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Far Out There
Yes, the cast is large
Far Out There
is an often cute, sometimes-dark-humored ensemble webcomic by Simon Ladd. It's the comic where things happen...
Tropes used include:
Absent Aliens - Made clear right at the start. Air-Vent Passageway - Trigger is good at using these. Aliens Speaking English - Technically, there are no extraterrestrials, but everyone speaking English is still true. An Ass Kicking Christmas - "Bridget and Alphonse's Horrifying Christmas" April Fools' Day - The ol' "fake ending" gag was employed in 2009 and again in 2010. Author Avatar - Ichabod is occasionally accused of being this. The author denies it, saying he just wanted Ichabod to look like him to for cosplaying purposes. Bad Santa - And ugly, too. Badass Adorable - Bridget the Zombie. "Be Quiet!" Nudge - Bridget shuts Alphonse up in this page, lest he should give away the fact that they were the ones who hired Skye. (Of course, neither of them can talk so one wonders why she bothered) Big Damn Heroes - Occurs when Sophia and Clare finally respond to Ichabod's call for help. Seen again when Tabitha saves Bridget and Alphonse from Santa. Big Sister Instinct: Bridget is very ◊ protective of Alphonse. Blank White Eyes - Layla, while experiencing an exceptional level of stress. Brain in a Jar - Dr. Vanderslice has a whole room of them. Casual Interstellar Travel Cat Smile - Trigger does this on occasion, especially if pranks are involved. Character Blog - Borderline example: the most prominent characters have their own personal Pandora Radio stations. Covert Pervert - Jenna, of all people, would seem to qualify Cower Power - Alphonse, most of the time. Creating Life Is Awesome - Creating Bridget and Alphonse seems to have worked out pretty well for Tabitha. Cursed with Awesome - Avatar. Immortality and indestructibility sound great on the surface, but what good is Eternal Life when you have no life? Cute Bruiser - Bridget again. Cute Monster Girl - See the special celebration of Page 666. Cute Mute - Bridget and Alphonse are incapable of speech, but otherwise intelligent. And definitely cute. So very cute. Daddy's Girl - Layla was most certainly one. Ironically, she'd previously called Tabitha one. She would know, right? Divergent Character Evolution: Beyond hair and costume differences, it was almost impossible to tell Layla and Tabitha part earlier on during the "Mad science convention" arc, later changes had Tabitha go from the same teenybopper size as Trigger and Layla to being half again as tall as them. Does Not Like Shoes - Trigger, ever since he let the Jesus Freaks dress him. Doomy Dooms of Doom - "The Killer Station of Deadly Doom" Effortless Amazonian Lift - Stilez picks Frank up with her pinkie... BY THE NOSE. Enfant Terrible - Megaweapon is bad enough just judging from what is actually shown. The stuff that's only talked about is even worse. Face Doodling - Happens to Ichabod once... among other things. Fastball Special: Tabitha pulls it off with Bridget as the ball. Fiery Redhead - Layla. Oh boy... Fish out of Water - Trigger. Flat "What." - Avatar's reaction to this. Fruit of The Loon - Ichabod really seems to like apples. Fun T-Shirt - Trigger is easily amused by these. Halloween Cosplay - See below. Huge Schoolgirl: Tabitha while her height changes a bit it's usually accepted that she's half again as tall as Trigger and Layla, despite being only 1 year Layla's senior. Holiday Nonupdate - Averted to an absurd degree (especially at Christmas). How the Character Stole Christmas - How the Caligaris Stole Christmas (though, admittedly, the did it SAVE Christmas) I Have Boobs, You Must Obey! - Generally, Layla doesn't FLAUNT her boobs, but she definitely has them, and the boys absolutely obey. Latex Spacesuit - Technically, it's a "Containment Suit" and not designed for use in outer space... but come on! Like Brother and Sister - Trigger and Layla are most emphatically in this kind of relationship. Mad Scientist - MANY in the cast: Tabitha, Dr. Caligari, Dr. Vanderslice, Avatar's creators, and so on and so forth. Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter - Tabitha's quite the looker. Mama Bear - Tabitha Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy - Bridget and Alphonse Motherly Scientist - Tabitha. So VERY much. ◊ My Suit Is Also Super - Avatar's robe. See this page. Names to Run Away From Really Fast - "Megaweapon." No New Fashions in the Future - At least where the main characters are concerned. Noodle Incident - Ichabod tells Kiki about one of his previous adventures, but we only hear part of it. Where DID that epileptic pig come from? Ichabod brings up another several pages later. SHOULD he have known those Space Whales had "mommy issues?" Not Growing Up Sucks - Avatar. Odd-Shaped Panel - This comic lives by this trope, seriously. The most jarring thing it can do now is a normal layout. Opaque Nerd Glasses - Ichabod's massive eye-wear. The Perry Mason Method - Ichabod unintentionally pulls this on Trigger. It's "unintentional" because Ichabod was actually trying to deflect attention off of HIMSELF. Red Eyes, Take Warning: Alphonse's normally white eyes glow red when he's using his Technopath powers. Ragnarok-Proofing: Avatar is the result of making a person Ragnarok Proof, in case the world ends. Serious Business - Ichabod makes a career out of it. She Is Not My Girlfriend - in this early page. Shirtless Scene - Trigger has had several. Sleep Cute - This filler page. Super-Strong Child: Bridget is a little zombie kid that comes up to an adult's knees if she stands on her toes, and yet she can lift a Doomsday device's outer metal shell with the kind of effort that you'd think it was filled with helium. and it'd have to be for her to keep her footing while carrying it. Space Clothes - The main characters tend to look pretty normal (see No New Fashions in the Future) but background and secondary characters tend to be a bit more fanciful. Space Is Noisy - The Exposition actually makes tire-squealing noises when it stops abruptly. Space Whale - Mentioned by Ichabod in one page. Apparently, they can have "mommy issues." Techno Babble - all the freaking time, though there's usually at least a little lampshading going on. Technopath - Alphonse Teens Are Short: Played straight at first, although Tabitha ( and only Tabitha ends up averting it, as a way to make her look different from Layla. Terraform - The explanation for all habitable planets (and Trigger's backstory, see below) The End of the World as We Know It - Trigger was trained from birth to prevent this (not that he actually needed to) Thrown Out the Airlock - Cap'n Crosby is known to threaten people with this. And he'll do it, too. Tsundere - Layla would seem to qualify. Undead Child - Bridget and Alphonse (though, as far as the undead go, they're quite adorable) Unsound Effect - including but not limited to: The Voice - Tabitha's Mother has become this, after spending some time as The Ghost. Wall of Text - Way too many examples of this, especially on early pages. What the Hell, Hero? - Layla gives this to Ichabod once she realizes she could have been killed because he wouldn't own up to a simple mistake.