Casey and Andy
is a completed webcomic by Andy Weir, about a pair of Mad Scientists
and their wacky hijinx as they deal with their girlfriends, try to Take Over the World
, and kill each other, (Repeatedly
), play RPGs, annoy next door neighbour Jenn, test-drive their inventions and do battle with Andy's nemesis, Grover Cleveland. Bob was there, too
The characters of Casey and Andy are based on Weir and his best friend Casey. The other characters are named after Andy Weir's friends, including his cat, Cujo.
It can be found right here
. It was on Series Hiatus
for 19 months between comics 644 and 645
, before Andy finally went back to conclude the final story arc and the strip.
See also Cheshire Crossing
, an uncompleted second webcomic by Weir, and The Martian
, his debut novel, published to great success in 2014.
Includes examples of:
- The Ace: Quantum Cop, who starts out knowing everything except bovine dentistry. A strangely high number of his solutions to quantum mechanics problems involve hitting people with sticks.
- All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles: Comes up in a guest strip when someone leaves the "Porn-O-Mat" in "Japan mode."
- All There in the Manual: Jenn's occupation was "international jewel thief", first revealed if you bought David Morgan-Mar's C&A GURPS module.
- Art Evolution: No huge shifts, more the difference between two close tones of grey: First strip, next-to-last strip.
- Ascended Extra: Jenn was introduced as a throwaway character, but — likely owning to the fact that she was a (relatively) normal person among weirdoes — she quickly gained prominence and ended up as one of the comic's main characters, with most of the storylines either revolving around or heavily involving her.
- All Men Are Perverts: Yep. But as is frequently shown, All Women Are Lustful as well.
- But He Sounds Handsome: "I do not know this brilliant and handsome Lord Milligan you speak of. I am Lord 'Smith.'"
- Butt Monkey: The clearest example is Jenn. Both Casey and Andy have their moments of this too, Andy especially.
- Can Not Tell A Lie: Quantum Cop can't lie. He eventually gains the ability in the final arc as Character Development.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Lord Milligan. He goes out of his way to make sure that most, if not all, of the tropes of classic villainy occur come hell or high water.
- Cats Are Mean: And Cujo is a bastard even by cat standards.
- Cerebus Retcon: Conspicuously averted; the creator is very insistent on not giving an explanation for how the titular characters keep on dying and coming back to life.
- Cheated Angle: One strip mentions that the cartoonist had to move the cat around slightly between frames because otherwise it wouldn't be visible from certain angles.
- Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: This strip embraces the trope.
- Chekhov's Gun: The Casey vaporiso-annihilatomat reappears after 168 strips, and the nineteenth century white house teleport-o-mat reappeared more than 350 strips after it was first shown!
- Cloudcuckoolander: Andy. Casey, by contrast, is more of a Wonka.
- Confusing Multiple Negatives: Casey tries to get the King of Sweden to leave his couch this way. It doesn't work.
- Contractual Genre Blindness: Lord Milligan is an Evil Overlord, with many expected tropes taken to extreme.
- Contractual Immortality: Casey and Andy are "mad scientist roommates who periodically die." They get better.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: The Quantum Crook uses Milligan's flaws to his advantage.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most of the characters have traces of this, but the clearest and most consistent examples are Casey and Jenn.
- Death Is Cheap: Casey and Andy die in strip #1. And then repeatedly afterwards.
- Deus Exit Machina: Weir had to write Satan out of some of the arcs or somehow occupy her so that she didn't use her demonic powers to bail Casey and Andy out when they got in a jam.
- Distaff Counterpart: Andy in every alternate universe.
- Early Installment Weirdness: This rejection letter from God to Satan does not really work with their "loving father/daughter" relationship as presented later in the strip.
- Enemy Mime: The Mime Assassin is a walking trope.
- Evil Chancellor: Evil Grand Vizier Milligawain, from the Mountain of Mages arc. Except he's really not bad; Court Wizard Kasor is the real villain.
- Evil Feels Good: One of the perks with dating Satan
- Evil Is Cool: Referenced in-universe by (who else?!) Satan here.
- Evil Twin: Quantum Cop and Quantum Crook.
- Fanservice: Once in a while Weir would take a break from the regular comic to make sexy, somewhat more realistic "cheesecake" pictures of Satan or Mary.
- Fetish: It's more or less stated during the final arc that Quantum Cop's turned on by Jen's thieving. Kinda puts his job in a new perspective, doesn't it?
- For Inconvenience, Press "1": This strip.
- Frame Break: Here!.
- Geeky Turn-On
- Genius Ditz: "Brains that run so fast they short-circuit themselves" is a pretty apt description of the titular characters.
- Girl Scouts Are Evil: Don't ever mess with Don Cindy.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Somewhat of a drawback with dating Satan
- Grover Cleveland: Andy's arch-nemesis.
- Horny Devils: Lampshaded
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Trope Namer.
- It Runs on Nonsensoleum: many of their random inventions, in varying degrees work on nonsense physics or just because.
- Kid from the Future: J. J., Jenn's daughter (who is born in the last strip, but comes back from the future on a couple of occasions to Set Right What Once Went Wrong).
- Mad Scientist: Both Casey and Andy.
- Medium Awareness: the comic panel borders are the edges of the space-time continuum in this strip.
- Mirror Universe: Accessed by accident, and the origin of the Quantum Crook.
- Ms. Fanservice: Satan
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: "No! Wait! My inventions must not be used for peace!"
- Not a Morning Person: In one strip, Satan is literally a monster until she gets her cup of coffee.
- Not So Above It All: Jenn, though the Only Sane Woman of the strip, discovers to her frustration that she can't relate to actual normal people because her life is too weird, and that the boys have really been rubbing off on her.
- Number of the Beast: The comic ended with strip number 666.
- Oh, Crap: Satan's #2, Azrael, tries to supplant her by absorbing all her evil, thinking it will make her disappear. Instead, he turns her into the Archangel Lucifer, who proceeds to kick his ass.
- The Omnipresent: Bob, who has the ability to "be there, too". Meaning that any sentence can be affixed with "Bob was there, too." In essence Bob is (or at least, can be) everywhere.
- Only Sane Woman: Mary in the earlier strips, Jenn after her introduction. Though both of them have their own quirks.
- Out of Focus: Casey and Andy in a couple of the story arcs — most notably the final one, when Jenn, J. J. and Quantum Cop are the clear protagonists and the titular characters are mainly there as comic relief.
- Overprotective Dad: God...
- Parody Sue: Rob Petrone.
- Perverse Sexual Lust: Andy, towards Frances Cleveland.
- Planet Eater: Can you blame it for starting small?
- Running Gag: lots.
- Satan Is Good: Or at very least, really adorable.
- Scry vs. Scry: Quantum Cop and Quantum Crook pitting their wits
- Seven Deadly Sins: To Mary's astonishment, Casey manages to go through all seven of them in just one strip.
- She Is All Grown Up: An amusing example when Casey fails to recognize Don Cindy the evil Girl Scout.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Mary to Andy. Made worse by the fact that they live in the same house.
- Stalker with a Crush: Jenn to Quantum Cop.
- Standard Female Grab Area: Being a traditional dark lord has its benefits
- The Stoic: Quantum Cop. Most of the time.
- Story-Breaker Power: Satan, obviously. Every ongoing story arc needed some reason she couldn't or wouldn't solve the problem with a quick handwave.
- Take That: An advertisement for Hell includes the real-life phone number for the Republican National Committee.
- Teach Him Anger
- Theme Tune Roll Call: The C&A Cast Song, written by Andy Weir himself, and performed by the band Moosebutter.
- Thing-O-Matic - All of their inventions are named this way (with one exception). At one point, someone asks them to "build a machine to track time trails", which they say makes no sense, but then are immediately able to once she rephrases the request as "build a time-trail-track-o-mat".
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
- This Is Gonna Suck: "This has 'bad day' written all over it."
- Too Dumb to Live: As mentioned above, Casey and Andy manage to get themselves killed or kill each other in a lot of very creative, effective ways. A submarine that uses a chimney for air supply? Come on.
- The best part was the Reaper himself coming in on a little motorboat pretty much face palming that even for them it was incredibly stupid.
- Fatalball, anyone? The GURPS supplement makes a large point out of the fact that Casey and Andy hold all the records, including the one for Only People Stupid Enough To Play.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Our heroes have been tied up by the bad guy. Satan obviously could break free from her bonds and free them—but she really likes being tied up.
- Unexplained Recovery: Casey and Andy are "mad scientist roommates who periodically die." They always get better, sometimes immediately.
- Unsound Effect: Silence
- Weirdness Magnet: Jenn has an "abnormal probability curve".
- Writer on Board: Some of the strips are this with the author using the characters to tell the audience of his point of view.
- The Wonka: Casey, contrasting and complementing Cloudcuckoolander Andy.
- X Days Since: X seconds since...
- You! Exclamation: The final story arc kicked off with one of these and a Schmakk!! to the head.
Bob was there, too.