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Mulberry fears no authority.

"Not everyone in a regal situation is an airheaded whiny stuck-up bimbo. No, some of us are intelligent. Some of us pose an actual THREAT to you. Get me?"
Mulberry Sharona

Peter Paltridge, the host of Platypus Comix, created Mulberry in 2004. The title character, who has also become Platypus Comix's mascot, had previously appeared in the final strips of another comic, Marin Meadow. Mulberry features Mulberry Sharona, a 16-year old heiress from Seven Springs, California, who has managed to avoid becoming an Upper-Class Twit thanks to Parental Abandonment. Accompanied by her friends Jack, The One Guy, and Taffeta "Taffy" Sparks, the Dumb Blonde housekeeper, this Non-Idle Rich girl makes adventures out of any scheme she comes up with.

Mulberry made a leap to the printed page in 2012, when Peter Paltridge began including new comics of hers in his periodical, BANG! Magazine.

Not to be confused with the web game Millsberry.

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     BANG!-Exclusive Comics 
  • Aborted Arc: "Coporatocracy" ends on a cliffhanger, but the following BANG! issue has an unrelated Mulberry story, "My Fat Lady". Mulberry and Jack even admit forgetting what exactly happened in "Coporatocracy".
  • Actually, I Am Him: In "Miraculous Adventures of Ledyba And Meowth Noir", Mulberry becomes the first Pokémon GO player to receive Missingno as her starter. After she uses it to win several battles, word spreads of a trainer with an invincible Pokémon, known only as the sole member of "Team Venture". When Mulberry engages in a conversation about her, the other players doubt that the trainer is a woman, until Mulberry challenges them one of them to a fight.
  • All Just a Dream: "The Holiday Issue" is all just a pitch Mulberry makes for a possible Christmas Episode of her series.
  • Attention Whore: In "Mulberrican Idol", Ryan Ryan does several crazy things for media attention.
  • Author Avatar: Mulberry usually fills this role, but one of the minor characters in "Friendship is Voodoo"-Jeff, the "Socially Impaired Penniless Cartoonist"- does as well.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In "Friendship is Voodoo", Mulberry tries to make new friends at a coffee bar, but everyone becomes too distracted with their tablets to chat. One of her failed attempts to get their attention involves exclaiming that a meteor will destroy the bar, muttering, "...I wish!" afterward. Right after she leaves, a meteor actually crushes the bar and its patrons.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: "Planet of the Jerks" has Mulberry and Taffy learn the hard way not to criticize Singin' in the Rain in the presence of Debbie Reynolds' ghost:
    Taffy: Hey, this is kind of like La La Land! I didn't know they had these back then!
    Mulberry: That girl in the middle, though...She could use some practice...
    (Debbie Reynolds shoots Mulberry with a bazooka.)
  • Big Applesauce: Mulberry spends "The Holiday Issue" visiting New York City.
  • Big Fun: Deconstructed in "My Fat Lady". Mulberry admits believing that pigeonholing Melissa McCarthy into this role limited her comedic range to simply embarrassing herself for fame and money, and tries to help her re-develop a classier and less shameful sense of humor in preparation for her upcoming Ghostbusters (2016) role.
  • Brick Joke: In "Coporatocracy", a salesman at the Comcast Store tries to pressure Jack into buying some Comcast cottage cheese, even though he doesn't want any. At checkout, Jack gets charged for buying some cottage cheese, and fails to find enough time to dispute the charge through customer service. Later, a jet targets its laser at Jack, and the salesman pops out of the plane to explain that Jack hasn't yet paid the charges for 370 buckets of cottage cheese.
  • Broken Record: A Comcast commercial in "Mulberry's Wraparounds" consists entirely of the CEO repeating the word, "XFINITY", much to the viewers' annoyance.
  • Celebrity Resemblance:
    • "Game of Homes" has an apartment-or rather, Microapartment-building owner who resembles Peter Dinklage. A café owner points this out, and Mulberry agrees with her.
    • In "Friendship is Voodoo", Mulberry gets mistaken for Aubrey Plaza.
  • Character Blog: Mulberry had one to promote BANG!. In August 2013, Peter Paltridge took it over.
  • The Chosen One: Mulberry calls herself this in "Miraculous Adventures of Ledyba And Meowth Noir", after achieving countless victories with Missingno.
  • Christmas Episode: "The Holiday Issue"
  • Comically Missing the Point: Mulberry holds a "Greatest Person Alive" Award Show in "First World Problems", and tells viewers to answer via the Internet. To her dismay, some Trolls declare Adolf Hitler the winner. The foremost reason Taffy sees not to give Hitler the prize money concerns the fact that he's not alive.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In "Mulberry's Wraparounds", Mulberry and her friends act rather terrified at their inability to fast-forward commercials when watching TV live, instead of on their DVR. The stupidity of the following ads makes their fears seem justified.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: invoked Spoofed in "Miraculous Adventures of Ledyba And Meowth Noir". Before Natali Marmalade reports on Pokémon Go, Mulberry complains, "Ugh, not the media! Every time they report on Pokemon they never know what they're talking about!" Natali proceeds to botch the pronunciation of the game, the history of the Pokémon franchise, and the names and total number of the creatures.
  • Cross-Cast Role: "My Fat Lady" depicts a cross-dressing Tracy Morgan as the fourth member of the "entirely female" Ghostbusters, instead of Leslie Jones (whose name Peter forgot while writing this story). The ending also reveals that Kristen Schaal will don men's clothing to play a male Ghostbuster.
  • Crossover:
    • "Outatime", published September 2015, has Mulberry meet some Back to the Future characters, including Jennifer Parker.
    • "Disney Adventures" sends Mulberry and her friends to the Disney Vault, where they meet characters ownednote  by different branches of the Mouse House.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Mulberry Killed the Brenda Starr" has Taffy announce "The first all-Taffy issue of BANG!" However, Mulberry admits that she forgot about promising Taffy the whole issue, and already gave most of it to the other contributors. Consequently, Taffy only ends up getting one page to herself, most of which she spends recapping "GameSaw".
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The drawings look black and white, not unlike some of the other comics featured in BANG! Peter posted colorized versions of some of them on Platypus Comix.
  • Deus ex Machina: Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation saves Mulberry from getting killed by Mitt Romney in "The Holiday Issue".
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Mulberry does this in "First World Problems" after saying that a Madonna song sounded good.
  • Disney Owns This Trope: Satirized in "Disney Adventures", which shows the Disney Vault to hold a rather wide array of characters, memorabilia, and media.
    Jack: Is the "Beast" from The Sandlot behind there or something?
    Mulberry: Actually, as of 2018... YES! And so is Darth Vader, Han Solo, Chewbacca, The Muppets, every Marvel superhero (with some exceptions depending on who owns a pre-existing movie contract)...and they'll even own The Simpsons soon! The vault is swallowing EVERYONE! And once you're in, there's NO MEANS OF ESCAPE!
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Jack has no role in "Game of Homes," so when he pops up in one of the other BANG! columns, he asks, "Why is this my only appearance this issue?"
  • The End of the World as We Know It: In "Outatime", Marty and Doc must stop Donald Trump (actually Biff in disguise) from becoming president, to avoid Trump//Biff from declaring nuclear war on England.
  • Evil Duo: "Miraculous Adventures of Ledyba And Meowth Noir" features a real Team Rocket, consisting of a skinny man named Murray, and a fat man named Herbie. Their leader? Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Game of Homes" begins with Mulberry and Taffy eating at a café with a sign reading, "Best Burgers Ever". Taffy comments that the burgers live up to that claim.
  • Gender Flip: "My Fat Lady" begins with Mulberry expressing disgust with a Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie starring Shia LaBeouf as "Beouffy".
  • Get Back to the Future: In an inversion, "Outatime" sees Mulberry helping Jennifer return to 1985, after Marty and Doc leave her behind in 2015.
  • Global Ignorance: When Mulberry and her friends visit Portland, Oregon in "Mulberry Killed the Brenda Starr":
    Taffy: HEY! Isn't this place near that city where fairy tale characters come to life and befriend you? There was something on ABC about that!
    Mulberry: You're thinking of Portland, MAINE. Portland, OREGON is where fairy tale characters try to kill you!
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: "Mulberry's Wraparounds" portrays the title character of The Legend of Korra as constantly upset at anyone and anything that seems to try to boss her around. In the same comic, Mulberry eventually gets so fed up of the stupid commercial breaks, she smashes the TV with a baseball bat.
  • Hilarity Sues: Happens to Mulberry in "Bunheads". After she helps a girl named Lexus get vaccinated, Lexus' hipster parents sue Mulberry over the possibility that the vaccines gave her autism.
  • Humans Are Bastards:
    • By attending Vess MacMeal's Friendship Academy in "Friendship is Voodoo", Mulberry learns that friends tend to unexpectedly separate, mooch off of each other, and refuse to listen to each other's emotional problems.
    • "Miraculous Adventures of Ledyba And Meowth Noir" also has this as a theme. Missingno reveals itself as the true creator of Pokémon Go, and that it meant the app to help determine whether or not Pokémon could live on Earth. Unfortunately, Missingno decides that since the app has motivated players to perform crimes and distract themselves from important tasks, that humanity can't live peacefully with Pokémon. It proceeds to permanently shut down the Pokémon Go servers, and return to the world of Pokémon.
  • Hypocritical Humor: At the end of "Mulberry's Wraparounds", Taffy asks how they can avoid obnoxious commercials if they turn up everywhere. Jack answers, "Let's use our WINDOWS PRODUCTS to find the answer!"
  • Irony: In "First World Problems", Mulberry wins $10,000 in a Name That Tune-esque Radio Contest, which she entered only because she became fed up with having to listen to people incorrectly name the song.note  Since she already has plenty of cash to spare, she decides to give the money to someone who desperately needs more. It ends up going back to one of the radio station's DJs, who also gave Mulberry false reasons (partially ripped off of "The Christmas Shoes") for needing it.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: The fifth page of "Game of Homes", located on page 11 of its BANG! issue, begins with a text box reading this:
    For those of you who opened this paper to the middle portion and are now wondering why Tyrion Lannister is living in a dinky apartment next to a group of rowdy fratboys, that's what you get for skipping ahead. Nothing but confusion!
    Go back and read this issue properly, from page one, like we suggested in the first place. Go on!
  • Killing Your Alternate Self: In "Outatime", Jennifer meets a Jennifer from another timeline upon returning to 1985. She declares that only one Jennifer Parker can exist, and chops up the other one with an axe.
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: "Disney Adventures" has Mulberry and her friends find Aladar and Arlo guarding the Vault, neither of whom the gang can remember, much to the dinosaurs' frustration.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: "Friendship is Voodoo" explores Mulberry's struggles in trying to make more friends.
  • MacGuffin: Mulberry decides to explore the Disney Vault in "Disney Adventures" after Jack suggests that they could find a more Gorn-ridden cut of The Black Cauldron. Due to some misdirection from Little Hiawatha, whom Mulberry asks, " you know where they put Disney's deepest, darkest secret movie?", Taffy accidentally instead grabs an un-edited copy of Mickey Mouse's The Shindig, complete with Mickey pulling Minnie's panties.
  • Mega-Corp: "Coporatocracy" portrays a scenario in which Comcast owns America.
  • Mirror Match: Mulberry witnesses one in "My Fat Lady", when she watches the movie Batman vs. Batman. To her disappointment, the Batmen spend their confrontation boasting how Crazy Prepared they are to face each other, and a "To Be Spread Out Over Six Movies" card appears before they actually start fighting.
  • Monochrome Casting: The alternate Ghostbusters (2016) casting ideas Mulberry shares in "My Fat Lady" don't include any women of color.
    Even if they'd had the sense to cast Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Alison Brie, and Aubrey Plaza as Janine, we STILL would have had McCarthy thrown in there!
    • This also applies to the last page's selection of new male Ghostbusters, including Seth Rogen, Chris Pratt, James Franco, and the aforementioned Kristen Schaal.
  • Mood Whiplash: "The Holiday Issue" begins with Jack promising the readers a heartwarming holiday story, only to get interrupted with news that New York must become vacated in preparation for a hurricane.
  • Mr. Exposition: "Disney Adventures" has Alpha-5 inform Mulberry of various characters in the Disney Vault wanting to escape, as the Power Rangers did, and give her and her friends a map of the Vault.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: "Mulberrican Idol" provides Ryan Ryan as a pastiche of Jake Paul.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: "First World Problems" has one regarding news of Katy Perry endorsing a line of fake eyelashes.
  • Older Is Better: "Mulberry Killed the Brenda Starr" has some waxing for the glory days of printed newspapers, as well as a brief piece of praise for independent video stores.
  • Our Slogan Is Terrible: A Taco Bell commercial in "Mulberry's Wraparounds" bears the slogan, "Our ads are stupid! Just like you!"
  • Parody Commercials: "Mulberry's Wraparounds" includes several.
  • Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: Too many examples to list here.
  • Prison Riot: "Disney Adventures" unleashes one inside the Disney Vault after 24's Chloe shuts off the security system, as part of Jack Bauer's plan to free everyone caged inside the Vault.
    Jack: It's like the Amy Mebberson cartoon from Hell!
  • Product Placement: Spoofed in "Miraculous Adventures of Ledyba And Meowth Noir", when the creators of Pokémon Go allow such corporations as McDonald's and Comcast to add their spokespeople as new Pokémon.
  • Recursive Canon: "Outatime" presents a roundabout example. When Marty visits the Cafe '80s, the Cafe has a poster for Free Spirit (1989), featuring Corinne Bohrer and Edan Gross as Winnie Goodwin and Gene Harper. The incarnations of Winnie and Gene from Peter's Free Spirit (2014) Fan Webcomics series previously appeared in the Keiki/Mulberry crossover "Haole Berry", implying that all three of those comics share a universe. Overthink these scenes, and it appears that Mulberry's universe has Winnie Goodwin and the Harper clan as both characters in an '80s sitcom, and an actual Cute Witch and mortal family living together.
  • Repurposed Pop Song: One part of "Mulberry's Wraparounds" has Mulberry lament (by quoting This Very Wiki) that Blondie's "One Way or Another" gets used in advertising so often, she can't hear it without thinking of one of the many moronic commercials that played it. This segues into a collection of other examples of Repurposed Pop Songs, at least some of which actually happened.note 
  • Rule of Funny: Regarding "Outatime", the only obvious reason the Cafe '80s would sell Pepsi with artificial sweeteners (which the cashier refers to, "Pepsi Worse-Than-Before") instead of Pepsi Throwback and/or Pepsi Made With Real Sugar involves showing Marty's disgusted reaction to drinking the reformulated soda.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: During the last page of "Things I Actually Saw at Rose City Comic-Con", Mulberry notices her phone missing. She proceeds to borrow someone else's phone to call a ride home, then tell a policeman who she suspects of stealing hers. When Taffy comes to pick Mulberry up, she notices her phone in the back seat of the car, and realizes it must have fallen out of her pocket before the convention.
  • Similarly Named Works: invoked When Taffy hears about Ghostbusters (2016) in "My Fat Lady", she asks who'll play Ansa-Bone and the gorilla, two characters from Filmation's Ghostbusters.
  • Something Only They Would Say:
    • In "Outatime", Doc proves to Marty that Donald Trump is actually Biff Tannen when he shows him a newspaper with the headline, "Trump Says Mexico 'Full of Buttheads'".
    • In "Disney Adventures", Alpha-5 meets Mulberry and her friends while wearing a Brown Bag Mask, but she recognizes him after he panics, "Ai-yi-yi-yi-yi!"
  • Spirit Advisor: "Planet of the Jerks" has Mulberry receive advice from Carrie Fisher on how to survive a bigoted society. Unlike most spirit advisors, Carrie does make herself visible to more people than just Mulberry, at least when necessary.
  • Stepford Smiler: Among other pieces of discouraging advice Mulberry receives from attending Vess MacMeal's Friendship Academy in "Friendship is Voodoo", Vess encourages students to suppress negative emotions, instead of ask friends for comfort.
  • Suddenly Speaking: In "Miraculous Adventures of Ledyba And Meowth Noir", Missingno doesn't start talking until the second-to-last page.
  • Take That!: "First World Problems" has Justin Bieber get denied an invitation to Mulberry's Greatest Person Alive Award Show.
  • Take That, Audience!: In "Planet of the Jerks", as Mulberry and Carrie Fisher people-watch, Carrie points out the people's afflictions. At one point, she appears to point at the reader, and exclaims, "And that man over there? He's just dumb!"
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: "Game of Homes" has Mulberry challenge the propietor of a cheap residential complex to live among the tenants for a week.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • While getting pursued by a Sinister Silhouette in "The Holiday Issue", Mulberry comments, "I don't see how this day could get any-", shutting herself up before she can say the word, "worse." She then nearly gets engulfed in a hurricane.
    • Mulberry declares in "My Fat Lady" that she won't watch any more brand-driven movies, not even a new Ghostbusters. Cue a news report announcing a new, all-female team of Ghostbusters.
  • Trade Snark: When Taffy mentions Bing in "Mulberry's Wraparounds", a trademark symbol appears next to the name.
  • Uncle Pennybags: "First World Problems" has Jack and Taffy use Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a female example.
    Jack: She must do something with that Seinfeld syndication money, right? She doesn't even need it!
    Taffy: Yeah! She must have funded like, forty hospitals by now!
    Jack: Yeah...
    Taffy: Presumably...
    Mulberry: She's NOT reading this, knock it off!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: "Disney Adventures" begins with some boys asking Mulberry to grab their baseball, which they accidentally threw over a fence, into the Disney Vault. Once she gets into the Vault, she never seems to bother looking for the ball.
  • What If?: "Outatime" relies heavily on the thought of the events of Back to the Future Part II landing Marty, Doc, and Jennifer in a 2015 shaped by the actions of the obscenely wealthy and powerful Biff seen in the "1985A" sequence of the movie. (BTTF II had them leave 2015 right before the Delayed Ripple Effect of Biff's changes to the past kicked in, and also included a moment in which Doc gunned down Marty's idea to go back to 2015 and stop old Biff from stealing the DeLorean, explaining that plan would only send them to a future altered by those changes.)
  • Will Talk for a Price: "Disney Adventures" has Taran, the star of The Black Cauldron, inform Mulberry where she could find the unreleased cut of his movie, after she agrees to pull the Big Electric Switch that could free everyone caged inside the Disney Vault. Chloe disables security before Mulberry can reach the switch.
  • A Winner Is You: "My Fat Lady" ends with the "Conglaturation!!!" screen of Activision's Ghostbusters NES game appearing in the sky, with its typos intact.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: "Friendship is Voodoo" has two of Mulberry's seemingly successful attempts at making a new friend fall flat. First, her new friend becomes too preoccupied to talk to her again. Later, she strikes a geeky conversation with some other guests at a party, only to learn that they're actually Portlandia cast members who mistook her for Aubrey Plaza.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: "Miraculous Adventures of Ledyba And Meowth Noir" explains this as the reason Missingno looks more like a scrambled glitch than an actual Pokémon to humanity.

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