Gold Digger (Comic Book)

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Gina Diggers and Dreadwing

Gold Digger is a long-running US comic from Antarctic Press with manga-inspired art, written and drawn by Fred Perry. The first appearance of the characters was in the anthology title Mangazine Vol. 2 #11 (September, 1991). They then got their own eponymous 4-issue miniseries (September 1992-March 1993). This proved successful enough to make Gold Digger Vol. 2 an ongoing. 50 regular issues were published between July 1993 and June 1999, plus a number of annuals. These issues were mostly in black-and-white. The series was then relaunched as a full-color series. Vol. 3 started in July 1999 and is still ongoing.

The story centers around the adventures of the kind, nerdy, and idealistic Hot Scientist inventor, archaeologist and explorer Gina Diggers; and her Boisterous Bruiser, fashionista, were-cheetah adopted sister/bodyguard, Britanny "Cheetah" Diggers, as they search the world (and others) for relics of the distant past.

The third sister, Brianna, is the goofy mental and physical combination of Gina and Britanny, accidentally created in the process of removing a curse gained during one of their adventures. She combines Gina's thirst for mysteries, scientific acumen, and libido with Britanny's low attention span and thirst for action, fashion, or entertainment (plus a portion of her werebeast strength). Hence, she likes action-technology of any kind, especially if explosions are involved. She is usually accompanied by her trademark childlike little Peebo robots.

If, as the name and the Adventurer Archaeologist trope implies, the sisters seem more intent on digging up valuable treasures to fund their lifestyle than searching for actual knowledge, they invariably make up for it by becoming unwitting heroines in the process, usually with the help of their friends, and with time, Gina evolves into more idealistic Pillars of Moral Character material.

It is popular enough to have several spin-offs, usually four-issue miniseries.

Fred Perry also began working on an independent OVA based on the original "Time Raft" pilot story since 1999. He basically did everything except for the voice acting and music composition, while still producing the main series. The last part of story was finally completed and released in 2010.

Not to be confused with the (completely different) character archetype -- even though that very trope is a derisive (and largely undeserved) In-Series Nickname for Gina.

Tropes used in Gold Digger (Comic Book) include:

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  • All Women Are Lustful: Gina and Brittany especially, but females in this series tend to gravitate towards the aggressive side when it comes to guys.
  • Always Someone Better: A Lawyer-Friendly Cameo of Lara Croft filled this role from off-screen for Gina for a while.
  • Animation Bump: A couple shots in the first part of the OAV were redone for the final version, and they really stand out against the original footage.
  • Animesque: Among the oldest examples still being produced.
  • Artificial Human: Brianna, Array, Raphiel, the whole Amonian race.
  • Atlanta: Home of the Diggers family.
  • Author Appeal: Fred definitely loves his were-creatures. Ironically, he dislikes certain varieties. A furry/TF fan, he apparently is not.
  • Bald Women: Zelda, one of Talon's employees. In no way detracts from her Amazonian Beauty status.
  • Balloon Belly: Charlotte has had this happen to her at least once, leading to her being Mistaken for Pregnant.
  • Becoming the Mask: Madrid
  • BFG: Brianna's favorite trope.
  • BFS: Shinryuken's Size-Mitar. Remember, there is nothing his Colossal Blade cannot cut!
  • Big Bad: Dreadwing
  • Big Monster Cute Name: "Flakey", the 2-kilometer-long kraken.
  • Bleached Underpants: Fred Perry used to draw more adult material, and in fact still does. Gina has her origins in this material, which explains her proportions (and attidude).
    • There are also persistent rumors that Britanny started out as Fred Perry's roleplaying character on adult furry mu*s.
  • Blessed with Suck: Ayane the mixed-martial artist is a true sweetheart...and incredibly lonely due to her cold, cruel eyes that creep out everyone she meets. There's hope; Jotaru the genie has a crush on her. Did we mention that some genies in this series have their eyes in their torso instead of their face?
    • Though Ayane looks him in the eyes anyway towards the end of their first date, and he still doesn't seem bothered.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Brianna, Xane
  • Boobs of Steel: The stronger females tend to have larger breasts (at least within their respective Cast Herd)—not that this says much.
  • Bottle Fairy: Monty's ghost girlfriend.
  • Brawn Hilda: "Grammy" Brunhildagarde Brigand, Julia's mother and the Diggers sisters' grandmother.
  • Breakout Villain: The dragon Dreadwing was originally just a one-shot villain for the pilot story, which ended with him as a skeleton. Now, he's the Man Behind the Man for many of the plotlines past and present, and is dueling with Ancient Gina across most of time with virtually all the other characters as pawns.
  • Breast Expansion: Britanny, when she goes from human form to hybrid form. This is also a major reason why she prefers to stay in Hybrid form as much as possible. (Well, actually because she's taller, stronger and faster, but this side benefit comes with the rest.)
  • Brooklyn Rage: Roxy Rabinowitz (AKA Dark Bird), leader of the Night Flight airborne mercenaries, has a strong Brooklyn accent and a BIG chip on her shoulder, especially when dealing with Ace. She also recently took over a country led by her estranged sister, who was a large source of the aforementioned rage.
  • Buffy-Speak
  • Burger Fool: Penny forces Gina to work at one of these before she'll loan her enough money to avoid bankruptcy.
  • Captain Ersatz: The Vaultron force, the Edge Guard, and Dr. Peachbody.
    • Then there's the Teen Titans in Tif' and Char's school adventures.
      • And their teacher, Miss Tickle from Mission: Magic!—er, we mean Miss Giggle, who has a darker complexion and a pretty funny explanation for her blobby hairdo: Her cat is permanently curled up on top of her head. Kids, be very careful with your teleportation experiments!
    • Fauntleroy's Platinus is like a Gender Flipped Witchblade (A sentient Empathic Weapon that assumes the form of Stripperiffic "Chainmail Bikini" armor for her male host...because she's a pervert.)
    • More recent storylines have included prehistoric Captain Ersatz versions of the Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, the Centurions, G.I. Joe's Cobra (Earlier, one of Dark Bird's crew is a former member), and Strawberry Shortcake and Rainbow Brite as a psi-bard and prism battle priestess, respectively. Fred likes his Captain Ersatzes.
    • The whole series sometimes appears to thrive on this, from species to certain characters.
    • Agent M's former identity, Miracle, is described by one character as "movin' faster than bullets... stoppin' trains... and leapin' sky-scrapers with one hop...." Gosh, I wonder who he is.
    • Jotaru the genie is Jotaro. There are also versions of Ranma Saotome, Ryu and Balrog, Lara Croft, a gender-flipped version of the Mane Six, and many, many, many others. "Like" is probably too weak of a word, "Fred Perry is addicted to his Captain Ersatzes" probably fits better.
  • The Chessmaster: Gothwrain; Dreadwing; Ancient Gina
  • Clark Kenting: Agency Zero, especially Agent M, formerly the most recognizable hero on Earth. Pinky & The Cheets.
  • Cloning Blues: Averted. Brianna is a fusion of Brittany and Gina, magically brought to life by a curse, and Charlotte was a bio-engineered "harpy" created as a disposable weapon by a villain. Both have been treated as full characters in their own right from their very first appearances.
    • Brianna still had concerns about this for a long time, though. Charlotte ...not so much.
  • The Commies Made Me Do It: Crush; although somewhat justifiable, she notably refused a "Get Out of Jail Free" Card and chose to do the time for the crimes she committed, proving she did have moral fiber.
  • Creepy Twins: Montara; they are also Half-Identical Twins.
  • Cute Machines: The Peebos
  • Cute Monster Girl: Just about everybody, even the males; Crescens was when she was young, but is now kind of Nightmare Fuel.
  • Dark Action Girl: numerous including Link and Zelda, two of Talon's employees.
    • G'Nolga, Julia Digger's archrival in Jade.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Xane. Also Aljabra, although she's a Cloudcuckoolander rather than fitting the typical personality.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: The human forms for both Britanny "Cheetah" 'Gia and her daughter Tifanny.
  • Demon Head: Theodore's "Flaming Skull Bit."
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Pretty much the entire cast is guilty of this one, but Gina takes the cake: in Issue 105, she and a male colleague nearly destroyed the world by daydreaming about each others' naughty bits instead of the Doomsday Device they were supposed to be disarming.
  • Easily Forgiven: Penny Pinscher in her first appearance was pretty blatantly villainous... she was an arms dealer who lied to a bunch of leprechauns to convince them Gina and Britanny were completely evil, and then made sure to sell them weapons that could kill Britanny (as well as take out Gina's armored car). But then Fred Perry apparently decided that she should be part of the good guys, so it was decided she was also a brilliant scientist and archaeologist and now she and Gina are Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Evil Twin: Brianna and Madrid
    • With a shot of Fridge Brilliance: Madrid's current persona allows the author to write either solo "Gina" stories about Madrid the explorer with Dao and Subtracto, or ensemble "Gina" stories about Gina the professor with her students and family.
  • Expy: Aljabra Gihom, an expy of Fred's "Level UP!" Mithra character Calcula Mihgo -- herself a Captain Ersatz version of Osaka from Azumanga Daioh.
  • Face Heel Turn: A magical mishap turns Theo's father Jonathan into the evil Lich King.
  • Fake Crossover: The series really skirts the line of this, such as when Gina mentions receiving a computer book from a girl with a weird uncle. Mind you the girl in question eventually became a full-fledged character).
  • Fanon Discontinuity: In-story. Gina has been described as loving "all things Monty Python, Roddenberry, and Lucas." But she does not like the Star Wars prequel trilogy, which she in fact refers to as "fan fiction."
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink
  • Feminist Fantasy: Probably one of the most tolerant and evenhanded comics around. The female characters are smart, capable, funny, goofy, distinctive, well-rounded, and memorable, in a diverse and amusing manner reminiscent of Tenchi Muyo or Urusei Yatsura, and avoid the bland and forced "Strong Female Characters" pitfalls. Fred makes a continuous effort to represent different body types and give female readers evenhanded "beefcake" treatment.
  • Flying Brick: Agent M
  • French Maid: Link is an Amazonian Beauty who wears rather ... undersized french maid outfits on missions.
  • Fun Personified: The series as a whole.
  • Future Badass: "Ancient Gina", apparently Madrid-Gina's future self sent back in time to take The Slow Path to the present. Also "Charles" and "Prof. Cee", Charlotte's alterfuture selves.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Gina and many others
  • Gambit Roulette: Gothwrain's plan to break free of his enslavement; Dreadwing's plan to take power from Ancient Gina; and Ancient Gina's plan to save the universe, which includes the other 2 roulettes.
  • Gender Bender: A male character drank a potion specifically designed for women. Guess what happened.
  • Girls Behind Bars: Gold Digger #82
  • God Save Us From the Queen: Natasha, ruler of the undead, who would rather let her kingdom be wiped out than be humiliated by a higher power.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: A lot of elderly characters certainly age gracefully, despite all the action they go through, including Gina herself.
  • Half-Human Hybrid
  • Heel Realization: Madrid has a moment of clarity when she realizes that her Chronic Backstabbing Disorder needlessly ruined a chance to escape capture and imprisonment.
  • Heel Face Turn: Redemption is a major running theme in this comic. Many of Gina and Britanny's enemies become their best friends and allies. Mesha, Tark, Brianna, Penny, Charlotte, Jetta...Pee Wee, Madrid, Lich King...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Many years before the first Iron Man movie, Gina and Britanny get locked in a seemingly inescapable cavelike prison cell. Gina proceeds to make an elaborate powered armor out of literal scraps of metal. Fred Perry's penchant for heavily referencing pop culture is apparently prescient.
  • Hive Mind: Array is a variant; each duplicate of herself she creates has an independent personality which returns to her mind when she reassimilates her body. However, they all share the same general goals.
  • Hot Amazon: many, including actual Amazons.
  • Hot Librarian: Kahn, librarian of the Library of Time.
  • Hot Mom: Julia; later Brittany
    • When Julia accidentally rejuvenated her body from 50 years old to 30, her husband noticed something was different, but had to use magic to tell how different it was, because she hadn't looked all that much older at 50.
  • Hot Scientist: Gina and Penny.
  • Humanity Ensues: Fauntleroy is a dragon cursed to stay in human form. When he finally finds the MacGuffin he needs to return to dragon form, he decides to wait and see if there's more he can learn from being human.
  • I Call It Vera: One author's note commented, "Yes, all of Brianna's weapons have first names... Got a prob' wit dat?"
  • I Want Grandkids: The ghost of Britanny's birth-mother showed up in one issue. She passed on some useful information, but one of the first things she said was how suited Britanny's hips would be to producing lots and lots of children. Asking again ... twice ... for numerous grandchildren was the last thing she said, too.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Grammy Brunhildagarde
  • Infant Immortality: Dr. Diggers tried his best to disarm the werewolf leader, but in the end the only werecheetah left to save was baby Britanny.
  • Innocent Innuendo/Accidental Innuendo: Julia Diggers' longtime friend Karia is referred to as the "Queen of Oblivious Innuendo," because she never does figure out that the phrasing she uses when talking about their martial arts sparring often sounds like she's describing lesbian sex.
  • Ki Attacks: Several of the martial artists, especially the ninjas, and Ryan Tabbot.
  • Kid From the Future: Brianna's, somewhere around ten years old. Which led to Brianna discovering she was pregnant, presumably with this girl. Then the future version of Britanny's daughter Tifanny showed up to retrieve her cousin, and in the process drop a She's All Grown Up on the readers.
  • Killer Rabbit —er, Wabbit.
  • Kudzu Plot: A pretty bad case, highlighted by the fact that the websites hawking the comic often contain cover previews and summaries for upcoming issues… but then Fred gets an itch to go growing the plot in some other direction entirely, and the previewed issues often have completely different covers and subjects, with the original plots dropped to be completed off-camera, if that.
    • Lately, however, a good portion of those storylines have begun to be tied together to the Myth Arc. (See below.)
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Dreadwing "absorbed" two were-rats, Miki and Mynny, in order to steal their extraordinary good luck[1]. But then he encountered Britanny, and discovered he'd also absorbed something else from them. As Miki's ghost explained, while Dreadwing lay trembling in the fetal position, eyes wide in terror:

Miki: You are now thinking about the "were-cheetah doom gaze..." a soul's terror that strikes at the heart of all were-rats... or, apparently... the hearts of all demi-dragons who have absorbed the essences of two sweet, innocent were-rat thieves! The stark, agonizing fear effect can last anywhere from two minutes to a whoooole week! Have fun with that.

  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Team Noob, ridiculously over-armed leprechauns with no idea where they are, what they are doing, what their mission is, how to operate their equipment, or how to not blow themselves up in 5 seconds, but using binoculars and bazookas backwards hasn't slowed down their enthusiasm yet. The GD Tangent Web Comic has a similar setup as the Trope Namer, with a Shout-Out as well.
  • Leprechauns: WITH TANKS AND MECHA!!
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Invoked after Julia's fight with Serpentus, in which she uses magic-proof Dwarven chains to tie him to the room in such a way that ten tons of rock will fall on him if he isn't untangled very, very carefully.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans, Oh My!: Mostly whenever the story takes place on Jade, as many anthropomorphic characters co-exist with other humans or humanoid species in that dimension. On Earth, they usually work under a masquerade, save for a few special places around the globe.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: …and loads. There's a tie-in comic with one-to-three page write-ups on the characters that have appeared in the series. There have been 23 issues published so far (though only the first 17 are on the characters; the rest focus on locations). The first 17 issues of this Guide to the GD Universe have now been collected into a two-inch-thick tome.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Britanny (until her marriage), and Gina. Ironically, the latter used to be a Geeky Shrinking Violet, until her more outgoing sister Britanny had enough of her reclusive attitude and, to make a long story short, broke her out of her box. The result? Gina became "boy-crazy" by "boy-crazy extraordinaire" Britanny's personal standards. The latter doesn't know whether or not she should regret "helping" her sister.

Britanny: You've gotta be joking!!! You're gorgeous! Look at you! Look at these! <HOIST>
Gina: Eek! (narrating): "I remember thinking: 'Jinkies! Where did those come from'?"
Britanny: Do you know how many gals would kill for a nice, firm set like yours??? What man wouldn't fall all over himself just to get to talk to you? From now on, when you think of guys, think of broad, masculine chests...! (Gina looks "bewildered") Strong, handsome buns!! Hard, rugged muscles...! (A small smile graces Gina's lips) And all of the warm, yummy things you can do with them...! (Gina's face breaks into a full-blown, "Uh-oh"-worthy Cheshire Cat Grin.)
Brianna (narrating): I remember a sharp change in Gina's attitude toward men that moment. (And her being boy-crazy ever since.)

  • Magic From Technology: Gina eventually gains a working knowledge of draconic magic by analyzing extradimensional technology.
  • Meat-O-Vision: Britanny experiences this when Tark's Charm Person spell misfires in the "Time Raft" OVA.
  • Meganekko: Gina, for more than several issues now.
  • Me's a Crowd: Array
  • Military Mashup Machine
  • Missing Mom: several examples, including Gina's Action Mom Julia and until recently, Britanny herself.
  • Mistaken for Pregnant: Charlotte in one chapter; while riding a plane with Gina, she gorged herself on peanuts and pretzels to the point she got a pregnant-like Balloon Belly. Seeing her come waddling down the aisle, groaning in pain from her stomachache, a doctor actually mistook her for a pregnant woman who had gone into labor.
  • Morality Pet: Ironically, Madrid and Platinus were this to each other.
  • Myth Arc: Numerous plotlines and characters, at first seemingly unrelated, have begun to be revealed to be tied together to an overarching storyline concerning Future Gina trying to save the Universe.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Brunhildegard Brigand, leader of the Barbarian War-Council.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The Ninja Pirate Leprechauns. (Correction: Ninja Pirate MECHA Leprechauns.)
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Gina, Penny, Pee-Wee, etc.
  • Only Six Faces: The early art was worse about this than the current iteration. Every girl was some variety of big-breasted and curvy with the same general face-shape, often relying on facial markings to distinguish them. (Gina's mother being an early exception, but that was because she was portrayed as rather older than she wound up looking later on.) Male characters generally either looked like Conan the Barbarian or were short and skinny (with Gina's father being a rare halfway point). As the series went on, both body types and facial shapes started getting a bit more variety, though they still tend towards extremes (see: Lydia vs. Moisha).
  • Our Monsters Are Different, Particularly:
    • All Trolls Are Different
    • Our Dragons Are Different
    • Our Mermaids Are Different
    • Our Werebeasts Are Different: One of the main characters is one of the few remaining were-cheetahs. Other Werecreatures include lions, tigers, rats, and of course, Werewolves. Each subspecies is able to shift between human, animal, and a "Wolf Man"-style hybrid form. All of the weres retain their rationality in each of their forms, although they need to learn to control their instincts during childhood. Although the weres are separate species, they are capable of spreading Therianthropy to humans if they choose. (Doing so requires a bite and an active desire to alter the target's aura.) They were originally created by a wizard as super soldiers before said wizard was betrayed. They have a Healing Factor for everything except attacks by another Were Beast, silver, magic, and Dwarven steel.
  • Out of Focus: Frequently, thanks to the aforementioned Loads and Loads of Characters. At one point in the series, an entire year's worth of comics passed with only brief cameos from Gina and Briana, AKA the main characters.
  • The Password Is Always Swordfish
    • User: Password, Password: User!
  • Perky Female Minion: Six, Array, Skippy.
  • The Plan: Gothwrain is all about these; most are part of his Gambit Roulette.
  • Rape as Backstory / Child by Rape: Debra is a product of her mother T'mat's rape by Dreadwing.
  • Real Men Cook / Supreme Chef: People make a point of staying for lunch or dinner when Stryyp is doing the cooking.
  • The Real Remington Steele: Word of God states that Perry skipped the middleman on Mistress/Ayane; her first story still has some of the plot points—"back after X years"—to support the original plan that the "Mistress" was supposed to be Julia Diggers' temporary wrestling gimmick.
  • The Rival: Penny Pincer, though she does a full Heel Face Turn about halfway through.
  • Rousseau Was Right: The story has a very sympathetic tone; no matter how heinous the acts somebody has done, if they were simply misguided without direction, they are usually afforded compassion and given a new chance to start over and do good.
  • Rule 34: some of it drawn by Perry himself.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: During her trip with Gina to explore Dreadwing's mymior (treasure trove, re: knowledge, spells, etc.), Brianna plays it straight and lampshades Fauntleroy's sarcastic clapping at the same time.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Penny; Britanny's voiced like this in the "Time Raft" OVA.
  • Self-Restraint: (Who? Where?) (Wrong self-restraint) (oh)
  • Shared Universe: (Gold Digger has characters cross over to and from Ben Dunn's Ninja High School frequently, even resulting in several Crisis Crossovers.
  • Shout-Out: To just about every '80s or classic cartoon, many, many Video Games, and Humongous Mecha anime.
    • In fact, the shout-outs have become so common, numerous, and a close to the source material that some critics feel it's led to a bit of Seasonal Rot, that the homages have come a little too close to crossing the line into just yanking whatever he likes from other canon and using it directly. (Example: Gina basically just builds herself an exact copy of the Lagann, complete with similar abilities to hijack whatever it attaches to.)
      • It wouldn't be so bad if these things were just done as gags all the time, but often they're plot relevant in working just like the original reference material. Gina's Lagann knockoff's ability to, well, act just like the Lagann is extremely important in the storyline. Same with the Matrix of Leadership Expy the Edge Guard have (which was transferred in a whole scene reference right down to the use of "'Til all are one") (Granted, the Matrix analogue contained a planetoid-sized spaceship in its own pocket dimension, so it didn't function quite the same. Still, Fred does love to riff blatantly on Transformers: The Movie.)
  • Spot the Impostor: Madrid was Dangerously Genre Savvy about this.
  • Squishy Wizard: Rather averted by, for starters, Gina's father Theodore, an arch-mage with a trim, hard body -- who's been shown looking only a bit irked when she accidentally shot a 10-inch-wide hole completely through his chest. He explains at one point that every molecule of his body is under his conscious control; a werewolf breaking his spine is annoyingly painful, but not incapacitating.
  • Start of Darkness: Tirant, Dreadwing, the Lich King
  • Stealth Hi Bye: One of Gina's students, Aljabra Gihom, has a tendency to take naps while kneeling, even in the middle of a room -- and when she does, she somehow projects "I'm a piece of furniture." So much so that when she wakes up, people abruptly realize they'd set their paperwork down atop a Dark-Skinned Redhead expy of Osaka:

I guess when I'm all comfy in my nappin' pose, somethin' about me just says to folks, "Oh, look! An end table! How convenient!"


...those fights always ended with Xercie pulling her victim into a water well, onto the street as a passing cart wheeled by, or off a steep cliff! Being were-cubs equipped with magical regeneration auras meant those "accidents" were never fatal, but man, did they hurt! Still, Xercie always walked away first ... and with a grin.... After a while, bullies stopped picking on the weaker kids. No one wanted to tangle with the "Were-Lemming"!

    • It's still one of her favored tactics, as she showed against Dreadwing and Serpentus ... twice, in the latter case.
  • Tempting Fate: Invoked! Brianna was a tad too bored. Be Careful What You Wish For.
  • Terrible Trio: Multiple cases; Erwin "Pee Wee" Talon actually has two sets on his payroll. They're each other's Psycho Rangers.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Gothwrain
  • Time Skip: Between issues #100 and #101 of the color series.
  • Time Travel: Recurs throughout the series.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Stryyp isn't exactly tiny, being muscular and standing close to six feet tall. However, his were-cheetah wife, Britanny, prefers her hybrid form, which towers over him at 7' tall and weighs in at some 300 pounds.
  • Troperrific: One can argue that all of Gold Digger is Fred Perry's parody/homage to comics, novels, RPGs, video games, tropes, cliches and genres of all stripes.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Britanny loves tuna (so does Brianna; they have a hilarious race to get to the last can in one B&W issue). Charlotte the harpy, meanwhile, is obsessed with peanuts and pretzels; if enough are available, she'll stuff her face almost to the point of killing herself.
  • Trigger Happy: Brianna. At one point she invites a friend to help her recalibrate the head-spaces and timings on her M2-HB collection.
  • Tropes Will Ruin Your Life: Mentioned in the 2010 Halloween special:

Gina: Oogh... Mental note: Marathon sessions at "TV Tropes" and "Know Your Meme" are not conducive to proper sleep!

  • Unsound Effect: Many; one of the funniest is Penny, after a prank at Gina's expense is exposed, blinking "innocently" and radiating "Cute Cute".
  • Valley Girl: Moisha, like, totally!
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Dreadwing and Ancient Gina are playing a rather slow version of this via their own competing versions of Infinity.
  • Web Comics: The "Ayane" and "Northern Edge" Tangent webcomics; both are currently on hiatus. Also, "Level UP!", a Final Fantasy XI webcomic by the same author.
  • What Do You Mean It's Not Awesome?: Ancient Gina's "Millenium Pimp Slap", one of a class of spells of legendary power, warps space and time to open a portal behind the target—to let the caster slap him upside the head. It requires such nigh-infinite power to execute that it causes EVERY MAGE IN THE SERIES to sense a disturbance in the Force!
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Frequently averted. For instance, Brianna, the lab accident composite clone trying to kill the Diggers sisters, now their gung-ho sister. Or Charlotte, the instant-grown harpy girl accidentally freed from the control of the time-travelling dog who fired her at our heroes, now co-headliner of a WAFFy spinoff.
    • Immediately after the dog's control was broken, Gina and company discovered that bubble of reality was about to collapse, so they ran for the way out ... taking Charlotte along, even though she was in a stupor and slowed them down. None of them were willing to just leave her behind.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: A little girl claiming to be Brianna's daughter from the future showed up. Her name? Roquette -- pronounced "Rocket." Someone else said, "What kind of mother would name their--" and Brianna interrupted, "Whoa! Whatta cute name!"
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
  • The Worf Effect: Stripe. Just...Stripe. Despite a massive-power up halfway through the B&W series making him one of the two most powerful good guys, he is infamous for being hit by surprise, dropping his guard, and so on. Outside his first battles post-power up, it's rare he doesn't end up knocked out at least for a while during a fight. No wonder Agent M thought he needed training despite his skill and strength.
    • Fortunately, now that he's not adventuring in areas where he's forced to team up with everyone else, he can fight a bit more.
  • Worthy Opponent: After an Enemy Mine situation, G'nolga rejected Julia's offer of a handshake and letting bygones be bygones. "And lose my most worthy rival? Never." <fist-bump>
  1. A bad choice had made them vulnerable despite their luck factor, which he admitted he couldn't have overcome otherwise.
  2. After having accidentally planted her face in the other woman's crotch. Crush pretends to believe it was deliberate, and now calls Xane "Sweet lips."