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Nov 17th 2014 at 9:18:15 AM ••• ...does this fall under Real Life Writes The Plot? After all, it obviously was drawn in real time to match the actual Rosetta news. Maybe Loosely Based On A True Story? Or even Roman a Clef? :-)

Dec 24th 2013 at 11:16:23 AM •••

I have no idea what trope this would be, but it definitely deserves a mention somewhere on this page.

Comic #1237 features a QR code as part of the joke. If you actually scan that QR code, you get a URL leading to an altered version of the comic.

May 29th 2013 at 2:31:43 PM •••

I'm mildly surprised no-one's found a trope or two for #1190 yet. Possibly the world's slowest animation, updated at the rate of one frame an hour. will give you the story to date, as well as the inevitable Wiki:

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Jul 20th 2013 at 6:01:52 PM •••

To be honest, I'm surprised there isn't a separate tropes page for 1190.

Aug 6th 2013 at 7:18:30 AM •••

One should be made. No doubt about it.

Aug 6th 2013 at 7:25:09 AM •••

Actually, I'll start one if there's no objections.

Feb 14th 2013 at 12:23:39 PM •••

It might be good to make clear that xkcd = 42 if you're using a = 1, b = 2, c = 3, ..., z=26 (24+3+4+11 = 42) and not trying to somehow get a value using Roman numerals.

Oct 20th 2012 at 4:10:22 AM ••• , though you probably figured that one out by now - just posting this here to save any other would-be question answerers the trouble.

Aug 11th 2012 at 10:10:08 PM •••

Just want to check before I post: I think the conclusion of What If? #1 is actually a case of Gretzky Has the Ball:

A careful reading of official Major League Baseball Rule 6.08(b) suggests that in this situation, the batter would be considered "hit by pitch", and would be eligible to advance to first base.

Munroe cites 6.08(b), but if you check the rule text, you see that "[t]he batter becomes a runner and is entitled to first base without liability to be put out (provided he advances to and touches first base) when—"

(b) He is touched by a pitched ball which he is not attempting to hit unless (1) The ball is in the strike zone when it touches the batter, or (2) The batter makes no attempt to avoid being touched by the ball; [...]

In the scenario described, when the batter is struck, first, the ball is in the strike zone, and second, he (not having seen it coming) has made no attempt to avoid being touched by it.

No — the actual rule that applies is 7.05(h), which states that "[e]ach runner including the batter-runner may, without liability to be put out, advance—"

(h) One base, if a ball, pitched to the batter, or thrown by the pitcher from his position on the pitcher’s plate to a base to catch a runner, goes into a stand or a bench, or over or through a field fence or backstop. The ball is dead[.]

Feb 13th 2012 at 11:00:31 AM •••

As the xkcd page keeps getting bigger, we're running into a bit of a Weblinks Are Not Examples problem. Just a reminder, but I'm hoping some tropers will help clean this up.

Nov 21st 2011 at 10:43:21 AM ••• How do i save the full image where i can see every bit of text there without looking all blurry?

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Nov 21st 2011 at 11:12:14 AM •••

If you click onto the image, it leads you to . No idea how this is with other browsers, but mine (Safari 5.1.1, Mac-version) allows me then to zoom in.

Nov 21st 2011 at 4:12:39 PM •••

Just out of curiosity, what do you want to save the full image for?

Sep 21st 2011 at 5:36:09 AM •••

xkcd #954, Chin-Up BarI've actually been on that escalator. But the Trivia page is a list of xkcd images on TV Tropes. Help?

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Sep 21st 2011 at 12:03:36 PM •••

Just add a new paragraph (preferably before the list.) listing the actual trivia tropes, for example like this:

Miscellaneous trivia tropes and information

Lists of xkcd images used on TV Tropes

Edited by Octagon8
Dec 5th 2010 at 4:46:07 PM •••

This strip. "Dirty Harry meets Rain Man". I know it exemplifies some trope, but I'm not sure which.

Fighteer MOD
Jul 16th 2010 at 10:57:23 AM •••

Why do we need links to xkcdexplained? This article is about the comic xkcd, not its fandom, hatedom, wackydom, fnorddom, or anything else. If people want to bash the comic, they can do it in plenty of other places. Let's not turn this into Sonichu-lite.

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Jul 16th 2010 at 10:59:20 AM •••

If people want to bash the comic, they can do it in plenty of other places. ...How does that tie into the rest of your point?

Fighteer MOD
Jul 16th 2010 at 11:14:19 AM •••

My point is that a substantial part of the bile that gets heaped on many controversial pages like xkcd seems to be derived from the idea that a discussion of the subject cannot be complete without mentioning every example of hatedom that exists. That's not the point of the wiki. In fact, we're on a general mission from the admins to cut out this kind of cruft and reduce the use of Subjective Tropes and tropes that apply to the fandom rather than the work. We are not Wikipedia, but we also aren't ED.

Put it this way: can you think of a good reason why xkcdexplained needs to be on this page? Having it here only increases the likelihood of attracting Natter, as can easily be seen from recent edits.

The alternative to self-policing is to have pages scrubbed and locked and tropers banned.

Edited by Fighteer
Aug 20th 2010 at 8:47:08 AM •••

The IJBM page was half a discussion about The Game which had only a tangential relationship to the comic, and half someone complaining about one comic in particular being "The most NSFW comic ever."

Apr 8th 2010 at 12:15:15 PM •••

How long is that Cat Proximity comic going to stay as the page image? I don't think it really exemplifies XKCD as a whole.

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Fighteer MOD
Apr 8th 2010 at 12:19:12 PM •••

Take it to the Image Pickin' forum if you want to get a vote going.

Type the word in the image. This goes away if you get known.
If you can't read this one, hit reload for the page.
The next one might be easier to see.

How well does it match the trope?

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