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Atomic Laundromat is a webcomic about the daily life of David, an ordinary guy from a family of supers. David owns a laundromat that caters to super heroes, super villains and assorted weirdos, aided by his robot buddy Bob, perhaps the world's most erudite washing machine.

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This webcomic contains examples of:

  • Aloof Big Brother: David's older brother, Richard.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Parodied when Angela points out that the duck on David has switched the hands he's biting. Turns out the duck is teleporting from hand to hand.
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  • Annoying Younger Sibling: David has one of these as well: she's not only superpowered she's also the crown princess of a Galactic Empire and thus a different type of trouble by a whole order of magnitude. Not that she deliberately tries to be annoying, but superpowers and adolescence are a powerful mix.
  • Art Evolution: Compare early versions of David and Angela, to them a few years later, and finally today.
  • Blessed with Suck: Juno, whose third eye lets her foresee everything before it happens. It can make life pretty boring. It can also make life pretty horrific, judging from the glimpses we get of her backstory.
    • She does have temporal nearsightedness, though, so she can only see up to a certain point in the future, and near stuff is easier. And she practically forces David to give her a job at the laundromat because it's the one place her powers don't work as well. She also can't close the third eye, which means she can't just cover her eyes when seeing something gross.
  • Buffy Speak: Rocket Girl lapses into this when confronted with Bob.
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  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A slightly more literal example.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: One super can only talk to a type of bird that is almost extinct.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Kal David's other brother.
  • Butt-Monkey: Admiral Invisible gets no respect from anybody. One time he's on a date with Angela, so he lost his voice. Angela thought he stood her up and apparently spent the entire time badmouthing him.
  • Foreshadowing: Juno pegging Angela's resentment of seers hints at why she seems so desperate to get powers of her own.
    "...either you came across a seer who withheld something important about your future you felt you should have known... or you were told something you are desperately trying to avoid without any guidance as to whether it will make a difference."
  • Evil Plan: Evil Chef's grand plan for world domination is...to buy up as many fast food places as possible. Using a combination of mind control and deliciousness he plans to have the entire world gorged on his overly greasy foods that everyone will be too fat to stop him.
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  • Fanservice: Taken out back and beaten to death with a beefcake shot of Evil Chef.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: In newer strips several human character have the full set but earlier strips they had a missing finger.
  • Fridge Logic: Often brought up. See Hammerspace.
  • Gentle Giant: Bob. He's also Friend to All Living Things.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Dani, though she's more violet than green.
  • Hammerspace: David lampshades this when he wonders how some of his customers fit the stuff they leave in their pockets in there when they wear their underwear on the outside.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Angela. David does not agree, despite being a Muggle Born of Mages.
  • Insistent Terminology: David's superhero brother Dick much prefers to be called Richard. Or "Red Bolt". Branding, you know.
  • Magical Girl Queenliness Test: The Ha'yli'tet'h.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Dani accidentally blew a band in half during a concert.
  • Mama Bear: David's mother. That one time a galactic empire's entire army descended upon the earth to occupy it for a week? That was retaliation for a bully stealing David's lunch money.
  • Meaningful Name: Dick. He's acted like one pretty much every time we're seen him.
  • Mood Whiplash: There is some heartbreak amongst the laughs.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: David's parents and siblings are supers. He's not.
  • Mundane Utility: Evil Chef uses his mind control abilities to cook, attract customers, convince them their food is good, pacify dissatisfied clients and occasionally zap recipes directly into the readers' minds.
  • No Indoor Voice: Dani, David's sister. Especially bad when you have sonic powers.
  • No Sense of Direction: Dani can transverse the galaxy with ease but she gets lost indoors, because she navigates by the stars.
  • Power Incontinence: Dani has trouble controlling her powers.
  • Robot Buddy: Bob.
  • Scary Black Man: Dani's bodyguard, though he's actually an alien.
  • Samus Is a Girl: here
  • Shotgun Wedding: David's parents were stuck in an alternate dimension together and his grandfather forced the issue when his older brother happened.
  • Sleep Cute
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: There's a group of heroes that specialize in this.
  • Take That!: Once comic is titled "Suck On This, TV Tropes".
  • Tastes Like Purple: Namechecked.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Bob's pet duck gains teleportation powers.
  • The Real Heroes: David believes strongly in this trope, despite every other member of his family being world renowned super heroes and/or alien royalty.
  • Third Eye: Juno has a third eye in the middle of her forehead. It is not clear if it is an actual eye or a Power Tattoo, but it allows her to see (but not change) the future.
  • Truce Zone: Villains do not attack the laundromat or its superhero clientèle. Not out of a moral obligation but rather because nobody else knows how to deal with radioactive material stains.
  • Unfazed Everyman: David. It's practically a job requirement.
  • Villains Out Shopping: The laundromat's clientèlle by and large fit this trope perfectly.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Debated within continuity.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Angela was not pleased to learn she lost her case defending The Messiah against indecent exposure charges because David deliberately leaked evidence against his father to the prosecution in order to get him convicted.
    David: He was never going to stop. Never surrender. Never shy away. I just wanted to keep him safe. Even for a little while.
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