- Uncanny Valley: Hanners' robot boyfriend is described as such in-universe.
- Understatement: It's right there in the friggin' title of this strip.
- Unfortunate Names: The gang visited a bar, where they serve the fictional German beer with the name "Fehlerbrauerei Kugelschweiß" note .
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Sorta.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Early on Pintsize went on a date with another AnthroPC over the internet that he thought was a "girl", but turned out to be a "guy" when they chatted the day after they had the robot equivalent of sex. Though he wasn't bothered about doing it with an anthropc set to male, just surprised because he was pink.
- Unsound Effect:
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: "You want the paper?" "Just the sports section, please."
- Unwanted Harem: Lampshaded by Marten's mother.
- Visual Pun: Melon impulsively decides to give herself a navel, using a melon baller.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Faye and Dora and many others.
- Momo, on May:She is foulmouthed, ill-tempered, and rude. She has also decided that we are friends, for some reason, so I must try to be less judgmental of her.
- Momo, on May:
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Plenty, usually associated with all the drinking everyone does.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: These tend to happen in the guest comics, with this being a grand example.
- Walk, Don't Swim: Momo is evidently waterproof. She is not, however, buoyant.
- Wall Pin of Love: Brun gets up in Clinton's face so he can smell her deodorant. Elliot walks in on the next page and mistakes it for something else.
- Webcomic Time: Some stretches of years can be nailed down to a few days thanks to a particularly long stretch of 'later that day' or 'the next morning'-type events; problematized further by up-to-the-minute music references. When creator Jeph Jacques was asked about this on the comic's forum, he replied "You know how glass isn't actually a solid, but an extremely viscous liquid?note Yeah."
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The VespAvenger, arguably.
- Wham Episode: Has its own page.
- Wham Line: Subverted for laughs in Strip 2336:Momo: You were frightened of Gordon! That would have completely thrown off your biometrics, leading to a completely inaccurate compatibility rating with Pintsize!
Marten: You mean...
Momo: You should not have been assigned Pintsize as your companion.
Marten: Well, it worked out all right in the end, so—
Pintsize: YOU MEAN I COULDA BEEN WITH A HOT CHICK THIS WHOLE TIME?!
- What Could Have Been: In-Universe; after Momo tells Marten that Pintsize should not have been assigned to him, Marten wonders what robot he would have been paired with instead. Cue a panel of Marten riding a robot whale in the ocean.
- What Did I Do Last Night?:
- In #1081, after Faye wakes up after having hooked up with Sven between #1079 and #1080..
- When the main characters go out barhopping to celebrate Marten's dad's engagement.
- When Tai gets drunk and crashes on Hannelore's couch... and wakes up naked. They eventually find her clothes in the dishwasher.
- Marten says this to Faye the morning after his breakup with Dora; she decides not to tell him he was being a complete jerk.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Zig-zagged. AIs have been granted full civil rights and those which are "sold" in stores are ones that choose to meet and bond with people. Such contracts can be ended by either party and the cost is refunded to the purchasing party. It's unclear how recently robots got those rights (earlier in the strip Pintsize and Winslow shrug off the idea of equal rights since it would mean equal responsibility), but generally speaking, this series is heavily on the idealistic side about human-robot interactions. Still, robots who try to integrate with human society face prejudice at times, and robots who don't want or can't afford a decent humanoid-shaped chassis can end up being marginalized in comparison to robots like Momo or Winslow post-upgrade. The issue is also muddied by cases where robots seem to be fine with treatment that humans would consider abusive or degrading: Pintsize clearly doesn't see the violence inflicted on him in response to his Comedic Sociopathy as abuse, and AIs can voluntarily end up in menial jobs as appliances like toasters, humidifiers, and trash cans, which would seem more like an And I Must Scream situation to a human.
- there is no specific evidence that all AI are of equivalent processing power. Station is clearly a very high-powered example. Momo remarks that much of her processing power goes on maintaining her consciousness. Some have highly refined olfactory senses, but Bubbles states that her sensorium offers a much reduced range of sensations compared to a human.
- Roko Basilisk is stated to be unusually closely integrated with her chassis, but when that chassis is destroyed in a freak accident, she appears able to switch to a newer version of the same chassis without undue difficulty.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- When She Smiles: Say it with me, d'awwwwwwwww.
- Who's Your Daddy?:
- Who's on First?: Done with Islands.
- Blink and you'll miss it. Dora and Marten evidently did. Though it's not unusual for uncles and nephews to look alike, the way it was phrased...
- Dora's mother missed one too, in the same strip. Veronica Vance is Marten's mother.
- Why Don't You Marry It?: Hannelore says this to Marten after he shows enthusiasm about a new coffee shop.
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: This is a standard expression of shock or surprise. Examples:
- The Wiki Rule: In universe example. Marten's mother apparently has one
- Will They or Won't They?: The entire comic was built on the Unresolved Sexual Tension between Marten and Faye up until "the talk". This then happens with absolutely everybody else except Marten and Hannelore consistently after that.
- Wimp Fight: Angus and Marten's Scott Pilgrim impression.
- With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Marten quotes this, and Hannelore turns it on its head.Hannelore: It actually doesn't. My mom never woulda gotten where she is if she thought she was responsible for her actions.
- Working for a Body Upgrade: Completely benign. Marigold buys Momo a fancy new chassis, and Momo, touched by how much money Marigold spent on making her happy, immediately goes out to get a job and pay her back. She then spends all the money on video games that the two play together.Angus: I feel like this is a metaphor for something. Capitalism, maybe?
- World of Pun: Everybody makes lots of puns.
- World of Snark: This is a defining trait of a fair number of the characters.
- Worth It: Oh Marten...
- Wrench Wench: Faye mentioned that she used to make metal sculptures, but making a minature T-rex that poops espresso means she qualifies.
- She embraces this in true form when she starts working at the underground Robo-Fight-Club with a work-workout transition to boot.
- Writer on Board: Strips dealing with potentially heavy social issues are understandably skewed very much in favor of Jaques' beliefs, bordering on Author Filibuster at times. Marten's relationship with Claire tends to make this very apparent.
- Yaoi Fangirl:
- Marigold, first seen wearing a "YAOI ZONE" shirt, and whose favorite mangas, anime, and fanfiction (as well as several of her own efforts at fanfiction) are yaoi.
- And now, Hanners. To quote Deathmøle Jacques, "This cannot be good."
- Dora and Faye, apparently.
- According to this, Dale owns a complete collection of Magical Love Gentlemen.
- Yonkoma: The majority of the early strips were in this format. The comic has moved away from them since.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Tai gives Dora a speech to this effect here.Tai: If you think you're a mess, it's only 'cause you hold yourself to a higher standard.
- You Can See That, Right??: Library spiders
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
- Dora took to dying her hair purple at one point.
- Momo has pink hair, since she is an AnthroPC. It changes colors when her navel is pressed.
- You Monster!: Marigold was mistaken for one by a robot chassis-store, because she thought, that she wanted to give Momo back (she was completely mistaken, she wanted to buy her a new chassis, after she had promised her. She went through with this promise not, because of the promise, but because Momo is her dearest friend).
- You Must Be Cold: Sven pulls this on Hannelore on their "date." This is a very non-sexual variation, though.
- You Need to Get Laid: Said almost word-for-word by Dora.
- Younger Than They Look: Momo in her new chassis doesn't look 2.7 years old, but she is.
- Your Answer to Everything:Dora: Yes, I realize that projecting my internal dialogue onto my cat is probably not the healthiest way of dealing with stressful situations.
Dora: No, murder is not the answer. You always suggest that.
- According to one of Hannerdad's team members the answer is "use silver nanoparticles as an epoxidation catalyst".
- Here we see that Faye's go-to repair idea is flame decals and spoilers.
- Yuri Fan: Dora, apparently.
- Zero-G Spot: Discussed: apparently the problem of zero-G sex isn't just physics, but killer robots as well.
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