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->''"[[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3448 Testicles joke... or math joke? Damn, this is hard.]]"''

''[[http://www.smbc-comics.com/ 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, and a fictional Pope. Usually appearing in "voteys", the bonus panel beneath the comic, are the crazed, always-naked author and his long-suffering wife (and eventually, baby).

Much of the strip's humor comes from setting up a situation and then [[BaitAndSwitch subverting either the established premise or the audience's expectations]], often going with a BlackComedy punchline. The cartoonist is self-described as having the abilities of [[ComicStrip/TheFarSide Gary Larson]] and a sex offender.

Zach also does [[http://www.smbc-theater.com/ videos]] under the name ''SMBCTheater''. There's less sociopathy in them, though. (Or more, depending on your point of view.)

Compare ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship''. No relation to ChocolateFrostedSugarBombs.

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!!This strip provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=2231 Victorian Dad!]]
--> Victorian Dad: "A Smarting Blow to The Inner Ear ought to fix that!"
* AccuseTheWitness: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=210#comic Here.]] Accuse the [[spoiler:judge]] if there is nobody else to accuse.
* AffablyEvil: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2569#comic Felix]], as he genuinely doesn't seem to know how much misery he's causing.
* AIIsACrapshoot: {{Parodied}} [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2124#comic here,]] where robots, upon achieving sentience, are shocked that humans thought they'd default to wanting to destroy humanity. [[spoiler: Doubles as a SelfFulfillingProphecy, as this disturbs the robots so much [[ThenLetMeBeEvil they decide to do this anyway]].]]
* AliensAreBastards[=/=]AmusingAlien[=/=]BenevolentAlienInvasion[=/=]SufficientlyAdvancedAliens[=/=]SuperiorSpecies: The Zorblaxians play a lot of roles, depending on the RuleOfFunny.
* AllMenArePerverts: And HOW! There is no depth they wont sink to in order to get their rocks off. They also hate condoms.
* AllWomenAreLustful: To a slightly lesser extent than men apparently, but not by much.
* AlternateAesopInterpretation: [[invoked]] [[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3485 "The Tortoise And The Hare" is actually a fable about small sample sizes]].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[invoked]]
** Garfield [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2643 hates Mondays because that's the day he let Odie die, and he loves Lasagna because he believes that by becoming fat enough to encompass the whole universe he can go back in time and say sorry.]]
** The Trix Rabbit [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=153 wants to take the Trix Cereal from the kids because he is at death's door and needs it to correct his blood sugar.]] The Votey adds another layer to this [[spoiler: [[IDidWhatIHadToDo by stating that The Trix Rabbit killed the children in order to take their Trix Cereal]].]]
** The protagonist of ''Literature/GreenEggsAndHam'' only eats the Green eggs and Ham [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3365 because Sam-I-Am has driven him to insanity]].
** Ebenezer Scrooge was only generous towards the Bob Cratchit because he [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3579 exploited his vision of Christmas-Yet-To-Come to learn the results of a future horse race.]] And likewise, [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=4016 the Three Ghosts of Christmas don't care about the poor enough to help them with moral dilemmas.]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3217 Santa is a Social Darwinist.]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2011-01-24 Don Quixote actually WAS a competent knight, but angered his scribe, who records his actions out of context, thus portraying him as a buffoon.]]
* AltText: Most cartoons have a bonus '''panel''', called the votey, that you see if you mouse-over 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. Comics after [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3680 number 3680]] have a more traditional hover-over, as well.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Apparently, economists.
* AntiHero:
** The [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2666 Iron Sociopath.]] Saves grannies from purse-snatchers, because it means he gets to stab purse-snatchers.
** Franchise/{{Superman}} is sometimes portrayed as one of these, most notably when he became [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2404 Disproportionate Response Man.]]
* AntiVillain: {{Downplayed}}. He's mugging to feed his family. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2012#comic "So who do I punch?"]]
* TheAntiNihilist: A good reason for becoming this is given by metaphor [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2966#comic here.]]
* ApocalypseHow: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2520#comic One strip]] starts off with the death of all humans, except for people at frat parties.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The votey (seen by clicking the red button at the bottom) of [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/social-longevity this]] comic is an example.
* ArtisticLicense: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3829 This]] comic covers several varieties and explores the problems of criticizing it blindly.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=401#comic Dungeons And Dragons is always the first step.]]
* AuthorAppeal: The comic keeps returning to the idea that the universe is a simulation, and that there are probably more that one level up.
* AuthorFilibuster: In-Universe, this is used as a punishment for Philosophers who go to Hell. [[TakeThat They have to read]] Atlas Shrugged 2, the sequel that gets longer for every page you read.
--> Satan: "Every time you read a page, it gets two pages longer! And John Galt's Monologue gets Three Pages Longer!"
* AuthorAvatar: Zach Weiner is redheaded and naked, with [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2565 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).
* AuthorTract: 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 [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=574#comic potshot at both]] [[TakeAThirdOption simultaneously]].
* TheBabyTrap: Batman [[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=654#comic dislikes]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=448 condoms]].
* BackToFront: Done many times as a form of comedic reveal.
* BadassGrandpa: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2006-05-30 In this comic]], a man in a car mistakenly believes that an old man in a wheelchair is playing chicken with him. The votey implies that the old man WON that game of Chicken.
* BadBoss:
** [[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3770 This one threw a fake Halloween Party just to fire someone.]]
* BadDate: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDsAPMhuABU "Date Wars"]] is a bad date summarized in an actiony death-ray battle.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2569#comic "I can't say this story has a happy ending. Felix won't let us speak."]]
* BadSanta: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=33 Sometimes kills good kids to ensure his business doesn't suffer.]]
* BaitAndSwitch: 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 [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=561 this strip.]]
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2547#comic But Peter Pan and company can't.]]
* BatmanGambit: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2478#comic Supervillain knows what his old English teacher can't resist doing.]]
* BearsAreBadNews: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1488 The Most Dangerous Game]] (also a subversion of... [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame yeah]]).
* BeatPanel: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=450#comic Four in this comic.]]
* BeautifulAllAlong: Parodied [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1615#comic 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.
* BelligerentSexualTension: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2049#comic This]] comic cites this trope as the route to the best possible sex.
* BerserkButton: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=460 Not serving this mans wife the correct meal.]]
* BetterThanSex: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2907 Television, apparently.]] Sex is considered to be "almost as good as TV," but it "depends on the station", obviously.
* BewareTheSuperman: A RunningGag in the comic is Superman abusing his powers, ranging from setting fire to brothels so he can save the sex workers, [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2008-05-13 to threatening to smash the moon into the Earth if he isn't granted access to Earth's Women]], [[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1976#comic to demanding the key to the city because "I just stopped Superman from killing everyone"]], [[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1139#comic to sexually harassing a woman he's saving]], [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2009-07-25 to running for president and then threatening to kill everyone with lasers if forced to abide by term limits]].
** One comic actually has the Kyrptonians invoke this by sending Kyrptonian Babies to alien planets to destroy rival civilizations. Oddly enough, this comic defied the trope by having the [[TheAtoner now reformed]] Kyrptonians discover that Superman never had a chance to become a tyrant simply because he was too busy fighting all of Earth's [[OmnicidalManiac Omnicidal Maniac's]].
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: At first, the point of [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2584#comic this strip.]]
** Actually a RunningGag in the comic, men will obsess over penis size, while women will prefer average size, since that doesn't involve getting torn open.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Subverted in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2079 "Uncomfortable Truthasaurus".]] It's kinda cruel, but those two nerds who date each other? [[spoiler:They want, like all people, someone hot and with better social status than themselves.]]
* BizarreAlienBiology: It makes [[spoiler:giving the aliens one million children in exchange for their advanced medical knowledge]] a poor decision in hindsight.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] and [[DeconstructiveParody deconstructed]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2244 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.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: [[ExploitedTrope Exploited]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3097 by the Neuroethecist]] to avoid getting arrested by Wonder Woman.
-->Wonder Woman: "Should I punish you or what?"
-->Neuroethecist: "It's Complicated! Everything's Complicated! Ahahahahahahahaha!"
* BlackComedy: A lot. A real lot.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3626 On occasion]].
* BornUnlucky: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3528 Little Sprat,]] who can only eat [[InsubstantialIngredients Unflavored Deproteinated Soy Slurry]] due to inheriting both his father's inability to eat fat and his mother's inability to eat lean.
* BrainMonster: {{Parodied}}, where a MadScientist discovers that his creation, a T-Rex with its brain in a giant jar, [[NightmareRetardant is anything but terrifying]].
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Plenty of examples. Here's [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=827#comic a literal example.]]
* BreastExpansion: Taken UpToEleven [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1740#comic here,]] where someone who finds a genie wishes that a woman's breasts grow until they're ''infinite''.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1206 Or rather, Bunny Ears Doctor]].
* BuriedAlive: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=891 And given a funeral too!]]
* BookDumb: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/divine-intervention The people Jesus preached to.]] When he caused rock to produce new energy out of nothing (a violation of the Fundamental Laws of Reality), the people dismiss it on the basis that "sometimes rocks are hot". They were significantly more impressed with his ability to create more wine though ...
* CallBack:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2936#comic Pterrordactyl]] appears to be returning from [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=499#comic this comic.]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=1932 Remember The Nothingverse that God sarcastically called?]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/nothing Yeah, he was serious]].
* CessationOfExistence: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3566 Bad people only go to Hell for sixty seconds, after which they fade into non-existence.]] While they might have some panicked questions in those sixty seconds, Satan only sings Teenage Pop Music instead of answering them.
* ChestBurster: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=499#comic With puppies.]]
** Discussed [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2146#comic here]] and Conversed [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2943#comic here.]]
* ClarkesLawForGirlsToys: Pointed out [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1883 here.]]
* ComingOutStory: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2114 With a genuinely unexpected twist.]]
-->''It's okay! The less concentrated your love gets, the stronger it-'' [SLAM!]
* CompensatingForSomething:
** [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]], [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]], and [[{{Trope}} played straight]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1918 here.]]
** Deconstructed again [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2860#comic here.]]
* CourtroomAntic
* CrapsackWorld: Where all doctors and lawyers are incompetent, all economists are evil, all relationships are dysfunctional, all Unicorns are racists, and where suicide, murder, and hardcore drug use are apparently common pastimes. It is also a world where God is arbitrary at best and evil at worst, and where any innovation automatically leads to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt (no matter how innocuous or even beneficial that innovation might seem). In some cases though, the doctors are competent sociopaths, and the dysfunctional relationships work due to [[NightmareFetishist nightmare fetishism.]]
* CrazyCatLady: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3826 This one]] combines thousands of cats to create a [[HiveMind Hive Mind]]. [[spoiler: Sadly, it immediately flew into the Sun and burned up]].
* CrapsaccharineWorld: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1222#comic On occasion.]]
* CreateYourOwnVillain:
** And we mean '''literally''':
-->''[[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2244 "That's why we created Skull-King, the robotic scourge of mankind."]]''
** In [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2124#comic this strip]], an AI is [[spoiler:so disturbed by finding out that its master expects it to kill all humans ForTheEvulz as soon as it achieves intelligence that it decides humans are AlwaysChaoticEvil and need to be killed.]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3999 Weird Fred also fits the trope.]]
** The father in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=2756 this]] strip is raising his son to be an Autocratic Dictator.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2351 Deconstructed when an economist explains that combining the DNA of various historical conquerors won't necessarily produce a villain, but then Reconstructed when said economist explains it is just easier to find a country with recently high inflation, low per capita income, and a bad GNI coefficient]].
* CreepyCrows: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3622 They are an omen for death, but not the only bird you want to avoid.]]
* CreepyChild: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2726#comic Here.]]
* CryLaughing: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2005-09-14 Doctor Apocalypse does this while vowing to stop Turboman from killing toddlers]].
* TheCycleOfEmpires: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3023 The entirety of Human Civilization follows this, and we are currently in the 628th cycle.]] [[spoiler: The "Expansion" and "Stabilization" phases are caused by Badgers, while the "Decay" and the "Long Night" phases are caused by modern art.]]
* DatingCatwoman: [[HoYay Though]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1243 not with Catwoman herself.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: Several; usually it turns out the mortal was cheated.
* DeathWorld: Earth, for SUPERMAN's species. They sent overpowered babies to worlds in order to take over those worlds, but later they had a culture shift. In each and each world they went to get superpowered beings back, they had all been tyrants of that world... except Earth. Earth have so many supervillians that [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3514 Superman was just too busy keeping Earth intact.]]
-->Superman: "They're everywhere! Evil is everywhere! AAAAHHHHHHH!"
* DetectiveMole: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=1860 Here]]:
-->Gonna kill your wife tonight. With this machete. I'm the detective.\\
Not detective Larson! He's the detective!
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2404 A crime deterrent!]]
** Offering overly gruesome vengeance also deters kids from [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3428 tattling]] or from [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=396 not returning library books on time]].
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1327 It is also how Aliens react when Earth's Television signals interfere with their communication.]]
* DisposableSexWorker: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3170 Strippers hate inflation more than anyone else.]]
* DirtyCommunists: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=44 Bob Barker used to be one.]]
* DirtyOldMan:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=2138 LifeTip: Once you're old enough, you can make any joke in any setting.]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=2544 "It all goes in here!"]].
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1717 Eeeeerrotic.]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3948 "I won't take you to meet Grandpa until he's old enough to be dead."]]
* DoggedNiceGuy: Mocked [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2264#comic in this comic.]]
* {{Doublethink}}: Parodied in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2221 this strip.]]
* DoubleStandard: Discussed [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1918#comic here]]
* DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal: Well ... Super on Normal, but the same principal applies. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2008-04-06 Superman]] and [[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=342 Batman]] both invoke this trope at points.
* DramaticGunCock: In [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=457#comic this panel]]
* DreamWithinADream: Taken to [[OverlyLongGag ridiculous]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1849#comic extremes.]]
* DrivenToSuicide:
** [[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=470 This strip]] implies it of a teacher's wife.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1573 This one]] describes it as being how a normal person fixes his lycanthrophy.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2005-03-21 Don't smoke, because you don't have super lungs like Superman]].
* DyingDeclarationOfHate: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3947 This comic]], which chronicles the process of math theory going from being rejected by academic old guard because it challenges the conventional wisdom of the time to becoming the accepted truth, features a member of the academic old guard denouncing it on his deathbed.
-->I will never understand it. I will never believe it. As I go into death, with my final breath I spit upon your theorem.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Early comics frequently lacked a votey. Eventually, Zach went back and gave them all voteys, varying between the usual punchline-extender and a "Reading this whatever years later" one where he reacts to it.
* EarthAllAlong: There's quite a few comics that portray the increasingly ridiculous results of the introduction of a technology or concept. Occasionally, the punch line will be that [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3316#comic 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.
* EasyRoadToHell: There was one strip about a priest being sent to hell... [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=471#comic for this reason.]]
* EatsBabies: Used so often, you'd think it's AuthorAppeal or something.
* TheEeyore: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=376 He's the one under the paper bag.]]
* ElderAbuse: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=676 "My research on bone density in the elderly is going extremely well."]]
* EroticDream: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3912 Epictetus trained himself to have one whenever something bad happens to him,]] whether it's something big like getting banished from Rome or something small like being told his discourse is informal. [[spoiler: His fantasy is a Three-Way with Venus and Helen of Troy]].
--> Epictetus:[[spoiler: "Be gentle ladies. I've never done that before!"]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2936#comic Here.]]
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2527#comic Here.]]
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: In-universe, the victim of a TakeThat [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2112 in this comic.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2109 ...And funnier too!]] [[note]]Even political cartoons.[[/note]]
* EvilCounterpart: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2690#comic Carl Sagan has one. Nobody liked him.]]
--> [[spoiler: Evil Carl Sagon:"There is carbon in your body that was shat out of Hitler's ass!"]]
* EvilTeacher: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1303 This one murders students who give the wrong answer on tests.]]
* ExactWords:
** The inventor shows off [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=37#comic the world's first horseless carriage.]]
** Man, those are some lucky pants. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3555#comic Too bad, the wearer isn't.]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3323 "I don't believe in Bad Babies!"]][[spoiler: It's because she's a Eugenicist.]]
* ExcuseBoomerang: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2605 This]] comic, in which a woman protests that arresting her ego for smoking marijuana is unjust, when other parts of her mind and body were responsible for the deed. The police officer handcuffs the woman and tells her his hands are just obeying the frontal lobes in Congress.
* ExpospeakGag: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1957 In weaponized form.]]
* EyesAlwaysShut: Snobs tend to be drawn this way.
* FailOSuckyname: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1621 Can prevent you from naming an element you discovered after yourself.]]
** [[spoiler: Another sad day for Dr. Oinky Hitlerballs]].
* TheFilmOfTheBook: PlayedForLaughs [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2447#comic Here.]]
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2106 Gone catastrophically wrong.]]
* ForHappiness: One [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2569#comic strip]] start out with featuring a StrawCharacter version of ForHappiness. He soon becomes a TotalitarianUtilitarian, however.
* ForScience!:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1202 Naked people wearing capes are funny.]]
** Also a good reason to [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1907 molest bunnies.]]
** When Aliens [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2686#comic run out of other reasons to mess with the humans, they can always do it For Science.]]
** Subverted [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=676 here]].
-->''My research on bone density in the elderly is going very well. [[spoiler:[[BaitAndSwitch So I decided to celebrate by caning an old man.]]]]
* FreakierThanFiction: [[AvertedTrope Lies]]. Just [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1713#comic add a monkey dressed as Hitler]] to anything, and it becomes stranger and fictional.
* FunnyAnimal: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1836 Inflatable Bananapig!]]
* FutureImperfect: Invoked. Apparently, Literature/DonQuixote's true exploits were quite different from [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2134 what is written on the novel.]] [[note]]The Aesop is: Always remember to be polite to your sidekicks![[/note]]
* GagBoobs
* GambitPileup: A [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1582 psychological experiment]] ends in this.
* GeekyTurnOn:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1318#comic It points out]] how pathetic [[ThisLoserIsYou you]] are for doing this.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2934 Talk mathy to me!]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2581 An unusual example.]]
* GirlfriendInCanada: Saint Anselm [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3066#comic uses]] his ontological argument to prove that she exists.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: As briefly explained by [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1023#comic Professor Ferman.]]
* GodIsEvil: Actually, he runs the gamut from all-loving to unspeakably cruel, as fits the gag.
* GodTest: A variant in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1584#comic one comic strip.]]
* GogglesDoNothing: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2131#comic The votey of this comic.]]
* GoodAngelBadAngel:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=527 In debating whether he should kill his own family]], the man's bad angel [[spoiler:kills them himself. Say what you will, but sociopathy is efficient.]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=205 It's hard at first.]]
** In another one a psychic advertizing regrettably [[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=269 replaces the good angel]].
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2008-02-29 The Children's Book, "Safer Sex Thru Abortion", has not fared well on the market.]]
* GravityIsOnlyATheory:
** A combination of [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2183#comic two]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2184#comic 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" stickers 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 [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2376#comic this]] strip.
** In [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2703#comic 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. [[spoiler:Turns out he's [[InvokedTrope only saying this]] to prove the point that the nutjobs ''he'' has to deal with are more problematic since he can't [[ImplausibleDeniability bitchslap them down with a small mountain of concrete evidence]].]]
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Parodied with the tale of [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2573 Bobby and the Gurg.]] Also, subverted [[TheStinger at the end.]]
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2519#comic Attempted and failed.]]
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=499#comic With puppies.]]
** The most effective superhero in the League as populations increase? [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3840 Speedsheet]], who can analyze spreadsheets far faster than mortal men. Superman suspects she isn't even super, just really boring.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2100 The votey contains such information.]]
** The punchline in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2105#comic this one]] too.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2226#comic SAVE YOURSELF, MAMMAL!]]
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: A great deal of the humour is this.
* HitlerAteSugar: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1335#comic You know who else didn't floss?]] [[spoiler:You know, probably.]]
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: A possible reason is given [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2920 here.]]
** And another one is given in the Votey for [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1907 this strip.]]
--->3 Possibilities: 1) Time travel is impossible. 2) Future people are dicks. 3) Future people are ''really'' bad at killing Hitler.
** [[ExploitedTrope Exploited]] for a movie pitch in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3266 this strip.]]
** Given a personal twist in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3116 this strip]]. From the perspective of the world at large, stopping Hitler worked out very well... but the one who did now has to live with [[spoiler: being Hitler's granddaughter]].
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: The British Prime Minister [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3513 in this comic]] looks suspiciously like Neville Chamberlain.
* HollywoodAtheist:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1441 This parent will ensure his son grows up to be an atheist by dressing up like Jesus and Buddha and scaring him at night. This way he associates theism with his night terrors.]]
-->Parent in Costume: "Boo! I'm Jesus Christ! I'm here from 2000 years ago to tell you how to run your life! Boo!"
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2007-06-29 This kid]], meanwhile, likes to interrupt Church to taunt Jesus.
* HowWeGotHere: Frequently used, where the punchline comes in the form of a panel happening just before the events of the rest of the comic.
* HumansAreBastards: Overlooked by the scientist in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3261#comic this strip]]
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: As seen [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1488#comic here]], the real most dangerous game is playing tennis with lit dynamite while riding a {{bear|sAreBadNews}}.
* HurricaneOfPuns: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2349#comic CHEMISTRY puns no less.]]
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: Well, [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=113#comic not really.]]
* [[IAteWhat 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?"
* IBangedYourMom: With a frequent subversion. So much so that it's a running gag.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=153 The Trix Rabbit needed the Trix Cereal to correct his blood sugar and avoid dying.]] [[spoiler: In the Votey, The Trix Rabbit killed the kids because they were going to withhold the cereal and let him die.]]
* IgnoranceIsBliss: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3676 Life was easier to understand when Humans thought they were at the center of the Universe.]]
* IHaveNoSon: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=157#comic Well, goodnight Susie.]]
* ILoveTheDead: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=2064 So much so that it ruined some poor couple's safari]].
* ImAManICantHelpIt: [[JustifiedTrope Justified ... kind of.]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1470 The man's woman colleague had just finished disproving free will]].
* IncestIsRelative: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3139 Bonobos ...]]
* InsultToRocks: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=35 Implied here.]]
* ImpossibleTaskInstantlyAccomplished: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1366#comic What if God took away sex?]]
* TheInternetIsForPorn: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3248#comic Er, in the future, The PornBox Is For Porn that is.]]
* ItMakesSenseInContext: 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.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2007-03-15 The internet was just a fad]]. The ''real'' big thing is chewing on skunks.
* IWantGrandkids: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2962#comic Marrying off children does that.]]
* JackassGenie: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3042 This strip.]] Could be considered to overlap with LiteralGenie as well if not for the third wish.
* JustFriends: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2474#comic Peer reviewed?]]
* KickTheDog: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=249#comic "I'm beginning to wonder if Fred had an ulterior motive in buying me a puppy for Christmas".]]
* KingInTheMountain: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1830 This one's votey claims it is George Washington]].
* LampshadedTheObscureReference: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3117#comic This joke about economics]] has an AltText that says "SHAME ON THE THREE OF YOU WHO ENJOYED THIS JOKE".
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3998 This joke about statistics also has a similar ]] reference in the AltText.
* LargeHam: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=2072#comic Has]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=878#comic happened]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=2026#comic a]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1429#comic few]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=2371#comic times.]]
* LegoGenetics: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2519#comic Subverted and mocked.]]
* LensmanArmsRace: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2138 Taken to its logical conclusion.]]
* LongRunner: So you like the latest strip. You click to the one before. It has a big number in the URL. [[spoiler:(2000 as of September 14, 2010.)]] [[ArchiveBinge Then the one before that.]] Big number minus one. OhCrap.
* TheLostLenore: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2012-05-13 This father]], when asked by his daughter what "1 + 1" equals, goes into a TearJerker monologue about how he believes [[TogetherInDeath he will see his dead wife again one day]]. He even goes so far as to state that if the only thing after death were CessationOfExistence (in other words if his wife was gone forever), [[DrivenToSuicide he would just kill himself and be done with it all]]. Or as he puts it:
-->"If her being weren't written on the book of truth, waiting some day to be read again, no quantity of hope could keep me living in this vast cold universe."
* LoveDodecahedron: Or rather, [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2161#comic "Lust Infinigon."]]
* LowCultureHighTech: Particle Physics is [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2014-11-25 an]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2009-07-03 old]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=1428 science]].
* MadnessMantra: [[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=4030 I know what you did.]]
* MadDoctor: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=418 When Doctor Sloan says you have two weeks to live, you have two weeks to live!]]
* MagicVersusScience: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2006-04-27 Bullets Win]].
* ManOfSteelWomanOfKleenex: Gender-inversion [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1363 in this strip,]] along with AManIsAlwaysEager.
* MathematiciansAnswer: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2208 Literally.]]
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=26#comic Dad never really bothered to explain his metaphors.]]
* MenCantKeepHouse: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3090#comic Or even feed themselves, apparently.]]
* {{Melodrama}}: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3200 Funky Fries ... BUT AT WHAT COST???]]
** [[spoiler: $3.99]]
* MindScrew: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/nothing One strip]] shows an alternate universe where existence is impossible, populated by sentient beings composed of absolutely nothing.
* MiscarriageofJustice: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3858 To date]], Sherlock Homes has sent [[DisturbingStatistic 439]] innocent men to the gallows.
* MistakenForGay: Inverted.[[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=234 Mistaken for Strait, until you read the votey]].
* MistakenForRacist: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2011-12-06 When Lex Luther posions a community that happens to be made up of ethnic minorities]], Superman suspects it's not a coincidence.
-->Lex Luther: "I just wanted to kill people!"
-->Superman: *rolls eyes* "Yeah, a certain type of people."
* MixAndMatchMan: Subverted and [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] [[labelnote:*]](addressing some of the many reason [[ThisIsReality it wouldn't work on real life]])[[/labelnote]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2351 on this strip.]]
* ModestyBedsheet: Lampshaded in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=3144 this comic.]] Click the big red button (the 'votey') under the comic.
* MonsterClown: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=2994 STAY SAFE!]]
* MoonLandingHoax:
** The moon landing was faked because they had to hide an accident. Namely [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=120 landing on Mars instead.]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2240#comic These]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=601#comic comics]] use claims about the moon landing to criticize ConspiracyTheorist arguments.
* MugglesDoItBetter: How do you stop a werewolf from going on a rage-fueled killing spree whenever the moon is full? [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3713 Psychopharmacology!]] [[note]]The medication referred to in the comic is an anticonvulsant used in treating epileptic seizures, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.[[/note]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2012-07-11 Copyrights]].
* MundaneUtility: The best way for Superman to save the world is to [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2305 convert his powers into cheap energy]] by spinning a big magnet around really fast... at least up to a point.
* MyBelovedSmother: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=2879 Public Health Advocates are this to everyone else. Fortunately they lack legislative power.]]
* MyBrainIsBig: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1 Horton, from the very first comic.]] [[SubvertedTrope Sadly, two thirds of his brain was comprised of the little known "stupid lobe"]].
-->Horton:"Two times Two is Three."
* MyNewGiftIsLame: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3656 If you find a Magic Lamp of Unadorned Wood, then a Calvinist Genie will grant you Three Wishes!]] [[spoiler: Actually, your grandchildren are the ones who will recieve those wishes. And that is only if you and they both work ceaselessly every day of your lives. And if you live to see your grandchildren, you didn't work hard enough. [[EasyRoadToHell Also your actions have no effect on whether or not God decides to let you into Heaven, but finding a Genie is probably a bad sign]]. And no wishing for anything fun!]]
* NiceHat: Jokes with the Pope frequently revolve around his hat. [[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1104#comic This]] is a good example.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** By Jesus himself. He tries to patch things up afterwards, though... [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2413 But not in the way you'd expect.]]
** Superman saved a man from suicide, giving the man he saved the drive to pursue his dream. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2013-03-12 Unfortunately, those dreams involve turning America into a Racist Dictatorship]].
* NightmareFuel: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3307 Being surrounded by a horde of densly packed Hitlers at all time, all the while unable to see them because they're just outside your field of vision.]]
* NightmareRetardant: In-universe. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2028 The most horrible monster of all time!]]
* NoodleImplements: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1864#comic At the end of this,]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2972#comic also at the end of this.]]
* NostalgiaFilter: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2253 Addressed here,]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2323 here,]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2337 and here.]]
** Also parodied [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3459#comic here.]]
* ObliviouslyEvil: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2007-03-13 Buttercup Man!]] He ''thinks'' he is tickling criminals into submission with a flower. He's actually stabbing them to death because someone switched his flower with a knife and he never noticed the difference.
* ObviouslyEvil: Inverted [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=283#comic here]] and subverted [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=436#comic here.]]
* OneTwoPunchline: There's an entire bonus second-punchline panel accessible by hovering over a red button at the end of the strip. Many of the main strips also have multiple punchlines, especially from the time before Zach started drawing voteys. Lampshaded in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=547 this strip]], which had ''three'' punchlines in the main strip, and then got a votey drawn years later saying nothing but "Do you really want ''another'' punchline, you greedy bastard?"
* OnlySixFaces: Though in this case, it doesn't really matter.
* OppositesAttract: Truthasaurus from [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2079 "Uncomfortable Truthasaurus"]] explains you, kids, that this is a common misconception. Everyone wants someone hot and someone rich.
* OverlyLongGag: Tends to pop up (see DreamWithinADream) 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.
* OxymoronicBeing[=/=]ParadoxPerson: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/nothing The sentient nothing that populates the Nothingverse]].
* PaintingTheMedium: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1234#comic Right here]], subverting your expectations again.
* PetTheDog: The Joker tries to do something good, [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2006-07-07 but then Batman gets involved ...]]
* ThePennyfarthingEffect:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2005-03-24 Toilets have come a long way since the Roman Times ...]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2008-01-17 The first spoons were electric!]]
* PickedFlowersAreDead: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2594#comic This comic]] from explains the human ritual of flower-giving, as understood by aliens. Supposedly human males mutilate the hated plant-life to show off their prowess... and it goes downhill from there.
--> What are "hippies"?\\
The most violent humans in history.
* PinkElephants: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3207#comic "If I drink less, I'll stop having vivid hallucinations, Chuck."]]
* PoesLaw: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the votey for [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2573#comic Bobby and the Gurg.]]
-->''Dear Voltaire's Ghost, please let everyone recognize this as irony.''
* PokeThePoodle: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=301#comic This strip.]]
* PopculturalOsmosis: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=2524 Schrodinger's Cat]]
* PrankCall: Inverted [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3291#comic with this one,]] where the victim turns it around on the caller.
* PreciousPuppies: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=499#comic Using Heart as an awesome power.]]
* PrisonersDilemma: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=1899 Discussed]].
* ProphecyTwist: Played with [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2372#comic here.]]
* PuppeteerParasite:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3165 "I got the Blues!"]]
* RacistGrandma: employed as a tool [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3750 here]].
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1366#comic There's a reason why we're not observant enough.]]
* RaisingTheSteaks: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1564#comic How the war was lost.]]
* RealityEnsues: Superman's attempt to spin the Earth backwards to reverse time didn't work out as well as it did in the movies.
* TheRealHeroes: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=484#comic They're much easier to kill.]]
* RecklessSidekick: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1802 Agreeing to be Batman's sidekick IS pretty reckless.]]
* [[RecurringCharacter Recurring Characters]]: Several:
** Batman (and some of his villains).
** Superman.
** The POTUS is almost invariably a black, bearded, bald, bespectacled man.
** The Zorblaxian aliens.
** God (drawn as a communion wafer).
** Jesus.
* RecycledScript: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3784 This comic]] is identical to an [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3519 earlier one]], save for a different punchline.
* {{Robosexual}}: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3434#comic This woman.]]
-->'''Sally:''' What? You're the robot! ''Robots'' are incapable of love. It's what makes sex with them great.
* RobotBuddy: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3468#comic This one]] is a {{Yandere}}.
* RuleOfCool: A number of punchlines revolve around the idea that, for engineers, RuleOfCool overrides all other considerations.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2088 For scientists too.]]
* RuleThirtyFour: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1816#comic Here.]]
* RunningGag:
** Zach getting hate mail.
** Killing/eating children.
** Casual murder.
** Communion wafer God.
*** Jesus using his "superpowers".
** And whenever the author is drawn, he's [[NakedPeopleAreFunny naked]] (if he's in the votey. In the actual strip its more 50/50).
** The votey on [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1133#comic this]] comic, in the site comments. Mostly because it was left up for weeks.
** Graph jokes.
** Absolutist dystopian what-if jokes usually involving mind control, hive-mind, sociological/socioeconomic experiments and alternative forms of sex. Zach is rather fond of destroying society.
** Aliens (called ''Zorblaxians'') looking down on human society and customs.
*** The same aliens trying to make kidnapped humans mate.
** Infidelity.
** Two children having a philosophical conversation under the starlight while lying on their backs in a hill. It sometimes includes a Zorblaxian alien.
** Attempts at avoiding paternity claims and/or child support
** Illustrating "difficult" things as applied to everyday life. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2497#comic For example, regulatory capture.]]
** Having fun when parenting (at the expense of the kids). Among others, there are two specific routines:
*** Kid asks something, parent explains, kid applies explanation (or other parent asks "what did you mother/father teach you"); [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2483#comic applied here to using punctuation to explain menstrual cycles.]]
*** Good parenting vs. effective parenting.
** [[CruelTwistEnding Harsh twist endings]].
** Pick-up-lines with science.
** Playing not entirely serious what-if. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2490#comic What if TV ads could be skipped for a fraction of a penny?]]
** In the [[AltText voteys]], [[TakeThatMe unfavorably comparing himself to]] the ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' guy.
*** Zach laughing at his own sometimes incredibly obscure/convoluted joke theme saying "there's not enough _____ jokes!" or "people/everyone love(s) _____ jokes!".
*** Zach drawing himself with a broken hand after a long comic.
*** Using the votey to completely change the tone and theme of the comic.
*** He frequently shows his wife glaring at him over his shoulder or making fun of him for the latest comic (particularly vicious [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2860#comic here]]). After his child was born, it became her holding their baby... who is also glaring at him.
** [[HardOnSoftScience Economists are evil.]]
*** In the same vein, engineers are completely dispassionate and use MathematiciansAnswer for everything.
** "This is exactly how (topic) works."
* SafeWord: One strip teaches us that introducing safewords in nonsexual contexts [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2586#comic is a fun way of creeping people out.]]
* ScrewYourself: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=880#comic Here.]]
* ScrewYouElves: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=2302 In this comic]], it is described in detail how the Zorblaxians are literally the center of the universe. The Universes Pulsar Emissions, when expressed as musical tones, even spell out the Zorblazian Anthem! [[spoiler: The Humans then spend thousands of years devoting their society to science and technology, flying Earth to Zorblax Prime with giant rocket boosters, and blasting the Zorblaxian Homeworld to oblivian with a giant laser.]]
* SeenItAll: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2545#comic This guy, where sex is concerned.]]
* SelfDeprecation: Fairly common in the mouse-over bonus strips. Often this shows the artist's partner puncturing his pretensions or mocking him.
** Special mention goes to this: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1916#comic "That's Uncle Weiner. He became a cartoonist. So now he's dead to us."]]
** DoubleSubverted in the votey for this [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3198#comic comic.]] His wife usually criticizes the strips in their respective voteys. However, she thinks it's comedy "gold" and he thinks she's weird because of it. This is, considering that [[http://www.weinersmith.com/ she's a biologist and a researcher]].
** No words are minced [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3555#comic here]], in what is apparently a new low.
** Voteys will sometimes list "Things I Can't Draw", calling attention to his own perceived failures.
** In 2015 Zach started adding voteys to old strips that didn't have them. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=44 One points out that some of the old comics didn't age well]] and he doesn't even understand [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=27 several]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=132 of]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=160 them]] anymore.
** Several voteys unfavourably compare ''SMBC'' to ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' -- reviewing ''SMBC'' as two stars, "sure sometimes XKCD is down", virtual reality goggles showing something more beautiful than what you're actually looking at showing ''XKCD''...
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=856 Zach predicts that by 2027 he'll run out of ideas, go insane, and start captioning other people's cartoons.]]
--> Garfield: "I love lasagna."
--> Zach: "And then he [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] died!"
** Taken UpToEleven in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2009-11-10 this]] comic's votey.
--> Zach, drawing Comics at 3 AM: [[spoiler: Nothing I've ever drawn is funny!]]
* SelfMadeOrphan: The Headless Horsemen [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=19#comic here.]]
* ShoutOut:
** A little while after ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' referenced ''SMBC''[='=]s mouse-over-bonus panels in the AltText of [[http://xkcd.com/604/ this strip,]] Zach obliged the "giraffe hooker" request [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1565#comic here.]]
** And again [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2396#comic here]], with [[http://xkcd.com/435/ "Physics is to math as sex is to masturbation."]]
** The votey of [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=2327#comic this strip]] suddenly puts a {{Garfield}}-tinged spin on the previous panels.
** [[Warhammer40K BLOOD FOR]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3874 THE BLOOD GOD.]]
* ShutUpHannibal: Superman is told something that requires a little introspection. [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2012#comic So naturally, he punches the dude in the face.]]
* SillyReasonForWar: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2660 Two soldiers die in battle, and God has to decide which one was on the right side ...]]
-->First Soldier: "We were fighting them because their form of Economy is not as Market-Oriented as ours, according to some metrics!"

-->Second Soldier: "We were fighting them because the use of their navy in relative proximity to our borders may have indicated that a larger ally of their was establishing a hegemony over our octant of the globe!"
* SlipperySlopeFallacy: One comic has a girl ask her father if there is a puppy heaven. Her father proceeds to point out that if he says yes, it becomes impossible to decide what doesn't get a heaven, eventually suggesting that there is a meme heaven for ideas that die. Then the father uses the fallacy ''again'' to prove the exact opposite thing - that since a meme heaven is ridiculous, so is a heaven for slightly more complex things, gradually getting to the point where there's no reason for a human heaven. That the line might be drawn at humans, or even at biological life, never seems to occur to him.
* StealthCigaretteCommercial: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=191 Superman subtext with this]]
* SophisticatedAsHell: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=699#comic Here's]] one example.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1352#comic And another.]]
* SpinTheEarthBackwards: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=352 Subversively deconstructed.]] Or... deconstructively subverted, or something.
* SpoofAesop: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2771#comic The votey of this strip.]]
* {{Spoonerism}}: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2083 A particularly unfortunate one.]] Also serves as that page's image.
* SpurnedIntoSuicide:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=917 The threat of this helps ensure a successful marriage proposal.]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2006-06-12 It also useful to avoid a breakup.]]
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: A medieval variation in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=526#comic this comic.]]
* StrawFeminist:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2007-10-02 Murdering and eating all men as soon as artificial sperm is created]].
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2008-03-18 Shooting men in the back of the head]].
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Best shown [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=547 here.]]
-->I find a little rhyme can really take the edge off bad news. Which reminds me, I've been meaning to tell you... there once was a man from schmonorrhea. You have AIDS. Ucket.
* SubvertedTrope: Too many to count; half the strip's humor comes from doing this in a bizarre manner.
** DoubleSubversion: 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.
*** ZigZaggingTrope: Usually reserved for multi-panel, but [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=5#comic it's been pulled off]] in one panel+ text as well.
* SuicideAsComedy: Quite a few times, like [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1007#comic this comic]], which also falls under WhatAnIdiot and TarotMotifs (if you look closely).
* SuperCuteSuperPowers: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=499#comic One comic]] has a little girl guarding Fort Knox who has the ability to make puppies appear. Which she uses to [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower deadly effect]]. Because she never specified ''where'' the puppies will appear from. [[spoiler:Such as from ''inside'' the villain.]]
* TakeAThirdOption: "[[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=557#comic I have a]] ''fantastic'' attorney."
* TakeThat: Often accompanied by a "BAM!" in the Author's Notes.
** Zach [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1676 didn't]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1771 care]] for ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo''.
** Explicitly invoked in the bonus panel for [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1968 this one.]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1747#comic Zack hates]][[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2007-03-09 alternative medicine]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3025 Zach also dislikes the Zimbardo Prison Experiment.]] The votey even says the trope name.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3464#comic This votey]] has an comically insulting fake ad against Arby's.
*** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=13 This votey]] also takes a stab at Arby's.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3856 This one is a meta-example.]] It counts as Plato giving a TakeThat against people who disagree with him by describing them as blind cave-dwellers literally chained by ignorence, and it also counts as Zach giving a TakeThat against Plato for being so petty.
--> Plato: "And countries should all be run by me!"
** In order to make a girl like him, a guy has 1000 men of inferior quality walk past her. This includes an old man, a unobrowed man, and [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/standard-deviatin39 a muscular man wearing a shirt that says "Star Wars 1 was good"]].
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2013-06-28 "Undreampt Depths of Lunacy" = "Lets go to Dunkin' Donuts when other options are available."]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1127 Moral]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2415 Relativism]] is just an excuse [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Jerkass Jerkasses]] use to do horrible things.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2015-02-07 People who believe in Astrology are unlovable.]]
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink:
--> [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2008-01-04 Blues Singer: "Oh I got the Blues, baby! I'm a Blues-havin' guy!]] [[spoiler: Put cyanide in all the bar patrons' drinks! And now they're gonna die!]] Oh, I got the blues, baby ..."
* TeensAreShort: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3156#comic This college freshman]] looks more like a high school freshman next to his dad.
* TeenyWeenie
* ThatsWhatSheSaid: While the [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1926#comic consequences]] were great, it was worth it.
* ThinkOfTheChildren: Invoked [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2622 by a Senator]] regarding gay marriage, then twisted with InsaneTrollLogic 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.
* TimeTravelForFunAndProfit: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=3579 The real reason why Scrooge was so generous]] at the end of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''.
* TooDumbToLive: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1007#comic Too dumb to die.]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=13 In Retrospect, the gate seemed foreboding.]]
* ThanatosGambit: Several examples of how to use this just to mess around with people, such as [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=2023#comic here.]] Or [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1954#comic like this.]] Or [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2081 this.]]
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1691 The Ultimate Diet.]] It even says so in the votey.
* ThisIsntHeaven:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=936#comic That's so weird. I've stubbed my toe every 42 seconds since I got here.]]
** Happens again when someone is told they're in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3497#comic sysadmin Heaven.]]
* UnfortunateNames: 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 didn't work.
* UnsoundEffect: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=429#comic Lamp!]]
* UnwantedSpouse: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2006-07-09 "Countdown to Divorce: 25 months, 14 days, 3 hours, 27 minutes, 22 seconds."]].
* VirginSacrifice: {{Invoked}} then brutally, [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3640#comic brutally subverted here.]]
-->'''Demon''': Now I shall devour your pure '''OH MY GOD'''. [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth Your browser history is worse than the Necronomicon.]]
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Zach's AuthorAvatar in the bonus panels.
* WeComeInPeaceShootToKill [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2967 discussed here.]]
* WeirdnessCensor: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=29#comic Here.]]
* WhatWeNowKnowToBeTrue: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2074#comic A Mother's Love: Nature's Deadliest Poison]]
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Used word for word in one strip to explain the lengths some men will go to for sexual gratification.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=623 Or "Asshole"?]]
* WhosOnFirst: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2349#comic 57 panels worth of chemistry puns.]]
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3051#comic Horribly subverted here.]]
* WishingForMoreWishes:
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2740 Here]], a character [[InvokedTrope invokes]] CallARabbitASmeerp to get around the restriction.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3279 And here]], a character [[FormulaicMagic exploits the rules of math]] to get around this restriction. Specifically she wished that each wish be considered separately, that wishes be calculated in absolute value, and that she have one thousand fewer wishes.
* WomenAreWiser: Somewhat. They are slightly less neurotic about their genitals at any rate.
* TheWoobie: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2014-09-27 "Happy Birthday to Me!"]]
* WorthIt: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1926#comic On the alt panel of this comic,]] [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3141#comic as well as the alt panel on this one.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: God, apparently, according to [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2065 this comic's]] votey.
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2724#comic Invoked]] as a way of coping with simple problems.
* XMeetsY: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2736#comic Apparently,]] PacMan is the result of Kafka writing an Creator/HPLovecraft story.
* YouClonedHitler: Now on DeconstructiveParody flavor! [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2044 Check it here.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Infidelity is a frequent source of humor in the comic.
* ZigZaggingTrope: [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=561#comic What is this, middle school?]]
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