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Ansem Retort: Combining comedy and cancer into a delicious fruity mix.
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Yeah, it isn't the nicest of webcomics out there. Read at your own risk.
- Aborted Arc: The whole Roxas trapped in Sora's brain arc with DiZ and Deus. According to Duke, he has no plans of starting it up again.
- On the other hand, Deus just made his first appearance since the storyline was scrapped...
- There was also the thing with Skull-Fucky. Duke took several months off writing the strip and forgot where he was going with the storyline, so he dropped it - taking time to lampshade it in the process.
- Alternate History: Thanks to Xemnas's manipulations, Chicago got destroyed and Canada was the Soviet Union instead of Russia. So far, Riku's the only one to notice that history's being changed.
- Though Zexion and Axel notice that history's being changed thanks to Riku slapping them.
- And Now for Something Completely Different: This is the story where Andrew Jackson Fucks Shit Up!
Andrew Jackson: Some motherfuckers always trying to ice skate uphill!
- Recently, Larxene Goes To Places.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing
Ansem: As you all know, the Kairi tragic death-
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: One of the current ads lists the vices of the comic: "Drugs. Murder. Politics."
- And Larxene started revolutions in Egypt, Libya... and McDonalds.
- Art Evolution: A minor example; after seven seasons, Duke finally uses a font that's not the infamous Comic Sans.
- The font was made larger and became easier to read from #328 onwards.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Axel reaches "Reverse Nirvana" due to his mind being so filled with evil and chaos that he actually attains total inner peace. This makes him an evil Buddhist god with mind bullets and the ability to nuke cities at will.
- Ascended Extra: Red XIII. And maybe Marluxia, who was Demoted to Extra and later managed to undemote himself.
- Ascended Meme: Riku is a Time Lord and alcohol is his TARDIS. Axel even lampshades it.
TV Tropes was actually right about something!
Zexion: ...Whatever. Just place him in the operating room.
- Back From the Dead: Matt, the demon Marluxia killed in Season One, returned in Season Two to referee the murder-off. Arguably, Darth Maul as well. It was thought that this was done with Yuffie, but it turned out she just had an identical twin sister... also named Yuffie.
- Big Bad: There have been various nemeses, but so far Xemnas appears to be the worst of them. Although depending on how you look at it, Ansem could be the Big Bad behind the main cast.
- Ansem is not really pushing destruction or anything, he just wants ratings and does not care how they get them. It could come from Axel gutting Orphans, or the publicity gotten from buying out the rights to Watchmen.
- Black and Grey Morality: The closest we have to someone who is 'good' is Naminé, and she works for Zexion's administration. Sora's too stupid to know right from wrong. Riku, Kairi before she got killed, and maybe Marluxia are more neutral than evil, but everyone else? ...yeah.
- Black Comedy Rape: This is why Naminé shouldn't drink.
- Black Dude Dies First: Parodied. Zexion notes that until the black guy dies first, they can't be killed by werepires. Then Naminé notes there AREN'T any black guys.
- Blackmail: As it turns out, Naminé caused Sora's amnesia. Zexion thinks nothing of blackmailing her into shutting up when she gets too preachy with this.
- Blessed with Suck/Cursed with Awesome: Riku. Has what DiZ calls Time Lord Down's Syndrome, making him retain his face every time he regenerates.
- Body Count Competition: Played straight with the "Murder-off".
- Body Horror: Every single surgery act Zexion has ever performed. This includes: replacing somebody's lung with the ass of a monkey, creating a heart out of a Hot Pocket and some straws, putting a firecracker in Riku's liver, and merging Cid's DNA with oreos just because he could.
- Brain Bleach: Naminé would like to file an order.
- Apparently the cast actually uses pot to keep from going batshit insane.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The creator, Duke, frequently does so to make various announcements.
- The characters do it here. Axel and Zexion take requests for the best way to abuse Riku.
- Breakout Character: Zexion.
- Brick Joke: Zexion mentions earlier that, if he and Axel fused, this would happen.
- Seasons ago, someone (Marluxia?) made a mocking comment regarding salvation from a "song and dance routine" by Axel and Zexion. See the reasoning behind the above.
- Likewise, Zexion mentioned Soviet Canada many seasons ago.
- You thought Zex was just bullshitting about Reagan turning into The Incredible Hulk? Well...
- Axel and Zex first mention werepires here, in what seems to be a contrived story. Fast forward a couple seasons, and they're the Big Bad of the season.
- See pages 11 and 541 for a minor one.
- The mother of all brick jokes: #562, Naminé notes she thought Riku "had really died there" and he tells her that he did and it'll make sense once they get to it. Ninety comics later, it turns out that Riku is a Time Lord and can regenerate while keeping his face. Riku did die, but he got better. This was foreshadowed all the way back in #599. Holy crap.
- In #206, Darth Maul tells Ansem that he tricked Yuna and Girl Rikku into going to the Vatican and trying to dig to the center of the earth. In #672, Yuna and Girl Rikku explain that they were totally in the Vatican and they were totally digging to the center of the earth.
- Comic 334 happens to be very similar to comic 668, even ending on nearly the same line. The author admitted on his Formspring account that this was indeed intentional.
- Bridezilla: Both averted and used literally. When the cast is preparing for the wedding between Aerith and Axel, the bride is remarkably calm. On the other hand, Bridezilla, a Kaiju in a wedding dress, has destroyed half of downtown.
- Brown Note: For Cloud, it's "One Winged Angel". Unfortunately, it's also Axel's Theme Music Power-Up.
- But for Me It Was Tuesday: Played with. Axel never planned to get a Grand Theft Auto game, since the murder, violence, and crime he could do in the game was "shit [he] did last Tuesday!".
- And again:
Axel: Today's Wednesday. I always kill orphans on Wednesday.
Sora: Where do mermaids come from?
- Also This. Then again, it's Larxene.
- Butt Monkey: Riku in spades. Sometimes it's deserved, though. Marluxia fills in for him occasionally.
- Sora too, but he forgets about it rather quickly.
- There isn't a single time that the Large Body hasn't been ridiculed/stabbed in his appearences.
- California Doubling: Kinda. The Destiny Islands background from Chain of Memories did double duty as Mexico and Hawaii. Same for an Alice In Wonderland background: it was both an unspecified location in Eastern Europe and a hotel room in London.
- Calvin Ball: Subverted by the person making the rules ends up losing.
Zexion: What do you mean you lost? You were making up the rules!
- Catch Phrase: Because fuck X, that's why
- Also, Because you're X
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: Naminé.
- Characterization Marches On: Zexion famously started out as a straight man compared to Axel and Marluxia, then became the king of all jerkasses.
- Chekhov's Gun: Parodied.
Naminé: Why did you put a firecracker in his liver?
- Played straight in later comics, where Axel fights a shark, which turns out to be a werepire's only natural predator. AND it's named Chekhov. And then subverted once again, when the shark suffocates.
- Subverted when Roxas aka "what Sora could have been" gave Naminé a password to be told to a man in red bandages. When said man in bandages presented himself to Axel, Sora, and Naminé, Naminé had flat out forgotten about it.
Roxas: That's fucking DiZ! Tell him '13 Points'! That's the fucking password you stupid fucking whore! I need to get the fuck out of here!
- Believe it or not? That Riku always recovers from serious injuries is one. Or would this technically be Chekhov's Skill?
- Chewbacca Defense: Unintentional example from when Zexion is on trial:
Sora: I plead the 19th!
- The Chew Toy: Riku.
Zexion: We trained this monkey to bite your face off.
- Christmas Special: "And now back to Revolver Ocelot's Christmas Carol.
- Cliché Storm: Lampshaded in this strip ().
- Cliff Hanger: Played straight with the end to season four.
- Cloudcuckooland: Apparently the story takes place here, seeing as just about everyone in the story besides Naminé is a Cloudcuckoolander. Zexion, strangely, shows signs of being a former Only Sane Man gone native, and Aerith went native as we watched.
- Naminé's an interesting case: she started OUT as a Cloudcuckoolander obsessed with Saturday morning cartoons, but is now probably the closest thing we have to a sane person.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Anything Andrew Jackson says.
- Coming Out Story: Marluxia has one in Season Five. No one is even remotely surprised.
- Companion Cube: Larxene's skull, Skull-Fucky.
- Completely Missing the Point:  This review is so far off the mark, it's hard to tell if they're being serious or not.
- Conspiracy Theory: Axel was behind both Kurt Cobain and Sonny Bono's deaths.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Ansem and Vexen, hell, anyone in FOX. They secured the rights to Watchmen just to remind people how evil they are.
- ~Couldn't Find A Pen~: When the cast played Pictonary, Axel did his drawing in Riku's blood for kicks.
- Later, one of the messages left for Marluxia appeared to be written in blood, warning of impending doom. Marluxia just complained about everyone writing on the wall and how he has to clean it.
- Crossover: Aside from the source sprites themselves being a crossover (Kingdom Hearts crosses Disney, Final Fantasy, and original characters), there have also been crossover Transplant characters with Scooby Doo, The World Ends With You, Sinistar, Star Wars, The Bible, Phoenix Wright, Final Fantasies VII, VIII, IX and X, and, of course, Kingdom Hearts II.
- And Ansem Retort's also crossed over with some comic this troper can't remember, when Riku summoned a ghost to try to fix a betting pool, and with AR's affiliate Easy Skankin, though this tends to be more of a fourth wall breaking as the conversations are between Duke and Dingy, the Author Avatar for Easy Skankin.
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: Parodied, ironically enough, by Jesus himself.
Jesus: Batman DIED FOR YOUR SINS!
- Cyanide Pill: Zexion carries a bunch of them around in case any his patients can't be saved and should be spared their suffering. Or if they are annoying him. Then Naminé replaced them with Mentos.
- Dead Baby Comedy: The number of strips before a burning orphanage is Played for Laughs? 0.
- Not to mention the 'Spock Diet' Zexion has Sora on, which consists of DEAD BABY SMOOTHIES!!!
- Dead Presidents: So far, Ronald Reagan turned into the Incredible Hulk to tear down the Berlin Wall, and Axel and Zexion fused into Andrew Jackson.
- Dead Line News: When Larxene nuked Disneyland.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The Roaring Twenties are depicted this way. Our time traveling team shows the only color therein.
- Demonic Invaders: The first Arc of the series.
- Demoted to Extra: Marluxia was demoted after Season 2. As of Season 6 he seems to have been undemoted.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Axel mentions in this strip that he had won staring contests with Cthulhu. Unfortunately for him, he finds Ursula even worse.
- Disability Superpower: Parodied.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Darth Maul attacked Marluxia, complete with Force Lightning... all because Marluxia said mango-strawberry was a gay flavor. And then they both attacked Xemnas when they thought he called them box-openers.
- And one time Aerith attacked an airline pilot just because the in-flight movie was The Devil Wears Prada. Axel declared it the best honeymoon ever.
- Another example is when Axel and Zexion threw Riku in a volcano, nuking said volcano, tricking Riku into creating mustard gas, and then beating him up with failed retribution ideas...because he slapped them. It didn't even matter that the slapping was a good thing.
- Distressed Damsel: Genderswapped with Sora.
- The Ditz: Sora
"We'll die, and then come back as the Ghostbusters. And then we'll play soccer!"
- The Dragon: Ansem to the FOX director (initially), Vexen to Ansem, Larxene and then Red XIII to Xemnas.
- Dragon Ascendant: Ansem, the Dragon to the FOX director in season one, now a Big Bad in his own right.
- Drinking Game: Invoked. Zexion decides to play one where they drink every time Xemnas says a long-winded exposition...much to Marluxia's confusion.
Xemnas: Do you have any idea what will happen should Sora die?
- Duct Tape for Everything: What's keeping Riku's body together.
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma: Hercules tries to take advantage of Larxene when she's out cold. Axel is disgusted by this.
- Dueling Shows: In-Universe example: Season 8 begins with Ansem Retort competing with the new reality show Shibuya Shore. Judging by this strip, it seems to be an uphill battle for AR.
- Eats Babies: The 'Spock diet' Zexion and Axel force Sora on.
- They've upgraded to fetuses: specifically, the aborted fetus of Axel and Aerith.
Zexion: You're not leaving until you finish it, you know.
- Emo Teen: Riku.
- "Crawling in my skin... these wounds they will not... What the? Aww crap. I'm being beaten by giant keys! The only plus side is I have no dignity to lose!"
- Even Evil Has Standards: Axel, responding "WHAT?" when accused of domestic violence?! Yes, it happened - (an Embarrassing Cover Up moment when Aerith blamed a black eye on him. She really just had a clumsy moment.)
- He's also genuinely disturbed by Skull-Fucky, Larxene's pet human skull.
- Zexion may squander his state's finances on blowjobs, but he does not approve of racially insensitive breakfasts.
- Ironically, there are notably more racist jokes than there were before that strip.
- When Hercules expresses interest in having sexual intercourse with Larxene while she's passed out, Axel is disgusted.
Hercules: I like my women like I like my laptop, in sleep mode.
- Evil Versus Evil: Just about everyone on any side of any fight is either a complete psychopath, a complete Jerkass, or both.
- Or in Riku's case, just really really unlucky.
- Eye Beams: Bitch, I got Lightning-Vision! (spoilers)
- Face Heel Turn: Red XIII, twice. First he turned on the replacement cast, and then he sided with Xemnas over the main cast.
- Facing the Bullets One-Liner: Zexion: "I'll die as I lived: a complete and utter tool."
- Fan Girl: Taken to the extreme with Kairi back in Season 1; supremely ironic considering the actual Kairi's status among actual fangirls. Then they killed her off, because there were only so many jokes that was good for.
- Fan Nickname: Xemnas's is referenced.
Larxene: Ooh, ooh! Do you know what you get when you mix around the letters?
- Fate Worse Than Death: Mocked. As it turned out, training the cast had been worse for Jesus than his own crucifixion.
- Fail O'Suckyname: Riku Imabitch.
- Flanderization: Pretty much the entire cast went through this. Sora and Zexion are probably the best examples, as Sora used to be just somewhat stupid and merely had amnesia before becoming completely retarded with short-term, long-term, and short-term memory loss, whereas Zexion was just one Jerkass in a cast full of them before becoming the absolute king of all jerkasses.
- The memory loss turns out to not be Sora's fault, though. Its Naminé, having been flanderized into mucking about with his memory far more than in-game.
- Interestingly, Characterization Marches On seemed to have the opposite effect on Marluxia; over the course of the comic he actually seemed to come closer to his canon personality.
- Foreshadowing: Delivered with all the subtlety and grace of a brick to the face here and here.
- For the Evulz: The motivation for easily a majority of the actions on this show is "evil for evil's sake". Axel used this as an arguement for why Zex should finance his wedding: to steal tax dollars just to prove he could.
- Fusion Dance: Axel and Zexion - they turn into Andrew Jackson.
- Gambit Pileup: So far: Ansem's always planning something, there's a group of Eldritch Abominations that made Sora a demi-god for laughs, it's been revealed that Kitaniji hired Yuffie to sabotage the show, Aerith pretty much only dated (and then married) Axel to get back at Cloud... and then there's Zexion...
- Giant Flyer: Axel insists that he be carried back to America on a "world-killing god whale". Sin later returns for a cameo as an airline's mascot, Barry.
- Gilligan Cut: Several, but the most memorable is probably the one where Aerith claims that during her bachelorette party, that she and the other people there intend to "out-crazy Axel!" Cut to a news reporter with an airplane in the background, along with pictures of Axel and Zexion, saying "We repeat, the hijackers have been identified!"
- Girl-On-Girl Is Hot
Zexion: Topping our demands for the fourth straight season, more lesbian fanservice.
- Godwin's Law of Time Travel: Parodied when Xemnas's manipulations caused the Nazi occult experiments to occur sooner...but he could have saved himself a lot of time and effort by going to the original time in the first place.
- Goggles Do Nothing: This strip.
- Groin Attack: Owww.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Cid: Half-human, half-cookie. And Hercules: half centaur, half man. Upper half centaur, lower half man.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: Marluxia never done anything gay other then be the butt of the gay jokes.
- He sorta got better in Season 8.
- Heel Face Revolving Door: Larxene will go turncoat on anyone for drugs/sugar/(invisible)shiny things.
- Heel Realization: "Wow, we're assholes!"
- Hollywood Sex: Parodied. Zexion inquires what a serial rapist skeleton is supposed to rape his victims with.
- I Call Him "Mister Happy": Zexion calls his dick The Torrent. Axel's? Little Jack the Ripper (and the testicles are Slashy and Stabby)
- I Drank What: Axel, after discovering that Chuck E. Cheese doesn't sell tequila.
"Ugh-oh. I think I've been drinking bleach for the past hour. Fuck."
Sora: Man, if I had a nickel every time a roommate commited a crime against humanity...
- I Have Boobs - You Must Obey!: In a guest comic Duke did for Easy Skankin', Dingy tried to invoke this to get Duke to do a guest comic for her. Duke points out that her boobs violate the Geneva Convention, and she would have to admit she's lazier than a sprite comic artist. She refuses.
- Ill Boy: Riku. Axel and Zexion infected him with AIDS to make him the poster boy for AIDS Aid.
- Indy Ploy: Axel's plan for taking on the Final Boss of season 1.
Axel: I've been in a lot of final boss battles, each one more final than the last. All of them involved complicated plans that failed miserably.
- Inner Monologue: "Understand what? You just stood in that pose and didn't talk for twenty minutes."
- Insane Troll Logic: "Well, all your plans seemed to rely on Sora being alive, so it seemed like a good idea."
DiZ: "Look, there's twisting words around, and then there's being retarded just for the sake of being retarded."
- According to Axel, because the San Fransisco 49ers play in a "gay city" and Marluxia is gay, that proves that Marluxia is a gay football player (just like Tom Brady).
- Insult Misfire: The second panel of this strip.
- I Take Offense to That Last One: Played with, due to a misunderstanding.
Darth Maul: Pandora? Is he calling us box openers?
- It Can't Get Any Worse: Cue more werepires. "Oh you dickhead!"
- It Got Worse: "SHIT BE FUCKED!!" No it didn't; Riku was just fucking with Aerith and Namine's minds. They managed to resolve the crisis before retuning.
- It Runs on Nonsensoleum: The "it" is time travel. The "nonsensoleum" is alcohol. Somehow, it works.
- It works because Riku is a Time Lord. The alcohol happens to be his TARDIS.
- It Was His Sled: Parodied. When Darth Maul is watching the show to see if he's the Best Man for the wedding when Marluxia points out that Darth Maul was there in person when they choose the best man and tell him what happened.
Darth Maul: Thanks for spoiling it, Jackass! This is just like when we saw The Phantom Menace.
- Jerkass: Pretty much the entire main cast, but especially Zexion, who cheerfully admits it.
- He's such a Jerkass, he can use his douchiness to defy the laws of physics.
- Jesus Was Way Cool: Jesus gets called in by Ansem to train the gang in preparation for their battle with Xemnas and Larxene. He gets along well with everybody, even Axel (!) (Well, he does cure hangovers, Painlessly!).
- Jumping the Shark: Parodied/mentioned in this comic.
- Kangaroo Court:
Phoenix Wright: OBJECTION!
- Killed Off for Real: Kairi was killed by a demon in Season 1, and has managed to stay dead ever since. Red XIII was also killed when Riku tore off his face in Season 7.
- Duke has stated that if Kairi comes back to life, he has officially run out of original story ideas. Given that one story arc featured Riku, Axel, Zexion and Marluxia going back in time through binge-drinking, don't expect to see her anytime soon.
- Kill It with Fire: Almost quoted verbatim by Zexion when Axel engages in Operation Shoot the Messenger (which consisted of Axel killing everyone that didn't tell him where Larxene was quickly enough).
- Lampshade Hanging: Many, including the absolute King of Lampshade Hangings:
Aerith: I feel like I'm on a bad TV show, which is ironic since I am in a bad TV show.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia Sora.
- More like Laser Guided Cluster Bomb Amnesia.
- Latin Lover: Guillermo del Zexiero lo Marquis
- Also, when Ansem announces that the group is to be personally trained in teamwork by Jesus. No, not a Mexican named Jesus, Jesus Christ.
Marluxia: Aw, but I wanted the hot Latino.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He is called "the greatest tactical mind of ours, or any, generation."
- Logic Bomb: Aerith pulls one on a fake Sora here.
- Long List: When the house got attacked a second time.
Employee: Yes, our main suspects are: Axel, Larxene, you, Cloud, Zexion, the former FOX president, the guy Zexion turned into a cookie, Darth Maul, God, Derek Jeter, a guy in red bandages, fat people, Axel again, a demon in Sora's head, and the Trix Rabbit.
- MacGyvering: Parodied; Zexion makes Riku a new heart out of some bendy straws and a Hot Pocket.
- Manipulative Bastard: Xemnas has pulled two characters to his side, one by promising them drugs (Larxene) and the other by promising to help him find out more about himself (Red XIII)
- Me Love You Long Time: Referred to by name by Red XIII.
- Meaningful Name: C-SPAN 53X. Look at it closely
- Mundane Made Awesome: Andrew Jackson talks in bold Old English font.
- Mythology Gag:
Sora: I wanna fuse with a talking dog! No, now wait! I wanna fuse with a pantsless duck! Wait, wait...a talking dog AND a pantsless duck!
Axel: Ladies, Gentleman, Marluxia of the jury...
Zexion: Damn. Well, I've got another plan.
- Negative Continuity: Lampshaded here. Axel sure as fuck doesn't remember the hooded Microsoft guys.
- No Fourth Wall
Riku: My god, the past has been changed, and only I can tell. Ooh! I get my own story arc!
- Notable References to TV Tropes: See Ascended Meme above. This strip.
- Number of the Beast: The exact strip number that Season 7 ended on.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: There might be hope for Sora yet. (Key word: Might.)
- Yuffie also does this with her English skills when she first meets people. She does it so she can rob them easier. And it makes people think she knows kung fu.
- Offscreen Teleportation: The Duet Summon ability
- One Steve Limit: Parodied. While the main cast was in hiding, the show had a substitute cast. One of the cast members was also named Rikku (albeit with an extra K). Darth Maul just called her 'girl Rikku'.
- One-Winged Angel: The song itself is both Cloud's greatest weakness and a Theme Music Power-Up for Axel.
- As for the trope itself, Belle becomes a werepire. Since, y'know, she is one.
- Only Sane Man: Naminé
- Red XIII to an extent as well. He's still extremely violent, and can't be understood by the rest of the cast, but he's by far the smartest character, and the only people he mauls he either does so to eat them, or if it's Riku.
- Joshua is quickly proving himself to be this in the rival reality show Shibuya Shore.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: They're actually werepires.
- Out of Character: Lampshaded. Naminé flat out says she risks being this to tell Sora that she hates him. It's not really OOC.
- The Pete Best: Technically speaking, Kairi.
- The Power of Friendship: Naminé suggests this and is shot down.
Kairi: You actually believe that Saturday morning cartoon bull&* $# don't you.
- The Presidents: Subverted; Jimmy Carter is said to have been just a boogeyman made up to scare Republican children.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Madness? THIS! IS! HULA!"
- Punctuated Pounding
Axel: I! ALREADY! SAID! THE! FUCKING! PUNCH! LINE! YOU! STUPID! PIECE! OF! CRAP!
- Punny Name: "Sho Catoa"
- Quest for Identity: The reason Red XIII sides with Xemnas is because he believes that he can learn more about himself that way.
- Ratings Stunt: This is why Ansem won't give in to Zexion's demand for lesbians: he's saving that for when they need a cheap ratings boost.
- Reality TV
- Reality Warper: Axel. Maybe.
Naminé: The sheer force of your insanity actually warps reality! Earth changes to accommodate your insane view of the world!
- Ansem believes the entire cast has this ability, though he specifically names Axel, Zexion, and Larxene.
- Refuge in Audacity: Everything.
- A very good example of this is, when asked about recent killings of reality show casts, Axel's alibi is that he was killing other people at those times, so it can't be him.
- Rickroll: Axel got rickrolled...by Jesus.
- Ripped from the Headlines: In this strip. This gag works better if you remember that New Jersey really has only recently allowed gay marriage.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Larxene's attack is apparently "Lighting!".
- Looking through the older strips, this sort of thing happens a lot.
- Rule of Funny: Most of Zexion's surgical procedures, for starters. Oreos, anyone?
- When asked whether Marluxia can now turn into a dragon at will, Duke's reply invoked this trope.
- Similarly, he's stated that Sora will remember his powers when it's funny for him to do so.
- When asked whether Marluxia can now turn into a dragon at will, Duke's reply invoked this trope.
- Sarcasm Mode Backfire: Naminé sarcastically apologizes for being boring. Aerith accepts the apology.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Larxene, again.
- Scarpia Ultimatum: Subverted. Sora tries to convince Xemnas to leave the others alone if he goes with him. He's shot down... by Marluxia, of all people, who's been getting more screen time than normal because of Xemnas attacking.
- The Scrappy: In-universe, the substitute cast except for Red XIII. Ansem certainly didn't like them, anyway.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them: Naminé made the rules for the Card Game against Larxene... and yet she still lost.
- Serious Business: According to Marluxia and Darth Maul, smoothie flavors are worth fighting over. With weapons like Dark Side lightning and giant scythes.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Season One, arguably. All that fighting and buildup to get to the FOX president (including a fight with Ansem, someone getting god like powers, and a dragon with a nuke on its back), and the president was beaten with a stab in the back. Zexion lampshades this with a 'screw you, we won'.
- Shout-Out: Far too many to say them all so let's just go with the most notable ones:
Where'd the pencil go? How'd you make it disappear?
- Sora got three in one when he crashed into an emergency room:
This is the friend I was talking about: Yuffie Kisa...ChunLi..Ryu.
Ansem: I wished to welcome Miss Kusa...LiuKang...Kano.
- There was a reference to TWEWY in that last link, Director Kitaniji? Then again Duke is privy to using TWEWY sprites.
- WE got one!
- Anyone who liked Happy Gilmore will get a good laugh courtesy of Zexion
- Axel shops for bacon and Jack Daniels.
- Show Within a Show: The events in the comic is a Reality TV Show. Several characters have the habit of watching the actual show (making this an example of Type 2).
- Yes, including watching themselves watching the show. On a crystal ball.
Darth Maul:That's some parodoxical $#!@ right there!
Joshua:This some parodoxical shit right here.
- The Slacker: Darth Maul refused to go to Hawaii because he would rather sit around eating HoHos and crank calling prostitutes. He has also been known to do nothing but lie on the floor and eat barbecue sauce for 2 consecutive weeks.
- He called Ansem for help because he couldn't be bothered to move four feet to get a remote. That should tell you something.
- Social Services Does Not Exist: Actual ages aren't stated, but since Naminé has claimed she and Riku are underaged, and the latter and Sora have tested for their drivers' licenses (which can be done as early as age 16 in the US), it's the only explanation that those three are even on the show, much less put up with everything in it.
- And Riku's hinted that his parents never wanted him in the first place.
- Social Services would've intervened the minute Kairi got killed.
- Spanner in the Works:
DiZ: [to Deus] You took the form of a rabbi and laughed at Hitler's paintings! YOU FUCKED UP PRETTY BADLY!
- Spin-Off: Duke just announced that in between Seasons 6 and 7 there will be the mini-series "Andrew Jackson Fucks Shit Up".
- The spinoff has been delayed so as not to overload us with too much Andrew Jackson too soon.
- Split Personality: Aerith's mental disorder.
- Straight Man: Naminé, and Aerith's 'normal' personality. Zexion is also capable of this if it abets his efforts in being a Jerkass. As of Season 7, Marluxia is the gayest Straight Man ever.
- Strawman Political: Done in the same Crossing the Line Twice style as everything else. Fox News and everyone working for it, especially Vexen O'Hanniducy, is a Card-Carrying Villain.
- Strictly Formula: Mocked.
- Suicide as Comedy: Invoked. Cid confronts Zexion about the surgery that turned him into a cookie, and asks what Zexion has to say for himself. Zex replies that if Cid slit his wrists right then, it'd be "the tastiest suicide EVER."
- There's also the time when Riku demanded to know why Axel and Zexion got him a razor and a noose for his birthday. Their response: "Either you cut the emo crap, or you make good on the suicide promises."
- Sure Why Not:
Q: So does Riku's Dark Firaga still exist and does it still cause nightmares?
- Later averted with Axel, who claimed he wasn't blowing up a city with his mind, only to say:
- Take a Third Option: Axel has a choice: Stop Xemnas, or save Sora. His choice? Well...
- Take That: Numerous, including one aimed right at us.
- Take That, Critics!: Apparently, someone complained about how much Andrew Jackson had been swearing. Duke's response was to have him say, for absolutely no reason, "bitch-ass n****r cunt".
- Talking to Themself: Besides the obvious Aerith, we have Axel's bachelor party, when he and Zexion hijack a plane and are negotiating directly with the governor and his advisors. You know, Governor Zexion and his top advisor Axel?
- There Are No Therapists: Well, why should there be? Ansem picked the cast members because they were so fucked up. There are, however, "mental health examinations" conducted by a psychic sitting in a crude approximation of a psychiatrist's chair.
- There Can Be Only One: Parodied. Season Six started with various reality show casts being murdered, with Ansem Retort being the only one unharmed. Axel's response upon finding out?
"WE'RE THE FUCKING Highlander OF REALITY TV!"
- Unfortunately, their dominance of reality TV is suddenly threatened by Shibuya Shore as of the end of Season 7.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch: This is how Andrew Jackson talks.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Zex's reaction to Shibuya Shore's premiere.
- Those Two Guys: Darth Maul and Marluxia.
- Time Travel: Thrice.
- Sinistar was sent back in time by Ansem so he wouldn't bother anyone ever again. He ended up eating the Challenger. The O-ring was a cover story.
- Xemnas's plan is to take the Original Soul, Sora, back in time. Red XIII, by now Xemnas's Dragon, vows to eat Riku's parents in the process.
- Axel and Zex believe the quickest way to time travel is getting drunk. They recruit Marluxia to drink the gay drinks, because he's gay.
- They were right. So the three of them, and Riku are now drinking through time. (Naminé can't come along because she's a lightweight. And the one time she tried it, she ended up getting raped by Aladdin...With Zexion making the guy PAY him for the privilege)
- To Make a Long Story Short:
- Token Minority: Darth Maul, the resident Jew of the show.
- Too Dumb to Live: Hercules. Apparently, he's a Half-Human Hybrid, with the upper body of a centaur, and the lower body of a man.
- Too Soon: Mocked.
Zexion: I'm sorry, was it to soon for a Pearl Harbor joke?! No, no, it's my fault really. It's obvious you people are still recovering from the murder of fucking Lincoln!
- Arguably this is an example by the comic itself.
- As was this one.
- Also done with Riku and Naminé's hula contest. Their entry was to the tune of "Rock You Like A Hurricane". The proceeds of the contest go to survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
- And now this. Duke proudly claims he's first to do so.
- Once again, Duke is ahead of the curve after the latest round of natural disasters here
- Add another with the death of Osama. Fittingly, given the nature of the comic.
- Training Montage: Including The Eye Of The Tiger.
- Unfortunate Implications: Parodied In-Universe. Zexion notes that IHOP's Happy Face Pancake looks like blackface. He responds with "FUCK YOU RACIST PANCAKE!"
- Unholy Matrimony: Axel and Aerith.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Zexion and Naminé. Disturbingly, since Naminé's a bit young for him. Still, Naminé's well acquainted with Zex's taste in hookers, Zexion takes a break on his way to a sexual encounter with a werepire to inform Naminé of what he's doing, and Naminé is apparently turned on by Zexi..., er, Guillermo del Zexiero lo Marquis' new name... Also, when his cyanide pills were replaced with mentos, he immediately knew it was she who did it. Oh, about Zex's taste in hookers - he likes them "blonde, stupid, and not dead inside yet". Naminé meets 2 of the 3. One could even infer that the only reason Zexion does not get with Naminé out right is because she's too smart for him.
- They claim to hate each other, but they interact often and even call each other in times of crisis. Mainly because they're both a little more intelligent than the others (Zex chooses to be a crazy jackass). She even introduced him to her date for Axel's wedding. Not that it went anywhere...
- As of Ansem Retort #625, Namine even has "Zexion senses". However, that doesn't necessarily mean she'll actually DO anything about him needing her help.
- As of comic 700, this seems to be canon on Naminé's part.
Zexion: Shit's about to get freaky.
- Unsound Effect: Lampshaded here
- Verbal Tic: See the This Is for Emphasis, Bitch example above.
- Viewers are Morons: To quote Duke: "Gotta love April Fools Day. Not that that's going to stop any of you from e-mailing me about this comic thinking it's real."
- Villain Protagonist: Oh yes.
- Wham! Line: Red XIII when talking to Xemnas about Riku.
Red XIII: What do you mean, I already ate his parents?
- Strip 700 gives another.
Zexion: Everything you love will have my dick in it!
- "What?" Cliffhanger: Parodied here.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: It wasn't until Season Six that we learned that Ansem Retort takes place in Pennsylvania. Zexion didn't even know... and he's the governor of it.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Around the time that comic was released, Duke revealed on the site that he had always planned to set Ansem Retort in wherever he went to college at.
- Wonder Twin Powers: Played with here.
- Word of God: Duke usually answers questions about unnecessary trivia on his Formspring. For example, he recently revealed the full names of Larxene (Larxene Jones) and Marluxia (Martin Luxia Queenly).
- Worth It: Here. Of course, this was shortly after Riku was shown to be getting stabbed in his own daydream, so you could argue that being hanged with a lei is a bonus for him.
- Would Hit a Girl: To the surprise of absolutely no one, Axel.
- You Can Keep Her: Played with. When Belle tried to extract a ransom from Zexion to let Larxene go, Zexion refused and listed his demands to take Larxene off her hands. Cut to a week later, and Belle is giving in.
- Exaggerated later, when Xemnas takes Sora hostage. Axel corners them, and Xemnas asks how Axel is going to stop him and save Sora. Axel says he's okay with one of two, and throws his own chakram at Sora.
- You Keep Using That Word: Early on Axel complains about Marluxia's "feminism."
- Your Head Asplode:
Fox Action News reporter; I'm outside Jericho, New York, where the entire population has just died from contagious head explosion. Odds are though, they deserved it.
- And another time:
Lulu: You totally deserve having your head explode for dissing The Godfather.