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  • 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 calling out notorious Jerk Ass anti-gaming activist Jack Thompson out on his "video games cause violence" rheotric.
  • Bile Fascination: 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."
  • 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.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Kate attempts a Secret Test of Character on Lucas via a fat suit during their blind date to make sure he isn't dating her for her body. He politely indulges her for the evening but is just about to dump her when she reveals she's not fat. He then changes his mind at seeing her real body and they end up becoming a couple. There's really no way this couldn't end in a Broken Aesop or a Family-Unfriendly Aesop.