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"Hey, don't glare at me. I'm just a figment of your imagination, sonny."
Large talking slug

Coga Suro is a webcomic currently hosted on Drunk Duck. Official party line from the artist/writer is that he started drawing it a few years before actually posting anything, and so it had a lot of raw pages to catch up on from the beginning.Coga Suro has somewhat of a random plot, jumping between different and increasingly strange plot arcs, but generally keeping to a theme of computer games, Ridiculously Human Robots, or some combination thereof. Starting out as more of a 'gag a day' strip with poor artwork, it eventually metamorphosed into a comic given to longer story arcs and gradually-evolving art.Main characters include:

  • Steve: Resident Cloudcuckoolander and wannabe superhero. Occasionally displays The Hero moments, but most of these are taking care of something that's his fault anyway. Wears a costume [later armour] that uses Applied Phlebotinum to give him superhuman attributes.
  • Jerry: Steve's friend and owner of a Badass Longcoat that he wears in almost every appearance; he only owns the one coat, and cleans and maintains it religiously. Smarter and more sensible than Steve, and in charge of robot-related plot advancement. The Smart Guy.
  • Frank: Final member of the main Power Trio, Frank possesses a pair of Good Angel, Bad Angel consciences, apparently has some form of acrobatic or martial arts skills, and switches to a new job every strip this is bought up. Died in the final chapter.
  • Jane: Steve's girlfriend Later, his wife and mother of his children, whom he met on the internet and, uniquely, turned out to be just who she said she was. Some form of Gamer Girl and onetime user of a Super Suit.
  • Lincoln: Ridiculously Human Robot, who, due to a recent botched repair, constantly speaks as if she's a one-man DadaComic. Possessed large breasts. Recently 'died'. She got better.
  • Hades: Another Ridiculously Human Robot created by two other robots, one good and one evil, fusing together. [Don't ask.]

As of August 5th, 2009, it's finished, and can be read in its entirety here. Followed up by the brilliantly named sequel Coga Suro 2 here.

Coga Suro provides examples of:

  • Ambiguous Gender: Primarily Styx, an android that is meant to be explicitly androgynous.
  • Badass Cape: Steve seems fond of having a cape when making himself a superhero identity.
  • Bash Brothers: Steve is delighted both times he gets to invoke this trope - once in the future with his older self [citing the need for a double-Steve combo move] and again in the sequel with his son.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Steve, when not otherwise provoked [see Berserk Button]. Also, Lincoln's nonsense speech gives the impression of being a cloudcuckoolander, but this is not entirely true.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The 'Super Suits' Steve makes fluctuate between this and Power Armour. The first is this trope played straight [A Retcon in Coga Suro 2 explains the exact Phlebotinum behind this], the second is Power Armour, and the third looks to be a mix between the two.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Frank has a pair of these, though his Bad Angel has been known to wander off and influence others.
  • Mundane Fantastic: It's basically the real world, but with added robots [that it seems anyone can build?] and superheroes. And other odd stuff. So much that the 'mundane' is less visible every day.
  • No Name Given: The name of the man in square glasses is never revealed.
  • Only Six Faces: Subverted. The author was aware of this from when he started drawing, and took pains to give every character a different nose. More recently, as the art has improved, characters have been exhibiting unique jawlines and physical builds.
  • Sideways Smile: Styx, in particular, is fond of this, even having a grin so wide that the synthetic skin of its face cracks and splits in a later chapter.
    • The first Styx robot seen has a Sideways Smile as the one expression on its immobile face - thus looking quite odd when the 'wrong' side is facing the viewer.
  • Speech Balloons: The usual convention of robots having square speech balloons. Most of them, anyway. Styx, an evil example, has black speech balloons with white text. For a few chapters, each character had a different font, but this was dropped later.
  • Strip Buffer: Due to starting drawing the series two years before starting to post it online, Coga Suro has an enormous strip buffer of raw scans.
  • Wolverine Claws: The fingernail variety is Hades' weapon of choice.
  • You Wanna Get Sued?: Steve is interrupted from introducing Lincoln as The Vision.
    • A later comic has him briefly gain an equivalent of the Black Symbiote, only for the Hulk to appear, promising to 'sue him.

Coga Suro 2 provides examples of:

  • Time Skip: Coga Suro 2 is set about 18 years after the end of Coga Suro, and is [eventually] centered more around Steve's grown-up kids.