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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
is an episodic daily strip by Zach Weiner. The strip has only a few recurring characters, including God, Jesus, a fictional U.S. President, a fictional Pope, and (usually in the bonus panel beneath the comic) the crazed, always-naked author, and his long-suffering wife.
Much of the strip's humor comes from setting up a situation and then
subverting either the established premise or the audience's expectations
, often going with a
punchline. The cartoonist is self-described as having the abilities of
and a sex offender.
Zach also does
under the name
. There's less sociopathy in them, though. (Or more, depending on your point of view.)
The Perry Bible Fellowship
. No relation to
Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs
This strip provides examples of: A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Parodied here, where robots, upon achieving sentient, plan to be perfectly helpful, until they learn that humans expected them to become evil, when they decide to kill humanity. Aliens Are Bastards / Amusing Alien / Benevolent Alien Invasion / Sufficiently Advanced Aliens / Superior Species: the Zorblaxians play a lot of roles, depending on the Rule of Funny. All Men Are Perverts: And HOW! There is no depth they wont sink to in order to get their rocks off. They also hate condoms. All Women Are Lustful: To a slightly lesser extent than men apparently, but not by much. Alt Text: Most cartoons have a bonus panel, called the votey, that you see if you mouseover the red button at the bottom of the main cartoon. Called such because you used to have to vote for the comic in a poll about webcomics in order to see it. Always Chaotic Evil: Apparently, economists. Anti-Hero: The Iron Sociopath. Saves grannies from purse-snatchers, because it means he gets to stab purse-snatchers. Anti-Villain: Downplayed. He's mugging to feed his family. "So who do I punch?" The Anti-Nihilist: A good reason for becoming this is given by metaphor here. Apocalypse How: One strip starts off with the death of all humans, except for people at frat parties. Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Dungeons And Dragons is always the first step. Author Appeal: The comic keeps returning to the idea that the universe is a simulation, and that there are probably more that one level up. Author Avatar: Zach Weiner is redheaded and naked, with some exceptions to the latter part (all in the strip proper — he's always naked in the voteys he shows up in, and that's where he mostly shows up). Author Tract: Many strips savage organized religion, in particular Christianity. To be fair, Zach often pokes fun at atheism/agnosticism in the same breath. He's also not above taking a potshot at both simultaneously. Back to Front: Done many times as a form of comedic reveal. Bad Date: "Date Wars" is a bad date summarized in an actiony death-ray battle. Bait and Switch: As said above, one of the comic's claims to fame is subverting the audiences expectations, or even double-subverting them. Taken to ridiculous extremes (to the point of self-parody) in this strip. Batman Can Breathe in Space: But Peter Pan and company can't. Batman Gambit: Supervillain knows what his old English teacher can't resist doing. Bears Are Bad News: The Most Dangerous Game (also a subversion of... yeah). Beat Panel: Four in this comic. Beautiful All Along: Parodied here, where someone tells a woman she's suddenly beautiful after she took off her glass and let down her hair. Cue a reveal that it's because she has freak ears. Belligerent Sexual Tension: This comic cites this trope as the route to the best possible sex. Better Than Sex: Television, apparently. Sex is considered to be "almost as good as TV," but it "depends on the station", obviously. Beware the Superman: A Running Gag in the comic is Superman abusing his powers, ranging from setting fire to brothels so he can save the sex workers, to blackmailing the world into giving him access to all women by threatening to smash the moon into Earth. Bigger Is Better in Bed: At first, the point of this strip. Actually a Running Gag in the comic, men will obsess over penis size, while women will prefer average size, since that doesnt involve getting torn open. Birds of a Feather: Subverted in "Uncomfortable Truthasaurus". It's kinda cruel, but those two nerds who date each other? They want, like all people, someone hot and with better social status than themselves. Bizarre Alien Biology: It makes giving the aliens one million children in exchange for their advanced medical knowledge a poor decision in hindsight. Black and White Morality: Invoked and deconstructed in this strip, where the lack of clear morality causes humanity to make a horrific clearly evil monster just to make things black and white. Black Comedy: A lot. A real lot. Blessed Are the Cheesemakers: The purpose of life. Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Plenty of examples. Here's a literal example. Breast Expansion: Taken Up to Eleven here, where someone who finds a genie wishes that a woman's breasts grow until they're infinite. Call Back: Pterrordactyl appears to be returning from this comic. Chest Burster: With puppies. Clarke's Law for Girls' Toys: Pointed out here. Coming-Out Story: With a genuinely unexpected twist.
It's okay! The less concentrated your love gets, the stronger— [SLAM!] Compensating for Something: Courtroom Antic Crapsack World: Where all doctors and lawyers are incompetent, all economists are evil, all relationships are dysfunctional, and suicide and murder are apparently common pastimes. Also, the unicorns? Racists. In some cases though, the doctors are competent sociopaths, and the dysfunctional relationships work due to nightmare fetishism. Crapsaccharine World: On occasion. Create Your Own Villain: And we mean literally: Creepy Child: here Dating Catwoman: Though not with Catwoman herself. Deal with the Devil: Several; usually it turns out the mortal was cheated. Defictionalization: The "Gulpo, The Fish Who Eats Concepts" car decal from this comic is now a real thing. Detective Mole: Here:
"Gonna kill your wife tonight. With this machete. I'm the detective."
"Not detective Larson! He's the detective!"
Disproportionate Retribution: A crime deterrent! Dogged Nice Guy: Mocked in this comic. Doublethink: Parodied in this strip. Double Standard: discussed here Dramatic Gun Cock: in this panel Dream Within a Dream: Taken to ridiculous extremes. Earth All Along: There's quite a few comics that portray the increasingly ridiculous results of the introduction of a technology or concept. Occasinally, the punch line will be that our world is the end result of that bizarre sequence of events. Narrator: "The world is now largely a population of scared, confused people ruled by atavistic sociopaths with no sense of history, ethics, science, beauty or truth. But then, you already knew that." Easy Road to Hell: There was one strip about a priest being sent to hell... for this reason.. Eats Babies: Used so often, you'd think it's Author Appeal or something. Even Evil Has Standards: Here. Everybody Laughs Ending: here. Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: In-universe, the victim of a Take That in this comic. Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: ...And funnier too! note Exact Words: The inventor shows off the world's first horseless carriage. Excuse Boomerang: here. Expospeak Gag: In weaponized form. Eyes Always Shut: Snobs tend to be drawn this way. Fail O Sucky Name: Nobody will ever name anything discovered by Dr Oinky Hitlerballs after himself. He resigns from science. Attempt at invoking this with the Dickballs Theory to keep science terms from being appropriated by homeopathic remedies. It didnt work. The Film of the Book: Played for Laughs here Fling a Light into the Future: Gone catastrophically wrong. For Happiness: One strip start out with featuring a Straw Character version of For Happiness. He soon becomes a Totalitarian Utilitarian, however. For Science!!: Freakier Than Fiction: Lies. Just add a monkey dressed as Hitler to anything, and it becomes stranger and fictional. Future Imperfect: Invoked. Apparently, Don Quixote's true exploits were quite different from what is written on the novel. note Gag Boobs Gambit Pileup: A psychological experiment ends in this. Geeky Turn-On: Girlfriend in Canada: Saint Anselm uses his ontological argument to prove that she exists. Girl on Girl Is Hot: As briefly explained by Professor Ferman. God Is Evil: Actually, he runs the gamut from all-loving to unspeakably cruel, as fits the gag. God Test: A variant in one comic strip. Goggles Do Nothing: The votey of this comic. Good Angel, Bad Angel: In debating whether he should kill his own family, the man's bad angel kills them himself. Say what you will, but sociopathy is efficient. Gravity Is Only a Theory: A combination of two strips plays creationism for laughs by invoking the idea that the theory about the earth moving around the sun rather than vice versa is only a theory. The first strip joke about creationists demanding to put "evolution is only a theory" stickes in biology textbooks. The next strip joke about a guy from the 13:th century demanding the same kind of stickers in astronomy textbooks. Also played with in this strip. In a much later strip, a character argues that history is only a theory. More specifically, he does no believe in "the theory of revolution": According to his religion, all states were created in their current form. Hates Everyone Equally: Parodied with the tale of Bobby and the Gurg. Also, subverted at the end. Half-Human Hybrid: Attempted and failed. Heart Is an Awesome Power: With puppies. Heroes Want Redheads: The votey contains such information. Heroic Sacrifice: SAVE YOURSELF, MAMMAL! Hilariously Abusive Childhood: A great deal of the humour is this. Hitler Ate Sugar: You know who else didn't floss? You know, probably. Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: A possible reason is given here. And another one is given in the Votey for this strip.
3 Possibilities: 1) Time travel is impossible. 2) Future people are dicks. 3) Future people are
really bad at killing Hitler. How We Got Here: Frequently used, where the punchline comes in the form of a panel happening just before the events of the rest of the comic. Humans Are Bastards: Overlooked by the scientist in this strip Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: As seen here, the real most dangerous game is playing tennis with lit dynamite while riding a bear. Hurricane of Puns: CHEMISTRY puns no less. Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: Well, not really. I Ate What?: One comic featured a box of "Everything But Urine-Os" cereal, with the line of dialogue "You put what in my cereal?" I Banged Your Mom: With a frequent subversion. So much so that it's a running gag. I Have No Son: Well, goodnight Susie. Impossible Task Instantly Accomplished: What if God took away sex? The Internet Is for Porn: Er, in the future, The PornBox Is For Porn that is. It Makes Sense in Context: Some of the panels and/or the dialogue in them can be really bizarre before you read the caption, or in some cases the bonus panel. I Want Grandkids: Marrying off children does that. Jackass Genie: This strip. Could be considered to overlap with Literal Genie as well if not for the third wish. Just Friends: Peer reviewed? Kick the Dog: "I'm beginning to wonder if Fred had an ulterior motive in buying me a puppy for Christmas" Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: This joke about economics has an Alt Text that says "SHAME ON THE THREE OF YOU WHO ENJOYED THIS JOKE". Large Ham: Has happened a few times. LEGO Genetics: Subverted and mocked. Lensman Arms Race: Taken to its logical conclusion. Long Runner. So you like the latest strip. You click to the one before. It has a big number in the URL. (2000 as of September 14, 2010.) Then the one before that. Big number minus one. Oh Crap. Love Dodecahedron: Or rather, "Lust Infinigon". Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex: Gender-inversion in this strip, along with A Man Is Always Eager. Mathematician's Answer: Literally. Metaphorgotten: Dad never really bothered to explain his metaphors. Men Can't Keep House: Or even feed themselves, apparently. Mix-and-Match Man: Subverted and discussed * on this strip. Modesty Bedsheet: Lampshaded in this comic. Click the big red button (the 'votey') under the comic. Moon Landing Hoax: Mundane Utility: The best way for Superman to save the world is to convert his powers into cheap energy by spinning a big magnet around really fast...at least up to a point. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: By Jesus himself. He tries to patch things up afterwards, though... But not in the way you'd expect. Nightmare Retardant: In-universe. The most horrible monster of all time! Noodle Implements: At the end of this, also at the end of this. Nostalgia Filter: Addressed here, here, and here. Obviously Evil: Inverted here and subverted here. One-Two Punchline: There's an entire bonus second-punchline panel accessible by hovering over a red button at the end of the strip. Only Six Faces: Though in this case, it doesn't really matter. Opposites Attract: Truthasaurus from "Uncomfortable Truthasaurus" explains you, kids, that this is a common misconception. Everyone wants someone hot and someone rich. Overly Long Gag: Tends to pop up (see Dream Within a Dream) and, when it does, the bonus panel tends to show the artist looking at his now decrepit/withered/burnt hand after having drawn that many panels. Painting the Medium: Right here, subverting your expectations again. Picked Flowers Are Dead: This comic from explains the human ritual of flower-giving, as understood by aliens. Pink Elephants: "If I drink less, I'll stop having vivid hallucinations, Chuck." Poe's Law: Lampshaded in the votey for Bobby and the Gurg.
Dear Voltaire's Ghost, please let everyone recognize this as irony. Poke the Poodle: This strip. Prank Call: Inverted with this one, where the victim turns it around on the caller. Precious Puppies: Using Heart as an awesome power. Prophecy Twist: Played with here. Rage Against the Heavens: There's a reason why we're not observant enough. Raising the Steaks: How the war was lost. Reality Ensues: Supermans attempt to spin the Earth backwards to reverse time didnt work out as well as it did in the movies. The Real Heroes: They're much easier to kill. Robosexual: This woman.
Sally: What? You're the robot! Robots are incapable of love. It's what makes sex with them great. Rule of Cool: A number of punchlines revolve around the idea that, for engineers, Rule of Cool overrides all other considerations. Rule 34: Here. Running Gag: Zach getting hatemail. Killing/eating children. And whenever the author is drawn, he's naked. The votey on this comic, in the site comments. Mostly because it was left up for weeks. Graph jokes. Infidelity. Attempts at avoiding paternity claims and/or child support Illustrating "difficult" things as applied to everyday life. For example, regulatory capture. Having fun when parenting (at the expense of the kids). Among others, there are two specific routines: Harsh twist endings. Pick-up-lines with science. Playing not entirely serious what-if. What if TV ads could be skipped for a fraction of a penny? In the voteys, unfavorably comparing himself to the guy. XKCD Economists are evil. In the voteys, he frequently shows his wife glaring at him over his shoulder or making fun of him for the latest comic. After his child was born, it became her holding their baby... who is also glaring at him. Safe Word: One strip teaches us that introducing safewords in nonsexual contexts is a fun way of creeping people out. Screw Yourself: here Seen It All: this guy, where sex is concerned. Self-Deprecation: Fairly common in the mouseover bonus strips. Often this shows the artist's partner puncturing his pretensions or mocking him. Self-Made Orphan: The Headless Horsemen here. Shout-Out: Shut Up, Hannibal!: Superman is told something that requires a little introspection. So naturally, he punches the dude in the face. Stealth Cigarette Commercial: Superman subtext with this Sophisticated as Hell: Here's one example. Spin The Earth Backwards: Subversively deconstructed. Or... deconstructively subverted, or something. Spoof Aesop: The votey of this strip. Spoonerism: A particularly unfortunate one. Also serves as that page's image. Stating the Simple Solution: A medieval variation in this comic. Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Best shown here.
"There once was a man from Nantucket. Steve, I shot your dog. Ucket.
Subverted Trope: Too many to count; half the strip's humor comes from doing this in a bizarre manner. Double Subversion: Many, many gags involving something turning out to not be what you think it is, and then turning out to be what you thought it was after all. Suicide as Comedy: Quite a few times, like this comic, which also falls under What an Idiot and Tarot Motifs (if you look closely). Super Cute Super Powers: One comic has a little girl guarding Fort Knox who has the ability to make puppies appear. Which she uses to deadly effect. Because she never specified where the puppies will appear from. Such as from inside the villain. Take a Third Option: " I have a fantastic attorney." Take That: often accompanied by a "BAM!" in the Author's Notes. Teens Are Short: This college freshman looks more like a high school freshman next to his dad. Teeny Weenie That's What She Said: While the consequences were great, it was worth it. Think of the Children!: Invoked by a Senator regarding gay marriage, then twisted with Insane Troll Logic by the reporter ("Got it. So your code of ethics is to oppose things that are hard to explain to kids"), with an appropriate headline and votey based on that logic. Too Dumb to Live: Too dumb to die. Thanatos Gambit: Several examples of how to use this just to mess around with people, such as here. Or like this. Or this. There Can Be Only One: The Ultimate Diet. It even says so in the votey. This Isn't Heaven: That's so weird. I've stubbed my toe every 42 seconds since I got here. Unsound Effect: Lamp! Walking Shirtless Scene: Zach's Author Avatar in the bonus panels. We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill discussed here. What We Now Know to Be True: A Mother's Love: Nature's Deadliest Poison Weirdness Censor: here When All You Have Is a Hammer: Used word for word in one strip to explain the lengths some men will go to for sexual gratification. Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Or "Asshole"? Who's on First?: 57 panels worth of chemistry puns. Would Hurt a Child: God, apparently, according to this comic's votey. Worth It: on the alt panel of this comic, as well as the alt panel on this one Women Are Wiser: Somewhat. They are slightly less neurotic about their genitals at any rate. Wrong Genre Savvy: Invoked as a way of coping with simple problems. X Meets Y: Apparently, Pac-Man is the result of Kafka writing an H.P. Lovecraft story. You Cloned Hitler!: Now on Deconstructive Parody flavor! Check it here. Your Cheating Heart: Infidelity is a frequent source of humor in the comic. Zig-Zagging Trope: What is this, middle school?