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From left to right, foreground: Kimiko, Erika, Largo, and Piro. From left to right, background: Ed, Junpei, Ping, Miho, Seraphim, and Dom.

"You see, nothing in the real world will ever live up to what I feel inside. I came to terms with that a long time ago... Maybe it's because the feelings I have work only in fantasies, not the real world. That's why I want to be an actress. It's a way to live what I feel, even if it is just part of a story."

One of the most successful Webcomics around, and one of the easiest to find in brick-and-mortar bookstores, MegaTokyo is also one of the most confusing. The story starts off when two American video game otaku — Piro and Largo — hop on a one-way flight to Japan, then find themselves unable to get back after a credit-card-maxing shopping spree.

Piro meets an aspiring voice actress called Kimiko and awkwardness ensues. Largo becomes steadily more demented and awkwardness ensues. Kimiko's flatmate Erika has to deal with her past as a popular Idol Singer and awkwardness ensues. A schoolgirl called Yuki gets a crush on Piro and awkwardness ensues. Piro gets stuck with a Dating Sim Robot Girl called Ping and awkwardness ensues. And a mysterious goth called Miho stirs things up for her own amusement, leading to awkwardness for all concerned.

Debuting in 2000 and still ongoing, the comic has gained a great deal of infamy for its erratic schedule, along with the Dead Piro Days (DPDs) and stick-figure Shirt Guy Dom (SGD) comics (a takeoff on the "Shirt Guy Tom" comics from Sluggy Freelance).

Has been called the Lost of webcomics for its complex plot line and character histories, most of all the enigmatic Tohya Miho. Quite intentionally, it includes a number of anime tropes. Interesting to note, however, is that it is one of few works who take flak for being Trope Overdosed, despite it having a trope count of around 650.

In 2013, creator Fred Gallagher launched a Kickstarter for a Visual Novel game based on the comic. The funding request was wildly successful but for a variety of reasons the game never shipped and now appears abandoned. Gallagher continues to publish new Megatokyo comics as of 2020.

MegaTokyo contains examples of:

  • Abandoned Info Page: "I'll finish this section when I feel like it." Currently the quote for the trope page.
  • Aborted Arc: The explanation of Seraphim and her sister. Fred has said he'll get back to it eventually, probably as a bonus story after the comic has ended.
  • Above the Influence: Piro, when Ping comes onto him during Kimiko's radio show, whether or not he still saw her as a machine.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: All over the place, but Junpei's grandmother takes the proverbial cake by looking like she could be his younger sister.
  • Accent Adaptation: Komugiko (the Fox Girl) is a subtle version of this trope.
  • Alternate Universe: Often, between the chapters there will be a short story with the MegaTokyo characters in different settings, such as in Circuity or unMod.
  • Angry Eyebrows: Toward the end of chapter 7, Piro gets a whole lot more aggressive in his "defenses".
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Komugiko-san.
    • Later on, Erika sports some Steampunk bunny ears.
  • Animeland: One of the best examples is Page 760. Just look at all the things Largo walks by!
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Piro to Miho during their confrontation at the Cave of Evil:
      "Do you even care?"
    • Later on, Kimiko to Miho. It causes the latter to reassess her entire worldview.
      "What about what happens to you in his story?"
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • Largo's been busy:
      Masamichi: ...deploying an opposing force without a permit, deployment of defensive weaponry without a license, illegal use of duct tape...
    • The current page image for Nebulous Evil Organisation, which literally starts off with arson and murder:
      Assistant: We'll set some brush fires on the west coast, cause a major earthquake under an orphanage in New Delhi, and then announce a recall on the American PS2 machines.
  • Art Evolution: Just compare the early strips to the current ones. Everyone looks much more detailed now.
  • Artifact Title: Rodney Caston originally bought the domain and used Largo as his handle because he was a fan of Bubblegum Crisis. The comic is essentially named after its domain name rather than being a Shout-Out.
  • Artists Are Not Architects: Thoroughly Averted. By training, Fred Gallagher actually was an architectural draftsman.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Piro, and everyone else to one degree or another. This is one of the main themes of the story.
  • Ascended Meme: Largo took out several blocks of the Tokyo power grid with a weaponized Rickroll.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Rent-A-Zilla is a Godzilla-like monster that can be rented (by the hour, paid for in pork rinds), and Gameru is a Gamera parody who occasionally goes on drunken rampages.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: "Pirogoeth", or Piro's female online persona with a sword. Some people though require Brain Bleach upon seeing Pirogoeth in a barmaid's dress.
  • Author Appeal: Moe and Sad Girls In Snow.
  • Awesomeness Is Volatile: When Largo blew up something in the class he taught.
  • Axe-Crazy: Ed (and Dom to a lesser extent) definitely count, especially considering Ed's reaction to meeting Miho: "What is this...this is...ph34r! This is ph34r! I feel ph34r! HAHAHAHAHA!"
  • Back Story: "Behind the Masque" for the Kindle is a short story based on a fantasy MMORPG played by characters before the comic started.
    • Has since been expanded into a series of light novels written by the co-author of the short story.
  • Badass Adorable: Ping
  • Badass Cape: Largo, dressed to go clubbing.
  • Badass Teacher: Great Teacher Largo.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: When Erika talks to Moeko in the hospital, Moeko has no detail to her naked body. This might tie into Largo's reaction of consciously filtering his perception so as not to see anything.
  • Battle Couple: Largo and Erika seem to become one in Chapter 10.
  • Beach Episode: An 18-page side-story in the omnibus.
  • Beat Panel: Used with more drama than most uses of this trope.
  • "Begone" Bribe: At one point, Largo is being surprisingly nice to Erika after her past has caught up with her. However, she assumes he wants something from her, so just bluntly asks him "If I sleep with you, will you go away?"
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Erika and Largo.
    • Once they start to resolve some of the bad blood between them, pretty much every interaction Piro and Miho have with each other is drenched with this trope. In a flip of the typical gender dynamics for this trope, it's usually Miho acting as the Jerk with a Heart of Gold and Piro as the Tsundere.
  • Berserk Button: Rejecting Ping, in any form, is a very bad idea. Mind you, this is a design flaw, but still.
  • Beta Couple: Erika and Largo, to Piro and Kimiko.
  • Betty and Veronica: Kimiko and Miho respectively, for Piro's Archie. Though Piro is solely focused romantically on Kimiko for a long time, it eventually becomes clear that his past romantic feelings for Miho are still present (and strong, and mutual), leaving him feeling conflicted on which girl is the one he really wants.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Piro does have a spine, usually manifesting itself in his friends' defense, or...erm...his own.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Piro and Ping, arguably. Since she's a Ridiculously Human Robot Girl, she starts out unsure if she wants to play the role of his girlfriend or little sister.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Some parts are written in (romanized) japanese or Leet Lingo.
  • Bland-Name Product: The game Kimiko is doing a voice for is made by Cubesoft and LockArt.
  • Blank White Eyes
  • Boyfriend-Blocking Dad: Yuki's father runs a background check on his daughter's boyfriend.
  • Break the Cutie: Miho did it to herself though.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A seriously frightening example (in retrospect) where the character is reflecting the symptoms of her real-life namesake's autoimmune disorder which later turned into cancer. Note the knee brace on Seraphim then read Rant 1042 for details.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Ex Magical Girls sometimes make crude jokes that a Panty Shot of someone fighting for their life is probably not as nice as some anime suggests.
  • Broken Bird: Erika named this trope, and embodies it perfectly.
  • Bystander Syndrome: At least one magical girl (probably Miho, but she may have had help) can produce this effect, hiding a house and causing other people to just walk right by it. This isn't Invisible to Normals, either; it worked fine on a Magical Girl.
  • Call-Back: Metal Gear Solid - From this to this (there are no more heroes).
  • Calling Your Attacks: Junpei and sometimes Largo: "PREP4R3 FOR PANTLESS NINJ4 FURY!!!!"
    • Parodied when Junpei uses Keyless Enter to break open a door.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Started out as a gag strip with a plotline before a falling out between the original author, Rodney Caston, and Gallagher led to the latter taking full control of the strip and quickly removing almost all of the gag elements in favor of one long continuous serious plot. Funnily enough, a strip right before this happened depicted what would happen if only one of the two authors controlled the output. Gallagher's version is identical to what the comic turned into. Although the comic has taken a turn for the dramatic and emotional, it still packs enough hilarity and madcap moments to remain amusing.
    • Real Life example: This happened between Caston and Gallagher, depending on who you ask. As can be surmised by the fact that they started the comic, the two were pretty good friends. The point at which Caston left is where the story differs-Gallagher maintains that it was a fairly amicable exchange because Caston wanted to move on to other projects, while Caston's side of the story holds that Gallagher handed him an ultimatum: if Caston didn't sell him his share of the rights to the comic, he'd drop the whole thing; Caston says he complied because he felt it was more important for the comic to get published than for him to be a part of it.
      • Gallagher's commentary in the graphic novel collection regarding the aforementioned strip (that they "tested the heavy objects theory") seems to indicate it probably wasn't as amicable as either side would've liked.
  • Characterization Marches On: Hard to believe an early strip had Largo ponder giving up gaming and leading a more productive life, only to have Piro argue that the "real world" sucks.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Sniping with it from 8 years, 4 months, 17 days away! (of course, in-comic it was only two weeks or so)
    • Gunmen, too. Most new characters appear as apparent one-shot bystanders or adversaries before receiving names and becoming important to the plot.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Some scenes with Yuki. Since the comic is black-and-white, and mostly set in September, one has what looks like Cherry Blossoms, but is probably leaves.
  • Chew Toy: Kobayashi seems to be turning into this. His encounters with Yuki tend to land him in the hospital, and even Mugi is getting in on the action.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: In a page aptly titled "osana najimi," Tsubasa explains that he's flown off to America to search for his.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Tsubasa being the main example, being ostensibly their excuse for being in Japan and promptly written out of the comic. However, with the combination of Schedule Slip and Cast Herd, you would be forgiven if you honestly don't recall most of the major players outside of the main 4 - 5.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Largo, especially now that he's in a relationship. Him and Erika are talking about clubbing — she's talking about going to a nightclub, he's talking about beating people with blunt objects. (Oddly, their conversation is mostly coherent with either meaning.)
    • Meimi. She's the most out-there conglomeration of magical girl characteristics that exists. And her magical girl power? Magical theft. She takes magical girl tropes Serial Escalation. There is some evidence that she actually is insane, but most of the time she gives the impression that she's playing it up for whatever reason. At the very least, it's pretty clear that she does accidentally steal things all the time.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Colloquially known as "Chapter 0", this covers the start of the comic when Rodney was still on the team. The Chapter 0 comics are very different from the current ones, which include the "4-koma/Western" blend "cube" presentation, a heightened focus on comedy rather than any sense of drama, somewhat unpolished art, pre-Flanderization Largo who was simply an FPS gamer with a few screws loose, and in-story time progression; Chapter 0 covers two months of in-universe time. Every Chapter after that covers a day.
  • The Electric Slide: Many characters use this trope. It's handwaved by them all being magical girls — yes, even the one who doesn't know she is one.
  • Emotion Eater: Possibly Tohya Miho and (other) Magical Girls. Based on some conversations, it seems that they need to "feed" off of emotions, which they seem to do by inciting these feelings in others. This doesn't seem to cause any damage to the victim (other than the discomfort of having their emotions toyed with, that is). It also Mind Screws the hell out of them as later comics make it seem like Miho is unable to think that she's loved due to her repeated reference to relationships as "Games" and lovers as "players"
  • Enforced Method Acting: The "conveniently similar reaction to real-life event" variety is used in-universe.
  • Enjo Kosai: Junko is seen practicing this. She may actually be attracted to older men if her reaction to "Old Snake" from MGS4 is any indication.
  • Everyone Can See It:
    • Yutaka Kobayashi is madly in love with Yuki, and everyone (except Yuki) knows it.
      Miho: When has anyone ever been in love with you?
      Yuki: (Luminescent Blush) Eh?
      Miho: Oh, wait, there's that Kobayashi kid—
      Yuki: OH, COME ON!! EVEN YOU KNEW??
    • And later, when Miho runs into Kobayashi.
      Miho: Wait...aren't you that boy who's madly in love with Sonoda Yuki?
  • Expy:
    • Waltah, the bartender from Cave of Evil is an obvious reference to to a certain butler from Hellsing, right down to his dress and hairstyle.
    • In-universe, Kotone from Sight is an expy of Miho, just like every other in-universe ill girl.
  • Expressive Hair: Yuki.
  • Extended Disarming: In the unMod omake, which starts here, in the 3rd page, the alternate Yuki character takes the ammo clip from alternate-Largo's sniper rifle, he pulls out a pistol which she takes out of his hand, then a more exotic pistol, a shotgun, a submachine gun, an assault rifle, a bazooka, a chainsaw and at this point - her arms wrapped around a massive hoard of weapons - she gets annoyed and tells him to stop.
  • Face Palm: Kobayashi-kun at his own stupidity. When a girl you've had a crush on for years suggests you hold on to her "really, really tight...."
    • Ryoya at Kimiko's PR disaster of a response to a question.
  • Fanservice:
    • When Kimiko and Erika strip down to their underwear. Bonus points may be hit for some people in that Erika personally saw to undressing Kimiko.
    • Also, when Miho gets ready for a bath. Seraphim being part of those strips doesn't hurt, either.
    • Mermaid Yuki, though given her human version's age it can also be considered Squick.
  • Fan Disservice ...Piro in boxers? The boy could stand to lose a few pounds. Though the boxers aren't his so it may be a bad case of muffon top.
  • Fan Verse: MegaTokyo has spawned at least three Fan Verses to date. The oldest is the MegaTokyo: the Clans game that started in 2001 on the MegaTokyo Forum, and which is STILL going (look for threads labeled [Mt:tC] in the RP subforum). There's also the Story Discussion Fanworks game that is hosted off site in its own dedicated forum. Also the energetic Megatokyo Campfire Story that can be found in the sites RP forum.
  • Filler Strip: Dead Piro Day. Also, there are short "omake" stories using MegaTokyo characters in popular anime or original stories Fred wrote himself. The Full Metal Panic! one strongly insinuates that the "omakes" are Ping's dreams.
  • Fingore: Given a nod and a wink.
    Largo: Okay, digit validation check...
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: Hitoshi to Erika, possibly Miho to Piro
  • First Girl Wins: Depends on if you want to go by first appearance (Kimiko) or first meeting in-story (Miho). For a long time, it appeared that Kimiko had won by way of a coffee pot to the head, after Miho lost by way of a dagger to the throat. Later strips imply Miho's not quite out of the running yet.
  • First-Name Basis: Piro and (Nanasawa) Kimiko make this switch here...for Kimiko's name, that is; Piro and Largo have no stated last names.
  • Flanderization: Largo has gone from a deadpan snarker with an affinity for First-Person Shooter games, to a cardboard-mech-building, zombie-slaughtering, 1337-speaking, badass. This is generally accepted by Megatokyo's current fans. Most readers who actually disliked this change (along with others) have already stopped reading, and those who've stayed and dared to speak up about the flanderized Largo are usually castrated and chased out of the forums.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Zom-Zom, Yuki's Fun Sized pet zombie 'zilla.
  • Follow the Chaos: Most of the cast falls under this. However with all the random property destruction going around by monsters of the day it could count as a subversion too.
  • A Friend in Need
  • Friendly Enemy: Perhaps only somewhat exemplary, but look at the last panel of this strip and try to say that the dialogue, at least, isn't the best example of this trope on the planet.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Piro and Largo. While initially they were together most of the time, as the comic went on , their storylines started do diverge greatly. Largo's focused more on being "Great Teacher Largo", random shenanigans, fighting zombies and building f34rb0ts. Piro's went on to the exploration of relationships, comparing the reality of it with fiction, dealing with his emotional baggage and previous relationship with Miho, and just dealing with everyday life. It got to the point that they rarely talked to each other, and when they did they were basically having two different conversations on two different worlds. In later comics it seems like this trend is getting reversed. Ping's arc with Miho basically forces him to deal (and interact) with Largo's side of the plot.
  • From Bad to Worse: Played for Laughs when Piro and Largo are under attack by a horde of fanboys upset over Piro's treatment of Nanasawa.
    Piro: Great. What else can go wrong today.
    [beat panel]
    Piro: You're kidding. You actually thought of something.
    Largo: Dude, what time is it?
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Seraphim uses it to defeat Asmodeus.
  • Funbag Airbag: Ping bumps her head into Erika's chest at the Cave of Evil.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Nanasawa Protection Coalition, made up of 95% nameless and faceless otaku losers.
  • Funny Background Event: Fred loves to load up his backgrounds with these. This page is an excellent example, and also includes a subtle example of Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggsnote .
  • Fur and Loathing: In a fashion show about eco-friendly clothes, seraphim and Boo both look angrily at someone off-screen as she declares that "No, fur is not eco-friendly."
  • Gag Sub: Whenever Leet Guy is talking.
  • Gag Translation: Miho. Poor Largo...
  • Genki Girl: Ping.
  • Genius Ditz: Largo. He seems completely insane at first glance, seeing everything through the lens of various action games (primarily shooters), but in the few times we've directly seen his thought processes, he's figuring out some of the comic's more complicated elements. Unfortunately, everyone else is a little bit to used to tuning him out when he talks.
  • Genre Shift: Very early strips were wholly comedic, mostly focusing on Piro and Largo's antics as they try to scrounge up the cash to get home. Once Gallagher had the freedom to expand the series in his own personal direction, much of the comic's bulk became a drama, with some comedy sprinkled in here and there.
  • G.I.R.L.: Played straight, inverted then inverted again. Miho struck up a relationship with Piro's female alter ego online, using a male avatar. She revealed her true identity, letting him see photos of her when she was ill, then broke up with Piro by claiming she was a man after all and the photos were of someone else. Bad form, Miho, bad form.
    Piro: Who was that guy anyway? Please tell me that was photoshopped.
    Miho: Phil's the janitor at the Cave. He's a sweet guy, don't be mean.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Yuki previously. She's since traded up to a ponytail.
  • The Glomp:
    • Yuki, when finally finding Miho.
    • Earlier Miho glomps Ping. The page is actually titled "a defusing glomp".
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Seraphim and Asmodeus. And also apparently Seraphim and her sister, though this is never mentioned again.
  • High-Class Glass: Largo wears a monocle with his clubbing outfit.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Parodied, with Boo helping Largo out via a hat..
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: Junpei, who has an armband reading NINJA at one point.
    • This is most likely a reference to the Weirdness Censor anomaly present in the comic as a whole, combined with Refuge in Audacity. The idea that a ninja would go around, obviously dressed as a ninja, in the middle of public, with an armband that says "Ninja," would seem so ridiculous to most people that he literally would be written off as a nut and ignored completely. They literally wouldn't see him because he doesn't "Fit" reality.
  • Hulk Speak: Junpei speaks both English and Japanese somewhat shoddily as a joke playing on old, poorly-dubbed ninja movies.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Tokyo Police Cataclysm Division has a few conservatively-sized ones, at twenty or thirty feet.
  • Hurricane of Excuses: Piro trying to explain away Ping seems oddly reminiscent of the "medicinal carrots" speech (in retrospect, of course, as it predates the show by seven years.)
  • Idol Singer: Erika used to be one, Kimiko is becoming one. Though Kimiko has problems with the singing part.
  • Important Haircut: Various references have been made to Miho's hair being "hacked mercilessly short" sometime prior to the start of the comic. It is unclear what this actually means, but no less than three characters (Piro, Yuki and Miho herself) seem to consider it significant. It apparently happened during her hospitalization, as she told Piro at the time the nurses were upset about her cutting her hair.
    • There are many instances throughout the comic where the state of a Magical Girl's hair is implied to be connected to the state of her power.
  • Impossible Thief: Yuki after she awakens as a Magical Girl. She stole a zilla. This page could probably manage to double in size with the list of things Yuki has stolen. Eventually people started going over strips in great detail looking for differences between frames when Yuki is known to be around. Watch the laptop...
    • Exaggerated in this strip. She not only steals everything from Dom's hands and pockets, she steals his van.
    • She gets it from her Mother.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: The author once remarked about how people who tried to emulate Miho's hair style complained about how very hard it was to get the ribbons to stay like that. The comic itself has implied, the presence, absence or state of that ribbon is an indicator about how in-control Miho is. The fact that it stays in at all is a statement.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Largo lives for this trope. Not everybody is impressed.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Used by fans of a fictional Magical Girl.
  • Instant Fan Club: Kimiko, to her surprise and terror.
  • Invisible to Normals: The comic has a...complicated relationship with this trope. See Weirdness Censor.
  • Invoked Trope: Largo, in particular, loves to invoke tropes.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Largo. It's even stated that it's his job to get physically injured, while Piro gets the emotional flak.
  • It's Fake Fur, It's Fine: Spoofed. When Seraphim shows different outfits from around the world the Russian outfit is a fur coat, hat, and muff (the fur even wraps around her wings), and she is really worried it might not be fake fur.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: Ping can change her appearance in response to user feedback, and the most obvious changes are to her hair. So far, she's had pale grey, hot pink, and turquoise.
  • Made of Iron: Ed gets smashed through a concrete pillar, then crashes into a natural gas plant, causing the whole thing to explode around him. Not only is he not dead, he doesn't even bother seeing a doctor until after a house-sized turtle is hurled into him, knocking him off the top of a skyscraper. Even being almost completely vaporized only puts him out of commission for a day or so. He probably couldn't be killed off even if he wanted to be.
  • Magical Girl: One metafictional, one retired, one budding, and one dark.
  • Magic Skirt: Fairly obvious in frame 3 of this strip. Compare Yuki's hair and bangs to her skirt. Although she is, at least, magical.
  • Meet Cute: Piro and Kimiko. Three times. Yuki and Yutaka. Two times.
  • Memetic Mutation: invoked In-Universe, Ping caused this when she uploaded several thousand pictures and videos of a missing Miho. Piro even mentioned that it "turned into a huge viral thing." Of course, in comic it's been less than a day, so it might die down.
  • Mind Screw: The comic has been descending into this of late, particularly whenever Miho or the other Cave-Of-Evilers get involved.
    • This seems to suggest that Miho's something like a cross between an idol, a Servant, and Shonen Bat, to which the terms "dead" and "alive" may not be applicable at all. And whatever she is, she's "the real thing" that the EDS units like Ping were supposed to be able to replace.
      • Another way of thinking of it seems to be this: You've heard of projecting the surface of a 3D object onto a 2D plane, like a world map? And you've heard of a 2D complex? She's what the 2D girls are projections of. But only those of a particular "type," meaning she's unlikely to be the only "Analogue."
      • Perhaps the best way of summarizing it is that Miho seems to be a sort of living Trope.
    • Fred has suggested on the forums that the majority of the comic (including Kimiko in her entirety) may be nothing more than a fantasy of Piro's.
      • More generally, the whole comic is, in a sense, the combined fantasy of every character. See "Weirdness Censor" below.
  • Mondegreen Gag: Largo manages to misconstrue the name of the Witch "Walpurgisnacht" with "wall purging knight", and, Largo being Largo, makes no attempt to realize that he had the name completely wrong and accepts "wall purging knight" as an entirely new concept.
  • Mundane Utility: All the Magical Girls seen so far have super speed, which they use to fight...or to text their boyfriends in the middle of a fight. Also, cleaning.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After a long night of Piro smashing cameras trying to catch up-skirt pictures of Kimiko she, already under a ton of emotional distress after the night she'd had, verbally tears into him as she gets on the train home, accusing him of playing hero in hopes of getting laid. His response leaves her a crying mess on the train ride home having realized she'd gone way too far and might have just ruined anything they had going.
    Kimiko: Couldn't wait to come down and "save" me! Save me from myself and my pathetic delusions, score some points by beating up a bunch of weak, pathetic fanboys...You probably even thought it'd help you get laid tonight! *Turns around to to face Piro and pauses*
    Piro: I didn't deserve that. *The train door closes between them*
  • Nerd Glasses: Piro until #687, as well as Ping and Yuki for a time.
  • Ninja: Junpei. In fact, there's a whole organization of ninjas, and this is not their headquarters.
  • Non Sequitur: Kimiko uses one to rouse Erika from her funk by mentioning entirely off-hand that it'd been years since she'd been to a love-hotel and she really should have stretched first.
  • Noodle Implements: Done a few times.
  • Noodle Incident: Many examples:
  • No One Could Survive That!: Ed (repeatedly) and Miho.
  • Not a Game: Used repeatedly — not entirely unsurprisingly in the context.
  • Running Gag:
    • Largo loses his pants a lot. Normally he takes them off for whatever reason, but if his clothing is getting damaged, the pants are definitely getting hit.
    • Piro's head is removed rather often in stick-figure comics. Apparently all you need is a bit of duct tape and he's as good as new.
    • Ed's jacket changes to reflect an unreleased Playstation model whenever a new one launches in real life. When the comic first started, "PS3" was printed on the back. When that came out, the text changed to "PS4". After that one came out, it then changed to "PS5".
  • Scenery Porn: A lot, to put in mildly. As detailed as it is, a common complaint is that much of the backgrounds are very messy, and covered in scribbles and scratches.
  • Secret Test of Character: Once Yuki's dad finds out about her "boyfriend," he spends ten minutes (and three strips) yelling at him, threatening him with grievous legal and physical harm, and concrete, as well as insulting the very fiber of his being...then hands the phone to his daughter.
    Sonoda: He didn't hang up.