YMMV / Ctrl+Alt+Del


  • Angst Dissonance: Ethan hates Rory because Rory constantly manipulated him as a child, injured him for his own amusement and always got what he wanted with zero consequences. Meanwhile, Ethan regularly abuses his employee Rob and the customers in his store for his own amusement and has been known to attempt to ruin a friend's career so he can get a game several months in advance. With zero consequences.
  • Anvilicious: Notoriously the "gamer religion" arc. In a different way, the introductions of Emma and Christian get their respective characters across with all the subtlety of anvil pie to the face.
  • Author's Saving Throw: "Endings...And Beginnings" is one, after the Internet Backdraft that arose following "...Will", the intended Grand Finale of the on-going Ethan storyline.
  • Awesome Moments: This comic (the last frame, at least) calling out notorious Jerk Ass anti-gaming activist Jack Thompson out on his "video games cause violence" rheotric.
  • Bile Fascination: Some people who dislike the comic still read every strip Buckley releases.
  • Critical Dissonance: Despite that the comic is hated (So much, the main tropes page was even locked!), its readership is large enough that Tim Buckley is able to live off of this comic and related events. Note that for webcomics, this is very rare.
  • Critical Research Failure: In the newspost for a Battlefield Hardline comic, Tim repeatedly misspells the name of the hero of the Die Hard movies, rendering it as "McLaine", rather than the correct "McClane", but most would expect the guy to know the name of the star of one of the most well-known action franchises in the world, especially if he's basing his suggestion for a new game on it. More forgivable is the fact he also misspells Nakatomi Plaza as "Nakitomi."
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: After generally being treated as the Butt-Monkey of the Console Wars series of strips to that point, Nintendo strikes back.
  • Designated Hero: Christian is a jerk, doing some incredibly slimy things, but considering that Ethan's antics have also screwed over people whom he considers his friends for selfish reasons and have even put people's lives in danger, it gets harder to root for Ethan.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Despite any other complaints you may have about the comic, it's hard not to smile at this strip.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The OUYA's failure as a console basically makes this strip hold true to whoever owns one.
    • A story arc had Lucas discovering a Game of Thrones CCG game and being informed by Ethan that he had crossed into the realm of "supernerds". This is later reinforced by Lucas encountering other "supernerds" who actually have formed a secret society for mutual protection. The strip was released when the A Song of Ice and Fire series was still a niche fandom. Now that the Game of Thrones TV series has bought the universe into the mainstream, the "supernerds" might have found acceptance at last.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Though of the most read webcomics on the web, you wouldn't know this by hearing what people have to say about it.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • B^U after the comics infamous method for character design that has nearly every face easily approximated by it. The general consensus is that it is pronounced aloud as "bee-you", like a foghorn.
    • CADbortion after the miscarriage arc.
    • Lucas' Expressive Shirt (pocket is the eye, crease is the mouth; apparently Shirt is a silent Deadpan Snarker).
    • Ethan's "hairbird" (his hair looks like a bird), after someone noticed the resemblance between Ethan's hair and another goon's photoshopped avatar of Nicholas Cage with the caption "My hair is a bird, your argument is irrelevant!". In an odd coincidence, Ethan's hair has become more bird-like since the haters started using the "hairbird".
    • For The Annotated Series: "HOOOOOOORSE CUM!" (a mondegreen(?) of the expy-Swedish Chef's nonsense dialogue), "Jackie" (an girl Tim Buckley was accused of mailing obscene photos when she was a teenager).
    • $150.20, after the amount Buckley gained (out of $3000) in con funds. It was started by Something Awful, whose members chipped in, one penny per member.
    • "You have been banned. Reason for ban: None given. Date ban will be lifted: Never." apparently in reference to the trigger happy nature of CAD's forum mods.
    • "WORDS WORDS WORDS" in reference to the webcomic's frequent walls of text.
    • The Grand Finale gave us "And then he made me watch as he X right in front of me."
    • Tumblr is currently studying the theory that any given CAD comic becomes much funnier if only the first and last panels are used, with the dialogue of the last panel (if any) being removed, and users have been posting various strips in this form to demonstrate.
  • Narm: Any time the strip abruptly makes a sudden left-turn from goofy video game jokes immediately into dark drama. Most infamous is, what else, yep, you guessed it- "Loss."
  • Never Live It Down:
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Owes a good deal of its popularity to its haters.
    • To the point where Buckley did a guest comic for another comic that pointed this out.
    "Just remember every time you bash Ctrl-alt-del I gain more page views and more money. Suckers."
  • Seasonal Rot: The Animated Adaptation; the first season was pretty well hated to begin with, but season two took the first season's already massive flaws and made them even worse. Errors were more common, the already poor animation lost whatever quality it had and the episodes themselves were longer, which only led to considerable Padding.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Although he predates Twisp and Catsby by years, Chef Brian is still cited as an example by those who think Ctrl+Alt+Del is a Penny Arcade ripoff.
  • Signature Scene: The Convenient Miscarriage became this due to how dark it was for this usually silly and lighthearted webcomic. As mentioned under Memetic Mutation, it still gets frequently parodied to this day.
  • Snark Bait: A general rule amongst regulars of Image Boards is that nearly any comic ever made can be made up to 500% funnier by removing the second and third panels. Likewise, this is often done in reverse to other comics by padding the dialogue out into enormous balloons by meticulously explaining every single detail, including the joke, and manipulating all the characters' faces into the same bland expression used by Buckley in his comics.

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