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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Vexxarr is an InUniverse example; he used to be a laundryman at the palace, then he got sent to conquer Earth. Since failing, he has killed two silicoid predator moons, unintentionally devastated the schlumpoid race, been responsible for wiping out a machine race (the Tact-o-trons) and inadvertently restoring their Locu-tron creators, destroyed the last of the original Makahalosian AI-controlled warships, freed the last surviving Mahakalosian slave-mechanics and pointed them towards an alliance with the human race, accidentally caused havoc upon the only surviving race of aliens in Lattrox space, and ''deliberately'' started a war between the Lattrox and the Bleen.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Vexxarr is an InUniverse example; he used to be a laundryman at the palace, then he got sent to conquer Earth. Since failing, he has killed two silicoid predator moons, unintentionally devastated the schlumpoid race, been responsible for wiping out a machine race (the Tact-o-trons) Locu-Trons) and inadvertently restoring their Locu-tron Tac-to-tron creators, destroyed the last of the original Makahalosian AI-controlled warships, freed the last surviving Mahakalosian slave-mechanics and pointed them towards an alliance with the human race, accidentally caused havoc upon the only surviving race of aliens in Lattrox space, and ''deliberately'' started a war between the Lattrox and the Bleen.


* FromNobodyToNightmare: Vexxarr is an InUniverse example; he used to be a laundryman at the palace, then he got sent to conquer Earth. Since failing, he has killed two silicoid predator moons, unintentionally devastated the schlumpoid race, been responsible for wiping out a machine race (the Locu-trons) and inadvertently restoring their Tact-o-tron creators, destroyed the last of the original Makahalosian AI-controlled warships, freed the last surviving Mahakalosian slave-mechanics and pointed them towards an alliance with the human race, accidentally caused havoc upon the only surviving race of aliens in Lattrox space, and ''deliberately'' started a war between the Lattrox and the Bleen.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Vexxarr is an InUniverse example; he used to be a laundryman at the palace, then he got sent to conquer Earth. Since failing, he has killed two silicoid predator moons, unintentionally devastated the schlumpoid race, been responsible for wiping out a machine race (the Locu-trons) Tact-o-trons) and inadvertently restoring their Tact-o-tron Locu-tron creators, destroyed the last of the original Makahalosian AI-controlled warships, freed the last surviving Mahakalosian slave-mechanics and pointed them towards an alliance with the human race, accidentally caused havoc upon the only surviving race of aliens in Lattrox space, and ''deliberately'' started a war between the Lattrox and the Bleen.

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* ObliviousToHisOwnDescription: Vexxarr just can't think of a candidate who meets all the qualifications for an exceptionally dangerous task. [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=111519 The obliviousness in this case is fueled by his powers of denial.]]


** [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=111208 Vexxarr tries to discourage this behavior in Sid.]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=122109 It doesn't stick.]]

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** [[http://www.**[[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=111208 Vexxarr tries to discourage this behavior in Sid.]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=122109 It doesn't stick.]]



* YourHeadASplode: Robots actually [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=012108 win arguments]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=122906 this way]].

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* YourHeadASplode: YourHeadASplode:
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Robots actually [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=012108 win arguments]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=122906 this way]].


* RubberForeheadAliens: Averted, all aliens look decidedly non-human. The only strange thing is that despite Vexxarr's single eye, his eyebrow shows the exact same position-by-emotion as two human eyebrows would. See his angry-look (his look for roughly 90% of the comic.) in the trope picture.

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* RubberForeheadAliens: Averted, all aliens look decidedly non-human. The only strange thing is that despite Vexxarr's single eye, his eyebrow shows the exact same position-by-emotion as two human eyebrows would. See his angry-look (his look for roughly 90% of the comic.) in the trope picture. The closes thing to a humanoid alien species is the Shipbuilders, and they're 50 feet tall with four arms, rock-like skin, and [[EyelessFace no eyes]].



* RunningGag: Things exploding and turning into a tiny sun (or at the least emitting as much light as a tiny sun) is the most commonly projected outcome of a disaster - when it's not black holes - and more than once used as a motivation to do (or not do) something.

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* RunningGag: RunningGag:
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Things exploding and turning into a tiny sun (or at the least emitting as much light as a tiny sun) is the most commonly projected outcome of a disaster - when it's not black holes - and more than once used as a motivation to do (or not do) something.



* TakeThat: Once earth starts to expand, they have Creator/JamesCameron help the army with their first-encounter protocols. [[Film/{{Avatar}} If the army's and Cameron's protocols ever agreed, the army changed theirs.]] Also, it is suggested several times that the [[TheAllegedCar Pontiac Aztec]] is the [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=080608 ugliest thing in the universe]].

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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Once earth starts to expand, they have Creator/JamesCameron help the army with their first-encounter protocols. [[Film/{{Avatar}} If the army's and Cameron's protocols ever agreed, the army changed theirs.]] Also, it is suggested several times that the [[TheAllegedCar Pontiac Aztec]] is the [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=080608 ugliest thing in the universe]].



* ThrownOutTheAirlock: Both Vexxarr and Carl try to do this to Sid. It never sticks.

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* ThrownOutTheAirlock: ThrownOutTheAirlock:
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Both Vexxarr and Carl try to do this to Sid. It never sticks.



* TranslatorMicrobes: Justified, since Vexxarr is [[TelepathicSpacemen telepathic]]. However, all newly picked up crew members can not only talk to Vexxarr, but also to each other without problems (No mouths are ever seen on them either, and Sid lived in a vacuum, so perhaps they communicate telepathically too).

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* TranslatorMicrobes: TranslatorMicrobes:
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Justified, since Vexxarr is [[TelepathicSpacemen telepathic]]. However, all newly picked up crew members can not only talk to Vexxarr, but also to each other without problems (No mouths are ever seen on them either, and Sid lived in a vacuum, so perhaps they communicate telepathically too).



* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=111208 Vexxarr tries to discourage this behavior in Sid.]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=122109 It doesn't stick.]]

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* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: [[http://www.WhatDoesThisButtonDo:
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vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=111208 Vexxarr tries to discourage this behavior in Sid.]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=122109 It doesn't stick.]]



* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: The Tact-O-Trons see no problem with adding another AI to Vexxarr's ship with no eay to turn it off. To whit, it's a semisentient, [[RegeneratingHealth regenerative,]] [[AdaptiveArmor adaptive]] armor layer. Vexxarr asks them what happens if it decides, for example, the ship would run better without him? Never mind the fact that it could easily become GrayGoo by accident.

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* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: The Tact-O-Trons see no problem with adding another AI to Vexxarr's ship with no eay to turn it off. To whit, it's a semisentient, [[RegeneratingHealth regenerative,]] [[AdaptiveArmor adaptive]] armor layer.layer with no way to shut it down. Vexxarr asks them what happens if it decides, for example, the ship would run better without him? Never mind the fact that it could easily become GrayGoo by accident.



* YouHaveFailedMe: SOP for the Bleen.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: YouHaveFailedMe:
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SOP for the Bleen.


* AchievementInIgnorance: Vexxarr is [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=070317 "not even curious"]] as to how Spoorflix and Minionbot accomplished their impossible task.

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* AchievementInIgnorance: AchievementInIgnorance:
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Vexxarr is [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=070317 "not even curious"]] as to how Spoorflix and Minionbot accomplished their impossible task.



* AIIsACrapshoot: Pretty much all of them, and often [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].

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* AIIsACrapshoot: AIIsACrapshoot:
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Pretty much all of them, and often [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].



* BrickJoke: The first trial of using a cybernetic prothesis [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=082510 to hug another schlumpoid]] fails. A few dozen comics later, when the hugger and the queen schlumpoid [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=102510 encounter]] their species' HiveMind....

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* BrickJoke: BrickJoke:
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The first trial of using a cybernetic prothesis [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=082510 to hug another schlumpoid]] fails. A few dozen comics later, when the hugger and the queen schlumpoid [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=102510 encounter]] their species' HiveMind....



* ButForMeItWasTuesday: A variation - it's not that they ''intend'' for anyone to get hurt, but because of Vexxarr's CosmicPlaything status, there tends to be...er... some karmic overflow...

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: ButForMeItWasTuesday:
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A variation - it's not that they ''intend'' for anyone to get hurt, but because of Vexxarr's CosmicPlaything status, there tends to be...er... some karmic overflow...



-->'''Minionbot''': Is it a Thursday?
*** (And yes, they have).

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-->'''Minionbot''': Is it a Thursday?
*** (And
Thursday?(And yes, they have).



* CosmicPlaything: [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=091908 Vexxarr.]]

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* CosmicPlaything: CosmicPlaything:
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[[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=091908 Vexxarr.]]



* CowardlyLion: Sid, like all rock-crabs, is afraid of almost everything, despite the fact that very little can hurt him.

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* CowardlyLion: CowardlyLion:
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Sid, like all rock-crabs, is afraid of almost everything, despite the fact that very little can hurt him.



* EverythingTryingToKillYou: And everyone. By the time Vexxarr has gotten through facilitating an all-out war between the Bleen and the Lattrox, the only people's hit list he ''isn't'' on is the humans and their allies. And that's a pretty damn tiny percentage of the space-faring races, considering that it amounts to about... [[OhCrap 3]].

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* EverythingTryingToKillYou: EverythingTryingToKillYou:
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And everyone. By the time Vexxarr has gotten through facilitating an all-out war between the Bleen and the Lattrox, the only people's hit list he ''isn't'' on is the humans and their allies. And that's a pretty damn tiny percentage of the space-faring races, considering that it amounts to about... [[OhCrap 3]].



* ExactWords: They're ''enforcement'' drones, not ''prevention'' drones. [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=080112 Therefore...]]

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* ExactWords: ExactWords:
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They're ''enforcement'' drones, not ''prevention'' drones. [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=080112 Therefore...]]



** Carl states that, as a labor-saving machine, he avoids labour.



* FateWorseThanDeath: Often joked about

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* FateWorseThanDeath: FateWorseThanDeath:
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Often joked about



* FlatEarthAtheist: A weird example in Vexxarr himself who flat out admits he believes there is a higher power screwing with him while at the same time citing his own race's genetic memory as proof they were not created.

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* FlatEarthAtheist: A weird example in Vexxarr himself who flat out admits he believes there is a higher power screwing with him (largely on the grounds that pure luck would have thrown him a bone at least once) while at the same time citing his own race's genetic memory as proof they were not created.



* GiantEnemyCrab: [[spoiler:The Lattrox.]]

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* GiantEnemyCrab: GiantEnemyCrab:
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[[spoiler:The Lattrox.]]



* IronButtmonkey: The crew are regularly hurled across the cabin by uncompensated acceleration, decompressed, crushed, beaten up, chewed on by monsters, or scorched by [[EnergyBeing energy entities]], and yet never take permanent harm. Also, the ship remains unaffected by frequent collisions with asteroids, space debris and other ships.

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* IronButtmonkey: IronButtmonkey:
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The crew are regularly hurled across the cabin by uncompensated acceleration, decompressed, crushed, beaten up, chewed on by monsters, or scorched by [[EnergyBeing energy entities]], and yet never take permanent harm. Also, the ship remains unaffected by frequent collisions with asteroids, space debris and other ships.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Well, maybe not ''gold'' but Vexxar definitely has a soft spot and a working conscience. No matter how much his selfishness and cynicism get in its way, eventually, he can be goaded into doing the right thing. Something he has been known to lament.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
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Well, maybe not ''gold'' but Vexxar definitely has a soft spot and a working conscience.conscience (much to his chagrin). No matter how much his selfishness and cynicism get in its way, eventually, he can be goaded into doing the right thing. Something he has been known to lament.



* MultipleReferencePun: present in the titles often. References include ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'', Creator/IsaacAsimov, Music/PinkFloyd, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', ''Series/DoctorWho'', Creator/SamPeckinpah, OccamsRazor, Music/RageAgainstTheMachine... the full list is ''really'' long.

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* MultipleReferencePun: present MultipleReferencePun:
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in the titles often. References include ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'', Creator/IsaacAsimov, Music/PinkFloyd, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', ''Series/DoctorWho'', Creator/SamPeckinpah, OccamsRazor, Music/RageAgainstTheMachine... the full list is ''really'' long.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When the crew learn the other word the Lattrox have for hospital, it so utterly shocks Sploorfix that he demands to "[[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=031412 see their eyes as they burn]]"

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
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When the crew learn the other word the Lattrox have for hospital, it so utterly shocks Sploorfix that he demands to "[[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=031412 see their eyes as they burn]]"



** Vexxarr eventually becomes a [[GodIsEvil maltheist,]] on the grounds that there has to be a god because an impersonal, mindless, random universe could never serve him up nothing but trouble.

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** Vexxarr eventually becomes a [[GodIsEvil maltheist,]] on the grounds that there has to be a god because an impersonal, mindless, random universe could never serve him up nothing but trouble. God not only hates him, but "sneaks over to his house and keys his car," according to Carl.



* ThePowerOfLove: How Vexxarr schemes to recapture his ship [[spoiler:from Minionbot's pirates]]. Although given how he goes about it, the ''recipients'' may not feel so loved...

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* ThePowerOfLove: ThePowerOfLove:
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How Vexxarr schemes to recapture his ship [[spoiler:from Minionbot's pirates]]. Although given how he goes about it, the ''recipients'' may not feel so loved...


* LogicBomb: Sploorfix's Website/LiveJournal is a Weapon of Mass Depression.

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* LogicBomb: LogicBomb:
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Sploorfix's Website/LiveJournal is a Weapon of Mass Depression.



* MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness: Although there are realistic parts or ideas throughout the comic, in general the RuleOfFun and RuleOfCool override realism.
** Generally to ''awesome'' effect.

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* MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness: Although there are realistic parts or ideas throughout the comic, in general the RuleOfFun and RuleOfCool override realism.
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realism. Generally to ''awesome'' effect.



* NeverTellMeTheOdds: Spoofed when Minionbot explains he's living the dream as a space pirate, fighting enemies and beat them against impossible odds.

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* NeverTellMeTheOdds: NeverTellMeTheOdds:
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Spoofed when Minionbot explains he's living the dream as a space pirate, fighting enemies and beat them against impossible odds.



* NoMouth: Bleen, Shlumpoids, and Rock Crabs. Rock Crabs don't need to eat but it's never explained how Bleen eat all that cake, and in fact it was a bit of a running gag in some of the early strips. Whereas Shlumpoids are apparently [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=021306 such messy eaters]] that the process is always shown just off-screen.

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* NoMouth: NoMouth:
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Bleen, Shlumpoids, and Rock Crabs. Rock Crabs don't need to eat but it's never explained how Bleen eat all that cake, and in fact it was a bit of a running gag in some of the early strips. Whereas Shlumpoids are apparently [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=021306 such messy eaters]] that the process is always shown just off-screen.



* NoodleIncident: When Carl and Minionbot are reviewing the results of simulated drone operations, we don't get to see what they're looking at, but we do hear the names Carl gave the various simulations, such as "Ode to places a cutting torch should never go", "Three drones, one airlock and no sense", and the cautionary tale about plasma torches, hypergolic fuel and explosive decompression called "Don't".

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* NoodleIncident: NoodleIncident:
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When Carl and Minionbot are reviewing the results of simulated drone operations, we don't get to see what they're looking at, but we do hear the names Carl gave the various simulations, such as "Ode to places a cutting torch should never go", "Three drones, one airlock and no sense", and the cautionary tale about plasma torches, hypergolic fuel and explosive decompression called "Don't".



* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Bleen never had religion, thanks to their race memory. Also, while on earth, he gets a visit from an annoying evangelist.

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: ** Bleen never had religion, thanks to their race memory. Also, while on earth, he gets a visit from an annoying evangelist.


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** Vexxarr eventually becomes a [[GodIsEvil maltheist,]] on the grounds that there has to be a god because an impersonal, mindless, random universe could never serve him up nothing but trouble.


* NotTheIntendedUse: In the first arc, DARPA reverse-engineers the gravity repulsor in Vexxar's ship and turns it into a gravity-pulse cannon powerful enough to make Demios look like the last two bites of a cookie.

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* NotTheIntendedUse: NotTheIntendedUse:
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In the first arc, DARPA reverse-engineers the gravity repulsor in Vexxar's ship and turns it into a gravity-pulse cannon powerful enough to make Demios look like the last two bites of a cookie.


* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: The Tact-O-Trons see no problem with adding another AI to Vexxarr's ship, to whit, a semisentient, [[RegeneratingHealth regenerative,]] [[AdaptiveArmor ataptive]] armor layer. Vexxarr asks them what happens if it decides, for example, the ship would run better without him? Never mind the fact that it could easily become GrayGoo by accident.

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* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: The Tact-O-Trons see no problem with adding another AI to Vexxarr's ship, ship with no eay to turn it off. To whit, it's a semisentient, [[RegeneratingHealth regenerative,]] [[AdaptiveArmor ataptive]] adaptive]] armor layer. Vexxarr asks them what happens if it decides, for example, the ship would run better without him? Never mind the fact that it could easily become GrayGoo by accident.

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* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: The Tact-O-Trons see no problem with adding another AI to Vexxarr's ship, to whit, a semisentient, [[RegeneratingHealth regenerative,]] [[AdaptiveArmor ataptive]] armor layer. Vexxarr asks them what happens if it decides, for example, the ship would run better without him? Never mind the fact that it could easily become GrayGoo by accident.

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* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: At the climax of the Scavenger arc, the villain, a rogue security AI who wants to be in charge but can only be 3rd in command by programming dictat, places a mop and a tuna sandwich in charge. Once Vexxarr points out that this is indicative of a mental illness, the enforcer bot spaces itself.

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** The Mahakalosian Engineers are able to turn said gravity-pulse cannon into a [[DeflectorShields Deflector Shield]] as well.

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* NotTheIntendedUse: In the first arc, DARPA reverse-engineers the gravity repulsor in Vexxar's ship and turns it into a gravity-pulse cannon powerful enough to make Demios look like the last two bites of a cookie.


** This trope is why Vexxarr is not happy that the Tact-to-trons put a sentient, self-repairing, self-powering coating on his ship's hull. [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=060118 The Tact-to-trons don't see the problem.]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=081318 at first.]]

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** This trope is why Vexxarr is not happy that the Tact-to-trons put a sentient, self-repairing, self-powering coating on his ship's hull. [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=060118 The Tact-to-trons don't see the problem.]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=081318 at At first.]]

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** This trope is why Vexxarr is not happy that the Tact-to-trons put a sentient, self-repairing, self-powering coating on his ship's hull. [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=060118 The Tact-to-trons don't see the problem.]] [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=081318 at first.]]

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