Ansem Retort

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The first strip. It pretty much goes downhill from here.

Ansem Retort: Combining comedy and cancer into a delicious fruity mix.

Ansem Retort is a Dead Baby Comedy Sprite Comic wherein characters from the Kingdom Hearts series move into a Reality TV Show Mansion. Hilarity Ensues.

It can be found right here.

Warning: Ansem Retort may be considered offensive to Buddhists, orphans, homeless, fat people, New Yorkers, midgets, anyone affiliated with Reality TV, Oprah, Dr. Phil, Muslims, Catholics, Mexicans, Dick Cheney, the Republican party, the Green party, the Democratic party, God, Yaoi Fangirls, the 1927 New York Yankees, the Special Olympics, the Jewish, sith lords, British royalty, the US military, Jesus, Jimmy Carter, Santa Claus, the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Walt Disney, the population of Florida, the country of Tibet, Keanu Reeves, fans of the movie High School Musical 2, Iron Man, Ozzy Osbourne, children whose parents are divorced, New Jersey, the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, gays, pro-life supporters, and pretty much anybody who can be offended...Oh, and Canada.

Yeah, it isn't the nicest of webcomics out there. Read at your own risk.

Tropes used in Ansem Retort include:

  • 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!

Ansem: As you all know, the Kairi tragic death-
Zexion: Tragic? We had a party, you were invited. You ate the "Hooray Kairi's Dead" cake.

  • 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.
[[[Beat Panel]]]
Zexion: THE KITCHEN! Just throw his bloody corpse-to-be on the kitchen counter.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
Ariel: Well, when a man loves a dolphin more than society says he should...

    • 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!
Naminé: She played a Monopoly "get out of jail free" card. How am I supposed to beat that?

  • 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.
    • Naminé's TV-watching habit disappeared after the first season.
    • Marluxia was originally supposed to be Axel's partner in crime and psychopathy. Then he came down with a severe case of Demoted to Extra. Now he's playing the Straight Man role that was originally intended for Zexion.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Parodied.

Naminé: Why did you put a firecracker in his liver?
Zexion: I don't know, but it'll probably be really funny later on.

    • 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!
Phoenix Wright: You plead the right for women to vote?
Sora: Am I going to get the death penalty?

Zexion: We trained this monkey to bite your face off.

[He is joined by Axel and Zexion]
Everyone: Accept Batman as your lord and savior.

"We'll die, and then come back as the Ghostbusters. And then we'll play soccer!"
"I wonder what fire tastes like." (Beat Panel) "Fire tastes like bacon!"

  • 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.
    • Later:

Xemnas: Do you have any idea what will happen should Sora die?
Axel: No...but you could explain what would happen.
Zexion: Okay, boys, drinks at the ready!

Zexion: You're not leaving until you finish it, you know.

Hercules: I like my women like I like my laptop, in sleep mode.
Axel: Look you fake-tanned juiced-up sack of shit, even I'm disgusted by you.

  • Evil Versus Evil: Just about everyone on any side of any fight is either a complete psychopath, a complete Jerkass, or both.

"In metaphor form, it's like a duel between Jack the Ripper and Hitler."

Larxene: Ooh, ooh! Do you know what you get when you mix around the letters?
[cut to the Ansem Retort house]
Marluxia: X-E-M-N-A-S. MANSEX?
Darth Maul: You would say that.

  • 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.

"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...
Namine: You would have $7.12.

  • 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.
Axel: So this time, I'm just going to wing it.
Marluxia: Coming from you, that fills me with absolute terror.

  • 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."

Darth Maul: Pandora? Is he calling us box openers?
Marluxia: I think he's calling us box openers.
Darth Maul: Let's kick his ass!

  • 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.

Phoenix Wright: OBJECTION!
Judge: Objection overruled; go fuck yourself sustained.

  • 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.

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.
Ansem: So we're blaming terrorists?
Employee: Canadian terrorists.

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.
Riku: Is this where you list off a bunch of random items that don't make sense until you execute your master plan?
Zexion: Uhh, no. All I need is chloroform and a gun. This plan really isn't that complex.

Riku: My god, the past has been changed, and only I can tell. Ooh! I get my own story arc!

  • 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.

Riku: Stop kicking me!
Axel: Not unless you apologize for being horribly, horribly injured!

  • 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!
Axel: Sorry, what? I'm kinda fighting a shark right now.

Where'd the pencil go? How'd you make it disappear?

    • Sora got three in one when he crashed into an emergency room:

Sora:I'm sorry cast of House's Anatomy!
Random passerby: You killed Zach Braff!

This is the friend I was talking about: Yuffie Kisa...ChunLi..Ryu.

Ansem: I wished to welcome Miss Kusa...LiuKang...Kano.

  • 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!

    • And again with Darth Maul watching Shibuya Shore, while the latter's cast (including Joshua) watches them.

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?
A: Sure Why Not

Sora: No, I'm not trying to summon Bill Murray and the other Ghostbusters!

    • 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 TV Tropes.
  • 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 nigger cunt".
  • Inner Dialogue: 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?


Ansem: Back at FOX, we had this great idea for the next plot line. It had monkeys and samurai, crazy stuff. Long story short: big chemical spill.

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.

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!
Namine: I love myself.

  • "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.