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Nerf NOW!! is a gaming webcomic by Jo Pereira. Originally centering on the RED and BLU Teams' endless battle in Team Fortress 2, it later branched out to story arcs taking place in Left 4 Dead, Starcraft, or one-shot comics based on other games. The latter is now the comic's primary focus, featuring metagaming issues from whatever game Jo thinks is most controversial at the time. What sets it apart from its rivals is its art, which is animesque, dangerously cute, and somewhat inappropriate for a scenario involving two factions trying to murder each other, as well as for the fact that the comic is quite capable of telling a story without any dialogue (though more recent arcs have been using more speech bubbles).Recurring characters include the TF2 cast, expanded to include gender-swaps and chibi versions of several characters, the female BLU Engineer Engie-tan who plays and comments on games when off-the-clock and the Author Avatar, which takes the form of a purple tentacle. Be aware that the comic provides generous servings of fanservice occasionally, making it somewhat Not Safe for Work.
Engie underwent a big one. Compare her appearance here, before she began development on her game, to here, a few months later.
Anti-Role Model: When Jo kicks Engie out of the house and tells her to go her own way, she goes to Minette for help. Normally she doesn't like Minette, and that's still the case; Engie went to her for help because she's just an NPC. She was on the ballot when Skullgirls fans voted on new playable characters for the game, but she didn't win. Engie thinks this makes her a total loser, and so she should study Minette to know what ''not'' to do.
The Artifact: The comic does very little with Team Fortress 2 nowadays, but the BLU Engie-tan still remained the female lead, and when she's replaced it's with four other TF2-tans.
Beastmaster sends his hawk pet to spy on some of the girls bathing in the hot springs and asks it to take pictures of "hot chicks". It was probably best to not ask a bird for that, as it takes pictures of the Skywrath Mage. In DOTA 2, the Skywrath Mage is essentially a harpy, who happens to be very beautiful, and male.
Butt Monkey: The Sniper. Back during the Sniper VS Spy Update, there was a string of comics with the Spy being far superior to the Sniper. He then later pissed of a RED Demogirl, and... it ended badly.
In contrast, Sniper-Tan has been exempt from this treatment. As of late, however, she has her own problems to deal with.
Dating Catwoman: The Engie-tans from the opposite teams are pretty much together by now.
Day In The Life: The "Get A Game" strips. Alek, Morgan and Anne-Marie were given money to buy a game for their day's strip. Alek bought one with a free Team Fortress hat, and Morgan got one that was the "Nostalgia Goggles Edition"... while Anne-Marie got her online fanbase to buy the game for her and pocketed the money for herself instead.
The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Jane got upset she didn't get a "Get a Game" strip, but Jo points out her strip would have been a predictable Call of Duty joke, and instead gave her some Character Development as Jane got to show her relationship with Morgan (she razzed Morgan for being a "lefty"). Since that explanation left Jo without time for a proper joke, Jane agreed to do some Cammy cosplay (which also showed she had a rivalry with Morgan in being Ms. Fanservice).
Deep-Immersion Gaming: From kill reports, chat channels, and the fact that they occasionally change classes/games, the two teams are obviously in a video game, though their players are never shown.
Demoted to Extra: Engie-tan, rather jarringly. Her role on the comic has since been taken over by four new "sidekick girls". Word of God seems to suggest this was the result of wanting to use original characters, rather than ones based off someone else's work and/or copyrighted material. Several other once-prominent characters (like most of the TF 2 characters) have similarly faded into the background, or, in some cases, disappeared altogether.
Dynamic Difficulty: Just as BLU Engie was about to kill a boss in Diablo III, RED Engie joins her game, causing the dynamic difficulty to kick in, boosting the almost dead boss enough to squash BLU like a bug.
Engrish: The creator is Brazilian and English is not his first language. This comes across occasionally.
Et Tu, Brute?: Morgan takes Jane to court for libel and slander over the Steam tags, and Alek looks like she's going to act as defense. However, Alek is also pissed off at Jane for hinting that Alek's breasts weren't real, and sides with the prosecution instead of defending Jane.
Exact Words: Riot Games received complaints that all of the females in League of Legends were "barely clothed bimboes with big boobies". The artist's response is to create Jinx, a barely clothed bimbo who is as flat as a board.
This comic shows how Gameplay and Story Integration, works against World of Warcraft. With the Horde engaged in civil war, Engie tries to convince King Varian that now is the perfect time to pick off the Horde races from the sidelines, starting with the Forsaken. But because the gameplay dictates there must be a Horde, Varian goes with an Enemy Mine situation to help one half of the Horde fight the other, and gives no reason why.
The Glomp: Done by Mini-Medic to Heavy here. Extra cute given that she's about 1/4 his size.
Glory Days: Azwraith was a top carry in DOTA 2, but has since been relegated to "pub tier"note "Public Tier" means characters that are easy to use and give good results, so they are favored by average players in public games. Competitive players want the most powerful characters and are willing to learn difficult mechanics and overcome weaknesses, to they lean towards Difficult but Awesome characters., passed over for Slithice.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Blue Engie-Tan in the Rainy Day arc. She declares a truce with the red team and invites them into a warehouse just so she'll have someone to play Dungeons and Dragons with.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Anne-Marie is obsessed with getting money by any means necessary, whether it's through fanservice or straight-up cons. At least some of which goes to Engie to keep her fed and healthy while she works on her game.
The Jinx: When Jo asks the Engies what their favorite DOTA teams are, he reveals that every team he roots for seems to disband shortly after. He then wants to root for a team that is not doomed to fail, and the girls try to get him to support each others team.
More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Zerglings and Drones have a tendency to revert to this when they start chewing on something. Notable in that they still manage to keep up their Moe aspects in the process.
Not What It Looks Like: Jo spills some ink on the floor and the Lusty Argonian Maid slips on it, falling on him; Engie comes in and it looks like the two are making out. The maid says this, but Engie sees the ink on the floor and deduces what really happened. Jo would rather people think they were making out, and tells Engie that's not what happened.
Panty Shot: Oh so many. One of the engies wears coveralls that dip below her hips, basically leaving her underwear permanently on display. Which still left her less exposed than the Zerg Overlord-tan, who had nothing covering her undergarments.
Parody of Evolution: This strip depicts an Engineer hunched over a turret, a somewhat short Pyro, a normal-size Soldier, and a Spy with a visible paper mask.
Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: Started out as a series of story-line based dramedies before evolving into one-off comedy strips. Jo still does story arcs, but they tend to be much shorter and continuity has become harder to come by.
Mostly because, as the most recent (and, as it happened, "last") arc proved, viewers prefer the stand-alone strips.
Slippery Slope Fallacy: In the early days of World of Warcraft, Blizzard changed the lore to allow female Night Elf druids, and one of the developers was worried that if they start messing around with the lore, where will they end up? 7 years later, Gnomes can be warriors, and there are Alliance shaman and Horde paladins.
That One Player: Engie (in comic) and Jo (in real life) have low-level alts in Diablo III so they can play with friends who aren't as far in the game as them. Unfortunately, being big fans of Diablo, they often play with their alts and outlevel their friends, defeating the whole purpose.
So is Jane, but she does it deliberately to annoy Morgan.
Throw the Dog a Bone: Crystal Maiden in "Good Day #4". Normally CM is a Crutch Character whose job is to weaken enemies so that her allies can rack up kills and earn gold and XP. When her allies head off with their gains to buy upgrades, she's left alone to defend a tower which get assaulted by some nearly dead creeps, letting her grab a few quick kills of her own.
We Win Because You Didn't: Jane's bet against Morgan was based on whether Morgan would win or lose, then Jane challenged her to a 4-player game, even if Morgan beats Jane, she'd still have to beat Alek and Marie to win. The game Jane challenged her to is DEFCON, where it'd be easy for Jane to suicide herself to kill Morgan and make her lose.
Worth It: Jane is getting into the habit of taunting Jo, and learns nothing from the punishment, usually claiming this.
Jo is mad that Facebook bought Oculus as he was interested in the Oculus Rift, but doesn't like Facebook and is worried what they'll do to the project. Jane taunts him about it, and says it was worth it despite Jo's murderous response.