Mulberry fears no authority.
"Not everyone in a regal situation is an airheaded whiny stuck-up bimbo. No, some of us are intelligent. Some of us pose an actual THREAT to you. Get me?"
— Mulberry Sharona
Peter Paltridge, the host of Platypus Comix
, created Mulberry
in 2004. The title character, who has also become Platypus Comix's mascot, had previously appeared in the final strips of another comic
, Marin Meadow
features Mulberry Sharona, a 16-year old heiress from Seven Springs, California, who has managed to avoid becoming an Upper-Class Twit
thanks to Parental Abandonment
. Accompanied by her friends
Jack, The One Guy
, and Taffeta "Taffy" Sparks, the Dumb Blonde
housekeeper, this Non-Idle Rich
girl makes adventures out of any scheme she comes up with.Mulberry
made a leap to the printed page in 2012, when Peter Paltridge began including new comics of hers in his periodical, BANG! The Entertainment Paper
This comic provides examples of:
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- Accidental Innuendo: Mulberry accidentally lets Brad Pitt's and Angelina Jolie's children, left for her to babysit in "Heiress A Parent", overhear some invoked examples.
- Acronym Confusion: "Just Another Manic Monday" has a flashback in which Mulberry mistakes a meeting of the World Wildlife Federation (sic) for a slow-paced World Wrestling Federation match. Tired of constantly forgetting which "WWF" stands for what, she asks some "powerful allies" to change the World Wrestling Federation's name to something with different initials-hence their re-branding as World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE.
- All Just a Dream: The last three pages of "Just Another Manic Monday".
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: Some of the readers felt surprised to learn that Ambush Makeover, which became spoofed in "Mulberry's 2004 Fall TV Preview," actually exists.
- Animated Actors: Mulberry even has an account at the forum of Platypus Comix's parent site, Toon Zone.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Mulberry's struggles in "Heiress A Parent" to find something appropriate for the kids to watch include bypassing TV shows with "sex, violence, violent sex, violence", and "Bob Saget".
- Art Shift:
- Artifact of Attraction: In "A Terrible Fate", Mulberry's stolen Majora's Mask Nintendo 3DS XL becomes craved by seemingly every Nintendo fan in the vicinity of Seven Springs.
- Attention Whores: The Seven Spring heiresses who grew up to become ditzier than Mulberry, such as her adversary, Spoiled Brat Mary Roach.
- Author Avatar: Mulberry herself.
It's pretty obvious here, but in the Comic-Con spread and several other instances, Mulberry is just a stand-in for myself — me in the body of a teenage rich girl. (Why? Because Mulberry is cooler than me.
- Author Tract
- Awesome McCoolname: "The Game of Life" gives Mulberry control of a Deceptively Human Robot named, " Davy Doowop-Abop-Shadoom-Boom-Pow." "DD" for short.
- Berserk Button: Mulberry will make you pay if you call women overemotional.
- Bottle Episode: The majority of "Just Another Manic Monday" occurs in a nondescript room of Mulberry's mansion.
- Brick Joke:
- Both of Mulberry's flashbacks of meeting Britney Spears in "Death by Captain and Tenille" involve her holding a hideous creature (first a stray kitten, then Kevin Federline) and asking, "Look! Isn't it pretty?" Thirteen pages later, a terrorist expresses disgust at America's "uncovered women," prompting a scene of Britney mooning paparazzi and repeating the question she asked Mulberry twice.
- "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mulberry" begins with Mulberry and her friends attending Veronica Mars' funeral following her show's cancellation. A fanboy suddenly enters and tries in vain to bring her back to life. Near the end of the comic, he encounters Veronica's actress, Kristen Bell, but she has taken on the form of Elle Bishop from Heroes.
- The Cameo:
- Christmas Episode: "Mulberry's Surrogate Family".
- Cliffhanger: "Scary Berry" ended with Mulberry in rehab. Readers didn't learn the resolution until "Prison Broke" came 5 1/2 months later.
- Consummate Liar: DD in "The Game of Life". Among other things, he becomes Mayor of Portland by feigning a relationship with the Kennedys, and claims that Mitt Romney considered him for a running mate. Justified in that he needs a backstory in order to pass off as a human and "win" the Game of Life.
- Continuity Cameo:
- Cool Loser: The other heiresses of Seven Springs may shun Mulberry for her refusal to do anything she considers embarrassingly stupid, such as getting high or drunk, but she's still smarter than any of them, and heiress to one of the world's most powerful monopolies, VGI.
- Couch Gag: Ever since 2005, issues have used old, unusual-looking comic book covers instead of covers that bear direct relevance to the story. Some of them have Mulberry photoshopped into the scenes, but issues from October 2008 onward depict the covers unaltered.
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: As Mulberry informs Jack, he wouldn't have gotten pursued by the government in "Jack the Ripper" if instead of downloading an illegal patch for Planet of Warcraft, he just asked Mulberry for $64.95 to buy an upgraded version.
- Criminal Amnesiac: George W. Bush's daughter Barbara in "Year Six."
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Taffy defeats a zombie Orville Redenbacher in "Franken-berry".
- Cut-and-Paste Translation: Mulberry presents one of Naruto in "Mulberry's 2004 Fall TV Preview".
Through the magic of editing, 4Kids Productions
has turned a ninja cartoon into a depiction of daily American school life! Naruto
is now known here as Larry and His Socially Conscious Adventures
, and it's being hailed by critics as "Doug
for the 21st Century! Here's a peek!"
(Three page preview plays)
Mulberry: Some complain that things like this destroy the original artist's vision. I say, who cares? The man's all the way back in Japan; how's he gonna find out?
Jack: And he probably doesn't have internet...
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: At the end of the page where Mulberry introduces herself, Jack, and Taffy to new readers, she claims the site has infected one of the reader's folders, and opening that folder would render the computer incapable of visiting any website other than the one for Dora the Explorer.
- Darker and Edgier: One of Pitt's and Jolie's children becomes corrupted in "Heiress A Parent" after playing an M-rated version of Cooking Mama.
- The Dead Rise to Advertise: "Franken-Berry" contains a literal example. Procter and Gamble win an auction for MIT scientists to resurrect one deceased person, and pick Orville Reddenbacher (sic) as the person to bring back so that he can create new popcorn commercials.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mulberry on occasion.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: In "Just Another Manic Monday," Jack overhears Mulberry speak some of her darkest secrets while sleeping.
- Dirty Old Man: Mulberry abuses one in "Mulberry Sharona, Slayer of WASPs". She then finds out lots of heiresses in her town desire him because of his high social status.
- Disney Death: Two in the recap at the beginning of "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mulberry".
- Disproportionate Retribution: "Mulberry: OFFENDED!" has Mulberry set out to kill a comedian who called women overemotional a year earlier.
- Does Not Like Men: Jezebel in "Jeboozled".
- Easy Amnesia: Barbara Pierce Bush loses her memory in "Year Six" during a terrorist attack, and regains it after Taffy pushes her out of Mulberry's helicopter right before she can stab them.
- Engineered Public Confession: In "Mulberry's 2009 Fall TV Preview", Mulberry tricks a writer for The CW into publicly broadcasting his beliefs that Viewers Are Morons, but none of The CW's viewers feel offended because they really are morons.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In "Obadramarama", power-hungry Jerkass Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mulberry accidentally switch bodies. Hillary tries to seize the opportunity to rise to even greater power than before, but decides to switch back after her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, fails to recognize her with her new body and voice.
Really? You want to go back? Hillary Clinton:
As long as I'm in this body, I'll never see Chelsea again!
Even if I gain the world...it's not worth it if I lose my only child!
It's not worth it...I've been so stupid! I've been so greedy and stupid! Jack:
Well...wow, I have to say I'm surprised... Hillary Clinton: What kind of a monster do you think I am????
- Fake-Out Opening: "Jack the Ripper" begins by showing a fire-launching, silhouetted person exploring a village, but it turns out the person is just a character Jack is playing in an online game.
- Faking the Dead: To protect themselves from terrorists and their father's haters, Jenna and Barbara Bush resort to this at the end of "Year Six." The girls' father refused their kidnappers' demands to pull troops out of Iraq, leaving them in danger of beheading, and the building where they were being held hostage exploded.
- Finger Gun: Mulberry's main weapon in "Mulberry's Epic Yarn".
- Fish out of Water: "Mulberry Sharona, Slayer of WASPs" lands Mulberry at a country club gathering of airheaded heiresses.
- Filler Strip: "Murphy's Lawn" was written to tide Platypus Comix readers over as Peter spent extra time completing a four-part Electric Wonderland comic.
- A Friend in Need: Mulberry often acknowledges the importance of her friendships with Jack and Taffy, whether she or one of them is the one in need.
- Follow the Leader:
- For Inconvenience, Press "1": Taffy's attempt in "Death By Captain and Tenille" to help Mulberry order an airplane over the phone doesn't go well because no button exists for such a request, and the voice responder mishears Taffy when she asks to buy a plane. Mulberry blows up the responder by delivering a Logic Bomb over the phone. At the end of the comic, an old lady tries to order tickets to Las Vegas from the same airline Taffy called, and instead gets sold an airplane.
- Forbidden Fruit: "Hielten Sich Für Captain Kirk" has Mulberry warn a woman not to watch Threads, simply because it will "ruin [her] life." After she does so, the graphic imagery of nuclear fallout leaves her traumatized and fearful of a nuclear strike.
- Foreshadowing: "Franken-Berry" contains a scene Mulberry asks Taffy if she remembers the time they searched for the History Eraser Button, but after Jack says he doesn't, Mulberry remembers that comic won't appear at Platypus Comix for another seven months.
- Global Ignorance: Mary attempts to attract tabloids in "Prison Broke" by landing herself in jail. However, things don't go as planned, so she asks Mulberry to come to Mexico and rescue her. It later turns out that Mary actually ended up in her family's California hotel.
- Go Seduce My Archnemesis: Mary Roach tells Mulberry that she treated her more nicely than usual in "Mulberry Sharona, Slayer of WASPs" in hopes that Mulberry will seduce a policeman that wouldn't accept Mary's bribes.
- Grand Theft Me:
- In "Obamadramarama," Mulberry's scheme to take control of Sarah Palin's body goes awry when she and her friends obtain the wrong hair sample, giving [[Hilary Clinton]] control over Mulberry's body.
- At one point in "Mulberry's Epic Yarn," Mulberry and Taffy find a room full of View-Masters that allow users to see from the perspective of a celebrity, and also control what that person says and does. Incidentally, Mulberry briefly uses one to finally control Sarah Palin.
- Heroic BSOD: Mulberry's reaction in "Murphy's Lawn" to the news that Brittany Murphy died.
- Here We Go Again: "Hielten Sich Für Captain Kirk" ends with Mulberry warning the leader of Iran not to watch Threads.
- Homage: "GameSaw" has a storyline kind of like Saw, except that the torture involves working at GameStop.
- Homage Shot: After getting shot by a bazooka in "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mulberry", Hayden Panettiere heals in a manner similar to that of the T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Taffy lampshades this by asking, "Cool! What other movies can you imitate with your body?"
- I Am Not Spock: In-universe Nice Character, Mean Actor Hayden Panettiere doesn't react kindly to Jack calling her, "Claire" in "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mulberry". Later, Kristen Bell asks a Veronica Mars fan not to call her, "Veronica Mars", since that show had died.note She does allow him to call her, "Elle", but only after she finishes getting into that role.
- Insistent Terminology: Mulberry, Taffy, and Jezebel insist in "Jeboozled" that men always refer to females as "women" instead of, "girls", although women can call each other girls.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha:
- Mulberry's battle with Hayden Panettiere in "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mulberry" includes some robots.note
- "The Game of Life" has Mulberry literally play the game by controlling a Deceptively Human Robot to find a career and love, among other things.
- Intoxication Ensues: The contents of Paula Abdul's Coke glass have this affect on Mulberry in "Scary Berry."
- Invisible Parents: Apparently, Mulberry's parents have spent so little time with her, she has forgotten what they look like. (Once, she nearly fell for George W. Bush's attempt to pull a Luke, I Am Your Father on her) Jack and Taffy have admitted to having parents, but they do not live on the Sharona estate.
- It's Been Done: Mulberry tries to find legendary objects in "Artifacting," released the same month as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but explorers from all areas of fiction beat her to each object she tries to find during the first nine pages.
- Jumping-On Point: Peter wrote "Hielten Sich Für Captain Kirk" especially to help acquaint BANG! readers with Mulberry's resourcefulness and possible lack of tolerance, in case some of them never visited Platypus Comix.
- Justified Criminal: In "Prison Broke", Mulberry learns that Mary's kidnappers only want better treatment while they work at the Roach Hotel. She decides to help them fulfill this desire.
- Justified Title: "Year Six" is explained as referring to the sixth year of George W. Bush's presidency, the time Mulberry has predicted will mark the Democrats' largest effort to get him impeached.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Early on in "Obamadramarama," Mulberry explains that whoever she will switch brains with later will not remember anything she did while in Mulberry's body, and instead assume she went unconscious for the duration of the switch.
- Last-Second Word Swap: After Mulberry fails in "Heiress A Parent" to convince the President of Television to lessen the amount of programs children can't watch, she exclaims, "Go to...a field of daisies!" after noticing one of her wards standing near her.
- Let's Get Dangerous: As a result of her interactions with Mulberry in "Year Six," Jenna Bush becomes more defiant and beats up terrorists who try to kill her sister.
- Lightmare Fuel:
- When the wards in "Heiress A Parent" start laughing wildly at news reports about the "weinergate" scandal, Taffy tells them about a PSA in which a man laughed so hard at dirty jokes, he turned into a donkey, then exploded. Taffy then asks the children if they want to die that way.
- The Mitty Bear from "The Game of Life."
- Lonely Rich Kid: Mulberry realizes she's one in "Mulberry's Surrogate Family," as Jack and Taffy prepare to visit their families for Christmas, and she confesses to them that her parents are never around.
- Made of Iron: "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mulberry" reveals Hayden Panettiere to have as much invincibility as her Heroes character, Claire Bennet.
- Malicious Misnaming: When Mulberry interviews Zooey Deschanel in "Mulberry's 2012 Fall TV Preview", she asks Mulberry to pronounce her name like, "Zoe". Instead, Mulberry calls her, "Zoo-ee".
- Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Fed up with all the Product Placement she must endure while watching Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in "If Ya Don't Eat Your Mulberry, Ya Can't Have Any Pudding! How Can Ya Have Any Pudding If Ya Don't Eat Your Mulberry??", Mulberry decides to unleash balloons of popular, completely random characters. The characters end up having an epic battle, until]] Santa Claus blows them up and makes candy rain down.
- Medium Blending: "Let's Scare Mary Roach to Death" combines character drawings with photographic backgrounds as Mulberry forces Mary to spend a night in the abandoned, decaying Dixie Square Mall.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
- By the end of "Artifacting," Mulberry has obtained the History Eraser Button before Indy and Lara, and even turned John Kricfalusi into less of an egomaniac. Unfortunately, she accidentally sits on the History Eraser Button, seemingly erasing history in the process.
- At the end of "Heiress A Parent", Mulberry decides to directly remind Pitt's and Jolie's children that TV doesn't always accurately teach right from wrong, especially when sex and/or violence become involved. However, after the children assure Mulberry that they won't follow Barney's pornographic-sounding suggestion for a Google image search, Mulberry tells them, "Remember, this is the same TV that keeps telling you Santa Claus is real!" The children don't seem to react kindly to this.
- Mulberry learns in "Mulberry's 2012 Fall TV Preview" that Community is getting Screwed by the Network as revenge for her ticking off an NBC executive.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The technicians of the torrent website in "Jack the Ripper" resemble Gabe and Tycho.
- Nonstandard Character Design:
- Noodle Incident:
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Everything Mulberry did to ruin UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton's life in "Obamadramarama".
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Mulberry wears eight in "Let's Scare Mary Roach to Death", including one of "some bum person". Mary doesn't see through any of them until the end, when Mystery, Inc. explains everything to her.
- Perpetual Beta: The second half of "Prison Broke" and "Obamadramarama" received black-and-white releases in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and still haven't been colored in.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Taffy has rarely done any housecleaning onscreen. Possibly justified if Mulberry's adventures leave her with not enough time to do her work.
- Pop Culture Pun Episode Title: Too many examples to list here.
- Punny Name: In "Mul/Kerry/Bush," Taffy remarks that if Mulberry were George W. Bush's daughter, her name would be "Mulberry Bush." After combining Bush with John Kerry,Mulberry decides to name her creation "Mulkerrybush" as a variation on the name.
- Refusal of the Call: Having raised the possibility on the third page of "Franken-Berry" that some zombies want to revisit their loved ones instead of eat brains, Mulberry initially refuses the opportunity to fight zombies at a TV commercial studio. She caves in two panels later.
- Schmuck Bait: Taffy falls for some in "Death By Captain and Tenille" when she buys a bottle of perfume promising to contain Britney Spears' favorite smell. The perfume came from when Britney was still married to Kevin Federline, so it smells like his armpit.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Non-Idle Rich girl Mulberry manages to pull off such schemes as messing with Presidential elections and staging a fight between Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Mulberry and her friends investigate Mexico and Russia while searching for Mary Roach in "Prison Broke", only to find that she and her kidnappers never left Seven Springs.
- Shocking Swerve: In-universe: Mulberry has to come up with one for Brittany's Murphy's final movie in "Murphy's Lawn," since it originally had No Ending. When the movie comes out with her ending attached, all the viewers seem amazed and satisfied with the twist.
- Skintone Sclerae
- Something Completely Different:
- "Mulberry's 2004 Fall TV Preview" consists of Mulberry and Jack promoting mostly non-existent shows and commercials to the readers.
- "Faces and Places" has Mulberry inexplicably hosting her own talk show and interviewing an animation veteran.
- Spoof Aesop: Mulberry gives one in "Mulberry Sharona, Slayer of WASPs".
Mulberry: What's the problem, boys?
Boy: Our ball just went over that fence! And it's our only ball!
Mulberry: Then I hope you've learned your lesson! This is what you get when you choose to play outside instead of sitting indoors playing video games!
Boys: We're sorry. It won't happen again!
- Start My Own: "Death By Captain and Tenille" (sic) has Mulberry try to skip over the tedious process of airport security by buying her own airplane.
- Stating the Simple Solution: In "Jack the Ripper", Mulberry uses disguise and deception to free Jack from prison. Afterward, he asks Mulberry why she didn't just pay the bail. She answers, "This way was more fun!"
- The Stinger: The last page of "A Terrible Fate" cuts to white after Mulberry proclaims, "Now if you don't mind, I'm going to go outside and play with my rare defect amiibo of Mega Man with Mario's butt where his arm-gun should be!" After that, Mulberry runs into the thief of her 3DS again, but he declares that her amiibo doesn't seem worth stealing.
Thief: Mega Man obviously defeated Mario, and acquired his weapon! It might not be a defect at all when you think about it! Yeah, I have no interest in it!
- Subverted Catchphrase: "Mulberry's Epic Yarn" does this after Taffy expresses a fear of exploring "Weirder Than Sid and Marty Krofft Woods". Admiral Ackbar from Return of the Jedi pops in, not to warn her, "It's a trap!", but rather to tell her, "It's perfectly safe!"
- Sudden Name Change: Taffy had the name, "Tiff," until 2012.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: "Mulberry's Surrogate Family" has Mulberry declare The Star Wars Prequel Holiday Special superior to not only The Star Wars Holiday Special and the Star Wars prequels, but the original Star Wars trilogy.
- Take That:
Jack: So, what are your picks for the 2009 Fall television season?
Nothing! TV is past its prime! It's a dinosaur! Your evening entertainment is much better gathered from the Internet! I'll be spending my
vegetative time looking at pictures of LOLCats
- A Taste Of Their Own Medicine: In "GameSaw," Mulberry subjects the CEO of GameStop to working at one of his own stores.
- Title Drop: In "Death By Captain and Tenille," Mulberry exclaims the issue's title after an airport security guard explains that he cannot allow vinyl records on the plane because someone could behead others with them.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Mary refuses to thank Mulberry for saving her at the end of "Prison Broke", because Mulberry decided to fulfill the kidnappers' desires first.
- Very Special Episode: "Murphy's Lawn" was promoted as one.
- Victory Is Boring: Mulberry successfully helps DD become President of the United States in "The Game of Life," then nonchalantly stands up and walks away, giving Jack a turn at the controller.
- Wolverine Publicity: Peter has announced that if his books ever reach the point where he created Mulberry Sharona, each volume will contain her name in the title.note
- All Just a Dream: "The Holiday Issue" is all just a pitch Mulberry makes for a possible Christmas Episode of her series.
- Author Avatar: Mulberry usually fills this role, but one of the minor characters in "Friendship is Voodoo"-Jeff, the "Socially Impaired Penniless Cartoonist"- does as well.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In "Friendship is Voodoo", Mulberry tries to make new friends at a coffee bar, but everyone becomes too distracted with their tablets to chat. One of her failed attempts to get their attention involves exclaiming that a meteor will destroy the bar, muttering, "...I wish!" afterward. Right after she leaves, a meteor actually crushes the bar and its patrons.
- Big Applesauce: Mulberry spends "The Holiday Issue" visiting New York City.
- Brick Joke: In "Coporatocracy", a salesman at the Comcast Store tries to pressure Jack into buying some Comcast cottage cheese, even though he doesn't want any. At checkout, Jack gets charged for buying some cottage cheese, and fails to find enough time to dispute the charge through customer service. Later, a jet targets its laser at Jack, and the salesman pops out of the plane to explain that Jack hasn't yet paid the charges for 370 buckets of cottage cheese.
- Broken Record: A Comcast commercial in "Mulberry's Wraparounds" consists entirely of the CEO repeating the word, "XFINITY", much to the viewers' annoyance.
- Celebrity Resemblance:
- "Game of Homes" has an apartment-or rather, Microapartment-building owner who resembles Peter Dinklage. A café owner points this out, and Mulberry agrees with her.
- In "Friendship is Voodoo", Mulberry gets mistaken for Aubrey Plaza.
- Character Blog: Mulberry had one to promote BANG!. In August 2013, Peter Paltridge took it over.
- Christmas Episode: "The Holiday Issue"
- Comically Missing the Point: Mulberry holds a "Greatest Person Alive" Award Show in "First World Problems", and tells viewers to answer via the Internet. To her dismay, some Trolls declare Adolf Hitler the winner. The foremost reason Taffy sees not to give Hitler the prize money concerns the fact that he's not alive.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: In "Mulberry's Wraparounds", Mulberry and her friends act rather terrified at their inability to fast-forward commercials when watching TV live, instead of on their DVR. The stupidity of the following ads makes their fears seem justified.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Mulberry Killed the Brenda Starr" has Taffy announce "The first all-Taffy issue of BANG!" However, Mulberry admits that she forgot about promising Taffy the whole issue, and already gave most of it to the other contributors. Consequently, Taffy only ends up getting one page to herself, most of which she spends recapping "GameSaw".
- Deliberately Monochrome: The drawings look black and white, not unlike the other comics featured in BANG!
- Deus ex Machina: Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation saves Mulberry from getting killed by Mitt Romney in "The Holiday Issue".
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Mulberry does this in "First World Problems" after saying that a Madonna song sounded good.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Jack has no role in "Game of Homes," so when he pops up in one of the other BANG! columns, he asks, "Why is this my only appearance this issue?"
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Game of Homes" begins with Mulberry and Taffy eating at a café with a sign reading, "Best Burgers Ever". Taffy comments that the burgers live up to that claim.
- Global Ignorance: When Mulberry and her friends visit Portland, Oregon in "Mulberry Killed the Brenda Starr":
- Hair-Trigger Temper: "Mulberry's Wraparounds" portrays the title character of The Legend of Korra as constantly upset at anyone and anything that seems to try to boss her around. In the same comic, Mulberry eventually gets so fed up of the stupid commercial breaks, she smashes the TV with a baseball bat.
- Humans Are Bastards: By attending Vess MacMeal's Friendship Academy in "Friendship is Voodoo", Mulberry learns that friends tend to unexpectedly separate, mooch off of each other, and refuse to listen to each other's emotional problems.
- Hypocritical Humor: At the end of "Mulberry's Wraparounds", Taffy asks how they can avoid obnoxious commercials if they turn up everywhere. Jack answers, "Let's use our WINDOWS PRODUCTS to find the answer!"
- Irony: In "First World Problems", Mulberry wins $10,000 in a Name That Tune-esque Radio Contest, which she entered only because she became fed up with having to listen to people incorrectly name the song.note Since she already has plenty of cash to spare, she decides to give the money to someone who desperately needs more. It ends up going back to one of the radio station's DJs, who also gave Mulberry false reasons (partially ripped off of "The Christmas Shoes") for needing it.
- It Makes Sense in Context: The fifth page of "Game of Homes", located on page 11 of its BANG! issue, begins with a text box reading this:
For those of you who opened this paper to the middle portion and are now wondering why Tyrion Lannister
is living in a dinky apartment next to a group of rowdy fratboys, that's what you get for skipping ahead. Nothing but confusion!
Go back and read this issue properly, from page one, like we suggested in the first place. Go on!
- Lonely Rich Kid: "Friendship is Voodoo" explores Mulberry's struggles in trying to make more friends.
- Mega Corp.: "Coporatocracy" portrays a scenario in which Comcast owns America.
- Mood Whiplash: "The Holiday Issue" begins with Jack promising the readers a heartwarming holiday story, only to get interrupted with news that New York must become vacated in preparation for a hurricane.
- Multi-Part Episode: "Coporatocracy" seems divided between the November 2014 and (month TBA) 2015 issues of BANG!
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: "First World Problems" has one regarding news of Katy Perry endorsing a line of fake eyelashes.
- Older Is Better: "Mulberry Killed the Brenda Starr" has some waxing for the glory days of printed newspapers, as well as a brief piece of praise for independent video stores.
- Our Slogan Is Terrible: A Taco Bell commercial in "Mulberry's Wraparounds" bears the slogan, "Our ads are stupid! Just like you!"
- Parody Commercials: "Mulberry's Wraparounds" includes several.
- Pop Culture Pun Episode Title: Too many examples to list here.
- Real Life Writes the Plot:
- "Mulberry Killed the Brenda Starr" sees Mulberry and her friends consider buying the former Portland, Oregon headquarters of the periodical The Oregonian, which recently lost those offices due to cuts performed by the corporate sponsors.
- "Things I Actually Saw at Rose City Comic-Con" recreates occurrences and experiences that Peter had at the eponymous convention.
- Peter based the Microapartment building owner's scheme in "Game of Homes", to build an apartment building with no parking lot or individual kitchens, on the activities of the proprietor of a complex in Portland.
- Repurposed Pop Song: One part of "Mulberry's Wraparounds" has Mulberry lament (by quoting This Very Wiki) that Blondie's "One Way or Another" gets used in advertising so often, she can't hear it without thinking of one of the many moronic commercials that played it. This segues into a collection of other examples of Repurposed Pop Songs, at least some of which actually happened.note
- Shaggy Dog Story: During the last page of "Things I Actually Saw at Rose City Comic-Con", Mulberry notices her phone missing. She proceeds to borrow someone else's phone to call a ride home, then tell a policeman who she suspects of stealing hers. When Taffy comes to pick Mulberry up, she notices her phone in the back seat of the car, and realizes it must have fallen out of her pocket before the convention.
- Stepford Smiler: Among other pieces of discouraging advice Mulberry receives from attending Vess MacMeal's Friendship Academy in "Friendship is Voodoo", Vess encourages students to suppress negative emotions, instead of ask friends for comfort.
- Take That: "First World Problems" has Justin Bieber get denied an invitation to Mulberry's Greatest Person Alive Award Show.
- A Taste Of Their Own Medicine: "Game of Homes" has Mulberry challenge the propietor of a cheap residential complex to live among the tenants for a week.
- Tempting Fate: While getting pursued by a Sinister Silhouette in "The Holiday Issue", Mulberry comments, "I don't see how this day could get any-", shutting herself up before she can say the word, "worse." She then nearly gets engulfed in a hurricane.
- Trade Snark: When Taffy mentions Bing in "Mulberry's Wraparounds", a trademark symbol appears next to the name.
- Uncle Pennybags: "First World Problems" has Jack and Taffy use Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a female example.
She must do something with that Seinfeld
syndication money, right? She doesn't even need it! Taffy:
Yeah! She must have funded like, forty hospitals by now! Jack:
She's NOT reading this, knock it off!
- Yank the Dog's Chain: "Friendship is Voodoo" has two of Mulberry's seemingly successful attempts at making a new friend fall flat. First, her new Black Best Friend becomes too preoccupied to talk to her again. Later, she strikes a geeky conversation with some other guests at a party, only to learn that they're actually Portlandia cast members who mistook her for Aubrey Plaza.