne presents herself as a scholarly maiden and claims to be saving herself for Mr. Right, but when she turns on her fertility goddess powers, several of her classmates (male AND female) find out she's been having naughty fantasies about them.
- Creepy Twins: Montara; they are also Half-Identical Twins.
- Cute Machines: The Peebos
- Cute Monster Girl: Just about everybody, even the males; Crescens was when she was young, but grew up to be kind of terrifying.
- Dark Action Girl: numerous, including Link and Zelda (Get it?), two of Erwin Talon's employees.
- G'Nolga, Julia Digger's arch-rival on Jade.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Xane
- Dark-Skinned Blond: The human forms for both Britanny "Cheetah" 'Gia and her daughter Tifanny.
- Demon Head: Theodore's "Flaming Skull Bit".
Brittany: "Most fathers polish a shotgun in front of their daughters' dates... My Dad magically sets his head on fire!"
- Distracted by the Sexy: Pretty much the entire cast is guilty of this one, but Gina takes the cake: in Issue 105, she and a male colleague nearly destroyed the world by daydreaming about each others' naughty bits instead of the Doomsday Device they were supposed to be disarming.
- Domestic Only Cartoon: The three Time Raft videos (later combined into a single, hour-long feature) were animated entirely by Fred Perry.
- Eldritch Abomination: The previous universe that existed before the current one died, but didn't stay dead. The entire previous universe has come back as an impossibly vast undead horror, clawing its way out of cosmic oblivion and making its way to the current universe, intending to overwrite all of existence. Ancient Gina's entire plan is to somehow prevent this.
- It's possible that the previous universe's mass is being drawn to the current universe due to multi-dimensional gravity, and it will hit the universe in vectors of more than three dimensions, so nowhere is safe. If there are survivors of the previous universe, they likely have their own plans. Still eldritch because no human science can predict how to evade or deflect the unyielding overkill attack; only someone like Gina and her multi-cultural/multi-species family could.
- Expy: Aljabra Gihom, an expy of Fred's "Level UP!" Mithra character Calcula Mihgo–herself a Captain Ersatz version of Osaka from Azumanga Daioh.
- Evil Twin: Brianna and Madrid
- With a shot of FridgeBrilliance: Madrid's current persona allows the author to write either solo "Gina" stories about Madrid the explorer with Dao and Subtracto, or ensemble "Gina" stories about Gina the professor with her students and family.
- Face-Heel Turn: A magical mishap turns Theo's father Jonathan into the evil Lich King.
- Fake Crossover: The series really skirts the line of this, such as when Gina mentions receiving a computer book from a girl with a weird uncle. (Mind you, the girl in question eventually became a full-fledged character).
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink
- Feminist Fantasy: Probably one of the most tolerant and evenhanded comics around. The female characters are smart, capable, funny, goofy, distinctive, well-rounded, and memorable, in a diverse and amusing manner reminiscent of Tenchi Muyo! or Urusei Yatsura, and avoid the bland and forced "Strong Female Characters" pitfalls. Fred makes a continuous effort to represent different body types and give female readers evenhanded "beefcake" treatment.
- Flying Brick: Agent M
- French Maid: Link is an Amazonian Beauty who wears rather...undersized French maid outfits on missions.
- Fun Personified: The series as a whole.
- Future Badass: "Ancient Gina", apparently Madrid-Gina's future self sent back in time to take The Slow Path to the present. Also "Charles" and "Prof. Cee", Charlotte's alterfuture selves.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Gina and many others
- Gambit Roulette: Gothwrain's plan to break free of his enslavement; Dreadwing's plan to take power from Ancient Gina; and Ancient Gina's plan to save the universe, which includes the other 2 roulettes.
- Gender Bender: A male character drank a potion specifically designed for women. Guess what happened.
- Girls Behind Bars: Gold Digger #82
- Girls Need Role Models: There is an almost uniquely wide spread of distinctive and compelling strong characters who happen to be female.
- Godiva Hair: "Warnerd of Mars" looks like it'll be getting a lot of mileage out of this.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Natasha, ruler of the undead, who would rather let her kingdom be wiped out than be humiliated by a higher power.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: T'mat and Dreadwing.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: A lot of elderly characters certainly age gracefully, despite all the action they go through, including Gina herself.
- Half-Human Hybrid
- Happily Adopted: Brittany is an orphaned were-cheetah, taken in as an infant by Theodore and Julia Diggers and raised as a sister to their own daughter, Gina. They see her as nothing less than family, and the feeling is mutual.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Monty's ghost girlfriend.
- Heel Realization: Madrid has a moment of clarity when she realizes that her Chronic Backstabbing Disorder needlessly ruined a chance to escape capture and imprisonment.
- Heel-Face Turn: Redemption is a major running theme in this comic. Many of Gina and Britanny's enemies become their best friends and allies. Mesha, Tark, Brianna, Penny, Charlotte, Jetta...Pee Wee, G'Nolga, Madrid, the Lich King...
- Hive Mind: Array is a variant; each duplicate of herself she creates has an independent personality which returns to her mind when she reassimilates her body. However, they all share the same general goals.
- Hot Librarian: Kahn, librarian of the Library of Time.
- Hot Scientist: Gina and Penny.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: The giant women of Monster Isle live alongside men who are much smaller (though still larger than human standard). Their "equipment" has evolved in a way that allows for breeding. Should one of the women mate with an outside male, she could end up crushing him (although Portia claims that, while harder, it's not impossible).
- Humanity Ensues: Fauntleroy is a dragon cursed to stay in human form. When he finally finds the MacGuffin he needs to return to dragon form, he decides to wait and see if there's more he can learn from being human.
- Humongous Mecha: Played with in that "humongous" is relative. The series has Vaultron, which, as the name implies, is a combining battle robot. But it's piloted by Leprechauns, meaning it's about as big as the average (human) grade-schooler. Ditto for its opposite number, Gaollion.
- Played more straight with Gespenst, who is genuinely huge, even larger than some dragons.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Grammy Brunhildagarde
- Infant Immortality: Dr. Diggers tried his best to disarm the werewolf leader, but in the end the only werecheetah left to save was baby Britanny.
- In the Name of the Moon: A literal example in the movie: After Brit's deadline passes and she can morph back to werecheetah form, she quotes the exact line before putting Gina in a headlock and bestowing noogies for calling her "Igor" when she was stuck in human form.
- Invincible Hero: The heroes are starting to become this, particularly after the time skip in Issue 201. They have become so smart, powerful and well-equipped that few can oppose them. Anyone who was capable of threatening them before is either indisposed, dead, or now on their side. Many opponents (especially returning villains) they fight now barely qualify.
- A good example of this is when Julia dominates Serpentus in battle when no one else could even touch him.
- Ki Attacks: Several of the martial artists, especially the ninjas, and Ryan Tabbot.
- Kid from the Future: Tifanny's cousin, Roquette "Rocket" Diggers
- Killer Rabbit —er, Wabbit.
- Kudzu Plot: A pretty bad case, highlighted by the fact that the websites hawking the comic often contain cover previews and summaries for upcoming issues...but then Fred gets an itch to go growing the plot in some other direction entirely, and the previewed issues often have completely different covers and subjects, with the original plots dropped to be completed off-camera, if that.
- Lately, however, a good portion of those storylines have begun to be tied together to the Myth Arc. (See below.)
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo
- Leeroy Jenkins: Team Noob, ridiculously over-armed leprechauns with no idea where they are, what they are doing, what their mission is, how to operate their equipment, or how to not blow themselves up in 5 seconds, but using binoculars and bazookas backwards hasn't slowed down their enthusiasm yet. The GD Tangent Web Comic has a similar setup as the Trope Namer, with a Shout-Out as well.
- Leprechauns: WITH TANKS AND MECHA!!
- Load-Bearing Boss: Invoked after Julia's fight with Serpentus, in which she uses magic-proof Dwarven chains to tie him to the room in such a way that ten tons of rock will fall on him if he isn't untangled very, very carefully.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Mostly whenever the story takes place on Jade, as many anthropomorphic characters co-exist with other humans or humanoid species in that dimension. On Earth, they usually work under a masquerade, save for a few special places around the globe.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: ...and loads. There's a tie-in comic with one-to-three page write-ups on the characters that have appeared in the series. There have been 23 issues published so far (though only the first 17 are on the characters; the rest focus on locations). The first 17 issues of this Guide to the GD Universe have now been collected into a two-inch-thick tome.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Britanny (until her marriage) and Gina. Ironically, the latter used to be a Geeky Shrinking Violet, until her more outgoing sister Britanny had enough of her reclusive attitude and, to make a long story short, broke her out of her box. The result? Gina became "boy-crazy" even by "boy-crazy extraordinaire" Britanny's personal standards. The latter doesn't know whether or not she should regret "helping" her sister.
Britanny: You've gotta be joking!!!
! Look at you! Look at these
Gina: Eek! (Narrating): "I remember thinking: 'Jinkies! Where did those come from'?"
Do you know how many gals would kill
for a nice, firm set
??? What man wouldn't fall all over himself just to get to talk
to you? From now on, when you think of guys, think of broad, masculine chests...! (Gina looks "bewildered")
Strong, handsome buns!! Hard, rugged muscles...! (A small smile graces Gina's lips)
And all of the warm, yummy things you can do with them...! (Gina's face breaks into a full-blown, "Uh-oh"-worthy Cheshire Cat Grin.)
Brianna (narrating): I remember a sharp change in Gina's attitude toward men that moment. (And her being boy-crazy ever since.)
- Magic from Technology: Gina eventually gains a working knowledge of draconic magic by analyzing extradimensional technology.
- Meat-O-Vision: Britanny experiences this when Tark's Charm Person spell misfires in the "Time Raft" OVA.
- Meganekko: Gina, for more than several issues now.
- Me's a Crowd: Array
- Military Mashup Machine
- Missing Mom: Several examples, including Gina's Action Mom Julia and until recently, Britanny herself.
- Mistaken for Pregnant: Charlotte in one chapter; while riding a plane with Gina, she gorged herself on peanuts and pretzels to the point she got a pregnant-like Balloon Belly. Seeing her come waddling down the aisle, groaning in pain from her stomachache, a doctor actually mistook her for a pregnant woman who had gone into labor.
- Morality Pet: Ironically, Madrid and Platinus were this to each other.
- Merigold is this to G'Nolga.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Ancient Gina's "Millennium Pimp Slap", one of a class of spells of legendary power, warps space and time to open a portal behind the target...to let the caster slap him upside the head. It requires such nigh-infinite power to execute that it causes EVERY MAGE IN THE SERIES to sense a disturbance in the Force!
- Myth Arc: Numerous plotlines and characters, at first seemingly unrelated, have begun to be revealed to be tied together to an overarching storyline concerning Future Gina trying to save the Universe.
- Never Mess with Granny: Brunhildagard Brigand, leader of the Barbarian War-Council.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The advance descriptions of the issues usually seem to reflect early drafts of the plot rather than the finished copy. (See the Kudzu Plot note.)
- The covers for each issue also fall under this, for the same reason.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The Ninja Pirate Leprechauns. (Correction: Ninja Pirate MECHA Leprechauns.)
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Gina, Penny, Pee-Wee, etc.
- Gina does note that she and Penny have different scientific specialties in which each could readily best the other.
- Our Monsters Are Different, Particularly:
- All Trolls Are Different: Trolls are green-skinned, tall, strong humanoids who heal fast and grow larger and stronger with age. Young ones of both sexes are often quite attractive. They've got something of a reputation as being less civilized, but that's largely because of prolonged wars with the elves that wrecked a lot of their old civilization; there are plenty of smart trolls, including martial artists and archmages, and as a species, they come off no worse than the other humanoids. They have a grudge against elves, but that goes both ways and isn't universal. There's some evidence trolls and elves are even distant relatives.
- Our Dragons Are Different
- Our Goblins Are Different: The Gaoblin were once a race who fought alongside the Dynasty as their willing army. But when their masters ran for quasi-space, the Gaoblin were abandoned to the rest of the universe. In order to hide from the universal lynch mob out to kill, they slaughtered passive slave-races of the Dynasty like the Eldritch, Trolvic, Atlantians, and Krynn, then genetically disguised themselves to be indistinguishable from the originals. This ruse went on for so long that that those who were changed forgot that they were ever another race to begin with. Only those who stayed on the Dynasty's planetoid-ship, Oblivion, remained true Gaoblin.
- Our Mermaids Are Different
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: One of the main characters is one of the few remaining were-cheetahs. Other werecreatures include lions, tigers, rats, and of course, werewolves. Each subspecies is able to shift between human, animal, and a "Wolf Man"-style hybrid form. All of the weres retain their rationality in each of their forms, although they need to learn to control their instincts during childhood. Although the weres are separate species, they are capable of spreading therianthropy to humans if they choose. (Doing so requires a bite and an active desire to alter the target's aura.) They were originally created by a wizard as super soldiers before said wizard was betrayed. They have a Healing Factor for everything except attacks by another werebeast, silver, magic, and Dwarven steel.
- Out of Focus: Frequently, thanks to the aforementioned Loads and Loads of Characters. At one point in the series, an entire year's worth of comics passed with only brief cameos from Gina and Brittany, AKA the main characters.
- Papa Wolf: Theodore Diggers, Stryyp
- The Password Is Always Swordfish
- "User: Password, Password: User!"
- Perky Female Minion: Six, Array, Skippy.
- Pet the Dog: Regular antagonist Erwin "Pee Wee" Talon protects the newly orphaned Charlotte and takes her in for purely altruistic reasons in an Alternate Universe.
- The Plan: Gothwrain is all about these; most are part of his Gambit Roulette.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: T'mat wanted to get revenge on Tark and Mesha for their role in Dreadwing's crimes, forgetting or ignoring the fact that he had enslaved them. The arc that followed saw her commit acts of kidnapping, torture, murder, attempted murder and various acts of terrorism. While the comic doesn't justify her actions and she eventually abdicates her throne, she is never formally punished for what she did. All her actions during this arc seemed to be forgotten by the main cast, as they are never brought up again.
- Once Penny went to a museum to bid for the ancient "Amulet of Embarrassment" that was cursing it. Erwin Talon came by at the exact same time and tried to steal it for his own research, but Penny and Charlotte stopped him. Penny then paid the eleven cents for the item, since the museum's curator was desperate to get rid of it, meaning that Penny could bid whatever she wanted. Keep in mind that Penny is extremely wealthy, and one of the main morals of the protagonists is supporting museums and archaeology.
- Pro Wrestling Is Real: The 'Ultimate Fighting Federation' competitions are a mix of real mixed martial arts competitions and pro-wrestling showmanship with intros and personas. The showmanship parts are optional for the fighters, but a good way to make money for those who want to make a living of it.
- Rape as Backstory/Child by Rape: Debra is a product of her mother T'mat's rape by Dreadwing.
- The Real Remington Steele: Word of God states that Perry skipped the middleman on Mistress/Ayane; her first story still has some of the plot points—"back after X years"—to support the original plan that the "Mistress" was supposed to be Julia Diggers' temporary wrestling gimmick.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Gina Diggers has created hundreds of inventions that solve half the world's problems in a week but instead of donating or marketing them she uses them to assist in her archaeology and to help her friends. Mind you, as far as the reader knows, Gina doesn't release the best and biggest of her discoveries to the public since her house and lab are filled with artifacts that otherwise would be in a museum.
- Gina Digger's dislike of treasure hunters becomes a bit of a Broken Aesop when you consider this.
- It's sorta lampshaded in 207; when Gina's inventions screw up, they tend to really screw up.
- Revive Kills Zombie:
- Redemption Equals Death: Tirant and The Lich King
- The Rival: Penny Pincer, though she does a full Heel-Face Turn about halfway through.
- Rousseau Was Right: The story has a very sympathetic tone; no matter how heinous the acts somebody has done, if they were simply misguided without direction, they are usually afforded compassion and given a new chance to start over and do good.
- Rule 34: Some of it drawn by Perry himself.
- Sarcastic Clapping: During her trip with Gina to explore Dreadwing's mymior (treasure trove, re: knowledge, spells, etc.), Brianna plays it straight and lampshades Fauntleroy's sarcastic clapping at the same time.
- Sassy Black Woman: Penny; Britanny's voiced like this in the completed version of the "Time Raft" OVA.
- Self Restraint: (Who? Where?) (Wrong self-restraint) (oh)
- Shared Universe: (Gold Digger has characters cross over to and from Ben Dunn's Ninja High School frequently, even resulting in several Crisis Crossovers.
- Shout-Out: To just about every '80s or classic cartoon, many, many video games, and Humongous Mecha anime.
- In fact, the shout-outs have become so common, numerous, and close to the source material that some critics feel it's led to a bit of Seasonal Rot, that the homages have come a little too close to crossing the line into just yanking whatever he likes from other canon and using it directly. (Example: Gina basically just builds herself an exact copy of the Lagann, complete with similar abilities to hijack whatever it attaches to.)
- It wouldn't be so bad if these things were just done as gags all the time, but often they're plot relevant in working just like the original reference material. Gina's Lagann knockoff's ability to, well, act just like the Lagann is extremely important in the storyline. Same with the Matrix of Leadership Expy the Edge Guard have (which was transferred in a whole scene reference right down to the use of "'Til all are one"). (Granted, the Matrix analogue contained a planetoid-sized spaceship in its own pocket dimension, so it didn't function quite the same. Still, Fred does love to riff blatantly on Transformers: The Movie.)
- Spot the Imposter: Madrid was Dangerously Genre Savvy about this.
- Start of Darkness: Tirant, Dreadwing, the Lich King
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Oracle, Azalea
- Super Mode: Britanny's "Tempest Mode".
- Super Team: Agency Zero, a JLA-styled team that shifted to The Men in Black paradigm, hoping that keeping up a masquerade about their activities would keep SuperVillains from having a focus to fight against.
- Tempting Fate: Invoked! Brianna was a tad too bored. Be Careful What You Wish For.
- Terrible Trio: Multiple cases; Erwin "Pee Wee" Talon actually has two sets on his payroll. They're each other's Psycho Rangers.
- Thanatos Gambit: Gothwrain
- Time Skip: Between issues #100 and #101 of the color series.
- Time Travel: Recurs throughout the series.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Stryyp isn't exactly tiny, being muscular and standing close to six feet tall. However, his were-cheetah wife, Britanny, prefers her hybrid form, which towers over him at 7' tall and weighs in at some 300 pounds of solid muscle.
- Troperrific: One can argue that all of Gold Digger is Fred Perry's parody/homage to comics, novels, RPGs, video games, tropes, cliches and genres of all stripes.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Britanny loves tuna. Charlotte the harpy, meanwhile, is obsessed with peanuts and pretzels; if enough are available, she'll stuff her face almost to the point of killing herself.
- Tv Tropes Will Ruin Your Life: Mentioned in the 2010 Halloween special:
Gina: Oogh... Mental note: Marathon sessions at "TV Tropes" and "Know Your Meme" are not conducive to proper sleep!
- Valley Girl: Moisha, like, totally!
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Dreadwing and Ancient Gina are playing a rather slow version of this via their own competing versions of Infinity.
- Webcomics: The "Ayane" and "Northern Edge" Tangent webcomics; both are currently on hiatus. Also, "Level UP!", a Final Fantasy XI webcomic by the same author, and "Action Time Buddies", an all-ages, pure-fun series in the vein of Adventure Time and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Frequently averted. For instance, Brianna, the lab accident composite clone trying to kill the Diggers sisters, now their gung-ho sister. Or Charlotte, the instant-grown harpy girl accidentally freed from the control of the time-travelling dog who fired her at our heroes, now co-headliner of a WAFFy spinoff.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
- Wrestler in All of Us
- The Worf Effect: Stripe. Despite a massive-power up halfway through the B&W series making him one of the two most powerful good guys, he is infamous for being hit by surprise, dropping his guard, and so on. Outside his first battles post-power up, it's rare he doesn't end up knocked out at least for a while during a fight. No wonder Agent M thought he needed training despite his skill and strength.
- Fortunately, now that he's not adventuring in areas where he's forced to team up with everyone else, he can fight a bit more.
- To a lesser extent, Britanny would sometimes get knocked around to demonstrate just how tough some bad guy was.
- X Meets Y: According to Fred, it's a mix of Indiana Jones and Final Fantasy, with a bit of Doctor Who mixed in.
- Your Head A Splode: Poor Jzu-Jzu.