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* AbusiveParents:
** The Fairburns, Chickadee's biological parents, are all but stated to be this in ''Fracture''. Emperor Penguin found her near a dumpster, at night. That and the fact that they apparently never searched for her after he took her in heavily implies they couldn't have cared less about her and only remembered she even existed when being her parents turned out to be profitable for them.
** Buzzard, which is only fitting for the patriarch of an evil empire. ''No-Clip'' starts with him letting Crow get abused by his maid, then thrown out of the aircraft (though to be fair, he does give Crow a parachute). He also makes it very clear that he doesn't feel guilty for ratting Emperor Penguin out to the Council of Virtue or for arranging a marriage for Crow without the latter's knowledge or consent.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:During Mack's funeral at the beginning of "Killjoy"]], Crow dares that if he busts out a giant robot Mack will arrive at the last minute to stop him. [[BackFromTheDead An arc later and sure enough...]]
--> '''Crow:''' [[LampshadeHanging I knew it! I knew it!]]

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* WouldntHurtAChild: "Fracture" reveals that both the Syndicate of Malice and the Council of Virtue have strict guidelines and protocols when children are involved.


* AppeaseTheVolcanoGod; Kyuutopian natives used to make volcano sacrifices, but for the purpose of rainmaking rather than appeasing a deity. Even Crow agrees this is "messed up".

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* AppeaseTheVolcanoGod; AppeaseTheVolcanoGod: Kyuutopian natives used to make volcano sacrifices, but for the purpose of rainmaking rather than appeasing a deity. Even Crow agrees this is "messed up".



* ShaggyDogStory: After several issues trying to fight for their freedom and independence, the Kyuutopians are ultimately happy to be [[spoiler:annexed by Mayapple and the Council of Virtue]] as they'd grown weary of the megalomania, madness, and anarchy that resulted in their attempts to keep their land.

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* ShaggyDogStory: After several issues trying to fight for their freedom and independence, the Kyuutopians are ultimately happy to be [[spoiler:annexed by Mayapple and the Council of Virtue]] as they'd grown weary of the megalomania, madness, and anarchy that resulted in their attempts to keep their land. In fairness, at least these attempts accomplished ''something'': [[spoiler:they are no longer literal slaves, anyway.]]

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* ShaggyDogStory: After several issues trying to fight for their freedom and independence, the Kyuutopians are ultimately happy to be [[spoiler:annexed by Mayapple and the Council of Virtue]] as they'd grown weary of the megalomania, madness, and anarchy that resulted in their attempts to keep their land.


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: At the start of "Prism" Mack has Mayapple and Wayapple in a SpotTheImposter situation with Mack being in his underwear, which raises the question what he was doing when he realized there is an impostor in the first place.

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** One of the Wa-Demons is clearly based on the ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' version of Waluigi.

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* BackFromTheDead: Mack and Foxglove get revived by Mack's sword at the end of ''x99 Lives''.
--> '''Foxglove:''' Ha-Ha! Boomjams! No consequences for my actions! Woo!


** Princess Foxglove is treated as such by her subjects, to the point where there's no hero for Kyuutopia because they'd gladly let a villain ''[[YouCanKeepHer keep]]'' her if the situation arose. She's actually much more benevolent than her subjects would believe, but neglecting the natives and cutting a deal with their invaders was only done to [[IDidWhatIHadToDo keep the kingdom out of the red]]. Having a ZeroApprovalRating from apparently everybody erodes her remaining benevolence and sanity. [[spoiler:It gets worse when she kidnaps Farrah Day and starts using her power to take over the world. Her people tell her they just want freedom, but Foxglove demands they go for world conquest. And then Farrah Day, who was meant to become a Robot Queen, goes DrunkWithPower.]]

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** Princess Foxglove is treated as such by her subjects, to the point where there's no hero for Kyuutopia because they'd gladly let a villain ''[[YouCanKeepHer keep]]'' her if the situation arose. She's actually much more benevolent than her subjects would believe, but neglecting the natives and cutting a deal with their invaders was only done to [[IDidWhatIHadToDo keep the kingdom out of the red]]. Having a ZeroApprovalRating ZeroPercentApprovalRating from apparently everybody erodes her remaining benevolence and sanity. [[spoiler:It gets worse when she kidnaps Farrah Day and starts using her power to take over the world. Her people tell her they just want freedom, but Foxglove demands they go for world conquest. And then Farrah Day, who was meant to become a Robot Queen, goes DrunkWithPower.]]


** Emperor Hacken Slash is an {{expy}} of [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]], being a horned reptilian creature who rules over an empire of similar reptilian creatures. One of his minions, Yorsh, even resembles a buff [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland]].

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** Emperor Hacken Slash is an {{expy}} of [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]], being a horned reptilian creature who rules over an empire of similar reptilian creatures. One of his minions, Yorsh, even resembles a buff [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland]].[[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Yoshi]].


*** And on that note, Rook mentions that they kept getting beaten up by "a fat carpenter" -- a reference to Mario's [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong earliest job]].

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*** And on that note, Rook mentions that they kept getting beaten up by "a fat carpenter" -- a reference to Mario's [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong earliest job]].job]].
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* IronicEcho: As seen [[http://nefariouslair.com/comic/prism-p-7/ here]] contrasting how no one would give Foxglove the time of day when she was a good guy vs. having everyones attention as a supervillain.


* DeathIsCheap: As the equivalent of a Video Game Protagonist in an RPG world, Mack is resurrected a few days after he is killed, thanks to his magic talking sword. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Foxglove, the sword is less than tolerant of 'hitchhikers', and initially plans on ''erasing her''.]]

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* DeathIsCheap: As the equivalent of a Video Game Protagonist in an RPG world, Mack is resurrected a few days after he is killed, thanks [[spoiler:thanks to his magic talking sword. [[spoiler:Unfortunately EmpathicWeapon. Unfortunately for Foxglove, the sword is less than tolerant of 'hitchhikers', and initially plans on ''erasing her''.]]



** Princess Foxglove is treated as such by her subjects, to the point where there's no hero for Kyuutopia because they'd gladly let a villain ''[[YouCanKeepHer keep]]'' her if the situation arose. She's actually much more benevolent than her subjects would believe, but neglecting the natives and cutting a deal with their invaders was only done to [[IDidWhatIHadToDo keep the kingdom out of the red]]. [[spoiler:It gets worse when she kidnaps Farrah Day and starts using her power to take over the world. Her people tell her they just want freedom but Foxglove demands they go for world conquest.]]

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** Princess Foxglove is treated as such by her subjects, to the point where there's no hero for Kyuutopia because they'd gladly let a villain ''[[YouCanKeepHer keep]]'' her if the situation arose. She's actually much more benevolent than her subjects would believe, but neglecting the natives and cutting a deal with their invaders was only done to [[IDidWhatIHadToDo keep the kingdom out of the red]]. Having a ZeroApprovalRating from apparently everybody erodes her remaining benevolence and sanity. [[spoiler:It gets worse when she kidnaps Farrah Day and starts using her power to take over the world. Her people tell her they just want freedom freedom, but Foxglove demands they go for world conquest.conquest. And then Farrah Day, who was meant to become a Robot Queen, goes DrunkWithPower.]]



** Some of Crow's villany retired siblings aren't in the best of places. After all, who would hire the kids of a major bad guy who willingly helped their old man? His sister Lark has even been sent to an insane asylum.

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** Some of Crow's villany villainy retired siblings aren't in the best of places. After all, who would hire the kids of a major bad guy who willingly helped their old man? His sister Lark has even been sent to an insane asylum.


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** Foxglove takes one too many after Crow sells her out instead of taking her on as an apprentice.


* CharacterDeath: After Foxglove launches an attack on Macro City, [[spoiler:she, Mack, and Farrah Day are killed when Mayapple activates the self-destruct of Foxglove's space station -- though Mayapple only intended to destroy Farrah]].

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* CharacterDeath: After Foxglove launches an attack on Macro City, [[spoiler:she, Mack, and Farrah Day are killed when Mayapple activates the self-destruct of Foxglove's space station -- though Mayapple only intended is forced to destroy Farrah]].kill [[spoiler:Farrah Day after she went homicidally insane.]] It sticks.


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* DeathIsCheap: As the equivalent of a Video Game Protagonist in an RPG world, Mack is resurrected a few days after he is killed, thanks to his magic talking sword. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Foxglove, the sword is less than tolerant of 'hitchhikers', and initially plans on ''erasing her''.]]


** Emperor Hacken Slash is an {{expy}} of [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]], being a horned reptilian creature who rules over an empire of similar reptilian creatures. One of his minions, Yorsh, even resembles a buff [[VideoGame/Yoshi|sIsland]].

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** Emperor Hacken Slash is an {{expy}} of [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]], being a horned reptilian creature who rules over an empire of similar reptilian creatures. One of his minions, Yorsh, even resembles a buff [[VideoGame/Yoshi|sIsland]].[[VideoGame/YoshisIsland]].

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