Twice is nice! Right?
A comic trope in which either the two last panels of a strip each contain a punchline
, or the last panel contains double the punchlines for double the fun. May Cross the Line Twice
, but doesn't necessarily need to. The penultimate panel is often a sight gag, and if this is true, then the last panel may add a spoken punchline to this.
Related to Escalating Punchline
. For webcomics, Alt Text
is frequently used as a way to convey the second punchline.
- Often used in Pearls Before Swine, especially in the pun strips.
- Calvin and Hobbes: Bill Watterson was fond of these, with Hobbes adding another punchline on the far right of the last panel, often a mockery or lampshade hanging on what Calvin was saying.
- FoxTrot is fond of this.
- Doonesbury was the first newspaper comicstrip to regularly use this, and was directly or indirectly the inspiration for most modern uses.
- The "two punchlines in last panel" variation is frequently seen in Cul De Sac.
- In Political Cartoons an additional punchline / comment is sometimes supplied by an Author Avatar drawn in the last panel. Currently satirized by The Onion's "Kelly".