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* PalsWithJesus: During the story arc where Drambeg is being sold to the Sheikh and due to be shipped piece by piece to the Arabian Gulf, Rev. [=McSonachan=] says he will get legal advice to see what he can do to stop it. Lachie wonders what good that will do, and Angus says that that Reverend has some very influential contacts. GilliganCut to [=McSonachan=] praying and repeating "an Interim what?" implying that God has told him to get an Interim Edict [[note]] A type of restraining order[[/note]] to stop the removal.

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* ExactWords: One strip has Angus' mother cutting peat and saying that if they are to get their peat stack built up for the winter then Angus will need to put his back into it. We cut to a panel of Angus lounging against the side of the stack saying "Don't worry, that's exactly where I've got it".


* WickedWitch: Granny [=McBrochan=] has all the attributes of the classic wicked witch; living in a remote cottage, magical cats, purveyor of curses and potions, and a cauldron. In practice she is a mostly benign feature in the lives of most Drambegians. Her wrath is mostly confined to Angus, and goodness knows but he deserves it at times.
* YanksWithTanks: One storyline is resolved when the Laird, who had sold Drambeg to an Arab prince, buys the island back after discovering his Caribbean retirement island is guarded by American warships and not, as he expected, BritsWithBattleShips.

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* WickedWitch: Granny [=McBrochan=] has all the attributes of the classic wicked witch; living in a remote cottage, magical cats, purveyor of curses and potions, and a cauldron. In practice she is a mostly benign feature in the lives of most Drambegians. Her wrath is mostly confined to Angus, and goodness knows but he deserves it at times. \n* YanksWithTanks: One storyline is resolved when the Laird, who had sold Drambeg to an Arab prince, buys the island back after discovering his Caribbean retirement island is guarded by American warships and not, as he expected, BritsWithBattleShips.


* DartboardOfHate: One strip had a miner's club rejecting the idea of using a photo of MargaretThatcher as a dartboard:

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* DartboardOfHate: One strip had a miner's club rejecting the idea of using a photo of MargaretThatcher UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher as a dartboard:

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* ArabOilSheikh: An Oil Sheik once tried to buy the entire island of Drambeg and have it shipped to the Arabian Gulf piece by piece. Despite his vast wealth he still had problems affording ferry ticket prices in the Outer Hebrides though.


* LongRunner: 1959 to the end of 1989.


* AsianStoreOwner: The 1983 New Year's strip featured the croft being "first-footed" by the local mobile store owner, Mister [=McKarachi=] from "Punjabi Stores", much to the delight of Mrs Og who declared that it meant a very good year to come. This referred to the Scottish custom of the first person to cross the threshold of a house in the new year supposed to be a person with dark hair and a dark complexion as a sign of good luck.



* {{Magitek}}: By 1982's "The Kelpie", Granny [=McBrochan=] had updated her crystal ball so it was linked to a very early looking computer for better scrying power. Apparently Spey Wifies were expected to keep up with technology.



* YanksWithTanks: One storyline is resolved when the Laird, who had sold Drambeg to an Arab prince, buys the island back after discovering his Caribbean retirement island is guarded by American warships and not, as he expected, BritsWithBattleShips.

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* YanksWithTanks: One storyline is resolved when the Laird, who had sold Drambeg to an Arab prince, buys the island back after discovering his Caribbean retirement island is guarded by American warships and not, as he expected, BritsWithBattleShips.


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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: With its many mentions of contemporary events and cameos by UK celebs and politicians, it is very much tied to its time.


* FairForItsDay: Modern readers will shake their head over the racist depictions of people from the Middle East or Africa, and also the occasional innuendo around homosexuality, however it must be borne in mind that for the time it was published these were actually very positive and was seen as affectionate fun poking no different from the rest of Drambeg rather than racist mockery.

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''Angus Og'' is a Scottish NewspaperComic which ran from 1959-1989 in the [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Record]] and written by former Western Islander, Ewen Bain.

It chronicled the life of Angus Og, a young man who yearned for escape from the hard life of a crofter in Scotland's Western Isles and undertook many wacky schemes in order to achieve that.

Angus was aided and abetted by his friend Lachie and pursued ardently by his sometime fiancée Big Mairileen. His life was complicated by the ludicrous nature of some of his schemes and the less ambitious citizens of the fictional island of Drambeg on which he lived. The strip also had a somewhat political nature, as it both poked fun at the sometimes absurd nature of British politics and also the difficulties of everyday life at the very edge of the British Isles far away from the decision makers in London.

The strip was not always limited to the mundane and it often took on a fantastical nature as it also featured (amongst other things) talking cats, the island's "Spey Wifey" (witch) handing out curses, and even Old Nick (the Devil), himself. Written mostly in the dialect of the Western Isles it forms a fascinating insight into a turbulent period in Scottish history. In the late 1990s some of the strips were published in compilation books called "The Og Logs"

!!This Work Contains Examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Angus was pursued, on and off, by Big Mairileen who was an ApronMatron in training. Although given [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Angus]]'s own [[JerkAss nature]] it can be said that it was probably Mairileen who had the lucky escape whenever Angus ran away.
* AfterlifeExpress: At one point Angus, Tonald, and Mairileen hitch a ride on what appears to be a Clyde Puffer called The Flying Teuchter which turns out to be crewed by demons from hell, and owned by Old Nick himself.
* ApronMatron: Drambeg appears to have a monopoly on Apron Matrons with every husband henpecked, and in Angus's case he is caught between his fearsome sometime-fiancée Big Mairileen and his Mother who runs the croft with an iron fist.
* {{Arcadia}}: An EnforcedTrope for the crofting communities in Scotland's Western Isles during the time period of the strip's run. Few people would have a job that did not involve living off the land (beautiful though that land was).
* BigBad:
**Eventually Old Nick, the Devil Himself, would take an interest in Angus, mostly with Old Nick coming out the loser (but see DownerEnding).
** A Much more real BigBad turned up towards the end of the run in the form of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher who would cut a swathe of destruction, as in reality, through a massive chunk of Scotland's infrastructure and threaten Drambeg's very existence.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Or rather listening, when Granny [=McBrochan=] loses a magic EarTrumpet, it is (eventually) found by the local Job Centre who immediately begin using it to spy on the populace of Drambeg.
* BrilliantButLazy: Angus. If he put half as much energy into honest work as he did dodging it with his {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s he'd have been a millionaire.
* TheCameo: Virtually every UK personality and politician had a cameo in the strip over the years, and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was adopted as a BigBad during the final decade.
* CharacterisationMarchesOn: Tonald was originally just as eager, although not quite as sharp-witted as, Angus to get away from the hard crofting life, however he soon became a lovable dullard who was happy to be around the animals and scenery.
* CliffHanger: The strip ran Monday-to-Friday for most of its run, so Ewen tried to end each Friday strip on a cliffhanger to keep his readers waiting nervously for the Monday edition.
* ComicBookTime: While there was a slow march of time, Angus was first introduced as a teenager, but advanced into his mid twenties, the strip mostly employed a floating present.
* CutShort: The unresolved CliffHanger of the final strip, sadly due to Ewen Bain's passing.
* DartboardOfHate: One strip had a miner's club rejecting the idea of using a photo of MargaretThatcher as a dartboard:
-->"It widnae be right lads, she'd blunt the darts!"
* DatingServiceDisaster: Mairileen's brief flirtation with computer dating ended up with the computer exploding when they put her details into it.
* DisappearedDad: Angus and Tonald both live with their mother in their croft. No mention is ever made of their father and he has no presence in their lives.
* DownerEnding: The strip ended with the Devil about to spring a trap on Angus which would finally get him Angus's soul once and for all. While there is no doubt that if it had continued the wily Angus would have outwitted his old adversary yet again, Ewen Bain's sudden death left it with Old Nick having the last laugh on Angus.
* EarTrumpet: Granny [=McBrochan=] has an enchanted one. Whether she uses it to spy on the islanders, or she is just ''that'' deaf, is left ambiguous.
* EccentricTownsfolk: The hardy citizens of Drambeg all had various tics which endeared and frustrated all all incomers (and readers) and also made them prime marks for Angus' schemes.
* FairForItsDay: Modern readers will shake their head over the racist depictions of people from the Middle East or Africa, and also the occasional innuendo around homosexuality, however it must be borne in mind that for the time it was published these were actually very positive and was seen as affectionate fun poking no different from the rest of Drambeg rather than racist mockery.
* FantasticDrug: One of Angus's schemes was his discovery of, and subsequent attempt to sell, hallucinogenic "pot"-tatoes.
* FatAndSkinny: Angus is the thin, wily, one and is accompanied on most of schemes by his chunkier friend Lachie who provides the DumbMuscle and occasional fall guy.
* FictionFiveHundred: At one point the island of Drambeg is purchased by an Arab Oil Sheik who is so rich he plans to have the ''entire island'' broken up and shipped piece by piece to the Persian Gulf and reassembled there. He doesn't object to taking the people too though.
* FunetikAksent: The characters all speak in the distinctive dialect of the Western Isles, hence "Tonald" instead of Donald.
* GetRichQuickScheme: Many over the course of the years. From bottling "thrift" water which turned people into penny pincher's to bottling peat smoke for nostalgic expats, Angus tried them all.
* GoodShepherd: The local church minister Rev. [=McSonachan=] is mostly a saintly [[TheVicar vicar]] concerned for the souls of his flock in general and Angus in particular, but could sometimes detour in BadassPreacher or even SinisterMinister if the storyline called for it. He was very quick to form the first Islamic Presbyterian Church of Drambeg during the story where Drambeg was purchased by an Arab Prince as it guaranteed 100% attendance.
* IdenticalStranger: In the "Quiet Flows The Oovi" storyline an identical stranger for Angus's brother Tonald turns up on a Russian spy ship leading to a PrinceAndPauper plot.
* JapaneseRanguage: Or Chinese in this case. During the "Peat Reek" story Angus has a customer in Hong Kong who is substituting Hebridean peat for opium and confusing his Ls and Rs while doing so (although it is worded ambiguously so that it might just be a Hebridean expat fiddling the tourists in Hong Kong with some fake Chinese).
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Angus. He rarely set out to cause deliberate harm, and would show repentance when it was pointed out, but he was also quick to take advantage of anyone who he thought could help him get rich quick in his schemes.
* LongRunner: 1959 to the end of 1989.
* MagicalRealism: Mostly this was a strip about the wacky hi-jinks of a crofting community in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, but from time to time the Devil would turn up, flower vase water would change personalities, and the local witch would cast very real magic spells.
* MilhollandRelationshipMoment: Angus terrifiedly admits to Granny [=McBrochan=] that he stole her cat, expecting terrible wrath, only for her to say that she hated the damn thing anyway because it ate her parrot.
* MixAndMatchCritters: The Kelpie that Lachie caught while poaching was a horse at the front and a scaly fish tail where the rear legs should have been.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Big Mairileen's problem in a nutshell. She is a very big woman, with phenomenal strength and often seen out running. She also has a very forceful personality, which terrifies all the local menfolk and Angus in particular even if he is somewhat attracted to her.
* NoSuchAgency: Parodied in one strip where the Laird mentions he has a friend who "does something very hush-hush for the British government", only for his wife to say, in a surprised voice, that she thought he worked for MI6.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: The Russian impersonating Tonald is rumbled when he is seen drinking vodka in the pub. Tonald does not drink (according to his family anyway).
* PoliceAreUseless: The local constable, PC [=McPhater=], is not the sharpest tool in the shed, even by the standards of Drambeg. Easily outwitted by Angus and most likely to take the simplest and easiest explanation available to him.
* PrinceAndPauper: When Tonald is replaced by a Russian spy, the Russian has a very hard time adjusting to Drambeg's crofting life.
* RunawayGroom: When one of Angus's schemes falls through and leaves him with no alternative but to marry Big Mairileen, Angus signs onto a fishing boat so as to be at sea during the ceremony leaving Mairileen standing at the altar in her wedding dress.
* SdrawkcabAlias: When Angus took up hypnotism he performed as The Great Gosugna.
* StatusQuoIsGod: No matter what happened, Angus's schemes would fall though and by the end of the storyline things would be back to normal.
*TalkingAnimal: Granny [=McBrochan=]'s cat in the "Minister's Cat" storyline, but only if it gets drunk.
* TranslationConvention: It is strongly implied in several strips that the cast are mainly speaking Scot's Gaelic amongst themselves and only speaking English whenever it is to outsiders like tourists, or the Laird and his guests.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: With its many mentions of contemporary events and cameos by UK celebs and politicians, it is very much tied to its time.
* UpperClassTwit: The character of the Laird, where Bain ventured most obviously into AuthorFilibuster teritory, a scathing parody of the kind of Upper Class Idiots who claimed Scottish Ancestry but spent most of their time in England and caring little for their Scottish holdings and were completely disconnected from the lives of their tenants. It was during this time that land reform became an issue in Scottish politics, and continues to be so even today.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Angus is not a bad person at heart, but he is lazy, and a schemer, and never slow to take advantage of any way out of the hard crofting life. His treatment of his on-again-off-again fiancée and AbhorrentAdmirer Big Mairileen does put him fair and square into JerkAss territory though.
* QuirkyTown: The crofting township of Drambeg. From the upper class toff Laird, to the rather literal citizens, and the Presbyterian minister, Drambeg was just full of traps for the unwary visitor.
* WickedWitch: Granny [=McBrochan=] has all the attributes of the classic wicked witch; living in a remote cottage, magical cats, purveyor of curses and potions, and a cauldron. In practice she is a mostly benign feature in the lives of most Drambegians. Her wrath is mostly confined to Angus, and goodness knows but he deserves it at times.
* YanksWithTanks: One storyline is resolved when the Laird, who had sold Drambeg to an Arab prince, buys the island back after discovering his Caribbean retirement island is guarded by American warships and not, as he expected, BritsWithBattleShips.

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