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Narrator: You are a comic artist now! The path is before you. Now you just have to do it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next... On a schedule. On time. With you eager readers hungry to digest and dissect every word, every pen stroke.
Lizardbeth: Oh sweet mother of pie! Why am I infested with terrible!?

Broken Plot Device is a Mundane Fantastic Furry Comic created by Lis Boriss. It takes place mostly within Byron Factory apartments, which is in turn located in an unnamed east-coast city. The comic takes place on a parallel version of Earth, as is evidenced by ninjas and giant fighting robots existing in "normal" society.

The comic mainly centers around the lives of Lizardbeth, an easily distracted webcomic artist with a massive coffee addiction; Maxine, a rather blunt and overly sarcastic woman who nevertheless seems to have Lizardbeth's best interests at heart; and Sid, the lionhearted friend of the previous two. Other characters that often appear include Zig, the slightly withdrawn robotics engineer; and Sylver, a man who considers himself god's gift to the ladies (the ladies, however, tend to find his company a bit unpleasant).


Broken Plot Device often parodies various popular video games and other things generally associated with nerds, sometimes through use of the games "Realm of Warquest" and Warmillenium 40k.

However, due to the creator's stated dissatisfaction with the comic over the last year, and a messy personal incident, the comic was discontinued in 2012. In March 2015 it came back as a Patreon-sponsored project, available to non-subscribers here.


Broken Trope Device:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Zig attempts to create a robot dinosaur toy that'll be the Next Big Thing. He ends up with... a robot dinosaur toy that thinks with the penis it doesn't actually have. Most of Zig's time is spent trying to debug Rex, with mixed results.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Sid singlehandedly tracks down a mugger who attacks Liz and beats him until he's helplessly begging for his life.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Lizardbeth and Inix. They (and Zig) also have navels.
  • Noodle Incident: Bagel Incident — "... I don't think I'll ever be able to eat bagels again."
  • Older Than They Look: Inix is stated in her bio to be hundreds of years old.
  • Omniscient Morality License: Inix seems to think this justifies what she does to the other people in the apartments. Her higherups have an even more widespread license, which they used to revoke hers. We have yet to see if any of it is actually justified, though Inix at least is doing something to help the people around her.
  • Papa Wolf: Don't tick off Sid. Really, don't.
  • Pet the Dog: Scissors makes an attempt to cheer up his boss.
  • Powered Armor: Zig made some once, for a project that got cancelled. Of course, he still has it lying around, which comes in handy when Max gets kidnappped.
  • Psycho for Hire: Scissors apparently takes "alotta pride in my work". Dr. Washe apparently "still [has] stains on the walls". And this is the guy who described Sid as "a total psycho... He's like a flying murder machine!" Dr. Washe is disturbed.
  • Punny Name: Doctor Gaiman Washe.
  • Quirky Mini Boss Squad: Dr. Washe has a trio of minions. In order...
    • Rock, The Brute. An armadillo, has not yet vocalzised more than grunts or screams. Easily outsmarted by "El Rey" and a Hall of Mirrors.
    • Paper, The Evil Genius. A gazelle, or possibly antelope. Attempts to assault Zig with a replica sword, and is out-trivia'd by him. This resulted in a Skyward Scream as Zig snuck past him.
    • Scissors, the one who does Cold-Blooded Torture, enthusiastically. A rather snarky ferret. Is freaked out by Sid's enthusiasm for combat. This, in turn, freaks out his boss.
  • Robot Buddy: Rex the cyber-apatosaurus was supposed to be one. He's still a bit buggy, starting from "massive egotism", to "hitting on every girl on sight", "cringing in terror at being touched", and currently "hitting on Sid and drawing him naked". He's getting a bit better as Zig recodes him again and again.
  • Ship Tease: Sid's just being pragmatic in a dangerous situation, but still...
  • Shout-Out: Zig's powered armor, according to Paper, looks more like Mega Man than a Cylon.