Like the parent comic, this is constructed as a very traditional four-panel strip (the western equivalent of a Yonkoma); there are always four panels, or occasionally some double panels. Originally, they appeared online as a single row of four, but since a major Website redesign in early 2020, they have been posted in a 2x2 layout. (As the creators' print collections have always been printed with this 2x2 format, any double panels are always located in positions 1 and 2 or 3 and 4.) Also, the great majority of strips end with some kind of comedy punchline, despite the fact that there is a continuing story.
The first strip, which demonstrates the comic's willingness to feature both pre-existing and new characters, is here.
Pixie Trix Comix contains examples of:
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Dream Aaron in this strip:Aaron: Walloping websnappers! The blonde book-buying babe with the boobs like bombs?!
- Anywhere but Their Lips: Inverted when the lesbian and nervous Roxie, who is basically trying to work out if she has any sort of chance with Zadie and to make her interest clear, says goodnight to the other woman by giving her a quick kiss on the lips which leaves Zadie startled and a bit clearer about things without making the situation too stressful.
- Bathtub Scene: Aaron imagines three of the female characters into one of these in his comic script, to Ramona's annoyance, as shown here. He could point out that this does permit use of Censor Suds, though his imagination may not make too much use of those.
- Bisexual Love Triangle: One danger of featuring in this comics setting is getting caught in a bisexual triangle. The clearest example is when the sexually confused Aaron is taken with both Julian and Nikki.
- Bondage Is Bad: Although comics using this setting generally take an open-minded approach to kink, its noticeable that the only BDSM scene to date in Pixie Trix Comix features FiFi and GiGi, with the former Sleeping with the Boss and the latter simultaneously formulating devious schemes and being unfaithful to her husband on their wedding anniversary (though he might not mind, given that its this comic). Interestingly, GiGi is the one whos tied up and so nominally submissive, though shes exerting her usual dominant attitude.
- Comedic Sociopathy: As a fairly broad comedy, this comic occasionally allows its characters a sociopathic attitude towards others discomfort for the sake of a laugh. Notably, while Sharon is The Sociopath full-time, the way that everyone else (except Aaron) tolerates her behavior sometimes tips them toward comedic sociopathy.
- Cosplay: Inflicted on Aaron by Jung from the very first strip onward. Putting him in a Dangerously Short Skirt was just mean.
- Crushing Handshake: Deployed by Zadie when Aaron pushes his luck, transforming a business handshake into a crush.
- Disney Owns This Trope: As explained here:Tess: I mean... technically our names and likenesses are owned by WW3 Enterprises in perpetuity throughout the universe.
- Don't Explain the Joke: In this strip, Roxie accuses Maura of being with Lynn for career reasons, which Maura denies, saying she's not a spy. Lynn makes a Double Entendre out of it, which Maura explains to Roxie, to the latter's irritation.Lynn: I dunno, last night you were pretty deep under covers.
Maura: [giggles] Oh, you! [whispering to Roxie] She's talking about our sex life.
Roxie: I got it!
- Double Standard: Discussed and played with in this strip. Aaron accuses Ramona of only objecting to his script's Bathtub Scene because it doesn't appeal to her taste for yaoi, with some justice — but as she points out, he's supposed to be writing superheroes, not yuri.
- Even Nerds Have Standards: Both Jung and Ramona who many people would say were hardcore geeks, if maybe only borderline nerdy are quite willing to call out and embarrass Aaron for, essentially, nerdy behavior. Admittedly, Aaron can be annoying and crass by any standards, making him something of an Asshole Victim at those moments.
- Everyone Is Related: Well, not everyone, perhaps, but aside from any peripheral character relationships left over from previous comics, it turns out that the Martell siblings and Kiley from Mà3 are cousins, with Sharon also being Kiley's roommate.
- Fake-Out Make-Out: Zadie demonstrates this trope with Aaron when improvising some kind of Operation: Jealousy when she sees her just-dumped ex Raymond with another woman.
- Flat "What": Nikki basically claims the option of having sex with Felix based on his distracted responses to her pushiness. When he snaps back to paying attention to her, it's with a flat "I'm sorry, what".
- Freudian Slip: When Julian offers to help Aaron move in to Zadie's place, Zadie, who is attracted to Julian, jumps at the chance to see more of him:Zadie: Ooh, that'd be nice to view Of you. Nice of you.
- Funny Background Event: Kiley can be seen in the background of one of Sharon's Instagram selfies, staring at Sharon's much larger breasts while clutching her own with a very sad expression on her face.
- Getting the Boot: Aaron's fate, when he's spectacularly annoying to Ramona.
- The Glomp: Sharon takes a skimpy excuse to perform a very aggressive glomp on Felix here.
- Hand-or-Object Underwear:
- Applied by someone else to Julian, but to the usual effect (temporarily), here.
- A strip later, Zadie discovers that she's not as relaxed about nudity as she thought.
- Holding Hands: A trope used to nicely understated effect in the strip where Zadie goes to tell Roxie that she's not romantically interested in her; when Roxie gently and subtly takes her hand for a moment, it helps cause Zadie to reconsider the decision on the spot.
- Idealized Sex: First-time anal sex between Julian and Aaron is shown as vigorous, repeated, and successful, despite Aarons inexperience and the lack of any signs of use of lubrication. Some readers were quick to point out that this would really be uncomfortable, and in fact painful, for him.
- I'll Be in My Bunk: Yaoi fan Ramona reacts to the idea of Julian and Aaron "bro'in out" by heading off to the restroom.
- Incompatible Orientation: Actually, the incompatibility often collapses rapidly in a world where (almost) Everyone Is Bi. Okay, Zadie and Sharon are both attracted to Julian who, unbeknownst to them, is definitely gay. But when Roxie is attracted to Zadie, who initially identifies as completely straight, and is about to tell Roxie this when Roxie takes her hand and she suddenly realizes she may not be so straight after all. Likewise, Julian is attracted to Aaron, who has sometimes seemed downright homophobic, but after seeing Julian naked he has started to have some... very strange fantasies indicating he finds Julian attractive as well, although he's still massively in denial about it.
- Lingerie Scene:
- Local Hangout: The shop tended to serve this purpose to some extent for some of the cast in its previous appearances. Making it more of the focus of a comic will likely bring this function to the fore.
- Love Dodecahedron: Typically for a comic in this setting, the network of romantic interests rapidly becomes complicated, though it's more about lust than love. Aaron is openly attracted to Zadie (or rather to virtually any woman, but he has an optimistic view of his chances with her), who fends him off while being attracted to Julian, Felix, and it turns out also Roxie (who reciprocates), while Julian is attracted to Aaron, who doesn't initially notice while being hugely in denial about the fact that he returns the feeling. Meanwhile, Felix is attracted to both Julian and Ramona but settles for Sharon at least once (while fantasizing about Ramona), and Sharon herself is also attracted to Julian. The fact that Ramona and Jung are basically happily monogamous (although she certainly notices hot guys) ends up looking quite anomalous.
- Naked First Impression: When Aaron first meets Tracy, she's getting changed after modelling for Felix — and wandering around his apartment at the same time. Aaron would only have caught a glimpse, though, except that Tracy, on hearing that he is (or claims to be) a writer, immediately assumes that, as a "creative", he'll be cool about her lack of modesty, which is overestimating Aaron.
- One Degree of Separation: This trope is not fully active, as Zadie for one didn't know any of the rest of the cast before her first appearance, and it's perfectly plausible that, for example, Felix was pointed toward the new company by Gary (from Ménage à 3), who is friends with Jung and who is also working as an artist at the games company where Felix's sister Tracy (also of Ménage à 3) works. However, it subsequently turns out that Julian was at school with, and even in the same class as, Aaron — a completely arbitrary, if minor, Contrived Coincidence, especially given that the comics are set in and around Montreal, a fair-sized city.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Maura manages an unforced display of embarrassing unintentionally risqué blather in the (marginally NSFW) October 1st 2019 strip.
- Rapid-Fire Interrupting: In order to preserve Aarons ignorance of Julians sexual orientation, the comic has him inflicting this trope in these two strips.Julian: I'm actually—
Aaron: Shy? Aw, dude! I shoulda guessed, you were always shy!
Julian: No, Aaron, I'm g—
Aaron: Girl repellent? Well, stick with me, man. I'll teach you all my tricks!
Julian: No, Aaron, I'm hom—
Aaron: Homely? C'mon, man, now you're really being too modest!
- Roommate Com:
- Both Aaron and Julian move into Zadie's apartment to split the rent, qualifying the comic for this trope. Well, none of them are in a band, but it's otherwise close enough.
- Likewise, Sharon, Kiley and Nikki end up sharing an apartment.
- Sex Comedy: While the plots maybe revolve round sex a bit less than those of the parent comic, a lot of the characters have considerable interests in the subject, and are often trying (successfully or otherwise) to get each other into bed.
- Sibling Rivalry: Aaron and Sharon arent actually competing for much, but still exist in a state of permanent mutual hostility. The problem is that Aaron is an annoying geek while Sharon is sociopathically selfish, so they really dont have much basis for a good relationship.
- Speech-Bubble Censoring: In a comic with a lot of Sex Comedy but also a need to avoid offending respectable advertisers, speech bubble censorship can be a useful option. A particularly egregious example occurs in the August 25th, 2020 strip, where Julians speech bubble proves just large enough to preserve his modesty for readers.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Julian's effect on Aaron when the latter sees him naked is actually a first clue that Aaron isn't as entirely straight as he thinks.
- Tempting Fate: Roxie is reluctant to be seen dancing. Zadie reassures her, only for Roxie's fears to immediately be proven right.Roxie: I guess you're right. It's not like I know anyone in this b—
Maura: OMIGAWWWD! IS THAT ROXIE?!
- Their First Time: First-time sex between Julian and the virgin (and previously not-consciously-bisexual) Aaron fits the classic pattern, being spontaneous to the point of rashness and yet apparently very satisfying for both parties. Given the lack of apparent use of lubrication, this veers well into Hollywood Sex territory.
- Unsound Effect: Used when Aaron gets the BOOT from Ramona.
- Very Special Episode: See this strip, in which Sharon is schooled concerning the subject of non-consensual surgery for intersex people (a subject which is personal for the writer). Sharon, who has previously been depicted as virtually The Sociopath, is appropriately shocked and outraged, suddenly developing the capacity for empathy.
- Work Com: Any focus on the shop and its publishing arm and the people who work for them puts the comic into this category.
- Wrong Name Outburst: Axl suffers a classic "during sex" case (in flashback) here, explaining why Nikki has just broken up with him.