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Sing it out for the ones that'll hate your guts!

"Look alive, sunshine... 109 in the sky, but the pigs won't quit. You're here with me, Dr. Death Defying! I'll be your surgeon, your proctor, your helicopter, pumpin' out the slaughtermatic sounds to keep you alive! A system failure for the masses, antimatter for the masterplan, louder than God's revolver and twice as shiny! This one's for all you rock-and-rollers, all you crash queens and motor babies. Listen up! The future is bulletproof. The aftermath is secondary. It's time to do it now and do it loud! Killjoys, make some noise!"

Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is the fourth studio album by My Chemical Romance, released on November 22, 2010, by Reprise Records.

The concept of the album is based around the lives of the "Fabulous Killjoys", with each band member posing as a different member. The Killjoys are a group of outlaws who are fighting against the evil corporation Better Living Industries (BL/ind.), led by Korse, in the year 2019. Their guide is pirate radio DJ Dr. Death Defying. A website for Better Living Industries,, was launched in mid-November 2010, featuring a mission statement, a report from the Zones and a merchandise store.

In terms of music, Danger Days is very much a lighter and— wait, no, that doesn't quite fit. It's definitely less angsty than previous MCR albums, even with the requisite rock opera ending, and while many tracks keep the anthemic feel of their previous works, they're infused with a straightforward high-octane, raygun-laden psychotronic enthusiasm. The album also ties together the band's well-known Pop Punk and Emo styles with new influences from modern Indie Rock, Power Pop, and electronic rock.

In addition, Dark Horse Comics published The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys comic, a six part miniseries that started in June 2013. The comic serves as a sequel to the album and the official ending to the Killjoys storyline, focusing on the Girl and the continued fight against BL/ind 12 years after the Killjoys' deaths. The series was released in 2020 in hardcover under the name The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: California.

On July 21, 2020, Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, and Dark Horse Comics revealed another six-part comic book miniseries, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem. Instead of continuing the Dangerverse storyline told in the album and "California", the series tells the story of the original unreleased Killjoys concept, set in a different continuity with a 1990s-2000s timeframe.

This one involves the Killjoys and their leader, Mike Milligram, bending reality to keep the real world's status quo safe in a realm called the Unseen. When access to the Unseen is lost, the Killjoys are forced to join the doldrums of polite society. When Mike's TV breaks and his Ramones records seem to have been erased, he eventually sets off on a journey to reveal a cover-up that could change the past, present, and future course of history.


  1. "Look Alive, Sunshine" (0:29)
  2. "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" (3:25)
  3. "Bulletproof Heart" (4:55)
  4. "SING" (4:29)
  5. "Planetary (GO!)" (4:06)
  6. "The Only Hope for Me Is You" (4:32)
  7. "Jet-Star and the Kobra Kid/Traffic Report" (0:26)
  8. "Party Poison" (3:35)
  9. "Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back" (3:49)
  10. "S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W" (4:27)
  11. "Summertime" (4:06)
  12. "Destroya" (4:32)
  13. "The Kids from Yesterday" (5:24)
  14. "Goodnite, Dr. Death" (1:58)
  15. "Vampire Money" (3:37)

Bonus Tracks:

  1. "We Don't Need Another Song About California" (4:29)
  2. "Zero Percent" (2:47)

The Fabulous Killjoys and others

  • Party Poison: Gerard Way
  • Jet Star: Ray Toro
  • Fun Ghoul: Frank Iero
  • Kobra Kid: Mikey Way
  • The Girl: Grace Jeanette
  • DJ Death Defying: Steve Montano
  • Show Pony: Ricky Rebel
  • Korse: Grant Morrison

Danger Days features the following tropes

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     Dangerverse Tropes 
  • Alternate Continuity: Many are quick to note a Continuity Snarl or two between the album and the events in the videos, the most obvious being Jet Star and Kobra Kid being reported as dead in "Jet Star and Kobra Kid" on the album and the Killjoys possibly dying in the video for "SING". It all depends on how you interpret all the information gathered together, whether or not everything happens in one timeline. (Or, possibly, whether the villains are using stun bolts.) There's also a nice piece of fanfic that tries to explain how the Killjoys keep surviving.
    • The comics serve as an official sequel to the album. However, some have noted the similarities of DJ Cherri Cola in the comics to Mikey's portrayal of Kobra Kid. The solit for issue 3 even mentions Cherri as "a former Killjoy". Yet again, this comes into conflict with Kobra's fate in "Jet Star and Kobra Kid". This is subverted, however, in that it was revealed Cherri Cola was indeed a Killjoy, but he didn't go to Battery City to rescue the Girl with the other Killjoys so he wasn't dusted, leaving him the only apparent original Killjoy survivor until his death protecting the Girl. Any resemblance to Kobra Kid seems to be just a coincidence.
  • Apocalypse How: The enigmatic event when "The Lights Went Out" is an implied Class 1. Another is implied at the end of the album with Doctor D's line "The lights are out and the party's over."
  • The Apunkalypse: The Killjoys world isn't a million miles away from that seen in Mad Max.
  • Badass and Child Duo: The girl with all four Killjoys.
  • Bald of Evil: Korse
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: As Battery City is implied to be Japanese funded, some of the text and dialogues that appear in the videos, albums and comics are read in mangled bad translated English.
  • Buccaneer Broadcaster: Doctor Death Defying.
  • Character Blog: The mysterious Twitter accounts for Dr. Death Defying, Agent Cherri Cola, News A Go Go, and Tommy Chow Mein.
  • Cool Mask: The Killjoys all have personalized masks to kick ass in, which have become a common fashion statement both with fans and those influenced by the Killjoys in the comics.
  • Crapsack World: When your only shot at freedom is to flee to the desert and risk getting "ghosted" nearly every day of your life, that might qualify. Not that people in Battery City have it any better, not following BL/ind's orders can lead to getting killed, replaced with a robot, or turned into a Draculoid. While the Danger Days story takes place around the West Coast, Better Living Industries is a Japanese company and what little is implied about the rest of the world isn't too good.
  • Deus ex Nukina: Possibly part of the backstory of the post-apocalyptic world in Danger Days, though promotional material hinted at the 2012 doomsday prediction as a possible cause.
  • Elite Mooks: The Draculoids.
    • The Dracs might just be regular Mooks while the Exterminators (like Korse) are the real Elite Mooks. Word of God seemed to suggest that the Dracs were higher than S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W, who were higher than the police. Korse seems more like The Dragon. In the comic, The Girl stated Dracs weren't worth her time to off and she only targeted Scarecrows, which implies Dracs are lower. Also in the comic, Korse is demoted to Lobby Patrol for the BL/ind compound, which while a significant step down from being a Scarescrow is still higher than a Draculoid.
  • Epic Rocking: "The Kids from Yesterday", at 5:24.
  • Faceless Goons: The S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W unit and the Draculoids
  • Fake Band: As a very punk rock inspired post-apocalyptic world, it has at least four stated fictional bands. The Mad Gear and The Missile Kid, Vacation Adventure Society, AKA Loretta and The Cause and Effect.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Agent Cherri Cola, who went into Battery City on a one-Killjoy killing spree, was captured alive, and was turned into a Draculoid. According to the Twitter accounts anyway, he's still very much not a Drac in the comics.
    • Issue 1 of the comic shows that putting on a Drac masks forces you to see everyone around you as giant insects. One girl forced to wear the mask nearly kills her brother out of fear.
  • Foreshadowing: Oh so much between the album and the comics. To wit: Destroya on the album ostensibly describes Party Poison's Roaring Rampage of Revenge...except it also verbatim describes Blue's story arc in the comics. She doesn't believe in luck. And she finds Destroya...who, as a robot, doesn't believe in God. Together they become the enemy of Battery City, ultimately destroying it
  • Future Slang: "Slaughtermatic", "clap", "Costa Rica", "Crash Queens" and "dusted" to name but a few.
  • Handicapped Badass: Dr Death Defying.
  • Improvised Weapon: Nintendo Power Gloves and Zappers are the weapon of choice in 2019.
  • Large Ham Radio: Doctor Death Defying
  • Lighter and Softer: While still embodying the band's strong language and edgy themes, this album seems like a much lighter direction in themes and musical style, particularly considering that the emo factor and dark imaginery are non-existent here. Instead, the band here opted for a much more punk rock style and musical elements of power pop and pop rock.
  • Made of Iron: Possibly everyone. There are, after all, four levels of dead in the wastes.
  • Mega-Corp: Better Living Industries.
  • Robot Girl: "FTWWW" by Mad Gear & The Missile Kid imply sex with android girls.
    • The comics feature a subplot with Red and Blue, android "porno bots" who just so happen to be in a committed relationship.
    • The Free Comic Book Day short "Dead Satellites" shows BL/ind sending down decommissioned porno bots from the skies to draw out Zone dwellers who mistake them from the sky as meteors or something else and go to investigate.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: Better Living Industries took control in 2012, the events of the album and the videos take place in 2019, and the comics take place 12 years after the events of the album.

     The Album and Music Videos 
  • Arc Words: Run, Live Forever, and variations thereof.
    • There's also Summertime mentioned throughout the album.
      • And something about The lights going out or variations mentioned in almost every track.
      • And The aftermath is secondary, as it's said by Dr. Death Defying in the intro, and it also appears to be the slogan for BL/ind.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Killjoys, especially in the "Sing" video.
    • According to the Twitter feeds, Agent Cherri Cola attempted to do this for News A Gogo. He failed. Gogo escaped on her own, and Cherri was turned into a Draculoid. Which may have been retconned or wasn't canon in the first place as DJ Cherri Cola is in the Killjoys comic and is still very much not a Drac.
  • Big Rock Ending: Two of them.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Sort of a self-contained example. The songs start out fun and even uplifting, but at about the halfway point after Jet Star and Kobra Kid die, things start sounding angrier, sadder rather sinister, and the storyline ends with a positively grating Last Note Nightmare Downer Ending.
    • And then comes Vampire Money, an out-of-story song that's kind of perplexing coming after everything that just happened...but ends the album on the same note it started on. Except if you listen to the words of Vampire Money, they finish exactly opposite of Na Na Na, that is, caving in and submitting to the life they fought in the beginning...if it was actually in-story. Canon-wise, the Killjoys that were shown in the video at least died during the events of the "SING" video and Vampire Money was written as a Take That! after being asked to do a song for the soundtrack to one of the Twilight movies. Note that Gerard's roll call in the beginning refers to the band and not the Killjoys. Borderline positive!
  • Character Blog: The mysterious Twitter accounts for Dr. Death Defying, Agent Cherri Cola, News A Go Go, Tommy Chow Mein, DJ Hot Chimp. Bob Fillmore and Gary Levko. We think.
    • As of the Killjoys comic, the accounts might be non-canon. While Cherri Cola and Tommy Chow Mein show up in the comics, the Twitter storyline had Cherri Cola turned into a Drac. As of Issue 2, he's still living in the Zones as DJ Cherri Cola along with DJ Dr. Death Defying.
  • Concept Album: Following in the heels of The Black Parade.
    • There's been misunderstandings in the fandom about Gerard saying that Danger Days wasn't a concept album. This is often explained as fans taking outdated information out of context, as these early interviews refer to the scrapped album (eventually given a release in the form of Conventional Weapons) that Danger Days replaced. For what it's worth, Gerard and Shawn Simon in the Alternative Press reveal of Killjoys: National Anthem clearly describe Danger Days as a "concept record".
  • Deus ex Nukina: possibly part of the plot or universe of the album. The Better Living Industries mentions "the great fires of 2012", but there hasn't been much about that since.
  • Dog Food Diet: In the video for "Na Na Na", the band is seen eating "Power Pup" from cans.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: The prelude to the album states that the Killjoy's are greater than God's revolver and twice as shiny. The intro to Na Na Na states that the future is bulletproof, the aftermath is secondary. The song later states outright that there are many people who want to change this Crapsack World, but are afraid to die. The Killjoys are the only ones who have the balls to change the world at the face of certain death.
    • Also note that in all the music videos thus far, the Killjoys are handed their asses in the end. The "SING" video is treated as canon in the Killjoys continuation comic...which is to say that they are one of the four commonly accepted levels of dead.
  • Drives Like Crazy: We have to assume this is the only way to drive out in the Zones.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: The whole Sing video, though especially Fun Ghoul. He's like the Boromir of the group!
  • Eyepatch After Time Skip: Jet Star has one in "SING". Probably an injury from the fight at the end of "Na Na Na".
  • Fake Radio Show Album: Done throughout with Dr. Death Defying's broadcasts, the tracks "Look Alive, Sunshine," "Jet Star and the Kobra Kid/Traffic Report," and "Goodnite, Dr. Death" are all done in this style.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: In Party Poison.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Taken literally, this trope is the main focus of "Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back".
  • Heroic BSoD: Party Poison has one in the music video for SING when he realizes that the Draculoid he just killed is Agent Cherri Cola, an ally of the Killjoys. This causes him to hesitate and leads to Korse taking advantage of the moment by killing him. This is shown better in the Director's Cut version.
    • In issue 2 of the comic, this is clarified/retconned. The actual Cherri Cola wasn't there during the events of the video, making the Draculoid that Party shot into some random mook (with no resemblance to the Cherri Cola in the comics) rather than someone of any emotional significance. The issue does explain that the Killjoys didn't want to kill but did so in order to protect The Girl. Party Poison's Heroic BSOD could have come from the lifestyle the Killjoys took on finally taking a mental toll on him.
  • It Always Rains at Funerals: At the end of the 'SING' video, it's pouring down rain.
  • LARP: Overlaps with Audience Participation, since the band encourages fans to come up with their own Killjoy names and costumes. A "secret" part of the Transmissions page on the official site also encourages fans to send in their own; some of these videos are then broadcast from Dr. Death Defying's WKIL channel.
  • Last Note Nightmare: "Goodnite, Dr. Death" has a really bad one. It doesn't help that "The Star-Spangled Banner" starts playing after Dr. Death Defying's final broadcast (after all of the Killjoys have been murdered, the government has taken over, and all hope seems lost). It REALLY doesn't help when the last note of the track explodes into a loud burst of distortion, louder than almost anything else on the album. Not a nice thing to listen to when half-way asleep.
  • Little Miss Badass: The Little Girl, traveling with the Killjoys.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Many technological, club-style dance songs are thrown in with lyrics fitting the Killjoys' story of rebellion. Most notable example is "Planetary (GO!)"
    • "Party Poison" is arguably the most fun, high energy, dance-y song on the album. The chorus begins, "This ain't a party, get off the dance floor."
  • Metallicar Syndrome: Seriously, a painted-up Trans Am is maybe not the most inconspicuous car.
  • Mood Whiplash: When you first hear the album, you go through it all fine. Then, you start to listen to the songs, apart of 'em all, and you feel like you are hearing a mixtape of a lot of genres and favorite songs you just picked, all mixed up in between songs. Helped by the Dr. D's reports, it could very well be a cassette being left recording a whole afternoon of radio. And it's awesome.
    • The whiplash really starts to bite when, after the first handful of songs, all of which are fist-pumping, party-inducing anthems, "The Only Hope For Me Is You" throws in a little hint about bombs and war. No big deal, just a little hint. And then the normally-cheerful Dr. Death Defying breaks in to tell us that Jet Star and the Kobra Kid "got themselves ghosted", and encourages us to "die with your masks on if you have to" before adding " the traffic". The rest of the songs sometimes fit the "anthem" style and sometimes dip into melancholy, but they tell the story of everyone else dying, too.
  • Ode to Youth: "Sing".
    Sing it out
    Boy, you've got to see what tomorrow brings
    Sing it out
    Girl, you've got to be what tomorrow needs
    For every time that they want to count you out
    Use your voice every single time you open up your mouth
  • Production Throwback: The "Na Na Na" video shows a skeleton half-buried in the desert wearing a Black Parade jacket. Gerard Way's personal Black Parade jacket.
  • Retraux: "Bulletproof Heart" has a distinct mid/late-70s vibe.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: "Party Poison", or so it has been theorized.
  • Rock Opera: Sort of. The album lacks a definite narrative in places, alluding to more than it states. It's more like the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist.
  • The Song Before the Storm: "Party Poison."
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: "BL/ind" bleeped the cuss words and "drugs" from the "Na Na Na" music video using standard bleeps and a nice, briefly interrupting screen that said "BL/ind" right on it.
    • Doubles as a Take That!.
    • Then done straight in the video, at the line, And all the juvie halls and the Ritalin rats ask angels made from neon and fucking garbage..., where it's censored with a laser noise.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Vampire Money" is gosh darn full of it. The song was written in response to the band's choice to not write a song for the Twilight movies, David Bowie and Mark Bolan get a Shout-Out and the opening is almost a perfect copy of "Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet. There's also a shout-out to "The Kids Are Alright".
      The kids don't care if you're alright, Honey!
    • "Destroya" is possibly a reference to the Destoroyah monster in the Godzilla-franchise film Godzilla vs. Destroroyah.
  • Take That!: "Vampire Money" is a pretty snarky one directed at Twilight. Specifically, it takes the mickey at artists who contribute songs to the film franchise's soundtrack, written after they were asked to do a song for one of the films and refused.
  • Tagalong Kid: The Little Girl. Rather than being The Load, however, she's seen hacking into vending machines, wielding a giant bazooka, and basically not panicking when she's captured by Better Living Industries during the "SING" video.
  • Thanatos Gambit: The Killjoys know that they don't stand a chance against BL/ind. So they plan to live forever by making a memorable stand against their enemy.
  • The Hero Dies: All four of them. In the music videos anyway...
  • The Stinger: "Vampire Money," the last song on the album, which comes after Dr. Death Defying's final broadcast, is sung by MCR as themselves, and is seemingly unrelated to the Killjoys. It's about selling out, further adding to the listeners' confusion.
    • Specifically, it's based on a request to do a song for the Twilight soundtrack, which they turned down despite the financial potential. In one interview, Gerard is quoted as saying "Vampires are the new Jonas Brothers."
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Gerard killing a Draculoid in the "SING!" video, having a 'wait a second I just killed that guy moment' (because he removed the Drac's mask), and this leads to Gerard getting killed — it's seen even better in the Director's Cut.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Pulled off by Fun Ghoul in the Music Video for SING. Doubles as both Heroic Sacrifice and Dying Moment of Awesome.
    • Also, the song "Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back" on the album if taken literally. As rumoured above, it is most likely Party Poison making the sacrifice this time as both Jet-Star and Kobra Kid are dead at this point.

     The Comics (2013) 
  • Arc Symbol: The Killjoys' spider emblem. A live spider resembling it gets into the brainwashing machine with Korse, allowing him to fight back and escape
  • Black Dude Dies First: Volume of the Ultra V's.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Draculoid masks inflict this on whomever is forced to wear them. With an added bit of And Then John Was a Zombie involved since they appear to be able to resurrect the dead to do so.
  • Coming of Age Story: According to Gerard, the comics are this for The Girl.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Korse. After his boyfriend is killed, the SCARECRO Ws that come to arrest him comment 'he looks like he's dead already'. Thankfully he snaps out of it in time.
  • Downer Ending: The Free Comic Book Day mini issue, Dead Satellites. Vacation Adventure Society, a pair of musicians, rogues, and possibly Killjoys allies, are killed, and a boy loses his mom to BL/ind, replaced by a cyborg-mom. And that was only on that issue.
  • Fiery Redhead: Val Velocity after dyeing his hair red.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Korse. The more we see him the more sympathetic he becomes, until he outright defies his old role as villain by letting Blue escape.
  • Heel Realization: Korse and Val Velocity.
  • Hero Antagonist: Val Velocity's just a little too bloodthirsty and Wrong Genre Savvy to be the comic's hero.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. The Girl thinks that Cola's death was this, but the Phoenix Witch questions the idea that it was intentional. Then later The Girl herself believes she'll likely die when she unleashes the "soul" of Battery City, trapped by BLind only for her to survive as well
  • Humongous Mecha: Destroya. We get to see just how humongous when he comes back to life.
  • Important Haircut: The Girl gives herself one before she leads the Killjoys to Battery City to destroy it
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Korse, the BLInd elite S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W, takes a great resemblance to his original actor, Grant Morrison. Similarly, Steve, righ?'s character, Dr. Death Defying, is basically himself in a comic book.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: The head of BLI combines this and Whip of Dominance to create an intimidating Dominatrix look when she's not wearing a suit.
  • Officially Shortened Title: If Gerard is any indicator, the official abbreviation for The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: California is TLFK: California.
  • The Power of Hate: The force that makes The Girl so special. It's so potent that it could kill everyone in Battery City or free them.
  • The Power of Love: Explicitly defined as a weakness by BLind who try to try to brainwash Korse after finding out about his boyfriend. Korse then demonstrates how absolutely wrong they are
  • Properly Paranoid: Val Velocity is VERY suspect of BLI spying on the Killjoys, suspicions that lead him to do some truly horrible things. He's right in the end, though the spy was the last person or rather, animal that anyone ever would have suspected.
  • Right on Queue: Poor Blue is subjected to a truly ridiculous degree of this. It is NOT played for laughs.
  • Sequel Series: The comic is a sequel to Danger Days, the album.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Korse' entire arc becomes this after he's brought in to be brainwashed. First he pulls one on the machine trying to brainwash him, then on the BLind CEO when she tries to Break Them by Talking, then he pulls one on her after she reveals he cant simply kill her body
  • Teenage Wasteland: Implied, most characters seen in the Zones appear to be in their early teens to mid twenties and the oldest non BL/ind character seen in the Zones in issue 1 are the salesman Tommy Chow Mein, DJ Death Defying, and DJ Cherri Cola. The Ultra V's mistrust DJ Death Defying due to him being super old (like, forty something).
  • Those Two Guys: Vaya and Vamos. Equally vain and languid, if it wasn't for their different hair colors and clothes, you'd be hard pressed to tell them apart.
  • Time Skip: Takes place 12 years after the events of the album.
  • Warrior Poet: DJ Cherri Cola speaks in very haunting verses when we heard him. Plus, he's a Dr. Death Defying ally, and former Killjoy, surviving the Time Skip in the Zones, so we must assume he's a great fighter.

     The Comics (2020) 
  • Alternate Continuity: Based on the first concept for Killjoys before it ever became an MCR project proper, the series features similar visual elements but a much different cast of characters and world. We're not in California 2019 (rather the 1990s-2000s).The only characters with ties to ones we see in Danger Days and California are Mike Milligram, Red, and Blue.note 
  • Big Bad: The Control.
  • Extra-Strength Masquerade: The Analog War in general. The populace is unaware of the paranormal war happening around them, and every death is explained away as an accident, a murder-suicide, something mundane. After the war it becomes obvious that this is being enforced by products such as Sterelax as well as mass media control.
  • Immune to Bullets: Milligram's specialty.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The fate of the victorious Exterminators who won the Analog War. For our protagonists, it doesn't stick.
  • Orwellian Retcon: How Animax breaks out of his brainwashing. An entire chapter on Rosa Parks vanishes from the history books, no one seems to know about the Civil Rights movement, and he's the only one in his faculty that notices.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: The guns the Exterminators use turn trauma into ammunition.
    • This eventually runs into Superpower Lottery territory. Animax can tear throats out like a tiger while wearing his mask, and Jaime turns rubber Halloween costume gloves into actual claws by focusing.
  • Surrealism: Runs rampant, between Milligram's Word Salad poetry, the Surreal Horror inhuman entities that get blasted, the fact that Mom and Dad (the leaders/employers of the Exterminators) are a pair of CRT televisions...
  • Year X: Years given in the comic always have the last digit blurred out by technicolor static.