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[[caption-width-right:347:[[BrotherSisterTeam Lucy]], Sheila and [[TheHero Fisk]] Black.]]''[[http://www.jaynaylor.com/betterdays/ Better Days]]'' is a FurryComic by artist Creator/JayNaylor. It follows the lives of a cast of characters, originally primarily focused on siblings Fisk and Lucy Black, and their mother Sheila, though as the comic went on much of the story also involved Lucy’s former college roommate Beth.

While ''Better Days'' has a fairly well-established fanbase of its own, a number of people are also aware of it due to its politics, its sexual themes, and other material and philosophies some find controversial. Surprisingly, most of these don’t involve it [[AcceptableTargets being a furry comic]].


The comic ended at the end of May 2009, having lasted a little over six years and 639 strips. Its successor, ''Webcomic/{{Original Life}}'', began on June 1, 2009.
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!!''BetterDays'' includes examples of:

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* AbsenteeActor: Lucy is entirely absent from ‘Reconciliation’, and Fisk is entirely absent from ‘Lucy Black’ right after.
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Elizabeth.
** Marvin Lipschitz too, to some extent, especially in adulthood.
** [[AsianAndNerdy Aron]].
* AerithAndBob: While every other character whose first name is mentioned has a typical American one, Fisk has a last
* AnachronismStew: Fisk suggesting to Elizabeth to go to the movies seeing ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends''. This scene is set in 1982; however, ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' was a series of Internet cartoons, not a theatrical release, so this was likely intentional.
* AnimalStereotypes: Two characters are explicitly said to be weasels: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/05/chapter-12-exem-11.html Randy]], who has a penchant for [[YourCheatingHeart infidelity]] and [[spoiler:lies to Lucy about using a condom without knowing she’s on the pill]], and [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/12/chapter-23-pers-32.html Ralphie]], Persia’s pimp, who claims ‘[[BlueAndOrangeMorality there’s no such thing as right and wrong]]’ and keeps her [[PlayingWithSyringes addicted to heroin]]]].
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** Lucy fills in for a colleague who hosts a show giving listeners relationship advice, a listener calls in to complain about women choosing their mate by superficial standards and should want him for [[BeYourself who he is]]. She then asks him [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/08/chapter-19-part-7.html who he is]], so he [[{{Beat}} thinks for a moment]] and realises who he is is far from appealing.
** After Elizabeth catches [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-8.html David]] [[YourCheatingHeart cheating on her with their neighbour]]]]:
--->'''Amy:''' Elizabeth. [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-9.html Do you really love David]]]]?
--->(''Elizabeth stares into thin air in shock'')
--->'''Lucy:''' Now THERE’S a pause.
* ArrangedMarriage: Elizabeth’s mother has the nasty habit of trying to govern Elizabeth’s love life, to make sure [[MalignedMixedMarriage she marries a Jew]].[[note]]Aside from [[UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}} Orthodox Jews]], arranged marriage is not practiced among Jews.[[/note]] [[spoiler:Unable to work up the courage to defy her, she winds up in a [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-9.html loveless marriage]] to an [[YourCheatingHeart unfaithful]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-8.html husband]], whom she ultimately leaves [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend for Fisk]] at the end of the comic.]]
* AsianAndNerdy: Aron, [[FantasyCounterpartCulture for a given value of ‘Asian’]].
* AsideGlance: Used on occasion as a reaction to obnoxious or stupid remarks by others.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/07/chapter-22-roll-18.html Lucy is instructed]] to defeat the Evil Sorceress, the BigBad of the role-playing game she participates in, by finding the ‘[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Pink Pearl]]’ hidden among her tentacles, that ‘no man can find’, but Lucy might, as she’s a woman. Lucy’s reaction is an AsideGlance. [[spoiler:When she succeeds, the Sorceress [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/08/chapter-22-roll-22.html clearly looks like she’s had an orgasm]], and asks Lucy to ‘do that again’.]]
* AudioErotica: Lucy’s boss tells her to [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/08/chapter-19-part-6.html aim for that]] when she has to fill in for a colleague who gives relationship advice.
* AuthorAppeal: There are lots of shots of women’s derrieres. Lots and lots of ‘em. [[ParentalIncest Disturbingly]] [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in a minor gag, in which Fisk is partially an AuthorAvatar, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/06/post-19.html remarking on how he likes drawing Sheila]].
* AuthorFilibuster: Frequently, on the subject of politics and his personal philosophy, and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/02/chapter-20-the-23.html his view of art]] as an extension thereof.
* AuthorTract: Moderate example--Fisk’s philosophy often overlapped with Naylor’s, starting from Conservatism to Objectivism, but he points out that it’s his own philosophy and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/05/post-112.html doesn’t invalidate others]]. Later on Naylor stated that Fisk’s ideology no longer represents his own, after [[spoiler:Fisk becomes an agent for a private special ops organisation]].
* AwfulWeddedLife: A visitor at the gallery Beth’s works are displayed at [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/02/chapter-20-the-18.html seems to think so about marriage in general]].
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Persia and her boyfriend]].
* {{Badass}}: Fisk, on several counts--[[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/09/post-48.html cracking his principal upside the head with a baseball bat]] when the man rapes his mother]], [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/11/chapter-17-tria-1.html when he single-handedly beat a group of opposing seasoned marines during a gunfight simulation]], during his service in the Army during Desert Storm and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mogadishu_(1993) Battle of Mogadishu]] towards the end of ‘Trial by Fire’, and finally when he [[spoiler:single-handedly rescues his cousin Persia from a mob-run prostitution ring]] towards the end of ‘Persia’.
* BadassIsraeli: Mrs. Catadze sends Fisk to Israel to train there in fighting in populated areas, citing how [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Israel has to constantly fight for its survival]].
* BaitAndSwitch: After the [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/09/chapter-12-exem-44.html three]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/09/chapter-12-exem-45.html previous]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/09/chapter-12-exem-46.html comics]] imply [[spoiler:Lucy will [[GroinAttack sever Randy’s penis with shearers]] for [[YourCheatingHeart dating her and Andrea simultaneously, keeping them both a secret from each other]], and for lying about using a condom when sleeping with her]], it turns out [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/09/chapter-12-exem-47.html she only intended]] to [[TraumaticHaircut cut his hair]]]].
* BatmanGambit: It’s implied that [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/07/chapter-18-reac-29.html Fisk’s monologue]] to Carlos when he wanted to [[DrivenToSuicide kill himself]] was this. ''Original Life'' shows [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/04/511.html it works]].
* BeAWhoreToGetYourMan:
** Lucy goes to a clothing shop literally named ‘[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/08/chapter-10-brot-5.html No, I’m Not a Prostitute Boutique]]’ in hopes of getting more male attention.
** Very much averted in the case of Tommy and Rachel--her [[YourCheatingHeart indiscriminate promiscuity]] is one of the main reasons he leaves her, the other being Lucy.
* BetweenMyLegs: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/11/chapter-19-part-36.html Beth and Jessica]], when Marvin Lipschitz chides them (among others) for their actions leading up to the [[spoiler:[[ItMakesSenseInContext bachelor/ette party stripper fiasco]]]], are seen this way, along with Marvin’s [[GagPenis enormous pixellated genitalia]].
* BeYourself: Subverted in [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/08/chapter-19-part-7.html this comic]].
-->'''Listener:''' [Women] say I don’t exercise and I’m overweight. They laugh at the cartoon character T-shirts I wear. but, I shouldn’t have to change any of that, because I want women to love me for '''''who I am'''''.
-->'''Lucy:''' Well, that begs the question, Bill: ''[[ArmorPiercingQuestion who are you?]]''
-->(''{{Beat}}'')
-->'''Listener:''' Um... a broke, unemployed man who [[ManChild dresses like a child]] and doesn’t take care of his body?
* BigWhat: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/11/post-64.html Sheila’s reaction]] when ten-year-old Fisk tells her [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior he had sex with Nikki]].
* BiTheWay: When Persia first meets [[spoiler:her boyfriend]], he’s kicking his boyfriend out of his home.
* BlackAndNerdy: The comic [[FantasyCounterpartCulture portrays Africans as hyenas]]. In one strip, there’s a nerd club and one of the members is a hyena.
* BlatantLies: [[spoiler:Randy lies about [[YourCheatingHeart his fidelity]] to [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/07/chapter-12-exem-22.html get into Lucy’s pants]].]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/05/post-112.html Fisk believes]] that in war, both sides genuinely believe what they’re fighting for is right. However, as their ideas cannot coexist, ultimately ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption.
* BluntYes: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/04/post-2.html In the very first comic.]]
-->'''Lucy:''' Ooo! Does my brother have a '''''crush?'''''
-->'''Fisk:''' Yes.
-->'''Lucy:''' Could you at least ''pretend'' to be embarrassed? For my sake!?
* BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins:
** Marissa uses this for her [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/06/chapter-12-exem-16.html Halloween costume]].
** The male stripper ‘[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/09/chapter-19-part-20.html Long Creek]]’ exploits this trope.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In a one-off joke in the first chapter, Lucy wonders why Cindy is so popular among the boys in her school. [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/04/post-3.html Naylor makes it]] [[StealthPun abundantly]] [[BuxomIsBetter clear]].
-->'''Lucy:''' Thanks for [[LiteralMetaphor illustrating]] it so blatantly.
-->'''Naylor:''' Anytime.
-->'''Lucy:''' [[SelfDeprecation I’ll bet]].
* BrickJoke:
** In [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/01/post-80.html this comic]], Elizabeth complains about how her mother will eventually try to set her up with a doctor, the awkward and undesirable qualities thereof she will completely ignore. Fast forward to [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/12/chapter-11-arme-19.html this comic]], in which Elizabeth’s mother tries to hook Sheila up with a nerdy-looking Jewish man who talks about keeping ferrets as pets.
** Tommy, an engineering student, dismisses an artist who used a jet engine as a tool for painting, saying he’d rather [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/02/chapter-20-the-17.html hang the engine itself on his wall]]. By the end of the chapter, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/03/chapter-20-the-27.html he does]].
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/06/chapter-22-roll-8.html Aron asks Lucy for a Mountain Dew]] when she gets up to get drinks when she plays a role-playing game with Tommy and his friends. At the end of the chapter, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/08/chapter-22-roll-23.html there are several empty bottles in front of him and he’s all jittery]], implying he got a sugar rush, and he’s ''still'' asking for another bottle.
** A possibly accidental one: when Fisk is in elementary, he [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/08/post-32.html writes an essay]] specifying some of the reasons he appreciates living in the US, starting with things like personal freedom but quickly starts expanding on American food he likes. Near the end of the comic, when he comes home from six months in Singapore, [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/02/chapter-24-men-20.html Lucy tries]] to [[ShipperOnDeck hook him up with Elizabeth]]]], but all he can think about is ‘[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/02/chapter-24-men-21.html having a real American cheeseburger]]’.
* BrokenPedestal: Subverted--see PhonyVeteran below.
* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler:Fisk and Lucy. PlayedForDrama, and both characters are very torn about it.]]
** [[spoiler:{{Twincest}}]]
* BrutalHonesty:
** In a meta-sense, Naylor [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/04/post-3.html illustrates to Lucy]] why her classmate Cindy is [[BuxomIsBetter popular among the boys]].
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/05/post-7.html Cindy explains to Fisk]] why she prefers their DumbJock schoolmate over her.
** When Elizabeth tells Lucy she could have Fisk, Lucy tells her she couldn’t, because she doesn’t have the courage to [[CallingTheOldManOut stand up to her mother]] and her opposition to her [[MalignedMixedMarriage dating a ‘goy’]].
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/12/chapter-24-men-2.html When Lucy wonders if she should commit to Tommy or not]], this exchange happens:
--->'''Amy:''' Tommy’s a sweet guy with a bright future. What benefit could there be to straying around with other guys?
--->'''Jessica:''' [[{{Polyamory}} Beth]] would know! Let’s ask her!
--->'''Beth:''' (''SpitTake'')
** Near the end of the comic, Lucy gives Elizabeth a [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-10.html sorely needed call-out]], telling her [[spoiler:she’s been letting her mother make all of her life choices for her all her life]].
* BuxomIsBetter: Lucy’s classmate Cindy’s [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/04/post-3.html main appeal]].
* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling the Old Woman Out]]:
** Persia does not take her mother’s StageMom behaviour and her [[ContractualPurity ban on dating until marriage]] (while [[{{Hypocrite}} dating a string of men in quick succession]]) lying down and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/12/chapter-13-thic-18.html lashes out at her]] as a teen. Ultimately, [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/08/chapter-23-pers-5.html they have a huge fight when she’s in her twenties]], and she leaves for L.A. Suffice to say, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/09/chapter-23-pers-11.html it does not go well]].]]
** Averted with [[spoiler:Elizabeth, who [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-10.html winds up in a loveless marriage to please her mother]]]]. Presumably, [[spoiler:she eventually does, as she leaves her husband [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend for Fisk]], but it’s never shown]].
* CaptainObvious: Minor example with Elizabeth near the end of the comic, when Lucy tries to [[ShipperOnDeck set her up with Fisk]] after [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-8.html she catches her husband David]] [[YourCheatingHeart cheating on her]]]].
-->'''Lucy:''' You know... my brother’s coming home from his trip, this weekend...
-->'''Elizabeth:''' Fisk?
-->'''Lucy:''' Well, I don’t have ''another'' brother.
* CastingCouch: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/09/chapter-16-lucy-14.html Lucy complains about her colleague doing it to Tommy.]]
* ChekhovsGunman:
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/07/chapter-12-exem-26.html Marvin Lipschitz]], Elizabeth’s [[GagPenis well-endowed]] Halloween party date, later [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/09/chapter-19-part-21.html becomes a]] [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold stripper]]]] and [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/11/chapter-19-part-36.html reasons away a major conflict]] among the main cast]].
** Ryan Tobs, Sam’s son and Fisk’s friend, [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/03/chapter-21-fath.html lands him the job he has by the end of the comic]]]].
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Happens mainly to several minor characters, but also gradually happens to notable characters like Sheila Black, Rachel, and the couple of Robert and Jessica as they drift in and out of Fisk’s and Lucy’s lives.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** When young Fisk wants to make a good impression on the girl he’s into, Lucy tells him the story of how David got [[TwentyBearAsses 200 Philistine foreskins for King Saul]] when he wanted to marry his daughter. Fisk asks, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/05/post-9.html ‘What’s a foreskin?’]] Later, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/05/post-12.html he interprets the story at face value]] and tries to bring her father a wagon full of ‘[[AmoralAttorney lawyer]] foreskins’ (actually just pigskins) because he’s heard him say he hated lawyers.
** Beth is surprised to see [[spoiler:Jessica coming back pregnant from her honeymoon]] and asks how that happened. [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/08/chapter-23-pers-2.html Jessica explains]].
** When [[spoiler:Elizabeth]] tells [[spoiler:Fisk]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/05/chapter-25-bett-8.html they should start doing]] ‘[[BabiesEverAfter what comes after marriage]]’, he pauses and asks, ‘[[AwfulWeddedLife We should start fighting]]?’
* ComingOfAgeStory: Following Fisk and Lucy from when they’re 9 and into adulthood.
* CommitmentIssues: Lucy deals with those at the beginning of ‘Men and Women’, when she considers moving in with Tommy.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Both Jessica’s [[spoiler:bachelorette party]] and Robert’s [[spoiler:bachelor party]] are [[spoiler:scheduled at the same time and place, with only a door between the two]].
* CountryMatters: Rachel calls Lucy that after [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/03/chapter-14-all-20.html Lucy performs oral sex on him]]]].
* CountryMouse: Beth takes Fisk, Lucy, and Tommy on a trip to New York, on a first-class flight in a fancy hotel, when she gets invited to display her work at an art gallery there. Fisk and Tommy are noticeably unaccustomed to the luxury--they [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/01/chapter-20-the-12.html parody high society city mannerisms]], Tommy [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/01/chapter-20-the-13.html abuses the abundant champagne offered on the flight]] and he [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/01/chapter-20-the-14.html mistakes a bidet for a toilet]].
* CovertPervert:
** Lucy [[InVinoVeritas drunkenly]] mentions [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/10/chapter-19-part-26.html Amy is this]].
** Lucy peeps for [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-6.html a bit too long]] when she catches [[spoiler:Beth and Aron]] in the act.
* CranialEruption: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/07/chapter-19-part-1.html Jessica sports one of those]], having falling asleep and bumping her head after she snaps out of [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/07/chapter-19-part.html being almost catatonic with joy]] about [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/07/chapter-19-part-2.html Robert proposing]]]].
* CreatorThumbprint: Explicitly stated [[AnAesop Aesops]] concerning self-reliance and individualism, influenced in part by his divisive political philosophy. Also, gratuitous focus on [[AuthorAppeal women’s backsides]].
* CreepySouvenir: One of the men Sheila tries dating tells her, ‘Kelly tells me you like soldiers. [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/12/chapter-11-arme-19.html I have a collection of Vietnamese hands under glass at home...]]’
* CulturalCringe: Fisk [[DefiedTrope defies]] this in [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/08/post-32.html at least two of his essays]].
* CuteLittleFangs: Randy uses those for his [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/chapter-12-exemplary-girls/ vampire costume]] for the Halloween dance.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: Rachel’s usual attire.
* DarkIsNotEvil: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/05/post-112.html Fisk likes playing black]] when he plays chess (fittingly, his last name ''is'' [[MeaningfulName Black]]), as it relates to his notion of war as the result of BlueAndOrangeMorality resulting in ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption.
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Or mommy, rather--[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/10/chapter-16-lucy-19.html Tommy’s mother is displeased with him dating Lucy]], an atheist. [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/10/chapter-16-lucy-20.html His father is just concerned he might]] [[MistakenForGay be gay]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Some characters engage in it on occasion. Fisk starts [[BrattyHalfPint early enough]] to [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/07/post-28.html get in trouble]].
* DeepSouth: Mostly averted, even though all of them live in small town Georgia--Tommy even points out that [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/09/chapter-16-lucy-16.html Lucy barely has an accent]]. The main exception is Sheila (to a moderate extent), who [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/08/post-32.html ignores the blatant anti-Native American statements in Fisk’s essay]], [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/11/post-64.html grew up using the N-word liberally]], and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/03/post-96.html owns a commemorative Robert E. Lee garden gnome]].
* DelusionsOfEloquence: When Aron goes sailing with Beth, he starts [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/04/chapter-25-bett.html spewing random nautical jargon]]. Beth tells him he has no idea what he’s saying.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Sexually-frustrated Sheila [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/10/chapter-11-arme-1.html looks at a banana in despair and relishes eating it]]. When Fisk interrupts her, she snaps at him for hardly any reason. In the next comic, she confides in Kelly (Elizabeth’s mother) that she indeed [[YouNeedToGetLaid hasn’t had a man]] since [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/10/chapter-11-arme-2.html Longfellow]]]], i.e. in about four or five years.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Subverted. While Nikki essentially raping Fisk is initially PlayedForLaughs, it’s quickly acknowledged it’s a symptom of something horrible she’s suffered, and there is serious concern for Fisk’s emotional well-being.
* DramaticIrony: Sheila is glad [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/04/chapter-21-fath-13.html Fisk and Ryan are working at a safer job now]]. [[spoiler:They’re actually working for the same secret special ops organisation Fisk’s father died working for.]]
* DreamSequence:
** Lucy has one, in which [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/01/chapter-13-thic-28.html Fisk creeps into her room]] to [[BrotherSisterIncest have sex with her]]]].
** Fisk dreams about [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/12/chapter-17-tria-5.html talking camel spiders]] when deployed in Iraq.
** Lucy dreams Aron calls her out on [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-6.html watching him and Beth having sex]]]]. When she feigns innocence, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/02/chapter-24-men-14.html he demonstrates]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Narrowly averted twice.
** Fisk’s war buddy Carlos White asks for Fisk to get him his gun from his upper floor (as [[ICannotSelfTerminate he physically can't reach it]]), but [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/07/chapter-18-reac-28.html Fisk refuses]]. [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/07/chapter-18-reac-29.html Carlos tries to convince him his life is no longer worth living]], but Fisk still refuses, and starts crying when he goes out. (Fortunately, ''Original Life'' shows that [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2014/04/511.html that moment motivated him]] to rebuild his life and function again.)
** Sparky, the receptionist from Brasilia Exposed, almost [[AteHisGun shoots herself in the mouth]] over guilt from [[spoiler:[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone getting Persia taken by a prostitution ring]]]] before Fisk stops her at the last second.
* DumbBlonde: Jessica. Fortunately, she’s of the DumbIsGood variety.
-->'''Jessica:''' [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/08/chapter-19-part-8.html Beth, I had a thought...]]
-->'''Beth:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Stop the presses!]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Lampshaded by Fisk on [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/05/chapter-25-bett-9.html the final comic]].
-->'''Fisk:''' With all I’ve been through the future can only hold [[TitleDrop better days]].
* EasterEgg:
** Along with ''The Economist'', ''Wild Frontier'', and ''Better Homes -- Gardens'', one of the magazines in the WondrousLadiesRoom Fisk gets the rare chance of seeing is titled ''Toys/TeddyBear [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/10/chapter-13-thic-4.html Monthly]]''.
** The newspaper Tommy’s father is reading in [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/10/chapter-16-lucy-20.html this comic]] has the headlines ‘[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_Tucker Cynthia Tucker]] Eat My Balls’ and ‘With Mustard’. Later on, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/12/chapter-17-tria-4.html Sheila is reading a newspaper]] with the headline ‘Cynthia Tucker: Whore’. Naylor seems to really hate her...
* EyeDialect: Mostly averted, despite it being implied that [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/09/chapter-16-lucy-16.html characters have varying levels of a southern accent]], but there are a few examples on occasion.
* {{Fanservice}}: Not limited to Naylor’s pornfolios--there’s plenty of shots of female butts, panty-clad or otherwise, within the actual strip.
** For the female readers, most of the men tend to be [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]] every now and then throughout the comic (especially Fisk).
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Some species represent specific groups: cats are white, mice are Jewish[[note]]Although, curiously, [[spoiler:Persia’s new boyfriend]] is a mouse who is revealed in one of the pornfolios to be [[UsefulNotes/JewishLifeEvents uncircumcised]][[/note]], and hyenas are black; also, while there have been no answers from the WordOfGod, there’s a number of hints that rabbits are analogues for Irish descent, but in ''Original Life'' Red the otter is said to be Irish.
* FilleFatale: Nikki, played tragically due to being abused by her father. She eventually gets better with a lot of counseling.
* FluffyTheTerrible: The little girl in the role-playing game Lucy, Tommy, and their friends play has [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/06/chapter-22-roll-9.html a pet named Puffle’s who’s sick]]. [[spoiler:Justified, as she is the [[BigBad Evil Sorceress]] in disguise.]]
-->'''Lucy:''' Where is Mr. Puffles?
-->'''Girl:''' Over there, eating people.
* ForbiddenFruit: Elizabeth’s parents discuss this [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/02/post-87.html when she goes on her first date with Fisk]], regarding him [[MalignedMixedMarriage not being Jewish]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** There are [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/06/post-16.html occasional]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/06/post-121.html subtle]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/08/chapter-10-brot-6.html hints]] at [[spoiler:Fisk and Lucy having an [[BrotherSisterIncest incestuous]] relationship]] early on.
** Fisk saying that the only truly ‘bad idea’ is one that takes away self-determination. Later on, near the end of the comic, [[spoiler:he rescues Persia from her pimp, using the pimp’s own ‘[[WhatIsEvil morality]]’ that he’s been using to justify keeping Persia prisoner to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard justify killing him]], explicitly telling Persia no-one has the right to enslave her]], and in the last two chapters [[spoiler:Elizabeth finally does away with her preoccupation with not crossing her mother and her [[MalignedMixedMarriage aversion towards marriage between Jews and gentiles]] and leaves her husband for Fisk]].
* FurryConfusion:
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/05/post-12.html The feral dogs]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext raiding the wagon full of pigskins]].
** A man Sheila goes on a date with talks about [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/12/chapter-11-arme-19.html keeping ferrets as pets]].
** Beth talks about the [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/02/chapter-14-all-8.html wide array of dildos]], mentioning a variety of species they’re modelled after. As the pornfolios and the uncensored version of the nudist colony arc in ''Original Life'' show the cast all have human genitalia, it seems to imply these are based on feral animals.
* FurryReminder: On occasion.
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/05/post-14.html Sheila telling Fisk not to lay his ears when he talks to her]].
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/11/post-64.html Lucy’s tail fur standing on end]] at Sheila’s BigWhat when ten-year-old Fisk tells her [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior he had sex with Nikki]].
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/02/post-89.html Fisk purrs when hugging Elizabeth]] on their first date.
** Mice squeak. Elizabeth’s squeak is one of the things [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/03/post-96.html Fisk finds most appealing about her]].
** Feline babies are often referred to as ‘kittens’.
** Jessica’s and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/05/post-118.html Lucy’s doctor’s]] tongue.
** Every now and then a character’s [[FantasyCounterpartCulture race/species]] is mentioned.
* GagPenis: Marvin Lipschitz, who is ''[[EyeTake noticeably]]'' [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/07/chapter-12-exem-26.html well-endowed]]. [[spoiler:When looking for strippers for Jessica’s bachelorette party, Beth wants to hire him because even because he’s [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/09/chapter-19-part-20.html so hung]] even ''[[ReallyGetsAround she]]'' has never seen anyone who matches up. His semi-censored penis plays a key role when he delivers AnAesop to several characters, resolving the [[ItMakesSenseInContext bachelor/ette party stripper conundrum]]]].
-->'''Jessica:''' [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/11/chapter-19-part-36.html The penis spoke. And it was wise.]]
* {{Gainaxing}}: Mild example when [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/07/chapter-19-part-1.html Jessica is giddy]] after [[spoiler:Robert proposes]].
* GambitRoulette: Almost--Marissa relies on [[spoiler:[[YourCheatingHeart Fisk to leave her and Randy to cheat on Lucy]]]] specifically during the Halloween dance, in order to [[spoiler:win Lucy over]]. Her predictions are correct, but [[spoiler:Lucy has no interest in her]].
* {{Gaydar}}: Beth claims her is ‘[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/11/chapter-19-part-38.html legendary]]’.
* TheGlomp: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/01/chapter-20-the-8.html Beth gives Fisk one]] after he comes home, after a news report implied [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/12/chapter-20-the-1.html he might have died in battle]] and Beth was [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/12/chapter-20-the-3.html very distraught]].
* GenreSavvy: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/06/chapter-22-roll-13.html Lucy realises]] that [[spoiler:the innocent-looking girl]] in the role-playing game she participates in [[spoiler:must be evil]].
-->'''Lucy:''' [[spoiler:Everyone’s undead except her]]!? What is this!? ''Film/{{Aliens}}''?
* GilliganCut: Beth promises Lucy she would never tell anyone [[spoiler:she’s attracted to Aron]]. The very next panel, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/02/chapter-24-men-17.html she tells Aron]].
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Beth thinks [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/08/chaper-19-party.html getting Tommy and his ‘nerd friends’ to plan Robert’s bachelor party]] will assure it won’t be a StagParty. The [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/08/chapter-19-part-11.html first thing they do]] when given the task is making sure it will be.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/09/chapter-10-brot-14.html This occurs]] when Lucy first experiences [[spoiler:[[BrotherSisterIncest feelings for Fisk]]]].
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/05/post-119.html Sheila would rather Lucy took pills]] (she wants her to abstain, but is realistic), because ‘we’re not killing unborn [[FurryReminder kittens]] in this family’.
* GossipyHens: Lucy’s college roommates, when Fisk is about to come, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/04/chapter-14-all-23.html much to Lucy’s annoyance]].
* HeroicBSOD: Happens to Elizabeth when [[spoiler:she realises [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-9.html she doesn’t love her husband]] and Lucy [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-10.html helps her realise]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-11.html she’s been putting aside her own happiness all her life to keep others happy]]]].
* HidingBehindReligion: Tommy criticises Rachel for [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/08/chapter-16-lucy-1.html wilfully indulging in sin and repeatedly going to confession for it]].
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:Marvin Lipschitz, who [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/09/chapter-19-part-21.html becomes a stripper]] to work through college.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/12/chapter-13-thic-18.html Persia]] [[CallingTheOldManOut lashes out at her mother]] for [[ReallyGetsAround dating many men in quick succession]] while not allowing her to date at all.
* HypocriticalHumor: When the [[spoiler:bachelor/ette party fiasco is discovered]]:
-->'''Lucy:''' [[spoiler:Ahem! We’re not shoving our noses up the asses of naked women!]]
-->'''Beth:''' [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/11/chapter-19-part-32.html STRIPPER JOUST!!]] ''[[GratuitousFrench EN GARDE]]!!'']]’
* IfICantHaveYou:
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/06/chapter-12-exem-21.html Lucy accuses Elizabeth]] trying to sabotage her relationship with Randy because her mother [[ArrangedMarriage forces her to date undesirable partners]], and ‘[[GreenEyedMonster misery loves company]]’. Elizabeth denies it.
** [[spoiler:[[BrotherSisterIncest Fisk and Lucy]]]] make an effort to [[DefiedTrope defy]] this when they grow up and there’s a prospect of one of them dating someone else, talking it over to make sure they don’t hurt each other.
* IllGirl: Happens to Lucy Black in chapter 3 when she's bedridden with a cold.
** FromBadToWorse: When Fisk accidentally mistook their mother's blood pressure medication for decongestant, resulting in Lucy having to be rushed to the hospital. Thankfully she got better.
* ImStandingRightHere: The awkward game master describes Lucy’s character [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/06/chapter-22-roll-7.html in abundant, erotic detail]] to the players, including Lucy. Tommy actually asks him to continue.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-7.html Elizabeth’s reaction]] to [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-8.html catching her husband David]] [[YourCheatingHeart cheating with the neighbour]]]].
* InVinoVeritas: Lucy [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/10/chapter-19-part-26.html almost slips out a sexy secret of Amy’s]] when she’s drunk at Jessica’s bachelorette party. (The secret was revealed in full in one of the pornfolios.)
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Being StarCrossedLovers, [[spoiler:[[BrotherSisterIncest Fisk and Lucy]]]] make it a point not to stand in each other’s way when the other has a new potential lover.
* JawDrop: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/06/chapter-18-reac-21.html Fisk’s reaction to Persia when they meet again]], [[SheIsAllGrownUp for the first time in years]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Ted Stephens. As if [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/06/post-120.html dating Lucy just to get with]] [[StacysMom her mother]] weren’t enough, he [[ThePeepingTom peeps on Sheila]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/07/post-128.html in the shower]], has [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/07/post-135.html no qualms about his actions]], and finally [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/07/post-136.html rudely dismisses her when she confronts him]].
* KarmaHoudini: Ted Stephens, who suffers no repercussions for dating Lucy solely to make a move on [[StacysMom her mother]].
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[[folder:L-Z]]
* LamePunReaction: Cindy [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/09/chapter-16-lucy-9.html loves]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/09/chapter-16-lucy-14.html puns]], much to Lucy’s annoyance.
* LiteralMetaphor: The ‘[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/07/chapter-19-part-4.html perfect storm]]’.
* LoveConfession: [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/03/chapter-20-the-25.html Beth]]]] tells [[spoiler:Fisk]] she’s done with [[spoiler:{{Polyamory}}]] and wants to settle with him. [[StarCrossedLovers Unfortunately]], [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/04/chapter-21-fath-9.html Fisk takes a job that makes it impossible]]]].
* LoveEpiphany: Inverted near the end, when [[spoiler:Amy [[ArmorPiercingQuestion asks Elizabeth if she loves her husband]], and Elizabeth [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-9.html realises she doesn’t]]]].
* LoveLetter: The first chapter revolves around Fisk wanting Lucy to deliver one to Cindy, the girl in Lucy’s gym class he has a crush on.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/10/post-50.html Jim’s old Army friends pay Longfellow a visit]] and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/10/post-51.html deliberately infect him with lethal meningitis]] so [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident he appears to have died in surgery]]. His own doctor willingly helps out, and tells them he’s going to start the paperwork when they show up.]]
* MaliciousSlander: D’Anna uses [[CastingCouch her relationship with their manager]] and the editorial leeway she gets to [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/09/chapter-16-lucy-14.html keep reviewing a false testimony at a controversial trial at face value]], [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/09/chapter-16-lucy-14.html thinking it would sell better]]. Lucy later finds out [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/10/chapter-16-lucy-26.html D’Anna has based her entire career on smear]].
* MalignedMixedMarriage: Both Elizabeth’s Jewish family and Tommy’s Catholic family disapprove of their relationships with people outside of their faith.
* ManlyTears: Fisk can’t help but cry on two gut-wrenching occasions:
** When [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/01/chapter-13-thic-24.html he sees his father’s name on a monument for fallen soldiers]]; and ** when [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/07/chapter-18-reac-29.html his war buddy Carlos almost succumbs to depression]] and [[DrivenToSuicide kills himself]].
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Elizabeth’s family. Fisk comments on this.
* MatzoFever: One of the things Fisk mentions [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/03/post-96.html he finds appealing about Elizabeth]] is the way she [[FurryReminder squeaks]]. Since [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Jews are portrayed as mice]] in the comic, it comes across as an example of this, even if probably accidentally.
* MeaningfulName: Fisk Black’s last name relates to [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/05/post-112.html his philosophy]] regarding DarkIsNotEvil.
* MenstrualMenace: Implied in [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/10/chapter-11-arme-1.html this comic]].
-->'''Fisk:''' Don’t go downstairs. I think [[UnusualEuphemism Aunt Flow]] is in town.
* MistakenForGay:
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/10/chapter-16-lucy-20.html Tommy’s father often assumes his son is gay.]]
** Happens to Beth for something as innocuous as [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/05/chapter-18-reac-17.html carrying a wallet instead of a purse]].
** Beth says she knew Aron was ''[[AvertedTrope straight]]'', [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/11/chapter-19-part-38.html even with his haircut]].
* TheMole: Fisk is told that the CIA’s susceptibility to Soviet moles [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/04/chapter-21-fath-6.html cost his father’s life]] when he worked for a secret special ops organisation that used to be linked to it, and that’s why it isn’t anymore]].
* MoodWhiplash:
** The tone of ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ turns almost instantly from jocular and light-hearted to terrifying when [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/06/post-20.html Fisk accidentally gives Lucy the wrong medicine]], putting her life in danger.
** Fisk’s and [[spoiler:Nikki]]’s [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/07/chapter-15-reco-5.html cheerful reunion]] becomes somewhat awkward and melancholic rather quickly.
* MrViceGuy: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/08/chapter-12-exem-35.html Marissa]] and Andrea think Randy is this, his vice being his [[YourCheatingHeart infidelity]]. [[spoiler:That’s why [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/10/chapter-12-exem-49.html Andrea sticks by him]], believing it’s likely he’ll change.]]
* NiceJewishBoy: Marvin Lipschitz turns out to be a sweet, level-headed man as an adult, even if, somewhat unusually for this trope, [[spoiler:he does [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/09/chapter-19-part-21.html become a]] [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold stripper]]]].
* NobleSavage: Beth makes a reference to this to describe male stripper ‘[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/09/chapter-19-part-20.html Zulu Bob]]’.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever happened to [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/01/post-82.html Sheila’s garden gnome]] was bad enough to get Lucy to successfully blackmail Fisk.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy:
** As [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/05/chapter-14-all-31.html part of her attempts]] to prove [[spoiler:Lucy has an [[BrotherSisterIncest incestuous relationship]] with Fisk]], Rachel tries to [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/05/chapter-14-all-32.html seduce Fisk and Robert]] very crudely. They are mostly taken aback and bewildered.
--->'''Fisk:''' What the?
--->'''Robert:''' Dude, she’s a total whore.
** When Lucy openly tries to [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/02/chapter-24-men-20.html encourage Fisk to pursue a relationship with Elizabeth]] after [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-8.html her husband David]] [[YourCheatingHeart cheats on her]]]], Fisk, having just returned from been deployed in Singapore for six months, can only think of [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/02/chapter-24-men-20.html ‘having a real American cheeseburger’]].
* NotListeningToMeAreYou: Beth realises Robert is too engrossed in playing video games with Tommy to listen and answer properly when asked about guests to invite to [[spoiler:Jessica’s baby shower]]. [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/08/chapter-23-pers-3.html She quickly demonstrates this to the girls.]]
-->'''Beth:''' We’re going to put Jessica in porn films with the male fetish porn star ‘[[PunnyName Tad Pole]]’.
-->'''Robert:''' That’s cool.
* NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/10/post-55.html Specifically]], with a hyena ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture read: black]]) girl asking out a cat ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture read: white]]) boy.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Cindy [[BrutalHonesty explains to Fisk]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/05/post-7.html that’s how she keeps her boyfriend]], along with letting him ‘[[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior fuck [her] brains out]]’.
* OhCrap: When the [[spoiler:private investigator]] tells Sam who he is, Sam is [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/02/chapter-11-arme-39.html visibly worried]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Borderline-ExtremeDoormat timid Elizabeth [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-7.html walks into the bar Lucy and Amy are at]] and [[INeedAFreakingDrink rudely demands a drink]]. The next comic reveals that [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-8.html she just caught her husband David]] [[YourCheatingHeart cheating on her with the neighbour]]]].
* OrphanedEtymology: Fisk brings up how when his mother was young, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/11/post-64.html ‘the N-word’]] [[SocietyMarchesOn was socially acceptable]]. Problem is, that word derives from [[https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nigger#Etymology the Latin word for ‘black’]], and black people in the comic are [[FantasyCounterpartCulture represented by hyenas]], who are not physically black or even dark, while some cats (who represent white people) have uniformly black fur. This is brought up again when [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/12/chapter-11-arme-19.html a hyena Sheila dates once]] asks if he can call her ‘[[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt white chocolate]]’[[note]]She does have white fur, though.[[/note]], and when Tommy, Aron, and their hyena friend visit [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/10/chapter-19-part-24.html ‘Club Ebony’]].
* PantyShot: Female characters often appear in their undergarments (usually with their boyfriends). Rachel also normally wears a DangerouslyShortSkirt, partially showing her panties.
* ParentalIncest: Nikki’s father sexually abuses her and her siblings. [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/07/chapter-15-reco-8.html It takes time to undo the psychological damage he’s left]] after she’s adopted.]]
* ParentalSexualitySquick: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/09/chapter-16-lucy-12.html Lucy’s reaction]] to her mother’s and [[spoiler:Sam]]’s blatant displays of affection, even if [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/09/chapter-16-lucy-13.html she’s glad they’re happy]].
* ParentsInDistress: Sheila is [[spoiler:raped by Principal Longfellow]], but Fisk manages to save her by [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/09/post-48.html whacking the guy with a baseball bat]] in the middle]].
* PerkyGoth: Beth. Lampshaded in [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/05/chapter-14-all-35.html this comic]].
-->'''Fisk:''' You’re pretty cheery for a black-clad goth.
-->'''Beth:''' I like the color!
* PhonyVeteran: [[spoiler:Longfellow claims [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/08/post-38.html he served with Sheila’s late husband Jim]], and that [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/08/post-39.html Jim was]] [[ReallyGetsAround very]] [[YourCheatingHeart unfaithful]], but Jim’s ''actual'' war buddy finds out [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/09/post-43.html Longfellow was lying, and his service was unremarkable, to say the least]]--he was lying to hurt Sheila and manipulate her better.]]
* PlayingWithSyringes: [[spoiler: Principal Longfellow’s murder. He’s injected with a meningitis-causing pathogen (there are several, which one we’re never told) by Sheila’s husband’s army buddies to make it look like he died of surgical complications.]]
* {{Polyamory}}: Beth. [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/02/chapter-14-all-6.html She lost her first boyfriend to aggressive lymphoma]], and Lucy points out that Beth espousing this is primarily because of going through that, making her [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/10/chapter-19-part-22.html afraid to ‘put all [her] eggs in one basket]]’. At one point, she has three different boyfriends, but [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/02/chapter-20-the-21.html is warned that she will have to pick one eventually]]. [[spoiler:She picks Fisk, but [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/04/chapter-21-fath-9.html he takes a job]] that [[StarCrossedLovers makes the relationship impossible]], so she eventually chooses Aron instead.]]
* PrankCall: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/08/chapter-19-part-8.html Beth does this to Lucy]] when she’s filling in for a colleague, who has a radio show giving relationship advice.
* PunnyName:
** Principal Longfellow, who starts dating Sheila early on. [[spoiler:The pun turns very dark when he rapes her.]]
** The notoriously [[YourCheatingHeart unfaithful]] [[https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/randy Randy]].
** Native American stripper ‘[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/09/chapter-19-part-20.html Long Creek]]’.
* PutOffTheirFood: Sheila is put off hers when dating a man with [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/12/chapter-11-arme-19.html poor table manners]], who keeps panting ([[FurryReminder being a dog and all]]) at the table.
-->'''Date:''' You gonna finish that?
-->'''Sheila:''' Not anymore.
* RapeAsDrama: Played dead straight. [[spoiler:Sheila is raped by Harvey Longfellow after she discovers that he lied about knowing her husband in Vietnam, and he attempts to rape her. Fisk, who is only about 9 years old, intervenes and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/09/post-48.html hits him with a baseball bat]].]] She realistically suffers a measure of post traumatic stress after this and [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/10/chapter-11-arme-2.html doesn’t date or have sex for about four or five years afterwards]], even though she had a [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/08/post-34.html very liberal attitude towards sex and dating beforehand]]]]. As for the fate of [[spoiler:Longfellow]], he [[spoiler:ends up in the hospital, where some of Jim’s old Army friends [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/10/post-50.html pay him a visit]] and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/10/post-51.html deliberately infect him with lethal meningitis]] with the doctor’s help, so [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident he appears to have died in surgery]].]] Fisk is then sent to a psychiatrist, where he openly admits that [[spoiler:cracking Longfellow over the head was satisfying and the right thing to do]], and that [[spoiler:he does not feel guilty in the slightest about his death]]. When we cut back to the psychiatrist, she’s [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/10/post-52.html happily drawing a dollar sign on her notebook]].
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: None of the few characters revealed as rapists survive the chapters in which they’re introduced.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Lucy’s programme director, who [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/11/chapter-16-lucy-29.html immediately takes action]] when Lucy provides evidence of D’Anna relying on MaliciousSlander throughout her career.
* RemarriedToTheMistress: Done twice over:
** Sheila eventually marries Sam after having an affair with him, though it takes a few years.
** Elizabeth also gets remarried to Fisk after catching her husband cheating on her, starting a relatioship with Fisk and then demanding a divorce.
* RightBehindMe: When Lucy asks Fisk to stop dating Elizabeth, he points out to her that she’s the one who asked him to date her. Unfortunately, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/03/post-97.html Elizabeth is right behind him]] that second.
* RightThroughTheWall:
** Lucy is smart enough to know this will happen when [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/08/chapter-19-part-13.html Robert is coming to spend the night]]. Beth is, too, and offers Lucy to spend the night at her place.
** Fisk and Tommy can hear each other with their girlfriends on the opposite sides of the wall at their hotel suite. [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/01/chapter-20-the-15.html They turn it into a competition.]]
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: Very sporadically. Most notably, Naylor misspells ‘awful’ as ‘aweful’ a few times.
* TheSavageIndian: 9-year-old Fisk apparently thinks [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/08/post-32.html that’s what the Native Americans were like]] until cats (read: [[FantasyCounterpartCulture white colonisers]]) came along. Sheila doesn’t see a problem with it (or, perhaps, only skims through his essays and doesn’t notice), but his teacher understandably does.
* SecretHandshake: Tommy’s and Aron’s hyena friend meets another hyena to get them strippers for Robert’s bachelor party, and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/10/chapter-19-part-23.html they immediately do this]].
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:Sam’s wife’s paranoia about his supposed infidelity makes her very petty and mean-spirited towards him, pushing him to [[YourCheatingHeart start an affair with Sheila]].]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: Downplayed with Fisk, who only suffers {{Flashback Nightmare}}s, but played horribly straight with his war buddy Carlos, who suffers depression and is almost DrivenToSuicide.
* ShipperOnDeck: Lucy is this, on and off, for Fisk and Elizabeth--first she asks Fisk to date her when she wants to cheer her up when she’s the only one who hasn’t developed breasts in their class, then she doesn’t because she can’t spend as much time with her anymore, then she does when she realises how much Fisk cares about her, then she doesn’t because [[spoiler:she’s tragically still [[BrotherSisterIncest in love with Fisk]]]], then she does after [[spoiler:she gets over Fisk]]. By that point she mostly just teases Elizabeth for her [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/01/chapter-17-tria-17.html subtle]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/04/chapter-18-reac-6.html displays]] of jealousy of beth, but after [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-8.html Elizabeth’s husband David]] [[YourCheatingHeart cheats on her]]]], she pretty much [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-11.html spells it out]], and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/02/chapter-24-men-20.html encourages Fisk to pursue the relationship too]].
* ShoutOut:
** The title of Chapter 9, about one of Lucy’s peers dating her to get a stab at her mom, was appropriately titled ‘[[StacysMom Lucy’s Mom]]’.
** Lucy references ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' in [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/06/chapter-22-roll-13.html this strip]] (beware of spoilers!).
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/11/chapter-23-pers-31.html The hospital]] [[spoiler:Persia]] is taken to after [[spoiler:Fisk rescues her from forced prostitution]] is named after singer Grace Jones as an InJoke between Naylor and a friend. [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/10/145.html Another Jones appearance]] appears in ''Webcomic/{{Original Life}}''.
** Fisk the cat [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/02/chapter-24-men-21.html can only think of]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Can_Has_Cheezburger%3F having a cheeseburger]] (beware of spoilers!).
** Jews in this setting are all depicted as [[{{ComicBook/Maus}} mice]].
* SkewedPriorities: Tommy realises this [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/01/chapter-20-the-11.html mid-sentence]].
* SlumberParty: Lucy holds one early on in the comic.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Persia suffers from it [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/11/chapter-13-thic-11.html at least from her teens]] if not earlier, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/06/chapter-18-reac-23.html at least up to her early twenties]], pointing out the tremendous amount of work needed to make sure her beauty is always impeccable, and that from a certain level of beauty people assume one is [[BrainlessBeauty stupid as well]], and her just how horrible {{Stage Mom}}s can be. [[spoiler:Later, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/11/chapter-23-pers-24.html the mob in L.A. gets her addicted to heroin]] and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/11/chapter-23-pers-28.html forces her into prostitution]]]].
* SocietyMarchesOn: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/11/post-64.html Fisk tries this excuse]] to explain why he had sex with Nikki [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior despite being 10]]. It doesn’t work.
* SouthernFriedPrivate: Fisk wonders what he’ll do after graduation, hating the idea of [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/10/chapter-13-thic-2.html going back to school with no proper reason to]]. After seeing his father’s name on a [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/01/chapter-13-thic-24.html monument for fallen soldiers]], [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/01/chapter-13-thic-26.html he decides to enlist as well]].
* SpinOffspring: ''Webcomic/OriginalLife'' is a rare webcomics example.
* SpitTake:
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/05/post-7.html Sheila’s reaction]] when 9-year-old Fisk asks what ‘fuck my brains out’ means.
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/06/post-19.html Fisk is startled]] when Sheila screams out of the blue,
** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/12/chapter-24-men-2.html Beth reacting]] to a [[BrutalHonesty particularly tactless remark]] by [[DumbBlonde Jessica]].
* StacysMom:
** The subject of Chapter 9 (complete with ShoutOut title ‘Lucy’s Mom’) wherein Ted Stephens dates Lucy to get a stab at her ‘porcelain white goddess’ mother.
** Fisk [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/04/chapter-18-reac-8.html makes a jocular remark]] implying Elizabeth’s mother qualifies too.
* StageMom: Persia talks about [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/06/chapter-18-reac-23.html her experience with those]], including her own.
* StagParty: Tommy and his friends arrange one for Robert before he gets married to Jessica.
* StarCrossedLovers: In chronological order of appearance:
** Fisk the gentile and Elizabeth the Jew, on account of Elizabeth’s family, and especially her mother, disapproving of her dating non-Jews. [[spoiler:She eventually stands up to them and [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend marries him at the end of the comic]].]]
** [[spoiler:Fisk and Lucy]], for [[BrotherSisterIncest obvious reasons]].
** Sheila and Sam, who is still married for his son Ryan’s sake. [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/02/chapter-11-arme-39.html His wife finds out]], the divorce [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/04/chapter-11-arme-49.html nearly tears them apart]], but they still make it work and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/06/chapter-18-reac-24.html get married]].]]
** Fisk and Beth, after [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/04/chapter-21-fath-9.html Fisk takes a job that makes it impossible]]]].
* TheStoic: Fisk, from the very first page and progressively more as the comic goes on.
* SuckECheeses: Fun Charlie’s, except it seems fairly [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fun]].
* TakeAThirdOption: When Tommy asks his priest whether he should date Rachel, who is a [[HidingBehindReligion Catholic but a terrible person]], or Lucy, who is wholesome but an atheist, his priest points out that he could find someone else entirely, who can fulfil both his earthly and spiritual needs. Tommy still chooses Lucy, as his faith has diminished too much for him by that point.
* TakeThat:
** Fisk implies to a sexually frustrated friend [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/12/chapter-17-tria-3.html he could get relieved at an air force base]].
** Two {{Easter Egg}}s crudely insult reporter Cynthia Tucker.
** ‘The Art of Living’ parodies and criticises abstract art to hell and back.
** In-universe example: Tommy designed the ‘Evil Sorceress’ in the role-playing game he participates in [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/07/chapter-22-roll-15.html after Rachel]].
* TemptingFate: [[spoiler:Nikki]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/12/chapter-17-tria-2.html remarking Fisk wouldn’t have to actively fight in a war during his service]], just as UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar breaks out.
* TestosteronePoisoning: Fisk insists on [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/11/chapter-13-thic-12.html spearing a fish for no reason]] other than he can. This trope was referenced directly in [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/11/chapter-13-thic-13.html the very next comic]].
* ThanksForTheMammary: Beth dreams about Fisk and realizes that it’s only a dream when she [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/09/chapter-19-part-16.html accidentally grabs Lucy’s left boob]].
-->'''Beth''': ...You’re not Fisk
-->'''Lucy''': DO YOU THINK SO?!
* ThatCameOutWrong: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/06/chapter-18-reac-22.html Persia talking to Lucy]] about how she envies the nice, normal life she has, as opposed to her own [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/06/chapter-18-reac-23.html very stressful life]] [[SoBeautifulItsACurse because of her extreme beauty]], comes out wrong at first.
-->'''Persia:''' It’s okay, Lucy. I’m used to looks. It’s not easy being a walking beauty-magazine cover. Sometimes I wish I had normal, distinguishing little physical flaws like you do.
* ThemeNaming: Fisk ''Black'' has a war buddy named Carlos ''White''.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Almost entirely averted.
** After Fisk [[spoiler:cracks his mother’s rapist Longfellow [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/09/post-48.html over the head with a baseball bat]]]], he’s sent to a therapist for help. He stoically tells her that it was satisfying and the right thing to do, that he is not sorry the man is dead, and that his only regret is that he might get in trouble for feeling that way. The therapist’s response is to [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/10/post-52.html smile and draw a dollar sign on her notepad]], but she does actually help him with some of his later childhood traumas, most notably the loss of his virginity at the age of ten (to a sexually abused eleven-year-old).
** [[spoiler:Nikki]] gets some sorely needed therapy after [[spoiler:the damage done by [[ParentalIncest her father]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/07/chapter-15-reco-8.html resurfaces]]]].
* ThroughHisStomach: [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/12/chapter-11-arme-16.html Implied to be]] part of the reason [[spoiler:Sam falls for Sheila, after his wife angrily stops cooking for him]].
* TitleDrop: On the very last page.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Fisk’s is [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/08/post-32.html implied]][[note]]Note the essay he wrote about ‘why the US is good’[[/note]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/09/chapter-10-brot-12.html to be]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/12/chapter-11-arme-16.html potatoes]]. (Second link includes spoilers)
* TraumaticHaircut: [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/10/chapter-12-exem-49.html Lucy gives Randy one in his sleep]] for [[YourCheatingHeart dating her and Andrea simultaneously]] and lying about putting on a condom when sleeping with her. He takes it very hard, refusing to remove his hat even when sleeping, but he doesn’t hold a grudge against her.]]
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior:
** Cindy, who is implied to be only 9, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/05/post-7.html has an eighth grader boyfriend she has sex with]].
** Some children drop F-bombs every now and then.
** [[spoiler:[[BrotherSisterIncest Fisk and Lucy]]]] have sex in their freshmen year.
* TrueCompanions: By the end of the series, Lucy, Elizabeth, Amy, Beth, and Jessica. [[spoiler:Lucy and Elizabeth even become sisters-in-law.]]
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler:Elizabeth for Fisk, eventually.]]
* WallOfText: On occasion there will be a page or two with dense dialogue, often when Fisk explains his reasonings.
* WarIsHell: As Fisk [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/04/chapter-18-reac-4.html relives in his dreams]].
* WhatIsEvil: Persia says Ralphie, the weasel who [[spoiler:[[SexSlave forced her into prostitution]]]], repeatedly claimed that [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2008/12/chapter-23-pers-32.html there is no such thing as good or evil]]. Fisk says that in that case, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard he has no argument]] against [[spoiler:Fisk killing him]].
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: One of the men Sheila dates is a hyena ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture read: black]]), and asks her if he can call her ‘white chocolate’. [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/12/chapter-11-arme-19.html She is visibly disturbed.]]
* WhiteVoidRoom: Frequently.
* WomanScorned:
** Downplayed example with [[spoiler:Sam’s wife]], who [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/03/chapter-11-arme-42.html slaps Sheila]] ''hard'' in front of Lucy for [[spoiler:[[YourCheatingHeart having an affair with her husband]]]].
** Lucy [[spoiler:Lucy gives Randy a TraumaticHaircut [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/10/chapter-12-exem-49.html in his sleep]]]] for [[spoiler:[[YourCheatingHeart dating her and Andrea simultaneously]] and lying about putting on a condom when sleeping with her]]. He takes it very hard, [[spoiler:refusing to remove his hat even when sleeping]], and she remarks he should be thankful she hadn’t taken more [[GroinAttack extreme measures]].
* WondrousLadiesRoom: The Blacks are on their way to visit relatives and stop for gas. Fisk uses the opportunity to go relieve himself, and soon discovers that while the [[GuysAreSlobs men’s]] room is [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/10/chapter-13-thic-3.html filthy beyond belief]], the women’s room [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/10/chapter-13-thic-4.html is utterly spotless]].
-->'''Fisk:''' I knew it.
* YouAreTooLate: Sam tries to stop [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/02/chapter-11-arme-39.html the private investigator]] his wife sent after him]], demanding that he hand over [[spoiler:the pictures he took of them [[YourCheatingHeart having an affair]]]], but he tells him [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/03/chapter-11-arme-40.html his wife already knows]], he’s just there to help build the case for her lawyer]].
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Sheila is discussing how irritable she is with Kelly, Elizabeth’s mother, and suggests she might need a man again, confiding in her that [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/10/chapter-11-arme-2.html she hadn’t had one]] since [[spoiler:principal Longfellow, who lied to her, cheated on her, and ''raped'' her]] about four or five years beforehand. Given Sheila’s [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/08/post-34.html liberal attitude towards sex and dating]] beforehand, Kelly is obviously shocked, and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/10/chapter-11-arme-3.html suggests she set her up with some single men she knows]], but they are all [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/12/chapter-11-arme-19.html terrible dates]] and [[spoiler:she ultimately [[YourCheatingHeart starts an affair]] with Sam instead]].
* YourCheatingHeart: A recurring theme.
** [[spoiler:Longfellow]] [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2003/09/post-44.html cheats on Sheila with another woman]].
** [[spoiler:Sam]] cheats on his wife with Sheila.
** The most {{Egregious}} examples happen throughout ‘[[NonIndicativeName Exemplary Girls]]’:
*** [[spoiler:Randy cheats on Andrea with Lucy ''and vice-versa''. He seems to have [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/08/chapter-12-exem-35.html a penchant for it]].]]
*** Elizabeth cheats on Marvin Lipschitz with [[spoiler:Fisk]] at Lucy’s unintentional encouragement.
*** Marissa [[spoiler:turns out to have been ''[[BatmanGambit relying]]'' on Fisk cheating on her and Randy cheating on Lucy to [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/08/chapter-12-exem-36.html get a shot with Lucy]]]], and [[spoiler:her predictions were right, except it doesn’t work]]. Lucy is very upset, thinking she was the only one who came to the Halloween party with honest intentions.
** Rachel constantly cheats on Tommy, eventually driving to leave her for Lucy.
** Notably averted with Beth, who prefers {{Polyamory}} and open relationships, and gets called out on it when she get jealous for Fisk.
** Near the end of the series, [[spoiler:[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2009/01/chapter-24-men-8.html Elizabeth catches her husband David cheating]]]], prompting her to [[spoiler:pursue a relationship with Fisk, [[ShipperOnDeck at Lucy’s encouragement]]]].
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