Webcomic / Does Not Play Well With Others
Michael Poe's (Exploitation Now
, Errant Story
) new gag-a-day webcomic, starring Francesca (a college age wizardess) and her roommate, Naga (a naga
Started at the beginning of 2011. Signs so far point to it being closer in tone to the first rather than the second of his previous series. Can be found — surprisingly — at http://www.doesnotplaywellwithothers.com
This comic provides examples of:
- Aborted Arc: In an inversion of Real Life Writes the Plot, a planned story arc where Craig was going to be accused of being a Nazi for beating up a pair of annoying protesters note was cut short because it came right at the heels of a real-life incident where an actual Nazi ran over a counter-protester with a car. Instead, the idea of outing Craig as a Nazi turned out to just be a Batman Gambit by his public relations representatives to make him more amenable to the idea of signing a public apology.
- Accidental Misnaming: Craig admits to Janis that he calls the Artificer "Tekmage" because during their first fight he was so nervous he couldn't remember the real name, so he just made one up on the spot. He kept doing it because he saw how much it annoyed him.
- All Women Are Lustful: The female characters are every bit as gross and horny as the male ones. In fact, Seth is just about the only character, male or female, who isn't interested in hitting Anything That Moves.
- Alt Text: Generally containing commentary and alternative punchlines or continuations on them.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Fran's mom, who is a devout Wicca and is... matter-of-factly when it comes to sex, to the point of once sleeping with Fran's first-ever boyfriend so that he'd know how to give Fran a good first experience. On the flip side, Fran's mom is embarrassed that her daughter is completely uninterested in the spiritual implications of magic and just wants to blow things up.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: When Nikki reveals that she can read minds she says that Francesca tends to think about X-rated fan pairings while talking to her.
- Anything That Moves: May, the zombie "doctor" that Fran and Nikki take Naga to, hits on both Fran and Nikki, offering to accept sex as payment for her medical services. What cements her as this trope as opposed to strictly lesbian is the penis-in-a-jar she produces when hitting on Nikki, saying that she'd be more than willing to graft it to herself or to Nikki, if either of those options sound good to her. When Nikki refuses the offer, she decides to have A Date with Rosie Palms using the penis as a dildo, affectionately referring to it as "King Missile". It's pretty clear she would have just as eagerly hit on a man had any been in the room at the time.
- Asian Rudeness: This parody of the Five-Token Band tendencies of certain other webcomics includes it.
Chubby Asian Chick: I buck Asian stereotypes by being a huge unlikeable bitch!
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Amusingly justified and lampshaded. See Nipple and Dimed. Comes full circle to an aversion in later comics, after the webcomic moved to it's own domain name: Naga loses her shirt in an Out-of-Clothes Experience and both Scenery Censor and Barbie Doll Anatomy are averted. Amusingly, the nipples go from a dot, to a undefined circle where the areola are, to being fully detailed over the next few strips.
- Bizarre Monster Biology: Whenever it's relevant for a gag, such as Naga's hair turning into snakes when it gets long.
- Book Dumb: Craig fully admits to being barely literate ("I spent my teenage years on a planet two hundred light years away fighting a robot overlord"), but he tends to play up his stupidity, and is actually rather clever when it comes to things that directly relate to his job as a superhero. For example, he has an excellent memory, recalling a random friend Janis made up to explain her absence one time, and later instantly recognizes "Ann" as a robot.
- Brainless Beauty: Janis implies that Craig is one here.
- Brick Joke: The one-off gag here comes back as a way for Nikki to one-up Naga at the end of the same storyline.
- Butt-Monkey: Ann, the Sexbot Janis invents to set Seth up with. Janis takes entirely too much glee in treating her like a disposal object that is worth exactly zero consideration. Possibly subverted in that she might actually be an object (as in, she might not be self-aware and her reactions might be purely scripted with no genuine feelings behind them - the comic is a bit vague on the subject), though in that case Janis certainly programmed her to appear very much like this trope.
- Cool Loser: Much is made of how Fran is a sexually frustrated loser with no friends, but it's never quite clear why she's having so much trouble meeting people, since she's never seen to be particularly shy or socially inept. note
- Crossover: Jordan from Exploitation Now shows up.
- Dating Catwoman: Falchion and Tekmage are archenemies, but are dating. Not that Falchion is aware of this; he thinks that Tekmage is male, and his girlfriend is Tekmage's daughter.
- Dark and Troubled Past: To varying degrees, mostly played for laughs. Naga is a constant disappointment to her family. Francesca's mother is a "dance naked under the moon" style Wiccan, with such charming parenting tactics as sleeping with her daughter's first boyfriend to make sure he knew what he was doing (which Francesca walked in on). Seth is an orphan elf raised by Jews who has been persecuted for being an elf, being Jewish, and being gay (which he's not). Nikki became a vampire after her mother died of breast cancer. Craig is a superhero with an abusive father who used mind-control pheromones to make the rest of the world see him as a selfless hero, and spent his formative years on the other side of the galaxy fighting various evil overlords. Craig's sister, though not seen, has it worse, as until their father sacrificed himself to save the world, her boyfriends tended to disappear under mysterious circumstances. Janis hasn't gone into much detail, but her parents are conspicuously absent and she's missing an arm, not to mention the times she's muttered about not being able to go to school as a child. For added humor, the one with the worst past by far is a random member of Nikki's blood stable, who tells a story about how her stepfather tried to rape her and she and her little sister had to prostitute themselves to survive.
Francesca: IT'S NOT A COMPETITION!
- Dysfunction Junction: See Dark and Troubled Past above, add the fact that most of the cast are varying degrees of Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist, and top it off With Friends Like These...
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Inverted. Falchion finds one of Tekmage's schemes to have such a low "evil" content that he just can't bring himself to foil it.
Tekmage: Mheh... I knew there was a reason I let you fuck me on the first date.
Tekmage: I said, I knew there was a reason my daughter let you fuck her on the first date.
Falchion: Okay, that's not weird and awkward at all...
- During the 2012 elections and American government shutdown, Tekmage can't bring herself to do anything particularly destructive, comparing it to kicking retarded puppies.
- Likewise, during the time of furious protests, counter-protests and overheated accusations flying around following the 2016 election, most supervillains appear to lay low "until things start making sense again."
- Flying Broomstick: Fran's transportation method of choice. she doesn't find it all that comfortable.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Naga, who everyone loathes but who they keep hanging out with anyway. Justified by the neurotic mindset of the rest of the cast - Nikki has a lot of guilt about being a vampire and drinking blood to survive, so she enjoys being around someone who she is a really good person in comparison to, and Fran is just so lonely and pathetic that Naga is the closest thing to a friend she's got.
- Idiot Hair: Naga's old design.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Naga. It's ok, though, as she eats pedophiles she meets online... and at least one person with a vore fetish who was only too happy to be eaten by her.
Molly: You have no idea how relieved I was when Naga turned out to be an actual man-eating monster instead of another twenty-something guy living in a basement.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Naga again — she has no nudity taboo, is actually outright opposed to the idea of wearing clothing, and only wears shirts because her contract includes royalties on any shirt designs they help sell.
- Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Janis (who is missing an arm) absolutely loathes this trope and considers it insulting. She learned to cope with her handicap because she had no damn choice, not to make other people feel warm and fuzzy!
- Irony: There are apparently countless in-universe Falchion/Tekmage fanfics portraying them as in a gay relationship (with Falchion as the bottom). They actually are dating... but Tekmage is a girl.
- I Thought Everyone Could Do That: See Nipple and Dimed.
- Jerkass: Par for the course for a Micheal Poe comic. Naga's the worst offender of course.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Craig/Falchion may act like a superpowered fratboy a lot of the time, but he has plenty of Pet the Dog moments and seem to basically mean well.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Janis poses as this when Falchion catches her outside her Tekmage armor.
- The Mean Brit: If Naga allows her hair to grow long enough, it becomes a mess of Cockney-accented snakes that constantly shout vulgar insults at people.
- Mermaid Problem: Well, naga problem.
- Mistaken for Racist: Happens to Fran a lot. It might not be entirely a mistake, though.
- Nice Jewish Boy: Seth.
- Nipple and Dimed: Naga's are retractable!
- Not Safe for Work: Heavy profanity, some nudity, violence, sacrilege....
- Only Sane Man: Seth, most of the time.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Naga eats people. This is played up for horror... until she reveals she's been eating pedophiles she meets online and tricks into meeting up with her. That doesn't exactly make it ok, but the other characters can't bring themselves to get her to stop.
- Pheromones: According to Craig, the reason why his Dad is remembered as a great hero instead of a bigoted jerk.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: Francesca to Naga over the course of the first few strips.
- Poke the Poodle: Power and Prejudice, social justice supervillains, never actually commit any crimes. They just go out in public and yell at people and try to make them feel bad.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: The comic takes numerous potshots at the perpetually offended social justice warriors that Tumblr has become known for.
- Politically Correct Villain: Power and Prejudice are this. Craig finds that even more annoying than the normal kind of villain.
- Rape as Drama: Discussed here.
- Samus Is a Girl: Tekmage uses a voice changer to sound male and disguise her identity.
- Sarcastic Confession: Quite knowingly used here. And the Alt Text is related to a another trope...
- Scenery Censor: The original filler comics from Errant Story used this and lampshaded it. Later strips avert it.
- Squick: Fran's reaction when she discovers that Naga brought home a meal that she met on a vore fetish website.
Naga: Did you remember to stop at Costco for the bucket of butter and the paintbrush?
Fran: ... I think my vagina and stomach are having a race to see which can eject themselves from my body and flee in horror the quickest.
- Suddenly Ethnicity: In a version that breaks the fourth wall, the first strip that was in color had Naga being surprised by her own Ambiguously Brown skin color.
Naga: I suddenly have opinions about white privilege and cultural appropriation.
- Swear Jar: Fran and Naga have a "Bullshit Tumblr/SJW Words Jar", seen being used in this strip.
- Unsound Effect: John Johnson, the muscle wizard, attacks with a Ka-Fist!
- Urban Fantasy: Major characters include a Wizard, a Naga, a Vampire, an Elf, a Superhero, and a group of alien geeks.
- Vampires Are Rich: Averted with Jian, who never developed the knack for making successful long-term investments.
- Villain Has a Point: On at least two occasions, Falchion has found Tekmage's goals so sympathetic that he didn't really want to stop him. On one of them, he actually did take a dive and let Tekmage succeed.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist:
- Tekmage's actual ideology seem to be nothing more sinister than mainstream American liberalism. It's just that she pursues it by means of killer satellites and mind control rays...
- Power and Prejudice ("together we are Bigotry!") parodies this trope. In theory, their schtick is to give the privileged majority a taste of the suffering endured by marginalised groups. However, since they don't have any powers or fighting skills whatsoever, their extremism is limited to going out on the streets and yelling mean slogans at people.
- World of Jerkass: It kind of goes without saying for a Michael Poe comic.