Accidental Aiming Skills: Frohman manages to take out three metrocops early on with three shots from a pistol, blind-firing from behind cover.
Action Girl: Sandy, Frohman's unfortunate temporary traveling companion, who wisely decides to abandon the sole being who might get them both killed in bouts of stupidity.
Actor Allusion: Issue 030 has Dr. Breen note that an I Spy marathon is on TV later. Livingston's notes point out that this is a joke on how Dr. Breen's voice actor, Robert Culp, was the star of that show.
Affably Evil: Subverted. A Elite Combine soldier sits behind a desk while he interviews Frohman for a job, with questions like, what is your worst quality and Where do you see yourself in 5 years?. However, he's looking for answers like That I am a disgusting, pathetic human, barely evolved from ape level, and In an off world combine enslavement colony, or dead.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Frohman quit his job at Black Mesa because Ravenous Creatures from the Xen Borderworld invaded, killing nearly everyone in the complex. Soon the military arrived and they killed everyone else. Then the facility got nuked. "Plus, they were dicks about paying overtime".
Gordon: Huh! Also forgot that guy totally molested me! Boy, was that awful!
According to the comic note:
I had no intentions of including a joke about Frohman being molested in this comic until after I'd posed it and was putting it together in Photoshop, when it suddenly seemed a little creepy that some dude on a train was offering the glassy-eyed bumpkin a cheat code. If I'd planned it from the start I'd probably have use the old wrinkly guy model, 'cos he looks kinda weird (apologies to the actual human being the old wrinkly guy is based on).
Black Shirt: Frohman is staunchly pro-Combine and an avid fan of Dr. Breen, but is fortunately such a screw-up that he ends up helping the good guys by accident. How big of a screw-up? He's so terrible at being pro-Combine that he's one of the Resistance's best assets.
NOVA PROSPEKT - Everything is fine here in Nova Prospekt, according to everyone here in Nova Prospekt, sources inside Nova Prospekt said today. There is absolutely nothing about the situation in Nova Prospekt that is anything but totally fine. "There have been no unusual events or circumstances inside the former prison, now a theme park for humans, with rides and candy and cute puppy dogs and soft pillows," said Doctor Breen, the very handsome, smart, and kind administrator of City 17 and Nova Prospekt. "Really!"
Of note is that the obituaries run from pages 14-38.
Boss Room: Confused for "a perfect place to rest" by our hero.
Brick Joke: In the very first comic, two members of Civil Protection comment that the train is running late. In the very last comic, the rebels comment that the train to Episode Two is running late, with one of the group commenting "again?"
The magical hovercraft, anyone?
The T.G.I. Friday's, but it doesn't come up 'till the unofficial sequel.
Don't forget how at the beginning when Frohman leaves the train station, he cannot find any TGI Fridays. Then, in the sequel, he passes by a TGI Friday as he's evacuating the city. Too bad it would explode even if Frohman got to stop in.
Call Forward: In Half-Life 2, Barney implies that when they first tested the teleporter with a cat it...didn't go well. In Concerned, Kleiner tell Barney to get the cat for the test, insisting it will be fine.
Cigar Fuse Lighting: When Frohman meets his squadmates at the start of the revolt (who all introduce themselves by their character archetypes), one of them claims to be a demolitions expert who'll do exactly this.
Crapsack World: It wasn't great to begin with, and then Frohman helped make things worse...especially Ravenholm.
Heck, before our hero got there, Ravenholm was nicer than most of the real world.
Demoted to Extra: While Frohman quickly falls in love with Judith Mossman and a random female rebel, he casually pushes past Alyx Vance, who almost never appears for the rest of the series. Of course, when she does next appear, she gets caught by the Combine and it's Frohman's fault.
Roommate wanted for 2 bedroom, 2 bath home. Hardwood floors, tool shed. Close to church, schools, and public teleportation. Cats, robotic dogs okay. $325 a month. Ravenholm area. Contact F. Grigori. Note: Non-smoker preferred. Must enjoy sermons and shotguns. PS: Heh heh! Hah hah! HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH!
Welcome. Welcome to City 17... also known as... HELL! HELL! YOU'RE ALL GONNA DIE! YOU'RE ALLDEAD!!!HA HA HA HA HA HA!
He also once built a fully-operational Strider (though he never turned it on) because he didn't have enough dystopian oppression in his life in Ravenholm. Which doesn't even make sense since Striders are modified alien creatures, and probably don't exist in their natural form on earth.
Genre Savvy: The Rebels in strip 160, before Frohman accidentally vaporizes them with the pulse rifle's secondary fire.
Heal Thyself: Medkits are capable of not only healing everything and anything, but also instantly removing any blood stains from clothing. They are also Eco-Friendly and will instantly biodegrade upon use. This doesn't stop Frohman from trying (and failing) to use surgery instead.
Informal Eulogy: "I'll never forget the day I met him. It was today. About a minute ago, when my head collided with his neck, breaking it. His neck, I mean. Not my head. My head is fine, not that anyone asked. Anyway. He seemed like a great guy with a lot of strong traits. Except for his neck, which was as brittle as glass. Amen."
The Millstone: Frohman tries to help the Combine at every turn, but fails at all of said turns - and more besides.
My Eyes Are Up Here: Frohman is fascinated by the Combine Elite outfit that somehow renders everything in 2D. He then exclaims things are 3D again when he stares at Judith Mossman's breasts, causing Judith to state the trope.
Ravenholm. It used to be a peaceful sunny community, with only one whackjob priest who is ignored as a loon. Then Frohman comes by...
Frohman gets rebels killed by ignoring the radio cry for help, and then proceeds to broadcast their hideout to all rebels. Not only are the combine listening in, they approve of some ideas for weapons that Frohman mentions.
One Comic Chapter: No Prospekts, a parody of the chapter Nova Prospekt is one comic; Frohman goes to Nova Prospekt to get combine surgery. He is denied access because he does not have an appointment. He leaves.
Gordon:(thinking) Same old Norman, still thinks he's some bitter, world-weary action hero, spitting out sardonic, overly dramatic responses and acting like a camera is doing close-ups on him. Maybe I can trip him up... (aloud) Golly! I've got terrible hemorrhoids all up my butt! What say you? Norman: You think it's painful sitting down? Try taking a stand! Gordon:(thinking) Damn he's good.
Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Frohman nearly succeeds in assassinating Gordon Freeman and saving Dr. Breen, but takes so long coming up with one the battle is over by the time he's ready.
I'm shifty-eyed and untrustworthy. I'll probably ditch you guys when the combat gets too intense, which is in keeping with my selfish, cowardly nature. Of course, I'll redeem myself later, after being wounded, and telling you to go on and leave you behind. Then I'll detonate a grenade, killing myself but taking out some Combine soldiers too, allowing you to escape safely.
Being a squadmate of Frohman's, naturally he doesn't make it long enough to do either of those things.
Spanner in the Works: From the abundance of medpacks to aid the resistance, to the surplus supply of Exploding Barrels the Combine is forced to take cover behind, Frohman is his enemies' greatest ally.
Kleiner: What choice do we have? I hardly expect some dim-witted dolt will show up and volunteer to test our highly unstable teleporter! (beat) Kleiner: Hmmm. I was sort of expecting some dim-witted dolt to show up and volunteer to test our highly unstable teleporter
Springtime for Hitler: When ordered by Barney to order a shitload of guns online for the Rebels to use in their uprising, Frohman attempts to fake said order and surreptitiously send a distress call to the Combine...only to accidentally place a real order for guns.
Frohman:Why oh why can't I ever do anything wrong?
Frohman: No need to come here and look over my shoulder or anything! Even though it looks like I'm just slapping my hands randomly on the keyboard, I'm actually placing the order! For GUNS! You're not being duped or lied to like you might think! Ha ha! Hey, everyone, I think Barney here thinks I'm not actually placing the order for guns! Okie dokie, the real order is placed and isn't fake at all! If the guns never show up then I don't know who to blame except that it's not me because I ordered them and didn't fake-order them like you seem to think for some reason! Computer: Your real order for guns has been placed. Thank you for using Citadel purchasing.(Gilligan Cut) Barney: Wow! Sorry I doubted you, Gordon! Frohman:Why oh why can't I ever do anything wrong?
Throw It In: In one of the very first strips, the creator "paused" things just as he'd cued everyone to look at Gordon. He just so happened to take the screenshot when the video of Doctor Breen on the wall had his mouth closed and appeared to be looking right at Gordon as well, creating an unintended but hilarious impression that even Doctor Breen had stopped to stare, despite the screens not being two-way.
Sandy: I feel like every time I around you're doing something stupid, like holding a live grenade while standing knee-deep in radioactive sludge and setting yourself on fire. Frohman:For the record, I'm onlyankledeep.
Unhand Them, Villain!: In Concerned 2, Frohman threatens a barnacle with a lawsuit unless it lets go of his Breen Idol. Upon finding out that it's inedible, the Barnacle complies by dropping the bust...on Frohman's head.