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1%%²%%²%%²%%²%% Zero context examples have been commented out. Examples need context that explains how the trope occurs. Not just when, with whom, or to. Do not rely on weblinks²%%²%%²%%²->''"Life is a rhapsody--irregular in form, and you always have to improvise. Depressing? Maybe, but anything you can jam to can't be all bad."''²²''[[ Rhapsodies]]'' is a webcomic by Bill Morse dealing with the lives of neighbours, Paul Huen, Kate Jennersten and Brian Fitzpatrick and all of their friends. ²²Updated weekdays it also has a [[ wiki.]]²²----²!! ''Rhapsodies'' contains examples of:²²* ACupAngst: Blossom tends to suffer from this whenever she runs into anyone she sees as competition to her romantic endeavors.²-->"There's lots a successful ladies out there with a nothin' but washboards for chests."²%%* AllJustADream: All of the [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas episodes…]] [[OrWasItADream We think]]. ²* TheAllegedCar: Paul's drives a 1975 Station wagon which still keeps going much to everyone's amazement. (He doesn't know what the millage is since the odometer broke sometime after he moved to the Northwest.)²%%* AloofBigBrother: Brian and Rowan's older brother Liam. When he's not being a OverprotectiveDad.²%%* AnimeHair: Hsin uses [[ WAY]] too much product.²%%* AmazonianBeauty Hilda, who has occasionally been referred to as a [[BrawnHilda "Swiss Shot Putter"]], is actually [[ quite striking]] [[ShrinkingViolet once she comes out of her shell.]]²* ArtEvolution: The style stays largely the same, but lines become much cleaner and more precise over time.²%%* BadassMustache: Shilo sports one impressive handlebar mustache.²%%* BigFriendlyDog: Mitzi. Nancy originally wanted an attack dog, but Michelle got involved.²%%* BilingualBonus: Fedya translating for his aunt. He's [[ lying. ]]²* BrotherSisterTeam: Brian & Rowan AKA Fitzpatrick Consulting.²%%* BunnyEarsLawyer: For obvious reasons, most people don't seem to realize just how smart Brian is when they first meet him.²%%* ButtMonkey: Gage²* CaffeineBulletTime: While this hasn't actually happened, it's a big enough concern that there's a state wide conspiracy going on to make sure Brian only ever gets decaf.²* CasanovaWannabe: Brian and his fruitless attempts to impress Kate, who usually responds with a sarcastic barb or a good old-fashioned [[ punch in the face]].²%%* CatsAreSnarkers: Goblin and Xiao Mao²%%* CatsAreSuperior: Xiao Mao²²* CelestialBureaucracy: While we are shown many branches of Heaven including Love, Luck, Death, [[HearingVoices Internal Dialogue]] , most of what we see is the Department of Minor Nuisances whose responsibilities include missing socks, Tupperware lids, loosing lottery tickets, lost keys and numerous other things.²² *ChivalrousPervert: Fedya may be an inveterate womanizer who will hit on just about anything that moves, but he will take no for an answer and is more than happy to be "just friends". Of course with his gregarious nature, and [[HuskyRusskie warped idea of a good time,]] many women find themselves missing being treated as a sex object.²²* ClarkKenting: Having never gotten a pen name after the success of her first book, Kate tries to keep her "literary career" mostly a secret by wearing her hair in a bun with fashionable glasses when at public events.²%%* CloudCuckooLander: Kevin²* {{Confessional}}: Brian gets dragged to church by his mother and lists a series of…[[NoodleIncident mishaps]] that have occurred since his last confession.²%%* CoolBigSis: Brian and Rowan's older sister Tara used to get off on this quite a bit… along with being [[ a bad influence.]]²%%* CoolShades: Shilo²%%* CuteKitten: Goblin, Lysistrata's store cat, [[ exploits]] [[ this]] [[ for]] [[ all]] [[ it's]][[ worth.]]²%%* DeadPanSnarker: Nancy, though most of the cast can hold their own.²* DidYouJustHaveSex: After Kate hooks up with her boyfriend, Stefan, her staff at the bookstore have noticed this… Frequently. In fact Kate's disgustingly good mood is getting on their nerves.²%%* DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: Creator/DavidLean's ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' is mentioned. Also apparently Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye is a television show.²* DitzyGenius: Brian is a brilliant polymath, economist and accountant who can pretty much make numbers do what he wants… he also has the attention span of a gnat and is so socially clueless even people who know him think he's an idiot. ²* DressesTheSame: At a fancy gala Kate nearly runs into a senator's wife she had accidentally insulted in the past. The fact they're wearing the same dress has Kate hiding from her for the rest of the night.²* DumbAndDrummer: At his best, the Circle Band's drummer, Kevin, is a drowsy Clouduckoolander oblivious to nearly everything that's going on. The rest of the time he's little more than a prop. ²%%* EloquentInMyNativeTongue: English is Hsin's "last language."²%%* EmbarrassingFirstName: [[spoiler: Petronilla]] Blossom Hannaford and [[spoiler: Clarence]] Gage. ²* ExpressiveHair Paul's mullet tends to fluff up when he's mad or shocked.²* TheFairFolk: Peaseblossom, the pixie featured in many of the strip's dream sequences, is at best capricious with a '''very''' mercurial temperament. At worst some of her "bright ideas" are kind of... [[ fatal.]]²* FriendsRentControl: Subverted, the Fitzpatricks have a huge problem renting the three apartments around Brian's, even at slum rates.²%%* FunnyForeigner : Fedya and Blossom²%%* GenkiGirl: Michelle²%%* GentleGiant: Mr. Large Hideous Bull Creature. ²* GoodWithNumbers: Brian's maths skills border on superhuman to the point he thinks a calculator is a crutch for the handicapped and applies both chaos and game theory to economics just for his own amusement.²%%* {{Goth}}: Blossom, Francine, Olive, Stefan, Scylla and (presumably) Bert²%%* GratuitousRussian: Fedya swears quite a bit.²%%* HappilyMarried: Brian's Parents.²%%* HotLibrarian: Kate²* INeedAFreakingDrink: Kate during a particularly nasty bout of writer's block. Nancy is prone to this from time to time as well.²%%* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: [[ "Kalashnokov much scarier if you put clip in."]]²* LocalHangout: A good number of the female cast frequent a cocktail bar called the Peach Blossom²%%* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Blossom [[spoiler: This may or may not be literal.]]²%%* MasochistsMeal: Blossom isn't allowed to take her curry to [[ potlucks anymore.]]²* MustHaveNicotine: Fedya's good for about fifteen minutes between smokes before he gets… cranky.²%%* MyLittlePhony: Bonnie loves [[ Pony Pals!]]²* NeatFreak: Blossom's room mate Hilda is so fastidious [[ she will clean other people's apartments]] and has been known to take a [[ broom to the beach.]]²* NeverMessWithGranny: Paul's grandmother manages a pro-wrestling team and used to ride with Hell's Angels.²* NoSocialSkills: Brian plows through life oblivious to the chaos he leaves in his wake, and how much he confuses and terrifies people, missing every clue hurled his way with great force.²%%* NoodleIncident: [[ What's this about the peanut butter?]]²%%* OhCrap: Kate's reaction to finding out one of her drafts was leaked onto the internet. [[HilarityEnsues It just gets worse from there]].²* OnlyKnownByInitials: As part of her fresh start Dielle stopped using her embarrassing first name, [[spoiler:Daisy-Louise,]] and started going by her initials. ''(Fortunately for her "D.L" sounds French.)''²* OnlySaneMan: Kate [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] herself as this during her introduction, but a few others also qualify, namely [[UnfazedEveryman Paul]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Lisa]].²%%* PerkyGoth: Blossom and Scylla²%%* {{Psychopomp}}: Deidre [[ "handles malpractice"]] at one of the local hospitals.²* RaisedCatholic: The Fitzpatricks. Neither Brian or Rowan appear to practice but they both say the Virgin Mary's name in vain and get dragged to confession by their mom.²* RightInFrontOfMe: Nancy gets asked by a new coworker for advice on how to avoid getting on the bad side of the firm's notorious business manager... ''[[ (first, find out what she looks like before asking this question.)]]''²%%* ScaryShinyGlasses: Fedora²%%* ServileSnarker: Lisa seems to take great pleasure in deflating Kate's pretensions.²%%* SheCleansUpNicely: Kate, who usually favors thrift store and army surplus clothes, prefers that nobody [[ finds]] [[ this]] [[ out.]]²%%* ShipperOnDeck: Michelle²* ShoutOut: One of the protester's signs on [[ this page]] says [[Magazine/{{Mad}} What, Me Worry?]]²%%* SomethingWeForgot: The Band does this all the time with Kevin.²%%* StalkerWithACrush: Janet²* SunglassesAtNight: Shilo has never been seen without his CoolShades.²* TalkLikeAPirate: Blossom sounds like this, though in her case it's talk like a [[UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry Devon farm girl]].²%%* TheGhost: Bert²%%* ThoseTwoGuys: Fran and Olive²%%* TomboyishPonytail: Kate²* WeirdnessCensor: There appears to be quite a bit going on in the peripheral vision that most of the cast seems to be unaware of... and those who are, aren't talking.²%%* WhenItRainsItPours: [[ This page]], resulting in Paul discovering the dye in his necktie is less than permanent.²* WhiteCollarCrime: Brian tends to get very…creative with his tax forms. The legality of that creativity is questionable at best.²--> "I'll have you know I have five tax loopholes named after me!"²* WholePlotReference: Kevin dreams the Circle Band is the house band at [[Film/{{Casablanca}} Rick's Cafe]] of course a few times he seems to be getting Casablanca mixed up with [[StarWars Mos Eisley]].²%%* WhosOnFirst: Kevin has a hard time understanding the concept of naan bread.²%%* WorldOfSnark: Most of the cast has a sarcastic streak.²²----


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