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is a concept for a television show developed by
, retooled into the concept for a webcomic. It is a kind of double-layered "skitcom" revolving around a series of bizarre recurring characters getting themselves into awkward and surreal situations, intermingled with a series of even weirder, often unrelated sketches and fragmentary stories framed as appearing on the "main" characters' televisions or radios. Dances on the line between the whimsically absurd and deeply disturbed (or disturbing).
Hello! contains examples of the following tropes: The Ace/ Black Hole Sue: Eaten by the Living Room Angel upon learning that she played bass with The Breeders. Action Girl: Lorena Q. is a decidedly skewed take on this. Also, Bus Stop Girl. Affably Evil: Tom, the hopelessly spaced-out Cthulhu cultist. Alien Geometries: It is implied that Tom's house is like this. All Just a Dream: The "introduction" parodies this trope with vigour. Anti-Humor: "You see? It is funny because I am right!" Assumed Win: The "political parties" episode messes with this one. Author Appeal: See Genius Bonus. Ax-Crazy: The Living Room Angel and Lorena. Harold, Tom's "quirky" roommate, appears to be this, though whether he is a Serial Killer (as everyone strongly suspects) is up for debate. Bag of Holding: Bus Stop Girl's backpack has enough room to fit a giant hammer, numerous architectural supplies, a viola, and possibly several dwarf elephants. Beware the Nice Ones: Bus Stop Girl, although Lou the pianist has his moments. Black Comedy: The darker sketches that are not outright Black Comedy are mostly this. Black Comedy Rape: Deconstructed with the Kenyan Rape Owl. The Blind Leading the Blind: All over the place. Bloody Hilarious: The "introduction," in which the entire cast is brutally murdered. This doesn't last, naturally. Blue and Orange Morality Boomerang Bigot: Mike the über-hipster. Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Literally used with Tom's grocery lists. Broken Aesop: If there is a moral, it's this. Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Bus Stop Girl is a Bunny-Ears Lawyer among a cast of Bunny Ears Lawyers. Butt Monkey: George. Possibly one-upped by Lou, the only character known to survive being eaten by the Living Room Angel. Calvin Ball: Anything with rules or instructions devolves into this fairly quickly. Cannot Tell a Joke: Tom. Chaotic Stupid: Mike tries to be this. Cloud Cuckoo Land: The world at large. Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Everyone. Special props to Tom and Bus Stop Girl. Coat Full of Contraband: Harold does this with . knives Completely Missing the Point: Tom does this quite often. Cosmic Horror Story: Some of the more baffling interludes have their roots in this. Cross Over: Possibly intersects with JHM's earlier unfinished work Jacob's Mind due to occasional Drop-In Character Jake's inexplicable loathing of the name "Bernard". Cute and Psycho: Lorena. Inverted with Harold, who has sudden bursts of inexplicable normalcy. Don't Explain the Joke: Especially if it's not even a real joke to begin with. Yes, Tom, I'm talking to you. Downer Ending / Gainax Ending: All the time. Eldritch Abomination: Cthulhu, the Living Room Angel, possibly whatever Bus Stop Girl is waiting for... Epic Fail: Many of the characters' attempts to do anything result in much disaster. Mike's attempts at "totally original behaviour" are particularly ridiculous in execution. Even the Guys Want Him: Parodied and literally averted with minor background character Handsome Bill, to his displeasure. Everything's Better with Penguins: Or a walrus. The Faceless: The Living Room Angel and Tom to a lesser extent (he's nearly always wearing a beekeeper's mask). Failed a Spot Check: The Fearless Adventurers. Faux Affably Evil: The Living Room Angel. Five-Man Band: Attempted in an incident referred to by one character as "total lampshade failure." Funny Background Event: Zig-Zagged often. Gallows Humor: Here and there. Most prominent with the Fearless Adventurers. Genki Girl: Lorena. The Ghost: The bass player in Mike's band. May have been eaten by the Living Room Angel. Harmless Villain: Tom, except when he isn't actually trying. Hell Is That Noise: In-universe, Mike's band records an album based off of old sheet music accidentally left in the Living Room Angel's cupboard. It's apparently very unpleasant to listen to. Tom's "big voice." Represented by extreme distortions of font. Hipster: Mike. See Take That Me. Humanoid Abomination: Bus Stop Girl may be one of these. Hurricane of Puns: The "political parties" arc. How many jokes using the word "party" can one fit into a comic? Lots. In Joke: Where else do you think half of these characters would come from? In That Order: When Tom preaches his "gospel," the order in which one is killed or maimed by things from beyond the stars is a very important point of conversion. Jerkass: Mike, quite frequently. Sometimes he redeems himself; sometimes... he really doesn't. Kaiju: Apparently, the main characters' hometown is invaded by these on a regular basis. It's nothing major. Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge: The Living Room Angel claims to be this; whether these claims have merit is up to debate. Large Ham: Mike, the Living Room Angel, the Fearless Adventurers... Lightmare Fuel Lovecraft Lite: Played straight, parodied, subverted, and deconstructed on various occasions, usually for comedy. Meaningful Background Event: If it involves George, it's important. Mighty Whitey: Mercilessly parodied with the Fearless Adventurers. Mind Screw Naughty Tentacles: The Japanese schoolgirls that regularly cling to Handsome Bill have these. Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Mike's band is generally described by fusing together the names of totally disparate musical genres (often ones which Mike ostensibly hates with a passion) followed by "but with" and some unusual instrument. Example: "We're like Romanian folk-punk meets Goa trance, but with more free-jazz oboe solos." Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Played for laughs (mostly) with Bus Stop Girl and, sometimes, Tom. Noodle Incident Only Sane Man: George. Sometimes. Plot-Induced Stupidity: Averted due to the fact that everyone is already highly illogical. Psychopathic Manchild: Harold, who subsists on sugary breakfast cereal, speaks in non-sequiturs and randomly shaves in public. With a machete. Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Any storyline involving the Masked Benefactor will play with this. Sealed Evil in a Can: The Living Room Angel, an Ax-Crazy Sufficiently Advanced Alien with a huge ego that Mike keeps in a cupboard in his living room. Has a taste for bass players. Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The Masked Benefactor. Stylistic Suck: "Hooray for cardboard!" Surreal Humor or Surreal Horror? Yes. Take That Me: Mike and Tom are both radical Flanderizations of both writers' most ridiculous traits. Token Evil Teammate: Tom and the Violist. Lorena has her moments. Too Dumb to Live: "He opened the freaking cupboard, didn't he?!" Troperrific: Indeed. Tsundere: Lorena. Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Mike. The Voiceless: Lou goes through a brief period of only being able to communicate through jazz chords. World of Ham: Strips involving Drama Movies Inc. and the Fearless Adventurers. World Gone Mad Widget Series