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Just another day in the life of Chief O'Brien.
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Chief O'Brien at Work is a webcomic created by Jon Adams that focuses on the day-to-day struggles of Star Trek: The Next Generation character Transporter Chief Miles O'Brien. The comic lampoons the Star Trek universe by showcasing just how dull a job like being the ship's transporter chief is compared to the glamorous adventures of the away teams and command crew. It's also not afraid to showcase just how terrible Chief O'Brien's life is.

The webcomic can be viewed here.


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Chief O'Brien at Work provides examples of:

  • All Just a Dream: If something good is happening to O'Brien, you can assume it is.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: This comic gives SF Debris a run for his money in terms of humorous alternate interpretations of characters.
  • Blatant Lies: Lieutenant Borgberg swears they are not Borg.
  • Body Horror: When O'Brien melds himself with his clone and becomes, according to his wife, "a horrible monstrosity."
  • Bungled Suicide: O'Brien tries to hang himself in 265, but the artificial gravity fails and Engineering is in no hurry to correct the problem.
  • Butt-Monkey: O'Brien's life is a never ending slew of disappointment and loneliness.
  • The Casanova: Riker's quite a ladies' man, much to O'Brien's chagrin.
  • The Chew Toy: You'd feel sorry for poor O'Brien if his pain weren't so fun to behold!
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  • Cuckold: O'Brien.
  • Death Seeker: The chief's usually sour demeanor lightens up at the prospect of an alien intruder putting him out of his misery.
  • Driven to Suicide: In one episode O'Brien beams himself into space. This is just one instance however. Although he's always alive by the next episode.
  • Extreme Doormat: O'Brien.
  • The Faceless: Riker is typically depicted as being slightly out of frame whenever he makes an appearance.
  • Hope Spot: Too many to count.
  • Jerkass: Riker is unapologetic in his slowly crushing of what remains of O'Brien's hope. The rest of the Enterprise crew can also fit this.
  • Legally Dead: O'Brien is so forgettable that the crew assume he's dead when no one bothers to relieve him of his shift. After O'Brien contacts Picard, Picard decides not to fix the error because it's easier than going through the paperwork.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: It's very likely that "Uncle Riker" is Molly's real father.
  • Perpetual Frowner: O'Brien's always sporting the same sour look in every episode.
  • Power Perversion Potential: O'Brien isn't above beaming Tasha Yar into his transporter room when she's changing.
  • Running Gag: Many. Riker having an affair with O'Brien's wife, the computer being able to do O'Brien's job, and no one invites O'Brien to poker night.
  • Teleporter Accident: Par for the course for a Star Trek comic. O'Brien manages to get Ensign Barclay killed in one.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Just when you think O'Brien is about to get a break...
  • Your Cheating Heart: Keiko and Riker aren't really all that subtle about their trysts behind O'Brien's back.

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