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Awesome Fridge Webcomic YMMV
) is a gag-per-day humorous webcomic written by Adam Huber, started on October 19, 2009. Bug Martini features caricatures of cockroaches as its characters and uses those character to poke fun at a wide array of subjects. The comic touches on a wide variety of comedic material, with little pattern as to what Huber will lampoon. The comics themselves rarely have a set punchline, often instead having a joke in each panel, thus providing
multiple laughs per strip.
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Update: Every weekday at midnight sharp.
Bug Martini contains examples of: 0% Approval Rating: This comic shows the downsides of being a world-conquering Evil Overlord, one of which is to be hated by the oppressed citizens. Acceptable Targets: The army would need to invoke this trope to convince the bug to join. Adolf Hitlarious: Here Bug shows us it's a bad idea to argue with Hitler over the internet. Adults Are Useless: Instead they gamble on your every move. A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Amnesia Danger: In this strip, the amnesiac Bug is told that he is a secret agent pursued by enemy operatives. Subverted in that the doctor is lying about the fact. Animated Actors: The characters basically treat it as a job and some strips revolve around them improvising a last-minute change. Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Art Evolution: Bugs became noticeably thinner, and their eyes are now much more expressive and less like blank white dots. Lampshaded here. Batman Gambit: A young bug used to instigate his friends into risky behavior so he could live vicariously through them. Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: Regarding doing jury duty from home over the internet: "Guilty, guilty, innocent, guy with his wang out, guilty..." Black Comedy: Done oh so well here and here. Blatant Lies: Skipping isn't gay. No, really, it's about as non-gay as unicorns, sparklers, ribbons, and baskets. Blessed with Suck: "A time machine is the worst gift you could receive." Bold Inflation: Usually in spots where one might naturally emphasize words. Brain Bleach: "Hm... maybe I can destroy this memory by drinking turpentine." Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Buried Alive: A sign you may be getting older. (A rare case where it's Played for Laughs.) Cassandra Truth: "Son, there's no such thing as zombies..." Censor Box: Usually used to show when characters are explicitly naked, as private parts aren't normally shown. Lampshaded in one strip where an overweight bug's flab has covered up the censor bar on his crotch. Child Hater: Bug seems to be one, though he may be just brutally honest. Of course, he is more than willing to trade a child for a working web server. Concealment Equals Cover: The very first strip, as seen above, features bullets bouncing off garbage cans. Cool Chair: The lack of one is the reason the bug could never be a super villain. Crush. Kill. Destroy!: Seen in this strip. Cursed with Awesome: Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Many are displayed in Discontinued Methods of Execution. Danger Takes A Back Seat: A reason why the bug is so paranoid. Disproportionate Retribution: Bug loves this trope. Dress Code: Variations on casual friday. Driven to Suicide: By his website going down. A Dog Named Dog: In some early strips, the main bug character is writing a letter and signs his name as Bug. Emo Teen: Even worse when they become a zombie. Enhance Button: Lampshaded here. Every Car Is a Pinto: Invoked here.
Extreme Omni Goat: Though the goat doesn't eat anything, goats' propensity for eating anything is used in this comic. Falling in Love Montage: Deconstructed. Fan Hater: In-Universe example. The bug's Grinch persona is one. Five Stages of Grief: Inverted in "The Five Stages of Joy". Genghis Gambit: What the UN should be doing. GIFT: Much popular than gouging one's eyes out. Good Angel, Bad Angel: Want vs. need. Good Flaws, Bad Flaws: Is it possible to have indifferent flaws? Grammar Nazi: Lampshading the lack of other alternatives. Gratuitous French: Au contraire! Groin Attack: Discussed. Doesn't happen much when you're an adult. Growing Up Sucks: Guns Akimbo: Invoked here.
"Ack! What amazing peripheral vision!"
Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Usually in business settings, where the characters wear ties and nothing else. Hitler Ate Sugar: Parodied here, where it's pointed out that it's hard to get in a web debate with Hitler, because you can't compare him to Hitler. Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: Discussed here, on the second panel it's pointed out that people still want to kill him even after his death. Hollywood Satanism: Won't it be annoying if you were a former satanist and your satanism-practicing parents came over?
...And [have to] explain why you haven't been attending any sacrifices.
Hulk Speak: A prominent feature in Zombie Week. Humble Hero: "You didn't buy any condoms?" "I didn't want to appear presumptuous." Hypocritical Humor: In this strip a man in a wheelchair tells a man with a walker: "Move it, cripple." In this strip the Bug claims that: "The only pet peeve I have is people with pet peeves." I Got a Rock: A newborn, a detonator, or a pencil; take your pick I Just Want to Be Special: The probable reason people who receive just the right amount of tanning are never happy with their tan. In a World: The first panel of this strip when discussing the effect of movie trailers on traveling. Insane Troll Logic: How Bug plans to get thin. Interactive Narrator: Characters are very aware of and sometimes talk to the narration boxes. Ironic Nursery Rhyme: Discussed here I Want My Jet Pack: Justifiably subverted. Insistent Terminology: "We prefer to be called: "criminally challenged." Insurmountable Waist-Height Fence: " I can go no further." It's a Wonderful Plot: One of the bug's irrational fears. Jerkass: Reconstructed here. Being a jerk isn't entirely free from consequences, but at least you don't have enough conscience to care. Jumping on a Grenade: A proof of love, as long as it's not you doing it. Jumping the Shark: In-Universe. Signs your life has jumped the shark... Jurisdiction Friction: Played for laughs. Kill It with Fire: Sacre bleu! Kill the Poor: A strip depicts a bug politician demanding someone end poverty without resorting to evil after he's told that he can't end it by killing homeless people. Last Stand: Deconstructed. Like Brother and Sister: Turns out guys don't like hearing that. Like You Were Dying: Examined Logic Bomb: Turns out a logic bomb won't save you during a robot apocalypse. Love Martyr: Deconstructed. Made of Explodium: One action movie cliché the author could do without. Medium Awareness: Meta Guy: " Whose talking goat is this?" Metaphor Is My Middle Name: "My middle name is "cautionary discretion". Mundane Utility: One strip tells you that if you ever get a time machine, you should just use it to skip commercials. Murder-Suicide: Played for laughs when the bug exacts revenge on his web server by doing this. Muscle Angst: "It's starting to dawn on me that I may never have six pack abs." Names to Run Away From Really Fast: GASP! It's Kill 'Em All McGraw! Never Live It Down: In-universe example. Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Discussed; the bug thinks it's time we start speaking ill of the dead. No Accounting for Taste: The "Beyond Thunderdome" type of relationship. Not What It Looks Like: What happens when a weak person tries to uproot a tree. On One Condition: Deconstructed. Only Six Faces: Aside from physical differences, all characters have the same face to them. Lampshaded in a "Gift of the Magi" plot when the girl bug shaves her head and the two get confused as to who is who. She then complains about her lack of Non-Mammal Mammaries. Our Zombies Are Different: Percussive Maintenance: *tap tap* "There. That do anything on your end?" " No." Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Midget Ninjas Prayer of Malice: This comic is supposedly a message from God, asking people to stop doing this. Press-Ganged: This comic discusses reasons not to worry about it. Punny Title: Several strip names. Rapid-Fire Comedy: Not used as frequently in the earlier comics, but the later comics tend to feature a joke in each panel. Red Baron: Subverted.
My middle name is "cautionary discretion".
Rousing Speech: Double subverted in this strip. The coach-bug begins his speech by acknowledging his players' lack of talent, and rounded them up in percentages rather than urging each of them to give "their 100%". The Bugs seem quite moved by his speech anyway. Rule of Three: The latter comics tend to have one panel of set-up, followed by three more panels, each with a mini joke within them. " Random Thoughts" is a good example of this trope in action. Sadist Teacher: "I hate happiness." She gets her comeuppance, though. Self-Deprecation: Many jokes are had about the title character's geeky interests or lack of physical attributes. Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Shout-Out: In the strip about the witness protection program, Bug's new name is Funky Winkerbean. The title of one strip is " Devil May Cry". The Christmas Carol strips have the Ghost of Christmas Future go too far and show Paul Atreides. Silly Rabbit, Romance Is for Kids!: The bug believes in this trope. Sir Verba Lot: In one strip, one character responds to hearing the baby crying with the line "Hark. Sir Poops-a-lot requests an audience." Sitting Sexy on a Piano: Spoofed in "Piano Lesson". Slapstick: Examined; the more you know the victim, the funnier it is. Smoke Out: One way to end a relationship. Sore Loser: Discussed here. Speed Dating: Try speed relationship! Speed everything, speed walks on the beach, speed arguing, speed sex... Spoiler: People have no problem spoiling the bible. Do they? Spooky Seance: "Must be awkward to get the wrong spirit at a séance." Strictly Formula: Not always, but the general format is generally a set-up in the first panel with three panels each having their own take on it. Lampshaded in the first panel of this strip. Stock Aesops: The reason the bug could never exist in a television show with corny platitudes. Subverted Kids Book: Children's books for children you don't like... Take Over the World: Deconstructed. Take That: The bug seams to really really dislike Michael Bay. That Makes Me Feel Angry: "Your puns are making me angry!" Thanks for the Mammary: "Must you hold my breasts when we talk?" "Must you tempt me with your grabbable boobs?" There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Thief Bag: Discussed. Third-Person Person:  Tied Up on the Phone: the main character says that one of the nice things about growing up in a home with a very long phone cord was the ability to clothesline his sister and Make It Look Like an Accident. Toilet Humor: The man likes his fart jokes. Toothy Bird: Yup. Characters frequently brush their teeth and there are even strips regarding flossing. Unfinished Business: Exploited to keep seeing movies. Unflinching Walk: Another action movie cliché the author could do without. Uranus Is Showing: "I claim this planet for Uranus." "ugh... hehe, anus..." Wacky Marriage Proposal: Less popular methods of proposing marriage... What Does She See in Him?: Deconstructed. Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: The reason we need the stupid baby name police. Word Salad Humor: This strip, which focuses on how crazy people aren't seen in groups. Wrong Genre Savvy: "So...this isn't a rom-com?" Yet Another Christmas Carol: "A Christmas Cacophony". Zero-G Spot: When it comes to space travel, all anyone cares about is whether the astronauts have sex in space. Zombie Gait: "Quick! Everyone saunter away!"