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Just For Fun: TV Tropes The Webcomic
"From the makers of TV Tropes: The Website!, TV Tropes: The Card Game! and TV Tropes: The Flamethrower! comes a brand new brand name in webcomics!"

Clockwise from middle-right: Ayers, Ere, Report, Yug, Ecivres. Background: Dab note 

TV Tropes The Webcomic is a very simple slice of life webcomic. Well, okay, perhaps with a little embellisment and some sci-fi, maybe a little fantasy, lots of gags, and some cut and pastes. And lots of Metafiction.

The comic started off as an epic saga following the struggle of the N.G.O. Superpower W.I.K.I. (We Investigate Kool Incidents) to stop its breakaway organization K.I.L.A. (Killing Is Like Awesome) from Taking Over The World. The narration followed Report Siht, a beginning agent of W.I.K.I. from the New Trope City, whose Big Brother Mentor Dab Gib goes missing on one of their missions. Report and his new partner, the short tempered Ere D. Nust, infiltrate K.I.L.A. and discover the shocking truth: its leader is none other than Dab Gib himself! Aided by Dab's brother Yug, the sexy agent "Ms." Ecivres Naf, and the mysterious freelancer Bertrand Ayers, Report and Ere set out to stop K.I.L.A. once and for all.

Without spoiling much more of the original arc (it was also the longest one, and rightly so), Report eventually left W.I.K.I. and started a private Occult Detective business with Ere, who followed him into retirement. Since then, the comic consisted of largely standalone story arcs (though frequent Call Backs prevented it from becoming an utter Continuity Snarl), which explored all kinds of themes and settings over its long, long run. So far the comic featured, among other things: a Time Travel arc, Alternate Universe arcs, a Beach Arc, a Blindness Arc, a Noir Arc, a few Family Drama arcs, a Musical Arc, multiple Gaming Arcs, a What Do They Fear Arc, and, of course, Parody Arcs (but no Recap Arcs, we promise!). After a couple of years, the original author abandoned the comic and it was picked up by a series of "guest authors". The arcs written by the original author became known as the "Golden Age", and the comic is on the post-Bronze Age hiatus at the moment.

The comic can be read here. Actually, no. This comic does not exist (yet) but this page was deliberately styled after existing webcomic pages to perpetuate the illusion of the contrary. The story troped here, however, is as real as any—it's just being written by a cadre of fellow tropers and published in a deliberately confusing metafictional format. Compare Avatar and the Airbending Fellowship of Vampire Slayers.

Please add character-specific tropes to the character sheet. The comic also has a list of published story arcs.

This fake webcomic provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The sewers beneath the New Trope City are huge.
  • Aggressive Negotiations: Ere and Retrope make a point by going from the main entrance of Don Marcone's mansion to his private study and leaving a trail of bodies behind. Marcone is quite ready to negotiate a permanent truce between himself and Retrope (who represents the entirety of her father's remaining mob).
  • All Just a Dream: Immediately after his "death" in "Worst Case Scenario", Gabe wakes up on a hospital bed with Betrand Ayers standing next to him and claiming that everything that happened has been a drug-induced hallucination.
  • Alt Text: For the first few strips, it's just an additional joke, but after the tenth strip, they start becoming surreal rambles on the meaning of time, space, and corndogs.
  • Ambiguous Gender:
  • Ancient Conspiracy: The Knights Who Say Yay in The Yay Agenda arc.
  • Anti-Villain: Sun-Dog, Lili, Spirit, Shooter, and Myrrah are only villains by virtue of working for R.E.T.C.O.N. Other than that, there's nothing truly evil about them.
  • Anyone Can Die:
    • The "Worst Case Scenario" arc establishes it by killing Regnis.
    • And then proceeds to further enforce it by killing off Report. Again.
  • Archive Trawl: Dear lord you'll be doing this a lot.
  • Art Shift: All Slice of Life sequences showing Report's routine life are Deliberately Monochrome, spawning fan theories about how they are his "real life", whereas the (colorful) rest of the comic is just a product of his wild imagination.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever:
  • Author Appeal:
    • Let's just say that almost every woman in the comic suffers from back pains. Until Yadayerf leaped onto the scene, at which point he activated the Rule of Sexy, creating a horde of Action Girls
    • During guest month, Trope Kira's week revolved around Ecivres being barefoot for no particular reason.
    • Yadayerf introduced one catgirl after another every time he came up in the rotation, to the point that each comic of his features a sidebar so the reader knows who is who.
  • Author Avatar:
    • The original author: Trope-tan.
    • The A.U.T.H.O.R.: A.U.T.H.O.R..
    • The Silver Age guest author: Report Nwonknu.
    • The Bronze Age author: Axel (it's an In-Universe example, sheesh). Emphasis on avatar.
    • The Catboy: Yadayerf Actually a catboy-loli-ballerino, but that's not revealed until his fifth appearance, where Clothing Damage leads others to comment on his physique.
    • The Critic: Wiki Witch Of The Web, who critiques each panel.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: OH YES. Resiurb Suoretsiob is in charge W.I.K.I's soldiers for the Westward Campaign. It shows, as he is capable of taking down the entire Trope Crew by himself, one handed, while sitting in a chair and drinking coffee. His death greatly affects the W.I.K.I soldiers in a negative way.
  • Badass Bystander: The unnamed Hawaiian Shirt Guy, who really, really hates to get his shoes wet.
  • Badass Family: The Nusts. It turns out, Ere comes from a long line of adventurers, time travelers, and wiki magicians.
    • The Ehts, as well, if Gabe's brother and sister are any indication.
  • Badass Longcoat: Teller wears a particularly awesome black one with blue flame designs.
  • Barrier Maiden: Ms. Naf was one for the Prime, Mirror, and Bizarro Universes, then her sons took over. The duties of a Barrier Maiden (or Barrier Fellow) consist of living their life according to the narrative rules that structure the world around her as a well-written story, counteracting the trope entropy and preventing such nasty side-effects as the Continuity Snarl and Great Crashes.
  • BFG:
    • the E.D.I.T. (Electrically-Dispensed Information Transliterator) rifle.
    • Hand Cannon: the E.D.I.T. pistol, which puts the Desert Eagle to shame.
    • Gabe's OMFG is named as such because that's the typical reaction someone has when he pulls it out.
    • The "Cyber Hand". A nine-foot sniper rifle that shoots eagles made of electricity. Ere used it to snipe at Cross Reeteksum.
  • Battle of the Bands: The climax of the Heavy Meta arc is a three-way battle between the Crüe, Lady of War, and Burn the Witch. Subverted, however, when all three have to team up to prevent the space station from de-orbiting... with The Power of Rock!
  • BFG: The "Moon Eater Cannon" wielded by The Wiki Emperor, who uses it to blow up Jupiter.
  • BFS:
    • The M.E.M.E. (Mutated Easily-Memorable Experience) Blade (this is In-Universe, you stupid wiki engine!). It can change size from dagger to longcat lengths!
    • In addition, Brynn's Demon Buster can exponentially increase in size. Even at its smallest, though, it's still pretty big (at six feet long).
    • Kurotsume wields two of these, when he isn't using his claws.
    • Cross owns one, named "Cervantes" that incorporates a shotgun into its crossguard.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Subverted in "Worst Case Scenario": Yug outlives The Hero, The Lancer, and The Smart Girl. Word of God is that the entire arc started as a constructed scenario where Yug would be forced into such a situation.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Yadayerf's unmasking as Freyaday caused Ty to fall out of the plane they were in without a parachute. Freyaday immediately jumped out of the plane, using his lightning powers to rocket down to the much more aerodynamic Ty. Catching up to her, then pulling out of the dive with her in his arms, earned the catboy a Big Damn Robotic Kiss.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Report's notwithstanding, Gabe's family (the members that show up, at least) are quite insane by Meta- standards.
  • Bizarro Universe: Report Nwonknu claims to be born there. We don't actually get to see the Bizarro Universe because he joins his half brothers in the Mirror Universe, claiming they wouldn't survive if they went searching for him in his own world.
  • Blackmail: In Song For You, it is revealed that Regnis' ex-husband held a grudge at her, and has been extorting money for years by threatening to publish kinky photos that would ruin the image she has been building up. What makes it worse is that he is actually a successful businessman, so he doesn't actually need her money, but does it out of pure spite.
  • Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: When Gabe and Report confront the blackmailer about it, he tries to talk smooth. It doesn't help his case.
  • Blonde Guys Are Evil: Definitely played straight with Cross Reeteksum and Ruof. Averted, however, with Teller and Blaze.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Every 66th strip is dedicating to berating the readers of the webcomic for still reading it.
  • Bolivian Army Ending:
    • "Worst Case Scenario" seems to be heading this way fast, as the remaining wiki agents (namely, Yug, Gabe, Neeuq, Eibwen, and a few Red Shirts) try to hold the Spaces Square of the New Trope City against the demonic hordes.
    • Subverted after Yug orders Neeuq and Eibwen to lead the remaining agents underground (literally), while he provides a distraction.
  • Boobsof Steel: Pyra, the Second Captain of R.E.T.C.O.N has the largest bust size of any R.E.T.C.O.N member, and is also the strongest female.
  • Call Back: There's been quite a few in the recent non-A.U.T.H.O.R. arcs: the Yay Agenda arc developed the previously neglected trivia of Ere's artificial eyes having been created by Dr. Dam in the Blinded arc into Ere's temporary Face-Heel Turn; the Family Matters arc tied the storylines of Report Taht from the Mirror Universe arc and Ms. Naf's legacy from the Great Crash arc together; the Heavy Meta arc references both the Original Arc and the External Links, and so on.
  • Calling Your Attacks: The "Invocation" aspect of Wiki Magic and Wei Ki involves saying the name of the trope out loud. Later justified by Tsidalb:
    Tsidalb: "Saying the name out loud helps to clarify to the gods which trope you mean to invoke...or something like that, I guess."
    • In order for a "Retcon" trope to take place, the user must announce it's Anti-trope name.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Tsidalb. Just Tsidalb. The premise of the first movie-arc was an experiment by him to see how drunk he could be while creating a series of four-panel strips page-by-page, taking another sip per panel and going through one can of beer per page. As a result, the first panel was his regular art style, the second was similar (but with slightly sprawling lines), and the third panel was just unreadable text. Reading the fourth panel played the movie.
    Tsidalb , in the next day's news post: I am an excellent comic-maker while sober. I am a movie-making god while drunk.
  • Captain Ersatz:
    • Espoir Zero, who kidnaps anyone who dares to say his real name out loud, is a clear reference to you-know-who.
    • But for some reason Espoir Zero didn't kidn
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Kerrie and Kuro do this in their very first appearance.
    Kerrie: Great. Facing off against an army of mooks in an unfinished universe we have no right to be in.
    Kuro: Relax, these aren't so tough. *smashes mook through wall*
    Kerrie: This is supposed to be vacation, though! I don't want to have to beat up bad guys when I could be vacationing in Moria! *smacks mook with flat of katana*
    Kuro: Why would you vacation in Moria? It's cold and dark. Not to mention full of Balrogs.
    Kerrie: Balrogs keep it warm and well-lit, I'll have you know.
  • Catgirl: Ad ridiculum
  • The Cavalry:
    • The ex-Dipertni mob hitmen led by The Consigliere himself come to Retrope's rescue during the battle for New Trope City in "Worst Case Scenario". And it's epic.
    • Minutes later, Oyabun shows up with his Boryokudan Yakuza to join the fray. With their mecha.
    • ...and subverted just a few strips later, when almost everyone of them gets slaughtered while trying to get Retrope to safety. Including the mecha guys who are devoured alive by the Winged Kraken Thing.
  • Chase Scene: Of particular note is the chase scene in The Yay Agenda arc, where Report and Ere's convertible is pursued by the Knight's Black Helicopter.
  • Cerebus Syndrome:
    • After Ere is blinded and becomes a Waif Prophet in strip #300.
    • She gets better, in a way: in strip #342, Dr. Dam makes a pair of cybernetic prosthetics for her. Though, seeing how it is that Dr. Dam we are talking about, Ere is reasonably reluctant to accept his offer.
  • Colony Drop: Spirit Tomec can bring down meteors with her Retcon trope "Torn Skies."
  • Combat Tentacles: The flying kraken thing from the "Worst Case Scenario", whatever it may be.
  • Conspiracy Thriller: The Yay Agenda arc, complete with fittingly Film Noir Art Shift.
  • Continuity Reboot/Reset Button: Beyond The Impossible was intended like this. However, it actually gave birth to two Silver Age continuities, which were merged together by the Bronze Age. Therefore, Retrope is alive and canon, while Ere has her Green Eyes back.
  • Continuity Creep:
    • As the strips accumulate, the narration tends to look back more often.
    • Yadayerf's strips deny this, almost as if he's trying to reverse the trend.
  • Continuity Porn: Alot of this pops up in "Beyond The Impossible" arc.
  • Continuity Snarl: Nobody not even the writter is really sure what is and is not canon.
    • A chaos the catgirls are taking advantage of by abusing time travel to give themselves extra powers
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Dab Gib's tickling machine, which he put Ere into to find the location of Unobtanium-9000.
  • Cooldown Hug:
    • Report delivers one to Ere after she kills Retrope while under the Knights' Mind Control. It does the trick of snapping her out of her delusions but there's still that small matter of the Death Trap(s)...
    • Ere later returns the favor to snap Report out of "Viel-mode", much to the shippers' rejoice/outrage.
  • Cosmic Retcon:
    • Used to cure Ere and give her real eyes although they are still the same color as the cybernetic eyes.
    • It even spawned a meme: "She's got pretty eyes."
  • Cradling Your Kill: This is how Neeuq finds Ere after she kills Report.
  • Creator Breakdown: When the Original Author came down with the flu, suddenly every character in the strip would only eat soup and drink tea. Also the Informational Breakdown arc was meant to be a pardory of this trope.
  • Curse Cut Short: Two for the price of one:
    Gabe: And this one goes up your —
    (Is teleported away from plane but still 15,000 ft from ground)
    Gabe: FFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU—
  • Cut and Paste Comic: One villain, Mr. Detsap, is just the same drawing over and over again. He eventually creates an army of clones, too.
  • Da Editor: Retrope's boss Roti. Don't ask about his last name.
  • Darker and Edgier: Report has to look the part to sneak into an O.T.H.E.R. base.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Blaze Dog-Nus, who's hair is "platinum blonde."
  • The Dead Have Names: Report has the dubious honor of making a speech at the farewell ceremony to all the W.I.K.I. agents who died in "Worst Case Scenario". Instead, he just opts for reading out a list of names of every agent who died there. It takes four and a half strips to finish.
  • Deal with the Devil: It is revealed that Report has made an agreement with Viel in "Worst Case Scenario" in order to feel off the latter's energies and push himself beyond his physical limits in an attempt to rebuild W.I.K.I.. Viel's stake in this remains to be seen.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: When Gabe sneaks into Regnis' apartment at dead of night to give her the incriminating photos she has been living in fear of for years, she first stutters for words, finally managing a weak "Why?" When Gabe replies "Because I love you", an entire page is used to show her face going from shocked, to grateful, to uncertain, to Tears of Joy.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: W.I.K.I. has a literal Department of Redundancy Department, R.E.P.E.A.T.E.R., the Repeating Establishment Promising Echoes And Tautalogies Especially Repeating.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Gabe crosses it in "Worst Case Scenario" after losing his powers, losing his true love, losing all his friends, and finally witnessing his own brother side with the man who caused all his losses in the first place.
  • Duel Boss: Cross personally shuts off all access to him and Report during the White Raid, forcing Report to battle him all alone.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: When Report asks Gabe whether he and Regnis "got it on" the next morning, Gabe just smiles and doesn't answer. Interpret that as you wish.
  • Die for Our Ship: In-Universe example: The pirates that attacked Report and Ere in Cupid's Right Hand were rabid Report/Gabe Slash Fans.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Axel's elemental power, acting as a direct foil to Gabe's Lightning.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Explained as the reason why Gabe lost to Report in T3h L33t W4rz:
    Report: Dude, what the hell happened to you?
    Gabe: The lady in Section P, Row 14, Seat 18, Cup E was breastfeeding! I had to see!
    • During their sparring match on the beach, Yug and Report stop to watch Ere and Retrope sunbathe in their new bikinis.
      Report: Truce? [looks to Yug]
      Yug: [not turning his head from the girls] Truce.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: After being left in charge of the New Trope City defense in the face of a demonic invasion, Yug gives awesome speech to the painfully few defenders under his command. His speech is so awesome, even Gabe crawls out of his hidey hole to help them.
  • Drowning My Sorrows:
    • After receiving another extortion letter from her ex-husband, Regnis cancels the next show and attempts to drink herself to unconsciousness.
    • Interestingly, about the same time (we know it, because the news on TV in Retrope's apartment say that Regnis canceled her show), Ere finds Retrope drunk in her apartment and decides to return the favor and cheer her up. By taking her to her ancestral home.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Every single member of the Numero Warlords beside's En0 and their master OREZ has one spell in their arsenal that is a last resort. It transforms them into monstrous beasts.
  • Elemental Powers:
  • The End... Or Is It?: The "Worst Case Scenario" arc ends with Yug writing a report about the incident to his W.I.K.I. superiors, concluding that whoever subjected them to the fear toxin is still at large. He then says that whatever the five of them may have experienced while under its influence doesn't have any base in reality. At that moment, Neeuq and Eibwen (whom he reported as figments of his imagination) walk into his office and report that they have just been assigned as his aides.
  • Enemy Mine: Well, sorta in Heavy Meta arc: Just as the Tröper Crüe is about to perform "The Betrayer", an asteroid hits the station and it starts losing altitude, so Amadeus asks the three bands that are still on-stage (coincidentally, the Crüe, Burn The Witch, and Lady of War) to team up for the final performance in hopes of generating enough power for the station to maintain orbit. Much awesomeness ensues.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Report suffers a Heroic BSOD after discovering that Ere joined the Knights. The little fact that the discovery came when Ere killed Retrope probably contributed.
  • Evil Plan: The plan of the Knights Who Say Yay boils down to infecting as many Normal People as they could with the "Yay mindvirus", then making them all shout "Yay!" on December 21, 2012 (under the pretence of a worldwide "unity for peace" action), thus creating an atmospheric resonance strong enough to shatter the Earth's crust, bringing about the end of the world as we know it. It Makes Sense in Context, really.
  • Face-Heel Turn:
  • Family Drama: In the Family Matters arc, Report travels back to the Mirror Universe to persuade his Lawful Evil half-brother Report Taht to help him save their youngest brother, Report Nwonknu. Needless to say, Report Taht is less than cooperative.
  • Fanservice: The Steel Age of comics is known for throwing absurd amounts of this into the comics. However, it is relatively gender-equal, as many men get to show off as well as women.
  • Fantastic Time Management: In the "Heavy Meta" arc, the Tröper Crüe travels back in time (six times) to rehearse their songs for a concert that takes place in less than a week.
  • Fieldof Blades: Teller, from the "Dark side of the Moon" arc, uses this as his retcon-trope ability. It forms swords of varying origins to fight for him.
  • Five-Man Band:
    • From the original arc:
    • Also from the Heavy Meta arc, the Tröper Crüe is actually a two-man-two-girl band but otherwise fits quite well:
      • Lead Singer: Subversively, not Report (who is discovered to have no singing talents whatsoever) but rather Ere, after she gets over her aversion to all things hard and heavy. She also wields the rhythm guitar.
      • Lead Guitar: Report settles in for this position pretty fast, thanks to his love of electric guitars in general. The fact that his love is unrequited makes mastering the instrument difficult, though...
      • Bass Guitar: Retrope takes this role immediately, because she is the only one (except Yug) who has actually played her instrument before.
      • Drummer: Yug's dream was to be the lead singer/guitarist but his talent is the perfect sense of rhythm. He still writes the lyrics and most of the music for the Crüe, though.
      • The Useless Girl: Ere, before her friends convince her to do her best for their success. She still remains the Face of the Band, however.
      • The "Roadie": Gabe, at least in The Tröper Crüe Saves Santa; being the resident "tech guy", he tasks himself with maintaining the Crüe's instruments as well as handling stage setup, lighting, and all other stuff that road crews do.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge:
    • Subverted: Yug barely manages to cross half of the demon-infested Spaces Squared before being overwhelmed.
    • Double Subversion! After a Theme Music Power-Up, Yug finishes his charge only to be confronted by his long-lost evil brother.
  • Four-Star Badass: Both Report and Gabe after becoming generals in the Rajuland Army which was secretly an army created by the villains to capture them.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Every suborganization at W.I.K.I. is like this, with the exception of O.N.I.N.A.A. (Our Name Is Not An Acronym).
  • Functional Magic:
    • Both Trope-tan and Wikipe-tan are proficient with "Wiki Magic", which is basically shaping the universe in accordance to basic narrative rules ("tropes"). The word "wiki" is actually a mistranslation from Adamic "wei ki", "story flow" or "story power". Report Siht and Report Taht also learn it from Report Nwonknu, because they need it for fulfill their duties as Entropy Shields.
    • In addition, there is a non-magic form of Wiki Magic, simply referred to as "Wei Ki", used by physical fighters such as Axel.
  • Fusion Dance: Erort, the fusion of Ere and Report, is of The Composite type.
  • Gender Bender:
    • There was one memorable arc where every member of the main cast switched genders. At the end, when things were returning back to normal, it was strongly implied that Ere, while appearing female again, didn't change all the way back. This hasn't yet been followed up on, but she has since adamantly refused to wear some of her favorite Stripperiffic outfits, and memorably would not show off her bikini bottoms in a Beach Episode.
    • Alluded to in a Noodle Incident-esque manner between Kerrie and Kurotsume.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Neeuq delivers percussive maintenance to Eibwen after the loss of the New Trope City in "Worst Case Scenario".
  • Gilligan Cut:
    Report: [on hands and knees] Please, please, please! Database, if you are kind, if you are merciful, if you don't hate me, then please don't make me dress up in a chicken suit and do the tango!''
    [next panel] Report: [In a chicken suit, doing the tango] The Database hates me.
  • Guns Akimbo: Ere pulls out twin pistols named "Dramatica" in order to combat Hsahs-Koom. they make the man implode with a few shots
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Among the core cast, pretty much every male prefers melee combat, while women are unanimously gunslingers. The only exceptions to this are Gabe (who in fact built most of the guns the others use) and Evi (who is arguably much better at melee than shooting, given that she can't properly aim while moving.)
    • Elizabeth inverts this as well, being a wielder of the Axe-Chucks.
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Report, Ere, and Retrope have a threesome in the end of the "Worst Case Scenario". As Ayers puts it: "It's good to be young".
  • A God Am I: The Knights' leadership (represented mainly by Dr. Dam) was told that by sacrificing the entirety of humanity with their own hands, the chosen among them would ascend to divinity. They believed that load of bollocks, because it was literally the Word of God, as the final strips of the arc revealed. God lied, though.
    • Cross declares his godhood by crashing in on the W.I.K.I captain promotion exam and dropping exploding swords on the island.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Report and Gabe do this to a perp in the Scapegoat arc, and Gabe is the good cop. They do it again in Song For You on Regnis' blackmailer. Only this time, Gabe is the worse cop.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Played during Yug's death. He is so happy to meet his brother again, he doesn't stop smiling even after his head is chopped off and keeps rolling down the street.
  • Gorn: You know that somewhere, someone was turned on by Ere D. Uuk's, uh, appearance in "Worst Case Scenario".
  • Grief Song: Yug wrote one for his brother Dab, titled "The Betrayer". However, over the years he wrote and re-wrote it, it became more of an Epic Rocking, interspersing the usual mournful parts with furious solos and riffs.
  • Half-Human Hybrid:
    • The Ehts, as revealed by Axel, are half-human and half-dragon, which is what gives them their superhuman abilities. The flip-side is that they will die from overusing their powers, as Gabe almost did.
    • The recently introduced Canon Foreigner Kurotsume is one of these by virtue of a fanfic backstory.
  • Harbinger of Impending Doom: Ere D. Uuk in "Worst Case Scenario", who arrives at the new W.I.K.I. HQ horribly mutilated and utters a single breathless line "They... are... coming..." before expiring.
  • Harmless Electrocution
  • Heroic BSOD: Ere has one after learning about her parent's death, apparently at Report's hands.
  • Heroic RROD: Gabe suffers it in the "Worst Case Scenario" after deliberately going past his limits to save Regnis from radiation poisoning. He fails.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The villain of the "Worst Case Scenario" is finally revealed as Dab Gib himself, who came Back from the Dead to take revenge upon W.I.K.I. and everyone who's been involved in his downfall.
  • Hollywood Atlas:
  • How We Got Here: The Yay Agenda arc begins with Report entering the Knights' underground temple where Retrope is held for interrogation and torture, before moving four days back in time to his first meeting with Retrope.
  • Iconic Outfit:
    • Report's "SIHT HAPPENS" t-shirt.
    • Ecivres' black vinyl bikini.
    • Cross's pirate jacket.
    • And off course, Sun-Dog's giant fur shoulder-boa.
  • It Always Rains at Funerals: As shown in a flashback, it rained at Regnis'. Inverted, though, at the symbolic ceremony for the W.I.K.I. agents who died in the explosion (no bodies could be recovered for most of them).
    • Inverted again for Report's fake funeral.
  • Idiot Ball: The famous use of an actual ball, which the villains kept trying to give to Report during an early arc (#42-#101) Hasn't been seen in a while, but Gib has constant plans to stick it back to them. Usually, Hilarity Ensues when he it the one who catches it accidentally. Hasn't been seen post #300.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Happens quite a bit actually. It was lampshaded during this conversation when it turns out Retrope is alive.
    Ere:Retrope your alive!
    Retrope:Yep.
    Ere:But...but I killed you?
    Retrope:I got better.
    Ere:But how?
    Retrope:I find it's best to not to worry about these thing to much.
  • I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight: This is what Ere's fight against Report in "Worst Case Scenario" was, from her POV. It didn't help that he was drawing heavily on Viel's just to keep up with her.
  • Information Wants to Be Free: The Yabetarip Collective in "Blinded."
  • Instant Expert:
    • Deconstructed in the Heavy Meta arc, when Report realizes that it is physically impossible to form a band out of four people, two of whom never had any musical experience and one only has a vague idea of it, no matter how central their characters are.
    • However, in the case of him suddenly switching from guns to swords, it's never really brought up. Ersoh did it.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Yug says that to the few remaining W.I.K.I. agents after ordering them to retreat while he charges at the demons in the attempt to reach their leader (who he doesn't yet know is his brother).
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum:
    • All of T.V.T.R.O.P.E.S. robots run on "fictionite." Occasionally, they turn evil, because "fictionite is very, very unstable and should never be made into frisbees."
    • Gabe prefers to power his robots and contraptions with an artificially-created type of fictionite classified S.C.I. (Stable but Constrictive Isotope), called "sci-fi" for short. It's a lot more stable than fictionite (so no turning evil), but in return throws off radiation that has a high chance of turning AIs into crapshoots. It should still never be made into frisbees.
  • It's Personal: It wasn't until the Hyper Eddie put Ere D. Nay into coma while targeting Report Taht that the latter joined forces with Report Siht.
    • Now a new version: Shale Niatpac wants to kill Ere, who apparently killed her brother 3 years ago.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY:
    • 'It's pronounced Eh-seev-ray, not Ecky-vres
    • Eck-Rehg-neel-snoog, not Eck-uh-Rehj-nihl-snug
    • Air-soh, not Ur-soh
    • Vee-El, not Veel
    • Oh-WET, not OAT
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Ere doesn't take threats to her friends very well, and will get very physical when she needs answers fast.
  • Just Friends:
    • Word of God is that Report and Retrope have never seen each other as more than Fire-Forged Friends (their initial flirting in the Shard aside). Tell that to the shippers, though...
    • Despite a considerate fan support, Wikepe-tan and Trope-tan are also said to be this. Doesn't stop the story form torturing fans with Ship Tease, though.
  • Karmic Death: Viel-Report kills XD using the same move the latter had used on the audience several pages before.
    • Loupe Garou is eaten alive by his own spirit hounds, after commanding them to do just that to Retrope.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Just ask Kerrie! Or, better idea, don't.
    • Out of all the swords he could summon, Teller chose a katana to duel Report. It didn't end well for Report
  • Kent Brockman News: An interview with Dab Gib had the reporter show amazing amounts of hostility. It later turns out to be Mary Sue, Dab's ex-girlfriend.
  • Kneel Before Zod: In "Worst Case Scenario", Gabe is forced to kneel before Dab Gib... and proceeds to badmouth him.
  • Kudzu Plot: Everyone who has tried to make a coherent summary of the overall plot wound up suffering from Spontaneous Cranial Detonation Syndrome.
  • Last Stand: The battle for the New Trope City in "Worst Case Scenario" quickly turns into this in absense of Report and Ere. And Axel. And Brynn. And the aspect of Gabe that makes Gabe Gabe.
  • Large Ham: Sir Desselb, whose bubbles can barely fit his extra large, extra hammy speech. He "prefers" it if you call him Sir.
    Sir Desselb: HOW DARE YOU! Try that AGAIN and I'll kick your ASS from here to TAIWAN! AND! BACK! AGAIN!
    • EZ, who expects people to BOW DOWN TO UTTER EPICNESS!!!
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Ere likes Report, Gabe is a Marty Stu, Report didn't die in Chrono Troper Cross, Ecivres and Bertrand are (likely) Report's parents, Dab is evil, 75% of the regular cast is awesome, and the fact that A.U.T.H.O.R. cares more about the fans' reactions than paying income tax and respecting zoning laws isn't saying much.
  • Leet Speak: How XD speaks. Fitting, considering his position as sponsor of a tournament hosted in the Dimension-1337.
  • Legion of Doom: T.V.T.R.O.P.E.S. evil counterpart is called O.T.H.E.R., the Organization That Has Evil Rules.
  • The Legions of Hell:
    • Apparently, they launch an all-out assault on Earth and it's up to W.I.K.I. to put up a defense.
    • As Eibwen puts it: "Earth is burning."
  • Linked List Clue Methodology: The first 40 or so strips of The Yay Agenda arc are basically about Report following in Retrope's footsteps via brief messages she left behind.
  • Logic Bomb: The L.O.G.I.C bomb (Low Oridinance Grievous Intellect Charge) was used against the mainframe of a Hyperactive security system. R.E.P.E.A.T.E.R has filed many petitions against its name.
  • Long Distance Relationship: Seems to be the status of Gabe and Regnis after the Song For You arc.
  • Lovable Traitor: Elom.
  • Love Redeems: Played with in the Family Matters arc. While both Report Taht and Ere D. Nay are definitely evil and sadistic (their normal communication best resembles The Masochism Tango), both show their more caring sides when the other is in danger. To elaborate, Nay takes the magic bullet for Taht, after which he opens up to idea of teamwork with Siht, even if only to exact revenge upon the Guardian.
  • Mad Lib Thriller Title: "The Great Crash" (though it was more of Real Life Writes the Plot) and "The Yay Agenda" (fully intentional).
  • The Mafia:
    • Don Dipertni approaches Report to find his missing daughter Retrope. After Retrope is killed, he offers his unconditional support to Report against the Knights. It ends badly for him and his family.
    • Also, Don Marcone's mob from Troublesome Heirloom.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Omniscient Council of Vagueness that is really behind the Knights Who Say Yay is revealed to be a group of members from an obscure anime forum who were displeased with the direction TV Tropes The Webcomic took under A.U.T.H.O.R. and decided to give it what they consider to be "a proper plot". But then again, the final strips of The Yay Agenda arc are a complete Mind Screw, which many fans still refuse to accept as remotely canon.
  • Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number: The Crüe has to team up with its two rival bands in the Battle of the Bands in Heavy Meta arc. Incidentally, all three have learned "The Betrayer" (Selene "got it from Ere the other night", while Burn The Witch, being jerkasses, simply stole it from the Crüe's van), so that's what they play. Later, Yug comments that he has never dreamed that this song will be performed on that scale.
  • Maximum Fun Chamber: If the team fail a mission in particularly spectacular fashion, Report or occasionally one of the others may worry that they'll be put in "the Bunker".
  • Megaton Punch: Delivered by Eeno to Gabe at the end of "Left 4 Gabe" to wake him from his coma. Apparently it was so powerful that uploading the page caused Tsadlib's computer monitor to split in half, forcing him to buy a new one.
  • Mercy Kill: This is what Ere tries to do to Report in "Worst Case Scenario", believing him to be irreversibly corrupted by Viel. Or maybe she just wants to avenge her parents.
  • Metal Head: Everyone in the "Heavy Meta" arc.
  • Mirror Universe: The focus of the eponymous arc and revisited in the Family Matters arc.
  • Mob War: Narrowly averted in the Troublesome Heirloom arc, when it turns out that the remains of Don Dipertni's mob make their Last Stand against the invading Marcone family who aim to take over the "unmanaged" city.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Doctor Dam. Also, Professor Suigen has a Morally Ambiguous PhD.
  • More Than Mind Control: Ere's prosthetic eyes constructed by Dr. Dam are perfectly harmless in every reasonably verifiable way. However, there is a secret module installed in them that slightly adjusts what she sees in a way that is currently favorable to Dr. Dam. This culminates in The Yay Agenda arc, when she is manipulated into a Heel-Face Turn. Also, the "Yay" brain trojan that hides under the pretense of a simple forced meme.
  • Musical Episode:
  • My Future Self and Me: In a fit of ingenuity, Report comes up with an emergency plan to give himself and the rest of the Tröper Crüe extra practice time by traveling a week back in time. He goes to great lengths to avoid encountering the past version of himself, but imagine their embarrassment when seven more future versions of themselves show up in the studio they've just rented! Hilarity Ensues, by the way.
    • Yug encounters a future version of himself in the "Rose of the Starry Night" arc, and is surprised to find he acts just like Dab even wearing his old coat.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • After Ere kills Retrope, it is revealed that Dr. Dam was leading the Knights all along and he also manipulated Ere into joining them. Cue Heroic BSOD, which is just perfectly timed, as Report is currently having his own and they sit right in the center of four (!) Death Traps nested inside each other like Matryoshka dolls.
    • Doubles as a Tearjerker and leads to a CMOA for Report.
    • Report himself has this reaction in "Worst Case Scenario", when he uses Viel's powers to slaughter Ere's masked captors, only to realize that they are actually members of her squad, ordered to attack him as a Secret Test of Character of sorts.
    • Ere gets another one of these when she shoots through, and kills, Yug in order to defeat Cross. Cross survives, and it turned out killing Yug was apart of Owt's plan to resurrect En0.
  • Narnia Time: It is implied that the Bizarro Universe has different time flow than the Prime and Mirror universe (which are almost synchronous), since Report Nwonknu is both the youngest and the oldest brother of the two other Reports: he was chronologically the last child to be born to Ecivres, but he is physically older and more experienced than his brothers.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Report delivers one to XD in T3h L33t W4rz as Viel-Report, for being such a damn sadistic bastard.
    • Retrope of all people has this happen to her, by Report when she refuses to assist in helping resurrect Yug
  • Noir Episode: The Yay Agenda arc was this, combined with Conspiracy Thriller.
  • No Name Given:
    • The original author is always referred to as "the original author" in discussions, no real name or nickname given. Out of respect for him, the guest authors are also never referred to by their names: instead constructs like "the guest author who wrote the [insert title here] arc/strip" are used. Even the A.U.T.H.O.R. follows the convention to a degree, refusing to spell out what his acronym pen name stands for.
    • Sometimes is get's really confusing when it's unclear if one is talking about A.U.T.H.O.R. the character or A.U.T.H.O.R. the writer.
  • Not a Date: When Ere starts sulking over Report leaving without a word in Troublesome Heirloom, Retrope drags her out into the city to "have a cup of tea and cheer up". Ere initially gets a wrong idea and is confused and very cute.
  • Not Staying for Breakfast: In the end of Song For You, Regnis leaves just before dawn, while Gabe is still asleep. It is later revealed that she needed time to sort out her own feelings. And write a song for Gabe.
  • Not What It Looks Like: When Ere helps Retrope get "a speck of dust" out of her eye, it looks like they are making out from afar. And then her mom walks in on them.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet. Sometimes the upper levels at T.V.T.R.O.P.E.S will make references to missions that we haven't seen. Guest authors sometimes tried to explain them, but results were mixed.
    • Also, don't ever ask Ere how exactly Selene got the lyrics and tabs for "The Betrayer" out of her "the other night".
    • Apparently, Gabe was suspended from Wikawaii for an unprecedented amount of time...
  • Nosebleed: Retrope passes out from blood loss after meeting Erort for the first time.
    • When Ecivres came out in a [1] during the Trope Team's stay on the beach, everyone in the generally vicinity (Report, Ere, Yug, Betrand, Retrope, Gabe and Axel) all got massive nosebleeds.
  • Nuke 'em: Let's just say that the "Worst Case Scenario" opens with a BANG.
    • Cross makes his debut with one of these as well.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: As much as Report would like to turn down W.I.K.I.'s (quite well-paid) offer in the Heavy Meta arc on accounts of not knowing any music at all, he really can't. The nameless W.I.K.I. official hints that Yug has been suffering from depression, having never really gotten over what happened to his brother Dab in the Original Arc, so his band was actually part of W.I.K.I.'s rehab program for him. And Report was the one who contributed considerably to the source of Yug's depression, no matter how little he could do about it.
  • Omniscient Councilof Vagueness: Despite being mentioned several times throughout the story, the Numero Warlords have not actually done much to impact the story (besides Owt). Once the "E.N.D" arc kicks off, they take a more central stage.
  • Our Genies Are Different: Dab finds a ruby encrusted ring that commands Nij'd the Fire Genie, who must obey the one wearing the ring. However, Genies do not have the ability to automatically grant any wish, but rather have a long list of elemental powers that they use to try to grant the wish manually. Report destroys the ring to free Nij'd from this plane, but it's implied that Nij'd has a brother, two sisters and a father, and that there are four other rings.
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: Laroma, Attorney-at-Law, usually comes in to inform characters about any legal mattersfor O.T.H.E.R.
  • Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: Lampshaded in Troublesome Heirloom. Ere and Retrope weren't really making out, but it looked that way, prompting Mrs. Nust to comment that she "used to fool around in her day, too", leaving Ere very flustered.
  • Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame: Used in the "Worst Case Scenario", each time in conjunction with a character's death, namely, Report, Ere, Retrope, Yug, and Gabe's.
  • Personality Swap: Wikipe-tan and Trope-tan switched personalities at one point, Hilarity Ensued.
  • Personof Mass Destruction: BLAZE "SUN-DOG" DOG-NUS. He is literally so powerful, that his arrival to the Westward Campaign caused the entire W.I.K.I army to flee. He casually destroys stars!
  • Pietà Plagiarism:
    • After Yug almost dies by his brother's hands.
    • Also, Report carrying Retrope's body across the Dipertni mansion.
    • And again for Regnis by Gabe who combines it with a Skyward Scream.
  • Pirate: Cross and his "Hero Brigade Pirates". However, they're pirates in name only, and don't actually do much pirating.
  • Playing with a Trope: Literally, and one of the most important aspects of Wiki Magic and Wei Ki. Depending on how a trope is Invoked, it can do different things:
    • The most fabled technique in a Wiki Magician's arsenal is called "lampshading."It allows them to hijack reality while a trope is in effect. Trope-tan has been established as the undefeated champion of this ability.
    • Subverting a Trope creates a direct defense against it.
    • Inverting a Trope reverses the intended effects
    • Averting a Trope is essentially ignoring the trope and its effects altogether
    • Exaggerating a Trope is essentially that trope achieving Bankai
    • You've also got Zig-Zagging (altering a trope's base form to create different effects), Deconstructing (Breaking a trope down to original, lesser, or different components), and Reconstructing (making tropes out of components).
    • Now you have Retconning a trope, which, despite it's name, actually creates an artificial trope that is stronger than a regular trope.
  • Police Are Useless: It seems that any investigation in the New Trope City and surroundings (including that of the nuclear bombing of the frigging W.I.K.I. HQ) falls on the shoulders of either Private Detectives, Intrepid Reporters, or the local Private Military Contractor's head or one of his two brothers. Often all at once.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Is that what you call when an ANC system is activated just as Report is about to explain to Ere (who tries to kill him) that he is not, in fact, being controlled by Viel?
    • She shouldn't have sicked those commandos on him, too.
    • Had The Trope Team decided to talk, Yug probably wouldn't have died, again
  • Postmodernism: Where the hell do we start?!
  • Power Fist: Ere obtains a pair of black gauntlets when utilizing the Demon Surge revolvers. Said revolvers shoot out her own negative energy as compressed bullets.
  • Power Trio: In the Family Matters arc, Report Siht is The Kirk, Report Taht is The McCoy, and Report Nwonknu is The Spock.
  • Private Eye Monologue:
    • The Yay Agenda arc runneth over with it. Every single strip includes at least one grim remark by Report (even the ones that don't feature him per se).
    "A pair of Italians inviting you to see their boss was the clue to start running fast. But I didn't. If the Don wanted to see me, either I crossed his path... or he had a job for me. Back then, I didn't know what was worse. I do now."
    • Brought back in Stoolcow Browned, managing to be both hilarious and adorable. Became even more hilarious after convinces Ere and Gabe to join in on the fun.
      Report: "She came to us on an uneventful Saturday afternoon. Well, as uneventful as afternoons can be on Saturday, between Mrs. Naf's pool parties and slaying dinosaurs in F-16s."
      Ere: "The mid-day sun beat down hard outside as we met her in the ice cream shop for a sundae. Yet for what it's worth, that it could be a rainy Tuesday night; she offered us ice cream, and there's no way I'm passing up a chance like that."
      Gabe: "Mom only packed tacos in my lunchbox. I hate tacos, especially when I go in expecting a burrito and get taco instead. After all that was about to happen, though, I've never been happier to eat a taco since."
  • Product Placement:
    • Banner ads appear for the Brackets Equals CamelCase Equals Brackets Bank; all the characters bank there and ATM logos are plainly visible.
    • The series currently is sponsored by Idiocracy Brawndo. Yug Gib would usually carry a spare can of Brawndo in case things got really intense.
  • The Power of Rock:
    • It is revealed that the Rock In Space station in Heavy Meta arc is literally powered by rock music, and the whole point of annual festivals is to charge up its energy reserves for the next year.
    • Also, Yug is literally powered up by the sounds of metal.
  • Pull the Thread: Retrope was writing an article on the internet slang and Memetic Mutation when she noticed the unusual proliferation of the word "yay" used on the ever-increasing number of fora and image boards. When she noticed the same trend carrying over to the Real Life, she grew concerned. When her editor casually dismissed her concerns as "New Media Are Evil" sentiment, she grew suspicious and started spying on him. She eventually overheard him mentioning "the Knights" and saying "yay" after every other word in conversation with a mysterious masked person...
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: The Rock In Space concert literally takes place inside a huge space station on geostationary orbit. Which looks like a large asteroid.
  • Redshirt Army: Oddly enough, M.O.O.K.S. are the good guys, while R.E.D.S.H.I.R.T. are the bad guys.
  • Relationship Reveal: In The Great Crash, it is revealed that Betrand Ayers and "Ms." Naf are actually an old married couple.
  • The Remnant: Troublesome Heirloom reveals that some of Don Dipertni's old mob stayed around after his death. When Marcone tries to invade their town, they approach Retrope to lead them but she flat out refuses:
    Retrope: "My father was a criminal, yet also a great man. But I am not my father."
  • La Résistance: Eibwen, Neeuq, and a few dozen Red Shirts are all that's left of W.I.K.I. after Gabe's death. But they are not about to lay down arms against Dab and his demons.
  • Remember the New Guy: Maku, who suddenly appears in the "Worst Case Scenario" arc and was supposedly always there. However, it turns out she can manipulate memories and replaced everyone's memories of Retrope with memories of her.
  • The Rival: Tröper Crüe finds two rival bands at the Rock In Space concert (there are actually many more but we only get a few glimpses of them): Burn The Witch, a Trash Talking, nasty-spirited black/death metal group, and Lady of War, an all-female power metal band with much more healthy attitude. The three of them were the top contenders for the Battle of the Bands until these plans were thrown out of the window.
    • EZ declared himself rivals with the world. It got him killed soon after by a sniping Ere.
    • Teller I. Lover is a rival for Report, being a complete anti-thesis in terms of personality and skill.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Axel embarks on a personal search-and-destroy mission against the perpetrators of the nuclear attack that killed Regnis and left his brother an Empty Shell. The moment he leaves doubles as a CMOA and the birth of his Catch Phrase.
    • Gabe gets the mother of all Rampages when Regnis is kidnapped by Cross's pirates. Owt needed Gabe to release all his power as one of the 'ingredients' for resurrecting En0
  • Robot Girl Ty
    • Ella as well
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!:
    • The irreplacible host of the Rock In Space concert, Amadeus, sports red eyes and a goatee, never takes off his horned helm, and speaks in BOLD CAPS. Hmmm...
    • In "Worst Case Scenario", Dab Gib mentions that he could only take over Hell because the Big S was too busy overseeing "some lame charity show" upstairs.
  • Rogue Agent:
    • Ere and her commando squad in "Worst Case Scenario" sever all ties to W.I.K.I. after certain events. It still remains open what they are gonna do now.
    • Kerrie and Kuro are... not technically licensed members of the Protectors of the Plot Continuum.
  • Running Gag: Everytime a character dies Altair can be seen somewhere in the panel. Possibly also a Shout-Out
  • Save The Girl Screw The World: Kinda. After receiving a message from Neeuq that Ere is being held at an abandoned factory, Report immediately leaves the defense of the New Trope City to Yug and Eibwen and flies off to rescue her.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • After the Cliff Hanger in strip #515, in which Ms. Naf is shot just as she was about to reveal The Plan, the comic went on a six-month hiatus because the cartoonist was "really busy with work and a new boyfriend." It then resumed, now with a once-weekly as opposed to M-W-F update, until near the end of the Great Crash arc, when Ere was about to confess her love for Report. Since then, the comic has been on hiatus for another ten months, the cartoonist showing up only to post occasional angry Rants telling people to stop complaining about the update schedule of a comic they get for free and by the way, could they please make a PayPal donation to support the comic?
    • It has afflicted the comic again after the "Worse Case Scenario", with Tsadilb repeatedly promising new strips and missing all deadlines.
  • Scenery Censor: Somewhat averted, since Ere's nudity is censored out by a naked Ecivres
  • Science-Related Memetic Disorder: Mad Scientists are victims of the "Paranoia Plague," which apparently affects 1 in 100,000 Americans.
  • Sdrawkcab Name:
    • Practically all of them, with the exception of Alice.
    • Bob, being a palindrome, is a borderline example.
    • As well as Bertrand Ayers, but he has an entirely different problem.
    • The Eht-Ecas' given and nick names are forwards, but their family and last names are backwards.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Scrap's is "porcupine."
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Gabe and Report are sometimes like this, though who is who depends on the current circumstances and mood.
  • Shared Mass Hallucination: The entire "Worst Case Scenario" turns out to be a shared hallucination of Report, Ere, Yug, Retrope, and Gabe after getting hit by a "fear toxin" of unknown origin during a Tröper Crüe rehearsal. In his report about the incident, Yug even lampshades how "shared hallucinations" are supposed to be impossible according to modern science.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: Subverted when Report drops his weapons during his fight against Ere in "Worst Case Scenario" in a last ditch attempt to convince her he's not evil (since they are prevented from talking by an ANC). She takes it as Report's last effort to cast off Viel's influence and takes the chance to "release" him.
  • Shed Armor, Gain Speed: In the "Rose of the Starry Night" arc, Yug gains access to a suit of fictionite armor that uses this premise. He needed the extra speed to save Report from falling off a sky ship.
  • Sibling Team:
    • The Gib Brothers, a.k.a. the "Ludicrous Gibs" (Incredibly Lame Pun intended), in their youth before joining the W.I.K.I..
    • Also, the two (later, three) Report half-brothers in the Family Matters arc.
    • When Shale teams up with Coal, her little sister, things get hectic.
  • Significant Anagram: If you pay attention to the names of the two arcs immediately before Report is brought back to continuity, you'll realize that "A Cribber Kinging Tromp" anagrams to "I'm Bringing Back Report", and "Hexact Prent" to "Next Chapter".
  • Sins of Our Fathers: In the Family Matters arc, Report and his brothers are being hunted down by the Hyperspace Eddie for their mother's role in The Great Crash.
  • Shout-Out: Hundreds of thousands. We had to make the Trope Overdosed page just to keep track of how many times each major series has been referenced. And every update has more Shout Outs than the last!
  • Slice of Life: Occasionally, the storyline will diverge away from Report's adventures and show his "real life": sleeping, going to work, watching television, etc. Some say this is just Agent Report's imaginings of what his life away from W.I.K.I. would be like; others say that the entire webcomic just a fantasy imagined by the "real" Report.
  • Sliding Scale of Realistic Versus Fantastic: Depending on the Writer (and particular arc), the story has fallen anywhere between Mundane and Fantastic (with the "Ducky" Arc being the only lapse into Surreal thus far). The more realistic arcs tend to concentrate on characterization and deal with grittily close-to-life issues, whereas more fantastic arcs focus on over-the-top, no-holds-barred action and the Rule of Cool.
  • Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: Adbot the Robot. T.V.T.R.O.P.E.S resident robot, he was built by Professor Suineg. Frequently goes evil, but will turn back to good with one good hit. Earns money for Trope-tan via advertising work on the side.
  • Something Completely Different: After a long dramatic arc following Ms. Naf's Face-Heel Turn, the author spent three weeks on a subplot involving W.I.K.I.'s duck counterpart, F.O.W.L. (Feathered Operatives With Lasers). It has been suggested that F.O.W.L. will be important to the plot later on.
  • Spin-Off:
    • The City of Gold: written by the same guest author as The Yay Agenda arc. It features Ere as the main character and sees her trapped in an Aztec-inspired alternate dimension, where she is revered as the Kung-Fu Jesus by the natives thanks to her gold eyes and fighting prowess and has to lead La Résistance against the evil Emperor based in the eponymous City of Gold, a.k.a. El Dorado. The canonicity of the spin-off is still disputed, since it is published on an unassociated website and the Word of God is still silent on the matter.
    • Trope Gakuen: A High School AU started by Tsidalb in the early stages of the Bronze Age. Features every character introduced in the comic, each slightly retooled to fit the setting. As new characters are introduced in the main comic, they are shortly written into Gakuen as well.
    • Lil' Troperz: a spin-off featuring the characters of TV Tropes The Webcomic as children (or as younger adults, in the case of the "older" ones), but mostly retaining their "original" personalities. Each arc is set up in an episode-like format (complete with "Next Time", "Last Time", and "To be continued"), and are released as "Episodes" rather than single pages. A recurring theme is that each "Episode" starts off rather light-hearted, but always manages to reach varying degrees of dark by the end. Notably, Axel and Tsidalb are separate entities here; the former is featured as a part of the "main" cast, and the latter owns and hosts a local radio station.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Wikipe-tan has stolen role of the main character several times.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Uncyclo-tan to Wikepe-tan. She becomes a Clingy Jealous Girl when Trope-tan is in close proximity to the latter.
  • Statler and Waldorf: The two made an appearance near the end of one of the arcs. As it turns out, they've been watching the comic since day one, and attempted to get it shut down a couple times.
  • The Stinger: At the end of the The Tröper Crüe Saves Santa arc, just before the comic went on Chrismas hiatus, a single strip entitled "Worst Case Scenario" was published. It consisted of six panels, depicting a nuclear explosion, Report and Yug wearing high-rank W.I.K.I. uniforms, Gabe carrying Regnis' bloodied body Pieta-style, Ere ordering a squad of W.I.K.I. commandos to open fire on another W.I.K.I. squad, Retrope pointing a revolver to her head with tears in her eyes, and a dark silhouette of someone overlooking a burning city. The strip ended with a promise: "The Dark Age Is Coming". Needless to say, the forums exploded with attempts to explain what is going on, as the Word of God has been silent on the matter.
  • Storming the Castle: Retrope and Ere decide to negotiate a truce with Don Marcone... by breaking into his hideout.
    • This is done again during the war between R.E.T.C.O.N and W.I.K.I.
  • Synchronization: There seem to be some between the Prime and the Bizzaro Universe: Report Siht died soon after Nwonknu was reported dead and Ere D. Nust was killed within hours of D. Uuk's death in exactly the same manner.
  • Stormof Blades: In addition to summoning a field of swords, Teller is able to simply spam them with enough force to tear through buildings.
  • Squishy Wizard: Owt, a very powerful wizard, can be taken out with a single punch to the face. He himself lampshades this.
    • Notably averted with Lili, who trained her body to withstand attacks in the case someone got close to her.
  • Taking You with Me:
    • When the Dipertni manor is stormed by Noggard's commandos, the Don himself waits for Noggard to enter the study, then blows the entire manor wing with the explosives he planted there, anticipating the attack.
    • Aelf tries this after being defeated by Report, but fails when Report fuses with him and runs fsck.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Following exchange from Troublesome Heirloom:
    Retrope: "Isn't it nice to just hang out once in a while? Where nothing explodes and nobody's coming after your head..."
    [enter six impeccably dressed young men with Tommyguns]
    • And later:
      Retrope: "...Well, look on the bright side; we left all that stuff back home. We're in Japan, away from all of those 'Mafia'-shenanigans."
      [enter six impeccably dressed young Japanese men with Tommyguns]
      Ere: *Glares at Retrope*
      Retrope: "Oh, right...Yakuza. Japanese Mafia..."
    • Between newcomers Kerrie and Kurotsume:
      Kerrie: "Wait, is this a non-corrupted 'verse? What happened?!"
      Kuro: "It looks like a 'verse in progress."
      Kerrie: "My coordinates must have been off…"
      Kuro: "Even if they were, why are you complaining? It's about time we got a break, and it would be nice if we could do it somewhere where nobody was trying to kill us."
      *horde of mooks erupts from nearby hill*
      Kerrie: "Thanks a lot."
    • And now this:
      Report: "Don't worry, we're at the beach. Villains need to respect that, so they won't come for us....especially not right now.
      (Beat)
      Report: "See, told ya—"
      (Horde of clowns jumps from under the sand)
      Ere: Really?
  • Theme Music Power-Up: In-Universe example: Gabe uses "Betrayer" to give Yug a Heroic Second Wind during the final battle of "Worst Case Scenario".
  • The Password Is Always Foamy: This one is a Mythology Gag from the Golden Age when guest authors used to be able to upload their strips using "foamy" as access password. The password has been changed since then but the gag endures.
  • There Is Another: As Bertrand Ayers explains in the Family Matters, Report has two half-brothers in parallel universes through his late mother Ms. Naf: one is Report Taht from the Mirror Universe and the other, Report Nwonknu, whose whereabouts are unknown as of yet.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Alice and Bob.
  • Those Two Guys:
    • The twins U. Troper and T. Troper; also a prime source of Twincest Ho Yay.
    • Kerrie and Kuro - technically Those Two Renegade Plot-Hopping Continuum Defenders One Of Whom Is Human While The Other Is A Catboy.
  • Time Skip: After the HQ bombing and Regnis' death, there is an approximately one week time skip before the story picks up again. It looks like Report has managed W.I.K.I. pretty well, though the perpetrators behind the bombing are still at large.
    • After the Defeat of the Cat people, a five month skip happens, during which Ere, Report, and Yug train for the upcoming Captain Exam
  • Time Travel:
    • Trope-tan and Wikipe-tan mastered this as one of their Combination Powers to send Report back to his time.
    • Revisited in the Heavy Meta arc, when Report contacts Trope-tan to send himself, Yug, Ere, and Retrope back into the past one week to get one more week for practicing those chords.
    • Overlord did this in Against Fate a la Terminator (though still with clothes) and takes Ere, Yug, and Bertrand to the future the same way.
    • Gabe accomplishes this by moving so fast that he exceeds the speed of light, then moves in an inward spiral (clockwise for forwards, counterclockwise for back) until he reaches the center, spinning rapidly. It apparently makes him very dizzy.
  • Together in Death: Report and Ere.
  • Training from Hell: Brynn's preferred method of teaching, apparently.
    • Gabe ends up enforcing this on Ere in the "Rose of the Starry Night" arc.
  • Training Montage: Report Nwonknu puts his brothers (and Ere) through a seven strip long Training from Hell in the art of Wiki Magic before they go to face the Guardian. And they top it off with a Lock and Load Montage just for the cool of it.
  • Unsound Effect: "EDIT!"
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Played with during News to Make a Dragon Jump: Gabe's family is unperturbed at the fact that he overused his powers and wound up hospitalized, and would recover within a few months, but as a whole are utterly shocked that he is in a steady relationship. Given what Gabe is, it's wholeheartedly understandable.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In the Twist Ending of the Family Matters arc, it is revealed that the Hyperspace Eddie didn't want to kill the Reports at all. In fact, he wanted them to learn to work together despite their personalities and undergo an intense Wiki Magic training within very short time span, because ever since Ms. Naf's death, their worlds were without Entropy Shields and a repetition of The Great Crash on a much larger scale was imminent. And since all three of them carried Ms. Naf's genes, he simply decided to use the available resources and make them into the new Shields.
  • UST: Tons of it between Report and Ere, mainly because he tends to act like a jerk at the worst times and her tsuntsun button is apparently hit at the slightest mention that she may be in love with him. There is also a bit between both of them and Retrope recently.
  • Villains Blend in Better: In The City of Gold, Ere has trouble adjusting to the life in the eponymous Alternate Universe, whereas Dab Gib has fit right in and hit the ground running.
  • Villain Sue: Owt is quickly shaping up to be one. The author of "Rose of the Starry Night" has stated that Owt has no weaknesses, since he immediately drains the power of anything that comes within five feet of him. And he adds that power to his own
  • Webcomic Time: At one point, fifty-five strips consistuted ten minutes.
  • We Were Your Team: Kinda. Don Dipertni's remaining mobsters rally behind the unsuspecting Retrope as their new banner, and Don Marcone decides to kill their "spiritual center" to break their resistance. Retrope is not amused.
  • Western Terrorists: Retrope's investigation of the WIKI HQ nuking currently points towards an obscure terrorist cell codenamed "Tnanmer".
  • Wham Episode: "Worst Case Scenario".
  • Wham Line: From "Dark Side of the Moon" "OREZ is back."
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode: The "Worst Case Scenario" arc. An as-of-yet unrevealed force has subjected the Tröper Crüe (and Gabe) to a fear gas that made them live (and die) through their worst fears. And the only way to exit it was to die. Word of God is that the idea was partly inspired by The New Batman Adventures episode "Over the Edge".
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: One minor character's power is that she can read things backwards. How is that helpful?
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Averted in with Sun-Dog, who really doesn't like harming people. Played slightly straighter with the pragmatic Teller. Played absolutely straight with Evif.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Report and Ere. Ever since strip #10.
  • Wingman: Not in the aircraft sense. Gabe drafts Report (involuntarily) to be his wingman as he hits on Regnis, on the account of him being Older and Wiser in the ways of love. Shows how serious our Casanova is this time.
  • Woman Scorned: Because Report has No Time to Explain, Ere falsely interprets his obsession with the investigation of the Knights as a result of falling in love with Retrope, resulting in her brief Face-Heel Turn.
  • World of Badass: Dear God, you have no idea. Even the little old nun could kick your ass!
  • Worthy Opponent: How Teller sees Report after their third and last duel.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Ere, of all people, pulls one off in "Worst Case Scenario": having realized that Viel is controlling Report, she sets up a meeting at an abandoned factory and orders her commandos to attack him: if he is possessed , he'd reveal himself and they'd have an ample opportunity to put him out of commission; if he is not, she'll be able to reunite with him.
  • You Are in Command Now: Yug, Eibwen, and Neeuq (the new characters in "Worst Case Scenario") are the only active officers of W.I.K.I. after a nuke takes out all W.I.K.I. commanders. Their first act is to find Report and Ere and delegate the command to them.
  • You Did the Right Thing:
    • Neeuq tries to comfort Ere about Report's death at her own hands by telling her that this what he would have wanted instead of being possessed by Viel.
    • Also missing the point, except that they never learned that Report wasn't controlled by Viel!
  • Yuppie Couple: Some redheaded teenager in a powder blue shirt and khakis. It's possible that he might be important later.

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