Webcomic: The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
The Doctor himself explains the premise.The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
(alternate title: Crazy Awesome : The Webcomic
) an action-comedy webcomic by Chris Hastings and Anthony "Nedroid
, and the love child of the Rule of Cool
and the Rule of Funny
The story unofficially note
begins with the eponymous omnidisciplinary doctor
, who is also a ninja
, discovering that the McBonald's restaurant chainnote
has created a burger bearing his name (marketed based on the burgers giving people "silent but deadly" farts). Naturally, he solves this copyright infringement by battling Donald McBonald himself.
The next arc, "Meet The Doctor And His Friendly Staff" introduces Dr. McNinja's gorilla
receptionist, as the two of them race against time to save a patient with Paul Bunyan's Disease (an illness which turns children into giant lumberjacks).
"So What IS A McNinja?'' introduces the Doctor's family, who are very disappointed with him for not becoming a professional ninja. The McNinjas' origins are revealed, and of course there are pirates
The next morning, the Doctor finds a raptor in his office ("There is a Raptor in My Office
"). This turns out to be the tip of the iceberg, said iceberg being a conspiracy involving paleontologists-turned-banditos, organic jetpacks, MySpace
Fox News Channel
NewsCorp. At least the Doctor gets a sidekick
out of the deal: a gunslinging
, mustachioed 12-year-old named Gordito.
"D.A.R.E. To Resist Ninja Drugs and Ninja Violence" begins with McNinja facing a hard choice: Will he help his father defeat 80's action movie star Frans Rayner and his army of drug-enhanced ninja mooks
? Or will he help the clone of Benjamin Franklin create a medicine to cure death?
...And everything after that point simply must be seen to be believed.
What's interesting about the comic is Hastings' sheer commitment to the utter weirdness
bizarre twist gets a completely straight reaction from the cast, and can have repercussions that stretch over multiple chapters. The overall effect is like a geodesic dome of absurdity, where every time the authors throw in a killer weatherman or cyborg bears or zombie Ben Franklin re-enacting the "Thriller" music video with situationally-appropriate lyrics, the plot becomes that much more believable. In the words of Chris Hastings
, "Dr. McNinja lives in a world that operates like a Mortal Kombat stage
" (but Cumberland, Maryland is
a real place), so if you're a stickler for scientific and historical plausibility and blow a gasket whenever you see Hollywood Physics
, please stay far away from this webcomic
And just to prove the series hasn't hit the peak of absurdly awesome yet, in Summer of 2010, Doctor McNinja took part in a crossover
with Axe Cop
. In addition, on November 7, 2011, the doctor faced down with Saxton Hale
. He lost, but the very idea
of such a fight was awesome.If you are looking for the trope named for the webcomic, see McNinja.
- Above Good and Evil: What Mitzi believes the ideal ninja should be.
- Acceptable Targets: Diabetics, in-universe, as far as the doctor is concerned. They're always whining.
- Achilles' Heel: or, more specifically, Achilles' Right Butt Cheek Frans Rayner has one; and he has the ability to relocate it. note What makes Dr McNinja particularly threatening to him is his ability to identify its location. In the "Army Of One" story, it was revealed that Rayner relocated his vulnerable spot to his leg before it was amputated, so he doesn't have one anymore. But his new laser eye tires him out with just one shot; what with no visible power supply, it burns a lot of calories.
- Action Mom: Mitzi, a rare example who is entirely willing to sacrifice her children if necessary, although in the specific example in question it was to save him from a Fate Worse Than Death.
- Affably Evil: Dracula.
- King Radical could count as well. Sure, the guy's a crime boss, but he's so cool most normal people don't even mind.
- The Ahnold: Frans Rayner, although his backstory actually hews closer to The Jean-Claude Van Damme or The Chuck Norris. Geographically, he'd be more like the Dolph Lundgren. Doctor McNinja himself (minus the accent) in the "Army Of One" story arc.
- All Myths Are True: And will show up in certain arcs if they get so much as a passing mention.
- Alt Text: Musings on the story, a pithy phrase, the punchline to the strip or even little stories are all stuck in here. It can generally be assumed that even if the strip itself does not contain a joke, the Alt Text will. Chris will also bitch about how hard pirate hats are to draw whenever there are pirates, because perspective is difficult with their odd shape. He hates trees too.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted. It's strongly implied that Doc is secretly a virgin. Twice judging from the definition of "maidens".
- And I Must Scream: The Mummy curse. Your body slowly and gradually turns to dust. Doc says all your molecules are still alive and sentient, so the cursed one would live eternally, but without body speak of, and his/her consciousness spread all over the world.
- Sparklelord's fate is to be eternally trapped in a Stable Time Loop, repeating the same events for all time.
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: "Doctor McNinja's Final Thoughts" at the end of every chapter. Spoofed all to hell, as you may have guessed.
- Animal Wrongs Group: Gordito's father was assassinated by PETA. To be fair, his closing act was pretty brutal.
- Anticlimax: Discussed in the Alt Text fairly frequently. Here's an example. Here's another.
- Antagonist in Mourning: After Dr. McNinja fakes his death, King Radical muses that he was one of the few radical things about Cumberland.
- Anti-Hero: Doctor McNinja's a hero, no doubt about it, but he's kinda vicious about his methods. The unicorn motorcycle, Sparklelord, advanced those tendencies into outright villainy.
- A good chunk of this ends up coming from his unhealthy obsession with taking down King Radical until Radical is finally beaten. His friends, especially Gordito, easily notice this, and after the Sparklelord incident, Gordito actively starts shunting Doc back on the right track whenever his obsession gets to him.
- Anti-Villain: King Radical. Sure he's the head of a nefarious crime ring and he's definitely hiding something but all of his actions benefit the community, and he seems to be in it primarily for the fun of it.
- Going into further detail, The longer King Radical spends in this world, the less he remembers from the Radical Lands. This terrifies him, and he is attempting to preserve the ways of the Radical Lands and eventually fuse them with this universe. This would save the Radical Lands as a result, but at the same time would kill a lot of people in the process. Like, Millions. However, on the other hand King Radical knows this, and surrounds himself with the worst of mankind and the biggest jerks humanly possible so they die first.
- Apocalypse How: Class 4 or 5 in the fourth time line. Played for Laughs.
- Archnemesis: Amusingly, the "Birdosaurus" has become this for the Doc.
Doctor McNinja: I hate you. I hate you so much. I will hunt you down forever. When you die, my laughter will be so bright, it will be the last thing you will hear, see, smell and feel.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Sean calling Gordito out here
- Sparklelord is described as a combination of "Genghis Khan, Adolf Hitler, atomic bombs and Seabiscuit."
- Art Evolution: The comic has evolved from black and white to computer-shaded black and white to color. It has also gone through several colorists, and each change was noted in the Alt Text.
- Artifact of Doom:
- The much-mentioned motorcycle, which was actually a crazed unicorn warlord with mind-control powers. Can't forget the mind-control powers.
- World-ending Mayan tennis machine, anyone? Averted.
- Artistic License – Paleontology: Various dinosaurs appear on the scene. No attempt is made to make them faithful depictions of real dinosaur species. Alt Text reinforces MST3K Mantra to the fullest.
- Ascended Extra:
- Bearclaw in the main webcomic, and Beeman in the back-up story for the third print volume.
- Archibald, King of the Hobos, originally a character conceived for a t-shirt, became an in-universe character and mayor of Cumberland.
- Asshole Victim: Something of a running gag thus far is invoking this trope in an increasingly forced or unlikely way, after the good doctor becomes responsible for their death somehow.
- Invoked by King Radical who has surrounded himself with an army of jerks because he intends to kill them and replace them with citizens of the Radical Lands.
- As the Good Book Says: "Physician, heal thyself!"
- As You Know: "Oh. Thanks for catching us all up on that. We all knew it. But thanks."
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Persons who contract Paul Bunyan's Disease turn into fifty-foot-tall lumberjacks. The disease is weaponized in "Futures Trading".
- Author Avatar: Ron Wizard, Hasting's City of Heroes character, is King Radical's court magician.
- Awesome but Impractical: Frans Rayner has a bionic laser eye, which is incredibly lethal. Unfortunately it lacks an external power source, and so burns his own calorie reserves for fuel. Even one shot is enough to render him unable to fight.
- Awesome McCoolname: Did you not read the title?
- Awesomeness Is a Force: In "A Cumberland Ninja in King Radical's Court", Doc discovers that King Radical is attempting to channel the power of, well, "radicalness", to open the portal to Radical Land. The more "rad stuff" King Rad does, the stronger the portal becomes. This is in part being used as a means of seemingly killing the lamest people in Cumberland, the creeps serving under King Radical and using them as gates for the people of the Radical Land.
- Awesomeness Is Volatile: Dr McNinja's world has to force anything brought over from The Radical Lands into something slightly more mundane, lest it should break reality.
- A Wizard Did It: What the Alt Text to the July 1st, 2011 news entry/fill-in comic implies.
- Back from the Dead: Ben Franklin, via cloning; the Doc himself, via invoking Only a Flesh Wound; Frans Rayner, thanks to Never Found the Body.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Invoked as the only way to counter Frans Rayner's Inverse Ninja Law advantage during the Army of One arc.
- Badass Bandolier: Ron sports two of these. Their only use seems to be to look awesome. That is sufficient.
- Badass Boast: Doctor McLuchador woke up a giant crab monster from hibernation, and needed to put it back to sleep with a "large concussive blast". Unfortunately, it destroyed the tank and helicopter he had prepared to do that. So what next?
McLuchador: I'm going to punch you very hard.
- Badass Bookworm: How can a ninja doctor not be one? His brother Sean is also one of these, though he's still hiding it from his parents.
- Badass Beard: Double Subverted by Frans Rayner, whose neckbeard caused everyone to laugh at him, but is capable of blocking attacks from ninjas.
- Badass Creed: Gordito borrows Roland's from The Dark Tower, impressing Dan - but not Sean, who's also read the books (though he refuses to admit it).
- Badass Labcoat: As worn by the good Doctor.
- Badass Moustache: Both Dan McNinja and Gordito. Dan's 'stache is always visible through his ninja mask (it has a hole especially for the mustache). This is important, because the Badass Moustache is, in fact, the outward expression of tremendous badassery and commands instant respect. This is why Dan was made the leader of the group and Rayner was sent away humiliated. Despite years of study and experimentation, Dan still doesn't have a concrete idea as to exactly why or how this works.
- Also, while Dan just sort of gets his via the power of being a McNinja, Gordito grows his through SHEER FORCE OF WILL. Fuck yeah. And he's still early into his puberty, lest we forget.
- The Ultimate Diplomat has one, which is impressive, considering he's a dinosaur.
- Can't leave out Ron Wizard who has a mustache large enough to put even Gordito to shame.
- Badass Pacifist: The Ultimate Diplomat, who makes hardened warriors and ninjas throw down their weapons with a single sentence.
- Bad Dreams: In the "zombie ninjas" and "Doc Gets Rad" arcs.
- Bad Future: The world's ruled by dinosaurs, humans get hunted for fun, and food for humans is definitely not made out of dead humans
- There have been multiple Bad Futures, all averted thanks to Chuck Goodrich travelling back in time. Other ones include a Zombie Apocalypse caused by Ben Franklin's eternal life serum, and a Robot Uprising of vacuum cleaners. However, every time Chuck prevents one of these, it just shunts us into a new timeline where a different Bad Future will occur, and a different Chuck will come back to stop it.
- Batman Cold Open: Monster Mart begins with Doc and Gordito battling another giant lumberjack, this time with a giant blue ox. The book-only story Beyond Winter Wonderdome begins with Dr. McNinja battling fish-man Elvis impersonators.
- Battle Couple and Badass Family: Dan and Mitzi; the McNinja family as a whole. Probably includes Gordito, who's basically Dr. McNinja's adopted kid at this point. And maybe Judy and Yoshi, which means that this Badass Family includes a
deinonychus velociraptor, a gorilla receptionist, and a Mexican kid with a mustache and guns. Meaning the ninjas are the normal part of the family.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Doc gets dragged into one during his fight with the third NASAghast.
- Beard of Evil: Victor, along with being Obviously Evil.
- Becoming the Mask: Deliberately invoked in-world, from birth, for McNinjas. This gives them a means of escape if there is no other way out, since they can simply remove their ninja masks and slip into anonymity.
- Benevolent Architecture: Lampshaded here.
- Berserk Button: It's generally not the best idea to threaten the friends of an expy of The Hulk.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When the dolphins finally get you to land, don't stick around to thank them. (Of course, that's because they're getting revenge for this.)
- Big Bad: One each arc. The Big Bads seen so far and the story arc they first appeared in: Donald McBonald (Issue One Half), Pirates (So what IS a McNinja?), the Jet Pack Man (There is a Raptor in My Office), Frans Rayner (D.A.R.E To Resist Ninja Drugs and Ninja Violence Parts 1 and 2), Dracula and the Ghost Wizard (Punch Dracula), Robster (Monster Mart), Sparklelord (Doc Gets Rad), the President of the Human/Dinosaur Alliance (Futures Trading), King Radical again (A Cumberland Ninja in King Radical's Court).
- Big Damn Heroes: Archibald's Mummy pulls one in "All The King's Dirtbikes and All The King's Men".
- Big Entrance: Dr. McNinja makes a pretty good entrance here, mainly as a Shout-Out to Batman.
- Bilingual Bonus: On this page, the first three lines of runes can be translated to "This sphinx will shoot fucking laser eyes if you". However, the rest of the sentence is covered up, and the last "word" that continues to the fourth line is nonsensical: "donat".
- Bland-Name Product: McBonald's angers Doc by selling the McNinja burger and are at it again when everyone believes the good Doctor to be dead.
- Bloodier and Gorier: The epic battle at the end of Army Of One. Due to there being many, many identical combatants, all of them being Dr. McNinja clones, it isn't necessary to keep them all alive and in one piece for the story to continue.
- Bloody Hilarious: Gordito fails his skill check.
- Blood Knight: Dan McNinja would even kill the little boy giant lumberjack and turn his body into a roof. Doc increasingly shows hints of being as Ax-Crazy as him but occasionally feels bad about it.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Citizens of the Radical Empire aren't concerned with our concepts of "Good" and "Evil". They just care about how cool something is. Invading a forest and twisting the forest creatures to fit their ideals of what's cool? Neat! Attacking the military with a ghost powered Humongous Mecha built from the city, killing huge numbers of people in the process? Totally awesome!
- Body Horror:
- A Boy And His Raptor: Gordito and Yoshi. If the reference here isn't obvious enough, Gordito actually does the Mario and Yoshi double jump at one point.
- Brain Drain: King Radical and his Mafia prevent the brain drain from occuring in Cumberland, MD, by encouraging high school and college graduates to stay in the area. Very strongly encouraging.
- Breaking and Bloodsucking: "Why a Gorilla" begins with a vampire, in mist form, entering the bedroom of a sleeping blonde woman. It turns out it's Doc in a wig, who promptly stakes the vampire and kicks the him out the window.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: "Dr. McNinja's Final Thoughts," in which he often delivers
An Aesop a Spoof Aesop on the events of the previous chapter.
- Breather Episode: "Judy Gets a Kitten." Subverted. Then double subverted, so everything's okay.
- Brick Joke: The "Birdosaurus" that the Doctor off-handedly punched keeps coming back at the most inconvenient times. It's getting close to being a Running Gag.
- Acknowledged by the Doc himself, here
- The throwaway one-liner about Peg Faces comes back in the background of a frame a few issues later.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Martin Monster threatening a mobster with "psychic powers" while activating some Red Eyes, Take Warning results in this.
- Bullet Catch: Rocket-propelled grenade catch, actually.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Doc. The man is a great doctor, but he'll wear a ninja mask the whole time he's treating you. As an aside, he has even "disguised" himself as another doctor with the mask still on. The administrators of the hospital in question have gotten tired of this routine.
- Archibal, King of Hobos, is actually suprisingly competent as mayor.
- Call Back:
- King Radical's former title as Sir Sicknasty of Spades is a reference to the SICKNASTY! Un Sound Effect.
- In one comic, a demon kills half of Gordito's classmates, their heads exploding as the result of a spell they were being used as Human Sacrifices for. The Alt Text says "Don't worry, all their heads grow back in the next story. (Honest!)". Sure enough, In All the King's Dirtbikes and All the King's Men, Gordito says that his classmates' heads have been growing back funny.
- Calling Me a Logarithm: Narcomancy, which isn't really a word, no.
- Captain Ersatz:
- Parodied mercilessly with Beeman in-universe.
- Dr. McLuchador. Somewhat justified as he is actually McNinja in disguise, and the real McLuchador died a while ago. Somewhat less justified in that this meant there really was still a Doctor McLuchador.
- Car Fu: As well as Bike Fu.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: "There is a raptor in my office."
- Catch a Falling Star: Lampshaded here: "Thank you for saving me, Superman.". Played straight here, though.
- The Cavalry: Several in "Futures Trading." First, the Nasaghast returns, and saves Chuck from certain death at the hands (er, claws) of a raptor. Then, a few pages later, who comes in to bust the Doctor and Sean out of a tight spot? Yoshi! Then, at the climax, Dracula and his moon laser.
- Chainsaw Good. Chainsaw nunchuck, even better.
- Chandler's Law: Problem: you have a whole family of ninja performing a rescue, but pirates aren't much of a challenge, and you can't send the ninja in because they're already there. Solution: send in the UBER-ninja.
- Characteristic Trope: Rule of Cool / Serial Escalation
- Charm Point: Moustaches are Serious Business.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: The organic muscle jetpack. And to a lesser degree, almost everything the Doctor does, ever.
- Frans Rayner, whose perfect body control allows him to move around weak points in his body and survive a fall onto rocks from lethal heights by rerouting vital organs out of the way.
- Also, Bruce Lee, who jumped to the Moon.
- Chekhov's Gag: Too many to count, but this deserves special mention. (Don't spoil it if you haven't already read up to there - it's the sort of joke that takes years to mature.)
- Eventually becomes something of a boomerang brick.
- There's also an arc-long example in There Is A Raptor In My Office. "But I have diabeeeeeteeees."
- In the Alt Text here, Chris mentions that he was disappointed with King Radical's entrance, and decides to have skateboarding trumpeters announce his presence next time. They do.
- Dan McNinja boasts that he absorbed the poison from his wife's picked beets so that he'll later be able to shoot it from his eyes, "Like a toad." He does just that later on.
- King Radical saying he was going to use a special warhead to blow up an orphanage. He was, just not with the kids inside because he was having a new one built on the old site. (The warhead is a special, non-atomic version which blows stuff up without the messy elements of radiation and half-life; instead, it gives beards to the people who behold the explosion).
- There's a double at the end of "Revenge of the Hundred Dead Ninja". One is an in-story reference when he catches the baby launched by the anti-zombie system, the other in the alt text calls back to "There Is A Raptor In My Office".
- In the alt text of this page it alludes to making Doc's brother the protagonist once Doc is dead. Cut to "Futures Trading", where Doc is thought to be dead...
- A character invented as an alternate explanation of something McNinja said in the alt text here and here becomes something real here.
- We have Mikey, cured by Doc, but forever unable to grow a beard. 6 years worth of webcomics later, we visit Mikey again in the dinosaur infested future, where we see Mikey get dumped once again.
- In the Alt Text of this page, Hastings comments "I think I'll have [the birdosaurus] stalk Doc forever now." Sure enough, four books later...
- Dark Smoke Puncher hides all sorts of rocket launchers in his truck. Hee hee! On a related note, if it did explode, how awesome would it be?
- Chekhov's Gun: Very frequent. If, early on in an arc, an ability is explained or an obstacle brought up that forces the protagonists to take a different route to solving their problems, you can bet the ability will be required and the obstacle will have to be dealt with in spite of all efforts to the contrary.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Well, lookie here.
- The Chew Toy: Doc just can't catch a break some days.
- The Chosen One: Every future so far has some disaster that will doom humanity, and every time Chuck Goodrich. is chosen to go back in time and stop it. Subverted, however, in that all he's accomplished is to create parallel realities where the disaster doesn't happen, not save his own. Up to and including the Radical Land.
- Christmas Miracle: Katanakka Miracle, anyway.
- Chuck Norris Facts: Frans Rayner. Every Chuck Norris movie was one that Frans Rayner turned down first.
- Church Militant: The Roman Catholic church is surprisingly Bad Ass, hiring the McNinja clan as mercenaries to stop a ghost wizard and providing holy relics for them to use as weapons, including a substantial chunk of the True Cross, nunchaku made from the bones of Mother Teresa, the holy shurikens Doc uses against the Nasaghasts — and bullets blessed in the Pope's mouthwash for Gordito's gun.
- City of Adventure: Cumberland. Considering the town family doctor is a ninja superhero, this isn't too surprising.
- City of Weirdos:
- The residents of Cumberland, Maryland don't particularly care when the mayor installs a citywide anti-zombie system, and a rampaging Paul Bunyan is treated by the police as ordinary police work, not worthy of exceptional notice. Now dinosaurs, that is taking it too far. Which makes one wonder how they took it in the future when intelligent space dinosaurs have occupied Earth.
- When Doc surfs out of the sky on a robotic laughing Dracula, the main reaction is being offended because he gives the finger while doing so.
- Classical Movie Vampire
- Clean Cut: Subverted and lampshaded.
- Clingy MacGuffin: The evil horsie ridden by Ben Franklin after he turns into a Headless Horseman
- Clone Army: Frans Raynor had a shoddily-made army of Dr. McNinja clones produced in order to invoke Conservation of Ninjutsu on the original.
- Clone by Conversion: King Radical's plan turns out to be doing this on a massive scale (more specifically converting people into the inhabitants of the Radical Lands, where he came from).
- Cloning Blues: Mostly averted with Benjamin Franklin II, who is basically a continuation of the original Franklin in a new body. Also averted with Dr. McNinja's own clones from college; they seem to consider themselves one person with multiple bodies and are happy to merge with him once their tasks are complete.
- On the other hand, Old McNinja's clones show brief signs of individuality before they get slaughtered. But again, they were made with inferior cloning technology which is why they were both less clever than the doctor and Old as well as Made of Plasticine
- Clue from Ed.: Parodied here. Lampshaded in the Alt Text.
- Code Name: The McNinja family. Dan and Mitzi have since gone back to their original names; Sean's is "Dark Smoke Puncher."
- Comes Great Insanity: According to the doctor, one side effect of possessing an organic jetpack is insanity due to lack of oxygen.
- Computer Equals Monitor: Spoofed here.
- Conflicting Loyalty: In one arc, McNinja's dual urges to kill and heal become externalized in the form of his father needing him to battle the greatest threat to all ninja kind while simultaneously being asked by his mentor to help him complete an immortality serum.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: A law of nature in the arc "An Army Of One"
- It was also referenced years earlier in a throwaway gag involving ninja zombies, but nonetheless established as a real force in the McNinja universe.
- The Constant: There will always be a Charles "Chuck" Goodrich, who will always discover a time-space portal, and will always use it to try and prevent an apocalypse. Even in alternate universes, such as the Radical Lands.
- Continuity Creep: Issues One Half, One, and Two are one-shot stories, and other than a throwaway line in Issue Two they certainly don't make any less sense if one doesn't read the previous issues. Issue Three makes brief mention of Issue Two, but then near the end of the storyline has a plot point that makes absolutely no sense without having read Issue One Half. With Issue Four, a more-or-less continuous storyline starts, and from that point on it's written with the assumption that the reader has read previous issues.
- Continuity Nod: At one point in "So What Is A McNinja?" Doctor McNinja attacks a crew of pirates in the dark and (presumably) cuts off their faces. In "D.A.R.E To Resist Ninja Drugs and Ninja Violence" he encounters pirates with peg faces, noting they must have been among the ones he fought.
- Cool but Stupid: The Alt Text for this strip (in which Doc focuses his energy to fight ghosts by humming the Ghostbusters theme) reads, "Very stupid ideas taken very seriously. Dr. McNinja."
- Cool Pet: Yoshi the velociraptor.
- Cool Shades: Many residents of the Radical Lands sport these, including the flying creatures and even the sun!
- Cool vs. Awesome: Oh my yes. When your protagonist is as cool as Doc, your antagonists have to be pretty good to keep pace.
- This is also King Radical's strategy for making the world more Radical.
- Ron Wizard cranks it Up to Eleven, he realizes that the biggest problem with King Radical's robot built from the city of Cumberland—not manufactured in Cumberland, actually made from the buildings in Cumberland—is that there's nothing cool for him to do with it, other than swatting away annoying military vehicles. He uses his magic to take the U.S. army tanks and fuses them into a giant T-Rex robot, piloted by the eyepatched, jet pack wearing, Bad Ass President of the United States of America in a giant-robot-on-giant-robot brawl.
- Corrupt Church: The location of King Radical's base. The reverend that runs it is essentially being bribed, trying to justify it by saying "Isn't it... God's wish that the world be more radical?". Needless to say, the superiors in his denomination are not pleased.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Donald McBonald.
- Cosmic Horror Story: "We pray they ignore us, and we try our best not to attract their attention."
- The Coup: Someone launches one against the US President in A Bad Enough Dude.
- Crazy-Prepared: Mayor Chuck Goodrich, who set up a zombie defense system in his town.
- Subverted in that he's from the future and went back in time to stop the Zombie Apocalypse
- Dr. McNinja has his barber on speed-dial for no other reason except that life is craaaazy. (He's not wrong.) The good doctor also has a bullet-proof clipboard.
- Crossover: With Axe Cop, a webcomic that matches this series in awesomeness.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Inverted with Doc, who could be better described as a Crouching Badass Hidden Moron.
- Cue the Sun: At the end of Chapter 16, the Ultimate Diplomat's speech ushers in a new golden age of peace between human and dinosaur. As his oration comes to a close, the sun rises. To quote the Alt Text, it's symbolic as hell.
- The Cuckoo Lander Was Right: When giving exposition on Goodrich's extravagant anti-zombie plans, a panel shows a man mentioning a rumor that Goodrich is from a future where zombies and robots took over. That managed to be much more accurate on both counts than expected.
- Cure For Cancer: Dracula discovered it and hid it on Mars.
- Curse Cut Short: They're visually bleeped out now, but this happened early on whenever Dr. McNinja said "motherf—" HE SAID A BAD WORD!
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Frans Rayner
- Before that, there is the helicopter pilot in the D.A.R.E. arc, who wisely advised one ninja not to fire a rocket launcher at Dr. McNinja, because he would dodge it.
- Dark Action Girl: Hortense.
- Dark Age of Supernames: Parodied: Sean's ninja name is "Dark Smoke Puncher", and Doc mocks him for it at one point.
- Darker and Edgier: Though not a complete, or even major, departure from the goofy setting and previous stories, ever since Doc Gets Rad the storyline has gotten considerably darker, with no overt victories and several significant defeats that would be played for tragedy anywhere else.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Dr. McNinja is an interesting example. He's clearly good and heroic, despite being a ninja, but has also committed some decidedly antiheroic, if not downright evil acts. The Doc and his True Companions are certainly more willing to kill than most super heroes.
- Dark World: The Negazone functions as both this and a Spirit World. It is a dark reflection of reality with considerable Mind Screw relating to the visitor's own psyche. The Dr. gets trapped there while attempting to rescue the president.
- Dead Person Impersonation: The AWOL MD arc gives us two, plus a subversion.
- A demon is masquerading as a teacher at Gordito's school.
- Dr. McNinja is impersonating Dr. McLuchador, who died some time ago, to infiltrate King Radical's gang.
- To make that impersonation more believable, Chuck Goodrich impersonates Dr. McNinja in order to "fight" Dr. McLuchador and be defeated by him. It's a subversion because Dr. McNinja is not actually dead.
- Deadly Doctor:
- Dr. McNinja, who "heals with one hand and kills with the other".
- Dr. McLuchador is a villainous example. Though he means well, his patients tend to end up worse off from his treatments, either due to toxic medicine or "unconventional" wrestling-based methods of applying it.
- Death by Origin Story: Gordito's father
- Death In All Directions: In the tennis temple. the Alt Text snarks "clearly he dies on the next page".
- Death Is Cheap, but not necessarily easy. Lampshaded in the comic itself, where it complains about resurrections making death meaningless.
- Depraved Dwarf: Dr. Knickerbockers.
- Determinator: Gordito, who grew his mustache out of sheer willpower. Later subverted when it's revealed that he grew it out of panic, and uses it to hide his insecurities under a badass facade. He finally ends up Becoming the Mask, however.
- The third Nasaghast. Able to deflect the holy shuriken, pulls his head through the sword that impaled him to the ground, launches himself into space, catches a missile and throws it straight at his target.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: If a MySpace page is mentioned in the comic, it will not only exist but have been created well in advance.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Doc laying down the law on a Nasaghast.
- Dirty Business
- Dodge the Bullet: Played straight by the Doctor; subverted by Beeman.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Occurs in the story "There Is A Raptor In My Office". It turns out everything was engineered by the Fox News corporation to be an amazing, rating-boosting story. It was thwarted by their weatherman who, earlier in the story, was all puffed up to do a story about three hurricanes in the Atlantic forming a Mickey Mouse shape only to be deflated by a lead in story about velociraptor riding banditos. He stopped it in the end in order to prevent the story from going public just so that everyone would be excited about the weather.
- Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: Gordito is reluctant to wake up Dr McNinja for this very reason. The good doctor's parents apparently ingrained it into him by attacking him in his sleep, because... well... he's a McNinja.
- Dracula: The entirety of "Punch Dracula".
- Don't Try This at Home: "Please do not pour beer on your wounds and tell your legal guardian that I was the one who suggested it."
- Dressed to Heal: The Doctor always wears a lab coat and stethoscope, in addition to the ninja mask and katana.
- Drives Like Crazy: Doc, to the point of reducing his younger brother to tears.
- Dynamic Entry: King Radical does this with a dirt bike.
- Early Installment Weirdness: This is the main reason the author suggests that you skip "Issue One Half". None of the supporting cast is present, the art is crudely done, and Doc is an amoral Designated Hero. "Meet The Doctor" is considered the real first issue and "Issue One Half" is basically getting the Broad Strokes treatment.
- Enemy Mime: Donald McBonald, even if he dresses like a clown. He even mimes a working parachute after jumping from a window.
- Epic Hail: "Ha ha! We just sent a distress signal....to DRACULA! KING OF ALL VAMPIRES!"
- Even the Guys Want Him: Hank the pilot.
Random guy in the airplane: I'm homosexual now!
- Everybody Laughs Ending: All the King’s Dirtbikes and All the King’s Men ends with Dr McNinja, Gordito, the President of the United States, and one of her aides laughing at King Radical having become “just another person hiding out waiting for the right time to kill [Dr McNinja]”.
: I guess it's kinda funny if you’re stressed or something.
- Every Japanese Sword Is a Katana: Averted. Doc's sword is clearly a ninja-to.
- Everything Fades: Starting about here, the bodies of McNinja's many clones gradually disappear.
- Justified; in "Dr. McNinja's Final Thoughts" for that issue, Doc even points out that those particular clones were created using inferior, outdated technology, and were so unbelievably shitty that they literally melted after they died. Then he plays a video showing how they were going to start literally falling to pieces at any minute anyway.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: It really is.
- As of Space Savers and Futures Trading, not so much. (Awesome, yes, but not better.)
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Judy, the Gorilla Receptionist.
- Cute Kitten combined with the above is what we can expect from the aptly named story arc, "Judy Gets a Kitten"
- Evil Overlord: Sparklelord.
- Exact Words:
Dinosaur President: The Alpha Shield can't be broken by anything on earth!
Dr McNinja's Message: Dracula, please fire your moon laser at this precise location.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin:
- His family name is McNinja. He's a doctor. These are his adventures. Any other questions?
- Issue #8: "Punch Dracula".
- Expansion Pack Past: Dr. McNinja's flashback in Army of One.
- Exploding Barrels
- Explosion Propulsion
- Expy: The "Friend Bros." featured in the beginning of A Cumberland Ninja in King Radical's Court are expies of the Mario Brothers, with special references to Mario Kart (mostly in the alt-text).
- Eyepatch of Power: Frans Rayner. Lampshaded in the Alt Text: He went from being Johnny Cage to Kano!
- Judy's kitten gets one too after its run-in with Yoshi.
- US President Maria Funkhouser has one.
- Eye Scream: Inverted. TWICE
- Played straight here
- Eye Take
- Face-Heel Turn: Old McNinja pulls one... and quickly regrets it when he sees just how crazy King Radical really is.
- The Faceless: The entire McNinja family.
- The Face of the Sun: The sun of the Radical Lands wears Cool Shades and sports a smile on its face.
- Fake Defector: The Doctor pretends to ally with Frans Rayner in order to negate his Reverse Ninja Law.
- Faking the Dead: Doc and Chuck Goodrich after the time travel storyline. It ends toward the end of "A Cumberland Ninja in King Radical's Court".
- Fanboy: The one copilot astronaut to Chuck Goodrich. It doesn't end well.
- Fanservice: the good Doctor himself, here... and much appreciated, by the way.
- The cover of the fourth book has the doctor posing on his motorcycle with his shirt unbuttoned, showing off a patch of his chest hair.
- Fantastic Racism: Dan seems to have some prejudices against gorillas.
Dan McNinja: Gorillas are cowards! Nowadays you're not allowed to say it, but it's true!
- There also seems to be some racism in the Radical Lands. Don't tell Ron!
- The Alt Text to this page explicitly spells it out:
The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
is proud to participate in the long history of fantasy stories being a place where characters can be completely unabashed speciesist jerks.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Zombies, ghost wizards, vampires, resurrected Ben Franklin and Hitler, drugs that confer ninja skills, Headless Horsemen, superheroes, a disease that turns you into Paul Bunyan, and cloned dinosaurs, thieving lobsters and a mafia led by a radical dirtbiker (...and a world-ending Mayan tennis machine. Seriously.)
- Fascinating Eyebrow: One of Doc's many graduate degrees must be in this. Gordito is a quick study.
- Fight Dracula: The "Punch Dracula" story is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, an opportunity for Doc to get into a fight with the lord of all vampires.
- Flat "What.": Used more than a few times, practically being a Running Gag. One instance is so flat it even lacks punctuation.
- Fluffy the Terrible: What is the identity of the strange motorcycle that appears to brainwash the people riding it, and manipulated the Doc into bisecting the last rider and destroying the last known supply of True Dew? A unicorn. Named Sparklelord. Also...
Dr. McNinja: I shall. Name you. Yoshi.
- Footnote Fever: The dinosaur-riding banditos speak English with a sprinkling of Spanish, which is always translated in footnotes. Even when the meaning is clear. Even when the word appears multiple times in the same panel.
- Foreshadowing: "And sometimes, they wore tank tops."
- Doc seeing his younger self via time hole while chasing after King Rad through the caves.
- Related to the above, Doc is jumping through time, reliving his memories in the past. But then he "jumps too far ahead," to a memory in the future.
- In A Cumberland Ninja in Kind Radical's Court, Chuck tries to read a book, but gives up, throws it away, and announces "This is boring!". A couple of pages later, King Radical does the exact same thing with a pamphlet. The next storyline reveals that they are alternate versions of the same person.
- In Space Savers, Chuck saw King Radical kill him, or a version of him, in the past. So he knew exactly what would happen when he jumped into the portal.
- Forgets to Eat: The titular Doctor. Low blood sugar makes him cranky, too.
- Freudian Excuse: Parodied in "Monster Mart" where not only is stupidity of an alternate form used as an excuse but gets instant forgiveness granted once told.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Averted with Frans Rayner's laser eye which fires in realistic fashion.
- Future Badass: Dark Smoke Puncher. And Gordito. And Yoshi.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Dark Smoke Puncher.
- Gainax Ending: The Space Savers arc ends with King Radical and a bunch of children who all have beards.
- Gallows Humor: How do the creators celebrate an anniversary in their comic? By having something bad happen to the Doctor (year 1: Doc gets shot to what is apparently his death.; year 3: His office explodes in a fiery hellstorm.
- Gambit Pileup: Let's see, we have the Doctor himself, King Radical, and Sparklelord. Dracula, of course. Victor the plumber, who is most definitely not the tiniest spy in the world. Rayner, who can't seem to stay dead. And whatever Chuck Goodrich is planning.
- Genius Cripple: The father of Dr McNinja's college friend Martin is a scientific genius confined to a wheelchair. Who also bears a fairly good resemblance to Stephen Hawking. His name? Professor Birding.
- Genius Loci: The Radical Lands are capable of determining the most radical of them all and crowning that person king.
- Genre Savvy: The Doctor himself.
- Gordito also shows his savviness as early as the D.A.R.E arc, and doubles as Tempting Fate on Franklin's part.
Benjamin Franklin: But the excitement does get to you! I suppose this lifestyle isn't so bad.
Gordito: Ah, don't! Dude, in "this lifestyle" if you say something like that it's pretty much like pushing a "make the situation worse button". It's the opposite of what they have at the office supply store. [A helicopter appears] See? That's Schrodinger's helicopter right there.
Benjamin Franklin: Well it can only be more ninjas and we've had no problem with those so far.
Gordito: Oh please keep talking.
- And before that, a pirate is trying to talk Dr. McNinja into telling him where his family lives. After being told "No", the pirate then suggests "Perhaps if you had a montage of thoughts of the times yer mother were mean to ye." Which did the trick.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: This exchange between Doc's former mentor and his gorilla receptionist
Benjamin Franklin: I need to see the Doctor immediately.
Judy: [signing] He's seeing patients. You're going to have to wait.
Benjamin Franklin: Judy, I am being stalked by a horse. A spooky horse.
Judy: Oh, just one second! I'll get the Physician's Desk Reference! I'm sure "spooky horse" is covered in there! Hm. Doesn't look like it. But this is the 2006 PDR. Maybe it's in the 2007.
Benjamin Franklin: Why don't you look up "witch gorilla"?
Judy: Nothing. Sorry.
- "Get out of Jail Free" Card: BASE!
- To elaborate, because he so often helps the police, the mayor made a deal with Doc that he could get away with any of the laws he broke while doing his
Batman ninja thing if he got to his office before the police did and said "Base!"
- Giant Mecha: Part of King Radical's master plan involves turning all of Cumberland into this by installing haunted wood in every house in the city and using magic to merge them into one of these...because it's RADICAL.
- Washington D.C. was designed to be this, but due to budget restraints it was never completed.
- Girls with Moustaches: A prank by King Radical results in a bunch of kids, girls included, ending up with bushy beards.
- Girls can contract Paul Bunyan's disease, which may overlap with Gender Bender.
- Gone Horribly Right: Since Mitzi and Dan didn't know how to raise a kid to be a ninja, when Doc was a kid they introduced him to Batman comics to inspire him. Doc's obsession with being Batman hasn't let off the gas since.
- Good Is Not Nice: Doc... sometimes.
- Gory Discretion Shot: This page, as explained in the Alt Text.
- Goshdang It To Heck: "Damn," "ass," and "hell" are about as bad as the profanity gets. Anything stronger is visually bleeped out or amusingly censored (i.e. "You have got to be [flarking] [pooping] me.")
- Additionally, the Doctor's standard expression of surprise or dismay is the exceedingly mild "Oh my goodness."
- Gratuitous English: The Great Dane himself, Frans Rayner, especially in the older days.
Frans Rayner: Hey, Dan, come on. You are just the baby school, and I am the Big League Chew. Why do you try?
Dan McNinja: Frans, I can't wait to see how much worse your horrible English will be once your skull is concave. It'll be hilarious.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Parodied with the paleontologist banditos.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Dan's fatherly advice covers this subject with regard to alligators.
- Groin Attack: "Hahahahah. He kicked you in your genitals. Ninjas have no honor."
- Grumpy Old Man: Dan.
- Gun Kata: Gordito is seen practicing these outside the office here.
- The Gunslinger: Gordito.
- The Grim Reaper: In Doc's world, Death is a skeletal maitre d' with a tidy little moustache.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Sparklelord, when he was an Evil Overlord.
- Hand Wave: "Ninja tricks" is the explanation given for how the ninja characters can eat, shower, and brush their teeth without revealing their faces, as Dan McNinja demonstrates by eating a bagel without removing his mask. (He still has to cut a hole in front to reveal his mustache, however.)
- Hard Head: Usually played straight. Averted in one instance when Doc gets a concussion and has a hallucinatory (if helpful) conversation with a roast turkey.
- Has Two Thumbs and...: The Abs Man
- Haunted Headquarters: NASA headquarters is inhabited by THE NASAGHASTS, which attack anyone who dares to harm astronauts within the building.
- Haunted Technology: The tennis machine of the Tennis Temple is fuelled by the ghosts of all the former champions. Recovering the knowledge he used to build that machine is a key component of King Radical's scheme, using it to modify the Cumberland zombie defence system.
- Head Desk: At least once
- Headless Horseman: Dracula, from his moon base, hatches a plot to turn the clone of Benjamin Franklin into a headless horseman in order to find out more about the afterlife. The headless horseman was chosen because it retains its physical form. Turns out they can also travel through space.
- Heal It With Booze: When Dan offers a couple of ninja-drug-using punks a drink. He chooses something with a higher alcohol content, promising that it'll "sterilize all those cuts on [their] face." Then pointed out as a bad idea by the Alt Text:
Please do not pour beer on your wounds and tell your legal guardian that I was the one who suggested it.
- Heel Realization: "Sound familiar, Dr. McHelicopterexploder?"
- Hero Antagonist: King Radical, From a Certain Point of View.
- Heroic Dolphin: The story Death Volley has the implication of dolphins getting revenge on Agent Bearclaw. His story: "One time I swam out to sea, and pretended to be injured so that dolphins would swim up to rescue me. I did this so that I could kill them with my bare hands."
- Hero Insurance: "Base!"
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Bearclaw, an NSA agent who makes a hobby out of slaughtering animals with his bare hands.
- High Concept: The entire webcomic is summarized well in this Alt Text.
- Hired Guns: In "Death Volley", the doctor is constantly harassed by a gun-toting masked assassin. It turns out the assassin is his ex, Hortense, and the client is
the doctor's parents King Radical.
- Hollywood Hacking: Played with. Dan's response to seeing King Radical's giant robot formed from all the buildings in Cumberland and powered by planks of wood harvested from a haunted forest? Tell Sean to "Hack it." Later on, Dan himself tries to do it, by throwing a keyboard and mouse at the mech.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Judy, the gorilla receptionist.
- And Gordito:
Do you think I run around with a twelve year old boy just because I like his inferior grasp of girls and higher level math? Do you think I left him with my psychotic parents because I wanted him to die? No, you undead pale ponce! Gordito is the effing badass kid. So go ahead and finish up your masterful scheme to make me let you kill me, because Gordito's going to slap around whatever ghost lackey you have like he was a pinata on the Mexican day of the dead."
- The Mummy that accompanies Archibald King of the Hoboes, which grants him immortality and protects him from assassination attempts.
- Hypothetical Casting: In this interview, creator Chris Hastings said that his casting choices for a Dr. McNinja movie would be Sam Rockwell or Will Arnett as the Doc, Sam Elliot or Hulk Hogan as Dan McNinja, and Anjelica Huston as Mitzi McNinja. The villains would include Williem Dafoe as Donald McBonald, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Frans Rayner, Phil Fondacaro as Knickerbockers, and Bela Lugosi as Dracula, "The Crow style."
- I Am One of Those Too: Subverted — Sean calls Gordito out on his inner geekiness, only to backpedal rapidly as he realizes he has just revealed his own.
- Impossibly Awesome Magic Trick: There's a flashback to Gordito's father, the Great Flying Shooting Juan (a sharpshooting trapeze artist magician) performing a card trick. The volunteer chooses a card, places it back in the deck, and throws the entire deck into the air. Juan shoots the card in midair... but the volunteer can't find the card afterwards. Then he gets a call on his cell phone...
Volunteer: That was the police. The man who robbed my house... they finally caught him because he was shot in the upper thigh... There was a queen of diamonds in his pocket.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Where do you think Gordito got it from?
- Doc too. He hit a pirate on a ship from a plane in motion, despite not having any way to see his target. Especially impressive, given what his payload was.
- Improvised Weapon: The razor-sharp frozen shamrocks used by the Irish proto-ninjas.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Doc claims to have trained his skills with Batman. In reality, though, he's just learned from reading his comic books and watching his movies.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Averted when Dark Smoke Puncher is possessed by a ghost wizard.
Mitzi: "Shoot him!"
Gordito: "But he's your son!"
Mitzi: "Shoot him fatally!"
- Gordito doesn't shoot him, but continue to avert it by proceeding to knock him out and having no sort of discussion with Dark Smoke Puncher.
- I Know Your True Name: Doc never tells anyone his real name because of "the wizard."
- I Love Nuclear Power: A Running Gag in the Space Savers arc involves (who knows what KINDS of) crazy space radiation causing weird things to happen.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Lampshaded.
- In a Single Bound: Taken to the ultimate extreme — with enough skill one can apparently jump from the Earth to the Moon, or vice versa.
- Incredibly Lame Visual Pun: Jefferson Airplane.
- Also here
- Also, Dr. Birding.
- I Need a Freaking Drink, with Drowning My Sorrows: Jose Cuervo: 1; Dr. McNinja: 0.
- Incendiary Exponent:
- Ineffectual Loner: Doc manages to turn Frans Rayner from a One-Man Army to one of these by invoking 80's buddy martial-arts movie rules.
- Inexplicably Awesome: Normally, diplomacy is awesome but not quite this effective.
- Infant Immortality: Parodied. A demon kills all of Gordito's classmates, causing the Alt Text to say that their heads will grow back after a day or two.
- Inn Between the Worlds: Purgatory is a restaurant. With really, really slow service.
- Inner Monologue: Often. Doc has been known to argue with his inner voice.
- (And lose.)
- You hush.
- Insane Troll Logic: The Axe Cop crossover proves that, yes, there are some things too crazy to make sense even in this comic.
Axe Cop: If bad guys steal this book [that forces you to be on their team]... I'll chop your head off. After I kill all the bad guys you can heal yourself with your doctor power.
Just... Just protect the book, okay?
Captain O'Shay: For each one of my men ye touch, I will kill five members of yer family.
(Dr. McNinja glances at the three other members of his family, tied up and on the edge of the plank)
Dr. McNinja: ...that math does not work out at all.
- In Spite of a Nail: No matter how many alternate-universe counterparts Chuck Goodrich helps, another one will appear.
- Instant Chucks: Chainsaw nunchucks
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Subverted with Judy. Her sign language is translated for the reader, and Ben Franklin II understands it, but Doc doesn't know sign language.
- Inventional Wisdom: "You just cut the elevator?! What are you doing?!" "Why is there even a button for that?"
- Ironic Echo: Lampshaded by Frans.
- It's Been Done: "This sounds a lot like LOST."
- It's Personal: Here.
- Jaw Breaker: Doc does it to a zombie. Since it was undead, it doesn't really kill the thing, but it does prevent it from biting him.
- Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: Many later chapters have an increasing amount of call backs to previous weird events, proving they were actually perfectly logical. Quite unexpected, since there is so much weirdness going on, we didn't really think about it. Until everything (broadly) is explained by King Radical.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: When attacked by the final Nasaghast, Doc is pulled into his own mind and forced to confront the creature there.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: The Doctor himself, in Let's Get Rad, due to Sparklelord's influence.
- Jump Scare: When I say "Happy" you say "Birthday!" HAPPY!
- Just for the Heli of It: Word of God says that: "Helicopters only exist in this comic to get exploded. They serve no other purpose." Also, one of the inhabitants of Radical Land is a helicopter head ent... and yes, that is exactly what it says on the tin.
- Just One Man: A plot point in One Man Army.
- Kansas City Shuffle: Carl, the weather man.
- Karmic Death: Agent Bearclaw, who finds himself alone at sea surrounded by dolphins here.
- Parodied with the anonymous pilot of Bearclaw's airplane.
- Kid Hero All Grown Up: Gordito in the Bad Future. Still has his mustache, though.
- Kill and Replace: The way Dracula's ghost wizards operate, killing a human host and stealing their body.
- Killed Off for Real: Ben Franklin II, Beeman, Agent Bearclaw, Dinosaur-timeline Chuck Goodrich, Herschel, and (presumably) Zombie-timeline Chuck Goodrich. Subverted with Frans Raynor.
- Kill Sat: Dracula's moon laser.
- King of the Homeless: Archibald, King of the Hobos.
- Klingon Promotion: Frans Rayner plans on becoming President this way.
- Knight Templar: King Radical just wants to make the world radical... even if it means killing billions.
- Kryptonite Factor: The Doctor's special anti-ninja drug, which he created to stop Frans Rayner and his personal army of "drug ninjas". After getting a lot of flack for hoarding the drug, he defended his actions by stating that he had "created his own Kryptonite" and therefore wasn't going to let it out of his control.
- Lampshade Hanging: And what wonderful lampshading it is! It's everywhere, even in the Alt Text. At one point, McNinja's Genre Savvy self can't lampshade a plot because he's laughing too hard at the inanity of it all.
- Latex Perfection: Sean's "technomage" getup is pretty convincing. Dan's pirate costume successfully fooled a whole bar full of pirates. Though, the masks are typically only convincing when portraying weathered, wrinkly faces with obscuring facial hair.
- Law of Inverse Recoil: Subverted. When Gordito, who is physically less than five feet tall, and weighs maybe a hundred pounds, fires a shotgun, the recoil might reasonably be expected to knock him over. Instead, it propels him in an arc over the desk behind him and into a chair with enough force to topple it. Played straight with Doc a page or two later.
- Lethal Chef: Mitzi's pickled beets are apparently just this side of edible, even when they're not poisoned.
- Let's Get Dangerous, with Badass Boast: A rare instance where the hero says it on behalf of his sidekick. And it's awesome.
- Libation for the Dead: Well, pizza for the dead.
- Light Is Not Good: Sparklelord.
- Like You Would Really Do It: Lampshaded by the Alt Text on this page. And then on this one too, for good measure.
- Load-Bearing Boss: Inverted: losing to the giant robot causes everything to fall apart.
- Loan Shark: Lampshaded and mocked.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: When Sean McNinja is possessed by the Wizard Ghost he sees his father giving him a highly uncharacteristic hug while saying "computers are kinda cool", embracing his nerdy side. This was a part of the Ghost's possession process.
- Love Bubbles: When the Ultimate Diplomat pays you a compliment, you know you've been complimented.
- Made of Explodium: Averted, Doc actually settles for "two of three" since nothing will explode if he throws the Big Bad off a cliff onto sharp rocks. He's satisfied with the end result.
- Made of Plasticine: The clones of Old McNinja, as they were made with low-quality cloning technology.
- The Mafia: Led by KING RADICAL.
- Macross Missile Massacre: In a storm. A nasty storm. With pterodactyls. Seriously.
- Magic Music: For Doc, the Ghostbusters theme (see Musical Assassin).
- At one point, a bystander mistakes it for Huey Lewis and the News' "I Want A New Drug" and yells out the wrong chorus, causing Dr McNinja to lose his "Ghostbusters ohm".
- Magic Pants: Averted in the "Monster Mart" arc, causing Doc to feel a crippling sense of physical inferiority. Inverted with Paul Bunyan's Disease, which actually makes clothes grow on the afflicted when they transform.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Showcased here.
Judy: Everyone is impressed because you were unconscious while he beat you for an hour.
- Man on Fire:
- Dan does this to himself on purpose.
- Dr McLuchador sets the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on fire, sends him off a skateboard trick ramp and into a tub of murky liquid. The liquid completely heals the burns within seconds, proving to the people of Cumberland that McLuchador is a very competent doctor. And proving to King Radical that he is radical.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: "Don't unicorns only approach virgins?" Averted? Subverted? Who knows.
- May be the only reason Hortense was introduced.
- Manipulative Bastard: Sparklelord and King Radical
- Masked Luchador: Dr. McLuchador.
- Mayincatec: The Inocktec in "Death Volley": an ancient, generically-South-American people who invented the game of tennis and whose "tennis temple" houses a device (supposedly) capable of destroying the entire world.
- McNinja: Trope Namer.
- Meat-O-Vision: Implied here ("What Ben sees is a man with dreadlocks made of fried chicken legs.")
- Mecha-Mooks: The Inocktec temple guards.
- Me's a Crowd: Doc got Benjamin Franklin II to make clones of him who would acquire as much knowledge as possible, and later join together so Doc would gain decades of knowledge instantly.
- Metaphorgotten: At the beginning here and in the alt-text here.
- Meteor Move: Through at least two decks.
- Metronomic Man Mashing: A gorilla who caught Doc by surprise does this to him, and continues long after he has fallen unconscious and woken again.
- Mighty Lumberjack: Lumberjacking makes people susceptible to Paul Bunyan's Disease, which causes those it affects to turn into a giant lumberjack who is "enraged at how many trees still stand within his vicinity."
- Mind-Control Eyes
- Misapplied Phlebotinum: Happens a fair bit:
- Played for laughs on this page: "James! The leader of our group. He invented jet boots, and he used them to kick people."
- And then there's Martin, who is basically The Hulk, who uses his ability to advertise his chain of super-markets. Oh, and do work for the mafia.
- But easily topping them both: Using a Time Portal for garbage disposal. And a septic tank, somehow.
- Mistaken for Terrorist: Doc on a plane. It's an honest mistake.
- Mock Guffin: The book of Inocktek technology from "Death Volley" supposedly contains all the great cultural and technological treasures of the ancient Inocktek people. However, when it gets translated, it turns out to be twelve hundred pages about how great tennis is (with a healthy amount of racist overtones). Later we learn that the real book, that contains the secrets of the Radical Land, actually got switched out by Hortense on the plane ride back to the USA.
- Moody Mount: Yoshi the raptor won't let anyone but Gordito ride him. Unless Gordito is in danger.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Even though doctors are sworn to take no life, there's no shortage of grisly deaths at the hands of the titular character.
- Mundane Afterlife: Purgatory is a restaurant. With really bad service. The worst. The existence of Heaven and Hell is implied, however.
- Mundane Made Awesome:
- Mundane Utility: According to the Alt Text from this page: "Everything in the McNinja household has hidden displays for security alerts. They are also wired to the microwave, so they know when pizza bagels are done."
- Musical Assassin: Doc becomes one when he runs out of holy weapons to use against the third Nasaghast. Inspired by a memory of his dad, he proceeds to spend four pages doing nothing except humming the theme from Ghostbusters. It begins with him tentatively humming it, but culminates with him screaming the finale as he does this and then this.
- He does it again here.
- Must Make Amends: After he had to screw over the Friend Brothers while infiltrating King Radical's court, Doc makes sure to pay them back.
- My Horse Is a Motorbike: Or rather My Motorbike Is A Unicorn.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Agent Bearclaw. Ninja names apparently take this route if Dark Smoke Puncher is anything to go by. Mitzi and Dan just use their real names.
- Nerd in Evil's Helmet: Dark Smoke Puncher.
- Newspaper Dating: Parodied.
Newspaper: It is Oct 4th, 1979! That's it. Nothing is going on. Slow day. No one even died.
- Never Found the Body: Uh oh.
Dr McNinja: NO! It can't be! I was pretty sure you were dead!
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Mitzi accuses Gordito of this when he knocks out a possessed Dark Smoke Puncher rather than shooting him, ostensibly making her kill him instead. Gordito takes a third option, however.
- Nightmare Fuel: An in-universe Real Life Writes the Plot example in Dr. Knickerbockers, the crazy smiling, evil laughing midget doctor. Apparently a similar being haunts Kent Archer's nightmares, making it grievously difficult for him to ink pages in which Knickerbockers appears.
- Ninja, including:
- NGO Super Power: King Radical appears to have his own private army.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Too many instances to name.
- No Sell: Catholic School nuns learned long ago to resist mustaches of authority.
- Noodle Incident:
Dan: Who would call us on Katanaka?
Mitzy: Your father's still dead, right?
Dan: Well, we'll never be sure, but I don't think he'd just call.
- No Name Given: Lampshaded with "Now I know you've never been to my office, so you've never seen the degree that hangs by my desk. So I will let you know — it's made out to Dr. McNinja, not Judas McNinja." Later handwaved when talking to his clone, "You never told anybody our name, did you? 'Cause, you know... the wizard."
- No One Could Survive That: Despite glaring Death in the face, Frans Rayner survived falling off of a cliff and landing on sharp rocks. When the rocks pierced his head, he swallowed half of his brain to prevent damage to it.
- Not So Different: King Radical, not unlike Chuck, is just trying to save his own universe (albeit in a manner that'll kill millions). Justified, since he's the Radical Land counterpart of Chuck (when he was pronounced Sicknasty of Spades is supplanted his old name).
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Dark Smoke Puncher, who tries to hide his Gadgeteer Genius tendencies and general geekery behind a facade of bad slang and acting cool.
- Obstructive Bureaucracy: Whoever decides the budget for Washington D.C. The city was designed to transform into a Giant Mecha but the project was never finished due to budget restraints.
- Obviously Evil: Victor.
- Off Model: "So long, pirate ship I drew slightly differently in every panel."
- Offscreen Teleportation: pulled by Mitzi on Gordito with a Stealth Hi/Bye here
- Oh, Crap: "Rayner, party of one, your table is ready."
- King Radical provides a priceless example here.
- Happens three times in a row: Once with a space dinosaur and twice more with Doc and Chuck.
- When Doc, undercover as Dr McLuchador, has to take the ninja drug from D.A.R.E. He's internally freaking out over the fact that it was never tested on a life-trained, natural born ninja. And then he gets a double dose.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In a particularly strange way, too. Sean/Dark Smoke Puncher uses a lot of slang to try and conceal from his parents that he's a nerd. Occasionally, he'll forget it, or in the case of this strip, he forgets, and tries to tack it on at the end.
Sean: Yeah, this is a prototype. It's designed to set off a contained chemical reaction so that whatever it's blowing up immediately converts to harmless fiber. It's a way to limit collateral damage...dawg.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist:
- Ben Franklin cloned himself to enable a much longer than normal lifespan and has made quite a few scientific advancements in the process.
- With Ben Franklin II's help, the Doctor split himself into a number of clones, each of which went off and got a degree in a specific field. After a few years, the original and all of the clones rejoined into one body, the Doctor we know today, with all of the knowledge acquired from the clones — except for one, which is why he doesn't know agricultural science.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Usually played straight, but averted at a critical moment. Doc's many injuries missed his arteries and vital organs, but they were clearly life-threatening because he'd lost so much blood. Doc immediately left the field of battle and didn't return until he'd patched himself back up.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Smoke Puncher revealed himself to be a Nerd when he called Gordito out for trying to impress his father with a line he ripped from The Dark Tower, which Gordito quickly realises he would only know if he read the book.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Vengeful spirits that don't avenge themselves but any other astronauts who could be harmed. With an impressively Nightmare Fuel design to boot.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Sebastien's coven of languid, gothy vampires; Dracula's very evident strength, intelligence, and resourcefulness.
- Overly Long Gag: Almost - Chris Hastings originally planned to do an entire week of Dr. McNinja falling down stairs. Instead, it became just one strip. Of course, who knows if he was telling the truth?
- Played with again in the Alt Text to this strip: six more pages of bodies getting disintegrated and mashed together!
- Eventually Played Straight with the second panel of the "Judy Gets a Kitten" story arc, in which the good doctor is still going on about what to get at the supermarket from before.
- Papa Wolf: Dan
Dan McNinja: OH YOU SONS OF SEA COWS WILL WISH YOU HAD NEVER BEEN BORN WITH LIMBS ON YOUR BODIES! BECAUSE I'M GOING TO COME ONTO THAT SHIP AND SHOW YOU HOW MANY DELICIOUS STOCKS AND BRAISES I CAN MAKE WITH THEM!
- Paper-Thin Disguise:
- Gordito has been donning a couple lately.
- Also here. Keep in mind that our protagonist is already a doctor and is already dressed in full medical garb, so his disguise consists of a nametag. It is apparantly not the first time he's done this. To that particular doctor either.
- Lampshaded here. The nasaghasts believe Doc was trying to fool them by putting on another astronaut's suit. This just annoys them further.
- Parental Abandonment: Gordito's parents are dead.
- Pick a Card: The Great Flying Shooting Juan.
- Police Are Useless: "It's the mayor's job to deal with weird stuff. Look it up."
- Poor Communication Kills: Responsible for every major problem in both "Space Savers" and "Futures Trading."
- Post-Victory Collapse: After jumping from the moon, once the adrenaline is out of his system, Doc just collapses. "Ohgodmylegs"
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "We are on Eastern Pain Time, and it is Dan O'clock."
- Pre-emptive Declaration: At the beginning of D.A.R.E To Resist Ninja Drugs And Ninja Violence:
Ha. Alright kids, not bad. Not bad. How about a drink in honor of all your beginners luck? Here. I'll pour you a Molson. It's got a higher alcohol content than most American beers. And maybe that will help sterilize all those cuts on your face. Punk:
Uh, what cuts, my man? *SMASH* Dan:
I have no idea.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner
- Gordito has a little trouble executing his properly. He's getting better, though.
Gordito: *Talking to a midget doctor* Hey... cut the small-talk.
- President Evil: The President of the future. He's a dinosaur too.
- Pressure Point: "Your turn to go to sleep."
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Dark Smoke Puncher, though he does it so his parents won't find out how nerdy he really is (though Doc does remark that it sounds like he stole the name from someone he beat in Counter-Strike).
- Product Placement: In this strip as an April Fool's Day gag. The page was edited back to normal on April 2. For those who missed it, Dr. McNinja was wearing a red t-shirt of himself instead of his labcoat.
- Properly Paranoid: Doc was right to be suspicious of King Radical.
- Pseudo Crisis: Played for laughs. In this comic, the Doc is shown being caught by a cop, which would derail his mission. The next comic reminds you "HE IS A NINJA." and skips entirely over how he dealt with the cop.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Not so much "punch" as "sword swing", as when Doc desperately swings at the final Nasaghast's head but is horrorstruck when his sword simply passes through it without doing any damage.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
Mitzi: "That. Was. Pathetic."
Dr. McNinja: "Please. Don't. Stabmeintheeyeballs."
- Punny Name: Gordito Delgado. Translated from spanish it roughly means "Slim Fatty".
- Pyrrhic Victory: "Doc Gets Rad". Doc defeats Sparklelord... but learns that said bike was the only way he could find to defeat King Radical.
- Quip to Black: The Doctor pulls this off when he gets the opportunity to try out his new bike.
Dr McNinja: Judy!
Judy: Ugh. * tosses sword and motorcycle helmet to Doc*
Dr McNinja: * catches and puts on the sword and helmet* Let's practice.
- Ramprovisation: These three examples.
Doc: Man is only separated from heaven by that which he will not ramp.
- Reality Ensues:
- Beeman, a Batman wannabe, faces several bank robbers with guns. They open fire on him, he gracefully flips through the air....and then flops across the floor, riddled with bullets.
- The only ones who can defeat a powerful, self-resurrecting demon are those of the Belstein family's "pure" bloodline. So, to keep the bloodline pure, they engaged in inbreeding, resulting in the last of the Belstein line being a crippled invalid.
- When a bunch of "bad dudes" get in the way of determined pizza delivery guys and their tooled out truck....
- At the end of the "D.A.R.E" story arc, Doc flat out admits to the audience that the villain's plan to take over the world wouldn't have worked out for a large number of reasons because just to take over America he would've had to have somehow murdered and replaced every single person in both the Judiciary and Legislative branches of government, including the President himself. Not that it would matter due to the massive amounts of constituional red tape keeping him from going much further than that.
- Doc uses frozen shamrocks to save his family, just to call back to the story about the origin of the McNinjas he scoffed at earlier. He notes how stupid it is. When things settle down, they ask why he didn't just use the regular shurikens he still had in his coat.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: After a time-traveller from a dystopian future sits down with Cyberdyson to explain how their robotic vacuum cleaners eventually become sentient and take over the world, Cyberdyson makes sure the culprit chip is never put into production. Later on, the President is shown to be a decent, reasonable person who just wants to save her country during the events of "All the King's Dirtbikes and All the King's Men." She does get a little overexcited at the prospect of piloting a giant raptor-eagle robot, but who wouldn't?
- Rebus Panel: Gorilla + Bazooka > Ninja
- Reckless Sidekick: Gordito at times.
- Recursion: Used in this strip.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Frans Rayner's prosthetic robot eye.
- Redshirt Army: The future rebels are not terribly bright. Lampshaded in the Alt Text, where they're referred to as "La revolution incompetente."
- Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: Played abnormally straight in this strip.
- Retcon: On January 30 2012, the return of the McNinja burger in-comic, Hastings went and changed all "McDonald's" references to "McBonalds" so that he wouldn't have any legal issues printing the book later, including a modified logo and renaming Ronald McDonald to Donald McBonald. The protest signs on this page only had strokes added over the D's to change them to B's, rather than the letters being redrawn.
- The Reveal:
- About what King Radical is actually planning: The world of Dr McNinja was created when bleed off from our universe and the Radical Land mixed together. King Radical's master plan is to merge the two universes completely, replacing all the Muggles (including his Army of the Common Man) with Radical citizens, but leaving everyone already Radical (like most of the main characters) untouched.
- Of King Radical's identity: King Radical is the version of Charles "Chuck" Goodrich from the Radical Lands!
- Rise from Your Grave: The zombies, and Both Ben Franklins.
- The Rival: Doctor McLuchadore is this to Dr. McNinja. Apparently the former's tendency to treat his patients via insane wrestling moves got on the latter's nerves and the ninja-doctor ran the wrestler-doctor out.
- Robot Me: Here
- Robotic Reveal: Played straight with Robot Dracula, inverted with Hortense
- Rocket Ride: This page
- Rule of Cool and
- Rule of Funny: Together with Refuge in Audacity, these rules cover everything that happens. Everything. There's considerable overlap, such as blocking a sword swing from Dracula with a stethoscope. In the words of the creator, "Dr. McNinja lives in a world that operates like a Mortal Kombat stage."
- King Radical defies this with his office, it's completely normal and bland with a plain desk loaded with paperwork and a water cooler against the wall; it's because he hates paperwork, so he made his office as lame as possible so that he doesn't want to spend time there.
- This actually gets an in-universe explanation. The McNinja universe is crammed in-between the Radical Lands and our universe in the multiverse, and there's some bleed-over from both due to the vortex below Cumberland.
- Running Gag:
- Charles "Chuck" Goodrich: * Insert title here*
- The Most Radical Man in the Radical Land.
- It's Dr. McNinja's birthday? He's going to die. Spectacularly.
- The seemingly unkillable "Birdosaurus" stalking Doc.
- Scenery Censor: "The pants aren't stretchy."
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: While fighting Paul Bunyan, the cops see Yoshi. They draw the line at dinosaurs.
- Screw Yourself: Dan suspects it of the Doc and his clone. "It's what any of us would do!"
- Sdrawkcab Alias: Lampshaded. It's pretty easy for the Doctor to figure out who "Mr. Alucard" is. It's not as obvious for Benjamin Franklin II, which brings us to an arc that was almost 2 years long. Doc's reaction says it all.
- Secret Stab Wound: Doc spends over an hour being pummelled by a gorilla before knocking it out with Pressure Point technique. He then nonchalantly says he "needed a nap", (having been unconscious for most of the fight), and retires to a private room to "clean up". He then leans over a nearby washbasin and pulls out the bottom of his mask, causing blood to pour out.
- Send in the Clones: Frans Rayner's plan once he learns about Old McNinja.
- Serious Business: Tennis, and with damn good reason. Misunderstood reason, anyway.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The good Doctor. "Pirate, you have got some straight up testicular elephantitis, comin' in here, and sittin' next to a ninja." He's saying the pirate has major balls.
- Shaggy Dog Story: The entire "Death Volley" arc appears to have been one. Or not?
- Ship Sinking: A pretty conclusive and concise two-for-one deal.
- Shirtless Scene: The Doc has one here.
- Shooting Superman: "Hello? Ninja?"
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Agent Bearclaw's rescue after falling out of an airplane.
- Shout-Out: Truckloads of them.
- This page, with the BUT >, and AND SO V are a tribute to the comic Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid of Earth.
- This page, rife with Legends of the Hidden Temple references (including Olmec the giant stone head and the infamous Silver Monkey).
- When the Doc was dead/not-dead, the subtext mentioned that the skeleton maitre'd wasn't Spanish, not wearing a black tux, and was not a travel agent, sorry.
- In this page, look closely at the second panel, in other words The good Doctor's notes on Time Travel back in college. Phone booths....
- "I do not kill with my gun. I kill with my heart. He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father." It becomes a plot point when Dark Smoke Puncher uses it to figure out Gordito is exaggerating his bad-ass qualities.
- At the bottom of this page, Frankenstein's Mongo.
- The Weapon of Choice for each of the four McNinjas (at least during the Punch Dracula arc): a katana, two sais, a staff, and nunchuks. Sound familiar?
- This strip contains a recruitment pamphlet for the Foot Clan. The Alt Text lampshades it as well.
- The T-Rex in the last panel of this strip strikes a similar pose to the star of Dinosaur Comics, and his one line pretty much sums up the comic in question.
T-Rex: I GOT OPINIONS.
- Shown Their Work: The Alt Text usually confirms what they've studied in regards to things such as blood transfusions or submarine classes.
- One hilarious example is a sequence involving decompression on an airplane, the dramatic "hole blown in the side" type. While the sequence is proceeding, the Alt Text goes on about how Hastings asked his dad (who had flown a similar plane) what would probably happen, but decided to go with Rule of Cool.
- Maybe not always "studied", but hey, same diff.
- In "Why A Gorilla?", which takes place during Doc's college days, he gives a presentation on vampire myths, indicating that it's true vampires don't resolve on film. Afterward, a student excitedly asks if a bunch of other myths are true, including whether or not vampires are compelled to count rice if you throw it on the ground. A couple pages later, Doc escapes a pair of vampires by doing exactly this, and threatens that if they attack him again, he's telling everyone that myth is real. The Alt Text suggests burying loved ones with a bag of sand if you suspect they might be vampires to keep them busy—an actual 'remedy' included in early vampire myths.
- Sidekick: Gordito.
- Signature Laugh: Dr. Knickerbockers, the evil midget doctor: "Eeeheeeheheheheheh!".
- Single-Stroke Battle: Subverted
- Sky Pirates:
Kidnapped the Doc. Thought they kidnapped the Doc, but it was actually his clone. Later, Gordito singlehandedly kills them all because he gets stuck behind on the ship.
- Slow Clap: Dan McNinja thinks the first recorded Slow Clap was delivered by the ninja who witnessed the ancient McNinjas staving off a Pirate attack. Then the Alt Text informs us that this is incorrect: the first Slow Clap was Peter's reaction upon seeing Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead.
- The Slow Path: Taken by Mayor Chuck Goodrich after his plan to sabotage the McNinja clones goes wrong.
- Smoke Out: Played straight more often than not. Subverted once, when Doc deployed a smoke bomb as a startled response to encountering someone in public he was trying to avoid.
- Soft Glass
- Some of My Best Friends Are X: Parodied in the alt text here: Some of my best myselves are creepy lab clones.
- Sound Effect Bleep: In the middle of a July day, Doc looks up to see a solid wall of snow falling from the sky and manages to stammer out "What. The. *FUMP*".
- Spanner in the Works: Old McNinja, for Rayner.
- Both Chuck Goodrich and Alt!Chuck Goodrich's co-pilot in the latest arc.
- Spoof Aesop: Remember, it's better for people to think you're a moron than to think you're a jerk.
- Stable Time Loop: Sparklelord's fate. Also an Ontological Paradox, because of the question of what happens to his mass.
- As it turns out King Radical knows about Chuck Goodrich being a chrononaut thanks to one (and because he's also one).
- Starfish Character: At death's door, Dr. McNinja's soul splits into a doctor and a ninja.
- Stating the Simple Solution: The Doctor himself wonders why the not-quite-dead Frans Rayner doesn't just sic Mongo on him.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Utilized to great effect by the good doctor here.
- Stealth Pun:
- Dr McNinja's clone who got a degree in agriculture and has a farm goes by "Old." As in "Old McNinja." (E-I-E-I-O.)
- In chapter 16, Dan finds Judy in a gambling club called 'Le Brouillard', French for 'the Mist'. All its clientele are... uh...
- Stepping Stones in the Sky: Dark Smoke Puncher does this with angel-winged flying sharks.
- Strong as They Need to Be: The Nasaghasts seem to work under this. Two are dispatched in short order by the doctor, and the third taken by surprise and almost killed. Then it flies into space, catches and throws back a launched missile, and returns in a surprising Big Damn Heroes moment to save Chuck. Unfortunately, it only acts when astronauts are being immediately threatened and stands by passively while the newly-released second Horrorsaurus tears through the human army (seeing as he's the only NASA astronaut present). But then the Horrorsaurus kills Chuck. And the Nasaghast grows to immense size and rips the Horrorsaurus apart.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Cars, planes, ships, Mayincatec temples, trains, helicopters, airships, etc. The comic runs on this trope alongside Rule of Cool.
- Super Cell Reception: The doctor getting phone reception while traveling through space. He didn't lose his connection until he started atmospheric re-entry. It's lampshaded in the Alt Text that the other end of the call was in a submarine.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Of the Soylent Green variety.
- Switching To Geico: Subverted
: I'm really sorry, but it looks like the test confirmed it, and your cancer is back. But I do have some good news. Patient
: "Didja save a bunch of money on your car insurance, Doc?" Dr. McNinja
"If any doctor were ever to say that they would lose their license immediately. Do you really
think that's funny?" Patient
: "It's a funny commercial on TV!" Dr. McNinja
: "Is cancer funny to you? Is cancer funny
to you?!" Patient
: "I'm sorry." Dr. McNinja
: "You should be."
- Tactful Translation: In the prequel adventure, we see that the guy really needs someone to edit his words when dealing with gorillas he'd constantly accidentally offend.
- Tap on the Head: Includes both the 'neck chop' and Pistol-Whipping variants. Still, you know... ninja.
- Take a Third Option:
- After running a poll to determine whether to shade the comic or only use line drawings, Hastings decided to hire another person on to the McNinja team to do the coloring.
- In AWOL MD, Gordito has to figure out which teacher at school is actually a demon. Since the demon only showed up recently, he checks which teachers are new, and finds that there are only two new teachers; the Gym teacher and the English teacher. He ends up being wrong either way, because the demon actually pulled a Dead Person Impersonation of the Math teacher.
- Take That: Jack Chick was right!
- Taking You with Me: Dan and Mitzi to the Horrorsaurus in the Bad Future.
- The Poster Knew You Didn't Read All Of It: A poster that detailed the recent plot points to Chuck Goodrich ends with the text: "I KNOW YOU DIDN'T READ ALL OF IT. DO IT AGAIN."
- Technical Pacifist: The Doctor takes his Hippocratic Oath seriously, most of the time.
- Mongo, who has since learned the value of life and refuses to kill (he also learned that fire: bad)
- And Gorilla + Bazooka > Mongo
- The Dead Have Names: In the aforementioned slaying of the security guard, the guard is Killed Mid-Sentence while saying "Yep, sure do miss my wi-[fe and kids]." The Doctor guesses he misses his white pants.
- Theme Naming: The titles of Radical Land's knights are based on card suits. Ron Wizard is Sir Cowabunga of Clubs, King Radical/Charles 'Chuck' Goodrich was once Sir Sicknasty of Spades, Sparklelord was Sir Hellacious of Hearts, and there was also Dame Dudeical of Diamonds.
- They Fight Crime: Played with here:
I wouldn't say necessarily that we fight crime
so much as we... take care of problems that need to be solved with violence.
- This Is Gonna Suck
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Again, Doctor. Ninja. Etc.
- Time Travel: Apparently there's evidence for it all over the place: Thomas Jefferson, Sparklelord, Chuck Goodrich, and King Radical have all used or been affected by it.
- Toasted Buns: In one Bad Future, a man using a jetpack has horribly burnt legs from the experience. The lack of safety is justified: as he was given the jetpack and set loose by dinosaurs who were paying to hunt him for sport, one would assume jetpack safety to be the least of his worries.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Mitzi, ever since being inflicted with Mummy's Curse. Most obvious in this comic.
- Totally Radical: Most of Sean's "cool" slang. Also the joke behind this priceless exchange:
Dan McNinja: "Come on! Let's go bust some asses! What, are you too cool to bust ass with your old man?"
Dr McNinja: "Dad, that means farting."
Dan McNinja: "What, are you too cool to blast ass with your old man?"
Dr McNinja: "Diarrhea."
Dan McNinja: "Damnit I want us to go injure people!"
Dr McNinja: "That would be 'kick' ass."
- Subverted by King Radical. Well, the latest one. The prior one went full bore.
- And played straight by Ron Wizard
- Training from Hell: Doc's entire childhood and adolescence. Gordito gets a taste of it, complete with a Training Montage, when he visits the McNinja family
- Traitor Shot: Lampshaded by "Victor the plumber" in this comic.
- Trust Me, I'm a Doctor: "You know who" feels it is important every once in a while to remind people who are having discussions with him that he's a doctor, even while arguing with Death.
- A Twinkle in the Sky: here.
- Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Dark Horse Comics asked who would win; Dr McNinja, or Saxton Hale? The winner is...Saxton Hale, by a fair margin of votes. Oh well.
- Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: A one-person variant.
- Unfinished Business: A pizza for Ben Franklin II.
- Unflinching Walk: Lampshaded here.
- Unicorn: Sparklelord the motorcycle. Beautiful.
- Universal Driver's License: Doc has operated everything from light aircraft to earthmoving equipment. Dan McNinja might have one too.
- Unsound Effect: CREEPEDOUTENOUGHTOBEEASILYTHROWNFROMTHEBIKE.
- Also CEASE AND DESISTED at the end of the first story.
- Doc Gets Rad. gave us SICKNASTY! driving.
- Also, WHCRUNCH. The alt text parodies this by claiming it wasn't actually a sound effect and Doc just painted it on the ground, where someone landed there, face first.
- THE SWEETEST DUNK
- Up to Eleven: The entire webcomic does this. Then throws it out the window. Then sets it on fire...
- Viewers Are Goldfish: Parodied in the annotations from this page, then lampshaded in the Alt Text.
- Villainous Breakdown: King Radical hides under a blanket when he learns the nature of the Doctor's new motorcycle.
- Villain with Good Publicity: King Radical is starting to become one.
- Arguably he could just be showing his True Colors as an outlaw with good intentions, very much like the Doctor (the difference being is that the Doctor isn't officially an outlaw; he just has to call "BASE!" to keep his record clean). Until The Reveal that is.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Sparklelord is a Omnicidal Maniac who wants to destroy everything to take revenge on King Radical and possesses or manipulates people into being evil in order to do this. He's the only villain who isn't Played for Laughs and nearly uses his power to Doc evil.
- Virgin Power: Sparklelord was a unicorn disguised as a motorcycle(long story). It chose Doc to ride it and at the end of the arc, Gordito pointed out that unicorns usually only approach virgins. Doc tries to justify Sparkelord's choice in a way that implies that Doc is a virgin and doesn't want to admit it.
- Wall of Text: This strip, among other examples. Lampshaded in the Alt Text.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: The abs guy (Justified in that there are probably no shirts that can accommodate his Organic Jet Pack) and Mongo.
- Warrior Therapist
- The Watson: Chuck Goodrich becomes one so that Dr. McNinja can review what has been going on in the last few arcs, via a large poster.
- Weaksauce Weakness: McNinja threatens to reveal that one of the more humiliating vampire weaknesses (namely being compelled to count grains of rice) is real if they try to turn him
- We Can Rebuild Him: Frans Rayner, after getting impaled through most of his body.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The Doctor's motivation for most of his interactions with his family (mainly his mother), until he gets fed up with them.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: King Radical, with emphasis on the extremist part.
- Wham Episode: The reveal of the true identity of King Radical.
- Wham Line:
- Chuck Goodrich, CHRONONAUT
- "Did I do something wrong?" "You did indeed, Doctor! You failed."
- When King Radical laments that turning Cumberland into a giant mech didn't work because it only summoned Ron. Ron's response? "Oh my king...make the robot do something."
- King Charles "Chuck" Goodrich: The Most Radical Man in the Radical Land
- Pretty much any time the line "Charles 'Chuck' Goodrich: (description)" appears.
- What an Idiot: Lampshaded in Army of One, in which both Conservation of Ninjutsu and Conservation of Competence work against the Doc for once.
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Invoked in the alt text. Hastings says he's often asked what he's on when he writes the comic, then admits he was drunk when he came up with the Dubstep Quartet.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Subverted and played for gallows humor: The Doctor thinks (almost) nothing of occasionally killing security guards and drug-enhanced ninja mooks, and he gets chewed out for this, big time.
- And the church is probably cool with it, too!
- This is a major plot point in the first arc, where the Doctor actually has nightmares of all the mooks he killed coming back as zombies to get him. When the zombies actually DO come, he truly believes they wanted to came back to life just to get revenge.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Doc has no moral conflicts about unleashing his awesome-fu on anything the Hippocratic Oath doesn't cover (robots, zombies, etc.)
- Bearclaw is haunted to the point of paranoia by his previous treatment of dolphins when a group of them rescue him.
- What Measure Is a Non-Unique?: Subverted when Doc insists that they save his clone ("He's just as much your son as I am!") Then played straight to help Doc justify killing all of the clones to himself.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In addition to the above,. "You know you've been a pretty terrible doctor lately, right?"
- And when McNinja learns that a future disaster he's asked to prevent (hyper-intelligent dinosaurs take over the Earth) is not a scheme of King Radical, and thus in that future King Radical's plans have failed, he suggests he might not be interested in preventing it. Gordito subtly shows his disapproval.
- And when Doc distracts his brother, who is in the process of fighting dinosaurs.
- Neatly subverted in the "AWOL MD" arc After explaining that he and Chuck faked their deaths to ultimately hide from the demon (Chuck) and infiltrate King Radical's gang (Doc). Gordito and the McNinja family point out the effects this had on them. Doc then states that the future King Radical told him that present day KR was up to something. When Doc becomes part of the gang, he can see what was going to happen.
- Judy gives Mcninja another one later on when he cuts down the haunted forest for King Radical
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Dracula has grown bored with life, so he's planning to effectively commit suicide soon. But first, he wants to know what awaits him in the afterlife.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Averted and lampshaded when King Radical contracts the mummy curse and asks Dr McNinja (undercover as Dr McLuchador) to cure him.
Dr McNinja (to himself) I could just let him die. Moral Quandry!
That fixes that little corner I wrote myself into.
- Rayner plays around with this: he tries to shoot Doc to avoid actually fighting him, despite knowing that he will probably use his ninja reflexes to dodge the bullets (he does).
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Done when Dr McNinja is angry/scared/shocked. It's lampshaded by Alt Text.
- Willing Suspension of Disbelief: The sheer ridiculousness of most of the comic's storylines means that most fans eventually reach a point where its too much, and they can't believe it any more. The recommended therapy is to keep reading; it will pass in time.
- A Wizard Did It: Anything completely illogical regarding the McNinjas can be filed under "ninja tricks" and of course Rule of Cool.
- Wham Episode: King Radical isn't just King Radical. We discover his true identity. Dude.
- Withholding the Cure: Dracula tells Doc he found the cure for cancer, and then hid it on Mars. He thinks it'll be really funny when humanity finds it and realizes just how obvious it is.
- The Worf Effect: Bearclaw when fighting the robot temple guard.
- The World Is Always Doomed: If the various Bad Futures that the various Chucks keep coming back to fix are any indication. Stop a zombie apocalypse, evil robot uprising. Stop that, dinosaur invasion. Stop that, sentient vacuum cleaners. Stop that, etc.
- World of Badass: What King Radical wants to turn the city into. As it turns out, Dr. McNinja's dimension sits halfway between King Radical's awesome world, and a really mundane one. Ours. Or at least, one much like it.
- World of Chaos: Dr. McNinja's world is already a World of Weirdness. The Radical Lands take this Up to Eleven. Everything follows Rule of Cool, the rituals are bizarre, and nearly everything is sentient, including the land itself. In fact, the Radical Lands are so awesome, that Dr. McNinja's world has to force any element of them that gets imported to be reduced to something more mundane, just to avoid breaking reality.
- Worthy Opponent: KING RADICAL — the only character capable of giving the protagonist a run for his money in the coolness department.
- This is Ron's plan to open the portal to Radical Land. Since a giant ass robot isn't radical enough on its own, it needs a radical foe to fight.
- Would Hit a Girl:
- Wrong Insult Offence
Old: You soft nurse!
Dr McNinja: Oh, you can't seriously try to insult me with that. Doctors prescribe, nurses provide, dummy! Respect!
- You Didn't Ask: Why Dracula didn't use his moon base laser during the dinosaur invasion.
: They usually don't like the laser
- You Fight Like a Cow: Dr. McNinja: A properly executed pre-mortem one-liner is vital to our health.
- You Have Failed Me: "I bet that I could catch the both of you if you were on fire."
- You Have to Burn the Web: Zelda thwarts the doctor again!
- Your Head Asplode: Happens to one of the steam-punkesque sky-pirates after being told that his sword is Awesome but Impractical, his Goggles Do Nothing and his Anachronism Stewed outfit bears Unfortunate Implications. Also, he dropped a sprocket and someone said Queen Victoria was stupid.
Dan McNinja: Boy, I didn't understand a word of what you said back there, and it made a man's head explode.
- Young Gun: Gordito.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Ninja Zombies, at that.
- Zerg Rush: Almost works here.