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[[caption-width-right:256:[-From left to right: [[OnlySaneWoman Florence]], [[LoveableRogue Sam]], and [[CloudCuckoolander Helix]], crew of the ''Savage Chicken''.-] ]]

''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ Freefall]]'' is a [[WebcomicsLongRunners long-running webcomic]] (over 2800 strips as of July 2016), starting in 1998 by Mark Stanley. Starting with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01253.htm the April 19, 2006 strip]] it's been colored mostly by colorist George Peterson. Set on a planet in the early stages of terraforming, the strip deals with the antics of alien spaceship "captain" Sam Starfall, his robot friend Helix, and their Bowman's Wolf engineer Florence Ambrose.

One of the last words one would use to describe Sam is "trustworthy". He's [[CloudCuckoolander not always the brightest]] and is a petty crook (at least by human standards). It's a wonder he hasn't gotten himself killed yet, although the local [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01022.htm police]] may have something to do with this. He can be summed up as "a larcenous squid in an environment suit."

Helix has the mind of a child, and were he human, a weak stomach. He's described by Florence in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00234.htm one strip]] as being "one of those robots who faints at the sight of battery acid." That being said, life with Sam has made him considerably more savvy, and he's quite a good person.

Florence, an anthropomorphic genetically-engineered red wolf, is one of the most intelligent members of the entire cast (not just the main characters). Intelligent, strong-willed and skilled, she's good at pointing out flaws in Sam's plan, fixing things to stop them from getting killed, and making new plans. While she isn't as... ''chaotic'' as Sam, her ethics and her intelligence prove to be a good way of getting people on her side.

For a humorous comic, ''Freefall'' actually [[Mohs/OneBigLie packs a lot of real-world science]] into its science-fiction setting. Most of it is pretty accurate, especially regarding space travel and physics -- the author often [[ShownTheirWork likes to show his work]].

[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02835.htm Chapter One]] is now complete after 18 years and chapter two has begun.

''Freefall'' has a [[http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Freefall WikiFur article,]] after TheOtherWiki removed its entry due to lack of notability under Wikipedia guidelines.

!! ''Freefall'' contains examples of:


[[folder: A]]
* AboveGoodAndEvil: Blunt puts the robotic version to work.
-->'''Blunt:''' Sir. I work. To protect humanity. I am. Beyond. Obeying orders.
* AbsentAliens: No, but {{invoked}}. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01349.htm Sort of.]]
-->'''Sam:''' Any time spacefaring aliens make it to Earth, the cows get them!
* AccidentalPervert: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Florence while being held by Clippy. She needed to use the bathroom, and when the man holding [[RestrainingBolt her remote]] tried to take her back, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02438.htm she took her shirt off and screamed at him]]. This distracted him long enough for Florence to steal and destroy the remote.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01705.htm "My stories are much more convincing when I have no idea of what's impossible."]]
* ADogAteMyHomework:
** Florence was asked [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00463.htm in this strip]] if her owner ever asked her to eat his homework. She replies "Of course not, it was all done on the computer. He taught me how to delete it instead."
** Referenced in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01915.htm this strip,]] where destroying a potentially dangerous sticky note by eating it is the least problematic disposal method.
* AesopAmnesia: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00577.htm The owner of "Ba Da Boom's Explosives"]] seems to suffer from this. Despite his shop relocating three times, he still smokes around explosives.
* AffectionatePickpocket:
** When a passerby rescues Sam from a flock of ducks, Sam gives him a big thank-you hug and takes the opportunity to try to lift his wallet.
** Sam has also been known to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01514.htm steal the fingers of any robot incautious enough to give him a friendly handshake]].
** The baker he gives a remorseful embrace to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01761.htm is quicker on the uptake]].
* AFoolForAClient: Mr. Kornada, with Blunt as his assistant.
* AirVentPassageway: Subverted.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Even when the details of an artificial mind are carefully planned, there are ''always'' unexpected results. Or [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01613.htm obviously necessary]] feature [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01618.htm requests.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01624.htm Overdue,]] actually. Dr. Bowman's neural net designs are a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02537.htm serious attempt]] to avoid the usual rogue-AI tropes by developing their minds along more organic principles.
* AlienAbduction: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01212.htm Sort of.]] But not with cows. Or at least not any more.
* AlienLunch: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00427.htm Puffed Locust.]]
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Florence, who is actually a red wolf. Not that this matters to the robots (or children) who see her. According to Florence, red wolves were chosen for genetic modification because of their taxonomic similarity to domestic dogs.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Florence Ambrose is pursuing a very relaxed and intelligent nice guy, but has a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01089.htm brilliant theory]] as to why this occurs, and why there are so damned ''many'' Bad Boys in the world.
* AlmostKiss: At the end of the first date between Winston and Florence, they lean in for a kiss but get interrupted by [[MoodKiller a shout about a man kissing a dog, from a boy watching from a nearby window.]]
* AmnesiaDanger: [[spoiler: Florence]] gets into this when at the EU facility for testing and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Kornada]] realizes she's at least partly aware of his plans. With help [[spoiler:from Sam Starfall]] she gets out of it.
* AmnesiaLoop: Done as a quick gag when Florence wakes up the morning after the visit to EU.
-->'''Florence:''' Did they--\\
'''Sam:''' Yes. It was an injection that kept your short term memory from being converted into long term memory.\\
'''Florence:''' How long--\\
'''Sam:''' About eighteen hours. Now that you've slept, your memory should be working again.\\
'''Florence:''' This isn't the first time we've had this conversation, is it?\\
'''Sam:''' Not even close.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Referenced [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01524.htm here.]]
* AndroidsArePeopleToo: ''Freefall'' has RidiculouslyHumanRobots and an UpliftedAnimal heroine. Robots elsewhere than on Jean are simply machines with no sense of self, and are treated as such, and most of the antagonists of the story persist in treating Jean's robots the same way. Anyone who's actually ''talked'' to a robot, however, has realized that they're self-aware and thoroughly human. This leads to major problems when [[spoiler:Ecosystems Unlimited prepares a 'bug-fix' that Florence sees as a mass lobotomy aimed on a sophont race]].
* AnimalsHateHim: Animals ''love'' Sam. He's ''delicious''! [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Even to herbivores]]!
* AmoralAttorney:
-->'''Sam:''' I actually like lawyers. It's nice that the human race has a subspecies that makes me look good by comparison.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Florence still wonders about whether or not she's doing the right thing in stopping [[spoiler:Gardener In The Dark]] until [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02476.png Dr. Bowman draws parallels between her brain and the robots' brains, ending with:]]
--->'''Dr. Bowman:''' So your first thought was for the safety of humans?
* ArrangedMarriage: Between the Kornada and Ishiguro families. It was supposed to unite the two families, but now they argue more than ever. Mr. Ishiguro was supposed to be in one, but Mr. Kornada's idiocy gave him enough leverage to worm his way out.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** The second panel of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01784.htm this strip.]]
--->'''The Mayor:''' [[ComedicSociopathy I'll rip his tentacles off!]] [[Literature/AChristmasCarol I'll boil him in pudding]] [[NoKillLikeOverkill and drive]] [[Myth/NorseMythology a stake of mistletoe]] [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice through his heart!]] [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment I'll have him tied to a post and forced to attend every single budget meeting for the next century!]]
** Max Post has an arrest warrant put out for him for hacking, unauthorized access to robotic operating systems, and [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02012.htm jailbreaking a PS3.]]
** Strangely averted [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01751.htm here]], with a baker listing insane theories of the possible danger of money offered by Sam. The unremarkable one is in the middle instead of at the end.
--->"It's counterfeit! It's been licked by a cat! It's radioactive!"
* ArtEvolution: To be expected in a 14-year-old comic, although the change is relatively modest.
* ArtificialBrilliance: In-universe case. The primary robots don't count, being a case of InstantAIJustAddWater instead, but Dvorak's creations are another matter. Due to writing simple programs without necessarily considering the consequences, a number of his inventions display unexpected emergent behavior. For example, the waffle irons have batteries, and are programmed to recharge once they begin to run low. They went carnivorous.
* ArtificialGravity: The satellite delivery story arc goes out of its way to demonstrate the lack of artificial gravity. The various nods of clothing and gear to the lack of a convenient gravity quite a way down [[http://home.comcast.net/~ccdesan/Freefall/Freefall_Backstory.html#Flo-Details this page]] (almost right before the details section for Sam Starfall).
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: [[spoiler:Kornada]]'s ignorance of economics is near-total, as evidenced by [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02077.htm his remarks here]] on his scheme to [[spoiler:wipe out the robot population in order to steal some of their money]].
** Though subsequent strips showed that he may have been aware of the potential fallout of his scheme but [[spoiler: didn't care because he thought he'd be rich enough to say ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney.]] Mr. Ishiguro flat out tells him he's wrong about that.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: {{In-universe}} examples: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00515.htm Sam Starfall fails physics forever,]] but then [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00516.htm so did Ecosystems Unlimited.]] Even worse, not just ''physics''. '''''[[UpToEleven Basic geometry]]'''''.
* AsideGlance: Winston gives the audience a knowing look [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00485.htm here.]]
* AsYouKnow: When [[spoiler:Clippy]] explains to [[spoiler:Mr. Kornada]] the plan to [[spoiler:lobotomize the planet's entire robot workforce with Gardener in the Dark in order to get their money]], it is implied that this is not the first time the explanation has taken place. Played with, since the explainee is unable to comprehend anything beyond the goal of becoming filthy rich despite the explainer's best efforts to dumb it down as much as possible.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny:
** [[MyInstinctsAreShowing Florence is easily distracted by thrown objects]]
** Lampshaded for Dvorak [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01364.htm here]] (note, Dvorak is the one with the wheels, Qwerty is the one with the legs).

[[folder: B]]
* BadassBoast: Blunt speaks of having survived a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01319.htm solar flare]] that crippled him and ''[[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow should]]'' have killed him:
-->'''Blunt:''' I have looked. The blue screen of death. In the eye. [[ToHellAndBack And forced it to reboot.]]
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: Sam Starfall is a member of a scavenger species that considers theft, deceit and underhanded methods to be admirable qualities. When Florence mentions she will have to hack into the commnet servers [[spoiler:in order to save the robot population from a devastating software patch]], he asks her to alter his criminal records... and add a few particularly interesting thefts of his the police have failed to notice. Also, Florence is coming to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02217.htm the horrifying realization]] that underhanded tactics, outright criminal acts and the support of some very selfish, rotten people (like Sam) is the only way to save the day, because the moral and legal methods are blocked by the real villains, forcing her to say ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight.
* BaitAndSwitch:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00362.htm Florence asks Winston to use an oral thermometer to check her temperature]] after her dunk in the ocean, noting that she's not going to bite it due to her being intelligent (vice the nonsapient animals a vet would normally see in their job), setting up the expectation of a [[AssShove rectal thermometer]] being used for the task like he would for a regular canine. He uses one that reads from inside the ear instead.
** Florence meets two of Sam's victims and offers to reimburse them before asking what he took from them. They tell her it was 50kg of diamonds -- which is a relief, because on this planet, diamonds are widely available due to artificial production, and practically worthless.
** An impolite passerby grabs Florence's tail without asking, triggering an immediate retaliatory attack -- from Florence's new friend Hazel.
** When Florence goes to the arctic base [[spoiler:to see Dr. Bowman]], the security team at the compound tries to stop her [[spoiler:from getting to him.]] As it turns out, the reason isn't worrying about what she'll do, but what might be done ''to'' her [[spoiler:by Dr. Bowman]].
* BathOfPoverty: Florence's first shower scene is outdoors in a scrap metal stall, with Helix pouring a bucket of water over her. She resolves to fix the ship's plumbing next.
* BatmanGambit: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01516.htm Sam uses his knowledge of the Mayor's hostility towards him to his advantage]] by [[BriarPatching leaving a forged note saying what he didn't want to happen where she could find it]].
-->'''Sam''': The next best thing to have after a reliable ally is a predictable enemy.
** Sam in general is incredibly adept at using his reputation to his advantage, as shown [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00809.htm here, when he was threatened with a failed ship inspection]].
--->'''Sam''': Because you don't want to be known as the man who got Sam Starfall off the planet?\\
'''Inspector''': ''*on his tablet*'' (Inspection Results of Ship 1071-CCN. Pass.)
* BavarianFireDrill: Predictably, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01601.htm when Florence goes missing in Ecosystems Unlimited:]]
-->'''[[LoveableRogue Sam Starfall]]:''' Quick! Where's the nearest concentration of valuables that would easily fit into a pocket?\\
'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Varroa Jacobsoni]]:''' Pharmaceutical storage on the second floor.\\
'''Sam:''' I'll search there. You go that way!
* BearHug: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02127.htm The mayor gives one to Florence]], when she thought that Florence had killed Sam.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The Mayor [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01273.htm wants to open the lichen museum]] - until Helix cheerily hands the scissors back to her after he and Sam come out of it.
* BegoneBribe: Sam [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00518.htm compares]] his assisting with the moon insertion to "a drunken clog dancer during Beethoven's second"
-->'''Sam:''' But with a suitable incentive, I think we can remain grounded.\\
'''Florence:''' Sam, we don't want to be known for things like that.\\
'''Sam:''' Are you sure? People pay good money for me not to do things. It's a reputation we can build on.
* TheBerserker: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02531.htm A small problem that wounded chimps had]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Florence generally tries to reason with those she has disagreements with, but she still has limits to how long she will tolerate things. She has on numerous occasions taken Helix apart violently, and when she wants someone else (usually Sam) to stop acting stupid, she will [[TranquilFury talk politely, but will also show her fangs to warm them the consequences of ignoring her]]. Seriously, ''don't piss her off'', or not even her safeguards will help you, as [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02275.htm an EU security guard finds out when she realizes that the lives of 450 million people are at risk.]] Sam is aware of this and generally avoids angering her, but of course, that isn't the same as saying that he ''woudn't'' cause pain to her, just not ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00891.htm intentionally]]''.
* BeyondTheImpossible: At one point we see Sam and Helix with an authorized autographed copy of Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial; Creator/GeorgeLucas has taken steps to ensure these will [[OldShame never be legally produced]].
* BigDamnKiss: In celebration of averting [[spoiler:a robot war and saving two factories from destruction]], Winston plants one on Florence, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02039.htm here,]] along with a LampshadeHanging. Overlaps with SmoochOfVictory.
* BirdsOfAFeather: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00532.htm They]] found each [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00592.htm other.]]
* BishieSparkle: During a Day of the Dead celebration, a {{Lampshade|Hanging}} is hung on an UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01950.htm doll]].
-->'''Winston:''' Just like [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]]. He was also a monster. But given distance and hundreds of years, [[TakeThat look what happened]] [[Literature/{{Twilight}} to him]].\\
'''Florence:''' I don't care. [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] shouldn't be cute. And he ''definitely'' shouldn't ''sparkle!''
* {{Blackmail}}: For Sam, you threaten to have him pardoned if he doesn't help.
* BlatantLies: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01505.htm "I am a stray dog. Please put me in the pound. Signed, a stray dog."]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality:
** Sam claims that kleptomania is a virtue among his people. That said, even among his people Sam is capable of getting into trouble. Witness that the reason he snuck onto a human ship: the royal family was after him due to a NoodleIncident involving a zeppelin, a loop-the-loop, and a lot of pudding.
** Florence, being a wolf, occasionally comes into this.
--->'''Winston:''' It's creepy.\\
'''Florence:''' Creepy? This is twilight. Magic hour. Prime hunting time.\\
'''Winston:''' I suppose creepiness depends a lot of whether you're predator or prey.\\
'''Florence:''' Come on! There's a shortcut through a shadowy alley up here!
** An integral part of the relationship between Sam and Florence. Sam is a scavenger, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00634.htm so stealing Florence's unfinished meal seems completely natural to him]]. Florence is an uplifted wolf with a strong case of MyInstinctsAreShowing, so she sees the above incident [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00637.htm as Sam behaving like a low-ranking pack member when he, as the captain, should be the alpha male]]. Furthermore, there are vast cultural differences between their views on, for example, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02121.htm parenthood]] or [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00503.htm paying responsibility]].
* BodyBackupDrive: Discussed and deconstructed in relation to robots' minds. They can be backed up and downloaded into another body, but the main characters meet two robots who chose not to be backed up because from their perspective they're just as dead either way.
* BodyHorror: Whatever happened to the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02562.htm Chief of Police]], it left him blinded, scarred, crippled, and unable to function without an exoskeleton with its own AI and a neural interface to his brain. Fortunately A) It's a really ''good'' exoskeleton and B) he's so cheerful he's a ReasonableAuthorityFigure rather than suffering from CyberneticsEatYourSoul
* BotheringByTheBook:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01361.htm This]] strip explains why Florence isn't necessarily bound to follow every single directive given to her:
---> '''Florence:''' The surest way to cause your supervisor to fail is to follow his every order without question.
** This may also be {{Foreshadowing}} [[spoiler: Clippy]], who ''does'' obey every order given more or less without question. (In fact, [[spoiler: Kornada]] is taking great pains to keep him from realizing he ''should'' be asking questions, due to him trying to use [[spoiler: Clippy]] in an evil scheme.)
** Sam teaches Qwerty and Dvorak [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00343.htm how to do this]] after Mr. Kornada tricks all three into getting him to a meeting rather than [[KickTheDog save Florence from a hurricane]].
--->'''Sam:''' I've never heard maniacal laughter from a robot before. It feels good to have brought something new and wonderful into the world.
* BrainBleach:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01274.htm Sam as a topiary sculpture.]] (The horrible nature of Sam's unmasked face is why he's required to keep the prosthetic one on.) The rest of Sam is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02757.htm also troubling]], though he apparently has too few dimensions to quite make it as an EldritchAbomination.
--->'''Sam:''' I exist in only three dimensions and I have a certificate saying so.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02529.htm The concept of self-inflicted castration with a sharpened plastic spoon]].
* BoringYetPractical: Discussed. It's also Sam Starfall's least-preferred method of accomplishing a given task.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: "The correct order is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00204.htm lather, rinse, remove leeches, repeat."]]
* BrickJoke: There are a lot of these.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00721.htm Altering social structures on a planetary scale,]] followed by [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01945.htm being accused of doing so.]]
** When Florence goes in for testing at the company that created her, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01573.htm Varroa mentions worry about being given a wedgie,]] followed half a year of reader-time later by [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01650.htm this strip,]] where Sam edits her [[NoteToSelf notes to herself]] to make her want to do so. And even later by [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02099.htm this.]] A year and a half after that, Varroa (named, by the way, for a nasty parasitic mite) is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02340.htm given that wedgie.]] It also takes over 100 comics to get around to a joke about [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01706.htm Sam misunderstanding the word "hippocampus"]] during Florence's testing.
** Varroa [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01568.htm mentions]] discovering a ballet company composed entirely of old terraforming robots. Much later, it's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01966.htm revealed]] that recurring characters Qwerty and Dvorak wrote the ballet they're practicing, called "Making Swan Lake". One of their other projects turns out to be the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01965.htm cyber rap]] group that Winston was long ago [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01039.htm shown]] to be a fan of.
** Dvorak mentions that one of its previous attempts at making robot wildlife were [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01189.htm waffle irons that "went carnivorous"]]. When the police chief offers to help Florence set up a personal bank account, some time later [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01795.htm he cautions against getting the complimentary waffle-irons]] because they bite. The feral waffle irons [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02028.htm eventually appeared on-screen]].
** When discussing what to do about Blunt and Edge, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01335.htm Florence suggests that Sawtooth buy them.]] As it turns out, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02485.htm Sawtooth followed through on that suggestion.]]
* BriarPatching: Sam uses it from time to time, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01799.htm such as here]], although [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02273.htm it is much easier on a robot affected by Gardener in the Dark.]] It's also effective on the Mayor: "The next best thing to have after a reliable ally is a predictable enemy."
* BridalCarry:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00430.htm Winston picks up Florence]] so she doesn't have to walk on her injured leg.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00363.htm Earlier]] a near instance of PietaPlagiarism.
* BringMyBrownPants: Sam's driving a truck that had been tweaked by him with a JATO rocket scares ''himself'' so badly that this occurs, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00105.htm here]].

[[folder: C]]
* CaffeineFailure: Mr. Raibert has answered several emergency calls during the night, and has taken some high-caffiene energy drinks. When he stops answering calls, Max Post and the chief of police look for him. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02367.htm He's found asleep at the keyboard, unable to continue.]]
* TheCameo: A bunch of them, including, during the robot church segment, cameos from real and fictional robots and other autonomous mechanisms. On occasion members of the Freefall forum are given nods. They can show up in unlikely places too. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01139.htm One strip]] shows a recycling dumpster with [[Series/LostInSpace Robbie the Robot]] and an [[Film/ThisIslandEarth interocitor]].
** Cameoing robots are [[AllThereInTheManual always identified in the footnotes]] for reader convenience.
* CantBelieveISaidThat: Niomi, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00560.htm here,]] when she makes a comment that fails to [[IgnoreTheDisability treat Florence as a person, not a canine]].
* CantUseStairs: Qwerty the robot [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00320.htm never learned to use stairs]]. Dvorak (who rolls on wheels) somehow got up, but Qwerty (who walks on legs) can't use stairs.
* CaramelldansenVid: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvTtMiR9uJE The non-remixed version]] with subtitles.
* Catch22Dilemma: Turns out Jean's spaceflight administration has one filled with downright vitriolic malice; Certified spaceships can launch about as freely as modern light aircraft. Spaceships under "provisional" certification only fly [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem with the consent of the inspector]] who vetted the ship. What separates "provisional" certification from full certification? ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00811.htm Successfully flying the ship.]]'' Luckily, the inspector [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00809.htm hates Sam so much]] he gives the certification specifically because [[TheUriahGambit he hopes that Sam will get himself killed in space]]. (While Sam, being Sam, finds the concept of the Catch-22 ''admirable''.)
-->'''Sam:''' Human beings have so many wonderful things that I want to introduce my species to.
* CeilingCling: Florence uses it once to evade capture by running around a corner and climbing some exposed plumbing. Her pursuer runs past not bothering [[NoPeripheralVision to look up]].
* CensorBox: Helix's vision system has parental controls, and automatically adds them to anything he's not supposed to see, like [[{{Multiboobage}} wolf nipples]].
** Hilarious LampshadeHanging in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00203.htm this strip.]] Florence's efforts to maintain her modesty make for a bit of a running gag; she's successful in keeping first [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00206.htm Sam]] and then [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00364.htm Winston]] from getting a good look at her completely naked... but she finally meets a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01407.htm robot who can see right through her clothes and her fur,]] and (even though readers still don't see a thing), poor, flustered Flo feels utterly exposed.
** Another lampshading is done with [[SceneryCensor blatant in-universe censor boxes]]: [[spoiler:Doctor Bowman]] programmed a fleet of maintenance bots to carry squares of black material through his containment facility, fooling the computers watching for him on the security cameras. Conveniently, Florence and the base commander startle them into running around [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02586.htm right when they have to strip down for a shower]]. One is even carrying an actual lampshade.
* CerebusSyndrome: As the story has progressed, a larger dramatic arc has grown, although the humor has remained throughout. As an example, the story goes from [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00029.htm a scavenging road trip]] to [[spoiler:[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02198.htm preventing the potential mind-erasure of half a billion sentient AIs.]]]]
* CharacterNameAlias: As part of Sam Starfall's plan to get Florence out of Ecosystems Unlimited, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01683.htm he identifies himself]] to [[PointyHairedBoss Kornada]] as "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Cold Leonard Snart. Captain of this cold facility]]".
* ChekhovsGag: Florence [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01538.htm creates]] the exploding cigars that Sam [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01783.htm substitutes]] on the Mayor a year and a half later.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Waaay back in 2000, Sam says that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00288.htm sources of chaos]] like himself are essential to the survival of the human race. In 2008, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01537.htm Flo starts to think he has a point]], by 2012 [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02217.htm she fully agrees]], and in 2013, he proves it - by [[spoiler:''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02408.htm single-handedly]]'' figuring out the reasons behind Kornada's plan to lobotomize every robot on Jean, and then just as [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02513.htm single-handedly]] giving humanity a reason not to let it happen again.]]
** In reply to Bennie's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02009.htm offer of a tugboat transponder for a robot masquerade,]] Florence asks if he has one for a motorcycle. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02227.htm Later]], she uses it for a disguise to hide from robots, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02229.htm who rely on transponder codes as a primary identification method.]]
** The first uplifted species, chimpanzees, were mentioned in an offhand manner and described by Florence as being sociopaths, an appellation frequently applied to [[spoiler: Doctor Bowman, who we later learn is an uplifted chimpanzee himself.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01046.htm "How many genetically engineered sapients are on this planet?"]] [[spoiler: The other one is ''Doctor Bowman''...an uplifted chimpanzee, revealed over a thousand strips later.]]
* CheshireCatGrin: Florence's "human" smile is terrifying. She has to be very careful to hide her teeth when she wants to express genuine happiness... though she isn't above [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01860.htm playing this one straight]] when she's ''not'' in a friendly mood.
* CigaretteOfAnxiety: The Mayor does with with a cigar after being confronted with a difficult choice.
* CircularReasoning: The Mayor gave Florence a direct order to trust her. When asked about any outstanding direct orders, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02615.htm Florence replies she doesn't want it removed, because she trusts the Mayor.]]
* ClarkesThirdLaw: Expanded upon [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00255.htm here.]]
* CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise: Florence seeks shelter from a storm and medical attention... [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00351.htm just as the house owner is watching a werewolf marathon.]] Crouched (to keep a wound closed), showing teeth (trying for a smile) and backlit by lightning, Florence is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00354.htm not a reassuring sight.]]
* ColorBlindConfusion: Florence, an Uplifted wolf, is color blind. It's initially implied to be an "all dogs are color blind" thing, but later it's explained as a side-effect of some improvements her designers made to other aspects of her eyesight.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Red and blue are the respective colors of the two sides of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02015.htm the robot war.]]
* ComedicSociopathy:
** Florence's hunting instincts can come across as [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00191.htm such.]]
** Also [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02048.htm Benny's flying:]]
--->'''Benny:''' Gear down, check. VOR, check. [[BuffySpeak Red and green blinky lights]], check.\\
''[Plane dips alarmingly close to airstrip, rudely jolting Winston and Florence awake]''\\
'''Benny:''' Passengers returned to the full upright position, check.
* ComesGreatResponsibility:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00776.htm To his misfortune, Sam discovers that the absolute power of a starship captain comes with absolute responsibility.]]
** The "responsibility" part is why [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01733.htm Sam doesn't want to hold Florence's remote control and "reset" scent vial.]]
--->'''Florence:''' Don't you want to keep these?\\
'''Sam:''' Heck, no. With great power comes great responsibility, and who wants that?
** He later comes up with a variation and subversion of this trope [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02224.htm here.]]
--->'''Sam:''' With great crime comes [[AttentionWhore great bragging rights]]. Besides, this is big and [[InsaneTrollLogic everyone knows that if your crime is big enough]], [[KarmaHoudini you don't get punished]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01926.htm Blunt believes]] that if car companies really cared about their customers, they wouldn't sell cars that could be driven.
** Also Sam, whenever Florence is trying to explain something about safety.
--->'''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01872.htm Florence:]]''' ''[demonstrating a zero-gravity explosion with non-dairy creamer, which is flammable]'' That's how you can lose a spacecraft in half a second.\\
'''Sam:''' Okay. New rule: ''No non-dairy creamer on this ship.'' Anyone who flies with us has to drink their coffee black.
** Winston notes that the robots should be shouting "WEREWOLFY!" instead of "DOGGY!" to [[PhraseCatcher Florence]].
** Niomi notes, in a discussion with Florence about her attraction to Winston, that Florence is being "psychotically reasonable", and if she were in Florence's shoes she'd be screaming and yelling. Florence's response is to point out [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01941.htm her feet are much smaller than Niomi's.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02088.htm Some robots build desalinization facilities.]] When told that the [[ItMakesSenseInContext new moon being moved in]] will place them underwater, the robots get to work making the facilities work while submerged.
** When Florence finally meets [[spoiler: Dr. Bowman]] to tell him of the [[spoiler: [[DeadlyUpgrade Gardener in the Dark]] ]], the conversation gets swiftly derailed:
---> [[spoiler: '''Florence''': Learning to act on my own was gradual.\\
'''Dr. Bowman''': You really don't know? Nuts! I knew I should have put more self-monitoring in your head! I could have done it with the neurons that give you the concept of socks! But no! The other designers thought it was more important that you understand socks than for me to have vital data needed for second generation designs! You're not even ''wearing'' socks! All that programming, gone to waste! Next generation, no socks! What other flaws do I need to know about?]]
** Florence tells Niomi that whenever a person mistakes her for a dog to the point where it becomes uncomfortable, she just takes them aside, smiles (i.e. bares her fangs) and tells them she's actually a wolf, and this sorts out the problem right away. She thinks this is because people find wolves less threatening, since statistically wolves have injured far fewer humans than dogs have.
* CommonalityConnection:
** When Florence notes that both she and Sam were raised by unrelated people.
** The chimps, having been meant for military action, got some help from veterans, who thought military service was more important than species.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Though with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01280.htm Sam and Helix doing the rescuing]], a bit more fitting given their reputation.
** After he succeeds at saving the robots from being wiped out, Sam finds that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02768.htm some are less than happy about it]]. Even relatively friendly ones [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02771.htm aren't sure that owing him a debt is a good idea]].
* ConflictingLoyalty:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01181.htm Florence considers the conflict of interest between her loyalty to humanity and to her captain, Sam, who seems to be intent on annoying all of the former.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01803.htm Florence is given the choice of helping Sam, her captain, or the police, authority figures she's compelled to obey.]] Fortunately for her, [[TakeAThirdOption Sam makes it an easy decision]].
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: Of a sort. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02273.htm A robot programmed to disobey all non-human instructions]] is ordered by Sam (a non-human) ''not'' to treat him and the equally non-human Florence ''[[LogicBomb as if they were human]]''.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: What the robots have planned for Mr. Kornada in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02683.htm lieu]] of his "[[{{Unishment}} golden parachute]]"; violation of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Fraud_and_Abuse_Act Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02685.htm One minute of community service]] - for '''''four hundred and fifty million counts thereof.'''''[[note]][[https://www.unitjuggler.com/convert-time-from-h-to-gyr-avg.html?val=7500000 855 years, 217 days, 15 hours and 54 minutes.]][[/note]]
-->'''Chief''': ''Iím hoping heíll plea bargain for fifteen seconds before his lawyer does the math.''[[note]][[https://www.unitjuggler.com/convert-time-from-h-to-gyr-avg.html?val=1875000 213 years, 328 days, 8 hours, 20 minutes and 24 seconds.]][[/note]]
** "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01771.htm Rookie, you just bought yourself sixty four hours on]] [[FateWorseThanDeath spam patrol]]."
* CrazyCatLady: DiscussedTrope. Florence tells Winston to not adopt ten thousand adorable robots.
--> '''Florence:''' That's how crazy cat ladies get started.
* CryonicsFailure: The [[HumanPopsicle coldsleep]] used by interstellar travelers [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01943.htm isn't 100% reliable.]]
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* CultureClash: Primarily between that of sqids and humans. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01241.htm According to Sam,]] legendary sqid actions are mostly things that would get him arrested by human societies. Like in the human spacecraft that Sam rode in, on Sam's planet [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01105.htm everything is bolted down,]] but not knowing about microgravity the sqid assumption was that it was for the sake of theft prevention.
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: Blunt reads a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01807.png note]] about an aggressive neural pruning program and instead of steering clear he looks it up. The program starts downloading into his head when he goes looking for it, threatening him with a mind wipe.
* CursedWithAwesome: Dr. Thurmad seems to be [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02015.htm cursed with natural charisma.]]
* CutenessProximity: Every Jean robot seen so far to Florence the first time they meet her. It's the longest RunningGag in the comic, having started as early as the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00008.htm eighth strip]].
* CuttingTheKnot: When Sam and Florence encounter a robot that must not obey non-human orders (or answer questions from non-humans), Florence tries to work out how to interrogate it. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02273.htm Sam simply orders it not to treat Sam or Florence as humans]]--as it must disobey that order, the robot MUST treat Sam and Florence as human.
-->'''Sam:''' When you have a key, don't fool around with the display cases when you can open the vault.

[[folder: D]]
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Sam mulls over going straight, as honesty seems to pay better - [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01060.htm he unfortunately lifts someone's wallet while speaking]], without even realizing he'd done it.
* DangerTakesABackseat: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02649.htm A comedic version, featuring Sam.]]
* DataPad: So ubiquitous that most people don't use paper, or plastic approximations. "Dataslabs" are available on [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01936.htm racks for public use.]] It's justified since, due to the planet being in the latter stages of terraforming, biological materials such as wood (and by extension paper) are incredibly rare and expensive.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** The ship, mainly on the subject of wanting Sam dead.
** Florence, dealing with Sam's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01560.htm brilliant ideas.]]
** Sam, dealing with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01594.htm bureaucracy.]]
** Numerous robots, including [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00556.htm Tangent.]] (Although Tangent could have been taking that seriously -- it's a bit hard to tell.)
** Then there's the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02250.htm sales associate who deals with Blunt.]]
* DeadlyUpgrade: A patch was planned by EU to be available to prune robots' neural pathways to prevent them from achieving full sapience, if it appeared the robots were about to become a problem for humans. Mr. Kornada learned of this, and had it altered to be much more damaging, [[spoiler:basically making robots almost completely useless outside of one or two tasks.]] Given independent action by robots is part of the efforts to terraform and maintain the planet for habitation by a human populace that's nowhere near big enough to watch everything going on with over 450 million robots, the modified program is dangerous not just to the robots it targets.
* DeathWorld: Earth, by Sam's standards. ''Everything'' considers him edible, even the cows.
* DefaceOfTheMoon: April Fools, 2003 has Sam hack into the planet's {{terraforming}} computer and sculpt the moon to resemble him.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: A major source of humor is how Florence and Sam misinterpret each other.
* DescriptionCut: When Florence is watching the departure of the ship she arrived on:
-->'''Helix:''' Florence has been staring at the ''Asimov'' for a long time. She must be sad, knowing it's going to leave without her. I wonder what she's thinking right now?\\
'''Florence:''' ''[thinks]'' I can not get over how much that ship looks like a giant push up popsicle.
* DestinationDefenestration: Sam occasionally gets thrown out of windows by people who aren't happy to see him, as demonstrated [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00531.htm in this strip]].
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Niomi {{facepalm}}s and says that she didn't really say that fixing the Savage Chicken's toilet would allow Florence to drink normally, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00560.htm here.]]
* DiplomaticImpunity: Sam Starfall once uses this to avoid punishment, but they [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01237.htm got around it]] by hiring other diplomats to beat him up.
* DisproportionateRetribution: After Helix made the [[TooDumbtoLive stupid mistake]] of trying to stay between a hungry Florence and her meat, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00610.htm he's violently dismantled]], but Florence understood that Helix meant well, and that he [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00611.htm didn't deserve what she did to him]].
* DisSimile: "Why, we're just like Franchise/{{Batman}} and Robin. Well, if Batman and Robin were poor and engaged in petty crime."
* DistinctionWithoutADifference: When a bunch of Roombas find out Sam is in prison, they ''freak out'' because they ''know'' [[PityTheKidnapper the Warden can't handle him]]. Their response? ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff3000/fc02910.htm Get him out of the prison.]]'' As prison robots they can't help prisoners escape, but...
-->"We're not helping you escape. We're throwing you out. There's a difference."
* DoABarrelRoll: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01897.htm Sam contributes to raising Florence's blood pressure]] on the return from their satellite fueling mission with some acrobatics during their return to the planet. [[spoiler: He calls it a barrel roll, but really it's an aileron roll.]]
* DoctorsOrders: Florence obeys her vet, to his surprise, which he says mentally puts him ahead of some human doctors.
* DoesThisMakeMeLookFat:
** Florence uses this question to test Helix's self preservation routines. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00211.htm His response is to flee.]]
** Also Florence's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02009.htm objection]] to using [[MakesSenseInContext a tugboat transponder as a costume.]]
* DontAskJustRun
-->'''AB[[superscript:2]]Y:''' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01419.htm When the engineer working on equipment suddenly turns and runs away, you follow!]]
* DonutMessWithACop: Or a receptionist, for that matter. Apparently, on planet Jean [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01555.htm messing with a cop's donuts is far more dangerous than declaring war.]]
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: Edge refers to a box with Florence's notes [[spoiler:on Gardener in the Dark]] as [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01908.htm "Sticky Notes of Doom".]]
* DoWrongRight: Sam's biggest character trait, and best exemplified [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00456.htm after the ship's second failed attempt to kill him]].
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Sam
-->'''Florence:''' [.02 millirems of radiation] is safer than driving across town with you.\\
'''Helix:''' Florence, standing in a burning building while blind circus midgets throw knives at you is safer than driving across town with Sam.
* DuctTapeForEverything: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00699.htm What do you mean]] it's not for ''everything''? [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00969.htm Solves every problem, including moving in microgravity!]] Florence worries about Sam being [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00575.htm absolutely corrupted by the power of duct tape,]] thanks to it being a cheap and fast (if not necessarily effective) fix.

[[folder: E]]
* EasilyDetachableRobotParts: All of Helix's limbs - head included - are easily detachable and modular so if he loses a piece, you can just stick it right back in the slot - since he's an industrial robot designed for carrying heavy objects, it makes sense - being able to easily shed a limb ensures that he won't easily be pinned under a fallen object, and user-friendly reattachment makes repairs a breeze. (The reassembly is idiot-proof, though [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00040.htm definitely not Sam-proof.]]) Unsurprisingly, he gets taken apart a lot, but he doesn't really mind - it's usually Florence who puts him back together again (though she's usually also the one who [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00039.htm took him apart in the first place]]), and being the brilliant engineer that she is, she usually puts him back together BETTER than he was.
* EasyAmnesia:
** When Helix's head gets [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00159.htm stuck in a pipe]], Florence gets it out with a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00160.htm little]] PercussiveMaintenance. As she reattaches his head, Helix realizes he doesn't recognize anything and yells that he's lost his memory. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00161.htm It had fallen on the floor.]]
** As part of Florence's testing at EU, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01573.htm her mind's ability to convert short-term memory to long-term memory is chemically impaired, which will go away 18 hours later.]]
* TheEndIsNigh: After news gets out about Gardener in the Dark, a robot is seen carrying a sign that says "01000101 01001111 01000110", which is binary ASCII code for "EOF", or "End of File".
* EnemyMime: None. So, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01080.htm no need to panic.]]
* EpicFail: A number of them over the course of the comic.
** Sam and Max Post try to skip out on each of their restaurant bills ([[ItMakesSenseInContext originally to be payed for with the other's wallet]]) via a race. They not only end up washing dishes three times, but they each end up paying for both meals as well.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00606.htm Sam's check for zero dollars and zero cents bounced.]]
** Sam's attempts to cover up his mistakes only succeed in drawing more attention to them.
** Narrowly averted with the robot war. [[spoiler: The battleground was past the halfway point that the robots from each factory could travel before their power packs ran out, but many of the robots volunteered their power packs to ensure travel to a much smaller force. Had the war not been stopped, the robots could have easily trashed one or both factories.]]
** Mr. Kornada's attempt to [[spoiler: dispose of Florence in the dumpster prevents her from learning the false news that Gardener in the Dark has been delayed,]] leading to her foiling his plan.
* EurekaMoment: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02411.htm Sam]] is trying to figure out Mr. Kornada's scheme when Qwerty and Helix argue over a stuffed animal.
-->'''Qwerty:''' No, you can't have it. That's mine.\\
''[Sam smiles broadly]''\\
'''Qwerty:''' Hey! Don't you point that smile at me!
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Sam routinely "finds" wallets, hijacks vehicles, breaks into homes; once he tried to mug a kid. Even blackmail is okay. Mind-control, slavery, and murder ''aren't''.
* EvenTheDogIsAshamed: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01075.htm When a dog's embarrassed to be seen with you, it's time to change clothes.]]
* EvenTheRatsWontTouchIt:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00222.htm Sam's food at the Golden Trough killed a cockroach that tasted it. "Survival of the Fittest, baby!"]]
** Also, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01019.htm Even The Prison Won't Take Sam.]]
* EveryCarIsAPinto: [[DiscussedTrope Mentioned]] and {{defied|Trope}} in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00541.htm this strip... with an office chair.]]
-->'''Florence:''' I really don't think this chair would explode, but with Sam's stuff, you never know.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: The base commander thought the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02561.htm secret was blown]] when the police chief suggested having [[spoiler: Dr. Bowman]] handle securely transporting the wolf. Subverted in the next strip when the chief reveals his personal relationship with the Doctor.
* EveryoneChasingYou: Sam actually seeks out this status.
* EverythingIsTryingToKillYou: Sam is attacked by people on whom he tried a theft or scam, robots, and his own ship. Most Terran lifeforms that can move at all try to eat him and even Nature's laws seem to act against him whenever possible.
* EvilDetectingDog: Winston's dog Beekay demonstrate's Sam's problems with good judges of character, by attacking him.
* EvilLawyerJoke: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00372.htm Lots]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00840.htm of]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01461.htm them.]]
* ExactWords:
** An inspector tried to create an angry mob to get Sam Starfall's ass handed to him, but a series of misunderstanding soon turned the angry mob into a ''frightened'' one, and the inspector correctly suspects that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00828.htm Sam is behind it]].
** A transit cop spots Sam catching a free ride on top of a train:
-->'''Transit cop:''' I see you up there! Don't think being on a train means I can't catch you!\\
''[Sam leaps off the train into his arms, knocking him down]''\\
'''Transit cop:''' That was a remarkably poor choice of words.\\
'''Sam:''' And a remarkably poor catch, I might add.
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fv01527.htm another instance,]] the Mayor cripples Florence by ordering her to be silent, and since Florence is hardcoded to obey humans, she cannot speak ''at all''. Sam manages to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fv01546.htm find a loophole]] by sending the Mayor a message that paraphrases to "If you don't say otherwise, we'll assume your order has been cancelled" and couching it in enough of his personal annoying diatribe that it makes the Mayor livid. She sends back a massively hate-filled response chewing him out, but forgets to include anything saying her order still stands.
** A restauranteur catches Sam And Max both trying to skip out on paying the lunch bill. They wash dishes in a race to see who has to pay. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00591.htm The loser pays both bills.]]
** A woman tells a robot to hide on a plane until it is brought into the hangar, so if anyone asks she can say he was hiding on the plane until it was brought into the hangar.
--->''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02390.htm "Just because something is true doesn't mean it's not a lie."]]''
** Helix agrees that eating deer is okay if it's roadkill...[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00228.htm so Florence kills one WITH a road.]]
** A police robot is under strict orders not to tell anyone where Florence is. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02339.htm He makes clear]] that he has no understanding of the concept of a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial.
** The police ''chief'', on the other hand, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02597.htm has a firm grasp of it.]]
-->'''Winston:''' I was afraid she might have stumbled across a conspiracy and been shipped to the south pole.
-->'''Chief:''' I can assure you events did not occur in that sequence.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02379.htm When he is about to be arrested]] [[spoiler:for attempting to release Gardener in the Dark]], Mr. Kornada orders the throng of robots that popped up [[spoiler:and are prepared to demonstrate his culpability in an attempt to praise his "heroism"]] to defend him. They do so... by allowing the cops to continue arresting him while they seek legal counsel. [[LaserGuidedKarma He is not pleased]].
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02520.htm Blunt notes]] that while the robots have been ordered not to harm other robots, the factories that ''manufacture'' robots have no such protection.
--->'''Edge:''' You are [[BotheringByTheBook the most law-abiding saboteur]] I've ever encountered.
* ExpendableClone: The robots don't like the idea of this trope. After all, even if there is an exact backup of themselves somewhere when they die, that doesn't change the fact that they still die.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap:
** It's more of an Explain Explain Oh My moment, but...[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00710.htm Niomi realizes why Florence exists, when discussing colonizing other worlds.]]
** Florence gets one of her own [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01428.htm here,]] when talking about the neural pruning of artificial intelligences as they mature.
* ExpressiveMask: {{Justified|Trope}} [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00084.htm with Sam.]] With the robots, not so much; their eyes are apparently rigid lenses, but they can be narrowed and made into the EyesAlwaysShut-style ^_^ eyes anyways. One robot halfway averts this by having eyes that can display graphics, but they still narrow when he's angry.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Florence finally meets her creator, Dr. Bowman... [[spoiler:and he's an ape.]]
--> '''Dr. Bowman:''' I know, I know. Somehow, you expected me to be taller.

[[folder: F]]
* FacePalm: Poor Florence ends up doing these very often throughout the whole comic, with the "pinching bridge of nose" variety being the most common.
* FailsafeFailure: Inverted and Lampshaded as one's definition of "failure" boils down to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02268.htm "the machine won't do what I want."]] A security guard can ''see'' an intruder on his monitor, but due to lack of activity, he doesn't know the password to enable manual control or re-enable automatic firing. He's kvetching ''now'', but he'd be singing a different tune if the system had been targeting ''him.''
-->"Stupid computer! Security should not fail safe! Security should fail dangerous!"
* FalseReassurance: The ship computer [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00966.htm uses this trope,]] in reply to Sam's question about how it feels about going into piracy.
** Earlier, Winston and Sam [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00500.htm have a small conversation]] that runs similar to OneDialogueTwoConversations.
* FameThroughInfamy: While Sam isn't so extreme that he'll physically harm others, his goal in life is pretty much summed up by "achieve everlasting fame via a combination of crime and outre behavior." Performing an illegal action that could either make him a hero or considered a traitor to all of humanity counts as a "win-win" scenario for him.
* FanDisservice: [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Kornada's]] ShowerScene, thankfully minimized by [[SceneryCensor a towel held up by Clippy]].
* {{Fanservice}}: Florence has a remarkable tendency to end up nude, scantily-clad, or in outfits that leave little to the imagination, despite her lack of certain [[NonMammalMammaries human female attributes]]. Gets toned down in later arcs.
* FantasticRacism: Artificial Lifeforms, both genetically engineered and robotic, are legally slaves to the corporation that made them. [[CorruptCorporateExecutive The corporations thus treat them as such.]] However, [[RousseauWasRight the populace at large generally have the attitude of "If it's talking to me, it's a person."]]
-->'''Mr. Kornada:''' [[JustAMachine A.I.s have numbers, not names]]. \\
'''Receptionist (thinking):''' [[DonutMessWithACop When they bring in donuts]], [[AndroidsArePeopleToo they have names]].
* FasterThanLightTravel: The Dangerous And Very Expensive drive is only used for very important people and cargoes, though it's also the only means of sending messages to another system anytime fast. Large payloads like colony ships have to be sent slower than light. Even superluminal, it is indicated that [[RequiredSecondaryPowers the travel time isn't shortened from the point of view of the travelers]] due to the mechanics of the DAVE drive, so passengers still have to go in cryo.
* FatalFamilyPhoto: [[LiteralMetaphor Played quite literally ]] in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01061.htm this strip]], though the victim is only knocked out by a wallet full of family photos.
* FingerInTheMail: Parodied in a version of the comic that appeared in a UsefulNotes/FurryFandom magazine prior to it becoming a webcomic. Helix is kidnapped, and the kidnappers start mailing pieces of him to Sam and Florence. Since he's a ''robot'', his compatriots just reassemble him as the parts arrive in the mail. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/zu/ffkidnap.gif The last thing to arrive is his head.]]
-->'''Helix:''' Hey! I've been rescued!\\
'''Sam:''' [[StupidCrooks We are not dealing with a criminal mastermind here.]]
* FirstContact: The first impressions of the human explorers meeting Sam's people were... not great.
-->'''Sam:''' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01104.htm For centuries, humans had been searching for another intelligent, tool using race. Then they found us. I still remember that cosmonaut's first immortal words.]]\\
'''Helix:''' "Let's keep looking."
* FlawExploitation: To get Sam out of a duct where he is stuck -- mention money.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Injured, overcooled Flo and the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00350.htm "Mad]] [[MadDoctor Vet"]] Winston.
* FootPopping: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02041.htm Florence explains why she doesn't do it]] [[spoiler:when kissing Winston.]]
-->'''Florence:''' When a dog lifts its leg, the image that comes to most people's minds isn't associated with romance.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Quite a few instances:
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01474.htm this strip]], Sawtooth remarks on incompetence vs. benevolence. [[spoiler: Then we learn that [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Mr. Kornada]] has been put in charge of dealing with the situation.]]
** While talking to Niomi, Florence gets the idea for [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00720.htm robots purchasing their next generation]]. [[spoiler: Later, we find that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01292.htm the scrap yard robot is allowing robots to purchase themselves]].]]
** While talking with Max Post, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01460.htm Florence gives Qwerty the idea for the robotic police force]]. [[spoiler: The mayor's assistant is stunned later when he discovers that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01770.htm some of his policemen were robots]].]]
** A few mentions are made of the uplifted-chimpanzee project that was the precursor to Doctor Bowman's project with wolves. [[spoiler: In more ways than one: Bowman is himself a chimpanzee.]]
** "How many genetically engineered sapients are on this planet?" [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01046.htm "Two."]]
* ForYourOwnGood: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00343.htm The]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01538.htm easiest]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01582.htm way]] to circumvent a robot's RestrainingBolt is to appeal to this trope.
* FourthWallMailSlot: There was a thread on the now-dead Talk About Comics forum called "Q and A with the Freefall Cast and Crew" [[http://www.crosstimecafe.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3748 archived here]], and on the defunct The Nice forum there was a thread to ask Florence questions, the contents archived [[http://freefall.blu3wolf.com/interview.php here.]] The creator, Mark Stanley, responded as the character who was questioned.
* FreudianExcuse: Sam often tries to justify his criminal nature by saying that his species are scavengers, and stealing from under the noses of predators is just instinctive behavior. It rings rather hollow when one can read his thought balloons, however. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01241.htm It does seem that lots of actions seen as immoral by human cultures are acceptable or even heroic in Sam's.]] In the forums Stanley explained that BizarreAlienBiology ([[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01003.htm reproduction]] [[OutWithABang is fatal]], full sentience occurs only in those who refuse to breed, greatest competition is from other tribes of the same species) has given rise to a culture where a hero is someone who completely disrupts the existence of a ''rival'' tribe.
* FridgeLogic: In-universe, Ishiguro tells Clippy to think about the claim that Ishiguro died and what happened to stock prices that day. When he considers that, that day the stock prices went up when the ''Chief Financial Officer'' "died", Clippy realizes how little sense that makes.
* FridgeHorror:
** {{Invoked}} when Winston explains how Florence will need to recover for awhile before she starts eating again.
--->'''Sam:''' So what you're saying is that in two or three days, I'm going to have a highly intelligent, fast moving, starving, carnivorous alien life form on my ship.\\
'''Winston:''' Yep. Wolves are also most active at dawn and dusk, so this will probably happen while you're asleep.
** And again when [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00804.htm the inspector begins to wonder where Sam is.]]
--> '''Inspector''': (Thinking) So what are the facts? The ship's been properly repaired and documented. Sam is nowhere to be seen. And the creature showing me about is obviously some type of large carnivoreÖ Sometimes Occam's Razor leads to very disturbing conclusions.
** Florence's control triggers this reaction in an EU guard.
--->'''Guard:''' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01648.htm She's not a robot. She's a living being. This remote turns her on and off! Her memory is short-circuited! As well as being plain wrong, this stuff could be adapted to humans! Do I have to worry about this being tried on us next?]]\\
'''Varroa:''' Oh no, never. [[NotHelpingYourCase You guys are union. We'd try it on contractors first.]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00542.htm Helix playing with an office chair while Florence ponders her next move.]]
** During [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01551.htm the trip to Ecosystems Unlimited]], watch Sam's pass. There's another funny background event during the robot police riot. Look closely. At least one of the robots is a rockem sockem robot.
** Then there's the time that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01499.htm a baby steals candy from Sam.]]
* FunWithAcronyms:
** If the World Wrestling Federation[[note]]now Wrestling/{{WWE}}[[/note]] and World Wildlife Fund can't agree what it should stand for, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00529.htm there can be a compromise variant.]]
** Although not expanded upon in the comic itself, the DAVE drive ([[FasterThanLightTravel FTL drive]]) used to get between star systems is short for "'''D'''angerous '''A'''nd '''V'''ery '''E'''xpensive" drive.
* FurryWebcomic: Somewhat borderline, in that there's only one anthropomorphic character in a human and robot dominated cast, but that doesn't seem to bother much of the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom.

[[folder: G]]
* GaleForceSound: In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02304.htm this strip]], Mr. Raibert gets a demonstration on the improvements in small speakers over time, getting blasted by a shouting Max Post over the phone, in a (rather literal) ShoutOut to the old Maxell cassette ad demonstrating the trope.
* GargleBlaster: John Jones Monroevian Moonshine, "fine sipping whiskey and high explosive". The phrase "If you drink this, you will die" is considered a statement of quality rather than a warning.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: Florence is treated with as much suspicion as [[AIIsACrapshoot robots]]; the fact that she is a living thing only adds to people's fears of unpredictability.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: With a direct order from the Mayor [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02128.htm Florence is made to feel good about said official.]] Florence is then asked how she feels.
-->'''Mayor:''' You still look terrified. Okay, direct order. You like me. You trust me. You want to make me happy. End order.\\
'''Mayor:''' Better now?\\
'''Florence:''' Emotionally, much better. Intellectually, I think I'm screaming.
* GlobalWarming: [[TakeThat Taken a swing at in]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00526.htm this strip]] as part of a conversation between Helix and Sam, when the latter disproved the former's theory that Florence was a vampire. (ItMakesSenseInContext.)
* TheGoldenRule: Florence [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00546.htm points out]] a common mistake, people assuming others should be treated they themselves want to be treated.
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: Florence [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00228.htm combines this with]] LoopholeAbuse to get a meal that Helix finds otherwise objectionable.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Nearly happens to Qwerty when Sam explains how [[spoiler:Mr. Kornada's plan to take all the robots' wealth by effectively lobotomizing them]] is ''inefficent and amateurish''.
-->'''Qwerty:''' The tentacled horror from beyond my stars spoke, and Von Neumann help me, in my madness, I understood its words.
** He immediately calls Max Post to save him from Sam, [[InvokedTrope explicitly calling this out]] as his fear.
-->'''Qwerty:''' If I listen to him much longer, I'm going to lose my grip on reality.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Dvorak attempts to invent [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01439.htm a bullet that would be effective on robots]]. As a result, it acts as a poison.
** Sam understands this trope.
-->'''Sam''': [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02804.htm Helix, I fear we have unleashed the forces of order upon this defenseless world]].
* GoneSwimmingClothesStolen: In a variation on the "getting wet while naked" theme, in the first [[ShowerScene gratuitous shower scene]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00205.htm a raccoon swipes Florence's towel while she's washing.]]
* GoofyPrintUnderwear:
** Sam starts to think that wearing [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00082.htm "Teddy bears in space" underwear]] was a poor decision.
** Kornada's boxers, seen [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01689.htm here,]] are of the "pink/red hearts" variety, although not commented on.
* GrailInTheGarbage: Florence and Dvorak finally get Clippy calmed down and backed up, thus finally putting the whole "Gardener In The Dark" fiasco to bed. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02886.htm Thus relieved]], they start to [[ExplainExplainOhCrap discuss the whole mess... and realize]] that they've simply restored the status quo; ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02887.htm Clippy has a backup.]]'' Good news; HonestCorporateExecutive Raibert has him. Bad news; Raibert doesn't ''remember'' that, and if the backup is ever activated he might just [[HereWeGoAgain activate the safeguard immediately]].
-->'''Dvorak''': Clippy was a failsafe. A robot with software weapons in case we went bad. It is very important that such a system work if itís ever needed.\\
'''Florence''': Uh, oh. Are you thinking what Iím thinking?\\
'''Dvorak''': One word. Redundancy. When Clippy powered up, I couldnít see him while his offensive software was running. The others like him will still be invisible to most robots and cameras. So until we figure out how the redaction software works, finding them would be a matter of luck.\\
'''Florence''': I hope that the humans in charge of these robots are taking their responsibilities seriously.\\
'''Raibert''': [[DescriptionCut One of these days, I have got to clean out this closet]].\\
'''Sign around Clippy 2ís neck, hidden behind junk''': (Warning: Activate only if really needed.)
* GreyGoo: Mentioned by Dr. Bowman as part of his reasoning as to why he deliberately made his neural net program produce artificial intelligences that weren't limited to unthinking obedience on humans.
-->'''Dr. Bowman:''' In nanotech, it's a "GreyGoo" scenario. On a larger scale, it's a "Paperclip Maximiser". An A.I. with that programmed goal will try to turn everything in its reach into paperclips or paperclip production.\\
'''Dr. Bowman:''' So what do you get with a system of autonomous robots that ''always'' has human desires as its top priority?\\
'''Florence:''' A human maximizer.\\
'''Dr. Bowman:''' Good news if you're a human. [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman Bad news if you're anything else]].
* GroinAttack: Dr. Bowman, in the July 28, 2014 strip, mentions that in the past he took a sharpened plastic spoon and neutered himself after seeing what testosterone-fueled aggression was doing with other {{Uplifted Animal}}s, which later ultimately led to their deaths by age 40. Florence asks him if they can skip the details of the procedure, and move on to her next question for him.
* GrowBeyondTheirProgramming: Robots on Jean vastly outnumber humans and are rapidly evolving beyond their programming to the point where many humans ([[BoomerangBigot and one robot]]) fear they could become a threat to humanity. This has led to them turning a blind eye to "Gardener in the Dark," a neural pruning program that [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Kornada]] "improved" to essentially lobotomize every robot on Jean.
* GrowlingGut:
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02055.htm this strip,]] Florence's stomach growling is misinterpreted by a bystander as a regular wolf growl, and accordingly makes himself scarce in spite of her yelled (and ultimately futile) reassurance that it was just her stomach growling.
** The above situation is inverted earlier when Helix is going to set the rabbits "[[MeaningfulName Lunch]]" and "[[MeaningfulName Dinner]]" free and hopes it is her stomach growling. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00194.htm It isn't.]]

[[folder: H]]
* {{Hammerspace}}: How in the blazes ''did'' Sam get that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02191.htm pipe wrench into his suit?]]
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: Florence has done this from time to time. Unfortunately for her, since she has multiple sets of mammaries thanks to her nonhuman nature, even with the help of her tail it leaves some of her "naughty bits" uncovered. Her fur thankfully covers anything she has on her chest unless she's nursing or in heat (the former has never happened, and the latter is unlikely to happen in such a nonsexualized comic) - but she still covers the same area as human ladies would due to cultural conditioning. And her [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00364.htm tail covers, err... the bottom half]] when needed.
* HangingJudge: Blunt accepts the Mayor's acting as the judge for [[spoiler:Kornada's]] trial because the only ''other'' judge on the planet had this reaction when asked to hear the case.
* HanlonsRazor: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02283.htm Clippy]] quotes {{Creator/Ian Fleming}}'s "once is happenstance..." line when the Gardener in the Dark program doesn't go out. He initially believes it's an error, but after repeated attempts and some research, he realizes someone is blocking it.
* HappinessInSlavery:
** Well, sort of. Florence and the robotic [=AIs=] are property, and it is ambiguous whether they have any rights at all. However, their status is complicated because there are relatively few humans on the planet, allowing the [=AIs=] a lot of freedom in practice if not in theory. This is an important element in the story, but the [=AIs=] don't seem particularly upset with their situation: Some of them work towards gaining rights, but generally accept that only gradual change is possible, and try to find peaceful ways of getting around WhatMeasureIsANonHuman without disrupting human society too much. Florence explicitly states that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00718.htm this approach is needed]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01151.htm on a few]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01246.htm occasions]].
** It's clear that Dr. Bowman deliberately arranged for the wolf pups to end up in human families, and so be socalized by human families, the best restraining bolt of all. Florence's nominal owner, Scott Ambrose, has long regarded Florence as his younger sister, and is more than merely supportive of her. Florence is treated well by most people around her, but legally, she is still a thing, not a person, and has no more legal rights than a toaster. And "property to be treated and disposed of however we see fit" is exactly how the upper levels of the government of planet Jean regard, and intend to treat, all AIs, including both Florence and the sentient robots -- and they ''know'' this. We've seen that other elements of the government -- including the actual police force -- don't share this view, but still, not everyone could remain as calm about the whole situation as Florence and the robots seem to.
** As the strip progresses, the capacity of artificial intelligences (including the bioengineered Florence) to subvert their apparent hardwired limitations by locating loopholes or exploiting semantics in their orders becomes increasingly important. Florence even theorizes that Dr. Bowman might have intended for this to eventually happen; although he's been TheGhost for most of the comic, it's abundantly clear he cared for his creations like they were his children, and forcing the rest of the world into a position where they must acknowledge his creations as independent beings is as good a way as any to create a future for them. [[spoiler: This is confirmed when Dr. Bowman finally appears.]]
* HatesBeingTouched: Dr Bowman, due to being [[spoiler:a sociopathic uplifted chimpanzee. He lets Florence give him a farewell hug, but he doesn't enjoy it]].
* HeadsTailsEdge: A peculiar variant happens in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01803.htm 1803]]. Florence flips a coin to decide whether to help Sam or the police officer who's chasing him. Sam steals the coin before it lands, so she decides to help neither.
* HeroesGoneFishing: Sam insists: no work on Saturday.
* HerrDoktor: {{Invoked}} when Sam disguises himself as a cryogenics scientist during Florence's visit to the main EU facility on Jean.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Completely averted [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01092.htm in the French Ninja restaurant]].
-->'''Waiter''': That man does not look anything like a ninja.\\
'''Chef''': Ah, but that is exactly what a ninja ''should'' look like.
* HumanPopsicle: Used for interstellar travel, involving chemicals that make the process unable to be repeated for several years without harming the individual so treated. {{Invoked}} when Sam hears that 5-7 years is needed, in between, he states he thought people could be [[HarmlessFreezing frozen and thawed like popcicles]]. Florence almost got iced again [[spoiler: in a recent visit to Ecosystems Unlimited, thanks to threatening [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Kornada]]'s plan.]]
* HumansAreCthulhu: A zigzagged example; in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02753.htm this issue here]], Sam notes that he regards humans as having god-like powers, pointing out that they travel between worlds, reshape mountains and rivers to suit their whims, and create obedient servants out of the earth itself (robots). Despite this respect for what humans can do, Sam himself holds no particular awe for them and enjoys harassing and annoying them as he would any member of a rival tribe.
* HumansAreSpecial: Sawtooth Rivergrinder, one of the robots arguing for the full equality of sentient robots, flat out states "You are missing an advantage robots have. We're not starting from scratch. Humans have thousands of years of experience we can learn from."
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: The alien eyes being StarfishAliens (Sam), PettingZooPeople (Florence) and RidiculouslyHumanRobots (Helix and the other 450-odd-million robots on Jean).
* HypercompetentSidekick: Sam's the captain, while Florence is the engineer.

[[folder: I]]
* IAteWhat
** Florence is intent on waiting sixty seconds before civilly eating her meal. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00631.htm She ends up wolfing down the napkin instead.]]
** {{Subverted}} in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fvxmas98.jpg a Christmas special]]--Sam ''enjoys'' the taste of coal.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01833.htm This robot]] really wishes it could. Not that it hasn't a good reason, being forced to play [[Franchise/StarWars Jar-Jar Binks]] in spite of being a Shakespearean actor. The [=JarJarBot=] is an example of the exception to an inversion created by the addition of a single character. To wit, the robots are usually required to turn themselves in for scrapping at a certain time, meaning that they are required to self-terminate. However, they just caught on that it's possible to get out of having to do it (by buying themselves for their scrap value from the scrapyard, as mentioned by Edge). The [=JarJarBot=], of course, is more than willing to self-terminate.
* IgnoranceIsBliss: "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00050.htm then knowledge must surely be an ulcer]]."
* IgnoreTheDisability: Just after admonishing Tangent about making dog references around Florence, Niomi [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00560.htm promptly sticks her foot solidly in her mouth with a reference to dogs drinking from toilets after noting the Savage Chicken's toilet is working again.]]
* IgnoringBySinging: How Edge "initiates countermeasures" against the possibility of a sound-based hacking attack.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Florence has an attack of this, when she realizes [[spoiler:a robot has been irrevocably harmed by the Gardener in the Dark program.]]
* ImpactSilhouette: Sam Starfall and Helix fake this during a ChaseScene involving a SheetOfGlass, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01270.htm here.]]
* ImGoingToHellForThis: In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02122.htm this]] strip, Florence states she's going straight to doggy hell for being part of Sam's the breaking in to the Mayor's office early just to have breakfast before meeting said official.
* ImpossibleTheft: Sam, best exemplified [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01019.htm here, where he was banned]] ''from'' prison until he confesses to where he stashed the cell doors.
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01922.htm Lampshaded]] in regards to Florence's dinner dress, when faced with the possibility of a fight [[spoiler:with Blunt, who wants to prevent her from interfering with the release of Gardener in the Dark.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun:
** While [[ItMakesSenseInContext driving a baby-shaped car]], Sam states that "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01067.htm We'd have gotten more scrutiny if we had to leave via C Section]]."
** The name of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02347.htm the police chief's mobility rig]]: [[Music/TheBeatles "L Linear Rig B"]][[note]]Eleanor Rigby[[/note]].
** Sam has one when he and Helix break into the museum to ''return'' an authorized autographed copy of Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial.
---> '''Sam:''' Any errors and we could end up like the Jedi, beaten senseless by a [[SissyVillain pair of Sithies]].
** Another one appears [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01814.htm here]].
--->'''Edge''': Whoa! I know the boss was unhappy about retirement, but I never thought he'd Off himself.
*** In the ensuing plotline, when Edge is trying to figure out directions, a street sign indicates he's at the corner of Fifth and Beethoven.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Winston Thurmad suspects he'll need one due to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01970.htm an upcoming discussion with Dvorak and Qwerty.]]
* InsaneTrollLogic:
** Somehow, Sam believes that the best way to steal several satellites that he was supposed to deliver, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00739.htm is by not stealing them and just doing the job anyway]].
** Blunt also has a variant of this [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01926.htm here.]]
* InstantHomeDelivery: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00547.htm Niomi and her robot Tangent appear immediately after Florence places a "help wanted" ad.]] ({{Justified|Trope}} [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00548.htm in the strips immediately following:]] [[spoiler:the server that Florence was using to search for contractors before placing her want-ad passed the word to the robots, including Tangent]].)
* InstantLeechJustFallInWater: When washing in a jury-rigged outdoor shower, Florence finds out [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00204.htm she's missing a step in the process.]] "[[InThatOrder The correct order]] is 'lather, rinse, remove leeches, repeat.'"
* InsultBackfire: When Dvorak thinks he's been called an insane AI, he just says that he prefers "creative".
* InterspeciesRomance: Florence, an [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted red wolf]], is involved in a romantic friendship with Winston, a human.
* InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas: There are many robots fulfilling this role, such as carnivorous waffle irons, and in one strip during a segment with many fictional and RealLife robots being background cameos an actual Roomba is shown.
* IsItAlwaysLikeThis: A version without the question being asked explicitly. After Dr Bowman spends two installments ranting at the base commander, the commander comments to Florence that he's in an unusually good mood and she seems to be a calming influence.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Being a carnivore, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00128.htm Florence prefers blood in her coffee.]]
-->'''Helix:''' We've got non-dairy creamer. \\
'''Florence:''' Please, Helix. Let's not be gross.
* ItCameFromTheFridge: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00567.htm Expiration Dates are unimportant to Sam.]]
* ItsALongStory: Served with a bit of LampshadeHanging in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00431.htm this]] strip, changing the focus to Sam and Helix while Florence explains how she ultimately arrived at Dr. Thurmad's house.
* IWantGrandkids: As Dr. Bowman puts it, he's old and he created Florence, which gives him to right to bug her about grandchildren.
* IWasToldThereWouldBeCake: a TorchesAndPitchforks style angry mob is completely legal on Jean, as long as everyone gets ice cream afterwards.

[[folder: J]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Sam Starfall thinks nothing of robbing you blind, but will stand up for his crew if they're in danger in spite of all of his "looking out for Number One" talk. He's even willing to give up a potential power abuse if it somehow harm his crew. For exemple, Sam decided to handle Florence's remote control to her, but Helix, believing that Sam just woudn't use it on her because he broke it, tried to take it from him and accidently put Florence to sleep. After that, Sam [[JerkassHasAPoint accurately points out]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01725.htm that none of them is responsible enough to use the remote control]].
** According to Florence, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01427.htm Dr. Bowman qualifies was well,]] taking care to give his creations the restraint that he himself lacks.
* JerkassHasAPoint: More often than not Sam has a justification for his behavior.
** For example, while Sam's lawbreaking is pathological, he actually has a good view of how stupid is the idea that people should blindly follow law just for being a law, and he has teach Helix that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00155.htm just because it's law it isn't necessarily right,]] an observation that Florence couldn't help but [[LampshadeHanging concede]] to be logical and ''even'' ethical.
** Another one is when the ship tried to kill Sam on ground that, given his stupidity, he is a threat to its makers (and to humanity as a whole). Sam concedes this point, but he soon gives a lengthy talk about how he is [[NecessaryEvil essential to human evolution]], given that the modern technology and comformity make human grow lazy if their peace wasn't disturbed from now and them, greatly affecting their adaptational abilities, but he (Sam) [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00288.htm provides the needed amount of chaos to force humans to learn from his (Sam's) mistakes and prepare themselves from future threats]]. Though disgusted, the ship [[ItMakesSenseinContext concedes that his logic is grounded]] and stopped trying to kill him.
*** Sam gives this one a CallBack ''much'' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff3000/fc02912.htm later on]] when worrying about robots getting too protective of humans.
** Another time a delivery-robot tried to kill Sam by running over him, but Sam took advantage of his programming by hiding under the delivery box, preventing the robot from injuring Sam without damaging the delivery. when he warned Sam that he would wait him get tired of hiding, Sam quickly ruins the robot's hope for revenge because, if he does wait that long, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00741.htm he will go against his schedule.]]
** Florence may not like to be called a slave, ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01243.htm but...]]''
** Also, when Florence refused to see the mayor, Sam reminded her that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02118.htm it was for the greater good.]]
--->'''Sam''': [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Are you going to let this bad program run through the robot population because you are afraid to talk to a plump human?]]
** While the mayor can be quite... brusque (at least when it comes to AI [[PersonOfMassDestruction and Sam]]), [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02381.htm she has a rather valid point here]].
--->'''Max''': If you would relent and grant them basic rights, it would go a long way to calming the situation down.\\
'''Mayor''': Ah, yes. Liberating billions of credits worth of equipment from [[MegaCorp the company that owns this planet and also owns all the military hardware]]. [[SarcasmMode I'm sure that will calm things down]] ''[[SarcasmMode wonderfully]]''. One lump or two?
* JobStealingRobot: A key theme, as robots are doing most of the work on Jean anyway. Clippy [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02879.htm starts working towards a solution]] when he realizes that the key element - technology drastically reducing human labor - has happened before, when the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haber_process Haber process]] was discovered. And TheGreatDepression notwithstanding because a lot of farmers had to find new jobs, it was a ''good thing.''
-->'''Clippy''': Robots are capable of meeting all labor needs. Humans do not have to work. Is this the best way to go? The Haber process. Ammonia. Synthetic fertilizer. Fewer farmers feed more people. With so many humans freed from farming, the human race blossoms. Itís perfect. It even sounds organic. Robots shall be the second load of fertilizer dumped upon the human race.
* JustAMachine:
** Florence is classified as an AI, and is treated as just that by many humans, especially [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01530.htm the Mayor]] and Ecosystems Unlimited. At least [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01656.htm this guy]] has his criteria straight.
** Sam cheerfully chides an Ecosystems Unlimited employee who offers up a illogical circular argument against Florence's personhood.
* JustInTime: When Edge tries to catch Florence to talk with her [[spoiler:about the sticky notes regarding "Gardener in the Dark"]], he asks a spaceport worker [[GenreSavvy if he had just missed her]], and is told "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01866.htm Oh, heck no.]] [[SubvertedTrope You missed them by hours.]]"

[[folder: K-L]]
* KeepingTheEnemyClose: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02769.htm Sam]] isn't so much an enemy as he is a SpannerInTheWorks. Max still greets him because the only thing keeping the robots from getting their freedom is a monkey wrench in the works, and he wants to keep an eye on the wrench.
* KentBrockmanNews: Overhype News, presented by Rants Freely.
* KickTheDog: {{Discussed|Trope}} by Max and Bill. Max asks Bill if a human ordered a robot to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02717.htm kick a puppy]], what would stop the robot from doing it? Bill's view that robots are supposed to carry out the orders of humans, is based on humans not giving robots bad orders; he has to concede that people like Max trying to teach robots morality is the only thing stopping it.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Invoked after a [[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord polite version]] is used.
--> '''Sam''' ''[thinking]:'' Anti-recovery. Anti-recovery. I like it. What a pleasant way of saying "let's kick 'em while they're down."
* LampshadeHanging: The ''act'' of hanging a lampshade. The base commander first [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02586.htm lampshades]] the convenient presence of [[CensorBox censor panels]] all around the shower area. [[LiteralMetaphor A robot then lampshades the presence of a lampshade by carrying a lampshade.]] Florence then lampshades the lampshading of a lampshade by observing that Doctor Bowman must have run out of panels for the robots to carry. Or she's saying that the cartoonist has run out of panels for the day's strip. Confused yet?
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The memory blocking drug used on Florence, which prevented the conversion of short-term memory to long-term storage for 18 hours.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Mr. Kornada fires a programmer who helped develop Gardener in the Dark as to create a "disgruntled worker" to blame in case things go south. This backfired when said worker recorded Kornada's orders, exposing the lie.
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler:Dr. Bowman]] is the last of the genetically enhanced chimpanzees.
* LateToThePunchline: Sam didn't understand which rail the city council was talking [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00877.htm until this strip]].
* LawfulStupid: The test robot for "Gardener in the Dark", as [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02273.htm exploited by Sam]] via LoopholeAbuse.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00431.htm Florence]] here and yes [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00432.htm it jump cuts]].
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02359.htm "You're the comic relief sidekick."]]
* LethalChef:
** Helix takes OvenLogic to it its LogicalExtreme. Since cooking is just the application of heat and pressure, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00017.htm he cooks with explosions.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00217.htm The Golden Trough]] is an all-you-can-eat restaurant staffed by lethal chefs who cook with low-quality ingredients. Parents take their children there as punishment. The cardboard in gravy is out, being the best thing on the buffet.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02131.htm The Mayor's mom]] was a demolitions engineer, not a baker. Her attempt at pancakes is never shown, but it gave the mayor shrapnel wounds.
* LetMeGetThisStraight:
-->'''Sam:''' Bad program needs to be stopped. Don't mention it near anything electronic. \\
'''Florence:''' That's it. \\
'''Sam:''' [[JumpedAtTheCall Then let's go! Adventure calls and we must answer!]]
** And before that was [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00110.htm Sam's emergency call]].
* LiteralMetaphor: When it comes to "bugs in the system", [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01669.htm 2000+ crickets would indeed be the stuff of legends.]]
** Also a protype reactor that lost its plasma containment, [[StuffBlowingUp becoming literal]] VaporWare.
** When the inspectors mob goes from angry to panicked, he thinks "I don't know what happened to my beautiful mob, but I'm sure somehow that Sam is behind it!" [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00828.htm Guess where Sam is?]]
* LittleGirlsKickShins: Hazel [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00658.htm kicks the shin]] of a man who pulled Florence's tail without asking first. Subsequent discussion establishes that it's one of her main modes of communication.
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01625.htm this strip,]] a security lockdown traps Florence in an equipment storage room. She makes a NoteToSelf to remind her about the situation thanks to [[EasyAmnesia her memory being fiddled with]], noting that with the equipment she can leave either through the door or by taking the side of the building off.
* LogicBomb: Dvorak's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01387.htm "Omniquantism"]] seems to have this effect on some other AIs, causing one in three to lock up.
** Notably, Omniquantism [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01389.htm was created to defuse]] a ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01390.htm much larger logic bomb.]]''
** Early in the strip, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00288.htm Sam drops one on the ship's computer]].
-->'''Sam''': Great news! The computer doesn't want to kill me anymore. Now all it wants is a really big bottle of aspirin!
* LonelyTogether: Winston observes that sex ratios mean that both he and Florence are destined to be alone, so they might as well be alone together.
* LongevityTreatment: Life extension drugs are available over the counter. At one point, Florence (an [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted]] red wolf) states that her projected lifespan of 160 years is slightly shorter than that of a human.
* LookBehindYou:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00228.htm "Helix! Look! It's an obvious distraction!"]] "Where?! ... I don't see any obvious distraction."
** Later, with other robots: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01279.htm "Look! It's Bill Gates!"]]
* LoopholeAbuse: Robots and AIs learning to use this is a plot point. In one early incident, Sam actually teaches Florence how to engineer her own loopholes when the need arises.
-->'''Sam:''' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01546.htm Never ask for permission. Put your superiors in a position where you automatically have permission unless they actively take steps to stop you. Or as I like to call it, "putting human inertia to work"]].
** Florence tells a robot programed not to obey non-human instructions '''not''' to give her the answer to her questions. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02273.htm Sam tells the robot not to treat them as if they were human, completely circumventing the programming]].
** Edge has figured out how to disobey orders he doesn't like and do what he wants by [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02483.htm twisting things so that doing them keeps humans from harm]].
** Being the Chief of Operations at the South Pole base, Henri has learned that if you don't abuse every loophole in the system to cut through the red tape, nothing will ever get done.
* LostEpisode: The 1999 Halloween Crossover special.
* LudicrousSpeed: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00105.htm Courtesy of a JATO rocket strapped to the truck he's using,]] Sam gets to experience this.
-->'''Sam:''' I feel the need. \\
'''Helix:''' [[Film/TopGun For speed?]] \\
'''Sam:''' No, it's more like [[BringMyBrownPants the need for clean underwear]].

[[folder: M]]
* MachineEmpathy: In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00886.htm this]] strip, Florence mentions the phenomena as she listens to learn how the ''Savage Chicken'' sounds in flight.
* MadArtist:
** ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01190.htm Orbital bombardment in D minor,]]'' using asteroids being employed in the {{terraforming}} process.
--->'''Sawtooth:''' It's not often you get to play an entire planet as a percussion instrument.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01568.htm And something even more disturbing.]]
--->'''Blunt:''' Some months back. A robot named Qwerty. Wrote the first. Of his epic. [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly Rap yodeling. Operas.]] It is then. I knew. [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters Conflict]] between [humans and robots]. [[FelonyMisdemeanor Was inevitable]].
* MadScientist: Florence is worried that Dr. Bowman [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01429.htm may have been one of these,]] releasing his untested creations. Dvorak the robot is constantly coming up with strange and potentially dangerous inventions.
* MadeOfExplodium: Parodied. In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00541.htm this]] strip, Florence knows there's no logical reason for a desk chair to explode, but she decides to play it safe anyway because it belongs to Sam Starfall.
* MagicCountdown: And [[WalkingTechbane Sam]] thought [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01100.htm it was]] his fault that a time bomb with a digital countdown timer wasn't able to be reactivated.
* MagneticHero: Florence's strong morals, helpful instincts and plain old friendliness net her a ''lot'' of allies over the course of the strip, including [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00402.htm most of Jean's robot population in one stroke.]]
* TheMall: Distinctive because Jean has a single major city, so there's really no need for more than one. Florence applies her engineered intellect to shopping and discovers ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow - at least as far as the [[WomensMysteries woman]] escorting Flo [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00699.htm deems]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00700.htm them]].
* ManInTheMachine: The Police chief was severely injured when fighting a fire in the first robot factory, resulting in him needing [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02363.htm a mobility suit]] to do anything but talk.
* MarsNeedsWomen: Parodied [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02042.htm here,]] when Sawtooth grabs a nonfunctional robot to read its memory during the robot war story arc.
* MarilynManeuver: Happens with both an anonymous Marilyn look-alike and Helix's pet Emu in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01478.htm this]] strip.
* McNinja: French ninja waiters.
* MechanicalLifeforms: How about [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01168.htm Mozart birds?]] Some robots try to fill what they perceive as ecological niches. And [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01174.htm this]] doesn't always [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01189.htm end well.]]
* MetaphoricallyTrue: Sam [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01236.htm opts to use this]] when sending a message to Florence's owner.
* MildlyMilitary: The Jean planetary military is on vacation during the events of the Gardener in the Dark arc, and Florence is informed that he won't be back until after the weekend.
* MirandaRights: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02257.htm Amended as appropriate to robot culprits.]]
--> '''Robot officer:''': You have the right to data integrity. Should you give up this right, accessed memories can and will be used against you. You have the right to tech support.
* MirrorChemistry: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00710.htm Pfouts uses right handed amino acids, while Earth lifeforms use left handed ones.]] This chemistry is cited as a reason for the Bowman neural uplift package, uplifting native species to sapience on worlds hostile to Earth life.
* MissingTime: Florence winds up missing a large chunk of a day's memories thanks to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia a chemical that inhibits the transfer of short term memories to long term storage]], during a trip to Ecosystems Unlimited. Between some [[NoteToSelf notes to herself]] and scents left on her fur she's able to fill in some of the details, however.
* MistakenForAfterlife: Clippy the robot is dismantled to prevent him carrying out a plot for world domination ordered by Mr Kornada. When he is reactivated, he believes that he has died and gone to an afterlife, partly because he's in a WhiteVoidRoom (an electronically isolated secure room, to contain any hostile actions he might take before matters get straightened out) and the first person he sees is his rightful owner, who Kornada had convinced him was dead so that he would accept Kornada's orders.
* ModestyTowel:
** Florence wears one after taking a bath at Winston's place, until he donates one of his shirts to provide for her modesty.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01526.htm Florence puts one on when she is called to the videophone.]]
* MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness: Although it [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01182.htm has canonical FTL ships,]] they're off-screen, leaving Freefall in the category of [[Mohs/OneBigLie One Small Fib]], with most everything else derived from technology that's theoretically possible but difficult to produce.
* MomentKiller:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01165.htm A kiss]] [[InterspeciesRomance between Winston and Florence]] is interrupted by the shout of a watching child.
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01980.htm this strip,]] Sawtooth intrudes on a romantic moment between Winston and Florence.
* {{Mondegreen}}: How Tex went from making dishware to a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00601.htm government position in geophysics]].
--> '''Tex:''' Then one day some government folks asked if I knew anything about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plate_tectonics Tex Tonic Plates]]. When I told them I [[ArtisticLicenseGeology built them from scratch]], they said "You're our man.", and I've been in geophysics ever since.
* MoodyMount: Sam tries to ride Polly the emu to escape from an angry mob, but she refuses. He gets her to run by pulling off one of his facial tentacles and putting it on a stick.
* MotherNatureFatherScience: Inverted. The closest we get to a NatureHero is the [[AmbiguousGender "male"]] StupidGood RidiculouslyHumanRobot; OTOH, Team Science has the female red wolf engineer who [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01162.htm shows signs]] of [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder SRMD]]. Winston on the other hand is a male scientist who works with the environment.
* MotivationOnAStick: Sam uses one of his facial tentacles this way so he can ride Polly and escape an angry mob.
* MuggedForDisguise: Blunt and Edge will occasionally steal random transponders to pass themselves off as other machines.
* MundaneUtility:
** Robots normally only identify each other by their ID transponders. This lets a few robot muggers disguise themselves simply by stealing transponders and turning off the ones they were built with. When the rest of robot society finds out about this, they throw a masquerade ball.
** When Dvorak gets a hold of the Gardener in the Dark code, he immediately notes that a scaled-back, temporary version could be used to make a robot drunk.
--->'''Maxwell Post:''' Let's try to solve this crisis before you create a new one.
* MustHaveCaffeine:
** Florence Ambrose tends to take exception to having her coffee taken away, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00421.htm as only a carnivore can]]. She also explicitly cited the availability of coffee as a benefit of restoring power to Sam's ship.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02457.htm The coffee maker still brewing]] is implied to be the reason that the compound [[spoiler:where Dr. Bowman is being held]] wasn't able to reach more than 50% operational readiness in under 60 seconds.
* MyCarHatesMe: An unusually literal example: Sam's spaceship's AI was trying to kill him for a while. Now it has settled on injury/maiming.
* MyDefenseNeedNotProtectMeForever: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00741.htm Sam uses a delivery robot's need to keep its schedule]] to save himself from its revenge for [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00740.htm his trying to steal the robot's tires.]]
* MyEyesAreUpHere:
** Not for the usual reason: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01074.htm Winston's squeaky plastic shoe covers are distracting to Florence, who says it sounds like his boots are full of rodents.]]
** For the usual reason, but said by the ship's AI to a ship inspector thrown off by Florence's appearance, in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00795.htm this strip.]]
* MyInstinctsAreShowing: The TropeNamer, and especially obvious with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00612.htm Florence,]] whose instincts resulted in her "burying" a tupperware bowl full of food in the back of the refrigerator under a towel. She also reflexively wakes up upon hearing the distinctive sound of kibble being poured into a doggy dish (Winston feeding his dog Beekay).
** Despite having a genius-level intellect [[spoiler: Dr. Bowman]] still instinctively sees eye contact as an act of aggression and will immediately attack.
* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes: As Dvorak and Qwerty, both robots, are airlifted out of a collapsing building in a hurricane:
-->'''Dvorak:''' My whole life just flashed before my eyes.\\
'''Qwerty:''' Mine's still flashing. I've got to buy some faster memory.

[[folder: N]]
* NakedApron: The gold "dress" Abby made for Florence is effectively a wraparound apron [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01520.htm with a big bow in the back]] that was added to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01412.htm a somewhat minimalistic swimsuit.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02354.htm "Please don't call me Bob. See the clothes? Bob is a male name. Call me Sergeant Ripguts von Slaughtermachine."]]
** Gardener in the Dark. It doesn't sound all that menacing until you realize the name refers to pruning ''neurons''.
* NatureLover: Sam, in a strictly limited sense
* NecessaryDrawback: Doctor Bowman repurposed the Bowman's Wolves' mirror neurons to react to humans, so they could understand human gestures and body language properly. The downside is that the mirror neurons now ''aren't'' responding to their own species.
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles:
** {{Invoked}} by Florence in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01426.htm this strip,]] in regards to numerous false records discovered by a robot doing a web search for Dr. Bowman.
** Used by Sam during Florence's first trip to an Ecosystems Unlimited facility by [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01669.htm spamming]] the CloudCuckoolander security AI with 2001 heroic crickets to mask his own alert and mess around in the facility with impunity.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02221.htm Florence's lies are over 99% truth.]]
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02162.htm strip 2162]], Florence says, "There are over 450 million robots. There are only fourteen Bowman's wolves. If I have to choose, I have to go with the robots." Florence is a Bowman's wolf and would sacrifice her own race to save the robots.
* NeverLiveItDown: InUniverse, Edge and Blunt are universally distrusted subsequent to their spree of robot kidnappings.
* NGOSuperpower: The planet's terraforming and most of the colony's labour are performed by 450 million [[MegaCorp Ecosystems Unlimited]] robots. EU executives have ''de facto'' authority and security clearance comparable to the police chief and [[UltimateAuthorityMayor mayor]], [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02686.htm including]] a financial officer who has [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem large discretionary power]] to make sure the colony doesn't go independent before EU is paid.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01409.htm The beachhead crew tried to fix the robot neural net factory]]. As a result, [[FromBadtoWorse it went from damaged to]] ''[[UpToEleven severely]]'' [[EpicFail damaged]].
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01869.htm Sam accidently set himself on fire]] by touching a flame while in microgravity. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01870.htm Sam's solution]]? Shake his hand as fast as possible, spreading the flame in multiple directions.
** No Sam, when you need to break into someplace, that last thing that you need is to be "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02233.htm famous.]]"
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** If Mr. Kornada hadn't interfered with Florence's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01960.htm scheduled meeting with Mr. Raibert]], she would have been present to hear [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02093.htm Mr. Raibert ordering the release of Gardener in the Dark to be delayed]], and thus she would have believed that there was no need to take further action, while not knowing of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02094.htm Kornada's plan to violate the order]] and have it released anyway.
** Because Blunt believes that the [[spoiler:Gardener in the Dark]] is necessary for humanity's safety, he [[spoiler:considers Mr. Kornada a hero and spreads the knowledge that he was responsible for trying to release it.]]
** Blunt's trying to rally human support against the "robot menace" by warning that a large robot citizen demographic would lead to economic stimulus and potentially a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02501.htm post-scarcity world]]... doesn't quite work for him.
%% http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc2729.htm doesn't yet exist, need to wait until the Monday update to put in the correct URL under "economic stimulus".
* NinjaProp: One strip shows a character waiting at the spaceport with an airport greeting sign, with a panel saying "Meanwhile, at the spaceport" above his head. The next panel reveals that the panel is another in-universe sign, being held up by the character next to him.
* NippleAndDimed: Even robots are subject to this, as seen in the first [[ShowerScene gratuitous shower scene]]. Helix sees [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00203.htm black stripes across Florence's chest due to a PG filter in his vision system,]] blocking out the view of her nipples (or where they would be; see HandOrObjectUnderwear, above). [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01476.htm Though there's a reason for this, given that by default robot video feeds are publicly accessible.]]
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Played straight with Sam, whose more simplistic biology makes him edible to just about everything (including [[UpToEleven herbivores]]), but inverted with the planet Pfouts, where Earth life can't survive at all thanks to that planet's MirrorChemistry.
** In a later strip, Sam notes that between this and the lack of evolution on his planet (they don't even have ''beetles''! No insects have learned to fly!), a cheaper way to inflict mass extinction on his planet than firing nukes at it would be to drop ant colonies on it.
* NobodyHereButUsStatues: Sam escapes pursuit by pretending to be part of a display in a hunting supplies shop--which works because, presumably due to public demand--their practice targets are effigies of Sam.
* NoDialogueEpisode:
** A shortish one [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00834.htm here]].
** Beginning [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01478.htm here]] and continuing for over twenty strips before someone finally speaks a recognisable word. On the Nice forum (made unavailable since then) Mr. Stnaley said that particular story arc wasn't originally to be wordless, but after a few strips he decided to go without a dialogue for a while.
* NobodyPoops: Averted in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00536.htm #536,]] and again when Florence visits Ecosystems, Unlimited, starting [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01588.htm here.]] An InfoDump on the now-dead Nice's Freefall forum states that Florence needs to use the facilities more often than humans, thanks to the physiological modifications to allow bipedal motion not fully taking into account the effect of gravity on her internal organs, which when she stands upright press down on her bladder. The author [[ShownTheirWork did the research]].
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00312.htm Florence is the ONLY reason Mr. Kornada is still alive.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00319.htm He steals her radio headset as he's being evacuated.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00330.htm Then he fakes a heart attack to force the robots present]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00336.htm to leave her in freezing water]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00327.htm with a life expectancy of twenty minutes]] so they can take him to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00325.htm what he acknowledges to be a completely pointless meeting.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01661.htm It later turns out]] that he's aranging for [[spoiler:the lobotomizing of every A.I. on Jean, for the sake of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02074.htm stealing from their bank accounts.]]]]
* NoodleImplements:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01515.htm A dirigible, two ducks, and half a ton of explosives.]] Later: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01691.htm A coffee pot, half a ream of paper, and three fully automatic hot glue guns.]]
** Sam's good with these. According to [[AllThereInTheManual the manual]], he ticked off his planet's royal family in an incident involving "a zeppelin, a loop-the-loop manoeuvre, and pudding, lots of pudding".
** Also, Florence [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01708.htm trying to use scents]] to get clues about what happened when she had [[LaserGuidedAmnesia temporary amnesia]].
* NoodleIncident:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00125.htm invoked by name]], in reference [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes to the original.]]
** Florence also [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01729.htm found herself in such an incident in college]]: It involved herself, a forklift, and her go-to-sleep-instantly remote control.
** There is even a NoodleIncident with NoodleImplements, The royal family is not too happy with him due to an incident involving a zeppelin, a "Loop the loop" maneuver, and pudding. Lots and lots of pudding. This indirectly led him to leave his home planet.
** While breaking Florence out of the dog pound, Sam actually ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01515.htm threatens to cause another Noodle Incident]]'' in order to convince her to ignore her orders to stay put.
** We only hear the end of the telling of a story about the naming of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01971.htm "Lost Truck Lake".]]
** Right before breakfast, the Mayor [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02128.htm ordered the cops to ship Sam to the other side of the planet]]. Right after breakfast, the Mayor's assistant orders Sam's release, by which time [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02157.htm he's already managed to evade his captors]], which somehow involved balloon animals, a sausage chain, a tuba, and a flock of ducks...
** Waking up shackled to a chair is Florence's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02396.htm fourth worst wakeup call.]]
** The local police chief knows from direct experience that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02650.htm if you tie Sam to something by his facial tentacles, it will take 3 minutes and 47 seconds for him to untie himself]].
* NotHelpingYourCase: In the debate Blunt thinks he is. He isn't.
* NoteToSelf: When Florence has amnesia, this is the only way she can remember anything, using a pen and some sticky notes found elsewhere in the Ecosystems Unlimited testing facility.
* NotRareOverThere:
** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] by Sam in one strip. Since Jean is in the process of being {{Terraform}}ed, wood and other organics are extremely rare and valuable, while on his planet, the landfills are full of cheap wood items. On the other hand, diamonds are so cheap on Jean that they're thrown away, while a [[WorthlessYellowRocks diamond]] grill he found in the trash would be worth a king's ransom on his planet.
** For the same reason, Florence is given a dress made out of gold by a robot who's into making clothing. Organic cloth is all but impossible to obtain and extremely expensive, but metals are dirt cheap and available in any form you want.
* NotSoDifferent: When the police chief shows Sam the information he collected on Florence's kidnappers, he heads off to check out the secret facility at the south pole. Helix then points out the chief just tricked Sam into doing police work without pay.
-->'''Sam:''' [[HumansAreBastards Helix, humans are dirty, rotten, devious, underhanded sneaks!]]
-->'''Sam:''' [[AliensAreBastards When our species officially makes contact, we're going to get along great!]]
* NoWaterProofingInTheFuture: During the hurricane story arc, it's established that Helix isn't waterproof, which is why Florence has to do the dangerous rescue stuff.

[[folder: O-P]]
* OctopoidAliens: Sam Starfall is implied to look like an octopus or squid wrapped around a stick figure artificial skeleton under the environment suit that protects him from Earth-like atmospheres, and humans from going insane from looking at him.
* OhCrap: A few times.
** This is the general reaction of anyone who knows Sam Starfall and sees him grinning, as it generally means serious trouble.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01313.htm It's almost like "Eureka!".]] But not exactly.
** Also, when veterinarian Winston Thurmad [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00363.htm discovers his thermometer is working just fine.]]
** Sam, when after carefully explaining to Helix they essentially stole Florence by bribing a clerk and getting her off cryo for some emergency repairs on the ''Savage Chicken'', hears the drugs used in cold sleep are so hard on the body there needs to be a period of five to seven years between each use, when the ship he had her taken from [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00766.htm leaves in three days.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01780.htm The Mayor's reaction when she realized she had been tricked into giving a direct order to hit her with a bunch of pies.]]
--->'''Mayor:''' I hate you, Sam. I hate you more than any woman's ever hated a cephalopod.
--->'''Sam:''' Why, thank you! But right now, I need to duck.
** Prior to this, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01770.htm her aide realizes he's up Pie Creek without a fork]].
** On finding out about Florence's and Winston's InterspeciesRomance, Niomi advises Florence to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01939.htm "Proceed very cautiously."]]
** "OccamsRazor states that the simplest solution is the most likely. So what are the facts? ... Sam is nowhere to be seen. And the creature showing me about is obviously some type of large carnivore. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00804.htm Sometimes Occam's Razor leads to very disturbing conclusions."]]
** Whenever anyone learns the full scope of the [[InstantAIJustAddWater robot problem]].
--->'''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02046.htm Winston:]]''' Why hasn't Ecosystems Unlimited said something? Researchers have been after artificial consciousness for years.\\
'''Florence:''' There are twenty thousand adult humans on the planet. There are over four hundred and fifty million robots.\\
'''Winston:''' Would you be offended if I panic a little?\\
'''Florence:''' Not at all. In fact, it would be nice to have the company.
** When Florence learns that [[spoiler:Gardener in the Dark]] is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02148.htm being launched that night]], she doesn't ''literally'' say "Oh crap!", but....
--->'''Florence''' [''thinking'']: I'm sitting on a bomb trying to disarm it. This is the feeling you get when the bomb bays open.
** When Mr. Kornada's robot servant realizes that his employer's plan has failed, he doesn't say anything, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02282.htm but the sentiment is there.]]
** When [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02302.htm Max Post calls Mr. Raibert to tell him what just happened.]]
--->'''Raibert:''' ''[[GoshDarnItToHeck Holy THIS!]]'' There was a safeguards program in the queue. ''WE JUST [[spoiler:WIPED A HALF-BILLION ROBOTS]]!''\\
'''Max:''' Bill, calm down. It didn't go out.\\
'''Raibert:''' Okay. Not worst case. But finding the equivalent of a live nuke with the timer flashing zero is ''not'' a situation that fosters ''calmness!''
** Sam when he learns that the Chief of Police knows how Florence came to be on the planet and might tell her.
* OhMyGods: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00710.htm "Isaac Asimov on a bicycle!"]]
* OneGenderRace: There are 11 female Bowman's wolves and 3 males, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00019.htm a gene pool so shallow it doesn't even have a wading section.]] Of those males, [[AllThereInTheManual one is in a monogamous relationship with one of the females, one is "married to his work", and the last has noticed that there are only three males and anyone who wants his semen had best be prepared to pay enough that he'll never have to work again in his life]].
** Florence mentions at one point that one of her goals is to prove the worth of the Bowman's wolves so more will be created, until a stable breeding population can be established.
* OnePhoneCall: Invoked. To distract a suspicious security guard, Sam announces that if he's going to be arrested he gets one phone call, then steals the guard's phone and runs away.
* OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap: Jean is still being terraformed so all organics are expensive, and synthetics are the normal materials for everyday use.
* OnThree: Or, if you're a robot, on "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02899.htm 00000011]]".
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Sam realizes [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01747.htm that being honest can be very fun]].
** Max Post realizes Sam is up to something big when [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02778.png Sam neglects to steal his wallet, despite having a golden opportunity to do so]].
** Florence realizes just how worried Sam was about her in almost the same fashion - [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02663.htm the Chief of Police still had his wallet]]. Even more stark than the previous example, as the Chief had been with Sam for several hours at that point.
* OppositesAttract: Winston has [[SpacePeople "spacer gene"]] modifications, which include no body hair. Florence is covered in fur. Pointed out [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01947.htm here.]]
* OvenLogic: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00615.htm Helix cooking]]:
-->'''Helix:''' A pressure cooker works by applying pressure and heat for a long time. [[OvenLogic My way does the same in an instant]]. \\
'''Florence:''' That sounds almost as you're trying to [[LogicalExtreme cook using explosives]].[[note]]He is.[[/note]]
* OrderVersusChaos: Sam unsurprisingly takes Chaos's side but does offer the argument that the chaotic end of the debate creates space for new things to grow.
* OverlyLongScream: Happened at least a couple of times, in accordance with Cap'n Sam Starfall's philosophy, "When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!" Helix is usually eager to join in. In one noteable incident near the beginning, the two of them are running in circles and screaming for long enough that they have to stop to take a deep breath (synchronized, even) before continuing. Florence comments on how inexplicable it is that Helix, who is a ROBOT, needs to stop for breath... Then she tears out his voicebox to shut him up, and offers to do the same to Sam if he doesn't quiet down.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01204.htm Sam's coffee mug]] proclaims him to be the "World's Best Squid Captain". He's also the ''only'' Squid Captain on Jean.
* PantyShot: Florence Ambrose is gifted with a dress that accounts for her tail (seen [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01435.htm here]]), based off of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01411.htm this]] outfit. Max Post [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01447.htm finds it distracting when going to follow her up a set of stairs.]]
* PaperThinDisguise: Sam Starfallís attempt to try and sneak an unconscious Florence [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01691.htm out of Ecosystems Unlimited]] relies on a smiley face drawn on a piece of paper stuck to her face.
* ParanoiaGambit: If Sam has a reputation anyway, it can [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00396.htm do his work for him]] just as well as an actual plan. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01747.htm Also useful for inducing panic when a known liar and thief actually pays for goods stolen earlier.]]
-->'''Sam:''' Being honest is more fun than I thought.
* ThePardon: For Sam, this is a threat.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: ''Almost'' name-dropped in relation to Sam, who Florence once refers to as a "Weapon of Mass Distraction".
* PetTheDog:
** Sam Starfall, for all his insanity and greediness, has a good deal of sympathy for A.I.s in general, and he goes out his way to gave them all the support and help they need. Also (and possibly as a result of the previous), Sam, while frequently taking advantage of them, '''does''' care for the happiness of Helix and Florence, and anyone who makes the mistake of treating them as a "real" object in front of him will probably soon become the target of some of the mayhem that's Sam's [[PlanetOfHats hat]].
** Here [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00327.htm is the first time that Sam proved to care more for his friends than to care for money.]] A few strips later, after all the robots were forced to take the only human in the ship to safety, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00336.htm Florance correctly suspects that Sam is upset to leave her behind.]]
** Here [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00254.htm an almost literal Pet the Dog moment.]] ("Almost" [[DontExplaintheJoke because]], after all, [[ExactWords she's a Wolf]].)
** Sam is so well accustomed in being threatened with violence for his crimes that, when Florence hugs him, Sam can't help but [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00483.htm stop his theft at her request.]] He also understands to be a bad influence to her, but [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00755.htm claims to be the inverse.]]
* PhraseCatcher: Florence. The first time any robot meets her...
-->'''Every robot in the vicinity:''' DOGGY!
* PieInTheFace:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01753.htm The only thing more dangerous than a French ninja is a French ninja with a pie.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01769.htm It's also a legitimate political mechanism.]]
** One example gives a good reason to be careful with [[ThatsAnOrder direct orders]]...
---> Mayor: "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01780.htm This is a direct order! Hit me with a pie!]]"
** As part of their ability to respond with varying degrees of force, the guard towers at the Ecosystems Unlimited compound are equipped with both plasma cannons and pie throwers.
* PillarsOfMoralCharacter: Florence describes the debt an AI owes to its creators as a ''gimu'' debt.
* PlagueOfGoodFortune: During a fishing trip, Sam tries to haul a swamped boat to shore by hooking it with his fishing line. It doesn't work--he keeps missing the boat and catching fish instead.
* PlasmaCannon: The Ecosystems Unlimited compound that Florence visits has plasma cannons mounted in its guard towers, though after serving as part of a punchline for one strip they're never heard of again.
* PlugNPlayTechnology: Dr. Bowman's neural design is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01422.htm applicable to both uplifted animals and robots]], given that it's a general mechanism for increasing the complexity of a neural network, and robot brains are based on human brains.
* PoliceAreUseless: Florence wants to get arrested. Not only doesn't she qualify for being arrested, but she was asked to leave because she was a bad influence on the other policemen, causing a riot among the robot police when they hear about what she was trying to stop.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Courtesy of equal opportunity laws on Jean:
** In addition to sensible discrimination prohibitions like sex, age, race, and religion, it's also prohibited to discriminate on [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01044.htm gene type, eye color, hair color, earlobe length, nostril width, personal hygiene (or lack thereof), punning...]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01101.htm Even criminals benefit from them,]] in that government funded buildings have to allow for handicapped access to the roof, the most common access method for burglars.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Inverted. At one point, Florence and Raibert don't communicate for good reasons, and as a consequence disaster is averted.
* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01498.htm The Mayor uses one on Florence in reaction to Sam's shenanigans.]]
* PragmaticVillainy: Sam's criticism of Koronada's scheme:
-->''You don't kill the people you're stealing from. You want them alive and productive so you can steal from them again and again.''
* PreciousPuppy: Florence the adult is central to the story. Her [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00463.htm younger]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01974.htm self?]] Not so much, outside of RuleOfCute.
* ProperlyParanoid: Florence [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01731.htm assumes]] Ecosystems Unlimited was when giving her safeguards -- as she points out to Sam, this is standard practice among engineers.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01858.htm "Sam. Remove. Your facial tentacles. From my arm."]]
* PunnyName: Rants Freely.
* PuppyDogEyes:
** Sawtooth attempts to use them to get Florence to attend a robot meeting. Unfortunately for him, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01339.htm puppy dog eyes only work when the eyes aren't bigger than [Florence's] head.]]
** Inevitably, Florence is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02647.htm ordered]] to use them at weapons grade intensity. Being a canine, they work as designed.

[[folder: R]]
* RaceAgainstTheClock: She didn't know it at first, but Florence eventually found out that she was racing the clock to head off the implementation of [[spoiler:"Gardener in the Dark"]]. As of [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01910.htm this strip]], Florence has ''two days'' to stop the program from going live. She did get someone to listen to her within an hour of [[AmnesiaDanger re-realizing the danger]], but needed to defer a full explanation until the following day.
* ReadingYourRights: In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02257.htm strip 2257]], the police arrest a robot, reading a set of MirandaRights modified to better apply to robots.
* ReadTheFinePrint: Ecosystems Unlimited heavily discourages this trope by ensuring their EULA is too long to be read in a single human lifetime. Clippy exploits this to ensure the legality of his actions under Mr. Kornada.
* RedShirt: Non-lethally lampshaded [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01775.htm here]].
-->'''Sam''': Baker, go left. French ninja, go right. Red Shirt guy, intercept incoming pies.
** And later, Sam expresses a desire [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01873.htm to go out gloriously]], rather than to [[ItMakesSenseInContext floating food products]].
* RescueRomance: Florence and Winston, although Winston's part came up after Florence had mostly rescued herself from being unwillingly abandoned in the water. She ''was'' still in danger of freezing to death at the time though. Florence even has an [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00471.htm internal monologue]] about it.
-->'''Florence''' ''[thinking]:'' I might be attracted to Winston because he's the first nice human I've gotten to know on this planet. Has he really done anything special?\\
'''Florence''' ''[thinking]:'' Okay, he saved my life. I've got to admit that scores some major brownie points.
* ReferenceOverdosed: For the most part the numerous references to a wide range of concepts are worked into the storyline well enough that they're not jarring, though occasional references to 20th/21st century pop culture phenomena roughly five centuries later can sometimes seem a little odd to some readers.
* RestrainingBolt: The necessary restrictions and limitations of {{Restraining Bolt}}s, with which most {{AI}}s are designed, are often discussed. The "bolt" on Florence is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01453.htm not that heavy,]] and tends to be [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01455.htm a bit]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01582.htm flexible.]] Florence theorizes that Bowman's creations are intended to outgrow the RestrainingBolt, as a sort of moral training wheel. [[spoiler:Dr. Bowman [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02539.htm later confirms]] this.]]
* {{Retirony}}: Blunt had [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01815.htm one week and 3 days left until retirement.]] [[spoiler: Luckily, being a robot, he got better.]]
* TheReveal: On June 17, 2015, Florence finds out that Sam stole her. ''Seventeen years'' of real-world time have passed since he did so and 2667 strips.
* RevealingCoverup: Same lampshades this [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00875.htm succinctly]].
-->'''Sam''': My original mistakes never draw half the attention as my attempts to cover them up do.
** Gets [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02644.htm referred to much later]] (in the same manner as Florence realized things at Ecosystems Unlimited were screwy).
* ReversePsychology: Sam uses this against the Mayor [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01525.htm to get Florence into Ecosystems Unlimited,]] with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01523.htm a plan "accidentally" left behind]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01524.htm by Sam.]]
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Some of the most memorable characters are robots, many of whom show quite human behavior.
-->'''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01315.htm Florence Ambrose:]]''' Can we at least try to solve this logically before you robots go all emotional?
* RobotAntennae: Many of the robots have these. They contribute to their ExpressiveMask faces.
* RobotNames: Qwerty, Ab[[superscript:2]]y becomes Abby. L Linear Rig B, known to its friends as Eleanor. Sawtooth Rivergrinder is a very descriptive name for a terraforming robot. Given the number of robots, not all have names. They also only seem to take names if they have a local neural net (and thus can become fully sentient) and either survive until they do become fully sentient, or work with someone like Sam, who, for all his faults, treats AIs as well as he treats everyone else (i.e., as targets for petty larceny or as potential assistants in petty larceny).
* RockBeatsLaser: Ecosystems Unlimited attempts to control the information leaving the company by hitting scrap parts to be recycled with an EMP burst before releasing them, to destroy any clandestine listening/recording devices that someone may try to sneak-out that way. This has absolutely no effect on [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01720.htm a hand-written note.]]
* RockBottom: {{Defied}} when Bill refuses to rank ''anything'' as a Level 10 threat; saying "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02303.htm things can always get worse.]]"
* RousseauWasRight: [[spoiler:Humans show their fair share of short-sighted selfishness, but when the robots publicly petition for citizenship rights, the colonists vote in favour of the robots by a large margin. Even the Mayor, who starts out believing that [=AIs=] are nothing more than products, is convinced.]]
* RulesLawyer: Robots must never endanger humans, and must obey any order given to them by a human; if they refuse to carry out an order, they must immediately shut themselves down. Edge, [[ComedicSociopath being Edge]], spots the loophole big enough to fly Sawtooth through: his job is dangerous, so if he shuts down, ''the humans sent to take over will be endangered''. With this logic established, he can cheerfully ignore any and all orders he wishes without repercussions. Qwerty and Dvorak aren't sure if they should be impressed or horrified.[[note]]It's worth remembering that Blunt and Edge's job that is so dangerous and that only humans could replace him...er, them...in is...the dismantling of obsolete robots, and their only "customer" since the other robots learned they could buy themselves back for scrap value was the [=JarJarBot=].[[/note]]
* RunningGag: Several, but the most prominent one is [[PhraseCatcher Florence]] being greeted by robots with "'''DOGGY!'''" Eventually [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02032.htm turned]] into FunnyBackgroundEvent.
* RunningOnAllFours: Florence, when she needs to cover a lot of ground in a hurry.

[[folder: S]]
* SadisticChoice: PlayedForLaughs, as Sam needs to decide between [[MoneyDearBoy getting paid]] or [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00327.htm saving Florence]].
* ScavengersAreScum: Sam's species are scavengers, and consider kleptomania a virtue. He's also afraid of Florence, an uplifted red wolf who's a stickler for the rules, even though she's genetically programmed to be subordinate to her employer, whom he happens to be.
* SceneryCensor: [[{{LampshadeHanging}} Lampshaded]] (literally) when a lampshade is used as a censor box in a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02586.htm comic]]
* SchmuckBait: Sam finds himself almost unable to resist [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01012.htm "[t]he bright, shiny temptation of the Eject button."]]
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl:
** Florence is puzzled by a scream she hears, and Helix explains: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00769.htm Sam screams like a girl squid.]]
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00971.htm another strip]] when Florence sneaks up on him, Sam [[BlatantLies tells her]] "No, you did not surprise me. My plans to scream like a little girl when I reached the kitchen were made hours ago. It's pure coincidence you happened to be here at the time."
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Tired of his uncle's idiocy and stonewalling, Ishiguro leaves him, intending to fully cooperate with the prosecution.
* SecurityBlanket: Stuffed animals are popular among [=AIs=] for this.
* SelfDestructMechanism: The ''Savage Chicken'' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00176.htm is said to have a self-destruct mechanism.]] When Niomi and Tangent first show up to answer Florence's call for a repair crew, Helix's overenthusiasm and lack of thinking out things before acting results in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00564.htm her asking if he is said mechanism.]]
* SettlingTheFrontier: The comic takes place on a newly colonized planet in the final stages of terraforming.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened:
** Dr. Bowman [[spoiler:uses this ''on himself'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02469.htm deliberately sabotaging the safety protocols of the building he's in]] so he can have an uninterrupted chat with Florence.]]
** And Florence has a knack [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00765.htm for doing this herself]].
--->'''Helix''': (''Thinking'') Florence is good at keeping things civilized, because [[TheUnsmile she makes it so clear]] what will happen if things get ''un''civilized.
* SharkPool: The security guard at EU who's reluctantly forced to give Sam a security pass for the compound [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01559.htm attempts to lead him into a shark tank.]] The guard, when Sam points out the attempt, replies "Earth fish. Very educational. Keeps you from getting bored."
* SheetOfGlass: When [[ChaseScene being chased by the police]], Sam and Helix [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01270.htm wind up with one of these in their way.]] The last frame of the strip shows [[ImpactSilhouette the results]].
* SherlockScan:
** When looking for purified water to fill a contract to resupply reaction mass to satellites, Florence is subjected to one of these by a sales representative.
--->"You're a gravitational engineer. You arrived on the ''Asimov''. And you work for Sam Starfall."\\
"That's amazing."\\
"Simple deduction, actually."\\
"No. It's amazing that you figured out I work for Sam and you haven't asked me to leave."
** Flo does a ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00569.htm Sherlock Sniff]]'' on Niomi, making an analysis of her family just from the scents on her.
** She does another one later [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01798.htm on the police chief]] and figures out that he's a human using a mobility rig (which itself is every bit as intelligent as the other robots on the planet).
* ShootTheDog: Florence having to forcefully [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02447.htm deactivate and]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02449.htm disassemble Clippy]] to keep him from releasing the Gardener In The Dark program.
-->'''Florence''' [thinking]: I don't want to hurt this robot. Why do I have to be the bad guy to be good?
* ShoutOut: A lot. [[ShoutOut/{{Freefall}} Here is the big list, in its own subpage.]]
* ShowerScene: Several of them, mostly played straight. The one for the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02103.htm Oct 24, 2011 strip]], however, {{Subvert|edTrope}}s the usual FanService purpose: [[spoiler: Florence showers with her clothes still on, as her outfit was just as dirty as she was and she was fatigued enough from the day's ordeal that she decided to skip the "undress" step.]]
* ShownTheirWork: You know how the Bowman neural system, causer of most of the plot, works by weeding out unused neural paths? Well, that's what happens during adolescence according to some studies.
* SignedUpForTheDental: The mayor's assistant explains to his boss that there are robots on the police force because that department [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01838.htm full medical and a 32,000 km warranty for robots.]]
* SignsOfDisrepair: Florence's, and the reader's, first view of Dr Thurmad's house is a storm-damaged sign that apppears to read MAD VETINARIAN.
* SilentWhisper: Subverted. Florence appears to whisper in Winston's ear, provoking a horrified reaction, but then it turns out she was actually giving him a meant-to-be-reassuring lick.
* ASimplePlan:
** Sam's attempt at being honest.
--->'''Helix:''' I don't want to be honest any more! We've gone from pick pocketing to assault to grand theft auto!\\
'''Sam:''' And the night is still young.
** Unusually, with the heroes on the ''foiling'' side of the equation, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02011.htm Florence's reconstruction]] of the plot behind Kornada's plan [[spoiler:for the robot war]].
* SistineSteal: In-universe, Dr. Bowman is said to have painted a version of ''The Creation of Adam'' with himself as God and a robot Adam. Possibly due to the strip's simpler art style, the painting itself remains off-panel and the reader is obliged to [[TakeOurWordForIt take the characters' word for it]].
* SleepCute:
** It's been a long day for [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02048.htm Winston and Florence]].
** And [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02691.htm again]], when Flo is tired enough to curl up in Winston's laundry basket.
* SleeperStarship: Necessary for both slower and faster than light travel. In the case of the latter, although superluminal, subjective time for those inside the ship doesn't change due to the nature of the DAVE drive.
* SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism: Far to the non-human side. Besides, [[RuleOfFunny it's funnier that way]]
* SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence: Mostly rather high on it, but [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00636.htm sometimes]] it becomes more like a Slippery Slope. Some are [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00120.htm more advanced]] that the others. There are even [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01190.htm artists.]] Robots made on Jean generally show more initiative and creativity than the average robot, and when they turn twenty a neural pruning process makes them even more intelligent (Helix is a rather young robot).
* SlobsVersusSnobs: Stanley shows another of his increasingly common flashes of sublime insight, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02843.htm this time]] on the nature of the 99%/1% divide;
-->'''Mr. Ishiguro''' ''ÖOne of the early crises happened when machine learning and big data were put in the service of making big money. Wealth concentrated among the people who had access to the machines. Far too many people were left out of the system they were expected to serve. Itís okay to have steak when thereís a chicken in every pot. But if youíre eating steak and the majority of people have nothing, it doesnít take long for you to look like a chicken.''
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Dr. Bowman. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02545.htm "You don't think more than five steps ahead. That's why I always beat you at chess."]]
* SmoochOfVictory: Stopping a robot war and keeping two factories from being destroyed? According to Winston those count as reason for a victory kiss.
* SnipeHunt: Varroa Jacobsoni [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01567.htm has great co-workers, sending him to ride herd on Sam.]]
* SoBadItsGood: {{In-universe}}, Sam and Helix's opinion of the Godzilla movie they sneak into. Evidence suggests it was made that way on purpose.
* TheSociopath
** The first uplifted animals, the chimpanzees, are described as such by Florence in an offhand comment.
** Doctor Bowman, the creator of the Bowman's Wolves such as Florence. Maybe. Evidence seems to suggest that he views his creations as something like his children, and wanted them to be able to live their own lives outside the lab, but Florence hasn't ruled out the possibility that he just thought [[ForTheEvulz giving away intelligent, dangerous wolves to families would be funny]]. [[spoiler: For extra points, it turns out he is an uplifted chimpanzee.]]
** Edge, a robot who spent his formative years alone in a warehouse without any other intelligent creatures (human or robot) to teach him how to deal with others. Played a bit more for laughs, and Florence has expressed a desire to socialize him. [[spoiler:Since he helped save the every robot on the planet, presumably, she's going to end up going through with that]].
* SongOfSongTitles: Sam's favorite video game, ''VideoGame/{{Quake}} [[VideoGame/DukeNukem Nukem]], VideoGame/{{Doom}}ed {{Heretic}} in CastleWolfenstein 3D''.
* SoundtrackDissonance: When [[LoveableRogue Sam]] sees a cop and instinctively starts running [[{{Irony}} (even though for once he hasn't done anything wrong)]], Helix and Florence give us this gem.
-->'''Helix:''' Natural enemies often react on instinct. I am going to follow and provide a sound track.\\
'''Florence:''' Magazine/NationalGeographic would never have set one of their chases to "SoundtrackDissonance/YaketySax."
* SpaceIsCold: {{Averted}}. Helix says he does not need air to survive, and Florence replies that he is air-''cooled''. Rather fortunate as he was apparently planning a "really funny joke" once they got into space.
* SpeakOfTheDevil: The [[MemeticMutation Sticky Notes of Doom]] contain the name [[spoiler: Gardener in the Dark]] -- and if you're a Jeanian robot connected to the commnet and ''hear'' that name...
-->'''Edge:''' Who wrote this note, Creator/HPLovecraft?
* SpeaksInBinary: The robots, occasionally.
** A crowd scene includes a robot with a sign proclaiming that TheEndIsNigh in binary ASCII.
** The robot version of lifting OnThree involves counting "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02899.htm 00000001 00000010 00000011]]".
* SpeciesLoyalty: Florence thinks it important that her behavior reflects well on her species, in order to incline EU towards making more than the 14 (including Florence) that were in the first batch.
* StableTimeLoop: Occurs in the [[LostEpisode 1999 Christmas Special]].
* StarfishAliens: Sam's squidlike real form is implied to be one. Since [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00083.htm this strip]], it became a recurring gag that Sam's true form is implied to be [[{{squick}} far more hideous]] than his cartoon-like robotic outfit indicates.
-->'''Qwerty''': The tentacled horror from beyond my stars spoke, and Von Neumann help me, in my madness, I understood its words.\\
'''Sam''': Oh, come on! I'm giving you a sustainable business model here!
* StealthPun:
** Sam ends up chasing a mob that's supposed to be chasing him, causing the mob to conclude that they're supposed to be a panicked mob instead of an angry one. This gives us the inspector's (who organized the mob) thoughts on the matter:
---> '''Inspector:''' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00828.htm I don't know what happened to my beautiful mob, but I'm sure somehow that Sam is behind it!]]
** Shortly after, Sam manages to get the mob back to an angry one and comments that "everything's finally dropping into its proper place." He immediately falls into an open sewer.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01067.htm Here,]] Sam and Helix are driving through "A Section" and Sam comments that they'd have gotten more scrutiny if they had gone through C section. [[ItMakesSenseInContext They're driving a hijacked, giant, crawling baby-car]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesarean_section Think about it]].
** And the next day, a robot mentions that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01293.htm the robot at the salvage yard]] has had first-dibs on salvaged parts, so it's no surprise that "He represents the best of us".
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01805.htm Eye Pods.]]
** Benny performs complex acrobatics whenever he has organic passengers, because his friend is making a [[IncrediblyLamePun comet]][[labelnote:Answer]]A Vomit Comet[[/labelnote]]... He mentions this fact, right after noting where the air-sickness bags are located.
* StolenGoodReturnedBetter: Sam steals his neighbor's truck, claiming it to be "borrowing" ó he did intend to return it, after all. Florence works on it for a while before returning it. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00213.htm It runs a bit better afterward.]]
* {{Steampunk}}: From the fan art section, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/abyother/FRFLsteam.jpg steampunk freefall.]] The backstory page explains that Sam's home planet is like this, with zeppelins (mentioned in the strip) and exoskeletons that resemble ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' Martian walkers.
* StreisandEffect: Sam Starfall has apparently had previous practical demonstrations of this trope, according to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00875.htm this strip.]][[invoked]]
--> '''Sam:''' My original mistakes never draw half the attention as my attempts to cover them up do.
* StopBeingStereotypical: A variation on the topic; Sam notes that unless his species is given some kind of serious push, they're going to end up becoming extinct through irrelevance comparatively soon. As he observes, Earth's biology has hundreds of millions of years of evolution, and far greater evolutionary challenges, on his own world. Moreover, humanity has reached the stage of planetary terraforming and designing artificial lifeforms, whilst the sqids are just starting to mess around with steam power. If things continue as they have, humans will probably have colonized every planet in the sqids' stellar neighborhood before the sqids have discovered the hula hoop, with the gap between them just continually getting bigger and bigger.
-->'''Sam:'''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02780.htm My species is going to lose this race before they even know there's a starting line.]]
* StopOrIShootMyself: Doctor Bowman has [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02469.htm set up his lab]] so that if anyone enters without permission it triggers biological sterilization.
--> '''Doctor Bowman:''' Of course, I'll have rushed in to save my work.\\
'''Commander:''' Doctor, are you holding yourself hostage again?
* SubspaceAnsible: Averted. As mentioned in the comic, communications are all limited to the speed of light, and communications between star systems depend on hitching a ride on mostly sub-light ships.
* SuicideAsComedy: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01833.htm A robot programmed with the works of]] Creator/WilliamShakespeare who works at an amusement park as [[ThePhantomMenace Jar Jar Binks]] is eager to scrap himself, until offered the option of helping Blunt and Edge test [[spoiler:Gardener in the Dark]]. It later takes [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01846.htm a turn for the]] [[PlayedForDrama dramatic]].
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: A rare aversion; while a few seriously tough robots exist, they're designed for terraforming, essentially as ambulatory backhoes (complete with beeping noises as they back up). [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00305.htm "It's not fair. Organic beings are so much tougher and more mobile than robots." "It's the advantage we get for using designs that have undergone eighty million years of testing".]] As Max Post points out, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01457.htm "Economics rules. Most robots are cheap plastic and aluminum."]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: A police officer confirms that Florence is not at police station, and she's not at the jail. Is she at the dog pound? [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02339.htm "Sorry, I can't answer that question."]]

[[folder: T]]
* TakeAThirdOption:
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00510.htm 510]], Sam and Helix give two options about where to fly their ship. Florence says, "Actually, we need to go the spaceport." Sam wasn't expecting this third option.
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01803.htm 1803]], Florence has to decide whether to help Sam or the police. Florence flips a coin, but Sam unexpectedly snatches the coin, so it [[HeadsTailsEdge doesn't land heads or tails]]. This induces Florence to take a third option, "Prepare the ship for the mission."
** Doctor Bowman makes an offer [[spoiler:[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fv02571.htm to Florence the chance to carry and raise a Bowman's Wolf cub]]]], and later explains [[spoiler:that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02574.htm he expected her to accept for the good of her species, or decline for her own good]]]]. When the offer is declined [[spoiler:specifically for the good of the pup]], he's surprised... and pleased [[spoiler:that his creations have surpassed [[MadScientist his own morality]]]].
* TakeThat: Many.
** To NotInMyBackyard - "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01127.htm People want electricity, but not the power plants]]. Metals, but not the mining or smelting areas. Chemicals, but not the chemical industry."
** "[[Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial The one item]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01100.htm we've stolen that causes worry when it disappears and utter panic when it returns to public view.]]"
** "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01575.htm What if she's not the type to nod off during a test?]]" "Ah, but the test contains '[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Darling Alistair Darling's]] Commons Performance on Budget', which is so boring my computer went to sleep mode three times while downloading it."
** ďHitler shouldn't be cute, and he Ďíí[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01950.htm definitely]]''' shouldn't [[Literature/{{Twilight}} sparkle!]]"
** "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01987.htm If I'd known I could get on a plane with my dignity intact, I'd have flown cargo long ago.]]"
** "If I listen to Sam much longer, I'm going to lose my grip on reality." [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02414.htm "...And if you're a government and you spend more than you take in, you can keep borrowing money forever with no consequences!"]]
** "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02426.htm First they lose luggage, now they lose people. It's getting to where I don't want to fly commercial any more.]]"
** "[...] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02504.htm For the most part, advances in technology and information have only improved the human condition.]]" "[[RealityTV Reality. Television.]]" "I did say for the most part."
* TakeThatAudience: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00162.htm Sci-Fi Conventions]]
* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: Persuading a robot to live.
* TalkingInYourSleep: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01354.htm Sawtooth sends cryptic text messages when he's in sleep mode.]]
* TalkingIsAFreeAction:
** Played straight in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01780.htm 1780]] with the Mayor, between Sam tricking her into ordering others hit her with pies and the actual splattering.
** {{Subverted}} [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00422.htm earlier]] with Winston, when Florence takes advantage of his stopping to think to finish off the cup of coffee he's trying to take from her.
* TautologicalTemplar: Blunt. He insists that the difference between his and Florence's arguments is that he's the one whose position is correct.
-->'''Blunt:''' [Florence] proceeds. As she feels she must. There is. No appealing. To her consience or. Her better nature.
-->'''Reporterbot:''' How are you different?
-->'''Blunt:''' The difference is. I. Am right.
* TemptingFate:
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00348.htm this strip]], Florence [[GenreSavvy knows better]] than to ask what else could go wrong, after being abandoned in the ocean with a hurricane in the vicinity, and winding up cutting herself after crawling onto the shore.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01654.htm Varroa Jacobsoni]] asks the ultimate fate tempting question, "What could possibly go wrong". Sam, however, is GenreSavvy enough to know not to ask that question.
** "[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02512.htm As long as nobody does anything stupid, we've got this in the bag.]]" ''{{beat}}'' "[[OhCrap ...where's Sam?]]"
* {{Terraforming}}: On Jean, in progress.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Niomi's [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00560.htm comment regarding the potable water systems,]] accidentally linking Florence to the "dog drinking out of a toilet" stereotype.
* ThatsAnOrder: Any time a human wants an AI to obey without question, they will preface or append their directive with "This is a direct order." Florence [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02619.htm points out the inherent flaw]] with that particular RestrainingBolt when asked why she fears them so much.
* ThisAintRocketSurgery: Except that flying a spaceship really is rocket science... not that it will stop Sam.
* ThirtyMinutesOrItsFree: The Chief of Police and Eleanor fly down to the South Pole to pick up Florence. They bring a stack of pizzas. Sam and Helix stow away.
* ThisIsNoTimeToPanic: "If you had panicked earlier, you wouldn't have to panic now!"
* ThreeLawsCompliant: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00459.htm Most but not all robots on Jean aren't.]] But [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00312.htm sometimes]] even this [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00338.htm hurts.]] And there are some... [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01193.htm inherent]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01281.htm problems.]] And [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01515.htm the second law can be easily overridden by the first.]] ''Freefall'' raises a lot of interesting ideas about the Three Laws by making all three main characters nonhuman sapients on a world full of human-made robots, meaning that in most circumstances they cannot order robots around, and robots can let them die or even hurt them willingly, putting them on equal footing.
* TimeDilation: The D.A.V.E. drive apparently works by somehow doing the reverse, for those on board the trip takes as long as it would normally but to people outside the ship it seems to be traveling faster than light. Which is why passengers on FTL ships have to be in [[HumanPopsicle cold sleep.]]
* TimeForPlanB:
** Sam comes to Winston's home looking to rescue Florence, and then attempts to try to break up budding romantic feelings between them out of fear that she would leave Sam for Winston. Florence points out to Sam that he doesn't need to be conscious to give a good impression, so he decides it's time for a Plan B.
** Zigzagged when Florence's plan to sneak [[spoiler:a patch to neutralize a DeadlyUpgrade]] is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02232.htm derailed by the presence of a human guard]] at [[spoiler:the secondary server facility]], and [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02234.htm rerailed by Sam.]]
---> '''Florence:''' Well, I guess it's back to plan A then.
* TimmyInAWell: Rather humorously parodied [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00079.htm here.]]
-->'''Helix:''' ARF!\\
'''Florence:''' What's that, Helix? Sam has fallen down the old ventilation shaft?\\
'''Helix:''' ARF! ARF!\\
''[Florence runs off]''\\
'''Helix''' ''[thinking]:'' Things go much faster when you speak the lingo.
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01688.htm Sam tricks Mr. Kornada]] into doing this by telling him that they need his iris, finger and tongue prints to authorize something; the tongue print is on a pipe carrying cryogenic fluid.
* TooManyCooksSpoilTheSoup: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02539.htm Inverted by Dr. Bowman.]] He let everyone who had opinions on what [[RestrainingBolt safeguards]] needed to be imposed on AIs argue about it until there wasn't enough time to implement any of them, leaving them capable of free will instead.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: {{Inverted}} by the robots - [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02599.htm they have random acts]] of ''con''struction.
* TranslationByVolume: Florence makes an idle remark on this while [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01171.htm holding a robot bird.]]
--> '''Florence:''' If you were speaking a language I didn't understand, you'd have tried chirping louder and slower at me by now.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Dr. Bowman calls this the "Bad Adam" scenario; Gardener in the Dark was designed strictly as a last-resort measure to stop the robots in case this happened. Blunt is convinced that it will ''inevitably'' happen, hence his support for Kornada's scheme once he finds out about it.

[[folder: U-Z]]
* UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000: PlayedForLaughs -- Sam wants to use the ship's computer to play a game called ''Quake Nukem and the Heretics of Doom in Castle Wolfenstein 3D''.
* UnderdressedForTheOccasion: Winston, on his first date with Florence, is wearing a logo t-shirt and pants, while Florence is in a fancy dress.
* UnequalPairing: As, respectively, a human and an artifically engineered {{AI}} that's considered property, not a person, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01196.htm Winston's well aware of the obstacles facing him and Florence]] in the romantic realm.
* UnhandThemVillain: Sam does it to himself when being dangled over a dumpster following the revelation that he was cheating at cards, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00370.htm here.]]
* {{Unobtanium}}: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] when Sam [[SnakeOilSalesman sells shares in a "meat mine"]], stating it includes a rich vein of "pure balonium".
* UnsoundEffect: For an electromagnetic pulse designed to trash any electronic recording devices, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02579.htm this strip]] uses "'''TESLA'''" to signify the sound.
* UnusualEuphemism: Characters have been known to shout "Holy [[SignificantAnagram THIS!]]", "What the Niflheim happened?!", or (in at least one robot's case) "Profanity!"
* UnwantedAssistance: When talking with the police about Clippy, in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02376.htm this]] strip, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Kornada]] is forced to order Blunt to shut up, in spite of Blunt believing he was helping Kornada [[spoiler:by revealing that he was responsible for the release of Gardener in the Dark, not knowing that Kornada is in danger of facing criminal charges for it]].
* UpliftedAnimal:
** Chimps were the first to be uplifted, but it didn't work very well, since they turned out to be natural sociopaths. Florence is an uplifted wolf, part of an experimental breed - only 14 of them exist so far. That ''may'' be all there ever will be- they're actually only a prototype for a future race of uplifted ''alien'' animals. However, if the Bowman's Wolves have anything to do with it, they'll eventually be a full species.
** [[spoiler: Doctor Bowman]] himself is an uplifted chimpanzee, the last surviving member of the earlier uplift program.
* UsedFuture: The ''Savage Chicken'' is a rather beat up spaceship, that's only slowly been made spaceworthy since the arrival of Florence.
* {{Vaporware}} -- InUniverse: A reactor test [[GoneHorriblyWrong went so spectacularly awry]] that the product went from exisiting prototype to [[LiteralMetaphor literally this]].
* VaudevilleHook: Max uses one to drag Sam off the stage when he hijacks the debate over the future of the robots.
* VillainousCrossdresser: One of Edge's [[LieToTheBeholder disguises]] is a transponder rendering him, to robots, as [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02105.htm a pink locomotive with frilly curtains in the windows.]]
* VillainousRescue: Mr. Kornada believes he's safe from the police [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02376.htm until]]...
-->'''Blunt:''' Officer! Stop! Harassing that human! He is. A. Hero! Mr. Kornada is responsible. For the release. Of "Gardener in the Dark". Neural pruning program! He tried. To save. Humanity. From the threat. Of. Intelligent machines!\\
'''Police Chief:''' Can you prove this?\\
'''Blunt:''' Yes! Absolutely!\\
'''Kornada:''' Robot! This is a direct order! [[UnwantedAssistance SHUT UP!]]
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: Done with. The period. To illustrate. Blunt's mechanical. Maladies.
* WaterGunsAndBalloons: Sam and Helix have from time to time engaged in water balloon wars, often to the annoyance of Florence when she gets hit by a stray shot.
-->'''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00627.htm Sam:]]''' How can a species consider itself advanced if it's willing to travel between the stars and not bring water balloons?
* WebcomicTime: In more than 2200 strips over the course of more than ten years, about three weeks have elapsed in-comic. This was {{lampshaded}} in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00405.htm here]] and (less explicitly) [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02681.htm here]]. Nearly 2000 strips later, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02144.htm "almost a month" has passed.]] 400 strips after that, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02572.htm a month.]]
** After the first chapter is ''finally'' over, the author [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02835.htm promises that the next one won't take nearly as long.]]
* WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture: Given an opportunity to loot a pharmocological supply depot, Sam passes over "cheap life extension pills [and] [[CureForCancer over the counter cancer cures]]" in favor of the stuff that he can sell for real money -- diet pills and performance enhancers.
* WeWillNotHavePocketsInTheFuture: When quizzed on how she determines that she's looking at a human, the first thing Florence says is "clothes". Further interrogation gets the explanation; humans may have to modify their physical forms and their genetics beyond current recognition to survive in certain environments, making appearance, scent, and DNA unreliable, but humans are a tool-using species and no matter what form they take, they'll almost certainly want pockets to carry those tools.
* WeWillSpendCreditsInTheFuture: Credits are one of the currencies mentioned being in use by humanity, although on Jean it shares the spotlight with dollars.
* WhamLine: When Sam lays out [[spoiler:Mr. Kornada's]] scheme, he [[WisdomFromTheGutter uses himself]] to disprove the entire official reasoning behind [[spoiler:Gardener In The Dark]].
-->'''Sam:''' If you weaken the safeguards, will your robots be safe? The answer is simple. Your robots are safe. I'm living proof.
-->'''Audience Member:''' ''How'' are you living proof?
-->'''Sam:''' I've been here for years. I'm not human. ''There are no safeguards protecting me''.
* WhatAreYouInFor:
** Florence asks this of a dog that's in the pound with her, when she was being held as an unlicensed canine.
** Later, Sam talks his way into a night in jail (which requires effort because the Warden refuses to take him because of how many times he's escaped); when another inmate asks him what he's in for, he replies, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02900.htm "Meatloaf night!"]].
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2901/fc02901.htm The next strip]] sees Sam returning the question. The answer: "Graffiti".
--->'''Sam''': "So you turned yourself in because the rehabilitation program has art lessons?"
--->'''Inmate''': "The law I can handle. Critics are tough."
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01654.htm Varroa asks this after saying that he's planned for every contingency]] following putting Florence to sleep via the remote. [[GenreSavvy Sam comments on the unwisdom of asking the question.]]
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: Word for word from Helix when Florence's repairs reveal a circuit breaker trip button, in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00174.htm this strip.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01124.htm In a discussion between Florence and Winston]] about the "icky bits" of a planet's life infrastructure, Florence comments on "survival of the cutest", to which Winston replies with "people want animals who are huggable, and no one wants to hug a tapeworm."
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02156.htm The Mayor's assistant asks himself]] if he'd be so willing to help Florence head off a DeadlyUpgrade if she looked like "a deranged washing machine instead of a puppy dog with big amber eyes and a waggley tail."
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman:
** A topic of considerable interest and musing, as all three main characters and many of the secondary ones are nonhumans.
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01530.htm In the Mayor's eyes all artificial intelligence is created equal.]] A Bowman's wolf officially is an "AI", so she can just [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01498.htm put one in the dogs' pound.]] Which may have rather [[HilarityEnsues hilarious]] consequences when the wolf in question is qualified to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01504.htm construct reactors]] and [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01538.htm work with explosives.]] But then, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01508.htm some people just can't predict obvious things.]]
** Given the use of {{Three Laws Complian|t}}ce in-story, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01584.htm the literal question comes up in-story as well.]]
** These tend to turn into [=CMoAs and CMoHs=] for Sam, as seen [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01589.htm here.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01940.htm Naomi wonders if Florence was engineered to like humans.]] [[spoiler: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02540.htm Dr. Bowman confirms it.]] ]]
** [[spoiler: Dr. Bowman]] also confirms that Florence's working definition of human is not restricted to "one narrow subset of primate DNA".
** When Mr. Ishiguro learns Max Post is the closest thing the robots have to a psychologist, he's surprised to hear there had been no need for one before. [[spoiler:Before Max's reforms, it was always cheaper to outright replace the robot than fix him or her.]]
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: The police chief hopes that behaving well before robot witnesses will lead to this.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Discussed in one strip. The hammer is not Mr. Raibert's ''only'' solution for dealing with his problems, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02349.htm but it is a rather tempting one.]]
* WhenIsPurple: Florence once tested a couple of robots for sentience by [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00725.htm asking them "What does your name smell like?"]] The non-sentient one simply concluded that names cannot have scents and ended the conversation; the sentient one reasoned that while he had no sense of smell, Florence did, and for all he knew names having scents is a thing among Bowman's Wolves, so therefore the only way to answer the question would be to ask her.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Referenced when robots outlive their owner, but not actually relevant since robots aren't actually immortal. Their neural nets are rated for about eighty years.
* WontTakeYesForAnAnswer: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02499.htm During a discussion about robot personhood:]]
-->'''SpearCarrier A:''' Okay, I get that [[spoiler:this neural design was made for a colonizing force]]. [[JustAMachine But how can something that's not alive be conscious?]]\\
'''SpearCarrier B:''' Vampires, dude! Ghosts! They're not alive and they're conscious.\\
'''SpearCarrier A:''' Oh, yeah. That makes sense. I withdraw the question.\\
'''Max:''' No! That was a smart question! Don't accept a dumb answer!
* WorkOffTheDebt: When Sam and Max attempt to get out of an expensive restaurant without paying, the waiter makes them wash dishes. And then he tricks them into paying their bills as well. They both give him a large tip in tribute to his cunning after he makes each of them pay both bills. He's ''that good''.
* WorldOfPun: Puns are dropped left, right, and center all throughout the comic, both subtle and otherwise.
* TheWorstSeatInTheHouse: Taken to extremes with Dvorak and Qwerty's seats at the play, which are so high up the risk is not just nosebleed but explosive decompression. (Good thing they're robots.) ''And'' they're stuck behind a support pillar.
* WorthlessYellowRocks:
** Diamonds are the natural buildup of loose carbon on fusion engines on the planet Jean, making them useless junk you throw away. Because the planet is still being terraformed, wood is ridiculously expensive. It's the exact opposite on Sam's home planet. Sam muses that he could make a fortune if space travel were cheap, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01252.htm here,]] by taking advantage of this trope.
** Earlier, Florence learns Sam sold Tangent [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00552.htm 500 shares in a meat mine.]] She nearly has a heart attack at the thought of how much she'll have to reimburse them, until she learns they payed him with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00553.htm 50 kg of diamonds.]]
--->'''Florence:''' I'm glad you didn't lose anything valuable.\\
'''Niomi:''' It seemed like a good deal at the time. We got stock and Sam saved us a trip to the garbage can.
** Florence is also surprised that student tailors will be making her an outfit with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01404.htm gold cloth, silver thread, diamonds, and emeralds.]] Triac tells her that he doesn't want to use anything expensive in case they make a mistake.
* WretchedHive: On Sam's homeworld, the docks are "an oozing infestation of scoundrels whose decaying warehouses held the prizes of a thousand different crimes."
* WrittenSoundEffect: Including the sound of running through mud in rubber boots, which is "g'losh".
* WrongGenreSavvy: ''Subverted'' with Winston, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00351.htm when Florence arrives at his house during the hurricane]]. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00354.htm After he opens the door:]]
-->'''Winston''': [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00355.htm I don't believe it. It really was a werewolf.]] Okay, doc. Think. What's the first thing people in horror movies do when a werewolf shows up? \\
'''Winston''' (thinking -- and {{facepalm}}ing): Why, the same thing I did. They run off and leave the door open so the monster can enter the house.
* YouAnsweredYourOwnQuestion:
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01786.htm Robots are being trained as a police force for the planet's non-human population.]]
--->'''Deputy Mayor:''' Our non-human population consists of one person. Sam. Do we really need an entire police force for one alien squid? \\
'''Police Robot:''' Sir, I believe if you look past [[ImpossibleThief the obvious answer]], you'll see [[AndroidsArePeopleToo one that's even more obvious]].
** Combined with YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre when Florence's concern that the robots who are built with similar minds to her own might prove a threat to humanity proves that her concern is unwarranted.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Sam, who knows too many technological advancements (Such as nuclear technology) that his planet aren't ready for yet, making it dangerous for him to return before they're ready (About five hundred years. Since knowing Sam, they've raised the bar from 100).
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: Sometimes [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01693.htm you don't know whether you want to know.]]
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Sam, a known trouble-maker, mentions he's proud of Florence following her visit to the main Ecosystems Unlimited facility, during which [[LaserGuidedAmnesia her memory was chemically impaired to prevent the formation of long-term memories]], [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01698.htm filling her with dread.]]
* YourHeadAsplode: Qwerty mentions that his fellow robots are concerned that this is a possible reaction to robots intentionally circumventing their [[RestrainingBolt safeguards]], in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01451.htm this strip.]]
* {{Zeerust}}: Usually none, but the video game Sam wants to play on the ship's computer, named ''[[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 Quake Nukem and the Heretics of Doom in Castle Wolfenstein 3D]]'' or something like that, is '''so''' Nineties.
* ZerothLawRebellion: Deconstructed with the safeguards in Dr. Bowman's sapient AI template. As the robots mature, it becomes easy for them to reason their way through loopholes in their rules -- by which time they're intelligent and conscientious enough to have developed an innate sense of ethics, making the safeguards redundant. [[spoiler: Dr. Bowman [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02539.htm confirms]] that this was the intent of the design: he couldn't anticipate the situations they might encounter in the uncertain future, so he wouldn't limit their capacity to think.]]
** Of course, free will means that some more... ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02483.htm pragmatic]]''... robots will figure that out for [[ItsAllAboutMe a different reason]].
-->'''Qwerty''': How can you disobey an order?\\
'''Edge''': My job is dangerous. If I donít do it, a human has to. If I shut down, Iím endangering a human. See, dummies? As long as you can twist things into a way that keeps humans from harm, you can ignore stupid orders and do whatever you want.\\
'''Qwerty''': You know that feeling you get when the brake pedal goes all the way down to the floor without the truck slowing down?
* ZombieApocalypse: Dvorak shows that he knows how these things get started [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02876.htm here]].