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The articles at Platypus Comix boast so many tropes that they now have their own page.
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    History Channel Department 

Peter Paltridge records the history of stuff.

    Interactive Entertainment Celebration Section 
Peter Paltridge muses about video games and video game memorabilia.

Things You Can't Ever Have

    People Section 

Peter Paltridge writes all about famous people

Peter Paltridge reviews movies and TV shows, and occasionally delves into obscure facets of screen history.

    Dark TV Vault 
Peter Paltridge reviews some short-lived TV shows and rare TV specials.

The Island of Misfit Christmas Specials

See Blog.The Island Of Misfit Christmas Specials

    Stupid Kid Show Area 
Peter Paltridge helps you learn about the past of children's pop culture, mostly cartoons from the 1980s and '90s.

Kids' WB Yourself!

The Full Experience

  • Actually Pretty Funny: The Jabberjaw review makes the series seem dull and unoriginal, until Jabberjaw tries to distract a villain by donning a Paper Thin Disguise of an exotic dancer.
  • Catch-Phrase: Ever since the third installment, Peter has begun each article by putting the show into historic context, then pointing out today, one could enjoy the episodes on DVD. Then, he segues into the rest of the article with, "That's all well and good. But it's not the FULL EXPERIENCE..." He doesn't use this phrase when reviewing shows that don't have comprehensive DVDs available.
  • Clueless Aesop: The Beetlejuice article includes a PSA in which the stars of Perfect Strangers attempt to teach kids not to feel bad if they don't meet society's standards of physical attractiveness. Peter admits this PSA, in which Larry consoles Balki over having a more crooked nose than Bruce Willis, loses its effectiveness for viewers who believe Balki's actor found less box office success than Willis because of his failure to meet those standards.
    Hope you learned something, kids. Just don't question the fact that Bronson Pinchot was available for the lead role in Die Hard yet never got the call.
  • Dada Ad: The 4Kids' One Piece article refers to a Burger King commercial with some abstract shapes for mascots as, "this strange fever dream of an ad".
  • Don't Explain the Joke: When Peter reviews the second episode 4Kids Entertainment aired of One Piece, he laments that their version of the script spends so much time explaining why Luffy fought Coby in front of the Marines/Navy, the scene no longer seemed like a joke.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The series consists of reviews of the first episodes of Saturday morning cartoons from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, accompanied by videos of some of the commercials and bumpers that played during the cartoon's premiere. The first article recaps the day Pokémon began airing on Kids' WB!, but Peter decided not to review the episodenote  because the series seemed Strictly Formula. Also note that article has three pages, while others (such as the Beetlejuice review) only have one. For even more weirdness, the original version of the Pokémon installment only had one video. The rest of the commercials simply got written descriptions and pictures.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: invoked Peter has confessed that for him, Beetlejuice begins and ends with the cartoon. He didn't see the movie Beetlejuice until after he saw the show. When he did, he felt disappointed that, among other things, Beetlejuice was a seldom-appearing villain instead of the star, and that he and Lydia were enemies instead of friends.
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: Peter begins the installment about The Spooktacular New Adventures Of Caspernote  by calling Casper the Friendly Ghost unfunny and uninteresting. Consequently, he avoided watching this show, until he learned that it shared two writers with Animaniacs: Sheri Stoner and Deanna Oliver. He ended up calling the episodes he saw of Spooktacular New Adventures the funniest and least boring Casper cartoons he ever saw.
  • Late to the Punchline: Peter admits in the Beetlejuice review that he didn't notice Beetlejuice and Lydia blowing snakes instead of noisemakers until after he took a screenshot of the scene.
  • Misaimed Marketing: invoked Peter closes the Animaniacs article by wondering why his local Fox Kids station showed a commercial for a wine-tasting event during each episode from the first season.
  • Needs More Love: invoked The 4Kids' One Piece installment argues that the uncut version of the anime deserves a larger American fanbase than it had at the time of the article's posting.
  • Oddball in the Series: The second installment, covering the premiere of The Pink Panther Show, was written on Peter's Toon Zone blog instead of at his website. Unfortunately, this inadvertently led to the videos ceasing to work after a site update.
  • Take That!: From the page about Animaniacs:
    Those cheesy Power Rangers could go jump in a lake; Animaniacs was 1993 to me.
  • Tempting Fate: The 4Kids' One Piece article laments that when fans of the anime tried to predict or joke about changes 4Kids would make when importing the show to America, some of those predictions and jokes actually proved accurate.
    They figured Sanji's cigarette would be reinterpreted as a lollipop, and the prediction came 100% true. "They'll probably make the opening sequence into a rap," they said sarcastically. And that is exactly what 4Kids did. Must've been taking notes.

    Educational Rockin' Fun Zone 
Peter Paltridge educates on subjects not covered in school.

    Surfin' The Web Section 
Peter Paltridge gives a sample of what he does on the Internet aside from making comics and articles.

    Psychiatry Zone 

    Things To Do When You're Bored Division/The Ancient Lost Art of TV Guide Advertising 
Peter Paltridge has gathered a random selection of things to do when you're bored.

The Ancient Lost Art of TV Guide Advertising

    The Section Only I Will Care About Reading 
Peter Paltridge will share a few details about his life, his interests, and Platypus Comix history to those who care.

    Thing Where The Totally Rad Videos Go 
Peter Paltridge posts some rare and interesting videos, including plenty of music videos.

    Bloom County County 
Before the publication of the book series The Bloom County Library, Peter Paltridge took it upon himself to keep his favorite newspaper comic available to enjoy.

See also Bloom County


    Lair of Alternate Projects/For Portlanders Only 
Peter Paltridge takes you to see his other endeavors. The biggest is For Portlanders Only, a selection of advertisements, newspaper scans, and other emphemera pertaining to his hometown of Portland, Oregon.

For Portlanders Only

What Powell's Throws Out

  • Accidental Innuendo: invokedIn Part Six, Peter shows a SpongeBob SquarePants story from an anthology book written by first graders:
    Book: "This party is cool. I like Sponge Bob's party. I like Sponge Bob's juice," said Patrick.
    Peter: Any other website would have leapt at the chance to point out what Patrick said, but I don't work blue.
  • Continuity Lockout:invoked He experiences this in Part Six with ElfQuest, saying that his troubles with fantasy tropes as a whole (elaborated below) prevent him from understanding a single sentence of the work.
  • Fan Disillusionment: Part Two expresses his disllusionment with reading as a whole:
    When I was a small kid, I read books all the time. I would go to the library about every other day, come out with several juvenile fiction tomes, and read each one within an hour. I read a book about a kid who has to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days for $50. The writing was pure off-the-wall anarchy, and I loved it (read it again, it's even better when you're grown up). I read a book about a school that is thirty stories tall and full of weird kids, clever wordplay and living dead rats — it's still my favorite book of all time. I read a book about a kid with unusual talents who united a racially divided town and spent a summer with a poor old illiterate man. It was better than chocolate. But as I got older, books aimed at my age level started getting less imaginative, less humorous, and less fun.[…]Reading books became a chore, not an enjoyment. And when I finally graduated and had the free will to stop, I quit 'em cold turkey. These days, I look at the rack of books for adults and feel massive boredom. They take themselves too seriously, are way way more wordy than they need to be, and are sorted by machine. If you want a crime drama, you go to the Crime Drama section and pick from 6,500 Crime Dramas with very similar covers and very similar plots. If you want a Murder Mystery Starring a Psychic Dwarf, you go to the Psychic Dwarf Murder Mysteries Section and choose from 7,352 of those. It feels so...cold.
  • Faux Horrific: When discussing From a Buick 8 in Part Two:
    The truth is, not everything Stephen writes is intended to be scary and this is one of his 'others.' It's just dressed up by the publisher to fool you into believing it's the next Shining, at least until you've paid for it.
  • Mind Screw: Peter declares Wezens die je toch nooit zietnote  from Part Four "The Weirdest Book of All Time".
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Peter's disgust in Part Six with the drawing style of some 2004 Cricket comics makes him (and King Leonidas from 300) exclaim, "This! Is! Zoot!"
  • Sincerity Mode: In a part that we won't link to from here, Peter admits that he recently bought a Webcomic Print Collection, but didn't find it funny at all. However, he refuses to refer to the comic or its author by name, to lessen the chances of him getting his feelings hurt.
  • Strictly Formula: From Part Six:
    Through the thousands of books I've now sorted, I've noticed a popular trend among the fiction variety. Most mass paperback novels I've run across have the following things in common: 1) They're part of a series (even though I never find any other book in said "series"); 2) They have a female protagonist; 3) Said female protagonist is a massive Mary Sueinvoked with an attitude who wields weapons, fires off karate kicks, and has every lead male fall for her instantly; 3) They contain supernatural elements, usually garden-variety cliches dressed up by calling them different names. For example, if there are fairies, they won't call them fairies, they'll call them "Fae." At the very least, they'll spell "magic" with a K; 4) They all (without exception, they ALL) have a subtitle like "A Kit Gunwielder Mystery!" or "A Sasha Spunkmeyer Adventure!"
  • Take That!: In Part One, he boasts that he could find a way to make a FernGully: The Last Rainforest book seem marketable in 2010. Cue a crude alteration of the cover to include Avatar characters.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:invoked In Part Two, he mentions how he dislikes fantasy novels because "they often get so bogged down in their own world they forget how to relate to the real one, where I am, trying to understand it." He points out that Worldweavers: Spellspam actually has a good premise (about e-mail spam that has magical powers), but a third of the way through, it gets bogged down in the fantasy tropes that he hates so much.

    "Other People's Cartoons" Area/Worst Comix Ever! 
Peter Paltridge shares his favorite and least favorite comic strips and comic books.

Worst Comix Ever!