All Girls Want Bad Boys: Even after Quinch shows Chrysoprasia what a real monster her boyfriend, Waldo, is really like, she just commits herself to being as evil as he is, transforming herself into "Crazy Chryssie" in the process, and insists that she's now more compatible with D.R. than ever.
Battle Cry: "The Official Space Marines War-Cry" is claimed to be "EAT PLUTONIUM DEATH, YOU DISGUSTING ALIEN WEIRDOS!"
The Bermuda Triangle: In D.R. & Quinch Have Fun On Earth, one of the segments of the eponymous duo's adventure through time that sees them influence the course of history on some Insignificant Little Blue Planet features Quinch recalling a time with his buddy "while cruising just off Bermuda" and trying to pull in human aircrafts towards their ship with a Tractor Beam "to get a better look at them," only for the beam's force to break apart the fragile planes.
Black Comedy: This describes practically everything there is in the comic.
Break the Cutie: Quinch's method of explaining to Chrysoprasia what her boyfriend, one Waldo "D.R." Dobbs, is really like.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Done at the beginning of just about every adventure with whichever character is narrating the story making reference to the "totally amazing, well-written, awesome adventure" that we're about to read about.
Brick Joke: The quad-engine strato-chopper with thirty air-to-ground warpedos in "D.R. & Quinch Go Straight".
Chessmaster: All of the revenge schemes Waldo comes up with would count. "D.R. & Quinch Go Straight" could be interpreted as a small twist on this as D.R., continually claiming to be doing good will & charity work, explains some of the pieces of his plan coming together before the explosive climax as the results of honest mistakes on his own part (but they really aren't).
Great Escape: Pulger's master plan to escape from the penal stockade on Ghoyogia. The plan consists of a bar of soap that was molded to look like a gun, half a pound of plastic explosive that was molded to look like a bar of soap, a hidden escape tunnel, and Pulger in drag. What's going to happen is Pulger will blow up the explosive, then after the guards come to investigate, they'll confuse Pulger in the dress for an actual woman and immediately fall in love with him at which time he'll brandish the "gun" and force the guards into the escape tunnel and hide them there and refuse to tell anyone where the guards went until they agree to let him go.
Pulger: It's an old trick, but it just might work.
Historical In-Joke: D.R. & Quinch's first adventure ever is based entirely on how they influenced Earth's history and development as part of an elaborate revenge scheme against their college dean.
Humans Are Morons: Plays a large role in "D.R. & Quinch Have Fun on Earth." When humans finally discover the alien life and society the title character's corner of the galaxy, they're given a civic reception at "The League of Disadvantaged Planets' Charity Hall" because everyone thinks they're "mindless lifeforms."
I Take Offense to That Last One: Before being sent off to Ghoyogia, D.R. isn't phased by his platoon-mates' fears about the planet ("Ghoyogia, where the saliva-trees digest you alive," "Ghoyogia, where even the terrible diseases have terrible diseases") until he learns that there aren't any expensive foreign restaurants there. He then describes this incident as his "first exposure to the total insanity that is war."
Killed Mid-Sentence: Former screenwriter-turned-crazy homeless person Torquetto "T.J." Jubbli, as he is explaining his plans to return to Hollywood with a new script; at which point D.R. & Quinch steal his script and head out to Hollywood to make the movie themselves. The trope is ultimately subverted, however, when our two protagonists returned to the very spot where they first met the screenwriter four weeks later, who immediately snaps back into consciousness and finishes the sentence he began a month earlier from the exact point where he left off.
Judge Thorkwung: Ernest Errol Quinch and Waldo Dobbs, also known as "D.R." or "Diminished Responsibility", you are charged with arson, kidnapping, theft, grievous wounding, possession of unlawful atomic weapons, taking and driving away, conspiracy to overthrow the government, coveting thy neighbour's ox, graverobbing, torture, criminal libel, blackmail, polluting the environment, shoplifting, 714 separate driving offenses, forging sacred relics, transmuting base metal into gold, genocide, spitting, and thirty-two offenses so unusual and horrible they do not have names.
Love Makes You Crazy: While D.R. was romantically involved with Chrysoprasia before she snapped, he was much less willing to commit acts of violence.
Love Makes You Evil: Chrysoprasia's reaction upon finding out what the real Waldo Dobbs is actually like, and thus inspiring her transformation into Crazy Chryssie.
Memetic Mutation: Alan Moore actually provides an In-Universe example: The line, "Mind the oranges, Marlon!" from D.R.'s big-budget film adaptation of a script he can't even read. It even helps the movie attain a cult film status afterwards.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: Subverted for as far as legal rights can go. The story "D.R. & Quinch Go to Hollywood" consists of several alien characters who look like caricatures of various Hollywood legends; the main one, based on Marlon Brando, is always called "Marlon."
Waldo "D.R." Dobbs: I have no idea how I came to be in this incredibly strange, confusing situation. Actually, it has nothing to do with the following totally awesome story and I'd advise you to forget it, man.
Nuke 'Em: For whatever reason, D.R. & Quinch have no problem acquiring these and have no qualms with using them for any purpose.
Pen Name: For the first strip, Alan Moore gave the writing credit to one of his main characters, "E.E. Quinch."
Satire/Parody/Pastiche: "D.R. & Quinch Go to Hollywood" Because the characters indirectly destroyed Earth before, the Hollywood they end up going to is actually a planet named "Hollywood" where the principal economy of the entire planet is the entertainment industry, and every resident alien is a caricature of a legendary Hollywood personality.
Shaped Like Itself: Many of the descriptions whichever character is narrating the story gives for things. For example,
Waldo "D.R." Dobbs: A Hatchway in the craft opened with this sound which was just like, y'know, the sound of a hatchway opening."
The eventual, easily foreseeable, violent climax at Massacre House becomes known as "The Massacre House Massacre" in the media.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: Pulger. He did some fighting the Slime Jungle Wars on the planet Ghoyogia and is now completely crazy and beyond reform.
Everyone admitted to Massacre House counts, really.
Shout-Out: The oranges that crush Marlon in "D.R. & Quinch Go to Hollywood" are a clear reference to The Godfather in how they always signify that danger is looming a character. Both stories also include Marlon Brando, cementing this as a clear movie reference.
Spin-Off: Their first adventure was supposed to be a one-off for 2000 AD's Time Twisters strip. It proved popular enough for D.R. & Quinch to get their own strip.
Sophisticated as Hell: Seeing how, Waldo Dobbs, has a 280 I.Q., it doesn't come as much of a surprise that he says an occasional "sophisticated" word here and there mixed in with his more usual lexicon that's based around more Totally Radical words (i.e. Asking for The Judge'sappellation, rather than his name).
His recitations of Shakespeare sound like something translated into a foreign language through Babblefish and then back into English.
Waldo "D.R." Dobbs: But, like, soft, man... What's all this light that through yonder window breaks?
Standing Between The Enemies: When the entire gang caught between the enemy Ghoyogian Army and their own Space Marines platoon with whom they're in trouble for creating a friendly fire incident with a tactical nuke. Waldo attempts one plea for sanity by stepping up to "cry out at the horror and injustice of war..." It doesn't work.
"Before closing, I would like to make clear that nobody has forced me to write this letter, even if at a later date I claim they did. And, like, under no circumstances whatsoever was I held upside-down over a pterano-gator-infested water-hole until I agreed to sign it." Followed by the kid's signature, written upside down
Totally Radical: Both title characters are likely to describe just about anything with a two-word phrase based on an adverb such as, "totally," "incredibly," "unbelievably," or "extremely" compounded with an adjective like, "amazing," "awesome," "incredible," "unbelievable," "extreme," or "stupid."
Unreliable Narrator: In a few stories, either D.R. or Quinch may try to portray their actions as being far more well-intentioned and sincere, even though they never really are. Occasionally, the narration tells us the exact opposite of what we're actually seeing or is a general understatement.
Verbal Tic: When nervous, Chrysoprasia is "unbelievably quiet apart from the weird, squeaky little 'EE-OUK' noise that she keeps making in her throat."
Weapon for Intimidation: Pulger once carved a (fake) phaser rifle out of a bar of soap as part of a prison escape attempt. When in traveling the tunnels burrowed out by a species known only as the "Snufflegruffs". When one of them shows up and turns out to be incredibly dangerous, Pulger makes his best attempt at this.◊