Webcomic: The Adventures of Dr. McNinja

The Doctor himself explains the premise.

Dr. McNinja: Could this boy's youthful innocence and exuberance be what I need to keep my dark and troubled soul in check?
Dr. McNinja's Inner Voice: (You're not a dark and troubled soul. You're a doctor who wants to be Batman.)

The Adventures of Dr. McNinja (alternate title: Crazy Awesome: The Webcomic) is an action-comedy webcomic by Chris Hastings and Anthony "Nedroid" Clarknote , and the love child of the Rule of Cool and the Rule of Funny.

The story unofficially note  begins with the eponymous omnidisciplinary doctor, who is also a ninja, discovering that the McBonald's restaurant chainnote  has created a burger bearing his name (marketed based on the burgers giving people "silent but deadly" farts). Naturally, he solves this copyright infringement by battling Donald McBonald himself.

The next arc, "Meet The Doctor And His Friendly Staff" introduces Dr. McNinja's gorilla receptionist, as the two of them race against time to save a patient with Paul Bunyan's Disease (an illness which turns children into giant lumberjacks).

"So What IS A McNinja?'' introduces the Doctor's family, who are very disappointed with him for not becoming a professional ninja. The McNinjas' origins are revealed, and of course there are pirates.

The next morning, the Doctor finds a raptor in his office ("There is a Raptor in My Office"). This turns out to be the tip of the iceberg, said iceberg being a conspiracy involving paleontologists-turned-banditos, organic jetpacks, MySpace and Fox News ChannelNewsCorp. At least the Doctor gets a sidekick out of the deal: a gunslinging, mustachioed 12-year-old named Gordito.

"D.A.R.E. To Resist Ninja Drugs and Ninja Violence" begins with McNinja facing a hard choice: Will he help his father defeat 80's action movie star Frans Rayner and his army of drug-enhanced ninja mooks? Or will he help the clone of Benjamin Franklin create a medicine to cure death?

...And everything after that point simply must be seen to be believed.

What's interesting about the comic is Hastings' sheer commitment to the utter weirdness. Every bizarre twist gets a completely straight reaction from the cast, and can have repercussions that stretch over multiple chapters. The overall effect is like a geodesic dome of absurdity, where every time the authors throw in a killer weatherman or cyborg bears or zombie Ben Franklin re-enacting the "Thriller" music video with situationally-appropriate lyrics, the plot becomes that much more believable. In the words of Chris Hastings, "Dr. McNinja lives in a world that operates like a Mortal Kombat stage" (but Cumberland, Maryland is a real place), so if you're a stickler for scientific and historical plausibility and blow a gasket whenever you see Hollywood Physics, please stay far away from this webcomic.

And just to prove the series hasn't hit the peak of absurdly awesome yet, in Summer of 2010, Doctor McNinja took part in a crossover with Axe Cop. In addition, on November 7, 2011, the doctor faced down with Saxton Hale. He lost, but the very idea of such a fight was awesome.

On August 3rd, 2015, Chris Hastings announced that the current storyline would be the last. However, he reassures us that the final page won't be coming for some time yet.

If you are looking for the trope named for the webcomic, see McNinja.


  • Above Good and Evil: What Mitzi believes the ideal ninja should be.
  • Acceptable Targets: Diabetics, in-universe, as far as the doctor is concerned. They're always whining.
  • Achilles' Heel: or, more specifically, Achilles' Right Butt Cheek Frans Rayner has one; and he has the ability to relocate it. note  What makes Dr McNinja particularly threatening to him is his ability to identify its location. In the "Army Of One" story, it was revealed that Rayner relocated his vulnerable spot to his leg before it was amputated, so he doesn't have one anymore. But his new laser eye tires him out with just one shot; what with no visible power supply, it burns a lot of calories.
  • Action Mom: Mitzi, a rare example who is entirely willing to sacrifice her children if necessary, although in the specific example in question it was to save him from a Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Affably Evil: Dracula.
    • King Radical could count as well. Sure, the guy's a crime boss, but he's so cool most normal people don't even mind.
  • The Ahnold: Frans Rayner, although his backstory actually hews closer to The Jean-Claude Van Damme or The Chuck Norris. Geographically, he'd be more like the Dolph Lundgren. Doctor McNinja himself (minus the accent) in the "Army Of One" story arc.
  • All Myths Are True: And will show up in certain arcs if they get so much as a passing mention.
  • Alt Text: Musings on the story, a pithy phrase, the punchline to the strip or even little stories are all stuck in here. It can generally be assumed that even if the strip itself does not contain a joke, the Alt Text will. Chris will also bitch about how hard pirate hats are to draw whenever there are pirates, because perspective is difficult with their odd shape. He hates trees too.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted. It's strongly implied that Doc is secretly a virgin. Twice judging from the definition of "maidens".
  • And I Must Scream: The Mummy curse. Your body slowly and gradually turns to dust. Doc says all your molecules are still alive and sentient, so the cursed one would live eternally, but without body speak of, and his/her consciousness spread all over the world.
    • Sparklelord's fate is to be eternally trapped in a Stable Time Loop, repeating the same events for all time.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: "Doctor McNinja's Final Thoughts" at the end of every chapter. Spoofed all to hell, as you may have guessed.
  • Animal Wrongs Group: Gordito's father was assassinated by PETA. To be fair, his closing act was pretty brutal.
  • Anticlimax: Discussed in the Alt Text fairly frequently. Here's an example. Here's another.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: After Dr. McNinja fakes his death, King Radical muses that he was one of the few radical things about Cumberland.
  • Anti-Hero: Doctor McNinja's a hero, no doubt about it, but he's kinda vicious about his methods. The unicorn motorcycle, Sparklelord, advanced those tendencies into outright villainy.
    • A good chunk of this ends up coming from his unhealthy obsession with taking down King Radical until Radical is finally beaten. His friends, especially Gordito, easily notice this, and after the Sparklelord incident, Gordito actively starts shunting Doc back on the right track whenever his obsession gets to him.
  • Anti-Villain: King Radical. Sure he's the head of a nefarious crime ring and he's definitely hiding something but all of his actions benefit the community, and he seems to be in it primarily for the fun of it. He's later revealed to be working on an actual Evil Plan, but even that has a bit of moral greyness in it, as in saving something at the expense of something else.
  • Apocalypse How: Class 4 or 5 in the fourth time line. Played for Laughs.
  • Archnemesis:
    • Amusingly, the "Birdosaurus" has become this for the Doc.
      Doctor McNinja: I hate you. I hate you so much. I will hunt you down forever. When you die, my laughter will be so bright, it will be the last thing you will hear, see, smell and feel.
    • He finally kills one at the start of "Paleontologists, Politicians, and Prologue".
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Sean calling Gordito out here
    • Sparklelord is described as a combination of "Genghis Khan, Adolf Hitler, atomic bombs and Seabiscuit."
  • Art Evolution: The comic has evolved from black and white to computer-shaded black and white to color. It has also gone through several colorists, and each change was noted in the Alt Text.
  • Artifact of Doom:
    • The much-mentioned motorcycle, which was actually a crazed unicorn warlord with mind-control powers. Can't forget the mind-control powers.
    • World-ending Mayan tennis machine, anyone? Averted.
  • Artistic License – Law:
    • When the Vice President admitted to an assassination attempt on President Funkhouser because he wanted to be president she says he's going to be exiled for treason. To be found guilty of treason he'd have to either levy war against the U.S. or give aid and comfort to enemies of the U.S. Additionally they'd need two witnesses to an overt act or for him to confess in an open court. Dangling from the fist of a Humongous Mecha probably doesn't count as open court. Regardless, Funkhouser bypasses this particular problem by throwing him into space.
    • She immediately charges headfirst into another example as she decides to appoint a new vice-president. Should the vice-president become unable to perform his duties, as by being thrown into space, the Speaker of the House of Representatives would succeed him.
  • Artistic License – Military: Lampshaded when absolutely no attempt is made to accurately depict a submarine's operations.
    Submarine Captain: Do all that stuff we have to do to shoot at him and then FIRE TORPEDOES!
  • Artistic License – Paleontology: Various dinosaurs appear on the scene. No attempt is made to make them faithful depictions of real dinosaur species. Alt Text reinforces MST3K Mantra to the fullest.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Bearclaw in the main webcomic, and Beeman in the back-up story for the third print volume.
    • Archibald, King of the Hobos, originally a character conceived for a t-shirt, became an in-universe character and mayor of Cumberland.
  • Asshole Victim: Something of a running gag thus far is invoking this trope in an increasingly forced or unlikely way, after the good doctor becomes responsible for their death somehow.
    • Invoked by King Radical who has surrounded himself with an army of jerks because he intends to kill them and replace them with citizens of the Radical Lands.
  • As the Good Book Says: "Physician, heal thyself!"
  • As You Know: "Oh. Thanks for catching us all up on that. We all knew it. But thanks."
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Persons who contract Paul Bunyan's Disease turn into fifty-foot-tall lumberjacks. The disease is weaponized in "Futures Trading".
  • Author Avatar: Ron Wizard, Hasting's City of Heroes character, is King Radical's court magician.
  • Awesome but Impractical: Frans Rayner has a bionic laser eye, which is incredibly lethal. Unfortunately it lacks an external power source, and so burns his own calorie reserves for fuel. Even one shot is enough to render him unable to fight.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Did you not read the title?
  • Awesomeness Is a Force: In "A Cumberland Ninja in King Radical's Court", Doc discovers that King Radical is attempting to channel the power of, well, "radicalness", to open the portal to Radical Land. The more "rad stuff" King Rad does, the stronger the portal becomes. This is in part being used as a means of seemingly killing the lamest people in Cumberland, the creeps serving under King Radical and using them as gates for the people of the Radical Land.
  • A Wizard Did It: What the Alt Text to the July 1st, 2011 news entry/fill-in comic implies.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Back from the Dead: Ben Franklin, via cloning; the Doc himself, via invoking Only a Flesh Wound; Frans Rayner, thanks to Never Found the Body.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Invoked as the only way to counter Frans Rayner's Inverse Ninja Law advantage during the Army of One arc.
  • Badass Bandolier: Ron sports two of these. Their only use seems to be to look awesome. That is sufficient.
  • Badass Boast: Doctor McLuchador woke up a giant crab monster from hibernation, and needed to put it back to sleep with a "large concussive blast". Unfortunately, it destroyed the tank and helicopter he had prepared to do that. So what next?
    McLuchador: I'm going to punch you very hard.
  • Badass Bookworm: How can a ninja doctor not be one? His brother Sean is also one of these, though he's still hiding it from his parents.
  • Badass Beard: Double Subverted by Frans Rayner, whose neckbeard caused everyone to laugh at him, but is capable of blocking attacks from ninjas.
  • Badass Creed: Gordito borrows Roland's from The Dark Tower, impressing Dan - but not Sean, who's also read the books (though he refuses to admit it).
  • Badass Labcoat: As worn by the good Doctor.
  • Badass Moustache: Both Dan McNinja and Gordito. Dan's 'stache is always visible through his ninja mask (it has a hole especially for the mustache). This is important, because the Badass Moustache is, in fact, the outward expression of tremendous badassery and commands instant respect. This is why Dan was made the leader of the group and Rayner was sent away humiliated. Despite years of study and experimentation, Dan still doesn't have a concrete idea as to exactly why or how this works.
    • Also, while Dan just sort of gets his via the power of being a McNinja, Gordito grows his through SHEER FORCE OF WILL. Fuck yeah. And he's still early into his puberty, lest we forget.
    • The Ultimate Diplomat has one, which is impressive, considering he's a dinosaur.
    • Can't leave out Ron Wizard who has a mustache large enough to put even Gordito to shame.
  • Badass Pacifist: The Ultimate Diplomat, who makes hardened warriors and ninjas throw down their weapons with a single sentence.
  • Bad Dreams: In the "zombie ninjas" and "Doc Gets Rad" arcs.
  • Bad Future: The world's ruled by dinosaurs, humans get hunted for fun, and food for humans is definitely not made out of dead humans
    • There have been multiple Bad Futures, all averted thanks to Chuck Goodrich travelling back in time. Other ones include a Zombie Apocalypse caused by Ben Franklin's eternal life serum, and a Robot Uprising of vacuum cleaners. However, every time Chuck prevents one of these, it just shunts us into a new timeline where a different Bad Future will occur, and a different Chuck will come back to stop it.
  • Batman Cold Open: Monster Mart begins with Doc and Gordito battling another giant lumberjack, this time with a giant blue ox. The book-only story Beyond Winter Wonderdome begins with Dr. McNinja battling fish-man Elvis impersonators.
  • Battle Couple and Badass Family: Dan and Mitzi; the McNinja family as a whole. Probably includes Gordito, who's basically Dr. McNinja's adopted kid at this point. And maybe Judy and Yoshi, which means that this Badass Family includes a deinonychus velociraptor, a gorilla receptionist, and a Mexican kid with a mustache and guns. Meaning the ninjas are the normal part of the family.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Doc gets dragged into one during his fight with the third NASAghast.
  • Beard of Evil: Victor, along with being Obviously Evil.
  • Benevolent Architecture: Lampshaded here.
  • Berserk Button: It's generally not the best idea to threaten the friends of an expy of The Hulk.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When the dolphins finally get you to land, don't stick around to thank them. (Of course, that's because they're getting revenge for this.)
  • Beware the Silly Ones: While King Radical's intentions have always been somewhat questionable, there was at least some whacky element to them. Then he blows up Congress.
  • Big Bad: One each arc. The Big Bads seen so far and the story arc they first appeared in: Donald McBonald (Issue One Half), Pirates (So what IS a McNinja?), the Jet Pack Man (There is a Raptor in My Office), Frans Rayner (D.A.R.E To Resist Ninja Drugs and Ninja Violence Parts 1 and 2), Dracula and the Ghost Wizard (Punch Dracula), Robster (Monster Mart), Sparklelord (Doc Gets Rad), the President of the Human/Dinosaur Alliance (Futures Trading), King Radical again (A Cumberland Ninja in King Radical's Court).
  • Big Damn Heroes: Archibald's Mummy pulls one in "All The King's Dirtbikes and All The King's Men".
  • Big Entrance: Dr. McNinja makes a pretty good entrance here, mainly as a Shout-Out to Batman.
  • Bilingual Bonus: On this page, the first three lines of runes can be translated to "This sphinx will shoot fucking laser eyes if you". The rest of the sentence and text is covered up, though the next part might be "donat [sic] answer the question right," whereas the rest looks like nonsense.note 
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: A Meta example. The comic tends to celebrate its anniversaries by inflicting some misfortune on the Doctor. The End: Part 1 finally subverts this by bailing him out of a nasty predicament instead.
  • Bland-Name Product: McBonald's angers Doc by selling the McNinja burger and are at it again when everyone believes the good Doctor to be dead.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The epic battle at the end of Army Of One. Due to there being many, many identical combatants, all of them being Dr. McNinja clones, it isn't necessary to keep them all alive and in one piece for the story to continue.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Gordito fails his skill check.
  • Blood Knight: Dan McNinja would even kill the little boy giant lumberjack and turn his body into a roof. Doc increasingly shows hints of being as Ax-Crazy as him but occasionally feels bad about it.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Citizens of the Radical Empire aren't concerned with our concepts of "Good" and "Evil". They just care about how cool something is. Invading a forest and twisting the forest creatures to fit their ideals of what's cool? Neat! Attacking the military with a ghost powered Humongous Mecha built from the city, killing huge numbers of people in the process? Totally awesome!
  • Body Horror:
  • A Boy And His Raptor: Gordito and Yoshi. If the reference here isn't obvious enough, Gordito actually does the Mario and Yoshi double jump at one point.
  • Brain Drain: King Radical and his Mafia prevent the brain drain from occuring in Cumberland, MD, by encouraging high school and college graduates to stay in the area. Very strongly encouraging.
  • Breaking and Bloodsucking: "Why a Gorilla" begins with a vampire, in mist form, entering the bedroom of a sleeping blonde woman. It turns out it's Doc in a wig, who promptly stakes the vampire and kicks the him out the window.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: "Dr. McNinja's Final Thoughts," in which he often delivers An Aesop a Spoof Aesop on the events of the previous chapter.
  • Breather Episode: "Judy Gets a Kitten." Subverted. Then double subverted, so everything's okay.
  • Brick Joke: The "Birdosaurus" that the Doctor off-handedly punched keeps coming back at the most inconvenient times. It's getting close to being a Running Gag.
    • Acknowledged by the Doc himself, here
    • The throwaway one-liner about Peg Faces comes back in the background of a frame a few issues later.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Martin Monster threatening a mobster with "psychic powers" while activating some Red Eyes, Take Warning results in this.
  • Bullet Catch: Rocket-propelled grenade catch, actually.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Doc. The man is a great doctor, but he'll wear a ninja mask the whole time he's treating you. As an aside, he has even "disguised" himself as another doctor with the mask still on. The administrators of the hospital in question have gotten tired of this routine.
  • Call Back: In one comic, a demon kills half of Gordito's classmates, their heads exploding as the result of a spell they were being used as Human Sacrifices for. The Alt Text says "Don't worry, all their heads grow back in the next story. (Honest!)". Sure enough, In All the King's Dirtbikes and All the King's Men, Gordito says that his classmates' heads have been growing back funny.
    • In "The End", Doc receives a call from his lawyer, Brad, who last appeared on the 4th page of the 0th issue, almost a decade prior.
  • Calling Me a Logarithm: Narcomancy, which isn't really a word, no.
  • Captain Ersatz:
    • Parodied mercilessly with Beeman in-universe.
    • Dr. McLuchador. Somewhat justified as he is actually McNinja in disguise, and the real McLuchador died a while ago. Somewhat less justified in that this meant there really was still a Doctor McLuchador.
  • Car Fu: As well as Bike Fu.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: "There is a raptor in my office."
  • Catch a Falling Star: Lampshaded here: "Thank you for saving me, Superman.". Played straight here, though.
  • The Cavalry: Several in "Futures Trading." First, the Nasaghast returns, and saves Chuck from certain death at the hands (er, claws) of a raptor. Then, a few pages later, who comes in to bust the Doctor and Sean out of a tight spot? Yoshi! Then, at the climax, Dracula and his moon laser.
  • Chainsaw Good. Chainsaw nunchuck, even better.
  • Chandler's Law: Problem: you have a whole family of ninja performing a rescue, but pirates aren't much of a challenge, and you can't send the ninja in because they're already there. Solution: send in the UBER-ninja.
  • Characteristic Trope: Rule of Cool / Serial Escalation
  • Charm Point: Moustaches are Serious Business.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: The organic muscle jetpack. And to a lesser degree, almost everything the Doctor does, ever.
    • Frans Rayner, whose perfect body control allows him to move around weak points in his body and survive a fall onto rocks from lethal heights by rerouting vital organs out of the way.
    • Also, Bruce Lee, who jumped to the Moon.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Too many to count, but this deserves special mention. (Don't spoil it if you haven't already read up to there - it's the sort of joke that takes years to mature.)
    • Eventually becomes something of a boomerang brick.
    • There's also an arc-long example in There Is A Raptor In My Office. "But I have diabeeeeeteeees."
    • In the Alt Text here, Chris mentions that he was disappointed with King Radical's entrance, and decides to have skateboarding trumpeters announce his presence next time. They do.
    • Dan McNinja boasts that he absorbed the poison from his wife's picked beets so that he'll later be able to shoot it from his eyes, "Like a toad." He does just that later on.
    • King Radical saying he was going to use a special warhead to blow up an orphanage. He was, just not with the kids inside because he was having a new one built on the old site. (The warhead is a special, non-atomic version which blows stuff up without the messy elements of radiation and half-life; instead, it gives beards to the people who behold the explosion).
    • There's a double at the end of "Revenge of the Hundred Dead Ninja". One is an in-story reference when he catches the baby launched by the anti-zombie system, the other in the alt text calls back to "There Is A Raptor In My Office".
    • In the alt text of this page it alludes to making Doc's brother the protagonist once Doc is dead. Cut to "Futures Trading", where Doc is thought to be dead...
    • A character invented as an alternate explanation of something McNinja said in the alt text here and here becomes something real here.
    • We have Mikey, cured by Doc, but forever unable to grow a beard. 6 years worth of webcomics later, we visit Mikey again in the dinosaur infested future, where we see Mikey get dumped once again.
    • In the Alt Text of this page, Hastings comments "I think I'll have [the birdosaurus] stalk Doc forever now." Sure enough, four books later...
    • Dark Smoke Puncher hides all sorts of rocket launchers in his truck. Hee hee! On a related note, if it did explode, how awesome would it be?
  • Chekhov's Gun: Very frequent. If, early on in an arc, an ability is explained or an obstacle brought up that forces the protagonists to take a different route to solving their problems, you can bet the ability will be required and the obstacle will have to be dealt with in spite of all efforts to the contrary.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
  • The Chew Toy: Doc just can't catch a break some days.
  • The Chosen One: Every future so far has some disaster that will doom humanity, and every time Chuck Goodrich. is chosen to go back in time and stop it. Subverted, however, in that all he's accomplished is to create parallel realities where the disaster doesn't happen, not save his own. Up to and including the Radical Land.
  • Christmas Miracle: Katanakka Miracle, anyway.
  • Chuck Norris Facts: Frans Rayner. Every Chuck Norris movie was one that Frans Rayner turned down first.
  • Church Militant: The Roman Catholic church is surprisingly Bad Ass, hiring the McNinja clan as mercenaries to stop a ghost wizard and providing holy relics for them to use as weapons, including a substantial chunk of the True Cross, nunchaku made from the bones of Mother Teresa, the holy shurikens Doc uses against the Nasaghasts — and bullets blessed in the Pope's mouthwash for Gordito's gun.
  • City of Adventure: Cumberland. Considering the town family doctor is a ninja superhero, this isn't too surprising.
  • City of Weirdos:
    • The residents of Cumberland, Maryland don't particularly care when the mayor installs a citywide anti-zombie system, and a rampaging Paul Bunyan is treated by the police as ordinary police work, not worthy of exceptional notice. Now dinosaurs, that is taking it too far. Which makes one wonder how they took it in the future when intelligent space dinosaurs have occupied Earth.
    • When Doc surfs out of the sky on a robotic laughing Dracula, the main reaction is being offended because he gives the finger while doing so.
  • Classical Movie Vampire
  • Clean Cut: Subverted and lampshaded.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: The evil horsie ridden by Ben Franklin after he turns into a Headless Horseman
  • Clone Army: Frans Raynor had a shoddily-made army of Dr. McNinja clones produced in order to invoke Conservation of Ninjutsu on the original.
  • Clone by Conversion: King Radical's plan turns out to be doing this on a massive scale (more specifically converting people into the inhabitants of the Radical Lands, where he came from).
  • Cloning Blues: Mostly averted with Benjamin Franklin II, who is basically a continuation of the original Franklin in a new body. Also averted with Dr. McNinja's own clones from college; they seem to consider themselves one person with multiple bodies and are happy to merge with him once their tasks are complete.
    • On the other hand, Old McNinja's clones show brief signs of individuality before they get slaughtered. But again, they were made with inferior cloning technology which is why they were both less clever than the doctor and Old as well as Made of Plasticine
  • Clue from Ed.: Parodied here. Lampshaded in the Alt Text.
  • Code Name: The McNinja family. Dan and Mitzi have since gone back to their original names; Sean's is "Dark Smoke Puncher."
  • Comes Great Insanity: According to the doctor, one side effect of possessing an organic jetpack is insanity due to lack of oxygen.
  • Computer Equals Monitor: Spoofed here.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: In one arc, McNinja's dual urges to kill and heal become externalized in the form of his father needing him to battle the greatest threat to all ninja kind while simultaneously being asked by his mentor to help him complete an immortality serum.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: A law of nature in the arc "An Army Of One"
    • It was also referenced years earlier in a throwaway gag involving ninja zombies, but nonetheless established as a real force in the McNinja universe.
  • The Constant: There will always be a Charles "Chuck" Goodrich, who will always discover a time-space portal, and will always use it to try and prevent an apocalypse. Even in alternate universes, such as the Radical Lands.
  • Continuity Creep: Issues One Half, One, and Two are one-shot stories, and other than a throwaway line in Issue Two they certainly don't make any less sense if one doesn't read the previous issues. Issue Three makes brief mention of Issue Two, but then near the end of the storyline has a plot point that makes absolutely no sense without having read Issue One Half. With Issue Four, a more-or-less continuous storyline starts, and from that point on it's written with the assumption that the reader has read previous issues.
  • Continuity Nod: At one point in "So What Is A McNinja?" Doctor McNinja attacks a crew of pirates in the dark and (presumably) cuts off their faces. In "D.A.R.E To Resist Ninja Drugs and Ninja Violence" he encounters pirates with peg faces, noting they must have been among the ones he fought.
  • Cool but Stupid: The Alt Text for this strip (in which Doc focuses his energy to fight ghosts by humming the Ghostbusters theme) reads, "Very stupid ideas taken very seriously. Dr. McNinja."
  • Cool Pet: Yoshi the velociraptor.
  • Cool Shades: Many residents of the Radical Lands sport these, including the flying creatures and even the sun!
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Oh my yes. When your protagonist is as cool as Doc, your antagonists have to be pretty good to keep pace.
    • This is also King Radical's strategy for making the world more Radical.
    • Ron Wizard cranks it Up to Eleven, he realizes that the biggest problem with King Radical's robot built from the city of Cumberland—not manufactured in Cumberland, actually made from the buildings in Cumberland—is that there's nothing cool for him to do with it, other than swatting away annoying military vehicles. He uses his magic to take the U.S. army tanks and fuses them into a giant T-Rex robot, piloted by the eyepatched, jet pack wearing, Bad Ass President of the United States of America in a giant-robot-on-giant-robot brawl.
  • Corrupt Church: The location of King Radical's base. The reverend that runs it is essentially being bribed, trying to justify it by saying "Isn't it... God's wish that the world be more radical?". Needless to say, the superiors in his denomination are not pleased.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Donald McBonald.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: "We pray they ignore us, and we try our best not to attract their attention."
  • The Coup: The Vice President and King Radical launch one against US President Maria Funkhouser in A Bad Enough Dude, poisoning her pheromones to cause everyone to attack her in a paranoid rage. However, we don't learn that they are responsible until ''Paleontologists, Politicians, and Prologue." King Radical is ultimately successful in replacing Funkhouser and he then wipes out U.S. congress to consolidate his power when they try to impeach him.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Mayor Chuck Goodrich, who set up a zombie defense system in his town.
    • Subverted in that he's from the future and went back in time to stop the Zombie Apocalypse
    • Dr. McNinja has his barber on speed-dial for no other reason except that life is craaaazy. (He's not wrong.) The good doctor also has a bullet-proof clipboard.
  • Crossover: With Axe Cop, a webcomic that matches this series in awesomeness.

Alternative Title(s):

The Adventures Of Doctor Mc Ninja