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* HarsherInHindsight: One strip sets up the punchline by saying that the local newspaper reported on a "heterosexual AIDS epidemic" that turned out to be a false alarm. ...Yeah.

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* HarsherInHindsight: HarsherInHindsight:
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One strip sets up the punchline by saying that the local newspaper reported on a "heterosexual AIDS epidemic" that turned out to be a false alarm. ...Yeah.


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** Donald Trump in Bill the Cat's body is this, as Trump is no longer funny to a lot of people.


-->Does Barbra wish she was a goy?

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-->Does Barbra wish she was a goy?boy?


* CharacterizationMarchesOn: ''Bloom County 2015'' finally explains (sort of) how Cutter John got injured. Wooing a woman, he finally gets out of his wheelchair and wears leg brace supports.
** Although in one of the original strips it is explained that he was injured by a booby trap while in a Vietcong tunnel. Three fellow soldiers risked their lives getting him out.


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: "I'm a Boinger".
-->Does Barbra wish she was a goy?
-->Is George really a boy?
-->Is Filthy ever Divine? - It's all subjective.



* CrowningMomentOfAwesome, CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, TearJerker: you decide. The strip dedicated to the Challenger STS-51 mission is one of the most moving tributes, and the most memorable of any of the strips.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: "I'm a Boinger".
-->Does Barbra wish she was a goy?
-->Is George really a boy?
-->Is Filthy ever Divine? - It's all subjective.


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* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: you decide. The strip dedicated to the Challenger STS-51 mission is one of the most moving tributes, and the most memorable of any of the strips.


* AwardSnub: A big aversion. Breathed became the second syndicated comic strip creator (after [[{{Doonesbury}} Garry Trudeau]]) to win the UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize for editorial cartooning in 1987.[[note]]One other non-newspaper cartoonist won between Trudeau and Breathed: Jules Feiffer for his work in ''Magazine/TheNewYorker''.[[/note]]

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* AwardSnub: A big aversion. Breathed became the second syndicated comic strip creator (after [[{{Doonesbury}} [[ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}} Garry Trudeau]]) to win the UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize for editorial cartooning in 1987.[[note]]One other non-newspaper cartoonist won between Trudeau and Breathed: Jules Feiffer for his work in ''Magazine/TheNewYorker''.[[/note]]

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: After Oliver's father reassures Tom Binkley that he's not a racist for disliking Jesse Jackson, Tom asks if he's allowed to hate Creator/BillCosby. 2014 saw sexual assault allegations against Cosby become widely publicized, and what was once an amusing punchline suddenly takes on a more disturbing tone.


* MisaimedFandom: Steve Dallas, back when he debuted in Breathed's college newspaper strip ''The Academia Waltz'', ended up being idolized by the obnoxious fratboys he was meant to make fun of.

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* MisaimedFandom: Steve Dallas, back when he debuted in Breathed's college newspaper strip ''The Academia Waltz'', ended up being idolized by the obnoxious fratboys he was meant to make fun of. When Steve Dallas got transplanted to ''Bloom County'' and became a lawyer, this happened again, with legal professionals generally being entertained by the depiction.

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* NauseaFuel: In an early ''Outland'' comic strip, Ronald-Ann sees a TV ad for Fashion Frank's Fur Emporium, which turns the hides of hairy men into coats.
-->'''Opus:''' I made an elegant New York cabbie pullover!

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** When Binkley's childhood is being "cancelled" by a network executive, he asks if Gary Coleman gets subjected to the same treatment, with the executive bemoaning that "that little midget has an 80-year-contract. I get sick to my stomach just thinking about it." Coleman would tragically pass away at a little more than half that age.


* {{Anvilicious}}: Whenever Breathed wrote a comic about the newspaper comics industry, you could ''feel'' him grab your collar and yell at you.
** His agnosticism also comes through a great deal. Some strips about Oliver coming to scientific blocks (with the Big Bang, the existence of God, etc.) feel very antagonistic to science.

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* {{Anvilicious}}: {{Anvilicious}}:
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Whenever Breathed wrote a comic about the newspaper comics industry, you could ''feel'' him grab your collar and yell at you.
** His agnosticism also comes through a great deal. Some strips about Oliver coming to scientific blocks (with the Big Bang, the existence of God, etc.) feel very antagonistic to science.



** The ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' storyline ends with George Lucas telling Binkley that they should get to all the films by 1998; Binkley responds by decapitating him with his lightsaber and remarking "Jedi don't wait 15 years for sequels". He's right -- [[Film/ThePhantomMenace they wait 16 years for prequels]]. In the collected edition, Breathed points this out by saying "I was off by one year. The funny thing is, George really did seem to lose his head."

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** The ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' storyline ends with George Lucas telling Binkley that they should get to all the films by 1998; Binkley responds by decapitating him with his lightsaber and remarking "Jedi don't wait 15 years for sequels". He's right -- [[Film/ThePhantomMenace they wait 16 years for prequels]]. In the collected edition, Breathed points this out by saying "I was off by one year. The funny thing is, George really did seem to lose his head."



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* WeirdAlEffect: Otherwise largely forgotten Reagan administration figures like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeane_Kirkpatrick Jeane Kirkpatrick]] (who had a wild tryst with Bill The Cat) and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspar_Weinberger Caspar Weinberger]] (given a ShoutOut by Opus in a poem) have gained immortality because of the strip.

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** His agnosticism also comes through a great deal. Some strips about Oliver coming to scientific blocks (with the Big Bang, the existence of God, etc.) feel very antagonistic to science.


* AwardSnub: A big aversion. Breathed became the second comic strip creator (after [[{{Doonesbury}} Garry Trudeau]]) to win the UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize for editorial cartooning in 1987.

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* AwardSnub: A big aversion. Breathed became the second syndicated comic strip creator (after [[{{Doonesbury}} Garry Trudeau]]) to win the UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize for editorial cartooning in 1987.[[note]]One other non-newspaper cartoonist won between Trudeau and Breathed: Jules Feiffer for his work in ''Magazine/TheNewYorker''.[[/note]]



* ComedyGhetto: A print media example when the strip won the Pulitzer. Many editorial cartoonists were up in arms over it and voiced their criticism loudly. Pat Oliphant dismissed the strip as "shrill potty jokes and grade school sight gags" and Paul Conrad said "I don't think strip cartoons generally belong in the same category as editorial cartoons: They're entertainment, and that's about it. They aren't journalism."

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* ComedyGhetto: A print media example when the strip won the Pulitzer. Many editorial cartoonists were up in arms over it and voiced their criticism loudly. Pat Oliphant dismissed the strip as "shrill potty jokes and grade school sight gags" and Paul Conrad said "I don't think strip cartoons generally belong in the same category as editorial cartoons: They're entertainment, and that's about it. They aren't journalism."" The fact that two other previous Pulitzer winners, [[ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm Mike Peters]] and [[{{ComicStrip/Shoe}} Jeff [=MacNelly=]]], had already branched out into daily comic strips showed that this attitude was far from universal for political cartoonists, though.

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* AwardSnub: A big aversion. Breathed became the second comic strip creator (after [[{{Doonesbury}} Garry Trudeau]]) to win the UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize for editorial cartooning in 1987.


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* ComedyGhetto: A print media example when the strip won the Pulitzer. Many editorial cartoonists were up in arms over it and voiced their criticism loudly. Pat Oliphant dismissed the strip as "shrill potty jokes and grade school sight gags" and Paul Conrad said "I don't think strip cartoons generally belong in the same category as editorial cartoons: They're entertainment, and that's about it. They aren't journalism."


* GrowingTheBeard: Berke himself, in the 1980-1982 collection, expresses disgust with some of his early strips because the lettering was sloppy, the characters and setting were unfocused (which would explain the massive ChuckCunninghamSyndrome in the second year) and the gags derivative of ''ComicStrip/Doonesbury''. He went on to say that the strip became much better around January 1982, once he found a personality for Opus and shifted the strip's focus to Opus, Milo and Binkley.

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* GrowingTheBeard: Berke himself, in the 1980-1982 collection, expresses disgust with some of his early strips because the lettering was sloppy, the characters and setting were unfocused (which would explain the massive ChuckCunninghamSyndrome in the second year) and the gags derivative of ''ComicStrip/Doonesbury''.''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}''. He went on to say that the strip became much better around January 1982, once he found a personality for Opus and shifted the strip's focus to Opus, Milo and Binkley.

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