->''"Maybe you haven't heard... but this is '''my''' show. And it's the kind where [[NobodyCanDie nobody dies]]."''
-->-- '''Blitz'''

''[[http://www.kiwiblitz.com Kiwi Blitz]]'' is a {{webcomic}} by Mary Cagle (known elsewhere on the net as one of a number of variations of "Cube Watermelon"), usually updates on a weekly or biweekly schedule, depending on how busy the watermelon is. She's also the creator of ''Webcomic/LetsSpeakEnglish'' and ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain''.

The main character is 14-year-old Steffi Frohlich, who under the guise of "Blitz" fights crime in a future UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity using her bird-shaped MiniMecha, Kiwibot. She's assisted in this by her best friend Benzene, her billionaire father, and a RobotGirl named 42. Of course, that's just what she does during her free time, when she's not busy with her day job as a junior Robot Battle League combatant.

Along with the ill-equipped NYPD, Steffi/Blitz battles masked criminals, rogue military hardware, and most importantly, her own boredom.

Current [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Tracks]] are, in order...

# [[Music/FatboySlim Weapon of Choice]]
# [[Music/TheProdigy Omen]]
# [[VideoGame/JetSetRadio Sneakman]]
# [[VideoGame/{{Tetrisphere}} Phony]]
# The Warning
# [[VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution Trip Machine]]
# [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Coward Mont Blanc]]
# [[Music/{{Polysics}} I My Me Mine]]
# [[Music/{{Pendulum}} The Vulture]]
# [[Music/TheProdigy Take Me To The Hospital]]
# [[Music/DaftPunk Technologic]]
# [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Panda Hero]]
# [[Music/BeastieBoys Body Movin]]
# [[Music/{{Anamanaguchi}} Mess]]
# [[VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution Rhythm and Police.]]
# [[VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution Dynamite Rave.]]
# The Construct
# Just Like We Breakdown
# [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Flashback]]
# [[Music/MCFrontalot Secrets From The Future]]
# Artillery
# [[Music/{{Gorillaz}} Kids with Guns]]
# [[Music/CaravanPalace Lone Digger]]

!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionDad: Chief Bahia proves he can still keep up with the best of them in Track 17. [[spoiler: Heinrich Frohlich also pilots Kiwibot in his daughter's place.]]
* AllergicToRoutine: Steffi, Gear, and even Raccoon seem to be motivated by boredom to some extent.
* AnArmAndALeg: Maimings and mutilations serve as signposts for plot developments.
** Steffi lost a leg the first time she JumpedAtTheCall.
** Gear's literal example (plus an eye) triggered her StartOfDarkness.
** The plot takes a turn for the DarkerAndEdgier when Gear cuts off Reed's arm.
* AnimalMecha: Kiwibot is a ''kiwi bird'' mecha, hence the title. Justified as it was intended for Steffi to use in the Robot Battle League and all the mechas for her division are based on animals.
* {{Animesque}}: The artist commented on her style on her Twitter account: "Note that that isn't a complaint at all. I enjoy living on the edge of animeish/{{animesque}}/pseud-anime/kinda-anime/ like those Pokémon people".
* ArmsDealer: Steffi reveals that her family's company initially started off as a weapons developer and made huge profits during WorldWarIII. Steffi is clearly not very comfortable with this fact.
* ArmyOfLawyers: When Steffi's ClarkKenting utterly fails, Reed tells her that the only reason the police haven't questioned her and her dad is that the latter "has like fifty lawyers" thanks to being CEO of a big company.
* ArtEvolution: Just compare the [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comics/2009/06/2009-04-28.png original Track One cover]] to the [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/index.php?id=05 redrawn version.]]
* ArtShift: Tracks 17 and 18 were drawn by a different artist to take some of the workload off of the author.
* ArtificialLimbs:
** Steffi has a bionic leg. The strip doesn't make a big deal about it.
** The villainous Gear has both her left arm and left leg replaced by prosthetics. Her right arm also looks mechanical, but it's just a gauntlet.
** [[spoiler: Reed gets a bionic arm to replace the one Gear cut off earlier.]]
* BadassAdorable: Steffi and the Raccoon. Even more so after the Raccoon's identity is revealed.
-->'''Steffi:''' [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/track-0809 Oh mien gott, aren't you precious!]]
* BadassNormal: [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/track-0915 It seems Ben IS serious.]] He has no powers, and no swiss-army limbs. All he has is taekwondo. That's not even the most shocking thing. He wasn't even at peak performance!
* BadassLongcoat: Benzene wears a pretty badass greatcoat in Track 16, during his own BigDamnHeroes moment. And it suits him very, very well.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Grabbing a slashing katana by the blade [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/page-293 works if you're a robot.]]
* BigApplesauce: The comic is explicitly set in New York City.
* BigDamnHeroes: Although Reed is holding his own in the fight, Blitz entering the fight ([[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/page-338/ here]] and on the following page) comes across as this.
* BilingualBonus: Steffi is fluent in German (English is her second language).
* BioAugmentation: Not all of the members of Alter look a LittleBitBeastly; Down and Jones both claim their changes don't show on the outside.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Track 21 is just one breaking incident after another for Steffi, and she's practically catatonic by the start of Track 22.]]
* CastOfSnowflakes: The artist works this. Minor characters and even nameless bystanders get unique faces and designs.
* ChekhovsSkill: Early in comic, it's mentioned that Steffi had taken taekwondo lessons. This becomes useful later on when she's forced to fight the Raccoon in hand to hand combat.
** Ditto for [[spoiler: Ben and his encounter with Gear.]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Steffi and Ben, eventually.
* ClarkKenting: Averted. The media quickly begins to theorize that Steffi is Blitz, pointing out they physically resemble each other and that Kiwibot is similar to other Frolich mechs.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: Track 8 is relatively uneventful, showing [[spoiler:Blitz and The Raccoon break the Kiwibot out of storage]] with the only real action being the stunning of three people. It ends with [[spoiler:Gear appearing at the exit, ''waiting for them'', saw-arm covered in blood.]]
* CompetenceZone: Thoroughly subverted as Steffi, Ben and Chandra all discover they haven't been fooling anyone and are in way over their heads when the grownups get serious.
* ConversationalTroping: Steffi and Gear do this when they meet the first time.
-->'''Blitz''': So what's your schtick? Do you have a [[DarkAndTroubledPast Dark Past that's driven you mad!?]]\\
'''Gear''': Unfortunately, no. [[AllergicToRoutine I'm just here for the same reason you are.]]\\
'''Blitz''': Oh? [[NotSoDifferent Is this the we're-both-the-same card already?]]\\
'''Gear''': Something wrong with that?\\
'''Blitz''': Only one thing... that's more of a line for my [[ArchEnemy Arch Rival.]] [[ShadowArchetype And my rival would have a Mech!]]
* CurseCutShort: [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/track-02-10 How the-!? *KERSPLOSION*]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Cutesy story about teenagers in mechs suddenly turns... [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/track-0902 not so cutesy.]]
* DatingCatwoman:
** Jones accuses Reed of crushing on Blitz. He refutes it though, citing her age as [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/track-0705 "fifteen or something."]]
** The Raccoon has a clear crush on Blitz.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Ben is squaring up to be one of these.
** [[spoiler: 35]] also has her moments.
* DeathGlare: Steffi manages to pull off a glare hard enough to give Gear pause.
* EasternZodiac:
** The codenames/appearances of Alter members connect to most of the twelve animals. So far there is a goat, a monkey, a dog, both a pig and a boar, a bull, a tiger, a rabbit, a dragon, and and a snake.
** Steffi's decision to dress as a rabbit turned out to be a coincidence.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: It remains to be seen if The Raccoon is really evil, but this thief refuses to use the chain claw while fighting Steffi because it's too deadly.
* EyepatchOfPower: Gear. Pretty literally. As in, it's an eyepatch with an "on/off" symbol on it.
* FanDisservice: Heinrich Frolich in his [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead German-flag-coloured boxers]], as considered {{in-universe}} by Steffi.
* FighterMageThief: [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/index.php?id=273 According to Cube]], Steffi, Ben, and The Raccoon would fit this mold if they were in a fantasy setting.
* FiveRoundsRapid: The police don't have the budget to deal with sufficiently high-tech threats, so they are rather helpless against criminals like Gear, whose cyborg augmentations render her immune to their taser pistols.
* FlatWhat: Delivered by Raccoon at the end of Chapter 7.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:[[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/track-03-17 The Raccoon breaks through the window by the girl's bathroom.]] ]]
* ForTheEvulz: Pretty much perfectly describes Gear.
* FreudianTrio: Steffi is the Id, Benzene is the Superego, and 42 is the Ego.
* FreudianExcuse: Gear, whose origin story involves losing one arm, one leg, one eye, and both parents in a bombing attack.
* GenkiGirl: Steffi, when faced with a new mech for her birthday, immediately decides to fight crime in it, and throughout the story seems to dive into situations with relish when she should really be thinking about them. She seems to get the trait from her father, who also exhibits some rather fun-loving tendencies.
* GoodCopBadCop: Flores and Barnes play [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/page-314 "bad cop/whatever cop"]]... though Flores might just be relieving stress.
* GoodProstheticEvilProsthetic: The villain Gear has a chainsaw like object as her left arm. So far, she is generally unsympathetic. Good guys [[spoiler:Steffi and Reed both have prosthetic limbs, but they mostly serve as non-weapons and they lost their body parts trying to save others.]]
* GoshDangItToHeck: Steffi curses in German ("S***ße!") but not English ("Mother effer!"). ...[[PrecisionFStrike For the most part.]]
* GrapplingHookPistol: The Raccoon uses an arm-mounted variation.
* GratuitousGerman: Loads - Even the Kiwibot's OS. Justified as Steffi and her father Heinrich are from Germany, while other characters donít speak German
* GreyAndGrayMorality: increasingly so, as Tigris calls out Cho for leaving Steffi and Benzene to fight Cebus while she concentrates on saving Reed and Herr Frolich, and 42 switches sides after being hacked. Steffiís vigilante antics make little real difference in the overall scheme of things, and certainly make things worse for Raccoon, while Benzene takes to using guns to help Steffi.
* GroinAttack: Offscreen from Steffi to Ben during their combat training. She apologizes later, but he tells her that's a legitimate move to use against an enemy.
* HeadPet: [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/track-0712 Winston.]]
* HeroicBystander: Natalie the bankteller gives a valiant try [[{{SubvertedTrope}} but is overpowered.]]
* ICallItVera: Some military robots had a program called ARIS installed that gave soldiers feedback via a female voice, since it was believed it would keep them calm in battle. However, it worked a bit ''too'' well, and many pilots grew dangerously attached to their robots.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming:
** The chapters are called "tracks", and every track is named after an electronica song. [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/page-313 Some]] [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/page-340 pages]] recreate the fonts used for the respective songs, [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/page-491 Track 22]] uses the Music/{{Gorillaz}} art style.)
** The Flashback interludes between Tracks are called "Sound-bites".
* ItsAllAboutMe: Steffi definitely, though it's not pathological, just adolescence.
* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: Steffi tries to use this exact phrase to justify all of the insanity that snowballed from her impulsive decision to play superhero, but not even Benzene is buying that one.
* JackOfAllStats: Per WordOfGod, the Kiwibot is "a Midweight mid-range unit. TheMario of mechs."
* JumpedAtTheCall: Steffi ''loves'' being a superhero.
* KlingonPromotion: Though Cebus didn't actually kill Hircus so much as take advantage of his arrest, she did try to [[UnfriendlyFire kill his most loyal subordinate]] immediately after.
* KnightOfCerebus: Things only seem to get dark when Gear shows up.
* LampshadeHanging: Steffi's comment after seeing the full extent of Gear's prosthetics is "That's gotta be a dark past thing."
* LittleBitBeastly: Some of the "Furries" that frequent the Fuzzy Navel. They got this way through body modifications. Several members of Alter, who use the Fuzzy Navel as one of the places they do business, often have the same modifications, though some are more than just a 'little.'
* MatchCut: A few times in Track 4.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: Heinrich gives Steffi an upgraded uniform that includes powered armor for her legs after her near-fatal encounter with Gear.
* MiniMecha: Kiwibot and all the mechs of the Robot Battle League.
* MistakenForGay: When Steffi asks Ben if he ''likes'' her, he admits he thought she was gay. Steffi is ''not pleased.''
* MissingMom: Steffi's parents are divorced and she doesn't like talking about what happened to her mom. The reason why is eventually revealed in a flashback - [[spoiler: Heinrich confronted his wife after learning she hired an assassin to kill him]].
* MissionControl: Benzene.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Jones.]]
* MulticoloredHair: Ben's bangs are bleached lighter than the rest of his hair, which is also bleached.
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: The members of Alter with illegal body mods use the superficially modded Furries who hang out at the Fuzzy Navel as cover.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: When Natrix explains that his name is the scientific name for a type of grass snake, Steffi mentions that she just thought it was [[RuleOfCool Matrix with an N.]] Natrix has obviously heard this many times.
* NoSell: Several members of Alter have {{Bio Augmentation}}s that let them do this to things like tasers or police stun weaponry.
* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Genuine BioAugmentation is illegal, though purely cosmetic changes are not, which is why Alter's LittleBitBeastly members aren't arrested on sight. Or, as Tigris puts it "Hey, it's [[WeirdnessCensor New York]]."
* NotSoDifferent: Used by Gear, its use and frequent use by {{the Rival}} are both {{lampshaded}} by Steffi.
* NoYou: When Ben tells Steffi that her poker face sucks, her reply is "''Your'' face sucks!"
* OfficialCouple: Ben and Steffi, as of Track 14.
* OhCrap:
** [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/track-0919 And so Ben learns what Steffi's up to.]] His reaction's appropriate.
** Later on, there's his reaction upon learning [[spoiler: that 42 has been compromised and is now under the control of their enemies]].
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: After [[spoiler:Reed has his arm cut off, Steffi recommends her prosthetic mechanic, Barry.]] Turns out he's the same guy who [[spoiler:makes Gear her weapons.]]
* [[invoked]]OneTruePairing: [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/track-1006 According to the author,]] Ben and Donuts.
* OutOfFocus: [[spoiler:The Kiwibot itself. Despite being the main weapon of the protagonist it seems to spend more time in the hands of her adversaries.]]
* PlayingWithSyringes: Tigris implies that some of the Alter member's body modifications may have been involuntary or required for medical reasons; Down flat-out states that she engages in illegal research.
* PoliceAreUseless:
** [[JustifiedTrope Inadequate police budgets]] are what allow costumed villains to operate and ultimately leads to the events of the webcomic.
** A flashback shows young Reed Bahia discussing this trope with his mom who explains that it's to [[LampshadeHanging "make things more interesting for the hero"]].
* PrecisionFStrike:
** [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/track-0612 Reed is NOT happy.]]
** [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/track-0701 And neither is Benzene]].
* PrecociousCrush: Chandra, age 11, develops a crush on Blitz, age 14.
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Steffi to the Raccoon.
* PunchClockVillain: The Raccoon is not really evil at all, and even [[spoiler:teams up with Steffi to help her recover Kiwibot]].
* PuppyDogEyes: The Raccoon to Steffi. Brown eyes, lip wibble and ''everything.''
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: After the first fight, police officers Reed and Cho cover for Steffi rather than arresting her.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Steffi and Ben in Track 14.
* RobotGirl: 42 and her siblings.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler: The Raccoon]]
* SarcasticDevotee: Cho to Reed; sometimes Benzene to Steffi.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: When Steffi interrupts The Raccoon from eating a sandwich and making "nomph nom" noises, The Raccoon ends up saying one of them.
* SerratedBladeOfPain: Gear has a retractable serrated shortsword built into her prosthetic arm. She likes to use it on people she finds "Offensively Boring".
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', when Steffi comments how Kiwibot's Beak Shot was "not very effective..."
** 42's name is a reference to ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''
** ComicBook/GreenLantern shirts show up from time time, Reed wearing a Red Lantern shirt during his hospitalization for instance.
** Ben mentions [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Solid Snake]] in page 267.
** When pressed to speak Japanese Steffi is only able to come up with {{Music/Styx}} lyrics
* SpeechBubbleCensoring: [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/index.php?id=295 Well, sh[End of Track] ]]
* StealthHiBye: 42. Lampshaded by Steffi.
* StepfordSmiler: 42 has a permanent built-in smile but she also has no emotions and is programmed to follow an unknown and possibly criminal agenda.
* StickyFingers: It's implied that the Raccoon is a kleptomaniac and steals useless items for no reason.
* StrangeBedfellows:
** [[spoiler:Blitz teaming up with the Raccoon to steal her kiwibot back.]]
** Steffi and Ben team up with [[spoiler:a cop, a criminal, and a personal assistant]] to take on a common enemy.
* SuperHero: Steffi / Blitz and Benzene / Donner
* SuperheroesWearCapes: Steffi certainly seems to think so.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Gear's entire left arm is one of these.
* ToneShift: See the above entry for DarkerAndEdgier.
* {{Transhuman}}: Cybernetics (at least in the form of prosthetics) are relatively common, and the Alter gang is dedicated to BioAugmentation.
* TranslationConvention:
** Most of the German is left untranslated, but for extended passages it switches to English in angle brackets, just like in ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}''.
** The bulk of Japanese dialogue is translated in the same way, except for a few lines written in [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseRomanization romaji]].
* UncannyValley:
** InUniverse. 42's a rather cute RobotGirl, but it's a little unnerving to see her open her mouth and have a grown man's voice come out. She's even more so when's she turned off. Both Steffi and the author (see the cast page) lampshade this.
** 42's mannerisms, constant smile no matter what the subject, and tendency to show up right behind people gives people the willies. Despite lacking combat capabilities and intentionally built to look like a cute RobotGirl, she manages to be vaguely creepy all the time without trying.
** Goes further into it during the confrontation with 35- she backflips ''on her head'' and keeps the same facial expression throughout.
** Used to her advantage [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/page-345/ here]] (spoilers).
* UnskilledButStrong: Gear isn't actually a good fighter; she relies on her mechanical assists and built-in weapons rather than skill. Ben, on the other hand - shorter, lighter, and completely un-augmented - [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/index.php?id=192 throws her to the ground with minimal effort,]] to her shock, thanks to his martial-arts skills... and he isn't even an expert.
* WasItAllALie: When [[spoiler:Jones turns out to be a mole working for Alter Reed asks if their relationship just a ruse, Jones claims to have been genuinely attracted to him.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Kiwibot. Also [[MeaningfulName the title]] of the first track.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Heinrich Frohlich wears German-flag-coloured boxers. And Steffi treats it as FanDisservice.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Reed's greatest dream as a child was to be a policeman like his father. It's revealed later that Reed's father is the current police chief.
* WhamEpisode: Tracks 15-17, in a single night [[spoiler: Jones betrays the police force as TheMole, Kiwibot makes its triumphant return, Steffi and Ben appear in their new costumes, Alter's leader is revealed and then promptly overthrown by Jones, 42 is hacked, Heinrich and Reed (and Kiwibot) are kidnapped, and to top it off [[DramaticIrony Barry is shown to be helping Gear]]]]
* WhamLine:
** In the middle of Track 15...
---> '''Cho''': I've been thinking. You're the only one I know of who's had any "contact" with the SWAT. And who just runs off to look for people we're supposed to be meeting?\\
[[spoiler:'''[[TheMole Jones]]''']]: ...I never did like you very much.
** And this bombshell after "Blitz" reveals the above plot twist to [[spoiler:Chief Bahia]]...
---> [[spoiler:'''[[SecretSecretKeeper Chief Bahia]]''']]: Frohlich, you had better not be joking right now.
** And this massive one during the Track 20 flashback.
---> '''Heinrich''': ''*talking to [[spoiler:his soon-to-be ex-wife]]*'' That gunman... I know you're the one who hired him, [[spoiler:Miri]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Ben to Steffi in Track 7.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: The Raccoon has a TON of gadgets such as the claw hook, smoke bombs, a taser knuckle, knockout patches, and more. It's quite amazing considering that [[spoiler:she's just a young girl]]. It's implied that all of the gear is supplied by a larger organization. [[spoiler: It turns out she's being groomed and manipulated by her cousin Celesta AKA Cebus.]]
* WhosOnFirst: Steffi and Cho get into this in the Track 22 sound bite.
-->'''Steffi:''' Ummm yo, Mrs. Cho? What's your hat say?\\
'''Cho:''' Stop.\\
'''Steffi:''' Why's she gotta be so mean...\\
'''Cho:''' But... I just answered you...
* WorldWarIII: About all we know about it is that it happened, and it involved mecha.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair:
** From what we've seen, the range of natural hair colors hasn't changed. However, dying your hair seems to be a big fashion trend among younger people, including both natural (Benzene dyes his brown hair [[MulticoloredHair two-toned]] blonde) and unnatural (Steffi dyes her blonde hair pink) colors.
** Then there are the wigs for those who don't have any hair of their own (such as [[RobotGirl 42]] and [[spoiler:Gear]]), which come in every color of the rainbow.
* YouJustToldMe: [[http://www.kiwiblitz.com/comic/page-243 Chandra confirms she's working with Alter.]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Steffi mentions that Gear's "face is way too long for a seventeen-year-old"
* ZettaiRyouiki: 42 has Type A. Also briefly, the "Blitz" action figure in the mall, which is NOT to Steffi's approval because her actual costume features baggy harem trousers. The figure also lacks Steffi's prosthetic leg, which the toy company couldn't know about because of Steff's harem trousers.