YMMV / Nerf NOW!!


  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Mega Man as a mindless killing machine and Link as a serial kidnapper, pure Nightmare Fuel there.
  • Anvilicious: His Author Filibuster is usually dropped with the subtelty of an anvil.
  • Arc Fatigue: Until a while ago, most of the fans were complaining about Jo focusing too much on Dota 2 comics and rarely doing any other comics. With how long the Dota 2 comics have gone on, and Jo adding a comment pending attribute to his site, the rage has stopped and turned into silence.
  • Broken Base:
    • There is a considerable rift between those who prefer Team Fortress 2 comics and those who prefer DOTA 2 comics which isn't helped by the fact that most of the gags for either will only make sense if you really know the games meaning a huge chunk of the base simply won't get the joke for either.
    • Some strips reference the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic series. Some of the base is "Alright! Welcome to the herd, Jo!" and the others are "Seriously? This is one of the last pony-free places on the Internet! Not you too!". And those are the milder comments. You can read the rest here.
  • Critical Research Failure: Apparently, the artist doesn't know how many Super Smash Bros. games there are in actuality.note 
    • This trope continues as the comic keeps calling the entire series "Brawl", needless to say, Jo knows nothing about them.
    • This strip received criticism for not recognizing both Zenyetta and Bastion from Overwatch as Omnics based on the game's lore. Though considering that Bastion was somewhat-naivete, let alone speak, about Engie's Fanservice-laden subtext, the author may have meant Zenyetta as more "human-like" rather than ignorance in general.
  • Epileptic Trees: Just how does the dispenser heal someone?
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Referred to Link from The Legend of Zelda as Zelda in this strip, sparking incendiary comments.
    • The constant reference of the entire Super Smash Bros. series as Brawl, even if the latter's name was only from the third game.
  • Fridge Brilliance: In this Christmas comic, why did Engie-tan's sentry gun attack Santa Claus? Well, she's the BLU Engie, and Santa wears red...
  • Growing the Beard: Originally started off completely textless in an attempt to be the antithesis of Ctrl+Alt+Del, and to the detriment of its humor. Because Tropes Are Not Bad, once the strip became a lot more lenient with allowing text (and as a result shifting from the emphasis on TF2-tan Moe fanservice towards general gaming humor), it became a lot more consistently funny.
    • It's not that clear-cut for some though, as some prefer the earlier strips. Whether that is a legitimate complain or just a case of They Changed It, Now It Sucks is in the eye of the beholder.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay:
  • Moe: Oh so very, very much.
  • Memetic Mutation: Every comic will have at least one person put a "spy here!" photo note on some area of empty space, nearly every pointed finger will have a photo note of "POW! Haha!" and anything with a female will have a photo note that lays claim to the female (or just part of their body). Lines from the Meet the Team videos are also commonplace, and to a lesser extent, "Nerf Now, now with more trope.". Lampshaded by the author in this strip and this strip.
    • If any character's open hand is visible, somebody will probably leave a photo note saying "Slap my hand!" referencing the Spy asking for a high five. If there are even more hands visible, the photo notes follow the Spy's line, such as "Come on, slap it now!", and "This is NOT a trick!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: Let's just say that time wasn't very kind on ol 'Megaman. What makes it scarier is that it would make perfect sense for Megaman to look that way in comparison to recent Robot Masters, considering how long he has been running.
  • Older Than They Think: Jopiera borrows the TF2-tan style from another artist, who in turn borrowed from Japanese doujinshi.
  • Seasonal Rot: Later comics have strayed away from cute characters doing amusing things and seem to serve more as a way for Jo to state an opinion about something.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The "She was just level one" story arc.
    • A bit less severe, but Drone-tan's hive cluster being annihilated by Terran forces.
    • Sniper-tan and Pyro's relationship unraveling.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The author's reaction when 2K studios announced a FPS sequel to the X-COM series.
  • Unpleasable Fanbase: While not prevalent to the strip itself, The author certainly made a jab at DotA 2's fanbase regarding the Diretide event.
  • What an Idiot: When Engie goes to star in her own game, she goes to Minette for advice. She does this on the grounds that Minette is still just an NPC, having not gotten enough fan votes to be added to Skullgirls as a playable character, and would be a good example of what not to do. While that might be a good idea, actually telling her that is not.


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