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The comic book of the Cartoon Network series, Regular Show published by KaBOOM! Comics.

Like any series that gains popularity, Regular Show managed to gain a comic book of it's own, detailing original adventures of the Park Crew on the printed page. While there were stand alone stories, there were several story arcs (usually 4 issues) as well.

The comic lasted from 2013 to 2016 (Ending four months before the final episode of the series aired) with 40 issues and 10 volumes total. In addition, there have been several mini-series and graphic novels as well.

  • Skips: A six issue mini in which Skips finds himself stuck in a time loop while visiting a national park with Mordecai, Rigby and Benson and must help a time cop try and stop it.
  • Hydration: Swelting summer heat has Rigby wishing for a way to beat it and he gets it when a water park sudden pops up the next day out of the blue. However it doesn't take long for something weird to happen.
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  • Noir Means Noir, Buddy: Pops' socks oddly go missing and Benson tasks Mordecai, Rigby, High Five Ghost and Muscle Man to find them. Though a disagreement on how to go about it (Classic detective for Mordecai and Fives and Buddy Cop for Rigby and Muscle Man) lead the pairs on separate paths in trying to solve the case.
  • Clash of Consoles: Mordecai and Rigby set to try and buy a new console, but end up getting drafted into a literal war between the game companies which see the duo and their friends on opposing sides.
  • Adventure Time X Regular Show: Crossover with fellow 2010 CN series, Adventure Time, in which the Park Crew help the Ooo residents against a threat to their world. Has it's own page.
  • Regular Show: 25 Years Later: A six mini set after the end of the TV series. While going to get ice for the park reunion, Mordicai and Rigby accidentally wish to relive their younger days in front of a magical imp. He grants it, but at the expense of taking their children, forcing them to find a way to get them back. Has it's own page.
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Notable for having KC Green as one of the artists and writers.

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     Main Series 
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The "My Own Private Gumball" arc had the duo find a genie while exploring a cave. Naturally since Rigby was the one to rub it he gets the wishes, but of course doesn't think them through (Him wanting to see Benson see what it's like when talked down to ended up with him in Benson's head and giving Mordecai huge muscles naturally make them too heavy to even move and cause him to break things). Leading to the two to try and reverse the wishes. Made a bit hard by the fact that Rigby had wished the genie free (Ironically the one wish that did go right).
  • Bromance: "Mordecai and..." has Mordecai stopping the Make Out Tree by putting Rigby and his initials on it. It works since a love between friends is just as good as any other relationship.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Thomas uses critiquing to defeat a returning Park Avenue when he takes over the park while most of the Park Crew is away.
  • Dark Horse Victory: "Local Politics" had neither Rigby or his opponent (whom Benson was backing) winning the Block President campign but rather the third barely notable one just due to the fact she asked nicely.
  • Doing In the Wizard: "Spring-Equinot" story had the duo cleaning a rock structure which Mordecai claims is a spot where druids come to battle ice demons to usher in spring. However it turns out it's just a bunch of LARPers who hang around the area at that point much to Mordecai's bewilderment.
  • Drunk on Milk: "Grapes of Wrath" had Fives actually getting drunk on grape soda.
  • Floating Continent: "Crystal Catastrophe" arc takes place on one inhabited by crystal people.
  • Foreshadowing: During the Embarrassing Photo arc, when going over Rigby's past girlfriends, one of them oddly looks like a human Eileen. This was before she started showing interest in him.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: The Lost Movie arc has Rigby and Fives hanging out together when normally they would be with Mordecai and Muscle Man respectively.
  • Funny Background Event: "Wasps" has Benson order Mordecai and Rigby to get to work taking down a wasp nest. While Benson is watching TV, we see the duo trying to swat it down with a bat leading to them accidentally hitting it right through the window into the living room where Benson is sitting.
  • Fur Against Fang: The Supernatural Romance Novel arc devolves into this when the two book companies (run by vampires and werewolves respectively) start fighting one another for the right to publish Muscle Man and Starla's novel.
  • Humongous Mecha: "Sombero World" has the titular tourist trap turn into one when the duo don't stop at it.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: As with the TV series, anything simple will naturally be blown out of proportion.
  • Mundane Solution: A backup story arc had Rigby becoming so filthy he actually spawns small raccoons on his back, freaking out most of the park residents. The crew are about to go through a convoluted scheme to wash him until Benson walks in, finds out what's going on, promptly grabs a hose and sprays down Rigby with it.
  • The '90s: A four parter revolved around Rigby getting obsessed with his old stuff he collected as a teen, culminating him being possessed by a spirit of the decade that was trapped within pogs of all things.
  • Reset Button: A story arc involving looking for a lost movie ended with alien dinosaurs coming to destroy the Earth. A movie clerk reveals she had built a time machine in case it happened (again) and Fives volunteers to go to stop Rigby from initiating the search. Succeeding just before a T-Rex was set to kill Mordecai, Rigby and Muscle Man.
  • Nostalgia Ain't Like It Used to Be: The Lost Movie arc starts with Mordecai and Rigby watching some old movies they loved as kids. But naturally, now that they're adults when they watch them again they realize how corny or frightening they all are. The plot even gets kickstarted when Rigby tries to track down a particular movie but no one knows about save one person who warns him to stay away. He gets Fives to join him (who likewise saw it) and they manage to find it, only to find out it's not the family friendly movie they were expecting but a beacon to summon alien dinosaurs to come destroy the Earth!
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story:
    • "Arm Skills" has the duo enter into an arm wrestling competition to win money to buy a slot card set from Pops. Not only don't they win it (Due to the judges giving the money posthumous to their opponents who sacrifice themselves to stop dimensional invaders) but it turns out all they needed was $10 to buy the set. However by that point, Muscle Man has already claimed it.
    • The haircut two parter had Mordecai go to a barber to fix a haircut Pops gave him. After managing to get away from him, they go to Skip who does the job since, as he stated earlier, he does his own hair after letting Pops cut it at one point.
  • Shout-Out: Naturally:
    • "A Prank Most Foul" parodies The Fugitive when an animal control worker mistakes Rigby for a skunk criminal.
    • One of the covers of Issue 9 parodies the Jaws poster.
    • The 90s arc has plenty to toys of the decade: Stretch Armstrong, Gak, Troll dolls, Tamagochis and Pogs. Likewise they parody TheExorcist for a bit.
    • One short had Fives write a story that was very clearly Neon Genesis Evangelion
    • A story arc had Rigby and Fives look for a movie involving dinosaurs, cereal and time traveling
    • The Supernatural Romance Novel is one toward Twilight only with the Vampire-Werewolf Love Triangle being displayed as book companies.
  • Soul Jar: The spirit in the 90s arc has his in his Pog slammer. Mordecai, Benson and Skips trick him into destroying it by challenging him to slam it as hard as he can.
  • Spoiler: "Spoiler Alert" revolves around this when the duo go see a movie and upset the, oddly all canine, patrons. The silly thing too is that the twist of the movie was pretty obvious but kept lingering on the scene too long that the duo got annoyed. Ironically when they get punished by having Death show them how they're going to die. The scene takes so long to get to the death everyone save the duo fall asleep, allowing them to escape.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Margret does this to the fly people in #16 when they start serving their own coffee rather than have Eileen and her doing it, which would put them out of a job. Surprisingly the fly people actually apologize for this and their behavior and leave.
  • Written by Cast Member: Issue 13's main story was written by Minty Lewis, the voice of Eileen on the show as well as one of it's writers. And, not surprisingly, the focus was on said character too.

     Skips 
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Destruction Lord which is the real cause of the time loops due to sleeping within the geyser.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: The basis of the story in which Skips keeps reliving the same day in which Mordecai, Rigby, Benson and he arrive at a national park and a geyser erupting due to soda and pop rocks being dropped into it.
  • Mundane Solution: Attempted. After various attempts to keep Mordecai and Rigby from dropping the pop rocks and soda into the geyser. Benson gives Skips the idea to just get the duo away from the park before they even get near the geyser. However the Destruction Lord still ends up awakening regardless and resetting the day.
  • Time Police: One that Skips runs into named Ted keeps posing as a sunglasses salesman keeps trying to get Skip to wear some (Though until the third issue, doesn't explain why he should). Eventually, he reveals they showcase possibilities on how Mordecai and Rigby keep dropping the soda and pop rocks into the geyser and aids him in trying to stop the time loops.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: For Mordecai, Rigby and Benson, the whole proceeding just take place within a day. For Skips and Ted though, who carry knowledge from each Time Loop (Skips being immortal and thus outside of time and Ted's equipment protecting him), it's been months while their stuck in it before they're finally able to put an end to it.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: No matter what Skips and Ted do, they can't seem to keep Mordecai and Rigby from dropping pop rocks and soda into the geyser no matter how implausibly it might seem. For example they take them away from the duo and throw them aside only for an passing eagle to catch it, fly over the geyser and drop it into it. They try to prevent the duo from buying them and instead getting them some water and apples. Only for the duo to trade them with some nearby hippies who had gotten pop rocks and soda by mistake. Eventually it turns out they're not the cause at all, the Destruction Lord awaking was and it was just bound to wake up sooner or later. As evident when Skips get the duo away from the park and the Destruction Lord still wakes up without their involvement. Them dropping the pop rocks and soda into the geyser is just odd timing.

     Hydration 
  • Berserk Button: Uncleanliness to the hydra. It gets angry when Rigby ends up peeing in a pool and trying to use Muscle Man to combat it doesn't help matters. We later find out in a backstory of it's creation it was angered by the mess the Professor William kept making in his apartment from all the studies he was doing. As such, they really have it out for him when they see him.
  • Fingore: William reveals he lost his pinky finger when attempting to waterslide while holding onto a cup of tea. It's what lead to him to try and make a safer water park which lead to the events of the story.
  • Fusion Dance:
    • The Baby Ducks mecha returns again to battle the hydra. But gets another version when Marget and Eileen take over for a bit and combine with them. Though a bit weakened since Eileen has allergies to ducks.
    • The backstory about the hydra park reveal it was a combination of mutant python, a fusion formula dripping down from the apartment of upstairs neighbor, the model waterpark dome Willaim was making and the regrowth formula it had drank from it to be the monster it is in the story.
  • Hydra Problem: The Park Crew find out their living park is actually a hydra and cutting off a head just has it regrow a new one.
  • Putting the Pee in Pool: The main situation of the plot gets kickstarted when Rigby ends up peeing in the pool, awaking the hydra which, by that point, was docile.

     Noir Means Noir, Buddy 
  • Big Bad: Van Jance, a mole businessman.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Thomas leaves to go about conducting his own investigating into the missing socks. In the climax, he reveals himself as one of the ninjas driving the truck. Having revealed he went undercover and in fact had position the truck so Van Jance's henchwoman would be hit by a sign.
  • Continuity Nod: Van Jance claims he rose to the top because the former #1 millionaire died in a blimp explosion. Said millionaire was Rich Buckner, the big bad of the Thanksgiving special in the TV series.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Mordecai's section of the story is done in black and while for the most part like a usual film noir story. Once CJ, Fives and he get captured and the story goes over to Rigby's, does the color returns.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Wormzo who was reluctantly working for Van Jance along with his breatheren. Ultimately he decides it's not worth it and switches sides.
  • Logical Weakness: When Mordecai and Rigby find themselves face to face again Van Jance and him no selling their Death-Kwan-Do. They opt to shoot off his sunglasses since, as a mole, he needs them to see in the sunlight.
  • Low Clearance: Van Jance hench-woman, Amanda, is defeated when the truck she and the protagonists are on goes under a overpass and she's hit and knocked off by a sign.
  • Ninja: Van Jance employs them as his muscle.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Despite becoming the #1 millionaire in the country, Van Jance was unsatisfied since he felt he didn't earn it. Leading to him investing in Bit Coins, his stock tanking and the whole events of the story.
  • Private Eye Monologue: Mordecai keeps giving one through most of the book as he goes about his investigation.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Rigby keeps kicking in doors while trying to find out where Mordecai, Fives, and CJ are. Though by the third door, he admits his foot is getting sore from doing so. Considering he isn't wearing footwear, it's not surprising.
    • After defeating Van Jance, the duo orders the driver of the truck they're on to turn around. He claims he can't... because they're on a highway and he has to wait for the next exit to do so.
  • Tempting Fate: When Van Jance's henchwoman, Amanda, manages to defeat Mordecai, Rigby and Muscule Man in direct combat. She claims she's unmoveable..right before she's beaned by a sign when the truck they're on goes under a overpass.
  • Traintop Battle: The climax takes place on two moving trucks filled with the lollipops Van Jance stole from Pops vault.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: The big bad's main goal is to get into Pops secret stash and rob him, thinking his lollipops will make him rich after a bad stock investment tanked him. However, once he's stopped, Mr. Mallerd tell him his son's stash is pretty much useless outside of Lolliland.

     Clash of Consoles 
  • Baleful Polymorph: Tauny, a were-minotaur in Rigby's troop, is stuck in beast form because of the experimental VR glasses on her head keeping her from seeing the normal moon to change back. Luckily Eileen uses her know how to get the glasses removed.
  • Bland-Name Product: All the consoles are obviously based on certain popular ones: Tonare: Nintendo, Not-S: Sega with a dash Sony and Macrosty: Microsoft.
  • Captain Ersatz: One of the characters that is summoned at a battle is called Rapide the Gemhog. Totally not based on any game character that runs fast (Or a marsupial that that breaks boxes. Considering he's French too, likewise not based on a certain limbless character either). Likewise Large the Dogbutt is of course not based on any fishing cat.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The love potions Benson accidentally brought while playing a dating sim. He uses them in conjunction with the hats he sold to drop them over the soldiers and finally end the war.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • When going into the Tonare army, Rigby shows the general the gold badge he got in "Gamers Never Say Die".
    • Wormzo from the "Noir Means Noir, Buddy" story makes a reappearance, starting off a conversation by asking where CJ is. When Mordecai is reluctant to answer, Wormzo correctly guesses the two broke up, indicating this takes place sometime after season 6.
  • Enemy Mine: At one point both Tonare and Not-S forces find themselves facing against Muscle Man, Fives and the Baby Ducks who're on Macrosty's side, forcing a ceasefire between the two to defeat them.
  • Fun with Acronyms: A.N.D.I the robot in Rigby's troop, stands for "Another Neat Device Idea"
  • False Flag Operation: The generals of the three armies are revealed to be triplets and the ones who started the war in an effort to get revenge on the big three game corporations and their presidents as their own console ended up failing because no developers were willing to make games for it.
  • Fusion Dance: Muscle Man, Fives and the Baby Ducks do this to form their own mecha while fighting Tonare and Not-S troops.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Non-fatal example. But Benson was willing to destroy the hats he sold to the soldiers and refund the money he gained to help stop the war.
  • Keep the Reward: Subverted, the game presidents were more then willing to give Mordecai and Rigby new consoles for saving them. But Benson stops them before they can and tells the duo they can earn it in overtime work like they originally intended before the war.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: After Mordecai and Rigby get blown out of the sky while in bomber jets and have to parachute out. Eileen yells out...
    Eileen: Riiiiigby! Oh and Mordecai. Hope you're both okay!
    Mordecai: (Annoyed) Gee thanks.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: One of soldiers in Rigby's group is revealed to be a Were-Minotaur. However due to the VR glasses that were stuck on her head, she ended up changing due to seeing a red moon through the lenses and can't change back until she sees a normal one.
  • Rousing Speech: Mordecai and Rigby attempt to end the war by making a passionate speech that the soldiers are all gamers and that brand loyalty shouldn't keep them from trying other consoles and meeting other gamers just for the love of gaming. It nearly works..until some warmongering jerkasses have to make some derogatory comments and start things up again.
  • Shout-Out:
    • A.N.D.I is based on ROB.
    • The Ice Cuzzo's that Rigby summons are a combination of Super Mario Bros and Ice Climbers
    • The Minotaur Girl yells the lyrics to Mily Cyrus "Wreaking Ball" song while attacking some Macrosty soldiers.
    • The game character the Macrosty soldier uses is based on Master Chief.
    • When fighting to Macrosty Solider, the Minotar Girl sprouts
    • While trying to outrun the fused Muscle Man, Fives and Baby Ducks, the Minotaur Girls mutters "Must go faster!".
    • The jets Tonare sends Mordecai, Rigby and Eileen are based on N64 controllers. As well as fly around similar to Star Fox Arwing.
    • When attempting to guard the park house, Mordecai, Rigby and Eileen use Tetris blocks to do so, with predicable results when the duo fill in some open slots.
  • Take That!:
    • One of the products mentioned and stuck on the head of the Minotaur Girl is based off the Virtual Boy. When doing a mission that involves seeing nothing but red, Rigby calls it the worst.
    • When one of the Macrosty soldiers creates his virtual army. He starts to quote the "You have no chance! Make your time" meme only to be cut off by Rigby.
    Rigby: There'll be no dank memes on my watch!
    • The console the triplet brothers were trying to sell is based on OUYA.
  • War Is Hell: Parodied, no one really dies during it, instead being pixelated to varying degrees (32 bit, 16 bit, 8-bit and ultimately a single pixel which is fatal if hit one more time) that is reversible over time. But it's treated no differently then a real war and even stated that they wouldn't let kids join it. The duo even state as such in the finale.
    Rigby: Maybe someone will quickly be declared the winners?
    Mordecai: No real winners in war, Rigby, only losers...
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