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Webcomic / Bob the Angry Flower

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Bob The Angry Flower is a surreal webcomic by Stephen Notley, updated every Monday.

The titular Bob is a 5-foot-tall anthropomorphic flower (a "daisy-dandelion-sunflower crossbreed, the kind that walks and talks", according to Notley) who frequently dabbles in mad science, actual science, robots, genocide, traveling through time and space, with a tendency to rant at anyone about anything, or just pull whatever crazy compulsive scheme he can think of. Accompanying Bob is Straight Man Stumpy, a walking, talking stump who often serves as the voice of reason against Bob's insane antics, though is often ignored or even roped into Bob's schemes. Also with them is Freddie the Flying Fetus, a talking, floating fetus whose child-like innocence often gets him into trouble, usually by Bob.

The comics themselves are mostly black-and-white one-shot comics, very few of which have overlapping plots. The humor is very random and chaotic with loads of non-sequiturs, with the punchline often being that there is no punchline.

This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Anticlimax: Many comics involve setting up an extremely over-the-top solution to a problem, only for it to be resolved through mundane means at the last moment.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking and Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Both are shown here, where Bob nonchalantly announces he's leaving to buy milk and visit Alpha Centauri, with the narration adding:
    Such a journey should take about 24,600 years, plus however long it takes to get the milk.
  • Art Evolution: Bob's stress levels reduced as the artist became more comfortable drawing non-angry expressions.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When Freddie gets angry, he's... efficient. He's the world's youngest ex-Green Beret, at negative two months.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Defied here: a wealthy man in a corporate suit looks into Bob's Mirror of Truth, sees himself as a pig, and complains that he is being judged on his wealth alone, with no regards for his friends and family. Bob admits his mirror just shows everybody as a pig, but now that the guy knows his secret, he has to die.
  • Couch Gag: The title is drawn differently every time. Extreme examples can be like this.
  • Crapsack Only by Comparison: In one comic, Bob dies and goes to heaven; he realizes that everything up there is so awesome that people still living on earth are in agony, relatively speaking. He then jumps down to earth, saying "I've gotta kill everyone!"
  • It's Been Done: Bob has an amazing knack for creating weapons that are ages ahead of the time... And then there's the time he invented bronze.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Hamsterfall, an in-universe example of a supervillain whose villainy consists entirely of picking up hamsters and then dropping them on the floor.
    Hamsterfall: As I will it, Hamsters Fall!
  • Negative Continuity: Bob has repeatedly raised vast evil armies and reduced the earth to ashes, or fed every living thing into the mouths of Lovecraftian horrors, complaining all the while how people just don't have his vision. It never sticks.
  • No Name Given: Subverted by The Nameless Ones, who openly admit that their name is The Nameless Ones.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: Bob can live on sunlight, which means he can be a massive Jerkass to the starving survivors of a plane crash.
  • Ray Gun:
    • Bob has all sorts, from a peace ray that Time-Grabbed Jesus tries to steal, to a seahorse ray and even an unexplained Donut Ray that appears to be meant to show all his enemies in one go that he could have killed them but chose to give them donuts instead.
    • Freddie appears to have a ray gun capable of destroying Plot, when the storyline insists his attempt to save the day will fail.
  • Space Is Noisy: Averted. When Lovebot is in space, even the narrator has trouble understanding exactly what's up except that somehow love saves the day.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Bob encourages people to say "advanced" when they want to say "retarded".