Webcomic: Sticky Dilly Buns

Their names aren't Andrea or Richard, and he's gay.

"How can I possibly know more about being gay than a gay man? I've been in this house too long!!!"
Ruby (after approximately a week in the house)

Sticky Dilly Buns is a webcomic created, written, and drawn by "Giz" (Gisèle Lagacé) and "Shouri" (María Victoria Robado), which started on January 7, 2013. The two main characters and some of the supporting cast come from Giz's earlier and still-running webcomic, Ménage à 3, and both comics are set in Montreal, Canada. Like its parent comic, Sticky Dilly Buns has a sitcom atmosphere with Slice of Life elements and a degree of (comedy) explicitness about sex — though maybe without quite so much Fanservice. Although Ménage à 3 is explicitly rated R, Sticky Dilly Buns hasn't shown anything really NSFW yet — but there's been some quite explicit dialogue, some just-off-screen intercourse (straight and gay), and some nudity reflected very small. Given its themes and some of its characters' careers, more may follow in the future — though Word of God is that the lower level of explicitness makes selling advertizing on the site easier. The creators have noted that the creative team is all female, and the comic may be slanted slightly more towards a female readership than Ménage à 3, although the difference may be subtle.

The title character of the comic is the (very, very) Camp Gay aspiring actor Dillon O'Brien, and many of the early strips concern his romantic life, and especially his new relationship with his neighbor Jerzy. However, much of the drama in that period involves the second lead character, his room-mate and fellow actor, the ex-porn star Amber LaRose, and the unexpected appearance of her younger sister Ruby, who moves into their apartment while searching for a job in the city. As they don't have a spare room, Ruby has to share Amber's room, putting a crimp in Amber's hope for a love life, which is already complicated by her difficulty in getting to know men outside of the porn business. A bigger issue soon turns out to be Ruby's personality, which makes her difficult to live with — and the history which explains this attitude, and which can make the relationship between the two sisters quite soap-operatic, as and when the writers choose to exploit this. (Ruby certainly isn't going to treat Amber as a Cool Big Sis if she can help it.) Dillon also sets out to make friends with Ruby, although this gets a little weird a lot of the time, leading Ruby to develop her capacity for snarkiness; they each seem to end up learning something from the other.

The first strip is here.

Sticky Dilly Buns contains examples of:

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    Tropes A-H 

  • Adults Are Useless: Appears to be the case with Amber and Ruby's parents, if only for comedy purposes. According to a line in Ménage à 3, they're wealthy doctors, but... Aside from their failure to bring up daughters able to handle adult life competently (one went into the sex industry, the other is screamingly neurotic), and the fact that they've never even heard that their older daughter has become a fairly famous porn star, they also failed to notice that Ruby felt that they favored Amber (a problem admittedly probably exacerbated by Ruby knowing Amber's secret). Nor did they point out to Ruby that the very short skirts that she wore (thanks to some malevolently bad advice from a teacher) were hardly appropriate for someone seeking a serious graduate-level job in business. Finally, they sent Ruby to live with Amber, only telling Amber she was coming by e-mail, despite the fact that, according to Ruby, she told her mother that Amber never checks her e-mails. They seem to suffer from acute Parental Obliviousness.
  • All Gays Love Theater: Dillon really, really wants to be an actor. Jerzy may avert this a little, as he shows no special interest in the subject — but he's certainly not hostile to it either. Also, Ray seems like a straight, if broad-minded, jock — but (a) he wants to become an actor, and (b) he turns out to have twinges of potential bisexuality.
  • All the Good Men Are Gay: A trope perhaps likely to arise in a story about a gay man who the female writer/artist team evidently like.
    • Amber occasionally invokes this trope, usually when she's complaining about her dating problems in the presence of the Camp Gay Dillon, if only to flatter him.
    • Minor character Clara uses a variation of the phrase, again in relation to Dillon, here.
    • On the other hand, Dillon would probably say that the trope is frequently averted, given his capacity for falling for straight men.
  • All Women Are Lustful: At first, Sticky Dilly Buns looked to set to inherit a tendency to hint at this idea from Ménage à 3, with Amber and Chanelle discussing their interest in sex with considerable enthusiasm. (Note that Amber apparently went into the porn business for the sex, and, despite being quite a nice person a lot of the time, she couldn't resist tricking Gary into giving her — admittedly uniquely high-quality — oral sex.) Then Ruby showed up and apparently averted the trope with extreme prejudice — although given her later attempts to check if various male characters were misbehaving, it's clear that she has sexual impulses, just under a layer of repression and denial.
  • All Women Are Prudes is parodied in this strip. Ruby, who is functionally a prude (with a pretty good Freudian Excuse), really wants to believe that most women are the same, aside from Amber. However, not only does she think that cats also mostly avoid sex (which would be news to a lot of cat owners), her own increasingly frequent Yaoi fantasies call into question even her own prudishness.
  • Appliance Defenestration: A variant is demonstrated here by Ruby, despite the fact that the item was (a) small and (b) not what most people would call a domestic appliance, and the window was open.
  • Auto Erotica: Dillon and Jerzy have their first serious make-out session in the latter's pickup truck.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Dillon and Jerzy go into "mother hen mode" when Andy presents a rather disconcerting gift (a cock ring) to Ruby.
  • Big "YES!": Ruby manages to embarrass herself with an overly flamboyant Big Yes even when she's alone in the house, for reasons related to her recent discovery of her Yaoi Fangirl nature.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Dillon's interest seems to generate this effect when he first sees an attractive man. See here with Jerzy, more noticeably here with Richie — or here with Gary.
  • Book Ends: In the very first strip, Amber says to herself, "Dilly... never change". In the last strip of the first 150-strip volume, Ruby thinks to herself "Something's gotta change here". The Call Back is clearly deliberate, especially given that Ménage à 3 uses visual as well as verbal callbacks to bookend its volumes.
  • Boyfriend Bluff has appeared twice:
  • But Liquor Is Quicker: Booze leads Jerzy to bad decisions here.
  • Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them: When Matt guest-stars in a crossover with the parent comic, readers are reminded that he and Dillon have sometimes had trouble keeping their hands off each other even since they broke up, creating a barely-averted threat threat to Dillon's relationship with Jerzy.
  • Centipede's Dilemma: Dillon uses the psychology behind this trope to demonstrate a point to Ruby here.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Ruby and Dillon are spying on Jerzy to determine if he has any faults, a conversation between Angel and Jerzy has Angel pointing out what a shameless flirt Dillon is, even when he's already dating someone. Dillon muses on how he doesn't deserve a guy like Jerzy.
    Dillon: Here's where you say stuff like "Of course you deserve him, Dillon! You're a nice, handsome guy!"
    Ruby: I don't like to lie.
    Dillon: You don't find me handsome?
    • This is a bit of a recurring motif with Dillon, primarily when Ruby tries to underscore that he's got a bit of a case of Never My Fault.
  • Coming-Out Story: A minor instance appears when Ray re-enters Dillon's life, and Dillon, under moral pressure from his own conscience and from Ruby, has to come out to him despite some worries about how he'll react. (As Ruby comments, everyone else in the comic has long since noticed that Dillon is gay.) However, it turns out to be a fairly straightforward process; Ray is a little startled, but not hostile.
  • Continuity Nod: The pictures of Gary by Dillon's bedside, the references and flashbacks to Dillon's "bastard ex-boyfriend" Matt, and Amber's accidental Porn Stash, tie this comic back to Ménage à 3. Also, Dillon's reference to some straight men being "on the down low" is actually a nod to a much earlier strip in the other comic, as is then made explicit in the next strip (all of which also establishes that Dillon's source is far from trustworthy). The two comics also actually Cross Over at least once.
  • Cool Car: Jerzy's pickup truck. At least according to Dillon.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: A process visible, in low-key form, in Ruby's character arc. Learning about things like Yaoi puts a strain on her conventional, sheltered morality, and as it turns out, wearing a masculine disguise helps her develop emotional tactics for dealing with Dillon.
  • CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable): When Ruby gets into trouble in the swimming pool (due to confusion caused by Dillon's antics) and is promptly fished out, Andy the swimming instructor immediately announces that she needs "CPR". So far as one can tell from subsequent strips, this actually means a little bit of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, rather than even Hollywood CPR, let alone anything realistic.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy:
    • Dillon becomes flakily jealous about Jerzy, though he's relatively harmless as the trope goes; the concert plotline centers on him trying to assess Jerzy's faithfulness to himself by spying on him in disguise. (No, you're not imagining the hypocrisy there.) As might be expected, this doesn't go well; Dillon probably ends up learning more about himself than he does about Jerzy, Ruby gets to exercise her snarky side on him, and then Dillon blows the disguise in a moment of bad temper.
    • Angel is slightly more subtle about his jealousy regarding Jerzy, but also perhaps more vicious about it; he needles Dillon at every opportunity, and gloats when Dillon makes a fool of himself.
  • Crossover: When Zii's band in Ménage à 3, "Zii and the Troublemakers", get a booking, Zii invites all her friends to come and support her, triggering a crossover. See the notes on Gambit Pileup for some idea of the ensuing mess.
  • Cry into Chest: Parodied somewhat in the last panel here. (It's happened before with these two, but this is the most detail-twisting case to date.) Dillon (disguised as "Dilla") insists on crying into the chest of Ruby (disguised as "Rudy"). As Dillon is taller than Ruby (even without heels), the pose comes out wrong for the usual effect — and Ruby really, really doesn't want to play a "motherly" role. Given that Dillon's crying verges on Inelegant Blubbering, any heartwarming is ruthlessly averted.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Ruby is distracted by a kitten. A few strips later, she buys it, ensuring that she'll have many more such moments with "Minew."
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Comedy characters should never Think Out Loud just because they think they are alone, because they never are.
    • Ruby discovers this here.
    • Nonetheless, she suffers an even worse case here, complete with a classic stock phrase.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Dillon suggests, painfully plausibly, that this was the true nature of Professor Conried, Ruby's favourite teacher, who had an unfortunate influence on Ruby's wardrobe choices. Actually, he initially suggests that Professor Conried was a Dirty Old Man, until Ruby corrects him as to the Professor's sex. But as he points out, in this setting, that doesn't make much difference.
  • Disguised in Drag: Dillon is experienced at passing as a woman for theatrical purposes, but also uses that skill for disguise when he wants to spy on Jerzy. He also brings Ruby with him, disguised as a man.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Demonstrated briefly here by Dillon, for reasons that he explains.
  • Easily Overheard Conversation: Ruby and Dillon manage to eavesdrop a crucial conversation between Angel and Jerzy, without being noticed and while discussing what the other two say between themselves.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Dillon may tend to screw up his relatinships, but he has little apparent difficulty finding partners. Amber may complain about her difficulty finding a man, but she's shown having multiple partners. Most of the adult minor characters are shown in relationships or having multiple flings. Sex on the first date (or sooner) is treated as the norm. Ruby is the one big exception, but it's clear that she'd only have to ask Andy if she wanted to change that, and her aversion to the idea seems to be crumbling slowly.
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas: Andy, who doesn't seem to be very bright and who certainly doesn't get out much, lands a date with Ruby. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, a colleague then convinces him that Ruby is a porn star, leaving him unsure how to act. First, he gives Ruby a cock ring as a gift at the start of the date, but fortunately she doesn't recognise it; then, trying to find something to talk about, he drops this verbal faux pas.
  • Freudian Trio: It's something of a stretch to fit this trope to the comic, as the three inhabitants of the apartment don't really function much as a trio at all, but the trope in fact inverted. Each of the three is missing one part of a well-adjusted personality. Dillon initially lacks any detectable superego, acting purely on instinct and desire; Ruby has repressed her id, and needs to learn to relax and enjoy her instinctual, physical side; and Amber needs learn how to behave like an ordinary human being away from the weirdness of the porn world — to operate with a normally functional ego.
  • Gag Penis: A topic sometimes exploited for jokes:
    • Consider that the cock ring, fitted for himself, which Andy gives to Ruby as a gift is mistaken for a bracelet...
    • At one point, the comic features a guest appearance by Matt from Ménage à 3, where he'd previously been established as being very adequately endowed. That's then used for a joke.note 
  • Gambit Pileup: When Zii's band in Ménage à 3, "Zii and the Troublemakers", get a booking, Zii invites all her friends to come and support her, triggering a crossover and potential pileup, as multiple characters in both comics put plans into motion. In the end, the pileups are less severe than they might have been, but little goes exactly to anyone's plan:
    • Pretty Boyz with Electric Toyz also happen to be playing, and it turns out that Angel has an old feud with Zii, who once slept with Jerzy back when Jerzy was Angel's boyfriend, at least in Angel's eyes. Angel wants to crush Zii, who isn't the sort to back down; the relationship between the two is now totally hostile.
    • Angel summons Jerzy, to provide moral support as a friend.
    • Dillon also has an invitation, works out that Jerzy will be there, and wants to find out what he's up to with Angel, if anything. He comes along dressed as a woman, and brings Ruby, dressed as a man, to provide some kind of cover as his "date". (She initially protests at the idea, but seems to enjoy playing detectives; she enjoys some ensuing embarrassments and revelations rather less.) He is also prone to being distracted by his long-running crush on Gary, who's also there. In the end, though, it's his own poor impulse control that causes him disaster.
    • Amber regards the gig as an opportunity to seduce Gary. Initially she hopes that Dillon will be absent, clearing the way for this; later, Zii just points out to her that Dillon really should be over his own crush on Gary by now. When she bumps into Dillon and Ruby, she instantly recognizes the former (having seen him in drag before) but not the latter. Funnily enough, she actually achieves her own objective when all the possible obstructions clear themselves out of the way of their own accord.
    • Gary was planning a guys' night out with his friend Jung, and is largely oblivious to others' intentions.
    • Matt has brought Kiley to meet his friends (neither of them knowing how many of them she's already met, sometimes in complicated ways), and gets talking to Ruby (Male Restroom Etiquette notwithstanding) and then Dillon in the restrooms; then he disappears with someone else, while Kiley who ran away in an attempt to avoid an embarrassing revelation, gets distracted.
    • Erik is now managing Pretty Boyz with Electric Toyz (his feelings for Zii since their recent traumatic break-up are uncertain, but he's clearly still not entirely over her). He mostly remains in the background.
    • DiDi, Sonya, and Peggy from Ménage à 3 are also there, two of them with seductive designs on Gary, and get a little tangled up with some of the other events.
    • Jung is there to deliver the band's stage costumes, hang out with Gary, and be snarky. He will maybe never realize how good the opportunity was for the last.
  • Gaydar: Dillon seems to have fairly reliable though not supernatural gaydar, despite his initial confused belief about his ability to turn straight men gay; he uses tests, as when he gets Ruby into a pair of well-cut jeans (any passing man who gets distracted by her can't be gay), or assesses men over time rather than instantly, as when he acknowledges that Andy doesn't seem to be gay. Likewise, Ruby reaches the same conclusion about Andy, despite not claiming any great understanding of sexuality, because she's fairly confident in her ability to assess people generally.
  • Gay Guy Seeks Popular Jock: Dillon's relationship with Ray has hints of this trope; Ray was an amiable jock type, and Dillon fell for him while discovering his own sexuality, to his frustration in that Ray identified as straight. In the comic's present, the situation is complicated by Ray's discovery that he may have a hint of bisexuality in his nature.
  • Generic Cuteness: Most of the characters are meant to be attractive young people, but even given this they are pretty well all noticeably decorative. This is inherent in the character concepts of the likes of Dillon, Amber, and Jerzy, but the nerdy Ruby has a great slim figure, a random pet shop owner will turn out to be the sort of cute guy who can distract Dillon and Angel, and even very minor characters like the plump middle-aged lady handing out free chocolate samples at the mall look good for what they are.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Amber (the beautiful sister) and Ruby (the smart sister) have rather a textbook case going, apart from a moderately substantial age difference. Admittedly, Amber doesn't want to fight, but she doesn't seem to have a clue how to talk to her sister, while Ruby toned things down a little after her first appearance; she presumably realizes that she has to live with Amber. However, Ruby isn't entirely ready to stop fighting, her aggression could be quite enough to reignite the war at any time, and she keeps finding legitimate new grounds for resentment.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot:
  • Hero-Worshipper: Dillon seems to attract hero worship, for no clear reason:
    • It's seen in parody or maybe just plain weird form with Jacob here. However, Jacob, possibly a Deliberately Cute Child, may just be trying to manipulate Dillon there.
    • It takes a less ambiguous but distinctly weird form when offered by naive straight guy Andy (who knows full well that Dillon is gay); see, for example, strip #104 (February 14, 2014, somewhat NSFW).
    • Dillon's old school friend Ray shows up in Montreal to ask him for acting lessons. While Dillon is implied to be a pretty good actor, he's not hudely successful as yet; Ray's admiration seems slightly excessive.

    Tropes I-P 

  • Idealized Sex: Dillon and Jerzy's first time went spectacularly well, with any condom use happening between panels and both parties very happy. Well, it did until plot started happening. So the idealization there may have been deliberate, to maximize the contrast.
  • Incompatible Orientation:
    • Dillon is capable of fixating on any good-looking guy, whatever their orientation.
      • He retains at least a latent interest in straight guy Gary from his time in Ménage à 3.
      • One of his many recurrent flirtations is with Andy, who both he and Ruby conclude is entirely straight (though amazingly oblivious).
      • When is Old Friend Ray re-enters his life, it turns out that Dillon has an unrequited crush going back to their school days, which was in fact what first made him realize that he was gay. This is complicated when Dillon uses the excuse of an acting lesson to kiss Ray, and the passion of the kiss awakens some kind of bisexual tendencies in Ray — though whether these are strong enough for Ray to act on them remains to be seen.
    • Meanwhile, Amber would almost certainly express her fondness for Dillon sexually given half a chance — especially as she knows from events in the other comic that he's the master of an exotic oral sex technique.
    • Dillon's good looks also tend to attract the attention of women who don't know that he is gay, a problem that first emerged in his school days; it was revealed in one Ménage à 3 strip that, at a later date at school, he had an experimental and totally unsuccessful threesome with two (very willing) women. In the comic's present, he has to deal with minor character Clara at work.
  • Innocent Innuendo:
  • Inspiration Nod:
  • Intimate Healing: The comic plays with some implications of this trope when Ruby, unconscious after nearly drowning in a swimming pool, is revived by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation from lifeguard Andy — and Dillon not only tells her about this, but produces a video recording. She is subsequently confused and stressed about the incident, believing that she's just had her first kiss while unconscious; Amber has to try and reassure her that "mouth-to-mouth isn't exactly a kiss".
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Angel attempts to undermine Dillon's relationship with Jerzy ... mostly by telling Jerzy the truth about Dillon. His later description of Dillon as "creepy and obsessive" may be hypocrisy of a high order, but it's also, well, true.
    • Likewise, when Ruby and Dillon overhear that conversation, Ruby is (forgivably) happy to point out to Dillon that Angel isn't lying. As she previously also criticised Amber for lying to their parents for years, to the extent that Ruby is flawed as a person, this trope tends to fit her.
  • Kiss of Life: Andy fishes the drowning Ruby out of the swimming pool and revives her with CPR. She doesn't recover consciousness before he's finished — but Dillon has obligingly filmed the process on his phone. This causes the virginal Ruby some confusion, as she's unsure if she's just had her first kiss, until later reassured otherwise. And she ends up on a date with Andy.
  • Last Het Romance: Jerzy describes himself as having passed through a bisexual phase before concluding that he was gay. It's not clear who his last het romance was with, but it may have been Angel, or possibly even Zii.
  • Magical Queer: Andy apparently attempts to evoke the trope in this strip, and Jerzy promptly and sarcastically averts it.
  • The Makeover: Deconstructed, possibly accidentally, in Dillon's offers to help Ruby.
    • First, he offers to help her in her efforts to find a job. She accepts, and he takes her clothes shopping. However, what follows isn't a makeover - she ends up looking like the same person, just better dressed.
    • Then he declares that he's going to help her find a boyfriend, and offers her an actual makeover. She rejects the offer, and he bursts into tears at having his friendship rejected. When she then offers to do something to stop him crying, expecting to have to endure that makeover, he chooses instead to go swimming so he can hang out or flirt with the guys down at the pool. The impression given is that the makeover was never for the benefit of the person receiving it; it was for the amusement of the person applying it.
  • Male Restroom Etiquette: The disguised and naive Ruby shows her ignorance here. Fortunately, the other guy present is Matt from Ménage à 3, who proves as smooth as ever. This incident is also providing the current image on the trope page.
  • Manga Effects: Giz is known to have an interest in manga, and while this comic is mostly drawn in a realistic western style, it includes some distinctly manga-style touches such as Cross-Popping Veins and the odd Luminescent Blush.
  • Meaningful Name: A minor case; Amber and Ruby are sisters, and their matched gemstone/color names may also refer to their contrasting hair colors; Amber is blonde (although it was established in Ménage à 3 that her hair is naturally dark, so she presumably changed it for professional reasons), while Word of God, confirmed by the color cover art on the first print collection, is that Ruby is auburn-haired.. And Amber the eye-catching blonde is overtly sexy (amber means "ready"); Ruby's prim bob marks her as prim and businesslike (and red means "stop").
  • Mr. Fanservice: One might say that both Dillon and Jerzy take this duty at times, especially during some of their scenes together — which tend to have an effect on Ruby. Other male characters (such as Andy and Ray), being subject to Dillon's gay version of the Male Gaze, may also be assigned this role sometimes.
  • Naked Apron: Amber and later Dillon both use this for a specific purpose (January 18 2013 and January 25 2013 strips, borderline NSFW).
  • Naked First Impression: Ruby's first encounter with Dillon and Jerzy involves them being naked (and in fact having sex). It doesn't then help that Dillon neglects to put his clothes back on when he gets the chance.
  • Naked People Are Funny: The occasional (and generally scenery censored) nudity in this comic is largely down to realistic treatment of characters having sex, but is also used for comedy, as when Dillon forgets to put any clothes on before talking to Ruby for the first time, or when he and Amber both barge in on Ruby in the shower.
  • Not a Date: When Ruby is bounced into buying dinner for Andy the lifeguard as a thank-you for saving her after she got into trouble in the swimming pool, she tries to insist that it's not a date. However, Amber and Dillon persuade her that it's only polite to at least dress up a little, and she subsequently admits that she doesn't really know if she wants it to be a date or not.
  • Not What It Looks Like: For various reasons, Ruby's date with Andy is mistaken for her dating all three by various bystanders, much to her embarrassment.
  • Operation Jealousy: Angel attempts this tactic here. Jerzy demonstrates how an Only Sane Man counters it.
  • Painted-On Pants: Dillon takes Ruby clothes shopping (in his best Gay Best Friend style), and buys her a pair of designer jeans as a gift, showing any readers who'd somehow missed the fact previously that she has an excellent figure. It then turns out that he has his own reasons for this...
  • Parallel Porn Titles: The Sisterhood In Each... Other's... Pants.
  • Parental Favoritism: Ruby claims that Amber is their parents' favourite. However, Amber denies this, and it's possible that Ruby exaggerates the problem, because she knows about Amber's porn career but this is a secret from their parents, making the contrast between what their parents say and the truth as Ruby knows it glaring and painful.
  • Parrot Exposition: Ruby engages in this here, and as a result ends up asking Andy out by accident, to Dillon's delight.
  • Porn Names: Amber previously worked as Amber-Amber, though she and Dillon both seem to regard that as a symbol of her past life, and discourage others from using it. Chanelle is Chanelle Numberfine, and this strip mentions Maxx Deep and Humpy Nastee. ("They're really nice!")
    Dillon: Sorry, Amb! I don't know why nobody gives Humpy a chance!
  • Porn Stash: Amber's was essentially the result of an accident (and its existence actually represents a callback to an earlier incident in the parent comic). It still caused an uncomfortable moment, though.

    Tropes Q-Z 

  • Really Gets Around:
    • Definitely part of Amber's past, and still part of Chanelle's present, if only for professional reasons. Amber is trying to live a little differently nowadays, having got out of the porn business and expressed a readiness to find one good man and stop there. However, she still enjoys sex a lot, and sees little reason to pass up opportunities; for example, she ends up in bed with Gary and Ray on consecutive nights. Her problem may be getting the hang of slowing down.
    • Ménage à 3 had lines implying that this was Dillon's style too, but he seems to be more romantic and monogamous, if still flirtatious, these days. Assuming that he's not likely to carry through with those flirtations, of course.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: When they are together without Amber around, Dillon and Ruby tend to fall into a rough-and-ready, low-key version of this trope. Dillon, the red oni, is certainly an extrovert with the lust for life; Ruby, the blue oni (despite her name) is concerned with control and observance of authority, and is also more intellectual, proud, traditional, and definitely introverted, and is a mystery to Amber, although she is only intermittently respected.
  • Right Through the Wall:
    • A minor variant here — right through the apartment front door, in this case.
    • On a later occasion, Ruby gets to hear more than she wants of Dillon and Jerzy's lovemaking.
    • Ruby also complains about the sounds that Amber and Ray make together, though it actually happens between strips. Ruby is inherently doomed to suffer from this sort of thing a lot.
    • (The thinness of the apartment's walls is actually mentioned in the next strip, to Ruby's momentary trepidation, as she's just been discussing topics that she finds embarrassing.)
  • Roommate Com: Ruby's arrival makes this a three-roommate version. None of the lead characters is actually in a band, but they know someone who is.
  • Saying Too Much: Ruby doesn't want to admit that she has a libido (and the stress of the denial is pretty clearly getting to her), but Dillon manages to draw her into discussion of the book of yaoi manga which she recently gave him. She soon lets slip enough to show that she has been reading it.
  • Security Cling: Played for laughs — even within the comic — here.
  • Sex Comedy: Dillon has sex with Jerzy while being an idiotic romantic about it, Amber wants sex but has difficulty finding opportunities, Ruby says she isn't interested in sex but keeps blundering into sexual situations...
  • Sex Is Good: The general assumption of the comic, albeit with some complications and light and shade. Dillon is very happy when he gets into a sexual relationship; Amber and Chanelle are all in favor of sex (despite having worked in the porn business, which might conceivably make someone jaundiced or cynical on the subject), and Ruby seems to be uptight and unhappy in her prudishness. However, mishandled sexuality can have negative consequences in the setting; Amber's porn-tinged perceptions make it hard for her to manage relationships, Ruby was damaged by exposure to one of Amber's films, and Dillon is more than capable of messing up his relationships with bad decisions.
  • Shirtless Scene: Most of the men are good-looking to borderline Mr. Fanservice levels, and the comic isn't averse to having them get their shirts off, with excuses ranging from drinks spillages through swimming pool visits to straightforward sex scenes. It even lampshades the ease of the shirt removal a little in strip #36 (May 13, 2013, marginally NSFW); "Now where did their shirts go!?!"
  • Shout-Out: The coupling of "Matt" and "Dillon" is a rather arbitrary shout-out that carried over from the parent comic. However, nobody in the setting ever seems to notice the coincidence until Ruby, who seems to have a fondness for old television, lampshades it instantly.
  • Shower of Awkward: A variant of this trope appears here, as characters who are used to sharing a shower blunder in on someone who isn't, assuming too much about why the shower should be running. It is, incidentally, a measure of how quickly Ruby is adapting to life in the apartment that she is merely angry at this, rather than incoherent with embarrassment. She's less brittle than she initially appeared.
  • Shower Scene: Probably to be expected semi-regularly in this sort of comic. See Shower of Awkward above.
  • Sibling Rivalry: This seems to be part of the background to the clash between Amber and Ruby, although the problem has gone some way beyond any simple rivalry between sisters. In fact, given the fairly substantial difference in their ages, they don't seem to have come into much conflict before Amber left home — although there have been small hints that Ruby may sometimes have deliberately reminded Amber that Ruby was smarter.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Amber — blonde, bisexually active, extrovert, long since left home — is contrasted with Ruby — dark, virginal, cerebral, emotionally tied to their parents. Ruby herself makes a point of emphasizing how different they are.
  • Slapstick: This comic may be a little more prone to physical comedy than its parent; see, for example, this bit of bumbling from Andy.
  • Sleep Cute: An extremely variant version; Dillon and Ruby occasionally end up sharing a bed, for various reasons, completely platonically. (Dillon really is very gay, as Ruby realises well enough to trust him.) On the first occasion, though, Ruby has a dream involving Dillon and Andy, and wakes up to find herself draped over and kissing Dillon. Neither of them likes this, and the situation has no feeling of romance whatsoever — but the sight of Ruby having an Erotic Dream shows both the readers and Dillon that her denial of any sexual feelings is pretty thin.
  • Sorry, I'm Gay: The psychology of this trope is invoked when Ray pretends to be Dillon's boyfriend to save him from a girl who's trying to chat him up. The twist is that Ray doesn't know that Dillon really is gay.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Angel's approach to Jerzy may not involve actual stalking, but is often seriously obsessive. Actually, Dillon's is arguably as bad, if subtler, and does involve an incident of actual stalking.
  • Super-Deformed: The comic occasionally shows its manga influences by featuring "chibi" versions of its cast in fantastical or very comedic panels — as here, for example.
  • Tempting Fate: Jerzy, desperate to cheer Angel up, says that Zii's band aren't much good. As they're standing in the middle of an audience which is already going wild for that band, this isn't so much tempting fate as sheer desperation.
  • Too Much Information: Pretty much any scene involving Ruby can end with her learning more than she wanted to know — especially if Amber's private life is involved (Amber is her sister, after all), though anything involving gay sex is also well out of her comfort zone. As she puts it, hanging around with Dillon and Amber "is like tuning my TV to the 'Uncomfortable Realizations Channel,' 24-7".
  • Transparent Closet: Back in his time in Ménage à 3, Dillon had a relationship with Nathan (who eventually signed over the apartment to Dillon and Amber in exchange for a threesome of sorts with the two of them). Despite repeatedly having sex with Dillon, Nathan insists that he isn't gay, just a straight man "on the down low." Dillon, being Dillon, believes him, until Ruby explains how nonsensical that is.
  • Two Decades Behind: Pretty Boyz with Electric Toyz appears to be made up of twenty-something musicians, but their primary stylistic reference seems to to be '70s Glam Rock. Perhaps they just have slightly retro tastes. Then there's Ruby, who's in her early 20s — but whose television references are things like Three's Company, Magnum, P.I., Columbo, and Kojak. Okay, she doesn't get out much in the evenings, but stays home watching reruns — but still... One might guess that the writers may be older than their characters.
  • Wall of Text: Mostly, this comic avoids large speech balloons; it's driven more by the art than by intense use of dialogue. Hence, Ruby's unleashing of a wall-of-text speech bubble here works as a deliberate bit of comedy and characterization.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: A small moment but well deserved on Dillon's part. He comes up with a scheme to drag Ruby along (while wearing drag) to spy on Jerzy during a concert to see if he is faithful, despite the fact that A) They haven't been together long, B) Dillon has said several times that they are only casually dating, and C) he himself has hit on several different guys. Jerzy proves that he is committed, despite Angel bringing up overwhelming evidence against Dillon. Dillon ends up feeling (rightfully) guilty, while Ruby takes a jab at him. Unfortunately, the lesson doesn't seem to stick.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Dillon mostly drags up for theatrical purposes, or as a disguise when spying on people, rather than because of any sort of kink — although there are hints of sexual games at times. (Dillon's actions can never be assumed to be 100% "wholesome".) Ruby's evening passing as "Rudy" is purely for purposes of disguise, although it leads to some comedic complications.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Used somewhat parodically by Ruby when Dillon inveigles her into a scheme that requires she be disguised in front of some people who know her. Given that she doesn't seem likely to have much talent for acting, she's probably wise to adopt a heavy prop-based disguise.
  • Wild Teen Party: Alluded to somewhat by Ruby when she mentions how she first found out about Amber's porn career. As this involved a bunch of teenage boys showing what turned out to be one of Amber's films, this wasn't the most enjoyable of parties from Ruby's point of view. Word of God is that this happened when she was about 14.
  • With Friends Like These...: Dillon tries to make friends with Ruby, because that's the kind of "cute" thing he does, and does give her some good advice on dressing for success, as well as helping her in other small ways from time to time. However, he keeps trying to organize her some kind of romantic life despite her saying that she doesn't want one, throws tantrums when she tries to keep him at a distance, and confuses her so badly with his flirtatious-gay antics that at one point she nearly drowns in a swimming pool. The "friendship" thus tends to be a mixed blessing from her point of view. He, though, is too ditzy to accept that there may be problems, and throws one of those tantrums if she does get through to him at all.
  • Word Salad Title: "Sticky Dilly Buns" is usually assumed to refer to Dillon's butt in some way, but nobody seems to know for sure. Frankly, this verges on being a Word Puree Title.
  • Yaoi Genre:
    • The comic isn't full-on yaoi, but it can be considered a lightweight western version, with Dillon and his crush of the moment as the Yaoi Guys.
    • The concept is also invoked within the comic here, and Ruby goes on to develop an overt interest in yaoi (starting by sneaking a look at Dillon's collection), despite some feeble attempts at denial.
  • You Are Grounded: Parodically invoked by Ruby here, when she gets annoyed by something Amber does and flips into pseudo-parental mode.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Something of a recurrent (if not fully stated) theme of the comic:
  • Zany Scheme: Dillon is prone to zany thinking. Showing up at a concert in disguise — with Ruby, also disguised (and both of them cross-dressing) — to check on Jerzy's fidelity is notably over the edge. As zany schemes are want to do, it backfires — twice, in fact, first when Jerzy proves his faithfullness while Angel exposes Dillon's flirtatious nature, and second and much worse when Dillon loses the plot in a fit of temper.