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General, NP & Sketchbook
- Even the banner ad is hilarious. "Click or all these girls will cry!" "I won't". "Click or 80% of these girls will cry!"
- From the alternate comic, EGS:NP: RELEASE THE OTTOMANS!
- I'm not on your crew?
- Really, any scene with Heidi. Genki Girl!Elliot FTW.
- Susan doesn't get vampire romance novels. (And followup.)
- Jeremy briefly shuddered on that 7th of June, but he did not know why...
- "KISS THAT AND TELL ME IT'S EASY."Grace: You know, they might be double-jointed.
Tedd: MY RAGE IGNORES THIS.
- During the "Get Susan a fairy doll that looks like her" NP storyline, Tedd tries to explain how difficult dynamic morphs are (you have to mentally keep track of everything, including clothes, or something will go wrong), and lets slip that he and Sarah have ended up naked because of it. And then he realizes that he just told his cousin and Sarah's best friend about that.Susan: You've seen each other naked!?
Nanase: More than once!?
Tedd: Annnd Sarah's gonna kill me.
- Earlier in that same story, Susan and Nanase are just arriving at Tedd's house:Nanase: I know my cousin is actually a good guy with morals, but you've got to admit it still seems weird that we've all basically given him the ability to turn into us.Susan: Yes, but Tedd strongly values friendship and has become very responsible with his transformation technology.Tedd: (Opens door) Hey guys!Susan: Tedd, you're a catgirl.Tedd: I am? Oh! Right, forgot about that.Susan: Adequately responsible.
- Susan thinks about whether she should shorten her hair or not, saying that only a logical reason would stop her.Susan: "Woosh" is adequately logical.
Dan Shive: I wonder if I could get away with susan getting a haircut. I mean, she wouldn't be able to have badass hair in the wind with no wind, but that wouldn't be the end of the world, right?
- And in the rant below:
- The entirety of Grace's New Vegas playthrough.
- Pandora seeing what kind of magic marks she can give people. Since they're based on desires, they're mostly sexual one way or another.Pandora: Cursed biological primary directive. Hopefully there are some furries in this mall...Pandora: (regarding Good Tom) He would be able to... sense when puppies are in danger? Ok, that really doesn't help my master plan, but saving puppies.
Pandora: And now I could give both [Rich and Larry] spells that would transform them into women that they would find attractive.Pandora: I'll... keep them in mind as a last resort...
- Even at her most amoral, there are some lines Pandora is reluctant to cross:
- Susan's reaction to being asked if she wants to help Sarah and Grace design a "MV5" form:Susan: Just a moment. I have a multitude of extravagant ways of saying "no" to this, and I need to decide on one.Susan: I have decided on an elonganted "Nnnnnope."
El Goonish Shive
- I Wind Up Spelling Bad Words While Playing Without Even Trying...
- That's A Whole Lotta Top Secret Documents...Elliot: Hell yeah! Area 51 fact sheets!
Mr. Verres: Forget you ever saw that!
Tedd: No way! Those are so going online later!
- Rather than go through the characters re-explaining what we just saw, the comic cuts to clips from the Hot Springs Episode of The Lucky Bunny Bounty Show. Apparently the episode involved Travis repeatedly not understanding that the bathhouses aren't unisex.
- Classic Brick Joke: Tedd suggests the Superman:Grace::Clark Kent:Grace-in-glasses metaphor, which Grace uses when going to the school to find female-Elliot. Then Susan turns up.Susan: Explanations later; first introductions. I'm Susan. Who are you?
Grace: I'm Clark.
Grace [to Greg]: Claire?
Grace [to Susan]: Name's Claire.
- Susan's Cuteness Proximity to Jeremy: "KITTY!!" Soon followed by "There is no God!!!"
- Justin makes a rather humorous Shout-Out to Yu-Gi-Oh! in this comic.
- This comic, before reading this one. The observant will laugh.Explanation
- Elliot realizing his relationship with Ellen: "I'M TOO YOUNG AND TOO MALE TO BE THE MOTHER OF A SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD FEMALE ME!!!"
- Apparently this is how Tedd's dad keeps him distracted when he's being too curious.Mr. Verres: So you see, my lad, the true moral behind the battle of Trenton is that if you party too hearty, George Washington will kick your ass. Any questions?
Tedd: Just one: WHAT DID ANY OF THAT HAVE TO DO WITH YOU SAYING "GRACE DIDN'T DIE IN THAT DIMENSION"?
Mr. Verres: Not a thing.
- Elliot's parents, both their complete nonchalance about the unexpected new family member and their immaculate logic: Ellen only started existing after Elliot lied, so why shouldn't she get brownies?! And after all that, Elliot gets brownies too, anyway.
- Hedge has a truly bizarre Running Gag where an owl interrupts him whenever he's saying something dramatic. For example: Elliot and Sarah meet HedgeHedge: Don't try to play me for a fool, cat! You know who I am, and —[three beat panels where an owl lands on his head]Hedge: GET OFF OF ME!
- Tedd calls Nanase his "Ugly Cousin", and gets a beatdown from a fairy.
Before The Party
Grace's Birthday Party
- Immortals and failing alarm clocks."Stupid human-made technology!"
"That's not human-made. You made that last night with your magic."
"Stupid me-made technology!"
- This strip starts out as a Tear Jerker, but the latter half had a brilliant case of Mood Whiplash.*Grace kisses Sarah on the lips*
Sarah (disgusted): Bleh! Grace, why did you do that?!
Grace: Tedd said you'd be as eager to kiss and make up as I was.
Sarah: HE DIDN'T MEAN THAT LITERALLY!
Tedd (ducking head into the panel, grinning): Yeah I did.
- When explaining how she and Elliot are different (i.e. why Elliot is more of a stick-in-the-mud), Ellen's summation and Elliot's reaction to it in the last panel here are priceless.Ellen: You're like me if I was directed by George Lucas.
Elliot: YOU TAKE THAT BACK!
- Grace goes through a chain of Insane Troll Logic regarding Ellen that ends with this conclusion: "I'M A MOMMY!"
- This comic from Grace's birthday party. The top half has Mr. Verres give a Big "NO!" after realizing he paid for pizza for eight teenagers. Then Justin says the Demonic Duck was hitting on him, and Nanase asks if he went for it.
- Susan and Justin got Grace a plant for her birthday. Jeremy was pleased.Tedd: I think I've figured out what kind of plant it is...
- During Grace's birthday party, Sarah wonders what a date between the genderflipped Sarah and Elliot would be like;Sarah: (...Wow. That was the worst fantasy ever, and there wasn't even a party in it. I have no idea what I'm doing, do I?)
- The Dimension-Hopping walrus...
- "How is THAT keeping a low profile?!"
- Tedd's back, baby!
- Ellen meets Diane and immediately notices that she's an Identical Stranger to Susan, and asks when Susan used the Dewitchery Diamond.Grace: Did the curse involve her outfit?
- And afterwards, when Ellen is texting Susan:Susan: I don't care! Stop texting me! It costs both of us money every time!BZZ BZZEllen: My bad.
- And afterwards, when Ellen is texting Susan:
- "...even us?"
- The comic immediately after the Didn't See That Coming example. Note Raven's expression in panel seven, and the little "tnk" sound. It's clear he's just distracting Abraham, but the way he does it is brilliant.
- "I am an ENDLESS BARREL of exposition! But yeah, I'm done."
- Raven as a pimp.
- Panel 6 Say it with me now...
- Mrs. Kitsune catches Ellen and Nanase together.
- Susan's confrontation with Principal Verrukt over the sexist dress code.Verrukt: This is serious, young lady. This Rebel Without a Cause routine can only end badly for you.
Susan: I have a cause!
Verrukt: That's beside the point. If you keep up this hooliganism all you'll have to show for it is greased up hair, a motorcycle gang and a leather jacket with an emblem on the back that looks cool but completely contradicts your beliefs without your even realising it because you'll be too busy being a hooligan to comprehend its actual meaning!
Susan: What the hell are you talking about?
Verrukt: And that's another demerit for swearing. You'll never become a productive member of society at this rate. And with that, I'm off to save more students from themselves!
Susan: Classes ended at least twenty minutes ago.
Verrukt: Then I'm off to enjoy wholesome late afternoon sitcoms on cable!
Susan: ...How has that man not been fired yet?
- Belatedly: Elliot's reaction to his reaction to the bloodgrem:Elliot [thinking to himself]: ...that girly scream was less manly than I would have liked...
Bringing Silly Back
- Tedd's horrified reaction to his own Character Development.Tedd: For the record, I am much more interested in figuring out the science behind all of this than seeing a woman's naked breasts...Oh dear lord, what have I become?
Elliot: I dunno, mature?
- The entire race between Elliot and Noah in Swedekea. "Giant Bean Bag Chairs!"
- THE PLASTIC! IT HURTS!
- And two pages later, Catalina buying the hammer. Her body language is so gleeful you don't need to see her face.
- The Demonic Duck's biggest distraction yet, though Grace's Puppy-Dog Eyes coupled with Susan's flat "He's fine" sell it.
- The girls summarizing their adventures to an Immortal—who can't believe his ears—in the Hammerchlorians arc. And then Grace tries to top it off.Jerry: <speechless>
Grace: Have I mentioned I'm part space alien?
Commentary: Somewhere, at this very moment, Raven has a headache and he knows not why.
- Susan under the influence of the serenity spell.Susan: I have determined that this illusion is fuzzy.
- On the next page.Susan: I require illusory carrots.
- In the same comic, the fact that Jerry's spellbook is titled "The Ecology of Anteaters (Not a Spellbook)".
- On the next page.
- When Jerry offered Sarah magic.
- Dan explains the nature of immortals and the memories they preserve on death.
- Magus is trying to get Sirleck to listen to his plan.Sirleck: I only helped you before because that ancient crazy immortal was with you. I have no reason to listen to you now.Magus: Oh yes you do.Sirleck: Really? And what reason is that?Magus: Because you can't hurt me, I never sleep or run out of breath, and I have nothing better to do than follow you around and babble incessantly about anything and everything.(Beat)Sirleck: I will listen.Magus: To my plan, or incessant babbling.Sirleck: Your plan, so both.
- For some reason, the third panel from this strip is just hilarious.I... I'm not sure...
- And, a few comics later...The professor's crying again.
He must be passionate about physics.
- And, a few comics later...
- Named by Democracy leaps into action.Justin: The only thing I noticed was that the skirt sort of looked like a cheerleader's.Carol: And she's not going for a cheerleader theme.Justin: I don't think so. I mean—Carol: Hang on...Apparently the internet has latched on to the whole cheerleader thing and started calling her Cheerleadra.Justin: What? But we only just--Carol: The internet is often fast and horrible.
- Elliot fails at perversion, which is funny enough (especially the self-inflicted What the Hell, Hero? moment - "I'm a person, you bastard!"). Ellen's Manic Pixie Dream smile is what sells it though.Elliot: I fail at perversion.
Ellen: Need some tips?
- And then the very next page has him asking, in reference to his "secret identity forms"...Elliot: Where are those in here, anyway? I swear this thing makes up words to pad it's own length. What does "exorbitant breadth" mean and what does it have to do with my chest?
- And then the very next page has him asking, in reference to his "secret identity forms"...
- "Et tu, Yoda t-shirt?"
- First and last panels. SLAPPITY SLAPPITY SLAPPITY SLAPPITY
- The Child Left Behind (AKA Noah)'s reaction to Grace's code name.Greg: Are you okay?
CLB: I'm fine! I tripped!
Grace: But you were sitting.
CLB: Yes I was. Sorry, mistress. Ma'am. Shade Tail.
- The Child Left Behind's explanation for his detailed knowledge of power-granting artifacts and how people react to being given extra power.CLB: There was a time when I was interested in quickly gaining power. If something is a foolish shortcut to power, I have been talked out of it.
- Super heroes are bouncy.
- Heidi's introduction.
- Melissa: (as Heidi rants in the background) Personality shift?
Justin: Um, yeah.
Melissa: So which is the real—
Justin: Not this one.
- ...and The Rant on said introduction:Deciding how exactly to dress "party" Elliot was a bit tricky. With mild-mannered, it was pretty simple, and with goth, I just wanted an outfit that was a bit over-the-top but clearly what one might picture as being goth. With party... what does one wear to parties? What was I gonna do, put a lampshade on her head?
- The last three panels.
- Elliot discovering his goth female Alter Ego.
- "The Princess Bride sucked." Just look at the reaction they have and the expression Susan's got at the same time.
- Faces made after the Pancake Mount Doom.
- Plus, look at the pictures near Grace's. They're all chubby people.
- Noah Hilarity in this strip.Noah: I have been told I could make straight men see rainbows.
- The cop saying he doesn't believe it when the bystanders tell him about Justin defeating the fire monster only for the bystanders to whip out video camera phones that recorded the fight here.
- The news reports following the battle with the dragon. Particularly:
Officer: We have received a message from someone claiming to be the cloaked figure that the summoner has been stopped. We believe it to be authentic.
- The police officer's report.
Reporter 1: And why is that?
Officer: The message started as a blank note dropped by a flying figure. That note then erupted with text in a swirl of fantastic sapphire light.
Reporter 1: Ooh!
Reporter 2: Classy.
Professor: ...I'm not saying it couldn't be aliens. I'm just saying we don't have much information yet and the possibilities are practically infinite.
- The conversation between the professor and the vlogger.
Vlogger: Why must you be so closed-minded?
- "SHE'S OKAY! Why yes, I imagine me yelling into the phone would hurt your ears."
- Upon Elliot discovering his his superhero form's secret identity: Oh my goodness! I'M MILD MANNERED!
Q&A # 5
- Q&A #5. Amanda hitting on Raven, Chika, "This is exactly what it looks like", EXTRAPOLATE!Commentary: "Dalek Holmes, have you determined who the killer was?"
"Astounding! Who was it?"
"IT WAS MMMEEEEE!"
"Grace finally snapped and destroyed half of Moperville.""TO THE UNDO BUTTON!"
- Also the strip's punchline, which nicely explains why there will never be Time Travel in EGS:
- I have a LOT to learn about friendship.
- So to answer your question about charts, hair fairies might be real.
- Remember that always, Random Classmate!
- Ellen and Nanase contemplate a double date with Tedd and Grace.Ellen: Heh. Sounds like the only issue we have with this double date is Tedd.
Nanase: Yeah, if we were just on a date with Grace, we'd be set!
Ellen: What were you just thinking about?
Nanase: Baseball. You?
Ellen: Also baseball.
- WE'RE GOING OUT!!!
- The kids who hang out at Justin's comic store discover that Nanase is gay.Hatted Boy: You know how we all dreamt we'd date Nanase one day?Heavy Boy: Yeah?Hatted Boy: That dream is dead, but something magical has taken its place.
- Meanwhile, Nanase wants Ellen to go into a Neanderthal-eque rage. Hilarity Ensues.
- Nanase and her Themed Harem Comedy.Ellen: I'm just wondering if you have a thing for names that start with "G".Nanase: Oh! Heh. It's just a—Tedd: (grabs Grace possessively) Mine!Grace: I'm flattered, really, but...Nanase: It's a coincidence.
- Arthur apparently tried to deport Raven to Russia.Mr. Verres: To be fair, you did enter the country on falsified information.
Raven: The only thing I lied about was my age, and I'm not from Russia.
- GRACE! Raven's expression in the fifth panel is priceless. Plus, in the commentary, "Grace has a knack for these sort of revelations, doesn't she?"
- Sadly, we miss out on the obviously epic spit take that was about to occur.
- The following... screaming conversation:Random student: So, like, these two guys like me, and one of them is really nice, and the other's kind of a jerk, but they're both hot-
Raven: Out! To your next class! Classroom temporarily closed, date the nice one, out!
Random student: But the jerk is so hot...
- Grace "explaining" that Raven knew she was different.Raven: That is not how it went.
Grace: And then I like to pretend you bought us apology ice cream, but you totally didn't.
- "I'm eighteen! I'm a major!" "Oh, like that makes you an adult." "Legally, it does. You can do all sorts of things with me!" "You shouldn't say it like- look."
- "Thanks to the magic of character development, however, Grace had the courtesy to at least try and be physically modest."
- Grace and Raven make a great comedic duo. Some gems include:Raven: (thinking) Yes. Let's get a look at this deadly three-tailed-
Raven: (thinking) What.
Grace: (in three-tails form) HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?! (sees Raven's shocked expression) Mr. Raven? I'm sorry if I was too scary. Mr. Greg encourages being dramatic...
Raven: (thinking) She killed Damien. She could kill 12 Damiens. Those 12 Damiens could merge to make a Super Damien, and she could kill that.
Something out of sight: HISS
Grace: (Ducks behind couch) EEP!
Raven: (Sighs) (Assuming Damien didn't do anything to startle her.)
- When Noah is told that Grace is on her way over to his and Raven's house, he manages to go from sitting on the couch in a stable position to... this. "I tripped!"
- Nanase's little sister is excited about her relationship with Ellen, and declares that she'll date girls when she's older too. Nanase says that's not something someone can just decide, and when Akiko presses the issue, she can't think of a good way to explain to her eight-year-old sister. Then this happens:Akiko: "Am I going to have to look this up on the internet?" *Dramatic Thunder*
Nanase: "NO! HECK NO!"
- "Not that there'd be anything wrong with that, but—Wait, do lesbians need to say that?"
- Nanase finds out living in a world of magic, mad science, and aliens has benefits she hadn't even considered.Ellen: So... You want to have kids someday?
Nanase: Uh... Well, yes. I always figured I'd have a couple brats of my own someday...
Ellen: That's still doable, you know.
Nanase: I know. But the process is a lot more complicated and less intimate, and—
Ellen: No, I mean, Tedd's your cousin. You literally have access to alien technology designed with this sort of thing in mind.
- Getting ready to go to a job interview, Elliot rapidly shifts forms to burn up any excess energy.
- Heidi: Ooh! I should interview for the job in this form! It has so much energy and can-do spirit!
Ellen: It also has the judgement of a chipmunk.
Heidi: Chipmunks have excellent judgement! They prepare for winter and everything.
- The return of Susan's Logic and Curiousity and their first meeting with her Nature and Nurture. This ends up bringing about the second double team attack on Susan from her inner shoulder people.Susan's Logic: Okay then. It's unanimous: We feel terrible. Have fun with that, ego.
- The Dunkel Parents lay down summer vacation rules.Mr. Dunkel: We have summoned you, our children, to the depths of the living room...
- We get a twofer in this comic. First of all, Tedd imagines having Sarah as a lab assistant on a very... interesting... manner. He quickly corrects this with a new image with Sarah looking very professional, Grace with goggles but minus her lab coat... and with himself as a girl. Of course. Second, there is only one thing Tedd can afford to pay anyone: unimaginable power.Sarah: That works.
- Both of Grace!Tedd's maniac Awesomefaces in this comic's Imagine Spots.
- Sarah's entirely legitimate concerns upon nothing seeming to happen.
- Tedd explains that the watches only last longer than they're supposed to (half an hour) if you want the spell to persist.Sarah: And you were okay with looking like Grace for fifteen hours.
Tedd: Oh, like that's the least bit shocking.
- Susan ends up telling her boss Elliot knows Cheerlandra. Words cannot describe how glorious the result is - suffice to say, it's the :D emoji given flesh.
Tensaided: Heyyyy, Elliot. Do you like... superheroes?
- Then, as Susan and Elliot are brainstorming on how to deal with the fallout, they have just come up with "stall for time until he gets too overt" as a plan when Tensaided leans in to ask a question.
Elliot: Um, sure, yeah.
Susan: [whispered] Justin and I will have a strategy for her response by Monday.
- Elliot is depressed about his new job, but it only takes Susan ten seconds to get him fired up again.Tensaided: Wow. That guy's like a misguided henchman for a charismatic super villain waiting to happen.
- Followed up on when Susan tries to reassure Elliot after he failed to rescue a customer from a bad movie.Susan: Elliot, that guy's core will be fine.
Susan: You know. His core. The center of his well-being. His essence, his morale, his midichlorian count... they're fine. All of those things will be fine. There is no core breach imminent.
Elliot: I know that.
Susan: Good, because I'm not sure what I'm even saying at this point.
- Followed up on when Susan tries to reassure Elliot after he failed to rescue a customer from a bad movie.
- When Sarah finds out exactly what Nanase lost to save Ellen. It's Nanase's slightly nonplussed look in the last panel that really sells it.
- In "By the Numbers", we see Elliot breaking out the Cool Shades and guiding the customers to the best that the store can offer until:Susan: Elliot, why are you wearing sunglasses?
Elliot: Why am I what? Oh! Heh. Forgot to take them off.
- Tensaided and Justin get into an argument on the rules that restrict cards used in tournaments to those released within the past two years. Tensaided then asks Grace for her opinion. ("You there, random woman with a clipboard!")Grace: I'm sorry, I completely zoned out. You guys were saying words?
- This pops up again later, as the pair quibble over the usefulness of Justin's deck.
- Shortly after, Grace reveals a Fandom Heresy - she's never seen any of the Star Wars movies.
- One is a gender swapped duplicate of a shapeshifting anime-style martial artist. The other's an extremely powerful magic user, who just so happens to be a lesbian with an occasional temper. As of now, they fight crime.
- It's the mall goblin! Get him!Mall goblin: Wait, what? But— (they start chasing him) NO! BE AFRAID! AFRAID, DAMMIT!
- During their first film review, Elliot looking at Susan's empty hand in Panel 2.
- Susan's attempt to clarify what she just said here.
- Justin's face in the last panel.Susan: ...What? What's with the Fry face?
- Justin's face in the last panel.
- This cute little Noodle Incident:Mr. Verres: If you ask me a question I cannot answer, either because I don't know or cannot safely say, I will say so. Or change the subject. Or fake a seizure.Tedd: That was fake?
- Sarah's vocal and wonderfully cringe-worthy realization about her relationship with Elliot, and Nanase's reaction here.Sarah: He never wants to try anything new. It's always up to me to come up with stuff to do and get things going. And even with me calling almost all the shots, we're still virgins! *Beat* ...How loudly did I just say that?
Nanase: I'm pretty sure not everyone in the restaurant heard that.
- The only one who is not Tedd.
- Elliot asks the question "What is love?" He and Tedd immediately do what everybody does when those words are spoken:Both: Dun-dun! Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun! Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun!
- "She's like a sister to me!" And the aftermath.
- Elliot uses a somewhat unconventional method of dealing with post-breakup shock.Elliot: Anyway, as for right now "what now", I'm emotionally exhausted. I'm taking a break from myself.Ellen: A break from yourself?(four-panel sequence of Elliot turning into Cheerleadra, then into Heidi)Heidi: VIDEO GAME TIME! WOO!Ellen: You have to be in your "party form" for that?Heidi: I'm betting video games are crazy fun in this form.Ellen: It's probably not wise to use a mind-bending transformation to relax.Heidi: Probably not. Multiplayer?Ellen: Eh, sure.
- This recap comic on Ellen's and Nanase's various mystery solving has several funny lines. For example:Zookeeper?: I don't know how our prized lockpicking gorilla escaped, but...
- "Careful there, Diane. That's how nerds get started."
- In the August 2, 2013 strip, when Tengu is chasing Ellen and Nanase through the air, gets impatient, and screams about how he'll use his power to kill them and their families (letting a spoiler about Tedd having a sibling out in the process). The girls comment telepathically—Nanase: Can you understand what he's saying?
Ellen: All I can hear right now is "Whoosh."
Nanase: Me too.
- When Elliot meets Diane.Elliot: She's like a shorter alternate universe version of Susan who makes puppy-dog faces! Brain! What do I do with this information!?
[anthropomorphic brain shrugs]
Elliot: Oh, you never know what to do!
Grace: Brain! What do I do with this information?!
- Made funnier with a recurrence of this exact joke years of RL time later:
[anthropomorphic brain holds up a sign reading "This is somewhat tangential, but I recommend counceling. You've been through a lot."]
Grace: Oh, that's what you always say!
- "Really?! NOW you stop with the snow?"
- "She was just asking for directions!"
- Sarah's montage of attempts at investigating the source of a rumor.
- The montage of her later attempts, using the tactic of straight-up asking the people if they know about it.
- Susan's attempts to get over her Hates Being Touched status.
- I am a FANTASTIC liar!
- How Elliot imagines Tom manipulating Susan:Imaginary!Tom: Mwuh- hahahaha! Date me, or I will kick all of the puppies!
Imaginary!Susan: (Summons hammers) I don't think so.
- "Boing"? Seriously?
- And the following page: "What are they..?" "Don't ask."
- This conversation between Tedd and Elliot.Tedd: Oh... Does she, um "swing" both ways?
Elliot: Swing? What Swing?
Tedd: No no, does she like apples... And oranges?
Elliot: I don't know her fruit preferences.
Tedd: Bisexual. Is she Bisexual.
Elliot: Oh! I dunno. Maybe?
- This exchange after Susan figures Tom out:Sarah: I think there's a lesson to be learned from all this.
Susan: "Tom is a jackass"?
Random classmate: Hey!
Susan: Not you. Different Tom.
Random Tom: Oh okay. Sorry I overheard.
- Grace's face when she's trolling Luke.
- Luke's plan to lose quickly so as to be able to talk to Justin and Grace runs into a snag when...Rich: You're using fairies? Pfft. Gay.
[Luke adjusts his glasses]
Narrator: Many time consuming turns later...
Luke: [surrounded by badass fairies and a drake] That's game.
- Larry hitting on Tedd during the match, not knowing he's a guy.Larry: That card reminds me of this one time I saved a puppy from a mountain lion. Punched it right in its nose!
Tedd: The mountain lion or the puppy?
- OH YEAH! Tensaided's Oh, Crap! face is priceless.
- In the Squirrel Prophet Part to arc, the "final battle" splash page has something for everyone. Sarah vs. Sam is one of the highlights.Sarah: I am jealous of how many pockets you have!
Sam: [dead serious] I know.
- "Well good for Spider-Man. I jiggle."
- In the middle of a revelation about Luke: "OH MY GOD BIGFOOT IS REAL."
- Sarah gets a little too deep into the roleplaying.Sam: (gives a speech about how Sarah's vampires cannot be trusted to redeem themselves) This can only be resolved through combat. There is no other way.Sarah: How can you know that?Sam: Because we're playing a card game in a tournament.Sarah: (blushes) Oh! Uh, right. Heh.
- This guy has a really annoying playing style.
- And then we get the follow-up to that. "Target monster is a penguin" is probably the crowner.
- Sarah and Sam's stalemate.Sarah: (bored) I summon another vampire. The forest is safer and stuff. Go.Sam: Are you sure you don't want to attack?Sarah: Why don't you attack?Sam: It's your turn.Sarah: Nuh-uh, I ended it.
- After Grace finds Tedd's mage mark.Tedd: So I really have a magic mark? I...I've been given the power to turn myself into a girl?Tedd: Wow that's redundant.Grace: You have, what, three ways of doing that now?Tedd: Four if you count asking Ellen, and I'm working on more. Still pretty cool, though.
- After a card tournament that lasts lasts several real-world months, the grand prize goes to a nameless extra.
- Justin promises to explain what's going on to Luke.Luke: And this is just a friendly chat between me an you? Nobody's getting kicked into a river?Justin: I swear on my honor as a fan of Captain Picard.Luke: I thought you said you liked Kirk.Justin: I do, but I'm swearing to peaceful discussion. Kirk would be for sleeping with green women or something.
- Luke learns about immortals.Luke: Whoa... a-and what are they called?
Luke: ...they're literally just called "immortals"?
Justin: As far as I know.
Luke: That's... terrible.
- Proving that Susan and Diane have more in common than it at first seems...Diane: I've made a terrible mistake.
- Ashley saying some stuff about herself:Ashley: Um... what else? Oh! I play ballet and dance soccer! *long pause* Wait! I mean-!
Elliot: One sec, I'm imagining dance soccer.
- Ashley was advised to avoid the bookstore while on the date. However, she forgot to look prior to suggesting an alternative. Cue the biggest Luminescent Blush in the comic's run.
- Elliot's attempted recovery doesn't fare much better.
- And continued further as Elliot tries to find the right way out of the hole he just dug himself into he realizes that, with his luck, something weird will happen that will render the whole thing moot. (probably Tempting Fate there a bit, too).
- When it does, it also comes paired with an extremely random Brick Joke.
- When the group is trying to figure out why, given that she's apparently free to come and go as she wishes, Andrea hasn't yet returned to her half of the universe.Charlotte: She's shown too much mobility for an injury to be responsible...Nanase: Maybe there's an enemy she doesn't want to lead there?Diane: What if she's being lied to by someone, too?Ashley: Maybe she has a bad sense of direction? (looks embarrased) Ok, yeah, that's probably not it...Tara: That... sounds exactly like Andrea.Humans: What.
- Diane doesn't believe in Tara's supernatural senses and doesn't believe that she's any sort of potential vampire hunter. When her companion points out Tara's uncanny ability to detect that Ellen and Elliot were twins, Diane gave this response:Diane: OH MY GOD! She deduced that the people with nearly identical faces are twins?! She must be a wizard griffon!
- Elliot finds out what happens to his cell phone when he transforms into Cheerleadra with it in his pocket. He starts vibrating in mid-air, then touches his stomach and starts hearing Ashley's voice in his ears.Ashley: How are you answering this? Ellen told me you wouldn't have your phone if you weren't changed back yet.Elliot: You're calling me on a phone?Ashley: Um, yeah?Elliot: This is a phone call?Ashley: Um...Elliot: I don't have my phone! I just sort of... buzzed all over, and now we're talking!
- When he groans "You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!", one of the griffins suggests he should consult spell books more often.
- When Nanase shows up in fairy doll form and Andrea gushes about how incredibly magically powerful this is, calling her "Your Highness" for the umpteenth time, Nanase corrects her yet again. The griffins point out how powerful her magic is, pointing out "Do you have ANY idea how many laws of physics you've broken just doing that?" Nanase remarks "We view the laws of physics more as polite suggestions."
- The griffins bantering about alternate universes.
- This conversation about the recent fight.
- Andrea's shock at what Nanase and Elliot say about alternate universes.
- Tara suddenly remembering that Andrea told her, in no uncertain terms, that immortals are capable of lying. "Whoops." "WHOOPS?!?"
- Continuing on the "Elliot as a human cell phone" track, they're trying to figure out how to get back to the random spot in the woods they are currently at. Nanase suggests he use his GPS function. Elliot tries to brush it off... but fails.Elliot: How the fork would I... [beat] I know our exact GPS coordinates and can see what looks like a floating picture of a satellite view of here. I also know where all the nearby restaurants are.
Sister III - Catspaws
- Pandora's reason for her Meaningful Name: She acknowledges that her role in the story is closer to Pandora's Box than the mythical Pandora herself, but found that people didn't get the reference when she tried calling herself "Box".
- The important information about the treasure was that there was no treasure... and that there was a giant magic lion bear.
- Pandora, hovering ominously above a sleeping and defenseless Grace, says that this will be her LAST dream.....before waking up.
- Additionally, the dream itself, which involves Greg training Grace, before a Fire Goo Griffin appears out of nowhere, eats Greg's arm to become 5 times stronger, and as Grace finally works up the nerve to stop it...Grace: [clearly in shock] Ah! No! I'll stop it! I'll—
Fire Goo Griffin: [puppy dog eyes] I have a wife and three dozen Fire Goo Griffin babies.
Grace: [comically hysterical crying face]
- When Sarah asks Pandora for her name, Pandora says "Box."
- When Susan learns about her apparent half-sister, she also learns about Jerry knowing about said relation. She decides if Jerry knows, it's probably true. There's a small problem with that. It's the new Jerry's reaction that's the gut-buster, really.New!Jerry: (sweating nervously) I reached that conclusion for the same reasons Ellen and Nanase did. I don't know jack.
- When the Emissary of Magic finds out that Pandora has her "Box" form, he asks why she'd want to look like a child.Box!Pandora: ''Stupid no fair rotten stinking cheating magic! Everyone could've had magic, but no! Magic has to be a butt face!
- Tensaided tries to ask Susan about Elliot's alter-ego, but used some rather poor phrasing.Tensaided: I'd best not say anymore. Just wanted you to know I understand. (Gets grabbed by the collar as he walks off) Gwack!
Susan: I don't!
- Ellen and Elliot bicker about whose day will be more awkward: hers (due to having to tell Susan about her apparent half-sister) or his(rumors about him being Cheerleada). They finally conclude he wins because he shares some of her awkwardness.
- Grace has a conversation with Mr. Verres about the ethics of killing aberrations. And then her capabilities, re: killing aberrations.Mr. Verres: Whose car did you lift?
Grace: [avoiding Mr. Verres's gaze] That's not important right now.
- Diane is not looking nearly as enthused about meeting her sister after finding out that her Brutal Honesty bluntness isn't an act.Ellen: She's actually weirdly cheerful on camera. And she keeps smiling! That camera does weird things to her.
- In this comic, Elliot is surprised that Ellen knows quite a lot about transgender terminology. Her response?Ellen: Elliot, I'm a more introspective bisexual female duplicate of you. I've skimmed the Wiki articles of a lot of things.
- Sarah, after comforting Box and offering to talk again after Box had time to talk to her son, starts getting ready for bed. As soon as her head hits the pillow...Sarah: Wait a second! Is she Raven's mother?!
- When Pandora tells Tedd what's up with his magic and all Tedd can focus on isTedd: So this doesn't actually work.
- The commentary for this comicDan: And so it was that Tedd's face froze that way, forever, for he had received far more than his recommended daily dosage of dramatic reveals in just under ten minutes.
- Tedd is completely thrown by everything to do with his parents knowing Raven, including the fact that he was expected to have magic.Pandora: It is guaranteed when both parents are wizards.Tedd: Wait, but...my mom's a wizard?Pandora: A particularly powerful one. Your mother comes from a long line of monster hunters. So, obviously, does your aunt, who could be equally powerful if she'd tried...Tedd: I... But... I thought my mom was a travel agent...Pandora: She might also be that.
Dan: Tedd managed to successfully move two feet before getting locked in place by more dramatic reveals.
- and the previous commentary's joke is continued.
- The comically over-the-top thief concocts a plan to burn down an orphanage as a distraction while he robs an ATM, use the money to buy a shotgun and ammo, use that to rob the gun shop he buys it from, and then steal puppies, but specifically puppies loved and owned by children to create a personal army of attack dogs.
- Nanase remains suspicious of Ashley's motives, outright stating that "no one could possibly be that nice all the time." Cut to Ashley panicking that she hasn't returned a book and that means someone could potentially be deprived of reading it.
- The Dunkel's reaction to Elliot having a girlfriend over. Mr. Dunkel can't keep a straight face at the idea of Elliot doing anything untoward, before suddenly doing a 180, while Mrs. Dunkel casually suggests lesbianism as a form of birth control.
- Ashley when under the effects of a calming spell. She's still incredibly angry, just in a calm way.
- The sheer Mood Whiplash when Jerry interrupts Diane and Susan's sad discussion of relationships.Jerry: Good for you may you find happiness later but right now YOU TWO NEED TO GET THE #@%! OUT OF THIS MALL
- Raven slowly freaking out as he tries to figure out when exactly he fathered Diane and fathered Susan's family line centuries ago.Raven: There's not a lot of moments when it could have happened without me knowing... my goodness I was in my actual twenties...
Susan: We can sort out how many details about this I should hear later.
- This exchange between Arthur and the will of magic.Arthur: One in... one in seven million people are seers?
The Will: Correct.
Arthur: There are over seven billion people on Earth!
The Will: It has gotten crowded, yes.
- The will of magic continues to completely miss the point.The Will: Human spells would become random, the agitated energies forming massive storms of chaos magic.
Van: That sounds bad.
The Will: Yes. People would stop using magic.
- A Talking Weapon wand reawakened by magic's change comes to Ashley to defend her against some kind of automaton also reawakened by the change... only to get distracted by how weak of a wizard she is. It even drops its Old English accent in its surprise.
- The next page has, after more conversation about how even for an artifact designed to help train wizards, Ashley's power is rather low, and the wand revealing that its name is Kevin and calling her "Mittens", Ashley panicking and throwing it at the Golem to distract it from Ellen. The Golem has a Flat "What" reaction, and Kevin gets ticked and asks her if she always throws her teachers.
- Ellen's hair has turned green somehow...of course we have to be told this because the comic's in grayscale.
- As Magus fights the Golem (which Elliot briefly fanboys over in the "I've got to learn to do that sort of thing" way), Ashley asks for an update. Elliot informs her that Magus sort of saved them. Ellen grumpily points out they wouldn't need saving if he hadn't gotten them involved. Elliot replies "Hence the 'sort of'."
- Apparently Agent Wolf’s door opened over the parking lot crater.
- Ellen is told that she isn’t in trouble, since they know that Magus and Sirlek were responsible. She still wants a phone call... so that Nanase doesn’t destroy half the state looking for her. Arthur agrees.
- Arthur was the one who created Kevin... and the wand calls him "Daddy!" when they meet. Ellen seems to find it hilarious, and Arthur seems embarrassed by it all.
- Ellen finding that her spellbook has shrunk. She and Elliot very quickly agree to blame Tedd.
- Ellen's use of a Paper-Thin Disguise when meeting with Charlotte.
The New World
- Lucy's reaction to Diane's wardrobe shift.
- Apparently, whenever someone tries to claim something mean about Rhoda there's a bunch of people ready to defend her, Lucy saying that it's like they think that she's a defenseless puppy. When Rhoda wonders if it's because of her collar, Lucy pats her on the head and says that she's almost literally a puppy.
- Rhoda basically bullying Diane and Lucy into going on a double date with her and Catalina.Rhoda: We're having dinner and you're meeting my girlfriend!Diane & Lucy: Yes Ma'am.Rhoda: Good! I'm very happy for you.
- Young Diane hears the bell.
- While the context (Sarah and Tedd being reminded of Pandora at the card tournament) is sad, the reactions of their opponents, who are flabbergasted and wondering what the heck they did and/or said to cause them to tear up like that, is hilarious.
- Grace using her antenna to sense where all the dice that fell on the floor went, especially how she shoots down Justin when he thinks that she's going to use her Mind over Matter powers to pick them up.
- Grace learning that Sam found out about how she reacted to first learning about WWII, and is mortified.
- When a construction worker tries to impress a passing woman with his pecs, he refers to his arms as "gams", prompting his fellow to point out that "gams" means legs.
- Elliot gets some advice from Justin.Elliot's Thoughts: Should I tell Ashley what actually inspired the party?(A tiny ethereal projection of Justin in Jedi robes appears over Elliot's shoulder)Tiny Astral Justin: Three camera sitcoms can feel like short plays, thus making the sounds of the studio audience beneficial to the experience.Elliot: What?Tiny Astral Justin: Whoops, sorry. Wrong sitcom fact.
- Ashley's fantasy about turning corrupt politicians into chubby catgirls. "I can has bribe money?"
- Liz's reaction to Elliot's faith in law enforcement.Liz: I'd say you can't possibly be this naïve, but I've seen you lying.
- While the precipitating event isn't funny, Elliot's reaction to stories about Dirty Cops is.Nurse: Normally, I'd say "Too angry to function" is not a valid reason to spend a class in the nurse's office, but I've decided to make an exception.
- Ellen's calm and composed reaction to having the implications of being "dragon sisters" with her brother/mother/father's girlfriend pointed out here.
- When Sarah and Justin are discussing the latter's date with Luke:Justin: So do you want to hear about what really happened, or the wildly inaccurate version with us fighting off clothes-tearing ninjas?Sarah: Hmmm... What really happened, but let's revisit the ninja version later.
- And several strips later, we cut back to Justin telling Sarah a story about clothes-tearing ninjas.
- When Ashley is surprised by Jeremy's appearance, Ellen asks if she's never seen a cat before, being so used to him that she takes a second to remember that cats don't normally have spines.
- When Nanase's new haircut keeps Ashley from immediately recognizing her, Nanase calls herself "sexy", which Justin lampshades.
- When Ashley comes over, Mr Verres is firm that no one can tell her anything about aliens, and specifically tells them to keep Grace's abilities and her origins vague. Grace happily reveals all within minutes of meeting her.Sarah: [shell-shocked] So I guess they're friends now.
- What got Ashley and Grace on the same wavelength? Talking about The Sword in the Stone, and how they wish the squirrel and Arthur could have made it work.
- While at a video store with Susan, Diane spots her sister and immediately puts on a disguise (which she had in her purse) to hide from her. Susan is flabbergasted.
- And then when Diane realizes Susan's friends are having a party, which Susan is skipping because she doesn't want to talk about all the stuff that happened at the mall.Diane: Your friends are having a party, and you're out renting a movie with your aunt!?
Susan: We agreed to think of each other as sisters.
- Ashley's reaction to discovering that just about the entire group shares her love of transforming to some extent.Ashley: (mentally) My people...!
- Susan and Diane as ninjas.
- Diane, being new is excited about the magic wand Tedd made, but everybody else is more surprised that Tedd has functional glasses.Diane: Is this...a magic wand?!Sarah: Are those normal glasses?!
- Nanase uses some poor wording while trying to reassure Susan.Nanase: Diane's not smarter than you. She's got a Sherlock Pompoms thing going for her, but you're way smarter than her in general.Tiffany Susan Pompoms: I hypothesize, my dear Nanase, that you have forgotten my last name is "Pompoms".Nanase: Oh. Right. Uh...Susan: Don't feel bad. I try to forget that too.
- Ashley and Elliot's Oh, Crap! faces.
- Justin's motivation for assuming a female form to answer the door.Diane: This is entirely about getting goggled at by dumbfounded straight guys?Justin: Well, yeah.Diane: I understand completely.
- The way Elliot phrases his reluctance to take advantage of being shapeshifted into Ashley.Elliot: I'm trying not to touch any part of me that is currently you.
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- Dan explains that Elliot's acceptance of Ashley's transformation fantasy stories can be summed up in a single word. Tedd.
- Ashley is trying to figure out who Raven is from context clues. The result? "Superhero Godfather Raven?!". Then after Elliot gives her a brief explanation, she reimagines that same character in a wizard hat teaching history.
- Catalina is terrible at keeping secrets.(flashback) Sarah: Hey Catalina. Wanna know a secret?
Catalina: Nooo, don't tell me! I'm terrible with secrets!
Sarah: I was just going to say I like pineapple on pizza.
(back to the present and with a dramatic looking closeup) Susan: By lunch, everyone knew.
- Catalina doing a backflip. Or at least, trying to. Just, the whole page really.
- The sequence of Rhoda asking Diane for help.Rhoda: I don't know if dogs are actually happy when they doggy grin!
Diane: They're happy and they love you!
- Rhoda tries to be assertive. The Large Ham nature of the teacher and Catalina's facial expression at the end really makes this.
- Tedd is surprised by Arthur being so supportive of their gender fluidity. They definitely weren't expecting Arthur to respond with a hammy speech about the greatness of America's ideals. Tedd's face says it all.
- The Giant Flying Turtle Shell gets hyped up for multiple pages, first by being a big enough deal enough deal that Mr. Verres needs to leave immediately and deal with it, then by Arthur ominously saying that it's a mysterious entity that only appears when it has grim tidings to deliver. When it finally appears on panel, we get a slow reveal of it landing then unfurling its shell. What's the first thing it says?Giant Flying Turtle Shell: Good news!
Mr. Verres: What.
The Road Ahead
- After Diane tackles Noah and he drops the bombshell on her that they're siblings, he then adds this:Noah: Not by blood, but it would be appropriate to dismount.
Diane: (jumping back) There had to have been a better way to put that!
Noah: And yet, I am free.
- Noah's Captain Obvious tendencies creep back up while he's trying to be Mr. Exposition.Noah: Do you recall the gas leak from last year?
Diane: The "gas leak" that shut off all the power, locked every door, made everyone fall asleep at the exact same time, and blew a hole in the wall?
Noah: That was no gas leak.
- At the start of Recruitment, Arthur is arguing with someone over the phone (implied to be the dean of the college that most of the cast will be attending soon), who is badgering Arthur for more teaching staff since he got Mr. Raven to start working there. What's hilarious is that, despite Arthur explicitly stating that it had been done for self-serving purposes and pointing out that Arthur is a shadowy government figure, Arthur is not winning in the conversation in the slightest. It comes off a lot like someone in customer service dealing with a particularly difficult and stubborn customer.
- And then Arthur makes the mistake of suggesting that the college raise tuition...Arthur: You'd think it was my fault inflation exists.
- And then Arthur makes the mistake of suggesting that the college raise tuition...
- Tedd has their first experience with A-Cup Angst comparing their default female form to Lavender's.Grace: Your girl form is cute!
Tedd: Yes. Very, very... "cute".
- Tedd prepares an experiment, which apparently involves a baseball bat.Mr. Verres: I request additional information.
- While experimenting with a suped-up version of their Aura Vision, Tedd suddenly recoils when they see a flash while looking at Elliot. Once their dad leaves the room however, they sheepishly admit that the "flash" wasn't light, but seeing through Elliot's shirt.