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1[[quoteright:270:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Cover_For_The_Unfunnies_1795.jpg]]²[[caption-width-right:270: The least disturbing thing about this series.]]²²->''"As Williams began getting scripts and read what he had to draw, we wondered whether there was ever a moment where the artist had to stop and catch his breath before continuing. He answered in the affirmative. "Every page, and it's getting worse. Somebody help him before it's too late." And when Williams began sending back finished pages to [[Creator/MarkMillar Millar]], the writer did have a few recommendations and changes for the artist. "Bizarrely, I was drawing too well. I'd get repeated emails saying 'Make it shittier.'"''²-->-- '''Comic Book Resources'''²²''The Unfunnies'' is a four-issue BlackComedy horror comic book written by Creator/MarkMillar with art by Anthony Williams. Quite frankly, it lives up to its name. ²²A world resembling classic Nelvana[=/=]Creator/HannaBarbera cartoons is [[SubvertedKidsShow becoming increasingly messed up as characters discover sex, swearing and murder]]. Little do they know that it's the work of the creator of their world, Troy Hicks, a child molester/killer who used occult magic to [[FreakyFridayFlip switch places]] with one of his cartoon characters in order to escape from death row.²²Issues 1 and 2 were released in 2004, and were re-released in 2007 together as The First Follies. Issues 3 and 4 were released in 2007. Each of the regular issues were released with two covers -- a mass-market cover, and an "offensive" cover.²²----²!!This comic contains examples of:²* AbusiveParents: Sally Gator - okay woman, your daughter did wrong. But that's not the reason to let some crazy doctor kill her!²* AlliterativeName: Birdseed Betty, Deputy Doozy, Doctor Despicable... the list goes on, a nod to classic cartoon naming.²* AnvilOnHead: Betty Birdseed and her family get crushed by a giant weight from nowhere at the end of the comic, because Hicks needed a sacrifice to complete his evil scheme.²* AnyoneCanDie: Just about every character that's given any major screen time is going to be brutally murdered or screwed over, the sole exception being Troy Hicks.²* TheBadGuyWins: The comic ends with The Funnies creator Troy Hicks successfully avoiding his execution by trading places with one of his characters and also disturbingly implies that he will continue to do horrible things in the cartoon world.²* CaptainErsatz: Several of the characters, Pussywhisker, for example, seems to be an ersatz version of Snagglepuss, while Millionaire Mole is most likely based on Scrooge [=McDuck=]. Hicks openly admits it, calling all characters "shitty knock-offs".²* CosmicHorrorStory: Of the metafictional variety. The numerous characters are at the mercy of their monstrous creator, who gradually corrupts their world and is completely untouchable, allowing him to pull off his switcheroo scheme without a hitch. It's most emphasized with the officer investigating the case, only to be rendered helpless and added to the body pile.²* CrapsaccharineWorld: The cartoon universe looks cute and hilarious at first, but quickly spirals into a nightmarishly corrupt cesspit.²* CatchPhrase:²** Characters tend to say "Holy Hannah!" whenever they are met with an unexpected misfortune.²** Whenever the fourth wall is broken, the characters tend to say "Eh, reader?"²* CorruptTheCutie: The first part of Hicks' plan was emailing the characters and telling them of the "wonders" he's experienced in the real world, corrupting them.²* CoversAlwaysLie: The "offensive" covers represent things not appearing in the story itself, such as one of Moe Crow's sons going on a killing spree at school, or characters not seen anywhere (Dr. Despicable is represented as a cat performing an abortion on Sally Gator, when he's a human-type toon).²* CreatorBreakdown: In-Universe example, Troy Hicks seemed to having been a pretty normal cartoonist judging from some of the characters' comments.²* DarkerAndEdgier: Child pornography plot point gets introduced at ''second page''. And it only gets darker with every moment.²* DealWithTheDevil: Frosty Pete switching places with Hicks. Hicks is implied to have performed one himself, the entire comic comprising the 'eight-eight page ritual'. He needs a blood sacrifice to complete it, but he has the perfect loophole - he's the god of his world, and can create and destroy as he wishes.²* DeathOfAChild: Not even children are safe from Troy Hicks' killing spree.²* DyingDream: It's possible that all the events of the comic are actually the delusional fantasies of Troy Hicks before his execution.²* EmasculatedCuckold: This is PlayedForHorror. Pussywhisker loses both his testicles after being convinced by Dr. Despicable that he has testicular cancer. His wife Polly was outraged that they cannot have children and refusing to adopt, so she forces Pussywhisker to pick up men to get to sleep with her in order to get her pregnant. When she did not get pregnant from the first guy, Polly forced Pussywhisker to get more men. It's clearly damaging for Pussywhisker to do this. At the end of the issue, as Pussywhisker is forced to find another man for Polly, she reveals that she orchestrated her husband's castration so that she would be justified in her acts of adultery with copious partners, is on the pill, and enjoys that she has forced her husband to find these partners while she waits at home.²* EvilIsDeathlyCold: Originally, Hicks reached out to Moe the Crow with emails detailing the extravagant real world. But Moe turned him down. Hicks made the same offer to the penguin mailman, ''Frosty'' Pete, and assumed his persona.²* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: As the title of this miniseries would indicate, there is nothing funny about this comic.²* FreudianExcuse: Troy Hicks's wife hated him for not being able to give her children.²* FurIsClothing: When Pussywhiskers gets ready for the removal of his testicles, he has the fur covering his lower half pulled down as if they were pants, exposing his genitals.²* GodIsEvil: Troy Hicks is the creator and god of the Unfunnies-verse.²* HenpeckedHusband: Pussywhisker is forced by Polly to find men with whom she can have sex; also, Legal Beagle pays Betty Birdseed to be treated as one, for some reason.²* HiddenEyes: Frosty Pete (even when in devil costume at the end of the comic) and Deputy Doozy always have their eyes hidden by their hats.²* KarmicDeath: Played straight with Polly and all men she cheated on her husband with, when it's revealed that first one of them has AIDS. Sadly, completely averted with Troy Hicks, who doesn't get any punishment for the children he murdered or the comic characters whose lives he ruined.²* KarmaHoudini: Troy Hicks gets off scot free for all the child murders he commits, while an innocent cartoon character is tricked to take his place.²* KarmicSTD: Pussywhisker's wife Polly manipulates her husband into letting her cheat on him with other men by having Dr. Despicable amputate his testicles after convincing him he has testicular cancer and making him guilty of being unable to give her a child. Polly ultimately gets punished for her infidelity when she and all the men she slept with die of AIDS.²* LoopholeAbuse: Dr. Despicable ends up losing the bet he made with another doctor over removing 100 healthy testicles because the other doctor claims that the deal was one testicle per patient and Dr. Despicable tricked Pussywhisker into letting him amputate both.²* MamaBear: Jungle Jim found out the hard way that Birdseed Betty is one when she beats him to death with a strap-on for merely suggesting they engage in group sex with her children.²* ManipulativeBastard: Troy Hicks, but also Doctor Despicable who convinces people they have testicular cancer to win a competition with another doctor in who will remove one hundred testicles. And Polly, who orchestrated her husband being one of Despicable's patients, so she can make him feel guilty he cannot give her a child and not only justify sleeping with as many men as she can, but even make him pick them up for her.²* MatureAnimalStory: It can't get any more adult-oriented if there's loads of violence and a subplot involving a female toon manipulating her husband into amputating his testicles so that he will feel guilty for being unable to give her a child and allow her to cheat on him with the excuse of trying to conceive a child.²* MediaTransmigration: The plot of the comic is that the murderous cartoonist of a children's comic series, Troy Hicks, magically swaps himself with one of his innocent characters; so while he takes on the life of the in-universe mail penguin Frosty Pete, Frosty Pete takes on his life in the real world just in time to be arrested. As Frosty Pete, Troy makes life hell for the other characters.²* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: Frosty Pete stands in front of a mirror and sees Hicks' image.²* NoFourthWall: If one were to make a drinking game out of the times the characters address the reader, it would put their health at risk.²** "I'm as real as the people reading this!"²* NothingIsScarier: Used horrifically at times, such as when Dr. Despicable's men murder Sally Gator's daughter and when Hicks in Frosty Pete's body walks off with her new baby to presumably do something horrific to it²* PoliceAreUseless: Justified in that, before Hicks' arrival, the biggest crimes in town were petty pranks, so the cops are unprepared to face the crime spree. However, when they get told that the child killer is someone small, black, with flippers, that gives a "South Pole vibe", and don't connect that with Frosty Pete standing ''right in front of them'', they really come across as dumb. On the other hand, Hicks is the one writing their reality now, so maybe he was just messing with them.²* PregnantReptile: Sally Gator is shown with a pregnant belly when she and her husband conceive a new child.²* RealLifeWritesThePlot: In-Universe example, Troy Hicks based what happens to Moe and Pussywhisker on events from his own life.²* ReallyGetsAround: Polly cheats on her husband with a lot of men, but she hides it behind her fake obsession of having a child. ²* RogerRabbitEffect: Troy Hicks and the events of his life in the real world are shown using photographs of real people.²* RunningGag: "Eh, Reader?"²* ShootTheShaggyDog: The Crow Family, the police officer trying to stop Troy Hicks, and the cartoon character with whom Troy Hicks trades places all end up killed when they try to change things and their efforts turn out to be for nought.²* ShoutOut: In one panel, details of [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Peter Perfect and Penelope Pitstop's]] cars can be seen.²** The headline of a newspaper is "[[WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales Speedy Mex-Mouse]] Steroid Scandal!".²** Pussywhisker has a note signed "[[WesternAnimation/YogiBear Y. Bear and BB]]".²* SirSwearsALot: A lot of characters swear like sailors, most notably Chick-Chick Chickie and Pussywhisker's adulterous wife Polly.²* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Completely on the Cynicism side by as soon as the second page.²* SubvertedKidsShow: This isn't your typical FunnyAnimal comic aimed at children. The series begins with Moe the Crow being arrested for owning child pornography and it only gets worse from there.²* TalkingWithSigns: Chick-Chick Chickie uses signs to explain why he's forced to curse to everyone. If he ever stops doing that, Frosty Pete will kill him with a rifle. [[spoiler:He does.]]²* TeenyWeenie: Pussywhisker's dick is shown when he prepares for the surgical removal of his testicles, and it is rather small.²* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: See DyingDream.²* {{Understatement}}: Review in first issue says this comic might be inappropriate for kids. ''Might''? ''MIGHT''?!²* UnreliableNarrator: Given that Troy Hicks is clearly a deranged psychopath, some of the details he gives regarding his backstory may be suspect.²* WishFulfillment: In-Universe example, Troy Hicks uses the world of The Unfunnies to commit atrocities and go unpunished.²* VillainProtagonist: Troy Hicks, the creator of the cartoon characters, is convicted for molesting and killing children and invades the world of his cartoon creations to get away with his crimes and continue doing horrible things.²* WouldHurtAChild: Troy Hicks raped and murdered three children, and the comic ends with him kidnapping a newborn baby.²* YouBastard: An [[BreakingTheFourthWall "Eh, reader?”]] catchphrase appears to be originally used whenever something funny was happening so used to suggest collusion when terrible things are done to the characters is supposed to make readers feel bad that they're laughing at all this macabre. The only problem is that the reader is likely too disgusted to be actually laughing.²----

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