Trivia / Penny Arcade

  • Accidentally Correct Writing: It's probably not intentional and just coincidence, since the implications of the gift aren't mentioned, but the December 16, 2013 comic has Mary, the mother of Jesus, saying, "Who gives a baby myrrh?" Myrrh was used as an embalming ointment... as in for the dead. It would be like giving a coffin at a baby shower. To make a long story short, the myrrh was symbolic, which if you know what it's symbolizing doesn't make it any less disturbing.
  • Ascended Fanon: Tycho and Gabe were not originally intended as Author Avatars, but when fans assumed such was the cause, Jerry and Mike decided to roll with it. Even then, the characters are mostly distinct from the creative team's.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Gabe was overjoyed when Nintendo hired them to produce a comic to promote The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, despite his schedule being full.
  • The Cameo: Adventure Time's Finn and Jake appear on a poster in one strip. Derpy Hooves, from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic appears in a few convention request strips.
  • Colbert Bump: Any website that Tycho links to in his blogpost that isn't used to getting several thousand pings will be crashed by the massive influx of people who read Penny Arcade. In the words of the bard himself:
    Putting up a link is actually considered a hostile act by some comics. The bandwidth drain our readership - well, you, I guess - can place on a site is almost indistinguishable (at first) from a Denial Of Service attack.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Tycho's claim that Mega Man X was the tenth game in the series.
  • Determinator: In a genre prone to Schedule Slip, Penny Arcade stands out as one of the few webcomics out there that updates on a very consistent basis even when Reality Ensues at the expense of Gabe whether it's swine flu (in which PA reached out for guest strips while Gabe recovered) or badly cutting his thumb.
  • Development Hell: Episode 3 of Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness was seemingly in this inferno, until the creators said the video game series was over and the storyline would continue as a novel.
    • Episode 3 has now been Saved from Development Hell. It has been picked up by the creators of Cthulhu Saves the World, and is taking on the form of a 16-bit RPG. It was a Summer 2012 release for Steam, Xbox Live Indie Games, and mobile devices, and episode 4 was also developed.
  • Fingore: Mike once cut his thumb clear to the bone without even realizing, something he wrote into the comic. In the accompanying strip, Tycho was less than concerned.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners/True Companions: Jerry once described Mike in a news post as: "He's not my friend. He's more like my arm".
  • Schedule Slip: Relentlessly avoided. Things that would cause multiple-week delays for other comics cause single-day delays for PA. It took Gabe getting the swine flu to force them to reach out for guest strips. They have missed exactly one strip in all their years online, that was the day after 9/11, and even then they put up a placeholder image telling readers what was up.
  • Spin-Off: They attempted to make a Jim Darkmagic comic arc, which seemed to involve him and his stage performances going horribly wrong. It was however, voted down. Probably due to the fact that "That wasn't Jim Darkmagic! Jim Darkmagic only ever rolls natural 20s! He's seven feet tall with red hair and eyes like the sun!"
    • Also due to the fact that, as great as the Jim Darkmagic's (of the New Hampshire Darkmagics) strip was, the even more amazing alternatives — Automata and Lookouts — crushed it in in the voting, with Lookouts winning by a small margin (all three concepts are going to be revisited anyway, they just wanted to know what order readers would like).
    • They've since presented another round of potential spinoffs like Sand and Queen of Bells. One, The New Kid, has already been optioned for a movie.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Twisp and Catsby, which Gabe and Tycho intended to be so horrible that nobody would enjoy it. They became immensely popular instead, much to the creators' disbelief, and remain a favorite when they want to do something surrealistic.
    • One of the appearances of the Victorian duo was a children's book written for one of their kids, in fact.
  • Technology Marches On: Inevitable considering how long the strip has run. Some ideas are reinvented to suit new mores - the Fruit Fucker 5000 was originally a parody of the rambling cable-TV gadget advertisements popular in The '90s, but has since moved on to parody Apple's range of iProducts.
  • What Could Have Been: Olympus, an actual dream of both of them, is an arcade utopia which will never come to fruition because neither Gabe or Tycho have millions and millions of dollars.
    Gabe: Imagine it's like a really classy Dave and Busters, like with dark hardwood bars, glass rooms full of high-end audio and video equipment... Khoo said not yet.
    Tycho: He said we didn't have a million dollars.
    • Both Jerry and Mike have said that without Robert Khoo, their business manager, they would have sold themselves into slavery for what, at the time, would have seemed like a really good idea. For example: their book rights.
  • Write Who You Know

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