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One day at the scene of a fire, the cop found the perfect fireman axe. That was the day he became Axe Cop.
—The opening narration of Axe Cop, episode 1

Axe Cop is a Web Comic about a Crazy Awesome police officer who uses his Weapon of Choice to behead every evil he encounters while building an ever-expanding team of do-gooders. That in itself makes the comic notable enough, but there's another secret behind its success: although Axe Cop's adventures are brought to life by the trained hand of a professional comic book artist, the story and characters are directed completely by the overactive imagination of a 7-year-old boy.

The story is this: In December 2009, 29-year-old comic artist Ethan Nicolle returned to his family home for a Christmas visit, and his (then) 5-year-old brother Malachai, always delighted to see Ethan, invited him to play a pretend game of "Axe Cop." Ethan happily obliged, and as the two played, Ethan was consistently surprised with the wild and fantastical stories that his brother came up with. Between flute wielding policemen that get turned into dinosaur-hybrids from dinosaur blood with magical properties, there seemed to be no limit to the younger Nicolle's imagination. Ever the artist, Ethan began to feel that these ideas were too good to go to waste—that maybe, if he just pressed Malachai on a few details, he could get enough material to illustrate a more complete account of this axe-wielding policeman's adventures...

Axe Cop made its internet debut in January 2010. Originally created just for a select group of family and friends, the Axe Cop comics comprised then 5-year-old Malachai's raw ideas, formatted and illustrated by 29-year-old Ethan. The first four episodes chronicled the adventures of the eponymous hero, starting from the moment he discovered the perfect fireman axe and following him as he quickly grew into a larger than life legend. The strips proved insanely popular, and it was not long until tales of a webcomic written by a 6-year-old and illustrated by a 29-year-old began to spill over on to the internet at large. So popular, in fact, that weeks after its debut, he began taking viewer questions for the side series "Ask Axe Cop" which introduced so many more insane concepts and characters that it has become as popular as the main comic, if not more so. Now, Axe Cop is to be published by Dark Horse Comics, with a collection of most of the web material. A three-part miniseries in color, named Bad Guy Earth, was released in March 2011 and features Axe Cop and Dinosaur Soldier fighting the regular police and the army, who are fed up with Axe Cop's extreme methods. And a crossover with (who else?) Dr. McNinja titled "Stolen Pizza, Stolen Lives" ended in August 2010. An Axe Cop-themed Munchkin set was released in late 2011. And now it's been greenlit for an animated TV series.

Since then, Axe Cop has become a veritable phenomenon. In just a matter of months, Axe Cop had accomplished more than this page could possibly recount and a number of the comic's fans—sorry, the comic's number of fans has exploded.

It's hilarious. It's badass. It's beautiful. It's awesome. It's Axe Cop.

Guaranteed to be the best comic written by a seven-year-old that you'll ever read.

Tropes used in Axe Cop include:
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: Averted. You want enough potion that turns zombies good for the whole town? It's only 1 dollar. Vacuum capable of sucking up an entire planet? It's only 1 dollar. Mind controls to subjugate evil mooks? 2 dollars. The most valuable resources in the series thus far seem to be prefab human servants; Chemist M cost $10. This goes out of the window, however, when Axe Cop mentions that three golden weapons (previously never seen for sale) costing one thousand dollars is considered a good deal.
    • Played straight in Bad Guy Earth when the chicken-brain robots need an Invincibilator and an Invisibilator, which cost a tyranotillion dollars—the highest number in the universe. Fortunately (for the bad guys) there's a diamond in the museum which is priced at the exact same tyranotillion.
  • Alliteration: The Evil Baby Bobblehead Battle at Big Beach Castle.
  • Adipose Rex: King Evilfatsozon. Suffice to say, he's well-named.
  • Abnormal Ammo: Axe Cop's three least favorite guns use flowers, carnivorous brains and rabbits for ammo.
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Axe Cop hoovers up a whole planet of poo, then flushes it down the toilet. Since "everyone was happy", it has to be assumed that the sewer was spacious enough not to burst.
  • All There in the Manual: Ask Axe Cop.
  • Alt Text: Since episode #84.
  • An Axe to Grind: Guess who? Dinosaur Soldier/Flute Cop/Avocado Soldier/Viking Cop also gets into the groove on occasion.
  • And That's Terrible: Turned up in a guest strip: "All he did all day was eat planets. It wasn't nice.
  • And Then What?: Axe Cop is subject to a heroic version of this. He has mused several times in Ask Axe Cop that if he ever did succeed in killing every bad guy, he'd get bored with nothing left to do.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: The Sea Ghost offers the Moon Warriors a choice between peace on Earth or new costumes when they defeat him. Guess which one they choose.
  • And Zoidberg: The brief, pointless appearances of Mr. Stocker.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Getting someone's blood on you gives you their powers (so far, this has happened with dinosaur blood, superhero blood, shark blood, swordfish blood, and crab blood). So does eating fruit. And unicorn horns grant wishes.
    • Lighting yourself on fire gives you fire powers. But only if you're a good guy.
    • Weapons are invariably more powerful when made of gold. And yes, a Golden Axe has appeared. There's even been a golden chainsaw. Sockarang uses it to cut the head off of the Vampire Man Baby Kid.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Two items instead of three, but the idea is there. "The snow man came to life and started eating the kids. The tree sang really annoying songs."
  • Art Evolution: The earlier comics are simpler, scratchier, and unshaded, but when the comic became a hit, Ethan started applying realistic tones. Axe Cop's outfit has also changed after Ethan found reference pictures of actual police uniforms. This is less about Ethan's skills improving than it is about the realization that Axe Cop had gone from "a small joke among family members" to something with a much larger audience than anything in Ethan's "real" comics career. Thus, Ethan "started to put more effort into the art without slowing down."
  • Art Style Dissonance: A strange case; the dissonance comes from the fact that the author is barely of elementary school age and the illustrator is an old hand at the trade.
    • "The Moon Warriors Go Camping" was written by Ethan and drawn by Malachai, causing a very divergent art style.
  • Ascended Extra: Bat Warthog Man was originally a purely theoretical one-off character from Ask Axe Cop. He eventually got his own story arc, "Bat Warthog Man Can't Find His Friend".
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Axe Cop tells Lobsterman that he is the leader of his team because he is the best fighter.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever:
    • Eggy Eggy turned from an unassuming Sheldon Expy to a city-sized egg monster in the course of two episodes.
    • "Jack and John Zombie Vampire Killers 2: The Secret President" ends with Jack pushing the growth button on his wrist several times (as opposed to just once to return to normal size) and becoming a giant that destroys the world.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: AXE COP 2012. Although, as he points out, it's probably for the best he doesn't.
    • However, in Bad Guy Earth, he becomes President of All Presidents, apparently giving him authority over all other presidents.
  • Author Appeal: Malachai really likes using baby-related concepts. When asked about it, Ethan said he'd actually managed to talk him out of using them even more. There was also a period in which he was obsessed with rogue angels and fighting Satan.
    • He's also worked zombies into quite a few recent stories, as a result of playing Plants vs. Zombies on his brother's iPhone.
    • Another one is his fondness for teams consisting of two brothers, probably because Axe Cop started out as him playing with Ethan. Examples include Axe Cop and Flute Cop, the Moon Warriors, the Secret Agent Brothers, and the villainous Psychic Brothers in Bad Guy Earth.
      • Gone into more detail in Axe Cop #1 - when Malachai tells Ethan what's going to happen, he doesn't say "Axe Cop and Flute Cop (or any other partner) do this," he says "you and me do this." Axe Cop isn't just a webcomic written by a grade school kid; it's a diary of the games he plays with his older brother. By the very way it's set up, brothers and friends are always going to be a central concept to the world.
    • Weapons that shoot tornadoes seem to come up a lot.
    • Dinosaurs (specifically, T-Rexes), but Dinosaur Soldier is often transformed into whatever Malachai fancies, having been anything from an Avacado Soldier to a Viking Cop.
    • For a time, he was obsessed with brains, which feature heavily in the Bat Warthog Man arc and also come up in Jack and John's second adventure.
    • Axe Cop's favorite singer is Johnny Cash, who Malachai learned about in Rock Band.
  • Author Avatar: Ethan appears as a large man who seems just a little unnerved to be in a comic strip with these kinds of lunatics. Malachai is living the dream.
    • Chemist M. Three guesses as to what the M stands for, and the first two don't count.
  • Awesome but Impractical: Pretty much every weapon and superpower that exists in the series. If it was reality, that is!
  • Awesome McCoolname: The Moon Brothers are named Vampire Wolfer and Fire Slicer.
    • Not to mention "Malachai Nicolle".
  • Axe Crazy: Yes, everybody and everything in the comic is crazy, but the eponymous character is the only one (so far) who, in addition to being crazy, has an ax(e), so...
    • Even Ethan himself calls Axe Cop "borderline psycho" in the blog.
  • Babies Make Everything Better
  • Back from the Dead: The mermaid from Ask Axe Cop #15, as revealed in #20.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In part 14 of "The Dogs", the mummy cats succeed in killing the titular dogs and turning them into monster mummies.
  • Badass Beard: Sockarang, after he gets splashed with some of Bad Santa's blood and becomes Good Bad Santa (while still being Sockarang somehow).
  • Badass Boast: Axe Cop & co.'s battle cries.

Axe Cop: Wait. So you can turn back into a man whenever you want?
Army Chihuahua: Only when I am not ready to fight... which is almost never.

Dr. McNinja: Just... just protect the book, okay?

  • Call Back: Many elements introduced in Ask Axe Cop are worked into the main story.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Most of the team's battle cries are just descriptions of what they plan to do to their enemies.
  • The Cameo: Probably the two most badass cameos you could think off: Chuck Norris and Batman. Axe Cop defeats Chuck Norris, but even he concedes that Batman is actually someone you want to emulate if you want to become a crime fighter.
  • Captain Ersatz: After Uni-Man takes a level in badass and gets a Lantern Jaw of Justice, several fans have noted he looks like the DC Animated Universe version of Jim Gordon.
    • Another one, lampshaded: When Axe Cop gains Ninja powers from Dr. McNinja, his mustache still shows over his ninja mask.

Dr. McNinja: You look like my dad.

Axe Cop: I don't know what's on Invisible King Bad Guy Planet 2...but whatever it is, I'm sure it can't beat dinosaurs.

Axe Cop: I... I killed a good guy... (cue Manly Tears)

  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Axe Cop and his friends are completely insane, but they're definitely the good guys.
  • Hero-Killer: The God of All Bears, and arguably Chicken Head.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: The motion comic version of Episode 3 has Maurice LaMarche as Avocado Soldier.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: Who show up in a truck reading TRUCK OF NINJAS. It turns into a mutant bug.
    • Also Mr. Mutani Esu, a ninja who fights children at Fighting School during recess in a snazzy dress suit, no less.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: In-Universe: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: EXPLOSION GOD.
  • Humongous Mecha
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In episode 47, Candy Candy is blown up in one of the cars it spawned.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: In one episode of Ask Axe Cop, Axe Cop gets asked if he'd ever had a kid. He answered that, since he's his best friend, he'd turn Sockarang into a chick and have kids with him/her. This is either absolutely hilarious or the stuff nightmares are made of. He does the same to Abraham Lincoln.
  • Horny Vikings: One episode has Axe Cop and Dinosaur Soldier prank a bunch of vikings by chopping their heads off. Naturally, Dinosaur Soldier gets some of their blood on him and becomes Viking Cop, complete with pointy helmet.
  • How the Character Stole Christmas: In the Christmas Special, Axe Cop goes up against an entire alien race of Grinch expies. Needless to say, he has an... unconventional way of dealing with them.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Exaggerated: Sockarang and The Best Fairy Ever. He's working to fix that.
  • Humans Are Warriors: More like all things are warriors, actually. Even music classes seem to involve using your instrument as a weapon.
  • Humble Beginnings: Axe Cop is written by a six year old.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: Axe Cop eats nothing but cake and wish food, but he's always incredibly fit and ready to fight crime. Then again, it might be subverted: he only sleeps two minutes a day, and spends the other 23 hours and 58 minutes fighting crime. He must burn calories like Guy Montag burns books.
  • Idiot Ball: When Uni-Man demands Dr. Stinky Head to return his horn, Axe Cop saws the three horns off Dr. Stinky Head's forehead with the gold-bladed chainsaw instead of doing what he does best.
    • Ethan suggests that cutting someone's head off disables any unicorn horns on it.
  • I Got a Rock: At once point the team visits Uni-Man for new weapons. Ghost Cop gets a gun that shoots tornadoes and unicorns. Sockarang gets a gun that shoots anything you want, such as armour, onto you. Axe Cop gets a plunger. Later subverted; the plunger was Chekhov's Gun.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Axe Cop endorses crimefighting as the ideal profession. He suggests studying Batman films to this end, but also suggests that you could go one further and study Batman's techniques firsthand.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Possession of one is apparently a requirement to join his team. Fire Slicer has his fire sword/stick, and now Ghost Cop has a unicorn/bullet tornado gun.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Book Cop.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Axe Cop and his Mom as kids ate babies.
  • Inversion: For one comic, Malachai illustrated and Ethan wrote.
  • In Working Order: Psydrozon becomes the property of Axe Cop and Dinosaur Soldier after they decapitate it and kill its pilot.
    • After defeating King Evilfatsozon, he exploded into Ludicrous Gibs. One of those gibs was his skeleton, which was a stick. Which Axe Cop sharpened into a spear. Now he can stab people.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Axe Cop becomes Axe Cop Fire when set ablaze by Wexter's fire breath. So does everyone else on his team.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Axe Cop was born with an immunity to bad guy blood, ensuring that a phlebotinum-induced Heel Face Turn is impossible for him.
  • Informed Ability: Telescope Gun Cop, at first. He never actually does anything evil until after he's dubbed a villain.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Every. Single. Strip.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Axe Cop cites this as a reason to turn Wexter into a dragon so he can get to the Zombie Planet.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Bat Warthog Man only assumes his bat warthog form at night, because that's when bats are awake. In the day, he's normal. As a result, he can only fight crime during the night. That is the law of the Bat and Warthog.
  • Involuntary Transformation: So far, Flute Cop has been transformed into Dinosaur Soldier, Avocado Soldier, Uni-Avocado Soldier, Dinosaur Soldier (again), back to Flute Cop, then Ghost Cop. As of the current storyline, he is now Drag-Tri-Ghostacops Rex He actually takes it rather well, as each form has its own special powers.
    • This all makes a lot more sense when you learn that Malachai is a big fan of Ben 10.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Evil Sockarang used his third unicorn horn to fool the Uni-Family into believing he is good.
  • Jerkass: Axe Cop is mean to many people, even his own brother.
    • In the Axecop/Lolbat crossover, by the second strip, Axey has mistaken Lolbat for a villain, knocked him out, called his superpowers stupid, and come up with a cooler concept for a bat/internet themed hero. Lolbat did not want.
  • Joke Item: Ask Axe Cop #37 shows three guns Axe Cop hated.
    • Lethal Joke Item: Don't try using them all at once. Stupid Rhino Head found this out the hard way.
    • Also: his plunger.
  • Jumped At the Call: The Cop became Axe Cop when he passed by "the perfect fireman axe." Until episode 0 (written after episode 4), this was the full extent of his backstory.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Fire Slicer can throw fireballs in this fashion.
  • Killed Off for Real: The Moon Warriors, thus far.
  • Kill It with Fire: Chuck Norris in Ask Axe Cop #12, and Fire Slicer's magic move Fire Dumptruck, which involves scooping bad guys into a truck full of fire.
  • Kirby Dots: Emitted by the Sun Picking-Up Gloves.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice
  • Large Ham: Axe Cop himself, in the animated version. "I WILL CHOP YOUR HEADS OFF!!!!!"
  • Lego Genetics: Taken to the point that it's more like Scratch 'n' Sniff Genetics. All you need to turn into a different creature is to be exposed to their blood or something.
  • Let's Meet the Meat: Every Thanksgiving, Uni-Man wishes for a magical forest filled with animals that allow themselves to be killed for food.
  • Light Is Not Good: Ask Axe Cop #20 shows Axe Cop requesting The King of All Time for help in fighting an evil angel, though such a battle has yet to occur.
  • Literal-Minded: Axe Cop's "axe" (in a rock band he fronts) is , well, his axe.
  • Literal Genie: Sockarang uses a unicorn horn to wish for every weapon—and then asks Axe Cop to fetch a chainsaw. This only works once you remember that chainsaws are meant as tools.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Axe Cop Year One [dead link] is a testament to the versatility of Malachai's imagination.
    • According to a Facebook post from Ethan himself, Bad Guy Earth introduces a total of over 60 characters.
  • Loud of War: Flute Cop's modus operandi according to Ask Axe Cop #30.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Axe Cop and Flute Cop are brothers, but they forgot about it.
  • Magical Database: Axe Cop has a file cabinet that contains "maps to bad guy labs." They used it only once, in chapter 3 to track down Telescope Gun Cop who was experimenting on apples, and then on every other bad guy to retrieve the fruit that was stolen in the meantime.
  • The Man Behind the Man: In Bad Guy Earth, the Evil Magician Woman.
  • Mana Meter: Axe Cop's Ninja Meter fills when Dr. McNinja transfers some of his ninja powers to him.
  • Manly Tears: In Ask Axe Cop #15, Axe Cop grieves after killing a mermaid, who he didn't know are all good guys. A Downer Ending to be sure, written by a child, no less.
    • In a hypothetical scenario, Axe Cop would not be happy to have to kill Uni-Baby if she turned into an evil monster.
  • Master Poisoner: Axe Cop is a rare heroic example.
  • Meanwhile Back At The: Meanwhile, Inside A Nearby Swordfish
  • Meaningful Name: Axey and Flutey Smartist grow up to be Axe Cop and Flute Cop, respectively. Also a Non-Indicative Name, however, in that neither of the Smartist children is the smartest character in the comic. That'd be Uni-Man.
    • According to this strip, Axe Cop is the smartest man in the world. So he's the smartest Earthling.
    • There's also the case of the Snoward Family, for whom Avocado Soldier crafts a Snow Planet to house their 2,000,001,001 children.
  • Mega Manning: Sockarang gains "the power of Christmas" after getting Bad Santa blood on him.
    • Heck, acquiring the special abilities and/or form of something after being bitten/splashed by its blood or juice is one of the major reoccurring themes.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Drag-Tri-Ghostacops Rex.
    • Bat Warthog Man was shown riding a Bat Warthog T-Rex in his grand debut.
  • The Mole: In Bad Guy Earth, Sockarang's mom, who is really the Evil Magician Woman in disguise.
  • Monster Clown: After pranking (read: killing in humourous ways) everybody, Axe Cop throws a party at his house and invites over all the clowns...then poisons them, because they're all robbers.
  • Moral Dissonance: Axe Cop makes a living out of fighting bad guys, but has no issues with breaking into and robbing candy shops on Halloween, or murdering tons of people when he doesn't have a VERY specific candle on his cakes.
  • Morally-Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Stinky Head and Dr. Doo Doo.
  • More Dakka: "I wish to be Dinosaur Soldier again... and for every weapon!"
  • Most Writers Are Adults: Averted.
  • Mr. Imagination: Malachai, and it shows. To quote the Chop! podcast, "this kid's got so much creativity it hurts."
  • Multiple Choice Past: Since Axe Cop is written by a 6-year old, there will obviously be some inconsistencies in Axe Cop's backstory. In Episode 0, Axe Cop apparently became a cop to avenge his parents' death from overeating candy canes... (or so he thought.) However, Ask Axe Cop #21 says that Axe Cop was inspired to be a police officer after he killed a bad guy with a poisonous apple and realized he could kill bad guys all day and night, and yet another origin story involves chopping the head off a rabbit "who had been breaking all the rabbit rules". All the other rabbits hailed young Axey as a hero, inspiring him to give up his heretofore-unmentioned dream of being a fireman to take up a career as a police officer instead.
  • My Brain Is Big: A variation, where instead of intelligence making your head bigger, enough of it makes you spontaneously grow a unicorn horn. Somehow, this applies to entire planets.
    • Becoming sufficiently smart above and beyond the level of "unicorn horn" apparently causes you to sprout more horns, unless you consciously scale it back with the horns' wishing power.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ask Axe Cop #15 and #19.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Pretty much everyone who isn't Fluffy the Terrible. Special mention to The King of All Time.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Axe Cop's band features the traditional rock and roll rig with, among other things, a flute and violin.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Well, not so much "demand" as "politely suggest", but new powers come and go to match the current threat regardless, and, more often than not, they're explained in-universe.
    • Most powers are explained by some means, such as transformations brought on by blood. Those that appear from nowhere are usually followed by Axe Cop saying 'That was a secret attack', and don't appear again.
  • 90% of Your Brain: Uni-Man's horn sprouted shortly after his brain "grew all the way."
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The amalgamations of cool/crazy stuff in this comic have to be seen to be believed.
    • Episode 2 introduced Vampire Wizard Ninja Brothers on the Moon. One of which is a werewolf. On the moon.
    • As of episode 14, they are now Shark/Swordfish/Crab Vampire Wizard Ninjas from the Moon.
    • As of chapter 3, the villainess Hasta Mia is a Zombie Dog Woman.
    • And the man once known as Flute Cop tops them all by becoming Drag-Tri-Ghostacops Rex.
    • Jack and John hunt jetpack-wielding zombie vampires.
    • Axe Cop goes out for Halloween dressed as a wolvye, half vampire and half werewolf.
    • Wolver Man is half Wolverine and half Superman.
    • Liborg is a cyborg with a man/lion/cheetah brain.
    • ZOMBIE INDIANS ON SEGWAYS
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Bat Warthog Man's original form greatly resembles Rod Serling.
    • Army Chihuahua's squad partner who was killed by Chicken Head was named Sergeant T. Ethan chose to draw and write him as Mr. T.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Ask Axe Cop #18 shows Axe Cop's Axe & Gun technique:

1. Chop head off.
2. Kick it.
3. Shoot it.

  • No Name Given: Book Cop's wife. Since she was mute, even she didn't know her own name.
  • No Ontological Inertia: The machine on Zombie World causes every human on it to turn into a zombie. When Axe Cop destroys the Big Red Button on it, everyone on Zombie World is instantly freed of their shackles and changed back into the superheroes they used to be.
  • Nobody Poops: Literally. Nobody on Poop Get Rid Of World has bowel movements. In fact, they can only eat Poopnevermaker food.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The "Funny Episode," where Axe Cop and Dinosaur Soldier are exceptionally cruel.
  • Noodle Implements: "Right now, we need to get some helicopters, dinosaurs... and a chemist."
  • Not Quite Dead: Dr. Stinky Head is revealed to have had a force field that was destroyed in the battle with Uni-Man. He returns slightly stronger (but no more intelligent) in Stolen Pizza, Stolen Lives.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Flute Cop plays a recorder. Technically, it's a type of flute, but most people only think of the modern transverse flute when hearing the term.
  • Offhand Backhand: An advised awesome move to present to Axe Cop if you wish to join his team.
  • Omniglot: The moon warriors know every human and alien language
  • One-Man Army: Book Cop won the Revolutionary War all by himself, in contrast to Axe Cop's ideals of The Power of Friendship.
  • One-Winged Angel
    • Or rather, a Many-Horned Something Or Other: Uni-Man in Episode 19.
    • In Stolen Pizza, Stolen Lives, Dr. Stinkyhead becomes stronger and Axe Cop and Dr. McNinja struggle to defeat his second form.
  • Only the Pure of Heart: Bad guys who attempt to ride Wexter are impaled by his hidden spikes. And bad guys who listen to the songs made by Axe Cop's band die.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Ask Axe Cop #15: All of them are good guys, but their reversed emotional cues end up leading to tragedy.
    • In Ask Axe Cop #20, The King of All Time is the king of the mermaids. He grows legs when he walks on land and has invisible weapons capable of stabbing a jillion mooks at once.
  • Our Unicorns Are Different: And they don't get much more different than Uni-Man and Uni-Baby. Or Uni-Avocado Soldier.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The vampire that changed the Ninja Brothers is a "sun vampire."
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Wolfer. Have you ever heard of a werewolf who lives on the moon?
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Humans can turn into zombies either through infection or just by being rotten to the core. Some of them can talk.
  • Out of Focus: Bat Warthog Man Can't Find His Friend features none of the major characters in previous storylines save for Axe Cop himself.
  • Outrun the Fireball: Done at least once every other page.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: The Moon Warriors are described as the best fighters on the moon, despite being the only fighters on the moon.
  • Parental Abandonment: A recurring theme, justified because frankly, isn't that the biggest fear any 5-year-old has, no matter how stable their family is?
  • Perfect Poison: Many of Axe Cop's secret attacks seen in Ask Axe Cop involve poison.
  • Perspective Flip: Zombie Fishy Fish's favorite video game is Zombies vs. Plants, as rendered by the author of the original game himself.
  • Physical God: Abraham Lincoln.
  • Planet Eris
  • Planet of Hats: Uni-Smart World, Zombie World (which later becomes a planet of superheroes), Poop World, and Poop Get Rid Of World.
  • Playing with Fire: Axe Cop and his team gain the power to breathe fire if they're set on fire themselves.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: When Axe Cop started out, his only ally was a cop with a flute. Now that he's teamed up with vampire ninja wizards and characters who can grant wishes, the only reason he manages to remain relevant is his superior analytical skills.
  • Power Incontinence: One of the Ask Axe Cop strips show a superhero named Electric Man, who can create lightning and earthquakes but ends up firing off whenever he trips, which happens a lot because his face mask makes it hard to see.
  • The Power of Friendship: Perhaps owing to five-year-old ideals, no one, not even Axe Cop, fights alone.
    • Many of the Ask Axe Cop strips show that Axe Cop is much more interested in seeking out partners than bettering his own powers. About half of them show him looking for particularly powerful individuals to join his team. Whenever he chooses to take out enemies on his own, it's always through a passive method, such as offing the enemy in their sleep or using poison.
  • Power-Up Food: Fruits seem to work this way in the Axe Cop universe, although it isn't consistent: when Dinosaur Soldier eats an avocado, he becomes "Avocado Soldier" and transforms into a giant avocado that can shoot explosive avocados; Axe Cop eats a lemon and turns into "Axe Cop With Lemon"—basically himself with a lemon wedge on his axe and the power to throw lemon grendades; and when Telescope Gun Cop and Uni-Baby eat apples, their hands turn into apples that can shoot apples. Yeah.
  • Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner: "Happy Die Day, redcoats!"
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Sockarang has socks instead of arms which can be detached and used in this manner.
  • Product Placement: The Nintendo DS and Lego Star Wars in Ask Axe Cop #29.
    • If Axe Cop ever manages to kill every bad guy and retires, he wants to spend his time playing everyone in the world (and winning) on the Nintendo Wii.
    • In "Stolen Pizza, Stolen Lives" Axe Cop fires Axe Cop The Book at Dr. Stinky Head. It's right on spec with Malachai's plans for it.
    • Jack and John depend on Google for the logistics of their zombie-hunting mission.
    • Was eventually subverted:

Axe Cop is not endorsed by Red Bull. Malachai is just convinced that Red Bull is an actual potion that makes you run super fast.

Ethan: He's such a bright-eyed, happy and friendly and warm kid. He wants to make people happy. He wants to be a friend. It's just the kind of guy he is. He's been loved a lot. We all love him. He's the kid, like when you go to a softball game, he's the one kid in the outfield spinning on his head and doing little flips. He's got super energy and he's always trying to make people laugh and he's hilarious.