"Hey, Mega Man! Wanna go do something stupid?"
Probably the most influential
of all Sprite Comics
ever. Stands on three pillars: No Fourth Wall
, Mega Man (Classic)
and stupidity. Originally, it was intended to just be filler
for a hand-drawn comic
the author was making, but the idiotic adventures of Mega Man and friends proved more popular, and the title characters were incorporated into the author's skewed vision of the Megaverse.
The bulk of the comic can be boiled down to a basic format; once a year, there would be a parodic retelling of one of the 8-bit Mega Man
games, and once a year, a villain would show up and try to kill everyone. Filling the gaps are a mind-boggling amount of Time Travel
, Alternate Universes
, stupid antics, meta-interactions with the comic's author, and, of course, the titular Bob and George, two brothers who were a supervillain
respectively before getting warped into the Mega Man Universe
Ran daily (mostly) from April 1st, 2000, to July 28th, 2007, making
, and generally making tropes into all sorts of funny shapes
throughout its once-a-day, seven-year run
Can be found right through this link
It was also known for hosting many sub-comics, of which only MS Paint Masterpieces
is still known to update. Sometimes.
Includes examples of:
- Aborted Arc: Not directly in the comic per se, but the 'Cataclysm' side-story is a good example. Referenced in-comic by X, Zero, Protoman, and Bob; meant to explain the intentional gap between the Mega Man (Classic) and Mega Man X series, with the plot being that Dr. Wily's building and premature activation of Zero, causing him to systematically kill and destroy every member of the Mega Man continuity. Originally planned to be animated multi-part flash movies, according to Dave himself, they became "A lesson in frustration for everyone involved." Eight episodes were planned, but less than half of them ever saw the light of day, due to the project stalling out and Anez's life progressing towards adulthood. Anez himself has stated that he'd like to finish them one day, but "I don't really know if that day will ever come."
- Above Good and Evil: Bob claims he and George are this. George doesn't agree.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Mega Man, naturally, in this strip. He was also (temporarily?) too stupid to realize that he had fatal wounds.
- Actual Pacifist: The aptly named Pacifist Man.
- All of the Other Reindeer
- Alternate Universe: There are an infinite number of them, and Bob visits a lot of them.
- Amnesiac Dissonance
- Ambidextrous Sprite: Awesomely lampshaded here. And then parodied in a fan edit◊ on the forum.
- Pointedly averted in the Mega Man 4 storyline, as Mega Man attains more and more damage to his body.
- Ambiguously Gay: Zero and X.
- Animated Adaptation: Comics We Wanted to See Animated.
- The Annotated Edition: The on-site commentary, which currently goes up to March 18th, 2005.
- Anticlimax: Mega Man's fight with Skull Man, after tons of fan speculation. (Skull Man got better.)
- Ascended Fanboy: A variation with George. He grew up playing the Mega Man and Mega Man X games in his home dimension. Now he gets to fight alongside the characters he used to control in the games.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "George can't use his blaster, I still have yours, and I just happen to be wearing my asbestos undies today."
- Atrocious Alias:
- Author Guest Spot: Practically invented it.
- Baby Talk
- Backhanded Apology
- Back from the Dead: Almost everyone at one time or another.
- Bad Dreams
- Batman Gambit: The whole plot was one by Bob and George's mom to toughen George up and to show Bob that he Can't Get Away with Nuthin' .
- Batman Grabs a Gun: In the last five strips of the series, George figures out how to work his Power Armor's Arm Cannon, and takes aim at Bob.
- Because Destiny Says So: Alternate Mega Man and Crystal Man believe in this. Alternate Bass does not. Which is right seems to vary.
- Berserk Button: Bob displays two.
- The first was pressed when he made a big show on how Alternate Mega Man couldn't possibly get through his shield. Mega Man does exactly that and reduces Bob to incoherent rage.
- The second is triggered when Metool D2 threatens to do...something...to Bob's mother.
- Also, do not speak against ice cream.
- Nobody ***ing squashes Non-Alternate Mynd.
- Big Red Button: The control to George's time suit isn't red, but it's big, and quite important according to Dr. Light.
- Bilingual Dialogue
- Blatant Lies: Dr. Wily whenever he's interacting with Dr. Light.
- Bloody Hilarious: Bloody Explanations
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Played with, as the villain doesn't just wander away, and the trap worked. Mostly.
- Bowdlerization: A rare case where the author had to Bowdlerize himself (and Up to Eleven at that) by replacing a strip which was already censored to begin with (Heat Man's Snack was originally this◊ — see Heat Man's Armor for the set up).
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The characters are very aware of being aware of being in a webcomic, with forums. Kinda hard not to since the Author is a semi-regular character.
- Brick Joke: While Bob was unconscious (during Mynd's arrival in the main universe), the 2001 Halloween comic occurred. 40 strips later...
- Burning with Anger: Bob. Unsurprising since he has fire powers.
- The Butler Did It
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: "Cool! I'm just a pair of glowing floating eyeballs!"
- Cain and Abel: Bob and George on a few occasions. Interestingly, Bob is the villainous one, despite being the younger brother.
- Calling Your Attacks
Ran: COSSACK BUSTER!!!
- Came Back Wrong: Mega Man's very hasty reassembling of Skull Man:
Skull Man: Would someone remove my arm from what is not an arm socket?!
- Camp Gay: Top Man and Very Alternate Bob.
- Canine Companion: Rush
- Card-Carrying Villain: "What? I'm evil. I Lied."
- Cats Are Mean: Tango spends several comics screwing with Rush and Treble.
- The Cavalry
- Cerebus Syndrome, to some extent.
- Chained to a Railway: Alternate Mega Man in the fifth game parody.
- Character Development: Mostly averted with the Static Character Mega Man characters, but George is an example who goes through subtle, but important, character development through the comic's run.
- Circling Birdies
- Civilian Villain: Dr. Wily, a few times.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Zero in the first Cataclysm Movie.
- Cold-Blooded Torture
- Commonality Connection: Ice cream!
- Contemplate Our Navels
- Continuity Porn: Somehow, David has managed to tie up as many loose ends up as possible using only this technique. And it worked!
- Contractual Genre Blindness
- Contractual Immortality: Used by George at several points to survive situations that should have killed him. He can occasionally use it to shield whoever is closest.
- Contrived Coincidence
- Cool Gate: The original dimensional portal in Bob and George's home dimension.
- Cool Shades: Proto Man and all his recolors.
- Cower Power: How Mega Man Faces Danger
- Crazy-Prepared: Proto Man. Occasionally the villains, particularly in later years.
- Creator Breakdown: Parodied In-Universe. When The Author breaks down, the comic literally falls apart until he's placated with explosions.
- Crossover: During his journey through parallel dimensions, Bob ends up as a guest on Fairly Aimless RPG Talk Show or FARTS (click on episode 5 to see their half of the crossover, or you can just click here to see the Bn G webcomic's cross-post of the relevant bit).
- Almost every anniversary party chapter can be seen as a crossover between the main Bob and George comic and the many comics that are hosted on the site.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Mega Man; ordinarily an idiot, but he often develops quite clever strategies whenever he heads into battle. His programming states that stupidity is a secondary objective, and he ignores it while performing his primary task - fighting stuff.
- Crying Indian: Tomahawk Man from the sixth game.
- Cut Himself Shaving: After the Shadowy Author revives dead characters in the Rockman Universe. Bob tells Rock and Dr. Light that they fell down. Rock then questions if Roll fell up, as she's tied to the ceiling. Bob responses that he put her up there to prevent her from falling down.
- Damsel in Distress: Kalinka in the fourth game parody.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Mynd and Non-Alternate Mynd seem to read the Evil Overlord List. They still make mistakes, though.
- Deadly Dodging: Proto Man fires at the Helmeted Author, who phases out. The shot hits and kills George.
- Deadpan Snarker: Helmut, Roll, the Author. And, of course, Dave Anez himself in the commentary.
- Death Trap
- Delayed Ripple Effect: Any time time travel is used.
- Didn't See That Coming
- Didn't We Use This Joke Already?: Used repeatedly, even to the point of going meta.
- Dimension Lord: Mynd claims to be one.
- Distressed Dude: George.
- The Ditz: Bass, most of the time. Even Mega Man needs someone stupider than him (he can be smart, but Dr. Wily prefers to leave him in idiot mode so that his plans aren't constantly criticised).
- Divided We Fall
- Do Androids Dream?
- Dodge the Bullet
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the comments for a battle between Snake Man and Ring Man in the 6th games Robot Tournament, Anez admitted that he ran out of amusing filler robots with some relation and just threw in the two least quirkiest robots for that day's comic. The next day he commented on how many e-mails he got explaining "the obvious relationship between snakes and rings."
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu
- Don't Explain the Joke: "It's funny... laugh dammit!!"
- Doomed by Canon: Even though most of the cast get killed during major storylines (such as in "The Attack of Mynd") and get better once they're over, it seems as if the Cataclysm would be their Final Deaths. Then it turns out that they merely faked their deaths, making this trope a subversion.
- Dramatic Thunder
- Dramatic Wind, heavily lampshaded.
- Drunken Master: Dr. Cossack - "While I am an excellent programmer while sober, I am a programming MASTER when tanked."
- Duck!: Both definitions apply here.
- Dumbass Has a Point
- Early Installment Weirdness: Early on there was a Running Gag about the characters complaining about having to take part in the comic. This was slowly dropped as the comic went on since Dave Anez felt having the joke would just get more and more stale.
- Einstein Hair: Dr Wily, naturally.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Bob
- Evil Counterpart: As in the games, Bass to Mega Man. Though in this case, Wily went a little too far in having Bass one-up Mega Man in everything. Yes, he's stronger and faster...but he's also stupider.
- Evil Is Not Well Lit: Played with. Mynd is unable to find the lightswitch in his lair.
- Evil Overlord List: Used quite a lot with Mynd.
- This was supposed to be how he found out about it.
- Evil Smells Bad
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: Wily's fortresses.
- Expecting Someone Taller
- Expendable Alternate Universe: The Rockman Universe and the alternates in the final battle, who are sent out in droves. Averted in the case of George himself, who does care what happens to the Mega Man universe despite not being from it.
- A Fate Worse Than Death
- Fiery Red Head: Hi Bob.
- Filler Strips: A rare (if not unique) case of the Filler Strips becoming the actual strip.
- Follow the Leader: Inspired hundreds, if not thousands of copycat sprite comics.
- Fire-Forged Friends
- Flaw Exploitation
- Forgot I Could Fly: Note: do not point out to a character who has spent six months suspended by his arms in Dr. Wily's fortress that he has superpowers and could have escaped. Mega Man also often forgets he can teleport, although subverted in one occasion he is badly injured and forced to crawl to his base due to the fact it was broken.
- Forgotten Superweapon
- A Friend in Need
- Funny Background Event: Played straight the "Something Different arc". He's also subverted this in a few comics where the funny background events would be given their own panel(s) in the foreground.
- Fun with Acronyms: The Fairly Aimless RPG Talk Show
- Fusion Dance: Nate and Chadling can do this with other characters, resulting in combinations like Charge (George + Chadling).
- Gainax Ending: Par for the course with how the rest of plot was.
- Gambit Index: Practically every trope involving plots that are contorted, nonsensical, retconned or impossibly complicated.]]
- Genius Ditz: Mega Man, when fighting Robot Masters and Dr. Light with his inventions.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: George and Proto Man stumble across a VHS tape of the First Annual Robot Tournament (the events leading to Mega Man 6). Turns out, it's just a documentary. But George really wants to find out what happened:
: There's only one way to find out what really happened! We have to go back in time! (Proto Man slaps George across the face) (Beat) George
: ...did you just bitch-slap me? Proto Man
: Yes. You needed it. George
: Yes I did. Thanks.
- Get It Over With
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Gamma from the Mega Man 3 storyline made a reappearance at the climax of the Mega Man 4 storyline, only to get stepped on by a colossal Eddie.
- Glass Cannon: Ran's a One-Hit-Point Wonder to the extreme, but his Cossack Buster is one of the most destructive in the entire comic.
- A God Am I: X
- Goggles Do Something Unusual
- Go Mad from the Isolation
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Bob has them. His mother sent them.
- Good Is Dumb: Why George forgot
- Gossipy Hens Here
- Grandfather Clause: Gets away with sprite comic clichés because it started most of them.
- Grandfather Paradox: Played with extensively using various examples.
- Guest Strip: A Special Comic By Someone Else.
- Half-Human Hybrid: The commentary mentions that Bob and George's mom is actually a succubus.
- Happily Ever After
- Harmless Villain: Wily turns into one pretty quickly, and has been part of at least one Enemy Mine.
- Heel-Face Turn: Crash Man
- Helping Hands
- Hero Antagonist: In the 6th Mega Man game storyline, all the bosses were trying to stop a rampaging Mega Man, who had undergone a Face-Heel Turn after being reprogrammed by Vic.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Heroic Second Wind
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Very visible.
- High-Pressure Blood: Pretty much everybody, but Helmut takes the cake.
- Honorary Uncle: Mega Man attempts to make Helmut this for no apparent reason.
- How Much Did You Hear?: Not only is it a Running Gag, but the monologuing character complaining about the Running Gag has become a part of said Running Gag.
- Hurricane of Puns: Many times. Later, it's forcibly subverted in the Guts Man vs. Stone Man fight.
Bob: Who will triumph when these two behemoths square off?
Stone Man: I will, cause you ain't got no guts!
Guts Man: Pssh! You're stoned!
Bob: One more pun and I will kill you both myself, understand?
- I Did What I Had to Do: An inversion is parodied here.
- Ice-Cream Koan
- Identical Twin ID Tags: The alternate future and alternate far-future versions of Bass and Mega Man wear nametags, thanks to the Author's intervention. Then the alternate far-far-future versions of Bass and Mega Man arrive with similar name tags...and then take them off, revealing themselves to be the present-day alternate Bass and Mega Man.
- Idiot Ball: The MM 4 Robot Masters in the April 21, 2003 comic.
Wow, who would've thought that all of the Robot Masters would just be standing around in a big field together in the middle of nowhere where Mega Man could just conveniently run into them? I mean, seriously, aren't they supposed to be out trying to Take Over the World
- Ignored Aesop: "[V]iolence is never the answer."
- I Lied: Oh, god. Every single villain does this at least one. "What? I'm evil. I Lied." The first instance even has a Notable References to TV Tropes example.
- Immune to Drugs: Dr. Light has an alcohol tolerance that could rival that of André the Giant. His response to being told he "must've consumed enough to take down a bull elephant"?
Dr. Light: Bull elephant? Pssh... lightweights.
- Implausible Deniability
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Mynd
- Indy Ploy: Pretty much the entire comic, according to the author. In the comments section he admits that he was basically winging the entire thing, and whenever he created a plot hole, he was willing to go to absurd lengths to fix them, introducing time travel, clones, etc... rather than just let the hole remain.
- The Infiltration: Several, both villainous and heroic.
- In Medias Res: The Attack of Non-Alternate Mynd starts off this way. While previous events had lead up to this, the actual series of comics starts off with George, Protoman and Mike standing on a pile of corpses, fighting, with no explanation as to how they got there. Mynd asks George to explain How We Got Here.
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: In some of the fan comics.
- In the Back: Often.
- Ironic Echo - "Jesus, Dr. Light, it's only one button!"
- I Take Offense to That Last One
- I Work Alone: One reason Bob gives for turning down Mynd's offer.
- Jedi Mynd Trick: Mynd uses this on Chadling to force the disobedient minion to obey him. Unfortunately for Mynd, after a certain point it stops working....
- The Author once attempts to use the Jedi Mind Trick on the audience in a literal attempt to Hand Wave a plot hole. It doesn't work.
- Jerk Ass: Doctor Light.
- Just A Flesh Wound: Most of the characters are robots, after all. And it wasn't like Mega Man really needed that arm anyway...
- Just Eat Him
- Kick Them While They Are Down
- Kill It with Fire: Bob is very fond of this trope.
- Knights and Knaves - parodied with Gemini Man.
- Lampshade Hanging: They do this so often that they hang lampshades on their habit of lampshade hanging.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: What Wily fakes in order to infiltrate Dr. Light's lab and set up the events of the third game after trying to take over the world twice.
- Subverted during a time travel mishap, when everyone's too distracted to remember they're supposed to do this to two of the characters to prevent a paradox.
- Lecture As Exposition
- Lets See You Do Better: The commentary here. (The actual comic, too, but mostly the commentary)
- Not the actual comic, but the Custom Comic (and glue factory) thread on the official forums lives off this trope.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: One of the titular characters manipulates lightning.
- Lost Aesop
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Parodied with Bob (Darth Volcanus) in the 4th game.
Mega Man: Ring Man, I am your father.
Ring Man: No you're not.
Mega Man: You win this argument.
- Also used in the third game with Break Man aka Protoman. He can't pass up the opportunity to tell Mega Man they're brothers.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Mynd says this in this strip when Charge sliced off his left hand. Charge responds to this by slicing his right hand.
- I'm Thinking It Over!: "George's Decision":
Mynd: Will you stand aside and let me deal with the imposter, or do you want to die too?
Mike/Proto Man: George!
George: What?! I'm thinking!
- I Was Told There Would Be Cake
- Malicious Misnaming: Roll's nickname for Mike is Ninja Ned, which he hates.
- Malicious Slander
- The Man
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane
- Medium Awareness: Everyone.
- Milestone Celebration: Averted in the 500th Comic, much to the characters' chagrin.
- A Million Is a Statistic
- Mirror Universe: The alternate universe has all characters swapping their core personality traits. So Proto Man becomes stupid, Mega Man is a genius and George is super-violent.
- Monster of the Week: In every year of the comic, somebody attacks and the heroes defeat him. The "monsters of the year" are, in order: The Yellow Demon, Bob, Mynd, "evil Mega Man", Helmut, Non-alternate Mynd, X, and finally Bob again.
- Mook-Face Turn: Blame the ice cream.
- Morality Dial: All of Dr. Light's robots have one. Bass, on the other hand, has a switch whose two options are "evil" and "stupid".
- More Hero Than Thou
- Motor Mouth: Quick Man.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Skull Man's Skull Barrier is hyped by Skull Man as an "ultimate weapon", but subsequent strips have Mega Man pointing out how it's anything but.
- Mundane Utility: The initial purpose of all the robots created in the first game. After all, why have a fridge when you can have a robot that produces cold standing in a box?
- Mushroom Samba: Needle Man's needles cause hallucinations.
- My God, What Have I Done?
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Parodied, with the villain/hero roles reversed, in this comic.
- Played straight here
- Name and Name
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Dr. Light's entire pathos with X is this. He meddles with X's programming to the point where he makes him an antisocial wuss who is pacifistic (resulting in a botched plan by Proto Man and Roll to steal his blaster) and hates ice-cream (making it impossible to make friends with people, especially George, Chadling and Mega Man). After a off-handed remark by George that he can't force people to be his friend, X goes nuts and does exactly that... with a little help from the wireless router Dr. Light used to build X's brain.
- No Fourth Wall: The Author keeps arguing with the characters.
- Nonverbal Miscommunication: Nate tries to inform Mega Man and Bass about Mynd's evil plans, but they think he's reminding them about the upcoming Halloween strip. However, Protoman gets it.
- Noodle Implements: Protoman's plan to get X's blaster required car batteries, cinder blocks, iced tea and the city's ENTIRE supply of yogurt.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond
- The Nose Knows
- Not Now, Kiddo
- Notable References to TV Tropes: This commentary, which also brings up the propensity for I Lied.
- Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: In this comic, George says these exact words (minus "here"). Bob immediately proves him otherwise by blowing up a building.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Though Mega Man is a genuine idiot, he has feigned stupidity in battle to cause his opponents to drop their guard. Most famously against Ring Man.
- Odd-Shaped Panel
- Offhand Backhand: They're still sunglasses, you stupid bastard...
- One-Dimensional Thinking: Deliberately averted
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: The Cameo character Ran, for whom Death Is a Slap on the Wrist.
- One-Two Punchline: After Bob revives from unconciousness off panel, when he actually appears in the penultimate panel of the next comic, he is wearing a ridiculous girly costume. The final panel has him making a reference to the prior Halloween comic, which is where the costume originated.
- Only Sane Man: Proto Man, and also Ring Man.
- Overclocking Attack
- Overused Running Gag: Wily complaining about him never seeing people are around to hear his plans. In the case of Word of God, he admits that this is most of his jokes and a large part of the humor.
- Paint It Black: Bob's outfit is literally a Proto Man costume charred black (fanart depicts his scarf in rags for extra effect).
- Painting the Medium: Whenever story lines change, the background color changes too. This, like many tropes, gets lampshaded.
- Parental Favoritism: Dr Light, towards X.
- People Jars
- Playing with Fire: Bob
- Plot Armor: Lampshaded in this strip, double subverted in the next strip and seemingly used straight with a prior Lampshade Hanging in this strip and the previous one.
- Later, it's given a Double Subversion. Bob and George can't die because they're in the title of the comic, so when the plot calls for George to actually die, the title of the comic changes to allow it to happen. He gets better, though, and the title returns to "Bob and George."
- Plot Hole: Averted, or so the Author says.
- Popularity Power: Star Man lampshades this trope in the sixth game storyline, believing this will guarantee his victory until he realizes his opponent is Shadow Man.
- This is the reason Mega Man had to put Skull Man back together after accidentally taking him out in one panel.
- Power Glows: Most notably George. Bob smolders instead.
- Power of Friendship
- Precision F-Strike: Someone uses the F word (uncensored) once annually, pretty much making this the epitome of the trope. The strips in question are always titled "[Character Name] Says The F-Word."
- Prepare to Die
- Pressure Sensitive Interface: Seen here  and here .
- Quirky Mini Boss Squad: The Robot Masters, and Mynd's minions, Chadling and Ned.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: So rag tag that sometimes Wily even joins in on the heroes' side.
- Rage Against the Author: Bob's ultimate plan.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: During July 2003, the Author had not only lost his internet connection, but the site also suffered a server crash. In the following month, he had to play catch up, resulting in many of the punchlines being mediocre, to the point where the author actually apologises in-comic.
- Recap Episode: There's quite a few of them, most notably "Story Time".
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Bob does this when particularly pised.
- Red-Headed Stepchild
- Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: Subverted here.
- Retcon: Lampshaded many times.
- Reverse Mole
- Reverse Psychology
- Right Behind Me: Happens to Wily all the time. Subverted at one point, where no one was behind Wily, and he complained it just wasn't the same.
- Inverted during the final storyline, where Bob (who at this point believed he killed Wily) boasts that Metool-D2's shield won't stop his Robot Master army, at which point Wily appears behind Bob to have a say on the matter, revealing that Bob only killed a robot decoy.
- Rock Bottom
- Room 101: The Rehabilitator.
- Rule of Funny: Here we are given a "scientific" explanation where this is named "The Gag Reflex".
- The comic runs on this, really. Acknowledged by Ran:
Ran:And it's not just time traveling. The way I see it, we've broken every law of physics except the third law of thermodynamics.
Dr. Light: Aha! Negative two Kelvin!
Ran: Never mind...
- Rule of Three
- Running Gag: So many, it's better to just point at a list. Which is almost certainly incomplete.
- Also most of the gags are given multiple subversions.
- Schmuck Bait
- Schrödinger's Butterfly
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Dr. Light in this strip.
- Screw Destiny: Alternate Bass.
- Self-Deprecation: Sprinkled about here and there, mostly about the abundance of powerful original characters, Contrived Coincedences, and recolors.
- Shark Pool: A robotic version in Maneki Man vs. Mouse Man. More notably part of a convoluted trap to kill Alternate Mega Man when Bob took over Wily's fortress.
- Shock and Awe: George's powers.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!
- Spot the Imposter: Lampshaded and parodied here.
- Shaggy Dog Story: almost the entire storyline
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: subverted
- Shout-Out: "Oh god, I hope it's not Superman, he's a dick."
- Single Malt Vision
- Snowball Fight
- Something Only They Would Say
- The Speechless: Nate. He occasionally makes use of signs or elaborate waving of hands. Or at least as elaborate as a sprite comic can get.
- Spirit Advisor: The Shadowy Author.
- Stable Time Loop
- Super Power Meltdown
- Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: Parodied during the adaptation for the first game, where all of Dr. Light's robots seemed suited for combat, but are all designed to do mundane household chores (Proto Man's a butler, Cut Man's a gardener, Ice Man lives in a fridge, Guts Man's a garbage man, Fire Man manages the fireplace, Elec Man powers the TV, and Bomb Man... is just a love machine).
- Supervillain Lair: Wily's fortresses.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Wily has many of these.
- Swallowed Whole: Several people by Demons.
- Take That: According to Anez, some fans complained about the characters' dialogue being to stilted and too Superfriends-sounding. He then wrote a comic in which the characters spouted William Shakespeareian dialect (appropriately titled "Mega Hamlet", as Bob had wandered into a Shakespeare-influenced universe), leaving Bob to note, "Well, at least they don't sound like something out of Superfriends..."
- Tastes Like Friendship: Often also like ice cream.
- Technical Pacifist: Almost everyone, though Death Is Cheap and people do die.
- Temporal Paradox
- Title Drop: Here.
- Thicker Than Water
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!
- This Is no Time to Panic
- Three-Laws Compliant: While called upon several times, they definitely are not compliant.
- Time Travel and everyone directly involved will gain a severe hate for it.
- Too Dumb to Fool
- Too Dumb to Live: Inverted. Mega Man has the "extraordinary ability to not recognize life-threatening injuries" — he's too stupid to die.
- Played straight with many of the robot masters, though; Bubble Man in the game tries to make you jump to the top of the screen with the Deadly Spikes. In the strip, all Rock has to do is do bet him that he can't reach the spikes.
- Torture First, Ask Questions Later: Mike engage in a bit of this in the Boband George when trying to interrogate Bob.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Chadling, George, and Mega Man will find a way to get ice cream whether it involves betraying their employer, ruining continuity, or suffering the side effects of massive dairy consumption while lactose intolerant.
- Chadling initially loved bananas, but that was quickly traded for ice cream.
- Bob also mentions, almost in passing, during one of the hand drawn strips that he love BBQ. When he is the Big Bad of the last plot events are just kicking off before the 4th. He tells all his robots to stand down. The text during the celebration shows that he only did so because he seems to enjoy a good BBQ almost as much as George loves ice cream, and will take any excuse to start up the grill within sense.
- Trope Codifier: Did not create the sprite comic, but did set a lot of standards for them.
- [Trope Name]: "The Formula"
- Two Lines, No Waiting
- Unreadable Disclaimer: Bob almost becomes a victim of this in the short crossover chapter mentioned above.
Macc: Say, can I get your autograph? Right here on this soul-sealing contract-looking piece of paper?
Bob: Yeah sure, no problem... Say, what's all this small type that looks suspiciously like fine print... Hey!
Macc: Damn... oh come on, sign it.
- Unrealistic Black Hole
- Unwilling Suspension: George, during the third game. Among others. Many others.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: Discussed in the commentary here.
- Villains Out Shopping: Bob might be in the middle of destroying the universe, but he always has time for BBQ.
- Villainous Breakdown
- Visible Invisibility: So that the reader knows where Shadow Man is.
- Visible Silence
- We Can Rule Together
- Weirdness Magnet: If the Author appears, weird things 'will' happen to whatever universe or timeline he's in. At one point a character in the future complains that because the Author hadn't showed up for years in his timeline, things have gotten boring 'and' he hasn't had a good reason to smirk for ages.
- We Need a Distraction: Bass has a very pretty transformation sequence.
- Webcomic Of The Game: In between the exploits of the title characters and other original characters, there's the 8-bit Mega Man games.
- Wham Sound Effect: In the very last non-animated strip:
: (as George finally got the Buster part of his suit working)
: Oh! Your blaster! You finally got it to work. Bravo! But we both know you don't have the balls to use it! You never did and you never will! Now if you'll excuse me, I have an author to— (*click*) Bob
: ...click? Click?! You were going to fucking shoot me! George
: Actually, it was set to full strength, so technically I was going to kill you
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Here.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Mega Man's blatant homophobia towards Topman. He gets called out on this afterward. By Helmut no less.
- What Were You Thinking?: Mega Man to Dr. Light after Dr. Wily reprogrammed his robot servants.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Whether or not the comics takes place in Japan or not is a point of debate, particularly at the fourth of July celebrations.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Bob's fear of Pokémon.
- With Great Power
- A Wizard Did It
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
- The Worf Effect: It happens to most Mega Man characters when they're facing an original character.
- Would Not Shoot a Civilian
- Wound That Will Not Heal: Alternate George has his eyes plucked out in his first appearance. They're still bleeding seven years later.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Knightman.
- You Are Too Late
- You Can See Me??: During George's time travel escapades. Only Bass and Rush can see him.
- You Can't Fight Fate
- You Have Failed Me: As Mega Man explains to Bass, it's essentially a requirement for all evil villains to kill their lackeys once they screw up. Nothing personal.
- You Killed My Father
- You Shall Not Pass
- You Wanna Get Sued?: here
- Zombie Apocalypse: In a Halloween special.