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* AngryCollarGrab: A humorous example; how Screaming Flea reacted to anyone joking about his height or his GagNose. He'd grab the offender's collar, lifting himself up off the ground in doing so until eye to eye with the offender.

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* NightmareFetishist: Wart Wimble, the local gravedigger. He actually lived in a mausoleum and slept in a mausoleum drawer complete with a pillow and blanket.


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* TontoTalk: Bucolic Buffalo played this straight, adding "um" to his words. The other Poohawks though averted this trope.


* AdultsDressedAsChildren: Snookie [=McFoul=] was always seen wearing a sailor suit.



* AmbiguousSyntax: Happens in one exchange between the Sheriff and Deputy Knuckles.
-->'''Deputy:''' Chief! Chief! Somebody stealed m'horsie!\\
'''Sheriff:''' No, no, Deputy: "Someone stole my horse!"\\
'''Deputy:''' Goll'! A crime wave!



* AsideGlance: Done by many characters when the punch line happened. If it involved Deputy Knuckles saying or doing something stupid, this might be followed by the Sheriff [[FacePalm leaning with his face against the wall]].



* BigLittleBrother: Snookie [=McFoul=], little brother of Snake Eyes [=McFoul=], was much bigger in both height and weight.



* MediumAwareness: Happened sometimes such as when one of the characters [[BreakingTheFourthWall addressed T.K. Ryan directly]] and [[https://imgur.com/a/eW9GFHl in this strip]] with the Poohawks.




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* WouldHitAGirl: Snookie [=McFoul=] does so [[https://imgur.com/a/wH7oLtY in one strip]] where he tells his brother that an old lady he tried to help [[CrossesTheLineTwice could take a punch well]].

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* IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou: A [[https://imgur.com/I131CN3 1977 strip]] has Tumbleweeds encountering a big man named "Bunny". The man uses that name to hide the fact that he's Myth/PaulBunyan...which he realizes he just revealed.

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* ComplimentBackfire: Tumbleweeds praises [[MeaningfulName the cook Greasy]] for baking a blueberry pie and calls Greasy one of the best pie bakers in the whole world. Cue Tumbleweeds getting a PieInTheFace.
-->'''Greasy:''' "One of" don't cut it.


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* LethalChef: Greasy, a CampCook Tumbleweeds encounters and has to endure a whole week's story arc of his cooking and antics.


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* PieInTheFace: Happens usually when a character insults another one holding a pie; Tumbleweeds taunts Hildegarde when refusing a pie she baked for him. Guess what she does with it.


* BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins: Played straight with the Poohawks; they wore buckskin aprons and their hair in braids.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep:
** The sheriff of Grimy Gulch.
** The Poohawk Medicine Man; he was never named.
* GagNose: Screaming Flea had one. Pointing that out, especially as a joke or insult, was Flea's BerserkButton.



* ObsessiveCompulsiveBarkeeping: Blackie, the local saloon keeper, is usually seen drying glasses when not serving drinks.




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* TribalFacePaint: Parodied in a few strips where the Poohawk Chief introduced a peel-and-stick version to his tribe.

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* InsigniaRipoffRitual: The Sheriff would sometimes tear off the star badge from Deputy Knuckles when he did something really stupid. But it was always [[ResetButton restored in the next strip]].


* TheAlcoholic: Soppy Sopwell, the town drunk



* DumbMuscle: Bucolic Buffalo was this for the Poohawks.

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* DumbMuscle: Bucolic Buffalo was this for of the Poohawks.



* ProfessionalGambler: Ace, the best friend of Tumbleweeds



* RecycledCharacterDesign: Green Gills, an early suitor of Little Pigeon, looked nearly identical to Limpid Lizard.

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* RecycledCharacterDesign: ReusedCharacterDesign: Green Gills, an early suitor of Little Pigeon, looked nearly identical to Limpid Lizard.


* BigGuyLittleGuy: The Poohawks' brawny giant Bucolic Buffalo, and the diminutive Screaming Flea, who didn't like when the Chief joked about his small size or his nose.
** Muleskinner Beans was the big guy to his shorter partner Ham.



* ProtagonistTitle: Named for the main character himself, Tumbleweeds

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Col. G. Armageddon Fluster is a caricature of General George Armstrong Custer.
* ProtagonistTitle: Named for the main character himself, TumbleweedsTumbleweeds.
* RecycledCharacterDesign: Green Gills, an early suitor of Little Pigeon, looked nearly identical to Limpid Lizard.



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Two Smurfettes Hildegarde Hamhocker among the townsfolk of Grimy Gulch, and Little Flower among the Poohawks. Aside from Hildegarde's little niece Echo, other female characters are extremely rare (if not non-existent) in the strip.

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Two Smurfettes Hildegarde Hamhocker among the townsfolk of Grimy Gulch, and Little Flower Pigeon among the Poohawks. Aside from Hildegarde's little niece Echo, other female characters are extremely rare (if not non-existent) in the strip.


* BumblingSidekick: Deputy Knuckles was this to the Sheriff.


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* CluelessDeputy: Deputy Knuckles was this to the Sheriff.


* Thesheriff: The Sheriff of Grimy Gulch was a literal example of this trope; besides being the sheriff, he had [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep no other name]].

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* Thesheriff: TheSheriff: The Sheriff of Grimy Gulch was a literal example of this trope; besides being the sheriff, he had [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep no other name]].

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''Tumbleweeds'' is a [[NewspaperComics newspaper comic strip]] that ran from September 1965 to December 30, 2007, first distributed by the Register and Tribune Syndicate, then by Creator/KingFeaturesSyndicate. It was written and drawn by Tom K. Ryan (1926-2019), who usually signed the work under "T.K.Ryan".

Featuring LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, the comic strip was about the title character, Tumbleweeds, a cowboy based in the town of Grimy Gulch somewhere in the old West. Notable characters included (but are not limited to): Hildegarde Hamhocker, the only woman in town who was obssessed with marrying Tumbleweeds; TheSheriff and his inept assistant, Deputy Knuckles; the nearby military unit, the 6 7/8 Cavalry; and a local Indian tribe, the Poohawks. (See [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tumbleweeds_(comic_strip) the other Wiki entry]] for more details on the extensive cast.)

The strip itself followed a gag-per-day format, focusing on Tumbleweeds, the townspeople, the 6 7/8 Cavalry, the Poohawks or any combination of those characters; various conventions of TheWestern were parodied.

''Tumbleweeds'' was notable enough that its characters were featured as an attraction at MGM Grand Adventures Theme Park in Paradise, Nevada. A ''Tumbleweeds'' stage play was also written, usually being performed in school theater.

Various books were released over the years reprinting the strips. Fawcett printed a number of titles in the United States from the 1960s through the 1980s. Beaumont released a number of soft-cover magazine size books in Australia and New Zealand in the 1970s and 1980s.


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!!This comic strip contains examples of the following tropes:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Hildegarde was this to Tumbleweeds.
* TheAllegedSteed: The main character's horse Epic chews tobacco and is a textbook example. One trail boss, on being told that Epic was a "quarter horse", responded "You've got change coming".
* AnimatedAdaptation: A brief one but ''Tumbleweeds'' was animated on the 1980 television special ''The Fabulous Funnies''.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Mole Eye, a scout for the 6 7/8 Cavalry, had the word "scout" printed on his hat.
* BumblingSidekick: Deputy Knuckles was this to the Sheriff.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Little Pigeon was the daughter of the Poohawk Chief.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Frequent with Limpid Lizard. In one strip, he is wearing a new jacket with long sleeves. Little Pigeon, his unrequited love interest, compliments him tactfully.
-->'''Little Pigeon:''' You look nice, Limpid Lizard. That new jacket really does something for you.\\
'''Limpid Lizard:''' ''[proudly examines sleeves]'' How troo. No more wipin' m'mouth on m'bare wrists.
* DumbMuscle: Bucolic Buffalo was this for the Poohawks.
* {{Gonk}}: All the characters are this to an extent, given their short statures and big bulbous noses. Hildegarde though takes the cake with her buck teeth and upturned beak nose.
* InjunCountry: A comedic example being a newspaper comic strip, the Poohawk tribe's lands were this.
* NiceHat: Many characters had one from Tumbleweeds to Colonel Fluster to Deputy Knuckles, etc.
* ProtagonistTitle: Named for the main character himself, Tumbleweeds
* Thesheriff: The Sheriff of Grimy Gulch was a literal example of this trope; besides being the sheriff, he had [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep no other name]].
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Two Smurfettes Hildegarde Hamhocker among the townsfolk of Grimy Gulch, and Little Flower among the Poohawks. Aside from Hildegarde's little niece Echo, other female characters are extremely rare (if not non-existent) in the strip.

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