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  • Actor Allusion:
    • One of the videos in "Jack Valenti's Movie Ratings System" depicts Julie Andrews teaching moviegoers about an updated MPAA seal, and the "Suggested For Mature Audiences" box. Peter refers to the video as, "one trailer starring Miss Poppins that parents could miss by going to the snack bar."
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    • The "Fall 1989" installment of "The Ancient Lost Art of TV Guide Advertising" includes a promo for a TV movie called Brand New Life. The promo shows Barbara Eden, of I Dream of Jeannie fame, carrying seven little people on a silver platter, so Peter admits that he'd only watch the movie if Eden's character magically shrunk people.
    • The review of Cricket on the Hearth instructs, "...make room for Danny Thomas", before he appears as the special's host (and one of its voice actors), as a reference to the sitcom Make Room For Daddy, which starred Thomas.
    • "Sabrinas Trough Time III" refers to Wayne Knight as "Dennis Nedry", the name of his Jurassic Park character, when he appears in a Frosted Cheerios commercial.
  • Attention Deficit Creator Disorder: As of 2018, the site has four ongoing comics all created by Peter, along with humorous articles added every so often. He also has to edit the publication, BANG! Magazine.
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  • Creator Backlash: Peter won't avoid admitting his discontent with some of his old, discontinued series, such as Riot Act and Marin Meadow .
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  • Life Imitates Art: "Nester and Wiiner # 2: No More Heroes," a story about Casual Video Game production causing a decline in quality Nintendo games, ended with Nintendo making plans for a game about breathing. Over a year later, Ubisoft announced plans for Innergy, a game about breathing.
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  • Missing Episode: Several of the oldest banners got deleted to save space.
  • Old Shame:
    • In its formative years, the site contained no archive. Some cartoons were literally up for only one week and then banished forever. The practice was originally due to limited storage space (it began as a GeoCities site) but was continued until 2006 as a means of quality control (anything Peter didn't regret making was given a position in a selective archive section). Most of the pre-2006 works are still offline, but lately they have turned up in book collections.
    • One discontinued series, Guava Guava, still has a few comics posted at, including the second part of "Raiders of the Lost Arc". However, Peter divided them among the Variety and Kristmas Klassics sections, as opposed to giving Guava Guava its own menu and spot on the homepage.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: After Peter learned of the existence of a website called "Platypus Comics," he wrote about his characters' reactions to the similarly named work and its debatably enjoyable content in "Riot Act # 2."
  • Reality Subtext: Numerous examples, such as the Mulberry comic "Murphy's Lawn" (built up on Brittany Murphy's death) and the Keiki comic "Beefer in the Time of Cholera" (set during the economic recession of the late 2000s). Peter also traditionally makes comics about Dan Blather covering the Olympic Games and Mulberry trying to influence the Presidential Election.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: While most of the shows in the article "Why you may never see your favorite childhood shows on DVD" still fall under Keep Circulating the Tapes territory, the article closes by using a moment from Bobby's World as an example of one that can't be legally purchased. That show wound up getting a complete series release on DVD in 2012.
  • Viral Marketing:
    • Some of the banners displayed in Fall and Winter of 2010 have the number pi displayed for reasons that didn't seem very clear until New Year's Day 2011, when Paltridge released the first Princess Pi comic.
    • During the week of April 15-21, 2012, the banner featured a working countdown to midnight April 23 ET, at which time Peter Paltridge would make "the most important announcement in Platypus Comix history." Peter extended the countdown, then shortened it, then revealed that he plans to collect stories and comics for an independent publication: BANG! The Entertainment Paper (later renamed).
  • What Could Have Been: Peter's DeviantArt page includes sketches and synopses for two abandoned ideas he had for flagship comics: Mackenzie, the Magician's Daughter, and Johnny Redshirt. They both got rejected in favor of Princess Pi.

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