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** Another strip had the Emperor trying to force this, only to find his enemies were already friends with each other.

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** [[http://www.basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2018/12/27/how-to-ask-for-help Another strip strip]] had the Emperor trying to force this, only to find his enemies were already friends with each other.


* SuperheroOrigin: Most of the alleged superheroes get a capsulized one, in an episode that explains HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers.

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* SuperheroOrigin: Most of the alleged superheroes get a capsulized one, in an episode that explains HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers.JustForFun/HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers.


* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: The Knifeketeer's schtick, in that he stabs many of his problems into submission. When the Knifeketeer comes under suspicion of attempted murder, his "defense" is that he always wants to stab everyone. Turns out he thinks that "defense" is a kind of stabbing in its own right.

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* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: The Knifeketeer's schtick, in that he stabs many of his problems into submission. When the Knifeketeer comes under suspicion of attempted murder, his "defense" is that he always wants to stab everyone. Turns out he thinks that "defense" is a kind of stabbing in its own right. The other superheroes consider him something of a joke because it's hard to maintain a rogues gallery when all your enemies are dead.


* VillainProtagonist: [[WordOfGod The real-life Scott]][[http://www.basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2017/10/5/how-to-maintain-a-positive-attitude-about-an-unpleasant-task considers himself this in the world of the comics]].

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* VillainProtagonist: [[WordOfGod The real-life Scott]][[http://www.Scott]] [[http://www.basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2017/10/5/how-to-maintain-a-positive-attitude-about-an-unpleasant-task considers himself this in the world of the comics]].

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* VillainProtagonist: [[WordOfGod The real-life Scott]][[http://www.basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2017/10/5/how-to-maintain-a-positive-attitude-about-an-unpleasant-task considers himself this in the world of the comics]].

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-->'''The Judger''': We shall now be known as "The Judger presents the Legion of Super Heroes: featuring Rocket Hat and [[ColonCancer special guest:]] Omnipresent Man".\\
'''Knifeketeer''': Yeah, still feeling excluded.\\
'''The Judger''': I'm beginning to think your power is being unsatisfiable.


* AuthorAvatar: Scott shows up as himself in the comic, and is also "Omnipresent Man" for good measure. (And despite looking the same, [[TheAce Rocket Hat]] is [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/1/6/how-to-kill-off-a-fictional-character.html explicitly a different person]].)

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* AuthorAvatar: Scott shows up as himself in the comic, and is also "Omnipresent Man" for good measure. (And despite looking the same, [[TheAce Rocket Hat]] is [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/1/6/how-to-kill-off-a-fictional-character.html explicitly a different person]].)) The real Scott considers his comic persona to be the closest thing the strip has to an overall villain, mostly because he's such a jerk.


* RougeAnglesOfSatin: A frequent issue of Scott's - the comment pages typically have a number of corrections in them, and he fixes misspellings as they are pointed out to him. [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/2/3/how-to-correct-your-mistakes.html Lampshaded in the comic.]]
** I'll say [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/5/5/how-to-bother-someone-back.html this comic]] is more representative of this trope. Also serves as a TakeThatAudience.

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* RougeAnglesOfSatin: A frequent issue of Scott's - the comment pages typically have a number of corrections in them, and he fixes misspellings as they are pointed out to him. Lampshaded in [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/2/3/how-to-correct-your-mistakes.html Lampshaded in the comic.]]
** I'll say [[http://basicinstructions.
net/basic-instructions/2010/5/5/how-to-bother-someone-back.html this comic]] is more representative of this trope. Also comic]], which also serves as a TakeThatAudience.


* TheAce: Mullet-Haired Boss and Jenkins... believe themselves to be this.

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* TheAce: Mullet-Haired Boss and Jenkins... believe themselves to be this. Rocket Hat actually is.


* ComicallyInvincibleHero: Rocket Hat. And he does it without the audience ever seeing him move.



* InvincibleHero: Rocket Hat. The mortal-but-badass type.


** This probably means there's another Basic Instructions book coming out soon.


A [[CutAndPasteComic cut-and-paste]] [[http://basicinstructions.net/ web-comic]] by Scott Meyer, which offers, well, basic instructions on modern living. And how to deal with moon invaders. Features cartoon/traced versions of Meyer, his wife, his friends and co-workers, random annoying strangers, moon invaders...

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A [[CutAndPasteComic cut-and-paste]] [[http://basicinstructions.net/ web-comic]] by Scott Meyer, Creator/ScottMeyer, which offers, well, basic instructions on modern living. And how to deal with moon invaders. Features cartoon/traced versions of Meyer, his wife, his friends and co-workers, random annoying strangers, moon invaders...

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** OpenSecret: It made the national news.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: His retrospective on [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2015/11/10/how-to-fake-a-smile.html this comic]] mentions how the joke went from absurdist to mean-spirited over time as "hobo" went from a reference to a 1940's itinerant laborer to a general term for the homeless in common usage.


* StockholmSyndrome: [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2008/12/15/how-to-watch-a-movie-you-are-told-you-will-love.html Scott explains]] the {{Disney}} movie ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.

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* StockholmSyndrome: [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2008/12/15/how-to-watch-a-movie-you-are-told-you-will-love.html Scott explains]] the {{Disney}} {{Creator/Disney}} movie ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.

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