''[[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/ The Whiteboard]]'' is an unusual paintball-themed FurryWebcomic about an Alaskan airsmith polar bear named Doc and his animal friends (all of them {{Funny Animal}}s) as they play paintball, deal with ornery customers of Doc's shop, and [[HilarityEnsues cause crazy stuff to happen]] by building machines '''[[UpToEleven way]]''' [[TimTaylorTechnology more powerful than is necessary]]. [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/index.html Read it here.]]

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!!''The Whiteboard'' provides examples of:

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[[folder: Tropes: A to C]]

* AbhorrentAdmirer: It's not completely clear, but it's hinted that Doc may be one of these to Pirta. And [[GirlsHaveCooties Kasi]] is definitely this to Jinx. For now.
* AbusiveParents: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1345.html Pirta worries Jinx's parents are this]] as he's always hanging around the store. [[SubvertedTrope Actually]], it's because [[OutnumberedSibling he has eight sisters]]. Pirta is satisfied with that response.
* AlcoholHic:
** Jinx, in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb250.html this]] New Years Eve strip has his speech interrupted with hics after one drink (being only ten or so years old).
** In [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1127.html this]] strip, a no-neck who's had a few too many has his comment peppered with hics.
* AllMenArePerverts: To varying degrees, pretty much all of the males in the comic have made sexually charged comments about female characters, or in the extreme cases attempted to sneak peeks of the women in varying states of undress.
* AllOfThem: [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb628.html Swampy is phoning a window repair company]] after yet another bout of [[StuffBlowingUp explosive]] [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]]:
--> '''Swampy''': Hey, Rog, they want to know how many windows got damaged this time.\\
'''Roger''': Um...\\
'''Swampy''' ''(to the receiver)'': I don't even know why I asked. He's just gonna say "all of 'em".\\
'''Roger''': No, I think the one in the bathroom hasn't broken...
* AmusingInjuries: They are usually inflicted upon one or another of the resident [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkies]]. Swampy more often than not.
* AnimalStereotypes: Most of the non-human characters display some obvious stereotypical behavior from time to time, like [[DogStereotype dalmatians manning the emergency response center, waiting for a fire or other emergency]] have a task common to their species.
* AnnoyingArrows: Doc treats [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1100.html tranquilizer darts]] much the same way. (Being a large polar bear [[{{Determinator}} running on adrenaline]] helps.) Ditto [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1723.html a chemically enhanced arctic fox]]. Then, there was some [[NoodleIncident offscreen event]] involving [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1758.html Roger, grenade launcher, riot armor and arrows.]]
* AprilFoolsDay: Many April Firsts since the beginning have had a special strip, on the general theme of FanService. In 2009, the author changed the front page to look like a directory listing, including folders for "alternate storylines", a "passwords" text document, and a well-executed Rickroll. Readers actually called the site's host to warn them of the security hole.
* ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount: When asked how exactly Doc pays for the frequent shop rebuildings and massive amounts of damage done by his projects, the only answer he's ever given is "[[TheGovernment DARPA]]". Later he's shown to have [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1147.html several roomfuls of money]]. However, if [[http://s55.radikal.ru/i150/1304/b5/11d1f33cd6d1.png this non-canon filler]] is to be believed, those are 1-dollar bills.
* ArbitraryMinimumRange: The comic has [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1279.html a strip]] during the first zombie apocalypse arc where Doc is reminded how this applies to grenade launchers.
-->'''Roger''': "You just wasted ''one'' guy with a three hundred dollar bullet!'
* AreWeGettingThis: Daryl managed to take down Doc using one of Doc's ''[[UpToEleven special]]'' paint grenades. [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2008.html Red asks if anybody got it on video.]] Bandit had 2 [=GoPros=] and an iPhone.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** While Doc and Roger are working on a gun with a fusion reactor that can shoot paintballs through time, it's speculated that the following would happen after a core failure: "There would be a massive influx of gamma rays, the core would overheat, fuse, possibly go critical, and detonate. In fact, if the Transwarp barrel were operating, the explosion could collapse the Morris-Thorne wormhole, rupturing the fabric of space/time and destroying the universe." And "the DVD player would probably stop working too."
** Inverted by Doc after Roger tells him that he (Roger) and the others were being sneaky about planning a Christmas party because they weren't sure Doc wanted to have another party so soon:
--->'''Doc:''' So you're saying you thought I wouldn't like the chance to quaff Dew, eat chips, meet girls, and maybe staple Swampy to the ceiling again?
* ArtEvolution:
** It's a bit hard to tell, but Doc's appearance, along with the other regulars, has been refined since the beginning strips.
** A much more significant one happened the final time Roger pushed the SchmuckBait button; the comic was entirely black-and-white up to that point.
* ArtifactTitle: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb001.html The]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb002.html first]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb003.html five]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb004.html strips]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb005.html were]] doodled on a whiteboard, before he changed to using a computer to create the comic. There was a sixth one on the whiteboard (([[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/auto4th02.html in honour of the Fourth of July]], but after that, the titular medium has never been used. The comic is now over 2000 strips.
* AttackPatternAlpha: Combined this with NoodleImplements [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1262.html here,]] when discussing strategy on an "outlaw" [[note]]little to no rules[[/note]] paintball field.
* AuthorAvatar: Doc is more or less the author as a polar bear.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** There's a recurring joke about newbies trying to use paint grenades, which fit neatly into this trope due to the rarity with which they actually ''work.''[[note]]And most paintball enthusiasts would debate the "awesome" part of the trope.[[/note]]
** Subverted when Doc goes on a caffeine-deprived rampage with a [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill paint minigun]] and an invisibility cloak. [[spoiler:[[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2000.html He's eventually taken out by a paint grenade]] when 100+ players with high-tech markers couldn't hit him.]]
** The new ''prototype'' marker Robin won is so impractical that it requires a computer that nobody except ''overclockers'' would currently have: a Windows PC (with a ''5 [=GHz=]'' processor and 32 GB of RAM), a ''USB 4'' cable, fingerprint analyser, neural port interface, retinal scanner, an Occulus Rift, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and a note from your mother]]. The owner's manual is as thick as a telephone directory. It also requires knowledge in SQL (the database is needed for the Bernoulli Inducer Control maps), containment fields (for injecting tritium) and the use of a ''Cray supercomputer'' [[spoiler:[[CrazyPrepared (which Roger happens to keep a spare in his truck for)]]]]! Just the list of the ''features'' it has make no sense: 5G capable, firing from the cloud, web-enabled fire modes and it's own Facebook page!
* AwesomePersonnelCarrier:
** The 2010 ZombieApocalypse story arc featured an apparently up-armed version of the APC from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', its firepower consisting in part of an [[MacrossMissileMassacre ungodly amount of guided missiles]] as well as [[MoreDakka several machine]] [[GatlingGood gun turrets]].
** Before that, Doc fitted a regular [=M2A3=] Bradley IFV with a hot tub, complete with girls and probably an entertainment system, as a gift for the Army after the RealLife capture of Saddam Hussein, in 2003.
* AwkwardFatherSonBondingActivity: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] by Jinx who has convinced his dad to buy him a chain saw. As well as doing... other [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1425.html things]].
* BarefootCartoonAnimals: {{Lampshaded}}:
-->'''Swamp Fox:''' ". . . why do I even ''own'' [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb825.html socks?]]"
* BearsAreBadNews: The comic has 3 bears, all of whom are bad news to anyone that happens to annoy them:
** The protagonist, BigEater GadgeteerGenius grumpy airsmith polar bear Doc.
** His friend and a regular client brown bear Bruno. Sometimes described as "old, fat and slow", but more of a CoolOldGuy with overtones of BadassGrandpa.
** Another friend of Doc, [[ComedicSociopathy bad-tempered]] scary-looking obnoxious panda Gino. Usually appears when [[HilarityEnsues situation already went out of control]] and [[UptoEleven escalates it]] or [[DropTheCow takes the story in entirely new direction]]. [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1323.html Like a skunk spray in the aftermath of zombie invasion.]]
* BehindAStick: In [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1822.html this strip]], during a paintball match Bandit peeks out from behind a tree that is in no way thick enough to actually hide him, even with his normal slenderness. His peeking out almost makes it look like his head and neck are sprouting from the tree like a branch.
** Taken to extremes (or taken to ''something'') when Bandit ''[[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2053.html manages to hide behind HIMSELF.]]''
* {{BFG}}: Entusiasically indulged in.
** ''Paintball'' guns! Most would be illegal in the sport, especially the railgun and rocket-launcher.
** And then there's [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/sketchbook/gunex.gif this]] beauty, from the real 2005 AprilFoolsDay strip. [[note]]Which one is the "beauty" is left as an exercise for the audience.[[/note]]
** And one of the latest ones was found [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb1967.html in this strip]] by a little girl in the back of Roger's truck during Doc's latest bout with CaffeineBulletTime. After she asked permission to use it (Roger was manning a drone with VR gear at the time), she went to the chronographer stand and fired it. If Roger's calculations are right, the stand is now someTIME around last week on Tuesday.
* BigBallOfViolence: With claws and fangs bared, Doc gets into a fight with another shopper over the last of an item on sale. [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb559.html Nobody outshops Doc on]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping) Black Friday.]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: To celebrate [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1500.html the 1500th strip,]] a big can-can line appears out of nowhere on Red's paintball field with most of the main cast, leaving behind some debris in the last panel along with a very confused Pirta. [[invoked]]
* BigNo / BigYes: The players are all trying to get Doc (who is currently out of it), and two people have a perfect shot at Doc: The "'''''NO!'''''" comes from Robin (who had a perfect shot on him), and the "'''''YES!'''''" comes from either [[ThoseTwoGuys Larry or Darryl]], who got Doc with a paint grenade.
* BigRedButton: [[RascallyRaccoon Roger]] stumbles across [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autobutton01.html one of these]] in [[GadgeteerGenius Doc's]] shop. HilarityEnsues when he [[SchmuckBait can't stop pressing it]], with various responses suggested by TWB fans.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb886.html Both]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb890.html genders]] get a light dose of this with the "miracle coffee" - only works on women, though.
* BlandNameProduct: If you look closely at the background, you can see Doc carrying a [[ChainsawGood Khil chainsaw]], while more recently Jinx can be seen with his brand new [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1427.html Khil Jr.]] chainsaw. Clearly a pastiche of Stihl and Skill power tools.
* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce: Howie's sells hot wings in several heat levels [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2135.html Hot, Extra Hot, Screaming Insanity and Death by Nuclear Inferno]]. The Nuclear Inferno wings are a bit too much for [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2136.html most mere mortals]]. Doc still finds them [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2138.html "A bit on the bland side"]] despite flames and smoke coming from his ears.
* ABloodyMess: In one strip, after [[ItMakesSenseInContext a flood of replicated beer throws everyone out of Howie's bar]], Jinx is shown under a car with red stains all over, Sandy freaks out, and in the next strip he sits up perfectly fine, and Howie identifies the stains as his hot-wing sauce.
* BreakingTheFourthWall - Leaving the frame, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb972.html here]].
* BreastExpansion: A pot of KlatchianCoffee grants the women who drink it a temporary increase of their bust size.
* BrickJoke: A long time coming. Early on in the comic, Doc makes a [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb075.html comment]] about how he keeps a bone around for anti-cheating and safety lectures, so people take his threats of eating them seriously. Cut to a few years later, when Bandit recalls [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb599.html his first experience with paintball...]]
** Doc's Special Grenades. First used in a game of Everyone vs. [[ThoseTwoGuys Larry And Daryl]] (where whoever--probably Daryl--tossed it says it's [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1120.html "The best 40 bucks he ever spent"]]. Reason it was probably Daryl? More than 6 years later, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2003.html it's STILL the best 40 bucks he ever spent]]!
* BringMyBrownPants: The Fire Dept. captain mentions [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1720.html a need to change his pants]] after running into Jinx while he was [[HulkingOut Hulked up]] by a batch of Doc's [[GargleBlaster weapons-grade Mountain Dew]], which turned him from a three foot tall arctic fox kit to a feral-looking giant that's taller than even Doc, and has a rather unhappy expression to boot.
* BuffetBuffoonery: It's stated that the Chinese restaurant where Pirta used to work had to discontinue its buffet due to [[BearsAreBadNews Doc]] [[BigEater eating a whole Tibetan yak's worth]] every time he went.
* ButtMonkey: Usually Swampy, but occasionally happens to Roger. Even Doc gets a little of this from time to time.
* CaffeineBulletTime: Done fairly realistically [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1067.html in one arc]]. Doc has to wear goggles in order to see in the wind-tunnel-like air friction, and causes objects he exerts force on to blow to pieces. He even accidentally plows through several buildings. Of course, it's started by a quart mug of energy shots.
** Doc pulled this [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1873.html again]], ''deliberately'', when Red was low on paint at the field and there wasn't time for him to make the hour round trip to his shop by driving because the players were about to riot. Cue Doc's [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1874.html Plan B]].
* {{Callback}}: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1824.html This strip]] gives a nod back to [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb489.html Sandy's first game]], where Rainman suggests reading a pamphlet titled "Coping with loss" after she asks what to do taken out of the match by a hit, with Bandit offering one such pamphlet to a generic player he managed to sneak up on to tag out.
* TheCameo:
** Nearly every Halloween, other comic characters show up for Doc's party, sometimes costumed as still others. The list is extensive.
** Later crowd scenes, like [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1879.html this one]] are sometimes populated with cameos as well.
* CarnivoreConfusion: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Rainman wanted lettuce on his half of the pizza. Swampy wanted fieldmouse and ground squirrel while Jinx wanted lemmings.
* CastOfSnowflakes: The furry cast is easily identifiable. The humans... [[OnlySixFaces not so much.]]
* CasualKink: A downplayed example [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1524.html here]].
* CensorSteam: The steam from a [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb970.html cup of coffee]] serves to conceal a nude Pirta's nipples from the viewer during a DreamSequence Doc is having after being knocked unconscious.
* ChainsawGood: Jinx getting his dad to buy him a chainsaw for a [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1427.html Halloween]] costume, of Ash from ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness''.
* CheekCopy: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1044.html Swamp Fox]] made one, as a Valentine to Sandy.
* CheshireCatGrin: Bandit gets one of these when Doc [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb129.html upgrades Bandit's firepower]] in one game.
* ChivalrousPervert: The main male (adult) characters are, well, ''[[AllMenArePerverts guys]]'', but they do have standards. Best shown during Pirta's first paintball game when some guy in a Ghille suit snapped a picture of her with his phone while she was in a state of undress[[note]]she was stripping off some layers to better cope with the heat. Snow Leopards, jump-suits, and Mr. Sun do not work well together[[/note]]. When the crew found out, Roger jammed the phone to keep it from getting onto the Web while Doc tracked the guy down and "[[TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay persuaded]]" him and his friend to delete it.
* ClownCar: Red asks Doc if his truck was bought from a circus clown after seeing a bunch of players and gear being unloaded. Doc says no, but notes that [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb448.html it uses the same technology.]]
* ComfortFood: For Kasi, it's [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1308.html cocoa with little marshmallows]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Sandy is railing against "upgrades" done to her car by Doc (which include offensive weaponry) in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1563.html this strip,]] he insists on pointing out the difference between rockets and missiles (unguided versus guided), a launcher for the latter mounted on her car. All Sandy wanted was a MINOR tune-up to bring her car's performance back up to factory spec.
* ConjoinedEyes: The "generic" anthro furries that have more or less replaced the featureless "bubblehead" no-neck humans all tend to have conjoined eyes, although much of the older, more regular cast have eyes that are separate from one another.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Bandit is forced, via [[DuctTapeForEverything being duct taped to a couch]], [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb389.html to watch a Martha Stewart show marathon after pulling a prank on Doc and Roger]].
* CoolCar:
** Doc and Roger attempt to upgrade Sandy's car to this level, starting with [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1559.html this strip.]] See ComicallyMissingThePoint, below.
** The local [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1568.html emergency]] [[CoolGarage response center]] has one with [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1569.html tires larger than most passenger cars.]]
* CoolGarage: The first one was Doc's shop, but now the Emergency Response Center has one of their own, mostly to house their giant fire truck.
* CoveredInGunge: Most paint grenades don't work very well. Doc's Special Grenades, on the other hand, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1120.html work very well]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2001.html indeed.]]
* CrazyPrepared:
** Doc has a flamethrower stashed away [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb987.html in case of zombies, aliens, rampaging ninjas, or uncleaned refrigerator.]]
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1185.html Sandy's surprised that the shop has an alarm for an indoor snowball fight.]]
* CrossOver:
** TWB and ''Webcomic/{{PVP}}'' had a crossover for a PaintballEpisode, but [[AbortedArc it was cut off before the planned story finished]].
** A brief subtle cross over, a quantum coffee maker dinosaur from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' pays a visit to Doc's shop, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1379.html here.]]
* CurseCutShort: [[SubvertedTrope While it's clearly said in full]], [[PaintingTheMedium the word itself is cut short by the panel]] in [[[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1875.html strip #1875]]
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon:
** Sandy threatens Doc that she will [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1370.html cut off his ears with piano wire and staple them to his knees.]]
** After a long session of planning strategy, Pirta points out to Jake that if he tries to get her up before 10 am, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1779.html she'll staple his tail to the headboard of their bed.]]
** In the September 26, 2014 strip, Doc threatens Roger with removing Roger's tail (details left unsaid, but in context probably not gently) and sticking it in his ear.
** Don't call Tawny "Thunderbuns", or you'll end up [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1931.html sleeping on a couch, in a dumpster, whilst probably on fire.]]
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[[folder: Tropes: D to G]]
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Pirta falls afoul [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1151.html of the verbal type]] when greeting a customer, falling back on her restaurant server greeting experience.
* DecontaminationChamber: After Gino [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1323.html scared]] Jake (the [[SmellySkunk skunk]]), Jake had to be [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1331.html decontaminated.]] In a large laundromat. The automated defense system [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1326.html mistook his spray for a chemical or biological weapon.]]
* DistantReactionShot: Happens several times, being that many of the story arcs are about StuffBlowingUp.
* DoesThisMakeMeLookFat: Asked of Swampy by Sandy about paintball gear, in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb509.html this strip.]]
-->Run Swampy! It's a trap!
* DontAskJustRun: Doc's "oops" [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb440.html "tend to have a minimum safe distance".]]
* DopeSlap: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb171.html Doc, delivering one to Roger.]]
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale:
** The male characters are quite free to beat up other male character and the female characters are quite free to beat up male characters, but no males have been seen or mentioned as beating on females. [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1449.html This strip]] and the one after it shows that Pirta hit Doc hard enough for him to have another near death experience.
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1594.html This guy]] had been [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1587.html previously injured]] by the same person, you'd think he'd be justified a little payback.
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1093.html The same person]] punches someone out cold as a 'message' to Doc. Sensing a pattern?
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1153.html and again...]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Doc tends to drive [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb901.html several times speed limit]]. [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb669.html On mountain roads.]] With [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb900.html little]] [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb903.html regard]] to warning signs and barriers. Often in [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb260.html heavily modded]] vehicles. Roger's unexpected improvements to the vehicles [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1545.html contribute to crashes]] too. The cast are OK with that, if a bit nervous, but do [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb108.html warn newcomers]]. And sometimes even they [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb285.html can be surprised.]]
* DrivingStick: Most cars have an accelerator pedal and a brake pedal. Manual equipped ones will add a clutch pedal. A few older cars and most full-sized trucks have an additional pedal to apply the parking brake. [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2110.html Doc's truck]] has 8 pedals for some reason. And a gear shift knob that looks like it operates a transmission in a [[Series/IceRoadTruckers big rig]].
* DropTheCow: The author's confessed that he makes something [[StuffBlowingUp explode]] whenever he can't come with a good punchline, and has quoted ChandlersLaw.
* DuctTapeForEverything:
** Doc uses duct tape to fix anything, as well as using it to remind people not to take off their helmets during a paintball match. Usually because he can't find the stapler instead.
** As a temporary repair to Jake's car after the driver side front door is broken off its hinge, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb975.html duct tape is used to stick it back on the car.]]
* TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay: Doc [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb736.html makes such an "offer" to someone]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb712.html who took pictures of Pirta removing her top.]] The person who actually took the picture accepts the "easy" option. However, the one to whom the picture got sent, before [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb733.html Roger jammed the signal]], [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb742.html doesn't,]] with [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb750.html painful results.]]
--> (guy hands over phone) "You make a strong and vividly illustrated case."\\
'''Doc''': "We all have our hobbies.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: At the start of the comic, the PettingZooPeople main cast was treated as something unusual in a human world. The author soon dropped the "something unusual" angle as not really being where he wanted to take the webcomic, and since then has gravitated over time towards making more of the characters anthropomorphic animals.
* EscalatingWar: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1596.html Snowball fights.]] Well, that and everything else, but especially snowball fights.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb639.html this]] strip, with the main cast viewing a scene from a [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Billy and the Boingers]] movie with the car on the screen about to hit a cactus.
-->'''[[RascallyRaccoon Roger]]:''' Watch - the car will explode before it even hits the cactus.\\
'''Doc:''' It's not a [[Creator/JerryBruckheimer Bruckheimer]] movie, you know.
* EveryManHasHisPrice: A customer needing his marker fixed in a hurry [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb849.html bribes Doc with a case of Mountain Dew]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep:
** Doc, Swamp Fox, Bandit, Snowshoe, and Rainman are all primarily referred to by their nicknames. Rainy's mother once called him Daniel but most of the others' real names are unknown.
** Jinx's real name is Jimmy, but the only time it's been used around the regular cast was [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb107.html when he introduced himself to Doc.]]
** Tawny once addressed Shoey as "Robert", possibly in retaliation for his affectionate codename for her: [[spoiler: Thunderbuns]].
** Doc is [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2153.html Mortimer J. Abraham Tiberius Nickelovich-Smythe]].
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: In one game, whoever tags an out-of-it and well-armed Doc gets a brand-new, not-even-announced marker. Cue this trope.
* TheFaceless: Swampy, who is almost never seen without his face obstructed by his hat or some object, and almost every human character, by virtue of having indistinct circles-for-heads.
* FailsafeFailure: Things blow up regularly in this webcomic. One of the reasons for this is that the fail-safes never work in this comic.
* {{Fanservice}}: [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autoaf05.html April]] [[http://the-whiteboard.com/auto040106.html Fool's]] [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autoaf07.html Day]] tradition! The 2014 edition [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwbaf14.html brought in some cheesecake, too]].
* FastballSpecial: Doc is prone to throwing people into the air for his benefit:
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb155.html Tossing Jinx as a scout.]]
** [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb942.html Throwing a fellow team member with the flag to the team's station when surrounded by the opposing team.]]
** At her request, he [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1351.html launches Kasi at Jinx]].
** Done by Tawny to Packrat [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1270.html when he called her "Thunderbuns"]].
** Howie the bartender isn't averse to the tactic, either, launching Bandit in pursuit of a fleeing Doc during a snowball fight, in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1603.html this strip.]]
* FireBreathingDiner: During a visit to Howie's, a new hot wing recipe made fire spurt out of [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2138.html Doc's ears]]. He thought them a bit bland.
** The same batch of hotwings had the same effect on Doc's new LoveInterest [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2191.html here]].
* ForeignQueasine: No, not the moose-burgers. Those are pretty tame. Try ''deep fried '''walrus'''''. Then again, Doc ''IS'' a [[AnimalStereotypes polar]] [[BigEater bear]].
* FourFingeredHands: In the first few strips, Doc was depicted with 5-digit hands, but shortly after the strip's name became an ArtifactTitle, the character design was changed to have 4-digit hands, with a note by the author explaining the change.
* FunnyAnimal: When the comic started, only the main cast were funny animals, while almost all of the rest of the cast were no-neck bubbleheaded humans with no distinctive facial features. The artist later experimented with more realistic humans, but then around 2012 went with the entire cast being funny animals, converting fan favorites [[ThoseTwoGuys Larry and Daryl]] from bubbleheads to squirrels without any commentary on the change InUniverse.
* FurriesAreEasierToDraw: For years humans were drawn as people with floating heads. The non-human cast is drawn somewhat better, but only somewhat. The animals mouths are seldom seen, even when they're talking. They're usually only seen if they're shouting. The technical and mechanical devices though, oh-ho, they're drawn exquisitely! According to several posts by the author on the TWB forums in August 2011, he was working on overcoming the problem with drawing humans, with more human characters being given actual details instead of undefined "floating bubbleheads", and [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1405.html the results]] [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1403.html were impressive]]. But a few months later he decided to drop humans altogether. He did use [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1481.html generic human faces]] to replaced "the no-necks" when he retroactively coloured strips for winter and spring of 2012, but after that all one-shot characters have been anthropomorphic animals. Also of note is converting [[ThoseTwoGuys Larry and Daryl]] -- the no-necks who gained some depth over time -- to [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1853.html squirrels.]]
* FurryFemaleMane: Most of the female cast are given human style hair on their head, while with the exception of Jake none of the males do. When [[GenderBender Roger was gender-bent]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autobutton06.html after getting zapped due to pressing]] [[SchmuckBait a button labeled "do not press"]], his female version instantly grew human style hair.
* FurryReminder: While the funny animals in the cast for the most part act entirely human, sometimes animal behaviors can be seen.
** Jake, a PettingZooPerson [[SmellySkunk skunk]], [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1323.html turns into a spray grenade when surprised.]] He's also used this as a threat at least once.
---> '''Jake''': Don't make me angry Swamps. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.[[note]]ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk ShoutOut[[/note]]\\
'''Swampy''': Er, your safety's on, right?
** In the [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1569.html Oct 5, 2012 strip]] canine anthros are shown hanging their heads out of the windows of a moving truck as would RealLife dogs, and [[LampshadeHanging get called on it by the feline driver]].
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1587.html Pirta reacting to a rat character as an ordinary cat would a mouse.]]
** Doc and Pirta, being a Polar Bear and Snow Leopard respectively, don't need to wear much during the winter months. In fact, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1155.html they find it quite cozy]], which irks the hell out of the rest of the cast. On the flip side, Pirta has a [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1529.html bit of a problem]] with the heat during paintball matches. Doc, of course, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1536.html has his own method of heat control]], to the annoyance of Roger who'd like to ''drink'' the beers in the cooler instead of having them used in Doc's pants.
* FurryWebcomic: Increasingly so. Originally, the only furry character was Doc himself. Then Roger was added in Strip #12. Then Swampy (Labour Day strip just before #37), Bandit (#60), Snowshoe (#71), Red (#82), Jinx (#105), Rainman (#120), Howie (#176), Bruno (#265), Jake (#347), Tawny (#399), Sandy (#403), Pirta (#590) Gino (#900), and Kasi (#1179) (in that order). Then Larry and Darryl became squirrels in #1853, by which time humans had been dropped altogether (The last ones were seen in #1481).
* GadgeteerGenius:
** Both Doc and Roger are very good at what they do. When they work together, they make very dangerous machines like PoweredArmor or markers that mess with the time-space continuum.
** Jinx seems to be on the way to becoming one, after figuring out how to connect a [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1839.html taser to a bullwhip.]] His father also expressed concern over his [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1426.html skill with a propane torch.]]
* GaleForceSound: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb024.html Doc using new speakers]] makes it almost impossible for a customer to enter the store, thanks to having to push against the force from said speakers.
* GangstaStyle: A custom work order for a paintball marker has the ammo bin put on the side, so that when held this way it can feed the paintballs normally. Doc and Roj seem unimpressed, but hey, it's work.
* GargleBlaster: Several cast members understand this trope.
** Doc's custom "weapons-grade" Mountain Dew can do strange things to those who consume it and aren't Doc, including [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1718.html a toxic or hallucinogenic effect, with the possibility of some kind of an unpredictable mutagenic effect that can turn the one consuming it into a monster.]]
** Doc asks for "a Dew and something interesting to chase it with." Howie serves up something from a glowing hot cricible [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2124.html here]]. In line with both Doc's and Howies's idea of how this trope should play out, it is spitting glowing hot embers. In keeping with the description of the original TropeMaker, it has [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2127.html ''interesting" results]].
* GenderBender: After pressing a button with a ShmuckBait warning sign, in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autobutton06.html this strip]] Roger is transformed into a woman.
* GenreSavvy: After meeting an attractive female polar bear and while being pestered by a drunken rabbit wanting his destroyed car replaced, Doc can clearly see the "bad episode of ''Series/ThreesCompany''" level train wreck fast approaching and [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2164.html slams on the brakes to head it off]].
* GirlsHaveCooties: When suggested that Kasi has [[PuppyLove a crush on him]], Jinx replies [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1354.html "Ew! I'd rather kiss a chainsaw!"]] Of course, she's also [[CatsAreMean the reason for all the band-aids he's wearing]], so it's sort of an appropriate comparison.
* GirlsWithMoustaches: [[OnlySaneWoman Sandy]] greets a customer to Doc's shop, and is told by the customer that he wants to deal with a male employee. She ducks behind the counter, and comes back up with [[PaperThinDisguise a fake moustache]] on her face, asking again if she can help him.
* GlobalWarming:
** [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1153.html This strip]] has Doc start to launch into a rant about GW, only to be interrupted by a mallet to the head.
** Several weeks later Alaskan weather inspired a snow-cleaning arc:
---> '''Swampy:''' ''(from under the snow)'' [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1170.html "Al Gore is full of @#$!"]]
* TheGlomp: Nothing says "I love you" like playing [[Franchise/{{Alien}} facehugger]] on one's loved ones. Just ask [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb399.html Tawny]] and [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2085.html Robin,]] both of whom wrap themselves around the head of their respective targets.
* GoingCommando: In the 2014 [[HalloweenEpisode Halloween strip]], Howie's girlfriend is wearing a hazmat suit as her Halloween costume, as her take on "sexy" {{fanservice}}y womens' costumes. As it's a full-body suit save for her tail (for character identification purposes, according to Doc Nickel on the forum), Howie asks her how it's sexy. Her response: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1855.html "Easy... I'm not wearing anything under it."]]
* TheGrimReaper: The standard skeleton in a cloak showed up a couple times in one-shots to pick up a marker, while Doc came face to face with a [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1088.html somewhat less traditional psychopomp]] at the end of the "Doc [=ODs=] on caffeine arc".
* GuestStrip:
** On [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autobutton05.html this page]] there's not only the regular strip by Doc Nickel involving a big red SchmuckBait button, but an additional, related strip drawn by ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' writer Scotty Arsenault.
** Kathy Garrison of ''Webcomic/CarryOn'' contributed several strips to hold things over while Doc Nickel was having computer problems, resulting in a week of non-canon strips featuring one of her ''Carry On'' characters, who had been given a cameo in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1879.html this strip.]] [[note]]The guest strips are currently unavailable on the main site, but Doc N has said that he'll put them up on the [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/sketchbook/index.html sketchbook page]] when he gets a chance.[[/note]]
* GunStripping: In [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb113.html this strip]] Doc manages to field strip Jinx's marker before he even finishes saying "Let's have a look" between the first two frames, leaving a bewildered Jinx wondering how Doc managed it.
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[[folder: Tropes: H to L]]
* HalloweenEpisode: There's almost always has a Halloween-related story around October. Mostly it's just parties where {{Cameo}}s from other webcomics abound, but on occasion it's a full story arc, like with the 2010 and 2012 ZombieApocalypse story arcs.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: Used in [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autoaf07.html this]] strip, when an AprilFoolsDay gag results in Sandy getting exposed [[ShowerScene while taking a shower]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Multiple hoisting operations have occurred here.
** A RulesLawyer badger who was using [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1684.html a rules interpretation depending on a technicality about what counts as a hit]] to make things difficult for others playing at Red's field gets some comeuppance in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1688.html this]] and the following few strips. When the badger seeks to complain about the CurbStompBattle of everyone on the field against him, Jake points out that according to the same set of rules the badger was (mis)using, nothing says that the teams have to be the same size, complete with a LampshadeHanging in the last panel of [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1690.html this strip.]]
** Another time, Swampy gets to [[LampshadeHanging point out]] that Sandy managed to hoist herself.
*** The hoisting begins [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2175.html here]], then [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2177.html this page]], followed by [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2179.html this page]], then Sandy discovers [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2194.html the crane]], followed by Swampy's [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2195.html lampshade]].
* HumongousMecha: Apparently Doc is building one [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1154.html here]].
* HyperspaceMallet: Often used by Doc against customers. Sometimes appears [[DropTheHammer much larger]]. Subverted in some instances where Doc's mallet is seen in a glass case behind his desk.
* IAteWhat: Doc fills the sprinkler system with Barbeque Sauce--[[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1443.html which causes him to mistake a scrub brush for a turkey leg.]] [[ExtremeOmnivore Then he finishes it anyway!]]
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb585.html Roger detonates a Febreze bomb in Doc's office.]] When Doc emerges and grabs Roger [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb586.html to drag him off for a mauling,]] Roger calls for Swampy to avenge him. Swampy's response: "That depends. Can I have your UsefulNotes/PlayStation?"
* IHaveAFamily: In [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb644.html this]] strip, after watching an awful movie Doc threatens a janitor with violence over it. The janitor pleads for pity on account of having three mouths to feed. [[SubvertedTrope Two goldfish and a gerbil,]] which is sufficient to get the janitor off the hook.
* IncrediblyLamePun: {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1340.html this]] strip, after Pirta says to a grumpy Doc, who's NotAMorningPerson, that he's a real bear in the morning.
-->'''Doc:''' I'd say it's too early for puns...but that presumes at some point there's a correct time for them.
* InfiniteCanvas: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1206.html This strip]] is made in a vertical alignment, and goes far beyond the three panels of a regular strip.
* InnocentInaccurate: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1357.html While playing]] some ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' at Doc's, it's implied that Kasi's game character "teabags" Jinx's character.
-->'''Jinx''': ...[[BeatingADeadPlayer why do you keep crouching over my guy?]]\\
'''Kasi''': Isn't that what you're supposed to do?
* INeedAFreakingDrink: In a caffiene withdrawl induced stupor, Doc blunders destructively about, tossing trees, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1925.html here.]]
--> '''Red''': [[Film/{{Airplane}} Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking.]]
* InnocentInnuendo: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1348.html In this strip]] Pirta beats up a customer who asked for brass nipples for his paintball gun, thinking "he was trying some perverted pick-up line!"
* InterspeciesRomance: Jake (skunk) and Pirta (snow leopard), Kasi's mother (Cheetah) and Howie (wolf). Technically Snowshoe (Canadian Lynx) and Tawny (Bobcat) as well, but it's fairly hard to tell unless you [[AllThereInTheManual check the cast page]].
* IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb821.html Pirta to Jake,]] when he was missing her hints about what she wanted to do with him at her place.
* ItCameFromTheFridge: Twice, both times it was a tentacled monstrosity.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: Doc thinks [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1049.html that Red Bull tastes like "Rancid axle grease".]]
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1344.html "Oh, my mom doesn't have anything against caffeine."]]
* JawDrop: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2190.html Just about EVERYONE]] when Doc [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2189.html gets a kiss from a female polar bear.]]
* JumpingOutOfACake: Used for the [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb323.html second anniversary strip,]] although Doc's plan to use a cutting laser to cut the cake threatens the survival of the unseen woman inside.
* JustForPun: "[[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb216.html Can't you tell?]] I'm [[Literature/HarryPotter Harry]] [[Series/WelcomeBackKotter Kotter]]!"
* KillSat: Roj used one in a game [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb139.html once]].
* KissOfDistraction: Kasi uses [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1358.html a smooch of distraction]] to beat Jinx in a video game. His reaction [[GirlsHaveCooties wasn't quite blissful]], however.
* KlatchianCoffee: The crew of ''The Whiteboard'', after (or in the middle of) a particularly interesting New Years' party (and that's saying something), manages by accident to create a coffee strong enough to cure astigmatism, boost intellect, and [[BreastExpansion add a cup size to women]]. The effects are temporary.
* LamePunReaction: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb308.html Found here]].
-->'''Doc''': What the heck is this? It looks like a furry bat!\\
'''Roger''': Obviously that's a hair club for men. ''(After getting hit over the head by Doc with said club)'' ...see how useful that was?
* LetsGetDangerous: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb956.html One round of paintball]] shows us a "bubblehead" who at first acts like an idiot, "stayin' here to defend th' flag" in a center flag game[[note]]meaning that his base has no flag to defend[[/note]], but as the round progresses he basically winds up winning it for his team singlehandedly, and without a lot of effort.
* LimitedWardrobe: Doc's closet is shown to be filled with almost nothing but black T-shirts. In a FourthWallMailSlot comic he later explains that it's because they're cheap and hide grease stains.
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: Originally the regular cast members were funny animals in a world where many of the people were featureless "bubblehead" humans, due to [[FurriesAreEasierToDraw furries being easier to draw]], but starting in 2012 the artist started using funny animals exclusively for all characters, regulars or otherwise. [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1853.html Fan-favorite recurring "bubbleheads" Larry and Daryl became squirrels,]] from suggestions on the forum.
* ListOfTransgressions: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1248.html A cop has a list of complaints]] [[LongList several pages in length.]]
* LogicBomb: One [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1684.html gets dropped on Red]] by a player arguing that a ball that breaks in the gun counts as tagging the player out, between "friendly fire" rules and hits on equipment counting as a hit on the player.
* LongRunner: The comic has been on the net since June 2002 and reached 2000 strips on Nov. 18, 2015.
* LoopholeAbuse: Cross-country skis are perfectly acceptable on a Paintball Field.
* LukeIAmYourFather: In a variation of the trope Jinx's friend Kasi turned out to have been Howie's stepdaughter. Both of them knew, but it was certainly unexpected for the readers.
* LuminescentBlush: Sandy shows one of these when the usual crowd is cheering Swampy's having slept with her the night before.
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[[folder: Tropes: M to R]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Launched from their AwesomePersonnelCarrier in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1283.html this strip]] as a response to a [[ZombieApocalypse zombie outbreak]].
* MagneticWeapons: Roger's [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb121.html paintball rail gun.]]
* MassOhCrap: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2023.html Everyone was happy that Daryl finally won a match with a paint grenade.]] Then everyone learned that Daryl's prize was a ''whole case of Mark 40 paint grenades!''
* MatterReplicator: Doc and Roger [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1622.html build one]] for the sake of teleporting mugs of beer directly to the consumer.
* MeatVersusVeggies: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb231.html "Vegetables are what food eats."]] Poor Rainman, who is a rabbit in a cast full of carnivores.
* MisappliedPhlebotinum: Multiple cases. Doc uses a teleporter to get pizza delivered to his shop, and Roger once built a Tokamak fusion reactor into an Autococker.
* MoreDakka: [[DanceTropeDance Lampshaded, averted, played straight, mocked, and wholeheartedly indulged in many times.]]
* MustHaveCaffeine:
** Goes to ridiculous levels when the refrigerator full of Mountain Dew is crushed, the coffee machine wasn't fixed from its ''last'' misadventure, and Doc resorts to drinking energy drinks. By the [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1058.html 5-gallon bucket.]]
** Improving coffee machines is high on Doc's activity list. Like when having found a BMW motorcycle engine.
* MyInstinctsAreShowing: In [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1587.html this]] and following strip, feline Pirta pounces a rodent customer, her instincts getting the better of her.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1651.html Sandy and Pirta]] disagree, at least when the person in question is Doc. The sight of him naked sends them into catatonic shock.
* NearDeathExperience: Starting [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1084.html here,]] though a bit unusual as the manifestation is telling him he ''should'' have died. A long time ago.
--> "Son, you use high explosives just to make breakfast. We're amazed you made it past puberty."
* NoMouth: Character are often drawn without mouths unless they are being particularly vocal.
* NonMammalMammaries: Pretty much all of the regularly depicted female funny animals (all based on mammal species) are rather well endowed with human style breasts, which isn't treated in the comic as being unusual in any way.
* TheNoseless: Just about every human drawn in the comic has a mostly featureless "bubblehead" head, save a brief period in 2011 where the artist experimented with more detailed humans, with noses being one of the details left off.
* NoodleIncident: How it happened isn't shown, but in the background of the last panel of [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1542.html this strip]] the golf course that Roger and Doc are playing at is shown to be a disaster-strewn wreck. Doc is talking with a police officer, who asks "... a golf club?", to which Doc replies "Well, we did modify it a little."
* NostalgiaFilter: Sent up in the paintball domain starting [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1143.html here]] and in the next strip, comparing paintballing in the past to that in the present.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: While Doc may have been working on becoming a doctor at one point, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb995.html judging from the boxes in his basement,]] in spite of the nickname he isn't actually one, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb380.html but it beats having the ER staff laugh at you again.]] However, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb221.html Doc's medical skills were probably why the ER staff laughed at him in the first place.]]
** [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2153.html Later]] he stated that "Doc" nickname comes from WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoons.
* OhCrap:
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb689.html Sandy and Pirta find out about Doc's webcam.]]
** When Roger heard his new {{BFG}} go off at the chronographer station:
---> '''*KRAKOOM!*\\
Roger:''' ''[[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb1971.html SWEET MERCIFUL CRAP!]]''
* ObliviousMockery: Doc's new potential girlfriend, Cara does a little of this while [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2161.html indicating that she had only seen one other]] [[BearsAreBadNews polar bear]] in town. [[StuffBlowingUp Via the evening news]].
* OldMaster: It isn't often that Red actually picks up a marker and plays, but when he does, watch out!
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: All of the regular cast but Pirta and Sandy are referred to by their field handles, and most of the cast's real names aren't even known, let alone regularly used.
* OnlySixFaces: The humans (for the most part, with the exception of a brief period in 2011) only have ''one'' face. [[CastOfSnowflakes The furry cast is more varied.]] Doc Nickel isn't above a bit of a TakeThatMe on the subject, as seen in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwbaf10.html this]] AprilFoolsDay strip. [[note]]See both right-hand corners of the grid.[[/note]]
* OpenMouthInsertFoot:
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb591.html In this strip]] Pirta and Swampy get into a brief discussion of his nickname. After Swampy asks about her name in an idiot moment for him, he comments that he can skip the appetizer, as he'll just chew on his own foot.
** In [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1707.html this]] strip, a customer that's been hassling [[OnlySaneWoman Pirta]] for a date is asked if he'd be okay with the situation were their positions reversed, and she were trying to get him to cheat on his girlfriend. He accidentally lets slip that he'd be fine with cheating on his girlfriend Jenny for a date with Pirta. He winds up thrown bodily out of the store after being beat up by Pirta for his troubles.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Bandit [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb752.html suggests they skip a last game and go straight to eating.]]
* OrwellianRetcon: Roger pushed [[ShmuckBait the button]] for [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autobutton14.html the final time]] (according to WordOfGod), and most comics from the previous six months suddenly developed color. Roger is unaware that anything has changed, and by implication, the other characters are also unaware ([[http://the-whiteboard.com/autokachunk.html or are they?]])... and even that particular strip got retconned; it first appeared with the first two panels in black and white and the third in color.
* OverlyLongGag: Doc's lecture to Sandy and Pirta about the specifics of a [=CO2=] tank, thankfully made a lot more tolerable with the girls' LampshadeHanging
* PaintballEpisode: The author knows the game inside-and-out. He makes markers for the game, and at one point ran his own paintball field.
* PassThePopcorn:
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb078.html Bandit and Roger enjoy a bowl of popcorn while listening to Doc smash the heck out of a telemarketer.]]
** The "[[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb441.html Selling Tickets]]" variant happens occasionally too.
** And again [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1729.html during the 2013 Halloween party.]]
** A FanService strip (in both the literal ''and'' figurative sense) [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/auto040106.html has Roger eating some]] while watching Sandy.
* ThePatientHasLeftTheBuilding: After Doc woke up from yet another concussion he just [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1100.html walked back to his shop]]. Nevermind the IV bag still connected to his arm or medics shooting [[AnnoyingArrows tranquilizer darts]].
* PercussiveMaintenance: All over the place. It actually works every once in a great, long while, like in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1373.html this strip.]]
* PieInTheFace:
** Doc receives one in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb383.html this strip,]] [[spoiler: ultimately revealed to have been set up by Bandit]].
** In [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autobutton11.html this strip]] Doc is shown to have been hit by multiple pies after Roger had pressed [[SchmuckBait a button labeled "do not press"]].
** Sandy gets one [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autobutton04.html here]] thanks again to Roger and that button he shouldn't be pushing.
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb469.html Weaponized on the paintball field,]] with Doc using a pie from Roger's lunch to tag out an opposing team member.
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2045.html "Pie tag!"], courtesy of Bandit.
* PoweredArmor:
** Roger once improvised one for reffing, but scrapped it after he fell over and needed a can opener to get back up. Some later strips suggest he might be trying a MiniMecha design.
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1731.html Doc apparently has two suits of the stuff]]: the Mark III (His "Ref Armor) and the Mark V (Zombie Killer). Kasi borrows the later to stop Jinx, who'd been mutated by some of Doc's more experimental Mountain Dew.
* PressStartToGameOver: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1109.html Larry doesn't have the hang of grenades yet]], and one goes off just as Red yells "Go!", covering his entire team in paint.
* PunnyName
** Pirta is Inuit for "snowpack," the pun comes from the fact that she's a snow leopard, at least according to her.
** "Kasi" is Swahili for "fast" or "speed".
* PuppyLove: Kasi towards Jinx. At present the feeling is somewhat [[GirlsHaveCooties one-sided]].
* PyrrhicVictory: In [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1189.html this]] strip, Roger describes the aftermath of an indoor snowball fight as being a Pyrrhic victory after the use of a snowblower results in Doc's office getting three feet of snow dumped into it.
* QuizzicalTilt: The girls do this when they discover and [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1313.html watch]] the ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' on UsefulNotes/LaserDisc.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: Pirta walks [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1125.html straight into one]] when she challenges others to make sexually suggestive remarks to her after one customer at Howie's gets thrown across the room for doing so. [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1127.html There's even a list of remarks, organized in alphabetical order and by degree of suggestiveness.]]
* RightOutOfMyClothes:
** In an homage to ''Comicstrip/{{Peanuts}}'', when [[BearsAreBadNews Doc]] gets hit with a giant snowball launched from a catapult, he's blown off-panel with a "POW!", and Charlie Brown's clothes (which he wasn't even wearing) sent flying into view in the last panel.
** To clean up players that have been soaked in paint from Doc's paintball machine gun, Bruno uses a pressure washer that [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1962.html blasts the players' clothes off of them]] in the process of getting them clean.
* RingRingCRUNCH:
** Subverted in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb428.html this strip.]] Alarm clock rings. Doc's paw comes out from under the covers with what looks like a Colt 1911. [[ShuttingUpNow Clock promptly shuts up.]]
** In [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb291.html this strip]] Doc applies the more common version of the trope, using a mallet to smash the alarm clock.
* RulesLawyer: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1684.html A badger abusing paintball rules regarding broken balls counting a person out]] takes his complaints to several refs at Red's field. In retaliation, the staff arranges a game with [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1688.html everyone else against the one badger,]] which in spite of said badger's complaint [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1690.html isn't prohibited by the rules.]]
* RunningOnAllFours:
** In [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1602.html this strip]] Bandit is shown running on all fours to catch up with others, even though normally when he runs it's on two feet like a human.
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb972.html Doc can also manage a pretty good turn of speed]].
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[[folder: Tropes: S to Z]]
* SaintBernardRescue: When Doc thinks Jinx and Kasi got buried under snow [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1190.html he is going to be the rescue dog:]]
-->Sandy! I need the first-aid kit and the avalanche poles! Call for a medevac chopper! And find my collar with the little brandy cask!
* SanDimasTime: Played with [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb183.html here,]] with an experimental paintball marker that fires a paintball through a time warp.
* SceneryCensor: Used straight [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb966.html at least]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb970.html a few]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb689.html times]], including for one {{April Fools|Day}}' [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwbaf14.html comic.]]
* ScheduleSlip:
** Not for the comic itself, but Doc's work orders in-universe. One (unfinished) order was apparently chiseled into a [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb348.html clay tablet]] when it was placed, [[DontExplainTheJoke the implication being it was sent in several millennia ago]].
** Happens to the strip, from time to time. Usually accompanied by a filler cut-and-paste strip in which characters look like flounder with both eyes on the same side of their heads. Recently the author started using regular strips (like [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1512.html this one]]) with text replaced to some out-of-canon gag. Also accompanied by an explanation for why that day's strip isn't up. The filler strips never appear in the main archive, but some of the flounder strips can be seen [[http://the-whiteboard.com/scraps/ here.]]
* SelfDeprecation: Doc Nickel takes a swing at himself in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwbaf10.html this]] AprilFoolsDay strip, on the subject of OnlySixFaces.[[note]]see the top and bottom right corners[[/note]]
* SeriousBusiness: The regulars take paintball safety '''very''' seriously, where people removing their masks while still on the field will get it duct taped onto their head, with in one case the threat of staples as an escalation.
* ShmuckBait: In [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autobutton01.html this strip,]] Roger is presented with a button with a warning sign reading "For the love of God do ''not'' push this button!", as a filler strip. Doc Nickel invited readers to suggest the results of pressing the button, and got several hundred replies (after expecting only a dozen or so). Strips illustrating the suggestions were usually posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
* ShoutOut: Quite a few of them are for fairly old movies and old TV series, the list available [[ShoutOut/TheWhiteboard here]].
* ShowSomeLeg: Pirta [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb928.html intentionally uses her looks to boost sales,]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb926.html one time]] managing to get a customer to spend [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb927.html $367.84]] on paintball merchandise.
-->'''Pirta:''' Show a guy a little tail and you can sell 'im a box of burnt gravel.
* ShowerScene:
** Done as part of the 2007 AprilFoolsDay strip, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autoaf07.html here,]] much to Sandy's discomfort.
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autoaf2012.html Done again]] for 2012's AprilFoolsDay, with Pirta as the victim. The second time the end result wasn't quite so pleasant for Doc and Roger.
** And then [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autobutton07.html Doc himself]] [[CallItKarma fell victim to the gag]] [[RunningGag via]] [[RascallyRaccoon Roger's]] repeated [[ButtonMashing mashing]] of the button mentioned in the ShmuckBait entry.
* ShownTheirWork: In [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/auto4th05.html this July Fourth]] strip, take a close look at Roger's shirt. "Red legs" is the nickname for US Artillery personnel, from the red stripe along the leg of their uniform pants during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar.
* SilenceIsGolden: A few times
** For a paintball game, from [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb793.html #793]] to [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb801.html #801]]
** For the SnowballFight arc, from [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1596.html #1596]] to [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1605.html #1605]].
* {{Sideboob}}: As part of the 2012 AprilFoolsDay comic, the audience is treated to a ShowerScene [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autoaf2012.html with Pirta,]] who's turned so that only the side of a breast is showing, with fur covering other details of her nudity.
* SleepCute: The guys [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb286.html after the winter game]], especially Jinx.
* SnowballFight:
** An ''indoor'' fight breaks out in Doc's office, in the story arc where Kasi was introduced, starting [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1182.html here.]]
** Kasi starts another fight [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1596.html here,]] which turns into an EscalatingWar of DisproportionateRetribution, complete with LampshadeHanging by Jake.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: In [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1452.html this strip]] from a trip into Doc's subconscious, he wishes a bunch of beautiful women into existence. He follows it up by wishing them naked, at which point the jackal with him has his sunglasses suddenly fly up off his nose with a "poing!".
* SpamAttack: Doc and Roger are worshipers in the Church of The Spam Attack, particularly the varieties involving high explosives.
* SpentShellsShower: During a [[ZombieApocalypse zombie outbreak]], we get [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1573.html this shower]] from the dual .50 cal machine gun mount of Doc's AwesomePersonnelCarrier.
* SpiderSense: Apparently, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2104.html Howie gets this]]. Especially when Doc is inbound with a truckload of rowdy paintballers.
* SpitTake: Doc does one of these [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2161.html here]] when he learns that his potential new girlfriend, Cara has already [[ObliviousMockery seen Doc]] [[StuffBlowingUp being Doc]] on the local news.
* StableTimeLoop: Starting [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1368.html here]] and confirmed [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1371.html here]], Doc and Roger have created a time-traveling wormhole that goes back about a week.
* StuffBlowingUp: Frequently. The local fire department even has a [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1003.html separate alarm board set aside for Doc's shop.]]
* StuffedIntoATrashcan: Happens numerous times with a few variations. Most instances involve a heavy object to help keep the trashed individual in place.
** Roger, starting [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb117.html here.]]
** A potential customer [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb435.html planning to misuse a marker]].
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb828.html Swampy, too.]]
** Also a rat in a [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1594.html mailbox.]]
* SuddenAnatomy: Characters usually talk without their mouths visible. Occasionally they do when they're saying something with a lot of force or emotion.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: The earliest example is [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb160.html here.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** From one of the filler strips:
--->'''Doc:''' Hey Roj? Did you take my last Dew?\\
'''Roger:''' You can't prove anything! I don't even ''own'' a flamethrower.\\
'''Doc:''' Oooh-kay. I was just asking because...\\
'''Roger:''' It must've been Swampy! He probably took it!\\
'''Doc:''' Well, Swamps doesn't usually set fire to the fridge to cover his tracks.
** And [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1496.html again after Jake has]] [[ImagineSpot amoment of mentally drifting involving imagining]] [[GirlOnGirlIsHot Pirta and Tawny getting intimate with one another]], and is startled by Sandy.
---> '''Jake:''' WHAT! No! I wasn't imagining anything like that! Why do you ask!
** And [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb1974.html this]] when Roger accidently let a little girl use his new {{BFG}}...
---> '''Roger:''' Here you go young lady, try this one instead! I'm told it's very nice and we already chronographed it and the tank is full and I'm pretty sure the battery is charged and it's much less likely to destroy the world! You go have fun now!\\
'''Red:''' "Destroy the world"?\\
'''Roger:''' What? Nothing! Figure of speech! As far as you know!
* SweetPollyOliver: Spoofed [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1092.html here]] by Sandy, in response to a customer insisting on talking to one of the guys at Doc's paintball shop, by putting on a fake mustache and asking again what he wanted.
* TakeAThirdOption: The closest option in [[TheBet the pool]] was [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2190.html a karate chop to the mouth]].
* TakeThat:
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb319.html Taking a swing at journalists who claim paintball is a war simulator.]]
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb417.html The password to Doc's e-mail account]] is "[[http://www.pbnation.com/ pbn]]suxxors".
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Doc builds "Backup Airsmith Hologram" to stay in the shop while he goes to the paintball field. He and Roger [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb353.html agree]] that a set of recorded messages is enough for the kind of clients they normally get. [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb355.html A subversion]] follows immediately.
* TastesLikePurple: A [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1126.html bar fight concussion]] results in a victim of Pirta's abuse claiming that they can taste spots.
* TaughtByTelevision: Sandy, who had no prior experience with paintballing, is shown repairing a marker at Doc's shop after months of reading the shop's e-mail, and says she figures [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb481.html she could probably build a whole nuclear reactor]] because of that experience.
* TeleportersAndTransporters:
** Doc made a "Pizza Teleporter" so he could get food in seconds. Unfortunately it only teleports to a specific spot on his counter, trying to send it to say, the field results in the toppings and crust separating or cheese blocking up an engine.
** At Howie's bar, Doc and Roger tried making a method to teleport beer to customers. It ate most of the bar instead.
* TemptingFate:
** In [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb362.html this strip]] it starts to rain, leading to Jinx commenting "at least it's not snowing." Bandit immediately replies "Shh! It might hear you!"
** Doc asks "What could possibly go wrong?" in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb657.html this strip,]] when using explosives to take care of [[ItCameFromTheFridge some seriously expired fridge food]].
** Later, when locked in Doc's shop during the cleanup following the 2011 ZombieApocalypse, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1325.html Sandy asks what trouble the guys could get into playing a game of poker.]] She and Pirta realize the error of asking that question, in the second panel, and in the last panel she gets an answer, in response muttering "yeah, yeah, me and my big mouth."
* TheBet: A pool bet involving what Doc's new LoveInterest, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2190.html Cara would do to him]].
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: ''Everyone else'' when Daryl gets his big prize: [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2023.html an entire crate of Mark-40 paint grenades]], [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1120.html which he and Larry can and have]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb2000.html used to glorious effect]]--when they haven't gone [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1109.html hilariously amiss]]. Daryl, however, is overjoyed.
* ThisMeansWar: Kasi (the young cheetah girl) says to Doc, after he dumped a bunch of snow on her, "[[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1184.html You realize, of course...]] that this means '''War'''."
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb567.html Sandy's blush]] shows very clearly, to the point of Doc saying it's nearly in the infrared.
* TimeForPlanB: When surrounded by the other team at an "outlaw" paintball field, (basically no real rules) in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1262.html this strip,]] the team goes through their options, including [[AttackPatternAlpha Attack Plans B, Delta, and Zero]] (the last involving [[NoodleImplements two zeppelins and a smoke machine]]).
* TimeMachine: The product of a drunken night of inventing.
* TimeStandsStill: Gained in a super-speed version by Doc at one point due to too many [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1059.html caffeinated energy drinks.]] We first see the world from everyone else's perspective involving multiple things (that Doc had touched) exploding and Doc suddenly being found several buildings over with multiple broken walls between his origin and destination. Then we see [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1071.html Doc's side of the story.]] While he doesn't have to deal with light shifting and air friction isn't much of a problem, he does have to deal with lack of friction between his legs and the floor and with inertia, both that of other objects and his own.
* ToiletHumor:
** Poked fun at in [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb905.html this strip,]] [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the abruptly {{Aborted|Arc}} ''Webcomic/{{PVP}}''/''The Whiteboard'' crossover.
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1693.html Roger attempts to set up a camera to look in the ladies' restroom.]] There are a few problems with his plan: 1) it wasn't the ''ladies'' room Roger was crawling over, 2) it was Taco Day at the lunch wagon, and 3) Swampy is using the restroom at that particular moment.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb671.html Bruno has this exchange with Red]] just after [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb657.html Doc had blown up his own fridge earlier.]]
-->'''Bruno:''' Red.\\
'''Red:''' Bruno? Wow, that was quick.\\
'''Bruno:''' Turns out we had some... ''[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere persuasion]]'' to get out of town. \\
'''Red:''' Somehow, I'm not surprised. [[LampshadeHanging Villagers with torches and pitchforks]]?\\
'''Bruno:''' Close. [[HomeGuard Guardsmen]] with [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier APCs]] and [[MoreDakka fifty-cals]].\\
'''Red:''' You guys are moving up in the world.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Or, in this case, Mountain Dew! Which Doc has his own brewing plant for, and makes several times stronger than the commercial variety.
* Underboobs: When Pirta reaches up to a mask on display, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1701.html her shirt rises up enough to unintentionally flash a customer with the underside of her breasts.]] The customer is surprised by the flash, but not unappreciative, [[AllMenArePerverts asking her to get a different mask down for him from that same display]].
* {{Unentendre}}: Fun fact: [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1348.html "Brass nipples" are an actual component of a paintball marker,]] contrary to what Pirta thought when a customer at Doc's paintball shop asks for some.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Jake and Rainy [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1687.html plot revenge]] on a RulesLawyer who has [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1684.html been pestering]] Red, Bruno, and them. Image enhancement reveals the text in the speech bubble: [[spoiler:I'd tell you what we're going to do, but I think there's a bunch of people watching us, and I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise.]]
* UnwillingSuspension: In earlier strips, [[ButtMonkey Swampy]] had a tendency to wind up [[DuctTapeForEverything duct taped]] or stapled to the ceiling that almost qualified for RunningGag status, until his girlfriend Sandy called Doc out on it. Roger has also been suspended from the ceiling via a staple gun a few times.
* UpToEleven: Doc and Roger often build very dangerous things -- usually weapons -- together. This even applies to the coffee, which smokes, sparks and melts glass pots.
* VanityLicensePlate: The [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1560.html Sept 12, 2012 strip]] shows the vanity plate of "FXYLDY" on Sandy's car.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Some shout-outs are fairly old or obscure (or both) and there is some science which can be difficult to understand, such as Doc's explanation of teleporter physics.
* VisualPun:
** Like many a TimeTravel story, a time travel arc in May 2011 contains a [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1368.html pair o' Docs]].[[note]]Play on "parodox", for those who missed the "pun" part.[[/note]]
** [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autobutton06.html This]] strip calls Roger a tool for pressing [[SchmuckBait a big red button]], with the [[XRaySparks X-ray view while he was being zapped]] showing several of his bones being replaced by hand tools.
* WakingUpElsewhere: The first 2014 strip has Doc waking up on a couch stuck in the middle of a desert, after a New Year's Eve party.
--> '''Doc''' Huh. [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1741.html That must've been some party.]]
* WakingUpAtTheMorgue: Doc from wakes up in a hospital room underneath his paintball shop (courtesy of DARPA; ItMakesSenseInContext) covered in a sheet and with a toe tag. Why he woke up there was never explained.
* WalkingTechbane - [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1041.html This customer's mere touch]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1042.html makes markers fall apart.]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1043.html Ordinary hammers fare no better.]]
* WebcomicTime: The characters often spend most (or all) of the summer of each year playing one-days-worth of paintball. Lampshaded at least several times:
** Comes up [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb051.html here]] first.
** Later, it comes up again in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1497.html this]] strip. For those at the paintball field it's been only a few minutes, but for Pirta it feels like it's been [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1491.html two weeks.]]
* {{Wedgie}}: During the CaffeineBulletTime arc, Doc gives one to Swampy - [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1077.html it was far more effective than he'd anticipated.]]
* WeirdnessMagnet: Doc's shop, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1173.html according to Jake]], qualifies as one of these. ([[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1099.html Pirta]] agrees.)
* WhatWouldXDo:
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1115.html Daryl asks himself that about Doc]] when on the field, but given Daryl isn't a rather large polar bear who runs a paintball shop, the possible answers don't do him much good.
** [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb101.html WWJMBD]] (John Moses Browning, often considered one of the gods of the firearm world.)
** Pirta asks herself what Doc would do, in a 1 vs 1 face-off against Tawny on the field, in [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1515.html this strip.]] The answer is never shown.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: When given the chance to wipe off a hit and not be seen, Rainman calls himself out.
--> [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb360.html "Integrity means doing what's right, even if nobody is looking."]]
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Pirta pretty much all the time, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1155.html even in heavy snow]] thanks to her thick insulating fur.
* WorthIt:
** Was getting socked for sneaking a kiss from Sandy worth it? According to Swampy, [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb405.html "Oh God yes."]]
** For the sake of an AprilFoolsDay gag, apparently sneaking in a look at [[ShowerScene Pirta in the shower]] [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autoaf2012.html wasn't worth it to Roger and Doc.]]
* WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque: [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb261.html This]] strip is a ShoutOut to the trope namer, when Swampy steps out onto a rather tall snowdrift, and falls through it completely.
* XDaysSince: Several such signs show up occasionally, like [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autowb104.html "10 days since last mauling".]]
* XRaySparks: In one of the [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autobutton06.html "Don't push this button"]] strips, Roger gets zapped by a lightning bolt when he pushes [[SchmuckBait the button in question]], revealing insides that look like he's gotten some discount surgery in the past. It may be a VisualPun on "tool".
* YouDoNotWantToKnow: A common reaction by the regulars when Sandy or Pirta[[note]]moreso the latter, not having been around the gang for as long as the former[[/note]] asks about any particular weirdness happening.
-->'''Jake:''' [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb737.html "If past experience is any indication, we'll be better off not knowing."]]
* YouMonster: Red calls Doc a bastard for awarding Daryl an entire crate of very effective paint grenades.
* ZombieApocalypse: Starting [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1275.html here,]] one breaks out during October 2010, and again in 2012 starting [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1567.html here.]]
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