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is a gaming webcomic by Jo Pereira. Originally centering on the RED and BLU Teams' endless battle in
Team Fortress 2
, it later branched out to
taking place in
Left 4 Dead
, or one-shot comics based on other games. The latter is now the comic's primary focus, featuring metagaming issues from whatever game Jo thinks is most controversial at the time. What sets it apart from
is its art, which is
, dangerously cute, and
somewhat inappropriate for a scenario involving two factions trying to murder each other
, as well as for the fact that the comic is quite capable of telling a story without any dialogue (though more recent arcs have been using more
Recurring characters include the TF2 cast, expanded to include gender-swaps and chibi versions of several characters, the female BLU Engineer Engie-tan who plays and comments on games when off-the-clock and the
, which takes the form of a purple tentacle. Be aware that the comic provides generous servings of fanservice occasionally, making it somewhat
Not Safe for Work
Tropes include: 8.8: This comic suggests EGM's score of 9 for , while the Metacritic average is 4.6, is due to Aliens: Colonial Marines plain old bribery. All Men Are Perverts: The Team Fortress crew? Mostly. Mario especially. Which leads to.... All Women Are Lustful: The ladies are just as willing as the men. Almost Kiss: Dammit, Scout! And I Must Scream: Female Shepard probably shouldn't have used the Renegade option when backtalking the author. Animesque: Sweat Drop? Check. Cross-Popping Veins? Check. Corner of Woe? Check. Luminescent Blush? Check... Art Evolution: The November 22nd 2011 comic had much more detailed shading than previous ones (and Engie-tan dressed like an actual Engineer for a change). Anti-Role Model: When Jo kicks Engie out of the house and tells her to go her own way, she goes to Minette for help. Normally she doesn't like Minette, and that's still the case; Engie went to her for help because she's just an NPC. She was on the ballot when Skullgirls fans voted on new playable characters for the game, but she didn't win. Engie thinks this makes her a total loser, and so she should study Minette to know what ''not'' to do. The Artifact: The comic does very little with nowadays, but the BLU Engie-tan still remained the female lead, and when she's replaced it's with four other TF2-tans. Team Fortress 2 Artistic License: Jo took one look at Raven from and draws her with a completely different face, which he calls " Injustice: Gods Among Us artistic liberty". Author Avatar: The Engineer with short, red hair. She appears more often than the other TF2-tans and is used as Jo Pereira's avatar for Twitter and deviantART. Also, in this strip and various Mass Effect 2 strips. Badass Adorable: Mini Medic-Tan when she gets her Heavy training. Badass Old School Gamer: In a mini-arc, Grandpa wants to show the noob kids how it's done, but he fails... note Badass in a Nice Suit: Anti-Mage, Slardar and Vengeful Spirit are getting ready to push while looking like The Mafia. Bad Bad Acting: Engie-tan in "Take One", although it's mainly because she just isn't trying. Bag of Kidnapping: Engie-tan gets snatched with one in the very beginning of the comic. Batman Gambit: "Master Plan". Be Careful What You Wish For: Sniper snatches the canteen upgrade, intent on showing who the "true credit" is to the team...and RED Medic-tan admits it really works. He later shows his worth with a Critical Hit in the RPG though. Cammy complains about how sexist her clothing is compared to the guys, and wants to switch so they know how it feels. The one who takes up her offer is Zangief, who wears even less than she does. Beastmaster sends his hawk pet to spy on some of the girls bathing in the hot springs and asks it to take pictures of "hot chicks". It was probably best to not ask a bird for that, as it takes pictures of the Skywrath Mage. In DOTA 2, the Skywrath Mage is essentially a harpy, who happens to be very beautiful, and . male Berserk Button: NEVER ask Alek if her DOTA team, Empire, will win the International. Her Russian pride will kick in.
"What you mean by 'chance?' Do you think team is weak? You dare to mock Glorious Empire???
RUSSIAN DOTA IS BEST DOTA!" Berserker Tears: He loved that doctor. Beware the Nice Ones: Jo in "Sodium Overload", big time. Bishōnen: A fix suggested by Engie-tan for Heavy. Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Steam-tan. Her true love is money. Of course, this is returned in kind. Bi the Way: BLU Engie-tan. Bittersweet Ending: Drone-tan being forced to become a Hatchery, with some overlap with Heartwarming Moment. Bizarre Alien Biology: What the Lanius think of other races in the galaxy for requiring oxygen. Blush Sticker Body Paint: When Jane loses a bet and has to do fan service for Jo, he chooses Cortana, a holographic projection of a nude blue woman; so Jo pulls out a can of blue paint. Bottom of the Barrel Joke: Hat jokes. Lampshaded here. Also, "can't think of anything to draw" comics. Usually, these involve short conversations between the author and Engie-tan, or Engie-tan briefly taking over the comic. Bound and Gagged: Blue Engi in an early arc. Fortunately, Pyro's knowledge of muffle speak allowed him to understand her. Brain Bleach: You've seen it, Now you can't unsee it. Breaking Bad News Gently: Engie uses a From Bad to Worse scenario, then reveals the "worse" part ( ) was a gag so that the "bad" part ( she's pregnant DRM and real money auction house in ) doesn't seem so bad. Diablo III Break the Cutie: Drone-tan's first arc. Breast Expansion: 2-up. Brick Joke: Harking back to Meet the Demoman, the Sniper, after ticking off Demo-tan, is being stitched back together... "In Hell!" Broken Aesop: After Engie gambles Jo's hat on a DOTA game, and , Red is worried that she's learning the wrong lesson. Jo doesn't care as he's loaded with the winnings. wins Brutal Honesty: Morgan gives this in the E3 2014 coverage with Tenta-Jo, who then realizes this might not be the best approach... Win Back the Crowd: and Anne-Marie is brought in to praise the upcoming events (which might be more for the fanbase than her predecessor). Even if her own Wildstar stream wasn't like Morgan's. Not So Different: Even with the tell-it-like-it-is approach., Morgan later reveals the ONE E3 game that got her excited was "No Man's Sky." Bullying a Dragon: Jane's gotten on Jo's bad side three times. See Worth It for details. Butt Monkey: The Sniper. Back during the Sniper VS Spy Update, there was a string of comics with the Spy being far superior to the Sniper. He then later pissed of a RED Demogirl, and... it ended badly. Cam Whore: Anne-Marie does this to get a game for free and embezzle the money that Jo gave her to buy it. Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : A public service announcement about playing a Blizzard game without an authenticator. Cardiovascular Love: Heart Symbol imagery appears all the time. Cat Fight: The BLU and RED Engie-tans can't settle things with words...so they get physical. Cat Girl: Anne-Marie cosplays as one here for her fanbase. Chainmail Bikini: Subverted here where Engie starts out wearing one but asks for a more realistic suit of armor. Christmas Episode: For Frostivus, Crystal Maiden tells Tiny he shouldn't kill Pugna, as it is the time of truce, celebration and giving presents. So Tiny gives Pugna a lovely gift-wrapped boulder, delivered at 9.8 m/s 2. Clingy Jealous Girl: Origin-tan. Comedic Sociopathy: Comically Missing the Point: Jo sent Matt Bozon a sketch of Engie asking Shantae for an autograph, handing her a marker, and opening her top. Matt sent back a picture of Shantae autographing the marker. Competition Freak: Jane, even when Jo makes her do Fanservice, she insists her fan service has to be better than Morgan's. Cool Down: As demonstrated here, Yurnero jumps back and forth between Dirty Coward and The Juggernaut depending on whether Omnislash is available. Cool Old Guy: The old man from the Noob arc. Contrived Clumsiness: Jo explains that he "accidentally" uploaded a video of Anne-Marie in the changing room, but she doesn't exactly buy it. Corner of Woe: This one. Can't really blame the Medic for it; over more or less the entire arc, things were going really, really badly for him. Good thing the enemy heavy was sympathetic. Covert Pervert: Jane's reaction to the video of Anne-Marie in the changing room: "A Brazilian stripe, Anne? How bold!" Creator Cameo: Here. Brain Bleach is that way. Critical Hit: The Sniper rolls a 20 on a d20 in BLU Engie-tan's RPG to do a TWANG-Headshot. Cross Over: Neon Fortress Senterion, anyone? Cross Player: Jo here. Cultural Translation: "Localization". Cute Little Fangs: Zergling-tans. Cute Monster Girl: The Zerg. No, seriously. Dating Catwoman: The Engie-tans from the opposite teams are pretty much together by now. Day In The Life: The "Get A Game" strips. Alek, Morgan and Anne-Marie were given money to buy a game for their day's strip. Alek bought one with a free Team Fortress hat, and Morgan got one that was the "Nostalgia Goggles Edition"... while Anne-Marie got her online fanbase to buy the game for her and pocketed the money for herself instead. The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Jane got upset she didn't get a "Get a Game" strip, but Jo points out her strip would have been a predictable Call of Duty joke, and instead gave her some Character Development as Jane got to show her relationship with Morgan (she razzed Morgan for being a "lefty"). Since that explanation left Jo without time for a proper joke, Jane agreed to do some Cammy cosplay (which also showed she had a rivalry with Morgan in being Ms. Fanservice). Deep-Immersion Gaming: From kill reports, chat channels, and the fact that they occasionally change classes/games, the two teams are obviously in a video game, though their players are never shown. Depraved Dentist: We don't see her in action, but what would you expect from Akasha the Queen of Pain. Does This Remind You of Anything?: This short arc about a newbie video game princess's first kidnapping. Double Standard : note Of the non-gender-issues related variety. Downer Ending: The arc. Mega Man 9 Dramatically Missing the Point: After gambling away her and Red's clothes, Jo scolds Engie about gambling, only for her to come to a different conclusion. Jo: Hope you learned your lesson. When you bet sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Dynamic Difficulty: Just as BLU Engie was about to kill a boss in , RED Engie joins her game, causing the dynamic difficulty to kick in, boosting the almost dead boss enough to squash BLU like a bug. Diablo III Early-Installment Weirdness: It started as a story-driven comic, but it's mostly a gag-a-day general gaming comic now. Team Fortress 2 Easter Bunny: When Lina and Crystal Maiden are painted in Playboy Bunny outfits by Jo, Engie thinks he's doing the Easter comic with them as the Easter Bunnies. Jo accepts this. Engrish: The creator is Brazilian and English is not his first language. This comes across occasionally. Et Tu, Brute?: Morgan takes Jane to court for libel and slander over the Steam tags, and Alek looks like she's going to act as defense. However, Alek is also pissed off at Jane for hinting that Alek's breasts weren't real, and sides with the prosecution instead of defending Jane. Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The characters get referred to by their class names with their Team Fortress 2 Distaff Counterparts similarly so... until it was lampshaded with four of the female classes receiving actual names. Engie-tan was not among their number. Even Evil Has Standards: The American Violent Gamer may be violent, but he doesn't violate women. Only Japanese gamers do. Even the Girls Want Her: Red haired Engie-tan. Exact Words: Riot Games received complaints that all of the females in were "barely clothed bimboes with big boobies". The artist's response is to create Jinx, a barely clothed bimbo who is as flat as a board. League of Legends Exiled to the Couch: That's what BLU Engie gets for gambling away her and RED's clothes. Expy: The most recent one is how one Engie-tan resembles Rei. Fake Boobs: Jane uses a Steam tag to mark Aleksandrina's chest with the text " not a real boobie". Alek insists they're real and that Jane is just jealous. Fanservice: With a huge engineered lampshade. Fan Disservice: Fastball Special: Tiny throws his teammate at Slark to take him down. Fiery Redhead: Engie-tan. French Jerk: Guess who. Fridge Logic: In universe, coupled with Eureka Moment: Dr. Wily finds a strategy to exploit Mega Manning. Fully-Clothed Nudity: After the Anti-Mage vs. Void arc, the next strip shows Jane playing a game in her underwear. When Morgan tells her the arc is over and it's back to them, Jane immediately covers herself. This is the same Jane who put on Cammy's leotard for some fan service. Gag Echo: Commander Shepard returns Councilor Sparatus' air-quotes. Gambler's Fallacy: Engie interprets "sometimes you win, sometimes you lose" to mean that if you lose, then a win must be right around the corner. Gameplay and Story Segregation: This comic lampshades the impossibility of the Engineer's feats in the actual game as a punchline. This comic shows how Gameplay and Story Integration, works against . With the Horde engaged in civil war, Engie tries to convince King Varian that now is the perfect time to pick off the Horde races from the sidelines, starting with the Forsaken. But because the gameplay dictates there must be a Horde, Varian goes with an World of Warcraft Enemy Mine situation to help one half of the Horde fight the other, and gives no reason why. Genius Bruiser: The Heavy, apparently. Genre Savvy: Lydia knew enough about both sides of the Fur Against Fang debate to know which one she wanted Engie-Tan to go to. Genre Shift: " She Was Just Level One" is a pretty grim and gritty story for a comic that normally runs on the Rule of Cute. Gilligan Cut: Engie and Jo are wondering if will ever get out of Starbound beta. Engie: At this point I just hope they release the game before space exploration becomes reality. Space Engie: Nope, still not released. Girl on Girl Is Hot: The author does enjoy drawing lesbian make-out scenes every now and then, and again, and again, and again... It seems Pyro and Demoman in the third comic agree. Scout probably agrees also, he's just impatient. Invoked by Chun-Li and Cammy who use themselves as bait. Glory Days: Azwraith was a top carry in , but has since been relegated to "pub tier" DOTA 2 , passed over for note Slithice. Good News, Bad News: The good news is your friends are dumping the crappy 3rd edition of D&D, the bad news is you have to buy the 4th edition books to keep up. And then the 5th edition comes out. Goofy Print Underwear: Considering they're being worn by Pyro, you can probably guess what they are... Grass Is Greener: Some gaming ladies dream of being on the other side of the fence. Princesses Peach and Zelda dream of being the heroes in their respective games, while Bayonetta dreams of being a captive princess. Griefer: Jane and Alek know that the most fun to be had in is to reach the enemy base, but instead of destroying the Ancient to win the game, they DOTA 2 spawn camp the other team for the rest of the match. Hands Go Down: Concerning uses of the new Kinect system. Happy Place: Anne-Marie's favorite team, i.e. the one she bet her rares on, didn't make the DOTA International Grand Finals. She retreats to her happy place and imagines that they won. Head Pet: Heavy Weapons Guy needs to go Scout to deliver a message, but doesn't have a helmet. Mini-Medic wants to tag along. The solution is obvious. Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: When Engie puts on a full suit of armor she leaves out the helmet, suggesting that she'll rely on Plot Armor. Heroes Want Redheads: Holy Arceus! A shiny Pikachu! Hikikomori / Crazy Survivalist: This strip. Hipster: Morgan, or at least it's how Jane portrays her, at the very least, she's into the indie gaming scene. Hospital Hottie: RED Medic-Tan (she's dressed like a nurse) and Anne-Marie in "She Cares" when to back up Morgan she goes from Spyette to Medic. Hotter and Sexier: It's Team Fortress plus anime babes. Humiliating Wager: After crushing Jo in Skullgirls, Jane sweetens the pot to lure him into another Curb-Stomp Battle. Unfortunately, she offered to do some Fanservice if he wins, which motivates him to destroy her. Idea Bulb: This comic. Ignore the Fanservice: When Anne-Marie notices that her Fanservice-filled stream isn't getting many hits, she thinks it's because WildStar some skanky bitch is showing her tits to steal viewers. But it turns out to be Morgan's totally non-fanservice series on player housing. Incompatible Orientation: Sakura has just turned 18 and wanted to celebrate with Ryu, who would rather spend the day with Sagat. Innocent Fanservice Girl: Slithice always goes around topless, apparently because nobody told her about the surface dress code. Slardar pings her to try to warn her about it all the time... but when he said "top is missing" she just mistook it for lane instructions. Innocent Innuendo: What were you expecting? Irony: Situational, noted in the News Post under Strip 297, the end of the "Nerf" arc. It's Easy, so It Sucks: Jo is complaining that patch 1.0.5 has made much easier, complete with Diablo-Tan presenting loot on a silver platter. Engie asks if the game is more fun than when it was Diablo III It's Hard, so It Sucks, and he sheepishly admits that it is. Happens again with the 2.0.1 patch; this time it's Jane complaining that has been ruined in trying to appeal to stupid casual gamers, like Morgan. Morgan disagrees on the "ruined" part. Diablo III I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Heavy Weapons Guy and Heavy Weapons Girl compete for the Medic's affections. When Medic chooses HWGirl, HWGuy leaves so as not to come between them. I Warned You: When the Engies go out on a camping trip, BLU-Engie brings along her DS and extra batteries while RED brings "her spirit of adventure". When nature dumps a rainstorm on them, keeping them in their tent, BLU rubs it in when RED admits she's bored. Jerkass: The Sniper. The Jinx: When Jo asks the Engies what their favorite teams are, he reveals that every team he roots for seems to disband shortly after. He then wants to root for a team that is not doomed to fail, and the girls try to get him to support each others team. DOTA Kawaisa: Sleeping Zerglings. Dawwwww. Kiss of the Vampire: 's Lydia is asked what Engie-tan should afflict herself with: lycanthropy or vampirism. Lydia suffers often from Skyrim Video Game Cruelty Potential and she knows that eventually Engie-tan is going to eat her. So she chooses sensual neck nibbling over being ripped into pieces. Leave Him to Me: Anti-Mage vs. Faceless Void: both tell their teammates to stay out of it, until Void realizes AM is no pushover and calls for reinforcements. Leet Lingo: Jo wanted to do a "leet" comic for strip #1337, but decides it's too old to be relevant and then compares it to MIRC, which Jane doesn't even recognize. Lesbian Vampire: What Lydia imagines Dovahkin!Engie as. Limited Wardrobe: Averted to hell and back with Engie-tan who has a different (and extremely fanservicey) outfit in pretty much every comic. Loners Are Freaks: The original TF2 Sniper is a Butt Monkey due to his exaggerated loner reputation. Loot Drama: After the RED team beats Engie's tabletop RPG, she get revenge by giving out a single piece of loot and letting them argue over it. Lovable Sex Maniac: Redhead Engie-tan. Love Hurts: Several arcs go take the major relationships to dark places. Love Triangle: Major Injury Underreaction: Sometimes being aflame is just a chance to flirt. Or not. Medium Awareness: Sonic, in this comic. Too bad he was wrong about what to expect. Miser Advisor: Anne-Marie has been established as the one who'll do anything for a fast buck. Particularly if it involves providing fanservice. Moe Anthropomorphism: Drone-tan is genki about harvesting minerals, Zerglings and Hydralisks are Cute Monster Girls, and an Overlord is a Meganekko dangling from a balloon. The Zerg have never been more precious. The Protoss add their Probe-tan to the fray. And when a Probe and a Drone meet in the mineral fields, traditional harvesting isn't on their minds. Moment Killer: The first rule of peeping on two girls making out, don't yell at them to get on with it. Mook Horror Show: A variation. Ms. Fanservice: Engie-tan in the beginning, and presently Anne-Marie. Jane has two sure instances and one potential one: She acts as Cammy for one scene after Jo calms her down (Jane was upset she didn't have a "Get a Game" strip, but Jo wanted to do more than a predictable Callof Duty joke with her). She puts on "Pit Girl" Cosplay while Jo draws her. She gets a rematch in Skullgirls from Jo after she offers to do any cosplay he wants if he wins (she beat him in a Curb-Stomp Battle last time); cue Jo's "Let's Do This" and Jane's Oh Crap look. Samus Aran was afraid her so-called Character Development was turning her into this, but over a thousand strips later with her Zero Suit and Rocket Heels courtesy of Super Smash Bros. she's enjoying things more. Mugging the Monster: While any hero in DOTA 2 would qualify as a monster, a hero infested by N'aix the Lifestealer is a double threat. Mundane Made Awesome: Mineral Scan!!! Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Bangus the Endowed New Old Flame: Deus Ex, personified as Adam Jensen, to Engie-tan. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Nice job ruining Christmas, BLU Engie-tan... No Dialogue Episode: "Rainy Day" has no spoken dialogue, as does "Entire Team is Babies." Non-Mammal Mammaries: Defied by the female Wisp. Jo says he didn't add boobies because he'd then have to draw the male Wisp with a dick. Noodle Incident: So why does the comic start with 4 instead of 1? Nostalgia Filter: No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Engie's reaction to the PS4: meh. The PS3 got a rise out of her, even if it was rage over the price. Not Distracted by the Sexy: Heavy. Dammit, Heavy. Not Me This Time: When Jo first hears about the auction house closing in Diablo III, he at first thinks BLU Engie-tan was pranking him. Not What It Looks Like: Jo spills some ink on the floor and the Lusty Argonian Maid slips on it, falling on him; Engie comes in and it looks like the two are making out. The maid says this, but Engie sees the ink on the floor and deduces what really happened. Jo would rather people think they were making out, and tells Engie that's not what happened. NSFW: Parodied. Nude-Colored Clothes: Engie makes Lydia look like Pinkie Pie, which includes coloring her skin and clothes pink so she looks like an anthropomorphic Pinkie Pie wearing this. Obvious Beta: Apparently it's OK to sell unfinished products just by labeling it a "Beta". Oh Crap! There Are Fanfics of Us...: The Animal Crossing Village isn't happy about the Ax-Crazy Memetic Mutation the Super Smash Bros. community has given him. But it Could Be Worse, as the Wii Fit Trainer finds out. Older and Wiser: The Heavy after joining a team of "babies". Has shown elements of being a Papa Wolf as well. The old man from the "Noob" arc. One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Slardar saw that Slithice was going around topless and tried to warn her about the surface dress code, but when he said " top is missing" she just mistook it for a lane instruction. Only in It for the Money: Steam-tan and Anne-Marie. Parody of Evolution: This strip depicts an Engineer hunched over a turret, a somewhat short Pyro, a normal-size Soldier, and a Spy with a visible paper mask. PC vs. Console: Jo is a member of the PC master race, with the best hardware and the best software, it's a wonderful feeling that is overshadowed by the emptiness that he can't play the latest . Mario Kart Peek-a-Bangs: The Demogirl has these in lieu of an Eyepatch of Power. Pink Means Feminine: A fan asks Jo to create a female Wisp, essentially a blue ball of light, so he draws a pink ball of light. Political Cartoons: A number of comics feel like this, only with video game related topics. Poor, Predictable Rock: Tiny uses this to his advantage when playing Rock-Paper-Scissors. Being a golem, people assume he'll use rock, and counter with paper, so he goes scissors instead. Power Creep: Behold Excalibur, the legendary sword that is completely outclassed by quest loot in the next expansion. Power Perversion Potential: For the Kinect. Precocious Crush Medic-Tan has one on the Heavy. Produce Pelting / Torches and Pitchforks: Gamers' reaction to the Xbox One. Puppy-Dog Eyes: Only it's ''larva eyes'' for zergs. Put on a Bus: Both BLU and RED Engie-Tans. The Bus Came Back: BLU Engie-Tan's having the "Engie's Game" arc, but it's done every so often. Ragequit: In the Little Red Riding Hood episode. Read the Fine Print: When Morgan (formerly Demo-tan) officially joins the comic, her first comic has her doing Fanservice. She initially refuses, but Jo points to her contract, which needs a magnifying glass to read the tiny clause 34: she will do fanservice. Reality Ensues: Here, though instead of making the story more realistic, it's Played for Laughs. Rebus Bubble: Used for the dialogue-free arcs. Red Eyes, Take Warning: Anne-Marie gets them after Jo "accidentally" uploads a video of her in the changing room. Rescue Romance: The very first arc. And it doesn't work out for Pyro. Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: Started out as a series of story-line based dramedies before evolving into one-off comedy strips. Jo still does story arcs, but they tend to be much shorter and continuity has become harder to come by. Mostly because, as the most recent (and, as it happened, "last") arc proved, viewers prefer the stand-alone strips. Ripped from the Headlines: Just about each of the major Team Fortress 2 updates have garnered a reaction strip or three, but other examples include: Backstab, Karma, and Lottery. Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: On a rainy day, BLU Engie invites some REDs over for some tabletop gaming, as GM she's planning one of these. Roses Are Red: Violet is BLU Rule 63: The Team Fortress 2 classes are joined by attractive female couterparts. Russian Reversal: In Soviet Russia, Tetris plays YOU! Second Love: Sniper-tan to Pyro. Seen It All: This farmer is more annoyed than scared by the demons and undead. Self-Deprecation: "I got bored of butchering the english language. Now I butcher grammar in japanese too."  Serenade Your Lover: Sniper-tan confesses her love for Pyro by singing Never Gonna Give You Up. Short Range Shotgun: Discussed. Shout-Out: To Plants vs. Zombies, with the Peashooter in all of the Left 4 Dead arcs. Shout-Out / Memetic Mutation: #300 Signed Up for the Dental: How the Umbrella Corporation lured scientists to work on their illegal virus experiments. Slippery Slope Fallacy: In the early days of , World of Warcraft Blizzard changed the lore to allow female Night Elf druids, and one of the developers was worried that if they start messing around with the lore, where will they end up? 7 years later, Gnomes can be warriors, and there are Alliance shaman and Horde paladins. Smoke Shield: This strip, complete with Big Damn Heroes moment. The So-Called Coward: Faceless Void believes this of Anti-Mage, because the latter keeps running away from fights. The real reason is that he is in the middle of farming and wasn't ready to engage Void. By the time Void dismisses AM as a threat, AM has finished his farming and is off to buy gear. Speaking Like Totally Teen: In the commentary for strip #1337, Jo compares using leet today with "your dad trying to say some slangs to look cool". Spoof Aesop: Albeit a very modern and valid one. Stealth Pun: Tonight's special guest: Jeopardy! Dracula. Strawman News Media: Gaming journalism does not come off well. Though independent YouTube channels get it too. Whenever reviews are mentioned, expect it to be in the context of them being paid for by the game companies. Stripperiffic: The female characters' outfits can be Team Fortress 2 dangerous distractions. "Stop Having Fun" Guy: Apparently, the StarCraft scene is nothing but this. In other strips, SHFG's are depicted as grey-brown skinned cultists in purple robes with "Mr. Yuk" on them. Super-Deformed: Particularly the " Entire Team Is Babies" arc. Take a Third Option: When DOTA players want more DOTA comics and TF2 players want more TF2 comics, Jo makes a crossover. You can see Jo take a fourth option here. Take That: This comic makes a not-so-subtle jab at Twilight. Tempting Fate: The "Good Day" comics have someone discussing a plan or strategy, followed by someone else who exploited a flaw in the strategy writing a letter saying they had a good day. That One Player: Engie (in comic) and Jo (in real life) have low-level alts in so they can play with friends who aren't as far in the game as them. Unfortunately, being big fans of Diablo III Diablo, they often play with their alts and outlevel their friends, defeating the whole purpose. So is Jane, but she does it deliberately to annoy Morgan. The Internet Is for Porn: Jo appropriately renamed a Mozilla Firefox shortcut in this strip. There Are No Girls on the Internet: Inverted here. These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: Lesharc was once a wise man who sought enlightenment, and tried to divine the nature of the universe; he became note a perpetually angry centaur when he found out he's a character in a video game. They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Engie doesn't like because they replaced the Mighty No. 9 hardhat wearing Mettools with road cone robots. This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: When Omnislash is off Cool Down, Yurnero is the Juggernaut, Bitch! Throw the Dog a Bone: Crystal Maiden in " Good Day #4". Normally CM is a Crutch Character whose job is to weaken enemies so that her allies can rack up kills and earn gold and XP. When her allies head off with their gains to buy upgrades, she's left alone to defend a tower which get assaulted by some nearly dead creeps, letting her grab a few quick kills of her own. Title Drop: Here. Tsundere: Jack from . Mass Effect 2 Two Gamers on a Couch: Strips involving Jo and Engie-tan have this vibe to them. These strips become much more frequent as the comic progresses. Ungrateful Bastard: When Jane gets in over her head with a Humiliating Wager, Morgan bargains with Jo by offering to do a different sort of Fanservice. Jane sticks around to mock her for it. Useless Useful Spell: In the commentary for this comic, Jo mentions that the best form of crowd control is to nuke the enemy, and the best debuff is death. Visual Pun: When Jo holds up a stack of bills he has to pay, one of the sheets is a picture of Bill. War Has Never Been So Much Fun: Team Fortress, now with romance! Who Wears Short Shorts?: Engie-tan. Woman Scorned: BLU Sniper discovers that RED Demo-tan doesn't take rejection well. World's Smallest Violin: Requiem. Worth It: Jane is getting into the habit of taunting Jo, and learns nothing from the punishment, usually claiming this. Wrench Wench: Engie-tan, of course. Wretched Hive: Sarasa Land. Yandere: Everyone. Yank the Dog's Chain: A reader e-mailed Jo asking for a comic that didn't treat the Sniper like a Butt Monkey; so he throws a party with hot babes for... another Sniper. Your Cheating Heart: Pyro and Sniper-Tan both cheat on each other and regret it.