- Arc Fatigue:
- A story arc where Roy comes back went on for six strips, which, after the one week break after part four, was seven weeks in real life.
- On October 26 of 2015, Katie published a comic on Metal Gear Solid 3, in which the author's note stated "I hope you're excited for six months of nothing but comics about METAL GEARRRRR". Following that comic, at least one comic out of every two for the next two years was on Metal Gear Solid. Katie herself lampshades the long stretch of Metal Gear in the December, 4th 2017 author's note:
- Broken Base: The aforementioned Metal Gear comics. While Katie makes it so every other week isn't from the series (except for multi-part ones), many people have gotten sick of the massive amount of them after they started at the end of October in 2015. However, some people don't mind, either due to being big enough fans of the series or having a higher tolerance of its over-representation.
- Creator Backlash: Katie doesn't seem to have enjoyed creating the "The One Where Roy Comes Back" arc.IT'S OVERRR
Yeah meh I wasn't diggin' that. The problem with doing a multi-part comic when you update as scarcely as I do is that it takes more than a month to pump out five comics, so once I get tired of it I still have to deal for four weeks and I don't really like the sound of that anymore! And I am not so good with making things worth the wait! But I guess it was an experiment.
An experiment with dire consequences.
- Crosses the Line Twice:
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- In the "Porcum Iacio" short (based on MythBusters), Katie shows the gang attempting to build a cannon made out of duct tape (to fire a pig). While they didn't fire any pigs, guess what the MythBusters later built on their show?
- This strip turns out to be spot on in Investigations. See for yourself. This one is actually hinted at in the 5th case of the first game, where you can visit Edgeworth's office and examine everything within... including a Steel Samurai figure.
- Hinted at even earlier on, in one of the main series' games, Edgeworth has the Steel Samurai theme music as a ringtone.
- This strip was made before an Ace Attorney game (directed by Shu Takumi, creator of the franchise) was announced to take place during Meiji-era Japan, making it eerily prophetic, if not hilarious.
- This comic contains Marth and Wolf fighting on a Super Mario Galaxy-themed stage. Although Wolf wasn't playable in Smash 4, a Super Mario Galaxy stage is present in the Wii U version. This stage also returned in Ultimate, and so did a playable Wolf.
- This comic claims that no one may come back to Smash after leaving the roster - except for at least two Links, Dr. Mario, and Mewtwo. Years later, the fourth game features the return of Dr. Mario and Mewtwo after their absence from Brawl. Even better, Ultimate includes both Toon Link and Young Link, who were previously thought to be mutually-exclusive characters. And Marth's line "Nobody actually left, did they?" is a lot more accurate now that Everyone is Here.
- Pretty much any strip about Roy not being allowed to return to Smash is this now that Roy has been revealed to be making his triumphant return as DLC in the fourth game.
- This cartoon, which is the page image to the Popularity Polynomial page, predicts the Pokémon GO phenomenon six years in advance.
- This strip features the Pokémon trainer defeating Lysandre's Pyroar by sending out all six Pokémon at once, using Lysandre's genocidal intention as justification to breaking the rules. About two years later in Pokemon XYZ, this is how the climatic battle between Ash and Lysandre went, albeit 7 Pokémon (with Alain aiding Ash) against 2. Lysandre's Pyroar even went out the same way thanks to a combination of different attacks from Ash's Pokémon at the same time.
- Wild Ditto being disguised as other wild Pokémon, only being revealed when captured, was the plot of a post from 2010.
- This strip, which ended up serving as the Page Image for Alternate Character Interpretation, sees Katie struggling with the fact that Marth's personality in the comic is so different to how he is in the games. Seven years on Fire Emblem Fates gives us Leo, who famously looks like Their Marth, but whose personality is more in line with Our Marth.
- One of the earliest comics poked fun at the Fridge Logic of why rock-eating Gorons needed a mine in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Ten years later, come The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it turns out the comic was Right for the Wrong Reasons, as Gorons actually don't like the taste of gemstones and trade them to other cultures as a by-product, instead.
- This strip from 2014 reasoning that Ridley wasn't made playable throughout the Super Smash Bros. series because of his much darker and vile nature (plus a more personal grudge from Samus) in comparison to other Nintendo villains (barring Ganondorf) becomes a lot more hilarious now that in Ultimate, not only is Ridley part of the roster, he's just as dark and sadistic as in his home series.
- Memetic Badass: Katie's dad, if the forumites are to be believed.
- Memetic Mutation:
- According to comments on Know Your Meme, Katie is the master of facial expressions and every comic she draws spawns at least one reaction image.
- In the comic's forums, there are a number of Awkward Zombie comics that have turned into memes that people like to edit into the latest comic. These include the impossible-to-catch Entei (often accompanied by someone shouting "ARGRARJGHH DARGHRAUGH"), Nowi's Age-Inappropriate Dress, long-neck Caesar, and bread. It has gotten to the point where people are making meta edits about these popular edits (for example, these◊ ones).
- "One time!" Explanation
- One-Scene Wonder:
- Ridley has only ever appeared in a single comic and only has one line of dialogue, but the sheer hilarity of the punchline makes him hard to forget.
- Technically, by now he's a Two Scene Wonder, but for the longest time Katie's dad qualified as this due to his unusual method of trying to find out where policemen get gasoline.
- Paranoia Fuel:
- Health Class. Better make sure you're getting your Vitamin C!
- Anyone could be a Ditto. Even your closest loved ones.It's always the person you least expect.
- Schedule Slip: When Katie went to college, site activity (justifiably) slowed to a crawl. Now it's back up to normal.
- Squick: Played for laughs in this comic.
- Tear Jerker:
- Believe it or not, Situational Gravity is a minor one. Anyone who's played Skyrim knows how unforgiving the physics are, and that poor Khajit just looks so depressed in the final panel...
- Poor unloved, unwanted Zubat. And when it finally finds a trainer who seems to love it, the poor guy gets stuffed in the PC.
- Uncanny Valley: Used for funny effect here.
- And here.
- Unpopular Popular Character:
- Roy. He often comes across as crass and rude, and most of the Smash Bros. contestants either barely remember him or barely tolerate his antics. Despite this, he's one of the more popular characters in the comics, and is often cited as one of the main reasons they wanted Roy to come back into Smash at all. Crosses into Fridge Brilliance for Fire Emblem fans. Roy is something of a Tier-Induced Scrappy, as his stats make him one of the worst lords in the entire franchise.
- Speaking of which, Marth applies as well. He's a narcissist and an Upper-Class Twit, making him an easy Butt-Monkey for the antics of the Smashers. Peach is known to get into Cat Fights with him, Samus finds the concept of giving him respect to be laughable, and the only person who likes him that isn't a complete idiot is Lucina. It's exactly this characterization that makes Marth one of the comic's most iconic characters, simply because he's so fun to abuse.
- Viewer Gender Confusion: If her name weren't Katie more people would probably mistake her Author Avatar for a guy, it doesn't help that she almost always wears the male protagonists' outfits in her Pokemon strips.◊ Anyone who was still confused for some reason finally got the answer shoved in their faces with the Kickstarter video, which shows her in person. Her new haircut doesn't help either.
- Wangst: Poor Their!Marth. The other Marth's wangst is even funnier.
- The Woobie: The Zubat from Tricks of The Trade. Poor, poor Zubat.
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