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1''[[ Theater Hopper]]'' is a webcomic about movies written from creator Tom Brazelton's perspective. It is [[LifeEmbellished semi-autobiographical]], combining characters based on Brazeltons real-life friends with fictional ones.[[WebcomicsLongRunners From August 5, 2002 until the comic finished its run on December 31, 2012]], these characters satirically addressed what was current in the world of movies and celebrity culture.----!!Tropes appearing in this webcomic:* BrainBleach: Tom's reaction to Clint Eastwood's sex scene in ''Film/BloodWork''.* ChewToy[=/=]TheRival: Creator/BenAffleck was this, being the object of irrational hate and attacks by Jared until ''Film/GoneBabyGone'' came out, and then he switched to Creator/{{Shia LaBeouf}}. * ChickFlick: This is Cami Brazelton's favorite kind of movie, both in the comic and in real-life, much to Comic Tom's frustration. Her favorite actress of all time is Creator/JuliaRoberts. The comic specifically compares it to Tom's love of comic book movies, showing them as a female escapist fantasy just like superheroes are male escapist fantasies.* DidntThinkThisThrough: Tom builds an ComicBook/IronMan armor out of cardboard for the premiere of the 2008 movie (despite having been given a realistic promotional one by Marvel earlier; he apparently sold that one to pay for movie merchandise). To simulate Iron Man's repulsor blasters, he stuffs the arms full of old sparklers... and the costume promptly catches fire.* EroticAsphyxiation: In a discussion about apparent BDSM themes in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films, it was assumed that Vader used his choking powers because of this trope.* FanBoy: Tom is a gigantic fan boy for movies and comic books, and will often create elaborate costumes for movie premieres and even DVD releases.* FelonyMisdemeanor: The Nerd Police busted Tom twice so far, first for "Failing to recognize ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''", and again for "Spoilers While Tweeting". The first time cost him his "nerd license", preventing him from talking about movies online. He won it back by getting a huge Star Wars tattoo on his back.* FormerTeenRebel: The nerdy theater clerk Jimmy turns out to have been one of these when he was a teenager. In fact, he had inadvertenly been ripping off ''Film/TheWildOne'' without having ever seen the movie.* GeekyTurnOn: Charlie doesn't want to make it known that she is a nerd, as other nerds tend to go after her, proclaiming their love.* GhostShip: Invoked when Jared and Tom went to see ''Film/GhostShip''. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a movie version of ''Series/TheLoveBoat'' instead. Featuring a guest appearance by actress and singer Charo.--> '''Jared''': My god, it's even more terrifying than I imagined!--> '''Tom''': ''CHARO?!'' NOOOO!!!* GrandFinale: The final storyline; Tom and Cami decide to start a family, Jimmy and Charley get back together and head to Chicago to start a new life after the theater burns down, and Victor, having accidently started the fire, hitchhikes back to Ukraine.* HeroicDog: Truman on occasion, most notable when he once saved Cami from a rampaging pet monkey... by flying a little biplane like in ''Film/KingKong1933''.* LifeEmbellished: While the comics cast is real and interact like in the comic (Tom and Cami are married, Tom is best friends with Jared, Tom and Cami own a beagle named Truman), the more fantastic and comedic elements obviously arent real.* NoNameGiven: The Fat, White Movie Producer and the two pitchmen.* WithThisRing: One storyline reveals that Jimmy and Charlie were once engaged, until she caught him kissing another woman in the movie theater. The whole thing was NotWhatItLooksLike, but a combination of Jimmy's past womanizing, and Charlie's own doubts about getting married so young led to her flushing the ring down the toilet. To this day Jimmy, who took a job at the theater to remind himself of Charlie, cant bring himself to clean the womens bathroom.* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The Ben Bots, robotic dopplegangers Ben Affleck uses as standins for work he doesnt want to do. The majority of them were destroyed in battle with Jared, but one survived and briefly took over the real Afflecks life.* SeriousBusiness: The entire concept of the comic, movies and Hollywood culture being taken seriously to a comical extreme.* SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome: One strip revolves around Tom telling Cami that they should finally do what the comics title say and go "theater hopping" (sneaking into more movies than you paid for). They run afoul of Victor and get put into the theaters holding cell.* TransformationSequence: Tom attempts to copy the transformation from the infamous bomb ''Film/MasterOfDisguise'', but only turns into "a pissed off movie goer who wants his money back".----


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