YMMV / Nip and Tuck

  • Acceptable Targets: Many, especially reporters.
  • Anvilicious: Usually of the "Aesops delivered via 'Shut up, Straw Liberal'" variety.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Bandit challenging a guy about twice his size to a boxing match. He gets clobbered, but being beaten to a pulp and still being able to stand is undoubtedly awesome.
    • Nip's entire plan in exploiting a very small loophole in Michael Moby's movie contract and succeeding at it.
  • Designated Monkey: Gilly Gopher, of course. While other characters may have defeats and setbacks, Gilly has never had (and will never have) anything but. All of the other recurring characters in the strip have had at least one victory, Gus Guthrie included; Gilly isn't even allowed to make bad jokes without immediate punishment. Gilly has even acquired a small, sympathetic following among the readers since the writer started introducing new characters to beat him up.
    • This has led to Gilly being the closest thing the strip has to an Ensemble Dark Horse, particularly given that he believes he lost his crush Zelda to movie-star Nip. In actuality, Zelda's been crushing on Nip since she first saw him in childhood, meaning Gilly — even if he wasn't a complete idiot in approaching her, which he is — never had as much chance as a snowball on a hot plate.
  • Real Women Never Wear Dresses: Respect isn't very high for women that box or wrestle in Malarky County, and Bandit gets badly injured trying to defend the honor of a female boxer named Sierra.
    • On the bright side, she was touched that he made the attempt.
  • Values Dissonance: While not common in this strip, it does show up. Women who actually call themselves Feminists come in for a lot of abuse... but the female characters in the regular cast are strong-willed, sensible, and able to take care of themselves... which is what a lot of actual feminists think a female character should be like. (The hard part is whether this counts as Values Dissonance for the strip or for Feminism...)
    • Given the author's female characters are generally of this sort — other examples include a Wrench Wench in Tales of the Questor and a girl genius in his short-lived superhero comic Fellowship Of Heroes — it isn't likely to be the strip.
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