Webcomic / Nip and Tuck


Nip And Tuck is one of Ralph Hayes, Jr.'s webcomics (Goblin Hollow and Tales of the Questor are among his others).

The main focus is on Nip and Tuck Todd, two fox brothers of the somewhat loopy Malarky County, located somewhere (judging by the cast's accents) in the southern USA. Throughout the series, the brothers get mixed up in various hijinx, including babysitting a pair of rival budding evil geniuses, accidentally entering Tuck's girlfriend into a porno photoshoot, helping a rookie journalist try to prove the existence of the local lake monster to the world, training a junior boxer to fight the town bully, and even MST-ing Nip's movies.

The strip has started up again after a long period of hiatus (with a cameo from the characters in Goblin Hollow at one point), but the storyline regarding the financial problems of the Purloined Letters Studio has been put on hold for the time being.

You can find it here. The first ones are also collected in three volumes.

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This comic provides examples of:

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Gus the turtle, who owns the military surplus store. (Turtles are literally the only species in any of the author's comics to get this trope, which is understandable given how much a turtle's shell covers and how hard it is to cover.)
  • All-Natural Snake Oil
  • Asleep for Days: The effect of the medicine.
  • Author Tract: Taken to great lengths with various attacks on environmentalism, feminism and liberalism in general right from the first couple of pages.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Most of Malarkey County, though Gus Guthrie and Gilly are usually the ones who wear shoes. (Plus occasional guest characters, such as that crazy cat at the bus station.)
  • Beautiful All Along: Played straight with Thelma here, with help from Tuck. Then again, Tuck admits that he had feelings for Thelma from the very beginning and had no idea how to deal with those emotions.
    • A bit with Zelda Porcupine as well.
  • Brain Bleach: Nip learns to take care when admiring photos from a time before you were born.
  • Bullet Time: Parodied once here.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gilly Gopher.
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: And according to Tuck, their pet cat is running up credit on some more.
  • The Cavalry: Nip is tied up and about to be beaten by a bunch of Gus's friends when the Ladies Division of the Indy Wrestling Foundation, whom he'd called earlier, show up.
  • Chess Master: Nip Todd and Eugene Possum have shades of this. Most notably Nip's plots to humiliate Gus, Charlie, and Michael Moby.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Whether it's knocking Gilly out with a board or electrocuting a reporter, this is pretty common. Slightly subverted, in that Tuck doesn't approve of such methods.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Lampshaded here during a Show Within a Show.
  • Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Subverted by Rebel Cry.
  • Creepy Child: Tagger on occasion.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Zelda vs Moby here. A verbal rather than a physical beatdown, but no less overwhelming for that.
  • Curious as a Monkey: Hortense's niece
  • D-Cup Distress: Candy (a waitress at recently-opened bar "Green Chicks") is notably buxom, and she's only working there to save up for a breast reduction surgery. The backaches alone are making the expense worthwhile.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The Tod brothers tend to take this attitude when dealing with things they find either utterly stupid or utterly hilarious — or both, as in the recent poke at the feminist slogan, "My Vagina Has A Voice". Hilarity Ensues, though radical feminist Estelle is starting to foam at the mouth...
  • Department of Child Disservices: Tagger's family after their son aces an aptitude test. Oh, the torture.
    Tuck: Well, I s'pose you're learning all sorts o' new things...
    Tagger: Yeah. I learned tofu gives you th' scoots.
  • Determinator: Bandit during a boxing match against a pig a lot bigger than him. He gets beaten to a pulp and still refuses to drop for a while.
    • Gilly Gopher is also one. While others would have realized long ago that Malarkey County isn't too kind to Know Nothing Know It Alls, he just keeps on trying to convince his neighbors he has the right idea.
  • Distressed Damsel: Subverted when Thelma Possum, trapped in a lousy contract with a porn studio, becomes a professional wrestler to pay it off (surprising the heck out of poor Tuck's rescue party). Averted when Zelda Porcupine, confronted by a studio-barging Gilly Gopher, turns him into a pincushion. And lampshaded to a fare-thee-well when Nip winds up rescuing overly aggressive, dyed-in-the-scales, capital-F Feminist Hortense from a guy she punched in the breadbasket! (She takes it with all the "grace" you'd expect, too.) See Values Dissonance; as noted, female characters in this strip aren't likely to be the fluttery, useless type.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Averted. Female characters who abuse male characters in this strip will receive a talking-to at least, a physical retribution at worst. Never subverted, though; males who abuse females get just as much of a smackdown.
  • Dramatic Wind: Wind, leaf blower, same diff...
  • Drunk on Milk: Cats in this universe can literally get drunk on milk.
  • Due to the Dead: The admiral in the Rebel Cry arc.
  • The Empire: In Nip's second movie.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Hortense rants about this.
  • Fangirl: A canine teen has been awfully keen on Nip since he got into the movie business.
    • Earlier Charlie Bengal had a fan girl who joined in Nip's revenge scheme after he told her to shove off. She partly reenacted Misery.
  • Fanservice: And Fan Disservice, in the same comic here, and implied here.
  • Flashback: To explain why Tuck hates reporters so.
  • A Friend in Need: Nip to LilBit at the harvest dance. Beebee's friends after the fight at the dance.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: Tuck averts one.
  • Funny Foreigner: Both Mikhail and Schlep.
  • Funetik Aksent: Skip this comic, especially the early years, if you have no patience for these.
  • Furry Comic
  • Furry Reminder: Thelma's pouch, especially given how often Nip and Tuck forget about it. (Not to mention the first time an opossum baby shows up in the strip...)
  • Glory Hound: Nip's friend, Charlie. Literally.
  • Gonk: THIS guy.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Ma and Pa Todd. Much to Tuck's displeasure.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Subverted on maybe one or two occasions, both times, surprisingly, by Nip Todd.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: In Rebel Cry. Carries over to a non-space version outside the film.
  • Groin Attack: Thelma calls it the Hickory Nut Crunch. It appears as painful as it sounds, but hey, the guy did Kick the Dog first.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: Found in the very first strip when Nip knocks his own and his brother's dress clothing in the river right after throwing their old clothes in.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Both Todd brothers tend to do this when sexually aroused.
  • Humiliation Conga: Nip's elaborate revenge on his Jerk Ass roommate, complete with a Shout-Out to Misery.
  • Hyperventilation Bag: Zelda uses one before interviewing Nip on the radio. He's her crush, you see. And it's a Pool Scene.
  • I Gave My Word: Tagger, regarding revenge on Eugene.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: Gilly, the Todds' next-door neighbor. He's not really stupid, but he has a tendency not to think beyond the liberal philosophies he's been taught and follows and the inconsistencies therein, and has issues not putting his foot in his mouth when trying to get his points across, as he is basically parroting what he's been taught.
  • Imagine the Audience Naked: Subverted when Zelda Porcupine is having to face Nip as her interviewee... And getting an eyeful of Nip (complete with Bishie Sparkle) at the Pool Scene...!
    Zelda's friend and assistant, Charlotte: "You put his clothes back on right this minute, young lady!—-"
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Tuck after seeing Thelma in a bikini.
  • Interspecies Romance: Tuck (fox) and Thelma (opossum). There's also Zelda (porcupine) and her attraction to Nip (fox).
  • In the Blood: Nip and Tuck seem to get their accident-prone nature from their old man.
  • I See Them, Too: Captain Walker's sidekick in Rebel Cry at the memorial.
  • Jerk Ass: Gus Gunthrie and his cronies, as well as almost any of the characters on occasion.
    • Micheal Moby, before and after his stint in Malarkey County.
    • Charlie Bengal. Downplayed in that he was acting that way because he thought he was supposed to, and didn't consider that the prima donna actors he was emulating didn't get good roles anymore, if any BECAUSE of said attitude.
  • Just the First Citizen: In "Rebel Cry", the obvious absolute monarch (and Royal Brat) is "Madame Chairwoman."
  • Karma Houdini: "Sweet Momma" Smith in the "Model Search / Finding Thelma" story arc.
    • Subverted in the case of Gus Gunthrie, the town bully.
  • Kick the Dog: Holding a beauty contest without warning that the prize was a porn shoot? For shame.
  • La Résistance: The heroes in the movies Man on the Border and Rebel Cry.
  • Last Request: Captain Walker's free meal.
  • Leave No Survivors: One of the villains in Rebel Cry.
  • Little Stowaway: The sidekick in Rebel Cry.
  • Love Triangle: There was one between Zelda, Gilly, and Nip.
    • Triang Relations: Either Type 4 or Type 5. Gilly has a crush on Zelda, while Zelda has a crush on Nip, and it's unsure at what point he starts to reciprocate.
  • Luminescent Blush: Nip when he is told something... rather explicit.
    • And let's not forget Thelma... right here!
  • Magical Girl: Turns out that Beebee used to be a voice actress for one of these cartoons.
  • Missing Mom: Gus Gunthrie
  • Motor Mouth: Thelma turns into this when she gets selected for the Top 20 in the beauty contest. Third panel in.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Why Hortence opted for the wig.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Just see the icon. Plus, Tuck once accidentally streaks Thelma while she's taking a picture.
  • Nice to the Waiter: The chairwoman, having been advised by her general to refrain from humiliating their defeated foes, asks her handmaiden what she thinks. When the handmaiden agrees, she reveals it was to show that she cared no more for what he thought than what the handmaiden did.
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: Subverted with Hortence the lizard, who wears a wig.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Played straight for the most part, but averted for Hortence the lizard.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Anything that Nip does that causes an explosion, but being a stuntman helps.
  • Not Quite Dead: Nip's character in Rebel Cry fakes his own death
  • Not So Different: There was a period of comic strips early in the series' run, titled Redneck Rebuttal, that pointed out that many redneck stereotypes can also be applied to numerous Democrats, yuppies, city slickers, Hollywood elites....
    • The "family tree not branching" joke was applied to European Royalty. The Hapsburgs come to mind.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Nip, despite acting like a moron with no sense of self preservation, ends up outsmarting quite a few people and delivering a few of the Aesops. Although, in a way, this isn't completely his fault, as outsiders often assume he is an idiot based on his accent and looks.
  • Odd-Shaped Panel: For dreams and flashbacks.
  • Pet the Dog: The admiral in Rebel Cry laughs admiringly at the hero's victory, right in front of his boss.
  • Pretentious Latin Motto: Parodied by Nip's stuntman school.
  • Rage Against the Author: Not rage so much as confusion, but Bandit Ringtail's owner was somewhat let down by the way that his comic commission ended (no closure, didn't adhere to his script).
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Zelda calling Michael Moby out on his so-called status quo.
  • Reality Ensues: The opening of Rebel Cry. Also Tuck on occasion.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: The solemn importance of trying to avoid this.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The title characters, Nip and Tuck. While they're twin brothers, Nip is the rambunctious, loud one and Tuck is the cool, cynical one.
  • Right Behind Me: Comic 811. Lampshaded on the same page, and then the lampshading gets lampshaded.
  • Royal Blood: The first Redneck Rebuttal. "If your family tree doesn't fork..."
  • Royal Brat: The chairwoman in Rebel Cry.